Counting For Jammu And Kashmir Municipal Election Under Way, Congress Wins In Leh


Overall voting percentage for the local body polls was 35.1 per cent. The result will be declared today

Srinagar: 

The Congress has won all the wards in Leh, poll officials said, as counting of votes for the recently-held municipal polls continued in Jammu and Kashmir. Counting of votes started at 8 am, and all the results will be declared later in the day, election officials said.

For the Srinagar municipal corporation, the counting is being held at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar and for the Jammu municipal corporation, it is being held at the Polytechnic Institute near Bikram Chowk.

For other districts of the state, counting is being held at the respective district headquarters.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the state to ensure that counting of votes happen in a peaceful environment.

Municipal elections, which took place in the state after 13 years, were held in four phases. It covered 79 municipal bodies with an electorate of about 17 lakh voters.

A total of 3,372 nominations were filed for 1,145 wards and the voting was held on October 8, 10, 13 and 16.

The Valley witnessed a poor voter turnout while Jammu and Ladakh recorded robust polling.

Of the 598 wards in Kashmir, 231 candidates were elected unopposed, while there were no candidates in 181 wards.

The overall voting percentage for these polls in the state was 35.1 per cent.
 





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Photos Of Taimur, Inaaya And Laksshya Dressed For Navratri Are Winning The Internet


New Delhi: 

On Saturday, the Internet woke up to adorable photos of Taimur Ali Khan with cousin Inaaya Naumi Kemmu and Tushaar Kapoor’s son Laksshya, celebrating Navratri at the playschool attended by the trio. Fan clubs curated photos of Taimur, Inaaya and Laksshya celebrating the festivities with their playschool mates. The trio can be seen wearing traditional outfits and cute can’t even begin to describe the photos shared on social media. Needless to say, Taimur, Inaaya and Laksshya looked cute as a button in the photos, which is breaking the Internet. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s son Taimur, who attends a playschool in suburban Mumbai, is often spotted dropping by his grandmother’s house or visiting cousin Inaaya at Soha Ali Khan’s residence. Laksshya, who attends the same playschool, is a close friend of Taimur.

These are the photos we were talking about:

 

 

 

 

Taimur and Inaaya recently touched down in Mumbai from a family vacation Maldives. Saif and Kareena had a fabulous fam-jam with Soha and her husband Kunal. Soha and Kunal had taken up the duty to keep fans updated with photos from the beach vacation since both Saif and Kareena are social media recluse. Envy-inducing pictures from the stars’ family vacation took over social media by storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inaaya turned one last month and Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu hosted a birthday bash for the little munchkin. Taimur, who is nine months older to Inaaya, will celebrate his second birthday on December 20.

Taimur is frequently spotted on the trends list on several occasions. Remember his play date with Karan Johar’s kids Yash and Roohi? The video shared by Karan Johar on Instagram went insanely viral on the Internet.

 

 

Besides holidaying together, Inaaya and Taimur, along with the two set of parents – Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu and Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan respectively, are also often photographed catching up for fam-jams at Soha’s Mumbai home.





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Amritsar Train Driver Says He Got All-Clear To Move On; Detained By Cops


At least 60 people watching the burning of a Ravana effigy from a railway track were mowed down.

Amritsar: 

The driver of the train that ran over 60 people while they were watching Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar has been detained and questioned by the Punjab and railway police. The driver said he was given the green all-clear signal to move ahead and he had no idea that hundreds of people were standing on the tracks ahead before the train crossed the area, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The driver of the diesel multiple unit or DMU train is being questioned at Ludhiana railway station.

The police said the organisers of the Ravan effigy-burning event at Amritsar’s Jora Pathak near the railway tracks are untraceable.

Railway officials said they are speaking with linemen posted along the tracks near Jora Phatak, who allegedly did not inform the DMU driver about the presence of hundreds of people on the railway tracks.

As the effigies went up in flames with amid the deafening noise of bursting firecrackers, the people standing on the railway tracks did not realise that a speeding train was approaching.

At least 60 people, many of them watching the burning effigies or recording the event on their mobile phones, were run over by the fast-moving train. The train passed the area within seconds.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha visited the accident site on Friday night. He said the accident is being investigated.

The railway authorities in Punjab and New Delhi said they were not informed about the Dussehra event near the railway tracks, and the police also did not prevent the people from coming to the tracks.





