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Sushma says not contesting 2019 polls on health grounds

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Citing health reasons, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was once touted as a prime ministerial candidate in the BJP, on Tuesday said she has decided not to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
 
"Candidates are decided by the party. But I have made up my mind that I won't be contesting in the next elections," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said on the sidelines of an event here. "This is in keeping with my health."
 
The 66-year-old Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant in 2016, said she had conveyed her decision to the party. 
 
The Vidisha MP's decision not to contest in 2019 came even as campaigning for the November 28 Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, was in full swing.
 
A former spokesperson of the party, Sushma Swaraj was said to have been reticent in backing Modi when he was first appointed the Chief Campaigner for the BJP in 2013 ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but later made up with him to be included in his cabinet.
 
A prominent face of the BJP with her political career spanning four decades, Sushma Swaraj was the youngest member of the Haryana Assembly when she was elected to it in 1977 at age 25 and made a Minister. 
 
She also served as Delhi's fifth Chief Minister in 1998, becoming its first woman Chief Minister. She represented the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in 1996 and 1998.
 
She served as Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting with additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Health Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's second government. 
 
Sushma Swaraj, a four-time Lok Sabha and two-time Rajya Sabha member, also won the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 2004 and served as the leader of the Opposition during during UPA-II government between 2009 to 2014, replacing party veteran L.K. Advani.
 
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BJP's 'Achhe Din' over in 4 years: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his promise of "Achhe Din" had gone up in smoke in just four years and now people were alleging that "chowkidar chor hai" (watchman is corrupt).
 
As he sharpened his barbs, Gandhi uttered the word "chowkidar" and the crowd attending a rally here roared back: "chor hai". It was the Congress leader's last leg of a two-day visit to the state.
 
If on Monday his attacks were aimed at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, then on Tuesday Gandhi took aim at the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership.
 
He mentioned the Rafale deal, the happenings in the CBI and the Nirav Modi-PNB scam in the run up to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls of November 28.
 
"Modi says he is not a ruler but a (political) servant -- a watchman. It is a lie. He is not guarding poor people's assets. 
 
"In fact he is filling up the coffers of his cronies... He saves fugitives like Nirav Modi and Mehul Chowksi and Vijay Mallya who leave Indian shores for the foreign ones without any fear."
 
A number of BJP leaders on Tuesday joined the Congress in Madhya Pradesh in Gandhi's presence. BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma, former MLA Kamlapat Arya and Kirar community leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the party earlier in Indore. 
 
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MP BJP MLA, former MLA, Kirar leader join Congress

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sanjay Sharma, former MLA Kamlapat Arya and Akhil Bhartiya Kirar Samaaj leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday in the presence of party President Rahul Gandhi.
 
Congress state spokesman Durgesh Sharma told IANS: "On Tuesday morning Rahul Gandhi was in Indore where BJP MLA Sanjay Sharma from Tendukheda area, Kamlapat Arya from Chambal area, and Kirar samaaj leader Gulab Singh Kirar joined the Congress."
 
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Not a single intruder will be allowed in India: Amit Shah

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, who is on a visit to Madhya Pradesh, said on Saturday the country comes first for the party and no intruders will be allowed in India.
 
In his address to party workers at the Dussehra Maidan here, he slammed the opposition parties, saying that they support the intruders for political gains but for the BJP the country comes first. This is why the intruders are being identified in several states across the country. 
 
Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said those questioning the BJP-led government on its four-year rule should first give an account of their four-decade rule.
 
"In the last four years, the BJP has worked for the benefits to reach every section of the society," he said. 
 
While he was welcomed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders, several people came out on to the streets shouting slogans against Shah. They have been protesting against the amendment to the SC/ST Act. 
 
The police arrested the protesters, amongst whom members of the Karni Sena and Swarn Samaj were present.
 
After laying a wreath at the idol of Ahilya Bai, he went on to pray at the Mahalakshmi Temple.
 
From Indore, Shah will go to Jhabua where he will address a group of tribal people. In Jaora he will meet a farmers' group, and in Ujjain the party workers.
 
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Cabinet approves Indore Metro Rail Project

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The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the implementation of the Indore Metro Rail Project in Madhya Pradesh comprising Ring Line of length 31.55 km from Bengali Square - Vijay Nagar - Bhawarsala - Airport - Patasia - Bengali Square which will connect major public nodes and city cluster areas of the city.
 
The numbers of stations on the Ring Line will be 30. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. Rs.7500.80 crore and it will be completed in four years, an  official press release said.
 
The corridors will have multi-modal integration with railway stations and BRTS stations and feeder network of Bus, Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) and Non-Motorised Transport (NMT).  
 
The project will have non-fare box revenue form of rental and advertisement as well as Value Capture Financing (VCF) through the mechanism of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR).
 
