<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said technology held an immense potential in the present scenario to help women entrepreneurs grow in both – their personal and professional lives.”Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to women entrepreneurs, and we are seeing that in terms of the explosive global and domestic growth,” Ivanka Trump said, while addressing the plenary session on the topic “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” at the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), in Hyderabad.She also said that technology had helped reduce barriers and was empowering and enabling women to become more flexible. ALSO READ GES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka Trump”Technology is a great driver of entrepreneurship because a lot of women are leaving and saying this doesn’t work for me. It is emboldening them to go out on their own. It is reducing barriers to starting new businesses, and creating flexibility around schedule,” Ivanka Trump maintained.She also lauded the efforts made by women and women entrepreneurs to manage both their personal and professional lives, concluding that the way ahead required a fundamental change.”One of the reasons we are seeing an explosion of women’s entrepreneurship is because traditional workplaces often haven’t worked for us. We are disproportionately providing unpaid care, while also needing to support our families financially,” the 36-year-old businesswoman remarked. ALSO READ You inspire us: Ivanka Trump hails the journey of India”These cultural, social, work institutions were not set up with the assumption that there would be two parents in the workforce. So we just have to fundamentally change things. It is starting to happen in the corporate world,” she concluded.Also present at the session were state cabinet minister for IT E&C KT Rama Rao; ICICI Bank, Managing Director and CEO, Chanda Kochhar; Cherie Blaire and Karen Quintos.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After over 40 years, the state government has hiked the rewards given to state excise officials and informers who crack cases of liquor smuggling, duty evasion and bootlegging.The previous policy, which was formulated in 1976, gave a pittance of up to Rs 500 to officials and informers regardless of the type of the case and value of the seizure. At times, members of the raiding team contributed money as ‘baksheesh’ (prize) to informers for the tip-off. The state government has now increased this reward to over Rs 10 lakh depending on the type of the case.“Under the new policy, committees under the district superintendents will have powers to sanction rewards up to Rs 50,000. It will be up to Rs 1 lakh for the divisional deputy commissioners, Rs 2 lakh for the director (vigilance and enforcement), up to Rs 10 lakh for the excise commissioner. For amounts above Rs 10 lakh, the approval will have to come from a committee under the additional chief secretary or principal secretary of the state excise department,” said a senior state excise official. ALSO READ Bihar: Special police unit for execution of liquor ban, crackdown on violationsDuring their service tenure, officials will be able to get a maximum reward of Rs 25 lakh. While the names of the informers will be kept confidential, the money will be given to them through the official whom they tipped off. The reward for state excise officials will be between 5 to 7% of the based on the amount of excise duty saved due to the preventive action or the amount of liquor, beer, mohua flowers, toddy or duplicate liquor seized, whichever is less and 5% for informers and private individuals.State excise officials admitted that the paltry amount given out earlier inhibited their ability to expand their network of informers or adequately compensate them after a successful raid based on these tip-offs. A strong informers network due to higher rewards will also help strengthen ground-level intelligence collection about hooch and liquor smuggling and duplication rackets.Officials claimed that some unscrupulous informers, when they were unable to extract a promise from officials for a substantial reward, chose to first tip them off and later strike a deal with smugglers or bootleggers to help them evade the dragnet. ALSO READ Municipalities across country will exempt from liquor shops ban on highways, says Supreme CourtOf the around 3,600 officials and staff in the department, around half—largely sub-inspectors–are based at manufacturies for supervision. Up to 1974, the department had no punitive powers like the police, which were later granted to inspectors and subsequently to sub-inspectors in 1991. Up to 1985, these officials checked consumption permits of those coming to wine shops and permit rooms for drinking.Maharashtra follows a policy of discouraging liquor consumption through high prices and low sales and has one of the highest excise duty regimes in India. However, neighbouring states and union territories like Goa and Daman have comparatively liberal policies and the cheaper costs of liquor there lead to a huge incentive for smugglers and bootleggers to smuggle in the brew to Maharashtra. With neighbouring Gujarat under prohibition, Maharashtra has also become a transit point for transporting liquor from states like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh to the dry state.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The multi-billion dollar China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the South Asian nation, and “aggravate” tension between India and Pakistan, a US think-tank said today.”CPEC will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the country and clearly aggravate India-Pakistan tensions. In addition, real questions persist about Pakistan’s ability to finance its share of new energy investment,” Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Program at the Wilson Center said in a report published today.According to him, even though the CPEC may enable Pakistan to generate more power, it will not solve the country’s broader energy crisis, which is rooted in factors that go well beyond supply shortages.”Stability in Pakistan’s security situation and economic performance is increasingly in critical interest for Beijing because it is a precondition for CPEC’s success. Given New Delhi’s strenuous opposition, CPEC will exacerbate India- Pakistan tensions,” Kugelman wrote. ALSO READ ‘Ready to strengthen connectivity…’: China hints it may rename CPEC to address India’s ‘concerns’Among other things, CPEC cements the already deep presence of Washington’s top strategic competitor in a region where the US has a much lighter footprint, he said.”The project also generates additional obstacles for the Indian efforts to access markets and natural gas reserves in Central Asia — a region that India cannot reach directly by land because Pakistan denies its transit rights on Pakistani soil,” he said.According to Kugelman, Beijing’s messaging is very similar to Islamabad’s — it uses only the most positive of rhetoric and with a triumphant and confident tone. Like Pakistan, China has much at stake, he said.As per the report, CPEC is in some ways a test case of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) because it includes some of the initiative’s first projects to become fully operational. ALSO READ Tiff between ‘all weather friends’? Confusion over Pakistan’s move to exclude PoK dam from CPEC”Privately, however, China worries about the security risks to CPEC, even as terrorist violence has subsided in Pakistan since 2014, when the Pakistani military launched a major counterterrorism offensive,” the report said, adding that many of the attacks that have taken place since then have occurred along or on envisioned CPEC routes in Baluchistan.Separatist rebels have targeted energy infrastructure in the province for a number of years and remain an active threat.”Furthermore, criminal gangs pose threats to CPEC projects in Punjab Province. One such outfit, known as the Chotu Gang, abducted 12 Chinese engineers working on a highway project in Punjab back in 2005,” he wrote.Kugelman said in private conversations, Pakistani officials and analysts offer a sobering appraisal of the project.”Privately, Pakistanis also express concern about the country’s ability to pay back loans in the coming years, as well as about the security threats ranging from terrorism and separatist insurgency to organized crime that threaten CPEC construction,” he said.Referring to India’s reaction to CPEC, Kugelman said New Delhi’s biggest objection to CPEC is that it entails building projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.”New Delhi does not formally oppose BRI as a whole; rather, its stated concerns are restricted to CPEC, which it has described as a violation of Indian sovereignty, he noted. ALSO READ Pakistan PM accuses India of unleashing propaganda against CPEC
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his maiden visit to Kolkata after becoming the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at a civic reception programme hosted by the government of West Bengal, was presented with one of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s painting. He said it would be displayed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.“Chief Minister gifted me a painting of her own today. I was really amazed to see her painting. This will surely be displayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan. At the same time the it will always remain close to my heart,” he said while speaking at the reception.In pure Bengali, Kovind also said, ‘Amar sonar Bangla ami tomai bhalobashi’ (I love you my golden Bengal). He praised Bengal and said people of Bengal had a big heart and that he was overwhelmed with the kind of welcome he received.
ALSO READ Someone like Sushma or Advani should’ve been nominated: Mamata surprised by NDA’s presidential candidate In his speech, he also added that Bengal had a great history, but all should ensure that it also had a great future. “This state was an early industrial and manufacturing centre in our country. Its economy must sing again in this age of digital and robotic technologies. It’s green fields and hard-working farmers must be equipped with the latest agricultural knowledge to allow them to realise their potential,” he said.Stating the importance of being a border state, Kovind said, “Being a border state gives Bengal certain advantages. It also gives it certain responsibilities. Forces of radicalism and extremism, some of them with cross-border linkages, seek to take advantage of our democratic spaces. We must guard against this.”
ALSO READ Blast from the past: When Ram Nath Kovind opposed reservations for Christians and MuslimsMamata too, showered praises for Kovind. She said she was honoured that the President had accepted her invitation. “I never knew he was a Rajya Sabha member when I was a Lok Sabha member. He had always maintained a very low profile. Please be the simple person you are,” Mamata said. She was also quick to point out that the post of the President was above all politics and that he was like a guardian and guide for everyone.None of the MLAs of either Congress or Left Front were seen at the event. It was found out that Leader of Opposition, Abdul Mannan was personally invited but he could not make it to the reception owing to some personal engagements and a senior Left MLA said that he had received the invitation 10 minutes ahead of the event, thus would not be able to attend the reception.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s daughter, today said reducing gender gap in the labour force by half can help boost Indian economy by over USD 150 billion in the next three years and reiterated her father’s words that “India has a true friend in the White House”.In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she showered lavish praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is “doing to build India as a thriving economy — a beacon of democracy — and a symbol of hope to the world. What you are achieving is truly extraordinary”.”What you are achieving is truly extraordinary… from your childhood selling tea to election as India’s Prime Minister,” she said.
ALSO READ Watch: Mitra – a humanoid robot – helps PM Modi and Ivanka Trump kickoff GES 2017″Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty — a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of the Prime Minister,” she added.Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, also pitched for access to capital and equitable laws for women entrepreneurs, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap could grow global GDP by up to 2 per cent.
ALSO READ Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speechIn her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she said that despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.”Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society — it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 per cent,” she said.
ALSO READ Full Schedule: PM Modi, Ivanka Trump to address Global Entrepreneurship Summit todayWatch: Ivanka, 36, a businesswoman, fashion designer and the eldest daughter of the US President, was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the White House in June to speak at the Summit. She is leading the US contingent at the Summit themed ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.She opened her speech by stressing how all over the world entrepreneurs are “revolutionising our economies, and improving our societies”.”You are rewriting the rules,” she said and went on to talk about this year’s GES theme. “This year’s Summit is focussed on a theme that is key to our future: Women First, Prosperity For All. I am proud that for the first time ever, women make up the majority of the 1,500 entrepreneurs selected to attend.”Women, according to Ivanka, can help lead the way in closing this gap and ushering in a new age of greater prosperity. “We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws,” she added.While her trip to India has been hogging media limelight, questions have been raised about whether her message of empowering poor women matches her actions.Critics have faulted her for failing to use her leadership role to call out labour and human rights abuses and her refusal take a public stand on alleged abuses in her brand’s own supply chain.The Associated Press in a news report today said a September investigation by it “showed that Trump’s supply chain has become more opaque than ever since she took on her White House role, making it impossible to know who her company is doing business with around the world. The brand has said supply chains are the responsibility of its licensees”.In her speech at the GES, Ivanka highlighted what the US is doing to reverse the trend. “The US Small Business Administration, for example, increased its lending to women by over 500 million dollars this year alone,” she emphasised.The US administration is fostering mentorship through programmes such as SCORE — a nation-wide initiative where successful men and women coach those who want to become their own CEOs.”Our Administration is striving to promote greater opportunity for women around the world, both through our domestic reforms and our international initiatives,” she said.At the G20 conference, the United States was a founding member of a bold, new initiative with the World Bank the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or WeFi. This facility provides access to capital, networks, and mentorship for women in developing countries.”At home, our administration is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs through domestic reforms. In the past 11 months, we have expanded apprenticeship programmes and prioritised STEM education to ensure that women — and men — have more opportunities to master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century,” she stated.Watch: Ivanka Trump on empowering women entrepreneurs The US has dramatically reduced job-crushing regulations which disproportionately hurt entrepreneurs and small business owners.”And we are laser-focused on passing long overdue tax cuts. This will provide the much-needed relief to working families and businesses of all sizes,” she said, adding that this year, the President’s Budget included a proposal to establish a nation-wide programme for paid family leave.”We are committed to supporting women, and men, who work, inside and outside of the home,” Ivanka added.In the last decade, the USAID has promoted women entrepreneurship through a number of programmes, including providing micro-finance loans to women in Afghanistan, and bringing Internet access to women in Nigeria and Kenya.She concluded by highlighting the inspirational stories of some of the entrepreneurs in attendance.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hard selling his government’s reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited global entrepreneurs to come to India saying that it provides an investment friendly environment where restrictions have been removed and archaic laws abolished.Speaking at Global Entrepreneur Summit 2017, he said over 1,200 outdated laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for foreign investment eased in 21 sectors and several government processes have been taken online.”To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say, ‘Come, Make in India, Invest in India’, for India and for the world,” he said. “I invite each one of you to become a partner in India’s growth story. And once again assure you of our wholehearted support.”
ALSO READ Watch: Mitra – a humanoid robot – helps PM Modi and Ivanka Trump kickoff GES 2017Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor to the White House, is leading a US delegation to the summit and gave the keynote address.Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, Modi said his government has succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits as well as curbing inflation.
ALSO READ Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speech”Our foreign reserves have crossed USD 400 billion, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows,” he said.To young entrepreneur friends from India, he said: “Each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation.”Listing out business friendly measures the government has undertaken, Modi said loans worth Rs 4.28 trillion (Rs 4.28 lakh crore) have been sanctioned under the entrepreneurship loan scheme, MUDRA.Under the ‘Atal Innovation Mission’, Tinkering Labs are being opened in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children, he said.After taking electricity to almost all villages, a new scheme, ‘Saubhagya’ will provide electricity connection to all the unelectrified families by December 2018, he said, adding that a programme to provide high-speed broadbandInternet to all rural areas by March 2019 has also been launched.”We are working on developing a national gas grid. A comprehensive national agency policy is also in the pipeline,” he said.The Prime Minister said the taxation system has been overhauled with the launch of GST, while the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code has been introduced to ensure timely resolution for stressed ventures.”We have recently strengthened this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets,” he said.”Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money.” The government, he said, understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish.Modi said Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database, covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily.”We now digitally provide monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar,” he added.On financial inclusion, he said almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over Rs 685 billion have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojna. “These brings previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent account are women.” “We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is facilitating almost 280,000 transactions daily,” he said.Modi said India has been an incubator for innovations and entrepreneurship over the ages.Stating that the government’s Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation, he said the scheme aims to minimise the regulatory burden and provide support to startups.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked people holding public office to desist from reacting on the Deepika Padukone-starrer Bollywood flick ‘Padmavati’, saying such statements violated the rule of law and could prejudice the censor board’s decision.Politicians of all hues, including some chief ministers, have recently made public statements, mostly against the film based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.”When a matter is pending for consideration before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), how can persons in public authority comment on whether the CBFC should issue certificate or not? It will prejudice the decision of CBFC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s filmThe bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, termed as “misconceived” and dismissed a fresh petition seeking an order to restrain Viacom 18, the maker of the film and others, from releasing it abroad.It said when the courts were not making any observation keeping in mind that the CBFC has to perform its statutory duty, persons holding high offices should desist from making statements.
