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Delhi-bound Indigo flight forced to return to Goa due to technical glitch

The aircraft was carrying 182 passengers and three infants on board, it added. The flight crew carried out the required procedure and the aircraft landed safely back at Goa, the airline said. The matter was reported to the DGCA, it said, adding that the incident was also being probed by the airline's safety department. ”
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Monday 1 January 2018 0:24 ISTMust readEx-CJI TS Thakur says no to AAP’s Rajya Sabha offerLucknow madrasa shocker: Police rescues 51 girls who were being sexually exploited by manager <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight from Goa, carrying 183 passengers and three infants on board, was forced to return and make an emergency landing at the Dabolim airport, due to low oil pressure in one of its engines, a source said.The flight — 6E 724 — which took off from the Dabolim airport for New Delhi at 5.50 pm, returned soon to the airport after its pilot reported the oil-pressure problem in one of the engines of the Airbus 320 aircraft, the source added. IndiGo confirmed the incident and said it had been reported to the aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “IndiGo’s Goa-Delhi flight was involved in a air turnback due to engine 2 low oil pressure,” the airline said in a statement.The aircraft was carrying 182 passengers and three infants on board, it added. The flight crew carried out the required procedure and the aircraft landed safely back at Goa, the airline said. The matter was reported to the DGCA, it said, adding that the incident was also being probed by the airline’s safety department.

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All ears for Rajinikanth’s announcement

All eyes are set on Rajinikanth for the announcement he is set to make on Sunday declaring whether or not he would take a political plunge.Many of his fans believe that the actor has taken a decision, after decades of waiting, to finally enter the world of politics.Rajinikanth, who commands a huge fan base across the country, has been hinting for quite some time that he may join politics, but stopped short of announcing it. Rajini, while addressing his fans on Tuesday, said that he would announce his final decision on politics on December 31.His fans and well-wishers see a huge opportunity for the 67-year-old actor to fill the political vacuum created by the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi. “There is no better time to enter politics than now. No leader in the state can match the charisma and support enjoyed by our thalaivar (leader). Without any further delay, he should launch his own party,” said an office bearer of All India Rajinikanth Fans Association from Coimbatore.He said that they have made all the arrangements for welcoming the superstar’s announcement on Sunday by bursting crackers.AXW Douglas, Tuticorin district secretary of the fans association said that he has no expectation of him announcing a political plunge. “After his speech in the first day of the meet, he has been asking the fans to take care of the family first. He also stressed on the patience and to bide one’s time. We don’t know what is in his mind,” he said, adding that the actor still enjoys the biggest fan following among the Tamil actors.Veteran film producer and story writer Kalaignanam who introduced Rajinikanth as here in the 1978 movie Bairavi told a Tamil news channel that the actor would announce his political entry on December 31 in front of his fans.”He will launch his own political party. Earlier when he made up his mind on entering politics, several obstacles were created to prevent his entry. Now he has taken a firm decision to enter politics and he will not go back on it,” he said.The success of film personalities starting from DMK chief M Karunanidhi to AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran and her successor J Jayalalithaa in the politics has prompted several actors to nurture political ambitions.Rajinikanth’s contemporary Kamal Haasan has announced his political entry last month. “Both the actors – Kamal and Rajini – are aspiring to fill up the political vacuum. But they had failed to take into account that MGR and Jayalalithaa did not come to power by making a sudden political entry,” said writer and political commentator Prof Arunan. MGR was in politics since the 1950s and had parallel film and political career before floating his own party in 1972 after he was expelled from the DMK, he said, adding that while Jayalalithaa was brought to politics by MGR in the 1980s and was nominated to Rajya Sabha and then made party’s propaganda secretary. “After MGR’s death, Jayalalithaa claimed his political legacy and his party AIADMK to come to power in 1991,” he said, adding that it would not be easy to launch a new political party and aspiring to come to power in the ensuing elections.

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Family of raped minor made to wait for 12 hours for medical aid

After an eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Thursday, the family members had to roam around for more than 12 hours to get the medical aid for her. The girl was allegedly raped by a minor boy in a village of Jarcha area of Greater Noida.Narrating the ordeal, the victim’s father said that the girl had gone to play outside the house.”It was getting late for lunch. So my wife went to call her but when she couldn’t find her, she immediately raised an alarm. After searching her for more than two hours, a neighbour found her coming out of a nearby house crying. She was bleeding from her private parts and even had blood stains on her clothes,” said the victim’s mother.Police have arrested the accused and he was sent to a juvenile home on Friday.”She told me that while she was playing, one of the neighbour took her along with him on the pretext of candies. He took her to his house and assaulted her. We immediately informed the police,” the father added.According to the police, the incident took place at around 4 pm when she had gone to play.”The girl has been sent for medical examination. The accused was later arrested. During interrogation, the 15-year-old boy confessed to the crime. The boy was produced before the district court and has been sent to the juvenile home,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.However, the family alleged that the police, along with the minor, had to roam around the district for more than 11 hours after which the medical examination was done at 3:30 am on Friday.”First, she was taken to a local hospital in Jarcha where she was denied medical aid due to staff shortage. Then, she was taken to a hospital in Dadri where she was again denied to be admitted because of no medical kit available. Then she was finally rushed to the district hospital in Noida where the officials denied the medical saying there was no female doctor to attend to the minor her and that she should come in the morning,” stated the father.”I have spoken to the CMO about the matter and he has assured me an enquiry in the case,” informed Suniti.

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Two weeks after showdown with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Rajeev Dhawan retracts statements; to resume practice

Senior Supreme Court advocate Rajeev Dhawan has written to Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, retracting his statement that he would be giving up legal practice.The move comes two weeks after Dhawan said he would give up practice, following a showdown with Misra.Earlier, upset over a “humilitating” exchange in the Supreme Court between him and Misra during the hearing on Delhi Vs Centre on statehood case early this month, Dhavan, in a strong worded letter, had announced that he has given up court practice.In the letter, he said: “After the humiliating end to the Delhi (vs Centre) case, I have decided to give up court practice. You are entitled to take away the Senior Gown conferred on me, though I would like to keep it for memory and services rendered”.Two recent run-ins of Dhavan with the Chief Justice were widely reported in the media. During the Ayodhya case, Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave pleaded that the Supreme Court defer hearing in the Babri-Ram Janambhoomi case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Also read’After humiliating end to Delhi case,’ SC lawyer Rajeev Dhavan quits court practiceAccording to reports, Dhavan shouted at CJI Misra during the arguments. In another matter of Centre vs Delhi, Dhawan while representing the Arvind Kejriwal government, wanted to further a few more arguments even though Supreme Court had reserved its order in the case.After these two instances, CJI Misara said the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.CJI Misra said: “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them”.CJI further said: “When lawyers argue in a manner, not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? ”

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Mumbai University earns Rs 4.83 crore in revaluation fees in 2016-17

Turns out students’ loss was Mumbai University’s gain to the tune of Rs over Rs 4.83 crore. The varsity earned the money in the way of fees collected from its students for revaluation of their answer sheets in the 2016-17, an RTI application has revealed.The response to an RTI query filed by activist Vihar Durve also revealed that the varsity earned Rs 15,32,055 towards photocopy charges in the same academic year.The varsity’s response, however, did not furnish details of the total number of revaluation applications and the number of students that passed post-revaluation this academic year.The number of students that made the cut post-revaluation is only expected to go up because of the mangled results that followed glitches in the On-Screen Marking (OSM) system.”Year on year, the varsity earns from revaluation and photocopy charges taken from students. Most students pass post-revaluation and, therefore, put through unnecessary wait and expenses,” said Durve. As per an earlier RTI response received by Durve, more than 36 per cent of the total number of students who had applied for reevaluation between 2015 and the beginning of 2016 at the University of Mumbai passed their exams post revaluation.Owing to the OSM mess, the varsity received over 50,000 revaluation applications in 2017. After several student protests, the fee was reduced by 50 per cent this year to Rs 250.

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2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai

A Romanian couple has been nabbed from Delhi in connection with the debit card skimming case in which almost 100 people who used an ATM in Mumbai’s central suburb of Mulund lost money from their accounts which collectively amounted to Rs 38 lakh.According to the Navghar police, they had earlier nabbed two local men who were instrumental in providing logistical support to the foreigners who skimmed cards at the ATM and withdrew money in Delhi.ATM skimming involves thieves using hidden electronics to steal personal information stored on cards. Think of it as identity theft of debit cards.The police said the accused foreign nationals came to the country on a tourist visa from Romania and had installed a skimmer — a thrice in the ATM in Mulund. After copying card data, they started withdrawing money from ATMs in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.”We got our first lead when we got CCTV footage of the foreigners along with the two locals. We apprehended the latter. During their interrogation, they pointed us to the foreigners. We tracked the foreigners using their phones, and our team in Delhi nabbed them. We have also got CCTV footage of the time when they are withdrawing money,” said a police officer”The two locals were also involved in a similar case in Kurla two years ago in which three Romanian nationals were arrested,” he added.The police got in touch with the Romanian embassy in New Delhi, seeking details of the recently nabbed couple’s passports.As many as 100people who used an ATM in Mulund were in for a shock when they got text messages saying money had been withdrawn using their cards, even when the cards were in their possession. The victims had approached Navghar police station and lodged a case.The accused couple will be brought to the city on Friday. This is the second instance in two weeks where Romanian nationals were found to have been instrumental in committing cyber fraud.Last Friday, the Pune police nabbed three Romanian nationals for allegedly cloning ATM cards and withdrawing money to the tune of Rs 28 lakh from over 100 bank accounts after stealing details of more than 1,000 cards. They had also used skimmers.Earlier, the Mumbai police had arrested a Bulgarian national involved in skimming and cloning the cards.

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Malegaon blast: Relieved that MCOCA dropped, says Col Purohit’s wife after partial relief

After the special NIA court dropped MCOCA charges against 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit, his wife Aparna stated that decision has come as a huge relief for Purohit family. “Due to the MCOCA, he (Purohit) had to spent nine years in jail. Now we are happy that finally the MCOCA charges are dropped,” Aparna told DNA. Though the court has dropped MCOCA charges, he along with other accused will face trial under section 16 and 18 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and 120b, 302, 307 and 326 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Speaking to DNA on Wednesday after the charges framed against six accused including Purohit, Aparna said, “We will fight it out the way we have been fighting the case since day one. After the charges of MCOCA have been dropped, we consider it as a small step towards justice but still there is a long way to go.”Aparna who has been making rounds of various courts right from sessions court to the Supreme Court stated that she was never low on confidence even on the day one of Purohit’s arrest and now since the MCOCA charges have been dropped, that will boost her confidence even more. “I know my husband is innocent. We are a family of army personnel and therefore we were never short on confidence. We know hot to fight and that is what we have been doing for last nine years,” Aparna said. Also read2008 Malegaon case: MCOCA dropped against Sadhvi Pragya and Col Purohit, to be tried under UAPA and IPC sectionsWhen DNA asked her about the reaction of the family members including Purohit, she said, “For nine years, I was fighting alone where I had to look after my family while I was making rounds of courts. However, now since my husband is out of jail, entire family is relieved. We are now able to divide the work and with each other’s support we are now fighting the case with more efficiency.”

