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Two dead, six injured as Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derails in UP

At least two passengers died and five others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed on Monday afternoon near Sirathu, about 70 km from Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh, official sources said.

 
2 dead, 5 injured as Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derails near Allahabad
 
 
At least two passengers died and six others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed this afternoon near Sirathu, about 60 km from Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh, official sources said.
 
Those killed in the mishap included a man, Govind Kumar (30), and a woman, Mohini Shetty, North-Central Railway (NCR) officials said.
 
One of the injured had suffered grievous injuries, while the other five received minor injuries, the sources said.
 
The accident occurred between Sirathu and Athsarai stations in Kaushambi district on the Allahabad-Kanpur section of North-Cental Railways (NCR)
 
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident, Rs 50,000 for each of the grievously injured and Rs 20,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
Senior railway officials, including the General Manager of NCR and the Divisional Railway Manager of Allahabad division had left for the scene of the mishap, which occurred around 2 pm.
 
Locally available officials of the railways, police and district administration had launched rescue and relief efforts as soon as news of the mishap was received.
 
The affected coaches included one general coach, four second class sleeper coaches (S3-6), a pantry car, two 3AC coaches and one 2AC coach, they said. One of the coaches is reported to have overturned in the impact of the crash.
 
Medical and accident relief trains had been despatched to the spot from Allahabad.
 
The derailment had disrupted traffic on the main Howrah-Delhi route and efforts were on to restore the affected line at the earliest, the sources added.
 
Mr Prabhu directed Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal and Member Engineering V K Gupta to leave for the site immediately. He also directed the railway administration to effectively undertake rescue and relief operations and provide best medical care and all assistance to the injured. 
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for information and assistance: Allahabad -0532-1072, 035-23662/23763, Kanpur – 0512-2322015, Jammu -01912480116, Tata Nagar- 0657-2290324, 2290382, New Delhi – 011-23962389, 23342954, 23341074, 1072, Delhi Main -011-23962389.
 
Stranded passengers of the affected trains are being cleared through special train and by deploying buses. They were also provided with drinking water and snacks. 
 
An inquiry will be by Commissioner Railway Safety, to ascertain the cause of the accident, an official press release added.
 
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2019 Indian diaspora conclave to be bigger affair

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The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the External Affairs Ministry-organised conclave of Indian diaspora, to be held in Varanasi from January 21 to 23, 2019, will be a bigger affair than all the past editions with a couple of more programmes being added, it was announced on Saturday.
 
Speaking at the launch of the official website for the event here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that in addition to attending the three-day PBD in Varanasi, the participants will also be taken to Allahabad where the Kumbh Mela will be going on then and then brought to New Delhi for the Republic Day celebrations.
 
Giving details of the programme, Sushma Swaraj said that on January 21, a Youth PBD will be held where Himanshu Gulati, an Indian-origin member of parliament of Norway will be the chief guest and Kanwaleet Singh Bakshi, also an Indian-origin member of parliament of New Zealand will be the guest of honour.
 
On January 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the main event with Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, who is also of Indian-origin, attending as the chief guest.
 
The event will conclude on January 23 with a valedictory session that will be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
During the session, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman will be conferred on 30 Indian-origin individuals for their exceptional and meritorious contributions in their chosen fields or professions. 
 
"On January 24, we will take the participants to Prayagraj (as Allahabad is also known) for the Kumbh Mela, which has been inscribed on the Unesco's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity," Sushma Swaraj said.
 
Following this, the participants will be brought to New Delhi by special trains to take part in the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
 
After being an annual event for 13 consecutive years starting in 2003 at the initiative of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PBD was turned into a biannual affair after the 2015 edition in Gandhinagar.
 
After the 2017 edition held in Bengaluru, the External Affairs Ministry has now roped in Uttar Pradesh as the partner state with Varanasi as the host city.
 
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Giving the rationale behind turning PBD into a biannual affair, Sushma Swaraj said that after the 2015 edition, she realised that PBD was not yielding much in terms of results as an annual affair.
 
"So, I suggested to the Prime Minister that it should be held every two years with the intervening year being used to hold meetings with groups of diaspora members on various issues and he agreed," she said.
 
Though the earlier editions were three-day affairs ending on January 9, the day Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa, on January 9, 2019, PBD will be observed in Indian missions across the world.
 
With the launch of the website, registration for PBD 2019 has started effective from September 15 and will continue till November 15 when the process will close.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said that more participation is expected in the Varanasi event than the last one in Bengaluru.
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was also present, recalled his participation in the mini PBD held in Mauritius in 2012 and said that with the 2019 PBD being held in Varanasi, many participants will be able to trace their roots back in India.
 
Many of the people of Indian origin in Mauritius are descendants of people taken from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during the time of the British Raj to work as indentured labour on the sugarcane plantations on the Indian Ocean island nation.
 
