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Chennai, April 8 (IANS) Two persons were killed and 19 injured when a speeding bus lost control near an under-construction bridge in Tamil Nadu’s Srivilliputur.

The accident happened Sunday late at night. The deceased were identified as K. Karthik (20) of Chennai and M. Muthuselvi (46) from Valparai in Coimbatore.

Of the 19 injured, seven had suffered grievous injuries. The hand of one person, identified as Maheswari (37), was reportedly severed in the accident. She is admitted to Madurai Government Medical College Hospital.

Srivilliputtur Deputy Superintendent of Police, Muhesh Jayakumar while speaking to IANS said the driver failed to notice that construction work was taking place on the road near Krishnankoil. Instead of taking the temporary road to the left of the under-construction bridge, he drove the bus straight onto the bridge. After realising his mistake, he attempted to swerve the speeding bus to the left but lost its control, the officer said after questioning the driver.

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The bus fell between the bridge and the temporary road. Residents rushed to rescue the injured and pulled them out through the windows. The bus had sleeper berths, with seats underneath. The police, fire departments and rescue service personnel also rushed to the spot.

Construction work is underway on the Tirumangalam-Sengottai Highway by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to four-lane this section. The Krishnankoil police have registered a case and are investigating.

–IANS

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Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu heaps praise on BJP, says party promotes hard work

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu took oath as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday amid the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a host of Central leaders and also a galaxy of South superstars including Rajinikanth and Chiranjeevi.

PM Modi giving a warm hug to Chandrababu Naidu, after the latter’s swearing-in as the CM turned out to be the key highlight of the oath ceremony. However, the internet is also abuzz with Naidu’s praise of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the latter’s culture of promoting hard-working party workers and also rewarding them in due course.

A viral video of Chandrababu Naidu, apparently from the NDA meeting where he was elected as the alliance leader in the Andhra Legislative Assembly, shows him showering praise on the new set of ethics, ushered in politics by the BJP.

“This is the speciality of BJP,” Naidu is heard telling party MLAs while recalling an incident on how he was startled to see a common BJP worker becoming Lok Sabha MP.

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“He was an ordinary person and common party worker, today he has become a Central Minister,” Naidu said speaking about Srinivasa Varma, who is a BJP MP from the Narsapur constituency in Telangana.

Bhupathi Raju Srinivas Varma was also recently inducted as Minister of State (MoS) in the Modi government and given charge of two ministries – Steel and Heavy Industries.

“I was surprised to see when an ordinary person like him was given a ticket to contest Parliamentary polls and today, he has become a Union Minister,” said Naidu.

He also told the legislators that Srinivasa Varma attended his first meeting and he was briefed on how the latter’s tireless work for the party earned him a place in the Parliament.

“This is what makes BJP different. It is a party that recognises the hard work of all including common workers,” Naidu said.

–IANS

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Fan murder case: Protest against Darshan in K'taka

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Bengaluru, June 12 (IANS) Various organisations staged a protest in Karnataka’s Chitradurga city on Wednesday against Kannada superstar Darshan, demanding a life term for him in the brutal murder of his fan, 33-year-old Renukaswamy.

Leaders from different political parties also participated in the protest. The protest march started from Neelakanteshwara Temple and proceeded to the District Commissioner’s Office in Chitradurga.

Former BJP MLA G.H. Thippa Reddy said, “Darshan is an onscreen hero, but in real life, he is not a hero at all. We cannot ignore the suffering of Renukaswamy’s parents. These incidents have been occurring since the Congress government took power in Karnataka,” he charged.

“Why has Darshan, who should be accused number 1, been listed as accused number 2? This seems to be an attempt to protect him. Home Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara talks as if nothing has happened. The government might undermine such incidents. Darshan and the other accused in the case must be given life imprisonment. They should not be released,” he stated.

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Thippa Reddy warned that if Darshan and other accused are released, large-scale protests will be staged.

Former JD(S) MLA S.K. Basavarajan said that there was a possibility of politicians influencing the probe. “It seems the government is on his side. Darshan had campaigned for the Congress party. In this context, there is a possibility of the government and politicians favouring him. It is best to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),” he demanded.

“Darshan has a blind following. If his fans are supporting him even after this heinous case of murder, what should we understand from this? The fans should correct the actor, not support his every act. Such blind following has resulted in a murder. The police have done a commendable job by arresting him and not letting him go scot-free. There might be a chance of influential politicians derailing the investigation in the future. No room should be given for that, and justice should be served,” Basavarajan stated.

