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Gangster nabbed for mass rapes, extortion

A notorious gangster, responsible for the plight of hundreds of families, has been nabbed by the Delhi Police. One of the dreaded duo that ran the gang, Hussain, a resident of village Tayda in Bharatpur, was brought to Delhi two days ago.According to the Delhi Police investigation, the gang of two first lured businessmen in the name of attractive deals on electronic and other products, and a holiday trip around Delhi. They would then kidnap the victims, take them to Mewat and get them raped and sodomised by locals. This sexual abuse was filmed to extort money. The gang operated in Haryana and Rajasthan, and had made Delhi a transit place. The cops are now trying to identity and approach the victims and retrieve videos of sexual abuse. According to the police, the gang would give advertisements on vernacular websites and in dailies in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh claiming that it sold electronic items in bulk at cheap prices. “Thereafter, the gangsters would call and mail local businessmen in these states and tempt them with attractive deals,” a police officer said, adding that once the businessmen were convinced, they were offered a holiday trip, along with their family members, to Delhi and nearby areas.After trapping the businessmen and their families, the gang would take the victims to Mewat. “The kidnapped businessmen were sodomised, their wives and daughters raped by local youths, teenagers, and other gang members, and this sexual abuse was filmed. Hussain and his accomplice Hasan would also demand ransom from their families, ranging from Rs 20-50 lakh,” the police officer said. The families were told that if they approached the police, the videos would be uploaded on the adult websites.

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Rajasthan fails to safeguard sloth bears

The Rajasthan government is reportedly not doing enough to save the sloth bears in the state.In 2005, the Sariska Tiger Reserve near Alwar saw a tragedy with all the tigers in the park lost to poaching. It was shocking because it was not before several months had passed that the forest department and the state government took notice of the situation. Although tigers were then trans-located into the reserve – of which a good numbers are surviving today – but a decade since the debacle, another blunder is about to take place, this time due to the apathy of the forest department.Due to the lethargic attitude of the department, the chance to revive a species long extinct in the area has now been lost. The species being talked about is the sloth bear, which was once abundant in the entire Aravalli range.In March 2013, a lone bear had strayed into a village near Malarna forest check post under Rajgarh forest of Sariska tiger Reserve. The six-year-old bear had come from Bharatpur. It was rescued and relocated in Kalighati forest area and the animal marked its territory in the park. It roamed around Kankwari, Tehla, Kalighati, Slopka region till Pandupol forest in the park covering a huge area. With this, hopes to revive the species were ignited. But four years since the bear was brought to Sariska, there is no representation of the species in the area. Whats more, the bear has not been sighted by forest officials for nearly a year.”There were no signs of the bear in the last year. We have not come across any carcass. We do not know if the animal was poached or has gone out of the area or has died a natural death” a highly placed official in the department said.Thought was given to the possiblity of reviving the species and plans were also made. However, the department took too long to formulate as in 2015 the final report for reintroduction was completed and tabled. “A factual report, along with a Sloth Bear Reintroduction Project, was forwarded to the forest department in May 2013 year regarding bringing a female bear to the park. It was, however, not put up before the Wildlife Board for consideration,” a forest official told DNA.More red tapeism followed in the state government and the final nod was received in 2017 from NTCA. “There was a glitch, however. The department could not just lift any female bear but the ones that had strayed out of the forest and towards city or village and was healthy to undertake such a journey could only be shifted,” sources said.Officials in the knowhow claim that there have been several incidences over the years particularly in Sirohi district wherein sloth bears have ventured out of the forest areas.But officials claim that the animal might have moved out of area. “Although it has not been sighted for a long time, we think the bear might have gone out of the area and towards Jamwa Ramgarh. It is a free ranging animal and might have gone anywhere” said Balaji Kari, DFO Sariska.Interestingly, reports of a bear in Jamwa Ramgarh have not been received over the past several months.

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Rajasthan weapon seizure: Dealer a madarsa teacher

The illegal arms seized by the Special Operation Group (SOG) in Nimbahera of Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan were to be supplied to one Maulana Jahid. The weapons were to be sold at Rs 11 lakh.Maulana is a resident of Pratapgarh district and was living in a rented accommodation in Chittorgarh. He used to teach children at a madarsa. The three persons who were arrested by the SOG lat week gave this information during interrogation.The SOG looked for Maulana in Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh, but he had managed to flee. They are still on the lookout for him, as he would be the link to getting further information about where the illegal weapons were to be sold.Last week, acting on information obtained, the SOG had arrested three persons with 19 pistols and one revolver. The arrested — Irfan Khan, Saddam Hussain, and Firoz Khan — were in possession of the weapons and on being arrested had told the SOG that they had procured the weapons from Madhya Pradesh. The weapons had been purchased at Rs 27,000 per piece and they had struck a deal to sell them at Rs 55,000 per pistol in Rajasthan.Sleuths of SOG were into telephonic suvllience for a long time and for the past 3 months they were getting inputs on supplying of illegal weapons in Chittorgarh from the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.Over the last year, illegal weapons have been recovered from Sawai Madhopur, Karauli, and Bharatpur. As many as 58 weapons have been recovered, while 27 persons have been arrested.Seized weaponsSeized weapons were to be sold at Rs 11 lakh. The SOG had arrested three persons with 19 pistols and one revolver.

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Give a long-term comprehensive plan for protection of Taj Mahal: SC to stakeholders

The Supreme Court today sought a detailed and comprehensive document to protect the medieval era monument Taj Mahal for at least the next 100 years.Terming as “ad hoc”, the measures enumerated by the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority in its affidavit, a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said the document submitted was interim in nature and some long-term plan was needed for protection and preservation of the historical Mughal-era mausoleum. TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq kms spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan.”What you (ASG) have submitted are ad hoc steps. What is required is a larger and broader perspective of the whole scenario. Everybody needs to sit together and come out with ways as to how the monument should be protected for the next generation,” the bench observed. The apex court said the members from the civil society including experts should be involved in devising a strategy to protect the Taj Mahal.Also readTaj Mahal 2nd best UNESCO world heritage site after Angkor Wat: SurveyDuring the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta placed an affidavit stating the measures to be taken for the protection and preservation of the Taj. He said a number of measures have been proposed including ban on construction activities within 500 metres from the monument, plying of only CNG vehicles near Taj, sufficient supply of electricity to discourage use of generator sets and complete prohibition of burning of waste and garbage. The top court posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks. On November 20, the apex court had rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for not coming out with a comprehensive policy to protect and preserve the beauty of Taj Mahal, saying “we need sustainable development”.The bench had also asked TTZ authority to explain why it was not holding meetings every two months as was expected. On November 15, the apex court had directed the state to file a comprehensive policy with regard to pollution in TTZ and nearby areas to preserve the monument.Also read’There’s only one Taj Mahal’: Supreme Court nixes plan for parking lot near monumentIt had taken strong exception to the state not filing a comprehensive policy before it despite assurances. The state had said that a policy has been prepared by the TTZ, which was an independent authority. It had earlier stayed its order directing demolition of a multi-level car parking being built near the Taj Mahal and asked the authorities to maintain status quo there.Environmentalist M C Mehta, who had filed a plea seeking protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area, had earlier told the bench that the TTZ was an “ecologically sensitive area” and the government should have come out with a comprehensive policy for preservation and protection of the Taj.The apex court, which is dealing with Mehta’s petition, has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. The mausoleum is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Om Prakash Galhotra takes over as new DGP

