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Indian Railways employee dies of serious head injuries in boiler accident

A worker in Indian Railways’ mechanised laundry lost his life on Sunday after an outlet pipe of a boiler hit his head causing an injury.The laundry for washing Railway Hospital linen is located behind the Northern Railway Central Hospital (NRCH) here and the operation and maintenance of this laundry are outsourced to a contractor ‘M/s Laundraid’.The outlet pipe of the boiler broke and a piece of this pipe hit Pradeep.”He was brought to the NRCH where the doctors gave him an immediate treatment and did all possible medical interventions and procedures to treat and stabilise his condition. Since he had a severe injury to head, he was immediately shifted to the RML Hospital by the paramedical staff for further treatment,” Nitin Chowdhary, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northern Railways said, in a statement.He added that while Pradeep was in the RML hospital, the doctors tried to better his condition but after 35 minutes of efforts, the said person could not be saved and he passed away.”General Manager and Divisional Railway Manager, along with senior railway officials, visited the site of incident and also the patient and his relatives at the RML Hospital. A senior officer-level enquiry has been ordered by the General Manager,” the statement further read.

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Bihar | Naxal attack Masudan railway station, abduct 2 officials

A group of Naxals attacked Masudan Railway Station in Bihar late Tuesday night and abducted two officials.The attackers set ablaze the property of the railway station. According to the news agency ANI, two officials including Assistant Station Master were abuducted by the Naxals.So far, the authorities have not reported about any casualty in the attack.Maldah’s Divisional Railway Manager got a call from the abducted assistant station master. He said that the Naxals have threatened to kill bot the officials if train services continue on the Masudan track.All passengers have been requested to take other alternatives as a precautionary measure.Eastern Railway detains 3 trains in Kiul-Jamalpur-Bhagalpur section of Malda Division in the light of Naxal attack at Masudan Railway Station, services have once again been stopped at Kiul point: Rajesh Kumar, CPRO Eastern Railway was quoted as saying by ANI.Earlier this year, Naxals hijacked a train in Lakhisarai district of Bihar. Another incident was reported in October last year, where 20 Naxals allegedly attacked a railway station in Odisha.Bihar is a part of ‘red corridor’ that passes through resource-rich areas of central, southern, western and eastern India and is mostly inhabited by underprivileged tribes. Since his election in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been seeking to stem the insurgency through development funds for the areas and improving policing.

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Amarnath Yatra attack group eliminated as 3 LeT militants killed in encounter in South Kashmir

Three Lashker-e-Taiba militants, including two Pakistanis, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir.The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who is a local militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists).”Furkan, a Pakistani terrorist who took over as Divisional commander of LeT after the elimination of Ismail was killed in today’s encounter at Qazikund along with another Pakistani terrorist identified as Abu Mavia. Great success for security forces!,” said J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid.Vaid said that a body of third terrorist Yawar a local was also recovered from encounter site and the fourth terrorist caught alive in injured condition.”With the elimination of Abu Ismail earlier & now these three Abu Mavia , Furkan & Yawar group that attacked Amarnath Yatries is wiped out,” he added.Also readTurning over a new leaf: How Indian Army amped up its diplomacy with new coffee table bookThe encounter broke on Monday afternoon when the militants opened fire on an Army convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack while another sustained injuries.Basir, hailing from Habiash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashker -e-Taiba this year in February after snatching a weapon from a policeman. Furqan had taken over as the head of Lashker-e-Taiba in South Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail, who had led the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year.In July, at least seven pilgrims were killed while several were injured in a terror attack, while they were on their way back from Amarnath Temple.Also readSecurity agencies enter ‘Tora Bora’ of Kashmir to kill JeM terrorists(With agency inputs)
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Watch: Elephant, calf enter a house to find food – here’s what happened next

We all know elephants are gentle giants. But often their interaction with humans lead to unfortunate results. In many places, elephants who enter human locality lead to massive destruction of public property and sometimes attack people too. But it was not the case in Coimbatore recently. According to a clip, which has gone viral and shared by news agency ANI, an elephant and its calf entered the yard of a house looking to get some food. However, not seeing any food in the vicinity, the elephants slowly made their way out without causing any harm to property. Luckily there wasn’t any human being in the vicinity, so no was injured. However sometimes the situation is not so rosy. Last month, on the 24th, a herd of seven elephants damaged standing paddy crop in a number of villages in Gajapati district of Odisha. The herd strayed into the villages under Goshani block near Paralakhemundi and it might have migrated from Lakhari elephant reserve via Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, Divisional Forest Officer, Berhampur, A K Behera, who is also the in-charge of Paralakhemundi Forest Divicion said.With increasing urbanisation, the number of conflicts between humans and animals are on the rise. According to reports, over 1000 people have been killed in the last three years owing to attack from elephants.Also readBangladesh: Wild elephants trample two Rohingya refugees to deathWith PTI inputs
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Train derailed in Delhi; no casualties reported so far

Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 12:45 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A passenger train derailed in Delhi on Tuesday; however no one was hurt in the incident, confirmed Northern Railways here.The Palwal-New Delhi-Ghaziabad passenger train (64055) derailed after one of its wheels went off the track at Okhla.”The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) and other officers have reached the spot while arrangements were being made to evacuate the passengers,” the Northern Railways’ Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) further informed.The CPRO also stated that there was no major disruption to traffic due to the derailment.

Odisha: Wildlife crimes and coordination cell to track poachers in the state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A wildlife cell is all set to become operational here with an aim to tighten the noose around poachers in the southern parts of Odisha.Built at an investment of Rs 25 lakh, the wildlife crimes and coordination cell (WCCC) is expected to begin operations soon, official sources said.The WCCC will maintain data of common wildlife crimes and habitual poachers in the area, while a round-the-clock control room will gather more details of such crimes, said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Berhampur, A K Behera.The centre will also keep a record of the availability of wild animals in the region comprising Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Boudh districts, he said.It would help in proper coordination between the state wildlife crime cell, the office of the chief wildlife warden, regional office of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Kolkata, and some other agencies, the DFO said.In addition, the WCCC will be of interest to researchers and wildlife enthusiasts as all kinds of information, including the census data of different wild animals, will be made available.The cell would create awareness among people about the need for conservation and protection of wildlife in the area, Behera added.The setting up of such a centre assumes significance amid frequent reports of poaching in the southern parts of the state.”Poaching is rampant in the area,” said Samira Pradhan, president, Ganjam District Peacock Protection Committee.The region is home to several endangered animals like blackbucks, olive ridley turtles and pangolins.Altogether 105 wildlife crime cases were registered with the Berhampur forest circles in the last five years.Around 210 persons were involved in these crimes, the sources said.Similarly, 11 cases of wildlife organ trade were also registered during the period, with 28 persons having been arrested in this connection, they said.

Raje ‘floors’ Bharatpur as a humble guest to Bapu sermon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crowd which came to hear religious sermons of saint Morari Bapu found a humble visitor in the chief minister, Vasundhara Raje, who rejected to have special sitting with the saint and preferred to sit on the floor among the commoners. This happened in Kot Upar Stadium at Kaman, Bharatapur, where the saint had a session of spiritual teachings on Sunday morning. Raje, after completing three days hectic tour to byelection bound constituency, Alwar, reached Kaman in the morning and attended the saint whom she often meets. She kept ‘Ramkatha’ on her head and took blessing of the saint by touching his feet. It was a common practice which Raje follows whenever she meets reverend persons. Most surprising moment, for the crowd was her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special arrangement for her sitting as per the protocol. Raje, though, preferred to attend the spiritual session as a commoner, not a VIP, and she sat among the people who made her CM. Raje listened entire Ram katha spoke by Morari Bapu. Meanwhile, prior to starting the narrative, the saint gave his greetings to the CM and applauded her saying that it can happen in Indian culture that a person occupying topmost office sit on the floor among commoners and listen to the preaching attentively. “The welfare of a person who governs is sure when listens sitting in front of a spiritual platform,” said Bapu announcing a donation of Rs 5 lakhs for the renovation of the temples of Kaman. Those present on the occasion were, State Tourism minister Krishanendra Kaur Deepa, Bharatpur MP Bahadur Singh Koli, MLA s Jagat Singh-Anita Singh- Vijay Bansal and Bachhusingh Banshiwal, Divisional Commissioner Subir Kumar, District Collector Narendra Kumar Gupta, Superintendent of Police Anil Tank along with several public representatives and administrative officials. ‘IT HAPPENS ONLY IN INDIA’The saint applauded CM saying that it can happen in India that a person with top position can be so humble.
The CM reached Kaman in Bharatpur after a three-day hectic Alwar tour to attend the sermon of Morari Bapu.
The crowd was surprised on her decision not to sit on a seat arranged, as there was a special sitting arrangement for her as per protocol.

