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Noida Juvenile Home staff suspended for abuse

The Uttar Pradesh government has suspended a care taker of the Noida Juvenile Home, after the media reported torture, abuse, and prevalence of disease in the home. A committee was earlier set up and three people were accused of being involved in the abuse. The government team, however, found the allegations true against only one employee, Prakash Chandra, and suspended him on Saturday.According to a senior official, the commission observed that the objective of a juvenile home was to guide youngsters found involved in criminal activities towards the correct direction for introspection and improvement. This juvenile home, however, was pushing these youngsters towards crime-oriented activities by treating them in a grossly negligent and cruel manner.“We found allegations against Chandra to be true. So, we have suspended him of his duties,” a senior official said.The affairs inside the juvenile home, located in the Old Court building in Noida’s Phase 2, came to light after a District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) inspection on October 7, in which the authority noted several serious issues, such as torture, extortion by senior inmates, and skin problems among the juveniles.During inspection, the inmates showed their injury marks and named seven “seniors” who were in cahoots with certain officials of the Home.

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Race for next CS begins in power corridor

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

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At IAS coaching institute, RSS teaches what it protests

Call it helplessness or internal ideological tensions, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the fountainhead of right wing cultural nationalism, is teaching aspiring bureaucrats from books by the very same authors it has derided for decades for distorting Indian history and giving it an anti-Hindu, anti-India tilt.At Samkalp IAS, a civil services coaching institute supported by and affiliated to the RSS, aspirants are being taught from books the Sangh Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions.The brochure that the institute hands out shows that integral to the reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra in Modern History section, Satish Chandra (no relation) in the Medieval History section, and avowed Leftist scholar RS Sharma in the Ancient History section. Both the Chandras taught at Jawarharlal Nehru University, which the right wing has long targeted as a bastion of Leftist ideology, while Sharma was the founding chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research.Apart from these, the institute also encourages candidates to read older NCERT book instead of later ones commissioned under the NDA-1 regime when debate raged over the so-called ‘saffronisation of history’.The coaching institute attributed the dichotomy to both academic helplessness as well as a paucity of credible works by right wing intellectuals. “We have to teach these books because we have to confirm to the UPSC syllabus. These are the books from which the UPSC asks questions. Now we can’t teach students our brand of books because they will fail the exams,” said an officer of the institute, declining to be named.He rued that there were not enough and credible right wing intellectuals who had written anything which was acceptable and could be taught. “People among us have not produced work of repute,” he added.THE CONTRARIANAspirants are being taught from books the Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions. Reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra, Satish Chandra, and Leftist scholar RS Sharma

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Stalwarts tune in to ‘ZEE UP-UK’ in Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, high-profile political leader and MP Amar Singh joined Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra at the launch ceremony of ZEE Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in Lucknow on Wednesday.With this, ZEE Media added a new regional channel to its bouquet and became the largest private player in the country.Besides the two chief ministers, several Cabinet ministers from UP and Uttarakhand, MPs, MLAs, top bureaucrats and prominent members of the society were present at the Crystal Hall of Taj Vivanta to witness the launch of this top-notch ZEE regional channel.Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said that the new channel will focus on “aap ki baat” (what affects and impacts the common people) in the new regional channel. It will make an attempt to connect the people with the government for quick redressal of their grievances.Speaking on the occasion, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that the recent elections managed to turn Rahul Gandhi a thread-wearing Hindu visiting one temple after the other. “Gujarat victory will give a new direction to the country. People have accepted BJP’s development plank and rejected the dynastic rule,” he added.On this auspicious launch, Subhash Chandra played the role of a simple ‘anchor’ asking tough questions to the UP Chief Minister. He began by asking what would be the Yogi government’s expectations from ZEE UP & UK. “My biggest expectation from the ZEE regional channel would be that it plays a positive role in the development of the state and gives space to successful stories to make a positive impact on society,” the CM said.Chandra assured thechief minister that Zee UP-UK will exactly play that role for the development and growth of the two states.On the Yogi government’s attempt to woo investors in UP and holding an investors’ meet, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra expressed concerns about the law and order situation in the state. “My government has accorded top priority to control crime and improve the law and order situation. Over 25 criminals have been shot dead in police encounters and over 1,400 sent behind bars. We are bringing in new Act UPCOCA to check organssed crime effectively. We have already taken several steps to provide security cover to investors and introduced a new industrial policy and single-window system to create an investor-friendly environment in the state,” said the CM.Replying to Chandra’s question on widespread corruption at all levels, particularly in government schemes, Yogi Adityanath said that his government has introduced an e-office system to hold ministers and bureaucrats babus accountable. “Files would be cleared by ministers and bureaucrats within three days, or else they will held accountable for delay. This system would be implemented at all levels to weed out corruption, from top to bottom,” the CM assured.Chandra also sought to know the Yogi government’s plan to promote tourism. He pointed out that in a country like Thailand, tourism contributes 30 per cent in its per capita income, and if UP promotes tourism, it may surpass even the national average. “With the help of the Central government, the state government is promoting eco, spiritual and religious tourism. UP will top in the country in the coming days in attracting foreign tourists in the state,” assured Adityanath.On the occasion, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also thanked Subhash Chandra for launching a new regional channel in the Hill State.

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Bilaspur professors booked for molesting colleague after PMO steps in

Two professors of a private college have been booked for allegedly molesting a woman colleague in Bilaspur, police said.The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had written to the Bilaspur police to take appropriate action in the case, Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha said.He said a case was registered last night at the Kotwali police station against Subir Sen and Durga Sharan Chandra.Sen is a professor of commerce and Chandra is a professor of physics at DP Vipra College in the district.Sinha said the victim, the widow of an Army personnel, had complained to the Sainik Kalyan Board that the accused had molested her and passed lewd remarks at her.Also readMinor actor molestation case: Mumbai Police says sufficient evidence against accused, requests restraint in discussionsThe victim, in her complaint, alleged the accused were pressuring her into having an intimate relationship with them but she had refused.Sinha said the Sainik Kalyan Board passed on the complaint to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Bilaspur police received a letter from the PMO on December 11, directing police to take appropriate action, the official added.Also readMinor actress molestation case: Eyewitness claims accused was asleep with feet on handrestAfter a preliminary investigation, the two were booked under relevant provisions of the law. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the case, Sinha said.

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Modi’s Health(thy) policy aims to prevent diseases

Union health minister JP Nadda said that Modi government’s health policy is focused on preventing diseases rather than on diseases.The health minister was speaking in ZEE Hindustan’s ‘Healthy Hindustan Conclave 2017’ in New Delhi on Saturday. Jagdish Chandra, CEO of Zee Hindustan was also present in the programme. Zee Hindustan felicitated many doctors for their excellent contribution in the programme.Nadda said that health is a serious field and everyone has a different viewpoint on health. According to him, Modi government launched a new health scheme in 2017, which concentrates on prevention than disease itself. He said that the first and second year of a child is very important from health perspective. The first two years decides his future and the government is working maximum on immune system of children.The union health minister said that the government believes that healthy children mean healthy nation and working in this direction. He said that fifth phase of ‘Mission Indradhanush’ is underway and 60% target has been achieved. In the sixth phase in 2018, it will be 90% completed.“India cannot be compared with other nations in the world in health matters. We are a huge country where people have all kind of liberty. This is a unique country, which cannot be compared with other nations at least in health matters,” he said.According to Nadda, when entire world is worried about Ibola and Zica, India’s checking system is so strong that when a single patient is found, he is allowed to go after completely curing him. In a way there is no impact of Ibola and Zica in India.“The country has now six more AIIMS instead of just one and soon six more will be set up. Simultaneously, we are converting district hospitals in medical colleges. So far 58 district hospitals have been converted and 60 more are in queue. Today even rural children are studying medicine and the country is progressing in health sector. This change is visible in last three years,” he claimed.CMD of Kent RO, Mahesh Gupta also attended the programme. He said that changing lifestyle is creating health problems. “We are polluting the earth, which is contributing to the health problems,” he said.According to Gupta, the government is trying to provide clean drinking water but water sources have been polluted and antibiotics have mixed in it. “This is time to think and go back to Ayuverda, which is close to nature. Only ayurveda can help India become healthy nation,” he added.Zee Hindustan CEO, Jagdish Chandra said that ZEE is voice of the country. It is forever ready to spread message to the masses. “We will help in creating public awareness about health programmes,” Chandra said.

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Strategic global meet begins today in Delhi

The Global Partnership Summit (GPS), a four-day international event to be attended by government leaders, think-tanks, policy-makers, industry captains, social workers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and youth leaders from the world over, will roll out here from Monday. With 3,000 delegates participating, this initiative towards greater cooperation among the US, India and Japan will discuss an Alternative Development Model (ADM) framework and will strive to evolve energy efficient, environmentally responsible and sustainable model that will also contribute towards empowering societies across the globe.The GPS is chaired by Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party’s secretary-general Toshihiro Nikai and co-chaired by Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra. The US-Japan-India trilateral relationship was flagged off in Tokyo in 2006 by then Japanese Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, now the Prime Minister of Japan. It led to GPS that held its first edition in 2011. According to GPS founder-chairman Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, it has now transformed into a platform to integrate ideologies, ideas, initiatives, projects, people and policies. The organisers said through core values such as co-operation and inclusivity, the GPS will aim to establish models of development that will focus on empowerment and sustainability.The event will focus on building an agriculture corridor from Amritsar in Punjab to Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu to allow agriculture produce reach anywhere in India within 24 hours.This step, once realised is expected to raise incomes of farmers. The GPS founder-chairman Upadhyay, who also heads India Centre Foundation (ICF), said that the Summit would also focus on India-Japan-Africa partnership. “Africa has natural resources in abundance. China is already there. But their model is based on exclusivity and exploitation. People there now want partnership and participation. India and Japan will build partnerships and an inclusive model,” he said.In a message, Chairman of GPS Toshihiro Nikai said the overriding philosophy of the summit was ‘Omoiyari’, a social intelligence that allows us to be compassionate, considerate and focus on the power of the collective. “Together we can change the course of development in the world, and together we can make a difference,” he said.Stressing on the need for such events, GPS Co-Chairman & Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said the prerequisite of a sustainable and empowered world order was a process of close interactions between the economic and cross-cultural systems. “Global Partnership Summit is an iconic platform where world leaders and influencers converge to set new paradigms of an order that creates opportunities for steadily accelerating economic growth and equitable social development for present and future generations,” he said. He expected the Summit to bring out the best of the best in business, governance and civil society.”This summit is going to be drawing on the expertise and experience of world leaders in government, business and civil society. This can only lead to a win-win situation for all concerned. I welcome the opportunity to work and partner with my colleagues and industry leaders from all over the world that are going to be present here. I look forward to welcoming leaders from all over the world and to an extremely successful summit. I look forward to an extremely engaging summit,” he added.

