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State politics turns ‘hot’ over Barmer Refinery foundation

Politics has become hot in the state in connection with the foundation ceremony of Barmer Refinery.Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has tweeted the question about the foundation of the refinery between the code of conduct of the by-elections. BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that permission has been sought from the Election Commission (EC) for the foundation ceremony of the refinery and said he (Gehlot) do not have to worry.PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of the refinery in Barmer on January 14. During the last Ashok Gehlot government, Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for the same refinery. BJP has revoked the previous MoU and has made a new one of the refinery.This is the reason why politics is ‘hot’ on the centre point i.e. refinery. Refuting the tweet of Gehlot, BJP state president said that Gehlot Sahab or anyone should not worry about the code of conduct.BJP will not do any work in violation of the Code of Conduct. The refinery has been discussed with the EC for the foundation ceremony.Gehlot also tweeted about the refinery’s ‘twice’ foundation laying ceremony. In response, Parnami said that Gehlot himself did the refinery MoU in a hurry. In this MoU, people of the state were burdened with Rs40 thousand crore.If interest of 30 years of Rs40 thousand crore is added, then this figure becomes Rs1 lakh 54 thousand crore. Gehlot should thank CM Raje to free the state from this burden.The verbal turn During the last Ashok Gehlot government, Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone for the same refinery. BJP has revoked the previous MoU and has made a new one of the refinery. This is the reason why politics is ‘hot’ on the centre point i.e. refinery. BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that Gehlot Sahab or anyone should not worry about the code of conduct. BJP will not do any work in violation of the Code of Conduct.

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CM Vasundhara Raje orders party members to fight by-polls on Dholpur model

During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 30 December 2017 4:10 ISTMust readVasundhara Raje ensures ‘smooth landing’ for PM Modi at BarmerNow, Veg khao, paisa bachao: Air India style<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh Assembly by-elections on Dholpur model. The BJP’s organisation in-charge and minister in charge will remain in the allotted constituency for five days in a week till the polls are held in all the three by-electoral constituencies. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the same during the meeting held on Friday at the BJP state headquarters.The meeting was held to chalk out a blueprint for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed Rajasthan tour and for by-polls preparations.The by-elections in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituency and Mandalgarh Assembly constituency will be held on January 29. Nearly 17 Assembly constituencies are connected with these parliamentary seats. In the wake of these events, BJP has appointed ministers as election in-charge and organisation officers in each Assembly constituency.During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.

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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulawama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass

Noor Mohammad Tantray, the ‘midget’ terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter on Tuesday, wanted to join the BJP to eliminate its top leaders way back in 2003.Also known as Peer Baba, the four-feet-tall Kashmir chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad even went to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Raod in New Delhi. He managed to get a form to get himself registered as an active member, snoop on the leaders and attack them, a plan that never materialised. Before he could have succeed in his conspiracy, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand nabbed him and his associates from Delhi with huge cache of arms and ammunition.Tantray also went by the name Gulzar Ahmed Bhat or Uwais was a resident of Darganjgund in Pulwama’s Tral area and was arrested in Delhi in August, 2003.“Tantray was a member of JeM, a terrorist organisation banned under Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Mohd Sahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt, all said four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.He was convicted in 2011 for life. He was languishing in Tihar Jail and was out on a parole since 2015 and thereafter started reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.In 2003, on August 29, the Special Cell received an intelligence inputs about Jaish terrorists being engaged in supply of arms, ammunition and explosive material transported in wooden boxes of fruits and vegetables by trucks from Kashmir to Delhi. The vehicles were also used to take back Hawala money from Delhi to Kashmir for being used for terrorist activities.On a specific information about a truck bearing registration number “153” of Jammu and Kashmir having reached Delhi with certain quantity of arms, ammunitions and explosives, efforts were made through a team headed by then Sub Inspector Govind Sharma, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, to locate the vehicle.It was learnt that truck bearing number JK-03-0153 had actually entered the fruit market in Delhi’s Azadpur at 10:55 pm on August 28, 2003. Since the truck could not be located in the market, extensive search was launched in surrounding areas. On August 30, 2003, at about 2.00 pm, then Sub Inspector Umesh Barthwal is said to have located the said truck parked in Qutub Road parking lot. A police officers comprising, amongst others, of then Inspector Hriday Bhushan was deployed to keep a watch over the truck in secrecy.At about 7.45 pm a short statured person later identified as accused Noor Mohd Tantray was seen approaching the truck and having a talk with the driver who was later identified as accused Parvez Ahmed Mir and cleaner later identified as accused Farooz Ahmed respectively of the truck.Tantray along with other two boarded the truck, thereafter three wooden boxes kept in the tool box were taken out. All three were nabbed and the three wooden boxes unloaded from the truck were opened and checked and beneath the fruit, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenades shells and one under barrel grenade launcher were recovered.Tantray during interrogation revealed that the consignment of explosives was to be delivered by his associates Zahoor in Pakistan and Aslam of Sikandrabad in UP, who were to meet him in front of Indraprastha Park on outer ring road in Nizamuddin. A team of police personnel at 9.15 pm in private cars and reached the park near and about 10.45 pm, a Maruti car bearing registration no. DL3C N8749 came from the side of Nizamuddin flyover and stopped.From the said car, two persons allegedly alighted and stood nearby and challenged by the police and when asked to surrender but instead of compliance the said they started firing at the police. The police returned the fire in the course of which both the said persons came to be injured and later scummed to injuries.In Delhi, Tantray had made his in house no A-44 at Mohindra Park in Azadpur as the base to carry out terror attacks. During search of his place, police recovered computer with its accessories, stereo cassette players, sets of Nokia, 10 channel cordless telephones, cash, Hawala money in the sum of Rs 19.20 lakh and certain incrementing documents. Sources said that these documents contained a form for BJP membership.The police team lead by ACP Rajbir Singh, who has since died, had then nabbed the accused under supervision of then DCP Ashok Chand. Chand retired from Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in 2015.

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Race for next CS begins in power corridor

Hunt for new chief secretary has intensified as Ashok Jain is left to serve only a week the topmost post until December 31. The power corridor in chief minister office (CMO) is mulling ACS (forest) NC Goel, ACS (Finance) DB Gupta, ACS (Administrative Reforms) Vipin Chandra Sharma and ACS and director general (HCM, RIPA) Gurjot Kaur, the second senior most IAS, for the coveted post.A Hamlet-like situation of ‘To be or Not to be’ is posed before the state government, seriously, this time in the selection of the bureaucrat for chief secretary post. Goel, an 82 batch officer, who was considered for the top office twice, emerges a sublime choice in the race. Albeit, his selection comes with a question- why the government would appoint a bureaucrat who will get retired just four months in April end. This question fades in the light of the appointment of current Jain who served the post merely for six months, though.In terms of tenure, efficiency and proximity to the power center of the CMO, an 83 batch officer Gupta come up in the list of probables with more strength. With ample time as his service would terminate by September 2020, Gupta is currently looking affairs of the state’s finance under CM Vasundhara Raje. In last four years of Raje government, he held most important offices- UDH, PWD, Infrastructure, Energy and PHED which reflects his CV stamped with the trust of Raje. Despite being a top choice for important assignments, a but is quite obvious- why he was not preferred when Raje appointed Jain and OP Mina as CS in last one and half year.If the track of Raje government is seen in the appointment of chief secretary, it is quite clear not superseding the seniority unlike the selection for DGP. OP Mina and current CS Jain had grabbed the post to this seniority parameter along with caste equation. So, if the parameter is adhered then Kaur may be emerged as the dark horse. She, an 81 batch office, stands at second place in the seniority (excluding CS Jain), much ahead to Gupta and Goel, both. Ashok Shekhar, currently posted as chairman of Indira Gandhi Nahar Board, is at the top in the seniority, though. Both top senior-most officers may be in the race with fewer chances until a theory is answered- why they were kept out of the secretariat. Generally, it is a trend that some senior officer occupy berths in the power corridors of the secretariat.In a sudden development, the Raje government recently gave entry to Vipin Chandra Sharma, an 82 batch officer, in the secretariat while appointing him ACS (administrative reforms). He was given poor portfolios like Rajasthan foundation, minority affairs in past four years so far but his entry in the Secretariat once again has fueled speculation. He is at six position in the seniority tally and a batch junior to Rajhans Upadhyay, who is currently ACS (education). Sharma will get retired in March 2018, though. PROBABLESThe power corridor in chief minister office (CMO) is mulling ACS (forest) NC Goel, ACS (Finance) DB Gupta, ACS (Administrative Reforms) Vipin Chandra Sharma and ACS and director general (HCM, RIPA) Gurjot Kaur, the second senior most IAS, for the coveted post.

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2 held for Robert Vadra-linked Bikaner land scam case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) took into custody two persons, one of them with connections to Skylight Hospitality, a company linked to Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, in the Bikaner 374 hectare land scam case on Friday. The two persons — Jaiprakash Bagarwa and Ashok Kumar — were arrested from Kolayat in Bikaner late on Thursday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The land scam case was registered in 2015. Confirming the arrests, sources in the ED said Ashok Kumar is a close associate of Mahesh Nagar the authorised representative of Skylight Hospitality that purchased 69.55 hectares of land for Rs 72 lakh.It then sold it for Rs 5.15 crore to Allegeny Finlease, earning massive profits. Bagarwa and Kumar allegedly knew about the fraudulent nature of the land deals. Kumar is also an accused in cases filed by the Rajasthan government.The duo were first taken to the PMLA court where the judge was absent and hence were further referred to a special court.The ED told the court that the two had not been cooperating with the investigators despite being served with several notices. It sought a 10-day remand, but the court granted them eight days’ custody, till December 30.The ED also told the court that the two have the power of attorney of many lands whose ownership is being investigated. Many lands have been transferred several times to many fictitious persons. Many people who have supposedly bought the lands do not have the financial status to do so, the agency informed the court.It also said that in many cases, money had been transferred many months and, in some cases, several years before the transfer of titles.In 2015, the ED registered a case under the PMLA after taking cognizance of an FIR lodged by a local tehsildar on alleged forgery. The agency also attached assets worth Rs 1.18 crore belonging to government employees.The ED had issued notices to the firm associated with Vadra, but had not mentioned Vadra or any company associated with him in the FIR.The Rajasthan government had in January 2015 cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 374.44 hectares of land, after the revenue department claimed to have found fraudulent allotments in the name of illegal persons.The case filed by the Rajasthan government relates to the land across 34 villages of Bikaner that was to be given to persons whose land was acquired for the expansion of Army’s firing range. Instead of the beneficiaries, the land was grabbed by illegal persons through forged documents. This was then purchased by firms linked to Vadra and later sold at huge profit.

