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2 killed in Bhiwandi building collapse
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:21

Structure was vacated after part of it crashed on Friday, but fell when a few residents returned at night

Detained Kashmir leaders' family share ordeal
Source:  Deccan Chronicle
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:20

Akhoon's wife attempts to send medicines to her jailed husband go in vain.

MLA’s remand: row over using party leader’s vehicle
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:20

A controversy erupted here on Saturday over a young IPS officer, the daughter of a top leader of the ruling JD(U) in Bihar, reportedly used a vehicle

UAE honours Modi with highest civilian award
Source:  The Navhind Times
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:20


Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) highest civilian award, on Saturday in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries.

The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians.

The award was conferred on Modi by the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.  

“Humbled to be conferred the ‘Order of Zayed’ a short while ago. More than an individual, this award is for India’s cultural ethos and is dedicated to 130 crore Indians. I thank the UAE government for this honour,� Modi tweeted later.

Ahead of Modi’s visit to the UAE, the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said the award in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, “acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed�.

India and the UAE enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations underpinned by cultural, religious and economic linkages which, during the Prime Minister’s previous visit to the UAE in August 2015, stood elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership, it said.        

The UAE in April had announced to confer the country’s highest award on Modi.

In a tweet in April, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost.�

With an annual bilateral trade of about $60 billion, the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India.

“A 3.3 million-strong vibrant Indian community in the UAE nourishes the vibrant people-to-people contacts between our two friendly countries,� the MEA said, adding that Modi’s visit would further strengthen the friendly bilateral ties.

60 injured in low-key dahi handi celebrations
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:19

41-year-old from Lalbaug suffers paralysis after falling from pyramid; children injured despite govt. ban on participation

Tension in Davorlim over wet waste composting unit
Source:  The Navhind Times
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:19



Tense moments were witnessed in Davorlim Saturday morning near the village panchayat, as the villagers strongly opposed the panchayat’s plan to install a wet waste composting unit in one of the shops located near the panchayat building.

The situation was brought under control after almost two hours of chaos and confusion, with the intervention of a strong police force that arrived at the site. Mamlatdar and Deputy Superintendent of Police were also present at the site to maintain law and order.

The gathered villagers argued that a wet waste composting unit cannot be set up in a residential area, as the stench emanating from

the unit will inconvenience people. They claimed that such an installation of a wet waste composting unit in a residential area could even take a toll on the health of the residents. Former Navelim MLA Avertano Furtado was also present with the protestors at the site.

“The panchayat did not take us into confidence. This wet waste composting unit cannot be put up here. We are not saying that we don’t want the composting unit. We are only saying that this is not the right place for it. There is a huge place at Zoriwaddo area or it could be set up somewhere else but definitely not here. We will not keep quiet. We will fight the panchayat members who have been elected by us,â€� said Succorro Gomes, Remedious Baretto, Andrew Colaco and a few other villagers.

A few female protestors said that they will not allow the panchayat to install the wet waste composting unit at the selected spot, come what may. Intermittent shouting of slogans was witnessed at the site despite the presence of a fully equipped strong police force.

The incident occurred around 10.30 am when the wet waste composting unit was brought at the site. The panchayat was supposed to install the unit under police protection. As soon as the villagers became aware of this, they gathered at the site in large number to protest against the installation of the unit.

“We were supposed to install the unit on August 15. But the villagers opposed it. We waited for some time and decided to convince the villagers that the unit was the need of the hour. Today we collectively decided to install it under police protection for a month’s time on a trial basis. However, a few locals opposed the installation and subsequently the situation turned tense,â€� said sarpanch Sahir Shaikh while speaking to this daily.

She said that the panchayat was forced to install the unit at the selected site, as the elected representatives had no other place in sight. â€œThe place that the locals are suggesting has been acquired by the government for an educational hub,â€� the sarpanch said.

Senior police officials were seen making futile attempts to convince the locals and former minister Furtado. Finally, the police noted down the names of the villagers, who opposed the installation of the unit and convinced them that they would be allowed to speak and provide their suggestions when the issue comes up again for discussion. The unit could not be installed on Saturday and is presently in possession of the Davorlim-Dicarpale panchayat.

Sources said that the panchayat was in a hurry to install the wet waste composting unit, as there is a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order according to which such a unit must be set up within a specified time period. The sources also said that the details of the protestors obtained by the police can be presented to the NGT, if required.  

Law students miffed at delay in printing re-evaluation results
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:19

Need marksheets to apply for All India Bar Examination

Two policemen injured in clash with cattle smugglers
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:19

‘Shoot-out took place when a team raided a mango orchard’

24 years later, Bombay HC restores land to legal heirs of tenant
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:18

With the original landlord and tenant no more, the case had been hanging fire since November 1995

DGCA suspends use of civilian choppers for relief operations
Source:  The Hindu
Sunday, 25 August 2019 01:18

Move follows two air crashes in Uttarakhand in the past week

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