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Nitish Kumar pays tribute to Babu Veer Kunwar Singh ahead of Amit Shah’s visit

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 A day after attending the Iftar party hosted by the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Rabri Devi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar paid tribute to the great freedom fighter Babu Veer Kunwar Singh.

Ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state, he went to Babu Veer Kunwar Singh park and paid tribute at the freedom fighter’s statue, surprising the BJP as the latter has been preparing to organise a mega event in Jagdishpur to commemorate the great icon.

The BJP is organising this event to prove its power to the Janata Dal (United) and the RJD in Bihar. Jagdishpur, which is 70 km away from Patna, is the birth place of Babu Veer Kunwar Singh in Bhojpur district where Amit Shah is coming to commemorate him as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations to mark India’s 75 years of independence.

However, political analysts believe that this move by the BJP is to gain the support of the upper caste Rajputs in Bihar especially after a large section of Bhumihars shifted towards the RJD which was proved in the recently concluded Bochahan by-election.

Bochahan in Muzaffarpur district is a Bhumihar dominant constituency which supported RJD candidate Amar Paswan. He won the by-election by a big margin of over 36,000 votes, defeating BJP candidate Bebi Kumari.

“Our government has taken many initiatives in respect of our great freedom fighter Babu Veer Kunwar Singh. I believe that he should get respect at the national level. In Bihar, there is a university named after Babu Veer Kunwar Singh in Arrah. We have also named a bridge after him and remember that he was the one who started the freedom struggle in 1857,” Kumar said.

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Delhi HC declares ITC Maurya’s ‘Bukhara’ a well-known trademark

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The Delhi High Court has declared ITC Limited’s ‘Bukhara’ as a well-known trademark under Section 2(zg) read with Section 11(2) of the Trade Marks Act and also directed the Registrar of Trademarks to add the same to the list of well-known marks following the completion of required formalities.

The court observed that the attribute of certain trademarks attaining the status of ‘well-known marks’ had been acknowledged by courts in India for about three decades.

ITC had filed a case against a Gurgaon restaurant claiming that the usage of the mark ‘Balk Bukhara’ is an infringement of its trademark. Additionally, ITC sought a declaration of its mark ‘Bukhara’ as a well-known mark.

Justice Prathiba M. Singh also observed that there is no doubt that ‘Bukhara’ was a well-known mark as the restaurant has won numerous awards and has had celebrities visiting from across the globe.

Defending ‘Balm Bukhara’, Advocates Peeyoosh Kalra and Nikita Anand informed the court that the mark ‘Bukhara’ had not been protected by courts in the USA.

Whereas, the court said as the mark ‘Bukhara’ originated in India, the judgments from USA courts would not be applicable in India’s context.

“It enjoys substantial goodwill and reputation not only among Indians but also among foreigners who travel to India and carry back the said reputation,” said the court.

Further, the court restrained the defendants from using the mark ‘Balk Bukhara’ or any other similar mark in any form and directed them to change the items or places where the mark appears before December 31, 2022.

The defendants, however, agreed not to use the mark or any other mark with the word ‘Bukhara’ for their hotel, restaurant, or other hospitality services.

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BJP claims better performance than UPA govt in economic domain

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The political tussle between Congress and BJP has intensified with respect to the ‘politics of performance’. While Congress is constantly trying to put the Modi government in the dock regarding the economic condition of the country and rising inflation, BJP claims that their government has fared much better in the domain of economy.

Comparing the size of the country’s economy in the tenures of UPA and NDA governments, BJP expressed on twitter that during 10 years of the UPA government, India moved up just one notch as the world’s largest economy. On the other hand, the Indian economy has climbed up five places to become the world’s fifth largest economy in just eight-and-a-half years of under Modi.

India moved from 11th to 10th largest economy in ten years of UPA while India has moved from 10th to 5th largest economy in eight and half years of BJP-led NDA.

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Mumbai Police takes underworld don Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Fruit’s custody

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The Anti extortion cell (AEC) of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday said that it has arrested Underworld gangster and Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Chhota Shakeel’s relative Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit in a fresh case of land grabbing.

The police said a family based in South Africa had filed a complaint saying that their property in the Umerkhadi area of South Mumbai was allegedly grabbed by preparing fake documents. A case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered by the Economic Offence Wing of the city police and it was later transferred to the AEC.

Initial investigations revealed the involvement of five people including Salim Fruit in the matter following which the police arrested the suspects, an official said.

The police said the complainant had said that his property which is worth over Rs 25 crore was grabbed by making fake documents. The property was originally owned by his father.

“Salim Fruit was lodged in jail. He had been arrested by the NIA in a previous case. With the court’s permission, we have taken him into our custody and he is arrested in the matter,” said DCP Prashant Kadam.

The police said the arrested suspects were produced before a court that sent them to police custody. Further investigations into the matter are going on.

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