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Baba Virendra Dev Dixit’s UP ashrams raided, 53 women recovered

After Delhi, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday raided two ashrams of Baba Virendra Dev Dixit in Farrukhabad district and recovered 53 ‘sevikas’, including a minor, and three girls from Nepal.Acting on a tip off from the Delhi Police that the absconding Baba Dixit may be hiding at his Farrukhabad ashrams, the police raided his two ashrams in Sikatarbagh and Kampil in Farrukhabad district and recovered 53 girls and women. Baba Dixit, who is a nagive of Farrukhabad, is facing rape charges after raids at his Rohini Ashram. He has been on the run since.During the raids, sevikas at the two Ashrams locked doors and resisted the police. The police later broke the gates and searched the ashrams. During the search, the police found two girls locked in a bunker. They were freed and are being interrogated.A total of eight sevikas from Siktarbagh and 45 from Kampil Ashram were taken into custody. “We will produce the detained women and girls before the court for recording their statement before the judicial magistrate,” said Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tribhuvan Singh.Except for girls, women and, including three from Nepal, the police did not find any incriminating documents from the two ashrams after a 5-hour search. Majority of the girls and women were from different states.Over 100 police men from different stations were deployed.Baba Dixit, who was born and brought up in Farrukhabad, had established his first Ashram in Kampil on his ancentral land in 1984 and later another at Siktarbagh. Since then, the ashram has been shrouded in controversy with locals complaining that women were being raped and held hostage there.During initial interrogation, chief sevika Rekha Rai told the police that they were living in the ashrams on their own and there was no undue pressure on them.‘No pressure’During initial investigation, chief sevika of the UP ashrams Rekha Rai told the police that they were living in the ashrams on their own and there was no undue pressure on them.

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

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

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MPAT phase-II: After 2 yrs, University of Rajasthan accepts application

The University of Rajasthan has started taking applications for MPAT phase II, the entrance exam for PhD and M.Phil students. This has happened after two years when the last exam was conducted. Students were enrolled in the university for the course in 2015 when entrance for MPAT phase II was conducted.Deepak Bhatnagar, co-ordinator, MPAT 2017, informed that the overall number of seats available for PhD aspirants have gone down due to several reasons. One reason for the same is the reduction in the total number of seats by University Grants Commission.“The UGC has reduced the number of students that a guide can take. Assistant and associate professors can take only four and six students respectively, where earlier they could take eight students each,” Bhatnagar said. “Teachers are slowly retiring in our university and there are no new appointments, this is also affecting the overall number of seats,” he added.However, he informed that the university has asked the various government and private colleges to associate with it as a ‘research centre’. “I am hopeful that more seats can be introduced in the next session,” Bhatnagar said.AspirationsPhD aspirants have taken the step positively, though half-heartedly as all departments have not shown availability of seats. “History, Political Science, and Sanskrit do not have seats for PhD. The first two subjects are in a critical condition as it has a lot of students waiting to get into the course, but, there are no guides. In addition to that, there are certain teachers in the university who have not completed their documentation, hence, they cannot become guides,” said Suman Kumari, research student president. “Furthermore, certain teachers in the Chemistry department have the capability to become guides, but, the university is now allowing them,” she said.

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FIR registered against cop who pointed loaded rifle at Cong leader Kamal Nath

An FIR was registered against a police constable in Madhya Pradesh, who had pointed a loaded rifle at senior Congress leader Kamal Nath at Chhindwara airstrip on Friday.According to police officials, the policeman was immediately overpowered by the security personnel and has now been placed under suspension.Speaking to ANI, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Neeraj Soni said “One of the policemen deployed for security of (Congress MP) Kamal Nath ji suspiciously pointed the gun towards him at airport. We have suspended him and are investigating the matter,” he added.This incident came to light after Madhya Pradesh’s former Advocate General and Rajya Sabha member, Vivek Tankha took to Twitter and condemned the incident. “A Police man loads his rifle to fire at Kamal Nath ji in Chhindwara airstrip. Is this politics of hatred. Should be condemned in strongest terms.” (sic) Tankha tweeted.According to media source, the incident took place around 5:00 pm at a small airport in Chhindwara, which is about 320 km from state capital Bhopal.Also readMadhya Pradesh cop points gun at Congress leader Kamal Nath; overpowered and suspendedNath represents Chhindwara in Loksabha and is presently the longest serving member of the Indian Parliament. He has been elected nine times from Chhindwara.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Security stepped up for Phase 2

The second phase of the Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held on December 14 and the Ahmedabad police department has stepped up its security by deploying 5,800 officials and 119 companies of Paramilitary force in the city.The deployment of cops has been done 48 hours before the elections at booths in Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad rural and city police will be deployed to all the polling stations.The police deployment will have Deputy Commissioner of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police, police inspector, police sub-inspector, head constable and constable level officers of Ahmedabad police department. Apart from 119 companies of the Paramilitary force, the team will comprise Central Reserve Police (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Assam Rifles (AR), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard(NSG) and Border Security Force(BSF) officials.HR Muliyana, DCP of the control room, said, “Cops from other cities have not been called for the election bandobast.The Ahmedabad police have enough strength to manage the entire process on December 14. There has been more deployment done in the sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order.” further said Muliyana.

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Week after slums are razed, shanties return near garden

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after the demolition of illegal slums near the Bayview Marina Garden in Cuffe Parade, the encroachers have made a comeback and set up shanties again. The residents have slammed the government for failing to ensure that the land remains free of encroachments. The BMC has assured the residents that another demolition will be carried out in the area and the shanties will be demolished. The first demolition was conducted in the presence of the police on November 21.”The government agencies are failing to protect their own land. We have been complaining about the illegal slums in our locality since a long time. The slums were cleared partly but now they are back,” said Padmakar Nandekar, secretary general, Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA). “Taxpayers’ money is used for demolition. Besides, machinery and power is wasted when the encroachers come back to the same place on which the demolition work was carried out,” added Nandekar.Another resident said, “The BMC should carry out swift demolition drives inorder to protect the city’s open spaces.”Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, A ward of BMC, said, “We will conduct the demolition drive again so that the slums are cleared. We will chalk out a permanent solution for the issue soon.”

Remembering 26/11: When the past is always present

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>November is the cruellest month for the Omble family. This year will be the ninth in a row that Vaishali Omble, her mother Tarabai, and sister Bharti will not have stepped out of their home on 26/11. And each year, the family recalls the horror that changed their lives forever.This, after all, is the family of Assistant Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble without whose sacrifice Ajmal Kasab would never have been captured and brought to justice.They say the belongings of the braveheart– who was honoured posthumously with the Ashok Chakra gallantry award – have not been moved an inch, let alone any changes done to the interiors of their Worli home. Everything is in the same place as it was nine years ago when the family last met him. Once in a while, they go to see the bust of Tukaram Omble at Girgaum Chowpatty.”Our lives have changed since the terror attack and it will never be the same again,” Vaishali Omble told DNA.To make ends meet, she gives private tuitions to students in their schools and colleges, and teaches children in Class 9-11. “I don’t want to work anywhere out and I feel this is the best I want to offer to society by teaching children. I also oversee the operations of a CNG station given to us by the government, against which we get monthly fixed remuneration,” she said.Her sister Bharti works in a clerical position with the government.This family is also in touch with other families of policemen who lost their lives on that fateful day.”Whenever there is a terror attack, we see people talking about it on television. But only those who have actually lost someone in such attacks understand how difficult it is to recover,” said Vaishali.THE MAN WHO CAUGHT KASABOn the night of November 26, Ajmal Kasab fired a volley of bullets into Tukaram Omble who was on duty at a nakabandi on Girgaum Chowpatty. Despite this, Omble grabbed Kasab and didn’t let go. His daredevilry made it possible for the police to overpower Kasab, who was the only terrorist from the attack to be apprehended and brought to justice.

Thane Municipal Corporation gives reserved plots to developers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Municipal Corporation got a policy passed in the Genera body that will allow them to sell reserved plot for school, recreation ground and others to developers at 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate. The developer, in turn, has to construct the amenity earmarked on the plot in 40 per cent area and remaining can be used by developer. Environmentalists have termed it a bad idea as, they claim once the land is gone to a developer then it’s gone forever.Confirming the policy decision SH Gohil, Assistant Town Planner of Thane Municipal corporation, said, “The policy states that plots with reservations, will be sold to the developers. The developer will have to pay 125 per cent of the ready reckoner rate of the plot. The developer then will have to construct the amenity for which the land is reserved on the 40 per cent of the total land. This amenity has to be handed over to the Corporation free of cost.”On the remaining 60 per cent of the land, the developer will be allowed to carry out construction. “The developer can use the 100 per cent FSI available on the land for carrying out construction,” said Gohil.This will mean a lot of find in terms of sale of land for the municipal corporation. The senior officials in Corporation say, this is a win win situation for All. “Corproation shall get money, citizens will get amenities like school, play ground and others. Though the rate of 125 per cent is high, non availability of land in the city limits will fetch Corporation food amount,” said a senior officials.However, environmentalists have panned the idea, they say once an open land is lost it’s gone forever. Rishi Agarwal, environmentalists puts it this way, the developer will benefit with this policy and open spaces will be gone. “There are very few open spaces we need to protect them and not serve the developers on a platter to generate revenue. Also, when a developer takes the land and even if they develop the amenity there are many examples to prove these amenities are my much of use for common people. This whole move is objectionable and thought on how to generate revenue instead of giving away open spaces reserved for amenities be thought about,” he said.While the Corporation didn’t give any specific number on how many open spaces with reservation exist, it could be huge in number several hectares of land.Meanwhile, an official claimed that this will help the land from being usurped by illegal encroachment like slums or others.

