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MoEF panel turns down clearance for Rasuli iron mine in Chhattisgarh

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has not recommended forest clearance for the Rasuli iron ore mine of Navbharat Fuse Co Ltd in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, as the mine falls in very dense forest area in the Bailadila mountain range.FAC is an apex panel of the MoEF&CC that appraises projects that seek diversion of forests for non-forestry purposes. The mining project required diversion of 220 hectares of pristine forest land rich in biodiversity.During its meeting on December 20, the FAC noted that the state government, which had allotted the mine in 2009, had conveyed to the company its rejection of the proposal and even the ministry’s regional office did not recommend clearance upon site inspection. On these grounds, the FAC decided against recommending the project for clearance under Forest Conservation Act, minutes of the FAC meeting showed.The Rasuli iron ore mine was one among 10 leases that the state government had allotted to private companies in 2009. The mine had a reserve of 9.4 million tonnes of iron ore that was to be provided for captive use in the company’s sponge iron plant in Jagdalpur. The company had retained the mine under section 10A (2) (c) of the amended Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act.The FAC noted that the forest land proposed for diversion is part of a stand-alone hill range running north to south. “The overall landscape of the area indicates area proposed for lease constitutes the part of extension of Bailadila mountain range. The extension of the said mountain range runs over a distance of more than 100 km in Dantewada, Bijapur, Kanker, Balod, and Rajnandgaon districts of Chhattisgarh…the area has high landscape integrity value,” the FAC minutes stated.The average density of the forest is approximately 0.7 to 0.8 SDI, and it is estimated that more than 90,000 trees stand across 220 hectares. “Removal of such a large number of trees over an area of 220 ha will certainly have an adverse impact on the local environment. The area proposed under the lease forms the immediate catchment of local nallah…opening of the area and removal of the trees will also disturb the existing water regime of the area,” the minutes added.Why not allowed The Rasuli iron ore mine of Navbharat Fuse Co Ltd in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, as the mine falls in very dense forest area in the Bailadila mountain range. The average density of the forest is approximately 0.7 to 0.8 SDI, and it is estimated that more than 90,000 trees stand across 220 hectares.

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Nagpada junction to get 20 m flag pole

A 20-meter flag pole and congestion-free Nagpada junction is on its way. According to sources the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently approved a complete makeover of the junction that is famous for its congestion. The Nagpada Junction is one of the oldest junction in the city. Currently it is a traffic nightmare, where commuters get stuck for a long time. The local corporator Rais Shaikh, along with architects came up with a plan to redesign the area and give it a new look. Shaikh said “We will have a landscaping for the area done so that no one encroaches the area again and there is a smooth flow of traffic,” said Shaikh.According to Shaikh, the municipal commissioner recently gave the proposal an administrative consent and the work may start soon on the junction.The junction will have a small garden that can be used by the locals. “We are also planning to have a flag pole as huge as 20 meters. This flag pole will hoist the flag throughout the year. There are certain things like proper lighting and other regulations to be followed for the flag to be hoisted day and night, all of that is being worked out and will be followed,” added Shaikh.Shaikh claims that the makeover of the junction will help the locals have a beautiful place and also solve traffic and other problems like illegal parking in the area near the junction. Already that issue has been talked about and action on illegal parking has been taken on several occasions.

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Bomb hoax at upscale Khan Market in south Delhi triggers panic

A phone call claiming that a bomb was planted in the upscale Khan Market in south Delhi triggered panic in the area today, prompting a rush of bomb and dog squads to the spot. Security officials were sent into a tizzy when a person called up the police control room around 6:40 am and claimed a bomb had been planted in the market in the heart of the capital, police said. Bomb and dog squads were rushed to the area. No suspicious item was found during checking, they added. Further details are awaited. The market, a popular shopping and culinary hub, is the most expensive retail location in India. Meanwhile, US Embassy New Delhi recommends individuals monitor local media closely and avoid the Khan Market area until the police give the all clear. Also readSecurity agencies in tizzy after bomb hoax at Delhi airport

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NGT clarifies its stance on Amarnath shrine silent zone; says devotees will be silent near Shivling

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued a clarification on declaring the holy shrine at Amarnath a silent zone, saying that the entire area was not a silent zone.“Only restriction is that devotees will maintain silence in front of the Shivling. This is not applicable to any other part of the shrine. A one-way queue will be maintained,” news agency ANI reported.Earlier, reports did the rounds that the NGT had declared the entire shrine a silent zone and had prohibited any religious offerings beyond the entry point.A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the Amarnath Shrine Board should ensure that proper infrastructural facilities are provided to the pilgrims so that they are not deprived of a clear ‘darshan’, and the ecology of the area is maintained. The NGT earlier said that declaring the area around the Amarnath cave shrine a “silence zone” would be helpful in preventing avalanches and maintaining its pristine nature.”Nobody would be permitted to carry anything from the stairs leading to the holy cave and everybody should be properly frisked at the entry point. From the point of stairs and the area inside the cave should be declared silence zone,” the bench said. The green panel ordered removal of iron grills in front of the ice stalagmite resembling the ‘Shiva Linga’ so that devotees could get a better view of it and said there should be no noise pollution near the sacred structure.It also restrained carriage of personal belongings including mobile phones beyond the last checkpoint and asked the shrine board to construct a place where pilgrims can keep their valuables. The green panel also directed the committee of experts headed by an additional secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit an action plan on providing facilities to the pilgrims within three weeks. Environment activist Gauri Maulekhi, on whose plea the directions were passed, welcomed the NGT order and termed it “progressive”.Also readNGT declares Amarnath cave shrine ‘silence zone’, prohibits religious offerings beyond entry point”The Amarnath cave is located in a delicate ecosystem. The directions would make the Amarnath Yatra safe and convenient for the devotees. This would protect the shrine from degradation and ensure it is protected for the coming generations. It is indeed a very good and progressive direction,” Maulekhi told PTI. The matter will be heard again on January 18 next year.In November, the NGT rapped the Amarnath Shrine Board for not providing proper infrastructural facilities to pilgrims going to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, saying it could not “deprive people of proper darshan”. The green panel took exception to non-compliance with the directions issued by the Supreme Court in 2012 and asked the board what steps it had taken in all these years. The bench directed the experts committee to submit report on aspects such providing a proper path and declaring the cave shrine a “silence zone” while maintaining cleanliness in the area.