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BJP toes Congress line of caste-niti

Accusing Congress of resorting to caste politics in recently concluded assembly elections at Gujarat, the BJP itself seems to have learned lesson of the same. Ahead of by-elections scheduled at Rajasthan BJP has begun to strengthen its caste cadre and focus on the new voters at the state. Party’s organisation secretary, P Chandrashekhar on Thursday took a session at party state headquarters at Jaipur on its proposed ‘Nav- Matdata Abhiyan’ aimed to increase association of young voters.A day earlier Chandrashekhar along with party state president Ashok Parnami has held a session of the Dalit public representatives of the party. The party at Rajasthan has divided its legislators into caste base categories and tends to assign them a responsibility to ensure support from their respective community. “The meeting of Dalit MLA’s was first in the sequence, we will be soon holding similar meetings of public representatives of other castes,” BJP state president Ashok Parnami briefed on the party plans. BJP at Gujarat was unable to keep intact the ‘Hindu’ votes as several caste swung towards Congress, it also suffered a decline in the share of young voters below 25 years of age. Thus as the responsibility of caste votes is handed over to MLAs of the respective caste, the task to associate young voters has been assigned to the party’s youth wing, Yuva Morcha. On Thursday, BJP’s state organising secretary Chandrashekhar attended a workshop of the Yuva Morcha along with state general secretary Bhajanlal Sharma and state Yuva Morcha president Ashok Saini. Here the participants were briefed on the campaign by a trainer from Delhi. “The nav-metadata program is being launched on instructions of the central leadership and will cover all universities and colleges of the state,” said Bhajanalal Sharma. It is, however, the backward caste votes that remain a major concern for the party. Vote bank Dalits are estimated around 20% of total voters were traditionally Congress supporters but switched sides in the last y elections. Ajmer and Alwar where by-elections where dalit voters hold the key, which is why BJP has given prominence place to their leaders in party like Kalisah Meghwal.

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Amar Singh for action against Jet Airways

In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh raised the issue of aircraft safety, especially in Jet Airways, and sought answers from Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. At about 5 pm, Singh called the issue to attention and said, “I would like to draw the attention of the House to the functioning of Jet Airways aircraft. Lately, they have been involved in several incidents of ground collision, tail strike, reports of pilots coming in late for duty, inordinate delays in flights, and in general, causing great inconvenience to passengers.” He added that these instances had often been reported in press, but no action had been taken against the management. “Attention is also invited to the audit report of United Nations aviation watchdog, which has placed our country’s aviation sector in the list of its 13 worst performing nations. This has been ruinous to the country’s aviation sector image, so I request the minister to inform the House about the remedial steps taken in the matter against Jet Airways and their management.”

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Gujarat ki goonj Rajasthan mein..

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

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RSS expresses concern over ‘growing’ casteism at samnvaya baithak

Considering it to be a huge threat to the very essence of nationalism and the society, the RSS expressed concerns over growing casteism in the country and stressed on the need to promote social harmony.The RSS held a two-day meeting here on the importance of social harmony and family values. State ministers, including Arun Chaturvedi, Gulab Chand Kataria, Vasudev Devnanai, and BJP leaders Satish Punia, Ashok Parnami took part in the meeting.Talking about the discussions held in the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said the RSS was of the opinion that castiesm was growing dangerously.Also readWill support BJP, RSS if they shun politics of hatred, says Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind”Casteism has emerged as a major threat to the Indian social fabric and the Gujarat elections have seen the issue acquiring threatening proportions. So with growing concerns, the RSS has taken a serious note of the issue and committed to promote social harmony,” Parnami said.Nearly 275 RSS workers from 35 regions participated in the deliberations – Samnvaya Baithak – spread over 8 sessions in two days.Also readJawaharlal Nehru divided the nation, Sardar Patel united it: RSS leader Indresh KumarStressing on the need of restoration of the traditional Indian family values and structure, RSS general secretary Bhaiyaji Joshi talked about the flaws that have crept into the Indian social mechanism.

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SC suggests series of measures to remove hurdles for disabled at public places

The Supreme Court today suggested a series of measures required to be taken by the state authorities for removing obstacles which prevent differently- abled persons from accessing public places in the country.A bench comprising justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan referred to the provisions of the Disability Act, 1995 and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and noted the measures which were needed for its effective implementation. The apex court said that gates to public places should be made by incorporating necessary accessible standards and they must be made wide enough to allow wheelchairs to pass or turn around easily.”At places like airports, railway stations etc passengers must be clearly informed about the details of their flight/train such as the gate number for boarding etc via public announcement systems (this practice is, surprisingly, gradually declining),” the bench noted in its verdict. It said that a minimum of three to five parking spaces near the entrance of a public place must be reserved for persons with disabilities and should be clearly indicated by showing the international symbol for disability — the wheelchair symbol.”All unnecessary obstructions must be removed, and all access ways must be well lit. Moreover, clear signposts, along with their Braille equivalents should be put up,” it said, adding, “Elevators must have clear Braille signs and auditory feedback. The buttons of elevators must be accessible from a wheelchair.” The bench said that pictograms must be put up near elevators and other important places such as toilets and employees working at public places must be provided necessary training to enable them to understand the unique set of challenges that persons with disabilities face.”Wheelchairs and mobility scooters should be available at every public place,” the court said. The top court emphasised on the need to provide proper and safe access to roads, transport, buildings and public places to differently abled persons. “It is a well-known fact that persons with visually impaired disability, with which we are concerned, represent far more ‘vulnerable section of society’ and ‘at-risk cases’ vis-a-vis their present surroundings which also becomes evident from the well-known fact that insurance companies charge a higher premium on insurance policies extended to the visually disabled as compared to the other persons,” it said.

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Pradyuman murder case: Bail plea of juvenile accused rejected

The juvenile accused in Pradyuman murder case was denied bail by Juvenile Justice Board on Friday.According to reports, the board took cognisance of the psychological report of the accused. The report emphasised that the juvenile was well aware of the consequences of the crime.The Class XI student, who is accused of murdering seven-year-old Pradyuman, was produced before the JJB again on Wednesday and remanded to another 14 days in judicial custody.He will be lodged in an observation home in Faridabad during this period and produced before the JJB on December 20.The cold-blooded murder case of Pradyuman took a new dimension after the CBI trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case, and arrested the juvenile.Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside Ryan International School in Gurugram.

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Big Q on sarkari schemes raises brows

One may find controversy in everything if the intent is inquisitive. And that is what happened on Thursday after questions regarding various plans of the Centre and the state government were asked to students in an examination regarding “Samajopyogi Yojnain”(Social beneficiary Schemes).This question paper was meant for the half-yearly examinations which is currently underway in government schools across the state. Fifteen out of 17 questions were related to the plans of the Central and State Government in the paper.Questions related to the Modi government’s flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Mission, Make in India, Prime Minister Skill Development Scheme were asked. Similarly, the state government’s flagship scheme were also included in the question of Chief Minister’s Jal Swavalamban Scheme and Bhamashah Yojana. In this paper, only questions related to the plans of Modi and the Raje government were put forth. The paper did not include questions related to any scheme of the UPA government and the Ashok Gehlot government. After the examination, the question paper was posted on social media for the usual banters and barbs.Congress stood in opposition to this paper. Expressing concern over the move of the Education Department, Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, President of Jaipur District Congress Committee, said, “There is no achievement of the State Government. Education is being politicised. This is how the government wants the students to ‘know’ about the current schemes.”Congress, he said, will take every possible step against this “Bhajpaikarn” of education.Several teahcers who spoke on condition of anonymity also condemned such a move but could not come out in the open due to occupational hazards.It may be noted that this question paper was made available to the DNA by one such teahcer.“The name of the subject itself is social schemes. Hence the questions of the Central and State Government schemes were included in it. This will enable students to get an overview of the schemes when they study about it and hence be capable of utilising the same to their own benefits,” Daya Shankar, District Education Officer(Secondary), Bikaner. Tough nut to crack?This question paper was meant for the half-yearly examinations which is currently underway in government schools across the state. Fifteen out of 17 questions were related to the plans of the Central and State Government. The state government’s flagship scheme were also included in the question paper.

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Air India suspends three after flight with aviation minister on board delayed by 90 minutes

Air India on Thursday announced that it had suspended three employees and issued a warning to the captain for arriving late for a flight that was delayed by one and a half hours on Wednesday. The flight also had minister for civil aviation P Ashok Gajapat Raju as one of the passengers.As per reports, the Air India flight AI459 from Delhi to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh with over 100 passengers, including minister of civil aviation P Ashok Gajapat Raju, was delayed by 90 minutes after four staff members, including the pilot were delayed in arriving to Delhi airport.According to Air India spokesperson GP Rao, the passengers protested and questioned the minister over the delay. “The Minister then asked Air India CMD Pradeep Kharola for the reason behind the delay,” Rao added.Also readDGCA probing flying of Air India aircraft with dent, 3 derosteredThe three staff members have been suspended, while the captain, who arrived 15 minutes late, was issued a warning, a spokesperson for the national carrier informed the media.According to media reports, poor visibility also played a role in delaying the flight. The airline’s operational team then decided to wait for the weather to improve, but failed to inform the ground staff that had already begun the boarding procedure for passengers.Also readNew Air India chief likely to assume charge this weekThe flight was delayed even more when the pilot was reportedly stopped at the security check over a problem with his airport pass, according to an NDTV report.Interestingly, Kharola, a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, took charge as Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director on Monday. He is helming the airline at a time the government has started the process for its strategic disinvestment. The delay in flight has not been the ideal start to the new job.Battling multiple headwinds, the disinvestment-bound airline has been working on ways to reduce its debt, including by way of selling non-core assets and expanding operations.The source said the airline has received Rs 1,500 crore loan from Bank of India after the tender for the amount was floated last month in order to meet “urgent” working capital needs.A tender was issued by the carrier on October 18 in which it had sought government guarantee-backed short-term loans totalling up to Rs 1,500 crore to meet “its urgent working capital requirements”.Prior to that, the airline had borrowed around Rs 3,250 crore as short tenure loans from two lenders — IndusInd Bank and Punjab National Bank, sources had said. This loan too was for meeting urgent working capital needs and the tender was floated in September.

