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After Centre and Bengal’s affidavit, Delhi HC disposes of Mukul Roy’s plea alleging phone tapping

The Delhi High Court today disposed of former TMC leader Mukul Roy’s plea alleging phone tapping, after the Centre and the West Bengal government said his numbers were not being intercepted.The order was passed by Justice Vibhu Bakhru after he perused the affidavits filed by the two governments. The court, however, gave Roy the liberty to approach it again if he finds any concrete evidence substantiating his allegations.Former Trinamool Congress MP, who has now joined the BJP, had sought a CBI probe into the alleged surveillance and tapping of his phone by the West Bengal police. Roy has alleged that while he was in West Bengal, he always found that the local police were monitoring his movements.Also readBiswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation caseThe plea has claimed that similar apprehensions were put on record by several other persons, including union minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo.

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Samhati Divas: TMC minority cell members rue clubbing of GST, intolerance issues with Babri demolition protest

As the ruling Trinamool Congress prepares to observe Samhati Divas or Communal Harmony Day on December 6 to mark 25 years of Babri Masjid demolition, members of the minority cell of Trinamool Congress expressed their dissatisfaction alleging that the responsibility to organise the event was initially given to them but later shifted to the youth wing of the party.“We were told that we would be organising the event on Mayo Road near Gandhiji’s statue and we had begun preparation about a month ago but recently we were told that it would be put up by the Youth TMC,” said a senior leader of the minority cell.He also said that a lot of sheen had been taken off the event as it had been merged with several issues. “This year it is especially important as it completes 25 years of the demolition of Babri Masjid. People had taken out marches with hoardings in order to spread awareness and urge people to assemble at the venue on the day but the hoarding which people carried said the issue had been clubbed with others such as implementation of GST and intolerance of the Central government,” he added.Also readBabri Masjid case: Supreme Court to commence final hearing from todayAnother minority cell leader said that there is hardly any picture of any minority leader in the hoardings. “The pictures are that of Mamata Banerjee and youth president Abhishek Banerjee who are not minority leaders. It is a big day and a day of mourning for members of the minority section and that is not represented in the hoardings. It will end up being another event of Modi-bashing by the TMC leadership,” he said preferring anonymity.TMC minority cell president and party MLA Haji Nurul Islam however, maintained that there was no problem in organising the event. “It depends upon the party supremo Mamata Banerjee who decides which cell would organise it and this time it is the Youth TMC which is doing it along with the minority cell,” he said talking to DNA. Asked about the photographs of Mamata and Abhishek, he said, “Mamata’s photos are always there on all hoardings according to protocol and Abhishek is the youth wing chief so what is wrong in it since the youth wing is organising the event. We have been working according to the instruction of the party,” he told.
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Biswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against former TMC Rajya Sabha MP, now BJP leader, Mukul Roy.The case was filed at Bankshall Court in Kolkata. On the basis of Abhishek’s complaint and the documents submitted, Bankshall Court has issued a summon to Roy on December 20. Post filing the case, Abhishek said that he had been hurt by the allegations levelled by Roy. He also gave a challenge to Roy saying, “If I say something, people might choose to believe me or not. Similarly with Roy. Now it is up to the court to decide and pass a verdict. Then everyone will believe what the truth is. He has alleged that I am the owner of business entities named Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla. If he cannot prove it, he should leave his seat and Bengal. If he can prove it fair and square, I will leave politics.”Roy, however, interacting to mediapersons maintained that he had not said anything without documents. “These papers are that of the corporate affairs ministry. If it is tried in any court of the country, I will be able to prove that what I had said is true,” he said. Reacting to Abhishek’s comments he said, “These are attempts to divert people’s attention from the issue. He is a young man and is immature that is why he throws these challenges.”
ALSO READ Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phoneHe added that earlier Alipurduar District Court had passed an injunction prohibiting Roy from making public statements against Abhishek following a petition by him but Roy repeated it again at a press conference on November 25. “Now I have filed a criminal case against him. I have my full faith on the judiciary. People are watching. We have shown how to win convincingly through ballot. We will do the same in this legal battle as well,” he added.Along with Abhishek, also present at the court was party MLA Smita Bakshi’s son Soumya Bakshi. Abhishek’s lawyer said that the defamation case has been filed under section 202 of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High CourtInterestingly, Roy too, had filed a similar case against Abhishek last week at Patiala House Court in New Delhi saying that the legal notice which was sent to him was defamatory. It will be heard on December 1. State BJP leadership refused to comment on the issue. “It is Roy who has alleged and the case is against him. The party is with him but he himself will have to prove the credibility of his allegations,” said a senior state BJP leader.In another development, the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill (Biswa Bangla University Bill) was tabled by state education minister Partha Chatterjee at the West Bengal state Assembly while Opposition members opposed the title of the bill. Left Front and Congress members suggested that the bill should referred to the select committee which was turned down by speaker Biman Banerjee. Chatterjee said that the name had nothing to do with the Biswa Bangla logo. The proposed university would be located at Bolpur in Shantiniketan. Opposition members said that they opposed the use ‘Biswa Bangla’, which was a tainted phrase, in the name of a university at Shantiniketan because it amounted to an insult to Rabindranath Tagore.

‘Maa Mati Manush’, Mamata Banerjee’s favourite slogan, is the name of a private company owned by her nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the controversy over Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla, in another revelation it was found out that the much-used tagline of Trinamool Congress, ‘Maa Mati Manush’ was also a business entity owned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.DNA has access to evidence which reveal that through an application on January 18, 2013, the trademark for ‘MAA-MATI-MANUSH’ had been applied as a ‘single firm’. The name of the applicant is Abhishek Banerjee.The application has been made by CJ Associates whose office is at 6A Kiran Shankar Roy Road, second floor, Kolkata – 700001. The application number was 2462807, made under Class – 38.In the application, the details of the Goods and Services in which the company would deal was stated as ‘Television channels, cable television, radio and on-line broadcasting services communication by fibre optic network, electronic mail; transmission, broadcast, reception and dissemination of audio, video, still and moving images, text and data whether in real or delayed time; interactive broadcasting, news information and news agency, radio and television broadcasting; providing access to and leasing of access time to a computer database; telecommunications; information and advisory services for aforesaid services, being services included in Class-38’.Advocate Tin Kari Jana who represented CJ Associates had been given the power of attorney by Abhishek through a declaration on January 17, 2013. DNA has access to the copy of the power of attorney.In another communication to the Registrar of trademarks, it has been claimed that ‘the service mark consisting of the expression MAA-MATI-MANUSH has been adopted in an honest and bonafide manner which has acquired inherent distinctiveness and capable of distinguishing the service of the applicant’.None of the TMC leaders wanted to comment on this issue. Interestingly Mamata and all the TMC leaders had used this phrase, ‘Maa Mati Manush’ in their speeches before and after coming to power to send out a message that the party was for the common people.Former second-in-command of Trinamool Congress Mukul Roy kicked up a controversy on November 10 at his first public rally after defecting to BJP alleging that Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla were actually business entities owned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.

Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly inducted BJP leader Mukul Roy on Friday moved Delhi High Court against the West Bengal government over alleged tapping of his phone.The court will hear the matter on November 20.Earlier, Roy had said that the ruling Trinamool Congress has turned itself into a ‘private limited company’ under the stewardship of Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek.Explaining his reasons for leaving the TMC, Roy asserted that the promises made by the party were not fulfilled.”The TMC is no longer a party, but a limited company. So I could not stay longer in the party,” he saidMukul Roy quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3.

Padmavati row: UP organisation announces Rs 5 crore reward for beheading Deepika, Sanjay Leela Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Karni Sena, now Chatriya Samaj in Uttar Pradesh has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone.Demanding a ban on Padmavati, Thakur Abhishek Som, an office-bearer of the Chatriya Samaj has announced a reward of Rs 5 crore to anyone beheading film Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone who played the character of Padmavati in the movie.Thakur Som, who is an active member of the Samajwadi Party, warned the Bollywood actress to leave the country or face beheading. He had also threatened the Director Sanjay to withdraw release of the controversial film or be ready to face the consequences.“The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” stated Som.

Pregnant woman crushed to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-week pregnant woman was killed and her husband injured after a car rammed into them in Noida’s sector 18 market on Sunday night. The couple was heading back to their car when a parking attendant lost control of a car that he was trying to park. He first hit two other cars and then mowed down the woman and finally hit a pole. The couple was expecting their first child.The couple Mansi Singhal, 29, and Prateek Singhal, 32, had come to the mall to watch a movie and after eating at a restaurant in Sector-18 were walking towards their car. Meanwhile, a person in his Honda City car, who was visiting one of the shops, handed over his car keys to a parking attendant due to lack of parking space.The 18-year-old parking attendant identified as Abhishek sat behind the wheels and while trying to park the car, accidentally pressed the accelerator. The impact was such that he hit two cars ahead, mowed down the pregnant woman and dragged her for few meters before ramming into a pole.The police were informed immediately who rushed to the spot and took the duo to the hospital. While Mansi was declared dead on arrival, her husband was treated for injuries and later discharged. The doctors at Kailash hospital stated that the woman was 24-week pregnant and due to excessive blood loss could not survive.The body was handed over to the family members who have taken it to Bareilly for the last rites. “The couple was expecting their first child and we rushed the woman as soon as possible. However, we could not save her and the child. It is a really unfortunate incident,” said a police officer.According to the other parking attendants, Abhishek had come as a replacement for someone and did not know how to drive. “The medical examination of the boy was conducted where he was found to be 18 years of age. He does not have a driving license. We will take strict action against the contractor who had employed him without a background check,” said Arun Kumar, SP City, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Mukul Roy blasts Mamata’s nephew in first speech, claims company which sponsored U-17 WC run by nephew Abhishek

