Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:00:00 +0530 Actor Rakhi Sawant's husband Durrani arrested on dowry harassment, assault charges https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83227/actor-rakhi-sawant-s-husband-durrani-arrested-on-dowry-harassment--assault-charges https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83227/actor-rakhi-sawant-s-husband-durrani-arrested-on-dowry-harassment--assault-charges Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:14:53 +0530 ]]>Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant's husband Adil Durrani was arrested on Tuesday night after she filed a complaint accusing him of assault, taking away money and jewellery from her flat without her knowledge and performing unnatural sex, among other charges. Mumbai | Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant's husband Adil Durrani was arrested on Tuesday night after she filed a complaint accusing him of assault, taking away money and jewellery from her flat without her knowledge and performing unnatural sex, among other charges, a police official said.
Earlier in the day, Durrani (30), a businessman who is also accused of harassing the 41-year-old actor for dowry, was brought to the Oshiwara police station in suburban Mumbai for questioning and later placed under arrest, he said.
According to the police official, the actor on late Monday night registered an FIR (first information report) against her husband for allegedly assaulting her, abusing, taking money and jewellery from her Oshiwara flat without her knowledge.
On Tuesday, the police added in the FIR Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to dowry harassment and unnatural intercourse, he said.
Citing her statement to the police, the official said Sawant got in touch with Durrani in January 2022 and the two opened a joint business account.
Without her knowledge, Durrani withdrew more than Rs 1.5 crore from the account in June to buy a car, but she did not object as he promised to marry her, Sawant told the police, according to the official.
Later, Durrani allegedly assaulted the former 'Bigg Boss' contestant on two occasions, prompting her to lodge a non-cognisable offence against him, he said.
In the case of a non-cognizable offence, the police cannot arrest the accused without a warrant and cannot start an investigation without the permission of court.
As per Sawant, Durrani threatened her more than once, saying he would throw acid on her face or get her killed in a road accident, said the official. Sawant has also accused Durrani of forcing her to offer ‘namaz', he said.
On Sunday night, Sawant discovered that Rs 5 lakh cash and her mother's jewellery worth Rs 2.5 lakh were missing from her cupboard. She then learnt from the watchman of her building that Durrani had visited the flat in her absence, said the official.
Sawant approached the Oshiwara police on Monday night following which a first information report (FIR) was registered against Durrani under IPC sections 406 (breach of trust) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), said the official.

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J-K launches GPS-based teachers' attendance app https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83226/j-k-launches-gps-based-teachers--attendance-app https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83226/j-k-launches-gps-based-teachers--attendance-app Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:06:39 +0530 ]]>Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday became the first Indian region to introduce GPS-based attendance for teachers and take online feedback from students about their educators' performance. Jammu | Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday became the first Indian region to introduce GPS-based attendance for teachers and take online feedback from students about their educators' performance, officials said on Tuesday.
The project was rolled out with the launch of two applications by Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta.
"Jammu and Kashmir became the first (region) in the country to take online monthly feedback from students of Class 6 and above about the performance of their teachers and carry out GPS-based attendance on a daily basis," a government spokesperson said.
Mehta said these applications would ensure authentic grassroots-level feedback from the ones directly involved in the learning process.
Teachers in the government sector are the best in terms of qualification and training and they just need to focus more on academic activity to ensure improved results, Mehta added.
The system -- SAMIKSHA -- will reflect the true performance of teachers with respect to their classroom inputs and leave no space for subjectivity.
Mehta advised the Education department to make the feedback a benchmark while analysing the teachers' annual performance.
The other app -- JK Attendance-SED -- will give a peek into the daily attendance of teachers.
The application will capture their live location and even allow time-specific tracking.
The attendance system will reduce paperwork and save time. It will also eliminate duplicate data entries and improve attendance management in schools, Mehta said.

