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Asaram Bapu convicted in minor rape case

Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.

File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.
 
Asaram was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) act and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
 
The judgement was pronounced by Judge Madhusudan inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. She had accused him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram in August. The victim was a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The 77-year-old godman is facing trial in two other sexual assault cases: one in Rajasthan here and the other in Gujarat. 
 
He was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. 
 
He also faces multiple charges, including wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and sexual harassment.
 
The chargesheet named Asaram and four others -- Sanchita alias Shilpi, Sharad Chandra alias Sharat Chandra, Prakash and Shiva alias Sava Ram Hethvadiya.
 
The quantum of punishment will be announced later.
 
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Salman gets bail against personal bond of Rs 50,000

After spending two nights in a Jodhpur jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
After spending two nights in a local jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments on the actor's bail application, which had been taken up yesterday, continued this morning before the judge reserved his order for the post-lunch session.
 
While granting him bail, the judge asked Salman, 52, to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each with guarantees that he will adhere to all the bail conditions.
 
The court said Salman would have to secure special permission from it to travel abroad.
 
He is expected to be released by this evening after completion of various legal procedures, sources said.
 
Salman had spent a second night in the Central Jail here last night because the arguments on his bail plea could not be completed yesterday.
 
The superstar was convicted by a local court on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the two-decade-old case.
 
Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri convicted Salman under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
(With  inputs from IANS)
 
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15 dead, 31 injured as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan

At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan on Friday afternoon, official sources said.

 
At least 15 dead as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan
At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan this afternoon, official sources said.
 
Police officials in Tonk told NetIndian over the telephone that the injured were initially taken to nearby hospitals from where they were referred to a hospital in Jaipur.
 
All the victims were men and were going to attend a marriage when the mishap occurred in the Malpura area of the district around 3 pm.
 
Senior district admininstration and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts, the sources said.
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed.
 
She also asked State Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and other senior ministers and officials to rush to the spot and ensure the best possible medical care for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the incident. 
 
"The bus incident at Tonk, Rajasthan is very heart-rending. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.

Not furniture that BJP can adjust me: Jaswant
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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Rahul kicks off Rajasthan poll campaign with roadshow, attacks Modi

 
Modi did not answer my questions in Parliament: Rahul Gandhi
 
 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of issues, including the Rafale deal with France, and asked why a 70-year-old defence public sector unit HAL was ignored for manufacturing the fighter jet.
 
Gandhi also questioned how the cost of one aircraft, which was Rs 540 crore when the UPA government had signed the deal, rose to thrice its value to Rs 1,600 crore under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre.
 
"Now, when this question is asked to a man, who claims he has 56-inch chest, and who says I am a 'chowkidaar' of the country, he prefers to remain tight-lipped in Parliament during 1.5 hours of discussion," he said.
 
Gandhi was speaking at a Congress rally in Jaipur on Saturday. He kicked off the party's poll campaign for the state Assembly elections later this year by holding a mega roadshow in the city.
 
He also questioned the Prime Minister on his promise of generating two crore employment opportunities anually.
 
"While China generates 50,000 jobs every 24 hours, India employs only 450 youths in the same period. Isn't this proportion inappropriate?" he said, adding that India has better talent, better numbers and better quality of hardworking people.
 
Recalling the promise made by the Prime Minister of Rs 15 lakh coming to every citizen's account, Gandhi said Modi failed to fulfil all the promises he made.
 
On farmer suicides, he sought to know if industrialists' loans can be waived off, why cannot those of farmers.
 
"Loans worth 2,30,000 crore of 15 top industrialists were waived off by the PM, but the farmers loans were not," he said.
 
"If industrialists are unable to repay loans, those are called NPAs (non-performing assets), but if farmers fail to pay back, they are called defaulters and are sent behind the bars. Why this discrimination?" he asked.
 
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The Gandhi family scion also had a piece of advice for the Prime Minister: "If you are hugging industrialists, you should also hug a farmer."
 
He pointed out that even the demonetisation was implemented to help top industrialists.
 
