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African nationals assault cabbie as Centre assures speedy trial to Congolese man’s familyMEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup

African nationals assault cabbie as Centre assures speedy trial to Congolese man’s family

30 May 2016 | 4:54 PM

NEW DELHI: Amid rising tempers in wake of the recent killing of a Congolese man in a brawl, some African nationals allegedly beat up a taxi driver here on Monday even as the Centre assured the family of a speedy trial and prosecution of all those responsible for the crime.

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New Delhi, May 30

Amid rising tempers in wake of the recent killing of a Congolese man in a brawl, some African nationals allegedly beat up a taxi driver here on Monday even as the Centre assured the family of a speedy trial and prosecution of all those responsible for the crime.

The taxi driver was allegedly beaten up for refusing to take extra passengers in the early hours of Saturday at CDR Chowk in Mehrauli. Nuruddin, a driver from cab aggregator Ola, claimed that six African nationals—among them a woman—beat him up when he refused to allow more than four passengers in the vehicle.

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He suffered injuries on his face and is undergoing treatment at Jai Prakash Narayan Trauma Centre. The men fled but the driver detained the woman, police said.

The incident comes days after six African nationals were attacked in the national capital.

A Congo national was beaten to death after an argument over hiring an autorickshaw in the city earlier this month. A few days later, a Nigerian student was beaten up by locals after an argument over parking. Though police claim these are stray incidents, African students in the country have voiced their concern.

Meanwhile, several African students staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Monday to demand swift action.

“We want the government’s support as the incidents of attacks on people from African continent are increasing in the city. The Indian government needs to ensure safety of African nationals and act swiftly on such incidents,” a protester said.

Meanwhile, a senior official of External Affairs Ministry (MEA), who met the family members of Masonda Ketada Oliver of Congo at the airport on their arrival here, assured them of the speedy trial.

He informed them that the Government would bear all expenses related to dispatch of mortal remains of Oliver, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

He said the family thanked the government for the assistance.

The 23-year-old Congolese national Oliver, who was a French teacher at a private institute, was beaten to death in Vasant Kunj area of South Delhi following a brawl over hiring of an autorickshaw.

Envoys of African countries had expressed shock and outrage over the killing, following which India assured them of safety of African nationals. — Agencies

Rain, high wind hit North India; 12 dead in UP

Rain, high wind hit North India; 12 dead in UP

30 May 2016 | 3:03 PM

NEW DELHI: At least 12 people were killed across Uttar Pradesh due to storm, lightning and heavy rain, an official said on Monday. Meanwhile, heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed parts of Punjab and Haryana, bringing down the temperature. And in Pink City Jaipur, a high-speed squall hit the city and adjoining areas, bringing respite from the hot weather.

It’s about celebrating tech that India creates: Microsoft CEO Nadella

It’s about celebrating tech that India creates: Microsoft CEO Nadella

30 May 2016 | 4:17 PM

NEW DELHI: India-born CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella on Monday said developers and entrepreneurs from India are playing a key role in driving innovation-both in the country and outside-and the company wants to be the platform for creators here.

Mumbai cops want ‘roast’ video of Sachin, Lata pulled out

Mumbai cops want ‘roast’ video of Sachin, Lata pulled out

30 May 2016 | 5:42 PM

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police have asked online video hosting sites like Google and YouTube to pull out a video ‘roasting’ cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena filed a police complaint.

Ban on large diesel vehicles a ‘transient phase’, says Jaitley

Ban on large diesel vehicles a ‘transient phase’, says Jaitley

30 May 2016 | 3:38 PM

TOKYO: Playing down the ban on registration of large diesel vehicles in the National Capital Region, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said it is a “transient phase” and Japanese auto giant Suzuki is unlikely to be impacted given the overall large market it has got in India.

Narayanasamy calls on Puducherry LG, stakes claim to form govt

Narayanasamy calls on Puducherry LG, stakes claim to form govt

30 May 2016 | 12:35 PM

PUDUCHERRY: Congress leader V. Narayanasamy on Monday called on Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and formally staked claim to form government in the Union Territory.

AAP MP Khalsa denies backing Swaraj Party

AAP MP Khalsa denies backing Swaraj Party

30 May 2016 | 1:55 PM

CHANDIGARH: A day after the Punjab unit of Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj Abhiyan announced a regional political party here on Sunday, Fatehgarh Sahib MP Harinder Singh Khalsa clarified that he did not back the newly formed party.

Hacker seeks CBI probe into alleged Dawood-Khadse calls

Hacker seeks CBI probe into alleged Dawood-Khadse calls

30 May 2016 | 5:09 PM

MUMBAI: A Gujarat-based person, who claims to have hacked the call records of Dawood Ibrahim, today filed a petition in Bombay High Court seeking protection for himself and CBI probe against Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse for alleged calls between him and the underworld don.