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Kerala Blasters beat Chennaiyin, inch closer to playoffs https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83225/kerala-blasters-beat-chennaiyin--inch-closer-to-playoffs https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83225/kerala-blasters-beat-chennaiyin--inch-closer-to-playoffs Tue, 07 Feb 2023 23:55:30 +0530 ]]>Kerala Blasters bounced back from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Chennaiyin FC to inch closer to the Indian Super League play-offs. Kochi | Kerala Blasters bounced back from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Chennaiyin FC to inch closer to the Indian Super League play-offs here on Tuesday.
Abdenasser El Khayati netted the fastest goal (second minute) of the season to put the visitors in front before Adrian Luna (38th) cancelled it out with a stunning curling effort and then set up Rahul KP's strike (64th).
This was Kerala's seventh win at home that put them four points clear of FC Goa and ATK Mohun Bagan at third place in the table. They will take on Bengaluru with a hope to clinch the playoffs on February 11.
Chennaiyin FC's hopes to advance is now down to a mathematical possibility only.
The Marina Machans will face East Bengal FC next on February 12, who could be equal on points with them with a win on Wednesday against NorthEast United FC.
Two minutes into the game, Khayati silenced the stands with his ninth goal of the season.
Victor Mongil failed to deal with a long ball that was eventually played into the path of El Khayati by Petar Sliskovic.
The Dutchman danced with the ball at the edge of the box before dispatching it into the net off the upright.
Anirudh Thapa intercepted Rahul KP's pass to Samad inside the box before the stray ball went straight to Luna, who pounced on it and curled it into the top right corner for the equaliser.
Blasters then turned it around when Luna whipped a cross into the box from the right flank before Rahul squeezed it past Samik Mitra.

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With help of army engineers, 'Moti' lifted using slings https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83224/with-help-of-army-engineers---moti--lifted-using-slings https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83224/with-help-of-army-engineers---moti--lifted-using-slings Tue, 07 Feb 2023 23:48:59 +0530 ]]>Elephant 'Moti' who had collapsed two weeks ago due to weakness and injures in Uttarakhand, was lifted using slings on Tuesday with the help of army engineers, but his condition still remains critical. New Delhi | Elephant 'Moti' who had collapsed two weeks ago due to weakness and injures in Uttarakhand, was lifted using slings on Tuesday with the help of army engineers, but his condition still remains critical, sources said.
Personnel from the army's Bengal Sappers and members of a wildlife NGO have joined hands to rescue the 35-year-old pachyderm, while many people have taken to social media to pray for the suffering animal.
The team from the Bengal Sappers from Roorkee had reached the spot on Monday morning. The Wildlife SOS veterinary team and the army team are working together to get relief for 'Moti.
"Indian Army engineers using slings in an innovative manner lifted 'Moti' safely. The NGO medical team has started treatment on priority to save 'Moti' whose condition remains critical," an Army source said, the NGO medical team has started treatment on priority to save 'Moti'.
"The men of the Bengal Sappers have helped erect a 'kraal' (enclosure) structure for him," a spokesperson of the NGO had said on Monday, adding "we are now looking at erecting a similar kraal which will get 'Moti' up and give him an outside chance, if at all".
On Monday, the structure was erected and an attempt was made to make the elephant stand. However, 'Moti' was not able to take any load on his feet and not moving its body at all, the sources said.
The plan was to make an underbelly slung, however, a doctor had advised that the organs of the elephant is in a "compromised state" and he will not be able to withstand the pressure of the under slung, they said.
The pachyderm had collapsed about two weeks ago and his condition is "still critical," the NGO had said.
"The elephant was found in a critical condition and had collapsed and was unable to stand. Malnourished and deprived of veterinary attention, his feet, especially the footpads, had worn off and he was on the verge of death," according to a statement issued by Wildlife SOS on Monday.
A team of the NGO has been looking after the animal since then, a spokesperson of the non-government organisation had said.
"An author with close links with the armed forces helped us and reached out to former Army chief Gen (retd) V K Singh. With his aid, we got connected with the army," the spokesperson said.

