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Large turnout in UP polls fifth phase
New Delhi: Over 57 per cent voting was recorded during the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections on Monday, the Election Commission said. “Till 5pm, 57.36 per cent voting was recorded. It is expected to go up to 60 per cent as polling was still on,” Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters here. The polling was held in 51 assembly constituencies spread across 12 districts of the state. Dev said elaborate security
 
 
Martyr’s daughter fights rape threats
NEW DELHI: The 20-year-old daughter of an armed forces officer martyred in the war with Pakistan in Kargil 18 years ago has emerged a hero after her bold confrontation with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the national ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of late Captain Mandeep Singh who died in the Kargyl war when the daughter was just two, filed a complaint with the Delhi
   
Seven people die in UP accident
Lucknow: Seven people were killed on Monday when a private bus rammed into a truck in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district, police said. The mini bus with 24 passengers was proceeding to Hathras city. It hit the truck while trying to overtake it. Over a dozen others were critically injured, the police added. PREMATURE BABY Doctors here successfully performed dual surgery and gave a new lease of life to a 23-year-old woman who had
 
 
Slain Indian techie’s body to reach Hyderabad
Hyderabad: The body of Hyderabad techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US in suspected hate crime, will arrive here on Monday night. The Ministry of External Affairs has made arrangements to bring the mortal remains of Kuchibhotla after Adam W. Purinton, a former Navy serviceman, killed him and injured Alok Madasani at a bar in Kansas state on Feb.22 night. The body of the engineer is likely to reach Hyderabad air
   
Criminals kill cashier and guard, loot Rs20 lakh
Patna: Two motorcycle-borne assailants on Monday shot dead a cashier and security guard of a cash van in Bihar’s Nalanda district and looted Rs20 lakh from the van, police said. The incident took place near a petrol pump in Sohsarai police station area, about 100 kilometres from here, a police officer said. District police officer JP Yadav said: “Cashier Ranjit Kumar and security guard Brij Nandan Prasad were shot dead by
 
 
Drought-hit Tamil Nadu receives hope of some rain
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu, where all districts are reeling from a severe drought, received some hope on Monday when weathermen forecast that rains will arrive later this week. They said “significant rains” are expected from Friday, March 3 in most parts of the state, barring north Tamil Nadu which includes Chennai. Yet, the state capital might see cooler weather, the experts said. Temperatures dipped slightly in Chennai on Sunday and
   
Nine bank unions to go on strike today
Chennai: An umbrella body of nine bank unions has called a day-long strike on Tuesday to protest the government’s “anti-people banking reforms” and to press for compensation to employees for extra work done on account of demonetisation and booking loan defaulters. The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), comprising nine unions — AIBEA, AIBOC, NCBE, AIBOA, BEFI, INBEF, INBOC, NOBW and NOBO — will observe the strike, All India Bank
 
 
Mamata laments lack of medical ethics in hospitals
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged private hospitals across the state to draw a line between business and service while ordering a stop to child smuggling and kidney rackets in both private and state-run establishments. “Who gave permission to set up hospitals in the suburbs in name of Kolkata’s PG hospital? No kidney racket will be allowed to run in the name of any hospital or nursing home.
   
PDP minister’s carcade attacked in Kashmir
Srinagar: A policeman was injured when youths attacked a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) minister’s carcade in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. According to police, angry youths pelted stones at the carcade of Zahoor Ahmad Mir, junior minister for Forests and Environment in Ratnipora village. Mir’s security guards fired in the air and tear smoke shells were used by security personnel to control the mob. “A local police
 
 
‘BJP should have fielded Muslims in UP elections’
New Delhi: Union Ministers Uma Bharti and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday echoed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s stand on the BJP fielding Muslim candidates in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Bharti, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said the Bharatiya Janata Party made a “huge mistake” by not fielding any Muslim candidate. Her cabinet colleague Naqvi too said it would have been
   
Congress leader Shiv Shankar passes away
Hyderabad: Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Shiv Shankar passed away here on Monday after prolonged illness. He was 88. The judge-turned-politician and former Governor of Sikkim and Kerala is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. According to his family members, he breathed his last at his residence in Jubilee Hills. Born on Aug.10, 1929, at Mamidipalli in Ranga Reddy district, Shiv Shankar was prominent
 
 
INS Viraat to be decommissioned next Monday
Mumbai: A glorious era of the flagship of the Indian Navy, the INS Viraat, will end next Monday with her decommissioning after 57 years of service, including 27 with the Royal Navy, a top official said here. Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba — who was once the executive officer of the ship in 1998 — will be present for the momentous occasion, along with some officers and men from India and United Kingdom who serve with her
   
Kerala opposition boycotts Assembly over rising crimes against women
TRIVANDRUM: The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) members boycotted proceedings of the Kerala Assembly on Monday protesting rising crimes against women. “The chief minister (Pinarayi Vijayan) refused to discuss a serious issue that the citizens are extremely concerned. So we thought there’s no point in sitting there,” Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said. They entered the well, raising slogans and a banner saying
 
 
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