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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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Rajasthan HC quashes FIR against Pehlu Khan, his sons

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The Rajasthan High Court here on Wednesday ordered quashing of the FIR lodged against Pehlu Khan, his two sons -- Arif and Irshad, and the pickup driver Khan Mohammad, saying the documents proved that the cattle were purchased for dairy purpose and not for slaughter.
 
An FIR was lodged in 2017 against them on charges of cow smuggling. It was challenged in the court.
 
According to advocate Kapil Gupta, who represented Khan, the FIR and the charge-sheet against Pehlu Khan, his sons and the driver were quashed by the court of Justice Pankaj Bhandari as it amounted to an abuse of the process of law. FIR and the charge-sheet failed to furnish the basic ingredients of offence, he added.
 
It could not be proved that the cattle were being transferred for slaughter. They were milch cows and the accused had municipal corporation fee receipt. Hence, the court believed the FIR and the charge-sheet were instances of abuse of power of law, he said.
 
"Even though the state government had appealed for further investigation, the court believed it (further probe) also amounts to abuse of process of law," said Gupta.
 
He refused to say if the filing of FIR was part of a conspiracy.
 
Meanwhile, advocate Kasim Khan, who also represented Pehlu with Gupta, said, in 2017, Pehlu was going to Tapukheda after buying a milch cow from Jaipur. He had all the proofs from the Jaipur Municipal Corporation regarding the purchase. But the police, under the government pressure, filed a fake charge-sheet.
 
Now, the court after weighing each and every fact quashed the FIR number 253/17 filed under the Rajasthan Bovine Act against Pehlu and his family, he said.
 
Pehlu was lynched by a mob at Behror in the Alwar district on the suspicion of smuggling cows.
 
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Indo-French joint exercise Shakti-2019 to start in Rajasthan on October 30

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The biennial India-France joint exercise Shakti – 2019 will be conducted at Foreign Training Node in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges, Rajasthan from October 31 to November 13, the Ministry of Defence said today.
 
The exercise is conducted alternately in India and France from 2011 onwards. The  French Army troops arrived in India on October 26 for training with Indian troops. A contingent of the Sikh Regiment of Sapta Shakti Command will represent Indian Army in this exercise, a press release from the Ministry said.
 
The French Army delegation will be represented by troops of 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the 6th Armoured Brigade. 
 
The joint exercise will focus on counter-terrorism operations in the backdrop of the semi-desert terrain under United Nations mandate.
 
The training will focus primarily on a high degree of physical fitness, sharing of the drill at a tactical level and learning of best practices from each other. The exercise aims at enhancing understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the two Armies, the release said.
 
The exercise will culminate in a 36-hour-long validation exercise which will involve neutralization of terrorists in a village hideout.
 
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Indian eco-friendly batteries using aloe vera wins Schneider Electric’s Student Competition

Nimisha Varma and Naveen Suman of Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, who won the Go Green in the City 2019, an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric in Barcelona, Spain on October 3, 2019
Nimisha Varma and Naveen Suman of Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, who won the Go Green in the City 2019, an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric in Barcelona, Spain on October 3, 2019
Team Aloe e-Cell from Rajasthan Technical University in Kota, India, comprising Nimisha Sharma and Naveen Suman, who created 1.5v green batteries that do not impact the environment, has won the top honours at Schneider Electric's Go Green in the City 2019 finals held in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month.
 
Go Green in the City is an international student case study competition organised by Schneider Electric, leaders in digital transformation of energy management and automation.
 
A press release from Schneider Electric India said the company received over 8000 registrations for the Go Green competition from the country. The top 49 teams made it to India Semi-Finals after an evaluation by technical experts from multiple fields. In this process, the top 14 teams presented their idea to the technical leaders in the India Finale.
 
The finalists from India joined the global finals in Barcelona where they were in competition with 8 teams. Team Aloe E-Cell emerged as winners in the Go Green Global Finale.
 
"Team Aloe E-Cell composed of students Nimisha and Naveen created 1.5v batteries made up of aloe vera and a few herbal extracts. These batteries are eco-friendly and they do not cause soil, water or air pollution as no hazardous metals like lead and mercury are used. In addition, it is not explosive and is safe for human use as explosive electrolytes like Potassium Hydroxide are not present. Executive judges from Schneider Electric and academia highly evaluated the team’s problem definition, realistic solution and great presentation," the release said.
 
Additionally, Aloe E-Cell gives 1.5 volts of potential which can replace the dry cell and alkaline batteries of AA and AAA size and can be used for low to high drain devices, it said.
 
“We can actually find the solutions of complex problems around us. Schneider Electric’s emphasis on clean, green and sustainable energy usage is also our passion,” said Team Aloe E-Cell. “Go Green in the City was an awesome experience to learn from and network with a lot of people around the world. We encourage young innovators to be bold and share their ideas!”
 
