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As Bengaluru grapples with unprecedented floods due to heavy rainfall, a political slugfest has begun between the Congress and the ruling BJP, blaming each other for the deteriorating condition of India’s Silicon Valley.

Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar hit back at Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s remark for blaming the previous Congress government for the flood situation in Bengaluru and asked the latter to step down and let there be a President rule while adding that they will come to power and solve the problem of waterlogging in the city. Speaking to ANI after the prayer meeting at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur, Shivakumar said “Our motto is different. I don’t want to reply to BJP leaders. What congress has done? He has the government… leave your power and let there be a President rule. We will come to power and solve the problem. The Congress party will keep everything united.”

Earlier the Chief Minister blamed “unprecedented” rainfall and “maladministration” of the previous Congress government for the flood situation in Bengaluru.

Speaking to reporters here, Bommai said, “Karnataka especially Bengaluru has received unprecedented rains. This kind of rain has not come in the last 90 years. All the tanks are full and they are overflowing. There is continuous rain. Even today it is raining.”

“This happened because of maladministration and totally unplanned administration of previous Congress government. They gave permission right, left and centre in the lakes and buffer zone,” said Bommai. The Chief Minister said that there is a perception that the entire Bengaluru is in a problem but that is not true.

“The entire Bengaluru is not in problem. The problem is in two zones, particularly Mahadevapura. The condition of Mahadevapura is because of 69 tanks in the small area. All are overflowing. Further, all the established is in low-lying areas. And there has been encroachment,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the administration is working round the clock to tackle the waterlogging problem in the city. He said control rooms have been made to resolve issues.

“We have taken it as a challenge. Our officers, engineers, workers and SDRF team are working 24X7. We have cleared a lot of encroachments. And we will continue to clear them. We are putting sluice gates at the tanks so that tanks can be well managed. We have started dewatering in most of the places. We have given Rs 1,500 crore for draining of water in Bengaluru while another Rs 300 crore has been given to remove encroachments. We will ensure that in future there is no impediment to the flow of water,” he said.

Bengaluru is reeling under severe waterlogging due to incessant heavy rains which continued to affect traffic in several areas of the city. Locals in Bengaluru continued to bear the brunt of severe waterlogging as water is yet to recede from roads and bylanes after Monday’s downpour. Many parts of the state are witnessing flood-like situations due to heavy rains.

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Shah Rukh Khan gets relief from Supreme Court in 2017 stampede case

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Shah Rukh Khan gets relief from Supreme Court in 2017 stampede case

The Supreme Court on Monday granted relief to Shah Rukh Khan as it upheld Gujarat High Court which quashed the case against him related to the 2017 stampede in Vadodara Railway Station.
A bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice CT Ravikumar rejected the plea filed by a complainant against Shahrukh Khan. The complainant had challenged a Gujarat High Court order. The Supreme Court refused to interfere with the order passed by the High Court of Gujarat quashing the complaint filed by the complainant against the actor.
On April 27, 2022, Gujarat High Court ordered quashing the criminal case against Shah Rukh Khan for allegedly causing a stampede at Vadodara Railway Station while promoting his film Raees in 2017. The actor along with his production team was travelling from Mumbai to Delhi to promote their Hindi feature film ‘Raees’.
The complainant, Jitendra Madhubhai Solanki had filed a private complaint against Khan before the Judicial Magistrate, First Class, Vadodara, alleging his presence at the Vadodara Railway Station coupled with him throwing T-shirts and smiley balls at the crowd assembled at the station led to the alleged stampede.
On an application preferred by Shah Rukh Khan seeking a quashing of the said complaint, the High Court of Gujarat had to vide order dated April 27, 2022 quashed the complaint filed against Khan.
The Petitioner was represented by Senior advocate Vijay Kumar while Shah Rukh Khan was represented by Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, briefed by a team from Karanjawala and Company Advocates led by Ruby Singh Ahuja and Sandeep Kapur, Senior Partners.

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BSF organises eight-day ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour for 35 children of Jammu

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The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday started an eight-day ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour of children hailing from remote border areas of the Jammu region.
The tour, which will commence from September 27 to October 4, includes 35 children– 20 boys and 15 girls. These students belong to a humble background and were selected from remote border areas, said the BSF in a statement.
“During the tour, children will get an opportunity to visit various monuments in Gujarat like Kamala Nehru Zoo, Sabarmati River Front, Sabarmati Ashram, Statue of Unity, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Akshardham Temple, Gujarat Science City, Amul Dairy and Narendra Modi Stadium. During this tour children will also get a chance to meet the Governor and Chief Minister of Gujarat,” mentions the statement.
The aim of organizing the tour is to give exposure to the children hailing from the border areas about the rich heritage, culture and grandeur of our nation and help them to understand the unity in diversity of India, it said.
Inspector General, BSF Jammu, D K Boora flagged off the ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour.
Boora interacted with children and said that it is a “great opportunity for these children, not only to enhance their knowledge but also to know about different culture and traditions of our country”.
He further added that besides guarding the borders, BSF Jammu is also playing an active role in national integration by way of conducting such types of tours for the children of remote areas. These tours have garnered huge popularity among the masses of remote border areas of the Jammu region.

