Dalit Girl Raped In Madhya Pradesh School, Accused, 2 Teachers Arrested


The three accused were subsequently arrested. (Representational)

Rajgarh (MP): 

A 16-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by a man at a private school in a village in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, the police said on Tuesday.

The main accused, Azim Khan, 21, and two school teachers, who allegedly helped him in committing the crime, were arrested after the incident that took place on Sunday, a police officer said.

The Class 9 student in her statement to the police said the accused lured her while she was standing at a bus stand in Sandawata village and then took her to the school, located nearby, where she was a student, the police said.

The two other accused, Ritik Kushwaha, 21, and Shyam Prajapati, 22, both working as teachers at the same school, then locked the girl and Khan in a room on the campus where the latter allegedly raped her, the official said.

The girl later went home and informed about the incident to her family members, who registered a complaint at the Chhapiheda police station on Monday.

The three accused were subsequently arrested.

The school’s director, Abbas Khan, in an application to the police claimed he was out of the village on Sunday due to his father’s illness, she said.

The director also told the police that Kushwaha was in possession of keys of the school building, the police official added.





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Suspecting Infidelity, Husband Hires 3 Man To Stalk Wife In Delhi


The police said that women’s husband has been asked to join the investigation. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

Three men were arrested after a 34-year-old woman complained that they were stalking her for the past few days in Khan Market area, the police said on Tuesday.

The accused, identified as Hemant Aggarwal, Babar Ali and Amit Kumar, told police that they were hired by the woman’s husband to keep an eye on her as he suspected she was having an extra-marital affair.

The woman lodged a complaint at Tughlak Road police station on Monday, following which a team went to the spot and nabbed the accused.

The couple was married for 11 years and fought frequently as the woman’s husband suspected her of having an extra-marital affair, he said.

Her husband has been asked to join the investigation, the police said, adding that a case has been registered. 





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Drunk Man Shoots Self To Death While Showing His Pistol In Delhi


The incident took place on Monday night. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

A 32-year-old drunk man accidentally shot himself to death while showing his pistol to a friend in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, the police said on Tuesday. 

The deceased has been identified as Amit, a resident of Sangam Vihar, Vijay Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said.

The incident took place on Monday night.

A case has been registered, the police said. 





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India Shares Coordinates Of Kartarpur Corridor With Pakistan


Pakistan issued 14 key recommendations to India on the Kartarpur, said reports. (File)

New Delhi: 

India on Tuesday shared with Pakistan the coordinates of the Kartarpur Corridor crossing point along the International Border with Pakistan to enable Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

“Pursuant to the decision taken by the government of India on November 22, 2018, to expeditiously realise the long pending proposal to establish Kartarpur Corridor, India has today (Tuesday) shared the coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan,” said an External Affairs Ministry statement.

“India has also proposed two set of dates, February 26 and March 7, 2019, for the visit of Pakistan delegation to New Delhi to discuss and finalise the modalities so that Indian pilgrims can visit the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor at the earliest,” it stated.

The Union Cabinet in November last year decided to develop the Kartarpur Corridor from Gurdaspur in Punjab to the International Border to facilitate pilgrims’ passage to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan as part of the 550th birth year celebrations of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, later this year year.

Later that month, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground-breaking ceremony to develop the corridor in the presence of Indian Ministers.

According to reports, in December, Pakistan issued 14 key recommendations to India on the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to the holy gurdwara.





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UAE, Pakistan Sign $3 Billion Bailout Package To Shore Up Economy


Pakistan, UAE signed a $3b bailout package during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Lahore: 

Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday signed a USD 3 billion bailout package, as part of Abu Dhabi’s support to boost the cash-strapped country’s dwindling dollar reserves.

The UAE in December last year had announced to provide USD 3 billion financial assistance to Pakistan after Saudi Arabia made a similar commitment to help Islamabad successfully overcome international payment crisis and to avoid a stringent International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal.

Tuesday’s agreement was signed between State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) chief Tariq Bajwa and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) Director General Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi.

“UAE has formalized $3 billion deposit in the State Bank of Pakistan. DG ADFD & the Governor SBP inked the agreement at #ADFD Headquarters in Abu Dhabi,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal tweeted.

He said the agreement will help Pakistan achieve financial stability and overcome economic challenges.

The UAE had committed the financial assistance during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Qatar last month to seek investment and provision of LNG on deferred payments.

