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West Bengal: Violence erupts in South 24 Parganas over power project; Rapid Action Force summoned

Two vehicles were set ablaze and several people sustained injuries in a clash between groups of villagers in Bhangar South 24 Parganas over the protest regarding the construction of a power project.According to ANI, the Rapid Action Force has been called to calm the situation.The incident comes 10 months after an agitation over the project claimed two lives.At the time, local TMC workers clashed with agitators on Thursday leading to bullet injuries and gutting of vehicles. Clashes erupted when the TMC workers tried to prevent a motorbike rally of anti-power grid agitators from entering Bhangra by blocking the roads with tree trunks and wooden benches. In the ensuing melee, both side sides sustained injuries. All the injured are being treated at a local hospital. Two pick-up vans and three motorcycles were burnt during the clash.Two people were left dead and one seriously injured after clashes between the villagers and cops reached a boiling point after work on a power substation of Power Grid Corporation of India, for which 13 acres of land had been acquired, neared completion.One of the deceased identified as Mofizul Ali Khan was rushed to the SSKM hospital in Kolkata with bullet injuries. His brother, Intajul Khan said that Mofizul was not one of those whose land was acquired but he was protesting against the probable health hazards owing to the power grid project. Another person named Alam, who had also suffered bullet injuries was declared dead by the RG Kar hospital.

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At Sattvik, students try to create more acceptance for microbial nutrient-rich food

At the ongoing Sattvik Food Festival, a stall is entirely manned by students of the Gujarat University (GU). In the festival that promotes traditional food, the students have set up the stall to increase awareness about a product that may not necessarily be traditional but is a rich source of protein – spirulina.The students of microbiology from the MG Science college have been setting up stall at the Sattvik Food Festival for four years now. “The idea is to promote microbial food rich in nutrients. Another example of microbial food is the mushroom. Such food can help address the nutrient needs of people,” said Nazir Ahmed, a fourth year student of microbiology.He said spirulina is an excellent source of protein. “It is similar to the green layer of plant that we see on water. Because its source is water, it has a fishy smell and many people don’t like to eat it in its natural form and think it is fish. Spirulina tablets are also available but its better to use it as a food source than as a tablet,” said Ahmed.This year, the students have made mushroom ball patties and Jowar totha (tuver totha is a traditional dish) with mushrooms and spirulina. They said many people avoid mushrooms too thinking it comes under the non-vegetarian food category. Incidentally, the students don’t get any additional credits for setting up stalls in the festival but are doing so to create more acceptance for microbial food among the people.”45% of the population of Gujarat suffers from protein malnutrition and spirulina can be the answer to that. Every year, we try to make new dishes from spirulina and other microbial foods to popularise their use,” said Ahmed.He along with his friend Tirth Thakkar have even incubated a start up at GU to sell products made of spirulina. “As of now, we have made chocolates from spirulina so that kids can be encouraged to eat it as well as ‘khakhra’. We are selling it in some stores of SEWA,” said Thakkar, a biotechnology graduate.A SOURCE OF PROTEINThis year, the students have made mushroom ball patties and Jowar totha (tuver totha is a traditional dish) with mushrooms and spirulina.

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Maharashtra cheer as beer prices fall in state

There may be good news for beer lovers in Maharashtra before New Year as the hike in prices are being cushioned and supplies being restored.The state government’s decision to allow beer manufacturers to hike MRP on strong beer to 4.6 times the production cost (up from 4.25 times) and 3.75 times for mild beer (as against 3.5 times), may end its impasse with beer manufacturers.In October, the state excise department had hiked excise duty on mild beer to 175 per cent of manufacturing cost or Rs 42 per bulk litre, whichever is higher, as against 150 per cent or Rs 33. For strong beer, it was 235 per cent or Rs 80 per bulk litre, versus 200 per cent or Rs 60.This led to breweries scaling down or even stopping production, affecting supply of beer before Christmas and New Year, when the demand for the drink rises. Industry sources claimed the duty rise would have squeezed margins and operating costs and increased beer prices, thus diverting people to hard liquor.“Earlier, the MRP hike would have been extraordinary. It will be reasonable now… For instance, prices of a 650ml bottle from a popular brand may have gone up to Rs 180 from Rs 145. It may now be around Rs 157 after the change in the MRP formula,” an industry source explained. Production was likely to restart immediately after necessary approvals from the department. However, considering the present levels of de-stocking at the retailer and distributor levels, full supply of beer may be restored in January, he added.“The MRP is based on the manufacturing cost and is derived through backward calculations,” explained an excise official, adding the formula would also cushion the MRP hike. Another official said the new MRP formula would also lower the rate hike for beer in the premium and normal segments which would have come about in the old formula.In 2016-17, beer sales fell by 0.95% to end at 3,285.78 lakh bulk liters (LBL) against 3,317.32 LBL in the previous fiscal. In contrast, sales of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), wine and country liquor (CL) had shown a rise.Excise duty on mild beer was last hiked in 2011.

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Lesson from building fire: Install fire safety equipment, maintain it

A major fire was controlled in the plush Legend Towers, a ground-plus-32-storey high-rise in south Mumbai’s Walkeshwar area, on Monday evening, because of the swift functioning of the fire safety installation in the building.Prabhat Rahangdale, chief fire officer, Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB), said, “Fire was contained in the flat where it originated and it was possible because of the well-equipped fire fighting system in the building.” He added that fire fighting installations were working which facilitated the operations.Rutvi Mehta, a resident of Malabar Hill whose mother stays on the 10th floor of the B-wing where the fire occurred, said, “My mother is arriving from Dubai on Monday evening and I had just reached the building to check the arrangements. When I saw the fire, I immediately started getting phone calls from my relatives. I am glad everyone is safe.”Another resident who did not wish to be named shared that it was the alertness of the security staff and swift evacuation that ensured no one was injured. “The fire occurred at around 4 pm and we got information from our security guards. In the mean time even our neighbours began calling, after which all of us left everything and rushed out of the building,” she said, adding that they all heaved a sigh of relief on seeing the members from the flat where the fire had occurred too reaching the building podium safely.Rahangdale said that it is very important to have fire fighting and prevention measures to be put it in buildings and they should be maintained properly. “These are some measures that we always ask residents to maintain as it help a lot us to control the fire immediately,” he said.According to MBF, the reason of the fire’s spread on both the 17th and 18th floors of the building was the wooden items that are normally found in homes. Electrical wiring, false ceiling, furnishings, electrical, wooden wall paneling, wooden shelves, wardrobe, wooden beds, mattress, important documents, house hold articles, clothes, etc were damaged due to the fire, heat, smoke and water.SWIFT ACTION SAVES DAYAround 4 pm The fire broke out4.17 pm Fire control got call4.30 pm Residents started evacuating4.32 pm Fire Brigade reached the spot5.30 pm Fire controlled

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DNA Edit: A Zero-Sum trial

Years wasted, business ventures stalled/finished, reputations tarred -in some cases, forever. This, in 11 words, is the sum and substance of what we all know as the 2G scam, post the judgement delivered by Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday morning.Was there a scam? Yes, most certainly. After all, rules aren’t changed overnight, unless to give undue advantage to somebody. But, it was the CBI’s and Enforcement Directorate’s job to follow the leads and deliver a water-tight case. That they didn’t proves, for the nth time, that the country’s premier investigating agencies don’t deserve the “premier” tag.Was the scam really worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore? Ask Vinod Rai, the then Comptroller and Auditor General of India, who came out with this figure.Today, when the Special CBI Judge OP Saini acquitted every accused, including politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats in the 2G spectrum allocation case dating back to the UPA-1 era, the main question that requires an immediate answer is: Who killed the telecom sector, or at least pushed it back by several years? Shouldn’t Rai be answering questions on the ‘presumptive loss’ theory? Shouldn’t the CBI and ED officers be held accountable for the shoddy probe that has allowed the accused to get away?A single sentence in the 1,552-page judgment is enough to indict the CBI and ED: “However, by the end, the quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident.”It is not without reason that Judge Saini laments: “For the last seven years, on all working days, summer vacation included, I religiously sat in the open court from 10 am to 5pm, waiting for someone with legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain. Everybody was going by rumour, gossip and speculation.”Another line in the judgment that merits some thought is: “Thus, some people created a scam by artfully arranging a few selected facts and exaggerating things beyond recognition to astronomical levels.”There are many who seem enraged by the fact that Judge Saini acquitted all the accused. They forget that a judge delivers a judgment on the basis of material before him, without falling for “rumour, gossip and speculation”. The job of convincing the court about the illegality and arbitrariness of a decision was left to the prosecution and its lawyers.Judges, not all unfortunately in these media-driven times, are seldom impressed by big numbers, unless they come with enough proof.Now that both CBI and ED have announced their intention to appeal against the judgment in the high court, one only hopes the premier agencies would do a better job there.

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Facebook page admin arrested for posting ‘abusive’ memes on on famous personalities

Kolkata Police on Wednesday arrested a man who allegedly posted abusive and defamatory memes about famous personalities including Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda. The man, who ran a Facebook page, ‘Specified Tarkata’, was identified as Manimay Aich, the Indian Express reported. Police arrested Manimay Aich, 20, of West Midnapore​ on Wednesday after months of search. “He would create obscene memes of such great personalities like Netaji, Tagore, Swamiji and so on. There is a subtle difference between humour and audacity. This page has crossed its entire limit”, an official said.“Several efforts were made to identify the person behind the page but it was difficult since he would keep his identity a secret. Finally, officials of the Kolkata Police’s cyber department successfully traced the youth and he was arrested. He was staying in a paying guest accommodation near Garia station. He is a third-year physics student at a city college. A mobile phone and pen drive have been seized,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by the daily. Another police officer said that the accused would create obscene memes of great personalities like Netaji, Tagore, Swamiji and so on.”There is a subtle difference between humour and audacity. This page had crossed the limit,” he said. Sources said the page was created around two years ago and initially posted humorous memes using pictures of actors.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Video shows BJP workers gifting sarees, ‘buying’ votes

A day before the second phase of polls in the state, a video of unconfirmed BJP workers influencing people by giving them sarees and snacks have gone viral. There is no one to authenticate as to who shot the video.A few videos of several politicians have gone viral on social media over the last couple of days. In the latest video that was shot in a rural area shows a group of angry women, alleging BJP party workers for bribing them.The one-minute-and-nineteen-second video seems to be shot on a mobile phone. Another woman is saying that after the meeting they give us snacks worth Rs50 and gave Saree worth Rs100 and asked us to vote for BJP.On Tuesday, a video has been viral of BJP’s Jamalpur Khadia candidate Bhushan Bhatt in which he is seen asking people to come for a public meeting of Narendra Modi and he doesn’t care about Election Commission’s code of conduct. He, in that video is saying to mass that he will give a token for the fuel so that a large number of people can be reached to the public meeting.VIDEO GOES VIRALThe one-minute-and-nineteen-second video seems to be shot on a mobile phone. Another woman is saying that after the meeting they give us snacks worth Rs50 and gave Saree worth Rs100 and asked us to vote for BJP.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 Phase 2 : Can PM Modi’s late aggression save BJP’s day in North and Central Gujarat?

