TRIPURA : The murder of 28-year-old journalist Santanu Bhowmick in Tripura has triggered massive outrage across the country. Two men have been arrested for his murder and abduction while he was covering a clash in Tripura on Wednesday. The men allegedly belong to the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal political party demanding a separate homeland.

The clash between the IPFT and its arch-rival Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP), the tribal wing of the ruling CPM, took place in west Tripura's Jirania. At least 60 people were injured and the police had to use force to bring the situation under control.

Tripura police during their preliminary investigation have pieced together the chronology of events at Mandai.

A top Tripura police official, who is part of the investigation, on condition of anonymity revealed some graphic details of what led to Santanu Bhowmick's murder. Around 8 am on Wednesday, the Mandai Police station got information about IPFT supporters gathering near the mini stadium. Twenty minutes later, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) informed police headquarters that the IPFT didn't have the permission.

As the IPFT has indulged in violence in the past, the police immediately requested the west Tripura district administration to impose Section 144. It was put in place by 9 am. By 9.30 am, the police started urging people to go back.

However, by 10 am, IPFT supporters gathered at different places of Mandai and other areas of Jirania and claimed that CPM supporters had burned their party flags and they would protest by blocking roads.

SDPO Jirania then asked for reinforcement. SP West Tripura reached with forces around 11.30 am.
Meanwhile, Santanu, who was a journalist at 'Dinraat' news channel in Tripura, got information that IPFT supporters might create chaos, went with a local stringer to cover the road blockade. They returned to Jirania around 12 noon, but half an hour later, commotion started. The police used force to disperse IPFT supporters.

Santanu then called his colleagues to tell them about the tension in the area. He also told that it was difficult to shoot on camera since the IPFT people were aggressive and abusive. So he decided to shoot the incident on mobile.

Around 12.30, he again went to Mandai and by that time CPM supporters had also come out on streets. At 12.45 pm, the IPFT supporters started throwing stones. There are reports that some of them were carrying sharp weapons. Santanu might have gone too close to the mob with his mobile when a brick hit him on his back making it difficult for him to walk. As the police lathi-charged, the IPFT supporters dispersed but they hid behind bushes. Santanu took refuge where CPM's tribal supporters were hiding.

At 1.45 pm, when an injured Santanu was trying to move to a safer place, about 10 to 15 IPFT supporters attacked them.

The tribal youth escaped, but Santanu couldn't. They dragged him to a nearby house and hacked him to death. Around 3 pm, the police found his body and took him to Agartala's GB Hospital where he was declared dead.

Among many theories, police suspect that as he was on IPFT's target list, he was attacked. The other reason could be that the IPFT people chased him to get hold of his cellphone which is missing. Another theory suggests that since Santanu was seen with some Left cadres, the IPFT supporters might have taken him to be a CPM cadre and attacked him.






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New Delhi: We have come to love the wonderful way in which various police departments of the country run their social media handles - but something rather strange played out on Friday on Twitter. Instead of the hilarious memes and creative social messages that we have come to associate with police accounts, Delhi Traffic Police and Gurugram Police decided to play the blame game instead - and nobody was happy about it. As heavy rains on Friday brought traffic to a standstill in the National Capital Region, Delhi Traffic Police and Gurugram Police argued on Twitter over jurisdiction.



It began when a commuter tweeted Delhi Traffic Police about a traffic jam on NH 48


Delhi Traffic Police then replied saying that the area was out of their jurisdiction and that the complaint was being forwarded to Gurugram Police


This in turn led to the Gurugram Police to counter by saying that it was traffic in Delhi that was causing congestion in Gurugram

Even though Delhi Traffic Police ended the blame game by saying that staff is present to regulate traffic, the Twitter exchange left many annoyed.







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New Delhi: The season of festivals is here and there is a lot of excitement in the air. The first in the line-up of festivals is Navratri which began on 21st September 2017 and will go on for 9 days till 29th September 2017. Navratri is regarded as the most significant of all the four Navratris commemorated in a year as per Hindu belief. It is celebrated in the holy month of Ashwin, and is also known as Maha Navaratri. Devotees worship the nine forms of Durga also called the Nav Durga during this period with plenty of offerings and bhog and observe special fasts to seek her blessings.

