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BJP gets into huddle mode, discusses bypoll candidates

State BJP discussed the names of probable candidates for Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh assembly by-elections. The state election committee has prepared a panel of three probable candidates on the basis of feedback from party office-bearers. This panel will now be sent to the BJP central command to have final say.For bypoll preparations a meeting of state election committee was organised at a hotel on Thursday which was chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, state president Ashok Parnami, state general secretary (organisation) Chandra Shekhar and national joint secretary (organisation) V Satish.In this meeting, feedback was taken on probable candidates from party office-bearers of all the three constituenciesMandal and district presidents, MLAs, Ministers, UIT Chairmen and other senior leaders were invited from Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and Mandalgarh assembly constituency in the meeting. In the meeting, names of probable candidates were discussed for the by-election from the party workers. Firstly the opinion was taken in the name of probable candidates for the Ajmer Lok Sabha by-election. This was followed by opinion from the party office-bearers of Alwar Lok Sabha and the Mandalgarh Legislative Assembly area. During the meeting senior leaders asked the names of the three probable candidates from these local leaders on the basis of their win-ability in by-election. Organisation had asked the names of three probable candidates on a slip from these office-bearers. Based on their preference, all the officials present in the meeting wrote names of three-three probable candidates on the slip. The BJP will now form a panel of top three candidates on the basis of slips received. This panel will be sent to the central BJP. BJP’s parliamentary board will thereafter select candidate for these by-elections. During the meeting, CM Raje and state in-charge Khanna instructed the party workers to mobilise the preparation for the byelections. Raje said that like in the Dhaulpur byelection, the party will also win in the three by-elections by the record margin.Probable candidates’ namesAjmer Lok SabhaFormer MP Sanwarlal Jat’s son Ram Swaroop Lamba, Ajmer District President BP Saraswat, Pushkar MLA Suresh Rawat and Deepak Bhakar.Alwar Lok SabhaMahant Balaknath, MLA Ramhet Yadav, minister Jaswant Yadav, former MP Ghasiram’s daughter Ritu Yadav, Sanjay Sharma.Mandalgarh AssemblyBhilwara District president Shakti Singh Hada, Sanjay Dhakad

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Kerala: Fishing boat capsizes, six children drown in backwaters

A country fishing craft carrying a group of children on a pleasure trip capsized, drowning six of them in Kadukuzhi backwaters near here in Malappuram district today, police said.Most of the children were relatives and neighbours and have come here for a vacation when the tragedy struck them at Changrakkulam this evening. A total of nine persons were onboard the small craft for a pleasure trip in the backwaters. Two children and the boat’s oarsman had been rescued by police and local people and hospitalised, Ponnani Circle Inspector Sunny Chacko told PTI.The bodies of four girls and two boys, aged between four and 18, had been recovered, police said. Malappuram District Collector Amit Meena and senior police officials visited the spot. The State Human Rights Commission has suo motu registered a case and ordered a probe into the incident. A commission press release said the District Collector and police chief had been asked to file a report within three weeks. Kerala Assembly speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, who represents the Ponnani constituency, in a statement condoled the death of the children and said the incident was very painful.

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Two Delhi judges suspended after graft complaints

The Delhi High court has suspended two judicial officers of the Dwarka district courts – Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Naveen Arora and Jitendra Mishra, Presiding Officer, Labour Court – on corruption charges. According to sources in the Delhi High Court, the issue was discussed at a full court meeting on Thursday, following which a team was sent from the High Court to Dwarka court to examine documents in the chambers of both the judges.It was later in the evening that the orders of suspension of Arora and Mishra were sent to the District and Sessions Judge for compliance.“A full court reference took the decision to suspend both the judges. An enquiry has been ordered and both the judicial officers will continue to be under suspension till the probe is complete,” a source said.Also readDel ADJ under scanner for disrespecting HC JudgeIt is alleged that Mishra, who was earlier posted as the Presiding Officer, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, Dwarka, had accepted a bribe for premature encashment and release of a fixed deposit. The charge against Arora is that he went on a foreign trip which was funded by an accused in a case pending case in his court. Documents accessed by DNA showed that there were three complaints against Mishra in the current year. In May this year, two verbatim unsigned complaints of Ram Lal, advocate, regarding unnecessary delay in disposal of cases were received and the same are pending before Inspecting Committee for the year 2017 headed by Justice Vipin Sanghi. In another instance, two complaints were filed by one Virendra Lamba, where he alleged that he was threatened by Mishra. The enquiry in the complaints is pending before the Vigilance Committee for DHJS & DJS headed by Justice S Muralidhar. The third and the last affidavit-cum complaint was filed on August 10 by advocate MP Shalli, alleging misbehaviour, and the probe in this case is pending with the Vigilance Committee headed by Justice S Muralidhar. Attempts to reach Mishra for his comments failed.

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Rajasthan: 32 killed as bus falls into river

At least 32 people were killed on Saturday when a private bus fell into Banas river from a nearly 100- foot high bridge in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, police said. The bus was ferrying passengers from Lal Soth to Sawai Madhopur.Injured passeners have been rushed to a nearby hospital. District officials are supervising the resuce operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his condolences to the families of the affected.Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje also tweeted that the state government has been closely monitoring the situation and rescue operations are on.Congress president Rahul Gandhi has tweeted, “Saddened by the tragedy. My condolences are with the families of the deceased. I would appeal to the state government to offer immediate help to the affected.”Fog is believed to be the cause of the accident. Despite it being Saturday, there were many passengers on the bus who were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour. “There were around 50 passengers in the bus. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals,” a senior police officer said.The bus had left Sawai Madhopur at 5 am. After breaking the railing of the bridge the bus fell into the river at around 6 am. Passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Several of them were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, Police said.

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Yogi Adityanath-led govt to set up cow protection panels in all UP districts

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up cow protection committees in all districts of the state.The ‘Gau Sanrakshan Samiti’ would be headed by the district magistrate and it would ensure that cow sheds in the region operate efficiently, said a statement issued by the state government here on Tuesday.”The committee will be headed by the district magistrate, while the superintendent of police and the district’s chief development officer will be its vice-chairmen. The chief veterinary officer will be its member secretary,” Principal Secretary (Animal Husbandry) Sudhir M Bobde said.Apart from this, to make the committees self-reliant various cow-related products such as biogas, compost, soaps, incense sticks, mosquito repellant coil, phenyl made from cow’s urine would be sold, he said.

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Kupwara killing: Army not happy with senior cop

Even as the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered a time-bound magisterial probe into the killing of 28-year-old taxi driver Asif Iqbal in Kupwara, Indian Army is not happy with a senior police officer in the district over handling of the case.Sources said the Army’s main grouse is that the police officer ‘without any proof’ told media persons that locals have alleged that “the Army opened fire” in which Iqbal got killed at Thandipora village in Kupwara district.Army has maintained that Iqbal was killed in a cross-fire on Saturday night. On Sunday, the defence spokesman at Srinagar said that Army placed ambushes to maintain surveillance over the area on Saturday night based on information about the presence of terrorists in the area.”At around 10:55 pm the ambush party observed suspicious movement of three persons near Nallah in Thindipora village. After being challenged by troops, the terrorists opened fire towards the ambush party which was retaliated. Asif Iqbal Bhat was killed in the cross-fire due to a gunshot wound. Investigations are in progress,” he said.Kupwara District Commissioner Khalid Jahangir had ordered a magisterial enquiry and asked the inquiry officer to submit the report within three weeks.However, the army is not happy the way the senior police officer dealt with the issue. “What prompted him to point fingers at us when probe was yet to be completed? The government has set up enquiry, and law should take its own course. Why did the police officer jump gun? This is a serious issue and one cannot brush it under the carpet”, said an officer.The issue has also created a friction between the two alliance partners of the government. Sources in the BJP said that leaders were not happy at the finger pointing at the Army.

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After saffron sweep in Assembly polls, Mamata trying to appease Hindus, alleges Bengal BJP

After BJP’s victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, Bengal unit of the party believes CM Mamata Banerjee is looking for an image correction. After a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said that Rs 17 crore has been allotted for the renovation of 74 ghats centred around Dakshineswar and Belur.“The decision has been taken in today’s cabinet meeting. It is a message to those who had been spreading canards about our party,” he said. He also said that a total of 1220 new posts have been created including 460 in the Home and Hill Affairs department, 82 in the Health and Family Planning department and 42 in the Finance department.With the panchayat election next year and BJP getting a shot in the arm in the shape of the defection of former TMC Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy to BJP, TMC leaders have been trying their best to give out the message that they are for inclusive development of the state, irrespective of the person’s faith. At the district level too it is being used as a tool. In Birbhum district of West Bengal, a Brahmin Sammelan will be conducted on January 8, 2018. District TMC president Anubrata Mondal told DNA that it was being done in accordance with a party circular. “About 15,000 brahmins across the district will gather. They will perform pujas and each of them will be given a Gita, a religious shawl and a photograph of Ramkrishna Paramhansa and Saradha Ma,” he said and denied that it had any political connotation. “We had done this earlier at a block level but going by the party’s instructions, this year I am doing it at a district level,” he said.Also readHow BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal will impact Bengal political equationsBJP leaders, however, said that the Mamata Banerjee-led government was doing those out of fear that the party and the government was growing unpopular among the members of the majority community. “They had taken appeasement of the minority to such a level that members of the majority community was disturbed and sensing it, they have now turned to do some damage control but I don’t think these will work. I have also heard that ahead of panchayat polls the TMC will donate cows to people in the rural areas. I have have seen Mamata chant mantras full of mistakes on stage to show people that she is a Hindu,” said Rahul Sinha, BJP national secretary and former party state president. He alleged that Mamata had started the politics of division in Bengal and had she done politics on the basis of developmental work in the state, there would have been no question of appeasing members of any religion.