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Before Amritsar Train Tragedy, People Stood On Elevated Tracks For Better View Of Ravan Effigy Burning: 10 Points


Before Amritsar Tragedy, People Stood On Elevated Tracks For Better View

Amritsar: A train ran over people watching Dussehra celebrations in Amritsar (AFP)

Amritsar:  Sixty people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in Amritsar on Friday evening. The tracks at Jaura Phatak were on an elevation, which gave a better view of the burning effigy of Ravan. As it was lit and fireworks went off, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks, where a large number of people were already standing to watch the celebrations. The people who were hit could not see or hear the train due to the exploding crackers. An angry crowd shouted slogans against local legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was present as chief guest during the event. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

  1. The accident took place at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak at 6:45 pm. The train was travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar. The railway crossing gates were closed and the crossing was manned.
  2. Doctors at Civil Hospital and Guru Nanak Hospital said 32 bodies have been identified. It will take time to identify more bodies as they have been cut into pieces by the metal wheels of the fast-moving train, they said.
  3. Witnesses said the dead included children. There were around 300 people at the accident spot. At least 48 people have been injured; 13 of them are critical.
  4. An eyewitness said no alarm was raised when the train was approaching and blamed the administration. “The administration and the Dussehra committee are at fault… they should have made sure that the train halts or slows down,” the eyewitness told news agency ANI.
  5. Ashwani Lohani, chairman of the Railway Board, visited the accident site. He said the railways was not at fault.
  6. The Dussehra event was organised by Saurabh Mithu Madaan, the son of a Congress municipal corporator. Dussehra celebrations were not held at this spot last year.
  7. Navjot Kaur Sidhu said she got to know about the incident after reaching home. “I went back home after burning the Ravan and then I got to know that there was chaos and a train came at full speed. I called the commissioner and I asked him whether I should come back, he said no there’s too much chaos here,” she told ANI from the hospital where the injured are being treated.
  8. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said he is rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue efforts. He has asked all government and private hospitals to stay open. “My government will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals,” he tweeted.
  9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also promised all possible assistance. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations. Mr Goyal, who is in the US, also said he is returning to India.
  10. A Northern Railways official said the effigy was being burnt less than 100 metres from the railway tracks. “Ravan effigy was being burnt 70-80 m from the gate, when the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track, at the time a train was passing and level crossing there was shut,” the official said.

Railways helpline numbers: 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485





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Priyanka Chopra Has ‘Baby Fever,’ Wants To ‘Catch Up’ With Friend Having Babies


Priyanka Chopra with her fiance Nick Jonas in New York. (Image courtesy AFP)

New Delhi: 

Actress Priyanka Chopra has ‘baby fever,’ she told Extra on the sidelines of an event in New York recently. When asked about her friend Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s pregnancy, Priyanka Chopra told Extra: “I’m super excited. A few of my friends are having babies, so, this is that time, I guess – I’m having baby fever now.” Before this, on the red carpet of the Golden Heart Awards, Priyanka told E! News: “I just have a few of my friends who are having babies right now and I’m like, ‘God I need to catch up!'”

Priyanka Chopra is engaged to get married to singer Nick Jonas. Earlier this month a source told Hollywood Life that Priyanka and Nick are in a “hurry to start a family” because of which Nick’s brother Joe Jonas and his fiancee actress Sophie Turner “graciously offered to let Priyanka and Nick have wedding priority.”

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are reportedly getting married on December 2 in Jodhpur, India. As per a Times Of India report, Priyanka and Nick have zeroed in on the Mehrangarh Fort as the venue for their pre-wedding functions while the main event will take place in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is in the vicinity.

As of now, Priyanka Chopra is filming Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink in London with Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim while Nick Jonas is currently busy with his own work commitments.





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Allahabad Renaming Inspires Yogi Adityanath Memes


Yogi Adityanath said many people wanted UP’s Allahabad renamed to Prayagraj.

New Delhi: 

A renaming spree in Uttar Pradesh – first with the iconic railway station Mughal Sarai and now with the historic city of Allahabad – has drawn mixed reactions on social media. Some have welcomed the moves, contending that the names reflect the desires of most of the state’s residents and are efforts at reclaiming overwritten identities. Others, however, have criticised them as blatant majoritarianism and overwriting established historical nomenclature. Nevertheless, for jokes and memes, the name changes set just months apart, have been a boon.

