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GES 2017: For Ivanka Trump’s royal dinner, Nizami magic returns to Falaknuma Palace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Hyderabad rolled out a red carpet for the grand welcome of the US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, the shutter-bugs were busy in clicking this mother-of-three.The 36-year-old, who is also an advisor to the President of the US, made a classy statement in pearl embellished black jacket and fitted trousers on her arrival.Though known for her fashion forward style, Ivanka Trump chose a rather subtle and subdued look.The former model, who has built a fashion empire, chose a bright green outfit for the main event.The silk brocade dress, though brilliant in colour, looked tad too much for the elegant Ivanka Trump. And the absurd keyhole neck didn’t do any justice either. What worked was that the dress helped her to show off her slender frame.Talking about gender gap in entrepreneurship, Ivanka said, “Women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning and growing their businesses. We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors.” The packed auditorim burst into round of appluse in a heavily-guarded conference. centre.Later in the evening, a royal dinner was hosted for the President’s daughter, who is being treated almost like a state guest.At the Falaknuma Palace, a starry Bollywood contingent led by none other than Shah Rukh Khan will dine with Ivanka Trump.The guests will be served finest of the royal cuisines that include signature Hyderabadi dishes such Murg Pista Ka Salan, Dahi Ke Kebab, Gosht Shikampuri Kebab, Khubani Ka Malai Kofta and Sitaphal Kulfi.Ivanka Trump, who ran an eponymous clothing and jewellery business before becoming an adviser in the White House, has made women’s issues one of her main policy areas.The fact that no senior member of the Trump administration accompanied her didn’t deter Ivanka from giving a rousing speech.

Hey Delhi, International Trade Fair is on! Watch out for these 5 types of visitors at Pragati Maidan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are living in Delhi-NCR, chances are either you are planning to or have already visited the India International Trade Fair, currently going on in Pragati Maidan.The 37th Trade Fair, which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on November 14, has seen lesser footfall compared to the previous years.The single biggest reason is lack of open space. Until last year, the Trade Fair used to be organised in over 100,000 square meters of open space. But with ongoing construction work, the space has been reduced and there are fewer exhibitors this year.Most people are saying ‘pehle wali baat nahi hai (it’s not like earlier times).’Love it or hate it, Delhi has still not given up on this lavish fair.So while many would tell you what’s hot and what’s not this year, we decided to give a different side of the Trade Fair.Here’s our list of types of visitors that we saw in Trade Fair on Monday:The veterans: As the name suggest, they ALWAYS visit the Trade Fair. They are those who carry ghar ka khana, chatai or newspapers and water bottles. They know which stalls to go, the best discounts offered and just how to beat rush. They never fall for old gimmick, remember each pavilion by heart. Talk to them and you would hear, ‘arre, pahele kya baat thi…bahut variety thi (There used to be great time, lots of variety).’ Yes, to be honest, that is true indeed. There was a time when there was an entire hall dedicated to toys, yes loads of toys! The freeloaders: They are pain for all exhibitors, especially those dealing in food items. They never shy from ‘bhaisaab, try karana’. Be it gajjak, latest pasta, shampoo sachets or even pamphlet of a dishwasher, they just want everything. This year, we saw some queuing up for free balloons!The trend-setters: If you spot every second visitor buying one particular item, it is because of them. They set the trend. Be it fake flowers, buying crockery by kilo (yes, that happens) or new beauty product, just see around. The haters: Why there are so many people, why everyone is in same state pavilion as me, why the food is so bad, why toilets are not clean, why they are playing this music…you get the drift, right? These are the people who simply hate anything and everything. Till last year, this group kept on saying ki ‘yaar, kitna chalna padta hai’ and this year they are ruing over lack of open space! You just can’t keep them happy!The harassed lot: You will spot many outside the entry gates of Pragati Maidan. They didn’t realise that tickets are available online only. Though you can buy tickets at metro stations, but don’t dare getting down at Pragati Maidan and think, ‘ok, I’m here, let me buy tickets first,’ cause they don’t sell tickets there, duh! Classic example is the family who travelled all the way from Rohini only to realise they can’t buy tickets here. Oops, last heard, the husband sheepishly suggested…’chidiyaghar hi ghoom lete hain (let’s go to zoo)’.Also at Trade Fair:Aadhaar and Income Tax and GST stalls: Biggest crowd-puller this year are the government stalls.Crockery by kilo: You want a new dinner set? Or a pair of new storage jars? Just check out these stalls (I got some cool stuff in hall number 12).Super SARAS: The best stall, ever! Don’t want to buy that overpriced ethnic dupatta at neighbourhood mall? Just check out these amazing stalls at SARAS and have a blast. From weavers of Assam to Punjab’s Phulkari, you will get it all.The CRPF band: Alas, there’s no defence pavilion now. But you still have CRPF gallery and BSF stall. Plus, if you are there at right time, you can check the awesome performance of the CRPF band.No state pavilions: Remember the beautiful Kerala state pavilion or one from Gujarat….they all have been razed to ground. All state exhibitors are showcasing their products in state hangars instead.

Delhi smog 2.0: What it feels like to breathe in the ‘gas chamber’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keyvan Khanna (4) is an agitated child. Someone who is a star of outdoor games in his area, Keyvan is under ‘house arrest’. Reason? The toddler is just like thousands of kids who are forced to stay indoor, thanks to the deadly smog that returned to Delhi-NCR today.When Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the city ‘has become a gas chamber’, not many outside the city could understand what it means.Ask Keyvan, ask those who woke up to ‘winter is here’ thought, we can tell you that the life in ‘gas chamber’ is breathless existence.Last year, when the World Health Organization said the the air quality in the national capital is the worst the world, nothing was done to change that.This year, though the Supreme Court-led ban on the firecrackers helped us to breathe easy on Diwali, yet lack of a concrete plan means more pictures of masked individuals in front of India Gate and rise and rise in sale of air purifiers.The morning wore a foggy look and I thought wow, finally winter is here! But the moment I stepped outside, the toxic air filled my lungs and the dark reality of the realm hit me hard. Even at 4 pm, the sun was invisible in the cloak of smog.The WHO says that breathing Delhi air for a day is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes. By that logic, I have turned a full on smoker today.Never mind the itchiness in eyes and sore throat, we Delhi-NCR people are a brave lot. While our neighbour Beijing is shutting down factories to curb pollution, I haven’t still read any such plan by the Delhi government. Dear authorities, sprinkling water from chopper won’t help us.If the general public is feeling so pathetic, imagine the situation of those with history of asthma or other allergies.It’s a health emergency. We need to do something quick and NOW!

