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DNA Edit: A Zero-Sum trial

Years wasted, business ventures stalled/finished, reputations tarred -in some cases, forever. This, in 11 words, is the sum and substance of what we all know as the 2G scam, post the judgement delivered by Special CBI Judge OP Saini on Thursday morning.Was there a scam? Yes, most certainly. After all, rules aren’t changed overnight, unless to give undue advantage to somebody. But, it was the CBI’s and Enforcement Directorate’s job to follow the leads and deliver a water-tight case. That they didn’t proves, for the nth time, that the country’s premier investigating agencies don’t deserve the “premier” tag.Was the scam really worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore? Ask Vinod Rai, the then Comptroller and Auditor General of India, who came out with this figure.Today, when the Special CBI Judge OP Saini acquitted every accused, including politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats in the 2G spectrum allocation case dating back to the UPA-1 era, the main question that requires an immediate answer is: Who killed the telecom sector, or at least pushed it back by several years? Shouldn’t Rai be answering questions on the ‘presumptive loss’ theory? Shouldn’t the CBI and ED officers be held accountable for the shoddy probe that has allowed the accused to get away?A single sentence in the 1,552-page judgment is enough to indict the CBI and ED: “However, by the end, the quality of prosecution totally deteriorated and it became directionless and diffident.”It is not without reason that Judge Saini laments: “For the last seven years, on all working days, summer vacation included, I religiously sat in the open court from 10 am to 5pm, waiting for someone with legally admissible evidence in his possession, but all in vain. Everybody was going by rumour, gossip and speculation.”Another line in the judgment that merits some thought is: “Thus, some people created a scam by artfully arranging a few selected facts and exaggerating things beyond recognition to astronomical levels.”There are many who seem enraged by the fact that Judge Saini acquitted all the accused. They forget that a judge delivers a judgment on the basis of material before him, without falling for “rumour, gossip and speculation”. The job of convincing the court about the illegality and arbitrariness of a decision was left to the prosecution and its lawyers.Judges, not all unfortunately in these media-driven times, are seldom impressed by big numbers, unless they come with enough proof.Now that both CBI and ED have announced their intention to appeal against the judgment in the high court, one only hopes the premier agencies would do a better job there.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Cong leader Sachin Pilot seeks White Paper on BJP’s 22-year-rule

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot asked the BJP government to issue a white paper stating the works they have done over the last 22 years in Gujarat and three years at the Centre.”Let’s discuss the works that BJP has done. There are inflation, economic recession, demonetisation, wrong GST which were imposed. The BJP must accept their mistakes. The party promised to construct 50 lakh houses in Gujarat, but they have hardly constructed 4 lakh,” said Pilot.”Everything is possible if you have the will. There is arrogance in BJP. Congress has been in politics in this country since last 130 years. We have never compromised with principles. To gain power, BJP has made many compromises,” alleged Pilot.”We are not here to just to blame BJP for their ills. People are seeing it. We have made a structure to have a better government model in Gujarat. A better alternative governance model in all areas could be whether its labour reforms, education, agriculture, sanitation, health care, urban development, farm loans,” said Pilot.”We have got widespread holistic frameworks of how to develop Gujarat. And the Gujarat model that BJP claimed is very backward in all the social aspects. There is dissatisfaction in every class and they agree upon what Rahul Gandhi is saying. Propaganda, marketing or whatever claimed development has done for few selected people only,” he said.CONG FURYIt is a known fact that CM holds no power. Everybody knows who controls the politics, and when there is no accountability, no transparency then how people can trust the leadership?” Pilot asked.
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Any help to set up Mohalla clinics an act of virtue: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday requested everybody to leave behind politics and help the government set up Mohalla clinics in the national Capital. Kejriwal said that any help provided to set up these clinics would be an “act of virtue”.“Poor people are treated at these Mohalla clinics. Any help towards setting up these clinics is an act of virtue,” he said. He was referring to the media reports about the Delhi government not being given land by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) for expansion of the Mohalla clinics. “Everybody should come forward for the cause, leaving behind party politics,” the Chief Minister wrote on Twitter. At present, Delhi has nearly 158 operational Mohalla clinics. The government has set a target of setting up 1,000 more such clinics. The government, in its latest decision, has planned to construct these clinics at various Metro stations in Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s flagship project, Mohalla clinics, aims to provide affordable treatment to patients at their doorstep. Every doctor gets Rs 30 per patient per day in these clinics, which are operational from 9 am to 1 pm.One of the most ambitious projects of the Delhi government, Mohalla clinics came under the scanner after the vigilance department ordered a probe in the functioning of these clinics. The complaint was forwarded by the Lieutenant Governor (L-G). The construction of these clinics was put on hold, which led to major confrontation. For the first time in history, 40 AAP workers laid siege to the Raj Niwas, official residence of the L-G, for over nine hours, on the issue of pending files of Mohalla clinics. The L-G, then cleared the proposal, though with some ‘safeguards’.Recently, the Delhi High Court had asked the AAP government to ensure that Mohalla clinics were not set up in schools as it would cause inconvenience to students and make educational institutes unsafe. The court also wanted the government to ensure that the clinics, in no way, rendered any place unsafe.

