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Power POSHAN helping kids & parents lead happy life

Ravita, a two-year-old, is inquisitive and curious as she ought to be like others of her age. Her mother replies to all her queries, but misses some most of the time. It looks like one small happy family with her mother, grandmother and father alongside her. But a year back, things were not all fine and happy. She was suffering from life-threatening Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and her family was dejected about her condition, until they came across POSHAN programme. The Sahariya tribe Ravita belongs to is one of the most vulnerable tribal groups in Southern Rajasthan. Her village ‘Kushalpura’ at ‘Shahabad’ block is one of the remotest in Baran district which remains mostly barren throughout the year, a reason which drives many to become migrants. Some like her parents often find petty work at the agricultural fields nearby as daily wage labourers. When moving out to work, her parents often left her in the care of her grandmother who fed her with anything little that was at home without realising the nutritional requirements of the child.Time passed and Ravita fell sick with diarrhoeal issues, lack of appetite, and became lethargic. The lack of child care practices among the family, deteriorated her condition. Out of desperation, her parents took her to a local quack in the village, but to no avail. Things went out of control and after counseling by the community mobilizers, her parents took her to a Malnutrition Treatment Centre (MTC) where she stayed for a few days and after she showed signs of recovery, she was discharged. But because of continuous engagement of the parents in the fields and lack of care again deteriorated her condition- both physical and cognitive developments. They again sought treatment at MTC, but financial burden took toll and made the parents leave the treatment midway again as the family found it difficult to stay in MTC.During the next six months, Ravita’s growth fluctuated more often until the government of Rajasthan launched the phase-II of the POSHAN programme at Baran. Now as the treatment was just a doorstep away, the parents could completely do away with their trips to MTC. Also they could maintain a balance between their work and family life. Within eight weeks of undertaking the programme she grew healthy. The POSHAN programme effectively changed the life of Ravita and her family and perhaps of many more like her.SUDDEN TRANSFORMATIONRavita’s growth fluctuated more often until the government of Rajasthan launched the phase-II of the POSHAN programme at Baran. Now as the treatment was just a doorstep away, the parents could completely do away with their trips to MTC. Also they could maintain a balance between their work and family life. Within eight weeks of undertaking the programme the child grew healthy.

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The year that saw rise of Congress and agitations

Looking back at 2017… One sees a politically eventful year, a year made up a series of events that have led to a mobilisation of various sections, especially the farmers and the Dalits. The discontent in these sections was successfully harnessed in the form of agitations that not only put the government’s problem solving skills to test but also created a situation wherein the agitators managed to get the upper hand as they entered into agreements with the government.The year that has passed has seen the Congress rise like the phoenix. The party that was reduced to redundancy in last elections has grown to be a force to be reckoned with. The opposition party has managed to catch the fancy of the rural population with its incessant raising of the farmers’ issues. It today has the distinction of being a state that is home to four of Rahul Gandhi’s close aides; CP Joshi, Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, Sachin Pilot and the newly added Ashok Gehlot.Congress also made its relevance felt nationally by striking emotional cord. The name for Rahul Gandhi as AICC president was proposed in Jaipur. It was projected as the logical action in the city where Rahul took charge as party vice-president.All through 2017 the die has been cast. It has laid the foundation for the years to come. The year that passes by has managed to fuel discontent to such a level that the run down to the assembly polls at the end of 2018 will be interspersed with protests and agitation.Discontent among the castes was on the rise all through the year. With no concerted effort to contain, it escalated and spread. The Gurjars, Jats and Meenas under Kirori; have an axe to grind with the present government. Rajputs and Brahmins have their own issues. This caste cauldron, while being a political irritant spells trouble for the social fabric too.As the year prepares to fade out, both BJP and Congress have decided to adopt the Gujarat model. The poll preparation will be on the lines adopted in Gujarat. Congress with its offensive campaign and the BJP plans to decentralise to the booth level to ensure each vote.

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45-year-old mom drives e-rickshaw for daughter’s education

Do not be surprised if you spot a lady driving an e-rickshaw, offering you a ride in the city.Dressed in a pink half-sleeve shirt over her saree, 45-year-old Sonalben Joddha, a resident of Asarwa, is a new driver who has come out of her societal norms. Her only aim is to afford education for her daughter.One of these days, you may spot her outside the Flower show organized by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) at Sabarmati riverfront, ferrying senior citizens.With a smile on her face, Sonalben’s enthusiasm is what attracts many. Quick enough to spot senior citizens and those who need help, Sonalben approaches them to offer a ride.She says, “I am connected with an NGO called ‘Sakhi group’ in the city and have been making ‘Kheechu’, a Gujarati dough used to make papad, since many years. Before six months, the NGO informed us that e-rickshaws are being given at low-interest rate along with training to promote greener city.””It was then I got interested and bought this rickshaw for Rs 96,000 on loan. We were given training and a license was issued. I was one of the 12 women who received this rickshaw and training from Ahmedabad.”The e-rickshaw has changed Sonalben’s life who used to earn Rs 3000 a month by stitching clothes. “Since five months, I have been driving this rickshaw and earn nearly Rs 1200 a day. It is a great relief to me as I am able to educate my daughter who is studying nursing.”Sonalben drives the rickshaw from Asarwa to Shahibaug from 10.00 to 4.00 pm after which she takes an hour break and resumes to her second job.”I make Kheechu in evenings and work till 9.00 pm every day.” My husband and my son also work. My son does two jobs but is not enough to run our family which is why we all are working hard.”When asked whether she faces any challenging incidents daily, she smiles and says, “Yes, I do. There are passengers who are very nice, whereas there are some who are not. I think I’m able to handle.”Speaking about the initiative, Shailendra Sharma, who has founded haalo.online along with his wife, Shagun, said: “Our initiative is women-driven GPRS enabled electric vehicles on rent that ensures a safe and clean system of transportation in city. To promote our aim, we have deployed two of our electric vehicle services to senior citizens for free at a flower show.”

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65% vehicles in Ahmedabad yet to get HSR plates

Though the Supreme Court in 2013 made High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) mandatory for vehicles, only 25 lakh vehicles of the total 70 lakh vehicles in Ahmedabad city and rural have installed HSR plates, while the remaining 45 lakh vehicles are still to get them.On December 28, the state government issued a January 15 deadline for vehicle owners to replace their old number plates with HSRPs or be ready to pay penalty. Two-wheelers and three-wheelers will be fined Rs89, while four-wheelers and heavy vehicles will have to pay Rs150 if they are caught without HSR plates on them.GS Parmar, Regional Transport Officer, Ahmedabad, said, “HSR plates have been mandatory for vehicles since 2013. Every vehicle registered in RTO after 2013 have HSR plates installed. But the ones registered before 2013 are still to get them. Very few old vehicles come to install HSR plates. Now that a deadline has been issued, we are expecting the older vehicles to come to us to get them installed. Our staff is working on most Sundays specifically for HSRP work, but most of the time no one turns up.”According to an RTO source, till mid 2016, RTO had trouble installing HSRPs on old vehicles. During transfer of vehicles or new registrations, fresh data is entered in RTO’s system and it is linked to HSRP unit through which vehicle owners get the plate. However, it was not possible for old vehicles as the RTO didn’t have the system to update the data of old vehicles due to which the process was halted till mid 2016.”We faced difficulty tracking old vehicles because their data was registered manually. Now, even those data have been transferred to the system, and we can install HSRPs on them,” added Parmar.

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Speak up Delhi: This winter, govt swings into action to provide warmth to homeless

As the cold wave intensifies in north India, the minimum temperature in Delhi drops to 6.4 degree Celsius. Taking this opportunity to help the homeless the Delhi government has once again rolled its ‘Winter Action’ plan to provide aid to the needy people. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently announced that additional bunk beds, geysers would be installed at the city’s many night shelters to ensure that homeless people do not die in the winter chill. Even the department of health started its drive to provide medical treatment to the homeless. In order to accommodate the families of patients, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) opened the subway where around 300 people waiting outside the hospital took refuge during on Saturday night. According to the officials, no deaths have been reported so far. People can call the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) control room for information on the homeless. The agency has also launched a Rain Basera mobile app, which can be used to upload photographs of the homeless with their location.In 2001, the Census pegged Delhi’s homeless at 21,895 while an independent study by Ashray Adhika Abhiyan in 2000 claimed the number stands at 52,765. The 2011 Census found that there are 46,724 homeless people in the city. The same year, the Supreme Court Commissioner’s Office (SCCO), DUSIB and other NGOs conducted an enumeration of the homeless population and found the figure to be 2,46,800.DUSIB has 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people.In 2014, the then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had ordered that subways in areas with a dense homeless population, such as AIIMS and Kashmere Gate, be opened for the homeless during winter — providing some respite from the cold for those sleeping outside AIIMS. This year, however, subways at both locations are locked every night.HELPING THE NEEDYDUSIB has 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people. There are an estimated 40,000 homeless people in the capital but a little more than 10,000 use these shelters. EXPERT SPEAKWe have asked the medical teams to visit the shelters twice a week. We have 83 permanent night shelters, 113 porta cabins and 55 temporary shelters, which can together accommodate around 20,000 people. All are safe as we around 20 night shelters are reserved for women and CCTV cameras have been installed for their safety. —Shurbir Singh, DUSIB CEOVOICESThe condition of homeless people in the capital is extremely deplorable, which worsens during winter season. It is very saddening to see them battle extreme weather out in the open as Delhi has very few night shelters. The government too seems indifferent to the plight of such people who brave cold nights every year in winters. It must provide some relief to them in this weather, especially to women and children.—Ashish Kaushal, Lajpat NagarThe government should put in more efforts to improve the condition of the existing night shelters. There are many people who are still living on the streets and loosing their lives due to the extreme weather conditions. There should be more awareness about these shelters to the general public. —Saurabh Galhotra, Greater Kailash Despite government’s claims of having enough night shelters in the city hundreds of people sleep on streets in our locality. Things become even more vulnerable for them in winter and for women it is highly unsafe to sleep on streets. We see a large number of people dying every year due to the dip in temperature. —Kamala Devi, TrilokpuriThe government has taken a right decision by converting these subways into the night shelters. Most of the time, these subways are occupied with anti-social elements and the government property is lying wasted. By converting them into night shelters, these places are providing space to the large number of homeless people in the capital —Sunita Kaushik, Geeta ColonyWe have several night shelters in our locality and most of us donate food and clothing. It is a happy feeling to see these people happy. The government is providing good facilities to the homeless in Delhi in comparison to other states. But considering the population of Delhi more initiatives needs to be taken.—Mohita Khatri, Civil Lines Every time I cross the AIIMS I see large number of people sleeping on pavements. It aches my heart to see these people sleeping on the roads. The government has provided night shelters but they are not enough in winters at least. More such night shelters with better facilities are required in the capital. —Lakshay, Hauz Khas

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3 of family found dead at home

A couple and their eight-year-old son were found dead while their 12-year-old daughter was found in an unconscious state at their residence in the Chhawla area of southwest Delhi on Sunday morning.Prima facie, it appeared the man tried to kill his wife, son and daughter before killing himself. The daughter survived. A note recovered from the house stated that no one should be held responsible for the incident.Ajay Kumar lived with his wife Manju and their children Magan, 8, and Chetna, 12. Ajay’s mother also lived with them. The police said Ajay’s elder brother, who lives in the adjacent house, called them around 10 am.They said sons of Ajay’s elder brother had come to call Magan for a game of cricket. They told the police that they found their uncle hanging by the ceiling fan while their aunt and cousins were lying unconscious, with injury marks on their necks. Chetna was found in another room with similar marks.The police arrived and rushed them to hospital, where Ajay, Manju, and Magan were declared dead on arrival. Chetna was shifted to the ICU, where she is now recovering. Ajay’s mother was sleeping in another room at the time of the incident.Ajay’s elder brother had committed suicide a year-and-a-half ago. After his brother’s death, Ajay had agreed to take care of his two sons, who had also shifted next to their house.Shibesh Singh, DCP, Dwarka, said in the suicide note, Ajay addressed his mother and sister. “He apologised to them for taking the extreme step and killing his children. He did not mention any financial constraints but we are exploring all possible angles. He even sent out messages through his phone to several people, stating that it was his ‘last message’. He worked as a property dealer in the area,” Singh said.