Rhino found dead with horn chopped off in Kaziranga National Park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Poachers allegedly killed an adult rhinoceros and chopped off its horn in the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam, taking the number of such incidents in the protected zone to three in the past one week, an official said.The carcass of the male rhino was found near Bokpara camp under Kohora range on Thursday. It was killed a night before, KNP Divisional Forest Officer Rohini Ballav Saikia told PTI.A huge cache of arms and ammunition allegedly carried by the poachers was recovered from the park, Saikia said.Search operations were underway to nab the poachers, who have fled with the horn, he said.Poachers have killed four rhinos for their horns in the past one week in the park. An adult female ‘Pride of Assam’ was shot dead near Tunekati forest camp under Burapahar range of the UNESCO-declared WorldHeritage Site, followed by the gunning down of a rhino and her female calf on Saturday night.Two rhinos were killed by poachers in the park at Hatibali Chapori in the KNP Sixth Addition area and Burapahar range earlier this year, while another 18 were killed by poachers in the park with their horn taken away last year.Meanwhile on Thursday night, traffic police from the neighbouring Nagaon district stopped a vehicle coming from Guwahati on National Highway 37.The driver and three persons in the vehicle fled the spot, leaving behind the car with an AK-47 rifle, a.303 rifle, live ammunition, three magazines, a number of sharp weapons, some brown sugar and three torch lights, police said.Jakhalabandha police station officer-in-charge Deben Borah said a number of groups have tried to enter the national park area and police were investigating the matter.

Civil secretariat reopens after 10-day gap in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civil secretariat and other offices will reopen here tomorrow after a 10-day break owing to the pre-Independence practice of “darbar move” under which the Jammu and Kashmir government functions six months each in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu.The reopening of government offices in the winter capital will be marked by a strike call given by a traders federation and supported by various Jammu-based organizations to highlight the alleged failure of the PDP-BJP government to address their issues including continuation of toll tax on goods imported from outside the state.The practice of “darbar move” was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the summer heat of Jammu and the biting winters of Srinagar.”All necessary arrangements are in place to ensure smooth functioning of the government from here,” Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Mandeep K Bhandari told PTI.He said the administration was ready and the works to ensure better facilities to employees have been completed.Arrangements have been made to deal with any situation including law and order problem in the wake of the bandh call given by certain groups, Bhandari said.The bandh call was given by Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF) to protest toll tax on goods imported from outside the state and to press for public holiday on the birth anniversary of last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh.While many organisations including Jammu High Court Bar Association, National Panthers Party and Team Jammu extended support to the strike call, Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) opposed it.It said “the toll post is working as a tool to stop the import of unaccounted goods by “vested interests”.Market associations also distanced themselves from the strike call, terming the bandh as “unjustified”.Inspector General of Police, Jammu, S D Singh Jamwal said best possible security arrangements have been made in connection with the reopening of offices including civil secretariat the seat of Jammu and Kashmir government and Raj Bhavan here.He said closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at important installations and thoroughfares including secretariat have been made operational to maintain a close vigil.Like yesteryears, the city this time was also given a facelift to welcome the government.The secretariat along with other offices and quarters has been renovated, while the roads in the vicinity got macadamised or repaired over the past several weeks.Damaged street lights were repaired. Pathways and roadsides were cleaned and painted.The state government spends crores of rupees every year to shift voluminous records between the two capital cities twice a year, besides paying a huge amount as allowance to several thousand employees who shift base with the government.There have been demands from various quarters to abolish the practice and set up permanent civil secretariats in Jammu and Srinagar.National Panthers Party chairman Harsh Dev Singh said his party would take out a march tomorrow to showcase the unity of Jammu for realization of the common goal of “ending the age- old subjugation of Dogra land”

Assam: Rhino, calf killed in Kaziranga national park; horns taken away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A female rhino and her calf were shot dead and their horns removed by poachers at Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in upper Assam last night, a forest department official said.This comes three days after another adult female rhino was killed in the park.The rhino and her calf were gunned down near Tunekati Forest Camp under Burapahar Range of the Park yesterday, KNP Divisional Forest Officer Ruhini Ballab Saikia told PTI.The security personnel had heard gunshots around 11.30 pm and launched a search operation only to find the bullet-riddled carcasses of the rhinos lying near each other this morning, Saikia said.Several empty cartridges of AK-47 assault rifle were recovered from the spot, he added.With yesterday’s deaths, the toll of rhinos killed in Kaziranga this year rose to five.Poachers had slaughtered two rhinos earlier this year.While one was killed at Hatibali Chapori in KNP’s sixth addition area in February, the other was killed at Burapahar Range of the park in April, a forest official said.Last year, 18 rhinos were killed by poachers at the national park.

Religion over education: Government school teachers forced to turn priests in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent directive, a copy of which is with DNA, as many as 90 teachers from various government schools in Haryana were directed to attend the day-long training for priests to facilitate Kapal Mochan Fair 2017 in Yamunanagar. Many teachers did not report for a training session on October 29. They were served show cause notice and asked to be present for training next day for face department proceedings. According to a report in The Indian Express, most teachers joined the training programme on Monday. “Only two-three teachers have sought exemption on medical grounds. Now there is no need to take action against anybody” Bilaspur’s Sub Divisional Magistrate Naveen Ahuja was reported as saying by The Indian Express. Ahuja defended the move, saying they have taken the help of employees of other departments as well to manage the fair where a large number of devotees show up. “Such duties are being given to teachers for the past five-six years,” he said.Such a move has attracted a lot of criticism as poor results continue to mar the performance of government schools in the state. Many allege that Haryana government is more keen on training its teachers to assist priests for an ongoing five-day religious fair and distribute prasad rather than be in classrooms. Most of these teachers take many classes in a day and now their absence for a week adversely affects the overall development of the students. Teachers remain occupied with non-teaching work throughout the year and despite their objections, they are made to do jobs which are not related to teaching students at schools. Though most of the teachers giving their services as Priests these days remain guarded in their statements, members of the teachers’ union have started openly raising their objections. The orders invited sharp criticism from teachers who condemned the move. “Ya to hum school mein padhaein, ya puja-path karein. It has become a norm to deploy teachers on all kinds of non-teaching duties. When we did not attend the training, we were threatened with disciplinary action. If teachers remain absent from classrooms, how are we supposed to improve the results?” said Jagdeep Singh, a member of the teachers’ union.Earlier, Haryana government seemed to distance itself from the diktat, leaving the ball in the district administration’s court. “It could be the district administration’s order,” said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.BJP Spokesperson Jawahar Yadav defended the move saying, “It is just about distributing prasad to devotees during the fair. The teachers are not being trained to become full-fledged priests.”However, it is not the first time that teachers have been roped in to perform duties during the religious fair, as over 100 teachers are deployed in the religious fair since 2014, when 110 were on duty inside the temple, 110 in 2015 and 105 teachers were roped in last year.When questioned, Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar, Rohtash Singh Kharb said the order was taken due to administrative constraints. “It is a huge event and we need manpower. Out of 2,000 officials employed, 90 of them are teachers. It is a religious fair and teachers are required to assist the pujaris, including giving prasad, handling the donations for eight hours every day. The schools can manage by substituting teachers.”The five day religious far, Kapalmochan-2017 which began on October 31 is organized every year in Yamunanagar and witnesses a footfall of over 5 lakh devotees from across Punjab and Haryana. As many as 2,000 district-level officials are deputed on several duties for the fair, which includes at least 100 teachers every year.

Western Railway audit: Reduce luggage weight of commuters, instal escalators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The best way to prevent people from standing on stairways of foot over bridges (FOBs) is to replace them with escalators. Not just this, the Western Railway (WR) in its audit report has suggested reducing the weight of bags and luggage carried inside local trains. Both these factors were among the reasons behind the Elphinstone Road stampede, when the smooth movement of people on the staircase of a foot over bridge was hindered by luggage and sacks carried by commuters.The audit report of WR has suggested that the size and weight of bags carried by commuters in local trains should be reduced drastically. Sources said that at present a commuter travelling first-class can carry up to 50 kg and a second-class passenger can carry 35 kg. “We have proposed to bring it down to 15 kg for first-class and 10 kg for second-class,” said a WR official.Just before Diwali, the Central Railway gave a proposal to the Railway Board in Delhi seeking permission to construct 214 escalators in Mumbai. At present, there are 22 escalators on CR and 32 escalators on WR. This is apart from the ongoing work on 52 escalators on CR. “We are also working at erecting these 52 escalators by June 2018,” said SK Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.The recent audit of stations done by the different teams had also asked the CR authorities to build 67 new escalators. These too have been included in the 214 escalators that have been sent to Delhi. The cost of each escalator is Rs 60 lakh that has annual maintenance contract of 3 years.The WR on the other hand is constructing 18 escalators and has asked for 80 more escalators across all the stations. Apart from this the CR will also construct 12 new FOBs.NEW MEASURESCCTVs planned to cover escalators. 12 new FOBs are being built at a cost of Rs 180 crore.
Special CCTVs will be placed that will capture the crowded locations and send a beeper to the RPF control room

Railways to ‘review’ garbage situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Railway (WR) will be conducting a ‘review’ of the garbage which has collected outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office at Mumbai Central. Several complaints have been made regarding the collected garbage. The railways, which claimed to be adhering to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is now on a back foot.The WR DRM’s office, which is located near the coach center at Mumbai Central, witnesses the dumping of garbage from long distance trains which halt at the terminus for maintenance. This is not collected for several days leading to a stench.”The stench and filth is unbearable and many of our colleagues are falling sick due to the garbage which has been dumped outside the offices. It is not collected for weeks which piles up leading to diseases. Several complaints have been made but we continue to face the problems,” said a WR employee on the condition of anonymity.The frequency at which the garbage is collecting at the spot is now resulting in piles on the road leading to the DRM office and its adjoining offices. “We have been asked to keep our offices and surroundings clean but the DRM office itself has garbage outside its building. The Railways should come up with a solution to resolve the issues,” said the official.Ravindra Bhakar, Spokesperson, WR, said, “We are conducting a review of the garbage which has collected outside the DRM office and we will clear it as soon as possible.”

