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‘Common man’ becomes Punjab
New Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit
Singh Channi broke down on Monday
and thanked his Congress party
leadership for choosing “an aam
aadmi (common man)”.
Soon after he took the oath, the
58-year-old announced the first of the
party’s poll promises – a water bill
waiver for the poor.
“I am the aam aadmi sitting here,
while other parties keep talking about
aam aadmi,” he said.
“This is the aam aadmi sarkar
(government). It has to take many
decisions for Punjab.”
India slams UK’s new travel rules
The Indian government has slammed
the United Kingdom’s decision to
exclude vaccinated Indian travellers
from its new travel guidelines, calling
it “discriminatory” and warning of
The British government will next
month allow fully vaccinated travellers
from a list of countries to skip
quarantine upon arrival – but Indians
who are fully vaccinated will still need
to be quarantined.
Indian travellers must also undergo
three rounds of testing, regardless of
their vaccination status. Many Indian
nationals typically travel to the UK for
work, study, leisure or to meet family
Two arrested in Bengaluru for
Two persons have been arrested in
Bengaluru for “moral policing”, after a
video showed them assaulting a bank
employee for giving a Muslim woman
colleague a ride on his motorcycle last
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj
Bommai applauded the police for
nabbing the pair, who forced the
woman to get off the bike and go
home in an autorickshaw.
Pregnant Kyrgyz woman, son
found murdered in Delhi house
A pregnant woman from Kyrgyzstan
and her one-year-old son were found
murdered at a friend’s house in Delhi’s
Kalkaji area on Tuesday.
Police said Ms Myskal Zhumabaeva,
28, and her son Manas were found
dead on a bed with stab wounds to the
chest and other body parts.
The woman was a housewife and
lived with her husband Vinay Chauhan
in Greater Kailash.
BJP leader killed by wild elephants
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajib
Boro was trampled to death by a herd
of wild elephants near the Rani
Reserve Forest on the outskirts of
Guwahati city in Assam on Monday.
Forest and police officials said that
the 35-year-old’s house was attacked
by wild elephants on Sunday night.
Mother, paramour sentenced to
death for killing child
A young mother and her elderly
paramour were sentenced to death by
a court in Purulia, West Bengal, on
Tuesday, after they were found guilty
of killing her three-year-old daughter
by pushing seven needles into her in
Additional district and sessions
judge Ramesh Kumar Pradhan deemed
the crime “rarest among the rare”.
Keralite sets Guinness record with
426 punches in 60 seconds
Fitness coach Rafhan Ummer from
Kozhikode in Kerala entered the
Guinness World Records on Monday
for throwing the most full extension
strikes on a punching pad.
The 24-year-old swung his fist an
amazing 426 times in 60 seconds,
breaking the previous record (334) set
by Slovakian kickboxer and martial
artiste Pavel Trusov.
Five arrested for vandalising
Owaisi’s Delhi residence
Hyderabad Member of Parliament
Asaduddin Owaisi’s official residence
in New Delhi’s high-security Ashoka
Road area was vandalised on Tuesday
by a group of men who damaged the
door and windows, broke the
nameplate and hurled an axe.
Five men were arrested from the
scene, police said.
Plants used to generate electricity
Plant-based microbial fuel cells can
generate power profitably from waste
water compared to algae-based
systems, researchers from Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) in
Jodhpur have found.
The results of their work, sponsored
by the Indian government’s
Department of Science and
Technology, was recently published in
the journal Bioresource Technology.
Mango weds tamarind in ritual to
An unusual wedding between a mango
and a tamarind was held in
Mustafabad, Uttar Pradesh, last
Sunday to revive the Kathina river.
More than 400 local people
attended the event, which ended with
a grand feast.
The area’s Chief Development
Officer Akshat Verma said the local
people believed the ritual would revive
the Kathina river, which is polluted
Big whale carcass washes ashore
The carcass of a 12.1 metre-long whale
weighing over 30 tonnes was found on
the remote Mardes Beach in
Maharashtra’s Vasai on Tuesday.
The locals believe the marine
creature probably died last month and
the Arabian Sea waves tossed it on to
the beach during high tide.
Two more Indian beaches
awarded Blue Flag tag
Two more beaches – Kovalam in Tamil
Nadu and Eden in Puducherry – have
been awarded Blue Flag certification,
an international eco-level tag, taking
the total number of such beaches in
the country to 10.
Blue Flag certification is a globally
recognised eco-label accorded on the
basis of 33 stringent criteria in four
major areas – environmental
education and information, bathing
water quality, environmental
management and conservation and
safety and services.
AK-47 rifle seized in Bihar belongs
to BJP MLA’s relative
The AK-47 rifle, two magazines and
188 cartridges recovered recently from
three criminals in Bihar’s Begusarai
allegedly belong to a relative of the
local Baharatiya Janata Party
legislator, the police said on Tuesday.
Begusarai’s Superintendent of
Police Awakash Kumar said that one
of the accused, Manjesh alias Bunty
alias Bade, revealed during
interrogation that the weapons were
given to them by Mr Nandan Singh
Chaudhary, the cousin of Begusarai
Sadar MLA Kundan Singh.
Zee Entertainment shares soar
after merger with Sony
Sony Group ’s Indian unit will buy
media giant Zee Entertainment
Enterprises (ZEEL), days after Zee’s
shareholders asked for a management
reshuffle, including the exit of Chief
Executive Punit Goenka from the
Zee, which has a presence in
television broadcasting and digital
media, has been under pressure from
top shareholders, while proxy adviser
Institutional Investor Advisory
Services (IiAS) has raised corporate
Zee shares jumped 20 per cent
following the deal announcement.