The release said that, as announced at the recent Climate Week NYC 2019, Schneider Electric takes a collaborative approach to sustainability in alignment with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
 
“Whether it’s in our business decisions, people agenda or governance, our commitment to sustainability is in everything we do. But we need to do more. Go Green is a way for us to support the future generation to think outside the box. Through their ideas, we can co-create the future. Schneider Electric empowers all to make the most of their energy and resources. We are all in this together,” said Olivier Blum, Schneider Chief Human Resources Officer.
 
Launched in 2011, interest in Go Green in the City has grown exponentially. More than 113,000 students registered and submitted 18,800 ideas over the past 9 years. This year alone in 2019, Schneider Electric received more than 23,000 applications from 165 countries and over 3,000 students submitted their ideas, a new record for the competition.
 
Sixteen finalist students from the USA, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Philippines, UK, Turkey and Spain made their final presentations at the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit Barcelona. It was a great learning opportunity to students as 3,500 industry professionals gathered to discuss the digital transformation of energy management and automation.
 
Schneider Electric also announced the launch of its 10th edition under the new name of ‘Schneider Go Green’. Sixteen finalist students will be invited to the global final competition at the Innovation Summit Las Vegas in June 2020. The global winning team will have an opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Greentown Labs in Boston to network with clean tech start-ups in USA. 
 
Interested students can register here.
 
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ADB to provide $190 million loan for improving roads in Rajasthan

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $190 million loan agreement here yesterday to upgrade 754 kilometres of state highways and major district roads (MDRs) to two-lane or intermediate-lane standards that will benefit about 26 million people in 14 districts of Rajasthan.
 
The signatories to the Tranche 2 loan agreement for the Rajasthan State Highway Investment Programme were Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Government and Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.
 
The Tranche 1 loan of $220 million under the programme, signed in July 2017, upgraded about 1,000 km of state roads, an official press release said.
 
Khare said that the Tranche 2 roads pass through mostly rural areas of Rajasthan that lack reliable connectivity and will help improve access to health, education facilities and markets leading to increased job opportunities.
 
Yokoyama emphasised the need to promote operational efficiencies and innovations and said the project will encourage participation of the private sector through Hybrid Annuity Mode and engineering procurement construction (EPC) contracts.
 
The ADB value-addition will consist in financing part of the construction costs for the annuity-based public private partnership (PPP) concessions and EPC contracts and ensure good governance during project implementation, particularly in procurement and safeguards.
 
The annuity-based PPP model attracts private sector financing to address capital investment requirements, where a proportion of initial capital expenditure is paid during construction while the balance is serviced by annuity payments during the operation and maintenance phase.
 
The toll collection rights will remain with the state public works department to bring sustainability in operation and maintenance of the project.
 
For the benefit of commuters and pedestrians, particularly women and children, the project provides for constructing more than 200 bus stops 70 km of the hard shoulder and 2 km of the raised sidewalk on project roads.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Bikaner region of Rajasthan

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on  the Richter scale, shook the Bikaner region of Rajasthan this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.0°N and longitude 73.4°E, occurred at 1036 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Congress, BJP name candidates for Rajasthan bye-elections

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The Congress here on Sunday nominated Rita Chaudhary to contest the bye-election to the Mandawa assembly constituency of Rajasthan, scheduled on October 21. 
 
She will lock horns with Bharatiya Janata Party's Sushila Seegda, a former Congress leader who joined the BJP on Sunday.
 
For the Khinvsar seat in Nagaur, the Congress has nominated Harendra Mirdha against Narayan Beniwal of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), the alliance partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.
 
Narayan Beniwal is brother of Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal.
 
Sushila Seegda, suspended from Congress a few months ago, is daughter-in-law of veteran Congress leader Brijlal Seegda.
 
Earlier, it was being speculated that Atul, son of Narendra Khinchad, who quit the Assembly after winning the Lok Sabha elections, would get the BJP ticket from Mandava.
 
However, to avoid allegations of promoting the family legacy, the BJP dropped the idea and gave the ticket to Sushila.
 
Congress candidate Rita Chaudhary's father Ramnarayan Chaudhary has strong influence in Mandava. In the last Assembly elections, Khinchad defeated Rita by 2,346 votes.
 
Mandawa's Congress and BJP candidates shall file their nomination papers on Monday.
 
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16 die in Rajasthan bus-jeep collision

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At least 16 people, including nine men, six women and one child, died while eight were injured when a mini-bus and a Bolero sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided head-on on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur road on Friday afternoon after one of the tyres of the bus burst.
 
Police rushed to the spot and took the injured to a nearby hospital in Balesar from where they were later shifted to a Jodhpur hospital.
 
