8 held in Kalahandi; tiger, leopard skins seized: As many as 8 people were arrested in Kalahandi, Odisha for allegedly possessing skins of 8 leopards and 1 Royal Bengal tiger. A team of interstate wildlife crime control bureau conducted the raids and arrested the eight accused on Saturday. Kalahandi’s Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Siba Prasad Rath said, “Teams of Inter-state Wildlife Crime Control Bureau conducted raids in Kalahandi’s Bafla and Sagada villages.”
8 held in Kalahandi; tiger, leopard skins seized: As many as 8 people were arrested in Kalahandi, Odisha for allegedly possessing skins of 8 leopards and 1 Royal Bengal tiger. A team of interstate wildlife crime control bureau conducted the raids and arrested the eight accused on Saturday. Kalahandi’s Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Siba Prasad Rath said, “Teams of Inter-state Wildlife Crime Control Bureau conducted raids in Kalahandi’s Bafla and Sagada villages.”

Puducherry: BJP’s A Namassivayam was on Sunday allotted the Home portfolio in the AINRC-led NDA government in Puducherry, with the excercise being carried out two months after the bloc won the polls and the cabinet members other than Chief Minister N Rangasamy were sworn-in on June 27.

Rangasamy was sworn-in on May 7 after the NDA won the April 6 polls in this union territory. However, the other cabinet members, five of them, took oath on June 27. In the UT’s history, various chief ministers have held the home portfolio except on 1 or 2 occasions and then CM V Narayanasamy helmed the department in the previous Congress government, which fell in February this year due to lack of majority.

Thaawarchand takes oath as K’taka Guv

Bengaluru: Former union minister and leader of the house in Rajya Sabha, Thaawarchand Gehlot took oath on Sunday as the 19th Governor of Karnataka at a swearing in ceremony held at the Glass House of Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Sunday. The Chief Justice of the High Court Justice AS Oka administered him the oath of office and secrecy in the presence of former Governor Vajubhai Rudhabhai Vala and other dignitaries. Gehlot took oath in the name of lord Ishwar. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, his cabinet colleagues, MPs, legislators and leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah were present.

Curfew in Raj dist after teen’s murder

Kota: A curfew was imposed and internet services suspended for 24 hours in a the Baran Municipal Council in Rajasthan following the brutal murder of a teenage boy, police said on Sunday. Azad, a resident of Shramik Colony in Talab Para area in Baran district, was allegedly killed on Saturday evening by a group of men over a one and half-year-old dispute, they said, adding the prime accused, Hemant Rathore and his 2 accomplices were arrested.

Kerala prof booked for ‘obscene’ SMSes

Malappuram: A professor of the Calicut University was placed under suspension for allegedly sending obscene chat messages to girl students. A case was registered, after the University Registrar referred the complaint to the police on Friday. The allegation of harassment through social media has been raised against Harris, an assistant professor of the University. Based on the plaint, the University suspended the teacher on Saturday.

6 of family electrocuted in MP’s Chhatarpur

Chhatarpur: Six members of a family were electrocuted to death during a construction work at a village in MP’s Chhatarpur district on Sunday morning, police said. The incident took place at Mahua Jhala village, about 42 km from the district headquarters, while the construction work of a septic tank was underway, Bijawar police station in-charge Mukesh Singh Thakur said. One of the victims got down into the tank to remove the shuttering plates used to cast the roof slab. However, due to lighting arrangements made in the tank, the electric current spread on to the plates and the person got electrocuted. The other victims got down into the tank to save their family member and they also got electrocuted, he said.

Comments against PM, minister; 1 held

Ujjain: Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly making objectionable comments against PM Modi and Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on social media, an official said on Sunday. A local BJP leader filed a police complaint on Saturday against Govardhan Nagar, a resident of Akya Jagir village in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district, Khachrod police station in-charge Ramkishor Singhavat said.

NE border row: 2 more blasts occur

Guwahati / Aizawl: A day after a suspected IED blast was carried out inside Cachar district of Assam allegedly by miscreants from Mizoram during an eviction drive, 2 back-to-back explosions took place on Sunday along the interstate border on the side of the neighbouring state, a source said. Assam CM Him­anta Biswa Sarma has written to his Mizoram counterpart Zora­m­thanga about the incidents that occurred a few days after a high-level Delhi meet between top officials.

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