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Opposition has no facts & figures: Ashok Parnami

The state BJP president Ashok Parnami came down on the opposition’s criticism of the BJP government with tabled figures of the governments achievement over the past four years. Addressing the media on the evening of Vasundhara Raje led government in state, the BJP president also had on his disposal tally of the awards and initiatives held by the present government.“The opposition has been making baseless allegations, they do not have facts and figures on their side. Its on these figures that credibility of statements stands,” said Parnami. “Raje government’s works have been acclaimed across the country and have received several prestigious awards including CM Raje being awarded as ‘Digital leader of the Year’ in 2016-17,” Parnami asserted.In a comparative statement of performance he showed that under the present government’s four year tenure till October of this year the electricity production has increased by 6938.21 MW where the increase in the previous government’s five year tenure was 3953.89 MW. There were 22.67 lakh new electricity connections so far been issued by the government which is over 3 lakh more than those issued by previous government. The electricity subsidy of Rs 25011.89 crore extended by the government is more than 8 times of the subsidy provided by the previous government. The balance sheet of over a dozen departments presented by Parnami not only held the Raje government ahead on its flagship schemes and focus sectors of water, road and power, it also showed of the government to have excelled the former in schemes such as MNREGA.

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Supreme Court to pass orders on disable friendly educational institutes

The Supreme Court today said it will pass order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students.A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that it will pass certain directions on the issue and give some time for its compliance.The bench was hearing a plea filed by an organisation Disabled Rights Group in 2006, espousing the cause of a disabled girl who is 100 per cent wheelchair bound.The girl, who wanted to study law, could not study at the National Law University and managed to gain admission in a private university.Counsel for the petitioner organisation said the college at the private university does not have facilities for disabled students despite a law which mandates provision of facilities to such students.”She was made to stay in a hostel in a shared room with two other normal students, the bathroom did not have a ramp and there was no escort facility in the hostel for such students,” he said.He said Persons for Disabilities(Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, provided certain guidelines to be followed, which were not adhered to by higher education institutes.The bench said three per cent reservation provided under the law is now being followed by the educational institutions.”There is no tracking or monitoring whether these institutes are providing reservation or not to the disabled students. There is no reporting mechanism for the institutes,” the counsel said.The bench then outlined three issues– provision of reservation in higher educational institutions for disabled, all educational institutions being made physically accessible for disabled students and the scope of several provisions of the Act.”We will pass order with regard to these issues,” the bench said.

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Ryan student murder: SC dismisses plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to school trustees

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to Ryan International school trustees in connection with the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur.The parents of the victim had moved to Supreme Court against Pintos after the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted them anticipatory bail.Ryan Pinto, and his parents, Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, had approached the high court on September 16, seeking anticipatory bail in the case.Also readRyan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downSushil Tekriwal, Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur’s lawyer had said that they approached the court as the anticipatory bail would send a wrong message will be sent if anticipatory bail is given,” he added.Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in the school washroom in Gurugram on September 8.School bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested by Haryana police in connection with the crime. However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now probing the matter, gave him a clean chit and held a class 11 student of the school responsible for the murder.Also readRyan student murder: Amid twists and turns, juvenile accused retracts confession

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DNA THEME: Rajasthan Goonj in Gujarat

Gujarat polls will soon come to an end; phase one of the polls is over and as dates for the second phase draw closer, there is a mad scramble among the politicians of Rajasthan to reach the neighbouring state and be seen campaigning.This urge to temporarily move westwards is equally palpable in Congress and the BJP. This is probably the first time that Rajasthani politicians have descended in such large numbers to campaign in Gujarat. If one were to think that the khadi brigade is going all out to ensure victory for their respective parties; reconsider it. Gujarat elections are the easy and timely means Rajasthan politicians can use to pave smoother paths for themselves in the Assembly polls slated to be held next year.What makes Gujarat elections more important for the politicos of Rajasthan is the spiced up fight due to the presence of Rahul Gandhi and first time not having Narendra Modi as rallying point. Claims to contributing towards a win would surely go a long way. From BJP, ministers from the centre and state along with MPs, MLAs and party functionaries are keen to walk the extra mile to escort candidates filing nominations, for campaigning in rallies and are even going door-to-door to distribute voter slips. According to a BJP leader who did not wish to be named, “These elections are vital and party president Amit Shah is closely monitoring them. His is the best opportunity to mark one’s presence.”For Congress, the Rajasthan connect gets stronger as former CM Ashok Gehlot, a maverick politician is the closest aide Rahul Gandhi has kept all through the campaign. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot too pitched his weight in the campaign. The grand old party has sent present and former MLAs, former MPs and senior functionaries. Also they have focused on calling leaders from Bikaner, Jodhpur and tribal districts of Mewar to tap the locals settled in Gujarat.WHAT THEY HOPE TO REAPIt would not be incorrect to say that political battles of Rajasthan are being fought on Gujarat turf. The battles are for supremacy over rivals, gaining favour of party supremos and most importantly to use the time and effort invested to reap political security and favours for themselves next year. Winning has its own pleasures, but irrespective of which party wins or loses Gujarat, the Rajasthanis are fighting a totally different battle.POLITICIANS FROM BJPOm Mathur Ashok Parnami Gulab Chand Kataria Kiran Maheshwari Om Birla CP Joshi Gajendra Singh PP Choudhry CR Choudhry Ramcharan Bohra Arun Chaturvedi Devji Patel Rajendra Rathore Mohanlal Gupta Bhajan Lal Sharma POLITICIANS FROM CONGRESSAshok Gehlot- Former CM Sachin Pilot – PCC chief Rameshwar Dudi- Leader of Opposition Govind Dotasra – chief whip Rajkumar Sharma – Former minister B D Kalla – Former minister & PCC Chief Dr Chandrabhan- Former minister & PCC Chief Mahendra Jeet Malviya – Former minister Rajendra Pareek- Former minister Ashok Chandna- MLA Dheeraj Gurjar- MLA Bhanwar Singh Bhati- MLA Darshan Singh- MLA Mevaram Jain- MLA Jakir Hussain- Former MLA

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Congress confident of repeating Nanded victory

While opinion polls have predicted a down to the wire fight, Congress leaders in Gujarat are confident of repeating the Nanded victory by getting the anti-incumbency votes to them rather than fragmenting those votes amongst independent candidatesSenior Congress leader Ashok Chavan, who is also the president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, said the BJP wants to divide the anti-incumbency votes amongst smaller parties and independent candidates. “Voters are shrewd. The BJP had used the same pattern in Nanded, but people voted Congress and rejected the MIM, NCP and the Shiv Sena. As a result, we won 71 out of 81 seats,” he told DNA.Atul Londe, MPCC spokesperson who is also in-charge of Surat district for Gujarat elections said that out of 14 seats in Surat, they are hopeful of getting at least eight seats this time. Londe has been camped in Gujarat for last two months. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Unlike PM Modi, I can err, says Rahul GandhiHe said that there is dissatisfaction across the sections against the BJP government in Gujarat. “People had already made up their mind to ouster the BJP. Congress is credible options for them therefore we are expecting the total seats not less than 120 out of 182. One thing we have to understand, Gujarat is mainly business community and demonetization and GST had hampered their business. Many people are become bankrupt and jobless. So these people will never vote BJP,” said Londe confidently.
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Beed residents crowd-fund for constable’s sex-change surgery

Residents of Beed have come together to crowd fund for Beed constable Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery (SRS). According to Salve’s relatives, they are yet to receive the medical test report from the hospital but the residents of Beed have already started pouring help for her.In order to reduce her financial burden for the SRS operation she is aiming to undergo, the community members, relatives, neighbors, and local political workers have came forward to help her financially.Arjun Ujgire, uncle of Salve, said, “We don’t know what will be the cost of the surgery but as per our knowledge it will be in lakhs of rupees. Approximately Rs 40,000-50,000 cash has been crowd-funded so far without the family asking for any financial help from anybody.”While Salve underwent medical test on Monday, the medical reports were submitted to the dean of JJ Hospital on Tuesday which will later be forwarded to the state’s home department. Doctors at JJ Hospital opine that she should undergo a corrective surgery.Salve’s ultrasound revealed absence of ovaries, fallopian tube, breasts and mammary glands. Dr Ashok Anand, head of Gynecology Department at JJ Hospital, said, “She had undergone a test earlier in 2016. Genetically she was a male but she was behaving like a female. If she wants to be a male, there is no harm in it.”“We are happy to see the support from Beed residents. The operation will be done in Mumbai and preferably at the state government’s JJ Hospital,” said Salve’s uncle.
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Party time for young turks in the Grand Old Party

Young turks of Congress are waiting with bated breath as Vice President Rahul Gandhi readies for the much awaited elevation to helm the grand old party. Rajasthan state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia (nephew of CM Vasundhara Raje), both believed to be close friends of Rahul Gandhi are likely to gain the most. Other bright young leaders of ‘Rahul gang’- RPN Singh, Ramya, Jitin Prasada and Milind Deora – too would be gainfully placed in the scheme of things.But all eyes will be on the turn of event in Rajasthan state Congress post Rahul’s coronation. The new Congress president may have to take a decision soon on leadership of Rajasthan state Congress before the state goes for polls. He will have to pick between his close aide and young party face Sachin Pilot and the tried and tested political acumen of former chief minister Ashok Gehlot who wields considerable clout cutting across the castes and community in Rajasthan. Keeping in mind Rahul’s new found chemistry with Ashok Gehlot in Gujarat, it will be one of the toughest calls for him.Sachin Pilot, who is at the helm in state for close to four years have mobilised the party and infused enthusiasm and new energy after the severe drubbing in the last assembly elections.Situation would have been easier for Rahul had Gehlot been not given the responsibility of Gujarat elections. The Gandhi scion is making ‘meaningful noise’ in his election campaign in Gujarat. His change in stand to include ‘Soft Hindutva’ in electoral strategy is countering BJP’s age-old stance on Hindu and Hindutva. And the credit for weaving the web goes to the old war horse Ashok Gehlot, who is believed to be close to his mother Sonia Gandhi. On his electoral campaign, Rahul, who is not known to back Gehlot, have gelled well with the old guard. The duo is now giving tough fight to incumbent BJP which is riding on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Strategies and working style of Gehlot has impressed the young Gandhi and the former chief minister is back in the reckoning. While young faces are likely to get more prominence in the Congress’ organisational line-up post Rahul’s elevation, the old guard is unlikely to be dismissed entirely.“Most of the old timers are Sonia’s loyalists who have supported the family when Rahul was not in the political scene. It won’t be easy for him to complete ignore their contribution when Sonia Gandhi is believed to take up a ‘margdarshak’ role in the party,” says a senior Congress leader. This also looks certain as Congress posed its trust in old timers like Capt. Amarinder Singh in Punjab elections and later on Virbhadra Singh in Himachal despite the non-concurrence from its vice president Rahul Gandhi.
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Ryan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir, who successfully defended Rajesh and Nupur in the trial of their daughter Aarushi’s murder, has now been hired by the family of juvenile accused in the sensational Ryan International murder case.According to The Hindustan Times report, the father of the class 11 student, who is being accused by the CBI for murdering Pradyumn Thakur in the washroom inside Gurugram school, hired Mir on Friday. The lawyer has also confirmed the development.The juvenile has been accused of murdering the seven-year-old Thakur on September 8.
ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downHe was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.Even as the mystery remains as to who killed the class II student, Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was accused by the Haryana Police for murdering Pradyamn walked free from Bhondsi Jail on November 22.
ALSO READ Ryan murder case: Pinto family get anticipatory bail, bus conductor Ashok considering filing defamation caseThe High Court judge had granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The CBI, which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.

Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested in connection with the killing of seven-year-old Pradhyman Thakur has said that he is in a lot of pain with his wife alleging torture by police.Ashok Kumar was on Wednesday released from jail after a Gurgaon court granted him bail.After he was freed from the Bhondsi jail, Kumar went straight to his house in Ghambroj village in Sohna.However, speaking to media, his wife said, “Police beat him up, hung him upside down.”She also claimed that they tortured him and even sedated him to make him confess in the murder case.Verma had filed the bail application for Kumar after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a 16-year-old school student of Ryan International on charges of killing his junior.Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the toilet of the school in Bhondsi, Gurgaon, on September 8.Kumar, who was arrested by the Gurgaon SIT, has not got a clean chit from the CBI.

Ryan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar walked free from Bhondsi jail on Wednesday, a day after Gurugram court granted him bail in the sensational murder case of Pradyuman Thakur.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court judge granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.”The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and life,” said Advocate Anil Sharma, who was present in the court on behalf of Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.On Monday, the CBI submitted the DNA sample report in the Gurugram court. The report stated that the blood samples recovered from Ashok’s shirt by the Haryana Police did not match with that of the murdered child.Meanwhile, a Class 11 student was arrested in connection to the sensational Ryan School murder case.Ashok was accused of murdering a Class II student, Pradyuman Thakur, in a Gurugram school.The seven-year-old was found dead in the washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan School International with his throat brutally slit on September 8.

Ryan murder case: Pinto family get anticipatory bail, bus conductor Ashok considering filing defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted anticipatory bail to the Pinto family over the killing of Praduyman in Ryan International School.Reacting to the anticipatory bail, Sushil Tekriwal, the lawyer representing Pradyuman’s family said they would appeal the decision after receiving the court order. He said: “We will file an appeal after receiving copy of the Court’s order & making an assessment of the same.”Meanwhile, Mohit Verma the lawyer of conductor Ashok said they would file a case of defamation after his client was discharged. Anil Sharma, who was filling in for accused bus conductor Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma in connection with the Pradyuman murder case, told ANI that there were a lot of differences between findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Haryana Police.‘The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. There were lot of differences between findings of CBI and Haryana Police. We were given the benefit of doubt,’ he added.Earlier in the day, the Gurugram District Court granted bail to bus conductor, Ashok, in the Pradyuman murder case.Eight-year-old Pradyuman was found in a pool of blood with his throat slit inside his school, Ryan International, in Gurugram on September 08.The incident sparked a public outcry following which Gurugram police arrested Ashok, accusing him of killing the seven-year-old student.But the CBI, which is now probing the matter, gave him a clean chit and held a class 11 student responsible for the murder.Meanwhile, Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of Pradyuman’s family said, ‘Pradyuman’s father will continue this fight till justice is served. We have complete trust on the law. Haryana Police has tried to shield the real culprit and botch up the entire investigation’.On Monday, Ashok’s lawyer, Mohit Verma, said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not presented any evidence against his client till now.Speaking to ANI, Verma said, “The CBI has not been able to present any evidence against him (Ashok). Also, the DNA has not matched”.

Gujarat polls: Cong releases 2nd list of 9 candidates, changes 4 nominees from the first list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress today released its second list of 9 candidates for the Gujarat Assembly polls.The party also replaced four candidates on the list announced on Sunday with four new nominees. Bhikhabhai Joshi replaces Amit Thummar in Junagadh, Jaish Patel replaces Kiran Thakor in Bharuch, Ashok Jirawala will contest from Kamrej in place of Nilesh Kumbani and Dhirubhai Gajera is the new candidate for the Varachha Road seat in place of Prafulbhai C Togadiya.The nine other candidates are: Pradyumansinh Jadeja from Abdasa seat, Aadam B Chaki from Bhuj, Santok Arethiya from Rapar and Mithul Donga from Rajkot East. Dinesh Chovatiya from Rajkot South, Jiwan Kumbharvadia from Jamnagar North, Ashok Lal from Jamnagar South, Vikram Madam from Khambhalia and Meraman Goriya from Dwarka seat.The polling for the two-phase elections for the 182 seats will be held on December 9 and December 14. The counting of votes will be held on December 18. The party had yesterday released its first list of 77 candidates for the first phase of the polls.

Ryan student murder case: No relief to arrested bus conductor as CBI refuses to give clean chit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday refused to give a clean chit to anyone in a murder case of Ryan International School student.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.”No clean chit to anyone. Investigations are underway,” CBI said in the court.The court has reserved the order on a bail plea of conductor Ashok Kumar till tomorrow.The CBI had on Thursday opposed the bail plea of bus conductor even the agency has apprehended a 16-year-old student of the same school and initially indicated that there was no evidence against Kumar arrested by the Gurugram police.”Now it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime,” said Ashok’s father Amirchand.

Cops spoil smugglers’ party, seize liquor worth Rs 1 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In two separate incidents, alert cops seized two consignments of liquor which were reportedly being peddled to Gujarat ahead of the elections.The net worth of the consignments was pegged around Rs 1 crore. Three persons have been arrested. The first consignment was confiscated by Harmara police while the second was seized by Chomu police.“Keeping in mind the upcoming state Assembly elections in Gujarat, vigilance had been increased against liquor peddlers. A special team had also been formed which was tasked with checking various trucks passing through the Daulatpura checkpost area. On Sunday, we received a tip off about a truck passing through the area. Based on that, we seized a truck (HR 55 P 2838) and the driver was detained for questioning regarding the contents of the consignment. The driver tried to mislead the cops by saying that he was ferrying electronic items from Delhi to Bhiwandi. The officers on duty doubted his version and carried out a raid. the cops found 1,135 cartons of Haryana made Liquor. The truck driver Sube Singh Jangid (46) and helper Mahaveer Singh (55) were later arrested. The consignment worth was pegged at Rs 60 lakh,” said Ashok Gupta, DCP West.During questioning, the truck driver and helper confessed to making fake bills of the contents and peddling liquor under the garb of the same.Meanwhile, in a different incident the excise police conducted an action at Chomu town wherein 980 cartons of liquor worth Rs 40 lakh was confiscated from a truck. The truck driver was arrested who was also peddling the consignment based on fake bills.

Rajasthan: Booklet, pamphlet on love jihad ‘distributed’ at spiritual fair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversial booklet and a pamphlet warning Hindu girls of ‘love jihad’ were allegedly distributed at a stall in an ongoing Hindu spiritual and service fair here, prompting the police to order an inquiry.The pamphlets, carrying a picture of a Bollywood actress, warned the people against ‘love jihad’ and also claimed that two Muslim actors had left their Hindu wives. Amid claims that the material was handed out at a stall of Bajrang Dal, its coordinator Ashok Singh said it was not distributed from their stall.Fair organiser Somkant Sharma said the content was not related to the fair. “I have no idea if such pamphlets have been distributed. The fair is totally based on the work of service,” he said. DCP South Yogesh Dadhich said an inquiry was ordered to look into the matter. “On reports of such material, I have asked the additional DCP to probe the matter to ascertain who distributed these things in the fair,” he told PTI. The fair is being held from November 16 to November 20

Swachch baat: Mayor trims waste line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a short span of Mayor Ashok Lahoti’s tenure, Jaipur city has witnessed many changes. He has been successful in ensuring regular cleaning and removal of heaps of garbage from every corner of the city. His initiative of door-to-door garbage collection and forcing vendors and shopkeepers to keep dustbin has resulted in vast improvement in sanitation.Thumbs up from people: Mandatory dustbins for commercial establishment, shopkeepers and street vendors. People didn’t like it initially but the result is there for everyone to see. People don’t have to look for a place to dump rubbish. Strict ban on plastic bags also had a positive impact although he had to face opposition from his own colleagues.It was a challenge to implement door- to-door garbage collection system that had failed in 2012. Today, the system is working smoothly in all 70 wards. People are also happy. Zone-wise public hearing has reduced hassles for obtaining birth, death and marriage certificates.JMC has created record of issuing pattas in CM Shahri Jankalyan Shivir. Delegation of powers to zonal deputy commissioners made things easier.Making the city ODF is another big achievement of the mayor. His idea of pink toilets for women is testimony of his vision.Biometric attendance system has also helped reduce complaints of employees missing from their seats.

40-year-old man stabbed, critical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man was stabbed in his throat at his residence in east Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area on Thursday morning. The matter came to light when locals heard a man crying for help and rushed him to a nearby hospital where his condition was said to be critical till late evening. Police suspect personal enmity or financial dispute behind the attack.According to a senior police officer, it was during the early hours on Thursday when the locals heard cries of a man asking for help. “When the owner of the house saw that the voice is coming from a room locked from outside, he unlocked the room and found a man drenched in blood. He was crying for help and was immediately rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where he has been admitted for treatment,” added the police officer.The man was identified as Ram Avatar. Police said that the man’s condition was critical and he has not been able to tell the police who attacked him. Police are now checking CCTV footages from the area to find who had visited Avatar last. Locals and neighbours are also being questioned to know more.”Primary investigation revealed that the man had his nephew visiting him late last night. His family members are also being questioned, and a crime and forensics team was also rushed to the spot. A case of attempt to murder has been registered and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” the officer added.