Delhi HC slams DDA; says people want parks, not community centres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People in the national capital appeared to be more concerned about having community centres than parks, the Delhi High Court on Monday lamented while extending till December 8 its interim order putting on hold the construction of a community centre by the DDA.The court was hearing a PIL challenging the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) decision to convert a park in a north Delhi residential area into a community centre.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said, “Everybody wants community centres at their doorstep. Are there enough parks for the people in the area?”The PIL, filed on behalf of a minor girl, has sought a direction to restrain the DDA from “destroying the park” in north Delhi’s Rohini area by constructing the multi-storey community hall inside the Hanuman Mandir park there.The petitioner’s counsel, Akhil Sachar, claimed that the residents of the locality, especially children, were severely affected and aggrieved by the “illegal and arbitrary decision” of the DDA to construct the centre which will “destroy” the 30-year-old park.The plea claimed that there was a vacant plot of DDA land available in the area which was planned for community services so there was no justification to destroy the park.

Rahul Gandhi likely to become Congress president by next month: M Veerappa Moily

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily today said Rahul Gandhi would like to emerge as the party president through an internal election process, and hinted that he may assume the charge as early as next month.The Gandhi scion had recently said that he was “absolutely ready” to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.The former Union minister said that Rahul’s taking over would be a game-changer for the party.”He (Rahul) should immediately take over as Congress president. That’s good for the party, good for the country,” Moily told PTI.”Everybody (in Congress) feels it is (his elevation) delayed. Now, he (Rahul) is waiting for organisation elections. He would like to emerge as the president of AICC only out of the election process,” he said.The internal election process in states is expected to be completed this month, which would be followed by the one at the AICC level, the former chief minister of Karnataka said.Asked if he expected Rahul to take over next month, Moily said, “Possibly yes”.On what needs to be done to boost the prospects of the Congress, he said, “Rahul Gandhi is doing it. We will have to address the issues in respect of each of the state, because each state is different from the rest. So, that requires state-wise strategies not only for the coming state elections but also parliamentary polls in 2019.”Moily said Rahul has a “new approach and new method”.”…Definitely very much rooted with the legacy of the Congress party. It (Rahul becoming Congress president) is a game-changer. Not only game-changer but also Congress is well-rooted in continuity and legacy… With Congress virtues, he has an attitude for change, and he will do that,” Moily said.On what he wants Rahul to do once he assumes charge, Moily said he has to “first thoroughly reshuffle the people who are in-charge of the states, reshuffle immediately within a time-frame, all the state-level organisations right from grass-roots levels. These things will have to be reorganised.””Our policy at the national and state levels should be reoriented and published so that people think there is always an alternative to the present NDA government,” he said.On the coming Assembly elections in Karnataka, Moily said, “Congress will come out with absolute majority. There is no question of BJP coming back.”Moily charged the BJP with failure to honour election promises and alleged that the economy and exports have sharply declined. “They (NDA government) have failed miserably. This is a worst scenario. The myth of the present NDA government will explode during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019,” he said.On the government favouring bringing petroleum products under the ambit of GST, Moily, the former oil minister, indicated that it would have to be done eventually.”That (proposal to bring petrol and diesel under GST) cannot be opposed. It has to be brought under the GST today or tomorrow; instead of bringing it in future they have brought it (proposed now). (But) the manner in which they are hiking the petrol and diesel prices is totally unjustified,” he said.Moily also said that states have been opposing the move right from the beginning as they would lose money if it were to be implemented. But bringing petroleum products under GST would be good for the industrial sector.

