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In Kerala, Woman Cop Hacked, Burnt By Male Colleague

New Delhi: A 34-year-old woman police constable died after she was allegedly hacked and set ablaze in broad daylight by a policeman here on Saturday. The victim, Soumya Pushpakaran, was posted as the Civil Police Officer (COP) at Vallikkunnam stationhere. According to police, the accused, identified as Ajas, a policeman attached to the Aluva traffic station, allegedly followed the woman in a car when she was on her way back home after work in the evening.

He knocked her two-wheeler down and allegedly hacked her with a sharp weapon and as she tried to seek refuge at a nearby house, chased, poured petrol over her and set her ablaze, police, quoting eyewitnesses, said. She died on the spot while the policeman, who also suffered 40 per cent burns, was taken into custody, a police official said.

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Health Minister Vardhan To States: Make Law To Protect Doctors

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal.

Along with a letter to all chief ministers, he also attached a copy of the Draft Act provided by IMA --the Protection of Medical Service Persons and Medical Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss of Property) Act, 2017.

He drew the attention of all states and UTs for strict action against any person who assaults doctors.

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To Make India 5 trillion $ Economy Is Doable: PM To CMs

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the ongoing debate over India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate and unemployment besides his Government’s aim to make India a five-trillion economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the States to pitch in with their contribution by recognising their respective core competence and working towards raising the GDP targets and per capita incomes.

In his opening remarks at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said, “The goal to make India a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2024 is challenging but can surely be achieved. The States should recognise their core competence and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level.” The Modi Government has faced criticism over rising joblessness and slow GDP growth rate.

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Top Jail Officials Conduct Inspection Of A Fully-Equipped Cell At Arthur Road Jail For Nirav And Mallya

New Delhi: Large French windows that reach the ceiling, a toilet and shower with round-the-clock water supply, stunning white walls with a fresh coat of paint, fans, lights and cushioned cots — this is no ad for a high-end studio apartment but the facilities inside the 300sqft jail cell at Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison, where Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya are likely to spend their time if extradited to India.

On Wednesday, just as the UK High Court rejected diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s bail plea for the fourth time, top jail officials in Mumbai were conducting a final inspection of a “fully-equipped” cell at Arthur Road jail which would house him.

Nirav Modi is accused of fraud and money-laundering in the Rs14,000-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) case. He has been in London’s Wandsworth jail since March this year; India has been pushing to bring him back.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia Reviews Lok Sabha Polls Performance In Western Uttar Pradesh At UPCC

New Delhi: After the drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia reviewed the party’s Lok Sabha polls performance in western Uttar Pradesh in a nearly six-and-a-half-hour session with local leaders at the UP Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters.

Scindia said the party’s central leadership will take a call on the chief ministerial candidate for the 2022 assembly elections when the time comes. He was responding to a question about whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party’s east UP incharge, will be the Congress’s CM face for the assembly elections.

“The Congress leadership and a committee working under the leadership will take a call on this issue,” Scindia, the party’s west UP incharge, said. The party has maintained that it is preparing to mount a serious challenge in the state in the 2022 polls.