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Kamala Mills fire: Know the story behind this picture

The fire that broke out at Kamala Mills has rattled the country. Fourteen people have died and several have sustained burn injuries after the incident was reported just after midnight at 1Above, a Mumbai resto-bar located inside the mill’s premises.Cops from the Worli police station, which is the closest to the mill compound, were the first to arrive at the spot, along with the local fire brigade that began to douse the flames. One cop, Sudarshan Shinde, was one of the first to reach the spot and managed to pull out three bodies even before the stretchers arrived.Also readKamala Mills tragedy: Pub claims fire emanated from ‘adjoining quarters,’ rejects cops’ version on safety violations Hauling one body at a time on his shoulders, Shinde pulled three victims from the rubble. According to eyewitnesses, he climbed up seven floors each time to bring down the bodies. Also readKamala Mills fire: How the quick thinking by two security guards saved nearly 150 lives“When I reached upstairs, everything was burnt and charred. When I reached down, I could hear exploding sounds. Which I feel were of alcohol bottles and gas cylinders. There were several hookahs that added to the intensity of the flames. I could see only one woman coughing. The rest, I believe, may have died of suffocation,” said Shinde while speaking to DNA.Shinde isn’t the only person, who should be hailed for his heroics. Suraj Giri and Mahesh Sable, working security guards at Times Now, saw the fire break out just after midnight. Sabke told DNA that a number of patrons at 1 Above, the nightclub that caught fire, could not escape because the flames had blocked their path.Also read5 factors that show Mumbai’s Kamala Mills fire was a tragedy waiting to happenTwenty-five-year old Sable, while speaking to DNA said that the Times Now office, and the nightclub were part of Trade House in Kamala Mills, which means that they were all interconnected. “I was at the link room when I saw the fire break out. The regular exit had been blocked, as a lot of cloth that made up the decor for the nightclub caught fire. I then went to another terrace and directed patrons to escape from there,” he said.The blaze that started at 1 Above, the rooftop pub, spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, who were attending a birthday party. Read that article hereRelated Photos
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In Pics: Massive midnight fire at Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Compound kills 14; many restaurants gutted The fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below, said a civic official.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 2:58 ISTMust readMumbai: Man evades arrest for 15 years, found hiding inside washing machine in his apartment2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A major fire broke in Mojo a terrace restaurant located in Trade House near Kamla Mills. The fire soon spread to the media offices belonging to Times Now and TV 9 news networks. BMC officials confirmed to DNA that 11 people had died and 14 were injured. The fire broke out at 12:30 and was controlled by the Mumbai Fire Brigade by 2 am. However, rescue operations continued till late in the night. The injured were treated in the nearby KEM hospital.Anxious relatives and onlookers were seen waiting for the rescue of their near and dear ones. A senior staffer from Times Now whom DNA spoke to on the spot confirmed that all media personnel from the network were safely rescued before the fire could spread in the office.Fire brigade sources claimed they received a call around 12.30 am about the fire. Eight fire tenders, four water tankers and one ambulance were rushed to the scene immediately.The complex houses many pubs, bistros and eateries and is a popular venue for many party goers in the city. The complex also is home to several media houses.”A short circuit seems to have started the fire,” said a fire brigade officer.

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Malegaon blast: Relieved that MCOCA dropped, says Col Purohit’s wife after partial relief

After the special NIA court dropped MCOCA charges against 2008 Malegaon blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit, his wife Aparna stated that decision has come as a huge relief for Purohit family. “Due to the MCOCA, he (Purohit) had to spent nine years in jail. Now we are happy that finally the MCOCA charges are dropped,” Aparna told DNA. Though the court has dropped MCOCA charges, he along with other accused will face trial under section 16 and 18 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and 120b, 302, 307 and 326 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Speaking to DNA on Wednesday after the charges framed against six accused including Purohit, Aparna said, “We will fight it out the way we have been fighting the case since day one. After the charges of MCOCA have been dropped, we consider it as a small step towards justice but still there is a long way to go.”Aparna who has been making rounds of various courts right from sessions court to the Supreme Court stated that she was never low on confidence even on the day one of Purohit’s arrest and now since the MCOCA charges have been dropped, that will boost her confidence even more. “I know my husband is innocent. We are a family of army personnel and therefore we were never short on confidence. We know hot to fight and that is what we have been doing for last nine years,” Aparna said. Also read2008 Malegaon case: MCOCA dropped against Sadhvi Pragya and Col Purohit, to be tried under UAPA and IPC sectionsWhen DNA asked her about the reaction of the family members including Purohit, she said, “For nine years, I was fighting alone where I had to look after my family while I was making rounds of courts. However, now since my husband is out of jail, entire family is relieved. We are now able to divide the work and with each other’s support we are now fighting the case with more efficiency.”

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From foes to friends: BJP’s Eknath Khadse and NCP’s Ajit Pawar likely to share stage on December 28

Veteran BJP leader Eknath Khadse, NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Suresh Jain are likely to share the stage on the eve of NCP MLA’s Satish Patils’s 60th birthday celebrations in Jalgaon, which will fall on December 28.As the leader of opposition, Khadse was a staunch critic of Ajit Pawar, but this birthday celebration is likely throw some new political equations in Maharashtra. It will be interesting to see what transpires among these heavy weight leaders.Sources told DNA that Khadse, who was a potential chief ministerial candidate, has been questioned by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his work in the state. Speaking to DNA, Khadse admitted that his loyalists are pressurizing him to leave the BJP even though he has spent over 40 years in the party. “I am getting offers from the Congress as well as NCP,” Khadse said, but added that he had not yet made up his mind.The NCP has decided to tie up with the Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Pawar has started mobilizing support. “We received overwhelming response. Vidharba people also understood that the BJP has cheated them. They only made the tall promises when it come to materialising, they faltered. Our people who left NCP in 2014, now want to come back,” Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson said.Sources said that Khadse and Pawar have scheduled a separate and confidential meeting on sidelines of the birthday celebrations to discuss the current Maharashtra’s political situations.

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Ahead of poll, BJP alleges MNREGA scam in Tripura

Months ahead of assembly polls in left-dominated Tripura, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the Manik Sarkar government of presiding over a massive scam in the MGNREGA Scheme running into “hundreds of crores” even as a complaint has been lodged with the Rural Development Ministry at the Centre with “all the proof”.The complainant has also threatened to sue the Central Ministry and the secretary “if ministry fails to investigate and punish the culprits”.However, the BJP refused to reveal the name of the complainant for security reasons, but DNA has accessed the complaint. The name, the party said, would be divulged once the time was “ripe”.As per the complaint lodged with the Rural Development Ministry, the scam allegedly was the doing of the state government in collusion with the local administration, BDOs and DCs. BJP alleged that the local officials had to tow the line of the state government for the fear of their lives.”In Tripura, the detailed ‘Social Audit Report’ made by government-appointed ‘Block Resource Persons’ has found that there is rampant corruption in implementation of MG-NREGA schemes. On all major indices, the implementation had flaws,” the complaint said.Citing a survey by Block Resource Persons in Tripura, the complainant has also alleged that “no job cards were issued; no Gram-Sabha resolutions were passed and register not maintained; work provided without demands, only on the basis of verbal political orders; in many cases work has been completed but payment not made; in many cases payment is still not made to suppliers of material; no signboards were displayed at the sites of work with details of work and project; in almost all cases payment was made without technical assistant approval.””With this complaint, I am requesting you to start a high level inquiry of the MG-NREGA in Tripura on the basis of the findings of ‘Social Audit report’ made by ‘Block Resource Persons’ because there is embezzlement of hundreds of crore rupees in the entire state of Tripura and the guilty must be punished to recover misused funds,” the complaint said.”The scam has been going on in the state from 1996 violating the general financial rules of the Government of India. Since they have such iron grip on local administrations no one can question them. We had complained to the EC in 2013 elections. EC had probed the matter and found merit in our complaint. They forwarded the report to the Centre, but the Congress did nothing. It also refused a CBI inquiry. In such an instance in Odisha, SC had observed that pertaining to MNREGA, the Centre can conduct an independent investigation without permission from the State. Then we went to high court. The court has found there were serious irregularities and corruption in MNREGA. HC told the state to conduct an audit. Now the government is dillydallying with the findings of the audit,” Ashok Sinha, Tripura BJP’s spokesperson told DNA.

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RR Dental Hospital a beacon of hope for soldiers

Naik Sushil Sharma had lost all hope after he was hit on the ear by a bullet at Tangdhar in Jammu and Kashmir during a militant attack in 2012. The bullet entered his ear and came out of his mouth leaving his jaws damaged. Sharma’s facial organs, including eyes, were also affected and he could not talk also. But the impossible was made possible at the Army Dental Centre (R & R) in Delhi, equipped in handling such cases, to perform a set of surgeries that got Sharma talking and look normal again.”We were three people at the raid post on that dreaded night when we were attacked. I lost two of my brothers and could not even move my face. I lost hope that I would ever speak again,” says Sharma, in a telephonic conversation with DNA, recalling the night.”It has been five years. Though the treatment is still on as the bullet affected many other organs, I have so much confidence in our Army doctors now. They left no stone unturned to help me speak/hear and look the same again,” he added.The Army Dental Hospital with various departments, including Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial, and all the latest equipment, including a recent’hard and soft tissue laser’from Israel, has expertise in handling cases direct from the conflict zones, where patients come with all kinds of deformities. The 35 specialised dental officers and another 20 postgraduate trainees are experts in handling such cases which require both – a doctor’s expertise and an officer’s training.”Naik Sharma had come here with an open oral and nasal communication (broken upper palate) and required many surgeries from Maxillofacial surgery, where a remnant portion of the bones was restored, followed by grafting and reconstructive surgery. Vestibular depth was extended to further go for titanium implants in the bone and give a fixed implant-supported prosthesis,” informs Brigadier Subrata Roy, Commandant, Army Dental Centre (Research & Referral).”We are one of the very few who do Periodontal Microsurgery in India,” he adds.The hospital with all its facilities has a daily footfall of over 400 patients, which include serving soldiers, their dependents, and veterans. By the end of this year, this will be the first hospital to go paperless where a patient management software has been designed and data archival is also taking place. This new software, TASKA will have all the details and past records of patients.Apart from taking care of Army smiles, dental records have other importance in the Armed Forces.”DNA analysis, in case of a mass disaster, is very expensive. Identification in such cases is best done by dental records. We keep a dental record of every soldier and it has been helpful in the past where bodies have been completely charred,” adds Roy.EXPERTISEThe Army Dental Hospital with various departments, including Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial, and all the latest equipment, including a recent ‘hard and soft tissue laser’ from Israel, has expertise in handling cases direct from the conflict zones, where patients come with all kinds of deformities

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Gardens, street lighting priorities for Asarwa MLA

As the newly elected candidates get ready to represent you for the next five years, DNA reviews the credentials and promises of each so you know what to expect from their term governing your constituency. Today, the focus is on Pradip Parmar.From a booth level worker, Parmar has risen to an MLA from BJP. Before Parmar, a former bureaucrat, who was fielded by the BJP, had won the election in 2012.Parmar represents Asarwa, which a reserved scheduled caste seat in Ahmedabad. A member of the BJP for past three decades, Parmar said it was an honour for him that a booth level worker like him was selected to contest the assembly election. He believes his victory is mainly because of his connect with people.“Local people know me as I have worked for them and raised their questions and issues. There are many things that have orked for my victory. I will continue to serve people with focus as I now have a larger area to look after,” said Pradip Parmar.His list of priorities include beautification of gardens in the constituency. “I also want to introduce modern amenities in my area, there are some light pole which needs to be replaced with LED light.”Having Asia’s largest hospital in his constituency, the first-time legislator wants to build amenities for visitors to the area. “I want to open more libraries and reading rooms in my area for the locals as well as those who visit the area for different purposes.”

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Rajasthan High Court notice to Centre over curbs on condom ads on TV

The Rajasthan High Court in Jaipur has issued a show cause notice to the Center for issuing an advisory to broadcasters about not telecasting and airing condom advertisements between 6 am and 10 pm. A division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajong and Justice DC Somani issued the notices.Counsel for litigant, Prateek Kasliwal, told DNA, “Notices have been issued to two ministries, namely the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Ministry of Health to respond within eight weeks. They have been asked as to why the advisory should not be annulled on account of being arbitrary.”The said advisory had been issued citing exposure of children to explicit material and advertisements.The notices have been issued on a petition filed by an NGO called Global Alliance for Human Health, alleging that the action of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is against the interest of public.It also alleges that it vindicates the hypocritical approach wherein the government, on one hand, promotes awareness about family planning, AIDS and STD; and on the other hand, it obstructs dissemination of condom advertisements which are crucial for family planning, decreasing abortion deaths, and spreading awareness about HIV-AIDS and STDs.A copy of the PIL available with DNA further reads that children and adolescents must know about safe sex and be given sex education.The petition questioned the rationale of the advisory, “There is no iota of reason as to how an advertisement for condom is an unhealthy practice,” reads the PIL. “The same has also been interpreted wrong by the respondent as it would be creating unhealthy/indecent/undignified impression over children which would promote unhealthy/indecent/undignified practices among them, whereas the respondent, with all due respect, has ignored the vulnerable and major group of adolescents who require knowledge of sex education.”

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J&K women’s body: Do soaps make women spies?

