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No more outsourced manpower by airlines for ground handling services

Outsourced manpower used by Airlines for ground handling services at has been banned from now onwards. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come up with a new regulation for ground handling services which clearly stated that hiring of employees through contractor or manpower supplier for ground handling services would not be permitted.Also the ministry has stated that all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers, would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Further as per new policy, the ministry has also barred foreign airlines from carrying out “self-handling” at any domestic airport.As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Ground Handling Services) Regulations, 2017, all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Generally, civil enclaves are airports belonging to the armed forces where civilian aircraft operations are allowed. Ground handling services include those pertaining to servicing and handling of aircraft as well as loading and unloading. The regulations have been notified a few days ago.Foreign airlines may also undertake self-handling in respect of passenger and baggage handling activities excluding security functions at the airport terminals restricted to the passenger check-in at pre security hold area, at all the airports except Civil Enclaves. As per Regulations, all ground handling services shall be provided only through the regular employees and hiring of employees through handling contractor or manpower supplier shall not be permitted.”At all airports, in order to overcome space and time constraints, the airport operator only shall provide adequate number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common User Self Service (CUSS), Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) and Self Bag Drop (SBD),” it noted.The regulations said that airports having annual passenger throughput of 1.5 million passengers per annum or above, the airport operator shall provide adequate number of Baggage Reconciliation System: Where the annual passenger throughput is less than 1.5 million passengers per annum, the airport operator may decide the provisions relating to Baggage Reconciliation System. All agencies concerned shall ensure the use of state-of-art equipment and best practices in line with the International Air Transport Association Airport Handling Manual,” the regulation said.All airport operators shall appoint the requisite number of ground handling agencies within a period of 120 days from the date of publication of these regulations.In the earlier ground handling policy, airlines were allowed to choose from within three agencies to get the services. Under this, the airport operators have been advised to have maximum number of three ground handling companies including Air India’s subsidiary/joint venture at all major airports as defined in AERA Act 2008.

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After SC intervention, Parsi woman married outside community granted right to enter fire temple

Upon urging by the Supreme Court, Valsad Parsi community has decided to give entrance permission to a Parsi woman, who was barred from entering fire temples and Towers of Silence after marrying outside the community. This came after SC urged the Parsi community to take a more ‘progressive’ stance in this contentious issue. The woman, Goolrukh Gupta, had approached the Apex Court challenging an Ahmedabad High Court order.The five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was hearing the case. According to reports, In 2012, the Gujarat High Court said that under the Special Marriage Act, she had ceased to be a Parsi and that her religion automatically changed to that of her husband. She, however, continued to practice as a Parsi and has challenged the High Court verdict on the grounds that the Special Marriage Act does not require either husband or wife to renounce their religion. Also readWoman doesn’t lose her religion of birth after inter-faith marriage: SCThe Supreme Court last week said the law does not sanction the concept of a woman’s religion getting merged with her husband’s faith after an inter- religion marriage. The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, asked senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, representing the ‘Valsad Parsi Trust’, to take instruction and apprise it on December 14 as to whether it can allow Goolrokh M Gupta, a Parsi woman who had married a Hindu, to attend the last rites of her parents.Gupta has challenged the customary law, upheld by the Gujarat High Court in 2010, that a Parsi woman marrying a Hindu loses her religious rights in the Parsi community and hence, loses the right to visit the ‘Tower of Silence’ in the event of her father’s death to perform the last rites.”There is no law which says that a woman loses religious identity after marrying a man from another faith… Moreover, the Special Marriage Act is there and allows that two persons can marry and maintain their respective religious identities,” the bench said.Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the woman, referred to the Common Law doctrine of merger of religion which says that the religion of a woman gets automatically merged with the faith of the husband after marriage.”Can we adopt the Common Law doctrine of merger of religion in India when it has not been followed in the country of its origin,” Jaising said, adding that the constitutional validity of the Common Law principle would also be required to be tested.”A man marries outside the community and is permitted to retain his religious identity and a woman is not allowed to marry outside and retain her religious identity. How can a woman be debarred…,” the bench said.Jaising said even if it was presumed that the doctrine of merger had the customary sanction, the customs will have to pass the test of constitutionality and no custom can be allowed to infringe the fundamental rights of a person.”My submission is that there is no such custom, and even if there is, it will be hit by the provisions of the Constitution”, she said.The bench said it was only the woman who can decide about her religious identity by exercising her right to choice. It said the presumption that a woman changes her religion according to the faith of her husband does not exist if the marriage has been solemnised under the Special Marriage Act.On October 9, the apex court had referred to to a five- judge constitution bench the legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity after marrying a man of different religion. The bench was hearing a plea filed by Gupta challenging the High Court judgement holding that a Parsi woman is deemed to have converted to Hinduism after she marries a Hindu man.The woman, in her appeal filed in 2012, said she had married a Hindu under the Special Marriage Act and should be allowed to retain her place in Parsi community. She had assailed the high court finding that a woman universally loses her paternal identity just because of her marriage with a man practising the Hindu religion. She had also sought the right to visit the ‘Tower of Silence’ in the event of her father’s death to perform last rites.The Tower is used for funerary purposes by the adherents of the Zoroastrian faith, in which the traditional practice for disposal of the dead involves the exposure of the corpse to the sun and vultures.The High Court had also held that she would be deemed to have acquired the religious status of her husband unless a declaration is made by a court for continuation of her Parsi status.The woman had approached the high court contending that even after her marriage with a Hindu man, she has continued to follow Zoroastrian religion and thus had the right to enjoy all privileges under the Parsi religion, including right to offer prayers at Agiari, a Parsi temple having the ‘holy fire’ and the ‘Tower of Silence’.She contended that her rights as a Parsi Zoroastrian cannot be denied on the ground that she has married a non- Parsi man. She had also argued that a male Parsi Zoroastrian continued to enjoy all rights available to a born Parsi, even if he is married to a non-Parsi Zoroastrian woman.