Time for Ashok Parnami to attend to his home turf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With just one year left for the assembly election, state BJP president Ashok Parnami is now keen to put his house in order. Of late, he is paying more attention to his constituency, Adarsh Nagar.Apart from attending people’s problems and trying to resolve them, Parnami has started ‘chai pe charcha’.From the beginning, Adarsh Nagar has been a tough constituency for the candidates particularly for the BJP, as it has a sizeable number of minority voters. After delimitation, the Congress was convinced of winning this seat.Considering it an easy seat, Congress stalwart Mahir Azad put his foot down to contest from here. However, it turned out to be a huge miscalculation by Azad who had won from Jhunjhunu in the past.The BJP fielded Parnami who was contesting his maiden assembly election. Parnami belongs to Punjabi community and was mayor of Jaipur yet no one had thought that he would win. The betting market gave him no ‘bhav’. His party leaders were even less confident.However, Parnami contrary to popular belief, turned out to be a giant killer. Not just that, he retained the seat in the next assembly election in 2013 but this also raised his political stock as he was chosen to head the party. But, since then he has been unable to give proper time to his constituency, which has been the key factor in his victories. Therefore, Parnami is now taking no chances and testing himself on the tasks he had assigned to other MLAs. Ashok Parnami is active in Jaipur politics for the last 25 years. It wasn’t an easy journey from a ward councillor to the MLA. He got MLA’s ticket on the basis of his splendid work as the mayor and now as a state president he is playing a successful political innings. He has established his identity in the state politics as chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s charioteer.ON a Day, PARnami …Visits slums, backward areasFocuses on door to door networkCovers one colony or mohalla in a dayTries to resolve problems on the spotTakes feedback through discussion on a cuppaPrepares list of core problems to resolve themMotivates BJP workersActive on social media

‘Good samaritan’ held for cylist’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mankhurd Police on Wednesday arrested the man who until now was perceived to be a good samaritan, who tried to save accident victim and 65-year-old renowned cyclist Ashok Khale.The said samaritan was the complainant in the case and had got Khale hospitalised but the probe revealed that Khale had died after being hit by his vehicle.According to the police, on November 5, one Bandra resident Moiz Shaikh had found Khale unconscious at Sion-Panvel Highway and had got Khale hospitalised at a Navi Mumbai hospital. Shaikh got a complaint lodged against an unidentified motorist at Vashi Police Station in this regard.However, later the case was transferred to Mankhurd police station as the accident spot was under their jurisdiction.On November 11, Khale succumbed to his injuries at Bombay Hospital after which the Mankhurd Police had registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against unknown persons and began the probe.”When we visited the accident site we found several discrepancies in Shaikh’s statement. On sustained questioning Shaikh broke down and admitted to having rammed his vehicle into Khale’s cycle, resulting in severe injury. He told us that he was too scared to tell the truth,” said Sanjay Y Vernekar, senior police inspector, Mankhurd Police Station.The cycle, which was missing from the scene of the accident, has also been recovered by the police.On November 05, around 6 am Shaikh who was travelling in his SUV was heading towards Panvel when a few meters ahead of Vashi bridge on the Sion-Panvel highway, his vehicle hit Khale’s cycle, who was going to Khopoli from his Dadar residence.Khale, known as the King of Ghats, was the winner of national championships in 1979 and has several state and national medals for cycling to his name.He was known to have ridden the Khandala Ghat section in record time during the Mumbai-Pune national race. A recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati state sports award, he had also participated in Giro d’Italia.RIDING THE GHATSKnown as the King of Ghats and winner of 1979 national championships, Ashok Khale is known to have ridden the Khandala Ghat section in record time and is a recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati state sports award

Ryan case | Victim’s dad: Try 16-yr-old as adult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradyuman Thakur’s father filed a petition before the juvenile justice board on Wednesday and sought the trial of the 16-year-old accused as an adult. The father, Barun Thakur, said the crime was horrific and the accused should not be shown mercy.The CBI has arrested the Class 11 student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School for killing his Class 2 junior Pradyuman on September 8. School bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police.Kumar’s bail plea is slated to be heard at a sessions court in Gurugram on Thursday. The juvenile student confessed to his crime, in front of his father and an independent witness, the CBI has told the juvenile court. But on Tuesday, the accused was said to have claimed that he was forced to confess.The juvenile student was weak in studies and committed the crime to have school exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed, sources in the CBI have maintained. Teachers had noticed the suspect — reportedly under psychiatric evaluation over anger issues — bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, sources have said. CCTV footage, in which the Class 11 student was seen near the victim minutes before the murder, was also ignored by state police.

Five days after joining Congress, Koli leader back to BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five days after he had joined the Congress, Koli community leader Raju Solanki returned to the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah in Gandhinagar on Friday.Solanki, who also heads the Veer Mandhata Group, had joined Congress on Sunday in the presence of party’s state chief Bharatsinh Solanki, party’s Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot, and other leaders.The Congress had plans to pit Solanki against Koli strongman and minister Parsottam Solanki, but it has been nipped in the bud. Solanki described Parsottam Solanki as an elder brother, and attributed his decision to return to the BJP to Congress’s plan to divide the Koli community votes.”The Congress wanted to pit me against Parsottam Solanki, who is a top leader of our community, and also like my elder brother. I have rejected the offer. I have been working with him for 20 years, and it was natural that I would not be ready to fight against him,” Solanki said.Solanki also claimed that he had taken the decision to join Congress in an impulsive manner, and had been convinced by community leaders to rejoin the BJP. The move, seen as a blow to Congress, once again changes equations in Bhavnagar, which sends key political figures such as Parsottam Solanki, state BJP chief Jitu Vaghani and senior Congress MLA Shaktisinh Gohil to the assembly.

Fashion Connect paints Pink City all over again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fashion is a way of communication. Fashion is a painting on the canvas of human body. And at the DNA Fashion Connect, it was pure art on ramp.DNA was honoured to host Ashok Parnami, BJP state president, as the Chief Guest for the star-studded evening. Cabinet Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Rajendra Rathore presided over the event, while MLA Diya Kumari graced the occasion as the guest of honour.DNA Jaipur editor Jagdeesh Chandra cordially welcomed all the guests at the event. Rishee Miglani, brand ambassador of DNA Fashion Connect, presented before the august audience the idea of this unique show, which is fast becoming one of the most awaited events of the city.With Waluscha de Sousa, Ashley Rebello, Karan Singh, Kashmeera Shah as special guests, the green lawns of Taj Jai Mahal Palace twinkled more than the clear Jaipur sky.As promised in the DNA Fashion Connect, the soul of fashion walked the ramp. As the gorgeous models stepped on to the ramp in the breathtaking ethereal collection by Samant Chauhan, wearing the Tribe jewellery by Amrapali Jewels, time stopped for a minute.At the do was celebrity hairstylist Sylvie Rodgers, Actor Rahul Singh and ace nutritionist Ruchika Sodhi.The collection by Angrish from Jaipur wooed the audience and the designs of Roshan and Dinendra from Bhubaneshwar were also highly appreciated by the audience, which included the who’s who of the Pink City.DNA felicitated Ashok Rathore, GM Taj Jai Mahal Palace, production partner Adpub, Priyanka Events, Sanghi Motors BMW, Kaya Kalp, B3B builders, Travel Cafe and F Bar, the after party venue.The scintillating dance performances by Buskers, and Ishan and Preeti, the India’s Got Talent duo, had the audience tapping their feet.The perfect evening was crowned with grand finale Surbhi Gupta’s Karmic Connection, presented by Rohit Verma. The collection symbolises life, it showcased the chakra of life on the ramp.It was a source of motivation to Team DNA to see the grounds overflowing with fashion enthusiasts from beginning to end.It was difficult for the guests to decipher what was their favourite part of the evening. The entire event was a canvas splashed with art, fashion, love, passion, class, beauty and joy.DNA Fashion Connect has definitely raised the bar for fashion in the Pink City and will be talked about for many days to come.

Global citizen Priyanka Chopra eligible to vote in upcoming UP civic polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She might have left this town some 17 years ago after winning the Miss World title, but Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is still a voter in Bareilly and eligible to exercise her franchise for the upcoming urban local body polls.The names of Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra are present in the voters list and recently a complaint in this regard was filed by a resident of Kuwarpur here. When the names of the actor and her mother were included in the voters list of Mumbai, where the family shifted, her father late Col Ashok Chopra had informed the district administration about it through a letter in 2012, but their names were not deleted, officials said.Additional district election officer Abhijit Mukherji said that since the actor no longer lived in the city and her house near the city railway station has been locked for long, a report was sought from the block level officer. Mukherji said that a survey is conducted before each election to check for duplication of names of voters who have shifted elsewhere.”It was perhaps by mistake on the part of the block level officer concerned, who prepared the fresh electoral rolls for this election. We will take action against those responsible for this error,” he said. District election officer R Vikram Singh said the names of persons not living in the town for long should not be in the voters list. It is also a matter of investigation as to how her name appeared in the list, he said.

Paradise Papers: 66,000 files related to India crop up; Karti Chidambaram, Vijay Mallya, Nira Radia among those named

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after the Panama Papers leaked out the financial data of several individual, including former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the ‘Paradise Papers’ have released 13.4 million leaked documents of corporate data.Thre two main firms in the leaks are Appleby, a Bermuda-based organisation, and Asia City that is based out of Singapore. The report has identified the corporate history and connection of these two firms with several offshore companies, as reported by the Indian Express in partnership with International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.Among the 180 countries in the data, India is ranked at 19, with 714 Indians in the tally. The Sun Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka figures in Appleby’s second-largest international client with 118 different offshore entities, the report added. 66,000 files relating to India have been listed in the Paradise Paper leak, as compared to the 37,000 that were listed in the Panama Papers scandal. The new set of names include former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Sachin Pilot, and P Chidambaram’s son Karti. Others included are MoS Jayant Sinha, Dr Ashok Seth, the chairman of Fortis-Escorts, actor Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata, corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, and liquor baron Vijay Mallya. A 119-year-old company, Appleby is a leading member of the global network of lawyers, accountants, bankers and other operatives who set up offshore companies and manage bank accounts for clients to do one or a combination of the following: avoid or evade taxes; manage real estate assets; open escrow accounts; purchase airplanes and yachts paying low tax rates; or, simply, use offshore vehicles to move millions across the globe.

