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REPUBLIC TV CEO ARRESTED, IN POLICE CUSTODY TILL 15 DECEMBER

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MUMBAI: Republic TV CEO Vikas Khanchandani was on Sunday arrested in connection with the ongoing probe into the TRP scam. Later, he was sent to police custody till 15 December, officials said.

Shortly after the remand order by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court, the Republic TV—which has alleged that the arrest was illegal—asserted that the company will challenge it in the Bombay High Court immediately.

Khanchandani was arrested on Sunday morning by the Special Investigation Team of Mumbai Police, making him the 13th person to be arrested till date.

During the court hearing, the police sought 14 days custody, saying the accused had the knowledge and was a beneficiary of the crime.

However, as Khanchandani’s lawyers argued that the police were ‘hounding’ the TV channel after its coverage of the Palghar lynching case (April 2020), the court granted two days custody.

Soon after the arrest, the Republic TV initiated a campaign demanding his release.

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20 SHORTLISTED AIRMEN APPROACH DELHI HC

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Twenty shortlisted Airmen seeking direction for issuance of enrollment list and appointment letters have approached the Delhi High court. They are seeking appointment as per the notification of 2019 and that they should not be affected by the new Agnipath scheme.

The matter has been adjourned for two weeks as another similar matter is to be heard in Supreme Court next week. The division bench of justices Suresh Kumar Kait and Saurabh Banerjee adjourned the hearing on the petition for two weeks.

The petition moved through advocate Prashant Bhushan has sought direction from the Ministry of Defence and Central Airmen Selection Board to complete the recruitment process by publishing an enrollment list in terms of the notification of December 11, 2019 and consequently issue appointment letters to the shortlisted candidates.

The petitioners have also sought the issuing of a direction declaring that the notification of 2019 shall not be affected by the Agnipath scheme and subsequent notification of June 24, 2022. It is stated that the recruitment was to be done in three phases, which consisted of an online test, a physical fitness test, a group discussion, adaptability tests and a medical examination. The petitioners appeared and qualified in all three phases. Thereafter, a provisional selection list containing the names of the petitioners was published on May 31, 2021. The list contained the names of the candidates, cut-off marks and the position of the candidate in the merit list.

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INSTAGRAM DOWN: USERS FACE ISSUE LOGGING IN, SENDING MESSAGES

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New Delhi: Instagram, a Meta-owned social media platform, went down for a while earlier today, preventing many users from logging in and using the platform. However, it has now been restored. Several users took to Twitter to confirm that Instagram is not working for them. While some other users reported that their feeds were not refreshing, others complained of not being able to reply.

According to DownDetector, the first surge in complaints started shortly after 8 pm on 5 July and peaked at around 11 pm, when more than 1200 users reported experiencing problems with Instagram. By SAM on 6 July, the situation appeared to be getting better, but new reports have been mounting that it hasn’t been resolved.

Netizens took to Twitter, reporting their issue of not being able to access the social media platform. A user wrote, “Me to Instagram after refreshing my phone 3 times and reinstalling Instagram 2 times”. Another user posted, “Me waiting for the Instagram dm’s to work again to see the 0 DMS I have #instagramdown.” “No one: Instagram once every month: #instagramdown”, a netizen wrote.

However, unlike previous outages, the app was not unavailable to all Instagram users. Some reports also claimed that some users were able to use the platform during the outage. These users could access their accounts and use all aspects of the platform, including refreshing their feeds and opening new profiles.

Instagram has yet to acknowledge the problem, and no official statement has been issued. The platform has also experienced several similar outages in recent months, including one, last month on the night of Tuesday, 19 April.

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DSP Faridkot held for accepting bribe from drug supplier

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Punjab Police on Wednesday arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Faridkot Lakhvir Singh for accepting Rs 10 lakhs as a bribe from a drug supplier for not nominating him in the FIR registered under NDPS Act in Tarn Taran, said the Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav.