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his first public meeting as BJP leader, former TMC second-in-command and ex-Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy tore into TMC alleging the much talked about ‘Biswa Bangla’ was actually a business entity owned by TMC MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.“What is Biswa Bangla which sponsored the recently concluded Under-17 FIFA World Cup? It is not a government entity. It is a private business entity, owned by Abhishek Banerjee,” Roy said, holding up a bunch of printouts.He said that ‘Jago Bangla’ the Bengali daily and party mouthpiece was also a company owned by Abhishek. “After All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) was formed all the leaflets, pamphlets, hoardings and each and every printed material was printed by a company owned by Abhishek,” he said. He also alleged that state education minister Partha Chatterjee was at the helm of one of the leading puja committees which organised pujas along with corporate partnership of four chit fund companies.Roy had promised to divulge his reason of leaving TMC at this public meeting and amidst thundering applause of an unprecedented turnout for a BJP rally, said, “I have left TMC because it had failed to fulfil any of its commitments which it made before coming to power. It was getting suffocating within the party. There are many more who are suffering but are unable to say so. For all of them I am saying that TMC has become a limited company. If you delay leaving it, it might be too late.”He alleged that Mamata was using the police to rule the state and that is why she was putting her favourite IPS officers at important posts irrespective of what their track record had been. “At a time when the state was reeling under dengue, she was busy inaugurating a film festival and would leave for London tomorrow. The present dispensation would throttle any voice of dissent. Even the CPI(M) was not like this. At least they allowed the Opposition its rights,” he said.Taking a dig at Mamata’s foreign trips he said, “Just like Jyoti Basu (former Bengal Chief Minister), Mamata too has this habit of going to London on the pretext of bringing in investment which never came.”He threw a challenge at his former party and said that in the forthcoming elections there will be a ‘parivartan’ of ‘parivartan’ and to the BJP cadres he said, “For that just tears flowing down your eyes would not do. There should be fire coming out of your eyes.”Before he signed off he said that it was only Part I of things he had to say against the government. There would be many such in the near future.Soon after the rally, West Bengal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Partha Chatterjee refuted the allegations in two separate press conferences. “Biswa Bangla logo was designed by Mamata Banerjee. West Bengal government owns the logo. I can assure you that the logo is not owned by any individual,” Bhattacharya said.Chatterjee, talking to media persons at the party office said that the allegations were baseless. He said that the fact that party was promoting the youth did not go down well with Roy. “Now it is clear what the bone of contention is,” he said.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during his speech at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival referred to her upcoming London trip and said, “I go to one foreign trip every year for inviting investment. I generally dont go to foreign countries. This year I had to go to receive a prize from the UN for our project, Kanyashree.”

Ryan School murder: Class XI student sent to 3-day CBI custody, Pradyuman’s family demands capital punishment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Class XI student arrested in connection with the murder of Pradyuman was sent to 3-day CBI remand by a Gurugram court. He will be questioned by the CBI in presence of a member of the Juvenile Justice Board.Meanwhile, reacting to the news Pradyuman’s family’s lawyer demanded strict punishment and said that he should be tried as an adult and hanged. While according to the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, individuals under 18 can’t be given capital punishment, minors between the age of 16 and 18, can be tried as adults for heinous crimes.He also said that they believed it was a larger conspiracy and the CBI should file a charge-sheet soon. He added the CBI hadn’t given a clean chit to the Pinto family yet.In the latest development to the Pradyuman murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case.The CBI has ruled out the sexual assault theory in the case. “No sexual assault theory came out during our investigation,” stated the CBI.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday night. An official statement by the agency reads: “CBI has apprehended a child in conflict with law, a student of senior class at Ryan International School, Gurugram in an ongoing case relating to the murder of the seven-year-old boy.”It said, “Initial investigation revealed the child in conflict of law wanted to have the examination and parent teacher meeting in school postponed.”CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told ANI, “The arrest was made after a thorough investigation was conducted based on scientific evidences, including inspection of the scene of crime, forensic analysis, analysis of CCTV and call records.”Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.The juvenile student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night and his parents were kept in the loop all through, the agency said.Police in Gurgaon had arrested school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, for the crime the same day. With inputs from agencies

University of Mumbai says all results out but diploma students still wait

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the University of Mumbai announced that it has declared the results of all the courses under it a few days ago, hundreds of students enrolled under the various diploma courses in law are still awaiting their results.The university is yet to declare results of several postgraduate diploma courses in Law including Diploma in Labour law, Diploma in Taxation Law, Diploma in Cyber Law and several such short term diploma programmes over six months after it conducted the exams for these courses.Over the last few days, students who have taken up these courses are running from pillar to post only to be told that their results would be declared ‘soon’. Gurunath Satale, a student of Diploma in Labor law said that the delay in declaring the results has left thousands of students like him in lurch. “Most of these diploma courses are of advanced level and students who take them up are often working in government jobs looking to benefit in their careers and promotions with these diplomas. We have written our final exams in the month of April and have been waiting for our results for over 6 months now. Even as the university claims to have declared all results all the students pursuing various diplomas under law are still awaiting results,” said Satale.Another student who has taken up taxation law said: “The university is just playing with our lives by being indifferent to the delay. Even colleges are not willing to take responsibility for the mess and are asking students to approach the university.”Dr Arjun Ghatule, Director, Examinations and Evaluation did not respond to queries despite calls and messages. Students under various courses who were allotted zero marks due to a technical error are still awaiting their results. Several such students are now planning to protest at the varsity’s Kalina campus on Tuesday. “A lot of students who have got zero marks due to a technical error in the system are still awaiting their results months after the error was brought to the notice of the university. We are going to stage a huge protest with these and several other students whose results are still held in reserve,” said Abhishek Bhatt, a law student.

Dawood’s brother Iqbal, close aide Shakeel booked under MCOCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police on Wednesday invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel and four other accused arrested in connection with running an extortion racket in Thane and Mumbai. The accused would threaten the victims using Dawood’s name. The other accused have been identified as Mumtaz Shaikh, Israr Sayyed, Pankaj Gangar, wanted accused Shammi and Guddu.According to the police, MCOCA has been invoked in the first case registered against the accused wherein the gang had allegedly extorted four flats and Rs 30 lakh from a Thane builder. While the two flats were sold by the gang, Mumtaz was staying in one of the flats and had got it registered under his name. However, the police had not booked Dawood and his brother Anees in this case. The duo was booked in a case that cropped up later during the probe. “The reason we invoked MCOCA is that the gang was part of an organised crime syndicate and were committing crimes for pecuniary gains. Gangar, Shakeel and Kaskar had a history of having been booked under MCOCA,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Thane.

Proceedings in Assembly on EVM tampering illegal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to declare the proceedings of the second part of the fifth session of the legislative assembly held on May 9 — where a special session on a short duration discussion on alleged tampering of EVMs and threat to democracy was conducted — as “unconstitutional” and “illegal.”The matter came up before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar, who asked the petitioner to prove the maintainability of the plea.The petition filed by advocate Abhishek Aanand Rai contended that MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, with the permission of the Speaker, gave a live demonstration on how the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with.The plea contended that the petitioner was “aggrieved” with the proceedings where Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel allowed a short discussion. It said the proceedings of the House were violative of the provisions of the Constitution and the principle of separation of powers and added that it sought a “declaratory judgment” on the issue of constitutionality of the proceedings.Appearing for the Delhi government, Standing Counsel Ramesh Singh raised questions as to the maintainability of the plea. Following this, the court directed both parties to give written submissions stating the laws on which they would rely on to support their contentions.As per the plea, the rules and standing orders which regulated the procedure of the legislature, mandated that a member could not express any opinion on any matter under consideration of a court of justice.But, the resolution moved by Saurabh Bharadwaj was of an issue , which was pending adjudication by the Supreme Court. It said the rules prohibited admissibility of any resolution if it contained arguments and inferences. It also claimed that the proceeding was unconstitutional as the legislature did not have power to discuss an issue in the exclusive domain of the Election Commission.“Because if such unconstitutionality and illegality is not decided then a confusing precedent will be set of not only ousting the constitutional courts but also disturbing the fine balance of power much crucial for survival and existence of a vibrant democracy,” the plea said.COURT TO DECIDEThe matter is listed for February 8 next year.
A special Delhi Assembly session on May 9 had seen the Aam Aadmi Party government enacting a dramatic demonstration of “EVM tampering” on the floor of the House.

On Big B’s 75th b’day, fan cherishes 75 autographs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You must have heard stories of fans doing all sort of things for their superstars. The story of 55-year-old NM Bhandary is more or less the same. The ardent Big B worshipper has been collecting autographs and letters of those of the Bachchan family.”Mere pas Bachchanji ke parivar ke 75 autographs hai.(I have 75 autographs of the Bachchan family). I prefer calling myself a well-wisher than a fan,” said Bhandary while talking to DNA on the occasion of the actor’s 75th birthday.Bhandari, who works in a private company in Navrangpura and says he watches only Big B’s films, even got a place in the Limca Book of Records for having 50 letters written to him by the Bachchan family.”I was so inspired by him that I decided to write to his father, noted Indian poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. To my surprise, he wrote back. That’s how it all began. I made it a point of sending him a letter on every occasion and he always replied. I have letters of Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and even Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. When the letters crossed 50, Limca Books included my name and CM Vijay Rupani himself congratulated me through a letter. It was a moment of immense pride,” Bhandari, who even got the name of his wife changed to Jaya, said.”After Kabhie Kabhie released in 1976, I might have watched it 100-125 times. I have watched all his movies. I am a devotee of his voice. He is nothing less than a god to me…Before marriage, I had told my wife that I adore Bachchan ji, and put forward a condition that after marriage she would have to change her name to Jaya. After the marriage, we changed the name through an affidavit,” Bhandari, a native of Ajmer in Rajasthan, said.Bhandari even gave the name of Shweta (Amitabh’s daughter) to his daughter. “When my wife was pregnant, I had decided that if it’s a girl, we would name her Shweta and if a boy, we would call him Abhishek. I was blessed with a girl,” he said.Though there are reports of Big B going in for a low-key birthday celebration on October 11 this year, Bhandari, reveals his plans to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. “I don’t cut cakes. I believe in doing something for the needy. I spend time with orphans and derive satisfaction after giving them food or helping the ill. Last year, on Bachchanji’s wedding anniversary, I helped in treatment of a 11-year-old cancer patient. I had got a letter from Amitabh Sir congratulating me and urging me to keep doing good deeds.”Sharing another instance, Bhandari says, “I had even been an audience to Kaun Banega Crorepati TV show. I had photo-framed his dialogue-“Mere paas Maa hai!”- and took two copies of it with me when I went there. While I gifted one to Amitji, I got the second one autographed from him. I visit him every year. He is a part and parcel of my life. He is my God.”