The Congress President announced that after coming to power, his party will bring one GST slab for all goods and shall also bring petrol and diesel within the ambit of GST to ensure that inflation comes down.
 
Launching more attacks on Modi, Gandhi said: "Many times PM says 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao', but he never says from whom they should be protected. In UP, BJP MLA rapes a woman, but PM remains mum. So, many rapes are being reported, but PM never says a word.
 
"Even in Rajasthan, females feel insecure to walk alone. Modiji, women never felt so miserable in the last 70 years under the Congress rule as they are feeling now."
 
Asserting that the Congress will form the governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Gandhi said that no "parachute candidate" will be given tickets in these elections. 
 
"The voice of ground workers will be the voice of Congress in state. Our first step is to win Assembly elections and next is to win Lok Sabha elections," he said.
 
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Rahul Gandhi to visit Jaipur on August 11

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi will visit Jaipur in Rajasthan for a day on August 11, the party said on Monday.
 
During his visit, he will address the PCC delegates, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) President Sachin Pilot.said.
 
On Monday, a meeting called by Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi was attended by former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Pilot and state party in-charge Avinash Pandey to discuss strategies and poll preparations for the Assembly elections this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
According to Pandey, Gandhi directed the party leaders to avoid issuing any statement on chief ministerial face for the Assembly polls. "No matter how senior a leader, any unwanted comments on to-be CM face will not be tolerated," Gandhi is said to have warned those present.
 
The Congress leaders will sit together after elections to zero in on the Chief Minister's name and the Assembly elections will be contested under Rahul Gandhi's leadership, Pandey added.
 
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Shah flags off 'Gaurav Yatra' in Rajasthan, kicks off poll campaign

 
Rajasthan is progressing from BIMARU state to developed state: Amit Shah
 
 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday flagged off "Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra" at Charbhuja temple in Rajsamund, which is also being seen as the official start of the party's election campaign in the state.
 
Before flagging off the Yatra, Shah and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje offered prayers in the renowned Vishnu temple.
 
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion, Shah asked the Congress to give an account of the work done by its leaders during their four generations of rule.
 
"Instead of shooting 40 questions, you should present the report card of the last four generations of Congress, which ruled the country for many decades," he said.
 
The BJP chief said that Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra has been converted into a victory march as the Chief Minister of this state is taking out this procession and is ready to present her report card before the public for the works done during her tenure, he said.
 
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Attacking the Congress, he said that the Congress leaders failed to make any significant achievement during their successive terms in the government. 
 
"Rajasthan was referred to as a 'Bimaru' state earlier. But ever since Raje took over the reins, the state is being counted as a developed state."
 
On Friday, Raje performed pooja of the bus to be used in the Yatra, which the party is calling as "Vijay Rath".
 
Meanwhile, refuting the charges levelled by Shah, state Congress vice president Archana Sharma said that the BJP leaders, instead of answering a decent question, are issuing indecent statements. 
 
"'Who has authorised the PWD officials to organise this political event?' was our question and the BJP has failed to answer the same. It seems they are baffled and hence are beating around the bush instead of speaking to the point," she said.
 
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Jaipur’s walled city, the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

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The walled city of Jaipur has been proposed for recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma said on Tuesday.
 
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour, Dr Sharma said as per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one site can be nominated by the state party each year.
 
"The recognition as a World Heritage site is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site," he said.
 
At present, there are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India. Cultural sites under protection of the Archaeological Survey of India are Agra Fort (1983); Ajanta Caves (1983); Ellora Caves (1983); Taj Mahal (1983); Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984); Sun Temple, Konarak (1984); Churches and Convents of Goa (1986); Fatehpur Sikri (1986); Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986); Khajuraho, Group of Temples (1986).
 
Elephanta Caves (1987); Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram (1987 & 2004); Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987); Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989); Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi (1993); Qutab Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993); Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003); Champaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park (2004); Red Fort Complex, Delhi (2007).
 
