December 16 gang rape convicts in Tihar Jail on suicide watch

The most guarded men in India’s largest prison, which houses over 18,000 inmates, are not Mumbai underworld gangster Chhota Rajan, Delhi’s biggest don Neeraj Bawana, or Bihar’s strongman turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin; they are the four convicts of the December 16 gang rape and murder case, who are due to be hanged on February 1 according to the latest court directive.Prison officials said on condition of anonymity that Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Kumar Gupta (25), Akshay Thakur (31) and Vinay...

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Death toll in Coronavirus jumps to 41, over 1,200 infected

The death toll of the rapidly spreading novel Coronavirus jumped to 41 in China and the number of confirmed cases topped 1,200, as millions in the central Chinese province of Hubei continued to be under a government-imposed lockdown to contain the outbreak.At least 237 people out of the infected are critical, Chinese health officials said Saturday.More than a dozen cities have had restrictions imposed on public transportations; the exit and entry of residents in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei and a city...

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18 dead as earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hits Turkey

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors early on Saturday.At least 30 people were missing following the magnitude 6.8 quake, which had its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in the eastern province of Elazig.“It was very scary, furniture fell on top of us. We rushed outside,” 47-year-old Melahat Can, who lives in the provincial capital of Elazig, told...

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Facial recognition system, drones, CCTV cameras: Security stepped up ahead of Republic Day

Thousands of security personnel, facial recognition system, drones and CCTV cameras were part of Delhi Police’s security arrangements as India prepared to host Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for its Republic Day celebrations on Sunday.Officials said sharpshooters and snipers will be deployed on top of high-rise buildings to keep a watch on the 8-km-long parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort on January 26.The facial recognition system will also be set up at vantage points for the identification...

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Indian women leaders trolled more than those in US, UK, says report

Indian women politicians experience substantially higher online abuse than their United Kingdom and United States of America counterparts, a first-of-its-kind report that tracked digital abuse over Twitter around last year’s general elections has revealed.Amnesty India International-International Secretariat analysed 114,716 tweets that mentioned 95 women politicians between March and May 2019 — the elections were conducted over April and May — and found that 13.8% of them were abusive and problematic.By...

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Election Commission seeks report on Kapil Mishra’s ‘mini Pakistan in Delhi’ tweets

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has sought a report from the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on tweet posted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kapil Mishra on Delhi Assembly elections, reports news agency ANI.The ECI has asked the report to be submitted within 24 hours.Mishra had said in the tweet that the assembly elections on February 8 will be like an India-Pakistan match.He had further explained his tweets and claimed that the protest against citizenship law in Shaheen Bagh...

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Mumbai girl gets national bravery award for saving lives during 2018 building fire

Zen Sadavarte, a 12-year-old girl, who saved lives of 10 people from a fire at Parel’s Crystal Tower on August 22, 2018, was given the Indian Council for Child Welfare’s National Bravery Award for 2019 on Tuesday in Delhi.Sadavarte, a student of Don Bosco International School, Matunga, drew admiration for using the techniques learnt during a disaster management class while battling the fire without panicking and for ably guiding others stuck in the blaze.She quickly gathered clothes found in the house,...

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Coronavirus kills 25, infects 830 in China, millions under lockdown in 5 cities

The rapidly spreading novel Coronavirus has killed 25 people and sickened at least 830 people across China, the latest official statement said on Friday morning as millions in the country in five cities have been put under lockdown in an attempt to control the outbreak.As many 24 deaths have been reported from the central Chinese province of Hubei; one has been reported from Hebei, a province bordering Beijing. Another 177 people elsewhere in the country are critical, the government said.A second...

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Rahul Gandhi to begin yatra to highlight ‘govt failures’ on economic front

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will soon embark on a nationwide political yatra in a bid to reconnect with the masses, highlight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s “failures” on the economic front and keep up the attack on the BJP on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a party leader familiar with the development said.The leader quoted above said this was decided at the last meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s...

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Held Hizbul man planned major attack ahead of Republic Day, says intel

The Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant arrested along with a Jammu and Kashmir police officer this month was planning to deliver explosives in Pulwama for major attacks his group was planning to launch ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, according to a Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) input shared with the security agencies last week.Naveed Babu, the HM’s operations chief for south and central Kashmir, was arrested while he was travelling to Jammu with deputy police superintendent...

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