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Ahead of New Year’s Eve, Jaipur civic body cracks whip

In light of Mumbai’s Kamala Mills fire tragedy on Friday, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) swung into pre-emptive action and on Saturday, as its firefighting cell conducted a surprise inspection of more than two dozen hotels, restaurants, multiplexes and shopping malls; in it, six notices were issued. This surprise inspection will continue on Sunday, too. Additionally, the JMC has issued an advisory to prevent fire accidents on New Year’s Eve.Due to the weekend and New Year’s Eve falling together, and the ongoing winter season, a large number of tourists are expected to descend on the city and pay patronage at hotels, restaurants, clubs etc. In such a situation, to prevent another Mumbai-like tragedy, the civic body issued the firefighting advisory wherein all commercial establishments where a large gathering is expected have been instructed to keep the fire-fighting system fully-functional.To that end, if any event is being organised for the New Year’s celebration, then they will have to obtain the fire NOC from JMC and action will be taken if found lacking.On Saturday, two civic body teams conducted surprise checks at different locations in the city. “Both the teams made surprise visits to more than two dozen hotels, restaurants and other places. During these visits, the fire fighting system, entry and exit gate and the fire NOC of the programme were examined,” said Jalaj Ghasia, JMC’s Chief Fire Officer, adding, “During this time, the exit gate of some hotels and restaurants were found closed and were opened only when pointed out. Some establishments had not procured the fire NOC for their upcoming celebrations. Therefore, a notice was issued to such establishments.””Fire-fighting staff will be available 24 hours at all 11 fire stations. Apart from this, the reserve staff has also been kept ready,” he said.

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CM Vasundhara Raje orders party members to fight by-polls on Dholpur model

During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 30 December 2017 4:10 ISTMust readVasundhara Raje ensures ‘smooth landing’ for PM Modi at BarmerNow, Veg khao, paisa bachao: Air India style<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh Assembly by-elections on Dholpur model. The BJP’s organisation in-charge and minister in charge will remain in the allotted constituency for five days in a week till the polls are held in all the three by-electoral constituencies. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the same during the meeting held on Friday at the BJP state headquarters.The meeting was held to chalk out a blueprint for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed Rajasthan tour and for by-polls preparations.The by-elections in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituency and Mandalgarh Assembly constituency will be held on January 29. Nearly 17 Assembly constituencies are connected with these parliamentary seats. In the wake of these events, BJP has appointed ministers as election in-charge and organisation officers in each Assembly constituency.During the meeting, Raje instructed all the in-charge minister and organisation officials to remain in the Assembly for five days in a week till the completion of the by-elections. During this period, they will meet with booth and the mandal executives and create an environment favourable for the BJP. CM Raje said that the in-charge minister and organisation officer should work in his own Assembly constituency for the remaining two days of the week. During the meeting, BJP state president Ashok Parnami said that the state election committee has sent a panel of probable three candidates for the by-elections to the parliamentary board.

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2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai

A Romanian couple has been nabbed from Delhi in connection with the debit card skimming case in which almost 100 people who used an ATM in Mumbai’s central suburb of Mulund lost money from their accounts which collectively amounted to Rs 38 lakh.According to the Navghar police, they had earlier nabbed two local men who were instrumental in providing logistical support to the foreigners who skimmed cards at the ATM and withdrew money in Delhi.ATM skimming involves thieves using hidden electronics to steal personal information stored on cards. Think of it as identity theft of debit cards.The police said the accused foreign nationals came to the country on a tourist visa from Romania and had installed a skimmer — a thrice in the ATM in Mulund. After copying card data, they started withdrawing money from ATMs in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.”We got our first lead when we got CCTV footage of the foreigners along with the two locals. We apprehended the latter. During their interrogation, they pointed us to the foreigners. We tracked the foreigners using their phones, and our team in Delhi nabbed them. We have also got CCTV footage of the time when they are withdrawing money,” said a police officer”The two locals were also involved in a similar case in Kurla two years ago in which three Romanian nationals were arrested,” he added.The police got in touch with the Romanian embassy in New Delhi, seeking details of the recently nabbed couple’s passports.As many as 100people who used an ATM in Mulund were in for a shock when they got text messages saying money had been withdrawn using their cards, even when the cards were in their possession. The victims had approached Navghar police station and lodged a case.The accused couple will be brought to the city on Friday. This is the second instance in two weeks where Romanian nationals were found to have been instrumental in committing cyber fraud.Last Friday, the Pune police nabbed three Romanian nationals for allegedly cloning ATM cards and withdrawing money to the tune of Rs 28 lakh from over 100 bank accounts after stealing details of more than 1,000 cards. They had also used skimmers.Earlier, the Mumbai police had arrested a Bulgarian national involved in skimming and cloning the cards.

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Baba Virendra Dev Dixit’s UP ashrams raided, 53 women recovered

After Delhi, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday raided two ashrams of Baba Virendra Dev Dixit in Farrukhabad district and recovered 53 ‘sevikas’, including a minor, and three girls from Nepal.Acting on a tip off from the Delhi Police that the absconding Baba Dixit may be hiding at his Farrukhabad ashrams, the police raided his two ashrams in Sikatarbagh and Kampil in Farrukhabad district and recovered 53 girls and women. Baba Dixit, who is a nagive of Farrukhabad, is facing rape charges after raids at his Rohini Ashram. He has been on the run since.During the raids, sevikas at the two Ashrams locked doors and resisted the police. The police later broke the gates and searched the ashrams. During the search, the police found two girls locked in a bunker. They were freed and are being interrogated.A total of eight sevikas from Siktarbagh and 45 from Kampil Ashram were taken into custody. “We will produce the detained women and girls before the court for recording their statement before the judicial magistrate,” said Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tribhuvan Singh.Except for girls, women and, including three from Nepal, the police did not find any incriminating documents from the two ashrams after a 5-hour search. Majority of the girls and women were from different states.Over 100 police men from different stations were deployed.Baba Dixit, who was born and brought up in Farrukhabad, had established his first Ashram in Kampil on his ancentral land in 1984 and later another at Siktarbagh. Since then, the ashram has been shrouded in controversy with locals complaining that women were being raped and held hostage there.During initial interrogation, chief sevika Rekha Rai told the police that they were living in the ashrams on their own and there was no undue pressure on them.‘No pressure’During initial investigation, chief sevika of the UP ashrams Rekha Rai told the police that they were living in the ashrams on their own and there was no undue pressure on them.

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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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Five days in police custody for farsan factory owner

On Tuesday, Saki Naka police produced 38-year-old Ramesh Bhanushali at Andheri Metropolitan court, which remanded him into police custody for five days for investigation. During their primary probe, police found that Bhanushali had allegedly employed a minor boy in the factory. The boy was one of the 12 victims of the major fire which engulfed the farsan factory on Monday morning.According to police, Bhanushali owned the factory unit situated at Kairani Road in Saki Naka, and had allegedly illegally purchased commercial cylinders. Additionally, cylinders meant for household use were also being used for commercial purposes, which led to the leakage of gas which transformed a minor fire into a major one. The police also found that the factory unit had been converted, illegally, into a resting zone for workers. “The accused did not acquire the requisite licenses for running the factory,” said a senior officer from Saki Naka police station. “The court granted us custody on the grounds that we have to collect documents pertaining to the factory to identify two other victims. We also have to take statements of the two eyewitnesses.”Bhanushali has been arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 337 (Causing hurt, endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the BMC Act.ND Reddy, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 10, said, “We are probing to see whether any other person too is involved in the incident and arrests will be made if the role of any other person crops up during investigations.”

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Man held for stealing car, ferrying arms

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a man who was instrumental in stealing a vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms of a gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police.The arrested has been identified as Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur. According to the police, a woman had complained to the police that her son’s Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri West on December 5 was stolen. The case was being probed by Amboli police station after there was a delay in registering the case.Inquiry revealed that on December 15, Chandwad Police in Nashik had intercepted a Bolero and nabbed three persons who were ferrying a cache of arms in the saidvehicle.”During the probe of the car theft case Salunkhe’s name cropped up and he was later nabbed from Suman Nagar in Chembur. It was revealed that after the vehicle was stolen, a cavity was made on its roof to conceal weapons. The car was then driven to Banda in UP from where weapons were stolen from a godown,” said a police officer.

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3 persons arrested with fake currency notes of Rs 2,000

The Special Cell of Delhi Police has arrested three persons in possession of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in the denomination of Rs 2,000 amounting to Rs 5.50 lakhs. Earlier, the Special cell had busted a syndicate of fake currency, that pumped the currency by throwing it across the border fences in Nepal and Bangladesh, and then pushed them through Malda in West Bengal.Most of the recovered notes are having multiple notes of a single number. The accused men revealed they had already supplied FICN worth Rs 3 cores in Delhi-NCR.The arrested accused have been identified as Zulfikar Alam (45), Deepak Kumar Mandal (36) and Uttam Mandal (40).On Sunday, the police had received information that Alam who hails from Bihar and is one of the most prominent members of the international syndicate, would be coming near New Delhi Railway Station to receive a consignment of fake currency.”The team spotted Alam in the night and after few minutes another person arrived and passed on a parcel to him after which both of them separated. The police officials then apprehended the duo and high-quality fake currency amounting to Rs 3 lakhs were recovered,” said Pramod Kumar Kushwah, DCP, Special Cell. The man who had handed over the parcel was identified as Uttam Mandal and 50 notes of fake currency amounting to Rs 1 lakh were recovered from him.”During interrogation, Uttam revealed that he works as a carrier of the currency for Deepak Kumar Mandal of Malda.

