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Child rights panel summons principal, staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) on Thursday has summoned the principal and three staff members of a private school in Dwarka where a four-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her classmate.“The commission is in receipt of a complaint regarding the sexual assault of a minor in your school during school hours. Considering the seriousness of the matter you are asked to appear before the commission on November 27 and bring along the two teachers concerned and the aaya,” the commission said in its notice.The girl’s mother on Wednesday had approached the police and alleged that her daughter was “inappropriately touched” by a classmate. According to the mother, when the girl returned home from school she complained of pain in her private parts. She was taken to a hospital where the doctors confirmed sexual assault.Based on a complaint filed by the mother, a case was registered at the Dwarka (South) police station. The school administration was booked for negligence.The school authorities, however, denied the allegations of negligence and non-cooperation in the complaint filed by the mother.“We are cooperating with the police, and the video footage and other evidence sought from us have been provided to them. All necessary actions are being taken to help the investigating agency to probe the alleged incident,” the school’s legal adviser S Rajapa said.

Won’t entertain pre-RERA plaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If a homebuyer has taken possession of a flat before May 2017, when the Real Estate Regulatory Act (RERA) came into force, then the buyer cannot seek compensation from the developer for delayed possession. The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) dismissed a complaint on the same grounds, wherein the home buyer was promised a home in 2013 but was given possession only in March 2015.The complainant, Mahadeo Nalawade, filed a complaint under Section 18 of Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 for getting interest and compensation on the investment made by him for purchasing a flat in developer APL Yashomangal’s Alfa Greenfields Project in Pune. The complainant contended that he purchased the flat from the developer who had agreed to deliver its possession by December 2013. The developer failed to deliver the possession as agreed, therefore Nalawade claimed interest/compensation on his investment.The developer denied Nalawade’s allegation that he failed to give the possession of his flat. According to the developer, Nalawde has been possessing the flat from November 2015 and the fit out possession was given in March 2015 itself.Nalawade admitted these facts. However, his submission was that he wants interest/compensation for the delayed period from April 2014 to March 2015 when he received the fit out possession.While dismissing the complaint, BD Kapadnis, member, MahaRERA said in his order, “In this case, the fit out possession has been given in March 2015 and the complainant has been residing in the flat from November 2015.Therefore, the cause of action to claim compensation for the delayed possession did not survive on May 1, 2017 when the Act came into force. Since the possession is given, Section 18 of RERA will have no role to play. In this situation, I find that the complaint is not maintainable under Section 18 of the Act and it will have to be dismissed.”

The ‘train moving in wrong direction’ story factually incorrect, says Indian Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Internet was abuzz with a news story about a train going 160 km in ‘wrong direction’. The Railways has trashed the story as ‘factually incorrect.’In a lengthy clarification issued late in the evening, Anil Kumar Saxena, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways said that “The news circulating in certain sections about ‘movement of a special train for Kisan passengers between Delhi to Kolhapur’ is factually incorrect.”In what is termed as the real set of events that happened, the ministry issued “the correct information about the train.”According to the Railways, the organisers of a Kisan rally in Delhi had booked a special train on payment basis for running between Kolhapur(central Railway) to Delhi and back.”The road-side stations demanded by the organisers were Karad, Miraj and Manmad in Maharashtra. Train was not headed to Kota in Rajasthan as reported in some section of Media. These special trains are run through a route which is conveniently available to the railway operation. Earlier, when this train came from Kolhapur to Delhi, it took Western Railway route namely via Nagda, Kota, Ratlam, Mathura, as it was the best route available from operation point of view at that point of time,” it said.”In the return journey from Delhi to Kolhapur on Tuesday i.e. 21.11.2017, the Railway Administration found that the best path available is the Central Railway route i.e. via Mathura, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi route. Hence, they decided to run this special train from Delhi to Kolhapur via this Central Railway route(which in any way is the natural route for these destinations). In case of such isolated special train, the trains keep moving safely through proper messages from one control to next control,” the Railways said.”The passengers might have felt confused because of the different route used in their return journey. They in any way had no reason to worry as it was to reach their destination Miraj, Karad, Manmad, Kolhapur comfortably,” the statement said.It also maintained that, “there was no negligence, there was no diversion, there was no unnecessary running of the train, there was no case of wrong signal, as reported in a section of media and the passengers were at no point of time stranded. It was held up for some time at station Banmore Railway Station near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh because of some path congestion problem.The statement added: “Once, the path became available, the train moved ahead smoothly towards its destination viz. Manmad, Karad, Miraj and Kolhapur.The train had a pantry-car where eatables were available for the passengers. The passengers may have felt some inconvenience because of some delay in the movement of the train during the journey.”

Haryana: 3 kids found dead in Panchkula; father, uncle arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bodies of three children, who were reported missing since Sunday, have been recovered from the jungles near Morni Hill in Haryana. The three children have been identified as 11-year-old Sameer, eight-year-old Simran and four-year-old Samar. Police suspect the children’s father and uncle’s involvement in the alleged murder say media reports. The motive behind the murder of the children is unclear. The children belonged to Sarsa village in Kurukshetra district. Some reports, based on statements made by the family members, suggest that father’s extra-marital affair may have been the trigger for the shocking crime. The father Sonu Malik allegedly roped in his cousin to do the shooting. According to a report in NDTV, the police say Jagdeep followed the kids and asked them to get into his car, pretending he would take them to a fair. He took them, instead, to a deserted spot near a forest and shot them dead.When the family members started searching for the boys, the accused also joined the search. But the police found Sonu Malik’s behaviour suspicious and later questioned him and Jagdeep. On Tuesday, the bodies were found near the spot allegedly revealed by Jagdeep. DCP Panchkula Manbir Singh visited and inspected the crime scene with his team. A forensics team was also called to the spot. The bodies of three children have been sent for post-mortem.

Mumbai Metro: Passengers take to social media to complain about ‘non-functional air-conditioning system’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passengers have been registering their complaints on the social media every now and then about the alleged ‘non-functioning of air conditioning system’ inside the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 coaches in Mumbai.However, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) has said that there is no technical issue and individual preferences are different. According to several passengers who have been voicing their opinion on social media, tagging the official account of Mumbai Metro, the air conditioning system ‘stops functioning’ at times which leads to suffocation. This year, there have been tweets from passengers in almost every month. MMOPL has been responding to the tweets seeking contact information of these passengers to understand their problem. However, in a query sent by DNA, MMOPL, said, “There are close to 4 lakh commuters who use the Metro on weekdays. We keep the air-conditioned environment in a specific range, keeping in mind all genre of customers and the ambient outside as per the guideline prescribed by the national agency.”MMOPL added, “There is no technical issue with the air condition but some time individual preference may be different.”In the past too, there have been several complaints reported relating to air conditioning or air condition ducts.The coaches for Metro-1 were procured from M/s CSR, Nanjing China. The air-conditioned coaches of Metro-1 are designed with a speed limit of 80-kmph and the operating speed to 50-kmph.Metro 1 connecting the western and eastern Mumbai recorded its highest ridership of 4.13 lakh commuters on a single day in September 2017. According to MMOPL, Metro 1’s record ridership stood at 3.8 lakh on July 17, followed by 3.71 lakh on June 28, while on September 2, 2016, it stood at 3.68 lakh commuters.

Now, theatres in civic markets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first of its kind step, a municipal market in the city will be redeveloped to accommodate facilities like an auditorium, theatres, multiple-floor parking slots, doctors’ staff quarters and many other facilities. The Topiwala municipal market located in Goregaon West, which is only a ground-floor structure accommodating 206 licensed shops, will be redeveloped into a 16-storey building. It will have a market on 2 floors and rest of the floors will be utilised for accommodating the said facilities.The project is estimated to cost Rs 122.90 crore and tender for appointing a contractor for the proposed redevelopment has already been floated by the BMC city engineering department.Sangita Hansale, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (Markets), said, “It is a first of its kind plan where a municipal market is being redeveloped with facilities like an auditorium, drama theatres and the top floors will be utilised as residential staff quarters for doctors. BMC has a couple of other municipal markets in its scheme of things with the same plan. However, the plan for the Topiwala market is the first to be finalised.”According to the design plan, the redeveloped Topiwala market will have 16 floors with two basements. It will have markets on ground and first floor and three podiums. The market building will also have drama theatres and allied users from its 4th to 8th floors. The doctors’ staff quarters will be from the 10th to 16th floor. There will be a total 53 staff quarters. The building will also have a parking facility for 186 vehicles with other amenities.THE THINGS TO COMEAccording to the design plan, the redeveloped market will have 16 floors with two basements. It will have markets on ground and first floor and three podiums. The building will also have theatres and doctors’ staff quarters will be from the 10th to 16th floor.

Two men gun down BJP worker in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bharatiya Janta Party worker in Dankaur area of Greater Noida, was shot dead allegedly by the relatives of a person contesting the municipal elections scheduled on November 26 with a licensed revolver on Monday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Sagar Sharma(22). Sharma who was in jewellery, was shot dead by Manoj Verma and Deepak Verma who had come on a bike. According to the complaint filed by the Sharma’s brother, Abhimanyu, both of them were seating at a tent house near their house and later they got a call from their family and left for home.”While heading back Manoj and Deepak came from behind and took Sharma about 200 meters away on the pretext of some work. They had an argument and later the argument got ugly. Suddenly, Manoj held him from behind and Deepak took out his revolver and shot him. The two then fled the spot,” said Abhimanu. Sharma was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment . Following the complaint, an FIR has been registered under sections 302(murder) and 506(Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.”We have arrested Manoj while Deepak is still absconding. We have formed teams to nab him,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Buddha Nagar.The family members alleged that Sagar and Deepak were goldsmiths. They mentioned that Deepak envied Sagar for his workmanship and demand. Manoj and Deepak are cousin brother’s of Sonu Verma, a Bhartiya Janta Party candidate, who will be contesting municipal elections in the district from Dankaur seat.”Following the election, the district magistrate had strictly ordered the police to keep a check and the candidates and their family members or relatives had to submit their licensed ammunition to the police. We have suspended the Sub Inspector of Dankaur Police chowki who had failed to collect the ammunition from their possession,” Suniti added.The incident was seen as a fallout of political rivalry. According to sources, Sagar was seen entering the office of Bahujan Samajwadi Party and the two accused men, who are cousins of BJP candidate got angry over it. The duo had thought, Sagar is supporting the BSP, sources added. However, the police has ruled any political angle, saying Deepak and Manoj were related to the local BJP leader Sonu Verma, who is contesting the municipal elections. But the BJP leader was also close to the victim.POSSIBLE MOTIVEThe incident might be a fallout of political rivalry. According to sources, Sagar was seen entering the office of Bahujan Samajwadi Party and when the two accused got angry and attacked him.