ALSO READ Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni SenaThe bench asked the CBFC to take the decision on the certification of the movie with “utmost objectivity”.In his plea, lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThe bench expressed “shock” at certain objectionable contents of the petition and termed them “unwarranted” and “scurrilous” and ordered their deletion.The court said it was not imposing costs on the lawyer for filing such a petition as he was a practising lawyer of the apex court.It took serious note of the statements made by politicians, holding high public offices, on the movie which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, saying these tantamounted to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC.”This is not done,” the bench said, adding, “One thing which we must say is that when the matter is pending and going to be dealt with by the CBFC, no one, who is holding public office, should be saying something which would tantamount to pre-judging and may prejudice the mind of CBFC.” “It should be borne in mind that we all are governed by the Rule of Law,” it said, adding that when persons holding responsible positions say certain things on the content of the movie, it violated the rule of law.The bench asked Additional Solicitors General Maninder Singh and P S Narasimha to convey their views that such statements should not be made as they violated the principle of Rule of Law.At the outset, senior advocates Harish Salve and Shyam Divan, appearing for the producers, informed the court that there was no intention to release the movie abroad on December 1, as alleged.The petition had alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.Earlier too, the apex court had dismissed his plea seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from movie.Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had said they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally slated for December 1.The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena earlier this year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against former TMC Rajya Sabha MP, now BJP leader, Mukul Roy.The case was filed at Bankshall Court in Kolkata. On the basis of Abhishek’s complaint and the documents submitted, Bankshall Court has issued a summon to Roy on December 20. Post filing the case, Abhishek said that he had been hurt by the allegations levelled by Roy. He also gave a challenge to Roy saying, “If I say something, people might choose to believe me or not. Similarly with Roy. Now it is up to the court to decide and pass a verdict. Then everyone will believe what the truth is. He has alleged that I am the owner of business entities named Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla. If he cannot prove it, he should leave his seat and Bengal. If he can prove it fair and square, I will leave politics.”Roy, however, interacting to mediapersons maintained that he had not said anything without documents. “These papers are that of the corporate affairs ministry. If it is tried in any court of the country, I will be able to prove that what I had said is true,” he said. Reacting to Abhishek’s comments he said, “These are attempts to divert people’s attention from the issue. He is a young man and is immature that is why he throws these challenges.”
ALSO READ Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phoneHe added that earlier Alipurduar District Court had passed an injunction prohibiting Roy from making public statements against Abhishek following a petition by him but Roy repeated it again at a press conference on November 25. “Now I have filed a criminal case against him. I have my full faith on the judiciary. People are watching. We have shown how to win convincingly through ballot. We will do the same in this legal battle as well,” he added.Along with Abhishek, also present at the court was party MLA Smita Bakshi’s son Soumya Bakshi. Abhishek’s lawyer said that the defamation case has been filed under section 202 of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High CourtInterestingly, Roy too, had filed a similar case against Abhishek last week at Patiala House Court in New Delhi saying that the legal notice which was sent to him was defamatory. It will be heard on December 1. State BJP leadership refused to comment on the issue. “It is Roy who has alleged and the case is against him. The party is with him but he himself will have to prove the credibility of his allegations,” said a senior state BJP leader.In another development, the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill (Biswa Bangla University Bill) was tabled by state education minister Partha Chatterjee at the West Bengal state Assembly while Opposition members opposed the title of the bill. Left Front and Congress members suggested that the bill should referred to the select committee which was turned down by speaker Biman Banerjee. Chatterjee said that the name had nothing to do with the Biswa Bangla logo. The proposed university would be located at Bolpur in Shantiniketan. Opposition members said that they opposed the use ‘Biswa Bangla’, which was a tainted phrase, in the name of a university at Shantiniketan because it amounted to an insult to Rabindranath Tagore.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district in violation of the ceasefire, police said.”Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Jhangar forward area from 1845 hours to 1900 hours,” a senior police officer said, adding that further details were awaitedLast night’s violation of the ceasefire came after a lull of over a week in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian posts. ALSO READ Ceasefire agreements can help save Indo-Pak relationsPakistani troops violated the ceasefire for three consecutive days between November 15 and November 17 in Jammu and Poonch districts. An Army jawan was injured in the exchange of fire in Poonch.On November 2, a BSF jawan was killed when Pakistan Rangers attacked a patrol party along the International Border in Samba district.A girl was injured when Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Karmara belt of Poonch district on October 31.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling in Poonch. ALSO READ J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Nowgam
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a fresh plea seeking to stall Bollywood film Padmavati’s release, and said all concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law.The fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.However, the Supreme Court took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.The top court also said that these kind of statements are violative of the principle of Rule of Law as Censor Board is yet to certify the movie. ALSO READ Padmavati row | In support of Deepika Padukone film, Bengal film industry to observe a ’15-minute black out ‘The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Last week, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared the movie for release on December 1. ALSO READ Covering up Padmavati plaque shows Rajasthan government in poor lightThe BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January. ALSO READ Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as special director of the CBI.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO Common Cause, had said that Asthana’s appointment was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.However, the Centre had opposed the plea saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high profile cases like coal scam, Kingfisher Airlines, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.
ALSO READ Rajath Singh evades query on CBI special director Rakesh Asthana’s involvement in corruption caseBhushan had said the diary showed the name of Asthana as having received illegal gratification from a company and the CBI had recently registered an FIR in a money laundering case against the accused firm and some public servants.Demanding quashing of Asthana’s appointment, the petitioner has sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of investigation.
ALSO READ CBI forms special team headed by Rakesh Asthana to investigate AgustaWestand, MallyaWhile seeking Asthana’s ouster, the plea noted the special director was the second in command in the CBI after the director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency. Asthana has served as the commissioner of the Police in Vadodara and Surat. He had also examined the case of Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. The absconding Narayan Sai was caught on the Haryana-Delhi border. (With agency inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday questioned if Narendra Modi has forgotten that he is Prime Minister of India, and said his campaign in Gujarat is about himself.The former minister made the remarks in a series of tweets after Modi launched an attack on Congress party during his rallies in Gujarat on Monday.Pushing the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear, Modi had said he is ready to sell tea but will never sell the country as he asked Rahul Gandhi why he had applauded the release of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed. ALSO READ I sold tea, but not India: PM Narendra Modi to Congress”Mr Modi’s campaign is about himself, his past and the alleged disdain of Gujarat and Gujaratis. Has he forgotten he is Prime Minister of India?,” said P Chidambaram.Stating that the Gujarat election is not about Modi, the individual, Chidambaram said, “It is about the promised achhe din that has not come in 42 months.”The Congress leader also said that Modi is not talking about joblessness, lack of investment, collapse of SMEs, stagnant exports and price rise because he has no answers to the hard reality.”Modi has forgotten that Gandhiji was an Indian and son of Gujarat; Gandhiji was, and is, revered as Father of the Nation; and Gandhiji’s chosen instrument to lead the freedom struggle was the Congress party. PM and BJP may now desperately embrace Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, but the redoubtable Sardar had rejected the BJP’s parent RSS and its divisive ideology,” he said in another tweet. ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiModi, who started his high voltage campaign with rallies in Bhuj in Kutch district, Jasdan in Rajkot, Chalala in Amreli and Kadodara near Surat, took on the opposition Congress on issues related to China, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed, the surgical strike as well as corruption.Without directly accusing the Congress of fanning the protests, Modi said the opposition had done everything to ‘disturb’ the BJP’s Anandiben Patel-led government.He asked the people of Gujarat not to forgive Congress leaders as they had levelled baseless allegations on the ‘son of Gujarat’ who has a stainless public life. ALSO READ Mood change for Moody’s? P Chidambaram mocks Narendra Modi govenment’s sudden love
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pushing the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is ready to sell tea but will never sell the country as he asked Rahul Gandhi why he had applauded the release of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed.Modi, who started his high voltage campaign with rallies in Bhuj in Kutch district, Jasdan in Rajkot, Chalala in Amreli and Kadodara near Surat, took on the opposition Congress on issues related to China, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Hafiz Saeed, the surgical strike as well as corruption. He accused the Congress vice president of applauding the release of a terrorist in Pakistan and asked why he hugged the Chinese ambassador during the Dokalam standoff. “You are happy to hug the Chinese ambassador, you are clapping at the release of Hafiz Saeed, you cannot respect Indian Army’s surgical strike… But why did you speak about it? You could have just remained silent,” he said in Bhuj, not specifying how and where Gandhi had hailed Saeed’s release.Gandhi had recently tweeted: “Narendrabhai, baat nahi bani. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.” The tweet had come after the release of LeT founder and 26/11 mastermind Saeed by a Pakistan court. Hitting out at the Congress over a recent meme targeting his “chaiwala” past, the prime minister said in Jasdan that he is being targeted by the main opposition party because of his humble background and for being born to a “poor mother”.
ALSO READ Why BJP is comfortable in Gujarat despite Congress onslaught: Inside party’s formidable messaging machinery “They are feeling uneasy because a chaiwala became the PM. We used to read in books how the downtrodden get harassed by those in higher strata. But I never imagined they would stoop so low,” Modi said in his speech in Gujarati at Jasdan ahead of the first round of polling on December 9. He said he gets messages from people threatening him that they would once again turn him into a tea-seller. “I want to tell them that I am Modi, who is ready to sell tea but will never commit the sin of selling the entire country,” he said, in an apparent reference to scams during the Congress-led UPA rule.”Why are you mocking poverty? Why are you insulting a poor mother?” he asked. In an apparent bid to woo the influential Patidars, who seem to be drifting towards the opposition party, Modi said the Congress “harassed” four former chief ministers of the community because of a “grudge” against Gujarat. Babubhai Jashbhai Patel, Chimanbhai Patel, Keshubhai Patel and Anandiben Patel belonged to the Patidar community. Without directly accusing the Congress of fanning the protests, Modi said the opposition had done everything to “disturb” the BJP’s Anandiben Patel-led government. “They fanned violence to disturb her. This Congress party harassed four Patidar CMs just because the people of Gujarat never accepted the party.”
ALSO READ Gujarat election is contest between development and dynastic politics: Modi attacks CongressAt the Bhuj rally, Modi pitched the election as a fight between trust on development and dynastic politics. He asked the people of Gujarat not to forgive Congress leaders as they had levelled baseless allegations on the “son of Gujarat” who has a stainless public life. During his campaign in the state in the last few days, Gandhi had trained his guns at the Modi-led government over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. He also alleged during his campaign that Modi is not a “chowkidar” (watchman) but a bhagidar (partner) in “corrupt” practices in BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s company.Modi said he had written a poem, saying that Gujarat is his ‘atma’ (soul), while Bharat is his ‘parmatma’ (God), that Gujarat is his mother and he her son. “I have grown up on this soil, you Gujaratis know my plus and minus points, what was good in me has evolved due to this `mitti’ (soil) due to my mother (Gujarat),” he said, seeking to emotionally connect with voters. The prime minister said Gujaratis will not forgive those attacking its child.Recalling Sardar Patel, he said the Congress should understand that Gujarat tolerated insults when atrocities were committed against him but the times had changed and they would not do so again.Modi said many people have come here for election campaigning and “sprayed muck”.”Farmers prepare their land before the start of the monsoon season. In the same way, much muck has been sprayed here. It is good as it will help the lotus (BJP’s election symbol) bloom.” Modi referred to the 26/11 terror strike and the attack in Uri and asked what the difference was between one government and another, one leader and another. “They killed our soldiers in Uri, our soldiers went inside their territory, conducted a surgical strike and came back. The next day a newspaper said they (in Pakistan) carried bodies in trucks,” he said.Modi alleged that the Congress raised questions on the surgical strike in September 2016. “They could not respect Indian Army, they asked questions like none of our soldiers was injured? None of them died? Have you any photo or video evidence? Had they gone to shoot a movie in Pakistan?” he said. The second phase of elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held on December 14. The votes will be counted on December 18.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct the government to make a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in custody when the government was looking into the issue in “all seriousness” and had decided to adopt the United Nations’ convention on torture.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal who said the prayer in a plea with regard to framing of a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody was also a subject matter of discussion in the Law Commission.”The executive is looking at the issue with all seriousness,” Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and former law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to frame an effective law on the issue and empower agencies like the NHRC with necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanisms to implement its orders and directions.After hearing the submissions of the Attorney General, the bench asked Kumar, “can we direct the legislature to make a law by issuing a writ of mandamus?”
ALSO READ Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested “They are saying that they are looking at it with all seriousness,” the apex court said, adding, “can we direct the government to adopt a particular UN convention and make a law?”Kumar asked the bench to keep the matter in abeyance for a month or two to see how things move on legislation front.But the bench did not agree to the submission and disposed of his plea in wake of the arguments advanced by Venugopal.The petitioner had earlier told the court that despite being a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture, 1997, India has not ratified the convention so far since ratification required an enabling legislation to reflect the definition and punishment for ‘torture’.Kumar, a senior Congress leader, had contended that the Centre should have a comprehensive and stand-alone legislation against torture.The plea had sought a direction to the Centre to ensure an effective law and its enforcement to fulfil constitutional promise of human dignity and prevention of custodial torture.It had sought the issuance of guidelines for timely and effective investigation of complaints of torture and custodial violence and directions be given to the government for rehabilitation and compensation for the victims.The government had earlier said a writ petitioner cannot seek a legislation through the court as the issue fell under the domain of the executive and the legislature.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite all-out attack launched by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat BJP is not ruffled. The confidence stems from the vast machinery it has built in every nook and corner of Gujarat to connect with its primary members. BJP has married its content and messaging strategy aided by technological support.To start with, Surat itself has 3200 WhatsApp groups operated by BJP workers, which are directly linked with each and every office bearer of the party. These groups further diversify when the content reaches primary members for distribution. “In a minute’s time, we have the capacity to touch base with 6 lakh people,” said PVS Sharma, BJP’s in-charge of South Gujarat.BJP has also tweaked its social media strategy. It is heavily banking on WhatsApp and Twitter platforms than Facebook. The war room boys feel that Facebook content is not instantaneous. i.e it doesn’t directly reach all users in real-time. For this very reason, BJP has WhatsApp groups at assembly level, Shakti Kendra and booth levels.
ALSO READ Gujarat Elections | All the ‘kichad’ thrown at me will help lotus bloom: PM Modi BJP has tried to connect with the workers and primary members in a three-pronged manner.Every assembly segment in Gujarat has a dedicated call centre. The job of the call centre through the election is to reach out to all primary members. They are harnessing the data which BJP collected during its missed call campaign. For example, Surat BJP has created a database of 11 lakh individuals who are its primary members.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to fight as independent candidate from Vadgam ConstituencyThe call centres check all the missed calls they received and verified the numbers and personal addresses before connecting with them. It helped them to identify primary members up to booth level.The job of the call centre is to establish a personal connect with the voters. “We make them feel part of BJP’s larger family. From this set, Panna Pramukhs too are identified who are given responsibility of 40 to 45 voters. Their job during elections is to ensure that out of the list, all BJP sympathisers come out to vote.
