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Rajasthan

Minor fire in Ajmer-bound Shatabdi Express

Passengers of the Jaipur bound Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer Shatabdi Express remained stranded near Dausa for some time following a sudden fire in the engine of the prestigious train this morning.


4 young devotees killed in road accident in Rajasthan

Four young devotees were killed and six injured when a speeding truck rammed into them near Hazari Kheda village in this district of Rajasthan early this morning, police said.


Gopalgarh violence: Collector, SP and Addl SP suspended

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The Rajasthan Government has placed under suspension Bharatpur District Collector Krishna Kunal, Superintendent of Police Hinglaj Daan and Additional Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Meghwal after a high-level review of the September 14 violence and firing at Gopalgarh in the district which left 10 people dead and 19 injured.

5 killed, 4 injured while travelling on roof of train

Five youths, who were travelling on the roof of the Gwalior-Udaipur Mail train were killed and four others injured when they hit a flyover between Ajmer and Bhilwara stations in Rajasthan early today.


Curfew relaxed for five hours in Gopalgarh town of Rajasthan

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A five-hour relaxation was today given in the curfew which was imposed in Gopalgarh town of this district of Rajasthan on Wednesday, following communal violence which left eight people dead.

Curfew continues in Gopalgarh, Rajasthan; toll rises to 7

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The toll in Wednesday's communal violence in Gopalgarh in this district of Rajasthan has gone up to seven even as the indefinite curfew in the town and neighbouring areas continued for the third day today without relaxation.

Indefinite curfew continues in Gopalgarh town of Rajasthan

An indefinite curfew, imposed in Gopalgarh and neighbouring areas in the Kaman region of this district of Rajasthan after incidents of communal violence, continued for the second day today without relaxation.

Violence claims about 10 lives at Gopalgarh in Rajasthan

An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Gopalgarh town in the Kaman region of this district of Rajasthan today following incidents of firing, arson, looting and clashes between people of two communities, which left around five to ten people dead.


Abhishek Bachchan suffers injury during shooting in Jaipur

Film actor Abhishek Bachchan was today injured during the shooting of Hindi feature film "Bol Bachchan" in the historic City Palace premises here.


5 devotees killed, 8 injured in road mishap in Rajasthan

Five devotees were killed and eight injured in a collision between a jeep and a truck near Loradi village on the Jaisalmer-Jodhpur highway in Rajasthan this morning.


According to police sources, the jeep was carrying back home a group of devotees after they had participated in the Ramdevra Mela in Pokhran region of neighbouring Jaisalmer district, when the vehicle rammed into the speeding truck which was coming from the opposite direction.


The deceased included two women, the police said, adding that the injured were admitted to the Mathuradas Mathur Hospital here.


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Withdrawal of monsoon from western parts of Rajasthan delayed: IMD

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The withdrawal of the south-west monsoon from western parts of Rajasthan, which usually starts around September 1, has been delayed and is not likely during the next one week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.

6 killed in road accident in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan

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Six people were killed and ten injured in a collision between a jeep and truck near Ranikheda in Nimbahera region of this district of Rajasthan today.

According to police, the ill-fated jeep was carrying back home in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh a group of devotees after they had participated in the Ramdevra mela in Pokhran region of Jaisalmer district, when it rammed into the truck which was going into the opposite direction.

The deceased were identified as Nanji(60), Luna(30), Shambhu(40), Nanki(70) and Gali Bai(55) of Panas village in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh.

The injured were shifted to Udaipur after first aid at a nearby hospital, police sources said.

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Missing IAS officer Navin Jain traced in Chandigarh

Navin Jain, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who had gone missing from Shahjahanpur in Alwar district of Rajasthan on August 30, was traced in Chandigarh today.


Police constable shoots himself dead in Rajasthan

A police constable on duty allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself dead here last night, police sources said today.


According to the sources, Nagendra Singh, 37, was on duty at the District Treasury last night when he shot himself with his service rifle.


The reason for the extreme step was yet to be ascertained, the sources said. The deceased hailed from Pilani in Jhunjhunu district, they added.


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Jaisalmer fort sustains minor damage in rains

The historic Sonar Qila in Jaisalmer sustained minor damages due to heavy downpour last evening in the desert town.


A report from Jaisalmer said about 40-feet portion of the wall in the fort near Gopaji Chowk collapsed amid heavy rains late last evening. However, nobody was hurt.


Many portions of the about 850 year-old fort were in a dilapidated state, the report said, adding that this was the second time when the rain rendered damage to the fort during the current monsoon season.


The Meteorology Office has recorded 90 mm rainfall in the Golden City yesterday.


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9 killed in accident near Pokhran in Rajasthan

Nine people were killed and four other injured in a collision between a jeep and truck near Dedia village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan today.


According to police sources, the ill-fated jeep was on its way to Phalodi with devotees returning after paying obeisance at Ramdevra Shrine, when it rammed into the truck near Dedia, situated along the border between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer districts, about 12 km from Pokhran.


Five people died on the spot while four succumbed to their injuries later, the sources said. The deceased included three women and two children, they said.


The injured were admitted to hospitals in Pokhran and Jodhpur, the sources added.


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7 killed in road accident near Pokhran in Rajasthan

Seven people were killed and six injured in a collision between a jeep and a truck near Didia village in Pokhran region in this district of Rajasthan today.