Lower the charge for composting machines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to promote waste processing at the source, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has written to the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to ensure the charge for the usage of waste composting machine is set at the residential rate — for consumption of electricity — for both housing societies and hotels or restaurants. According to the civic body, a reduction in electricity bill will encourage housing societies to set up waste composting units at their premises.Since the BMC is pushing bulk waste generators to set up waste processing at their source, electricity bills at commercial rates could hamper the civic body’s plan.”We have written to the MREC to consider our proposal to lower the charge for composting machine as this will benefit the whole city. It will encourage housing societies as well as commercial units to set up the system,” said Nidhi Choudhary, deputy municipal commissioner (special).All the BMC markets will be equipped with composting machines to process wet waste at the source. “Waste at vegetable and fruits market will be composted at the market premises with the help of a composting unit which will be set up,” she said.”We are exploring possibilities to allow housing societies who can not process waste at their premises to use the market composting unit,” said Chaudhary.Of the 4,749 bulk generators identified across the city, more than 3,000 bulk generators are yet to start waste processing. The civic administration has, however, reiterated that it would not spare bulk generators for not starting waste processing at their premises. “As majority of the bulk generators have not started waste processing, the civic body is planning to take action against them,” said an official from the Solid Waste Management (SWM). Among the bulk generators, government establishments and premium hotels are yet to start waste processing at their end.WASTE MATTERS7,500metric tonnes of garbage generated every day4,749bulk generators in the city3,000bulk generators yet to start waste processing91markets to be equipped with composting units

Delhi’s ‘very poor’ air quality likely to worsen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s air quality once again fell to the ‘very poor’ category for the third day with authorities getting all set for the coming days. The Air Quality Index (AQI), as maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), was 326 on a scale of 500.Experts warned the situation may worsen in the coming days. As a preventive measure, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain — in a letter to the chief of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee DPCC) — said the ambient air quality has improved comparatively but things will soon deteriorate.”However, various meteorological forecasts and reports indicate that this phase is temporary and ambient air quality may once again worsen in the coming weeks,” Hussain wrote.He also issued a slew of directions, including road side spraying of water, mechanical sweeping and preventing the burning of waste in the open to combat rising pollution levels.He said the municipal bodies should avoid manual sweeping and in case alternatives are not available then the water must be sprinkled beforehand.”Provide electrical heater to security guards in cold winter night to discourage burning of biomass for heating. Non biomass heating facility should be provided at the night shelters,” he said.The levels of ultrafine particulates PM 2.5 and PM 10 were 146 and 235 microgrammes per cubic metre as per the Centre-run SAFAR, as against the safe standards of 60 and 100. A ‘very poor’ AQI comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the Capital as ‘gas chamber’ after the air quality turned ‘severe’.AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria even claimed that around 25,000-30,000 people may die due to the rising air pollution.Meanwhile, Delhi witnessed a chilly weather on Tuesday with Palam Observatory recording minimum temperature of 9.7°C, which is the season’s lowest night temperature. In fact, this was three degrees below the normal average temperature of 13.6°C.Not only minimums but day maximums are also settling below the average by 2-3 degrees. According to Skymet Weather, these cold northerly winds will continue for another 48 hours till November 23. Therefore, we can expect further fall both the morning and night temperatures.Both the observatories in Delhi had been recording mercury around 15°C, which had seen a significant drop of five degrees on November 20. The reason for this sudden drop can be attributed to flow of icy cold northerly and northwesterly winds from the snow clad Himalayas.GASPING FOR AIRDelhi — 316 (hazardous)
Anand Vihar–258 (unhealthy)
Faridabad- 162 (unhealthy)
Gurgaon — 176(unhealthy)

Journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmick shot dead by jawan of Tripura State Rifles after verbal argument

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Journalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmick has been shot dead by a jawan of the Tripura State Rifles on Tuesday. According to reports, he was shot dead inside TSR 2nd bn headquarters near Bodhjung Nagar. He was killed by a jawan named Tapan Deb Barma, Both were involved in a bitter war of words, when Tapan lost his cool and fired on Sudip Dutta Bhowmick. NDTV quoted a police officer saying, “Tapan Debbarma, the bodyguard of the TSR’s Second Battalion Commandant, opened fire killing Sudip Datta Bhowmik on the spot,” a police officer said.He worked for the local Syandan Patrika. Sudip Dutta Bhowmick’s body has been brought to Gobinda Ballav Panth Medical College and Hospital for postmortem.This is second incident of violence against journalists in Tripura. On September this year, young TV journalist Santanu Bhowmick was killed.

Netizens gather storm against corrupt hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’I have started this page to fight against the corrupt and commercial healthcare institutes in India. Please be a part of this fight,’ reads a message by the father of a seven-year-old girl who lost her life to dengue.Jayant Singh lost one of his twin daughters, seven-year-old Adya Singh, while she was undergoing medical treatment for dengue at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram. In order to create awareness about what he claims is corruption in the private healthcare sector, Singh has created a support group on Facebook called ‘Fight against Healthcare Corruption Group’.Created 10 days ago, the group already has over 2,430 members. Singh said, “I want to highlight the hospital’s apathy and how they treat it as a mere source of money. They are not into the well being of a patient. According to me, the private health sector has become a source of money and is only used for commercial gain.”The group has several posts and photos by members complaining against private hospitals, and also has a poll asking members what the government should do for health care. A majority have voted for an improvement in infrastructure and services in government hospitals.

Forest department wants BMC to handle monkey menace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forest department wants Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to play the lead role when it comes to dealing with the increasing monkey menace in Mumbai, citing its own staff crunch and the fact that across India it was the Municipal Corporations that were dealing with this issue.However BMC officials, DNA spoke to about this issue said that they lacked the skills to manage monkey issue in Mumbai and since the monkeys were coming from the forests and were also Schedule II animals, it was best that the forest department deals with the issue as even Fire brigade had its hand tied being an emergency service provider.In fact, the forest department’s emphasis that BMC takes up the responsibility also comes from the fact that the Thane territorial division has been in recent times flooded with calls from various areas complaining about monkey menace including Lower Parel where it took forest officials and Veterinarian Officer around eight days to trap a monkey.Meanwhile, animal welfare organisations claimed that despite receiving regular calls from citizens across Mumbai- dealing with stray monkey causing trouble in their area, BMC has been simply referring the citizens to contact the forest department, who in turn has been sending it staff or doling out numbers of private monkey catchers who at times even charge a hefty sum to trap these monkeys resulting in the problem not being addressed properly.“Monkeys are attracted due to improper garbage and people feeding them and this is a civic issue and just like BMC takes responsibility for dealing with stray dogs and even has a dedicated staff for it, now its time for them to have something similar for monkey or train the staff dealing with dogs in dealing with monkey’s,” said another forest official adding that they would be more than happy to even train the BMC staff and even pointed that BMC not only had several Veterinarians but also has a fully functional zoo that too can help.In fact citing example the forest official said that be it Delhi, Shimla or other important cities that are facing human-monkey conflict, its the local municipal corporation, which is managing the issue and are even looking at sterilization and other ways of birth control. “BMC can’t simply shun its responsibility,” said the official. According to Pawan Sharma, Honorary Wildlife Warden of Thane and president of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) it was the time that BMC showed its responsibility. “In other states, municipal corporations have taken responsibility and are even working towards managing the population of monkey and the monkey issue will only rise in the city in coming years and hence it was important that Forest department and BMC stop passing the buck and work out a solution,” he said adding that BMC has resources and should even consider setting up a rescue centre at the Zoo, which is under renovation.A senior BMC official said that the Forest department had never approached them to discuss this issue. “We will support the forest department in the best possible way but they should meet our top officials and take the issue up,” said the official.

BMC identifies link road, to connect Andheri Stn, WEH

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon connect Nagardas Road with Andheri Subway in Andheri (E) a month after it traced a missing link road connecting the two roads. This bodes well for motorists travelling from Andheri railway station to Western Express Highway throwing open more travel route options for them.The civic body had demolished around 10 to 15 structures last week to create a new road to improve road connectivity and reduce traffic from other roads.BMC’s K East ward that includes Andheri and Vile Parle had traced the missing link early this month.Devendra Jain, assistant commissioner of K/East ward said, “Nagardas Road and Andheri Subway could not be connected due to the existence of some shops. However, in order to release pressure from other roads leading to the highway from Andheri (E) railway station, the BMC decided to connect the missing link.”According to Jain, even the proposed Development Plan 2014-34 includes a provision of connecting Nagardas Road to Andheri Subway. Traffic coming from the Andheri Subway can enter Nagardas Road after taking a right turn near Amar Tarun building to reach the Western Express Highway.”The new link will help ease the traffic flow moving towards Kurla,” said Jain, adding that there is heavy traffic during peak hours due to unavailability of such link roads.The BMC has said that it will rehabilitate the people affected. “We will give alternate land to affected people as per the existing rehabilitation policy,” said Vinay More, another civic official of the K East ward.Jain said that the civic body will soon construct the patch after removing the structures. “The process of laying out the road will be completed in a fortnight,” added Jain.Pradip Waghmare, a resident of Kurla said, “This new link will help us to save at least 20 to 30 minutes during peak hours as we have to take a long route to enter Nagardas Road to move towards Western Express Highway.”

Banks allowed to hire machines, private data entry operators for Aadhaar enrolment: UIDAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The UIDAI has provided some “relaxation” to banks in procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres, and hopes that banks will offer such services at stipulated 10 per cent of the branches “at the earliest”, its CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said.The Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has allowed banks to hire private data entry operators and enrolment machines and expects the relaxation to speed up the opening of Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres at bank premises. But the reprieve has been granted with the condition that banks will have to ensure proper supervision of enrolment and updation process within their premises. “They (banks) wanted some relaxation so that they could hire operators for data entry, and also …Hire the enrolment machines. So we have provided them this relaxation. Now using that, they are going ahead and setting up the (enrolment) stations…They have assured that they will do this task as early as possible,” the UIDAI CEO told PTI in an interview.Until now, banks had to procure enrolment machines on their own and place their own employees for the job of data entry, he explained. So far, only about 3,000 branches of private and public sector banks have opened?Aadhaar?centres within their premises as against the targeted 15,300 branches that are required to do so. “The good thing is they are all catching up and they have started getting into this. Many of them have placed order on GeM (Government e-Marketplace) portal and they are in the process of procurement,” he said.Asked about the time it would take for banks to achieve the target of opening Aadhaar centres in at least 10 per cent of their branches, Pandey said, “It should be possible within next few weeks”.”The entire idea is that people should get the convenience as early as possible,” he added. On whether the UIDAI would take action against the banks for not meeting the deadline of October 31 for opening such centres, Pandey declined to spell out the consequences saying that the authority will have to take a considered view on whether banks can demonstrate valid reasons for missing the deadline.”If they (banks) are able to demonstrate that they faced a genuine difficulty then appropriate view can be taken. At this stage, it is difficult to say what exactly will be the consequences,” he added. The Bank Aadhaar Kendras are being set up with a view to make the Aadhaar verification process of bank accounts convenient for the people and also to have more Aadhaar centres across the country. According to UIDAI stipulation, 43 private and public sector banks have to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in 15,315 branches.?

