Orange seller who built a school
Mr Harekala Hajabba, who helped start a school in his village in Karnataka, was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s
fourth-highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday. (Right) Selling oranges on the streets in Mangaluru.
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Order placed for 10 million DNA
Covid-19 vaccine doses
The Indian government has placed an
order for 10 million doses of Zydus
Cadila’s DNA Covid-19 vaccine at a
price of Rs265 ($4.80) per dose.
The three-dose vaccine, ZyCoV-D,
was approved by the country’s drug
regulator in August for emergency use
in adults and children aged 12 and
The shot is administered via a
needle-free PharmaJet applicator,
which will be sold at Rs93 per dose.
11 Covid-19 patients die in fire
Fire tore through a hospital in
Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra,
last Saturday, killing at least
11 Covid-19 patients.
There were about two dozen
patients at the intensive care unit.
Most of the dead were aged over 60.
Fire kills four newborns
Four infants in the newborn-care unit
of the government-run Kamla Nehru
Hospital in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh,
died on Monday when a fire swept
Thirty-six other newborns, many of
them underweight, were rescued and
shifted to other wards after the fire
was brought under control.
The state government has ordered
an investigation into the incident.
Chennai comes to a standstill as
heavy rains flood city
India’s manufacturing capital Chennai
came to a standstill last weekend and
early this week with many areas
flooded after the southern Indian coast
was battered by heavy rainfall,
prompting authorities to issue
warnings and evacuate people from
Local media showed footage of cars
submerged under water, uprooted
trees and people being rescued on
rubber boats in various parts of
Zika outbreak sees surge of cases
At least 89 people, including 17
children, have tested positive for the
Zika virus in a surge of cases in
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The mosquito-borne virus causes
fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red
eyes and muscle pain.
The Central government has
dispatched a multidisciplinary team to
assist the local authorities.
Police hunt fake news spreaders
after anti-Muslim attacks
Indian police are seeking the owners
of around 100 social media accounts
accused of sharing “fake news” after
mob attacks on mosques in Tripura.
Last month’s violence in the state
appeared to be a revenge attack
prompted by the killing of several
Hindu worshippers across the border
in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Party woos voters with sweet smell
A left-wing opposition party has
launched a perfume with what it calls
the “fragrance of brotherhood, love
and socialism” that will “end hatred”.
The product was unveiled on
Tuesday by the Samajwadi Party in the
hope of wooing voters in elections
early next year in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr Pushpraj Jain, a state lawmaker
from the party, said it took “22 natural
fragrances” – a reference to the 2022
vote – to develop the scent.
Kamal Haasan to launch
Film superstar Kamal Haasan is set to
become the first Indian actor to launch
an avatar in the “metaverse” as
celebrities seek to expand their fan
base into the virtual world.
Kamal, who turned 67 on Sunday,
said that he was “excited to explore
the emerging intersection of the digital
and physical world” and planned to
auction virtual memorabilia in the
form of non-fungible tokens.
Nykaa founder becomes India’s
wealthiest female billionaire
Ms Falguni Nayar’s beauty start-up
has jolted her to the ranks of the
The 59-year-old, who owns about
half of Nykaa, is now worth about
US$6.5 billion ($8.8 billion) as the
company’s shares surged as much as
89 per cent when they started trading
She has become India’s wealthiest
self-made female billionaire, according
to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Wrestler dispels news report
about her death
Wrestler Nisha Dahiya released a
video on Wednesday saying “I am
absolutely fine”, after a report
emerged that she had been shot dead
Press Trust of India put out a story
that the wrestler, who won a bronze
medal at the Under-23 World
Championship last week, and her
brother Suraj were shot dead at the
Sushil Kumar Wrestling Academy in
The news agency later clarified that
the wrestler shot dead in Sonepat is a
newcomer with the same name.
Fisherman shot dead by Pakistani
maritime security personnel
Fisherman Shridhar Chamre from
Palghar, Maharashtra, was killed and
another wounded in the high seas off
the Gujarat coast after Pakistan’s
Maritime Security Agency personnel
allegedly opened fire at an Indian
fishing boat lat Sunday.
The Indian government said it has
taken serious note of this incident and
will take up the issue diplomatically
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religious rituals on
Wednesday as they offer
prayers to the Sun god
while standing in the
Yamuna river which is
coated with foam.
One of India’s holiest
rivers, the Yamuna is
heavily polluted, adding
to the woes of New Delhi
residents already enduring
a blanket of thick smog
over the national capital.
The city government
blamed the blight on
“heavy sewage and
discharged into the river
from further upstream.
But it did not deter
several Hindu worshippers
from taking a dip in the
river to mark Chhath Puja,
a four-day festival.
Toxic foam covers sacred Yamuna river
Virat Kohli with his daughter Vamika.
A man from Hyderabad has been arrested for
making online rape threats to Indian cricketer Virat
Kohli’s 10-month-old daughter Vamika.
The accused is a 23-year-old software engineer
from Hyderabad, reported ANI.
The Mumbai Police Cyber Cell identified the man
as Ramnagesh Srinivas Akubathini and he was taken
to Mumbai, where Kohli’s manager had made a
Ramnagesh reportedly lives in rented accommoda-
tion and is a software engineer with a private firm.
