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Leopard spotted prowling around court in India

AHMEDABAD: Employees at a courthouse in India had a fright on Friday after a young leopard was spotted prowling around the building, authorities said. "Seeing the leopard the court staff ran out of the room and locked it from outside and informed us," G.A. Zala, a forestry official in the western state of Gujarat, told AFP. With an excited crowd gathering outside the court in the town of Chotila, the big cat was eventually found after three and a half hours hiding under a cupboard. The animal, thought to be around…

India’s Ahmedabad gets first all-women railway station

AHMEDABAD: A railway station in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar will now be run by an all-women team. It becomes the first such station in the state and the fourth in the country. Maninagar railway station and Matunga Road station on the Western Railway line in Mumbai became all-women stations from Thursday on the occasion of International Women’s day. Ahmedabad division officials said all 36 front line staffers at the station will be women. Station superintendent Jayashree Pillai said that, for her, this the best gift to…

Cars burnt, shopping malls vandalised in Indian city against Bollywood movie ‘Padmaavat’

AHMEDABAD: Hundreds of protesters went on a rampage vandalising malls and torching cars in the Indian city of Ahmedabad in a bid to stop the release of a controversial Bollywood film scheduled for Thursday. Violence against "Padmaavat", a film about a mythical Hindu queen, started late Tuesday and went into the night in the main city of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. Several hundred people attacked shops in malls and set alight 50 motorbikes and damaged more than 150 cars across the city, police…

India starts building world’s biggest stadium

AHMEDABAD: India has started building the world's biggest cricket stadium that will accommodate 110,000 spectators and cost around $100 million. Since the capacity of Kolkata's Eden Gardens was reduced as part of a major rebuilding project, Melbourne Cricket Ground has held the title of the sport's largest stadium with seating for around 100,000. But speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony on Monday in India's western Gujarat state, officials said a new stadium would be able to welcome 110,000 people. Gujarat Cricket…