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Multiple explosions in Surat after truck of LPG cylinders overturns

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Surat, Jan9: Multiple explosions occurred after a mini truck full of LPG cylinders overturned in Surat on Thursday morning.

Children in a school bus near the accident site were evacuated safely just before the bus was engulfed in flames.

No injuries or casualties reported.

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Protecting interests of 130 crore Indians is our priority: Modi

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Prayagraj, Feb 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday that be it the senior citizens, divyangs or tribals, Dalits, or those who have been exploited or deprived, protecting the interests of 130 crore Indians and serving them is the top priority of his government. He was speaking after distributing equipment to differently abled people at the parade ground.

In his address, Modi said, “During the time of earlier governments, such camps were very less and such mega camps were hardly held. In the last five years, our government held about 9,000 such camps in different areas of the country because it is our top priority to protect the interests of 130 crore Indians.”

He said, “If anyone persecutes or makes fun of the disabled, the rules related to this have also been strengthened. A special drive for recruitment of the disabled has been launched and reservation has been increased from three per cent to four per cent. In higher education institutions, reservation has been increased from three per cent to five per cent for admissions. Skill training has been given to two lakh. Participation of divyangs in every field is a must, whether industry or sports.”

The Prime Minister said, “Around 27,000 people have been given equipment today. Some got tricycles, some hearing aides and some got wheel chairs.”

He said coming to Prayagraj is like a pilgrimage and always helps generate purity and energy.

Modi said, “I remember, in February last year, it was around this time that I came here during the Kumbh. As your Pradhan Sevak, I have the opportunity to serve thousands of divyangs and elders. And this time, I have got the opportunity to serve senior citizens.”

He said, “I believe that these tools are aides of your high spirits. Your real strength is your patience and your capability.

“During the rule of the previous dispensation, equipment worth less than Rs 380 crore was distributed to the divyangs, while our government has distributed more than Rs 900 crore worth equipment. That is, about two and a half times more. In the last four-five years, hundreds of buildings in the country, more than 700 railway stations and airports have been made accessible to the divyangs. The remaining ones are also being made accessible to them.”

He added, “The rightful participation of every differently abled youth or child is essential in the creation of a new India. Whether it is industry, service sector or sports, the skills of the divyangs are constantly being encouraged. We are constantly working to reduce difficulties in the lives of the senior citizens.”

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JNUSU yet to speak on prosecution sanction against Kanhaiya

On February 9, 2016, anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the campus during a protest against the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru in the 2002 Parliament attack.

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New Delhi, Feb 29 : A day after Delhi government’s sanction to Delhi Police for the prosecution of former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case, JNU Students Union (JNUSU) on Saturday was silent on the development.

Repeated calls and WhatsApp messages to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Aishe Ghosh and Vice-President Saket Moon went unanswered.

Union General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav responded to the call and targeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the decision, but maintained that these were his personal views and not of the JNUSU.

“The decision proves that Kejriwal projected just a fake image during the election campaign. The decision to not give any prosecution sanction before the campaigning ended was to protect his vote bank,” Satish said.

“Now that the Delhi Assembly elections are over, he has decided to betray us,” Satish claimed.

Asked if was speaking for the Union, Satish said, “I am out of the campus and unable to discuss with fellow JNUSU members. So these are my views,” he added.

The JNUSU has for long defended Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya.

On February 9, 2016, anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on the campus during a protest against the death sentence awarded to Afzal Guru in the 2002 Parliament attack.

The 1,200-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch named 10 JNU students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, and seven Kashmiri students as the main accused in the case.

Later JNUSU office-bearers maintained that these people were targeted on false charges and that the charge sheet was an effort by the BJP-led central government to muzzle students’ voice.

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Nigerian gets 5 years in jail for cheating Kolkata man

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Kolkata, Feb 29 A Nigerian national has been sentenced to five years in prison by a court here for cheating a man of nearly Rs 20 lakh by impersonating as a European and falsely promising to produce a short film in India.

The chief judicial magistrate, Alipore court, also ordered the accused Vincent Collins Otto to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the complainant Anutosh Dey or otherwise undergo six more months of imprisonment in the five year old case.

The accused befriended Dey through the social media by impersonating as a European Barry Williams and allured him with a false assurance of investing 30,000 UK Pound for producing the film.

Believing Otto, Dey paid Rs 18,79,600 to different bank accounts provided by the fraudster.

When Dey became suspicious that Otto was defrauding him, he lodged a complaint at the Garfa police station, which registered a case on February 13, 2015.

The case was then handed over to the detective department, and the sleuths arrested Otto with a woman Indian accomplice from Mehrauli, Delhi, in July 2015.

He was charged under different sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to impersonation, cheating and criminal conspiracy and also under the Foreigners Act.

The CJM on Friday sentenced Otto to five years in prison and fined him Rs 10,000 for cheating as also under the Foreigners Act, besides handing him a three-year jail term for impersonation.

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