Dalits plan ‘peaceful’ protest in Gurugram

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GURUGRAM: The anticipatory bail plea of those booked during the Monday’s Dalit protest is scheduled for hearing on Friday before the sessions court in Gurugram. Meanwhile, Dalit leaders say that they will stage a bigger protest, though a peaceful one. The Supreme Court had recently banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. This has not gone down well with SCs and STs, who said this will dilute the law. On Monday, the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was blocked by…

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Residents await construction of bridge over Noyyal river

Tirupur: With the city corporation announcing in its budget that a road bridge across Noyyal River between Parappalayam and Rayapuram would be completed this year, residents of the area are gearing up to lay the foundation stone, even though the state highways department is yet to approve the project design.The project, which would reduce vehicular traffic on busy Mangalam Road, was a public-contributed project, in which, people would share 50% of the cost. Residents, who were demanding for the bridge for 25 years, say the project is crucial as there…

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Normalcy hit as businesses remain shut, vehicles keep off streets

Coimbatore: Normal life was thrown out of gear in the city as more than 90% commercial establishments and shops remained shut in response to the bandh called by the opposition parties led by DMK on Thursday.At an all-party meeting on Wednesday, the opposition parties had urged commercial establishments, theatres, small and micro industries, trade centres, vegetable markets, hotels, bakeries, autorickshaw associations and trade unions to make the bandh a huge success. While 98% Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses hit the roads as usual, more than 80% private buses…

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Gang kills auto driver

Coimbatore: Body of a 44-year-old goods autorickshaw driver was found in a pool of blood on Ondipudur-Irugur Road. Morning walkers, who noticed the body on Thursday, had informed Singanallur police. Police identified the victim as M Citybabu of Ondipudur. “He was staying with his mother Pandiammal after his wife left him. On Wednesday night, he had left the house with two people on a motorcycle. The unidentified men attacked him using deadly weapons and left the body on the road,” a police officer said. Singanallur police recovered the victim’s mobile…

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