Ajit Singh, one of the illustrious police officers, ended his career on a high note when he retired on Thursday as the Director General of Police (DGP) after more than three decades of exemplary service.On the last day November, he handed over the reins of the state police to OP Galhotra who took over as the new DGP.Om Prakash Galhotra, 58, till yesterday was serving as the additional director general (ADG) of the armed battalions. Taking over the reins on Thursday evening, Galhotra was given the baton by his predecessor Ajit Singh. Notably, Galhotra was given a promotion on Thursday and made Director General from ADG.Interestingly, Galhotra also started his career from the same place where Ajit Singh had started – Kota. Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General.Galhotra was later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI. As additional director general he was posted as director of the Rajasthan Police Academy and later of the armed battalion. It is from this position that the man had been promoted to the director general rank and made the DGP.About Singh: Known for his simple and straight forward approach towards any situation, Singh had mastery on police works. He has been instrumental in several achievement by state police during his illustrious career spanning three and a half decades. It was on 3rd April 1984 when he started his career as additional SP, Kota. For the next seven months he gained experience of police work as he served as a trainee and was moved further to the PHQ for additional training. It was in January 1985 when he got his first posting as CO of Rajgarh.Singh held several positions in 35 years of serving like SP of CID (Security) Kota Zone, Sirohi, CID, Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur (Rural), Jodhpur, Jaipur (City).Though Singh had established himself as a hard working and thorough police officer, it was his experience gained in his early life while serving as SP Sawai Madhopur which prepared him for future roles. His stance on dacoits and successes in nabbing dacoits of the Chambal area made him a legend with the locals.Later on in the Anti Corruption Bureau, Singh not only took major steps against high-placed officials but also paved way for future ACB officials to easily emulate the same as he left behind a robust infrastructure and work ethics.Officers still swear by Singh’s work for ACB and claim it was his work that gave the bureau its “teeth and claw”.About GalhotraStarted career from Kota Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI
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Alwar lynching: Deceased Umar had history of cow-smuggling, says police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Umar Khan, who was recently killed in an exchange of fire with alleged cow vigilantes at Alwar in Rajasthan, had a history of cow-smuggling and his accomplice Tahir, who was injured in the incident, was a habitual offender, the police said today.There were five-six cases against Tahir in Bharatpur and Dausa districts of Rajasthan and one case of cow-smuggling against Umar at the Govindgarh police station of Alwar, which was registered in 2012, Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said. The past crime records of another accomplice of the duo, Javed, were yet to be ascertained, he said, adding that the police in the neighbouring states were asked to check the criminal antecedents of the trio.Mool Singh Rana, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Alwar, said on November 10, Umar, Tahir and Javed were ferrying cattle in a stolen vehicle, which had a number plate of a motorbike.There was an exchange of fire between the trio and alleged cow vigilantes at Alwar, in which Umar died, Tahir received injuries, while Javed managed to flee, the police said. Umar’s body was found on the railway tracks at Ramgarh in Alwar district. His relatives and social activists subsequently alleged that he was killed by cow vigilantes. The incident was also dubbed as a re-run of the Pehlu Khan lynching, which was reported from the state in April.Sources at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital here said the post-mortem of Umar’s body was yet to be performed.Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased and social activists took out a “justice march” today from the Muslim Musafirkhana to the chief minister’s residence here, demanding an appropriate action against those found guilty in the case.

Bovine smuggling scrapes past porous border of vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s nothing new. The porous border of Alwar is known for illegal cow trafficking for years. But lethal attacks on ‘cow smugglers’ are a new phenomena. The recent killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan is just part of an episode which has come into being after 2014 – the year BJP came into power at centre. According to police sources, before 2014, less than 30 cases of cow smuggling would come to light. “But since 2014, every year, more than 100 cases are being registered for bovine smuggling besides sporadic cases of deadly attacks on alleged smugglers. The infamous killing of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, 6 months ago, was one of those cases only,” said a senior police official.Human Rights Watch has also reported that there has been a surge in cow vigilante violence since 2015. The Supreme Court in September 2017 has ruled that each state should appoint a police officer in each district as a nodal officer to take strict action against cow vigilantism.Mewat – The Hot BedIt’s not that the Mewat region – comprising Alwar and Bharatpur districts – has maximum number of cows in the state. But then it is hub of illegal trade of cows and other bovine progenies. Animals from across the state are transported to Alwar and Bharatpur – which are gateways to the National Capital region – the largest mandi of slaughterhouses. The unique population composition of these two districts help the trade. Meo tribes people and nomadic tribes like Banjaras and Nats are castes known to be deeply involved in trafficking cattle. Bovines including cows that have stopped giving milk sold to slaughterhouses for Rs 20,000-25,000 as along with the meat, the skin fetches high returns. The thriving leather industry in Delhi NCR, Kanpur and Agra is the biggest attraction for these smugglers to take the bait. “The modus operandi is simple. Village panchayat members help smugglers by issuing fake certificates that say that the cattle are being sent for use in dairy initiatives if smugglers prefer to play it safe. Otherwise they camouflage the carrier and try their luck to sneak past the border,” said an official.Don’t Blame Cow Vigilantes alwaysEarlier this practice was common and successful. Natives of Mewat indulged in this activity would earn lakhs from this illegal trade worth 100 of crores. But BJP governments, both at centre and state, have led to sudden spring of self proclaimed cow vigilante groups who are getting more active than the police of this region. As per an estimate, there are more than 50,000 gau rakshaks in the state who keep exchanging information about cattle smuggling incidents.“You can’t always blame cow vigilantes for the attacks. There are several ‘smuggler gangs’ in this region. Inter gang rivalries lead to such incidents. There have been cases where a gang loots truck load of bovines from the other after ‘gangwar’,” said a police official.Law bans Cow slaughter in StateThe prevalence of cow smuggling in Rajasthan is also because of an ACT which bans cow slaughter in the state. In 1995, the state government had prohibited cow slaughtering by passing the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act.“Since unproductive and abandoned cows can’t be killed in the state. They have to be transported outside the state for the kill. Smugglers and peddlers then come into play,” said a senior official of home department.STRICT ACTIONThe Supreme Court in September 2017 has ruled that each state should appoint a police officer in each district as a nodal officer to take strict action against cow vigilantism.
Human Rights Watch has also reported that there has been a surge in cow vigilante violence since 2015.