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NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine ‘silence zone’, prohibits religious offerings beyond entry point

In a bid to preserve the eco- sensitive Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, the National Green Tribunal today declared it a “silence zone” and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point.A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the Amarnath Shrine Board should ensure that proper infrastructural facilities are provided to the pilgrims so that they are not deprived of a clear ‘darshan’, and the ecology of the area is maintained. The NGT earlier said that declaring the area around the Amarnath cave shrine a “silence zone” would be helpful in preventing avalanches and maintaining its pristine nature.”Nobody would be permitted to carry anything from the stairs leading to the holy cave and everybody should be properly frisked at the entry point. From the point of stairs and the area inside the cave should be declared silence zone,” the bench said. The green panel ordered removal of iron grills in front of the ice stalagmite resembling the ‘Shiva Linga’ so that devotees could get a better view of it and said there should be no noise pollution near the sacred structure.Also readNGT slams Amarnath shrine board over lack of amenitiesIt also restrained carriage of personal belongings including mobile phones beyond the last checkpoint and asked the shrine board to construct a place where pilgrims can keep their valuables. The green panel also directed the committee of experts headed by an additional secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit an action plan on providing facilities to the pilgrims within three weeks. Environment activist Gauri Maulekhi, on whose plea the directions were passed, welcomed the NGT order and termed it “progressive”.”The Amarnath cave is located in a delicate ecosystem. The directions would make the Amarnath Yatra safe and convenient for the devotees. This would protect the shrine from degradation and ensure it is protected for the coming generations. It is indeed a very good and progressive direction,” Maulekhi told PTI. The matter will be heard again on January 18 next year.Also readNGT calls for Amarnath to become ‘silence zone’In November, the NGT rapped the Amarnath Shrine Board for not providing proper infrastructural facilities to pilgrims going to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, saying it could not “deprive people of proper darshan”. The green panel took exception to non-compliance with the directions issued by the Supreme Court in 2012 and asked the board what steps it had taken in all these years. The bench directed the experts committee to submit report on aspects such providing a proper path and declaring the cave shrine a “silence zone” while maintaining cleanliness in the area.The Amarnath cave shrine is considered to be one of the holiest in Hinduism. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims

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Mob assault woman for busting liquor racket

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Malliwal on Thursday alleged that a woman, who went along with the police to bust an illicit liquor racket in outer Delhi’s Narela, was allegedly assaulted, and her clothes torn by other women of the locality who apparently were involved in bootlegging.Maliwal alleged that the woman was attacked by a mob of over 25 people and was assaulted with iron rods. “Her clothes were torn and she was paraded naked in the area and the entire incident was filmed and the video was allegedly shared in the area by these criminals,” she said.”The entire incident proves complete lawlessness and zero fear of law in the area and it is shocking that police did not take any action to protect these women,” Malliwal added.”Utterly shocking and shameful that this is happening in the capital of India. I urge Hon’ble LG to immediately intervene,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
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Stay alert and stop terror: Mamata Banerjee at rally

In the wake of terrorists being arrested in Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her rally at Gosaba in South 24 Parganas on Thursday, warned people to be alert about strangers seen in the area, trying to entice people into illegal activities.”They bring a lot of money with them and will try to lure you into doing all sorts of illegal activities. They will pretend to be your friends. This is a bordering area and you need to be alert. Your area will be fine,” she said addressing a public rally after an administrative meeting. At the same time, she was quick to add, “Don’t take law into your hands. If you find any stranger in the area, ask for his or her identity card and then if need be, inform the police. To the police officials I must ask to take prompt and necessary actions against any such complaints.”With an eye at the panchayat polls next year, she inaugurated a slew of welfare projects and warned her party leaders of the area not to indulge in faction clashes.Firing fresh salvos at BJP and the CPI (M), Mamata said that neither the BJP at the Centre nor the CPI(M) who were in power for 34 years, were bothered about the well-being of the people here. “The BJP had stopped senior citizen pension for about 2.5 lakh people but we have allotted Rs 268 crore from our state funds so that pension is not stopped,” she said.
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Voters ready for other side of the coin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once known as a BJP bastion, Dariyapur was won by Gyasuddin Shaikh for the Congress in 2012. The area was ruled by the BJP through Bharat Barot for 25 years. After delimitation in 2012, the area now has more than 50,000 Muslim voters, who play a decisive role in the victory margin.Shaikh won in 2012 with the support of Muslim voters, but has failed keep up with his responsibilities. Voters are unhappy and most of them are ready to show him the door if Congress repeat their candidate. Nothing, they say, has been done for development or infrastructure. The local MLA has not turned up in the constituency in the last five years. Now, Shaikh is meeting people but locals have not been giving him very positive vibes.Congress may stick with Gyasuddin Shaikh as he remained loyal to the party even when there were allegations of horse trading during the Rajya Sabha elections.At present, the voters have revolted against him and so have the other party workers.Polluted water because of old drainage lines is a major issue in this area. The locals have complained about this many times but to no avail.According to Bharat Barot, the area has seen major development over the years. “With the support of funds from the BJP government, the area has seen growth in infrastructure. There is a BRTS, many gardens and schools here. Development has been done keeping all classes and communities in mind,” Barot said.”The area has illegal constructions and slaughter houses. A major chunk of the population stays in slums and suffer from many health issues. The problem with polluted water, floating sewage water and traffic persists,” added Barot.On the other hand, Congress leader and MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh claimed that the BJP is making false allegations on development as they want the constituency by hook or by crook. “BJP’s B team – Jan Vikalp and AAP —are working hard to fight against me. AAP is looking for a Muslim candidate for this constituency. Some people were offered millions to contest from AAP. The allegations over development are baseless,” he said.For 2017, election there 175 polling booths in this constituency.MAJOR AREASDariapurShahpurDARIAPURPopulation: Over 2.5 lakhVoters: 184089Male: 95257Female: 88830Others: 2CASTE-WISE BREAK-UP OF VOTERSMuslim: 68,000SC: 35,000Patel: 9,000Vania: 7,000others: 15,000(all figures are approx)VOTER TURNOUT IN LAST ELECTION2012- 68.47%WHO WON IN 2012Gyasuddin Shaikh (60,967 ) INCKEY ISSUESILLEGAL CONSTRUCTIONILLEGAL SLAUGHTER HOUSESPOLLUTED WATERDRAINAGESLUMLIKELY CANDIDATESBharat Barot – BJPGyasuddin Shaikh– INCLEADERS SAYGyasuddin Shaikh, MLA, INCBJP has strategically divided votes of the Congress to ensure a win. Interestingly, in September we came across cases of around 6,800 Muslim voters, whose names were deleted from the voting list. They want to defeat me at any cost. But people know that I have stood by them and have worked for them.Bharat Barot, BJPIn last five years, illegal activities have been flourishing. He constituency is a den for illegal constructions, illegal slaughter houses and poverty. There are issues of polluted water and poor health. This area has major slum pockets, which too need some development. When BJP was in power, we gave them schools, gardens, roads, streetlights etc. But the Congress MLA has hardly taken any developmental measures.WHAT VOTERS HAVE TO SAYPraksh Soni, businessmanNarrow and small slums are the biggest concern in this area. People need a revamp in terms of basic necessities. Pollution is yet another issue and here is hardly any greenery here. There are government schools but they don’t provide quality education. Politicians at the local level are working, but MLAs are hardly seen here.Zil Shah, social media workerThis area has a mixed population, with a majority of Muslims. We can say that this part of Ahmedabad is unique in terms of heritage monuments and modern infrastructure. It is very old compared to others and some drainage lines need to be changed as this leads to problems with waterRaju Momin, former councillorCongress had a chance to develop the area. But Gyasuddin Shaikh listened only to some people. He has focused on a few Muslims only and has neglected overall change. We don’t want to see him again as MLA. We have made requests at higher levels for the same.Rajesh Brahmbhatt, social workerI have been living here for a long time and I am aware of the issues. Sadly, our MLA has missed many things during his tenure. There are issues with drainage and there is no permanent solution for it. The MLA has never tried to find a concrete solution.Manoj DabhiHardly any development has happened. We don’t need a complete face-lift but there needs to be a balance. Due to BRTS, the area is facing major traffic congestion. There was no need for an exclusive corridor for transportation. Also, there is no greenery, and so during summer, this area turns into an urban island.

