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Confident of meeting asking rate: NC Goel

Q) What will be your priorities now as a Chief Secretary?A) There isn’t a single priority of the CS. The government’s priorities and visions are on top of my agenda. Infra projects, includings roads, energy, drinking water, irrigation will be my priority. A lot of public money is being spent for these and the same will be concluded on time.Q) You have been with JDA and have played an important role in Jaipur Metro, what will be your focus related to Jaipur?A) JDA is currently working on many fronts and is doing good work, My focus will surely be on timely completion of Drvayavati and Ring road projects.Q) You will have to bring the refinery project ASAP. How do you plan to do that?A) Spadework has already been done in this regard. After the new MOU, the state will have less financial burden. The environment clearance has already been taken. I will ensure that there is coordination between officials for the timely completion of this project .Q) You have done a lot of work in tourism and forest department. Is there any project which needs completion even as you have been elevated to this position?A) Govt job is a continuous process. There are works which are in progress or are at the concept stage. I am happy that the number of tourists coming to the state have increased. Last year, there was increase of 17% and going by the inflow of tourists this year, the number is likely to go up.Q) Have you spoken with CM Vasundhara Raje?A) Chief minister Madam called me during the day to wish me. I thank her for this responsibility.Q) Your father is extremely happy with your success? What has been his role in your achievements?A) He was always there for me. Like a rock. He accompanied me to all IAS examinations and interviews.

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The height of battle

It’s the terrain and weather that claim soldiers’ lives on the Siachen glacier, says Abid Hussain.

Max Hospital in soup again, kin say stents put in patient without permission

The family of a 58-year-old heart patient, who died in the Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, on December 25, has accused the hospital of negligence, a charge that the upscale facility has denied. The family said they will approach Union health minister JP Nadda on Thursday.Earlier on December 8, the Delhi government had cancelled the hospital branch’s license in another case of negligence. The services, however, resumed 10 days later, after the Finance Commissioner stayed the state government’s order.”We will try to reach out to health minister J P Nadda and the chief medical officer of Delhi on Thursday. We want justice. My father was on his feet when he visited the hospital on December 25. He was sweating, so they took him to the emergency ward and an ECG test was conducted. The test revealed that he had blockage in his arteries,” said Sarika, 35, daughter of the deceased Kamlesh Chander.According to the family, the doctors inserted a stent in Chander’s body without informing them. They also said that a senior doctor was supposed to operate upon him but instead a junior doctor performed the surgery.”Even as we were discussing the matter, they came and informed us that stents have been put in his body. They did that without even asking us. Also, the doctor under whose supervision my father was admitted was on leave. A few hours later, my father died. This is fraud and negligence. We demand justice. We are waiting for the autopsy and after that we will organise the funeral,” she said.The family further stated that the hospital gave them a bill of Rs 3 lakh. A police officer said inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC has been initiated,The hospital, however, denied the allegations. “The patient was brought to the emergency (ward) in the afternoon of December 25, complaining of chest pain and breathlessness. There was blockage in three major arteries. The patient was 58 years old and had a history of diabetes, hypertension, and smoking,” the hospital said in its statement. It added: “The family was counselled by Dr Devendra Agarwal, who is a senior consultant and a well-qualified interventional cardiologist. The family was informed that Dr Navin Bhamri was on a leave. The family was fully informed about the diagnosis, the patient’s condition, and the treatment plan at various stages. The documents were signed by the family. Only one stent was used in the angioplasty procedure.”IN THE PAST7-year-old Adya Singh dies of dengue, hospital bills family Rs 16 lakh. On November 20, reacting to a tweet by the child’s uncle, Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for details and said necessary action will be taken against the hospital.

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After Congress, Shiv Sena to hold internal polls to elect party president

The Shiv Sena will hold internal polls to elect its party president on January 23 which happens to be the birth anniversary of its founder (late) Bal Thackeray.According to sources, incumbent Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will be re-elected at the party meeting to be held at Rang Sharda auditorium in suburban Mumbai, as there will be no other nomination for the post.Uddhav Thackeray took charge as the party president on January 23, 2013, after the death of his father Bal Thackeray (86) in November 2012.”Uddhav had refused the post of ‘Shiv Sena Pramukh’ saying it will be only Balasaheb who will remain as Pramukh or the chief. Uddhav dissolved the post of executive president which he served in Balasaheb’s lifetime and took the post of ‘Paksh Pramukh’ (Shiv Sena party president),” sources said today.Once the procedure of electing the party president is completed, Uddhavji will choose his new team.”He may either retain the old team or give a chance to new faces,” sources said.The election will be held to comply with the Election Commission’s (EC’s) directives to political parties to hold internal organisational elections, according to sources.

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Noida: Bodies of two teenage sisters found hanging from tree outside their house

Bodies of two teenage sisters were on Tuesday found hanging from a tree outside their house in Baraula here, police said.SP City Arun Kumar Singh said the girls were were identified as Laxmi (18) and Nisha (14). Their father hailed from Bulandshahr and the family was living in a rented house here in Sector 49. The police received information about the sisters this morning following which a team reached their house. They pulled down the bodies and sent them for post-mortem, he said. While Nisha was studying in a school, Laxmi was working with a private company.The police detained Kulbhusan for questioning who claimed that his elder daughter was in love with a youth, Prem, and She had eloped with him ten days ago. However, she returned home a few days ago following which he had scolded her. Kulbhusan alleged that the girls had bolted the room, where he and his wife were sleeping, from outside last night and committed suicide by hanging themselves with stoles, the SP said. The official said the matter was being investigated from all possible angles, including murder and honour killing.

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Jadhav family reunion: Pakistan disguises propaganda as ‘humanitarian gesture’

After spending nearly 22 months in Pakistan’s captivity, Kulbhushan Jadhav was finally allowed to ‘meet’ his wife and mother in Islamabad today. The meeting, Pakistan said, was a “humanitarian gesture” to mark the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of the Islamic nation. When the day’s affair ended following a press briefing of Foreign Affairs Ministry, it seemed like Pakistan had just played a propaganda film lasting a couple of hours.Everything, from the arrival of Jadhav’s wife Chetankul and mother Avanti to the so-called ‘confessional’ video of former India Navy officer, seemed meticulously planned. Also readKulbhushan Jadhav meets wife, mother from behind glass screen; not the last meeting, says Pakistan Sample this – After a 40 minutes meeting, Jadhav’s wife and mother, accompanied by India Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh, came out from the front door. The car, provided by the Pakistani authorities, did not come around and they were made to wait for several minutes out in the open. Singh was seen lifting his hands, walking around, a gesture seen as frustration. Meanwhile, some of the Pakistani journalists, raised questions to Avanti Jadhav, the alleged Indian spy’s mother which were more like accusations. “Mrs. Jadhav, how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist?” was one of the questions thrown at the lady who had just met her son from across a glass wall. Also readFeel ashamed for acts against Pakistan and its people: Kulbhushan Jadhav in new ‘confessional’ videoThis was a typical Pakistani script. To try to launch an attack with the help of non-state actors so they they have their deniability. Except this time, the attack was not intended to harm anyone physically but to humiliate an Indian citizen in full public view. But this was low, even from a Pakistani standard, to subject a mother to such questioning from hecklers masquerading as journalists. Later, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a “confessional” video of Jadhav before its spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal read out a statement which was nothing but repetition of its charges against the alleged Indian spy. This video was played in a loop while journalists waited for the press conference to begin. In the “confession” video, Jadhav admitted that he crossed into Pakistan from Iran. He sought “pardon of the acts and sins and crimes committed here against the Nation and the people of Pakistan.”Also readConsular access not given, Kulbhushan’s meeting with wife and mother allowed on ‘humanitarian ground’: PakThis was not the first time that Pakistan released a confession video of Jadhav, but questions arise on why they needed to release the video while his mother was literally a few kilometres away. During the press conference, Dr Faisal did not forget to throw in the figure that 500 medical visas were issued to Pakistanis by India before Jadhav row and now External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj “picks and chooses.” Faisal also did not forget to tell journalists that the scheduled 30-minute meeting was extended to 40 minutes on the request of Jadhav and his family.In the entire press conference, Faisal made it a point to identify Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, with his military title, calling “Commander Jadhav”. He mentioned again and again that the request for the meeting was granted on “humanitarian grounds.”If it was indeed a humanitarian gesture, as the spokesperson so graciously repeated several times, why Jadhav was not allowed to hug or even touch his mother and wife. The logic given by the Foreign Office for a glass wall was that it was done for “security reasons.” The wall, he said was a security barrier. To top all of it, the meeting took place inside a container where a studio was built for the purpose, Republic TV reported. G Parthasarathy, Former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, claimed that the ladies were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. This was also visible from the pictures of the meeting shared by Faisal. On the face of it, the whole exercise was designed to embarrass India, to show Pakistan as a ‘humanitarian’ nation and to project Jadhav as a terrorist sent by Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), the Indian intelligence agency. It was not surprising that Pakistan did what it did, but what should come as a surprise to many that New Delhi fell for the trap set by Islamabad. After getting stabbed in the back by Pakistan innumerable times, India should have known better that it was not like any other family reunion but propaganda disguised as humanitarian gesture. Watch: Pakistan’s PR stunt with Indian prisoner

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Max case: Dad seeks fresh inquiry on docs

The father of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, has sought a court-monitored probe. He has alleged that the ongoing “tainted” probe may harm the prosecution case.In a plea at magistrate’s court here, Ashish Kumar has urged the station house officer concerned be directed to share details of the progress made in the investigation.Doctors at the hospital had allegedly declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags. The father was on his way to a cremation ground when he noticed moments in one of the bags.The family alleged that the babies were declared dead after it expressed its inability to pay exorbitant fees for their treatment.Union Health Minister JP Nadda had directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which a probe was ordered and a report sought. A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) also took cognizance of the case.The plea in the court has sought directions to the police to explain why the statements of the family members of the complainant (the father) have not been recorded by the police.The hospital’s licence was cancelled by the Delhi government on December 8, following an uproar over the incident. But the hospital resumed its operations 10 days later after it got relief from an appellate authority which stayed the Delhi government’s order.

