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Bengaluru cafe blast case: CM Mamata Banerjee gives credit to Bengal Police for arrest of accused

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Kolkata, April 12 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Friday, gave full credit to the state police for the arrest of two accused in the Bengaluru cafe blast case.

Mussavir Hussain Shazib and Abdul Mateen Taha were arrested from Kanthi in the East Midnapore district by the NIA on Friday.

“The two persons who have been arrested are not residents of West Bengal. They were just hiding here. We traced them within two hours. Our cops arrested them,” the Chief Minister said while addressing an election rally at Cooch Behar.

Addressing the gathering, she also cautioned the state north Bengal development minister, Udayan Guha, who is also a party legislator from Cooch Behar district, to maintain his cool during the election period. “I will advise Udayan to be cool. Nisith Pramaik will try to drag you into unnecessary problems and conduct the polling in his favour taking advantage of that. You should never allow that. Keep yourself well-prepared in advance. Mainly peace in the area,” the Chief Minister said.

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Nisith Pramanik is the sitting BJP Lok Sabha member from Cooch Behar constituency who has been re-nominated by his party from the seat

The Chief Minister also said that while there might be some understanding at the national level through the opposition INDIA bloc, in West Bengal, BJP, Congress and CPI(M) are equal opponents of Trinamool Congress.

“Remember, if you want to vote against BJP you will have to vote only for Trinamool Congress and no other party,” the Chief Minister said.

She also claimed that the arrest of erstwhile Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is concrete evidence of the BJP being anti-tribal. “Soren was the only Chief Minister in the country who hailed from a tribal background. He has been arrested. The Chief Minister of Delhi has also been arrested. Here in West Bengal, they are arresting our party leaders and workers,” the Chief Minister said.

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Tripura CM stresses on social awareness to prevent 'child selling' episodes

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Agartala, May 27 (IANS) Days after a three-day-old baby girl in Tripura’s Dhalai district was rescued hours after a poor tribal woman reportedly sold the infant, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha on Monday said more social awareness is needed to make sure such incidents do not happen again.

Noting that he had taken stock of the situation, the Chief Minister said that he took information from the District Magistrate and Collector of Dhalai district Saju Vaheed A, about the incident of the newborn being rescued and returned to her mother.

Referring to the allegations of the CPI-M about the “child sale” and economic distress of rural people and their suffering from acute scarcity of food and work, CM Saha said: “We used to witness such things (child sale and other problems) everyday when the Left parties were in power. I suggest people read the newspapers of that time (Left regime) and check.”

The Chief Minister said that considering the backwardness, the state government provides 10 per cent additional funds for development to Dhalai district, which is categorised as ‘Aspirational District’ by the Central government.

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“Aspirational districts are areas where the government provides extra funds and focus to bring them at par with other districts. This ‘Aspirational District’ was earlier neglected by the previous government,” he told the media.

Saha said that the Chief Secretary briefed him in details about the incident (alleged child sale) and apprised that funds were provided by the local administration to the concerned tribal family and other steps were also taken to support the family.

“The opposition parties are creating issues and misguiding people against the government,” he said.

Reacting to the matter, BJP spokesperson Ashmita Banik on Monday said that the opposition CPI-M and Congress have tried to confuse people with false information of child sale in Dhalai district.

“A woman in Dhalai district gave away her newborn infant to a childless family for adoption. Unfortunately, the legal procedure for adoption was not followed in this case,” she told the media.

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The DM, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Child line executives, local district council members visited and took stock of the situation.

“The mother of the newborn wanted to have a medical termination of the child but the doctor didn’t recommend it since the pregnancy was in an advanced stage. Then the tribal woman gave the child away almost for free to a childless couple for adoption. There is no case of child sale here. It is a complete lie,” Bank told the media.

Earlier, opposition leader Jitendra Chaudhury had said that a three-day old baby girl was reportedly sold by her mother due to ‘extreme poverty’ and he informed Dhalai District Magistrate and Collector Saju Vaheed A and Tripura Chief Secretary J.K. Sinha and sought their intervention.

Local media reports also said that a woman, Mormari Tripura (39), gave birth to a girl on May 23 at the Gandachara Sub-Divisional Hospital and the next day, she reportedly sold the infant to a couple for Rs 5,000.

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According to reports, Mormari’s husband reportedly committed suicide five months ago due to financial hardship.

She is the mother of five children, including the newborn.

The District Magistrate had said the local authorities rescued the baby and handed it over to the woman on May 25.

“The mother and the newborn are now at home in Gandachara. The woman has been facing severe poverty, especially after her husband’s death. But it is not true that she sold her ration card and other documents to others,” Vaheed A had told IANS.