The police said a resident of Balesar, Shravan Singh, was returning to his home after attending last rites of his relative in a jeep which had two males and two females. All four died in the accident.
 
Besides, 12 bus passengers lost their lives.
 
"A mini-bus coming from the opposite side collided with the jeep soon after its tyre got burst as it skidded to the wrong side losing its control. Both the vehicles fell off the road. Local villagers informed the police and called an ambulance. The injured were rushed to a hospital," said Additional Superintendent of Police Raghunath Garg (Rural).
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has expressed sorrow about the accident.
 
"Extremely pained by the loss of lives in a terrible road accident in Balesar, #Jodhpur on NH 125. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May God give them strength to bear with this terrible loss. Hope and pray that injured recover soon," Gehlot said in a tweet.
 
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Golf: Priyanshu Singh defeats Kshitij Naveed Kaul in playoff for maiden win

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Gurugram-based Priyanshu Singh pipped Delhi’s Kshitij Naveed Kaul in a playoff at the Tata Steel PGTI’s Jaipur Open to register his maiden win here today.
 
The Bengaluru duo of M Dharma (68) and Syed Saqib Ahmed (69) finished joint third at 18-under 262 at the Rs. 30 lakh event.
 
Saqib, the round three leader by one shot, slipped to tied third after returning a 69. Dharma, who was one off the lead in second place after round three, also slipped to tied third after firing a 68 in the last round.
 
Patna’s Aman Raj (65), the winner of the tournament’s second edition last year, claimed joint fifth place at 16-under 264 along with Delhi’s Shamim Khan (65), the winner of the inaugural edition in 2017, and Mysuru’s Yashas Chandra (66).
 
Delhi’s Rashid Khan, who continues to enjoy a comprehensive lead in the PGTI Order of Merit with season’s earnings of Rs. 44,46,903, secured 10th place at 14-under 266. He shot a final round of 64.
 
Twenty-three-year-old Priyanshu, the 2019 PGTI Qualifying School champion, and 18-year-old Kshitij, a winner on the PGTI this season, went into the playoff after both ended the regulation 72 holes with matching totals of 19-under-261 at the Rambagh Golf Club.
 
While Priyanshu shot a determined five-under-65 on day four, Kshitij produced the best round of the tournament, a spectacular 10-under-60. Priyanshu finally prevailed on the first playoff hole.
 
Priyanshu Singh (65-68-63-65), lying overnight third and three off the lead, was slow off the blocks on Friday as he managed just a birdie and a bogey on the front-nine. It was the birdies on the 11th and 12th that really got him going especially the 30-feet conversion on the latter.
 
Priyanshu, who attended the University of South Florida and spent some time playing college golf in the United States prior to turning pro, then made a late charge with birdies on the 15th, 17th and 18th to set up the title clash with Kshitij. Singh tapped-in on the 15th after a great approach and played an exceptional bunker shot on the 18th which almost found the hole.
 
Priyanshu, who also gained experience playing three events on the PGA Tour Series – China this summer, came up with another tremendous bunker shot from almost the same spot during the playoff to set up a two-foot putt for victory even as rival Kaul struggled with his chipping during the tie-breaker and as a result fell short of his second title.
 
Priyanshu said, “It’s special to win my first title in my rookie season. I’ve had a pretty consistent season so far with a top-5 and two other top-20s already under my belt. I didn’t lead the tournament at any stage this week. So I wasn’t really nervous going into the final stages of the last round and the playoff.
 
“The long birdie conversion on the 12th was possibly the turning point for me as it got my round going. There was no looking back thereafter as I came pretty close to making eagles on the last two holes thanks to my chipping and putting.
 
“It was only on the 17th that I found out that Kshitij was leading at 19-under. I then knew that I had to go for a birdie on the 18th. I played two outstanding bunker shots, first on the 18th and then during the playoff (also on the 18th), that saw me through.
 
“The experience of playing in difficult conditions in China earlier this year helped me a lot as it magnified the things that I needed to focus on in order to improve my game,” added Priyanshu, who had won the PGTI Q School in January this year with an impressive six-shot margin.
 
Priyanshu’s winning purse of Rs. 4,84,950, lifted him from 29th to 14th position in the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit.
 
Earlier in the day Kshitij Naveed Kaul (68-69-64-60), lying overnight tied 18th and eight off the lead, posted an unbelievable 60 to storm into the clubhouse lead and set the bar at 19-under. Kaul’s flawless round featured eight birdies and an eagle.
 
Kaul , who won his first pro title in April this year in Pune, collected three birdies on the front nine thanks to a couple of long conversions. The former India No. 1 on the amateur circuit then did the bulk of his scoring on the back-nine where he picked up seven more strokes.
 