Jab they met: Here’s what PM Narendra Modi gifted young Bhutan Prince

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Bhutan Royal Family called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, all eyes were on Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.The young Prince, who has become darling of media, was completely at ease while meeting PM Modi.Adorable photos of PM Modi and young Prince exchanging a ‘namaste’ were tweetd by news agency ANI.The Prime Minister who is known for taking special interest in the gifts given to the guests presented an official football of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and a chess set to the Prince of Bhutan.The young Prince was particularly delighted by the chess set, it seems.The Royal Family of Bhutan is on a four-day trip to India.Earlier in the day, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and President Ram Nath Kovind.Though there are reports that the visit was a more about the crucial discussion over the Doklam stand-ff, but the young Prince stole the thunder.From his arrival video at the Indira Gandhi Airport to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, media is keenly following this young Royal.

With Rs 77 crore income, M Karunanidhi’s DMK is richest regional party in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DMK may be out of power in Tamil Nadu but M Karunanidhi’s party has just topped the list of richest regional poltical parties in India.According to the latest report released by Association of Democratic Reforms, the political watchdog, the DMK has the annual income of Rs 77.63 crore.Its arch-rival and Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK comes at second position with Rs 54.938 crore and the TDP is third spot with Rs 15.978 crore.The numbers analysed by the ADR shows that parties with top three income alone comprise more than 67 per cent of the total income of 32 regional parties, collectively.The data collected relates to the income and expenditure of regional political parties in the year 2015-16. The ADR submitted its report to the Election Commission of India.Among all regional parties, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha was the first to submit its audit reports while the Aam Aadmi Party was the last party to do so. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s party submitted its audit numbers almost a year after the deadline.However, there are some major regional parties such as Lalu Prasad’s RJD, Haryana’s big player INLD and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party that have not submitted any income details to the ADR.Earlier the ADR has released a report that had said that the BJP is the richest party in India with assets worth over Rs 893 crore in the year 2015-16. The Congress, main Opposition party, came second with assets worth Rs 758.79 crore.

Why Indian Air Force drill on Agra-Lucknow Expressway means more than just thrilling pics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From Mirage 2000 fighter jet to massive C-130J Super Hercules, around 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force took part in the special drill on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Tuesday.But beyond the spectacular show of strength, the short landing drill is actually related the national security.1: The touch and go landing is meant to showcase the preparedness of the Indian Air Force during emergencies.2: The readiness to land even the 35,000 kg C-130J means that the Indian Air Force is not only ready for war but also for humanitarian crisis or natural disaster.3: The three-hour long exercise simulated war-like situations that saw Garud Special Forces commandos coming out of the C-130J transport aircraft and securing the zone.4: The drill, which was conducted near Bangarmau in the Unnao district, was first of its kind carried out this year. 5: Conventionally, the air bases are first targets during wars. The usage of national highways as landing strips means that the Air Force can function even during such situations.6: This is the fourth time that fighter jets made a short landing on a national highway. A Mirage-2000 had landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi for the first time in 2015. A similar exercise was conducted in May 2016, when a Mirage-2000 fighter plane touched down on the expressway. Last November, six Sukhoi-30 jets touched down on a 3.3- km stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.7: The drill is part of Centre’s effort to develop national highways as emergency landing strip.8: Across India, around 12 such highways have been identified for the purpose. Three of these 12 connect Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas, which also witness vagaries of nature like floods and cyclones almost every year.9: To make the highways as fighter jet-friendly, the thickness of the tar used on these roads would be increased to make them strong enough.10: According to reports, the 12 highways have been selected in a way so that the Indian Air Force can cover the entire country.

Remember Burhan Wani’s viral group photo? 2 years on, security forces have neutralised all but one

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On July 8, 2016, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the 21-year-old ‘poster boy’ of new wave of Kashmir militancy was gunned in Anantnag’s Kokernag area.More than a year later, top Laskar-e-Taiba commander Waseem Shah was killed in Pulwama on Saturday.Between the encounters of Wani and Shah lies the success of Indian armed forces.For Wani and Shah were part of the group photo that went viral in 2015. The photo of 11 young terrorists in army fatigue not only rattled the security forces but also became hugely popular among the youth of Kashmir.Seen as a propaganda attempt, Burhan Wani and his terror gang not only impressed the young minds but swayed the mood in the Valley in their favour.But the Anantnag encounter changed the narrative and thus began the story that led security forces to neutralise one terrorist after another.Despite the clashes and tension following Burhan Wani killing, the security forces were successful in making the impact.But the 2015 photo may have helped the security forces. Before Burhan Wani, Adil Ahmad Khanday, Afaaqullah Bhat and Waseem Malla were killed in 2015 itself. Another major blow that year was surrender of Tariq Ahmad Pandit. In 2016, Burhan Wani was killed in Anantnag. Others who were eliminated include Ishfaq Hameed and Naseer Ahmad Pandit.This year, the biggest success was encounter of Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. Today’s encounter in Pulwama killed Waseem Shah, who had switched sides from Hizbul to Lashkar. Local information also suggests that Anees has also been killed.The only surviving member of the original Burhan Wani gang is Saddam Paddar.Apart from these, other major successes this year include Lashkar chief Abu Dujana, Jaish-e-Mohammed’s operational chief Abu Khalid among others.But the biggest headache of the security agencies remains Zakir Musa, chief of Al Qaeda-linked New Jihadist group ‘Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind. The former top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen has not only distanced himself from the pro-Pakistan group, but is also seen and heard talking about establishing Sharia rule in Kashmir.