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22-year-old killed with sharp weapons in Mumbai

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A man was allegedly murdered with sharp weapons in the Sion Koliwada area in Mumbai, police said on Monday.
The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Tushar Wag, who was a resident of PMC Colony in Dharavi. The police have registered a case under sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and started the investigation.
According to the police, Tushar was going to his grandmother’s place on Saturday night. The accused knew about it and were already waiting for Tushar. As soon as he came there, the three accused attacked Tushar with sharp weapons, after which he died.
The police sent the body of the deceased to Sion Hospital for post-mortem. Police suspect old enmity as the reason for the murder.
Further investigation is underway in the case.

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SC rejects plea challenging HC’s order on demolishing Rane’s bungalow

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea challenging the Bombay High Court order which directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to demolish unauthorised construction at Union minister Narayan Rane’s bungalow in Mumbai’s Juhu.
The Supreme Court dismissed the plea and gave three months time to Rane to comply with the laws relating to construction. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi and Satish Manshinde argued the matter on behalf of Narayan Rane along with lawyers Shardul Singh, Prerna Gandhi, Shreeyas Lalit Advocates and Karanjawala and Co-Senior Partner Ruby Singh Ahuja and advocates Deepti Sarin, Hancy Maini, Lakshya Khanna, Narayan Rane, Union Minister has approached the Apex Court seeking a stay of the demolition of alleged unauthorised structures carried out in a residential premise namely ‘Aadish Bungalow’ situated at Juhu, Mumbai.
The petition was filed by Rane’s family-owned company, Kaalkaa Real Estates Pvt. Ltd., seeking interim directions that a stay be granted against order of Bombay HC on June 23 and September 20 this year. This petition was also filed against Municipal Corporation.
The petition is concerned with the land situated at Juhu, Mumbai totally admeasuring 2209 square meters of which the Petitioner owns 1187.84 square meters. After obtaining necessary permissions from the Municipal Corporation for Greater Mumbai (MCGM), Kaalkaa Real Estates carried out construction of residential premises known as ‘Aadish Bungalow’. After completion of the said construction, an Occupation Certificate was issued on January 23 in 2013.
MCGM issued various Notices under Section 351 (IA) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1881 alleging that some parts of the Bungalow were unauthorised and alleging a change of user of the said parts. The same was contested by the petitioner and MCGM passed orders on March 11 and 16 this year. These orders were not in favour of the petitioner and were thus challenged in a writ petition before the High Court. Various Petitions were filed challenging subsequent notices and orders and the Petitioner now left with no recourse was constrained to approach the SC, the petitioner said.

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Malayalam actor arrested for abusing anchor during interview

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Malayalam actor arrested for abusing anchor during interview

The Maradu Police arrested Malayalam actor Sreenath Bhasi on Monday for allegedly misbehaving with a female anchor working for online media during an interview for his movie ‘Chattambi’.
A case was registered last week against Bhasi based on the journalist’s complaint that the actor used abusive words against her and other crew members during an interview to promote his latest movie Chattambi. Police will further record statements of the complainant and witnesses and also check the CCTV visuals of the hotel where the interview took place.’
Reacting to the incident, the actor said on Saturday that he “did not shout at anyone”. “It was my reaction as a normal human being,” he said.
Following the incident, another clip of an earlier interview with a male radio jockey surfaced on the internet in which Bhasi allegedly used abusive language.
Sreenath Bhasi will be playing the lead role for the first time in the movie Chattambi.

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Mumbai court extends remand of 5 PFI accused till 3 October

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A Mumbai court on Monday extended the remand of 5 PFI accused arrested in Mumbai for another 8 days.
The extension has been granted till October 3. The accused were produced before the court at the end of their 5-day remand today.
The accused were arrested on September 22 in raids by multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) across several states for alleged support to terror activities in the country.
The National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and the state police forces jointly carried out coordinated searches at the houses and offices of the PFI leaders and members across India.
Searches were conducted at 93 locations in 15 states of India in which over 100 activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested.
The states where the raids were conducted included Andhra Pradesh (4 places), Telangana (1), Delhi (19), Kerala (11), Karnataka (8), Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2), Hyderabad (5), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.
The searches were conducted in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following “continued inputs and evidence” that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in the funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations.
A large number of criminal cases were registered in different states over the last few years against the PFI and its leaders and members for their involvement in many violent acts.
Earlier on September 25, Pune Police registered a case against the protesters who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans in Pune.
‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised outside the District Collector’s office on Friday in Pune city where Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres gathered against the recent arrests of its leaders across the country.
Some protestors were detained by Pune police and a case was registered for unlawful assembly against protestors. Police also arrested some protestors.
“Case registered under sections of rioting and for blocking the roads at Bund Garden police station. Probe underway pertaining to videos that went viral. Stringent action to be taken against culprits,” said Sagar Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Pune.
Earlier, Pune Police had said they will probe and verify the videos and action will be taken accordingly.
“We have received some videos, we will investigate and verify them completely and take action accordingly,” the DCP had said.
Reacting to the sloganeering incident, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also the state Home Minister said stringent action will be taken. “We will take stringent action against any person raising Pakistan Zindabad slogans in Maharashtra,” Fadnavis said.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nitesh Rane took to Twitter and warned those raising such slogans. He also sought a ban on PFI.

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