Blue Whale Challenge: Father of two-year-old kid attempts suicide by stabbing himself in Tripura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another case of Blue Whale Challenge, a man allegedly attempted suicide by stabbing himself under the influence of the deadly online game in South Tripura district.Santosh Debnath, a 26-year-old man allegedly attempted suicide at Banshpadua village about 100 km from Agartala on October 6.”Debnath who is also a father of a two-year-old kid had attempted suicide by stabbing on his stomach with a knife,” Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Belonia, Ratan Das told the news agency.He is now admitted at Belonia hospital and undergoing treatment.The police said that Debnath started playing the game 16-days before he stabbed himself and jumped into a pond.Following his erratic behaviour, the victim’s friend searched his mobile phone and found that he was playing the deadly game, police said.In the last few months, the deadly online game has claimed several lives. Last month, a 12-year-old boy was found dead on railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh. ALSO READ Blue Whale victim? ‘I should just die, I don’t deserve this life’, scribbles teenager found hanging from ceiling fanThe Blue Whale Challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete over a period of 50 days and the final task leads him or her to commit suicide.The player is also asked to share photos after finishing each challenge.Admitting to being the driving factor behind the suicides of youngsters playing the game, Philipp Budeikin, who claims to have created the game, says that the victims were just ‘biological waste’.”Victims were ‘happy to die’ and I am ‘cleansing society’,” Budeikin told police when he was arrested in May this year.A 17-year-old Russian girl has also been arrested by police for allegedly being the mastermind behind the Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide. ALSO READ Blue Whale Challenge: After Haryana student’s suicide, police confiscates 5 phones of his friends

FOBs at rly stations to come under CCTV camera cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of last week’s stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road foot overbridge (FOB), which claimed 22 lives, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) in Delhi has suggested to Delhi Division’s senior officers to install CCTV cameras on foot overbridges at all railway stations.Talking to DNA, Sanjay Kishore, Inspector General-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of RPF, Northern Railways, said the precautionary measure has been taken to step up vigil at FOBs, which get unusually crowded during peak hours. “The festive season is approaching and the step is being taken so that Mumbai-like tragedy is not repeated,” the IG said.On September 29, a huge mob of morning commuters were caught in a stampede on a narrow footbridge that links two railways stations in Mumbai, leaving 22 dead and more than two dozen injured. The bridge was unusually overcrowded as people had taken shelter there from heavy rainfall.Kishore further said the CCTV cameras would help them keep an eye on the mob and help in crowd management. “Every day, lakhs of passengers use FOBs at railway stations. In the wake of the Mumbai incident, the RPF and the Railways have become cautious. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the Divisional Railway Manager’s office, Delhi Division, and it has also been discussed with senior officers,” he said.The RPF had also stepped up security at railway stations in Delhi, after the terrorist attack on the Marseille train station in France last week.Taking precautionsOn September 29, a huge mob of morning commuters were caught in a stampede due to heavy rains on a narrow footbridge that links two railways stations in Mumbai.The incident left 22 dead and more than two dozen injured. The bridge was unusually overcrowded as people had taken shelter there from heavy rainfall.

Following stampede at Elphinstone Road, railways start drive to evict hawkers on pedestrian bridges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to prevent incidents like the Elphinstone station stampede that claimed 23 lives, the railway administration has undertaken a drive to evict illegal hawkers from the entry and exit points of the station as well as from the foot over bridges (FOBs) to ease commuter movement.Twenty-three people were killed in the stampede on a FOB linking Parel and Elphinstone Road last Friday during rush hour.“Though action against hawkers is undertaken on a regular basis, from October 1, this drive has been intensified with a combined operation launched by the RPF and GRP, and moreover they will also be patrolling the FoBs,” said chief spokesperson of the Western Railway Ravinder Bhakar.However, passengers and railway representatives want permanent eviction of hawkers and have warned the railway officials that they would report to the Railways Minister if the hawkers return to do business at these spots.Bhakar said Western Railway administration is soon going to demarcate the railway area to stop this menace forever.He said, “Most of the complaints against hawkers we receive, fall under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) area where we do not have our administrative control.”So we are blamed unnecessarily. Therefore, we have decided to demarcate our periphery and we will keep full vigil within our jurisdiction.”The Central Railway too has launched a drive against illegal hawkers at several stations including Ghatkopar, Kurla, Byculla, Mulund.Eviction of hawkers paved way for smooth movement of commuters near railway stations and on foot overbridges.Senior PRO of Central Railway A K Jain said, “Though our security forces, keep driving away unauthorised hawkers, they have been now been asked to deal strictly with them.” Rajiv Singal, who has been a member of Railway Users Consultative Committees in Central Railway and Western Railway, however, dubs this exercise of evicting hawkers as merely an “eyewash”.Singal said, “This is simply dressing up and no permanent cure. It is showoff because audit team is doing their job and media pressure is working. I can bet you, hawkers will be back again.””Until and unless, disciplinary action is not taken against the senior RPF officials in whose jurisdiction hawkers operate, nothing is going to change,” Singal said.T N Dubey, former member of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committees in Western Railway, said, “If hawkers come back, we will write to the Railways Minister and draw his attention to the issue.”

RPF mulling GRP-type control room to boost commuter service

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Wednesday personnel studied the module of Government Railway Police (GRP) control room to upgrade their systems, which will soon help them to bring down their response time to reach out to anyone needing emergency. Satish Mathur, Director General of Maharashtra Police, on Monday initiated the new control room system at the Commissioner of Railways office at Wadi Bunder.Sachin Bhalode, RPF, Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of Central Railway also met Niket Kaushik, Commissioner of Railway Police, on Wednesday to discuss the new module of the control room. The RPF now plans to set up such control rooms to facilitate the commuters.”Often there is a delay in response from our end in cases of distress. We are planning to upgrade the control room on the lines of GRP, which will reduce the response time,” a senior RPF personnel said on condition of anonymity.”We are also planning to increase the number of operators in the control room to reduce call-waiting”, said the official. The control room, which has been set up by GRP, has a new system which could be directly reached by the commuter and get linked to the nearest police officer at the station. The GRP personnel are now armed with a mobile phone software R-tracker, which helps the control room to check their locations.

22 HKV eateries sealed for flouting green norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major crackdown on eateries and bars in the upscale Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday sealed 22 such outlets for violating environmental norms.According to the Delhi government officials, the notices for closure were issued to these establishments four months ago but despite that they continued to function, following which the decision to seal them was taken. Most of these outlets are ‘take-away’ joints, with no provision to sit and eat.The sealed outlets include popular restaurants such as the Food Factory by Lalit, The Big Burp, Chaayos, The Bombay Velwet, and The New York Slice.”Most of these outlets did not have the consent to operate (CTO) or even the consent to establish (CTE), which are mandatory for eateries operating in the city. They didn’t have clearances from fire, police, civic, health, and environment departments,” said R M Shingare, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Hauz Khas.These clearances, the SDM said, were required to ensure that there was no water or air pollution. The approaching winter also prompted the sealing action, as the air quality severely deteriorates.The sealing action was conducted under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.Meanwhile, the owners of the sealed eateries claimed that they were not served any prior notices.Down memory laneThe shops closed popular names like the Food Factory and The Bombay VelwetOfficials said the shops ignored notices issued to them four months ago

Minor’s rape: Security lapses found in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sub-Divisional Majistrate (SDM) of Vivek Vihar has identified “major lapses” in the functioning of a private school, recognised by the civic body, in Gandhi Nagar, where a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a peon on September 9.According to the SDM’s report, “unhindered access” was given to the accused to all parts of the school. The Delhi government had ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.The report, which was submitted to Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, has now been forwarded to Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia for further action.”The accused was working for the school, though a formal appointment letter was not issued to him. His movement and of other such non-teaching employees was required to be restricted, so that they did not have any contact with the school children,” the government said in a statement, quoting the report.It also stated that the nursery classroom, where the incident allegedly took place, should have been locked after the class was over, adding that the unlocked pitch-dark room facilitated the accused.”Non-coverage of the entire school building under CCTV cameras reduced the deterrence effect. The accused had been working in the school for almost two-and-a-half years without any kind of verification and background check by the school authorities or police,” the statement read.Last week, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police after Health Minister Satyendar Jain requested Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal for the same. The accused has already been arrested.NO ACTION TAKENGovernment says the magisterial probe report stated the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against the school for undertaking classes in “unrecognised areas” of the building.

Mumbai Divisional Board cancels Virar college’s registration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Divisional Board has cancelled the registration of Mount Mary Junior College in Virar in connection with the paper leak case in the Class XII board exams which came to light in March this year.In March 2017, papers of Secretarial Practice (SP) and Marathi were leaked on WhatsApp minutes before the exam started. The Navi Mumbai police who were investigating the case had found that the photographs of the papers were clicked in the Virar college. The police had later arrested officials of the college including the principal along with a private tuition teacher in connection with the case.The Board had formed a committee to look into the issue of leaks soon after. The Committee has recently submitted its report after which the divisional board has now cancelled its registration.Dattatray Jagtap, Chairman, Mumbai divisional board said that apart from its connection to the paper leak case, the committee had found several lapses in the working of the college — including the lack of adequate number of teachers, appointments without permissions, lack of infrastructure including labs etc after which the committee recommended the cancellation of the school’s registration.”Several inadequacies were found in the college after the team visited it. One of the major violations was the appointment of a person as a centre incharge without the permission of the board. After the committee submitted its report citing all the lapses, the board has decided to cancel its registration,” added Jagtap. While the board has cancelled the registration of class XI and XII for the college, the state education department will now take a call on what action should be taken against the school.Jagtap said that the board would initiate the process of transferring the existing students to other nearby colleges.THE CASEIn March 2017, papers of Secretarial Practice (SP) and Marathi were leaked on WhatsApp minutes before the exam started.
The Navi Mumbai police who were investigating the case had found that the photographs of the papers were clicked in the Virar college.