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No looking back for Jai Ram Thakur after joining BJP in ’83

The biggest asset of the 52-year-old Jai Ram Thakur, set to be Himachal Pradesh’s next chief minister, is that he has climbed every step required to reach the top.Born on January 6, 1965, to a poor family in Tandi village of Mandi’s Thunag area, Thakur was fourth among five siblings and his father Jhethu Ram worked as a mason. He lost his father exactly a year ago on December 25.After passing out from a local government school, he completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from a govt college in Mandi.It was during his stay there that he first got attracted to student politics in 1983, and joined BJP’s student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). By 1986, he earned a name in the field and soon became ABVP’s state secretary.After completing his college education, Thakur was elevated to BJP’s youth wing — Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — in the 90s. He spent the following years in Jammu & Kashmir as the organisational secretary from 1989 to 1992, honing his skills as a student leader.He fought his first state legislative assembly elections in 1993, from Chachiot (now Seraj), at the young age of 28, but lost by a slender margin of 800 votes. He, however, succeeded in catching the attention of BJP’s top brass, because Mandi had always been considered a bastion of the Congress party.He contested the assembly election again in 1998 from Seraj and since then has won all five assembly elections back-to-back, that too with huge margins. Known to be a low-profile party loyalist, Thakur was re-elected in 2003 and given charge of the party in 2006. Within seven months of his leadership, BJP came back to power with an emphatic win in the 2007 assembly polls.Despite being a three-time MLA, Thakur remained state chief till 2009, before being inducted into cabinet ranks as rural development and panchayati raj minister. He had always been touted as the CM-in-waiting during his time in the cabinet till 2012.Known for his proximity with the RSS, Thakur belongs to the dominant Rajput community that has a significant presence in the state. He will be the sixth leader of the state to occupy the chief ministers office, but the first one from Mandi region.

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Shocker from Gurugram! Medanta Hospital charges Rs 16 lakh for dengue treatment, child dies

The series of shocking incidents in the hospitals from Delhi-NCR are no close to stopping. In another bizzare episode, it’s Gurugram’s Medanta hospital, which is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The hospital has reportedly charged around Rs 16 lakh for the treatment that continued for 21 days from the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was suffering from Dengue. The child, however, later on died. As the reports suggest, the boy’s family shifted him to a different hospital after Medanta hospital charged them an exorbitant amount. Also readFortis raked in moolah of up to 1,737% in Adya Singh case: NPPA”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money; the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” the father of the eight-year-old said.Earlier, Fortis hospital in Gurugram billed a family close to 16 lakhs in 15 days as their baby girl Adya succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, post which Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for an inquiry to be instituted to investigate the case.Also readComplaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park HospitalDNA had first reported the story of deceased baby Adya on November 20. The story can be read here. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital. Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor. Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290.

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A dialogue with JC | Manoj Sinha on his way to realise Modi’s Digital Dreams

Q: You are implementing Prime Minister’s vision of digital India. How do you view the entire campaign?A: Our ministry is providing infrastructure for ‘Digital India’. The UPA government had launched BharatNet known as National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) in 2012. It was supposed to be completed in two phases. Between 2012 and 2014, only 328km optical fiber lines were laid. However, during three years of Modi government 2.48 lakh km lines have been laid. First phase target was broadband in one lakh gram panchayats, which has been achieved of which 86% work was done by the BSNL. In the second phase, the target is to cover 1.5 lakh gram panchayats by 2019. We are careful in the second phase. Eight states have come forward to do the work and we have signed MoU with four of them. We will definitely achieve the target of providing broadband to six lakh villages.Q: How did you transform BSNL into a profit making PSU?A: BSNL’s growth was hampered due to some reasons but now there is improvement in technology. BSNL is at present there, where no one else is. It is there where money can’t be made. It works in every circumstance and performs its social responsibility. The credit goes to its officials and workers. In the future, BSNL would do even better and fulfill expectations of the country.Q: How will you improve financial health of public sector telecom companies?A: BSNL’s financial condition is not bad. At least in the last three years it has improved. In last one and half year, there is churning in telecom sector. Other service providers have been losing market share but our share is increasing. MTNL has certain problems, which I do not want to discuss here. Merger of MTNL with BSNL will cause problems for the latter. We are discussing about improving MTNL’s condition. Indian telecom industry will turn into black from the next financial year; this is a surprisingly positive news for the country.Q: What is the status of new telecom policy which is in the offing?A: We are working on it. It will be out in March 2018.Q: Do you think Jio’s launch is a big move in direction of PM’s digital India?A: Digital India has benefitted immensely from Jio. Yes, Jio has contributed but there are other factors as well. We welcome new service providers.Q: But Jio has brought cut throat competition in the telecom industry? Other telecom companies are facing the heat and incurring losses? Are they satisfied? Are they thinking of giving incentives to them?A: This happens whenever a new entrant comes. This is business competition but the government is neutral and it will take decision in the interest of consumers. For the government ‘customer is king’.Q: What is your opinion about CBI court’s verdict in 2G spectrum case?A: One should see this judgment from a different perspective. If I kill someone and no one comes up in the court to testify against me, I would be acquitted but this is true that I have murdered a person. The Supreme Court had ruled that there was irregularity in allocating spectrum licence. The apex court said that those who got licence had proximity with those in power. So, their acquittal doesn’t mean that Congress starts giving certificate of honesty. The country is aware that there was huge corruption in it. When the judgement came and the auctions took place for the first time, you just add up the amount: in 2015, Rs 1.09 lakh crore and Rs 65,678 crore in 2016, which comes to Rs 1.76 lakh crore. I think that the country knows that some people escaped for lack of evidence. It is up to investigating agencies to appeal against it. The apex court had said that “first come, first pay” policy was based on valuation of 2001 but spectrum were given in 2000. What it means is that they were served first. Understand this difference, it would have made sense if targets of 2001 and 2009, were set in 2000.Q: Will it be an issue for the Congress in 2019?A: No, we do not want to contest election on this issue. We will go to people with what we have done in five years, which did not happen in 50 years. We will contest on change in lives of the poor. There is prosperity in the country and we will contest in the name of development.Q: What do you feel about forming government in Gujarat for the sixth time?A: A large section in the country wants to see Modi ji as PM. Only Modi ji could have made it possible to win in Gujarat despite being in power for 22 years.Q: After Gujarat and Himachal are you hopeful of regaining power in Karnataka?A: Not just Karnataka but we will form governments in the North-East states wherever we are not in power at present.Q: Do you think that Modi ji is now a global leader?A: Undoubtedly and this is a matter of pride. Modi ji is counted among the strongest leaders in the world.Q: Do you have any godfather in the politics?A: I do not have a godfather. BJP’s policies and principles are my godfather. Other parties may have godfathers. I was an ordinary worker who has reached this stage.Q: How is Yogi government’s performance in the UP?A: The government is doing a good job in Uttar Pradesh. Our government is working as per our ‘Sankalp patra’.Q: What are your thoughts about party president Amit Shah’s work?A: Amit Shah has killer instinct. He works on war footing to ensure victory. We have been performing well even in those areas where the BJP’s support base is weak.

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Cops register FIRs against fringe group protesting inter-faith marriage

The Ghaziabad police have registered two First Information Reports (FIRs) against right-wing leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party city president Ajay Sharma, for creating a ruckus at an inter-religious wedding reception venue in Kavi Nagar on Saturday.Accrording to police, the first FIR has been registered against 60 unknown people after the bride’s father gave a written complaint alleging that a mob tried to enter his house forcibly and interrupt the function going on at his home on Friday evening.”In the complaint, the father of the bride stated that his family now fears for their safety in the wake of the incident. The second complaint has been lodged by the police on their own in which 13 named and 100 unknown people have been made accused. We are investigating the matter,”said HN Singh, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Ghaziabad.Singh assured the protesters that he would write to the district magistrate for a magisterial inquiry. “The bride and the groom are adults and have a right to marry whoever they want. If needed, an FIR or other legal action will only be taken after the inquiry is completed,” he said.According to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday morning.”Due to the entire scene, my guests were fearful, and we asked them to leave because of safety issues. I had been getting calls from several people who wanted us to call the marriage off for past two days,”said the bride’s father.The father added that the marriage was performed under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act on Friday and the bride and the groom signed the documents at the court. “There is no pressure whatsoever on my daughter to convert,”he saidOn Friday afternoon, hundreds of protesters, including those from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and right-wing organisations, protested outside the home calling the marriage an “anti-national act and a case of love jihad.”Protesters, led by BJP’s city unit, raised slogans and tried to barge inside the house but were stopped by the police who had to lathi-charge them to maintain order.WEDDING PROTESTEDAccording to the bride’s father, he had called the groom’s family and relatives for a small reception after the marriage. But there have been protests outside his house since Friday.

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A Raja, Kanimozhi receive grand welcome at home

Two days after the CBI special court in New Delhi acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, a grand reception was given to DMK leaders – former Telecom Minister A Raja and to Rajya Sabha MP and youngest child of party chief M Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi, when they arrived at the airport on Saturday.DMK working president MK Stalin, along with senior party leaders received Raja and Kanimozhi, presenting shawls at the airport where the passengers faced a hard time with a large number of party cadres gathered to greet their leaders, affecting the movement of vehicles. The highlight of the grand reception was the hug initiated by Kanimozhi and reciprocated by Stalin. Stalin then hugged Raja too.Wading through the crowd, Kanimozhi and Raja assembled at a designated place and received shawls presented by the party cadre. Folk artists of varied disciplines performed at the airport as part of the welcome party.From the airport, Raja and Kanimozhi left to Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence where they were given another round of reception by the cadres. When Kanimozhi met her father Karunanidhi, who is recovering from a prolonged illness, he pinched her cheeks and planted a kiss. Raja, who fell at the DMK patriarch’s feet and presented him a shawl, told the leader that they were all acquitted.”My father was very happy to see me and welcome me after the verdict,” Kanimozhi told reporters after her homecoming. When asked about her political plans, she said that she was very happy with the present role as women wing’s head. “Now I need not go to court and sit for the hearing. I have more time to work for the party’s growth,” she said, amid the rumours of her being given a prime role in the party.Raja said that he had a very emotional meeting with party chief Karunanidhi. “He was very happy to hear when I told him that all were acquitted in the 2G case,” he said.In the DMK patriarch’s family, Stalin has succeeded in side-lining and expelling his elder brother Alagiri, who was controlling the southern districts when Karunanidhi was active. Kanimozhi maintained a low profile with the 2G case but her acquittal would change equations within the party and its first family.