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Court puts 11 ex-MPs on trial in 2005 cash-for-query case

Twelve years after 11 former parliamentarians were found to be indulged in a scam, a Delhi court put them on trial on Thursday following allegations of graft and criminal conspiracy in connection to the 2005 cash for query scam. Special Judge Kiran Bansal put the 11 former MPs and an individual on trial, which will commence from January 12.The former MPs accused in the case are YG Mahajan, Chhatarpal Singh Lodha, Anna Saheb MK Patil, Chandra Pratap Singh, Pradeep Gandhi, and Suresh Chandel (all BJP); Narender Kumar Kushwaha, Lal Chandra Kol, and Raja Rampal (all BSP); and Manoj Kumar (RJD), and Ram Sewak Singh (Congress).A sting operation against the then MPs was conducted by two journalists which was telecast on a private news channel on December 12, 2005. The sting, which showed them taking cash for raising questions in Parliament, came to be known as the cash-for-query scam.In December 2005, the Lok Sabha had expelled 10 members, while Lodha was removed from the Rajya Sabha. The prosecution had relied upon the CDs/DVDs containing conversations among the accused and others.The court also framed charges against Rampal’s then PA, Ravinder Kumar, special public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said. The proceedings against one of an accused, Vijay Phogat, have been abated as he has passed away. Phogat was alleged to be a middleman.
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Agriculture and culture should be part of the curriculum in schools: VP Naidu

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today said the issue of including agriculture and culture in school curriculum would be taken up with ministers.He was addressing the 19th convocation of Chandra Shekhar Azad agriculture and Technical University here.”Both agriculture and culture should be part of the curriculum in schools…this issue will be taken up with the ministers and others,” Naidu said.He urged agri-scientists to help make the latest technique reach agriculture fields from laboratories. Naidu stressed that people should never forget their mother-tongue and motherland and cited examples of head of governments of Russia, France, China who mostly speak their own language while visiting India, saying “it does not mean that they do not know English”.”I’m not against English but if we communicate in our mother-tongue it is always better,” he said.”Nationalism means respect to all. Namaskar is the culture of India, similarly Vande Matram means salute to the motherland,” the vice president said.He said if democracy meant independence it also meant complying with the rules and that difference of opinion was okay but the efforts to destabilise the country should never be allowed to succeed.He emphasised on the importance of teachers, saying children these days are dependent on Google, which was a good source of information, but, he said, it could never take the place of teachers. PTI SAB
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Odisha: Farmers asked to shift harvested paddy after IMD issues warning of heavy rains

With heavy rainfall warning issued by IMD in many parts of Odisha, the state government on Monday asked farmers to shift their harvested paddy from the fields to safe places to avoid loss or damage.Rain is likely to lash Odisha for at least three days from December 7 due to a well marked low pressure that lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea today, the Meteorological Centre here said.It is very likely to become a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours and further intensify into a deep depression during subsequent 48 hours.It is likely to move west-northwestwards towards north TamilNadu – south Andhra Pradesh coasts next three days, it said.While weather is expected to remain dry over Odisha during next 72 hours, rainfall is likely to occur in several parts of the state by December 7 under its impact, said director of the local Met Centre, Sarat Chandra Sahu.Low intensity rainfall is likely to occur in districts like Koraput, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Ganjam on December 7, while rainall of higher intensity is expected to pound coastal and adjoining districts on December 8 and 9, he said.Preliminary reports indicate that around 18 districts of the state are likely to face heavy rainfall due to the system, the MeT office said.In view of the emerging weather conditions, the Revenue and Disaster Management department has advised the farmers of the districts likely to be affected to shift their harvested paddy to safe places and keep it properly stacked under suitable cover so as to avoid any loss or damage.Where paddy crops are ready for harvest, the farmers should take steps to harvest the same and store safely to avoid damage due to rains, a senior official said adding necessary measures should also be taken to protect the paddy in mandies, if any, from rain.Farmers in most parts of the state have already suffered a lot due to crop loss caused by unseasonal rains last month.
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CBI takes over probe in Gomti riverfront scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case into alleged irregularities in the Rs 1,513-crore Gomti Riverfront Development scam in Lucknow that took place during Samajwadi Party government rule in Uttar Pradesh.The case was registered after Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh had constituted an inquiry into the beautification project of the Gomti riverfront and found irregularities.The CBI has registered an FIR against eight engineers. According to the FIR, the case has been filed against then chief engineers Gulesh Chandra, SN Sharma, Qazim Ali, then superintendent engineers Mangal Yadav, Akhil Raman, Kamaleshwar Singh, Roop Singh Yadav and executive engineer Surendra Yadav. Gulesh Chandra, Shiv Mangal Yadav, Akhil Raman and Roop Singh Yadav retired later.The state government constituted committee, under retired Allahabad High Court judge Alok Kumar Singh, had indicated prima facie irregularities in the project in its report dated May 16, 2017.After Uttar Pradesh police registered a case on June 19 on the basis of the report, the state government, on July 17, sought a CBI probe into the matter.The Centre referred the matter to the CBI on November 24, 2017 on the basis of which the agency has now taken over investigation.It has been found that the total allocation for the project is Rs 1,513 crore and 95 per cent of the budget — which comes to around Rs 1,435 crore — had already been spent, though only less than 60 per cent of the work has been completed.Gomti river, meandering through the 940-kilometre stretch of rich alluvial plains of Uttar Pradesh, is polluted by industrial effluents and domestic discharge.The river becomes more of a flowing dumping yard for the 15 smaller and bigger towns, including Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Lucknow, Sultanpur and Jaunpur, in its catchment area. The major sources of pollution in the Gomti are industrial waste from sugar factories and distilleries and sewage from habitations.The Gomti Riverfront Project was launched by the Samajwadi Party in 2013 to beautify the banks of the river as well as to channelise it.THE PROJECTThe Gomti Riverfront Project was launched by the Samajwadi Party in 2013 to beautify the banks of the river as well as to channelise it. The Adityanath government wanted the scam allegations referred to the CBI, which took over the investigation on Thursday.
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Secret file that could unravel mystery of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s death ‘closed’ for 100 years: Report

Even after seven decades, the ‘mystery’ surrounding the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose refuses to die.Now, a noted French historian has claimed that the a secret file that could have solved the mystery has been ‘closed for 100 years’.According to a Times of India report, historian JBP More tried to access the said file at the French National Archives. However, the authorities denied him the access and said that the file has been ‘closed for 100 years’.’The letter of the French authorities not to allow me to consult a lone file pertaining to the INA and Bose in Saigon has come as a great surprise to me. This goes to affirm my conviction that Bose’s life ended in Saigon sometime in September 1945. That is why this file has been classified as out of reach for consultation for 100 years,’ More was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The historian, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris, also said that India must now approach the French authorities for the secret file.Also readWas Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose India’s first Prime Minister? Family says soEarlier in July, More had claimed that Netaji didn’t die in 1945 Taipei crash. He had based his findings on a French secret report.”It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air-crash on August 18, 1945,” More had said at that time.Also readInstead of imposing, inspire youth to adopt Vande Mataram: Netaji’s grandnephew CK BoseIndia, however, has maintained that the Azad Hind Fauj founder died in 1945.The Indian government had appointed three commissions to determine the cause of Bose’s death. The Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and Khosla Commission (1970) said that Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945 at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, while the Mukherjee Commission (1999) concluded that he did not die in an air-crash. The government, however, rejected the findings of the Mukherjee Commission.
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GES 2017: Rajya Sabha MP, Subhash Chandra speaks on the ‘Future of Cinema’

The first day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017, Hyderabad, witnessed an engaging panel on the theme ‘Future of Cinema’ consisting of prominent dignitaries from the field of cinema and television. Moderated by Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, the panel included Aditi Rao Hydari – Actor, Ronnie Screwvala – Producer and Onyekachi Stephanie Linus Idahosa, CEO, Next Page Productions. Moderating the panel discussion, Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha said, “In the initial days of television in India, there used to be only one film on television per week. When we started the first private television station, the film industry felt we are going to close down the industry by showing movies on television but the contrary happened. Now, the satellite television contributes to almost 50% of movie’s budget or even more than that.” Commenting on the advent of digital in Indian films, Chandra added, “When you watch a cinema in a theatre, it’s a larger than life experience while digitally you see everything on a 5-inch screen. With Digital, there are no barriers today, you can cross over to various other mediums and that’s the beauty of the digital world.”Also read’Future of Cinema’ with Dr Subhash ChandraThe panellists discussed in detail the challenges faced by the film industry especially in sourcing adequate funds, decreasing number of theatres and men-women ratio. During the discussion, the panellists highlighted the significant role of the Indian film industry in the Indian economy in terms of job creation and employment.The advent of digital in Indian films and its contrasting approach to that of the theatrical film experience was one of the main discussion points during the session. The panellists advocated for increased creative contribution by women as great writers, producers and directors. They also discussed and acknowledged the need to bridge the gender gap and to make the industry’s environment more conducive to women. The discussed ended with a fruitful question & answer session wherein the audience was keen to hear the panellists’ views on the role of women in Indian and global cinema and the hurdles faced by them in their careers.Also readGES 2017 | Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra says ‘very few female directors, women need to be encouraged’The aim of the annual entrepreneurship gathering- Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 is to highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally. On day zero, Subhash Chandra also attended the gala dinner at Hyderabad’s famous Falaknuma Palace, hosted by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States. Apart from PM Modi and Ivanka Trump, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan, ICICI CEO Chanda Kochhar, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Tata Sons Chairman N. Chandrashekaran also attended the event.
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Noida’s new parking policy to be delayed by a month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the objective to reduce traffic congestion in the city, the Noida Authority had planned to hire new agencies to manage the surface parking lots across the city. But, residents of Noida will have to wait for an extended period as the new parking policy will be implemented in 2018.A senior official said that they are in the process of extending the old agreement of parking contractors for 41 parking sites in the city. The new policy was to be implemented from December.“The decision to extend the old parking contract has been taken by the authority as the companies for the new parking contracts for 96 sites is yet to be finalised. Once we are through with the entire plan, which is almost final, we shall implement it. We have just pushed the date by one month,” said Sandip Chandra, senior project engineer at the Noida Authority.“The contracts of the old tenders were supposed to be over by the end of November but they have been extended. We have already given 60 new parking lot contracts to new agencies through an e-tender in October,” Chandra added.Despite having 41 authorised parking across the city, the Noida Traffic Police, earlier in October, made a shocking claim that the ‘parking mafia’ was operating nearly 300 illegal parking lots in the city.Due to illegal parking on roads, city’s commercial hubs including Sector 18, Sector 62, 51, 41, 27, 16, Naya Bans village, Harola and Sector 12 are among the areas where even pedestrians cannot find space to walk during peak hours in morning and evening due to parking of vehicles on the roads.According to the new policy, the prescribed land for parking has been increased to 4,42,000 square meters.PARKED FOR NOW1,68,000 square metres of land used by Noida authority for parking in various sectors.
41 authorised parking lots in Noida
95 places have been sanctioned for parking in 43 sectors in Noida.
Rs 20 for parking four-wheelers
Rs 10 for 2-wheelers for 14 hours (9 am to 11 pm) along the market roads