Fresh trouble, Rawat ally won’t back RS nominee

Fresh trouble, Rawat ally won’t back RS nominee

30 May 2016 | 2:08 AM

NEW DELHI:Fresh trouble is brewing for the Congress in Uttarakhand with ally Progressive Democratic Front (PDF) objecting to the name of Pradeep Tamta as the party’s nominee for the Rajya Sabha and staking claim for the lone seat.

Beant Singh’s grandson dies of bullet injury

Beant Singh’s grandson dies of bullet injury

30 May 2016 | 2:09 AM

CHANDIGARH: Assassinated Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh (40) died at his house in strange circumstances here today.

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30 May 2016 | 2:09 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: In a Silicon Valley culture known for brilliant ideas boiling up in coffee shops, Gaurav Chawla is pouring his heart into chai.


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Parties file nominations for RS polls

Parties file nominations for RS polls

30 May 2016 | 3:47 PM

PATNA/ JAIPUR: Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, noted lawyer and former BJP MP Ram Jethmalani, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti, and BJP leaders M Venkiah Naidu and party vice-president Om Prakash Mathur were among those who filed their nominations on Monday for Rajya Sabha elections.

CITY FOCUS

Pollution on mind, UT plans electric buses

Pollution on mind, UT plans electric buses

30 May 2016 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH: To reduce pollution being caused by the ever-increasing number of vehicles, the Administration is contemplating starting electric buses in the city. A company made a presentation on electric buses before senior officers of the Administration on Friday.

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30 May 2016 | 2:02 AM

SHIMLA: Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s grandnephew Abhitej Sandhu, who was injured in a motorbike accident at Maglad near Rampur in Shimla district late last evening, succumbed to his injuries in a Rampur hospital today.

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Badal all praise for Modi, says Centre helps state

30 May 2016 | 1:26 AM

LAMBI: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while countering PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh’s recent statement that it was the Congress government led by Dr Manmohan Singh which had cared for Punjab.

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Grocery shop owners want check on food adulteration

30 May 2016 | 1:26 AM

KOTKAPURA: Over 3,000 traders of grocery items across the state assembled in Kotkapura today and resolved to fight against the adulteration of food items.

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Haryana submits reports on Jat protests, Murthal gangrape to high court

Haryana submits reports on Jat protests, Murthal gangrape to high court

30 May 2016 | 5:30 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government submitted former top policeman Prakash Singh committee’s report on February’s violent Jat protests for reservation to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in sealed covers on Monday.

Rs1,143-cr horticulture project gets WB nod

Rs1,143-cr horticulture project gets WB nod

30 May 2016 | 1:15 AM

SHIMLA: If all goes as targeted, farmers will get the root-stock based certified plant material and controlled atmospheric stores (CAS) to double their productivity under the ambitious Rs 1,143 crore horticulture modernization project.

Ghansali cloudburst toll mounts to four, 3 missing

Ghansali cloudburst toll mounts to four, 3 missing

30 May 2016 | 12:41 AM

MUSSOORIE: Four persons died in Chinyali Saud and Dunda tehsil of Uttarkashi district in the cloudburst that wreaked havoc in Ghansali yesterday. Besides, three persons, who were in forest with their cattle, are reportedly missing.

Bleaching kills 35% of corals in northern and central parts of Great Barrier Reef

Bleaching kills 35% of corals in northern and central parts of Great Barrier Reef

30 May 2016 | 1:55 PM

MELBOURNE: Mass bleaching has killed 35 per cent of corals on northern and central sections of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Monday, with the current event at the World Heritage Site much more extreme than measured before. After months of intensive aerial and underwater surveys, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have released an initial estimate of the death toll from coral bleaching.

Indian missiles, copters, subs: Anil Ambani's ambitious defence plan

Indian missiles, copters, subs: Anil Ambani's ambitious defence plan

30 May 2016 | 4:00 PM

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Anil Ambani's Reliance Group has never made a military helicopter, missile system or submarine in its history but that isn't stopping the Indian tycoon from seeking to win contracts to manufacture all of that military hardware and more.

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30 May 2016 | 2:01 AM

BENGALURU:Sunrisers Hyderabad ruined Virat Kohli's fairytale season, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs in a high-octane summit clash to walk away with their maiden IPL trophy here tonight.

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30 May 2016 | 2:01 AM

BENGALURU:The BCCI technical committee, headed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, has decided to conduct all Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues from the coming season.

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30 May 2016 | 2:01 AM

DURHAM:England moved towards victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka whose batsmen showed sufficient resolve on Sunday to push the game into the fourth day even if the defeat still seems inevitable.

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