ALSO READ Paresh Rawal compares PM Modi to Gautam Buddha, urges Gujaratis not to vote along caste lines These call centres are coupled with one war room in each district to monitor political developments in the area. The second component of the electoral strategy is the Audio Bridge, a technology BJP is using to connect all its rural workers. There are 35 constituencies in Surat and BJP has been able to connect almost all rural workers through the Audio Bridge technology. The call is initiated from a BJP district office and workers connect to the number. The Con call has the capacity to handle 1400 people at time. Sources say that the HQ can even monitor the numbers of the calls dropped during con call and they are immediately requested to connect again. Sources say that Audio Bridge was deployed in rural areas specifically because of limited bandwidth capacity.The last leg of the triad is Video Conferencing. It connects Central Offices with field offices of the candidates. The Central Offices have ensured that cameras with 360 degree views are installed to get a ground feel of the camp offices of the candidates. It is this formidable machine which is keeping BJP confident. Insiders say that if they can mobIlise their own primary members, through their elaborate messaging machinery, they will comfortably win this election. Jury is still out on it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Pushing the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat into high gear, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi why his party applauded the release of a terrorist in Pakistan and why he hugged the Chinese ambassador during the Dokalam stand-off.Modi, who started his high-voltage campaign with a rally in Kutch district’s Bhuj town, launched a stinging attack against the Congress party. “You are happy to hug Chinese ambassador, you are clapping on the release of Hafiz Saeed, you cannot respect Indian Army’s surgical strike. But why did you speak up about it? You could have just remained silent,” he said.Gandhi had recently tweeted: “Narendrabhai, baat nahi bani. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.” The tweet had come after the release of LeT founder and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistan court. Modi said the election in his home state is a contest between trust on development and dynastic politics He was addressing a BJP rally in Kutch district’s Bhuj town ahead of the first phase of the elections on December 9. “Recently Pakistani court released a terrorist, I cannot understand why these Congress people are clapping here,” Modi said in his speech delivered in Gujarati.
ALSO READ Gujarat election is contest between development and dynastic politics: Modi attacks CongressHe also alluded to allegations by Congress leaders, including the Congress vice president. “This Gujarat son has no stains in his public life. You come to the state and level baseless allegations on the son of the soil… the people of the state will not forgive you,” he said. During his campaign in the state in the last few days, Gandhi had trained his guns at the Modi-led government over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. Taking a dig at the opposition party, which is making all out efforts to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in Gujarat, Modi asked, “When our soldiers… were standing eye-to-eye against the Chinese soldiers for over 70 days, at that time you were hugging the Chinese ambassador here…”For whose benefit did you do this? I am asking you,” Modi said, without taking any name. He referred to the Mumbai 26/11 terror strike and the attack in Uri and asked what was the difference between one government and another, one leader and other. The meaning of living and dying for the country can be known by the response, Modi said. “They killed our soldiers in Uri, our soldiers went inside their territory, conducted a surgical strike and came back. The next day a newspaper said they (in Pakistan) carried bodies in trucks,” he said.
ALSO READ Gujarat Elections | All the ‘kichad’ thrown at me will help lotus bloom: PM Modi Modi alleged that the Congress raised questions on the surgical strike in September 2016. “They could not respect Indian Army, they asked questions like none of our soldiers was injured? None of them died? Have you any photo or video evidence? Had they gone to shoot a movie in Pakistan?” he said. “When you go to the house of the poor and eat rotis, you ensure that you are filmed, but does that mean that a surgical strike should be filmed?” the prime minister asked.Modi will address a series of campaign meetings today and on Wednesday in Saurashtra and South Gujarat, which go to the polls on December 9. The second phase of elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held on 14. The votes will be counted on December 18.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today questioned the government claim that terror activities have come down in Jammu and Kashmir and said terrorists were now killing jawans to create fear among the youth in the Valley.Referring to the killing of Territorial Army jawan Irfan Ahmed, the Sena said it is a “new technique” aimed at demoralising and creating fear among the Kashmiri youth.The Sena said the brutal killings of jawans is a Pakistani game plan.”All this is the ‘Mann ki baat’ of Pakistanis. Will the person, who does his ‘Mann ki baat’ every (month on a) Sunday will realise this?” the Sena questioned, alluding to the radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.It also said that the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed from detention in Pakistan may give a new lease of life to militancy in the border state.
ALSO READ Shopian | Territorial army jawan, on vacation, killed by terrorists in J&K”Soldier Irfan Ahmad was abducted and killed in Shopian district. Terrorist organisations are adopting this technique to demoralise the Kashmiri youth working in the Army and instill fear amongst them,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.According to the Army, militants abducted and killed the 23-year-old Territorial Army jawan. His bullet-riddled body was found in an orchard in Watmullah Keegam area in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Saturday.
ALSO READ Terrorists kill another off-duty jawan in J&KThe latest killing was part of a technique being adopted by terror outfits to kill Kashmiris who have joined the Army or paramilitary forces, the Marathi daily said.In May this year, Lt Ummer Fayaz was killed in a similar manner and later in September, BSF jawan Ramzan Pare was also killed, the Sena publication said.”The killing of Irfan Ahmad challenges the claims of those who say terrorist activities have reduced in Kashmir.Also, Hafiz Saeed being released from house arrest may give a new lease of life to terrorist activities,” it said.”The government claims 100-150 militants have been killed (this year) in Kashmir and incidents of stone pelting have reduced. At the same time, killings of youth haven’t stopped.Terrorists cannot digest the Kashmiri youth joining the Army to serve the nation,” it added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a week after the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted anticipatory bail to Ryan International Group’s three trustees in connection with the killing of a student in its Gurgaon school, the parents of the victim have moved to Supreme Court challenging the bail granted to Pintos.The family of seven-year-old Pradyuman has filed a petition challenging the anticipatory bail granted to the Pintos”We are filing a petition challenging the anticipatory bail granted to the Pintos by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. We are challenging the manner the anticipatory bail is granted to them,” Sushil Tekriwal, Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur’s lawyer in the case told ANI.”We have said that a wrong message will be sent if anticipatory bail is given,” he added. ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downEarlier, Ryan Pinto, and his parents, Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, had approached the high court on September 16, seeking anticipatory bail in the case.On October 7, the high court had granted interim bail to the three trustees.Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in the school washroom in Gurugram on September 8.School bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested by Haryana police in connection with the crime. A Gurgaon civil court today granted bail to Kumar on a bond of Rs 50,000.The Pintos, who are based in Mumbai, had approached the Bombay High Court as they had apprehended arrest in the case after the school was accused of negligence in the death of seven-year-old-Pradyuman. ALSO READ Ryan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyer
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a chill in the air, but the Rajasthan government is feeling the heat of protests in Chittorgarh, the home of Padmini (Padmavati).In a knee-jerk reaction, the archaeology department has covered the stone plaque that had the story of Padmini (Padmavati) inscribed on it. This came after threats from the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) to break it down as it contained ‘incorrect history’. The protesters claim that the mirror story is incorrect. Also, hundreds including women courted arrest on Monday demanding a ban on the film. The mirrors at the Chittorgarh fort, that were supposedly used to show Padmini to Khilji, were vandalized and broken earlier this year allegedly by the SRKS. And curtains on the plaque is being seen as a precautionary measure. Sources in the department said that it was done on the orders of higher authorities.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaLokendra Singh Kalvi Patron of SRKS told DNA, “We welcome this move by the archaeology department. It was long due and validates our claims. The plaque showed distorted history. The mirror was invented 1294 in Belgium and France that is 8000 miles from Chittorgarh. Khilji supposedly saw Padmini (Padmavati) in the mirror in 1302, just eight years later.”“Khilji took three years to travel from Kandhar to Chittorgarh; a distance of 1100 miles. Even at the speed of a marching army, the mirror should take 24 years to travel to Chittorgarh. I wonder how the mirror raced so fast to reach Chittorgarh,” Kalvi said.
ALSO READ Death over dishonour: What the Padmavati furore is aboutAs part of the ongoing protests by the Sarv Samaj Sangathan and Jauhar Samriti Sansthan, a total 304 persons including two dozen women on Monday courted arrest demanding a ban on the film. They were arrested under section 129 of CrPC. They were later released. The protesters were raising slogans against the film.The protesters under the banner of Sarv Samaj have been staging a dharna at the gate of the fort for the last eighteen days. The police had made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order.
ALSO READ Alauddin Khilji was a brutal ruler, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not glamorise himAccording to Govind Singh of the Sarv Samaj Sangathan, “The protests would continue till the film is banned. We have also given a memorandum to the district administration to get the stone plaque removed.”Manju Shekhawat, one of the women who courted arrest said, “We will not let Bhansali distort the history of Padmini (Padmavati)”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who shared an uneasy relationship with the party leadership, today asserted he would not quit the outfit and that the party strayed from the path it had chosen to tread five years ago.Addressing party volunteers on the occasion of 5th Foundation Day of the AAP, Vishwas took on his detractors within the party and said he was like Abhimanyu, the warrior son of Arjun who lost his life while fighting in the epic ‘Mahabharata’.”I was told that I will be insulted and compelled to quit. I would like to say that I am not going anywhere. I am like the Abhimanyu who will be victorious even in his death,” Vishwas said.
ALSO READ When you see condom ad while sitting with your family: Twitter reacts to ‘awkward’ Kejriwal-Khattar pictureVishwas also emphasised the need for dialogue within the AAP and said the people who built the party believed in disagreeing over issues. Running away from questions amounts to being timid, he said. The comment was seen as a jibe to a section of party leaders.He said the easiest way to crush a movement is to give it a face, a comment also seen as a jibe to his detractors within the party.
ALSO READ Vishwas vs Kejriwal-Sisodia: AAP now a completely divided house “This is why it is paramount to keep the country first, followed by the party and then the leader,” he said.He retorted to the tag of being a “part-time politician” labelled by a section of party leaders and said he preferred being a “full-time Indian and part-time politician’, and added it was essential to look after one’s own livelihood to ensure a spotless political life.
ALSO READ Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue “Don’t you think, we have strayed away from the road we took five years ago. We have to walk on the right path from where we started. We have lost some good volunteers due to arrogance and insecurities and we need to bring them back,” Vishwas said.The poet-politician and founder member of the AAP has had an uneasy relationship with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Vishwas is unhappy with the leadership for several reasons and has been attacking a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal. But a major reason has been revoking the suspension of AAP MLA Amantullah last month, who had accused Vishwas of being a “BJP-RSS agent”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed that the legislature, the judiciary and the executive were part of the same family and should work to strengthen each other, even as the Chief Justice and the law minister sparred over the issue of judicial activism.The prime minister also said that the three wings — the legislature, the judiciary and the executive — need to brainstorm on how to move forward in the changed scenario.”They are members of the same family…we do not have to prove anyone right or wrong. We know our strengths, we know our weaknesses,” he said at a gathering of judges and advocates at the National Law Day event here.
ALSO READ Bar and bench need to work together to bring down number of pending cases: CJI Misra Modi pointed out that while fighting for rights, one should not forget about duties.He emphasised that the balance between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary has been the backbone of the Constitution and it has helped the country during the Emergency.
ALSO READ New India will lead the world in the 21st century: PM ModiModi also pitched for self-regulation and a system of checks and balances for the good health of any institution and quoted B R Ambedkar to state that there should be a limit for any authority.Before the prime minister addressed the gathering, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad reminded the judiciary of the principle of separation of powers between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive.He said the concept of separation of power is as binding on the judiciary as it is on the executive.Responding to the remarks of the law minister, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that “there should be mutual respect and there cannot be any claim for supremacy by any of the wings”.The CJI said that the dream of the Prime Minister is a literate, educated and digitally-enabled India and the judiciary is “playing the role of a constitutional catalyst” to achieve the goal.Referring to the issue of judicial over-reach, Prasad said law-making must be left in the realm of those elected to make the law.”The founding fathers clearly meant that governance must remain in the realm of those elected to govern by the people of India and accountable to the people of India,” he said.While independence of the judiciary was “important”, judicial accountability, probity and propriety were “equally” necessary, he said.Justice Misra hit back by saying that, “We are not really interested to bring any kind of policy.””But the moment the policies are formed, we are allowed to interpret and see that they are implemented,” he said.Misra said the judiciary follows the principle of ‘judicially manageable standards’ under which it does not get into realms where it can’t do much. “If we can’t do it, we will not get into it,” he asserted.Misra rejected the suggestion that PILs were being used as a means to formulate policies and to govern the country.He said there had been several writs and PILs which the Supreme Court has turned down. He also said that the apex court has been going “slow” on economic matters, particularly tenders and especially global tenders.Prasad said while the government accepts the Supreme Court decision to strike down the National Judicial Appointments Commission which sought to overturn the system of judges appointing judges, it is important to appreciate the suggestion of an audit of judicial appointments.He referred to the contempt of court proceedings by the apex court against Justice C S Karnan.Prasad said his records show that the then collegium had described him as an expert in all fields of law. Perhaps, he was not an expert on contempt of court, the minister said, without naming Karnan.The CJI said whenever the law minister writes to the collegium, his observations are not ignored. The recommendations once rejected by the government are not reiterated out of mutual respect.Earlier in the day too, the two had countered each other’s assertions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav, who had allegedly threatened to disrupt the wedding of Sushil Modi’s son, today said he was “not a criminal or terrorist” and the Bihar Deputy chief minister should continue with the function “without any worry or fear”.His remarks came a day after the Deputy CM’s office announced that the venue of the December 3 wedding had been changed to Veterinary College ground (near Patna airport) from Shakha Maidan in Rajendra Nagar due to “security reasons”.”I am not a criminal or terrorist. Whatever I said at a public meeting should not have been taken literally by Modi.He should go ahead with the wedding without any worry or fear,” Yadav said.
ALSO READ Cracker of an idea! Burst balloons instead of crackers to curb pollution on Diwali, says Lalu Prasad’s son Tej PratapHowever, he said even if there was not “any untoward incident involving me or my party, their (Sushil Modi/BJP) own men could create a ruckus to defame me”.A video had surfaced last week purportedly showing Yadav threatening to disrupt the wedding.
ALSO READ You have become Krishna: PM Modi mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav’s sonIn the video aired by news channels, Yadav was seen delivering a speech in Aurangabad and saying: “I have been invited by Sushil Modi to attend the wedding of his son. If I go there I will expose him in public.”The former Bihar health minister was also heard threatening to indulge in violence at the wedding venue.Modi has levelled a number of allegations against Prasad’s family acquiring benami properties.The RJD has trashed all the allegations and accused the senior BJP leader of suffering from “Lalu phobia”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, after being castigated for comments he allegedly made about Rajputs, Paresh Rawal apologised. He claimed his ‘monkey’ comment was aimed at the Nizam of Hyderabad and not Rajputs. The Karni Sena, in the news over the protests against Padmavati, had warned Paresh Rawal over his statement.He said: “I apologise unconditionally to all the members of Rajput community. I don’t know why I spoke those words. I never intended to hurt sentiments of any community: Paresh Rawal on his earlier statement allegedly comparing royals and music with monkeys.”He had apologised earlier as well, claiming that the message wasn’t for the Rajput community but aimed at ‘Nizam of Hyderabad’.