Pakistan has a 15-year contract with Qatar for supply of LNG.

The Saudi and the UAE governments have played a major role in helping Pakistan to meet around USD 12 billion shortfall in balance of payments in 2018-19 fiscal year, government officials said.





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Saregama Carvaan Gold Review | NDTV Gadgets360.com


Everywhere you look, it seems that technology has taken over our lives in one form or another. From smart refrigerators and TVs to voice assistants that are always listening, it can all get a bit overwhelming at times. It’s no surprise then that people are exploring ways to a break from technology, be it in the form of a digital detox, or simply by embracing gadgets that don’t overcomplicate things and represent a throwback to “simpler times” that many seem to remember fondly.

Saregama knows a bit about nostalgia, being the company behind HMV, the music label that released most of the music recorded in the country for a large part of the 20th century. While rival T-Series — which, incidentally was the first to challenge HMV’s domination in the 1980s, but this is not the time or place for a history lesson — is now a well-known name on the Internet, Saregama was rather slow to adapt to the digital age, much like it was slow to adapt to change in the 80s, but we’ve got to stop looking back, really!

That was until 2017, when the company released the first Saregama Carvaan, a music player that looked a lot like radios from a bygone era. Though it offered USB playback, Bluetooth connectivity, and FM radio — features you’d expect from modern devices — its USP was the preloaded collection of Hindi songs across various genres, that you could play with the turn of a dial.

No streaming, no searching, and no customised playlists — just 5,000 preloaded classic songs organised into stations based on artistes and genres for you to choose from and play in a loop; like radio, minus the annoying ads and RJs, with some ability to influence what you are listening to. The Carvaan offers simplicity and ease of use to the technophobe, while still being functional enough to be a cool, no frills, “retro” media player to everybody else.

We were quite impressed with the original Saregama Carvaan, including its concept as well as the simplicity of its design and execution. It was clearly not a product aimed at audiophiles, so it was no surprise then that it fell a little bit short in terms of overall audio quality, not least because most of the source material is decades old so there are unlikely to be high quality masters lying around to begin with.

While the Carvaan was largely well received — the company recently announced it has clocked over 1 million in unit sales — and the second half of 2018 saw the company launch multiple variants, including the Carvaan Premium, which aimed to address some of the feedback it had received about the original Carvaan.

saregama carvaan gold left Saregama Carvaan Gold

 

The Carvaan Premium added AM radio support (in addition to FM already present on the original), an Aux-in port (offering an additional connectivity option apart from Bluetooth), and over 50 new stations dedicated to actors and actresses, apart from the 80+ stations dedicated to singers, lyricists, and music composers, which shipped with the original.

Perhaps most importantly, the Saregama Carvaan Premium added support for a companion app, which lets you browse through the songs and stations on your device. Now that might seem like a counterintuitive idea for a device that’s designed to declutter your digital life, but as we noted with the original Carvaan, there are times when you want to listen to a particular song that you know is on the device, and don’t want to fiddle with a bunch of knobs and buttons just to get to it.

The Carvaan Gold released a month after the Carvaan Premium with a couple of key differences, most notably a focus on audio quality, addressing one of our criticisms of the original Carvaan. It ditched the Micro-USB port for a proprietary charger, which means you need to remember to carry the charger with you if you plan to lug it around when you travel.

Of course the size (28.9cm x 22.6cm x 8.4cm) and weight (1.94kg) of the Carvaan Gold don’t exactly lend themselves to portability other than moving it around the home, so that’s unlikely to bother most people. However, you will need to go back to Saregama to buy a new charger if something happens to the one it ships with, which isn’t ideal.

The basic functionality of the Saregama Carvaan Gold is the same as that of the Carvaan and Carvaan Premium. There’s a power button and four buttons on the left side used to change the playback mode — Bluetooth, FM/ AM, USB/ Aux-In, and Saregama. The first three are self-explanatory, while the latter is the one at the core of the device.

saregama carvaan gold right Saregama Carvaan Gold

 

When in Saregama mode, you can use the three buttons at the front to start playing different preloaded stations. The first one is Artistes, which features stations based on music composers, lyricists, singers, and even actors. It’s the easiest way to spend a few hours listening to songs featuring Dev Anand or the best of RD Burman, among various other artistes.

