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Omar Abdullah congratulates CM Mehbooba Mufti on being re-elected as PDP chief

NC working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday congratulated Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on being re-elected the president of her party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”Congratulations to MehboobaMufti on being re-elected as President of jkpdp. We may not agree on much these days but I wish you well,” he tweeted.In her reply, Mufti wrote, “Thanks for the wishes Omar. Debate is the essence of democracy so we can agree to disagree on certain issues.”She was today re-elected the president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years. The PDP leadership met at the official residence of the chief minister here, where Mehbooba was ‘unanimously’ elected as head of the party.Mehbooba Mufti emerged from the shadow of her illustrious father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who founded the PDP in 1999, to head Jammu and Kashmir as the first woman chief minister of the state last year.”Thankful to the party in reposing their trust and electing me as their President. Will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K,” Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter.
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Female MBBS student dies of anaesthesia overdose at BRD Medical college, police claim suicide

A third-year MBBS girl student died in mysterious circumstances at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur due to overdose of anaesthesia. The police said that it was case of suicide.The BRD Medical College hit headlines following death of 33 children on August 10 and 11 after oxygen supply to the hospital was snapped.Bharati Jha, a third-year student of the college, was found dead on Saturday in her hostel room number 35. Police claimed that it was a case of suicide caused due to an overdose of anaesthesia administered by the girl who was depressed due to some reason.A resident of Darbhanga in Bihar, Bharati’s father Vijaykant Jha is a State Bank of India retired manager rank officer. Bharati had joined the BRD medical College three years ago. Her father and other family members have rushed to the hospital.Her colleagues claimed that Bharati was on night duty at the gynaecology department on Friday. She had complained of stomach ache at night and asked one of the junior doctors to give her an injection. After duty, she went off to her hostel room where she allegedly took an overdose of anaesthesia.Also readGorakhpur: 30 more children die at BRD medical college in last 48 hoursShe was rushed to the emergency room after her colleagues found her unconscious in her room, but doctors declared her brought dead.Police said her body had turned blue. Her personal diary was also recovered from her room in which she had written about failure in love and committing suicide. She, however, had not stated any reason for taking the extreme step. “We have informed her family members. The exact cause of death would be known only after the post mortem report. Investigations are on and we are trying to contact people who are mentioned in her diary to ascertain the reason for her suicide,” said the police.
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Declared dead by Delhi hospital, infant lives

In a shocking incident of medical negligence and apathy in the Capital, doctors at a premier hospital declared a pair of prematurely born twins dead and handed them over to the parents, while one of them was still alive. The incident was reported from the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh on Thursday.The family has alleged that the babies were declared dead after they expressed their inability to pay the exorbitant fee for their treatment.The matter came to light after the father of the children, Ashish Kumar, who was on his way to the cremation ground, noticed that one of the polybags handed over by the doctors was moving. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. A few minutes ago, I was crying over the death of my babies and suddenly I saw one of them alive. He had been wrapped in a polybag for more than 10 minutes and we were about to cremate him,” Kumar said.Union Health Minister JP Nadda directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which the has ordered a probe and sought a preliminary report within three days.”Sought a report on shocking criminal negligence by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh and directed the Department to conduct an inquiry into this unacceptable act,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain tweeted. The government has asked the hospital to submit a preliminary report within 72 hours and a final report within a week. The hospital has also initiated an inquiry in the matter and the doctor concerned is being questioned.Meanwhile, babies’ grandfather Praveen Malik said: “The hospital authorities stated that our child needed to be put on the ventilator as his condition was deteriorating. The cost for his treatment, as suggested by the hospital, is Rs 45 lakh.””We couldn’t afford the treatment and we decided to take our baby to another hospital. Two hours after we asked the hospital to discharge our baby, we were suddenly called and informed that our second child has also passed away,” Malik added.”It has been brought to our attention that a 22-week newborn baby, who was reported to be on life support, was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident. We have initiated a detailed inquiry, pending which, the doctor concerned has been asked to proceed on a leave immediately. We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support,” the hospital said in a statement.A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).This is the third such incident in the last one month. Earlier, the family of a seven-year-old girl had alleged that the Fortis hospital in Gurugram charged them over a lakh per day for 15 days and failed to save their daughter.
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2 teachers held for assaulting 4-year-old in posh Kolkata school

After a day-long protest by parents and guardians on Friday, two teachers of a school in south Kolkata have been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a four-year-old child. The two accused were charged with Sections 2 and 4 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.The father of the kindergarten student said that his daughter, after returning from school on Thursday, had been crying incessantly in pain and there was blood in her urine. “We took her to our family doctor. As soon as the doctor saw it she said she suspected a foul play, and advised us to take her to the police station and file a complaint,” he said. He added that later they were informed that two school teachers had lured the child with chocolate, and took her to the toilet and assaulted her. “I am surprised that we spend lakhs of rupees to get our children admitted to a school like this,” the father said adding that he would not send his daughter to that school again.After filing a police complaint, she was taken to the state-run SSKM hospital where she was kept under treatment overnight. A four-member medical team conducted two medical tests on the child.Since Friday morning, parents and guardians had put up a protest outside the school demanding action against the offenders. The parents alleged that school authorities were trying to hush up the affair.The school Principal said, “I will say that security of our students is our top priority, and we will take adequate measures to ensure that. We will install CCTV cameras inside the school.”BJP and Youth Congress members put up a protest outside Jadavpur Police Station in the evening demanding immediate action.State education minister Partha Chatterjee condemned the incident and said, “The accused would receive strictest punishment.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that police had taken required steps against offenders.Nabarun De, executive committee member of ICSE council said, “We condemn this strongly but I have heard that the incident had taken place at the Kindergarten section at an address which does not have an affiliation according to the records.” He also said that by the end of this month the council would come out with a safety manual which all the schools would have to abide by.Lawyer of the victim’s father, Priyanka Tibrewal said that they would file a case against the school alleging negligence. “We will file a writ petition to cancel the licence of the school and would also make the council a party because it is not possible that they didn’t know that a school was running without their affiliation,” she said.On November 3, 2014, a similar incident had happened at the same school when a six-year-old who was a participant in a cultural programme of the school was sexually assaulted by the driver and helper of a Volvo bus which was hired to ferry the students to the venue.Parents had put up an agitation at the school demanding installation of CCTV cameras within the school campus but it has still not been done.
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13-year-old rape victim moves Bombay High Court to terminate 26-week-old foetus

A 13-year-old victim of rape on Thursday approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate her 26-week pregnancy.The girl’s father has sought the permission for abortion on the ground that she is physically not capable to bear and deliver a baby and that she be saved from the mental and physical anguish that may be caused to her if she continues with the pregnancy.On the plea of the girl’s father, a bench of justices Shantanu Kemkar and G S Kulkarni directed the civic-run KEM Hospital’s medical board of expert doctors to examine her present health condition to determine whether a medical termination of pregnancy will be safe at this stage.Abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is not allowed in the country under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.According to the plea, the girl was repeatedly raped by her cousin, who used to live in the house of her parents.Also readHC seeks cops reply on minor rape victim’s plea agst JJB orderThe pregnancy came to light on November 7 after the girl complained of pains in the abdomen and was subsequently taken to a doctor by her parents.Subsequently, an FIR was registered by the police on November 17.A compulsory medical test of the victim revealed that she was 24-weeks pregnant at that time.The plea argued that considering the young age of the victim, she must not be forced to continue with the pregnancy that was the result of rape.”Forcing the girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy will deprive her of her right to safeguard the privacy of procreation, motherhood and child-bearing, as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution,” the petitioner said.The plea also cited research claiming that the “risk of maternal mortality could be five times higher for mothers aged 10 to 14 than for those aged above 20 years”.
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Karni Sena now targets Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law