CR plans gabion wall to prevent future mudslides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Railway (CR) is weighing the possibility of installing a gabion wall between the Kasara-Kalyan stretch, starting between Asangaon and Vasind. Officials claim that this stretch, where a mudslide was responsible for the derailment of nine coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express on Tuesday, has no previous history of mudslides. Thus, they did not expect such an incident.”We will inspect the entire Kalyan-Kasara stretch once we restore the services. We are also mulling over having a gabion wall fitted on this stretch to prevent such mudslides in the future,” said Ravindra Goyal, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.Sources said that they are in discussions with the Konkan Railway as well, which has installed gabion walls at several locations on their 750 km route. This would simply mean that stones and boulders will be placed on the mud and will be contained using a wire mesh.The officials said that at present, due to heavy rains, water seeped into the mud which then became loose and flowed out as slush onto the tracks. They were under the assumption that the green cover over the mud will prevent such mudslides.CR officials refuted the theory that faulty work on the third line of the Kalyan-Kasara stretch is the reason behind the mud slush that derailed Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express. Meanwhile, the railways have stopped local train services between Asangaon and Vasind for another 48 hours on one line. Due to heavy rains, mudslides continue to occur at this spot. The railways are running special train services between Kasara and Asangaon while trains to Kasara will terminate at Titwala.On August 29, the engine and nine coaches of Duronto Express derailed between Asangaon and Vasind stations.The CR has also initiated an inquiry into the incident.

Why CR’s TMS software was a flop show on Aug 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Train Management System that the Central Railway spent Rs 32 crore on in 2009-2010 proved to be of little use on August 29, as authorities were unable to relay information on train movement to motormen and guards.Central Railway’s (CR) Train Management System (TMS) is incomplete in a way that unlike the Western Railway’s TMS system, it cannot disseminate information to the motormen and guards.This is the reason why thousands of people were stranded inside local trains on August 29, when it rained heavily.The CR installed this TMS at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) with an intention of monitoring and keeping eye on every train running on the suburban section.”The TMS does not allow the control room to connect with motormen and guard. They use mobile phones for communication. We do not know why it was not provided but we shall now work on it to improve this system,” said Ravindra Goyal, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), Central Railway.This is a big flaw in their system as the passenger information system (PIS) is incomplete without it. Of the CR”s total fleet of 145 rakes, 112 rakes are of Siemens-make and have PIS installed and everyday advertisements are played and other announcements made. However, these cannot be optimally be used as motorman or guard has to wait for a call from control room instead of direct mapping of actual status on tracks.WR, on the other hand, has this facility in place with their TMS. Whenever there is a disaster, the TMS sends the actual position to the control room, which then is distributed to all the motormen/guard on their walkie-talkie.The 35 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) rakes of CR and seven EMU rakes, two LHBs and two ICF-make long distance trains on WR got marooned in the middle of tracks as they could not run on water logged rail lines. On CR, this has resulted in lesser trains on tracks.

YEIDA DGM held for making false corruption claims against top officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy General Manager (DGM) of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), AK Singh, was arrested on Monday afternoon for making false claims of corruption against some top officials. Meerut Divisional Commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar, who also holds the additional charge of the YEIDA Chairman, gave the order for the arrest.According to the police, a team reached the authority office around 2pm, while Singh was in the Chairman’s office. “I called the police and got him arrested because he levelled false allegations against officials,” Kumar said.He further said: “We had filed a complaint and an FIR was lodged in the false complaint cases. Singh had filed false complaints against me and some others officials, including Industries Minister Satish Mahana. So, I got him arrested.”Confirming the report, sub-inspector at the Kasna police station, Satya Prakash, said: “We have arrested AK Singh in connection with an FIR lodged against unidentified persons on August 11. We are questioning him at the Kasna police station.”According to sources, in complaints addressed to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Singh alleged that an official of the general manager rank was being transferred from Muzaffarnagar to Greater Noida, after Rs 50 lakh exchanged hands as bribe.Talking about the allegations, Kumar said: “It was revealed in a probe that the complaints were fake. All addresses given in the complaints were also fake. The probe established that Singh filed these complaints to avoid getting transferred.”

Travel restrictions in parts of Doda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today imposed travel restrictions in the high-altitude tourist areas and meadow-lands in the Bhadarwah Valley of Doda district in Jammu and Kashmir, sending people into a tizzy. They also conducted searches in the Miransahib area on the outskirts of Jammu after some people were seen moving in suspicious manner. “Restrictions have been imposed as these are high- altitude areas. We just want people to take permission before going to these areas,” Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Bhaderwah Brijesh Sharma said. While officials said it was a security measure, locals said the step would affect tourism in Bhadarwah. A drumbeater read the order issued by the Bhadarwah police on restrictions and conditional visits to the famous tourist areas including Padri on the Bhadarwah-Chamba road, Seoj Dhar, Ramtund and Kailash Kund, local residents said. The police did not cite any reason for the same, leading to confusion, they said. “The government is hell bent on vitiating the peaceful atmosphere to damage the prospects of tourism here,” President Travel Trade Association Tariq Choudhary said. He said the businessmen community would take to the streets if the move was not withdrawn. “The news spread like a wildfire and several bookings got cancelled within minutes, resulting in a huge loss,” said Humayon Khan, the owner of Chinar Hotel and Restaurant Sungli Tourist Resort. Meanwhile, in Jammu, the police conducted searches in the Miran Sahib area in the R S Pura tehsil after locals informed about some people moving in suspicious manner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jhelum cruise to give visitors a peek into historical places