One fatal gaffe. Another clandestine meeting. All it took for the discourse in Gujarat elections to change completely. For the last two months, Congress has been the aggressor. From lack of Patidar quota, to distress in automobile hub in Sanand, from lack of post-flood relief to alleged Dalit atrocities, Congress was pounding on the questions and BJP already reeling from two decades of anti-incumbency was woefully short of answer. But all that changed with PM Modi raking the issue of Pak allegedly trying to make Ahmed Patel the CM and also using the neech-aadmi jibe to hilt. It certainly changed the mood and discourse of the campaign, despite all efforts of Congress. Will it work on the ground? It will be only known on 18th, but if it does, BJP should certainly be benefited in Central Gujarat. There are 40 seats in play in the districts of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod and Chhota Udaipur. BJP won 22 of the 40 seats last time around. But its seats have tapered since 2002, when the party did incredibly well after communal polarisation. Central Gujarat has been a traditional pocketborough of Congress but this time, several factors are against them. With Shanker Sinh Vaghela staying away, Congress is missing a real big face. Another high-profile exit from Congress is of Amul chairman Ramsinh Parmar. The BJP with its current stranglehold in milk dairy unions is looking to make major headways in Anand and Kheda. It’s sitting pretty to do well in Vadodara. Hardik Patel’s PAAS hasn’t really made much inroads in Central Gujarat and is likely to be a minor factor. Congress has been the traditional beneficiary of tribal votes in Gujarat. However, BJP with help of RSS and VHP has made powerful efforts to reach out to them. The tribal vote may well be the decisive factor in districts like Panchmahal, Dahod and Chhota Udaipur. (Rahul Gandhi in Anand-PTI)While Central Gujarat equation lies in a delicate balance, it is completely a riot in North Gujarat, with multiple factors at play. Mehsana is the epicentre of Patel agitation, from where it spread to the entire state like a volcano. Incidentally, it is the home district of PM Modi. Hence it is a battle of titans in Mehsana. Leading BJP’s charge there is none other than state Deputy CM Nitin Patel. But he has his work cut out with Hardik Patel’s soaring popularity among the youth. Even though Patel is barred from entering the district, his rallies in neighbouring Patan have made BJP anxious. 53 seats are there in six North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Aravalli. BJP won 32 out of 53 last time around and virtually swept in 2014 general elections. But the party is almost reconciled to some losses in North Gujarat with Hardik Patel effect extremely pronounced. But what may stop a complete rout for BJP is some self-goals from Congress and its allies. Alpesh Thakor’s poor seat selection has given BJP some lease of life. In total, there are 23 seats in North Gujarat where Thakor community has significant clout. (Hardik Patel campaigning in Ahmedabad- PTI)Thakor and Patels are the most influential caste groups in North Gujarat. BJP is hoping to split the Patel vote and also to prop-up other prominent social groups in some seats. It is repeat of the UP experiment by Amit Shah and in tune with it, party has given tickets to Kolis, Prajapatis etc. Tribal vote is key in North too, with they being a key player in 13 seats. With nearly 13 rebels in fray, Congress runs the risk of losing out in close seats. Also the ghost of Congress MLAs going away from Banaskantha during peak floods is haunting them. Congress ally Jignesh Mevani hasn’t exactly got the momentum he hoped for. Mevani allegedly taking donation from under-scanner PFI has only added to his headache. Rahul Gandhi though has aggressively campaigned, trying to mock the Gujarat model at a time when the state’s industrial juggernaut is showing some signs of slowdown. (PM Modi supporters thronging in large numbers-PTI)Whether Hardik’s ground game can match BJP’s potent organisation may well be the deciding factor in North Gujarat. But what may be the biggest factor in this election is still the master orator NaMo. Can Gujaratis afford to ignore his emotional appeal of giving a befitting reply to those who ‘insult’ him. Will emotion trump over hard-logic and ground situation. We will know soon.

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Leopard killed near Nashik, activists cry foul

A leopard, alleged to have mauled seven people in Chalisgaon, near Nashik, was shot dead on Saturday night by a former hunter. While this gave politicians and locals a reason to cheer, wildlife experts and activists criticised the move to involve a marksman and raised doubts over whether the right animal had been shot.On Saturday, Hyderabad-based Nawab Shafath Ali Khan from the Wildlife Tranquil Force, shot the leopard at Varkhede village in Chailsgaon around 10 pm. In a surprising revelation, Khan, in a video said, even in the dark, he could sense the leopard would be a maneater, and so he shot it — a claim that has raised several eyebrows.Meanwhile, Unmesh Patil, the local BJP MLA from Chalisgaon, said Khan’s help was requested by the forest department after seeking special permission as the leopard had been wreaking havoc.”Forest department officials tried hard to trap it but in vain. This had been going on for the past two months, and in the process the leopard had killed seven people and injured another 20,” Patil said.Wildlife activists and experts aside, this move has also irked senior forest officials. Dr Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), said that there is an urgent need for the forest department to tackle such situations scientifically and they need to equip themselves and not involve sport hunters to eliminate carnivores. Another photographer and conservationist claimed that it was a surprising move for the forest department that has so many trained vets and experts.NOT A SMART MOVEExperts believe the forest department needs to tackle such situations scientifically. A photographer and conservationist claimed that the forest department need not have depended on a hunter who does not have any knowledge of carnivore biology.

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NIDian uses jute to make a hall soundproof

In yet another attempt to promote jute, a student of National Institute of Design (NID) has used jute as a sound-proof material.Aimed at the hotel industry, her product is being used at the new auditorium which is being constructed at NID’s Gandhinagar campus.Bhavika Vajani, Masters Programme in Lifestyle and Accessories Design, took this idea as part of her graduation project. At NID, students in final year are supposed to take up a live project working for industry demands.Speaking about her journey, Bhavika said, “The project started with the aim to change the perception of jute as a cheap and rugged material. On studying the material in depth, it was observed that jute has really good acoustic insulation properties and that became the focus of the study.” “On conducting trend research I realized that there is an immense scope for application of this property to maintain the indoor sound quality of residential as well as public spaces like auditoriums, hotels, restaurants,” she saidSpeaking of challenges, she said, “Taming the material was the biggest challenge. Another challenge was exploring and enhancing the acoustic properties through surface developments while also focusing on the aesthetic value of the products to align them with contemporary interiors.””And the last one was to make it up to the market standards the material had to be treated for fire retardancy, water resistivity and also prevent it from antimicrobial attack, jute is a natural fibre.Speaking about the USP of the design, she said, “The highlight of my product is that it is treated for fire retardancy, water resistivity and anti-microbial attack which makes it at par with the fibreglass and woollen felt insulation panels available in the market.””The other advantage is its weight. Since it is lightweight and modular, it makes it easy to handle. The panel surfaces developed have been tested for their sound absorption and fire retardancy based on IS standards,” she said.
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Tihar inmate abuse case: HC tells cops to register FIR against staff

Amid claims of brutalities on Tihar jail inmates, the High Court has directed the Delhi police to register an FIR against the jail staff alleged to have assaulted 47 prisoners in September this year.A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta also expressed its displeasure on the non-constitution of a three-member committee in a time-bound manner as directed by the court.Prior to this, the court had stressed that functional CCTVs is a “non-compromisable imperative” and ordered the government to set up a high-level committee to suggest measures for enhancing security of all jails in the national capital.The bench had given ten days to the Home Secretary to constitute the committee comprising a retired district judge of Delhi as the chairperson, a senior official of the National Informatics Centre, and a senior official of the Delhi Police, not below the rank of a deputy commissioner of police.During the proceedings on Thursday, the Ministry of Home Affairs sought the nomination of the members from the HC, prompting the bench to clarify that the MHA would act without further delay.The prisoners who had alleged torture and assault, highlighted the inquiry report and nature of medical injuries, arguing that there should be an FIR in this regard. The court agreed while asking the local SHO to register a case against those identified in the report.Advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for undertrial Jamal, lodged in Tihar jail number 3, claimed that his client was not being produced in the lower court despite a direction.ANOTHER CASEHC direction comes after a plea filed by one Jamal alias Ranjha contended that on September 13, inmates in Central Jail no-3 were brutally beaten by the prison staff and Tamil Nadu Special Police.
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In the name of Charlie! Every dog in Vikhroli to have a feast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the interveniong night of November 30 and December 1, 160 stray dogs in VIkhroli area are going to have a feast. They will be served rice, dal and chicken by a family that actually serves them food everyday without fail. However, what’s special this time is December 1, marks the birth anniversary of Charlie, one of the pet dog the Singh family lost on November 8. Another pet dog in the family, Blackie, also celebrates his birthday on December 1.Actually, the Singhs, who reside in Vikhroli East, have two special days every year when they go serve the dogs in their vicinity with special food. However, this year, they have decided to even the common public. Daniel Singh, took to the online platforms and announced the feeding of the strays. “We do this every year. This year, we have invited people too to come along with us and this will spread awareness about what we do. There are many who help us as we require 400 kilograms of rice a month, more than 1 kilograms of chicken and other products and it’s a big task for us to get it on a daily basis. But we somehow manage, there are people who do support,” she said.On November 30, they will be in the day feeding some 60 strays and in the night around 100-110. “There are some dogs who don’t ventur out in day time, while some come out only in night so on Charlie’s Birthday, whom we lost on November 8, we will be feeding all the starts with special food, a pulao or biryani like wholesome meal.”Most of the meal is sponsored by the salary of Singh’s brother. Those who want to be there on November 30 can personally visit and feed or even contribute to them.Normally the Singh’s on every Thanksgiving and Christmas feed the dogs with special food, and this year also they are continuing the tradition just that the day has changed. Their home is filled with stray dogs whom they have adopted and all of them stay with the family.