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Rajasthan Bus Accident: Survivors say minor was rashly driving bus

Survivors of the bus that met with an accident on Saturday in Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan believe they were lucky enough to have escaped the clutches of death. The state government said that an action would be taken against the bus owner and also announced compensation to the families of the deceased and injured. Kamlesh Devi, a victim of the bus accident, was travelling from Uttar Pradesh to Ramdeviji Temple with her daughter, mother-in-law and pregnant sister-in-law and her two kids. Lying on the hospital bed she said, ” “I am married for six years. I have one daughter. But my family wants a son. So, I was coming to the temple to seek a baba’s (traditional healer) blessing so I give birth to a boy.” She also adds that three of her family members were with her but is clueless of the rest. Anurag Prajapat, 13, was travelling with his father vinod to Ramdevji temple to seek blessings. “I am unable to straighten my hands and we wanted to seek blessings at the temple so I get cured,” he said. His father was admitted to a ICU of a hospital.Also readRajasthan: 32 killed as bus falls into riverAnurag and his father were coming from Madhya Pradesh to visit the temple. He said that the bus was being driven rashly by a teenager.33 people were killed on Saturday when a private bus fell into Banas river from a nearly 100-foot high bridge in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, police said. The bus was ferrying passengers from Lal Soth to Sawai Madhopur. According to media reports, the bus was being driven by a 16-year-old conductor who was allegedly speeding and lost control over the vehicle.Injured passengers were rushed to nearby hospitals. District officials are supervising the rescue operations. “There were around 50 passengers in the bus. The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals,” a senior police officer said.The bus had left Sawai Madhopur at 5 am. After breaking the railing of the bridge the bus fell into the river at around 6 am. Passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam. Several of them were going to offer prayers at a temple in Malarna Chour in the district, Police said.

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Rs 15.88 lakh charged for 21 days: Father of deceased seven-month-old files complaint against Medanta

After a serious of medical negligence and overcharging cases in NCR hospitals, a new case on Saturday emerged of a Gurugram hospital inflicting huge amount of bill for treatment.A month after the death of a seven-year-old boy due to dengue, his father has filed a case against Medanta Hospital in Gurugram for overcharging during treatment. He alleged that the Gurugram hospital charged him around Rs 15. 88 lakh for his son’s treatment.”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money, the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” father of the deceased told ANI.However, after staying there for weeks and as the minor’s condition deteriorated, the Medanta Hospital authorities asked the patient’s family to shift him to a government hospital where the seven-year-old passed away.”When the doctors at Medanta felt that the child’s condition is such that he can no longer be kept there, then they pushed us to shift him to a Govt hospital, so we shifted him there,” the father said.The FIR was registered at the Gurgaon’s Sadar police station against the hospital authorities. “Complaint received at Police Station Sadar yesterday, complainant has leveled allegation on Medanta Hospital (Gurugram), their child suffering from dengue was admitted in the hospital, huge bill penalty was imposed on them. Investigation is underway,” said Gurugram Police.In another incident of overcharging, parents of a seven-year old girl, who died on November 21 of Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), had accused the Fortis hospital in Gurugram of charging Rs 16 lakh for the 15-day treatment.

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Live Updates | Fodder scam verdict: Lalu Yadav, 14 others convicted by CBI court, Jagannath Mishra acquitted

A special CBI court here will pronounce its judgment today around 3 pm in the fodder scam case in which former Bihar chief ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra along with 20 others are accused.The case pertains to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh from Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Here are the LIVE updates: 03:55 pm: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on January 3, 201803:53 pm: 7 accused including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra acquitted ​Also readED files charge sheet against Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti03:52 pm: 15 people including Lalu Prasad Yadav have been found guilty.03:48 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav found guilty by Special CBI Court 03:20 pm: Heavy security outside Special CBI court in Ranchi ahead of verdict on fodder scam. 02:50 pm: Lalu Prasad Yadav reaches special CBI court in Ranchi, son Tejashwi also with him. ​”The court will pronounce the judgment at 3 pm,” one of the Mishra’s advocates said.Yadav, who arrived here yesterday accompanied by younger son Tejaswi Prasad told reporters today, ” have full faith in the judicial system.” Tejaswi expressed confidence that his father and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, an accused in the case, will come out clean. Interacting with the media, Tejashwi said the entire matter was a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) propaganda to pull the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) down.Lalu Prasad faces three other cases related to the fodder scam.The RJD chief also appealed to his supporters in Bihar to maintain peace and order irrespective of the verdict.Former MP R K Rana, three former IAS officers — Phoolchand Singh, Beck Julius and Mahesh Prasad — are also among the accused in the case.A charge sheet was filed against 38 persons on October 27, 1997. Eleven of them died and three turned approvers while two other accused confessed and were convicted in 2006-07, a CBI official said.

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The Indian teenagers who were expelled from school for hugging

The teenagers were found to have engaged in an “indecent and immoral public display of affection”.

Family approaches court day after Max Hospital reopens

A day after Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh reopened after 10 days, the family of the victims approached Rohini Court seeking direction to the concerned investigating agency to file status report and monitor the police investigation.”How can they allow the hospital to function? We want to have all details about the case and how the files have moved so far,” said Ashish Kumar, the father of the premature twin.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focused on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.”In compliance of the cancellation order, planned procedures, including 171 chemo therapies, 63 surgeries, and 241 dialysis sessions had to be cancelled, rescheduled or transferred,” the hospital had said in a statement.The Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on a monthly basis, attends to nearly 14,000 patients in the OPD, over 1,600 emergency patients, and an additional 3,000 in the inpatient wards.

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Max hospital case: Family of twin babies seeks CBI probe

The family of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the case after an appellate authority stayed the Delhi government order cancelling the hospital’s licence.At a press conference held here, 48-year-old Kailash Kumar, grandfather of the baby boy, who later died at a nursing home in Pitampura while his sister was still born, alleged that the family was not even “informed” about the stay order.”We tried to silently protest in front of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, but police asked us to move from there. The Delhi government had taken the decision that would have served as a warning to other hospitals.”But, now the cancellation order has been stayed. We are running for justice. We want justice and so we demand a CBI probe into the whole case so that things get clear,” Kailash told reporters.He said they have hired an advocate to pursue the case and claimed that on Thursday a plea was filed by him in Rohini court for a status report in the ongoing investigation in the case.The Court of Financial Commissioner stayed the cancellation order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) till January 9, when the next hearing will be held.Rishi Pal Singh, counsel for the aggrieved family, said “if the appellate authority summons us, we will present our case or else we may move the high court”.Meanwhile, the father of the babies, Ashish Kumar, and about 10 other family members, picketed on a dusty pavement right across the facility in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, demanding justice.”We’ll not move and we’ll not relent, till we get justice,” asserted Ashish Kumar, 24, father of the infants, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by the hospital on November 30, where they were born.”We are demanding a CBI probe because we feel that is the only way we will be able to get justice,” he said.The premature baby boy had died on December 6 at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for nearly a week since he was found alive on the way to be cremated by family members.

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FIR lodged against BJP min’s sons for ‘abduction’

A case of abduction and assault has been registered against two sons of BJP legislator and minister Hem Singh Bhadana at Shivaji Park police station of Alwar.It is alleged that after “kidnapping” the youth on Wednesday evening, they used a sharp weapon to inflict injuries. The sons then allegedly took him to a secluded room forcefibly and threatened him till the youth’s father showed up. The youth was admitted to hospital in a bad condition and is being treated. The victim, Tej Singh Yadav, is a student of Law, He resides in Shivaji Park area of Alwar and is a native of Shahpur village of the district. Tej has alleged that the minister’s sons — Surendra Bhadana and Hitesh Bhadana — along with their friends Himanshu, Vikas and others broke into Tej’s room.The complainant further stated that the gang first hit him on the head with the butt of the sword and then put a gun to his chest. The gang then forced him into an SUV to their house in Veer Savarkar Nagar, where he was locked in a room and beaten up severely causing serious injuries on his hands, back, head.The youth has even mentioned in the complaint that he and his family members were threatened.Tej’s father has claimed that his son had no enmity with Bhadana’s sons.

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Chandigarh stalking case: Punjab and Haryana High Court defers Vikas Barala’s bail plea till Jan 11

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday deferred to January 11 its hearing on the bail plea of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala, who had been booked for stalking and attempting to abduct a woman.The single bench of Justice Lisa Gill also directed the cellular operator to provide to the trial court, on January 4, the call details between the complainant, 29-year-old Varnika Kundu and her IAS father VS Kundu, as sought by Barala’s counsel.The high court also directed the trial court to complete the cross-examination of Varnika Kundu before January 11 when the bail plea will be considered, said Barala’s counsel Vinod Ghai.Barala’s counsel had sought a regular bail from the court, submitting his client has been behind the bars for nearly four months and should be granted bail.Barala had moved the high court last month after a local court denied him bail for the fourth time.Charges have been framed against Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar in connection with the stalking of Varnika Kundu.The woman had accused Vikas Barala (23) and his friend Kumar (27) of stalking and attempting to abduct her.The two men were arrested on the intervening night of August 4-5 following the woman’s complaint, but were released on bail as they were booked under bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.They were arrested again on August 9 after they joined the investigation and were charged with attempted abduction under sections 365 and 511 of the IPC.

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Rajasthan: Man sets wives ablaze for not keeping his mother happy

In a shocking incident, a man set his two wives on fire allegedly for not keeping his mother happy, police said today.The accused, Deepa Ram, yesterday took his two wives Daria Devi (25) and Mali Devi (27) in his car on the pretext of buying them jewellery, the police said.Ram claimed that he was unhappy with them due to some family matters and as they did not keep his mother happy, Additional SP Jalore Binja Ram said.”In the moving car, he quarrelled with them. As the car lost balance, he stopped,” Binja Ram said.Meanwhile, one of his wives got out of the car seeking help of locals but he managed to push her inside and drove away again, the police said.After some distance, he came out of the car, locked it and set the vehicle on fire, Ram said, adding both his wives were charred to death.The accused works as a labourer in Gujarat and is father of three children.He has confessed the crime and was arrested, the police said.

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IIT-Kanpur student from Maharashtra goes missing

Nearly twenty days after a 20-year-old student of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K)who hails from Badlapur went missing, his family and friends have now launched a campaign to gather support to speed up the investigation.Akshay Kamble, a third year student of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur has been missing since November 29 from the campus.On November 29, Akshay last called his family in Badlapur and said that he would take the Pushpak Express the very next day to return home for the vacation. When he did not turn up on November 30, the family tried reaching both his cell numbers but got no response. His father Bhimrao reached Kanpur the same day and found out that while he was not in campus, nobody knew about his whereabouts. He then registered a missing person’s report at the Kalyanpur police station and has been living at the campus since then.Twenty days after the complaint was registered, Akshay’s family and friends are now gathering all possible support to find him as the police are yet to find any major lead in the case. “The only contact that we had was on November 29. After that, a sweeper from his hostel answered one of his cell numbers and said that Akshay had given the phone to him. Although he never spoke directly, we feel that he was being discriminated and called names due to his diction and simple lifestyle in the institute as revealed by some of his friends,” said Aditya Kamble, Akshay’s younger brother.Mahendra Pandagale,an activist from Ulhasnagar who has been running a campaign to find Akshay said, “It is high time that the case of such a bright student missing all of a sudden becomes a priority issue for all politicians and the police. We will knock all doors until he is found.”Officials at the Kalyanpur police station refused to comment on the issue.