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To promote water transport and heritage tourism, the Department of Tourism, Kashmir, has launched a twice-a-day cruise on River Jhelum at subsidised rates. Owing to public demand for the cruise, the department decided to continue operation of water transport on River Jhelum from the Ghat near GPO Srinagar to Khanqah-e-Moula shrine in old city, Director Tourism, Kashmir, Mahmood Shah said here today. Last month, the Department of Tourism had launched the water transport service on trial basis on the directions of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan. “Earlier the Jhelum cruise was run on a promotional basis without any charges which attracted locals as well as tourists. Now, the services will continue at Rs 25 per head which is still highly subsidized service to promote water transport and historic places on the banks of River Jhelum, Shah said. He said the service has been launched jointly by the Department of Tourism Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation and the divisional administration to promote water transport and heritage tourism. The director tourism said Irrigation and Flood Control Department would maintain the ghat as an anchor point for the motor boats. He said famous places like the Hanuman temple, old assembly complex, old secretariat, heritage sites like Budshah tomb, Muslim shrines like that of Mir Syed Ali Hamadani at Khankhai Moula in Srinagar, besides seven heritage bridges are important sites on the banks of the River Jhelum along which the cruise would pass. He said the department recently released a drone video of the seven bridges on River Jhelum which received overwhelming response from locals. “Both the locals and the tourists want to have the cruise on river Jhelum to see historic places,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ashwani Lohani to assume charge of Railway Board chairman today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani will assume the charge of Railways Board Chairman on Thursday. ?Orders promoting me as Chairman, Railway Board have been issued today. I shall be joining my parent organization, the lndian Railways tomorrow,? Lohani said in a statement. He further said that his journey with the Air India was one of the most satisfying periods of his life. Lohani has earlier served as Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Delhi Division; Director, National Rail Museum; and Chief Administrative Officer, Rail Alternate Fuel. Lohani was appointed Railways Board Chairman soon after A.K. Mittal stepped down from the post. Mittal took this drastic step after Uttar Pradesh witnessed two train derailments within five days; where 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express heading towards Delhi derailed after colliding with a dumper near Auraiya district and over 20 people have been injured. Also on August 19, more than 20 died and 200 were injured after 13 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kaifiyat Express derails in Auraiya district of UP, 25 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh this morning after the train collided with a dumper, leaving at least 25 people injured. This is the second rail accident in the state in four days. The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achhalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway (NCR) said. One bogie of the train overturned due to impact of the collision and some compartments jumped the rails between Acchalda and Pata railway stations after crossing Kanpur, Superintendent of Police, Auraiya, Sanjeev Tyagi said. NCR sources said that work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the accident site at the time of the incident. The dumper did not belong to the railways, the NCR sources said. A dumper broke the railway fence and hit the engine of Kaifiyat Express causing derailment, the Railway Ministry said in a statement. “There are no casualties but 25 persons have been injured,” the statement said. Earlier, M C Chauhan, General Manager of NCR has said that at least 50 people were injured in the accident. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment. Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals”. He said that he was personally monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Kaifiyat Express travels between Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision has impacted the train operations on the Delhi-Howrah route. Five trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani have been diverted and seven trains including Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi express have been cancelled. Since both UP and DOWN lines are blocked, around 40 local trains were also being diverted. On receiving information about the mishap, senior officials rushed to the accident site which comes under Acchalda police station, around 180 km from Lucknow. Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while NDRF team was dispatched from Lucknow to provide support to the victims. A medical train and a relief train have been dispatched from Allahabad to the accident site. This is the second rail accident since last Saturday. Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district of UP, killing 22 people and injuring 156. A spokesman for NCR said rescue operations have been concluded and all injured were sent to hospitals nearby. General Manager, NCR, M C Chauhan and the Divisional Regional Manager have rushed to the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kaifiyat Express derails in Auraiya district of UP, 21 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh this morning, resulting in injuries to at least 21 people, in the second rail accident in the state in four days. The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achhalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway (NCR) said. One bogie of the train overturned due to impact of collision and some compartments jumped the rails between Acchalda and Pata railway stations after crossing Kanpur, Superintendent of Police Auraiya Sanjeev Tyagi said. At least 21 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, a spokesperson of NCR said. Earlier, M C Chauhan, General Manager of NCR has said that at least 50 people were injured in the accident. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express,resulting in derailment. Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals”. He said that he was personally monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Kaifiyat Express travels between Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision has impacted the train operations on the Delhi-Howrah route. Five trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani have been diverted and seven trains including Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi express have been cancelled. Since both UP and DOWN lines are blocked, around 40 local trains were also being diverted. NCR sources said that work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the accident site at the time of the incident. The dumper did not belong to the railways, the NCR sources said. On receiving information about the mishap, senior officials rushed to the accident site which comes under Acchalda police station, around 180 kilometres from Lucknow. Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while NDRF team was dispatched from Lucknow to provide support to the victims. A medical train and a relief train have been dispatched from Allahabad to the accident site. This is the second rail accident since last Saturday. Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar disrtict of UP, killing 22 people and injuring 156. A spokesman for NCR said rescue operations have been concluded and all injured were sent to hospitals nearby. General Manager, NCR, M C Chauhan and the Divisional Regional Manager have rushed to the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sewer workers’ deaths: HC calls civic bodies’ heads to court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a strong view of the recent deaths of manual scavengers, Delhi High Court today directed the heads of all civic bodies in the national capital to be present before it on September 18 to explain how such activity was going on despite being prohibited under the law. A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sunil Gaur was informed by amicus curiae Sanjay Poddar that in little over a month, 10 persons have died in four incidents while cleaning sewers in the national capital without any protective gear or safety measures in place. All of them had suffocated to death due to the toxic fumes in the sewer lines. The court, thereafter, sought the presence of the Commissioners of the three municipal corporations, the heads of Delhi Jal Board, Public Works Department, Delhi Cantonment Board, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Divisional Railway Manager of Northern Railway. It directed the Delhi government to immediately pay the compensation of Rs 10 lakh per person as provided under the rules and listed the matter for a compliance report on September 18. It also directed the District Magistrates to furnish their enquiry reports in each of the incidents. The court said they have to inform it about who were the officials responsible and for whose failure to perform duty had led to these incidents which have claimed 10 lives. The bench also wondered where the manual scavengers were coming from when the surveys undertaken by the municipal bodies showed no persons were engaged in such activities. It directed the heads of the various authorities to bring with them the relevant records indicating the number of persons engaged directly or indirectly through contractors in the work of manual scavenging or those exposed to hazardous environments, which are prohibited under the law. The court said the records should contain the details of the works, the contractors engaged and the number of employees in each case. The officials also have to inform the court about the existing procedure for cleaning sewers and septic tanks. The court was hearing of a PIL filed in 2007 for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers. It had earlier termed as “disgraceful” the existence of manual scavenging in the city despite a law prohibiting such a practice and had said, “We are a country of poor people but not for the poor people.” It is “ridiculous and shocking”, the court had observed when informed by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) that one of the manual scavengers was a “graduate”. The DSLSA, in an interim report, had said that there were manual scavengers in the national capital even after the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 came into force.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railways amending guidelines on safety checks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With yet another train derailment claiming 23 lives, the Railways is going back to drawing board, amending guidelines on safety checks to avoid repeat of such incidents in future. There have been at least 23 rail accidents across India since 2014.Sources opined that though one might see a proactive Railway ministry on social media, the ground situation speaks a different story. Now, with the rescue work at Utkal Express mishap site over, the Railways feels that it is time to plug the loopholes and fix the problem areas.”We will issue necessary safety guidelines once the Commissioner of Railway Safety is through with his probe report,” said Vinod Kumar, Advisor (Safety), Railway Board. The Central and Western Railway officials claim that they too are expecting some sort of guidelines on maintaining safety in the days to come.Guidelines apart, one of the possible causes behind this derailment is said to be the lack of coordination between the rail authorities and gangmen who maintain tracks. Sources said the gangmen alone cannot be faulted as across Indian Railways there is a practise of gangmen being asked to do personal chores at rail quarters and bungalows.Not just this, the Railways pays little heed to the rail representatives and associations. For instance the Railway ministry has appointed commuter representatives and formed committees who discuss problems related to train travel. These are called Zonal Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (for the entire zone like CR, WR), Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (Mumbai division), which are meant to discuss the issues faced by commuters.”For the last two years, there has been only two meetings with the Railways,” said Subhash Gupta, member, ZRUCC. These members take stock of the issues faced by people and then discuss it with the railway authorities.”Ideally, these meetings should take place once in every three months, but it rarely happens. Moreover, the rail authorities show scant interest in holding such meetings,” said Madhu Kotian, member, ZRUCC.Blaming the Railways for the accidents, they claim that the latter pay little heed to their suggestions concerning rail safety.

Train derailment: President Kovind condoles loss of lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind has written to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, expressing condolences over the lives lost in the Utkal Express derailment near Khautali in Muzaffarnagar district. Thirteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express last evening jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli, leaving 22 people dead and and over 150 injured, 26 of them grievously, officials said. “I am sad to learn about the derailment of the Puri- Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express at Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, as a result of which a number of persons lost their lives and others sustained injuries,” a statement by the Raj Bhawan here said today, citing the President’s letter. “I understand both the state government and the railway authorities are providing all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as the best of medical attention to the injured. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to all the injured persons,” the letter read. A probe has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause of of the accident, with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directing Railway Board Chairman to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day”. The train, which was on its way from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, had 23 coaches, of which 13 derailed, said Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi Division, R N Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP: Madrassas defying order on I-Day may face action under NSA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madrassas in Bareilly area which defied the UP government order on unfurling the national flag and singing the national anthem on Independence Day may face action, including under the stringent National Security Act (NSA), a senior official said here. “If we get a complaint that any madrassa did not comply with the government order on the unfurling the national flag and the recital of national anthem, we will get it probed and after giving a chance to all, action will be taken against the guilty as per the law,” Bareilly Divisional Commissioner, P V Jaganmohan said today. He added that action could be initiated as per the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), besides other laws, for showing disregard to the national flag and national anthem, including the NSA. Under the NSA, a person can be detained without bail or trial and the authorities need not disclose the grounds of detention if they believe the detainee can act in a way that poses a threat to the security of the state/country or the maintenance of public order. Jaganmohan said that all the minority welfare officers had been asked to immediately submit a list of madrassas where the national anthem was not recited. Complaints from the public in this regard will also be probed, he said. According to officials, a majority of the madrassas followed the order. However, according to some reports, the call by some clerics to defy the order had an impact in some madrassas and “Saare jahan se achcha Hindustan hamara” was sung instead of the national anthem. However there was no official confirmation about this.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