Are television serials teaching women spying, infidelity and rebellion in the restive Jammu and Kashmir? The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has sought opinion on this question from people on social media after men complained about women watching television serials and learning spying and rebellion.”During one of our awareness programmes, some men suggested women should stop watching TV serials which teach them nothing except spying, infidelity and rebellion… I want you to respond to this….what is your view on it…” SCW asked in a Facebook post.”Usually we include men as well (in awareness camps) because of gender sensitisation. Somebody said these serials teach women spying and we should stop them from watching those. I said, no, you can’t just tell them what to watch and what not to. Everybody has a right on what to wear, eat or watch and you can’t force your opinion on them”, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW, told DNA.Later women in the camp retorted back saying they never ask their men not to watch football, cricket or the sports channels.However, the SCW chairperson said people should discuss the issues even if these are trivial. “It is stupid. Even if it is a trivial or petty issue, we should discuss it so that we do not have to keep everything to chest. We should come out, we should open up to each other and we should talk about these things. We should evolve a discussion about every point which is making our life little bit uncomfortable”, said Mehjoor.Official figures reveal that SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at work places in the last three to four years.Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, SCW has started a one-stop crisis centre to help women in distress.SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of SCW can immediately reach out to women and help her to redress their grievances.Police figures reveal that 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Will conduct inquiry on safety norms violation: BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta

Civic chief Ajoy Mehta visited the incident site on Monday and told DNA that an inquiry will be conducted to ascertain whether fire safety norms were violated.Did the fire break due to lapses in safety norms?It was a sad incident and I personally visited the site to take stock of the situation. It’s a very crowded area and we will conduct an inquiry to look into violations of safety norms if any. Thereafter we will take further action as needed. I strongly believe citizens must take the first step towards fire safety. Wherever you work or stay, you must ensure that the stipulated fire norms are complied with.Is BMC’s fire department fully equipped to effectively handle fires?Due credit must be given to our jawans and officers who quickly doused the fire and also prevented its spread in the densely populated area. In the past two years, the BMC has fortified its fire brigade with the latest in firefighting equipment, upgrading the training of personnel and increasing the human resources available.How can Mumbaikars be proactive in fire mitigation and control?Fire safety norms have to be fulfilled, it’s imperative. We must do away with the attitude that ‘it can’t happen to me’. One can very well be the victim to such a situation if one is not cautious.

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Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation pushes to name Metro stns after Shivaji, Patel, Pratap

While the construction of a Metro corridor connecting Mumbai to Mira Road-Bhayandar has not yet started, corporators from Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) have already passed a resolution to name several Metro stations after social leaders like Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mahavir Swami, and Maharana Pratap among others.The proposal was put forward by BJP and Shiv Sena corporators, and was tabled in the house last week in the form of a resolution which was subsequently passed. Naresh Gite, Municipal Commissioner, MBMC and Dimple Mehta, BJP corporator and Mayor, MBMC confirmed that the proposal was tabled in the house and passed.Mehta told DNA, “We will now forward the proposal to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) who is executing the project. The proposal was made after considering local sentiments and discussions with the residents of Mira Road and Bhayandar. There is nothing else to read into it.”A MMRDA official said, “We proposed names of nine Metro stations according to the locality but the MBMC corporators had a few demands. Hence we asked for their suggestions.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “When we get suggestions, we forward them to the state government (urban development department) which takes the final decision.”Earlier this year, Shiv Sena Minister Ravindra Waikar had demanded that the proposed Metro station at Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) be named Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Centre.The Mira Road-Bhayandar Metro corridor, also known as Metro-10, is an extension of two Metro corridors planned on Link Road and Western Express Highway, connecting Dahisar and Andheri.Rohidas Patil, BJP corporator, MBMC, said, “It is a purely local demand taking into consideration the sentiments of the local citizens.”WHAT’S IN A NAME?Route: Dahisar Check Naka to Mira Road-BhayandarLength: 9 kmEstimated cost: Rs 3,600 croreStation name by MMRDA: Jankar FactoryProposed by MBMC: Chatrapati Shivaji MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Sai Baba NagarProposed by MBMC: Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelStation name by MMRDA: Deepak HospitalProposed by MBMC: Nanasaheb DharmadhikariStation name by MMRDA: Palika Krida SankulProposed by MBMC: Maharana PratapStation name by MMRDA: Shubhash Chandra Bose GardenProposed by MBMC: Sadanad MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Bhayandar (West)Proposed by MBMC: Mahavir SwamiStation name by MMRDA: Amar PalaceProposed by MBMC: Mira VillageStation name by MMRDA: Pandurang WadiProposed by MBMC: Penkarpada

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Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital for last 70 years, will remain so forever, says envoy to India

Israel’s ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Sunday said that the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish nation was only a matter of fact which has been stated by the US President Donald Trump.“I don’t need to react to a matter of fact that had been stated by the President of the United States. It is a fact that Jerusalem has been the capital of Jewish people for 5000 years. It is the capital of the modern state of Israel for 70 years and the reaction is in the field. When you visit the place, you will see what it means for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Carmon said.”Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state of Israel and it will continue so for ever,” he added.Also read4 Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem moveCarmon was speaking on the sidelines of the event of rededication of Beth El Synagogue in Kolkata. He said the event had been put up on a day when Jews across the world were celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Also readPalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision ‘greatest crime’“This is a huge message by the Jewish community of Kolkata which has been and still is a bridge between Judaism and the other faiths, between Israel and India, between the Jews and India and it is part and parcel of the fabric of this wonderful city of Kolkata and the rededication sends a message that we remember the past, think about the present and we are looking to the future,” he added.Also readTrump’s Jerusalem move will double the unity of Muslims, says Iran defence ministerDanny Deutsch and Sheila Deutsch (DNA photo by Arshad Ali)Many had flown in from Israel to Kolkata just to attend the inauguration of the restored synagogue. Danny Deutsch and Sheila Deutsch was one such couple. Danny’s mother Hannah Joshua had been born in Kolkata and had left for Israel at the age of 22. Both of them are professors at the Hebrew University. “The job has been done beautifully. We are delighted and surprised to see the restoration work,” said Danny. Manasseh Meyer and his wife Michelle Meyer taking selfie (DNA photo by Arshad Ali)Another such couple was Manasseh Meyer and his wife Michelle Meyer, who were seen taking a selfie in front of the synagogue, were of similar opinion. “I was born in Kolkata at China Town and in 1969 when I was of 14 years, we went off to Israel. Since then I had been here for about five times, the last time being in 2005 after my father passed away. After looking at the restoration job I can say they have done a wonderful, professional job. If I can get work like these back in Israel, I’ll be happy,” Manasseh said.The restoration was done by Society for Heritage Conservation and Preservation over a period of more than two years with the help of more than 200 workers. “We had to bring in several specialists to work. Instead of using modern cement and sand we used the traditional limestone which was time consuming but had a better finish and would have more longevity. The basement was damp with water flooding in. We had to overhaul the drainage system. Most of the wood was eaten by termites. Ideally we should have used Burma Teak but considering the cost we had to use the nearest match,” said AG Krishna Menon, advisor of the society.

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Stationery manufacturer gives left-handed kid a sweet surprise

In a cute gesture, a stationery manufacturing company responded to the request of a parent of a left-handed student by providing custom-made sharpener for her daughter. Thane-based Shweta Singh, the mother of 4-and-a-half-year-old Isha saw her daughter struggling while using a sharpener as she is left-handed and most sharpeners are designed as suitable for right-handed people.Shweta, 31, decided to do something about this, and immediately wrote to one of the leading stationaries manufacturers — Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd (manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils) — last week. “Most sharpeners available in the market today are made for right-handers, and those designed for left-handed cost between Rs 700-1,200. My daughter would often complain about her discomfort while sharpening her pencil, and I was really hoping to get some solution. Thus, I decided to write to the manufacturers,” she said while talking to DNA.To her surprise, Shweta got a response from the company within a few days. “I got a call from a person at a respectable position in the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help,” she said. Within a week’s time, Shweta got a letter from the company’s group marketing head, Sanjay Tiwari, along with five sharpeners specially designed for her daughter. The letter also stated that the company was ‘working on regular production’ of such sharpeners.”I am extremely happy that the company responded so promptly. If all manufacturers try and provide such designs for left-handed students, it would be a great sing,” she added.Shweta posted about the response on her Facebook profile on December 14 and got a phenomenal response with over 17,000 users sharing her post. “I wanted to spread awareness about problems that such students face. I will continue to take up issues of left-handed students like my daughter in future as well.”MAde to orderMother of a left-handed kid wrote to a stationery manufacturer asking for specially designed sharpeners. Company replied with a customised set.

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Realty check: Buyers are sinking in negative equity

More than two lakh property-buyers are facing ‘negative equity’ (when an asset’s value plunges below the outstanding balance on the loan used to purchase that asset) due to delayed home projects in the National Capital Region (NCR). To most of them, these units had been sold with the promised of ‘price protection’, but prices are dropping so fast that the value of the ‘dream home’ is now lesser than the loan.Nishant (38), had bought a flat in 2013 at Godavari in Mahagunpuram society in Ghaziabad, but is still awaiting possession. He is one among the hundreds of buyers who are waiting for their “dream home” from the last four years. The builder, Mahagun Group, has already collected 100 per cent of cost from him. His flat had cost about Rs 44 lakh, but is now worth just Rs 27 lakh due to price correction. Nishant told DNA: “It’s been more than four years that I am paying home loan EMI and rent every month. The builder had promised us that we would be offered possession by last year, but that did not happen.”DNA found that Mahagun had agreed to pay the buyers a penalty of Rs 10 per sq feet, but nothing has happened till date. To queries from DNA, the Mahagun management evaded response saying that “our directors are travelling right now.” Almost all prominent builders of Delhi-NCR – from Amrapali to Supertech to Mahagun – have hundreds of delayed projects.By November 2017, average NCR housing prices had declined by over 30%-50% from its 2012 peak. Negative equity on the property will is leading to huge financial stress on buyers.These buyers are already paying rent for living in an alternate accommodation in addition to the EMI for the undelivered homes.Banks are also facing the heat of negative equity and delayed projects. Buyers have started threatening to stop or hold the EMI of delayed projects. “It is requested that the delivery of my flat, complete in every respect as per the agreement, may kindly be ensured within a period of two (02) months, or else I will be constrained to stop/hold my EMIs of the home loan to the banks, as I can see that I am the only loser in this tripartite agreement,” a buyer wrote in a letter to a prominent bank, a copy of which is with DNA. He was allotted a flat in the Greater Noida project of Amrapali in 2012.”Ultimately, I have to see the parity of our asset value and the loan amount. If it were 10% then I would manage, but how could I service (the loan) if my undelivered property is valued 20 to 30 per cent less than the ongoing loan amount,” another Noida Extension home-buyer Akshay Sharma told DNA.The delay in delivery by the builders imposes numerous direct and indirect monetary costs on the buyers. Sanjay Sharma, MD of Qubrex realty exchange, said, “If delays take place, the costs also rise for the builder who then extracts the same from the buyers as increased saleable area, escalation costs, inferior specifications, delayed construction of common facilities, and any other charges that they can extract from the buyers even if it was not explicitly stated in the builder-buyer agreement”.A recent report of the real estate research firm Liases Foras revealed that almost 33 lakh families across 50 cities in India are suffering due to delays in housing projects. In Delhi-NCR 1,97,302 units are delayed for more than two years.Anuj Puri, chairman of Anarock Property Consultants, said that “assessment of average prices for the past five years (Q3 2012 to Q3 2017) reveals that Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru were the front-runners in capital value appreciation, bucking the trends of larger areas such as Mumbai Metropolitan Region and NCR”.Lose-lose propositionBy November 2017, average NCR housing prices had declined by over 30%-50% from its 2012 peak The delay in delivery by the builders imposes numerous direct and indirect monetary costs on the buyers

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Centre works on cyber safety for power sector

Amid an increasing number of Cyber attacks, Cyber terrorism, and data leaks across the country, the Centre has prepared a comprehensive Cyber Crisis Management Plan (CCMP) exclusively for the power distribution sector which is the most critical link in the electricity market. This sector interfaces with the end customers and provides revenue for the entire value chain. The CCMP includes the framework for identification of various critical information infrastructure, cyber incident response coordination, and steps to be taken for its mitigation.The Ministry of Power’s move comes at a time when India has witnessed more than 27,000 cyber security threat incidents in the first half of 2017. Reported threats include phishing attacks, website intrusions, and defacements or damages to data as well as ransomware attacks. CCMP envisages a layered security approach to strengthen cyber security posture of distribution sector. This will provide a redundancy in the system with respect to cyber security.The power ministry officer told DNA, “Cyber threats to systems can take many forms such as failure of a system/element to act/react in designed way due to virus, software bugs, intrusion, and congestion in the underlying/supervising system. Dependence of normal system operation on ICT, so much so that, operators/ power system personnel are not aware of and not well versed in alternate method to control/operate the system.’’ He informed that the impact of cyber attack on the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and distribution management system can lead to disruption of services to critical customers like hospitals and metros.

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Gujarat elections 2017: ‘Dhandha manda hai’, cry campaign material makers ahead of second phase

Elections in India are marked by hectic campaigning, rallies, posters and hoardings which add colour and lift spirits of not just party workers but the voters. But those who are in the business of election-related material that DNA talked to say ‘Dhandha manda hai’ meaning the business is low this year.For Gulshan Khurana of New Delhi it is not just a seasonal business but a family one. The manufacturer-cum-seller, has visited 23 states for general, Assembly and local elections in last 50 years, has been in Ahmedabad for last three weeks now.”Selling of material is down at 70% compared to the last time I was here in 2012. Though people come to see pens, stickers, scarves, caps, t-shirts, bands and flags, they are not interested in buying these for voters. Generally, candidates or their supporters approach as soon as they file nomination,” he said. Khurana said the business is much lower than he had expected.Ahmedabad-based manufacturer, Hussain Shaikh is selling the items for the first time in retail. “This time hardly any retailer approached me to buy campaigning material as compared to the last 15 years. Dhandha Manda Hai.” A Congress worker from Kheralu of Mehsana district, who arrived at the shop, said, “Fund is one of the factors for both the party and the candidate. Its cash crunch this time. I am here to buy flags and caps.”POLL AFFAIRFor Gulshan Khurana of New Delhi it is not just a seasonal business but a family one. The manufacturer-cum-seller, has visited 23 states for general, Assembly and local elections in last 50 years, has been in Ahmedabad for last three weeks now.

