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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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Verbal volleys that made all take notice

The year 2017 saw some dramatic statements being delivered. What was said made headlines, fuelled speculation, gave rise to controversies and even evoked laughter. Sangeeta Pranvendra presentsGehlot fires a veiled barbAccepting congratulations from partymen after the Congress victory in Punjab Assembly polls, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot fired a veiled barb at the PCC chief Sachin Pilot. He said, “Opportunity comes gradually. I became the chief minister after serving as PCC chief for the third time, 14 years after my first appointment to the post. The old will make way for the new. It is our duty to encourage the new generation and it is the duty of the new generation to take everyone along.Compulsive ‘offender’The BJP MLA from Ramgarh, Alwar, was busy shooting off his mouth all through the year. He started with announcing Pahlu Khan’s postmortem report even before the hospital. The year ends with his statement on roughing up cow smugglers. When asked about an alleged cow smuggler being roughed up by villagers, he said, “Gautaskari karte hain isliye maar khaate hain. Maar khaane ke liye gaye hi kyon? Gautaskari karoge to yun hi maroge kyonki janta mein gai ke prati aastha hai.” (they are beaten because they smuggle cows. Why did they go to get beaten. This is how you will get killed if you smuggle and slaughter cows because people have reverence for cows.)Daring the PMThe occasion was of celebration for the party as a post office passport seva kendra was being inaugurated in Kota, but the BJP MLA from Ladpura in Kota thought it to be the opportune time to press for airport demand. He declared, “Kota airport is apparently meant for political leaders and general public of Kota as only small aircraft of political leaders can land here. We will not let aircraft of VIPs land in Kota even if the aircraft of Prime Minister arrives here.”Nose that made newsDuring the controversy created over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie Padmavati, Mahipal Makrana, the state president of Shri Rajput Karni Sena issued the dire warning to chop off Deepika’s nose, “Rajputs never raise a hand on women but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Lakshman did to Shurpanakha.”Clarion callWhen asked about the encounter of the gangster Anandpal Singh by Rajasthan SOG, the state home minister Gulabchand Kataria said, “I was sleeping and not aware about it. The chief minister called me and informed me about it.”

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Historians, member of erstwhile royal family reject ‘Padmavati’

Two historians and member of the erstwhile royal family of Mewar who attended a special screening of Padmavati held by Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have expressed disagreement with the sequence of events in the film made on the life of Padmini, the queen of Chittorgarh.Those who attended the screening included historians Prof Kapil Kumar of IGNOU, New Delhi, Dr Chandramani Singh of Jaipur, and erstwhile royal of Mewar — descendants of Padmavati — Arvind Singh. There were four other persons including CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi at the screening held on the evening of December 28.According to sources, the film was rejected by all three. Arvind Singh looked quite miffed after seeing the film. The source further added, “The copy shown did not have any love scene between Khilji and Padmavati, but one can clearly understand the point from where it has been chopped off. It shows Khilji in a bath tub fantasising with his eyes closed. Then there is a jump in the scene that shows him in a love situation with a slave and a curtain being drawn.” He added, “The three experts conveyed their disagreement to Prasoon Joshi verbally.”Speaking to DNA, Prof Kumar confirmed the screening saying, “Yes I did see the movie. Arvind Singh Mewar and Dr Chandramani Singh were present.”He said, “I saw Padmavati with an open mind — as a historian, an audience, and as a person concerned about social harmony. I respect freedom of expression, creativity, but they are not be used to create a situation of disharmony in society.””There is nothing like ‘historical-fiction’. It is either history, or it is fiction. You cannot take characters and events from history and create a story around it. Today history is not what Persian historians tell you. It is a highly developed subject that uses local sources, including oral history and folklore. All these factors have to be taken into consideration before declaring anything as myth or imagination”Meanwhile, all efforts to contact Arvind Singh were futile. Dr Chandramani was also unreachable.Vishvaraj, erstwhile royal, questions the ‘cosmetic changes’In a strong worded letter, written on Saturday 30 December, to CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi, Vishvaraj Singh, a member of the erstwhile royal family has questioned the cosmetic changes and cuts that have been proposed for the film. He writes that he has come to know about the cuts, and another royal member Arvind Singh being called for a screening through news reports. Vishvaraj said he was also called for a screening, but he had asked a few questions to Joshi. He alleged that the questions remained unanswered. The ‘royal’ tussle -Vishvaraj Singh is the son of Mahendra Singh, the elder son and thereby the natural successor to the title of erswhile king. However, Arvind Singh, his younger brother holds the title. There is conflict between the two and their supporters over this issue.Prasoon Joshi first invited Vishvaraj to view Padmavati, then Arvind Singh was present at the screening. Vishvaraj Singh has alleged in his letter that Joshi discontinued communication with him and questioned the veracity of inviting Arvind Singh when the head of the family is is father or him, he has written in the letter

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Kalicharan Saraf should take moral responsibility and quit for deaths during doc strike: Rajkumar Sharma

Rajkumar Sharma had come to Vidhan Sabha. Apparently, he had not taken prior appointment from the Speaker, Kailash Meghwal who left on a pre-decided tour to Bhilwara for three days. When asked by the media whether he would contest the by-election, Sharma said, “I will submit my resignation, there will be a by-election after the speaker accepts it.” Sharma, who was MoS medical and health in the Gehlot government, had announced to resign from his membership of the legislative assembly to protest against the government’s mishandling of the doctors’ strike in Rajasthan. Health minister Kalicharan Saraf had termed it a publicity stunt.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 30 December 2017 4:13 ISTMust readVasundhara Raje ensures ‘smooth landing’ for PM Modi at BarmerNow, Veg khao, paisa bachao: Air India style<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Independent MLA from Nawalgarh Rajkumar Sharma could not tend his resignation on Friday as the Assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal was not in Jaipur. As per rules, a member can hand over resignation only to the speaker. The assembly secretary, Prithviraj was also not present. He was at an official exam for stenographers jobs at the assembly. Staff at the assembly told Sharma to come back on Monday. “The speaker had left for Bhilwara early today morning. He will be back on Monday. I will meet him then and hand over my resignation,” said Sharma speaking to DNA.Sharma continued with his offensive against the health minister and demanded that Kalicharan Saraf should take moral responsibility of 304 deaths that occurred during the strike and resign from his post.Rajkumar Sharma had come to Vidhan Sabha. Apparently, he had not taken prior appointment from the Speaker, Kailash Meghwal who left on a pre-decided tour to Bhilwara for three days. When asked by the media whether he would contest the by-election, Sharma said, “I will submit my resignation, there will be a by-election after the speaker accepts it.” Sharma, who was MoS medical and health in the Gehlot government, had announced to resign from his membership of the legislative assembly to protest against the government’s mishandling of the doctors’ strike in Rajasthan. Health minister Kalicharan Saraf had termed it a publicity stunt.

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On the question of whether he would later contest the by-election, Sharma said, "I will submit my resignation, but for there to be a bypoll, it has to be accepted by the speaker first."”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 30 December 2017 2:43 ISTMust readVasundhara Raje ensures ‘smooth landing’ for PM Modi at BarmerNow, Veg khao, paisa bachao: Air India style<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Even as former minister of state for health and now independent MLA from Navalgarh, Rajkumar Sharma had announced his plan to register his protest against the Rajasthan government’s handling of the 12-day doctor strike, he could not see it to fruition as Assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal was not in Jaipur. According to the rules, a member can hand over their resignation only to the speaker.Assembly secretary Prithviraj was also not present as he was at an official exam to hire stenographers for the assembly. Sharma has now been asked to come in on Monday.”The speaker had left for Bhilwara early on Friday and will be back on Monday. I will meet him then and hand over my resignation,” said Sharma. He had reportedly come the Vidhan Sabha without a prior appointment with the speaker.Sharma continued his offensive against the health minister and demanded that Kalicharan Saraf should take moral responsibility for the 304 deaths that occurred during the strike and resign from his post.On the question of whether he would later contest the by-election, Sharma said, “I will submit my resignation, but for there to be a bypoll, it has to be accepted by the speaker first.”

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Rumour sparks tension in Rajasthan’s Sikar, roadways bus set on fire

Police has taken around 50 persons in custody. The situation is tense but under control. According to Dr Tejpal Singh Adl SP, Sikar "A person was injured in an accident with a bus. The crowd damaged the bus and set it on fire. The crowd also pelted stones at the police. Police resorted to lathicharge and tear gas. Around half a dozen persons including two policemen have been injured."”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 8:57 ISTMust readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassUP govt sends letter to Gorakhpur DM to withdraw 1995 case against Yogi Adityanath, 10 others<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Tension erupted in Rajasthan’s Sikar when a state roadways bus hit a motorcycle leaving the rider critically injured. Angry residents damaged torched the roadways bus, prompting the police to lob teargas shells.Around half a dozen persons including policemen have been injured in the incident.The incident took place when one Yunus Bhati got injured by a roadways bus. Soon, a rumour spread in the area that he got killed by the drunken driver of the roadways bus. A huge crowd gathered on the spot and started pelting stones at the bus. They also damaged several other vehicles and set the bus in fire.They also pelted stones at the police. Heavy reinforcement were called by the police to contain the situation. It took the police almost two hours to do so.Police has taken around 50 persons in custody. The situation is tense but under control. According to Dr Tejpal Singh Adl SP, Sikar “A person was injured in an accident with a bus. The crowd damaged the bus and set it on fire. The crowd also pelted stones at the police. Police resorted to lathicharge and tear gas. Around half a dozen persons including two policemen have been injured.”

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MLA to resign over Rajasthan doctors’ strike

Even as the Rajasthan government heaved a sigh of relief as the 12-day doctors’ strike finally ended on Wednesday, former minister of state for health and current independent MLA from Navalgarh, Rajkumar Sharma has announced that he will on Friday resign from the legislative Assembly as protest against the government’s handling of the strike. The BJP has termed Sharma’s action a ‘publicity stunt’.Sharma says he is protesting the government’s inaction in ending the doctors’ strike. Speaking to DNA, Sharma said, “The government and the health minister are responsible for the second round of the strike and subsequent deaths of the poor patients. What was the need for the minister to issue statements to antagonize the doctors and arbitarily transfer them? There were strikes even when we were in government, but we never abused the doctors,” he said.On Friday, Sharma plans to meet the assembly speaker to submit his resignation. “I will urge the speaker to seek permission from the Governor to call an assembly session for this issue. I will also ask that an FIR be registered against those responsible,” he added.However, dismissing his move, health minister Kalicharan Saraf said, “This is a publicity stunt. He wants to attract attention. Were there no doctors’ strikes during their government’s tenure? We ended the strike in 12 days; they took 14.”

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‘Kavi sammelan’ spreads cheer in jail

The courtyard at the Pratapgarh jail resonated with laughter, clapping for India. There was hearty singing of national songs too. No, it was neither Independence Day or Republic Day. The occasion was a ‘kavi sammelan’ organised for the inmates by the jail authorities as part of its efforts to initiate the inmates to the finer aspects of life.For over three hours, the prisoners listened in rapt attention to the poems of love and longing; as they wiped a tear or two in memory of those who awaited them outside the prison walls. They laughed out loud to the lightercreations and took avid interest in the poems about current issues like national security, Pakistan, Kashmir Ram Rahim and several social issues.The event organised on Monday morning was a part of the initiative by Pratapgarh jail authorities to introduce some fresh enthusiasm in the lives of the inmates. It was supported by the All India Human Rights MonitoringCommittee, Pratapgarh. There were total ten poets, four local and five from other states and one from Sharjah too.When contacted to perform in the jail, the poets were initially very apprehensive to be in the company of hardcore criminals. “My first reaction was of apprehension and fear. Performing for criminals for over four hourswas not a very comforting idea,” said Vijay Vidrohi, a local poet from Pratapgarh to DNA. “But it was an amazing experience! For four hours they were the best audience a performer can hope for. No one got up even to drinkwater,” added Vidrohi.Speaking to DNA Harish Vyas, another poet said, “I was very apprehension to perform in the jail. But it was an amazing experience. For three hours they were not inmates, they were poetry lovers. They were the best audience Ihave seen, which was very surprising for us. I would be willing to do it again in any jail.”The initiative was well received by the inmates.Inmates who had not been smiling for years were cheering and laughing at the performances. At the same time we had urged the poets to take up issues like cleanliness, national integration, Army and security personnel. They also delivered poems against liquor and crime,” informed Paras Jangid, jailer, Pratapgarh jail to DNA.