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Allot vacant houses to poor: Hardeep Singh Puri to CM Arvind Kejriwal

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to intervene in the matter of vacant houses in Delhi and get an action plan prepared to allot them to the poor.In a letter to the chief minister recently, Puri said all-out efforts were being made to provide houses to all poor in urban areas and so, “leaving completed houses unalloted to eligible beneficiaries or keeping the houses incomplete is a waste of resources”.He noted that the housing and urban affairs secretary had earlier written to the Delhi chief secretary, requesting for an action plan for utilising all completed/incomplete and unoccupied houses constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) by March 31, 2018.However, a response is awaited, Puri said.“Since no progress has been made in this regard so far, I would request your personal intervention to get an action plan prepared to complete and allot the houses constructed under JNNURM to eligible beneficiaries under that scheme or Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban),” Puri added.JNNURM was a massive city-modernisation scheme launched by the previous UPA government in 2005. However, it was replaced by the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation after the NDA government came to power in 2014.Puri also referred to a media report that said nearly 26,000 flats built for the poor remained vacant in the absence of a uniform rehabilitation policy in Delhi.“I’m informed that vacant houses mentioned in the report pertain to the houses built under the scheme of Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) of JNNURM in Delhi.“I’ve been informed that 16 BSUP projects involving the central assistance of Rs 1163.04 crore for construction of 55,424 houses were sanctioned for Delhi under JNNURM,” Puri said.Out of these, 31,424 have been constructed and only 2,201 houses have been allotted, he said.

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Day after Kulbhushan Jadhav kin humiliation, Indo-Pak NSAs met secretly

A day after Pakistani authorities humiliated the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is on death row in a Pakistan jail on trumped up charges, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasir Khan Janjua (retd) reportedly had a secret meeting in Bangkok.The foreign ministries of both the countries, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, were in the loop about the hush-hush meeting, which had been fixed a few days ago. There was no indication if issue of humiliation of the Jadhav family in Pakistan, which rocked the Parliament also, was discussed at the meeting.The meeting and its timing have raised a lot of questions, especially in light of the strong anti-Pakistan mood in India over that country’s continued support to terrorists and ongoing violations of the ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Officially, there was neither a confirmation nor a denial about the reports of the meeting, but official sources said that both countries have remained in touch through back channels to address pressing issues.Sources insisted that such interactions cannot be construed as resumption of the normal dialogue process. “The meeting is part of the agreement between the two NSAs to meet and sort out bilateral issues. Similar meetings in Bangkok had taken place in the past as well,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

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Season’s ‘worst’ fog hits over 200 flights at IGIA

More than 200 planes flying in and out of the national Capital were delayed, diverted or cancelled as the season’s “worst” fog reduced visibility to 50 metres at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on the New Year’s Eve.Take-offs from the IGI Airport require a minimum visibility of 125 metres.According to the officials, as the Delhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called the CAT IIIb system (category IIIb), aircraft qualified to land in the visibility of 25-50 metres could arrive. There were, however, nearly 50 diversions to nearby airports as many pilots deployed by the airlines were not CAT IIIB compliant.”Over 150 flights were delayed, nearly 50 diverted and an estimated 20 were cancelled. No flights could take-off from Delhi for nearly four hours between 7.30 am and 11.05 am,” said a senior official.While the visibility improved to 2,000 metres later in the day and operations were restored to normal, there were consequential delays throughout the day and a waiting time of up to six hours was common.Many people took to social media, including Twitter, to share pictures of the overcrowded domestic terminal where passengers could be seen sitting on floors and occupying staircases.”Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres. This is, so far, the worst fog we have experienced this year,”said RK Jenamani, Director, Indian Meteorological Department, Delhi area and IGI Airport said.FOGGED OUTTake-offs from the Capital’s IGI Airport require a minimum visibility range of 125 metres. Runway visibility since 5.30 am was been between 50-75 metres.

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Day after Army chief’s LoC visit, Pak troops kill jawan

A day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat visited the forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC), the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian forward positions, killing a jawan, in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu division on Sunday.The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and fired indiscriminately on the Indian forward posts along the LoC in the Nowshera sector. The Indian Army troops immediately swung into action and retaliated in equal measure to silence the Pakistani guns.”In the exchange of fire, however, Sepoy Jagsir Singh was grievously injured and later succumbed,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at the Northern Command.Hailing from village Lohgarh, Thakhran Wala, district Firozepur of Punjab, Sepoy Jagsir Singh, 32, is survived by wife Mohinder Pall Kaur, two daughters, and a son.”Sepoy Jagsir Singh was a brave and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for his supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” Colonel Joshi said.The ceasefire violation comes just a day after the chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, visited the forward posts in Rajouri and exhorted the troops to continue to remain “vigilant and ever-ready”.Pakistan’s latest provocation also comes six days after the Indian Army troops, in a tit-for-tat action, crossed the LoC and killed three Pakistani Army men in Rawalakot sector of Poonch on Monday. The attack was carried out 48 hours after four Army soldiers, including a Major, were killed by the Pakistan Army on December 23.Meanwhile, figures presented in the Lok Sabha have revealed that Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the LoC in J&K 771 times, till December 10 this year, and 110 times along the International Border (IB) till November-end. Nearly 30 people, including 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians, and four BSF personnel, were killed in these ceasefire violations this year.Also, last year, 449 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported, in which 13 civilians and 13 security personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured. The truce between India and Pakistan along the IB, the LoC, and the Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen glacier came into force in November, 2003.

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Govt raises health expenses of ex-servicemen

After the widow of a Kargil martyr died at a Sonipat hospital after the medical staff allegedly refused her treatment for being unable to procure her Aadhaar card, the Central government has raised health costs of ex-servicemen.A notification issued by the Ministry of Defence on December 29, has set new rates for the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) increasing premiums by about 100 per cent. According to the new rates, a retired soldier and his equivalents in the Navy and Air Force will now have to shell out Rs 30,000 instead of Rs 15,000, earlier. The new rates of premium for junior commissioned officers (JCOs) have been notified as Rs 67,000, from Rs 30,000. For officers also the contribution has been increased from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.20 lakh.On Sunday, Major General (rtd) Satibir Singh, Chairman of Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement (IESM),described the notification a double blow to soldiers, who are already angry with the government for not abiding by its commitments on one-rank-one-pension (OROP).He said, the step would add a burden on jawans and affect their morale. He has written a letter to all MPs asking them to raise the issue in the ongoing session of Parliament. Responding to their letter, main Opposition, Congress, said that they would raise the issue once Parliament reassembles on Tuesday.Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said her party will question the government, whose leaders frequent forward areas to celebrate various festivals witht the soldiers, but, fail to attend to their basic needs.Launched in 2003, the ECHS enables ex-servicemen pensioners and their dependants to seek treatment, not only in service hospitals, but also in empanelled civil and private hospitals. The payment of the hospital bills is initially borne by the ex-servicemen, but, after the treatment, the amount is reimbursed once a claim is filed with the ECHS authorities.The scheme is currently providing healthcare to 52 lakhs beneficiaries.In a letter to the MPs, the IESM has also pointed out four anomalies arising out of the government’s OROP notification issued on November 2015. It also said that one man judicial committee report submitted to the government in October 2016 has been kept under wraps. General Singh further stated that out of 7.82 lakh vacancies reserved for ex-servicemen in the government, only 70,000 have been filled so far. He said the war veterans are drawing a paltry sum of Rs 3,500 per month, and asked the MPs to discuss the woes of the soldiers in Parliament. “We had brought the issue to the notice of the government through various communications and in-person through meetings, but there has been no redressal so far,” he said in his letter.‘PALTRY SUM’Out of the 7.82 lakh vacancies reserved for ex-servicemen in the government, only 70,000 have been filled so far. The war veterans are drawing a paltry sum of Rs 3,500 per month.

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15-year-old, who killed mother and sister, shows no remorse

The 15-year-old boy, who was arrested for killing his mother and sisterat their Greater Noida residence, seems to be enjoying his time at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping a check on to see his behavioural changes.Speaking to DNA, the boy’s counselor, Smita Pandey, revealed that the boy is unemotional and doesn’t have seem to be guilty for killing his mother and sister.”He is a rarest of the rare case as kids come to the juvenile home with heads down and having guilt. But this boy is unstable and emotionless as he looks right into the eyes and talks. He admits to have killed his mother and sister but says that killing the mother does not make any difference in his life while as he misses his sister. He also says that he is most attached to his uncle’s son and he likes it here,” revealed Pandey.She further added that initially the boy was quiet and didn’t speak much but now he is enjoying his time as he has made a lot of friends inside the house.”The boy always expresses fascination for branded stuff as his mother never brought him suck clothes. And as he was never good in studies, he always wanted such an environment where he does not have to study at all. He also feels superior than the other kids as he is fluent in English. The boy is also insomniac as it is observed that he has a habit of being awake at night,” Pandey added.The boy is psychosexual also, as recently one of the inmates at the home had complained of sexual abuse against him.” There is an inmate named Aarav to whom the juveniles call Aarav Bhai. This boy said that Aarav reminded him of his childhood best friend but recently Aarav complained about him that he talks dirty things to him because of which his room was also changed,” Pandey stated.

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OP Singh to be UP police chief

Indian Police Service officer Om Prakash Singh is all set to become the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh. He will succeed incumbent Sulkhan Singh, whose tenure ends on Sunday. Om Prakash Singh is presently posted as Director General of Central Industrial Security Force, which guards important industrial and nuclear installations, civil airports and metro, and has joined the force on September 26, 2016.Singh, a 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who was serving as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), before being appointed to head the 1.48 lakh-strong force.Singh has held several positions of responsibility in UP and at the Centre. As chief of police at Lakhimpur Kheri, a Terai district bordering Nepal, he developed key competency of turnaround strategies to deal terrorism and successfully stamped out terrorist activities in 1992-93. As chief of police at Lucknow, he had then settled of long-standing Shia-Sunni disputes over religious processions, for which he was honoured by UP government in 1998.As Director General of National Disaster Response Force, he handled successfully major disasters like Jammu and Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake, Cyclone Hudhud and Chennai Urban floods and meticulously galvanised his response teams to carry out rescue operations saving lives of thousands of distressed and marooned victims.During Nepal earthquake in 2015, Singh coordinated, oversaw and fast-tracked rescue and relief operations. The role of NDRF was highly applauded by Nepal government and United Nations.During his tenure, CISF became the first Central Armed Police Force to get Quality Excellence Award (2017) for Best Airport Security at World Quality Congress.He has been awarded with Indian Police Medal for Gallantry, Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services.While working in NDRF, he was given Distinguished Leadership Award for Disaster Resilience.

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No more outsourced manpower by airlines for ground handling services

Outsourced manpower used by Airlines for ground handling services at has been banned from now onwards. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come up with a new regulation for ground handling services which clearly stated that hiring of employees through contractor or manpower supplier for ground handling services would not be permitted.Also the ministry has stated that all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers, would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Further as per new policy, the ministry has also barred foreign airlines from carrying out “self-handling” at any domestic airport.As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Ground Handling Services) Regulations, 2017, all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Generally, civil enclaves are airports belonging to the armed forces where civilian aircraft operations are allowed. Ground handling services include those pertaining to servicing and handling of aircraft as well as loading and unloading. The regulations have been notified a few days ago.Foreign airlines may also undertake self-handling in respect of passenger and baggage handling activities excluding security functions at the airport terminals restricted to the passenger check-in at pre security hold area, at all the airports except Civil Enclaves. As per Regulations, all ground handling services shall be provided only through the regular employees and hiring of employees through handling contractor or manpower supplier shall not be permitted.”At all airports, in order to overcome space and time constraints, the airport operator only shall provide adequate number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common User Self Service (CUSS), Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) and Self Bag Drop (SBD),” it noted.The regulations said that airports having annual passenger throughput of 1.5 million passengers per annum or above, the airport operator shall provide adequate number of Baggage Reconciliation System: Where the annual passenger throughput is less than 1.5 million passengers per annum, the airport operator may decide the provisions relating to Baggage Reconciliation System. All agencies concerned shall ensure the use of state-of-art equipment and best practices in line with the International Air Transport Association Airport Handling Manual,” the regulation said.All airport operators shall appoint the requisite number of ground handling agencies within a period of 120 days from the date of publication of these regulations.In the earlier ground handling policy, airlines were allowed to choose from within three agencies to get the services. Under this, the airport operators have been advised to have maximum number of three ground handling companies including Air India’s subsidiary/joint venture at all major airports as defined in AERA Act 2008.

