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Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies, aged 93

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies, aged 93

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Yesterday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj died at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, India. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Agra and was taken to Aligarh for treatment. The chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here [the night before he died] in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born in the Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on January 4, 1925, Gopal Das was a resident of Agra and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College in Aligarh. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’s body was reportedly to be taken to Aligarh today.



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May 27, 2016

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

India set to install panic buttons on buses to combat sexual assault

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The Indian Government announced on Wednesday they will issue a notification to ensure all buses are fitted with panic buttons to prevent sex-related violence occurring on buses in India. The motion was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. Installation of the buttons is set to become mandatory on June 2.

Tests are under way on 20 buses running from Rajasthan to New Delhi. Buses are to have panic buttons, a GPS-enabled vehicle tracking device, and CCTV cameras. The new buttons are located at the front doors and when pressed, a police control room has the ability to view live footage recorded inside the bus.

Last month, the government announced that as of 2017, mobile phones can’t be sold in India without a panic button. With the press of a single key, the panic button alerts emergency services that assistance is required.

Since a fatal sexual assault three and a half years ago on a bus in New Delhi, accompanied by increased rates of sexual assault, the government has been pressured to help women avoid the dangers of sexual assault. The bus sexual assault three and a half years ago resulted in India-wide protests, and laws regarding sexual assault were overhauled.

According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014 New Delhi reported 1,813 rapes, more than any other Indian city. In more than 80% of rapes across India, the victim knew the rapist. In data from 2013, the rapists in 539 cases were parents, in 2,315 cases other relatives.

In 2012 the NCRB said the country had 24,923 reported rapes. However, this number grew over the following year, with 2013 seeing 33,707 reported.

In 2013, NCRB said New Delhi saw 1,636 rapes reported, with an Indian average of 92 women per day. The New Delhi cases alone account for more than four per day.



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August 1, 2012

North India blackout affects over one half billion people

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity, enrolling itself in the list of ‘World’s Biggest Blackout’. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of India, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern and eastern states left more than 600 million people without electricity. The power outage began Monday at 2:48 IST (21:18 Sunday GMT), affecting fourteen states, followed by another power outage yesterday that began at 13:02 IST (7:32 GMT), affecting at least nineteen or twenty states.

States affected include Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

Home Minister, until yesterday Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde suggested some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”. “We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run PGCIL, said.

A senior director for an Indian power company described the outage as “a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system…Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.”



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July 31, 2012

North India Blackout

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A massive grid failure in India‘s capital city, Delhi, and other northern states including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, left more than 600 million people without electricity on 31st July. This is considered as one of the world’s worst blackout to hit the planet in more than a decade. This blackout is a power outage that began on 30 July 2012 at 2:48 AM (IST (21:18 GMT) in India, affecting 14 states, followed by another power outage the next day, July 31, that began at 13:02 PM (IST (7:32 GMT), affecting 20 states.

Blackouts are a common thing in much of the country, including major cities. Even in the nation’s capital of New Delhi, rolling blackouts are common, especially during the hot summer season when demand far outstrips supply. Rural areas are the most severely affected; it is common for 44% of rural households having access to electricity to lose power for more than 12 hours each day.

Hospitals and transport systems are a priority, so the authorities are trying to restore the services there.

On the day of the collapse, Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, stated that the exact cause of the failure was unknown, but that at the time of the failure, electricity use was “above normal”. He speculated that some states had attempted to draw more power than permitted due to higher consumption. Spokesperson for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and the Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) stated that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana were the states responsible for the overdraw. PGCIL’s chairman also stated that electrical service was restored “at a record time”.

“We’ll find out the reason and see that such kind of things are avoided in the future,” Ram Nayak, the head of state-run Power Grid Corporation, said.

Whatever the reason it might be, but this blackout is a fairly large breakdown that exposed major technical faults in India’s grid system. Something went terribly wrong which caused the backup safety systems to fail.