DNA EXCLUSIVE: In run-up to 2019, BJP to celebrate peasant leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an eye on the 2019 general elections and under fire from Opposition over farmers’ plight, BJP is planning to hold nationwide ‘Kisan Parliaments’ to establish a direct line of communication, or ‘kisan samvad’, with agriculturists.What’s more, the party is going beyond caste and party lines to appropriate the legacy of India’s tallest peasant leaders.The saffron outfit’s Kisan Morcha or farmers’ wing will spearhead the campaign in which the party will identify fabled peasant leaders on whose birth anniversary the parliaments will take place. The venue will be the birthplaces of these leaders.The decision in this respect was taken at a recent meeting called Kisan Samvad Baithak under morcha chief Virendra Singh, and also attended by BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao, said Kisan Morcha spokesperson Rakesh Singh.”We are not just trying to strike a direct conversation with the farmers of the country, but at the same time want to celebrate the great tradition of farming and agriculture as reflected in the teachings of these great peasant leaders. We have identified such icons cutting across party lines and across caste lines,” Singh said.The =campaign will be launched on December 23, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh who, ironically, was staunchly an anti-RSS and anti-Jana Sangh politician. The first Kisan parliament will be organised at Singh’s birthplace in Noorpur in Uttar Pradesh.While the party had celebrated Singh’s birth anniversary last year too as a way to garner Jat support in western UP before state polls, this time around the event has been transformed into a pan-India campaign to cover other significant figures too.Other peasant leaders identified for the campaign include freedom fighter Swami Sahajanand, who was born in Ghazipur in UP, and Jhinguri Singh and Baba Ram Chandra from Awadh.While Baba Ram Chandra was instrumental in rallying peasants against the Raj and landholding talukdars in general, Singh had organised the first’Kisan Sabha’ in his village Rure in Gorakhpur in UP in the early 1920s.Baba Ram Chandra was originally from Maharashtra but started organising peasants in Pratapgarh in UP after he became a sadhu in Ayodhya. His celebration and the consequent farmers meet will be held in Pratapgarh.

Sweet victory! Rosogolla belongs to Bengal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After about two-and-a-half years, West Bengal finally won the tug of war with Odisha over Geographical Indications (GI) registration regarding the origin of rosogolla. On Tuesday, Chennal-based GI Registry declared that rosogolla originated in West Bengal, and not Odisha.Sanjay Bhattacharya, deputy controller of patents and designs in Kolkata, said it had been settled under the GI Act, which authenticates a product with respect to its geographical location or community.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee who is London, tweeted about it. “Sweet news for us all. We are very happy and proud that #Bengal has been granted GI (Geographical Indication) status for rosogolla,” her tweet read. State education minister Partha Chatterjee said it was an unnecessary fight Odisha had got into.State food processing minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah, who had earlier said that Odisha would not allowed to claim credit for rosogolla which was Bengal’s signature sweet and that he would fight it to the finish, said the news had brought a lot of relief. “We had fought to get a GI registration for Joynagar’s Moa earlier.”The patent name, which Bengal had got, is Bangla Rosogolla.The matter began in 2015, when Odisha’s science and technology minister Pradip Kumar Panigrahi told the media that they had formed a committee to trace the origin of the sweet, which he claimed originated in Odisha about 600 years ago.To counter that, West Bengal government produced documents, claiming that the sweet was invented by sweetmeat maker Nabin Chandra Das in 1868. Three committees were formed by the GI Registry probing the matter, before the final verdict was given on Tuesday.Janata Dal MLA from Puri, Maheswar Mohanty said that they would go through the GI order. “A meeting to decide our next course of action would be convened and we may move court against the order,” he told the media.The news has naturally sent across a wave of celebration in Kolkata. Dhiman Das, director of KC Das Private Ltd and a great great grandson of Nabin Chandra Das, said: “We are thankful to Mamata Banerjee who took a proactive role to get the matter sorted. Officials had asked for all related documents from us to establish the fact that Nabin Chandra Das was the inventor of rosogolla.”Sweetmeat sellers at Bagbazar in Kolkata took out rallies with pots of rosogolla in hand to celebrate the occasion.

Jharkhand: Security beefed outside Muslim yoga teacher’s home after stone-pelting incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jharkhand Police have increased security outside the house of a yoga teacher in Ranchi after she reported receiving threats. Reports on Friday alleged that a mob had pelted stones at her house.Two quick response teams are stationed near Rafia Naaz’s house, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vikas Chandra Srivastav said, according to PTI.Meanwhile, cutting across party lines, politicians on Saturday called for action to be taken against those issuing death threats to Rafia Naaz. BJP leader Nupur Sharma said, “It is absolutely unfortunate. Women are targeted adversely for singing song, acting in movie and now for teaching Yoga. This is a free country. Women have been guaranteed equal rights under the constitution of India. I see no reason why any religious cleric should come out and either issue fatwas and in this case and in this case give her death threats.” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI, “I think this matter is very serious and the home ministry needs to arrest the person concerned. She is performing her duties and it is the government?s directive also to teach Yoga in schools.”Naaz said that she has been receiving these for last three years. Naaz is a resident of Doranda in Ranchi, and has been performing yoga since the age of four. She has won many accolades and awards in this field

2G Spectrum Case: Special CBI Court adjourns matter, will now fix verdict date on December 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special CBI Court in Delhi on Tuesday adjourned the matter in the 2G Spectrum case and will now fix the verdict date on December 5.Over a week ago, the court had issued production warrants to two accused Karim Morani and Sanjay Chandra for November 7 and asked all accused to be present on the date.In its charge sheet filed against former telecom minister A Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and others in 2011, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs. 30,984 crore in the allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum.In April 2014, the ED filed a charge sheet against 19 people, including Raja and Kanimozhi in connection with a money laundering case relating to the scam.

Delhi cop working on Pushkar case misses 26/11 case trial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An officer from Delhi Police informed the Special Sessions Court, constituted to conduct the 26/11 case trial, that his superior officer Manishi Chandra, could not honour the court’s summons as he was busy solving the death case of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sundanda Pushkar. Chandra had recovered vital documents related to Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.The subordinate officer further informed the court that in order avoid the proceedings of the non bailable warrant against Chandra, steps have already been initiated before a Delhi court. The officer also informed the court that Chandra would appear before it as a witness in the 26/11 case. “As Mr Chandra was busy in investigation of Sunanda Pushkar’s case, he was not able to attend the proceedings of Mumbai’s Sessions Court. Mr Chandra would reach the city early morning on Tuesday,” said the officer. The court, however, informed the officer that just the arrival of Chandra as a witness would not serve the purpose. The registrar of the Patiala House Court, Pankaj Bharti, also needs to appear along with the documents pertaining to Jundal’s identity that were recovered by Chandra at the time of Jundal’s arrest. Earlier, the Sessions Court had issued summons to Chandra asking him to appear before the court as a witness. However, the subordinate officer informed the court that he was unaware about the earlier orders issued by the Mumbai court and thus he could not update on that aspect.Officer saysThe subordinate officer further informed the court that in order avoid the proceedings of the non bailable warrant against Chandra, steps have already been initiated before a Delhi court.

Noida’s ‘Traffic Baba’ dies at 81

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retired Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Mukul Chandra Joshi, popularly known as the ‘Traffic Baba’, died on Monday. He was 81. Joshi had been aiding the traffic police by managing traffic and creating awareness about traffic rules at various locations in Noida and Ghaziabad for the last 14 years, and had won several accolades for his selfless contribution.In a tribute to the man, Traffic Inspector (Noida) Layak Singh said: “The services of Joshi have become an example for others. He stood for hours and managed traffic, only to help people avoid inconvenience. If every one of us makes our own little contribution, things would be better. He set an example for others with his social work for the city. We were disappointed by his death. Now, we will never see him on the busy roads managing the traffic anymore.”Wearing a white gown with traffic advisories written on it and a cap to go along with it, Joshi was often seen at the intersections around the Spice Mall in Noida, distributing traffic rules related pamphlets to commuters. Every day, he gave away nearly 250 pamphlets, printed at his own expense.”He was always armed with a loudspeaker and a microphone. Often, his loudspeaker would blare, ‘Aye bhai, zara dekh ke chalo’, in a bid to convey road safety message through music. This will be missed the most on the streets of Noida. He has set an example by spreading awareness, which we don’t see often nowadays,” Singh added.Joshi was a resident of Jalvayu Vihar in Sector 25 of Noida, where he lived with his wife and son.

Noida’s new parking policy to cut down on congestion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To reduce traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking, the Noida Authority will hire fresh agencies to manage surface parking lots across the city. The authority on Friday said it will select agencies that will control operations at 95 parking lots earmarked on different roads of 43 sectors of Noida. The new policy will be implemented from December.The Noida Authority studied the parking policy of many countries and then prepared one for the city.Earlier, there were 41 authorised parking lots in Noida. Due to illegal parking on roads, many sectors including 2, 6, 7, 16, 18, 41, 50, 58 and 59, among others, frequently get choked because of the traffic.”At present, the authority has allowed parking on roadsides at 41 locations. These contracts will be over by the end of November. We will give new 60 parking lot contracts to new agencies through an e-tender in October. Our objective is to reduce traffic congestion,” said Sandip Chandra, senior project engineer at the Noida Authority.As per the new parking policy, the authority will charge Rs 20 for four-wheelers for the first two hours, and after that, additional money would be charged as per the time occupied by the vehicle.As per the current policy, the Noida Authority charges Rs 20 for parking four-wheelers and Rs 10 for two-wheelers for 14 hours (9 am to 11 pm) along the roads in the markets.According to the new parking policy, no parking area will be introduced within a distance of 50 meter of an intersection. On the corner plot, there will be no parking at such a place where it would be a problem to vehicles to take a turn.The authority officials said the congestion occurs as the contractors encroach upon more space than allowed for running their parking lots.”We have decided to ensure that all parking attendants will use hand-held electronic devices to issue parking slips to maintain transparency, and we will unmark the authorised areas with yellow paint. If a contractor is found going beyond the yellow area, then we will act as per the policy,” said Chandra.The authority has divided city areas into four zones, and the new 95 parking lots will also be divided into four zones accordingly. “We will hire four contractors, who will manage the lots in their respective zones,” added Chandra.At present, the Noida Authority has used one lakh 68 thousand square meter of land for parking in various sectors. Parking arrangements have been made in 41 places in the city. According to the new parking policy, the prescribed land for parking has been increased to four lakh 42 thousand square meters. At the same time, according to the new policy, 95 places have been sanctioned for parking in 43 sectors.Parking would be allowed in one lane. For this, four meters will be marked on the road by the authority.Temporary parking for any event will also need permission from the authority. For this, the fee prescribed by the authority will be deposited. The parking rate of the sector, wherever the temporary parking is allowed, or the place available will be determined by the authority.Penalty for violating parking rules will be imposed in eight ways:If the vehicle is parked outside the parking lot – Rs 500 per vehicle
Not having an electronic machine or giving false prints – Rs 500 per machine per day
On charging more for parking charges – Rs 500 per vehicle
Not being in the prescribed dress – Rs 1000 per employee per day
Not having the information board, broken or information incorrect – Rs 1000 per board per day
On non-availability of complaint book – Rs 1000 per consumer per day
On non-availability of account book – Rs 1000 per day
On repeated violation of rules – Entire area of parking or some area of the tender will be cance