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After donkeys, UP cops now detain dog for two days

Days after arresting eight donkeys for eating expensive plants, cops in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh detained a Labrador dog for two days following an ownership dispute.Monu, a resident of Maharaj Nagar had lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police that his black Labrador was missing for the last three months. He said that he had traced the favourite canine to a certain Nishant’s residence in Nekpur area.When the cops reached Nishant’s house, he refused to hand over the dog staking his claim on it. The dispute between Monu and Nishant prompted the cops to chain the dog to an electric pole outside the Civil Lines police station till the row was sorted out.Both the owners were asked to produce proof of ownership. The police warned that if they failed to prove their ownership, the dog will be considered stray and handed over to the municipal authorities. Amid the tussle, the dog had to spend two days in chilling cold in the open.Two days later, Monu and Nishant both appeared at the police station with proof of ownership. Monu produced many pictures of the Labrador from a puppy to adult and told the police about its distinctive features and habits. Nishant had only a few recent pictures.Circle Officer (City) Virendra Singh said they had to detain the dog to sort out the ownership dispute. “After verifying proofs produced by both, we declared Monu as the real owner and handed over the Labrador to him. We let off Nishant with a strict warning. The dog had accidentally reached the house of Nishant, who quietly chained it at his rooftop.Last month, the police had arrested eight donkeys for destroying rare variety plants outside the Jalaun District Jail. The animals were let off only after the owner submitted an affidavit that his animals won’t roam near the jail apart from the intervention of a local BJP leader.THE DISPUTEMonu’s dog accidentally reaches Nishant’s house. He keeps it chained When Nishant stakes claim on the Lab, cops ask both to submit proof of ownership Cops finally decide Monu as the real owner

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Colleague ‘killed’ Chennai cop during accuse attack

Pandiyan, who was shot dead while trying to arrest a dacoit accused in Pali few days back, was not killed by the accused. He rather received the bullet injury from the service pistol of a colleague! The shot was fired when the accused and his family members charged at the cops and started beating them forcing the team to flee. However, Inspector Padiyan fell behind and was being beaten mercilessly when the other cop opened fire.Superintendent of Police – Pali District – Deepak Bhargava said, “Inspectors Poriya Pandiyan and T M Muni Shekhar along with a head constable and a constable came to Pali. They learnt that the accused – Nathuram Pindel – lived with his wife Manju and another person Deeparam Jat — at a house constructed at a brick kiln at Karoliya road. Around 2.30 am on the night of December 13, they raided the house in order to nab the accused. However, the accused and others retaliated. When the team faced difficulty, four members of the team left the place and jumped out of the house, however, inspector Pandiyan fell behind and the entire gang started beating him.”Seeing this, Inspector Muni Shekhar pulled out his pistol. “Suddenly, a shot got fired from his pistol which hit Pandiyan. He was rushed to the hospital where the Inspector was declared dead. “Tejaram, whose house at the kiln where the accused were hiding, has been arrested. His wife, Bindiya and daughter, Sugna were also held for attacking the cops. The mother and daughter have been sent to judicial custody while Tejaram has been taken on remand,” the SP said. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu government has announced a compensation to the cop’s family. * Who killed Chennai inspector Poriya Pandiyan?* Did the TN cop fire at the dacoit which instead hit Poriya?* Did the dacoits ‘get hold’ of the service pistol and committed the crime?

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Shiv Sena MLA’s name figures in farm loan-waiver beneficiary list

Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Abitkar has claimed he was named as a beneficiary of the farm loan waiver in the Kolhapur District Central Cooperative Bank, even though he had not applied for it. He has got a loan waiver of Rs 25,000 from the bank.This has come just a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced the scheme was being implemented smoothly. He told the state legislative assembly on Thursday that his government had committed some ‘mistakes’ while implementing the Rs 34,022-crore farm loan waiver scheme, but has fixed all these issues.Abitkar, an MLA from Radhanagari in Kolhapur district, has got the benefit of Maharashtra Government’s loan waiver scheme for drought-affected farmers.Also readOver 1200 farmers committed suicide in 5 months: Maharashtra govtThe Shiv Sena MLA has raised the issue citing faulty implementation of the loan waiver scheme and demanded an inquiry into this flawed inclusion as the rules bar any existing or former elected representative from getting benefit under the scheme.He said, “I was stunned when I came to know that my name appeared in the green list of loan waiver beneficiaries. I was shocked again when I got more details about the list of my (Kolhapur) area. I had not even applied or registered my name anywhere to get the waiver.”The Opposition is directly blaming Fadnavis for this as the Chief Minister Office (CMO) had been working on the data of the beneficiaries of this scheme through information and technology department of Maharashtra.Also readMadhya Pradesh farmer ends life after notice for power bill of over Rs 9,000

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Big Q on sarkari schemes raises brows

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

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress files anticipatory complaint with EC against PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’

The chief electoral officer in Gujarat BB Swain said that the Congress party’s Gujarat unit had filed an anticipatory complaint with the EC against Narendra Modi’s roadshow in Ranip area of Sabarmati constituency.Modi is a voter registered in Sabarmati constituency and on the day of second phase polls, Modi held a roadshow in a car and on feet after casting his vote. Thousands of people had turned up to welcome Modi and Congress complained that PM tried to influence the voters by the roadshow.Swain said, “We received the complaint from Congress at around 11:55am and that was anticipatory complaint seeking actions to stop the road show. They had a doubt that PM could hold a road show when thousands of people turned up near the polling station where he was to cast his vote. We have issued order to District Election Officer(collector) in Ahmedabad to run a probe and we will also check the facts with Model Code of Conduct committee that keeps vigil on the spot. We will also assess the video footages.”Also readGujarat elections 2017: ‘Modi, Modi’ chants and 500-metre walk – When PM Narendra Modi stood in queue to cast his vote The Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, however, slammed Congress over the issue and said, “Congress is making foul cry on the issue as they have conceded to loss. There is no indication that Congress can make comeback in Gujarat and they also now knew that. This is the reason why they are creating ruckus on this issue. BJP is going to form a government in Gujarat with more than 150 seats in Gujarat assembly.”On the other side, the complaints of Bluetooth network traced near the polling stations also were received from many places across the areas where polls are going on. Incidents were reported at different polling stations in Ahmedabad, Kheda, Panchmahals, Patan, Mehsana and Banaskantha districts.Also readGujarat elections 2017 LIVE updates: Various incidents of clashes reported; row over PM’s ‘roadshow’ The election commission has directed the district election officers to investigate the issue with the technical experts of Bharat Electronics Limited.”We have asked our officials to run the probe and the reports from Ghatlodia constituency and Godhara have come. In both the cases, mobile device having promiscuous names were found in the range of polling station creating misunderstanding. We are waiting for other reports and will report to election commission about the incident,” Swain said.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Video shows BJP workers gifting sarees, ‘buying’ votesThe incident of Ghatlodia constituency in Ahmedabad and Godhra seat in Panchmahals were investigated by the election officers and technical experts. In the incident of Ghatlodia, mobile device of Intex company having model name ECO105 was found while in the case of Godhra, the mobile device of Lava company having model name ARC-05 was found.The EC also received two complaints of clashes in state and those were in Hasanpura village near Visnagar town of Mehsana district and in Savli town of Vadodara district. The CEO informed that in both the cases, the situation was brought under control by the security staff and it didn’t affect the poll process.

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Aligarh: BJP corporators create ruckus after BSP member insists on taking oath in Urdu

Unpleasant scenes marred the swearing-in of newly-elected members of the Aligarh Municipal Corporation after BJP corporators allegedly created a ruckus when the lone BSP corporator, Musharraf Husain, insisted on taking the oath in Urdu.Husain was allegedly beaten up.Some district officials intervened and managed to defuse the tension yesterday, before the situation could get worse.Husain later told newspersons there was a conspiracy to kill him, and had the officials not intervened he might have had to pay with his life.Some miscreants also threw brickbats at Aligarh’s new mayor Mohd Furqan’s car but he escaped unhurt.Furqan today expressed his “sense of distress” at the unsavoury incidents.”I do not think it is proper to derail the development agenda of the government by throwing up unnecessary controversies based on language, caste and religion,” he told PTI.”I can understand the BJP workers’ anger on losing a seat, which they have held for the past 20 years, and I was apprehending some trouble at the oath-taking ceremony. I had therefore asked all the BSP members to take oath in Hindi and avoid controversy. However, despite my advice, one of our corporators chose to take oath in Urdu. This, however, was his constitutional right and if he did so, there was no reason to whip up emotions”, he said.He also said that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath government in the state have come to power on the plank of development. “I can assure them that I will fully cooperate to make a success of all their attempts in making Aligarh a Smart City.” Regarding the allegation made by some BJP members that BSP members did not show respect to ‘Vande Matram’, Furqan said: “The entire proceedings have been videographed and barring perhaps two or three persons, the entire hall which was occupied mostly by BSP members, paid full respect on this occasion.”When contacted, Aligarh District Magistrate Hrishikesh Bhaskar Yashod told PTI, “I would not like to comment on the incident at this stage because so far no group or individual has filed any report with the police. However, the controversy over singing of ‘Vande Matram’ does not have substance because 99 per cent of the audience was on its feet when the song was being sung.”He said the mayor is fully empowered to take cognisance of whatever took place and the situation does not entail any justification for the district authorities and the police to intervene at this stage.Meanwhile, some BJP members have demanded that a case of treason be filed against the BSP member for showing disrespect to Hindi language.

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Implement system whereby we know undertrials’ records, Delhi High Court tells Tihar

The Delhi High court has directed the DG (Prisons), city government and the police to implement a system which would let one know about the records of the undertrials lodged in the jail.”We direct the District Judge (Headquarters), DG (Prisons) and Delhi police to make suggestions and implement a system where there is immediate transmission of information,” the court said.The court’s direction comes while hearing a PIL which was initiated pursuant by a letter written by a Supreme Court Judge Justice Kurian Joseph. Dated June 18, 2015, the letter enclosed therewith a Memorandum received from the women prisoners lodged in Central Jail No.6, Tihar, New Delhi stating that out of the 614 women prisoners detained, 412 are undertrial prisoners and many of them are languishing in jail without trial for a long period.The letter also stated that 32 children of the undertrial prisoners are also forced to stay in the prison along with their mothers. The Memorandum, which was enclosed with the letter, highlights the lack of basic amenities in the prison, the gender discrimination to which the women prisoners are subjected to, and particularly, the grievances of some undertrial prisoners who remained in jail for more than six months even in respect of simple offences.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar gave a detailed order after a report was submitted by a committee constituted in Delhi to look into the matter.”In order to enable effective communication and ensure that the spirit of section 436 (A) of CrPc, immediate steps to connect the prison management system with the court should be taken,” the court said.The court had constituted a committee comprising of Professor Mrinal Sathish and Prof Amrita Chandra to look into the working of section 436 (A) of the CrPC . The committee examined the suggestions and gave a consolidated report on December 11. The report suggested guidelines for preparation and updation of the record of the undertrial prisoners. The court said that such directions when implemented “will go a long way to ensure the rights of the prionsers”.