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SC collegium gave age criteria a miss while clearing names

When it finalised the draft of the new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the document that guides appointments to higher judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium — headed by (then) Chief Justice of India JS Khehar — had decided that no lawyer below the age of 45 years and above the age of 55 years should be considered for appointment as Judge of a high court.Apart from then CJI Khehar, other members of the collegium who decided this included current CJI Dipak Misra and Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur. All, except Justice Khehar, who is now retired, are members of the larger SC collegium now.However, even as the new MoP is yet to be notified — it is pending with the government since March — the collegium has shown that it isn’t too keen to stick to its own resolution.Minutes of meeting of the three-member Supreme Court collegium show that the CJI-led panel is not immune to violating the age limit.Take for example the December 4 decision of the collegium while clearing names for Calcutta HC.The High Court collegium had recommended names of six advocates, including Sabyasachi Chaudhury and Sakya Sen, who weren’t 45 at the time their names were recommended.However, the SC collegium has recommended Sen’s name for elevation to the bench in “relaxation of the age criterion”. As for Chaudhary, he completed 45 years of age during the intervening period when his name was recommended by the HC collegium and cleared by the SC collegium.But, Madras HC lawyer AV Radhakrishnan, whose name had been recommended by the HC collegium, wasn’t so fortunate. “… He is more than 57 years of age. Even on the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium he had crossed the maximum age limit of 55 years prescribed for Advocates recommended for elevation to the High Court Bench. Having regard to above, he is not found suitable for elevation to the High Court Bench,” the SC collegium decided on the same day when it ignored the age criteria in two other cases.Incidentally, it was on the Centre’s insistence that the SC collegium first agreed to include the age clause in the MoP. The Justice Ministry is of the view that such a cause will ensure uniformity and transparency in the appointment process and also rule out the possibility of members of the collegium adopting different yardsticks while recommending names.But it isn’t the age criterion that the SC collegium has refused to stick to while making appointments.It cleared the name of another lawyer of Calcutta HC – Ravi Krishan Kapur – who had failed to submit the undertaking from his lawyer-father as is mandated under existing rules. In doing so, the SC collegium also ignored the objection raised by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice on this subject, saying the undertaking was based on “mere administrative instructions and is not a mandatory requirement”.In yet another departure from rules, the SC collegium decided to clear a candidate – advocate Arindam Mukherjee – even though he had not submitted adequate number of reported/unreported judgments.”In our view, number of reported/unreported judgments is just one of the factors and not the only factor to determine suitability of a recommendee for purpose of elevation,” the collegium noted.

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Fail to treat wet waste? No water, power for you: MPCB

Housing societies in the city that have not yet started treating wet waste at source or set up facilities for the purpose in their premises can now prepare to face the music as the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) threatens to cut power and water supply to these residential units.The MPCB has sent notices to 76 large housing societies that have not yet established facilities to treat wet waste in their premises. From the original deadline of October 2, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) extended it to January 2, 2018 for the around 3,200 bulk generators of waste in the city. Once the deadline is passed, the civic body has stated that it will stop collecting untreated waste from the premises of these bulk generators.”We have issued notices to 76 societies for flouting the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. This list was given to us by the BMC… (in case of further default) we will submit a proposal to the Board asking for the power and water supply to be disconnected,” said Madhukar Lad, Regional Officer (Mumbai), MPCB, adding that the notices were sent in the third week of December. Lad noted that these bulk generators must establish facilities like Organic Waste Composters (OWC) for treating wet waste which aims to reduce the burden of solid waste that is dumped at the three dumping grounds in the city. He added that these societies will be given a hearing following which a period of 15 days to a month will be offered to take the necessary measures.The MPCB is in the process of sending show cause notices to more societies, many of which are in areas like Mahim, Dadar and Parel, according to MPCB officials. “These entities must segregate their waste at source and establish vermicomposting or OWC facilities to treat wet waste,” stressed Lad.Meanwhile, a senior BMC official said that the number of bulk waste generators treating their wet waste was gradually increasing. “Some have established OWCs or are doing so. Some societies have already taken permissions from their managing committees,” he explained, adding that an extension for the deadline for not lifting wet waste would be granted based on this progress. The official admitted that the 100kg average was decided on a thumb-rule basis after considering the number of size of families and average garbage generation of 450 to 500gm per head.The Mulund, Deonar and Kanjurmarg dumping grounds see around 7,300 metric tons of garbage being dumped there daily.The official said building projects of an over 20,000 square meter area needed environment clearances with a condition that all solid waste would be processed in the premises. The state had issued guidelines under which premises over 5,000 square meters are to treat their own wet waste. Though this was a condition for granting the occupation certificate, it was breached later with these spaces being used for purposes like parking, he admitted, adding that they would propose action against these violators.MATTER OF WASTEUnder the SWM Rules, 2016, all gated communities and institutions with an area of over 5,000 square meters shall segregate, process and treat waste at source. It defines bulk generators as buildings occupied by the central and state government or local body departments or undertakings, public sector undertakings, private companies, hospitals, educational institutions, hotels, commercial establishments, markets, places of worship, stadiums and sports complexes with an average daily waste generation rate exceeding 100kg.

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Pulwama: Five CRPF jawans killed in JeM attack, 2 terrorists neutralised

In a pre-dawn strike, five CRPF men were killed when heavily armed terrorists carried out suicide attack on a camp of the paramilitary force in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, officials said.This is first time local terrorists carried out a suicide attack, which has been claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammed. CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the two terrorists are Manzoor Ahmad Baba from Drubgam (Pulwama) and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday from Nazeempora (Tral). Khanday is the son a serving policeman. “Five CRPF jawans have been martyred and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered. We believe another terrorist has also been killed but the body has not been retrieved,” Yadav told PTI.Also readPulwama encounter: 5 CRPF jawans martyred, 2 terrorists killedThe paramilitary force’s officials in Delhi said the two terrorists are reportedly from Jaish-e-Mohammed and their bodies have been recovered with arms and ammunition. Also, in a statement issued to news agencies here, the JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack. Yadav said the deceased personnel are Inspector Kuldip Roy from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh), Head Constable Taufail Ahmed of Rajouri (J&K), constables Sharief-ud-din Ganaie of Chadoora in Budgam (J&K), Rajendra Nain of Churu (Rajasthan) and P K Panda of Sundargarh (Odisha). He said while Roy died of heart attack during the gunbattle, the four others succumbed to bullet injuries.The injured personnel are constables Narendra Kumar, Malam Samadhan and Mala Ram, he said. “One or two terrorists are still holed up but firing has stopped. Forces are still continuing the search operation,” he said”The heavily armed terrorists stormed the camp at about 2 AM. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons. They were challenged by camp sentries,” another CRPF official said, adding they fired indiscriminately injuring three personnel.Also readCongress blasts Modi govt’s foreign policy after Pulwama attackTerming the attack “unfortunate”, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had input about an imminent militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days. He said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this. “There was an input from the last two-three days. They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters here.The CRPF camp also serves as training centre for troops inducted for counter-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley. A Jammu and Kashmir Police team is also co-located with CRPF in this camp.

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After arrest of techie, online Tatkal booking softwares under CBI scanner

A number of online softwares, being used allegedly by travel agents to trick the Tatkal booking systems, have come under the scanner of the CBI during its probe against its techie who has developed a similar system, the agency sources said here today.During its probe against its own programmer, Ajay Garg, who had developed one such illicit software, the agency has noticed a large number of softwares which were easily available online for a price. These were being used to trick the railway ticketing system by speeding up the booking process and allowing multiple tickets, they said. The sources said ‘neo’ software developed by Garg is one among many such programmes available online, they said.”All such softwares are under scanner. We are examining them and may soon take action, if any illegality is found in their operations,” an official said.The sources said the softwares work on “auto fill” system where details of large number of ticket seekers are entered and kept ready even before Tatkal bookings open on the IRCTC website at 10 am for trains departing next day. They said these softwares speed up the PNR generating process, bypassing the IRCTC captcha and allowing login with multiple IDs allowing a large number of ticket bookings simultaneously on a single click of mouse. The softwares allow the users to fraudulently gain unauthorised access to computer network in contravention of rules and regulations, they said.Also readDay after CBI programmer held in tatkal ticket scam, Piyush Goyal calls for strengthened cyber security”Use of such software is illegal as per rules and regulations of the IRCTC and also under the Railways Act. It was also alleged that the accused was collecting money for the use of such software by certain booking agents and had amassed huge wealth from these activities,” CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. The CBI had arrested its assistant programmer and his front, Anil Gupta, for developing and distributing the software to agents for a price, he had said.The ticket bookings under Tatkal quota open at 10 am for AC class and 11 AM for non-AC coaches for the trains departing next day. Under the quota, a fixed number of seats, in each coach, are sold at a premium by the railways to travellers who need tickets urgently. A common complaint of passengers is that by the time they enter details on the IRCTC website or complete booking process, seats under Tatkal quota gets full within minutes of start of the booking. Their bookings are either rejected or they get a waitlisted ticket that too at a very steep prices.Some travel agents offer to provide confirmed tickets under the quota by charging premium, over and above railways prices. The arrest of Garg and Gupta has exposed the alleged software trickery used by them to exploit the vulnerabilities of IRCTC ticket booking system, the sources said. Garg, a 35-year-old software engineer, had joined the CBI in 2012 through a selection process and was working as an assistant programmer. Earlier, he had served with the IRCTC, which handles ticketing system of the railways, between 2007 and 2011.

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Delhi transport dept may use QR codes to track autos, cabs

With an aim to boost passenger safety, the Delhi Transport department is working on a QR code based system to keep a tab on the autorickshaws and cabs plying on city roads.The department would set up a control room at its headquarters in Civil Lines, so that autorickshaws and cabs could be tracked while ferrying passengers, a senior official of transport department said.QR code stickers on cabs and autorickshaws would enable the passengers to have the details of the driver which they could also share with others through their smartphones.It would also give details of the GPS installed in the vehicle. The details of driver and GPS will help in case a passenger, specially women, face any distress while commuting in the vehicle, the officer said.Nearly 90,000 autorickshaws and over 60,000 cabs ply on city roads but only around half of them have GPS. Mandatory installation of GPS will help the department watch the routes taken by the vehicles, he said.QR code stickers are two dimensional barcodes that bear the details of the product on which they are affixed or printed.

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BJP can be reduced to double digits in 2019: Jignesh Mevani

Challenging ruling BJP to change the Indian constitution, Dalit leader and newly elected MLA of Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani appealed all the like minded ‘liberal organisations’ to unite against BJP . “We have shown our strength in Gujarat and if we unite nationally, we can bring down BJP’s number of seats to double digits in 2019 elections,” Mevani said in Pune on Sunday.Mevani was speaking at ‘Elgar Parishad’, a conference organised at Shanivarwada to mark 200 years of Bhima Koregaon battle fought between Peshwas and small army of British East India Company mostly consisting of Dalit soldiers. Along with Mevani, Rohit Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula, JNU student Umar Khalid, national president of Bhim army Vinay Ratan Singh also attended the conference which was being opposed by right wing groups.Mentioning the opposition to the conference in his speech, Mevani said, “There were some people who were trying to scare me to stop me from coming to Pune. I want to tell all of them that when I did not get scared of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat, you have long way to go to be able to scare me. I have torn apart the 56 inch chest in Gujarat.”Also readJignesh Mevani denied permission for Vadaj victory rallyReacting to the recent controversial statement given by Minister of state for skill development Anant Kumar Hegde that BJP has come to power to change the constitution, Mevani said, “I am throwing an open challenge to BJP to change the constitution if they can. We will put our entire might to save the constitution. I am appealing all the like minded liberal organisations to join hands against BJP.””BJP was talking about getting 150 seats but due to our stern fight, they were restricted to 99. Now if we unite all the organisations, we will be able to bring down the BJP’s tally to double digits in 2019,” he added. Umar Khalid in his speech said, “During Gujarat elections, Modi tried spreading communal hatred to win votes. Now since Jignesh has won election in Gujarat, we will have to support him to share his responsibility.”Also readJignesh Mevani asks PM Modi to retire, go to HimalayasSpeaking about the recent incident of Rajasthan where a man was killed and his body was burnt owing to religious hatred, Khalid said, “Today, the entire humanity is in danger. We have already seen the trailer of 2018 in Rajasthan. In the year 2018, we will keep hearing about the topic of Ram mandir, Love Jihad, Gau raksha and not the issues like development and jobs.”