‘I felt ashamed’: Arun Jaitley takes dig at Rahul Gandhi, says dynasty becomes burden in the long run

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday took a dig at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and said that dynasty becomes a burden in the long run.Jaitley’s remark came days after Rahul Gandhi’s comment on dynasty while addressing students at the University of California.”I feel ashamed when it was said in the US that dynasty is in India’s nature (Mujhe sharam aayi jab Amreeka mein baith ke kaha gaya ki parivarvaad is desh ke svabhaav mein hai),” Arun Jaitley said taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi.”Some parties may think that being centered around dynasty is an asset but in the long run it becomes a burden,” Jaitley added.Hitting back at those who have accused him of reaping the benefits of ‘dynasty politics’, Rahul had said that the entire nation is running on it and hence, one should not go only after him. “Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast … even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast.”Earlier, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani slammed Rahul Gandhi’s defense citing background of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.When Rahul said that – That’s how India runs – he forgot that in independent India there are many people who are giving contribution but have no political legacy. “Prime Minister comes from a small village, President is from a family that comes from the marginalised community. Vice President is a farmer’s son. The three people being at the top post is a signal that in a living democracy merit is important. A failed dynast talked about his failed political journeys in US,” Irani said in a scathing attack.Gandhi who is in the US on a two-week-long tour has held a series of meetings, including a roundtable with eminent Indian /South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning think tank.

Dynasty and democracy cannot go together; it weakens our system: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today hit out at dynastic politics, saying dynasty in democracy is “nasty”, days after Rahul Gandhi talked about the phenomenon being present in the Indian system.”There is discussion about dynasty. Dynasty and democracy cannot go together. Very simple… it weakens our system.Dynasty in democracy is nasty,” he said at a book launch but added that his remarks were not linked to any party.He said he used to voice similar views earlier too but now he hesitates as he is out of politics.Naidu, however, made it clear that he is not referring to any political party while speaking against dynasty.”I am not keeping in mind any particular party — this party or that party — as someone said everybody is trying to follow each other.”Speaking at the University of California in Berkeley, Rahul had earlier this week said that dynasties are commonplace in India, from politics to business, and stressed that a person’s capabilities are more important than pedigree.”Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast… even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs.”So don’t get after me because that’s how India is run.By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi had said listing several prominent Indians born into famous families.

Madhya Pradesh: Congress MLA, 11 others get six months in jail for rioting

Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 11:59 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court here on Thursday sentenced a Congress legislator, two former MLAs and nine other party workers to six months’ imprisonment in a case of rioting.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on each of them, said Assistant Public Prosecutor Punam Verma. Judicial Magistrate Abhishek Saxena convicted Congress MLA from Kailaras, Ram Singh Yadav; former MLAs Harivallabh Shukla and Virendra Raghuvanshi and nine others. “The court found them guilty under IPC sections 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 148 (rioting) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others),” Verma said.They were also held guilty under the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act. The incident had taken place on September 30, 2011 when Congress workers staged a protest at the district collector’s office. It was alleged that protesters threw stones at District Collector John Kingsly and created a ruckus in the campus.

Karan Johar of politics: Twitter reacts to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘dynast’ comment at UC, Berkley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Brushing off suggestions that the Congress party is synonymous with dynastic politics, party vice president Rahul Gandhi said today that dynasties are a fact of life in India, whether it be in politics or business, and insisted that the real test of a person is not pedigree but ability.His comments in the US set off a chorus of protest by the BJP in India with Union Minister Smriti Irani calling him a “failed dynast” and a failed politician.Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of divisive politics, creating space for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ruining the economy.Responding to a question from students, Gandhi said that he was “absolutely ready” to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.Responding to another question whether the Congress party was more associated with dynastic politics, Gandhi argued that India is being run by dynasties.”Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast… Even Abhishek Bachchhan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi said as he listed several prominent Indians born into famous families.But, he said there were a large number of people in the Congress Party who were not from dynastic families. “And I can name them in every state. There are also people who happen to have a father, or a grandmother or a great grandfather in politics. They do exist,” he said.”The real question is whether the person actually a capable and a sensitive person,” the 47-year-old Gandhi said.Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rahul Gandhi’s comments:

India’s not facing an ISIS threat because of our policies: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tells Abhishek Bhalla a crackdown on terror funding has ensured the nation’s securityThere has been turmoil in Kashmir for the last one year. What is the situation now?By their continuous use of violence, the separatists and terrorists adopted means that didn’t leave any space for dialogue. The response required was strong physical operations on the ground to ensure peace and tranquillity in Kashmir. Due to the high success rate in these operations, the morale of the Forces has remained high.What is the government’s long term strategy to deal with the situation in Kashmir?Our approach is rational. Those using illegal methods to raise funds and keeping connections with the enemy cannot be spared. So tough action by the NIA against terror funding and keeping forces on the ground are part of government’s resolve to ensure no group can endanger security.How serious is the ISIS threat in India and what steps have been taken in this regard?India is not facing a threat from ISIS because of our proactive approach. On the ground, community elders and clergy have played an important role in ensuring the youth do not go astray. On the government’s side, state governments, along with the Centre, have been putting in a concerted effort towards de-radicalisation.What is your assessment of the current status of the Maoist insurgency?The Maoist challenge is immense but they have been on the retreat for some time now. The high number of surrenders by their leaders and cadres has put them on the back foot and they are very defensive now. Along with operations development in these areas, our aim is to reach out to the poor tribal people. Lack of development was one of the reasons why they (the Maoists) gained ground. Once development reaches them, they will not be able to fool people. In the past 70 years, the governments neglected the tribal people and that is why the Maoists gained ground.What is your response to allegations that communal harmony is in danger?As far as communal harmony is concerned the home ministry has taken steps in the right direction. Advisories were sent to all states to deal with these situations when they arose, and incidents of lynching in the name of cow vigilantism have been strictly dealt with. Only parties like the Congress and some pseudo secularists are trying to create a problem. This is an issue I raised in Parliament while speaking on the subject.What is the current situation regarding the insurgency in the North East?There is a dip in insurgency in the North East and most of the states are moving towards normalcy. The peace framework with NSCN (IM) is moving in the right direction.Border security has always been a concern. What measures is the government taking to better secure our borders?Technological solutions are being adopted to enhance border security. That is the way forward. Hi-tech gadgets for surveillance, better communication system have been put in place. New technology is the way forward for better border management.

Brave cop runs 1 km with 10 kg bomb on his shoulder to save 400 children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A small village in Madhya Pradesh witnessed a brave act by a cop who carried a 10-kilogram bomb on his shoulder to save around 400 school children.After a bomb was found in a local school’s backyard, a constable of Madhya Pradesh police department decided to take the matter into his own hands. The school authorities of the government school in Chittora village, nearly 170 km from state capital Bhopal, of Sagar district informed the police after discovering the explosive at the campus.A team led by head constable Abhishek Patel arrived at the scene. The bomb squad was yet to arrive at the scene. As the school authorities were arguing what to do ahead, suddenly, Patel lifted the 12-inch bomb, weighing around 10 kg, and put it on his shoulders and started running. He ran far away from the school where around 400 children attend and ran till he was far away from the human civilisation.The brave policemen later said he was part of drill before where a similar bomb was spotted and he had to carry and run with it.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan later announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to the policeman for his courageous act and saving many lives.

MP cop saves 100 kids from bomb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old Madhya Pradesh Police Head Constable saved lives of 100 children and many other villagers when he carried a bomb found in the backyard of a school over his shoulder and disposed it off far away from human habitation.The incident took place in Chitora village of Sagar district, nearly 170 kilometres from the state capital. The unexploded bomb, which apparently got there from the nearby firing range in Chitora weighed about 10 kgs. However, Head Constable Abhishek Patel, without worrying about his life carried the heavy bomb, placed it over his shoulder and disposed it off away from the village. It was only after this that he followed the usual drill of informing his seniors and calling the bomb disposal squad.Talking to DNA over phone, Satyendra Shukla, SP Sagar district said, “Head Constable Abhishek Patel was on Police Control Van duty when he got a call about a bomb in the backyard of a school in Chitora. He immediately rushed to the spot. He picked up the bomb and ran with it as fast as he could. He disposed it at a place far away from the village.”Even as Patel’s seniors in the department are appreciating what he did, they are not happy with the way he handled the situation. “He should have first informed the bomb disposal squad and followed the proper drill. There was a lot of risk involved in taking the bomb away with bare hands,” the Superintendent of Police said.Talking about the incident, Patel told DNA that his intention was only to take it away from the residential area and had the bomb exploded, buildings and people within an area of at least 500 meters would have been affected. He said, “My only objective was to carry the bomb as far away as possible from the school and the residential area.”As the unexploded bomb was from an army range nearby, standard protocol was followed later on and the bomb was finally diffused on Sunday.According to the police officials, the bomb must have been placed there by some villager who went in search of metal from the exploded bomb but instead found this unexploded one, which would have been useless for the villager. Villagers in the area usually look for exploded bombs so that they can extract metal from it and sell them of in the market.