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PayU's LazyPay, IndiaBulls Home Loans, Kissht among websites blocked by govt https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83223/payu-s-lazypay--indiabulls-home-loans--kissht-among-websites-blocked-by-govt https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83223/payu-s-lazypay--indiabulls-home-loans--kissht-among-websites-blocked-by-govt Tue, 07 Feb 2023 23:37:17 +0530 ]]>The government has blocked 232 apps operated by overseas entities, including Chinese, for being involved in betting, gambling and unauthorised loan service. New Delhi | Fintech firms LazyPay, IndiaBulls Home Loans and Kissht are among the list of blocked websites issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT, according to sources.
The government has blocked 232 apps operated by overseas entities, including Chinese, for being involved in betting, gambling and unauthorised loan service.
As per the list, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (Meity) issued to block lazypay.in which is a subsidiary of Dutch investment firm Prosus.
The list includes www.indiabullshomeloans.com operated by housing finance company Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd and Kissht.com which is operated by RBI registered NBFC firm ONEMi Technology Solutions Private Limited.
Meity issued blocking orders on Saturday based on an emergency request issued by a nodal officer of the home ministry.
"These 138 betting and gambling websites and 94 loan apps were engaging in illegal money laundering and were posing threat to financial security of our nation," an official source had said.
The other website in the block list include buddyloan.com, cashtm.in, kreditbee.en.aptoide.com, faircent.com, true-balance.en.uptodown.com etc.
When checked randomly, most of the websites were operational on Tuesday evening.

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137 students fall ill after taking food at hostel, FIR registered https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83222/137-students-fall-ill-after-taking-food-at-hostel--fir-registered https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83222/137-students-fall-ill-after-taking-food-at-hostel--fir-registered Tue, 07 Feb 2023 23:01:18 +0530 ]]>As many as 137 students of college for nurses in Mangaluru have fallen sick after having taken hostel food and a first information report has been registered in connection with a suspected case of food-poisoning. Mangaluru | As many as 137 students of college for nurses here have fallen sick after having taken hostel food and a first information report (FIR) has been registered in connection with a suspected case of food-poisoning, police said on Tuesday.
Based on a complaint from a surveillance officer of Dakshina Kannada district Dr Jagadish, the police said they registered the FIR. In the complaint, Jagadish said contaminated food was provided to the students on Monday. He alleged that the management erred by not submitting a report to the district administration on the incident.
Today, representatives of the college management, parents, and police officials held a meeting to discuss the issue.
At the meet, the parents raised issues of quality of food, water and the facilities at the hostel. Repeated cases of food-poisoning were taking place every year and the management did not take the issue up.
The college principal Shanthi Lobo said a few students showed symptoms of vomiting and tiredness and were taken to hospital on Monday and discharged that evening, while others attended classes.
By evening, over 100 students fell sick and were hospitalised, she said. The college would be shut until the problem is solved, she said.
The principal said the issue raised by the parents would be considered. More than 20 students were still in hospital and their health was stable, she said. The management said it would foot the medical bills.
Assistant commissioner of police (south) Dhanya said the management gave an assurance that the problem would be addressed. The police said they would come forward to help the parents if the management failed to set things right, she said.
The medical team and doctors visited the hostel and took samples of food and water for testing. Meanwhile, the district administration instructed a medical team to closely monitor the situation.
 

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IMA opposes any proposal on teaching Ayurveda to MBBS students https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83221/ima-opposes-any-proposal-on-teaching-ayurveda-to-mbbs-students https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83221/ima-opposes-any-proposal-on-teaching-ayurveda-to-mbbs-students Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:50:04 +0530 ]]>IMA opposed Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij's reported proposal of teaching MBBS students Ayurveda, terming it as 'mixopathy" which will backfire and put the nation's health care delivery system into total peril. New Delhi | The IMA on Tuesday opposed Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij's reported proposal of teaching MBBS students Ayurveda, terming it as 'mixopathy" which will backfire and put the nation's health care delivery system into total peril.
Mixing of systems will also ring the death knell of Ayurveda, it said.
"IMA opposes mixopathy in all its forms. Hybridisation of medical education to bring out compromised doctors will backfire on the nation and put its health care delivery system into total peril," it said.
The regulation of medical education is governed through the Parliamentary enactment titled 'National Medical Commission Act, 2019' as of now upon repealing of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
As such, no state government is in any manner entitled to meddle with the medical education of the country on its own as education including medical education is not a subject included in the 'State List' in the seventh schedule appended to the Constitution of India, the IMA said.
"Resultantly, the said statement of the Minister is unconstitutional, unfortunate, and unwarranted," the IMA said.
It said IMA regards Ayurveda as our ancient medicine and would prefer to preserve its tenets and traditions in its purest form.
"China is the only country which practises integrative medicine. China is certainly not our model in healthcare.
"Due to integration CTM (Chinese traditional medicine) has been decimated and is no longer practised in its pure form. Safeguarding the purity and legacy of Ayurveda will enrich our traditional medicine. Mixing of systems will ring the death knell of Ayurveda," it states.
 