A giant dial at the top right lets you switch from one artiste to another, while skip/ back buttons located right below it can be used to go back and forth within the same stations. Playback of songs in these stations is always randomised — so it’s unlikely to start with the same song when you choose it the next time. Stations will also always keep repeating in a loop, which means the music never stops playing, though, obviously, it starts to get a bit repetitive after a while.

The second button, Specials, features some interesting stations such as Songs with Dialogues, Classical Instrumental songs, Duet Hits, songs featuring the Kapoor family, among others, as well as genres like Romance. The third button, Geetmala, is strictly for those who grew up listening to the voice of Ameen Sayani, featuring old broadcasts of Binaca Geetmala, arguably the subcontinent’s most famous radio show and perhaps the closest thing India has had to Billboard’s Hot 100, complete with Sayani’s anecdotes that endeared him to countless listeners.

There’s a volume dial on the right, and the back features a reset button, the charging port, a USB port, and an Aux-in port. Bundled in the box is an antenna that folds out like those old-fashioned radio antennas, which can be plugged in to the Aux-in port to improve reception, if necessary. The USB port can be used to plug in drives for playback, or simply to recharge your phone using the device’s built-in battery.

The device’s battery is rated at 5 hours, but our experience was much better. At 20 percent volume — which we found to be sufficiently loud to comfortably listen to music even in a large room — and in the Saregama mode playing built-in music on a loop, the battery on the Saregama Carvaan lasted an incredible 14 hours. Obviously, if you listen to music at higher volumes or if you use Bluetooth functionality, your experience will likely be different.

saregama carvaan gold remote Saregama Carvaan GoldThe Saregama Carvaan Gold remote (centre) flanked on either side by the Alexa voice remote and the Apple TV remote

 

All Carvaan units now ship with a remote, so all functionality is accessible at the tap of a button even if you aren’t right next to the unit, except for toggling it on or off, which must be done via the mechanical power button. The companion app — which connects to your Carvaan Premium or Carvaan Gold over Bluetooth and does not require an Internet connection to work — lets you search through the catalog of songs on your Carvaan Premium or Gold and even lets you build customised playlists. We had to create a Saregama account — which was annoying — but other than that, we found that the app worked as you would expect.

Everything described so far is available on the Carvaan Premium as well, so what is it that sets the Carvaan Gold apart? First up, the fact that it has a metallic body (instead of plastic) and is available in Rose Gold and Champagne Gold finishes. We quite liked the Rose Gold unit we received for testing, though while the overall fit and finish felt solid, it didn’t necessarily feel premium.

Apart from its metallic body, what sets this variant of the Saregama Carvaan apart from the more affordable models are the Harman Kardon-certified speakers inside. There are five speakers located behind the metallic mesh up front, which are rated at 2W RMS each.

The device does not support any high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs such as aptX and aptX HD. However, that is not surprising considering the intended audience for this device. The sound on offer via Bluetooth is clear and crisp, but lacks warmth and detail. Similarly priced dedicated Bluetooth speakers such as the Bose Soundlink Mini II and Harman Kardon’s own Onyx Studio 4 deliver much superior sound, but, obviously, you are paying for more than just the speaker here.

Mids are very expressive, and stand out in the sound mix. The highs are also clear and crisp, and there is no sibilance as such to speak of. As a result, vocals, which register mostly in the upper mids, sound excellent. The lows are where things go downhill.

saregama carvaan gold top Saregama Carvaan Gold

 

Bass is weak, hollow, and lacks punch. Sub-bass in particular is almost non-existent. Of course, this system is not built for blasting EDM at full volume, but even the 60s- and 70s-era Hindi tracks that come preloaded sound hollow because of the weak sub-bass. Instrument separation is also quite weak, with multi-layered tracks sounding very muddled.

We played songs through the auxiliary input using our Fiio M3K high-res audio player as the source device. As expected, clarity and detail were noticeably better than what we experienced over a Bluetooth connection. The quality was noticeably better for songs played via a USB drive as well. Of course, the sound you hear depends greatly on the quality of the source material as well.

The Saregama Carvaan Gold is priced at Rs. 14,990, which is a pretty big premium compared to, well, the Saregama Carvaan Premium, which offers the same functionality at Rs. 7,390. Yes, the audio quality is better compared to the Carvaan (which starts at Rs. 5,990) — we haven’t tested the Carvaan Premium — but it’s not worth paying more than twice as much for.

