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Man facing 10 criminal cases arrested in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, May 13 (IANS) A man, facing charges in over ten criminal cases, including molestation and assault, was arrested from Kaligam in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Monday.

The accused, identified as Vishal alias Madan Desai, was wanted for crimes registered at the Sola High Court Police Station.

Desai was arrested by the police acting on a tip-off about his presence in an open plot opposite Sabarmati KaligamGarden.

On March 4, when Desai was asked to refrain from using abusive language during a traffic jam at Chanakyapuri Damru Circle in Ahmedabad, he attacked the occupants of a car.

On April 29, he allegedly entered a beauty parlour, assaulted a female complainant and vandalised property.

Desai’s criminal activities include robbery, causing bodily harm, issuing threats, and more, as recorded in various cases filed by the Sola High Court Police Station, officials added.

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Number of heatstroke patients rise to 3,622 in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, May 28 (IANS) The number of heatstroke patients in Rajasthan increased from 2809 to 3622 on Monday as the state continued to witness intense heatwave conditions. The death toll, however, remained unchanged at one, health officials confirmed.

On Monday, Phalodi was the hottest in the state at 49.4 degrees Celsius — 6.3 degrees above normal — while Jaipur recorded a maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius — 0.8 degrees higher than Sunday.

Kota registered a maximum temperature of 48.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius — 5 degrees above normal.

Almost all cities in the state registered a temperature of over 45 degrees Celsius. Ajmer recorded a maximum temperature of 46.3 degrees Celsius, Bhilwara (47.4), Bharatpur (48.2), Alwar (46.2), Pilani (48.5), Chittorgarh (47), Barmer (49.3), Jaisalmer (48.7), Jodhpur (47.4), Bikaner (48.2), Churu (48), Sri Ganganagar (48.3), and Dholpur recorded a maximum temperature of 48.1 degrees Celsius.

Meteorological Department officials said that there will be no respite from soaring mercury on Tuesday in the state.

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There is a strong possibility that the ongoing intense heatwave conditions will continue for the next 2-3 days. However, the temperature will start coming down from May 29 onwards and in the first week of June, the maximum temperature will stay normal, said R.S. Sharma, Director, India Meteorological Department, Jaipur.

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Gujarat Police busts mass marriage racket, arrests organiser

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Ahmedabad, May 27 (IANS) Gujarat Police has busted a mass marriage racket in Ahmedabad and also arrested the organiser of the event who has cheated 113 couples for Rs 24 lakh.

Police said that they have arrested the organiser near the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) in Vastral. He has been identified as Prakash Parmar.

Police said that the Hindu Jan Vikas Seva Sangh Trust used to organise caste mass marriage programs and had promised to marry 113 couples and provide them with business facilities.

“Each couple was charged Rs 22,000 for registration. However, after the event, the promised business facilities were not provided to the couples, leading to widespread frustration and anger among the victims,” police said.

Police said that the family members of the affected couples realising they had been duped, filed a complaint at the Amraiwadi police station against Prakash Parmar.

Parmar had also set up an office in front of Bhartinagar Amraiwadi Post Office to lend credibility to the event.

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Police said that further investigation into the case is underway.

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Sex scandal: Prajwal free to say anything, but must face the law, says Shivakumar

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Bengaluru, May 27 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Monday said that JD-S MP Prajwal Revanna, the prime accused in the sex video scandal, was free to say anything he wanted but must face the law of the land once he returned.

Shivakumar’s statement came to a query at a press meet at the Congress office here on Prajwal Revanna’s allegation, in a video statement released earlier in the day, that the case was a conspiracy by the Congress.

“I don’t have much information on Prajwal Revanna’s video, but I learnt it from the media. No matter what he says, he doesn’t have a choice but to present himself before the SIT for investigation. The law will take its course in the case. (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi has spoken about Prajwal based on media reports, there is nothing wrong with it. Time will answer Prajwal’s allegation on Rahul Gandhi,” he said.

In his first appearance after the alleged sex video scandal came to light, Prajwal Revanna, in a video on social media, said that he would appear before the SIT for questioning on May 31. Denying the allegations against him, he termed them “part of a political conspiracy”.

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Asked about preparations for the Legislative Council elections, Shivakumar, who is also the state Congress chief, said: “Our government is working for the graduates, teachers, and the welfare of everyone in the state. I appeal to all to support the Congress in the upcoming election. We have instructed MLAs, ministers and party leaders to work hard to elect our candidates.”

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Telangana's new emblem to reflect statehood movement

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Hyderabad, May 27 (IANS) A decade after its formation, Telangana will have a new official emblem reflecting the statehood movement.

The new emblem will replace the one adopted in 2014 when Telangana came into being as the 29th state.

The new emblem will be unveiled on 10th state formation day celebrations on June 2.

The Congress government, which came to power in December 2023, decided to replace the existing emblem which depicts Kakatiya Kala Thoranam and Charminar, the symbols of Kakatiya and Qutb Shahi dynasties.

Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy decided to change the emblem as he believes that the existing one symbolises the aristocracy and dictatorship of past rulers.

As part of this exercise, he had a meeting with noted artist Rudra Rajesham, who presented 12 draft designs.

During the meeting held on Monday, the Chief Minister reportedly suggested a few more changes to the emblem design.

Revanth Reddy wants a design which reflects the Telangana movement and the sacrifice of martyrs.

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Change of emblem was one of the key decisions taken by the Congress government, reversing the decisions of the previous BRS government.

It replaced ‘TS’ with ‘TG’ as the state abbreviation. The earlier BRS government had adopted ‘TS’ as the abbreviation.

The new government also decided to change Telangana Talli statue to reflect the sentiments of the Telangana people.

The government also adopted Ande Sri’s ‘Jaya Jaya He Telangana’ as the state anthem.

Revanth Reddy has roped in Oscar-winning music composer M.M. Keeravani to compose music for the state song which will be unveiled on June 2.

The Chief Minister had a meeting with Keeravani and Ande Sri on Sunday and suggested a few changes to the anthem.

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Rajasthan: Transgender community included in OBC category, first certificate issued

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Jaipur, May 27 (IANS) The first Other Backward Class (OBC) certificate was issued to a transgender in Jaipur on Monday after the Rajasthan transgender community was included in the list of Other Backward Classes.

Sub Divisional Officer, Jaipur Rajesh Jakhar handed over the certificate to Noor Shekhawat.

Noor (30) was the first person in Rajasthan to have been issued a birth certificate with gender as transgender on it.

Jakhar said that the Rajasthan government has included transgenders at number 92 in the Other Backward Class category following which people of the transgender community can get their backward class certificate made as per the rules.

–IANS

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