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Slaughter cow and get killed, BJP MLA warns

BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja has once again courted controversy by warning that those who smuggle and slaughter cows will be beaten up and killed. Ahuja was responding to a query about an alleged cow smuggling incident on Saturday, wherein villagers in Ramgarh, his constituency in Alwar district, thrashed a suspected cow smuggler.Ahuja’s threat came a day after he denied Saturday’s attack, insisting that the suspected cow smuggler suffered injuries after the vehicle he was travelling in overturned.Talking about his favourite topic, cows, Ahuja said, “Gautaskari karte hain, isliye maar khate hain. Maar khaane ke liye gaye hi kyon? Gautaskari karoge aur gaukashi karoge to yun hi maroge kyonki janta mein gay ke prati aastha hai.” (They get beaten up because they smuggle cows. Why did they do it?. People who smuggle and slaughter cows will get killed because people revere cows.)This is not the first time Ahuja has kicked up a storm.His statement against JNU students — that 3,000 used condoms, 2,000 empty liquor bottles, 10,000 cigarette butts and 4,000 beedi stubs are found in JNU every day — had created a major controversy, leaving his party red-faced and subject to severe ire, especially from JNU students.In another instance, Ahuja went on record to say that Pahlu Khan, who was lynched by cow vigilantes, had died of heart attack, even before his postmortem report was out. He had also claimed he was a ‘gaurakshak’ and his ‘men’ patrolled highways at night to ‘catch’ cow smugglers.Ahuja put his party men in another embarrassing situation when, during an interaction of BJP MLAs with national party president Amit Shah in Jaipur, he had asked Shah when the Ram temple would be constructed.

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HP’s next CM Jai Ram Thakur’s Jaipur connection unfolded

There is joy and celebration in the air. Thumping beat of the drum, happily dancing people and endless rounds of mithai are all indications of the joy the Rao family in Jhotwara feels as their son-in-law is all set to take charge as CM of Himachal Pradesh. The entire neighbourhood is celebrating because, for them, Jai Ram Thakur is Jijaji, the humble, affable and friendly son-in-law of the family who has a friendly smile and a warm word for all.Thakur was married to the daughter of veteran RSS leader from Jaipur, Shrinath Rao in 1995. The doyen leader who had joined Sangh in 1942, is now 87 and watches the celebration with a look of satisfaction. Speaking to DNA he said, “The ideology for which we struggled all our lives is being taken forward. It is heartening to see people who believe in the ideology for which we struggled all our lives taking up responsible positions across the country.” He then mumbled a few lines of a song, “Wo adhoori sadhna purn bas ho jaaye…”Thakur had lost his first election in 1993 by mere 400 votes. But he has been winning the same seat since 1998. He had been in contact with Narendra Modi when Modi was in charge of HP from 1997 to 2002. “The alliance between him and my sister Dr Sadhna was suggested by senior RSS leaders and had blessings of Sheshadri Ji,” recalls Pramod Rao, Thakur’s brother in law. “We had gone to Mandi for the wedding and all arrangements were made by his friends,” he adds. “My late mother was very apprehensive and sent my father to HP to check on the boy and the family. But over years he was her favourite jamai,” recalls Praveen Rao.Dr Vrinda Rao, the daughter in law of the family recalls, “My husband’s younger brother had a spinal injury and he was being treated at the ISIC, New Delhi. The family would sit and even sleep in the corridors on durries. Jai Ram Ji who was then a minister in HP would do the same. When the members of the staff hailing from HP came to know that it was their minister, they went out of their way to help us.”The children of the family though are a worried lot. Their favourite Phoopha Ji always take them out to watch movies, visit malls and tourist places whenever he came to Jaipur or they visited Shimla. But now they know he is poised for larger responsibilities, and they wonder if would be able to spare time for them.

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Cong fields Karan Singh Yadav from Alwar LS seat

The Congress has declared senior leader Karan Singh Yadav as its candidate for the bypolls to Alwar parliamentary seat. The decision was taken at a meeting held in Delhi on Sunday.Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pandey, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, co-incharge Devendra Yadav, AICC secretary Zuber Khan, former minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh and Alway Congress president Tikaram Julie were present. Around 30 party functionaries and persons who contested on the Congress ticket in last assembly elections were part of the deliberation meeting held at Pilot’s home.Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pandey communicated to them that Rahul Gandhi wished that Jitendra Singh did not fight elections, instead play a larger role in the functioning of the party in the crucial year before Lok Sabha polls. Pandey then proposed senior local leader Dr Karan Singh’s name as candidate.While there has been no official declaration of the candidature, the state Congress has released a statement about the decision.Dr Karan Singh is a senior cardiologist and is a two time MLA and one-time MP from Alwar. He has held the post of the national president of the Yadav Samaj and enjoys immense respect and goodwill in the area.By selecting Yadav, Congress hopes to cash on several factors. Most importantly it hopes to dig a huge chunk into the dominant Yadav vote bank of Alwar. It is also banking on the sizeable Meo and Meena vote bank. “We hope to use our senior leader Zuber Khan, former MLA from Ramgarh, to consolidate the Meo vote in favour of Congress. The Meena vote has been with us even during Modi wave. The Congress had a lead of around 40 thousand in the Meena belt of Rajgarh in 2014,” said a senior Congressman who did not wish to be named.Another Congress leader added, “There was demand from party rank that Bhanwar Jitendra be fielded. But the party leadership is not keen on fielding either Bhanwar Jitendra or Sachin Pilot from Alwar and Ajmer respectively. They felt it would be a tactical mistake as both have a larger role to play in the forthcoming state elections.”

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Rajasthan: 32 killed as bus falls into river

At least 32 people were killed on Saturday when a private bus fell into Banas river from a nearly 100- foot high bridge in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, police said. The bus was ferrying passengers from Lal Soth to Sawai Madhopur.Injured passeners have been rushed to a nearby hospital. District officials are supervising the resuce operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his condolences to the families of the affected.Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje also tweeted that the state government has been closely monitoring the situation and rescue operations are on.Congress president Rahul Gandhi has tweeted, “Saddened by the tragedy. My condolences are with the families of the deceased. I would appeal to the state government to offer immediate help to the affected.”Fog is believed to be the cause of the accident. Despite it being Saturday, there were many passengers on the bus who were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour. “There were around 50 passengers in the bus. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals,” a senior police officer said.The bus had left Sawai Madhopur at 5 am. After breaking the railing of the bridge the bus fell into the river at around 6 am. Passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Several of them were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, Police said.

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Anti-Salman Khan protests hit Rajasthan over Valmiki remark

Rajasthan on Friday witnessed protests against actor Salman Khan as posters of his upcoming film Tiger Zinda Hai were torn off from several cinema halls across the state. The protesters from the Valmiki community were up in arms against the actor for using a pejorative against the community in a television interview and even burnt his effigy while demanding an apology from him. In response, the morning shows of the film were cancelled at a few cinema halls in Jaipur.Members of the Valmiki community, who are even protesting against Shilpa Shetty Kundra for using similar phrases in a recently surfaced interview from a few years ago, also staged protests in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Behrore, Nasirabad, Churu and Dausa.An FIR was lodged against Salman and Shilpa at the Kotwali thana in Churu under the SC/ST Act of the IPC. Investigating officer DySP Hukum Singh confirmed that a case has been registered and said that action will be taken in accordance to law.In Jaipur, the protesters ripped off Tiger Zinda Hai’s posters at Rajmandir and Ankur theatre. Following this, the police took around 18 people into custody. Police protection has been deployed at several cinema halls where the film is being screened.Protesters in Udaipur have submitted a memorandum to the police and demanded a case be registered against Salman and Shilpa. “We are deeply hurt by Salman’s statement. He is a star and has die-hard fans, even in our community. Such derogatory language should not be used. He must apologize. We will continue with our agitation,” said Pankaj Valmiki, former national president of Akhil Bharteey Valmiki Chetna Manch.Vikram Valmiki, state president, Valmiki Sena said, “We will continue with our protest till Salman apologises. We have no issues with the film. There will be a meeting of the representatives of the community to chalk out future planFIR LODGEDProtests were staged in Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Behrore, Nasirabad, Churu and Dausa An FIR was lodged against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra at the Kotwali thana in Churu under the SC/ST Act

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2 held for Robert Vadra-linked Bikaner land scam case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) took into custody two persons, one of them with connections to Skylight Hospitality, a company linked to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, in the Bikaner 374 hectare land scam case on Friday. The two persons — Jaiprakash Bagarwa and Ashok Kumar — were arrested from Kolayat in Bikaner late on Thursday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The land scam case was registered in 2015. Confirming the arrests, sources in the ED said Ashok Kumar is a close associate of Mahesh Nagar the authorised representative of Skylight Hospitality that purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh.It then sold it for Rs 5.15 crore to Allegeny Finlease, earning massive profits. Bagarwa and Kumar allegedly knew about the fraudulent nature of the land deals. Kumar is also an accused in cases filed by the Rajasthan government.The duo were first taken to the PMLA court where the judge was absent and hence were further referred to a special court.The ED told the court that the two had not been cooperating with the investigators despite being served with several notices. It sought a 10-day remand, but the court granted them eight days’ custody, till December 30.The ED also told the court that the two have the power of attorney of many lands whose ownership is being investigated. Many lands have been transferred several times to many fictitious persons. Many people who have supposedly bought the lands do not have the financial status to do so, the agency informed the court.It also said that in many cases, money had been transferred many months and, in some cases, several years before the transfer of titles.In 2015, the ED registered a case under the PMLA after taking cognizance of an FIR lodged by a local tehsildar on alleged forgery. The agency also attached assets worth Rs 1.18 crore belonging to government employees.The ED had issued notices to the firm associated with Vadra, but had not mentioned Vadra or any company associated with him in the FIR.The Rajasthan government had in January 2015 cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the revenue department claimed to have found fraudulent allotments in the name of illegal persons.The case filed by the Rajasthan government relates to the land across 34 villages of Bikaner that was to be given to persons whose land was acquired for the expansion of Army’s firing range. Instead of the beneficiaries, the land was grabbed by illegal persons through forged documents. This was then purchased by firms linked to Vadra and later sold at huge profit.

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Memorial to martyr unveiled, kin await relief

A war memorial to Sepoy Dharma Ram, Shaurya Chakra (posthumous) was unveiled at the Taratara village of Barmer district. Sepoy Dharma Ram of 1 Rashtriya Rifles, had laid down his life while fighting terrorists in Kulgam district of Jammu & Kashmir on May 25, 2015. He was hit by 25 bullets. Dharma Ram had been awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously in 2016.A large number of local residents were present at the unveiling ceremony of the memorial, built at the home town of Sepoy Dharma Ram, with the help of local residents. The martyr’s family was also present on the occasion. Addressing the public, General Bipin Rawat the Army Chief expressed gratitude to the local people gathered on the occasion and said that the Army would soon hold a recruitment rally in the area. “The youth of Barmer have exhibited extreme bravery and valour in the Army. We hope that more brave youth from the area join the Army to make it stronger.” Praising the martyr, the Army Chief said that Dharma Ram had taken part in many operations against terrorists. He laid down his life in Kulgam after neutralising the district commander of Lashkar. He assured that the family of Dharma Ram has been given all facilities. His children would be given good education and his little child would get admission in military school. The martyr’s family however was of a different view. His wife Timo Devi alleged that they had received assurances, not assistance. They are still facing a problem of basic facilities, she said. Timo Devi said she is well educated and needs a job to support her family. Dharma Ram is survived by his 75-year-old mother, wife Timo Devi and two children. Also present on the occasion were , Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Dewan Rabindranath Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and Lieutenant General RK Jagga, General Officer Commanding, Konark Corps. The event was attended by a large number of local residents. Local parliamentarian Col Sonaram was also present.