UP infant deaths: Shah rejects Cong demand for Yogi’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah today dismissed the Congress’ demand for resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the death of several children in a Gorakhpur hospital, saying such tragedies had happened during that party’s rule also. “It’s the job of the Congress to demand resignation. Many such big tragedies have occurred in this big country. This has not happened for the first time. Such (tragedies) have happened during Congress governments too,” Shah told reporters in response to a question about the main opposition party’s demand for the chief minister’s resignation. Replying to a query, Shah said that unlike the Congress, BJP “does not hold anybody guilty” without investigation. Several children have died at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) medical college hospital within a span of a week in the UP chief minister’s hometown and parliamentary constituency. The BJP chief said Adityanath had announced a time-bound probe into the tragedy and a report in this regard would be made public after the team submitted its findings. “Investigations are on. Yogiji has fixed a time-bound investigation. Once the investigation report is submitted, the government will make it public,” he said. “This is an incident and a mistake, at whichever level it may be. All said and done, you cannot deny the party’s and BJP government’s intention for development of the poor. There is no link between the tragedy and government’s intention,” he added. Asked why Narendra Modi had not tweeted on the tragedy, Shah said the prime minister had already expressed his grief over the incident in the media. “The Prime Minister has already expressed his grief over the incident, and tweet is not the only medium to convey a message. He has already made a statement in the press,” Shah added. On a reported directive of Adityanath on preparations for a “grand” Krishna Janmashtami celebrations when the state was mourning the deaths of infants, he said that everybody is grieved over the death of children in UP. “Everybody is sad that children have died. But Krishna Janmashtami has its own place as is August 15. Yogi ji has not said in this reference that you celebrate the festival even though children have died. Krishna Janmashtami is being observed. It will be observed across the country and in the same manner it will be in UP too based on people’s belief. It is not a government festival.” To a repeated query if it shows the UP government’s insensitivity, he asked that if people celebrate it at their homes then what can the government do.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nothing wrong if one doesn’t recite Vande Mataram: Athawale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ramdas Athawale has said there was nothing wrong if one didn’t recite the national song ‘Vande Mataram.’ Athawale, the leader of Republican Party of India (A), said the issue of the national song was being brought out deliberately to cause feud among communities. “Everybody should recite Vande Mataram, but if it is not recited what will go wrong?” he asked, while addressing the Maharashtra Gramin Patrakar Sangh’s 11th anniversary at Kalyan near here yesterday. “If one does not recite Vande Mataram nothing is wrong in that,” said the minister of state for social justice and empowerment. The Madras high court recently made singing ‘Vande Mataram’ compulsory in all government schools, colleges and universities in Tamil Nadu at least once a week. A BJP MLA in Maharashtra recently demanded the implementation of the ruling in schools and colleges of the state, sparking a political slugfest with legislators of some other parties opposing any such move.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No one should have problem saying Vande Mataram: Maha minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid controversy over the issue, Maharashtra Public Works Minister and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil today said those who want to live in the country must say `Vande Mataram’ and `Bharat Maata Ki Jai’. Patil was speaking to reporters after visiting the famous Saibaba temple here. “Vande Mataram means saluting the soil of this country. I don’t know what problem they have saying Vande Mataram,” he said. “If you want to live in this country, you must say Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” he said. “Everybody living in this country has the right to worship as per his religion. But one must be loyal to the country and its soil too. Vande Mataram doesn’t mean hailing (particular) god. Just as one also reveres one’s parents besides Allah, one can also revere the motherland,” Patil said. Following the Madras High Court ruling making singing of Vande Mataram compulsory in schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu, BJP MLA Raj Purohit demanded its implementation in Maharashtra. Waris Pathan, MLA of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) from Mumbai, and the Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit president and MLA Abu Asim Azmi opposed the demand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Banerjee’s campaign to dislodge BJP a ‘daydream’: Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Prakash Javadekar today said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s call to ‘oust BJP’ was a “daydream” and it showed her “frustration and despair” at the growing support for the party. However, Trinamoool Congress hit back saying that BJP was scared after seeing yesterday’s massive turnout at the chief minister’s rally and her popularity. “Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not have so much popularity,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Commenting on Banerjee’s call at the rally yesterday to oust BJP from the country for its “failure on all fronts”, Javadekar said, “Modiji has the connect with the poor people of the country. So the poor is with us. We are getting stronger by the day, but we want to be humble”. He said Banerjee’s tirade against the party “only demonstrated her frustration and despair as a growing number of people are coming to the BJP’s fold every day in West Bengal”. “Her campaign to dislodge Modiji is a daydream,” he said. He alleged that her only agenda was to speak against the BJP and the prime minister and also accused her of practising “divisive politics”. “What is the most worrisome feature is that Mamataji is dividing