The ring line will connect densely populated areas of the city with the newly developing areas along with Railway Station, Airport and ABD under Smart City project. The Metro will provide eco-friendly and sustainable public transport, the release said.
 
A special purpose vehicle, Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Co Ltd. (MPMRCL), has been constituted for implementation of the project.
 
The financing of Indore Metro Rail Project will be partly from Central Government and Madhya Pradesh on an equal equity basis and partly as a loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and New Development Bank (NDB).
 
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH, in consortium with Louis Berger SAS and Geodata Engineering S.p.A., has been appointed as General Consultant (GC) for the project. The tenders for first civil work package have been invited and work will start soon, the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves 205.5-km Indore -Budni electrified railway line

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for constructing a new railway line between Budni and Indore (Mangaliyagaon) with an approximate length of 205.5 km that would reduce the distance between Jabalpur and Indore by 68 km.
 
The project, with a total estimated cost of Rs 3261.82 crore, will also reduce travel time from Indore to Mumbai and towards South India. It will generate direct employment during construction for about 49.32 lakh man-days.
 
The proposed line will take off from existing yard of Budni and connect at Mangaliyagaon station of Western Railway near Indore. Ten new crossing stations and seven new halt stations are proposed to be constructed, an official press release said.
 
The new line will serve Sehore, Dewas and Indore districts and provide a direct link from Budni to Indore bypassing the congested route of Bhopal-Itarsi including Ghat section from Budni to Berkheda.
 
It will provide basic infrastructure support for the industrial development of the surrounding area having large socio-economic ramifications.
 
This project is meant for development of a backward area of this region and to provide connectivity to various towns/villages like Nasrullaganj, Khategoan and Kannod, where presently there is no railway connectivity, the release added.
 
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Culture of taking everyone along makes India different from others: Modi

 
Modi, Chouhan meet Da’i al-Mutlaq of Dawoodi Bohra community
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the culture of taking everyone along makes India different from all other countries.
 
“We are proud of our past, we believe in our present and are confident of our bright future," Mr Modi said addressing a gathering of the Dawoodi Bohra community during  Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Husain.
 
Mr Modi said Imam Husain always stood against injustice and attained martyrdom for keeping peace and justice. His teachings are still relevant today, he said.
 
Appreciating the work done by Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, he said love and dedication towards the nation are the hallmarks of his teachings.
 
Highlighting the contributions of the Dawoodi Bohra community, he said the community has always played a key role in India’s progress and growth story. He expressed the hope that community will continue their great work of spreading the strength of India’s culture throughout the world.
 
Applauding the various social initiatives carried out by the Dawoodi Bohra community, Mr Modi said efforts were also being made by the government to ensure improved living standards for citizens, especially the poor and needy.
 
In this context, he mentioned the various development-oriented initiatives of the Government like Ayushman Bharat, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana. He mentioned that these initiatives are changing the lives of ordinary people.
 
He congratulated the people of Indore for taking the mission of Swacchh Bharat forward. ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa' scheme will be launched tomorrow and he urged the citizens to actively participate in this grand Swacchhta mission.
 
Talking about the honesty shown by the Bohra community in business, Mr Modi said the government encourages honest businessmen and workers through GST and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Indian economy is growing and New India is on the horizon.
 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present on the occasion.  Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin earlier praised the Prime Minister for his "exemplary work and wished him success for his work for the country.
 
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MoU signed for new Indore-Manmad railway line project

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for implementation of the new 362 km Indore- Manmad railway line project was signed here on Tuesday between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Ministry of Railways and the State Governments of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 
Containers and other rail traffic from Indore and other Central Indian locations earlier had to follow a circuitous route through Vadodara and Surat to reach Mumbai, Pune and ports like JNPT, travelling a distance of 815 km. 
 
The new project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/Pune to key central India locations by 171 km, resulting in lower logistics costs, an official press release said.
 
This is especially significant as the new railway line will pass through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes of Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana, it said.
 
The MoU was signed in the presence of  Minister of  Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari,  Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, and Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Devendra Phadnavis (Maharashtra). 
 
The implementation of the project will be through the Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) on Joint Venture  SPV model. A joint venture company will be formed between the Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs/entity including JNPT (which will be the main promoter) with an equity share of 55%. The government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/entity, and others will have an equity share of 15% each.
 
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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari hailed the signing of the MoU as a major step towards the development of backward areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra through which the new railway line will pass.
 
The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first ten years of operations. The logistics advantages of the project include providing a shorter route for the passenger as well as the freight traffic originating from / terminating at/or crossing through the region.
 
It will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in Northern India such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore – Dhule – Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai. It will provide an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and reduce congestion on the over utilized existing railway network.
 
The Minister pointed out that the project, to be completed within six years, will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs.
 