Kaul was in great ball-striking form on the back-nine since he landed three of his par-3 tee shots close to the flag and also hit his approach from 270 yards on the 14th within a couple of feet of the pin. He signed off with a birdie-eagle-birdie on the last three holes.
 
Kaul, who continued to be in third place on the PGTI Order of Merit, said, “I just wanted to go as low as I could. I played the par-5s and par-3s really well today. I was five-under on the par-5s. I’m delighted to have shot my career-best round of 60 and also my career-best tournament total of 19-under.”
 
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Golf: Syed Saqib Ahmed holds on to lead with 68 in 3rd round of Jaipur Open

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Bangalore's Syed Saqib Ahmed carded two-under 68 to continue in the lead with a total of 17-under 193 while his city mate M. Dharma returned a gutsy five-under 65 to total 16-under 194 to be just one stroke behind the leader at the end of the third and penultimate round  of  Tata Steel PGTI’s Jaipur Open Golf at  the Rambagh Golf Club here on Thursday.
 
Gurugram-based rookie Priyanshu Singh’s round of 63 placed him third at 14-under 196.Chandigarh’s Abhijit Singh Chadha, an Asian Tour regular, fired the day’s best score, a flawless 62, to be in tied-seventh place at 12-under 198. 
 
Defending champion Aman Raj (65) of Patna was placed tied-10th at 11-under 199 while PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan (65) of Delhi occupied tied-23rd place at eight-under 202.
 
Ludhiana’s Pukhraj Singh Gill (66), Kolkata’s Divyanshu Bajaj (67) and Gurugram-based Abhinav Lohan (69), were all in tied-fourth at 13-under  197.
 
Saqib (64-61-68), who had equaled the week’s lowest score of 61 on day two, had a productive front-nine on Thursday as he sank three birdies including a chip-in on the sixth. With his lead increasing to four shots at the turn, Saqib seemed to be on course to take total control on day three.
 
However, Saqib couldn’t push ahead on the back-nine as the birdies dried up for him. The 25-year-old, who won his only event on the PGTI in February 2018, ended up dropping a bogey on the 17th to close the day with just a one-shot advantage.
 
Saqib said, “It was a decent round but not what I would’ve expected. After being three-under through the first eight holes, I was looking to drive home the advantage. But I just didn’t create enough opportunities for myself on the back-nine.
 
“After two really low rounds, I guess there was bound to be one average round. I’m glad that it’s happened now and not in the final round. It’s now about focusing hard and thinking about one shot at a time in round four. Dharma is quite experienced so it will be a tough contest.”
 
Dharma (62-67-65), lying overnight joint third and four off the lead, gained one spot and rose into contention as a result of his dramatic third round of 65. Dharma, who like Saqib also hails from the Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) course, had a poor start as he made double-bogey and bogey on the third and fourth to be two-over for the day. He found the bunker and missed up and downs on both holes.
 
The 33-year-old Dharma, a two-time winner on the PGTI, was thereafter on a roll as he drained long birdie putts on the sixth, eighth and 16th and also nailed an eagle from 30 feet on the 14th. He narrowly missed out on another eagle conversion from 30 feet on the 18th where he picked up a birdie. Dharma’s also hit an immaculate approach on the 15th from 150 yards that stopped a foot from the flag and helped him gain another stroke.
 
Dharma said, “I felt I fought back really well after the early disappointments. The eagle on the 14th helped me relax as I knew that just another one or two birdies from there on would put me in a good position.
 
“After two top-10s at the start of the year my game has not been as consistent. I now want to make up for that. I have the confidence going into the last round as I’ve had a good track record here at Rambagh over the last two years. I finished third last year after a final round of 61 and also had a top-10 the previous year,” added Dharma, who won his last title in December 2017.
 
Priyanshu Singh, the 2019 PGTI Q School champion, put up a display of some fine ball-striking as he set up all of his eight birdie putts within a range of six feet. Priyanshu, who played three events on the PGA Tour Series – China this summer, dropped a lone bogey on the 11th. He thus rose 10 places from his overnight tied-13th.
 
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Seven killed in truck-jeep collision in Rajasthan

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Seven people were killed near Jobner here on Thursday when a jeep they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck coming from the wrong side.
 
The deceased included four men and three women. Police officials reached at the accident site soon after getting the information and extricated the bodies from the mangle.
 
Police officials confirmed that the family was going to Kaazipura from Aasalpur Khataliyon ki Dhaani and had covered five kilometre of distance when a truck coming from wrong side collided with it.
 
The collision was so strong that it separated the jeep's engine from the main body and threw it several metres away.
 
The locals, meanwhile, protested at the site demanding to check the rampant movements of trucks. They alleged that the truck involved in the accident was stopped just a kilometre back for driving zigzag on the road.
 
