Will never insult Modi's parents in return, says Rahul

File photo of Rahul Gandhi
File photo of Rahul Gandhi
Citing the attacks on the Nehru-Gandhi family by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 campaign, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday vowed that he will not insult the BJP leader's parents in return.
"Narendra Modi talks of hatred, insults my father (late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi), speaks about my grandmother (late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi), my great-grandfather (former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru) but I will, all my life, will never speak about his family or his parents. I will die but never insult his mother or father," he said at rallies for party candidates in Neemuch area of Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur, Tarana in Ujjain and Khandwa parliamentary constituencies.
"I am not a member of the RSS or the BJP, but of the Congress. They (Modi and the BJP) may send as much hate and anger they want my way, but I will answer it with love. I will embrace him warmly. We will defeat Modi with love. We defeated him in and the BJP Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh with love," he said.
On former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's questioning of the Kamal Nath-led Congress government's farmer loans waiver, Gandhi again cited how Chouhan's own brother and relatives had benefitted from it.
"Congress has waived loans of everyone, we treat everyone with love... be it someone from the BJP or the Congress, everyone eligible has had their loans waived. 
"If Narendra Modi has a 56-inch chest, we have a 56-inch heart," he said.

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10 killed in road mishap in Nashik district of Maharashtra

At least 10 pilgrims returning from a pilgrimage in Madhya Pradesh were killed in a road accident on the Mumbai-Agra national highway in Maharashtra's Nashik on Thursday, police said.
The pilgrims were travelling from Ujjain to Ulhasnagar in Thane when the accident occurred near Chandwad around 7.15 a.m., Inspector A.R. Mohite said. 
"The front tyre of the minibus carrying the pilgrims party suddenly burst leading the driver to lose control. The vehicle then rammed from behind into a stationery sand-truck by the road," Mohite told IANS.
While 10 pilgrims succumbed on the spot, another 12 were injured, including five whose condition is critical, he added.
The injured have been rushed to the Chandwad Civil Hospital and their relatives who are mostly in Kalyan and Ulhasnagar in Thane have been informed.
The identity of the deceased and other details were being verified, Mohite added.
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Modi, Sirisena attend Convention on Universal Message of Simhastha at Ujjain

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena were among those who attended the International Convention on the Universal Message of the Simhastha, at Ninaura near here today.
Mr. Modi received Mr. Sirisena at Indore airport and the two then travelled together to the venue of the convention.
Addressing the gathering, which has also been described as a “Vichar Kumbh” on the sidelines of the Kumbh Mela, the Prime Minister described the convention as the birth of a new effort. He said this was a modern edition of what might have happened in ancient times, when thought-leaders of society would gather at the sites of Kumbh melas, to reflect and provide new vision to society. 
Speaking on Indian tradition and culture, he said that the mantra of a ‘Bhikshuk’ is “may good happen to the person who gives me alms, and even to the person who does not.” The Prime Minister gave several other illustrations of the values and humanism which define Indian culture. 
Referring to the launch of the Simhasth Declaration, which was dedicated to the world by Mr. Modi, Mr. Sirisena and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Prime Minister said this would mark the start of a new discourse not only in India but around the world. 
The Prime Minister suggested that a ‘Vichar Kumbh’ should be held every year, to discuss issues such as afforestation and education of the girl child. 

7 killed as thunderstorm brings down Simhastha Kumbh Mela pandals in Ujjain

At least seven people died and about 80 others suffered injuries when a thunderstorm struck the site of the ongoing Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and brought down pandals set up for the pilgrims late Thursday afternoon.
At least seven people died and about 80 others suffered injuries when a thunderstorm struck the site of the ongoing Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and brought down pandals set up for the pilgrims late this afternoon.
Police officials told NetIndian the victims included four men and three women.
One of the men was a head constable of the Police Home Guard, while one of the women who died had been struck by lightning at Undasa while on her way to the Kumbh Mela, they said.
Most of the victims had succumbed to injuries they suffered when the makeshift pandals set up at the venue of the mega event came crashing in the heavy downpour and strong winds around 4.15 pm.
The injured had been rushed to the Ujjain Civil Hospital and other hospitals nearby.
The Simhastha Kumbh, being held from April 22 to May 21, is one of the largest religious congregations in the country, held every 12 years, and has attracted thousands of pilgrims from various parts of the country as well as a large number of foreign tourists.
Police said rescue teams, comprising personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the police, fire brigade and other emergency personnel, were going round the venue to look for peope who might need help.
They said efforts were being made to restore electricity to the Kumbh site and also re-erect the pandals and other structures that were brought down in the thunderstorm.
According to them, the police and the administration were able to minimise the impact of the thunderstorm by making use of public address systems and advise people not to panic.
"Anguished over the loss of lives at the Kumbh due to heavy rains. May Almighty give strength to the bereaved families to overcome the grief," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
" hope the injured recover quickly. I pray for the safety & well-being of all saints, pilgrims and tourists at the Kumbh," he added.