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Jet Airways links Allahabad with Lucknow, Patna with Udan flights

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Full-service carrier Jet Airways has commenced services under UDAN, the Government's Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), by linking Allahabad with Lucknow and Patna.
 
Of the seven sectors that Jet Airways has been awarded in the second round of bidding under the UDAN scheme, the airline is launching five this week, including Lucknow-Allahabad-Lucknow, Patna-Allahabad-Patna, Nagpur-Allahabad-Nagpur, Indore-Allahabad-Indore, and Delhi–Nashik-Delhi.
 
A press release from the airline said services on the remaining two routes -- Lucknow–Bareilly–Lucknow and Delhi-Bareilly-Delhi -- are expected to be launched in the coming days, once necessary clearances and approvals have been received for the Bareilly airport.
 
Jet Airways will deploy its 72-seater ATR aircraft on the RCS routes that connect Allahabad with various other destinations in its network. Operating thrice a week, the new routes will offer Allahabad a 6 day/ week connectivity, complementing the existing connectivity to/from the city.
 
The new flights will offer two-way connections to Mumbai from Allahabad via Nagpur/Indore/Lucknow. Similarly, the flights offer two-way connections to Bengaluru from Allahabad via Indore/Patna. Guests also have the choice to connect to Pune and Ahmedabad from Allahabad, via Indore. Likewise, the flight will also connect to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur and Abu Dhabi from Allahabad via Lucknow, allowing guests to connect through Abu Dhabi over Lucknow to multiple international destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East and the Gulf, enhancing the global connectivity from India’s emerging metros, the release said.
 
Aside from Abu Dhabi – Jet Airways’ gateway in the Gulf and home of its strategic partner Etihad Airways, guests traveling to Europe and North America can also take advantage of the airline’s excellent connectivity to over 100 destinations in Europe and over 200 in North America, made available via its codeshare partnerships with leading airlines including Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic via its gateways at Amsterdam, Paris and London Heathrow, the release added.
 
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New tri-weekly Allahabad-Anand Vihar Humsafar Express introduced

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The Indian Railways has introduced a new Humsafar Express train that will ply thrice a week between Allahabad and Anand Vihar in  New Delhi.
 
The train service was inaugurated by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha from Allahabad station here yesterday.
 
The train number 22437 will run from Allahabad to Anand Vihar Terminus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2220 hours to reach its destination at 0615 hours.  On the way, it will halt at Kanpur Central at 0040 hours and depart at 0045 hours.
 
Train number 22438 will depart Anand Vihar Terminus at 2240 hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to reach Allahabad at 0610 hours. It will stop for 5 minutes at Kanpur Central at 0340 hours, departing at 0345 hours.    
 
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Ambedkar statue vandalised in Allahabad

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A statue of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was vandalised in Allahabad on Saturday, police said.
 
The statue with its head chopped off was found by residents at a park in the city's Trivenipuram locality.
 
"We are aware of the matter and are trying to locate the suspects," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Allahabad Aakash Kulhari told IANS.
 
He said a case has been registered and ruled out any tension in the area following the incident. 
 
A similar incident took place in Meerut on March 7.
 
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Kovind lays foundation stone of Nyaya Gram Project of High Court of Allahabad

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President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of the Nyaya Gram project of the High Court of Allahabad here yesterday.
 
Speaking on the occasion, he said freedom of the judiciary is a cornerstone of the country's democracy. India’s credibility is enhanced by a fearless and independent judiciary, he said.
 
The President said that citizens have faith in the judiciary. And yet common people tend to avoid knocking on its door. It is important to change this situation. 
 
"On all of us lies the responsibility of providing justice on time, making the justice system less expensive, providing judgments in a language understandable to the common citizen, and ensuring justice for women and weaker sections in society," he said.
 
Mr. Kovind said that it is necessary to strengthen judicial infrastructure. He expressed hope that the Nyaya Gram project would prove to be a milestone in fulfilling the requirements of the Allahabad High Court.
 
He said that training of judicial officers is very important to improve the efficiency and quality of the lower courts. He noted that there is a plan to establish a judicial academy on the Nyaya Gram campus. He expressed confidence that this judicial academy will make a significant contribution to the capacity of the lower judiciary in Uttar Pradesh.
 
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Kovind urges educational institutions to help find solutions to problems related to their surroundings

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Stressing that education was the foundation of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said here yesterday that true education, apart from providing technical skills, made people aware of their responsibilities towards society by building an ethical character.
 
"And this is the real contribution of education to the nation," he said in his address at the 14th convocation of the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) here.
 
Mr. Kovind said that, if students use their talent and knowledge in everyday life, they will be able to advance their prospects in a balanced and rounded manner and also contribute to society. 
 
He said that MNNIT should help find comprehensive solutions to problems related to its surroundings. 
 
"For instance, its students could contribute to the Namami Gange campaign by making technical suggestions," he said.
 
He was also happy to note that MNNIT has set up an Entrepreneurship Cell, the aim of which is to produce job creators. 
 