Banks allowed to hire machines, private data entry operators for Aadhaar enrollment: UIDAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The UIDAI has provided some “relaxation” to banks in procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres, and hopes that banks will offer such services at stipulated 10 per cent of the branches “at the earliest”, its CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said.The Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has allowed banks to hire private data entry operators and enrolment machines and expects the relaxation to speed up the opening of Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres at bank premises. But the reprieve has been granted with the condition that banks will have to ensure proper supervision of enrolment and updation process within their premises. “They (banks) wanted some relaxation so that they could hire operators for data entry, and also …Hire the enrolment machines. So we have provided them this relaxation. Now using that, they are going ahead and setting up the (enrolment) stations…They have assured that they will do this task as early as possible,” the UIDAI CEO told PTI in an interview.Until now, banks had to procure enrolment machines on their own and place their own employees for the job of data entry, he explained. So far, only about 3,000 branches of private and public sector banks have opened?Aadhaar?centres within their premises as against the targeted 15,300 branches that are required to do so. “The good thing is they are all catching up and they have started getting into this. Many of them have placed order on GeM (Government e-Marketplace) portal and they are in the process of procurement,” he said.Asked about the time it would take for banks to achieve the target of opening Aadhaar centres in at least 10 per cent of their branches, Pandey said, “It should be possible within next few weeks”.”The entire idea is that people should get the convenience as early as possible,” he added. On whether the UIDAI would take action against the banks for not meeting the deadline of October 31 for opening such centres, Pandey declined to spell out the consequences saying that the authority will have to take a considered view on whether banks can demonstrate valid reasons for missing the deadline.”If they (banks) are able to demonstrate that they faced a genuine difficulty then appropriate view can be taken. At this stage, it is difficult to say what exactly will be the consequences,” he added. The Bank Aadhaar Kendras are being set up with a view to make the Aadhaar verification process of bank accounts convenient for the people and also to have more Aadhaar centres across the country. According to UIDAI stipulation, 43 private and public sector banks have to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in 15,315 branches.?

Teen arrested for assaulting, attempting to rob Dec 16 gang-rape accused’s counsel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy was apprehended after he allegedly assaulted and attempted robbery on a 62-year-old lawyer, also a defence lawyer for December 16 gang rape accused on Saturday. The incident took place in Central Delhi’s Ranjeet Nagar. According to the police, VK Anand, a counsel for accused Mukesh of the horrific 2012 gang rape cum murder case, in his complaint said that he was standing outside his office when the assailant took on him.According to lawyer Vibhor Anand, the attack occurred at the time when Anand was waiting for his assistant Pawan for their drive back home from office around 1 am.“Pawan was returning after collecting something my father had asked him to from the office. While waiting he felt uneasy as someone had held his neck from behind. The grip got tighter as he tried to free himself. As my father tried to free himself, the grip got tighter as if a person was trying to choke him,” said Vibhor adding about Pawan’s timely intervention had saved his father’s life.According to Vibhor, Pawan spotted the boy and came rushing. “The boy panicked after spotting them and started running but was caught by some passers by who later made a pcr call and handed him over to the police,” said Vibhor.According to a senior police officer the attacker was found to be a minor and the prima facie offence attempt to robbery. As the maximum punishment for such an alleged offence is less than seven years. Instead, a daily diary entry is made to record the offence which was done in the current matter too. The delinquent has been apprehended and sent to a juvenile home, he added.Asked if they suspected the attack to be linked to the December 16 case, Vibhor said it was unlikely as it has already been four years since the trial completed.

J Jayalalithaa’s kin slam Centre, Sasi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the late night Income-Tax department searches at late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s residence, rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of carrying out a political vendetta to destroy his family using the Income-Tax department.Dinakaran, nephew of jailed leader VK Sasikala, also alleged that chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam would go to any extent to safeguard their position and that they were instigating the central government.Dinakaran went on took a dig at Modi for his recent meeting with DMK chief K Karunanidhi in Chennai. “When Jayalalithaa was in the hospital, Modi never visited her. Now, he visits Karunanidhi,” he said, hours after the I-T officials completed the four-hour-long search at Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence “Veda Nilayam”.Sasikala, a trusted aide of Jayalalithaa, had lived at the late CM’s residence with her sister-in-law Ilavarassi and three children for over two decades. On Friday night, I-T officials recovered a laptop, a desktop and four pen drives from two rooms used by Sasikala, said a senior official. “We received input that some important electronic storage devices are going to be removed from the two rooms,” an I-T official said. According to him, it was a “limited mission”.Meanwhile, Palaniswami blamed Sasikala’s family for the search and said that the state government has nothing to do with it. “I came to know through news reports that the search at Poes Garden was a continuation of the raids conducted in the premises connected to Sasikala and her relatives. No search was done in Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) room,” he said.Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa, who made vain attempts to enter the Poes Garden residence on Friday night, also slammed Sasikala’s family. “This property was earned by Amma with her blood and sweat (as an actor in the) film industry. This raid is being carried out to defame Amma and was done with the cooperation of the family of Sasikala,” she said.ALLEGATIONS ABOUNDDinakaran alleged that CM Palaniswami and deputy CM would go to any extent to safeguard their position.
Dinakaran took a dig at Modi for his recent meeting with K Karunanidhi in Chennai.
‘This raid is being carried out to defame Amma,’ said Deepa from outside Poes Garden

Bandipora encounter ends: IAF Garud soldier martyred, 6 terrorists killed including 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi’s nephew Obaid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six LeT terrorists were gunned down in an encounter in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday. The encountered ended in the evening. Arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorists. Earlier, an army spokesperson had said: “Five terrorists killed so far. One IAF GARUD soldier martyred and one Army soldier injured.” One of the slain terrorists was Obaid, the nephew of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and son of Lashkar commander Ab Rehman Makki.Obaid is the second nephew of Lakvhi’s to be killed this year. On Jan 19, another one of his nephews, Abu Musaib was killed in the same area.On Twitter, director general of state police SP Vaid had said a joint operation was underway with the CRPF, state police and the army was underway.Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.He said the search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.The gunfight was continuing when last reports came in, the official said. According to latest updates, authorities have ordered suspension of data services, including 2G, 3G and 4G services, in Bandipora in view of the ongoing operation.With inputs from PTI

Rlys starts removal of food stalls from Mumbai Central

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railways have started demolishing the food stalls that had mushroomed on the foot over bridges on Thursday. The work kicked off from Mumbai Central station. Authorities have said they will identify more such locations at every station and remove all commercial hubs from the region.One of the food stalls on platforms 1-2 was demolished on November 16 at Mumbai Central station. The stall was barely yards away from the FOB staircase landing. Such structures could lead to hazards, officials said.”We are taking steps as per the report prepared by the multi-disciplinary committee, which has asked to ease congestion,” said a WR official.The stalls will also be removed from Churchgate. There are three departmental stalls that need to be relocated from Marine Lines and Charni Road stations. At Marine Lines, there is a catering stall at the south of platform 1. It has to be shifted to the north. There are catering units on platforms 2 and 3, which, too, need to be removed from Charni Road station. This is causing infringement for smooth flow of train commuters. According to sources, there is a significant change of policy to create more space on platforms. Extra food stalls that are hindering the movement of people will be removed.

Stroll home turns fatal for Malabar Hill resident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A promenade along one of Malabar Hill roads swerved into a fatal journey for a 48-year-old man on Thursday. The Malabar Hill police have arrested a 24-year-old biker for allegedly mowing down the man who worked as a domestic help. The deceased has been identified as Danaram Rawal.Rawal was crossing a road near Bandstand police chowky when the speeding bike rammed him around 9:30 pm, police said. The biker has been identified as Akshay Nasare, a resident of Walkeshwar. According to police, Rawal got confused while he saw the bike racing towards him, police said.”While Rawal was crossing the road, he saw a bike coming towards him. Although he had stepped back, he sustained fatal injuries,” a police officer who witnessed the accident said.”We immediately rushed Rawal to Bombay Hospital where he died. He had sustained head injuries,” he added. Nasare, too, sustained minor injuries in the accident and was taken to Bombay Hospital. He was discharged after administering initial treatment.

Piyush Goel green signals Vasundhara Raje plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway minister Piyush Goel on Friday waived off haulage charges on all royal trains, including the Palace of Wheels. The move came during chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s meeting with the minister in New Delhi.The decision will lower the operative cost and the fare and directly benefit the passengers. Meanwhile, Raje also discussed the coal crisis with Goel which was deepened in October around Diwali.The state governments, including Rajasthan, that operate luxury trains and the Indian Railways were at loggerheads over haulage charges imposed on such trains, citing high operative cost. During the meeting, the minister said: “In future, no haulage charges will be applicable by the Indian Railways on royal trains. Also the ministry will help Rajasthan to operate new trains.”According to a statement released by the government, the CM had requested the minister to give relaxation in recovery of hauling charge for Royal Rajasthan Wheels train, operation of Palace on Wheels as a heritage train and not to uproot 70km old heritage railway track between Dholpur- Sarmathpura while laying a parallel broad-gauge line.The severe power crisis happened due to shortage of coal in Rajasthan in October was also part of the discussion between Goel and Raje. The CM asked the minister to increase railway racks so coal in adequate amount could be supplied to the power projects in Rajasthan. “This will be helpful to provide power supply 24/7 to people and farmers will get power without disruption for irrigation,” Raje said.Meanwhile the minister appreciated Raje for adoption UDAY scheme to overcome power companies from losses.OPIUM POLICYThanking union finance minister Arun Jaitely for reduction of GST on marbles, granite and Kota Stone, the CM requested him to change ‘Centre Opium policy’ and sanction a processing unit for opium in Rajasthan. In her proposal Raje explained that opium policy 2017-18 mandates 56kg opium harvesting per hectare average while the average of harvesting hangs between 49 and 52kg average in Dholpur and Jhalawar. She sought amendment in these norms.

Car import case: VK Sasikala husband’s conviction upheld

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court on Friday confirmed the trial court’s conviction and sentence of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan and three others for two years imprisonment in connection with a two-decade-old Lexus car import case. Dismissing Natarajan’s appeal petition, Justice G Jayachandran upheld the economic offences court verdict convicting all the four accused in 2010.The case pertains to the import of Lexus luxury car in 1994 from the UK as a used car to evade import duty of Rs 1.6 crore. The CBI and ED have registered separate cases. According to the CBI, Natarajan his nephew V Bhaskaran, Yogesh and Sujaritha Sundararajan forged the original sale invoice by changing the vehicle’s manufacturing date to July 1993. They cleared the car under transfer of residence provision and thereby caused a loss of Rs 1.6 crore to the exchequer, it said.