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Stop trying to derail India from path of development: PM Modi’s top quotes after saffron sweep

PM Narendra Modi addressed the BJP workers in the party headquarters in New Delhi after it was clear that they have won both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. A visibly buoyant Modi expressed his delight after the massive victory in the two states. BJP swept Himachal Pradesh to come back to power and won with a smaller mandate to form government in Gujarat for the sixth time. Here are the major things PM Modi said after the twin win:1. Earlier Gujarat was riddled with caste considerations. BJP got rid of it and started a path of development. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: How GST tweak saved the day for BJP2. Some people have again started to play caste politics in the last few months. People have rejected it but they need to be cautious3. After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail India from path of development. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Akhilesh asks Rahul to build opposition unity ahead of 2019 polls4. Gujarat election result in historic. So many conspiracies were hatched, misinformation was spread5. Elections results show that the country is ready for reform, is looking towards parties that perform in a positive way and believes in transformation6. I bow down to people of Gujarat and Himachal, who chose the path of development.7. The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will reject you.8. During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra.With ANI inputs

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Cops caught between couple’s blame game

The police got trapped in the case of a woman leaving her husband’s house and staying separate with her husband’s friend. Police has filed a case under Section 497 of IPC but considering this case related to the adultery law, it is non cognisable and handed it over to the court to settle the whole case.It is noteworthy that while hearing a PIL in the past, the Supreme Court has also asked to consider a change in the old 497 section and asked for convicting women also with men in such cases.A person residing in Paharganj area lodged an FIR in the Mandore police station on Tuesday that he had been married for twelve years. He has two children from this marriage. He lived in Bawadi earlier but due to his job, he came to Paharganj and started living there.He became a friend of a contractor there. This man always kept coming to his house. During this, his friend made an illegitimate relationship with his wife. Now his wife left him and is staying with his friend in a different house. According to the police, this case under this section is non cognisable. In this case, we have handed the case to the court.

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Mom, paramour kill 7-year-old with knife

A seven-year old girl was brutally murdered with a kitchen knife by her mother and her paramour after she had caught them in a “compromising position” in East Delhi’s Ghazipur area early on Thursday, police said.To mislead the police, the mother cooked up stories and said somebody killed her in the name of “black magic”. The duo was arrested in the evening.”The mother and her paramour, Sudhir, hatched a conspiracy after the minor girl saw them in an awkward position. Initially, a missing complaint was registered with the police. Later her body was recovered with her throat slit,” said Omvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), East.The girl was last seen watching TV with her younger brother. Her parents said she had gone missing, raised an alarm and alerted neighbours who also could not find her. Later, at 11 am, the police was informed.The police scanned the area and the girl was found on the terrace of an adjacent building. The building has several houses with terraces linked to each other.The prime suspect in the case was another man who lived barely a few metres away from the house and had been missing since the crime.Police officials sent the body for post-mortem. During the probe it was revealed that the mother was close to the man and he was seen entering and leaving the building at times.The mother later confessed that her daughter had caught her with her paramour in a comprising position. “The girl was hell-bent on telling her father what she had seen despite her mother pestering her not to do so. In fear that her daughter might spill the beans, she took her to the terrace of the adjacent building and asked her paramour to come along as well. The duo later killed her using a kitchen knife,” said an investigating official.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Election result will be reverse of exit poll, says Arjun Modhwadia

Almost every exit poll, conducted by television news channels and other agencies after the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat assembly elections, has predicted a clear win for Bharatiya Janata Party. But former president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Arjun Modhwadia insisted in a press conference that the final result will be that of reverse of what the exit polls had predicted. He pointed that the exit polls had gone wrong in many states.”People have voted and decided fate of the Gujarat. They have seen 22 years’ rule of BJP and are tired. That is the reason why there were long queues outside the polling booths. Such lines were seen during the regime of Indira Gandhi,” said Arjun Modhwadia, former GPCC president.He also said that BJP is always caught in spreading falsehood. “During 2012 elections BJP was claiming to get more than 151 seats. Even during this elections, they have aimed to get 150 seats. But I am confident we are getting majority,” added Modhwadia.He thanked Rahul Gandhi for his guidance and support during this election. “Rahul Gandhi has guided us well and we thank him for campaigning in state. BJP had no topic or agenda and has again gone back to issues like Pakistan. This has showed their frustration foreseeing their defeat,” Modhwadia remarked.

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RK Nagar by-poll: Madras HC dismisses plea to disqualify AIADMK and DMK candidates

The Madras High Court today dismissed as not maintainable a plea for disqualifying candidates of AIADMK and DMK and Independent TTV Dhinakaran in the RK Nagar Assembly by-poll for their alleged electoral malpractices during the earlier cancelled by-election.A bench comprising justices TS Sivagnanam and K Ravichandrabaabu dismissed the plea by BSP candidate for the by-poll AC Sathyamurthy. He sought disqualification of the three candidates on the grounds of their alleged involvement in electoral malpractices during the April by-election, which was cancelled by the Election Commission. During the previous election, various articles, including sarees meant for distribution among voters, valued at over Rs 1.59 crore were seized by EC officials, he submitted.Over 40 cases were registered and 82 persons involved in such malpractices were arrested, the petitioner said. Besides this, various incriminating materials were seized in the raids conducted by the Income Tax department at the residence of health minister C Vijayabaskar and Samathuva Makkal Katchi founder R Sarathkumar, he claimed. Based on the complaint made by Income Tax department, the EC had on April 9 cancelled the by-election.The petitioner claimed that Madhusudhanan, Ganesh and Dhinakaran were also allegedly involved in such offences and wanted the EC to prohibit them from contesting the by-election scheduled on December 21. PTI CORR SSs

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Inspect DLF Place mall: Delhi High Court to DDA

Delhi HC on Tuesday told the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to inspect the DLF Place, a popular mall in south Delhi to find out if the kiosks inside it posed a risk to public health or safety.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued the direction after it was informed that the authorities had inspected only the Select Citywalk mall following the orders of the court.The bench said that no orders are required to perform one’s duty.“You don’t need a court order to do your job. Go and inspect the second mall also,”the bench said. During the proceedings on Tuesday, the court also directed the DDA to file an affidavit on the inspection conducted at Select Citywalk and fixed the matter for April 18. Appearing for Select Citywalk mall, the counsel submitted that the petition was filed without any verification of facts. He stated that a “fishing inquiry was being conducted” and that the kiosks in the open areas were not unauthorised. The court was hearing a PIL alleging that commercial activities inside the open areas of the popular south Delhi malls — Select Citywalk and DLF Place — could pose a risk to public safety if there was a fire or an earthquake.

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Poppy worth Rs 1.25 cr seized

The Barmer police conducted a major operation on Monday and confiscated nearly two and half thousand kilograms of poppy husk worth a whopping 1.25 crore rupees. The cops even arrested two men and recovered five cartridges and one pistol from the men. The police is now interrogating the men to learn about the source and delivery point for the husk.A team of Barmer police had traveled to Kalyanpur in search and arrest of wanted criminals. “During the search, the police team learned from sources that a truck full of poppy husk would travel from Jodhpur to Balotra. A special team was thus formed which initiated barricading on the highway. Meanwhile, the special team of Barmer police found the said truck near Dhawa area and the team started trailing the truck and alerted the cops at the barricading. The men were then stopped at the barricading,” said Gagandeep Singla, SP Barmer.When the cops questioned the men about the contents of their truck, the men informed they were carrying seeds,“ when checked, the bags appeared to be carrying cotton seeds. However, a few layers of these bags were removed which revealed that they were instead peddling poppy husk in the layers below. These were put in such a way that normal checking would not have revealed the poppy husk.The duo were arrested who revealed that they had got the husk from Neemuch in MP and Choti Sadri area. They were given this truck near a lake and were asked to take the same to Sindhari. 117 bags of poppy husk were recovered with 2,457-kilogram poppy husk. The accused have been identified as Omaram and Subha Vishnoi, both residents of Feench in Luni,” said the SP.POLICE OPERATIONA team of Barmer police had traveled to Kalyanpur in search and arrest of wanted criminals. During the search, the police team learned from sources that a truck full of poppy husk would travel from Jodhpur to Balotra. A special team was thus formed which initiated barricading on the highway. The special team of Barmer police found the truck near Dhawa area. The men were then stopped at the barricading

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Flooding may affect underground Metro

After claiming that underground Metro corridors are more prone to terrorist attacks, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now claimed that the underground Metro is more likely to get affected during heavy flooding in the city, as compared to the elevated Metro corridors.The MMRDA made this claim while justifying its decision to build the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B as an elevated corridor instead of an underground one. However, this has given rise to another debate as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground Metro has claimed Metro-3 to be a water-tight project, where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.In a letter written to the Guzdar Scheme Residents’ Trust in Khar, who have objected Metro-2B being constructed as an elevated corridor, MMRDA, said, “It should be noted that in the case of heavy rains when the city’s roads get flooded, all at grade systems and underground systems get severely affected. During the heavy flooding in Mumbai a few days back, it was only the elevated metro and monorail which continued functioning without any interruption. Underground metro, in such heavy floods, would be likely to get affected despite all necessary precautions.”However, the MMRC has earlier claimed that the Metro-3 corridor runs at least 25 meters below the surface and is a water-tight project where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.”The underground Metro-3 system is embedded in the ground at a substantial depth. To protect against flooding, the level of all station entrances or shafts will remain sufficiently above the recorded high flood levels of respective areas along with good margins. Our tunnels are also water-tight,” MMRC had said earlier.

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Gujarat elections 2017: BJP brought water to Idar, Vadali

In a direct attack to Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Congress does not have primary information about facts and spread lies. Raking the issue of water crisis, Modi said, “There was a time when Idar, Vadali and other such places remained thirsty and used to get water once a week. Under Sujalam Suflam Yojana, BJP brought water and Congress does not even remember these places.””During that time, there were dams but the water of Mahi river would go into the sea. Then Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot wrote to me and the Centre that I can’t take Mahi’s water. He had problems when the farmers of Sabarkantha, Banaskantha and Aravalli were dying due to water crisis,” he said.Modi added, “Today there is an environment of development and the common man gets benefits out of it. Had there been no BJP or its vision in Gujarat, there would have been no development. There is no village where I do not know five people by name. Tell me, which Prime Minister would know people by names?Raking yet another issue of LED bulbs, Modi said, “During the reign of earlier government run by an economist and Sonia Gandhi, cost of an LED bulbs were Rs 350. Only after I came and raised the issue, today it is available for Rs 60. Where did all that money go? Due to our LED bulbs campaign, your expenses have reduced.”

