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Big Stories Today: Free entry to all centrally protected monuments, sites on World Heritage Day

Free entry to all centrally protected monuments, sites on World Heritage Day

As per an order issued by the Archaeological Survey of India, entry to all centrally protected historical monuments and sites will be free on Friday to observe World Heritage Week. The week is celebrated annually from November 19 to 25.

Martin Scorsese, Istvan Szabo to be awarded Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur on Thursday announced that American filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo will be honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). the festival will be organised from November 20 to November 28 in Goa.

Martin Scorsese to be awarded Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at IFFI

IAF Mi-17 helicopter crash-lands in Arunachal Pradesh

An IAF Mi-17 helicopter crash-landed in eastern Arunachal Pradesh with its two pilots and three crew members. However, all Indian Air Force personnel are safe. As per reports, the helicopter was carrying out air maintenance equipment. An official inquiry will be ordered to know the reason for the miss happening.

Supreme Court refuses to provide hybrid mode examinations for CBSE class 10 and 12, says not to disturb entire process

Supreme Court on Thursday refused to provide hybrid mode examinations for CBSE class 10 and 12 board examinations. SC said that the examination has already commenced that it is not the right time to intervene and disturb the entire process.

Congress leader moves to SC against ordinances to extend terms of CBI, ED directors; SK Mishra gets one-year extension

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala moved the Supreme Court against the ordinances that have allowed the extension of tenure of the CBI chief and ED’s director up to 5 years. The Enforcement Directorate chief Sanjay Kumar Mishra’s term in office was extended on Wednesday for a year until November 18, 2022, or until further notice.

India-China to hold talks on working mechanism and disengagement

India and China to hold talks on the disengagement process in East Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Both countries will talk about the working mechanisms for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs.

Supreme Court quashes skin-to-skin judgement of Bombay HC, calls it absurd

The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the controversial skin-to-skin judgement of the Bombay High Court. The judgement made by the High Court held that skin-to-skin contact between an accused and a child is necessary to establish a sexual assault case under the POCSO Act. Justice Bela Trivedi argued that restricting touch or physical contact under Section 7 of POCSO is absurd and will destroy the intent of the Act.

PM Narendra Modi addresses at Sydney Dialogue, says we are on our way to connecting 600,000 villages

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday delivered the keynote address at Sydney Dialogue on the theme of India’s technology, evolution, and revolution. Initiated by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Dialogue started on November 17 and will end on November 19.

Read Also: Key highlights of PM Narendra Modi address at Sydney Dialogue

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Rape accused lynched in Bihar’s Katihar

The incident took place on Thursday near the Hasanganj police station area.

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Katihar rape

A 28-year-old man who was accused of rape was lynched in Bihar’s Katihar district.

The incident took place on Thursday near the Hasanganj police station area. The victim’s family nabbed 28-year-old Mohammad Sagir, who was accused of raping an 11-year-old minor, from the market area adjacent to Hasanganj.

The video of the incident is doing rounds on the internet wherein Sagir could be seen tied to a tree and mercilessly beaten up by the villagers with sticks.

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Reports further said that villagers thrashed him till his condition became critical following which the police reached the spot and rushed him to the local hospital where he was declared dead.

The victim’s family alleged that Sagir took the 11-year-old to a secluded place late at night and raped her.

Two separate police complaints have been registered from both parties and the rape victim’s family has fled from the area, reports stated.

A similar incident took place in Assam in August wherein a rape and murder accused was lynched by a mob for escaping from the court. The incident took place in Assam’s Lakhimpur district.

Reports said the police failed to reach the spot as the area was not easily accessible. Later, the police find the rape accused severely injured and tried to rescue him from the mob.

He was rushed to Dhakuakhana Civil Hospital where he was declared dead, reports said.

The accused Barua, along with two other accused, fled from the toilet of the Dhakuakhana Judicial Magistrate’s Court. He earlier escaped with handcuffs from the Covid-19 ward of a hospital and was rearrested after 2 days.

Reports said he was also injured during an encounter in September 2021.

Meanwhile, an AAP leader from Punjab was arrested on Thursday for molesting a minor girl in the Amritsar district.

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Punjab AAP leader arrested for molesting minor

In her complaint, the victim said the accused persons ripped off her clothes and sexually harassed her.

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Punjab AAP leader arrested for molesting

A Punjab Aam Aadmi Party leader was arrested for molesting a minor in Amritsar, Punjab on Thursday. Reports say the leader along with his friend molested a 15-year-old girl.

The incident took place in the Majitha area of Amritsar district and the accused have been identified as AAP leader Preetpal Singh Bal and his friend Rajbir Singh, reports further said.

Following the incident, the victim filed a police complaint and both accused were produced in the court. In her complaint, the victim said the accused persons ripped off her clothes and sexually harassed her.

The victim informed about her mother’s affair with a Senior Secondary school teacher Dharmendra Pal Singh Billa following which her mother left home along with her. Billa is friends with the AAP leader and he ripped off the victim’s clothes and harassed her in front of Preetpal Singh Bal, the reports stated.

After hearing both sides, the court sent the accused to 14 days of judicial custody.

In September, another AAP leader from Gujarat was arrested by the Gir Somnath Police for raping a 23-year-old woman.

Reports said the accused AAP leader Bhagu Vala was allegedly running a video-making agency in the name of Vishwa films. He lured the victim on the pretext to give her work as a model in an advertisement and asked her for a photoshoot.

On the pretext of a photoshoot, the accused called the victim to his flat and raped her.

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Men open fire at Hari Mandir after Shastra Puja on Dussehra in Bareilly, FIR registered

SP city Rahul Bhati said an FIR in the matter has been registered against an unknown person under section 336 (act to endanger life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 30 Arms Act.

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Bareilly: People open fire at Hari Mandir after Shastra Puja on Dussehra, case filed

The Baradari Police Station has lodged an FIR against a BJP leader and unknown people for firing in the air after Shastra Puja on the occasion of Dussehra on Wednesday. The incident is reported from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

In the video, a huge crowd of people can be seen at the Hari Mandir of the Model Town. After Shastri Puja was over, some residents opened fire and shot several rounds in the air as a celebratory firing. The whole incident is captured in the video. The video of the same is going viral on social media.

An FIR was registered in the matter on behalf of Sub-Inspector Vinay Kumar. According to Vinay Kumar, some people worshiped weapons on the occasion of the Dussehra festival at Hari Mandir behind Model Town.

The police said the probe to identify people is underway. SP city Rahul Bhati said an FIR in the matter has been registered against an unknown person under section 336 (act to endanger life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 30 Arms Act.

It is alleged that this act of people comes under the purview of the Arms Act. Hence an FIR was registered against the unknown people on the basis of the viral video. The situation of panic is created among people after an FIR has been registered in this matter. There is a probability that all these people are associated with the Hindu organization. Some of them are also members of the political party.

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