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Kolkata Metro fare hiked after six years; here are the new rates

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Kolkata, Nov 27 : After six years, Kolkata Metro Railway fares are set to go up.

Presently commuters have to shell out Rs 5 for the first five kilometers. Now the same fare would be charged for the first two kilometres. For the next three kilometres the fare would be Rs 10, Metro sources said.

Between five and ten kilometres, the fare has been fixed at Rs 15.

In the next stage, the fare would be Rs 20 between ten and 20 kilometers.

Above 20 kilometers the fare would be the maximum – Rs 25.

At present, the same maximum fare of Rs 25 has to be paid for distances above 25 kilometers.

The enhanced fare would come into effect from December 5.

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Delhi’s air quality ‘severe’, AQI crosses 400-mark

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New Delhi: The national capital’s air quality on Thursday turned to the ‘severe’ category, with the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi recorded at 407.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), Delhi’s overall AQIwas recorded at 9 a.m. at 407, counted under the ‘severe’ category.

As per SAFAR, the AQI from 0-50 is considered ‘safe’. Between 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, between 101-200 is ‘moderate’ and 201-300 is ‘poor’, while 301-400 is ‘very poor’ and 401-500 is in the ‘severe’ category.

SAFAR has advised people to avoid all physical activity outdoors. “Give a miss to walk today. If the room has windows, close them. If the air conditioner provides a fresh air intake option, close it. Keep the room clean – don’t vacuum. Do wet mopping frequently,” it said.

It also advised people to stop any activity level if experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty, or fatigue and consult a doctor.

“Masks known as N-95 or P-100 respirators may only help if you go out. Do not rely on dust masks for protection,” it added.

The AQI of the National Capital Region was also high with Ghaziabad (470), Noida and Greater Noida (422), Faridabad (398) having a similar experience.

The city had witnessed drastic improvement in the air quality in the last week of November as the AQI was recorded in double digits at the ‘satisfactory’ category, after being seeing few of the worst air quality days the same month.

The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment.

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SP leader booked for sexually exploiting woman

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Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 12 A Samajwadi Party leader has been booked for sexually exploiting a woman and blackmailing her.

“Aafaq Khan is married with eight children but since 2014, he has been sexually exploiting me and threatens to malign my reputation. He holds me captive and mentally tortures me. He has also been threatening to defame me on the social media.

“I am now seriously ill and want to be freed from his clutches. Aafaq Khan carries a firearm and threatens to kill me if I offer any resistance,” the 36-year-old complainant has said in the FIR.

According to police sources, the FIR was registered on December 4 and investigations into the case have been initiated.

The FIR has been lodged at the Chhibramau police station here under Section 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 508 (whoever voluntarily causes or attempts to cause any person to do anything which that person is not legally bound to do) of IPC.

According to the victim, she came into contact with Aafaq Khan, leader of the Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, when she was looking for a job after the death of her father.

The woman does not have any other family member.

“We will take action as soon as investigations reach a conclusive stage,” said a police officer.

Kannauj, till 2019 Lok Sabha elections, was the bastion of the Samajadwai Party.

Wife of Samajwadi Party President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav, won Kannauj in a by-election in 2012 and then in 2014.

Prior to her, Akhilesh Yadav had won the seat thrice in 2000, 2004 and 2009.

The SP lost the seat to BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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‘Man-eater’ leopard shot dead in Gujarat

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

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Amreli (Gujarat), Dec 11 : A suspected ‘man-eater’ leopard was shot dead on Wednesday evening by forest department personnel near Bagasara village in Amreli district of Gujarat, officials said.

A senior official claimed the big cat had killed at least ten people in the nearby areas and 14 to 15 people in the entire region.

The big cat was lurking behind eucalyptus plantation near a cow shed when it was shot dead by a member of the team of forest guards, they said.

The Amreli region had seen a sharp rise in attacks by leopards in the last few months.

“We shot dead the leopard near Bagasara village at 7 pm on Wednesday. We were hunting for it as it had turned into a man-eater. We are sure that it was the same leopard we were looking for. Other leopards were rescued and shifted out of the area,” said Conservator of Forest (Rajkot), Ashwin Parmar.

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

Oak said the Forest department first tried to capture the big cat, but it attacked the personnel, following which it was shot dead.

“Forest department will analyse the pug marks to ascertain involvement of the killed leopard in recent human deaths. But it is certainly suspected to have killed human beings. If required, the forest department will continue its operation,” he said when asked whether the forest personnel killed the same leopard they were looking for.

Meanwhile, Parmar said a huge team of forest personnel was deployed to either trap or kill the leopard in view of deaths of many people in feline attacks in the region.

“We scanned CCTV footage videos as well as pug marks to ensure that we shoot down the man-eater. We will also get an independent analysis done to find remains of human beings, if any, from the intestine and stomach of the dead leopard,” he said.

Parmar said the leopard had killed at least 10 people in nearby areas. “In all, it might have killed 14-15 people in the entire region,” he added.

In its bid to identify the “man-eater leopard”, the Forest department had formed a team of 150 trained personnel and set up 30 cages at different locations to trap and rescue other leopards from the area.

At least 40 leopards have already been caged in Amreli and neighbouring Junagadh districts.

The state government had told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that the total 14 people were killed while 71 others were injured in as many as 80 attacks by leopards in Junagadh and Amreli districts during the last two years, a significant rise than the previous year.

Recently, two persons were killed in a leopard attack on October 25 and December 5 in Munjiyasar village in Bagasara taluka of Amreli district.

A child was mauled to death by the big cat in Rafala village on November 17 while a 60-year-old man was killed in Visavadar taluka in the same district in September.

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