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All help assured to martyrs’ kin

During the ceremony, Gen Rawat reiterated that the army was prepared for all contingencies.Responding to a query, Gen Rawat stated that govt had issued orders, the Army would ensure that no child of a martyred soldier would be allowed to suffer on this account.He added that the army would continue to support the kin of martyrs in the same way as it has been doing in the past.He would be taking up this controversial decision with the government.Further he sadid that “The moral of our soldiers is paramount he added. His statement comes as a relief to all the families of the martyred soldiers for whom the last few months have been a constant source of worry with the further education of their children under a cloud. This decision is believed to have angered not just the ex-serviceman but also the serving army personnel as well.”
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9 lakh seniors give up ticket subsidy in 3 months, Railways saves Rs 40 crore

Over nine lakh senior citizens have voluntarily given up their ticket subsidies under the ‘give up’ scheme of the Railways, thereby helping the transport behemoth save around Rs 40 crore.Under the scheme launched last year, senior citizens had the option to either avail the full concession provided to them on rail tickets or forgo the entire amount. This year, a new option was added in which a senior citizen can give up 50 per cent of the subsidy. The scheme was launched to reduce the nearly Rs 1,300 crore subsidy burden of the Railways in the senior citizen category.From July 22 to October 22, 2.16 lakh men and 2.67 lakh women gave up their full subsidy, while 2.51 lakh men and 2.05 lakh women decided not to avail 50 per cent of their subsidy – making the total number of passengers over 60 years to give up their subsidy at 9.39 lakh in three months. During the same period last year, only about 4.68 lakh senior citizens gave up their subsidies – 2.35 lakh men and 2.33 lakh women.Also readRailway’s safety wing being strengthened, train accidents down by 40%: Ashwani Lohani”The figures show that the number of people letting forgoing the subsidy has doubled in one year. It is great news for Railways as we are looking to reduce our losses incurred through subsidies,” said a senior official of the ministry.As of now, Railways bears 43 per cent of the cost of train fare and incurs a loss of about Rs 30,000 crore a year in subsidising passenger fares out of which Rs 1,600 crore is for concessional fares. Railways recovers only 57 per cent of the expenses incurred for passenger transportation through sale of tickets of all classes.
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Versova beach clean-up resumes, Aaditya Thackeray to join in

After two weeks, the Versova beach clean-up was back in action on Saturday, with lawyer Afroz Shah and volunteers visiting Siddharth Nagar slums to check the status of a nullah that connects to the beach. Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray too promised to join the operation on Sunday.According to Shah, he visited the slum to talk to the residents about the garbage thrown by them into the drain. “Siddharth Nagar is one of the slums through which the nallah connects the Versova beach. The aim of meeting the residents was not to create awareness but to have a conversation with the people to talk about garbage which they throw and later it gets choked inside the nullah. Many people came forward. People have a casual approach of throwing garbage in the nallah which needs to be changed by training them properly. I will be doing follow up rounds at Siddharth Nagar to continue to train them.”Thackeray who had met with Shah after he suspended his drive tweeted, “Spoke to Afroz I’m joining him this coming Sunday to clean up. I’m so glad we both kept our promises- me to assist him and his promise to not give up. This is for Mumbai and our Planet.”During the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach.Saha said, “Marine litter is a global problem. It can be handled in different stages by- making people to stop littering, cleaning of nallah, cleaning of beaches and provoking citizens to step forward to clean the surrounding.”IN FULL SWINGDuring the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach. Afroz Shah, the face of the efforts, also visited slum dwellers in the vicinity and talked to them about handling of garbage
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Music cos masked dues as assets, finds ED

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the case of non-payment of royalty to musicians and artistes, conducted searches at the premises of two more companies in Mumbai and found that a few of them allegedly camouflaged the dues owed by them to artistes as their company’s assets.According to the ED officials, searches were conducted at the premises of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and Select Media Holdings Private Limited (SMHPL) in connection with the case. The agency also recorded the statement of PPL’s chief operating officer on Wednesday.PPL and SMHPL were to pass on the collected royalty to the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) who had given them the rights of collecting the royalty. During the raid, ED found a rate card of 30,000 establishments like malls, hotels, bars and restaurants to whom the companies had provided licenses for playing music in return of royalty. “Few music companies had altered their books to mask the outstanding dues and shown it as their company’s asset instead of liability. After collecting the royalties from consumers they did not pass it on to the IPRS,” said an ED official. “We have now sought their bank account details. According to our preliminary probe, it seems that from 2008 to 2013, royalties were collected by PPL and SMHPL but were not passed on to IPRS and subsequently did not reach the artistes,” said another official.

Marwar- Mewar region turns dangerous zone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian plate is constantly moving towards the north-east leading to increase in geological pressure on the Aravalli range area of Rajasthan. A huge fault has come due to different rocks between Aravalli hills in Mewar and plains of Marwar, which has turned the area from Marwar to Mewar into an earthquake prone region, due to which continuous earthquake tremors are being felt in Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi, Jaisalmer and Barmer in western Rajasthan.However, geologists have denied the possibility of a big earthquake in Rajasthan, as of now.It is noteworthy that in the last ten years, fourteen tremors were felt in western Rajasthan. Professor Suresh Mathur, Head of Department of Geology Department, Jainarayan Vyas University, told that if the epicentre of earthquake is 10 kms below the surface of Jodhpur, geologically, it is clear that the epicentre is located in basement rocks below the igneous rocks of Malani igneous suite and Jodhpur group of rocks. The most preliminary view is that possibly, the nearest lineament may be ‘K lineament” running from Khatu to Sirohi. “Western Rajasthan, due to its geographical condition, comes under the Thar Desert region which always had weak ground motion,” said Prof S C Mathur, Head of department, geology, Jai Narayan Vyas University. The stability is also because of the dense desert cover which has abundance of sand acting as a cushion. “During earthquakes, sand acts as a shock absorber in the western Rajasthan,” he said.

Piling rig tilts near Maratha Mandir at Metro 3 work site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after an incident where a bunch of iron rods tilted towards the ground at a Metro construction site on Western Express Highway (WEH), another such incident took place on the construction site of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor on Thursday near Maratha Mandir Theatre. Here, a piling rig tilted towards one side.The spot where the incident took place is where construction of Mumbai Central Metro station is on. However, there was no casualty or damage due to the accident. This is the third incident on Metro construction sites this year being carried out by two different agencies.A piling rig is a construction machine used for piling in foundation engineering. It is used for drill in sandy soil, clay, silty clay, etc.A Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executive, the Metro-3 corridor, said, “During the construction activity near Mumbai Central station, one rig tilted on one side due to localised filled up ground.”The MMRC in a statement added: “Prompt action was taken by the contractors ensured that the incident didn’t cause any damage to the Maratha Mandir building.”Prior to this, accidents occurred in June and October 2016 on Metro sites.

Mumbai: Western Railway to spend crores on cleaning garbage!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Next time you see someone throw a sachet of pan masala, or plastic bottle on rail tracks, remember that public money is getting wasted on cleaning and removing them. Following complaints made by various passenger associations over cleanliness to the Western Railway, the latter has told that they will be spending more than Rs 2 crore only for removing these plastic materials from rail tracks.”We had raised the issue of plastic bottles and covers choking the drains and had asked the rail authorities to clean them,” said Kailash Verma, member, Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.Senior WR officials said that they will be spending Rs 2.02 crore on cleaning and removing plastic bottles, covers from rail tracks between Churchgate to Virar. “We have called tenders for the same,” said a WR official. On an average night, 10 train coaches of rubbish and muck are carted away from the city.These sachets, bottles and covers are one of the main reasons behind water logging on tracks during monsoon as they choke the drainage system and culverts criss-crossing the rail lines. During the recent high-level meeting chaired by Union Railway minister Piyush Goyal, the civic bodies were asked to co-operate with the Indian Railways as far as prevention of water logging on tracks is concerned for which removing these muck and garbage is essential.Recently the Indian Railways conducted a cleanliness check of 400 stations across Indian Railways where suburban sections of both Western and Central Railways fared poorly.

GST, Aadhaar to transform Indian economy, to take it to a new level: UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, in an interview with Sanjay Jog, said Aadhaar and GST have potential to transform Indian economy. Pandey, who is also the Chairman of Goods & Services Tax Network (GSTN), said government is taking due measures to provide relief to the people.People are facing a lot of issues since GST roll-out. What measures are being taken to address them?GST is a major reform. When you roll out any new system there are bound to be some teething problems. The process under GST is different than what it used to be. People will get used to it, and they will find it more convenient. We have addressed many issues that were raised, and are looking into the rest.What is your take on issues related to GST Network?In both GST and Aadhaar we are very sensitive to people’s needs. We don’t want the common people to be affected due to these reforms. We have been making required changes and adjustments. We will attempt every possible solution to address them.There is a question of transition or change management. We are actively working with states and various stakeholders to ensure this change is smooth.What has been the journey of Aadhaar since its launch in 2010?We have issued Aadhaar to 118.7 crore people which is almost 89.7 per cent of the current population, which also constitutes 99 per cent of the adult population.Aadhaar has ensured that needy and deserving people get the benefits. Cases of ghost duplication of fake beneficiaries were rampant before this.In the last two-and-a-half year when Aadhaar was used for availing benefits, total savings estimated is around Rs 57,000 crore. A World Bank study in 2016 said if Aadhaar is used in all government schemes it will lead to an annual benefit of Rs 70,000.What do you have to say on the debate that Aadhaar will breach privacy?We are very particular about privacy. When the Aadhaar Act was drafted, it was based on the premise that privacy is a fundamental right. In its recent judgment, the Supreme Court said privacy can be restricted in legitimate interest and it has to be proportionate and justified. According to us, Aadhaar complies with the SC order.There have been apprehensions about misuse of Aadhaar data. How far it is possible?Privacy and data protection are very important. We have taken possible measures and applied technological processes to ensure that there is no breach into UIDAI data. During seven years there has not been single breach of data from the UIDAI and biometrics given by citizens are safe and secured. That does not mean that we become complacent. People who are attempting they are changing the technology and we have to be ahead of them so that data remains absolutely secured.