According to police sources, the jeep was carrying devotees to Phalodi in Jodhpur district after paying obeisance at Ramdevra Shrine, when it rammed into the truck.


The collision was so powerful that five people died on the spot while two succumbed to their injuries later, the police said.


The injured were rushed to a hospital in Pokharan from where four of them were referred to Jodhpur for treatment, the sources added.


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Rajasthan: Missing IAS officer Jain still untraced, police continue search

Police in Rajasthan today continued their search for an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Navin Jain, who went missing under mysterious circumstances from Shahjahanpur in this district yesterday.


4 killed as jeep rams into train in Rajasthan

Four people were killed and as many injured when their jeep rammed into a speeding goods train at a railway level crossing near Gachchipura in this district of Rajasthan last night, police said today.


The ill-fated jeep was carrying passengers to a nearby village. The driver tried to cross the crossing, ignoring the fast approaching train.


The deceased included a woman and two girls. The injured were admitted to a hospital in Degana, the police said.


The jeep was damaged badly but the driver escaped unhurt and fled, eye witnesses said.


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IAS officer goes missing in mysterious circumstances in Rajasthan

An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Navin Jain, went missing in mysterious circumstances from a restaurant in Shajahanpur in this district of Rajasthan today, a police spokesman said.

Jain, who belongs to the 2001 batch of the IAS, was proceeding to Delhi along with family and a friend and reached Shajahanpur around 1100 hrs today, the spokesman said.

The group was taking breakfast at a restaurant in Shajahanpur, when he stepped out to take a telephone call and did not return, the spokesman said.

A first information report (FIR) was lodged by the family at Shahjahanpur police station later this afternoon and the police immediately launched a search for the missing officer.

In the state capital, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with senior officials to discuss the issue, an official spokesman said in Jaipur.

Meanwhile, Jain's wife and son have returned to Jaipur.

According to family sources, Jain, presently posted as Commissioner, Land Management in Jaipur, was depressed mentally and has left a letter for his wife in which he has expressed his distress and frustrations and stated that during his 11 years of service he could not even build his own house.

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Rajasthan enacts Guaranteed Public Service Delivery Act

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Officials in Rajasthan Government henceforth will have to perform in a time-bound manner in providing services to the public or they may be liable to a cash penalty of Rs 250 for each day of delay, subject to a minimum and maximum limit of Rs 500 and Rs 5,000.

The penalty clause, for laxity/delay without sufficient and reasonable cause, has been made in the Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Service Bill 2011 which was passed by the State Legislative Assembly last evening by a voice vote.

As per the provision of penalty, the competent appellate officer may impose a lump sum penalty which shall not less than Rs 500 and more than Rs 5,000, or the appellate officer may impose penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay that should not be more than Rs 5,000 in a case.

The penalty so levied shall be recovered from the salary of the punished officer/official. However, the aggrieved officer will have right to move for revision against the penalty before an officer designated by the government.

Likewise, the applicant whose application for particular service/work is rejected by the the officials for some reasons will also have an opportunity to go for an appeal.

As many as 53 services pertaining to 15 government departments have presently been covered under the Act and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has already announced his government's intention to bring more services and departments under the purview of the law.

Moving the Bill in the House yesterday on behalf of the Chief Minister, Home and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal said, "The objective of the Bill is to ensure a transparent and responsive administration and time-bound delivery of services to the citizens."

"In furtherance of the above commitment, it is proposed that citizens should be provided with a statutory right to obtain specific public services within a stipulated time and if the public authorities fail to provide such services within the stipulated period they should be made liable to pay penalty," he said.

With this, Rajasthan has become the first Congress-ruled state in the country to pass such a law. Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab are the other states which have passed such a law.

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Minor quake recorded in Barmer district of Rajasthan

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in Barmer district of Rajasthan on the border between India and Pakistan today.


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.9 degrees North and longitude 69.8 degrees East, occurred at 13.31 hours at a focal depth of 15 km.


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3 killed in jeep-truck collision near Jaipur

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Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a collision between a jeep and a truck near Kotputli town near here today.

Police said the accident occurred around 0930 hrs on the Kotputli-Bansur road.

The injured was rushed to the Kotputli Hospital and from there he was referred to SMS Hospital here, police added.

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5 buried alive in stone quarry in Alwar, Rajasthan

Five labourers were buried alive when rocks rolled down in a stone quarry near Kahrani village in Bhiwadi region of this district of Rajasthan this afternoon.


According to Superintendent of Police Mahesh Goyal, about half a dozen labourers were working at the site in the quarry when rocks started rolling down with a bang.


Soon after the report, the police rushed to the spot for rescue operations. They recovered the bodies of five labourers, the SP said, adding that one labourer was feared to be still buried under the debris.


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3 killed in jeep bus collision in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan

Three people were killed and one person was seriously injured in a collision between a jeep and a private bus near Rawatsar in this district last night, police said today.


The jeep was on its way to Hanumangarh when it rammed into the Jaipur-bound bus between Rawatsar and Dhannasar around 2230 hrs yesterday.


The injured was rushed to the Rawatsar Hospital from where he was


referred to Government Hospital here. The deceased were yet to be identified, police added.


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