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Big Stories Today: After petrol, diesel cooking oil prices cut, Covid-19 night curfew withdrawn in Karnataka, Delhi air quality blamegame returns

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NCB removes Sameer Wankhede as probe officer from Aryan Khan Case

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, who is facing a slew of allegations ranging from bribery, extortion, and questions has been reportedly removed from his role as the lead investigator in the Mumbai drugs bust case in which Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan‘s son Aryan Khan is an accused.

At 462, Delhi’s AQI a day after Diwali poorest in five years, says Central Pollution Control Board data

Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI), a day after Diwali, was recorded at 462 which is the poorest in five years, as per the data of the Central Pollution Control Board.

India to host dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, invites China, Pakistan

India will host a high-level regional security dialogue over the developments in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover, sources have said. The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue, which was held in September 2018 and December 2019, was not held last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Modi government scraps basic duty on crude palm oil, crude soyabean oil and crude sunflower oil from 2.5% to nil

A day after Diwali, the union government has cut the basic duty on Crude Palm Oil, Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil from 2.5% to nil.
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said: In a bid to reign in a continuous rise in the cooking oil prices since past one year the government has taken this decision.

30 more test positive for Zika virus in Kanpur, caseload spikes to 66

The number of people infected with the Zika virus in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur rose to 66 after 30 more people tested positive for the infection, according to a report on Friday.
The city saw its first Zika virus case on October 23 after an officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tested positive.

No Chhath Puja on Mumbai beaches, says BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has requested people not to visit beaches for the Chhath Puja celebrations on November 10 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The civic body has asked citizens to celebrate the festival at artificial ponds.

Terrorists fire on security forces at SKIMS Medical College in Srinagar

Terrorists opened fire at security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Friday. The incident happened at SKIMS Medical College Hospital in Srinagar’s Bemina region.
The Jammu and Kashmir police said: “There was a brief firefight between terrorists and security forces at SKIMS Hospital, Bemina. Terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of civilian presence.”

India asks Pakistan to reconsider its decision to close airspace to Srinagar-Sharjah direct flight

India has requested Pakistan to grant overflight clearance to GoFirst airline’s Srinagar-Sharjah flight keeping in mind the larger interest of common people who have booked their tickets for the route, government officials said on November 4.

Karnataka government withdraws Covid-19 related night curfew

Karnataka government on Friday has decided to withdraw the night curfew which was imposed due rise in Covid-19 cases.

India on Friday reported 12,729 new Coronavirus cases and 221 deaths. Of the total Covid cases in the country, the active cases account for less than 1% and are currently at 0.43%. In terms of total number, India’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922.

Surge in farm fires, crackers bursting reason for worsening air quality in Delhi, says Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday blamed crackers bursting, farm fires for worsening air quality in Delhi.

The air quality in the national capital on Diwali deteriorated to the severe category, with the Janpath area recording hazardous air quality on Friday morning. A thick blanket of smog shrouds the skies of the national capital. People from various parts of the city complained of itchy throats and watery eyes.

Beijing shuts roads, playgrounds due to heavy pollution

As China ramps up coal production and faces scrutiny of its environmental record at make-or-break international climate talks, the highways and school playgrounds in Beijing were closed Friday due to heavy pollution.
World leaders have gathered in Scotland this week for COP26 negotiations billed as one of the last chances to avert climate change, though Chinese President Xi Jinping made a written address instead of attending in person.

Aryan Khan appears before NCB for first time after bail

Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan on Friday appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). He was required to mark his presence before the agency between 11 am and 2 pm.
This was one of the conditions set by the Bombay High Court while granting bail to the 23-year-old who was arrested, along with several others, by the agency in the drugs-on-cruise case. Aryan Khan was released from Mumbai Arthur Road Prison on October 30 after spending 22 days in jail.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo confirms his retirement from international cricket

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced to retire from all forms of cricket. Bravo’s announcement comes after his team suffered a 20-runs loss against Sri Lanka on Friday. The West Indies all-rounder had earlier announced retirement in 2018 before reversing the decision in 2019.

Australia postpones its first-ever Test match against Afghanistan

Cricket Australia has postponed their first-ever Test match against Afghanistan on Saturday. The match, which was scheduled in November last week at Hobert, has been postponed due to a reported ban on Afghanistan women’s cricket.

PM Modi offers prayers, says inner voice told him Kedarnath will be rebuilt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, November 5 made a visit to the Kedarnath temple and he offered prayers at the temple. He also unveiled a 12-foot long statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya. PM Modi also said that the inner voice told him that the Kedarnath temple will be rebuilt despite the mass destruction that took place in 2013.

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Police vehicles torched as violence erupts between 2 groups in Maharashtra’s Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar



Police and public vehicles were reportedly set ablaze by the mob as violent clashes erupted between two groups outside a temple in Maharashtra’s Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar on Wednesday night, reports said.

As per reports, an altercation between two groups escalated outside a Ram Temple in Kiradpura area of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and resulted in the two sides hurling stones at each other as more people joined the clashes.