Kashmiri footballer drops ball, picks up gun for LeT

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

Traffic dept to train staff on behaviour with women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the shocking video went viral wherein a traffic cop was seen towing a car in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) department on Sunday has decided to devise a course for its staff where lessons will be imparted on how to deal with women and minors and taking right decisions at crucial moments.”Following the Malad incident, instructions have been given to all the traffic senior police officers to brief their staff on how to behave with citizens and how to deal with women and minors. We hope such incidents will not repeat,” said a traffic police officer, requesting anonymity.Replying to a question asked by DNA, on how the department is preparing to deal with Malad incident like situations in future and what measures are being taken to ensure the traffic policeman on the road do not behave in a callous manner with the citizens, especially women, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Amitesh Kumar, said, “We will see what more has to be done. We will device a strategy or a course for traffic policemen in which they would be imparted training on sharpening their decision-making skills while handling tough situation.”Another police officer said experts might be roped in to impart training to traffic cops. It would be a regular training session. Mumbai Traffic Police has 3500 strong force. On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while speaking to the media, termed the Malad incident as unfortunate and ordered the police department to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents.”Absolutely insensitive & dangerous to tow the vehicle with lady and the child inside. The cop is suspended,” CM had said.

Mumbai car towing incident: How guilty were cops? New video adds twist to the tale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Another video capturing Saturday’s incident of a car being towed while a woman was breastfeeding her baby inside it, has surfaced today, turning the whole argument over the incident on its head.Yesterday, a video went viral on social media that showed a car being towed away in Mumbai’s Malad West, while a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old baby inside it. Mumbai Traffic Police faced flak online for their insensitivity.However, another video shot on a mobile phone shows that the seven-month-old baby was not inside the car but in the arms of another family member when the Mumbai Traffic Police warned to tow it away. The infant was taken inside, thereafter, indicating that situation could have been averted, on part of the parent.The footage contradicts with the account of the woman named Jyoti Male, who told ANI that the policemen did not even ask her to get down before towing the car, even when she told them that she was breastfeeding. Earlier in the day, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma said a strict action should be taken against the policeman, but added if the woman acted irresponsibly, a case should be registered against her as well.”When I saw the video last night, my first reaction was that the police personnel should be suspended and an action should be taken against him. But I read in the morning that the mother kept sitting inside the moving car. Our first concern is that of the child. If the case goes against the lady, then the lady should be booked,” Rekha Sharma told ANI.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also condemned the incident and had told ANI: “It is very unfortunate and absolutely insensitive and dangerous to tow the vehicle with lady and the child inside. The cop is suspended and orders have been given to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents.”

Blind hawkers face tough times

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ban on hawkers near railway stations has hit at least 1,000 families whose their bread winner is visually impaired.There are at least 1,000 blind hawkers who sell either stationery or daily needs to commuters. There are some blind hawkers who sit at railway bridges and sell folders, card holders and other items including nail cutters, chains with locks and also key-chains.After the stampede at Elphinstone Road station and Bombay High Court orders on the issue of hawkers, hawkers have been banned from selling goods within a distance of 150 metres from railway stations.The National Association for the Blind (India), which is working in the field of rehabilitation of the blind since 1952, has demanded permanent small shops or designated places for blind hawkers on platforms at all railway stations in Mumbai.Honorary secretary general of the NAB Satyakumar Singh has said that the government should these hawkers unemployment allowance. He also said that the related right-based Act of 2016 has clearly stated that the government should pay unemployment allowance to blind persons in such cases. “Blind hawkers should be provided suitable small shops at every platform and railway station so that they can sell their goods,” he said.Pallavi Kadam, executive director of the NAB, that many of these blind hawkers are educated and a few are even post graduates. However, since they are used to this business, they are finding it difficult to meet their daily needs.Keshav Sawai, a blind hawker, said, “I stay at Malwani and sell goods at Borivli station. I was a worker at Indu Mill and since 2006 I am hawking. My daughter is married and son is bedridden, and I am the only bread winner in the family.”Another hawker, Ramesh Savant, said that there is an issue of security of blind hawkers and that is the reason the government should provide them designated places for selling goods at stations.

BJP says no to nepotism, no ticket for Anandiben Patel’s daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though there were speculations that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could give a ticket to former chief minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar Patel for the Assembly polls, a senior leader has revealed that the party is not considering Anar. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the leader said BJP would not give tickets to anyone on the basis of their relation with senior leaders.Reports were widely shared on social media that the BJP would field Anar from Akota or Manjalpur constituency of Vadodara city or would replace her mother Anandiben in the Ghatlodia constituency of Ahmedabad city.Putting a full stop to all the speculations, the senior leader said, “Anar Patel’s name was never discussed during the meetings of the party’s top brass. There is no chance that she would get a ticket just because she is Anandiben’s daughter. The party will not give tickets to any person just because he/she is the child of a senior leader. The BJP has always been against nepotism.””Another reason why the party will not field Anar is that her name was dragged into a controversy related to land allotment. We do not want to take any risk by giving her a ticket. Not just Anar, none of Anandiben’s children are under consideration for polls. However, if she wishes to contest, Anandiben will get a ticket because she has made great contributions to the party,” the leader said.When asked about Anar’s poll prospects, Anandiben rubbished them as media speculation. “This is media’s work. People never asked me whether Anar will be contesting. I will respond when they ask me,” she said.Recently, there were messages circulated about Anar’s visits to Vadodara.‘JUST RUMOURS’There were messages circulated about Anar’s visits to Vadodara.
However, Vadodara Mayor and BJP leader Bharat Dangar termed them as mere rumours.

For the blind, their kids show the way at polling booths in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the election mood is gathering pace in the state, its citizens are busy deciding who to vote for. The Indian Constitution grants every citizen, above the age of 18, the right to vote. The right is universally granted to all Indians as per article 326 of the Indian Constitution, with few exceptions.The visually-impaired people in the city are also very excited to take part in the electoral process. In 2012, the state election commission has also made Braille ballot papers. It helps to keep monitor the representatives of respective parties on their own, that also prior to casting their vote. However, one thing that these specially-abled people still need is a hand to take them to the booth.Tarak Luhar, retired principal, Adult Centre for the Blind said, “It is an opportunity for us. We feel equal with others when the election comes. Initially, there were some problems. I used to take my daughter, but she was a minor them. Now, she is a grown up and can help me cast my vote. There is certainly document formality we have to follow at the polling booth.””For me, trust is the main issue. I can’t trust any random person or even some friend for voting. I took my daughter every time. She tells me what’s there in the ballot, ” added Luhar.Another voter Rajendra Gamit, who takes his son for polling, said, “It’s a confidential issue. I can’t trust anybody but my son. My son will do what I will ask for. In the last election, I used the Braille feature and pressed the number on EVM machine. Then, my son had assured me that I have voted for the correct candidate which we had discussed before coming to the booth.”This year, the election commission has made it mandatory for the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) usage, which will be dropped in a box within few seconds of casting the vote. To be sure that I have voted for the right person, I will take my son or daughter. Both of them are minors.”Another voter Babu Gamit, who has no idea who he has voted for till date, said, “Earlier when I was studying in Surat, they used to take us to the polling booth in a car. Someone used to vote on our behalf. I didn’t know who my vote went to. During the last election, I went with one of my friends. However, I’m not sure if he voted for the person I had asked him to.”Sarla Trivedi, a female voter, is always accompanied by her father-in-law. “I love to exercise my rights. But, with some physical challenges, I have to fight obstacles. I need someone to rely upon,” said Trivedi.MATTER OF TRUSTMany visually-impaired people across Gujarat go to the polling booths with their family members . Some are accompanied to the booths by their children. Some are even accompanied by their friends or immediate kin.

Govt hosps reduce OPD timings by an hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after 15,000 resident doctors from the Delhi government hospitals announced a complete shutdown of OPDs November 1 onwards, after waiting for a response from the Delhi government to their letter against extending OPD hours, their proposed demands were agreed upon in a meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat, and they have now called off the decision to go on strike.The meeting between Principal Health Secretary, Health Secretary, Additional Secretary Health, Dr. Punita Mahajan, MS, Ambedkar Hospital, and Dr J C Passey, MD, Lok Nayak Hospital, in the presence of the representatives of the FORDA, decided that the OPD registration will be reduced by one hour i.e. 7:30 am to 12 noon. Doctors will get a 45 minutes lunch break any time after 12:30. Another 10-15 minutes may be taken by them later.In December first week, the OPD timings will be reviewed and the OPD will start functioning at 9 am. Special clinic registration will be from 1 to 2 pm and those coming at 8 am can leave the hospital at 3 pm.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had on October 9 directed the medical superintendents of all city hospitals to increase the consultation time from four hours to six hours. He had said,”This is to ensure that there is sufficient time for the patients to be attended to. Towards achieving the above, the registration counters shall open at 7:30 am and close at 1 pm.”This decision had upset the resident doctors and they had been boycotting the six hours until they announced to go on an indefinite strike.

Action, drama and emotion: Life inside Mumbai’s local trains

Mumbai’s local trains are the lifeline of the city, but riding on them is not for the faint of heart.