Mughalsarai Railway station renamed after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay: Why this matters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government renamed the iconic Mughalsarai Railway Station after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay on Saturday.In a bid to revive the legacy of RSS ideologue, Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has not just renamed the fourth busiest railway station in India, but has taken away the historic legacy of the place.The small town near Varanasi has been the point connecting east India to northern parts. There was a time back in 19th century, when the Grand Trunk Road built by Sher Shah Suri was used by the Indian Subcontinent and Mughalsarai being located along Sadak-e-Azam made it an important corridor.But it was only in 1883 when the British came here that the town was renamed as Mughalsarai.They began laying down railway lines and soon Patna-Mughalsarai division, Mughalsarai-Allahabad division, Mughalsarai-Varanasi-Rae Bareli and the Mughalsarai-Gaya division came into existence.For 134 years, the town and the station has been called Mughalsarai. So why would the Yogi government decide the rename it? Well, there is a strong connection between Mughalsarai station and the RSS ideologue.Deen Dayala Upadhyay had died under mysterious circumstances while travelling in a train at Mughalsarai station on February 11, 1968.In August the UP government had sent the proposal that was accepted by the Centre.Politicians have been renaming places, cities in line with their ideologies. From Bombay to Mumbai, from Madras to Chennai, from Elphinstone to Prabhadevi, there are many such examples.While Mughalsarai has seen many names such as Oven Nagar to Mangalpur, but renaming the railway station with Asia’s largest railway marshaling yard will change the way future generations see the place.

Rahul Gandhi’s Gujarat gaffe: Congress Vice President accidentally enters women’s toilet!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi has really upped his political game. The Congress Vice President has not only sharpened his attack on the ruling NDA government, but also has added much nuance to his narrative.It seems that success of Gujarat campaign was too good to be true. Gandhi, who is known for his infamous gaffes, added another one to his list when he accidentally walked in women’s toilet in Chhota Udepur.The Gandhi scion was in the Gujarat district to hold an ‘Samvad’ session with young people.Gandhi entered the women’s restroom while on his way out of the town hall at the event. According to reports, there was no sign or symbol differentiating between men and women’s toilet.The photos that went viral after the incident showed a poster in Gujarati that read ‘Mahilao Mate Shauchalya’.According to an India Today report, the moment Rahul Gandhi realised the blunder, he came out and started laughing.Gandhi has always been in news for his speech gaffes.In August, the Congress vice president refereed Indira Canteens in Bangalore as Amma canteen during the launch event.Last year, he spoke about ‘aloo ki factory’ during a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad. “You all are demanding a potato factory in your area, but you should understand I am an opposition leader. I can put pressure on the government, but cannot take the decision. I cannot open a potato factory for farmers,” he had said.But the most famous or rather infamous gaffe was when he was made the Congress Vice President in 2013.During a speech, he spoke about how his mother Sonia Gandhi woke him up at 1 am and said ‘This morning, I got up at night.’

The ‘vikaas’ war: From Amethi to Vadodara, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah battle it out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From Congress’s ‘Bhajapno vikas gando thayo chhey’ to BJP’s ‘shehzaada’ jibe, Tuesday witnessed a high political drama of attacks and counter attacks.While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was seen slamming the ruling NDA government for giving all jobs to Chinese youth in Vadodara, BJP president Amit Shah was in Gandhi bastion Amethi giving ‘hisab’ of all work done by the Narendra Modi government.The battle began with the second leg of Gandhi scion’s Gujarat trip, where he held an interaction session with students in Vadodara.From economic downturn to the BHU violence, Gandhi’s scathing attack on the BJP set the tone for the political mood in Gujarat that goes to poll later this year.Rahul Gandhi’s aggressive take on BJP’s ideology showed that the Congress will fight it out in the state elections.“Inka (BJP) main sangathan RSS hai. Kitni mahila hain usme, kabhi shaakha mein mahilaon ko dekha hai shorts mein? Maine to nahi dekha (RSS is the main organisation of BJP. Have you ever seen any women in shorts at any shaakha? I haven’t seen one),” Gandhi said.He also lamented on how the BJP is not doing enough for women’s empowerment.Without naming the BHU violence, Gandhi went on slamming the BJP for its oppresive mindset. “Inki (BJP) thinking ha jab tak mahila chup rahe, kuch bole na tab tak mahila theek hai jaise hi mahila ne muh khola usko chup karvao (BJP’s thinking is that till the time a woman is silent, it’s fine, but the moment she speaks up, then they force her to shut up).Talking about lack of jobs, Gandhi said that all jobs are going to China. “Job creation is India’s main problem. 29,550 out of 30,000 new jobseekers are unable to secure their livelihoods…Selfies are fun but most phones are Made In China, helping their youth find jobs, not ours. Buy Indian phones,” Gandhi said.If morning was all about Rahul Gandhi, the second part of the day belonged to the BJP.The top brigade of the ruling party, both in the Centre and Uttar Pradesh, descended in Gandhi’s home turf — Amethi.Union Minister Smriti Irani, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP president Amit Shah were all in Amethi to show some ‘home truth’ to Congress.Irani and CM Yogi both spoke about how Congress has failed to develop Amethi.But the most formidable attack on the Opposition party was by BJP chief Amit Shah.Not only did he talk about the development work done by the Narendra Modi government, he also took jibe at Gandhi for attacking the ‘Gujarat model’.“People of Gujarat know what development means. You talk about ‘vikaas’, just see what you have done in Amethi,” Shah said.He continued with his ‘Rahul Baba’ jab and talked about 106 schemes launched by the Centre.Tuesday saw the two parties battling it out over the issue of development.While the Congress is saying that ‘Gujarat model’ has failed, the rally by BJP top command in Amethi was a stuning counter-attack.