The ghoomar dance in costume and steps similar to Deepika Padukone by Aparna Yadav, daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav has not gone well with the Shri Rajput Karni Sena (SRKS) in Rajasthan. The outfit will send CDs of authentic ghoomar dance to her father who the SRKS says is a Rajput and supports their demand for ban on Padmavati. “She is a daughter of a Rajput, and one who supports us. Further she is in public life. She should not be offending the sentiments of the community in this way,” said Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of SRKS, speaking to DNA. The issue is not about Rajasthan anymore. We have massive support for our cause in several states, including UP. If Aparna wants to play long innings in politics she should learn to understand where public sentiment is inclined,” added Kalvi.The SRKS is also up in arms against former tourism minister and film artist Bina Kak for supporting Padmavati and ridiculing their opposition to the film. A video of Kak at her farmhouse in Sumerpur has gone viral and SRKS is objecting to her making the Padmavati issue seem frivolous. The SRKS has in no uncertain terms reminded Kak that her victory from Sumerpur seat in Pali is dependent on Rajput votes.“Bina Kak will have to pay for what she has said. Rajputs are her biggest supporters and their votes play a big role in her victory. We will show our ire in the coming polls. We have started communicating this to our people in Sumerpur,” said Mahipal Singh Makrana, president SRKS.Kak has played Salman Khan’s mother in the film Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya and has also been a part of a few other movies. Her daughter Amrita sang the song “Just Chill”. The SRKS is taking Kak’s comments against the film as an appeasement to Bollywood. “She is doing it to gain favours and probably some roles,” added Makrana.Meanwhile, protest continues against Padmavati at the Chittorgarh fort. The protesters have started to paste stickers with message seeking ban on the film on every vehicle that passes through the fort. They have also started a campaign for people to put Padmavati pictures as their profile pictures on social media.
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Samajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar

Even as the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ refuse to die down, a new controversy has erupted over a dance performance on the movie’s hit song ‘Ghoomar’.On Wednesday, a video of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav went viral. According to media reports, the wife of Samajwadi patriarch’s younger son Prateek Yadav danced to the tunes of the Shreya Ghoshal number at the engagement ceremony of her brother Aman Bisht. The celebrations took place at a 5-star hotel in Lucknow.While the well-choreographed performance shows Aparna Yadav’s efforts, but the fringe groups are not impressed.Reacting to the video, Karni Sena’s Lokendra Singh Kalvi said, ‘We are fighting for our cause. Being a Rajput she is dancing on such songs without caring for the sentiments of Rajput. We will send them the original Ghoomar song and other Rajasthani folk songs if they like it so much.’The viral video come days after one of the members of the Samajwadi Party announced a Rs 5 crore bounty on ‘Padmavati’ actor Deepika Padukone.Thakur Som, who is also an office-bearer of the Chatriya Samaj, warned the Bollywood star to leave the country or face beheading. “The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” Som was quoted as saying by Zee News.Though Akhilesh Yadav or his father have not made any statement on the film, senior leader such as Azam Khan tried to put the issue in new light.Talking about the fact vs fiction issue, Khan on November 21 had said, “There is an objection to the story of a film. Famous film Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Saleem’s mehbooba (lover), when in reality there is no such thing.”
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Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018: Are you Bridget Jones fan? This is your chance to meet its writer Helen Fielding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are Bridget Jones fan, then this is just for you. Helen Fielding, the author of the best-selling book, is all set to make her first appearance at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival next year.It will be Fielding’s first appearance at a books-related event in India, making her appearance quite a coup for Zee JLF given that the Bridget Jones books and films have a cult following in India as well.Fielding is, however, not the only big name among the authors who will be in Jaipur between January 25-29, 2018 – the dates for the next edition of the festival.The first list of 60 names put out by the organisers on Tuesday included Amy Tan, an American author of Chinese origin best-known for her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, which was also made into a popular film.Then there will be Tom Stoppard, Academy Award-winning script writer of Shakespeare in Love, Michael Ondatje, author of the Booker prize winning novel English Patient; Michael Rezendes, journalist with The Boston Globe who won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose of sexual abuse in the church; Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi economist who is deemed to be the father of micro-finance; and former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai.Rupi Kaur, the Instagram poetry writer who is Canadian but was born in Punjab, will make her first appearance at the festival, alongside others like Pico Iyer, eminent travel writer, and Bangladeshi American author Abeer Hoque, who’ve been seen at Diggi Palace, ZeeJLF’s long-time venue, in previous years.Among other writers who will be a part of the show are Mridula Garg, a Sahitya Akademi recipient; and Akhil Sharma, Indian-American author whose 2015 novel, Family Life, won several awards globally. Bollywood, which is a strong draw at Zee Jaipur Lit Fest, will be represented by director, scriptwriter Anurag Kashyap.

Love Jihad case: Hadiya’s father welcomes SC decision allowing her to continue studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala woman Hadiya’s father on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision allowing her to continue her studies.Asked about his stance on inter-caste marriages, K M Ashokan said he believed in one religion and one god but could not have a terrorist in the family.”Hadiya does not have any idea about Syria, where she wanted to go after getting converted to Islam,” Ashokan said. “I cannot have a terrorist in the family,” he added.The Supreme Court on Monday freed Hadiya, alleged to be a victim of ‘love jihad’, from the custody of her parents and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband.

Uttar Pradesh: Woman raped by four family members for eloping with her boyfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly raped in a village here by four members of her family, including her father and brother, for eloping with her boyfriend, police said on Tuesday.All the accused have been arrested, a police official said.The incident took place at Dhaneda village when the woman was allegedly raped by her family members — father, brother and two uncles — a few months after she eloped with her boyfriend, the police said.According to station house officer (SHO) Kushal Pal Singh, the police yesterday registered a case against all the accused on the directive of the Allahabad High Court.The victim, in her complaint, alleged that her family members also threatened her after raping her, the police said.They have been accused of confining her in a house, they said.The woman had eloped with her boyfriend a few months ago, the police said.She was produced before a magistrate who recorded her statement in which she has supported her complaint, they said.

Kashmiri teen picks up pen, reaches for the stars

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His family wanted him to be an engineer, but western music and books were his first love. He dropped out of engineering college to pursue his passion of writing, much to the chagrin of his family.A year and half later, the 19-year-old Faheem Bhat has made his parents proud by penning one of the best selling English novels in Kashmir.For a debutante, it was a dream come true when his first novel, `Wandering for Love’ was released on different e-commerce sites where he shared space with top-notch writers. The icing on the cake? It will now debut in bookfairs across Delhi and Chennai in January 2018.Published by Notion Press, the novel is set in America and revolves around a young man who loses faith in reality and takes refuge to fiction. “Wandering for Love is not about romance. It is actually the love for books. It is a story about a young man who escapes reality. It is about a reverse psychology,” said Faheem.Born to a business family in the old city, Faheem has always been passionate about reading books. Listening to western songs and taking down the lyrics was his passion.After completing his matriculation, he was enrolled in an engineering college for diploma in computer sciences. Faheem could not cope with engineering and ultimately opted out after the first semester itself.”It shattered the confidence of my parents. They wanted me to prioritise academics. I focussed on writing instead and contacted my publishers. I needed Rs 65,000, which I did not have. So, I started editing the blogs and novel of my friend and earned Rs 20,000. My sisters pooled in some more and I borrowed the rest,” he said.It took him one and half years to write the novel. “Now my father is happy and is helping me repay my loans,” Faheem said.Not letting stardom get to him, Faheem has already decided the theme of his second novel. “I am planning to write fiction and will hopefully start the work soon,” he said