societies, she is dividing communities,” he claimed. “This is not acceptable. Communal harmony is the essence of democracy. It is important in democracy,” the HRD Minister said. He claimed that her regime was spreading poverty across West Bengal instead of distributing prosperity which was the motto of Centre. Javadekar also slammed the TMC government, accusing it of “doing politics” with education. “Education is not a political agenda, it is a national agenda. Education should be the top priority of all political parties,” Javadekar said at a programme here. “When we organise inter-state meets, West Bengal is at times absent. Everybody must participate (in such meets). I hope good sense will prevail,” he said. However, Chatterjee, who is also the state education minister, accused the Modi government of “safronising education” system in the country. “We condemn their (Modi government) move to saffronise education,” he said. On Javadekar’s charge that at times, the state was absent at inter-state meets, Chatterjee retorted, “Our officers had attended all such meetings and presented West Bengal’s view”. He also criticised the union minister for accusing Banerjee of dividing the people and said, “It is the BJP and its other organisations which are dividing the people on communal lines”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Athawale’s statement contradictory to beef ban policy- NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Nationalist Communist Party (NCP) on Saturday said that statement by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on beef ban is contradictory to the state policy. NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that ?this is a very bold statement by a Union Minister against the beef ban. Such statement is contradictory to the policy of state on beef ban. It would be necessary for the cabinet minister or the Prime Minister to examine the merit of the statement?. Athawale has condemned violence in the name of cow vigilantism and said that no one has the authority to challenge the law. Athawale, while addressing a press conference, asserted that one should reach out to law for justice instead of violating it. “Everyone has the right to go to the police or knock the doors of the court. But, no one has the right to challenge the law. These cow vigilantes should get punished,” said Athawale. “Everybody has the right to eat beef. In the name of cow vigilantism, one should not violate law,” he added. The Minister’s comment comes a day after a 40-year-old man was reportedly thrashed by four men in Nagpur’s Bharsingi area on the suspicion of carrying cow meat. The incident took place on Wednesday at 11.30 a.m. Bharsingi comes under the jurisdiction of the Jalalakheda Police Station. The police team reached at the spot as soon as they got the information. No arrests have been made as of yet though. An investigation into the case is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indrani ‘incited’ prison riot; booked along with 200 inmates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, instigated inmates of a women’s jail here for rioting after the death of a convict, an official from the prison department said today. The 44-year-old former media executive was among nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla Jail booked by Nagpada police for rioting and other offences after they staged a protest over the death of a convict, Manju Govind Shette. Shette (45) died at the government-run J J Hospital on Friday night after allegedly being beaten up by a woman official of the jail. The next day, enraged women inmates rose in protest, some of them went up to the prison’s roof, while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger, a police official said. The inmates alleged that Shette was mercilessly beaten up by the woman prison official which led to her death. Indrani “instigated” the inmates by asking them to shun food and “use their children as shields” when prison staffers tried to stop them from agitating and gathering without permission, the department official said. During the investigation, it was found that she played an “active” role in the protest staged by the women inmates, he said. Meanwhile, six jail staffers have been placed under suspension and the police registered a case under IPC section 302 (punishment for murder) against them yesterday. Indrani, lodged in the prison after her arrest in August 2015, and the other inmates were booked for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, a police official said. The jail houses around 251 inmates. Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and ex-driver Shyamvar Rai, are accused of killing 24-year-old Sheena Indrani’s daughter from a previous relationship – on April 24, 2012. Activist-advocate Aabha Singh said the reaction of the prisoners was spontaneous and they had only exercised their right to demonstrate like everyone else. “Everybody is equally at fault,” Singh said when asked about the demonstration inside the jail premises. She said there was rampant human rights violations and corruption in prisons, adding “we badly need jail reforms”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Collector held in bribe case lands in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>North Goa additional collector, Sabaji Shetye arrested red handed while accepting a bribe has been admitted in the Goa Medical College and Hospital after complaining of chest pain.The Anti Corruption Bureau has decided to halt the probe till the hospital declares him fit. They were supposed to start his custodial interrogation from Tuesday.On the other side, massive politics has begun on the issue after the arrest of this senior bureaucrat. “BJP always claims that they function on “zero corruption”. They are in power from last five years. How was this continuing?” said leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has taken a firm stand insisting that anybody involved in any kind of corrupt practice would pay price henceforth.”The message is loud and clear. There cannot be any compromise on integrity and character. We are here to deliver for the people. Everybody should keep it in mind,” Parrikar said.Aam Aadmi Party has however raised the issue of pending corruption cases with the ACB.”What happened to the raids conducted in the past? All those investigations are either pending or inconclusive. Government is cherry picking while taking action”, said state convenor of AAP Elvis Gomes.