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Memories of a struggle

Goans remember the day in 1961 when they won freedom from Portugal and joined independent India.

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

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

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Gandhi succeeds Gandhi

Formally taking over the mantle of the 132-year-old Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest party, Rahul Gandhi, 47, gave a pep talk to party workers on Saturday, telling Congress cadres to stand up to “regressive” BJP and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “taking India back to medieval times”.Launching a direct attack on Modi, he said: “Congress took India to the 21st century, but today the PM is taking us back to the medieval times, where you hear and see killings, hate, and fires everyday. Nobody else seems to have a voice except him.”Accusing the BJP of promoting hate and violence, he said: ” These regressive forces win not because they deserve to but because they are powerful and misuse that power.”Claiming that Congress was different from BJP, he said that his party, known as the ‘grand old party’, so far, will now become the ‘grand old new party’.The new party president, the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the political outfit, has taken charge from his mother at a time when the party is facing one of its worst crises, with the BJP occupying the centrestage of national politics and getting increasingly robust in states.At a time when the Congress has left a trail of defeats in a series of state polls, starting with its worst ever debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Rahul underlined the need for party workers to connect with the people. He said he wanted the Congress to become an “instrument for dialogue between Indian people from all corners, religions, ethnicities, ages, genders, and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection”.The Congress president, who has often accused the ruling BJP of doing ‘politics of polarisation’, also advised party workers to eschew negativity.He also said that while the BJP wanted to wipe the Congress from the country’s political map, the Congress considered BJP members its brothers and sisters. “They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’s inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend. They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear, but we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people. It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism, and our hope for politics always rests,” he said.Rahul, who had at the time of his elevation as party vice-president in 2013 recalled his mother Sonia Gandhi telling him that “power is poison”, on Saturday told party workers that “like many Indians across the country, I am an idealist”.Gandhi’s elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the US in 2011, marks a generational shift in the party that is battling uncertainties both within and without, mainly in the form of onslaughts of its bitter rival, BJP.Speaking to party workers for the first time as the president, Rahul said he entered politics 13 years ago because of his “profound belief in this country”.”When I joined politics as a 34 year old, I came into this world having watched the generation before me fight the structures of oppression, the structures whose very fuel is lies and silence. When I entered politics 13 years ago, I wished to be a part of the awakening that would transform India at home, by ensuring dignity for all its people, and in the world, where we would step into a role that resonated globally,” he said.He further said that the party must never back down when under attack from the BJP. He urged the workers to stand up to them and that “their anger and hatred makes all of us stronger”.The function, in which returning officers Mullappally Ramachandran and Bhubaneswar Kalita gave Rahul the certificate of winning the election, also saw the presence of former PM Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, Janardan Dwivedi, and Madhusudan Mistry on the dais. While handing him over the certificate, Ramachandran reminded Rahul that the office he was going to occupy was once occupied by a “galaxy of stalwarts”, including Mahatma Gandhi, his own great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Subhash Chandra Bose, Madan Mohan Malviya etc.Meanwhile, as old and seasoned leaders fear that the generational shift might trickle down to key posts as Rahul gets down to forming his own team over the next few months, sources close to Rahul told DNA that he will strike a balance, to draw on the experience of the party’s “old guard” in advisory roles.

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Oh my Freud: Bihar student gives English exam, passes with honours in psychology!

In quite a bizarre turn of events that would even leave the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, flummoxed, a Bihar student was handed a marksheet showing he had passed with honours in psychology! The hitch? Mohammad Tabrez had given the English honours paper, with geography and history as subsidiary subjects!The BA Part 1 Exam conducted by Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU), Muzaffarpur, has left the student extremely agitated since he got marks in a subject he didn’t even opt for!Tabrez told Hindustan Times: “I wrote my papers for English honours, with geography and history as subsidiary subjects. But the result shows that I have passed the examination with honours in psychology. Not only this, I have been awarded pass marks even in psychology practicals.”Also readA year after Ruby Rai, this year’s Bihar Arts topper arrestedA resident of Bhatwalia village, he approached the examination wing of his college – Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College, Bettiah in West Chamapran district – for correction, nd was told to seek remedy from the BRABU HQ at Muzaffarpur which is 128 km away.While his admit card confirms his subjects were English honours, geography and history, his marksheet clearly stated he had passed in psychology. Also readI only wanted to pass, dad made me topper: Bihar’s Ruby Rai makes the most honest confession everHe is not the only one who is the victim of this marking system, and a non-teaching employee of Ram Lakhan Singh Yadav College admitted that there were discrepancies in 40% of the marksheets of examinees.One student was shown to have failed his exam for being absent even though he had appeared in the exam, while another was given marks in economics after giving the history exam.This is not the first time that Bihar is in news for irregularities in examinations. Last year, Ruby Rai and three other toppers of Bihar’s Class 12 exam were arrested after they were caught being woefully ignorant in the subjects they had aced.

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Delhi police reunite two missing kids with their family

After a long search, Delhi Police rescued and reunited two lost children with their family in northeast Delhi. The two kids, aged seven and eight years, had gone missing while returning home from school. Following a door-to-door search, the two children were spotted by police.Deputy Commissioner of Police, northeast, Ajit Singla, said that information was received at the New Usmanpur police station, that the two male children, wearing their school uniform, had gone missing. Their family members reported that they had gone to school on Monday, but had not returned.””Five teams were constituted and each was given photographs of the two. They started looking for them in Usmanpur, and also searched the ISBT Kashmere Gate. The father of the missing boys told police that both his sons had gone to their school, Nagar Nigam Prathmik Vidyalya, Gamri Extension, which is near their residence. The school shut at 5:30 pm, but the children were not home,” Singla said.He further added that one team was sent to Shahdara Railway Station, while the second rushed to Nizamuddin Railway Station. Others were sent to the ISBT Kashmere gate and Shastri Park red light area, while the last one searched New Usmanpur and Bhajanpura.”It was only after an intensified door-to-door search that both children were found weeping at Mobin Chowk Noor-e-Lahi in Bhajanpura area. After recovery, both of them were handed over to their father Jitender within two hours,” the DCP said.Missing childrenAccording to data shared by the past session of the Lok Sabha, only 78 persons were convicted for kidnapping and abducting children in 2014, out of a total of 612 persons who were charge-sheeted. In 2015, only 67 persons were convicted out of a total 569 charge-sheeted persons.

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Succession battle divides Bohri community

Considered to be the largest redevelopment project in the nation, carried out at Bhendi Bazaar by the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, it was envisioned by the 52nd Dai of the Dawoodi Bohra community, late Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin,. The plan is now being taken forward by his successor the 53rd Dai, Mufaddal Saifuddin. However, the post of the 53rd Syedna is under challenge at the Bombay High Court, which has divided the community.The name Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, combines the Late Dr Syedna’s name with his father, Dr Syedna Taher Saifuddin. The project is inspired by the commitment and affection of both the Dai’s to the community, which they jointly led through the sweep of the 20th century.The succession battle was initiated soon after the demise of Burhanuddin, in January 2014, by the incumbent 53rd Syedna’s uncle, Khuzaima Qutbuddin. In his declaratory suit, Qutbuddin had sought to be declared as the 53rd Dai and that the opponent be restricted from having any authority over the properties.Pending the hearing of the suit, Qutbuddin passed away in April last year in the USA. His son, Taher Fakhruddin Saheb, sought to amend the original suit and add him as the plaintiff to prove the claim of his father and also lead evidence with a prayer that since before his demise he was anointed as the successor to his post (54th Syedna), the court should declare the same.Saifuddin, through his elder brother Dr Qaidjoher Ezzuddin, who is appointed as the Constituted Attorney, has opposed reliefs sought in the declaratory suit filed by Qutbuddin, stepbrother of the late 52nd Dai, Mohammed Burhanuddin.Qaidjoher has contented, “The suit is based on false and untenable cases. Bohras across the world have given misaq (oath of allegiance) to Mufaddal…only a handful from the community has not accepted him.”

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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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Bihar: Minor boy commits suicide after being forcibly married to elder brother’s widow

A minor boy committed suicide in this Bihar district barely a couple of hours after being forcibly married to his elder brother’s widow, a mother of two and 10 years older to him.The bizarre incident took place on Monday night in Ramna Vinobanagar village falling under Paraiya police station area where the 15-year-old boy, who studied in Class 9, hanged himself from the ceiling of his house.”An FIR has been lodged for abetment of suicide and child marriage and the boy’s father Chandreshwar Das and the parents of Ruby Devi – the woman to whom the teenager was forcibly married – Ram Pravesh Das and Mutur Devi have been arrested,” SHO of Paraiya police station Akhilesh Kumar said.He said Ruby was married to the boy’s elder brother Satish Das in 2009 and the couple had a daughter and a son.Satish, who worked as an electrician in a private firm, died of electric shock in 2013.”The employer of Ruby’s deceased husband had given a compensation of Rs 80,000 to Chandreshwar. When Ruby and her parents put pressure on Chandreshwar to give her the money, he transferred Rs 27,000 in her account.However, they insisted that he part with the remaining sum as well and if he was not able to do so he get the widow married to his youngest son,” the SHO said.”Chandreshwar gave in to the demand and the boy was married to his widowed sister-in-law at a temple. The young teenager apparently was traumatised by the experience and he took the drastic step soon afterwards,” the SHO added.Notably, a campaign was launched against child marriage on October 2 by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who has been highlighting the need to eradicate the social evil during his ongoing state-wide tour.