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Banning condom ads is not a solution, say AIDS activists

The Information and Broadcasting ministry in an advisory issued to all television channels on Monday said advertising for condoms will not be allowed between 6 am and 10 pm. The announcement has raised a concern in several health circles particularly organisations working on HIV-AIDS control programme.Speaking about the issue, Dr V Sam Prasad, country program director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said, “The ban will create a negative impact on society. After banning the ads, teenagers will actively use social media to look for information. If the right message is not conveyed to children, it will be a big problem for them. It should actually be a dinner-table topic to discuss with the family members.”The data revealed by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) states that HIV infection among youth aged 15 to 29 years is about 31 per cent of the total infections.Dr Shrikala Acharya, spokesperson and additional project director of MDACS, said, “It won’t have any negative impact since people are aware of the fact that condoms are used to have protected sex. The younger generation is active on social media sites like YouTube, WhatsApp where they can easily access data and videos. Banning it on TV will not have any negative impact on the AIDS control programme organised by the government.”Ashok Row Kavi, Chairperson, The Humsafar Trust, said, “This is a regressive decision.”

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Madhya Pradesh: 20 passengers injured as bus falls in Jamni river

At least 20 passengers, including three women and a girl, were injured when a bus fell into a deep gorge of a dry river in the district early this morning, police said.The private bus skidded off a bridge near Chandpura village around 4 am and fell into the 15-feet deep gorge of Jamni river, about 75 kms from the district headquarters, Prithvipur police station in-charge C L Parihar said.The bus, carrying around 65 passengers, was going from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh towards Khargapur town of Tikamgarh when its driver lost control over the wheels on the bridge, he said.As a result the bus fell into the river, which was dry, the official said.The driver and other staff of the bus fled the spot after the accident.A seriously hurt passenger was referred to Jhansi for treatment while the other injured persons were given first aid at a primary health centre in Prithvipur town here and allowed to go home, Parihar said.The injured people included a nine-year old girl and three women, he added.

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Medical cover for sex change ops on anvil for transgenders

The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has sought to make a few changes to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill before introducing it in the Winter Session of the Parliament. Significant among these changes — nine to be precise — include the expansion of the definition of transgender to include the hijra community, inclusion of the definition of intersex, and providing medical cover for sex reassignment surgery.Ministry officials said the reason behind the changes was a report on the Bill that the Standing Committee submitted to the Parliament in July this year. The committee, headed by BJP MP Ramesh Bais, pointed at several loopholes in the Bill and said that transgenders “remain at risk of criminalisation under Section 377 of the IPC”, if the Bill was implemented.To bring in these changes, the ministry first sent the changes to the law ministry, which approved it.In a note to the Cabinet that the ministry sent out in November, it wrote: “The Standing Committee has made recommendations, of which nine have been accepted by the ministry. In the above backdrop, based on the report of the Standing Committee, the ministry proposes to make official amendments to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016,” read the note.One of the key changes is the redrafting of the definition of transgender. As per section 2 (i) of the Bill: “Transgender person means a person who is a) neither wholly female nor wholly male or b) a combination of female and male or c) neither female or male, and whose sense of gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at the time of birth. It includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations, and gender-queers.”Yet, as per the new changes mooted by the ministry, a transgender person is one “whose gender does not match to the gender assigned to the person at birth and includes trans-man or trans-woman (whether or not such person has undergone sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy or laser therapy or such other therapy), gender-queer, and persons having such socio-cultural identities as kinnar, hijra, aravani, jogta, kothi, or other similar identity.”A “person with intersex variations”, an addition to the Bill proposed by the ministry, is defined as “one who at birth shows variation in primary sexual characteristics, external genitalia, chromosomes, or hormones from a normative standard of male or female body.”Apart from that, the government has also proposed defining of “family” as “a group of people related by blood or marriage or by adoption made in accordance with law”. The government has also proposed doing away of the District Screening Committee for the issuance of a transgender certificate, and doing away of the minimum number of 100 individuals that need to be in an organisation to make it mandatory for the organisation to have a complaint officer.Another addition is that of children to the list of people that cannot be separated from a transgender, and the provision for “coverage of medical expenses by a comprehensive insurance scheme” for sex reassignment surgery.Yet, the proposed changes to the Bill do not reflect some key recommendations of the Standing Committee report, including addition of a section on “discrimination” against transgender people, specifications of the division of the share of responsibilities of the Centre and the states, defining the role of the National Council for Transgender Persons, provision for counselling for better mental health, provision of meaningful livelihood options, and the inclusion of a section on transgender in application forms or other such forms.Bill’s journeyDMK Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva introduced a private member’s Bill titled The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 in December 2014, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha in April 2015. His Bill, with several expansive sections, was rejected by the government because they felt it suffered from some “infirmities” and the government drafted its own Bill and introduced it in the Lok Sabha. When appraised of the changes that the government was mooting, Siva said that unless the Bill has provisions for employment, education, reservation, self-identification of gender, and a tougher National Council for Transgender Persons, it was lacking in will. “The Bill will not realise the goals it sets out to make,” Siva said.

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Dalits flee Uttarakhand village after youth goes missing following clash

The disappearance of a Dalit youth following a clash between two groups in a remote village of Tehri district in Uttarakhand has prompted 30 other Dalit residents to vacate their houses and take shelter at the block headquarters, police said today. “Dalits of Gangi village, including women and children, have taken refuge at Bhilangana block headquarters citing threat to their lives following the clash. They have refused to go back until the youth is recovered and the accused arrested,” Ghansali SHO Mohammad Akram said. A clash erupted in the village on December 1 after a Dalit youth, named Rakesh, who was supposed to play the ‘dhol’ at a wedding in an upper caste family did not turn up. Also readGujarat Dalits form federation, draft manifesto to press for demandsWhen the groom’s mother went to Rakesh’s place, the youth allegedly kicked her out of the house, the SHO said, quoting a report lodged a day later by a member of the groom’s family. On December 3, Rakesh’s father Sohan Lal and another villager reported that he was missing. They also accused members of the upper caste family of thrashing them and vandalising their houses, the SHO said. Also readCentre offers Rs 2.5 lakh for every inter-caste marriage involving a DalitAkram added efforts were underway to trace the missing youth. District Magistrate Sonika said SDM Ghansali was asked to submit a report in connection with the incident.
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Aligarh Civic Polls: BJP workers stage protests, demand FIR against District Magistrate for party’s loss

Hundreds of BJP workers staged a dharna at the Civil Lines police station here, seeking an FIR against District Magistrate Hrishikesh Bhaskar Yashod, while holding him responsible for the party’s defeat in the just-concluded mayoral polls in Aligarh.While the saffron party had swept the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh, winning 14 of the 16 mayoral posts on offer, Aligarh was one of the two seats where it lost.Angered by the defeat of their candidate from this “BJP bastion”, the irate workers of the party blamed the district authorities for the names of nearly 90,000 voters allegedly missing from the list and staged the protest last night.Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 yearsBJP leader Manav Mahajan said the city unit chief of the party, Vivek Saraswat, had given an application for lodging a report at the Civil Lines police station on November 29 in this connection and also apprised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the state election commissioner of the matter.For nearly five hours, the protesting BJP leaders were involved in a heated exchange with senior district officers at the police station, after Station House Officer Javed Khan expressed his inability to file an FIR against the DM and ADM (city).Also readUP civic poll win a prelude to 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Yogi AdityanathOn December 1, the day the votes polled in the urban local body elections were counted, BJP leaders had demanded a recounting after it became clear that party nominee Rajeev Kumar was going to lose by a margin of over 10,000 votes from Aligarh.The DM, however, had refused to concede to the demand and BSP candidate Mohammed Furqan was declared elected.Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Pandey said there was no provision for filing an FIR against the DM in such matters and added that the complaint of the BJP leaders was forwarded to the district election officer and State Election Commission.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: EC’s two-day visit to Guj begins today

The Election Commission (EC) will arrive on a two-day visit to Gujarat to review preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections, the first phase of which is now just a week away.Officials said that the whole EC, comprising Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti, and Election Commissioners Om Prakash Rawat and Sunil Arora, will take stock of preparations of the Assembly elections over the next two days.The EC will hold a meeting with recognised political parties from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Circuit House Annex in Ahmedabad on Saturday, and listen to their representations.This will be followed by a meeting at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar from 2:30 pm with police officers to review law and order situation. EC will also take stock of polling staff, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system, election material, and other poll related logistical issues during a meeting with District Election Officers.The next day, the EC will hold a meeting with nodal officers, chief secretary, and other senior bureaucrats to review polling personnel management, deployment of police and paramilitary forces during polls, among other issues.The first phase of elections is slated for December 9 and the second on December 14. Eighty-nine seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and south Gujarat are scheduled to go to polls in the first phase.
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Delhi HC orders re-investigation of all acquittal cases by POSCO judge

