Express News Briefs - Dec 9

Published: 09th December 2015 05:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2015 05:51 AM   |  A+A-


Kala Utsav to Hone Artisitic Talent Opened

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday called upon students coming from across the country to compete as well as cooperate with each other in the pursuit of their dreams and advised the youth to learn about different cultures to enhance their knowledge. Inaugurating the national-level ‘Kala Utsav’ programme here which seeks to promote arts in education by nurturing the artistic talent of school students, Irani lauded the participation of students from Tamil Nadu facing the fury of torrential rains. “You have come here from across the country. I insist you share your journeys with each other,” Irani told the students at the event. 

Sidhu Didn’t Approach Us, Nor We Him: AAP

The AAP will stage a state-wide protest on December 15 demanding sacking of Punjab Agri Minister Tota Singh over his alleged involvement in the `35 crore pesticide scam. On the rumour that ex-MP Navjot Singh Siddhu would join AAP, Punjab incharge Sanjay Singh said, “We haven’t contacted him, neither has he contacted us.”


NGO Boss Arrested For Sexual Abuse of Minors

The police in Assam’s Dibrugarh town arrested two persons in connection with alleged sexual harassment of minor girls at an NGO, which the duo ran. Rubul Borgohain, 40, superintendent of Smile Children Home and Gitanjali Konwar Dutta, 30, the “mother” of the NGO, were arrested on Monday night based on a complaint lodged by one Gitimallika Gogoi, who is a member of the Juvenile Justice Board. The alleged sexual abuse by Borgohain came to the fore after Gogoi had visited the NGO recently to teach drawing to its inmates. During motivational classes, the girls had narrated abuse to the Juvenile Justice Board member. 


Two Militants Killed, Four Hurt in Encounter

Two militants were killed and four persons, including two CRPF men and a lady tourist, injured during an encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Tuesday.

A police officer said acting on intelligence inputs, a joint party of the police, Army and the CRPF set up temporary checkpoint, where the vehicles were searched.

“At about 4.45 pm, the security men intercepted a vehicle near JKEDI building at Sempora in which two militants were travelling. The driver was asked to stop the vehicle,” he said. The officer said the militants attempted to flee from the spot. “They lobbed grenades and fired from automatic weapons towards the security men,” he said, adding that the  fire was returned by the troops and both the militants were killed. 


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