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India-Pak begin DG-level border talks in Delhi

India and Pakistan have begun a three-day DG-level border dialogue in the national capital with the host nation set to flag the "most important" issues of ceasefire violation and cross-border infiltration, weeks after parleys between the NSAs of the two countries was called off.

Amidst escalating tensions and continuing cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, with two fresh instances reported yesterday, a 16-member Pakistani delegation on 10 September reached the Border Security Force headquarters in New Delhi for the talks that are being held between after a gap of over one-and-a-half years. Talks between the two sides were last held in December, 2013, in Lahore.

FIR against Somnath Bharti over domestic violence complaint

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Delhi Police have registered an FIR against former state law minister and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti over domestic violence allegations levelled against him by his wife, Lipika Mitra.

"The FIR was registered last evening (9 September) at Dwarka North police station under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 498(a)(cruelty towards partner in marriage) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC," said Joint Commissioner of Police (South-West), Dependra Pathak.

The FIR comes after four attempts of mediation between the MLA and his wife failed to bear any result and Lipika insisted that the police should take action against the AAP legislator.

Naxal commander surrenders in Telangana

A Maoist deputy commander of CPI(ML) group, carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, surrendered before police Karimnagar (Telangana) on 10 September.

Addressing a press conference this morning, Karimnagar Superintendent of Police, D Joel Davis said the surrendered Maoist--Katrevula Lingaiah alias Mallesh was involved in as many as 15 offences which include murder of two police constables in Chattisgarh.

He was also involved in the brutal murder of three villagers suspecting them to be informers in Duddeda and Annaram villages in Telangana region.

PM Modi calls Congress 'hawalabaaz' to counter the 'hawa baazi' barb

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 September criticised the Congress Party for disrupting Parliament and described them as a group of 'Hawalabaaz' who are terrorised due to strong black money laws initiated by his government.

"The strong laws on the black money have disturbed the 'Hawalabaaz'. They are feeling the heat and the threat, and that is why these groups of Hawalabaaz are disrupting the democratic system," said Prime Minister Modi while speaking at a rally in Bhopal.

Prime Minister Modi said the country wants to move ahead and it is standing firm despite the global economic scenario.

He is in Bhopal to inaugurate the 3-day Vishwa Hindi Sammelan.


Meat ban in Mumbai: MNS workers detained after they sell chicken in open


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The controversial ban on sale of meat in Mumbai during the Jain festival of Paryushan began today, amid outrage from various political parties. According to the order, the ban would be enforced on four days 10, 13, 17 and 18 September as a mark of respect for the Jain community.

The ban covers mutton and chicken, and excludes fish and eggs. It also extends to private businesses selling raw meat.

After Bharatiya Janata Party's ally Shiv Sena opposed the ban. NCP is opposing the ban as well. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), sold meat in the open in Dadar as a mark of protest. The Mumbai Police has detained many MNS workers who were selling meat in the open.

High Court orders police to properly implement beef ban in Jammu and Kashmir


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The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the police to ensure that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state and strict action is taken against those who indulge in it.

The Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that contended that slaughtering and sale of bovine animals is rampant in some parts of the state which hurt religious sentiments of a section of the society.

The PIL further stated that the practice continues despite the the fact that provisions of Ranbir Penal Code (the penal code that is applicable in the state of Jammu and Kashmir) make killing of bovine animals an offence punishable under Section 298-A. Under RPC possession of slaughtered animal is a punishable act under Section 298-B of the RPC. The PIL also alleged connivance of authorities who otherwise should be responsible for ensuring the beef ban is imposed.

After Aurangzeb road, now Islampur

After the recent renaming of Aurangzeb Road stirred up controversy and debate, the Shiv Sena now want to rename Islampur, a part of Sangli district. The Shiv Sena want the area renamed Ishwarpur. The agitation for the name change comes after Shiv Pratisthan, a Hindutva organisation, sent a memorandum to the Sangli collectorate demanding the name change. A Sena leader from Islampur, Anandrao Pawar, insists the name change has been pending since 1986. The Sena has recently also called for the renaming of Aurangabad.

FDA goes after fairness creams

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has gone after Himachal Pradesh-based cosmetics manufacturer Torque Pharma. The FDA has seized two of the company's products, a fairness cream called UB Fair for men and No Scars cream for women.

The two products have been pulled after the Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists and Leprologists, a national body of skin specialists, warned the FDA against steroid-based creams being sold casually despite causing various side-effects if used long-term.

Both Torque products were being sold over the counter as regular beauty products despite containing serious doses of steroids. This could be the start of a drive against pharmaceutical companies dealing in similar products.

Snake found in minister's drinking water

A small snake was found inside packaged drinking water being served to Union health minister JP Nadda and Chattisgarh CM Dr Raman Singh. The snake was found in a bottle of water, one of a pack of 20 ordered for a meeting at the BJP headquarters. A lady doctor who was part of the CM's entourage discovered the snake in the bottled water. Incidentally, the bottled water is manufactured by a company owned by the son of the BJP's Raipur District Minority Cell Vice President, Sayed Ali Aman. While Aman's son denied the incident, the Raipur District president of the BJP confirmed the incident.

Dalit women fined for entering Hindu temple

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A group of Dalit women were asked to pay a fine when they entered a Hindu temple in Karnataka. Reason? They 'defiled' the place of worship with their lower caste presence, as entry is banned to Dalits.

The fine has been collected to perform 'shuddhi' or purification rituals for the temple that is located in Hassan district. The women refused to pay the same.

Interestingly, the group that entered the temple, comprised nine upper caste Hindu women from Vokkaliga community and the four Dalit women. However, no such demands were made from the former part of the group.

Dengue cases double in 2015, Delhi has maximum patients among cities

Till 6 September, an alarming 19,704 cases of dengue have been reported in India. This is double the number from last year, and winter is almost a month away.

In 2014, the number of dengue cases stood at 10,097, with 37 deaths, through the year. In 2015, however, 41 people have already lost their lives to dengue with the Health Ministry maintains the casualties are "very low".

Delhi has the most number of dengue cases among Indian cities with 1,259 people suffering from the disease. Bengaluru follows with 1,139 cases, Greater Mumbai with 306 and Kolkata with 187.