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Rajini welcomes SC verdict on Sabarimala, but says respect tradition

Rajinikanth said that a lot of work had been completed towards forming his political party but denied reports that it would be launched on December 12.

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Chennai, Oct 20 : Tamil cinema superstar Rajinikanth on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala, but cautioned against interfering with the traditions of temples.

He said that every temple had some traditions, and it was better not to interfere with those traditions.

However, he was quick to hail the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that overturned a centuries-old practice barring women of menstrual age (10-50 years) from entering the hill temple, where a celibate deity Lord Ayyappa is worshipped.

His cine rival Kamal Haasan, however, refused to be drawn into the Sabarimala controversy.

Haasan, the founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party, said he was not the right person to comment on the issue, as he had never been to the Sabrimala temple.

He observed that Karnataka did not follow the SC verdict asking for the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, and now Kerala was not obeying the SC ruling on Sabarimala.

Rajinikanth said that a lot of work had been completed towards forming his political party but denied reports that it would be launched on December 12.

The two Tamil cinema rivals are now set to slug it out in the world of politics.

Protesters have blocked the entry of women in the age group of 10-50, in defiance of the SC order, and despite the state government’s assurance to facilitate the entry of women to the shrine.

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Prank call made at Kerjiwal’s residence

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, saying that a man named ‘Bholo’ was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer.

An attendant received a call on a land line number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

“The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named ‘Bhola’ is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal,” Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said.

“We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call,” Mittal said.

“The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller,” the officer added.

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Swift police action saves woman from being burned alive

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Patna, Jan 21 (IANS) A quick action by police saved a woman from being burned alive on Monday in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

“As soon as we got to know that some people are trying to burn a woman alive at a cremation ground in Saripur village on the banks of river Sone, a police team rushed to the site and rescued her,” a police officer, Avadesh Kumar Singh, said.

Singh said a case was lodged against half-a-dozen people of her family and the police have began investigating into it.

“All accused fled the site as they saw the police team approaching them,” he said.

It was, however, not immediately known why her family members were trying to set her on fire.

The woman has been admitted to a government hospital.

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Rains turn Delhi cool, maximum temperature to fall further

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Light rains accompanied by winds on Monday turned Delhi pleasantly cool with the maximum temperature dropping to 22 degrees Celsius, against Sunday’s 28.7 degrees – warmest January day since 2012.

“At Safdarjung, Delhi recorded 1.2 mm of rainfall on Monday. This kind of weather will continue to bring down the maximum and increase minimum temperatures in Delhi by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius for the next 2-3 days,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

On Tuesday, he said, the national capital will again witness light rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds. “This will further bring down the maximum temperature to 20 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum is likely to remain at 11 degrees,” the official said.

As per the IMD, this sudden change in the weather is owing to two western disturbances over the northern hills and its induced cyclonic circulation over the northwestern plains which is expected to remain till the end of the week.

In terms of pollution, the authorities have forecast an improvement in Delhi’s air quality from “very poor” to “poor” by Wednesday.

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Monday stood at 346 (very poor), against Sunday’s “severe” air quality at 404.

“A significant improvement is expected further as there is an appreciable increase in the wind speed to 4.6 kmph from Sunday’s 2.8 kmph. Due to the predicted rainfall, air quality is likely to improve to ‘poor’ levels by Wednesday,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said in its daily pollution analysis.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Faridabad at 319, Ghaziabad at 375, Greater Noida at 357 and Noida at 352 also improved to “very poor”. Gurugram, on the other hand, recorded “poor” quality of air.

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