Brace for more traffic snarls at Hindmata junction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hindmata in Parel is one of the most chronic waterlogging spots in Mumbai every monsoon. Even when there was severe water-logging in the city after heavy rains on August 29, Hindmata experienced water-logging for a much longer period than other areas where water had receded. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is finally going to carry out augmentation of the stormwater drains (SWD) at Hindmata junction to increase the rainwater draining capacity so that such flooding is not seen in the future.However, Hindmata Junction is already known for its traffic jams, and as road excavation by the stormwater drains department is expected to begin here next month, motorists will have to brace for even more traffic snarls in the area.The BMC will excavate road right from the B J Devrukhkar road at Hindmata to Madkebuwa chowk along Dr BA Road. The work includes converting the curved arc drain in the area to an RCC box drain, which will be around 800 meters long, to facilitate faster drainage of water. The drain will be widened from 1.5 x 1.2 meters to 3 x 1.5 metres which will increase its rainwater draining capacity and give relief from waterlogging at Hindmata.”However, traffic problems in the area due to work is unavoidable and we will carry out work in coordination with the Mumbai Traffic police”, chief engineer of SWD department, Vidyadhar Khandkar said.Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Amitesh Kumar said: “We will deploy more traffic police officers and additional traffic wardens in the area for traffic management”.Ajay Shete, a shop owner, said, “I travel every day to Hindmata market and take 30 minutes in an usual traffic at Hindmata junction. Now, when one lane will get shut for BMC work, it will take over an hour to cross the place. But as solving the severe waterlogging issue at Hindmata, there is no option but to bear the traffic woes”.The stormwater drain at Hindmata is at least 70 years old, curved and at certain locations has roots of the trees entered into the drains. “No work has happened at Hindmata junction since the British era. We have strengthened the SWD and did thorough desilting from Baristernath Pai Road to Britannia pumping station. It has eased the waterlogging in the areas nearby Hindmata junction. This is, however, the first time that work is carried at the exact water logging location”, an officer said.The work is expected to begin next month and will continue for the next 18 months. The proposal is expected to be tabled in Standing committee next week.ROAD RECOVERYBMC will excavate road right from the B J Devrukhkar road at Hindmata to Madkebuwa chowk along Dr BA Road. Drain will be widened from 1.5 x 1.2 meters to 3 x 1.5 mts which will increase its rainwater draining capacity and give relief from waterlogging.

Empowering women through skills training

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Do you know how it feels to purchase something as small as an ice-cream from your own earnings,” 27-year-old Rukhsar asks, displaying a hint of pride that comes with being financially independent. As she shows her merchandise of beautifully embroidered table cloth to visitors at Apna Basti Mela at Nizamuddin Basti, Rukhsar spools tales of a conservative family where girls were not allowed to study, leave alone step out and earn a livelihood.Rukhsar recounts the day when her life took a turn for the better when she was introduced to Insha-e-Noor, a women’s empowerment programme by the Aga Khan Foundation that has been scripting success stories for many like Rukhsar for the past seven years now. Training them in various vocational skills from tailoring, embroidery, crochet etc, the organisation has been helping women in the Nizamuddin Basti, an area where people do not have too many means of livelihood. A patriarchal mindset coupled with lack of education has led to girls and women in this area remaining dependent on their male family members. Insha-e-Noor has tried to the break years old feudal setup in such families, using traditional skills like tailoring as weapon of liberation. Says Ratna Sahni, programme coordinator and centre in-charge, Insha-e-Noor, Nizamuddin Basti, “Most of the women we have trained since the inception of this project in 2010, came from extremely old-fashioned households,” She adds, “When we took the initiative to start this programme, the biggest challenge was to convince women, as well as their fathers and brothers, to let them learn something new.”Breaking barriersA patriarchal mindset coupled with lack of education has led to girls and women in this area remaining dependent on their male family members.Insha-e-Noor has tried to break the years’ old feudal set-up in such families, using traditional skills like tailoring as weapons of liberation.

Water pipeline bursts in Marol, supply to resume today evening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 9-inch main water pipeline burst on Monday, at 8.19 pm, in Bohri Colony, Marol, in Andheri East. The burst led to heavy loss of potable water, as BMC’s evening water supply between 6 and 9 pm was on.The supply was cut at 8.35 pm, and a repair is expected to be completed by Tuesday. “However, as most of the water was already supplied through the pipeline, there are less chances of any buildings having water issues in the area.The area is expected to have regular evening water supply on Tuesday and buildings will not get affected”, an official from BMC disaster management said.

Getting residents, hawkers on the same page

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when hawkers are being driven away from railway stations and other areas in the city, and a Town Vending Committee (TVC) that will demarcate dedicated hawking zones is yet to be constituted, residents of Malabar Hill have worked out their own model which they suggest can be replicated in other areas to tackle the hawkers issue. In fact, an Advanced Locality Management (ALM) in the area asked for a hawking zone to be created.The thrust of the model adopted by the ALM is to involve hawkers as stakeholders in ensuring cleanliness, hygiene and space management in the area while making sure that the number of hawkers in the area does not increase. Hawkers are expected to operate only in the area assigned to them.For the last 17 years, around 35 hawkers near Kamla Nehru Park have been going about their business selling their wares, and residents and hawkers say they enjoy a symbiotic relationship. Instead of removing hawkers from the area, residents sought to involve them in their area as stakeholders. This was facilitated by the Advance Locality Management (ALM) of Little Gibbs Road number 1, 2 and 3.It all started about more than a decade ago, when Indrani Malkani, Managing Trustee and founder Secretary of Advance Locality Management (ALM) of Little Gibbs Road number 1, 2 and 3 appeared before a three-member committee on hawking set up on a Supreme Court directive and sought a hawking zone in her area.”This was something new even for the court, that residents sought hawking zones in their backyards,” recalls Malkani adding that it is a normal practice for people to demand eviction of hawkers. But the request was accepted and a designated hawking zone came into existence. The hawking zone was allocated adjacent to Hanging Garden and Kamla Nehru Park. Today, hawkers see themselves as stakeholders of the area and maintain it.”There is need to integrate hawkers which will make them feel involved and part of it, and they will also take responsibility,” said Malkani. However, the ALM ensures that there is no influx of hawkers.

Cops looking for 2 rumour mongers

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

Cops hunt for rumour mongers and arsonists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the arrest of Shabbir Khan, the police have come across names of at least five to six more persons who were involved in the arson conspiracy.The police and BMC officials claim that a fire takes place in the area every six months. The idea is that once the houses are gutted, the locals claim that their documents were destroyed, and as a result, several new illegal hutments soon crop up which they later sublet.According to the police, the wanted-accused individuals had allegedly poured kerosene on the roofs of hutments and Khan had allegedly opened a gas cylinder to let it blow up so that the demolition drive could be brought to a halt.The accused opened the gas cylinder after officials reached the area to demolish hutments in compliance with the High Court’s orders.Sources from the police and BMC said that there will be a renewed demolition drive in the area.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man attempts to molest woman in Kerala; flees when she fights back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unidentified man was caught on camera attempting to molest a woman in a Kozhikode street.He was caught on CCTV cameraIn the video footage, the accused is seen walking along with a woman on a narrow road. Few steps later, he tries to molest and harass her, but when she resisted he fled the spot. The woman filed a case against the attacker and the Local Police of the area has registered a case of molestation against him. Investigations are underway.