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Rajasthan High Court notice to Centre over curbs on condom ads on TV

The Rajasthan High Court in Jaipur has issued a show cause notice to the Center for issuing an advisory to broadcasters about not telecasting and airing condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajong and Justice DC Somani issued the notices.Counsel for litigant, Prateek Kasliwal, told DNA, “Notices have been issued to two ministries, namely the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Ministry of Health to respond within eight weeks. They have been asked as to why the advisory should not be annulled on account of being arbitrary.”The said advisory had been issued citing exposure of children to explicit material and advertisements.The notices have been issued on a petition filed by an NGO called Global Alliance for Human Health, alleging that the action of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is against the interest of public.It also alleges that it vindicates the hypocritical approach wherein the government, on one hand, promotes awareness about family planning, AIDS and STD; and on the other hand, it obstructs dissemination of condom advertisements which are crucial for family planning, decreasing abortion deaths, and spreading awareness about HIV-AIDS and STDs.A copy of the PIL available with DNA further reads that children and adolescents must know about safe sex and be given sex education.The petition questioned the rationale of the advisory, “There is no iota of reason as to how an advertisement for condom is an unhealthy practice,” reads the PIL. “The same has also been interpreted wrong by the respondent as it would be creating unhealthy/indecent/undignified impression over children which would promote unhealthy/indecent/undignified practices among them, whereas the respondent, with all due respect, has ignored the vulnerable and major group of adolescents who require knowledge of sex education.”

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Jaipur local polls land in Cong’s lap

Even as the euphoria of the Gujarat Assembly election results is settling, the Rajasthan BJP has been dealt a reality check in the form of local body polls that were swept by Congress.The four district council (zila parishad) seats at Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli were all won by the Congress with decent margins. Of the 27 panchayat samiti members, 16 went into the Congress kitty, while the BJP could only bag 10. Out of 14 urban local body seats, 7 were bagged by the Congress and 6 by BJP.Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot termed the results as a “moral defeat” of the “corrupt” Vasundhara Raje government. “The BJP government in Rajasthan has not worked to the aspirations of the people. There is widespread corruption, unemployment and inflation under this regime. The government is pretending to hold Jan Sunvais just to get through the bypolls. Over the last four years, the Congress has worked consistently as an opposition and raised the issues of the public. Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Congress will ensure BJP’s defeat,” said Pilot.The frontal attack has not only put the ruling BJP in a defensive position, but also made it concerned about the forthcoming bypolls. Two parliamentary and one Assembly seat have fallen vacant due to the demise of members, and the BJP is now concerned about its poll prospects at the fag end of this government’s tenure. It has also raised doubts about the party’s ability to retain the three seats.

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Gujarat poll results a wake up call for BJP in Rajasthan

Gujarat results may be reckoned as the wake up alarm for the BJP government in Rajasthan. Internal party conflicts, caste conflicts, reservation issues, resentment of various government employees, angst of the youth and farmers, rise in women related crimes coupled with a work system of bureaucracy dominating legislative representatives have created a potent mix that could spell trouble for the governnment next year. These problems are not just for chief minister Vasundhara Raje but for BJP in totality. It cannot be refuted that for BJP, the 2019 route to Delhi passes through Rajasthan and it needs to clear hurdle 2018, the state elections.The state government is already skating on thin ice. The issues that prove to be contentious are plenty.The most crucial problem is the widespread resentment among the party cadre on various factors. Dominance of bureaucracy and neglect of legislators is a major factor, “We connect to the people and for that we need to have rights,” said an anguished MLA of BJP. Their inaccessibility to CM and party chief, coupled with total centralisation of decisions spells big trouble in the coming assembly polls. “I am the state head of a party cell and I do not have the liberty to decide my team,” said a party functionary on condition of anonymity.Government employees and doctors who are present in the remotest areas are an angry lot. Rajputs, Brahmins, Gurjars and Jats are at war with the government for various reasons including reservation. Farmers seek loan waivers, a burning political issue constantly being put on back burner.Incidents of communal violence and hate crimes are creating communal unrest. Add to it the slack handling of cases related to cow vigilantism. These are problems from its own fold, add to it the opposition that is baying for blood and all set to claim the state. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who has had a dress rehearsal for poll campaign in Gujarat, BJP’s woes automatically multiply.It is an irrefutable fact that the war of 2019 to capture Delhi cannot be won if the battle of 2018 in Rajasthan is lost. The state having a history of never repeating a government. This creates a situation for the BJP, at all levels to use all resources at hand to win the state.

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Panther that attacked 5 still on prowl

The villagers of Samdari in Barmer district are a worried lot. For the last five days a panther has created panic in the area and has injured five persons. A forest department team from Jodhpur tried to tranquilize the panther but it managed to get away. An unruly crowd had pelted stones at the animal that caused it to attack and injure five persons, one seriously. The animal then managed to get away in the dark. The incident is yet another one in the ongoing man-animal territorial conflict.The forest team returned to Jodhpur on Saturday night as they are of the opinion that the panther has moved into the ravines that are its natural habitat. But the villagers are a worried lot as they fear that the panther could move into habitation and attack again. The area where the panther has been sighted is close to Kumbhalgarh Sanctury of Pali.The panther was first seen near Samdari village on Wednesday night, then near Bamseen Tedha on Thursday. On Friday afternoon locals informed officials about panther’s presence near Devaliyali village. A large crowd had gathered there. Officers from the local administration were present during the operation, but there was no effort by the local administration to control the crowd.”We fired a tranquilizer dart at the panther, but it ran and hid in an arandi (castor) grove. We were in the process of firing the second dart when the crowd there started pelting stones. We tried to stop them but they did not listen. The semi-tranquilized panther leapt out and attacked the crowd,” Dr Shravan Singh Rathore, senior wildlife veterinary officer, Machiya Biological Park, Jodhpur, told DNA.”We tracked the animal the entire night on Saturday. A cage with a bait was also set up, but the panther did not get lured,” Umrav Singh, forester Sivana told DNA. Panther pugmarks have been sighted near Deora village on Sunday too.Meanwhile, both hands of Sivana resident Dalaram were badly injured in the panther attack. Four others, including Surendra Singh Sodha, have sustained minor injuries.

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Rajasthan HC sets guidelines for religious conversion

A double bench at the Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur has issued guidelines that religious conversion would be possible only after a mandatory intimation and clearance by the district collector, SDM, SDO. The guidelines were set while hearing a habeas corpus case of 22-year-old Payal aka Areefa who had converted to Islam after she married a certain Faiz Modi.This declaration of conversion was done on a ten rupee stamp paper. The court observed that merely declaring on a stamp paper that an individual is converting religion would not be considered legally valid. This guideline would remain effective till the Rajasthan Dharma Swatantraya Bill 2007, which is pending for the last 11 years, is cleared.Hearing the petition Justices GK Vyas and VK Mathur issued the guidelines. The court ordered that anyone who wants to convert will have to inform the district collector in writing. This information, including his name, address and details about the sought conversion would be displayed on the notice board at the collectorate.Once the application has been filed, after 21 days the applicant can appear before the district collector, SDM, SDO and explain reasons for the conversion. The guidelines said that objections would also be recorded. The court clarified that in case this procedure was not adopted then marriages performed after conversion would not be considered valid. The court further said that the person seeking conversion would have to confirm before the DM, SDM, SDO that he had faith in the religion he was converting to.

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Chennai cop gunned down by robbers in Pali

Periya Pandi, a police inspector from Chennai was shot dead by robbers early Wednesday morning at a shutdown brick kiln in Ramavas village of Pali district. The robbers he was trying to nab shot him with his own service revolver. Pandi was reportedly in Pali to nab a gang of burglars who had stolen gold, silver and cash from a jewellery shop in Chennai in November.Periya Pandi was from the Maduravoli police station. The accused Nathuram Jat and his accomplices had been traced to be the residents of Ramavas village of Pali district in Rajasthan. The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday at Ramavas village in Jaitaran area of Pali district. The seven-member Chennai police team had received information that the accused were hiding in a closed down brick klin. The team of Chennai police had seven members; 2 inspectors, 2 sub-inspectors and three constables. Two waited in their vehicle while five went into the kiln.The Tamil Nadu police managed to nab the accused and were taking him out towards their vehicle when they were attacked by the family of the accused. Four of the policemen managed to get out of the kiln, but Pandi could not get away.The accused reportedly pulled out Pandi’s revolver from the holster and shot at him. Jat managed to get away. The injured inspector of Chennai was taken to the hospital at Jaitaran, but he died on the way. One other policeman has sustained minor injuries. According to SP Pali, Deepak Bhargava, “The team from Chennai was in Jaitaran for last two days. They had contacted the local police about their presence, but left for Ramavas village late Tuesday without informing us.”“The team was looking for Nathuram Jat who is wanted for a burglary that took place in Chennai on November 16. The robbers had got away with 3.5 kg gold, 5 kg silver and 2 lakh cash,” said Bhargava“One shot was fired and we have recovered the bullet shell. Prima facie we can say that the bullet entered Pandi’s body from under the right arm and exited the body from under the left arm,” said Bhargava. On receiving the information, local police reached the spot. Blockades have been ordered in the district to nab the accused. The body of the deceased officer has been taken to Jodhpur for post-mortem. It is expected to be flown to Chennai tomorrow.

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Chennai: Inspector shot dead by robbers in Pali

Periya Pandi, a police inspector from Chennai, was shot dead by robbers early today morning in Jaitaran of Pali district. He was shot by the robbers by his own service revolver. Pandi was reportedly in Pali to nab a gang of burglars who had stolen gold from a jewellery shop in Chennai in November. Periya Pandi was from the Maduravoli police station. The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday at Ramavas village in Jaitaran area of Pali district. The Chennai police had information that the accused were hiding in a closed down brick kiln. The team of Chennai police had seven members. Two waited in their vehicle while five went into the klim. The police had a scuffle with the familiy of the robbers. They managed to nab the accused and were taking him out towards their vehicle when the accused pulled out Paandi’s revolver from the hostler and shot at him and managed to get away. The injured inspector of Chennai was taken to the hospital at Jaitaran, but he died on the way. As per reports from police sources, the team from Chennai had not informed the local police and not asked for any reinforcements. The burglary had taken place in Kolathur Jewellery shop 3.5 kg gold was burgled by the robbers after drilling a hole in the ceiling of the jewellery shop. The accused Nathuram Jat and his accomplices had been traced to be the residents of Ramavas village of Pali district in Rajasthan. Pali SP Deepak Bhargav has reached the spot and is taking stock of the situation. Blocades have beeen ordered in the district to nab the accused. Body of the deceased officer has been taken to the mortuary at the local government hospital.