Rlys to look for innovative ways to finance future projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railways will look for innovative ways, including assistance from the World Bank, for financing its future projects. “We have to look into how to finance the future of the Railways. We have already raised some but we need more money. Everybody has to contribute towards it,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those provoking others to hold beef party are destroying

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said some people were “provoking” others to hold beef party and slaughter cow, terming it as a criminal act and a conspiracy to destroy country’s peaceful atmosphere. “Several states have prohibited cow slaughter but some states have not banned it. It is a sentimental issue and also linked to faith of the people,” the Minister of State for Minority Affairs told reporters here. Reacting to queries over slaughter of a calf in Kerala and holding of a beef fest at IIT Madras, he said, “We feel that some people are provoking others to hold beef party and resort to cow slaughtering… definitely it is a criminal act and it is also a conspiracy to destroy peace and harmony of the country.” “We will not allow such type of nefarious activity by any party or any person,” the BJP leader added. On the central government’s order regulating cattle trade, Naqvi said it was not linked to any religion and should be viewed as a move ushering reforms by ensuring organised cattle market and organised slaughter houses. “It is a part of reforms and everyone has to join it as it is associated with the country’s health, environment and also with the sentiment of some people,” he said. On the Telangana government passing a bill to increase reservation in jobs and education for backward Muslims to 12 per cent, Naqvi accused the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government of doing it with the sole aim of garnering votes. “Everybody knows that any reservation on the basis of religion is constitutionally not possible. Then why they (TRS government) are misleading the people. You work for their empowerment,” he said. Naqvi claimed BJP will emerge as a strong and effective alternative in Telangana and will form government on its own in the next Assembly elections. “BJP is working for development of Telangana and I am confident of it (BJP forming government in Telangana),” he said and alleged that the TRS government has failed to meet the expectations of the people. “The three years of Narendra Modi’s governance have been of commitment, confidence and character. In the last three years the prestige of PM’s post and country’s dignity have increased,” Naqvi added. He further said the central government will launch ‘Tehreek-e-Taleem’ (campaign for education) on October 15, the birth anniversary of former president A P J Abdul Kalam. “We have identified 100 districts from where it will be started. The government is for empowerment without appeasement,” said Naqvi. “In the last three years, incidents of communal riots have come down and it was ensured that such incidents do not occur,” Naqvi claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No need to follow Centre’s order banning cattle sale: Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today told the officials in her administration that there was no need to follow the Centre’s notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets till the state government issued a direction to that effect. She, however, asked the police to take steps to stop cow smuggling in the border district of North 24-Parganas “at any cost”. Speaking at an administrative review meeting, Mamata said, “Cow smuggling has to be stopped at any cost. The police should take stern action to put an end to it.” Cattle smuggling in North 24-Parganas district bordering Bangladesh is a sensitive issue with the BJP accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state of not doing enough to put an end to the illegal trade. Banerjee asked the police “to deal sternly with communal flare-ups”, while accusing the BJP of “making efforts to incite communal violence” in the state. “The police should keep its eyes and ears open. If someone tries to incite communal violence, beat up both the parties. Do not spare anybody, irrespective of the person’s political affiliations. The BJP is trying to incite communal violence in the state,” she said. Speaking on the ban on sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for the purpose of slaughter, she asked the district administration to ensure that no one followed the Centre’s notification in that regard. “The holy month of Ramzan is on. Everybody has the right to observe religious festivals. Just like Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Christmas, Eid is also observed in our state. “What one will eat, is his or her choice. No one has the right to dictate it. Do not follow that (Centre’s) order, the state has not issued any such order,” she said. The administration should ensure that there was “no confusion” regarding the issue, the TMC supremo told the officials at the meeting, adding that till the state government issued an order to that effect, there was no need to follow the Centre’s notification. Yesterday, she had denounced the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, saying it was a “deliberate attempt to encroach on the states’ rights and destroy the federal structure”. Mamata had also said her government would challenge the notification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Absconding convict of fake encounter case held, HC told

