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Pre-nuptial AIDS test in village

Ahmednagar (PTI): The gram sabha of Hivare Bazar in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has decided to make pre-marriage HIV test “compulsory”.

“We do not want our future generations to be affected with the deadly AIDS virus. So, as a precautionary measure, all the families in the village have agreed to carry out the requisite AIDS tests,” village sarpanch Popat Pawar said.

As per the resolution, any outsider interested in marrying a person from the village will have to undergo the Elisa test. The rule was also applicable to boys and girls from the village, he said.

The villagers have also decided to stop sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and women in the village, the sarpanch said.

HC seeks creamy layer criterion

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to declare its policy with regard to the creamy layer among backward classes contesting the civic body elections.

The directive was given by Chief Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice Ranjana Desai on two public interest litigations challenging election of two corporators of the Pimpri-Chinchward civic body. The matter has been adjourned to December 11.

One petition claimed Prakash Rawale was elected from ward 35, reserved for other backward castes. Rawale was a Maratha, and not Kunbi, as claimed by the corporator.

The petition said Rawale was among the creamy layer of backward castes and argued that a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court had held that benefit of reservations should be given to those who do not belong to creamy layer.

While the judgment was related to education and employment, it should also be applicable for elections, the PIL contended and urged the court to inquire into the validity of Rawale’s caste certificate.

Rawale’s counsel Shashikant Page argued that the caste scrutiny committee had given a certificate to his client and said if the petitioner wanted to challenge the election, he should move another forum and not through a PIL.

Another petition filed against Mohan Goswami, a National Congress Party corporator from ward 30, alleged that he had given false document certifying him to be a Gosavi (a nomadic tribe) while he belonged to creamy layer.

DRDO scientist hangs from fan

Hyderabad (PTI): A senior scientist of the Defence Research Development Organisation allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Kanchanbag here on Saturday, police said.

Daughter of P. Venugopal (54) found his body hanging from the ceiling fan at his quarters, they said. It was immediately taken to DRDO-Apollo hospital where the doctors declared him “brought dead”.

Arms factory found

Kanpur (PTI): An illegal arms factory has been unearthed in Colonelganj here. One Mohammad Anwar Waas, who had been supplying arms to criminals of the nearby districts, was arrested and two country-made pistols were recovered from him, police said. They later raided his house and unearthed the illegal arms factory and seized nine country-made pistols.

Attack on police

Moga (PTI): A policeman suffered injuries when a police team was attacked allegedly by family members of an accused. The incident occurred when they went to his house for investigations. But the family members and villagers alleged severe harassment and beating by the police.

Relief for cop chief

Mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has rejected a petition filed by a senior citizen seeking to make city police commissioner M.N. Singh responsible for not registering her criminal complaint as an FIR in regard to alleged harassment and attempt to commit murder by her son. The court noted that the 83-year-old petitioner had not made out any specific case in her complaints.

Five killed

Amritsar (PTI): Five members of a family were killed on the spot when their car collided with a truck in Tarn Taran district. The family was coming here from Moga.

Gangsters held

Allahabad (PTI): Two gangsters were arrested several firearms and crude bombs seized from them. Acting on a tip-off, the duo, who were allegedly hired for eliminating a person of Ghadwa under the Khiri police circle, were arrested, police said.

Main Amitabh Bachchan Bol Raha Hoon was released by the actor himself at his Juhu residence. Written by journalist Sumeet Mishra, it has focused on the angry young Amitabh and highlighted the changes undergone by the actor in the last three decades.


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