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Only 7% money allotted for Smart Cities spent: Rahul Gandhi’s year-end salvo at PM Modi and his supporters

Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi could begin his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat on the New Year’s Eve, this time aimed at the youth between 18 to 25 years, Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi accused him of making empty promises.Taking a jibe at Modi supporters by calling them Bhakts, Rahul questioned the government’s failure to utilise the money allotted for the Smart Cities project and to roll out the infrastructure and create jobs which the Modi government promised two years back. “Dear Modi bhakts, of 9,860 crores for the Smart Cities only 7per cent has been used. China is out competing us while your master gives us empty slogans. Please watch this video and advise him to focus on what matters-job creation for India.” – Rahul tweeted with #BJPEmptyPromises posting along a YouTube video showing documentary on Chinese city, Shenzhen.The Smart City Mission was launched on June 25, 2015 with an aim to develop the basic infrastructure of chosen cities to world class level. The project involves delivering assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, seamless IT connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation. The development of Smart Cities was expected to generate lot of employment in multiple sectors but the slow take off of the scheme has not yielded the desired results.The YouTube video of ‘Shenzhen’, a city in China also known as ‘Silicon Valley of hardware’ shows how China by focussing on hardware innovation is taking over the technology market in India as well. Shenzhen has wide array of manufacturing industries and as a hardware hub where patents are not created to fight copycats and exert legal pressure, but are used for trades between companies to share information. The Chinese counterfeit consumergoods industry, which are known as ‘Shanzhai’ in China, has been a key for domestic skill and job creation.

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Congress blasts Modi govt’s foreign policy after Pulwama attack

The Congress today slammed the government over a terror attack on a CRPF camp in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a sign of failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy.Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev said here that such recurring attacks send a message that anti-national forces do not fear India. During elections, Modi says India is a strong nation. But the number of casualties in ceasefire violations was going up, Dev said at a press conference. “It is a sign of failure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy,” she said, adding the Congress wanted him to take strong steps to deter India’s external and internal enemies.Modi had claimed he had a 56-inch chest and that he would teach Pakistan a lesson, Dev said. “What that lesson could be he should decide. The Congress will support him if he takes any step in the interest of the nation. But he must do something immediately.” Citing a report on a “secret dialogue” between national security advisers of India and Pakistan, she said the government should inform Parliament about the dialogue it was engaging in concerning defence and foreign policy.Also readPulwama encounter: 5 CRPF jawans martyred, 2 terrorists killed”You have a talk after Christmas and an attack happened today in Pulwama. We are unable to accept these two. We do not oppose dialogue (with Pakistan) but what is the result of this if an attack dampens the image of the country in the world,” Dev said. She said the Congress expected the Modi government to have “consistency” in its foreign policy. “We have been repeatedly saying India is coming across as a nation with a wishy washy foreign policy. India is being increasingly taken more and more lightly,” she said.The government, by taking the Opposition along, should give a message to the world at large that “India cannot be taken lightly”, she said and added such incidents put the country in a “weak light”. Two heavily armed militants stormed the 185th battalion camp of the Central Reserve Police Force in Awantipora in Pulwama around 2 am, killing a personnel and leaving two others injured.

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Pulwama encounter: 5 CRPF jawans martyred, 2 terrorists killed

Five security personnel were killed and three were injured after heavily armed terrorists stormed a CRPF training centre in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today. Security forces also gunned down 2 attackers in the gunfight that is still underway.CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered.”Four CRPF jawans have been martyred and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered,” Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI. He said intermittent firing is still going on and one terrorist is believed to be holed up in building block.Also readSoldier martyred in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Naushera sectorOne of the injured personnel was identified as Saifuddin, a resident of Nowgam here, officials said.The terrorists attacked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Awantipora around 2 am. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons, officials said. They first lobbed grenades and then began indiscriminate firing and entered the centre.With the daybreak, more troops were called in to neutralise the terrorists. The buildings in the nearby area were also evacuated.”Fidayeen managed to enter Lethpora camp at 0210hrs. Jawans got injured during initial intrusion from J&K Police Commando training area side. There is quite a possibility of a similar type of attack on other camps also” CRPF said. Also readJammu and Kashmir | 2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in ShopianDirector General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had inputs about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.Terming the attack as “unfortunate”, Vaid said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this.”There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters here.The fidayeen attack comes days after Jaish-e-Mohammad vowed to avenge the killing of its chief Noor Mohammad Tantray by security forces at Samboora village of Pulwama district. Also readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassNoor Tantray alias Noor Trail, a midget militant who had jumped bail, was the main architect of recent fidayeen attacks in Kashmir. (With PTI inputs)

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Gujarat deputy CM Nitin Patel takes charge after Amit Shah’s intervention, gets Finance portfolio

A brewing crisis in the Gujarat government has been diffused after BJP president Amit Shah reached out to sulking deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who had delayed taking charge over not getting portfolios of his choice in the new Cabinet.Patel agreed to take charge today after Shah called him up this morning and assured him that he will be given a portfolio fitting his “stature” as Number Two in the government. Later in the afternoon, he was alloted the important Finance portfolio. He used to previously hold it but CM Rupani had given the portfolio to another key leader Saurabh Patel. “BJP President Amit Shah today called up early morning and assured me that I will be given a portfolio which is fit for my stature as number two in the Cabinet and as the deputy chief minister,” Patel told reporters here. Nitin Patel was in charge of both important Finance and Urban Development departments in the previous government. The finance portfolio has been alloted to Saurabh Patel, while chief minister Rupani has kept the urban development department with himself. However, Patel has maintained that the issue was not about some departments, but about “self-respect”. “I had conveyed to party high command to either give me respectable departments or relive me from Cabinet,” he said today. Patel said he had been serving the party like a “loyal and disciplined” soldier.While announcing the portfolios two days back, Rupani had said, “It is not true that the minister, who has the finance portfolio, is the number two in the cabinet. Nitin Patel is our senior leader and will remain the number two.” Sending feelers to the deputy CM, Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel yesterday said he would extend support to Patel and talk to the Congress to give him the respect he deserved. “If Patel decided to quit the BJP and said 10 other MLAs were ready to quit with him, We will talk to the Congress to take in Nitin bhai and give him a post he deserves,” the Patidar leader had said. Senior Congress MLA Virji Thummar yesterday said Patel would be made the chief minister with the Congress’ support if he quit the BJP.Also readGujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel assumes office on SundayThe opposition party, however, clarified that Thummar was speaking in his personal capacity and described the row over portfolio distribution as the BJP’s “internal matter”. The BJP and Congress hold 99 and 77 seats, respectively, in the 182-member House.

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Triple Talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan joins BJP

Ishrat Jahan, who was one of the five litigators who went to court against Instant Triple Talaq has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. On presence of party leaders, she joined Bengal BJP on Saturday, reports ABP. She was instrumental in the long struggle against Triple Talaq which finally lead to SC calling it as unconstitutional. Now, the Centre has passed a bill in Lok Sabha, which seeks to give three years jail to any Muslim man giving instant triple talaq to his wife. On Saturday, Ishrat Jahan joined BJP and said that she had supported the party on the question of Triple Talaq. According to Ishrat, that finally prompted her to join the saffron party. BJP Mahila Morcha President Locket Chatterjee said that Ishrat is going through a financial crisis and they will urge the Central government to give her a job. Locket alleged that the state government hasn’t extended any hep to Ishrat Jahan, who spearheaded such a historic movement. Locket felicitated Ishrat Jahan after she joined BJP. Ishrat earlier said that her life has become worse after the verdict . Speaking to DNA at her home on Nando Ghosh Road, in Howrah district, Ishrat said that the apex court verdict has proved to be more of a bane as she had been socially ostracised and there is a growing sense of insecurity about her future. “It has been the loneliest Eid-ul-Adha (Bakri Eid) for me,” she says from her 7 feet x 10 feet room. “No one came over for the customary embrace and exchange of greetings. Since the day of the judgement, the only good thing that has happened is that the electricity connection, which was cut, had been restored. My in-laws want me to withdraw the case and some neighbours are threatening me because they think I have spoken against the Muslim religious law.”Also readTriple Talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan’s husband breaks silence, says ‘I want my wife back’She said the media attention has gone against her, and she has had to drop her customary naqab or veil to fence off imposters. “Strangers throng my house as if I am a tourist attraction,” she said. “I used to put on a naqab, but then someone from the locality pretended to be me and gave an interview to the media. If an imposter makes any loose comment, I will have to bear the brunt. That is why I have decided to come out of the veil.”

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India and China had a roller-coaster relationship in 2017 which was repeatedly blighted by issues like the Doklam standoff, blocking of India’s NSG membership bid and moves to declare the JeM chief a global terrorist, but the year ended on a promising note with both sides vowing to create favourable conditions for development of their ties.”The year 2017 is set to be a special year in the history of China-India relations,” Long Xingchun, Director of the Centre for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, said as he summed up the bilateral ties in outgoing year.”The Doklam standoff pushed the two Asian powers to the brink of war, becoming the biggest crisis between them in the past 55 years,” he said in a recent write up in the official media, highlighting the challenges faced by leaderships of the two countries to navigate ties out of the growing “contradictions”.Also readPost Doklam stand-off, next round of India-China border talks from Friday The two sides, however, ended the torrid 2017 on a promising note with the most candid talks during the visits of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to New Delhi followed by the 20th round of the border talks between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi this month.But analysts say there is no respite as Beijing’s latest move to extend its ambitious USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan and the victory of the pro-China Communist Party of Nepal (UML) leader K P S Oli in the just concluded polls in Nepal added to the long list of challenges New Delhi and Beijing will have to handle in 2018.Also readDiplomacy in Xi-Modi era: India-China to hold Track II talks to avoid Doklam-like crisisThe list includes China blocking India’s membership bid in Nuclear Suppliers Group and moves in the UN to declare Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and the CPEC capped by a 73-day standoff at the Doklam where the two armies dug in for a long haul despite its resolution.The Doklam standoff began on June 16 after the People’s Liberation Army began building a road in area claimed by Bhutan. The Indian troops intervened to stop the road as it posed a security risk to Chicken Neck, the narrow corridor connecting India with its north-eastern states.The standoff ended on August 28 following mutual agreement under which China stopped the construction of road and India withdrew its troops. But after the standoff, China stationed its troops close to the standoff area ending its customary practice to vacate the area during the winter.In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China to attend the 9th BRICS Summit on the sidelines of which he met Chinese President Xi Jinping and held extensive talks.Putting behind the Dokalam standoff, the two sides agreed to move forward in their ties with Xi telling Modi that he wants to put the relationship on the “right track”.Long says the bilateral ties have been blighted by three major strategic contradictions: the border dispute, the Tibet issue, and India’s reckoning that China-Pakistan friendship poses a threat.”However, it is unlikely that the three interwoven conundrums will be solved in the near future; control and management are the only way out,” he said.Other analysts say 2017 also demonstrated India?s resolve to resist China?s pressure tactics.India did not attend the Belt and Road Forum, a mega event held by China with the presence of leaders of several countries this year to highlight its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), denting Beijing?s attempt to showcase its influence.The BRI has become an issue for India as the controversial CPEC is part of it. India has protested over the project as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.Also India did not withdraw its troops from Doklam during the standoff despite a massive media blitzkrieg by China followed by aggressive moves by its military until PLA stopped the construction of the road.There was, however, some silver lining this year as for the first time in recent years, India?s exports to China showed promise of steady increase though the trade deficit continued to be disquietingly high.Since this year, India’s exports which were on the decline for a number of years started showing increase.In the first seven months, the exports registered 40.69 per cent year-on-year to reach USD 10.60 billion.In October alone, India’s exports to China increased by 53.04 per cent year-on-year to reach USD 1.24 billion. However, the trade deficit which last year accounted to USD 52 billion in about USD 70 billion total trade continued to climb reaching USD 44.51 billion in the first seven months.China?s investment in India, specially by mobile phone makers like Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi besides ecommerce giant Alibaba were on the rise. The total investment were stated to be around USD 3.5 billion so far.Long says China and India have huge potential despite long list of differences.”2017 is the worst year for China-India relations. But if India would like to meet China halfway and make concerted effort, 2018 will probably become the best year for their bilateral ties,” he wrote in the article in the state-run Global Times.