The Delhi High court has ordered the re-investigation of all the cases of acquittal by a POCSO judge deputed at the Saket court complex in the national capital after it found some “fundamental and serious error in the approach of the learned Judge in deciding the cases.A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice P S Teji called for all the case files of the decision rendered by Additional Sessions Judge Sunil Chaudhary while hearing an appeal in one of the acquittals.“We have come across several decisions rendered by the same learned Judge in cases under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and they all, prima-facie, appear to be laconic.“There is a fundamental and serious error in the approach of the learned Judge in deciding the cases which have come to our notice,” the court.The bench held that the situation demanded them “to examine all the decisions rendered by the Additional & Sessions Judge Sunil Chaudhary while discharging functions as the ASJ-01, South-East District, New Delhi, in cases under POCSO Act”.The court directed the District and Sessions Judge, South East District, New Delhi to place before the court all the decisions delivered by ASJ Chaudhary on the next date of hearing for examination by invoking its powers under section 397 and 401 CrPC.Section 397 CrPC empowers a high court or a sessions judge to call for and examine the record of any proceeding before any inferior criminal court within its jurisdiction.The court’s direction comes while hearing an appeal by Delhi police challenging the acquittal of a youth who had allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old in the year 2010.​Additional Standing Counsel for the state, Rajat Kaytal said that “the judgement borders on perversity” following which the court found substance in the claim and held, “Prima-facie a reading of the impugned judgment gives us the same impression.”The court also took note of the three different appeals which had come from the judgments pronounced by the same judge and henceforth recalled all the records from the District and Sessions Judge.
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Uttar Pradesh: Orai Jail guards ‘arrests’ donkeys for grazing exotic plants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre criminal case, about half a dozen donkeys were ‘arrested’ by the security guards of Orai District jail in Uttar Pradesh for grazing exotic plants under Swachch Bharat Mission outside jail complex. The ‘detention’ took place four days ago on the orders of the Jail Superintendent, Orai District Jail Sita Ram. “Under the Swachch Bharat Mission we had planted some exotic plants outside jail premises to increase the green cover. But to our shock, majority of the plants were grazed by stray animals. We incurred a loss of Rs 60,000.Security guards were shocked to find that donkeys and goats were grazing their plants. On the orders of Jail Superintendent, they were treated like any other criminals and ‘detained’ making grazing a crime in Uttar Pradesh. Donkeys were chained at an old house of the jailer within the jail premises. The owners were located and they were told to ‘bail out’ their animals only after filling a bond on the affidavit for committing the ‘crime’ like any other criminal.“I apologized and submitted an affidavit to the Jail Superintendent swearing in that his donkeys will never come near the jail in future. My donkeys were released only after that,” said Kamlesh, owners of donkeys.The Jail Superintendent Sita Ram justified the ‘detention’ and ‘bail out’ only after submission of an affidavit saying that it was to give a message to owners of animals not to let them roam free. “Stray animals cause accidents resulting in deaths and damage crop worth lakhs each year. This action will give a strong message to owners,” said he.When jail staff refused to release his donkeys, the owner Kamlesh approached a local BJP leader Shkati Gahoi. Both went to jail on Monday to get donkeys released on personal bond on an affidavit.

Gujarat elections: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani to fight as independent candidate from Vadgam Constituency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The firebrand Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani who had said that he will neither join Congress nor contest the election will be fighting Gujarat assembly polls as an independent candidate.Mevani will contest as an Independent candidate from Vadgam constituency in Banaskantha District.The BJP has fielded Vijaybhai Harkabhai Chakravati, while the Congress has nominated Manibhai Vaghela to the reserved seat. ALSO READ Gujarat Elections: Congress workers vandalise party office in Gandhinagar over ticket distributionA fortnight ago, stopping short of asking people to vote for Congress, Mevani had said that his gut feeling was that people would not commit the mistake of voting for any third party in the bipolar election in Gujarat, where they have decided to replace the BJP that has been ruling the state for 22 years.The 34-year-old, a lawyer by training, came under the spotlight after four Dalit youth were stripped and flogged by cow vigilantes for skinning a dead bovine last year. Mevani had managed to galvanise the Dalit youth to lead huge protests across the state.In the past year, Mevani has emerged as someone whom political parties cannot afford to ignore, particularly ahead of the assembly elections.The State goes to polls next month in two phases —December 9 and 14. ALSO READ Gujarat elections 2017: Are women’s issues important enough?

Builder cites litigation to defy order of consumer panel, fined Rs 20,000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Builders can no longer use ‘pending civil legal petition’ as pretext for denying compensation levied over delay in handing over possession of booked flats. The State Consumer Redressal Commission recently penalised a builder who refused to compensate a consumer, despite the District Forum ruling in favour of the consumer.The commission in its order held that on the pretext of mere pendency of litigation in Bombay High Court it cannot agree that execution of DF’s order is not possible by the builder. The commission also imposed Rs 20,000 fine in addition to the costs already imposed by the DF against the builder. Thane resident Amarnath Singh had approached M/s Everlasting & Co. in 1988 to book a flat and a shop in its development raised in Ghodbunder road. A flat with an area of 599 sq ft was booked for a cost of Rs. 3,69,750 of which he had paid Rs 2,85,971, while a shop measuring 260 sq ft was booked for Rs 1,58,500 of which Rs 1,38,936 was already paid. Despite the fact that the buildings were completed, on the ground of pending litigation in the High Court, the complainant was deprived of fruits of the award. There were agreements to sell flat and shop in favour of the complainant long back on November 1,1988 and the builder had promised to hand over possession and the conveyance pursuant to the agreements.The complainant after a long wait had approached the Thane district consumer forum, where the developer contended that though buildings are complete, they are not in a position to comply with DF’s order due to a status quo order by the Bombay High Court. The forum however had asked the developer to solve the issue at his own end and accept the balance amount from the consumer and hand over the flat and the shop. The forum further had also asked the developer to pay Rs 1,92,500 towards the rent occurred towards the complainant along with Rs 50,000 towards his mental harassment and Rs 20,000 towards the litigation charges.The developer again failed to abide by the forum’s order quoting the same grounds of status- quo order passed by the High court.EXCUSE NOT OKThe commission in its order said that civil litigation cannot be used as a pretext to deny compensation Once a final order is passed in favour of the consumer, it has to be enforced, said the commission

Jammu & Kashmir: 18-year-old girl kidnapped and murdered, accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering an 18-year-old girl, who went missing on Friday, in the Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara District, police said on Sunday.Altaf Ahmad Malik was arrested last night, a police official said.During questioning, Malik led police to the body of the girl, who went missing on Friday, the official said.Malik had allegedly kidnapped the girl and later strangulated her to death in the Karihama forests in Kupwara, the official said.A case of murder has been registered and the body was sent for postmortem, he added.

12-year-old rape survivor delivers baby after abortion denied by Madhya Pradesh High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year-old rape survivor, whose abortion plea was turned down by the High Court, has delivered a baby through the C-section surgery at the district hospital here.Dr Indira Gupta, gynaecologist at the Khargone district hospital, said, “The girl delivered an infant boy weighing around 2.6 kg through C-section last night. Both the girl and the infant are stable and in good health.” The police were informed about the development and a DNA test would be conducted on the baby, as is normally done in such cases (for the purpose of probe), she said.Advocate Rajendra Singh Parmar, who represents the girl, said her parents are ready to take care of the baby.”Parents of the rape survivor are ready to take care of the infant. But we are looking for institutions or individuals who can bring up the child up to the age of one year,” Parmar said.The girl was allegedly raped by a 21-year-old engineering student, her distant cousin, and the crime came to light when she was taken to hospital for stomach ache in August this year and was found to be over 20 weeks pregnant.A case was registered at the Barud police station in the district on August 24 and the accused was arrested.Her parents first moved the district court seeking permission to abort the foetus, but the court refused the permission on medical grounds. The parents then approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Indore bench.The HC ordered a fresh medical examination, but the doctors’ report advised against the termination of pregnancy.Following which, the high court denied the permission for abortion and ordered a monitoring of girl’s health by medical experts.

Rohingya trapped in ‘apartheid regime’: Amnesty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Amnesty report has termed the situation of Rohingya in Myanmar as one trapped in a “dehumanising apartheid regime”. In its report titled ‘Caged Without A Roof’, culled from a two-year long investigation it carried out, the rights group said the exodus of over 6,00,000 Rohingya to neighbouring nations like India and Bangladesh has been preceded by years of discrimination.India has reached out to both Myanmar and Bangladesh to find solutions to the Rohingya crisis; it has claimed there are about 40,000 Rohingya in the country and that they could pose a national security threat.Terming the treatment of Rohingya as worse than ‘second class citizens’, the report states that most are not even recognised as citizens at all as they have been deprived of a nationality due to discriminatory laws, particularly the 1982 Citizenship Law.”The law discriminates on racial grounds and in Rakhine state was implemented in a way which allowed the Myanmar authorities to strip the Rohingya en masse of citizenship rights and status,” the report said.The research was carried out between November 2015 and September 2017, included about 200 interviews as well as photographs, videos and other documentary evidence. Amnesty said that they interviewed over 166 people from Rakhine state of people of Rohingya, Rakhine, Kaman, Maramagyi, or Mro ethnicity, as well as people from Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and Hindu faiths. The team travelled to over 38 locations in over 31 villages in five townships in three different districts: Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships in Maungdaw District, Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships in Mrauk-U District, and Sittwe township in Sittwe District.As part of its findings, the report states that foreigners need special permits to meet Rohingya in Myanmar, and that movement of Rohingya individuals was restricted in northern Rakhine State and enforced by checkpoints. There are several accounts of Rohingya being extorted, harassed, and physically assaulted by forces manning the checkpoints.Violence against the community has erupted several times, including one in 2012. “In the five years since the 2012 violence, Myanmar’s state policy has been one of institutionalized discrimination and segregation of Rohingya and other Muslim communities from the rest of Rakhine State society, and for most, from Myanmar as a whole,” the report said….& ANALYSISThe report says the exodus of over 6 lakh Rohingya was preceded by years of discrimination
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Power supply to Rani Laxmi Bai memorial in PM Modi’s constituency snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power connection to the memorial of Rani Laxmi Bai at her birth place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary Varanasi has been discontinued. The memorial is lying unkempt without power for over a week now.The memorial caretaker H.P. Gaur said that the power department had snapped the electricity connection a week ago. “When we protested then they said who will come and visit the memorial at night,” alleged Gaur.Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi was one of the prominent warriors of 1857 mutiny. The UP Tourism department had constructed a memorial at her birth place in Kashi and the same was handed over to the Varanasi Nagar Nigam for upkeep and maintenance.When the caretaker approached the SDM of the power Department Saurabh Pathak to restore electricity, the SDM justified disconnection. “The power supply was being run illegally at the memorial so it was disconnected. The department cannot allow power supply without connection as per state government orders. We have told the caretaker to take a proper connection only then the supply will be restored,” said Pathak on disconnection.Under the integrated power development scheme in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi, the power department is laying cables underground. “We are restoring power connections after verification of papers and ensuring that power metres are installed at the connection point,” said the SDM.“Despite the caretaker informing the Nagar Nigam authorities about snapping of power connection, no one has taken up the issue with the power department,” alleged Ram Yash, a social worker.The social worker further alleged that they had taken up the issue with the Varanasi Commissioner and the District Magistrate but no efforts were made to restore power supply. “The memorial was well illuminated and many a people used to visit it during night. But for the past one week the memorial is under the darkness and there is no one to take up the issue,” rued the social worker.

