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Weedicide sprayed to dry ‘moong’ crop in a field at Naruana village in Bathinda on Sunday. Photo: Sanjeev Kumar/HT

Punjab: Rampant use of weedicide on ‘moong’ has experts worried

Rampant use of weedicides on the standing crop of green gram or summer 'moong' to speed up its thrashing and reduce time to prepare fields for paddy sowing has experts worried. Officials of the state agriculture department confirm that farmers are using paraquat dichloride (one of the most widely used herbicides) to kill plants of the short-duration legume. This method to expedite harvesting is not recommended by farm experts, they say.

Four children of migrant labourers were charred to death after a fire broke out in two shanties at Bane-Di-Hatti village in Gagret town of Una district late on Wednesday. (Representational photo)

Himachal: Four children of migrant labourers charred to death in Una district

Four children of migrant labourers were charred to death after a fire broke out in two shanties at Bane-Di-Hatti village in Gagret town of Una district late on Wednesday. Three brothers and sisters are among the victims. Ramesh Dass lost his daughter Neetu, 14, and two sons, Golu Kumar, 7, Shivam Kumar, 6, and their relative Kalidas's son Sonu Kumar, 17, in the blaze. All four children were sleeping in one of the two shanties.

The Court said it is left with no other option except to pass an order for taking the accused into judicial custody for committing contempt of Court. (Getty Images/ Representational image)

Lawyer sent to jail for ‘making wild allegations against judicial system’

The High Court of Karnataka has sentenced an advocate to prison for one week for ?making wild allegations against the judicial system and the Judicial Officers in particular?. The Division Bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi recently ordered that advocate K S Anil be taken into custody and again presented before it on February 10. The original criminal contempt case against Anil was filed in 2019.

The wedding was organised in the village’s banquet hall on Meerut-Bagpat road. (Representative file image)

Two killed, 12 injured after car rams into wedding procession in UP: Police

In a tragic incident, two cousins of a groom were killed while 12 others got injured after a speeding car rammed into a wedding party in Uttar Pradesh's Bafar village on Wednesday night, police said. The wedding was organised in the village's banquet hall on Meerut-Bagpat road. During the procession, the groom's family were dancing outside the hall when the speeding car rammed into it.

Mehal Singh Bhullar, 66, the father of slain gangster Harjinder Singh, alias Vicky Gounder, was found dead on the rail track near Malout in Muktsar district, police said on Thursday. (Representational photo)

Punjab: Slain gangster Vicky Gounder’s father found dead on rail track in Muktsar

The father of slain gangster Harjinder Singh, 66, Mehal Singh Bhullar, alias Vicky Gounder, was found dead on the rail track near Malout in Muktsar district, police said on Thursday. Government Railway Police sources said Bhullar had been missing from his house at Sarawan Bodla village in Muktsar since Monday. GRP authorities alerted the nearby police stations for identification. Police sources said prima facie it is suspected to be a case of suicide.

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said the statement by Kumaraswamy would not affect the party's vote in the upcoming state assembly elections.

'People won't value caste talks…': CM Bommai on HDK's 'Brahmin' remark

After the JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy sparked a row over his remarks on Union Minister Pralhad Joshi's caste, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the people of the state will not support any caste-based statements and 'advised' him to "desist" from these type of comments. Bommai further said that the statement by Kumaraswamy would not affect the party's vote in the upcoming state assembly elections.

Nine fire tenders were rushed to the spot and as a result, the fire was doused by 7:15am. (File image for representative purpose)

Server room of private bank catches fire in Delhi; no injuries: Officials

A fire broke out on Thursday morning in a four-storey building in Greater Kalash locality of south Delhi, officials said. A senior Delhi Fire Services official said they received a call regarding the blaze at 6:05am in M-Block, Greater Kailash Part-2, in the server room of a private bank. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained, the officer added.

Police said the bus driver fled the spot and remains on the run. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Speeding bus mows down 4 factory workers in Dadri

A speeding Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation bus mowed down four factory workers on their way to work in Dadri near Noida late on Wednesday, a police officer said. Additional deputy police commissioner (central Noida) Vishal Pandey said three other workers were previously injured and that the incident was reported around 11.30pm. Pandey identified those killed as Sankeshwar Kumar, 25, Mohari Kumar, 22, Satish Shankar, 25, and Azad, 34.