The development came after the Tarn Taran district police had arrested a drug supplier identified as Pishora Singh from a petrol pump near Patti Morh after recovering 250 grams of opium and Rs 1 lakh of drug money from his possession on Sunday. Accused Pishora, a resident of village Model Boparai in Tarn Taran, was wanted in the FIR dated 30 June 2022, in which his aide Surjit Singh of village Mari Megha in Tarn Taran was arrested with 900grams of opium.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that during the investigation by the Tarn Taran Police, Surjit revealed that he had purchased opium from Pishora, who is the main drug supplier.

“When Police started conducting raids to arrest him, Pishora tried to bribe Patti CIA in-charge by offering Rs 7-8 lakhs through ASI Rashpal Singh (posted as MHC CIA Patti), in lieu of not arresting and nominating him in this case, but the in-charge refused to accept the bribe,” he said while adding that the Police teams continued their efforts to arrest Pishora.

Later, Pishora met Rashpal Singh’s brother Hira Singh through his acquaintance Nishan Singh of village Sito in Tarn Taran, and together they approached DSP Lakhvir, who also happened to be the cousin of Hira Singh, where the DSP negotiated the settlement at Rs 10 lakhs to help the drug supplier, said the DGP, adding that the accused DSP instructed Hira to keep the amount with him.

On the disclosure of Pishora Singh, the Police have also recovered Rs 9.97 lakhs from the house of Hira Singh.

Reiterating the commitment of the Punjab government to make Punjab a corruption-free state, DGP Gaurav Yadav unequivocally said that any Police officer/official found indulged in corruption will not be spared.  

SSP Tarn Taran Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that the Police have also nominated ASI Rashpal Singh, Nishan Singh and Hira Singh in the FIR and raids are being conducted to nab them.

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RAIN BATTERS MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, FLASH FLOODS REPORTED

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall and thunderstorm/lightning are very likely over Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala over the next five days.

“Isolated extremely heavy rainfall also likely over south Gujarat Region and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra on 8 July and over Konkan and Goa on 7 July and 8 July,” the IMD said.

The weather forecasting agency also predicted scattered rainfall activity with isolated heavy rainfall likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next five days.

“Widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall and thunderstorm/lightning likely over Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Odisha during next five days,” it added. 

As heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai, severe waterlogging was recorded in several parts of the city. Waterlogging was recorded in Dadar and Sion areas after Powai Lake started overflowing on Tuesday due to the downpour.

A landslide was also reported near Pratapgarh Fort in Maharashtra’s Satara district on Wednesday following heavy rainfall. No casualties have been reported so far. Another landslide incident was reported on Tuesday in Ghatkopar’s Panchsheel Nagar in Mumbai amidst heavy rains, demolishing a house.

The Central railway informed that the trains on all corridors are running, however, some main and harbour line trains are running late. Several rivers in the state have reached the warning level. The Kundalika River has crossed the warning level and the water level of Amba, Savitri, Patalganga, Ulhas and Garhi rivers is slightly below the warning level.

The IMD also issued an orange alert for Thane, Palghar, Pune, Beed, Latur, Jalna, Parbhani and several other areas in Maharashtra for the next five days. Ratnagiri and Raigad are on red alert.

Amidst the downpour, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde directed officials to monitor the situation and keep the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) squads ready, said the CM’s office (CMO) on Tuesday.

Particularly in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Thane, Palghar, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts, the Chief Minister has directed citizens to inform about the rising water and flood situation due to rains and make arrangements at appropriate places for evacuation.

Apart from this, the Chief Minister directed the district collectors and the Water Resources Department to remain alert and take proper precautions as the water of the Jagbudi and Kajli rivers is flowing at the warning level.

Meanwhile, several people have been feared washed away in flash floods caused by a cloud burst that wreaked havoc at Choj nullah in Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district. The incident has caused considerable damage to the properties and also destroyed the only bridge that leads to the village.

“Flash flood hits Manikaran valley of Kullu district due to heavy rainfall, dozens of houses and camping sites damaged in Choj village,” said Kullu Superintendent of Police Gurdev Sharma.