What is NSCN(K)? 5-point guide to dreaded North-East rebel group

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army’s strong retaliation along the Indo-Myanmar border brings back the memory of 2015 surgical strike inside Myanmar when 70 commandos finished their operation in flat 40 minutes killing 38 Naga insurgents.The 2015 decision of ‘hot pursuit’ was taken after the Naga rebels killed 18 army men in Manipur. It was the deadliest attack on Indian Army in the North-East in recent times.Wednesday’s firefight was targeted at the NSCN(K) cadre in Long Khu near Mon district on the Indo-Myanmar international border.Here’s your guide to one of the most dreaded rebel group in the North-East:1:National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) is the Naga rebel group, which was led by SS Khaplang, who died in Myanmar in June this year.2: The original NSCN was formed in 1980 by Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingaleng Muivah and SS Khaplang.3: It is said that Indian intelligence agencies reportedly cultivated Khaplang as the divisive force within the NSCN. It did bring the desired result and the group split in 1988. One faction was led by Khaplang and the other one by Isak-Muivah4: Despite the split, the NSCN remains one of the most influential rebel group. Essentially a Christian Naga group, the NSCN seeks to form an independent Naga state ‘Greater Nagalim’ unifying all Naga-inhabited areas of Myanmar and North-East India .5: NSCN(K) had declared a truce in 2001 that lasted for more than a decade. The rebel group picked up guns again in2015 and declared a ‘war of independence’ against India. The worst attack by the rebel group was in 2015 when it targeted the troops of Dogra Regiment in Manipur’s Chandel district. 18 soldiers were killed in the attack.

Real story behind Gaza girl whose photograph was used by Pakistan for Kashmir lie at UN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Face of Indian democracy — this is how Pakistan envoy Maleeha Lodhi described an old photograph of a Gaza victim and used it to sell the Kashmir lie at the Unite Nations.No sooner did she wave the photograph and tried to corner India on a global stage, the world of social media unmasked her lie.Even as both nations spar at the international forum, here are 10 facts about that haunting photo of the Gaza victim:1: The photograph was taken on July 22, 2014 at the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.2: The subject in the photo is then 17-year-old Rawya abu Jom’a, a Palestinian girl, who was wounded in an Israeli attack.3: Rawya lost her sister and three cousins in the air strike that hit her apartment.4: The teenager had suffered shrapnel injuries in her face and eyes.5: The impact of the attack was such that bones of Rawya’s right hand were completely crushed and she had perforated holes in her legs.6: Heidi Levine, an American freelance photographer, was covering the 2014 Israeli offensive when she clicked the photo.7: Levine was awarded her first-ever Anja Neidringhaus Award for courage in photojournalism.8: The award was named after photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus of Associated Press, who was killed on an assignment in Afghanistan in 2014.9: The award panel while judging Levine’s work “facing the same dangers as her subjects in a war zone, with rocket fire and air strikes a consistent reminder,” her photographs take you to the place of action.10: Over 2,000 people were killed in the Israel’s Gaza offensive in summer of 2014.

Meet real Haseena Parkar, the ‘Godmother of Nagpada’, ‘Queen of Mumbai’: 10 facts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This Friday, if you plan to watch Haseena Parkar, the movie, then this space is just for you.By now you know that Shraddha Kapoor plays the titular role of Haseena Parker, sister of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, India’s most wanted criminal.But do you know who was real Haseena Parkar? Are you aware that once upon a time, Haseena ruled Mumbai like a queen and was known as Godmother of Nagpada?If your answers are all nos, then here are five facts about the real Haseena Parkar:1: Haseena Parker was the younger sister of Dawood Ibrahim, seventh among 11 siblings, who was married to Ismail Parker.2: It was the murder of Ismail Parkar by Dawood’s rival Arun Gawli gang that led Haseena into the crime world. Dawood took revenge of Ismail’s murder in JJ Hospital shootout in 1991.3: Soon, Haseena moved in Golden Hall Apartments in Nagpada, which became her criminal heaquarters.4: While Nagpada residents called her ‘aapa’ or elder sister, it is said that Haseena ran her crime syndicate from Golden Hall and reportedly had assets worth Rs 5,000 crore.5: From Hawala, to overseas rights of Bollywood movies, from extortion to construction sector, Haseena had say in everything. She ruled Mumbai like an underworld queen.6: Such was her influence in 2007 that every builder would ask her to get them permission from slum dwellers to for their projects.7: Back in 90s, when the cable war had just started, all cable operators would ask Haseena to demarcate areas of operations.8: Haseena Parker died of heart attack on July 7, 2014.9: According to an Indian Express report, between 2005 and 2007, Haseena Parker was the most tailed Dawood family member, with intelligence inputs of sightings of her in Dubai as she left the country for religious tours.10: Haseen Parker is survived by three children – two daughters and a son.

Will Iqbal Kaskar lead to Dawood Ibrahim? Unlocking D-Company mystery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was just another Monday at a house in south Mumbai’s Nagpada, where the occupants were busy watching Kaun Banega Crorepati and having biryani, when the Thane Police came knocking.In what could be the biggest catch for India, ex-encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and his team detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, the younger brother of India’s most wanted criminal — Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.On the surface, it looks like a simple case of a Mumbai underworld criminal involved in an extortion racket targeting realtors and businessmen.But why would the police arrest Iqbal Kaskar is an old extortion case now?The answer lies in a special strategy adopted by India, reportedly formulated by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, which is targeted to corner Dawood.Iqbal Kaskar is a very strong link that can help New Delhi to unmask the D-Company syndicate.The younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, number 5 among 11 siblings, is relatively less fierce than other Kaskar brothers.An HT report quotes a police official, who said that Kaskar was a ‘softy’ in the D Company who ran extortion racket solely on ‘merit’ of his surname.Iqbal Kaskar never went with Dawood and other brothers Anees and Noora to Pakistan.He migrated to Dubai in late 80s, where he used to sell electronic items in shops given to him by Dawood.After 9/11 attacks, when the security forces came down on the D Company, Iqbal Kaskar was deported to India in 2003.He was booked in two case but was released on bail in 2007. The police said that he was running the extortion racket from the home of his sister Haseena Parker after her death in 2014.As the latest reports suggest that Iqbal Kaskar was in touch with his brother Anees Ibrahim, the police may be able to prove the link between Kaskar and his brothers in Pakistan.Amid all this, another important link in the D-Company mystery is Chota Rajan.Once a great friend and partner, Chota Rajan is now an arch enemy of Dawood Ibrahim.Arrested in Indonesia in 2015, Chota Rajan may be helping Indian security agencies with such specific intel.He is providing much insight to the police to nab the second most richest gangster in the world after Pablo Escobar, an HT report said.With arrest of Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood Ibrahim must be having sleepless nights in his plush home in Karachi.