The Carvaan is a unique range of products that we love, and while the Premium should probably be most people’s choice, the ‘regular’ variant is worth considering as well if you are on a tighter budget. If you want to look beyond Hindi music, there are variants for Tamil, Bengali, and Marathi songs as well, with a range of more affordable Carvaan Mini offerings also up for purchase. The Carvaan Gold is only for those for whom the budget is truly no bar.

Price: Rs. 14,990

Pros

  • Great retro look
  • Easy to use
  • Can get fairly loud
  • Huge collection of built-in tracks
  • Companion app improves the search experience

Cons

  • Expensive compared to its siblings
  • Sound quality doesn’t live up to the price tag

Ratings (out of 5)
Design: 4
Audio quality: 3.5
Battery life: 4
Value for money: 3
Overall : 4

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Woman Thrown Out By In Laws home who Entered in Sabarimala Temple


तिरुवनंतपुरम:

सबरीमाला मंदिर (Sabarimala temple) में  प्रवेश कर इतिहास बनाने वाली 39 साल की कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga) को उनके ससुराल वालों ने घर में घुसने की इजाजत नहीं दी. एक हफ्ते पहले कनक दुर्गा की सास पर उनसे मारपीट का आरोप लगा था, जिसके बाद उन्हें कोझिकोडे मेडिकल कॉलेज में भर्ती कराना पड़ा था.कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga) ने अपने ससुराल वालों के खिलाफ पुलिस में शिकायत दर्ज कराई है. सूत्रों ने एनडीटीवी को बताया कि यह मामला अब अदालत में जा पहुंचा है और सबको अदालत के आदेश का इंतजार है. सूत्रों के मुताबिक, जब पुलिस कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga) को अस्पताल से लेकर घर पहुंती, तो पाया कि उनके पति अपने दो बच्चे और मां के साथ घर पर ताला लगाकर कहीं चले गए हैं. कनक दुर्गा को फिलहाल अब पुलिस की निगरानी में सरकारी आश्रय गृह में रखा गया है.

Sabarimala temple: सबरीमाला मंदिर में प्रवेश कर इतिहास बनाने वाली महिलाओं ने कहा, हम जानते हैं हमारी जान को खतरा है, लेकिन…

इससे पहले कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga) ने अपनी सास पर मारपीट का आरोप लगाया था. सबरीमला मंदिर (Sabarimala temple) में भगवान अयप्पा के दर्शन के बाद 44 वर्षीय कनकदुर्गा सुरक्षा कारणों से पिछले दो हफ्ते से छिपी हुईं थीं और 15 जनवरी को पेरिनथलमन्ना स्थित अपने घर पहुंची थीं. पुलिस के अनुसार, घर में घुसने के साथ ही कनकदुर्गा की अपनी ससुराल वालों से बहस हो गई जो मंदिर में उसके प्रवेश का जोरदार विरोध कर रहे थे. पुलिस ने बताया था कि उनकी सास ने लकड़ी के फट्टे से कथित तौर पर पिटाई की और उन्हें बाद में अस्पताल में भर्ती कराना पड़ा. उन्होंने बताया कि उन्हें सिर में चोट आई थी और मल्लपुरम जिले के एक सरकारी अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया था.    

सबरीमाला मंदिर में प्रवेश करने वाली महिला को सास ने पीटा, अस्‍पताल में भर्ती: सूत्र

कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga)ने टीवी चैनलों को बताया था, “मेरी सास ने लकड़ी के फट्टे से मुझे बुरी तरह पीटा.” हालांकि, उनकी बूढी सास को भी अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया, जिन्होंने बाद में आरोप लगाया कि कनक दुर्गा ने उनके साथ मार-पीट की. कनकदुर्गा के ससुराल वालों के साथ-साथ मायकेवाले भी मंदिर में प्रवेश के उनके फैसले का विरोध कर रहे हैं. 

सबरीमाला विवादः केरल में फिर भड़की हिंसा, बीजेपी सांसद के घर पर देसी बम से हमला

गौरतलब है कि कनक दुर्गा (Kanaka Durga) और बिंदु आमिनी (Bindu Ammini) नाम की दो महिलाओं ने सबरीमाला मंदिर में बतौर महिला पहली बार भगवान अयप्पा के दर्शन किए थे. इन दोनों महिलाओं को राइट विंग ग्रुप की तरफ से धमकी मिल रही थी. इसको देखथे हुए इन्हें कोच्चि के एक गुमनाम जगह पर रखा गया था.