The truck driver absconded soon after hitting the jeep, the police said.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed condolences over the death.
 
In his tweet, he said, "Deeply anguished to know of the terrible road accident in Jobner, #Jaipur on Jaipur-Phalodi highway in which seven people have lost lives. My heart goes out to their family members and I pray to God to give them strength. Wish speedy recovery to those injured.#Rajasthan"
 
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Golf: Syed Saqib fires stunning 61 to take lead after 2nd round of Jaipur

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Bengaluru’s Syed Saqib Ahmed fired a blistering nine-under 61 in round two of the Tata Steel PGTI’s Jaipur Open to take a three-shot lead at 15-under 125 at the Rambagh Golf Club here on Wednesday.
 
Saqib, a former winner on the PGTI, thus equalled Vikrant Chopra’s record for the lowest score after two rounds at a PGTI event. Noida-based Vikrant had also achieved the feat at this venue  during the inaugural Jaipur Open in 2017.
 
Round one leader Abhinav Lohan, who had previously shot a 61 on Tuesday, came up with a 67 on day two to drop to second place at 12-under 128.
 
The half-way cut went at two-under 138 on a day that saw a light drizzle accompanied by wind in the afternoon session. Fifty-three professionals made the cut.
 
Chandigarh’s Yuvraj  Sandhu, the Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader, produced a sizzling 62 to be joint third along with Faridabad’s Karan Pratap Singh (65) and Bengaluru’s M Dharma (67) at 11-under 129. Yuvraj ended the day with a flourish as he birdied the last four holes.
 
Defending champion Aman Raj of Patna was placed tied 19th at six-under 134 while PGTI Order of Merit leader Rashid Khan of Delhi occupied tied 40th place at three-under 137.  Veteran  Jyoti Randhawa withdrew from the tournament due to a neck injury.
 
All the Jaipur-based golfers in the field failed to make the cut.
 
Saqib  (64-61), who was tied seventh and three off the lead after round one, began the day making rapid strides up the leaderboard thanks to his fabulous ball-striking on the back-nine that saw him tap-in for four of his six birdies before the turn.
 
Saqib, a winner on the PGTI in 2018, then had a contrasting front-nine where he rolled in three birdie putts from a range of 10 to 15 feet and almost had a chip-in for eagle on the eighth. Saqib’s 11 birdies and two bogeys on Wednesday raised his hopes of a second title.
 
“My back-nine and front-nine were in sharp contrast to each other even though I played equally well in both halves. While I began the day with some good hitting, I followed it up with consistent putting later on. The last four holes were a little tough as it started drizzling and got windy but I adapted to the conditions well on that stretch," he said.
 
“I and my coach found something in my swing before this event and we’ve tried to address that. The change seems to be working for me at the moment as the score suggests.
 
“I feel I’m slowly getting in my groove after the mid-season break. I’d like to shake off the rust this week as it’s been a slow season for me so far with just one top-10 finish in Pune,” he added.
 
Lohan kept his hopes of a maiden title alive with a steady 67 that consisted of five birdies and two bogeys. Lohan was one-over through 12 holes before he turned it around with three long birdie conversions on the 13th, 15th and 16th. He closed the day with a birdie on the last to stay in the hunt.
 
“I’ve been pretty solid over the first two days. The only exception being that I missed a few short putts today,” he said
 
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Golf: Abhinav cards seven straight birdies for a 9-under-61 to lead first round at Jaipur Open

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Abhinav Lohan carded an astounding seven consecutive birdies. as he put up a sensational score of nine-under-61 to take the first-round lead of the Tata Steel PGTI’s Jaipur Open 2019 at the Rambagh Golf Club. 
 
Gurugram-based Shivendra Sisodia and Bengaluru’s M Dharma also fired rounds of eight-under 62 to end the first day in tied second place.
 
The 29-year-old Lohan, a member of the Indian team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games, capitalized on the momentum from his last outing at the Asian Tour event played at the Classic Golf & Country Club where he had finished tied-21st with a total of 10-under.
 
Lohan’s hot putter earned him the bulk of his birdies as he shot his career-best score. He began the day from the 10th with an erratic shot that found the trees. However, a great second shot set up a 10-foot birdie conversion for him. He dropped his only shot of the day on the 11th before picking up strokes on the 15th and 18th to make the turn at two-under.
 
Lohan’s 15-feet birdie conversion on the third hole set the tempo for the rest of his round. He then went on to sink putts from a range of 10 to 30 feet on the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth and made an up and down on the eighth to sign off the day with birdies on his last seven holes, a rare feat.
 
Abhinav said, “I’m delighted since it’s the best round of my professional career. It was my putting that stood out as I converted many long putts and just missed a couple of putts today.
 