I have a deep unshakeable bond with Rajasthan: Vasundhara Raje

Q: Looking back how would you evaluate the four years ? How satisfied are you with your performance ?A: Four years is a very short period. I cannot say I am satisfied, it is work in progress. We have done some good work and with the continuation of programmes you will see Rajasthan upwardly mobile. We inherited a shaky economy. The four years have been used to change despondence to hope because of opportunities.Q: You got a brute majority; how far have you been successful in fulfiling the expectations of the people ? A: My connect with the people is constant. Our programmes and their implementation have been for the benefit of all sections. Going digital with our schemes is a major achievement. We are giving rations through POS machines, Bhamashah Swasthya Beema Yojna has helped provide better health care. The Mukhymantri Jal Swavlamban Yojna has been a success story that is heartening. People have come forward to support it. At the same time we have launched intra state air connectivity. Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Kota, Ajmer are connected through air. The list can go on. Q: How many announcements that made have been completed ? What is your biggest success ? What achievements can you cite ?A: We did not make enormous announcements. We have some 10-15 flagship schemes that are aimed to benefit the common people. We are assiduously following their implementation. The Bhamashah Yojna, Annapurna, Nyay Aaapke Dwar and Rajshri are schemes that have reached out to people to make a difference. Our programmes have been covering the various stages where state intervention is required to provide necessary support and bring the needy under state intervention.The schemes are also very encompassing. For example; A woman gets vaccinations when she is expecting a baby; the baby too gets vaccinated; the girl child gets financial benefit on completing school; scooties are provided to assist movement to education places. Over a span of several years these focused interventions through programmes bring concrete positive results. Q: What can one expect from the 5th Budget of this tenure ? What populistic works will be done keeping the election in mind ? A: In the next budget, announcements will be minimalised. The budget will be about implementations. We will use the money to complete pending works. Our focus will on delivery. Q: Don’t you think hate crime incidents like the Rajsamand put forward need for tightening up of law and order situation ? A: I condem such acts. We will not tolerate them. Immediate action was taken in the Rajsamand case, and let me tell you, all people irrespective of their caste community are equal before us. Q: What would you consider is the biggest achievement of this tenure ?A: The contact that has been established with the people is a major achievement. I have been meeting people through the Mukhymantri Jansamwad Karyakram and hearing them first hand. It is a learning experience. Action is being taken on spot. The Jhunjhunu ration issue is a very recent example. The message has gone out that those not performing duties will be penalized.Q: But is not too late?A: We started with Sarkaar Aapke Dwar, but that was too huge. We trimmed it to Aapka Zila Aapki Sarkaar. We further trimmed it to Mukhymantri Jansamwad where I myself go to a district for three days and sort out people’s problems at hand. Now only 17 districts are to be visited. I am enjoying it as I am meeting people personally and solving their problems.Q: When is Prime minister expected to lay foundation stone for the refinery?A: We have requested for the Prime Minister’s time and we expect him to come in January.Q: The government is facing litigations related to decisions that should have been taken; for example the one about vacant posts in the boards and commissions. When will they be filled ?A: We have been making appointments. But this is a continuous process. The posts that remain vacant will be filled soon.Q: Is there any chance of next edition of Resurgent Rajasthan in last year of your government?A: In my first stint as chief minister I made mistake by holding the event in 2008 which was last year of the government. So the succeeding government scrapped the MoU signed in the event. In the current tenure the event was organized in 2015 so the MoUs could be implemented. Now see the result we are implementing them successfully. So, no Resurgent Rajasthan this year.Q: Doctors are agitating, Government employees are striking over pay commission implementation. Why is this not being addressed?A: In a democracy all have a right to put across their opinion. But doctors have to address their human responsibilities too. As for the employees they are our backbone and I have always been with them, even during the implementation of the sixth pay commission. As a part of our family, they But they too will have to understand our financial conditions.Q: There have been several communal incidents across the state what is the reason? A: The government is committed to control all such incidents immediately. The police has done a good job in containing the incidents. I congratulate the police.Q: Cow vigilantism and crimes related to cattle smuggling are on the rise. What is the reason?A: We do not support any illegal acts. Action will be taken against all wrong doers. We are committed to this and it reflects in the action we have taken.Q: Padmavati controversy has prompted you to ban the film in the state. How fair is it?A: Padmini is an issue of pride not just for Rajasthan but for the entire country. We support an artist’s right to expression, but injury to our dignity will not be accepted. We have merely respected public sentiment.Q: There is much talk about you not sharing cordial relations with the Centre and also about you being called to the Centre. What is the truth ?A: Rajasthan is surging ahead and scaling new heights of progress. As for having a troubled relation with the Centre; even I hear such talks. I heard it all through last tenure and all these four years. But, see I have a deep unshakable bond with Rajasthan. That cannot be severed. And my efforts will be for the betterment of the people of the State. Q: What is the government’s intent on loan waiver to farmers?A: We are committed to supporting farmers. A committee has been set up that is in the process of studying various models of loan waivers in different states. On basis of their report we will work out the waiver. Q: What are the expectations from the bypolls ?A: We continue to be tested and I believe we will return in these areas.Q: Congress has turned out to be a formidable opponent in Gujarat. Who will win the Gujarat, Rajasthan next year and the Parliamentary polls after that ?A: Undoubtedly we will win in Gujarat and Rajasthan and form a government again at the Centre.

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We will not tolerate acts like Rajasamand: Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been in the public eye of late, especially after controversies over ‘Padmavati’ and the Rajsamand hacking of a Muslim man. DNA’s Sangeeta Pranvendra speaks to the CM as she enters the final year of her term. Edited excerpts:Looking back, how satisfied are you with your performance?Four years is a very short period. I cannot say I am satisfied, it is a work in progress. We have done some good work and with the continuation of programmes you will see Rajasthan upwardly mobile. We inherited a shaky economy. The four years have been used to change despondence to hope because of opportunities.What can one expect from the 5th Budget of this tenure?In the next budget, announcements will be minimised, it will be about implementation. Our focus will on delivery. Don’t hate crime incidents like in Rajsamand highlight the need for sprucing up the law-and-order situation?I condemn such acts. We will not tolerate them. Immediate action was taken in the Rajsamand case, and let me tell you, all people irrespective of their caste community are equal before us.Doctors are agitating, govt employees are striking over pay commission implementation. Why is this not being addressed?In a democracy all have a right to put across their opinion. But doctors have to address their human responsibilities too. As for the employees, they are our backbone and I have always been with them. But they too will have to understand our financial condition.There have been several communal incidents across the state…The government is committed to control all such incidents immediately. The police has done a good job in containing the incidents. I congratulate the police.Padmavati controversy has prompted you to ban the film in the state. How fair is this?Padmini is an issue of pride not just for Rajasthan but for the entire country. We support an artist’s right to expression, but injury to our dignity will not be accepted. We have merely respected public sentiment.

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DNA THEME: Rajasthan Goonj in Gujarat

Gujarat polls will soon come to an end; phase one of the polls is over and as dates for the second phase draw closer, there is a mad scramble among the politicians of Rajasthan to reach the neighbouring state and be seen campaigning.This urge to temporarily move westwards is equally palpable in Congress and the BJP. This is probably the first time that Rajasthani politicians have descended in such large numbers to campaign in Gujarat. If one were to think that the khadi brigade is going all out to ensure victory for their respective parties; reconsider it. Gujarat elections are the easy and timely means Rajasthan politicians can use to pave smoother paths for themselves in the Assembly polls slated to be held next year.What makes Gujarat elections more important for the politicos of Rajasthan is the spiced up fight due to the presence of Rahul Gandhi and first time not having Narendra Modi as rallying point. Claims to contributing towards a win would surely go a long way. From BJP, ministers from the centre and state along with MPs, MLAs and party functionaries are keen to walk the extra mile to escort candidates filing nominations, for campaigning in rallies and are even going door-to-door to distribute voter slips. According to a BJP leader who did not wish to be named, “These elections are vital and party president Amit Shah is closely monitoring them. His is the best opportunity to mark one’s presence.”For Congress, the Rajasthan connect gets stronger as former CM Ashok Gehlot, a maverick politician is the closest aide Rahul Gandhi has kept all through the campaign. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot too pitched his weight in the campaign. The grand old party has sent present and former MLAs, former MPs and senior functionaries. Also they have focused on calling leaders from Bikaner, Jodhpur and tribal districts of Mewar to tap the locals settled in Gujarat.WHAT THEY HOPE TO REAPIt would not be incorrect to say that political battles of Rajasthan are being fought on Gujarat turf. The battles are for supremacy over rivals, gaining favour of party supremos and most importantly to use the time and effort invested to reap political security and favours for themselves next year. Winning has its own pleasures, but irrespective of which party wins or loses Gujarat, the Rajasthanis are fighting a totally different battle.POLITICIANS FROM BJPOm Mathur Ashok Parnami Gulab Chand Kataria Kiran Maheshwari Om Birla CP Joshi Gajendra Singh PP Choudhry CR Choudhry Ramcharan Bohra Arun Chaturvedi Devji Patel Rajendra Rathore Mohanlal Gupta Bhajan Lal Sharma POLITICIANS FROM CONGRESSAshok Gehlot- Former CM Sachin Pilot – PCC chief Rameshwar Dudi- Leader of Opposition Govind Dotasra – chief whip Rajkumar Sharma – Former minister B D Kalla – Former minister & PCC Chief Dr Chandrabhan- Former minister & PCC Chief Mahendra Jeet Malviya – Former minister Rajendra Pareek- Former minister Ashok Chandna- MLA Dheeraj Gurjar- MLA Bhanwar Singh Bhati- MLA Darshan Singh- MLA Mevaram Jain- MLA Jakir Hussain- Former MLA

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Cong sees red in Centre promoting books on Deen Dayal

The Congress is up in arms against the BJP for propagating its ideology at the cost of the exchequer. The matter that has brought the party to boil is a set of 15 books on BJP founder member Deen Dayal Upadhyay, sent to all legislators and parliamentarians.The set of books titled, Deen Dayal Vangmay, has been authored by Dr Mahesh Chandra Sharma, former MP and chairman of Research and Development Foundation for Integral Humanism. It is priced at Rs 6,000.Leader of opposition in Rajasthan assembly Rameshwar Dudi on Friday called a hurried press conference and accused the BJP government at the Centre of trying to impose the ideology of Deen Dayal Upadhyal.Questioning the role of Upadhyay in nation building Dudi said, “He was neither a freedom fighter nor did he play any role in nation building. Why is his thought being imposed.”Dudi also objected to the content of the reading material, “The content of the book is controversial and aimed at projecting Congress leaders in bad light.” Dudi accused the ruling party of celebrating the birth centenary year of its leader through its infrastructure and resources. “Indira Gandhi centenary year was not celebrated in a big way by the BJP government despite the fact that she plays an important role in the nation’s development,” Dudi said.Reacting sharply to Dudi’s accusations, BJP leader and chairman of the state finance commission, Dr Jyoti Kiran told DNA, “Thinking elements are disappearing from political debate so it is all the more important that political practitioners invest in political thinkers like Upadhyay, who have formidable stature on propagating Integral Humanism (Ekatm Manavvaad).”Why should the government not invest on Upadhyay literature. Culture of political tolerance is ending. We need to invest in diverse political thought,” said Jyoti Kiran.Several Congress MLAs confirmed to DNA that they have received the books. BJP legislators were not willing to confirm or comment.Incidentally, the same set of books had been in the eye of a storm some time back when the education department of the Rajasthan government issued instructions to all schools to purchase the set for their libraries.MLAS CONFIRM ITSeveral Congress MLAs confirmed to DNA of receiving the books. BJP legislators were not however willing to confirm or comment.

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Gujarat-bound illegal liquor worth Rs 2 crore seized in Rajasthan

A large cache of illegal liquor was seized in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. Around 3000 cartons of liquor worth over Rs 2 crore, have been seized by the police from a shut-down factory. According to official sources, the liquor of different brands and made in different states was to be smuggled into Gujarat.The Rajasthan police had been running a drive over the last 15 days against illegal liquor. Acting on information by Manoj Samaria, acting CI, Dungarpur, the police raided a shut-down soap stone factory under the Bachiwala thana area and found the liquor loaded on various vehicles, ready to be sent out.One person by the name of Rajendra has been arrested while others managed to get away.Police has confiscated thirteen vehicles; three trucks, one Bolero pickup, one Magic tempo, one Tata 407, two Eicher mini trucks, four motorcycles and one scooty.Also readPhase 1 voting today, BJP hopes to grab early initiative in South Gujarat and SaurashtraThe 3000 cartons contained IMFL made in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Arunachal Pradesh and banned in Rajasthan. It is estimated to be worth Rs 2 crore.The raid was carried out under the supervision of Dungarpur SP Shankar Dutt Sharma and DSP Ramjilal Chandel.