Hill Forts of Rajasthan (Chittaurgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer and Ranthambhore, Amber and Gagron Forts) (2013) Amber and Gagron Forts are under protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums; Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan (2014); Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara (Nalanda University) (2016).
 
Under Protection of Ministry of Railways: Mountain Railways of India (Darjeeling,1999), Nilgiri (2005), Kalka-Shimla(2008), Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004).  
 
Under Protection of Bodhgaya Temple, Management Committee is the Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, (2002). Under Protection of Rajasthan State Archaeology and Museums are The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010).
 
Under Protection of Chandigarh Administration is The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (2016).
 
Under Protection of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is the Historic City of Ahmedabad (2017).
 
Under Protection of Government of Maharashtra is Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai (2018).
 
In natural sites, under the protection of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes is Kaziranga National Park (1985); Keoladeo National Park (1985); Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985); Sunderbans National Park (1987); Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks (1988, 2005); Western Ghats (2012) Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra,Tamil Nadu; Great Himalayan National Park (2014).
 
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes are Khangchendzonga National Park (2016).
 
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Police officer suspended over Alwar lynching

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Rajasthan Police on Monday suspended an assistant sub-inspector, Mohan Singh, for the undue delay in taking to a hospital a man brutally attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar district who later died.
 
Police source said Mohan Singh had been suspended for negligence and delay in taking Rakbar alias Akbar to the hospital at the earliest on Saturday.
 
Action has also been taken against four constables, the sources said.
 
The action came hours after Director General of Police O.P. Galhotra formed a high-level team to probe why it took nearly four hours to reach a hospital just four kilometres from the site of the attack and whether the policemen halted on the way to have tea.
 
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Police to probe delay in taking Rakbar to hospital

 
Man allegedly beaten to death over suspicion of cattle smuggling
 
 
The Rajasthan Police on Monday formed a high-level team to probe why policemen took three hours to reach a hospital only four kilometres away with a badly injured man accused of smuggling cows.
 
The panel will also investigate whether the policemen callously stopped on the way to the hospital to have tea while Rakbar alias Akbar lay bleeding in their vehicle and was eventually declared dead by doctors.
 
Director General of Police O.P. Galhotra said the team will find out why so much time was wasted in transporting Rakbar after he was beaten up in Alwar district on Saturday.
 
The team will include senior officers N.R.K. Reddy, P.K. Singh, Hemant Priyadarshi and Mahendra Singh Chaudhary.
 
The policemen apparently reached the site of the attack at 1 a.m. but the victim reached the hospital only at 4 a.m., said a police official.
 
It has been alleged that the policemen stopped on the way to have tea.
 
Naval Sharma, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Gau Raksha cell chief in Ramgarh, quoted the FIR to say that the police reached the site at 12.41 a.m. and the victim was taken by them by 1 a.m.
 
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However, surprisingly, the police reached the hospital at 4 am. The post-mortem report says the victim died at 3.40 a.m. 
 
A social worker in the region, Vijay Kumar, told IANS that Akbar and Aslam were taking bovines from the fields at midnight. When the animals cried out, some villagers came out and thrashed Akbar.
 
As it was raining heavily, Akbar fell on the muddy field and his companion Aslam escaped. By then, police reached the spot after being alerted about the attack.
 
However, as the victim was covered in mud, the police refused to take him in their vehicle and asked the villagers to clean him. 
 
The villagers poured water on him. Dharmendra, who was later taken as an accused by the police, brought clothes from his house. 
 
Vijay Kumar says the policemen were drunk and they too might have beaten him as the victim had earlier records of cow smuggling.
 
According to him, when Akbar died, police came to the village to arrest the witnesses to save their skin.
 
The cows, meanwhile, were shifted to a 'gaushala' at 3.26 a.m. in a three-wheeler -- just before the man died.
 
Alwar Superintendent of Police Rajendra Singh told the media: "We will investigate the matter thoroughly and take action against the accused."
 
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SC agrees to hear contempt plea in Alwar lynching case

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a contempt plea against the Rajasthan government for violating court directives in a mob lynching case in Alwar district last week.
 