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Rajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozen

Police in Rajsamand district have frozen a bank account in which 516 donors had transferred Rs 2.75 lakh for fighting the court case of Shambhulal Regar, who is in custody for hacking a Muslim migrant labourer to death, burning the body and filming the barbaric act.Two local businessmen were also arrested for allegedly circulating images on social media of receipts acknowledging their donations to the account of Regar’s wife, police said.”Rs 2.75 lakh was deposited into Sita’s bank account, details of which were circulated on social media. 516 people from across the country deposited the money for fighting Regar’s case. Police have frozen the account,” IG (Udaipur Range) Anand Shrivastava said.Also readRajasthan hacking: “We only know our father was a hero of the family, don’t know what love jihad is”SHO, Bhim police station, Gyanendra Singh said two businessmen, Prakash Singh and Dinesh Singh, were arrested under relevant sections of the law for circulating receipts of donations on social media.The administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Rajsamand after some right-wing groups announced to take out processions in support of Regar today.Also readMamata Banerjee to labourers wishing to return: Will give 200 days’ work”All processions, rallies and protests have been banned and those who defy the rule of law will be dealt with accordingly,” Shrivastava said.Regar, 36, had hacked Mohammed Afrazul to death and burnt the body on December 6.Also readRajasthan hacking- If people want to return to Bengal, will provide assistance to set up business: Mamata BanerjeeAfrazul had migrated to Rajsamand from West Bengal for work.Regar had roped in his 14-year-old nephew to film the killing.After the barbaric act, Regar posted videos of the killing with inflammatory and communal comments to defend the act.

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Will prayer reach God if you pray on illegal property?

“Will prayer reach God if you pray on illegal property? What is the sanctity in that?”, the Delhi High court asked on Tuesday while dealing with encroachments around the 108-feet tall Hanuman statue in the Karol Bagh area of Central Delhi.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar made the remarks while hearing a host of matters relating to illegal constructions in the Karol Bagh area of the national capital. The bench directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC)’s additional commissioner to inspect all the buildings in Old Rajinder Nagar within a week from Tuesday.”No status report filed. Additional Commissioner of NDMC to physically inspect the building in Old Rajinder Nagar within one week from today,” the court said in its order.The bench also directed the additional commissioner”to place the details and records pertaining to the construction of the Link Road and the pavement on which the encroachments have come up”. The court’s direction came when the additional standing counsel of the Delhi government, advocate Satyakam, informed the court that one paw of the Hanuman Idol at Karol Bagh is on the pavement maintained by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Delhi government and the rest on the land possessed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).To this the court posed a query about the ownership and maintenance of the Hanuman idol to which it was informed that the idol is maintained by a trust run by one Om Prakash Giri and his father had started the trust in 1981. It was also said that the bank statements of the trust are being examined.”Who is maintaining the idol? Who is the owner of the trust? Where do they get the authority to maintain it,” the court asked as it expressed its displeasure on the ongoing commercial activities and illegal car parking in the area.The court also said that all the encroachments “will be dealt with,” thereby stating that it will prosecute the officers under whose tenure the encroachments had come up.

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The courts are questioning a Hindu woman’s decision to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.

Greater Noida teen killer kept in isolation at juvenile home

The 16-year-old boy who was arrested for killing his mother and sister at their Greater Noida residence has been kept under observation and in isolation at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping an eye on him to check for behavioural changes and to make sure that he does not develop suicidal tendencies.Talking to DNA, officials taking care of the teen said that during his first day in the juvenile home, he did not utter a single word. He has been kept separately so that he doesn’t get violent and attack other inmates.”A team of doctors and councillors is keeping an eye on him and trying their best to keep him out of depression,”the official said. According to the officials, the boy was remorseful and cried for some time after being brought to the observation home in Phase II of Noida.”He was accompanied by his father and relatives. They came around 6 pm on Saturday. He hugged his father and kept crying. Once we start seeing changes in him, we will move him with the other inmates,” said Nem Chand, Superintendent of the observation home.Meanwhile, the boy has gradually started talking to other inmates. “We have told other inmates to not discuss or ask him about the incident. He is getting better by the day. He is, however, ashamed of the act he committed. He is reading books by famous legends such as Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand,” Chand said.On the first day, the boy was so tired that he went to sleep at 10 pm and woke up at 6 am. He seemed to be tired and depressed after traveling 2,511 km. “He eats egg and bread with milk in the morning, sabji, roti, dal-chawal, for lunch and sabji, roti, raita for dinner,” Chand added.After an examination by a psychologist, the next step would be his age determination. The juvenile house has 130 other inmates from five district — Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Meerut, and Muzzafarnagar.On Tuesday night, the boy’s 42-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister were found murdered in their Greater Noida flat. His father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by a team of officials probing the case, deceased Anjali and the two children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on the fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building around 11.30 pm.

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Rajasthan hacking- If people want to return to Bengal, will provide assistance to set up business: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Monday for his comments regarding the hate murder of Md Afrazul Khan, a labourer from Malda district of Bengal who was killed in Rajasthan.“There are so many people who had come to West Bengal from UP and Bihar and made this their place to live and work. Can I ask all of them to leave Bengal? Does Dilip Ghosh know for how long this has been going on? Aren’t people like him ashamed to make such comments?” Mamata said speaking at a public meeting at Kanksa in West Burdwan district.She said that people from Bengal who had been working in other states, if they intended to come back to Bengal out of a feeling of insecurity, the state would give them a financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to set up a business. “Leaders who are mindless make such comments. People of Bengal will not forgive such persons. They will shoo them away from Bengal permanently,” she said.Also readRajasthan hacking: “We only know our father was a hero of the family, don’t know what love jihad is”Ghosh had yesterday said that if there were enough jobs in Bengal people would leave the state and such incidents would not happen at all.Mamata refuted Ghosh’s allegations of Muslim appeasement and said, “If there has been a murder I would not want to know what was the faith of the victim. Whether he was a Hindu or a Muslim. We believe it has been a death of a human being. When we carry out a welfare project we don’t cater to any particular person. All school goers get bicycles irrespective of their religion. Girls of all religion get Kanyashree benefits. It is the job of BJP to divide people on the basis of their religion,” she said.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedMamata also warned party district president from Birbhum, Anubrata Mondal for his remarks. “If the BJP is saying something foul, we don’t need to counter that by saying something worse. It is not our culture. We will fight them politically, democratically. I have given Keshta (Mondal) a final warning saying he should not repeat such things,” she added.Mondal, at a meeting yesterday said that if such thing had happened in Birbhum, he would have burnt the offender alive, whatever post of BJP he could be holding.

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Ryan student murder: SC dismisses plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to school trustees

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to Ryan International school trustees in connection with the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur.The parents of the victim had moved to Supreme Court against Pintos after the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted them anticipatory bail.Ryan Pinto, and his parents, Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, had approached the high court on September 16, seeking anticipatory bail in the case.Also readRyan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downSushil Tekriwal, Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur’s lawyer had said that they approached the court as the anticipatory bail would send a wrong message will be sent if anticipatory bail is given,” he added.Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in the school washroom in Gurugram on September 8.School bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested by Haryana police in connection with the crime. However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now probing the matter, gave him a clean chit and held a class 11 student of the school responsible for the murder.Also readRyan student murder: Amid twists and turns, juvenile accused retracts confession

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Jaspreet Bumrah’s missing grandfather found dead in Sabarmati river

The body of Santok Singh Bumrah, 84, the grandfather of Indian cricketer Jaspreet Bumrah, was recovered from Sabarmati river on Sunday morning by the Ahmedabad fire and emergency service rescue team.Santok Singh was reported missing on December 8, regarding which a complaint was lodged with the Vastrapur police by his daughter Rajinder Kaur Bumrah, who lives in Vastrapur. According to her complaint, Santok Singh had approached Jaspreet’s mother Daljit Kaur Bumrah on Friday and requested that he be allowed to meet the cricketer, but wasn’t.After the incident, he left the house and later, the missing complaint was lodged with the police.On Sunday morning, the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency service rescue team were informed about a body in the Sabarmati river. The body was fished out and a voter ID card was recovered, through which the police could ascertain his identity.A complaint of suicide has been lodged and further investigation is on. Primary investigation revealed that Santok Singh felt bad after he was barred from meeting his grandson and killed himself in grief.

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The lost fishermen of India’s Cyclone Ockhi

Nearly 100 are still missing a week after the powerful storm struck India’s southern coast.

PM Modi you ‘killed’ my Indianness by branding me a terrorist sympathiser: Salman Nizami

An unknown entity in the political circles a week ago, Salman Nizami has become a topic of many TV debates and political discussion since Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned his name at a campaign rally on Saturday. Nizami, a Congress leader from Jammu and Kashmir, on Sunday penned an open letter to Modi asking him if he was targeted because he is a “soft target” as a Muslim and a Kashmiri. In the letter, published on ABP News website, Nizami wrote, “I am a proud Kashmiri and a proud Indian, and I have always taken the most defiant stand against terrorists and terrorism. My family has spilled blood for holding up the integrity of this nation. My cousin was killed by terrorists.”Also readWho is Salman Nizami? Congress leader has had Twitter trouble in the past as wellNizami said that the tweets that the prime minister cited to claim that he was a “Azadi sympathiser” was “posted a few years back after pranksters hacked my Twitter handle.”He said that a he had complained to cyber police regarding this.Also readGujarat elections: Prime Minister Modi accuses Congress of ‘misleading Muslim community’, targets Salman NizamiThe former journalist wrote that by “killing” his Indianness, prime minister has done what terrorists ‘failed to do’. “Do you have any idea how life-threatening an attempt it is for a Kashmiri, who lives in terrorism-infested villages, to take on the terrorists? The terrorists subsequently attempted to kill me. But, failed,” he wrote. “Today, you have succeeded in ‘killing’ me. For you have killed my Indianness, you have branded me a terrorist sympathiser. You have so completely killed my existence. What terrorists could do, you have done.”Also readBJP releases Salman Nizami’s pictures with Shaktisinh Gohil to counter Congress claims of non-associationAttacking Modi, Nizami furhter said, “..once you are at 7 Race Course Road, you belong to everybody. Why do you continue to act as a BJP mascot and an RSS affiliate, who belongs to only his supporters? This is the reason why your report card as a PM is zero. You have never acted as a PM.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi had latched on to tweets by Nizami who, he said, was a Congress leader to tear into the opposition party for allegedly questioning his parentage.At an election rally at Lunawada, the prime minister said India was his father and mother, and like a good son, he will spend his entire life serving the country.”There is one Congress youth leader called Salman Nizami, who is campaigning for Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat. He said on Twitter that Rahul Gandhi’s father (Rajiv Gandhi) and grandmother (Indira Gandhi) had sacrificed their lives, while his great grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) was a freedom fighter. Okay, very good, we do not have a problem with that,” Modi said.”Then he (a reference to Nizami) went on to ask that Modi should answer who is his father and mother,” he said, quoting from the purported tweets of Nizami.The prime minister disapproved of the use of this kind of language in public discourse. “Do we use this language in public discourse? Do we ask such things, this Salman Nizami is their star campaigner?” Modi said.”What else has he tweeted, he is from Kashmir and he says he wants Aazad Kashmir. He called Indian armed forces rapists,” Modi said.Lashing out at Nizami, the prime minister said he has also glorified Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged for his crime.”That person has further said in his tweets that ‘ghar ghar se Afzal niklega’. Afzal Guru was sentenced to death by our courts and this man wants every home to produce Afzal.”Do you want Afzal in every home? Can you allow Afzals in Gujarat?” Modi asked the crowd at the rally in Lunawada, Mahisagar district, where the second phase of polling will be held on December 14.”The person who has spoken such things is campaigning for Rahul Gandhi. Should we forgive such people? Is this not an insult to our armed forces. To call our armed forces rapist is not their insult? Should we forgive such people?” Modi asked repeatedly.With inputs from PTI

