Narrow escape for DPS kids as bus catches fire

Over a dozen students of nursery to class 1 from Delhi Public School in Gurugram had a narrow escape after their school bus caught fire on Wednesday.

The 15 children were eventually pulled out by local residents after breaking the windows of the vehicle.

The CNG-run bus was engulfed by flames within minutes.

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle was on its way to drop the kids back home.

The parents alleged that school authorities did not inform them about the massive fire even a day later.

A large number of parents assembled at the school and protested against the institute's "callous and negligent attitude that put the life of students in danger".

Vinay Pratap Singh, the deputy commissioner of Gurugram, has ordered a high-level inquiry into the matter.

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2G scam: A Raja challenges ex-CAG

New Delhi: Former telecom minister and DMK leader A Raja has challenged Vinod Rai, ex government auditor, to a debate on the allocation of 2G spectrum, billed as one of India's biggest corruption scams. Mr Raja was acquitted in the case by a trial court last month.

Vinod Rai is like a cat that closes its eyes to declare the world is dark. I challenge him via your channel. Come have a debate. Let's look at facts. The entire CAG agreed there was no loss so why did Vinod Rai say this motivated thing," Mr Raja said to NDTV on Thursday, a day before his book "2G Saga Unfolds" is released.

In 2010, Vinod Rai was the Comptroller and Auditor General or CAG at the head of the constitutional body that audits government expenses when he alleged in a scathing report that Mr Raja, as telecom minister, caused the tax payer a loss of 1. 76 lakh crore by allotting 2G spectrum licenses at throwaway prices. Mr Raja was forced to resign in 2010 just before the CAG report was to be tabled in parliament and later was jailed for 15 months in the case.

Last month, the trial court said the CBI had failed to prove charges against Mr Raja and 17 others accused in the 2G case. They were all acquitted.

The Congress which led the national coalition UPA that was in power at the centre at the time, has said the 2G verdict "will remain a black mark in the history of CAG" and has demanded Mr Rai be prosecuted. The 69-year-old former bureaucrat is currently chief of committee of cricket administrators.

Mr Raja today said that he has "grievances" against the Congress' Dr Manmohan Singh, who was his boss then as Prime Minister. I am not angry but I have my grievances,'' Mr Raja said about the way he was treated.

The CBI had accused Mr Raja of misleading Dr Singh through letters on several key processes in the allocation of 2G spectrum, including those related to the policy of granting licences.

The judge who acquitted the DMK leader last month held that it was officials in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) who had kept Dr Singh in the dark.

In an emotional letter to Manmohan Singh after he was acquitted, Mr Raja had said he was disappointed at the former PM not trusting him. Now that the truth about 2G is out in the open, perhaps you too could come forward in my support, which you could not earlier," he wrote, and also, "Neither of us could have imagined the twists and turns in our political and personal lives over the next ten years. It cost you the UPA government and it took seven years of my life including 15 months in jail.

Dr Singh responded saying he was happy that Mr Raja was vindicated. You and your family have suffered greatly in this process but all your friends are greatly relieved that truth has prevailed," the former PM said.

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Diljit Dosanjh on Soorma’s clash with Dutt biopic

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Diljit Dosanjh, whose Hindi film Soorma will lock horns at the box office with Dutt biopic, says he is looking forward to see the movie as he is a huge fan of both Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. Soorma and Dutt biopic are scheduled to be released on June 29.

The film is based on my favourite superstar Sanjay Dutt sir and my favourite actor Ranbir is playing his role and it is directed by my favourite director (Rajkumar Hirani). All my favourite people are in a one film so I am very excited to see it. I will definitely go and watch the film," Diljit told PTI.

When asked about the clash, the 34-year-old star said, "I don't know if it is clashing or not. The producers are ideally the best people to talk about it. They are the owners they will talk about it.

Diljit, who will be seen as former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh in "Soorma", said it was a difficult film to make. I have not played any games so far. I feel hockey is a tough game. I am very happy that in the second year of my acting career in Bollywood I got to do a biopic. We all have worked really hard.

Soorma" tells the story of Singh, an Indian professional field hockey player and an ex-captain of the national team. He was grievously injured after he was hit in an accidental gunshot in a train in 2006 but he did not give up and continued playing.

The "Udta Punjab" actor says despite the doctors giving up and losing all hope, the hockey player bounced back. According to Diljit, the makers of "Soorma" have tried their best to present an authentic story of Singh on screen.

The actor-singer was trained for almost two months by Singh, who used to be present on the sets most of the time. Talking about the film's title, Diljit says, "'Soorma' means someone who does something that is impossible. It's the perfect title.

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Amber Enterprises subscribed 1.38 times on Day 2 so far

Amber Enterprises subscribed 1.38 times on Day 2 so far

Authors: TheIndianSubcontinent News Agency

The initial public offering (IPO) by Amber Enterprises (AEL) got subscribed by 1.38 times on the second day of the bidding process on Thursday.