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Businessman, son hacked to death in Indore

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A businessman and his son have been brutally murdered in Indore -- the business hub of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Monday.
 
According to the police, deceased Vindhyachal Gupta (45), along with his son Sandeep (25) and father Sudama (70), was on Sunday night returning home after closing their shop at around 11 p.m.
 
As they got off from the vehicle near their home, five to six criminals attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Hearing their cries, people living in the vicinity rushed to their help, but the assailants managed to flee.
 
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Harinarayan Chari Mishra told IANS: "All the three injured persons were rushed to hospital, but Vindhyachal and Sandeep succumbed to their injuries, while critically injured Sudama is undergoing treatment."
 
Apparently, the reason for killings was old enmity, Mishra said, adding that the police had been able to get some clues and hopefully, the criminals would be arrested soon.
 
Those close to the Gupta family said that the assailants also made good with a bag containing cash. Another cash-filled bag of the Guptas was stolen last Sunday.
 
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90 evacuated after fire breaks out in Mumbai skyscraper, Deepika Padukone safe

At least 90 residents were evacuated safely after a fire broke out on the 33rd floor of the Beaumonde Towers in the posh Prabhadevi area of Dadar here on Wednesday afternoon.

 
Fire breaks out at Beaumonde Towers in Mumbai
 
 
At least 90 residents were evacuated safely after a fire broke out on the 33rd floor of the Beaumonde Towers in the posh Prabhadevi area of Dadar here on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who also lives in the same building on the 26th floor, tweeted that she was safe and expressed her prayers for the well-being of the firefighters.
 
According to BMC Disaster Control, the fire erupted around 2.10 p.m. on the two uppermost floors 32 and 33 of the building, and thick black clouds of smoke were soon billowing out.
 
Later, after nearly three hours, the flames started spreading on to the lower floors creating panic among the flat owners who include several celebrities including from the business and glamour world.
 
More than two dozen fire-tenders, including sophisticated lifts and cranes, have been deployed to fight the blaze. There were no reports of casualties so far.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence here on Tuesday.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here. He was taken to Bombay Hospital and was admitted to ICU, where he succumbed to injuries," Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra told IANS.
 
He said that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had closed the doors of his room from inside and shot himself on his head. 
 
"The door had to be broken open. Police has recovered a revolver and is investigating to find out who the owner is," he said. 
 
Indore's Inspector General Ajay Kumar Sharma said that police was investigating the possible reasons behind the suicide. A suicide note, which mentions that he was under stress, has been recovered from the spot, he said.
 
The suicide note read: "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up."
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and many other leaders expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that was a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Mahajan also condoled the demise of Bhaiyyuji Maharaj and said that his untimely demise pains everyone. 
 
"It is difficult to believe that Bhaiyyuji Maharaj is no more among us. He was a spiritual guru, social worker and a great thinker. He worked extensively for the change and reforms in the society," she said. 
 
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"He endeavoured relentlessly to enlighten the society through his organization 'Suryodaya'. His concern for the welfare of the nomadic community is well known."
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field. He used to travel in Mercedes cars, wore Rolex luxury watches and lived in a luxurious house. 
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital seven years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Anna Hazare had broken his fast after accepting a glass of juice from Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. 
 
When, as Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi observed the 'Sadbhavana' fast, he had invited Bhaiyyuji Maharaj to break his fast.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj had established Shri Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Parmarthik Trust in order to turn his thoughts and concepts into reality.
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj's wife, Madhvi, died two years ago. Their daughter, Kuhu, is studying in Pune. Last year, he married again.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself dead

 
Spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj commits suicide
 
 
Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh-based spiritual guru who had prominent followers from different political parties, committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself at his residence.
 
The 50-year-old guru, who was recently given the status of a Minister of State by the government in a controversial decision which he had declined, died after he was admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," said Indore's Deputy Inspector General Harinarayanachari Mishra, who had earlier termed the guru's condition as critical and that doctors are monitoring the situation. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide was not known, he had said. 
 
Reports said that Maharaj shot himself in the head and was immediately rushed to the hospital but efforts to save his life failed.
 
The reports also said he had left a suicide note saying he was depressed. "Somebody should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving too much stressed out, fed up," the note reportedly said. Police said it was probing whether it was left by him.
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed grief over the death and offered their condolences.
 
Chouhan said in a message that the country has lost a personality that is a confluence of culture, knowledge and service. "Your thoughts will motivate the society to walk on the path of serving humanity till eternity," he said in a tweet.
 
"Got to know about the sad demise of religious guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj. I was having personal relations with him. I am saddened by his sudden demise. My tributes," Gadkari tweeted.
 
Born Uday Singh Deshmukh, Maharaj had even done modelling for a well-known brand of clothes before turning spiritual. He was seen as a glamorous personality in the spiritual field.
 
