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Poet Pradeep Chaubey dies due to heart attack

Pradeep Chaubey
Pradeep Chaubey
Hindi poet Pradeep Chaubey, famous for his humorous poetry, died on Thursday night due to cardiac arrest in Gwalior, people close to his family confirmed. He was 70 years old.
 
According to a person known to him, Chaubey was suffering from cancer and was undergoing treatment. He was discharged from a private hospital on Thursday but was again admitted after he complained about uneasiness at night. 
 
Around 2 a.m. he took his last breath.
 
Besides humour, he was famous for satirical comments on the system. 
 
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Centre for Disability Sports to be set up at Gwalior

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The Union Government has approved setting up of a ‘Centre for Disability Sports’ at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. 
 
It will be registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, which is to function under the name of Centre for Disability Sports, Gwalior. 
 
Improved sports infrastructure created by this centre will ensure effective participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in sports activities and also enable them to compete at national and international levels, an official press release said.
 
Taking April 1, 2019, as the zero date, the project is expected to be completed in two years, by March 31, 2021. Thereafter, it will take another six months for the centre to become operational. 
 
Setting up of the centre will entail an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore (non-recurring Rs.151.16 crore and recurring Rs 19.83 crore), spread over a period of five years.
 
The centre will have an Outdoor Athletic Stadium, Indoor Sports Complex, Basement Parking Facility; Aquatic Centre with two Swimming Pools, one covered pool and an outdoor pool; high-performance centre with classrooms; medical facilities; Sports Science Centre; and hostel facilities for athletes.
 
The support facilities include accessible lockers, dining, recreational amenities and Administrative Block. The facilities would be multi-functional centres with provision for training, selection, sports academics and research, medical support, spectator galleries and suitable for holding national/international events.
 
The sports identified for training in the centre include Integrated sports (Indoor) like Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Judo, Taekwondo, Fencing and Rugby; adapted sports (Indoor) like Boccia, Goalball, Football 5 a side, Para DanceSport and Para Power Lifting. Integrated sports (Outdoor) like Athletics, Archery, Football 7 a side and Tennis; and  Integrated sports (Indoor & Outdoor) – Swimming.
 
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Year-long commemoration of Vijaya Raje Scindia’s birth centenary

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The Union Government has decided on a year-long celebration of the birth centenary of Vijaya Raje Scindia, Rajmata of the erstwhile princely state of Gwalior, from October 11. 
 
The 12-member National Implementation Committee (NIC) headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chalk out programmes and activities, an official press release said.
 
A commemorative coin of Rs 100 denomination and commemorative postage stamp are proposed to be released in her honour during the commemoration period.
 
Other activities which may be taken up are seminars, lectures, publications and programmes focused on women empowerment.
 
Vijaya Raje Scindia, popularly known as Rajmata of Gwalior was born on October 11, 1919, at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.
 
After completing her education, she was inspired by the freedom movement and joined the struggle for independence. She believed in educating the girl child and women empowerment. 
 
In post-independence India, education for girls entered a new phase. It was to meet this need for an all-round Indian education stressing on Indian values, religions and culture that she worked for the education of girls and women.
 
She remained Member of Parliament for several years between 1957 and 1998. She was actively engaged in different social activities especially in the field of women empowerment and worked closely with various organizations dedicated to the cause of upliftment of women through education. She had authored two books. 
 
Vijaya Raje Scindia died on  January 25, 2001.
 
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IAF carries out mid-air refuelling of LCA Tejas for first time

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully carried out the first ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously-built fighter light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas MK 1, with an IL-78 MKI tanker of the 78 Squadron on Tuesday.
 
The tanker was launched from its base in Agra while the fighter was launched from Gwalior. 
 
"The specially modified Tejas aircraft carried out a series of  test  profiles including a ‘Dry Contact' with the tanker. A second Tejas aircraft flying in formation was used to observe the exercise closely," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
"All flight parameters of Tejas aircraft were transmitted live to a ground control unit set up at Gwalior airbase, wherein ADA scientists constantly monitored the technical parameters of the mission. The Tejas aircraft was piloted by test pilot Gp Capt Joshi and the IL-78 MKI was flown by Gp Capt R Arvind, Commanding Officer of the tanker squadron. Prior to the test flight, extensive ground trials were conducted in all possible conditions under the supervision of ADA scientists.
 
"The success of these trials is a major leap for the indigenous fighter, thus enhancing its mission capability by increasing its range and payload. The ability to carry out Air-to-Air Refueling is one of the critical requirements for the LCA to achieve Final Operational Clearance," the release added.
 