Cong hits out at BJP over cow deaths in Chhattisgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today charged the BJP with ignoring the death of several cows at a cowshed run by a party leader in Chhattisgarh and asked whether Chief Minister Raman Singh would impose death penalty on “one of their own” as he had sought earlier. At least 27 cows had died at a government-aided cow shelter in Durg district of Chhattisgarhrun by one Harish Verma, who was arrested yesterday, local police had said. Referring to the Chief Minister’s comments earlier this year, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said ‘gauraksha’ (cow protection) has been reduced to killing of innocents, mostly of minority community. “If this is the new definition of gauraksha, I suppose everybody should ignore this terrible event (of cows death in Chhattisgarh)…because double standards is the definition of the BJP,” Singhvi told reporters here. The Congress leader said “if I recollect, no less than death penalty was demanded more than once by the chief minister of Chhattisgarh.” “We will hang those who kill cows,” the Chief Minister had said in April this year, a day after BJP-ruled Gujarat passed a stringent law, making cow slaughter punishable with a life term. Singhvi said the BJP government will not act against “their own” in this case because “double standards is the definition of the BJP”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One arrested for looting jewellery shop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A person, who along with two of his accomplices had allegedly looted a Gurugram-based jewellery shop in June, has been arrested, the Haryana Police said today. Three armed men had looted the shop in Badshahpur and had fled with gold and other items on June 20, a spokesman said here. The police nabbed the person from Khedli in Rajasthan, he said. Abhishek alias Abhi, a resident of Mohna village in Faridabad, has confessed to having committed the crime along with two of his accomplices, the spokesman claimed. Several cases are lodged in Faridabad against the accused, including attempt to murder, robbery and assault, he said. Efforts are on to arrest the other two accused and recover the stolen gold and other items, the spokesman added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not the correct time to rake up Article 35 (A) Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Monday said that issue of Article 35 (A) should not be discussed at the moment as the state of Jammu and Kashmir is facing enough crisis at the moment. Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir has reached its most abysmal position presently, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are running in different directions. Singhvi said, at a time when the state is in complete chaos and figures of border intrusions and causalities is increasing it is dangerous to rake an issue of divisive nature such as 35 (A). ?It is unfortunate that when Jammu and Kashmir has reached its most abysmal position where there is complete chaos, where the state government and the Central government though of the same color or coalition are riding in two different directions, where governance in the ground has gone, where the number of causality figures, whether of the armed forces or of the border intrusions or of terrorists incidents or of civilian deaths or of military deaths. Any of these five parameters have risen exponentially in last several months and years,? said Singhvi. ?During such a time is it correct to talk about a further divisive issue like 35 A. the merits of the issue don?t matter at the moment. There is a time and place for everything. Even if it is debatable, it is certainly not debatable today,? he added. Earlier in the day, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said investment in Jammu and Kashmir is not coming because of ‘perception’ and not because of state’s special status. He said industry in the state saw a decline not because of Articles 370 or 35 (A), but the age-old perception of the state being “unsafe” for investment. Talking to media, Abdullah said, “J&K is perceived as unsafe for investment. We have a small industry infrastructure as there are no raw materials available in the state. We have a geographical disadvantage. This is the reason for the stinted growth of industries here, and not because of the imposition of Articles 370 or 35 (A), as is being projected by the ruling coalition.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 of family killed in road accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A car today hit a stationary truck in Saini area here, killing three members of a family, the police said. The family was on its way to Noida from Varanasi when the driver lost control over the car and it hit the stationary truck near Kesaria village, they said. While Abhishek Srivastava (36), his wife Nina (32) and brother-in-law Shailesh (25) died on the spot, his sister-in- law Neha (22) was seriously injured in the incident, the police said. The bodies have been sent for postmortem, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vice Presidential Polls: Find out who didn’t turn up to cast their vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the vice presidential election ended here this evening with 98.21 per cent of members of Parliament exercising their franchise.Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey said at the closing of voting process, 771 out of 785 MPs had cast their vote.The counting will begin at 6 pm and the result would be out by 7.15 pm.Those who didn’t vote included Indian Union Muslim League’s Abdul Wahab and PK Kunhallikutty; independents Anu Agha & Naba Kumar Saraniya; Congress’ Mausam Noor & Ranee Narah; NCP’s Udayan Raje Bhonsle; PMK’s Ambumani Ramadoss; TMC’s Kunal Ghosh, Tapas Paul, Pratima Mondal and Abhishek Banerjee; and BJP’s Vijay Goel & Sanwar Lal Jat didn’t cast their vote.Goel and Jat were in hospital, the BJP said, while One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.However, a number of MPs who were travelling or ill overcame the odds to return and vote for the next vice president. As reported in The Hindu, Devendra Goud of the Telugu Desam Party, said to be ailing, also flew in, with medical assistance on the flight to make it in time for voting. Similarly, Maharashtra MP Pritam Munde cut short his trip to New York and flew in to New Delhi on Saturday morning.With Agency Inputs

FERA case: Abhishek Verma guilty of non-complaince of summons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma has been held guilty by a Delhi court for non- compliance of summons issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a FERA violation matter in 1999. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler will pronounce the order on the quantum of sentence on August 9. The maximum jail term for the offence is three years. During arguments, ED counsel N K Matta submitted that due to his defiance of the summons, the probe was stalled. According to the ED, it had the filed a complaint on December 14, 1999 before the court saying Verma was required for investigation. He was summoned to appear before it, but he had deliberately avoided appearance and hence committed an offence under the now-repealed Foreign Exchange Regulation Act. The complaint filed by ED was for violation of seven summons between July and November 1999 issued by it to Verma to appear before the investigation officer of the agency. The charges in this case were framed against Verma in January 2005 when he had denied the allegations and claimed trial.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SSP suspends 3 constables for ‘relaxing’ on Dial 100 duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three policemen were today suspended for allegedly “relaxing” on duty by the Bulandshahr SSP Muniraj G who cycled 22 kms to check security arrangements for ‘Kanwad’ yatra. The district police chief covered a distance of 22 kms on National Highway 235 on a bicycle to check the security arrangements for Kanwad yatra, the annual month-long pilgrimage which begins tomorrow, police officials said. When the SSP, who was in civil clothes, reached Gulaothi, he found the three constables of ‘Dial 100’ service, which is meant to take prompt action in a fixed time limit, were found relaxing while sitting on chairs by the roadside, they said. The ‘Dial 100’ personnel need to sit in their vehicle and immediately rush to a spot on getting information of any incident from control room. The SSP got the chairs loaded in another police vehicle and sent it to a police station. He then suspended the erring personnel, the officials said. The Kanwariyas are Shiva devotees, who travel on foot to various temples during Saawan, carrying water from the Ganges as offering to Lord Shiva. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri on July 21, lakhs of devotees are likely to pay obeisance by Jal Abhishek on Shiv Linga in different temples.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sikkim stand-off: Govt not taking Chinese incursions seriously, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Tuesday accused the Centre of not taking Chinese incursions seriously and asked it to take proper steps to counter a possible attack or speedily engage with Beijing through diplomatic channels.Accusing Union ministers of only delivering speeches, AICC senior spokesperson Ajay Maken asked how the government intended to combat repeated “incursions”, when it was “downgrading” the threat as “transgressions”. “On the one hand, the prime minister is on foreign visits. On the other, we have seen that our government itself is not taking the incursions seriously,” Maken alleged. “Our government calls the incursion a transgression. When you only will downgrade the incursion as transgression, how will you fight it?” he asked.The former minister said the BJP-led NDA government needs to prepare itself on the ground, “be it on borders shared with China or Pakistan” for any possible attack. “First of all, you will need to understand it is a Chinese incursion. The government needs to speedily take aggressive steps or act through apt diplomatic means,” he said. “The government only delivers speeches. Intruders are continuously entering India. It is a record high, it never happened so in the past,” he claimed.Asked about his views on the government’s “proactive” deployment of Indian security personnel in Doklam area near Sikkim, Maken said had the government been proactive, there would be “no incursions” in the first place. “This government only talks…,” he said. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi has expressed concern over the rising infiltrations along the border with China and asked the government what was its strategy to resolve the issue and deal with national security which was “going through turbulent times”.The party leader said “unfortunately, it appears that this government has been caught napping” and has not been able to implement recent accords between the two countries signed by the UPA government, which have been violated. Singhvi said the Congress, however, stands solidly behind the government on issues of national security and on steps taken in national interest to resolve the current stand-off with China.

Govt not taking Chinese incursions seriously: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today accused the Centre of not taking Chinese incursions seriously and asked it to take proper steps to counter a possible attack or speedily engage with Beijing through diplomatic channels. Accusing Union ministers of only delivering speeches, AICC senior spokesperson Ajay Maken asked how the government intended to combat repeated “incursions”, when it was “downgrading” the threat as “transgressions”. “On the one hand, the prime minister is on foreign visits. On the other, we have seen that our government itself is not taking the incursions seriously,” Maken alleged. “Our government calls the incursion a transgression. When you only will downgrade the incursion as transgression, how will you fight it?” he asked. The former minister said the BJP-led NDA government needs to prepare itself on the ground, “be it on borders shared with China or Pakistan” for any possible attack. “First of all, you will need to understand it is a Chinese incursion. The government needs to speedily take aggressive steps or act through apt diplomatic means,” he said. “The government only delivers speeches. Intruders are continuously entering India. It is a record high, it never happened so in the past,” he claimed. Asked about his views on the government’s “proactive” deployment of Indian security personnel in Doklam area near Sikkim, Maken said had the government been proactive, there would be “no incursions” in the first place. “This government only talks…,” he said. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi has expressed concern over the rising infiltrations along the border with China and asked the government what was its strategy to resolve the issue and deal with national security which was “going through turbulent times”. The party leader said “unfortunately, it appears that this government has been caught napping” and has not been able to implement recent accords between the two countries signed by the UPA government, which have been violated. Singhvi said the Congress, however, stands solidly behind the government on issues of national security and on steps taken in national interest to resolve the current stand-off with China.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man kills uncle, aunt on suspicion of practising black magic