With the Uttar Pradesh cabinet reportedly approving the name Prayagraj for Allahabad, christened by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1575 as “Illahabad” or “abode of God”, social media and instant messaging groups burst into frenzied activity. Tied to the hashtag #AajSeTumharaNaam, internet users came out on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp with images of Yogi Adityanath on the phone with celebrities as he gives them new names.

However, one meme featuring actor Rajinikanth, celebrated in Indian internet folklore as an insuperable legend, appeared to turn the tables on Mr Adityanath.

Mr Adityanath, 46, had announced Allahabad’s impending name change earlier this week. “It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad can be renamed Prayagraj. It will be a very good message. If everyone agrees, we should know this city as Prayagraj and it can be a good start,” the BJP leader said on Staurday.

Allahabad, a historic city with a deep association with the freedom struggle, features the confluence of the rivers Ganga Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

Reports suggest Yogi Adityanath wants a new name in place before the Kumbha Mela, a mega spiritual gathering that draws gurus, seers and others from across the nation to Allahabad.

Less than three months ago, the UP government renamed the Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, after BJP icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.





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Alia Bhatt Is The Reason Behind Namrata Shirodkar’s Daughter Sitara’s ‘Biggest Smile’


New Delhi: 

Namrata Shirodkar has accompanied husband Mahesh Babu to New York, where the actor is currently shooting for his upcoming film Maharishi. The couple’s six-year-old daughter Sitara and 11-year-old son Gautham Ghattamaneni also accompanied them to the US. The actress, who is continually sharing updates on her Instagram timeline from her vacation (of sorts) in New York, surprised Instafam with a photo of Alia Bhatt with her daughter Sitara. Namrata Shirodkar and family’s rendezvous with Alia, took place in New York. Sitara had a fan moment on meeting Alia and the photo caption says it all. “Sitara’s day out. Her most favourite girl of them all. Thanks Alia for bringing the biggest smile on her face,” the caption read. Alia Bhatt took some time off her busy schedule and arrived in New York recently. She was spotted hanging out with rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the photos which hit the Internet recently.

The photo shared by Namrata Shirodkar garnered close to 44,166 likes in two hours and is counting. The comments section is flooded with comments like: “Both my favourites in one frame,” “That’s really a great one,” and “Nice to see Sitara with her favourite heroine”.

This is the photo we were talking about:

 

 

Namrata often reveals cute secrets about her family on Instagram. Remember when Namrata revealed Mahesh Babu and Sitara are ‘pretending’ to be asleep in a photo which appears to be clicked by her? Or when she told her Instafam that Sitara and Gautham try an strike deals with Mahesh Babu after she refuses?

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Mahesh Babu, who was last seen in critically acclaimed film Bharat Ane Nenu, is shooting for Maharishi, as mentioned earlier. Directed by Vamshi Paidipally, the film also stars Mohenjo Daro actress Pooja Hegde.

Mahesh Babu married Namrata Shirodkar, his co-star of Vamsi, in 2007. Namrata, a former Miss India, quit films after getting married.





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Horrific Moment When Dozens Crushed By Punjab Train Caught On Video


The train accident in Amritsar was caught on videos by eye-witnesses on cellphones.

Amritsar: 

Dazzling lights and the sound of firecrackers exploding prevented people from noticing a train bearing down on them at breakneck speed during an ill-fated Dussehra event in Amritsar on Friday evening, a video of the incident showed. By the time a few turned their attention towards the railway track they were standing on, it was already too late.

Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Congress leader and wife of Cricketer-turned-Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, was the chief guest at the event. She has denied leaving the scene of the tragedy after the accident, which reportedly claimed 60 lives.

The video shows an open ground almost completely covered in darkness, save for a towering pillar of fire formed due to the burning of Ravana’s effigy and the lit screens of numerous cellphones busy taking photographs. Crackers continue to burst continuously, drowning out every other sound — including that of the approaching train.

The train from Pathankot enters the frame almost 30 seconds into the clip, and for a split moment, it appears as if the spectators are too shocked to have grasped the enormity of the tragedy that has unravelled before them. Realisation dawns soon after, and they scramble to the aid of the injured.

In the backdrop, firecrackers continue to burst.

The authorities have confirmed that 60 people were killed in the incident. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered all government and private hospitals in the region to stay open, and said he would reach Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue efforts. “My government will give Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured in government and private hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on a war footing,” he tweeted. National leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, expressed their condolences too.