He had good ties with political personalities from various parties and the RSS. He mediated when Anna Hazare was on fast in the national capital five years ago and persuaded him to end the protest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, late Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and singer Lata Mangeshkar were among the prominent personalities who had visited his ashram here.
 
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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shoots himself, critical

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Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, a Madhya Pradesh based spiritual guru, shot himself on Tuesday and has been admitted to a private hospital here in critical condition, police said.
 
"Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has shot himself at his residence at Khandwa Road here," Indore's Deputy Inspector General of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra said. 
 
The reason behind the attempted suicide is not known, he said. 
 
Mishra said Maharaj had been admitted to the Bombay Hospital. "His condition is critical. Doctors are monitoring the situation," the officer said.
 
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Kolkata register convincing 31-run win against Punjab

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Kolkata Knight Riders outbatted Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring affair, registering a 31-run victory here on Saturday to stay in the hunt for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs.
 
Determined to end their two-match losing streak, Kolkata posted this edition's highest total of 245/6, thanks to opening batsman Sunil Narine's 75 off 36 and skipper Dinesh Karthik's 50 not out off 23.
 
West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell, who scored a brisk 31 off 14, took two wickets in two balls, while Narine removed the dangerous Lokesh Rahul (66 off 29) as Kolkata poured cold water on Punjab's ambitious run-chase. 
 
Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (45 off 22) and Aaron Finch (34 off 20) tried their best but Kolkata's huge total was way out of reach, with Punjab managing 214/8.
 
The win at the Holkar Stadium saw Kolkata move to the fourth spot having 12 points from 12 matches. Kings XI remained third with 12 points from 11 games.
 
In the match, Kolkata gathered the early momentum, with Narine setting the stage for a big score, his whirlwind innings studded with nine fours and four sixes.
 
KKR were given a good start by opener Chris Lynn 27 (17b; 2x4, 2x6) and Narine with the visitors racing to 59/1 after six overs.
 
Lynn looked tentative from the outset, almost chopping the ball onto his stumps in only the second and third ball of the match off Mohit Sharma. On both occasions, the ball went to the fine leg boundary.
 
The dashing Australian was removed by the brilliant Tye to bring Robin Uthappa (24; 17b; 2x4, 1x6) to the crease.
 
Along with Narine, the pair helped KKR to 106/1 after 10 overs. Narine was severe with Barinder Sran (1/48) in the 11th over, hitting him for two sixes and a four.
 
The West Indian mystery spinner-turned-batsman brought up his second fifty of the season in 26 balls and looked set for a hundred. 
 
But medium pacer Andrew Tye had other plans as he sent both Narine and Uthappa back in the hunt in one over. While Narine nicked behind a brilliantly executed short delivery, Uthappa mistimed a slower one to Mohit Sharma who snaffled a good catch at backward point.
 
Russell was promoted to No. 4 to keep the onslaught going and together with Karthik, the duo took the bowlers to the cleaners in a 76-run fourth wicket partnership off just 31 balls. While 19 runs came off Axar Patel's 15th over, off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman was taken for 21 runs in the next.
 
Tye took Russell's wicket to break the quickfire partnership as Karthik also fell to Sran but the damage was already done. In between, Nitish Rana also chipped (11) before Mohit Sharma (1/40) took his wicket.
 
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KKR never let their foot off the gas and scored 139 runs in the last 10 overs. In the final over, 17 runs came off Barinder Sran (1/48) as Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 16 off 8 balls alongwith Javon Searles (6), making his IPL debut.
 
For the hosts, purple cap holder Australian pacer Tye (4/41) was by far the pick of the bowlers.
 
During the chase, Punjab looked on course riding Rahul's 29-ball 66 (2x4, 7x6) but Narine (1/44) got the better of him. Russell (3/41) dismissed compatriot Chris Gayle (21; 17b; 2x4, 1x6) and Mayank Agarwal (0) in the fourth and fifth ball of the sixth over when they were cruising at 57/0.
 
Karun Nair failed to aid Punjab, scoring three runs before being dismissed by Russell, with the northern outfit at 79/3.
 
Few overs later, Rahul, who was going hammer and tong, was bowled by Narine as he missed the ball, which then hit his legs before rolling on to the stump, as Punjab lost theiur fourth wicket for 93 runs in nine overs.
 
Later, Australian opener Aaron Finch (34; 20; 3x6) tried to stage a comeback but Javon Searles (1/52) took his wicket.
 
Kings XI could never recover from thereon, succumbing to their second defeat on the trot.
 
Skipper Ashwin played a good-looking 22-ball 45 cameo but it was too little too late.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders: 245/6 in 20 overs (Sunil Narine 75, Dinesh Karthik 50; Andrew Tye 4/41) beat Kings XI Punjab: 214/8 in 20 overs (Lokesh Rahul 66, Ravichandran Ashwin 45; Andre Russell 3/41, Prasidh Krishna 2/31).
 