DeMo turns 1: Loot was during UPA, noteban right step – FM Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reacted sharply to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s criticism of demonetization and called the government move a watershed moment. Jaitley said demonetization was “an ethical drive and a moral step” that made corruption difficult in the country, besides increasing formal economy and widening the tax net.”The loot is what happened in 2G scam, commonwealth games and allocation of coal blocks, whereas demonetization was an anti-black money drive — an ethical drive and a moral step. And what is morally and ethically correct has to be politically correct,” said Jaitley.He said while the 10 years of the UPA government were characterised by policy paralysis, the Modi government introduced structural reforms to make India a developed nation and give it a cleaner economy.Jaitley said the BJP believes that status quo in economy needed to be shaken up to end corruption.Elaborating on the benefits of demonetization, the minister said it was aimed at making India a more formal economy with a broader tax base and less cash in the system.”Less cash in the system may not end corruption but makes corruption difficult,” said Jaitley stressing that terror funding got squeezed post-demonetization.He said, with a shift to less-cash economy, India has taken a big leap in digital payments during 2016-17 as the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) handled 160 crore transactions valued at Rs120 lakh crore, up from around 130 crore transactions for Rs 83 lakh crore in the previous year.”Based on big data analytics, cash seizure by the I-T Department has more than doubled in 2016-17 when compared to the previous year. During search and seizure by the Department, Rs 15,497 crore of undisclosed income has been admitted which is 38% higher than the undisclosed amount admitted during 2015-16,” said Jaitley.The Finance Minister further said that the exercise to remove the anonymity with currency has further yielded results in the form of 56 lakh new individual tax payers filing their returns till August 5, 2017 which was the last date for filing returns for this category whereas last year this number was about 22 lakh.

4 men held for assaulting woman, making video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gautam Budh Nagar police arrested four men from the Dadri area on Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old woman last month.According to the police, the accused have been identified as Shaki Jaan, 24, Anuj, 25, Rajindra, 22, and Kunal, 25. They allegedly assaulted a woman last month.”On Saturday evening, we came across a video in which a woman was being assaulted by the four accused. Following this, we registered a case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” a senior officer said.Police verified the video and located the girl, who then told them that last month, she was heading back home when these men stopped her near a deserted road, tore her clothes, assaulted her, and tried to force themselves on her.”These men filmed the incident and then threatened her to not disclose the incident to anyone,” the officer added.The police then conducted raids at their homes on Sunday morning and arrested them. During interrogation, the four confessed to the crime and stated that they wanted the video to go viral in their village.

Man absolved of son’s sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of getting his nine-month-old child sodomised by transgenders. The court observed that the man was falsely implicated by his wife.Also, deciding to not initiate a criminal case of perjury against the woman, Additional Sessions Judge Ashwini Kumar Sarpal cautioned her.According to the prosecution, the woman registered a complaint on February 17 this year, claiming that she saw blood coming out of the anus of infant. Following this, she took the child to the hospital, where doctors reportedly told her that he might have been sodomised.According to the complaint, the woman said the accused had taken the child to the transgenders in Khichripur two-three months ago, where he was kept for a week. Following this, an FIR was registered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).Since the child was an infant, his mother’s statement was recorded before the Magistrate. Later, however, she turned hostile and deposed that she had falsely implicated her husband as they had been quarrelling.”She admitted that she saw blood coming out of the child’s anus and took him to the hospital, where doctor suspected sodomy but she also said that she falsely implicated her husband as he was fighting with her and not living with her,” the court stated.It also held that the complainant did not witness the incident herself. “The complainant has totally exonerated the accused and accepted that whatever she told to anyone about the incident was told at the instance of the police as well as due to her own anger,” the judge said.The judge further said: “During cross examination, she denied seeing or meeting the accused for 6-7 months before the day she saw the victim bleeding. Thus, another allegation made in the FIR, that she saw the accused taking the victim with him to the transgenders, was found to be false.”The court held that the complaint amounted to perjury but considering that the accused was now taking care of his wife and children and did not want any action against her, she was let off with warning.”The accused does not want any action against his wife. Also, the complainant also less than 18 years of age when she was examined in the court. She has to look after her minor child. So, in the interest of justice, I do not propose to take any criminal action against her,” the court stated.

Young leaders working under ‘SBI Youth for India’ felicitated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen months in remote villages of different states, living amongst strangers, working on projects that will benefit the community at large, taught 53 youngsters the meaning of selfless service. These young boys and girls were part of a 13-month long programme called SBI Youth For India, devised to bridge the rural-urban divide, using the young blood as a catalyst.These youths were felicitated for different projects they worked upon during the fellowship by the State Bank of India at SBI Academy here on Thursday. From women empowerment, environment conservation, watershed development, female reproduction health, the project was “life-altering” according to the youths.22-year-old Jaswanth Dadi, an engineering graduate remembers how a visit to Bandgaun, a village in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, made him realise the significance of water. As he went around talking to villagers, each one came up with one common woe – water scarcity. Making matters worse was the huge quantity of fluoride in it that made them susceptible to dental and skeletal fluorosis. “I spent the first five months in researching the village and a college campus nearby that was affected by fluorosis. Once we identified the quantity of water required, we developed a water filtration plant using reverse osmosis,” Dadi shared. He helped more than 1,400 beneficiaries to have clean, fluoride-free water for usage.However, the journey in the field of sustainable development has not been easy for all of them. As 25-year-old Shriti Pandey, who worked with more than 420 women in Pandhana village of Madhya Pradesh, says. “The biggest challenge is to form a bond of trust with them. I was seen as a typical city-bred girl. During my initial weeks when I started working in the village, it took them some time to take me into their fold,” she adds.

Mumbai: Ticket checker held for ‘slapping’ ticketless traveller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ticket checker was arrested for allegedly slapping a man, who was travelling without a ticket at Dadar railway station, a senior GRP official said.The Government Railway Police (GRP) official said that one Dheeraj Agarwal was caught without a ticket on platform number five at Dadar Central railway station by ticket checker Ajit Prasad (39) this evening.Prasad took him to his office, where they had an argument over the payment of fine. During the discussion, Agarwal tried to walk away from the office. However, the ticket checker caught hold of him and slapped him, the official said.Based on the complaint lodged by Agarwal, a case under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (wrongful confinement).”Prasad was arrested and he will be produced before a court,” the official said.Further investigation into the matter is underway.

Cyber fraud: Man duped of Rs 54K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint of cheating was lodged with the Isanpura police station after a 50-year-old man was duped and lost money while transferring it online.The incident took place on October 28 17. The complaint was lodged by Vikash Upadhaya, 50, a resident of Charotar Society in Ghodasar area. He said that he had an account in Axis bank of Vastrapur branch. On Saturday, he got a message on his number from the bank, which showed he had made an online transaction of Rs34,482 from his account.When Vikash got to know about the incident, he rushed to the bank for information. During this, he got to know that someone had got the password for his online account and had made the transaction without his knowledge.He lodged a case with the Isanpur police station on Monday and further investigation is on. As per police, someone who knows the victim was responsible for the crime, as it is not possible to withdraw money without the password.THE COMPLAINANTThe complaint was lodged by Vikash Upadhaya, a resident of Charotar Society.

Sanskars, not drugs, will cure depression

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A research conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Centre for Sanskrit Studies has claimed that inculcating moral values will help get rid of mental illnesses, as psychiatry and medicines are only deteriorating patient conditions”Listening to bhajans and kirtans at an early age will act as a stress buster,” it says. It’s the first-of-its-kind research conducted at the Sanskrit Centre, said Sudhir Kumar Arya, a professor who teaches Vedic literature at JNU.The research, based on puranas — Bhagavata Purana and Agni Purana, claims those taught moral values at early stages will not face anxiety, stress, depression or other mental issues. Yoga, too, can also do wonders, it says.”The medical treatments available can only cure physical problems, not mental issues,” says the research.”More people are suffering from these issues in modern countries in comparison to traditional ones like ours,” said Nandini Das, who conducted the research.Das, who recently completed her M.Phil, said, “We generally consider mental health a very recent and foreign concept, but it has been thoroughly mentioned in puranas and vedas,” said the 25-year old student.Elaborating on the role of “devotional activities” in maintaining good mental health, she said, “During this research, we found that traditional practices, including listening to bhajans and kirtans, are actual stress busters. And, it should be introduced in our lives at a very early age.””All medical treatments available can only cure physical problems. They cannot help in curing issues related to mental health,” the research says.”People suffering from mental issues are labelled as mad in our society and then they are being taken to the those practicing psychiatry these days. The only treatment they know is to give sleeping pills to patients,” said Arya, the supervisor of the research.The research further revealed that modern concepts like nuclear families and single child are also causing depression and stress among youngsters. “People who live in nuclear families are more prone to mental issues as they don’t learn how to live a disciplined life. They lose control over their moral sense,” Arya said.The students at the Centre are also conducting other researches on the role of yoga, devotion and moral education in curing health issues, he added.JNU STUDYThe research claims that those taught moral values at early stages will never face anxiety, stress, depression or any other mental issue. Yoga, however, can do wonders.
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Indian Army finalises plan for infantry overhaul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has finalised its plan for infantry modernisation focusing on the purchase of small arms including, 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and nearly 44,600 carbines, sources said on Sunday. The weapons are critical for counter-terror operations and combating cross-border raids at the Line of Control.According to an assessment done by the Army earlier, 46 types of ammunition for tanks and artillery guns, spares for 10 types of weapons, besides armaments and mines will be purchased at a cost of approximately Rs 40,000 crore. The government had decided that the powers must rest with the Army to buy the crucial equipment whenever it feels the need.DNA had reported in July that the Army has begun procurements to fill up strategic deficiencies and enhance its capabilities to fight a “short, intense war” lasting 15-20 days, to counter terrorist infiltrations. Army top brass brainstormed at the recent Army Commanders’ conference to prepare a blueprint for expediting the force’s modernisation.There has been no breakthrough in procuring rifles, carbines and light machine guns for enhanced counter-terror operations in Kashmir.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman then said modernisation of the force was a priority for the government and all its “deficiencies” will be addressed to strengthen its combat capability.DNA had reported that the Centre has given emergency powers to the Army Vice-Chief to buy ammunition and armaments without necessary sanctions that often cause delays. The move is expected to make the Army self-reliant and cut bureaucratic delays that can be a hindrance to enhancing military firepower critical in a short war.The decision was taken amid the military standoff with China on the Sikkim border near the Indian-Bhutan-China tri-junction, and Indian troops combating regular shelling and border raids from Pakistan.After the Uri terror attack in September last year when 18 troops were killed, an internal review by the Army said that there were deficiencies in critical holdings.The Vice-Chief was then given temporary powers for a period of three months ending December 31, 2016. It was extended for another three months till March 31, 2017. During this period, procurements worth Rs 12,000 crore were made.