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4-yr-old panther enters farmer’s house in Rajasthan

A panther strayed into a house in a village near Chomu town on Tuesday afternoon creating panic in the village. Although no person was attacked by the feline, the mere presence of a panther in the village not only made the locals curious to see the feline but also posed problem in its rescue. Moreover, even after being informed about the panther’s presence in the village, the forest department’s rescue team reached after two and half hours.According to the officials the panther entered the house of one Mangi Lal Bagra, a farmer from Barna village, near Chomu town.“Around 12 noon, a few villagers saw a panther venturing out from the nearby fields and forested area and towards the village. The news about the feline spread like wildfire in the village and a few youths saw the feline again near a school,” officials said.On hearing commotion by the villagers, the panther tried to flee from one part of the village, however on reaching towards another end of the village and seeing more people, the panther entered a house belonging to Mangi Lal.“As the panther entered the house, people living in the house rushed out from another part of the building, however, they closed the doors behind thus locking the panther in one part. Meanwhile hundreds of people assembled at the spot to look at the feline,” officials said.The police was informed which then informed the forest department. “After a delay of two and a half hours the rescue team finally reached the spot and tranquilized the animal. Although the rescue efforts took nearly three hours, the animal was finally tranquilized,” official said.Meanwhile the forest officials found that the panther is a four-year-old male with no injuries. “Check up was conducted as per protocol and the feline was found to be healthy. It has been kept under observation and will be released soon, ” said Arvind Mathur, Veterninary doctor, Forest department.

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Better mid-day meals soon

After a recent episode of food poisoning caused due to mid-day meal in a Jogeshwari school, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have decided to pull up its shocks and bring the necessary changes. BMC’s education department has permitted Citizens Association Child Rights, an NGO, to hold workshop sessions for self help groups to help them improve the quality of mid-day meal, and serve variety of kichdis with the help of expert nutritionists.There are 257 self help groups in the city that serves midday meal to students of around 2,400 aided and BMC schools. The first session of the workshop was held in the first week of December in which around 70 such groups, including their helpers and cooks took part.A BMC education official said, “The self help groups are not just being given sessions by the nutritionists about how to improve the quality of food, but are also being trained to cook variety of khichdis that students will love to eat.”Nitin Wadhwani, founder director, CACR, said, “After our interaction with the groups, we will be submitting a complete proposal with suggestions to BMC for necessary improvements.”At least 27 students of Balvikas Vidya Mandir at Jogeshwari suffered food poisoning and landed in hospital due to vomiting and nausea following their mid-day meal served by a self help group, Chafai Mahila Bacchat Gat. The BMC immediately served notice to the school to stop the self help group’s service.

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Jadhav family reunion: Pakistan disguises propaganda as ‘humanitarian gesture’

After spending nearly 22 months in Pakistan’s captivity, Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed to ‘meet’ his wife and mother in Islamabad today. The meeting, Pakistan said, was a “humanitarian gesture” to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Islamic nation. When the day’s affair ended following a press briefing of Foreign Affairs Ministry, it seemed like Pakistan had just played a propaganda film lasting a couple of hours.Everything, from the arrival of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti to the so-called ‘confessional’ video of former India Navy officer, seemed meticulously planned. Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan Sample this – After a 40 minutes meeting, Jadhav’s wife and mother, accompanied by India Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, came out from the front door. The car, provided by the Pakistani authorities, did not come around and they were made to wait for several minutes out in the open. Singh was seen lifting his hands, walking around, a gesture seen as frustration. Meanwhile, some of the Pakistani journalists, raised questions to Avanti Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy’s mother which were more like accusations. “Mrs. Jadhav, how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist?” was one of the questions thrown at the lady who had just met her son from across a glass wall. Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoThis was a typical Pakistani script. To try to launch an attack with the help of non-state actors so they they have their deniability. Except this time, the attack was not intended to harm anyone physically but to humiliate an Indian citizen in full public view. But this was low, even from a Pakistani standard, to subject a mother to such questioning from hecklers masquerading as journalists. Later, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a “confessional” video of Jadhav before its spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal read out a statement which was nothing but repetition of its charges against the alleged Indian spy. This video was played in a loop while journalists waited for the press conference to begin. In the “confession” video, Jadhav admitted that he crossed into Pakistan from Iran. He sought “pardon of the acts and sins and crimes committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”Also readConsular access not given, Kulbhushan’s meeting with wife and mother allowed on ‘humanitarian ground’: PakThis was not the first time that Pakistan released a confession video of Jadhav, but questions arise on why they needed to release the video while his mother was literally a few kilometres away. During the press conference, Dr Faisal did not forget to throw in the figure that 500 medical visas were issued to Pakistanis by India before Jadhav row and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “picks and chooses.” Faisal also did not forget to tell journalists that the scheduled 30-minute meeting was extended to 40 minutes on the request of Jadhav and his family.In the entire press conference, Faisal made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title, calling “Commander Jadhav”. He mentioned again and again that the request for the meeting was granted on “humanitarian grounds.”If it was indeed a humanitarian gesture, as the spokesperson so graciously repeated several times, why Jadhav was not allowed to hug or even touch his mother and wife. The logic given by the Foreign Office for a glass wall was that it was done for “security reasons.” The wall, he said was a security barrier. To top all of it, the meeting took place inside a container where a studio was built for the purpose, Republic TV reported. G Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, claimed that the ladies were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. This was also visible from the pictures of the meeting shared by Faisal. On the face of it, the whole exercise was designed to embarrass India, to show Pakistan as a ‘humanitarian’ nation and to project Jadhav as a terrorist sent by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency. It was not surprising that Pakistan did what it did, but what should come as a surprise to many that New Delhi fell for the trap set by Islamabad. After getting stabbed in the back by Pakistan innumerable times, India should have known better that it was not like any other family reunion but propaganda disguised as humanitarian gesture. Watch: Pakistan’s PR stunt with Indian prisoner

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Held up Air India flight dampens holiday mood

An Air India flight, AI 866 from Mumbai to Delhi, was allegedly delayed by five hours on Sunday morning resulting in passengers creating a ruckus at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.The flight was scheduled to take off at 9 am but could not due to technical engineering faults, claimed the passengers. After spending almost two hours in the aircraft, the 800 on-board passengers were offloaded, said Sanyukta Dharmadhikari, one of the passengers. She added, “At 10.15 am, there was an in-flight announcement that the flight would be ready to take off in 30 minutes but at 11.15 am we were told the issue couldn’t be fixed and that we would have to be offloaded.” Dharmadhikari continued, “The next flight was scheduled for take off at 1 pm but even at 12.30, the boarding gates were not open which agitated the passengers further and began shouting slogans like ‘Air India haaye haaye’.”The flight finally took off at 2.15 pm and landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 3.45 pm. “I had to report to office by 2 pm which is why I had booked a 9 am flight. We couldn’t make an official complaint as the airline crew had moved out of the aircraft and sent in security,” Mihika Sarangi, another passenger.An Air India spokesperson told DNA, “The aircraft had developed a technical snag due to which the passengers had to wait until we could make arrangements to accommodate them in another aircraft.”

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Asaram Bapu, daughter booked on charges of rioting

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, his daughter and 10 others have been booked on charges of rioting and criminal intimidation based on a complaint by the father of a girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Asaram, police said on Sunday.”On December 22, a magazine was distributed along with various newspapers claiming that charges levelled on Asaram Bapu are false, and he is being framed as a part of a conspiracy. After this, the father of the girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Asaram, lodged a police complaint saying although Asaram is lodged in jail, his aides are trying to kill them,” Superintendent of Police (city) Dinesh Tripathi said.Acting on the complaint, police registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC pertaining to rioting and criminal intimidation against Asaram, Bhagwan Bharti (Asaram’s daughter) and 10 other people, SP Tripathi said.Also readAsaram witness murder case: Main accused thrashed by deceased’s wife in courtThe survivor, now 20, was allegedly raped by Asaram at his Jodhpur ashram in August 2013.

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Family approaches court day after Max Hospital reopens

A day after Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh reopened after 10 days, the family of the victims approached Rohini Court seeking direction to the concerned investigating agency to file status report and monitor the police investigation.”How can they allow the hospital to function? We want to have all details about the case and how the files have moved so far,” said Ashish Kumar, the father of the premature twin.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemo therapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital had said in a statement.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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Three Romanian nationals held for cloning 1,030 ATM cards and withdrawing money in Pune

It is a lesson for all the ATM card users to check for tampering at any ATM cash dispenser before withdrawing cash from ATM centers. Pune police arrested three Romanian nationals for cloning ATM cards with the help of skimmer and withdrawing nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts in a span of eight days. After their arrest, police found that the fraudsters had managed to get the ATM card details of 1,030 ATM card users. Interestingly, all these ATM users whose information was cloned by fraudsters had withdrawn money from an ATM center of Punjab National Bank located at Pashan circle in the month of October. The arrests were made by Chatuhshrungi police station from Vasai on Tuesday. The arrested Romanian nationals have been identified as Erima Dragos Junete (26), Lazar Alim Kresti (22) and Balan Floria christinel (44) and police suspected that they are part of a bigger international racket of online fraud. The fraud came to light when bank manager of Punjab National Bank’s Pashan circle branch approached Chatuhshrungi police on December 13 with a complaint that money from some of their account holders was directly withdrawn without their knowledge. Following the complaint, when Chatuhshrungi police started investigation, they found that money was withdrawn from the accounts of only those account holders who had withdrawn money from the bank’s ATM center located at Pashan circle. Deputy commissioner of police (Zone III) Ganesh Shinde said, “When we investigated further, we found that the fraudsters used skimmer at the ATM center to steal the confidential information of the ATM card of the ATM card holders who withdrew money from the ATM center.”Assistant police inspector Sanjay Thenge of Chatuhshrungi police station who is part of the investigation told DNA, “The skimmer is a device which is attached at a cash dispenser where ATM card is inserted for withdrawing money. When a card is inserted, the sensor installed in the skimmer copies confidential details of the card. The fraudsters also used transparent keypad with the help of which they found out the password of ATM cards.””The fraudsters thoughtfully chose the month of October when it was Diwali festival and cash withdrawal was more during that time. After stealing the data of ATM card users, they cloned the ATM cards and started withdrawing money initially from Bangalore and later from Vasai,” Thenge said. According to police, the fraudsters withdrew some amount from Bangalore from December 11 till December 16 and later they moved to Vasai and withdrew some more money on December 18 and 19. Senior police inspector Dayanand Dhome, in charge of Chatuhshrungi police station who is investigating the case said, “In the span of these eight days. the fraudsters managed to withdraw nearly Rs 28 lakh from 138 accounts. When we got the information that the fraudsters were withdrawing money from Bangalore, we sent a team there but by the time it could reach there, we found that they had moved their base to Vasai from where they had made some transactions.””After finding some details of them in Vasai, we sent another team to Vasai and asked our team in Bangalore to join them in Vasai. On Tuesday, when the fraudsters had withdrawn some money from one of the ATM centers in Vasai, we managed to catch them red handed,” Dhome added. During investigation it was found that the gang had managed to steal the details of 1,030 ATM card holders. The arrested trio has been sent to police custody till December 28.