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French Air Force's Rafale aircraft stage through Gwalior, Agra on way back home from Australia

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Rafale fighter jets and transport aircraft of the French Air Force (FAF) staged through Air Force Stations at Gwalior and Agra from September 1-4 on their way back to France from Exercise Pitch Black 2018 at Darwin in Australia, in which the Indian Air Force (IAF) had also participated.
 
In all, sixteen countries from around the world had participated in the exercise in Australia.
 
"During the staging period, FAF and IAF carried out basic joint training, which included fighter sorties by pilots in their respective aircraft with observers onboard each other’s transport aircraft supporting the missions," a press release from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
 
"This interaction with FAF provided a unique opportunity for exchange of experience and sharing of best practices during cooperative deployment," it added.
 
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Two get death for rape of minors in MP

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Two persons were sentenced to death by trial courts in Madhya Pradesh in separate cases of rape of children below the age of 12, a lawyer said. The trial lasted for only five and 13 days, respectively, in the two cases.
 
Lawyer Somvir Yadav, who represented a victim in one of the cases, told the media in Gawalior that a city court had convicted Jitendra Khushwaha for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl who had gone missing from a wedding function in Amkho area on June 20. Her body was found the next day in Kensar Pahadia area. 
 
The trial of the case in the fast-track court of Special Judge Sangeeta Singh was concluded in 13 days through video-conferencing. The trial had concluded on Tuesday, during which 33 witnesses were examined. DNA proof nailed the convict.
 
Katni Additional District and Sessions Judge Madhuri Raj Lal convicted auto-rickshaw driver Raj Kumar Kol and handed him a death sentence after a trial that concluded in five days.
 
Additional District Attorney D.D. Taran told the media that Raj Kumar had sexually assaulted the five-year-old child whom he used to drop at school.
 
He was booked after the child's father lodged an FIR on July 7. 
 
In December, 2017, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly had unanimously passed a bill to amend the Indian Penal Code to enable awarding of death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.
 
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A.P. Express coaches catch fire, none injured

 
Andhra Pradesh AC Superfast Express catches fire
 
 
At least two coaches of the A.P. Express caught fire near Birlanagar in Madhya Pradesh on Monday, officials said. No one was injured.
 
According to a Railway Ministry official, the fire was detected in the B-6 coach around 11.50 a.m. The fire then spread to the B-7 coach, Ved Prakash, a Railway Ministry spokesperson, told IANS.
 
Following the fire, the guard stopped the train and shifted the passengers of the B-6 and B-7 coaches to other coaches. The train then reached Gwalior, he said.
 
The train was on its way from Vishakapatnam to Hazrat Nizamuddin, the official said. An inquiry has been ordered into the accident.
 
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India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express extended up to Gwalior/Jhansi

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India’s fastest train, the Gatimaan Express, has been extended up to Gwalior/Jhansi from April 1 to boost tourism in the Bundelkhand region.
 
The extension of this prestigious premium train no 12049/50 that was plying between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantonment will facilitate tourists to visit various tourist attractions in and around Gwalior including the Jai Vilas Palace Museum, Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace and Gopachal Parvat to name a few.
 
Jhansi is famous for Jhansi Fort, Government Museum associated with the first war of Independence, Orchha Fort and Jahangir Mahal.
 
The train will run six days of the week except for Friday.
 
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Six dead as Dalit protests turn violent in different states

Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Six persons were killed and dozens injured as Dalit protests during a day-long nation-wide shutdown on Monday turned violent in India amid anger against a Supreme Court order that dilutes a law aimed at preventing atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others. But the top court denied an urgent hearing of the matter.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralysed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
The central government rushed 800 anti-riot policemen to violence-hit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
 
A Home Ministry official in Delhi said two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) were sent to Meerut and one company each to Agra and Hapur in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where five persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing officials to impose curfew in Morena, Gwalior and Bhind districts. Protests were also held Bhopal as agitators blocked roads in the state capital.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a passionate appeal for peace.
 
Police said one person each was killed in Bhind and Morena while three died in Gwalior. The dead in Morena was identified as Rahul Pathak, a student leader. 
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed.
 
"Three people have been conformed dead in Gwalior." Jain said.
 
A man identified as Pawan Kumar was killed in Rajasthan's Alwar as violence was also reported from other parts of the state including Jaipur, Ajmer. Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
 
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Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda too shut down.
 
Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut, Saharanpur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. 
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Gujarat's major towns and cities also saw protests by Dalits amid reports of vandalism from Ahmedabad and Jamnagar.
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the Modi government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
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Two killed as violence grips India amid Dalit protests

Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
Bharat Bandh over "dilution" of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Two persons were killed and many injured as violence gripped parts of India on Monday as Dalit groups enforced a day-long country-wide shutdown against a Supreme Court order they say dilutes a law to prevent atrocities against the marginalized Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
 
The government, in a bid to pacify the agitated Dalit activists, said it had filed a petition in the apex court seeking a review of its March 20 order that bars automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of Dalits and others.
 
Protesters clashed with police in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Odisha -- states where normal life was paralyzed in varying degrees amid incidences of violence and arson.
 
Clashes turned deadly in Madhya Pradesh where two persons were killed and dozens injured, forcing authorities to impose curfew at many places. Police said one person was killed in Bhind and the other in Morena.
 
Gwalior District Magistrate Rahul Jain told IANS that at least 22 persons were injured, some critically, in clashes in his district, where prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were also imposed. 
 
Protesters blocked rail tracks and set fire to vehicles, with plumes of fire and smoke seen on near barren roads.
 
The Madhya Pradesh government called the Army to control the situation in Bhind, Morena and Gwalior.
 
Punjab and Haryana also saw widespread protests.
 
Shops, educational institutions and other establishments remained closed and Class 10 and 12 examinations were deferred in Punjab, which has the highest concentration of Scheduled Castes, constituting nearly 32 per cent its 2.8 crore population.
 
Hundreds of protesters carrying swords, sticks, baseball bats and flags forced shopkeepers and other establishments in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Bathinda to shut down.
 
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Protests also took place in Rohtak and other towns of neighbouring Haryana.
 
In Bihar, activists disrupted rail and road traffic. Mobs shut down markets and shops as well as educational institutions, police said.
 
Supporters of the Bhim Army and other Dalit outfits halted over three dozen long-distance and local trains, stranding thousands of passengers.
 
"Train services have been badly disrupted due to the protest," an East Central Railway official told IANS.
 
Violence was reported from Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Nawada, Patna and Bhagalpur when protestors clashed with police.
 
Violence also erupted in parts of Uttar Pradesh as protesters attacked shops, looted some and pelted stones at police in Hapur, Agra, Meerut and Saharanpur.
 
Many cars were targeted and their window panes smashed. At some places, government property was targeted. 
 
Some people reportedly fired at a police team in Meerut while a passenger bus was set on fire. Pro-reservation groups indulged in vandalism at the Muzaffarnagar railway station, stoning the Kocchi Express.
 
Also in Meerut, over 500 Dalit youths targeted the media and broke their cameras as they were trying to photograph the protests. 
 
Amid widespread anger and violence, the government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to seek recall of its judgment that ruled that there would be no automatic arrest of an accused following a complaint moved under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
 
The Supreme Court had held on March 20 that police will hold an inquiry to ascertain the veracity of the complaint filed under the act before acting on it. 
 
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the apex court".
 
He said senior government lawyers "will argue this matter with all their legal preparations and authority that this judgment needs to be reconsidered". 
 
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President to visit Madhya Pradesh on Sunday

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow to attend a function organised by the Indian Red Cross Society to declare Gwalior as "Divyang friendly district" and to distribute artificial limbs. 
 
He will also deliver the 4th Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Memorial Lecture at ITM University, Gwalior, and attend the convocation of Jiwaji University, before returning to Delhi, an official press release said.
 
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Modi calls for greater openness among States on security issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the valedictory ceremony of the annual Conference of Director Generals of Police (DsGP) and Inspector Generals of Police at the BSF Academy at Tekanpur near here in Madhya Pradesh, on January 8, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the valedictory ceremony of the annual Conference of Director Generals of Police (DsGP) and Inspector Generals of Police at the BSF Academy at Tekanpur near here in Madhya Pradesh, on January 8, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined the need for greater openness among States on security issues.
 
Addressing the valedictory ceremony of the annual Conference of Director Generals of Police (DsGP) and Inspector Generals of Police at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy at Tekanpur near here in Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Modi mentioned the emerging global consensus towards greater information sharing on illicit financial dealings, and said India had a key role to play in achieving this. 
 
He said just as openness is getting increased acceptance worldwide, there is need for greater openness among States too, on security issues. He said that security cannot be achieved selectively, or alone. But breaking of silos and information sharing among states can help make everyone more secure.
 