Kidnapped 4-yr-old girl rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A four-year-old girl, who was later to be pushed into prostitution, was rescued by the North-East district police within twenty fours from her kidnapper. The police also arrested two persons who had kidnapped and sold the girl.The father of the child on Wednesday had reached the New Usmanpur Police Station and based on his statement, a case of kidnapping was registered.He told the police that his daughter had gone to a shop around 9:30 am but did not return home. While investigating the case, an information was received that a paralysed person would often visit the girl’s father. The accused named Shahdab was then traced who then told the police that he had sold the girl to his known person Nageen, who resided in Firozabad.”Since the duo knew each other for the last 15 years, the payment of the deal was to be decided later. A police team with Shahdab was sent to Firozabad in search of the kidnapped girl, as well as Nageen. The team reached and rescued the girl safely from his possession,” informed Ajit Kumar Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North-East.According to the police, the accused Shahdab alias Sabbu (26) was arrested from Delhi while his accomplice Nageen (23) was arrested from Firozabad.DURING THE PROBEWhile investigating the case, it was revealed that a paralysed person would often visit the girl’s father. The accused named Shahdab was then traced who then told the police that he had sold the girl to his known person Nageen, who resided in Firozabad.

Congress MLAs protest on Day-2 of Assembly session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of state assembly, Congress raised slogans during the proceedings of the house on Tuesday, demanding all bank loans wavier of farmers and cancellation of The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan, Amendment) Bill. The Congress MLAs created ruckus while the speaker completed legislative work amid agitation. During the ruckus of the Opposition, two bills were passed in the house and were later adjourned until Wednesday. After the adjournment of the Assembly proceedings, the Congress MLA continued with dharna in the house which continued till night.The Congress started a ruckus in the name of the controversial bill and the demand for full loan waiver of farmers from question hour. The leader of the Opposition, Rameshwar Dudi asked Assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal for permission to speak on this issue. As the speaker did not grant the permission, the Congressmen continued with the ruckus. All this led to delay in the zero hour that started at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. The protest of Congress MLAs continued throughout the zero hour as well.In the middle of agitation, the legislative work was completed and two bills were passed. Water Resource Minister, Ram Pratap tabelled the Rajasthan Farmers Participation in Management of Irrigation System (Amendment) Bill-2017. During this, there was a scuffle between the Opposition and the ruling party legislators. Similarly, Industry Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat tabelled the Rajasthan Relief Undertaking (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill 2017. This bill was also passed. After this, Speaker Kailash Meghwal adjourned the proceedings till 11 o’clock, Wednesday.RESERVATION BILLWith a cabinet circulation note the state government has approved draft of new reservation bill in which quota to five castes including Gurjars has been provisioned. The bill may be introduced in the assembly on October 26 which is last day of the session. Under the bill the cap of OBC has been revised to 26 percent from 21.

Pune: Painter arrested in connection with the sexual assault and murder of two-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the incident of sexual assault and murder of a two and half year-old girl, Pune police managed to nab a 23-year-old man doing painting jobs from Satara district on Tuesday. According to police, the man knew about the arrangement of the house where girl’s family stays from where he had picked up the girl. The arrested person has been identified as Ajay alias Babalu Rameshwar Chaure and he does painting work at different sites in Pune. According to police, Chaure had left the city after committing the crime and he had taken shelter in Satara district. Police officials stated that till few months back, Chaure was staying in the same building in Dhayari area where crime took place and he knew about the arrangement of the house. “Nowadays he was staying in Narayan Peth area but he would often go to the Dhayari area to meet his friends. During his visits to the area, he came to know about the girl’s family,” additional commissioner of police Ravindra Sengaonkar said. According to Sengaonkar, on day of the crime, Chaure had come to the Dhayari area where he had alcohol with his friend. He said, “On the night of October 21, Chaure and one of his friends staying in Dhayari consumed alcohol. After consuming one bottle, his friend left the spot while Chaure went to the liquor shop to buy one more bottle. He was drinking the liquor on the road only while walking when he reached near the building where girl’s family stay.””He approached the house and since he knew the arrangement of the house, he managed to sneak into the house and picked up the girl while she was sleeping next to her mother,” Sengaonkar added. According to the statement given by Chaure to police, he took the girl to an under-construction site which is located 70 meters away from the girl’s house and he sexually assaulted the girl before strangulating her and throwing her body into thick bushes. During the investigation, police interrogated nearly 40 to 50 people staying in the same vicinity. During the interrogation, police also questioned Chaure’s friend who was present with him on the day of the incident. “While questioning his friend, we got some clues about Chaure who was present in the area on that night. Acting on that information, we managed to nab him from Satara,” Sengaonkar said.

2 students hurl firecrackers at cops for ‘fun’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two students have been arrested by the Nagpada police on Saturday for allegedly throwing firecrackers on two policemen outside the police control room in south Mumbai. The accused have been identified as Hannan Sheikh, 23, and Sayed Rehman, 23, residents of Byculla.According to the police, the incident took place early on Saturday when the two constables, Madhukar Gaykar and Ravindra Khare, were posted at the south region control room in Nagpada. The two youths were riding past the office gates on a two wheeler when the pillion rider hurled a live sutli bomb at Gaykar before fleeing the spot. The constables were not harmed.“During questioning, they said that they had hurled the firecracker for fun and they did not want to hurt the officers,” said a police officer from Nagpada Police Station. Both the accused were later released by the holiday court on a cash bond of Rs 15,000.

CAG Rajiv Mehrishi in Jaipur today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, Rajiv Mehrishi will come to Jaipur on Monday on a two-day tour. He will reach Jaipur from Delhi on Monday afternoon and meet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. During the two-day visit, Maharishi will meet the officials of the state’s CAG office.

When a young Mamata Banerjee challenged Pranab Mukherjee and left him ‘humiliated and insulted’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former President Pranab Mukherjee has described Mamata Banerjee as a “born rebel” and recalled how she once stormed out of a meeting, leaving him feeling “humiliated and insulted”.Noting that there was an aura about her which was “difficult to explain but impossible to ignore”, Mukherjee said in his new book ‘The Coalition Years’ that she had built her career fearlessly and aggressively and was the “outcome of her own struggle”.”Mamata Banerjee is a born rebel,” he wrote, adding that nothing illustrated this trait better than an episode in the West Bengal Congress organisational election in 1992, in which she was defeated.He recollected how she suddenly changed her mind and demanded open elections in the party unit.The former president recalled that after media reports said the top leaders of the West Bengal Congress, including Banerjee, wanted a consensus election to avoid an open contest that could bring out “ugly factionalism” in the party, then prime minister and Congress chief P V Narasimha Rao asked him to mediate and find a solution.”One day, during the winter of that year, I requested Mamata Banerjee for a meeting to discuss some of the observations she had made about the process (of organisational elections).”During the discussion, Mamata suddenly flared up and accused me along with other leaders of a conspiracy against her. She now demanded organisational election, and said she had always stood for elections so that grass-roots level workers could have their say in organisational matters,” he said in the book.Banerjee went on to accuse him and others of “distributing organisational positions” among themselves, “thereby thwarting the electoral process”, he wrote.Mukherjee said he was “flabbergasted by her reaction and wild allegations” and told her that a compromise formula was being devised at the request of the leaders, including her.But she claimed she was totally opposed to his approach and wanted open elections, he said.”Having said that she left the meeting in a huff. I was stunned and felt humiliated and insulted,” he said.The former president said she lost by a very narrow margin to Mitra in the election for the post of the WBPCC president held through a secret ballot.”I was present when that result was announced. An angry Mamata came up to me and asked, ‘Are you happy? Has your desire to defeat me been fulfilled?’ I told her that she was totally mistaken,” Mukherjee recalled.He told her he had played no role in the organisational election since she last met him.The former Congress leader in the book also said that the evolution of Mamata Banerjee as a political leader of substance was an important episode in contemporary politics of West Bengal.”She has built her own career – fearlessly and aggressively – and what she is today is the outcome of her own struggle, labour and hard work. She has an aura about her which is difficult to explain but impossible to ignore,” he said.He also said Banerjee emerged as a force to reckon with after the Kolkata plenary in 1997 as has had a spectacular political career.Mukherjee described her victory in the 1984 Lok Sabha when she defeated CPI(M)’s Somnath Chatterjee from Jadavpur, a constituency that was considered a citadel of the Marxist party.”This was a splendid victory and she appeared to be truly a giant killer. Throughout her subsequent political life, she has always faced tough challenges bravely and tried to convert them into opportunities,” he said.