Civic body talks trash with waste producers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the aim to reduce the garbage generated in the area, officials from B ward, which covers Mohammed Ali Road, Dongri and Sandhurst Road, are in talks with bulk generators of waste, including hotels, business establishments and apartments, to instal a garbage disposal sink. The officials said space is an issue in the area so solutions such as compost pits and other techniques to reduce waste do not work.A meeting will be held with manufacturers and bulk generators in the area to discuss the issue and come up with effective solutions.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant municipal commissioner, B ward, said, “We are in talks with the bulk generators to figure out how we can reduce the waste generated. There are a handful of them which produce more than 100 kg of waste in the ward. To reduce the garbage disposal stress, we are talking about installing an industry trash disposal unit.”The disposal unit is used to shred food waste into pieces generally less than 2 mm. It works on electricity.“This technique is popular in the United States and not many are aware about it. Using this the bulk generators can dispose of the waste time to time. The processed garbage will go directly to sewage line,” said Shiroorkar.The ward office is also planning to instal a 150-tonne bio-digestor at the Children’s Home at Dongri. CRAP HEAP24 bulk generators in B ward produce over 100 kg of waste
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Guyana says Venezuelan soldiers cross border, seek supplies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The army chief of staff in Guyana says authorities are investigating reports that soldiers from neighboring Venezuela have crossed the border in search of food. Brig. Gen. Patrick West today said that additional troops will be sent to the border region in response to complaints from indigenous groups in the remote western region of Guyana. West said people in the area have reported that Venezuelan soldiers have been asking for food and other supplies as well as robbing residents of the area. The Indigenous Affairs Ministry reported that Venezuelan soldiers apologized to Guyanese soldiers in one recent incident and said they have not been resupplied in 45 days amid the deep economic crisis in their country. Venezuelan troops have so far largely been spared from the country’s widespread food shortages.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Body of militant recovered in Kashmir’s Bonita sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces today recovered body of a militant near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Bonita sector of Kashmir, officials said. Army personnel opened fire when they noticed suspicious movement near the LoC at the Torna Post on Saturday night, they said. Today, the body was recovered during a search operation in the area, the officials said, adding an assault rifle was also recovered from the scene of the incident. The search operation was going on in the area till last reports came in, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police, SDMC face HC ire on Hauz Khas village eateries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today faced the ire of the Delhi High Court for allowing eating joints to come up “neck to neck” in violation of building laws and the master plan in the Hauz Khas village area of the city. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar observed that the restaurants were located “one on top of another” in the area and were running out of residential properties which had been converted to commercial use. “More than 100 restaurants are running neck to neck in that small area in violation of building bye-laws and the master plan. Restaurants are located one on top of another,” the court said and questioned whether such conversion was permissible. It further said that “time and again” it has told the authorities not to permit conversion of residential buildings without following the building bye-laws and the master plan requirements. The court said it cannot blame citizens for not following the law when statutory bodies like the municipal corporation and the police were flouting laws by issuing licences without ensuring compliance of building bye-laws and master plan requirements. “You have permitted Kingsway Camp and Lado Sarai to become a nuisance. How are you permitting violation of master plan here,” the bench said to the SDMC. It directed Delhi Police, Fire Services Department and the SDMC to file affidavits on what was the permissible use of the properties where the eateries were located. It also sought to know “how licences could be issued for properties for usage which is in violation of the master plan regarding permissible usage” and listed the matter for further hearing on August 2. The court was hearing two public interest litigations alleging “unlawful existence” of restaurants, pubs, fashion studios, bars serving liquor without licence, art galleries and other buildings in the village. The petitioners, social activist Pankaj Sharma and advocate Anuja Kapur, alleged that there are over 120 restaurants and pubs running in the area without any building plan approval or no objection certificate (NOC) from the authorities, including the fire department. They have contended that the crowding of the area is more at late hours of the night. To ascertain this claim, the court ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and Chief Fire Officer of the area to ensure that random surprise inspections of the area are carried out and to file a status report regarding it. The petitioners’ have also told the bench that running of these restaurants pose a grave security risk and fire hazard and apart from that the crowd in the area makes it impossible for emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire trucks to gain access to the restaurants in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kejriwal visits Rohini Sec 27, reviews progress of devlpt work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today visited Rohini Sector-27 of Narela assembly constituency and reviewed the progress of the development work in the area. He was accompanied by senior government officials and local MLA Sharad Chauhan. According to an official statement, Kejriwal said that residents of the area had met him recently and demanded setting of a government school, mohalla clinics. They had also complained about problems in the water supply pipeline. “I have discussed the problems with my officers and have come back to you,” he said. On building a school, Kejriwal said that the building plan for the school has been passed and construction will start in six months and likley to take one-and-half-year to complete. “I have asked your MLA to identify land for the mohalla clinic. If required, we will construct 2-3 mohalla clinics considering the population of the area. Once the land is identified, it will take 3-4 months to complete the clinics, the Chief Minister was quoted as saying in a statement. Kejriwal also assured the residents that he will get the water pipeline problem rectified at the earliest. The Chief Minister also explained the free surgery and free medical test scheme to the audience. “We have launched a scheme for free surgeries for you in private hospitals if the queue in the government hospital is long and your operation is not being done within one month. “You can now get operated at private hospitals and the Delhi government will pay for it. Similarly, if you have any medical test to be done and it is not available or for any reason it is not being done at the government hospital, you can now get it done from any private lab and the Delhi government will pay for it, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clash over garbage disposal in Seemapuri; 7 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A clash broke out between two groups following an argument over throwing garbage in Seemapuri area of north east Delhi today, with both sides using knives and stones to attack each other, police said. The incident took place when Shakir, a contractor, was cleaning a pipeline in the area along with two of his workers. He then got into an argument with Shakeel when the latter started throwing garbage in the area, they said. The argument soon turned into a brawl with each side calling more men, police said, adding the groups started attacking ecah other with knives and stones. The incident has left seven persons injured, they said, adding the injured are being treated. The police said the matter was being probed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lajpat Nagar now no-hawking zone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High court on Thursday declared Lajpat Nagar as a no-hawking zone stating that encroachments on the pavements by street vendors there could prove fatal.”This is a classic case where having learnt our lesson, we still refuse to adhere,” the court said with regard to the return of street vendors to the area.A bench of Justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel recalled that the then Lieutenant Governor had in 1996 declared the area as a no-hawking or squatting zone as emergency services could not reach the victims of a massive bomb blast that had occurred that year claiming 13 lives. It noted that the situation has worsened with the influx of people and street vendors.