It is believed that during these 9 days, Goddess Durga descends from the heavens above and takes shelter amongst her devotees to bless them with strength, power and prosperity. During the Navratri fasts, people follow a strict vegetarian diet and refrain from consuming certain foods like cereals, grains, non-vegetarian food, regular salt and alcohol. They prepare their daily meals with vrat ingredients like Singhara atta, buckwheat flour, sabudana,fresh fruits, sendha namak and samak ke chaawal. If you happen to observe these ritualistic fasts, or know someone who is keeping them, you may know of the practice of not including onions and garlic in the special Vrat ka Khana or fasting meal. In fact, people who do not observe these fasts also refrain from consuming onion, garlic, non-vegetarian food and alcohol during the nine days of Navratri.

But, do you know why you are told to avoid onion and garlic even though they are categorised as vegetarian foods? Let's find out.

According to Hindu and ancient Ayurvedic understanding, foods can be divided into three categories, depending upon their nature and the response they trigger in the body after consumption. These three categories are as follows.

1.Raajasic food

2.Taamasic food

3.Saatvik food

While fasting for Navratri, people opt to go for saatvik food. Besides the religious aspect, there is a scientific reason for this too. Sharad Navratri falls around the months of October-November which usually mark the transition period from autumn to winter. During this time of seasonal change, our immunity tends to decline and therefore, it helps to switch to light saatvik food that does not burden your digestive system. It may also help in keeping away from toxins that may breed in greasy, heavy or unhealthy food, and thus, cleanses your body of all impurities.

The word Saatvik comes from the word, Sattva - which means the one that is pure, natural, vital, energetic, clean and conscious. Saatvik foods include most of your vrat ingredients like fresh fruits, cooling curd, pure rock salt, like pumpkin and lauki and subtle spices like cumin, coriander and black pepper. On the other hand, the words 'Rajas' and 'Tamas' refer to something that is destructive, resentful, unripe and weak. During this period of Navratri fasting when you are supposed to denounce worldly pleasures and adopt a simple and pure state of life to show your devotion, it is believed that Raajasic and Taamasic food may distract your mental focus.


Read more: Navratri Special: The Science Of Fasting On Shardiya Navratri

Onion and garlic are categorized as Taamasic in nature, and have been linked to invoke carnal energies in the body. Onions are also said to produce heat in the body. Therefore, they are avoided during the Navratri fasts. Onion along with garlic is also known as 'Rajogini' that refers to substances that make one lose grip over their instincts, making it difficult to distinguish between your desires and priorities.

Ancient Vedic texts also regard salty, spicy, strong and pungent foods to take away one's focus from the devotion of the Lord. According to Vaishnav tradition, people are weary of eating anything that grows underground and therefore, Vaishnav-Hindus particularly refrain from eating onions. Along with onion and garlic, there are a few spices too that are avoided during Navratri fasting like turmeric (haldi), asafoetida (hing), mustard (sarson or rai), fenugreek seeds (methi dana) and garam masala. You can use Cumin (jeera), green chillies, black pepper and ajwain instead to flavour your food.

Happy Sharad Navratri 2017!






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New Delhi:  Cigarette butts (CBs) thrown into garbage as trash can be turned into a valuable resource for killing mosquitoes that cause malaria, a new study by an international team, including from India, has revealed.

This novel method for pest control -- using CBs for the synthesis of silver nanostructures -- has been reported by the international of scientists in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.


Besides nicotine -- a known poison -- CBs contain a mixture of toxic substances including heavy metals, Kadarkarai Murugan, lead author and Vice Chancellor of Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore, told this correspondent in an email.

The researchers report experiments with water extracts of CBs collected from the campus of the Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, another participating institution from India.

Scientists from Italy, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Malaysia also participated in the study, during which they used the CB extract as a source to synthesise silver nanoparticles.

According to their report, "A single treatment with CB extracts and silver nanostructures -- synthesised using the extract -- significantly reduced egg hatchability of 'Anopheles stephensi', the mosquito species that spreads the 'P. falciparum' malaria parasite."

Low doses of the silver nanostructures also inhibited the growth of a soil bacteria (Bacillus subtilis), the organism (Klebsiella pneumoniae) that causes pneumonia and "Salmonella typhi", that causes typhoid, says the report.

Normally, the larvae of malaria mosquitoes in water are eaten by their predators -- small crustaceans called M. aspericornis -- and thus naturally get eliminated before they become adult mosquitoes.