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Rules relaxed post PM Modi’s suggestion, 1300 Muslim women to go for Haj without male companion

1300 Muslim women will go on Haj this year without “mehram” or male companion as they have been exempted from the lottery system and will proceed to the pilgrimage directly, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced today. The announcement came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that Muslim women who have applied to go for Haj without “mehram” should get preference.Terming the policy of allowing Muslim women to perform Haj only in the company of a male guardian as “injustice, ” PM Modi said that he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.In his monthly radio address of ‘Mann ki baat’, Modi said his government removed the restriction following which hundreds of women have applied to travel alone for the pilgrimage.According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim women aged above 45 are allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mehram’ in a group of at least four.Also readMann Ki Baat: PM Modi hails Anjum Bashir’s Kashmir Civil Service exam featAfter Modi’s radio programme, Naqvi announced on Twitter that all 1300 women applicants will be exempted from the lottery system.”After PM Shri @narendramodi Ji‘s suggestion, I assure that those about 1300 women, who have applied to go for Haj without “Mehram” (male companion), will be exempted from the lottery system and allowed to proceed on Haj. #MannKiBaat,” Naqvi said. In his last radio programme of the year, the prime minister said removal of the restriction of having a male guardian or ‘mehram’ may appear as a “small thing”, but such issues “have a far-reaching impact on our image as a society”.He said when he first heard of the restriction, he was surprised as to who would have drafted such a rule.”Why this discrimination? And when I went into the depth of the matter I was surprised to find that even after 70 years of our independence, we were the ones who had imposed these restrictions. For decades, injustice was being rendered to Muslim women but there was no discussion on it,” he said in his broadcast.He pointed out that such a restriction is not prevalent in many Islamic countries.”I am happy to note that this time about 1300 Muslim women have applied to perform Haj without ‘mehram’ and women from different parts of the country from Kerala to north India, have expressed their wish to go for the Haj pilgrimage,” he said.He said he has suggested to the Ministry of Minority Affairs that they should ensure that all women who have applied to travel alone be allowed to perform Haj.Also readMann ki Baat highlights: PM Narendra Modi shares his 2018 vision, says new India will be free from corruption”Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system and they should be given a chance as a special category,” he said.He said it is his firm belief that the journey of India?s progress has been possible due to women-power and on the basis of their talent…It should be our constant endeavour that our women also get equal rights and equal opportunities…,” he said.While referring to Muslim women and their rights, the prime minister did not mention about the bill passed by Lok Sabha last week which bans the practice of instant triple talaq.He, however, had referred to the issue of instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ while inaugurating the 85th Sivagiri Pilgrimage Celebrations at Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala via video conference this morning.Referring to Christmas, Modi said Jesus Christ taught us about the spirit of service or ‘sewa bhaav’.”Be it any religion, caste or creed, tradition or colour in this world; the spirit of service is an invaluable hallmark of the highest human values,” he said.He also recalled the life of Guru Gobind Singh which was full of instances of courage and sacrifice.On the 350th anniversary of the Sikh guru, he said Guru Gobind Singh preached the virtues of sublime human values and at the same time, practiced them in his own life in letter and spirit.(With PTI inputs)

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Delhi sees worst fog of 2017; 90 flights affected, passengers stranded at IGI Airport

Over 90 flights were affected this morning as visibility dropped to 50 metres due to dense fog at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, the heaviest this year.While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven international flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog, according to flight information available on the airport’s website.Also readDelhi: 13 trains cancelled as fog engulfs region; air quality dips to ‘very poor’So far there have been 4 cancellations, including three domestic and one international flight, according to the information.RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi area and IGI airport said, “Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres. This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year.”Also read17 trains cancelled, 26 disrupted by fogDelhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB. As a result landings can take place with a visibility of 50 metres. However, for take-offs a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

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Top 10 quotes from Rajinikanth’s speech to launch new political party

In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena.His fans called it Tamil Nadu’s New Year’s GiftAlso readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly polls”December 31 will be marked as the New Year for Tamil Nadu. A new era and a new ray of hope have started. Thalaivar is going to bring accountability, transparency and good governance,” a fan told ANI.Here are 10 important points from Rajinikanth’s speech that confirmed he would soon be joining politics.1. I am not scared of entering politics, I am afraid of the media. Whatever I say will become a debate issue.2. I am surely coming to politics. In the next Assembly election, I will launch a political party and contest from all the 234 seats3. I don’t want cadres. I want saviours who will not work for their own benefit but question wrongdoings. I will be a representative who will watch over this4. I could have taken power in 1996. But I did not have political ambition at 45, so will I have it when I am 68?5. Politics has become very tainted. Democracy has become battered. The political climate in TN has made us hang our heads in shame. If I don’t act now, I will feel guilty that I didn’t act. I want to change the entire political system. We need politics devoid of caste and religion. We need ‘spiritual’ politics.Also read’Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan6. Earlier Kings would loot the country and the people invaded by them. Now in the name of democracy, politicians who are coming to power started looting their own people. It is time for a change.7. This is politics, not cinema. We need to bring others onboard if we want to change. We have to prepare for the democratic challenge with discipline and decorum.8. I will start a political party before State Assembly Elections. Till then, I request fans not to speak about politics, speak ill of any political party.9. If we are not able to fulfil the promises, we will resign from the government in three years time10. Truth, hard work and progress is our motto. My principle is to think good, speak good, do good, and good things will happen.(With agencies inputs)

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‘Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan

Rajinikanth ended 2017 with a bang by announcing his decision to enter politics. His contemporary and his colleague, Kamal Haasan congratulated and welcomed Superstar Rajiniknath’s decision. Kamal Haasan told ANI, “I congratulate my brother Rajini for his social consciousness and his political entry. Welcome welcome.” Earlier Haasan reportedly hinted that he was willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics. Rajini entered films in 1975 film, ‘Apoorva Rangapal​’ which also starred Haasan in the lead. The two biggest superstars went on to share screen space in over 13 films, which is a huge number for stars of their stature. Earlier in an interview to NDTV, Kamal Haasan said, “We have been taught to look in unison. We are like a 3D camera. We are been trained by K Balachander. Fortunately, even though we are stiff competitors we have stayed brothers. We carved out our own domain. We were so wise that we were made to act in many films. We have done 13 films together and then we realised they are splitting up our remuneration and giving it. That’s when it hit us, if we go separate, we can each earn the amount they pay the two of us.” After 1985’s Geraftaar, the duo announced they won’t act together again. Also readSwamy calls Rajinikanth ‘illiterate’, says ‘political entry only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent’Now Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan announced their entry into politics in the same year as well. In the early hours of Sunday morning, superstar Rajinikanth confirmed his political debut adding that he will be contesting in the next state assembly elections by forming a new party. While addressing a gathering at the Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai, Rajinikanth said, “My political entry is definite. This is a long-pending decision. I will feel guilty if I don’t take this decision at least now. In next assembly elections, I will form a party and will contest all constituencies in Tamil Nadu.”Also readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly pollsWhile expressing his concern about the political scenario of the state, Thalaiva called for a complete change in the democratic system.(With ANI Inputs)

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Mann ki Baat highlights: PM Narendra Modi shares his 2018 vision, says new India will be free from corruption

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses nation in last and final edition of Mann ki Batt for the year 2017. PM Modi took to Twitter to invite people to share ideas for the programme for his radio show. In the previous edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ on November 26, Prime Minister Modi acknowledged his gratitude for the soldiers and saluted martyrs of the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. Also readFixing accountability: PM Modi asks 6 pointed questions to BJP MPs on Namo App He said that ‘the nation remembers the “brave women and men” who lost their lives.’ He also spoke about spreading positivity in the coming new year. PM Modi’s address has been broadcasted live on All India Radio. Listeners can also tune in to the program on Doordarshan and live stream it on the official YouTube channel of Narendra Modi.Also readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly pollsHere are the highlightsAlso readLok Sabha Bill seeks to curb big, fat Indian wedding11:30: PM Modi concludes 39th edition of Mann ki Baat11:30: India looks forward to welcoming ASEAN leaders for Republic Day 2018 celebrations. This is the first time that so many leaders will attend the celebrations as the chief guests, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.11:30: PM Modi talks about Haj Yatra benefits for Muslim women. 11:27: This Republic day, India will have 10 chief guests, PM Modi says. 11:20: PM Modi announces the biggest cleanliness survey that will begin in January. 11:18: New India will be free from poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from dirt & poverty: PM Narendra Modi11:18: PM Modi cites example of Sabrimala temple while talking about cleanliness11:17: PM Narendra Modi sets tone for 2018, says let’s welcome the new year with positivity and hope. 11:16: PM Modi talks about positive events happened in 2017. He shares positive messages from listeners across the nation. 11:14: We need to free nation from poverty, says PM Narendra Modi11:13: As it is said in India- ‘Seva Parmo Dharma’ (Service is one’s prime duty), let us rekindle this spirit of service in our hearts: PM Narendra Modi11:10: PM Modi pitches for organising mock parliament across nations, where youth representatives can discuss the methods to make development a mass movement and transform India 11:07: First January is special. We welcome those born in the 21st century to the democratic system as they will become eligible voters: Prime Minister Narendra Modi11:05: PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Guru Gobind Singh. 11:00: PM Narendra Modi wishes Happy New Year to the citizens10:58: PM Modi’s radio programme has emerged as the most trending hashtag on Twitter in 2017 in the news and governance category, the micro-blogging platform said on Thursday.10:56 PM: This is the 39th edition of the Prime Minister’s radio programme. The programme on the last Sunday of every month is broadcast on All India Radio, DD National and DD News.

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Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly polls

Earlier, Rajinikanth, who commands a huge fan base across the country, had been hinting for quite some time that he may join politics, but stopped short of announcing it. Rajini, while addressing his fans on Tuesday, said that he would announce his final decision on politics on December 31.”
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As cops get strict, year-end parties move out of city

The police bandobast and checking for alcohol during year-end celebrations as well as the curb on celebration post 12.30 am in the city has had an unintended effect on parties in Ahmedabad.The number of year-end bashes being held has come down if party organisers are to be believed. They blame the police’s over enthusiasm in curbing alcohol flow as well as their insistence that the party be wrapped up after 12.30am as some of the main reason for the dip in number of bashes being held.They said that as a result most of the bashes have moved to safer locations like Udaipur, Goa or even Diu.Viresh Shetty, an event planner who has been in the business for over nine years now said over the last many years the number of parties being held in Ahmedabad has gone down. “It has been a trend for sometime. It began after the cops became strict in implementing the deadlines,” said Shetty. He said most of the happening parties are now being organised in Pune, Goa and Mumbai with many of the patrons being Amdavadis.”Over the years, the street parties and celebrations have also come down because the authorities have become strict as far as deadlines are concerned,” said Shetty.Another organiser who did not wish to be named said the cops also harass those who consume alcohol. “Then there is the problem of playing loud music after 12. Interestingly, no one complains if there is a bhajan sandhya but everyone has a complaint if it is a new year party,” said the organiser.He said Ahmedabad had in fact had a good farmhouse party scene. “In other cities where alcohol is allowed, clubs are where the trendiest parties were held. In Ahmedabad, farmhouses held the trendiest parties. But as cops continued to harass the farmhouse owners for holding parties, it began to dwindle,” said the organiser.He said now most prefer to party out of the state to avoid harassment. “Implementation of prohibition is not the issue, harassment in the name of prohibition is the issue,” he said.Raj Darji, the founder of The Organiser, an event management company said earlier a number of parties used to be held in Ahmedabad on December 31. “There was practically a proliferation of it. But over the years the number has come down substantially but the quality of parties has improved. So what we have lost in quantity we have gained in quality. A number of these parties have good music and DJs,” said Darji.