SHOCKING: Video of man brutally slapping dog goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A disturbing video of a man continuously beating his pet has gone viral. The video which is doing rounds on the Internet has evoked a massive reaction on social media, with people demanding action on the man. The man in the video is seen teaching the dog how to write alphabets. When the dog refuses to pay attention, he slaps the animal to draw his attention to work again. The man in the video is seen repeating the action thrice. Another person filming the act is heard giggling and enjoying the fun game. What more is painful about the video is the sadistic pleasure and the inhumane manner with which the video is filmed. The YouTube video has also been titled with the heading ‘Funny Video’, which highlights the callousness in which people look at animal cruelty

The story of a ‘careless’ care home in Jamdoli village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamdoli based mental asylum is in news once again and this time too for a wrong reason. Last year, the government-run shelter for mentally challenged children made headlines following deaths of 11 children in a short span. Now, the children have been running away but the administration doesn’t have a clue.In last one and half months, three children have vanished from the care home and could not be traced. It is surprising that mentally challenged children have been jumping over high walls of the care home but the authorities did nothing to improve the system. The latest incident took place on Friday morning when 15-year old Kalu ran away in the wee hours but the authorities came to know about it in the morning through CCTV footage.Kalu went to kitchen from the male wing and jumped the seven feet high wall while the caretakers were sleeping. It is learned that there is only one caretaker for a wing of 25 children. Another question is about not having a railing on top of the wall.After the death of children last year, things improved a bit because of media coverage and subsequent visits by social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and top officials from the department but once the matter got over, staff was back to its usual self –indifferent and careless. However, the department is yet to take action against them.“We have been continuously trying to improve things at the mental asylum. This time the boy jumped the wall. We would take action against careless caretakers,” said Amitabh Kaushik, Add Dir, dept for specially abled.No trace of 3 children10 September: 19-year old Bablu jumped the wall in the night.17 September: Seven days later, another boy with the same name went missing from SMS Hospital. The caretakers went to drink water leaving the children unattended27 October: Kalu jumped the wall.

West Bengal: Local tran rams into stationary coach at Howrah junction; no injuries reported

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An EMU local train hit another stationary train from behind near Haur station of South Eastern Railway today, but nobody was injured, an SER spokesman said.The incident happened on the Howrah-Panskura section, nearly 80 km from Howrah station.”No one was injured as the EMU local was moving at a very slow speed and hit the stationary train before coming to a halt,” SER spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh said here.None of the trains were damaged either, he said.At 2.42 pm, a Medinipur-Howrah local stopped behind a goods train near the home signal of Haur station in an automatic signal zone. Another EMU local on Balichak-Howrah route was also travelling in the same direction and was behind the Medinipur local.Instead of stopping about 75 metres behind the preceding train as per rules of an automatic signal section, the Balichak local came to a halt after hitting the Medinipur local, Ghosh said.”The motorman (driver) of Balichak local has been suspended and a high-level inquiry has been ordered,” he said.Explaining the rules of train movement in an automatic section zone, the SER spokesman said: “Trains can follow one after the other as per automatic signalling aspects.” “If the signal is red, a train is supposed to stop one minute in day time and two minutes at night, after which it can proceed with 15 km per hour speed restriction, keeping a 75 metre distance from the train ahead,” Ghosh said.”The Balichak local, however, failed to stop at a safe distance behind the stationary train and hit it before stopping,” he said.

Bihar: Clash between two communities in Nawada, five arrested

Updated: Oct 3, 2017, 01:26 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A clash broke out between two communities after a group of people returning from a religious procession was attacked by members of another community in the district, the police said on Tuesday. Five persons were arrested in connection with the clash that erupted at Akbarpur Bazar locality late Monday night in which one person was injured, Superintendent of Police Vikas Burman said.The trouble began when one group of people belonging to a particular community was attacked with stones by members of another.Members of the first group then retaliated leaving one person seriously injured, Burman said.Senior police and administrative officials brought the situation under control.Five persons were arrested for fomenting trouble in the area, the SP said and added that the situation is now tense but under control.

Men nabbed for gang-raping 25-yr-old nurse in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ghaziabad police Crime Branch has arrested two men for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman on Friday night when she was returning home from work. The victim who works as a nurse was raped near Sihani Gate in Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad.The accused, identified as Mohit and Ankit Jaat, have been arrested after the Crime Branch carried out a search for them in several local areas. Another associate Kapil is absconding. Police said that they planned to rob and rape the victim on September 23.”We questioned around 50 persons from villages in the area. We had also drawn up sketches based on the description provided by the victim. The accused were arrested following the drive by the Crime Branch,” said RS Khoda, the Station House Officer of the Sihani Gate police station.During interrogation, the duo confessed to the crime and revealed that they both work for a medicine company in Ghaziabad.Mohit and Ankit who are both alcoholics and habitual criminals confessed that they gang-raped the young woman while Kapil was only involved in planning the crime. Their initial motive was only to rob her.”They spotted a woman coming walking towards Sikroad village. Kapil planned the theft but when he saw she was from the same village as his he backed out from the crime,” Khoda added.Police have recovered two country-made pistols and 9 live cartridges from their possession.

NID to give Vaishnodevi a facelift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After making sustainable products using demonetised notes, National Institute of Design is now working on giving a facelift to Vaishnodevi, the famous shrine in the northern India, which is thronged by millions of pilgrims throughout the year.The Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, formed in 1986, which undertakes various developmental activities to make the yatra more comfortable, has sought help from NID to enhance the experience of a pilgrim, starting from signanes, facilities, crowd management.Professor Pravinsinh Solanki, who is spearheading the project along with his team has already readied them.”To understand the issues that people face every day while going uphill, I visited the shrine nearly four times this year. We are not just looking at signages but also focussing on those people who cannot read in any language. So visually they should be able to guide and help themselves. Another important aspect is that lot of people get lost while on their yatra. So we are planning to make colourful patches on the entire route and place boards which will educate pilgrims from both sides.”Among other aspects, our design includes crowd management, weather conditions, transportation, curbing the monkey menace, numbering the steps, two sided graphics, etc and souvenirs. We have a student from animation department at NID helping with visuals and a film and video student to make a short film for devotees.”Later, there will be interventions to improve on lockers, facilitate a better blanket availing option, etc.Pradyumna Vyas, Director, NID said, “Lakhs visit Vaishno Devi shrine round the year. Our endeavour is to make their journey more comfortable, rich and less cumbersome though design intervention. NID will be helping the shrine authorities in the entire totality.”

Painter seeks funds to save daughter’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 10-year-old daughter of a 32-year-old painter is suffering from an enlarged heart and the only way to save her life is through a heart transplant that will cost him Rs 16 lakh. Out of helplessness and in the hope to arrange funds in time, Sarfaraz Khan is roaming the streets of south Mumbai — around Mantralaya, Gateway of India and Marine Drive — with a placard that seeks donations from passersby. The message on Khan’s placard reads, “Please help me save my daughter. She needs a heart to become an IPS officer”.His daughter Saniya, a class V student, has stopped attending school after the doctors cautioned him about her deteriorating health. According to Khan, a private hospital in the city has asked him to deposit Rs 10 lakh as advance. Another renowned hospital in the city quoted Rs 20 lakh for the surgery, he claims.”For the past one year, I am trying to collect money for her treatment. I had to discharge her from the hospital after the bills rose to Rs 2 lakh. We have sold our belongings to fund her initial treatment and now I have no option but to seek help from generous people,” he said.”Doctors have said that she can collapse anytime due to breathlessness as only 10 per cent of her heart is in working condition. I have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to help me save my daughter’s life,” said Khan.SAVE A LIFEPlease contact Sarfaraz Khan on 7875328719 to donate money for the treatment of his 10-year-old daughter.
Saniya Khan, 10, is suffering from an enlarged heart and a heart transplant surgery, which costs Rs 16 lakh, is the only way to save her life

In 10 days, 70 people sign up with SBUT for transit homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the last 10 days, the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has signed more than 70 agreements with tenants of dilapidated buildings in Bhendi Bazaar to move them to transit accommodation in Chunabhatti. To convince unbending residents, the trust is resorting to the use of social media and highlighting stories of people who have chosen life over a dangerous home.One such message on SBUT’s Twitter handle reads, “Its been three months since we’ve left our 18-year-old home in Bhendi Bazaar. Leaving was not easy, but it seemed the best option, given the condition of our buildings. While I stay back at our new home in Chunabhatti, my family finds the train commute most convenient. My four-year-old son now goes to a school in Kurla. Getting a transfer wasn’t a hassle. We’re happy.- Saeeda Afzal Khan.”Another message tells the story of 23-year-old Manal Khan. “Of course I didn’t want to leave Bhendi Bazaar. My friends live nearby. But sometimes, we need to detach from emotions and make practical decisions. That’s what my parents taught me. I perceived commute to be inconvenient, but the railway station is a 7-minute walk away from our home in Chunabhatti. We feel safe. At least we know the roof over our head will stay intact. Literally.”When contacted, SBUT spokesperson said, “The transit camps in Chunabhatti are good, they are well-connected and we provide every benefit, from furniture to electronic gadgets, to the tenants.”The SBUT took up the task after the Hussaini building collapsed in Bhendi Bazaar on August 31, killing 33 persons and injuring 17.

Odisha: Will beat up corrupt officials in CMO, claims Congress chief whip

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress chief whip in Odisha assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati today threatened to beat up corrupt officials in CMO involved in the percentage commission(PC) practice.”The third floor (CMO at the state secretariat) is the origin of all kinds of corruption. So the officials there should be taken to task first. As an MLA I will soon enter that floor and launch the anti-PC drive from there. I will beat them (officials) severely,” Bahinipati said in the assembly during zero hour.The Congress lawmaker also said that he was not afraid of being arrested for beating up corrupt officials.The issue of percentage commission was raised by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra of Congress who accused the state government of not being sincere in stopping corruption though Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given a call for it.Citing an instance, Mishra claimed that an engineer in Bolangir district was transferred under pressure from Rajya Sabha BJD MP A U Singhdeo. “Another engineer, against whom a vigilance case had been pending, was posted in Bolangir as per recommendation of Singhdeo. This shows how a corrupt official is being protected,” Mishra said.BJPLP leader K V Singhdeo also supported Mishra on the issue of posting of a “corrupt” engineer at Bolangir. He also came down heavily on the government over the controversial statement of Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout who had recently said that complete eradication of the ?PC? culture was not possible.Singhdeo said “During the 17 years of the BJD rule, there has been cost escalation of many flyover projects. In many cases, the cost escalation exceeded the original estimation cost. This indicates corrupt priactice,” the BJP leader said.Rout in his reply referred to Singhdeo’s criticism of him and said he had said that complete eradication of corruption is not possible because of human character.”The corruption by babus continues since the British Rule. We may reduce corruption, but not eradicate it completely.”He said the chief minister’s anti-corruption drive has created panic among the corrupt officials in blocks and panchayat levels. “Many people have been taken to task (in rural housing irregularities cases). There has been a huge impact across the state.”Government chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy said that the government has no intention of shielding any corrupt element and those who have been caught in corruption cases have been sent to jails.