Kanpur tipplers must give personal info to buy liquor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Submit your pictures and personal details to buy booze. This is the instruction guzzlers in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh have to follow for the time being.In view of the local bodies polls, the excise department has issued a ‘farmaan’ to retail shops directing them to keep a personal records (name, address, picture and mobile number) of those buying liquor from their shops.The order was issued on the directions of Kanpur District Magistrate Surendra Singh, who is also returning officer for local bodies polls. But the diktat has not gone down well with buyers as well as sellers, with a buyer saying that the government may link his alcohol purchase with his Aadhaar.“One buyer abused me and refused to furnish details to buy a bottle of whiskey. Another almost manhandled me when I tried to click his photograph from my mobile,” said Shakti Singh, an employee of a liquor shop at Kidwai Nagar.“Our sales has become half since Friday,” rued another liquor shop owner. The district excise officer has also directed the shop owners to maintain a register and furnish details of who bought how much quantity liquor from their shops on daily basis.“We close shops at 11 pm. Who would go to the department at that odd hours to submit the details on a daily basis,” said another liquor vendor.“I had asked them to keep personal records of those who are buying two or more bottles of liquor or those buying in bulk to ensure that the voters are not wooed by offering them liquor by candidates,” clarified DM Surendra Singh.However, for some ingenuous tipplers, the ‘farmaan’ is not a big hindrance. They are going to adjoining districts to buy their supplies. “I didn’t get my booze on Friday so I went Unnao and stocked two bottles,” said Amit Srivastava, an executive in a private company.With business getting affected, some liquor shops are ready to flout the orders. “One shopkeeper refused to sell me a bottle, but another sold the bottle by charging a premium of Rs 5 without taking personal details,” said Santosh Kumar.POLLS ON NOV 22Order was issued on the directions of Kanpur District Magistrate Surendra Singh
In view of the local bodies polls, the excise department has issued the diktat to retailers
Has not gone down well with shop owners

Govt to examine if farmers eligible for flood relief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to probe if 35 tribal farmers, of Banaskantha District (BK), are entitled to get compensation for the flood which took place in July.Citizens Resource and Action Initiative CRANTI’s had moved a public interest litigation (PIL) on behalf of the tribal farmer families of Keralu and Sekra villages of the district.The petitioner’s advocates, Dimple Thaker and Dixa Pandya, told the court that standing crops of these farmers were damaged by the heavy floods this July.Though the people are entitled to the compensation, neither any survey, nor any payment was made.Even the representation made to the district collector and other authorities, no response was sent by the authorities. These farmers have suffered Rs 91 lakh damage and the state government should pay them compensation, according to the plea . The amount of the damage was assessed by the farmers and the government can have its own assessment. But, based on it the farmers should be fairly compensated, the plea added.Opposing the petition, government pleader Manisha Lavkumar, who submitted a revenue record, said apparently these farmers were doing agriculture activities on government land. The land is not in any of the farmers’ name, and that could be the reason why they were denied compensation. Some revenue cases are also pending in this regard before the district collector over the ownership issue. These land comes under the new tenure.The tribal farmers’ contention is that their forefathers were allotted this land by the government after independence. They were rehabilitated to these villages in 1948. Since then, these people have been cultivating here. In 1976, then district collector sought revenues for doing any agricultural activities.Later, the farmers’ names were removed from the land records and given to the government. However, since the farmers were the first inheritors of the land, they could not be denied compensation.After hearing both parties, the first-division bench directed the government to examine whether the farmers are entitled for the compensation. The matter would be heard after two weeks.

Madras HC stays further proceedings against cartoonist Bala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today stayed further proceedings on an FIR registered against cartoonist Bala alias Balamurgan over a caricature depicting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami allegedly in a distasteful manner over a family suicide related to usury.Passing the interim order on a petition by Bala seeking to quash the proceedings against him, Justice S S Sundar directed the state government to file its counter.The freelance cartoonist was arrested on November 5 on the basis of a complaint filed by Tirunelveli District Collector Sandeep Nanduri and released on bail by a court a day later.A case was registered on November 1 under Indian Penal Code Section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) and under the Information Technology Act.Sandeep Nanduri and Tirunelveli city police Commissioner Kapil Kumar Sarathkar were also caricatured. The caricature which was uploaded on Bala’s Facebook page on October 26.The petitioner contended that the FIR clearly showed that there was no criminal offence. He also claimed that the police had no jurisdiction to proceed with the probe without prior permission of the court concerned.The FIR was also against various Supreme Court rulings, he submitted.The cartoon was uploaded days after a man and his wife set themselves and their two kids afire at the Tirunelveli Collectorate complex allegedly due to harassment by a money-lender.While the woman and her two children died on the day of the incident on October 23, the man succumbed to injuries later.

Kerala: Another RSS worker hacked to death; BJP suspects CPM role

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RSS worker was hacked to death in Nenmanikkara in the district Sunday, news agency ANI reported.According to Kerala website Manorama Online, the victim, identified only as Anand, was riding his bike when a group rammed their vehicle into it, causing him to fall. The accused them lynched him. He died en route to hospital.According to the report, Anand was accused in the murder of a CPM worker, and was out on bail. The state BJP have alleged CPM’s role in his murder

After brawl over Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence, Lucknow DM cancels literary festival for inviting political leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The brawl over JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence at the Lucknow Literary Festival on Friday has led to its cancellation. The Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal scrapped permission to hold the festival following violation of conditions by the organisers.The DM had granted the permission to hold the festival on the condition that it will be apolitical literary meet. “The organizers have grossly violated conditions by inviting political leaders without any prior information and allowing the festival to become a political meet. The district administration is left with no choice to cancel the literary fest,” said the Lucknow DM.The district administration was particularly annoyed with the organizers for inviting political leaders including Asaduddin Owaisi, Shatrughan Sinha, Rahul Gandhi, Jayant Chaudhary, former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi etc in literary fest without informing and seeking prior permission from the district administration . All these leaders are known for their anti-Modi stance.The RSS student wing ABVP and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) activists had raised strong objections over the presence of former JNU leader Kanhaiya Kumar on the opening day of the fest on Friday at Sheroes Hangout, a café run by acid attack survivor victims. Calling him a ‘traitor’, they shouted ‘Kanhaiya Kumar go back’ slogans and disrupted the proceedings for over 30 minutes.The ABVP-HYU activists also clashed with members of Samajwadi Chatra Sabha who had welcomed Kumar in the literary fest. Acid attack survivor victims had to make a wall to shield the JNU leader when agitated right wing activists tried to manhandled Kumar when he was about to deliver speech.Finally, police were called in to flush out ABVP-HYU activists from the Sheroes Hangout for function to begin. After the brawl, Kanhaiya stated that he was not perturbed by the protest. “They have governments in 18 states but they cannot suppress my voice. I belong to a family of freedom fighter and no one can stop me expressing my thoughts,” he stated.

Gujarat High Court asks CEO to file affidavit over NOTA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) was asked by the Gujarat High Court to file an affidavit and provide details if the Election Commission (EC) had started any awareness campaigns on Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and None Of the Above (NOTA) options among voters and if not, had any plans to do the same.Elections for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held over two phases on December 9 and 14.Advocate KR Koshti filed a Public Interest Litigation, in which, he alleged that although VVPAT and NOTA options are being used during the elections, voters have no or little knowledge of them. Hence, the Election Commission should run awareness campaigns for the voters, he said.He has also said that the District Collector’s office should organise mock rounds at booth level and teach voters how to use the two options.While appearing for the CEO, advocate Shalin Shah and counsel Megha Jani submitted that the Commission has already launched a voters awareness campaign and pamphlets are being circulated as well. Booth level officers, during their rounds and while issuing the voters’ slip, are also explaining to people how to use the EVM machine and how the VVPAT works, they added.After hearing the submissions of all parties, the first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi has asked the Chief Electoral Officer to file an affidavit about the awareness campaigns taken up so far. The matter is kept for hearing on November 16.FOR BETTER VOTESPolls for the Gujarat Assembly will be held over two phases on December 9 and 14 Chief electoral officer will file an affidavit about any campaigns planned for the voters

Defamation case: Court issues notice to Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court issued a notice to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Wednesday in connection with a civil defamation case filed by a BJP youth wing leader, seeking Re 1 compensation from them.Additional District Judge Vijay Shankar sought the reply of the duo following the plea filed by Ankit Bhardwaj, State Executive Member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, a youth wing of the BJP.The complainant had alleged that the duo had shared his pictures in the media, falsely declaring him as the one who had slapped the former water minister of Delhi, Kapil Mishra, when the latter was on a hunger strike on May 10.Appearing for the complainant, his counsel said after an order was passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate stating that the case does not fall in his ambit, he filed an appeal in the higher court.The court, while issuing the notice, fixed the next date of hearing to January 22,2018.The plea had claimed that the AAP leaders had wrongly named him for assaulting Mishra while the person apprehended on the spot for the alleged offence belonged to AAP. Bhardwaj also claimed Singh had shown the former’s Facebook profile on news channels and declared him the accused.

City to have consumer courts in each district: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Consumer Affairs Minister Imran Hussain on Monday reviewed the functioning of the Consumer Affairs Department, Delhi State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission and various other District Consumer Forums.The department has identified few sites for the functioning of the four Benches of the Commission including at — Nigam Bhawan (Kashmere Gate); Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg and Vikas Bhawan II (near Civil Lines).”The new sites will be finalised in consultation with Justice Veena Birbal, who heads the Commission. The new site will be not only be convenient to the Presiding Officers of the Benches but for the public as well,” a senior officer said.The Delhi government has sought to set-up Consumer Courts in every district in the vicinity.Presently there are 10 District Consumer Forums functioning in various parts of Delhi. These Forums are located at — Tis Hazari Court for North District; Udyog Sadan, Qutub Institutional Area for South -I and South II Districts; Convenient Shopping Centre, Shalimar Bagh for North-West District; C Block Community Centre, Janakpuri for West District; Weavers Complex, Nand Nagari for North-East District; Vikas Bhawan, IP Estate for New Delhi District; Local Shopping Centre, Sheikh Sarai –II for South West District; ISBT Building, Kashmere Gate for Central District and Convenient Shopping Centre, Saini Enclave for East District.The minister pointed out that South-West District Forum is functioning from the South District only and has since asked the Department to expedite efforts for shifting this District Consumer Forum to a site located in the South-West District itself.Hussain also directed Commissioner Food Safety to expedite the setting-up of a new District Consumer Forum already approved by the Cabinet for Shahdara District.The minister also reviewed the pendency and disposal of cases with Commission and District Consumer Forums. Around 6,000 fresh cases are registered per year with the Commission and the district forums. However, there are about 18,000 pending cases.”The Consumer Affairs Department is in the process of devising a strategy for disposal of pending cases. Early disposal would require additional commitment of manpower, space, financial resources etc, and it would seem appropriate to devise a plan fixing a one-year target for the disposal of pending cases,” the officer said.CURRENT FORUMSPresently there are 10 District Consumer Forums functioning in various parts of Delhi. These Forums are located at — Tis Hazari Court for North District; Udyog Sadan, Qutub Institutional Area for South -I and South II Districts; Kashmere Gate for Central District, etc.