“I didn’t have the best of starts when I found the trees with my first tee shot. But I managed to extract an unexpected birdie there. That definitely helped my cause. I then didn’t put a foot wrong on the front-nine.
 
“I feel my tied 21st finish at the Classic couple of weeks back did a lot of good to me. I was consistent that week and shot four sub-par rounds which really lifted my confidence and got me ready for the second half of the PGTI season.”
 
Shivendra Singh Sisodia fired six successive birdies from the 18th to the fifth during his round of 62 while Dharma shot the same number without dropping a bogey.
 
The Chandigarh pair of Karandeep Kochhar and Akshay Sharma were joint fourth along with Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow at seven-under 63.
 
Defending champion Aman Raj of Patna and pre-tournament favourite Rashid Khan of Delhi were both among the bunch of players in tied 15th with scores of 66.
 
Indian star Jyoti Randhawa delivered a 68 to be tied-38th. Hemendra Choudhary was the highest-ranked Jaipur-based player in tied 52nd as he fired a 69.
 
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Motor racing: INRC Round 3 called off after incident

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The Maxperience Rally, Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship 2019, has been called off due to a racing incident.
 
"The rally had to be brought to an abrupt end after one of the cars hit a motorcycle carrying three people. The motorcycle had forcibly entered into the barricaded area, breaking past the security barrier while the stage was still green. The driver was moving at high speed and could not even see the motorbike as it emerged at a sharp turn," Arvind Balan, the local organizer of the rally said. 
 
"It was an unfortunate incident that took place despite all the safety measures being in place," J Prithiviraj, president of FMSCI, who is also the COC of the event, said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The entire motorsports fraternity stands with them in their grief," he added. 
 
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Army deployed for flood relief in Kota, Jhalawar

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The army has deputed its flood relief columns of the Sapta Shakti Command in the Kota and Jhalawar districts of Rajasthan following heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday.
 
One column each has been deputed in Kota and Jhalawar districts, according to Col Sombit Ghosh, PRO, Defence Rajasthan. The army has been kept as standby in the Dholpur and Sawai Madhopur districts.
 
Deployed on the request of the civil administration, the army columns are helping in rescue of people marooned on rooftops and evacuation from low-lying areas. They are also distributing relief materials and providing basic amenities and other humanitarian assistance to the people.
 
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has declared a red alert in Baran, Chittaurgarh, Kota and Jhalwar for the next 24 hours.
 
Red alert signifies that action should be taken immediately and vigil should be maintained in and around the area with reference to heavy rainfall.
 
According to met officials, Gangdhar in the Jhalawar district recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 22 cm on September 14-15, followed by Durg in same district at 19 cm.
 
The Pratapgarh district has recorded 16 cm rainfall in these two days. Many areas of Banswara have reported around 8-9 cm rainfall.
 
The met department has warned heavy rainfall in Bhilwara, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Rajasmand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Sirohi, Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts in the next 24 hours.
 
According to local officials, the swollen Chambal river has created islands in many villages and the NDRF and the SDRF teams are engaged in rescue and relief operations.
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here on Saturday had called a meeting to review the situation and issued directions for quick relief in flood-affected areas.
 
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Gauba chairs NCMC meeting to review flood situation in MP, Rajasthan

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met here today to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
 
Gauba took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.
 
Both the States informed the NCMC that extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states had caused flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.
 
Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock were taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and the Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.
 
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from tomorrow.
 
Senior officials of the Ministries of Home and Defence, as well as those from IMD, NDRF and Central Water Commission,  attended the meeting. Chief Secretaries and other senior officers from the State Governments participated in the meeting through video conference.
 
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IIM Udaipur launches one-year MBA in Digital Enterprise Management

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Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU) has launched a one-year full-time residential MBA in Digital Enterprise Management (DEM), said to be the first such programme that will cater to the needs of a fast-changing world.
 
A press release from IIMU said the course, with its emphasis on analytics and new technologies, would enable managers to work efficiently in the emerging digital business enterprises.
 
"This program is designed for experienced professionals aiming to explore new and emerging technologies and intending to gain an understanding of managerial functions in digital enterprises," it said.
 
The DEM program will provide students with an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of emerging technologies and acclaimed practices as the course curriculum is prepared in consultation with  industry experts, the release said.
The Institute has set up an academic advisory board for developing the new program. The board comprises founders of successful digital companies in the country like Pranay Chuley (Quikr) and Hitesh Oberoi (Info Edge India Ltd).
 
Senior leaders from leading consulting companies, including Ganesan Ramachandran (Accenture) and Kamesh Mullapudi (Deloitte) are also part of the board. Nitin Bawankule (Google) and Sreejit Roy (IBM) bring in the expertise of the technology companies.
 