GRP’s drive aims to alert female travellers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Diwali, the Government Railway Police (GRP) will start an awareness campaign for female commuters advising them to take care of their belongings, especially jewellery, during the festive season.Lakhs of residents travel back home during the festive season and tend to carry gold and silver jewellery. The GRP will advise commuters to carry minimum jewellery and cash while travelling.”During vacation period, especially women, should be alert and should immediately contact the GRP helpline in case they sense something suspicious,” said a senior GRP officer.The GRP will also increase patrolling for the safety of commuters travelling in long-distance trains. It also plans to distribute awareness leaflets, conduct workshops and have an awareness kiosk at the GRP helpdesk on railway platforms. “We have conducted a meeting with senior police officers and have instructed them to be alert. The safety of children and women will be our priority,” said another officer.Samadhan Pawar, DCP, Central Zone said, “Most of the outstation trains are on the Central Railway line. We will ensure that the safety of female commuters is taken care of. They should be alert and inform the police if they come across something suspicious. Our quick action teams will ensure that the commuter receives help immediately.”KEEPING A CHECKLakhs of residents travel back home during the festive season and tend to carry gold and silver jewellery.
GRP will advise commuters to carry minimum jewellery and cash while travelling.
It will also increase patrolling in long-distance trains.

AMC appoints 7 assistant directors to improve sanitation level in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar announced the appointment of seven assistant directors of solid waste management for each zone in the city. The appointees will be directly looking into sanitation matters. Ever since the announcement of the Swachhta ranking for the city by the Ministry of Urban Development, Ahmedabad’s ranking has not improved. In 2015, the city stood at 14, which it retained in 2016.Other cities from the state witnessed drastic improvement. The appointment can also be seen as an ease of burden from the deputy health officers, who were till date looking into sanitation. But according to sources, while taking rounds of the city, the civic chief has found many irregularities in the sanitation level.The new appointees will also be checking food joints, which were believed to be the spot of direct corruption for health officials. “Most officials took bribes from food joints. Only few units have been raided and samples for laboratory were collected to save many malpractices,” said a source at Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).Meanwhile, post heavy rains, there was an epidemic kind of situation prevailing in the city. Cases of viral fever, malaria and swine flu were reported on a large scale. This was also considered a failure of effective working. “Health officials were hardly looking in to the health aspects of the city. They were mostly engaged in issuing different food licenses and fixing contracts for the garbage collection,” added the source.Kumar has made this appointment for effective implementation of sanitation program. “During one of his rounds at night, the commissioner found people in food joints throwing garbage on the street in front of him. This is a failure of the deputy health officer who is responsible for the sanitation,” added the source.

2009 FSL test showed Talwars were innocent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the evidence collected against the Talwar couple was inconclusive, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the duo in the double murder case of their 14-year-old daughter, Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj which happened in May 2008.In 2013 Nupur and Rajesh Talwar were sentenced to life imprisonment in Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail for the double murders. In the year 2009, the Gandhinagar FSL team was taken by the Delhi police regarding the case. During investigation, a team was formed by the FSL department of Gandhinagar, headed by SL Vaya, a leading FSL scientific officer, now retired. During investigation, the team had done Polygraph, Narco and Fingerprint tests of the couple. The reports were negative and the agency even claimed in the report that the parents were not lying.SL Vaya, the retired FSL officer, said, “The parents could have been saved if the reports were considered by the court. The report clearly showed that the parents were not lying during the polygraph, Narco and Fingerprint tests as reports were negative.”The report was submitted to the Delhi police, as per their request of the officers. However, nothing was considered in the court. Amita Shuka, Assistant Director of Psychology department, said, “At that time, one of the Scientific officers investigating the case and in 2009 they had sent reports claiming that the innocence of the parents in the case which was not considered by the court. If they would have considered it the parents would have been saved.”Apart from that we used to make reports and never used to go for the follow of it and never used to ask them what they have done.

Conditions in northwest Pacific affected monsoon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The rainfall deficiency of five per cent of the long-period average (LPA) of southwest monsoon season was largely due to below par rainfall in the second half of the season during August and September, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its end of the season report. During the second half of monsoon, northwest India and Central India saw rainfall deficiency of 35 per cent of LPA and 21 per cent of LPA.According to IMD’s analysis, there was above normal activity of low pressure systems over the northwest Pacific during the second half of monsoon, resulting in poor rains during the same period in India.“The below normal rainfall over the central and northwest India during second half of the season was also caused by the above normal convective activity over southern hemispheric equatorial trough,” the IMD’s report said. It added, thus, the Bay of Bengal branch of southwest monsoon got deflected towards southeast Asia owing to strengthening of west Pacific systems.The influence of these systems manifested in lesser low-pressure systems. This year, 11 low pressure areas formed in the first half of the season with three of them intensifying into depressions, the report said. It added, on the other hand, during the second half of the season, only three low-pressure systems formed in the Indian monsoon region with none of them intensifying into depression.“The total number of low-pressure system days during the season had been only 39 as against the normal of 58,” the IMD’s report said.EXCESS RAINSOn extreme weather events, the IMD’s report showed that there were 262 instances of rainfall over 200mm, categorised as extremely heavy rainfall. Many of these instances during this year’s monsoon were recorded in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Early challenge for FTII chairman Anupam Kher as trouble brews between students and admin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It looks like actor Anupam Kher, the new chairman of the Film and television institute of India (FTII) will be greeted with a fresh controversy when he will be visiting the FTII in coming days. A group of students from second year have decided to boycott an academic project called ‘dialogue exercise’ citing that the fact that the administration reduced the number of days for the exercise from three days to two while the administration also remained firm on its stand that it will not give more than two days to complete the exercise.The controversy erupted on Wednesday when the administration of FTII issued notices to five students of second year to vacate hostels for boycotting the dialogue exercise. Following the notices, the delegation of FTII Students Association held a meeting with the administration on Thursday morning after which the administration decided to revoke the notices and allowed the concerned students to stay in the hostels. However, the standoff between student body and the administration over the issue of dialogue exercise has continued.As a part of the curriculum, the second-year students from direction, cinematography, sound design, editing and art direction have to shoot a short film. However, the protesting students have decided to boycott the exercise stating earlier, the students would get three days where they could shoot the film working eight hours a day, however with changed norms, the administration has reduced the days of shooting from three days to two days but they have increased the working hours from eight hours a day to twelve hours a day.”It is not feasible to work for 12 hours shift for two days and forcing the light men, carpenters and other workers to work for longer stretch. Therefore, we are demanding that the administration should give an additional day and make the working shift of eight hours which was the earlier norm,” Robin Joy, president of the association told DNA.The student body and the administration have been holding meetings on the same issue from last couple of months but there has been no headway.Justifying the norms of reducing the dialogue exercise to two days, the administration has stated that the purpose of reducing the exercise to two days is to complete the semester in time and to avoid backlog.However, amidst the standoff, the administration held a meeting with students’ body to give some suggestions to break the deadlock. Amit Tyagi, dean (films) said, “Before the start of the shooting for dialogue exercise, the students take one day for making arrangements for lighting. During the meeting, we suggested them that they can start shooting from that day also as they do not require entire day to make arrangements of lights. However, they did not accept the suggestion.”Administration has made it clear that if the students do not start shooting for dialogue exercise in next few days, they will not be able to do it again.Meanwhile the association has written an open letter to Anupam Kher to raise certain issues related to the institute.FTII students’ association, the students body had raised question mark over Kher’s appointment stating that there is an issue of conflict of interest as the veteran actor runs his own acting institute in Mumbai.Following the announcement of the actor’s appointment, the association held a general body meeting at the campus on Wednesday night and based on the issues discussed during the meeting, the open letter has been drafted.Robin Joy, president of FTII students’ association told DNA, “Through this open letter, we are asking some questions to Kher and we wish to hear a reply from him.”In the letter, the association has raised various issues including their objection over introduction of short-term courses, issues related to open day and foundation day celebrated by the administration.Claiming that the short-term courses are being run to generate funds, the association in the letter mentioned that the premier film institute of the country started ideally to impart learning different aspects of film making but now the institute is being turned into an institute which runs short-term crash courses for generation of funds.”We sincerely believe that the short-term courses which are being run cannot impart knowledge on film making in such a short duration. The government institute that exists to provide education to the students from all section should be driven by the agenda of funds generation which currently seems to be the aim of the institute,” the letter mentions.

Sasikala’s parole ends, to return to Bengaluru jail on Thursday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deposed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s five-day parole, for visiting her husband in a hospital here, ended on Wednesday and she will return to Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru on Thursday. She visited her husband M Natarajan, who underwent liver and kidney transplantation at a hospital here, on all five days of her parole period, including today. According to Gleneagles Global Health City, where Natarajan (74) underwent organ transplantations on October 4 and a tracheostomy two days later, is recovering well. Sasikala, who was removed from the party last month by Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led camp, had arrived here on the night of October 6 to a enthusiastic albeit subdued welcome.She has been lodged in the Parapana Agrahara central jail since February this year after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction by a special court in a disproportionate assets case. Her relatives Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran are also serving four-year jail terms in the case. Granted emergency parole from October 7 to 11, she was asked to adhere to several conditions, including a gag order on interacting with the media.Among other conditions were a bar on involving in any political, party, public activities and being restricted to visit only to the hospital where Natarajan was admitted.Sasikala was also asked to stay only at the residence mentioned in her parole plea and was directed not to entertain any visitors either at her residence or at the hospital. The 60-year-old leader had been directed by the authorities to report to the Bengaluru jail on October 12 by six pm. Though Sasikala avoided interacting with party leaders and functionaries in keeping with parole conditions, she was greeted on road by her supporters during all her visits to the hospital. She named newborns of party workers during her hospital visits by halting her vehicle.Also, her vehicle used to briefly halt at a Ganesha temple here and she would offer prayers from her vehicle as Jayalaithaa used to do. During her hospital visits, supporters hailed her as “Thiyaga Thalaivi Chinnamma,” (Younger Amma, a leader of sacrifices), showered flower petals on her car, and performed ‘aarthi’. During her five-day parole, she stayed at the residence of Krishna Priya, daughter of her sister-in-law Ilavarasi.Though Sasikala did not participate in any political activity, her visit to the city triggered reactions in political circles. On October 8, Tamil Nadu minister Sellur K Raju said Sasikala had played a key role in ensuring continuance of the present AIADMK government.”Chinamma (Sasikala) is responsible for AIADMK remaining in power… there is no second opinion about it,” he had said. While the ruling establishment did not react to his comments, the T T V Dhinakaran camp said “sleeper cells” have begun emerging and lauded him for acknowledging the role of ‘Chinnamma’. Raju later denied that he was part of sleeper cells. Sasikala’s visit came at a time when her nephew T T V Dhinakaran and the ruling camp led by Palaniswami and deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam are fighting it out to get the two leaves symbol, which was frozen by the Election Commission.