Minor girl raped by neighbour in Jhalawar, accused detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 12-year-old girl belonging to Meena community was allegedly abducted and raped by her neighbour on the pretext of taking her to a relative’s birthday party in Jhalawar district in Rajasthan, police said on Monday. The accused fled away from the town after the crime but he was later today morning detained by the police. Meanwhile, the police van of the Khanpur police station, taking the victim and her parents overturned on Monday on the way to a community health centre (CHC), he said. However, none of the six in the van sustained injuries besides the father of the victim, who sustained minor hand injuries, the official said.The girl, a class 6 student of Meena community, a resident of Tailiyo ka Mohalla in Khanpur town and a class 6th students in local government school was on Sunday evening abducted and raped by neighboring youth identified as Vijay Singh (22), told Sub-inspector (SI) at Khanpur police station Surendra Singh. While the victim was playing outside her home, the accused youth, in the pretext of attending a birthday party, took her to a relative’s home at nearby Harigarh village at around 4.30 last evening and raped her there, he said. The minor was along at her home as her parents and elder sister are daily wage labors and was at work when the accused took her on a motorbike, the S.I. said.When the victim returned around 8 o’clock last night, she narrated the plight to her parents following which they approached the police station and lodged a case against the accused, Sub Inspector Singh said. The accused youth Vijay Singh, on the, complain, was booked under sections 363 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC, section ¾ of POSCO Act and under section 3 of SC/ST Act, he further said.The victim’s statements under section 164 before the magistrate would be recorded today after the medical examination, the SI said. The police van while taking the victim and parents along with the three police personnel for medical examination.Accused booked under POSCO ACTThe accused in the matter was rounded up today and would be shown as arrested after the preliminary investigation and the statements of the victim under 164 are over later in the day today.When the victim returned around 8 o’clock last night, she narrated the plight to her parents following which they approached the police station and lodged a case against the accused. The accused was booked under sections 363, 376 of IPC, section ¾ of POSCO Act and under section of SC/ST Act.

Can’t direct centre to make law to prevent torture in custody, government looking at issue: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct the government to make a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in custody when the government was looking into the issue in “all seriousness” and had decided to adopt the United Nations’ convention on torture.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal who said the prayer in a plea with regard to framing of a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody was also a subject matter of discussion in the Law Commission.”The executive is looking at the issue with all seriousness,” Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and former law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to frame an effective law on the issue and empower agencies like the NHRC with necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanisms to implement its orders and directions.After hearing the submissions of the Attorney General, the bench asked Kumar, “can we direct the legislature to make a law by issuing a writ of mandamus?”
ALSO READ Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested “They are saying that they are looking at it with all seriousness,” the apex court said, adding, “can we direct the government to adopt a particular UN convention and make a law?”Kumar asked the bench to keep the matter in abeyance for a month or two to see how things move on legislation front.But the bench did not agree to the submission and disposed of his plea in wake of the arguments advanced by Venugopal.The petitioner had earlier told the court that despite being a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture, 1997, India has not ratified the convention so far since ratification required an enabling legislation to reflect the definition and punishment for ‘torture’.Kumar, a senior Congress leader, had contended that the Centre should have a comprehensive and stand-alone legislation against torture.The plea had sought a direction to the Centre to ensure an effective law and its enforcement to fulfil constitutional promise of human dignity and prevention of custodial torture.It had sought the issuance of guidelines for timely and effective investigation of complaints of torture and custodial violence and directions be given to the government for rehabilitation and compensation for the victims.The government had earlier said a writ petitioner cannot seek a legislation through the court as the issue fell under the domain of the executive and the legislature.

India Supreme Court intervenes in ‘love jihad’ case

India’s top court takes testimony from a Hindu woman whose marriage to a Muslim was annulled.

Love Jihad case: Hadiya to be taken back to medical college, SC appoints Dean as her guardian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Kerala love jihad case, with Hadiya alias Akhila present before it. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.In front of the Supreme Court, answering question about her future plans, Hadiya said that she wants her freedom back. Hadiya also said she has been in unlawful custody for the last 11 months. Hadiya pledged to be a good doctor but also wanted to be true to her faith. After listening to Hadiya, SC ordered state government to provide protection to her so that she can complete her studies peacefully. However, SC overruled Hadiya’s wish for her husband to be guardian for medical college, and appointed the college dean to do the duty. She will be now taken to Kerala on Tuesday. Earlier, CJI said that he has never seen a case like this, and the bench said normally they would just listen to the woman and take a call, but this is not an ordinary case.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of storyThe 24-year-old, Hadiya, has been in the headlines after she converted to Islam, following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. Jahan moved the apex court in September seeking recall of SC’s earlier order directing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter, which has famously been dubbed as Kerala ‘love jihad’ case. The case reached Supreme Court after Kerala High Court annulled their marriage. Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad, or forceful conversion through marriage.The Highest Court had also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the alleged link of love Jihad angle to the case.

Tej Pratap’s Skinning Modi Comment: BJP MP files complaint, Lalu regrets remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Lalu Prasad appeared to apologise for his son Tej Pratap Yavav’s comment about skinning PM Modi even as he attacked the PM for downgrading his security. Meanwhile, a BJP MP filed a case against Tej Pratap Yadav at Delhi police station. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If a son comes to know that his father is being conspired against, his security is being revoked, he will react. I don’t approve of this. I have spoken to him to not speak anything like that again.”Attacking Modi, he said: “If Narendra Modi thinks I will be scared, I won’t. All the people, even the children of Bihar will protect me.”
ALSO READ Congress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiHe also tweeted saying: “Modi listen, Lalu is not a man who gets scared. Go and scare someone else, like u scared Nitish. Bihar’s 11crore people and children will protect me.”He further tweeted: “PM Modi doesn’t want me to go or come, there can be an attack on me anywhere. When I was Rail Minister and went to Gujarat, Modi was CM. At that time, my car was attacked. Just hearing that I will go to Gujarat, they cut my security detail. How is someone so scared of Lalu?”
ALSO READ After Lalu Yadav’s security downgraded, son Tej Prasad Yadav threatens PM ModiMeanwhile, BJP MP Parvesh Verma filed a complaint against Tej Pratap Yadav in Delhi’s Parliament Street Police Station. Hitting out at the comment, DC Yadav, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that Tej Pratap was ‘mentally unstable’. He said: “Only a person who is mentally unstable will make such statements, a politically sane person will never speak those things. Lalu Ji also said things in the past but never crossed lines like this.” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Monday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son and former state cabinet minister Tej Pratap Yadav would be taught a lesson by the public for his threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”He can use language of his choice. But those who use this kind of foul language are taught a lesson by the countrymen,” Modi told ANI.Earlier in the day, Tej Pratap alleged the Centre was conspiring to get his father killed and that, to this end, he would get Prime Minister Modi “skinned”.Tej Pratap’s remark came in the wake of the Centre’s decision to completely withdraw the NSG (National Security Guard) security cover provided to Lalu Yadav. His Z-Plus security category has also been downgraded to ‘Z’ category.‘Despite that (security downgrade), our programmes are continuing and Lalu Yadav is addressing rallies. However, this is a conspiracy to get him (Lalu) murdered, but we will give a befitting reply to them (the Centre). We will get Narendra Modi skinned (Hum Narendra Modi ki khaal udedhva denge); go and tell him,’ Tej Pratap said.Sushil Modi further said that Lalu Prasad shouldn’t be scared of anyone as people were more scared of him.‘Who is Laluji scared of’ Why does he need the security’ This was a status symbol for him. But now the entire Bihar is scared of him and his foul play,” he said.The Centre has withdrawn RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘Z+’ VIP security cover of NSG commandos after a recent review of the threat to various protectees, official sources said today.The former Bihar chief minister will now be given ‘Z’ category security and be guarded by an armed commando squad of the Central Reserve Police Force, in accordance with the protocol of the scaled down cover, the sources said.Yadav will not have National Security Guard black cat commandos guarding him any more. The NSG only provides ‘Z+’ security cover.The decision was taken after the Union home ministry recently reviewed the threat levels of various VIP protectees, the sources said.The ‘Z+’ CRPF VIP security cover of former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has been withdrawn completely. He will have state police cover now.The ‘Z’ cover of Union minister Haribhai P Chaudhary has also been scaled down to ‘Y+’, entailing less manpower and other paraphernalia, they said.The minister of state for coal and mines was accorded the larger security cover of central security forces commandos when he was minister of state for home. With inputs from PTI and ANI