Kishangarh Airport a boon for patients

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The starting of Kishangarh Airport has opened up new vistas in medical treatment of the people living in Ajmer and nearby places.It has been a little more than 20 days, that the airport was inaugurated and by now, four air ambulances have already landed and picked up patients from Kishangarh airport. On Friday, a patient was flown to Delhi in 30-45 minutes with the help of air ambulance, informed Airport Director, Ashok Kapoor speaking to DNA.“Four air ambulances have come till now, medical facility in Delhi can be availed in very less time by people using this airport,” Kapoor said. It is being considered as yet another advantage of increasing regional air connectivity in the state.On Wednesday, a french tourist who had come to Pushkar fair had fallen ill. He was flown to Delhi for treatment in a hospital after an air ambulance was called at the Kishangarh Airport.In last few days, it is not only the foreign tourists who have benefited from this service, but locals also have been able to get the benefit. Recently, a business family from Ajmer who suffered injury in an accident also used the air ambulance service . While a third ambulance is said to have flown from Mumbai, the airport at Kishangarh was being considered as a boon for tourism sector as it will bring in tourists for Pushkar or for religious tourism at Dargah in Ajmer. However, getting quick medical advise is also now coming up as important benefit for the people of the region .The scheduled airlines are yet to start from this airport and process is underway, informed sources. Though the unscheduled flights have started coming in at the airport now.Air ambulancesIt has been a little more than 20 days, that the airport was inaugurated and by now, four air ambulances have already landed and picked up patients from Kishangarh airport. As such, medical facility in Delhi can be availed in very less time by people using this airport.

Churchgate taxi traffic issue solved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The taxi menace outside Churchgate station has been taken care of by traffic police. They have regulated the movement of taxis and even BEST buses, which, for long, has been causing congestion outside the rail premises. Over the last few days, there have been red colour barricades placed on the road, meant to segregate flow of traffic.The presence of barricades might sound negligible, but in the morning and evening, when people rush to Churchgate station, this has brought respite. There is proper segregation of vehicular traffic unlike previously when traffic jams and chaos prevailed. The black and yellow taxis would park haphazardly on road, creating two or three parking lines.These cabs don’t move until they get a passenger, which causes a traffic nightmare. There is also a share-a-taxi stand which augments the problem on road. Drivers queue up till the bus stops, which make it difficult for the BEST buses.”We have been doing whatever possible to ease traffic on the roads,” said Ashok Dudhe, DCP Traffic (City).Now, ever since these barricades have been placed, the black and yellow taxis have been asked to drop passengers and move ahead without stopping. Buses find it easier to come all the way till the bus stops there and move forward towards Marine Lines.Sources from Western Railways said that this is part of the whole plan to ease congestion outside railway stations. The multi-disciplinary audit teams have suggested this to create space outside stations for free movement of people. “It has been found that people are forced to unnecessarily wait at bus stops, which creates more crowd at station premises,” said a WR official.NEW FOBMeanwhile, the Army and Railway authorities began preliminary work at Elphinstone Road. They began taking measurements for the new foot over-bridge (FOB) that will be extended from the existing Parel FOB. This 3.5-m wide FOB will have to cross seven rail lines and is expected to be ready by January 31.

Mayor ‘gets it Right’ as groups hail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of several right wing groups joined chorus with mayor Ashok Lahoti at the recital of Vande Matram at Jaipur Municipal Corporation on Wednesday evening. Holding the Tricolour and raising slogans these had arrived at the municipal corporation headquarters to commemorate the saffron party mayor for his recent ‘nationalistic’ dictate.It is on orders of mayor Ashok Lahoti, that from Tuesday work at JMC offices commences with recital of National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana and concludes with singing National Song, Vande Matram. His order has arrived as a delight for the right wing groups and they registered their support in person by joining in tunes at JMC on Wednesday evening.However, as they decked him with garlands and flowers, mayor Ashok Lahoti said it was not an objective of his decision. “No, I am not looking for political mileage on the issue, it was just meant to promote nationalistic sentiment,” Lahoti told DNA surrounded amid the supporters greeting him over the decision.“I have stepped out of the JMC building to accept their greetings as I do not wish their celebrations to create a political fuss at the corporation,” he added. The issue though has already attracted a lot of political attention, much also due to his ‘go to Pakistan’ jibe for those reluctant to recite “Vande Matram”. “I have been misquoted by those seeking to build controversy out of nothing, it was meant to answer a specific question and was not to target any specific group or community,” Lahoti clarifies.

CASH 22 JMC vs JDA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking of Smart City, the municipal corporation and development authority at Jaipur are busy outsmarting each other. Development of city remains at collateral as the two civic bodies indulge in a long drawn discussion on pending dues.The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has rolled out huge outstanding against the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) pertaining to several transactions. An outstanding of more than Rs 1,350 crore make JDA the biggest defaulter at municipal audit books.According to the municipal corporation a part of the amount is relatively new while part of it has piled over past several decades.“The JDA is liable to pay JMC a percentage in royalty on all revenue generated from auction of property within the urban areas. However, this has never been paid by JDA and the total due amount under this head stands to Rs 536 crore,” says mayor Ashok Lahoti. “In addition the authority has also transferred over 700 colonies to JMC this year and is liable to pay JMC for development works at these,” he adds.An impact of these unpaid dues on JMC performance can be assessed from the fact that the outstanding is nearly equal to total annual revenue receipt of the corporation. Amazingly the issue continues despite BJP being in power, both, at state government and municipal corporation.The present mayor has raised the issue at various levels and even written to the urban development minister nearly six months ago. Progress in the direction, however, has been negligible.“A meeting presided by the urban development minister decided upon the issue being solved by mutual discussions between the two bodies, if the JMC wants they must take initiative for the talks being held,” a senior officer at Urban Development Department, puts the ball in JMC’s court.The municipal corporation though refutes the charge. “It has been decided that JDA will pay Rs 70 crore to JMC against the fire cess collected from developers, despite orders from the urban development minister, JDA continues to delay the payment,” says a JMC official.There also exist differences in log books of the two sides, the JDA claims to have spent a couple of hundred crores in development works on behalf of JMC, this also is unacceptable to the latter. The corporation denies to have issued any consent for these claimed expenses made by JDA. “Our audit department has rejected the accounts submitted by JDA, we have now asked them to come up with a detailed balance sheet for the same,” says a JMC officer.The last meeting between the JDA and JMC was held more than a month ago and since the talks have been on hold.Liability BytesThe JDA is collecting Rs 100 per sq meter as fire cess on buildings taller than 15ft and not paying it to JMCThe JMC is entitled to receive 15 per cent revenue from auction of government properties in the urban limits of Jaipur. Bulk of colonies transferred by Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) this year. zone wise…

Murder of RTI activist in Gujarat: SC cancels bail of BJP’s Dinubhai Solanki

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today cancelled the bail of former Gujarat BJP MP Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki, an accused in the 2010 murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethwa, till the examination of eight key eye witnesses and ordered day-to-day trial.A bench of justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also allowed the re-examination of 26 witnesses and directed Solanki to surrender to the police forthwith.”The bail of the accused shall remain cancelled till the examination of eight key witnesses in the case. The trial shall be held on day-to-day basis and the accused (Solanki) will not enter Gujarat unless required in the case,” the bench said.The HC had ordered retrial in the matter, which was challenged by Solanki in the apex court.On April 6, the Supreme Court had expressed regret for not having heard a plea for rescinding bail of the former Gujarat MP in the case and had expressed concern over witnesses turning hostile in the matter.While perusing the CBI report, the court had said that the witnesses in the case have complained about having received threats.Solanki is the prime accused in the murder case of Jethwa who was shot dead in broad daylight outside the Gujarat High Court premises in July 2010.The CBI had chargesheeted Solanki, who represented Junagarh constituency in Lok Sabha at that time, in the case along with six others including his nephew Shiva Solanki and sharp-shooter Sailesh Pandya.Jethwa had filed numerous RTI applications and a PIL in the high court against illegal mining in and around Gir forest sanctuary.The case was transferred to the CBI in 2012 by the Gujarat High Court after his father alleged no action by the state police.

Jet Airways hijack threat: Civil Aviation Minister says accused identified, to take strict action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said that a person responsible for the diversion of Jet Airways flight due to security threat has been identified.A Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday morning due after a threatening note was recovered from the toilet.”I am informed that person responsible for Jet flt 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morn. has been identified,” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju.In another tweet, he said that he was advising the Airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.”A man Salla Birju has confessed that he had kept the ‘threatening note’ to destabilise operations in the Jet Airways flight,” reported ANI.An air hostess on board found a letter in the washroom which claimed there were hijackers and the aircraft should be flown to POK.”Flight No 9W 339 is covered by Hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK. 12 people on board. if you put landing gear you will hear the noise of people dying. don’t take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bomb and will blast if you land Delhi,” reads the letter.However, a flight, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad and all 122 were safely ‘deplaned’, a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement.”Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest,” a statement reads.

Nitin Gadkari urges automobile makers to use coastal shipping to transport vehicles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday flagged off export of Ashok Leyland trucks by coastal route to Bangladesh, and appealed to automobile manufacturers to opt for coastal shipping mode to transport vehicles.Transportation by road was costly and would pollute the environment even as there was the risk of accidents, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways said.”That is the reason that we have decided to use waterways and coastal transport. This is going to reduce the cost, save time and at the same time will be very good for environment.” “I appeal to all automobile manufacturers to use waterways for transporting their automobiles,” he said over video conferencing from Nagpur.Earlier, he flagged off auto major Ashok Leyland’s consignment of 185 trucks transported through the roll-on roll-off (RoRo) coastal movement from Chennai Port to Mongla Port in Bangladesh.He recalled that India had signed a coastal shipping agreement with Bangladesh during Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s 2015 visit there.RoRo service was already happening between Chennai and Kochi and Kochi to Kandla and “this is a great example which is going to inspire and motivate all automobile manufacturers,” Gadkari added.Minister for State for Shipping and Road Transport, Pon Radhakrishnan said export of trucks by Ashok Leyland by sea route to Bangladesh would reduce the time by about 15-20 days as it takes only five days to reach the destination by sea.The benefits include avoiding pollution and possible accidents, the Minister, present at the Chennai Port, added.Ashok Leyland Managing Director Vinod K Dasari said the company had been exporting trucks to Bangladesh for 40 years using the road route and added that various issues, including congestion at the border and delay in crossing it had prompted them to think of an alternative following which the government suggested the sea route.”We do about 5,000 vehicles per year for Bangladesh. This is the first lot of 185 vehicles (through RoRo) and hopefully we continue to do more and use this as a route rather than the long (road) route,” he said.The cost-wise benefits of opting for the sea route were still being worked out, he said, adding “I hope it is more profitable and if profitable we will do more.” Meanwhile, a government release said that following the 2015 agreement between the two countries, transportation from Indian ports to Bangladesh ports “is being treated as coastal movement, making it eligible for 40 per cent concession on vessel-related and cargo-related charges.” “For coastal movement through RoRo vessels, 80 per cent concession on vessel-related and cargo-related charges are applicable in Indian Ports,” it said.Chennai Port started coastal RoRo service in August 2016 when 800 Hyundai cars were shipped on RoRo vessels from Chennai to Pipavav in Gujarat for local distribution, it said.”Initiatives like this are aimed at providing innovative logistic chain solutions under Sagarmala. The ultimate objective is to save logistic costs and time of transportation and boosting trade by making Indian goods competitive in international markets,” it added.