China issues map to claim Indian troops’ ‘incursion’ in Doklam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China has released a map to back its claim that Indian troops “transgressed” into the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector, which it claims as part of its territory. In the map, released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a blue arrow with markings in Chinese points Indian troops alleged transgression into the area to prevent the PLA troops from building a strategic road. The map shows Doklam as part of Chinese territory. Bhutan has protested to China asserting that the area is part of its territory and Chinese action is vocative of 1988 and 1998 agreements. The map is in addition to two photographs released on Thursday purportedly showing Indian troops on the Chinese side of the border. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang displayed the photographs of the alleged Indian “incursion” into the area during a media briefing. Later, the ministry uploaded them on its website. One photo showed two bulldozers stated to be that of the Indian military while another showed one bulldozer. A redline in the photos was showed as “Chinese side of the border”. A standoff erupted between the two militaries after the Indian Army blocked construction of the road by China in the Doklam area. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim. China alleged that the Indian troops “trespassed” the recognised delineated boundary between China and India on June 18. India on Friday expressed deep concern over China constructing the road in the disputed area and said it had conveyed to Beijing that such an action would represent a significant change of status quo with “serious” security implications for India. India’s reaction follows a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the area, prompting Beijing to take a tough stance and demand withdrawal of Indian troops from the Sikkim sector as a precondition for “meaningful dialogue” to resolve the situation. The stand-off between the Indian and Chinese troops led to the cancellation of the Kailash Mansarovar yatra through Nathu La in Sikkim.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 kg silver articles, Rs 92,000 looted from merchant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About four kg of silver articles valued at about Rs two lakh and Rs 92,000 cash have been stolen from a merchant outside a jewellery shop here. The person had come to the city from Salem last night to sell silver articles–2.5 kg of ornaments and 1.5 kg bars, police said. As he was not satisfied with the prices at a particular shop, he went out when a person told him that there was an insect on his shirt collar. As he kept the bag with the silver articles down on the ground to brush aside the insect, the person snatched it and ran away from the area, police said. The merchant filed a complaint with police, who are scanning CCTV footage in the area to try and nab the culprit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two security personnel injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two security personnel were today injured in an IED (improvised explosive device) blast, triggered by naxals, in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. The incident took place in the forests under Tarrem police station limits when a a joint team of security forces was returning after carrying out an anti-maoist operation in the area, a senior police official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mob lynches person after catching him clicking pictures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was lynched by an angry mob when they caught him clicking pictures of people while coming out of a mosque in downtown of the city. The identity of the deceased could not be immediately established as angry mob went on a rampage targeting empty security pickets erected in the area. Police reinforcement were rushed in to restore normalcy in the area. The incident was sparked outside a mosque in Nowhatta area when a group of people were coming out of the mosque. They became suspicious of this person and tried to ascertain his identity. In the panic, he fired at them from his pistol resulting in injury to three civilians. Though the police have recovered his body but they are clueless about his identity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militants hurl grenade at CRPF camp in Pulwama, 10 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the third such incident in as many days, militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF camp in Pulwama district today, injuring 10 personnel. The camp housed troops of the force’s 180th battalion at Ladiyar village of Tral, 35 kms from here, a police official said. A senior CRPF official in Delhi said the grenade exploded in the area where the troops had gathered for a meal, causing splinter injures to 10 of them. They were rushed to the 92 base hospital, he said. The area around the camp was cordoned off to nab the unidentified militants, the police official said. This is the second grenade attack in Tral in two days and third such incident in the valley since Sunday. Two CRPF troopers were injured in a grenade attack by militants on their camp in Tral town yesterday. A sub- inspector of the force and three policemen were injured in a grenade attack on a security picket at Saraf Kadal in downtown Srinagar on Sunday. No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the grenade attacks. “We have told all our units deployed in Jammu and Kashmir to remained extra vigilant against such attacks and continue to launch operations against militants,” the CRPF official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mamata assures Bhangor inhabitants on powergrid substastion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today assured troubled Bhangor residents that construction of the proposed powergrid substation would only help in the development of the area and would not affect child birth and agriculture. “Setting up of a powergrid sub-station never affects child birth or agriculture of an area. This is an absolute false propaganda spread by outsiders mainly land-sharks and promoters who are trying to befool the simple people in the area,” Banerjee said here today. The chief minister was inaugurating a cluster of projects, laying of foundation stones and providing services at Bhojerhat here in the South 24-Parganas district today. Alleging a few promoters and real estate developers eying land in Bhangor and spreading such false rumours, Banerjee asked the locals not to listen to unknown outsiders and allow them enter and stay in the area as they were “Maoists” collecting funds. “There are real estate developers and promoters who are spreading these rumours. So I will ask the people not to listen to them and trust them. They are trying to cheat the simple people here. They are trying to destroy your future. “And I will advise you all not to allow outsiders enter your area. These are Maoists who are collecting money and one day they will escape. So locals must stop interacting with them because that will only harm your future,” she said. She also asked the outsiders staying inside Bhangor “to surrender immediately with their arms and bombs”. The state government was open for “talks” with the villagers of Bhangor and clear all form of confusions regarding the setting up of the powergrid there, she said. In January, one person was killed in crossfire between groups of outsiders and villagers, while opposing construction of a power grid sub-station in Bhangor area of South 24 Parganas district. The Mamata Banerjee government had provided a compensation around Rs two lakh to the family. Following the protests of the villagers in the area, the state government had halted the project.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tral township will be developed to boost tourism: Mehbooba

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government is planning to develop militancy-affected Tral township in Pulwama district to give tourism in the area a big boost, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said here today. Interacting with a delegation from the south Kashmir town here, she said Shikargah will be connected with the famous tourist resort of Pahalgam through a trekking route which will boost tourism in the area. Tral, considered a militancy hotbed, is hometown of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani whose killing in July last year triggered an unrest in the Valley. His successor Zakir Musa, who recently quit Hizbul Mujahideen, also hails from the town. “The area is being connected to Pahalgam through a trekking route and a road to make it a part of a bigger tourist circuit which would boost the local economy,” the chief minister said. She said the road network in the area is being improved and upgraded with widening and macadamisation and the Nawdal- Tral road is being widened to enhance connectivity with neighbouring areas. On the demand of the delegation, Mehbooba directed upgradation of the local health centre to a well-equipped hospital so that the people of the area do not have to travel distances in case of emergencies. They also sought setting up of a skill development institute to impart technical education to the youth of the area, an official spokesperson said. “Tral has remained far away from the developmental roadmap of successive governments over the last many decades. This government is sensitive to the needs and difficulties of the people of the area and appropriate steps are being taken to put Tral on the developmental plane of the state,” Mehbooba said. Tral is surrounded by the snow-capped mountains and is famous for its natural springs, dense forests and beautiful villages. Famous picnic spots in the vicinity include Shikargah, Aripal and Hajan. The area is known for its 82 springs, including hot water springs which remain hot in winter and cold in summer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RTV mows down 10-year-old in southwest Delhi, locals protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 10-year-old boy died after he was hit by a utility vehicle in southwest Delhi’s Palam area this evening, prompting protests from the locals. The incident took place around 4.15 PM on the Palam-Dabri road when a speeding RTV mowed down Krishna. The boy, a resident of Mahavir Enclave, was dragged a few metres by the vehicle. Krishna was a class-V student of a government school, police said, adding his father is a tractor driver. His death triggered protests and an irate group of people set the vehicle on fire, police said. The driver had managed to flee and police have launched a manhunt to nab him. Police deployed its several personnel in the area to maintain order. “The child was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead,” said a senior police officer. “The body has been sent for a post-mortem examination. We are tracing the owner of the offending vehicle, and the driver will soon be arrested,” he added. Police are also scanning the CCTV footage from the area to establish the sequence of events leading to the accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: One policeman dead, 12 injured in landmine blast by Naxals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the landmine blast that took place in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, one policeman has succumbed to his injuries.District collector ASR Naik said, “Gadchiroli experienced two attacks yesterday. There was an encounter between police officials and Naxals, wherein two cops were injured. Naxals also conducted a land mine blast yesterday afternoon, in which 12 cops of C-60 unit, used to combat naxals, were injured.””The attacks took place when Gadchiroli District collector and SP were in Mumbai. The SP has been rushed to the area to tackle the situation,” he added.A mine protected vehicle of the C-60 commandos came under a landmine attack allegedly by Naxals in Gadchiroli. Officials said the incident took place near Bhamragad in the district when a patrol party of the C-60 commandos, was crossing the area.The team of security force personnel had been conducting operations in the area.Earlier on Wednesday, a CRPF jawan and two Maharashtra Police personnel were injured in an exchange of fire with the Naxals, a senior officer said.On April 24, twenty-five CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the deadliest attack by naxalites targeting security forces this year.(With inputs from Kanchan Srivastava and PTI​)