Mr. Kovind expressed happiness at the fact that since 2007 the Institute has the status of an “Institute of National Importance”. He noted that talented students from this institution are contributing impressively across the country and abroad. 
 
MNNIT, he said, should now set itself the goal of figuring in global rankings of best technology institutions.
 
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Kovind to pay two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh on December 15-16

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Lucknow and Allahabad during a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh on December 15-16.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Kovind will commence his engagements by paying tributes at the mortal remains of Boudh Bikshu Bhadant Pragyanandji in Lucknow. Later in the day, the President will grace the 7th convocation of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University and inaugurate Ambedkar Bhawan in Lucknow.
 
On the same day, the President will reach Allahabad and pay tributes at the statue of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad at Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Allahabad. He will also attend the 14th convocation of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.
 
On December 16, the President will lay the foundation stone of the ‘Nyaya-Gram’ project of the High Court of Allahabad, before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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Three dead, 10 injured as Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derails near Manikpur in UP

 
3 dead, 10 injured as Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derails in UP
Three people died and ten others suffered injuries as 13 coaches of the 12741 Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed near Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh early this morning.
 
The accident occurred at around 0418 hours when the train was passing through Manikpur railway station in Allahabad division of North-Central Railway, about 250 km from here, after passing the starter signal, railway sources said.
 
The injured were admitted to hospitals at Manikpur and Chitrakoot, they said.
 
All the stranded passengers were moved to Allahabad in the unaffected coaches of the train, which left at 0725 hours from the spot. 
 
A special train will be arranged from Allahabad for the passengers of the affected coaches to travel to Patna, the sources said.
 
The derailed coaches were the ninth to the 22nd coaches -- S3 to S11, two general coaches and two extra coaches, the sources said.
 
Uttar Pradesh Police identified two of the deceased passengers as Deepak Patel and his father Ram Swaroop of Betiya, Bihar. Both of them died on the spot, while a third passenger succumbed to his injuries in hospital, they said.
 
An accident relief train from Allahabad was rushed to the spot and senior railway officers had reached there to oversee rescue and relief operations.
 
Movement of trains on the Patna-Allahabad section was affected for some time as a consequence of the accident. The Railways said normal traffic had been restored on the route, with the first Up train passing through Manikpur at 0810 hours and Dn train at 0835 hours.
 
The Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those who died in the accident, Rs. 1 lakh for those with  grievous injuries and Rs. 50,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for passengers and their relatives:
 
Allahabad 0532-2408149/2408128/2407353
Patna  0612-2206967
Mirzapur 05442-220095/ 220096
Jabalpur 0761-2677746
Mughalsarai 05412 - 254148
Satna 07672 - 228510
Katni 07622-297468
 
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Talwars return home, after acquittal in murder of their daughter Arushi, help Hemraj

Four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of the sensational murder of their 14-year-old daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walked out free from the Dasna jail and returned home to Noida on Monday.

 
Rajesh, Nupur Talwar return home after acquittal in Arushi muder case
Four days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of the sensational murder of their 14-year-old daughter Arushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar walked out free from the Dasna jail near here and returned home to Noida.
 
The High Court, while acquitting the Talwars, who had spent four years in prison after being convicted by the trial court, had said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not been able to conclusively prove their guilty.
 
The much-awaited judgement overturned the verdict of a special CBI court in Ghaziabad which had, on November 26, 2013, sentenced the couple to life imprisonment after holding them guilty of the twin murders.
 
The release of the Talwars took some days as the jail authorities had to receive a copy of the court verdict, delivered on October 12, and complete various other formalities.
 
The Talwars' release was delayed because a copy of that verdict had not been delivered to the jail last week. The Talwars have asked for police protection, citing an earlier attack on Rajesh Talwar at the Ghaziabad court.
 
There was a large crowd waiting outside the Dasna prison  in Ghaziabad as Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur stepped out of jail, holding bags, even as scores of cameras recorded the moment in a case that has captured the imagination of people across the country.
 
From the prison, the Talwars drove straight to Dr. Nupur Talwar's parents' home in Noida, not far from their own flat where Arushi and Hemraj were found with their throats slit on May 16, 2008. Police had provided tight security to them in view of an earlier attack on Dr. Rajesh Talwar at the Ghaziabad court. There was a large crowd outside their Noida home this evening when  they arrived from jail.
 
Members of the Talwars' family as well as their lawyers pleaded with journalists to respect their privacy so that they could rebuid their lives after nine years of suffering.
 
Media reports said the couple had promised to visit the prison every fortnight to treat prisoners. During their four years in prison, they had helped revive the dental department at the prison hospital and treated other prisoners as well as the staff, police officers and their families without charging anything.
 
However, the mystery continues about who murdered the teenager and Hemraj in a case that has evoked tremendous interest across the nation and has been the subject of a book and also a Hindi movie.
 