Today consumer is the biggest influencer, says Dr Subhash Chandra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Today, consumer is the biggest influencer in the world. Whether it’s a politician who looks to influence his potential voter or for a channel network that aims to influence its viewers, the consumer is at the centre of it all,” said Dr Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, while delivering the keynote address titled ‘Influencing the influencers’ at the ’17th edition of the exchange4media Conclave’ held in Mumbai on Friday.The theme of the conclave this year was ‘Leveraging Open Innovation to Engage Consumers’.Dr Chandra said that with the rapid development of technology, the screen would also have to evolve. “Today, the screen caters to two of our senses — our eyes (visual) and our ears (audio). At our Zee labs in San Jose, we have created a screen that can cater to more than two senses. With this screen, if you like someone on your TV screen, you can smell his or her perfume. A father and his son can play football from two different places at the same time with augmented reality, and so on,” he added.While talking about influencers, Dr Chandra said that one must understand who the influencer is. “In today’s day and age, where everything is centred around the consumer, one who can influence consumers can become a leader.”Dr Chandra said that one’s attitude plays a very critical role in taking one forward. “I tell the people in my organisations to follow a value system which lists out seven fundamental values — having big and audacious goals, being frugal, respecting humility, having integrity, hustling at all times, having speed and agility, and tackling some big problems at your level.”Asked what keeps him going, he said that when one likes what one does, it never becomes tiring.

2G verdict date to be announced on November 7: All you must know about the scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special CBI Court on Wednesday said that the date for the judgment in the 2G case will be announced on November 7.The court also issued production warrants to two accused Karim Morani and Sanjay Chandra for November 7 and asked all accused to be present on the date.The scam related to 2G spectrum allocation by then Telecom Minister A Raja in the UPA government. The CBI said Raja was biased in allocating 2G airwaves to certain operators causing huge loss to the exchequer.Here’s the timeline of the case that will show you how the scam unfolded a decade ago:May 2007: A Raja takes over as Telecom Minister.Aug 2007: Process of allotment of 2G Spectrum along with UAS Licences initiated by Department of Telecom (DoT).Sept 25, 2007: Telecom Ministry issues press note fixing deadline for application as October 1, 2007.Oct 1, 2007: DoT receives 575 applications by 46 firms.Nov 2, 2007: PM writes to Raja to ensure fair licence allocation and proper revision of fee. Raja writes to PM allegedly rejecting many of his recommendations.Nov 22, 2007: Finance Ministry writes to DoT raising concerns over the procedure adopted.Jan 10, 2008: DoT decides to issue licences on first—come—first—serve basis (FCFS), preponing cut—off date to September 25. Later in the day, DoT says those who apply between 3.30 and 4.30 pm would be issued licences.2008: Swan Telecom, Unitech and Tata Teleservices sell off a part of their stakes at much higher rates to Etisalat, Telenor and DoCoMo respectively.May 4, 2009: NGO Telecom Watchdog complains to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on the illegalities in the 2G spectrum allocation to Loop Telecom.2009: CVC directs CBI to investigate the matter.July 1, 2009: Single judge of Delhi HC holds change of cut—off date as illegal. S—tel had moved the petition.Oct 21, 2009: CBI files FIR against “unknown officers of DoT and unknown private persons/ companies and others“.Oct 22, 2009: CBI raids DoT offices.Nov 16, 2009: CBI seeks help from Directorate General of Income Tax for information on lobbyist Niira Radia and records pertaining to middlemen in award of 2G spectrum licences.Nov 20, 2009: Information by IT dept shows role of corporate players in influencing policies of DoT via illegal means. Shows Radia directly in touch with Raja.Mar 31, 2010: CAG report notes “whole process of issue of licence lacked fairness and transparency“.May 6, 2010: Telephonic conversation between Raja and Radia made public by the media.May 2010: Government constitutes GoM for allocation of 3G spectrum, reducing DoT under Raja as mere implementing body.Aug 18, 2010: HC refuses to direct PM to decide on a complaint by Janata Party chief Swamy seeking sanction to prosecute Raja for his alleged involvement in 2G scamSept 13, 2010: SC asks government, Raja to reply within 10 days to three petitions alleging a Rs 70,000 crore scam in the grant of telecom licences in 2008.Sept 24, 2010: Swamy moves SC seeking direction to PM to sanction prosecution of Raja.Sept 27, 2010: Enforcement Directorate informs SC of probe against firms suspected to have violated FEMA. Says can’t deny or confirm now Raja’s involvement in the scam.Oct 2010: SC asks government to respond to CAG report about the scam. Pulls up CBI for its tardy progress in probe.Nov 10, 2010: CAG submits report on 2G spectrum to government stating loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to exchequer.Nov 11, 2010: DoT files affidavit in SC; says CAG did not have the authority to question the policy decision as per which licence were issued to new players in 2008.Nov 14—15, 2010: Raja resigns as Telecom Minister. Kapil Sibal given additional charge of Telecom Ministry.Feb 10, 2011: SC asks CBI to bring under its scanner corporate houses which were beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum. Raja remanded to CBI custody for four more days by a special CBI court along with Balwa.Feb 17—18, 2011: Raja sent to Tihar Jail under judicial custody. Balwa too jailed.Feb 24, 2011: CBI tells Delhi Court Balwa facilitated transaction to DMK—run Kalaignar TV.March 14, 2011: The Delhi High Court sets up special court to deal exclusively with 2G cases.March 29, 2011: SC permits CBI to file charge sheet on April 2 instead of March 31. Two more persons — Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal arrested.April 2, 2011: CBI files its first charge sheet. Names Raja, Chandolia and Behura. Reliance ADAG Group Managing Director Gautam Doshi, its senior Vice President Hari Nair, Group President Surendra Pipara, Swan Telecom Promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and Managing Director of Unitech Ltd Sanjay Chandra made accused. Three companies — Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd — also charge sheeted.April 25, 2011: CBI files second charge sheet naming DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter and MP Kanimozhi, 4 others.Oct 23, 2011: Charges framed against all 17 accused.Nov 11, 2011: Trial begins.Nov 23, 2011: SC grants bail to 5 corporate executives — Nair, Doshi, Pipara, Chandra and Goenka.Nov 28, 2011: Delhi HC grants bail to Kanimozhi, Kumar, Morani, Asif and Rajiv.Nov 29, 2011: Special court grants bail to Shahid BalwaDec 1, 2011: Chandolia gets bail from special court.Dec 12, 2011: CBI files third charge sheet. Names Essar Group promoters Anshuman and Ravi Ruia, its director (Strategy and Planning) Vikas Saraf, Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan and her husband I P Khaitan. Also charge sheets Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding.Jan 31, 2012: SC says filing complaint under the PC Act is a constitutional right and the competent authority should take a decision on giving the sanction within four months.Feb 2, 2012: SC cancels 122 licences granted during Raja’s tenure. Directs auctioning of licences in 4 months. SC leaves it to the special court to decide on Chidambaram within 2 weeks.Feb 2, 2012: SC refuses to ask CBI to probe role of Chidambaram in 2G case and leaves it to the Special Court to decide the matter.Feb 4, 2012: Special Court dismisses Swamy’s plea to make Chidambaram a co-accused.Feb 23, 2012: Swamy moves SC against the trial court order on Chidambaram. NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation also files application seeking probe against Chidambaram.Mar 1, 2012: Plea against Chidambaram and Law Minister Salman Khurshid for their alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam is listed for hearing in the SC.Apr 4, 2012: SC begins hearing plea against Chidambaram.Apr 24, 2012: SC reserves order on the maintainability of the plea for probe against Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case.Aug 24, 2012: SC dismisses plea for probe against Chidambaram in the 2G case, says no prima facie material to show that Chidambaram got pecuniary benefits.December 9, 2013: Amid protests, JPC report on 2G tabled in Lok SabhaApril 25, 2014: 2G kickback case: ED chargesheets Raja, KanimozhiMay 5, 2014: Court records statement of RajaOctober 31, 2014: Charges framed in 2G-linked caseNovember 10, 2014: Final hearing from December 19June 1, 2015: Kalaignar TV got Rs. 200 crores through 2G scam, says EDAugust 19, 2015: CBI files assets case against RajaSeptember 30, 2015: SC dismisses Essar promoters’ pleaNovember 3, 2015: SC rejects Kanimozhi’s plea to quash charges against herOctober 7, 2016: Entitled to be acquitted in 2G case: KanimozhiApril 19, 2017: Special court concludes arguments

Not written in our fate to stop: Dr Subhash Chandra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing a packed audience at a glittering event in Mumbai on Saturday evening to celebrate India’s first private channel Zee TV completing 25 years in the entertainment sector, Dr Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and Chairman, Essel Group and ZEE, said, “We have to keep going, as it is not written in our fate to stop.”Recalling the journey of 25 years, Dr Chandra said, “I remember when we celebrated the first anniversary of Zee TV back in 1993. I had only 50 people in those days, and today, in 2017, we have more than 3,000 individuals who are a part of Zee. I believe that human resource is the biggest infrastructure that one has, and that is one of the biggest plus points for our nation.”He added, “Human resource is the biggest infrastructure of our nation. Indians should recognise their strength to become a superpower, and I want to do the same through my foundation. I want to make development the new truth of the country.”Punit Goenka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) said, “Today we have 3,400 people here to celebrate the milestone, which is not any ordinary milestone. But this has happened because of the passion, dedication and extra ordinary steps of you all.”Goenka added, “To achieve what we are today I want each and every employee to realise their capabilities and abilities. One should realise and value his or her potential and introspect on the power of being together as one family.”Held at the Dome, National Sports Club Of India in Worli, Mumbai, the anniversary celebrations began with a resounding cheer from Zee employees on achieving the milestone. Videos of memorable moments of Zee TV since 1992, and its plans for expansion in the future, were also played on screens in the auditorium. The audience was also entertained by song and dance performances.Speaking on the occasion, Amit Goenka, CEO, International Broadcast Business, ZEEL, said, “Nothing can stop us. If you look at our journey, it defines extraordinary efforts. Today we are an international channel with operations in Europe, Africa, US and Asia-Pacific. From 1.3 billion viewers we are tapping 3 billion viewers in the next six years.”Zee TV started its operation in October 1992 and today is a global channel offering entertainment, news and information to 1.3 billion people in 173 countries and in 19 languages. ZEE has a presence across news broadcasting, movies, music, live entertainment. Its entertainment wing has more than 2,40,000 hours of television content and houses the world’s largest Hindi film library with rights to more than 4,200 movie titles in various languages.Also present at the event were Ashok Goel, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Essel Propack and Jawahar Goel, Chairman and Managing Director, Dish TV India Ltd, and Zee Media Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary.