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Hyderabad shocker: Woman’s body found chewed up by rats in Osmania Hospital morgue

In a shocking incident that once again highlights the callousness of hospitals, the body of a 21-year-old woman that was stored inside a mortuary of Osmania General Hospital was found allegedly chewed by rats.However, the hospital superintendent has played down the incident saying someone forgot to shut the door properly while preserving the body. “I went to forensic dept & found that all freezers are working in good conditions, no holes for rats to enter. Maybe they didn’t properly close door while putting body in. It doesn’t occur frequently. We are conducting departmental inquiry,” said DR. B Narendher, hospital superintendent.Hospital callousness has been a concern across the country. Only recently, Max Hospital in the national capital was in the news for wrongly declaring a baby dead. The doctor in that case was suspended, and the hospital subsequently lost its licence. However, 10 days later, the hospital resumed services, after presenting its case to the finance commissioner. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.“Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.

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Kupwara killing: Army not happy with senior cop

Even as the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered a time-bound magisterial probe into the killing of 28-year-old taxi driver Asif Iqbal in Kupwara, Indian Army is not happy with a senior police officer in the district over handling of the case.Sources said the Army’s main grouse is that the police officer ‘without any proof’ told media persons that locals have alleged that “the Army opened fire” in which Iqbal got killed at Thandipora village in Kupwara district.Army has maintained that Iqbal was killed in a cross-fire on Saturday night. On Sunday, the defence spokesman at Srinagar said that Army placed ambushes to maintain surveillance over the area on Saturday night based on information about the presence of terrorists in the area.”At around 10:55 pm the ambush party observed suspicious movement of three persons near Nallah in Thindipora village. After being challenged by troops, the terrorists opened fire towards the ambush party which was retaliated. Asif Iqbal Bhat was killed in the cross-fire due to a gunshot wound. Investigations are in progress,” he said.Kupwara District Commissioner Khalid Jahangir had ordered a magisterial enquiry and asked the inquiry officer to submit the report within three weeks.However, the army is not happy the way the senior police officer dealt with the issue. “What prompted him to point fingers at us when probe was yet to be completed? The government has set up enquiry, and law should take its own course. Why did the police officer jump gun? This is a serious issue and one cannot brush it under the carpet”, said an officer.The issue has also created a friction between the two alliance partners of the government. Sources in the BJP said that leaders were not happy at the finger pointing at the Army.

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No relief for Max Hospital on licence cancellation

The Finance Commissioner on Tuesday heard the appeal made by the authorities of Max Hospital in regard to the cancellation of its licence by the Delhi government. The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.”The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the versions, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” said a senior Delhi government official who was present at the hearing.The government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s Shalimar Bagh branch for wrongly declaring a new-born baby dead. A preliminary report submitted had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order. “Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD on a monthly basis, attends to over 1n600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in the inpatient wards.

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Airline trainee molested by hotel’s staff in Gurugram

A trainee flight attendant was allegedly molested by a receptionist of a guest house in the posh DLF area in Gurugram, following which he was arrested, police said on Tuesday.The 22-year-old woman who works with Indigo airlines was residing at Hotel Siris Inn, the accommodation provided by the airlines.She informed the reception that she was checking out when the accused, Shiv Kumar, 24, a native of Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, barged into her room and asked if she was happy with the services,” Station House Officer of DLF phase-II Sudeep Kumar said.”The victim said a tap in the washroom was not working and Kumar asked her to show it. When they went inside, he molested her. After she screamed for help, the accused tried to flee from the spot,” Kumar said. The accused was arrested by the police and later sent to judicial custody.

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20 cases of short delivery, spurious petrol found across Rajasthan

With the use of unauthorised chip on dispensers, 20 cases of short delivery and adulteration in petrol have been found in the petrol pumps across the state in past three years and in the current year (April-September 2017). This has been revealed in a data issued by ministry of petroleum and natural gas on Monday.Out of these 20 cases, 4 are of short delivery while 16 are of adulteration. Interestingly, in adulteration cases during this duration, only UP, which has 17 cases of adulteration has more cases than Rajasthan. Rajasthan stood second with 16 cases of adulteration in petrol. Notably a week back, petrol supplies from two nozzles were stopped at Durgapura-based Coco petrol pump in the city. The step was taken by the deputy controller of legal metrology under department of consumer affairs after a due investigation on a complaint received by the department. According to the investigation, 10ml from five litres of petrol was found missing from the two nozzles.In the month of May this year, one such case in Chittorgarh was revealed when a team of department of food and civil supplies checked a retail outlet and found a chip in the machine. As a result it was pumping less fuel. After this incident the officials of oil companies have started a campaign of making surprise checks to find out if any tampering has been done.

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Gujarat ki goonj Rajasthan mein..

Gujarat touches 6 districts in Rajasthan. But it’s poll results will have impact on the entire state. A slim win in Modi’s bastion has sent warning bells ringing for BJP in Rajasthan. As the Raje government enters into the fifth year, Congress, post ‘moral victory’ in Gujarat, will go all out to oust the ruling party.Raje, on the other hand, has a tough task to counter anti incumbency factor while setting off on last minute development work for the public. Her immediate challenge is to win three byelections – one for assembly and the other two for parliament- which would disturb the tempo of Congress after its fighting performance in Gujarat.“If she is able to register wins in these elections, Congress will lose the edge which it has got after Gujarat elections. Also, it will send a message to high command that Raje holds the key for BJP in Rajasthan,” said a senior BJP leader.After facing tough fight in Gujarat, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah may change their strategy in coming state polls. They are said to keep complete control over ticket distribution in elections.“Now the duo may consider feedback of chief ministers and party chiefs of respective states in assembly elections lined up in 2018. This imminent flexibility may work well for BJP,” he said.For Congress, it is the golden chance to revive its fortune. The growing confidence and stature of Rahul Gandhi will imbibe confidence in his close aide Sachin Pilot also. After Ashok Gehlot proving his mettle in Gujarat elections, it is now up to Pilot to outsmart the strategies of the former chief minister, which foxed BJP in Gujarat.“Gujarat victory is morale booster for Congress, but Pilot will be under pressure. He is yet to showcase his leadership capabilities. With Gehlot winning crucial brownie points from Congress President, victory in by elections is the least Pilot needs to prove his point,” said a Congress leader.

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LHMC nurses go on hunger strike after 28-day protest

After 28 days of indefinite strike by 266 contractual nurses at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), some of the nursing staff went on a hunger strike on Monday. On November 20, the central government institute handed over termination letters to 36 of its contractual nursing staff without any prior warning, causing anger among other staff. The indefinite strike has reduced the total nursing strength to half as there are only 270 permanent nurses, thus affecting patient care at the hospital.”I brought my daughter here for treatment but was sent outside as the doctors told me that there is no nursing staff,” said Samima Afroz, who had to stand outside the hospital holding an IV bottle as her daughter sat on the ground.None of the contract staff have received salaries for the last four months. On November 20, 36 of them were terminated on the basis that an equal number of permanent candidates had joined. After continued protests and letters to ministers, the staff members received salaries but their jobs are still at risk.”Our agreement letters clearly stated that the hospital cannot terminate us without a month’s notice. This action was really unexpected,” said Sandeep Yadav, 28, one of the contractual nursing officers.”We will continue this hunger strike until our death if they do not reinstate the terminated employees,” he added.

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J&K: Army recovers body of one of the five missing soldiers in snow avalance

After five days of mammoth search and rescue operation, the Indian army has pulled off the body of one of the five missing soldiers from the tonnes of snow along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector.Sepoy Kaushal Singh of 20 Dogra regiment was among the two soldiers who were buried under the mounds of snow after they slipped down the high altitude area of the Naugam sector along the LoC on Tuesday. After hectic efforts, the specialized rescue team recovered his body from the snow.“We have recovered the body of Sepoy Kaushal Singh. Four other soldiers continue to remain missing. The search and rescue operation is on”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Massive snow avalanches had swept away army bunkers at two different places on Tuesday. The first incident had occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in the LoC when a snow avalanche swept away a high altitude `Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area.Three army jawans, who were manning the post were swept away by the avalanche and continue to remain untraceable. The second incident occurred in Naugam sector along the LoC when two soldiers slipped down from the high altitude area.For the last five days, army rescuers are busy in mammoth search and rescue operations to locate five missing soldiers in the huge mounds of snow in Gurez and Naugam sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir. Inclement weather and poor visibility in high altitude areas is also hampering the search and rescue operations. Upper reaches and high altitude areas have been receiving heavy snowfall in the last five days.Indian army has pressed Specialized Avalanche Rescue Teams (ARTs) into service and moved special equipment to the site to trace out the missing soldiers. Specially trained sniffer dogs too have been brought in to help the soldiers in the search and rescue operations. Tones of snow has accumulated at both the places and army rescuers are digging deep to locate the missing soldiers. The fresh tragedy has come 11 months after the army lost 20 soldiers in the snow avalanches in Gurez, Sonamarg and Machil areas in the north and central Kashmir.

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Surgery in city’s private hospitals costly

A 37-year-old Panvel resident Shirish Patil had to undergo urinary stone surgery at a private hospital in rural Maharashtra in order to spend less amount of money for his surgery. Patil, who was diagnosed with urinary stones a few months ago, had his surgery advanced due to the unbearable pain.Patil travelled to Pen for the surgery after he found out that the cost of the operation in a private hospital in the city was way higher than that at a private hospital in Pen. Even though he had a medical policy, only Rs 40,000 was sanctioned for the operation.In one of the hospitals, Patil was also informed about different surgery packages depending on the medical policy he/she has.”I preferred going to a private hospital in Panvel since it was listed in the medical policy’s hospital list. After a check-up, I was told surgery would cost approximately Rs 1.64 lakh. Coming from a middle-class family, it was not possible for me to arrange the money. While another Navi Mumbai based private hospital (Apollo Hospital) initially gave me an estimate of Rs 1.30 lakh for the surgery, they later informed me about another package costing Rs 70,000, but would include other techniques. The package was offered after looking at my medical policy and amount to be sanctioned.”After running around, in October, Patil visited a rural private hospital (Niramay Hospital) in Pen for the surgery which cost him only Rs 23,000. “I underwent the same surgery for Rs 27,000 which included my medicine cost (Rs 4,000) and surgery (Rs 23,000).”

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No term like ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ in our lexicon, say Defence and Home Ministry

There is no term as “martyr” or “shaheed” in the Army or the police and instead a soldier or a policeman killed in action is called a “battle casualty” or “operations casualty” respectively, the ministries of defence and home have submitted before the Central Information Commission.The issue surfaced after an RTI applicant approached the Union home ministry seeking to know the meaning and detailed definition of word “shaheed” (martyr) according to the law and the Constitution. He also asked about the legal provisions to ensure restriction on its misuse and punishment for violation. The application was transferred to different officials of the home and defence ministries but when the applicant could not get a satisfactory response, he approached the CIC, the highest appellate body in matters relating to the Right to Information Act.The respondents from the ministries of defence and the home affairs were present and heard, Information Commissioner Yashovardhan Azad said. “The respondent from the Ministry of Defence stated that word ‘shaheed’ or ‘martyr’ is not used by the MoD. Instead the one used is ‘battle casualty’. The respondent from the Ministry of Home Affairs stated that in the MHA the word used is ‘operations casualty’,” Azad said.Also readFacing heat for limiting education aid to martyrs’ kids, MoD doubles gallantry award moneyQuoting the submissions, he noted that the decision to declare cases of ‘battle casualty’ and ‘ops’ were taken after a report of a court of inquiry in both the matters.”After hearing the respondents and the perusal of the record, the commission finds that the averments made by both the respondents have duly explained the correct usage of the terms and directs the respondents to send a revised reply to the appellant accordingly,” he said.