The two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, comprising Justices B. K. Narayana and A. K. Mishra, upheld the appeals filed by the Talwars against the Ghaziabad court's order, saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
 
They said the prosecution's hypothesis that the parents were the only other people in the house at the time of the murder and nobody else had entered or left the house during that period could not be proved.
 
“Nupur and Rajesh Talwar should be forthwith released because the entire evidence supplied by the prosecution counsel was not sufficient and the chain of circumstances could not be established,” Justice Narayana said in his verdict.
 
The Ghaziabad court had given Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar life imprisonment under section 302 and five years in jail under section 201 (destruction of evidence).
 
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Dr Rajesh Talwar was also sentenced to one year in prison under section 203 for misleading the police by filing a "fake" first information report (FIR) about his daughter's murder.
 
Aarushi was found murdered in her room in the Talwars' residence at Jal Vayu Vihar in Noida, near here, in the morning of May 16, 2008 after being killed sometime during the previous night, just days before her 14th birthday.
 
Initially, Hemraj, who was missing, was suspected to be behind the murder but the case took a major twist when, on the next day, his body was found on the terrace of the Talwars' apartment building. Hemraj had clearly been murdered in the same way as Aarushi was, and at the same time.
 
After initially being investigated by the Noida police, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which accused the Talwars of commiting the murder and destruction of evidence.
 
The couple had always maintained they were held for a crime they had not committed and had said at that time they would appeal in the Allahabad High Court against the Ghaziabad court's verdict.
 
The case, which has witnessed several twists and turns over the past nine years, had also attracted unprecedented media attention. In August 2009, the Supreme Court had restrained the media from sensational or scandalous reporting of the case.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar had, immediately after the discovery of the body of Aarushi, lodged a complaint with the police in which he said he suspected the missing servant Hemraj of the murder. Both Aarushi's and Hemraj's bodies had injuries caused by a blunt weapon and their throats had been slit in a similar manner.
 
In December 2010, the CBI had filed a closure report, in which it ruled out involvement of the Talwar's other employees and making it clear that they suspected the dentist-couple of having killed their ddaughter. They cited various circumstantial evidence in this regard, but said there was an absence of a clear motive and an incomplete understanding of the sequence of events on that fateful night.
 
The agency urged special judicial magistrate Priti Singh to close the case, but she rejected the closure report and summoned Aarushi's parents as accused.
 
The Talwars moved petitions against the magistrate's orders before the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court and they also filed a review petition, which were all rejected.
 
The CBI said the manner which the throats of Aarushi and Hemraji had been slit pointed to the use of a surgical knife. It also said the injuries on their bodies were most likely caused by a golf club. Both these factors pointed to the Talwars, it said.
 
The Talwars, on the other hand, have been saying that their daughter was killed by three of their helpers who knew Hemraj well and often visited him at their home.
 
The CBI arrested the three men -- Krishna, Rajkumar, the domestic help of Talwars' neighbour and Vijay Mandal, the driver of the Talwars' neighbour --  in 2008 but released them later, saying it had found nothing against them.
 
In the initial investigation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh police, they suspected the dentist couple and had arrested Dr Rajesh Talwar on May 23, 2008.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar is a dental surgeon, while his wife, who was born to a Maharashtrian family, is an orthodontist. They had met while studying at the Maulana Azad Medical College here and got married later. They had a fairly successful practice. Aarushi was their only daughter.
 
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Allahabad HC acquits Talwars in murder of their daughter Arushi, help Hemraj

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the case of the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, giving them the benefit of doubt because the CBI had not been able to conclusively prove their guilt.

File photo of Drs. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.
File photo of Drs. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar.
The Allahabad High Court today acquitted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the sensational case of the murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade on the night of May 15-16, 2008, giving them the benefit of doubt because the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not been able to conclusively prove their guilt.
 
The much-awaited judgement has overturned the verdict of a special CBI court in Ghaziabad which had, on November 26, 2013 sentenced the couple to life imprisonment after holding them guilty of the twin murders.
 
However, at the end of the day, the mystery about who murdered the teenager and Hemraj in a case that has evoked tremendous interest across the nation and has been the subject of books and also a Hindi movie.
 
In their verdict today, pronounced before a packed court, Justices B. K. Narayana and A. K. Mishra upheld the appeals filed by the Talwars against the Ghaziabad court's order, saying they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record.
 
They said the prosecution's hypothesis that the parents were the only other people in the house at the time of the murder and nobody else had entered or left the house during that period could not be proved.
 
The judges said that this was a fit case where the benefit of doubt could be given to the appellants.
 
“Nupur and Rajesh Talwar should be forthwith released because the entire evidence supplied by the prosecution counsel was not sufficient and the chain of circumstances could not be established,” Justice Narayana said in his verdict.
 
 
The Ghaziabad court had given Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar life imprisonment under section 302 and five years in jail under section 201 (destruction of evidence).
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar was also sentenced to one year in prison under section 203 for misleading the police by filing a "fake" first information report (FIR) about his daughter's murder.
 