Veteran historian Satish Chandra dies aged 95

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran historian Satish Chandra, author of NCERT textbooks from 1970s to early 2000s and former JNU professor, passed away on Friday. He was 95.Chandra was Professor of History at JNU. Along with S. Gopal, Bipan Chandra, and Romila Thapar, he founded the Centre for Historical Studies at the School of Social Sciences where he served as its chairperson for a few years.He has been described as of India’s leading scholars of the Moghul period and as one of India’s most influential historians. His book, Mediaeval India, has been widely used as a textbook in schools and colleges around the country.Through the 1970s, he was the vice chairman and chairman of the University Grants Commission of India.

Uncle hires nephew’s friends to kill him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi police arrested a 40-year-old man who had his nephew — the adopted son of his younger brother — killed because he suspected the boy had ill intentions towards his elder brother’s wife.The victim, who was an orphan, was shot in the head on Wednesday when he was at his shop in north-east Delhi. Four associates of the accused, who is a history-sheeter, have also been arrested.According to the police, they received information from Jag Parvesh Chandra Hospital on Wednesday evening that one person identified as Akash, 22, was brought dead to the hospital. Primary inquiries revealed that one Rahul, a friend of Akash, informed his family members that he had been shot who then rushed to the spot.Ajit Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East), said that during interrogation, the accused revealed that on the night of October 4, the deceased — along with his friends Abhimanyu, Saurav and Rahul — were drinking wine at the office of Umesh, one of Akash’s family members. In the meantime, Chaman, the maternal uncle of Akash came to the office after which Akash left for the shop where he worked.”Chaman along with Akash’s friends planned a conspiracy to get rid of him as he suspected that Akash had designs on Umesh’s wife. Akash had also quarrelled with his adopted father frequently demanding a share in the family property.”Chaman then asked Akash’s friends to consume more alcohol and then gave his pistol to Rahul asking him to kill Akash. After this, Rahul and his friends went after Akash and shot and killed him,” Singla said.IN COLD BLOODChaman, the maternal uncle of Akash, along with Akash’s friends planned to get rid of Akash as he suspected that he had designs on Umesh’s wife. Akash had also quarrelled with his adopted father frequently. Akash was shot dead in the head

25 years of a ‘public movement’ called Zee TV

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

BHU violence: Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi goes on ‘indefinite leave’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BHU Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, under the spotlight for his handling of student protests last month, on Monday proceeded on leave, citing personal reasons, university officials said.Tripathi, who was scheduled to retire on November 30, has gone on “indefinite leave”, BHU officials said.The development comes amid indications from top HRD ministry sources that the central government was upset with the manner in which he handled the entire episode, including a protest by women students following an incident of alleged harassment.University administration called the police to the campus. A number of students were injured in the police lathi- charge.Tripathi had claimed he would resign if asked to go on leave.Calls and messages to Tripathi did not elicit any response.The ministry has already started the routine process of shortlisting Tripathi’s successor.BHU is one of the country’s 43 central universities.​

BHU students’ protests: Chief proctor resigns, takes ‘moral responsibility’ for campus violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid pressure mounting on office bearers at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) responsible for the lapse of security at the campus and mishandling of the protests staged by the students, the chief proctor of the university has resigned, taking moral responsibility for the recent incidents of molestation and violence inside the premises of the university. Chief Proctor, Professor ON Singh submitted his resignation late on Tuesday night. Violent protests and police lathi-charge to control the agitating students at BHU has attracted condemnation from all quarters. If that was not enough, officer bearers have indulged in making irresponsible statements which have further vitiated the environment. Proctor O N Singh was considered to be one of the aides of the Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi.A number of students were hurt when clashes broke out between the police and students of the BHU after the students started protesting against alleged molestation of a girl.Earlier on Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police (DG) Uttar Pradesh and the BHU Vice-Chancellor seeking a detailed report on the matter and submit his response within four weeks.The NHRC, in its statement, said, “Suo motu cognisance taken in the subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by UP police.”The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday said the vice-chancellor should act as a responsible administrator and ensure the safety and dignity of women on the campus.The commission also hit out at VC Girish Chandra Tripathi over his reported remarks that BHU cannot pay heed to “every demand of every girl”. Several students, including women, and two journalists were injured in police action at BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged molestation incident turned violent.(With agency inputs)

15 students from BHU join protest in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terming their ongoing agitation an outburst of years of untold sufferings, nearly 15 students from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) joined a protest in the national Capital on Tuesday. They accused the police of indulging in an abrupt baton charge, without making any announcements, on September 21.Among the protesters was Mineshi Mishra, who was allegedly beaten up by the police. Mishra said that gender sensitisation did not exist on the campus. “Only outsiders will find our Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi’s statements bizarre. But, we are used to it,” she said, showing bruises on her arms.Mishra also claimed that the V-C had earlier made statements insulting to women, such as: “Daughters are those who sacrifice their studies for that of their brothers.” Also, students rejected the V-C’s theory of involvement of “outsiders” in the protest, stating that the CrPC Section 144 was imposed on the entire campus and nobody from outside could have entered the premises.”The V-C had earlier said that he knew how and what BA students study, and that they do not need any libraries,” she added. The protesting students further said since 1996, the BHU student elections have not taken place.

Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law under CBI probe for bribing I-T officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and Gujarat Raya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law is being probed for allegedly bribing top Income Tax officials.Irfan Bhai, a name in the FIR registered against Income Tax officials has been identified as Patel’s son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui. Irfan’s name appeared in dairies seized during raids.The FIR registered on August 30, 2017, has also named some senior Income Tax officials under Prevention of Corruption Act.According to the page 7 of the FIR, diary entries say Ahmed Patel’s son-in-law Irfan Siddiqui known as Irfan Bhai paid Rs one crore to the accused Income Tax official Dr. Subhash Chandra IRS, said a report.Irfan is likely to be summoned by the CBI for investigation.Last month, Ahmed Patel beat the BJP nominee in a bitterly fought Rajya Sabha election after dramatic developments.

Mangaluru airport: Suspicious object that led to ‘bomb scare’ was a power bank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bomb scare at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) following the detention of a passenger with a ‘suspicious object’ in his possession created some tense moments. However, on examination, it was found that the object was only a power bank he was carrying, airport sources said.The passenger from Kerala was about to board an IndiGo flight to Dubai via Bengaluru when he was detained with the ‘object’ late last evening, as the officials found the image of a ‘thick substance’ while screening.When the power bank was opened, it was found to contain a clay-like substance after which the passenger was taken for questioning.The device was only a China-made power bank packed in an unusual way.In view of the alert from the Home Ministry asking airports to be cautious, Aviation security agency’s chief Rajesh Kumar Chandra asked IndiGo to lodge an FIR so that a detailed examination of the clay-like substance could be carried out.The IndiGo counter was also cordoned off for some time, the sources said.An officer who came out after the examination of the device confirmed that the news carried by certain channels about ‘cell phone bomb’ was false and the device was nothing but a power bank.Later, city police commissioner T R Suresh told reporters that there was no cause for worry and reports that spread about the ‘object’ were only rumours.Airport sources also said the flight was not unduly delayed due to the incident.

If there is something in your destiny it will happen: Subramanian Swamy on becoming minister in Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy is losing no sleep over being given the go-by in the recent cabinet reshuffle, but says it will not surprise him if he makes it to the council of ministers one day.The Member of Parliament said on Sunday that he never pitched for a ministerial berth in the first place. “There is nothing wrong in denying me a cabinet berth. In fact, if you talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi he will tell you that I never asked for one…like I never asked them to make me a Member of Parliament,” Swamy said at the launch of his biography, ‘Evolving with Subramanian Swamy’, written by his wife, Roxna Swamy. But he wouldn’t be surprised if he got any such position in the future when his “rahu leaves the janamsthan”, he said, referring to planetary influences.”I remember getting a call from our party president Amit Shah saying that I was going to Parliament. And that is when they nominated me for being the most distinguished economist of the country,” he said. “Now, tomorrow I won’t be surprised if I get a similar call saying that I had been made a minister. Because it is the philosophy that if there is something in your destiny it will happen,” said Swamy, who served as a Cabinet minister in the Chandra Shekhar government in 1990-91.Jurist Fali S Nariman, who was part of a panel discussion at the launch, said it was the “question of the month” why the BJP MP had not been given a cabinet berth, and then added that it was perhaps because he was too forthright. “He is too forthright and says things off-the-cuff which might not please everyone. Also, we all know about the two types of corporate: the good ones and the nasty one. I believe the nasty corporate have kept him out,” said Nariman, who described Swamy as “acutely controversial” during the discussion.The firebrand politician, who has been in the midst of several controversies, said his life’s philosophy was to “do whatever you want to do” and “give as good as you get”. “If somebody picks on me I will make a point to chase him…and chase him till the very end,” said the six-time MP. Swamy said his astrologer had told him that a steep rise would follow every time he went down. “He said, when you go down, you will grow ten times more,” Swamy said.

Fire breaks out at Kolkata Airport, no damage caused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fire broke out in one of the UPS rooms at the “international departure” section of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport’s terminal building in Kolkata on Thursday. However, there was no report of any injury to anyone or damage to property as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) stepped in immediately to bring the situation under control. “The incident took place at 4.15 PM. The primary reason behind the fire appears to be the bursting of a capacitor of one of the split air-conditioners in the UPS room near Gate No. 12,” a release issued by the airport director, Atul Dikshit, said. There was no injury to anyone and the flight operations were also not affected, he said, adding that an internal inquiry would be carried out to ascertain what caused the fire.Dikshit said as the fire alarm rang and the door of the room was opened, a gust of smoke came out and spread to the entire “international security hold” area, triggering panic among the passengers. The flames were doused with the help of fire extinguishers and passengers evacuated from the “international security hold” area, he said, adding that boarding continued simultaneously through a remote gate. Smoke exhaust fans were switched on and a thorough examination of the entire “international security hold” area and adjoining areas was carried out, Dikshit said.