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Woman doesn’t lose her religion of birth after inter-faith marriage: SC

The Supreme Court today said the law does not sanction the concept of a woman’s religion getting merged with her husband’s faith after an inter- religion marriage.A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was dealing a legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity if she marries a man from a different religion.The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, asked senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, representing the ‘Valsad Parsi Trust’, to take instruction and apprise it on December 14 as to whether it can allow Goolrokh M Gupta, a Parsi woman who had married a Hindu, to attend the last rites of her parents.Gupta has challenged the customary law, upheld by the Gujarat High Court in 2010, that a Parsi woman marrying a Hindu loses her religious rights in the Parsi community and hence, loses the right to visit the ‘Tower of Silence’ in the event of her father’s death to perform the last rites.”There is no law which says that a woman loses religious identity after marrying a man from another faith… Moreover, the Special Marriage Act is there and allows that two persons can marry and maintain their respective religious identities,” the bench said.Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the woman, referred to the Common Law doctrine of merger of religion which says that the religion of a woman gets automatically merged with the faith of the husband after marriage.”Can we adopt the Common Law doctrine of merger of religion in India when it has not been followed in the country of its origin,” Jaising said, adding that the constitutional validity of the Common Law principle would also be required to be tested.”A man marries outside the community and is permitted to retain his religious identity and a woman is not allowed to marry outside and retain her religious identity. How can a woman be debarred…,” the bench said.Jaising said even if it was presumed that the doctrine of merger had the customary sanction, the customs will have to pass the test of constitutionality and no custom can be allowed to infringe the fundamental rights of a person.”My submission is that there is no such custom, and even if there is, it will be hit by the provisions of the Constitution”, she said.The bench said it was only the woman who can decide about her religious identity by exercising her right to choice.It said the presumption that a woman changes her religion according to the faith of her husband does not exist if the marriage has been solemnised under the Special Marriage Act.At the fag end of the hearing, the bench said the short issue was whether a woman can be allowed to visit and pay respect to her parents after death and asked Subramanium to seek instruction from the Parsi trust and apprise it on December 14, the next date of hearing.On October 9, the apex court had referred to to a five- judge constitution bench the legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity after marrying a man of different religion.The bench was hearing a plea filed by Gupta challenging the High Court judgement holding that a Parsi woman is deemed to have converted to Hinduism after she marries a Hindu man.The woman, in her appeal filed in 2012, said she had married a Hindu under the Special Marriage Act and should be allowed to retain her place in Parsi community. She had assailed the high court finding that a woman universally loses her paternal identity just because of her marriage with a man practising the Hindu religion.She had also sought the right to visit the ‘Tower of Silence’ in the event of her father’s death to perform last rites.The Tower is used for funerary purposes by the adherents of the Zoroastrian faith, in which the traditional practice for disposal of the dead involves the exposure of the corpse to the sun and vultures.The High Court had also held that she would be deemed to have acquired the religious status of her husband unless a declaration is made by a court for continuation of her Parsi status.The woman had approached the high court contending that even after her marriage with a Hindu man, she has continued to follow Zoroastrian religion and thus had the right to enjoy all privileges under the Parsi religion, including right to offer prayers at Agiari, a Parsi temple having the ‘holy fire’ and the ‘Tower of Silence’.She contended that her rights as a Parsi Zoroastrian cannot be denied on the ground that she has married a non- Parsi man. She had also argued that a male Parsi Zoroastrian continued to enjoy all rights available to a born Parsi, even if he is married to a non-Parsi Zoroastrian woman.
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Madame Tussauds to be thrown open on Dec 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much-awaited Madame Tussauds museum, to be housed in the Regal building at Connaught Place (CP), will open doors to the public on December 1. The musuem will house wax figures of national and international celebrities — Madhubala, Amitabh Bachchan, Lionel Messi, Michael Jackson, Kapil Dev among others — 50 of which will be displayed at the opening.“Madame Tussauds will serve its Indian guests with a unique and fun-filled experience, especially strategised and developed for them. With the opening of the attraction, Indians will behold a new era of entertainment, allowing them to own their moment of red carpet in showbiz,” Sabia Gulati, head of sales and marketing, Madame Tussauds Delhi, said.The attraction will have a genre for every age group, offering visitors a fusion of rich Indian culture with international appeal. As a precursor to the opening, wax figures of many celebrities were unveiled, the latest being India’s sprint legend Milkha Singh. The figure, to be displayed in the sports zone, has been created by highly skilled artistes from Madame Tussauds from more than 300 measurements and photographs during the sitting sessions with ‘the Flying Sikh’. It is sculpted in a spectacular sprint pose chosen from his victorious win at the Common Wealth Games in 1958. Madame Tussauds also launched pre-booking offers for tickets online, Rs 860 for adults and Rs 660 for children. The pre-booked tickets are flexible as it is valid for a year from the day of purchase and allows guest to visit at any time of their choice. After the opening of the attraction, the tickets will be dated tickets, priced at Rs 960 for adults and Rs 760 for children.