Aarushi was found murdered in her room in the Talwars' residence at Jal Vayu Vihar in Noida, near here, in the morning of May 16, 2008 after being killed sometime during the previous night, just days before her 14th birthday.
 
Initially, Hemraj, who was missing, was suspected to be behind the murder but the case took a major twist when, on the next day, his body was found on the terrace of the Talwars' apartment building. 
 
Hemraj had clearly been murdered in the same way as Aarushi was, and at the same time.
 
 
Aarushi murder case: Allahabad HC acquits Rajesh, Nupur Talwar
After initially being investigated by the Noida police, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which accused the Talwars of commiting the murder and destruction of evidence.
 
The couple had always maintained they were held for a crime they had not committed and had said at that time they would appeal in the Allahabad High Court against the Ghaziabad court's verdict.
 
The case, which has witnessed several twists and turns over the past nine years, had also attracted unprecedented media attention. In August 2009, the Supreme Court had restrained the media from sensational or scandalous reporting of the case.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar had, immediately after the discovery of the body of Aarushi, lodged a complaint with the police in which he said he suspected the missing servant Hemraj of the murder. Both Aarushi's and Hemraj's bodies had injuries caused by a blunt weapon and their throats had been slit in a similar manner.
 
In December 2010, the CBI had filed a closure report, in which it ruled out involvement of the Talwar's other employees and making it clear that they suspected the dentist-couple of having killed their ddaughter. They cited various circumstantial evidence in this regard, but said there was an absence of a clear motive and an incomplete understanding of the sequence of events on that fateful night.
 
The agency urged special judicial magistrate Priti Singh to close the case, but she rejected the closure report and summoned Aarushi's parents as accused.
 
The Talwars moved petitions against the magistrate's orders before the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court and they also filed a review petition, which were all rejected.
 
The CBI said the manner which the throats of Aarushi and Hemraji had been slit pointed to the use of a surgical knife. It also said the injuries on their bodies were most likely caused by a golf club. Both these factors pointed to the Talwars, it said.
 
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The Talwars, on the other hand, have been saying that their daughter was killed by three of their helpers who knew Hemraj well and often visited him at their home.
 
The CBI arrested the three men -- Krishna, Rajkumar, the domestic help of Talwars' neighbour and Vijay Mandal, the driver of the Talwars' neighbour --  in 2008 but released them later, saying it had found nothing against them.
 
In the initial investigation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh police, they suspected the dentist couple and had arrested Dr Rajesh Talwar on May 23, 2008.
 
Dr Rajesh Talwar is a dental surgeon, while his wife, who was born to a Maharashtrian family, is an orthodontist. They had met while studying at the Maulana Azad Medical College here and got married later. They had a fairly successful practice. Aarushi was their only daughter.
 
The couple is learnt to have followed proceedings of the Allahabad High Court today on television news channels in the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad, where they have been lodged. Later, they are understood to have broken into tears of joy after hearing news of the verdict. They are expected to be released from prison tomorrow after a copy of the judgement reaches the jail authorities and formaliteis are completed.
 
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Turtle Sanctuary to be set up in Allahabad

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The Government has approved the development of a turtle sanctuary in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, along with a River Biodiversity Park, at Sangam under the Namami Gange programme.
 
An official press release said setting up of the sanctuary and park would help protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures.
 
The project, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.34 crore, would include the development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati).
 
The Turtle Rearing Centre involves setting up a permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries. Steps would be taken to spread awareness about the importance of river Ganga and imperativeness of its conservation, the release said.
 
The project will provide a much-needed platform to make the visitors aware of their place in the ecosystem and their roles and responsibilities.
 
It would also improve their understanding of the complexity of co-existence and help generate awareness for reducing the impact of human activities on critical natural resources.
 
The task of disseminating knowledge about river Ganga will be taken up in this project, which is 100% centrally funded.
 
The sustenance of more than 2000 aquatic species including threatened gharials, dolphins and turtles in river Ganga exemplifies the rich biodiversity of this lifeline to over 40% of the country’s population.
 
Rivers Ganga and Yamuna at Allahabad are home to some of the most endangered fauna like turtles (Batagur kachuga, Batagur dhongoka, Nilssonia gangetica, Chitra indica, Hardella thurjii etc.), the National Aquatic Animal - Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and numerous migratory and resident birds.
 
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AAI to develop new airport at Rajkot, add facilities at Lucknow, Deogarh, Allahabad airports

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will take up the work of development of a greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in Gujarat on build, operate and maintain basis.
 
The Government of Gujarat has provided land free of cost and proposed construction of the greenfield airport to meet the traffic potential of the Saurashtra region, as indicated by its high level of economic growth, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said the AAI would undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deogarh and Allahabad airports to improve infrastructure and meet growing traffic demands.
 
AAI plans to construct a new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow at an estimated cost of Rs. 1230 crore. Passenger traffic at this airport has grown steadily during the last five years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum, it said.
 