ALSO READ Chai-meme row: Congress says PM Modi is a ‘serial abuser’, BJP says PM ‘most abused since Independence’‘My statement was not on the Rajput community. They are a splendour community in India and they make us proud. Nothing wrong will come out of my mouth against such a brave community,’ Rawal told the media. ‘If anyone was hurt by the statement I would like to apologise for it,’ he added.The actor-turned-politician, while remembering Sardar Patel at a recent rally in Rajkot, had compared the royals (raja) and music (vaja) to monkeys (vandra), which did not go down well
ALSO READ Watch Zee Exclusive | Paresh Rawal stands by tweet on Arundhati Roy, says no stone pelter will hit herRawal was in the eye of the storm a few days ago, when he wrote and deleted a tweet regarding the ‘Yuva Desh’s derogatory meme. However, he later issued an apology for ‘hurting feelings’.In the tweet that is now deleted, he had written, ‘Our Chai-Wala is any day better than tour Bar-Wala !’The 67-year-old actor-turned-politician was responding to the ‘Indian Youth Congress’ online magazine ‘Yuva Desh,’ where they tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi in conversation with U.S President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. However, later he issued an apology and wrote, ‘Deleted the tweet as it’s in bad taste n I apologise for hurting feelings.’With inputs from ANI and PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nine years have passed since 10 LeT terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai, but none of the suspects have been punished, indicating that this case has never been a priority for Pakistan, especially after the release of the attack’s mastermind Hafiz Saeed, observers say.The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists had sailed into Mumbai from Karachi and carried out coordinated attacks, killing 166 people and injuring over 300 in November 2008.”The Mumbai attack case is being tried in an anti- terrorism court in Islamabad since 2009. There has hardly been any such case in any ATC in country taking more than eight years and still pending. ATC is meant for speedy trial but in this case the ATC is acting like that of sessions court where a case is usually not decided in years,” a senior lawyer said.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Rahul Gandhi questions Narendra Modi’s ‘hugplomacy'”It appears that the state is not in hurry to decide this case since the matter is related to its arch-rival India,” the lawyer told PTI on condition of anonymity, two days after Pakistan released Saeed, the LeT founder ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 attack.He said had the authorities concerned here been serious this case would have been decided years ago.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: P Chidambaram didn’t allow us to question Central officers, says ex-Union Home SecretaryPakistan has justified the release of Saeed, saying that courts, pursuant to their constitutional duty, were determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens.Advocate Supreme Court Mobeen Ahmad Qazi told PTI that since this case was being tried in ATC it should have been decided much earlier.
ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: We now have the funds to train and equip our police, says Deven Bharti”For that long (eight years) evidence is destroyed in such cases. I wonder why Pakistan is taking too long to decide this criminal case. If India does not provide concrete evidence it should decide the case forthwith and give benefit of doubt to the suspects and acquit them,” Qazi said, adding it appears that Pakistan is facing “international pressure” to keep the Mumbai attack suspects in jail “without evidence”.”The state is responsible for the protection of the rights of its citizens. Justice delayed is justice denied,” he added.Saeed’s release has virtually “boosted up the morale” of the six suspects facing the trial in Pakistan for the last eight years, believe Saeed’s supporters.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, was released from house arrest on Friday. The fire-brand cleric was under detention since January this year.The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.According to a JuD activist, the six suspects feel confident and one day they will walk out free from jail as nothing has been established against them as yet like their leader (Saeed) in the Mumbai attack case.He thinks that the suspects Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum who have been facing charges of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the Mumbai attack since 2009, would have been acquitted had their trial been put on fast track. They are kept in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.The seventh suspect – LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi – got his freedom over two years ago after he secured bail. He has been living in undisclosed location since then. There are reports that Lakhvi had come to JuD headquarters in Lahore to greet Saeed on his release from the 10-month detention under terrorism and public safety laws. The JuD activist, however, denied the duo s meeting in Lahore.There was also the eighth suspect, LeT militant Sufayan Zafar, who was arrested last year and separately charged for his involvement in 26/11 attack has also been freed on bail.Zafar was accused of providing Rs 3.98 million to co- accused Shahid Jamil Riaz prior to the Mumbai attack.He also deposited Rs 14,800 to the bank account of his brother (another suspect in the case). He was hiding after being declared proclaimed offender in the Mumbai case since 2009. He was arrested in August last year from his hideout in Kyber-Pakhtaunkhawa province. Zafar was among 21 other (absconding) suspects wanted in this high-profile case.The Mumbai attacks’ 9th anniversary is being observed today but still this case never seems to be reaching its logical conclusion.India has been demanding Pakistan not only to arrest Saeed and try him in the Mumbai attack case being the mastermind but also punish all those involved in this carnage.India has presented a dossier about Saeed’s involvement in the Mumbai attack but Pakistan insists ‘solid evidence’ against him. Pakistan has also asked India to send its 24 witnesses here to record their statements.”The Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad has recorded the statements of 70 Pakistani witnesses in the case. Now it is up to India to send its 24 witnesses for early disposal of the case,” chief prosecutor in the case Chaudhry Azhar told PTI.A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused…but still the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses here for reaching a verdict.There are irrefutable witnesses against them. For example one of the seven accused – Shahid Jamil Riaz – had been identified by witnesses that he (Riaz) had bought inflatable boats used by the terrorists involved in the attack.Riaz and 10 other people had bought 11 inflatable boats, according to the witnesses.The witnesses identified 10 men, including Amjad Khan and Atiqur Rehman, who were involved in planning and executing the Mumbai attacks. These men were earlier declared “proclaimed offenders” or fugitives by the anti-terrorism court.One witness told the court that Amjad Khan had obtained from him a “port clearance certificate” for Al-Hussaini, a fishing boat used by the terrorists.Amjad Khan was also involved in purchasing the inflatable boats. Khan, the fugitive identified by the witnesses, is a shadowy LeT organiser and financier from Karachi who figured in a majority of dossiers provided to Pakistan by India.Khan, who hails from Multan, played a key role in arranging and providing funds to the ten LeT attackers. He is one of 20 suspects in the Mumbai attacks who are yet to be traced by Pakistani investigators.These 20 suspects were named in a chargesheet filed in the anti-terrorism court in 2009. They were all accused of playing a key role in facilitating the Mumbai attacks.No effort has been made so far by the Pakistani law enforcement agencies to track down these fugitives in the case, showing Pakistan is keen to dump the case.Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after trial.Soon after his release on Friday, Saeed vowed to mobilise people across Pakistan for the “Kashmir cause”.It is not clear how many of the fugitives are still in contact with the JuD/LeT leadership. As Saeed is a free man it will be easy for him to execute some of his plans more freely than from the house arrest.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The HRD Ministry is roping in various NGOs and civil society groups to chalk out a strategy for dealing with cases of child sexual abuse at school level, as the increasing number of such cases has set alarm bells ringing in the country.The move comes following the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old girl in a prominent Delhi school by a classmate.”There are several rules and guidelines in place but still several cases are reported where children are sexually abused. This issue needs to be tackled beyond the usual good touch-bad touch lessons,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.”Discussions have been initiated with several NGOs and civil society groups and we hope to have some suggestions soon to see how the problem can be addressed at the school level,” the official added.The role of school authorities has come under scanner where last week a girl’s mother had approached the police and alleged that her daughter was “inappropriately touched” by a classmate.
ALSO READ Hyderabad: School principal arrested for molesting studentAccording to the mother, when the girl returned from school she complained of pain in her private parts. She was taken to a hospital where doctors confirmed sexual assault.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arthur road jail in Mumbai will be the home of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya if he is extradited to India to face the law in connection with the Rs 9,000 crore loan default cases.This will be conveyed to a British court next week by India through the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is arguing the extradition case against Mallya on behalf of the Indian government, a home ministry official said.The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London will be told that it is the duty of the state to ensure security of prisoners and Mallya’s apprehension about threat to his life is “misleading”.
ALSO READ Vijay Mallya’s apprehension about threat in Indian jails ‘misleading’: India to tell UK Court The court will be told that the prisons in India are as good as in any other country in the world and prisoners’ rights are fully protected in Indian jails, the official, who is privy to the responses prepared by the government, told PTI.The move came after Mallya’s lawyers said that the fugitive businessman’s life may be in danger if he is extradited to India and there were alleged incidents of human rights violations in Indian jails.
ALSO READ Vijay Mallya extradition: Enforcement Directorate seeks to declare Vijay Mallya a proclaimed offenderThe Westminster Magistrates’ Court will start hearing the extradition proceedings from December 4.The London court will be told that there will be no threat to Mallya’s life if he is lodged in Arthur road jail, which is highly secure as per the international standard, rejecting Mallya’s reported apprehension that he will not be safe in Indian jails if sent back home to face trial in the Rs 9,000 crore Kingfisher Airlines loan default cases, another official said, on condition of anonymity.Adequate medical facilities are available to treat the prisoners in Arthur road jail, where Mallya will get full security cover as an undertrial prisoner, the court will be told.By making such allegations, Mallya is trying to save himself from getting extradited to India to face the trial in cases of cheating of a consortium of banks, the official said.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba last week had a long meeting with representatives of various authorities, including the Ministry of External Affairs, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate and discussed responses to be filed in the UK court.The central government has already conducted an assessment of security cover given to prisoners in the Arthur road jail so that its findings could be conveyed to the UK court.Mallya, 61, has been in the UK since March 2016 and was arrested by the Scotland Yard on an extradition warrant on April 18.However, he was soon granted bail by the court.If the judge rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya’s extradition within two months of the appropriate day.However, the case can go through a series of appeals before arriving at a conclusion.India and the UK have an extradition treaty, signed in 1992, but so far only one extradition has taken place under the arrangement.Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel was sent to India last October to face trial in connection with his alleged involvement in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.However, unlike Mallya, he had submitted to the extradition order without legal challenge.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls across 25 districts, including in Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Lok Sabha, began on Sunday morning amid tight security. As many as 1.29 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase of the local body elections, campaigning for which ended on Friday. Besides Varanasi, the districts going to polls in the second phase are Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.52.59 per cent voting was recorded in the first phase on November 22 which covered 24 districts, according to the State Election Commission. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 46.1. Mayoral polls were also held for five municipal corporations—Agra, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Meerut.Polling for the third and final phase covering 26 districts will take place on November 29. Counting of votes for all the three phases will be on December 1 and results will be declared the same day.
ALSO READ BJP likely to win majority of seats in UP local body polls: UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath PandeyThe first major election after the BJP was voted to power with massive majority in March, the civic polls in UP will test the popularity of Adityanath.While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state.
ALSO READ Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday Unlike other parties, the BJP is taking the civic polls seriously and besides the chief minister himself and his two deputies, senior party leaders are extensively campaigning in the state.
Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 12:51 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today condemned the killing of a Territorial Army jawan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district and said the perpetrators of such heinous crimes should be taught a befitting lesson.The bullet-riddled body of Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar (23) was recovered today from an orchard in the Watmullah Keegam area of Shopian. The jawan was on leave when he was abducted by militants in Shopian, officials said.Terming the incident “unfortunate and a crime against humanity”, the deputy chief minister said, “the perpetrators of these types of heinous crimes are to be isolated and taught a befitting lesson as they are working against the basic tenets of every religion.”
ALSO READ Shopian | Territorial army jawan, on vacation, killed by terrorists in J&KSingh conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved family and said the crime needs to be condemned by every section of the society.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four girl students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu ended their lives by jumping into a well in a suicide pact after being allegedly chided by teachers for not being attentive in class, police said.The Class XI students of Panapakkam Government Higher Secondary School at the nearby Arakkonam town jumped into a farm well at Nangamangalam village on Friday.Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies and sent them for autopsy to a government hospital last night.”Based on the preliminary inquiry, the headmistress and class teacher have been suspended,” a district education official told reporters here today.The reason for the girls’ suicide is yet to be ascertained, a top district police official said.
ALSO READ Chennai: Violence breaks out at Sathyabama University after student commits suicide”Four teams of police personnel are questioning the class students, teachers, and others and only after the conclusion of the enquiry would the cause of the suicide be known,” he said.The official said no suicide note had been recovered.
ALSO READ IIM Lucknow student commits suicideHe said a preliminary enquiry revealed that 11 students were chided by teachers for not being attentive in class and were asked to bring their parents on November 24.”Yesterday, out of the 11 students, seven apologised and assured the teachers that they will be attentive. The other four students ended their lives,” he told PTI.The seven girls who tendered apology too had not brought their parents, he added.Of the four girls who committed suicide, two came to school in the morning and left the premises immediately.They later joined the other two and all of them went to the farm in their bicycles.”Local people, including a cowherd, saw the girls going to the farm well,” he said.Villagers alerted police and local officials after they spotted the abandoned bicycles near the farm well.Senior police officials and a district official placed wreaths on the bodies.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday for a multilateral naval exercise being held under a regional maritime forum set up by India’s initiative.His visit was also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for maritime cooperation, the defence ministry said.It said Indian naval ships Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya along with one maritime patrol aircraft P-8I will take part in the International Multilateral Maritime Search andRescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) which will be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday in the port city of Cox’s Bazar.The exercise is taking place under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) — an initiative of the Indian Navy that was launched in 2008 to bring together littoral states in the region.
ALSO READ Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in 2015 US blogger murderThe IONS has now grown into a formidable organisation comprising 23 member nations and nine observer countries.The ministry said apart from the exercise, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS was scheduled on November 28 which will also be attended by Admiral Lanba.
ALSO READ Over-nationalistic attitude tends to undermine conflict resolution mechanism: Indian Navy chiefThe meeting was expected to review the progress made by three IONS Working Groups on maritime security information exchange, interoperability and humanitarian assistance.Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy on Monday and several other navy chiefs of other participating countries.The defence ministry said Lanba would also be gifting ‘War Memorabilia’ for the ‘Liberation War Museum’ of Bangladesh.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi alleged on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi single-handedly finalised the Rafale fighter jets deal without following the due procedure.”When Modi ji went to France, he changed Rafale contract, without consulting anyone. Instead of giving contract to company which knows how to build an aircraft, he gave it to his industrialist friend who knows nothing about it. Defence Minister was in Goa then,” Gandhi said while addressing a public gathering here, ahead of Gujarat assembly polls in December.During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in 2015, India and France announced a government-to-government deal wherein the air force would receive 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as soon as possible.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi’s calls to Sharad Yadav sealed Congress-Vasava deal in GujaratAccording to the contract, the components of the jets would be manufactured by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence.However, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, earlier, said the acquisition process of Rafale fighter jets got delayed because of the inaction by United Progressive Alliance (UPA), while it was in power for ten years until 2014.
ALSO READ ‘Hugplomacy fail’: Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at PM Modi as US delinks Haqqani network from LashkarThe defence minister said when Modi-led government came to power in 2014, the situation was ‘grim’ and that they “had to move quickly forward so that the air force was not left unattended”.The Congress has also accused the government of buying the jets at an exorbitant price, paying three times the price negotiated by UPA-2 in 2012.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to Mehbooba Mufti-led government on Saturday when they killed an army soldier on leave at Wothmula village in the Shopian district of sensitive south Kashmir.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. On Saturday morning his bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village in the Shopian district.Superintendent of Police(SP), Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told DNA that preliminary investigation reveal that he was not abducted but shot dead by the militants since he had left home for work in his car.
ALSO READ BSF jawan Rameez Ahmad Parray shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora“His car was found nearby and his key was in his pocket. It does not look like kidnapping. It is militant action and we have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the militants”, Shriram said.Dar, 23, was posted in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Bandiproa district. He had come home on leave few days before and was driving his own car when he went missing. “He was a Sepoy posted in some engineering wing of the army at Gurez”, said Shriram.This comes months after September killing of a BSF jawan in Bandipora’s Hajin. The terrorists had stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray and started firing indiscriminately. The 30-year-old BSF personnel, who was also on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Parray’s killing was a stark reminder of the the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.