"We are not an assembled entity, but an organic entity," he asserted.
 
Mr. Modi said the nature and scope of the conference had changed since 2014, beginning with its being shifted out of Delhi. He appreciated the officers who have been instrumental in facilitating this change. 
 
He said the conference had now become more relevant, in the context of challenges and responsibilities facing the country. He said the new format of the conference had resulted in a marked improvement in the quality of discussions.
 
He commended the country's security apparatus for the work they are doing in securing the country. He said that the officers present in the gathering today  have  delivered  leadership, despite often having to operate in an environment of  negativity.
 
Mr. Modi said that as a result of the discussions in the conference over the last few years, now, once an objective is clearly defined for the police force, there is a lot of cohesion in the execution. He said this conference is helping top police officers get a more holistic view of problems and challenges. He said the range of topics being discussed has become more broad-based over the last two years. This has helped give a whole new vision to senior police officers, he added.
 
Discussing ways to add even more value to the conference, the Prime Minister suggested that follow-up should continue through working groups, all the year round. In this context, he specially emphasized the importance of involving younger officers. He said this would greatly help in improving effectiveness of the exercise.
 
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Mr. Modi said cyber security issues should be dealt with immediately, and should receive highest priority. In this context, he particularly mentioned the importance of social media. He said messaging should rely on local languages for greater effectiveness. On radicalization too, he urged the use of technology to pinpoint problem areas. 
 
The Prime Minister also presented President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service to Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers. During his address, he congratulated and appreciated the medal winning officers of IB for their dedication and commitment to service.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and Union Ministers of State for Home Hansraj Ahir and Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion.
 
Mr. Modi had reached Tekanpur yesterday and attended the opening day of the two-day conference.
 
The conference is an annual event in which the top police officers from all the States and Union Territories (UTs) as well as from all the major police organisations discuss security related issues.
 
Mr. Modi had earlier addressed the conference in Guwahati, Assam in 2014, Dhordo, Rann of Kutch, Gujarat in 2015 and National Police Academy, Hyderabad in 2016. 
 
Holding the Annual DsGP Conference outside the national capital, is in line with Prime Minister's vision that such conferences should be held across the country, and not confined to Delhi.
 
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Mukherjee hands over keys of EWS houses in Gwalior

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President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed happiness at efforts being made under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to provide houses to every homeless person in the country by 2022.
 
Presiding over a function for distribution of keys and ownership certificates for houses for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)  built under the Integrated Housing & Slum Development Project at Jiwaji University here yesterday, he said solving the housing problem was not easy. 
 
As of 2012, the housing shortage in urban India was to the tune of 1.88 crore and, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6%, it is expected to touch 3.4 crores dwelling units by 2022 as per projections.
 
But providing housing to all is not merely a slogan and through the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the Government is committed in this regard, he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee also congratulated Madhya Pradesh government and people of Gwalior for their city getting selected for development under the “Smart City Programme” of the Centre. 
 
“It is indeed heartening to be present on the occasion when a number of residents, till now living in slum like conditions, are being provided the ownership of houses of their own,” he added.
 
The President said at one time there was a slogan ‘Roti Kapda aur Makan, Mang Raha Hai Hindustan’. Now he would like to add two more requirements to this slogan, that is, ‘Shiksha' and 'Swasthya’. Only when food, clothing and housing along with health and education are available to the people of the country can growth of India be possible, he added.
 
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President attends 60th Founders Day of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya, Gwalior

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President Pranab Mukherjee has said that he saluted women who courageously faced every impediment in life to reach their goals and achievements.
 
Addressing the 60th Founders Day Celebrations of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya here yesterday, he said he was happy to be present on the occasion of six decades of establishment of the institution. 
 
He complimented the late Vijaya Raje Scindia for the vision and courage of establishing an educational institution exclusively for girl children at a time when literacy amongst women in the country hovered around a meagre 10%.
 
Mr. Mukherjee also congratulated the Board of Governors of the school and expressed hope that the high standard set by its founders would be upheld in the future, too.
 
He said today education was the alchemy that could take India to its next golden age. He called upon teachers and students to strive for democratisation of quality education.
 
The President said education and learning were a lifelong process. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, he said, “Education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion- is it worth the name? Real education is that which enables one to stand on one’s own legs."
 
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First two upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft reach Gwalior

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The first two upgraded Mirage 2000 aircraft were flown in from France to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh this afternoon by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots.
 