Congress MP moves bill proposing recording of all SC proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MP Rajeev Satav has moved a bill proposing recording of all Supreme Court proceedings and making them available online to the public.The Right to Access of Judicial Proceedings And Information Bill 2016 prescribes digital recording of the court proceedings and making them available online. At present, the proceedings of the apex court are available in public domain in text format after each hearing. However, as the proceedings are lengthy and the arguments involved complex, the rationale behind the judgement becomes difficult for the common man to understand, Satav said.He also said some of the expressions of the opposing view on the bench are lost in plain text format.”Adding two more sensory sources for information–audio and video–will increase the effectiveness as well as the speed of dissemination of legal information, both to the legal fraternity as well as common public at large,” he added. This can be preserved only through visual archives, he said, adding, “visual medium will also help in setting illustrations of exemplary legal conduct. It will also enhance the faith and respect of common man for the judiciary”.As per the bill, the central government after consulting with the chief justice should establish a ‘Supreme Court Secretariat’. The secretariat would work under overall supervision of the chief justice and the government would appoint officers and employees to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of this bill, it added. The bill states that all proceedings should be uploaded on a specially created website for this purpose. It also proposes to create a database of the audio-visual archives within twenty-four hours of any hearing, including the name of the judge, parties involved, date of hearing, chamber number, case number and case type.

People with integrity should be CVC, VC: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing that the post of a Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and the Vigilance Commissioner (VC) is a ‘serious issue’, the Supreme Court asked the Centre why the candidature is considered once someone applies for it.The bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and MM Shantanagouder on Thursday asked, “Why are people who have impeccable integrity, but may not have applied considered for the same?””This is a very serious issue that you invite applications like this. If a person of impeccable integrity will not apply, he cannot become a CVC or VC,” the bench said. “If only 10 persons apply for the post, you will select one out of them. But there may be many who are more eligible than those who applied for this post. For CVC, you are confining your selection,” the bench said.NGO Common Cause had challenged the 2015 appointment of CVC KV Chaudhary and VC TM Bhasin claiming that their record was not clean and that the appointment procedure was opaque.Prashant Bhushan, representing the NGO, had contended that the appointment was arbitrary and violated the principle of institutional integrity. Bhushan further alleged that Chaudhary had influenced the investigation against the infamous liquor baron Ponty Chaddha.Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani and BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had also opposed Chaudhary’s plea in 2015.

BMC’s B ward to promote paper pulp Ganesh idols

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The B-ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a unique initiative to promote eco-friendly Ganesh idols made of paper pulp. The ward office has been identifying artists who can make such eco-friendly idols in mass numbers and corporates who can fund the cost to make available the idols at subsidies prices. One of the main reasons of high price of paper made idols is its time taken in making it.To protect environment, Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant municipal commissioner of B ward has taken the initiative himself. He said that plaster of paris (PoP) made idols leave severe biological impact in water when idols are immersed after festival. “In the past, we have seen dead fish floating couple of days after PoPs-made idols were immersed in ponds across the city,” said Shiroorkar.He said that recently he had come across an artist who made Ganesh idols from wastes like newspaper or magazine paper, binding gum and some other materials which do not have bad affect in the environment. “The paper made idol is light and also looks alike with idols made of PoPs. However, the cost of paper made idols are a little more than PoPs,” he added.Shiroorkar said that the artist had around 300 idols, and all were sold immediately when the civic body started promoting it among the corporate. One of the main reasons for the high price of paper made idols is the time taken in making it. “The artist can make three times more PoPs idol than paper pulp idol in the same time, and that is why artists do not show much interest. In addition, it also becomes for them to sell these idols in the market when PoPs made idols are available at low cost,” said Shiroorkar.The civic body is in touch with several corporates to fund the initiative under corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme. “The paper made idol is light and also looks alike with idols made of PoPs Common people can buy these idols at a subsidised price while the civic body will compensate artists with the funds it gets from the corporates,” said Shiroorkar. He said that couple of corporates have shown interest in funding the initiative.

Expand areas of cooperation: India to MGC nations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today called for expanding the areas of cooperation among the member countries of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) bloc to further deepen mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation. “…Let me also reiterate that the cooperation among our countries as part of the MGC framework, aims at restoring and re-invigorating these ancient linkages leading up to the building of an inclusive and prosperous society,” Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said addressing the eighth Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting here. “It is in pursuance of this aim that we have proposed to add newer areas of cooperation to the traditional areas on tourism, culture, education, transport and communication,” Singh said. He said India that the member states were looking forward to sustaining this progress in the years to come and in further deepening our mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation. The MGC is an initiative by India and five ASEAN countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for cooperation in tourism, culture, education, as well as transport and communications. It was launched in 2000 at Vientiane, Laos. Both the Ganga and the Mekong are civilisational rivers, and the MGC initiative aims to facilitate closer contacts among the people inhabiting these two major river basins. Singh said India after successfully organisation the International Buddhist Conclave in Varanasi in 2016 wants to make this an annual activity. “We look forward to closely working with Myanmar for developing the ‘Buddhist Trail’ and designate points of contact for enhancing tourism cooperation among MGC countries,” he said. On connectivity among the MGC countries, Singh said that “we have shared the concept notes on formation of task forces on maritime connectivity and extension of (India-Myanmar- Thailand) trilateral highway into Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam”. For mapping the shared civilisational linkages of India and the other MGC member countries, Singh said that two projects have been commissioned. “The first, called ‘Sailing to Swarna Bhumi’, will chart and research our maritime encounters as reflected in the syncretic cultures of India and South East Asia. The second, called ‘Mapping of Inscriptions along the Mekong’ will document inscriptions left by Indian nobles and traders along the Mekong river, which was the main artery of cultural interaction between India and mainland South East Asia for many centuries,” Singh said. He also said the Nalanda University is well underway on its path towards becoming a leading academic institution focusing on Asian history and Mekong Ganga region. “We also look forward to the support of all MGC countries towards creation of the Common Archival Resource Centre at Nalanda University,” Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