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Night riders who believe serving people is the best way to ring in New Year

While on one hand majority of the world welcomes the coming year with family, friends and loved ones at a nightclub or around bonfire, there are several professionals who take pride in doing their duties and derive satisfaction from that.Not fighting their way in serpentine queues, workoholics and passionate professionals speak to DNA to share their idea of a perfect New Year celebration. Officials from the traffic control room, who will be round-the-clock available for the safety checks across the city, consider it to be a privilege to be at service.“We are all connected with a thread of responsibility. When the senior officers are also present round the clock, we believe it is our duty to support them. If we can be at service for the public even once in a year, we consider it as an achievement,” said traffic control room in-charge.Even the city-based doctors take pride in being on duty and helping those in need.“I feel privileged that I am in a position to serve the people, specially after 12 O’clock. Several cases of head injuries come in and also, there are cases of young individuals who are under the influence of alcohol and rash driving. They need immediate attention. Serving them is the most satisfactory moment,” said Dr Amit Kulshrestha, senior consultant, SMS Hospital.Then there are chefs and hotel management who enjoy serving guests with food and drinks of their choice to ensure people have a good experience while they ring in New Year. “Being a chef, I am always passionate about serving food. This passion keeps us motivated.We celebrate our new year on the second day. I have not celebrated new years with my family for about 14 years,” said Piyush Mathur, chef at a city-based cafe.A city-based bartender Rameshwar Darzee said,“After the party, I narrate the way new year was celebrated at the club to my wife. That is our way of enjoyment. I like to welcome the year with my team.”

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BJP all set to ‘show strength’ in refinery foundation ceremony

The programme schedule of foundation ceremony of Pachpadra refinery by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 14 is not out yet but the administration has made the preparations faster. Here, the Bharatiya Janata Party has started to formulate a strategy to show its strength in the program of the prime minister. Despite years of the strong hold, Congress in Marwar won only two of the 33 assembly seats in the last assembly elections. That is why BJP has focused on Marwar to keep the victory alive. In order to make Marwar ‘Congress-free’, the BJP state president himself has visited Barmer and Jodhpur five times in the last three months. Efforts are being made to strengthen the BJP from booth functioning to the state level.State president of BJP, Ashok Parnami arrived in Jodhpur on Saturday afternoon. He took a meeting of the Jodhpur division MLAs regarding Prime Minister’s program. In this meeting, while giving the lesson to strengthen the BJP in their area, they have been given the target of mobilizing supporters of Modi in the program. The BJP wants to showcase a big power in the presence of the Prime Minister during this program. The MLAs of Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Pali, Jalore and Sirohi have been given a target to bring crowds in buses along with the activists in the program. While Talking to media, he targeted the Congress and especially the former chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, about the refinery. Describing the leadership of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as proficient, he said that she has done good for the people by saving 40,000 crores in refinery cost.It is worth mentioning that former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot presented the Pachpadra refinery as his ambitious project before the last assembly elections. Then the Congress had also demonstrated power at the earlier foundation ceremony. On the same lines, describing as the huge achievement of the Vasundhara government for reducing the cost of this project and renewing the MOU with HPCL, BJP is working on the strategy to surround the previous government.Here, Barmer-Jaisalmer former MP Harish Chaudhary has also come out in front opposing the re-foundation ceremony of the refinery by the Prime Minister. He said that the then national president of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has done foundation ceremony of the refinery on September 22, 2013. Now, what is the justification to again have a foundation ceremony by the Prime Minister? He said that the strategy is being formulated to protest the foundation ceremony. Soon, it will be announced at the state level to protest against this program.

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Ro-Ro service to link Hazira to four places

Union minister for road transport and highways Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday announced plans to start a Ro-Ro ferry and passenger service between Hazira and four other places. The service will connect Hazira to Ghogha, Dahej, Pipavav and Victor in Rajula. Calling 2018 a golden year for water highways in Gujarat, he said plans are afoot to develop inland waterways on the Narmada and Tapi river in the state.Mandaviya made these announcements following a visit to Hazira port on Friday. He said the inland waterways had seen a tremendous development under the present BJP government. “Until the BJP came to power, the country had just five national water highways. Now, under the National Water Highways Act 2016, there are 106 more such water highways which have been announced,” the minister said.He said a feasibility study had found that apart from the five national waterways there was the scope of developing 32 new national waterways across the country in the next three years.Mandaviya further announced that of the 32 new national waterways planned.Of these eight, two are in Gujarat. One will be 126 km long waterway from Panthariya to Khambhat which will be on the Narmada river while the other will be a 173-km-long waterway connecting Hathnur Dam to Khambhat. This will be on the Tapi river.It should be noted that earlier in October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the first phase of Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district and Dahej in Bharuch.The service was to reduce the travel time between Saurashtra and South Gujarat by five hours. It was later announced that the ferry service will be suspended for a fortnight from January 5 onwards to remove and replace the existing walkway with a linkspan at Gogha. At present, the service only ferries passengers and following installation of the linkspan, it will also be able to transport vehicles.IN THE PIPLELINEMandaviya announced that of the 32 new national waterways planned, the detailed project report of eight of them was ready.

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Rajkot readies to welcome Vijay Rupani, roadshow to be held

The BJP unit in Rajkot has made all preparations to welcome Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday. Rupani, in his second consecutive term as CM, will reach his hometown Rajkot for the first time after being appointed on the post recently. He will participate in a roadshow from airport and later attend a felicitation ceremony by the BJP.Rajkot city BJP president Kamlesh Mirani said, “This is an auspicious moment for Rajkot as our leader is coming to his hometown for first time after being elected as CM. BJP came to power under his leadership. Entire Rajkot should take an opportunity to welcome him.”On preparations, he said, “We have arranged a grand roadshow from airport to main city to welcome Rupani. Flower petals will be showered on him during the entire route and dances by different troupes have been organised. Decorations and Rangoli will be made by artists and our workers.”The CM has been in Gandhinagar since the first phase of polls on December 9. He could not visit Rajkot as he was busy with campaigning for the second phase, counting of votes, election of CM and deputy CM, swearing in of ministers and portfolio allocation. He also attended several meetings with party leaders.Spokesperson of BJP and leader from Rajkot, Raju Dhruv, said, “This is really and emotional moment for us. We had run a campaign ‘Rajkot ka beta, Gujarat ka neta’ (Rajkot’s son will be Gujarat’s leader). Our mission was successful and under the leadership of Vijaybhai, Entire Rajkot is excited to welcome him and the party has arranged an extravaganza.”He added, “Not only party leaders but industrialists, educationists, social workers, religious and different community leaders are also going to welcome and felicitate Vijaybhai for his victory in this ceremony. We have made all preparations.”

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SPG calls for Mehsana bandh on Monday

The Patel reservation outfit Sardar Patel Group (SPG) also has come in support with Nitin Patel. The SPG president Lalji Patel and his team reached Nitin Patel’s house on Saturday and gave a close call for Mehsana on Monday. However, Nitin Patel placated them to not to give such a call.Lalji Patel said, “This is an insult to Nitin Patel. He was the only BJP leader who struggled against Patel agitators during polls and worked hard to keep Patel community’s votes intact for BJP. What kind of reward BJP gave him? We are with Nitin Patel as he is the senior most leader in BJP who comes from Patel community. We give a close call for Mehsana on Monday.”The vice-president of SPG, Purvin Patel, said, “This is the time to show the strength of Patel community in politics. This is the incident that proves that BJP has been sidelining Patel leaders who are influential. The BJP has stabbed into the back of Patel community. This injustice should not be tolerated anymore.” However, Nitin Patel placated them to not to observe close on Monday. Patel said, “People’s sympathy for me is really touching. But, a close call should not be given as it would create problems for common people.”The Mehsana city BJP president, Kaushik Vyas, also said, “There is no Mehsana close call from BJP and that should be avoided. We do not support any close call and also request people that they should not join in any close calls.”

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Capital’s diesel use down but per capita income up

The Delhi government released its Statistical Hand Book on Saturday, which revealed that the consumption of diesel in the national Capital reduced to 1,267,000 metric tonnes in 2016-17, from 1508,000 metric tonnes during 2015-16The Book, released by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, also stated that 7.78 lakh new vehicles, including 29,690 e- rickshaws, were registered in the city in 2016-17.The registration of new vehicles up to March this year was recorded at 1.05 crore, which included 31.53 lakh cars and jeeps and 67.08 lakh motorcycles and scooters.The document compiled by the city government’s Directorate of Economics and Statistics also contained data relatied to various socio-economic parameters. It stated that the per capita income of the city increased by 10.76 per cent from 2015-16.Besides, according to the report, the total number of electricity consumers increased from 52.63 lakh in 2015-16 to 55.68 lakh in 2016-17. Of these, 45.37 lakh were domestic, 9.27 lakh were commercial, and 52,397 industrial.Also, the consumption of electricity increased from 24,037 million units in 2015-16 to 26,865 million units in 2016-17, the report stated. On an average, 31.55 lakh people availed the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus services daily during 2016-17. The DTC has a fleet of 4,027 buses, of which 1,275 are air-conditioned.The report further stated that the number of road accidents in the city decreased from 8,085 in 2015 to 7,375 in 2016.The book recorded that the per capita consumption of water in the city was 47 gallons per day while the number of metered water connections increased from 19.49 lakh in 2015-16 to 23.16 lakh in 2016-17. The consumption of water this year was recorded at 14,914 lakh kilo litres.The minimum monthly wages for the unskilled category increased from Rs 9,568 in April 2016 to Rs 13,350 in April 2017, from Rs 10,582 to Rs 14,698 for semi-skilled and from Rs 11,622 to Rs 16,182 for skilled workers, the report stated.

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Hardik Patel asks Nitin Patel to join Congress

Amid the crisis in BJP sparked by Deputy CM Nitin Patel’s refusal to take over his ministry, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel had asked the senior politician to reconsider his political affiliation. Hardik said that if Nitin Patel join Congress, he would hold talks with the party to make him the Chief Minister.The Congress MLA from Lathi constituency, Virji Thumma, also said the same words. Hardik Patel was in Botad town of Saurashtra to attend the Chintan Shibir of PAAS. Before attending this meeting, Hardik said, “This is all because of Amit Shah as he never wished any Patel leader in BJP to bear any importance in the party. I invite Nitin Patel to join Congress. If he is ready, I will negotiate with Congress leader and he would become the chief minister also. What BJP has done with Nitin Patel is a sheer insult of the leader who spent many years in party and made many sacrifices.”Hardik Patel also said that he would meet Nitin Patel at his residence on Sunday. Hardik also claimed that three to four MLAs of BJP were in his contact on the issue of Nitin Patel.Hardik’s remarks Nitin Patel denied to leave BJP but on meeting with Hardik Patel he said, “My doors are open for all who wish to come to meet me. I am courteous enough to welcome the guest, who so ever it may be.” On the other hand, Congress MLA from Lathi in Amreli, Virji Thummar, said, “Nitin Patel is a leader of the Patel community. If he joins Congress, the Patel legislators would help him becoming the Chief Minister.”Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki reportedly reprimanded Virji Thummar for the offer to Nitin Patel. State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi also said that the invitation to Nitin Patel by Thummar to join Congress was done in individual capacity and did not represent the party’s stand.

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Noida Juvenile Home staff suspended for abuse

The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended a care taker of the Noida Juvenile Home, after the media reported torture, abuse, and prevalence of disease in the home. A committee was earlier set up and three people were accused of being involved in the abuse. The government team, however, found the allegations true against only one employee, Prakash Chandra, and suspended him on Saturday.According to a senior official, the commission observed that the objective of a juvenile home was to guide youngsters found involved in criminal activities towards the correct direction for introspection and improvement. This juvenile home, however, was pushing these youngsters towards crime-oriented activities by treating them in a grossly negligent and cruel manner.“We found allegations against Chandra to be true. So, we have suspended him of his duties,” a senior official said.The affairs inside the juvenile home, located in the Old Court building in Noida’s Phase 2, came to light after a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) inspection on October 7, in which the authority noted several serious issues, such as torture, extortion by senior inmates, and skin problems among the juveniles.During inspection, the inmates showed their injury marks and named seven “seniors” who were in cahoots with certain officials of the Home.