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Nationwide raids on 9 Bitcoin exchanges

Multiple teams of tax sleuths Wednesday, investigating virtual currency Bitcoin’s investors and transactions, conducted raids at nine cryptocurrency exchanges in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi, Hapur and Gurugram.The raids come a month after the Supreme Court issued notice to the Centre and its agencies, including SEBI, Income Tax Department, RBI and ED to apprise it about their stand on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and how to regulate them.Beginning early morning, team of IT officials stormed 12 premises of prominent virtual currency exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin.Sources told DNA, “We are collecting the name of investors and their transaction details. The survey under Section 133A of the Income Tax Act, is being conducted for gathering evidence for establishing the identity of investors and traders, transactions undertaken by them, identity of other parties, bank accounts used, among others.”Bitcoin, though illegal in India, has jumped about 16-fold this year as investors continue to flock to this cryptocurrency as a safe investment option.”Even though virtual currencies do not have legal status in India, cryptocurrency exchanges have been adding over 3,500 users a day and now have reached 8 lakh downloads, said a source privy to the matter.DNA had first reported last month how cryptocurrencies were replacing the cash component in the real estate.Also, several real estate brokers, who have left the sector, are now luring investors to invest in Bitcoins, promising them returns of more than 300 per cent in just three months.Recently, the RBI issued an advisory, telling investors to beware of investing in cryptocurencies.However, despite the RBI refusal to give regulatory clearances, many leading Indian Bitcoin exchanges like Zebpay and Unocoin offers crypto coin trade, possiblly through online banking.The Finance Ministry had also constituted an Inter-Disciplinary Committee to review virtual currency both in India and globally and suggest measures to monitor these currencies.About the raidsThough illegal in India, Bitcoin has grown about 16-fold in 2016 Cryptocurrency exchanges have been adding over 3,500 users per day Nine cryptocurrency exchanges were raided, beginning early morning

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Devotees cheer govt’s decision to take over Mumbadevi temple

Its a good news for the devotees of the Mumbadevi, as the Mumbadevi temple is soon likely to get facilities like extended temple premises, food stalls, parking space, better sanitary facilities among others, following the government’s decision to appoint a trustee after making a legislation.“The temple has a great historical importance for the Mumbai city, however, the trust maintaining the temple is not serving the Mumbadevi devotees properly,” alleged local MLA Raj Purohit.Purohit since last two years has been saying that the Mumbadevi temple trust is corrupt, mismanaged and does not give required facilities to the thousands of devotees who visit the temple daily. Following the demand that the trustees now will be appointed by the state government.Speaking to DNA MLA Purohit said, “It is not only the appointment of a trustee by the government, but there is a big piece of land costing Rs 5000 crore next to the temple. The state government will acquire the plot and build facilities like bhakt niwas, parking space, a restaurant, tea stalls and better sanitary facilities will be provided”.However, manager of Mumbadevi temple, Hemant Jadhav said, “There is no communication to us till now. When the government will approach us, then only I can comment on why they want to appoint another trustee”.Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh said, “We are very happy that government is acquiring the temple trust. It is a historic decision. Mumbadevi is our patron deity and has a lot of importance for Mumbai. However, we want that the government should hand over the trust to us (Koli Mahasangh) and we will maintain the temple and preserve its historical importance”.Kalpana Mate a regular devotee of Mumbadevi said, “Yes, we have to stand in a queue. If we get more toilets, tea stalls and space to sit on the premises after offering prayers will be nice. The temple is in a very congested area”.

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Achhe Din knocks RCA before Xmas, but will New Year be Happy?

The longstanding ban on Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has finally been lifted, but with certain strings attached. The decision was taken during the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Special General Meeting (SGM) held on Monday. Confirming the news to DNA, BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna said, “Yes we have lifted the ban, imposing certain conditions.” Khanna further added that RCA will be on board after “They will have to give an undertaking in the court regarding these conditions.”Though the news had the cricketing clan in the state break into celebration mode, RCA’s president CP Joshi was composed and held himself back from any reaction. “I will be able to react on the development after I get to know what exactly are the terms and conditions that the BCCI has imposed along lifting of the ban,” Joshi told DNA on the phone while on his way to Jaipur.President of Alwar Cricket Association and former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi, welcomed the move. In a statement he said, “Hope that with the release of withheld funds and grant of international matches and IPL, cricket in Rajasthan will return to its glory. It was the ongoing proceedings in Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court where the ban of RCA was an issue that has ultimately led to the good sense prevailing in BCCI.”The state’s sports minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar is also hopeful that now international cricketing action will return to the state. “It is a very positive development and I hope the association is now run in a democratic manner creating a smooth deck for the proper functioning of the game,” Khimsar said.Ruchir Modi echoed the same sentiments and has assured of his full support to the present management of RCA and hoped that devoid of groupism and factionalism, the interest of cricket will be the prime motive in running the association and every stakeholder, 33 district cricket association’s, players, administrators and cricket lovers at large will be treated with respect and fairness.Moreover, players expressed hope that now they will have a proper system in place giving them a good competitive environment to prepare for various tournaments. “The game will be back on the track now. With this decision, both cricketers and fans will have something great to look forward to,” said Rajasthan captain Pankaj Singh. Rajasthan pacer Aniket Choudhary added, “There were no proper camps and matches before Ranji and we all have since past 4 years preparing on our own, which has cost us a lot. This is a welcome news.”RCA was banned in 2014 and all the cricketing affairs in the state were being managed by the ad hoc committee constituted by BCCI. Since that time, neither international cricket nor IPL matches have been played at the SMS Stadium. After the ban, Rajasthan Royals had to play on its adopted home ground in Ahmedabad instead of Jaipur. Last international game played at the SMS Stadium was an ODI game between India and Australia in 2013 and the last IPL game witnessed at the ground was between Royals and Chennai in 2013.

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Thief turns extortionist, demands Rs 10K

A 28-year-old Mumbai-based man, whose laptop bag was stolen while he was sleeping on a train, is now being blackmailed by the thief who is demanding money in return for the bag.The thief is abusing the victim via text messages and threatening him to pay the money via Paytm or else he will burn all his valuables.According to the victim, Dhagesh Desai, he was returning to Mumbai from Indore in Avantika Express on December 4. Desai claimed that his bag was missing when he woke up in the morning.He immediately lodged a complaint with Borivili Government Railway Police. However, the next day he received a call from an unknown number.The caller told him that he had stolen the bag and if Desai wants it back, he will have to pay Rs 10,000 immediately failing which he will destroy all his documents.”He then started sending me messages on WhatsApp and threatened me that if within 10 minutes I did not pay the money then he will destroy everything. The bag contained my laptop, my wallet and other important office documents,” Desai told DNA.”I am wondering what kind of security the railway is providing in the coaches. There were few more passengers on the train who lost their mobile phones and other valuables. Is been 5 days that the FIR has been lodged but the police have not done anything,” he added

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Govt staff to write for Marathi Wikipedia

The state government is kick-starting its efforts to promote Marathi by involving its over 17 lakh employees in the initiative. In a novel idea, the Maharashtra government will encourage its employees to contribute to the Marathi edition of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The government has organised a training workshop on January 12, 2018 to demonstrate how employees can contribute.The objective is to increase contribution which is currently quite low on Marathi Wikipedia. The workshop’s date coincides with the government’s move to celebrate the language between January 1 and 15. The government issued a notification on December 8 asking its employees to register for the workshop by December 30.An official from Mantralaya’s Marathi Language Department told DNA, “The participants will be trained on how they should articulate their views and construct a write-up that is reader-friendly for Marathi Wikipedia. The information available currently is inadequate compared to other languages. The aim is to encourage government employees to open their own accounts and start contributing.” The official added that employees can contribute information on their hometowns or write features and poems. They could also write on local food, recipes and cottage industries. “The uploaded information will reach a global audience and will also help students and citizens, particularly from villages and remote areas, to develop their knowledge of Marathi,” the official said.The move comes close on the heels of the government’s notification that made the use of Marathi mandatory in Central government offices, its undertakings and corporations across the state.Deepak Pawar, president of Marathi Abhyas Kendra (which has been working towards promoting and protecting Marathi) said the government’s move should not become a mere event but there needs to be a proper long term action plan for the promotion of Marathi language. ”It is a welcome move to encourage government employees to contribute on Marathi Wikipedia. At the same time, the government needs to pen its reports and host of communications in Marathi too,” he opined.

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Geeta does not recognise Bihar couple who claim to be parents

Geeta, a speech impaired girl who returned to India in 2015 after spending several years in Pakistan where she had landed accidentally as a child, today didn’t recognise a Muslim couple from Bihar who had claimed that she was their long-lost daughter.The authorities will now go for DNA testing of the couple to determine if they are her parents.In-charge district collector Ruchika Chauhan said that Geeta used sign language to convey that it was not her family.She said, “Geeta conveyed that she worshipped Hindu deities- Lord Shankar and Hanuman- and does not belong to a Muslim family.”Chauhan said that the family comprising Mohammed Isa, his wife Julekha Khatoon and other family members were allowed to meet Geeta as part of the initiative to re-unite Geeta with her parents.The family is from Mirajpur village in Bihar’s Saran district and had claimed that Geeta is their long-lost daughter Rubeida who went missing when she went out to watch a marriage procession.Chauhan, however, said that DNA samples of Mohammad Isa and his wife Julekha Khatoon have been collected for verification.The family members, meanwhile, have not lost hope with Mohammad Isa’s son Himtaj telling reporters that Geeta failed to recognize his father possibly because she had stayed away from the family for a long time.On being asked that Geeta termed herself as a follower of Hindu faith, Himtaj said that it could be because of the cultural harmony in his native village.”There are many temples along with a mosque around our house and Hindus and Muslims celebrate each other’s festivals together. We visit Hindu families during the festival of Chhath,” he said.”There may be the memories of worshipping deities in Hindu temples in her subconscious mind,” Himtaj added.”We hope that the DNA examination will clear the situation,” Himtaj said.District collector Chauhan informed that the DNA verification process would be the same even if Geeta recognises anyone as her parent.The official said that a family from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, which had also claimed that Geeta was their daughter, did not turn up for a scheduled meeting today.Earlier Geeta had met a family from Sokha Kishku village of Jamtara district of Jharkhand but she did not recognise them either, said Chauhan.The DNA samples of the couple have also been sent for verification, she added.Geeta was found by Pakistan Rangers on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station when she was around seven years old. Karachi-based Edhi Foundation looked after her while she was in Pakistan.After returning to India in October 2015, Geeta has been living at an institution for hearing impaired children run by an NGO here.

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‘Neech’ remark: BJP MP files case against Mani Shankar Aiyar in Pune

Senior police inspector Vijay Palsule, in-charge of Nigdi station, told DNA: "We had received the complaint application from Sable. In The MP has claimed that he was watching Aiyar's news conference in Nigdi when he heard his statement against the PM. Taking objection against the statement, he had given the complaint. Based on his complaint we have registered NC (non-cognisable) case against Aiyar."”
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Victim’s father files FIR, says Fortis Hospital man tried to bribe him

After losing his seven-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant Singh filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram. In his FIR, Singh also stated that on November 23, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal, met him at a coffee shop in Gurugram on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, where Grewal offered Singh a cheque of Rs 10,37,889. The proof can be corroborated in the hotel’s CCTV footage, stated the FIR. “He also made a verbal offer of Rs 25 lakh and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Singh told DNA. “When I refused, Grewal warned me that this was their best offer as the government’s medical report would come in favour of the hospital,” stated the FIR filed by Singh. However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Singh has alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” he told DNA. The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and the Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance. A probe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical on FMRI’s part to pull her off life support. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report. Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Singh. The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Cong sees red in Centre promoting books on Deen Dayal

The Congress is up in arms against the BJP for propagating its ideology at the cost of the exchequer. The matter that has brought the party to boil is a set of 15 books on BJP founder member Deen Dayal Upadhyay, sent to all legislators and parliamentarians.The set of books titled, Deen Dayal Vangmay, has been authored by Dr Mahesh Chandra Sharma, former MP and chairman of Research and Development Foundation for Integral Humanism. It is priced at Rs 6,000.Leader of opposition in Rajasthan assembly Rameshwar Dudi on Friday called a hurried press conference and accused the BJP government at the Centre of trying to impose the ideology of Deen Dayal Upadhyal.Questioning the role of Upadhyay in nation building Dudi said, “He was neither a freedom fighter nor did he play any role in nation building. Why is his thought being imposed.”Dudi also objected to the content of the reading material, “The content of the book is controversial and aimed at projecting Congress leaders in bad light.” Dudi accused the ruling party of celebrating the birth centenary year of its leader through its infrastructure and resources. “Indira Gandhi centenary year was not celebrated in a big way by the BJP government despite the fact that she plays an important role in the nation’s development,” Dudi said.Reacting sharply to Dudi’s accusations, BJP leader and chairman of the state finance commission, Dr Jyoti Kiran told DNA, “Thinking elements are disappearing from political debate so it is all the more important that political practitioners invest in political thinkers like Upadhyay, who have formidable stature on propagating Integral Humanism (Ekatm Manavvaad).”Why should the government not invest on Upadhyay literature. Culture of political tolerance is ending. We need to invest in diverse political thought,” said Jyoti Kiran.Several Congress MLAs confirmed to DNA that they have received the books. BJP legislators were not willing to confirm or comment.Incidentally, the same set of books had been in the eye of a storm some time back when the education department of the Rajasthan government issued instructions to all schools to purchase the set for their libraries.MLAS CONFIRM ITSeveral Congress MLAs confirmed to DNA of receiving the books. BJP legislators were not however willing to confirm or comment.

