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Kashmiri Youths And A Woman Assaulted For Feeding Street Dog

New Delhi: A group Kashmiri youths including a woman was allegedly assaulted with sticks by residents of a DDA colony in Delhi’s Siddharth Extension. An argument broke out over feeding street dogs on the road which was shot from a mobile and the video of the assault went viral.

In their complaint, however, the youths alleged that during the attack, some of the residents hurled anti-Kashmiri abuses at them. Police said an FIR had been registered based on the complaint by the woman. It was found that the woman and the RWA members had filed 52 complaints against each other in five years.

The alleged attack took place at Siddharth Extension DDA colony on Thursday night when the group stepped out to feed the street dogs. A relative of the woman said, “We find it normal to take care of the dogs. There are more than 30 families that take care of animals. But it was us who were targeted.” She added,“The president of the RWA was present during the attack and took no steps to stop it.” said the woman’s relative.

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Transport Ministry Increases Compensation On Road Accident By 10 Fold

New Delhi: Union transport ministry has decided on a ten-fold increase in the minimum compensation payable to road accident victims or their kin in case of death, permanent disability or minor injury irrespective of their income and age criteria. This order was revised after a gap of 24 years. The transport ministry, however, has left the option for people to pursue their case in the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) if they believe they deserve higher compensation.

As per the new norms, to be notified soon, in case of a fatality in road accident the compensation will be Rs 5 lakh and for permanent disability it will be in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh based on the extent of disability. This will increase by 5 per cent annually. This is being pushed as a move to provide quick relief to a large section of victims. Annually, 1.5 lakh people die while more than 5 lakh get injured in road accidents.

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Mamata Banerjee Accuses Some People Hatched Conspiracy To Kill Her

New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that a group of people have hatched a conspiracy to assassinate her and that supari killers (professional assassins) have been hired for the job. The chief minister also said that she had prepared a political will that mentions names of leaders who will take charge of her party, the Trinamool Congress, in her absence.

This was the first time Banerjee made such a statement. Top officers of the state police refused to comment and did not want to be quoted on this issue.

“The killers have even made a recce of my home at Kalighat. I came to know of this because I am part of the administration. The police asked me several times to shift to a safer location but I refused. I am not scared of dying. If I live behind security cover I will start distancing myself from the people,” said Banerjee.

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Modi To Visit Janakpur Before Official Dialogues With His Nepalese counterpart

New Delhi:Prime Minister NarendraModivisiting Nepal for two days and he will directly land Janakpurin historical, a sub-metropolitan city, where he will offer special prayers before flying to Muktinath, a famous mountainous pilgrimage site situated near the Nepal-Tibet border. After these pilgrims, he will head to Kathmandu to hold official meetings.Modi is arriving in Nepal at the invitation of Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli.

Modi’s visit shortly after the formation of the strong leftist government led by Prime Minister Oli following the victory of the Left Alliance in the provincial and parliamentary elections in Nepal is seen here as India's endorsement of the Nepalese Constitution, promulgated two and a half years ago. Oli was among the key leaders who played a major role in drafting the 2015 constitution which failed to get India’s endorsement, resulting in an unofficial blockade against the Himalayan republic.

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BJP Slams J&K Government For Being Soft On Stone Pelters

New Delhi:Fissures appeared within the Jammu and Kashmirgovernmet's ruling allies as the BJP dubbed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's call for a unilateral ceasefire as a move not at all in "national interest". The BJP also slammed the state government's "soft policy" on stone pelters.

The BJP's state unit fielded two spokespersons, Sunil Sethi and Arun Gupta, who at a press conference here said a unilateral, ceasefire as suggested by the chief minister, would only serve to ease pressure on militants and allow them to re-energise.

Referring to an all party meeting held on Wednesday, Sethi said an opinion had come up during discussion for a unilateral ceasefire, on the lines of the one declared by AtalBihari Vajpayee government, but there was no consensus. "We have a strong view...Unilateral ceasefire in the present situation is not in national interest at all," Sethi, who was present at the all party meeting, asserted.