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L-G Anil Baijal takes stock of flyover beautification on NH-24

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Saturday took stock of the beautification work being done on a part of NH-24 in east Delhi’s Seemapuri. The flyover is an important link connecting Delhi and Noida.The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which is looking after the work, was told by the L-G to make sure that the space under the flyover was kept clean and plants and installations were used for beautification on both sides of the flyover.”The L-G further directed the agencies concerned to develop a bus lane along the highway for better connectivity,” a statement issued by the L-G House said.Besides the NHAI, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD), and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) are involved in the work.The beautification work is expected to be completed by January 26.Meanwhile, Baijal also inspected beautification work done on the Seelampur flyover in east Delhi, which bears the artwork done by an NGO. The work was done at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. The L-G, however, told the east Corporation to outsource the maintenance work of the flyover.The L-G further told the PWD to spruce up the Vikas Marg, Ring Road, and Pushta Marg with artworks on walls, greenery, lights, and proper signages, latest by January 15.

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Lajpat Nagar flyover to be shut till Jan 14

Days after cracks appeared on the busy Lajpat Nagar flyover, the route will be shut in parts till January 14. The Public Works Department will undertake the repair work in two phases.In the first phase, a carriageway from the Ashram Chowk to Moolchand will remain shut between January 1 and 14. In the second phase, the carriageway from Moolchand to Ashram will be shut during the same period.According to traffic officials, in the first phase, due to the closure of the carriageway from Ashram to Moolchand, the traffic bound to go towards the Moolchand Hospital using the Lajpat Nagar flyover will be diverted to take the adjoining road beneath the flyover.Officials, however, warned that the commuters will have to face congestion due to traffic spilling on the adjoining slip road, till the repair work is completed.In order to avoid traffic snarls on this stretch, commuters are advised to take alternative routes, including Mathura Road, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road, Moolchand flyover/Lodhi Road, and Bhishm Pitamah Marg while commuting from south Delhi to central Delhi, and vice-versa.Meanwhile, commuters coming from Noida from the DND flyway may take the Barapulla elevated road to reach south Delhi or New Delhi and vice versa.Also, officials suggested that motorists and road users must plan their journey in advance to avoid long delays.A huge gap appeared between two girders on Ashram-Lajpat Nagar flyover on the busy Ring Road linking south Delhi to Noida. The cracks appeared for the second time this year and the flyover was shut for repair earlier as well.”I use the flyover to commute daily. The government has neglected this issue time and again. Only when some tragedy happens, the authorities wake up to fix such large loopholes in the system,” said Ajay Tyagi, a daily commuter.”The gaps are life-threatening, in particular for those riding two-wheelers. The stretch witnesses heavy traffic throughout the day because of Lajpat Nagar and Nehru Place being major shopping and commercial centres,” another commuter said.

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Elaborate traffic arrangements to control hooliganism

The Delhi Police have made elaborate traffic arrangements throughout the city for the smooth flow and regulation of traffic on the New Year’s Eve. This, the officers said, will also help control hooliganism and keep an eye on vehicular menace. A special drive against drunken driving, red light jumping, and dangerous driving will also be undertaken by the Traffic Police.According to senior traffic police officers, special arrangements will be made in areas in vicinity of party hubs, such as Connaught Place in New Delhi. Other areas where special arrangements have been made include Saket, Greater Kailash, New Friends Colony, Defence Colony, Nehru Place, Vasant Vihar, Vasant Kunj, Dwarka, Rajouri Garden, Rohini, Pitampura, GT Karnal Road, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, and Mayur Vihar.”Restriction on the movement of all private and public transport vehicles will be imposed 8.30 pm onwards on December 31 in the vicinity of Connaught Place, till the conclusion of the New Year Celebrations,” police said, adding that vehicles will not be allowed to proceed towards CP beyond Mandi House, Bengali Market, Ranjit Singh Flyover, Minto Road, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg crossing, Chelmsford Road near Munje Chowk, RK Ashram Marg, Chitragupta Marg Crossing, Gole Market, GPO, Patel Chowk, Kasturba Gandhi Road to Ferozshah Road Crossing, Jai Singh Road, Bangla Sahib Lane, and towards the Windsor place.”Destined vehicles with labels issued by Delhi Traffic Police, residents of the area, and emergency vehicles, however, will be allowed. Vehicular traffic in the inner, middle, or outer circle area of Connaught Place will be restricted,” the police said.For those heading towards the New Delhi Railway Station, entry will be allowed from the second entry gate from the Ajmeri Gate side. They can reach the station via Paharganj –Shiela Cinema or through Ajmeri Gate–JLN Marg side via Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg to Delhi Gate, the police said.

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Gulmarg entices New Year’s Eve revellers with a Winter Carnival on skis

As Gulmarg becomes a star destination for tourists despite the ongoing unrest, it will now also host a Winter Carnival this year to end the year in style. With the aid of the Army, the carnival is all set to rock the famed ski resorts of Gulmarg on Sunday with music, skiing, photography, gaming, snow sculpture all part of the event.The festival is in addition to the functions being organised by the local hoteliers for tourists on the New Year’s Eve in the ski resort. For the first time in the last two years, Gulmarg is fully sold out with tourists from different parts flocking the ski resort for New Year celebrations.”The Carnival has a plethora of attractions for the tourists such as Snow Scooter, ATV Race, Snowboarding, Sliding and Snowman making competitions, which will be open to locals as well as tourists without any entry fee. Apart from this, there will be a Photography Competition and live performances by local artists and youth from the Chinar 9Jawan Club, Baramulla and Army Bands,” said an Army spokesman.The carnival is aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people and bringing them closer to the Army. “The event has already created a lot of buzz among the prospective tourists and the local tradesmen who believe that this initiative will not only spread the message of peace and harmony but will also boost the dwindling tourism business at Gulmarg”, said the spokesman.The fledgeling tourism sector has suffered huge losses post-Burhan Wani’s killing that created unrest in the valley last year. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists. Post-Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1,100 crore.Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfall of tourists, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016, because of the unrest.Figures reveal around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatris who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year, 11.27 lakh tourists visited Kashmir — most of them before July 8, when Wani was killed.However, come New Year, and the tourists are making a beeline again to the famed ski resort to bid goodbye to 2017.”Gulmarg is fully packed. All the hotels are 100 per cent booked for two days. Fifty per cent of the people are tourists and the rest are locals. Some of the hotels have organised musical programmes for in-house guests and dinner on New Year’s Eve,” said Mukhtar Ahmad Shah, President J&K Hoteliers Club, Gulmarg.

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CM Mehbooba Mufti urges voters to not shun panchayat polls

Days after separatists linked the recently announced Panchayat polls with the Kashmir issue to enforce a voter boycott, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday again called on the people to vote in large numbers to strengthen the grassroots democracy in the restive state.”The government is committed to empowering the grassroots level institutions. The proposed elections to the Panchayats and later to be followed by the urban local bodies polls are a major step in this direction and will fully empower the basic democratic institutions,” Mehbooba said.Seeking larger participation of the people in the Panchayat elections scheduled to be held from February 15, Mehbooba said her government had made a commitment on the floor of the House in June 2016 that the elections to the rural and urban local bodies would be held at the earliest.She added that the State’s Election Authority would formally set the process into motion after the Rural Development Department issues the requisite notification in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.Mehbooba’s statement comes two days after Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)of separatists called upon the people to boycott the Panchayat polls and claimed that India is using the election to negate Kashmiris demand for “self-determination and freedom”.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.

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TN begins work to convert Jaya’s home into memorial

Tamil Nadu government on Saturday begin preparatory steps to convert late chief minister and AIADMK supremo chief Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence into a memorial.Chennai district collector accompanied by revenue divisional officer, public works department and police officers visited Jayalalithaa’s residence on Saturday morning. But the presence of Income Tax department officials created a flutter as the news of fresh searches spread. However, it was clarified that the IT officials accompanied the state government officials to ensure that the two rooms of Sasikala, that were sealed by them, were not opened.Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami in August announced that the government would take over Jayalalithaa’s residence to convert it into a memorial.Chennai collector Anbuselvan said the inspection was part of the move to take possession of the residence to convert into a memorial. “Since two rooms in the house were sealed by the IT officials, we asked them to accompany us during the inspection,” he said, adding they had taken the measurement of the extent of land and building construction.Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa had moved Madras High Court against the government order claiming that she and her brother were successors to her estate. She had filed a petition stated that her paternal grandmother Vedavalli alias Sandhya had purchased several properties in and around Chennai and died in 1971 leaving behind her son Jayakumar and daughter Jayalalithaa as successors to her estate.Deepa claimed that her father got married after her grandmother’s death and lived in a joint family with his wife, children as well as his sister (Jayalalithaa) in the same house for a long time. She had said that it was only for the sake of convenience that the family had to move to the present residence at T Nagar.

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Raj brand ambassadors for ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

To spread the reach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, the BJP will appoint brand ambassadors in all the 41 organisational districts across the state. Along with it, in every mandal, 1,000 workers of the party will have to take a selfie with their daughters and also a hospital will be adopted at the mandal level.Moreover, the state BJP’s frontal unit ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Prakalp’ has given all the workers a two-month work plan, under which 11 types of programmes will have to be organised within two months at mandal and district level. The plan was chalked out during the meeting of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Prakalp Pramukh, Dr Meena Asopa. Besides, under the ‘Selfie With Daughter programme’, selfies should be taken with daughters of at least 1,000 party workers. The name of the person who took the selfie, his mobile number, address and selfie will be saved in a pen drive and will be sent to the state headquarters.The mandal unit of the border area will also be organising a programme with the Army personnel. Apart from this, each mandal unit will have to adopt the hospital in its area and on January 9, a programme will be organised under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.To further ensure the success of the campaign, the district unit of the prakalp has been instructed to collect data from the girl students of colleges and universities in their area. Apart from this, the movie, Smile Pinki will be shown in schools and colleges and Kanya Pooja along with other programmes will also be held.Instructions were also given about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event to be held in Jhunjhun on January 22. The teams of prakalp will have to be present at the programme. The entire team of the parkalp will be wearing the apron with the logo of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Abhiyan on it.Selfie with girlUnder the ‘Selfie With Daughter’ programme, selfies should be taken with daughters of at least 1,000 party workers Their details will be saved in a pen drive and sent to BJP state HQs.

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‘Udaan’ proves a boon to Chittorgarh’s tribal girls

The girls in tribal district of Chittorgarh, who either dropped out of mainstream education or failed to enroll due to social taboos, can now gain admission to schools — thanks to ‘Udaan’ programme.’Shiksha Chopal’, under the same programme, meanwhile, is proving a boon to government schools, helping it upgrade infrastructure on the lines of private schools through the funds being collected from rural folks.The administration holds ‘Shiksha Chopal’ at gram panchayat, organising education fair and speeches of meritorious girls, so that rural folks get motivated towards the education and also enroll their wards. Till date, 100 such chopals, held at panchayats, have got a whopping Rs 8 crore through crowd funding.”At these chopals, we hold education fair and speeches of meritorious girls. Seeing how education can change life through these activities, the rural people have started donating funds which we use for upgrading infra of the government schools. Till date Rs 8 crore have been collected from the people, of which we have spent Rs 3.5 crore already,” said Chittorgarh district Collector Inderjeet Singh, who launched the programme here.”Those who have come forward to contribute are no less than heroes,” said the Collector. “For instance, an 85-year-old person, impressed with programmes held at Shiksha Chopal, contributed Rs 35,000 which he arranged after withdrawing an FD (fixed deposit) before maturity,” he said.Shiksha Chopal is part of Udaan programme, which is aimed at ensuring that all girls in the district are enrolled in school on the lines of the Centre’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme. This campaign aims at reducing dropout rates at upper primary and secondary levels, reinvigorating school management committees to enhance the girl child’s access to education. “Under the campaign, a door-to-door survey was conducted at the village level. We found nearly 25741 child, majorly girls, were out from school, out of which we got 22,448 (87%) enrolled,” said the Collector.CrowdfundingChittorgarh administr-ation has so far amassed Rs 8 crore by conducting chopals at panchayats. The money is contri-buted by the rural people after realising the benefits of education.