Madhya Pradesh: Hundreds of students clear Class X, XII open school examination without appearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students in Madhya Pradesh have reportedly cleared Class X and XII open school examination without appearing for it.During a preliminary inquiry, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an autonomous body that works under the HRD Ministry found that candidates passed the examination without giving it.The Institute has written to the HRD Ministry seeking an investigation by ‘vigilance agencies’ into irregularities across three examination centres — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore, reported Indian Express.“I do not want to name the vigilance agency at this moment.” said NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told the daily when asked if he had sought a CBI investigation.A three-member inquiry committee has been set-up to look into complaints of irregularities.Over two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April.

Surgical strikes: Nine Army soldiers decorated with gallantary medals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine soldiers of Army’s special forces who participated in the surgical strikes at terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) last year were among 108 Army personnel to be decorated with gallantry medals today.Naib Subedar Vipin Chandra, Havaldars Rankesh Chandra, Shuru Chaken and Dalip Kumar, Naik Yogesh Kumar and Paratrooper Iqbal Singh were instrumental in destroying the launching pads on September 16 last year, said the citation read out during presentation of the awards at the Northern Command headquarters here.Paratrooper Om Prakash facilitated strike team by engaging guards to destroy the launch pad, it said.Two soldiers – Havaldar K Ati and Paratrooper Devash Kumar — were not only instrumental in destruction of launch pads but also killed one militant each, it was informed.The awards were presented by Northern Army commander Lt Gen D Anbu at an investiture ceremony where one Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, two Yudh Seva Medals, two Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 76 Sena Medals (Gallantry), 10 Sena Medals (Distinguished Service), 17 Vishisht Seva Medals were given away.As many as 14 civilians were also awarded Certificate of Appreciation and cash awards by the Army Commander for their yeoman service.On the occasion, the Army commander also honoured four personnel of J&K Police for their acts of gallantry and devotion.The Army Commander commended all ranks of the Northern command for their dedication and devotion to duty

DNA Exclusive: There can never be another Netaji, an INA General in Myanmar remembers Subhas Chandra Bose

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There’s a saying that goes like ‘once a soldier, always a soldier.’ General Meenachi Perumal is a living example of that.In his late 90s, the General may have frail voice now, but his enthusiasm remains intact.Living in Myanmar’s Yangon, the DNA met this Azad Hind Fauj soldier to know how he remembers Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.Native of Tamil Nadu’s Ramanatham district, General Perumal’s eyes light up when we start talking about his INA days.How do you remember Netaji, we asked him. “Oh my God! How to define our great leader. He was the bravest man in the world,” says the General.Though he may not have personally met the founder of Indian National Army, General Perumal remembers watching Netaji from close quarters.At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested an INA memorial in Myanmar, war heroes such as General Perumal can help in locating many forgotten places.Netaji and Myanmar are two very important chapters in the Indian freedom struggle. Instead of just another name in the faded pages of history, its essential to preserve our past.General Perumal’s parting shot says a lot about what Netaji means to him and lakhs of those who committed themselves to his call “you give me blood, I will give you freedom.”“There can never be another Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” emotional General Perumal’s voice trails off.Watch full video here:

Unshaken by tragedy, Gorakhpur’s govt docs extort patients in private clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Private malpractice has played a part in the tragic death of over 60 children in a Gorakhpur hospital earlier this month. Accusations that the now suspended Dr Kafeel Khan, then head of the encephalitis ward in the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, was too busy running a private clinic, is seen as one of the reasons why the tragic deaths occured. But Dr Khan is not alone.A sting operation by Zee News revealed that top government doctors here blatantly flout rules by setting up private clinics and frighten healthy patients into paying for medicines and tests they don’t need. Rajendra Kumar Shahi, BRD Medical College A senior government doctor at the hospital, Dr Shahi had denied to the media, post the Gorakhpur tragedy, that he was running a private clinic. But facts proved otherwise. Disguised as a labourer, Suresh, this reporter entered the ‘private clinic’ from where sources had told him Dr Shahi was said to be operating.The reporter encountered two men who handed out patients a piece of paper. What was interesting to note was the paper had the stamp of Neelkanth Hospital, a private hospital. They told patients be quiet about this.It took over one hour before the meeting with Dr Shahi took place. This healthy reporter was examined, as Dr Shahi was blunt – he needed to be tested. “Don’t risk it. Money is not that big a thing, health is,” Dr Shahi said.Dr V Chandra, Gorakhpur District Medical Hospital Dr V Chandra is a doctor at the Gorakhpur District Medical Hospital. But sources stated that if this reporter wanted treatment it was best to come here to his private clinic. Despite the examination, which should have shown that there was nothing wrong with Suresh, Dr Chandra referred him to a pathology lab called LN Pathology where he would have to go to get tested for typhoid. And finally, he demanded Rs 400 as fees, a huge sum for BPL patients.Dr Tahir Qureshi, Deputy CMO, Kushinagar state hospital Being the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tahir holds an especially important post regarding the care of children. But once again, sources told us he was to be found at his private clinic The reporter, this time, decided to change his story and told the man at the clinic with a story about a child in his family eating cement from the wall. The man, acting as the go between, demanded Rs 500, on which he affixed on a piece of paper, which was the doctor’s prescription note, and then sent this reporter inside Dr Tahir’s room.Once inside, the reporter saw Dr Tahir dealing with 10-12 patients at the same time. A number of prescriptions, each affixed with a Rs 500 note, were on the table through which Dr Tahir saw the patients one by one. Dr Tahiri is not alone. The sting operation revealed that many senior doctors working in the same government hospital, run private clinics as well.

Garbage, red ants hinder re-railing efforts at Mahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Garbage piled on tracks posed a major challenge during the re-railing efforts, after four coaches of a train derailed at Mahim last Friday. Officials from the Western Railway said that besides heavy rains, the presence of red ants around the garbage made the re-railment a tough task and led to delay in resuming services. On August 25, five coaches of an Andheri-bound local derailed on the Harbour line.”Our staff had to struggle due to the water logging on the rail lines and red ants on the sides of the tracks that had come due to garbage and faeces,” a WR official said. It took six hours to rerail the coaches and another three hours to start Harbour line services between Wadala to Andheri.Ironically, on one hand, Indian Railway has been talking about cleanliness and its on-going ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ campaign, while on the other, heaps of garbage on tracks aggravated the derailment issue. WR officials agreed that despite all the efforts, tracks along Mahim station are filled with garbage and muck. It is one of the reasons that contributed to technical failures. Prima facie, however, officials said that the crossover has a problem as the curvature of tracks is around 8 degrees, while it should be 9.5 degrees for a gap of 5 metres between two rail lines. Meanwhile, on August 28 the Commissioner of Railway Safety (Western Circle), Sushil Chandra held a public hearing over the Mahim derailment. “Only after investigating all aspects, can the reason behind the derailment be determined,” he said.

Netaji’s associate dies at 102

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Colonel Amar Bahadur Singh, a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, died at his ancestral village here following prolonged illness. He was 102. Singh, a widower, breathed his last at his ancestral village Sirsa under Baheri area yesterday, his family members said. He is survived by a son. Singh, who joined the British Indian Army in 1933, had served the Azad Hind Fauj after coming in contact with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, they said. His last rites were performed in the presence of eminent personalities last evening. Several dignitaries including Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, and union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Santosh Gangwar have expressed grief over his demise.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: A good politician makes sacrifices, says Dr Chandra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Independent Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Dr Subhash Chandra on Friday said that he entered into politics to help people.Dr Chandra made the remarks while speaking with delegates on the fifth day of India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017, in Bhopal.Around 300 delegates from 12 countries, including India have participated in the summit. “Everyday, I am evolving, I get to learn something new,” said Dr Chandra, while talking about his foray into politics.A Rajya Sabha member spoke on the various topic including the importance of youth in today’s democracy.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership in 2017, India Foundation and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are organizing the India-ASEAN Youth Summit.

Instead of imposing, inspire youth to adopt Vande Mataram CK Bose

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray claimed that the government should bring in a law to make singing of Vande Mataram compulsory, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose on Wednesday said that instead of imposing something, we should inspire the youth to such an extent that they themselves adopt such a thing. Speaking to ANI, Bose said discipline must be maintained but regimentation will not work in a democratic setup. ?India is a nation where we have all religion, castes, people of different sects, so we should not impose anything on the nation. We should inspire the youth of the nation to such an extent that they themselves would adopt Vande Mataram or Jana Gana Mana, or Jai Hind?I think this should come naturally among the citizens of India. We should not impose anything because we are a democratic nation,? he said. He further said that the patriotic fervour, the nationalism, the spirit is presently lacking among the youth of the nation. ?As leaders we need to inculcate this spirits among the youth,? he added. Thackrey had earlier said that ?nationalism shouldn’t be part of just January 26 and August 15 celebrations. It should become integral part of life.? Speaking at the 57th anniversary event of Marathi cartoon weekly ‘Marmik’, founded by his father, Sena patriarch late Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief said the singing of the national song should not be restricted to certain days. “What is wrong in singing Vande Mataram and why should it be sung only on select days? It should be sung every day. Bring in a law for the same (to make its recitation mandatory),” Thackeray said. “There should be no display of false pride. There should be a stringent law for compulsory singing of Vande Mataram,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Independence Day 2017: Miscreants damage Netaji statue that was to be unveiled in Bengal village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of Netaji Subhas​ Chandra Bose, which was to be unveiled today at Panchra village in Birbhum district was smeared with coal tar and the face was partly damaged by miscreants, police said.The Netaji statue was be installed in the Panchra village panchayat office compound during the Independence Day function.This morning when the gate of the panchayat office was opened it was found that the statue was smeared with coal tar and face was partly damaged, the police said.A complaint was lodged with Khayrasole police station against unknown persons for damaging the statue.”Investigation has been started to find out the miscreants and motive behind this crime,” a senior police officer said.