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Agra Activists To Build Taj Mahal Replica With Plastic, Polythene Waste


Each day, Agra generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste.

Agra: 

Activists in Agra will try to build a replica of the iconic Taj Mahal with plastic and polythene waste at a park on river Yamuna in the Uttar Pradesh town.

The green activists will use eco-bricks made with plastic bottles to build the proposed Taj Mahal. Eco-bricks are made of plastic bottles that are stuffed with polythene bags and are sealed.

The joint effort by an NGO Unfold Foundation and members of a River Connect Campaign will take around six months to build the dummy Taj Mahal.

“The bottles become rock solid and are good enough to last 500 years,” Dr Meeta Kulshreshtha, a coordinator of the Unfold Foundation, told news agency IANS.

“If one person can give us one bottle filled with waste material, we will have 20 lakh such eco-bricks to build any solid structure in one year,” Programme Convener Harvijay Bahia said.

Chaturbhuj Tiwari, a member of the River Connect Campaign, said, “Every week when we clean a patch of the Yamuna riverbed, we gather heaps of polythene and used plastic material. If we can manage to fill all this in plastic bottles and jars, we could not only help solve a major urban problem, but have material ready for a structure to be used by the public. Tree guards, benches and stools are among the products that can be made.”

The plastic-based Taj Mahal will be built in Agra’s Etmauddaula viewpoint park.

Each day, Agra generates around a thousand tons of civic garbage, most of it plastic and polythene waste.

“If each household starts filling up bottles with used polythene bags and sliced plastic, we could easily prevent pollution of rivers and water bodies and also avoid choking of drains and sewer lines,” social activist Shravan Kumar Singh said.





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Singer Chris Brown Released Without Charge After Paris Rape Claim


Chris Brown has been in the news more for his legal troubles than his hit releases in recent years.

Paris, France: 

American R&B star Chris Brown was released without charge on Tuesday after being held overnight for questioning over a rape allegation in Paris, the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. 

A 25-year-old woman has accused Brown, along with his bodyguard and a friend, of assaulting her in the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel last Tuesday night, a source close to the case said on condition of anonymity.

The Grammy Award-winning singer, 29, was detained on Monday on suspicion of aggravated rape and a drug offence. 

The prosecutor’s office said an investigation was continuing, while Brown’s lawyer Raphael Chiche said his client “energetically” proclaimed his innocence and wanted to bring a defamation lawsuit.

The alleged victim told police she met Brown in a nightclub near the Champs-Elysees avenue with a group of other women.

She then agreed to go back to the hotel, which is on the glitzy boutique-lined Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore.

Brown was pictured in the French capital last week attending shows during men’s fashion week.

The singer posted a picture on his Instagram account Tuesday night that read “This B!tch Lyin'”.

“I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! (sic) NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!” he posted next to the picture.

The singer, who according to Billboard has sold more than 100 million records, has been in the news more for his legal troubles than his hit releases in recent years.

In 2009 he was convicted of beating fellow singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, who was forced to miss the Grammy Awards because of her injuries.

Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation and six months of community service for the assault.

Brushes with the law

In 2014 he pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan in Washington and was accused of violence by a woman in Las Vegas.

Two years later he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police officers, after a woman said he threatened her at his home.

And last May a woman filed a lawsuit against Brown over claims that one of his friends repeatedly raped her at a drink- and drug-fuelled party at the singer’s Los Angeles home in 2017.

Brown was discovered by record label scouts when he was just a boy, working at his father’s gas station in the US state of Virginia. 

First identified as a rapper, he later found success with his rich singing voice, selling more than two million copies of his self-titled debut album released at the age of just 16.

Best known for hits in the mid-2000s such as “Kiss, Kiss” and “Run It”, Brown has released eight studio albums, six of which have gone platinum with over one million sales.

He went off the radar following the assault on Rihanna before launching a comeback in 2011 with the new album F.A.M.E., which debuted at number one on the US charts.

He has also dabbled in acting, appearing in several films as well as teen drama “The OC”.

He counts nearly 50 million followers on Instagram, where a picture posted on Sunday showed him meeting fans in Paris.

News of Brown’s arrest was first reported by the celebrity magazine Closer.

An investigation by Billboard in 2017 reported that Brown was battling a heavy addiction to cocaine and prescription medication.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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