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Infant death: Probe report reveals unethical acts carried out by Fortis

A probe instituted by the Haryana state government in the alleged case of overcharging and medical negligence of baby Adya by Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurugram has led to scathing revelations of misconduct by the private hospital. DNA had first reported the story of the deceased baby on November 20.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, has submitted the report to Haryana state government. DNA accessed a copy of the report which criticises FMRI at various levels.It states that it is unethical to pull off life support from a patient who has sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forging the signatures of the parents on hospital documents and overpricing drugs and consumables.The report notes that on September 14, there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. It says that the withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “LAMA does not mean that the hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport them to their home or other hospitals,” said the report.Dr Jitendra Kumar Jakhar, forensic expert from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, was a part of the investigation committee. He observed, “It was unethical for the doctor to stop assisted ventilation without handing over the patient to another specialist or directing the relatives to ventilate the child by means of an ambu-bag.”The investigation committee has recommended that the case be sent to the Medical Council of India for action under (Professional conduct, etiquette, and ethics) Regulations 2002. “Under this all the senior doctors treating the case in PICU like Dr Krishna Chugh, Dr Vikas Taneja, Dr Vikas Verma, and others should be held accountable,” the report states.The report also raises serious questions on how the deceased’s parents were not counselled. While Fortis maintains that the protocol of explaining seriousness to the parent/attendant and putting name and signature of both the doctor and the attendant to whom it was explained was seen in the case record of PICU, the report notes that except on September 12, none of these documents bear the signatures of the parents.”Further, it was noticed that the entire patient record was being maintained on loose sheets and no proper files with page marking were maintained,” it states. “This protocol should not have been ignored in an NABH accredited hospital like FMRI.”The hospital said that while it purchased drugs for Rs 3,33,044, it charged the patient Rs 6,70,126 and took a whopping 108 per cent profit margin. The report noted, “Hospital management looks to be attempting to get maximum profit out of drugs and consumables in the garb of MRP.”

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Mumbai: Check how much this Kandivali society shells out each month to maintain a waste segregation machine

A housing society in Mumbai’s Kandivali on Friday installed a three-tonne waste segregation machine to manage its own garbage.Gokul Heaven Society in Kandivali’s Thakur Complex has spent Rs 8 lakh on the machine. While the price seems steep, it has turned out to be economic for the society that has 285 committee members. Each member’s contribution of Rs 200 per month also includes maintenance of the machine.The plant can generate up to 30 kg manure for 100 kg garbage – DNA PhotoThe machine was inaugurated by local MLA Atul Bhatkalkar. Bhatkalkar then said that he will promote it at other societies in the locality as well.”Apart from the machine cost, there is expenditure on providing a separate shed for it, and providing underground electric supply. So the approximate per month cost that a resident will bear would be Rs 200,” said R Sawant, secretary, Gokul Heaven Housing Society.Each day the society generates around 100 kg of waste every day. The machine will churn out 30 kg of manure from the decomposed garbage. The manure will then be used by the society at its garden.

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‘Criminal Game’ may have caused son to murder mum, sis

Believe it or not but a “game” may have been the reason for the deadly crime of mother and daughter. According to police officials, the mother-daughter duo in Greater Noida, were murdered due a real life “crime game” being played by their 16-year-old son, who remains to be at large and is the prime suspect in the case.Speaking to DNA, the father of the prime accused has revealed that the teenager who is suspected of killing his mother and sister was hooked to an online game called “High School Gangster” “as the game had different task like causing hurt or injuring someone.”He used to spend hours playing this game. I had started seeing a change in his attitude from quite a long time and his grades were also going down. In September, I had to take away his cell phone and had severely reprimanded him,” said Soumya Agarwal, the accused boy’s father.According to the police, the boy was hooked on to the game and could harm other people under the influence of the game. The content of the games are stated as ‘extremely violent’ as mentioned in the game information of the play store.He further stated that if his son is found to have committed the murder also, he should not be held guilty as he thinks that he would have been influenced by a game which he had been playing for quite a while time now rather the police should arrest the game developer and not his son.However, he alleged that the crime has been committed by some professionals and his 16-year-old son has been kidnapped. They said the family of six was a happy one and there were no problems.”The murders were well executed as the accused has not left any clue. It seems that the mother and daughter were sleeping when they were murdered,” Agarwal added.”This game highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story.”Sneak out of this HighSchool is a violent video game which highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story at all. It is like a prisoner who is looking to escape jail. There are security cameras to monitor every crime move, as he grab weapons to hit and kill security guards. Killing, robbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game’s highlights Killing, rubbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game.””The boy shared a strong bond with his mother and sister. The case is shrouded in mystery and those investigating the matter should focus on saving the boy’s life, who we believe is also under threat,” said Agarwal.CASE BACKGROUNDOn Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo were found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in the Gaur City area of Greater Noida.
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Deadline by NGT ends today

With deadline issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT) to recover a penalty from illegal sand crushers coming to an end on Thursday, the local administration at Kotputli tehsil along the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway has swung into action to attach the properties of the people involved. The 134 offenders had to deposit a penalty of Rs 10 lakh each, as the penalty to replenish the green cover they have damaged. Or else their property would be attached and auctioned.This action is in compliance with the NGT order is case number 116/2013 against illegal sand crushers. It had been filed by activist Nityendra Manav of Jeevan Bachao Aandolan against Rajasthan government. The NGT had on November 6, 2017, sought compliance with its order and decided December 7, 2017, as the date for ensuring compliance.Speaking to DNA, Jaipur collector Sidharth Mahajan said, “Attachment of moveable and immovable property of these offenders is being done under the Public Demand Recovery (PDR) Act. We are also making lien entry in revenue records so that the land cannot be sold or mortgaged.” “We are also writing to banks to not provide loans against these lands,” confirmed Mahajan to DNA.Further, seven illegal stone mines have been shut down in Kalyanpura village of Kotputli tehsil and a penalty of 212 crores slapped on them. Also, the police force has been deployed in the Buchara village to check illegal mining and crushers. This action is being taken to comply orders of NGT in case number 45/2017 also by Manav. These villages had been identified as having the largest number of illegal stone mines and crushers.NGT has sought a list of those engaged in legal mining and stone quarry with their environment clearance (EC). As per NGT, now all engaged in mining would have to make roads from the mines to the closest government roads and plant trees on both sides.Speaking to DNA, petitioner Nityendra Manav said, “The entire area of Kotputli has been ransacked by illegal mining. The NGT has taken a very welcome step. Especially, replenishing the green cover at the cost of the offenders and also asking them to make roads.” “The damage is irreparable, we hope it can be contained,” Manav told DNA.The shutdownThis action is in compliance with the NGT order is case number 116/2013 against illegal sand crushers.7 illegal stone mines have been shut down in Kalyanpura village of Kotputli tehsil
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City builder Niranjan Hiranandani returns after 50 years

Remembering the days spent at Campion, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani group gave a speech at the event on the completion of 75 years of his school on Tuesday.Talking to DNA, Hiranandani said, “I finished my schooling and left Campion school in 1967 and have come to attend the platinum jubilee event after 50 years. I have tremendously fond memories of what I got educated in terms of how the school contributed to my character building. The school is consistently certified as the best school in the last five years. But I don’t think that’s the only thing that one looks at.The second part is that the people are taught to be good people and that unfortunately is not there in today’s education process and that’s what Campion brings to the table. I am taught what is good character, I am taught how should I have good leadership qualities. These character building qualities that the teachers inculcate make Campion what it is today. I think that is very critical in terms of education.”Recalling the time spent at school, Hiranandani further added, “I remember two stories of school days — when I was in secondary school and was walking one day in school premises, somebody came and hit my back very hard. I turned around to see if any boy was there and it was my Physical Training teacher. He said ‘Niranjan you are so tall and good, you should put your shoulders back and not walk with a hunch. Why are you walking with a hunch ?’.Even today whenever I hunch because I am tall, I remember my school teacher who taught me that I can’t walk without a hunch. So I stand erect today simply because I was not taught but educated.
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India 10-year-old raped girl’s baby adopted

The harrowing case of the 10-year-old who was raped by her two uncles shocked the world.

Gujarat: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani’s convoy attacked in Banaskantha

Independent candidate and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani’s roadshow was attacked by miscreants in Palanpur taluka in Banaskantha district and one worker has been injured seriously.According to reports, Mevani had planned door-to-door campaigning and was travelling from one village to another. When his convoy was on its way from Khasa village to Patosan village, it was attacked by a group of 10 to 15 people armed with sticks and pipes. The assailants took advantage of the darkness to attack Mevani’s supporters, who were following at the fag end of the convoy.A Thakor Sena worker, who was also a member of Mevani’s convoy, sustained serious head injuries.He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, said Kaushik Parmar, an associate of Mevani.Police station officer Saheb Khan, of Gadh police station that overlooks Patosan village, said, “We too have heard about the attack on a political rally, but so far, no official complaint has been filed.”According to local sources, after the attack, the miscreants fled the scene. Villagers suspect that attackers were either BJP candidate supporters or party workers. Mevani continued with his road show and was campaigning at Sasam village when DNA tried to reach him.
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Tortured by in-laws, woman says cops too didn’t help

A married woman from Harmara area staged a sit-in outside her in-laws’ house on Monday alleging that she had been thrown out of the house by them. The woman stayed out of the house even after the local police persuaded her to end the sit-in. The woman had been thrown out and a case was registered against her last year by the in-laws while she had also registered a case against them.The married woman Rekha (name changed) has even written letters to the police, local legislators and politicians from the Congress party to come to her aid. Speaking to DNA, Rekha said, “I was thrown out of the house last year by in-laws who claimed that I had stolen valuable items from home. They even harassed me and my brother in law used to misbehave with me for which a case was also registered.”In the letter, however, the woman mentioned that she was tortured as she could not give them a child. However, on Monday, the woman started a sit-in outside the house. “When my in-laws saw me, they closed the doors from inside. The cops also came but they also asked them to remain behind doors and left me here on the road outside the house,” she alleged.However, station house officer of Harmara police station Lakhan Singh Khatan claimed that there was no one in the house. “There has been a death in the woman’s in-laws’ family for which the family has gone after locking the house. The woman has herself put a lock on the door. There is a case already going on in the court wherein both the parties have registered against each other. We received a call from the woman and she even called the control room and DCP office informing about the sit-in. We sent a team who tried to talk to her but she did not budge from her stand. There are a few men with her who keep instigating her,” the SHO said.VICTIM SPEAKSRekha said, “I was thrown out of the house last year by in-laws who claimed that I had stolen valuable items.” “My brother-in-law used too misbehaved with me for which a case was also registered.”
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Gujarat elections 2017: 2L voters added in a month, total 5.35 cr

The number of voters, who are eligible to vote in the upcoming state assembly elections, has touched 4.35 crore with addition of over 2 lakh votes in the last one month.Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti told mediapersons that number of voters in Gujarat was 4.35 crore as of November 16, including 2.26 crore males, 2.08 crore females, and 702 who have registered as third gender.The number of voters was 4.33 crore when electoral rolls were published in September. However, a special drive was launched from October 9-25 which has led to more voters being added.State’s Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain told DNA that about 90,000 male and 1.20 lakh female voters were added to voters’ list during the latest revision.”We have added over 17 lakh voters in calendar year 2017, which is an all-time high. The previous highest was in 2014 when 15.6 lakh voters were added,” said Swain.Earlier, the Commission met political parties and took note of their suggestions for holding free and fair elections. It reviewed work of district magistrates, SPs, police commissioners, among others, and discussed issues with chief secretary, DGP and other senior bureaucrats.”The Commission is committed to maintain purity of elections and to deliver free, fair and transparent elections. We have directed the Election Machinery to be fearless, unbiased, neutral and independent,” said Joti.Liquor worth Rs22 cr seized While cash of only Rs1.94 crore has been seized since announcement of elections, liquor seizure stands at Rs21.91 crore. Almost 38 kg gold, bullion, silver and jewellery worth Rs8.17 crore have also been seized.Joti also said that all necessary arrangements for voter facilitation at polling stations have been completed. Drinking water, toilet and power facilities are available at each polling station.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: SC collegium meets today to select HC judges