Civic body to clear Versova beach garbage, finally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Versova-based lawyer Afroz Shah announced that Versova beach clean-up was suspended, and took to social media criticising the ‘administrative lethargy’ blaming BMC for not clearing the garbage collected through the drive, the civic body has decided to clear it in the next three days.On Sunday, which was the 109th week of the Versova beach clean-up, some locals from Versova jetty began abusing and even asking Shah and his team of volunteers to stop the cleaning work and blamed them for all the garbage that was collected.Volunteers say that BMC had stopped picking up the garbage that people were clearing from the beach. “All the garbage and plastic waste cleared from the beach were collected and kept at a designated spot near Versova jetty from where BMC used to take it. However, they suddenly stopped and the quantity of garbage kept growing in size,” informed Naresh Suri, an actor, as well as part of the clean-up initiative.Speaking to DNA, Versova MLA Dr Bharati Lavekar said that she held a meeting with BMC K/West ward officials and the issue has now been resolved. “Assistant Municipal Commissioner Prashant Gaikwad has promised that the entire garbage will be cleared in the next three days. Some officials claimed that the garbage had huge quantity of sand stuck on it and it needed to be cleaned by volunteers and we explained them that it was done,” she said.

Mankhurd land meant for mangroves cleared

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a series of efforts to clear encroachments on wetlands, the Maharashtra State Mangrove Cell cleared a five-hectare reserve mangrove forest land on Tuesday in Mankhurd after demolishing several illegal structures.”We carried out the demolition of around 108 houses, which were illegally built after destroying mangroves close to the creek at Mandala near Mankhurd. Notices were served to evacuate the structures four days back and finally with help from Mumbai police officials the demolitions were carried out,” said Makarand Ghodke, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) Mangrove Cell.According to him, almost 80 per cent of these structures which were initially hutments were gradually converted to permanent structures. “Apart from the structures, an almost three-hectare land had been cleared and converted into a ground and it was obvious that these too would soon see the construction of hutments,” informed another official.In fact, in a bid to ensure that this land can be restored, the Mangrove Cell have created channels all along the area where demolitions were carried out. “These channels will help tidewater to enter the land and possibly even restore the area,” said Ghodke.

Lalu Prasad elected party president unopposed for 10th time; Nitish Kumar calls RJD ‘family political asset’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad on Monday was declared elected unopposed to the post of the party’s national president for 10th consecutive term.Prasad, who was the sole candidate in the fray, was declared elected by the party’s national election officer Jagadanand Singh after lapse of the time limit set for withdrawal of nomination papers, a RJD statement from Assistant Election Officer Chitranjan Gagan said here.However, a formal announcement to this effect will be made by Singh on November 20, the day when the party’s newly constituted national executive is scheduled to meet, the statement said.Prasad will also be given a certificate of his election to the top party post on that date, it added.Prasad, who had floated RJD way back in 1997 after splitting the Janata Dal, has been re-elected as the national president of his party for the 10th consecutive term.Prasad had filed his nomination for the RJD President before the RJD’s chief returning officer, Jagdanand Singh, at the party’s state headquarters here on Sunday.Opposition parties like the JD(U) and the BJP have, however, taken potshots at the RJD supremo for being re-elected to the post without any other candidate throwing in a challenge.Prasad’s arch rival and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday termed the RJD as a “private political party” and a “family political asset”.

Hyderabad cab driver attempts to kidnap girl, case registered

Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 03:04 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered here against a cab driver on Monday for attempting to kidnap a minor girl.According to Asif Nagar’s Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), “We received a complaint from victim’s mother stating a cab driver who is a neighbour attempted to kidnap her 9 years old daughter. We have registered a Case U/s 363 IPC and further probe is on.”According to sources, the accused has been taken into the police custody.

Illegal encroachments outside Parel stn razed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railways and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation have stepped up demolition of illegal structures and slums near rail premises. Nearly 40 days after the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, the authorities conducted a major demolition drive outside Parel station on Tuesday.Apart from this, there are encroachments near the railway station and near the old road-overbridge, where slums have come up. “There were 33 illegal encroachments at Parel which have been demolished today,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.Police protection was provided along with BMC staff to monitor the demolition drive. Assistant Municipal Commissioner (F-South ward) of the BMC, Kishor Desai said, “The demolition was carried by the Railways. As the Railways had asked us, we provided the manpower but the demolition was under the supervision of the Railways only.”Sources said that these structures were also obstructing the new foot-overbridge (FOB) that the Army will soon be building. The Army has already begun work on the FOB and designs have been planned. “There were encroachments on the land where the FOB has its landing. These are now being removed with the help of the BMC,” said a Central Railway official. The Army is connecting the existing FOB at Parel with the new one that shall have a landing on Elphinstone Road near the flower market.Over the past few days, there have been demolitions outside several railway stations. “We have been carrying out demolition since the last one month. We will provide passenger amenities wherever needed,” said Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO, WR. They have carried demolitions at Elphinstone Road, Dadar, Matunga Road, and Bandra in the past few days wherein more than 150 structures and slums have been razed.

BSF jawan commits suicide by shooting himself in Tripura’s Sipahijala district

Updated: Nov 7, 2017, 06:07 PM IST, PTI

The 53-year-old BSF jawan, Charan Das, committed suicide when he was on duty on the Indo-Bangla border. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself from his service rifle at Bhavanipur, near the Indo-Bangla border in Sipahijala district on Tuesday, police said.Officer in-charge of Jatrapur police station, Paritosh Das said, Assistant Commandant of BSF 86 battalion, Nadim Khan filed an FIR stating that BSF jawan, Charan Das (53) committed suicide when he was on duty on the border.The incident occurred at about 2 am on Tuesday.BSF DIG, Pranesh Kumar visited the spot.Police said they are investigating the case.​

UP: Alert driver of Ram Nagar-Bandra Express averts tragedy, applies emergency brakes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An accident was averted on Saturday as an alert train driver applied emergency breaks to avoid hitting a truck that was lying very close to the tracks after a collision, a railway official said.Ram Nagar-Bandra express passengers had a narrow escape as their train avoided a collision with a truck lying very close to the rail tracks near Pirsua village near here at about 12:45 AM.”Finding the truck fallen near the rail track, the driver applied emergency breaks and carried Ram Nagar-Bandra express slowly between Kilometre No. 331 and 332 where two trucks had collided earlier and one of them had had fallen very close to the track,” said Rajendra Singh, PRO North Eastern Railway, Izzatnagar division.He said the foot plate of the engine was damaged in process but the passengers were safe.The train made an unscheduled stoppage at Raya station, and moved ahead after 90 minutes as the engine of the train had to be replaced, Singh said.A three-member departmental enquiry chaired by Assistant Security Commissioner K C Meena has been ordered, Singh said.

BMC fails to identify Hsg societies without waste pits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Housing societies who have been issued Intimation of Disapproval (IoD) and Commencement Certificates (CC) since 2007 were mandatorily meant to have a dedicated waste treatment facility on their premises.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had warned of strict penal action against such societies if they fail to start composting soon, but have so far not identified a single housing society that came up after 2007 in three wards in south Mumbai.As per figures available with the solid waste management (SWM) department of BMC, they have identified a total of 2,389 housing societies that have come up after 2007, and areas where setting up a vermicomposting facility is a must.“Housing societies and bulk generators, who have been issued IoDs and CCs since 2007, are supposed to have a dedicated waste treatment facility,” said an official from SWM.In ward A (CST, Churchgate, Colaba), B (Sandhrust Road, Dongri, Mohhamad Ali Road) and C (Grant, Chandanwadi, Marine Drive Vasudeo Balvant Phadke Chowk), the BMC could not identify a single building which has come up after 2007.“We are still in the process of identifying buildings which have come up after 2007. When we do, we will ask them to process waste within their premises. If they fail to do so, an FIR will be lodged against these housing societies,” the official said.Earlier in October, the BMC had also sent out a circular to Assistant Commissioners of all wards to prepare a list of willful violators for further action. The BMC had initially set a deadline of October 2 for mandatory waste segregation and composting by housing societies.With apprehensions voiced by housing societies on meeting the deadline due to lack of space for composting, the civic body extended it to three months, provided societies submit a detailed plan to the corporation.THE ACTStates that if, during an inspection by ward officials, the pit is not found, and the place is being used for other purposes such as parking, action can be initiated against the society or commercial units under the MRTP Act, and face legal action, including prison term of up to three years and fine ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.