Salute Lieutenant Swati Mahadik! Shaurya Chakra winner’s widow joins Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In her late 30s, the mother of two, set such a courageous example that would inspire generations to come.On Saturday, Swati Mahadik became an officer of the Indian Army at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.Lt Mahadik is wife of Colonel Santosh Mahadik, a decorated army commando, who died in a 2015 ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.Col Mahadik took seven bullets to save men under his command. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 2016.It was at her husband’s cremation, Swati decided that she would join the army.Her sheer grit and determination changed even the authorities and then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar relaxed the age limit for her to sit for the SSB exam, an HT report said.After clearing the 5-tier tough test, Swati Mahadik sent her two children to boarding school and joined the Academy to realise her dream.On Saturday, at the passing out parade, Swati along with Nidhi Dubey, another martyr’s widow, became officers of the Indian Army.“Both have strived hard to become officers today after their husband passed away. Both of them have made all of us proud by completing the rigorous training and becoming an officer in the Indian Army,” the army said in a Facebook post.A jubilant Swati couldn’t hide her emotions and said, “His(Col Mahadik) first love was his uniform and his unit, so I just had to wear this.”

Prisoners angry with Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, they can kill him, claims jail inmate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence in Rohtak’s Sunaira jail, is in more trouble.If the words of a jail inmate are to believed, the prisoners are so angry with Dera Sacha Sauda chief that they can kill him.Somu Pandit, who is out on bail, spoke to news agency ANI on Friday.According to Pandit, if left alone without security, the prisoners can kill Ram Rahim.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted by the special CBI Court in Panchkula on August 25 in connection with 15-year-old rape cases of two female followers.Two days later, the court sentenced him to 20 years in jail for raping the Dera followers at his Sirsa Headquarters.The conviction had sparked massive protests by Dera followers in and around Panchkula.Over 30 people were killed and hundreds injured in the violence.On Friday, the security forces along with district administration carried out an extensive search operation inside the Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.According to media reports, luxury car, an OB van, unlabelled medicines, old currency notes and hard disk drives were recovered from various rooms of the Dera Headquarters.The Dera premises also houses educational institutions, markets, a hospital, stadium, recreational areas and houses.

Why Abu Salem did not get death penalty for 1993 Bombay Blasts: 5-point guide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mafia gangster Abu Salem was spared the gallows by the special TADA court in the 1993 Bombay Blasts case on Thursday.Salem, who was earlier convicted in June, played a crucial role in carrying out the 13 blasts that rocked India’s financial capital and killed 257 people.So, how does a criminal escape the hangman’s noose?Here’s your guide to the complicated world of extradition treaty.1: Extradition treaty with Portugal: The simple explanation behind no death penalty for Abu Salem is the 2007 extradition treaty between India and Portugal.2: Terms of the extradition: According to the treaty, any person extradited to India from Portugal cannot be awarded a death sentence as the country had abolished capital punishment in 1867. Another condition is that maximum sentence that can be awarded to the the person is 25 years in jail.3: Quantum of punishment: In accordance with the extradition treaty, the special TADA court could not award death penalty to Abu Salem. Hence, the court sentenced him to 25 years in jail, the maximum punishment allowed in the clauses of the treaty.4: No death clause led to the extradition: It was this very no-death clause that helped India to extradite Abu Salem and his girlfriend Monica Bedi from Lisbon in 2005.5: Life of the gangster: The 50-year-old gangster, who was also implicated in Gulshan Kumar’s murder case in 1997, was arrested in Lisbon with a fake passport. There were reports that even in Indian jail, he led a lavish life.

Blue whale suicide game survivor: I was given 4 options to kill myself

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In her shaken voice and broken words, a 17-year-old Blue Whale Challenge survivor on Wednesday narrated a bone-chilling account of the suicide game.This is the first time that a Blue Whale Challenge survivor has given an inside story of the deadly game.Talking to media from her hospital bed, the daughter of a BSF soldier relived the horror and described how she was driven to commit suicide.“It took me two hours to start the game. Then I played it for entire night. They had given me 4 options. Make a shark from blade on your arm, jump off the terrace, take a plunge in the ocean or any river and run away. They said if you don’t complete the task within 3 days, something unimaginably bad will happen to you,” the teen said.Soon she lost her smartphone, which made her think that the warning will come true.“I thought now my mummy will also die. That’s why I didn’t go back to home,” the survivor said.The minor victim was rescued by the Jodhpur Police moments before the ‘last task’. The police saved her near the Kalyan Lake, where she had gone to end her life.She kept on telling the cops that she must complete the task else her mother will die.More than 4 children have allegedly committed suicide across country to complete the lethal challenge.From cutting oneself to watching horror movies at odd hours, to jumping off cliffs, the Blue Whale challenge has 50 such disturbing tasks.However, the challenge didn’t end in a tragedy as the cops were able to save the victim in nick of time.The survivor has a message for other children. “All this is fake, don’t believe in this. Don’t download such games.”Watch full video here:

Who is Nirmala Sitharaman? 5 little-known fact about India’s new Defence Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dressed in beautiful red saree with golden border, when Nirmala Sitharaman took oath as Cabinet Minister at Rashtarpati Bhavan’s opulent Durbar Hall, little did she know she would be making a history.Hour after the third Cabinet expansion of the Narendra Modi government, the announcement that became the talking point of the rejig was Sitharaman’s appointment as new Defence Minister.As India’s first full-time Defence Minister, this JNU alumni is now part of the strategic Cabinet Council on Security. She is the second woman minister after Sushma Swaraj to be part of the CCS.Here are five little-known facts about India’s new Raksha Mantri:1: Born on August 18, 1959 in Madurai, Sitharaman did her schooling and graduation from Tiruchirapalli. She also holds a Masters in Economics degree from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University.2: Later she moved to London where she worked as Senior Manager (Research and Analysis) with Price Waterhouse.3: Sitharaman also had a short stint with the BBC World Service.4: She joined the BJP in 2008 and was inducted in the Modi government on May 26, 2014 as Commerce Minister.5: She is married to Dr Parakala Prabhakar, alumnus of Jawharlal Nehru University and London School of Economics. The couple has a daughter.