Majority of motorists agree on paying to toll for plying on proposed Mumbai Nagpur Expressway: MSRDC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While levying of toll on the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is going to burn pocket of motorists, a preliminary traffic report Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) executing the Expressway, has revealed that majority of the passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles plying between Mumbai and Nagpur don’t mind paying toll if the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The proposed toll on the Expressway is Rs 2.5 per km for small vehicle and Rs 6.5 per km for heavy vehicle. The toll amount for the entire journey for small vehicle will be Rs 1,775 and for heavy vehicle Rs 4,615.However, to gauge the mind of motorists who ply on this route, a willingness to pay survey was conducted to ask motorists whether they would prefer paying toll if Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The willingness to pay survey measures the potential demand for services by asking road users that whether they will prefer a particular facility or service if it were offered at a particular price, against another existing facility or service. According to MSRDC, in the survey conducted, a clear picture about the advantages like savings in travel time, operation and maintenance costs and toll were given to the respondents. The traffic report prepared by MSRDC, reads, “It is observed that the share of passenger vehicles expressed their willingness to shift varied from 50 to 80%, from the potential divertible lot whereas that for commercial vehicles the shift varied from 60 to 90%.” It further, reads, “However, these observations cannot be considered as an indication of actual shift to the proposed new expressway, as the route choices at a different time will be governed by various other factors.”The traffic survey also reveals that traffic on the proposed Expressway varies according to the attraction and generation points. The highest traffic volume are on the sections which are close to Nagpur, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik and Mumbai, which are the most important and major urban and industrial areas along the proposed Expressway. The MSRDC is currently in the process of acquiring land for the project. The corridor is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to 10 hours from the current 15-17 hours.

Kashmiri footballer drops ball, picks up gun for LeT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Majid Khan (20), a district level footballer from Anantnag, Majid, who was also working as a volunteer with a humanitarian organisation, took up arms a few days ago to join Lashkar-e-Toiba. Khan’s family and friends are in shock. His mother has appealed her son to return home.Khan’s decision was made clear when pictures of him posing with an AK-47 rifle went viral on Facebook last Friday. According to local police, this is a standard practice when a new recruit joins the ranks. He also wrote in his Facebook post, “Why look up at the stars when the biggest star is me.”Ever since the announcement of his joining; his Facebook wall has been filled with messages from family and friends begging him to come home. “Khan Majid plz come back for your parents and sisters…Teri yaad bahot sata rahi hai,” one friend wrote. Another wrote, “You are the only hope of your parents, they can’t take this separation…Please Majid for their sake please come back… We love you.”Khan, a resident of the Sadiqabad locality in South Kashmir, was pursuing his graduation at Government Boys Degree College in Anantnag. With his recruitment, authorities are worried that more youths in South Kashmir may consider joining the terror group as Khan was considered a local hero.Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag, Altaf Ahmed Khan confirmed the news and said, “Majid (Khan) has great influence over his peer group. I believe the local youths who joined terrorism, they may have influenced him.”While details about what prompted him to join are sketchy, friends believe that Majid’s turn towards terrorism came when his friend Yawar Nisar, who had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen in July this year, died. After joining the outfit, Nisar died within a fortnight in an encounter with the security forces in a village in Anantnag on August 3. His body was brought home and friends say Majid was particularly affected by his death.

Hindu Mahasabha inaugurates ‘temple’ of Nathuram Godse in Gwalior, Congress terms it as Mahatma Gandhi’s insult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nathuram Gose, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi on the cold morning of January 30, 1948, now has a ‘temple’ dedicated to him.Hindu Mahasabha installed a statue of Mahatma’s assassin in their Gwalior office on Wednesday.The officials of right wing organisation said that the Madhya Pradesh city was the last place Godse stayed before the January 30 assassination. According to News18 report, Jaiveer Bharadwaj, vice president of Hindu Mahasabha, said that Gwalior was Godse’s ‘karmabhoomi’ and that he bought the gun in the city itself.Calling it a freedom of expression, Hindu Mahasabha says that there’s democracy in the country and people have right to say what they want.Amid Vedic chants and prayers, the bust was installed to mark the 68th ‘anniversary’ of Godse’s execution.Madhya Pradesh Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said that party is planning to file a sedition case against those involved in the temple issue.The Congress has also slammed it and called it as insult of Mahatma Gandhi. According to an HT report, Gwalior mayor Vivek Shejwalkar said that in case a person wants to set up a shrine in his/her house or office, there’s no need of any permission.Earlier also Hindu Mahasabha has tried to put Godse in different light. Previously, they installed Godse statute in Meerut.

Cong accuses Bengal govt of illegally using FIFA logo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when the TMC-led state government is yet to get out of the ‘Biswa Bangla’ ownership controversy, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee has levelled a fresh allegation that the state has infringed copyright rules by illegally using the registered logos of FIFA.“According to the FIFA committee, the logos are internationally protected. It is a shame that being the host state for Under-17 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, the state had indulged in such an illegal activity. We have written to the FIFA authorities drawing their interest towards this unlawful act,” said state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury on Tuesday while interacting with mediapersons.He said during the tournament from October 6 to October 28, several municipalities and local self governments had used the picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and various state government-sponsored schemes, such as Sabuj Saathi, Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, using the logo of FIFA U-17 World Cup. “The unauthorised use of FIFA logos not only undermines integrity of the tournament and marketing programmes but also puts interests of worldwide football community at stake,” he said.He also read out the rules from the FIFA website, which said, ‘FIFA is obliged to take action against any unauthorised reproduction of its marks in a commercial context. If FIFA did not follow up on any infringements of its trademarks and copyrighted works, it would risk losing its legal right and title to such works, thereby endangering the foundation of its commercial programme.”A letter has been shot to the FIFA president and pictures of hoardings carrying such advertisements have been uploaded on the website of FIFA.INFRINGEMENTA letter has been shot to the FIFA president and pictures of hoardings, during the Under-17 FIFA World Cup, carrying such advertisements have been uploaded on the website of FIFA

Unruly senior damages towing van in Mulund

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after a traffic police constable at Malad was suspended for towing away a car in which a woman was breastfeeding her child, another incident of a clash between a traffic cop and a motorist came to the fore on Tuesday. The Mulund police on Monday registered a case against a 75-year-old man for allegedly getting his scooter removed from a towing van and taking it away without paying the fine. Also, the motorist allegedly threatened the police constable and damaged the towing van. The accused has been identified as Sarpanch Singh, a resident of Mulund. According to the police, the incident took place around 10:30 am on Monday when Singh had come at NS Road near Mulund Railway station and had parked his scooter in a ‘No Parking’ zone. The police said the scooter was creating obstruction for traffic and it was parked illegally. Hence, it was towed by the police. On seeing the scooter being towed, Singh came to the police and asked them to hand over the scooter to him as he was ready to pay the fine. When the police denied him and explained the rules saying that it is not possible as it has already been towed. However, Singh did not budge and forcefully got the scooter down on the road and took it away without paying fine.A video of the incident has also emerged, in which Singh can be seen taking the bike down from the towing van and throwing the boom of the towing van.“He also threatened us and damaged the towing van. He did not pay the fine despite repeated requests. We later registered a case in Mulund police station,” said a traffic police officer.

Kidnappers panic, kill 10-year-old Powai boy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Powai police has arrested two youths for allegedly kidnapping and murdering the 10-year-old son of their employer on Sunday. The suspects had abducted the boy to demand ransom from his family, but after they received a call from the boy’s dad asking about his whereabouts, they panicked and killed him. They then dumped his body in Bhayander.The arrested duo has been identified as Amar Singh, 21, and Lalan Singh, 20. They worked for the victim’s father in his fabrication business. According to the police, they hatched the plan to get money to set up their own business. They intended to demand Rs 10 lakh as ransom, the police said.According to the police, on November 12, the victim Ritesh Singh went missing, and his family began searching for him.Residents of the area informed Ritesh’s father that he was last seen in the locality with Amar and Lalan before he went missing. Ritesh’s father then made inquiries with them, but they claimed they were not aware of where he went. Ritesh’s parents then lodged a kidnapping case with the Powai police.The police detained Amar and Lalan and after sustained questioning, they broke down and narrated the entire incident, police said.”As per the duo, on November 12, they took Ritesh to Bhayander via train and had planned to keep him in captivity for a few days and demand ransom. However, after they received the call, they panicked and strangulated Ritesh the same day. They later claimed to have dumped Ritesh’s body at Golden Nest area of Bhayander,” said a Powai police officer.The duo was then placed under arrest after which they led the police team to the place where they had allegedly dumped Ritesh’s body.”We have now added sections 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code to the case. The recovered body has been sent for post-mortem and we are awaiting the reports. The suspects wanted to start their own business by extorting money from boy’s father,” said ND Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 10.

Rejected lover burns 22-yr-old in her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman engineering graduate was burnt alive on Monday night allegedly by a spurned lover in her home in the city’s Adambakkam. Her mother and sister sustained severe burn injuries when they tried to save her.According to the police, S Indhuja who was working in an IT company, died after being admitted to Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika are in critical condition after suffering 50 per cent and 20 per cent burn injuries.The accused Akash Muthukumar (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Indhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar at Adambakkam and he often makes casual visits to their house, police said.After being rejected by Indhuja, Akash started stalking her, the police said. Indhuja quit her job because of the continuous stalking. According to police, Akash claimed he was in a relationship with Indhuja and they had plans to marry.On Monday night at around 8:45 pm, Akash visited her house and got into an argument with her family members. In the middle of the scuffle, he brought a can of petrol and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze.”It all happened in a matter of few minutes. I thought they were arguing. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Indhuja. On her mother’s request, I tried to push him out of the house, but he set her on fire before I could manage to that,” a neighbour said.