34 farmer suicides reported in Marathwada within eight days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirty-four farmers committed suicide in Marathwada region of Maharashtra in the last eight days, a government report said today. The region has seen below-average rainfall this monsoon so far. Data compiled by the Aurangabad Divisional Commissioner showed that 34 farmers ended their lives in eight districts of Marathwada during last eight days, though the cause has not be ascertained in every case yet. As many as 580 farmer suicides have been reported in Marathwada till August 15 since January 1, Beed district topping the list at 107 suicides, the report said. It also mentioned that kharif crops in the region are in trouble because of lack of rains. Farmers in Marathwada are fearing crop losses due to a dry spell of the last fortnight. Met officials had predicted good showers after August 15, but the rainfall in the last two days is scattered, said Yogesh Pande, spokesperson of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, a farmer-centric political outfit. The state agriculture department has said that of the 355 tehsils in Maharashtra, 223 have not even received 75 per cent of average rainfall till August 15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Elephant electrocuted in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A full grown tusker today died when it came in contact with a high tension live wire at Haildajuri village in East Singhbhum district, Forest officials said. A herd of wild elephants were passing through under-construction canal when a tall pachyderm came in contact with a live high tension live wire and was electrocuted, said Divisional Forest Officer (Dalbhum), S Alam Ansari said. Owing to dumping at the construction site, Ansari said the gap between the ground and high tension wire shortened, which led to the incident. Following the post-mortem, he said forest department officials followed all standard operation procedure before the pachyderm was buried.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman killed in Pak shelling in J-K’s Mendhar sector @ 8/12/2017 12:48:33 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A woman was killed in the shelling from Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir?s Mendhar sector at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday. ?The 45-year-old woman Raqia Begum was a resident of upper Golat in Mendhar,? said Mendhar Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Riyaz Tantray. In a separate provocation last night, terrorists attacked 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) headquarter in the forest area of Kalaroose Kupwara district of north Kashmir. The attack which took place yesterday, injured a soldier who was later shifted to the military hospital Drugmulla for treatment. The search operation is still on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LPG cylinders stored in a godown explode in Jabalpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panic struck the Sharda Chowk area here after the LPG cylinders, stored in a godown near a petrol pump exploded leading to a fire. No one was injured in the incident, police said. A series of explosions took place at the godown of a caterer located behind a petrol pump at Sharda Chowk area of the city, Assistant Superintendent of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation’s fire department R Patel said. “The incident occurred today at around 2.30 am. We pressed eight fire tenders to douse the fire. As many as 22 consignments of fire tenders were used to put out the flames. More than 25 cylinders were stored in the godown. “It is suspected that these cylinders exploded due to a short-circuit,” Patel said. He said that explosion created panic as the godown was located behind the petrol pump. City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Anjulata Patle said no casualty was reported in the incident although there has been some damage to the property. “A substantial part of the godown has been damaged due to blast of LPG cylinders and fire. We are inquiring about license of the godown. We will take legal action after the inquiry,” she said. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gorakhpur Arvind Singh said that action would also be take for storing such a large number of LPG cylinders. “It is known that over 25 LPG cylinders were stored in the godown. After the inquiry, action would also be take for storing such a large number of LPG cylinders,” Singh added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Himachal: Cloudburst claims two lives in Kullu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two children have died and four injured due to flash floods caused by a cloudburst in Thadedhar village of Sarga Panchayat in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.Those injured were taken to a nearby hospital.Flashflood hit the village after a cloudburst followed with heavy rains in the area, which also damaged roads and has affected the water supply across the Kullu district.A house and some cattle have also reportedly been washed away. However, the administration has issued the necessary warning and asked people to remain cautious from rivulets.The local legislator Khub Ram visited the flood-hit area and demanded the authorities to shift the villagers from the damaged houses.”Directions to the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) have been given to restore life and also to shift and evacuate people to safer places,” said Khub Ram.In Himachal Pradesh, there is no respite for people from continuous rainfall in most parts. Normal traffic has been hampered on more than one hundred link roads in interior and far flung areas. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places in ten districts of the state except Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti during next couple of days.

J&K: Two government teachers arrested on charges of ‘facilitating copying’ during Class 12 maths exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two teachers of the Jammu and Kashmir Education Department were arrested for allegedly “facilitating copying” during class 12 exams at an examination centre here, the police said today.The teachers had taken between Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,500 from seven students of the centre to help them in copying, they said.”After receiving an information about teachers facilitating copying, the police long with Sub-Divisional Magistrate, RS Pura, Susheel Sharma conducted raids at examination centres in the Government Higher Secondary Schools (Girls and Boys) in R S Pura, where exam for maths was going on, yesterday,” Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), RS Pura, Surinder Choudhary said.He said three students were caught copying in the presence of the teachers at one of the examination centre.During the search of the two teachers, Rs 16,000 were recovered from Ravinder Kumar along with a chit which had names of seven students written on it, Choudhary said.Kumar along with another teacher Yash Pal were arrested for “facilitating copying” in lieu of money paid to them, the SDPO said.He said the accused had illegally been in the centre as they were not asked for the examination duty by the officials.The role of the Board of School Education officials is also under scanner, Choudhary said.”We have taken remand of the duo today for their further interrogation”, he said.”A case has been also filed against the three students for copying,” he said.Meanwhile, the BOSE authorities have put the teachers under suspension.

Explain criteria that determined ‘good conduct’, remission for Sanjay Dutt: Bombay HC to state govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Maharashtra government to explain the criteria behind ascertaining good conduct for granting remission to actor Sanjay Dutt, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case.Questioning the state’s justification of not giving special treatment to Sanjay Dutt, the court asked, “Within two months from his surrender on May 16, 2013, how could authorities allow his parole and furlough leave application concurrently.”The court also observed that usually only one is given to the convict. “Did the Divisional Commissioner not inquire about the applications?” the court asked.The Bombay High Court has given further two weeks time to the state government to explain its chronology of leave granted to Sanjay Dutt, and also for them to explain criteria behind ascertaining good conduct for granting remission in sentence.On July 17, the Maharashtra government presented an affidavit at the Bombay High Court justifying its decision of early release of Sanjay Dutt.The affidavit was filed after the Bombay High Court, on June 12, asked the Maharashtra government to justify its decision to release actor Sanjay Dutt from prison eight months early in the 1993 serial blasts case.Dutt was let out in February 2016, eight months early, on account of his good conduct while in Pune’s Yerwada prison.The total parole leave mentioned in the affidavit is four months and furlough leave is one month and 14 days.Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for his role in the 1993 blasts case. He served his sentence in Yerawada Central Prison in Pune for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle.On July, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000.In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, but reduced the sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence.(With inputs from our Correspondent Mustafa Plumber)

Rains disrupt normal life in many districts of Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Incessant rains disrupted normal life in Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Bokaro and Giridih districts today as many rivers in the state were in spate. The district administration of Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih have declared school holiday tomorrow for students up to class 8 in view of incessant rains, official sources said. Ranchi today received 70.8 mm of rainfall, the MeT sources said. Many rivers including Damodar, Konar and Siwane were in spate owing to continuous rains since last four days. The movement of traffic on Tati-Jharia, Hazaribag-Katakumsandi has been stalled, officials sources said, adding that many rivers were flowing over the bridges. The local Met sources said Hazaribag has received 196.8 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, six sluice gates of Charowa Dam reservoir was opened today as it crossed the red level. Water-logging was reported from several parts of Hazaribag, including Hurhuru, Kumhartoli, Ramnagar, where several houses inundated. Though the situation has improved compared to yesterday, the reports of water logging was pouring from parts of the Dalbhum sub-division, said Normal life continued to be affected in the Jamshedpur, which has registered a record rainfall yesterday after several years, even though water level in Kharkhai and Swarnarekha rivers receded a bit today. “We are monitoring the situation round the clock as heavy rain was predicted, Sub-Divisional Officer (Dhalbhum),” Prabhat Kumar said. A Giridih district report stated that a diversion on Giridih-Dhanbad main road was washed away in the rain. Normal life was also affected in Seraikela-Kharswan and West Singhbhum district due to continuous rains.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Protesters beat up 2 electricity dept officials, 50 booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two electricity department officials were injured today when angry villagers, protesting power cuts since yesterday, allegedly beat them up in this district, the police said. The villagers attacked the officials at the Sub- Divisional Officer’s office in Sampla town. Residents of two villages, including women, had come to the local office of the power department to lodge their complaint against non-supply of electricity since yesterday and long power cuts earlier. The police said following a heated argument with the officials, some of the villagers allegedly beat them up. A senior official of the power department told reporters that despite being told that the matter was being addressed, the villagers assaulted the officials, following which a police complaint was lodged. The police have booked around 50 people on the basis of the complaint lodged by the power department officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK CM expresses grief over death of pilgrims in bus accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief over the death of 16 Amarnath pilgrims in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. She asked officials to ensure the best possible treatment for the injured and ordered immediate airlifting of those seriously hurt. Around 27 people were injured, 19 of them critically in the accident today. Mehbooba also directed officials to speedily release the ex-gratia amount for of the next of kin of the deceased. She directed the Jammu Divisional administration to make arrangements for sending the bodies of the deceased pilgrims to their homes, the spokesman said. Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah and working president Omar Abdullah also expressed grief and shock over the tragic accident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan: Rescue operations on to trace missing officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rescue operations were underway for the second day today to locate the body of Sub Divisional Officer Rameshwar Meena whose official jeep was swept away while crossing a bridge over a swollen river. “More than 50 people of rescue teams with boats and divers are engaged in rescue operations but the body cannot be found,” SHO Kalinjara Police Station Ravindra Singh said. “The river is swift and it is most likely that the body has been swept far away,” Singh said. He said locals were also assisting in rescue operations. Meena was going to Kushalgarh from Banswara in the jeep along with his driver when the there was an increase in flow of the water and the vehicle was swept away. The driver was rescued after a distance of nearly a kilometer. Meena was 59 years old and was due to retire in a few months.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling unrest affects transportation of goods to Sikkim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing unrest in neighbouring Darjeeling Hills has adversely affected transportation of essential commodities in the East district of Sikkim, official sources said today. Reports have been received from various parts of the district regarding the shortage of essential commodities in the markets and shops in the East district, they said. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs department with the District Collector, East and officials of line departments. It was decided in the meeting that a Control Room be setup at MG Marg, opposite Tourist Information Centre to receive complaints and grievances from the public pertaining to the shortage of essential commodities being faced in the district due to the unrest in neighbouring Darjeeling district. “The public can lodge their grievances at the control room phone number 03592-204995 from 8am to 8pm,” the district collector Prabhkar Rao said. He also informed that a Special task force headed by the Sub Divisional magistrate, East has also been formed to curb malpractices such as black marketing, hoarding and over pricing by the wholesale and retail shops and to check the shortage of essential commodities in the district. The indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills entered its 30th day today. Sikkim has alleged vehicles carrying food grains and other essential items, vegetables from the markets in and around Siliguri are being attacked and vandalised in the National highway 10 that connects Siliguri with Gangtok. Sikkim has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to West Bengal and its Director General of Police to ensure that National Highway 10 is kept free for vehicular movement of passengers and goods to and from Sikkim. Sikkim has also sought a direction to the Centre and West Bengal to ensure that vehicles carrying food grains and other essential items, vegetables from the markets in and around Siliguri, oil tankers and trucks carrying LPG are not prevented from transporting them to Sikkim and there should be adequate security.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Child trafficking: Authorities to identify risky spots

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights held a meeting with District Magistrates SDMs, and senior officers from the Delhi Police and the labour department to identify “vulnerable” areas that have reported multiple cases of missing children. The move will help formulate a strategy for creating a preventive intelligence network with the help of police and the civil society.Official said it was also decided the Commission would regularly interact with local police and NGOs at the district level to facilitate better coordination. Resident Welfare Associations have been asked to help keep the authorities informed about any untoward incidents. To take measures against child labour, the Sub-Divisional Magistrates must have regular inspections of industrial units suspected to be engaging child labour.

