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Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal listed among CNN's top ten heroes

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal is listed among CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2015, for bringing safe drinking water to more than 10,000 drought-stricken people in his native Rajasthan.

Each of the ten "everyday people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place" will receive $10,000 and be honoured at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event on December 6.

The CNN Hero of the Year chosen on the basis of readers' votes will receive an additional $100,000 for his cause, CNN announced Thursday.

Indian toll in Haj stampede rises to 81

New Delhi : The toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the stampede near Makkah in Saudi Arabia during Haj has risen to 81, the government said on Tuesday.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters that seven more Indians have been identified among the dead.

"Unfortunately, seven more Indian pilgrims have been identified as among the deceased, taking the toll of Indian pilgrims in the tragedy to 81," he said.

The earlier toll was 74.

Mulayam claims to know names of people behind Dadri lynching

Lucknow : Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday claimed that he had the names of three people who were behind the lynching of a Muslim in Dadri last month over rumours of eating beef. Addressing a press conference in the state capital, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister added that these were the same people who had a hand in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.

Ghulam Ali invited to Delhi, AAP slams Shiv Sena

New Delhi : Delhi's ruling AAP on Thursday invited noted Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali to perform here after he cancelled his Mumbai concert following threats from the Shiv Sena. It condemned the Shiv Sena for threatening to disrupt the concert.

Delhi's Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra tweeted: "Sad that Ghulam Ali is not being allowed in Mumbai. I invite him to come to Delhi and do the concert. Music has no boundaries."

Tension in Jammu region over cow killing rumours

Jammu : Tension gripped Jammu city and Chenani town in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday following rumours about cow slaughter.

Scores of Hindus blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Chenani, 80 km from Jammu, after rumours gripped the town that a Muslim had killed a cow in the area.

The district magistrate and senior superintendent of police of Udhampur rushed to the spot.

"There is no truth in these rumours and we have appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony," a senior police officer in Udhampur told IANS.

Modi injecting communalism in Bihar: Nitish

Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of injecting communalism into the election campaign after the BJP leader attacked RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

"The real Modi on display - brazen attempt to add communal texture to Bihar polls but deafening silence on deplorable incident in Dadri," Nitish Kumar tweeted.

"All to see why Vajpayeeji was forced to remind him to follow Raj Dharma, but wonder who will be the Vajpayee today," he added.

Police to step in only if beef fests turn violent: Kerala minister

Thiruvananthapuram : Police don't have a mandate to prevent the holding of 'beef festivals', and will intervene only if they turn violent and become a law and order issue, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said on Thursday.

"Police do not have a mandate to intervene in stopping such events as they have no mandate on food habits, but police will intervene if it becomes a law and order issue," Chennithala told reporters here.

Ghulam Ali imbroglio: Pakistani censor chief wants South Block to step in

New Delhi : Amidst the controversy surrounding the cancellation of renowned Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, the country's censor board chief has expressed his disappointment and hoped that "the Indian government will act responsibly".

“It is extremely sad and disappointing that art, music and sports are being subjected to politics of intolerance, hate and one upmanship in the 21st century," Fakhr-e-Alam, chairman of Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), told IANS.

Act against those who attacked Kashmir MLA: Owaisi

Hyderabad : AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday sought action against BJP legislators who attacked an independent legislator in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly for hosting a beef party.

Owaisi said the thrashing of Engineer Rashid and the attempt on his life in the assembly was highly condemnable.

The Hyderabad MP said the lawmaker had done nothing wrong. "In my view, he had not done anything illegal. The Supreme Court has stayed the beef ban. He had brought cooked food from outside."

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