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SC expresses concern over pothole deaths

Road Safety Committee Asked To File Report In Two Weeks

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over road deaths due to potholes, saying that such fatalities were more than the number of people killed in terror attacks.

Taking cognisance of a TOI report on Sunday (July

15) which pointed out how pothole-related accidents claimed 3,597 lives in 2017 in comparison to 803 in all terror and Maoist attacks during the year, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the SC-appointed road safety committee to look into the issue and file a report within two weeks.

Referring to the report, the bench said, “So many people are dying due to accidents caused by potholes on roads. Reports say that more people have died due to accidents caused by potholes than deaths in terrorist attacks.”

The panel, headed by Justice (retd) K S Radhakrishnan, has been asked to give suggestions on the measures needed to deal with the problem. Pothole-related road deaths had increased by more than 50% last year compared to 2016.

The bench also observed that families of those killed in such accidents should be entitled to compensation. The judges said it was “common knowledge” that a large number of people have died in accidents due to potholes on roads and the authorities had failed to carry out their duties. “It is frightening. It is about life or death,” the bench said.

The bench also dealt with the issue of compensation paid to hit-and-run victims.

Currently, Rs 25,000 is paid to a hit-and-run victim in case of death and Rs 12,500 compensation for grievous injuries. The amicus curiae said the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which revises the compensation to Rs 2 lakh in case of death and Rs 20,000 for injury in road accidents, was tabled last year in Parliament and it was passed by Lok Sabha. Additional solicitor general Pinky Anand, appearing for Centre, said the bill was pending in Rajya Sabha. She said the bill could be taken up in Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Parliament session.

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Ragpicker’s Son From Madhya Pradesh Cracks AIIMS Test In First Attempt #Goodnews

Asharam Choudhary gives credit of his success to his village doctors, who he says inspired him to take up the profession.

Ragpicker's Son From Madhya Pradesh Cracks AIIMS Test In First Attempt

Asharam Choudhary (second from left) with his family.

DEWAS (MADHYA PRADESH): While his father picked up rags on roads of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh, his son Asharam Choudhary studied day and night to make his family’s condition better. His hard work paid off and he cleared AIIMS entrance test in the first attempt. He got selected at Jodhpur AIIMS to pursue MBBS.

The 20-year-old has secured 707th all-India rank and 141st rank in the OBC category in AIIMS entrance test.

Asharam gives credit of his success to his village doctors, who he says inspired him to take up the profession. He also thanked his parents and Dakshina Foundation for supporting him financially.

This is not the first time that children from humble backgrounds have defeated all odds to achieve great heights.

Mumbai auto-rickshaw driver’s daughter Prema Jayakumar topped the nation-wide Chartered Accountancy exam in her first attempt. After topping the exam, she had said, “The day I start working, I will ensure that my father can rest at home. He has always toiled for my welfare.”


Gopalakrishna Ronanki, a farmer’s son, secured third position in the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services examination. The 30-year-old primary school teacher was once mocked for not knowing English. Coming from a very humble background, Gopalakrishna, teaches in a school in Andhra Pradesh’s Srikakulam district. He said he always wanted to work for the society and for the uplift of my own family.

(With Inputs From ANI)

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Haryana tantric who raped 120 & filmed acts arrested #Vaw

Hisar:Haryana police have arrested a 60-year-old tantric from Fatehabad’s Tohana town for not only raping at least 120 women but also making video clips of the rapes. Police said the tantric, Baba Amarpuri alias Billu, used the clips to blackmail the women and rape them again.

The cops have received at least such 120 clips, each with a different victim. The tantric made the clips himself with his cellphone. Sources said that a relative of the accused gave the clips to the cops in a CD.

Fatehabad women police station in-charge, inspector Bimla Devi said Amarpuri has been sent to police remand for five days. “We are in the process of getting details about his victims so that their statements can be recorded,” she said, adding that two women have come forward and are ready to record their statements against him. Amarpuri has been booked under various IPC sections, including rape, word, gesture or act obscenity and criminal intimidation. Sections of Information Technology Act have also been invoked.