ALSO READ BJP leader found dead with throat slit open in Jammu and Kashmir’s ShopianLt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it wanted the Chhattisgarh government to answer a few questions on the purchase of a AgustaWestland helicopter for VIP use in 2006-2007 as it was only concerned whether any “fraud or hanky-panky” was committed.The top court said it was not questioning the choice of the helicopter made by the state government as it was an executive decision, but wanted it to explain the bid for the chopper. A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit said there were few questions which the state government needed to answer and it may order probe only if the court was satisfied that some wrong has been committed.”You (state government) need to answer few questions, like explain the alleged sham bid, why only that particular helicopter, opening of foreign bank account by son of the Chief Minister at the time of bidding process,” the bench said.
ALSO READ Agusta Westland chopper scam: Company middleman used cover of journalist to contact George Fernandes, claims Jaya Jaitly”We are only concerned whether there was any fraud or hanky-panky committed on public exchequer. Nothing more or nothing less,” it said. The bench said if it found that there was nothing wrong, then it will close the case. The court was hearing a plea seeking investigation into the alleged irregularities in the purchase of the helicopter and also foreign bank accounts purportedly linked to the son of Chief Minister Raman Singh.At the outset, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner NGO Swaraj Abhiyan and leader of opposition and Congress leader T S Singhdeo, said that the documents received under the RTI show that although Bell helicopter was denied bid, the government was still hiring it on rent. He said the petitioners would like to reply to the affidavit filed by the state government. Senior advocates Mahesh Jethmalani and Harish Salve, who appeared for the state government, said there was nothing wrong in the bid and at present, 24 AgustaWestland helicopters were flying in the country.
ALSO READ Last minute tweaking in specifications brought AgustaWestland into fray: CBIAgustaWestland SpA was an Italian helicopter design and manufacturing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, now called Leonardo. It was formed in July 2000 as an Anglo-Italian multinational company. “The state government was not satisfied with Eurocopter as on July 14, 2007. It had crashed and two pilots were killed,” Jethmalani said, justifying the bidding process.He said at that time, the existing helicopter was four years old and incurring huge cost on maintenance and servicing with replacement of its components.The bench said it trusted the choice of the executive but only wanted to see whether there were any “extraneous reasons” for the particular choice of helicopter. It asked Bhushan to file a reply on the affidavit and posted the matter for further hearing on January 18. At the fag end of hearing, Salve said although they have handed over the government records to the petitioners to enable them file the reply, these documents should not find their way to the media.Justice Lalit then asked Bhushan to ensure that the documents do not exchange hands.During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal, who had during the last hearing, raised objections over cabinet file notings filed in the PIL and said if the documents were given by state government under RTI, then he does not wish to press his objections.”You see all these documents are given under RTI. Your grievances are now addressed Mr. Attorney General. This is quiet a transparent government,” the bench said on a lighter note. The apex court had on November 16 put some searching questions to the state government on the purchase of the Agusta helicopter and directed it to place the original files relating to the deal. It had asked the state government why a global tender was issued only for the purchase of one AgustaWestland chopper and how the recommendation of then state chief secretary to invite tenders from all the companies was “overturned”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah today said the Gujarat election was not just a fight between two parties but a battle between Congress’s casteism and dynastic rule and Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s developmental politics.Shah also took a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying his visits to Gujarat had increased as he thought the state was a “tourist spot”. “The Gujarat election 2017 is not just a fight between two parties or a fight for who will become the chief minister, but it is to decide if ‘jativad’ (casteism) and ‘vanshvad’ (dynastic rule) will win or Narendra Modi’s ‘vikasvad’ (development politics),” Shah said here. He was addressing a rally before Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination from the Bhavnagar (west) seat.”The people of Gujarat have to decide, that will they choose the Congress which had tried to create a caste divide between 1985 and 1995 by putting the KHAM theory into practice or chose the development and stability provided by the BJP government from 1995 to 2017,” Shah said.KHAM, an acronym for Kshatriyas, Harijans, Adivasis (tribals) and Muslims, was often seen as a potent vote bloc. “This time the Congress has tried to outsource its campaign and is just indulging in casteist politics to win the Gujarat polls,” Shah alleged.
ALSO READ Gujarat Elections: CM Vijay Rupani has Rs 9.08 cr assets, opponent Congress MLA Rs 141 croreThe BJP president said it was time for the people of Gujarat to decide if they would choose “casteism, dynastic rule, minority appeasement or the developmental politics and stability offered by the BJP”. “Friends, our leader Narendra Modi has started the process of ridding India of the politics of casteism, dynasty and minority appeasement,” Shah said. Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he said the UPA government had done nothing for Gujarat.”Rahul Gandhi thinks that this is a tourist spot. He is coming here quite often. I don’t have any problem with that but he should come here and give an account of what the Sonia-Manmohan (UPA) government, which ruled in Delhi for 10 years, did for Gujarat,” Shah said.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections 2017 | Phase 1 polls: Deadline for filing papers ends today”They (UPA) did nothing. After Narendra Modi came to power in Delhi, he gave the bullet train, he gave the ‘Ro-Ro’ ferry service, he gave the international airport (for the Saurashtra region) and he resolved all the pending problems that Gujarat had with the Centre,” he said.
Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 12:45 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The BJP today took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi’s imminent elevation as Congress chief, saying the top post of that party is reserved only for one family while even booth-level workers have become BJP presidents.”Can an ordinary booth level worker aspire to be the national president of the Congress? Or is the post reserved only for the family? Is it possible even for a state level leader to even aspire to be considered for the post,” senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.The Union minister cited the examples of BJP chief Amit Shah and his predecessors Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh, saying they were all ordinary booth-level workers in the party before they went on to head the party.
ALSO READ ‘Son’rise imminent in Congress: Here’s why Rahul Gandhi is being elevated before Guj pollsBJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said performance and capability do not matter in “dynastic” Congress.Despite a disastrous track record, he said, Rahul’s elevation as the next Congress chief is a foregone conclusion.
ALSO READ Criticising Narendra Modi not enough: Challenges before Rahul Gandhi in run-up to Lok Sabha polls 2019″The timing of the elevation though is curious. It seems Sonia Gandhi wanted to pass the leadership mantle to son Rahul Gandhi before yet another impending defeat in Gujarat as it would have made it embarrassing for the Congress to reward him after a defeat,” Rao said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Miss World Manushi Chhillar is on cloud nine. She won the crown for India 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title and no controversy can ruin her mood. So after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor apologised on social media for mocking at the government’s demonetisation decision while applauding Manushi Chhillar who won Miss World crown this week, the crowned beauty also had an epic reply to Tharoor’s comment.While Tharoor mentioned Chillar as ‘loose change’, Manushi played it cool by saying ‘Let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar’. This Haryana girl took to Twitter and wrote, “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar.”
ALSO READ Just another Whatsapp uncle: Twitter can’t keep calm over Shashi Tharoor making a Manushi Chhillar-demonetization jokeReferring to Chhillar’s achievement Shashi Tharoor initially wrote on Twitter, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” However, Tharoor was quick to apologise after being slammed on social media.
ALSO READ 5 lesser-known facts about Miss World 2017 Manushi ChhillarHis tweet read: “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill! (sic).”The National Commission of Women (NCW) had also said it will summon the Congress leader for his ‘derogatory and degrading’ tweet on newly-crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.
ALSO READ Miss World 2017: Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Big B and other celebs congratulate Manushi Chhillar for her winA series of tweets by NCW read, “NCW condemn the tweet of @INCIndia leader @ShashiTharoor. He degraded the achievement of daughter of #haryana and #India who got glory to the country. Will he call his own daughter chillar? He must apologize immediately. NCWIndia will summon Shashi Tharoor to commission on his derogatory tweet.”Bharatiya Janata Party also accused Tharoor of “demeaning” a Haryana subname.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted, “Is it real tweet of Sh Tharoor? This is ridiculing the great achievement of Ms Chhillar! Repeat of “Cattle Class” comment? Should apologise demeaning a Haryana Surname!”Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Anupam Kher called Tharoor a “fool” and asked why his standard had gone so low.”Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Best wishes on #InternationalMensDay.:),” Kher further tweeted.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Tuesday withdrew its petition from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking amendment in its November 11 order on odd-even car rationing scheme.The government had sought exemption of women drivers from the scheme, saying it may affect the safety and security of women.However, the green court rapped the Kejriwal government and asked what constitutes a health emergency according to them.”Don’t gift infected lungs to children. They have to wear masks to school. Measures should be applied automatically by the government after dangerous levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 persist for more than 48 hours.””When reports have stated that two-wheelers are more polluting than four-wheelers, why do you intend to give arbitrary exemptions? Is this a joke? What does one stand to gain from this?” the tribunal said.The NGT also suggested that Delhi government take care of the logical explanations for Odd-Even exemption when they approach again. ALSO READ Delhi Pollution: Let’s meet, I am coming to Chandigarh: Kejriwal tweets to Amarinder SinghThe NGT had on November 11 given a conditional nod to the AAP government’s decision to implement the odd-even car rationing scheme for five days from November 13, ordering that no exemption should be allowed to ‘any person or officer and two-wheelers’.It had said the odd-even scheme should be implemented ‘without any default’ as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and PM 2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours.The Supreme Court has also sought a response from the Centre and Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab state governments on a plea seeking to curb rising pollution in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR). ALSO READ BJP demands 24-hour chest clinics for pollution-hit DelhiitesThe national capital region has been experiencing dense smog for about a week, forcing the authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns.The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states have been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region during the winter season every year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid twists and turns in the murder case of 7-year-old Ryan International school student, the arrested juvenile accuses has reportedly retracted his confession.Last week, the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurgaon Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.However, the accused reportedly said that he was forced to confess. ALSO READ Ryan case: CBI probe reveals destruction of evidence by Gurugram PoliceAccording to Hindustan Times, the accused told to a team of CBI officials and a legal-cum-probation officer from the district child protection unit that the investigators forced him to confess.A report also said the boy is said to have alleged the investigators beat him up and recorded the confession in their own words, however, a CBI spokesperson refused to comment.The accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.Earlier, the agency told the juvenile court that the accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father. ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams.The Haryana Police, after facing flak from all quarters, accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The relationship between India and the US goes beyond mutual interest and can be beneficial for Asia and the humanity at large, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told President Donald Trump who described him as a “friend” who is “doing a great job”.Modi’s comments came ahead of his bilateral talks with Trump on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit here during which the two leaders discussed a range of key issues including defence and security.”The relations between India and the US are growing… and I also feel that the relationship between India and the US is not only for mutual interest. It goes beyond that. We are working together for the interest, for the future of Asia and for the humanity as a whole in the world,” Modi said.
ALSO READ ASEAN summit: India pushes for new ‘Great Game’; China says talks shouldn’t hit third party’s interestModi also thanked Trump for praising India whenever he got an opportunity to speak about the country during his Asia tour. “…in the few days wherever president Trump has travelled and whenever opportunity arose to talk about India, he has expressed very high opinion about India,” Modi said. “I would like to assure you whatever the expectations are of the world, of the US from India, India has always made efforts to fulfil those expectations and we will continue to do so in the future too,” Modi said.Trump on his part described Modi as a friend and a great gentleman. “PM Narendra Modi is here we had met at the White House before. He has become a friend of ours. He’s doing a great job. A lot of things were solved and we will continue to work together,” Trump said. said Modi was doing a “fantastic job by bringing lots of factions in India together that is what I hear and is a good news and lot of good reports are coming out of India.” The two leaders are understood to have discussed the security scenario in the region besides several other issues of mutual interests, including ways to further boost bilateral trade.
ALSO READ ASEAN: Musical play on Ramayana at opening night shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage, says PM ModiThe move to set up the quadrilateral alliance comes in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. The use of the term “Indo-Pacific” by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so called quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China’s rise.Trump on Saturday praised India’s “astounding” growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, President Trump had cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss ways to tackle the alarming air pollution levels in Delhi.Kejriwal said the governments in the neighbouring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.However, replying to Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that he shares the concern over stubble burning and pollution but it is not a matter for inter-state discussion.”Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications. Situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management,” Amarinder Singh replied to Kejriwal in a series of Tweet. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor The Delhi Chief Minister said that he agrees that Centre should take a lead but requested Punjab Chief Minister to grant him time to discuss. “If together we can present a plan to centre… Delhi is choking sir,” he said.Stating that it would be best if they met, Kejriwal added, “Could u kindly share estimated funds required? Both of us together can urge center. It will help people of both states.”However, Amarinder Singh said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won’t help. “It requires central govt intervention, at the earliest,” he added. ALSO READ Delhi govt vs Centre: Aid and advice of CM are not ‘words in vacuum’, says Supreme Court Meanwhile, in view of increasing air pollution, Delhi is gearing up for yet another round of odd-even rule, as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed the Transport Department to start preparing for the same.Baijal also directed Municipal Corporations, DDA and SDMs to strictly enforce a prohibition on open burning.In addition, Delhi Metro parking rates will be increased four times the prevalence rates from tomorrow onwards, in a bid to discourage use of private vehicles.The Delhi government has already announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed till Sunday because of the toxic air.It also issued a health advisory for high-risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments, asking them to avoid, among other things, early morning and evening walks.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children. ALSO READ Delhi air pollution: All you need to know
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has been considering giving its three Rajya Sabha seats to outsiders and former governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan tops the list. According to a report by NDTV, the former boss of RBI might take AAP’s offer. The report cited delhi sources having knowledge of the development. Delhi-based Aam Aadmi party has been entitled to three members in the Upper House whose term will begin in January. The report citing sources said that the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wanted to pick professionals and “outsiders”in place of leaders from the party for all the three seats. At present, Rajan is pursuing academics at the Booth School of the University of Chicago, where he also taught till 2003. In 2003, he also became one of the youngest chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund.
ALSO READ Do not call India a ‘currency manipulator’, says RBI’s ex boss Raghuram RajanDuring his stint, Rajan also caught attention of world’s renowned economist for the noteworthy paper he delivered at the Fed’s big annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2005, Forsyth mentioned in his blog. He wrote about Rajan’s paper and the predictions he made in his research which eventually turned out to be true.
ALSO READ With deadlines past, RBI back to businessHe wrote about how in a recent article, Rajan talked about the other dangers on the horizon for developed economies.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after pollution levels in the national capital skyrocketed to alarmingly high levels, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has directed the Delhi government to impose all conditions under the severe category of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).In a press release that was shared by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the EPCA said that the GRAP is an emergency plan, which cannot be a long-term substitute to curb the city’s air pollution.The smog in the city has been caused by several conditions. These include the pollutants that come from Punjab that is the result of stubble burning, and the others from eastern Uttar Pradesh that come through moisture in the air. The pollutants collide at higher altitudes and this, minus ground wind level, has resulted in the smog-like situation in the national capital.
ALSO READ Punjab, Haryana pay dearly for farm firesOn Tuesday, the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency and requested the state government to shut schools and advised people from venturing out.