K Harishankar (Unilever), an expert in digital transformational initiatives from the CPG world and Ravi Vijayaraghavan (Flipkart), proficient in the use of analytics in solving real-life business problems, are also members of the advisory board.
 
IIMU has already entered into an MoU with several  leading companies across business verticals.  There are various others in the pipeline that would collaborate in the process of sharing and development of knowledge in the digital world.  
 
For instance,  IBM will give the students relevant and enhanced industry exposure by virtue of its experts delivering guest lectures on leading-edge technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics, with industry use cases, as well as by providing a platform to the students for short-term projects in the digital space.  
 
IIMU has also executed MoU with leading consulting firm- Accenture, which advises and enables large, global companies on their digital transformational strategies; E-commerce start-up company Quikr – comprising real-estate industry (Common-Floor), blue and grey collar jobs (Baba Job) and in online sale of used items (mobile, cars and household goods); ITC Infotech – a company that works on green and brownfield projects on digital twin, Industry 4.0 and in CPG verticals.  
 
"This approach of engaging with leading organizations helps bridge the gap between academia and industry so that students get a jump start and are ready to enter the workforce with relevant experience," the release said.
 
Pankaj Patel, Chairman, IIM Udaipur, said, "The way technology is changing the world, future careers are going to be quite different than what we see today.  
 
"At IIM Udaipur, we don’t just want our students to prepare for this change but welcome it. The DEM program would cater to the needs of emerging digital business enterprises and the aspirants," he added.
 
"The one-year program provides students with a solid foundation in management fundamentals and exposes them to contemporary practices of data-driven decision making. This program provides a well-rounded exposure to business management, data analytics, and emerging technologies that are severely in demand in the corporate world," the release said.
 
"Students will learn from academicians and industry practitioners through case studies, simulations, frameworks and practical lab projects," it said.
 
Talking about the relevance of the program, Pranay Chulet, founder, Quikr and Member, Academic Advisory Board added, “Our dependency on technology is increasing. Technology has started influencing our lives in so many ways. The way we make decisions is starting to get dependent on technology. It is important that today’s managers understand that.”
 
This is a full-time residential program, and admission is through the GMAT/GRE. This program is ideal for professionals with a graduate degree and 3+ years of work experience.
 
Students start the program in April of the first year and graduate in March of the following year. Interested candidates can apply online through the IIM Udaipur website, the release added.
 
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Gang attacks Rajasthan police station, escapes with wanted criminal

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Around two dozen men opened indiscriminate fire with AK-47s inside Behror police station in Alwar, Rajasthan on Friday morning and escaped with wanted gangster Vikram alias Papla Gurjar, who was in the lock-up.
 
The policemen meanwhile were hiding in an adjoining room trying to save their lives. They later informed their seniors about the incident, following which Superintendent of Police Amandeep Singh reached the police station.
 
He said the attackers were from Haryana. They attacked the police station around 8.45 a.m. and escaped with Gurjar, who is wanted in several murder cases in Haryana, and had been arrested on Thursday.
 
Police sources said the gang had earlier managed to free Gurjar while he was being taken for hearing in Mahendragarh (Haryana).
 
They added that special investigation teams have been formed to probe the case and state highways between Jaipur and Delhi, and Alwar and Narnaul have been sealed.
 
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SC allows UP girl to meet her parents in Delhi

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Supreme Court judges on Friday interacted with the girl who went missing from Shahjahanpur in UP and allowed her to meet her parents as per her wish, and also directed Delhi Police to facilitate the travel of her parents to Delhi.
 
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to produce the girl before it. She had gone missing after accusing former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her. 
 
A bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi said the judges will interact with the girl and the interaction will be kept confidential.
 
The Uttar Pradesh Police had told the court that the girl, a law student, had been found with a friend in Rajasthan. The UP government's standing counsel informed the court that the girl was safe and that she was being taken home by a police team. 
 
In the evening after briefly interacting with the girl, Justice R. Banumathi said the girl did not wish to go back to Shahjahanpur, instead, she wanted to stay in Delhi to meet her parents. 
 
The court has given directions for her safe and comfortable stay at any of guest houses on the panel of Delhi Legal Services Authority.
 
"We are concerned about her safety and comfort. We will not allow lawyers to meet her. Let her parents meet her first," said the court.
 
Shobha Gupta, the petitioner, insisted the court should allow her parents to talk to her, as her father is eager to speak to her.
 
Vikramjeet Banerjee, representing UP, said she is not an accused and whatever is comfortable for her "we are ready to make those arrangements".
 
The judge observed that Delhi police should get her parents from Uttar Pradesh.
 
The court observed that the girl was very responsive to the questions put to her.
 