Farewell to railways? After Cabinet reshuffle, Suresh Prabhu’s tweet hints at his exit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Moments after the Cabinet Expansion of the Narendra Modi government on Sunday, a tweet by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu hinted at his apparent exit from the ministry.In his tweet, Prabhu thanked everyone for their love, support and goodwill.He also congratulated the new members of the Cabinet.It must be noted that not so long ago, Prabhu had met PM Modi and supposedly offered to resign as Railways Minister.Following two incidents of train derailment within a week , Prabhu had taken moral responsibility for the mishaps.However, Prime Minister had told him to wait and media reports suggest that the supposed resignation was not expected.Speculations have been rife for quite some time that Prabhu will be shunted out of the ministry.”I met the PM, taking full moral responsibility. He has asked me to wait,” Prabhu had tweeted after meeting the PM. “I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers, and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish,” he stated in a tweet after the meeting.The Kaifiyat Express derailed in UP after being hit by a dumper, injuring 70 passengers. On August 20, the Utkal Express derailed in UP, killing 23 passengers. The Railways had accepted, prime facie, negligence by its staffers as the reason behind the derailment.(With agency inputs)

Cabinet reshuffle done, all eyes on portfolio announcements: 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his third cabinet expansion since coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inducted 9 new faces in his team.But the new roles of these ministers and others is yet to be announced.Here are major developments from this political story:1: Since morning, there is a strong buzz that Suresh Prabhu or Sushma Swaraj can become India’s next defence minister.2: If Sushma Swaraj gets Defence portfolio, it would be the first time since Indira Gandhi that a female minister has held the crucial ministry.3: Uma Bharti, the Water Resource Minister, skipped the reshuffle. According to news agency ANI, Bharti is in Varanasi. It is also being reported that Piyush Goyal is tipped to be the next Railway Minister.4: There are also reports the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was reportedly unhappy over the rejig. Many say Kumar was miffed over non-inclusion of JD(U) members in the Cabinet expansion.5: Lalu Prasad, the RJD chief and former Nitish Kumar ally, was quick to react to this. “They (JD(U)) didn’t even get the invite. One who leaves his people won’t be taken in by others. It’s Nitish Kumar’s fate,” Prasad was quoted as saying to ANI.6: At the majestic Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dharmendra Pradhan was the first minister to the oath.7: Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi were among those who came next. All of them have been promoted as Cabinet Ministers.8: Seen as the Brahmin face from Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Pratap Shukla, who is a BJP member in Rajya Sabha took oath as Minister of State.9: Ashwini Kumar Choubey, BJP lawmaker from Bihar’s Buxar; Dr Virendra Kumar from Madhya Pradesh’s Tikamgarh; Ananth Kumar Hegde from Karnataka; former bureaucrat RK Singh from Bihar; Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur were among those who also took oath.10: Also on the list were Mumbai’s former top cop Dr Satypal Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam.

‘Saffron definitely not my colour,’ says Kamal Haasan after meeting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Onam is time for celebrations and luncheons. But when that lunch is at Kerala Chief Minister’s official residence and the guest is none other than Kamal Haasan, it’s bound to make news.On Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan posted a video of him with the veteran actor after the lunch at Cliff House.Amid speculations over his entry in politics, the National Award winning actor’s meeting with the Kerala Chief Minister gains significance.For those who felt that the actor would soon join the Left, his answer may give some hope. When asked about his political affiliation, the actor said he had been in the film industry for 40 years, but “I can tell you one thing, my colour is definitely not saffron”.”Most of the leftists are my heroes. I want to be in the middle of things and not take sides,” he said.In his direct and blunt way, the 62-year-old has been very active on Twitter and has expressed his clear dislike for what’s going on in Tamil Nadu politics.Talking to reporters on Friday, Hassan said, “I do not like to see this drama (going in Tamil Nadu). I am not anyone to call for a floor test or speak to the governor, but I am using this podium to call for it in certain terms.”Haasan’s statement after a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan comes days after he told his fans to be prepared to march to Fort St George in Chennai, the seat of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, to ensure that corrupt politicians are not re-elected in the state.He was all praise for his friend. “Look at the statistics of Kerala, you are pushing it to the standards of western countries. Mine is not blind admiration, it is sensible – about why choosing Pinarayi Vijayan,” he remarked.Later, Vijan took to Facebook and talked about his friendship with th actor.”Whenever he visits Kerala, he used meets me. However, this is the first meeting after I assumed the office of chief minister,” he said.Though it was a courtesy meeting, politics of south India, especially the situation in Tamil Nadu, also came up for discussion, he added.Talking to reporters before leaving to meet the chief minister, the actor said his visit was “a political education tour.””Definitely, as far as I am concerned, this is an education tour to me,” he said.”Actually I was supposed to come to Kerala last year itself. But I could not make it as I met with an accident,” Haasan said.The actor had congratulated the CPI(M)-led LDF government headed by Vijayan for providing “good governance” when it completed one-year in office in May this year.(With PTI inputs)

