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TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee commits suicide
Mumbai : TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, known for her role of adult Anandi in the popular serial "Balika Vadhu", allegedly committed suicide here on Friday, police said. The news has left the industry shocked.
 
Pratyusha hanged herself from a fan at her Kandivali residence but was detected and taken to the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital where she succumbed.
 
Confirming the news, Mumbai police spokesperson Dhananjay Kulkarni said that the hospital has sent a report on the Jamshedpur-born actress's death.
 
Police are investigating the probable cause that may have spurred Pratyusha to resort to the extreme step.
 
Her colleagues from the industry and her fans are in complete disbelief with news that the talented young girl, all of 24, is no more.
 
Veteran actress Surekha Sikri, who played 'Dadisa' to Pratyusha's character in "Balika Vadhu", told IANS: "I am absolutely shocked. I knew her, she was very sweet. She was a sensitive person, she must have taken something to heart and must have got really emotional."
 
According to Tanuj Garg, former CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, she had plans to marry her beau Rahul Singh.
 
"Terrible, terrible news about Pratyusha Banerjee. Met her once at a party. How extreme must pressures be to drive one to take one's own life. Friends met Pratyusha Banerjee and her boyfriend Rahul (who owns a production house) on Holi and they seemed happy. They were to get married," Garg shared on Twitter.
 
The virtual world went into a tizzy once the news of Pratyusha's suicide surfaced, with many hoping that it is an April Fools' joke.
 
Hailing from Jharkhand, Pratyusha catapulted to fame with her role in "Balika Vadhu" between 2010-2013.
 
She was later seen in the reality dance show "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 5", "Bigg Boss 7" and hosted some episodes of "Savdhan India". She recently appeared in "Sasural Simar Ka".
 
Pratyusha was earlier dating businessman named Makrand Malhotra, with whom she had a bitter break-up and against whom she had lodged a complaint for abusive behaviour.
 
Earlier this year, Pratyusha had filed an FIR against eight men, including three policemen, claiming they tried to barge into her residence here in relation with a car loan that her boyfriend Rahul Singh had taken from a bank.
 
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Railways to transport water to drought hit areas
New Delhi : Indian Railways will transport water to drought affected areas in the country, an official statement said here on Friday.
 
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed the railway administration to make necessary arrangements in this regard, the statement said.
 
"On a request from Maharashtra Government and Central Railway Zone, Railway Ministry has arranged two goods trains consisting of 50 tanker like wagons each for the purpose of loading and transporting water in the drought-affected areas of Latur district in Maharashtra," the statement said.
 
Kota workshop of Indian Railways has been directed to undertake steam cleaning of wagons for the purpose of loading drinking water. The two goods trains will be deployed in Pandharpur-Latur section of Solapur division.
 
The first goods train consisting of 50 wagons will be ready for water loading after steam cleaning from Kota workshop on April 8, and the second train is expected to be ready around April 15.
 
These will be deployed in Latur during the summer season of the financial year 2016-17. The trips of the goods trains will be arranged as per requirement.
 
Earlier in January this year many goods trains were deployed to transport water from Nasirabad to Bhilwada in Ajmer Division, after demands by the Rajasthan Government and North Western Railway Zone.
 
The water carrying capacity is around 55,000 litres per wagon which means around 275,0000 litres per train.
 
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SC declines plea for verification of poll candidates' assets
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday declined a PIL by the former top cop Julio Riberio and other eminent people seeking setting up of a machinery to verify the assets declared by the winning candidates and three top losing candidates in a constituency in parliamentary and state assembly polls.
 
"If we ask the Election Commission to verify the assets of the contesting candidates running into crores of rupees, it will submerge the Election Commission into doing these verifications only and (it) will not be able to do any other thing," said the bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit declining the PIL.
 
Asking Riberio and other eminent people to continue with their "crusade outside the court", Chief Justice Thakur said: "Verification is a cumbersome process, say of a candidate disclosing possessing assets worth Rs.300 crores. What purpose it will serve? How it will restore parity between rich and the common man?"
 
Asking the petitioner's counsel if they wanted the Election Commission to run after the candidates to verify the assets they have declared in the affidavits along with their nominations papers, the bench said that the apex court has acealready gone to the extent of saying that if there is a wrongful or false declaration (of assets), then that will be ground for setting aside their election.
 
Besides Ribeiro, other PIL petitioners are former CAG Vijay K. Shunglu, former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal S. Krishnaswamy (retd.), former director generals of police I.C.Dwivedi and Prakash Singh, former union secretaries S.A.T.Rizvi and Arvind Verma, former Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission chairman S.R. Lakha, IIT-Kharagpur's former director Prof. S.K.Dubey, Prof. H.C.Pandey, former IPS officer S.N.Singh, senior journalists Syeed Masoof Ul Zaidi and Arunesh Kumar Mishra.
 
The petitioners had sought the setting up of a machinery that would have the officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation, and Customs and Central Excise and the officers from other departments to man it.
 
They had contended that if upon verification it was found that candidates winning or three others losing candidates immediately after him - are possessing assets beyond what they have declared then they should be prosecuteA and proceedings should be initiated for the removal of the winning candidate from the membership of the legislature to which he has been elected.
 
The petition had further sought the prosecution of the lawmakers under the Prevention of Corruption Act if it was found that that they possessed assets disproportionate to their known sources of income on the presumption that they had acquired them through alleged corrupt mean during their stint as public servants.
 
Addressing another plea by the petitioners, the court asked: "You want rich men be excluded from contesting election so that common man gets a chance."
 
"How a common man gets disabled from contesting election (if rich is in the fray). How a common man can is enabled if rich man is ousted from contesting election," it asked.
 
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Ralph Rau

8 months ago

The honourable court wants to know how the poor man is excluded from contesting when his monied opponent throws money around during an election ?

Is the honourable Justice serious ?

There seems to be an error in the reporting of the courts comments.

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