For efficiency, NCRB merges with BPR&D

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the flagship unit of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been merged with the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D). The NCRB was established in 1986 with a mandate to empower Indian Police with information technology solutions and criminal intelligence in a bid to enable them to enforce the law effectively,The MHA issued an order in this regard on Friday, which said: “In order to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources of BPR&D and NCRB, the competent authority has decided to merge both the organisations with immediate effect.” The order, issued by Raman Kumar Under Secretary, clearly specifies that NCRB Director Ish Kumar will now report to BPR&D Director General MC Borwankar.Reacting to the merger of the two organisations, Borwankar said, “The NCRB mandate is to collect data and they did not have a research wing unlike BPR&D. With both organizations merged, it will help in efficiently researching policing matters and eventually improve law enforcement and correctional administrations.”She also said that NCRB’s important project, Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), will give a back up to research carried out in these fields. “It will have lot of potential,” she stated. CCTNS is a project for creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance.BPR&D has contributed for the development of State Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) by strengthening their human resources through training and research. BPR&D, which also comes under MHA, is a think-tank as well as a research and training organization dedicated for the development of law enforcement and correctional administration in the country.Timeline1994: NCRB starts the Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) to extract data pertaining to Crime and Criminal and Property as received from State Crime Records Bureaus. It has a database of approximately 4,33,78,448 records.2004: Starts Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) which helps in significant reduction in manual records/register maintenance at police stations, elimination of duplicate and inconsistent record keeping, facilitates maintenance of criminals’s details and keeps track of the case status.2009: Starts CCTNS projected that connects approximately 12794 police stations and 6000 higher offices.2016: NCRB receives “Digital India Award 2016-Silver Open Data Championship” from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for uploading of crime statistics.2017: Data is captured through Common Application Software under CCTNS project.2018: They will start keeping data pertaining to mob lynching and mob violence cases.

15 CA aspirants figure among top 50

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan has once again scored well at Chartered Accountant final results with as many as 15 CA aspirants securing rank among top 50 across the country. Rishabh Rathi, a 21-year-old from Jodhpur, secures All India Rank 14, thus topping the state.“The key is to remain motivated till the end. I gave a normal preparation with about 10 to 12 hours everyday, which is given by all students. Lack of confidence and depression should be avoided, specially during one or two months before the examination. Even I felt the same, but could cope up with it because of my parents and my brother,”Rathi said.Rathi, who’s father Amarchand Rathi is a business man in Jodhpur, wants to pursue Chartered Financial Analysis course now but wants to fund it himself by working as a CA in a corporate job.“The course is very expensive so having a job is my priority,” Rathi explained. It is to be noted that as many as five students, namely, Riya Gupta, Deepak Kumar Madhani, Dhanesh Agarwal, Sakshi Jain, and Swati Khandelwal, from Jaipur secured ranks among top 50 in India.“I am happy and content with the result,” said Dinesh Kumar Jain, branch president, Jaipur.The passing percentage of students appearing for both groups from Jaipur declined from 12.51 per cent in November 2016 to 9.95 per cent in this attempt. On the contrary, the passing percentage of both groups overall India increased from 11.57 per cent to 22.98 per cent. The statistics reveals that the performance of the city has gone down significantly.The result of Common Proficiency Test (CPT), the first level of Chartered Accountant examination, reveals that as many as 817 students from Jaipur center cleared the examination, amounting to 40.52 per cent of total students appeared.

Delhi kitchens struggle to manage food expenses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The monsoon may have brought some relief from the sweltering summers, but residents are still feeling the heat due to the relentless rise in vegetable prices.Tomatoes have already taken out the taste from curries and gravies by reaching a price of Rs 80 per kg.Not surprisingly, the common man is worried with the rising prices. “Cooking has become so expensive that one has to think twice before buying vegetables. I have stopped cooking rajma because of how expensive tomatoes have become,” said Seema Pruthi, a housewife from Janakpuri.Her views are shared by others, who are cutting back on vegetable buying for now. “My budget for this month has gone haywire thanks to the rising costs of vegetables. I heard that it is going to remain so for another month,” said Srijana S, a working professional from Rohini.Echoing similar sentiments, Vivek Manjari, a banker said that he has decided to ‘replan’ his monthly expense chart. “It’s about time that the government did something to provide relief to the common man.”

