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Time to get a break! Summer vacation to kick from May 11 in Delhi schools



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A relief bringing news to all students from the scorching heat, the Delhi government on Tuesday ordered all government and private schools to advance their summer vacations to May 11.

The government’s direction came after the city faced its hottest day of the season on Monday as the maximum temperature settled at 44 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average.

“The directorate of education (DoE) has issued a circular to all the heads of government/aided/private/NDMC/MCD/DCB schools, directing them to observe mandatory summer vacations from May 11,” the Delhi education department said in a statement.

“The decision has been taken looking at the very hot weather prevailing in Delhi and prediction that temperature is likely to rise further,” it added.

However, there was a drop of four notches in the maximum temperature on Tuesday as it settled at 39.6 degrees Celsius.

Wefornews Bureau


10 kg of gold looted in Ghaziabad



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Ghaziabad, March 19: Armed robbers in police uniform looted 10 kg of gold chains from a Mumbai-based jeweller here on Monday, police said.

The incident occurred near the Sahibabad railway station when Rohit Jain, owner of Union Jewellers & Gems Pvt Ltd, was returning from Meerut after showing samples of the merchandise to Meerut-based jewellers.

He left Meerut at 8 p.m. on Sunday. As he, along with his friends Deepak and Krishna, reached Sahibabad area, they stopped their car at an eatery near the railway station.

As they left the place, the criminals who were wearing police uniform asked the driver to stop the car for checking.

The moment the car halted, the robbers put a pistol on their heads and robbed the entire stock of gold and escaped. A police officer had earlier described the haul as gold biscuits.

“We hope to work out the case soon,” Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said.


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5-year-old girl gang-raped in Mumbai’s Thane



Mumbai, March 19: In a horrific incident of crime against children, a five-year-old girl was gang-raped by a group of men in Thane.

The victim was brought to the police station after a passerby saw her weeping on the road, ANI reported.

Following an inquiry and physical examination, it was established that the girl was sexually assaulted.

Thane police on Sunday lodged a complaint against unknown persons.

The case was registered under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) along with one of rape and also sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) were also included.


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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana celebrate ‘Ugadi’



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Hyderabad/Vijayawada, March 18: Telugu New Year ‘Ugadi’ was celebrated with traditional fervour on Sunday across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

A festive atmosphere prevailed in both the Telugu states as thousands thronged the temples, praying for prosperity. Special prayers were held at Tirumala, Srisailam, Vijayawada and Bhadrachalam temples.

The people offered special prayers, decorated the entrances of their houses and shops with strings of mango leaves, savoured traditional food and heard the ‘panchangnam’ to usher in the New Year.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu attended the ‘Ugadi’ celebrations organised by the Swarna Bharat Trust in Hyderabad.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao attended the official function at Pragati Bhavan, his official residence in Hyderabad, while his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu launched the celebrations in Vijayawada.

The leaders wished for peace and prosperity for the Telugu-speaking people living across the world. They felicitated and presented awards to artists, writers and other personalities from various walks of life.

Rao said the ‘pandits’ had forecast it would be a good year for Telangana with abundant rain and bumper crops. He said Telanagana would remain a revenue surplus state and continue all its model schemes for the welfare of all sections of people.

At the main official function in Vijayawada, Chandrababu Naidu said that ‘Ugadi’ was part of the culture and heritage of Telugus.

Literary discussions, poetry recitations, recognition of authors through awards and cultural programmes marked the day.

Women prepared ‘Ugadi pacchadi’, a mixture of neem buds, raw mango, tamarind juice, pepper, jaggery and salt, which is a necessary part of the celebratory dishes. The mixture symbolises various hues of life.

‘Ugadi’ celebrations were also held at the headquarters of political parties in Hyderabad.

The celebrations started on Saturday evening with E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is the Governor of both the states, hosting Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister, party leaders and senior officials at the Raj Bhavan.


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