Civic body orders removal of hawkers outside rly stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To tighten the ongoing drive to evict hawkers outside railway stations, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has doubled the fine against the illegal hawkers. For the last four days, the roads immediately outside many railway stations in Mumbai have become spacious as BMC has removed all illegal hawkers. However, considering that the hawkers pay fines and put up their stalls the next day, BMC has not only increased their mobile vans but doubled the fines to discourage the hawkers.Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta gave his nod for the proposal a couple days ago but the decision was communicated to railway officials in a joint meeting of BMC and railway officials on Monday on the course of action on removal of all hawkers up to a 150-metre area outside railway stations under BMC jurisdiction.An officer from BMC licence department said, “The fine has been doubled to discourage hawkers to put up their stalls again. For instance, if previously the removal charges was Rs 240, now it’s Rs 480; and if penalty was Rs 1000, it will now be R s2000. The fine increases according to the type of stalls like eatables, garments and others.”In the joint meeting, the BMC chief also announced that all the Assistant Municipal Commissioners (known as ward officers) of all 24 civic wards will be nodal officers in removal of hawkers outside railway stations. The railway stations from Churchgate to Dahisar on Western Railway, CST to Mulund on Central Railway and CST to Mankhurd on Harbour line fall under BMC jurisdiction.Ajoy Mehta confirmed the decisions announced on Monday and said, “It will be applied for roads outside railway stations only in BMC areas.”

Coal scam: SC request CISF DG to consider CBI official’s promotion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court has requested the Director General of CISF to consider granting promotion to a CBI official, who was on deputation with the agency from the paramilitary force and associated with the probe into the coal block allocation scam.The top court observed that the officer was associated with coal scam probe since March 2013 and was retained by the CBI under the court’s direction due to which he “seems to have missed out on his promotion” to the rank of Assistant Commandant in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).CBI pointed out to the court that inspector Bodh Raj was on deputation with the agency from CISF since February 2005.”We request the Director General, CISF to consider granting promotion to Bodh Raj (Inspector, CBI) as a special case and report to this court after four weeks keeping in mind that his services were required in public interest and under the directions of this court,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.”Bodh Raj should not suffer on account of this. Needless to say that the promotion of Bodh Raj should be considered with effect from the date his junior was promoted,” the bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, said.The court was dealing with matters pertaining to the coal block allocation cases.The apex court had on January 23 constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the allegations of “abuse of authority” prima facie committed by former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to scuttle investigation and enquiries in the coal block allocation cases.It had observed that a prima facie case has “definitely” been made out for probe into the abuse of authority by Sinha.It had later directed that no CBI officer, who is probing coal scam cases or officials from SIT probing allegations of “abuse of authority” against the former CBI director, would be transferred without its prior permission.

Societies face jail over garbage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Office bearers of housing societies and bulk generators that do not segregate garbage and compost it on-site could face legal action, including a prison term of up to three years and fine ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.Housing societies and bulk generators, who have been issued Intimation of Disapproval (IoD) and Commencement Certificates (CC) since 2007, are supposed to have a dedicated waste treatment facility, as per BMC’s orders.A circular was sent out to Assistant Commissioners of all wards on Friday to prepare a list of willful violators within 15 days and submit it for further action.Vijay Singhal, additional municipal commissioner (Eastern Suburbs), in charge of the Solid Waste Management department, said, “We have issued a circular directing all wards to visit all such premises and check why they have not started waste processing at their premises. If there is an issue, help them to sort it out and, if it is found that they are willful violators, take action as per law.”He added that there is no scope of rolling back the decision. “The BMC will take any measures necessary to implement waste processing at source,” he added.The BMC had initially set a deadline of October 2 for mandatory waste segregation and composting by housing societies and bulk generators. With apprehensions voiced by housing societies on meeting the deadline due to lack of space for composting, the civic body had given an extention of three months, provided societies submit a detailed plan to the corporation.Advance Locality Managements (ALMs) who have not done enough to promote waste management will also come under the civic body’s scanner. The circular issued on Friday states that the ALM concept was promoted by BMC to involve citizens in cleanliness related issues. The civic body will de-register ineffective ALMs and steps will be taken to appoint new ones.BMC plans to invoke penal provisions of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966 against those found violating these mandatory conditions.As per the MRTP Act 1966, since 2007, all the Intent of Disapproval (IoD) and Commencement of Certificates (CC) were granted with the provision of vermin-composting pit or an area demarcated for processing of municipal solid waste (MSW) withing the building premises. If the ward officials find that vermin-composting pit is not found, or the place is being used for other purposes such as parking, action can be initiated against the society or commercial units under the MRTP Act as well as the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1888.

MBMC issues bills after due date, penalise residents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) is forcing lakhs of residents to pay property tax penalty along with interest for its own inefficiency. The civic body has distributed property tax bills to its residents after the due date and is now asking them to cough up interest and penalty for delayed payment.The property tax bills distributed to the residents mention the bill date of May-June, the due date for which is August end. But they have been distributed the same only a week ago, which is well after the payment due date.”Despite this being their fault, the civic body is indulging in an unfair practice by asking residents to pay 2% interest as well as penalty for delayed payment,” said Mukhtar Khan, Mira Road resident.”MBMC should have waived off their penalty and interest even before residents start raising objections. There are several property owners who have paid penalty, for such cases, civic authorities should adjust the amount in next year’s property tax bill along with 2% interest,” said Advocate Kishore Samant of Democratic Youth Federation of India, the youth wing of CPIM.An MBMC official said that despite repeated reminders to the concerned authorities, bills were generated and printed after several months.Clarifying their stand on the subject, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Swati Deshpande said, “There is an error from our end, we would want people to pay their property tax bills along with penalty and interest. Those who have objections may also give an application so that the same can be put up with higher authorities.”Despite repeated attempts, MBMC Commissioner Naresh Gite did not respond.

Mumbai: Cops bust diesel pilfering racket; nine arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RCF police have busted an oil pilferage racket and have arrested nine people for allegedly pilfering over 1 lakh litres of diesel worth Rs 62 lakh from the pipeline of petroleum companies at Gavhanpada in Trombay.Those arrested included Hasim Choudhary, Riyaz Khan, Kishore Shirsode, Deepak Muniraj, Abdul Shaikh, Parvez Khan and Nasir Ansari.According to the police, specific information was received by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) RB Mane that pilferage of diesel is being done at Gavhanpada following which a probe was initiated. The accused persons were arrested on September 10.Their interrogation revealed that they would drill a two meter hole in the diesel pipelines and with the help of clamps, they would pilfer diesel. The pilfered diesel was then filled in tankers and was later stored in different places in Pune, police said.“The group has so far stolen 1,04,000 liters of oil worth Rs 62 lakh. We have seized Rs 93,000 in cash, a tanker and a car from the accused persons. We are on the lookout for eight more people involved in the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone VI, Shahaji Umap.

Victims have right to compensation, says HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court, while rejecting the petition of 2015 flood victims, said that those affected by floods still have the right to compensation and ordered the state government to pay compensation as per the relief policy.The first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancoli, while rejecting petition of Danabhai Parmar, observed, “Rejecting petition does not mean that flood affected victims have lost their right to compensation. If any flood victim, who has not availed the compensation, approaches the administration, the same should be entertained, and as per the relief policy they should be paid compensation.”The petitioner is a resident of Dod village in Tharad Taluka which saw heavy rainfall in 2015. The floods severely damaged houses, crops, and livestock. The state government carried out a damage survey and released compensation. Aggrieved with the amount, a public interest litigation was moved in 2016.Petitioner Danabhai Jemalbhai Parmar returned compensation of Rs 61,900 as he was dissatisfied with the way the amount of compensation was fixed.The petitioner’s advocate Mahendra Vora said that the survey conducted by the district administration does not cite the real losses suffered by the flood victims.While villagers have suffered more than 50 to 60 per cent damage, the survey shows barely 15 to 20 per cent damage and the compensation amount is fixed accordingly, which is meagre compared to the real losses suffered by flood victims. The petition prays that the court should direct the district administration and the state to conduct another survey and calculate the damage and losses.PAYMENT FOR LOSSESIn 2016, the Assistant Government Pleader submitted 748 claims from the village. Of those, 449 claims were accepted and 299 claims were rejected. The government said efforts were being made to disburse the amount properly.

Maharashtra: Woman constable hangs self in Thane; two senior cops including ACP booked for abetment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 24-year-old woman constable has allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Kalwa here, after which an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and another cop were booked on charges of abetting the suicide, police said today.Subhadra Pawar was attached to the Police Headquarters in Thane Commissionerate and had joined the force in 2014.Pawar was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her flat yesterday between 2.30 to 3.00 pm, a police official said.She had been living in the rented accommodation along with three other women constables.A constable, attached to Mumbai Police and an ACP, posted at the Thane Police Headquarters have been booked in connection with the incident, under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide), rw 34 (common intention), police said.According to the official, the deceased was in a relationship with the accused constable and was about to get married to him.”The accused (constable) came to meet her at her house last afternoon. After spending some time, he stepped out of the flat to make a call. Upon returning after few minutes, he saw Pawar hanging from the ceiling fan in the room with a duppatta (piece of cloth),” he said.Shocked to see her, the constable reached out to neighbours for help and also informed police and her brother, who is also a constable in Navi Mumbai.She was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared dead before admission, the officer said.”No suicide note was recovered from the spot. We have registered offences against two police personnel, including an ACP of Thane Police Commissionerate, based on the complaint filed by the deceased’s brother,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-I), D S Swami said.The exact reason of the suicide is yet to be ascertained and statements of people concerned in connection with the matter, are being recorded, he said.Pawar’s brother, in his complaint, accused the cop duo of harassing and mentally torturing his sister.No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case, he said.

