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Rain, snow in J&K will reduce Delhi smog: Met Office




Srinagar, Nov 14: The Regional Met Office on Tuesday said rain and snowfall forecast in Jammu and Kashmir will help reduce the smog and pollution levels in Delhi and its adjoining areas.

Speaking to IANS, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said: “The balancing of a weather system in the coming days in Jammu and Kashmir will definitely help in decreasing the pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas as the system is moving Westwards from the state.

“The smog and pollutant levels will drop in Delhi because of the wind speed generated by the gathering weather system in the state.

“We are expecting light to moderate rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches beginning today (Tuesday) afternoon.

“This will break the long dry spell that continued in the state for nearly three months”.

Due to the night-long cloud cover, the night’s minimum temperature that had dropped below the freezing point on Monday rose to 2.9 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The maximum temperature was 18.2 degrees in Srinagar on Monday. “The large gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures in the valley will also narrow down in the coming days due to cloud cover,” Lotus said.

The night’s lowest temperature in Jammu city was 14.4 on Tuesday while the maximum was 25.6 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Pahalgam recorded 0.8 degrees as the night’s lowest while Gulmarg recorded zero degrees as the lowest night temperature.

In the Jammu region, Bannihal town recorded 3.6, Katra 11.9 and Bhaderwah 5.7 as the night’s minimum temperature, Lotus said.



Uttar Pradesh: Class 9 student threatens to rape, throw acid on classmate



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Uttar Pradesh, March 20: A student of class IX allegedly threatened to rape and throw acid on his classmate in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, reported news agency ANI.

According to the girl, the accused was troubling her since many days and no action was taken by the school administration against him.

“A boy has been troubling me since many days. He slapped me too. After that he called my father and threatened him that he will throw acid on me,” the victim said.


Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Meerut, Rajesh Kumar, speakng to ANI, stated “A report has been filed in the matter. Search for the accused is underway.”

A case has been registered in this regard and police have initiated the probe.



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Presidency varsity plaque with Jan Sangh founder’s name vandalised

The vandalism happened after a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer E.V.R. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was razed in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, while two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura allegedly by the BJP-RSS activists.



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Kolkata, March 20 : Unknown miscreants vandalised a plaque with Jansangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee’s name engraved on it in the Presidency University on Monday, officials said.

Mookerjee’s name, along with those of other icons, was engraved on the university’s bi-centennianl commemorative plaque. The educationist-politician was an illustriuous alumni of the Presidency College, the earlier avatar of the university.

On Monday morning, it was found that his name has been inked out.

The university has formed a five-member probe committee.

“Whoever has done it, will not be spared,” said Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia.

West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the act.

The state BJP has demanded stringent punishment for the perpetrators.

This is the second attack on Mookerjee’s memorabilia in the state t his month.

Seven members of an extremist left-wing student organisation were arrested for allegedly vandalising and blackening his marble bust in Kolkata’s Keoratola crematorium ground on March 7.

The vandalism happened after a statue of Dravidian icon and social reformer E.V.R. Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, was razed in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore, while two statues of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin were pulled down in Tripura allegedly by the BJP-RSS activists.

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SC stays trial in Junaid lynching case in Harayana



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New Delhi, March 19: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the trial in Junaid Khan lynching case as it sought response from the Central Bureau of Investigation and Haryana government on a plea seeking the transfer of investigation from the state police to the CBI.

Junaid Khan, 16, was lynched by a mob on board a Mathura-bound train in Haryana on June 22, 2017, following a row over seats which allegedly led to snowballed into religious slurs being hurled. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

The bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar stayed the trial before the court in Haryana’s Faridabad and sought response on transfer of investigation to CBI on a plea by Junaid Khan’s father Jalaluddin.

Jalaluddin has moved the top court challenging November 27, 2017 Punjab and Haryana High Court order rejecting his plea for handing over the investigation to CBI.

Holding that there was no substance in the plea to indicate that the investigation by the state police was tainted or shoddy, the High Court had said that there appeared no deliberate attempt to derail the investigation.

It had declined to exercise its extraordinary powers, saying that the case did not have any national or international ramifications.

Junaid and his cousins Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin were on the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on June 22.

The accused, along with around a dozen others, boarded at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats.

When they refused, the three were brutally beaten up, stabbed and dumped at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.


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