At Deoghar in Jharkhand, AAI will develop the airport to facilitate joint use for civil operation up to Airbus-320 and DRDO operation up to C-130 type of aircraft, the release said.
 
The work will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 401.34 crore on fixed cost basis and Rs. 427.43 crore on completion cost basis. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Government of Jharkhand, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and AAI in March, 2017. As per the MoU, there will be financial input to the tune of Rs. 50 crore by Government of Jharkhand, Rs. 200 crore by DRDO and balance cost by AAI. 
 
To meet the demand of increasing air travel in Allahabad, a new civil enclave at will be developed by AAI at an estimated cost of Rs. 125.76 crore. The new terminal is to be made operational before the ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ to be held in January 2019. 
 
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43 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

 
43 injured as Kaifiyat Express derails in UP
At least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 43 passengers had suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. Of them, four had serious injuries while 39 had received "simple injuries", he said.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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21 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

At least 21 passengers suffered minor injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 21 passengers had suffered "simple injuries" in today's accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
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Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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Suresh Prabhu flags off Manwar-Sangam Express

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the Manwar-Sangam Express through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan here yesterday.
 
The train will run between Allahabad and Basti via Faizabad and Ayodhya five days a week.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prabhu said Uttar Pradesh was a large and populous state and seamless rail connectivity among all the districts of the state has for long been demanded by the people.
 
Allahabad and Ayodhya have religious significance and the new rail connectivity will also facilitate hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in their travel to these two places.
 
Ministers of State for Railways Manoj Sinha and Rajen Gohain were present on the occasion. Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal and other Board Members were among those present at the event.
 
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Esteem for judiciary reinforced by activism, delayed justice raises doubts: Ansari

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Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari today said the traditional public esteem for the judiciary had been reinforced by its activism in contrast to the failure of the executive to apply correctives on matters of concern.
 
“This is particularly true of its good work in expanding the ambit of rights. On the other hand, lack of access to justice, the high cost of it, delays in the delivery of justice, lack of a mechanism for accountability and allegations of corruption have, together, given rise to doubts and added to the pervasive pessimism about the efficacy of institutions,” he said here in his address at the sesquicentennial celebrations of the High Court of Judicature of Allahabad.
 
The Vice-President pointed out that another area of concern was the excessive zeal reflected at times in pronouncements of members of the judiciary.
 
“Some observers have asserted that ‘the Supreme Court has given up any formal pretence to the doctrine of the separation of powers’. This is perceived to upset, as a former Speaker of the Lok Sabha observed some years back, ‘the fine constitutional balance and the democratic functioning of the state as a whole,’” he added calling for exercise of self restraint.
 
He also cautioned that lack of access to justice, the high cost of it, delays in the delivery of justice, lack of a mechanism for accountability and allegations of corruption had, together, given rise to doubts and added to the pervasive pessimism about the efficacy of institutions.
 
Referring to Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the Vice-President said that judges shall discharge their duties objectively and impartially and added that rectitude is thus a prime requirement in judiciary as in all other walks of life and must be observed at all times and at all levels.
 
The Vice-President said a changing world had made globalization an unavoidable necessity and this, in the ultimate analysis, could not be restricted to economics and trade policy only and extended to global standards in all fields including in the area of dispensation of justice; by implication, the space for local peculiarities was shrinking. 
 
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"The sooner we adjust to it, the better for all – litigants, lawyers, judges and the eventual beneficiary would be the public," he added.
 
“A court which yields to popular will thereby licenses itself to practise despotism for there can be no assurance that it will not on another occasion indulge its own will. Courts can fulfil their responsibility in a democratic society only to the extent they succeed in shaping their judgment by rational standards, and rational standards are both impersonal and communicable,” Mr Ansari said.
 
"Here too, a judicious mix can bring forth reasonably satisfactory results. Mr. Fali Nariman, with over six and a half decades of experience at the bar, has suggested such a mix: ‘It has been said that judges without a social agenda are not crusaders but only problem solvers, but they too have their uses. I believe the ideal mix for a progressive higher judiciary – which includes the high courts as well as the Supreme Court – is three-quarter problem-solvers and one-quarter crusaders'," he said.
 
"This should throw up an enticing or agonizing challenge to each judge: of locating himself or herself as the upholder or transformer of established norms of interpretation or enforcement of law," he added.
 
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Mukherjee says judiciary yet to fully meet aspirations of people for speedy justice

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President Pranab Mukherjee today said that the Indian judiciary, though it had many strengths, was yet to fully meet the aspirations of the people for speedy and affordable justice and regretted that the country's courts were today overburdened on account of the large number of cases pending before them.
 
Inaugurating the sesquicentennial celebrations of the Allahabad High Court here, he said the judiciary must help maintain social order by swiftly and effectively dealing with those on the wrong side of the law. 
 