A DIALOGUE WITH JC: Analysing Ahmed Patel’s victory in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week on his special show A DIALOGUE WITH JC, Zee Media’s CEO Regional Channels Jagdeesh Chandra analysed the results of just finished Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections. In his review, Chandra elaborated on the ramifications of the Gujarat results.Commenting on BJP president and newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah, Chandra said that Amit Shah would go to any extent to ensure his party’s victory. According to Chandra, nobody knew Shah outside Gujarat before he became the party president. But now he is ruling Indian politics. Modi and Shah are made for each other. On the other hand, JC called Ahmed Patel, a true executor.Talking elaborately on these results, Chandra said that it would be very difficult for the Congress to retain its image. It would also be a challenge for the BJP to retain its fort. Considering BJP’s resources and monitoring, Chandra also rejected the notion that Congress now could stop Shah’s winning spree. According to Chandra, the fight between Shah and Patel could now continue in the Upper House where Shah is a first-time member. Chandra anticipated that Shah can now take Jaitley’s position in the Upper house.According to Jagdeesh Chandra, Amit Shah would not accept his political and strategic defeat in these elections and his party could approach Supreme Court or the High Court. Calling Ahmed Patel’s victory a technical one, Chandra said BJP has erred in depending so much on Shankersinh Vaghela. But BJP will honour the secret deal if any with Vaghela.Chandra also said that there was little role of Rahul Gandhi in these elections. It was all the game of Sonia and Ahmed Patel. He also considered the role of Shakti Singh Gohil and Ashok Gehlot.According to Chandra the real hero in these elections was the EC and it of error of judgement to have Aanchal Kumar Joti as CEC which backfired for Modi-Shah. He also said that EC had changed its decision at the last moment only because of media’s pressure on that night.He also believed it was embarrassing for Shah that on his 3rd anniversary as the president he had to face this strategic defeat. Jagdish Chandra also raised doubt that a few BJP leaders could be happy with this political defeat of Amit Shah.Q.1 What are political inferences of Patel’s breakthrough victory from Shah’s strategies?As far as Amit Shah is concerned, he is a mastermind strategist. He is a unique combination of hard work and strategy. He is a miracle, a discovery of Narendra Modi for the country. His miracles in Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana, UP, and Bihar, are remarkable. The way he has made a mark in Kerala, has promoted BJP in West Bengal, is all because of Narendra Modi’s supervision. Modi and Shah are made for each other. It is unique combination in politics, in the history of this country. We can define Ahmed Patel as a decent and dignified person, unlike Amit Shah he operates from the back. At the end of the day, Amit remains ‘Shah’ of politics in India.Q.2 Will Ahmed Patel’s victory prevent Amit Shah’s victory wheels across the country?Some people do believe that Congress’s victory will hamper Shah’s dream of victory across the country. But I don’t agree with that. Amit Shah is present almost everywhere, and 2019 elections is the target. After looking at Kerala, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu, and Amit Shah’s strategies, his research, and his monitoring, we can say that one defeat in Gujarat is not going to stop him.Q. 3 Will the resurgence of the game between two strategists of Gujarat begin afresh?One effect of the election results of Gujarat will be that Amit Shah and Ahmed Patel will now start the game of check and mate between the BJP and the Congress, which will start with Gujarat elections. There will be elections in October and November this year in the state. The challenge for the Congress is to keep the image, that is made from this election, intact, and the challenge before Amit Shah is that he has always been winning elections, with how many numbers will he win this time. The game of check and mate can be seen in the days to come.Q.4 Now Amit Shah and Ahmed Patel will be in the Rajya Sabha together, what will be the impact?Ahmed Patel has been in the Rajya Sabha for years, and now, Amit Shah has also entered the scene. So, the battle which was earlier fought outside the Rajya Sabha, can now be fought between the two leaders in the House. As far as the BJP is concerned, the presence of Amit Shah in the Rajya Sabha will increase the morale of the BJP. There is also a possibility that Amit Shah might be declared BJP leader in the Rajya Sabha instead of Arun Jaitley.Q.5 Is Election Commission the hero or was the decision taken under pressure?Some people believe EC has emerged as a hero in this case, however, a person has said that it’s a victory of constitutional authorities. As far as the chief election commissioner, Achal Kumar Jyoti, is concerned, it was earlier decided that everything will take place in Ahmedabad. Some believe that he entered the scene and counted the votes, and declared the results under the pressure of media. However, as the media was mostly in favour of Patel, this might be true.Q.6 What is the role of Rahul Gandhi in this political drama?When all political leaders reached the office of the Election Commission in the middle of the night, who had sent them? Was it Rahul? Was it Sonia? Or did they themselves went to lodge the complaint for Patel? These questions cannot be answered. However, it is believed that Rahul was not in the picture, this game is entirely played by Sonia and Ahmed Patel.Q.7 What is the role of Gujarat Congress in-charge Ashok Gehlot?The crux of the entire episode is that some Congress leaders have done effective work in favour of Ahmed Patel to bring out this result. One of the names is Ashok Gehlot.Q.8 How are Amit Shah, Ahmed Patel and Modi’s personal relationships in Gujarat politics?As far as Shah and Patel is concerned, the relations are normal, both of them are very mature. However, things got bitter when Shah had to go to jail for six months for cases like Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter.

2005 cash-for-question scam: 11 former MPs to be put on trial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today ordered framing of graft and criminal conspiracy charges against 11 former MPs, who were charge-sheeted in the infamous 2005 cash-for-question scam for allegedly taking money to ask questions in Parliament. Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry said that charges for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy under IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act were prima facie made out against these former Parliamentarians, who were expelled in the wake of the scam, and a private person. The court directed all these 12 accused to remain present before it on August 28 for formally framing charges against them. The 11 former MPs who are accused in the case are — Chhatarpal Singh Lodha (BJP), Anna Saheb M K Patil (BJP), Manoj Kumar (RJD), Chandra Pratap Singh (BJP), Ram Sewak Singh (Congress), Narender Kumar Kushwaha (BSP), Pradeep Gandhi (BJP), Suresh Chandel (BJP), Lal Chandra Kol (BSP), Y G Mahajan (BJP), Raja Rampal (BSP). Besides them, the court has also ordered framing of charges against Ravinder Kumar. The proceedings against one of the accused, Vijay Phogat, have been abated as he has died. Besides these ex-Parliamentarians, two journalists of a web portal were also charge-sheeted for allegedly abetting the offence under the anti-graft law and were summoned by the trial court but the proceedings against them were quashed by the Delhi High Court. The Delhi Police had charge-sheeted these MPs. The prosecution, represented through Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava, alleged that they had misused their office as they were caught on camera seeking money during a sting operation for asking questions in Parliament. The sting operation against the then MPs was conducted by the two journalists. It was telecast on a private news channel on December 12, 2005 and came to be known as cash-for-question scam. During the hearing today, Lodha, Rampal and Ravinder Kumar were present in court and rest of the accused sought exemption from personal appearance for the day. The prosecution has relied upon CDs/DVDs containing conversation among the accused and others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Installation of statue of poet Upendra Bhanja demanded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha’s tourism and culture minister Ashok Chandra Panda faced protests by locals when he arrived here to attend a programme to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of poet Gangadhara Meher. The locals agitated before him demanding the installation of a statue of eminent poet Upendra Bhanja, who hailed from Ganjam district. BJP too joined the protestors saying Bhanja is to Odisha what Shakespeare is to England and Tagore to Bengal. Panda assured that Bhanja’s statue would be put up and his birthplace Kullad would be developed as a tourist spot at an investment of Rs 50 lakh. At the programme he unveiled a statue of poet Gangadhara Meher. To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gangadhara Meher the government has decided to instal his statues at all revenue divisional office headquarters, the minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

6-month maternity leave to help more women seek jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government said that with the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017, coming into force, it is hopeful that more women will join the workforce.”The government is of the opinion that with enforcement of Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2017, more and more women workers would be inclined to seek employment which will lead to increase in employment preferences for women,” said minister of state for corporate affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha to a question by Chittorgarh MP Chandra Prakash Joshi.Joshi had asked the government if it had taken into account the possibility of non-recruitment of women in the corporate sector after the Bill came into force and whether the government had taken any steps to counter it, including any legislative steps for the reservation of women.Meghwal said that there are stringent provisions under the Maternity Benefit Act as well as the Equal Remuneration Act to prevent discriminatory practices against women employees. As per the Act, a pregnant woman working in the organised sector is entitled to a maternity benefit leave of 26 week, up from the previous 12 weeks. The provision is available to a woman working in any establishment with more than ten employees, for the first two children.UNDER THE ACTA pregnant woman working in the organised sector is entitled to a maternity benefit leave of 26 weeks, up from the previous 12 weeks

Arvind Kejriwal fails to appear in defamation case hearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Saturday fixed December 11 as the next date of hearing in the defamation case filed by Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Dr Subhash Chandra against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.After hearing out the Delhi Chief Minister’s lawyers, who claimed he was caught up with an important meeting on Saturday and should be exempted, the judge also allowed his plea to be exempted from the hearing for Saturday.On March 4, Patiala House Court Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria had summoned Kejriwal on July 29 after observing that prima facie, the offence of defamation had been committed.”The complaint does satisfy the essentials of Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC. Since the accused (Kejriwal) spoke/made such imputations on November 11, 2016, in front of the national television against the complainant, he has clearly published the said imputations concerning the complainant intending to harm, knowing or having reasons to believe that such imputations will harm, the reputation of the complainant, to defame him,” the court had said.Dr Chandra had filed the case against Kejriwal after he accused him of possessing unaccounted for black money without any basis or justification. Addressing a press conference on November 11, Kejriwal had made “false, fabricated and defamatory allegations” against him, the complaint said.The chairman of the Essel group had also claimed that Kejriwal had “defamed” him “by making inherently defamatory statements and caused serious harm to his reputation by imputing behaviour incompatible with proper conduct and suggestions of involvement in illegal activity.”On Saturday, Kejriwal moved an application for exemption.

Gorakhpur riots case: Final hearing in HC tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court today fixed tomorrow as the final date of hearing on a petition seeking a CBI investigation into the 2007 Gorakhpur in which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is one of the accused. A division bench comprising justices Krishna Murari and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma passed the order after the petitioners submitted their rejoinder in response to the state government’s counter-affidavit filed on the previous date of hearing in the matter. The petition has been filed by Gorakhpur residents Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat. Parwaz is the complainant in the FIR that was lodged in Gorakhpur after the riots took place while Hayat is one of the witnesses. The petitioners’ counsel S F A Naqvi told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.