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Kings XI Punjab elect to field against KKR

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Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and elected to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Saturday.
 
Kings XI lost their last game to Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs while KKR were hammered by Mumbai Indians by 102 runs.
 
For Punjab, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch and Barinder Sran have returned, meaning Akashdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis and Manoj Tiwary have been dropped.
 
In KKR team, medium pacer Javon Searles has replaced Tom Curran.
 
Teams:
 
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wicket-keeper), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper/captain), Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
 
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IPL: Rahul stars as Kings XI Punjab outplay Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets

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Opener Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten 84 helped Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.
 
The win takes Punjab to third spot with 12 points in nine matches while Rajasthan, who faced their third consecutive defeat, are tottering at the bottom of the table with six points in nine matches. With this loss, Rajasthan's chances of qualifying for the play-offs are over.
 
Chasing 152/9, Rahul's 54-ball knock, comprising seven boundaries and three sixes, helped Punjab chased down the target in 18.4 overs.
 
Right from the start, opener Rahul made his intentions clear, slamming bowlers all around the park. Chris Gayle (8) and Mayank Agarwal (2), however, could not support Rahul at the other end but Karun Nair (31) contributed handsomely.
 
Rahul and Nair forged a 50-run partnership for the third wicket before Nair was dismissed by Anureet Singh in the 11th over.
 
New batsman Axar Patel (4) also went back cheaply but Marcus Stoinis (23 not out) supported Rahul and rotated the strike. Soon, the duo managed to overhaul the target with more than one over remaining.
 
For Rajasthan, K. Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Anureet Singh scalped one wicket each.
 
Earlier, teenaged Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman continued his impressive performance as his three wickets helped Kings XI Punjab restrict Rajasthan Royals to 152/9.
 
After a 49-run third-wicket stand between Jos Buttler (51) and Sanju Samson (28), Mujeeb picked his English compatriot Ben Stokes (12) and Jofra Archer (0) in his second two-over spell to derail the Rajasthan innings.
 
Mujeeb, 17, has now taken 12 wickets and is currently fifth in the list of most wicket-takers.
 
The teenager not only took wickets but also proved to be economical right from his first two-over spell which put pressure on the Rajasthan top-order.
 
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After being asked to bat, Rajasthan rode on Buttler to get their runs, even if fellow opener D'Arcy Short (2) and Ajinkya Rahane (5) were dismissed with 35 on board for the western outfit in four overs.
 
While captain and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for Short -- who was caught by Andrew Tye at midwicket -- Rahane's cut off a delivery from left-arm spinner Axar Patel saw Chris Gayle dive forward to pull off a stunning catch.
 
Then Buttler and Samson put together an important partnership to lay a foundation for the flourish in the final 10 overs. But when all seemed to be going good, Samson pulled medium pacer Tye straight into the hands of Karun Nair in the fifth ball of the 11th over.
 
Following the wicket, Rajasthan lost track as Mujeeb removed Stokes (12) and Buttler in the 13th and 15th overs respectively. Mujeeb struck for the second time in the 15th over to get rid of Jofra Archer (0) to reduce the visitors to 106/6.
 
Stokes was dismissed by a relay catch between Mayank Aggarwal and Manoj Tiwary at the long off, while Rahul grabbed an outside edge of Buttler. Archer was foxed by a googly before the delivery rattled the stumps as Rajasthan innings was derailed.
 
In the following over, paceman Ankit Rajpoot dismissed K. Gowtham (5), while Tye got rid of Rahul Tripathi (11) in the first delivery of the 18th over, with Rajasthan at 129/8.
 
Later, Shreyas Gopal scored a brisk 24 off 16 deliveries to take Rajasthan cross the 150-run mark.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 152/9 (Jos Buttler 51, Sanju Samson 28, Shreyas Gopal 24; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3/27, Andrew Tye 2/24) vs Kings XI Punjab: 155/4 (Lokesh Rahul 84 not out; K. Gowtham 1/18)
 
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Mujeeb's 3/27 helps Punjab restrict Rajasthan to 152/9

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Teenaged Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman continued his impressive performance as his three wickets helped Kings XI Punjab restrict Rajasthan Royals to 152/9 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday.
 
After a 49-run third-wicket stand between Jos Buttler (51) and Sanju Samson (28), Mujeeb picked the Englishman, his compatriot Ben Stokes (12) and Jofra Archer (0) in his second two-over spell to derail the Rajasthan innings.
 
Mujeeb, 17, has now taken 12 wickets and is currently fifth in the list of most wicket-takers.
 
The teenager not only took wickets but also proved to be economical right from his first two-over spell which put pressure on the Rajasthan top-order at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.
 