Over a fortnight after the medical colleges scam exposed deep fissures in the higher judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium is set to start meeting again to clear names for appointment to various high courts.Sources told DNA that the first meeting of the collegium is scheduled to be held on Monday where the pending cases for appointments to various high courts are likely to be considered. Currently, there are more than 390 vacancies for judges in different high courts.It is learnt that the Supreme Court has been sitting on about 120 recommendations – 58 fresh cases and 60-odd cases for making Additional Judges in various high courts permanent – and there could finally be some movement on these names.There are also indications that the larger, five-Judge collegium – CJI, Justice Chelameswar, Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph will meet in mid-December to clear names of HC Judges for appointment as Chief Justices of various high courts.Currently, eight high courts are without full-time chief justices – the number will go up to 9 when Bombay High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur retires on December 4.There are six existing vacancies in the Supreme Court also.Sources told DNA that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has already circulated the proposals that he intends to place before the three-member collegium – CJI himself and the two senior-most Judges after him, who are Justices Jasti Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, on Monday.The Supreme Court Collegium last met on November 1 and recommended some names for appointment as Judges of the Jharkhand High Court and Tripura High Court.It is learnt that recommendations for appointment of new judges from several high courts are awaiting the nod of the Supreme Court collegium. These include Madras High Court, Karnataka High Court, Gujarat High Court, Calcutta High Court, Bombay High Court, Madhya Pradesh High Court and Gauhati High Court.Sources said when it decides to recommend names of additional judges for appointment as permanent judges, the collegium will also take into consideration their performance as additional judges.It may be recalled that, on October 23, the SC collegium had restored the earlier system of evaluating the performance of Additional Judges of the high courts through a detailed scrutiny of their judgments.The collegium had also decided that judgments of Additional Judges would be evaluated by a committee of two Judges of the Supreme Court to be nominated by the CJI.
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Girls made to clean toilets in Tamil Nadu govt school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new controversy has erupted over a government school in Thiruvallur district where girl students were forced to clean toilets. The event came days after four girl students committed suicide in Vellore after being scolded by teachers for poor performance.A video of a weeping girl student cleaning the toilets with a piece of cloth was widely circulated via WhatsApp. In the video, a girl student in uniform scrubbing a toilet floor can be heard asking another girl to fetch some water and pour it on the floor.After the suicide of four girl students on Friday, this is the third incident of teachers allegedly abusing the students that has come to light.The toilet-cleaning incident happened at the RM Jain Government Girls Higher Secondary School which has over 1,000 students. “The headmistress of the school has forced girls to clean the toilets with bare hands. If the students refuse to clean, they were asked to kneel down and were hit on the head. Most of the students were under severe stress because of the humiliation meted out to them by the headmistress,” N Dinesh, Thiruvallur district secretary of Students Federation of India who had complained to the district collector in this regard.The chief educational officer of the Thiruvallur district told DNA that his officials conducted an enquiry on the complaint and forwarded the report to the higher authorities to initiate action against the school. “We spoke to the girl students who appeared in the video. They told us that HM asked them to clean the toilets,” the official said.

30 dolphins washed ashore in Thoothukudi coast in TN; 4 dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 30 Dolphins washed ashore near Punnaikayal village in Thoothukudi district on Monday evening while four of them found dead. This is the first incident of dolphins washing ashore in such large numbers in the state.The dolphins were spotted on the shallow waters of the sea struggling for their life by fishermen at around 6 pm on Monday.S Loga Sundaranathan, Forest Range Officer of Tiruchendur in Thoothukudi district said that out of the 30 dolphins, about 15 of them were too close to the shore and they were struggling for their life. “With the help of the local fishermen, we tried to drag them into the deeper part of the sea but some of them kept coming back to the shore. We continued the rescue operation till early hours of the day. Except for the four female dolphins that washed ashore dead, the rest of them pushed back into the sea,” he said.The forest official said that dolphins which normally found in the deeper water might have accidentally entered the coastal water where the depth ranges from five to six meters. “We don’t know what the reason for the dolphins to wash ashore is. Only after the post-mortem, we will know the cause of the death and washing ashore,” the official told DNA.This is the second major incident of big sea mammals being washed ashore in the district in less than two years and the first involving the dolphins. On January 11 last year, 83 pilot whales had washed ashore in the same village but were taken back to the sea. However, they have washed ashore again leaving all of them dead the following day. In January 1974, around 70 pilot whales had washed ashore at Manapad in Tuticorin district.

Man, woman fall for ‘cheaper’ flats, lose Rs 2 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After paying nearly Rs 2 crore to purchase their dream homes, Kaushik Ashar and Priti Singh were shocked when officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) told them that the provisional allotment letters that had been given to them were fake.The two are making rounds at the Amboli police station since 2016. So far, two first information reports against five accused have been registered. Three of them are behind bars, while two are out on bail. Ashar and Singh said they fell for the con after the accused promised them a flat at a cheaper rate in flats constructed by MMRDA for its staff in Vile Parle.In Singh’s case, the MMRDA has also given in writing to the accused and the police that the allotment letters issued to Singh is fake and were not issued by MMRDA. Singh had further in May 2017 had filed FIR with the Amboli Police station which arrested five accused. In case of Ashar, the Amboli police station on Thursday registered an FIR under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery, cheating and creating fake documents.Speaking to DNA, Singh said, “I have paid around Rs 1.55 crore for purchasing six flats of Rs 25 lakh each. I paid the whole amount to the accused because one of the five accused worked with me in my office and told me that they have contacts with officers in MMRDA. However, even one year after paying the amount we had nothing except the provisional letter that turned out to be fake certificate when we checked with MMRDA.”Singh added, “The police later arrested five accused after filing FIR in May but have not filed charge-sheet even after completing 90 days of arrest due to which two accused have got bail. We fear other two will also get bail after their 90 days are completed and they will flee with our money.Ashar, whole filed FIR on Thursday, said, “I paid around 25 lakh because I came to know about it Priti Singh and I trusted her but later we came to know we both were duped when my lawyer checked about the documents with MMRDA.”Meanwhile, Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station, said, “I will not like to comment on part of the investigations in both the case. We will take action according to due process of law.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA, “We are also enquiring into one such complaint received on Thursday only. We will file a police case so that real culprits are brought to book.”MMRDA constructs various flats for project affected people (PAP) and its staff but general public are not eligible to buy or purchase flats in such apartments.

Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the first trailer of Padmavati hit the screens a month and a half ago, it captured little imagination and looked like just another fancy Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus.With top actors and grandiose sets, the trailer was easily a time-tested Bhansali match, bought quickly by Bollywood fans.It went viral instantly. In 24 hours, it garnered 20 million views on YouTube, considered the most received by a Hindi film trailer in a day. It was talked about by social and mainstream media alike, the curiosity catalysed by top influencers.The magic, however, was short-lived, as protests against Padmavati makers spiralled, accusing them of distorting history and hurting sentiments of the Rajput community. The opposition to the film kept mounting, making Padmavati one of the most controversial movies.The December 1 release now stands deferred indefinitely, while the highly anticipated movie has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP. Threats of beheading and nose-chopping were issued against the director and actors unabashedly, without fear of the law, by fringe elements, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThis, even before the masses or even India’s film certification body, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), could manage to see the film. The ongoing, sensational saga begs the question: Who are the censors and custodians of the freedom of expression? It has also proved that the CBFC, called the censor board in common parlance, has little role in such a situation and is no more than a mere rubber stamp.Fringe, the new mainstreamTrouble had started brewing in January this year when a Rajasthan-based fringe group, the Rajput Karni Sena, assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the trailer released, the Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in the hundreds and blocked entry to the Chittorgarh Fort and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. They also issued threats and bounties for beheading Bhansali and cutting off actor Deepika Padukone’s nose.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s filmSena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi had earlier refused to settle for any compromise over the film, saying that it should be scrapped outright. The group has now mellowed down to say the movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar, and the protests would be withdrawn if the family does not find anything objectionable.A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests by groups claiming to represent the Rajput community. They say the depiction of the romance between Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history, promising there will be “no romantic scene or song or dream sequence between the two.
ALSO READ ‘Padmavati’ row: Karni Sena demands full ban on Bhansali’s film in HaryanaBut this has failed to assuage increasingly violent threats against cast and crew.Historians are divided over whether the queen ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’ by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.Political backingFringe groups have, time and again, tried disrupting law and order in the country over a host of issues, including films. What emboldens them are endorsements from a section of politicians for their demands. Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu openly supported a call to behead Padukone and Bhansali and threatened to burn every cinema screen in the country if the movie was released.Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have banned the movie. Uttar Pradesh has held Bhansali responsible for hurting the sentiments of the Rajput community, while Rajasthan has sought edits. Even the Congress government in Punjab has backed protesters. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called the protests a “super emergency” and a calculated plan of “a political party” to destroy the freedom of expression. She said on Friday that her state was ready to welcome the film and its crew. “They are welcome here if they can’t release it in other states. We can make special arrangements.”Interestingly, Gujarat is staring at high-octane state elections next month, while UP is going through civic polls. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan next year. In this situation, banning a film is the easiest move the states could have made, given that they are home to a large number of Rajputs, whose community leaders have been at the forefront of the protests.Strangely, none of the states decided to wait for the decision of the CBFC to arrive at a conclusion over its public screening. Talking to DNA, senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar justified the opposition to the film and put the blame squarely on its makers. “For any film which has the potential to hurt sentiments, it is important for its makers to show it to community leaders first. No film should hurt the sentiments of any caste or community. Their opinion should be taken, and if they feel that there are certain objectionable scenes the should be deleted, filmmakers should delete them,” Kumar said.He said Bhansali was overlooking the easy solution and attracting further trouble by being adamant and not showing the film to caste leaders who feel it is an attack on their honour. But if caste leaders are to decide the fate of a film, what does the CBFC do, which is yet to even see this particular film? “Yes, let the CBFC see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason. The film should be screened for members of the community protesting its release, to give them an assurance that it has nothing which can hurt their sensibilities,” he said.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also said that the director is as guilty as those who threatened to harm Padukone and Bhansali, “who has hurt public sentiments.” Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film, stating that it hurts religious sentiments and could have an adverse effect on the law-and-order situation of the country.Rajasthan RoyalsThe royal family of Mewar has expressed strong displeasure with Padmavati makers and has urged the government to withhold the release of the film in its current form. Talking to DNA, MK Vishvaraj Singh of Udaipur, Mewar, said that in the interests of the film as well as keeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, Maharani Padmini, who is revered by many.”Take the case of films made on cricketers like MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. The films were made in consultation with them to avoid any errors and all seem to be happy with the result. In case of Padmavati, we were not consulted even once, though we belong to the same lineage,” he said.Singh also pointed out that the recent selective screening of the film and the fact of those who viewed it making their review public has been criticised by the censor board. Talking about Karni Sena’s demand that the film be shown to the royal family to weed out any objections, Singh said it remains to be seen if this is possible in light of the recent criticism of the selective screening by the CBFC.”We have certain objections and they continue to be there. Even though the film is yet to be released, the trailer makes the mistakes reasonably clear, as the clips are parts of the film,” he said, adding that if there is the intention, any issue can be sorted out by a direct dialogue between all concerned. “Even if we see the film and put forth our objections, it is yet to be seen if and how the makers will address them,” he said.In a letter to the Prime Minister, Singh has urged him not to allow the movie’s release, stating that it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens. “It will be ironic if films like Padmavati that are in our history and heritage are permitted to misrepresent and exploit this same heritage that is flaunted at home and abroad before all.”The family has also objected to the song Ghoomar and said in the letter, “If the film professes to be history and its maker goes on record to claim that he has kept in mind cultural sensitivities, it is an artistic and historic fraud to portray an incorrectly attired courtesan-like painted doll in the song as the very ‘queen’ the film purports to pay obeisance to.” He, however, disapproved of the threats of physical violence issued to Padukone and Bhansali.BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, Diya Kumari, is also opposed to Padmavati. She has warned that the movie will not be released if it does not depict history authentically. She has also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it.Bhansali’s blunderWhile a consortium of fringe groups across several states took the law into their own hands, Bhansali also subverted the due process. In an arbitrary move, he held a special screening for personnel of select media establishments, eroding the authority of the censor board. What the filmmaker thought would be a smart move, backfired angering CBFC members. Board chief Prasoon Joshi publicly criticised the action.A filmmaker could choose to show his/her product to a private audience. It does not violate any rule. But Bhansali’s audience went on to submit its views on the film, influencing people’s opinions, while the film awaited certification. He invited trouble for himself as his move further angered and alienated political leaders and fringe groups who felt sidelined in the whole process. He also chose against consulting Mewar’s royal family, though his earlier film Bajirao Mastani had faced stiff opposition from the descendants of Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao.CBFC, a rubber stamp?India’s top film certification authority has looked completely sidelined in the entire controversy. Former CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani told DNA that the CBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.RSS leader Kumar also told DNA that even if the CBFC sees the film, it also has to be screened for those opposing it for their clarification.While the Shyam Benegal committee report on the CBFC’s revamp remains to be implemented by the government, the veteran filmmaker has questioned the nationwide protests when hardly anyone has seen the film. Viacom 18 — a joint venture between Viacom Inc and Reliance Industries’ Network 18 — is the studio behind the film that is said to have cost some $23 million.Ranjani Mazumdar, professor of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has been following the controversy. “Cinema is increasingly emerging as a high-profile soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position on it,” Mazumdar told DNA.”They are, on the contrary, allowing this poison to spread. To ask for beheading, in the public domain, in this case, is shocking. I hope the film industry will take a strong position on this and demand the government’s intervention,” she said. Actors such as Shabana Azmi have urged the film industry to boycott the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in protest against the threats and disruption.Who said whatThe movie should be shown to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar; the protests will stop if the family does not find anything objectionable.—Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Rajput Karni Sena chiefCBFC cannot take any action against Bhansali, for there are no rules against the private screening of a movie.—Pahlaj Nihalani, ex-CBFC chiefLet the CBFC (also) see the film and arrive at a decision, but when so many states are banning it, the filmmakers should ponder over the reason.—Indresh Kumar, senior RSS leaderProtesters should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is found objectionable. My opinion is very clear. Some of the historical facts may not be in consonance with our thinking… these movies are of course based on history. And I know some directors … study all angles of history. But popular sentiments should also be respected.—Birender Singh, Union MinisterKeeping in mind plain courtesy, the makers should have let the family know that they are making a movie on their ancestor, who is revered by many. We have some objections. The trailer makes the mistakes clear. It is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the history of the country and the dignity of its citizens.—Vishvaraj Singh, of Mewar’s royal familyCinema is increasingly emerging as a soft target to create a vitiated atmosphere. Apart from being an assault on the right to express, this kind of attack on the film by self-appointed vigilantes, who see themselves as the custodians of Indian culture, is being allowed because the government refuses to take a strong position.—Ranjani Mazumdar, cinema professor, JNUFilms caught in protests and politicsFireWhen: December 1998Why: The movie showed its female leads sharing a romantic relationship, which was cited as “alien to our culture”.What: Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and BJP workers vandalised theatres, some stripped down in protest. Initially passed uncut by the censor board, it was referred back to the board for re-examination.WaterWhen: January 2000Why: About the lives of widows in pre-Independence India, termed “anti-Hindu”.What: Director Deepa Mehta was forced to shut down the film’s production after protesters destroyed sets. Shiv Sena in UP organised a suicide protest to stop the film’s making. It finally released in India in 2007.Jodhaa AkbarWhen: February 2008Why: Based on the love story of Mughal emperor Akbar and Rajput princess Jodha, the Rajput community protested it for distorting historical facts.What: The film was banned in UP, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand. The Supreme Court lifted the ban on its screening in UP and some towns of Uttarakhand and Haryana.Madras CafeWhen: August 2013Why: Set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war, the movie ran into trouble for its alleged portrayal of LTTE in bad light.What: Amidst protests, Tamil political parties called for a ban on the film. It did not see a release in Tamil Nadu and UK.Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-LeelaWhen: November 2013Why: Initially named Ram-Leela, the film was accused of hurting religious sentiments.What: The Allahabad HC banned its release in UP. Bhansali agreed to the Kshatriya community’s demands by changing “provocative” words.Bajirao MastaniWhen: December 2015Why: Groups of Bajirao’s descendants, and BJP workers claimed the film distorted historical facts and depicted the Maratha leader in poor light.What: On the opening day, theatres across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat were forced to cancelscreenings.Udta PunjabWhen: June 2016Why: CBFC presented a list of 94 cuts and 13 pointers prior to the film’s release, one of which included removing all references to Punjab.What: Amidst protests in Punjab, the Bombay High Court later reduced the number of cuts to just one scene and directed the Board to issue an ‘Adult’ certificate to the film.Ae Dil Hai MushkilWhen: October 2016Why: Following the terrorist attack in Uri, Hindu groups protested the casting of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.What: MNS called for a ban and threatened cinemas with vandalism. It withdrew its agitation after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis intervened.RaeesWhen: December 2016Why: MNS and Shiv Sena party workers protested the film’s screening for starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, while a BJP leader termed it a “dishonest” and “anti-national” film.What: Shah Rukh Khan met MNS chief Raj Thackeray to assure him that Mahira Khan won’t visit India for its promotion.Lipstick Under My BurkhaWhen: February 2017Why: On four Muslim women yearning to break free.What: The CBFC denied the film’s release in India stating that its plot was “lady-oriented” and had “contagious sexual scenes.” It was later released with an Adult certificate.