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

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

In fit of rage, Delhi woman brutally smashes 2-year-old’s head on floor over argument with his mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-year-old child’s head was brutally hit repeatedly against the floor by his neighbour until he died, in Southwest Delhi’s Uttam Nagar area on Thursday evening.The accused woman who lives in the same building killed the child, following a heated argument with his mother, in a fit of rage. She was caught when she was found hiding the minor’s body in a sack to dispose of it later.According to the senior police officers, an argument erupted three days ago between the accused woman, who was later identified as Madhu Bala, and the child’s mother. Police officers say that it was on Thursday that the woman got a chance for “revenge” when she spotted the child roaming around alone.”Since the victim’s family lives on the first floor, the accused woman took the child to her room to the second floor of the building. Then, when the child tried to raise an alarm and started crying, the woman, in order to silence him, hit his head multiple times against the floor, until the child died,” said a senior police officer.Meanwhile, the child’s family started searching for him and after about an hour his father reached the accused woman’s house to check for him.”Seeing the child’s father, the accused woman resisted letting the family in. They however barged in forcefully, with the help of neighbours, and found the child’s blood drenched body wrapped in a sack. It was then they rushed him to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where he was declared brought dead,” the officer added.Hospital staff then reported the matter to the police and the victim’s family gave a written complaint against the accused woman and an FIR was registered.Police said that the child’s body was handed over to the police after a post-mortem examination.”We are also trying to probe if some other angle is involved in the murder. Prima facie, rage has appeared as the motive behind murder, however all angles are being looked into. The woman has been arrested,” the officer said.Sudden provocationDelhi Police data shows that sudden provocation leads to 12.60% of the total crimes reported, while 22.83% were sparked out of enmity. Illicit relationships cause 9.4% of crimes, robbery and theft led to only 3.5% of crimes whereas family and property disputes led to 13.39% and 0.79% crimes respectively.

UP: Missionary school threatens to rusticate Muslim girl for wearing ‘hijab’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A missionary school in Bara Banki district of Uttar Pradesh has threatened to rusticate a class VII Muslim student for wearing ‘Hijab’ in the classroom.Studying in Anand Bhawan, a private school run by a missionary trust, the Muslim student had attended the school wearing ‘hijab’ ( a scarf worn by Muslim girls after attaining puberty) on Wednesday. The girl was not only admonished by the school management but warned to be rusticated from the school if she wore the scarf again.When the girl’s father Maulana Mohammed Raza Rizvi wrote a letter to the school management protesting their dictating religious reasons, he was advised to withdraw her daughter and make her study in a madarsa or any other Islamic School.“In Islam, it is mandatory for a girl to wear hijab to cover their head after attaining puberty. It was due to religious reasons my daughter wore the scarf. It is a minority institution and most of the teachers are Christians but even then they objected to my daughter wearing hijab,” said Rizvi.But the school management refused to entertain any plea from the parents and told the father that any girl wearing hijab will not be allowed to attend classes. “It should not be repeated again. If parents have any objections they may withdraw and admit their daughter in any Islamic school,” warned the School Principal Archana Thomas.The Principal clarified that the school has a strict dress code and the management cannot allow any student to wear anything other than the school dress. “I did not mean to disrespect anyone’s religion or force any student to seek admission in an Islamic school. We had only told the parents that if they have any objections to dress code of the school then they are free to withdraw their girl and get her admitted elsewhere,” clarified the Principal.Archana Thomas claimed that the dress code and all rules of the school are clearly written in Admission Form. “We admit student only after parents agree and sign to school rules and regulations written on the admission form,” said she.“If the girl’s parents are so adamant to violate the school dress code by sending their daughter wearing a scarf then they are free to withdraw her from the school,” warned the Principal.Agitated parents have lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, District Magistrate and district inspector of schools (DIOS) against the missionary school diktat. “The School order is against the Constitution which protects us to practice our religious rights. I will go to the court if the order is not withdrawn,” said Rizvi whose daughter has stopped going to the school after the row over hijab wearing.A similar hijab wearing row was reported in Lucknow about two years ago when management of St. Joseph School had objected to a Muslim girl wearing hijab in the classroom. The district administration had to intervene and the Muslim girl was finally allowed to wear hijab in the classroom.

After Fortis shocker, it’s Medanta now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inflated medical bills have come back to haunt Delhiites again. After parents at Fortis were in for a shock after the hospital charged them Rs 16 lakh for the treatment of their daughter,who died of dengue in the ICU, parents who admitted their seven year-old child Saurya Pratap to Medanta underwent a similar experience.After 22 days of treatment wit no hope of improvement, the family had enough and against medical advice withdrew their child from the hospital and transferred him, barely breathing, to RML Hospital on November 20, where he died two days later on Wednesday.The parents of the child claim that going to Medanta was not even their choice. On October 30, the child was brought via ambulance from Gwalior to Gurugram and here the father Gopendra Singh, an insurance agent, claims that they took them to Medanta despite their protests.”I wanted to admit my child to Sir Gangaram Hospital but the ambulance man insisted on taking my child to Medanta, as they said the treatment would be better there. Having no choice, we agreed,” Singh said.After this the child was admitted on October 30 into the ICU there. And though the family claimed that the doctor gave them and their child a lot of attention, they said that they were unclear about the line of treatment that was being followed.”The doctors continued to do tests and talk to us in English which we were unable to follow. We were constantly assured by them that our child would get better but after three weeks when we saw no improvement, we decided to shift him,” Singh added.There was another reason for the shift. The family, which had mortgaged their house and borrowed money from relatives, felt that after a bill of Rs 10 lakh they could not afford the hospital’s care. So they took the child, who had trouble breathing — doctors at Medanta claim that he was on the verge of death — to RML where he died.The family claim that the hospital kept them there with false promises, saying that they would reduce the amount of the final bill. But in the final bill there was only a discount of Rs 20,000.In a tweet, the hospital stated. “Our bills are absolutely transparent, anyone can come and check them.” However, doctors at the hospital have refused to comment on the matter.Medical experts say that the problem is not in legalisation but in political will. In 2010, the Clinical Establishments Act was set up and measures were put in place to rationalise hospital bills but so far little has happened with only seven states and six union territories having implemented it so far.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma apologises for his ‘cancer is divine justice’ comment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After much uproar over Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s comment about cancer being divine justice, the BJP leader has now issued a public apology. He said that his statement was taken out of context but if it had caused anxiety to someone, he offers ‘unconditional apology’.Sarma who initially tried to defend his remarks and even sparred with P Chidambaram on Twitter, apologised on Thursday evening. He had made the statement on Tuesday when he said, “God makes us suffer when we sin. Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If you observe the background you will come to know that it’s divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice”. “In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother… perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. No point in being sad… all will get the outcome of this life’s actions in this life only. That divine justice always will be there. Nobody can escape the divine justice that will happen”.
ALSO READ Himanta Biswa Sarma says cancer is ‘divine justice’, Chidamaram blames comment on party switchHowever after much outrage, Sarma has apologised. In a written statement he said, ” My speech on divine justice and Karmic deficiency is being quoted out of context. In their bid to trivialize and sensationalise, no one is looking at content of my whole speech and intent. It was said in the context of helping poor students of Government schools and request to teachers not to neglect them. It was also a message to indicate district eduction officers not to harass teachers.”He further wrote, ” At no point my statement was intended to cause any pain to cancer patients. However, if owing to the blatant distortions, it has caused any anxiety and problems to anyone, I hereby offer my unconditional apology for the pain.”

