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Security up at Taj Mahal after reported IS threat

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Agra, March 17: Security all around the Taj Mahal has been tightened after a website threatened to target the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument of love.

Police on Friday patrolled the Yamuna river bank and mounted extra vigil in the view of threat.

An official informed that as the information was forwarded to the police and the intelligence agencies on Thursday following which several teams combed the area and stepped up vigil.

Archaeological Survey of India and senior police officials, however, tried to play down the threat, saying the security arrangements were routine.

Local newspapers have published a photo from the website showing a graphics of the Taj Mahal with a terrorist standing alongside holding what looks like a weapon.

The world heritage monument is visited by nearly six million tourists annually.

Senior Superintendent of Police Preetinder Singh stated that police teams were on alert and extra vigilance are being kept on crowds.

The internal security in the Taj Mahal is provided by the Central Industrial Security Force. The Uttar Pradesh Police and Provincial Armed Constabulary man the outer posts.

SWOT commandos have been put in charge at vantage points. Mock drills are being conducted every few hours to test the state of preparedness.

Outside the 500 metre security ring, police teams are keeping an eye on the movement of vehicles both on the western gate parking and the Shilpgram parking towards the eastern gate, the sources said.

Superintendent of Police Sushil Dhule and a team of the bomb disposal and dog squads on Thursday evening visited the entire area around the Taj Mahal.

The number of tourist vising the Taj Mahal is on the rise. The annual Taj Mahotsava is set to begin on Saturday.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Anil Ambani Group sues Congress’ Singhvi for Rs 5,000 crore

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Ahmedabad, Dec 15 : The Reliance Anil Ambani group has filed a Rs 5,000-crore ($ 780 million) defamation suit here against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, accusing him of making “false, defamatory and libellous statements”.

The suit has been filed in the Gujarat High Court.

According to company sources, the Congress leader “made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. We have filed a Rs 5,000-crore suit for damages against him for making these false and defamatory statements”.

Singhvi had, on November 30, attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, contending that he was “fooling” people by saying the government had not waived loans of big defaulters.

Alleging that the government had written off Rs 1.88 lakh crore debt of wilful defaulters, he had said: “We all know that top 50 corporates owe Rs 8.35 lakh crore to banks and out of those, three top Gujarat-based companies — Reliance (Anil Ambani Group), Adani and Essar — owe Rs 3 lakh crore.”

He had charged that the Finance Minister, instead of declaring these liabilities as NPAs, was “trying to help the defaulter with further defence contracts like the Rafale deal”.

A Reliance Defence statement had earlier clarified the joint venture between Reliance Aerostructure Ltd and Dassault Aviation was a bilateral agreement between two private companies — and had nothing to do with the government.

The statement had added: “Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd will be only one of the key players in the discharge of offset obligations. Over 500 large, medium and small Indian companies will benefit from the offsets which are nothing but an export obligation for goods and services from India. Offsets referred to are spread over a period of nearly 10 years.”

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Union cabinet clears Triple Talaq Bill

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New Delhi, 15th December: Union government on Thursday(15th December) cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of “instant” triple talaq an offence.

The draft bill was sent out to states earlier this month proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence that would attract a jail term of three years.he practice of Triple Talaq as illegal

On August 22 the Supreme Court announced the practice of Triple Talaq as illegal.Now the bill will be introduced in both Upper and lower houses for approval in the winter session of Parliament.

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NGT bans plastic in Haridwar, Rishikesh to curb pollution in Ganga river

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New Delhi, Dec 15: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh located on the banks of river Ganga.

The green court ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on those who will violate the rule. The ban includes plastic items such as polybags, items used for serving or packing food, plates cutlery and others.

Earlier, in July and December 2015 also, the tribunal also prohibit the usage of plastic. The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the river Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities, news agency IANS reported.

Following this, then the green panel passed a numbers of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued unabated.

The tribunal’s earlier directions were also motioned to make the Ganga pollution-free.

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