According to the researchers, who evaluated the impact of their nanomaterial in an aquatic environment, the predation efficiency of these useful crustaceans was not affected by the introduction of CB-synthesised nanoparticles.

Smoke toxicity experiments conducted against adult mosquitoes showed that "CB-based coils led to mortality comparable to the standard pesticide permethrin", the report says.

CBs are one of the most ubiquitous forms of garbage with an estimated environmental burden of 4.5 trillion butts discarded annually.

"Overall, the present research would suggest that an abundant hazardous waste, such as cigarette butts, can be turned into an important resource for nanosynthesis of novel insecticides highly effective against young instars and adults of the A. stephensi chloroquin resistant P. falciparum malaria parasite and microbial pathogens," says the report.

Considering the growing threat of drug-resistant P. falciparum strains, the CB synthesized nanomaterial "can be considered for the development of an alternative" approach for treating and controlling chloroquin resistant malaria parasites.

Payyalore Rajagopalan, former director of the Vector Control Research Centre in Pondicherry, said that nicotine is a known mosquito killer. "But the authors have done a lot of work and it needs to be encouraged," he told this correspondent in an email.






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Mumbai: Singer Sonu Nigam feels devotional music is an important part of Indian culture, and says that not addressing it is a huge disservice to music.

"Devotional music, is such a great and significant part of Indians' blood streams that not addressing it is a huge disservice to music. A lot of my musical education is constituted of devotional music," Nigam said in a statement.


The singer spoke about devotional music when he became part of singing reality TV show "Om Shanti Om" as a celebrity judge. In the episode, he will be seen sharing his musical expertise and also perform with composer and judge Shekhar Ravjiani.

The show is aired on Star Bharat.

Talking about the show, Nigam said: "'Om Shanti Om' is a unique concept. Something that has never happened before...It was really amazing to be a part of the show."

Hosted by Aparshakti Khurana, the show also features actress Sonakshi Sinha and singer Kanika Kapoor as judges, while yoga guru Baba Ramdev is the Maha Guru.






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Mumbai:  Rohit Shetty's "Golmaal Again" is gearing up for its Diwali release. Actress Tabu says she signed the multi-starrer entertainer even before reading the script.

During the trailer launch of the film, Tabu, who is one of the new additions to the 'Golmaal' gang told the media here on Friday about how she always wanted to be a part of the film.


Tabu said: "This is a special film for me because whenever I watched the film, it was a laugh riot for me. Whenever I met Rohit at parties, I said that I want to be a part of this franchise. I was ready to even do a cameo. I would like to say, that this is one of the films where I did not hear the script before shooting because I knew they have something good for me... It was like a picnic."

The whole cast and crew including Parineeti Chopra, Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu, Arshad Warsi and Tusshar Kapoor, Johny Lever, were present at the trailer launch.

Parineeti, who too is new to the franchise, said: "It was a surreal moment for me to be a part of this film because I can remember I was giving exams in school when the first 'Golmaal' released. So yes, it is special! I was in New York when I got a call that Rohit sir wants to meet me. First, I didn't believe it but I want to thank Rohit sir, for casting me in the film."

The film "Golmaal Again" will release on October 19.






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New Delhi: National-Award winning Rajkummar Rao's latest release "Newton" is India's official entry for Academy Awards in 2018. An excited Rajkummar on Friday took to Twitter to announce the news.

"Very happy to share this news that 'Newton' is India's official entry to the Oscars this year. Congratulations team," he tweeted.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like "Shahid" and "Aligarh", took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that "Newton" is the best choice.

"'Newton' is India's entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation," Mehta tweeted. 

He added: "If films like 'A Separation' and 'Children of Heaven' made it to the Oscar nominations so can 'Newton'. It is our best shot. Manish Mundra go for it!" 

"Newton" revolves around a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a Maoist-controlled town and how the ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation.

Directed by Amit Masurkar, "Newton" released on Friday. The film is produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, the company best known for backing critically-acclaimed projects such as "Masaan" and "Umrika".

Rajkummar will soon be seen in other projects like "Love Sonia", "5Weddings", "Ittefaq: It Happened One Night" and "Fanney Khan".

Popular TV host Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Academy Awards in 2018. He will host the 90th edition of the awards on March 4.