Steeped in lust and sleaze, cops crack city murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have cracked the Murlipura murder case in which the body of a man was found in a gunny bag. Revealing the details to DNA, the cops decoded a script laden with lust, distrust and sleaze.Believe it or not, a 34-year-old woman took the help of her new-found 28-year-old boyfriend to get rid of the paramour after she “learnt” that he was secretly having a roaring affair. After thorough grilling, Saraswati Devi has confessed to the cops about the murder blueprint.“During investigation, the dog squad was called to the crime scene which picked evidences. Meanwhile, when questioned about the incident, Saraswati kept changing her statements which raised suspicion about her involvement. After thorough grilling she gave in,” said Ashok Gupta, DCP -West.It was hatred, mistrust and sleaze that led to on Balgovind’s death. Saraswati confessed that she was married to one Ramesh Kumar some 15 years back. She deserted him and their child for Balgovind four years ago. According to Saraswati, they had a whale of a time, till Balgovind started drinking. This habit of his had soured their relationship.Meanwhile, Saraswati was also dating one Bhanwar Lal. Saraswati confessed that recently she “overheard” a conversation Balgovind was having over the phone and how he was cosying up to his new “paramour. Awry love storyAfter thorough grilling, Saraswati Devi has confessed to the cops about the murder blueprint. She deserted husband and their child for Balgovind.Now, she connived with new boyfriend to kill Balgovind

21 embarkation points for Haj pilgrims: Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pilgrims will get the multi-embarkation option during Haj 2018. According to officials, it is the first time that the option of multiple embarkation points are being given to pilgrims for their benefit and to help reduce their financial burden.Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Sunday announced that 21 embarkation points will be open for pilgrims.Naqvi said, “The total expenditure to be incurred by a pilgrim is given in the Haj application form. For the first time, pilgrims will be getting options for embarkation points. This will help reduce their airfare costs as they are getting more than one option. This will also help ensure that the pilgrims don’t face problems even after abolition of Haj subsidy.”The HCOI will be receiving applications for Haj 2018 from November 15 to December 7.The main embarkation points such as Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad, Kolkata won’t have any other options. However, pilgrims from Srinagar will have Delhi as an option, pilgrims from Guwahati, Ranchi and Gaya will have Kolkata as an option, Indore, Bhopal, Goa will have Mumbai as an option while those from Varanasi will get Lucknow as an option.“This will reduce the financial burden by thousands of rupees for the pilgrims. For example, a pilgrim travelling from Srinagar spends approximately Rs 1.25 lakh, but if he travels from Delhi, it will cost him Rs 73,000, excluding traveling amount to Delhi,” explained Dr Maqsood Ahmed Khan, chief executive officer of the Haj committee.The ministry also re-launched a mobile application with updated facilities which will provide information and facilitate e-payments for the pilgrimage. “Last year, through the digital platform – app and website – we got over 40,000 applications. We want Haj 2018 to go digital. Approximately, we upload around 5 lakh applications online, but through this digital platform, we don’t have to upload the data since the applicant will be applying digitally,” said Maheboob Ali Qaisar, chairman of HCOI.

About 100 Keralites suspected to have joined ISIS: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 100 Keralites are suspected to have joined the Islamic State over the years, police said on Saturday. The Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources here told PTI. The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin here about the death of her husband, who had joined ISIS. The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the ‘jihadi war’. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said.The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said. The voice clip was received by Shajil’s brother. Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the ISIS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said. Three men with suspected links with ISIS were arrested in the district on October 25.
ALSO READ Why is Kerala a fertile land for the ISIS?The trio, who had left Kerala years ago, were suspected to have visited Syria and reportedly received training from the terror outfit, police said.Police had also seized photocopies of tickets and visa, proving that they visited Syria, the source added. The arrested were identified as Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid, all of whom belonged to the district.The National Investigation Agency is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS. Among them, 17 are from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after CBI confirmed the confession of the 16-year-old accused in the sensational Ryan school murder case, the father of the class 11 student on Saturday claimed his son is innocent and has been ‘brutally’ tortured.”My son is being tortured, he was hung upside down and brutally thrashed. He is completely innocent,” the father told ANI.”Do you think such a young boy would behave normally for so many days had he committed such a serious crime,” he asked the authorities for making such a serious claim against his son.The father of the 16-year-old alleged murderer also ruled out any CBI’s theory of his son committing the crime to postpone the school exams and a parent-teacher meet. According to CBI, the teen was weak in studies and that the victim was a random target.”Only one PTM had happened till now and all teachers had praised my son’s performance and behaviour, I have his marksheets,” he said.Meanwhile, the special court have accepted a CBI’s plea to send the juvenile to an observation home till the next hearing. So, the accused has been sent to an observation home in Faridabad till November 22. The agency has also planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. The juvenile was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday for cold-blooded murder of class 2 student in Ryan International School in Gurgaon while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police. The bus conductor has now applied for bail.Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found dead in a pool of blood with his throat slit at the school’s washroom on September 8.

Burnt coaches yet to be moved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 48 hours after two coaches of a Monorail caught fire at Mysore Colony station on Thursday morning, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has still not been able to move the charred coaches from the accident spot. This has severely hit the Monorail services and also resulted in the suspension of the service between Wadala and Chembur.The reason for MMRDA failing to shift the burned train is because the team is still studying to conclude the exact cause of the fire.”We will probably take the burned Monorail back to the depot on Saturday evening. Two coaches that were burned will be lifted with the help of a crane and the other two coaches will be taken by pushing them with the help of another Monorail,” said an MMRDA official.One Monorail train has a total of four coaches. Meanwhile, MMRDA officials have said that they will approach the insurance company claiming the losses and damages occurred due to the fire.However, UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “We haven’t so far decided about the insurance claims. First priority is to inquire into the cause and be sure about the safety. Services will be started after we get reports about the safety of the trains.”According to MMRDA officials, the services will take time to resume and the team is currently trying to identify the cause of the fire. The MMRDA has also said that this incident will affect the second phase of the Monorail, between Wadala and Jacob Circle, which is in its final stages.Of the total ten trains, six are under maintenance and one caught fire. Ever since the first phase of the monorail was commissioned between Wadala and Chembur, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns.Delay aheadThe MMRDA team is still studying to conclude the exact cause of the fire. They have also said that this incident will affect the second phase of the Monorail, between Wadala and Jacob Circle, which is in its final stages.

Malwani mishap: Tempo owner held from Malad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Malwani police have arrested the tempo owner for allegedly causing the death of a 13-year-old girl and injuring other two school students at Malad. The driver of the tempo is on the run since the incident took place on Tuesday.On Tuesday Muskan Memon,13, died due to brain hemorrhage after a speeding tempo first rammed into a stationary autorcikshaw and later ran over the students. Neha Menali (13), Bhupendra Menali (9) and Kamal Menali (12) were also injured into the incident and now are in stable condition. According to police, Pawan Tiwari was arrested on Thursday from his residence. The tempo driver identified as Pappu Pandey fled from the spot after abandoning the tempo and is on the run.Laxman Shinde, Police Inspector, Malwani police station, said, “We arrested the tempo owner for causing death due to negligence and when produced in court he was granted bail. The driver will be arrested soon.”

Doctors’ strike: Deadlock still continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a repeat telecast at the secretariat as the government and striking doctors failed to reach an agreement and the parleys were called off after 11 pm on Thursday.Earlier, in-service government doctors deployed at PHCs CHCs and District hospitals across the state continued to remain absent from their duties on Thursday, for the fourth consecutive day. To break the deadlock, a meeting was held between delegation of All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association (ARISDA) and the state government at secretariat which began at 6 pm.As the previous two negotiations failed to yield any result mainly because of the fact that the health minister Kalicharan Saraf had clearly said that he was not endorsed to take a call on the financial aspects of the striking doctors.As a result, officials from state’s finance department, including the ACS (finance) DB Gupta, Principal Secretary (finance) Deepak Upreti and Secretary (budget) Manju Rajpal were roped in for the talks, including Saraf, Principal Secretary (Health) Veenu Gupta and secretary (Medical Education) Anand Kumar. According to sources, after a five-hour long two rounds of talks, the deadlock continued. Saraf said, “It seems that the striking doctors were not in a mood to resolve the deadlock. Even as the government was willing to fulfil 5 out of six financial issues and take a fresh load of Rs 200 crore to pacify the striking doctors, but the striking medicos left the talks in a huff. Now the government has to think to initiate action against them.However, on the other hand, Dr Ajay Chaudhary, president ARISDA, told DNA that, “The government, it seems, was to get us to talks on gun-point. The administrative officers have been behaving rudely with us.”Meanwhile, as the doctors’ strike entered in 4th day, in the support of doctors 33-point demands resident doctors also tried to build pressure on the government. Arrangements at OPD in hospitals attached to medical colleges in five divisional headquarters including the capital Jaipur, also got effected as resident doctors announced to go on indefinite strike after handing over a memorandum to their respective college principals.

As Delhi pollution spirals, NGT to take stock of its past orders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) spiralling out of control, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) will on Thursday hear the case on stubble burning and a clutch of petitions on air pollution.In both matters, the NGT has passed detailed orders in 2015 and 2016 respectively and it has sought details on what action has been taken to implement these orders by the state governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.Most of the NGT’s orders though, whether its banning stubble burning and providing alternatives to farmers or rolling out specific measures during severe levels of pollution, have not been implemented. ALSO READ ‘Delhi is choking sir’: Kejriwal asks for meeting to find solution, Punjab CM says not a matter for inter-state discussionIt will be two years now since the Tribunal passed a detailed order on providing alternatives to farmers for managing crop stubble. It had ruled that that states would provide “machines, mechanism, and equipment or its cost to the farmers to remove, collect and store straw.” But, early in October when the pollution begins rising, it was all but clear during the proceedings in NGT that the stubble burning was not going to halt. On October 4, the NGT had pulled up Punjab government for failing to provide financial aid and machinery to farmers for environmental friendly disposal of crop stubble.Farmers from Punjab impleaded themselves in the matter and had clearly informed NGT that without the necessary machinery, halting crop burning was going to be difficult since it was the fastest and most economical way for them to manage the stubble.In the backdrop of the peak pollution levels, the NGT had once again sought to know on Wednesday what had the state neighbouring Delhi did to not just stop crop residue burning but also halt industrial activity. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor According to government scientists, the current state of pollution has been caused due to smoke from stubble burning and unfavorable meteorological conditions.The case on stubble burning has been filed by environment activist Vikrant Tongad as a contempt petition and the one on air pollution has been filed by advocate Vardhaman Kaushik, in whose case the NGT banned petrol vehicles older than 15 years and diesel vehicles older than ten years.

One killed, 13 injured on Yamuna Expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was killed and 13 others injured when over one dozen vehicles were involved in two separate incidents of vehicle pile-up due to smog, which reduced visibility on the Yamuna Expressway on Wednesday morning. While one accident took place in Greater Noida’s Dankaur area, another accident was reported from near Mathura.The accident took place at early morning near Hataura village. According to police, the accident was triggered after a car was rammed from behind by a speeding truck. The truck turned turtle after the collision and because of the foggy morning, over a dozen cars and trucks rammed into each other.Traffic remained affected on the route for several hours due to the mishap.Reports of accidents also came in from other parts of the Delhi National Capital Region, which has been affected by this year’s worst spell of air pollution for the last few days.According to police, the Dankaur incident took place around 8:30 am. The collision took place on both sides of the expressway near the under-construction eastern peripheral flyway where lanes on both the sides have been closed and sacks have been also placed.Around seven cars smashed into each other as there was zero visibility on the road towards Noida from Agra.”A Scorpio SUV hit the sacks placed on the roadside after which the other cars smashed into the Scorpio one after another,” said Farmood Ali Pundir, SHO, Dankaur Police Station.Four people received minor injuries and were shifted to Kailash Hospital where they were discharged within an hour’s time after being given first aid. None of them suffered serious injury.According to the drivers, due to extremely low visibility, they couldn’t see anything on the roads which led to the pileup.”The drivers claimed that they were not driving too fast as they couldn’t spot anything beyond a distance of 20 metres,” Pundir added.