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Reel to real: How a south Indian movie gave shoe-tastic idea to this Rajasthan lineman!

Films imitate life or is it vice versa? If the linemen of the electricity department at Bhilwara are to be believed films have given them a brilliant idea to make their job easier. A scene from a south Indian dubbed film had a man climbing a pole with fabricated iron shoes that could be fixed on the pole.One of the linemen working with the Ajmer Discom at Bhilwara saw it and decided to get similar shoes fabricated to end his pole climbing woes. What is the linemen’s problem – The linemen have to climb poles to rectify faults which necessitates carrying a ladder, that further makes presence of two employees necessary so that the ladder can be carried. Once the lineman climbs the ladder, he needs to use one hand to keep his balance and connection with the pole. It further necessitates a vehicle to carry the ladder. When linemen travel to distant rural areas, they have to hire ladders. How the shoes were fabricated – The linemen went to a local ironsmith and got the shoes fabricated. That too at a cost below Rs 500. The plastic shoes to be worn with then came at Rs 400 approximately. So at a nominal cost, the linemen were all set to climb poles much like spidermen. The fame of the shoes spread across villages and now linemen in 25 panchayats of Bhilwara are using the shoes to make their job easier. “We climb up the poles in a jiffy. Can travel to the location on motorcycles. The shoes are a boon,” said Sakruddin, a lineman. But there is a catch to the innovative shoes; iron is a bad conductor and linemen are at a risk. But as it is not an official contraption, the department is legally not responsible. According to official sources, “The linemen are doing it on their own. The department has not issued the shoes or asked them to use them. There is a risk of electrocution.” The linemen have a philosophical view, “The poles are made of cement and so are safe. As for the electricity wires, we are at risk even when using the ladders.” said Vinod Jat, a lineman. The electricity department has however, not issued any advisory or instructions about the possible risk of using the shoes.
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Deadline by NGT ends today

With deadline issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to recover a penalty from illegal sand crushers coming to an end on Thursday, the local administration at Kotputli tehsil along the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway has swung into action to attach the properties of the people involved. The 134 offenders had to deposit a penalty of Rs 10 lakh each, as the penalty to replenish the green cover they have damaged. Or else their property would be attached and auctioned.This action is in compliance with the NGT order is case number 116/2013 against illegal sand crushers. It had been filed by activist Nityendra Manav of Jeevan Bachao Aandolan against Rajasthan government. The NGT had on November 6, 2017, sought compliance with its order and decided December 7, 2017, as the date for ensuring compliance.Speaking to DNA, Jaipur collector Sidharth Mahajan said, “Attachment of moveable and immovable property of these offenders is being done under the Public Demand Recovery (PDR) Act. We are also making lien entry in revenue records so that the land cannot be sold or mortgaged.” “We are also writing to banks to not provide loans against these lands,” confirmed Mahajan to DNA.Further, seven illegal stone mines have been shut down in Kalyanpura village of Kotputli tehsil and a penalty of 212 crores slapped on them. Also, the police force has been deployed in the Buchara village to check illegal mining and crushers. This action is being taken to comply orders of NGT in case number 45/2017 also by Manav. These villages had been identified as having the largest number of illegal stone mines and crushers.NGT has sought a list of those engaged in legal mining and stone quarry with their environment clearance (EC). As per NGT, now all engaged in mining would have to make roads from the mines to the closest government roads and plant trees on both sides.Speaking to DNA, petitioner Nityendra Manav said, “The entire area of Kotputli has been ransacked by illegal mining. The NGT has taken a very welcome step. Especially, replenishing the green cover at the cost of the offenders and also asking them to make roads.” “The damage is irreparable, we hope it can be contained,” Manav told DNA.The shutdownThis action is in compliance with the NGT order is case number 116/2013 against illegal sand crushers.7 illegal stone mines have been shut down in Kalyanpura village of Kotputli tehsil
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WhatsApp admin gets anticipatory bail from Rajasthan HC for objectionable posts by a member

The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief.

According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 5 December 2017 16:05 ISTMust readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open Don’t know anyone by name of Shehzad Poonawalla: Tehseen disowns his own brother<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The admin of a WhatsApp group escaped arrest when he was granted anticipatory bail by the Rajasthan High Court. An FIR was lodged against the admin of the group at Jaisalmer under sections of IPC and IT ACT, holding him responsible for objectionable posts by a member of the group against a woman. The member was also mentioned in the FIR. When the admin was denied bail at the local court he moved High Court at Jodhpur and was granted anticipatory bail. The court observed that he was not responsible for the posts made by others. The group admin, Mahendra Garg, a resident of Jaisalmer, had created a WhatsApp group that had people from his community as members. On June 21 one of the members Brijendra Garg posted some photographs and comments against a 24 year old woman. He alleged that the lady was married previously but has again remarried, without divulging details of the past. Brijendra mocked both the husband and wife on the WhatsApp group. Subsequently, on June 25 an FIR was filed by the lady not only against Brijendra, who had posted on the group, but also Mahendra who is the admin of the group under section 509 IPC and Sec 67 of IT Act. They were accused of violating a woman’s modesty and publishing obscene material in electronic form. The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief. According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.
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India, UK armies begins Ajeya Warrior ’17

Ajeya Warrior 2017 — the two-week-long joint training exercise between the Indian and the British Army — began on Friday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.Conducted in the backdrop of UN mandate of anti-terrorism, the joint exercise started with a sombre, impressive opening ceremony. It started with an address by Lt Colonel Sangram Yadav and Major David Granfield. They gave a brief of the events that would comprise the two-week exercise scheduled to be held from December 1 to 14.According to sources, both India and UK are facing the scourge of terrorism and have joined hands to participate in this combined military exercise. The exercise will see the two forces carrying out multiple tactical maneuvers jointly to hone their skills. They will understand each others’ concept of anti terrorist operations and imbibe the adaptable aspects. The troops will jointly patrol and lay ambush in a simulated terrorist infested environment.The training contingent comprises one company each from the Indian Army and the British Army. Approximately 120 personnel each from the 20th Battalion of The Rajputana Rifles from the Indian Army and The Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.Both the forces have vast experience in the field of anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism. While Indian troops bring on table their experiences in Sri Lanka and Jammu and Kashmir, the 1st Battalion of Royal Anglian Regiment boasts of vast experience operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha, said, “The exercise will be conducted in multiple modes to achieve complete integration. It also aims to enhance inter-operability while sharing skills and experiences.”Ajey Warrior 2017 is the third joint biannual Indo-UK war exercise. The first exercise was conducted in Belgaum Karnataka in 2013. The second exercise was in 2015 in UK.
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State Gurjar leaders in Gujarat to support Hardik Patel

The Gurjar leaders of Rajasthan, who are engaged in a long standing battle with the state government for reservation are busy camping in Gujarat. They plan to garner support by extending support. There are leaders from Madhya Pradesh too who are slugging it out for Hardik Patel.This is not the first time close affiliation has been seen between the Gurjars and the Patidar leader. Hardik had active support from Gurjars of Rajasthan during the Patidar reservation agitation in 2015. Based on their experience on home grounds, they were instrumental in ensuring disruption of railway tracks.Even when Hardik had been camping in Udaipur, the Gurjars had been constantly providing him protection and escort.Several Gurjar leaders including Himmat Singh Gurjar of the Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti are camping in Gujarat and extending support to Hardik. Himmat Singh is member of Hardik’s core committee and was also part of the deliberation between Hardik and Congress. He played an active role in keeping up the momentum of the Patidar movement while Hardik was in jail.Others from Rajasthan who are actively involved are Ajit Singh Gurjar another sangharsh samiti member from Bhilwara, Gehrilal Dangi from Udaipur, Shwetank Patidar and Natwar Patidar from Jhalawar.Mahendra Patidar, the Patidar samaj prant adhyaksh from MP, and Ashish Patidar a youth leader from MP, are also campaigning with Hardik Patel.Speaking to DNA, Himmat Singh said: “We sympathise with him as our causes are identical. But we have a longer experience of dealing with governments and carrying out our agitation.” He added: “We are not just supporting him, we have continuously shared our experiences and pitfalls. This has also given the Patidars better understanding to deal with the government and political parties.” Singh said that they stand with Hardik and agree with his stand to be against the BJP.Favours are meant to be returned. The assembly elections are around the corner and the Gurjar leaders from Rajasthan hope to get Hardik here to campaign for their cause.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Karni Sena now targets Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law

The ghoomar dance in costume and steps similar to Deepika Padukone by Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav has not gone well with the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) in Rajasthan. The outfit will send CDs of authentic ghoomar dance to her father who the SRKS says is a Rajput and supports their demand for ban on Padmavati. “She is a daughter of a Rajput, and one who supports us. Further she is in public life. She should not be offending the sentiments of the community in this way,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of SRKS, speaking to DNA. The issue is not about Rajasthan anymore. We have massive support for our cause in several states, including UP. If Aparna wants to play long innings in politics she should learn to understand where public sentiment is inclined,” added Kalvi.The SRKS is also up in arms against former tourism minister and film artist Bina Kak for supporting Padmavati and ridiculing their opposition to the film. A video of Kak at her farmhouse in Sumerpur has gone viral and SRKS is objecting to her making the Padmavati issue seem frivolous. The SRKS has in no uncertain terms reminded Kak that her victory from Sumerpur seat in Pali is dependent on Rajput votes.“Bina Kak will have to pay for what she has said. Rajputs are her biggest supporters and their votes play a big role in her victory. We will show our ire in the coming polls. We have started communicating this to our people in Sumerpur,” said Mahipal Singh Makrana, president SRKS.Kak has played Salman Khan’s mother in the film Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya and has also been a part of a few other movies. Her daughter Amrita sang the song “Just Chill”. The SRKS is taking Kak’s comments against the film as an appeasement to Bollywood. “She is doing it to gain favours and probably some roles,” added Makrana.Meanwhile, protest continues against Padmavati at the Chittorgarh fort. The protesters have started to paste stickers with message seeking ban on the film on every vehicle that passes through the fort. They have also started a campaign for people to put Padmavati pictures as their profile pictures on social media.
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Sachin Pilot accuses Raj govt of creating suicidal situation for farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding complete loan waiver for farmers, the Congress on Monday organised a huge farmers’ rally in Suratgarh of Sriganganagar district. The rally was largely attended by farmers of the canal irrigated district. Addressing the rally, PCC chief Sachin Pilot accused the government of neglecting the interests of the farmers and creating a situation that they were compelled to commit suicide. Pilot said under the BJP regime, farmers were not getting water, seed and fertiliser at right time. Pilot alleged that farmers are not being given minimum support price for crops.“The Raje government is insensitive towards the needs of the farmers and their needs are not being met. Rather than addressing issues the government has once again deceived the farmers by forming a committee to look into loan waiver,” said PilotHe added, “The government had not ensured proper maintenance of canals that has caused water seepage and soil damage. The farmers are compelled to agitate repeatedly, but the government has not addressed their problems.”Regulation of water had caused resentment among farmers of Sriganganagar and Bikaner and they had been agitating for more water supply. At present, the Rabi sowing season has set in and and farmers are not getting adequate water despite sufficient water level in the Pong Dam. A committee for water regulation, which also includes local legislator had taken the decision to regulate water supply. The committee is scheduled to meet again on December 11 and the decision could be reconsidered.The ongoing farmers’ agitation and the Congress rally had been a cause of worry for the ruling BJP.