After being asked to bat, Rajasthan rode on Buttler to get their runs, even if fellow opener D'Arcy Short (2) and Ajinkya Rahane (5) were dismissed with 35 on board for the western outfit in four overs.
 
While captain and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for Short -- who was caught by Andrew Tye at midwicket -- Rahane's cut off a delivery from left-arm spinner Axar Patel saw Chris Gayle dive forward to pull off a stunning catch.
 
Then Buttler and Samson put together an important partnership to lay a foundation for the flourish in the final 10 overs. But when all seemed to be going good, Samson pulled medium pacer Tye straight into the hands of Karun Nair in the fifth ball of the 11th over.
 
Following the wicket, Rajasthan lost track as Mujeeb removed Stokes (12) and Buttler in the 13th and 15th overs, respectively. Mujeeb struck for the second time in the 15th over to get rid of Jofra Archer (0) to reduce the visitors to 106/6.
 
Stokes was dismissed by a relay catch between Mayank Aggarwal and Manoj Tiwary at long-off, while Lokesh Rahul grabbed an outside edge of Buttler. Archer was foxed by a googly before the delivery rattled the stumps as Rajasthan innings was derailed.
 
In the following over, paceman Ankit Rajpoot dismissed K. Gowtham (5), while Tye got rid of Rahul Tripathi (11) in the first delivery of the 18th over, with Rajasthan at 129/8.
 
Later, Shreyas Gopal scored a brisk 24 off 16 deliveries to take Rajasthan cross the 150-run mark.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals: 152/9 (Jos Buttler 51, Sanju Samson 28, Shreyas Gopal 24; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3/27, Andrew Tye 2/24) vs Kings XI Punjab.
 
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IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets

 
Opener Suryakumar Yadav's 57-run knock and some useful contributions from other batters helped Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday.
 
With this win Mumbai is sitting at the fifth spot with six points in nine matches, while Punjab is at fourth spot with 10 points in eight matches.
 
Mumbai started the-175 run chase on a positive note, scoring 38 runs in 5.3 overs, but after that opener Evin Lewis (10) departed. Lewis was caught behind off Mujeeb ur Rahman.
 
New batsman Ishan Kishan (25) and SuryaKumar then joined hands and played sensibly. The duo also managed to hit a few beautifully crafted shots. But just when things seemed good in the middle, in-form Suryakumar was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis in the 12th over when the scoreboard was reading 80. His 42-ball knock was laced with six boundaries and three sixes.
 
Hardik Pandya also contributed but failed to make a good start count as he was sent packing in the 13th over. He played 13 balls and slammed 23 runs.
 
Middle-order batsmen Rohit Sharma (24) and Krunal Pandya (31) then forged an unbeaten 46-run partnership for the fifth wicket to overhaul the target with one over to spare.
 
For Punjab, Rahman scalped two wickets.
 
Earlier, a half-century by Chris Gayle followed by some fireworks by Marcus Stoinis in the final moments helped Kings XI Punjab post a challenging 174/6.
 
Punjab somewhat squandered a great 54-run start by openers Lokesh Rahul (24 off 20) and Gayle (50 off 40 balls), before picking pace towards the end as Stoinis deposited Hardik Pandya for two sixes and as many fours to milk 22 runs off the final over.
 
The self-proclaimed "Universe Boss" slammed his 24th IPL fifty, decorated with six boundaries and couple of sixes.
 
Put in to bat, Punjab were off to a decent beginning as the openers took Punjab past the 50-run mark in 6.1 overs.
 
Mumbai's find of the tournament Mayank Markande came up with the first breakthrough after dismissing Rahul in the seventh over with the scoreboard reading 54 runs.
 
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Gayle was then joined by veteran Yuvraj Singh and the duo stitched a 34-run partnership for the second wicket before pacer Ben Cutting ended the Caribbean southpaw's innings in the 12th over.
 
Yuvraj (14 off 14 balls), who was promoted up the batting order, once again failed to fire as the out-of-form batsman was the next to depart in the 13th over with Punjab's scorecard reading 96/3.
 
Karun Nair and Axar Patel then showed some resistance, adding 36 runs for the fourth wicket.
 
Pacers Jaspreet Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan further jolted the hosts after dismissing Nair (23 off 12 balls) and Patel (13 off 12 balls) in the 16th and 17th overs, respectively.
 
Stoinis then played a cameo of a 15-ball 29, while Mayank Agarwal chipped in with 11 runs down the order to help Punjab reach a healthy score.
 
For Mumbai, McClenaghan, Bumrah, Hardik, Markande and Cutting bagged a wicket each.
 
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 174/6 (Chris Gayle 50, Marcus Stoinis 29; Jasprit Bumrah 1/19) vs Mumbai Indians 176/4 (SuryaKumar Yadav 57; Mujeeb ur Rahman 2/37).
 