Remembering 26/11: Moshe should be made trustee of Nariman House, says uncle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine years after the terror attack took the lives of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who ran the Nariman House or Chabad House in Colaba, Gavriel’s brother Moshe Holtzberg told DNA said that his nephew, Moshe (same name) should be made a trustee of Nariman House and that the deed should be transferred in his name.Moshe – or Baby Moshe, as the then-two-years-old toddler came to be known in the public eye – is likely to visit India sometime in the next few months. Moshe also expressed unhappiness over 26/11 mastermind being free despite a reward for him and everyone knowing where he is.The 11-year-old currently lives with his maternal grandparents in Afula, Israel. “He is doing great with his studies, thank God. He loves to play football and loves a challenge and speaks about coming to India,” said Moshe, in emailed answers from the United States.”When we made peace with Chabad, it was agreed on that baby Moshe would be the trustee and the building would be named after his parents. We are waiting for that to happen. But the most important part is that Baby Moshe is Nariman House and Nariman House is Baby Moshe…..We ask that his house – the house of kindness – be given back to him. We thank the current Rabbi Koslovski for being the caretaker till Moshe grows up. But we need to see this guarantee on the deed,” he told DNA.Two years after the tragedy, the Holtzberg family filed embezzlement cases against the Chabad Lubavitch movement, which runs Chabad services across the world. The case was later amicably resolved at the Charity Commission in India.Expressing happiness that Chabad House was partially open, Moshe added, “We would like to have more transparency and that the family plays more of an active role.”However, the Chabad-Lubavitch rejected Moshe’s assertions. Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, said that Moshe’s uncle did not represent the interests of his nephew.In an email, he wrote: “We have resolved that if he (12-year-old Moshe) wishes to continue the selfless work of his parents here in Mumbai, we would be happy to assist him and help integrate him into this important work. His uncle in New York is not a party to the above discussion, not entitled to any of the funds set aside for Moshe, and is not the representative of his nephew’s interests where we are concerned.”An email sent to Baby Moshe’s grandparents, with whom he lives, asking for their comment on the stand-off between his uncle and the Chabad-Lubavitch remained unanswered.Sandra Samuel, the nanny of Baby Moshe who sneaked him out during terror attack and lives in Jerusalem said, “I meet him every Sunday for around two hours. Earlier he was a shy boy and would not talk to anyone. Now that he is grown up, he is more open to new people. But he still gets irritated if there are too many people around. With me, he likes talking about football, basketball, and ping-pong and we sometimes go to have Falafel and coke.”

Remembering 26/11: When I miss him, I see him on YouTube, says Divya Salaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Divya Salaskar, the 30-year-old daughter of late Vijay Salaskar who was among the several officers martyred while fighting terrorists on 26/11, it was the night she had planned to go for a drive with her father.”Since he liked having egg and I couldn’t stand its smell, I was in my room. An hour later when I did not hear from him, I came out and foud out that he had left long back because there was firing,” she recalls.When the family learnt of his death on the TV, the void was as gaping as it was sudden. “Since he was always running to spots, we were prepared to visit a hospital but not this,” she told DNA.”A daughter always falls back on her father the most. He was my best friend. Whenever I miss him now, I YouTube his videos. I see him walking and talking that way. It is painful but you see him breathing and living.”Divya, who completed her Masters and now runs her own HR and training consultancy, regrets that her father couldn’t be around for her convocation. “He was very keen that I have a Masters, he probably thought I could help him,” she says, dismissing descriptions of her father as an ‘encounter specialist’.”He never really liked calling himself an encounter specialist. He was not trigger happy and would say that there is no achievement in taking someone’s life,” she said.That her father was respected within the force is evident by the fact all of his team members still visit the family. “They also drop by on his birthday, and lend their support incase there is any work to be done,” Salaskar says.When asked if the force is better equipped to avert an attack in the future, Salaskar said, “They may not be able to avert it but there will be better damage control.”

Remembering 26/11: High-risk sites step up to conduct mock drills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recognising the vulnerability of sensitive installations and establishments that see high footfalls as possible targets, the Mumbai police has decided to conduct coordinated security drills for these locations.The objective is to enable a quicker response through real-time streaming and enhance the level of protection and deterrence for these institutions.”It will help us react during an eventuality. We must be prepared for the worst. The drills will be conducted every three to six months to examine our readiness in terms of technology and its use,” an official in the state Home department, on condition of anonymity, told DNA, adding that these drills would involve relevant state agencies.The exercise will be carried out at 103 high-value targets such as malls, five-star hotels, religious places, hospitals, and the railway network. The community-based policing framework is part of the Rs 949-crore Mumbai CCTV surveillance project that was floated after the 26/11 terror attacks.Under the collaborative surveillance project, these establishments have volunteered to be the site of the drills and will share their feeds with the police. So far, 91 of these places have been commissioned. The feeds will be accessed based on requirements, worst-case scenarios and after consent is secured from each establishment.”The focus should not be to just connect the cameras from these establishments to the system and then forget all about it. The idea is to ensure that they are in a state of alert to respond to emergencies,” the Home department official noted.An official said their focus would be on increasing the reach of the CCTV project by ensuring network connectivity between their system and that of private and public establishments.Pakistan-trained terrorists had attacked the Taj and the Trident hotels and the CST station during the 26/11 terror attacks. Mumbai’s Railway network has been a target of terror attacks in 2003 and 2006.The high-level enquiry committee under former union home secretary Ram Pradhan, which probed the 26/11 attacks, had pointed out that unlike their counterparts in cities like New York, the Mumbai police had no ready access to the CCTV cameras of private sites such as hotels.Though the state government initially planned to establish 6,020 remote-controlled, high-definition cameras in the city, that number was reduced to 4,717 at 1,510 spots due to the decision to increase the number of poles at the sites. So far, around 97 per cent of these cameras are live.TRACKING TERRORThe 26/11 terror attacks exposed the poor state of security at railway stations.Nine years later, railway authorities and security forces are finally upgrading their CCTV systems at stations with Rs 115-crore integrated security system (ISS).The Western Railway will extend the ISS on the suburban network to amplify surveillance at railway stations between Churchgate and Dahanu which need constant monitoring.The CCTVs will cover every corner of the station and their feeds will be integrated with each other for a seamless sequence of events. — Shashank Rao

Principal didn’t take my calls, says mother of ‘raped’ four-year-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing her outrage in her complaint given to Delhi Police, the mother of the four-year-old Dwarka school rape victim, said it had been a restless night for her and her child, who kept on narrating the gruesome ordeal she had undergone.The woman has demanded action against the school administration alleging that it was their “negligence” that had led to the crime.It was on Friday when the child had reported pain in her private parts to her mother, which was initially overlooked by the woman. However, later on, when she noticed injuries in the girl’s private parts, the woman approached police and a medical examination confirmed rape. The child had also hinted to her mother that she was sexually assaulted in school, after which the parents gave a written complaint at Dwarka south police station and an FIR was registered.Talking about the alleged negligence on the school’s part, the woman said, “At night I sent a message to her school teacher informing her of the incident. In the morning, I asked the teacher and the school coordinator, but they did not take any interest in the matter. I spoke to the principal but she did not bother to answer my calls in the morning and even did not respond to my emails. She instead passed on the number to the school counsellor,” the mother said.Talking to DNA, the woman also said CCTV footage points out that her child’s teacher left the class to the ayah (woman help) and that the victim was the last one to walk out of the class because she could not put on the hook of her pants that the boy had opened. The mother also alleged that since the school is an “upmarket school”, it is not being booked for any negligence by the police.”The police are apparently going after the classmate, but the school is allowed to go scot free. How could it happen in the first place? If that boy has been booked under POCSO, why can’t this so-called upmarket school be booked for criminal negligence?””Police is all out to defend the school knowing well the boy is a juvenile. But the school’s criminality needs to be established. The school should be booked for scarring my innocent child for no fault of hers and letting something like this to happen in the classroom,” she said.The mother further asked that when she had brought it to the notice of the school, why the authorities didn’t call the police or hospital?”They didn’t try to meet the child or me when my child was being medically examined at a hospital and from there taken to a police station to file an FIR. How convenient for the school to pass the buck of this gross negligence to the boy and his upbringing,” the mother said.UNSAFE SCHOOLSOn Friday, the child reported pain in her private parts to her mother.
The mother then noticed injuries in the girl’s private parts.
She approached police, a medical test confirmed rape.
The child had also hinted she was sexually assaulted in school.

Pune | 11-day-old baby suffers 90 per cent burns after falling from father’s arm in hot water bucket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just 11 days after his birth, a baby boy is struggling for life after he fell from his father’s arms into a hot water bucket.The baby has sustained 90 per cent burn injuries and is currently undergoing treatment.The incident took place in Pune’s Kondhwa area at the family’s house on Wednesday morning. Mohammad Shaikh, the father of the boy, is a cleric. He has three daughters also.According to Kondhwa police, the incident took place on Wednesday morning. A police official from Kondhwa police told DNA that the accident happened when the father of the newborn failed to notice the wire of the immersion rod. Mohammad Shaikh tripped on the tangled wire and lost balance. The child, who was in his arms, flung into air and fell in the bucket of hot water, a police official from Kondhwa police told DNA.The baby was rushed to a private hospital, after which he was shifted to Sassoon General Hospital where he is undergoing a treatment. “The baby has suffered 90 per cent burn injuries and his condition is critical,” the police officer said.So far police have not registered any case in this regard.Only few months back, another newborn had lost his life in the city’s hospital due to burn injuries after the warmer in which the baby was kept overheated. Police had booked the doctor and staff of the hospital on the charges of causing death by negligence.

