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The eight activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on 31 October and were killed in a police encounter, may not have been the only ones planning to flee the prison, new reports suggest. The residents from Block B of the prison may have been planning to free other SIMI members who were in Block A. But reportedly, their plan failed, as a couple of jail guards saw them flee.
Two days after Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly announced his exit, the microblogging network's Managing Director for India, Southeast Asia and Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), Parminder Singh, has put in his papers. Following this, Twitter has appointed Maya Hari as its new Managing Director of India and SEA, reporting to Aliza Knox, VP of Asia Pacific.
Ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who committed suicide over the government's one rank one pension (OROP) scheme at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Tuesday, only wanted his monthly pension to be increased by ₹5,000 under the scheme. Grewal had served in the Territorial Army for six years and in the Defence Security Corps (DSC) for 24 years, and had been drawing a pension of ₹24,999 per month after retiring from the DSC.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio slammed Bharti Airtel for providing only one-way points of interconnects for completing calls rather than both-way nodes in violation of licence agreement. Hours after Airtel said it provided 7,007 additional points of interconnections needed to complete calls made from rival Jio network, Jio said over 4.6 crore calls between its network and Airtel fail due to inadequate points of interconnect provided by the market leader.
India and Japan are likely to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to that country next week as the two sides completed the internal procedures for the much- awaited agreement. The two countries had sealed a broad agreement for cooperation in civil nuclear energy during Japanese Prime Minister Shiozo Abe's visit here last December but the final deal was yet to be signed as certain technical and legal issues were to be thrashed out.
The Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered a judicial probe into the encounter of eight SIMI operatives, which escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail, in Bhopal. Retired justice SK Pande will head the inquiry commission. The panel will probe the circumstances under which SIMI operatives escaped and the encounter in which they were killed by police.
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A father and son have been arrested in Hyderabad for allegedly raping twin minor girls for several months. The cruel act reportedly took place after their mother had consented to it. The girls are Class IV students.
A 64-year-old Muslim resident is setting an example of how different communities can co-exist and flourish in complete harmony. A resident of Hatihalka village, Yeasin Pathan has been leading a movement for more than four decades to preserve and restore Hindu temples in Pathra. The retired peon has devoted his spare time to protect this cluster of around 30 terracotta temples dedicated to gods Shiva and Vishnu.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's donation of Rs 1 crore to Ram Kishan Grewal, the ex-serviceman who committed suicide over Government's OROP scheme, is an act of pure opportunism, writes TSR Subramanian in Firstpost.
Cleaning up India's air pollution problem will require a comprehensive, synergised government approach that is currently lacking, says an editorial in Mint. "It took the Great Smog of 1952 bringing about the premature deaths of over 10,000 people in London for the British government to introduce the Clean Air Act 1956 and put an end to the pea soupers. India has it worse; according to the Global Burden of Disease report, outdoor air pollution was responsible for 620,000 deaths in 2010. It's time, perhaps, for a similar clean-up effort," it says.
The agreement hammered out between the producers of the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and MNS chief Raj Thackeray, under the auspices of the Maharashtra government, is reminiscent of an incident in 1969, writes Gyan Prakash in The Indian Express. "Then, Bal Thackeray declared that if the Central government did not cede the Marathi-speaking districts of Karnataka (then Mysore) to Maharashtra, he would ban New Delhi's leaders from entering Mumbai. He carried out his threat in February 1969, when Morarji Desai, the deputy prime minister, visited," he explains.
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