Chambal water for eastern Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje to meet Nitin Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje will meet Union water resource minister Nitin Gadkari on November 16 to discuss how water from Chambal river can be supplied to three districts of eastern Rajasthan- Bharatpur, Dholpur and Alwar. The CM made this announcement while having dialogue with poeple under ‘CM Jan Sanwad program’ in Ramgarh, Alwar on Monday. People came to attend the program to tell their grievances to the CM who immediately took cognizance of each issue with eagerness. When Raje was told that despite allotment of land years ago a treatment plant was yet to be established, she took the officers to task for such laxity.Raje questioned the officers present why the treatment plant of waste water coming from Industry was not set up in the area. An angry CM immediately directed Rajasthan pollution control board chairperson Arpana Arora to meet the aggrieved people and find a permanent structural solution to this problem. She strictly told the IAS officer that waste water should be treated at plant only and the waste should be stopped from flowing into Hans Sarovar Dam.Alwar, a bypoll bound parliamentary constituency, once again saw Raje being proactive to the issues raised by the people. When apprised of deputation of two doctors from Govindgarh Hospital to Alwar district hospital, the CM immediately asked health officers to leave Govindgarh. She also gave consent to proposal of converting Alwar- Ramgarh road into four lanes under National Highway authority of India (NHAI).A group of Meo community gathered at CM Jan Sanwad program also expressed trust in the CM, says a statement released by the chief minister office (CMO). “The Meo community thanked the CM for a panorama on Veer Hasan Khan. They also demanded recruitment of Urdu subject teachers in the government schools to which the CM responded by saying that an application has been already forwarded to the RPSC (Rajasthan Public Service Commission),” the statement adds.

Alwar killing: Strict action will be taken, says Gulab Chand Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Strict action would be taken against the culprit, he may be of any community, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday, while responding to the recent Alwar lynching incident.“The body has been sent for the post-mortem. A case has been registered. One suspect has been detained. According to the preliminary report, the involvement of four or five persons could be possible. We will take strict action against the culprit, be it Hindu or Muslim,” Kataria said.The minister also informed that one person has been arrested, adding five others could also be involved in the incident.On Sunday, three Muslim youth were allegedly beaten up and one of them was shot dead by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district while they were transporting cows from Haryana’s Mewat district to Bharatpur in Rajasthan.This is second such incident in Alwar in past seven months.In April, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, from Haryana was beaten to death allegedly by cow vigilantes.Meanwhile, the alleged lynching incident of Ummar Khan at Alwar has again put the state government of a backfoot. Alleged to be a cow herder, Khan was shot dead – as his family claims – by cow vigilantes. Interestingly, while the police has initiated an investigation and arrested a suspect late on Sunday night, there are several missing links in the matter due to which even the cops are taking the investigation cautiously.On Monday, various organizations came in support of the deceased’s family and held an agitation in Jaipur raising several demands. Terming it a government failure, the agitators demanded that investigation in the matter be conducted through a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or under a range Inspector General. Further, the agitators also demanded dismissal of Ramgarh station house officer, suspension of Alwar district SP while also demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the aggrieved family, a plot of land and a government job to the next of kin. The agitators also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Tahir – the man who had accompanied Ummar – while also asking that the false cases of cow smuggling against Ummar and Tahir be dropped.The agitators have even demanded that the Home minister must provide a plan for the protection of Meos in Alwar and Bharatpur district.The state government has even come out in the matter saying it is taking every step to solve the case soon. “Action has been taken against those who are behind this crime. I am closely following the case and all the accused in the matter will be arrested. One person has been arrested till now. It is my duty to arrest the criminals” said Gulab Chand Katariya, Home Minister.

Alwar Lynching | Don’t have enough manpower to control every situation, says Rajasthan Home Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the body of a 35-year-old man was found near railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, with activists alleging that he was killed by cow vigilantes, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that there is not enough manpower to control every situation.The body of Umar Khan, hailing from Ghatmika village in Bharatpur district, was recovered near Ramgarh.”We don’t have enough manpower to control every situation in all cities in time. Police is investigating and other culprits will soon be arrested,” said Gulab Chand KatariaHowever, he also said that a strict action would be taken against the culprit, even if he is a Hindu, reported ANI.The minister also informed that one person has been arrested, adding five others could also be involved in the incident.This is second such incident in Alwar in past seven months.In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle, triggering a nationwide outrage.Meanwhile, the victim’s uncle has urged for justice. “I don’t know who killed him but he was not a cow smuggler. He had 3 cows of his own. We want justice for him,” he said.The Mewat region is known for rearing cows and now ‘self-proclaimed cow sympathisers’ of various right-wing outfits are targeting those who rear cows, the social activist said.The head of Meo community panchayat, Sher Mohammad, said that even if Umar Khan was involved in cow smuggling, there are laws to deal with smugglers. “Who has given the cow vigilantes the right to take the law into own hands. Police should act against cow vigilantes,” he said.

Cow vigilantes murder cattle trader in Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A murder that was reported a few days ago in Alwar, Rajasthan, is taking one bizarre turn after another. While the body of the deceased was found near railway tracks in an area under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh police, family members who have identified the deceased man has alleged the role of cow vigilantes in the murder.The police registered an FIR on Sunday. “The deceased could not be identified first and we kept the body in a mortuary. On Saturday evening, some family members approached the Alwar police and identified the deceased as one Ummar Khan. When asked about their relationship with the deceased, the family members said the deceased used to transport cattle, mostly to Bharatpur from Mewat in Haryana.According to police, the men who accompanied Ummar — Gaffar and Tahir — informed the family about his death, after which the family approached the police. “The kin have accused Gaffar and Tahir of murdering Ummar,” said Ajit Singh, Inspector, Ramgarh Police Station.However, on Sunday, the family members approached the police with another story. “They alleged that the trio were fired upon near Fahari village in Govindgarh area of the district. Since the incident occurred under Govindgarh police station area, an FIR was registered there,” Singh added.Interestingly, the police said that the two men who had accompanied Ummar had a criminal record.”Tahir is wanted in three cases — two by Pahadi police in Bharatpur and one in Dausa. He is also wanted by Jurhura police,” Singh said.The day the dead body was found, police had also found an abandoned pick-up jeep with bovine, one which was dead. “There was no bullet marks on the jeep which suggests no fire hit the jeep. We are investigating the case. The allegations made by Ummar’s family will be looked into,” police sources said.