WATCH: Chhattisgarh CRPF jawans save ill tribal woman by carrying her through jungle to ambulance 7-km away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CRPF group conducting a special operation in the interiors of Surnar in Bastar Chhattisgarh ended up as heroes for their quick thinking on Sunday.The group noticed two infants, one of whom was a two-month-old infant, crying outside a home, which was a hutment located from the main village.The troops followed the elder child into the house to find a woman lying with high fever. The troops then fed the children. They also discovered that the children’s father had gone into the jungles to rear cattle.The Assistant Commandant of the troops, identified as Devram, then took the decision to take the woman to the community health centre. The troops made a makeshift stretcher using bamboos and carried to the nearest motorable road located seven kilometres away. It was an arduous process, as due to the monsoons the stretch had become uneven with thick jungle cover and hillocks.Meanwhile, one of the troops sent a message to rush an ambulance to a designated place on the road. The woman was admitted to the health centre and is recovering.

HC lets govt employee keep flat, overturns Rs 8 Lakh fine order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A government employee, who was forced to vacate her quarters by the Directorate of Estates — a body under the Ministry of Urban Development — finally got her accommodation back after she knocked on the High Court’s door.Justice Vibhu Bhakru directed the orders given by the Directorate of Estates to vacate the house and pay damages worth Rs 8,58,876, be set aside.”This court is of the view that the principles of natural justice have been violated and the petitioner has not been provided adequate opportunity to meet the case set up against her,” the court said in its order.The court’s decision comes after advocate Sandeep Mahapatra, appearing for the Centre admitted that the inspection report, which was prepared after visiting the residence of Shashi Bala, was not given to her.Bala, employed in the Ministry of Shipping, filed a petition through her counsel Avadh Kaushik which said that she was allotted an accommodation in Lodhi Road. The said residence was inspected on August 2, 2016 following which the inspection team found the quarters to be completely or partially sub-let to some unauthorised persons.With regard to this, on November 7, 2016, a showcase notice was issued to Bala seeking a reply as to why the allotment of the flat not be cancelled. The notice also asked why damages should not be charged to her.Bala responded to the notice stating that she was residing in the flat. She also provided various documents like Aadhaar card, pass book, voter ID card etc, as proof.However, the representation by Bala were not accepted and the Assistant Director (Estates) passed an order on January 19, 2017 directing her to vacate the house. It also added that the petitioner would be charging damages from her.Aggrieved by this, Bala appealed at the Directorate of Estates stating that she did not have any clue on the grounds on which the officials conducting the investigation concluded that she was not residing at the accommodation.The appeal was rejected and to her shock she received a demand of Rs 8,58,876 on account of damages on April 18 this year, following which she knocked the court’s door and sought relief.The court held that neither the show cause notice nor any relevant material has been put forth which stated that Bala had sublet the house.

Mumbai rains: Renowned doctor of Bombay Hospital goes missing; search operation underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Renowned gastroenterologist of the Bombay Hospital Dr. Deepak Amrapurkar went missing near the Elphinstone Road station following heavy rains which lashed the megapolis, the police said.58-year-old Amarapurkar had left for home last evening by his car but due to water logging on the road he asked his driver to drop him near the Elphinstone Road station and started walking towards his residence, a senior police official said.The doctor went missing while he was walking towards his residence when it was pouring heavily, the official added.”According to some eye-witnesses Amrapurkar fell in a manhole and police recovered his umbrella from near it,” said Sunil Deshmukh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dadar Division.The said manhole has been cordoned off and search operation with the help of fire brigade and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation personnel is on, he said and added a missing complaint has been lodged.Torrential rains pounded the metropolis throughout the day yesterday. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.

‘Your tears sear our hearts’: DIG pens an emotional letter to comfort daughter of a slain J&K policeman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy Inspector General (DIG), south Kashmir range, SP Pani, penned an emotional letter to comfort the daughter of a slain policeman in Jammu and Kashmir, after a moving picture of the inconsolable five-year-old became the face of terror victims in the strife-torn state.Dressed in her school uniform, Zohra can be seen sobbing frantically during the wreath-laying ceremony for her father, Assistant Sub-Inspector Abdul Rashid Shah, who was killed by militants while he was regulating traffic at Mehndi Kadal in Anantnag on Monday.“Your tears have shaken many hearts. The sacrifice made by your father will always be remembered. You are too young to understand as to why this happened. People responsible for such violence, who attack the lawful symbol of the state and the society, are indeed insane and enemy of humanity. Your father, like all of us, represented the Jammu and Kashmir Police force — a hallmark of valour and sacrifice,” Pani wrote to the girl.“Every drop of your tears sears our hearts. May the almighty give us the strength to go ahead with our mission of rendering services for the betterment of the society,” the letter further stated.The DIG said families of many officers have suffered and undergone irreparable trauma. “We cannot forget our heroes, our dear ones,” he said.

Soon, B-ward’s caller tune to spread cleanliness word

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The next time you dial the civic authorities of B-ward do not be surprised if you hear a catchy caller tune. The B-ward office, which covers areas like Masjid Bunder, Pydhonie, and Dongri, has come up with an innovative way to promote awareness about cleanliness.The B-ward Assistant Municipal Commissioner plans to release a caller tune in a few months time. “When a citizen calls, they can hear the jingle which will be based on nursery rhymes. The lyrics will convey the ‘Swachh Mumbai’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ message. This is an innovative concept for people to remember the message that we are aiming to spread through the caller tune. This will help us spread the message but with a twist,” said Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Udaykumar Shirurkar.Shirurkar added that the lyrics will be changed according to the social message they want to highlight. He said, “The waste segregation, efforts of workers cleaning the streets will be highlighted. We will also make videos and circulate them to let residents know about the work being done.”The civic body plans to launch the pilot campaign in B-ward initially. “We are presently working on the initiative. It will be out in a few weeks,” added Shirurkar.Earlier, authorities had also released five songs which spread the message about cleanliness drives and how to segregate different kinds of waste. The songs were distributed to Ganpati pandals across the city on CDs and pen drives to play during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Watch: Moon-like craters in Dadar makes communting a pain for Mumbaikars

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Huge craters formed on the road as one alights the Dadar flyover towards Elphinstone, have left not only motorists but also the Mumbai traffic police hassled. While motorists are finding it extremely difficult to navigate the potholes, the traffic cops are having to deal with long traffic pile-up.“I felt that the suspension of my car got wreaked after the left side wheel almost sank in the deep crater despite the fact that I was driving slowly and it’s not just one crater that one has to avoid here but there are a series of them as soon as one drives down the Dadar flyover,” said Manoj Mistry who commutes daily on the Tulsipipe road to Lower Parel. He added that it was a shame as recently he had seen the entire patch being repaired. It’s not only Mistry who seems to be agitated about the craters but every motorist who navigates it. “Riding this crater is surely damaging my vehicle but before that I was stuck in a major traffic pile up that took me 30 minutes to cross the flyover. The craters have come back since last week when it started pouring heavily and for past three days I have seen it getting worse but no repair work being undertaken,” said Mohan Raut, a banker who works at Elphinstone.Meanwhile officials from Dadar traffic police chowky too complained that despite repeated reminders to the BMC officials about the huge craters the situation has remained the same. “It’s becoming extremely difficult to manage the traffic situation. With Ganesh Chaturthi the flower market is already crowded causing traffic jam and congestion and now on top of that there are these big craters and potholes formed since it began raining heavily causing traffic pile up,” shared Sanjay Kale, Senior Police Inspector, Traffic for Dadar traffic police chowky adding that they have requested BMC to fill up the craters.Ramakant Biradar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G/North ward said that given the fact that the road sees high volume of traffic there is barely time to carry out repair work. “We are beginning work starting 2am on Tuesday to fill the potholes. It’s a very old road and there are also plans to begin road work from October 1 after which this problem will be permanently resolved,” he said.

Dahanu drug racket accused had fooled cops a year ago

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police while interrogating the four accused involved in manufacturing mephedrone or meow meow, a recreational drug, at a Dahanu farmhouse revealed that a year back, a police team had raided their drug den in Dapchari in Palghar district but they had managed to fool the police.The accused fooled the police by claiming that it was a medicine manufacturing plant. They also invested the money acquired from the drug business into real estate. The police are now probing this money trail as well.On August 25, Amboli police team led by Assistant Police Inspector, Daya Naik had arrested Valsad resident Sanyal Bane, 33, Baba Gafoor Chaudhary, 37, and Ahmad Abdul Rauf,41, for allegedly producing mephedrone inside the farmhouse for the past four months. The police seized 900 grams of drug worth Rs 18 lakh. Moreover, the police have also seized raw materials which could have led to production of another 65 kg of mephedrone.Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station said, “So far, they had managed to sell 10 kg of mephedrone and the accused have been arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. They have been remanded into police custody up to September 1. We are probing if other persons are involved in the drug racket.”