Agusta Westland scam: CBI formally charges ex-Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, 8 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Agusta Westland scam: CBI formally charges ex-Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, 8 othersThe CBI on Friday formally charged former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi and 8 others in the VVIP chopper scam.The chargesheet also named former Air Chief’s cousin Sanjeev alias Julie and advocate Gautam Khaitan in the Rs 450 crore chopper deal bribery case.CBI had alleged that Khaitan was the ‘brain’ behind how the bribe money reached India and several firms, through which the money travelled, came into existence and that Sanjeev was known to alleged European middleman Carlo Gerosa.The ex-Air Chief, who was arrested on December 9 in the Agusta Westland bribery case last year, was later given bail by the special CBI court .Special CBI Judge Arvind Kumar had granted the relief to the retired Air Chief on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and one surety of like amount.This is the first time a defence chief, retired or present, has been charged in a scam. Tyagi served as Air Chief between 2005 and 2007.According to the CBI, Tyagi had allegedly entered into a conspiracy with the other accused in 2005 and conceded to change the Air Force’s consistent stand. The revised requirements helped AgustaWestland to meet the eligibility criteria for the contract.According to an NDTV report, investigators said there were evidence that Tyagi met with a top official of Finmeccanica when he was Air Chief.(With agency inputs)

Ouch! Chetan Bhagat gets cruelly trolled for ’10 million follower’ tweet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetan Bhagat is no stranger to trolling. He loves it, some may say he thrives on it.But on Friday, the game went bit savage.It just so happened that the author sent out a celebratory tweets thanking all his followers for reaching 10 million mark.In world of the social blogging site, a blue tick on one’s Twitter handle and massive followers are what dreams are made of.So obviously, Bhagat must be feeling absolutely fab about this milestone.Taking a dig at all the celebrities in his quintessential way, he said, “No pouting selfies. No cleavage photos. No six pack displays. No position of power. No child of someone famous. No actor. No cricketer. No model. Just a writer who had a dream now with one crore followers. Thank you all for the 10 million. No words to express my gratitude. Stay positive.”Aww… senti much? As soon as the author sent out the celebratory tweet, the author was brutally roasted.From those who said that many ‘unfollowed’ him soon after the tweet to those who blasted him for his books, trolls had a fantastic day!Here are some of the best and the wittiest of those reactions. And as for Chetan Bhagat, the guy has moved on to next trend.

Delhi rains throw traffic out of gear, cab fares go through the roof

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are in Delhi and planning to go somewhere, wait, read this first.Incessant rains have brought the national capital to a screeching halt.The two hours of heavy rains in the afternoon and the continuous drizzle has thrown city traffic out of gear.The Delhi Traffic Police’s Twitter timeline is full of advisories to avoid major stretches.From Modi Mill Flyover to Safdarjung, water-logging has been reported from many parts of the national capital. The traffic map on a Google map is all in red.The fares of Ola and Uber have shot through the roof.A ride from Noida to Jorbagh would set you back by Rs 500. Surge price and high demand means either the cabs are not available or are there for a very high fare.The Safdarjung observatory of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 3.8 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, said a weather official.Palam received 14.8 mm of rainfall during the same period.The Met office has forecast light to moderate rains along with thundershowers during the day. “The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius,” the Met department said.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, now qaidi no 8647, earns Rs 40 a day as a gardener in prison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is now qaidi no. 8647 at Rohtak’s Sunairia Jail.The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, who was convicted for raping two of his female followers at the Dera’s Sirsa Headquarters, will now spend next two decades of his life in this jail.The multi-million ‘Bling Baba’ is now among ordinary prisoners doing task assigned to him.After initial reluctance, Ram Rahim was ‘counselled’ by the jail officials to take up some job.According to media reports, he was given option of either working in jail factories or working as jail gardener.It is understood that Gurmeet Ram Rahim will now work as a gardener in the jail for which he will be paid a daily wage of Rs 40.Interestingly, the Dera’s official website claims that the on August 15, 2009, the Gurmeet Ram Rahim followers created a Guiness Record of planting more than 9,38,007 trees in just one hour.The sect leader who once claimed that he had over 5 crore followers now spends most of the time in his cell.A BBC report said that he has not met many jail inmates and likes to keep to himself.Gurmeet Ram Rahim has mellowed down after the initial drama that was witnessed during his sentencing.At that time, he had howled like a child and was dragged away by the security officials to the jail barracks.On that night, he didn’t have any food. Some reports suggest he had a just glass of milk or water.The court while pronouncing the verdict had said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim had acted like a ‘wild beast’ and didn’t even spare his own female disciples.

Bihar road rage case: JD(U) leader’s son Rocky Yadav, 3 others declared guilty of killing teen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav, son of ruling JD(U)’s leader, has been found guilty of killing Aditya Kumar Sachdeva in a case of road rage in Bihar’s Gaya, news agency ANI reported on Thursday. Aditya Kumar Sachdeva was shot at by Rocky Yadav, “to teach him a lesson for overtaking his vehicle” in Gaya on May 7, last year.Son of Manorama Devi, a suspended Member of Legislative Council from ruling JD(U), Rocky Yadav was arrested on May 12, 2016 from his father’s farm in Bodh Gaya. The Excise Department had later sealed the house of Manorama Devi also.Rocky Yadav’s father Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav alias Bindi Yadav, a co-accused in the case, is known in the area for his muscle and money power.According to a Times of India report, the judgment has come five days before the September 5 deadline fixed by the Supreme Court.Apart from Rocky Yadav, three others have also been pronounced guilty in the case. The court will announce the quantum of sentence on September 6.The road rage incident had sparked outrage in Bihar with many saying that the ruling JD(U) was going soft on the convict.

