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HM Amit Shah's doctored video: Delhi court grants bail to Arun Bereddy

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New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) A court here on Monday granted bail to Arun Bereddy, an accused in the Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s doctored video case.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Nabeela Wali of Patiala House Courts granted bail to Bereddy noting that the prime allegation against him was just him being the ‘Admin’ of the WhatsApp group on which the alleged fake video was first posted for circulation.

“However, there are no allegations of the applicant/ accused having posted/ circulated the said video on any forum,” the court noted.

Bereddy was granted bail on furnishing of bail bonds in the sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety in the like amount.

Delhi Police had arrested Bereddy, who manages the Telangana Congress’ X account — ‘Spirit of Congress’ on May 3.

The accused had moved an application under Section 437 CrPC seeking bail in the case.

In connection with the case, Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police arrested five persons, identified as Pendyala Vamshi Krishna, Satish Manne, Pettam Naveen, Asma Tasleem and Koya Geetha — all residents of Hyderabad, who were circulating the doctored video of the Home Minister.

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According to police, Home Minister Shah delivered a speech during a public meeting in Telangana’s Medak on April 23.

“Pendyala Vamshi Krishna received a morphed video of the speech on WhatsApp. He then uploaded the morphed video on the ‘INCTelangana’ (X) handle and shared it in various WhatsApp groups,” said the Hyderabad Police in a statement on May 3.

Delhi Police registered an FIR after receiving complaints from the BJP and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

–IANS

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Delhi locality's 52.9 degrees C temperature reading likely due to error, IMD checking data

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday that the maximum temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius recorded by Delhi’s Mungeshpur locality’s Automatic Weather Station (AWS) is likely to be an error and is being examined as it is close to eight degrees Celsius higher than the maximum temperature recorded in other parts of the national capital.

“The maximum temperature in Delhi-NCR varied from 45.2 degrees to 49.1 degrees Celsius in different parts of the city, Mungeshpur reported 52.9°C as an outlier compared to other stations. It could be due to an error in the sensor or the local factor. IMD is examining the data and sensors,” an IMD statement read.

Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju earlier posted on X that the temperatures were not official.

“Temperature of 52.3 degrees Celsius in Delhi is very unlikely. Our senior officials in IMD have been asked to verify the news report. The official position will be stated soon,” Kiren Rijiju wrote.

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IMD DG M. Mahapatra said the temperature looked abnormal when compared with all other stations. A team has been sent to the AWS to check the data.

The reading of the Safdarjung centre is considered the official temperature of Delhi which stood at 46.8 degrees Celsius.

AWSes are automatic weather stations where the observations are made and transmitted automatically. No other AWS, including Pragati Maidan, IGNOU, Ayanagar, Pitampura, Najafgarh, on Wednesday reported 50+ temperature.

“Maximum temperature of today, i.e. 29th May, 2024 has fallen over Delhi at many places compared to yesterday. It has rained at many places in Delhi resulting in further fall of temperature. Heat wave conditions will reduce during next 2-3 days due to gradual fall in temperature in association with approaching western disturbance, rainfall/thunderstorm and southwesterly wind blowing from Arabian Sea to northwest India,” according to an IMD statement.

–IANS

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'Hamar Kashi, Hamar Vikas' organised at Varanasi's NaMo ghat; over 1,500 artists participate

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) A one-of-its kind ‘Hamar Kashi, Hamar Vikas’ was organised at Varanasi’s NaMo ghat on Wednesday to motivate the locals and seek their participation and contribution in the ‘Viksit Kashi’ dream and also in the shared vision for developed India.

More than 1,500 participants, including more than 50 senior artists, art faculty, art students, professionals, first-time voters, women, and general attendees, came together to show their support for the initiative.

The workshop with the theme “Hamar Kashai Hamar Vikas” saw senior artists painting on easels and canvases, art faculty and students working on long-running canvas.

The event also featured a diverse array of folk artists from Varanasi, including dancers, musicians, potters, and sculptors, who showcased their unique talents.

Their art not only captured the essence of Viksit Kashi but also promoted the “Vocal for Local” initiative, highlighting the rich cultural heritage and local craftsmanship of the region.

The participants, enamoured with the vibrant program, pledged to contribute to the vision of Viksit Kashi through their artistic skills.

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Many of the participants spoke to IANS and shed light on the importance and the reason behind such a workshop.

Harsh Vardhan Sharma, a retired professor from Jammu said that the event provided a platform to the artists to showcase their vision of Viksit Bharat and how they could enthuse and encourage the younger lot and instil in them a curiosity and desire to work towards ‘Viksit Kashi and Viksit Bharat’.

“Many local artistes participated in the workshop and shared their experience of changes and transformation of their city by drawing painting on the canvas,” he said.

Claiming that he has been a regular visitor to Varanasi for the past 35 years, he said that never before he saw the city shining bright with such cleanliness and hygiene and credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led dispensation for the same.