The bench of justice Rajiv Rai rejected the bail plea after hearing both sides for over an hour. (Representative file image)

Patna HC rejects anticipatory bail plea of suspended DSP accused in minor’s rape

The Patna high court rejected the anticipatory bail petition of suspended senior DSP Kamlakant Prasad in connection with a rape case of a minor Dalit girl. The bench of justice Rajiv Rai rejected the bail plea after hearing both sides for over an hour. ?This court thus does not find any merit in the anticipatory bail application filed by the Kamlakant herein which is accordingly rejected,? read the order.

Police recovered two empty cartridges including a live one and mobile phone from the spot. (Representative file image)

Woman police constable allegedly shot dead in Bihar’s Katihar district

A woman police constable was gunned down while she was returning home in Katihar district of Bihar on Wednesday, officials said. The incident took place around 8pm on NH 81 near Bhatwara panchayat Bhawan near Katihar. The woman was a resident of Munger district. Police recovered two empty cartridges including a live one and mobile phone from the spot. A special task force team has also been sent to Katihar, the official added.

A complaint was lodged at Kundapur police station in January 2022. (Representative image/AFP)

Karnataka: 49-year-old man gets lifer for raping, impregnating stepdaughter

The district additional and sessions court dealing with POCSO cases in Udupi has sentenced a 49-year-old man to life imprisonment in a case related to sexually harassing Nayak's minor stepdaughter. The convict, who was found guilty in the sexual harassment case, is Ganesh Nayak. READ 3-year-old toddler raped, murdered in Bengaluru; accused arrested: Report As per the charge sheet, Nayak had a second marriage with the victim's mother and was then living with them.

Virat Kohli will flag off the running competition in Bengaluru in March to energise runners across India.

Virat Kohli to flag off inaugural one8 Run in Bengaluru

Talismanic India batter Virat Kohli will flag off the the first edition of the 'one8 Run' in Bengaluru on March 26. The run, which will be launched by the Kohli-owned one8, will be open to everyone -- allowing for three competitive categories (5kms, 10kms, and 18kms). The run will give amateur runners and seasoned athletes the opportunity to be part of a larger community.

On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 144 in the moderate category. (Hindustan Times)

Delhi’s air quality remains in moderate category

Delhi's air quality remained in the moderate category on Thursday morning as partly overcast weather was expected while the maximum temperature was expected to be around 28C. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the hourly Air Quality Index was 200 at 7am. On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 144 in the moderate category. The air quality was likely to worsen to the poor category on Friday and Saturday.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh. (ANI)

BJP changed Tripura: Rajnath Singh

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has hit out at the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) saying fear, hunger and corruption marked its two-decade rule in Tripura before the situation changed when the Bharatiya Janata Party formed its government in the state five years back. ?Tripura got railway connectivity...a highway is being built to connect the state with the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] to make the state a gateway for the international trade.?

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) has restrained the Haryana government from allowing construction in the Morni block of Panchkula until and unless the same has been duly approved and sanctioned by the competent authority. (Getty Images/ Representational image)

Notified area in Morni block: HC restrains Haryana from construction work

The Punjab and Haryana high court has restrained the Haryana government from allowing construction in the Morni block of Panchkula until and unless the same has been duly approved and sanctioned by the competent authority. It says in 1987, the government had appointed the then sub-divisional officer (civil), Kalka, as settlement officer, but settlement has not been completed till date in spite of spending of Rs 1.64 crore on salary and allowances.

Protesters from Kaumi Insaaf Morcha clashing with police at the Chandigarh-Mohali border on the Sector 52/53 dividing road on Wednesday. (HT Photos)

33 cops hurt as Sikh activists go on rampage on Chandigarh-Mohali border

As many as 33 police personnel were injured and dozens of police vehicles were damaged after armed protesters seeking the release of Sikh prisoners went on a rampage, smashing vehicles and cornering cops, near the Chandigarh-Mohali border on the Sector 52/53 dividing road on Wednesday. The protesters, under the banner of Kaumi Insaaf Morcha, had gathered near the border around 1 pm to march towards Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann's residence in Chandigarh.

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