Max temperatures close to normal in Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The maximum temperature today hovered close to normal limits in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, registered a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, a MeT department report said here. In Haryana, Ambala’s maximum was 40.6 degrees Celsius, while Hisar’s maximum settled at 42.5 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. Karnal registered a high of 40 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar’s high was 40.4 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum temperatures of 40.7 and 41.1 degrees Celsius, respectively. The MeT department predicted rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parrikar govt to release common minimum programme on June 18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa government will unveil its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for the state on June 18, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said. The BJP-led state government was formed in alliance with several other smaller parties in March this year after the state Assembly polls threw up a fractured verdict. Parrikar said last month that the government will adopt a common minium programme in consultation with all the alliance partners – BJP, Goa Forward Party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Independents. The BJP top brass had earlier asked Parrikar to take the allies into confidence in the decision-making process. The chief minister had earlier said that the CMP would be declared on May 30, which is Goa Statehood Day. “We have kept the announcement of common minimum programme on hold as the code of conduct is in force for panchayat elections. We will now announce it on June 18,” Parrikar told reporters today on the sidelines of a function in the city. Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai also said that the date of announcement of CMP has been postponed. “Announcement of #commonMinimumProgramme (#CMP) of alliance #GoaGovt postponed to 18th June Goa Revolution Day as Model Code of Conduct in force,” Sardesai tweeted. June 18 is annually celebrated as Goa Revolution Day in the state. The panchayat elections are slated to be held in Goa on June 11 and counting of votes will be done on June 13.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati slams Modi government over attacks by gau rakshaks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the Modi government, saying innocent persons have lost their lives in the name of cow protection and asked if this was the change promised by the ruling party. The government has also “failed” to address issues like poverty, inflation, illiteracy, unemployment and communal clashes, she said in a release issued here. “It is because of the Modi government that the saffron brigade has perpetrated the reign of terror…several innocent Muslims and Dalits have lost their lives in the name of gau raksha…is this how the country is changing for the BJP,” she said. On the completion of three years of the Modi government, Mayawati said a true analysis will find that the lives of crores of poor people, deprived, farmers, labourers, unemployed, small and medium traders as well as Dalits, adivasis and religious minorities have taken a turn for the worse. She said though the government is saying that the economy has improved, they have not stated that the real benefit has gone to the handful of capitalists and not the common people. Charging that the Modi government works less and makes tall claims, the BSP supremo said money is being spent like water to boast about government achievements and mislead people. “But they do not have an answer to a simple question being raised by the common people as to why this government has totally failed to address issues like poverty, inflation, illiteracy, unemployment and communal and caste clashes and violence”, she said. “Crores of farmers, labourers, Dalits, backwards and religious minorities are today forced to ask as to what have they got in the last three years…in fact there has been an attack in their rights during this period,” she charged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

800 Kashmiri youths appear for Army exam amid unrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 800 Kashmiri youths today appeared in the common entrance exam for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks in the Army amid unrest in the Valley following the killing of militant Sabzar Bhat. “Defying bandh call from various inimical factions, 799 candidates appeared in the common entrance examination held at Pattan and Srinagar today,” an army official said. He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam. “It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls, for choosing a brighter future,” the official said. Authorities in Kashmir today imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the valley to maintain law and order in view of the protests following the killing of Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander, in an encounter with security forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

cusat.nic.in CUSAT CAT 2017 results: Cochin University of Science and Technology announces CAT 2017 Results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has announced the results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 for B.Tech on Thursday.The results for other programmes at the university will be published by afternoon on Thursday. The CAT is conducted for admission to MBA, MCA, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, MSc Industrial Fisheries, LLB, LLM and Hindi MA courses.How to check the results for CUSAT CAT 20171. Visit the official website: cusat.ac.in2. Click on the link to result page under the examination tab.3. Click on the notification for CUSAT CAT 2017 results.4. Enter the details required.5. Click submit.6. Download the results for further references.CUSAT has also published the MBA schedule of Group Discussion and Interview which will be conducted from May 29, 2017, to June 14, 2017. Click here to read the whole notification.About CUSATThe University of Cochin was reorganised as Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) in February 1986. By giving recognition to several well-established premier research institutions in the country and the Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy, the University has brought within its reach the resources available in these institutions also to the use of the academic community.

Pak to work with India, Afghan on water management

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan is seeking a joint mechanism with India and Afghanistan for watershed management and trans-boundary aquifer sharing to minimise the negative impact of development projects. Watershed management relates to the land and water management practices that can help protect and improve the water quality, while aquifer refers to the underground layer of rock or minerals that holds water. This is part of Pakistan’s National Water Policy, which also seeks to ensure 100 per cent metering of urban water uses, including drinking and sanitation, the Dawn reported. The policy finalised by the government and the provinces was on the agenda of the Council of Common Interests yesterday, but could not be taken up due to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political engagements, the daily reported. The policy concedes that “the Indus Waters Treaty provided a mechanism for water-sharing with India, but its provisions on hydropower development across the Line of Control had the potential of threatening Pakistan s water availability during low-flow periods,” the daily said. The treaty also does not provide for minimum environmental flows downstream of the international boundary for the Eastern Rivers whose waters lie with India exposing the population living downstream to serious hazards, it said. “The regional mechanisms involving more than two neighbours shall be explored for a viable solution to Pakistan s growing vulnerability to hydro-meteorological disasters, owing to trans-border winter releases and stoppages at critical times of monsoon and during rabi and kharif planting seasons,” it said. A mechanism shall also be worked out for sharing of trans-boundary aquifers and joint watershed management, including sharing of real-time water flow information. A study would also be conducted to analyse the impact of challenges arising out of developments on the western rivers and examine measures to minimise the impact within the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty and international water laws. The new policy acknowledged that water was a “highly under-priced commodity” and its prevailing cost recovery through cess was hardly able to meet a fraction of the operating and maintenance cost of the irrigation infrastructure. The policy said that full financial sustainability shall be ensured to provide progressively safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. “This shall be facilitated by effective reduction in wastage, theft and reduction of non-revenue water and 100 per cent metering while providing safety nets for impoverished communities. A mechanism would be put in place by all the federal and provincial governments to charge all types of water use in order to ensure the recovery of the cost of repair and maintenance of water infrastructure.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 40,000 students apply for BEd course in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Applications for the Bachelor of Education (BEd) course in Maharashtra has seen over 64% increase as compared to last year, data obtained from the Directorate of Higher Education(DHE) has revealed. Over 40,000 students applied for BEd course until Monday afternoon which was the last day for registrations. A total of 40,475 students registered themselves by Monday afternoon of which 39,133 have confirmed their admissions by then. Officials at DHE said that the increase in demand is a positive sign especially after a period of around four years where there were no takers for the course. “This year we have tried to create a lot of awareness amongst aspirants about the course. Last year, the number of applicants was very low as the association of private and unaided B Ed institutes a separate entrance process and refused to be a part of the Common Admission Process(CAP) of the state. This led to a lot of confusion amongst aspirants who did not apply to the state CET last year. This year, we had given strict instructions that all candidates would only have to apply through the CET,” said an official from the state’s CET cell. Last year, over 23,000 students confirmed their admissions for 37,000 seats leading to the remaining seats lying vacant. Experts attributed the increase in demand to the rising number of private unaided and self financed schools in the state. Especially English medium, non state board schools have started growing in cities in the last few years. These schools have over the time made a strict policy of hiring only those teachers who have passed BEd for teaching which seems to have led to the increase in demand,” said Ramesh Khanvilkar President of Siddhivinayak Shikshan Prasarak Mandal that runs several B Ed colleges. Along with BEd, registrations for law courses have also gone up this year. The DHE received 30,262 for three-year LLB course, a 33 per cent increase from last year. Over 16,783 applications were received for five-year LLB, as compared to last year’s 14,214 applications.