Gujarat elections 2017: Rajasthan leaders reach Gujarat to campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As poll dates in Gujarat approach closer, there is a mad scramble among politicians of Rajasthan to reach the neighbouring state. This is seen not just in the Congress, but also in the BJP. Ministers from the Centre and state along with MPs, MLAs from the ruling party are happy to go door-to-door and distribute voter slips. They are walking the extra mile to escort candidates filing nominations. This is probably the first time that Rajasthani politicians have descended in such large numbers to campaign in Gujarat.If one were to think that the khadi brigade is going all out to ensure victory for their respective parties; reconsider it. Gujarat elections are the easiest platform that Rajasthan politicians can use to pave smoother paths for themselves in the Assembly polls slated to be held next year. What makes Gujarat elections more important for the politicos of Rajasthan is the spiced up fight due to the presence of Rahul Gandhi and first time not having Narendra Modi as rallying point. For Congress, the Rajasthan connect gets stronger with former CM Ashok Gehlot, a maverick politician as his close aide.Social welfare minister Arun Chaturvedi and Panchayat Raj minister Rajendra Rathore are actively campaigning. Central ministers from Rajasthan, PP Choudhary, Gajendra Singh and MP Om Birla and Devji Patel have also had a prolonged stay to campaign.According to a BJP leader who did not wish to be named, “These elections are vital and party president Amit Shah is closely monitoring them.”Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is now a prominent Congress face in the Gujarat polls. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot also pitched his weight in the campaign. Former health minister Rajkumar Sharma had a well publicized trip.

Bird lovers solve mystery of ‘spy’ falcon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bird lovers of Sriganganagar claim to have managed to solve the mystery of the ‘spy’ Peregrine Falcon that was found close to the international border in Sriganganagar. The Peregrine Falcon, the fastest moving hunter, belongs to a sheikh from the UAE. The sheikh had taken the falcon on a hunting trip to Balochistan, from where he lost the bird after it took flight and reached India.As there have been earlier spottings of falcons from across the border, fitted with cameras and transmitters, in Sriganganagar, the presence of the transmitter galvanised the police into action and higher authorities were informed.Local ornithologist Subhash Sharma of the Indian Birds Conservation Network (IBCN) posted pictures of the bird on the net. The Qatar National History Group (QNHG) managed to trace the number of the owner, and informed Sharma the falcon belongs to Sheikh Mohammad Al Mansoori of Qatar. QNHG informed Sharma that they had spoken to his son who told them that his father was on a hunting trip to Pakistan with the falcon. “I also got a call from the owner who told me that he had lost the bird after it took flight in Balochistan. He asked me if it was well, but after I told him that his falcon was in the custody of the police, he did not contact again,” Sharma told DNA.The police, however, has no official communication from the owner of the falcon. Vedprakash Lakhotia, SHO Kesripur, told DNA that an operation will be performed to remove the chip. “We have written to higher authorities for permission. The chip will be scanned and agencies will try to ascertain what is it used for,” he said.”We do not expect any claimant to come forward. But if they do, first it needs to be investigated that the chip contains no sensitive or secret information. In that case specialised agencies will take over,” Lakhotia told DNA.The falcon is presently in good health and at the Bikaner veterinary college. But whether it will be sent back to its owner is a question that has no answer.IN GOOD HEALTHThe falcon is presently in good health and in the custody of the Bikaner Veterinary College.
An operation will now be performed to extract the chip from the falcon’s body.
The chip will be scanned to ascertain whether it was meant for spying.

‘Padmavati’ row: History ‘sheeted’ in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chill is in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati). In a knee jerk reaction the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threat from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to smash it as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story was incorrect. Also hundreds, including women, courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains to the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.Lokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in belgium and france that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said. As part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.According to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.” Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

After threats, authorities cover up ‘incorrect’ plaque about Padmavati in Chittorgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”

Mother’s presence compulsory at parent-teacher meetings: Rajasthan govt’s circular

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The education department of Rajasthan, plans to make mothers active stakeholders in the education of their children and issued a notice indicating the same. The department’s notice is pleasantly surprising considering recently they had advised women to grind the mill for ‘good health’.For the first time, on November 18, government schools across the state will organise parent-teacher meets that will have to be attended by the mother. A grandmother or an aunt could substitute, but a female relative’s presence is mandatory.In rural areas with low female literacy rates and a male-dominated society, ‘important jobs’ including children’s’ education are the prerogative of men. Thus, to ensure the presence of the women, the teachers have been issuing reminders inviting the mothers. They have strict instructions to keep record to which parents come for the PTA.While the idea sounds good on paper, the move is testament to the sorry state of affairs regarding women’s education in the state.The fact that the government had to issue orders, to ensure that mothers come for the parent teacher meet, is a telling statement on the stark difference between the private and government schools. The PTAs at the private schools are largely attended by mothers and a father’s presence is considered to be an indication of some ‘trouble by both parties’.There has never been regular interaction between teachers and parents in government schools. The PTA was introduced in the government schools this academic year and as yet there have been two PTAs which male guardians attended.The education department is sending regular reminders to ensure attendance of mothers. The move is being hailed as a move to engage the support of the first teacher of the child – the mother.The village school has a penetrating presence, ideally the exercise should be used to garner additional information about the state of women. Especially their educational status.

Rajasthan assembly receives 19,000 applications for dozen Class IV jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is a mad scramble for jobs at the Rajasthan state assembly. A dozen jobs for class four positions have been announced by the assembly administration and over 19,000 had applied for the same. The maximum education qualification for this job profile is completed Class 8, but around 18,000 applicants, who have been shortlisted for the interview are graduates and post graduates. A telling statement indeed on the craze for government jobs.Around 1,500 applicants have been called for interview per post. The assembly staff has made elaborate arrangements to accommodate these applicants. The interviews will be held in three different rooms over two shifts. The shifts will be from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm. They will continue till November 28.Out of the twelve posts, four are for general category and the remaining eight are reserved. The applicants are running from pillar to post trying to arrange recommendations to add weight to their applications. A minister, an MP or an MLA is the favoured choice.According to sources in the Assembly that did not wish to be named, “The job asked for educational qualification of class eight and most of the applicants who have applied are BA, BCom, BSc, even MA and MCom candidates have applied.”Added another source, “There are many applicants who are already in private jobs and earning salaries ranging from 20,000 to 30,000 and they have applied for this job where they will get around 18,000 to 20,000 in hand.” “We asked many of they why they want to leave jobs and become peons and they told us they want the life long security and annual increments that come with the job.”But if one goes to the simple maths of the time that has been scheduled for the interview; 400 candidates will be interviewed in each room per day. The time scheduled is seven hours which is 420 minutes. This leaves every candidate with less than a minute’s time to be interviewed.

‘Padmavati’ row: Why a PIL equating Jauhar with Sati is misguided

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After three decades, Sati is back in the spotlight. It started with a PIL in the Allahabad High Court demanding a ban on Padmavati for violating the provisions of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987. The litigant had pleaded before the court that the film glorifies Jauhar that is a form of Sati. The PIL was turned down, but it brings back memories of the infamous Roop Kanwar Sati case of Devrala village in Sikar district of Rajasthan in the year 1987. An 18-year-old was immolated on a pyre along with her husband who had died at the age of 24, just eight months after their marriage. While the village celebrated, there was uproar in the country. What ensued was a long legal battle by social rights bodies. The only positive thing that came out of the entire gruesome incident was the formulation of a law – The Sati (Prevention) Act 1987 – that prevented attempt, abetment and glorification of Sati. The 200-page judgement by Justice Guman Mal Lodha and Justice Pana Chand Jain can be termed as the most comprehensive verdict across courts of the country to end the practice of Sati.Incidentally the ancient tradition of Jauhar as well as the modern Sati Prevention Act 1987 have their origins and roots in Rajasthan. It makes one wonder what were the ancient rules; is Sati the same as Jauhar? Is the modern law sufficient to protect women from being compelled to perform Sati? Does portrayal of Jauhar on celluloid violate the law? For this, one needs to delve into the historical traditions of Rajasthan. History shows Jauhar can never happen in isolation. It has to be accompanied by Saka, by the men. When the rulers of a kingdom faced a battle that could not be won, they performed Saka ceremony. They tied saffron turbans; signalling battle till death and held an opium ceremony. Taking opium together implied standing together for the cause and promise. In modern times, one could interpret it as an intoxication used to boldly face imminent death. The women would send their men for the final battle and then commit Jauhar. A collective jump into the flames led by the wife of the feudal chief. Historically, it was considered as a way to protect honour and dignity of women from invaders, who were about to win the battle. Even Col Todd mentions this in his writings. The children used to be sent to safe places to protect the family line from extinction. History has ample proof that Jauhar was not just performed by Rajput women. Wives of all soldiers and courtiers, maids and attendants; belonging to all castes took part. On the contrary, Sati was done by an individual after the death of her husband. This increased possibility of coercion. People glorified such incidents and built monuments. This is exactly what is prevented by the law. It was abolished way back by Lord William Benedict after Raja Ram Mohan Ray raised his voice against it. The law was further refined in 1987 after the Roop Kanwar Sati incident. The litigation in Allahabad High Court, by Kamta Prasad Singhal, puts forward a suspicion, about whether the litigant is ignorant of the present provisions of law, or it is merely an attempt to cash in on the ongoing controversy.

Benami vehicles drive criminals as transport dept aides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the lines of benami property, benami vehicles are rampant in Rajasthan. These vehicles are being used by various criminal gangs to carry out their activities and also stay out of police clutches. The gangs were managing to acquire these benami vehicles with the help of transport department officials and if police sources are to be believed, there are hundreds of such vehicles plying across the state. Rajasthan Police has registered two cases related to benami vehicles in the sadar thana of Churu. Teams have been formed to look for the offenders including a former district transport officer (DTO). According to police sources, this is just the tip of the iceberg, hundreds of such vehicles are presumed to be plying. The matter came to the notice of the SOG when they were in hot pursuit of gangster Anand Pal. It came to light when the police investigated two vehicles that were being used by the members of slain gangster Anand Pal’s gang. They came across the information that vehicle number RJ 10 GA 6098 and RJ 10 GA 5956 were being used by Anand Pal’s accomplices. When the vehicle owners were summoned to surrender their vehicles, it came forth that he had never owned anything beyond a motorcycle. Involvement of a DTO who had been implicated in a scam in the year 2013 came forth in the investigation. He was involved in providing documents in department custody to the criminals to register their vehicles. The first matter is related to one Safi Mohammad of Bayn village of Taranagar. He had registered a case in the Sadar thana of Churu that he had registered his motorbike in the Churu DTO in 2013. The number of the bike was RJ 10 SF 2715, but he was summoned to the police station on August 8, 2017 and asked to surrender his vehicle, a camper, by the number RJ 10 GA 6098. He registered a case with the police and said that he had never owned any vehicle other than the motorbike. The second case has been registered by Bhanwarlal of Sandva village of Sujangarh. In his complaint he has said that he had got his vehicle; a Bolero camper registered with the DTO and its number is RJ 10 GA 4012, but in July 2017, the police summoned him and asked him to surrender his Bolero camper number RJ 10 GA 5956. This is a vehicle he does not own. He has lodged a complaint against unknown persons who have used his documents to register the vehicle in his name. Both the registrations were done in the year 2013 and police have registered cases under section 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC against the then district transport officer (DTO). According to the Dy SP Churu, Hukum Singh, the case has been registered and the matter is under investigation. Teams have been dispatched to recover the vehicles and arrest the DTO. Incidentally, Churu has been a stronghold of Anand pal gang,who was killed in police encounter in Churu itself.