DNA Exclusive | 95% of Delhi rly stations lack CCTV

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than 5 per cent railway stations that fall within the Delhi Division of Northern Railway have CCTV cameras, inquiries by DNA have shown. The shocking revelation of zero video surveillance at 221 of the 232 stations comes amid a massive spike in crime cases — the latest one being a Muslim teen’s lynching — on trains and railway premises.Worse, cameras installed at the 11 stations are of little help to investigators because of old technology. Officials are forced to rent cameras on occasions which demand heightened security.The stations where there are no CCTV cameras include Okhla, Tughlakabad and Ballabhgarh that formed the route of a mob that killed 16-year-old Junaid Khan after allegedly calling him “beef-eater” and “anti-national” on a running train on June 22. Since there was no CCTV footage of the crime, Junaid’s alleged killer could be arrested only on Saturday, more than a fortnight after the crime that had sparked nationwide protests.Statistics show that the period between 2013 and 2015 saw a jump of 341 per cent in crime cases — from 760 to 3,356 — in the division that deals with 15 lakh footfalls and 1,000 trains every day.Senior officers from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Railway Police (GRP) admit that the absence of CCTV cameras is a hindrance to criminal investigation.Sanjay Kishore, IG-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of Northern Railway, said “CCTV cameras at every station would be ideal. This will help us, and even the railways, in many ways. Cameras at these 11 stations were installed during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.”He also said that the installed cameras were not in tune with the latest technology. “You cannot zoom in or zoom out a visual or even detect the face of suspects. Maintenance is another problem. This does affect criminal investigation,” he added.Kishore said that there was a plan to add more cameras by December. “At present, we hire cameras from private agencies for special occasions,” he said. Stations which have the CCTV facility are New Delhi (152 cameras), Old Delhi (136), Nizamuddin (62), Anand Vihar (41), Ghaziabad (39), Delhi Sarai (30), Delhi Cantt (20), Shahdara (16), Tilak Bridge (9), Shivaji Bridge (4) and Kurukshetra (22 cameras).However, senior officers say that these 11 stations are a priority because they witness the maximum traffic. RN Singh, Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi), could not be reached for comments.

Amarnath attack: Victims to be airlifted to Delhi; yatra to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the Amarnath pilgrims injured in a terror attack at Anantnag district will be airlifted to Delhi tomorrow. “The dead and the injured pilgrims will be shifted to Srinagar tonight. They will then be airlifted to New Delhi in a special BSF aircraft at 7:30 AM tomorrow,” he said. Terrorists tonight killed seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat, including six women, and injured 32 others as they struck at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district, in the worst attack on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2000. The deputy chief minister, who accompanied Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to Anantnag, said the injured were out of danger. Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Mandeep Bhandari said the Amarnath yatra will continue from Jammu tomorrow. “The yatra will not be disrupted and it will continue as per the plans tomorrow,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J’khand Govt makes rules to give land rights to the poor: Das

