Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city today to prevent Shia mourners from taking out Muharram processions following apprehension that separatists might convert the religious gathering into political assembly.
Strict prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in the areas around Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Regal Chowk and some parts of the downtown area of Srinagar, officials said.
Shops, offices and business establishments remained shut while traffic remained suspended around Lal Chowk and few adjacent areas.
The restrictions in these areas were imposed due to apprehensions that separatist groups might attempt to stage anti-national protests during the 10th Muharram processions today, they said.
At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.
The blaze broke out at the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions late Saturday. By Sunday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies, fire department Operations Director Maj. Mohammad Mahbub told The Associated Press.
He said another 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire later died at hospitals. The death toll could rise as the search for victims was continuing, he said.
Local media reported that up to 124 people were killed in the fire. The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear, and authorities have ordered an investigation.
Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. The country annually earns about $20 billion from exports of garment products, mainly to the United States and Europe.
The decision will be implemented among hundreds of families of the Ghanchi community in Jodhpur city, some 350 km from state capital Jaipur.
The move aims to ease the financial burden on families at the time of the girl's marriage when the money could be used, community leaders said.
"Cases of female foeticide and infanticide are quite rampant in the area. The major reason behind the evil practice is that the families think girls cause financial burden till marriage," said Rajendra Bhati, general secretary of Ghanchi Mahasabha.
He said the money would be collected through donations and non−government organisations.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain has said that the party has distanced itself from the remarks of its lawmaker Ram Jethmalani praising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his action to appoint Ranjit Sinha as the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and his criticism towards the party.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party dismisses his (Ram Jethmalani) remarks and also condemn them. We would also like to say that his remarks are baseless, without facts and would help the Congress party," said Hussain.
The appointment of Ranjit Sinha, a 1974 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer as the successor to Amar Pratap Singh, who will retire on November 30, has come under fire from the BJP, which has alleged that the decision was taken in a hurry.
BJP leaders, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, had written letters to the prime minister, saying that the appointment of the new CBI director should not have been done when the Select Committee of the parliament's lower house had recommended that such appointments should be done through a collegium.