According to the police the mob also set ablaze several police and public vehicles outside the temple and the police had to fire tear smoke shells to pacify the situation and disperse the mob.

A senior official said that four people who sustained injuries in the incident and were hospitalized, have been discharged after receiving medical attention.

He said that fire services were called to the scene to douse the burning vehicle and a heavy deployment of police personnel has been made and security beefed up to prevent any riots or untoward incidents from taking place.

CP Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Nikhil Gupta told news agency ANI that a clash broke out between two groups in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar’s Kiradpura area during which stones were pelted by both sides and the mob torched some private and police vehicles.

The officer said the police was compelled to use force and fire tear gas shells to disperse the rioters and the situation is peaceful, adding that strict action will be taken against the miscreants.

The senior officer said all the “miscreants” have been removed and situation is under control while also appealing the people to maintain calm and peace.

In a video shared on Twitter, AIMIM’s National Corporator Mohammed Naseeruddin Twitter said that Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel went to the Ram temple following which false news was spread that the temple was attacked by some miscreants.

Police and local administration have appealed the people to maintain calm and not to believe rumors.

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Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani acquitted in 2017 rally case

A Gujarat sessions court, Wednesday, overturned a lower court sentence and conviction of Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani and nine others in a case of unlawful assembly for taking out a public rally without the permission of the police in 2017.



Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani

A Gujarat sessions court, Wednesday, overturned a lower court sentence and conviction of Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani and nine others in a case of unlawful assembly for taking out a public rally without the permission of the police in 2017.

Setting aside the lower court judgement, a sessions court in Mehsana district observed that debates and bona fide criticism of government actions are essential for the existence of democracy while also quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot long retain it.”

The sessions court in its judgement noted that the prosecution’s entire case was baseless and lacked any substance or evidence.

Additional Sessions Judge CM Pawar allowed the appeal of Jignesh Mevani, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Reshma Patel, and others against the May 2022 order of a judicial magistrate court which had convicted and sentenced them for three-months in jail under sections 143 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In July 2017, an FIR was lodged against Dalit rights activist Jignesh Mevani and others at the Mehsana ‘A’ division police station for taking out an “Azadi march” in support of landless farmers of the area, without police permission, from Mehsana town to Dhanera in Banaskantha district.

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Mevani and other accused had sought permission from authorities to organise a rally under the banner of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch to air grievances of members of the Dalit community.

Jignesh Mevani—a prominent Dalit leader—is also a working president of the Gujarat Congress.

An executive magistrate via an order June 27, 2017 granted the permission for the rally, however, it was rescinded on July 7 of that year on grounds of public disorder but Mevani and others persisted and went ahead with their planned rally leading to an FIR against them for unlawful assembly under section 143 of the IPC.

Mevani, at the time, was an independent legislator from Banaskantha district’s Vadgam and was reelected from the same constituency on Congress ticket in the December 2022 elections.

Justice Pawar in his ruling observed that “deliberations, discussions, debates and bona fide dissent against policies of government and even bona fide criticism of action of government are essential for the existence of democracy in the nation.”

The sessions judge also highlighted the misuse of power and process of law by authorities for suppressing the voice of people, and noted showing “dominance of power” is not unknown even in a democratic set up.

The judge noted that in a democracy elected leaders meant to serve the people not to rule them, adding that a democratic nation is duty-bound to “protect the rights of citizens without any fear of criticism for survival of the ethos of democracy in the nation.”

He observed that right of freedom will be nullified in a democracy if dissent or peaceful protest is branded as an offence.

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Stressed by exams, medical student jumps to death in Pune: Police

A first-year medical student, apparently stressed out due to examinations and studies, allegedly jumped to her death from the terrace of a government-run college in Pune on Wednesday morning, officials said.



Pune medical student death

A first-year medical student, apparently stressed out due to examinations and studies, allegedly jumped to her death from the terrace of a government-run college in Pune on Wednesday morning, officials said.

According to the police, the deceased—a 21-year-old student at Pune’s government-run B J Medical College purportedly died of suicide after she jumped from the terrace of the Sassoon General Hospital, which is attached to the college on Wednesday morning.

A senior police official said the young student was distressed from the past few days to due pressure of examinations and studies and unfortunately resorted to taking such an extreme step, instead of seeking counselling and help.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Smartana Patil said the deceased, a first-year medical student, was apparently stressed due to the pressure of studies and was often found crying during the past three-four days.

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DCP Patil said the deceased girl’s parents had asked her to appear in exams even if she was unprepared which and even provided her psychiatric help and were by her side for the past three days.

The officer said her parents also took her to a psychiatrist for consultation and did not leave her side for the past week and also accompanied her to college on the fateful day, however, she somehow managed to give them the slip and went to the terrace of Sassoon General Hospital where she jumped to her death.

The victim sustained grievous injuries in the fall and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where she succumbed to her injuries, the officer said, adding that prima facie, the case is being treated as a suicide, however, no suicide note was recovered from the scene.

Officer Patil said a case of suicide and accidental death has been registered in this regard and further investigation is ongoing.

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