The aircraft arrived via Greece, Egypt and Qatar in a journey that took seven days, an official press release said.
 
On arrival at the station, the two aircraft were accorded the traditional water cannon salute whilst taxiing in. The leader of the team, Group Captain M Minocha, was welcomed by the Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Gwalior, Air Commodore HS Basra. 
 
The leader also handed over the aircraft documents to the Air Officer Commanding. The twin-seaters were flown in by Wing Commander Vivek Sharma and Squadron Leader K Suryanarayanan. 
 
The release said the upgrade has enhanced the overall capability of the aircraft with advanced avionics, weapons and self protection suites. The upgrade contract was signed with Thales Aeroportes Systems and Dassault Aviation of France. 
 
The upgrade programme was successfully completed on schedule. The subsequent serried upgrade of the Mirage 2000 fleet is being carried out at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore, the release added.
 
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India, Mongolia begin joint training exercises at Gwalior

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India and Mongolia today began their tenth Joint Training Exercise aimed at acquainting both armies with each other's operating procedures in the backdrop of a counter insurgency and terrorism environment.
 
The Mongolian contingent from the 84 Airborne Special Forces Battalion, comprising one infantry platoon, and an Indian infantry platoon are participating in the exercise. 
 
The 15-day exercise is planned to train troops of both nations on crossing of obstacles, special heliborne operations, water patrolling, firing a variety of weapons, handling and neutralisation of improvised explosive devices and conduct of cordon and search operations, an official press release said.
 
The exercise will considerably enhance the interoperability between Indian Army and Mongolian Army in conduct of joint operations against international terrorism while serving in peacekeeping mssions under the United Nations mandate, the release added.
 
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Five IAF men killed as C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior

 
IAF's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior
Five men of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed when a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashed 72 miles west of the Gwalior airbase in Madhya Pradesh this morning.
 
A spokesman for the IAF confirmed the number of casualties but said details would be given later.
 
The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hrs for a routine flying training mission, an official press release said earlier in the day.
 
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident, it added.
 
The aircraft was one of the six C-130Js acquired by the IAF over the past few years. The planes have state-of-the-art avionics and defensive suites and have the ability to execute special operations.
 
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IAF's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior

 
IAF's C-130J Super Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior
A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed 72 miles west of the Gwalior airbase in Madhya Pradesh this morning.
 
The IAF, however, did not immediately confirm the number of casualties, if any, in the mishap.
 
The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hrs for a routine flying training mission, an official press release said.
 
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident, it added.
 
The aircraft was one of the six C-130Js acquired by the IAF recently. The planes have state-of-the-art avionics and defensive suites and have the ability to execute special operations.
 
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14 labourers killed, 24 injured in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh

14 killed in truck accident in Madhya Pradesh
 
As many as 14 labourers were killed and 24 others suffered injuries when a truck in which they were travelling overturned in the Chirula area of Datia district in Madhya Pradesh late last night.
 
Police officials in Chirula told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included seven men, five women and two children.
 
The injured were rushed to government hospitals in Datia and Gwalior, they said.
 
The victims were migrant labourers and their families from Tikkamgarh district who were working in paddy fields in Datia.
 
Police said the mishap occurred around 0015 hours today and investigations were on to establish the cause of the accident.
 
The truck was laden with  sacks of grains and the labourers were seated on them when the accident occurred. Many of those killed were crushed under the heavy sacks, they said.
 
The driver of the truck had fled the scene after the mishap and the police are searching for him, the sources added.
 
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Death toll in Ratangarh temple stampede rises to 111

The death toll in Sunday's stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh has risen to 111, senior officials said Monday morning.

 
Dozens killed in India temple stampede
The death toll in yesterday's stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh has risen to 111, senior officials said this morning.
 
The officials said more than a hundred others had suffered injuries in the incident, most of whom were discharged from hospital after first-aid.
 
The officials told NetIndian over the telephone that 22 people were still undergoing treatment in hospitals, but none of them was in a serious condition.
 
Those killed in the incident included 64 females and 47 males, they said, adding that several of the victims were children.
 
Police officials had said yesterday that there were some 25,000 pilgrims waiting in long queues on and near the bridge when the stampede occurred.
 
According to them, a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that the bridge over the swollen river Sindh was about to collapse, triggering panic and leading to the tragedy.
 
Reports reaching here said some of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the river in fear.
 
More than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja festivities, from the early hours of yesterday morning.
 
Senior police officials denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police.
 