A Northern Railways official said the effigy was being burnt less than 100 metres from the railway track.

 





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50 Dead As Train Hits Crowd Watching Ravan-Burning In Punjab’s Amritsar: 10 Points


The victims were watching the burning of Ravan’s effigy near the railway tracks

New Delhi, Amritsar:  At least 50 people celebrating Dussehra were killed after a train ran over hundreds standing on a railway track in Amritsar this evening. As Ravan’s effigy – located very close to the tracks at Jaura Phatak – was lit and fireworks went off, a section of the crowd retreated towards the tracks, where a large number of people were already standing to watch the celebrations. The people who were hit could not see or hear the train due to the exploding crackers. An angry crowd shouted slogans against local legislator Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was present as chief guest during the event. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

Following are the top 10 developments in this big story:

  1. The accident took place at Dhobi Ghat near Jaura Phatak at 6:45 pm. The train was travelling from Jalandhar to Amritsar.
  2. “There are more than 50 casualties. We are evacuating people, injured taken to the hospital”, said SS Shrivastava, Commissioner of Police, Amritsar. 
  3. Witnesses said the dead included children. There were reportedly around 300 people at the accident spot, according to news agency IANS. At least 60 people have been hospitalised.
  4. An eyewitness said no alarm was raised when the train was approaching and blamed the administration. “The administration and the Dussehra committee are at fault… they should have made sure that the train halts or slows down,” the eyewitness told ANI.
  5. “Several times we have been requesting the authorities and local leaders telling them to take up the issue with railway authorities to slow down the trains near this Phatak during Dussehra, but no one has listened,” a local said.
  6. Navjot Kaur Sidhu said she got to know about the incident after reaching home. “I went back home after burning the Ravan and then I got to know that there was chaos and a train came at full speed. I called the commissioner and I asked him whether I should come back, he said no there’s too much chaos here,” she told ANI from the hospital where the injured are being treated.
  7. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said he is rushing to Amritsar to personally supervise relief and rescue efforts. He has asked all government and private hospitals to stay open. “My government will give Rs 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment to injured in government and private hospitals. District authorities have been mobilised on war footing,” he tweeted.
  8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have also promised all possible assistance.
  9. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said the Railways is conducting immediate relief and rescue operations. My Goyal, who is in the US, also said he is returning to India.
  10. A Northern Railways official said the effigy was being burnt less than 100 metres from the railway tracks. “Ravan effigy was being burnt 70-80 m from the gate, when the effigy fell, people present there ran towards the railway track, at the time a train was passing and level crossing there was shut,” the official said.

Railways helpline numbers: 0183-2223171, 0183-2564485





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Dress Code To Visit Karnataka’s Mahabaleshwar Temple


The Mahabaleshwar temple was built by Mayur Sharma of Kadamba dynasty in 4th Century AD.

Bengaluru: 

A rigid dress code banning jeans pant, trousers and Bermuda shorts has been put in place at the Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna, a popular pilgrimage centre, by its administration.

“We have already implemented the dress code in Gokarna.

The restrictions were already there but we implemented them a month ago,” the executive officer of Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple H Halappa told PTI today.

He said shirt, pant, hat, cap and coat are also not allowed.

“For men only dhoti is allowed. They can’t enter temple wearing shirts, tee-shirts and vest. Women are allowed only in salwar suit and saree. They can’t come in wearing jeans pant,” Mr Halappa added.

The Mahabaleshwar temple in Gokarna was built by Mayur Sharma of Kadamba dynasty in 4th Century AD.

Considered one of the seven “Muktikshetras or Muktistala” (places of salvation) in Karnataka, its location near the Karwar beach facing the Arabian sea has made it a tourist’s delight.

The dress code order has, however, not gone down well with G K Hegde, former administrator of the Ramachandrapura Mutt near the Gokarna temple.

He said such rules will trouble the visitors as Gokarna also happens to be a major tourist destination.

“The dress code was only for men that they should not enter the temple wearing shirts and without taking bath.

There was no restriction for women,” Mr Hegde claimed.

The dress code should have been introduced by discussing with the devotees and temple priests who have been performing rituals for ages, Mr Hegde said.

A similar restriction is in the offing at Virupaksha temple in Hampi, sources in the Karnataka Hindu religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment department told PTI.

The Virupaksha temple is among the oldest temples where the rituals have been going on since 7th century AD without break.





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