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old man allegedly killed his uncle and aunt at a village in Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district on suspicion that they practised ‘black magic’, police said today. As per preliminary investigation, the accused, Landru Ram, went to his 60-year-old maternal uncle Bishun Ram’s house in Karadari village on Sunday evening and invited him to his place nearby, Jashpur’s Deputy Superintendent of Police Abhishek Singh said. Initially, Bishun Ram and his wife Basanti Rai (48) hesitated to go to the accused’s home, but he convinced them, Singh said. On way to his house, the accused had a heated argument with the couple and he accused them of practising sorcery. He then allegedly attacked them with a stick at a secluded place, killing them on the spot, the police officer said. The villagers spotted the bodies yesterday morning and informed the police, he said. Based on suspicion, police yesterday arrested Landru Ram from Karadari village, located around 450 kms away from the state capital Raipur, the DSP said. Singh claimed the accused told police that he believed his uncle and aunt practised witchcraft because of which his wife was ill since the past six months. The accused was booked under Indian Penal Code section 302, the punishment for murder, he said. Under the IPC section 302, the maximum punishment is death or imprisonment for life.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After Nitish Kumar’s furious attack, Congress plays down talks of rift, says alliance ‘strong and intact’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress sought to mend fences in Bihar today, saying that its grand alliance in the state was “strong and intact” and that the partners stood by each other.Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also played down Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s remarks in which he had blamed the Congress for the “ongoing mess” in the opposition and for not forming an alliance in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.He said the issues that arose between the Congress and Nitish Kumar’s JD-U were restricted to the choice of a presidential candidate, which, he added, was now a closed chapter.”Whatever had to happen has happened, as far as that (presidential election) is concerned. It has absolutely no effect on our relationship as far as the JD-U and Congress and other parties are concerned in Bihar,” he said, adding that Nitish Kumar had also said so.”Our coalition is strong, stable and still there and everybody stands by each other,” he told reporters.There was speculation about a rift in the state government — a coalition of the JD(U), RJD and the Congress — after Nitish Kumar decided to support the NDA presidential candidate instead of the opposition’s nominee from the Congress.Singhvi, however, said questions that arose on the alliance related merely to the presidential poll. “That now is a chapter which is over,” he said.Singhvi said on the question of presidential candidates, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had said a few days ago that these decisions were taken “entirely” by individual parties.”The decision is that party’s alone and there is complete autonomy in such decision-making, unless the parties chose to agree with each other,” he quoted Gandhi as saying.Kumar in Patna also dismissed reports about becoming the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate and stressed the need for “alternative narratives” against the NDA.The JD(U) president, who asked the opposition to move beyond “reactive narratives”, also dispelled fears about fissures in Bihar’s coalition government and said it would fulfil its commitment to the people in time by providing them with “good governance”.Dismissing reports that he could be pitched as a prime ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, Kumar said, “We are a small party and very well know the futility of nourishing prime ministerial ambitions.”He added, “It is seen that the candidate whose name is in circulation never gets to the post.”More than focusing on a face, the opposition should have “alternative narratives” against the ruling party at the Centre on key issues such as farmers’ problems, he told reporters.

Congress rejects Amit Shah’s lynching remark, says BJP playing ‘blame game’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Brushing aside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s allegation that lynching cases were higher under Congress regime, the grand old party said the saffron party is an expert in playing blame game.”It is unfortunate that BJP is playing the blame game in the matters of lynching. There is no concept of competitive lynching. I disagree and reject with the fact that more lynching incidents took place during 2011-13. These reports are false,” Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI.He further said lynching incidents have not happened since the last 70 years but are happening now in the name of cow protection.The BJP chief on Saturday had disapproved that the cases of lynching in the country rose in the three years of the Narendra Modi Government, stating that the atrocities took place comparatively higher in the previous Congress regime.”In 2011, 2012 and 2013, lynching cases were much more than three years of our government, but no one raised questions then. Even when Akhlaq was lynched, the Samajwadi Party (SP) was in the government. The law and order comes under the state subject, hence the responsibility fell on the SP, but they instead took out dharnas against Prime Minister Modi,” Shah said at Goa rally.Shah’s comment came hours after President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the recent string of brutal lynching incidents emerging from across the nation.”With the change of history we can see colonialism now as dominance, exploitation by one power to another power. When we see on the TV and read the newspapers that an individual has been lynched, and when the mob frenzy becomes so high and uncontrollable then we have to pause and reflect,” the President said.”I am not talking of vigilantism, I am talking of are we vigilant enough proactively to save the basic tenets of our country?” he questioned.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly voiced out against the lynching incidents, saying that there are growing atrocities against innocent people in the guise of cow protection.”Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something that Mahatma Gandhi would have approved. There is no place for violence in the society,” Prime Minister Modi said while speaking in Gujarat.The Prime Minister asserted that violence is not a solution of any problem and no one has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this nation.During the last few months, incidents of mob lynching, violence, murder in the name of cow protection have increased causing a tense situation across the country.

Pol start-up to tap social media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It calls itself a Smart Party and plans to do things the smart way.So, instead of conventional methods like roping in volunteers to go door to door, the Smart Party will reach out to voters using social media. Explaining the party’s strategy, founder Abhishek Kumar said, “It is a political start-up. It will function like any other start-up. Our party will make maximum use of social media to reach out and spread the word about our policy and philosophy.”He said it is a social experiment to bring revolution in the traditionally contested elections. The strategy will be worked out and the party’s committee will decide on how to go about using social media and whether they will hire any professional agency to leverage the platform. He said in remote areas, the party will work out some non-conventional digital mode to reach out. An architect by profession, he said he decided to join politics because he believes only activism does not he lp. “One has to be in power to bring about changes,” he quipped. Know the founderAbhishek is a graduate from the Arvind Patel Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar (2007 batch).He has worked for various architectural firms.He did his architecture studies from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

NAMO stands for ‘No Agriculture Mal-governance Only’ Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ?unusual silence? over the critical situation in Mandsaur following the farmers agitation, the Congress Party on Wednesday said that the ruling regime has acted like a ?curse of death of the Indian farmers?. ?BJP has almost acting like a curse of death of the Indian farmers, literally not figuratively. On one hand the farmer are toiling and on the other hand BJP is killing or opening fire upon the sons of the soil,? Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in a press briefing here. Singhvi said that the farmers were demanding relief from their debts and better crop prices, but BJP in return took away their lives. ?What was sad was not the death and opening for fire in Mandsaur, what was insulting and sad was the complete denial by Madhya Pradesh Government and if it would not be tragic it would be amusing. The denial was that there was no firing at all, as if the firing was from the sky or was from the ground,? he said. He even questioned the purposes of suspending the internet service in the region and said the BJP is less concerned about the grief of the farmers and more worried about media management. ?They even suspended the internet. That is what they are doing they are not listening to their demand have turned into a deaf ear, it is not giving a healing touch. It is preventing communication ,? he said. Singhvi further said that the NAMO policy of the BJP government stands for ?No agriculture mal-governance only?. Earlier on Tuesday, during an agitation, five farmers, who were demanding fair price and loan waiver, were killed and several others were injured in the firing by security forces. Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam, Neemuch and Ujjain remain suspended following the farmers’ protests, and a curfew has also reportedly been imposed. Taking cognizance of the situation, Chouhan appealed for peace to the agitating farmers in the state and also announced a compensation of Rs. one crore to the kin of those killed in the violence. “In the past 11 years, there have been countless decisions made for the welfare of farmers. The various demands of the farmers have been fulfilled. I offer my condolences to the victims of Mandsaur incident. Rs. one crore will be given to the kin of the deceased and Rs. five lakh for those injured,” the Chief Minister said, adding that the state government is ready to come out with a solution through communication,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP biggest ‘non-performing asset’, Make in India lion is now ‘snoozing’: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today dubbed the BJP-led NDA government as the “biggest non-performing asset” (NPA) in the country as it has failed to fulfil its promises and said the “roaring” ‘Make in India’ lion is now “snoozing”.Attacking the government on the latest GDP numbers, the Congress said it has no answer to the fall in GDP during the last quarter even as the prime minister maintained an “eloquent silence” on the issue. “Seeing the kind of Indian economy figures, it is fair to say that the BJP has become India’s biggest NPA (non- performing asset) or indeed a non-performing non-asset. The ‘Make in India’ lion which was said to be roaring, now appears to be snoozing,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.He said the country is witnessing jobless growth and farmers are in bad shape and are protesting in Maharashtra, as there is rural distress in large parts of the country. Singhvi said yesterday Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had asked the prime minister about his vision about ‘Make in India’, “but we continue to have eloquent silence of the prime minister”. The Congress leader said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is giving no answers to the fall in GDP numbers and the best way to describe the government’s press conference on GDP is to use the adjectives of “utter confusion, perplexity, hypocrisy, bewilderment and even bemusement”. He said the best answer one got on the dwindling GDP numbers was that demonetisation could not be identified as the sole reason for the low GDP growth. He also said that the only thing not said by Jaitley was to blame the legacy of the Congress-led UPA.
ALSO READ India’s slower GDP nasty surprise, self-goal by Modi govt in ‘elephant versus dragon’ race: Chinese daily”There is no specific answer to the pointed question on how the GDP figures have fallen to 6.1 per cent,” he said, adding that the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ appears to have become “Cease of Doing Business” in the current dispensation. “In the past three years, the BJP government does not have the faintest idea of how to stop the slide of the economy. The recent GDP numbers prove that this very government is responsible for this massive downslide,” he said.Singhvi said while Jaitley has given vague answers as explanation for the slide in numbers, unemployment is rising and corporate sector has taken a hit while the Modi government is relying on statistics to create an illusion of economy growth. “The numbers speak the truth and they all establish that there is a massive downslide…The Congress has said that there is jobless growth, but the CSO tells us that there are neither jobs nor growth,” he said.
ALSO READ From Rahul to Chidambaram- Congress leaders slam govt on latest GDP figures Singhvi also said that only 24 months are left with this government to take some tangible and real steps of governance. “We demand the BJP that it listens and implements what it promised – both jobs and welfare of farmers,” he said.

Soaps to dalits: ‘Low level of untouchability’ practiced by Yogi govt, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his government of practising untouchability, the Congress today demanded that he tender an apology to dalits and a case be registered against him for insulting them.Referring to reports that authorities distributed soap and shampoo to Musahar dalit families and asked them “clean themselves” before attending a public meeting of the chief minister, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, “The incident has depicted the true face of the BJP and the RSS, particularly the chief minister.” He said Adityanath appeared not to be a ‘yogi’ (renouncer), but a ‘bhogi’ (materialistic).”The true face, thought process, thinking, actions have reflected in the way the soaps were distributed and callous officials said that they must smell good before the chief minister. A low level of untouchability was directly practised,” he said. Strongly condemning the incident, the Congress leader said it was unfortunate that he who was supposed to be the guardian of democracy had displayed this mindset and his army of officials had implemented this mindset.According to media reports, a day before Adityanath’s visit to Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district on Thursday, Musahar Dalit families received two soaps and a sachet of shampoo, and instructions to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting. “They (BJP leaders) have insulted the entire community of that village but more importantly they have insulted the concept of dalits in this country,” he said.The Congress spokesperson also asked which part of the Constitution was the chief minister upholding by reflecting such a mindset. “The chief minister must immediately apologise to this community. Appropriate cases must be registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against him and his official army, which has practised this brazen and shocking form of untouchability,” said Singhvi.