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: NIA files status report in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The NIA has filed in the Supreme Court its status report on the ongoing probe in an alleged ‘love jihad’ case in which a Kerala-based woman had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man.The status report has been filed in a sealed cover as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would take up the case for hearing on November 27, when the woman would be brought before it for an interaction. The top court had on August this year directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman.Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The NIA had earlier alleged in the court that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported. It had alleged that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The apex court had yesterday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the woman’s father, who had urged that interaction with his daughter be conducted in-camera, while referring to the communally sensitive nature of the case and expressed apprehension that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family. The court had then said it would deal with the plea on November 27 itself when the woman is brought before it. The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Jahan was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS. This allegation was refuted by Jahan’s counsel.

Who is Shubhangi Swaroop? 5 things you must know about Indian Navy’s first woman pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Navy on Thursday inducted Shubhangi Swaroop as the first woman pilot into its ranks. Along with Swaroop, three other women – Astha Segal, Roopa A and Sakthi Maya S – also created history by becoming the country’s first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy.All four passed out of the Ezhimala Naval Academy at a glittering function in Kannur on Wednesday, attended by Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.Here are five things to know about Indian Navy’s first woman pilot Shubhangi Swaroop: 1- Shubhangi Swaroop hails from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.2- Shubhangi will be trained at the Dundigal Air Force Academyat Hyderabad which trains pilots of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.3- She will soon be flying Navy’s Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft.4- Her father Gyan Swaroop is a serving Naval officer.5- “I know, this is not just an exciting opportunity but a great responsibility also,” she said after her induction as the Indian Navy pilot. Earlier in October this year, the Indian Air Force inducted Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh as pilots after their strenuous training.

Ryan accused back in juvenile home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Gurugram on Wednesday sent a 16-year-old student of the Ryan International School to the juvenile home again for 14 days.The juvenile has been accused of murdering a seven-year-old student, Pradyuman Thakur, in the school premises on September 8. He was produced before the JJB after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.Meanwhile, the juvenile’s father alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interrogated his son beyond the prescribed time.The board had fixed his interrogation for 10 am to 6 pm during a three-day remand that the agency got on November 8. Hearing on his plea is now scheduled for December 29, said a lawyer who attended the proceedings.The agency also sought permission to get his fingerprints but the matter has been posted for a later hearing. “There has been no decision on whether the juvenile should be tried as an adult,” Sushil Tekriwal, counsel of the victim’s father, Barun Chandra Thakur, said.On November 14, Thakur had filed a petition before the JJB, seeking that the 16-year-old accused be tried as an adult, stating that the crime he committed was “chilling, horrific, monstrous, and serious in nature”.”The juvenile should be treated as an adult as he knew what he was doing, his intention was to kill. He bought a knife a day before and also researched poisons on the internet. The statements recorded by the CBI officers indicate that he planned this murder to delay the exams and the parents-teachers meeting. The murder had a motive,” said Tekriwal.SCHOOL BUS CONDUCTOR RETURNS HOMEAshok Kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in connection with the Ryan murder case, was released on bail from the Bhondsi Jail on Wednesday evening. As the media persons thronged outside the Jail premises, the authorities as well as Kumar’s lawyers were quick to get him out from the back gate. His family members and other villagers were waiting for him at his home. Kumar’s lawyers claimed that he was not in a condition to speak to the media. He reached home around 9 pm and soon went to sleep. Kumar was granted bail on Tuesday under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has a right to personal liberty and life.

Mulayam Singh Yadav celebrates low-key birthday with son Akhilesh; brothers Shivpal, Ram Gopal stay away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday celebrated his birthday in a low-key event at the party headquarters in Lucknow. This year’s celebration was departure from the past when Mulayam’s birthdays were known for grand celebrations, where celebrities and supporters used to gather to mark the occasion.Two years ago in 2015, Mulayam’s birthday celebration also featured a live performance by Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman at athletics stadium in Saifai. The three-day birthday bash also featured a performance by singer Hariharan.A year before that, his 75th birthday was hosted by Mulayam’s long-time aide Azam Khan at his hometown in Rampur. Khan had imported a very special Victorian ‘buggy’ from the United Kingdom for the leader, who was given a ride through the main thoroughfare of Rampur town.His 78th birthday last year, however, was a low-key affair as the two warring factions of the Samajwadi Party wrestled to seize control of the party. The birthday celebrations were later called off due to a train accident and death of a senior party leader.Today’s event was hosted by Mulayam’s son and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav at the party headquarters on Vikaramditya Marg, which was tastefully decorated. Akhilesh presented a Kashmiri shawl to father Mulayam and offered sweets. Senior party leaders who were present on the occasion also greeted him.Akhilesh’s uncles Shivpal Singh Yadav and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav skipped the celebrations.Mulayam was born on November 22, 1939 in Saifai village of Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh.Speaking on the occasion, Mulayam said that Akhilesh is his son first and leader later. “He is a good boy and performed well as the Chief Minister. My blessings will always be with him,” said Mulayam.Giving lessons of “samajwad” (socialism) to party workers, Mulayam said, “You should all read Lohiaji. Our party always fought for the cause of women and discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and region.”Later, the father-son duo talked to each other for over an hour and Mulayam was seen giving political tips to Akhilesh.During this Diwali, Mulayam had attempted to broker ice in the ongoing family feud when the entire Yadav clan had gathered at Saifai. But with both Shivpal Singh Yadav and Prof Ram Gopal Yadav staying away from Mulayam’s birthday celebrations, it seems that power tussle still continues within the Samajwadi Party.When asked, Shivpal said that he has congratulated ‘netaji’ over phone. Shivpal hinted that he was unhappy as Akhlesh did not invite him. Shivpal also showed reservations on Akhilesh still hobnobbing with the Congress for 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “He has not learnt his lessons from the defeat of 2017,” he pointed.Mulayam and Akhilesh have not been on best of terms after the son ousted the father from the post of the SP national president in January, just before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.Akhilesh was unanimously re-elected the party president at the SP national convention in October this year.He had claimed to have the blessings of his father, although Mulayam and Shivpal both had skipped the Agra event.