Haven’t met Rahul Gandhi yet, will meet him on his next trip to Gujarat: Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel said that he hadn’t met Rahul Gandhi yet, but that when he would, he would tell the ‘whole country about it’.Patel wrote on Twitter: “I haven’t met Rahul Gandhi but when I do meet him, I will tell the entire country. I will meet him on his next trip to Gujarat. Bharat Mata Ki Jai.”Earlier, the young leader was quoted as saying that he would back Congress to defeat the BJP.However, it wasn’t just a plain statement. At a rally north Gujarat’s Mandal, Patel reportedly said that to defeat ‘mahachor’ BJP, he may have to support ‘chor’ Congress.Though he admitted that he was at the same Ahmedabad hotel where Rahul Gandhi was staying, but he denied that he met the Congress vice president.The 24-year-old who is still not eligible to contest elections is being seen as a popular young leader after his successful patidar stir.
ALSO READ Ashok Gehlot says IB searched Gujarat hotel where he met Hardik, Jignesh; alleges ‘surveillance’ on BJP’s ordersThe speculation about Hardik’s secret meeting with Rahul started doing the rounds after the Patel community leader claimed that he would not be able to meet the Gandhi scion on Monday morning as he would be at a public function in Mandal town. He reportedly showed up at the hotel around 4 pm yesterday and later went to Mandal around 7.30 pm to address a meeting there.

22-yr-old shot for not letting friends smoke

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man was shot dead by three of his friends allegedly for not allowing them to smoke inside the house as his father was allergic to cigarette smoke. Police have arrested the trio who were on the run since Sunday from Wazirpur.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Brijesh Kumar, who had invited three of his friends over for a party at his house in Sukhdev Nagar, earlier this month. The family, along with the trio, Bhola, Vijay, and Arjun, had registered a missing complaint of Kumar in Ashok Vihar police station on October 11.”After receiving the missing complaint of Kumar, we found the corpse of a man in a canal near Rohini sector 16. The body was later identified as that of Kumar and was sent for post-mortem,” said Milind Dumbere, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi (North-West).During the investigation, the family stated that Kumar did not have any personal enmity with anyone. Later, they informed the police about the minor fight that took place between him and his friends earlier this month over the cigarettes. Police had also recorded the statements of the three friends who had come to register the FIR with the family.”We suspected the involvement of the friends behind it and later found that they were on the run. A police team was formed and with the help of tip-offs, we arrested them,” said a police officer.During interrogation, the trio confessed to their involvement in the crime and revealed that on October 9, Bhola had an argument with Kumar over smoking inside his house. Later, the altercation turned violent and Kumar slapped Bhola. This left him feeling insulted and led to the plan to murder Kumar.”Bhola contacted the other two and invited Kumar to a party and went for a drive after getting drunk on October 10. After a while, an argument broke out between them and Bhola shot Kumar in his head. Later, they dumped the body in Bawana’s canal and reported his missing report at Ashok Vihar along with the family,” Dumbere said.

Cong’s Bihar in-charge is behind crisis: Ashok Choudhary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ashok Choudhary, the former president of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee, who was ousted from his post last month, has blamed Congress’s Bihar in-charge CP Joshi for the crisis facing the party and said he would soon take up the matter with vice-president Rahul Gandhi.“The entire plot is Joshi’s conspiracy as he wants to instal his own favourite as the BPCC chief,” Choudhary said.

Supreme Court allows abortion of foetus with Arnold Chiari syndrome

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today allowed two women, who were in their advanced stage of pregnancy, to abort their foetus after it was detected that both were suffering from Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome.Arnold Chiari malformation is a structural defect which leads to underdeveloped brain and a distorted spine.A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri relied on a report of the medical board of Mumbai-based J J Hospital, where the two women were examined, and noted that the abnormalities in both the foetuses were identical and continuation of pregnancy would harm them.While the first woman’s foetus was 29-week old, the second woman was in 30th week of her pregnancy.The bench, also comprising justice Ashok Bhushan, said that “the prayer made in the writ petition is allowed to the extent the petitioners (women) is free to undergo medical termination of her pregnancy”.The women, both Mumbai residents, had approached the apex court seeking its permission to abort her foetus on the ground that it was suffering from severe anomaly.Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy. ​

No dissension in the party: Bihar Congress chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) acting president Kaukab Qadri on Sunday claimed there is no dissension in the party.Talking to reporters here about Monday’s party meeting, Qadri said, “There is no dissension within the party… Ashok Choudhary (former BPCC president) has also been informed about tomorrow’s meeting. I hope that he would participate in the meeting”.”He (Choudhary) made a mistake while issuing statements… I had taken cognisance of his statements which was his emotional outburst,” Qadri said.Stating that no leader or person is above the party, he said “I will take disciplinary action against any leader- howsoever big he/she may be – who would make adverse remarks against the party or try to weaken it.” After his removal from the post of BPCC chief, Choudhary had said that he felt “insulted” especially the way he was ousted from the post without any prior information.Choudhary had also targeted All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and Bihar in-charge CP Joshi for “misleading” the party high command about the party’s affairs in the state.Qadri was accompanied by party’s senior leaders former union minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Prem Chandra Mishra, ex-MLC Jyoti, legislator Bhavna Jha during the press meet.Asked if Ashok Choudhary had done penance for indulging in “anti-party” activities – that the party has invited him for the meeting, Qadri said that “He (Choudhary) should come here and bow his head to these great personalities. If he has committed any mistake, then he should do penance as he will attain peace by doing so.” Stating that organisational polls of the state unit have almost been completed, he said that party’s state Returning Officer Pradeep Bhattacharya, senior leaders, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, district presidents and delegates will attend tomorrow’s meeting.​

Last wish fulfilled: 82 year-old Hindu man laid to rest with Muslim rites in Jhansi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the rarest incident, a Hindu man’s last rites in Jhansi were performed as per Muslim customs, to fulfil his last wish.Madan Mohan Yadav who was famous for samosas of his iconic shop ‘Dau Samose Wala’, was buried on Monday and not cremated, reported Times of India.Yadav had been telling his family and friends about his desire to be buried. As per his wish, without any objection, his mortal remains were taken to Jewanshah burial ground for burial.”My father always had a lot of respect for both the religions and he regularly visited a ‘dargah’ apart from temples,” said his son Ashok Yadav.Yadav also used to send ‘samosas’ to the nearby mosque during the holy month of Ramzan.

Stir as Ryan’s principal moved to other branch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal of Ryan International School, Bhondsi branch in Gurugram, who was suspended following the murder of seven-year-old at its premises, has been demoted as a teacher at another branch of the school.Neerja Batra was suspended as the officiating principal of the school on September 9 after a Class 2 student was found with his throat slit, a day before. She has now joined Ryan’s Sector-40 branch in Gurugram as a teacher. She has been working with Ryan group for more than 20 years.However, the parents of the victim called it “a risk to the security of students”. “How can a principal under whose watch a student was murdered be transferred to a different school?” asked Varun Thakur, the victim’s father.”When she was not able to fulfill her duty as a principal then how can she fulfill her duties as a teacher?” he questioned while speaking to the media. He further said that no one should be transferred anywhere, unless the case is closed.The seven-year-old was found in a pool of blood on September 8.A school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, was accused of killing the boy and was arrested later. According to police, he was present in the washroom when the boy went in.Theere were widespread protests by parents and locals for more than four days and was shut down for almost 10 days. It was then reopened on September 25. The CBSE has also formed a two-member fact finding committee to look into the matter and also issued a show cause notice to the school saying it had failed to observe the “basic security measures”.On September 28, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the arrest of the Pinto family, the owners and trustees of Ryan International School, in connection with the murder, after they had knocked at the court’s door seeking anticipatory bail in the matter. The court will hear the matter next on October 7.

