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Advocate files plea seeking probe into Thoothukudi deaths

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A petition was moved before the Delhi High Court on Thursday seeking direct intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) or an independent probe into the “unlawful killings” of protesters during the anti-Sterlite rally, as the number of police firing deaths rose to 13 in Thoothukudi.

The petition filed by advocate A. Rajarajan, national vice president of National Union Backward Classes, is most likely to be come up for hearing before the High Court on Friday. Mr Rajarajan said the rights commission refused to consider his representation for an urgent hearing even after a mere protest took such a violent turn.

NHRC has simply asked for a report from the Chief Secretary and DGP of Tamil Nadu government even as they are the officials heading the civil and police administration under whom the alleged human rights violation took place, he said.

“Unless otherwise the NHRC directly interferes at the earliest by its own or through an independent agency as mandated under the protection of human rights act… the unlawful killings by police will continue,” Mr Rajarajan said.

He further stated that the commission should urgently look into the matter as there was a possibility of tampering of the evidence related to the unlawful killings by the state police as they themselves are the perpetrators, conspirators and executors of the unlawful killings.

Mr Rajarajan said the police firing was done without following any existing laws of the land which regulates the conduct of police personnel during police firing and usage of force by police personnel to disperse the crowd.

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PM inaugurates museums on Bose, Jallianwala Bagh in Red Fort complex

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New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the Subhash Chandra Bose museum at the iconic Red Fort to mark the leader’s 122nd birth anniversary.

Modi also inaugurated the Yaad-e-Jallian Museum, (museum on the Jallianwala Bagh and World War I), the Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence, and Drishyakala-Museum on Indian Art within the Red Fort complex.

The museum on Bose and the Indian National Army showcases various artefacts related to Subhash Chandra Bose and INA. The artefacts include a wooden chair and sword used by the leader, medals, badges, uniforms and other artefacts related to the INA.

A documentary on Bose and the INA will help visitors understand the vision of the freedom fighter. Actor Abhishek Bachchan has lent his voice for the documentary.

The Yaad-e-Jallian Museum provides an authentic account of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that took place on April 13, 1919.

A replica of the memorial erected at the Jallianwala Bagh has also been placed at the museum.

The museum will also showcase the heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during the World War-I.

A poem penned by Sarojini Naidu on the plight of Indian soldiers who fought the World War I for the British Empire is part of the artefacts at the museum.

The poem, titled ‘The Gift’ describes sacrifices made by 1.5 million Indian soldiers in the First World War

The Museum on 1857-India’s first war of Independence portrays the historical narrative of war of independence, showcasing the valour and sacrifices made by Indians during the period.

The Drishyakala- Exhibition on Indian Art showcases artworks from 16th century till India’s independence. It has paintings by Amrita Shergil and Raja Ravi Varma on display.

The PM spent nearly an hour at the museums and shuffled between venues on a golf buggy.

In a tweet earlier, Modi said he bows to Bose on his birth anniversary. “He was a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free and leads a life of dignity. We are committed to fulfilling his ideals and creating a strong India,” he wrote.

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After heavy rain, Delhi’s air quality at year’s best

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New Delhi | Heavy rains drastically reduced the pollution level of the national capital, which recorded the best air quality of this year on Tuesday, authorities said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was 133, which falls in the ‘moderate’ category.

This is the first time this year that an AQI as low as 133 was recorded, the CPCB data showed. In first week of January too, the air quality had improved to ‘moderate’ category for a brief period of time.

Delhi has been battling hazardous pollution level for the past few months and for the last one month the air quality has been oscillating between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ category.

An AQI between 100 and 200 comes under ‘moderate’ category, 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, while that between 401 and 500 is ‘severe’.

On Tuesday, two areas recorded ‘satisfactory’ air quality while 32 areas recorded ‘moderate’ air quality, the CPCB said.

In the National Capital Region, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Greater Noida recorded ‘moderate’ air quality, it said.

The overall PM2.5 level — fine particulate matters in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers — in Delhi was 61, while the PM10 level was 110, it said.

Authorities said the drastic drop in pollution level was due to heavy rain that lashed the Delhi NCR.

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Heavy rains lash parts of Delhi

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New Delhi |Heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital on Tuesday morning as the minimum temperature settled at five notches above normal.

Fifteen trains were delayed with an average delay of two to three hours. These include Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express, Malda-Delhi Junction Farakka Express, Mumbai Amritsar Express and others. The Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express was late by six hours, Northern Railways said.

According to a MeT official, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 14.8 mm rainfall, Palam observatory 22.8 mm rainfall, Lodhi road observatory 15 mm rainfall and Aya Nagar observatory recorded 26.1 mm rainfall.

“The minimum temperature was recorded at 12.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, while the maximum temperature settled at 22.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” the official said.

The humidity level was recorded at 100 per cent at 8.30 am.

The weatherman has predicted rainfall throughout the day with the mercury settling at 19 degrees Celsius.

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