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September 7, 2011

Bomb blast in Delhi kills 12, injures 62

Bomb blast in Delhi kills 12, injures 62

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It is in the second time in four months that a blast occurred outside the Delhi High Court complex. An explosion on May 25 triggered panic prompting the authorities to sound a high alert in the capital and tighten security at public places, however no one was injured in that blast.

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Twelve people were reported killed and 62 people injured in a terrorist attack outside gate number 5 of Delhi High Court, in India’s capital New Delhi at around 10:15am (4:45 am GMT) on Wednesday.

According to home secretary RK Singh, the explosives were hidden in a briefcase placed in the reception of the high court. At that moment hundreds of people were present on the site to get passes to attend court cases. Islamic fundamentalist organization Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami claimed the responsibility for these blasts. In an email sent to the media, the group demanded immediate repeal of the the death penalty given to Mohammed Afzal Guru, a terrorist involved in the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001. They also warned that they could target other high courts and the Supreme Court of India.

Victims injured in the attack have been taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and Safdarjang Hospital. As the accident site is not far from the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office, the Delhi Police have cordoned off the area.

Politicians including the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L. K. Advani, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi, Indian National Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, and BJP president Nitin Gadkari have condemned the attacks, as have numerous celebrities on Twitter.

“My heart goes out to the bereaved families and to those who are injured I convey my best wishes,” Manmohan Singh said in a statement to the Indian journalists accompanying him on his two-day Bangladesh visit.

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January 24, 2009

Heart bypass for Indian Premier Dr. Manmohan Singh at AIIMS, Pranab Mukherjee takes charge

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Former US President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exchange handshakes on March 2, 2006, at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undergo heart surgery over the weekend and the country’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to take charge in his absence, officials and media reports said Friday. Singh, 76, underwent a coronary angiography as part of a series of heart-related tests at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday and Wednesday and was discharged on Thursday.

Dr Manmohan Singh, age 76, is the 17th and current Prime Minister of the Republic of India. He also serves as the Union Minister for Finance, succeeding P. Chidambaram.

Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, a native of West Bengal, India, is the Minister for External Affairs of India in the Manmohan Singh-led Government of India. A prominent leader of the Indian National Congress in the 14th Lok Sabha, he is known to be a competent party apparatchik, “a prominent Gandhi family loyalist who did not win a popular election until 2004”.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) central lawn, with teaching block in the background.

A team of doctors from AIIMS and the Asian Heart Institute (AHI), Mumbai performed the surgery. The AHI team included Rama Kant Panda, cardiac surgeon, Vijay Desilva, ICU specialist, and Narendra Garach, anesthetist, AIIM sources said. “The team has brought about 20 boxes of special equipment with it. Earlier, Dr K S Reddy (the PM&aposs personal physician) had discussions with Dr Panda in connection with the line of treatment to be followed,” they said.

Pranab Mukherjee has been given the charge of Finance Ministry after he held meetings with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and then Prime Minister Singh. Mukherjee said he would meet the Prime Minister because he was going for treatment and when he was abroad, Singh was in hospital. “These are quite natural things. You should not be unnecessarily worried over and coming here in large numbers,” he said.

During the PM’s incapacity, Mukherjee will also preside over Cabinet meetings and will further handle coal, environment and forests, including information and broadcasting portfolios. Singh will have to rest after the procedure and will be able to resume work only by March. PMO sources said that Singh may take rest for two-three weeks after the surgery.

Singh underwent a coronary angiography at the AIIMS hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday and was discharged on Thursday. The tests results revealed multiple arterial blockages and Singh returned to hospital on Friday for pre-surgery tests.

Singh, a diabetic, underwent a bypass surgery in Britain in 1990 and had an angioplasty in 2004 in Delhi in which stents were introduced in his arteries. He had earlier been operated for a benign enlarged prostate in 2007, and for nerve compression in both wrists in 2006 and cataract removal procedure last year, officials said.