Marital rape a criminal offence? Delhi High Court agrees to hear plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Centre’s pro-marital rape affidavit, in what can be termed as small victory for women rights, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea about criminalising marital rape.The High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea by a gender equality organisation.The pleas advocate that rape in marriage must be made a crime on the ground that sexual violence violated human rights.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar allowed the intervention application by Forum to Engage Men (FEM) and made it a party in the petitions seeking declaration of Section 375 (offence of rape) of the Indian Penal Code as unconstitutional.The rights group has argued that the IPC Section discriminates against married women being sexually assaulted by their husbands.The latest development will bring some relief for many gender equality groups that had slammed the government for filing an affidavit that supported marital rape.In the affidavit, the Centre had said, “the marital rape cannot be made a criminal offence as it could become a phenomenon which may destabilise the institution of marriage and an easy tool for harassing the husbands.”However, the Wednesday’s decision by the High Court will not only help in furthering the debate on marital rape but may actually force the government to change its stand on the issue.The High Court was hearing the application filed by Dr Abhijit Das, a member of FEM which claims to be a network of organisations and individuals, said wives should not be reduced to objects and supported women’s right for effective decision-making on reproduction.It said that marital rape was an exception in the law that took away the rights of the wives to say “no”, as also their right to say “yes” to consensual sexual intercourse.”Marriage is a partnership between equals. However, men have historically assumed privileges including the privilege of having sex at their instance. Most women have been conditioned to accept that.”The fact that some women have been driven to complain of coerced sex and sexual violence indicates that they are going through extreme levels of violence and coercion and have been literally pushed to the wall,” the plea said.”We believe that in Indian society, a wife will only bring about such a complaint against her husband when there is actual non-consent and she is desperate,” it said.The court has agreed to examine the issue raised in the Public Interest Litigations by the NGOs RIT Foundation, All India Democratic Women’s Association and a man and a woman, who have sought striking down of the exception in the Indian penal law that did not consider sexual intercourse with a wife, not less than 15 years of age, as rape.(With PTI inputs)

AIADMK drama 2.0: Step down or will activate ‘sleeper cells’ in party, Dhinakaran warns Chief Minister Palaniswami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>TTV Dhinakaran, the man behind revolt in the AIADMK, has issued a fresh ‘warning’ to Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.Dhinakaran’s words may translate into more trouble for Chief Minister EPS, who is set for a trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.VK Sasikala’s nephew in no uncertain terms, warned EPS and said that many AIADMK MLAs will support him, and it’s better that the Chief Minister steps down.This must be noted that the sleeper cell warning comes close after 21 party lawmakers skipped the EPS meet on Monday.Dhinakaran has claimed the support of 21 MLAs and is demanding removal of Palaniswami as the CM since the merger of two factions led by Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam on August 21.The absence of MLAs from the meet was a setback to the united AIADMK besides the other 21 rebel MLAs, who continued to stay at a Puducherry resort.Meanwhile, at a meeting, the Chief Minister slammed Dhinakaran and said he was sacked from the post of deputy general secretary on August 10 itself and changes made by him in the party posts were invalid.The Dhinakaran faction of the AIADMK on Tuesday filed a caveat before the Election Commission that it should be heard before the poll body takes any decision on any pleas to be submitted by the faction consisting of Panneerselvam and Palaniswami after their recent merger.

Shimla gangrape-and-murder: CBI arrests top cop, 7 others for custodial death of accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly two months after the gangrape-and-murder of a 16-year-old girl shook Himachal Pradesh, the CBI on Tuesday arrested an Inspector General ranking officer,seven others over custodial death of an accused in the case.Inspector General of Himachal Pradesh Police Zahur Haidar Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team in the case, had claimed to have solved the case on July 13.However, after the public anger refused to die down, Zaidi went on leave without the much needed explanation.Earlier, Zaidi, who was the inspector general (IG) southern range, was transferred as IG (welfare and administration), Shimla police headquarters, a Hindustan Times report said.Zaidi and others have been arrested in connection with the custodial death of a Nepalese labourer, who was a suspect in the rape-and-murder of Gudiya, the minor school girl in Kotkhai area of Shimla.During the probe of the July 4 rape-and-murder case, the state police had taken custody of six suspects who were lodged at the local police station.Suraj Singh, a 29-year-old labourer from Nepal, was allegedly killed by a co-accused at the Kotkhai police station last month.The state saw massive protests from the public that accused the government of shielding the real culprits as they belonged from rich families.The CBI, which was later handed over the probe into the case by the Himachal Pradesh High Court, questioned several people before arresting 1994-batch IPS officer Zaidi, the then IGP (South), Manoj Joshi, the then Deputy Superintendent of Police, and six other police officials, the agency officials said.The arrested would be produced before a court on Wednesday, they said.The agency has registered two separate FIRs on the rape- and-murder of the minor girl and the custodial death of the suspect.”The CBI has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a Superintendent of Police and an Additional SP and a Deputy SP, and taken over the investigation of both the cases,” a CBI spokesperson had said.Gudiya was allegedly abducted from her way to home after school and gangraped by the accused.It was only after the medical examination that the case of sexual assault came to light. The teenager who was always accompanied by her brother was alone on that fateful day.According to reports, one of the accused who was from her village, offered Gudiya lift in his pickup van.After travelling for some distance, the accused along with five others took Gudiya to a nearby forest and gangraped her. Her body was recovered from that forest two days later.(With PTI inputs)

Can’t criminalise marital rape, it will destablise intitution of marriage: Centre to Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Marital rape cannot be criminalised in India as it would destabilise the institution of marriage, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.According to latest media reports, the ruling NDA government was responding to a petition filed by an NGO representing men victimised by misuse of the gender laws.According to the affidavit filed in the court, the government said, “Marital rape in India cannot be criminalized as India has its own unique set of problems like literacy, lack of financial empowerment of the majority of females, mindset of the society, vast diversity, poverty, etc.”What lies at the heart of this debate is Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code.The section that defines “rape” and “consent” has a very fine detail that changes how one views rape in the marriages. According to the section, “sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under 15 years of age, is not rape”.The ruling NDA government that has been appreciated for its pro-women, gender justice approach has always opposed the concept of criminalising marital rape.In 2015, NDA minister Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that, “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context.”Though the United Nations may have recommended India to criminalise marital rape, the government has never reacted positively on the issue.Coincidentally, on a day when the government was stating its stand on the issue, Supreme Court lawyer and husband of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj was under fire for ‘pro-marital rape’ tweet.In a country where over a lakh women are suffering domestic violence silently, the issue of marital rape is rather very shadowy.Be it societal concern or the taboo of discussing sexual violence in marriage, despite growing voices, nothing concrete has been done in this regard.

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