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Balcony collapses during Ganesh procession, one dead

MUMBAI: One person was killed and six others injured as a balcony collapsed during a Ganesh procession here Sunday, the final day of the 11-day festival, an official said. The accident happened in Bharatmata area where devotees were trying to get a glimpse of the elephant god of the famous Lalbaugcha Raja mandal. The people were taken to KEM Hospital. “One man was brought dead while six others were brought injured. Two girls are critical,” a hospital official told IANS. “We have got calls from many others who are on their way to the hospital owing to injuries,” the official added. The balcony could not bear the weight of the more than 50 devotees, standing in the balcony to get a glimpse of the Ganesh idol.(IANS)

 Azharuddin’s son hospitalised after a bike crash

HYDERABAD: Ajmal-ur-Rahman, nephew of former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin, died on Sunday after an accident here in which the cricketer’s son Mohammed Ayazuddin was critically injured, police said.Rahman, 16, and Ayazuddin, 19, met with the accident on the city’s outskirts early Sunday.Ayazuddin, an upcoming cricketer, was riding a sports bike with his cousin when he lost control and fell down near Poppalaguda on the Outer Ring Road.Ayazuddin and Rahman were rushed to Apollo Hospital in Jubliee Hills around 9 a.m.Both received head injuries, hospital sources told IANSRahman was the son of Azhar’s sister and grandson of former MP Khaleel-ur-Rahman.Doctors have described Ayazuddin’s condition as critical and he has been put on ventilator.According to police, Ayazuddin was driving Suzuki GSX R1000 with his cousin riding pillion. (IANS)

 Cops barred from using mobile phones in court

NEW DELHI: Security personnel at the Delhi High Court will not be able to talk on mobile phones or flip through newspapers from Monday as Delhi Police has issued strict instructions against this.The move followed a decision at a high-level meeting Thursday to discuss the high court’s security in wake of two blasts within a span of three months, said Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) secretary D.K. Sharma.The meeting, presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was attended by five senior judges, members of the DHCBA and officials of police, the New Delhi Municipal Council, the Delhi government, the home ministry and other agencies.The Sep 7 blast at gate number 5 of the court killed 13 and left over 90 injured.”Delhi Police issued a decree to its officers deployed at the court, asking them not to carry mobile phones while on duty. They have also asked their officers neither to chat on the cell phone nor to read newspapers or magazines while on duty,” said an officer deployed for the inside security of the high court.(IANS)

 Floods submerge 2,600 villages, 8 dead

BHUBANESWAR: Flood’s fury in Mahanadi and other rivers has wreaked havoc in Orissa submerging about 2,600 villages spread over 19 districts and leaving eight dead as the state government on Sunday stepped up relief and rescue operations for 11 lakh affected people.The floods, which claimed eight lives and left three others missing so far, have snapped road communications at several places in Puri, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Sambalpur, Boudh and Sonepur districts, official sources said.With low lying areas submerged by flood waters, about 61,000 people have been evacuated and sheltered in safe places as government intensified relief work for about 11 lakh people in 2,600 villages of 19 districts.As 13.66 lakh cusec water flowed from the flooded Mahanadi through Mundali near Cuttack, a large number of breaches were created in the river system in the thickly populated delta region, sources said.(PTI)

 Three youths jailed for ten years for raping

NEW DELHI: Three youths have been sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court for gangraping a 19-year-old girl at knife point.District judge P S Teji sentenced East Delhi residents Nesar (20), Sunny (22) and Mukesh (20) after convicting them for raping the girl in a slum while she was on her way back to home from work.”In the view of facts and circumstances of the case, all the convicts are hereby awarded rigorous imprisonment for a period of 10 years and fine of Rs 5,000 each for the offence punishable under Section 376(2)(g) IPC (punishment for gang rape),” the judge said.Police had lodged the FIR in the case on October 25, 2009 on the victim’s compliant.She told police she worked as a maid-servant and on the fateful night of October 24, 2009, she was returning home in Kalyanpuri jhuggis from work at about 9 pm when she was accosted by the trio, who were known to her.She said they caught hold of her and took her into a nearby jhuggi and raped her one after one at knife point.(PTI)

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