Haryana: 3 kids found dead in Panchkula; father, uncle arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bodies of three children, who were reported missing since Sunday, have been recovered from the jungles near Morni Hill in Haryana. The three children have been identified as 11-year-old Sameer, eight-year-old Simran and four-year-old Samar. Police suspect the children’s father and uncle’s involvement in the alleged murder say media reports. The motive behind the murder of the children is unclear. The children belonged to Sarsa village in Kurukshetra district. Some reports, based on statements made by the family members, suggest that father’s extra-marital affair may have been the trigger for the shocking crime. The father Sonu Malik allegedly roped in his cousin to do the shooting. According to a report in NDTV, the police say Jagdeep followed the kids and asked them to get into his car, pretending he would take them to a fair. He took them, instead, to a deserted spot near a forest and shot them dead.When the family members started searching for the boys, the accused also joined the search. But the police found Sonu Malik’s behaviour suspicious and later questioned him and Jagdeep. On Tuesday, the bodies were found near the spot allegedly revealed by Jagdeep. DCP Panchkula Manbir Singh visited and inspected the crime scene with his team. A forensics team was also called to the spot. The bodies of three children have been sent for post-mortem.

Love jihad case: Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing for in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the father of a Kerala-based woman, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, that interaction with the woman be conducted in- camera.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that it will deal with this plea on November 27 itself when the woman would be brought before it for interaction.The counsel for Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, sought an urgent hearing on his plea saying that it would become infructuous if the earlier order mandating open court interaction is not modified.The apex court had on October 30 directed that the woman be produced before it on November 27 for an interaction in open court.Asokan referred to the communally sensitive nature of the case and sought in-camera interaction on some grounds including that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family.The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The NIA had claimed that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

Hadiya’s father relies on right to privacy, seeks in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>KM Ashokan moved court on Tuesday seeking direction for in-camera proceedings on the day his daughter Akhila/Hadiya is supposed to appear before a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.The father’s move comes days before Hadiya is set to appear before the court to finally speak up and give her side of the story.Hadiya, who has been caught in the eye of the storm for converting to Islam and marrying Shafin Jahan, is supposed to appear before the court bench on November 27.”It is respectfully submitted that a family’s anguish and misery caused by the acts of an extremist organisation should not be reduced to a public spectacle and or a reality show. The object of the production of Akhila in a court is to enable this court to arrive at the truth and ascertain the role of PFI/other extremist elements, and whether there is a network in place or systematic conversion and radicalisation activities,” the application filed through advocate Madhavi Divan said.”Given the extent of religious indoctrination by extremist elements, wherein the respondent’s daughter is already spewing narratives of hell and the torment meted out to sinners, she may be subject to undue pressures which could be an obstacle to truth seeking and the dispensation of justice,” Asokan’s application further stated requesting the bench which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud to recall its earlier order for an open court hearing.”Further, this Hon’ble Court would be kind enough to take into consideration the impact on the privacy of not only Akhila but her family as well,” the application read citing the recent judgment on the right to privacy.At the previous hearing, overruling vociferous objections by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the father – Ashokan KM, the apex court ordered Akhila aka Hadiya to be produced in court on November 27 at 3 pm. CJI Misra said the court wanted to hear Akhila, whether she converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan by choice or if she was compelled.”If a girl comes and says I don’t want to stay with my father what should the court do? We have to find out where she intends to stay,” the bench had then said. “As far as her marriage is concerned its a personal choice,” the bench had observed. “IT is our constitutional obligation to direct the production of the girl and ask her choice,” the court added.However, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh – representing the National Investigative Agency (NIA) submitted that Hadiya’s case was not unique and Kerela was witnessing a trend where people were leaving to join the banned terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”89 cases have been identified in Kerela so far and nine are the worst.” Singh said. The ASG added that Hadiya was indoctrinated by the conversion organisation Sathya Sarini and the Popular Front of India (PFI) – an Islamic fundamentalist organisation, were behind the radicalisation and hence her “free consent” should not be considered. Referring to observations made by American courts in similar cases, Singh had likened Hadiya’s case to that of “psychological kidnapping.”Representing the father, senior advocate Shyam Divan said: “In a composite and plural culture like ours, constitutional courts respond to radicalisation. In the U.S. and the U.K., courts respond well before a person crosses over to the realm of criminality. Courts cannot remain silent in plural societies.”The court however, stood firm after the hour-long hearing of heated appeals. “Must direct the production of the girl. We will address all other issues in due course,” the bench said. It further questioned whether the girl – who is an adult, can remain confined in the custody of the parents. “We are going by the language of the law, not by pulse or impulse,” the Chief Justice said.

Fortis dengue death case: Haryana govt orders probe, hospital says no overcharging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Haryana government today ordered a probe into an allegation that Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon overcharged the family of a seven-year-old girl, who died of dengue, hours after the Centre asked it to initiate an urgent inquiry into the case.The private hospital has denied the charge, saying the patient’s kin was informed about the bill on a daily basis. State Health Minister Anil Vij said a senior officer would investigate the case. Directions have been issued to the officer to submit the probe report at the earliest so that strict action could be taken against the guilty, he said. He said no hospital in the state would be allowed to play with the health and sentiments of the people. The health ministry earlier asked the Haryana government to take “exemplary” action against Fortis if “overcharging, negligence or malfeasance” were established in the case of the dengue patient.The case relates to the death in September of the dengue patient, Adya Singh, who was admitted to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon, a multi super-speciality care hospital, for 15 days. The hospital billed her family almost Rs 16 lakh. The episode was highlighted recently on Twitter by a friend of the girl’s father, who alleged the hospital charged a huge sum of money for the treatment, and the patient later died.
ALSO READ Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeksThe Twitter posts went viral, in the wake of which Health Minister J P Nadda took cognisance of the case. Terming the incident “very unfortunate”, Nadda earlier in the day had asked Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan to look into the case.She in turn wrote a letter to the principal secretary of Haryana’s health department, asking for an action-taken report within two weeks, following which the state government initiated the probe. The hospital in a statement refuted the allegation and said there was no medical negligence and all standard protocols were followed in the treatment of the patient. “Patient Adya Singh was admitted at FMRI on August 31 at 11:16 am with an initial diagnosis of severe dengue. At the time of admission, the child’s condition was serious and deteriorating,” the statement said.After an MRI (brain) of the patient on September 14, her family was again explained about the critical condition of the child, after which “they took the decision to take the child Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA)”, the hospital said, adding she succumbed the same day. A total of 750 pairs of gloves and 600 syringes during a 15-day stay is “justifiable and acceptable” when the patient is in an ICU setting. Syringes are being misrepresented as “injections” which are very different from each other, it claimed. The hospital had yesterday claimed that an itemised bill “spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family” at the time of their departure from the hospital.All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged according to actuals, it had claimed. “Ventilator usage, CRRTs (continuous renal replacement therapies), multiple blood transfusions, ICU rent also add on to the cost to the patient. The total bill for the 15-day duration of hospitalisation was Rs 15,79,322. “An amount of Rs 5,21,433 was paid by the insurance, and the balance Rs 10,37,889 was paid by the family of the child,” the statement added. “All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to,” the hospital had yesterday claimed.Asked by reporters if he was intimated regularly about the bill through text on mobile phone, Adya’s father Jayant Singh alleged, “Yes, I was getting the bill and one day when I asked for a break-up of it, they said, 900 gloves were used in 6-7 days. And, when I questioned that, the number of gloves were reduced.” Congress leader Deepender Hooda hit out at Vij, alleging, “The minister is occupied with putting comic tweets. He was not elected to entertain people, and he should rather focus on his department.”Indian Medical Association President Dr K K Aggarwal said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) should take over the case. “Questions we need to ask is, whether it was a case of unnecessary treatment? Has the hospital charged for something for which it should not have? If it is a fraud, let it be investigated. But, first let the probe be done,” he said.