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the plea would be heard on August 20, along with the main case by petitioner Tehsheen Poonawala.
 
Advocate Deepali Dwivedi, appearing for Poonawala, mentioned the Alwar lynching case before the bench seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the Rajasthan government.
 
The central and state governments have come under a sharp criticism from the Supreme Court over frequent lynching incidents across the country.
 
The court had condemned the mob lynching incidents and suggested enactment of a law in Parliament to deal with the crime that threatens rule of law and the country's social fabric.
 
"Horrendous acts of mobocracy" cannot be permitted to become "a new normal", it had said, while issuing a slew of guidelines, including preventive, remedial and punitive steps to deal with offences such as mob violence and cow vigilantism.
 
A 28-year-old man was beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar district late on Friday. Two persons have been arrested so far.
 
Some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler.
 
Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village.
 
Alwar has earlier witnessed similar attacks in the name of cow protectionism. The latest killing comes more than a year after Pehlu Khan was murdered allegedly by some cow vigilantes in April 2017.
 
 
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Man suspected of cow smuggling lynched in Rajasthan, 2 nabbed

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A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said on Saturday. Two persons have been arrested.
 
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the Friday night incident in which some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler.
 
"The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators," Raje tweeted.
 
Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village in Alwar.
 
They were brutally thrashed. The office of Additional Director General Jaipur Range, Ramgarh, received this information at 12.40 a.m. 
 
When the police team reached the spot they found an injured Khan lying in the mud. Two persons were standing there with two cows, ADGP Hemant Priyadarshi told the media.
 
Khan told the officers that he and his companion Aslam had purchased the cows from Ladpur and were on their way to their village when they were mistaken for cow smugglers and attacked. 
 
"My limbs are broken," said Khan covered in mud before collapsing.
 
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He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
 
His body was sent for autopsy. The police in Ramgarh registered a case against unidentified persons under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
 
Police have arrested Dharmendra Yadav and Paramjit Singh Sardar who were found on the spot standing with bovines.Further probe is on.
 
Alwar has earlier also witnessed attacks in the name of cow protectionism. The latest killing comes more than a year after Pehlu Khan was murdered allegedly by some cow vigilantes in April 2017.
 
The central and state governments came under sharp criticism from the Supreme Court earlier this week over frequent lynching incidents. 
 
The Supreme Court also asked Parliament to come up with a law to tackle cow vigilantism and lynching, calling such incidents "horrendous acts of mobocracy" that should be nipped in the bud.
 
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Suspected cow vigilantes beat man to death in Rajasthan

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A 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district, police said on Saturday.
 
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned Friday night's incident in which some villagers caught and beat up Akbar Khan, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler.
 
"The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators," Raje tweeted.
 
Khan, a resident of Kolgaon in Haryana, was taking cows to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village in Alwar, a police officer said.
 
The villagers severely thrashed Khan and his accomplice, the police officer said, adding Khan's body has been sent for autopsy.
 
Alwar has earlier also witnessed attacks in the name of cow protection. The latest killing comes more than a year after Pehlu Khan was murdered allegedly by some cow vigilantes last year in April.
 
The central and state governments came under a sharp criticism from the Supreme Court earlier this week over frequent lynching incidents. 
 
The Supreme Court also asked Parliament to come up with a law to tackle cow vigilantism and lynch, calling such incidents "horrendous acts of mobocracy" that should be nipped in the bud.
 
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7 killed as dumper collides with bus in Rajasthan

 
7 dead in bus-trailer collision in Rajasthan
 
 
Seven people were killed and 20 others injured when a dumper, driving on the road's wrong side, rammed into a state roadways bus in Rajasthan's Ajmer district on Sunday, police said.
 
The incident near Tabiji village involving a Rajasthan Road Transportation Corporation bus going from Pali to Bharatpur was so intense that the one side of the bus was totally crushed.
 
The locals called police immediately and the victims were rushed to the nearby Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital.
 