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

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

RSS-affiliate body accuses Niti Aayog of misleading govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a RSS-affiliated body, on Tuesday attacked Niti Aayog for pushing packed dietary supplements for malnourished children instead of supplying fresh, home-cooked meals by seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in tackling the problem. SJM has long been opposing ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) provided by several states to malnourished children.Talking to DNA, SJM national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said Niti Aayog is trying to mislead the government by pushing for RUTF which would benefit certain private entities.”We, however, will continue to oppose the move tooth and nail as RUTF is not a sustainable solution to malnutrition. There are no studies to indicate its long-term health risks,” Mahajan said.In a letter to the PM, Mahajan said, “We are concerned about the decision taken, especially with inputs from Niti Aayog — who had recently constituted a working group on nutrition riddled with conflicts of interests. This is inspite of the fact that National Nutrition Strategy — launched by the Deputy Chairperson of Niti Aayog in September — recommends avoiding conflicts of interest in its guiding principles.””These food supplements will only serve the corporate interests rather than treating the malnourished children,” Mahajan wrote in the letter.He also stated that evidence is not in favour of use of RUTF adding that Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said RUTF may not benefit a common household in developing appropriate food habits for children against home-cooked food.RUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.In August, the Women and Child development ministry issued a circular to state governments telling them that the use of RUTF food to tackle Severe Acute Malnutrition is not ‘accepted policy’ of the Centre.In his letter, he also stated that in a response to parliament question in 2010, then Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna stated that UNICEF distributed RUTF in contravention to Government of India guidelines and was asked to ship it out.As a proof of that, the ministry referenced a February 2009 circular issued by the health ministry. The circular came a few days after the RSS-linked Swadeshi Jagran Manch objected the use of packet foods as RUTF because they felt that the move will only benefit corporate bodies and in states where it has been launched, RUTF have proved to be an expensive affair.However, WHO deputy director and former ICMR chief Soumya Swaminathan had told DNA that there is no health issue with the usage of RUTF food.”In several cases that we have observed, RUTF food has helped severely-malnourished children regain back their health without side-effects. I would recommend it,” said Swaminathan.WHAT IS RUTFRUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.

Maha mulls bill to regulate unethical practices in hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid rising complaints of overcharging by private hospitals, the government is mulling a legislation to put in place a mechanism for the regulation of clinical establishments across the state. A draft prepared by the Congress-NCP government, which faced strong opposition from the medical practitioners especially from the private sector, will be taken as the basis for the proposed bill. The bill would have a number of proposals with regard to action against clinical establishments in the event of danger to the safety of patients, and if they fail to display treatment rates and maintain necessary records.An officer from the public health department told DNA: “The previous government had planned to bring in a legislation in this regard but could not o so. The department will prepare a fresh draft and circulate for suggestions and objections from all stake holders.”He informed that the department is flooded with complaints almost on a daily basis about overcharging by private hospitals. However, in view of lack of any legislation no action is initiated. The officer informed that the West Bengal has already enacted a law in this regard while Karnataka has drafted a bill to regulate the cost of treatment, besides curbing unethical practices.Suresh Shetty, former minister of public health, confirmed that the previous Congress-NCP government had prepared a draft bill but it could not be tabled in the legislature. “There has to be some mechanism to control the private health sector. It is a known fact that the Centre and states cannot afford to provide health services to everybody due to paucity of funds. The private sector plays an important role. At the same time, some competent authority and regulatory body will be needed to monitor the functioning of clinical establishments,” he noted.

‘Maa Mati Manush’, Mamata Banerjee’s favourite slogan, is the name of a private company owned by her nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the controversy over Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla, in another revelation it was found out that the much-used tagline of Trinamool Congress, ‘Maa Mati Manush’ was also a business entity owned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.DNA has access to evidence which reveal that through an application on January 18, 2013, the trademark for ‘MAA-MATI-MANUSH’ had been applied as a ‘single firm’. The name of the applicant is Abhishek Banerjee.The application has been made by CJ Associates whose office is at 6A Kiran Shankar Roy Road, second floor, Kolkata – 700001. The application number was 2462807, made under Class – 38.In the application, the details of the Goods and Services in which the company would deal was stated as ‘Television channels, cable television, radio and on-line broadcasting services communication by fibre optic network, electronic mail; transmission, broadcast, reception and dissemination of audio, video, still and moving images, text and data whether in real or delayed time; interactive broadcasting, news information and news agency, radio and television broadcasting; providing access to and leasing of access time to a computer database; telecommunications; information and advisory services for aforesaid services, being services included in Class-38’.Advocate Tin Kari Jana who represented CJ Associates had been given the power of attorney by Abhishek through a declaration on January 17, 2013. DNA has access to the copy of the power of attorney.In another communication to the Registrar of trademarks, it has been claimed that ‘the service mark consisting of the expression MAA-MATI-MANUSH has been adopted in an honest and bonafide manner which has acquired inherent distinctiveness and capable of distinguishing the service of the applicant’.None of the TMC leaders wanted to comment on this issue. Interestingly Mamata and all the TMC leaders had used this phrase, ‘Maa Mati Manush’ in their speeches before and after coming to power to send out a message that the party was for the common people.Former second-in-command of Trinamool Congress Mukul Roy kicked up a controversy on November 10 at his first public rally after defecting to BJP alleging that Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla were actually business entities owned by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and party MP Abhishek Banerjee.

MSEDCL clarifies, says no wrongdoing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported that the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had launched an inquiry into rules flouted in providing electricity connections to 1,128 flats in a residential complex in Virar West, including two flats in the name of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s wife Anjali, MSEDCL has said no irregularities were observed by MSEDCL while releasing power to the project.The story quoted Arun Papadkar, Superintendent Engineer of Vasai Circle confirming that he had conducted an inspection at VIVA Kingston Crown and that the power sub-station from which electricity was being drawn for the flats was only meant for water supply and electricity supply for elevators.However, on Friday, MSEDCL issued a clarification that Papadkar had been misquoted, and that he had not admitted there were any irregularities when contacted by DNA.”Mr Papadkar has emphatically stated that the MSEDCL observed all legal formalities while supplying power to the project VIVA Kingston Crown. He also clarified that a substation (4 DTCs) was not only meant for water supply and elevator but also for all residential and commercial consumers in the said area,” the clarification states.”Hence, no irregularities have been observed by the MSEDCL while releasing power to the project in question. The connections have been given to the rightful flat owners of the said project as per the existing rules and regulations of the MSEDCL. Two connections issued in the name of Mrs Anjali Sachin Tendulkar in the said project to Flat no C-203 and C-204 are also legal. We all know that Mrs Anjali Tendulkar is wife of the very icon of the sports world, celebrity and Rajya Sabha MP Mr Sachin Tendulkar. No questions should arise when Mrs Tendulkar has been issued power connections in a rightful manner,” it added.

CISF, cops to replan Metro’s security structure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the molestation of a journalist at ITO metro station subway sparked a row over women’s safety, Director General of CISF, the force that secures metro stations, and Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik, on Friday, discussed a review of the present security system of Delhi Metro.It was on Tuesday night when the journalist who was entering the metro station was attacked by a man who attempted to grope the woman. CCTV footage of the incident which went viral on social media also shows that when the woman was confronted and raised an alarm, the man tried to escape but was chased by the journalist. A day later he was arrested by the Delhi Police and was identified as a 25-year-old tea stall worker.Following the incident, while the DG CISF, OP Singh, has directed his DIG DMRC unit to review the security setup in Delhi Metro, Patnaik also ordered a Special Commissioner to look into the security structure that the Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP)follows. Soon the Delhi Police and CISF are expected to replan their security set up in Delhi Metro.The incident took place in the subway that connects the main road to ITO metro station. When DNA looked into the security set up of a metro station, it was found that various areas are divided according to jurisdiction of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police’s DMRP.However, Singh pointed out that the force is always the first responder to any incident inside or even in the proximity to any metro station. “For us, security and safety of passengers come first and we have always responded with our best. Such incidents are addressed with utmost priority and no laxity will be tolerated,” Singh said.Talking to DNA, a senior CISF officer said, “Technically the areas that fall under CISF’s are start from frisking gates to the platform. The tracks, electrical installations over the tracks and areas beyond frisking areas, like the entry staircase or subways connecting the metro station to main roads are to be technically guarded by the DMRP. However, since the DMRP is drastically short staffed, our QRTs keep patrolling these areas also.”Even on Tuesday, the CISF was the first responder when the journalist was attacked at ITO, the DG claimed. Pankaj Singh, DCP Metro, said that they have requested for increased manpower.SOLUTIONS NEEDEDDMRP – metro train track tunnel, electrical installations over the track, subways connecting metro stations to main roads, staircase at entrance of metro stations
CISF – from the frisking gates to the platforms
Problem: Every metro station in the Capital is divided into different areas to be taken care of by the CISF and DMRP separately. This creates confusion over jurisdiction in such cases leading to delayed action

In backdrop of Indo-French Festival, Amber Fort to remain shut on Nov 18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amber Fort will remain closed for tourists on November 18 and they will not be able to see this historical beauty of Rajasthan. Not only the fort, but activities like elephant ride during the day time and the night tourism will also remain shut.This is being done because the fort is one of the key venues of the Indo-French Festival, part of which will be held in Amber Fort on November 18. A main function will be held at Ganesh Pol in the fort.Due to the fort being shut, a lot of changes are being made by the guides who are otherwise flooded with demand of tourists, helping them see the fort. As it is Saturday on November 18, which is usually an off day for many people, the fort sees a lot of visitors, both domestic and foreign.There are serpentine queues at the ticket counters on weekends. However, now the tourists will have to skip the trip there and look for another options to spend there time off work. A tourists guide while speaking to DNA said that now since Amber Fort will remain closed on Saturday, they will be showing places like Nahargarh, Jaigarh which are in the vicinity of Amber while other attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar will also see large influx of the tourists.Moreover, the Indo-French Festival is being organised by the department of tourism in the state and this festival is being held in 33 cities across the country.The preparations of this function are being done since last few months by the Amber Fort administration.There’s more to exploreHowever, now the tourists will have to skip the trip there and look for another options to spend there time off work. A tourist guide speaking to DNA said that now since the fort will remain closed, they will be showing places like Nahargarh, Jaigarh which are in the vicinity of Amber while other attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar will also see large influx of the tourists. The preparations of this function are being done since last few months by the Amber Fort administration.

Tough times for Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a video showing PAAS leader Hardik Patel, purportedly in a compromising position with a woman which surfaced last Monday, two more video footages with him holding liquor went viral on social media on Tuesday. Throughout the day, Hardik seemed to be in a silent mode and stayed away from media and avoided reaction on the sequel of the alleged footages. He also did not convey any message on social media throughout the day, which was a deviation from his routine.Meanwhile, Hardik and other PAAS members held meetings at the farmhouse near Gandhinagar. Later, he went to Bharuch for a rally later in the evening. A convener of PAAS from Ahmedabad, Atul Patel, said,”We know that the video footages involving Hardik are out again, but we are focusing over our agenda on reservation. Hardik and other PAAS leaders held meeting in Gandhinagar and were preparing the strategy for the movement on agitation. We are nonchalant after the incident.”BJP, too, did not come up with reaction on the second footage. The party released a communique in the evening, “Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil has exhibited their lower level ideology and ignorance for Sardar Patel. The Congress and Gohil should seek apology from the entire nation for the controversial remarks.” The party set effigies of Gohil and Congress afire across state including Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Anand, Surat, Bharuch, Mehsana, Rajkot, Jamnagar and others.Varun Patel, who joined BJP a few days back, defecting from PAAS, said, “I do not want to comment over Hardik Patel but I believe that Patel community has great understanding. They would take right decision at the right time.” Congress, however, defended Hardik. Party chief Bharatsinh Solanki, said,”The video footages are just a conspiracy of BJP. They are trying different tools to muzzle the voice of democracy. The party will surely lose in polls and this was an effort for survival.”‘Brijesh, Vipul with Hardik in booze video’Two more videos released on Tuesday purportedly show Hardik Patel and two other persons with tonsured heads and an unidentified woman with liquor at a private hotel. A PAAS leader that DNA talked to identified and confirmed the other two as Brijesh Patel, PAAS convener from Rajkot and Vipul Patel, another PAAS convener.The leader on the condition of anonymity told DNA over phone that the video was taken during a booze party in Botad town in Saurashtra, in the backdrop of PAAS’s Nyaya Yatra.

Filthy pond makes teen move High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fed up with the foul smell of garbage and sewer water in a pond adjacent to a government school, a 16-year-old girl has knocked the Delhi High Court’s door, seeking directions to the authorities to clean the water body.Simran, a student of Class IX in Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalaya, Aya Nagar, in south Delhi, has highlighted the plight of all her friends, teachers, and residents of the area, who have been falling sick because of the garbage that is being dumped in a nearby pond in the absence of ‘dhalaos’.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar expressed concerns over the condition and the health of individuals because of the pond. The court ordered immediate inspection of the area, directing the Delhi government, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to do so.The court also asked the petitioner, Simran, to point out the area to the authorities, who would have to file a status report about the garbage and the sewer issues in the area.Speaking to DNA, Simran said she has been facing the issue for the last one year. “I have been studying in this school for the last six years. But from the last one year, the situation has become intolerable. Many of my friends have fallen sick. Also, there is a mosquito menace because of the garbage,” she said.She further said that several complaints have been made in this regard, but no action has been taken to solve the issues. “Both me and my parents had told the principal, who assured us that she will complain to the authorities. But, nothing happened. Teachers and students, all face the same problem,” she added.The court said that if the allegations were found to be correct, rectification measures will be taken immediately.Meanwhile, councillor of Aya Nagar, Ved Pal, told DNA that students have been facing this problem as there is not even a single dhalao in the area. “We are waiting for the dhalao land for Aya Nagar and Jonapur. As soon as we get the land from the Delhi government, the problem would be solved,” he said.The court has fixed the next date of hearing on February 5.