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Activists from Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and pro-Kannada organisations also participated in the protest.

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Committed to making Rajasthan crime-free, says CM Sharma

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Jaipur, June 12 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma said on Wednesday that his government was committed to making the state crime-free and maintaining peace and law & order was a top priority.

CM Sharma was addressing the state-level function organised at Rajasthan Police Academy on the occasion of Rajasthan Police Foundation Day.

He said the state government was continuously making big decisions for the safety of the common man, due to which the crime figures have dropped drastically. The state government has taken many policy decisions in various matters, including the SIT investigation in the paper leak case, the formation of the Anti Gangster Task Force, reducing atrocities on women and Dalits, and so on, he said.

The CM mentioned that an anti-Romeo Squad has been formed to promote women’s safety. Also, by setting up women’s desks in 174 police stations, hearing of women’s complainants is being ensured. He assured that the state government and police were committed to protecting constitutional values.

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“While realizing the concept of Ram Rajya, our government is working with full alertness for the safety of the common people,” he said.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister also announced the allocation of Rs 1.5 crore for the Rajasthan Police Welfare Fund, Rs 1 crore for the Rajasthan Police Benevolent Fund and Rs 1.5 crore for the Utsav Fund.

Director General of Police U.R. Sahu said the Rajasthan Police will leave no stone unturned to further strengthen the credibility and dedication of the police in the minds of the people.

Earlier, CM Sharma paid floral tributes to the martyrs at the Police Martyr Memorial.

The Chief Minister took the salute of the various marching contingent of the police and allied services.

CM Sharma also honoured police officers and personnel with Police Medals for outstanding services.

–IANS

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Gangster who had threatened Nitin Gadkari, thrashed after raising pro-Pakistan slogans in Karnataka court

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Belagavi (Karnataka), June 12 (IANS) An incident of a gangster arrested on charges of threatening Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and a senior IPS officer, being thrashed inside the premises of the court for raising pro-Pakistan slogans was reported from Belagavi city of Karnataka on Wednesday.

According to police, the arrested gangster Jayesh Pujari, who had threatened to blast the Nagpur office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and demanded a ransom from prison, raised “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans when he was produced before the district court.

The people, advocates and others who were present in the court, started thrashing him immediately after he raised the pro-Pakistan slogans.

The police team that had produced him in court rescued him with difficulty and brought him out of there.

Later, he was taken to the APMC police station.

Jayesh Pujari was produced before the court in connection with the life threat to Karnataka IPS office, Alok Kumar.

Sources said that Jayesh Pujari raised pro- Pakistan slogans as he was not allowed to present his case before the court.

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Jayesh Pujari, who is presently lodged in Hindalga central prison, hails from Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka.

Police sources stated that they will lodge a separate case against him for raising pro-Pakistan slogans in court.

–IANS

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Konkan Railway cancels 'rent a bike' business plan in Goa

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Panaji, June 12 (IANS) After a stiff opposition to its proposed rent a bike service, Konkan Railway on Wednesday cancelled the tender floated in this regard, official said.

Speaking to IANS, Baban Ghatge, Deputy General Manager of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), said that they have cancelled the project.

“This project received stiff opposition from locals, hence we have cancelled the tender floated for the service of renting a bike,” he said.

Goa Forward MLA Vijai Sardesai had warned to oppose the plans to venture into the tourism sector, which according to him would have deprived locals of business.

“The powerful voice of Goans has prevailed. The moment I came to know of Konkan Railways’ (KR) flagrant attempts to sneak into Goa’s tourism sector, marginalising people from their traditional occupations, I had vehemently objected and opposed it,” Sardesai said on Wednesday after KR cancelled its plans.

He said that today’s move has come as a victory for the regionalist aspirations, and as a warning that even tacit support of so-called people’s representatives to anti-Goan activities will never be tolerated by the people.

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“Let’s continue to remain vigilant, and work to take Goa forward,” Sardesai further said.

Sardesai said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s principle is that “government has no business to be in business”, hence Konkan Railway should focus on running trains on time and not venturing into the tourism business.

“Konkan Railways’ responsibility is to provide transportation to commuters and see railways run on time. But it is trying to venture into the business of renting a bike and cab, which are already run by locals of Goa, and also in pod hotels,” he said.

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