Bollywood actor Neeraj Vora passed away due to multiple organ failure

Bollywood actor and filmmaker Neeraj Vora died at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday morning after being in coma for almost a year. The 54-year-old actor was at the residence of producer Firoz Nadiadwala but was rushed to hospital when his condition deteriorated. His death was condoled by Bollywood celebs and PM Narendra Modi.

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Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “Writer,Director,Actor,Producer Neeraj Vora was on ventilator from last 4 days & expired due to multi organ failure. The Creamation will be held today at 3 pm today at the Santa Cruz west. Creamation Ground (sic).” Neeraj’s wife died a few years ago, he has no children. Continue reading

15-year-old commits suicide after being forced to marry his elder brother’s widow

GAYA: A 15-year-old boy committed suicide two hours after he was forced to marry his brother’s widow, 10 years older than him, in south Bihar’s Gaya.

The wedding, solemnised on Monday at Vinoba Nagar village under Paraiya police station, about 15 km west of Gaya, flies in the face of a campaign by the Nitish Kumar government to end the practices of child marriage and dowry in the state.

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Police said Mahadev Das, a Class 9 student of the government high school in Paraiya, married 25-year-old Ruby Devi, the widow of his elder brother Santosh and mother of his two children, as his father came under pressure from relatives and villagers. Continue reading

Indian Railway passengers may soon pay less for premium trains tickets

Rail passengers may soon pay less for tickets on premium trains such as the Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto during the off-season or even otherwise when the trains are not fully booked, railway minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview.

Indian Railways moved to a flexi-fare system for these trains in 2016, but this only saw fares moving in one direction — up. For instance, fares would rise 10% after 10% of the seats were sold. The move helped Indian Railways, which made an additional ₹540 crore from it between September 2016 and August 2017, according to media reports. Continue reading

Former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda guilty in coal scam

A special court on Wednesday held former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former coal secretary HC Gupta and two others guilty of corruption and other charges in a coal scam case.

This is the fourth conviction in as many as 30 cases of coal block allocation scam being decided by the court.

The present case pertains to irregularities in allocation of Rajhara North coal block in Jharkhand to a Kolkata-based company in 2007. Besides Koda and Gupta, two others who have been held guilty are former Jharkhand chief secretary AK Basu and the allottee firm Vini Iron & Steel Udyog Ltd (VISUL). Continue reading

Rohit Sharma became the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs

On Wednesday at the PCA Stadium, the current India ODI skipper played another gem of an innings. Stats will tell you that he became the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODIs.

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Nobody can pace an innings better than Rohit Sharma, and, on Wednesday, the opener and stand-in Indian cricket team skipper gave Sri Lanka a taste of his talent with a mammoth knock of 208 in 153 balls that included 13 fours and 12 massive sixes.  Continue reading

HRD asks CBI to probe how banned deemed universities were offering courses in distance mode

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe how four deemed universities were able to offer engineering courses in distance education mode and were awarded post facto approval by the University Grants Commission (UGC), sources said on Tuesday.

JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth and Advanced Studies in Education in Rajasthan, the Allahabad Agricultural Institute and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu had been offering these courses without necessary approvals from the UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Last month, the top court had suspended the degrees awarded by the four universities between 2001 and 2005 and cancelled the degrees awarded issued after 2005. Degree holders from the 2001-05 batches will have to take a test by the AICTE to prove their proficiency and retain their degrees. This test is likely to be conducted in May/June.

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Residents of South Delhi wants a new name to get rid of BAD IMAGE

NEW DELHI : For hundreds of residents of Ravidas Camp, their address has become a stigma that is affecting their daily lives and relationships. Now notorious as the colony of the convicts of December 16 gang rape, the residents of the slum in RK Puram Sector 16 want the authorities to change its name.

“The gang rape case is a part of this camp’s history now. Our neighbourhood is notorious across the world. But why should the innocent residents face the consequences of this notoriety? We have decided to demand a new name for the camp,” Bihari Lal, the camp’s Resident Welfare Association president told Hindustan Times. Continue reading

Restaurants and hotels can sell packed drinking water above MRP : SC

The Supreme Court allowed hotels and restaurants on Tuesday to sell bottled drinking water and packaged food at more than the maximum retail price (MRP) printed on these items.

The court rejected the government’s argument that overcharging for pre-packed or packaged products was an offence under the legal metrology act, which attracts a fine of ₹25,000 or a jail term.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman said the provisions of the law will not apply to hotels and restaurants, and these establishments cannot be prosecuted for selling such items above the MRP. “It is not a case of simple sale. Nobody goes to a hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water,” the bench observed, hearing a petition by the Hotels and Restaurant Association of India.

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Mumbai wakes up to smog, air quality worst since Diwali

MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.

According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.

The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading

FIFA lifted Kuwait’s ban from international football.

FIFA says it has lifted Kuwait’s ban from international football. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is in Kuwait to confirm the government is no longer interfering in how the federation is being run. According to FIFA, “Kuwait Parliament has adopted a new sports law” which complies with its statutes. The ban was imposed in October 2015, leaving Kuwait unable to play its World Cup qualifiers.

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FIFA has recorded more than 1,318,109 ticket requests for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in less than 24 hours Continue reading