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8-yr-old boy sodomised in madrasa in UP's Muzaffarnagar, accused held

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), April 30 (IANS) An eight-year-old student of a madrasa has been allegedly sodomised by his senior in Muzaffarnagar district, the police said.

The incident took place in a madrasa in a village under the Kotwali police station.

The accused, a 21-year-old student of the institution, has been arrested under the Indian Penal Code Section 377 (unnatural offences) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, a police spokesman said.

According to the complaint lodged by the victim’s family, the matter came to light after the boy refused to go to the madrasa.

He narrated the incident to his family members following which the complaint was lodged, the police added.

–IANS

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SGPC files complaint against Instagram influencer for doing yoga in Golden Temple

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Amritsar, June 22 (IANS) The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday filed a police complaint against a woman Instagram influencer for doing yoga at Sri Darbar Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple Amritsar, here.

The incident sparked outrage among the Sikh community.

Also, the SGPC has taken action against three ‘sewadars’ or employees for duty dereliction in the Darbar Sahib ‘Parikrama’ by allowing the woman to do yoga exercises in the morning of June 21 that is observed as International Day of Yoga.

A marble walkway is known as the ‘Parikrama’ where pilgrims can take a circumambulation, offering prayers and paying their respects.

SGPC President Harjinder Singh Dhami said some people deliberately ignore the sanctity of the holy place. He said Sikh sentiments have been hurt by the act of the woman.

He appealed to the ‘sangat’ that Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib has great respect in the entire Sikh community and at the same time pilgrims, belonging to every religion and country, come here to pay obeisance with reverence.

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An inquiry committee, constituted by the SGPC, questioned the ‘sewadars’ for dereliction of duty.

Pictures of Instagram influencer, Archana Makwana, while performing yoga went viral.

Amid the uproar, she has issued a public apology, expressing regret.

Golden Temple General Manager Bhagwant Singh Dhangera said Archana Makwana had posted her photos on her social media account.

“After verifying through the CCTV cameras, it was found that she performed yoga exercises at 7.04 a.m. after entering the premises at 6.57 a.m. She spent almost an hour in the ‘Parikrama’ but she had not paid a reverence during her stay,” he added.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is considered the ‘Mini Parliament’ of the religion.

–IANS

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Home Minister Shah assures Mizoram CM of providing aid for refugees

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Aizawl, June 22 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma that the Central government would provide humanitarian assistance to refugees sheltering in the state, officials said here on Saturday.

The Mizoram Chief Minister, who has been in Delhi since Thursday, separately met Union Home Minister Shah, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, and DoNER and Communications Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in the national capital and discussed various state-related issues including developmental schemes.

An official at the Chief Minister’s office in Aizawl said that the Union Home Minister has promised to the Chief Minister to provide assistance for the refugees.

Home Minister Shah also told Chief Minister Lalduhoma that the Assam Rifles battalion set up would be relocated from central Aizawl to the proposed new headquarters at Zokhawsang, which is located around 15 km east of capital Aizawl, the officials said.

The Chief Minister during the meeting also submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister detailing the damage caused by Cyclone Remal in May-June.

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The Home Minister told the Chief Minister that a Central team would be sent for verification, and financial assistance would follow based on their report, the official said.

After the military junta seized power in Myanmar on February 1, 2021, around 34,000 people including women, elderly and children, from the neighbouring country took shelter in 11 districts of Mizoram.

Over 1,900 Bangladeshi refugees including 505 women and 810 children have also taken shelter in Mizoram since November 2022 after the ethnic troubles in Chittagong Hill Tracts of that country.

Besides, Mizoram is also providing shelter to around 9,000 Kuki-Zomi-Hmar tribals who were displaced after the ethnic strife began in the neighbouring Manipur in May last year.

The Myanmar, Bangladeshi and Manipur refugees, all tribals, have close ethnic ties, and traditional and cultural similarities with the Mizos of Mizoram.