ALSO READ Stubble not the only villain: Delhi High CourtGoing by the readings of SAFAR-India, the level of PM2.5 in Lodhi Road as on 2:53 pm was 569 units. It is followed by Mathura Road (550) and Delhi University (536). As per national standards, the permissible range for PM2.5 is 60. It is 25, according to the international standards.However, Avinash Kubal, the director of Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai, says that it isn’t a Delhi problem alone. “The pollution levels in several north Indian cities rise during this period due to these factors. Most of these cities have dry climate and the humidity – one of the major reasons behind the smog – is due to the irrigation canal network in our country. This clubbed with stubble burning adds to the pollution levels,” he said.THE BHATINDA MODELWhile most farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been actively involved in stubble burning, a Financial Express report said that the Bhatinda district administration has been using MGNREGA to drive construction of compost pits in farm land and encourage farmers to use the crop stubble as raw material for composting.But why do farmers burn crop? Kubal explains that the stubble has high phosphorus levels, and while farmers are not aware of this, phosphorus in the soil ensures more flowering and as a result, more fruits. “Ideally, the government should not ban stubble burning but look at alternatives and subsidise the farmer,” Kubal adds.What are the alternatives? Like the Bhatinda model, composting is definitely one option. Other alternatives are using the stubble – an organic material – as one of the raw ingredients in paper manufacture. “One can even chaff the stubble i.e. cut it into smaller pieces and mix it with cattle feed to feed bovines,” Kubal said, adding that burning has impacted the community through increased medical bills and cancelled flights. “However, imposing a blanket ban on stubble burning isn’t the answer,” he maintained.In his book ‘Socioeconomic and Environment Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning’, Parmod Kumar of the Institute for Social and Economic Change says continuous burning is not a sustainable agricultural practice.The book suggests several alternatives including using rice residue as fodder for animals, use of crop residue in bio thermal power plants, use of rice residue as bedding material for cattle, use of crop residue for mushroom cultivation, use of rice residue in paper production, use of rice residue for making bio gas, incorporation of paddy straw in soil, production of bio-oil from straw and other agricultural wastes, and agricultural residues for power generation.And while writing this piece, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he was writing to the governments of Punjab and Haryana to find alternatives to stubble burning.SMOG ATTACK 2.0As the memories of 2016’s pollution crisis — worst in two decades — were revived on Tuesday, there is no relief anytime soon. Delhi and adjoining areas are expected to witness a moderate to dense smog cover on Wednesday and Thursday as well. According to a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the condition is expected to remain “severe” for the next two days.The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution and Control Authority (EPCA) directed Delhi and NCR states to implement emergency measures to tackle the crisis.These include a fourfold increase in parking fee with immediate effect to discourage car use, scaling up of public transport to cut private vehicle emissions, lowering of Metro fare for off-peak rides to decongest roads, a Rs 50,000 fine per day per site on construction agencies for dust spread. Road-rationing scheme Odd-Even may also return if the situation further worsens.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his promise of doubling farmers’ income in five years, his predecessor Manmohan Singh said it would end up just being another election ‘jumla’ (rhetoric) as the government had no concrete plan to achieve the target.Singh, addressing a press conference here today, said that in order to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income in five years, the agriculture sector needed to grow at a rate of 10 per cent.
ALSO READ Questioning bullet trains doesn’t make one anti-development: Manmohan Singh He also slammed the Modi government, saying its “nice sounding slogans” such as ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ and ‘Skill India’ are not backed by effective policies.
ALSO READ Accept demonetization was a blunder, time to rebuild economy: Manmohan Singh to PM Narendra ModiIn a veiled attack on Modi’s style of functioning, Singh said leaders should also listen to criticism to take corrective action, instead of just expecting praise.Modi has said that he dreamt of seeing farmers’ income getting doubled by 2022 when the country completes 75 years of its Independence.
ALSO READ Himachal polls: Rahul Gandhi cites Niti Aayog report to counter PM Modi’s corruption allegations Singh said that the average growth of agriculture in the first three years of the Modi government “is only 1.8 per cent per year. This is half the average of agricultural growth of 3.7 per cent, which we have achieved in our ten years (of UPA rule).”Stating that 50 per cent of the country’s population is dependent of agriculture, the former prime minister said, “Modiji has given the slogan of doubling the farm income in five years. Doubling it in five years requires an annual growth rate of farm incomes of 14 per cent.””I do not know if doubling was meant to include the effects of inflation. If he was building in inflation at say four per cent, it still requires a growth rate of 10 per cent in real terms,” Singh said.”I have seen no programme that would achieve such a growth for the country’s farmers as a whole. Perhaps, this is another election jumla (rhetoric). But, I feel that the government would be well-advised to come forward with a credible plan to achieve a growth rate of this order,” Singh said.While sharing his views on the negative effects of demonetisation, Singh also took a dig at Modi’s other initiatives — ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ and ‘Skill India’, saying there exists no policy in place to back these “nice sounding slogans”.”We have a number of nice-sounding slogans, such as Start up India, Stand up India… But, they are not backed up by effective policies on the ground. In fact, the policies should come first before the slogans invented to describe these policies. (But today) Slogans come first and efforts come much later. This is not helpful,” said Singh, an eminent economist.In a veiled attack on Modi’s style of functioning, Singh said leaders should also listen to the criticism to take corrective action instead of just expecting praise.”I have spent a lot of time on demonetisation because it worries me that in a world, where economic policy is becoming increasingly complex, we are not developing a culture where policy option are critically-assessed and criticism offered are heard to take a corrective action,” he said while expressing his views on the note ban.”If leaders only want to be praised, they will hear nothing but praise. This is not a recipe for ‘vikas’ (development),” Singh said while referring to Modi’s stress on development agenda.The senior Congressman also raised doubts over Modi’s claim of making India a developed economy by 2022.”He was recently quoted in the press as saying that India will become a developed country by 2022. I would be the happiest person in the world if he can delivers (on) that. But, is he really aware of what it implies?” Singh asked.According to him, Greece, which is at the lower end of developed countries, has a per capita income of USD 25,000, while India’s current per capita income is USD 5,000.”To increase our income five fold in five years, we will have to achieve a growth rate of 35 per cent per year. No country has ever done this. Is Modiji promising he will do that?” Singh asked.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unfazed by the November 8 protest call by the Congress on the first anniversary of demonetiZation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said burning effigies will not deter him from carrying forward the fight against corruption and black money.At poll rallies in Himachal Pradesh seeking support for a BJP government with three-fourth majority, he accused former prime minister Indira Gandhi of not going for a note ban when needed and said he would not have had to carry out this big task had she taken the step years ago. Modi said that over 3 lakh companies have shut down after demonetization and a probe into 5,000 such firms has found a fraud of Rs 4,000 while investigation against others was on.He said the Congress is “angry” at demonetization as it is still feeling its effect and cited it as the reason for the party’s “mourning” by giving a public protest call. `”Few people who faced the heat of demonetization are still complaining and are planning to observe November 8 as ‘black day’. The Congress cannot scare me by burning my effigies,” he said a well-attended poll rally in Kullu. “The Congress is planning to observe ‘mourning’ in the coming week. It has nothing to do except grieve in the coming days. I do not fear burning of my effigies. My fight against corruption will not stop,” he also said at another rally in Palampur.
ALSO READ Congress has left the battlefield, it is one-sided contest in Himachal Pradesh: PM Narendra Modi Modi said note ban had disturbed the sleep of Congresmen and their anger has not cooled, alleging they had big bags and garages full of notes which were banned due to his decision. The opposition parties, including the Congress, have said they would observe November 8 as “black day” across the country by organising protests and effigy burning, besides candlelight marches. The prime minister alleged that Indira Gandhi refused to carry out note ban after a panel headed by Yashwantrao Chavan recommended it, alleging she kept her party’s interests over that of the nation.”Had she done note ban when needed, I would not have had to carry out this big task. For the Congress, it is never ‘dal se bada desh’ (country bigger than party). For them only their party’s interest comes first,” he said. “The Congress and corruption are inseparable, they are like a tree and its roots. All their leaders are out on bail after facing serious charges of corruption and they are speaking about putting a check on corruption,” he said, adding, “Corruption is the only identity of the Congress party.”
ALSO READ Himachal Assembly Polls 2017: We lost two tallest leaders for nation, don’t need BJP’s certificate, says Anand SharmaHe also claimed that the Congress is now “fearing” that he will bring a law to check benami property and book all those who have brought assets in the name of others as the opposition party had failed to do so when in power. Modi said there were reports that around 3 lakh companies have shut down after demonetization and a probe into financial dealings of 5,000 such firms has revealed frauds to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore. “Imagine what will be the amount of fraud committed by 3 lakh companies,” he said, adding that some of these companies were such which dealt in black money worth crores of rupees but had only two chairs and a table in their offices.Pledging his party’s support for the overall development of Himachal Pradesh, he said the hill state needs to be freed of 5 Mafias – ‘Mining Mafia’, ‘Forest Mafia’, ‘Drug Mafia’, ‘Tender Mafia’ and ‘Transfer Mafia’.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal investigation back in India.Accompanied by a bodyguard, Naik was making a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Malaysia’s administrative capital, where the prime minister and his cabinet members often worship.Naik, who has been banned in the UK, has been given permanent residency in Malaysia, and embraced by top government officials.Critics see Naik’s presence in Malaysia as another sign of top-level support for hardline Islam in a country with substantial minorities of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, and which has long projected a moderate Islamic image.Support for a more politicised Islam has grown in recent years under Prime Minister Najib Razak, especially after he lost the popular vote in the 2013 general election – the ruling coalition’s worst-ever electoral performance. ALSO READ Hate speech: NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik for inciting terrorSince then, his ruling party has been trying to appease an increasingly conservative ethnic Malay-Muslim base and religion has become a battleground ahead of elections the prime minister has to call by mid-2018.Naik, a 52-year-old medical doctor, has aroused controversy with his puritan brand of Islam – recommending the death penalty for homosexuals and those who abandon Islam as their faith, according to media reports. A Youtube video shows Naik saying that if Osama bin Laden “is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him”.Last week, India’s counter-terrorism agency prepared charges against Naik, saying he has been “promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through public speeches and lectures.”Bangladesh suspended Peace TV channel, which features Naik’s preachings, after some media reports claimed bombers of a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people last year were admirers of him. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.The Malaysian government accommodates Naik because “he remains a reasonably popular character amongst Malays, who gloss over his more controversial aspects,” said Rashaad Ali, an analyst with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.”If the government were to kick him out of the country, it causes them to lose religious credibility in the eyes of the public.” ALSO READ Zakir Naik appeals to Interpol to turn down red notice pleaFACEBOOK PHOTOSAt his appearance at the Putra mosque last month, a female Reuters reporter asked about the investigation in India. Naik would only say: “Sorry, it is not right for me to speak with ladies in public.”Naik did not respond to subsequent requests for comment from Reuters.Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told parliament on Tuesday that Naik, who obtained permanent residency five years ago, was not being given “preferential treatment”.”Over the time spent in this country, he has not broken any laws or regulations. As such, there is no reason from a legal standpoint to detain or arrest him,” Zahid said. The government has not received any official request from India “related to terrorism allegations involving him”, he added.Zahid and the prime minister have both posted photos on Facebook of their meetings with Naik last year in Malaysia.A group of Malaysian activists has filed suit in the High Court to deport Naik, saying he is a threat to public peace in the multi-racial society – about 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is non-Muslim. The group said it was unaware Naik had been going to the Putrajaya mosque – or where he might be in Malaysia.Officials at the Putra Mosque said Naik has been attending Friday prayers there for about a month. He has also been spotted in other mosques, hospitals and restaurants in the administrative capital in recent months, according to witnesses that Reuters spoke to.Naik has in the past denied India’s allegations. In an interview with a Kuwaiti television channel in May, he said he was being targeted by the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi because of his popularity.Malaysia’s opposition Islamic Party (PAS), which has defended Naik in the past, last week urged the government to disregard any potential Indian extradition request, saying the allegations aim “to block his influence and efforts to spread religious awareness among the international community.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah today lashed out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, accusing them of shielding the corrupt in the state and perpetuating “mafia raj”.During the last five years, development has come to a halt and people have been forced to live under the shadow of terror due to various mafias “flourishing” under the patronage of the Congress party and its leaders, he told election rallies at Thunag in Seraj constituency in Mandi district and Hamirpur. “The Congress did nothing for the country under four generations of dynastic rule of the Gandhi-Nehru family and today Rahul baba is asking for accountability from the Modi government, Shah said.Whatever the BJP has done was beyond the capacity of the Congress and that was why Gandhi was making false allegations against the central government, he said, adding that the Congress vice president and the chief minister were shielding the corrupt in the state and perpetuating “mafia raj”. Polling for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly will take place on November nine and counting of votes will be held on December 18.
ALSO READ Himachal Assembly Elections 2017: BJP and Congress to lock horns in all 68 constituenciesShah said there was “phenomenal” and “amazing” rise in the assets of the chief minister’s son Vikramaditya Singh from from Rs 1.79 crore to Rs 84 crore during the Congress rule in the last five years and now it was for Gandhi to ask from Singh how he got the money.He said that the Congress government failed miserably on the law and order front and the situation was so grim that even senior police officers were in jail in connection with the custodial death of a man in infamous Gudiya rape and murder case in Kotkhai in upper Himachal Pradesh. This incident has shamed the state government and the people would not forgive the Congress for such heinous act, he said. Alleging slow pace and tardy implementation of developmental projects, the BJP chief said the state government had failed to prepare detailed project reports for 71 national highways sanctioned by the Union government.
ALSO READ ‘Tsunami, not just a wave’: Rahul baba, BJP is coming to power in Himachal, says Amit ShahEarly completion of the exercise would have brought in investment worth crore of rupees, besides improving connectivity in the hill state, he said. “How can the Congress government boast of development when mega projects are lying unimplemented due to laxity on the part of the government,” he questioned. He asked the people in Himachal Pradesh to elect a BJP government to change the fortunes and get rid of the Congress “misrule”.Shah said that his party has reposed faith in the leadership of Prem Kumar Dhumal and expressed confidence that the state would witness speedy development from his able guidance and rich experience.
ALSO READ EC puts brakes on rail timetable publicity, bars introduction of new trains for Himachal and GujaratDhumal, a former chief minister of the state, was one of the most prominent leaders of the party and that was why he had been once again given the opportunity to lead the BJP in the polls, he said. “I am for winning three-fourth of the seats so that there is no impediment in development and smooth running of the government,” he said. He said unprecedented development has taken place in the country in the last three years which no government could match. Shah has already addressed six meetings in the poll-bound state and would hold four more rallies in the coming days.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row over Aadhaar card, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said that compulsory Aadhaar is a threat to the country’s security.The BJP MP also expressed hope that the Supreme Court will strike it down.”I am writing a letter soon to PM detailing how compulsory Aadhar is a threat to our national security. SC will I am sure strike it down,” Swamy said in a tweet. ALSO READ If Mamata Banerjee objects to Aadhaar, let her come to court personally: SC pulls up West Bengal govtSwamy made a comment a day after the Supreme Court said its constitution bench will start hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of government welfare schemes from the last week of November.Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.The Centre had on October 25 told the Supreme Court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive the benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it. ALSO READ Pune: Ten-year-old brutally beaten up by school teacher for not submitting Aadhaar
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Saturday the Centre’s interlocutor for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma has the mandate to talk to everyone including the separatists.”Whosoever will come forward, he (Sharma) can talk to him. He has that mandate…. You should ask this to the Hurriyat whether they are ready to talk,” Madhav told reporters here when asked whether the interlocutor would hold dialogue with the separatists.Asked whether the interlocutor would also talk to Pakistan, the BJP leader said “this time, the announcement has been made that Sharma would talk with all groups in Jammu and Kashmir . He said the Centre had announced that talks will be held with those who are willing and so it appointed the interlocutor.”The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) cannot talk every time and that is why the government of India appointed the representative and he will talk with all groups and leaders of J-K as a representative of the government of India,” Madhav said.