Soaps to dalits: Cong demands Yogi apology, case against him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tender an apology and a case be registered against him after reports emerged the state administration distributed soap and shampoo to Musahar dalit families ahead of a public meeting with him. “A low level of untouchability was directly practised,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said at a press briefing, referring to media reports about the incident. According to media reports, a day before Adityanath’s visit to Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district on Thursday, Musahar Dalit families received two soaps and a sachet of shampoo, and instructions to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting. “They (BJP leaders) have insulted the entire community of that village and the very concept of dalits. The incident has depicted the true face of the BJP and particularly the RSS. I have clearly said that the chief minister doesn’t appear to be a yogi (renouncer) but a bhogi (materialistic).” The Congress spokesperson also asked which part of the Constitution was the chief minister upholding by reflecting such a mindset. “The chief minister must immediately apologise to this community. Appropriate cases must be registered under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against him and his official army, which has practised this brazen and shocking form of untouchability,” said Singhvi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Unsung Hero’ who is quietly making a difference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen years ago, what started as a young student-athlete’s quest for a simple game of football with his friends at local community parks across Noida has today metamorphosed to making waves of change for the youth of the same community. A coach both on and off the field, Noida Sector 31B resident Anirudh Jayee just doesn’t believe in coaching but a holistic development of young talent.From being kicked out of parks to stuffing kids in his car, Jayee and the children have managed to cross all odds in order to make sure they carry out their regular practice sessions. Jayee is backed by his school friend Tushar Acharya who makes sure the children are motivated and never feel bogged down. Acharya shuttles between his family business and football but gives top priority to the sport and the children.”When we were young and played football no one guided us. Nowadays coaching has changed. It is just not limited to the field but the overall development of a child,” said Jayee. He added that this kind of development of the young led to the making of “Emerge 360”. The multi-faceted, all-round-development programme helps student athletes to focus on health, nutrition, benefits of rest, and 360-degree personality development alongside regular scholastics.And when one speaks to the children, they say that they have not been swayed by the hype and glamour surrounding international teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, and their loyalties firmly remain with their motherland. Their stars are Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chettri.Abhishek K Bala, a class 8 student who has been coming here for coaching and plays as a striker for the team, says he prefers the sessions here, more than the one at his school. “While in school they mostly focus on fitness, here Jayee sir teaches us new skills and techniques. Not just this he also keeps a track of our academic performance,” said Bala.The combination of Jayee and Acharya which is a mix of passion, persuasion and presence gives out an entirely different meaning to the word ‘Team.’ “The support and faith from both parents and students has been the driving force and reinstates Emerge 360’s mantra. Team which stands for -Together Everyone Achieves More’. We aim to become a stronger and dedicated team with the dream of changing Indian football, one kid at a time”, says Jayee.The enthusiastic elevenThe community team is called “Bravehearts football club” and they played their first tournament recently. Even though they won their first match and lost the remaining few they did not lose hope. They aim to win the tournament the next time. From a dedicated team to bonding and partying together, they are more like a family. The team members include the shy captain Prabhat, fierce Abhishek, dancer boy Advik, over-enthusiatic Saransh, goaliee Devesh, self-motivated Krish and Aayush, ready to play Kabir and Akshat and an experienced Indrajeet.

‘Lynchings, chaos, lawlessness’ in BJP-ruled states: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today alleged that a movement of “lynching” innocents has begun in BJP-ruled states which have also seen a rise of 38 per cent in atrocities against Dalits. The Congress also said “chaos and lawlessness” prevailed in BJP-ruled states and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” after the lynching of seven men who were suspected to be child-lifters in Jharkhand. The opposition party also alleged that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre targeted those with different views and ideologies. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also alleged that “chaos and lawlessness” prevailed in states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and now Jharkhand, all ruled by the BJP. “From Rajasthan to UP, Haryana and now Jharkhand, BJP ruled states are descending into chaos and lawlessness. Will the PM answer?” he tweeted. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also said that lawlessness aided and abetted by the state has become the new India of today. “This is the real new normal not just the new normal you are being taught and told about, this is the new India and new normal of the BJP. That is intolerance galore, innocents targeted, state-sponsored violence. “We ask you again, is this the new India? Is this the new normal of Modi ji where Modi ji practices either great ‘Jumlas’, high-sounding sermons or eloquent silence?” he said. He showed pictures of a victim whose clothes were soaked in blood begging for his life before alleged cow vigilantes. Citing examples from Jammu to Gujarat’s Una and Dadri in UP, Singhvi said the examples really do not convey the agony and pain of the country. “But in fact, this practice is licence to kill which would make James Bond blush. Is this the New India which Modi ji wants to create? The most ‘unIndian’ India where ruthless mobs takes law into their hands, where lynching is instant,” he said. Singhvi asked if this is “intolerance of majoritarianism” as it was being encouraged and supported indirectly or directly promoted by the “regressive and intolerant” remarks of BJP leaders, including its MPs, ministers and MLAs. The Congress leader also accused the government of being a “WhatsApp government” that thrived on emotions and vulnerabilities of people and uses it to target those who may have different views and different ideologies. “It has become the ‘Pehchan’, the modus-operandi and identity of the BJP. What is worse, it amounts to almost state-sponsored activity because these pictures show police and law enforcement agencies acting as mute spectators,” he said, adding that they not only turned a Nelsonian blind eye but even encouraged it as if there is no punishment or fear. The Congress also alleged that incidents of atrocities against Dalits have risen by 38 per cent in the last three years in BJP-ruled states. Citing NCRB figures, Singhvi said the number of atrocities against Dalits have risen from 39,408 in 2013 to 54,355 incidents in 2015. The Congress leader also said “Is vigilantism a mindset which covers up the real objective, which is anti-human rights, anti-Dalit, communal and divisive”. The Congress on its official Twitter handle also said, “Every drop of innocent blood being shed is like a nail in the coffin of Democratic India”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Against separatism, but Govt is ‘impotent’ in Kashmir:Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government “impotent”, the Congress alleged today they have “failed” to check anti-national activity and violence in the Valley despite the ruling BJP’s “sermons” on nationalism. The party also urged the government to take the opposition into confidence in resolving the “serious” situation in Kashmir and said if government ignores the situation, the opposition will take its own initiative. AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress condemns all kinds of separatism in Kashmir including the incident in Pulwama where “PoK’s national song” was sung, but accused the ruling dispensation of not doing anything to control the situation from worsening. Singhvi said that it is a “sad trajectory” since 1987 and, in the last 30 years, things have never “spiralled out of control” to the extent they have now under this government. “Why, how is it happening? Why is this government impotent at the state as well as at the central level and yet shamelessly giving us sermons on nationalism,” he said. Singhvi said it is tragic that despite having synergy of governments at the Centre and in the state, “we are in shambles” and noted the civilian and police casualties and the terror incidents. The Congress demanded that the Narendra Modi government come out with a blueprint for restoring peace in Kashmir Valley claiming that violence has spurted during the last three years. The Congress’s incharge of communications Randeep Surjewala said the party is willing to support the Centre’s initiatives towards ushering peace in the Valley but added that the onus for creating such an atmosphere lay with the Prime Minister. “We will support the restoration of normalcy in Kashmir but the onus lies with the government. PM Narendra Modi should make his stand clear. The Congress and other parties will help in restoring normalcy but policy, paradigm and way forward has to be decided by the government,” he said in Jaipur. Surjewala lamented that in the last three years, 200 soldiers and 51 civilians have lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir, even as stone pelting and other such incidents have increased under the PDP-BJP government. The Congress leader said every segment of the opposition is “very-very sensitively and gravely concerned about this rise”, and therefore, it is not surprising that initiatives are being undertaken for this purpose. He said such initiatives are being taken by some BJP leaders too. “In case the government abdicates its constitutional duties for as sensitive a state as J-K, it is but natural for the opposition, that otherwise may differ across the board on many issues, to get together and try their best although they were powerless beyond a point,” he said on possibilities of taking a joint initiative to bring peace there. “We as Congress party have condemned all symbolic, direct, indirect and other activities which are intended to promote separatism. We have condemned it and I repeat its condemnation,” he said. Singhvi said there have been a large number of homilies and sermons on nationalism from this government both at the Centre and in the state for the last 36 months and “yet under the nose of this government never before has J&K spiralled out of control with such incidents happening”. The Congress leader said in the last three years, this government’s Kashmir policy has been changing with each passing day. “There is a lack of consistency on the Jammu and Kashmir policy. There has not been any consistent policy and it keeps changing eight times in a week. The Kashmir policy is inconsistent, zig zag and is taking U-turns, which sends a very wrong signal,” he said. He termed the situation in Kashmir as “extremely serious” that requires the urgent attention of the government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Congress’ Jagish Tytler refuses to undergo lie detector test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Jagdish Tytler on Monday refused to give consent to undergo a lie detection test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case in which he was earlier given a clean chit by the CBI on three occasions.Tytler, in an affidavit filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma, said he does not wish to undergo the test as sought by the CBI.The counsel for controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a key witness in the case, told the court that his client was unwell and sought time for his personal appearance to explain the conditions for undergoing the polygraph test.The court granted time to Verma’s counsel and listed the matter for June 2 for further proceedings.The court had on May 9 directed Tytler and Verma to give an “unambiguous” reply on whether they wanted to undergo lie detection test. It had held that the CBI’s plea for obtaining their consent for the test was maintainable.
ALSO READ The CBI’s ‘Untraceable’ 1984 witness speaksIt had said if there were any conditions attached to the consent, Tytler and Verma should appear in person for clarification.The CBI’s move seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on Tytler and Verma came in pursuance to the court’s December 4, 2015 order in which it was mentioned that the lie-detection test may be conducted, if required.The case pertained to the riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.Tytler, who has denied any role in the riots, was given clean chit by the CBI thrice in the case, but the agency was directed by the court to further investigate the matter. The victims had filed a protest petition challenging the CBI’s closure reports in the case.The court had in December 2015 directed the CBI to further investigate the matter and said it would monitor the probe every two months to ensure that no aspect is left uninvestigated.The agency had reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. The CBI has filed three closure reports in the case.

