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200 more child workers freed as crackdown continues
MUMBAI: Nearly 200 child workers, some as young as eight, were rescued from bangle factories in Hyderabad in southern India over the last week, as part of a crackdown that will continue until the end of the month, police said on Tuesday. Most children rescued were aged between 8 and 14 and came from the poor northern states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam, said officials who are part of “Operation Smile”, a national movement to
 
 
Agitator shot dead in Bengal
KOLKATA: A person was shot dead and another received bullet injury in his arm in a violent clash between villagers and the police on Tuesday evening in West Bengal. The clash took place in South 24 Parganas district’s Bhangar-II block as an ongoing protest against a proposed power grid project in the area intensified. South 24 Parganas district’s Bhangar, known for its history of political violence, is on the boil since last week
   
One more dies of swine flu in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: One more person died of swine flu in Hyderabad, taking the toll to nine since August 2016, a health official said. A woman from the old city of Hyderabad, admitted to hospital a few days ago, died at the government-run Gandhi Hospital here. This is the second death due to swine flu in 10 days. Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Venkateshwar Reddy said four more persons with suspected symptoms of swine flu were undergoing
 
 
Minister calls for register of sex offenders
NEW DELHI: India’s minister for women and child development says the country needs to establish a national register of sex offenders, after police arrested a convicted paedophile who confessed to abducting and raping “hundreds” of girls for over a decade. Sunil Rastogi, a 38-year-old tailor was arrested on Saturday by police investigating sexual assaults on three girls aged between nine and ten in eastern Delhi in January and
   
‘We will put Majithia in jail before April 15’
CHANDIGARH: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the AAP would be forming next government in Punjab and that Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia, whom his party accuses of having links with international drug dealers, would be put in jail before April 15. Kejriwal told media here that the name of Majithia, younger brother of Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Badal and brother-in-law of Punjab Deputy Chief
 
 
Two arrested for smuggling rare lizards
PATNA: Two persons were arrested in Bihar’s Kishanganj district for smuggling of two Tokay Gecko lizards, highly in demand in international market for their supposed medicinal purposes, police said on Tuesday. A joint team of state, railway and forest officials arrested the accused from Kishanganj railway station on Monday night when they were waiting to deliver the two lizards, a rare species. “Both arrested men are from Assam
   
Akhilesh-led SP ties up with Congress
NEW DELHI: A day after riding away with the cycle symbol, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said he will announce an alliance plan with the Congress party in a day or two, but the Congress jumped with the formal declaration on Tuesday itself. With nominations for state assembly elections having opened, the alliance was no more in a position to be waiting, Congress sources said. Akhilesh, his much-popular wife
 
 
Jaya’s niece announces entry into politics
CHENNAI: Late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar has formally announced she is entering politics. Challenging Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala Natarajan taking over the ruling Anna DMK party, Deepa said she will announce her political plans on Feb.24, the birthday of her paternal aunt. “I have decided to start my political journey,” Deepa told media persons on Tuesday. Asked if she would join the ADMK, she said
   
Severe cold shuts Kashmir University
SRINAGAR: Intense cold and extremely slippery road conditions prompted the Kashmir University on Tuesday to postpone the day’s scheduled exams and suspend classes for the next 10 days, an official said. Following a day’s relief, the intense cold wave returned as night temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley dropped below the freezing point, the Met data showed. A clear sky has induced the biting cold condition in both the
 
 
Kerala CM opens MVR Cancer Centre in Calicut
KOZHIKODE: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday inaugurated a new state-of-the-art cancer centre, the first full-fledged cancer facility in co-operative sector catering to hundreds of cancer patients in Malabar region who have to travel long distances and spend a lot of money for treatment, at a glittering function at Chuloor in Chathamangalam Panchayat in the district. MVR Cancer Centre and Research Institute (MVRCCR
   
25 children win National Bravery Awards
NEW DELHI: Twenty five children from different parts of the country have been selected for Indian Council for Child Welfare’s (ICCW) National Bravery Awards to be presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan.23. Four of the awards are posthumous. The Bharat Award has been conferred to 8-year-old Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life in an attempt to save two of her friends from drowning.
 
 
BJP to consolidate mass base before 2019 elections in Kerala
KOTTAYAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing for the 2019 parliamentary elections in Kerala even as the principal opposition Congress party is mired down by bitter infighting. The party is currently holding its state-level brainstorming session here hoping to make inroads into this Christian heartland. Ahead of the session began on Sunday, the leaders visited church heads seeking their
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