Rhinoceros horns burning at the Bokakhat
stadium in Assam’s Golaghat district on
The Assam government burnt the
world’s largest rhino horns stockpile –
2,479 – near the Kaziranga National Park
and Tiger Reserve to mark World Rhino
The objective was to stop poaching and
bust the myth that rhino horns have
“Today is a historic day for Assam &
India. We are putting an end to poaching
in Assam,” tweeted Assam Chief Minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma. “One-horned
rhino is not only integral to our civilisation
but also a symbol of our prized heritage
“We are preserving 94 rhino horns for
display at a museum to be set up at
Kaziranga National Park. The use of
rhinos’ horns for medicinal purposes is a
Six giant gas furnaces, each with three
tiers, were in place to burn the horns
which had been preserved for years.
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A video that shows a Delhi restaurant
apparently refusing entry to a woman wear-
ing a sari by contending the attire did not
conform to its dress code is a massive
misrepresentation of events that transpired,
the eatery has said, posting its side of the
story following an outcry on social media in
Outrage over a 16-second clip posted on
Facebook on Monday was quick to spread
after it showed a staff member at the
national capital’s Aquila restaurant telling the
person filming: “Ma’am we allow only smart
casual and sari is not counted as smart
Sharing the video on Facebook, the
woman, Ms Anita Choudaary, alleged that
she was not allowed to enter the restaurant
at Ansal Plaza on Sunday because she was
wearing a sari.
Off camera on the video, she is heard
saying agitatedly: “Show me that sari is not
She wrote on Facebook: “In one of the
restaurants in Delhi, sari is not considered to
be a smart outfit. The restaurant’s name is
Aquila. We argued over sari and a lot of
excuses were made, but I was not allowed to
enter the restaurant because the Indian attire
sari is not a smart outfit.
“I have never been insulted like this. I
also feel hurt.”
Ms Choudaary, according to her Facebook
profile, is a creative director at national
television broadcaster Doordarshan.
She later told Indo-Asian News Service:
“We booked a table to celebrate the birthday
of our daughter at the restaurant but they
didn’t permit me inside as I was wearing a
sari which they don’t consider a smart casual.
“I repeatedly asked the staff to show the
rule book but they went on repeating that
they can’t allow a woman wearing a sari
inside. The restaurant manager threatened to
call bouncers and the police. We then
decided to leave the venue.”
After her post went viral, the restaurant
faced an intense backlash with people calling
it out on social media as well as food
platforms like Zomato.
The restaurant, however, claimed the inci-
dent was misrepresented and said it believed
in “honouring our Indian community and
have always welcomed our guests in all dress
codes from modern to traditional”.
In a post on Instagram on Wednesday, the
restaurant clarified that the “10 second” clip
posted by Ms Choudaary was part of a
conversation that lasted for “one hour”.
Posting the CCTV footage of the incident,
it said the woman assaulted a staff member
and another staff member incorrectly made
the dress code comment to “tackle” the
“We chose to stay silent till now and have
been patiently watching the situation related
to the incident,” the restaurant said in a
“A guest visited the restaurant and was
politely requested to wait at the gate as there
was no reservation under her name. How-
ever, while we discussed internally as to
where we could seat them, the guest entered
the restaurant and began to fight and abuse
“What unfolded after was beyond our
imagination, with the guest slapping our
The restaurant posted a separate video
where women wearing saris are seen enter-
ing the restaurant.
“To tackle the situation and request the
guest to leave, one of our gate managers
made a statement on saris not being a part of
our smart casual dress code and our whole
team apologises for the same,” it added.
According to NDTV, the staff member
who made the comment was made to
apologise to the woman and sacked.
Indo-Asian News Service
Ms Anita Choudaary in a sari.
Mr Ramudu Rongala, who cele-
brated his 100th birthday by pilot-
ing a microlight aircraft, says
“calmness” and “quietness” are
the key things which have helped
him stay energetic.
The Andhra Pradesh native,
who hails from Nidadavole town
in West Godavari district, took to
the skies on Sept 9 in Bengaluru
along with flight instructor Audrey
It was a birthday surprise ar-
ranged by his family.
“I did not expect it. I am happy
that my grandchildren arranged it
and I am extremely happy,”
Mr Ramudu said.
“I was not afraid for a mo-
ment. I enjoyed the trip thor-
“It is important to tackle prob-
lems and find ways to succeed.
“It was a great feeling to see
Bengaluru from the air and I hope
to do it again.”
Mr Ramudu loves flying and
had previously flown from Rajah-
mundry in Andhra Pradesh to
Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Ben-
galuru for work.
Aged 96, he also flew a light
aircraft in South Africa.
“He happens to be the first
100-year-old man that Jakkur
Aerodrome (in Bengaluru) has
ever flown,” said his grandson
Arvind Rongala, the director of a
training and certification company.
“Audrey was in awe of his high
spirits throughout the flight.
“He visits Bengaluru once ev-
ery year to spend time with the
family. He travels by himself and
believes he can still be on his own
even at this age.
“He has lived through the diffi-
cult times of India’s independence
and has been a part of our
freedom struggle. Even now, he is
an avid reader and has deep
interest in spirituality and philoso-
phy. He has a fine memory of all
the events that have taken place
in his life.”
Captain Maben said Mr Ra-
mudu walked enthusiastically to-
wards her and boarded the plane
“Never in my 30-year flying
career have I witnessed such a
senior man so eager and daring to
take the flight,” said
“He is truly an inspiration.”
Indo-Asian News Service
“To tackle the situation and
request the guest to leave, one
of our gate managers made a
statement on saris not being a
part of our smart casual dress
code and our whole team
apologises for the same.”
– Staff member of the restaurant
Outrage over ‘sari ban’ in Delhi eatery
100-year-old man flies aircraft on birthday
September 24, 2021
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