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Key Naxal involved in attack on CRPF personnel surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what the police claimed to be a crucial achievement, a key Maoist cadre who was allegedly involved in the deadly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel last month has surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. According to police, the surrendered ultra has admitted to have arranged meeting between New Delhi-based social activists and Maoist leaders in Sukma. “Podiyam Pandu alias Panda (45) had surrendered on May 9 at Sukma district headquarters and was presented before media today,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cab rams wall of Kiren Rijiju’s residence, driver arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A taxi driver has been arrested here after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into the wall of Union minister Kiren Rijiju’s official residence in Lutyens’ Delhi, police said today. A CISF personnel, guarding the house of the Minister of State for Home Affairs, suffered injury in the incident that occurred on Saturday, they said. The driver has been identified as Abhishek, a resident of Noida sector 110, and police said he was in an inebriated condition when he rammed the vehicle into the wall of Rijiju’s residence on Krishna Menon Marg. On a complaint by the injured CISF constable, Saurabh Kumar Gautam, a case was registered at Tughlak Road police station. Officials said the vehicle ramming into the house in the high-profile area had sent security personnel in a tizzy. The driver was accompanied by a woman, they said, adding his medical examination has confirmed that he was drunk. He has been arrested, police officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 Naxal commanders were killed in Sukma attack: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two naxal commanders were gunned down in retaliatory action by the CRPF after the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district last week in which 25 security personnel were killed, police today claimed. At least 11 suspects have been rounded up for questioning by the CRPF and state police in Chintalnar, Chintagufa and Burkapal areas of Sukma since the April 24 attack in Burkapal area under Chintagufa police station limits. Preliminary interrogation has “established” that some of these suspects were allegedly involved in the Burkapal attack but once the interrogation process is completed, they will be arrested and produced before the court, Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Grave insult’ to judiciary Congress on Sadhvi Pragya bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s accusations of being a victim of Congress’ conspiracy, the grand old party on Friday said that just because her ?masters? and her ?controllers? were telling her to make such statements she was insulting not only the party, but the court too. Calling it a ?grave insult? to the judiciary, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he had been in custody and behind bars because of court?s orders and not because of anyone?s conspiracy. ?This is a grave insult to the judiciary. I don?t think she realises that she has insulted the judiciary. She has been in custody and behind bars, because of court?s orders. She has tried several petition and applications and to suggest that the government is changed, just because her masters and her controllers are telling her to make such statements, she is insulting not only the congress but the superior courts too,? he added. Days after getting bail from the Bombay High Court, Thakur, accused of plotting the 2008 Malegaon blasts, has alleged that she was a victim of the Congress Government’s conspiracy. “I am a victim of Congress government’s conspiracy, I suffered nine years of injustice,” Thakur said. Thakur criticised Congress leader P. Chidambaram for linking ‘saffron’ to terrorism. “For misbeliever, ‘saffron’ is always linked to terrorism, because they are afraid of it. For the demon, saffron is the strongest weapon,” she added. Thakur said she would undergo treatment and blamed the Mumbai Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) for her ailment. “In 2008, I was illegally taken by the ATS Mumbai and for 13 days I was held captive. I was tortured. I used to be physically fit, but I am not fit now and the ATS is responsible for that,” she said. On Tuesday, Thakur was granted bail. She was directed to submit her passport to the National Investigative Agency (NIA) court and appear on the dates mentioned before the trial court. The blast took place on September 29, 2008 opposite the Shakil Goods Transport Company in Malegaon. It was caused by an explosive device fitted to a motorcycle. In 2009, the ATS chargesheeted 12 alleged ‘Hindu extremists’, including Purohit and Thakur for the crime. The ATS chargesheet stated that Thakur ‘s scooter was used for the blast by prime accused Ram Kalsangra (absconding).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maoist commander Hidma among other ultras booked for Sukma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoist commanders Hidma, Situ and Sonu are among scores of naxals named in an FIR in connection with the Monday’s ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in which 25 personnel of the CRPF were killed, a senior official said today. “The case was registered by the Chintagufa Police against Maoists, including their senior cadres, involved in Burkapal incident,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

District panchayat member’s husband, son in ACB net

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) here today arrested a Congress worker and his son while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs one lakh. Satish Upadhyay and his son Abhishek were caught red-handed while taking the bribe from a farmer from Patiya village in Karjan tehsil of the district, an ACB official said. Upadhyay’s wife is the chairperson of health committee of Vadodara district panchayat, and the father-son duo had demanded bribe for facilitating conversion of the status of complainant’s land from `agricultural’ to `non-agricultural’. The power to effect this change lies with the district panchayat, the ACB official said. Both were arrested at their house here while allegedly taking the money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court clears controversial bizman Abhishek Verma in graft case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, his wife and two others, were today discharged by a special court in a graft case lodged by the CBI against them to keep a German firm out of the Defence Ministry’s blacklist. They were accused of making payments to some officials to influence the Defence Ministry. Special CBI Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna also cleared Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Verma in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the matter. The court said nothing incriminating was found in the entire material relied upon by the prosecution and there was no prima facie evidence to substantiate the version of the prosecution. Besides Verma and his wife other accused named by the CBI were defence company Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) and its top official Gerhard Hoy. “There is no evidence against the company and its senior vice president Gerhard Hoy to show that illegal gratification of USD 5,29,982 has been paid on account of influencing public servants through accused Abhishek Verma for the purpose of preventing blacklisting of the company.” While granting relief to the couple in ED case, the court said that since they were discharged in the CBI case, there was no ground to proceed further against the couple in the present case as it had become “groundless”. “The facts and evidence relied upon by the prosecution do not lead to the conclusion that the offence of taking gratification by corrupt or illegal means to influence public servant has been committed by the accused persons in conspiracy,” the court said in the CBI case, adding that material on record did not show that “prima facie case is made out against any of the accused”. Regarding Anca Verma, the court said it was not possible to implead her as an accused in her personal capacity when alleged offence was attributed to her in the capacity of Director of M/s Ganton India Private Limited and, that too, without impleading the company in question. It further said that RAD and Hoy could not be roped in for criminal conspiracy, nor can the money transaction be termed as illegal gratification. “Nowhere in the discussion about involvement of public servant or public office is shown during the meetings of the accused,” it said. The court said that although, it appeared through the e- mails that there was involvement of Abhishek Verma in helping out the RAD on the issue of their blacklisting but it was nowhere visible that it was done through inducing any public servant by corrupt or illegal means. “Similarly, no witness of prosecution has stated that meetings held between accused persons were for the purposes of even discussing the issue of blacklisting,” it said. “I find that there is no circumstance showing criminal conspiracy between the accused persons. Holding of meetings at various places itself constitute no offence unless it is shown that same were for some illegal purpose,” the judge said. “I, therefore, conclude that there is no evidence on record showing conspiracy or further any effort made by accused Abhishek Verma or his wife accused Anca Maria Neacsu to influence any public servant or public office to prevent blacklisting of RAD,” she said. Regarding money transfer, the court said that the chain of conspiracy and acceptance of illegal gratification was not consistent. “The prosecution has also failed to show that the payment of USD 5,29,982 is illegal gratification and meant for influencing public servants,” it said. “There has been no direct transfer of money either to accused Abhishek Verma or to Anca Maria Neacsu and therefore, impleading them in their personal capacity as accused is without any justification. There is no explanation as to how M/s Ganton Limited USA can be deleted from the chain of conspiracy, when admittedly the payment of illegal gratification was directly and firstly accepted by M/s Ganton Limited USA,” it said. The court added that if at all any offence was committed, it was firstly by Ganton Limited by accepting gratification from RAD. During arguments, the CBI had said the e mails exchanged between the accused persons clearly indicate that a conspiracy had taken place and gratification in the form of USD 5,30,000 were transferred at the instance of accused Abhishek Verma. Maninder Singh, the advocate for Abhishek and Anca Verma, opposed CBI’s submission saying that the facts and material relied upon by the prosecution did not form incriminating evidence against the accused persons and therefore, offences as alleged, were not made out. According to the CBI, the probe was pending against RAD in the matter of award of contract by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Kolkata, wherein it was found that huge illegal gratification was paid to the then Director General of OFB. On the basis of investigation, blacklisting of RAD was recommended by CBI in 2010 and while this matter was under process, accused Abhishek Verma, assured representatives of RAD to help, by influencing the public servants of Government of India to stall the process of blacklisting. On the offer of Abhishek Verma, RAD agreed and paid an advance of USD 5,30,000 for using his influence on the public servants and also for payment of illegal gratification to public servants in India, the agency said. The money was paid by transfer to the bank account of M/s Ganton Limited, New York, USA, a benami company of Abhishek Verma, operated by one C Edmonds Allen of USA, it said. It added that in India, M/s Ganton India Pvt Ltd was a subsidiary company fully owned by M/s Ganton Limited USA, and Anca Verma was the Director of the USA based firm and also a Managing Director in its Indian unit. Hoy was the senior Vice President for Rheinmetall Defence India (RDI), it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal: TMC leader shot dead in party office in Nadia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool leader and party block president was shot dead inside the party office. The incident happened around 9 pm on Sunday at Bagula area in Nadia district in Bengal.Hanshkhali block president and Pradhan of Bagula I Gram Panchayat, 52-year-old Dulal Biswas was in a meeting with party workers at the Bagula party office at about 8.30 pm when about a dozen people, most of them masked, entered and sprayed him with bullets, killing him on the spot and injuring two others before they fled.Biswas was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.While TMC leaders alleged that the murder had been a handiwork of BJP and CPI(M) together, BJP and CPI(M) said that it was a result of an infighting within the TMC.TMC district president Ujjal Biswas said, “It is a planned murder by the CPI(M) and BJP together. The intention is to scare us ahead of the panchayat elections next year.”A family member of the deceased said that a police complaint has been filed and about 12 persons who had been identified had been named in the FIR.The CID has taken over the investigation and two persons have been detained for questioning. Police have also recovered two double barrel guns, a silencer and a chopper from the vicinity.An event in the memory of Biswas was held on Monday. TMC national secretary general Dr Partha Chatterjee along party MP Abhishek Banerjee took part in it.“It has been done by the communal party. They took out armed rallies some days ago and now have resorted to violence. We have instructed the police and administration to probe into the matter and book offenders as soon as possible,” Dr Chatterjee said.Banerjee said that BJP was doing these as they were unable to beat TMC politically. “This shows what kind of coward they are. I have information that those who had been named in the FIR are close associates of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh,” he said.Ghosh, however, brushed aside all allegations. “It is the result of their gang clash. We don’t believe in such a culture at BJP. These people cannot save their own leaders, how will they keep the people of Bengal safe?” Ghosh said.It was found out that Biswas, about five years ago had defected from the CPI(M) to TMC and since then had worked towards strengthening the party organisation in Nadia district. Anticipating threat to his life, Biswas had been given two armed security personnel but they were on leave the day the incident happened. Police said that murderers might have known about it.