Day 6: 11 striking doctors arrested under RESMA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the in-service government doctors’ strike in the state entered Day 6 on Saturday, the state once again attempted to break deadlock by inviting leaders of striking doctors to negotiate. However, even as 11 doctors were arrested across districts under Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act (RESMA) on Saturday morning, the government claimed that many doctors had resumed duties.The arrests came after the deadline set by the government for the medical practitioners to resume work expired on Friday evening. ADG (Law and Order) NRK Reddy said 43 doctors returned to work to avoid arrest. In Jaipur, no arrest was made because, as per the police, all doctors and their leader went underground. Although, Dr Ajay Chaudhary, president of the All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) was part of a live show’s panel, he could not be reached for comment.On Saturday, the state’s medical and health department also issued a notice to agitating doctors, stating that the strike was against the high court order asking them to resume work by Friday.Meanwhile, the ARISDA will meet with the health minister for negotiation talks. “The meeting with a five-member delegation of ARISDA is scheduled for 2 pm on Sunday,” health minister Kalicharan Saraf said. “From the government’s side, the ACS finance, commissioner home, principal secretary health, secretary medical education and secretary finance will be there in the meeting with me,” said Saraf.One of the major demands of the doctors is of higher pay scale and promotions.Asked about the issue, Director of Public Health Dr V K Mathur said, “We are trying to reach an amicable solution through talks.”It has been reported that Saraf has directed district collectors to appoint new doctors at a salary of Rs 56,000 per month. “At an urgent basis, 24 doctors have been appointed,” said Saraf.—With agency inputsCops and docsNo arrests were made in Jaipur as the doctors and leaders went underground 43 doctors have returned to work to avoid arrest

Rajasthan: As smog intensifies, security needs beefing up near border towns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan has much in common with Punjab. They share a border, have similar language and have a population largely made up of farmers. This is because they share water from the rivers of Punjab that flows in through the India Gandhi Canal. But at present they are sharing a smog cover that is hampering visibility and security in the border areas. Sriganganagar has a border with Pakistan and the fields are very close to the fencing on the international border. A smog cover has enveloped the fields reducing the visibility; especially after nightfall. It is an established fact that crossovers from Pakistan are more common during the winter months when a thick envelope of fog descends. BSF Patrolling is intensified along the Barmer and Jaisalmer borders during the winter weeks. Now with a seasonal fog, and the hue and cry that is being raised about it, is only serving to inform the friendly neighbour that there is another ‘good time’ to cross over. What is necessary is that if smog is inevitable, the adequate security measures need to be taken at the earliest. Rajasthan is also among the states that had been served NGT notices over burning of crop. But the fact of the matter is that the practice (of burning crop remains) is less prevalent in Rajasthan; where the average farmer is much less prosperous as compared to Punjab. It is more of a practice in Sriganganagar. What the farmers in other districts, even adjoining Hanumangarh, do is also a lesson on environment management; they bury the remains of their crops and let it turn into organic manure. Farmers have maintained that they have traditionally been burning crop remains, but they too need to understand, that the traditional mode of farming did not have the number and quantum of crops that enhanced irrigation systems have developed. Multifold increase in agriculture is on the basis of new techniques; so goes without saying that the tradition of crop burning will also have to be replaced. The farmers cannot cite tradition and take the easy way out.

Rajasthan government forms high-powered panel to watch Bhansali’s ‘leela’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government will form a high-powered committee to see the film Padmavati. If the film contains scenes that hurt public sentiment then it will tell Bhansali to remove those scenes before release. This was stated by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday.“In case, there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed and only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. The home minister however, clearly said that there would not be a ban on the film in the state. The home minister was in Jhunjhunu for a programme to honour widows of martyrs.The sentiment seems to be quite similar among other ministers of the Rajasthan government Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Rajendra Rathore said in Jaipur, “No film can be allowed to hurt public sentiments.”“Tampering with history in the name of entertainment will not be permitted at any cost.” said Rathore.Minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani tol DNA, “Padmini represents the pride of Rajasthan. No film, novel or television serial will be allowed to hurt public sentiment and tamper with history.” Controversy related to the film is escalating with passing day. Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal has planned a protest against the film in Jaipur on Friday.

Rajasthan High Court puts Gurjar quota bill on hold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday put on hold a state government decision to provide reservations for the Gurjar community under the OBC category.The OBC Reservation Bill 2017 aimed to add Gurjars, who had earlier been given reservation under the SBC (special backward category), into the OBC category. The Bill was cleared in the most recent assembly session and increased the OBC quota from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.However, this breached the 50 per cent cap on reservations, taking it to 54 per cent, besides violating a Supreme Court order maintaining status quo on the move.The HC’s order will remain in place until November 13, the date of the next hearing.”As per the order, the government cannot bring about any notification or order related to the Bill till November 13 when it files its reply. We are hopeful the court will strike down the Bill,” said G P Kaushik, counsel for petitioner.The plea, filed by former MLA Gangasahay Sharma, questioned the Constitutional validity of the Bill as well as its violation of the apex court’s order.The court asked the advocate general whether the government wished to implement the provisions of the bill or if it would keep the bill in abeyance till the matter is decided by the SC.The Gurjars, however, are not pleased. “Government has not implemented the reservation the way we wanted,” said Himmat Singh Gurjar, state spokesperson of the Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. “The govt is under pressure of Jat community, who are usurping lion’s share of the reservation.”Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore dismissed the allegations, saying “All decisions regarding the reservations were taken in consultation with the community representatives.Issues with billGovt Bill to add reservations for Gurjars under OBC category breaches limit of 50 per cent on caste-based reservationsSupreme Court has also ordered a status quo on reservation for the Gurjar community

Watch: We will form high-powered committee to see Padmavati, says Raj HM Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government will form a high powered committee to see the film Padmavati. If the film contains scenes that hurt public sentiment then it will tell Bhansali to remove those scenes before release.This was stated by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday. “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. The home minister however, clearly said that there would not be a ban on the film in the state. The home minister was in Jhunjhunu for a programme to honour widows of martyrs.Part 1Part 2The sentiment seems to be quite similar among other ministers of the Rajasthan government Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Rajendra Rathore said in Jaipur, “No film can be allowed to hurt public sentiments.” “Tampering with history in the name of entertainment will not be permitted at any cost.” said Rathore . Minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani tol DNA, “Padmini represents the pride of Rajasthan. No film, novel or television serial will be allowed to hurt public sentiment and tamper with history.” Controversy related to the film is escalating with passing day. Meanwhile Bajrang Dal has planned a protest against the film in Jaipur on Friday.

Rajput Sabha writes to PM, demands ban over Padmavati release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deepika starrer Padmavati seems to be getting more and more embroiled in controversy with every passing day. A wide range of sections are joining the opposition to the film based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.Shri Rajput Sabha, the supreme body of the Rajputs has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a complete ban on the release of the film Padmavati. Copies of the letter, written by the president of the body, Giriraj Singh Lotawala, have also been sent to Amit Shah, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The letter says that the film hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community also expressed anguish that Smriti Irani has supported the film.In another development the erstwhile queen-mother of the Jaipur royal family Padmini Devi on Wednesday came out publicly against the film. Sharing the stage with the national president of the Rajput Karni Sena Mahendra Singh Makrana, Padmini Devi accused Bhansali of not honouring the agreement he had made with them, “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When he started with the shooting of Padmavati he had agreed to screen the film before us.” “He had also consented that the screening would be before the launch of any song or trailer of the film. He has not honoured his commitment,” added Padmini Devi.BJP MLA and member of the Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari also came out publicly along with her mother Padmini Devi and said, “Maharani Padmavati of Chittor who committed jauhar with thousands of women is a testimony of extreme valour and courage that has rarely been witnessed in history.” She added that the entire country irrespective of caste or religion is proud of the history of Chittor. Any attempt to distort the history or twist the facts will be a collective insult to the women of this country.”National President, Karni Sena Mahipal Singh Makrana warned that the film would never be allowed to be released in Rajasthan if it has a dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji with Rani Padmavati.” He categorically stated that, “There should be no scene having Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji together. We will consider permitting the release of the film only if Bhansali agress to make the changes in the film and most importantly screens it for us before the release,” said an emphatic Makrana.Youth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film. They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors who are considering pulling back from picking up the film that is scheduled to release on December 1.The prospects of Padmavati look gloomy in Rajasthan, and it could follow the fate of Jodha Akbar, unless Bhansali agrees to keep up the promises he made in Rajasthan.WARNINGYouth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film.
They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors.

Rajasthan High Court lets Raj’s ‘Hadiya’ return to husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad and provided her with police protection after she told it that sje feared for their lives.The court was hearing a plea filed by Payal’s family, who alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the marriage certificate. The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband and was not under any pressure. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run Nari Niketan for the past one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz and is under investigation.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband and the court ordered that she be sent there with protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of the marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen. “The two know each other since school, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control, “ he said.Aijaz Modi , Faiz’s father, said “I am satisfied with the turn of events. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days have been very tense.” Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan. BLACK MAGICThe girl’s family claimed that the boy and his family had cast some spell on her and so she wanted to be with him.

Rajasthan High Court unites couple, ensures extra cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur, has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi, to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She has also been provided police protection as she told the court she feared for their safety. The case filed by Payal’s family has been in limelight. Payal’s family had alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the nikahnama.The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She told the court that she was not under any pressure and wanted to go to her husband with her own free will. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run nari niketan for the last one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz that will been investigated by a senior official of the rank of an Ad SP.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court on Tuesday heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz and court had ordered that she be sent there and also be provided protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen at the turn of events and said, “The two know each other since school days, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control.” expressed disappointment Speaking to DNA an emotional Aijaz Modi, Faiz’s father said “I am satisfied with the turn of events on Tuesday. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days had been very tense for us.”Speaking to DNA Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. We are both major and have married as per our will. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice. The court cases will also end soon.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan.Payal had appeared in court in a burqa on that hearing on November 1 and told the court that she had married Faiz on her own free will in April this year. The court had sent her to a government run nari niketan till the case came up for hearing on Tuesday.Payal’s family had alleged that she had been kidnapped and blackmailed. They had also alleged that her marriage certificate was forged. He brother Chirag Sanghvi moved court and acccused the police of refusing to lodge his case. He said the police had told him that his sister had given in writing that she had married one Faiz Mohammad on April 14 this year.

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

Now, Brahmins oppose Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If opposition from the Rajputs and some sections of the Congress was not enough, the Brahmins too have launched an offensive against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmawati. They have demanded that the Rajasthan government ban the film and ensure that it is not released.State president of the Sarv Brahmin mahasabha Suresh Mishra said Bhansali’s attempt to smear the image of the valiant queen for the commercial success of his film will not be accepted. In a statement issued by the organisation it was said that 16,000 women had laid down their lives to protect their honour and no attempt to misconstrue the history will be accepted.Speaking to DNA Mishra said: “One famous director of Bollywood has called me on behalf of Bhansali and asked us about our demands. I have categorically told him that the film must be shown to a 15-member panel of experts from the state. The panel should include subject experts from history. If they give a green signal that the film does not distort historical facts and has no imaginary love scenes between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmawati, only then will we take back our opposition.”He said, “We have given them time till November 15 to accede to our offer. Otherwise we will go ahead with our plans.” Elaborating on his future plans, Mishra said: “We will write to all cinema halls of the state; from multiplex to single screen and request them to not release the film. We will mobilise our district units and ask them to ensure that the film is not released.”When asked about the various organisations that were already protesting against the soon to be released film, Mishra said, “We will all the join forces to oppose distortion of the valour and dignity of Rajasthan.”