National Cultural Festival at Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain from April 22

A National Cultural Festival (NCF) has been organized by the Ministry of Culture at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh as part of “Simhastha Kumbh” starting from April 22.
An official press release said here today that all seven Cultural Zones of the country along with Lalit Kala Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, National School of Drama,  Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), and Sahitya Akademi will be participating in the festival organized in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Government. 
Around 3,000 artistes from all over India have been invited to perform at the festival that will see a huge gathering. Daily performances will take place on four platforms – Garh Kalika Manch, Agar Manch, Bhookhi Mata and Sadaval Manch. 
Noted Hindustani vocalist Pandit Jasraj will perform on the inaugural day. Vedic chants and devotional songs every morning would start the day. More than 150 Rangoli artists will be making their presentations every day. Over 300 painters will be displaying their creativity documenting the various aspects of Simhastha Kumbh. 
All creations will be exhibited in New Delhi and a coffee table book will be published after conclusion of the Kumbh Festival. 
Divine classical, semi-classical and light music and folk and dances, kavi sammelan, plays, rangoli, art workshops, book exhibitions will be some of the major attractions of the festival. Artistes will also make presentations to convey a message on keeping rivers pure and clean.
South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur is the nodal agency for the festival. 
The Simhastha Kumbh is being held from April 22 to May 21 during which Ujjain will host hundreds of thousands of pilgrims arriving from various parts of the country. This festival will be a major attraction for foreign tourists as well, the release added.

We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

Lokayukta raid on municipal peon's house in Madhya Pradesh yields Rs 4.5 cr

Lokayukta Special Establishment Police today raided the residence of a peon-cum-storekeeper of the Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC)in Madhya Pradesh and found documents showing assets worth Rs 4.5 crore, besides Rs 1.5 lakh cash.
Lokayukta police sources said the raid on Narendra Deshmukh's residence was carried out by a team led by Superintendent of Police (Lokayukta) Arun Mishra.
Mishra said the documents showed that he owned two houses, two cars, a jeep, four two-wheelers, one poultry farm, ten bank accounts, one locker, jewellery worth Rs 1.25 lakh, five acre land in Jalgaon and property in Mumbai besides Rs 1.5 lakh cash. 
Deshmukh has been posted with the UMC since 1980. When the team reached his house, it had to wait till his pet dog was put on a leash . On learning about the team's arrival, his wife tried to pass on jewellery and other items to neighbours from the  roof of their house.

Police station "gheraoed" in Ujjain to protest arrests

Hundreds of people, including more than 50 women, today surrounded the Devasgate police station here to protest the arrest of two persons - held last night and today from Malipura - in connection with clash between two groups on Friday, police said.

2 killed in clash in Ujjain, curfew clamped


Two people were killed and more than a dozen - including police personnel - injured in a late-night clash near a place of worship here and curfew was subsequently clamped in all ten police station limits in the town.

Authorities said here today that the situation was under control.

Additional security personnel, including two platoons of the Rapid Action Force, were deployed. Senior administrative officers are monitoring the situation.

Last night’s disturbances occurred in the old town area where two groups got embroiled in a dispute. A confrontation ensued and stone-pelting began. Though a lathi-charge dispersed the lawbreakers, a larger crowd gathered soon after and police vehicles were stoned.

To disperse the mob, tear smoke shells were fired and other measures resorted to. Initially, curfew was clamped in six police station areas. At least a dozen people were taken into custody, sources added.


Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


One killed, six injured in road accident in Madhya Pradesh

Mr Narendra Parmar, the former chairman of the Agar Municipal Corporation, in this district of Madhya Pradesh, died and six others were injured when his vehicle collided head-on with a car near Ghonsla-Dhabla on the Ujjain-Kota road last night, police said today.

The accident occurred when Mr Parmar was returning from Indore after attending a marriage ceremony last night.

The injured were admitted to District Hospital where Madhya Pradesh Civil Supply Minister Paras Jain visited them.


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