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Heavy rains to lash UP: Met office




Lucknow, July 5: An alert has been sounded in some parts of Uttar Pradesh for Thursday after heavy rains lashed here and other places in the state on Wednesday, a Met official said.

The Regional Met office said monsoon was now “fully active” in the state. The orange code — warning of very heavy rains — has been flashed for many areas.

Rains started late on Tuesday night and were continuing at most places, leading to power outages and water logging in many parts here.

The weatherman said that monsoon was active in central Uttar Pradesh and overcast skies have been reported from western parts of the state and Bundelkhand. Moderate to heavy rains were predicted in these areas till Thursday.

Heavy rain in the last one week here has lead to massive waterlogging in many low lying areas in the city. These areas continue to remain under knee-deep water, the official added. There has been no cleaning of major drains of the city leading to the situation.

Allahabad has witnessed 27.2 mm of rains since Tuesday and so has Lucknow.

The mercury here has slipped to 31.2 degrees Celsius, which is five degrees below normal.

All major rivers in the state including the Ganga, Yamuna, Ghaghra and Saryu were in spate and district officials in flood-prone areas were monitoring their water levels.

Some areas in western Uttar Pradesh like Meerut, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Bijnore were also receiving rains.

At places where rains were yet to set in, the humidity level was very high causing huge discomfort.



Uttar Pradesh: Class 9 student threatens to rape, throw acid on classmate



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Uttar Pradesh, March 20: A student of class IX allegedly threatened to rape and throw acid on his classmate in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, reported news agency ANI.

According to the girl, the accused was troubling her since many days and no action was taken by the school administration against him.

“A boy has been troubling me since many days. He slapped me too. After that he called my father and threatened him that he will throw acid on me,” the victim said.


Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Meerut, Rajesh Kumar, speakng to ANI, stated “A report has been filed in the matter. Search for the accused is underway.”

A case has been registered in this regard and police have initiated the probe.



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Presidency varsity plaque with Jan Sangh founder’s name vandalised

The vandalism happened after a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer E.V.R. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was razed in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, while two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura allegedly by the BJP-RSS activists.



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Kolkata, March 20 : Unknown miscreants vandalised a plaque with Jansangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s name engraved on it in the Presidency University on Monday, officials said.

Mookerjee’s name, along with those of other icons, was engraved on the university’s bi-centennianl commemorative plaque. The educationist-politician was an illustriuous alumni of the Presidency College, the earlier avatar of the university.

On Monday morning, it was found that his name has been inked out.

The university has formed a five-member probe committee.

“Whoever has done it, will not be spared,” said Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the act.

The state BJP has demanded stringent punishment for the perpetrators.

This is the second attack on Mookerjee’s memorabilia in the state t his month.

Seven members of an extremist left-wing student organisation were arrested for allegedly vandalising and blackening his marble bust in Kolkata’s Keoratola crematorium ground on March 7.

The vandalism happened after a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer E.V.R. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was razed in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, while two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura allegedly by the BJP-RSS activists.

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SC stays trial in Junaid lynching case in Harayana



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New Delhi, March 19: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the trial in Junaid Khan lynching case as it sought response from the Central Bureau of Investigation and Haryana government on a plea seeking the transfer of investigation from the state police to the CBI.

Junaid Khan, 16, was lynched by a mob on board a Mathura-bound train in Haryana on June 22, 2017, following a row over seats which allegedly led to snowballed into religious slurs being hurled. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

The bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar stayed the trial before the court in Haryana’s Faridabad and sought response on transfer of investigation to CBI on a plea by Junaid Khan’s father Jalaluddin.

Jalaluddin has moved the top court challenging November 27, 2017 Punjab and Haryana High Court order rejecting his plea for handing over the investigation to CBI.

Holding that there was no substance in the plea to indicate that the investigation by the state police was tainted or shoddy, the High Court had said that there appeared no deliberate attempt to derail the investigation.

It had declined to exercise its extraordinary powers, saying that the case did not have any national or international ramifications.

Junaid and his cousins Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin were on the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on June 22.

The accused, along with around a dozen others, boarded at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats.

When they refused, the three were brutally beaten up, stabbed and dumped at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.


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