25 years of a ‘public movement’ called Zee TV

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-five years ago, India’s first private channel Zee TV started as an “illegal” entity — “illegal” because there was no rule or law in the country then that could tackle such a revolution. It started a new era of entertainment in the country, metamorphosed into infotainment and later branched out into separate news and entertainment channels. In essence, Zee TV became a “public movement.”The journey, as many early employees of Zee recall, has been that of progress, growth and constant innovation. As Rajya Sabha member and Essel Group Chairman Dr Subhash Chandra puts it in his tweet — today the channel is a household name as “viewers have made this private channel a public movement with their love and support.” He added: “Reaching entertainment to the homes of people — with this conviction in my heart, I had made a start.”Today, Zee has become a global media giant offering entertainment, news and information to 1.3 billion people in 173 countries in 19 languages. The brand is present across news, broadcasting, movies, music, live entertainment, digital and talent businesses, both in India and overseas. Its entertainment wing has more than 240,000 hours of television content and houses the world’s largest Hindi film library with rights to more than 4,200 movie titles across various languages.Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL, said: “25 years back, on this very day, our Chairman, Dr Subhash Chandra launched our nation’s first private satellite television channel. The launch of ZEE way back in 1992, sparked the evolution of not just a company, but an entire industry in itself.” Turn to P4Some of the finest and most successful talents of the country started as part of this Zee ‘revolution’. Union minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani, was a stringer with Zee TV 23 years ago. Stating that the channel had helped many people make their dreams come true, Irani said, “I was like any other reporter who used to send news to Zee TV. This group has been really lucky for me. It has shown several programmes on television that transformed people’s lives in terms of entertainment. ‘Zee Antakshari’ made people listen to music, ‘Hum Paanch’ made people laugh and ‘Teen Bahuraaniyan’ made people cry.”The story of how Zee TV started is interesting. In January 1991, a well-known personality in the advertising world, Ashok Kurien, and Dr Subhash Chandra were watching CNN and decided that they wanted to get into satellite television. They spoke to senior managers at Li Ka Shing’s Hutchison Whampoa, then the owner of Asiasat 1, the only satellite broadcasting into India and China, to form an equally-owned venture. The proposal was to be presented to Richard Li (Li Ka-Shing’s son).In his remarkably candid memoir The Z Factor – My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time, Dr Chandra describes what happened next: “It was on December 14 1991 when Ashok Kurien of Ambience ad agency and I reached Star TV’s office in Hong Kong. There were ten to twelve senior and junior executives in the room. Richard Li, head of Star TV, was not there. So we waited awhile. It was like waiting for the king to come in and give his blessings. Richard walked in suddenly and sat opposite me. ‘OK, Indian channel… Hindi channel. Where is the money in India?’ Richard was very dismissive. ‘I am not interested in a joint venture.’ Most of us in the room, including his executives, were shocked. It appeared that Richard had already made up his mind about the futility of the project. So I addressed him directly. ‘Mr Li, if you are not interested in the joint venture, can you consider leasing the satellite transponder to us?’ ‘There is no transponder available for less than $5 million per year,’ Richard said. It was a haughty statement to put me off.’ ‘That is fine. I will pay $5 million!’ It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I did not realize the implication of what I had said…”Dr Chandra insisted the deal had to be signed there and then. Li, however, made him wait for two hours before refusing. Dr Chandra came back and started talking to the Russians, who had a satellite stationed over India. Li was intrigued enough to come to India in 1992. He then met Dr Chandra who took him to the Essel Propack factory. Its sheer scale and size made Li change his mind. In May 1992 he signed a deal with Dr Chandra and on October 2, 1992 Zee went on air, two years after the principal ‘revolutionary’ of the ‘Zee revolution’ had actually thought about it.

Sonia Gandhi relieves Ashok Choudhary from his post as Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief

Updated: Sep 26, 2017, 08:19 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday relieved Ashok Choudhary from his post as Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief with immediate effect. According to the sources the leaders of the party were unhappy with Ashok for dwindling prospects in the state and discontent among party cadres. Earlier in September, a faction of the Bihar Congress, led by state president Ashok, gave a miss to the anti-BJP rally in Bihar. He also did not go to Delhi on being summoned by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi for a meeting to discuss the crisis in Bihar after the collapse of the Grand Alliance. The Congress had dismissed the reports of a possible rift in the party’s Bihar unit, saying that such allegations are being made since the Janata Dal United (JDU) severed all ties with Mahagathbandhan.

Mumbai: Fire breaks out in commercial building in Kandivali; none hurt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A fire broke out in a commercial building in suburban Kandivali here this morning, with four to five persons rescued from the spot, a civic official said.The blaze broke out on the second floor of the three-storey structure located at Ashok Nagar, Kandivali East, said an official of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Disaster Management Cell.”The Fire brigade received a call at 10.20 am. Our team arrived at the spot at 10.38 am and swung into action to douse the fire which occurred in a commercial establishment. Cooling operations were underway,” the official said.The fire was confined to 4 to 5 galas (commercial shops) on the second floor, he said.Four-five people who were inside the building have been rescued with the help of a ladder. They were unhurt.Eight fire engines and water tankers are at the spot to contain the blaze, the official said, adding that the cause behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Pradyuman murder case: CBI team reaches Ryan International School for investigation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team on Saturday reached Ryan International School to probe the murder case of Class II student Pradyuman Thakur.The three-member CBI team is expected to question the school staff.The CBI on Friday took over the probe, hours after his father threatened to move the Supreme Court if the agency did not start the investigation.According to the procedure, it has re-registered the FIR of the Gurgaon Police which had been probing the matter.The Gurgaon Police had arrested Ashok Kumar, one of the school’s bus conductors, in connection with the case.On September 16, it had said the charge sheet had been prepared and Kumar was the only accused, but the SIT would not file it in court.Pradhuman Thakur, a Class 2 student, was found dead with his throat slit in a toilet of the school on September 8.Kumar was arrested the same day for allegedly killing the child.

Delhi High Court orders govt for info after newborn dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the death of a newborn girl child due to unavailability of beds at three major hospitals in the city, the Delhi High Court issued an order to the Health Department and Delhi government to make available the information regarding bed occupancy and other medical facilities online.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari also took note of a report highlighting difficulties faced by patients on the facilities available in the hospitals.”Perhaps if this information was readily available to the family of the newborn, the life of the child may have been saved.”Given the availability of websites and internet connectivity, it would appear justified if all information in this regard especially the position of bed occupancy at a particular point of time is made available to the public at large especially, patients and their attendants, to obviate distress to them and also to ensure availability of the best medical assistance at the earliest,” the bench said.Activists lauded the bench’s decision stating that the newborn’s born was a violation of basic rights under the Constitution”This is a clear violation of the Article 21 — Right to Life. If this is the case in Delhi, then imagine what people are facing outside. Infant mortality is anyway an issue in India,” said Advocate and social activist Ashok Aggarwal.

"Development" missing from JMC general body meeting agenda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As usual General body meeting of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Thursday is, likely to be stormy. It is highly unlikely that development or public related issues would be discussed in tomorrow’s meeting because the sole agenda for the meeting is sanitation system in the city.The last meeting too had similar agenda. So far, every general body meeting has remained inconclusive but this time not having development issue in the agenda is quite surprising. It’s been three years but projects taken up in the first two meetings are yet to take shape on ground.Notwithstanding the agenda, the councilors are expected to create ruckus over personal issues as they will have nothing else to discuss.Mayor Ashok Lahoty who was publicly rebuked by UDH minister Sri Chand Kriplani over poor sanitation system in the city is, likely to be target of not just opposition Congress councilors but from his own party members.It’s been nine months but he has failed to constitute committees, which is a major cause of dissent among BJP councilors. On the other hand, the Congress held a meeting to discuss issues to corner the Mayor and came up routine issues like poor sanitation, street light and sewer system.However, the Mayor has cited code of conduct as reason for not having development issues on the agenda. “There is election in ward 76. The state election commission has given permission to discuss only sanitation matter. Even Prime Minister and chief minister have focus on sanitation. This is main work of the JMC so we will discuss sanitation in the meeting,” Lahoty said.Unfortunately, every general body meeting of the JMC is being marred by pandemonium. the voters elected BJP board hoping that having same party at all levels of the government would iron out differences and expedite development work but so far they have been let down. Even the opposition seems to prefer ruckus over real issues.

Delhi High Court asks Delhi Univ to give admission to blast victim’s son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High court on Monday asked the Director of Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) to consider the possibility to get a youth, whose father was killed in the Delhi High court blast, to be admitted in college. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar passed an order under exceptional circumstances and directed the SOL executive director to allow the youth to submit his admission application for BA (programme) course. “Considering the exceptional circumstances and that September 16 and 17 were holidays, we are of the view that Rishab Sharma deserves to be granted exception and should be permitted to apply for admission to BA course for the current academic year, if he applies within three days,” it said.The court’s directions come after Sangita Ashok, widow of Ashok Kumar Sharma, came to the court seeking help for the admission of her son. The denial of admission had pushed her son into depression, she had said. Meanwhile, the court also asked the woman whether she had seen the broken memorial of which she had shown the picture to the Acting Chief Justice. “Have you seen the memorial? It has been repaired,” the Acting Chief Justice said.

Ryan opens, only to shut again till Sept 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 10 days after the brutal murder of a seven-year-old student within its premises, the Ryan International School in Gurugram re-opened on Monday, only to be shut again till September 25. There was heavy security deployment at the school to prevent any untoward incident. Confirming the report, Gurugram’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vinay Pratap Singh said:”The Ryan School in Bhondsi will be shut till Friday. Classes will resume on September 25. Safety concerns will be addressed till then.” Meanwhile, the accused in the case, bus conductor Ashok Kumar, was produced in the special POCSO court in Gurugram, along with the Ryan International Group’s northern zone head and Human Resource head. In the court, Kumar reiterated that he was forced to confess to the crime.”Ashok said he was being framed. He also told the judge that he was pressurised to sign the confession statement,” his lawyer Mohit Verma said.Earlier on Sunday, the victim’s parents vehemently opposed the re-opening of the school. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to take charge of the probe and visit the crime place, as well as sanitise the school premises. At this stage, opening the school will not be a wise decision,” child’s father Varun Thakur said, adding that the re-opening of the school could lead to “tampering” of evidence.The DC, however, denied such claims and said: “The entire crime scene has already been sanitised.”Meanwhile, fear and anxiety continued to grip students and parents on Monday, with very few children turning up for classes.PINTO BAIL PLEAThree Ryan International School trustees submitted a fresh bail plea in Punjab and Haryana High Court, which will be heard on Tuesday
Founder Augustine Francis Pinto, Managing Director Grace Pinto, and their son, CEO Ryan Pinto had moved the Court on Saturday, but their anticipatory bail plea could not be admitted following the Court’s objections

Wholesale onion prices crash 50% in auction after I-T raids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wholesale onion rates at the Lasalgaon market went up for auction on Monday and prices crashed by over 50 percent. The auction started five days after Income Tax raids on seven biggest traders last week.According to traders at the Agriculture Produce Market Committees at Lasalgaon, Pimpalgaon and Vashi, onions were sold at Rs 800-Rs 1,200 per quintal as opposed to Rs 2,400-to-Rs 2600 per quintal ten days ago.”Total quantity of onion at Vashi APMC was 17,920 quintal on Monday. The rates were down by more than 50 percent on Monday. The old stocked onion will be disposed of by end of this month. From mid-October, there will be fresh stock,” said Ashok Walunje, an onion trader from Vashi.Traders had imported 300 containers from Egypt in a bid to get good rates. “Each container carried 12 tonnes of onion and cost traders Rs 16 per kg. Wholesalers were expecting to get margins of Rs 8 per kg at least, but the raids killed their hopes and they have been forced to sell at lower rates,” said a trader, requesting anonymity.”While rates crashing by 50 percent is good for a common man, it’s not really good for the farmer. We are not opposed to the government taking action against unscrupulous traders, but the farmers should not be made to suffer,” said Nanasaheb Patil, chairman, APMC, Lasalgaon.”Government has also listed the onion in the essential commodities list. If the government is really serious about controlling spiralling prices, it should offer minimum support price. Looking at the current input cost, it should have a MSP of Rs 2,000 per quintal,” Patil added.

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