As many as four people are missing, added the police. He also said that the police and rescue teams are on the spot. “At Chojh village, 4-6 persons and 5 cattle heads are feared washed away. Another landslide occurred on Kasol-Jaimala Road,” added State Emergency Operation Centre in its bulletin.

At Malana Project & II Tehsil Bhuntar of Kullu, a building of the Project has been damaged. In the incident, 25 to 30 employees were stuck in the building. They have been rescued. The SDM Kullu, police and fire team carried out the rescue operation.

Incessant heavy rain continues in Shimla since late Tuesday night.

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AFTER 3 MLAS GET THREATS, HOODA DEMANDS PROPER SECURITY FOR THEM

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After having a glance at the ongoing law and order scenario in Haryana, what comes to fore that be it commoners, businessmenartists or legislators, no one seems safe as gangsters are threatening all for ransom. Three MLAs in Haryana have received threats in the last few days. It’s a matter of serious concern. Former CM and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has demanded proper security for the three MLAs.

The issue of law and order situation continues to add to the woes of police department requiring them to come up with full proof strategy to nab and tighten the noose around the neck of hard core criminals. 

Recently, a BJP MLA Sanjay Singh filed a complaint to police saying that he had received threats from an associate of the notorious Neeraj Bawana gang with a demand for Rs 5 lakh and got an extortion message on WhatApp. Following this, he lodged another police complaint alleging that he received two threats messages that threatened him with dire consequences if he did not pay Rs 5 lakh to the Bawana gang. Regarding this, an FIR was registered under sections 506, 384 and 387 of the IPC. Apart from this, two of the Congress MLAs named Renu Bala and Surendra Pawar had been threatened by miscreants. Such incidents bring the state police under scanner. 

Thus, the state continues to witness a spurt in extortion calls with a string of callers using names of gangsters Bawana, Lawrence Bishnoi and Kala Jatheri and many more. 

Pertaining to this, former CM and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has stated that the law and order situation has completely collapsed under the BJP-JJP government and made it a stronghold of criminals. Further he said that no one is safe in the state, neither common man nor MLA. Hooda demanded proper security for all the MLAs and action against those who have been threatened.

Apart from aforesaid, film producer and real estate businessman Jagbir Singh had received a threat call demanding Rs 2 crore as extortion money and he was threatened by two miscreants saying that if he does not pay the money, he must leave the city as soon as possible. Besides, the notorious elements are active at large scale in Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Sonipat, Jhajjar, and many more, especially during the last few months. Mushrooming of hardcore criminals at such scale is an alarming situation and the police department is required control the worsening situation. 

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CONGRESS DENIED PROBE INTO SHYAMA PRASAD’S DEATH: NADDA

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Slamming Congress on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee on Wednesday, BJP national president JP Nadda said that only the grand-old party and then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru refused to order an inquiry into the “mysterious” death of the Bhartiya Jana Sangha (BJS) founder. The remarks of the BJP chief came after paying tributes to Mukherjee. 

 Nadda said, «He (Syama Prasad Mukherjee) went to Jammu and Kashmir without a permit on 11 May. He was arrested on the same date. He died in the Srinagar jail on 23 June in a mysterious way. His mother had written a letter to Nehru demanding an enquiry. Only Congress and Nehru know why the enquiry was not conducted.»

«He founded the BJS as he was saddened by the appeasement policy of Nehru. He said that the imposition of Article 370 is harmful to the country. He gave a slogan against it,» he added. Nadda said, «We lost a leader but we kept on marching to make his journey come true. Article 370 was scrapped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This is a true tribute to BJS.» 

The BJP chief said that a «true tribute» to the BJS founder as a party worker would be to «invest the lives to strengthen our country».

Mukherjee served as the Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru›s cabinet. BJS, founded in 1951, is the ideological parent organisation of the BJP.

According to the BJP›s official website, on the issue of the Delhi pact with Likayat Ali Khan, Mukherjee resigned from the Cabinet on 6 April 1950. Later on 21 October 1951, he founded BJS in Delhi and became its first president. Mukherjee went to visit Kashmir in 1953 and was arrested on 11 May. He died as «detenu» on 23 June 1953. 

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