Alwar: Man shot dead for transporting cows, alleges family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another case of cow vigilantism, a Muslim man who was transporting cows near the Rajasthan-Haryana border was shot dead allegedly by goons while two of his aides were injured after being thrashed. The incident took place in Fahari village near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on November 10. Sources said Ummar Khan and the two others were transporting cows from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in Rajasthan but they were intercepted by the mob and assaulted. According to reports, his bullet ridden body was found on railway tracks. His body was identified by his relatives on Sunday morning. Khan was a dairy farmer by profession. His family has lodged a formal complaint alleging death in hands of gau rakshaks. Khan’s uncle has been quoted by TOI as saying, ” The deceased and two others were transporting cows inside a pickup truck. As soon as they entered into the limits of Govindgarh, a mob of about 7 people waylaid their vehicle and began harassing them”. One of Ummar’s associate is currently missing, while another one, Tahir Khan is currently in hospital after surviving bullet shots in the shoulder.According to the police, they found an abandoned pickup van at the place, where they found five cows including one dead one. Later information, about a dead body lying near the railway station was obtained by the police. But the person couldn’t be identified immediately.
ALSO READ Civil society collective releases report; highlights lapses in police’s investigation in Pehlu Khan’s murderIn April this year, Pehlu Khan, was beaten to death by cow vigilantes in Alwar, which led to a national outrage.

Royalty of 42 minerals increased by 25-30%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Royalty rates for 42 miner minerals have been increased by 25 to 30%. Department of mines issued a notification to this effect on Friday.The increased rates are likely to bring additional revenue of Rs 100 crore to the department’s kitty. However, mining businessmen are worried over separate rates for bajri and chunai pathar (Brick stone).After a meeting with mining association and other mining businessmen, the department increased the royalty rates on 28 new minerals and 14 minerals previously included in miner minerals category. It would give the department additional revenue of Rs 100 crore.Though different opinions are coming from the mining over rates of chunai pathar (brick stone), which is Rs 35 per ton in Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, and Sikar while Rs 28 in remaining districts.Similarly, leaseholders are unhappy that royalty rates for bajri are also different in Bharatpur, Jhunjhunu, Tonk, and Sikar (Rs 40) and other districts (Rs 35).But, the mining department believes that the special rates have been fixed for districts where mining exploitation is more while low rates are for those districts where mining and consumption are less.But, the mining department believes that the special rates have been fixed for districts where mining exploitation is more while low rates are for those districts where mining and consumption is less.The new rates are likely to improve revenue as mining activity has increased after issuing new mining lease. It would also help people affected by mining as mineral foundation trust would get more money.

Rajasthan & party will miss him: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday called the death of BJP leader Digamber Singh, a former health minister and chairman of Twenty Points program Planning, Implementation and Coordination committee, a personal loss. Raje also visited his home in Bharatpur to offer condolences to the bereaved family and tributes to the departed leader.As soon as news of Singh’s death reached the CM, she rushed the EHCC hospital where he was undergoing treatment.. Raje stayed at the hospital for an hour and was seen consoling his family members.“Demise of Singh is a personal loss for me. I worked with him for a long time in public life. He was always with me in every crisis. Singh was leader of masses whose dedication, honesty and spirit of serving others should be followed. He also played active role and raised voice for Jat reservation in Bharatpur-Dholpur. His death is personal and organisational loss,” said a statement quoting Raje as saying.After paying tributes, Raje reached Bharatpur where Singh was cremated. Raje poured drops of Ganga jal in his mouth and prayed salvation of the departed soul. Recalling Singh’s contribution, Raje said with his guidance and positive support, many flagship schemes of the state government got momentum and were implemented successfully. Rajasthan will miss him, she said.She also underlined his efforts which he put for development of Rajasthan. “During my previous tenure Singh as a minister for various departments played a key role not only for the development of Bharatpur but entire Rajasthan. Currently, chairman of twenty point program committee, he also worked and implemented schemes meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.”Minsters meetA meeting of council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje passed a resolution condoling death of Digambar Singh. As per the resolution, the state mourning was declared on Friday in Bharatpur district from where he hailed. The national flag will remain at half mast in the district and the government functions were restricted. A two-minute silence was observed by the council ministers also. The resolution underlined his positive role to tackle Jat reservation row in Dholpur-Bharatpur area.

Senior BJP leader Digamber Singh breathes his last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP strongman Digamber Singh passed away on Friday morning at the age of 66 after prolonged illness. The news of his demise came as a shock for the party members in the state and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje. Singh was entrusted with the responsibility of twenty point programme vice-chairman, while he was health minister during Raje’s previous tenure as CM.Singh, was admitted at a private hospital in Jaipur on October 18 for swine flu. Thought the doctors claim to have cured flu, a long history of cancer and hypertension resulted in several medical complications and eventually caused his death from multiple organ failure.He was cremated later in the evening at his provenance district of Bharatpur amid a huge gathering of supporters and senior BJP leaders. Political leaders beyond party and state borders condoled his death, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent wreath, CM Raje personally condoled his family at the hospital.A prominent Jat face for the party, trustworthy for chief minister Raje, Digamber Singh to have graduated as doctor from government medical college of Jodhpur was, however, more popular as ‘doctor sahab’ among his supporters. It was more because that despite being a politician he never distanced himself from medical practice. “He was always a doctor at heart,” remembers a former school time friend, Dr LC Sharma.Born of October 1, 1951 at a village in Bharatpur district, Digamber Singh was a brilliant student, also fond of music and singing. A person who will not miss a chance to sing on stage during his college days. He never displayed political aspirants during his college days and was practicing as a doctor till 40s when a sequence of events inspired him to take up politics as a cause.At politics too he displayed brilliance and within a decade of stepping in the field, he got elected from Deeg-Kumher assembly constituency and was appointed as the health minister. His tenure as a health minister is known for relatively less friction between health department and doctors. He will also be remembered to have got passed the bill to ensure safety of medical practitioners at hospitals. He consecutively won the seat in next election despite the anti-incumbency wave in state. He still continued to practice and was seen diagnosing senior party leader Ghanshyam Tiwari while he developed complication during an assembly session.He even went diagnosing patients outside SMS hospital while the resident doctors were on strike during the tenure of Ashok Gehlot. His friend Dr. Sharma was superintendent of SMS hospital at the time. Dr Singh was, however, humble enough to leave the protest on plea of a former friend. However, he lost the election in 2013 and treatment of cancer kept him away from the state politics untill Raje appointed him vice chairman of TPP in 2015.

UDH to bring new land regularisation rates soon

Earlier, 25% of the residential reserve price or Rs 1500 per square yard, whichever is higher in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Bikaner, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bhilwara and Bhiwadi <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People will have to cough up more money for regularisation of their residential plot on government land.Paving way for regularisation of residential colonies, the state government has finalised rates but on the higher side than five years ago. The Urban Development Department (UDH) had previously fixed rates for regularization on September 21, 2012. However, these rates were valid only till April 1, 2017.Since, the validity of these rates ended, the regularization process was held up.Now, the department has prepared draft to decide new rates, which have been approved by the finance department. This will now be sent to the law department and once cleared, the new rates will be implemented.THEN AND NOWEarlier, 25% of the residential reserve price or Rs 1500 per square yard, whichever is higher in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Bikaner, Alwar, Bharatpur, Bhilwara and Bhiwadi. Now 25% of the residential reserve price or Rs 2000 per square yard.
Previously in these cities for regularization of commercial plot 25% of the commercial reserve price or Rs 5000 per square yard, whichever is higher. Now 25% of the commercial reserve price or Rs 6,500. Rest of the towns with more than 50,000 population regularisation charges for residential plot, 25% of reserve price or Rs 750, whichever is higher in the past.
Now, 25% or Rs 1000 in these towns for the same purpose.

