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Najeeb Disappearance case: Patiala Court reserves order on conducting lie-detector test

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New Delhi, Nov 15: The Patiala House Court on Wednesday has reserved order on CBI plea seeking to conduct a lie-detector test of 9 suspected JNU students in the Najeeb Ahmed Disappearance case.

Last month, the court heard the agency’s plea seeking the students’ consent for undergoing the polygraph test and asked the nine to file their replies by November 10.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court fixed December 21 as the next date in the case, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought more time to complete its investigation.

In a status report submitted before the High court, CBI cited that the probe was underway and asked for more time to complete it. It has reportedly told the court that the autorickshaw driver, who the Delhi Police claimed to have dropped Ahmed at Jamia Millia Islamia University, has retracted his statement.

The case pertains to the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who had gone missing from his hostel on October 16, 2016.

On October 15, 2016, Najeeb Ahmed was spotted getting into an autorickshaw on the campus after an alleged brawl between him and members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Delhi’s Mahi-Mandavi Hostel on the night of October 14.

In May, the Delhi High Court transferred the investigation into the case from the police to the CBI, after Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, approached it following the police’s failure to trace him.

The CBI registered a First Information Report (FIR) in June and started the investigation.

On June 29, it also declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information about the whereabouts of Najeeb. Ahmed has not been seen since, and more than a year later, the authorities are yet to find him.

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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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