He previously worked for a food delivery app.
He allegedly issued the threat after India lost
their match against Pakistan on Oct 24 in the
ongoing Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab
Emirates. Kohli was then the captain of the team.
The humiliating, 10-wicket loss prompted trolling
of the Indian team, including the side’s only Muslim
player, Mohammed Shami, who was subjected to a
storm of social media abuse.
Several former cricketers and Shami’s teammates,
including Kohli, denounced the hateful outpouring
against the bowler.
Kohli called out “spineless” people on social
media. “Attacking someone over their religion is the
most pathetic thing one can do as a human,” he
“That is a very sacred and personal thing. People
take out their frustration because they have no
understanding of what we do.
“We’re playing on the field, we’re not a bunch of
spineless people on social media. This has become a
source of entertainment for some people which is
“All this drama created on the outside is based on
people’s frustrations. We stand by him 200 per cent.
Our brotherhood in the team cannot be shaken.”
Ramnagesh allegedly made the threat from Twit-
ter account @Criccrazyygirl which was later deleted.
Screenshots of his tweets were shared widely on
He allegedly changed his Twitter handle and
pretended to be a Pakistani user after the police
started investigating screenshots of the threats.
He is facing charges of sexual harassment, crimi-
nal intimidation, defamation and publishing obscene
“He has been detained and is being brought to
Mumbai,” a police officer told AFP on Wednesday.
Kohli is married to Bollywood actress Anushka
Sharma and the couple welcomed their first child in
January. There was national outrage over the sicken-
ing threats targeting their daughter.
The Mumbai police initially investigated several
Twitter handles as Kohli and Anushka are residents
of the city.
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had
also called for an investigation.
The panel gave notice to the Delhi police, asking
to see an FIR (first information report), details of
those identified and arrested and a detailed “action
Indo-Asian News Service
“He (Hyderabad techie
Ramnagesh Srinivas Akubathini)
has been detained and is being
brought to Mumbai.”
– A police officer
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s son
Aryan Khan (right) has been “trauma-
tised” by his prison experience and it
will take a while for him to get back to
normalcy, a friend of the family re-
vealed to Bollywood Hungama.
“He is not saying much and he is
keeping to himself,” said the friend.
“He stays in his room most of the
time, shows no interest in going out to
“He was always quiet. Now he is
even quieter. As the days since his bail
turn into weeks, Aryan remains
clammed up. The family lets him
remain the way he is.”
The friend refuted all reports that
Shah Rukh is getting additional secu-
rity for his son.
“There is no plan to hire a body-
guard, especially for Aryan,” the
“For now, Shah Rukh Khan intends
to be there for his son 24x7.
“All of Shah Rukh’s shooting is
postponed for now. He wants to be
there for his son as and when the child
A week ago there were reports that
Shah Rukh will be hiring a bodyguard
and also a life coach for Aryan.
Another news website quoted a
family friend who said: “Aryan has
always been a shy kid. Right from an
early age, he preferred to stay away
from the glaring camera lights that
followed his dad.
“In fact, on many occasions, like
Eid or Shah Rukh’s birthday, he had to
be coaxed into posing with his family
for the media.
“He has been insulated and pro-
tected from the outside world and this
jail experience has shaken him like it
would affect anyone of his age.”
Currently, Aryan is out on bail in a
drug seizure case.
He was arrested on Oct 3 after
India’s Narcotics Control Bureau offi-
cers raided a cruise ship the previous
day and busted an alleged rave party.
While the 23-year-old was not
found to be in possession of any drugs,
he was accused of having links to an
international drug ring on the basis of
his WhatsApp chats.
Aryan was sent to the Arthur Road
jail in Mumbai on Oct 8.
After spending more than three
weeks in jail, he was granted bail by
the Bombay High Court on Oct 28.
Last Friday, he appeared at the
NCB office in Mumbai to mark his
attendance, according to the condi-
tions of his bail.
But on Sunday he did not turn up
“He skipped the summons due to a
slight fever,” an officer told ANI.
Shah Rukh’s manager Pooja Dad-
lani also did not appear before a
Mumbai Police special investigation
team (SIT) on Monday for questioning
citing health issues.
She was issued a summons after a
special investigation unit of the Mum-
bai Police reportedly found CCTV
evidence of her meeting K.P. Gosavi
and Sam D’Souza, who allegedly tried
to extort money from Shah Rukh over
his son’s arrest, in Lower Parel, a
Last week, D’Souza approached the
Bombay High Court seeking pre-arrest
bail. In his plea, he claimed that
Gosavi had taken Rs50 lakh from
Pooja to get Aryan released.
SIT had also summoned Bollywood
actor Chunky Panday’s brother
Chikky for questioning on Monday,
after witnesses claimed that Gosavi
had contacted Chikky to get in touch
But Chikky too failed to appear at
the SIT office citing Covid-19.
The Mumbai Police said on Wednes-
day that it will again summon Pooja.
“Her statement is important for SIT
and in the time to come we will
summon her again for questioning,” an
Indo-Asian News Service
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