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Govt gets 33.44 pc stake in Vodafone Idea post equity allocation https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83220/govt-gets-33-44-pc-stake-in-vodafone-idea-post-equity-allocation https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83220/govt-gets-33-44-pc-stake-in-vodafone-idea-post-equity-allocation Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:41:21 +0530 ]]>Debt-ridden telecom operator Vodafone Idea on Tuesday approved the allotment of equity shares worth Rs 16,133 crore to the government, which post-allocation has become the largest shareholder with a 33.44 per cent stake in the company. New Delhi | Debt-ridden telecom operator Vodafone Idea on Tuesday approved the allotment of equity shares worth Rs 16,133 crore to the government, which post-allocation has become the largest shareholder with a 33.44 per cent stake in the company.
The shares have been allocated to the government in lieu of conversion of interest dues arising from deferment of adjusted gross revenue and spectrum auction payments, the company said in a regulatory filing.
"...it is hereby informed that the board of directors of the company has, at its meeting held today approved the allotment of 16,133,198,899 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each at an issue price of Rs 10 per equity share aggregating to Rs 161,331,848,990 to the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Government of India," the filing said.
The government cleared conversion of Rs 16,133 crore interest dues of debt-ridden Vodafone Idea into equity after receiving a firm commitment from Aditya Birla Group to run the company and bring necessary investment.
"Post the aforesaid allotment the shareholding of the Government of India in the company stands at 33.44 per cent in the expanded paid-up capital base of the company," the filing said.
The paid-up share capital of the company stands increased to Rs 482,520,327,840 comprising of 48,252,032,784 equity shares of the face and paid-up value of Rs. 10/- each.
Vodafone Idea had earlier estimated that the government will hold 33.14 per cent with promoters Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone group holding 18.07 per cent and 32.29 per cent stake. According to analysts, the government clearing conversion of Vodafone Idea's interest dues into equity is a near-term positive for the telecom company, as it would help free up some cash flows with possibility of tariff hikes up ahead.
Market watchers, however, felt that the fundamental issues remain on Vodafone Idea, which is "significantly under invested in fiber, 5G and core telcos infra" and where investments to the tune of USD 6-8 billion will be needed to narrow the gap.
The latest move also allays immediate concerns about the telecom sector tipping into a duopoly as it mitigates the risks of VIL going into NCLT, experts felt.
From being the biggest telecom operator after merger of Vodafone and Idea into single entity, with 43 crore mobile subscriber base accounting for 35 per cent market share in 2018, the debt-ridden company has slipped to be a distant third telecom operator.
The company has 24.3 crore mobile subscribers accounting for 21.33 per cent market share, as per latest data published by telecom regulator Trai.
VIL is the only telecom operator which is yet to place purchase orders for 5G services equipment and has been struggling to pay dues of its vendors.
Indus Towers last month made provision of doubtful debt worth Rs 2,298.1 crore on account of troubled balance sheet of VIL.
It is in the process of issuing optionally convertible debentures of up to Rs 1,600 crore to vendor American Tower Corporation to clear its dues.
A Supreme Court order in October 2019 directed telecom companies to pay revenue share as calculated by the government brought VIL on the verge of shutting down as it added payment burden of of Rs 58,254 crore on the company.
As on September 30 this year, the company's total gross debt, excluding lease liabilities and including interest accrued but not due, stood at Rs 2,20,320 crore.
The company has made several attempts to raise capital from investors but failed due to the adverse market condition and huge debt on its balance sheet.
The government's telecom reforms package provided hope for the company to stay afloat.
Pursuant to the Telecom Reforms Package announced by the government, VIL Board at its meeting held on January 10, 2022, approved the option to convert the full amount of interest related to deferred spectrum auction instalments and AGR dues to the extent of approximately Rs 16,133 crore into equity.
Shared of VIL closed at Rs 7.94 apiece, down by 3.87 per cent compared to previous close, at the BSE on Tuesday. 
 