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After massive protest, Mumbai university slashes exam fees

Looking at protest from several quarters over fee hike in University of Mumbai examination (MU), the authorities on Thursday decided to slash fees by 60 to 80%.The decision was taken after academic council meeting which was held on December 11. However the new examination fee will be applicable from academic year 2018-19, and the first examination of the session will held in summer of 2018. Though the exam fees have been reduced, the University has decided to continue 5% increase every academic year.MU faced lot of flak when the examination fees were steeply hiked in 2016-17. It lead to massive protest with number of students refusing to pay exam fees.”For the Under Graduation courses, if a candidate is appearing for only one paper the fee will be only Rs 200 instead of Rs 1000. In case of post graduate courses, if a candidate appears for only one paper, the fee has been reduced by 60%”, according to statement issued by the Mumbai University.PRO of the Mumbai University, Leeladhar Bansod, in a press statement said, “After the examination fee was fixed in the year 1996, it was revised directly in 2001. Since then exam fees were not revised for 16 years. Still looking at the demand of students, MU has taken the decision.”For under graduate coursesOne, two and three subjectsOld fees 1000One subjectNew fees 200i.e 80% slash in feesTwo subjectNew fees 40060% slash in feesThree subjectNew fees 90010% slash in feesFor post graduate coursesFor one, two and three and more subjectsOld fee 1500One subjectNew fee 40075% slash in feesTwo subjectNew fees 70053% slash in feesThree and more subjectsNew fees 135010% slash in fees

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INS Kalvari, Scorpene-class Make in India submarine, commissioned into Indian Navy; all you need to know

INS Kalvari, the Scorpene-class submarine and a Make in India initiative, was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in Mumbai.“To dedicate this submarine to the nation is an equal proud moment for me. After a gap of nearly two decades India has got this kind of a submarine and Kalvari is a fine example of the Make-in-India testimony. It is also a good model for international collaboration,” Modi said at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.<</p>Here is all you need to know about INS Kalvari:1. Designed by French naval defence company DCNS, INS Kalvari is a silent diesel electric attack submarine.2. The submarine has superior stealth features like low radiated noise levels, advanced acoustic silencing techniques, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and it has precision-guided weapons to launch a deadly attack on the enemy.3. INS Kalvari has the ability to carry out various type of missions like anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, laying mine, gathering intelligence and surveillance of areas.4. Submarine Tactical Integrated Combat System (SUBTICS) of INS Kalvari has the ability to gather and process information from onboard sonars which helps to detect hidden targets and enemies.5. The submarine has infrared or low level cameras and laser range finders to locate enemy targets on sea surface.6. INS Kalvari, named after deep-sea tiger shark, has a speed of 20 knots with SM-39 Exocet missiles and heavy-weight torpedoes. 7. With height of 12.3 metres and length of 67.5 metres, it weighs 1,565-tonne.8. INS Kalvari is the first conventional submarine to be commissioned in the Indian Navy after 17 years. The first time ever a submarine was inducted in the Indian Naxy was from Russia in 1967.9. After being inducted in Indian Navy, INS Kalvari underwent extensive trials and checks for 120 days.10. The first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, is part of the Indian Navy’s ‘Project-75’ costing Rs 23,652.

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New device soon to rescue trapped birds

To rescue birds that trapped in electric wire or kites thread, the Mumbai Fire Brigade has decided to buy telescopic pole for all its fire station. The Mumbai Fire Brigade believes that the telescopic pole will not easily rescue birds but also prevent fireman falling from electric pole or getting electrocuted. As per the plan, the MBF will buy 35 telescopic poles for 34 fire stations. According to MFB, they receive around 4500 calls annually about birds caught in kites thread in any building or electricity wire. However, the fire department does not have specialised equipment to rescue these birds. “There were occasions, when fireman injured while rescuing birds,” said an official from the MFB. Even, three firemen had sustained severe burn injuries while rescuing a bird that was trapped in high voltage wires, near the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in December last year. The three had to be admitted in Airoli burnt centre, owing to seriousness of their injures. There are various incidents when firemen themselves received injuries while rescuing bird. “After telescopic pole will be made of carbon fibre or fibre glass which will light in weight and can be easily used,” said the official. A proposal regarding to buy 35 telescopic poles for 34 fire stations will come for discussion during the standing committee meeting on December 4. And, each telescopic pole will be cost Rs 1.66 lakh while the total cost of the proposal will be Rs 99 lakh.

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Government issues guidelines for tariff-based wind power procurement

Ministry of Power today said it has issued guidelines to procure wind power through ‘transparent’ tariff based competitive bidding process.Government has issued guidelines providing a framework for procurement of wind power through a “transparent process” of bidding including standardisation of the process and defining of roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.“These guidelines aim to enable the distribution licensees to procure wind power at competitive rates in a cost effective manner,” read the gazette published by Ministry of Power.The guidelines are applicable for procurement of wind power from grid-connected Wind Power Projects (WPP) having individual size of 5 Mega Watt (MW) and above at one site with minimum bid capacity of 25 MW for intra-state projects; and individual size of 50 MW and above at one site with minimum bid capacity of 50 MW for inter-state projects.“These guidelines will give boost to the wind power sector as it would facilitate the windy states to go for bidding process for procurement of wind power themselves. After transition of tariff regime from feed in tariffs to bidding route, it was mainly central government bids through SECI which were helping the sector. State bids from Tamil Nadu and Gujarat had objections from the wind sector in absence of guidelines,” the ministry’s announcement statement said.Commenting on the issuance of guidelines, ICRA Ratings observed, “The guidelines address some of the key concerns for the sector pertaining to off-taker’s credit profile, grid curtailment and termination payments. The guidelines require the procurers to direct sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind power developers to provide a payment security through letter of credit equivalent to one month average billing and a payment security fund to support payment for at least three months of receivables for the projects tied up. “In addition, the procurer may also choose to provide state government guarantee in a legally enforceable form, both for payment of energy charges and termination compensation.” As per the latest set of rules, the developer will have to compensate the procurer in case of the generation falls below a prescribed Capacity Utilisation Factor (CUF) agreed at the time of signing of the PPA. The minimum declared CUF should be 22% as per new guidelines.The norms are important as the government had decided to put for bidding 10 GW wind capacities each in the fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20 to meet the target of 60 GW of power generation through clean energy by 2022. The present wind power installed capacity is 32 GW.In the two rounds this year, the government has 2 GW wind capacity. As part of the third round, government has floated tender for another 2 GW capacity.

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PM Modi’s Gujarat gifts Congress a confident President

Even if Congress fails to form government in Gujarat, it will not complain. After all, the fierce election campaign has gifted the grand old party a more confident and determined Congress president, who has his task cut out with important assembly elections lined up closely followed by the parliamentary elections.Gujarat election has done complete image makeover of Rahul Gandhi. He proved his mettle and brought back Congress into fight after 22 years of oblivion. He took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi head on and infused new life in the fatigued Congress ranks. His several rounds of visits to temples during the campaign might have done a bit for this his miraculous makeover.The elevation of Rahul Gandhi has gained significance with fierce battle ahead in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where again Congress is pitted directly against Incumbent BJP. Change in leadership will definitely seeps in new enthusiasm and fighting spirit in the party which is struggling to make a comeback in these states.With this elevation, Congress may now be able to contest parliamentary elections projecting Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate for the first time. So, officially or unofficially next parliamentary elections would be Rahul V/s Modi.FIERCE BATTLEThe elevation of Rahul Gandhi has gained significance with fierce battle ahead in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where again Congress is pitted directly against Incumbent BJP. Change in leadership will definitely seeps in new enthusiasm and fighting spirit in the party which is struggling to make a comeback in these states.

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Four persons from Mumbai killed in car accident in Pune

A collision between a car and a truck on Mumbai- Bangalore highway claimed four lives, including three members from a Mumbai based family, on Monday morning. The mishap took place near Katraj area. The deceased have been identified as Yashwant Mane (55), Sharada Yashwant Mane (46), Hrishikesh Yashwant Mane (20) and Krushna Surve. Mane family and Surve were all residents of Chunabhatti area of Mumbai. According to Bharti Vidyapeeth police, the Mane family had traveled to Satara to drop their daughter at a college there. After dropping her, the family had started early morning to get back to Mumbai. “Hrishikesh was driving the car and when their car reached near Katraj tunnel in Jambhulwadi area, it rammed into a truck which was traveling ahead of the car. The car was damaged badly and all the four occupants of the car got trapped inside,” a police officer of Bharti Vidyapeeth police station told DNA. A team of Bharti Vidyapeeth police rushed to the spot and by the time they got all the four occupants out of the car, they had lost their lives.

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Congress workers in Amethi celebrate Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party president

Congress workers in Amethi on Monday celebrated the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the party president by distributing five quintal ‘ladoos’ and bursting firecrackers in his parliamentary constituency.Party workers organised programs at various places, including Amethi, Jais, Musafirkhana and Tilot, to celebrate Mr Gandhi’s elevation. They took out victory march, danced on streets and distributed ‘ladoos’. After a meeting at the party Central Office in Gauriganj, party workers burst firecrackers to celebrate the occasion. Also readIt’s official! Rahul Gandhi is new Congress president, to assume office on December 16“We have been waiting for years for Rahul to take over the party command. Today our long cherished wish has been fulfilled. We are eagerly awaiting his visit to Amethi after taking the charge,” said party Amethi Spokesperson Anil Singh.“Rahul will write a new history of the Congress. We are sure that he will make the party win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to come back to the power,” reacted former MLA Radheyshyam Dhobi.The Amethi Congress President Yogendra Mishra said that Rahul has already spelled his magic in Gujarat. Also readPM Modi congratulates Rahul Gandhi for becoming Congress President, wishes him a fruitful tenure“After becoming AICC President, he will change the course of the Indian politics,” he said.