Police sources said that the deceased were identified as Arun Kumar from Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj, Tarachand from Ajmer, Dilip from Rajsamand, Nyara from Bundi and Jishan from Pali. Bus conductor Sabeer Khan from Uttar Pradesh was also killed. The seventh victim is yet to be identified.
 
According to a local police official, the driver of the bus as well as the dumper managed to flee from the spot.
 
Ajmer administration has declared an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to the families of deceased and Rs 10,000 each to the injured.
 
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP state President Madanlal Saini and his Congress counterpart Sachin Pilot expressed their condolence to the families of the deceased while state Education Minister Vasudev Devnani and other BJP leaders rushed to the spot after hearing about accident to monitor the relief works being done under directions of District cCollector Aarti Dogra.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Jaipur region of Rajasthan

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Jaipur region of Rajasthan today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.3°N and longitude 75.9°E, occurred at 0943 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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People calling Congress 'bail gadi': Modi

Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people are calling the party "bail gadi" because many of its senior leaders are out on bail in various cases.

 
Modi jibe: Prominent Congress leaders are out on bail
 
 
Attacking the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people are calling the party "bail gadi" because many of its senior leaders are out on bail in various cases.
 
"The work which is being done now (by the BJP in the state and at the Centre) could have been done earlier also. You are aware of the intention of the previous governments. It is because of their intentions, the people are now calling the Congress a 'bail gadi'. 
 
"Many senior Congress leaders and former ministers were out on bail," Modi said while addressing a public meeting here.
 
While "bail gadi" sounds like the Hindi word for "bullock cart", Modi emphasised that by "bail" he was referring to the relief given by courts to senior Congress leaders, who are facing legal battles.
 
Before addressing the meeting Modi laid the foundation stone for several infrastructure projects, with a total outlay of over Rs 2,100 crore, including elevated road project for Ajmer, water supply and sewerage projects in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Sikar and Mount Abu.
 
He also said that the central government and the state government were working together for the progress of Rajasthan. The state would face assembly polls later in 2018.
 
"Never forget the tough circumstances in which Vasundhara Raje took oath in 2013. When she took oath, systems were not working properly. She has changed the work culture in the state. 
 
"The previous government only indulged in laying the foundation stone of the projects and not completing them.
 
"We are working on ground level not on papers. Our projects are neither delayed nor abandoned. Development is our only agenda," Modi added.
 
He also said that farmers, women and Dalits are at the core of the Bharatiya Janata Party's government schemes.
 
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Modi lays foundation stone for urban infrastructure projects in Jaipur

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a public meeting and unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of 13 urban infrastructure projects in Rajasthan.
 
Mr Modi also witnessed an audio-visual presentation of experience sharing by select beneficiaries of schemes of the Union and State Governments. This presentation was moderated by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
 
The schemes included Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, among many others.
 
Addressing a large and enthusiastic gathering, the Prime Minister said he was witnessing first-hand, how Rajasthan welcomes visitors. He said visitors can see the true picture of the progress the State has made in the last few years. He described Rajasthan as a land of courage. Be it living in harmony with nature or defending our nation, Rajasthan has shown the way, he added.
 
Praising Vasundhara Raje, the Prime Minister said she had changed the work culture in the State. The Union Government and the State Government were working together for the progress of Rajasthan. The happiness of the beneficiaries, who featured in the presentation today, was evident to everyone present at the gathering, he added.
 
Mr Modi spoke at length about how the Union Government was working for the welfare of the farmers. In this context, he referred to the increase in Minimum Support Price for various crops, announced for the current Kharif season.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the progress made by various schemes of the Union Government in Rajasthan, including Swachh Bharat Mission, Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana.
 
Noting that Rajasthan would be completing 70 years in 2019, he gave a call to reaffirm the commitment of creating a developed Rajasthan, which will play a pivotal role in the building of a New India.
 
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Madanlal Saini appointed Rajasthan BJP chief

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BJP Rajya Sabha member Madanlal Saini was on Friday appointed the party's Rajasthan president after two and half months of deliberations between Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and party President Amit Shah.
 