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Gujarat elections 2017 | Jignesh Mevani was funded by anti-India front: Sambit Patra

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Saturday alleged that the Dalit leader and candidate from Vadgam seat Jignesh Mevani was funded by anti-national political front. Patra was talking to mediapersons at BJP’s media centre when almost half of the Gujarat was busy in casting votes during the first phase of Assembly polls.Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi should open up on why the candidate they support, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, was given a cheque for an election fund by the Popular Front of India (PFI). We do not make any allegation, but the name of PFI was opened during the investigation of National Investigation Agency(NIA).”He added, “Anti-national forces are directly supporting Congress which supported them earlier. Rahul Gandhi should clarify what kind of culture their party has been endorsing. Congress leader Salman Nizami, who shouted slogans in favour of Afzal Guru and runs a Pro-Pakistan movement in Kashmir has dragged PM Narendra Modi’s father and grandfather’s names into dirty politics.”Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani told mediapersons, “Congress is creating a ruckus in the name of dysfunctional EVMs because they have been looking at a great defeat in Gujarat polls. BJP will win with more than 150 votes.”

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Bereaved father files FIR in Fortis case

After losing his 7-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management and treating doctors at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram.In his FIR, Jayant states that on November 23 at close to 10 35 am, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal met the former on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, in coffee shop of Trident Hotel in Gurugram. Jasbir offered Jayant a cheque of Rs 10, 37, 889. The proof can be corroborated in CCTV footage of the hotel, stated the FIR.“He also made a verbal offer of paying twenty-five lakh rupees on the agreement and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Jayant told DNA.Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis “When I refused to take the amount, Grewal warned me that this was the best offer as the government’s medical report would come fully in favour of the hospital and its practices,” stated the FIR filed by Jayant.However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Also readFortis and Medanta: 2 cases that show India’s crumbling private healthcare systemJayant alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” Jayant told DNA.The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance.Also readNPPA issues notice to Fortis in Adya dengue death caseProbe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical to pull off life support on FMRI’s part.The report notes that on September 14 there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off from Adya in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report.Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Jayant.Jayant further alleges in the FIR that FMRI did not inform him or his wife about the medical ramifications or exorbitant costs involved in blood transfusion procedures. He has requested for the hospital documents to be sent to a forensic lab or an expert to analyse forgery.The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Noida double murder case: Cops detain juvenile from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

The main accused in the double murder case in Gaur City 2 in Noida Extension was apprehended by Gautam Buddha Nagar police from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh late on Friday night. According to police, the juvenile who is suspected of murdering his mother and sister was hiding in Varanasi.”With the help of technical evidence, the minor was located near Dashashvamedh Ghat in Varanasi and on Friday evening, he was nabbed by our team,” said a senior police officer.Sources said, the minor, who was on the run after allegedly committing the murder had called his father on Friday afternoon from an unknown number. The father immediately informed the police after which a team reached the location and found him.Police also requested the mobile owner to keep a close eye on the minor and Varanasi police was informed. The minor was located by the local police walking near Dashashwmedh Ghat and was immediately apprehended.Sources said the minor had travelled in a train to Varanasi on his own and there was no conspiracy behind his disappearance.On Tuesday night, a 42-year-old mother and her 11-year-old daughter were found murdered in their Greater Noida. Their bodies were found in the bedroom of their flat in the 11th avenue of Gaur City-2. The father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by the team of officials probing the case, Anjali and her children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on a fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building at around 11:30 with a phone and the bag.The incident came to light when the boy’s father asked his relatives to check on his family as she was not answering his constant calls.

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Google pays tribute to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist

Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist would have been 104 today had she been alive. On her birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.Here are 10 things you should know about India’s first woman photojournalist- Homai Vyarawalla was born on 9 December 1913 to a Parsi family in Navsari near Surat in Gujarat. Her father ran a travelling theatre company- She is a graduate from the Sir JJ School of Art- She married Jamshetji Vyarawalla, a photographer with The Times of India- She began her photography career in the 1930s where a chunk of her work was published during World War II in the Illustrated Weekly. At the beginning, her pictures were published in her husband’s name- In 1942, she moved to New Delhi where she joined British Information Services. Here her work was recognised as she took photographs of several Indian leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru- Most of her photographs were published under the pseudonym “Dalda 13″. The reasons behind her choice of this name were that her birth year was 1913, she met her husband at the age of 13 and her first car’s number plate read “DLD 13”- In 1970, shortly after her husband’s death, Homai Vyarawalla decided to give up photography lamenting over the “bad behaviour” of the new generation of photographers- Later in life, Vyarawalla gave her collection of photographs to the Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.- She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011- On her 104th birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.

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Delhi seven-year-old wins fight to save park

The girl had filed a court case and written to Indian PM Narendra Modi to save the local park.

Mamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan, accused gets three-day police custody

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government would provide Rs 3 lakh and a job to the family of Mohammand Afrazul, a labourer from the state who was brutally killed in Rajasthan.Afrazul was hacked and burnt to death at Rajsamand in Rajasthan by a man who, raving against “love jihad”, also filmed the entire incident and uploaded it on social media.”As a small help to the bereaved family, our government has decided to provide Rs 3 lakh to the family and also a job to an eligible person of the victim’s family,” Banerjee said in a statement.She said that the labourer’s family was “totally helpless” and “other help from the government will also be provided.””I am sending our team of ministers and MPs to visit the family,” Banerjee said.Also readAfter labourer from Malda is murdered in Rajasthan, Mamata Banerjee condemns inhuman killingState Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firad Hakim and Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikary would visit Afrazul’s house in Malda district tomorrow, a senior state government official said.The ministers would be accompanied by Trinamool Congress MPs Saugata Ray, Sudip Bandyapadhyay and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, while Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury, a senior TMC leader from Malda, would visit Afrazul’s home during the day.Also readMamata Banerjee says will protect Muslims, Dalits in stateThe chief minister yesterday condemned the killing describing it as “inhuman”.The accused Shambu Lal Raigar is seen in the video ranting against “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men.Also readThose who butchered my father should suffer in the same manner: Rajasthan victim’s daughterAfrazul’s family members, who described him as the family’s sole earning member, yesterday demanded strict action against Raigar who was arrested.A court here today sent a man, who allegedly hacked and burnt to death a Muslim labourer from West Bengal in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, to three days in police custody.Shambhu Lal Raigar was produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Rajsamand. The magistrate remanded him in three days police custody.The accused will be produced in the court on December 10 again, Station House Officer (SHO), Rajnagar, Ramsumer Meena said.Raigar had allegedly hacked and burnt Mohammand Afrazul and a video of the gruesome incident went viral on social media on Wednesday.He was arrested yesterday while his minor nephew who had allegedly made the video was detained. The boy was sent to a juvenile home by the court today, the SHO said.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘Neech Aadmi’ comment: Has Rahul Gandhi’s timely intervention saved the day for Congress?

In politics, a single moment, an inadvertent off-the-cuff comment can be the difference between winning and losing. Sometimes it may even cost you an entire election. Ask Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney. Hillary’s ‘deplorables’ remark in 2016, Romney’s jibe that 47% don’t pay income tax and he wouldn’t be responsible for them in 2012 galvanised a whole voting block against them, and brought about their eventual downfall. Closer home, Mohan Bhagwat too faced similar brunt when his comment about reservations became a full-blown political controversy, leading to the then Mahagatbandhan (the alliance formed by the JD(U) and the RJD) sweeping Bihar elections against a formidable BJP. Many political pundits would have believed Mani Shankar Aiyar’s jibe about PM Modi being a ‘neech aadmi’ to have similar effect. Well, PM Modi certainly thought so. Merely an hour after Aiyar accused Modi of being a low-life, PM lashed out at him in a rally at Surat. He pitched it as a class battle with entitled educated Aiyar picking on a person coming from humble background to reach the very top of public life. Essentially it was a chaiwallah jibe redux, with PM Modi again playing on a sense of victimhood aided by Aiyar’s incredibly caste-deaf, classist comment. And here’s where Rahul Gandhi’s intervention was important from Congress point of view. He was prompt in condemning Aiyar on Twitter asking him to apologise. On the other hand, he mentioned that BJP and PM are frequent offenders of name calling, essentially trying to discriminate between the two parties. When Aiyar refused to issue a blanket apology, instead of taking umbrage in not knowing Hindi properly, he got the guillotine. In a rare instant, certainly in Indian politics, a senior politician was virtually shown the door for an intemperate comment in a matter of few hours. By this Rahul Gandhi has achieved two things. Firstly, he has managed to draw a clear line of sand, that abuse will not be accepted by him. And no matter who the person is, violating the norm would lead to sanctions. It did not matter the politician in this case was someone handpicked Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv as a bright young talent during his tenure as PM. A leader can’t be guided by emotions and Rahul showed his ruthless streak on Thursday. Also read’Chaiwala’ redux! Mani Shankar Aiyar scores ‘neech’ self-goalDuring the Gujarat campaign, Rahul in a workshop with Congress’ social media team in Ahmedabad had mentioned the no-abuse policy. The fact that he could walk the talk when needed was certainly a welcome change in Indian politics, where hypocrisy rules the roost. Secondly, Rahul hopes to have blunted BJP making this a full blown issue in the run-up to the second phase and on social media even before the first phase. The saffron party may still manage to do so, with their sophisticated communication machinery but Congress can’t be accused of simply acting like a bystander. Irrespective of the final result and impact of Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ill-timed jibe, Thursday’s intervention from Rahul Gandhi shows Congress is clearly in a reboot mode. @OfficeofRG got ample amount of sass few months back after making a clean break from boring press release-like tweets. It even introduced Pidi to the world, resulting in innumerable memes and jokes. But the real test was always going to be handling a crisis situation. And judging by the alacrity of action both online and offline, Rahul Gandhi has passed this test. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi’s retort to Aiyar’s lowly jibe caps off campaign for Phase 1Now, compare it with the past. PM Modi went to the town seeking mileage from Aiyar’s chaiwallah jibe during 2014 and there was no counter of Congress. Similarly the party looked weak and listless while trying to defend several graft allegations in the past. The messaging lead by Rahul Gandhi is certainly better and prompt now. But will it matter finally? In this election season, we have seen controversies with youth Congress tweeting defamatory cartoons, Aiyar virtually equating the Gandhi family with the Moghuls and now this latest faux-pas. This alongside the controversy whether Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu or not has sort of managed to divert the focus away from the most important issues in the elections. That works well for BJP which is fighting anti-incumbency, discontent of the Patidars and backlash from twin effects of GST and demonetization. The Congress self-goal has definitely helped BJP to find a new gear in the closing phase of the marathon election campaign. Also readPeople see through this game: Arun Jaitley on Mani Shankar Aiyar’s suspension from CongressHowever, irrespective of the result it can be said that Congress has new a spring in its step. And the credit goes majorly to Rahul Gandhi. He has a Herculean task to reorganise the grand old party so that it can match BJP in every step. But for now, it seems to have finally got hang of the online game and its impact on real politic. That’s probably is the biggest takeaway from Thursday’s Mani Shankar error.
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Chennai man accused of murdering his mother and a seven-year-old girl escapes from Mumbai Police custody