It has received subscriptions for 68,03,757 shares as against 49,27,351 on offer, NSE data showed till 11.15 am (IST).

The Gurugram-based Amber Enterprises

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Five rapes in 5 days: Haryana CM calls incidents ‘unfortunate’

In his first response to five rapes in five days in Haryana, chief minister ML Khattar on Wednesday termed the incidents as “unfortunate” and said his government will take strict action.

Khattar also enumerated steps taken by the government to address the situation, arrest the culprits and make the state a safer place for women.

We have made changes in the police administration and transferred a few officers. We started Dial 100 Project, will also begin 1090 Project so that women in danger can immediately contact police. We’ll look into matters, take help of counselling or legal action as the need be. We’ve set up special courts for speedy trials of such cases,” Khattar said.

In the past five days, assaults on women and girls have been reported from Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Jind and Faridabad. In some cases, the girls’ private parts were mutilated, a reminder of the brutal gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in Delhi in December 2016 that led to a huge uproar across the country.

The incidents come two days after the Khattar government made an announcement on Haryana’s improved sex ratio — 914 girls per 1,000 boys in 2017, which is an all-time high.

Khattar also appealed to political parties not to politicise the matter.

Earlier in the day, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda lashed out at the ruling BJP government, saying “lawlessness” and “lack of leadership” were the main reasons behind increased crime in the state.

There is lawlessness in the state. The Haryana government has no leader, some ministers are angry, some are sulking and there is no direction,” Hooda told ANI after a meeting with Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on the issue.

The latest incident of rape was reported on Wednesday from Hisar, where a three-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 14-year-old neighbour. The Haryana police has arrested the teen.

The family of a 15-year-old Kurukshetra girl who was gang raped and murdered on Friday, have accused the police of inaction. Medical examination revealed the girl was raped by multiple persons and a blunt object was inserted into her private parts. The girl was a good student and aspired to be a doctor, said her family.

A 23-year-old woman was abducted and gangraped in a moving car in Old Faridabad on Saturday. The woman was bundled into the car, raped and later dumped on Mathura road. The woman accused three persons of committing the crime. The accused are at large.

The semi-naked body of an 11-year-old girl was recovered in Panipat on Sunday. Police arrested two of her neighbours, who confessed to having raped and murdered her, the superintendent of police said.

A 48-year-old man allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl and inserted a stick into her private parts in Pinjore on Saturday. Based on a complaint by the girl’s mother, the man, who was their neighbour, was arrested on Sunday.

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Padmaavat song for Israel PM

The fear of the fringe Karni Sena has struck deep and ministers do not know how to react to Padmaavat tunes composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As if banning the film was not enough, the Madhya Pradesh government wants people to not play songs from the film.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh cannot guarantee safety to the state's residents if they play songs from the film. His excuse: "Don't play the Ghoomar song from the film Padmaavat as the film is banned in Madhya Pradesh," Singh said in Bhopal on Wednesday. Home Minister Bhupendra Singh was reacting to a question about the failure of law and order in Jaora where Karni Sena members stormed into a school and vandalised a stage and broke stuff because students were dancing to the Ghoomar song from Padmaavat, earlier known as Padmavati. A child and a parent were injured in the incident which happened in a school in Jaora, about 42 kilometres from Ratlam, police added. The Karni Sena members had barged into the St Paul's School in Jaora in Ratlam and indulged in vandalism alleging the school administration had not heeded to their demand of a ban on playing the Ghoomar song. Karni Sena is particularly peeved about the song because it showed Deepika Padukone who played Maharani Padmini doing the popular folk dance. Rajputs say the queens never danced in public and that this insults her memory. The school had organised its annual cultural function on Monday and one of the girl students had choreographed the Ghoomar dance. The school claimed they stopped the dance on the song once the Karni Sena members barged into the school and convinced them to vacate the school premises. Around two dozen Sena members, however, returned to the school three hours later and smashed furniture and flower pots. Police have registered a case against 22 Karni Sena members and eight of them have now been arrested. Police are claiming that they are searching for the remaining accused who have been identified. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had banned the film Padmavati much before its name was changed to Padmaavat and it was given clearance by the censor board. After the censor board clearance, Chouhan has stuck to his stance on the film saying the previous ban order on the film Padmavati would stay. MPS Parihar, station in-charge of Jaora police station said, "Nearly 15-20 persons barged into the school premises where as part of its annual day function, Ghoomar dance from the film Padmaavat was being staged by a young student. The mob threw chairs, caused panic among the audience, disrupted the function and then fled the venue. The opposition Congress party has slammed the government alleging it was using the film in its attempt to mislead the people of the state in an election year hoping to garner support of those who are opposed to the film. Incidentally, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is currently visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, Gujarat. The Israel PM was welcomed in Ahmedabad with dancers performing to Ghoomar, the very song that is being opposed by several BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)-ruled states, including Haryana and Rajasthan.
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