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court was today told by the city police that it has traced and arrested a convict, absconding since 2013 after jumping parole in a 2006 case of fake encounter of an alleged gangster Ramnarayan Gupta. A bench of justices R V More and Anuja Prabhudessai had last month warned of criminal action against the errant police officials for failing to trace the convict who was let out on parole in 2013 but who never returned to jail. The police informed the court about the arrest of absconding convict during hearing of a plea by Ramnarayan’s brother Ramprasad on the issue. Additional Public Prosecutor Jayesh Yagnik conveyed to the court that convict Shailendra Pandey was traced to Goa and was arrested last week. Yagnik said a deputy commissioner of police was inquiring into the matter and ascertaining if there was any lapse by the police. “The convict was traced and arrested when we said we would initiate criminal action against the police. Everybody is hand in glove including the police officers. What signal are we sending to the society? We are going to take this matter very seriously,” Justice More said. The bench posted the petition for further hearing on June 12 and directed the police to file a report. According to the petition, absconding convict Shailendra Pandey had been serving a life sentence when he was granted parole for a month on November 2, 2013. Pandey, however, got the parole extended by a few days on the pretext of needing to get admitted in a hospital for eye treatment. His whereabouts have not been known since. The Andheri police registered an FIR on February 21, 2014 after the jail authorities informed them of Pandey having jumped parole, but failed to do anything else. In July 2013, a local city had convicted 21 people, including 13 police officials for killing Ramnarayan alias Lakhan Bhaiya in a fake encounter in 2006.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGO to stage ‘Satyagraha’ demanding a ministry for men!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 500 ‘depressed’ men from across the country will come together at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Saturday calling for a ‘Satyagraha for men.’ They will demand gender-neutral laws and a separate ministry for men.”Gender biased laws like 498A (woman subjected to cruelty for dowry) of the IPC are being misused by the women leading to widespread harassment of men across the country,” said Wasif Ali, a member of Save Indian Family (SIF), an NGO to help men in distress.”We are going to organise a massive protest demanding abolition of such laws and set-up of a separate Ministry to look after concerns of men,” he added.Among those who are going to raise their voice on concerns of men, is Sourabh Singh who claims he was falsely implicated under Section 498A by his wife in 2015. “False charges were put forward by my wife against me and my family. I was labelled as a criminal. Everybody in my office knew about it. I was so depressed that I even thought about ending my life,” Singh said.”Then I came in contact with SIF and met people who were suffering like me. Now, I’m also associated with the NGO and working for the betterment of other men in distress,” he added.Similarly, Ritesh Verma, claims he had gone through “mental-trauma” after being falsely implicated under dowry charges. “I was on the verge of committing suicide after being humiliated by my wife and in-laws. The NGO helped me to overcome the trauma. The case, however, is still on but I’m feeling much more confident about life now,” he said.”This feminist movement turned out to be harassment for men. Either these laws should be abolished or similar provisions should be made for both men and women,” he added.The NGO claims that more than 90,000 men have committed suicide after being falsely implicated by women in rape, molestation and dowry cases in the last two years.

BJP accuses TRS of vote-bank politics over quota issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today alleged that TRS government in Telangana was indulging in “vote-bank politics” with its decision to increase the quota for the backward sections of Muslim community. “This religion-based reservation is an attempt by the Chief Minister (K Chandrasekhar Rao) to cover up his failures of the last three years. It is clear that they are indulging in vote-bank politics,” Telangana BJP president K Laxman said. The Telangana cabinet yesterday decided to convene the state Assembly on April 16 to pass a bill for increasing quotas for the backward sections of Muslim community, and the Scheduled Tribes. Chief Minister Rao had said the state would ask the Centre to facilitate implementation of the bill, as the increase in quota would breach the overall cap of 50 per cent. Increasing the reservations for minorities and STs was a key election promise of TRS. Opposition TDP demanded that TRS should implement its election promise in letter and spirit. TDP politburo member R Chandrasekhar Reddy wondered why the TRS government said it would fight with the Centre, if necessary, to implement the increased quotas. Countering him, state Animal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav said, “Everybody in the country knows who does politics with the help of religion. We have clearly said the proposed reservation is not a religious reservation.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajnath Singh takes dig at experts for failing to predict massive BJP win in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh today credited the BJP workers for the party’s overwhelming victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, saying the election results had proved many political analysts wrong.”This election was unique, and nobody had ever imagined that BJP would register such a huge win in the state,” he said while addressing a meeting of party workers here.Singh said that when the elections in the five states were going on, a number of political analysts (including some foreign) were keeping a watch on the political developments. “Everybody was of the view that BJP may eventually emerge as the single largest party, but it would remain far from the majority mark. However, when the election results were out, the analysts had to admit that they could not gauge the mood of UP’s public,” the home minister said.He also mentioned that the BJP’s victory streak had started with 2014 Lok Sabha elections only. Terming the BJP forming government in Manipur along with its allies as “unexpected”, Singh said, “I had never imagined that BJP would be forming its government in Manipur. Now, every region of India has been touched by the BJP. Even in the coming elections, BJP would emerge victorious.” He also recalled an anecdote from 1984 when then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had made fun of the BJP got having only two MPs.”But, now the time has come, when BJP would be completing victory laps in future elections,” he asserted.Singh also expressed happiness over the fact that a number of ministers in the state government are from Lucknow, and exuded confidence that the problems and grievances of the public would be redressed.

