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Killed IPS officer's kin demand justice

Gwalior: The father of Narendra Kumar Singh, the young IPS officer who was mowed down by an alleged member of the mining mafia, has demanded justice from the government.

The government must ensure that we get justice, said the braveheart's father Keshav Dev.

A 2009-batch officer Narendra Kumar Singh was posted at Banmore as Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) a month ago and had taken on the mining mafia by seizing number of trucks and tractors engaged in illegal quarrying.

The 30-year-old IPS officer was crushed under the wheels of a tractor trolley driven by an alleged member of the mining mafia in Morena on Thursday. The incident occurred at Banmore at around 1pm when Kumar, who was out on patrolling in his official jeep, saw the trolley loaded with stones.

Kumar signalled the driver to stop but he did not pay heed. So, he followed the vehicle, cut in and stood in front of the vehicle after getting down from his jeep.

But the tractor driver, Manoj Gurjar, drove on and knocked down the officer who was crushed under the wheels.




Dravid to announce retirement today

Adelaide: Rahul Dravidís glittering international career may come to an end as the veteran batsman likely to announce his retirement on Friday in Bangalore.

Dravid has called a press conference on Friday in Bangalore that will also be attended by BCCI president N Srinivasan. It was learnt that Dravid would pull curtains down on his illustrious career during the press conference.

Dravid, like most other Indian batsmen, had a poor run in the four-Test series to give Australia a clean sweep. He made 194 runs at an average of 24.25 in this series.

Dravid had already announced his retirement from one-day cricket and Twenty20.

The elegant right hander, nicknamed `The Wall` for his dour defence, is the second highest run getter in Test history with 13,288 runs, behind only Sachin Tendulkar who has 15,470 runs. He has 36 Test centuries with a highest score of 270 and an average of 52.31.




Parrikar to take oath in Goa today

Panaji: Chief minister-designate Manohar Parrikar and six other legislators would be sworn in as ministers in Panaji on Friday. Senior BJP leaders including LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj will attend the oath taking ceremony that is being held at the Sports Authority of Goa ground, which is expected to be packed with thousands of people.

Party sources said that seven people including chief minister would be taking oath during the first round this evening. The cabinet expansion would be held later after presentation of the state budget.

The first lot of ministers includes two legislators from minority community--Francis D'Souza and Matanhy Saldanha-- who were in Parrikar cabinet when his government was toppled in the year 2005.

BJP Goa unit president Laxmikant Parsekar, who got elected from Mandrem constituency, tribal leader Ramesh Tawadkar and Dayanand Mandrekar will also be taking oath.

Ramakrishna Dhavalikar, a legislator from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), will also be inducted in the cabinet on Friday. He was transport minister in Congress-led cabinet and had resigned before March 3 polls.MGP had fought Goa polls in alliance with the BJP.

The saffron party led by Parrikar had swept March 3 polls reducing Congress numbers to a single digit in the legislative assembly.





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