“Earlier, Indians looked at the Western world with awe and astonishment, but today, the global powers are looking up to Bharat. This is just the beginning of Bharat’s rise,” he said.

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Adwait Gannayak, one of the organisers said that more than 7,000 artistes are likely to accumulate to showcase their vision of Viksit Bharat via their artworks.

He said that the purpose behind the event was to combine the strengths of traditional and contemporary artists and create a framework for robust growth, and added that Kashi will become the key centre of Vishwaguru, the role that the country has envisaged for itself and set to achieve in the near future.

The lively ambience at Namo Ghat and the active participation of artists and attendees indeed made for an impactful event on the journey towards Viksit Kashi.

–IANS

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Shut down temporary Trinamool, CPI-M offices near polling station, orders Calcutta HC

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Kolkata, May 29 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed the immediate closure of temporary party offices of both the Trinamool Congress and the CPI-M, located within 200 metres radius of a polling station under Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.

Jadavpur is among the nine Lok Sabha constituencies in the state that will be going for polls in the seventh and last phase of the 2024 elections on June 1.

A vacation bench of Justice Rai Chattopadhyay gave this direction following a complaint by BJP leader Dhiman Kundu, which argued that since these temporary party offices are located within 200 metres radius of a polling station at Dinabandhu Andrews College in Garia area in southern Kolkata, there is every possibility of the polling process being influenced on the polling day.

During the hearing, Justice Chattopadhyay initially observed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) should immediately initiate the process to demolish these party offices. However, its counsel informed the court that the poll panel does not have the authority to demolish any construction and only the District Magistrate could do that.

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Thereafter, Justice Chattopadhyay ordered the closure of the two party offices and that this be done 48 hours before polling day.

–IANS

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Maha Congress leaders to tour drought-hit regions, submit report to govt

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) With massive water scarcity hitting large parts of the state, the Maharashtra Congress leaders will embark on an inspection tour of the worst-hit regions from Friday and submit ground reports to the government, state Congress chief Nana Patole said here on Wednesday.

Patole said that the drought situation in the state is so severe that in many parts people don’t have even drinking water for the past two-three weeks with nearly 75 per cent of the state facing alarming water shortages.

“The MahaYuti government is not concerned with the people’s problems despite the critical situation. Accordingly, Congress leaders shall go on a tour of all the seriously affected areas from May 31, assess the actual ground situation, and submit reports to the respective divisional commissioners,” Patole told mediapersons.

Adding to the drinking water woes is the problem of insufficient fodder for livestock that has hit the farming community owing to the government’s apathy and corruption, Patole claimed.

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“The tanker mafia is flourishing. The government says the water tankers are fitted with GPS, but the GPS is removed and fitted to motorcycles, and water doesn’t reach the targeted regions or the suffering masses,” Patole contended.

Challenging the government’s claims that the drought relief was hampered due to the model code of conduct, he pointed out that it can still be done after obtaining permission from the Election Commission of India.

Top Congress leaders will start the drought impact tours in different parts of the state, meet the people, the farmers, and other affected sections, and prepare detailed reports of the respective regions, which would be followed up by another tour in early June, he said.

Patole would helm the tours in the Marathwada region, Balasaheb Thorat in North Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan in Western Maharashtra, Vijay Wadettiwar and Yashomati Thakur in Vidarbha, while M. Arif Naseem Khan will tour the coastal Konkan region.

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Another human trafficking suspect arrested in Tripura

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Agartala, May 29 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Tripura has apprehended a wanted human trafficking suspect who is said to be involved in trafficking Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingyas through the bordering areas of the northeastern state, an official said on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Tripura Police on May 19 arrested a human trafficking suspect who was on the ‘wanted list’ of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), an official said.

The arrested individual was identified as Hannan Miah (41). He was detained in the Matinagar area of Tripura’s Sepahijala district

According to sources, Hannan Miah is notorious as an “infamous human trafficker”, and he was wanted in connection with a human trafficking case pursued by the NIA.

Meanwhile, Jalil Miah, also a resident of Tripura, was arrested by an NIA team on Tuesday.

The probe agency had in February declared a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of the accused, who had been absconding in the case, in addition to nine others.

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Investigations revealed that Jalil was one of the main conspirators in the human trafficking racket and a close associate of another accused, Jiban Rudra Pal.

Though Jalil had managed to escape during the initial operation on November 8 last year, 29 accused were arrested.

Electronic devices and other incriminating documents seized from his residence had pointed to his complicity.

Pan India searches conducted by NIA in November last year have led to the seizure of a lot of incriminating data, including digital devices, along with foreign currency (Bangladeshi Taka and US Dollar), Aadhaar cards, PAN cards etc.

A subsequent crackdown on December 29 last year led to the arrest of another four accused in the case, exposing a massive network of human traffickers.

–IANS

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