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state government never intends to take land of the poor, rather rules have been made to give them their rights. But, the intention of the opposition, he said, is to misinform and misguide innocent tribals and make them spend their lives in huts and take political mileage by creating a vote bank. “But our government will never allow the opposition’s intention to be fulfilled,” the chief minister said. Das was addressing representatives of the Schedule Tribe Divisional Convention here, an official release said. The chief minister said his government’s objective is to bring schemes to the ground and make lives of the poor prosperous. He said participation of common people is necessary to take the schemes to the last person (of the society). Keeping the interest of all round development of the tribal society, schemes are being made, so that they can be freed from poverty, Das said. Das said teachers will be recruited in every school and medical and engineering colleges will be set up for children from poor families through Mukya Mantri Sahayata Yojana, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 killed, 10 injured as jeep turns turtle in Kandhamal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three people were killed and ten others injured, seven of them critically, when a jeep carrying them overturned on a ghat road in Odisha’s Kandhamal district today. The mishap took place at Deplanga ghat near Sirtiguda under K Nuagam area when the overloaded vehicle lost balance at a sharp turn and overturned, said T Chowdhury, Officer In-Charge of K Nuagam police station. While three persons, including the driver of the vehicle, were killed on the spot, the injured passengers were admitted to Balliguda Sub Divisional hospital with the help of villagers, the police said. Though the cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained, the vehicle was suspected to have lost balance and turned turtle following damage caused to its axle, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work on Z-Morh tunnel to be completed by 2020: Officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The work on the 6.5 km-long Z-Morh tunnel on the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway in central Kashmir would be completed by 2020, officials said. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, yesterday convened a meeting to review the progress of the prestigious Z-Morh tunnel project, an official spokesman said. He said the meeting was informed that a Hyderabad-based construction company ‘APCO’ was awarded the contract for the construction of Z-Morh tunnel and the work on the 6.5 km tunnel near Gagenger in Sonamarg, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, would be completed by 2020. The spokesman said currently 800 workers were working on the project, out of which almost 50 per cent were locals. On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner directed the officials of the executing agency to devise a comprehensive local area development plan in consultation with deputy commissioner and SSP Ganderbal for the upliftment of the local area, the spokesman said. He said for the safety of the area, Khan directed the agency to get the audit report for storing of explosive materials through SSP Ganderbal. Representatives of the executing agency appraised the divisional commissioner about various issues like frequent halting of vehicles carrying construction material, levying taxes on the trucks, deployment of central security forces at the project sites for the security of labours and other related issues. Khan directed the concerned to redress the issues put forth on priority so that the work on this prestigious project was completed within the stipulated timeframe, the spokesman said. The tunnel would provide all-weather road connectivity to Sonamarg tourist spot, which mostly remains closed during the winters due to heavy snowfall in Gagenger area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Appoint sufficient no officers to rural devp board in 2 days:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In view of a “huge shortage” of officers in the Delhi Rural Development Board (DRDB), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to appoint sufficient number of bureaucrats in the board within two days. The order comes after several AAP legislators raised the issue of pending rural area projects in their respective constituencies in a meeting of the board, chaired by Development Minister Gopal Rai. Asked to explain the delay, Divisional Commissioner Manisha Sexena told the board there is a shortage of officers which often leads to the delay, sais an MLA who was present in the meeting. “After the meeting, several MLAs approached the CM and told him about officers’ crunch in the DRDB. In view of this, the CM directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to appoint officers in the board within two days,” the MLA added. On condition of anonymity, another MLA said that in his constituency, around 150 development projects related to the DRDB are pending as “there are no” IAS or Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers. The DRDB takes decisions to carry out development projects in rural areas of the national capital. The meeting of DRDB is chaired by the development minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Teacher takes of uniform of sisters for not paying fees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two girls, who were sisters, were thrown out of their private school in Begusarai district after taking off their school dress as the fee for the uniform was not paid on time, police said today. Following a police complaint lodged by the father of the two girls, students of class I and II, the principal and a teacher of the school were arrested. The school, B R Education Academy located at Sikraula village in Koriya panchayat, had provided school uniform to its students and they were supposed to pay for it. In his complaint lodged with the police, the father Chunchun Sah said that he was asked to meet a lady teacher when he had gone to pick up his daughters from school yesterday. When she met her, she asked him to deposit the fee for the uniform then and there. Sah alleged that he pleaded for some time to pay but the teacher took off the uniform worn by his two daughters in front of everyone and threw them out of the school. He said that his complaint to the school principal fell in deaf ears, following which he lodged an FIR. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Rajesh Kumar said that the principal and the lady teacher were arrested last evening. Before his arrest, the principal denied that any such incident had taken place. State Education Minister Ashok Choudhary termed the incident as ‘insensitive’ and said that stern action would be taken against the school and the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DC Rail line closure to affect coal supply to power stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The closure of Dhanbad-Chandrapura (DC) railway line of East Central Railway (ECR) will affect coal supply to thermal power stations of seven states. Railway official said 20 pairs of coal loaded wagons go through this DC rail line everyday to supply coal to thermal power stations of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. The Dhanbad-Chandrapur line is being closed from June 15 but no new rail sidings (where coal is loaded in rack) have been developed, so it will affect coal supply to thermal power stations, the sources said. On June 10 the Railway Board on the recommendation of experts committee under Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) declared the 34-km long Dhanbad-Chandrapur rail line of Dhanbad rail division unsafe due to raging mines fire and announced that the line would be closed from June 15. The Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Dhanbad, Manoj Krishan Akhori said there are 12 railway siding points in the DC line. “We are talking with management of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) to develop Kusunda-2 and Kusunda Khas siding from where rack loading of coal could be continued”, Akhori said. Both Kusunda-2 and Kusunda khas railway sidings are out of mines fire zone. The railway official said coal of Dhori and Jharangdih mines would now be loaded at Keshargar and Bokaro rail sidings. The DRM admitted that closure of DC line would also hit the financial health of Dhanbad railway Division. Meanwhile, the Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (P), Janata Dal (United) announced that they will protest during the visit of Coal Minister Piyush Goyal to Dhanbad on June 15. Goyal is scheduled to visit for Dhanbad to attend the MODI Fest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong to hold sit-ins in Rajasthan tomorrow to raise farmers’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress will hold sit-ins in all the 33 districts of Rajasthan tomorrow to raise farmers’ issues, including farm loan waiver demand. “The Centre and the state governments are not sensitive towards the issues of farmers and they are fired at when peasants raise their demands. Congress along with farmers will hold dharna in all the district headquarters tomorrow,” PCC chief Sachin Pilot said at a press conference here. “The BJP had promised the farmers 50 per cent profit margin on MSP (minimum support price) but nothing has been done in this direction so far. When farmers raise this demand, they are replied with bullets,” he said. Pilot said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and others, including himself, had gone to Madhya Pradesh to meet the families of farmers who were killed in firing but the police prevented them to go to Mandsaur. … the government wants to hear neither the opposition nor the farmers. Hardik Patel also went today but he was also arrested there,” he said. Pilot said that the Congress will also held a farmers’ meet in Kota on June 16. Condemning cow vigilantes, Pilot said that any action in case of smuggling of cows has to be taken by police. “Alleged cow vigilantes are attacking and killing those carrying cows. If there is something illegal, the action has to be taken by the police and … action by cow vigilantes is condemnable,” he said. On cow vigilantes targeting Tamil Nadu officials carrying cows in Barmer on Sunday night, he said it is surprising that “there is no reaction from the government so far.” Around 50 cow vigilantes had targeted officials of the Tamil Nadu government transporting cows from Jaisalmer to their state, pelted stones at a truck and blocked National Highway-15 on suspicion of cattle smuggling in Rajasthan’s Barmer district. Four persons were arrested and action against seven policemen including a police inspector has been taken for allegedly not taking the matter seriously and reaching the spot, a senior police official has said. Pilot also demanded action against those who shouted pro-Pakistan slogans in Didwana town of Nagaur district. “Action should be taken against all those who shouted slogans and those patronising such elements,” the Congress leader said. On June 2, some persons allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans near the Nagauri gate in Didwana town, while returning from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate’s (SDM) office. According to the SHO of Didwana, Jitendra Singh, a case was lodged on June 8 after a video of the incident went viral on social media and three persons were arrested subsequently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP: Cong blocks national highway to support farmers’ stir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today blocked the Jabalpur-Jaipur national highway for two hours, in support of the ongoing farmers’ stir, near Tinodia area, around 70 km from the district headquarters. Narsinghgarh Congress MLA Girish Bhandari along with some farmers blocked the national highway-12 for two hours, Sub Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Raju Chaturvedi said. Police lifted the blockade by detaining 21 persons, including the MLA, who were later released.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Situation in Mandsaur improving but tense: MP administration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-riot paramilitary forces today moved into violence-hit areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, where farmers have been protesting for over a week demanding debt relief. As contingents of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) fanned out into the troubled areas of the district, the state government shunted out Mandsaur collector Swatantra Singh and Superintendent of Police O P Tripathi. Curfew, imposed yesterday after escalating violence, was relaxed for two hours from 4 pm, as officials said the situation appeared to be improving. The police, however, said some areas were still tense. In Naya Gaon, about 70 kms from Mandsaur, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by senior Congress leaders and the JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, was detained by the police when the opposition leaders tried to make their way from the Rajasthan border to Mandsaur, the ground zero of the farmer protests. There was high drama as the police tried to stop what had turned into a rally of sorts with Gandhi leading from the front. When police tried to push him back, he ran into a field nearby from where he was detained. Gandhi was released after over four hours of detention in the guest house of a cement company. Farmers in Mandsaur have been protesting since June 1 demanding loan waiver and better crop prices. Five farmers were killed in police firing on Tuesday as the agitation turned violent. The government has brought in Manoj Kumar Singh from Neemuch as the new SP of Mandsaur. The collector of Shivpuri, O P Srivasata, who took charge of the district, said he faced a challenging situation. Divisional Commissioner M B Ojha told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Armed miscreants loot Rs 9.5 lakh from Vananchal bank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Armed miscreants today looted Rs 9.5 lakh from a Vananchal Bank branch at Chatarpur in Palamau district, police said. The miscreants armed with fire-arms arrived in four two-wheelers and took the staff members and customers hostage at gun point and decamped with the booty, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (Chatarpur), Sanjay Kumar. The SDPO did not rule out the possibility of local link behind the incident. Meanwhile, all exit points linking adjoining Garwah district and Aurangabad district of Bihar have been sealed and massive hunt launched to track down the culprits, he said. Superintendent of Police, Indrajeet Mahatha said the miscreants could sneak into Aurangabad as police detected one speeding four-wheeler followed by a pick van suspiciously moving fast from Tandwa towards the Bihar border.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Nyay Aapke Dwar’: Delivering justice, bridging divide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Doorstep legal camps in Rajasthan are not only helping in instant settlement of long- pending contentious issues but also bridging the divide in many an estranged family. Brothers Cheena and Ahmad Rahmat of Maseet village hardly spoke to each other for 19 years following a land dispute. Now thanks to the state government’s ‘Nyay Aapke Dwar’, a camp was organised in Maseet where Cheena and Ahmad’s case reached a logical conclusion, thus facilitating the brothers to bury the hatchet. Cheena and Ahmad had stopped seeing eye to eye since 1998 when they began a legal fight over division of a 1.5-hectare land they had inherited from their father. With neither ready to budge, the courtroom-fight took a toll on their financial situation. “Even imagining an amicable solution to the dispute was far-fetched after almost two decades,” says Cheena. “They (the administration) informed us that cases such as mine can be solved at the Nyay Aapke Dwar, and I decided to file a petition,” he says. A week later, the brothers were summoned on May 10 at the revenue department-run ‘lok adalat’. “Before the hearing, we had the case investigated, and found that the land according to its fertility could be divided equally among them, with neither being deprived of good soil,” Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Tijara) Khema Ram Yadav says. The ‘adalat’ settled the case on the spot and the entire process took hardly an hour, he says. Like in Alwar, on the same day, camps in seven panchayats in Churu district disposed of more than 300 cases. “This is one of the most successful legal-aid system in the country. We try to finish these camps before the monsoon. Once, the rains arrive, farmers become busy and hearings are almost impossible to conduct,” says Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. “The legal camps handle cases related to the revenue department and these move from one revenue village to another. Most cases are those of property disputes, and we try to dispose of as many as possible in a day,” according to Additional District Magistrate (Alwar) Rakesh Kumar. Started in 2015, Nyay Aapke Dwar camps (justice at your doorstep) have settled more than 69 lakh cases, some more than four decades old, through 28,000 ‘lok adalats’. Last year, a camp in Nagaur successfully divided a piece of land among 50 members of a family, ending a 50-year-old dispute. “These camps are helping us not only solve cases, but also implement development projects by ending disputes such as construction of village roads,” Raje says. She attributes the success of Nyay Aapke Dwar to revenue department officials, especially those at the district level. According to officials, the camps cater to cases related to land dispute, road construction, electrification, land and identity records, and different settlements. They say the programme has also helped check crimes arising from personal and property disputes, by disposing of cases in a speedy manner. “The objective of this programme is to deliver justice to the people, right at their doorstep, thus restoring their faith in the judicial system,” Raje says. Rajasthan’s Nyay Aapke Dwar is in-line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to the Chief Justice of India that the government will make its share of “contribution” to help reduce the burden on the judiciary and deal with the high number of pending cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Personnel Dept promotes, transfers a dead PCS officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major embarrassment to the Uttar Pradesh government, its personnel department issued promotion and transfer order to a Provincial Civil Service (PCS) officer who died last November. The department released a mega transfer list on May 29, as per which Girish Kumar, who was a Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) at Varanasi, was promoted to the rank of Additional District Magistrate and transferred to Bulandshahr as City Magistrate. The matter came to light when present City Magistrate Ram Gopal Yadav, from whom Kumar was to take charge, enquired about as to when Kumar would be joining the duty as he had to take charge as Additional District Magistrate (Judicial) at Kasganj. Yadav said that he was waiting for Kumar to take charge as he had to leave for Kasganj to join as Additional District Magistrate (Judicial). Confirming the development, Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All of us should be involved in implementing SDGs, chief secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The concept of sustainable development goals and its implementation in Assam was today discussed at a conclave here. “Since SDGs encompass everyone, so all of us need to be involved in it to achieve its goal”, Assam Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia said while inaugurating the divisional conclave on sustainable development goals. The conclave was organised by divisional commissioner, lower Assam division in collaboration with Transformation & Development Department, deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metropolitan District, Centre for Sustainable Development Goals and Assam Administrative Staff College. Divisional Commissioner, LAD, Ahmed Hussain, Additional Chief Secretary Tranformation and Development Department K V Eapen, DC Kamrup (M) Dr M Angamuthu, were among the other speakers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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