Cops nab bootlegger for role in mob clash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police have arrested a man from southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar for his alleged involvement in leading a mob to attack a group of people which had left two dead and 15 others injured in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district in mid-July this year. The brutal attack was sparked by a land dispute, police said.Police say that the accused, identified as Sikandar, is also an active bootlegger and mainly supplies in areas of south and southeast Delhi.Sikandar is the second person to be arrested for the killings by Delhi Police in this case. He was arrested from south Delhi’s Tughlaqabad village on Friday based on a tip-off. A pistol was seized from him.Sikandar, who hails from Pichoona village in Bharatpur district, had also been arrested a decade ago by the Malviya Nagar police for allegedly abducting and raping a woman.”It has come to light that Sikandar and his family were involved in a property dispute with another group in his village. Police said that as a result he and his family decided to threaten their rivals into parting with their property.”On July 14, Sikandar, his friends and a few family members left for their village from Delhi, lanced with rifles, pistols, axes and iron rods. There, they confronted the rival group and following a heated argument, Sikandar and his aides assaulted the other group,” said a senior officer.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. Two persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet and critical injuries, while the assailants fled immediately from the spot.The incident sparked protests and agitation, and following this, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far haven’t been apprehended yet.CasualtiesTwo persons were dead and 15 others sustained bullet injuries and critical injuries in the mob attack.Police said hundreds of rounds were allegedly fired and victims were thrashed using axes and rods. The incident sparked protests. Following this, Delhi the police managed to arrest one of the attackers two days after the killings. The others so far remain at large.

Minister throws clean-up challenge before Jaipur mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Urban Development Minister Shrichand Kriplani is not happy with the cleanliness in Jaipur city and has targeted its mayor, Ashok Lahoti, for the filthy state of the capital. Kripalani openly challenged Mayor Lahoti, saying that if he brought Jaipur to the number one rank in the upcoming national survey on cleanliness, then he would vacate his ministerial berth for him. “The city of Bharatpur was cleaned in a day. What are you doing, Lahoti? If you make Jaipur number one across the country in cleanliness, then I will leave my ministerial post for you,” he said. The minister was speaking at a workshop organised by the Directorate of Local Bodies (DLB) on Monday to orient workers towards the upcoming Cleanliness Survey-2018. The survey will be conducted in 4,041 cities across the country. While addressing the inaugural session of the workshop, Kripalani took a potshot at Lahoti, saying, “Bharatpur Mayor’s outfit seems like that of a rural dweller’s. But they did the work that Ashok Lahoti, who wears trousers, could not do.”The minister also targeted the luxurious office of Ashok Lahoti in Jaipur Municipal Corporation building. He said, “You have seen the chamber of Lahoti. It is better than my chamber.” Kripalani said that he got to where he is after 40 years of hard work. And yet, if, “in the survey, you bring Jaipur to the number one spot, I will leave my chair for you.”

Medical teachers defend doc after patient’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a patient operated upon at a private hospital by a government medical college professor, the state medical teachers association demanded a ‘proper investigation and action’ while terming it a ‘minor’ incident. “Most medical teachers are dedicated and honest, it’s not justified to form an opinion on such minor incidents. Instead, we should analyse why such incidents occur?” the Rajasthan Medical College Teachers Association (RMCTA) stated in an official response. The association has demanded implementation of Nirmal Jain committee report which recommends for establishing a system to allow government surgeons to operate at private hospitals after their due duty hours at government service. “Such practice has been permitted in several states, and as doctors of medicine are allowed to see private patients, there must be a system for surgeons as well,” Dr Dhananjai Agarwal, secretary RMCTA, said.In the recent incident, a patient from Bharatpur district died after a mouth surgery at a private hospital. Relatives of the deceased alleged negligence and registered a case at the local police station against the doctor and the hospital.

Jewar rape-murder: Gang head arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Making another arrest in connection with the Jewar gang-rape and murder case, the Noida Special Task Force (STF) nabbed an absconding gangster from the Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Saturday night.According to the STF, Anil Bawariya, 38, a native of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was arrested from the Pilakhua area of Hapur. He led the Bawariya gang, comprising eight members of his family.The police said Anil was in touch with Raju, another accused in the Jewar case, and together they planned the crime. Anil and Raju’s wife hail from the same place in Alwar.“Anil is accused in many cases of loot, robbery and murder, apart from the Jewar murder and gang-rape. We recovered an SUV, a country-made pistol, and live cartridges from his possession,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (STF) Raj Kumar Mishra said.The police said Anil is the son of Megh Singh, a notorious criminal who headed the Ramesh Bawariya gang, formed in the 1980s in Bharatpur. Megh was involved in loot crores worth of cash from traders in Rajasthan and UP. The police had announced a reward of Rs 12,000 on his arrest.“Anil, then 18, wasn’t allowed by his father’s peers to join the gang. He rebelled and formed the Bawariya gang, with his three siblings and four step-brothers,” a police officer said.Anil went to KCM School in Moradabad before joining a residential school in Mathura. He was in Class IX when he joined the gang. He first earned notoriety in 2000, when he, along with his gang members, looted Dr Khanna, a popular physician in Moradabad, and a jeweller in a single day. Dr Khanna survived with bullet shots in his belly. Three years later, the gang waylaid a car on the Moradabad highway, shot dead two businessmen and relatives of a steel giant and decamped with valuables worth crores. “In 2007, Anil committed five murders. In 2008, he shifted to Bandsur in Alwar and started living there after buying land and constructing a house worth Rs 1 crore,” the police said.He then put together a gang of petty criminals who would snatch chains during calendar events such as the Pushkar Mela.

Rajasthan grants quota to Jats in two districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to douse fire of the quota stir called by Jat leaders, the state government has granted reservation to the community living in Bharatpur and Dhaulpur under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.Issuing a notification in 1999 the central government included Jats in the OBC list and in the subsequent year the community was clubbed in it the state. The notification was challenged before the Rajasthan high court, which in 2015, quashed the quota to Jats belonging to Bharatpur and Dholpur districts. The court stated that no survey was done before granting reservation to Jats, and directed the government to set up a commission to review the status of OBC community in Bharatpur and Dholpur.Jat leaders threatened the stir across the state on August 23. The social justice and empowerment ACS JC Monahti issued a notification in this context on Wednesday.Like other districts, Jats will also get reservation in jobs and education institutions.The notification states that in continence of cabinet decision, Jats of the two districts are immediately incorporated in the authorised list of OBC category at no 54.