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New Delhi:  Opposition leader Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to push through legislation which reserves a third of seats in Parliament and state legislatures.

The Women's Reservation Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha or Upper House in 2010 when Mrs Gandhi's party, the Congress, led a national coalition. "Since then it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another," Mrs Gandhi says in her letter, vowing that the Congress "has always and will continue to support the legislation".

The PM’s party and its allies have an easy majority in the Lok Sabha. Yesterday, when NDTV asked Bhupendra Yadv, the BJP’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, if the government would present new focus on the women’s bill, he replied in the negative.
Women politicians have pointed out that male MPs are against the proposal. Women hold only about 10 per cent of the seats in the two houses of Parliament combined. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), that’s half the global average of 21.4 per cent.

The proposal has the potential to become one of the most empowering laws for women in India, activists say. Gender equality in Parliament would empower women in general, they say. A stronger women’s voice at the top would have a trickle-down effect, leading to the development of policies and laws that would help women at the grassroots level fight abuse, discrimination and inequality.

Despite nearly two decades of protests, rallies, demonstrations and hunger strikes by the women’s rights movement in India for more seats in the legislature, male lawmakers have stubbornly blocked the current bill, fearing - activists say - that it threatens their own political power.

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New Delhi: Actress Celina Jaitly, who has always spoken up for the rights of the LGBTs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), says the Indian Constitution and the mentality of people do not support the community in the country.

"Our constitution promises equal rights to all citizens of India, irrespective of whether they are a minority or a majority. Unfortunately, when it comes to LGBT rights, neither does the constitution support them at the moment and neither does the regressive mentality of society," Celina told News Agency IANS over e-mail from Dubai.


Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, dating back to 1860, criminalises sexual acts "against the order of the nature". The section was decriminalised with respect to sex between consenting adults by the Delhi High Court in July 2009. But in 2013, the judgement was overturned by the Supreme Court, which held that amending or repealing Section 377 should be a matter left to Parliament, not the judiciary.

"Whether India accepts it or not, the fact of the matter is that there are millions of LGBT individuals in our country and they deserve the same set of rights and protection by law as every other citizen," she added.

The actress, 35, says the laws need to "rise above cultures" and make sure every individual's rights are secure.

Celina, who won the Miss India title in 2001, says life of an individual from the LGBT community in India is not easy.

"In a society bound by a rigid set of social and cultural norms, the life of an LGBT individual is anything but easy. While urban India still at least boasts of some awareness thanks to social media and many awareness platforms, most people in our country have no understanding and education of what exactly LGBT is," she said.

"An LGBT person has multiple struggles in all aspects of life, specifically women who in any case have to face many battles in our society," added the actress, a United Nations equality champion who promotes its Free and Equal campaign.

A number of celebrities -- leaders in their respective fields with a commitment to the cause of LGBT equality -- have pledged their support to the Free and Equal campaign by becoming UN equality champions. Over the coming months, they will help spread campaign messages and materials through social media. Some may also participate in campaign-related initiatives, including recording public service announcements (PSAs) for television, radio and the web.

"There is a complete lack of awareness and any talk of sexuality and gender makes people uncomfortable. It makes them resort to dire means like suppression -- and even verbal and physical violence -- to express their discomfort," she said.

"The reality is that our society needs to evolve on a lot of levels until we can call ourselves the world's largest democracy."







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New Delhi: The Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and not refugees who have applied for asylum in India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. 

Addressing a seminar organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Singh asked why some people were objecting to the deportation of Rohingyas when Myanmar was ready to accept them. 


"The Rohingyas are not refugees. They have not come here after following proper procedures. No Rohingya has applied for asylum. They are illegal immigrants," he said.

Rohingyas are minority Muslims in western Myanmar and have been fleeing their homes following an army crackdown on their villages that has left hundreds dead.

The home minister also said that India would not violate any international law by deporting Rohingyas as it was not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes in Rakhine state recently to escape a military crackdown. It seemed a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has said.

Human rights group Amnesty International has blamed Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's government for "burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State".

The Indian government told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are at present staying in India. However, aid agencies estimate that there are about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in the country.

The NHRC recently issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport Rohingyas, who are residing in various parts of India.

According to the Commission, from the human rights angle its "intervention is appropriate" in the matter.

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