All the refugees are now staying in relief camps and the houses of relatives or friends across Mizoram, which shares 518 km and 318 km of unfenced borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh respectively.

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Former Union minister Suryakanta Patil quits BJP

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Nanded (Maharashtra), June 22 (IANS) Days after the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections, former union minister Suryakanta Patil on Saturday resigned from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). ‘’I have learned a lot in the last 10 years, I am thankful to the party,’’ she said after quitting.

Patil, who had joined the BJP in 2014 after she parted ways with the Sharad Pawar led NCP, had sought the party’s nomination during the Lok Sabha elections from Hingoli constituency in Marathwada but she failed to get the ticket. She had expressed her displeasure on social media after failing to get the nomination.

During the seat sharing arrangement, the Hingoli seat was left to the Eknath Shinde led Shiv Sena. During the general elections, the BJP had given her the responsibility of poll chief of the Hadgaon Himayatnagar assembly constituency. The Shiv Sena had lost the Hingoli seat to the Uddhav Thackeray led faction.

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Patil has represented the Hingoli-Nanded constituency four times as MP and once as MLA. She was the minister of state for rural development and parliamentary affairs during the UPA government.

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Centre publishes book on maritime history of ports, docks in Mumbai region

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) The Centre has published a book on the history of ports and docks in the Mumbai region under the auspices of the Maritime Mumbai Museum Society (MMMS), which was released by Governor Ramesh Bais.

Entitled “Gateways to the Sea – Historic Ports and Docks of Mumbai Region”, the book is a compilation of the history of ancient ports/docks in and around the country’s commercial capital like Sopara, Vasai, Versova, Mahim, Alibaug, Chaul and others.

Comprising 18 chapters, the book has been written by renowned historians, authors, researchers and architects as an initiative of MMMS to tell the maritime heritage of Mumbai.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor Bais said that India’s prosperity in the past was attributed to the vast maritime heritage of the country, while noting that those countries which mastered the over the sea prospered.

Since then, many cities have been built around ports and Mumbai emerged as the financial capital of India due to the development of the ports in the vicinity.

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The study of the past and present ports and docks is important in tracing the progress of the country as a nation, and their history could also unravel how some cities emerged or lost their importance or went into oblivion over time, the Governor pointed out.

As India strives to become the third largest global economy, the role of the ports in the country will be even more important, Bais added, saying he would recommend the book for inclusion into the study curriculum of colleges and universities in the state.

Other dignitaries present included MMMS president Capt K.D. Bahl, Vice-President Anita Yewle, retired Vice-Admiral Indrasheel Rao, book Editor Dr. Shefali Shah, the government’s publication department representative Sangeeta Godbole, plus the authors.

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4 dead, 12 injured in Gurugram factory blaze, owner arrested (Ld)

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Gurugram, June 22 (IANS) The Gurugram police have arrested the owner of GFO Research and Development Pvt Ltd’s factory, where a massive fire broke out in the wee hours of Saturday, claiming 4 lives and leaving 12 others injured.

According to police, the complainant in the matter claimed that the factory owner had stocked a large number of fireballs and flammable material inside the factory premises and they had requested the accused not to stock such material but the accused paid no heed to their concerns and the incident occurred.

The accused has been identified as Sandeep, a resident of Gurugram’s Rajender Nagar area.

The deceased have been identified as Kaushik, Arun, Prashant and Ram Avadh. Kaushik was an employee of GFO Research and Development Pvt Ltd, while Arun was employed with Technocrat Pvt Ltd and Ram Avad was working there as a security guard.

According to the Gurugram Fire Service officials, the incident was reported at 2.24 a.m. Saturday, prompting the deployment of dozens of fire tenders to the site. The fire was brought under control by 10.00 a.m.

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Officials suspect that the fire originated from a short circuit or leakage of some gas in the building.

Officials said that as many as 15 people were inside the factory when the incident occurred. They were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Among the injured, three were declared dead at the hospital, the officials added.

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