SC to hear 1984 Pul Bangash Sikh killings case today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Karkardooma court will today hear the 1984 Pul Bangash Sikh killings case, involving Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who had earlier told the court that he was not ready to undergo a lie detector test. Tytler’s counsel told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not given any specific reason in its application, seeking a polygraph test of his client. The CBI had sought the court’s permission for conducting lie detector tests on Tytler and arms dealer Abhishek Verma in connection with the case in which the Congress leader is accused of leading a mob in Pul Bangash area in 1984 that led to the killing of three Sikhs. Verma had accused Tytler of influencing a witness through money. The agency had earlier given a clean chit to Tytler, but reopened the investigation after a December 4, 2015 court order in wake of Verma’s allegations. The court had also directed the agency to find out if Verma’s statement was authentic.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IAF helping in dousing forest fire in hills around Mt. Abu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Air Force (IAF) is helping to douse the forest fire that broke out this afternoon in hills around Mt. Abu town. The forest fire is progressing towards inhabited areas assisted by winds. Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman (PRO, Defence) said at around 12:30 p.m. today the Headquarter SWAC Gandhinagar received a call from Rajasthan Government seeking help in dousing a massive forest fire in the hills around Mt Abu town fast progressing towards the inhabited areas assisted by winds. Already on alert and standing by with suitably modified MI-17V5 helicopters with Bambi Bucket, the helicopter unit at Phalodi (Rajasthan) swung into action with the first hptr reaching the site by 14:20 p.m. A quick aerial recce was carried out and the operation got underway. The Nakki lake in the midst of Mt Abu town, nestled between a hills was identified as the most viable source of water. Braving the altitude and skillful maneuvering through the terrain around Nakki Lake, the Air Warriors managed to push in seven sorties dropping close to about 20,000 litres of water over the spread of fire most dangerously close to inhabited area. The operation is likely to be augmented by an additional IAF MI-17V5 hptr from Jamnagar tomorrow at first light. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has directed the state administration to provide aircraft refuelling facilities at the location in order to save precious time during operations tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister asked to leave Umaria as campaign for bypoll ends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The administration today asked the Madhya Pradesh Food Minister Om Prakash Dhurve to leave after he was found to be staying here even after the campaign for Bandhavgarh by-poll in the district ended. “We asked the minister to go out of the district as he was not supposed to stay in the area after 5 PM,” Umaria Collector and District Returning Officer Abhishek Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath needs proper class in Constitutional Law: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his silence over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s reported remarks on ‘Hindu Rashtra’ theory. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Adityanath needs a proper class in Indian Constitutional Law and he would be keen to give him one free of cost. “The Prime Minister’s silence means that the Prime Minister believes, agrees and upholds this definition of India. “Clearly silence is consent when the speaker is a chief minister who is directly calling his own PM as agreeing with this view and him as implementing that view. So, I think unless we hear otherwise, you must assume that the PM has a much distorted definition,” he said. Adityanath reportedly said that there is nothing wrong in the Hindu Rashtra concept as the Supreme Court has defined Hinduism as a way of life. Singhvi said the prime minister has maintained silence and as since he is extremely eloquent, who speaks at diverse issues and tweets on every issue, there has not even been a tweet on this. He said the ‘Hindu Rashtra’ theory “was completely contrary to the ethos of our country and to the ‘Idea of India’ and to all manner of spirit of the Constitution but what is more important is that your question should have received the answer from the Prime Minister.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Canadian cyclist held in Naxal area freed, reaches Sukma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Canadian cyclist who had been held captive by lower-rung Maoist cadres in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district was released today, police said. “John Szlazak, the Canadian national, has been released in Arnampalli forests. Security personnel brought him to Sukma district headquarters,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crowd ransacks govt hospital in Thane; manhandles 2 doctors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two doctors, including a woman, attached to a government civil hospital in Thane were allegedly attacked by a patient’s relative this afternoon. The irate crowd of around 15-20 people also vandalised a part of the hospital, said police. “A boy with an injured hand was brought to the hospital for treatment. While the doctor was attending him there was an altercation between the patient’s father and the doctor over the manner in which saline was to be administered,” DCP (Zone-I) Abhishek Trimukhi said. “The argument escalated into a fight and a group of around 15-20 people ransacked the hospital and also manhandled the doctors,” the official said, adding they later fled the spot. The doctors who were attacked have been identified as Javed Shaikh and Dibanaz Ansari. On March 22 nearly 40,000 doctors in Maharashtra had gone on strike to support their colleagues agitating over frequent attacks and the lack of security in the government hospitals. The strike was triggered after attack on a resident doctor at Dhule on March 14. The doctors had later resumed work after five days following assurance from government that adequate steps will be taken to ensure their safety while on duty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Action should be taken by law, Shiv Sena against Gaikwad: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today denigrated and castigated Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an Air India employee, saying strict action should be taken against him as per law and by his party. “Nobody in public life can even remotely do anything but to denigrate and castigate such behaviour. We hope and trust that the Law takes its clear unequivocal and prompt course. “That his party takes a quick decision as we are told it is considering. It is most important that there is an inner realisation and an inner element of apology and inner of relevant reform which should set up very good example of kind of consciousness,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters. He said such a thing not only hurts the person who does it or the victim, “but even hurts each one of us who proudly claim belonging and ownership of a particularly exclusive category called MPs. So think that inner realisation and response should be most effective”. Asked if any action against him be taken in Parliament for Gaikwad’s unruly behaviour, Singhvi said that is something which the Speaker will go into and she has already made a statement, but there is no question of preempting that. “It will depend first and foremost on the Speaker’s preliminary view and secondly the will of that House. The Speaker has spoken at the moment. Let us wait,” he said. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge termed the incident as “condemnable” and said the MPs from any party should not behave in such a manner and be careful and polite. “Such type of behaviour is condemnable. The civil aviation minister has condemned this act. People should not create a controversy to bring down the status and reputation of an institution. MPs should behave carefully and politely,” he said. Gaikwad had yesterday assaulted a senior Air India staffer with his slippers. National carrier Air India along with other private airlines today banned the Shiv Sena MP from flying on their aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Class XI student commits suicide over poor performance in exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A class eleven student committed suicide by hanging himself in Kalyanpur area here as he was allegedly disappointed over his poor performance in Physics paper, police said today. Police spokesperson said seventeen-year-old Abhishek was stressed after he was not able to do well in his exam. Yesterday, he did not respond when his mother knocked on the door of his room a number of times. When she looked inside through the window, his body was found hanging from an iron hook in the ceiling. The family informed the police, and the body was sent for the post mortem. Inspector Devender Vikram Singh said the police is investigating into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong moves SC challenging Goa Guv decision to appoint Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today moved the Supreme Court challenging Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint BJP leader Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister of the state. The hurriedly filed petition late in the evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar, who agreed to give an urgent hearing tomorrow. A special bench would be constituted as the apex court is on Holi break for a week. The petition filed by Goa CLP leader Chandrakant Kavlekar has sought stay on the swearing-in of Parrikar as the chief minister. The petition has also sought quashing of the decision of the governor to appoint Parrikar as the chief minister. The petition, filed by advocate Devdutt Kamath, is likely to be argued by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and has made the Centre and Goa as the parties. The Goa CLP leader has argued that the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the polls and under the constitutional convention, the Governor was bound to invite the single largest party to form the government and give it the opportunity to prove majority in the floor test. It said the decision of the governor is a blatantly unconstitutional action and is illegal, arbitrary and violative of the basic features of the Constitution. He added that the decision was hastily taken by the governor yesterday. Further, the advocate said it was wrong on the part of the Governor to invite the BJP-led alliance for government formation as there was no pre-poll alliance. In the 40-member House, the Congress has 17 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 13, the MGP (3), the GFP (3), the NCP (1) and Independents (3). Parrikar had yesterday submitted evidence before Governor, the support of 13 MLAs of the BJP, 3 MLAs of the MGP, 3 of the Goa Forward Party and two Independent MLAs thus having a total strength of 21 MLAs in the 40-member assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress moves SC against Parrikar’s appointment as Goa CM, petition to be heard tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dramatic development, Congress has moved SC against Goa Governor’s decision to invite Manohar Parrikar to form government in the state despite BJP emerging as the second largest party. Goa Congress legislature party chief Chandrakant Kavlekar moved a petition in the SC challenging the decision. Congress claims that the Governor should have invited them to form government, as they are the single largest party with 17 seats. Advocate and spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi is likely to represent Congress in court. The petition for urgent hearing was mentioned before CJI JS Khehar in the evening. Justice Khehar has agreed for an urgent hearing and it will be done tomorrow morning. Incidentally, Parrikar is slated to take oath as Goa CM tomorrow. But this new development puts a shadow of cloud over BJP forming government in the state. The SC is currently closed for Holi, but CJI has agreed for an urgent hearing. Governor Mridula Sinha invited Parrikar to form the next government in the coastal state last night after he submitted a letter of support of 21 legislators. Three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, three of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and two Independents have pledged support to Parrikar. The BJP, which won 13 seats in the 40-member Goa Assembly, managed to garner support from other parties and Independents to attain majority under Parrikar.The Congress got 17 seats in the recently concluded polls.With agency inputs

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