Keralite Tourism minister finds his ‘Rajya’ in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan may not be able to win over Kerala in tourism but the desert state, known for his warm hospitality all set to give Tourism minister to the country, a native of Kerala. Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism, Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam on Monday filed his nomination for Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan. The seat had fallen vacant after Venkaiah Naidu was elected to the post of vice president.Alphonse wore a traditional Rajasthani turban when he reached the state assembly to file his nomination. He was introduced to the state legislators at a meet that was held in the morning prior to the nominations.Senior members of the state cabinet were present when Alphonse filed his nomination. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje proposed the same. The nomination was filed in four sets and senior ministers and legislators also signed as proposers. The nomination was handed over to returning officer Prithvi Raj who administered oath as candidate to the union minister. Alphons took the oath in the name of God in English. Speaking to the media after filing his nomination, Alphonse said addressing the issues of Rajasthan would be his priority and he would enhance the tourism potential of the state.Monday was the last day for filing the nominations for Rajya Sabha elections. The nominations are scheduled to be scrutinized on November 8 and November 9 is the last day for withdrawal of nomination.But with Congress not fielding a candidate, Alphonse is sure to reach the upper house from Rajasthan. This will once again take the number of ministers from Rajasthan in the Modi cabinet to six. And the number of ministers reaching Parliament through Rajasthan once again reaches to two. At the same time with the nomination of Alphons, Rajasthan gets another non Rajasthani minister. The other minister who is a RS MP from Rajasthan is Vijay Goel. The other four ministers from Rajasthan are elected parliamentarians namely Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Arjun Meghwal, PP Choudhary and CR Choudhary.Rajasthan has always been a safe route to RS for ministers of the party in power at the centre. Both Congress and BJP have had ministers who were RS MPs from Rajasthan. Some of them are:Vijay Kumar Goyal – Minister of Youth Affairs and sports — is presently a RS MP from Rajasthan.Ram Jethmalani – Union Minister of Law Justice and Company Affairs in the Vajpayee Government was RS MP from Rajasthan.Jaswant Singh who had joined politics under the tutelage of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat became the Union Minister of External Affairs in the Vajpayee cabinet during his first stint in RS.Najma Heptulla, the RS MP from Rajasthan from 2004 – 10 went on to be the Union Minister of Minority AffairsAnand Sharma of the Congress was a RS MP from Rajasthan when he held the portfolios of Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles.Santosh Bagrodia the former Union Coal Minister was RS MP from Rajasthan.

RS bypoll: Alphons Kannanthanam to file nomination today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Tourism, Electronics and IT, Alphons Kannanthanam will file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha in Jaipur on Monday. The seat has fallen vacant after Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the country’s vice president.Kannanthanam reached Jaipur on Sunday morning. He was received at the airport by state BJP chief Ashok Parnami and several ministers of the Raje cabinet along with large number of party workers.A meeting of the BJP legislative group is scheduled for 10 am on Monday at the Rajasthan state assembly and Kannanthanam will file his nomination after that. His victory is being considered a certainty as the Congress has decided not to field a candidate.Speaking to the media at the state BJP office Kannanthanam expressed gratitude towards the chief minister Vasundhara Raje for making him a candidate from the state. He said the state had immense opportunities in the field of tourism because of its rich heritage and diverse wildlife.Kannanthanam also attended the Swar Govindam programme of the RSS at the Chitrakoot stadium, where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was present. He, however, seemed a bit out of place at the RSS programme and did not appear to know what was expected out of him. He did not do the dhwaj pranam of the RSS.The election for Rajya Sabha seat will be held November 16. Kannanthanam left IAS service in 2006 with eight years still left. He became an MLA from Kanjirappally in Kottayam district of Kerala. He has also practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court.

Protest erupts in Chittorgarh against flick Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The parapets of the Chittorgarh Fort that have been witness to the life of queen Padmawati aka Padmini today saw the protest organised against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmawati.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest in Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmawati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and businesses in the city were shut down for two hours.The protesters led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi, burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the Collector demanding that the film not be released. The women in traditional Rajput attires were raising slogans against Bhansali.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians
No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence
No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati
No commercial cashing in on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmawati by distorting history and dignity of Padmawati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi.Padmawati is based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. Tales of her beauty mesmerised Allaudin Khilji and he expressed the desire to see her. Cutting the tale short what ensued was a battle, and when Padmawati got the news of the defeat and death of her husband, she along with thousands of women committed jauhar inside the Chittorgarh Fort. All Khilji found when he reached there were her ashes.The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmawati. Earlier this year, members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali while he was shooting in Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmawati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally, Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmawati.

Call to raise general age limit for exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students belonging to the general category, today raised their voice against the Rajasthan government and demanded that the upper age limit for the general category students for appearing in competitive exams be increased.They said that while the age for appearing in competitive exams in most Hindi speaking states is between 40 and 45 years, Rajasthan government has kept it at 35. They demanded that the government increase this age limit at the earliest to 40 years.The students under the banner of Rajasthan Pratiyogi Sangharsh Committee raised the issue and put up their demands. They said they would soon move court in support of these demands.“States like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have an upper age limit that is 40 to 45 years,” said Ravindra Mohan Sharma President of the body. Exams organised by Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) are always cancelled or results are delayed due to paper leaks, cheating, court cases and elections. This is playing with the future of the general category, said Sharma.“The fact that students of the reserved categories get extra five years in the upper age limit puts us at a disadvantaged position,” said Sharma.They accused the Rajasthan government of not having a scheduled time table of examinations.“RAS exams are never held on time. Unlike the UPSC, the RPSC does not have a calendar. Prestigious exams are held after a gap of several years. This makes students ineligible as they pass the upper age limit. The additional years will give them equal opportunities,” said Preetesh Garg, Bharatpur district coordinator of the student body.Rajasthan government had the dubious distinction of having a public service commission that has been embroiled in controversy to such an extent that a former chairman of the commission was also arrested for using unfair means to get his daughter selected.

Rajput Karni Sena leads protest against Padmavti, burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by Rajput Karni Sena, several groups protested against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati on the parapets of Chittorgarh fort.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest at Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmavati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and business in the city was shut down for two hours.The women in traditional Rajput attire raised slogans against Bhansali. The protestors led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the collector demanding that the film not be released.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;1) Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians2) No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence3) No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati4) No commercial cashing on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmavati, by distorting history and dignity of Padmavati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi. Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati. Earlier this year members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali, while he was shooting at Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmavati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmavati.

Cong smells ‘scam’ in garbage collection, files plaint with Lokayukta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress has lodged a case with the Lokayukta against the corruption in garbage collection in Jaipur. A delegation of Congressmen including party functionaries and councillors today met the Lokayukta and alleged corruption to the tune of crores. They have accused the government and the JMC of colluding with the private company BVG which has been given the contract for garbage collection. The cases have been filed by deputy leader in JMC, Dharam Singh Singhania along with all documents related to the corruption.Complainant Singhania has alleged that the contract for garbage collection was given to the private company BVG, but in gross violation of all norms, the contract has been sublet to seven companies. This is a gross violation of the terms of the contract allocation.He said Jaipur daily generates an estimated 1400 metric tonne of garbage, but the contract was given to BVG for 1700 metric tonnes. The entire city is littered with garbage, but bills are being cleared for the private contractor. Pratap Singh alleged that Jaipur has 91 wards, whereas garbage is being collected only in 65, but payments are being made to the company.Singhania alleged that the seven companies that have got the contract on basis of subletting are not guided by any rules. “There is no transparency about their payment. An amount of 5 crores has been paid to the company without asking it to fulfill norms of contract. There is no penalty charged for flouting norms. We demand that the government clarify on this issue as JMC cannot do it without the support of the Government. We also demand action against the firm or else Congress will take to the streets to protest,” said Singhania. Jaipur district Congress president Pratap Singh Khachariawas said “We have demanded answers related to the amount of garbage collected and payment made through RTI, but we have not got any reply. Even BJP councillors are with us. They too have alleged corruption on the part of BVG on the floor of the JMC,” added Pratap Singh. Pratap Singh Khachariawas added, “People pay a cleanliness cess on electricity and water bills, but Jaipur is piled with garbage. The roads are broken and this is a major cause of diseases like malaria, dengue, swine flu and chikungunya being so rampant.”Taking a jibe at the Jaipur mayor Ashok Lahoti, Pratap Singh said, “The Mayor is busy creating controversies over national anthem, just shows he wants to divert the attention from vital issues that affect the health of the city.”

Vasundhara Raje govt adopts wait-and-watch policy in crises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was jubilation all around as the farmers’ satyagrah in Nindar came to an end. The Rajasthan government is busy patting itself on the back after it managed to get the farmers, on an agitation for nearly a month, out of the pits and into their homes.Assurances offered by the state included re-conducting a survey and no demolitions till then, which could have been offered much earlier. However, the issue was allowed to linger in indecisiveness and fester. The opposition had a field day while the government machinery was in inertia.The recently-concluded farmers’ agitation is just another example of the Rajasthan’s governent’s incapacit to handle crises. A committee to look into the demands was announced almost a fortnight after the farmers held the public and government to ransom.It was no different than the government’s predicament in the case of gangster Chatar Singh’s killing in Jaisalmer. Protests and rallies were held by dozens before the government accepted the demand of a CBI inquiry. The Raje government of Rajasthan has time and again proved that it has a poor crisis response. Issues are allowed to escalate.According to Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, “We cannot act arbitrarily and in haste. A situation is accessed from all aspects before the government reacts or takes decisions.” But political observers attribute this to several reasons; the wait and watch policy of the government, over-dependence on bureaucracy and more importantly, absence of a core team to deal with such situations.As per a senior minister, “We have been found lacking in dealing with most difficult situations. What makes matters worse is that there is simply no damage control. There is no forum to discuss openly and offer solutions.” This scenario in the year prior to elections spells trouble for the Raje government.

Senior IPS officer writes to PM, HM about corruption in the system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ADG Police Rules Indu Kumar Bhushan, who is frequently in news for controversies, has once again fired a salvo; this time at his own brethren. Bypassing the state administrative machinery, Chief Minister, and Home Minister of the state, the senior IPS officer claims to have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, complaining about the disproportionate increase in assets of senior IPS officers in the state.Indu Bhushan has named over half a dozen officers, including the present DGP Ajit Singh and recently retired DGP Manoj Bhatt of having amassed huge property and assets. He also complained about retired officers using facilities like guards and vehicles, which they are not entitled to as per service rules. The other officers he has named are ADG Crime Pankaj Kumar Singh, Jaipur police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal, and ADG Police Reorganisation Saurabh Shrivastav.The ADG made all these allegations while speaking to the press on Monday. “How can officers have Rs 100 crore-worth of property after 20 years of service, when they declared having no property when they joined service?” he said. “I have collected the comparative figures of many officers’ properties in the first year and at the end of service through RTI.””I am being targeted and harassed for raising this issue,” the ADG said.He added that he had taken leaves to personally compile pictures of the guards, vehicles, and other facilities deployed at homes of retired officers. He said he has been raising the issue within the department for quite some time. He has been questioning the lacunae in the system and has been harassed, he claimed. The ADG said he was threatened with arrest in an old case.When asked why he did not raise the issue with the CM or HM in the state, he couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.This is not the first time Indu Bhushan, a 1989 batch IPS officer, has raked up a controversy with his statement. Last year too he entered into an altercation with the governor of Andhra and Telangana ESL Narsimhan at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, during a mid-career training programme. In a major embarrassment to the Rajasthan government, he had to be forcibly sent back midway through the programme. There was much drama as he had threatened to slit his throat if he was sent back.A complaint was sent to DGP Rajasthan. Incidentally, Manoj Bhatt, was the DGP during this time.In all his years of service, Indu Bhushan has been given field posting just once. The other controversies involving him are related to keeping a minor as domestic help, beating his driver and making police jawans work as house help.THE NAMESIndu Bhushan has named more than half a dozen officers, including the present DGP Ajit Singh and recently retired DGP Manoj Bhatt of having amassed huge property and assets.
He has also complained about retired officers using facilities like guards and vehicles.

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