Our PM thinks of farmers, the govt’s done a lot of work for them: PP Chaudhary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PP Chaudhary is the Union Minister of State for Law and Justice, and Electronics and Information Technology. Here are excerpts of an interview by Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO, DNA and Zee Regional News ChannelsYou were a lawyer, what brought you into politics?I was a lawyer for 38 years. My wife asked me to join politics. You have to work 18 hours a day in politics and that is something I enjoy.How did you get a party ticket?Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje got me a ticket. The party president also contributed in it.One thing we notice is that you have cordial relations with the PM, CM and everybody else…In the BJP, hard work is given importance. My work is the reason why I have cordial relations with all of them.When did PM Narendra Modi notice you?The PM did not know me. His feedback is very strong. I had no connection to politics, but I was chosen keeping nation-building in mind.How do you rate the PM?The PM is renowned throughout the world. He will take India to greater heights.When we talk about Amit Shah, we talk about this terrific combination of vision and execution. How do you rate him as the party president?Amit Shah is a visionary. He has a very astute sense of management, and he does a superb job of executing the vision.Coming back to Rajasthan, how would you rate CM Raje?Vasundhara Raje is a visionary CM. She has laid great emphasis on the development of rural areas. She has been praised by the PM as well.What about the Bhamashah Yojana?The Bhamashah Yojana is for the most neglected sections of society. It is a very praiseworthy programme of the CM. Hospital expenses have come down for the common man.Looking at the good governance in Rajasthan, it seems that the BJP will win the 2018 polls…The BJP will win the 2018 polls. Our workers want perfect work. We have done more than what was done in the past 60 years.What are the prospects in the Jodhpur area?I have worked in fields. I know the problems of farmers. Our PM thinks of farmers and the government has done a lot of work for them. Others have just done sloganeering.The Rajasthan government is for the farmers…Yes. The Rajasthan government is for farmers, it has worked for them. Earlier, there were just slogans. But our government has reduced electricity rates for farmers by taking the burden on itself.What is happening at the organisational level in Rajasthan?There is fine coordination between the organisation and the government. The way the Congress was defeated in Maharashtra, it will get wiped out in Rajasthan in 2018.For the first time, I’m seeing a politician so excited about development…My work gets me charged up. I plan to start Common Service Centres at the gram panchayat level.There is a divide in Digital India. What about that?There is a gap between the urban and rural areas and technology can bridge that gap.

DU Social Work Dept notice asks students to wear proper dress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A circular issued by the Delhi University’s Department of Social Work (DSW) asking students to wear “proper dress” in the hostel’s common room has gone viral following which authorities said the direction was meant only for male students. The notice was put on display in the department on April 27 and it went viral on social media as it came a week after IIT-Delhi asked residents of girls hostel to dress in “fully covered decent western dress or Indian dress” for their House Day. The circular said, “Keeping in view that recent incidents in the hostel, all residents are hereby informed that the common room of the hostel shall remain open from 9.30 am to 10 pm everyday.” “All the students are advised to come to the common room in proper dress. Sleeping, eating, bullying or any other indecent behaviour is strictly prohibited in the common room,” the circular said. Disciplinary action would be taken against those who flout the rules, it added. The head of the Social Work Department, Neera Agnimitra, said, “We just advised male students not to do anything that hurts the sensibility of women in the common room.” Agnimitra, who is also the provost of the hostel, said that a few female students had alleged that some male students in common room of the hostel were sleeping dressed in a manner which hurt their sensibilities, she said. “Keeping in mind the problems faced by girls, the advisory was issued for male students, and not for female students,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 admit card to be released today at clat.ac.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chanakya National Law University, will be releasing the Common Law admission test (CLAT) admit cards for UG and PG programmes today (Thursday). Candidates, who will be appearing for the Common Law Admission Test 2017​ can download their admit cards from the official website of CLAT – clat.ac.in.The online examination will be conducted across the country on May 14 from 3 PM-5 PM.The admit card will not be personally sent to the students. They need to carry it along with a proof of identity such as Aadhaar, licence, pan-card, passport etc.Here’s how you can download your admit card: 1) Visit the official website of CLAT – clat.ac.in2) The homepage will be displayed.3) Click on ​‘CLAT 2017 Admit Card’, the link will be activated on the official website as soon as the admit cards are released.4) You will be directed to a new page.5) On the activated link, provide your details and press submit.6) Download/ Take a printout for further reference.Check all the details on your admit card. You will not be allowed to appear for the examination without admit card. Also, candidates need to carefully read and abide by the rules mentioned in the card.About the Common Law Admission Test:The Common Law Admission Test is taken for admission in top National law Universities (NLUs) like NLU Bengaluru, NLU Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University etc.The test for UG programme will have 200 multiple-choice questions for one mark each. The PG programme, on the other hand,will have 150 multiple-choice questions carrying one mark each. There is a negative marking system and 0.25 for each wrong answer will be deducted.The results will come out on May 29.