Vasundhara Raje spells out development agenda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of marathon meetings for chief minister Vasundhara Raje in Delhi on Monday. Apart from the meeting of prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president with chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, Raje paid a courtesy call on the newly-appointed organisation general secretary Chandrashekhar. She also had a meeting with the MPs from Rajasthan.During the meeting with the PM and Shah, Raje shared the state government’s initiatives and flagship schemes that have been launched for the common man. She also gave information about the progress of the centre’s schemes in the state. This was the third meeting of the CMs Council since the NDA came to power in New Delhi.Raje was part of the informal interactions between the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and home minister Rajnath Singh. Raje met the MPs from Rajasthan at Bikaner House and discussed core issues related to the strengthening the party. Raje is scheduled to meet President Ramnath Kovind tomorrow. She is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister and party president Amit Shah. The meeting with Modi is being seen as a visit prior to his Rajasthan visit on 29th August. Raje is expected to return home Tuesday afternoon.The chief minister will hold Jan Sunwai for Bharatpur division at her official residence 8 Civil Lines, on August 26. Residents of Sawai Madhopur, Dholpur, Karauli and Bharatpur will put their grievances before the CM. The Jan Sunwai is scheduled to begin at 9 am. Response from officers of departments concerned would be sought regarding the complaints registered on helpline-181 during the hearing.

Flood fury in Raj: Disaster proves to be ‘deadliest’ claiming 59 lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent floods in the state have claimed 59 lives, informed home minister Gulab Chand Kataria during the monthly review meeting of disaster management and relief department on Wednesday.The minister said all the deaths happened in Barmer, Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts, which have been the worst affected as 1,290 villages faced serious flood situation.Kataria said 19 people drowned in the floods while other 40 casualties included people who were swept away in raging floodwaters, electrocuted or died in house collapse.The state government has released Rs 1.68 crore as financial aid for 42 eligible of them. Kataria said that revolving fund of Rs 10-10 lakh has been issued for each flood-affected district in the state and Rs 3,800 being provided to each of those who lost their house due to floods.The minister informed that Rs 4 lakh has been given as financial aid to family members of 15 deceased.Meanwhile, with the monsoon slowing down, the state has got a respite from downpour for the last couple of days. In the past 24 hours, spell of heavy rainfall has been taken over by the light showers at a few places while weather remained almost dry in the Jodhpur division, the most flood affected regionSouthwestern monsoon has weakened in the state. As per the local MeT office report, light to moderate rainfall occurred at few places in Jaipur, Kota, Bharatpur and Udaipur divisions. Few isolated places in Ajmer, Bikaner division. Behror, Kotkasim, Bansur, Tapukada, Nimrana and Mandwar in Alwar, Tara Nagar, Sardar Shahar in Churu and Mount Abu received 40mm to 10 mm rainfall on Wednesday.Weathermen have not changed outlook for the next 24 hours. According to the meteorological department, there is no possibility of rain for next three or four days in the most of the parts of the state and weather is expected to be dry on Thursday.Relief by govt staffGovernment officers and employees in Sirohi including three MLAs and district collector Sandesh Nayak have come ahead to contribute in chief minister relief fund. MLAs of the district have also made an announcement to donate their month’s salary for the relief fund.

Heavy showers ‘bless’ Walled City

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaipur’s long wait for rains finally ended on Wednesday when the city received showers after a complete dry spell of more than 10 days. In fact, cloud activities in the sky over the city started in the night itself. Cloudy sky provided relief from the scorching heat and by the afternoon, rains started in the Walled City. Half an hour long good rains soaked the city and road were seen completely drenched.Waterlogging also bothered commuters in some low-lying areas in Walled City.Showers remained confined to Walled City, while other parts of the capital could see traces only but cool content in the air made the weather pleasant as temperatures were decreased by 5 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees below normal level. As per MeT, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 33.4 and 26.8 degrees Celsius respectively.MeT forecast says that rain or thunderstorm accompanied by rain likely to occur while maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 32 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively during next 24 hours.The other parts of state, after witnessing a dry spell, recorded rain and thundershowers on Wednesday. As per the MeT, light to moderate rainfall occurred at a few isolated places in Udaipur division and Jaipur, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions.Tijara recorded 60 mm rainfall followed by Kotkasim at 40 mm. Sarara, Salumber and Amber recorded 30 mm rainfall each.MeT has issued a warning that heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places in east Rajasthan during next 24 hours.Light rain and thundershower may occur over Alwar, Bharatpur, Churu, Dausa, Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar and Tonk districts during next 24 hours.

Come July 13, Kisan Mukti Yatra to ‘stir up’ Raj politics for full four days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On its way from Mandsaur to Delhi, the farmer movement will stir politics in Rajasthan for four days.The campaign that initiated from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh on July 6 will enter Rajasthan from Sirohi on 13th and will mobilize farmers of the state for four days before they exit at Bharatpur towards Delhi.The movement has inspired from death of farmers in police firing at Mandsaur last month and is developing consensus on demands of loan waiver and 50 percent assured profit on produce. There are more than 180 farmer representatives driving the ‘Yatra’. Among those leading the march is Raju Shetti, member of parliament who actively led the farmer agitation in Maharashtra.“Issues of farmers are not bound with state borders thus farmers too should unite across the nation, the kind of support that we received in Madhya Pradesh has further raised our aspirations,” Raju Shetti told DNA over phone.The Yatra has entered Gujarat on Monday and are scheduled to address farmers in Bardoli where Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had raised ‘Satyagrah’ against British colonialism.Large number of farmers from Rajasthan are also expected to join in the Yatra at Bardoli. The movement has already has already drawn support of several farmer organisations of Rajasthan.“Farmers have been demanding a respectable living, due return on their produce. Its something that the ruling BJP too had promised in its manifesto. We are just demanding its implementation,” says Rampal Jat, leader of Kisan Mahapanchayat.Politics on farmer issues is expected to create stir in Rajasthan during the coming days as farmer organisations and political parties line up their schedule to harness the issue.