The Congress Party, which leads the coalition Government, has said that he will remain Prime Minister if Congress and its allies win again. But Congress is reportedly planning to replace him, possibly within two years, with Rahul Gandhi, the 38-year-old son of Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born Congress leader. “Days are not far off for Rahul Gandhi to become Indian Prime Minister,” Mr Mukherjee said earlier this month.

Rahul is an Indian politician and member of the Parliament of India, representing the Amethi constituency. He is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, the most prominent political family in India. He is the son of current Italian-born Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991. Gandhi was 14 years old when his grandmother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her security guards. His great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first Prime Minister of India, and his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru was a distinguished leader of the Indian independence movement.


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November 6, 2006

Pranab and Oli discuss Nepal peace talks

Pranab and Oli discuss Nepal peace talks

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The Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has talked with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli to discuss the status of ongoing peace talks with the Maoist rebels.

Oli met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee during his visit in New Delhi. Oli discussed the situation of the peace negotiations between the Nepal government and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). He provided them an overview about the efforts being made by government to persuade the Maoists to quit the arms.

During an-hour long talk between Mukherjee and Oli, they reviewed the implementation of the economic package announced after Koirala’s visit to India in June. They also discussed about the key infrastructure projects in Nepal, like, export of power from India to Nepal and construction of transmission lines.

The talk was important as Maoist and Nepal government are trying to resolve the issue. Maoist chief Prachanda met Nepal Prime Minister G P Koirala in the presence of United Nations Secretary General’s special representative Ian Martin on Sunday. During the meeting they tried to sort out most of the issues regarding crucial arm management issue and agreed to hold fresh talk on Monday.

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September 27, 2006

New Delhi: Video shows witnesses in the Jessica Lall murder case being bribed

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New Delhi: Video shows witnesses in the Jessica Lall murder case being bribed

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Indian newspaper Tehelka has carried out a sting operation which shows how coercion and bribes were used to manipulate the witnesses in the high-profile Jessica Lall homicide case.

The three-month long sting shows how Shayan Munshi, Karan Rajput and Shiv Das were bribed into not testifying, which in turn led to the acquittal of key-accused Manu Sharma. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is in charge of the case has taken custody of the tapes.

Jessica Lall, a model who worked at the posh South Delhi restaurant Tamarind Court, was shot dead, allegedly by Manu Sharma, for refusing to serve him a drink, on 29 April 1999. Manu Sharma is the son of Vinod Sharma, a Congress Party leader in Haryana.

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September 26, 2006

Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over 2001 attack on Indian Parliament

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Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur confirmed today that Mohammed Afzal, a militant attached to the Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, would be executed on 20 October for his role in the attempted attack on the Indian Parliament building in 2002.

On 13 December 2001, at 11:45 a.m. local time(UTC+5:30), just as the MPs were preparing to leave the House, militants armed with AK-47s and hand-grenades breached the security at Gate No.12 of the Parliament Building and opened indiscriminate fire, killing six policemen and one Parliament employee. The Army, along with police and NSG “Black Cats” sealed the area and killed all five gunmen in a “lock-down mop-up” operation.

The attack increased tensions between India and Pakistan, which was accused by India of providing support to the Kashmiri militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed, involved in the attack.

A special court had earlier sentenced Delhi University lecturer S. Geelani, Afzal and Shaukat Hussain Guru to death under Section 3(2) of POTA (indulging in terrorist acts leading to deaths) and Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder). The court also fined Shaukat Hussain’s wife, Afsan Guru Rs. 10,000 and sentenced her to five years rigorous imprisonment for concealing details of the plot. A Delhi High court ruling, however, later acquitted Afsana Guru and Geelani.

On 4 August 2005, a Supreme Court bench including Justice P V Reddy and Justice P V Neolkar confirmed the death penalty for Mohammed Afzal and sentenced Shaukat Hussain Guru to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for concealing details of the conspiracy, thereby sparing him the gallows. Although the Supreme Court upheld Geelani’s acquittal, it observed that his actions were not above suspicion and seemed to have supported the attack.

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