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Unlicensed loudspeakers in mosques, temples: HC dismisses plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking a complete ban on the use of all unlicensed loudspeakers in mosques and temples here on grounds of noise pollution.

Dismissing the plea, a bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath noted that Delhi Police has issued various directions and orders that have been referred to in the petition.

Delhi Police has also taken steps to deal with the violation of provisions pertaining to the use of loudspeakers, the bench said.

Owaisi surrenders, gets bail in assault case

Hyderabad: A city court on Monday granted bail to MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi after he surrendered before police in a case relating to an attack on Congress leaders.

The Hyderabad MP, soon after his return from Uttar Pradesh, produced himself before V. Satyanarayana, deputy commissioner of police, south zone.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief was taken to government-run Osmania General Hospital for checkup.

He was subsequently produced before a magistrate at Nampally Criminal Court complex. The MP was granted bail on two sureties of Rs.5,000 each.

Headley bares two failed attempts before 26/11

Mumbai: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) made two unsuccessful attempts before wreaking havoc in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, in a terror attack that killed 166 persons, terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headly told a Special TADA court here on Monday.

In the first attempt to strike Mumbai in September 2008, the terrorist's boat hit some rocks in the Arabian Sea, resulting in loss of weapons and ammunition, but those on board survived, Headley told TADA Court Judge G.A. Sanap via video-conferencing from a US jail.

Four killed in reactor blast in Hyderabad factory

Hyderabad: Four workers were charred to death when a reactor exploded in manufacturing unit of pahramceutical firm in Maheswaram on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Monday, police said.

Two others were injured in the explosion that occurred in Asita pharma and drugs factory in Mankhal industrial area of Maheswaram in Ranga Reddy district.

The explosion caused huge fire. Four workers who were working near the reactor were charred to death. The injured were rushed to a hospital.

The deceased have been identified as Kosaram, 26, Dasru Rai, 24, Deva, 23, and Jogaram, 25.

CPI says yet to receive proposal on alliance with Congress

Kolkata: The Communist Party of India was yet to receive any proposal from the CPI-Marxist regarding any tie-up with the Congress for the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls, a senior CPI leader said on Sunday.

Gurudas Dasgupta, a former CPI parliamentarian, said the matter was yet to be discussed in any meeting of the Left Front, of which both the communist parties are members.

However, Dasgupta said his party was prepared to do whatever was needed to protect democracy and end the "misrule" of the Trinamool Congress in the state.

Bihar university proctor held for Maoist links, released

Patna: A proctor of a Bihar university was arrested on Sunday for alleged links with Maoists and two suspected guerrillas apprehended from the varsity hostel in Bhagalpur but all three were later released, police said.

Professor Vilakhjhan Ravidas, proctor of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur university in Bhagalpur and Kapildeo Mandal and Arjun Paswan were released after they filed a bond in a police station.

"Ravidas and others were released due to lack of evidence against them," said a district police official.

Ravidas, however denied any links with Maoists.

Form government or break with BJP, Omar tells PDP

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir's former state chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday asked the PDP to form an elected government in the state or have the courage to break its alliance with the BJP.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of a National Conference function in Nagrota area here, Abdullah said: "For ten months the PDP had been praising the alliance with the BJP. Now (Peoples Democratic Party chief) Mehbooba Mufti has been asking the BJP-led government at the centre to announce CBMs.

Bihar university proctor held for Maoist links

Patna: A proctor of a Bihar university was arrested on Sunday for alleged links with Maoists and two suspected guerrillas apprehended from the varsity hostel in Bhagalpur, police said.

Professor Vilakhjhan Ravidas, proctor of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur university in Bhagalpur, however denied any links with Maoists.

Police said he was arrested on information provided by suspected Maoist Ghanshayam alias Ghoghan Da. A pistol, mobile phone and Maoist literature were allegedly seized from Ghanshayam who gave information about the proctor during his two-hour questioning.

Azam's remarks attempt to hide state government's failures: BJP

New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday rubbished Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan's claims that mafia don Dawood Ibrahim was present at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Lahore last December, terming them an attempt to hide his government's failures.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary Shrikant Sharma termed the comments a desperate attempt to hide the failures of the Samajwadi Party government in the state and divide the people.

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