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From a reluctant politician to Congress president: Timeline of Rahul Gandhi’s political journey

Bringing a generational shift in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi was on Monday elected as the party president. It wasn’t much of a fight for him as the 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran said today. The son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi, Rahul will succeed his mother, who remained in the post for 19 years.Also readIt’s official! Rahul Gandhi is new Congress president, to assume office on December 16The political journey of Rahul Gandhi began in 2004 when he first contested Lok Sabha election from Amethi, a family bastion in Uttar Pradesh. Here is a timeline of Rahul Gandhi’s 13-year-long political journey: Also readGujarat elections 2017: No low blow, but we’ll defeat Modi with love, says Rahul Gandhi2004: After much convincing from mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul contests the Lok Sabha election from Amethi.2006: Sonia Gandhi wins Raebareli by-election with a record margin of 4.17 lakh votes as Rahul leads her campaign. Mother indicates that Rahul “may” be given organisational responsibility soon. Also readRahul Gandhi only valid candidate in fray for Congress President post, says Returning Officer2007: Rahul Gandhi appointed Congress general secretary, takes charge of youth and student wings of the party. Promises to induct new leaders from non-political families.2007: His ‘star campaigner’ appeal fails to secure win for the Congress in UP Assembly polls as party wins only 22 out of 403 seats.2008: Rahul Gandhi defends UPA’s Indo-US nuclear deal in a landmark speech. He shares his experience of his visit to the house of ‘Kalawati’, a poor Dalit woman in Vidarbha, and makes the case how nuclear energy is crucial for eliminating poverty.2009: Rahul takes charge of Congress campaign during the Lok Sabha elections and addresses 125 rallies. Congress wins 206 seats in the Parliament. In Uttar Pradesh, the part wins 21 of 80 seats, with ally RLD winning 5. Watch: Celebration outside Congress headquarters after Rahul Gandhi elected Congress president2010: Bihar Assembly elections give a major jolt to the Congress party as it wins only 4 out of 243 assembly seats.2011: Rahul Gandhi joins farmers’ agitation against land acquisition in Bhatta Parsaul, Greater Noida. He rides pillion on motorcycle in the dark to visit villages in the area. 2012: Rahul addresses nearly 200 rallies during 2012 UP Assembly polls but Congress again fails to make inroads and wins only 28 seats. 2012: Clamour in the Congress rises over demands that Rahul Gandhi should join the UPA govt after Pranab Mukherjee resigned to contest the Presidential poll. Many party leaders, senior ministers and even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged him to take a role in the Cabinet. 2013: Congress president Sonia Gandhi appoints Rahul vice-president of the party. 2013: After taking over as the vice-president of the party, Rahul Gandhi makes his “power is poison” speech. “My mother came to my room and cried… because she understands that power is poison.” 2013: He hits out at own government at the Centre and tears up a draft ordinance that would have reversed a Supreme Court order barring convicted politicians from contesting elections.Watch: Rahul Gandhi’s 13-year political journey so far2014: Congress contests 2014 General elections with Rahul as unofficial PM candidate. The party records its lowest-ever Lok Sabha tally with 44 seats. The party also loses several state Assembly elections. 2015: Rahul Gandhi goes on a 57-day sabbatical in a politically-charged season. This gives rise to allegations of him being a “reluctant politician.”2015: He scores a major win after the Narendra Modi government drops its land acquisition ordinance. He tries to shed his “reluctant politician” image with back to back speeches, taking a jibe at the government and terming it a “suit-boot ki sarkar.”2015: Congress faces a string of defeats in state Assembly polls across the country barring Bihar where a “grand alliance” of Congress-RJD-JDU secures comfortable majority. 2015-16: Rahul Gandhi extends support to student protest across the country, including in FTII, Hyderabad University (After Rohith Vemula suicide) and JNU. 2016: With Sonia Gandhi in background, Rahul Gandhi takes charge of day-to-day affairs of the party. Speculations over his elevation gain traction.2017: Congress contests UP Assembly elections under his leadership, forms alliance with the Samajwadi Party but wins only seven seats.2017: Rahul Gandhi mounts an intense campaign in Gujarat against the ruling BJP, appointed Congress President just before the conclusion of the polls.

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BMC to connect LBS Marg & Bhandup station

To avoid another Elphinstone Road railway station-like incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to connect Bhandup railway station (West) with LBS Road by constructing a missing link. The construction of a 300-m missing link will give a second exit on the western side of the station.The proposed road will have a direct connectivity to platform number 1 of the station from LBS road.”The proposed road will ease the pressure from the existing road and mitigate any possibility of Elphinstone Road-like stampede,” said an official from the Road Department.The proposed road is expected to be 13-metre wide and will connect the MVR Shinde road near Jayesh Industrial Estate which is also adjacent to the station.”After Elphinstone Road accident, the BMC has swung into action and working on all such missing links that can give a better connectivity to the station. We have identified a number of missing links in every railway stations to give a better access to the station. The proposal will soon be tabled in the general body of BMC to get approval,” said the official.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi changing agenda after getting exposed on development, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of changing the agenda of the Gujarat elections as he was getting exposed on one issue after another.At a rally in Harij in Patan district, Gandhi said Modi raised the issue of suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remark about him as the PM had got exposed on other issues like the Narmada water, other backward castes (OBC) and development in 22 years of the BJP rule in the state.”It is very interesting to see how the truth catches up with the people. Modiji started saying he will contest the election on the issue of Narmada water. It came to notice that the river water did not reach villages and went to the Tata Nano factory,” he claimed.”After 2-3 days he said he will contest election on the issue of OBCs. Even that did not work,” Gandhi added.Thereafter, Modi declared he will contest on the basis of 22 years of development. It, too, did not bear fruit.”After that Modiji says, ‘Mani Sankar Aiyar said a bad thing about me, so this will be my election issue’,” he remarked.Referring to a report, Gandhi denounced the Modi government for spending “Rs 3,700 crore in advertisements”.”As per a figure yesterday, the Modi government has spent Rs 3,700 crore in advertisements. So all the money (of this government) is going in building its image and to industrialists,” he said.”Our government will use that money for your health and education,” the Congress VP said.Referring to allegations about Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s company turnover and Rafale fighter jet deal, Gandhi said Modi did not raise the issue of corruption in the entire election campaign.”Modiji cannot escape from Rafale or Jay Shah issues, whatever he may say (in election rallies). Even if he does not talk about corruption in his 200 speeches, the PM cannot escape this. Gujarat has decided that the next goverment will not be of the industrialists, but will be of the poor, farmers, labourers, and small businessmen,” he said.”The truth has caught up with Modiji. The PM has only one thing left with him. He spoke yesterday and for 60-70 per cent of the time he talked about me. But this election is not about Modiji, Rahulji, Solanki, BJP or Congress, but about the future of the people of Gujarat,” he said.Gandhi said during canvassing he will focus on 22 years of the BJP rule in the state during which the ruling party “worked for 5-10 industrialists” and “snatched land from farmers to hand over to Tata Nano.” “The Congress allocated Rs 35,000 crore to MNREGA, while the BJP government gave Rs 33,000 crore to the Tata Nano factory. Water from the Narmada went to that factory. The factory gets electricity for 24 hours even when you get it only at night,” he alleged.Land from villages in Mundra was given to (Gautam) Adani at Re 1 per metre rate, which the latter sold back to the government for Rs 3,000 per metre, he alleged.”Last year, the NDA government waived Rs 1.30 lakh crore of loans of the 10 richest people. Farmers also ask for loan waiver, and (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley and the prime minister say it is not their policy,” Gandhi said.He promised a complete loan waiver to farmers as soon as the Congress formed government in the state.”I promise that the Congress will get you the right price (for your produce) and will also let you know in advance how much you are going to get,” he said.Gandhi said a Congress government will also spend money on improving health care facilities and education in the state.Attacking the government on demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, he alleged the winter session of Parliament was delayed because the PM did not want to answer questions on GST and noteban.

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After selfie with cow, it’s essay, poem on cow

After receiving overwhelming response for the ‘selfie with cow’ contest, members of an NGO, Goseva Parivar, who had organised the initiative, have now introduced, photographs, essays, paintings, and poem-writing competition on gau mata.”We were inundated with enquiries and phone calls. Many suggested that they had wonderful pictures of cows shot by them but those were not selfies. Some others said that they would want to write poems and essays on gau mata,” said Avishek Pratap Singh, a senior member of the NGO.He added, “After considering those suggestions, we have decided that as an extension of the competition we will allow photographs other than selfies, paintings, essays, and poems on gau mata for the competition, which can be uploaded through the smartphone app, Goseva Parivar.”In reply to questions on whether the creators of the competition had any saffron allegiance, organisers said they were not affiliated to any political party as such. “The idea is to spread the usefulness of cows. There are so many farmer deaths in the country as a result of poor yield. All these can be solved if we resort to organic farming by shunning pesticides and fertilizers laced with chemicals. And people should be educated that one of the chief requirement of organic farming is cow dung which will be available only if cows are preserved,” said another senior member of the organisation.He also said that the competition would conclude on December 31 this year and results would be declared on January 21. “There is a prize money involved, but we have not announced the amount because we don’t want that to be an incentive for participants. The love for cows should be the prodding factor. The prize money will be announced a day ahead of the results,” he said.COMPETITIONThe last date for submission of entries, be it a photo or a poem or an essay, is December 31. The name of the winners will be declared on January 21, 2018.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav’s friends celebrate after Pakistan grants visa to his mother and wife

Friends and relatives of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy commander jailed in Pakistan, are happy that visas will be issued to his mother and wife to visit him.”We all are very happy with the news that Pakistan will give visas to Kulbhushan’s mother and wife to meet him on December 25,” Tulshidas Pawar, a childhood friend of Jadhav said.He said the meeting would help them know the physical and mental condition of Jadhav.”After repeated attempts by the government over the past two years, Pakistan which recently agreed to grant visa to Kulbhushan’s wife only is now giving it to his mother as well,” he said.Earlier last month the Pakistan government had decided to arrange a meeting of Jadhav and his wife.”The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal had said in a statement issued then.”Hope Pakistan releases him early and he returns to India safely,” said Pawar. Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism.

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Ex-scribe held for harassment

The Cyber Crime Police Station (CCPS) on Thursday arrested a 52-year-old former journalist for allegedly writing defamatory posts against women on Facebook. The accused was produced at Esplanade Court later in the day and was remanded to four days police custody.According to police, the accused, Ketal Kamlakar Tirodkar, had allegedly posted a defamatory write-up against women in July this year. On July 21, CCPS registered a criminal case against Tirodkar and initiated the probe. Later, police collected evidence against Tirodkar and placed him under arrest.“The accused used his Facebook profile account to write things outraging the modesty of women and was a clear act of criminal intimidation. After gathering enough evidence we arrested him after he failed to appear before the police when we asked him to,” said a senior cybercrime police officer.“We have arrested him under sections 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 500 (defamation), 504 (intentional insult) and 506 (2) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. We have also booked him under sections of the Information Technology Act. We have to collect the device used to commit crime and submit it for forensic analysis,” said the officer.
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23 complaints made against Max hospitals in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), in 2017, received as many as 23 complaints against various Max hospitals in the Capital. Of these, six were against the Shalimar Bagh branch, which is currently under scanner for mistakenly declaring a newborn baby dead.”As many as 11 cases are still pending and we are investigating them. Most of these cases pertain to medical negligence by doctors. During an investigation, a team of experts questions the accused doctors and nurses, and then listens to the complainant as well. After a rigorous discussion, the matter is moved to the higher authorities,”Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said.According to the data, the highest number of complaints were against the Max hospital in Saket, followed by the one in Shalimar Bagh. Five case were reported from Patparganj and one each from Pitampura and Panchsheel Park. “All these complaints were made by patients or attendants,” Dr Tyagi added.As per the official process, if a person reports a matter to the DMC, the council issues a showcause notice to the doctor and the hospital concerned. If he or she is found guilty, the council registers a complaint with the police. Thereafter, the police have to register an FIR, after which the matter is taken to court.Recently, the council served a notice to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence. Even after repeated calls and messages, the Max authorities did not respond to the queries sent by DNA.In 2017, the council received a total of 234 complaints against various hospitals in the Capital, of which 82 were moved to the disciplinary committee for action.
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Ex-army man held for killing 1, injuring 2

