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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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Cyclone Phethai intensifies; over 50 trains cancelled in Andhra Pradesh

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Vijayawada, Dec 17: Cyclone Phethai has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm over the Bay of Bengal and is set to hit the coast near Kakinada on Monday afternoon.

Following this, The South Central Railway has cancelled over 50 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

As per the IMD report, Cyclone Phethai has moved further north-northwestwards with a speed of 26 kmph during past 06 hours. The storm has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 17:30 hrs.

The cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph has been predicted. The Met department has also issued a warning of heavy rainfall over isolated areas in coastal Andhra, north Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, south Chhattisgarh, and the parts of West Bengal.

Many trains from Vijayawada to various destinations in coastal Andhra were suspended as a precautionary measure.

The Visakhapatnam-Guntur Simhadri Express, Guntur-Visakhapatnam Simhadri Express, Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachalam Express, Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Ratnachalam Express, Narsapur-Nidadavolu Link Express and Nidadavolu-Narsapu Link Express were among the trains cancelled.

Passenger trains between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Bhimavaram were also cancelled.

Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) passenger trains between Vijayawada and destinations like Rajahmundry, Kakinada Port, Tenali, Bhimavaram, Guntur and Machilipatnam, MEMU trains between Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada Port, Tenali and Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry, Rajahmundry and Bhimavaram, Bhimavaram and Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Narasapur and Narasapur and Guntur were also cancelled.

The other cancelled trains include Kakinada Port-Kotipalli Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) passenger, Kotipalli-Kakinada Port DMU passenger, Machilipatnam-Gudivada, Bhimavaram-Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu-Bhimavaram, Ongole-Guntur passenger trains.

Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway directed officials of divisions likely to be affected to be prepared to handle any emergency situation.

Helplines were opened at Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal station for round-the-clock monitoring of the situation.

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Unabated cold wave continues in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, Dec 17: An unabated cold wave continued on Monday in the Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region, as night temperatures remained several notches below the freezing point, the weather office said.

A MET Department official said the present weather conditions were likely to continue for another four to five days as dry weather with clear night sky is expected in Jammu and Kashmir during this period.

The minimum temperature was minus 4.8 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while in both Pahalgam and Gulmarg it was minus 8.3 degrees.

Leh recorded the season’s coldest night at minus 16.1 degrees Celsius, while Kargil froze at minus 11.4.

Jammu city recorded 4.4 degrees Celsius, Katra 6.4, Batote 1.5, Bannihal 3.5 and Bhaderwah minus 1.2 as the minimum temperatures.

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Foggy Monday morning in Delhi, air quality remains ‘very poor’

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New Delhi, Dec 17: Residents of the national capital woke up to a foggy morning on Monday with the minimum temperature touching 6.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

“There was shallow fog in the morning along with haze and mist. The sky will remain clear with no chances of rainfall,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 94 per cent.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi continued to breathe under ‘very poor’ air quality with index being at 321. The major air pollutants were PM 2.5 and PM 10.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 22 degrees Celsius, season’s average while the day’s minimum will remain around 6 degrees Celsius.

Sunday’s maximum temperature settled at 22 degrees Celsius, a notch above season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 7.2 degree Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.

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