Naxals attack security force’s mine protected vehicle in Maha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mine protected vehicle of the C-60 commandos today came under a landmine attack allegedly by Naxals in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. Officials said the incident took place in the evening near Bhamragad in the district when a patrol party of the C-60 commandos, was crossing the area. At least 12 personnel are said to be injured in the landmine blast which targeted the armoured vehicle, they said “We are getting some preliminary reports that the troops, caught in the blast, belong to the C-60 force of the Maharashtra Police that conducts anti-Naxal operations. More details are awaited,” a senior officer said. The team of security force personnel had been conducting operations in the area. Earlier in the day, a CRPF jawan and two Maharashtra Police personnel were injured in an exchange of fire with the Naxals, the officer said, adding reiforcement is on the way. On April 24, twenty-five CRPF personnel were killed and six wounded in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the deadliest attack by naxalites targeting security forces this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC stays notification to declare area around Gir eco-sensitive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today ordered a stay on issuance of final notification by the Centre to declare the area around the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary as eco- sensitive zone. The high court was hearing a PIL challenging the state government’s proposal to reduce the area of eco-sensitive zone, in the last abode for Asiatic lions. The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and V M Pancholi, while hearing a PIL challenging the state government’s decision to reduce the area of eco-sensitive zone in its new proposal sent to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF-CC), ordered stay on issuance of final notification and issued notices to central and state governments returnable on May 3. Petitioner Biren Pandya in his PIL contended that in its preliminary notification on October 25, 2016, the MoEF-CC had included 3,32,881 hectare area surrounding the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park comprising 291 villages as eco- sensitive zone. In its new proposal based on which the final notification will be issued on buffer zone around the Asiatic lions sanctuary, the state government has reduced the area to 1,14,000 hectare area consisting of 191 villages, the PIL claimed. It said that at some areas in the new proposal, the eco-sensitive zone is as low as 500 metres from the boundary of the sanctuary and at no place it goes beyond 4 km, even though the Supreme Court’s earlier order had said that 10 km areas around the wildlife sanctuary should be eco-sensitive zone. The Gujarat government was following the 10-km rules for eco-sensitive zone till date around the sanctuary, it said. “If the said action of the authorities is allowed, then it would be a catastrophic for the last surviving Asiatic lions in the area around the sanctuary,” it said. It said that the reduction of area is violative of the guidelines issued by the MoEF-CC and Supreme Court order. The purpose of the eco-sensitive zone outside the sanctuary is to act as a buffer zone and some kind of shock absorber for protected areas, it said. The petition also said that the state government is acting under pressure from “tourism lobby” to reduce the area so as to facilitate activities like Safari Park near Shetrunji river on northern border of the Gir sanctuary. The reduction also exposes the environmentally delicate areas to mining and construction activities, and polluting industries may also come up near the sanctuary, it said. “The proposed action on the part of respondent authorities is malafide, unjust, improper, illegal, and contrary to the provisions of law,” the petitioner said. It sought court’s direction to MoEF not to issue final notification based on state government’s proposal, and issue final notification based on its preliminary notification. Gir Sanctuary is home to 523 lions as per the latest census, out of which 168 lions live outside the protected area, it said, adding that 310 lions have died in last 5 years, out of which 25 lions died unnaturally.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Eight college students from Karnataka drown in sea in Sindhudurg

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight college students from Karnataka’s Belgaum district Saturday drowned in the sea off the Vayri coast in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, police said.They were part of a group of 60 students from the Maratha Engineering College in Belgaum who were in the area on a picnic, police said.Three students have been rescued and are under medical observation.Further details are awaited.

Goa forest dept hunting for a bison which killed farmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa forest department is relying on technology as well as traditional methods to trace a bison which allegedly gored a farmer to death in the area lying between Bondla and Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuaries. Vigilance cameras have been set up across the forest around Shivdem village in Dharbandora tehsil, South Goa. A `gaur’ (Indian bison) reportedly killed Yeno Solienkar (51), a farmer from the village, on March 31. “Search is going on round-the-clock in and around Shivdem village. We tried tracing bison movement in the area through cameras but could not find any,” a senior official said. Forest officials are also using an elephant from Bondla sanctuary to comb the area. This is the first time the forest department is using `elephant-mounted human surveillance’ in such an operation. Gaur is Goa’s state animal and is also protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. Panic spread in Shivdem village after Solienkar was found dead, apparently gored by bison. However, round-the-clock monitoring by forest officials hasn’t led to spotting of a single bison in the area. “Usually bison move in a herd but this one is alone. After spotting it, if it is found to be wounded, we will tranquilise it and treat it,” the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Village with lowest literacy gets vocational centre for women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just 60 km far from the millenium city, Gurugram, exists a village with the lowest literacy rate in the state: 33.6 per cent. This literacy rate includes women who can read the Quran in Arabic, and nothing else. Khilluka village in Mewat region has almost zero participation from women in political matters and recognised workforce, which leaves them on the fringes of social and economic development.A vocational centre has recently opened in the area, which will provide sewing and stitching facilities to the local women. The Bibi Amtus Salam centre will be managed by the women of the area. “We want to make this area a centre of change. The area has an abysmally poor literacy rate and participation from women,” says Faisal Khan of Khudai Khidmatgar, a group that focuses on social reform.”The biggest responsibility for us is to cultivate community leaders, which is the only weapon to remove injustice and discrimination.” Initially, the idea of a vocational centre was discouraged and the inauguration was also difficult as the women adhere to a strict purdah. So far, 40 women have joined the centre. Khan hopes local freedom fighter Bibi Amtus Salam’s example will help more women to come forward.”Bibi Amtus Salam was with Mahatma Gandhi in Noakhali in 1946 when riots took place in Bengal, and Gandhi went on fast-unto-death to bring peace,” says Farmeena, who lives in the village. “Bibi stayed back, even when her family left for Pakistan, and she helped the refugees from Bahawalpur to settle down. Muslim women in this region need to learn from her and get more involved in social work.”Bibi founded khadi institutions in Rajpura and also established the Kasturba Seva Mandir. Apart from being a place for women empowerment, Khudai Khidmatgar envisions this centre will become a centre of peace, mass mobilisation, and unity in diversity. Monthly lectures will be conducted by women activists.