An ex-army man has been arrested for allegedly killing a person and injuring another in North-East Delhi on November 30. The accused Rajesh Kumar (43) was initially in the Army and later joined the Defence Security core.”He was currently posted in the Jat Regiment at the Meerut Cantonment as a constable. He had joined the Army and during his posting in J&K, he procured an arms license from Doda District. After his license came, he purchased a double barrel half gun. In 2006, he left the Army and got recruited in Defence Security Core. The gun has been seized by the police,” said AK Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-East.The police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area of North-East. After police reached the location, which was also a spare parts shop, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital. AT the hospital, they were informed that Shah Alam and Sharik were under treatment while Bhanu Partap was declared dead on arrival. Based on Alam’s statement, a case was registered. The deceased worked at the spare parts shop while the injured were customers.During investigations, it was revealed that the shots were fired from a Datsun car having an Army logo on both the number plates and that the person driving the car had come to attend a wedding in that area. The police were then informed about a wedding which was going on near Shiv Mandir and the Barat had gone to Nangloi. The address was traced but the police did not find any car there.Later, with the help of the CCTV footage, the car was spotted in Kabir Nagar. Kumar, who hails from Bulandshahar, had come to attend a wedding here. Kumar, unaware of the exact address of the wedding, parked his car in front of the spare parts shop where the injured and the deceased were standing. Kumar’s gun was lying in the car. While he was waiting for the Barat, he decided to put the gun inside its cover.”When he was putting the gun in the cover, the trigger was pressed accidentally and a shot was fired which hit the three persons standing at the shop. Kumar then dropped his wife at the wedding and fled.WHAT HAPPENEDThe police had received a call on November 30 about a firing incident near Shiv Mandir in Welcome area. After police reached the location, they were informed that three persons were injured in firing and have been taken to GTB hospital.
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BMC scraps TAC committee of citzens

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has scrapped the technical advisory committee (TAC), which was formed to improve transparency and accountability within the BMC and to help BMC put such information on its website which reduces the RTI application with help of citizen participation. Formed in 2013 by then municipal commissioner, Sitaram Kunte, it was headed by Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner with some RTI activist and BMC officers being part of it. While Gandhi complained that much was needed to be done through the committee, BMC said that TAC had achieved its purpose and that since another high powered committee was appointed by state government on transparency for BMC, it would not be appropriate to have another committee. Citizens members who had been waiting for the monthly meeting to happen, and had sent reminders, said that the information came in a “rude” and showed lack of courtesy on part of BMC. “We had a meeting with the Municipal Commissioner on 22 May 2017 and he offered complete support. We suggested that most reports and dashboards which exist should be accessible by citizens and he readily agreed saying, “BMC has no information which cannot be disclosed to citizens”. I sent him an email on 27 May noting the main points of our meeting. Since there was no response to this email, I sent him a reminder on 10 July. After this despite verbal reminders to call for a meeting of TAC, no meeting was called. An RTI activist Girish Mittal had sought information about the TAC and has received information that the committee is scrapped. After my reminder of 10 July, BMC moved to disband TAC on 15 July. Apart from the fact that the municipal commissioner did not even have the courtesy of informing the citizen members, it appears our persistence irked MCGM and may have prompted this rude action,” said Gandhi. “There were a lot of information we would ask them to put up online. Most of it was not online including work orders, expenses on gardens and open spaces among others. The BMC should have shown the courtesy of informing us when we had been following up on the meeting,” said Bhaskar Prabhu, another member of the committee. “Citizens participation helps bring in more transparency in the work of authorities, said Girist Mittal, who had filed the RTI. Municpal commissioner, Ajoy Mehta did not respond to sms from DNA.
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Be fair to even those who didn’t vote for you: Prez Kovind urges legislators

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday urged legislators to be the true representatives of people by being fair to the entire constituency, and not just those who voted for them.Addressing a special session of the Mizoram Assembly, Kovind said a legislator equally represents those who did not vote for him or opposed him.The president said a rival in an election was a political competitor and not an enemy, and ideally, the functioning of the legislature should be marked by dignity and decorum.The political system should not allow differences to become disputes, he said.”After the election, the competitor could become a colleague in the task of ensuring the well-being and development of a constituency, of the state and of the country,” he said.Appealing to legislators to uphold the beauty of a democratic polity, Kovind said, “I am glad to see that this philosophy has such an instinctive acceptance in Mizoram.”
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On fifth foundation day, AAP promises a better show in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP, on its fifth foundation day today, vowed a better show in Goa by rebuilding it’s units from scratch.The party, which had unsuccessfully contested in 39 of the 40 constituencies in the Goa assembly election of 2017, lost its deposits in all of them except two.The party’s state convenor, Elvis Gomes, said, “After the results there was disappointment among the party workers.But we managed to overcome it within two months and the party started working on rebuilding the units.” “The AAP has focused on certain constituencies and we are getting good response from the people there,” he said.He added that the resentment against the current BJP- led government in Goa has made people realise the worth of having a party which works for the welfare of the common man.Gomes was in Delhi where the party celebrated five years of its foundation.The party has witnessed its share of turmoil with one of its leaders, Ashish Kanekar, joining the Congress. Kanekar had unsuccessfully contested from the Valpoi segment in the 2017 assembly polls.Four other candidates had also addressed press conferences criticising the party leadership.

A dialogue with JC: Gujarat will be the barometer of changing mood of the nation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Q: Is the mood of the country really changing? Will Rahul Gandhi ever become alternative to Brand Narendra Modi?A: Not really… we can’t say this only on the basis of defeats in Gurdaspur and Chitrakoot…Yes the popularity graph of Modi has certainly dipped …crowd have thinned in election rallies but he is still the tallest leader in the country…as far as Rahul Gandhi becoming an alternative…it doesn’t look like he will become one till 2019…however, it is also the fact that politics is a game of possibilities…if Rahul is destined to become PM then it is possible…but it doesn’t look like happening in 2019. Q: Will all anti-BJP parties be able to form a coalition in Gujarat, the way they did in Bihar or will unity of opposition fall like pack of cards?A: The equation in Bihar was different. There all genuine and credible parties had joined hands…it’s altogether different in Gujarat….JDU is not in a position, NCP can’t bargain …there is straight fight between Congress and BJP. Q: Will BJP be able to realise its claims of winning 150 seats? Is anti-incumbency factor working there?A: Anti-incumbency factor is certainly working…BJP will perform well… but crossing the figure of 117 seats will be difficult… dream of 150 seats won’t be fulfilled.Q: Is Modi contesting election on the agenda of progress or are issues like Gujarati pride and Hindu-Muslim factor significant? A: Hardik Patel, demonetisation, GST are the factors…vote percentage will reduce…it will depend upon how much voting is done…BJP will not be able to cross vote share of 47%. Seven out of 10 people say that BJP will form the government…but politics is a game of possibilities…there are maximum chances that BJP forms the government. Modi has made progress an issue…official agenda is progress…unofficially Gujarati pride and Hindu-Muslim factors are also big issues…there is no guarantee that BJP will form government. Q: Will BJP again raise the issue of security of Hindu voters in this election? What will be the impact of video tape related to this issue?A: The achievement of BJP government is law and order…security of Hindu voters is the issue created by BJP…BJP has been encashing this issue… this time video has been run…in the video a girl is seen walking in front of mosque… no one knows, who has released this video… security of Hindu voters is being raised through this video.Q: After all why Rahul Gandhi is frequenting temples in Gujarat? is Congress adopting the agenda of soft Hindutva? A: Rahul is not able to understand what he should do… his advisers asked him to visit temples…in Shiva temple he said Shivji is my guide…Congress is trudging on soft Hindutva agenda.Q: Why Congress is not raising the issue of minorities and Gujarat riots? Is there any anger among Muslim voters on this issue? A: This is strategic move of Congress…not raising issues of Muslims…not picking up agenda of riots…last time the statement of Sonia Gandhi on ‘merchant of deaths’ cost Congress dearly…minorities want Modi’s defeat…there is unwritten understanding between Congress and minorities.Q: Will the issue of Vikas Pagal Ho Gaya hai (Progress has gone mad), which has gone viral on social media harm BJP or will it become yet another matter of joke among voters? A: This is just a joke…it’s strange that if time is not favourable even small things become big issues…this has made fun out of BJP’s agenda of progress…Modi has countered it with Yes I am Vikas…BJP has suffered a little bit from this.Q: Will Vijay Rupani remain contender for chief minister’s post from BJP or are there any dark horses in the field?A: It seems Vijay Rupani is the contender…there is no possibility of dark horse…he is close to Shah and Modi…he is also lucky for BJP… he is proving to be a good CM…he is attached to organisation…it is possible that Vijay becomes the next CM. However, Gujarat election is being fought on the faces of Modi-Shah…there is no need to announce any name. Q: What will be the role of Anandi Ben in this election? How much vulnerable is BJP from infighting and rebel candidates?A: Anandi Ben is a disciplined soldier…she is a staunch Modi supporter…Modi has always kept her side…Modi has always given her place on the stage…PM had tweeted in favour of Anandi Ben on her birthday…infighting prevails in every party…there have bee some cases in Godhra and Patan…those who have not been given tickets will not be able to cause any damage. Q: Will the Sex CD of Hardik Patel help the cause of BJP? What would be the impact of young voters of Gujarat?A: CD has damaged the image of Hardilk…one more CD has been created by editing…Youth have an open mind… one-third of population is youth…there is little damage to Hardik…how much BJP has gained, this we will come to know only when votes will be counted. Q: Will Hardik Patel, who keeps on changing his stand on the issue of reservation be able to stand by Congress till the end? How much stable is the alliance of Hardik and Rahul? A: This alliance is till elections…if a miracle happens and Congress forms the government then there could be disputes on many issues. Cabinet, reservation and court cases on Hardik would be the issues…alliance is temporary…this is a poll alliance. Q: How Rahul became more popular than Modi on social media? Whether it is any kind of management or expression of public anger?A: Whether it is managed by Congress or it is an expression of anger…difficult to say…Congress must have managed to an extent…social media can’t win elections…politics is a 24X7 job, it can’t be performed over tweet and retweet…elections cannot be contested on social media…whether Rahul can do it or not, only results will say. Q: How much the Jumla of ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ getting popular in electioneering in Gujarat? Is Rahul Gandhi really changing? A: Rahul has definitely changed…he doesn’t read out speech…there is consistency. Gabbar Singh Tax slogan has become a big rage…it is a popular Jumla of Rahul as a satire. Q: Is it the fact that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have donned the roles of CM and state party chief respectively in Gujarat? A: In Gujarat, the local leadership is not vast. That’s why it looks like that they have assume roles of chief minister and state party chief. Local team is giving good support. This is a satire. Q: Why Congress has made an issue of BJP’s campaign on ‘Pappu Rahul Gandhi’? Does the party really get benefited out of this?A: Congress has made it an issue without a ado. How do these words matter…Congress approached election commission…got the Pappu word removed…there was no need..how do words matter…public is sensible.Q: Are cloth merchants, jewellers and real estate businessmen of Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Surat still unhappy despite the GST relaxations given by Narendra Modi-Arun Jaitley-Amit Shah? A: There was anger among business community in Gujarat over demonetisation and GST…people have even said, “Hamari Bhool, kamal ka Phool”…there is no limit to appeasement if you go on doing…there has been some damage control after the relaxation…but how much, it can’t be said…or now appeasement after anger, how much is it translated into votes, is to be seen.Q: Why the road show of Yogi Adityanath flopped in Valsad? A: It was a big tragedy with Yogi. He is considered to be the third face…when he was doing roadshow no one was there…there was disappointment… why it happened…there are so many reasons…the management of show was not well. Yogi is not relevant for Gujarat or is it the erosion of craze for BJP..Q: What is the Rajasthan connection in Gujarat election?A: Rajasthan connection of Gujarat election is interesting…BJP in-charge of Gujarat is from Rajasthan…similarly in-charge of Congress, Ashok Gehlot is also from Rajasthan. In-charge of both the parties are from Rajasthan. Strategists are from Rajasthan.Q: What is the role of RSS in Gujarat? A: RSS is playing an active role in Gujarat…RSS is with Modi-Shah…it is a silver lining in dark clouds…RSS is known to deliver at the end. Q:Will Congress get a major boost in Gujarat elections if Rahul Gandhi is made the president? A: It is a big thing for Congress workers in Gujarat that Rahul Gandhi has dedicated himself to Gujarat elections…it will boost the morale of workers. Q: How do you look at Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi as party presidents? A: There is no comparison between Shah and Rahul…Shah has faced criminal case. Hence he knows every dirty trick of politics. Rahul can’t do all this. Shah has a better run rate…Rahul may have the strategy with him but there is no execution. There is no monitoring system with Rahul…Shah has got money and sources…Rahul doesn’t have. If Congress loses, the only weakness of the party will be that it created atmosphere but could not succeed in bringing voters to the booth. Q: What are the challenges before Rahul Gandhi as Congress president? A: The foremost challenge before Rahul Gandhi is three elections in 2018 (MP, Chhatisgarh and Karnataka) and 2019 Lok Sabha elections…second challenge is to take senior leaders in sync and third challenge would be to source money and resources. Q: Will there will be a transfer of political power after Rahul becomes the president or Sonia will have the remote control? A: After the annexation of Rahul Gandhi on December 5, it is to be seen in next few months whether political power is really transferred to Rahul… 80 per cent power will be transferred.. rest 20% senior leaders will be heard… ultimate remote will be in the hands of Sonia. Q: Will it be the end of Priyanka chapter in Congress after Rahul becomes the president?A: After the annexation of Rahul, Priyanka chapter will be closed for at least 2-3 years. There were many theories going on … the issue of leadership in the family has ended now…Rahul will only decide the policy and functioning of Congress. Q: On the issue of Rahul becoming the president of Congress, Yogi Adityanath has said that this will make BJP realise the dream of Congress free India in a much easier way? Do you also think so? A: BJP was not serious about the slogan of Congress free India. Yogi had said in a taunting way. Yogi himself is not serious. This is an impossible situation. This is a fantasy. This is just an imagination. Q: Why was there so much discussion in media over the luncheon of Rahul with Tejasvi?A: This is a world of social media. People tweeted about their lunch in Khan market…made it an issue…Rahul has returned the favour that Lalu family had done to Gandhi family. Lalu was the only one who sided with Sonia Gandhi on the issue of her being a foreign national. This was just a return of favour.Q: At the end, one question about Himachal Pradesh also. Is BJP forming government in Shimla? A: The story of Shimla is interesting…BJP will make government comfortably…history has it…Congress and BJP make governments alternatively…Once Congress…other time BJP…once Dhumal…other time Virbhadra. Shah made Nadda understand Dhumal has greater chance of winning. The rise of anti-incumbency factor is due to the achievement of Virbhadra. The government has spoken about giving jobs to 8 lakh people but was able to provide employment to only 75,000 people. Remaining 7.75 lakh people are left disgruntled. BJP will form the government there. It was viral on social media that Congress will get 38 seats…it doesn’t look like…but there can be miracle…if BJP loses then it can be concluded that the mood is changing in the country.