Bodies of 3 persons abducted by dacoits in MP, found in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Charred bodies of three persons, believed to have been abducted by a notorious dacoit active on the Uttar Pradesh-Madhya Pradesh border, were recovered from jungles in the Chitrakoot district, the police said today. According to the police, the three men had been abducted from district Satna in Madhya Pradesh. Their bodies were recovered from the Uttar Pradesh side, they said. The bodies, with 95 per cent burns, were found in the jungles of Bharatpur-Kolhwa under Karvi police station area on Tuesday, the police said. During investigation, it was found that dacoit Lalit Patel had abducted three persons from different places in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh on June 30 and the bodies are said to be those of the abducted trio, a police official said. Further probe is on, the police official said. The bandit is a native of Satna and the MP police has announced a cash reward of Rs 30,000 on him, the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rains in parts of Raj, Sriganganagar sizzles at 40.9 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rains continued to lash parts of Rajasthan today, even as Sriganganagar was the hottest place in the state at 40.9 degrees Celsius. Heavy rainfall occurred at one or two places in Bharatpur division of the state, whereas light to moderate rainfall occurred at most places in Kota division and at a few places in Udaipur, and at isolated places in Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner, the MeT Department here said. Dholpur recorded 7 cm of rainfall followed by 5 cm in Pirawa, 4 cm each in Rupbas, Aklera, Atru, Sapotra and Manohar Thana areas. The weatherman has predicted rainfall/thunderstorm with to occur at a few places in the eastern and at isolated places in the western parts of the state. Churu recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in Bikaner settled at 38.5 degrees Celsius. Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Pilani recorded their maximums at 35.6, 38.1, 37.2 and 37.1 degrees Celsius respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Monsoon arrives in parts of Rajasthan: weather dept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The south-west monsoon entered Rajasthan today over Barmer and Chittorgarh district, giving people respite from scorching heat, the weather department said. The monsoon entered from over Chittorgarh and Barmer district and is likely to cover the entire state in the next few days, an official said here. Dabok, Barmer, Churu, Sawaimadhopur, Chittorgarh and Jaipur recorded 53.8, 45.8, 21.6, 21, 16 and 12.2 mm rains, respectively till this morning since yesterday. A few more places also registered outpur below 12 mm during the period, the official said. The department has predicted thunderstorm with light to moderate rains at isolated areas in Jaipur, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dausa, Sikar, Baran, Ajmer, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur and Sawaimadhopur district over the next few hours.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jat stir called off in Bharatpur after govt’s assurance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stir by Jats demanding reservation for community members was called off in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan today after the state government’s assurance that it would consider including them in the OBC list. The decision came after a meeting between Jat leaders and state government officials at IG Bharatpur office. Secretary of social justice and empowerment department B L Jatawat handed over a letter to the Jat delegation led by Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh in which the state government has assured that the demands of Jat leaders would be considered. “We are satisfied with the response of the state government which has assured us to consider our demand. “The agitation was called off after the government assured us that it would take up the OBC commission’s report in the next cabinet meeting,” Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jat stir: First round of talks inconclusive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dialogue between Bharatpur Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti and the state government nominees held at Bharatpur divisional commissioner office on Friday evening has failed. Now, Jats have decided to continue blocking roads and railway tracks and to intensify protests.On Friday, in order to press for their demand of reservation under OBC category, agitating Jats blocked all rail and road routes to Bharatpur city. Traders too joined protest and markets remained closed. Meanwhile, additional police force was deployed in view of the Jat agitation.Social Justice and Empowerment department director Dr Samit Sharma, divisional commissioner Subir Kumar, district collector Dr NK Gupta and police superintendent Anil Tak from the government side while Deeg MLA Vishvendra Singh and Bharatpur Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti convener Nem Singh Fauzdar represented the Jat community and held talks at Bharatpur divisional commissioner office.At the meeting, the talks could not continue further when officials turned down Vishvendra Singh’s demand for revealing contents of the OBC Commission recommendations. After the meeting, Singh announced that the agitation would carry on until OBC reservation is given to Jats. However, officials have hinted that second round of talks would be held soon. Meanwhile, the agitation turned more aggressive on the second day on Friday. Jat community blocked roads and rail routes at several places as part of their agitation. In Bharatpur, rail route was blocked at Paprera which was why Agra-Bandikui passenger train had to return from Nadbai on Friday. Rail track was also blocked at Helak station.Agitating Jats also blocked Nadbai-Nagar road route at Katara Raunija. Bharatpur-Kumher route, Bharatpur-Delhi, Bharatpur-Mathura, rail routes were also jammed.B’DAY CELEBRATEDMeanwhile, as per his announcement made on Thursday, Deeg MLA Vishvendra Singh celebrated his birthday on the road at Khedli turn. His supporters congratulated him while raising slogans in his praise. Cake cutting ceremony was not held as Singh had refused. On the other hand, Bharatpur district collector Gupta issued prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC in the district to maintain peace and law and order as well as to deal with chakka jam by Jat agitators.

‘Raj govt wishes to offer quota, will act on report’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shortly after the OBC commission submitted its report, BJP leaders and ministers said the government is in favour of the Jat community in Bharatpur and Dholpur districts getting reservation. Minister for social justice Arun Chaturvedi said in a statement that the government will act swiftly on the report.“The government is positive that quota to the community shall be given. The contents of the report would be studied and action taken on it as soon as possible,” he said in a statement.Earlier, speaking to DNA, BJP leader and career rival of Vishvendra Singh who is spearheading the agitation in Bharatpur, Digambar Singh also came out in support of the community’s demand. He said that the OBC commission has submitted its report after a comprehensive survey. “The commission members have covered every tehsil and village in these two districts. The Jat community residing here has submitted its status with verifiable proofs,” Singh told DNA.He claimed that the condition of the community is not good. The Jats are not the privileged community in these districts and can do with quota to being them into the mainstream of socio-economic development, he said. Singh, however, slammed Vishvendra for politicising the issue and is misleading the community for personal gains.

Gurgaon to Greater Noida via Delhi: another gangrape in NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was abducted from Gurgaon and thrown out of a car in Greater Noida early today after being allegedly raped for hours by three men as they drove through the National Capital Region, police said. Echoing the horror of the IMT Manesar gangrape less than a month ago, the 35-year-old was found outside Chacha Ka Restaurant in Greater Noida s Golf Links, a long distance from where she had been abducted, at about 4 am when it was still dark. The woman, who was visiting from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was walking in Sohna around 8 pm last night when she was pulled into a Swift car by the men. Police in Noida and Gurgaon, the two satellite towns flanking the national capital, were jointly investigating the case. “We have registered a case in Kasna police station on the complaint of the victim and made three teams which are taking help from the Gurgaon police…,” Love Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Budh Nagar, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurugram: Woman abducted, gang-raped in moving car, thrown off vehicle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a woman was allegedly abducted and then gang-raped in a moving car in Gurugram. The victim was later thrown off the vehicle near Greater Noida.The incident reportedly took place on Monday late evening.The woman, a resident of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, had come to meet a relative in Sohna last week.Reports said that the victim was in an unconscious state when she was thrown off the vehicle, and police were informed when a female passerby noticed the woman lying on the roadside.“The girl came to the hospital in a very sensitive state. She was immediately provided with first aid and was later sent for medical examination,” a senior doctor of private Yatharth hospital told ABP news.She has been sent for medical examination. One of our teams have been rushed to the spot in Haryana’s Sohna, said Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Love KumarAn investigation has been launched by the Haryana police. However, no FIR has been lodged yet.