The court said as per girl's statement, she left her native place along with three college mates, who are also famliy friends, and told the judges that after meeting her parents, she will decide on her future course of action.
 
"Considering the facts of the case, we direct Delhi Police to depute a team to make her travel to Delhi comfortable", observed the court.
 
The court also directed the registry to make arrangements for the stay of the girl in the guest house for four days.
 
"The registrar will coordinate the meeting of girl with her parents. The girl shall not meet others till she meets parents. The girl will use the landline phone at the place of her stay, and the guest house will permit her to use the landline to talk to her parents", said the court.
 
The UP counsel argued that she should not have access to anybody except her parents, and objected to lawyers meeting her. The court barred her from meeting except parents till the court meets her again.
 
The court has fixed the matter for further hearing on Monday.
 
The girl, a law student, had gone missing on August 24 after posting a video on Facebook, alleging that a "big leader of the Sant Samaj" had "destroyed the lives of many other girls and has also threatened to kill me". She requested Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her.
 
The woman's video was widely circulated on social media. Based on the video, her father blamed Chinmayanand, a former Union Minister who heads the management of the college where the woman studies.
 
The police filed the family's case only on August 27, three days after she went missing, and charged Chinmayanand with kidnapping and criminal intimidation.
 
The former MP, however, was not questioned. His lawyer asserted that the allegations were false and it was an attempt to extort money from the politician.
 
"We did conduct raids in the Chinmayanand ashram. Our teams spoke to several people in his ashram. Our first focus was to recover her safely," the Uttar Pradesh Police chief said.
 
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, decided to take up the case after lawyers raised concerns that it could turn into another Unnao case where a powerful Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar -- expelled only recently from the party -- is accused of raping a minor girl from his village in 2017 and conspiring to murder her in a recent car crash.
 
Chinmayanand, 72, runs an ashram in Shahjahanpur and five colleges in the town. He also runs ashrams in Haridwar and Rishikesh. 
 
Chinmayanand has been refusing to answer questions posed by journalists.
 
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Four die of electrocution while cleaning sewerage line in Rajasthan

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Four workers reportedly died of electrocution on Wednesday while cleaning a sewerage line in Manvakheda village of Udaipur district on Wednesday, the police said here.
 
"Two workers went inside an under-construction sewerage chamber on Wednesday morning to put the sewage line in place. When both of them did not return for a long time, one more labourer went inside to trace them. When he too did not come, people raised a hue and cry," an officer said.
 
"Meanwhile, a JCB driver passing by, stopped and went into the chamber to help, but he too did not return. The horrified crowd then called the police and civil defence teams who took out four bodies from the location," he added.
 
Police sources confirmed that there was an 11 KV electric pole nearby from which electricity was being supplied. Authorities are discussing the possibility that current passed through the pole into the sewerage chamber as it was raining at that time.
 
The bodies have been kept in the mortuary of the district hospital and the families informed of the accident. Once the bodies are identified, a post-mortem will be conducted, the officer said.
 
Police will probe the company which was given the tender for sewage cleaning and further action would be taken against the guilty, the officer said. 
 
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Three IAF personnel killed as truck falls into gorge in Barmer

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Three IAF personnel were killed and three others severely injured on Wednesday when the truck carrying them fell into a gorge in Barmer district of Rajasthan, police said.
 
"The Indian Air Force has a camp at the hilltop (a height of 100 feet) as well as at the base in Chouhatan. This truck was coming down from the camp with six IAF personnel seated inside when it fell into the gorge. Three people have lost their lives, while three are severely injured and have been shifted to a hospital in Barmer," said Ajeet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police.
 
"We are investigating if it was due to brake failure or something else," Singh added. 
 
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Manmohan Singh elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan

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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Monday.
 
Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not put up any candidate due to lack of numbers in the assembly, Manmohan Singh was declared elected after the scheduled time to withdraw nominations ended on Monday. 
 
Chief whip Mahesh Joshi accepted the certificate of election on behalf of the former Prime Minister.
 
The seat had fallen vacant due to the death of sitting member, BJP state chief Madan Lal Saini.
 
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Assembly Speaker C. P. Joshi congratulated Manmohan Singh,
 
"I congratulate former PM Dr #ManmohanSingh ji on being elected unopposed as a member of #RajyaSabha from #Rajasthan. Dr Singh's election is a matter of pride for entire state. His vast knowledge and rich experience would benefit the people of Rajasthan a lot," Gehlot said in a tweet.
 
"Many congratulations to the the world renowned economist Dr Manmohan Singh for being elected unopposed as Rajya Sabha MP," the Speaker tweeted.
 
With Manmohan Singh's election, the Congress now has one MP from the state. It had drawn a blank in the April-May Lok Sabha elections.
 
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