CBI arrests ED Assistant Director Shashi Shekhar in bribery case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Enforcement Directorate (ED) Assistant Director Shashi Shekhar for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh through a businessman. While posted as ED Assistant Director, Shekhar, in conspiracy with M/S of Set Square Holdings Private Limited Raj Kumar Agarwal, reportedly abused his official position as a public servant and obtained an illegal gratification from different persons as a motive or a reward for discharging his duties. As per sources, Shekhar has collected more than Rs 10 lakh, which has been parked with Agarwal with the motive to take back the same in the garb of a lawful income at a later date. A case has been registered against Shekhar, Agarwal, representative of Agarwal and others unknown under section 120-B of India Penal Code (IPC) and section 7, 12 and section 13(1)(d) r/w section 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act. The investigation is entrusted to the Patna Deputy Superintendent of Police .(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rape trial of Indian "godman" triggers security lockdown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trial of a self-styled Indian “godman” accused of rape has triggered a security lockdown, with police closing schools and converting a cricket stadium into a jail in case his followers erupt into violence if he is found guilty. Thousands of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s supporters have begun assembling close to the court in the state of Punjab, where he is on trial for raping two women in cases that date back to 2002. A verdict is expected on Friday. “The verdict could lead to potential large-scale unrest and violence,” Ajay Kumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, in Panchkula city, told Reuters. Singh, a burly, bearded man who has scripted and starred in his own films, commands a near-devotional following – he claims in the millions – in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, where his Dera Sacha Sauda group is based. He denies all the charges against him, and has called on his followers to remain peaceful. “We will block mobile internet services if needed as concerns spread over the stockpiling of weapons including lathis (wooden sticks) at the different prayer centres,” Kumar said. Trains would also be suspended for several hours, while a cricket stadium in state capital Chandigarh had been commandeered as a temporary detention centre. In 2014, the attempted arrest of another guru on murder charges ended with his followers attacking police with clubs and stones. Indian godmen can summon thousands of supporters onto the streets at the drop of a hat. Their systems of patronage and quasi-religious sermons are hugely popular with people who consider the government to have failed them. But few are as controversial as Singh. The top domestic security agency is investigating whether Singh convinced 400 of his male followers to undergo castration, allegations he denies. A variety of reasons have been given for why the men agreed to castration, including promises of becoming closer to god. He has also irritated the Sikh religious community by dressing like one of their gurus. Singh’s two films, “Messenger of God” and its sequel, include sequences in which he fights off villains and tosses burning motorbikes into the air.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Custodial death case: FIR against ACP, three other policemen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch today registered a first information report against four policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), for the custodial death of a murder accused at Maninagar police station in the city in 2014. The case was registered under section 302 of the IPC (murder) against the then ACP, a police inspector and two other junior policemen of Maninagar police station, said a senior Crime Branch officer. On November 16, 2014, 22-year-old Vivek Rana, arrested for rioting and murder, died shortly after he was shifted to LG Hospital by the officials of Maninagar police station. The probe was handed over to the city Crime Branch as his sister alleged that he was tortured in custody. Police had claimed that Rana was admitted to hospital when he showed symptoms of epilepsy attack. He was among 18 youngsters arrested for attacking people and vandalising shops and vehicles in Maninagar area a few days earlier. The accused wanted to establish their `dominance’ in the area, police said. One of those injured in the attack, rickshaw driver Shivaji Patil, died during treatment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Transfer racket: IB officer, Delhi cop sent to custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today sent two officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Delhi Police and two others to judicial custody for 12 days in a case of bribery for bagging choice postings. Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking custody for IB Assistant Director Kameshwar, Delhi Police inspector Banay Singh Meena and two alleged middlemen — Rajan Kumar and Arun Tiwari — after the agency said their further custodial interrogation was not required. The four were sent to judicial custody till September 1. The case was registered on August 9 against them for alleged criminal conspiracy, illegal gratification and commission of offence of abetment by public servant. “During course of investigation, the CBI had intercepted the accused persons and recovered the alleged gratification amount of Rs 10 lakh (approx) from the private persons,” the agency had claimed, saying it had carried out searches at several premises of the accused in Delhi. “During the search at the premises of Kumar here, (total) cash amounting to Rs 1.6 crore (approx), certain rubber stamps of various ministries/departments of Government of India and forged letterheads of various senior government officers and incriminating documents were recovered,” it had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC directs SIT members to file separate affidavits in Kotkhai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh High Court today directed the members of Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to probe the Kotkhai rape and murder case to file separate affidavits in the court. A division bench of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma which had impleaded them as respondents in the case yesterday asked them to file the affidavits in “sealed cover” and fixed the next date of hearing on August 24. The seven-member SIT led by Inspector General of Police Zahur H Zaidi has one Additional SP, two DSPs, one Station House Officer, one Sub-Inspector and an Assistant Sub Inspector. The case was handed over to the CBI on the directions of the high court which gave two weeks time to the agency to conclude the investigations in the twin cases of the rape and murder and custodial death of accused Suraj after perusing the status report submitted by the CBI yesterday. The 16-year-old girl had gone missing after school hours on July 4 from Haliala forest in Kotkhai area of Shimla district. Her bare body was found in the forest on July 6 and the postmortem report confirmed rape. The DGP constituted the SIT headed by an officer of IG rank which arrested six persons and one of the accused was killed while in police custody in Kotkhai police station. This triggered protests across the state and the government then handed over the case to the CBI. Later, one of the accused Suraj, a Nepalese, was allegedly killed in police lock up on the intervening night of July 18 and 19. According to police, Suraj was killed by another accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flood of nationalism: The real story behind the Assam flood Independence Day picture!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This picture went viral on Independence Day. Even today, people just can’t stop appreciating the love and respect this school in Assam has for the national flag. Flood of emotions and nationalism swept many of us. Two very young school children can be seen standing in chest-high water to salute the tricolour, obviously putting their life in danger but making all efforts to celebrate Independence Day.Well! a picture is worth a thousand words. But there is a lot more than meets the eye. Location: This is the saga of The Naskara Lower Primary School in flood-hit Dhubri district of Assam. Due to heavy monsoon rains, large parts of Assam have been inundated for weeks now. This school got submerged on August 13.
ALSO READ This salute to Tricolour by Assam school is simply the best! Here’s whyName the heroes: Tazem Sikdar–the man in the beard and facing the camera–is the headmaster.Mizanur Rahman–the man in white shirt–is a teacher at the school. Mizanur Rahman’s teenage cousin drowned a few hours after the flag-hoisting ceremony. Haidor Ali Khan ( first student from left) Jiarul Ali Khan (Second student from left) are class 3 students. They were selected for this rather risky adventure because they know how to swim. Other students, not in the picture, watched the flag hosting ceremony from a nearby road. The picture was clicked by Assistant teacher Joydev Roy.According to reports, rules require that pictures of all schools functions should be sent to cluster resource centre coordinator.Problems are numerous for all those who live here. Their miseries get compounded during monsoon season which leads to soil erosion, erratic power supply, and flood in many areas. Since this picture has made people talk about Naskara Lower Primary School, now it’s time to go beyond what we see and extend help to these people who are in need.

Karur Vysya Bank inaugurates AADHAAR enrolment centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Private sector Karur Vysya Bank today unveiled the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre here following UIDAI’s directive last month. The Unique Identification Authority of India had advised commercial banks to provide Aadhaar enrolment and updation facility at various branches in its July 13 notification. Karur Vysya Bank identified the branches and and ensured early implementation of the service. KVB is the first private sector bank to provide this service in the country, the bank said in a release. Unique Identification Authority of India, Assistant Director General, D M Gajare inaugurated the first Enrolment Centre at the Nelson Manickam Road branch at a function here. Customers need to bring in the approved documents as proof of residence and identity. The process of enrollment or updating the details in AADHAAR can be completed in about 15 minutes, the release said. Karur Vysya Bank planned to expand the service to 75 more branches across the country, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

21 Delhi Police personnel awarded medals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-one Delhi Police personnel, including six female officers, have been awarded the President’s police medals for exemplary services on the occasion of Independence Day. The President’s Police Medal for Gallantry was awarded to Additional DCP (retired) S K Giri. The President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service was awarded to Joint Commissioner of Police (Operations) Robin Hibu and ACP Suresh Chand Tyagi. The 24 recipients of Police Medal for Meritorious Service include Special Cell DCP P S Kushwah, who was instrumental in some high profile arrests including that of Mumbai-based don Ashwini Naik. In 2003, as an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Kushwah had unearthed a conspiracy by Lashkar-e-Taiba to execute a blast near India Gate. Also, in the same year, he apprehended Jafar Umar, linked to terrorist outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Umar was later convicted by a trial court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Sort hawker-menace at Churchgate subway’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens’ Association (NPCCA) has raised their voice against hawkers operating inside the subway that connects Churchgate Railway Station. Residents have also complained to the police about customers of a wine shop in subway consuming liquor on the premises.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) allows hawkers to operate on the premises. Residents claim that hawkers occupy more than half of the subway, and are a nuisance. They also allege that the police has failed to crack its whip against consumers of alcohol inside the subway. “Customers visiting wine shop consume liquor outside the store and pass lewd comments,” a Churchgate resident said.”Instead of hawking within the allocated area, hawkers set up their wares in the pathway. The BMC should cancel the licences of the hawkers violating the norms,” he said.Atul Kumar, Vice President, NPCCA, said, “It is unlawful to consume liquor inside the subway. Residents are facing issues on a daily basis. We have written to the authorities to resolve the issue.”Swarn Kohli, President, NPCCA, said, “We will be holding a meeting with the BMC and police authorities to curb this menace. We are strongly against the hawkers inside the subway and will ask the authorities to take action against these hawkers.”Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (A-Ward), BMC, said, “We will hold a joint meeting to derive a solution.”Vilas Gangawane, Senior Inspector, Marine Drive police station, said, “Action will be taken against persons found consuming alcohol and the shop owner if we find a violation of norms.”…& ANALYSISCommuters taking the Churchgate subway are often impeded by illegal hawkers or customers drinking right outside the wine shop. The police, BMC and railway authorities should take heed of complaints and take measures to ensure a safe and unobstructed path for people rushing for their trains.