Cabinet okays transfer of Janpath hotel property

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave in-principle approval to transfer of Janpath Hotel property from the India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (ITDC) to Ministry of Urban Development. The hotel rooms would be used as government offices thus saving the exchequer the amount on taking private properties on rent for official purposes.Janpath hotel, located in a prime central location of the city, stopped its operations from Wednesday.According to officials, details of implementation of the project and land usages would be taken subsequently by a Committee of Secretaries to be constituted under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary.The building of Janpath hotel has to undergo major rehabilitation work since the building structure of hotel has been found to be unserviceable, in distressed condition and deficit in the context of seismic requirements, according to the inspection report of IIT Roorkee.The Centre has incurred an expense of Rs 27 crore as rent on MPs stay in a five-star hotel during 2015-16. It has also initiated the process of disinvestment of hotels and properties of the ITDC. The decision on disinvestment has been made, keeping in view that running and managing hotels on professional lines is not the work of the Government or its entities.In the first stage of the disinvestment process, it was decided to disinvest three hotels like Hotel Lake View Ashok, Bhopal, Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Guwahati and Hotel Bharatpur Ashok. Hotel Janpath, New Delhi is next in the list.At present, most of the Lok Sabha members live in the MP flats in North Avenue and South Avenue, close to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and also in Narmada and Kaveri Blocks.

Wedding-turns-into-a-disaster @ 5/11/2017 3:34:26 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the aftermath of 22 people being killed after a wedding hall collapsed here, District Magistrate N.K. Gupta said the incident was triggered due to a thunderstorm and rainfall in the district. ?To protect themselves from the rain, some guests tried to stand under a wall, which subsequently collapsed, killing 22 and injuring over 28 people, out of which two have been critically injured. They have been hospitalised and are being attended to by a team of doctors,? he said. The incident took place in Annapurna Marriage Home located on Sewar road in Rajasthan?s Bharatpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bharatpur: Wall of marriage hall collapses: 23 dead,27 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-three people, including four children, were killed and 27 injured when a wall of a marriage hall collapsed during a heavy storm in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan tonight, police said. A marriage function was going on in the hall when the storm hit the area, police said. People took shelter under a shed attached with a wall which collapsed suddenly, leaving 22 dead and 28 injured, Inspector General of Police Alok Vashishtha told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bharatpur: Wall of marriage hall collapses; 22 dead,28 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty-two people, including four children, were killed and 28 injured when a wall of a marriage hall collapsed during a heavy storm in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan tonight, police said. A marriage function was going on in the hall when the storm hit the area, police said. People took shelter under a shed attached with a wall which collapsed suddenly, leaving 22 dead, Inspector General of Police Alok Vashishtha told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MLA posts selfie as houses are gutted behind him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP MLA in Rajasthan today drew intense flak after he posted a selfie on Facebook taken during a fire incident in which several houses were gutted in his contituency in Bharatpur district. Bachchu Singh, who represent Bayana assembly seat, later removed the controversial picture taken in front of houses that were engulfed in flames but claimed that he had posted it only to inform officials that he was on the site. “It was not a selfie,” he insisted, when asked if it was proper for him to have acted in such a way while he was surrounded by victims of the fire incident on Tuesday. After he was informed about the fire incident in Nagla Moroli Daang area of Bayana town, the MLA had rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. He assured the victims of all necessary help. Standing in middle of the crowd, the MLA, however, took out his mobile phone for a “selfie”, eyewitnesses said. Though many present on spot were surprised by the MLA’s action, no one spoke at that time, they said. But after he posted the photograph on Facebook, objections came flooding. “This is not the time to take selfie, one user said while another added, “It would have been better if you had poured two buckets of water to douse the fire. The MLA initially tried to explain away but later removed the photograph. When(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man climbs atop tank, demands revenge for soldiers’ beheading

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man created a ruckus by climbing atop an overhead water tank in an inebriated condition and threatening to commit suicide if the government did not avenge the beheading of two soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. Raju Singh (40), a resident of Nadbai town, had climbed atop the tank at Gandhi Park in Bharatpur, around 185 kilometres from the state capital here, yesterday. It took the police close to four hours to bring the drunken man down. Singh told the police he wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take revenge for the beheading of the two Indian Army soldiers in the hands of the Pakistani army earlier this week. He has been booked under section 60 of the Police Act (punishment for certain offences on road), DSP Avadan Ratnoo told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unorganised sector workers to be brought under social security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya today said workers in the unorganised sector and women staff of Anganwadi, ASHA and mid-day meal scheme will soon be brought under social security schemes. Claiming that the country’s 93 per cent workforce is in the unorganised sector, the Union Labour and Employment Minister said the benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) scheme will be extended to these workers too. “The ambit of the social security cover will be increased,” he told reporters here. Dattatreya, who was here to chair a regional conference of labour ministers, principal secretaries of the western states, said women ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists), Anganwadi and mid-day scheme workers will soon be provided the benefits of the social security scheme. He said the Centre has sanctioned 300 additional beds for ESIC hospitals, with 100 each in Udaipur, Neemrana and Bikaner. Employment exchanges in Kota, Bikaner and Bharatpur will be upgraded and the state government will select three more employment exchanges to be upgraded by the Centre, the Union Minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5 killed, 35 injured in clash over land dispute in Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were killed and 35 others were injured today in a clash between two groups over a land dispute in Doroli village of Alwar district. Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said two groups of the Mali community, led by Battu Ram Saini and Lala Ram Saini, clashed at Doroli village in the district over a piece of land in Nadbai tehsil of Bharatpur. The warring groups threw stones and opened fire at each other. As a result, five persons were killed, Prakash told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five killed in two separate accidents in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were killed in two accidents in Bharatpur and Alwar districts of Rajasthan today, police said. In Bharatpur, three persons were killed and two injured after the two motorcycles they were riding were hit by a truck near Burja village, they said. Six persons were on the motorcycles which were hit by the truck. A woman was one of the injured in the incident, while an infant escaped unhurt, Investigating Officer Khalil Khan said. The bodies were handed over to the family members after post mortem, he said. In another incident, two teenagers were killed after being hit by a tractor-trolley in Behror town of Alwar district, a police officer said. The bodies were handed over to the family members after post mortem, Investigating officer, Raghuveer Singh, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jawan killed in avalanche cremated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mortal remains of Naib Subedar Aram Singh Gurjar who succumbed to injuries sustained due to an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir along the LoC were consigned to flames in Karauli. The funeral was held with full military honours in his native village of Bilai in Karauli where the officers of his unit paid him homage and laid floral wreaths. He was from 51 Rashtriya Rifles. Col Shailendra Singh, Station Commander Bharatpur, Government Chief Whip Kaluram Gujjar, local MLAs, district collector, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and others were present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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