DNA INVESTIGATION: Steel firms playing ‘Monopoly’, passing on cost to consumers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The steel sector in India often twists the natural order of demand and supply. Defying economic logic, five hugely debt-struck steel companies — owing Rs 1.4 lakh crore to banks and facing insolvency proceedings — are being eyed by dominant players in the steel sector. The five companies are Bhushan Steel, Essar Steel, Monnet Ispat, Bhushan Power and Steel and Electrosteel Steels. Sources said, these are likely to be sold to dominant players – thereby further strengthening the monopolization of the steel sector in India.Rohit Sadaka, an analyst with India Ratings & Research, said, “Consolidation in Indian steel industry is likely as large companies may look to acquire stressed asset for expansion — which may lead to further leveraging of already leveraged balance sheet in some cases. It will also provide overseas steel producers an opportunity to enter Indian market.”Joint Plant Committee (JPC) data show that six players rule the Indian steel industry. During April-September 2017, India’s crude steel production was 49.764 MT — 57% of which came from top six steel companies: Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), RINL, Tata Steel, Essar Steel, JSWL and JAPL.Interestingly, these top players are themselves feeling the heat of NPAs. The total exposure of the steel industry stood at about Rs 3.13 lakh crore, out of which gross NPAs were about Rs 1.15 lakh crore (37%) as on March 2016. But even with such a huge volume of NPA burden on their shoulders, these big players are trying to lap up smaller debt-ridden companies for even greater control over the market.This monopolization effort, however, comes at a cost. The top players successfully lobbied with the Union government for protectionist trade measures like anti-dumping duties and Maximum Import Price to spruce up for their balance sheets. Furthermore, they jacked up steel prices by almost 20 per cent. Top steel producers registered positive growth during April to September 2017 in the production of Hot Metal and Finished Steel (alloy and non-alloy steel), whereas other producers reported a negative growth.As per JPC September report, six players registered 2.2% growth in hot metal whereas others scored a negative five per cent. A similar trend has emerged in finished steel where top players posted 9.8% growth, but smaller producers registered a negative 6.3%growth. In essence, the big players – already reeling under NPAs – are gobbling up smaller debt-ridden players, monopolizing the market and passing on the cost burden to the consumer. In India, which is the eleventh largest steel importer in the world, average domestic flat steel prices showed an upward trend and averaged 5-20% higher during the period April-August 2017 compared to the corresponding period a year ago.

MMRDA may bring in integrated smart card for toll, rlys, buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Motorists in the city may soon be able to pay toll with a smart card that can also be used to purchase tickets for suburban trains, buses, Metro and Monorail.After a recent visit to London to study their integrated ticketing system, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials are now contemplating introducing a common smart card.Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “During our visit to London, we were shown two options – one where toll payment would be included in the system and one without the option of being able to pay toll.”He added, “The toll option would be limited within the city initially and may be extended later. For now, we are studying different models, considering the complexity of Mumbai where there are different agencies handling different modes of transport.”Officials from Railways, MMRDA and the BEST had visited London last month to study the ‘Oyster Card’ system, a form of electronic ticketing system used for travelling in the London Tube, railway, trams, boats along with the UK’s national rail services.At a review meeting last week, CM Devendra Fadnavis had asked MMRDA to introduce a single ticketing system by end of the year.

Audit points at low resolution of CCTVs at CR stations in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The multi-agency teams sent out by Central Railway to audit railway stations in Mumbai have found that the resolution of CCTVs installed at these stations is very poor. Sources said the image pixelates and there is little clarity. Moreover, there is need for at least 194 improved version of CCTVs at railway stations on their network.To begin with, railway officials said there are several shortcomings that these CCTVs have which is causing hindrance. Not only do these CCTVs produce grainy images, but the connectivity to the system is also poor. The report at several stations mentions the need to augment the number of CCTVs and its quality.There are around 20 railway stations that are in need of more CCTVs on its premises to cover FOBs, subways and platforms. In fact on October 9, the Director General (DG) of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from the Railway Board had visited a few of the stations like Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Panvel and travelled inside local trains and made note of the situation.Recently, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal promised that more CCTVs will be placed at railway stations. Also, every single coach of a local train will be covered by CCTVs in the next one year. Sources said this is one of the reasons why the DG visited Mumbai. “We are working towards getting more and better CCTVs into the system,” said a senior railway official on condition of anonymity.Some of the other problems that the CCTVs face is that the wires are exposed and hang precariously on platforms. In Navi Mumbai, the CCTVs are not functioning efficiently and even shut off during loadshedding.The issue of coordination between different agencies is also plaguing the working of CCTVs.JOINT INSPECTIONOn Monday, the BMC and Railways carried out a joint inspection of FOBs falling under the civic body’s jurisdiction. During the visit, assistant commissioner of respective wards and officials from the bridge department were present.

BJP looks for ‘tough men’ ahead of polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State BJP will be organising a district level kabaddi tournament to vow the youth. To retain and maintain its position BJP has clearly made a strategy of organising sports tournament to connect with the young blood. Last year also BJP had organised a cricket tournament, following the path this year they are organising a Kabbdai tournament. As the Loksabha and assembly elections are approaching, it seems clear that BJP is trying is best to involve as many youths possible and hence they have found a way to do so by organising a sports tournament on regular intervals. During last year also BJP organised the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Cricket Tournament. As a part of the tournament, district and ward level cricket tournaments were organised in all districts of the state including Jaipur.According to BJP leaders, sports is an easy way for connecting youth with the government’s plan and organisation’s ideology. More and more young players are joining the organisation through these tournaments. The results of last years tournament were very positive for the party . The BJP has started the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Kabaddi Tournament from October 7 across the state. Teams from different wards have participated in the tournament. The highest number of teams were formed by Jaipur Rural BJP which are 4800 teams. BJP city president Sanjay Jain told that every booth’s Kabaddi team will participate in tournament and thousands of youth will associate temselves with the party.

Dalit youth stabbed himself for publicity, say police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police said on Friday that the Dalit youth, who claimed to have been stabbed by members of the dominant caste for bearing witness in another Atrocity case, had stabbed himself for publicity.A case was lodged on Tuesday with the Kalol police station after Digant Maheria alleged that he was stabbed by members of the dominant caste for becoming a witness in another case. During investigation, cops found that he had stabbed himself as a publicity stunt.Maheria is a witness in another case, in which a Dalit youth Piyush Parmar was attacked by members of the dominant caste for sporting a mustache. On Tuesday, when the accused were nabbed by police, Maheria and his two minor friends planned the crime and stabbed himself with a blade.Cops revealed that they questioned some of the locals at the spot, who said nothing of that sort had happened there.Maheria’s friends admitted that they had created the scene to gain publicity in media. The plan was Maheria’s.Virendra Singh Yadav, Gandhinagar SP, said, “The crime scene was made up by the youth. His parents didn’t even know about it. We came to know of the entire thing during investigation.”SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS FOR ATTENTIONMaheria is a witness in another case, in which a Dalit youth Piyush Parmar was attacked by members of the dominant caste for sporting a moustache.
On Tuesday, Maheria and his two friends planned the scene after the case was lodged and he stabbed himself to gain the attention of the media
This has put Dalit activists in the state on a back-foot

20-year-old man shot dead in Brahmpuri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year old man was allegedly shot dead by two persons in North-East Delhi’s Brahmpuri area on Wednesday morning. The victim identified as Akash, was shot dead while he was partying with his friends at his uncle’s office. No arrests were made until Wednesday night. Akash works in a mobile repair shop in the areaAccording to the police they received a call from a government hospital around 4 am regarding a man declared dead on arrival with bullet wounds. Akash was partying along with four of his friends at his uncle’s officer.”During the party he went out for some work and later his friends heard the gun shots and rushed out. They saw him lying in a pool of blood,” said a senior police officer.Investigating officers revealed that the crime must have taken place around 2:30 am. As per the CCTV footages two men can be seen running from the scene of crime after killing him.The police registered a case of murder at New Usmanpur police station.

Govt explores prepaid power meter option for tenants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to extend its power subsidy scheme to tenants in the Capital, the Delhi government on Tuesday directed the officers in the Electricity Department to explore the option of prepaid electricity meters. If the new system comes in to place, the tenants will be required to purchase power they use in advance.The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain. During the meeting, Jain directed the officials to prepare a feasibility report on the option and also an implementation roadmap.”We have been asked for the simplification of documentation for tenants who had recently complained to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that house owners were not passing on subsidy benefits to them,”a Power Department official said.Under the scheme, the Delhi government provides 50 per cent subsidy on electricity tariffs, on usage of up to 400 units, on domestic electricity connections for all residents of Delhi.”The minister also directed the officials and discoms to explore the options of pre-paid electricity meters and simplification of documentation for allowing tenants to avail the benefits of electricity subsidy, which is already available to domestic consumers,” the official said.Jain said pre-paid meters would be beneficial for both landlords and tenants, and help all parties concerned in easy billing.Last month, Kejriwal had written to Jain asking him to ensure that power subsidy was provided to tenants. In his letter, the Chief Minister had asked him to prepare a roadmap for the benefit of subsidy to “each and every tenant” living in the national Capital.