CRPF commandants Cheeta, Pramod Kumar awarded Kirti Chakra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CRPF commandants Pramod Kumar and Chetan Cheeta have been awarded Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry medal, on the eve of Independence Day for their brave exploits against terrorists in Kashmir. Kumar, commanding officer (CO) of the Srinagar-based 49th battalion of the paramilitary force, has been decorated with the military medal posthumously. He was killed in an encounter with terrorists at Nowhatta Chowk in Srinagar soon after he unfurled the national flag at his camp on August 15 last year and rushed to help his troops who were engaged by two armed, foreign militants. Forty-four-year-old Kumar suffered a fatal bullet injury in his skull and succumbed to it, not before inflicting severe injuries on the militants. Cheeta, CO of the 45th CRPF battalion, was shot nine times during an operation against militants in the Hajin area of Kashmir Valley on February 14 this year. He made a “miraculous” recovery after suffering such fatal injuries. Cheeta, who hails from Rajasthan, bore the initial brunt of the militants when a joint team of the Army, CRPF and state police had laid siege following intelligence inputs that two foreign terrorists were hiding in the area. The brave officer was initially taken to the base hospital in Srinagar where he was operated upon and given primary treatment, after which he was flown to the AIIMS Trauma Centre here. While Home Minister Rajnath Singh had praised Cheeta’s courage, will and determination, Army chief General Bipin Rawat had visited him while he was in the hospital. Cheeta had joined the CRPF in Jaunary, 1998. Two other troops of the about three lakh-strong paramilitary have been decorated with military medals today. Assistant Commandant Chandan Kumar and Constable Amarnath Mishra have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry medal. The force, designated as the lead force for operations against Naxals, also won the maximum — 53 — Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Priyanka Gandhi’s office rubbishes reports of her appointment as ‘Cong working president’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Priyanka Gandhi’s office on Monday rubbished the reports of her taking over as the Congress working president.Shunning media reports of Priyanka being allotted the coveted post in the party, her PA told ANI that no discussion has taken place in this regard.”Complete fabrication. No such discussion took place whatsoever,” said P. Sahay, Personal Assistant of Priyanka Gandhi.According to reports, the news on Priyanka started doing rounds post the August 8 Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.The reports further said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi raised the subject of a change in leadership of the party.In the meeting senior Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, suggested if Priyanka Gandhi should be made the Working President of the grand old party.

CSMT’s subway Gate 3 to be shut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Starting this Monday, office-goers and locals will not be able to use Gate 3 of the subway opposite the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT). The gate will be shut down for renovation work till September 10 and will be carried out by the A-ward of the BMC.As part of the renovation work, the BMC has decided to change the existing transparent brown polycarbonate coverings of the four entrances to the CSMT subway, and replace it with toughened glass domes. The civic body, on Friday, started taking off the polycarbonate coverings from Gate 3.The reason for this change is to compliment the heritage monuments in the vicinity. Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Commissioner of A-ward said, “The change of coverings of the CSMT subway will be carried out one by one.”In a month’s time, the work of Gate number 2 and 3 is expected to be completed. “After completing the work of Gate 2 and 3, Gate 1 will be shut,” added Dighavkar.

13-year-old girl raped & impregnated, man arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was arrested from Charkop in suburban Kandivali for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and impregnating her, police said today. The girl is now 28-weeks pregnant, police said. “The 22-year-old accused, an idli-seller, used to reside in the vicinity of the victim’s residence in suburban Kandivali. He was arrested last night and produced in the court today, which remanded him to police custody till August 16,” Shrirang Nadgauda, Assistant Commissioner of Police- Malwani division, said. “The exact day and time of the offence could not be known so far as the girl is in a state of shock and hasn’t told the police or the family members about her ordeal,” he said. The matter came to light two days back when her family took the girl to a local doctor to know the reason behind her bloated stomach. The doctor advised them to get her utra-sound test done. The test revealed that the girl was pregnant. Based on the doctor’s advise, the girl’s parents approached Charkop police, who registered a case of sexual assault yesterday. Another police official said that although the exact time of the offence was not yet known, it is presumed that the crime was committed about seven months ago she is 28-weeks pregnant now. Present laws, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (MTP), do not allow abortion after 20 weeks. The accused was booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, police said. Further investigation is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Explosive found near India-Nepal border

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as seven bombs were found near India-Nepal border in Bahraich district’s Rupaidiha. Police and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) are presently present at the spot.However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Kamlesh Dixit said that whether the substance is a bomb or an explosive would be decided by the bomb disposal squad. “Bomb disposal team has been called on the spot. They will come and defuse the bomb. Dynamite was printed over it but we cannot clearly comment on it. If it is a bomb or explosive, only the bomb disposal squad can tell us. It is in the quantity of seven. Till the time squad comes, it has been covered by sacks,” Dixit said.

BMC beautifies space under JJ flyover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The B ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has carried out development and beautification of central medians or bays beneath the JJ flyover on Mohammad Ali Road and Ibrahim Rahimtullah Road. The bay is the space between two pillars under a flyover. The work has been carried out in 34 of the proposed 40 bays, and it has not only removed the possibility encroachment by anti-social elements but also helped in smooth flow of traffic.The ward office carried out the work with its own funds including that from the corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, development of the remaining six bays has slowed down due to unavailability of fund.A stretch of around 1 km from JJ Hospital junction to Crawford Market beneath the flyover was encroached by migrant workers, and this was posing a hurdle in smooth flow of traffic. Despite repeated removal, these workers used to come back. Atul Kolhe, assistant engineer (Maintenance) of B ward, said, “During anti-encroachment drive, a woman tried to throw chilli powder, but the police prevented her from doing it.”Udaykumar Shiroorkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, said, “We were looking for a permanent solution, and then we got direction from the civic chief on beautification works in the ward.”The ward offices interacted with corporates as well as corporators and looked for other source of funds. The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust came forward and developed eight bays at its own cost. The B ward office claims this is an achievement for them as no corporate wants to work under CSR in B ward. “The trust is run by the Saifee Burhani group, and we are happy that beautification work was under the CSR fund,” said Shiroorkar. He added that corporators have also come forward for the beautification work.Now, the ward needs around Rs 70 lakh for pending six bays. “We are looking for funds,” said Shiroorkar.