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Indian enters Pakistan to complete his journey on foot to Saudi Arabia for Hajj https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83219/indian-enters-pakistan-to-complete-his-journey-on-foot-to-saudi-arabia-for-hajj https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83219/indian-enters-pakistan-to-complete-his-journey-on-foot-to-saudi-arabia-for-hajj Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:30:23 +0530 ]]>Shihab, who hails from Kerala, embarked on a 3,000-km journey on foot in October last year from his home state to the Wagah border where he was stopped by Pakistan's immigration authorities as he did not have a visa. Lahore | An Indian national, who was earlier denied a visa by a Pakistani court, entered the country on Tuesday to complete his marathon journey on foot to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.
Shihab Bhai, 29, arrived in Pakistan via the Wagah border and was welcomed by Sarwar Taj, who had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on behalf of Shihab, and Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Pakistan chairman Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi.
Qureshi told PTI that Shihab was very happy to get the visa to continue his journey to Mecca.
“He has brought a message of love, friendship and brotherhood,” Qureshi said, adding he wanted to organise an event in Shihab's honour on the premises of Lahore High Court but could not do so because of security issues.
Shihab, who hails from Kerala, embarked on a 3,000-km journey on foot in October last year from his home state to the Wagah border where he was stopped by Pakistan's immigration authorities as he did not have a visa.
“Shihab pleaded before the immigration authorities that he was going to perform Hajj on foot and had already travelled 3,000 kms and should be allowed to enter the country on humanitarian grounds. He wanted a transit visa to reach Saudi Arabia via Iran,” a Federal Investigation Agency official had said.
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, considered the holiest city for Muslims.
Taj, a resident of Lahore, filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) requesting that Shihab be granted a transit visa to allow him to travel to Saudi Arabia.
He argued that just like the Pakistan government issues visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to take part in the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and on other occasions, it should also grant a visa to Shihab.
The LHC dismissed his petition, observing that the "petitioner was not related to the Indian citizen, nor did he hold his power of attorney to approach the court." Taj later challenged the decision in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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Eligibility percentile for NEET-SS reduced to 20 https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83218/eligibility-percentile-for-neet-ss-reduced-to-20 https://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/83218/eligibility-percentile-for-neet-ss-reduced-to-20 Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:23:49 +0530 ]]>Candidates who have scored 20 percentile and above in the NEET-Super Speciality will be eligible to participate in the "special mop-up round". New Delhi | The Union health ministry in consultation with the National Medical Commission (NMC) has decided to reduce the eligibility criterion for NEET-Super Speciality courses from 50 percentile to 20 percentile, officials said on Tuesday.
Candidates who have scored 20 percentile and above in the NEET-Super Speciality (SS) will be eligible to participate in the "special mop-up round", they said.
"The competent authorities of the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) in consultation with the NMC have decided to conduct an additional mop-up round... it may be conducted for remaining vacant seats after completion of two rounds of the NEET-SS 2022-23 counselling," a letter send by the Medical Counselling Committee to the National Board of Examinations (NBE) stated.
The eligible candidates for the additional round will be candidates scoring 20th percentile and above -- in all subjects -- in the NEET-SS 2022 examination conducted by the NBE, it said.
"Therefore, it is requested to you to kindly share the data of eligible candidates...," the letter stated.

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