Elderly cancer patient refused wheelchair at Indira Gandhi International Aiport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 79-year-old cancer patient was allegedly denied a wheelchair at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport on Thursday, after he arrived from Kathmandu for his treatment, along with his 75-year-old wife. The septuagenarian couple had to wait for more than an hour and a half, before they chose to walk out of the airport.Narrating the incident to DNA, Ravi Kedia, son-in-law of the cancer patient, Deoki Nandan Surekha, said that the couple landed at Delhi airport by an Air India flight AI 216, on Thursday. After this, Deoki’s wife Chanda Surekha, requested the airline staff for assistance, mentioning that her husband would need a wheelchair.“The airline staff then informed the couple that they would get assistance from the airline’s ground staff, once they got down from the aircraft. However, when my in-laws got down they were denied a wheelchair.”“A man on ground duty said that the airline was not informed prior to their landing, as a result of which they could not make arrangements. My father-in-law showed them the ticket on which it was mentioned that they are both senior citizens and that a wheelchair would be required,” said Kedia, an Indian citizen living in Kathmandu.He added that Deoki is a cancer patient and had undergone a major surgery few weeks back. “Even if they were not informed, they must prioritise according to the situation. An almost 80-year-old cancer patient cannot be made to walk at the airport, especially when he is here for treatment,” Kedia said.He said that Deoki along with his wife waited for about two hours inside the terminal building but seeing that nothing was happening, they slowly walked out of the terminal and took a taxi for the hotel. Deoki was taken to a hospital in Rajendra Nagar the next day, Kedia added.Despite DNA’s repeated attempts, airline officials could not be reached for any comment on the matter.

Remembering 26/11 | Resolve Ayodhya issue to end terrorism: MN Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should resolve Ayodhya issue at the earliest and resolve it through mutual negotiations by arriving at an amicable solution if the problem of terrorism in India has to end. Other things can be taken up later on, former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh told DNA on the eve of the ninth anniversary of 26/11.”Whether one likes it or not minorities are feeling a little uneasy in their minds. After this government came there is great anxiety in their minds. No efforts were made to resolve the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute in three and half years. Hindus will definitely like that the temple is built up there as they are not going to settle down for anything less than it. The government is eminently poised to take the initiative. Instead of doing that lot of other things are talked about such as Love Jihad, beef ban. It has created more tension and controversy.””We have done a great deal but there is always a possibility as far as that discontent element is there and that internal support base remains,” Singh said. He added that there have been 12 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in the last 24 years, and from 1992-93 onwards all of them were the handiwork of Muslim groups. According to Singh, the 26/11 attack was an invasion by Pakistan carried out by 10 well-trained fidayins with local support.”You may have security infrastructure but as long as there is anxiety and some discontent there will always be terror attacks in the country. In our country what has been going on is a threat from Islamic forces,” Singh said. He further added that there are two aspects of terrorism in India — one is internal and the other external.

Attack transformed model Amrita Raichand’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the evening of November 26, 2008, Amrita Raichand, a well-known model was celebrating her birthday at the Taj Mahal hotel. But little she did expect the turn of events. Raichand’s in-laws and husband were at Wasabi, the Japanese restaurant at the hotel, and were joined by a family friend who was staying at the Taj. Everyone survived.”For the next few years, I couldn’t even get myself to celebrate or consider this day as anything but the day for mourning. But as time went by, the pain eased out a bit and one learnt to move on believing that I lucked out despite being stuck at the Taj all night,” said Raichand”I have learnt that one should never take one’s family and friends for granted because when the chips are down they are the ones who will stay up the entire night praying for you,” said Raichand.”After that night, I decided to make each day of my life worth living. I wanted to do something with my life that does not only benefit me, but also the lives of others. A year later, I decided to quit acting and become a full-time chef who specialises not just in cooking good food but healthy food, especially for children. My journey since then has been quite spectacular, to say the least. I value my life a lot more, and also my friends and family,” saidRaichand.

Establish facilties to reuse plastic bottles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After announcing the plan to ban plastic packaged water bottles, environment minister Ramdas Kadam asked plastic bottle manufacturers to establish facilities for collection and re-use of bottles in the market.Kadam, who was speaking at a meeting attended by state officials and industry stakeholders, said a state-appointed committee was working on creating alternatives for plastic bottles. Kadam added that the implementation of the ban on plastic water bottles in government offices and star hotels would begin in the next three months.Kadam has already announced a ban on plastic bags from March 2018 considering its environmental impact. This ban will also cover plastic water bottles in all starred residential hotels, government and local self-government body offices and schools and colleges with restaurants (eating houses), private offices and mass functions proposed to be covered later.

Maharashtra: Eight die after elevator falls in 200 feet deep tunnel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a tragic incident, eight labourers working at an undercover tunnel for Bhima-Nira river linking project near Bhigwan in Pune district lost their lives after an elevator through which they were coming up, collapsed on Monday evening.According to Bhigwan police, construction of an underground tunnel was going on and labourers were working nearly 200 feet below the surface where the incident took place at around 6.30 pm on Monday.”After finishing the day’s work, these eight workers were coming up to the surface with the help of the elevator. However, the cable attached to the elevator tore mid-way and it collapsed in the tunnel and all eight labourers were killed on the spot,” said Police Sub Inspector B N Pawar of Bhigwan police station. According to police, most of the labourers working at the site are from other states. After the tragedy, the police are now trying to ascertain the identity of the deceased workers. The project is under the Krishna Bhima Stabilisation scheme,for construction of 24.8 Km long Nira-Bhima link -5 tunnel. The long-pending ambitious project aims to take water to water-scarce areas.

Telangana woman thrown out of house by husband for not cooking ‘good biryani’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman in Telengana’s Warangal district was allegedly thrown out of house by her husband for not cooking ‘good’ biryani.Manasa approached police saying it was not the first time her husband, Rajendra Prasad, has thrown out of their house for not cooking his favourite dish, according to an IndiaToday report.In January last year she was thrown out by her computer engineer husband too for the same bizarre reason. After being thrown out husband, she protested outside her house at Illanda village. She also alleged that she was beaten up for not making ‘good’ biryani. After some local activists came across her case, they intervened in the matter and took her to the police.The 25-year-old woman also said that her husband’s family also demanded dowry.The police have registered a case of domestic violence and have counselled her in-laws and husband in the matter. They said if Manasa’s husband and her in-laws continue to hurt her then they will police him and his family under sections of IPC and domestic violence laws.

Mumbai: MahaRERA rules in favour of home buyers, instructs developer to complete construction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An association of 53 home buyers approached the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, complaining that the developer has not registered agreements for sale and has failed to hand over possession in 2014 as promised during booking. The authority ordered the developer to register the agreement and the developer also agreed to shift these home buyers in another wing of the building which is likely to be completed soon. The buyers had booked apartments in the project NEPTUNE ELEVE WING A, located at Kanjur Marg, Mumbai, and have paid 10% to 30% of the consideration amount towards the purchase of the apartments from 2010 to 2012. After an initial hearing on the second date of hearing the developer Neptune Ventures and developers private limited, stated that after discussion with the complainants, they will shift all the complainants to NEPTUNE ELEVE WING C or D as these buildings are likely to be completed earlier than the remaining wings in the project.The complainants agreed, but with several conditions, like they should not be required to pay any amounts for the said transfer with respect to floor rise etc, money to be charged by the promoter should be as per the subvention scheme as advertised by the promoter, GST input credit obtained by the developer to be passed on by the promoter to the complainants and finally, the revised date of completion mentioned in MahaRERA website is December 2025, the possession of their apartments should be handed over before June 2021.While disposing the complaint, the authority directed the developer to, execute and register the agreements for sale. The developer was directed to handover the possession of the apartments to the complainant before the period ending June 2021, failing which the respondent shall be liable to pay interest to the complainant from July 2021, till the actual date of possession. The developer cannot charge for floor rise if the buyers are shifted within 4 floors of the originally allotted floor or if shifted to a higher floor due to non-availability of apartments in Wing C or D. Also he has to pass on GST input credit to the complainants as and when credited into the promoter’s account.