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IPL: Gayle, Stoinis lift Punjab to 174/6 vs Mumbai

 
A half-century by Chris Gayle followed by some fireworks by Marcus Stoinis in the final moments helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) post a challenging 174/6 against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
Punjab somewhat squandered a great 54-run start by openers Lokesh Rahul (24 off 20) and Gayle (50 off 40 balls), before picking pace towards the end as Stoinis deposited Hardik Pandya for two sixes and as many fours to milk 22 runs off the final over.
 
The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' slammed his 24th IPL fifty, decorated with six boundaries and couple of sixes.
 
Put in to bat first, Punjab were off to a decent beginning as the openers took Punjab past the 50-run mark in 6.1 overs.
 
Mumbai's find of the tournament Mayank Markande came up with the first breakthrough after dismissing Rahul in the seventh over with the scoreboard reading 54 runs.
 
Gayle was then joined by veteran Yuvraj Singh and the duo stitched a 34-run partnership for the second wicket before pacer Ben Cutting ended the Caribbean southpaw's innings in the 12th over.
 
Yuvraj (14 off 14 balls), who was promoted up the batting order, once again failed to fire as the out-of-form batsman was the next to depart in the 13th over with Punjab's scorecard reading 96/3.
 
Karun Nair and Axar Patel then showed some resistance, adding 36 runs for the fourth wicket.
 
Pacers Jaspreet Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan further jolted the hosts after dismissing Nair (23 off 12 balls) and Patel (13 off 12 balls) in the 16th and 17th over respectively.
 
Stoinis then played a cameo of a 15-ball 29 while Mayank Agarwal chipped in with 11 runs down the order to help Punjab reach a healthy score.
 
For Mumbai, McClenaghan, Bumrah, Hardik, Markande and Cutting bagged a wicket each.
 
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 174/6 (Chris Gayle 50, Marcus Stoinis 29; Jasprit Bumrah 1/19) vs Mumbai Indians.
 
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IPL: Mumbai Indians put Kings XI Punjab in to bat

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first against Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
 
While Mumbai made just one change by including Evin Lewis in place of the off-colour Keiron Pollard, the hosts made three changes to their playing XI.
 
Punjab picked Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis and Axar Patel in place of Manoj Tiwary, Aaron Finch and Barinder Sran. 
 
Teams:
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
 
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(WK), Jean-Paul Duminy, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
 
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Infant raped, killed in MP; 1 arrested

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A four-month-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in Madhya Pradesh's Indore town, police said, adding that the accused has been arrested.
 
The incident occurred in the M.G. Road area. The infant was abducted, raped and killed in a vacant basement space just 50m away from where her parents were sleeping early on Friday. 
 
The police used CCTV footage to identify the attacker. He was apprehended late that night, the police said.
 
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday tweeted that society should look within to see where it was heading. 
 
"The accused has been arrested. We will ensure that he is meted out strict punishment as soon as possible," Chouhan said.
 
Former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh said: "An infant has been raped and killed, where are we heading to as a nation and society? The accused should be severely punished." 
 
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Making all Indians equal citizens is greatest contribution of the Constitution, says Kovind

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The greatest contribution of the Constitution of India, created under the guidance of Dr BR Ambedkar, was to make all Indians equal citizens, irrespective of social or economic background, according to President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
Addressing a function here on the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar yesterday, the President said this Fundamental Right ensured that every Indian has the right to a dignified life.
 
In parallel, the Constitution introduced universal franchise and gave every citizen, irrespective of social background or economic status, the right to vote, he added.
 
“These two rights,” President Kovind said, “have special significance for the poor, the traditionally disadvantaged and the weaker sections of our society.
 
“These rights, along with the importance of education that Dr Ambedkar underlined, are crucial for the proper exercise of all other rights granted to citizens by our Constitution.
 
“Our country is run on democratic traditions – elections are held, governments are formed, and the future of citizens is worked towards. There is a need for the people to be aware of challenges and opportunities – and to exercise their democratic rights wisely,” he added.
 
In his move towards building a better and fairer society, Dr Ambedkar emphasised the values of nonviolence and of compassion in public life. He fought for the welfare of weaker sections of society but his path remained nonviolent – stressing consensus through dialogue.
 
“He believed that this was our country, for all of us, and that whatever needed to be done to bring justice to the weaker sections of society could be achieved by adhering to social harmony,” Mr Kovind said.
 
“In his final speech in the Constituent Assembly, Dr Ambedkar said now that we have constitutional methods of expressing opposition, we should avoid disruptive mechanisms,” he added.
 
Mr Kovind said, “Our Constitution is our sacred text. It empowers those from traditionally weaker and disadvantaged sections to aspire to and reach the highest positions in the country.
 
“It is a tribute to Dr Ambedkar’s efforts that today people from such sections are making important contributions to building a modern and better India,” he added.
 