Couple, daughter murdered; buried near their home near Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A couple and their daughter were allegedly murdered and buried in a deserted area near their house in Chakan, 45 kms from here, police said today. The deceased have been identified as Rohidas Gogawale (45), his wife Manda (40) and daughter Ankita (12), all residents of Kurkunde village near Chakan, they said. The bodies, bearing injury marks, were found buried near a poultry farm close to their house, police said. “We have registered a case of murder and destruction of the evidence against an unidentified person and the investigation is on,” said an official attached to Chakan police station. “Though a case has been registered against unidentified person, police have detained two persons and are questioning them,” the official added. He said the incident came to light today after people alerted the police on finding a mutilated limb and experienced foul smell in the area. “Upon digging up the area, we found three bodies, which were later identified by Manda’s father and people living in the area,” he added. The relatives of the victims informed that all the three were missing since March 25. Blood stains have been found outside the house of the deceased, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jammu and Kashmir: Encounter underway between security forces and militants in Padgampora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter is underway between militants and security forces in Padgampora area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir.Security forces suspect presence of at least two to three militants.The army and special operation group of Jammu and Kashmir’s Awantipora has cordoned off the area.More details are awaited.

BRPL grid in South Delhi to meet growing electricity demand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power discom BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) today said it will soon construct its first gas insulated system-based grid at Meethapur in South Delhi to meet the growing electricity demand. Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain today visited the grid and said that the upcoming 66/11 KV grid sub-station is dedicated to the people of the area. “On the verge of being completed, this grid will further improve the power supply to fast developing South Delhi areas of Molar Bandh, Mithapur, Saurabh Vihar, Jaitpur and Khadda Colony, and benefit a population of around 1.5 lakh,” BSES said in its press statement. BRPL is one of the three power distribution companies (discoms) in the national capital. The grid, being constructed at a cost of around Rs 50 crore, will make BRPL the “first utility in India to have smart 66 KV power cables with built-in fibre optic connectivity,” the statement said. “Besides being unmanned, this SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Access) compatible state-of-the-art Grid is the first Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) sub-station being constructed by BRPL. “This German GIS technology, but manufactured in India, offers the best in class reliability and maintenance-free service. This grid will also feed DJB’s pumping station in the area and help in improving the water supply in the area,” it adds. Designed to cater to Delhi’s power demand that is growing annually at around 4 to 5 per cent, the grid sub-station will be commissioned by May 2017, the statement which quoted BRPL Chief Executive Amal Sinha, said. It said that keeping in mind the space constraints, the grid is being constructed in 1500 square metre area and will be the smallest and the fastest constructed grid sub-station in BSES. “Besides benefiting the residents of the area, the grid will also help the discom in reducing the losses in the area,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: 14-hour-long encounter ends in Tral, two terrorists and one policeman killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-hour-long encounter between security forces and terrorists in Tral region of Jammu and Kashmir came to an end on Sunday morning, with the death of two militants and one policeman in Hafoo Nazneepora area.J&K police constable Manzoor Ahmed was killed fighting terrorists, and three security personnel including an Army Major were injured.Officials sources have said that special forces have been deployed to carry out combing operation in the area.An incident of weapon being snatched from a CRPF jawan had emerged on Saturday. The Army had launched a cordon and search in Tral at around 6:30 PM on the basis of information of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Srinagar. A body of a Pakistani militant was recovered on Saturday.Sources further stated that a terrorist named Aqib of Hina village was reportedly holed-up along with two more terrorists. The area was sealed and security forces had zeroed in on the house where terrorists are holed up. Curfew was clamped in this area, 10 km from here, as protesters had gathered near the encounter site, they said.Poster boy of banned Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit Burhan Wani belongs to this area.(With ANI inputs)

Mentally unstable woman from Assam rescued in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police rescued a 27-year-old mentally unstable woman from Assam who was allegedly held captive here by three men. Subham Gosai (25), Sagar Rout (25) and Ranjan Koiri (28) have been apprehended for allegedly operating an organised gang involved in trafficking of girls from Assam to Delhi and other states, said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime). The Crime Branch received information from Assam Police about a 27-year-old missing girl said to be in Delhi. The woman was missing from February 24 and her parents had filed a complaint in Assam. During analysis of the mobile phone location, it was found to be somewhere in northwest Delhi’s Shakurpur area. A team led by ACP Shweta Chauhan was constituted under the supervision of DCP (Crime) G Ramgopal Naik to trace and rescue the woman. The three accused were detained in connection with the case. During further investigation, it was found that the victim had been brought to Delhi from Guwahati on February 26, while she was waiting for a train on February 24 from Assam. “Since she was not mentally sound, her parents kept her in quite a protected environment and would not allow her to venture out. She wanted to work and earn money like others of her age, so she ran away from her house,” said another police officer. On the way, she met the accused who convinced her to travel to Delhi with them. They lured her on the pretext of providing her a good job but she was forcefully kept in a rented house at Shakurpur and made to work as a maid. When she resisted, she was beaten, her SIM card was broken and her money and gold chain were snatched from her. “Due to her extreme resistance and the fear that they might be caught if something happened to her, they abandoned her at New Delhi Railway Station on February 28 around 1.30 PM,” said the officer. Efforts were made to trace the victim in the area of the railway station and inquiry was made from auto and taxi drivers, coolies and shopkeepers in the area, police said. She was traced at the railway station on March 2 around 4.30 AM. “She spent her days sitting in the waiting room or roaming around in the area. A rag picker identified her and told us that she had been seen roaming in the area,” police said. All three accused have previous criminal backgrounds and further legal action against them is being taken by Assam Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT asks builder to pay Rs 40 lakh for ‘environmental damage’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal’s bench here has directed a builder to restore the environmental damage allegedly caused to a housing society in Khandala due to illegal hill cutting and tree felling. The western zonal bench of judicial member U D Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee asked the Mumbai-based builder to deposit Rs 40 lakh with Lonavala Municipal Council for the restoration work. It also restrained the developer from resorting to any further tree felling or hill cutting. It asked the municipal council to restore the destroyed recreation ground and hill side at the Vikas Valley housing society at Khandala near here to its original form. The bench, in its judgement on February 28, also ordered the developer to pay Rs one lakh as litigation cost to the applicants – Nanik Rupani and Ashish Vaid – who had approached the NGT alleging “environmental damage” in the area. The tribunal ruled that the respondents – Vikas Developers and Vikas Gupta – shall jointly or severally pay the costs and expenses incurred for restitution of the space and deposit Rs 40 lakh with Lonavala Municipal Council within a month. According to the application, the builder had illegally cut a hillside and felled trees to make an illegal and unauthorised road without permission from Lonavala Municipal Council. The builder, however, denied the allegation of causing environmental damage in the area. “We also direct Lonavala Municipal Council to restitute the area of garden/open space as shown in the sanctioned layout, more particularly a strip of land admeasuring 6 metre wide and 105 metre long in recreation ground/open space, within six months and recover the costs from the builder,” the tribunal said in its written order. The developers shall not in any manner whatsoever illegally and unauthorisedly fell the trees or carry out hill cutting in the project area of Khandala at Maval taluka in Pune district, it ruled. “Illegal and unauthorised tree felling and hill cutting is an offence to environment,” the tribunal observed while disposing of the application. The Lonavala civic body informed the bench that it had issued stop work notice to the developers but they did not respond. “It appears that hill cutting and tree felling have been done,” the tribunal said. The bench also noted in its order that the Lonavala civic body and the state government supported the applicants, who alleged environmental damage in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No land transaction or construction in Tughlaqabad Fort area:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court today prohibited all land transactions and building activities in the area, expressing concern over the “rampant and unabated” illegal constructions in Tughlaqabad Fort despite the Supreme Court disallowing it. A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar also held that no manufacturing or industrial activity would be permissible in the area. The directions came after the court perused the demarcation report filed by Delhi government’s revenue department, which had carried out the exercise on its order. Additional standing counsel for Delhi government Naushad Ahmed Khan said as per the report, there were vacant sites and open land in the area. In view of the submission, the court directed the revenue department to demarcate the vacant areas immediately, using latest technology like drones, so as to protect them from any encroachment. The Archaeological Survey of India, represented by the Centre’s standing counsel Sanjeev Narula, told the bench that since 2010, it has issued over 370 notices to the Sub- Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and the Collector regarding illegal construction in the area, but no action was taken. ASI also said that since it had no task force of its own, it cannot on its own take action. Taking note of ASI’s contentions, the bench said “it clearly indicates that there is rampant unauthorised construction in the area, despite orders of Supreme Court and agencies concerned are not paying heed of the same”. It directed the concerned District Magistrate (DM), SDM, DCP south east and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to “take action in accordance with law whenever a notice is issued by ASI”. The court then listed the matter for further hearing on April 19. It was hearing a PIL to protect, maintain and preserve the historic fort, an issue which the apex court had directed the Delhi High Court to monitor. The court had earlier also noted that the apex court’s direction to protect the historic fort, built in 1321 AD by Tughlaq dynasty founder Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, was being violated. The apex court in February 2016 had declared the entire Tughlaqabad Fort as protected and directed the ASI not to allow any land grabbing or encroachment there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