SOG probe reveals crude oil theft worth crores

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days of questioning of the mastermind in the crude oil theft from Barmer has brought various other facts to light. The SOG has learnt that the operation was carried out in a professional manner and those involved even earned crores of rupees in the entire scheme. During questioning of the accused Bhoor Singh, the SOG team learnt that though several oils are locked by companies, there are a few oils from which resources are drawn and transported through tankers. “When the resources are drawn from these wells, water, crude oil and even gas comes out. The gas is in less amount and is burnt on the spot, while the crude oil would be separated. This would then be transported,” sources said.Interestingly, Bhoor Singh has claimed that he got about Rs22 per litre of crude. “The number of tankers reaching daily at Bhoor Singh’s tyre oil factory varied, but on an average, at least one tanker with carrying capacity of 10-15 thousand litre- reached daily. He has claimed that he used to get crude at the rate of Rs22 per litre when he sold the oil to his clients. However, we suspect that the amount is more than he has claimed. This could have been done to misguide the SOG,” sources said.Meanwhile, the SOG obtained a further seven-day remand of Bhoor Singh on Tuesday and took him to Barmer for further investigation. “Although he has confessed a few things, but the same cannot be accepted on its face value and needs to be thoroughly checked. Also, evidence in this regard needs to be taken. The team is expected to come back in a few days time after concluding investigation of questions at hand,” sources said.TO MISGUIDE“He has claimed that he used to get crude at the rate of Rs22 per litre when he sold the oil to his clients. However, we suspect that the amount is more than he has claimed. This could have been done to misguide the SOG,” sources said.

Two held for duping people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for duping people by posing as courier agents in west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar area. The duo would replace the consignments with stone slabs and keep the original consignment with them.According to the police, the accused have been identified as Suraj, 20, and Yoginder, 28. The duo would pose as agents of a courier company and carry bonafide record books in order to dupe people.The police were informed about the incident by a man identified as Sanjeev Bhatia, who stated that he had ordered 63 high-end mobile handsets, but when he received the delivery, he found only bricks and stones in the boxes.”He booked the consignment through supreme express courier and cargo in Jaipur. Yogendra, an authorised representative of the company, passed on the consignment through the New Delhi office. When the said goods were not delivered, he realised that he had been duped by the courier company,” a senior police officer said.A case was then registered. During the investigation, it was revealed that the authorised agent was out of reach. Technical surveillance led the police to his location in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area. Police carried out massive door-to-door search for the accused persons and finally manged to apprehend Yogendra and his co-accused Suraj. On their instance, 52 mobile handsets were recovered from a godown in west Delhi.The police suspect the involvement of more persons in the racket and are investigating as to how these persons would procure the sets and later go underground.

split: Vector-borne cases in city on decrease mode

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city has finaly been eradicated of vector-borne diseases if reports from the health department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation are to be believed.As per the latest weekly health report that AMC issued on Monday, there were 1,363 cases last month. The number is not even half of what September 2016 witnessed when 3,744 cases of vector-borne illnesses were reported.From 2,566 cases in September, 2016 to 1,015 cases in September 2017, malaria has been decreasing. An average of 33 cases have been reported on a daily basis in the city in the last month.In other cases, AMC reported 215 cases of falciparum, six cases of chikungunya and 127 cases of dengue for the same period.In the waterborne cases, a total of 997 cases have been reported in September, which is more than what September 2016 had reported. In 2016, 867 cases were reported. Of 997 cases, there were 445 cases of gastroenteritis, 265 cases of jaundice and 247 cases of typhoid. In September, not a single case of cholera was found which was the same in 2016.Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health, said, “During the monsoon, we had focused on eliminating of mosquito-breeding sites. We organised several medical camps where early detection of diseases were done and treatment was timely.”HEALTH REPORTFrom 2,566 cases in September, 2016 to 1,015 cases in September 2017, malaria has been decreasing.
There were 1,363 cases last month.

Man hacks woman’s email, dupes her friends of money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Malabar Hill police on Monday arrested a real estate agent for allegedly hacking the email ID of a woman, sending emails to her friends asking them to transfer money, and later siphoning off the said money. The police suspect he may have duped several others in a similar manner, and are on the lookout for two others in the case. The accused arrested was identified as Dharavi resident Firoz Ali Shaikh.According to complainant Shanaz Kharag, she received an email from her ‘friend’ Sandhya Jaiswal saying that she was urgently in need of Rs 40,000 and requested her to transfer the money to a given bank account. The email stated that Jaiswal was abroad and would return the money on returning.”During the investigation we found that the amount was deposited in a bank account of one Ranji Javed Ali. When we visited Ali’s residence we learnt that he has left the place. When we checked his bank statements, we came across four other bogus bank accounts opened by Firoz Shaikh where the money was diverted to later,” said a police officer.

Amit Shah flags off yatra, slams Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah tried to corner Congress’s three generations during the launch of Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’s second phase for Saurashtra region from Porbandar on Monday.Shah said that one should compare the rule of Congress’s three generations to the present NDA government’s three years, to decide which party is pro-development. He also took a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against BJP-ruled Gujarat government.Shah said, “Rahul Gandhi said that he did not witness development. I would ask Rahul Baba to remove his Italian glasses and to see from the eyes of a Gujarati person. If he does this, he will know what development is,” Shah said.”If he compares the changes that our country has undergone during the three generations of Congress as opposed to the tenure of NDA government, he will realise who has been instrumental in bringing about change,” the national party president said.Shah further added, “During the Congress’s rule, there was ‘Gunda Raaj’ in Gujarat and there were boards at the border of Porbandar which stated that ‘police territory ends here’.The people in Gujarat were scared of goons who had political shelter. Today, Gujarat has prospered due to the efforts of the BJP government.”He again addressed the issue of ‘Vikas’ and said, “Some elements have been asking what is the BJP proud about? We are proud of the development we have made by providing Narmada water for drinking and irrigation in Saurashtra, supplying 24 hours continuous power in the state, establishing peace and safety, launching schemes for farmers, women, students, unemployed youth, and deprived communities.”The Gaurav Yatra in Saurashtra will be presided by Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani and move further to 15 more districts across the region. The BJP is aiming for maximum seats in the Saurashtra region which is influenced by the Patel and Dalit agitation. During his speech, Shah also stated that the assembly polls in Gujarat will be held in the first week of December.

Def min inaugurates bridge near LaC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has commissioned a strategically important bridge near the Line of Actual Control (LaC) which will help the armed forces to transport men and heavy military equipment in a record time during exigencies in the cold desert of Ladakh.Pratham-Shyok bridge, which will connect the region to Karakoram in North Eastern Ladakh, was inaugurated by the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. The bridge will provide vital connectivity on the axis of Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde (D-S-DBO) road for military transport.”Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the forward locations of Leh, Ladakh and Siachen and reviewed the security situation in the area. She also inaugurated a bridge on river Shyok on the road between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO), which was constructed by Border Roads Organisation”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Located on the 255-km long strategic road on Ladakh’s border with China, the ‘Pratham-Shyok’ bridge is a part of the massive infrastructure development push to boost the road and bridges network on the LAC for better connectivity and troop movement in all weather conditions.”There is a need for moving heavy equipment and other stores. Pratham-Shyok is a permanent bridge also called load classification of 70 yard, which can take the heaviest load. It is a 60 metre double lane bridge,” said a Border Roads Organization (BRO) officer.The bridge has been constructed in such a way that it can withstand heavy load movement including tanks and artillery. ‘Pratham-Shyok’ bridge is part of the programme to replace the 24 small bridges by heavier load classification bridges for faster movement and connectivity.”There are 24 lower load classification equipment bridges which are being replaced by heavier load classification bridges on the stretch to handle the transportation of heavier equipments for faster movement and connectivity. Work is underway on the seven important bridges. The deadline for the seven heavier load classification bridges is 2020 and we are on schedule”, he said.Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with the soldiers in the remote areas of Siachen Glacier and conveyed her best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. During her visit to Leh, she interacted with the troops of Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Leh.”During her visit she was accompanied by Chief of the Army Staff, Army Commander, Northern Command and Corps Commander of the Ladakh Corps”, said Colonel Kalia.PRATHAM-SHYOKIt’s located on the 255-km long strategic road on Ladakh’s border with China
It can withstand heavy load movement including tanks and artillery
The bridge will provide vital connectivity on the axis of Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde road

Centre to merge school education schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government plans to improve the reach of education at the school level for children from Classes 1 to 10 by merging two of their schemes meant to guarantee universal education.The Ministry of Human Resource Development plans to merge Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) — two similar schemes of the government for education to be universalised. Currently, while SSA is applicable from Class 1 till Class 8, RMSA is only for Class 9 and 10 only.A meeting to deliberate on possibilities of merger of these two schemes was held in the ministry last week and a group of secretaries working on it will submit its report in the coming days. “During the discussion, it was agreed upon by everyone that it will be a good idea to merge these two schemes as they have similar mandate. We are now working on how to work on the merger and will come up with a detailed report soon,” a senior official in the ministry of HRD said.He added that the plan to merge these schemes was proposed because it was found that there was a lot of non-utilisation of funds. Both SSA and RMSA gets different budget. The separate schemes were created because the Right to Education did not extend upto Class 10 and the government needed a plan to bring children to school after Class 8.”We saw that funds in these schemes were not being utilised properly. If a state has taken care of its primary education and does not need to spend so much for children up to class 8, they should be able to use the same fund for the older children. However, under the current mandate it was not being possible. Hence, we have decided to merge them,” the official added.

Elphinstone Stampede | Disaster waiting to happen: Angry commuters had repeatedly warned authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai rains and poorly maintained station infrastructure caused a massive stampede at Elphinstone station on Friday killing 22 and leaving several injured so far.Injured people were moved to nearby KEM hospital and rescue teams reached the station to bring the situation under control.The incident happened on the day Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is in Mumbai and is scheduled to board a local train at 1:00 pm at Vile Parle station.Lower Parel area of Mumbai is a corporate hub where millions of Mumbaikars come to work in hundreds of offices. During office rush hours, when more than two trains arrive at Elphinstone and adjusting Parel station, making it one of the most crowded areas in the vicinity.Daily commuters had warned of the situation and they saw the disaster coming a mile off when in the morning they reached the Elphinstone station.Commuters were also talking about the dire situation at the stations a few days ago.BJP MP from Mumbai (North-East) Kirit Somaiya responded to the situation and talked about taking action regarding increasing the commuters capacity of the areas near local stations.Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar refused to answer questions.

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