ALSO READ Kashmir: Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets CM Mehbooba MuftiAsked if there were any conditions for talks with those who are “outside the mainstream and do not accept the Constitution”, he replied, “We want the whole population and sub-sections of J-K to become mainstream”. On former Union home minister P Chidambaram’s suggestion on autonomy, Madhav alleged that the Kashmiri people and the whole country “are bearing the brunt of the mistakes” that were committed by Chidambaram and his party during their government.”We do not need this advice. The present government would seek advice from well wishers of J-K and would act definitely in future. We do not need advice from Chidambaram,” he retorted. Meanwhile, senior state BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said that while the interlocutor is free to talk to everyone, including Hurriyat, there can be no dialogue with those wielding the gun. He said the state government wanted the dialogue to start soon and everyone should come forward and place their point of view. “Whoever carries a gun in his hand, it is no use to talk to him. Otherwise, the interlocutor is free to talk to everyone,” Singh told reporters.
ALSO READ Big challenge, will work with an open mind, says Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar SharmaWhen asked whether Hurriyat was a stakeholder and if the interlocutor would talk to the separatists, he said, Definitely. We have not said no to anyone . Anyone can talk. But you must remember that when Union Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) came here, (Chief Minister) Mehbooba (Mufti) wrote a letter to Hurriyat to come forward to talk. If we were not ready to talk to them, such a letter would not have gone out. “They also shut their doors to the Parliamentary delegation. But, we believe this is a good opportunity and everyone should come forward for peace and prosperity of J-K and for the future of its youth, he said. He was referring to the visit of a few members of a Parliamentary delegation to the residence of Syed Ali Shah Geelani in September last year. Geelani had refused to meet the members of the delegation.On whether a formal invitation would go to the separatists, the deputy chief minister said “the interlocutor has been fully empowered to talk to anyone and he will decide it. The state government has no role in it . He said BJP has had a consistent stand from the beginning on dialogue. We had said that talks was the only way forward and had mentioned it prominently in the agenda of alliance (the common minimum programme between coalition partners the PDP and the BJP),” he said. “… We had also said that talks would be held in a way they were held in (former Prime Minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee s time. “So, it was clear that with whom the talks willbe held,” he said.The BJP leader noted that in the past some people from the separatist camp were eliminated when they expressed desire to talk. But, “the time is appropriate now for the dialogue, he added. Asked about the NIA investigation against some separatist leaders and its impact on the talks, Singh said “the NIA is an autonomous body, so it has its own mandate”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a complaint against meat exporter Moin Qureshi for allegedly extorting money from industrialist Pardeep Koneru. In a recorded statement, the businessman alleged that he paid more than Rs 5 crore to Moin Qureshi for then CBI director A P Singh. The ED got access to the Blackberry Messenger conversations between Qureshi and his employee Aditya Sharma as an evidence to show that there was exchange of money received from Koneru.According to the audio excerpts which were published by the Indian Express, Koneru said he met Qureshi at a social event in Chattarpur Farms in south Delhi in February 2012. And that Qureshi had done his research on his father’s CBI case and told him that for Rs 2-3 crore, “I can manage your case in CBI that will save your legal expenses.”
ALSO READ Moin Qureshi took help of a CBI director to extort Rs 5.7 cr”(Qureshi) said to me whatever the money you will pay is not for me but for incurring lots of expenses of (then CBI chief) A P Singh, like shopping of various merchandise etc in India and abroad, hotel accommodations in India and abroad. Moreover, Moin’s daughter was organising CBI Annual Day functions and we have to incur lot of expenses. He further said that A P Singh used to stay quite often in the accommodation area of Mayfair, London and which caused huge expense to him,” said Koneru in his statement to ED, as per the complaint. According to the complaint, Koneru also told the ED that Qureshi “impressed him showing his photographs with A P Singh”.On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate has alleged in a charge sheet filed in a Delhi court that the meat exporter took the help of a serving CBI director to extort Rs 5.75 crore from a businessman, promising him help in a case being investigated by the CBI.
ALSO READ Delhi HC notice to govt, ED on meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s arrest”Moin Qureshi has extorted Rs 5.75 crore from a businessman under promises of providing help in his family case with the CBI through the then director. One more businessman had to pay Rs 1.75 crore to Qureshi in lieu of the promise to help in a CBI case,” the ED said in a statement making an apparent reference to former Central Bureau of Investigation chief AP Singh.”During the course of investigation certain facts have emerged which constitute the omission and commission of certain acts on the part of certain public servants holding high positions in collusion with Qureshi causing huge amounts of illegal money transactions,” ED has stated.
ALSO READ NBW against Moin Qureshi aideSingh has also been booked by ED under various criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), apart from Qureshi and others.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today asked the international community to recognise Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism, amid mounting pressure on its all-weather ally to act against terror groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil.Reacting to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks in New Delhi that terror safe havens in Pakistan will not be tolerated, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that for many years Islamabad has made positive efforts and “great sacrifices” on counter-terrorism front.”Pakistan has made important contributions for world peace and maintaining regional stability. We believe that the international community should recognise the efforts made by Pakistan in counter-terrorism,” he said.
ALSO READ US will provide India with best tech for military modernisation: Rex TillersonGeng pledged China’s support to the international community in the fight against terrorism.Referring to Tillerson’s visit to Islamabad, Geng said, “We welcome Pakistan and the US to conduct counter-terrorism cooperation based on mutual respect and jointly committed regional and world peace and stability.”
ALSO READ Eradicate terrorists operating in Pakistan: Rex Tillerson’s blunt message to PM AbbasiTillerson and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a joint statement after their comprehensive talks on a range of key issues yesterday asked Pakistan to take action against terror groups, which the US said are now threatening the stability of the Pakistani government as well.”Terror safe havens will not be tolerated,” Tillerson had said while assuring full support to India in fighting terrorism.Speaking on Indo-US ties, Geng said, “We welcome India and Pakistan and all other countries in the world to develop friendly cooperation. We believe this relationship is conducive the regional stability besides regional development and prosperity.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The attack on a Swiss couple at Fatehpur Sikri could have a negative impact on the image of the country, Union Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons said in a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today.The incident, which took place on Sunday, came to light a day after the conclusion of the ‘Paryatan Parv’, India’s biggest tourism festival which aimed at increasing the tourist footfall in the country.”You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination,” Alphons wrote in his letter to Adityanath.
ALSO READ Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikhri: Yogi Adityanath orders probeQuentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24), who came to India on September 30, were allegedly attacked by a group of men near the railway station at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh. The Swiss nationals were reportedly left bloodied and bruised by the attackers.In his letter to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Alphons said he was “deeply concerned” over the attacks.
ALSO READ What happened to anti-Romeo squads? Akhilesh slams Adityanath govt over attack on tourists at Fatehpur Sikri”A fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring speedy action, including conviction of the guilty, would be reassuring, as also a good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” the minister wrote.Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who held the tourism portfolio before the recent reshuffle and who played a significant role in organising the ‘Paryatan Parv’, also said the incident was a matter of shame for the country.”I think the foreign minister has reacted to it. It is a matter of law-and-order, but as the culture minister and a human being, I condemn the attack on the foreign tourists. It is unfortunate and should not have happened. It is a matter of shame for us,” he told PTI.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government on the incident.Meanwhile, the Swiss couple is on the way to recovery, the doctors at the hospital where they were admitted have said. While Clerc has been shifted to a cabin from the ICU, Droz, who has a fractured arm, has been discharged after treatment.According to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against foreign tourists had reduced by 29.4 per cent in 2015 as against the previous year.In 2014, 384 of such cases were reported from across the country, the NCRB said, adding that the number came down to 271 in 2015.These findings are part of the first analytical report of the NCRB on crimes against foreign tourists. The bureau has been profiling such crimes since 2014.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Q: What is National Conference’s response to the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor for Kashmir?A: As far as I’m concerned as the president of the party, it is good that an interlocutor has been appointed but I have a question for government of India. What about the earlier reports of the interlocutors which lie with the Centre. What has happened to those reports. Late Padgaonkar ji and three committees which were made and gave the reports, what happened to them? Why don’t they put them before the Parliament?Q: Why weren’t these reports implemented. You were part of the UPA?
ALSO READ Big challenge, will work with an open mind, says Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar SharmaA: We did say and always asked as to why these reports aren’t being implemented. Now that government has gone and now you have a present government. Governments may go but things are there. Here is a government which says that they are working for the people and I would be delighted if they open those books and put them before the Parliament.Q: Do you feel that successive talks without implementation of the recommendations added fuel to the fire?
ALSO READ J&K peace talks: How the past interlocutors and groups failed to break any deadlock A: Absolutely. They spent two years in the state, visiting Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and met every single person including Hurriyat and compiled the report. It is there in the Home Ministry. For God’s sake, bring it out. Q: Why did the government sat on the report?
ALSO READ Appointment of interlocutor will not impact army’s operation in Jammu and Kashmir: Bipin RawatA: I think, you should ask Manmohan Singh as to why anything wasn’t done. Q: Has the present government taken note of the reports ?A: I don’t know. Please put this question to home minister Rajnath Singh. He will be able to answer.Q: Is it mandatory to speak with Pakistan? Hurriyat has made an issue out of it.A: Frankly I don’t think that interlocutor can discuss with Pakistan. Discussion with Pakistan will have to be by government of India and at levels they chose to do so. Whether it is Home Minister or Prime Minister it is for them to decide. They have a part of Jammu and Kashmir with them and it cannot be ignored. Q: Does the appointment show that muscular approach doesn’t work with people?A: Absolutely. Doval’s doctrine has failed. His doctrine was to beat them to the ground and do everything you can to suppress them. Every theory has failed. They thought that with demonetization, militancy would disappear, it is at the highest level today. What have they achieved? Nothing. Our tourism has died. It is at zero. Nobody bothered.Q: What would you like the interlocutor to do?A: I don’t know who is he going to engage with. Home Minister tried to engage with every national party except the Hurriyat. No Home Minister didn’t talk to Hurriyat. I don’t know what a retired civil servant would be able to achieve. Q: Wouldn’t it provide a buffer to mainstream parties like yours? Workers of mainstream parties have been attacked by terrorists?A: We have had this happen from 1989. Our workers and leaders have been targeted. No one cared about it. We will face the brunt but we will not disappear. We will be here. Q: What has been the cause of the present unrest where civil institutions are failing to function normally?A: One is the government of BJP and PDP. It has been the greatest misery that have been inflicted on the people of this state. it really put petrol on the fire and our neighbour utilised it to the best as it could.Q: Are you saying that BJP-PDP is an unnatural alliance?A; I’m not the only person who has said this. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you.Q: BJP has said that this is not the first-time unrest has taken place. Worse unrest have taken place in past. A: They failed in everything so where does the blame lie? Q: Present Army Chief has spoken about the success of Army’s approach in the valley. A: I think Army chief should restrict himself to the matters of the Army. He should look after the borders of India rather than talking about other things. It doesn’t augur well for him. Q: Has politics of nationalism vs anti nationalism affected the political discourse in valley?A: Who are anti nationals? If people ask for their rights, do they become anti nationals? If they want to speak truth, do they become anti national? We gave the autonomy resolution to Vajpayee, was that anti national? It is in the Constitution of India. I don’t understand what is meant by anti national. If they want to smash the pride of the people then they are not going to succeed.Q: Kashmir too at one end has not been accommodative. Pandits have not been able to return.A: Who is responsible for Pandits not going back? All mainstream parties and Hurriyat welcomed them. We asked them to come back. There are Pandits living in the Valley. They didn’t migrate. It is for the others and make a move and come home. It is as much as their home as it is my home. They must make move.Q: Is 35 A an issue in Kashmir?A: If it wasn’t a big issue, even PDP wouldn’t have been shouting against it. It is a major issue in the valley. Q: Have you spoken about this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi?A: Many people have asked and I would say that I have spoken to him and if the situation arise I would speak to him again. I have no problem in speaking to the Prime Minister Modi.Q: Where does the solution lie?A: Heal the wounds of the people and not by force and arrests that are being done and talk to Pakistan. Talk to them or else it will continue to happen. Only talking to Delhi will not make slightest difference. I remember Vajpaye’s words. Friends can be changed but not neighbours. We either live in harmony with neighbour and both progress or live in animosity and both suffer. These are the golden words. There is always an opportunity for finding a peaceful solution and I think PM has the courage to do so and if he takes that step he can make a difference but only to India and to the sub continent and world peace.Q: Does Kashmir miss Vajpayee? Do you miss Vajpayee?A: We all miss Vajpayee. India misses him. He is still alive. He is a great leader.Q: So where is the hope for peace?A: I just hope that government of India takes the step to bring peace to the valley. They say that hope lies life and if one loses hope one would lose life. I hope for peace and prosperity not only for Kashmir but for the whole country. Q: Arrests by NIA also show that Pakistan is funding separatism and terror network?A: Nobody will mind if those arrests prove that money came from Pakistan and they used it. But the longer you hold them in prison and hold them longer and longer then people wouldn’t believe you and would feel that they are being pushed for saying things. They feel that there is nothing in it.Q: Are you saying that investigations must conclude quickly?A: Yes, it must and quicker and better. It must be fast paced. It should be revealed to the people of India.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission of India (ECI) will announce the poll schedule for Gujarat assembly elections on Wednesday afternoon.The term of the 182-member Gujarat assembly gets over on January 23 next year.The poll panel has been under attack from opposition parties for not having announced the dates for Gujarat Assembly elections along with Himachal Pradesh. ALSO READ Himachal polls on November 9: Election CommissionThe opposition has been alleging that by ‘delaying’ the announcement of the Gujarat polls, the EC was giving time to the BJP government in the state and at the Centre to sidestep the provisions of the model code and offer sops to the electorate to swing votes in favour of the saffron party.However, Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti had defended the decision, saying that multiple factors including the weather, flood relief work and festivities were considered before taking a call on election dates.Meanwhile, the Gujarat government on Tuesday made one more package of announcements extending benefits to farmers, tribal people, contractual employees and government Asha workers.Deputy Chief Minister announced that GST on tools for micro-irrigation would be waived off totally, while the perks and emoluments of contractual employees and Asha Workers have been increased.The sops are seen as another attempt to win voters before the Assembly polls.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the BJP demanded cuts in the latest Tamil movie Mersal starring popular actor Vijay, for making poor references to GST, the Congress has come out to support the filmmakers. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, keeping in line with his new strategy on social media tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.”Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also tweeted, saying soon people would be allowed to only make films that did not criticize the government.Veteran actor Kamal Haasan had also thrown his weight behind the makers of the Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’, saying, “Mersal was certified. Don’t re-censor it.” “Counter criticism with logical response. Don’t silence critics. India will shine when it speaks,” he added. ALSO READ BJP attacks Vijay over GST reference in filmReferences to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in ‘Mersal’ have not gone down well with the BJP. The party objected to what it termed “untruths” about the central taxation regime in the film and demanded that the references be deleted. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of the “untruths” about the GST, rolled out by the BJP-led NDA government on July 1, while his party colleague H Raja claimed the film exposed Vijay’s “anti-Modi hatred”. ALSO READ Film producer should remove untruths about GST: Union Min Radhakrishnan targets Vijay’s MersalIn a scene in Mersal, where Vijay says people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7 per cent GST, whereas people are charged 28 per cent GST in India, but still don’t get free treatment. In another scene, the movie takes a swipe at the digital India policy.Meanwhile, actor Vijay’s father and film director SA Chandrasekhar said, “Censor board has members of all parties and it’s reviewed by them. If there is something objectionable they will inform. Once approved by the board no one can criticise the board’s decision.” ALSO READ What do filmmakers know about economics: BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay’s Mersal(With Agency Inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Million of women across the world have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in an online campaign using the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter and with rolling posts on Facebook. The social media meme was sparked by “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano on Sunday, who asked her followers to reply “Me Too” if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted.The trend reached India as well and a lot of women shared their personal experiences on social media. Reacting to the outpouring, Kolkata Police put out a Facebook post saying they would like to ‘reiterate our pledge and commitment’ and they had heard ‘every single one of them’.The handle posted that they will be there to ‘take the complaints’ and urged ‘women to be strong and angry’. They also said they have launched a project called Dear Boys about the need to talk to them about sexual harassment.