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The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia district headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and announced a financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed, Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries and Rs 25,000 to those with minor injuries.
 
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PM expresses shock over loss of lives in MP temple stampede

 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed deep sorrow and shock at the loss of lives of pilgrims who died in a stampede during religious festivities in Ratangarh, Madhya Pradesh. 
 
Dr Singh extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the incident and asked the administration to provide medical assistance to the injured.
 
"On this day of festivities, our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families," he added.
 
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89 killed, 115 injured in stampede near Ratangarh temple in MP

 
60 killed, several injured in stampede at Ratangarh temple in MP
As many as 89 pilgrims were killled and about 115 suffered injuries in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Chambal Range) D K Arya told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included 31 women and 17 children.
 
He said the injured had been rushed in ambulances and other vehicles to nearby hospitals.
 
According to him, there were some 25,000 people on the bridge when a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that it was about to collapse.
 
This caused panic among the people and caused a stampede, resulting in the tragedy.
 
Reports reaching here said some of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the Sindh river in fear.
 
They said some of the injured were in a serious condition and the death toll could rise.
 
Mr Arya said more than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja, from the early hours of this morning.
 
He denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police. "The police did not make any lathi-charge or any other action," he said.
 
The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
In the state capital here, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said adequate arrangements had been made to handle the expected crowds at the temple as in previous years.
 
He said the State government was trying to establish the circumstances that led to the tragedy.
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Senior district administration and police officials rushed to the scene of the stampede.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and announced a financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious injuries.
 
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60 pilgrims killed in stampede near Ratangarh temple in Datia district of MP

60 killed, several injured in stampede at Ratangarh temple in MP
 
More than 60 pilgrims were killed and several more injured in a stampede on a bridge near the Ratangarh temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh this morning, reports reaching here said.
 
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Chambal Range) D K Arya told television channels that the injured had been rushed to nearby hospitals in ambulances and other vehicles.
 
According to him, there were some 25,000 people on the bridge when a group of youngsters, who wanted to move ahead quickly, started shouting that it was about to collapse.
 
This caused panic among the people and caused a stampede, resulting in the tragedy, which occurred around 8.30 am.
 
The reports said several of the victims had drowned when they jumped off the bridge into the Sindh river in fear.
 
Mr Arya said more than five lakh people had visited the temple, on the occasion of Durga Puja, from the early hours of this morning.
 
He denied rumours that the stampede was caused by a lathi-charge by the police. "The police did not make any lathi-charge or any other action," he said.
 
The temple is located some 55 km from the Datia headquarters and attracts huge numbers of pilgrims on the ninth day of the Durga Puja festival.
 
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In the state capital here, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Uma Shankar Gupta said adequate arrangements had been made to handle the expected crowds at the temple as in previous years.
 
He said the State government was trying to establish the circumstances that led to the tragedy.
 
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Amarjot Singh Gill appointed Chancellor of Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior

 
Mr Amarjot Singh Gill, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, has been appointed as the Chancellor of the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior.
 
The institute is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
 
Mr Gill, a former director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), will have a five-year term, an official press release added.
 
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Air India to start direct flights from Mumbai to Agra, Allahabad, Gwalior

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National carrier Air India today said it would introduce direct flights from Mumbai to Agra, Allahabad and Gwalior with effect from September 9, 2013.
 
The flights will be operated by Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, a press release from the airline said.
 
The flight from Mumbai to Agra will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. AI 9623 from Mumbai to Agra will depart at 1215 hrs and arrive in Agra at 1410 hrs while the return flight AI 9624 from Agra will depart at 1440 hrs and arrive in Mumbai at 1635 hrs.
 
The flight from Mumbai to Allahabad -will operate four days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. AI-9614 from Mumbai to Allahabad will depart at 0745 hrs and arrive at Allahabad at 0945 hrs. The return flight   AI 9613 from Allahabad will depart at 0915 hrs and arrive in Mumbai at 1115 hrs.
 
The flight from Mumbai to Gwalior will operate twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. AI 9621 will depart from Mumbai at 1215 hrs and arrive in Gwalior at 1400 hrs while the return flight will depart from Gwalior at 1430 hrs and arrive in Mumbai at 1615 hrs.
 
"By offering a non-stop flight to these destinations, the airline will be fulfilling a long standing demand of passengers for a direct flight to Allahabad, Agra and Gwalior without a stopover at any other metro city. The airline is also offering attractive introductory fares on these sectors," the release added.
 
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