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God cursed Tejashwi Yadav for eating fish in Navratri: Samrat Choudhary

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Patna, May 27 (IANS) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Choudhary on Monday said that God has “cursed” Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Tejashwi Yadav for eating fish during the month of Navratri.

“Tejashwi Yadav ate fish in Navratri while sitting in the helicopter. God has cursed him for this act. Lalu Prasad Yadav had also invited Rahul Gandhi in the month of Sawan, cooked mutton and served him. Do we eat non-vegetarian foods in the month of Sawan?” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said while addressing a rally in Babuganj High School in Rohtas district.

He said that for the next one and a half years, the double-engine government will be in Bihar. “Sand mafia, liquor mafia and land mafia should either leave Bihar or be ready to face the consequences,” he said.

Samrat Choudhary also taunted veteran Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, saying that she never allowed former PM Manmohan Singh to express himself in a way which is befitting for a Prime Minister

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“Pakistan’s army used to come and behead the Indian army. In today’s India, even if a small bomb is thrown from Pakistan, we respond befittingly,” he said.

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Mumbai Police get bomb hoax calls at airport, Taj hotel

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Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) An unidentified person on Monday called up Mumbai Police Control Room claiming that bombs had been planted at the Mumbai Airport and the Hotel Taj Mahal, an official said.

Following the call, the security apparatus was alerted and searches were carried out at the two locations, but nothing suspicious was detected.

A complaint has been lodged and preliminary investigations indicate that the call originated from a location in Uttar Pradesh around 11 a.m.

The caller had spoken very briefly, then abruptly disconnected, and now the phone is switched off, but the matter is being probed as per protocol, a source said.

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Delhi hospital fire: NCPCR asks Chief Secy to take action against authorities

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New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Monday asked Naresh Kumar Chief Secretary (CS) of NCT of Delhi to take appropriate action against the authorities responsible for the tragic fire incident at a hospital in which seven newborns died.

“Naresh Kumar Chief Secretary of NCT of Delhi must take appropriate action as per law against the responsible authorities: Department of Health Services, NCT of Delhi, Department of Fire Services, Municipal Authorities and other concerned district administration, and State Medical Council,” the Commission said after visiting the nursing home where seven newborns died in a fire incident.

The Commission has also instructed the Chief Secretary to submit an ‘Action Taken Report’ to the Commission within five working days and also sought a district-wise list of all government and private hospitals having NICU/ SNCU and any other medical facilities keeping the newborns and infants in NCT of Delhi.

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The Commission has observed that in the said nursing home there was no emergency exit which is a serious violation of the National Building Code of India, 2016.

“There were no fire extinguishers and no automatic water sprinkle systems were functional. Also, at the time of the incident, locals reported it rather than the hospital staff,” the Commission said.

The Commission said that 12 newborn babies were rescued from the fire incident and shifted to East Delhi Advance NICU Hospital in Vivek Vihar for treatment.

Out of these 12 newborns, six were declared brought dead and one was put on the ventilator but could not survive. All seven dead bodies have been further shifted to GTB Hospital for postmortem.

NCPCR said that it seems that the staff of the nursing home was not trained in handling such emergency situations.

“Prime- facie it seems that the incident occurred due to the negligence of the concerned authorities,” the NCPCR said.

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Delhi HC orders sensitisation of trial court judges on conviction verdicts

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New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has directed the sensitisation of all trial court judges in the national capital to ensure judgments on conviction are pronounced only when they are ready and that a copy is immediately provided to the convicted accused taken into custody.

Justice Navin Chawla issued the directive, asking the Principal District and Sessions Judges of all district courts in Delhi to circulate this order to presiding judicial officers.

“The learned Principal District and Sessions Judges of all the District Courts in Delhi are requested to sensitise the presiding judicial officers to pronounce their judgments on conviction only when they are ready for pronouncement and, in cases where they are convicting the accused and taking the accused into custody, immediately supply a copy thereof, free of cost, to the accused for the accused to avail of the remedies available to them in accordance with law,” the order said.

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This decision arose from a plea by two men who were taken into custody without being provided with the order convicting them. The court noted that the judgment on conviction was not even ready when the men were taken into custody.

Justice Chawla pointed out that if the judgment was ready, there was no reason for the trial court to delay supplying a copy to the accused.

The court noted the importance of providing the judgment copy to the accused or their pleader, enabling them to immediately seek remedies, such as filing an appeal.

Justice Chawla stressed that the accused must know the reasons for their conviction and the legal grounds for their custody, as it pertains to their statutory and constitutional rights.

The court criticised the trial court’s failure to make the judgment available at the time of conviction, calling it a denial of the accused’s rights. It was informed that the judgment of conviction had since been uploaded and made available to the petitioners. The court disposed of the plea, ensuring that the petitioners retain the right to pursue any legal remedies available to them.

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