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Justice for Kashmir’s Nirbhaya

Kashmir’s Nirbhaya has finally been delivered justice. A local court sentenced the accused to death on Saturday, for raping and murdering the six-year-old in 2005.The case dates back to July 2005 when the accused, Farooq Ahmad Pinzoo, enticed a six-year-old girl to his home and raped her till she died. He later dumped the body in a trench and tried to burn her clothes to destroy the evidence.After one month, he was arrested and after spending four years in prison he was granted interim bail. Last month he was arrested again after he tried to jump the bail and flee.”The accused was 40 years old when he committed the crime. The victim was his neighbour and he enticed her to his home. He raped and smothered her to death. Postmortem has proved that even after her death, he continued to rape her,” said Mujeeb Andrabi, additional public prosecutor in the case.After hearing the arguments, second additional session judge Srinagar Tahir Khurshid Raina convicted the accused for rape and murder and sentenced him to death terming it as rarest of the rare case.”The events unfolded from July 31, 2005 when deceased went missing till his arrest and his disclosure and recovery reveal a saga of shock and dismay in the whole vicinity… The whole chain of evidence before this court when tested on the touchstone of principle quoted above put this case in the rarest of the rare category… Accordingly convict is awarded capital punishment. He shall be hanged till death,” said Judge Raina.Judge Raina noted that there is in fact a steep rise in the sexual offences against the women and children. “When child is a victim of such horrendous act, then the court has to speak in the manners which match the collective conscience of the society, and also to act as a deterrent,” he said.Judgespeak“A little doll of just six who was yet to bloom and add to the beauty of the world was crushed to death in the most horren-dous and barbaric manner “After the detestable act, he wrapped the body in a sack and threw it in a trench to conceal it from the eyes of the world,” the judge said.

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Army chief exhorts troops to be ‘ever ready’

Just days after Indian Army troops — in a tit-for-tat action — crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and killed three Pakistani army men in Rawalakote sector of Poonch, Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat visited the forward posts in Rajouri sector and exhorted the troops to continue to remain “vigilant and ever ready”.A defence spokesman at Jammu said General Rawat visited the Rajouri sector, where he was briefed by the General Officer Commanding of the Ace of Spades division about the operational readiness.”He also visited forward posts along the LoC where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid. He also interacted with the soldiers deployed on the forward posts and exhorted the troops to continue to remain vigilant and ever-ready,” said the defence spokesman.Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, accompanied by the Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, visited White Knight Corps to review the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation.”The Army Chief was briefed by Lieutenant General Saranjeet Singh, General Officer Commanding, White Knight Corps about the preparedness in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by the inimical forces,” said the spokesman.While complimenting the formations for their unflinching efforts, General Rawat reiterated the continued need to remain prepared in order to counter the nefarious designs of the enemy.

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Kamala Mills Fire: Fire victim was confident of bright career

Sarbajit Parida, the only resto-bar staff, who was killed in the mighty fire which broke out at 1Above, one of the most expensive pubs in Kamala Mills compound, on Thursday midnight, had dreams of making it big in Mumbai.Prakash Nayak, his cousin, recalls how Parida had mentioned that he is doing very well at work and that he was sure of reaching great heights in his profession and that too in a short span of time.Parida had completed his graduation and later had pursued a hotel management course after which he got a job as a waiter at 1Above. He belonged to a poor family, which earned its living through a small piece of farmland on which they cultivate grains once a year. Sarbajit’s father, Samarendra Parida, is a television mechanic and managed to raise him on the extra income he used to earn by repairing electronic devices.Nayak, while speaking to this correspondent, said, “Sarbajit was the only child of his parents and they had sent him to Mumbai owing to the trust they had in me as I had already been settled in the city for almost a decade. He would always tell me that he is too good at his work and that he would become a manager in a short span of time.”When asked what he can recall about the incident, Nayak said, “The moment I came across the news of the fire, I immediately tried to contact him, but as he did not pick up the phone, I was alarmed. I immediately rushed to the spot, but till then Sarbajit was dead. ”

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Kamala Mills Fire: Eatery owners fear loss of business

The Kamala Mills fire has soured the last day of the year, feel many restaurant owners. The fear of losses that they may incur is slowly rippling through the sector. According to the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR), many restaurants in the city have already accepted the fact that there will be a huge business loss on New Year’s eve. They claim that patrons will have the Kamala Mills fire, which killed 14, in mind.”The loss of lives is so fresh in everyone’s mind. It happened on Thursday night and made the front pages everywhere. On Friday itself, many restaurant owners expressed the fear that they will suffer a loss of up to 20 per cent as people might not turn up on New Year’s eve,” said Niranjan Shetty, Chairman of MCGM committee of AHAR.According to the association, on December 31, a lot of people venture out and it is a very important day in terms of business. People visit restaurants where they are regulars, and also get guests including friends, family and relatives, which helps the restaurants earn extra bucks.Another restaurant owner said, “We are hoping for great takeaway orders at least. People normally go out, but then visiting a restaurant after the Kamala Mills fire wouldn’t be the first thing on their minds. So we are prepared for lesser business in terms of walk-ins. But we may see a larger business in terms of takeaway or home deliveries.”Apart from this, authorities have started visiting restaurants and action has been started. The associations have asked their member restaurants and hotels to cooperate. “We have directed all hotel and restaurant owners to not create any hassles and let the authorities do their work and cooperate. If they have any doubts, they should seek the help of authorities and understand what should be done to rectify the issue,” said Shetty.FALSE ALARM?After the fire engulfed the restaurants in Kamala Mills, a series of messages started doing the rounds. One such message was about parties at restaurants beings called off and it was signed by Congress leader Charan Singh Sapra. When contacted, Sapra denied sending out any such message and said it was a mischief and should be ignored. Even AHAR denied sending out any message about any party cancellation and asked people to not pay attention to rumours.PARTY STILL ONImmediately after the fire, Riyaz Amlani of Social had said that there were no party cancellations. “The parties are mostly personal ones and we cannot cancel any parties until the person who booked the place, does,” said Shetty. According to both of them, New Year’s eve will be celebrated as every year in the city too. However, till Saturday night, there were some restaurants and pubs that sent out messages about party cancellations but they were related to action taken by authorities.

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Kamala Mills Fire: BMC bulldozes into eateries’ violations

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) went on a razing rampage on illegal extensions in hotel and restaurants across the city. However, it took action only after 14 people lost their lives. The civic administration delayed its action just to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) against illegal use of open spaces on terraces.The BMC in full swing started pulling down illegal extensions in restaurants and shopping malls across Mumbai on Saturday morning and took action on 314 restaurants. It inspected a 624 eateries. BMC also seized more than 417 cylinders from the restaurants which were stored without permissions.In Raghuwanshi compound, four restaurants that faced action were Sheesha, P22, Hotel Payaana and Hotel Fumes.Prashant Sapkale, assistant commissioner of G South ward, who has now been transferred to K East ward said that he had taken action against Mojo’s Bistro in August and September following complaints of violation of open space on the terrace. “We had given three inspection reports to the owner of Mojo’s Bistro as part of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for violation of open space on the terrace and took action on August 2 and September 22,” said Sapkale. He added that he had no other option but to follow the SOP before taking action.Shockingly, the G South ward office forgot to follow the SoP and demolished illegal extension without even serving a notice. “Did the civic body follow SOP while action against these eateries,” said Dinesh Vaghela, a Right to Information Activist (RTI).“At any place where hookah is being served, no food item can be served,” said Vaghela. He added that the civic body violated rules and regulations while granting licence under section 394 of Mumbai Municipal Act.

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DNA Special: Centre’s air action plan in line with court order

Centre’s 12-point draft Air Action Plan — prepared by a task force under the Prime Minister’s Office — is not in conflict with anti-pollution measures approved by the Supreme Court (SC) and National Green Tribunal (NGT), CK Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) told DNA. Mishra said that the action plan to tackle pollution in Delhi-NCR was in fact based on the template provided by the courts.A task-force set up under the chairmanship of Nripendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister released its own 12-point draft action plan earlier this week to seek public suggestions and comments. “This is an action plan, where we have decided on certain focus issues after discussion. Whatever has been said by NGT or earlier by the Supreme Court is sacrosanct, and we are implementing that,” Mishra told DNA.Authorities in Delhi are currently bound by court orders to implement emergency anti-pollution measures as per two different action plans. One is the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) prepared by the SC-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, and the other is a graded plan NGT formulated in a judgment earlier this week. These action plans have come in the wake of toxic smog episodes that Delhi experienced in the winter of 2016 and 2017. Pollution levels at some pockets in Delhi were 13-14 times than the normal limit, which could even make a healthy person unwell.Mishra added that the draft plan will be fine-tuned keeping in mind the existing action plans, and Centre would continue to implement them even as its own plan is being prepared. “Court’s mandate is the overarching direction we are following. These are some of the issues we have picked up from the discussions and court’s mandate. We have also made it open to the public, largely because if there is some innovative idea we have not thought of, let people tell us.”The Centre’s 12-point action plan has sought to focus on tackling broad issues such as crop stubble burning, curbing industrial pollution, solid waste management, curbing dust pollution, enhancing public transport and reducing road congestion. It includes measures such as curtailment of Nitrogen Dioxide from power plants in a time-bound manner and creation of a dashboard for monitoring the most polluting industries.Even as the Centre seeks to curb pollution from thermal power plants, it has already allowed them 16 new power plants to emit sulphur and nitrogen pollutants above permissible limits, relaxing its December 2017 deadline to limit emissions.Point of focusThe 12-point action plan seeks to focus on tackling issues such as crop stubble burning, curbing industrial pollution, solid waste management, curbing dust pollution, enhancing public transport and reducing road congestion.

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BJP, PDP leaders eat beef, pork together, claims National Conference MLA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders eat beef and pork together, National Conference leader Akbar Lone claimed on Saturday.The National Conference MLA made this controversial statement while addressing a rally here.”BJP and PDP leaders are eating cow meat and pig meat together and are two faces of one coin,” Lone said.He added that the Muslim community and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should boycott them.Consumption of beef is highly conflicting to Hindu beliefs, while in the Muslim community, it is pork.In Jammu and Kashmir, a majority of BJP leaders is Hindu, and a majority of PDP leaders is Muslim. The BJP and the PDP are running coalition government in the state.This not first time Lone has made a controversial statement.Earlier, he had said that those who have joined hands with the (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) RSS and BJP, are not Muslims. The people of Kashmir should boycott the people who joined hands with the BJP, RSS.

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Dhinakaran used ‘hawala formula’ to win RK Nagar bypoll, says CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today hit out at sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran for calling him a “betrayer” and alleged that the latter had used the “hawala formula” to win the RK Nagar bypoll recently.”He (Dhinakaran) had adopted the hawala formula to win the election, which was more effective than the Thirumangalam formula,” he said at the MGR centenary celebrations here.The chief minister was referring to the DMK’s victory in the Thirumangalam bypoll a few years ago, where it was alleged that the opposition party had won by distributing money.Also readPost oath, TTV Dhinakaran rails against AIADMK”You can imagine what type of a criminal person adopts the hawala formula,” he said.Lashing out at Dhinakaran for calling those in power in the state betrayers, Palaniswami said the people would decide who the betrayers were and teach them an appropriate lesson at an opportune time.Also read10 TTV Dhinakaran loyalists sacked after RK Nagar resultsReferring to Dhinakaran’s bypoll victory, he said the sidelined AIADMK leader was aiming to capture power in the party through the backdoor, without doing anything for it.He also alleged that the RK Nagar victory was the result of a conspiracy hatched by Dhinakaran and DMK working president M K Stalin.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals Countering Dhinakaran’s remarks on the longevity of the government, Palaniswami said, “He will not remain in his present position for long and nobody knows where Dhinakaran, who is saying the government will not last till March, will be at that time.”Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam also hit out at Dhinakaran for criticising the AIADMK leadership.

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BJP chief Amit Shah in poll-bound Karnataka tomorrow

BJP chief Amit Shah will spend the last day of this year in poll-bound Karnataka, strategising with state party leaders, as they gear up to take on the ruling Congress in the Assembly election next year.A party statement said Shah will first hold a meeting with all BJP MPs and MLAs in the state followed by a deliberation with the in-charges of all its assembly constituencies.He will also chair meetings with the state’s core group leaders, district presidents of the party and in-charges among others.The BJP is aiming to dislodge the Congress from the only big state, which sends 20 or more MPs to the Lok Sabha, it remains in power. The 224-seat assembly is likely to go to polls in May next year.The Congress had captured power in the southern state in the last Assembly polls dethroning the BJP which was hit hard by a rebellion by B S Yeddyurappa, who had floated a party.Yeddyurappa is back in the saffron fold and has been declared the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. The Congress campaign is being led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.Since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah have got the better of the Congress a number of assembly elections.However, the Congress hopes to do well in Karnataka after putting up a spirited fight against the BJP in Gujarat.

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