In ‘gas chamber’ Delhi, primary schools shut down, ban on morning walks: 5 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to role out a slew of measures to help the national capital to breathe easy in the deadly smog.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addressed the media and made some major announcements.Though all along he maintained that the situation right now is ‘near to severe’, he added that the Arvind Kejriwal government won’t hesitate from take stringent steps.Here are some crucial announcements Sisodia made:1: He began his address with the cuurent status on the deadly PM 10. “The Central Pollution Control Board and other departments like health and environment were monitoring situation throughout the day,” Sisodia said. The latest report by the CPCB said that as of 4:30 pm the level of poisonous particulate matter or PM 10 in air was 436. The Deputy CM said that the CPCB says that the situation will turn severe if this number crosses 500. But the condition right now is “bad” and “Delhi looks like gas chamber.”2: Then he went on explain the individuals, who must especially watch their health. Talking about the “high risk groups”, Sisodia said that “young children, kids doing outdoor activity, old-age individuals, asthma patients, pregnant women, heart patients and persons with low immunity consist of high-risk groups.”3: According to the advisory issued by the health and the environment departments of Delhi government, all high-risk group individuals must not go for morning walks, Sisodia said. He also said that the residents of the national capital must not burn crops/ dry leaves/wood/coal as even a small amount of can lead to more trouble right now and add to the deadly smog.4: The other major announcement made by the Delhi government is that all primary schools will be shut down for tomorrow. Also, all outdoor activities at the high schools, including morning and evening assemblies have been suspended. 5: Sisodia also assured the city that a “graded action plan is ready.” He said that the government is monitoring the situation and if it gets worse, then as part of the plan, Delhi will halt the entry of trucks excluding the essential goods supply. The government may also resort to ban on construction in the city if smog persists and air quality becomes gets ‘severe’.Watch Manish Sisodia’s press conference here:

Delhi air quality remains poor, smog-like conditions bring visibility down to 200 metres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The pollution level in the national capital remained critical on Tuesday morning. Due to smog-like condition on Tuesday the visibility early in the morning remained low, causing problems in movement of traffic, reports ANI. According to reports, the visibility dropped to 200 metres at 8:30 am. The average air quality index (AQI) also hit 396 (very poor) at 8am, which further peaked by 9.30am to 403 indicating severe pollution level. AQI in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden was 420, whereas it was 319 in Anand Vihar.The pollution was recorded highest in Punjabi Bagh with AQI 999 and 852 in R.K. Puram. The air quality in Dwarka and NCR also hovered between 400-420.AQI level from 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 is “satisfactory” 101-200 is “moderate”, 201-300 is “poor”, 301-400 is “very poor”, and 401 and above is “severe”. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, The India Meteorological Department maintains that Delhi is witnessing a spell of fog and not smog.A cover of thick fog engulfed Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning when Belgium’s King Philippe was accorded ceremonial reception. ‘Smog’ is fog but pollution plays a major role, with the added ingredient of smoke and tiny airborne particulates. Because of high pollution level, Smog becomes a major health hazard, especially for children and old people. (With inputs from ANI)

MMRDA slaps 5 lakh fine on firm for mishap on Metro-VII site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said that it has issued a notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh following an accident on Metro construction site of Andheri East-Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor a week ago. MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar confirmed that a notice has been issued to the firm. “We have issued notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh for an accident at a Metro-VII construction site,” said Kawathkar.A week ago, a bunch of iron rods had come down tilting towards the ground near Aarey Colony on the Western Express Highway (WEH). However, this accident did not cause any injuries, but MMRDA had issued a show-cause notice to J Kumar Infraprojects and the general consultant M/s Aica Consortium.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA: “We will definitely take action against contractor J Kumar Infraprojects and have decided to levy a fine for the accident.”MMRDA had claimed that the accident took place due to a crane hitting the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. According to an MMRDA official, “Following the accident, the driver who was behind the crane will be given lighter activities to do at the Metro construction site.”

19-yr-old held for killing, robbing bizman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old man who led a gang of highway robbers, and had murdered an Ambala-based businessman to rob his valuables a week ago, was arrested on Sunday. Police said that the accused is involved in more than a dozen cases of robbery on the highways in outer Delhi.The accused has been identified as Vijay alias Daatla (19), a resident of the Jahangir Puri slums, who ran a gang by his name — the Daatla gang. According to police, a PCR call was made on November 4, informing about a body found in the Badli area. The body had cartons strewn around, but no document revealing the identity of the deceased could be found.”Later, the deceased was identified as 55-year-old Ashok, a resident of Karnal in Haryana, and a businessman from Ambala. Ashok had been dealing in electronics and travelled to Delhi often to purchase different items from Bhagirath Place and other neighbouring markets. On Oct 29, he was attacked while returning from one of these markets. As he reached GT Karnal Road around 10.30 pm to haul a vehicle, two men came out of the bushes lining the stretch and attacked him as well as the carrier driver,” said Rishi Pal, DCP, Rohini.While one of them threatened the driver at knife point and took all his valuables, Ashok resisted and tried to raise an alarm. Outraged by the act, the accused stabbed Ashok several times, leaving him dead on spot. Since the driver was too scared, he did not report the matter immediately to police. Investigations started after he gathered courage to register a complaint with the police.Rishi Pal said that police had received a tip-off that one of the criminals involved in the murder case would be near Buddpur bus stand near GT Karnal road, a trap was laid and Daatla was arrested.

After Panama Papers, Amitabh Bachchan’s name appears in Paradise Papers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his name appeared in the Panama Papers, veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s name has appeared in the Paradise papers as well. According to the report by ICIJ, in collaboration with The Indian Express, Bachchan became a shareholder of a digital media company in 2000. However, it is not clear if the shareholding was disclosed to the Reserve Bank of India, as at the time all investments made abroad by resident Indians required RBI permission. This changed in 2004 after the Liberalised Remittance Shceme was introduced.Appleby records Bachchan and Silicon Valley venture investor Navin Chaddha as shareholders of Jalva Media Ltd on June 19, 2002. The company was set up in Bermuda on July 20, 2000 and dissolved in 2005.The company was launched by four Indian entrepreneurs in California in January 2000, with the Indian arm – Jalva Media India Pvt Ltd – being set up in February 2000. A third company was set up in Bermuda in July that year. In October 2005, Appleby stating that Jalva-Bermuda, listed as “bad debtor”, “shall stand dissolved”. Appleby had already terminated services to the company on January 14, 2004.Jalva-India survived on paper till it opted for the ‘Easy Exit Scheme 2011’ of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, for being “inoperative for the past six years due to the reason of business not being successful.” A

Pollution woes: Doctors advise Delhiites to stop morning walks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aarti Singh, 62, a fitness freak, has stopped going on her daily morning walks, after being advised by her doctors to do so. The toxic Delhi air has affected her lungs and forced her to stay indoors. “The morning walk had been a part of my daily routine for the last 30 years. But, in the last one week, my health has deteriorated rapidly. I started suffering from fever, bodyache, and continous cough,” Singh, who works with a government bank, said.As mercury starts to go down, like every year, the national Capital is witnessing high levels of pollution and a health crisis. Smog, a mixture of extremely hazardous smoke and fog, has descended on the city as doom for those with a history of respiratory illnesses, particularly children and heart patients. But even completely healthy people have been reporting sudden cardiac symptoms and viral fever.“People should completely stop going on morning walks. This is not the right time. We are receiving many complaints of itchy throat, bodyache, and fever. Those with a history of asthma should be extremely careful during this season,” said Dr SP Byotra, department of internal medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital. In fact, doctors in the Capital have witnessed a 20 per cent spike in the number of cases of respiratory illness. Cases of viral infection, cough, sneezing, respiratory tract infection, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have also gone up. “This is the worst phase for those with prolonged illnesses. Even the number of viral fever cases has gone up. Those with a history of asthma and COPD are at their worst. Our out-patient department (OPD) is witnessing a large number of patients with this problem,” said Dr JC Suri, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine at the Safdarjung hospital. Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in the national Capital every year, the CSE had stated in a report last year. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, on Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) at Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and Noida was 439 and 423, respectively, while at Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi, it was 407 , all considered “severe”.Delhi’s air quality was placed under “very poor” category with AQI recorded at 368 against 351 on Saturday. Meanwhile, at Haryana’s Gurugram, the AQI was 345 against 338 on Saturday and Faridabad had an AQI of 334 against 338 on Saturday.PEAKING PM 2.5According to DPCC data, PM 2.5 ranged between 317 and 492 microgramme per cubic metre at different locations between 10 am and 11.30 pm. The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60.
The worst PM 2.5 situation was at Anand Vihar in east Delhi, ranging between 410 and 492 between 10 and 11.30 am. PRECAUTIONSCover your face while going out.
Those with a history of asthma should avoid going on morning walks.
Drink hot water at regular intervals. Carry an inhaler.
Practise breathing exercises.

AICTE shuts 1,400 ‘bad standard’ tech courses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to improve the standard of technical education in the country, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has closed nearly 1,400 courses that did not meet required standards in various technical institutions in the academic year 2017-18.The number of courses is the highest in last five years.The maximum number of institutes where courses have been closed are in Maharashtra with over 400 situated in the state. Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka also have a high number of such institutes.Maximum courses that have been closed are on engineering and information technology, while a minuscule percentage are courses on pharmacy and management. Authorities have advised students to check details about courses as well as the institute before applying.After various surveys on engineering education in India pointed that majority of the graduates in the country have become unemployable, the Ministry of Human Resource Development started taking initiatives to improve the quality of technical education, specially engineering. As a part of this, the government regulator has also decided to close 800 engineering institutions that are not getting any admissions. These institutions will be shut over the next two years.The courses that have been shut by AICTE did not meed required educational standards. According to data obtained from AICTE, 468 courses were closed in 2012-13, 912 in 2013-14, 604 in 2014-15, 1,093 in 2015-16, 670 in 2016-17 and 1,389 in 2017-18.”A high number of course closures shows that we are going after improving the quality of technical education in the country. Courses that either do not have any students of are not meeting the required standards of curriculum have been closed. There are many institutions where popular departments like civil and mechanical engineering have also been closed because they were not performing well,” said a senior official in AICTE.”We want to advise students to check credentials about the course, apart from the institute before seeking admission in an institute,” the official added.India has, over the last three years, seen a dip in number of students opting for engineering. After failing to secure a seat in the top technical institutes like IITs, NITs, students have steered clear of private engineering colleges.FALLING STANDARDSMaharashtra has the highest number of institutes (400) where courses have been closed
A total of 1,398 courses did not meet required standards

After delay, Powai builder to refund money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A developer who has been in the news for not being able to refund money or handover homes to investors has finally expressed intention to do so. JVPD Properties Private Ltd, who had failed to handover flats to investors for its Mira Road and Powai projects, has given three options to their investors and homebuyers. First, a refund along with an interest at 15 per cent per annum in three years. Second, is to construct apartments with necessary approvals and handover possession of ready apartments, and the final option is to provide homes in projects of other developers.Few of the aggrieved investors of Powai had even approached the Economic Offences Wing. Seema Saini, one of the affected party who had booked a flat in the developer’s project in Powai, said, “An intervention application filed on behalf of Serenity (Powai project) was listed on Wednesday. It was submitted by directors of JVPD, that the company intends to file scheme before National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 proposing a scheme giving three options to the homebuyers.”She further said, “There is no immediate favourable order from the homebuyers perspective. There is still no clarity on several issues.” According to another affected party, certain investors were given money up to Rs 50,000. Diipesh Bhagtani, director, JVPD Properties Private Ltd, said, “The matter was heard before the Bombay High Court, where we have informed the court that we are in the process of filing the scheme for an arrangement with investors before NCLT. Also, since the last High Court order we have refunded full and part payments to 100 plus investors. I wouldn’t like to comment further as the matter is sub judice and we are waiting for an authenticated copy of the order passed by the High Court.”