“Dr Ambedkar often stressed that being an Indian was his primary, secondary and ultimate identity. Today, there is a need for every citizen to internalise this sentiment. Equality and fraternity create harmony.
 
“As such, all citizens, especially young people, should follow the path of fraternity that Dr Ambedkar showed us,” Mr Kovind said.
 
Earlier, he paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar at his memorial in Mhow becoming the first President to pay homage at Dr Ambedkar’s birthplace (Mhow) on his birth anniversary.
 
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10 killed in Indore hotel collapse, probe ordered

 
10 dead in building collapse in Indore
Ten persons were killed and two seriously injured when a four-storeyed dilapidated hotel building collapsed here after a car crashed into it, a police officer said on Sunday.
 
Deputy Inspector General Hari Narayan Chari Mishra told IANS that the MS Hotel near the crowded Sarvate bus stand collapsed on Saturday night. 
 
The hotel Manager Harish Soni was among the dead. 
 
The dilapidated building, said to be 80 years old, came crashing down, burying persons staying in the hotel, some passersby and shops under the rubble.
 
District Collector Nishant Warwade earlier told the media that the district administration, Municipal Corporation, police, fire brigade and traffic police were carrying out a search and rescue operation. The National Disaster Response Force team from Bhopal was also asked to help.
 
Kiran Soni, daughter of the hotel Manager, told the media that the hotel's roof had crashed last week. She said though the owner was informed he ignored it.
 
Even as search and rescue operations ended on Sunday afternoon, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a high-level probe into the tragedy and asked for a report in seven days.
 
The government also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
 
The police officer said a seven-member team of police officers has been set up to find if the building collapsed due to the car hit or for some other reason.
 
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10 killed in Indore hotel building collapse

 
10 dead in building collapse in Indore
At least 10 people were killed and two others injured when a four-storeyed hotel building collapsed here, a police officer said on Sunday.
 
Deputy Inspector General Hari Narayan Chari Mishra told IANS that the MS Hotel near the crowded Sarvate bus stand collapsed on Saturday night.
 
Search and rescue operations were going on, Mishra added.
 
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New drug combos using pain killers may be effective against cancer

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Combining commonly used pain killers with a metal belonging to the platinum group may prove effective in treatment of cancer, a new study by Indian scientists has indicated.
 
Researchers have combined ruthenium, a metal which is part of the platinum group, with commonly used pain killers (categorized as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to develop four new drug complexes. These have been found effective in treatment of cancer. The two groups of drugs used in the study work against cancer cells in different ways thus creating a more effective and holistic way of treating the disease, researchers have claimed.
 
The use of metals such as platinum in anti-cancer drugs is not new but such drugs result in side effects which also need to be treated. Drug combinations using ruthenium are believed to be more effective and are better tolerated by patients. Drugs like ibuprofen, diclofenac and aspirin are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and are commonly used for their pain relieving effects. These drugs also have a role to play in cancer treatment by blocking the enzymes responsible for pain, swelling and causing changes to normal cells in the body.
 
In the new study, anti-cancer activities of four new combination drugs with ruthenium -- complex 1 (with naproxen), complex 2 (with diclofenac), complex 3 (with ibuprofen) and complex 4 (with aspirin) -- were tested against lung, breast and cervix cancer cell lines in laboratory.
 
Results of the study, published in journal Dalton Transactions, have indicated that complexes 2 and 3 have shown remarkable effects in stopping growth of cancer cells in lung, breast and cervical cancer.
 
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Though complex 1 has also shown a lesser but effective activity against increase of cancer cells in lung and breast cancer, it is relatively ineffective active against cervical cancer. Complex 3 is more effective in preventing the enzyme causing pain and swelling, followed by complex 2 and complex 1.
 
“We find that if the action of a particular enzyme—cyclooxegenase— is prevented, cancer might be controlled. This is a significant and throws open various possibilities for developing drugs which specifically target cyclooxygenase,” pointed out Dr. Suman Mukhopadhyay, a member of the research team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore.
 
However, other experts have sounded a note of caution. “Though the rationale and research methodology of this study is sound and academically interesting, it may still be regarded as indicative rather than conclusive. It is still preliminary to be adjudged as mainstay treatment,” noted Dr. Siddhartha Kundu, associate professor in Department of Biochemistry at Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital, Delhi.
 
The researcher team included Poulami Mandal, Bidyut Kumar Kundu and Dr. Komal Vyas from IIT, Indore; Vidya Sabu and Dr. A. Helen from University of Kerala, (Kariavattom Campus); Sandeep Singh Dhankhar and Dr. C. M. Nagaraja from IIT, Ropar; and Debojit Bhattacherjee and Krishna Pada Bhabak from IIT, Guwahati. The study was funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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