Cartoonist Bala arrested for ‘distasteful’ caricature of Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A freelance cartoonist was arrested today for a cartoon depicting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami allegedly in a distasteful manner over a recent family suicide related to usury.Cartoonist G Bala alias Balakrishnan was arrested in Chennai by a special Tirunelveli District Crime Branch Police team led by an inspector, a police release said. Bala, 36, was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by Tiruneveli District Collector Sandeep Nanduri, who was also caricatured in the cartoon along with the city police chief. Earlier, police sources had said the chief minister was also depicted allegedly in a distasteful manner in the cartoon whih was uploaded on a website on October 26.Protesting the arrest, Chennai Press Club announced a demonstration in the state capital tomorrow. “G Bala of Chennai has drawn distasteful cartoons about Tirunelveli District top officials and posted them on social media and in this regard the District Collector had given a complaint,” the release said. Based on the complaint, a case had been registered on November 1 under Indian Penal Code Section 501 (printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory) and under the Information Technology Act, it said, adding following investigation Bala was arrested.The cartoon was uploaded on a website on October 26, days after a man and his wife set themselves and their two kids afire at the Tirunelveli Collectorate complex allegedly due to harassment by a money-lender. While the woman and her two children died on the day of the incident on October 23, the man succumbed to injuries later. The incident drew widespread condemnation from political parties and civil society groups over usury. Family head Muthu resorted to the extreme step as the money-lender was harassing him demanding more money despite him having returned Rs 2.34 lakh, including interest, for a loan of Rs 1.40 lakh, his brother had alleged.The police had later arrested three persons, including the financier and his wife, in connection with the incident. After the incident, Palaniswami said the state had in 2003 enacted a legislation against charging of exorbitant interest rates by money-lenders. He had directed the district collectors and police officials to act swiftly on any complaint related to usury.

One dead, ten injured in communal clash over demolition of a toilet in Aligarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person, belonging to the minority community, died and about ten others were injured when members of the two communities fired at each other and threw bricks in a clash over demolition of a toilet near a mosque in communally-sensitive Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday afternoon.Tension prevailed in Khurramnagar under Vijaygarh Police Station in Aligarh district when members of the two communities clashed with one another following a long dispute over toilet near a mosque. Soon it turned violent when someone opened fired killing 18-year-old Haseen Khan on the spot.The small dispute soon took communal colour and members from both the communities used sharp-edged weapons to attack each other leaving about ten injured, four of them seriously. The mob also torched a few vehicles. Eyewitnesses claimed that land adjacent to the mosque in Khurramnagar belonged to a one Om Prakash Upadhyaya. A few years ago, management of the mosque constructed a toilet on Upadhyaya’s land. The dispute over construction of toilet was on since then between members of both the communities.After fighting a court battle, Upadhyaya’s brother Ramveer Fauji obtained an order from the court to demolish the toilet constructed on the encroached land. Om Prakash, Ramveer and few others reached the site on Saturday morning to demolish the toilet only to face stiff opposition and challenge from members of the minority community.After a heated argument, both sides opened fire and threw bricks at each other. One bullet hit Haseen and he died on the spot. Om Prakash, Rajveer, Ajay, Vikash, Santosh were among eight who sustained serious injuries while Mohabbat Ali and one more person got critically injured. The injured have been admitted at the district and other hospitals. Police Force and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in and around mosque in Khurramnagar village. The situation is tense but under control. FIRs have been lodged from both sides blaming each other for the communal clash.“The situation has been brought under control and there is no tension in the village after deployment of heavy force, including the RAF. The dispute over toilet led to the clash between the two communities. We are looking into the history of the dispute and verifying the court order. A peace committee has also been formed to settle the dispute amicably,” said Dr H.B. Yashod, the District Magistrate, Aligarh.

Anticipatory bail for ‘Adarsh’ Modi in arms licence case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A District Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Sirohi-based leading businessmen Mukesh Modi and Rohit Modi after the duo pleaded for the same on October 3. The bail has been granted by District Judge Hemant Kumar Jain in the case relating to an arm licence which Modi had allegeldy acquired illegitimately from Jammu and Kashmir.The Rajasthan Anti-Terrorist Squad accused them of being in a racket related to obtaining arms licences. Mukesh Modi has denied the charges and held that his arms licence is valid. However, as far as the ATS is concerned, he has been identified by the arms licence racket mastermind Muhammad Zuber as one of his clients. Zuber had been operating a nexus of providing authentic arms licences from J&K government for the rich and influential of several other states using fake documents. He was arrested by ATS during a crackdown on the nexus under “operation ‘Zubeida’. Mukesh Modi though continued to evade interrogation calls and it was only after ATS took him in custody and brought to Jaipur that he agreed to cooperate with the officials.

Three sharpshooters of Tillu gang arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rohini District Police nabbed three accused namely Deepak Balyan alias Deepu, Manish Dabas and Anshu Delhi in various cases of murder, attempt to murder and robbery. All the arrested accused are said to be sharpshooters and have been associated with the Tillu gang.Balyan and Dabas are wanted criminals in various cases of abduction, murder, and extortion but Anshu had reportedly just joined the gang. “Balyan is an accused in the murder of Sanjay Verma who he had picked in broad daylight along with his associates to get information on his rival gang. However when Sanjay denied having any such information, Balyan and his associates tortured him before shooting him dead,” said Rishi Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rohini. “Balyan had also shot a woman in North Rohini Police Station area in an attempt to snatch the gold chain that she was wearing,” added Pal. Balyan is accused in seven other cases while Dabas is accused in more than four cases of murder and robbery.The police also recovered from them two pistols, eight live cartridges of one country-made pistol with two live cartridges and a stolen bike.WANTED CAUGHTThey are said to be sharpshooters associated with the Tillu gang. Balyan and Dabas are wanted criminals while Anshu had just joined the gang.

Indian man rearrested after completing 10 years in prison in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian national has been rearrested after he was released from prison following the completion of his 10 years term as authorities believe that he poses threat to public safety.Jerald Peter Dsouza, 58, was arrested by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers after he was released from a private jail where he served sentence for using the internet to induce a minor, who he believed to be a 13-year- old girl, to engage in criminal sexual activity.Dsouza remains in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), federal authorities said yesterday.He was convicted in US District Court, Eastern District of California, in March 2009, ICE said.”ICE places a high priority on identifying, arresting and removing foreign nationals with criminal records who pose a threat to public safety — whether they’re in the United States legally or illegally,” said William P Joyce, acting field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in El Paso.

Sachin Tendulkar had written to Suburban Dist Collector about rail safety in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar, who has received criticism in the past for poor attendance in the Upper House and has been accused of being a passive parliamentarian, had on August 28 written to the Mumbai Suburban District Collector putting forth suggestions on a wide range of issues. He had urged the Collector to consider them while drafting the Mumbai Suburban District Plan 2025 — a blueprint for development of the district till 2025.In a five-page letter, Tendulkar put forth suggestions on issues such as hawker zones, safety and security of Railways, public transport, public parking, solid waste management, water supply, water transport and open spaces for children, among others.In the letter written to Deependra Singh Kushwaha, Tendulkar had said, “A dedicated Hawker Zone/ Food Zone will help clear pedestrian area in and around railway stations and on skywalks.””Pedestrians should be directed to take pavements or skywalks where constructed and not walk between traffic in at station roads,” He added.Tendulkar added, “Vacant spaces can be utilised in every suburb for creation of weekly markets with clear markings on space and temporary/ permanent hawker zones.” He also stressed on having connectivity via water transport services to cut down road congestion and help boost tourism in the city.In the letter, written a month before the Elphinstone Road stampede in which 23 people died, Tendulkar also wrote about providing safety and security for railway commuters. “There are platforms where there is a wide gap between the train and the platform, and at some places, the edges of the platform have worn out creating dangerous situations for alighting commuters. It is time that not only this city, but the country as a whole, makes safety and security its utmost priority.”He had drawn on Hong Kong, New York and Singapore as examples for dedicated water transport systems. “I have read recent reports of linking various ferry points such as Gorai/Andheri. It will provide and alternative for people away from trains and roads – for example, Gorai can also operate to South Mumbai with vehicles on board the ferry, cutting short a three-hour drive.”Creating green spaces was also on the agenda. “Restoration of green spaces where families can sit and cook together will help create community settings in the city. We must also encourage the construction of green buildings which are self-sufficient in terms of generation of electricity and depend minimally on the grid for supply.”Other issues on which Tendulkar focused were rainwater harvesting, cleaning of rivers and water tributaries and security of road infrastructure and traffic management.

Chandigarh: Two brothers convicted for repeatedly raping sister’s 10-year-old daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chandigarh court on Tuesday convicted two brothers for repeatedly raping their sister’s 10-year-old daughter. The child delivered a girl on August 17. The quantum of sentence will pronounced on November 2.The case, which led to a huge public outcry, was put on fast track after the victim’s maternal uncle, Kul Bahadur, was arrested on July 18 for raping her. The investigation took an uglier turn when the DNA sample of the baby born to the victim did not match with the accused.The police then formed an SIT. Further disclosures by the victim led the police to Bahadur’s younger brother, Shankar, who was also arrested for raping the child.In her statements, the victim told the police that her elder maternal uncle, Kul, started raping her in December last year and it continued for several months, until Shankar, also her maternal uncle, started raping her. The DNA sample of the newborn matched with that of Shankar.On Tuesday, the Court of Additional District and Session Judge Poonam R Joshi held both the maternal uncles guilty under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The maximum punishment in the case is life imprisonment.The city was left shamefaced when the victim child gave birth to a girl in a government hospital in Chandigarh on August 17. The abortion plea was dismissed by a local court and then by the Supreme Court, as by then, the victim was over 30 weeks pregnant. Her mother had found out about the pregnancy only when 26 weeks had passed.The family hails from Nepal. The victim’s parents refused to see the newborn, who was then shifted to a child care home. The legal procedure for her adoption was started and the victim was sent home.TIMELINEJuly 15: Rape case registered.July 18: Accused maternal uncle Kul Bahadur arrested.July 18: District court in Chandigarh rejects abortion plea.July 29: SC turns down abortion plea.August 17: Victim delivers a baby girl.September 11: DNA sample does not match with accused uncle.September 19: Second maternal uncle, Shankar, arrested for rape. DNA sample matches.October 31: Both maternal uncles held guilty of rape.November 2: Quantum of sentence to be announced.