UPSC aspirant teenage girl gang-raped in Bhopal, CM directs fast-track trial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking cognizance of the gang-rape of a 19-year-old civil services aspirant, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday directed a fast-track trial into the case. Chouhan also directed stringent action against negligent policemen.The incident took place on Tuesday when the girl, who was returning home after attending her coaching class, was abducted by four men and allegedly gang-raped. The girl was allegedly abducted and raped by four men near railway tracks in Bhopal on Tuesday night when she was returning home after attending a coaching class. The incident took place around 10 p.m. in the vicinity of the Habibganj railway station when the four men abducted the woman.Police have arrested all the four accused and booked them under the relevant sections of the IPC.According to reports, all the four men took breaks for tea and gutka and repeatedly raped her for three hours. According to reports, the girl kept fighting and hit the accused with a stone. Furious, they hit her with a stone as well, tied her up, and raped her. Initially, three police stations refused to register her complaint even though both her parents are in police, a report in the Times of India claimed. Speaking to ANI, Government Railway Police (GRP) SP Anita Malviya said, “When the victim reached the desolate railway crossing, the four men dragged her under a culvert near the railway tracks and took turns to rape her before fleeing. They fled assuming the girl to be dead. The girl usually takes a bus while returning to her Vidisha residence, but that day she opted to take a train.””On the basis of the complaint lodged by the woman, a case was registered at the GRP Police Station (Habibganj Railway Station) as the area where the crime occurred falls under their jurisdiction. They have been booked under sections 376 D (gang rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention),” she said.(With agency inputs)

Winter sets in, air quality still poor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As winter grips the city, the air quality continues to remain in the ‘poor’ category with a mild smog covering certain pockets of the city. According to the Met department, the city’s maximum temperature is likely to remain around 36 degrees Celsius till the weekend while the minimum temperature is expected to remain around 17 degrees, but may dip further.Three stations in the city — Pirana, Bopal and Rakhial — reported very poor air quality. The air quality monitoring systems of SAFAR (System for Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) recorded the particulate matter (PM) 2.5 level in the city on Thursday, which was 139, and falls under the poor category. PM 10 was recorded at 150, which falls in the poor category as well. Overall, the city’s AQI was reported 196 by the pollution control board, which is unhealthy as warned by the website.BAD AIR QUALITYThe air quality monitoring systems of SAFAR recorded particulate matter for the city at 139, which indictaes that the air quality is “poor”.

New salt satyagraha against Pachpadra refinery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As preparations for the refinery in Pachpadra are going in full swing, the salt producers of Kharwal has unfurled the flag of rebellion. They claim that many salt mines will shot down due to the proposed refinery, rendering hundreds of salt producers and thousands of workers unemployed.Under the banner of Pachpadra’s Shri Sambhara Ashapura Mataji Dharti Putra Sena, salt producers of Kharwal society have given a memorandum to the tehsildar of Pachpadra to be forwarded to chief minister in which they have pleaded for saving the salt mines and their livelihood. They have also given ultimatum to start the movement if their demands were not accepted.In the memorandum, they said that salt industry is six years old in Pachpadra. It gives direct and indirect employment to 10,000 people. With the coming up of the refinery, nearly 200 salt mines will be ruined and Pachpadra’s salt industry will come to an end. If their demands are not met by November 15, they will start the satyagraha movement from November 16.Kharwal society says that the Supreme Court had asked to pay compensation. According to Supreme Court, the land of salt mines would be taken by the government and they will be allocate new mines to salt producers. Tehsildar Surendra Kumar said that in Pachpadra, most of the salt mines were closed for long time and only one or two mines were operational.Meanwhile, Barmer district collector Shivprasad Nakate said that the land given on lease for the refinery in Pachpadra belongs to government. In fact, actual mines are being operated in a small number in Pachpadra. The government has not renewed licence of mines since 2007 and mine owners have no ownership. But despite of this, the government will also compensate and rehabilitate them according to the rules of the mines.200 MINES ON STAKEWith the coming up of the refinery, nearly 200 salt mines will be ruined and Pachpadra’s salt industry will come to an end.

Faster services at IGI soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passport reading machines, web cameras, additional e-visa counters, and computers with additional manpower, will give travellers a better and hassle free travel experience at the immigration counters of IGI airport, by the end of this month.The step has been taken to ease congestion at the immigration counters during peak hours following repeated complaints from travellers.Sources said that following regular complaints, a meeting was recently held under the chairmanship of the Union Home Secretary where officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) were also present. According to sources, it was discussed in the meeting that technology upgradation, introduction of modern equipment and additional space, along with added manpower, is what the immigration department need to be lanced with, without any delay.In order to implement the discussion on the ground, a team of home ministry officials visited the immigration counters at the IGI airport on Tuesday. Sources said, DIAL will provide additional space for at least 10 more immigration counters at the departure area by November 15 and these counters will be made operational by January 2018.”The Bureau of Immigration will provide manpower and other equipment like passport reading machines, computers, web cameras, to make counters functional by November 20. At least ten e-Visa counters would also be made for electronic visa facility for foreigners by November 30 this month. Furthermore, 25 more counters will be made functional by January 2018,” a senior officer said.In addition, the Bureau of Immigration will also provide additional manpower of 1,800 personnel for improving immigration services by filling up vacant posts. “These would include personnel from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and also some ex-servicemen,” the officer said.Home ministry officials said the increase in passengers due to grant of e-visa to citizens of over 160 countries in the recent past which led to the arrival of a large number of tourists, was one of the key reasons that led to overcrowding of counters demanding immediate attention. Besides, there have been allegations that many immigration officers leave counters in rush hours for tea/ lunch/dinner breaks and that some of them were not well trained.

WEF Gender Gap index: India slips 21 slots to 108, ranked behind China and Bangladesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India slipped 21 places on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to a lowly 108, behind neighbours China and Bangladesh, primarily due to less participation of women in the economy and low wages.Moreover, India’s latest ranking is 10 notches lower than its reading in 2006 when the WEF started measuring the gender gap. According to the WEF Global Gender Gap Report 2017, India has closed 67 per cent of its gender gap, less than many of its international peers, and some of its neighbours like Bangladesh ranked 47th while China was placed at 100th. Globally also, this year’s story is a bleak one. For the first time since the WEF began measuring the gap across four pillars — health, education, the workplace and political representation — the global gap has actually widened.”A decade of slow but steady progress on improving parity between the sexes came to a halt in 2017, with the global gender gap widening for the first time since the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report was first published in 2006,” it said. The findings in this year’s report, published today, showed that an overall 68 per cent of the global gender gap has been closed. This is a slight deterioration from 2016 when the gap closed was 68.3 per cent. At the current rate of progress, the global gender gap will take 100 years to bridge, compared to 83 last year.The case is worse in terms of workplace gender divide, which the report estimates will take 217 years to close. On a positive note, however, a number of countries are bucking the dismal global trend as over one-half of all 144 countries measured this year have seen their score improve in the past 12 months, the report noted. At the top of the Global Gender Gap Index is Iceland. The country has closed nearly 88 per cent of its gap. It has been the world’s most gender-equal country for nine years.Others in the top 10 include Norway (2nd), Finland (3rd), Rwanda (4) and Sweden (5), Nicaragua (6) and Slovenia (7), Ireland (8), New Zealand (9) and the Philippines (10). India’s greatest challenges lie in the economic participation and opportunity pillar where the country is ranked 139 as well as health and survival pillar where the country is ranked 141, the WEF said. The report attributed much of India’s decline in position on the overall Global Gender Gap Index to a widening of its gender gaps in political empowerment as well as healthy life expectancy and basic literacy.”With more than 50 years having passed since the inauguration of the nation’s first female prime minister in 1966, maintaining its global top 20 ranking on the political empowerment sub-index will require India to make progress on this dimension with a new generation of female political leadership,” the report said. Moreover, the scale of India’s gender gap in women’s share among legislators, senior officials and managers as well as professional and technical workers highlights that continued efforts will be needed to achieve parity in economic opportunity and participation.In India, the workplace gender gap is reinforced by extremely low participation of women in the economy (136 out of the total 144 countries covered) and low wages for those who work (136th ranking for estimated earned income), the WEF said, adding that “on average, 66 per cent of women’s work in India is unpaid, compared to 12 per cent of men’s”. On a positive note, India succeeded in fully closing its primary and secondary education enrolment gender gaps for the second year running and for the first time has nearly closed its tertiary education gender gap. However, it continues to rank fourth-lowest in the world on health and survival, remaining the world’s least-improved country on this sub-index over the past decade, the WEF stated.”Competitiveness on a national and on a business level will be decided more than ever before by the innovative capacity of a country or a company. Those will succeed best who understand to integrate women as an important force into their talent pool,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum (WEF).

