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Tourists flock to hill stations, deserting smoggy Delhi



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New Delhi, November 8: With Delhi turning into a gas chamber post Diwali, many tourists have cancelled their plans to visit the capital and are resorting to near-by hill stations instead.

Also, many Delhites have packed their bags to visit their country homes as India Inc has eased out work-from-home culture to met the air pollution crisis and asked the staff to avoid traveling to risk their health.

A tourist in Himachal pardesh said, “Had plans to go for Delhi darshan, but got to know about #Delhipollution and so came to Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) instead.”

Another foreign tourist shared her tale with Delhi’s air pollution, “I had been to Delhi, last week and the #Smog was noticeable; have soar throat because of that.”

As government shut schools for 3 days, many have also recoursed to nearby hill stations to get a sigh of relief.

Confirming the news, Booking Incharge of Himachal Tourism hotels also said, “Tourists are cancelling plans and coming here instead. We are getting many walk-in guests at Dharamshala due to Delh smog.”

The national capital has witnessed worst air pollution ever with PH levels rising 15-16 times the safer limits. Meanwhile the city administration has banned all types of excavation, backfilling works in the metro sites, schools has been shut for 3 days, use of kerosene is banned, authorities are sprinkling water on roads and several steps have been taken to tackle the situation in the shortest possible time frame.

While the Delhi tourism ministry official has refused to accpet that tourists are not visiting Delhi. He said, “Inbound tourist traffic has not witnessed a dip on account of the continuing smog. The tourism ministry has not issued any advisory (asking tourists not to visit Delhi), as this is a temporary phenomenon that will get blown off after the rains that are expected.”

As bookings are done in advance the dip in arrivals is not seen initially but if the situation curtails for long, it may affect the business, said a worried tourists operator.

Wefornews Bureau


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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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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