“Amarpuri would threaten the women that he would make the clips public and force them to visit him multiple times,” Devi said.

The police said that another rape case was registered against him nine months back. Fatehabad SP Deepak Saharan told TOI that a woman, whose husband knew Amarpuri, had accused him of raping her inside his temple. The tantric, however, got bail in the case. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Amarpuri alleged he was being framed for not paying protection money to police. His real name is Amarveer.

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Sedition row: Delhi HC sets aside JNU’s order imposing penalty on Kanhaiya Kumar, calls it ‘illegal’

A Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar by an appellate authority of the university in connection with a 2016 incident in which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at an event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Illegal, irrational: Delhi HC on fine imposed on Kanhaiya Kumar by JNU, sets it aside

Former JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar. (File Photo)The today termed “illegal, irrational and unsustainable” an order of JNU’s holding its former students union guilty of indiscipline and imposing a penalty on him in connection with a 2016 incident in which alleged anti-slogans were raised at an event.

Justice set aside the July 4 office order of the varsity and said the court was of the prima-facie view that the decision was “unsustainable on innumerable counts”, after which the for the varsity submitted that they are recalling the decision.

The court remanded the matter back to the with a direction to conduct ‘de novo’ (afresh) proceedings in accordance with the law.

The court listed for August 16 a similar plea by JNU student Umar Khalid, who was rusticated and slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000 in connection with the 2016 incident, as no time was left today to hear the matter.

The JNU said that no coercive steps will be taken against Khalid and some other students, who have also moved the court against the penalty imposed on them by the varsity.

The judge, in his order, said, “I am of the considered view that the impugned office order suffers from vice of illegality, irrationality and procedural impropriety.

“Although the order purports to impose only a fine of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner (Kumar), the action against him constitutes a disciplinary action entailing serious civil consequences for him. In my view, therefore, prima facie the office order of July 4 is unsustainable on innumerable counts.”

When the court started dictating the order, JNU’s said they wanted to recall the office order with liberty to comply with the directions of the high court passed last year in the earlier round of proceedings between the parties, in accordance with the law, culminating in a reasoned order.

“In view of the statement made by the counsel for JNU, the petition is allowed and the office order is set aside. The matter is now remanded to the to conduct de-novo proceedings in accordance with law,” it said, adding that the court did not find any reasons in the varsity’s order and it was only a reiteration of the findings of an earlier committee.

Kumar had moved the high court on July 17 seeking direction to quash the office order of July 4 passed by JNU through the chief proctor.

He was held guilty for doing an act in violation of discipline and conduct and the fine was imposed on him.

The Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kumar by the appellate authority in connection with the incident in which slogans were allegedly raised at the event relating to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging.

During the hearing, senior and Tarannum Cheema, appearing for Kumar, said the last date for submitting PhD thesis is tomorrow and the proctor was not giving him due certificate citing the reason of not depositing the fine amount.

The counsel contended that the varsity has not complied with the high court’s earlier order asking the authorities to give an opportunity to Kumar to cross examine the witnesses who have deposed against him.

John said Kumar had no role in organising the February 9, 2016 event and had gone there to address the gathering to disperse.

“Three notices were issued to Kumar on February 12, 16 and 18 while he was in custody in the criminal case (lodged following the shouting of alleged anti-slogans on the campus). Notices were sent at my hostel address, how can I appear before the panel when I am in custody? It has been told to them endlessly,” she argued.

JNU’s counsel claimed that a fourth notice was served to Kumar on March 4 after he came out on bail but he failed to appear before the appellate authority on March 8 on the ground that he has received mandate of JNUSU not to appear.

She said Kumar was held guilty of participating in the event and addressing them and not of organising the programme.

Kumar’s counsel claimed that the varsity has passed such an order with a malafide intent to stop him from submitting his thesis.

“We are not enemies. We are citizens of this country and students,” the counsel said.

