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Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde's luggage checked by poll officials in Nashik

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Nashik, (Maharashtra), May 16 (IANS) Three days after the opposition parties alleged huge amounts of cash being transferred to and fro during the ongoing elections, security and Election Commission of India (ECI) officials checked Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s luggage at a helipad in Panchvati, on Thursday.

As soon as his helicopter landed, Shinde’s bags were checked and opened on the tarmac itself in full public and media glare.

However, the team found only some sets of clothes, medicines and other personal belongings of the CM. The video of officials checking the luggage has now gone viral on social media.

Not finding anything objectionable in bags, the local police and the ECI officials handed over both bags to the CM’s aides who proceeded to attend election rallies in the region.

The development – considered unprecedented by many – comes three days after the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi allies Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT) and Nationalist Congress Party (SP) alleged that large amounts of cash were allegedly being transferred for use in the elections.

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On May 13, SS (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut tweeted a video of two bags being taken out of a helicopter and claimed that they contained at least Rs 12-13 crore.

Similar allegations of wads of currency notes being found on a road in Ahmednagar were also levelled by NCP (SP) MLA Rohit R. Pawar while Congress MLA and Lok Sabha candidate Ravindra Dhangekar complained that cash was distributed in a slum in Pune.

However, the ruling MahaYuti allies rubbished the allegations terming them nothing but acts of frustration, saying that the opposition parties were staring at defeat in the ongoing elections.

In separate vigilance operations, police and ECI teams have seized cash of varying amounts from different parts of the state in the past couple of months as the final phase of polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats is due on May 20.

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Man arrested over hoax bomb threats in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, May 30 (IANS) Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly made a call about a bomb being planted in Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Praja Bhavan and Nampally Court.

Shiva Kumar, a resident of Chikkadpally area in the city, was taken into custody after police traced the caller.

The accused had called the police control room that a bomb would go off soon at Praja Bhavan.

Police teams including dog squads and bomb disposal squads thoroughly checked the building, which is the official residence of Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. It turned out to be a hoax call.

The police control room had received another call from the same mobile number about a bomb being planted in Nampally Court. Police had conducted checks at the court building.

The accused had switched off the phone after making the two calls. Police launched an investigation and on Wednesday identified the caller.

The accused reportedly told police that he made the calls in an inebriated condition after a fight with his wife. He was previously involved in a bike theft case.

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The police were conducting further investigation.

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Progressive bodies to stage protest against Prajwal Revanna at his native district

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Bengaluru, May 29 (IANS) Progressive organisations in Karnataka have given a ‘Hassan Chalo’ call on Thursday to protest against absconding JD-S MP Prajwal Revanna, the prime accused in the alleged sex video scandal in Karnataka.

Hasaan is the native district of Prajwal Revanna, who is also the sitting JD-S Lok Sabha MP from there.

Activists attached to more than 113 organisations headed towards Hassan from across the state, demanding stern action against Prajwal Revanna, who’s is the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Revanna.

The organisers have erected a huge platform in Hassan where more than 10,000 people are expected to gather by Thursday.

Prajwal Revanna’s uncle and JD-S state President H.D. Kumaraswamy has claimed that the agitation is politically motivated.

Meenakshi Baali, the President of State Janawadi Mahila Organisation, said on Wednesday that H.D. Deve Gowda’s family is known for issuing false statements and lies.

Thousands of people are going to participate in the agitation demanding justice for the victims of the alleged sex video scandal, she said.

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She also said that forces in the state are making an attempt to prevent people from attending the agitation, but they are not going to succeed.

Author and senior counsel Bhanu Mustaq said that Prajwal Revanna took oath under the Constitution, yet he committed atrocities on women who had come to him seeking his assistance.

“This is an unforgivable act. This development needs to be condemned by the civil society. This agitation is being organised to demand the arrest of Prajwal Revanna,” she said.

Meanwhile, Prajwal Revanna has said that he will return to India on May 31 and present himself before the authorities.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara has said that Prajwal Revanna will be arrested once he lands in the Bengaluru airport.

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Fire breaks out in a multi-story building in Patna, residents rescued

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Patna, May 29 (IANS) A massive fire broke out in a multi-story building on Patna’s Fraser Road area on Wednesday evening and more than 20 fire engines were working to douse the blaze, officials said, adding all the residents had been rescued safely.

The incident occurred on the ninth floor of the Surya Apartments located just behind Hotel Maurya and adjoining the residence of former Union Minister C.P. Thakur.

Apart from the Fire Department, the police of Gandhi Maidan and Kotwali police stations rushed to the spot to take control of the situation.

The reason for the fire has not been ascertained yet.

“We have received information about the fire which broke out in the multi-story building. We immediately went there and rescued the family members living in the building. One person was trapped inside the building. We broke the window and rescued him. He had sustained injuries. We are currently focusing on dousing the flame as soon as possible. The reason for the fire could be a short circuit,” DIG, Fire Services, Mritunjay Kumar said.

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Elephant cub rescued from deep well in TN's Nilgiris, reunited with herd

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Chennai, May 29 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Forest Department on Wednesday safely rescued an elephant cub from a 30-feet deep well in Kolapellur in the Nilgiris district, and reunited it with its waiting mother, officials said.

The elephant cub, according to local people, fell into the well late on Tuesday night.

Forest Department officials were informed and by 3 a.m., a group of 40 officials led by Gudalur DFO, Vengatesh Prabhu, reached the spot and rescued the elephant cub by the evening after herculean efforts.

Officials told IANS that immediately after the elephant cub fell into the well, a herd of elephants camped near it, and first, the Forest Department team had to drive these elephants away so that they could commence the rescue operation.

Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests, Supriya Sahu in a post on X said: “A very heartening news is coming in just now about the successful rescue and reunion of a juvenile elephant in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Foresters in Gudalur Forest Division in Nilgiris have successfully rescued a juvenile elephant from a 30 feet deep sand well in a farmland where the young elephant had accidentally fallen.”

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“After 8 hours of challenging battle the team succeeded in making a ramp for the elephant to safely walk out of the well. After the rescue the team united the baby elephant with her mother who patiently waited nearby with the herd. Big appreciation to DFO Gudalur, Vengatesh Prabhu who led the operation with a team of 40 people from 3 am onwards.”

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Delhi HC launches free Wi-Fi facility, new website for lawyers, public

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New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has introduced a free Wi-Fi facility on its premises for lawyers, litigants, and the public.

Phase I of the Wi-Fi service was launched on Wednesday by Acting Chief Justice Manmohan, Justice Rajiv Shakdher, and other judges.

During the launch event, Justice Manmohan cited the significant role of judges in managing the administration of the high court, which places it at the forefront of judicial reforms.

He stressed the ongoing commitment of the court to introduce further improvements, noting that additional facilities would be inaugurated after the summer recess.

The initial phase of the Wi-Fi facility covers A Block, B Block, C Block, the Extension Block, the mediation centre, and the lawyers’ cafeteria.

The service is designed to handle a large number of users, providing reliable and fast internet access with robust security measures to protect user data.

In addition to the Wi-Fi facility, the high court also unveiled its newly designed website which features a responsive design that adjusts to different screen sizes, ensuring seamless functionality across desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.

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The new site includes integrated applications such as e-filing, e-RTI, e-Sewa Kendra, accessibility helpline, and more, eliminating the need for users to navigate to separate URLs.

The other new features of the website include True Copy Application, an online mechanism for obtaining true copies of court documents; a virtual tour of Delhi High Court; landmark judgements, a section that will soon feature significant judgements from the high court.

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