Modi government should be named ‘derailment sarkar’: Congress on railway mishaps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today attacked the government over back-to-back train derailments, and said the Modi dispensation should be renamed as “derailment sarkar”.Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said railway safety was in shambles in the country as daily train accidents pose a grave threat to passenger safety.Three trains jumped off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra within a span of nine hours today, the latest in a string of such incidents which saw the exit of Suresh Prabhu as railway minister in the Cabinet reshuffle last Sunday.Luckily, barring injury to a passenger in the accident in the national capital, no casualties were reported in other incidents.After the second derailment, he said daily train accidents exposed the grave threat to passenger safety as the Railway Ministry remained in “deep slumber”.”Another train accident caused by derailment in U.P. Post reshuffling of cards, when will we have passenger safety measures in place?” he asked on Twitter.Surjewala also accused the Railways of “criminal negligence”.

1993 Mumbai blasts case: Abu Salem, Karimullah Khan get life term

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court has awarded life term to Abul Salem. Another accused Karimullah Khan has also been jailed for life by the court in1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case. The court had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year. Arguments over the degree of sentences continued after the conviction in June and concluded on August 10.All the accused were facing multiple charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government and murder of people. The first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.The Mumbai blast of March 12, 1993, resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.

EC tells SC it does not know if candidates overspent in 2014 LS elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down on the Election Commission (EC) when it failed to submit an account of the expenses incurred by candidates during the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.A bench of Justice Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer asked the poll panel how would it initiate action against the candidates who may have crossed the expenditure limit during the campaigning when it did not have the data in the first place.The observation came when the bench asked poll panel advocate Meenakshi Arora for the data and she replied in the negative. “The data is with the district officers to whom the candidates file their expenses. However, it has not yet been collated and submitted to the poll panel,” she said.The bench expressed its disappointment over the delay and said that the data should have been collated immediately, not three years hence. “This means if the district officer chooses not to report the submissions made by the candidates, whats the purpose of an election mandate?” Justice Chelameswar observed. “It is a sad state of affairs. The parliament has been thrown out of the window,” he said.The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by NGO Lok Prahari seeking amendments to the Representation of People Act. One of the pleas filed in the petition seeking the mandatory filing of Income Tax (IT) returns for the candidates as well as their spouses. Another plea suggested the implementation of reforms as proposed by the EC and accepted by the Law Ministry.

Car service centres cash in post flooding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As hundreds of cars were submerged underwater when heavy rains lashed the city on Tuesday, garages and service centers across Mumbai are making a killing, especially this weekend. Over the past two days, many owners have towed their cars to local mechanics and service centers to get them checked. However, service centres and garages are charging exorbitant amounts, which could be almost 100-200 per cent more than the regular cost.Since Wednesday, when the rains abated and waterlogging receded, hundreds of vehicles across Mumbai were towed to local mechanics or service centers. The towing van agencies cashed in as they charged more than 3-4 times of the actual cost just for towing. Owners of stranded vehicles had no option but to pay the high charges.”We had to pay Rs 2,500 to get my car towed barely a kilometre from my home. I remember getting it towed because of some trouble few months back, for which I paid Rs 600-700,” said D Sharma, resident of Kandivli, who had parkd his vehicle in Borivli (E).But the problems don’t end here. Once they give their vehicle to a service center, the probable minimum waiting time to get their vehicle back, is 15 days. People employed at these workshops claim that this could go up to even 20 days, depending on the damage incurred to a vehicle submerged underwater.”We have already got 15 vehicles submerged in waterlogged areas. We expect more to come by this weekend,” said an employee from Maruti Sai Service.Each car would take at least 48 hours if it is even slightly run on waterlogged areas. The most vital parts that could get affected are the electronic fuse and engine. If this gets exposed to water then the wait period could go longer.In fact, if water enters petrol and oil brackets, then it will have to be changed and replaced completely. Moreover, if these are not addressed then they claim it could lead to short circuit and affect the music system, head and tail lights as well.”If the engine gets affected, then the cost could go up to Rs 1 lakh per car,” said Joginder Khosla, mechanic from Sion Koliwada, working for last 50 years now. “We have already queued 20 vehicles outside our workshop and will take at least 2 days to return them.”Another mechanic, Santosh from Thakur Village said that in the next few days all mechanic shops will have too many vehicles to repair. “The average cost that a vehicle owner will have to shell out is Rs 20,000-30,000,” said Santosh.Service centers normally carry out full repairs and maintenance of 6-7 cars in a day. “We are surely expecting the load to increase by 20-25 per cent,” said an employee from Honda Solatire. Service centers do the basic job of inspecting, but they charge for changing oil, petrol, coolant, checking brakes, cleaning and washing mats inside and other jobs.Both employees from service centers and mechanics accepted that there is a possibility of surge in prices to get vehicles inspected and repaired at least for the next two days. They claim that cars are insured and so vehicle owners do not mind paying for it. A large number of cars were found abandoned and broken down in King’s Circle, Matunga, Dadar, Parel, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, Andheri, Kurla, Khar, Milan and Malad subways.

Nanda signs out of IIM-A, leaves much for successor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four months after stepping down from his post, Dr Ashish Nanda, Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), exited the institute on Friday, leaving the implementation of major projects for the next director.Nanda had resigned in April this year, citing personal reasons, and the institute, on August 30, announced the appointment of Professor Errol D’Souza as in-charge director.On his last day in office, Nanda spoke about the challenges ahead, his achievements and nostalgia.Talking about his fight for the IIM-Bill that ensured autonomy to IIMs, Nanda, who was accompanied by his wife, said, “It is a very sweet and sad feeling. There is joy over what we have accomplished. And with sadness, I am stepping away from friends and the institute. I love the word ‘Aavjo’. I will always be an IIM-A person.”“I had spoken to many ex-directors of the institute to understand the right time to exit. And each of them advised me not to wait till the last day as it would entangle me in politics and other issues. Hence, the day after convocation, I told the Chairman that I would be here till September 1. I have enjoyed great support from the Chairman and the government. This is the right time as I do not want to go when I am sad. I should be happy to go,” Nanda added.Challenges ahead“The institute needs to continue to connect to the world of research and policy-makers, make IIM-A more international, and ensure the best quality environment for its faculty. After I joined, 32 faculty members joined. So the biggest challenge will be faculty recruitment and socialisation.“Another challenge will be to implement the projects that are underway like infrastructure, the School of Public Policy, swimming pool construction, student forms and staff housing. These will start in three months.”When DNA asked Dr Nanda whether he has contributed monetarily to the institute to support the funding initiative, he said, “I would not like to comment on my personal contributions to the institute.”

Residents of Tardeo’s 112-yr-old bldg prepare to shed the old, embrace new

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of Tardeo’s oldest buildings, the 112-year-old Petit Mansion Co-operative Housing Society is now up for redevelopment. Residents of the society at Nana Chowk called in tenders for redevelopment and recently held a meeting to discuss the hiring of a suitable Project Management Consultancy.The building, a load-bearing structure, comprises of three wings. While two wings are ground plus four storeys, one is ground plus three. The plot area is 1,544.33 square metres, and the total carpet area (rehabilitation) of all existing members is 4,475.25 sq m.Secretary of the building, Mukhi said, “We are following all the rules mandated for building redevelopment. We have received some offers and are in the process of finalising the PMC. The building isn’t a heritage structure, it is a British-era structure.”The society is looking for a developer who would offer a competitive corpus, carpet area and sufficient bank guarantees and rent for alternate accommodations.Most of the shops in the building are run by plywood dealers. One of the shopkeepers said, “Redevelopment process has been initiated, but the market isn’t good. There’s GST, there’s RERA… big developers aren’t taking up projects. Further, many precautions need to be taken, as we have seen many instances where residents have been out of their homes for years altogether. We cannot take such risks.”Another shopkeeper claimed that the building, in spite of being old, is strong. “It was built during the British era and is a sound construction. Around two years ago the society also carried out the repair work.”

MLAs supporting Dhinakaran to meet Guv tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after the two factions of the ruling AIADMK merged, MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran today said they would meet Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao tomorrow. “We have sought an appointment with the governor tomorrow and he has given time at 10 AM. We will be meeting him and hold consultations,” key Dhinakaran aide and legislator P Vetrivel said. A vocal voice of the Dhinakaran camp, Vetrivel was part of a group of MLAs who went to the burial site of former chief minister Jayalalithaa at the Marina beach and meditated for about 15 minutes before disclosing their plans. Asked what will be the agenda of the meeting with the governor, Vetrivel said it would not be proper to reveal it to the media before the meeting. Another MLA, Thanga Tamilselvan, questioned why Chief Minister K Palaniswami was giving importance to Panneerselvam, “who has just nine MLAs” with him, whereas it was the 122 MLAs of the AIADMK Amma faction who had voted for the government in the February 18 trust vote. “If we had sided with OPS (Panneerselvam), this government would not have survived. What is our situation now, who is responsible for our safety? We stayed together to ensure Amma (Jayalalithaa) government continued,” he said. He said Palaniswami should have “consulted us” before the merger, and claimed that the Dhinakaran faction enjoyed the support of 25 MLAs. Tamilselvan asserted that it was jailed party chief V K Sasikala who had made both Panneerselvam and Palaniswami chief ministers. “We have expressed our grievance with Amma by shedding tears (at the memorial). Very soon there will be good news,” he said. He said it was Panneerselvam, Palaniswami and others who had projected Sasikala both as party chief and later for the chief minister’s post. Vetrivel said none had the “authority or right” to remove Sasikala as general secretary and that only she had the right to convene the decision making body, the General Council, and decide on appointing and expelling persons. In her absence, it was her deputy Dhinakaran who could do that, he added. Earlier in the day, rival AIADMK factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam merged, ending a nearly seven- month feud.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JEE advanced to go completely online from 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Joint Entrance Examination Advanced, which governs entry to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), will be held completely online from next year.The decision was taken by the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) of IITs, a body responsible for exam-related policies of the institutions, in its meeting held in Chennai on Sunday. Students who want admission in IITs have to clear the JEE Main first, after which they are eligible to take JEE Advanced which opens avenues for admission to the 23 institutes across the country. While JEE Main is already being held online, students had to write the advanced test on paper. In order to save logistics and make improve the evaluation process, officials decided to extend the option of online to JEE Advanced as well.Currently, options to give the JEE Advanced exam online exists in only a few centres.Confirming the development, a senior official in the HRD ministry said, “Making the JEE Advanced online was the main proposal on the JAB meeting agenda, which has been cleared by the board. Apart from being logistically viable, this move will also ensure greater transparency and avoid chances of a paper leak.”Another proposal that was cleared by the board is that of designing the question paper scientifically by keeping questions at the difficulty level of 1 to 10.Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Chairman of JAB said, “The Apex Body for the conduct of JEE Advanced, at its meeting today, has decided that JEE (Adv) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.”