"BJP President Amit Shah has appointed Madanlal Saini as Rajasthan BJP chief with immediate effect," BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said in a press release.
 
Making a simultaneous announcement in Jaipur, BJP Rajasthan in charge Avinash Rai Khanna said the party has put its trust on Saini who has been a grassroot worker.
 
"This will send a positive message to the entire state and the BJP workers will stay motivated to bring in positive results in forthcoming elections," he said in the presence of state minister Arun Chaturvedi, former BJP state President Ashok Parnami, state General Secretary Bhajanlal Sharma, media chief Anand Sharma and others.
 
Saini, who was elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in April, is said to be the consensus choice of Raje and Shah. He will replace Parnami, who resigned from the post in April this year.
 
The appointment on this post was stuck between the differences between Shah and Raje. Shah wanted Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as the new state BJP chief but Raje opposed his name, citing various reasons including that she wanted a Jat leader for the post.
 
Shekhawat, a Rajput leader, who represents Jodhpur parliamentary constituency, congratulated Saini for his appointment.
 
"Congratulations to Sainiji. Let all workers of BJP family come together and work to from BJP government in the state again in 2018," he said in a tweet.
 
Saini's appointment comes in the run-up to assembly polls in the state slated for later this year and is being seen as a move to counter Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who belongs to same caste as that of Saini.
 
The BJP suffered a jolt in recent bypolls to Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies and the Mandalgarh Assembly segment as the voters elected Congress candidates.
 
Saini, who was an MLA from Udaipurwati in Jhunjhunu, is also a member of BJP's disciplinary committee. Associated with Bharatiya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, he is considered close to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
 
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Senior Rajasthan BJP MLA quits party, blames state and central leadership

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Senior Rajasthan BJP MLA and former Education Minister Ghanshyam Tiwadi on Monday resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but said he will remain associated with the RSS.
 
He wrote a letter to BJP President Amit Shah holding Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the central leadership responsible for his decision. 
 
Tiwadi has formed his own party, Bharat Vahini Party, and said he shall admit veteran leaders from both the Congress and the BJP. 
 
He has also declared to contest upcoming Assembly election from Sanganer. Around 15 MLAs in the state were in touch with him, he said. His party will contest elections on all the 200 seats in the state. 
 
Tiwadi said that in the last four years, there had been a state of lawlessness and turmoil in Rajasthan and an undeclared Emergency existed in the state.
 
Tiwadi has been an MLA six times, a Minister two times and has been associated with the RSS for many years.
 
Earlier, he had been openly speaking against the Chief Minister for which he was issued a notice by the party's Central Disciplinary Committee. 
 
Meanwhile, BJP's former President Ashok Parnami said the party will not be affected by Tiwadi's resignation. "Many people have left the party but their political career has come to an end," he added.
 
The BJP state in-charge, Avinash Rai Khanna, said that the BJP was like a tree. If one fruit or leaf fell, the tree won't be impacted but the leaf and fruit will definitely be.
 
Disciplinary proceedings were on against him for the last many months but he has chosen to resign, Khanna said.
 
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Rathore sanctions Rs 5 lakh assistance for former international archer Limba Ram

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Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned a special financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to former international archer and Arjuna Award winner Limba Ram. 
 
The sportsman, suffering from a neurological illness, is undergoing treatment at Jaipur. Since Limba Ram was working for Rajasthan State Government receiving a salary beyond the ceiling of Rs 4 lakh fixed under the scheme of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, he was not eligible for financial assistance.
 
The Minister, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Fund, relaxed this condition and, by invoking the discretionary clause, sanctioned Rs 5 lakh considering that his family, comprising his widowed mother, widowed sister and her children along with widowed mother-in-law and unemployed brother were dependent on him.
 
Earlier, on receiving the news of Limba Ram’s admission in a hospital, the Minister had deputed a team of officers to visit and ask if any assistance was required.  The sanctioned amount is based on the report of this committee.  The Minister has also asked his officers to regularly visit Ram and update on his health.
 