On February 9, 2016, a poetry event was held at JNU in connection with the third anniversary of Guru’s hanging for his role in the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

A high-level panel of JNU had recommended that Khalid be rusticated in connection with the incident. Besides, financial penalty was imposed on 13 other students for violation of disciplinary norms.

The students had then moved the Delhi High Court, which had on October 12 last year directed the university to place the matter before an appellate authority to review the panel’s decision.

On July 5, the university had revealed that the appellate authority upheld the decision against Khalid and Kumar and in some cases the penalty has been reduced.

Kumar, Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event and now are out on bail.

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U.P- 3 Dalit workers inhale toxic gas, die after pvt hospital ‘denies’ aid #WTFnews


A private hospital here allegedly denied medical aid to three Dalit sewage workers who had inhaled toxic gas from a septic tank, resulting in their death. The three workers were rushed to the hospital right after incident on Thursday evening at a meat processing and fodder plant owned by Rashid Akhlaq, brother of former BSP MP Sahid Akhlaq.

A case of murder has been lodged against Rashid and an unidentified manager of the firm, Al-Yasir Pvt Ltd. Jogendra (22), Guddu (18) and Ajay (26) were taken to Jagdamba Hospital on Thursday night from the second plant of Al-Yashir Export Pvt Ltd situated on Hapur road.

Hospital staff, however, allegedly refused to admit the three men or give them medical attention for half-an-hour, insisting that they wait for the police to arrive. “Every second is crucial in such cases, but the hospital staff didn’t bother to even admit them, knowing that their families might not afford the treatment,” Rajendra Tyagi, SHO Kharkhauda said.

Meanwhile, hospital representatives claimed the three labourers were already dead when brought to the hospital and therefore were not admitted. While the main plant of Al-Yashir, a meat processing unit, was sealed during the crackdown on illegal slaughter houses, the fodder unit was still in operation. “The licence of the fodder unit is in place. But a probe is on to check if norms


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Haryana Horror- 40 men rape woman for four days in Panchkula, two arrested #VAW

Sunny, owner of hotel Lovely, and its manager Avtar Singh also invited six to eight other men to rape the woman at the hotel, the woman alleged in her complaint to the Chandigarh Police.

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Lovely guest house in Morni, Panchkula. (Sant Arora/ht )

The owner and manager of a hotel in Morni were arrested on Friday for allegedly gangraping a 21-year-old Manimajra woman in captivity for four days.

Sunny, owner of hotel Lovely, and its manager Avtar Singh also invited six to eight other men to rape the woman at the hotel, the woman alleged in her complaint to the Chandigarh Police said.

Narrating her tale of horror, the victim told the police that her husband was friends with Sunny. On July 15, she accompanied Sunny in a Maruti Alto after he offered her a housekeeping job paying Rs 11,000 per month.

“But on reaching the hotel, Avtar and Sunny held her captive, and the duo and other staff members took turns to rape her at night,” station house officer (SHO) Ranjit Singh said.

He added that the victim alleged that for the next three days Avtar and Sunny invited visitors at the hotel to rape her. The accused also smashed her mobile phone when she tried to make a distress call to her husband in Manimajra, police said.

Investigators said when the victim threatened Sunny of going to the police, he got her a bus ticket for Panchkula, and she was allowed to leave on the intervening night of July 18 and 19.

“On reaching Panchkula at night, the woman went to the civil hospital in Sector 6 for medical examination. There hospital staff told her to visit the Women Police Station in Sector 5, Panchkula. From there she was referred to the Manimajra police station,” Manimajra SHO Ranjit Singh said.

Acting on her complaint, Chandigarh Police registered a case of rape, and raided the hotel in the wee hours of Friday to arrest Sunny and Avtar. They were later produced before a court that sent them to judicial custody.The victim’s statement was also recorded before a magistrate on Friday.

A cop, privy to the investigation, said during stringent questioning, Avtar confessed to have raped the woman. But they were verifying the woman’s claims of being raped by eight to 10 men for four days.

The district and sessions court in Panchkula has sent them to 14-day judicial custody.

The story has been updated.

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