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Cyclist uses a punctured road median at Mundhwa. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Illegal punctures in road median cause traffic jams at Keshavnagar Chowk: Traffic police

A traffic police survey has found median punctures in arterial roads connecting the main chowk as one of the main reasons for traffic congestion in Mundhwa. Mundhwa road gets choked during morning and evening hours with vehicles bound to Ahmednagar and eastern Pune, especially the IT suburb of Kharadi. Ranjeet Lonkar of Venkatesh Graffiti housing society said, ?The 100-foot-wide road from Kharadi gets reduced near Mundhwa after crossing the river stretch leading to congestion.?

Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav said a boy was detained with 15 kg of heroin and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8.4 lakh drug money at a checkpoint on Ram Tirath Road in Amritsar on Thursday. (Twitter)

Punjab: 15 kg of heroin, 8.4 lakh drug money recovered from juvenile in Amritsar

A boy was caught with 15 kg of heroin in Amritsar, Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav said on Thursday. Police recovered ?8.4 lakh from the minor, who was detained at a police checkpoint on Ram Tirath Road in Amritsar. He said the mastermind of the trans-border narcotics smuggling racket, Resham Singh, is on the run. A case was registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in Amritsar.

The victim was declared dead when he was brought to the Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital. (Representative Image)

Caterer beaten to death by DJ team after quarrel over plates at Delhi wedding

A 23-year-old catering staffer was beaten to death by members of a disk jockey team at a wedding venue in the Japanese Park in outer Delhi's Rohini in the early hours of Thursday after a quarrel that originated over handing over dinner plates quickly, police said adding that two of the suspects have been arrested. ?One of them picked up a plastic crate and smashed it on Thakur's head,? Rajneesh Garg, additional deputy commissioner of police (Rohini) said.

The man, a resident of Gowabakhar village, is survived by his wife and three children. (Representative file image)

Bihar: Man allegedly beaten to death; village head’s son killed him, says family

A 32-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death by the son of the village head of Domuhan panchayat in Bihar's Banka district on Wednesday evening. The man, a resident of Gowabakhar village, is survived by his wife and three children. The incident led to protests across the area after which the administration took necessary action to curb the rising tensions.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna. (HT PHOTO)

Patna AIIMS issued 2 death certificates, revived feud over man’s marital status

Patna's All India Institute of Medical Sciences issued two death certificates of a 39-year-old man, who died of Covid-19 in 2020, with different names of Rajeev Kumar Nirala's' spouse and revived a feud over his marital status. The woman claiming to be Rajeev Kumar Nirala's second wife, Puja Kumari accused Nirala's family of concealing his marital status when he married her in 2016. Prachi Priya was mentioned as Nirala's wife in the first death certificate issued to his father, Janardan Prasad. HT has copies of the two death certificates.

Karnataka BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel at an event in Karnataka on Thursday.

‘This election is all about Tipu vs Savarkar’: Karnataka BJP Prez Kateel

Karnataka BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday sparked a new controversy after he said the upcoming assembly election in the southern state is all about Tipu vs Savarkar. The Lok Sabha MP was addressing a public gathering in Karnataka when he blamed the opposition Congress for allowing Tipu Jayanthi celebrations in the state, calling them unnecessary. Karnataka is due for an assembly election later this year.

Police said the robbers had managed to take away half of the gold chain at gunpoint. (Representative Image)

Robbers shoot at four during chain-snatching attempt in Patna

A group of criminals indiscriminately shot at and injured four persons including a girl during a chain-snatching attempt near Urja Auditorium gate no-2 under Shastrinagar police station in Bihar's Capital, Patna on Wednesday night, police said. Police said the incident occurred around midnight when three criminals intercepted a woman and tried to snatch a gold chain from her. However, four persons came for her safety and the criminals opened fire at them.

Adani Wilmar has a warehouse of grocery items at Parwanoo in Solan district that supplies goods to the civil supplies department and the police department in Himachal Pradesh. (Representational photo)

Tax officials inspect Adani Group facility in Congress-ruled Himachal Pradesh

The Himachal Pradesh excise and taxation department carried out an inspection of stocks at Adani Wilmar Ltd in Parwanoo town of Solan district late on Wednesday night. The entire goods and services tax input was adjusted through tax credit but no payment was made in cash. “We found many discrepancies while scrutinising the records. The raids are still continuing,” the joint commissioner, excise and taxation, south zone, GD Thakur said.

The local police and para-military forces have carried out searches in and around the area for gathering information about the Maoists. (Representative Image)

Maoist posters against MP, ex-MLA found in Bihar’s Aurangabad

A few purported handwritten Maoist posters threatening member of Parliament Sushil Singh and former Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MLA Ranvijay Singh were allegedly found in Aurangabad district in Bihar on Wednesday, police said. Station house officer of Goh police station, Kamlesh Paswan told HT that police did not find any posters when they visited the places but added that they are monitoring the situation and have begun an investigation.

People gather at the site where the four children were burnt alive when a fire broke out in two shanties at Bane-Di-Hatti village in Gagret town of Una district, on Thursday. (HT 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.

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