"As an upholder of the Rule of Law and enforcer of the right to liberty, the role of the Judiciary is sacrosanct. The faith and confidence people have in the Judiciary must be always maintained. For justice to have meaning for the people, it must be accessible, affordable and quick," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee noted that the judiciary in India has played an important role since independence in strengthening the democratic framework of the country and maintaining rule of law. 
 
He said High Courts in particular had a unique position under the Constitution of India. They are not only guardians of people’s rights and liberty, they also have the onerous responsibility of ensuring that access to justice is not denied to any citizen on account of economic or other disability.
 
The President pointed out that there were over three crore cases pending in various courts throughout the country. Out of these about 38.5 lakh cases are pending in 24 High Courts. 
 
"The pendency of cases in the High Courts has slightly declined from 41.5 lakh in 2014 to 38.5 lakh in 2015, but we still have a long way to go.  Overall, out of a sanctioned strength of 1056 judges in all the High Courts, the working strength of High Court judges throughout the country as on 1st March, 2016 was only 591. Similarly, the sanctioned strength of judicial officers in district and subordinate courts in the country is about 20,500 out of which the working strength is only about 16,000 at present," he said.
 
He noted that the High Court at Allahabad today had only 71 Judges including the Chief Justice, against the sanctioned strength of 160 Judges. Approximately, 9,11,908 cases are pending in the court as of February 2016, a decline from 10.1 lakh cases in 2014.  The pendency in subordinate courts of Uttar Pradesh is approximately 57,06,103 as on 29.02.2016. More than 42,17,089 (as on 29.02.2016) of them are criminal cases. 
 
"Justice delayed is justice denied. I am sure that the Central Government and the State Government will extend all support to the Allahabad High Court in its endeavour to reduce pendencies. The Governments, Judges and lawyers must work hand in hand to make justice a living reality," he said.
 
Mr. Mukheree said increasing the number of courts and judges and judicial officers at all levels was the first step towards achieving the objective of timely delivery of justice.  
 
"The government and the judiciary are collectively addressing this issue through an ongoing increase in the sanctioned strength of judges both at the level of the High Courts as well as District and Subordinate Courts.  These sanctioned posts need to be filled quickly so that requisite judicial manpower is available for timely disposal of cases," he said.
 
He said that, along with increasing the strength of judges, development of judicial infrastructure was a priority area. 
 
"I am glad that Central Government has initiated a centrally sponsored scheme for infrastructure development and sanctioned Rs. 3694 crores to States/Union Territories in the last five years, which combined with resources from the States is creating new court complexes and residential buildings for judicial officers across the country," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee said it was imperative that the adoption of information and communication technology in the judicial system was speeded up.
 
"The process of computerisation of district and subordinate courts is underway through the eCourts Integrated Mission Mode project of the Central Government. Most of the courts have already been computerised pursuant to this initiative and  I eagerly look forward to the day when all courts in the country will be integrated with the National Judicial Data Grid. I am particularly happy that a Centre for Information Technology has been established in the Allahabad High Court and approximately one crore decided case files running into 50 crore pages are to be digitized within one year," he said.
 
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The President said that, in the past few decades, the country had seen an exponential increase in the number of cases being filed before courts. 
 
"The Government is strongly committed to simplifying legal procedures, weeding out contradictory and redundant laws and significantly reducing the number of cases in which the Government is a litigant. The Government is also working towards adoption of a National Litigation Policy that will be geared towards avoiding unnecessary Government litigation," he said.
 
He said that another way to reduce the number of cases before courts was through the widespread adoption of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms that allow for quick and effective settlement of disputes. Right incentives must be provided to courts to support the use of ADR and at the same time, litigants should be made aware of the benefits of using ADR mechanisms and motivated to use the same, he said.
 
"Mediation, in particular is an extremely effective tool for resolution of disputes such as matrimonial and property matters," he said.
 
Mr. Mukherjee said that there must also be adequate provision for free legal aid. He said greater efforts were also needed to spread legal literacy across the nation and improve the quality of legal education.
 
He referred to the Make in India campaign launched by the Government to turn the country into a manufacturing hub and said that, to make this programme a success, there was need to improve the ease of doing business in the country.
 
"Enforcement of contracts is a key yardstick in measuring the ease of doing business.  The Government and judiciary must work in tandem to reduce costs and time taken for dispute resolution," he said.
 
He said that, over the past few years, a number of legislative changes had been introduced in procedural laws governing civil and criminal trials. These include measures to ensure that trials proceed on a day to day basis, limiting of unnecessary adjournments, imposition of costs for causing intentional delays and integration of information and communication technology in court processes. Section 436A has been added to the Code of Criminal Procedure to provide for release of under trial prisoners who have undergone half of the maximum period of imprisonment for the stated offence. All these changes will contribute to preventing delays in the delivery of justice, he said.
 
The President said lawyers played an extremely important role in enabling the public access justice.
 