"The biggest mockery is that there is a leather factory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>near a vegetable market here. I advise my patients to avoid that mandi as the produce there would be exposed to all kinds of toxic pollutants,” Mishra said. Senior officials of the civic bodies and government departments were recently directed by the Delhi High Court to appear before it for their “failure” to comply with its order to remove debris and ease traffic movement in the area. Local pharmacy owners shared that they are usually flooded with queries about masks and air purifiers. The number of customers looking for medicines to treat bronchitis had sky-rocketed in the days immediately after Diwali, they said. “My children keep falling ill regularly and hospital visits have become frequent. I do not let my children play outside fearing they will not be able to bear it. Even using masks does not help. We cannot afford to move out either,” lamented Nisha, a resident. Queries to Delhi Environment Secretary Chandraker Bharti in this regard did not elicit any response. Kumar, a snack vendor in the area, alleged lack of action on the part of the authorities, saying no matter which government is in power, good initiatives never work out in reality. “I have not noticed any difference following the Delhi government’s announcement that it will focus more on this area. We have gotten used to all the dust and dirt because we have been setting up shop for the past 15-20 years but not everyone is,” he said. Vendors, especially those outside the bus terminus, bear the brunt of the noxious fumes of the old buses, but most feel helpless in the face of such exposure. Commuters, especially those who do not take the metro, have to bear the fumes and dust as they make their way through the industrial hub. “The new metro line construction has made it difficult to even travel through the area. It is affecting our health because we have to commute through this area daily,” Esha Sood, a Delhi University student, said. While preventive measures are key to avoid any adverse effect on one’s health, many feel that shifting the industries out of the area will be a step in the right direction. “The industries must be shifted out so that the condition does not worsen at least. This is no way to live,” said a college-going student Anwar, with Mishra echoing this idea. While the metro plays saviour for many but the time taken to travel to and from the metro is a nightmare, said another DU student Vaibhavi. “This area is highly unplanned and there are barely any regulations. Government norms to maintain pollution levels are not being followed,” said Trivedi, a local physician.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The sorrow of Anand Vihar, Delhi’s pollution hotspot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dust stalks the landscape of Anand Vihar, which has become the city’s pollution hotspot, like an assassin on the loose. Located in Delhi’s eastern fringe, Anand Vihar’s sky is perpetually grey and its air weighed down by smoke; most faces are masked and even the trees lining up its roads appear to be gasping for breath. The Delhi Environment Department’s much-touted special drive to contain dust in this area, through vacuum cleaning of roads and better traffic management, is limited to pen and paper, residents allege. But the fault also lies with authorities of neighbouring Ghaziabad, which falls in Uttar Pradesh, for doing little to rein in toxic fuel belching vehicles that crowd Anand Vihar ISBT. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) recently acknowledged that high pollution levels in Anand Vihar have adversely affected the average ambient air quality level of the entire city. “The government has banned diesel vehicles older than 10 years but they are still plying here. Buses in the ISBT here which are clearly as old are still used, making it difficult for me and the people I ferry to breathe,” said Dalip Singh, an auto driver. It is not only the air, even the water bodies in the area lie in a rotten state, with floating debris emitting debilitating stench. Anand Vihar suffers a toxic blend of heavy traffic, dust and emissions from nearby industries in Ghaziabad. The ISBT and ongoing construction work in the area only add to the woes of the residents, whose health have been ravaged by high pollution levels. In a recent meeting, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had directed that the bus depot be completely paved to prevent vehicles from kicking up dust but its lanes remain riddled by potholes and the ground largely bare. “Pollution is a big epidemic in the whole of NCR. Anyone who is ‘immuno-compromised’, i.e. having an impaired immune system, is developing obstructive diseases like bronchitis, asthama due to pollution. “The number of people being admitted to the ICU with such health conditions have doubled in the Anand Vihar-Ghaziabad area over the years,” according to Anurag Mishra (internal medicine and critical care), who practices at a private hospital here. Industries surrounding the area and fumes from the nearby Ghazipur landfill site, which was also flagged by Baijal, also contribute significantly in saturating the air with ultrafine particulates. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assam Rifles vehicle escorting tourists attacked, two killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected militants attacked an Assam Rifles vehicle escorting tourists, killing two personnel and injuring several others near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on SundayMilitants lobbed several grenades targeting the vehicle at Jagun 12th Mile Barabasti on NH-53 bordering Assam’s Tinsukia district in the run up to Republic Day, a defence spokesman told PTI.The security personnel retaliated and an encounter followed with sporadic firing still continuing.The Assam Rifles vehicle and three vehicles of tourists returning from the Pangsau festival have been damaged in grenade explosions, the spokesman said.The entire area has been cordoned off with combing operations stepped up in the area and tourists are stranded along the highway.The Pangsau Festival is held along the Indo-Myanmar border in the area.

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