Ahluwalia expresses doubt over Mamata’s claim on Narada sting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare S S Ahluwalia today expressed doubts over West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s claim that the Narada tapes are false, saying if that was the case then why had the state registered a case against TMC MP K D Singh. “If she says that the Narada tapes are not true, then why has the state registered a case against K D Singh?” Ahluwalia asked. Singh, a Trinamool Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, had allegedly funded the Narada sting operation which showed several of the party’s ministers, MPs and MLAs accepting cash in exchange for favours. The Directorate of Economic Offences of the West Bengal government had registered a case against Alchemist group owned by K D Singh. Banerjee had also gone on record saying that giving Rajya Sabha ticket to Singh was a “blunder” committed by her. Commenting on Banerjee’s statement that BJP and RSS were trying to spread violence in West Bengal, he said “Everybody has his or her own freedom of speech. No one can stop that.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We don’t expect anything better from Rahul Gandhi: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP today hit back at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks against the Prime Minister, saying the Congress leader “behaves as per his standards” and it does not expect anything better from him. At the unveiling of common minimum programme of SP-Congress alliance in Lucknow, Rahul today took a swipe at Narendra Modi for his “raincoat in bathroom” barb at Manmohan Singh, saying the Prime Minister was more interested in “peeping into bathrooms of people”. Asked about the Congress leader’s remarks, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Everybody behaves as per his standards and BJP does not expect anything better from the Congress leader”. “SP and BSP are not options for people. Only BJP is the right alternative. Only BJP can do holistic development of the state and will win the polls with a big mandate,” he said at a press conference. Targeting Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Akhilesh Yadav, he alleged that the state’s public service commission was embroiled in scam and there was discrimination in handing over laptops to students by the SP government. Asked about the support announced for Mayawati-led BSP by some Muslim clerics, the BJP leader downplayed it saying everybody has a right to seek votes for a leader of their choice but people take a judicious call. He claimed BJP has maintained its “prime” position in Uttar Pradesh, which it had swept in 2014 general election. He said a BJP survey had shown tha the party will win majority of the seats which went to polls today and will get a “big mandate”. He also cited the party’s win in all three graduate constituencies of the Legislative Council elections as evidence of popular support. Its results were announced today. Referring to murder of a youth in Bijnor last night, he said law and order has been “destroyed” under the SP government. There have been 1,400 incidents of criminals attacking police personnel in the last five years and 24 police personnel were killed, he said. Women and dalits have suffered the most, he said, adding that on an average 13 murders had occurred daily.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

"In an economy that has admittedly slowed down, your

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Budget contracts government expenditure,” Chidambaram said, adding that even in the budget, capital expenditure has been curtailed. “You shifted money from defence research and added it to defence capital,” he said, pointing to the allocation of Rs 86,484 crore and adding that if the money for research was subtracted, then the actual defence outlay will be much less. The Congress leader noted that the revised estimate came to over Rs 71,000 which meant that “either you are unable to spend the money, or you don’t have the money to spend”. Allocation as a percentage of the GDP has only come down, Chidambaram said as he read out allocation figures of the last three budgets including that of 2016-17. “To give a boost to the economy, we have to spend more. This is Economics 101,” he said, adding that the economy will suffer because of contracted expenditure. He then spoke about the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu and said the protest over it in Tamil Nadu was “only a symbol” under which people converged. “The most vocal angst is about jobs. There are simply no jobs being created and jobs have been taken away,” he said, adding “this is the angst that brought young people to the Marina (beach in Chennai).” Quoting figures, the Congress leader said 75 per cent of all small and medium industries are closed and then went ahead to state that these figures were “as per your (affiliate) trade union, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.” “Everybody has different concerns. Some are concerned about intolerance ban jeans, ban books, ban authors, ban beef… We have to find jobs for both the uneducated and the educated,” Chidambaram said. Addressing the ruling BJP members, he asked them to tell him one strategy in the Budget which will create jobs. “On the contrary, you have destroyed jobs. This is a powder keg. All it requires is a spark. I would like to caution the government,” he said. Speaking about farmers, he said the Minimum Support Price gave an indication that agriculture is a viable vocation and farmers should continue as the government was there to take care of them. “But there is nothing in the Budget speech about MSP,” he said adding that a wrong message was being sent to farmers. “Why are you not giving meaningful increases that take note of inflation in your MSP?