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Radhe Maa in more trouble; to be booked for 'trishul' on flight
Mumbai : A magistrate here on Wednesday ordered police to lodge an FIR under the Arms Act against self-styled godwoman Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa for carrying a sharp 'trishul' (trident) on a flight last year.
 
The Andheri metropolitan magistrate's order followed a complaint by Right to Information (RTI) activist Asad Patel a year ago against Radhe Maa for entering the domestic and international airport premises in August 2015 carrying the trishul, where it is banned under law.
 
"Though I wrote to various authorities in the matter, including police and airport officials, they took no cognizance of the matter. On August 13, 2015, I sent legal notice to all concerned parties and then filed a complaint with the magistrate's court which issued the directions today (Wednesday)," Patel told IANS.
 
Patel said a trident, which was dangerous and could cause harm to passengers, was among many other such sharp items banned by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
 
However, since Radhe Maa claims to be a godwoman, she was not restrained by the airport security staff from carrying it with her on the flight operated by a private airlines.
 
An official of the airport police station said they would initiate action in the matter after receiving the court order.
 
The controversial godwoman was earlier accused in a dowry-abetment case by a Mumbai housewife, Nikki Gupta, and later television actress Dolly Bindra had filed a criminal case of alleged threats and sexual harassment against her.
 
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Rajya Sabha returns Aadhaar bill with amendments
New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday returned the Aadhaar bill to the lower house with four amendments, including ensuring that it remains voluntary.
 
The amendments are in clauses 3, 7, 33 and 57 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016. 
 
The Rajya Sabha had a limited role in passage of a money bill, as the Aadhaar bill has been designated, and can only suggest amendments, which can be accepted or rejected by Lok Sabha.
 
In case amendments are recommended, the bill will remain pending unless the process is completed in Lok Sabha.
 
The bill now has to go the Lok Sabha again, where the amendments would be either accepted or defeated.
 
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Feni to be notified as Goa's heritage drink: CM
Panaji : Feni, a traditional alcoholic drink distilled from the fermented juice of cashew apples, will be notified as the state heritage drink of Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.
 
In his budget speech in the legislative assembly, Parsekar said the BJP-led coalition government was in the process of formulating a policy for feni.
 
"Feni is unique to Goa and is the first alcoholic drink to obtain a GI (Geographical Indication). I propose to notify feni as a state heritage drink," he said.
 
Feni is distilled from fermented juice extracted from the cashew apple and is a popular alcoholic beverage in Goa. A similar process is also used to distill coconut feni from palm toddy.
 
"We are also in the process of formulating a feni policy, providing marketing support, price control, while also exempting VAT (Value Added Tax) for certain categories of cashew and coconut palm feni," Parsekar said.
 
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