Cong workers protest, demanding opening of Haj House

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress workers and members of the Muslim community held a protest demonstration, demanding that the Haj House here be opened for the pilgrims this evening. The protestors blocked the GT Road near the Hindon river bridge. According to the police, the protestors pelted stones at their vehicles, when asked to vacate the place, resulting in injuries to a few constables. The mob also allegedly misbehaved with a lady constable, they added. Assistant Superintendent of Police Anoop Singh said the protestors offered namaz outside the Haj House and subsequently, staged a sit-in there. He added that they also tried to break open the lock of the premises. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob and detained three Congress office-bearers — Naseem Khan, Pooja Chaddha and Sameer Khan — Singh said, adding that the situation was now under control. The procedure for registering an FIR against them was underway, he said. Earlier, the Muslim Maha Sabha and the Peace Party gave a memorandum to the district administration demanding that the Haj House be opened. The then UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had inaugurated the facility in September last year. The multi-storey building, meant to serve as a transit-cum-facilitation centre for the Haj pilgrims, is caught up in litigation at the National Green Tribunal (NGT).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop dies of heart-attack at Police Training Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 57-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector today died of heart attack at Police Training Centre here, police said. PVV Prasad, an Assistant Sub-Inspector was under training at the Centre, for his promotion as a Sub-Inspector, Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhim Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Timber merchant shot dead over land dispute in Gzb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old merchant was shot dead over a land dispute by motorcycle-borne assailants, police said today. “Mohammad Ali used to run a timber shop. Today in the afternoon hours two bike-borne assailants reached there and fired indiscriminately. Six bullets pierced his body,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Anoop Singh said. The neighbours immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival. As news spread in the area, the villagers gathered at Karan Gate police station out post and staged a protest. Later, the police officials pacified the crowd and assured that the culprits will be caught as soon as possible. “The preliminary investigation reveals that Ali had some land dispute with some locals due to which he was killed. FIR has been lodged against one Naseem, Tahir, Hasim and an unknown man,” Singh said, adding that a manhunt for them is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghatkopar building collapse | Plots that Shiv Sena strongman Sunil Shitap tried to grab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The main cause of the building’s collapse is believed to be the unauthorised alterations of the columns and pillars of the maternity home located on the ground floor, owned by Shiv Sena strongman Sunil Shitap. Although Shitap is now in police custody for culpable homicide, this is not the only illegal construction he was involved in. Local residents allege that Shitap is involved in 90 per cent of the plots in BMC’s N-Ward on which there is a stay order on work or the matter is sub judice.Through his nexus with corrupt officials, Shitap also tried to build a godown on a 2,500 sqm plot reserved as a recreation ground of the BMC. A Shiv Sena leader requesting anonymity told DNA, “Shitap got High Court’s permission for construction on the RG plot, on the basis of documents he managed from his contacts in BMC. He acquired the permissions from corrupt officials of the buildings and factory department in the N-ward, who released the documents under the directions of Sudhanshu Dwivedi.” Dwivedi was Executive Engineer in N ward, and Assistant Municipal Commissioner (ward officer) at the time. He was suspended a couple of months ago, allegedly for irregularities in granting permissions.DNA visited the RG plot in Sainath Nagar, located opposite Anand Mangal building. Harish Shah, a senior citizen and resident of Anand Mangal said, “Around March this year, Shitap just dumped some construction material in a godown in the corner of the plot. We kept on resisting, but Shitap used to threaten us. He said no one has the power to stop his work and he will continue.”Shah added that, “The Ghatkopar police were on his side and were defending him. Finally, former Congress corporator Pravin Chheda who also stays in the next building and BJP MLA and Housing Minister Prakash Mehta intervened and raised the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. After the CM’s order, the structure was immediately demolished.

Gujarat rain havoc: 25 people including 14 of same family found dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 25 persons, including 14 of a family, were found dead in two villages of Banaskantha district due to floods following torrential rains in Gujarat, the police said.According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, the death toll due to heavy rains and floods across the state in the current monsoon season stood at 94 till Wednesday.Of the 25 found dead in Banaskantha, 17 persons, including 14 of a family, drowned in the flood waters in Kharia village under the Kankrej taluka, said an official.Twenty five bodies were fished out by the police and locals after the flood water receded in the district.”Seventeen bodies were recovered from Kharia village of Banaskantha and seven more were fished out at the neighbouring Sihori village. Another body was found in the interiors, taking the total number of bodies recovered from the district on to 25,” said Assistant Superintendent of Police Akshayrajsinh Makwana.A D Parmar, Inspector, Thara Police Station, under which the Kharia village falls, said they feared that more bodies might be found after the water receded at over a dozen villages located along the banks of the Banas river.Kharia and Sihori, situated along the banks of the Banas, were among the worst-hit villages in the district after water was released from the Dantiwada dam two days back.Around 1.5 lakh cusecs of water was released from the dam following heavy rains in neighbouring Rajasthan, which resulted in inundation of several villages along the banks of the river in Banaskantha.”Kharia is one of around 14 villages in the taluka which are badly affected due to the flood. As the water level of the Banas river rose suddenly, those living in these villages did not get a chance to relocate to a safe place in time,” said Parmar.State Emergency Operation Centre officials said as per the latest figures available with them — excluding the 25 deaths reported today — eight people had died in Banaskantha and Patan districts in the last two days due to the floods.The toll due to heavy rains and floods across the state in the current monsoon season stood at 94 (barring the 25 deaths reported from Banaskantha today), they added.Banaskantha and Patan are among the worst-hit districts due to heavy rains and flooding of the Banas and Sipu rivers.The huge quantum of water released from the Dantiwada and Sipu dams due to heavy rains in Rajasthan compounded the situation, said officials.

Forced to transliterate into Hindi, say non-Hindi speaking JNU students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several non-Hindi speaking students pursuing Phd and MPhil courses at JNU have alleged that the university administration was “blatantly” imposing the language on them.They alleged that the administration told them their projects will not be accepted if they failed to transliterate their name, the name of the centre and topic of dissertation or thesis into Hindi.However, JNU’s Assistant Registrar (Evaluation) Sajjan Singh said the students were asked to transliterate into Hindi last year also.”According to central government guidelines, degree certificates are issued in English and Hindi since last year,” Singh told

Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in TN schools, says can sing in Tamil if Bengali or Sanskrit is difficult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today made singing of the national song Vande Mataram mandatory in schools across Tamil Nadu, at least twice a week.Private and government schools in the state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week preferably on Monday and Friday, Justice M V Muralidharan said in the order.Noting that the song can also be played in other government and private establishments at least once in a month, the judge said, “If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali or in Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in Tamil.”However, the judge said in the event, any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.The judge said “the youth of this country are the future of tomorrow and the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.” The matter relates to a petition moved by K Veeramani, who failed to clear the written test for the post of BT Assistant as he answered that the song was written in Bengali.He had moved the court after his answer ‘Bengali’ to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment.Claiming that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to the ‘wrong’ evaluation, the petitioner had sought award of the extra mark, treating his answer to the ‘Vande Mataram’ question as correct.When the matter first came up on July 7, the petitioner’s counsel had submitted that Bankim Chandra Chatterjee wrote the national song in both Bengali and Sanskrit.The additional government pleader, on the other hand, had argued that it was written only in Sanskrit and was later translated to Bengali.The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written.Following this, the judge had directed the AG to appear before him and apprise the court of the correct answer, to settle the dispute over the linguistic origin of the song raised by the BEd graduate.When the case came up on July 13, Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy informed the court that the national song was of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Chatterjee.

Bandra road caves in, 3 cars damaged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A stretch of around 50 metres of Zig Zag road in Mumbai’s Bandra area caved in on Saturday morning, leaving at least three vehicles and four trees damaged. Heavy rains that lashed the city’s western suburb is believed to be the reason behind it.The incident took place at Zig Zag Road, which connects Dr Ambedkar Road and Nargis Dutt Road in Pali Hill, Bandra (West).After the incident, the BMC’s disaster management cell and fire department reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Sharad Ughade, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of H West Ward said, “The road was closed for traffic immediately after the incident as a precautionary measure, and the traffic has been diverted.” He added that an alternate route for traffic is available.Ughade said that the retaining wall, that was built several years ago to support the road, collapsed. “We will know the exact reason only after an inquiry,” he said. However, he added, heavy winds might have caused multiple trees, located at the edge of the road, to get uprooted.In the incident, three cars parked alongside the road adjacent to the compound wall of a society were damaged, while four trees also got uprooted. “We had to trim some more trees around the incident site to remove debris,” said Ughade.Ughade said that there are a few retaining walls in his ward. He will check the other retaining walls to prevent similar incidents.

Western suburbs show how to handle waste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After certain wards of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) successfully implemented waste segregation measures, the K-east ward (eastern parts of Vile Parle-Andheri-Jogeshwari) has now followed suit and pulled up their socks to make sure that they, too, undertake waste segregation measures.H-west ward in Bandra and K-west ward (western parts of Vile Parle-Andheri-Jogeshwari) have been carrying out waste segregation since the past few months. The ward has also taken significant steps to encourage other wards as well as housing societies.Taking a step ahead, the K-east ward has organised a ‘Zero Waste Fest’ wherein 6,500 housing societies, 500 hotels, and various commercial establishments falling under the ward are invited. The event organised from July 21 to 23 intends to encourage residents to start composting and teach them various ways to generate organic waste.Earlier this month, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta announced that from October 2 onwards, all societies built on an area of 20,000 square meters and other bulk generators of garbage will have to compulsorily segregate waste and compost wet waste in the premises itself. However, residents seem to be unsure about composting due to lack of knowledge.Devendra Jain, Assistant Commissioner of K-east ward said, “We want societies, hotels and other commercial establishments to start composting. However, we realised that residents are willing but do not know how to operate the composting machines. Thus, we decided to organise an exhibition wherein 49 participating companies will explain the methods of converting garbage into organic manure. The organic manure gets ready within 24 hours which the societies can later sell.”The K-east ward houses well-known hotels like JW Marriott, Sahara Star, ITC Grand, IBIS, Mirage, and VITS among others. It also houses hospitals including Seven Hills and Holy Spirit. The major commercial establishments in the area are TCS, Solitare Business Park, Hindustan Unilever as well as a few other companies in MIDC.Currently, the ward’s Vile Parle area has around 85 per cent societies which segregate waste on a daily basis and almost 20 per cent societies in other areas have also taken an initiative to do the same, Jain said.The civic body had recently announced that bulk waste generators will have to start composting themselves. Keeping this in mind, three housing societies namely, Vijay Nagar, Devanshi, and Blossom housing society, as well as five hotels, have installed organic waste converter machines. On an average, 10 kg of organic manure is generated after composting 100 kg of wet garbage.Best out of wasteThe ‘Zero Waste Fest’ organised by K-east ward will see participation from 49 companies as well as 6,500 housing societies are invitedThese companies will explain the methods of converting garbage into organic manureOn an average, 10 kg of organic manure can be generated after composting around 100 kg of wet garbage