Nirbhaya Case: Delhi Commission for Women issues notice to Tihar over hanging of convicts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) has issued notice to the Tihar Jail authorities and the DCP, South District, asking why the convicts in the December 16 gangrape and murder case have not been hanged even six months after the Supreme Court upheld their death sentence.The notice by the DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal was issued despite the four convicts having the option to seek review of the apex court’s judgement, file curative petition and seek mercy from the President after exhausting judicial remedies.The execution of a condemned prisoner is carried out only after the trial court issues a death warrant in the case concerned.According to a statement issued by the Commission, the parents of the deceased have complained to the women’s panel that even after six months of the Supreme Court upholding the death sentence for the four convicts, who had brutally raped and killed their daughter Jyoti Pandey, they have not yet been hanged.The apex court on May 5 this year had upheld the death sentence for four men convicted of the savage rape and murder of the young woman, terming the attack on her as the “most brutal, barbaric and diabolical”.However, the convicts have the option to seek review of the apex court’s judgement, file curative petition and seek mercy from the President after exhausting judicial remedies.Maliwal, in her notice to the Tihar Jail administration and DCP South District, has inquired as to why the accused have not been hanged despite the SC order.The Commission has asked the officials to respond by November 6.The four convicted men who are lodged at Tihar jail are Mukesh (29), Pawan (22), Vinay Sharma (23) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).A fifth accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March in 2013 and the sixth, a convicted juvenile, was sentenced three years of punishment in a reform home and released in 2015.The six men had assaulted Jyoti Pandey, the 23-year-old paramedic student, and a male friend in a moving bus as it drove through the streets of New Delhi. She was thrown out of the bus — so grievously injured that her insides were spilling out — along with her male friend near the airport.A fortnight later, on December 29, 2012, she succumbed in a Singapore hospital.

Uttar Pradesh: Wife says no to sex, husband pours acid on her private parts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a brutal incident, a man poured acid onto the genitals of his wife, after she refused to have physical intimacy with him. The incident has left the woman in a serious condition.According to the victim, the husband was forcing her to have sexual intercourse, but when she refused, he threw chemicals on the genital area, which led to a severe injury.The woman has been married to the accused, who belonged to Kotwali District’s Behrin Village, for the past six years and have two children together. The couple was, reportedly, having a tiff on some issue.On getting information from the neighbours, the victim’s family members admitted her to the hospital, where she is getting the treatment.According to the victim’s father’s statement, a case has been registered against the accused and three other people and investigation is underway.

In Noida, drum beats for those who owe revenue department cash

Updated: Oct 28, 2017, 11:07 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The revenue collection staff of Gautam Buddha Nagar district on Saturday announced the names of people owing dues to the department with drum beats in areas near their residence and work place, an official said.As per the directions of the district magistrate, names of some 15-20 people were announced on the public address system, Additional District Information Officer said.Three persons of the Food Department owing Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 2 lakh each deposited cash of Rs 20,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000, he said.

Parents want principal arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry protests were seen outside the Kaushalya World School on Friday morning, as members of the African Association demanded the arrest of the school principal on Friday morning. This was with regard to an 11-year-old Nigerian boy — a student in the school — who had been allegedly sodomised by 38-year-old man earlier this week. The school principal later held a meeting with the association and assured the members of the safety of their children.Police, too, stated that they were taking all steps possible to reassure the community. “Some members of the African Association spoke to the school management today and expressed concern over the sexual assault on the Nigerian student. They demanded action against the school principal,” said Girish Kumar, Station House Officer, Surajpur.Around 40 members of the African Association had staged a protest outside the school and raised slogans against the school and the principal. The protesting parents further alleged that the school authorities had tried to defend the accused. “We feel that the administration had been hiding the accused earlier. The principal and the owner should be arrested following this. We have not been given any assurances about the safety of our children. How can we send our children to school with such incidents happening inside the school premises?,” said Bukola, a member of the Nigerian Association. Other members of the association stated that they were not sure if they would let their children continue to study here“My nephew also studies here but now I am not sure he will continue here or not. We have been left traumatised after the incident. Earlier, we used to tell countrymen in Nigeria that India is treating us well but now we do not feel it,” said Lawrance, a member, who only gave his first name. However, when DNA contacted Mukta Mishra, the Director Principal of the Kaushalya World School, she denied having defended the accused and stated that the protest was a “misunderstanding.”“They thought that I have been hiding inside the premises and do not want to meet them but that is not the case. I am extending my full support to the victim’s family. It would be incorrect to say that I am defending anyone, we are ready to cooperate in the police investigation,” she said. On Thursday, the District School Inspector has sent a notice to the Kaushalya World School stating that they have found the safety measures as per the Central Board of Secondary Education norms unfit. The school administration has been given three days to reply, otherwise, the school’s license will be cancelled. Reacting to this Mishra said, “The incident is a shock for us. We have also sorted the things which are not there in the school according to the CBSE norms and will be sending them a reply and requested them for an inspection again.”IN PROTESTAround 40 members of the African Association staged a protest outside the school and raised slogans against the school and the principal.
The protesting parents further alleged that the school authorities tried to defend the accused.
The principal later held a meeting with members and assured them the kid’s safety

Senior journalist Vinod Verma breaks silence on arrest, says I’m being targeted because I have sex tape of Chhattisgarh Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ex-BBC journalist Vinod Verma has broken silence over his arrest and said that it was a political witch-hunt.’I am being targeted because I have sex tape of a Chhattisgarh Minister,’ Verma made the sensational claim as the cops were taking him to the Ghaziabad District Court from Indirapuram Police Station.Though the police officials were tight-lipped about the material seized from senior journalist’s house, Verma openly said that ‘arrested as I have sex tape of a BJP leader.’Though it is not clear what was the purpose of that sex tape, media reports suggest that Verma was blackmailing the minister.Initial reports suggest that in a joint operation, police officials from Ghaziabad and Chhatisgarh seized over 300 CDs from Verma’s Indirapuram house. They also took away his laptop, pen drive.A case has been registered against Verma at the Pandri Police Station of Raipur district under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The senior journalist, who is also an executive member of the Editors Guild of India, was part of the fact-finding team looking into the intimidation of journalists in Chhattisgarh.

Cops arrest two, recover 22 pistols

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported how gun-runners have actively increased the inflow of illegal weapons into the Capital, the Delhi Police’s special cell has arrested two men and recovered 22 pistols which were to be sold to puny gangs operating in Delhi. According to the police, the accused were wanted for cases like murders and attempt to murders, and have transported more than 500 weapons into Delhi-NCR. In another major haul, three arms traffickers were arrested and 18 pistols with an SUV car were also recovered.In the first case, the accused have been identified as Pawan (28) and Veerpal (28), both from Gonda near Aligarh. The duo came under the police radar after secret information was received on October 11. “A trap was laid and at 5 pm a person identified as Veerpal arrived with a bag. He was soon joined by his associate Pawan. Following a raid, both were apprehended and 22 illegal pistols procured by them from village Signoor, District Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, were recovered,” said PS Kushwaha, DCP Special Cell.In the second haul, the accused have been identified as Mangal Singh, Shiv Singh and Ravi. 18 illegal high-quality pistols of .32 bore along with 8 live cartridges of .32 bore were recovered from the duo and a Bolero car in which the illegal pistols were hidden was also recovered.DNA had reported on Wednesday that the inflow of illegal arms is on the rise in the Capital as gangs from UP and Bihar are aiding puny criminal gangs here in exchange for small payments.

Panchkula violence: Police personnel, CEO of firm run by Dera Sacha Sauda arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police personnel and the CEO of a business venture run by Dera Sacha Sauda have been arrested in connection with the violence in Panchkula after Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in rape cases on August 25.Police have arrested head constable Lal Singh, who was posted in the intelligence wing. Lal Singh, who was not on official duty was seen in the video footage outside the District Courts complex on August 25, reported Tribune India.Police have also arrested the CEO of a business venture run by Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda.CP Arora, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSG All India Trading International Pvt limited, was arrested from Panchkula by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police, Panchkula Police Commissioner A S Chawla said.According to the police, Arora had already been booked for allegedly conspiring to incite violence on August 25.Following the conviction of Ram Rahim, violence erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa districts of Haryana leaving 41 people dead and several injured.Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.A special CBI court in Panchkula has sentenced the Dera chief to 20-year-imprisonment, two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases.During the trial for the quantum of sentencing, a special court at Rohtak prison had compared Ram Rahim Singh as a wild beast.The court has also fined him Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him.

Forum tells risk firm to pay medical claim of insured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum of south Mumbai pulled up an insurance company for rejecting the complainant’s medical claim and directed the firm to pay the complainant’s medical bills worth Rs 38,015 along with an additional amount of Rs 10,000 towards the complainant’s mental agony. The forum also asked the firm to pay the complainant’s litigation costs. Explaining its rejection, the firm stated that there was no need for the complainant to get continuous medical supervision after undergoing gastroscopy.Vasantray Mody, a resident of New Queen’s Road at Opera House, had purchased a mediclaim policy from The Oriental Insurance Company. He had purchased the individual medical insurance policy and paid an approximate one-time premium of Rs 1.5 lakh. The policy was valid from March 20, 2013 to March 19, 2014. In the interim, Mody was advised by doctors to undergo an operation and was hospitalised for the same. He underwent gastroscopy and later submitted the hospital bills seeking reimbursement for his medical treatment.The insurance firm refused to reimburse the bills claiming that as per the norms of the policy, the complainant is not entitled to take hospitalisation for more than 24 hours, and since it was exceeded, the claim was repudiated.The forum, after going through the evidence brought in the record, held, “When the complainant submitted the claim, it was repudiated on March 5, 2014. As the complainant had paid the premium of the policy and the policy was in existence, therefore, we found that there is a deficiency in service and unfair trade practice on the part of the insurance firm as it repudiated the claim of the complainant without any reasonable cause.”