Two girls electrocuted as rains continue to lash Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two girls were electrocuted after they accidentally stepped on a live wire on a waterlogged street in Chennai, even as the city and coastal parts of Tamil Nadu continued to receive heavy rains for the third day on Wednesday, crippling normal life.So far, six people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu.The tragedy was reported from Koudungaiyur. According to the police, Bhavana and Yuvashri, both aged eight, touched a live wire from an electric junction box while playing in water. Another eight-year-old, Yuvashri, escaped the fatal mishap as she avoided stepping into the water after seeing her friends collapsing.While the government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the parents of the deceased children and ordered suspension of eight electricity department officials for negligence, opposition parties held the AIADMK-led government for the deaths.With low-lying areas going under sheets of water, traffic moved at a snail’s pace in the city and its suburbs. The government has declared holiday for the third day on Thursday Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.Heavy waterlogging was reported from parts of Vyasarpadi, Perambur, Choolai and Otteri in North Chennai, West Anna Nagar in Central Chennai and parts of Madipakkam and Keelkattalai in South Chennai. In Korattur, the ESI hospital compound was inundated, causing hardship to patients. With no respite in the downpour, residents stayed put in their homes in Mudichur in Kancheepuram district.The government said officials have been deployed round-the-clock to remove water from roads and subways with the help of more than 400 pumps. Uprooted trees at some locations are being cleared, they said.The meteorological department said rains or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. At 10 cm, Ponneri in Tiruvallur district received maximum rain in past 24 hours, said S Balachandran, director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre. The upper air cyclonic circulation over Gulf of Munnar is positioned over Sri Lanka and Southwest Bay of Bengal now, he said.

Hawkers can only operate from designated hawking zones: Bombay HC on illegal hawking in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Wednesday ruled that hawkers would not be allowed anywhere in the city except for designated hawking zones.”Hawkers are restricted from operating outside railway stations, on foot over bridges, road over bridges, outside education institutes, and hospitals,” the HC said.The court also ruled that hawkers outside religious places can sell wares that are only used for worship.The hawker association, alonh with Mumbai Congress chief sanjay Nirupam had three days earlier addressed a rally of around 150 hawkers, following which several members of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who were trying to evict them, were assaulted.Several people were arrested and a case was registered against Nirupam for holding a rally without prior police permission. However, the Mumbai Congress chief accused the state government of shielding MNS chief Raj Thackeray, asking why a similar case was not registered against Raj when he led a rally on the hawker issue without permission, MNS threatened to “knock out” illegal hawkers from rail and road premises.Earlier, Nirupam and the hawkers’ association had approached the High Court against ‘illegal eviction drivers’. According to a Times of India report, the team said the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act and HC orders protect hawkers carrying out business as on the date the law was enacted on May 1, 2014. “They argued that three years after the law was enforced, the state was yet to take steps to frame rules and form town vending committees comprising hawkers’ representatives. The committee, besides regulating hawking, has to conduct surveys of hawkers every five years. BMC said as per its survey there are around 99,000 registered hawkers but the petitioners insisted that as of May 2014 there were over 2.5 lakh,” the report added.

Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post Diwali there has been hardly any let up in the pollution level, as toxic air continues to batter the lungs of Delhiites. According to monitoring stations across the city the air quality dipped to “very poor”on Tuesday and according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) the levels of airborne particulate matter PM 10 touched 289 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3) and PM 2.5 touched 171 µg/m3 on Tuesday morning .The ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Meanwhile, the air quality index recorded for Delhi by the CPCB, based on as many as 15 monitoring stations, on Tuesday, was 351 µg/m3. It also remained “very poor” for Noida and Gurgaon as well at 349 µg/m3 and 343 µg/m3 while neighbouring Ghaziabad and Faridabad had “severe” air quality with 439 µg/m3 and 410 µg/m3.Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor. Experts say that what is likely to make the situation worse is the drop in temperatures. And already the Capital is seeing a fall in temperature. The maximum temperature recorded by the weather department on Tuesday was 30 degrees while the minimum was 17 degrees Celsius.The mercury is likely to remain stable till Thursday when the minimum temperature drops by one degree to settle at 16 degrees Celsius. It will again rise to 17 degrees on the weekend.The drop in temperature is not good sign for air pollution. This is because a drop in temperature leads to reduced wind speed and a rise in air pollution. This ensures the pollutants suspended in the air are not able to disperse and thus remain hanging in the air.Of late, winters have become the harbinger of worse weather conditions as pollution increases severely due to concentration of toxic gases in the air. Stubble burning by farmers from neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana make matters worse for the Capital that has already been ranked as one of the worst polluted cities in the world.DEATH BY AIRThe ‘safe limit’ set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is 100 µg/m3 for PM 10 and 60 µg/m3 for PM 2.5. Anything recorded beyond 400 µg/m3 indicates severe air quality, and between 300 and 400 µg/m3 is seen as very poor.

Jamdoli continues to ill-treat kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nothing has changed in Jamdoli mental asylum. The horrifying episode of 12 kids who had died in a short span of 13 days after consuming contaminated water is fresh in memory, but the same apathy and callousness still prevail. The care home set up for treatment and improvement of mentally challenged kids is itself crippled because of official negligence. It is in dire straits. DNA has accessed some proof to show sick mentality of the care home staff.Children are sleeping on floor while their beds have been taken by the staff members. There are hundreds of beds, but they are not given to the children. The kids have no clothes to wear. It is not that the government doesn’t take care of the needs of children here but the greedy and insensitive staff is holding on to these facilities meant for the children. Since media entry is banned, it is being used by the care home staff to cover up its shenanigans.When district collector saw pictures of this horrifying truth, he asked SDM to visit mental asylum and submit a report. Subsequently, the SDM Ashish Kumar and Deepali visited the care home in Jamdoli.The matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The HC had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal said that these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.UNDER SCANNERThe matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The High Court had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.
According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.

BTech student ends life in Noida hostel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old B Tech student allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room in Noida, Sector 57, on Sunday night. According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Rupanshu Srivastav, a second-year student at the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Academy of Technical Education, Sector 62.Srivastav was found hanging by the ceiling fan in his hostel room. Police did not recover any suicide note from the spot. “We got a call from the hostel in-charge. We reached the hostel and broke down his room’s door to find him hanging by the fan. The body has been sent for post-mortem,” said Anil Pratap Singh, Station House Officer, Sector 58 police station.According to Srivastav’s friends in the hostel, he did not appear for his exam on October 28. “We had an exam on Saturday but he did not come. His roommate left for home after the exam, and he was alone after that,” Vipin, a friend, said. He added that he last saw Srivastav on the night of October 28, in the dining room.”He had dinner with us, after which he went to his room. He didn’t come out the entire day on Sunday. I wanted something from his room, so I knocked on the door but he did not respond for a long time. I peeped from the window and saw him hanging by the fan. Then I immediately raised an alarm,” Vipin said.Vijay Srivastav, the deceased’s father, said: “He didn’t have many friends and was generally silent. He never shared anything with us. The news has shocked us. He had come home for Diwali and seemed happy. But, he had not been speaking to us properly for the last two days. We do not know what led him to take this extreme step.”According to the police, Srivastav hailed from Raebareli. The family has refused to file any complaint in the case and have taken the body to their hometown.

Cops looking for 2 rumour mongers

According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nirmal Nagar police who are probing the Garib Nagar fire case in which over 100 shanties were gutted in a fire during a demolition drive on Friday, are on the lookout for two persons suspected to be main accused behind the fire, who were earlier involved in spreading a rumour during a previous demolition drive to stop the demolition.According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area. Due to the rumours, the demolition drive had come to halt. The police had later arrested both of them and they were released on a bail. The police now believe that the duo are the main accused behind Friday’s fire.”Shabbir Khan (29) who has been arrested for starting the fire has said he was aware of the planning behind the fire and that another 8-10 people were involved in it. However, two men who were behind spreading rumours earlier are suspected to be the masterminds in this case as well,” said a senior police officer.

IPS officer caught cheating in UPSC examination with the help of wife, both arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainee IPS officer from Tirunelveli was arrested by the Chennai police on Monday after Intelligence Bureau (IB) Officers caught him cheating in the Union Public Service Commission (Main) Examinations. The officer was identified as Safeer Karim, currently posted as ASP at Nanguneri. Safeer Karim was using a Bluetooth device to connect with his wife.According to reports, Karim smuggled a cellphone and Bluetooth enabled earpieces into the examination hall. His wife reportedly dictated the answers to him from Hyderabad. She was arrested by Hyderabad police from a coaching centre. Karim wanted to join the IAS, so he decided to appear in the UPSC exam one more time, two years after he successfully cleared the entrance tests and became an IPS officer.”The photo of question paper was clicked with the camera in the shirt button and automatically sent via gmail to his wife Joicy . The other team in Hyderabad downloaded question paper and read out answers to Karim over the phone,” said a police officer, reports the Times of India.According to the officer, Karim admitted to wrongdoing, reports the Times of India. The IB officers handed him over to the Egmore police, who booked him under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and120b (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and section 66 of the IT Act and took him into custody. According to the report, friends told investigators that after Karim met with an accident recently and failed police fitness tests, he believed he was left with no option but to opt for IAS. They also said that Karim had topped the CAT exam.The UPSC mains examination is currently being conducted in 24 cities across the country. As many as 763 candidates will be writing the exams which will be held till November 3.

Trade fair to focus on startups this year, showcase Modi govt’s schemes for youths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In line with its last year’s focus on Central government schemes, the India International Trade Fair (IITF) will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well. The 14-day event, which starts on November 14 and will be held at Pragati Maidan, introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country.Titled ‘Startup India and Standup India’, the theme will specially put the youths in the spotlight, highlighting policy, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. The Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, which organises IITF every year, is currently setting up a special pavilion in Hall 18, where development work undertaken in different states of the country will be showcased. According to senior ITPO officials, the idea is to connect those visiting the trade fair with the welfare work done for them. Government agencies will find a special spot in this year’s fair.This year, for the 37th edition of IITF, Vietnam would be the partner country while Kyrgyzstan would be the focus nation. Jharkhand would play the role of partner state. Officials said India hopes to improve diplomatic and trade ties with the focus and partner nations, which is the main reason behind choosing them for their respective roles.In 2016, the IITF exhibited one of the most ambitious projects of the Modi government — Digital India. The partner country was South Korea and focus country was Belarus. Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand were partner states in the event that saw participation of more than 150 companies from around 27 nations.Meanwhile, Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a cost of whopping Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year. This has also taken away the sheen from IITF, which will be held in an area reduced to half this year. As opposed to the 1 lakh sq metres of space allotted to IITF every year, participants will have to make do with 50,000 sq metres this time.

Ambala man, 50, found dead in outer Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of a 50-year-old man with stab wounds was found at the Nangli Puna flyover in outer Delhi’s GT Karnal Road area late on Saurday night. The police have registered a case and are exploring the crime from all possible angles, including robbery and personal enmity. According to the police, they received a call regarding the man around 12.40 am. They rushed him to Raja Harish Chander Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The body was later moved to Babu Jagjeevan Ram hospital for post-mortem, where it was revealed that the victim had a stab wound on the left side of his chest. “At the spot of the incident, electronic spare parts and equipment such as sound amplifiers and other materials were found. The man was later identified as Ashok,” DCP, Rohini, Rishi Pal said. Ashok was a resident of Ambala and had a shop there.

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