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Kannada actor, three accomplices arrested on assault charge

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Bengaluru, Sep 23 (IANS) Kannada cine star ‘Duniya’ Vijay and his three friends were arrested here on charge of assaulting a gym trainer, police said on Sunday.

“We have taken Vijaya (44) and his three friends into custody on a complaint by the victim’s relative Kitti for questioning though there are conflicting reports about the crime and its reasons,” Assistant Police Commissioner (West) Ravi Shankar said.

A metropolitan court remanded the accused in 14-day judicial custody till October 6 after the police produced them before its judge at his residence in the city.

“The accused have been lodged in the city central jail, as they have been remanded to judicial custody for investigating the assault charge,” said Shankar.

According to the complaint, the accused forcibly whisked away gym trainer Maruti Gowda outside an event hall on Saturday night and assaulted him in a moving car before freeing him after police warned the actor.

“The accused and the victim went to watch a bodybuilding event at the Ambedkar Bhavan in the city centre on Saturday night and quarrelled over some issue. They forcibly pushed Gowda into a car and drove away and thrashed him for over an hour while driving around the city,” said Katti in the complaint.

Denying the assault, Vijay told the police that it was his fans who attacked the latter for abusing him during the fracas at the hall.

“We will investigate the case after recording the statement of the victim, admitted at a private hospital with bruises,” said Shankar.

The ‘rebel’ actor shot to fame when his fans began calling him Duniya Vijay after his Kannada film “Duniya” became a blockbuster over a decade ago.

Some of Vijay’s other films like “Chanda”, “Junglee”, “Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam” and “Jayammana Maga” have also turned into box office hits since then.

According to international magazine Forbes latest list of wealthy Indians in the celluloid world, Vijay’s net worth is $21 million (Rs 151 crore).

“Vijay is on bail after he was arrested in another case on June 8 on charge of obstructing police from investigating an accidental death of two stunt actors by drowning during a film shoot in a city lake in November 2016, in which he was the hero,” a police officer said.

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Bihar’s Shahi litchi gets Geographical Indication tag

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Patna, Oct 18: After Katrani rice, Jardalu mango and Magahi paan (betel vine), Bihars Shahi litchi has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and has become an exclusive brand in the national and international market, an official said on Thursday.

The famous Shahi litchi, which is famous for its sweet, juicy, unique flavour and aroma, is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts including East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai.

It has officially become an exclusive brand with the GI tag. We were informed about this positive development on Tuesday. It was a much awaited news for Bihar’s Shahi litchi, said Vishal Nath, Director of National Research Centre on Litchi (NRCL).

The GI registration was done in the name of Litchi Growers Association of Bihar, which had applied for the tag, said Bachcha Prasad Singh, President of Litchi Growers Association of Bihar.

Nath told IANS that the GI tag to Shahi litchi will boost up its demand in the market and will minimise the fear of fake and poor quality litchis.

“The GI tag for the fruit will help and benefit thousands of litchi growers who will gain access to more markets and get better price in the country and abroad,” he said.

Bihar produces 40 per cent of the litchi grown in the country on 38 per cent of the area.

A GI is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin such as a town, region, or country. Its use may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities due to its geographical origin.

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Pleasant Thursday morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, Oct 18: It was a pleasant morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 18 degrees Celsius, at par with the season’s average.

“The sky will get partly cloudy towards the afternoon with the possibility of thunder development,” an India Meteorological Department official said.

The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 78 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 34.7 degrees, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 18.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.

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Gaddar ready to contest against KCR

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

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Hyderabad, Oct 17 : Former Maoist ideologue and revolutionary balladeer Gaddar on Wednesday said he was ready to contest the elections against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as the joint candidate of opposition parties.

Gaddar, who met Congress president Rahul Gandhi last week, said if all opposition parties make a request to him to contest from Gajwel and ensure that the opposition votes are not divided, he will contest the December 11 election.

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

Gaddar said he did not belong to any party but would support any party to end what he calls ‘neo-feudalism’ in Telangana. Stating that Telangana state was created with the sacrifices of martyrs, he said the change has not come in the state.

Gaddar, whose real name is Gummadi Vittal Rao, told reporters at Kamareddy that after 70 years he has enrolled himself as a voter and had now launched people’s movement to end ‘neo-feudalism’.

“My fight is to end autocratic rule and realise the dreams of the martyrs of Telangana,” said Gaddar, who plans to campaign against TRS by singing “people’s songs”.

He appealed to people to make Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting at Kamareddy on October 20 a huge success.

Gaddar’s son G.V. Surya Kiran had joined Congress in April this year. He is said to be keen to contest the Assembly elections.

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