STF nabs two persons in Ludhiana, seizes 5 kg heroin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sleuths of the Special Task Force, which has been set up to curb drug menace in Punjab, nabbed two persons here and recovered five kg of heroin from them, officials said. During investigations, it has emerged that the accused were earlier arrested in drug cases in the USA and after completing their jail terms there, they were deported to India, a senior police official said here this evening, an STF official said. Snehdeep Sharma, the Assistant Inspector General of the STF, told mediapersons that the culprits have been identified as Palwinderjit Singh Sidhu and Ravinder Singh, both from Jalandhar district. Acting on a tip-off, a check point was set up at Moti Nagar near Samrala chowk. When the car was spotted and stopped near the check point, the two were overpowered by the policemen, he said. “During the search it was found that they were carrying heroin in specially-made cloth belts tied to their body. Each of them carried two-and-a-half kg heroin,” Sharma said, adding a case has been registered against them under the relevant provisions of the law. The officer said during preliminary investigations it was revealed that the duo was working on the behest of notorious gangster Ranjit Singh alias Raja Kandola, presently lodged in Kapurthala jail on the charge of drug trade and various other crimes. “The duo told the police that they used to bring heroin from Pakistan and made payments through hawala transactions. Raja Kandola has also been booked in the fresh case registered against the duo today,” Sharma said. The two accused were later produced in a local court which remanded them in police custody for three days. Sharma said Raja Kandola was stated to be kingpin of the drug racket and he too would be brought to Ludhiana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

School girl rape and murder case: SIT members transferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh government today transferred three members of the police SIT which was probing the rape and murder of a school girl, including its chief, IG (southern range) Z H Zaidi. The move comes after a man held in the case was killed by another accused in police custody. The rape and murder has sparked public outcry in the state, with the role of the police coming in for much criticism. The Himachal Pradesh High Court today handed over the investigation into the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Zaidi has been now posted as IG (Welfare and Administration), Police Headquarters, Shimla. Ajay Yadav (IG Central Range Mandi), has been given additional charge of the southern range. Sirmaur SP Soumya Sambasivan has been posted as the Shimla SP replacing D W Negi, who has been appointed as SP (Vigilance and anti corruption Bureau). Kinnaur SP Rohit Malpani will be the new Sirmaur SP while Assistant IG (Shimla) Gurdev Sharma has been appointed to his post. Additional SP (Shimla) Bhajan Dev Negi has been told to report at the police headquarters for further posting. The girl, a student of class X, was raped and murdered in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district after she took a lift in a vehicle, according to the police. The victim’s body was recovered from the nearby Halila forest two days later. Six persons were arrested in connection with the case. According to the police officials, last night two of the accused — Nepalese man Suraj and one Rajendra — had a heated argument. Rajendra allegedly banged Suraj’s head against a wall, leading to his death, a police official said. Following the incident, a mob went on a rampage, ransacking a police station and pelting policemen with stones.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane cops suspended for negligence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police department has suspended two police inspectors after they were found guilty of negligence on duty in an internal probe into the farmers’ protest in Nevalli in June, during which police had resorted to use of pellet guns and lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The farmers from three villages had gathered to protest against the construction of a boundary wall on an abandoned air base land acquired by the government over 70 years ago.On June 22, the villagers from Bhal, Nevalli, Khoni, Nevalli pada and Warli came together at around 10 am and set tyres ablaze to block the main road of Kalyan near Bhal village. When the police vans approached to pacify the crowd, the mob started pelting stones at police vehicles which injured three senior officers. The Indian Navy had built a boundary wall on their 1,600 acre land which has been allegedly encroached.Hill Line police station Senior Police Inspector Mohan Waghmare and Assistant Police Inspector Ravindra Kurati have been suspended after the probe while Police Inspector Vijay Pawar has been transferred to Special branch at the Thane City police headquarters as a punishment posting.A senior police officer said, “The suspension has been ordered after the officers were found negligent while conducting their duty and for not handling the situation efficiently which escalated further leading to damage to public property and pellet injuries to the villagers.””Moreover, the villagers had planned the huge protest few days before, which too went unnoticed by the senior police officer. The protest could have been handled efficiently if the local police would have learned about the protest preparation by the villagers,” said the officer.Sunil Bharadwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 4, said, “Both officers have been suspended and the order has been released from the Thane police Commissionerate.”VIOLENT PROTESTSThe Navy had built a boundary wall on their 1,600 acre land which the farmers were protesting. On June 22, they set tyres ablaze to block the main road of Kalyan near Bhal

Industrial waste creating concrete layer on Mithi river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the deluge of July 2005, government authorities released a plan involving a cost of Rs 1,600 crore to clean and widen the Mithi river, which is a crucial storm water drain in Mumbai. However, the authorities have still not succeeded in keeping Mithi pollution-free.Recently, it was brought to the notice of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that a factory run by Ashoka Ready Mix Company (RMC) in Saki Naka is emitting its industrial waste into the river, creating a thick layer of cement wash. On July 10, the BMC had even terminated the work permit of Ashoka RMC, but the company is still operating, confirmed Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Ajitkumar Ambi.Residents claim there are two cement companies in Saki Naka emitting waste into the river, but civic official say they have received complaint of only one such company.The Mithi river originates from Powai and traverses through various industrial complexes of Powai, Saki Naka, Kurla and Mahim. The Ashoka RMC factory is located on Lathia Road opposite Mahavir Industrial Estate in Saki Naka.”The two companies continuously emit waste of cement wash and sewage into the gutter which directly connects to the Mithi river. The river is hardly 60 to 70 feet away from the ready mix factories”, said a resident of Saki Naka who has approached the BMC. The waste saturated is not only polluting the river but also blocks the rain water flow, the resident claimed. The huge amount BMC is spending on cleaning the river goes to waste, he added.Ambi told DNA that,”We have given notice to Ashoka RMC last month and on July 10 we also revoked the work permit of the company. But the company is still operational. We are now taking legal advice for what further actions can be taken to shut the company”.”Meanwhile, we have also informed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) about the company polluting the river and MPCB will take action under the Environment Act”, Ambi added.

Presidential poll: All Chg MLAs exercise franchise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the 90 MLAs in the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly cast their vote in the presidential election today. “The voting began at ‘Samiti Kaksh-2’ (committee room-2) in the Vidhan Sabha premises at 10 am and concluded at 5 pm,” said Devendra Verma, Principal Secretary, Vidhan Sabha, who is acting as the Assistant Returning Officer for the poll. All 90 members, including Chief Minister Raman Singh, his Cabinet colleagues, the Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of the Opposition TS Singhdeo and state unit Congress president Bhupesh Baghel, also an MLA, exercised their franchise. NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against the Congress-led opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar in the presidential election. In the 90-member House, the ruling BJP has 49 members and the Congress 39. One MLA is from the BSP while another is the Independent legislator. Though Congress had expelled Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi and suspended its Gunderdehi legislator RK Rai, their MLAship is intact. Meanwhile, during polling, the Independent MLA from Mahasamund constituency Vimal Chopra was prevented by election officials from entering the voting room as he was wearing a kurta displaying some slogans (on the issue of farmers), Verma said, adding that the legislator was later allowed to vote after he changed his kurta. After the voting concluded, the ballot box was sealed in the presence of representatives of the two candidates (Kovind and Kumar), the officer said. The ballot box will be sent to Delhi through a flight tomorrow, he added. The counting of votes will take place on July 20. Out of 11 Lok Sabha MPs from Chhattisgarh, 10 are from the BJP and one from the Congress. The ruling party has three MPs on Rajya Sabha and the Congress 2 from the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vande Mataram of Sanskrit origin, but written in Bengali: AG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national song ‘Vande Mataram’ is of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, the Madras High Court was told today by Tamil Nadu Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy. The submission before Justice M V Muralidharan was made in response to the judge seeking the law officer’s help to settle a dispute over the linguistic origin of the song raised by a B Ed graduate. Petitioner K Veeramani had faced the question “In which language was Vande Mataram first written” in a competitive test held by the Teachers Recruitment Board for appointment as BT Assistant in government schools. He had moved the court after his answer ‘Bengali’ to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment. Claiming that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to the ‘wrong’ evaluation, the petitioner had sought award of the extra mark, treating his answer to the ‘Vande Mataram’ question as correct. When the matter first came up for hearing on June 7, the petitioner’s counsel had submitted that Chatterjee wrote the national song in both Bengali and Sanskrit, while the Additional Government Pleader argued that it was written only in Sanskrit and was later translated to Bengali. The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written more than two centuries ago. Following this, the judge had directed the AG to appear before him and apprise the court of the correct answer. During the resumed hearing today, the AG submitted that ‘Vande Mataram’ was of Sanskrit origin, but written in the Bengali script. Recording the submission, the judge said he will pronounce the order on the petition on July 17.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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