… I am saying I need money to educate my child. I need money to start a small business for my son. I need money to conduct the marriage of my daughter. And you are giving me money to conduct my funeral. Is this the way to treat farmers of this country,” he said referring to Fasal Bima Yojana. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi also attacked Congress for "claiming entire credit"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>for the country’s independence and took objection to certain comments made by Kharge yesterday with regard to sacrifices. “Hum kutton ki paramapara se pale bhade nahi hain (we have not grown in a culture of dogs),” he said. He said even before Congress party was born, lakhs of countrymen had had made sacrifices for independence and referred to the 1857 revolt. “Everybody gave their lives, unitedly without any communal colour in it,” he said. Noting that several members of the House were born after Independence, Modi said, “though we did not get an opportunity to give our lives, we have got a chance to live for the country’s betterment.” Referring to surgical strikes, the Prime Minister said it was a “huge decision” which bore success. He said opposition leaders had made certain remarks in the first 24 hours of the surgical strikes but changed tune when they saw the public happiness. “The surgical strike was such a big success and I know it is troubling you because you are not able to tell the public and are suffering from within,” Modi told the Opposition. “I am asked why demonetisation was kept a secret but nobody asks why surgical strike was kept secret,” he said. He said the Indain army is powerful and capable enough to protect the country. Appealing to opposition parties for cooperation, Modi said, “Our Parliament should have new ideas and thoughts. These may come from any side. We will welcome good ideas. Ultimately it is the objective of all of us to take the country forward.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Let’s eliminate drugs from Punjab Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Launching a frontal attack on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has urged the people of Punjab to come together and put an end to the drug menace ahead of the assembly polls. Gandhi in a Facebook post said, ?I have learnt one thing in politics… truth can?t be hidden. I had gone to a programme of Punjab University in 2012 and there I told the youth that 70 percent of Punjab?s youth suffer from drug-related problems.? The Congress vice-president slammed the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Government in Punjab for making fun of him. ?On returning back to Delhi, I was surprised that Akali Dal leaders are saying that Rahul Gandhi is lying, there is no problem of drugs and they made fun of me. It is sad that the truth which was supposed to be accepted four years back is being accepted now,? he added. Gandhi also lauded Punjab for its inputs in various fields concerning national interest. ?If we look at the national flag….Punjab is hidden in it. Punjab?s voice can be heard in the border areas, industries and army. You have witnessed truth. Punjab?s battle, fight against drugs is everyone?s fight. We won?t let Punjab fall. Come and fight together for Punjab. Let?s eliminate drugs completely from Punjab,? he said. Highlighting the menace of drugs in poll-bound Punjab, Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh earlier on January 29 said that this government would form a team of good police officers to fight this threat. Stating that the government must have the will to do so, Captain Amarinder assured that this process would be initiated in less than four weeks if the Congress forms the next government in Punjab. “Everybody knows who does it. Where it is kept, who makes it, who sells, who trades, who does everything we know. It’s the question of the government having the will to do it,” he told ANI in an exclusive interview. All 117 constituencies in Punjab will vote on February 4 and the results will be announced on March 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: 12-year-old student ‘erases’ caste from school record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year-old student from Marathwada region has become talk of his village for ‘erasing’ the mention of his caste from the school attendance record. Rohan Bhosle, a seventh standard student of the Zilla Parishad (ZP) school at Pargaon village in Ashti tehsil of Beed district, deleted the mention of his caste from the school attendance sheet recently, which won praise from classmates and teachers.Prateeksha Shirole, Rohan’s classmate, said he took the muster sheet, pulled out a pen and rubbed the blue ink on the column which had mention of his caste. Somnath Walke, Rohan’s teacher said, “I was shocked and wondered as to why Rohan did that.” “When I asked him why he erased his caste, he said, ‘Sir, you regularly teach us in classroom about equality. Everybody has only one caste: humanity. Nobody should ask the other as to what his caste is’,” the teacher said.Rohan’s parents are farmers. His father Suresh and mother Manda said, they were surprised that Rohan had taken such a “revolutionary” step.

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