Women’s body questions absence of female doc in health centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Monday sought a report from the Chief District medical officer (North zone) on why no female doctor has been appointed to the Hollambi Kalan JJ colony’s health centre.The DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal, had earlier sent a notice to the Health Secretary over the issue, following which the department had ordered the zone’s Chief District Medical Officer to hire a female doctor in the Hollambi Kalan health centre. “But, no new lady doctor has been appointed yet. So, the commission has now notified the Chief District Medical Officer to send a report within seven days,” the Commission said in a statement.The matter came to the women body’s notice when a Mahila Panchayat organised by the commission in the area and local women complained about the unavailability of female doctors in the health centre there.The locals also suggested that the presence of a female doctor will also ease their problem. “The scarcity of female doctors in the Hollambi Kalan health centre has put the local women in a sorry situation. This is why the CDMO has been questioned as to why the appointment of female doctor hasn’t taken place yet,” Maliwal said.

Delhi High Court sets aside order to cancel hospital’s registration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling the decision to cancel the registration of a private hospital on allegations of conducting a pre-natal test “harsh”, the Delhi High Court has set aside the order passed by the District Advisory Committee (DAC).Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also ordered to release the ultrasound machines which were sealed after holding that the hard disks of the machines have still not been scrutinized which is hampering the functioning of the hospital.”The action of cancellation of the registration is very harsh and virtually amounts to the entire functioning of the hospital coming to a standstill. This is, more so, in view of the fact that there is no allegation that in the past, the hospital or its staff was involved in any such violation, and further no criminal proceedings have been initiated or sought to be initiated against the hospital and/or its officers and staff,” the court said in its order.The court’s direction came on a plea filed by 100-bedded MGS (Super) Specialty Hospital that had challenged the decision by the DAC, and thereafter the rejection of an appeal by the State Appropriate Authority.According to the plea, on February 8, 2016, a decoy patient called Deepa had come to the hospital for conducting an ultrasound test of her full abdomen with a prescription. However, she did not disclose anything about her pregnancy. During the test, a raid was conducted and the doctor, Arun Singh Chauhan, who was appointed in the radiology department, was arrested with two other associates.Six ultrasound machines were also seized from the hospital. A case was registered against three, including, Chauhan at the Punjabi Bagh Police Station.Following this, a notice was issued to the hospital and subsequently its registration was suspended and thereafter cancelled on May 6, 2016, on charges of non-fulfillment of the formalities, and conducting pre-natal test.The court held that there was no allegation that the staff of the hospital, other than Chauhan was aware of the sex determination test proposed to be conducted.The court also observed that the DAC has completely lost sight of the fact that the hospital is a 100-bedded Multi Super-Speciality Hospital and it is not possible for a hospital to function without having the facilities of ultrasound.The court also expressed surprise on the non-examination of the machines, thereby setting aside the orders.

Technology to assist J&K police to keep militants at bay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police is in the process of procuring state-of-the-art gadgets to beef up the camp security and prevent terror attacks.Intrusion detection system and electric boom barriers are among some of the gadgets that are being inducted to foil terror designs and prevent outfits from carrying out suicide attacks on security force camps and vital installations. Initially Rs eight crore will be spent on the gadgets. If the initial move works, the fund will be increased.Fitted with shock sensors, the intrusion detection system use vibrations or shock waves to trigger an alarm at the command centre. This will not only alert the security forces and Quick Reactions Teams, but also give them ample time to foil the ultras bid to storm the perimeter.Radio frequency identification (RFID)-based vehicle access control system is also planned to be installed to ensure foolproof security camps. Under this system, the vehicles will be fitted with RIFD tags which will automatically identify authorised vehicles, saving time for security scanning.”We will do whatever we can to thwart terror attacks. We have already started security audit of our camps and vital installations to plug holes, if any,” a police officer said.Sources said Hand-held ground penetrating radar (HHGPR) system is also being considered to be put in place to detect explosives and IED at camps.Currently the system in vogue is time consuming and risky sometimes. The HHGPR will reduce time and also helps in detecting the explosives deep inside the ground. Anti-riot gas masks, shields and other modern equipment are also being considered for the cops to fight the street clashes and stone pelting.The need to induct new equipment comes weeks after security forces repulsed a Pathankote-type terror attack when three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens were neutralized soon after they stormed the highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp, neighboring Srinagar International Airport and Air Force Station. An Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of BSF was killed and three others were injured in the operation that lasted for 10 hours on October 3.This was the second attack in less than two months in which Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeens stormed the security forces camp in the valley. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men –four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police –were killed and six others injured in the encounter.Data available with different security agencies reveal that 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir since January this year. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.

Maharashtra: Ahmednagar constable suspended for criticising PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police constable was suspended for allegedly criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a WhatsApp post, police said today.Ramesh Shinde is posted as a bodyguard of Congress MLA and former minister Balasaheb Thorat, they said.Shinde, allegedly criticised Modi in a WhatsApp post recently, police said.The matter was taken seriously and an inquiry has been ordered, they said.”The action was taken against Shinde yesterday after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjankumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, told

Nabbed culprits within 30 minutes of robbery: Cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North East District of Delhi Police have arrested three men involved in a robbery case from Johripur Pulia on Friday. Speaking to DNA, police officers claimed they managed to arrest the accused within half an hour of the robbery.According to police, they got a police control room call at around 2:30 am by Ajay Kumar who reported a robbery at his house. “In his complaint, Kumar stated that he heard a noise on the first floor of his house. As he reached upstairs, he saw a man stealing articles from the almirah. When he raised an alarm, the accused threatened him with a knife and fled,” said a police officer. Various teams were formed to look for the criminals.”As we reached near Johripur Pulia, along with complainant, we spotted three people on a motorcycle. They tried to outrun the police vehicles but were intercepted. The accused, Mahender, told the police that in order to make money, he and two others planned the robbery,” a police officer said.Four gold bangles and a gold necklace, three gold rings, earrings, a watch and cash of Rs 2,800 in cash have been recovered from the accused.

Pesticide poisoning: Maharashtra govt suspends DOA; farmer death toll rises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Government has suspended the District Agriculture Development Officer (DOA) Dattatreya Kalsai, in connection with deaths of farmers due to infection caused by spraying of pesticide in Yavatmal.Earlier on October 9, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the Centre and the Maharashtra Government.It had been reported that during the last three months, several farmers had to be hospitalised due to an infection, caused by spraying of a pesticide on the cotton crops. Many have, reportedly, died, even as others are serious.Reportedly, the state government had also announced an inquiry into the deaths of Yavatmal farmers and farm labourers, 18 in number.Consequently, the NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra and the Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.The Maharashtra Agriculture Minister had, however, said that the farmers were not following the directions of wearing gloves and protective clothing.The state government then announced a compensation of Rs. 12 lakh for the families of the victims.The Chief Secretary of the state government was also directed to ensure that the best treatment is provided free of cost to the farmers, who are either admitted to the hospital(s) or taking treatment as an out-patient.

Arvind Kejriwal’s denial of instruction to Jethmalani ‘belated’ and ‘afterthought’: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Arun Jaitley today termed as “bald and belated” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s denial in Delhi High court that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader.Jaitley contended that the Aam Aadmi Party leader has neither substantiated his claim that he did not instruct his former lawyer to use such words, nor initiated any action against Jethmalani for using scandalous words without his permission. The response of the senior BJP leader along with the evidence he was relying on was taken up today before Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta in the second Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal for the defamatory words used against him by the veteran lawyer.The Joint Registrar listed the case before the regular court on November 7 after conclusion of admission and denial of the evidence submitted by Jaitley through his lawyer Manik Dogra. Kejriwal’s lawyer, Anupam Srivastava, today denied before the joint registrar the newspaper reports, electronic records of the news and interviews given by Jethmalani and the photocopy of the court records, all of which carried the defamatory words used by the senior lawyer while cross- examining Jaitley. The senior advocate had used the words while cross- examining the Union Minister in an earlier Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.The AAP leaders in December 2015 had levelled charges of corruption against Jaitley in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Jaitley has denied all the allegations and also claimed that these had harmed his reputation. In his response to Kejriwal’s denial, the BJP leader has said, “The records clearly establish that it was the defendant (Kejriwal) who had instructed his (then) senior advocate to use the said ex facie defamatory and slanderous words against the plaintiff (Jaitley) in order to defame him.” “The frivolous defence submitted by the defendant in his written statement is false and dishonest,” Jaitley has said in his response.The BJP leader termed as an “afterthought” and “a belated attempt”, the July 20 letter written by Kejriwal to Jethmalani stating that he had not instructed him to use any defamatory words against Jaitley. With regard to Kejriwal’s claim in his written statement that the “statements made during judicial proceedings are even otherwise protected by absolute privilege”, Jaitley has said no such privilege can be claimed by a person who instructed his lawyer to insult or use defamatory language against a witness. Jaitley has claimed he is entitled to the relief sought by him and that the suit be decreed in his favour.

Manganiyar families flee village in fear

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 20 Manganiyar families in Jaisalmer have been forced to leave their village after receiving threat followed by the killing of a family member who was also a folk singer. Now, nearly 80-100 members of these families from Dantal village of the district are living in Jaisalmer district headquarter at Rain Basera (shelter) run by Nagar Palika while some other families are living at their relatives’ house in Balad village. The deceased, Aamad Khan, was a Manganiyar singer who used to sing Bhajans in temples. He was found dead in the village. After four days of his death, Khan’s relatives filed an FIR at Falsund police station alleging that on September 27, one Ramesh Suthar, who used to practice as deity comes in him, asked Aamad to sing a particular Raaga. Failing which Ramesh with his two brothers picked Khan when he was on his way back home and beat him up. It is said in FIR that due to injuries Aamad Khan received during beating caused him to death. The police of Phulsund Thana arrested the main accused Ramesh and but two other accused are still out of clutches. Meanwhile, around 20 families of Manganiyars reached Jaisalmer district headquarters. Chhuge Khan, brother of deceased said that some people threatened to kill their family members as they dared to register FIR. “Proper police guard have been deployed at Dantal as well as Balad villages for their protection but despite of assurance these people are not going back.” Gaurav Yadav, District SP, Jaisalmer said.