Ryan student murder case: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar granted bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A civil court in Gurgaon on Tuesday granted a bail to bus conductor Ashok Kumar, an accused in the murder of Ryan International School student Pradyuman Thakur.On the morning of September 8, Pradyuman was found dead in a toilet of the school with his throat slit, within an hour of his father leaving him at the school.The court observed that CBI did not submit any evidence against conductor Ashok and granted a bail with a bond of Rs 50,000.The Gurgaon police had arrested Kumar, pinning the blame for the crime on him.Kumar’s lawyer Mohit Verma had filed the bail plea after the CBI had on November 8 arrested a Class 11 student of the school in connection with the killing.Verma had said that they had brought to the notice of the court that the CBI has no proof against Kumar. He also said the CBI itself had claimed that the juvenile had confessed to his crime and the motive had also been established by the agency.However, opposing the bail plea, the CBI counsel had said the agency had not reached a stage in its probe where Kumar could be declared innocent.

Congress accuses Centre of not celebrating Indira centenary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Congress organised nationwide programmes to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, hailing her as one who fought for secularism and the poor, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram flagged the angst of the party with the government “not celebrating” the event.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary”, while BJP veteran LK Advani and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel paid floral tributes to her in Parliament in the presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.BJP MP Varun Gandhi hailed his grandmother as “a mother to this nation”. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. To a lady that was a mother to this nation. Miss you Dadi…I know you always watch over us,” Varun said in a tweet that also had a picture in which the former Prime Minister is seen holding him, then a small child, in her lap.Rahul, who is set to take over as Congress president within a fortnight, termed her ‘dadi’ his ‘mentor and guide’, who gave him strength.Participating in a discussion on Indira at the Tata Literature Live festival in Mumbai, Chidambaram said, “It is a shame that the country is not celebrating the centenary of its only female Prime Minister. The government of India did not celebrate her centenary. I do not know which state government celebrated her centenary.”He further said, “The Congress party is doing it in its own way but the country is not celebrating Indira Gandhi’s centenary much like Russia that seems to have forgotten the centenary of the Russian revolution.”Former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh felt that the BJP is friendlier to Indira Gandhi than her father Jawaharlal Nehru, as she was steeped in the Upanishads and Vedas.At 1 Safdarjung Road, where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984, Congress president Sonia Gandhi recalled her mother-in-law as one who “fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people on lines of religion and caste”.”For her, as the Prime Minister, there was one religion, a sacred creed passionately held — that all Indians were equal children of the motherland,” she said at the function.Noting that Indira Gandhi could not tolerate any form of bullying, coercion and unfairness, the Congress president said she faced all endemic problems — from combating poverty and inequality to the critical ones of war and terrorism — with courage for the 16 years that she governed the nation.”She gloried in the rich diversity of India, its profound democratic and secular values,” she said, highlighting Indira’s commitment towards the poor.Former President Pranab Mukherjee recalled her role in inserting the two words “socialist” and “secular” in the Constitution through the 42nd amendment to make it explicit even when many at that time considered it unnecessary, arguing the entire text of the Constitution was already oriented towards socialism and secularism.He said that this decision emanated out of her belief that insertion of these two words in the preamble would define the characteristics of Indian State adequately.A photo exhibition with rare photographs of Indira Gandhi was organised at the venue, where former Prime Minister Singh unveiled a special catalogue on her.

PM Modi remembers Indira Gandhi on birth centenary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tributes to former counterpart Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary today.”Tributes to former PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary,” he tweeted.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid their tributes to Gandhi on her birth centenary.A central figure in Indian politics, Indira Gandhi was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India.Born on November 19, 1917, Gandhi served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977, and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian prime minister.While she began her educational stint at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, Gandhi was unable to complete her course, and subsequently continued her education from the University of Oxford.Following the demise of her mother, she briefly attended the Badminton School before enrolling at Somerville College in 1937 to study history.Gandhi served as her father’s personal assistant and hostess during his tenure as Prime Minister between 1947 and 1964.She was elected Congress President in 1959. Upon her father’s death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.However, in the Congress Party’s parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966 (upon the death of Shastri) she defeated her opponent Morarji Desai to become a leader, and subsequently Shastri’s successor as Prime Minister of India.As Prime Minister, Gandhi was known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement and war of independence in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh, as well as increasing India’s influence to the point where it became the regional hegemon of South Asia.Citing fissiparous tendencies and in response to a call for revolution, Gandhi instituted a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 where basic civil liberties were suspended and press was censored.Among the awards conferred upon her, Gandhi, in 1971, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour after leading India to victory against Pakistan in the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.In 1980, she returned to power after free and fair elections. She was assassinated by Sikh nationalists in 1984, less than a month before her 67th birthday.

Photo exhibition brings out unseen facets of Indira Gandhi’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She looks on dotingly at the two toddlers sitting in her lap, patting the family dog. A few steps down, the woman is a grief-stricken daughter, solemnly mourning the demise of her father, her face not betraying any emotion. In the next shot, however, tears streaming down the face, her iron-willed demeanour collapses at the weight of losing a young son, showing a broken mother.These are some of the rare glimpses one gets to see of Indira Gandhi, at I Am Courage, a photography exhibition initiated to mark the centenary celebration of the former Prime Minister. Being held at the Indira Gandhi Memorial at Safdarjung Road, it traces the life and times of the matriarch of the Gandhi family.The 300 rare photographs, each accompanied by snippets on the story behind them, unspool Gandhi’s emotions, a rarity for the country that has always been privy only to her public persona. In one such picture, she stands by Feroz Gandhi’s side, with an expression of a coy bride looking ahead to her new innings.She’s perched on a rock, sitting with her daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi, both the ladies beaming with happiness. That she was a doting grandmother becomes prominent in scores of photographs with Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, where she lets her guard down, playfully and affectionately. One also sees a young Indira, taking fledgling steps into her political journey, lovingly guided by her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.The photographs have been curated over a period of five years, as Deepti Sasidharan, curator of the project, shares. “In what started off as a digitising project, eventually culminated into I Am Courage. We sifted through 90,000 pictures of Mrs Gandhi, starting from her childhood. While the IGM Trust wanted us to only digitise these photos, we were so overwhelmed with the extensive data on our hands that we decided to bring it to the public.”300 rare photosThere are 300 rare photographs at display at the event ‘I Am Courage’.Each is accompanied by snippets on the story behind them, unspool Gandhi’s emotionsThe photographs have been curated over 5 years

Day after BJP leader Shiv Kumar shot dead, family protests with his dead body on road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Day after the local BJP leader, Shiv Kumar was shot dead, his family members blocked and protested with his body on the sector 71 road and demanded the arrest of criminals on Friday morning.”We do not have anyone to name but we want the arrest of the criminals as soon as possible. He used to discuss everything with me but never told me about any threat to his life. I spoke to him day before yesterday on the phone and he sounded normal,” said Yogesh Yadav, deceased’s brother.Family members blocked the road for about half an hour and left when they were given assurance, police said.”We have formed teams to nab the criminals. We have assured the family members of quick investigation. We had to make them understand that by protesting on the road they are creating a problem for the police and the commuters,” said a senior police officer. On Thursday afternoon, Kumar and his security guard, Balli, were shot dead while his driver, Rashpal was critically wounded and later succumbed to death when four men on two motorcycles rained around 40 bullets on their Toyota Fortuner car in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh. A 15-year-old girl, Anjali also died when the car, during the attack, accidentally hit her. Kumar lived with his wife Neelam (38), daughter Shivani, and three sons Sunny (12), Sachin (8) and Ashu (6) at their Pratap Vihar residence. Kumar was close associate of leader Mahesh Sharma. According to a senior police officer, Kumar holds a criminal background and due to which he was sent to jail two years ago.”Kumar and another party had dispute over a property in their village in which Kumar’s father and uncle were killed and later Kumar framed his driver’s death because of which he was sent to jail on the charges of murder. Prima facie, it appears to be the same property dispute,” the officer added. Family members, however, said they had settled down and the latest murder is not linked to it. However, no fir has been reported.