S Dashwanth, an accused in the rape and murder of a-seven-year-old girl and a suspect in the murder of his own mother, has escaped from the police custody near the Mumbai airport when Tamil Nadu police team was escorting him on Thursday a day after nabbing him.According to police sources, Dashwanth was handcuffed when he escaped from the police custody. The accused was heading to a toilet near the Mumbai airport when he gave a slip to the police on Thursday evening. The 23-year-old Dashwanth who was arrested from Race Course in Mumbai on Wednesday was earlier produced in the Bandra Court and availed a transit warrant.The accused who was out on bail in the child rape and murder case was missing since December 2 when his mother Sarala was found murdered in his home with her jewellery missing. His father accused him of murdering his wife. He alleged that his son was demanding money for some days and he refused to give him. The police traced Dashwanth to Mumbai after enquired his prison friends – history sheeters James and David.In February this year, Hasini, a seven-year-old went missing and later her burnt body was found. Dashwanth who was residing in the same apartment complex was arrested by the police for rape and murder of the girl child. The Mahila Court framed charges against Daswant and the trial in the case was set to begin on December 5. The case was adjourned as Daswant went missing.
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‘Want murderers to be hanged in public’: Rajasthan victim’s wife

The labourer, Md Afrazul Khan, who was accused of love jihad and brutally murdered in Rajasthan, hailed from a village at Kaliachak in Malda district of West Bengal and family members of the 47-year-old said he has been falsely implicated before being hacked to death.The rest of what remains of the family, Khan’s wife and three daughters, had been shell-shocked since the phone call they received at about 3 pm on Wednesday, informing them about his murder.“He was murdered because of his faith and they had spun a yarn around the murder to justify it. I want the murderers to be hanged in public,” said his wife Gul Bahar Bibi.Also readAfter labourer from Malda is murdered in Rajasthan, Mamata Banerjee condemns inhuman killingShe said that he used to work there as a labourer. He had had his last conversation with his family back in Malda, on December 5.He is survived by his wife and three daughters – Jyotsna Khatoon, Rejina Khatoon and Habiba Khatoon – of whom, Jyotsna and Regina are married and the youngest one is a student of Class IX of a local government school. He was supposed to fix the marriage the youngest one later this month.Also readThose who butchered my father should suffer in the same manner: Rajasthan victim’s daughter“It is part of a big conspiracy. The fact that his brutal murder was taped and circulated on social media is proof enough. The murderer butchered him while he kept on crying for mercy, doused him with kerosene and set him ablaze. Our relatives in Rajasthan are in touch with the police and we hope administration works towards unearthing the truth,” Rejina said.Khan had been working there intermittently for the last 12 years and as soon as he would gather some money he would return to his native place. He had returned about three months ago.Also readRajasthan: Man arrested for murdering Muslim, burning corpse in suspected love jihad caseSince early morning, friends, relatives and neighbours had been coming over to their place offering solidarity and enquiring about when the body would be brought over for the last rites. “He was the only earning member of the family. If the government doesn’t help them, soon the mother-daughter duo will have nothing to eat,” said a 50-plus neighbour.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too had condemned the act. ‘We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman? Sad’, she tweeted.District police authorities have alerted Kaliachak Police Station and they were trying to ensure that there is no flare up after Khan’s murder. “So far, the situation is under control, but we are extremely alert. It is a very sensitive issue,” said an official of Kaliachak PS.
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Max under scanner as second twin dies, government assures action

One of the prematurely born twins, who was mistakenly declared dead by a private hospital in Delhi, died on Wednesday after battling for life for five days. The 22-week baby, who was born at the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, was undergoing treatment at the Delhi New Born Centre in Pitampura.”The infant died due to multiple organ failure. His condition was critical from the very first day. He was immediately put on ventilator and had been responding to medicines. He passed away in Wednesday afternoon. We had informed the family about his condition after looking at all the medical reports. The survival chances were quite less,” Dr Sandeep Gupta, director, Delhi New Born Centre, said.Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that strict action will be taken against the hospital, once the report has been finalised. “The final report will come out in two days. No one will be spared, if found guilty,” Jain said on Wednesday.The matter was reported last Friday, after Ashish Kumar, father of the twins, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving.The agitated family members then protested outside the hospital throughout the day.”We will not cremate our baby till this hospital is shut. We will not let this matter die,” Kumar had said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government on Tuesday found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the infants. The three-member panel has submitted the preliminary report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting the staffers concerned.”No ECG tracings were done to check whether the child was alive. The body was handed over without written instructions. The dead and the alive children were not kept separately,” the report stated.A medical negligence case was registered under Section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital. Also, services of two doctors concerned were terminated on Sunday.Reacting to the baby’s death, Max hospital said in a statement:”We just learnt of the sad demise of the 23-week preterm baby, who was on ventilator support. Our deepest condolences are with the parents and other family members. While we understand that survival in extreme preterm births is rare, it is always painful for parents and family. We wish them the strength to cope with their loss.”The rising number of cases of medical negligence by private hospitals has prompted the Delhi government to prepare a legal framework to track the ‘loot’ and ‘criminal negligence’ by hospitals.”We never wanted to interfere in the functioning of private hospitals, but the public should not suffer in any case. The general public is being looted and cheated by these hospitals, which are guilty of criminal negligence. As a responsible government, it is our duty to come up with a solution,”chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said.While talking about the framework, he pointed out two recent incidents — a private hospital charging Rs 15 lakh from a dengue patient and Max hospital wrongly declaring the infant dead.Union Health Minister JP Nadda also directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the government ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.
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Shashi Tharoor reminisces about childhood

It was pin drop silence in the auditorium when Congress MP Shashi Tharoor eloquently shared memories of his Alma Mater in the platinum jubilee event of Campion school. Tharoor not just remembered his school days but also urged the current Campion students to be curious and creative.He expressed his happiness at meeting present and past students of the school including some of his classmates. He said that when he joined the school it was the 20th anniversary of the school. He said, “I have some very fond memories of school. I join the school in 1969 when the principal of the school was Fr F Ribot.”Remembering some of his teachers, Tharoor narrated his experience with one of his class III teacher. He said, “It was an end of a session incident of class work. She summoned all the children to handover the class exercise books.Having 35-40 students in each class many boys were trying to reach to our teacher’s desk to submit our class work books, I being a problem solver from very early age decided the shortest way and threw the exercise book over the heads of all the students. I expected applause as the book landed on top of the pile. Instead she left from her seat furiously and called me Junglee.”Tharoor added that his father was the one who started Parents Teachers Association in the school and also presided it. He mentioned how Campion school debates helped him become a good speaker.
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Dalits flee Uttarakhand village after youth goes missing following clash

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

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that the actual work of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills will start within a month.Fadnavis made the announcement at Chaityabhoomi in Central Mumbai after paying tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar.People from across Maharashtra and various parts of the country come to Chityabhoomi at Shivaji Park on December 6, to marks the death anniversary of Ambedkar.The 12 acres of Indu Mill land was transferred to the state government in March this year.Also readTribute to the Father of Indian Constitution: All you need to know about Babasaheb Ambedkar Meanwhile, the construction cost of 350-foot-long Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial is likely to be above Rs 750 crore as the single bidder that has shown interest in constructing it has quoted almost 25 % more than the estimation of Rs 622 crore anticipated by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).The MMRDA had floated bids for construction of Ambedkar Memorail in April 2017 at an estimated cost of Rs 550 crore; however, after receiving only a single bidder, the bids were re-floated at Rs 622 crore in the first week of November. The reason for escalation in cost was the proposed use of special steel for the Memorial considering it is near Arabian Sea and the steel has to be anti-corrosion.Also readBabasaheb Ambedkar’s bust unveiled at Canada’s York UniversityMeanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid homage to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on death anniversary.The Prime Minister tweeted: “I bow to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas.””Felt extremely blessed when I prayed at Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai. Sharing some pictures from that visit,” he said in another tweet.Related Photos
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Bride-to-be refuses to marry over demand for dowry

A bride-to-be, dentist by profession on Sunday dared to refuse to marry the groom-to-be, who along with his parents demanded dowry of around one crore before solemnising the nuptial knot. The father of the bride-to-be on Monday lodged a case against the groom-to-be and his parents in this connection at Nayapura police station following which police initiated investigation.Dr Rashi, a dentist by profession and daughter of Dr Anil Saxena, a senior professor at TB and chest department in Medical College, Kota was set to solemnise nuptial knot on Sunday evening with Dr Saksham Saxena, also an assistant professor in medical college in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. The Barat was staying in luxurious heritage hotel. Noticing the glory and glamour of the bride’s family, the groom and his parents were hit by the greed and demanded more cash, gold and silver jewellery worth around one crore for the marriage. The sudden demand for high dowry by the groom-to-be and his parents before the marriage left us in deep shock with tears in our eyes, told Dr Anil Saxena He and his wife Rashmi, approached their daughter and narrated her the whole incident, following which she spoke to her groom-to-be on phone. On finding him unmoved from his demand, she straightly refused to marry for the greed of dowry, Dr Anil Saxena said. Police have today received a report from Dr Anil Saxena against the groom- to-be and his family members but no case has been lodged in the matter so far as investigation on the report is underway, told Harish Bharti, Circle In charge (CI) at Nayapura police station.
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Contract killer, 2 held over BJP worker’s murder