Bodies of missing boy, girl recovered from Ganga in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bodies of a teenage boy and a girl, missing since three days, were recovered from Ganga river here, police said today. The bodies of Ram Chandra (15) and Rina Kumari (16), belonging to Macha village under Bhawarkol police station area, were recovered by fishermen yesterday, a police spokesman said. Police believe that the two might have been in a relationship. They were missing from home from three days and their bodies were found to be tied together with a ‘dupatta’, he said. They are also looking into other aspects as well. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

French report on Netaji: Grand-nephew turns heat on Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a Paris-based historian claimed that freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose did not die in the air crash of August 18, 1945, Netaji ‘s grand nephew Chandra K. Bose has asked the Centre as to what is preventing them from forming a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to solve ‘India’s biggest cover-up’.”The French report clearly indicates and there are many other evidences that clearly indicate that Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in the Air crash. So, what is preventing the present Central government to form a Special Investigating Team. We have been demanding this since January 2016,” Chandra K. Bose told ANI.Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government for declassifying Netaji’s files, he said, “We must give credit to Narendra Modi government for declassifying all files starting 23 January 2016…….But the need of an hour is to form SIT who would take up the assignment from Justice Mukherjee left….the government of India has to take a holistic approach otherwise we cannot solve India’s biggest cover-up, the disappearance of Netaji.””This is a very critical report that the French authorities have revealed which again proves that that there was no air crash in Taihoku on the 18th of august 1945. Now we don’t have to really go to France to find out the truth about the liberator of India. The Justice Mukherjee commission, in 2006 had clearly stated based on their research and finding that Subhas Chandra Bose did not perish in any air crush,” he added.Bose also questioned the Central government as to why are they are not accepting the findings of Justice Mukherjee commission report.”The Congress party, the UPA government in 2006 rejected the findings of the Justice Mukherjee commission due to political reasons because they were not able accept the truth about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. But the NDA government has no such restriction. So, why the NDA government is not placing the Justice Mukherjee commission report in both houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for a thorough discussion,” he said.The Paris-based historian J B P More, who recently stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947 at the National Archives of France, has come up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.The gist of the matter for the French secret service, according to More, is that Bose did not die in the air crash on August 18, 1945, as commonly held.”But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947,” reports the secret document.Last year, both India and Japan declassified files relating to the leader whose disappearance 70 years ago still remains a mystery, with historians and family members challenging the official version citing lack of proof. Even before Independence, the Figgess Report in 1946 concluded that Netaji died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Opposition’s pick for Vice President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the opposition’s pick for the post of vice president, sources said today.Gandhi’s name was the only name discussed when 18 opposition parties met on Tuesday to decide on their candidate for the vice presidential poll, the sources said.The JD(U), which had broken ranks with the opposition over the presidential poll, also attended the meeting which chose Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to be its nominee for vice president.While Sharad Yadav represented the JD(U), other leaders at the meeting included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, NC’s Omar Abdullah, SP’s Naresh Agarwal and BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra.Polling for the vice president’s post will take place on August 5 if required. The votes will be counted the same evening.

4 arrested for running online casino in south Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons have been arrested from south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur for allegedly running an online casino and luring people to gambling, police said today. The suspects–Deepak Chandra, Raj Kumar, Arif Khan and Prakash– were arrested yesterday, they said. The arrests were made following a tip-off that some men had set up the online casino in Kotla Mubarakpur, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh. The police also seized Rs 35,800 in cash, computers and other materials from the suspects. It was found that Chandra had been involved in running the casino from a building, they said. During the interrogation, the suspects revealed that the mastermind of the racket was one Neetu, who has earlier been linked to another online casino syndicate, Singh said. Neetu had provided Chandra with the login ID and password of an online account. Chandra used to handle the gamblers’ bets in cash, said the DCP. Chandra used to submit all transaction details to Neetu, who is currently on the run, he said. It is also suspected that the account may be linked to other similar accounts engaged in money laundering, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Virbhadra directs Lahaul-Spiti DC to expedite grant of Nautod

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today directed the Deputy Commissioner of Lahaul and Spiti to expedite grant of Nautod land to all eligible persons and dispose of the pending cases within two months. Addressing a public rally at Udaipur in Lahaul and Spiti district, he said that the sanctity of confluence of Chandra and Bhaga river at Tandi would be maintained at all cost and ‘Tandi Sangam Ghat would be constructed at confluence of both the rivers for which he announced a sum of Rs 50 lakh. He said ‘Udaipur Ghat’ would also be constructed at Udaipur on the confluence of Myad Rivulet and Chandrabhaga river for last rites and rituals, for which he announced a sum of Rs five lakh. Concerned over the claims of few outsiders on the ‘Tandi Ghat’, the confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers at Tandi, for immersion of ashes and performing rituals, he said that such an act would not be tolerated and any person involved in such a conspiracy should refrain from doing so. The ghat belongs to the people of Lahaul and Spiti and no outsiders can claim their rights over it. We want people to join together to fight against the wrong and appealed that they should not fall prey to the evil designs of opposition, he said. He also said that the people of Lahaul should be given permits in a hassle free manner to cross Rohtang Pass. He said that the work of General Reserve Engineering Force upto Sansari Nallah road was in very poor condition and he would write to the Prime Minister to improve the condition of this road from Tandi to Sansari Nallah and particularly the road from Kaddu Nallah to Sansari, the 58-kilometre stretch. Lashing out at the BJP, he said it is sad that whenever the BJP comes to power, it tries to close institutes or wrap- up development projects forgetting that the educational institutes or development projects were opened by the government not and not by the Congress party. Later, the Chief Minister laid foundation stones of Rs 3.80 crore Chhating bridge and Khandip-Sugnam-Tandi flow irrigation scheme, worth around Rs 9.33 crore, benefitting a population of 21 villages of two panchayats and reclaiming 2200 bighas of land.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nine new judges of Allahabad HC sworn in; total reaches 91

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine newly-appointed Additional Judges of the Allahabad High Court were today administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosle here. The swearing-in took place a day after the Centre issued a notification announcing elevation of nine judicial officers of Uttar Pradesh and the appointment as Additional Judges of the Allahabad High Court. Those sworn in today were Justices Akhilesh Chandra Sharma, Krishna Singh, Rajiv Lochan Mehrotra, Mahboob Ali, Rang Nath Pandey, Aniruddh Singh, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Ifaqat Ali Khan and Justice Umesh Chandra. Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh was previously the Registrar General of the High Court and has now been replaced by Mohd Faiz Alam Khan, who was the District and Sessions judge of Shahjahanpur prior to taking up his latest assignment. The total number of judges at the Allahabad High Court, including those posted at the Lucknow bench, has now reached 91, as against the sanctioned strength of 160.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha cops accuse C’garh counterparts of ‘abduction’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>THe Odisha police today told the Chhattisgarh High Court here that two men from the coastal state were ‘abducted’ by police from Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district for allegedly being Naxals. The accusation came in response to a petition filed by the relative of two men before the HC seeking enquiry, the petitioners’ lawyer Satish Chandra Verma said. The Odisha police said in their affidavit filed today that Niranjan Dash and Durjoti Mahankudo were picked up illegally from Kotpad police station area in Koraput district by a team of police from Nagarnar in Bastar on June 26, 2016. The affidavit has been signed by Nirod Kumar Nayak, a police officer attached to Kotpad police station. Chhattisgarh police entered Koraput district without giving any intimation to local cops, and arrested the two men after accusing them of being Naxals, the reply said. When their family members approached a court in Koraput, it directed the Odisha police to probe the matter. The relatives of the two men also moved the Supreme Court, which asked them to approach the Chhattisgarh High Court. During an earlier hearing, the HC had sought reply from the Odisha police. The Odisha police also said in the reply that the matter should be handed over to the CBI or the National Investigation Agency for a free and fair probe. The next hearing would take place after two weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Parties linked to JP movement should support Kovind’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of people associated with the Jai Prakash Narayan-led movement has asked political parties linked to it to vote for NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, claiming that he has remained true to its values. In a statement, they said Kovind was a product of the JP movement, a reference to the Narayan-led protests against the Indira Gandhi rule, and that his tenure as the Bihar governor showed that he remained true to those values. The statement was signed by P S Prasad of Bharat Yatra Trust, Abhay Sinha of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash International Studies Development Centre and some associates of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar. They said Kovind had not practised partisan politics and praised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for supporting his candidature. “We appeal to all political parties born out of the JP movement to support Kovind,” they said in the statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ads, radio jingle, FB campaign to enrol young voters of Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the next one month, the Election Commission (EC) will go all-out to enrol the young voters of Delhi, particularly those in the age group of 18-19, through a multi-pronged campaign, including radio spots and social media engagement. The special drive, which begins from July 1, will also include door-to-door visits by booth level officers (BLOs) in all the 70 Assembly constituencies of the national capital and special camps in high schools, colleges, universities, ITIs and polytechnics at 730 locations, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Delhi, Chandra Bhushan Kumar told reporters here today. The exercise primarily seeks to bridge the shortfall in the number of young electors vis-a-vis their projected number in the 2011 Census. “The objective of the drive is the enrolment of the eligible young electors, particularly in the 18-19 age group (extendable up to 21 years of age) as on January 1, 2017,” said Kumar. According to the figures available with the CEO’s office, the projected population of the Delhi youth, in the 18-19 age group, is 6,34,584. On the other hand, the number of such youth enrolled with the CEO’s office till June 28 stands at 1,80,936 — 1,13,647 males and 67,289 females. Kumar said besides the door-to-door visits by BLOs, the young voters would also be reminded to get themselves registered with the CEO’s office through Facebook and Twitter. “Besides, a 30-second radio spot has been created for the campaign with a jingle. The youth are media-savvy, so we hope the multi-media and social media campaign will help us attract them,” he added. The CEO’s office said as additional services to the voters and citizens, a mobile app developed by the EC could be downloaded from the commission’s website. “Users can fill a form, track its status, make electoral search etc. through the app,” it added. Kumar said the number of online registrations, currently at about 66 per cent, had risen. Also, this time, new BLO registers have been printed. The last time they were printed was in 2012. One of the challenges of carrying out a door-to-door campaign is that many households have single residents, who are working professionals. “There are about 46 lakh households in Delhi, out of which about 20 lakh have single residents. We have instructed the BLOs to visit them on weekends or in the evening,” said the CEO. “We will also rope in the NCC and NSS volunteers to spread the word. Advertisements would be published in newspapers and put up at metro stations,” he said, adding that a WhatsApp group had already been created for the EC’s ambassadors in various colleges. Special camps would be organised at senior secondary schools on July 13-14 and at colleges, ITIs, polytechnic colleges on July 27-28 for the submission of Form-6 for the left-out electors in the 18-21 age group. Kumar said the drive would also focus on the “removal of names of the expired electors”. “Any family member or relative can file Form 7, along with a copy of the death certificate, for deletion of name of the deceased elector,” he added. “The disposal of the forms will be done within 30 days from their receipt. The disposal of Form-7 (other than death cases), Form-8 and Form-8A, received during the special drive, will be done only after it is over,” said Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five citizens felicitated for helping cops nab criminals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five citizens, including three students, were today felicitated for helping the police in nabbing accused involved in dacoity and chain snatching cases. They were presented with ‘Good Citizens Award’ by Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat. Those felicitated for their alertness and sense of duty as a citizen were 21-year-old girl student V Mounika, P Srikanth Goud and S Chandra Kanth, (both 19-year-old students) besides S Raji Reddy and R Srikanth. On June 6 Mounika, a resident of Ramannapet village, was on a morning walk, when she noticed a car with a boy, aged around 12, along with other persons. Suspecting the boy might have been kidnapped, she immediately rushed to the Ramannapet police station and narrated what she saw, Bhagwat said. A police team rushed to the spot, where on noticing the cops, the car occupants managed to escape even as the police apprehended the driver and the boy. “Police found six daggers, one axe and eight mobile phones in the car. It was later revealed the car occupants were members of a criminal gang who carried out highway robberies and dacoities,” the Commissioner said. The police, during investigation, succeeded in nabbing seven more members of the inter-state gang which was involved in nine offences in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bhagwat said. The four other award winners, including the two students, had nabbed two chain snatchers who had targeted a 75-year-old woman at Koheda village on June 18, the police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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