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High-speed rail network from Delhi to Rajasthan

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The Haryana government has given its go-ahead for the Regional Rapid Transit Systems (RRTS) project for a high speed rail network from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to the Haryana-Rajasthan border, an official said on Saturday.
 
This and several other decisions were taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at Chandigarh on Saturday.
 
Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh was also present in the meeting.
 
The Chief Minister said these mass transportation projects would provide a new impetus to growth and investment in Gurugram specifically and to south Haryana in general.
 
It was informed that the alignment for the RRTS project would run along an elevated section on the Old Delhi road in Gurugram to Lt Atul Katarya Chowk, proceeding to Signature Tower Chowk and then along NH-48 up to Rajiv Chowk. 
 
Thereafter, the alignment moves underground beyond Kherki Daula where it would emerge above ground up to IMT, Manesar. The alignment would move along the NH from up to Dharuhera, Rewari and Bawal before entering Rajasthan.
 
The average speed of the high speed rail would be about 100 kmph. 
 
The total cost of the first phase would be approximately Rs 25,000 crore. The project would be executed by NCR Transport Corp (NCRTC), a joint venture of the Indian government and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi NCT. 
 
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World Bank to provide $ 21.7 million loan for strengthening public financial management in Rajasthan

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The World Bank will provide IBRD credit of $ 21.7 million for the Strengthening of Public Financial Management in Rajasthan Project.
 
The agreement in this regard was signed here by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (FB and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by the Secretary, Finance (Budget) on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan, and the Acting Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank, an official press release said.
 
The project size is approximately $ 31 million, of which $ 21.7 million will be financed by the World Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget. The project duration is five years.
 
According to the release, the project objective is to contribute to improved Budget execution, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency in Revenue Administration in Rajasthan. The project involves Strengthening of the Public Financial Management Framework; Strengthening of Expenditure and Revenue Systems; and Project Management and Capacity Building among others, the release added.
 
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IPL play-offs: KKR beat Rajasthan Royals to make it to Qualifiers 2

Skipper Dinesh Karthik (52) led from the front as Andre Russell (49 not out), Piyush Chawla (2/24) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/18) starred with bat and ball to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) see off Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 25 runs and reach Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
KKR will now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) here on Friday to decide who faces Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on Sunday.
 
Despite early hiccups, KKR posted 169/7 in 20 overs riding Russell's big hitting after Karthik had set the tone for the two-time champions at the Eden Gardens here. 
 
In reply, Royals could manage only 144/4 even after Sanju Samson's belligerent 38-ball 50, containing four fours and two sixes, and captain Ajinkya Rahane (46; 41b 4x4 1x6) kept their team in the hunt with a 62-run partnership off 54 balls for the second wicket.
 
With 74 needed from 48 balls, chinaman Kuldeep got rid of Rahane in the 15th over with Chawla then sending Samson back after he brought up his half century in 37 balls.
 
With the required run rate climbing up and set batsmen out, Royals, who have a thin middle order, could never recover.
 
Rahul Tripathi (20; 13b; 1x4, 2x6) helped Royals to a brisk start by tonking Russell (0/22) for a six in the first over and thereafter smacking the usually economical Sunil Narine (0/39) for two back-to-back sixes in the fifth over.
 
Rahane looked in effervescent touch at the other end, pulling and cutting M. Prasidh Krishna flawlessly in the fourth over after surviving a review when he was given out lbw by the umpire off Chawla on 14, two overs earlier.
 
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Royals were 47/0 inside five overs before Tripathi -- who also survived a review -- inexplicably chipped a googly back to Chawla for a soft dismissal.
 
In came Samson with the well-set Rahane batting and the duo looked on course to chase down 170 before they got out in quick succession and it was all downhill from there on.
 
Earlier, KKR rode on Karthik's well-paced fifty coupled with Russell's unbeaten 25-ball 49 blitz to recover from an early collapse.
 
Russell came in to bat when KKR were trying to stem the rot through Karthik and Shubman Gill (28; 17b; 3x4 1x6) before the latter fell with the team on 106/5 in 14.2 overs.
 