DNA Micro Edit: Red beacon ban | dumping the symbol of VIP culture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision by the Union Cabinet to dispense with red beacons on cars of VIPs or dignitaries is a significant step in the right direction, and is in tune with public sentiment against VIP culture.Red beacons on vehicles have become the sharpest symbols of status, clout and entitlement, reinforcing the divide between the common man and the political class. The timing of the PMO’s decision is also significant, coming in the wake of public outrage against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s brazen assault on an Air India staffer. Two years ago, when the Centre was firming up plans to prune the list of dignitaries allowed the use of red beacon cars, NDA ally Shiv Sena had insisted that Mayors of cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata should be included in the list of dignitaries allowed the privilege.In a bustling city like Mumbai where time is at a premium, the common man on the move to work is forced to brace for traffic snarls each day. Preferential treatment to red beacon vehicles often compounds commuting woes.Escort cars annoyingly shoo away vehicles to make way for the ones with red beacons. The move to do away with the red beacon on VIP vehicles will prove more effective if there is a similar directive against hooters or sirens used by them to clear a path. The decision could also nix the use of red beacon cars by con men to perpetrate fraud. All political parties should embrace the move, as it reflects the changing times and the mood of the common citizen. The red beacon on a politician’s vehicle has become a much reviled symbol of the VIP culture that should be done away with.

AAP asks Goa govt to spell out its stand on beef ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party has asked the BJP-led Goa government to make public its ‘Common Minimum Programme’ and spell out its stand on beef ban. “We demand that the Common Minimum Programme be made public immediately and articulate the government’s stand on issues such as beef ban, how it will resolve the conflict between local residents and the tourism trade over late night parties, the drug menace, the Regional Plan and other issues,” party’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. He alleged that the coalition partners and the BJP were at loggerheads even on issues directly affecting the people. “This is creating confusion in the ranks of the bureaucracy and adversely affecting delivery of governance to the people,” Gomes said here yesterday. The AAP leader claimed that “Parrikar is running a government which is speaking in different voices.” He said the CM should rein-in his ministers and the government get down to the serious business of governing the state. “Goa Forward Party’s leader Vinod Palyekar is opposed to late night parties and wants them banned but Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai from the same party holds an opposite view,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to hear plea seeking to stop illegal mining in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Odisha mining case, in which the petitioner, NGO, Common Cause had knocked the doors of the apex court seeking its intervention for stopping illegal mining in the state. Earlier in September 21 last year, the apex court issued notice to the Centre and Odisha Government demanding a detailed reply of the iron ore sharing contract between Sarda Mines and Jindal Steel and power Limited (JSPL) within two months. A division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice C. Nagappan, sought the reply from both the Centre and Odisha Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC reserves order on plea seeking appointment of Lokpal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause on the appointment of Lokpal matter. The Central Government told the apex court that in the current scenario, the appointment of Lokpal is impossible. The Attorney General told the apex court that in this session, the appointment of Lokpal was not possible and the session was primarily meant for the budget one. He also told the apex court that in the next session, the Central Government would most probably try to appoint the Lokpal. As per the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013, the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha will be part of the Lokpal selection panel. At present, there is no Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurates Digi-Dhan Mela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Digi-Dhan Mela was inaugurated today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who said cashless transaction will benefit all including small vendors. The Mela seeks to promote cashless economy through digital mode of transactions in the country. The Railway Minister said it was necessary to create awareness about the benefits of digital payment among all sections of the society. It would immensely benefit people starting from small vendors and fruit sellers to hair cutting salons, he said. Speaking at the function, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said there would be no need for the people to visit banks everytime as the Centre was making efforts to shift the focus towards digital payment mode. Several banks, BSNL, India Post, Common Service Centre, UIDAI, oil marketing companies and private e-wallet operators have put up stalls outside Bhubaneswar railway station to make people aware of cashless transactions. A day long exhibition was organised to sensitise people about digital payment systems and their advantages. Odia cinestars Sabyasachi Mishra and Archita Sahu also participated in the Mela.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KCR wooing gods with gold but blind to woes of his people Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mocking the hospital facilities of Telangana Government after a man was refused a wheelchair as he denied to pay a bribe for it, the Congress on Saturday said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has presented a fairly dilapidated Budget which in no way aids the common man. ?It is not a new thing for us. The Chief Minister has presented his budget, an airy-fairy budget, where they have shown lakhs and crores of rupees and claims that he has got surplus of this and surplus of that. The reality is that there is a huge corruption with this government with no relief for the common man,? Congress leader Renuka Choudhary told ANI. She further said people of Telangana are living under humiliation and indifference by the ruling government. ?Children have died in the Niloufer Hospital there and pregnant women have lost their lives because they were not given adequate oxygen. In a historic hospital, like the Gandhi Hospital this is the treatment vetted out to people,? she asserted. She added that the Telangana Chief Minister only talks about development because talking is ?tax-free?. ?If you think the god is giving you a ?No Objection Certificate? by gifting the lord a golden moustache, then you are wrong. This man has used crores of rupees of common good funds to ostensibly get the blessings from the lord. But he will not wave the farmers? loan, will not look at the common man, will not get infrastructure in place and he just talks because talk is tax-free,? she added. Gandhi Hospital?s apathy was caught on camera when a patient was forced to ride a toy cycle to reach the doctor?s cabin on Friday. 33-year-old Raju was forced to use his child’s tricycle at the hospital in Telangana after being unable to pay an alleged bribe of Rs. 6000 for a wheelchair. It is alleged that the hospital authorities denied providing a wheelchair to Raju, who had suffered a head injury in an accident and was waiting for a surgery, after he couldn’t pay a bribe of Rs. 6000. Raju’s wife told ANI, “We had paid Rs 100 for five to six times for the wheelchair. But after we lost the wheelchair and couldn’t pay for a new one, the authorities asked for Rs 6000 for the lost wheelchair.” “The authorities asked us to keep the phone as security when we couldn’t pay up for the wheelchair,” Raju’s wife added. Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary, Digvijaya Singh in this context, took a jibe at Telangana Chief Minister and said that the latter who can spend crores on his house with bullet-proof bathroom, cannot even afford to provide wheelchairs in the state’s government hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to hear NGO’s plea in connection with Odisha mining case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Odisha mining case. An NGO, Common Cause had knocked the doors of the apex court seeking a direction from it to stop illegal mining in Odisha. Earlier in September 21 last year, the apex court issued notice to the Centre and Odisha Government demanding a detailed reply of the iron ore sharing contract between Sarda Mines and Jindal Steel and power Limited (JSPL) within two months. A division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice C. Nagappan, sought the reply from both the Centre and Odisha Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Students organisation to move SC over exclusion of Urdu in NEET exam, says decision is unconstitutional

