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Separatist shutdown affects life in Valley
SRINAGAR: Life across the Kashmir Valley was adversely affected on Monday by a separatist-called shutdown against six civilian deaths in an explosion in Kulgam district a day ago. With authorities also imposing restrictions in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maisuma and MR Gunj to prevent the shutdown, shops, public transport, businesses and educational institutions remained closed. Only a skeletal stream of private vehicles were
 
 
Zika virus cases cross 100 in Rajasthan
NEW DELHI: The number of Zika virus cases has crossed 100 in Rajasthan, a state in northern India where palaces and forts draw large numbers of tourists each year. The news agency reports eight new cases were reported from the state capital of Jaipur. The agency says that the new cases come amid a state health department investigation to track the outbreak of Zika in pregnant women in their first trimester. Zika symptoms include
   
Punjab Police to probe train tragedy separately
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police will conduct a separate probe into the train tragedy in Amritsar on Friday in which 59 people lost their lives and nearly 60 others were injured. Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora said that “for fixing the criminal responsibility for the Amritsar railway mishap,” Additional Director General of Police (Railways) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota would conduct the inquiry. The DGP said: “There
 
 
12 persons booked for ‘selling’ 2 women for dowry
PALGHAR: A shocking incident of two Rajasthani women having been allegedly “sold off to recover dowry” has come to light on Monday in Virar town here, officials said. Following sustained efforts by social activists, Virar Police on Oct.9 booked a dozen persons including a chartered accountant and a businessman, besides their family members and other associates, in the case, Investigating Officer Lakshmi Borkar said. According to
   
H1N1 claims three lives in Tamil Nadu
CHENNAI: Swine Flu (H1N1) scare has returned to Tamil Nadu. After three deaths in Madurai and Nagercoil districts, reports from Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchipuram said around five people have been diagnosed with swine flu and are undergoing treatment in government and private hospitals. In Madurai, doctors confirmed that the death of middle-aged woman Meenakshi on Saturday was from H1N1. Tests had also confirmed that another woman
 
 
UP MLC’s wife arrested for killing son
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council chairman Ramesh Yadav’s wife Meera Yadav was on Monday arrested for killing her 23-year-old son Abhijit Yadav, police said. She was detained late on Sunday for interrogation, during which she broke down and accepted strangulating her own son. Abhijt Yadav was found dead in the official Darulshafa legislators flat on Sunday. Preliminary reports called it a “cardiac arrest.”
   
Mystery alleged in Jalandhar priest’s death
KOCHI: The nuns who are on warpath against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is on bail in a rape case, and the brother of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, who was found dead on Monday morning in Punjab, alleged mystery around the priest’s death. Jose Kattuthara, the priest’s brother, on Monday filed a complaint with Cherthala police alleging mystery around his brother’s death and demanded an autopsy. Fr Kuriakose Kattuthara,
 
 
CBI loses credibility in Asthana case
NEW DELHI: India’s prime investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) looked tainted on Monday, a day after the agency itself filed a corruption case against its special director Rakesh Asthana. While the case has been viewed as partly the result of a feud between top men at the CBI, the agency has lost the great prestige and credibility it has built up over the years. CBI director Alok Verma and Asthana have be
   
Kerala CM thanks UAE for warm reception
TRIVANDRUM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, back from a five-day visit to the UAE on Monday, thanked its rulers and people for the warm reception they accorded to him. “It was an opportunity for me to feel their love and concern for our state,” the chief minister, who arrived here on Monday, told reporters. “I could interact with a lot of people there on rebuilding the state (devastated by the worst floods of a century
 
 
Posters call Priyanka ‘emotional blackmailer’
RAE BARELI: Hundreds of posters terming Priyanka Gandhi Vadra an “emotional blackmailer” were seen on Monday in Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The posters which literally cropped up all around the Uttar Pradesh town overnight, showed her as “missing,” and said while many tragedies struck the constituency since her last visit, Vadra has not bothered to reach out to the
   
In Delhi, walk with Gandhi in President’s House
NEW DELHI: With a moon rock, a chunk of Mount Everest and the chance to stroll with Gandhi, the President’s House in Delhi is lifting the veil on its treasures in its new museum. The President’s House, a classical palace with an Indian twist, is one of the grandest buildings in India, built by the British as the Viceroy’s House. Storerooms not opened for decades − some because of superstition − were unlocked in a treasure hunt to
 
 
Congress demands Jaitley’s sacking over bank frauds
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Monday demanded union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley be sacked for “allowing” bank frauds to the tune of Rs900 billion and “letting” fraudsters like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi to flee the country. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jaitley, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said that under the Bharatiya Janata Party government “an unprecedented 19,000 bank fraud cases involving Rs900 billione” have
   
Radhika says any kind of abuse must not be tolerated
NEW DELHI: With #MeToo movement, many women are coming out in the open to talk about the sexual harassment they have faced by people in power across different fields, including Bollywood. Actress Radhika Apte is “loving” it and she feels everyone should come together to create safe workplaces where any kind of abuse is neither exercised nor tolerated. “There are a lot of people in the industry who are trying to come together and
 
 
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