The big-hitting West Indian smoked five sixes and three fours in the last five overs to take 55 runs and help the purple brigade post a challenging score.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham (2/15), Jofra Archer (2/33) and Ben Laughlin (2/35) got two wickets each for the Rahane-led side with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi conceding just 15 runs off his four overs.
 
Royals' bowlers made early inroads to reduce KKR to 51/4 after eight overs when Karthik and Gill got together.
 
The pair joined hands for a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket before Gill departed and Russell stepped on the gas.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 169/7 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 52, Andre Russell 49 not out; K Gowtham 2/15, Jofra Archer 2/33, Ben Laughlin 2/35) beat Rajasthan Royals 144/4 in 20 overs Ajinkya Rahane 46, Sanju Samson 50, Piyush Chawla 2/24, Kuldeep Yadav 1/18) by 25 runs.
 
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IPL Play-offs: Rajasthan to field vs Kolkata

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Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to field against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 
Both teams remained unchanged from their previous games. While Kolkata beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan got the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 
Kolkata and Rajasthan ended third and fourth, respectively, on the league table, with not a lot separating them.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen (w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
 
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IPL play-offs: Rajasthan Royals aim to upset favourites KKR in Eliminator

Resurgent Rajasthan Royals will look to defy odds and upset 'home favourites' Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator here at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
 
KKR are the only team among the four knock-out entrants to have got their matches in their own backyard. If they win the Eliminator, their Qualifier 2 will also be at the same venue on May 25.
 
Besides having the home advantage, KKR will also start as favourites against depleted Royals who made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.
 
Sans the services of in-form England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes, Rajasthan got past Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must-win last league engagement to make it to the knockouts.
 
Chennai Super Kings' five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab sealed Royals' place in the playoffs while Mumbai Indians also lost to Delhi Daredevils. Both Punjab and Mumbai were in fray for the fourth playoff spot which went to Royals.
 
For KKR, a five-wicket triumph over Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured they finished third in the table.
 
KKR's main weapons has been Karthik and Sunil Narine alongwith sizable contributions from the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and dashing Australian opener Chris Lynn.
 
Underlining that his match-winning innings in the Nidahas Trophy final was no flash in the pan, Karthik has led from the front.
 
The 33-year old stumper-batsman has been a terrific finisher for the KKR this season. Of his 438 runs this season, 412 were made in 13 innings at No. 5 or lower; only Kieron Pollard's 419 in 17 innings in 2013 is higher.
 
Mystery spinner Narine has enhanced his credentials as an opener by becoming only the fourth player to score 300 plus runs and grab more than 15 wickets in an IPL season, after Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo and Jacques Kallis.
 
Apart from the pair, Lynn has struck form at the right time after enduring a subdued season by his standards.
 
Andre Russell is always a threat with bat and ball and in M. Prasidh Krishna -- who returned career best figures of 4/30 against Hyderabad -- KKR have found a tall pacer who hits the deck hard and bowls good length stuff.
 
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Royals will once again miss Buttler who is on national duty after getting a Test call-up. Buttler has been their batting mainstay piling up 548 runs in 13 matches at 54.80.
 
Big-hitting South African wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen showed his class in the last game, his 32 off 21 studded with some stunning shots. The Karnataka pair of Gowtham and Gopal impressed too.
 
While Gowtham smacked 14 off five balls in the last over and conceded just six runs in two overs of offspin, besides also dismissing Virat Kohli for 4 in the third over, Gopal finished with career-best figures of 4 for 16.
 
Just over a week back, the two sides met at the same venue with KKR getting the better of Royals by six wickets.
 
The Eden pitch, this time, would not be prepared the way KKR want it to as the Eliminator won't be treated as a home game.
 
BCCI East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick has been tasked to prepare the track and it is expected to have a fair bit of grass on it. Just two out of seven games -- vs RCB on April 8 and CSK on May 3 -- have been played on this pitch this IPL.
 
Squads:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.
 
RR: Heinrich Klassen, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
 
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