A contract killer and two other criminals have been arrested by the Special Task Force with the help of the local police in connection with the triple murders of BJP worker Shiv Kumar Yadav and his two gunners last month. All the 3 were arrested from Greater Noida on Monday.According to the police, the main accused has been identified as Arun Yadav, who hired an informer Dhramdutt Sharma and Naresh Tewatia, an active sharp-shooter of Anil Bhati gang and committed the murders.”On Monday morning, we got a tip-off that a criminal is going to execute a crime in Greater Noida. So we laid a trap near Khairpur village and as soon we spotted the accused, we nabbed him,” said Abhishek Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (STF).The accused was identified as Naresh Tewatia. During interrogation, Tewatia disclosed that he had committed many murders in the past and was an active member of the Anil Bhati gang.”Tewatia started working for Anil, who is the nephew of famous criminal Sunder Bhati. He also disclosed that two weeks prior to the murder of BJP leader Shiv Kumar, Arun Yadav had contacted his gang leader Anil Bhati to kill Kumar and gave Rs 10 lakhs to them,” Singh added.With the help of Tewatia, the police nabbed Yadav and Dharamdutt Sharma on Monday. During interrogation, Yadav revealed that “in 2000, the deceased Shiv Kumar’s father Charan Singh was murdered in Bahlolpur area by a local person Satan. It was a case of local dispute in the village and Satan was being supported by Arun Yadav’s father Mahender Singh. However, Satan was arrested,” said Luv Kumar, Senior Superintendent Of Police (Gautam Buddha Nagar). The SSP said later in 2004, Mahender Singh died in a road accident in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad and his family, including son Arun Yadav suspected that it was a murder planned by deceased Shiv Kumar.Police said Yadav was then 17-year-old and always nursed a grudge against Shiv Kumar. To eliminate the BJP leader, Arun Yadav and his associate Dharmdutt Sharma contacted Anil Bhati, a gangster and made a deal with him.”Anil Bhati was given Rs 6 lakh in advance and was supposed to take Rs 4 lakh after the murder. Bhati roped in shooter Naresh and two others for this crime. Earlier, it was planned the BJP leader will be attacked on November 12 following which Yadav and Dharmdutt Sharma went to Thailand so that they would not be suspected for it. However, the plan failed as Shiv Kumar went for a trip to Nepal and Pilbhit,” added Kumar.CRIME SHEETThe main accused has been identified as Arun Yadav, who hired an informer Dhramdutt Sharma and Naresh Tewatia, an active sharp-shooter of Anil Bhati gang and committed the murders, police said. Tewatia started working for Anil, who is the nephew of famous criminal Sunder Bhati. He also disclosed that two weeks prior to the murder of BJP leader Shiv Kumar, Arun Yadav had contacted his gang leader Anil Bhati to kill Kumar and gave Rs 10 lakhs to them, the police added.
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NIA questions Shafin Jahan again in Hadiya conversion case

The National Investigation Agency today questioned Shafin Jahan, days after the Supreme Court gave its nod to it to continue its probe into his marriage with Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the centre of an alleged love-jihad case.Jahan was questioned a week after the Apex Court gave its nod to carry on investigation into the conversion of Hadiya and her marriage with him.NIA sources said the probe team “re-examined” Jahan today for clarifying certain facts from his earlier statement.They, however, did not elaborate as the matter is sub-judice.The NIA had earlier investigated Jahan and submitted its statement before the Supreme Court.Also readKerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Before marriage, Hadiya’s husband was in touch with ISIS men, says NIAThe marriage of the couple was annulled by the Kerala High Court last December after her father alleged that his daughter was being indoctrinated and may be taken ISIS territories in Iraq and Syria by extremist Islamic outfits.”We make it clear that the NIA investigation shall continue in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court had said last week while allowing the 24-year-old woman to resume her studies at the homoeopathic college in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was placed under her parents’ custody since her marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court.
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Ryan student murder | Pradyuman Thakur’s father approaches SC to form guidelines for child safety in schools

Varun Thakur, the father of Pradyuman, the seven-year-old child, who was killed inside a toilet at Ryan International School Gurugram, has approached the Supreme Court seeking formation of guidelines on the issue of safety and security of school children across the country.Seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead on September 8 inside the washroom of Ryan International School in Gurugram. While the bus conductor was initially arrested for his alleged role, it was later revealed through a CBI probe that a Class XI student had committed the crime.The conductor was later released on bail.Also readI made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old Incidents over student safety have been highlighted more since the incident. On December 1, a four-year-old student from GD Birla School in Kolkata was molested by two of her physical education teachers, who were subsequently arrested. Parents had over the weekend staged protests, highlighting the high fee (Rs 60,000 per year) that was not converted into proper security for the students.On Saturday, the principal of a Jharkhand school was arrested for molesting a upper KG student. He later confessed to the crime, stating it was a ‘small mistake’ and that there were ‘no intercourse involved’.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeAccording to the NCRB, A total of 94,172 cases of crimes against children were registered in the country during 2015 as compared to 89,423 cases during 2014, showing an increase of 5.3%. Maharashtra accounted for 14.8% of total crimes committed against children registered in the country. The next in order was Madhya Pradesh (13.7%), Uttar Pradesh (12.1%) and Delhi (10.1%).
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Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Before marriage, Hadiya’s husband was in touch with ISIS men, says NIA

A week after the Supreme Court freed Hadiya, the Kerala woman at the centre of alleged ‘love jihad’ case from her parents custody, an NIA report has said that her husband was in touch with the ISIS before their marriage.According to a report by the Times of India, the National Investigation Agency’s probe said that Shafin Jahan, Hadiya’s husband, was in touch with Manseed and P Safvan from ISIS via Facebook.The men are key accused in the Omar-al-Hindi case. The NIA said that the Facebook group was involved in activities of the Popular Front of India’s political arm SDPI.Also readHadiya case | Brinda Karat slams NIA for interrogating couples in inter-community marriagesThe probe agency said that it was Manseed and his associate Muneer who brought Shafin and Hadiya together. The finding is contrary to what has been claimed by both Hadiya and her husband that they came together via the matrimonial website ‘waytonikah.com’.Last week on November 27, the Supreme Court had freed Hadiya from her parents’ custody and directed her to continue her education in a Coimtore college.Also readHadiya says she wants meeting with ‘husband’, more ‘freedom’Earlier on October 3, during a hearing, the Supreme Court had questioned about role of a father in his adult daughter’s life. The top court, in fact, had questioned how the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 226.Shafin Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December last year after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.Also readLove Jihad case: Can’t have terrorist in the family, says Hadiya’s fatherHer father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He, in fact, said that his daughter would be be sent to Afghanistan or Syria.The High Court annulled the marriage. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.Earlier in August, the NIA began investigation into the case following the top court’s orders.In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.The Kerala Government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. However, later ina u-turn, the state government said that the policer probe is sufficient and that there’s no requirement of an NIA probe.
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Those who issue fatwas against nationalists should see effort we undertook to get Father Tom back: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressing the importance of healthcare in Gujarat said that healthcare facilities affected the poor adversely and they wanted to change that. He also spoke about those who issued ‘fatwas’ against nationalists saying that it was the government’s nationalism that made them get Father Tom and Father Prem back.×”Lack of healthcare facilities affects the poor adversely. We want to change that and that is why we made stents cheaper,” Modi said in Ahmedabad on Sunday.×Priority is to improve health infrastructure and boost innovation in the sector, he added. Modi also had a word of praise for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”Have you seen how active Sushma Swaraj ji is? Guided by humanitarian values, she is serving so many people in need- they can be in any part of the world but she helps them,” Modi said.Also readPM Modi praises Maha Congress leader for exposing ‘rigged internal poll’, says it’s part of party’s cultureOur nurses were stranded in West Asia. When these nurses, who are doing such humanitarian work, are stranded how can anyone sleep in peace? Every effort was undertaken to bring them back home, Modi added.Speaking about the efforts taken by the Central government to bring back father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was freed after being kept in captivity by ISIS for 18 months in strife-torn Yemen, Modi said those who are releasing Fatwas against ‘nationalists’ should see the effort we undertook to get Father Tom back.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi to be back for two days today, Rahul Gandhi on 5thHe said: “Those who are releasing Fatwas against ‘nationalists’ should see the effort we undertook to get Father Tom back. Father Tom was guided by his love for Lord Christ & was working. We got Father Tom back. We also got back Father Prem, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan. It is our ‘nationalism’ that made us get Father Tom and Father Prem back. When Judith D’Souza was kidnapped, we once again did whatever we could to bring this daughter of India back.”
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Omar Abdullah greets Mehbooba Mufti on sixth term as PDP prez

Leaving their political bitterness behind, former Chief Minister and National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah went into an overdrive to greet Mehbooba Mufti for being elected People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president for the sixth time, evoking a quick and positive response from the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.”Congratulations to Mehbooba Mufti on being re-elected as President of PDP. We may not agree on much these days but I wish you well”, Omar tweeted.Hours later Mehbooba too took to Twitter to return the favour. “Thanks for the wishes, Omar. Debate is the essence of democracy so we can agree to disagree on certain issues”, she said.For two bitter political rivals, the camaraderie was like a breeze as both Mehbooba and Omar have been slugging it out almost daily. From accusations to counter accusations, the two leaders have been at loggerheads on varied issues. Be it the state subject law under Article 35A or dealing with the unrest, the two leaders have been fighting it out openly.Political slugfest notwithstanding, Mehbooba Mufti has even silenced critics and detractors within her party by winning the election for president unopposed.Mehbooba has been facing criticism from within the party, particularly about dealing with the 2016 unrest. In fact senior leader Tariq Karra quit the party post as well as the MP from Srinagar constituency last year over differences with Mehbooba over with unrest. The party ultimately lost the bye-polls for the seat to National Conference President Farooq Abdullah in April.A hesitant politician initially, she plunged into the electoral fray in 1996 from her home constituency Bijbhera on the insistence of her father late Mufti Mohommad Sayeed, who was then the tallest Congress leader in J&K.It was sheer luck for Mehbooba to plunge into politics as her father wanted his son Mufti Tasaduq Hussain to contest the polls. Since he was underage, Mufti picked Mehbooba from Bijbhera seat while his wife Gulshan was nominated from Pahalgam constituency.A law graduate Mehbooba holds the record of not losing any election from the traditional pocket borough of south Kashmir either in the Assembly or the parliament. She however lost the parliamentary election once from Srinagar when she contested against Omar Abdullah in 1999.Last year Mehbooba became the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
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