Police: Bandit gang abducts 7 Pakistani police officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani police say bandits have abducted seven policemen from a forested area of southern Punjab. They say the gang wants several of its members who are behind bars to be freed. Senior police officer Atiq Tahir says the police were returning by boat to the town of Rojhan, in Rajanpur district, from an outpost in a forested area along the Indus River when the gang captured them in the early morning. Tahir said police reinforcements with armoured vehicles were dispatched to the forest. Another police officer said police are working with influential landlords to get the abductees freed. He said the gang is demanding the release of their arrested cohorts. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Utkal train derailment victims recall ordeal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> ?Some were rescued out of the coaches, while some were stuck; some lost their legs and a few lost their hands, while some suffered fractures,? said Dilip Singh Yadav from Gwalior. Yadav is among the many people who were injured in the derailment of Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express that took place yesterday evening in Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar, about 115 kilometres from Delhi. 23 people lost their lives, while at least 97 passengers were injured after fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh. Another passenger, Kavita Sen, from Gwalior, who is admitted in a hospital along with her daughter, called the incident “horrifying.” ?I reached for my daughter when I got into my senses, but she was trapped. When I looked around, more people were lying there,? she recalled. Talking about the incident, a relative of a wounded passenger detailed the moment when the news was broken to his parents, saying that the duo started crying after receiving the phone call near 6.30 pm. Ram Singh Sarwar, who suffered fractures in his ribs, said that he was travelling in S1 coach when there was a ?sudden loud jerk? and four-five men near him died on the spot while another said that the derailment appeared like “chain-pulling.” The train was coming from Puri in Odisha and going to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, normally a journey of about 36 hours. The coaches damaged were S1 to S10 sleeper class, third AC B1, second AC A1 coach and the pantry. Muzaffarnagar authorities have set up a control room to assist families of those affected. The numbers are: 0131- 2436918, 0131-2436103 and 0131-2436564.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hotel security manager arrested for molesting woman employee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A security manager of a five-star hotel was today arrested for allegedly molesting a 33-year-old woman employee and attempting to disrobe her. The arrest in the the July 30 complaint filed by the woman came as a CCTV footage of the alleged incident was aired by TV channels in which the accused is purportedly seen trying to pull the woman’s sari. Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, said that the accused had been examined and the statement of the woman was taken after she approached the police with a complaint. “Prima facie, the culpability on the part of the accused was found and he was arrested today. Further investigation has been taken up,” said Pathak, special commissioner of police (Operations). The woman alleged that the man had pressured her to have physical relations with him and she was resisting his advances. On July 29, he called her for a birthday party to his room, offered to get her gifts and then tried to disrobe her, she alleged. The woman told the police that she complained to the HR of the hotel but was sacked. After the complaint was filed, the police questioned both the sides and following a probe, the accused was arrested today, the officer said. “After the woman lodged a complaint, a case was registered and the evidence she gave were being cross-checked. She also submitted some CCTV footages that were put under verification,” Pathak said. The accused said certain things to counter what the woman said and they were also examined. Another officer privy to the investigation said that the accused claimed that the woman had a boyfriend at the workplace and he was abusive towards her. Their conduct was improper, the accused alleged. The accused claimed that one of the cameras installed at the hotel had captured her boyfriend assaulting her, following which he was sacked, said the officer. The woman wanted her boyfriend to be hired again and on that day, she had come to the security manager’s room to plead for her boyfriend’s job, the accused told the police. He alleged that the CCTV footage was concocted and doctored. However, the police arrested the accused since it was found that the accused had touched her sari and his conduct was improper.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four gold smugglers nabbed by AIU officials in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least four people were arrested in four different cases by the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) ‘A’ batch officials for allegedly trying to smuggle gold. As the passengers began to disembark from the aerobridge into the terminal building, the officials cordoned the area and commenced security checks. All four accused were arrested on the eve of Independence Day. A Kenyan lady passenger, Asha Abdi Ali Nur, was intercepted as soon as she arrived from Nairobi via Dubai by flight no. EK 508. On being searched, gold jewellery weighing 610 grams with market value Rs. 14,16,041 were concealed in her upper innerwear and check-in baggage. Another passenger, Vimal Rasik who had arrived from Dubai by Jet Airways Flight no. 9W 537 was arrested by officials. During the search, one crude gold chain and seven gold bracelets weighing 480 grams and with market value Rs. 12, 20,382, which were concealed by wearing it around his neck and the said bracelets was in his pockets. The third passenger, Nayeem Abdul Razzak who arrived from Dubai by Spice Jet flight no. SG-14 was also apprehended. During probe and search; the officials recovered two crude gold chains 233 grams each with market value Rs. 12, 36,300. They were concealed in the right front pocket worn by him. Finally the fourth passenger, Rafeek who was travelling from Jeddah by Jet Airways Flight no. 9W 0521 was also held by the officials. On being intercepted, the officials recovered gold wire which were coated with silver colour weighing 597 grams with value Rs. 15,83,844. Rafeek cleverly concealed them below the running steel strips which were fixed with rivets as well as adhesive inside the side walls of the bag. The gold was later seized and a case has been booked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt should ensure freedom of women: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a strong stand against the safety of women in the national capital, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday advised politicians to keep their “errant sons” indoors instead of imposing restrictions on women.”Justice has to be certain and swift in order to tackle crime against women. A politician’s son, guilty of such crimes, should be awarded double the punishment as stipulated in statute books,” he said while addressing on the celebrations of Independence Day at Chhatrasal stadium on Tuesday.Kejriwal said governments should ensure freedom for women instead of imposing restrictions on them. “Son of a very influential leader was recently caught for committing crime against women. Another leader commented that women should not venture out at night. I wish to slap that leader,” Kejriwal said, adding that such politicians should instead keep their sons indoors if they can’t keep them under control.The comments, made by Kejriwal in a televised Independence Day speech as well at the Delhi government’s celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium, came against the backdrop of the Chandigarh stalking case involving the son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala.”The most important thing in such cases is deterrence. There should be certainty and swiftness when it comes to punishment. Now when a politician’s son commits any such crime, the entire system comes together to shield him,” he said.

Amarinder announces development projects for Gurdaspur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced a series of projects for the holistic development of the border areas of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, including health and education infrastructure, besides new cards under the MGNREGA scheme. As many as 67,000 MGNREGA cards would be issued to beneficiaries in Gurdaspur and 30,000 in Pathankot, the Chief Minister said in his Independence Day speech here. Fulfilling a long pending demand, he announced a state- of-the-art new bus stand to be constructed in Gurdaspur at a cost of Rs 20 crore. An amount of Rs 84 crore had been set aside for providing toilets and water connections to all rural households in the district, he added. In a bid to improve police functioning, the Chief Minister announced Rs 2.50 crore for the upgradation of the infrastructure of police stations in Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot. Amarinder also said that though the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital had been shifted to the bypass, the dispensary with emergency, as well as maternity and child care ward, would continue to function from the old building in the city. The Chief Minister further said that the water supply and sewerage works in Gurdaspur would be completed at a cost of Rs 7.50 crore. Another Rs 18 crore had been released for development projects in Dera Baba Nanak and other areas of the district, he added. Stressing the importance of ensuring the progress of the sensitive border areas, the Chief Minister announced allocation of Rs 44.02 for health infrastructure upgradation and Rs 118 crore for school infrastructure upgradation in Gurdaspur. Another Rs 45 crore had been allocated for disbursement under the old age pension scheme, in addition to Rs 7 crore for the ‘Ashirwad’ scheme, he added. The Chief Minister also announced the construction of a new Sainik School in village Dalla Gorian, Tehsil Gurdaspur. Besides a Rs 67 crore outlay for the urban facelift of Pathankot and another Rs 42 crore for urban facelift of Batala, the Chief Minister also announced the setting up of a PEPSICO bottling plant at Pathankot, where link roads would be repaired at a cost of Rs 55 crore. The Chief Minister also announced air connectivity to Pathankot, with flights set to be operational by September 30 this year. The announcement of development projects assumes significance in the wake of upcoming Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll. The seat fell vacant after BJP MP Vinod Khanna died of cancer in April this year. In other key announcements, the Chief Minister said the civil hospital at Fatehgarh Churian would be upgraded, with water supply and sewerage works in the area also to be completed at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore. A new Navodya Vidyalaya would also be set up in Fategarh Churian, said the Chief Minister, besides announcing the establishment of a new Revenue Sub-division, as well as a railway over-bridge in Dina Nagar and a new degree college at Kalanaur. Among other development initiatives, the Chief Minister announced the construction of a new bus stand at Qadian, along with 100 per cent water supply and sewerage facility at a cost of Rs 32 crore. The government has also decided to set up a new hospital, in addition to 100 per cent water supply and sewerage in village Ghumaan in Sri Hargobindpur. Later, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly built Gurdaspur District Administrative Complex, constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crores. Spread over an area of 6 acres, the complex houses the offices of the DC and other administrative officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghatkopar building was stable: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for Sunil Shitap, a Shiv Sena strongman arrested in the Sai Siddhi Ghatkopar building collapse case, the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has tested samples of the debris from the collapse site and concluded that the material used to construct the building was of sound quality, and that the building was not in a dilapidated state.The report will bolster the police’s case that the cause of the building collapse was illegal alterations carried out by Shitap on the ground floor, and could dent his lawyer’s claims that the building was already in a dilapidated state.Seventeen people were killed and 13 injured when the ground-plus-four-storey Sai Siddhi building in Ghatkopar came crashing down on July 25. Shitap was arrested for allegedly making structural alterations on the ground floor of the building without permission from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The Parksite police submitted the debris samples from the site to the FSL and sought a report.”After we get the samples, we conduct various scientific tests to ascertain whether the proportion of materials like cement, sand, bricks and iron used to construct the building are in the right proportion. A study of the debris samples revealed that the building was constructed using the right proportion of materials. Also, the building was not constructed with inferior quality material, nor was it dilapidated,” said an FSL official.”Another detailed examination of samples will be conducted, after which an in-depth report will be submitted to the police. It could be used as evidence in court,” said Kalina FSL Director, Dr KV Kulkarni.A senior police officer, privy to the investigation, said, “Once the FSL report indicates that the building was not built with inferior quality construction material and neither was it dilapidated, Shitap will not be able to take the defence that it was not illegal alterations, but the dilapidated condition of the building that led to its collapse.”