PM’s ICSI speech, anti-black money day dominate AIR airtime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), anti-black money day observed by the Centre on November 8 and India’s 100th rank at the World Bank’s ease of doing business index are topics dominating All India Radio’s airtime for a month now.According to highly placed sources, directions to broadcast focused programmes on these topics had come from the top echelon of the Centre to the top management of AIR. It was then conveyed to the public service broadcaster’s programme heads across the country. The idea — DNA has learnt — was to help dispel an apparent gloom prevailing over India’s economic slowdown and maintain a positive perception of the country’s economy in the states, including the two poll-bound ones. The first satellite message issued by the AIR on October 11 to programme heads of all stations, stated that they are advised to produce programmes in various formats such as discussions and talks, based on issues raised by the PM in his speech on October 4 at the inauguration of the golden jubilee year of the ICSI.“Regional stations may also broadcast short excerpts or audio clippings of the speech along with translated version in local languages and dialects (sic),” the message stated.Similarly, another satellite message issued by AIR’s programme policy division directed programme heads of all capital AIR stations to “mount suitable programmes in different formats on anti-black money day”, observed by the Centre on November 8, this year. Directing the programme heads of AIR to continue airing the anti-black money day programmes till the end of November, the message stated that the stations in non-Hindi regions should also air such programmes in their respective regional languages. It added that the “related material” received from the PMO had also been uploaded online for ready reference of the officials.The related material here is referred to a detailed draft note on benefits of demonetisation as a measure to curb black money, highlighting impact of the initiative on terrorism, fake Indian currency notes, formalising economy and digitisation.DNA has copies of the satellite messages and draft note.

Children decode the DNA of a newspaper

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DNA newsroom was filled with excitement and new ideas as teenaged students from Mount Litera School International (MLSI), Mumbai, visited the office. The children had a session with the editors of DNA who briefed them about their specific work areas and different sections that they head — like sports, city, nation, and entertainment.In the session, the students got first-hand experience on how a newsroom functions. They were briefed how story selection is done, and where do reporters gather or source their information from. They also got to learn about the different news styles — news stories, features, interviews, etc. Fascinated to know a newspaper business runs, the students asked several questions about how these papers are printed, how advertisements are acquired and designed and what kind of stories finally make it to the paper.Students then took a tour of the newsroom wherein they learnt about each section of the newspaper in detail. Some children were keen to know how a page is designedand were glad to know the news in advance. “Every day when I wake up, I see the cartoon strips and illustrations in the papers,” said a Grade 7 student, Ksha Raut, as she keenly looked at an illustration done for the paper.The students then marched towards the web desk where they saw how the team is on its toes to update breaking news on to the news website. Here, they got to learn how news stories are picked up from various agencies and how they are tagged to get more internet traction.The kids also got an opportunity of interacting with cricketer Shreyas Iyer, who shared his career journey. Excited to meet a cricketer, students asked him about his game strategy, his journey from childhood to reaching the Indian cricket team and what he does when he feels nervous on the field.They later got to witness an editorial meeting wherein all the editors discussed the stories for the day’s edition. The tour ended with a snack break wherein students discussed their day’s learning with a bite of sandwiches. “It was such an exciting day! I did not know that bringing out a newspaper is such a challenging task,” said Khushi Kothari, a Grade 7 student.(Navyata Goenka, Advisor to Mount Litera School International, greets students)The ambition of my life: To become a fashion designerI always wanted to become a fashion designer or an artist. I wanted to become a fashion designer because when I was small my parents used to buy shawls as they used to travel to cold places and whenever they left a shawl outside take it and wrap it around me and walk around the house until it falls off. And one day my parents put on a fashion show on the TV. When I watched it I really, really, really wanted to become tat person who walking on the catwalk from that day onwards I started practicing on how to walk like that. One day when I was walking I remembered about the shawls when my father took them out. When I remembered about them I walked with them rapped around me. So when I kept doing that everyday after a while I realised that instead of just rapping them around me I was actually starting to develop clothes like frock, t-shirts etc…So when I realised that I though I was getting closer to become a fashion designer. — Diya Vasudevan, Grade 5The brave BrontosaurusI love dinosaurs. I like to collect informationfrom them My dinosaur is a Brontosaurus. It has scaly skin.It has thorns. It has sharp teeth !This dinosaur means thunder lizard !It痴 thorns are very sharp !It has a thorny tail. —Ayaan Gupta, Grade 1Her PurityDeep inside the forests of SunderbanLies the heart of our nationShe flows with crystal clear magical waterThrough the meadows and valleysShe glistens like a diamondShe is the great legendShe the masterAnd we her thirsty slavesHer worshippers manyAs she does not use tyrannyTake a sip or two and feel brand newJust a drop of her on your tongueWill take you back to when you were youngHer soul is made of goldTakes more pain than she can holdTake a dip into her water blueAnd it will purify youTry it and you will know it’s trueRushing and gushing down to the seaShe will forever be a queen freeHer fall will be the end of it allShe cries a beautiful tuneTo the brightest moonHear her melodious laughAnd she will split your soul into halfShe is just a unique beautyBut…..She is dyingHer magic has turned to greyHer soul locked far awayCan see her shine no moreHer water doesn’t flow like beforeHer worshipers turned to enemiesMocked her, killed her till she could no longer breatheStripped her of the thing she holds most dearHer purityShe could no longer take thisShe dwindled and dwindledLetting every vein of her dryTill her melody could no longer flyLeaving her people dying of thirstThey asked her why? Why thou so harsh? She replied with the outermost cry I long to sing, I long to flow, i long to glow But how do i? When thou put me through this misery Stripped me of my melody, my shine, my purity Please hear my cry for help Save me, help me For I no longer can save myself Thou brought this upon thyself I am dying Help please help All stood without so much of a yelp Listening to her cries of pleas that never end All were silent but one He spoke and the the burning fire awoke He said I will plant the trees bright and green For a kilometre around you so you will be no longer unseen It will give you back all your value Your glisten, your voice and your water blue You will flourish like you have never before Your veins will burn with the greatest roar For you my mother, I your child Will not rest till you again smiled. — Yashvi Chheda, Grade 9*************Hero without a capeShe brushed my teethshe combed my hairThere Was no hate in her heartJust love and careShe taught me what is rightand what is wrongShe made me wiseshe made me strongThank you from protecting mefrom every stormThank you for thank you forteaching me the normThank you for everythingI love you mom— Aarav Aggarwal, Grade 9

90% dip in stone-pelting incidents: J&K DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call it National Investigation Agency (NIA) or demonetization effect, stone pelting has dropped by 90 percent in the restive Kashmir valley this year.Data available reveal there were over 2,000 incidents of stone pelting last year which has dipped to 700 till August-end this year. Over 1,000 CRPF men were injured in stone pelting last year. This year, 720 stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of Kashmir till August-end, in which 331 CRPF men were injured. The figures exclude thousands of policemen injured in the stone-pelting in Kashmir in the last two years.“Stone pelting incidents have roughly dropped by 90 percent this year. Earlier, there were 50 incidents of stone pelting reported daily and now there is not even one incident in a week or 10 days”, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told DNA.The DGP said credit goes to the people of Kashmir. “You tell me hasn’t situation improved? Credit goes to people”, he said.Sources said demonetization and NIA raids have hit the stone-pelting syndicate and militants hard in Kashmir. Sources said the militants require huge money to pay their cadres, buying logistics, including smartphones, SIM cards and paying for transport and other facilities.Figures reveal that around 12 banks have been looted since demonetization was announced in November last year.NIA raids in the terror funding cases too have dealt a blow to stone pelting because fund flow has suddenly stopped, which has hit the morale of the separatists. “Every transaction is now under watch and every possible financier under surveillance. This has hit the morale of the stone throwers and their backers in the Valley”, said an officer.

Rajasthan gets first sting in Japanese encephalitis, victim died in Kota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As if the dengue menace was not enough, In a state which is alrady hamstrung with doctors’ strike this is no good news. Rajasthan has registered the first death due to Japanese Encephalitis, the disease with higher fatality rate, in Kota division. The patient, a 30-year old woman, died in Maharawal Bhim Singh (MBS) hospital on October 16 and after 25 days of her death, it has been confirmed in the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, that she was suffering from Japanese Encephalitis. State health officials, sitting in Jaipur, were still “unaware” about the case.As per the report by NIV sent on November 9, results for serum sample of Manju (30), tested positive for JEIgM. Manju, wife of Parasram, was a resident of Chamunda colony in Kishoraipatan in Bundi district, 24 km from Kota divisional headquarters.“She had fever on October 6,” Parasram told DNA. “After consulting with local doctors, we took her to New Medical College, Kota on October 8 from where she was admitted to Sudha Hospital at Talwandi with complaints of fever and unconsciousness on October 9. After 3 days, on October 12, she was discharged from there and was admitted to MBS hospital where she breathed her last on October 16,” said Parasram.DNA FINDS: DNA , In it’s investigation found that when Manju was admitted in Sudha Hospital, Dr Amit Dev, neurologist at the hospital, took the blood sample and sent to NIV for serum test as he found the patient suspect of JE. Now the test report confirms the same.LAXITY REPEATED: In April this year, a 10-year-old boy, from Daraganv of Dariyawad in Pratapgarh district was tested positive for JE in a test of serum. But, he was tested negative for JE in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) test. That time Pratapgarh epidemiologist kept it a secret and this time, despite of death of the patient, officials are clueless.JE BITES IN INDIAA recent study conducted by researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has concluded that the cases of dengue and chikungunya have been under-reported.
Last year alone, 1500 cases of Japanese encephalitis were reported in India, particularly in the northeastern states. The cases and deaths due to this form of encephalitis have more than doubled since’10.
The number of people with variant forms of viral illnesses, which often go unreported and undetected, is difficult to establish. HEALTH DEPT CLUELESSHealth officials were not fully “aware” of the facts about the case. The patient was in MBS hospital from October 12, but health department does not have any record from the hospital till date. One official, one the account of anonymity told DNA that till November 9, the department even didn’t know that such a sample of some JE suspect has been taken and sent to NIV. Even after the report was received, it took more than 24 hours for the health department to identify the patient.

Women must cover their faces, says Islamic scholar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mufti who was answering questions on “covering” said that women who were not slaves, and hence free, were asked to wear a hijab to be differentiated from women who were slaves. Mufti Nizamuddin Razavi was answering questions on “covering” at the second day of the 27th annual Sunni Ijtema at Azad Maidan on Saturday.While the first day of the Ijtema is reserved for women, the second and third day of the three-day event can be attended only by men. Thousands had gathered to listen to Islamic scholars speak on various Islamic teachings.”The Quran says that the head must be covered. The covering of face is optional. But in Hadees it is said that even the face has to be covered. Back then, women who were free (not slaves) were asked to cover their faces to distinguish them from women who were slaves. Hence, covering was for those women whose rank was higher because they were free (not slaves) in the society,” said Mufti Nizamuddin Razavi while giving religious answers to the queries raised by men.On the first day, an Islamic scholar while talking about talaq said, “instant talaq is not liked by God.” However, Mohammed Shahid, spokesperson for Ijtema, told DNA that instant talaq is still valid. “If women cover themselves up, they will not have to suffer from criminal acts,” added Razavi.

Do jhadoo-pocha, stay fit, Rajasthan government magazine tells women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An article in the Rajasthan Education Department’s in-house magazine has sparked a controversy over its recommendations for women’s health, suggesting housework such as sweeping, mopping, manual grinding of grains, and filling water in pots as ways of staying fit.The article appears in the November issue of ‘Shivira’, which is published by the state government.The article, written by one Dinkar Sharma, comes with a list of simple solutions to stay healthy, placed inside a box on the page. Women are advised to do mill grinding, sweeping, mopping, filling water, and other household chores to stay healthy and fit.Nath Mal Didel, director of Higher Education Department, did not return calls from DNA for comment.The publication of the text has prompted protests against the state government, including by teachers and activists. Chairperson of the Rajasthan Women’s Commission, Suman Sharma, expressing her objection to the article, saying “Women are themselves aware of their fitness. There should not be any discrimination with women in this regard. Just as men do gym, yoga and walking to fit, women can also keep themselves fit.”

JNU admin restricts Wi-Fi on campus, students fume

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took to social media on Saturday to express anger over their online freedom being restricted by the JNU administration. The social media protest came after the administration ensured that the campus Wi-Fi would not show news, music or protest videos on YouTube.The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) called it a “politically motivated move” and alleged, “that all website and video links which have anti-government content have been restricted.” DNA tried to reach the JNU registrar Pramod Kumar and the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for a response but failed to get a reply until the time of press.Many students took to social media and wrote Facebook posts condemning the move by the administration. Students stated that with the Wi-Fi restriction, the only thing that they can be allowed to watch online are cartoons.In a statement issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) the students said, “This latest scheme of the JNU V-C is tampering with free academic thought and the environment of JNU, by placing curbs on the internet access of JNU students, through the campus Wi-Fi. Students have been facing problems in accessing web pages and channels on YouTube through the JNU Wi-Fi. JNU presidential debates, speeches of prominent student leaders have also been restricted.”Clashes between the JNUSU and the authorities over a number of issues have been taking place in recent times. The move by the JNU V-C, earlier this year, to ensure seat cuts in MPhil/PhD courses has angered students, the announcement by the administration that an army tank should be placed on campus to instil patriotism, also led to clashes with students who denounced the move.In the statement, the students also accused the administration of “corruption in teachers’ appointment in JNU… open harassment of students through notices and fines… destroying students freedom of expression and academic freedom through restrictions imposed on the JNU Wi-Fi.STUDENTS SAYJNUSU condemns this act of control by the V-C on lives and thoughts of students. It appeals to the student community to stand tall against this curbing of both intellectual and social life and demands that the JNU administration remove the curbs.

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