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Jaitley must quit or be sacked, says Kejriwal



Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley must resign or be sacked in view of the “very serious allegations” against him.

“Can Jaitleyji’s denial in press be taken as gospel truth? Very serious allegations against him. Why is he running away from investigations?” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader asked in a tweet.

Kejriwal added:

Kejriwal’s comments followed Jaitley’s defence of himself and of the BJP’s support to the central minister after the AAP flung corruption allegations against him vis-a-vis the Delhi cricket board.

Jaitley had headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for years.

Former cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi joined the anti-Jaitley chorus, asking if it was all honky dory in the DDCA, “then why did the court order the fourth test (between India and South Africa to be) administered by Justice Mudgal? Could someone please educate me kindly?!”

Kejriwal, who re-tweeted Bedi’s remark, said: “Good Point.”

Bedi went on: “Also, if the DDCA house was in order with no corruption, then why did BCCI stop all payment to DDCA and why was incumbent president of DDCA sacked?” Kejriwal again re-tweeted and said: “Agree.”

Wefornews Bureau


10 kg of gold looted in Ghaziabad



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Ghaziabad, March 19: Armed robbers in police uniform looted 10 kg of gold chains from a Mumbai-based jeweller here on Monday, police said.

The incident occurred near the Sahibabad railway station when Rohit Jain, owner of Union Jewellers & Gems Pvt Ltd, was returning from Meerut after showing samples of the merchandise to Meerut-based jewellers.

He left Meerut at 8 p.m. on Sunday. As he, along with his friends Deepak and Krishna, reached Sahibabad area, they stopped their car at an eatery near the railway station.

As they left the place, the criminals who were wearing police uniform asked the driver to stop the car for checking.

The moment the car halted, the robbers put a pistol on their heads and robbed the entire stock of gold and escaped. A police officer had earlier described the haul as gold biscuits.

“We hope to work out the case soon,” Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said.


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5-year-old girl gang-raped in Mumbai’s Thane



Mumbai, March 19: In a horrific incident of crime against children, a five-year-old girl was gang-raped by a group of men in Thane.

The victim was brought to the police station after a passerby saw her weeping on the road, ANI reported.

Following an inquiry and physical examination, it was established that the girl was sexually assaulted.

Thane police on Sunday lodged a complaint against unknown persons.

The case was registered under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with one of rape and also sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) were also included.


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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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