Peaceniks from India, Pakistan participate in candlelight march at Wagah Border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> People from India and Pakistan converged at the Wagah Border in Amritsar for a candlelight march on the occasion of Independence Day. The candlelight march is an annual affair at the Wagah Border and is being held regularly for the last two decades with the aim of promoting friendly relations between the two countries. Peaceniks from both the sides of the border raised slogans hailing friendship between the two countries. ?There is an urgent need to build friendly relations between the two countries to fight the menace of terrorism,? said a local, Ramesh Yadav to ANI. Another local, Harpreet Singh said that repeated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists in India could adversely affect the bilateral ties and Islamabad should take steps to rein in terrorist. As the nation celebrates its 71st Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion for the fourth time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Burial of dead cow sends message of communal amity in MP town

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a gesture that promotes social harmony, some Muslim residents disposed of the carcass of a cow lying unattended in an area here. An ailing cow had died three days back near the municipality-run cattle complex, located in Manpur area of the town. “About three days back, the cow died a few metres away after being freed from the municipality-run cattle complex. The information about the cow’s death was given to the municipality authorities but no action was taken,” the corporator from Manpur area, Shahid Khan, claimed today. The Muslim residents of the area then decided to dispose of the carcass. “As the carcass was lying unattended for hours even after conveying the information to the municipality, we decided to bury the carcass with full respect last evening,” Khan said. Another resident of the area, Maulana Nadir Pathan, said, “I was returning from the mosque after offering Namaz and saw that some people from the Muslim community were taking the dead cow on a hand-driven cart. I also joined them,” said Pathan, who is chairman of Khedipura Masjid Committee. Meanwhile, the municipality’s cattle complex in-charge, Dayaprasad Sejkar, said he had no information about the cow’s death. “The dead cow didn’t belong to the cattle complex. I had no information about the death,” Sejkar claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

POCSO court convicts two, sentences them to ten years RI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons, in as many cases of rape and molestion, have been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by the special POCSO court here. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on each of them yesterday, failing which, they would have to serve an additional ten days in prison. One of the two convicted was the father of of a six- year-old girl from Mamit district on Mizoram-Tripura border. He raped his daughter repeatedly and an FIR against him had been filed by the Mamit district child welfare committee chairman H Darhmingliana. The another convict had molested a young boy and was arrested last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC hints at inability to shell out funds for BEST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city civic body has indicated its inability to shell of out Rs 9,727 crore between 2017-18 and 2021-22 to keep afloat the cash strapped Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST). These funds are required to meet BEST’s outgo towards operational expenditure, repayment of loans, salaries and pension and provident fund. If BMC will have to make available funds annually to BEST for its survival then it will have to substantially cut its spending on various development projects or raise taxes to mop up additional revenue.Of the Rs 9,727 crore, BEST will need Rs 2,931 crore in 2017-18, Rs 1,750 crore in 2018-19, Rs 1,634 crore in 2019-20, Rs 1,681 crore in 2020-21 and Rs 1,729 crore in 2021-22. BEST’s earnings are of the order of Rs 1,300 crore while its loss worth Rs 1,000 crore from transport business. Further, BEST has earned profit of Rs 225 crore while its losses are worth Rs 500 crore from the electricity business. The accumulated losses have mounted to Rs 10,000 crore.Further, BEST’s finances will further dry up if it has to repay to its electricity consumers Rs 2,505.23 crore recovered as the transport deficit loss recovery (TDLR) charge till March 31, 2016. It must be mentioned here that Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has already disallowed transport deficit amounting Rs 1,187.71 crore for the period between 2004-05 and 2008-09. The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity has also set aside the levy of TDLR to recover the transport deficit from BEST’s electricity consumers. The case is pending for final order.Even though the BEST employees called off the strike early this week after an oral assurance on payment of salary, BMC has not made any written commitment in this regard.BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta told DNA,” The total revamp of BEST finances will have to be done to ensure its operational viability.”Another civic officer said “As far as BEST is concerned, the undertaking will have to resort to drastic management revamp. BEST may have to go in for rise in fare, stop bus services on loss making routes, improve efficiency in revenue earning routes.” He informed that at the same time the employees will also have to take a cut in their salary.

Saffron sea at Azad Maidan as Maratha morcha reaches Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned into a sea of saffron today as thousands of people demanding reservations for the Maratha community gathered here in what was their 58th protest in a year. Wearing saffron caps and carrying flags, the protesters walked down south Mumbai’s JJ flyover, which was closed for vehicular traffic, winding their way to the protest venue. At the Jijamata Udyan, where the Maratha morcha began at 11 AM, protesters tore banners put up by the Shiv Sena, stressing that they did not want any “political interference”. Rajya Sabha member Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje told reporters at Azad Maidan he was participating in the march not as a Member of Parliament but as an “ordinary member” of the Maratha community. Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh also voiced his support to the protest march with a late night tweet. “Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha,” the actor tweeted in Marathi, referring to a popular slogan. At Azad Maidan, a morcha participant — dressed like Chhatrapati Shivaji — was heard extolling the virtues of a “government of the people and for the people”, as practised by the Maratha king. Ishanvi Deshmukh, a three-year-old girl, impressed the gathering with a well-memorised speech seeking reservations for the Maratha community. Some residents of Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, where the brutal rape and murder in July 2016 of a 14-year-old girl belonging to the community triggered massive protests across the state, also participated in today’s morcha. Also present at the venue was Manohar Anandrao Patil from Latur district, who said he had participated in all the 58 Maratha morchas till date. The first protest was held in Aurangabad on August 9 last year. Another protester came to the venue in the attire of a farmer in distress, with a noose dangling from his neck. “This is an attempt to draw the government’s attention to the plight of farmers,” he said. All parking areas in Navi Mumbai were full as morcha participants coming from across Maharashtra parked their vehicles on vacant lots. The protesters have been demanding reservation in jobs and educational institutions for members of the Maratha community, punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case and loan waivers for farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

In new twist, cops suspect elderly woman ended her life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a new twist in a 63-year-old woman’s death case, the police today claimed to have recovered a “suicide note” from her flat where her highly-decomposed body was found on Sunday. Police suspected that Asha Sahani might have killed herself in April last year given the condition of her body. Interestingly, residents of her building in Lokhandwala Complex in suburban Andheri never complained of any foul smell emanating from her 10th floor flat. Police yesterday sent the viscera samples of Sahani to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) at Kalina here for chemical analysis after her postmortem report remained inconclusive. The note was recovered by an FSL team from a brown envelope in her flat during a search this afternoon, an official said. “The suicide note was shown to her son Rituraj who verified that it was his mother’s handwriting. We also found five diaries from the spot and matched the handwriting in them with the sucide note. It seems the woman had commited suicide last April,” the official from the Oshiwara Police said. The note, purportedly written by the woman, said ‘no one is responsible for my death’. The official has ruled out any foul play, saying Sahani in her last conversation with Rituraj in April 2016 had told him that she was doing fine. She had also expressed her desire to live in an old age home for company following the death of her husband in the year 2013, he said, adding that the FSL report could identify the time of her death. Sahani had been living alone in her apartment. Her only son, Rituraj, is a software engineer and is settled in the US. According to the official, Sahani was under depression since her husband’s death. She had gone to the US to live with Rituraj, but returned to Mumbai after a week, he said. On Sunday, Rituraj came to Mumbai and went to his flat when he found that his mother was not responding to the door bell. After he got the door of the flat opened with the help of a key-maker, Rituraj found the decomposed body of his mother. Oshiwara police have registered a case of accidental death. According to police, Rituraj had last spoken to his mother in April 2016. Another police official said Rituraj had filed a missing person’s complaint through an email in October last year, but didn’t bother to take any follow-up. He said the police are investigating why Rituraj didn’t visit the police station after lodging that complaint.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MICA replaces assignments with animated videos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a leap in pedagogical innovation, MICA has replaced traditional way of teaching for difficult subjects through books with animated videos.For complex subjects like research methodology, quantitative techniques and marketing analytics, MICA has collaborated with a company to create animated content to teach the students.Ashutosh Dutt, associate professor, Marketing Analytics at MICA, said, “We realised that to simplify a complex topic, visuals can lead to better comprehension. While e-learning had converted lectures into presentations and PDFs, our attempt is to reach beyond this.”First year student at MICA, Ritika Moolchandani, said, “Videos when incorporated into the pedagogy enhances the learning experience and can be used to understand complex concepts in a better manner. Watching videos for statistics helped us break down the concepts and apply what we have learnt in a better manner.”She added, “Overall, the learning pedagogy adopted is interesting but it needs to be well integrated. The pace of the class is a bit too fast at times. There needs to be a good balance between the mediums of instruction like theory, videos and class interaction.”Another first year MICA student, Chandrahasa Potdar said, “Videos whenever used with suitable animation and graphics makes the entire learning experience more engaging.”