ALSO READ A tale of two #MeToo posts: Woman talks of how men can behave; Mumbai man shares how he is part of the problemHere’s the full post:Yesterday and today, we found Facebook and Twitter full of the metoo hashtag, which exposes the shocking number of women who have been subject to sexual harassment.
ALSO READ The #MeToo campaign is a welcome start, but here’s why it is likely to be a failure in IndiaWe at Kolkata Police have been perturbed by the number of women who have shared #metoo. And we would also like to reiterate our pledge and commitment by saying that we hear every single one of you.We are here to take your complaints every time you want to report a case of sexual harassment. So walk into our police stations whenever you want to report sexual harassment, and our officers are there to hear your experiences with patience and kindness and take your complaints. We urge you to be strong, we want you to be very, very angry about the leering, jeering, threats, verbal and physical abuses, we are asking you to be not afraid and to report to the police every time.
ALSO READ A day after #WomenBoycottTwitter, company CEO Jack Dorsey shares plans to ‘aggressively tackling’ online abuseWe also feel it important to talk to boys about the need to stop sexual harassment, and for this, we have recently launched a project, Dear Boys, in schools. We have visited ten schools of Kolkata, and the second part of Dear Boys will start mid-November
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court has castigated the CBI for its theory on the murder of domestic help Hemraj in the Aarushi murder case, saying it is an “impossible hypothesis” and “patently absurd”.In its 273-page verdict acquitting dentists Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the murder of their daughter Aarushi and Hemraj, it also said the prosecution “miserably failed” to prove that the Talwars had destroyed material evidence and added that the finding recorded to the contrary by the trial court could not be maintained.Analysing the prosecution case, a division bench of justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra refused to agree with the submission of CBI lawyer Anurag Khanna that the conduct of the dentist couple on finding their only daughter murdered, as noticed by the witnesses, was another circumstance which indicated their complicity.
ALSO READ After release in Aarushi murder case, Talwars to visit Dasna Jail every 15 days to check inmatesThe court said it was unable to agree with the contention of the probe agency as “different persons react differently in a given situation”.Justices Narayana and Mishra made the observations last week while allowing the appeals of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar against a Ghaziabad CBI court verdict sentencing them life term for the murder of 14-year-old Aarushi and Hemraj.
ALSO READ When perceptions trump proof: Talwars now face an uphill battle in the court of public opinion”The prosecution theory that the appellants had hidden the dead body of Hemraj on the terrace of their flat is patently absurd and improbable…,” the court said.It said this theory contemplated an “impossible hypothesis” that the body was hidden by the Talwars on their terrace with the intention of disposing it of on getting a suitable opportunity.The court said the theory was based on the hypothesis that the Noida Police would not be able to find the body on the terrace on May 16, 2008 when Aarushi was found dead in her room in the Talwar residence by her parents with her throat slit.Hemraj’s body was found the next day. The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe into the case from the Noida Police.Coming down heavily on the prosecution, the court said on careful evaluation of the evidence of four police personnel, it transpired that the prosecution witnesses made material improvements in their evidence tendered during the trial.Their testimonies during the trial were “conspicuous by their absence in their previous statements recorded under Section 161 Cr.P.C. (by the police),” it said.The witnesses were the Superintendent of Police, Mahesh Kumar Mishra, Inspector Data Ram Naunaria and Sub Inspector Bachchoo Singh, the judges said, adding that contrary to his previous statement, Mishra had stated in court that Rajesh Talwar was reluctant to identify the body of 45-year-old Hemraj.Similar was the case with Naunaria and Bachchoo Singh, they said.Justices Narayana and Mishra said the circumstances lent credence to another theory that the murder of Hemraj was committed on the terrace of the flat near a cooler.They said as the prosecution failed to pick up fingerprints of the persons who had put the cooler panel on the body of Hemraj, the court did not consider it proper to presume that the panel was put on the body by the Talwars in the absence of cogent evidence.”In fact, the CBI has miserably failed to lead any evidence which may even remotely suggest that Hemraj was murdered in the bedroom of Aarushi and then his dead body was wrapped in a bed sheet and dragged from Aarushi’s bedroom upto the terrace,” the judges said.The court also said that the non-breaking of the terrace door lock was not on account of non-availability of the key of the terrace door but due to the negligent and callous approach of the Investigating Officer of the case, Data Ram Naunaria.Moreover, the prosecution has failed to prove by any cogent evidence that the Talwar duo, despite being in possession of the key of the terrace door lock, had refused to make it available to the police, they said.”The prosecution’s allegation in this regard, therefore, is baseless and wholly irrelevant for fastening the appellants with the guilt,” the court said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Dasna Jail every 15 days to attend to inmates facing dental problems after their release following acquittal in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, jail authorities said.The two are lodged in the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad since November 2013 after they were awarded life sentence in the case.Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to be released from Dasna prison tomorrow following their acquittal in the sensational double murder case.The dentist couple had helped revive the near “defunct” dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said. ALSO READ When perceptions trump proof: Talwars now face an uphill battle in the court of public opinion”We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they would visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children.”Since Talwars have come here (prison), they have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services,” he said.To manage rush of dental patients at the jail hospital after Talwars’ release, prison authorities have also tied up with a Ghaziabad-based dental college. ALSO READ Joyous reunion for Talwars after court verdict”The doctors from the dental college will also visit Dasna Jail twice a week to attend to patients so that inmates don’t face problem,” Tyagi added.Since their acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, there has been a steady increase in patients wanting to consult the couple.Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, would also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.The dentist couple had challenged the sentence in the Allahabad High Court, which acquitted them in the sensational double murder case earlier this week.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court has chastised the trial court judge for telling a “different story” propelled by “vitriolic” reasoning convicting dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar in the murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj in May 2008.Additional Sessions Judge Shyam Lal in Ghaziabad (UP) had sentenced the Talwars to life imprisonment on November 28, 2013, holding them guilty in the twin murder case.Allowing the appeals of the Talwars against the CBI court order, Justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra of the Allahabad High Court yesterday acquitted the couple, saying that neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.
ALSO READ Aarushi Talwar verdict: Irrfan Khan and team ‘Talvar’ react to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar’s acquittalIn “absolute agreement” with Justice Narayana in giving the Talwars the benefit of doubt, Justice Mishra said, “The learned trial Judge has prejudged things in his own fashion, drawn conclusion by embarking on erroneous analogy conjecturing to the brim on apparent facts telling a different story propelled by vitriolic reasoning.”Thus, basing the finding of conviction without caring to see that it being a case based on circumstantial evidence things cannot be presumed and stuffed in a manner like the present one by adhering to self-created postulates then to roam inside the circle with all fanciful whim,” he said.
ALSO READ Aarushi Talwar verdict: After 4 years, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to walk out of Ghaziabad’s Dasna jailWriting his own 10-page judgement in the 273-page verdict, Justice Mishra said, “The learned trial Judge took evidence and the circumstances of the case for granted and tried to solve it like a mathematical puzzle when one solves a given question and then takes something for granted in order to solve that puzzle and question.”A copy of the verdict, pronounced yesterday in open court, was made available today.”In all criminal trials, analogies must be drawn and confined within the domain and realm of the evidence, facts and circumstances on record and any analogy which brings facts, circumstances and evidence so placed in certain domain outside the periphery of that domain then that would be a case of certain aberration deviating from the main path,” the high court judge said.Justice Mishra held, “That way, the learned trial Judge has aberrated and by dint of fallacious analogy and reasoning has surprisingly assumed fictional animation of the incident as to what actually took place inside and outside the Flat L 32 Jalvayu Vihar and in what manner he has tried to give live and colourful description of the incident in question.”…and the whole genesis of the offence was grounded on fact that both the deceased Hemraj and Aarushi were seen by Dr.Rajesh Talwar in fla-grante and thereafter like a film Director, the trial Judge has tried to thrust coherence amongst facts inalienably scattered here and there but not giving any coherence to the idea as to what in fact happened.” Justice Mishra said the additional sessions judge “forgot as to what is issue in hand. He forgot to travel in and around theme of the charge framed by him against the appellants. It is admitted position to both the sides that no one in fact knew as to what happened.” He said it might be a guess work as to how and in what manner things happened, but to base the entire reasoning solely on “guess work” and give concrete shape to such assumption and then to construe facts and circumstances of the case falling in line with the evidence on record appears to be a “futile attempt which attempt altogether acts like a paradox”.”Certainly such recalcitrant mindset in interpreting facts vis-a-vis circumstances of the case and evaluation of evidence ought to have been shunned. Consideration of merit should be based only on evidence and circumstances apparent on record, crystallising the truth in substance and alluding to certainty of decision, backed up by reasonable analogy and scrutiny by the trial Judge as that alone would always be the best approach while deciding a criminal trial,” he said.Justice Mishra said it was apparent that the trial judge was “unmindful” of the basic tenets of law and its applicability to the given facts and circumstances of the case and “failed” to properly appraise facts and evaluate evidence and analyse various circumstances of this case.”It can by no means be denied that the trial Judge, perhaps out of extra zeal and enthusiasm and on the basis of self perception adopted partial and parochial approach in giving vent to his own emotional belief and conviction and thus tried to give concrete shape to his own imagination stripped of just evaluation of evidence and facts of this case,” he said in his 10-page order.Justice Mishra said while appreciating evidence vis-a-vis facts, it was incumbent on the trial court to have angled things from a common platform and would not have deviated from that platform as and when the evidence took another turn.”May be, that the witnesses of fact testified one way and may be that the Investigating Officer conducted the investigation other way but unnecessarily coherence should not be brought in between the two incongruous objectives as that would be a fallacy which the trial Judge has committed in this case,” he said.”Pointer is that the trial Judge should evaluate evidence in its existing form, should not tinge it with his passionate reasoning so as to give a different construction than the one which is naturally reflected and forthcoming. Caution enjoins on the trial Judge that he should exercise self-restraint from deliberately twisting facts in arbitrary manner and should refrain from recording finding on strength of wrong premise by virulent and meandering reasoning,” he said.Justice Mishra said the entire judgement was on the whole creation of “fanciful reasoning with pick and choose presuming facts with indomitable obstinacy and taking things for granted, thus, basing conclusion on unfounded evidence.”The trial Judge is supposed to be fair and transparent and should act as a man of ordinary prudence and he should not stretch his imagination to infinity rendering the whole exercise mockery of law,” he said.He remarked, “Needless to say that in such sensitive cases, the trial Judge should act with utmost circumspection and caution. But certain norms should be kept in mind by the trial Judge while he is deciding any criminal case;(1) The parochial and narrow approach to the facts and evidence should be avoided and evidence of a particular case has to be read and construed on its face value in line with the statutory requirement.”(2) The passionate and rash reasoning should not be the guiding factor while scrutinising evidence, facts and circumstances of a criminal case.”(3) The self-perception and realm should not be reflected on analogy of the facts and evidence on record.”(4) The judgement should not be based on self-created postulates.”(5) The imagination should not be given a concrete form and transparency of approach must be reflected in the judgement,” he said.Justice Mishra held it appeared that the trial court was “unaware” of the solemn duty cast by the law as the judge and dealt with the entire case “in style. A finesse”.Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars’ Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008. The suspicion initially fell on 45-year-old Hemraj, who at the time was missing. But his body was recovered from the terrace of the house a day later
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS today hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks that he had not seen any woman attending Sangh ‘shakhas’ in “shorts” and said the Congress vice president “only reads out” speeches written by the people who have no understanding of the Sangh.The RSS said Gandhi’s remark is akin to asking whether any woman is in a men’s hockey team.”He (Gandhi) was reading out a speech written by the people who don’t know anything about the RSS,” its spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya said while talking to reporters here when asked to comment on Gandhi’s remark. Gandhi, while addressing a gathering of students in Vadodara in Gujarat yesterday, had alleged that the RSS discriminates against women.”How many women are there in the RSS?… Have you ever seen any woman in ‘shakhas’ wearing shorts? I have never seen,” the Congress leader had said yesterday in a sarcastic tone. Hitting out at Gandhi, Vaidya said, “Does anyone see women in the men’s hockey team? Sangh’s ‘shakhas’ comprise men and not women.”
ALSO READ Do you only check out what women wear? Anandiben Patel demands apology from Rahul Gandhi RSS has a separate wing for women called ‘Rashtra Sevika Samiti’. Vaidya also criticised the Congress, saying it is losing ground. “The RSS works for the upliftment of the people and it is growing day-by-day, while the Congress is losing its ground. The Congress should work towards strengthening itself instead of looking at the RSS,” he added. “We are not a political party…Fight with your rival, the BJP,” the RSS spokesperson told the Congress.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Nigerian national was tied to a pole and brutally thrashed by the locals for alleged theft in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar. In the disturbing video which is said to be shot on September 24, the Nigerian national can be seen screaming and pleading for mercy but nobody came for his help.As per the locals, the Nigerian national was allegedly intoxicated and used to steal things in the area.An FIR was also filled by a resident of the Malviya Nagar in which it is stated the Nigerian national attempted burglary and got hurt after her fell from the stairs.Following this the accused was arrested and was sent to custody.‘We received a complaint against a Nigerian national over attempted burglary on September 24. A Case was registered and person was arrested,’ said the spokesperson of the Delhi Police.
ALSO READ In Delhi, Nigerian man tied to pole, brutally thrashed for alleged theftAfter the video came to light the spokesperson said that they have taken cognizance of the video, verified it and then will take legal action on the same.