Anandpal encounter case: Not investigative, says CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SOG has received great relief in the case of Rajasthan’s one of the most controversial Anandpal encounter case. The CBI admitted in High Court that the case is not investigative and refused probe in this case. After the furious protest by the Rajput community, a letter was sent to the CBI recommending investigation in the matter by the government. On Wednesday, Rajasthan High Court has given the freedom to the petitioner, gangster Anandpal’s wife Rajkanwar saying that she can again plea in the District and Session Court, Churu. Advocate of the CBI, Sachin Acharya, submitted the reply to the court of Justice Sandeep Mehta. He said that the letter sent by the Rajasthan government in which the FIR No. 190/2017 Ratangarh Churu and FIR No.13/2017 have been refused for probe by the CBI saying that this case is not investigative. CBI has denied probe in both FIRs in its report in the High Court.Denial of probe: An advocate of the petitioner, Gordhan Singh, appealed that high court should investigate on its own level but the High Court has denied this. Keeping the side of the government, Additional Advocate General, Shivkumar Vyas told that the SOG and police department have done fair research on the case.The Rajasthan government got a sigh of relief from this. During the hearing in the High Court on Wednesday, Additional Superintendent of Police, Dr Sanjiv Bhatnagar, Additional Superintendent of Police Karan Sharma and Inspector Survey Singh were also present in the court. The Rajasthan High Court has given relief to the petitioner. She can again go to the district and sessions court.The SOG officials are feeling relieved after the CBI refusal.Probe puzzleThe CBI admitted in High Court that the case is not investigative and refused probe in this case. After the furious protest by the Rajput community, a letter was sent to the CBI recommending investigation in the matter by the government. On Wednesday, Rajasthan High Court has given the freedom to the petitioner, gangster Anandpal’s wife.

I-T officials likely to question Sasikala in prison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After detecting undisclosed income of Rs1,430 crore from the simultaneous searches at 187 premises connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin and their associates, Income Tax department officials are planning to question her and her sister-in-law Ilavarassi in Bengaluru prison. Both Sasikala and Ilavarassi are undergoing a four-year imprisonment in Bengaluru jail after being convicted in former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case in February this year by the Supreme Court.In the massive multi-city search operation that lasted for five days till Monday, the IT officials unearthed incriminating documents revealing undisclosed investments to the tune of Rs 1,430 crore, Rs 7 crore cash, Rs five crore worth gold and diamonds from the premises connected the AIADMK leader’s kin and their associates.The I-T officials said that they were planning to approach the appropriate court to get its permission to question Sasikala and Ilavarassi on the tax evasion. “In the course of our investigation, we will question them,” the official said.I-T officials questioned Ilavarassi’s son Vivek Jayaraman who is MD of Jaya TV and CEO of Jazz Cinemas and her daughters Krishnapriya and Shakila on the documents seized from their premises and their source of income for the investments made by them.Sasikala, a long-time aide of late Jayalalithaa, was enjoying enormous power in the AIADMK government. After the electrocution of her husband Jayaraman in Jayalalithaa’s farm in Hyderabad in 1990, Ilavarassi along with her three children were brought to stay in late Chief Minister’s Poes Garden residence.Sources said that Vivek was supposedly taking care of all the business dealings of Sasikala’s family. Vivek rose to prominence in November 2015 when his Jazz Cinemas acquired Luke Cinemas, the 11screen multiplex owned by SPI Cinemas in the Phoenix Mall in Velacherry here. It was alleged that SPI Cinemas popularly known as Sathyam Cinemas was coerced into selling their multiplex at the mall to Vivek who later renamed it as Jazz Cinemas. IT officials said that all his business transaction including the dealings of Jazz Cinemas. Three staffs of Jazz Cinemas appeared before the IT officials for the questioning on Tuesday.

Arvind Kejriwal, Manohar Lal Khattar meet over plan for 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After hitting out at each other for failing to bring down the pollution levels in the region, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar met in Chandigarh on Wednesday, to assert their commitment to devise a collective solution to the problem to prevent smog next year.Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had turned down Kejriwal’s request to meet him, saying such a meeting would be futile.In the two-hour meeting, several other long-pending issues related to construction of roads and non-payment of water dues were also put on table.”Territories can be different, but nobody can control movement of wind. When there is pollution, wind steers it towards other boundaries. There is a need for collective solution,” Kejriwal said.Haryana CM Khattar, who had earlier lambasted Kejriwal for blaming farmers for stubble burning, said the meeting was fruitful.

MP Sonaram faces wrath of villagers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MP Colonel Sonaram who was on the tour of the border area faced anger for not fulfilling the promises made during the elections. After becoming MP, this was his first visit to the Jesindhar village.During a public hearing at a school, the villagers expressed their anger for not fulfilling the promise of making the road in the village and laying water pipelines. On not getting justification people shut him in the school room and locked the gate from outside. Sonaram remained closed in the room for about an hour.Later, former MLA Harisingh Sodha tried to convince people and broke the lock. He made an apology to the villagers, and went to Gadra road from there.His son also promised to lay the pipeline early in the past months.

Watch: Asked to follow traffic rules, biker slaps traffic constable in Navi Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Navi Mumbai police have arrested a 21-year-old biker for allegedly slapping a on duty traffic constable on Monday near Kopar Khairane. The biker was enraged as the traffic cop asked him to follow traffic rules.The accused has been identified as Danish Shaikh a resident of Navi Mumbai.A video of the incident has been also surfaced wherein Shaikh can be seen parking the vehicle on road, arguing with the cop and hitting him.According to the police, the incident took place on Monday evening when Shaikh came on bike and parked it on a road and was chatting his friend on the road. When traffic constable,Tanaji Patil then asked him to vehicle. The police said Patil asked him to remove the bike as it was creating hurdle in traffic, but Shaikh did not budge and instead started arguing with him. Patil then threatened him with legal action against him when Shaikh got furious and slapped him on his face. “Patil then immediately informed police control room and lodge complaint with us. After registering an FIR we arrested him on Tuesday,” said a police officer from Kopar Khairane police station.

Tomato prices up after 44% drop in supply

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After green vegetables, it’s tomatoes that are going out of the kitchen. Reason: the price of tomato has doubled in the last 15 days. At present, tomatoes are being sold at around Rs 80 per kg in the retail market while it is available for Rs 30 to Rs 40 in the wholesale market.One of the main reason, traders claim, is the drop in supply of the commodity. “The supply of tomato has dropped by around 44 per cent since October last week,” said an administrative officer of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi.On October 24, the supply of tomato in the wholesale market was around 275.5 tonnes. However, it came down to 155.4 tonnes on November 14. “With such a sharp drop in supply, the price usually increases,” said the official.Households are already worried due to the rise in green vegetable prices, now an increase in tomato price has added their woes. “After green vegetables, its tomato which is bringing tears to our eyes,” said Anupama Patil, a resident of Dadar.If the supply fails to improve in days to come, the price is likely to touch Rs 100 per kg in the retail market, fear most of the traders at APMC in Vashi. “The reason in the drop of tomato supply is heavy rainfall in some parts of Maharashtra,” said the official.According to market committee, tomato will continue to command high rate for a fortnight till new crops arrive in the market.

Congress flooded with 2,200 applications for 182 seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the chances of Congress party surges in Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to take place on December 9 and 14, the screening committee set up by Congress party has been flooded with over 2,200 aspirant applications for 182 seats.According to the screening committee, initially, they received 1500 applications.“After Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited parts of Gujarat by road, more aspirants want to contest on Congress symbol now. We are also surprised to receive such huge numbers of applications at eleventh hours. It is a tough job to finalise the candidates,” said one of the members of four members screening committee headed by Balasaheb Thorat, senior Congress leader from Maharashtra.When contacted Balasaheb Thorat, he confirmed that they had received 2,200 applications but refused to reveal more details.“Initially, we received applications from sitting MLAs and newly elected members of Taluka and District panchayat, its various committee presidents. Out of 32 District Panchayat in Gujarat, the 23 are controlled by Congress. Now, ex-MLAs, Member of Parliaments (MP) and ex-ministers are also putting pressure on us for a ticket,” said another member of screening committee requesting anonymity.“They feel that the chances of Congress coming to power has increased. If they get elected, they will have natural claim and chance of getting a ministerial berth in ‘next Congress government’ in Gujarat,” he added.Further stating that Rahul Gandhi has categorically told them not to succumb to any pressure, he added, “We have been asked to go by merits. We have now stopped taking applications.”A member said that before issuing a ticket, they are also taking inputs from multiple agencies and social groups. “Now, most groups have recommended the same names. In next two-three days, we are having the screening committee meeting in Delhi in presence of Congress President and Vice President and other in-charge of Congress party in Gujarat. In this meeting, names of candidates contesting in the first phase will be finalized and declared,” he said. The party leader who is close to Rahul Gandhi said that they have made a cluster system to avoid the division of votes among various caste groups.

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

State’s first film city at Sumerpur soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state’s first film city, Shilpali will be built at a cost of about 250 crore on five hundred bigha land between Koliwada and Jakhoda near Sumerpur. Film city in this area of natural beauty and sanctuary, can also prove to be important in terms of tourism. MoU for the same is going to be signed between Mumbai-based company, Arajon and the government this month. After this, the foundation stone may be laid before March, 2018.Regarding this, the Deputy Chief Whip Madan Rathore met with the Pali collector Sudhir Sharma to discuss the project along with the company’s director, Rajesh Chatwal. Shilpali, Rathore has also met CM regarding the project. Madan Rathore said that due to availability of natural beauty, river drains, adequate water system, rail, air-road traffic, communication, safety, wildlife, aquatic vegetation, the jawai bandh was considered to be completely suitable for the film city.After the foundation, the film city will be ready for shooting in one year. Simultaneously, the youth of the district will be provided skill training along with several training courses So that they can get employment. After completion of the film city, 1,000 tourists are expected to arrive daily. Film city will consist of training centres, academies, 3 indoor-outdoor sets, post production hubs, ampitheaters, helipads, power sub-stations, multi-cuisine restaurants, local film production sets, theaters, halls, hostels, studio apartments and filling stations.TO BOOST TOURISMFilm city ‘Shilpali’ in Sumerpur can also prove to be important in terms of tourism. MoU for the same is to be signed between Mumbai-based company, Arajon and the government this month. It’s foundation stone may be laid before March, 2018.

Volunteers to help forest dept collect forensic evidence on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane forest department has started an initiative under which it will train a team of volunteers who are locals from Aarey Milk Colony in the collection of forensic evidence of leopards involved in cases of human-animal conflict, as most of the locals are often the first to reach the site.On Thursday, in a first of its kind session, Himanshu Chhattani, an expert, explained to the volunteers not only the importance of collecting samples like saliva, scat and hairs of the big cat from conflict sites but also the correct procedures to be followed, which could help in identifying the animal involved in the conflict.”We were trained on how to use swabs to get saliva samples if a leopard has attacked a livestock or human,” said Satish Lot, a resident, adding that the collected sample could then be matched with samples of the trapped animal to complete the identification process.The fact that the forest department has begun taking wildlife forensics seriously is the result of several activists and wildlife experts emphasising on the need of proper identification of leopards that are termed ‘problem animals’ and trapped. After a recent spate of attacks, Honorary Wildlife Warden (Mumbai city) Sunish Kunju had written to the forest department questioning if the trapped leopard from Film City — suspected to be behind four attacks and one death — had any proper scientific basis as one could not always rely on camera trap images.A senior forest department official from Thane said, “While we are also planning to train our own staff, we thought of initiating trainings with volunteers from Aarey as they are often the first to reach the site of conflict.”

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