"The legal profession is regarded a noble profession in every society where the rule of law prevails. In India, a large number of our national leaders have been lawyers. Advocates are a vital pillar in the scheme of our constitutional governance and judicial process. They are bestowed with the responsibility to advocate citizens’ rights and maintain the integrity and independence of the legal system.  Advocates must zealously fulfil this professional responsibility," he added.
 
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Mukherjee to inaugurate sesquicentennial celebrations of Allahabad High Court on Sunday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a day's visit to Uttar Pradesh tomorow during which he will inaugurate the sesquicentennial celebrations of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad.    
The High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces came into existence at Agra under a Letters Patent of March 17, 1866.  
 
The seat of the High Court was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and its designation was altered to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad by a supplementary Letters Patent issued on March 11, 1919. 
 
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10 dead, 12 injured in fire in hotel in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

 
Fire breaks out in hotel in Pratapgarh, 10 dead
At least ten people died and 12 others suffered injuries in a major fire that broke out in a hotel in Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
District Magistrate Amrit Tripathi told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed included nine men and a woman, all guests staying in the hotel.
 
Five of the seriously injured were taken to a hospital in Allahabad for treatment, while seven with minor injuries were being treated at a hospital in Pratapgarh, he said.
 
The fire was reported at around 4.45 am in the restaurant of the hotel and quickly spread to other areas. Fire tenders rushed to the spot and managed to put out the flames by 5.15 am, Mr Tripathi said.
 
Most of the victims had died due to suffocation, he said, adding that the bodies had been sent for post-mortem examination.
 
An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the fire and establish criminal liability, if any. Initial reports suggested that the fire started due to an electrical short-circuit.
 
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IAF Jaguar trainer aircraft crashes near Allahabad, both pilots eject safely

 
IAF Jaguar aircraft crashes near Allahabad
A Jaguar trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh this morning.
 
Both the pilots managed to eject safely, Ministry of Defence principal spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
A court of inquiry had been ordered into the mishap, which occurred at 8.47 am, he added.
 
The aircraft had taken off around 7.25 am from Allahabad on a routine training sortie and crashed at a spot about 13 km south-east of the city, Mr Kar added.
 
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Mukherjee condoles deaths in train derailment in UP

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President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the loss of lives due to the derailment of a train in Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
“I am sad to learn about the derailment of a train in Kaushambi district this afternoon, in which some persons have lost their lives and many others are injured. I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway," he said in a message to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.
 
"I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families, who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he added.
 
At least two passengers had died and six others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed yesterday afternoon near Sirathu, about 60 km from Allahabad.
 
The accident occurred between Sirathu and Athsarai stations in Kaushambi district on the Allahabad-Kanpur section of North-Central Railways (NCR).
 
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One dead, four injured as Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derails in UP

At least one passenger died and four others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed this afternoon near Sirathu, about 70 km from Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh on Monday afternoon, official sources said.

 
1 dead, 4 injured as Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derails near Allahabad
 
 
At least one passenger died and four others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 18101 Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed this afternoon near Sirathu, about 70 km from Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh this afternoon, official sources said.
 
North-Central Railway (NCR) officials said details about the casualties were still being collected.
 
They said senior railway officials, including the General Manager of NCR and the Divisional Railway Manager of Allahabad division had left for the scene of the mishap, which occurred around 2 pm.
 
Locally available officials of the railways, police and district administration had launched rescue and relief efforts.
 
The affected coaches included one general coach, four second class sleeper coaches (S3-6), a pantry car, two 3AC coaches and one 2AC coach, they said. One of the coaches is reported to have capsized in the impact of the crash.
 
Medical and accident relief trains had been despatched to the spot from Allahabad.
 
The derailment had disrupted traffic on the main Howrah-Delhi route and efforts were on to restore the affected line at the earliest, the sources added.
 
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Karnataka HC Chief Justice Dhirendra Waghela transferred to Odisha HC

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The President has, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Dhirendra Hiralal Waghela, Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.
 
An official press release said that he had been directed to assume charge of his new assignment within two months from the date of the notification. 
 
The President has also transferred Mr Justice Rajiv Sharma, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, as a Judge of the Calcutta High Court.
 
He has been directed to assume charge of his office in the Calcutta High Court on or before April 27, the release added.
 
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Seven new Additional Judges appointed in Allahabad High Court

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The President has appointed seven new Additional Judges in the Allahabad High Court, according to an official press release.
 
The new judges are: Mr Mukhtar Ahamad, Mr Amar Singh Chauhan, Mr Shamsher Bahadur Singh, Mr Vinod Kumar Misra, Mr Pramod Kumar Srivastava, Mr Raghvendra Kumar, and Mr Pratyush Kumar.
 
The appointments, in that order of seniority, are for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their offices. However, the appointment in the case of Mr Shamsher Bahadur Singh will be with effect from the date of assumption of charge till 14th February, 2017, and Mr Pramod Kumar Srivastava with effect from assumption of charge till 28th January, 2017, the release added.
 
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