NIA raids show Centre’s determination to eliminate terrorism Defence experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The defence experts on Monday said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raid at Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF) chairman, Devinder Singh Behl?s house shows the dedication of the Central Government to eradicate the evil of terrorism. ?As the NIA has said and as the policy of India has become, it is a good news that these raids are being carried out. It indicates the seriousness and dedication of the Central Government to eradicate this evil of terrorism. Perhaps, more is yet to come, because now a number of other problems will also be solved,? defence expert Praful Bakshi told ANI. Another defence expert P.K. Sehgal said that it is a clear indication that substantial evidence has been collected by the NIA already to nab Geelani. ?The next person to be called or arrested by the NIA will be Syed Shah Geelani. Ever since these raids have been carried out, these stone pelting incidents have also come to a halt,? Sehgal added. Earlier on Sunday, the NIA interrogated the chairman of the JKSPF, Devinder Singh Behl, at his resident here over his suspected connections with separatist elements. The NIA also conducted searches at various premises of Behl, who is also a member of the legal cell of the Hurriyat. He is a close associate of a top Hurriyat leader and regularly attends funerals of militants. During the searches, the NIA team recovered four mobile phones, 1 tablet, other electronic devices, incriminating documents, financial papers and some other articles. The NIA is investigating into his role as courier as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to the separatist leaders from Pakistan-based handlers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven hectares of bhang cultivation destroyed in valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities have destroyed nearly seven hectares of bhang cultivation in Srinagar and Bandipora districts. “A team of Excise Department destroyed bhang on 53 kanals (2.6 hectares) of land in the villages of Tangpore-Takanwari in Srinagar yesterday,” officials said. Another team destroyed bhang on 62 kanals (three hectares) of land in Markundal, Khuman and Punhwara villages of Bandipora district, they said. The officials said bhang on one hectare of land was destroyed by the excise officials at Shaat Malooro village in Shopian district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong. says BJP is ‘murdering’ democracy in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Accusing the ruling-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in Gujarat of bribing and threatening their MLAs, the Congress on Saturday said whatever is happening in the state is a ?murder of democracy?. ?This is a murder of democracy in Gujarat. First the MLAs were being threatened. Now their families are also being meted out the same treatment. What kind of a democracy is this? Such incidents never took place in the past,? Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said after meeting the Election Commissioner. Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also, reiterating similar sentiment, said the situtaion of Gujarat is very saddening. ?The Congress leaders are being bribed and being forced by the administration to resign. We are known as the world?s greatest democracy and if in the prime minister?s own state, the ruling party is doing such things, I think, nothing is more saddening than this,? Azad said. Another Congress leader Anand Sharma said they way the Congress MLAs had to be taken out of the state is a black blot on the state government and the ruling party. ?We will bring into the EC’s notice how power, governance and the police are being misused. Money is being used openly in the state. There cannot be a greater violation. This is being done openly; it is an assault on the democracy – an open indulgence into corruption and violation of laws,? he said. ?How come a party that doesn’t have enough MLAs to field a third candidate steals candidates from the Congress and presents that individual as the third candidate?? Sharma asked. The Congress has accused the BJP of horse-trading ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, following which the grand old party MLAs left for Bengaluru late last night to escape succumbing to political and police pressure to join the BJP. The Congress leaders, thereby, earlier in the day, met the Election Commission officials on the Gujarat MLAs issue. Elections to the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat are scheduled on August 8.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Actor Dileep denied bail by high court in abduction case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court today rejected the bail plea of popular Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested in connection with the case of plotting the alleged abduction and assault of a south Indian actress, observing that prima facie there was material to suspect his involvement in the crime. Dismissing the actor’s bail application, Justice Sunil Thomas said that the investigation in the case is still at a crucial stage. “The case is unique, considering the seriousness, meticulous planning, cruel nature of execution and being a crime executed to wreak vengeance on a woman by engaging criminals, to sexually abuse her. Courts have to be circumspect in granting bail in such cases”, the court said. Another reason for refusing bail was that the crucial material object, the mobile phone used to record the sexual assault and the memory card in which videographed materials were stored, had not yet been recovered, the court said. It also said that the memory card is a potential threat to the life of the victim and there was every possibility of any of the accused attempting to interfere in the investigation. “The petitioner (Dileep) is also involved in distribution and production of films and is also an owner of a theatre. Definitely he must be wielding considerable command on the industry,” the court said. Hence, the possibility of the petitioner influencing or threatening several witnesses, who are also from the film industry, cannot be ruled out, the court added. “Prima facie there are materials to suspect the involvement of the actor in the crime,” the judge said. The actor, arrested on July 10, had moved the High Court for bail after a magisterial court at nearby Angamaly declined to grant him relief and sent him to judicial custody till July 25. Dileep was charged under various sections of the IPC, including one for hatching a criminal conspiracy for abduction and assault of the actress in a moving car on February 17. He is currently lodged in a jail in his home town Aluva. In their remand application, the police had claimed that Dileep had developed a grudge against the actress for letting his former wife know about his alleged affairs and had hatched a conspiracy to take revenge way back in 2013. The Director General of Prosecution had claimed that the evidence gathered by the investigation agency had established that Dileep was the “kingpin” in the crime. A “quotation” was given to execute a crime and such a case was reported for the first time in the state, the prosecution had said. The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle and later escaped. Six persons, including ‘Pulsar’ Suni, have so far been arrested in connection with the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NLIU students complain of ragging, sexual abuse by seniors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU) here have filed complaints with the UGC’s anti-ragging helpline accusing their seniors of indulging in ragging, sexual abuse and alcohol consumption on the campus. The director of NLIU, S S Singh, said a probe has been ordered into the matter but claimed that the complaints were not entirely true as some people named in the complaint did not exist. One of the complaints lodged by a male student on July 20 said, “A (female) senior is molesting me again and again.” It alleged that the senior, after getting drunk, sexually abused him .”I got away anyhow, but I don’t think that I’ll be always saved. This place is a hell,” it said. The student alleged that even teachers and wardens knew that liquor was consumed in the hostel, yet they turned a blind eye to it. Another student, who recently joined the campus, alleged that seniors ragged freshers and even forced them to watch porn movies till 5 in the morning. The NLIU director said, “Everything in the complaints is not true.” “Some people named in the complaint don’t even exist. The hostel warden and the proctorial board are investigating the complaints and will come out with their findings shortly,” he said. According to Singh, they have already recorded the statements of the complainants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fire in godown in Anand Parbat,shops in Lala Lajpat Rai market

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two incidents of fire were reported in central Delhi this morning. However, there were no reports of injuries to anyone. A fire broke out at a two-storey godown, used to keep confectionery items, in the Anand Parbat area around 6.35 am, a senior officer from the Delhi Fire Services said. Ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was put out by 9.10 am, he said. Another incident of fire was reported from Lala Lajpat Rai market opposite Red Fort. A call about a fire in 15-16 makeshift shops in the market was received around 7.20 am, said the officer. Sixteen fire tenders were sent to douse the flames, which could be controlled only by 8.50am. A short-circuit is suspected to have triggered the blaze.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anti-Naxal ops: 600 bullets, grenades seized in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces today seized about 600 rounds of ammunition and few grenades during an anti-Naxal operation in Jharkhand’s Palamu district, officials said. They said the operation was jointly carried out by a squad of the CRPF and state police in Salaia forest area of the district where troops busted a suspected Maoist hideout. 599 bullet rounds of various calibres, five hand grenades and 127 grenade base plugs were seized after the raid, a senior security official said. Another official said personnel of the 134th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Palamu police were part of the operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi’s warning to cow vigilantes has no ground impact JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anger over soaring incidents of cow vigilantism and urged state governments to keep ?anti-social elements? under check, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Wednesday questioned the sincerity of his remarks, saying little has changed despite his earlier warnings. JD-U leader K.C. Tyagi told ANI that he does not see any substance in the Prime Minister’s remarks. ?I don’t think the Prime Minister’s so-called warning to cow vigilantes has any meaning. The Prime Minister and the President have spoken on cow vigilantism earlier too, but it has had little impact on the ground. It is necessary for the Centre to take strict action against these people,? he added. Another party leader Rajeev Rajan, on the other hand said Prime Minister Modi urging the state governments to take strict action against cow vigilantes is a ?welcome move?. Rebuking the incidents of cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier warned gau rakshaks of strict action, urging state governments to keep the “anti-social elements” under check. Prime Minister Modi further urged all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection. He added that State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law. “Prime Minister Modi has asked the State Governments to take strict action against the anti-social elements creating violence in the name of cow vigilantism and punish them strictly,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said after the all-party meeting. “People are trying to give it a political and communal colour, but it is not in favour of the country,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Surprise tests on mobile phones, tablets to be new way of assessment at IIT Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adopting a flip classroom model, where students are assessed on the basis of a video they are shown and surprise tests on mobile phones and tablets are some of the ways Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is planning to assess students, instead of the traditional method.The idea is to start the change with first year students and see how it develops further. A meeting regarding this was held with all first year teachers and the Director of IIT Delhi on Friday.The institutions plans to give surprise tests to students over their mobile phones. If a student does not have a smartphone, he/she will be given a tablet on the spot to take the test. Another plan is to adopt a flip classroom model, which is a pedagogical model where the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed; short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while the in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.Confirming the development, a senior professor from the institute said, “We want to change the assessment system in the institution from the one where tests take place every three months to a more continuous assessment. This will improve the quality of learning among students.”We want to adopt the flip classroom model where students will see a video and discuss the same in classroom and be given credits on its basis. If someone does not attend it they will lose credits.””We also want to conduct surprise tests but for that, giving a surprise test to a classroom of 400 students will be difficult, so we plan on giving it to them on tablets and mobile phones. Different sets of tests will be given to different students. Credits from all these tests will be added to their final credit score,” he added.Currently, under the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) many universities have adopted for a continuous assessment, where they do not take examination in the traditional method but instead give them projects and assignments on a regular basis.

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