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim students organisation today protested the government’s decision to disallow Urdu as a medium for the NEET-UG examination, saying it was unconstitutional and discriminated against the Urdu-medium students across the country.Addressing a press conference here, Mohammad Ali Sheikh, a senior associate of Students Islamic Organisation of India, said, “We are vehemently against the Government of India’s unjust move to exclude Urdu language from NEET-UG 2017, and we are going to file a petition in the apex court against it.” More than 20,000 seats of medical, paramedical and allied courses such as MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BUMS, BHMS in Government and private colleges in Maharashtra were now out of reach for Urdu-medium students, as Maharashtra Government State Common Entrance Test Cell had already notified that admissions to these courses will be through NEET-UG 2017, he said.”These students are now forced to opt for an unfamiliar language in which they have not studied the physics, chemistry and biology….NEET is now the only door to medical education in the country. By not including Urdu, the government has effectively shut that door on many deserving students,” he said. When Odiya and Kannada can find a place (in the list of languages), why Urdu is being singled out, he said, adding the exclusion may further reduce higher education opportunities for the minority community students.In Maharashtra alone there are 168 Urdu-medium junior science colleges, and over 15,000 Urdu-medium students appear for (std 12th) HSC Board examination from science stream every year, he said. Seeing no “respite and bleak future”, the organisation was going to move the Supreme Court, Sheikh said.

Thankful to Goa for giving a strong Defence Minister: PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today heaped praises on Manohar Parrikar, saying he was thankful to Goa for giving ‘such a strong’ Defence Minister. “I am thankful to Goa for giving such a strong Defence Minister to the country. Entire world is now discussing surgical strikes,” Modi said addressing a BJP rally here. Before moving to the Centre as a Defence Minister, Parrikar had served as Chief Minister of Goa, after the party secured a mandate in 2012 Assembly polls. “Some people are still studying the surgical strikes. How did the jawans reach there? I said when I went to Lahore, I went during the day, but still the world was wondering how did I reach there. Agar Hindustan ek bar thaan leta hai to uske jawan parakram karke dikhate hai (If India resolves, then its soldiers show bravery),” said the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, Modi also said his government is for the poor and working to root out corruption. “We have began campaign against corruption across the country. Common man is never involved in the corruption. Big people are involved in corruption. Now I am being harassed because they are facing inconvenience because of me,” said the Prime Minister. “Modi is removing everything which they have collected during last 70 years. This government is for the poor. We are taking firm steps to uplift the poor. Our steps would be strict but they would be for the welfare of the country and not for political benefits. We are making honest attempt to free the country from corruption,” he said. The Prime Minister further said there has been a fashion in the country to give speeches on eradicating poverty, corruption. “But when you take any step to eradicate corruption, they are the ones to face the first attack,” he quipped. He pointed out that in Karnataka, new notes, black money and gold of more than Rs 150 crore was found at a Congress minister’s house. “Karnataka government was not even bothered about it. They have not even asked that minister to resign. He has not even been issued the notice,” added Modi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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