My son’s murderers should be tried in fast-track court: Babloo Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The father of a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by two of his employees has now demanded that the case should be tried in a fast track court and also demanded capital punishment for his son’s assailants. The Powai police, during the investigation, recovered the dupatta allegedly used to strangulate the boy.”We have conducted the last rites of Ritesh. The case should be tried in the fast track court so that the justice is not delayed. I demand death punishment for Amar and Lalan who killed my child for personal gains. Our entire family is in shock,” said Babloo Singh.According to the police, on November 12, victim Ritesh Singh was allegedly kidnapped. Locals had informed Ritesh’s father Babloo that Ritesh was last seen in the locality with his employees Amar, 21, and Lalan, 20, after which Babloo made enquiries with the two. But they claimed that they were unaware of Ritesh’s whereabouts. The police detained Amar and Lalan for questioning and after sustained questioning, they broke down and narrated the entire incident, police said.

Four-year-old can repeat class, says Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) has directed to retain a four-year-old student in lower kindergarten after the parents wanted their ward to be continue in the same class. The parents said that she was not mentally prepared for the next class due to her delayed cognitive development, and required time to cope up.Justice Indermeet Kaur allowed the retention of Kiara Dhawan, who was a slow learner, according to the petition filed by her father Sandeep Dhawan.According to the plea filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, the child required more time to cope up with other children of her age, and promoting her to the next class would serve no purpose.Earlier, the court had granted interim relief to the minor’s parents’. However, it confirmed the order on Wednesday.The plea had claimed that the minor was born three months before the due date and weighed just 850 gms on her birth. She had spent three months in intensive care and her physical development was hampered.However, she had to be admitted in nursery in 2016-2017, when she was three, because of the Delhi government’s regulations, as per which a child not more than three years was eligible for nursery admission.The petitioner also said that during his daughter’s entire academic year in nursery class in 2016-17, she was not able to cope up with the learning/education being imparted, and scored poorly in all the assessments throughout the year.The class teacher called for repeated discussion to highlight this and it was tough for her, as well as for the parents, to help Kiara catch up with the pace.The father said that he made repeated requests to the school for repetition of the academic session 2017-18. On January 5, the father wrote a letter to the Deputy Director of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, requesting them to intervene in the matter but it went unanswered.Hence, he approached the HC with his request where his claim was backed by the Delhi government, following which the court passed the retention order.THE PLEAShe was not mentally prepared for the next class due to her delayed cognitive development
The plea had claimed that the minor was born three months before the due date and weighed just 850 gms on her birth. She had spent three months in intensive care and her physical development was hampered.

Delhi High Court directs CARA to give NoC to adoptive parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It would be”grave injustice” to a child if he is not allowed to unite with his adoptive parents, despite all the formalities being fulfilled, the Delhi High Court has said while directing the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to give no-objection certificate (NoC) to the parents to take their adopted son to Germany.Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that the NoC shall be granted within two weeks while directing the Ministry of External Affairs/Regional Passport Officer to issue a passport within a period of two weeks thereafter.The court’s order comes in wake of a plea filed by 13-year-old Divyansh Arora through his biological father Raj Kumar Arora. According to the plea, Divyansh was adopted by his paternal uncle Dalip Kumar Arora and his wife Vaishali Arora.The minor was adopted because Dalip and his wife did not have a child despite undergoing several medical treatments. Following this, the couple adopted their younger brother’s son following all the formalities of adoption on January 26, 2015. The next day, the adoption deed was made in a Delhi court.Since both the adopted parents were residing at Hannover, Germany and were Overseas Citizen of India, and it was an inter-country adoption, the petitioner approached CARA, as directed by the German Consulate at Delhi.The plea contended that CARA refused to assist them and required them to apply through proper channel for adoption on the premise that CARA was the central authority regulating inter-country adoptions, which were guided by the provisions of The Hague Convention, 1993 and accordingly, the parents would require an NoC from CARA, prior to applying for a visa.The parents of the petitioner allege to have approached CARA various times but said there was no response or assistance from them. The plea also claimed that CARA had forced them to undergo a cumbersome process and the guidelines issued in 2015, as it was notified after the adoption.CARA, on the other hand, contended that it was mandatory for the adoptive parents to obtain the agreement/approval of the central authority concerned in Germany, as well as the NOC (agreement) of CARA under Article 17 of The Hague Convention on Prevention of Children & Cooperation, in respect of Inter-Country Adoption, 1993.The court noted that the petitioner had placed on record a judgment of the Higher Regional Civil Court at Germany recognising the adoption of the petitioner and also recognising the judgement of the Court of District & Sessions Judge (West), Tis Hazari Courts.While allowing the plea, the court said, “The adoption ceremonies were performed in January 26, 2015, and the adoption deed was executed on the next day and for over two-and-a-half years, the minor child has been living with uncertainty and till date, has not been integrated with his adoptive family in the new country of residence.”The court noted that according to the judgement in the guardianship petition, Divyansh was lawfully adopted, and said the judgement has attained finality.”…and even if the petitioner was to wish, the petitioner cannot reunite with his biological parents. The petitioner’s birth certificate and his Aadhaar card have already been modified and the names of his adoptive parents have already been substituted, therein in place of his biological parents. Further, it is not a case of adoption between strangers. The present is a case of adoption between family members,” the court said.The judge also noted that all relations of the minor and his natural family has been severed and “if he is not permitted to unite with his adoptive family, then the child would be in a precarious position, where his relations with the biological parents have severed and the relations with his adoptive family are not permitted to be joined. It would cause grave injustice to a child”.NO RESPONSEThe plea contended that CARA refused to assist the parents. The parents of the petitioner alleged to have approached CARA various times but said there was no response or assistance from them.

This Indian man claimed a piece of land between Egypt and Sudan and ‘created’ his own kingdom!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On November 7, 2017 a man from India did the unthinkable and claimed a piece of land in a foreign country as his kingdom. Suyash Dixit from Indore declared himself the king of an 800-square-mile strip of land separating Egypt and Sudan.He wrote that he plans to rule the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’ online from India. He wrote on Facebook: “I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and the protector of the realm, declare myself as the king of “Kingdom of Dixit.”A CEO of an IT company, Dixit, a travel enthusiast stumbled upon the 800-square-mile strip of land separating Egypt and Sudan. Check out his full Facebook post about his remarkable discovery of the Kingdom of Dixit:I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and the protector of the realm, declare myself as the king of “Kingdom of Dixit”. I call myself, King Suyash First from today. I declare this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil as my country from now to the eternity of time. I pledge to continue to work for the prosperity of my people of the country and this motherland.I traveled 319KM (to and fro) in far desert with no roads to claim this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil. This 800 sq.miles of land belongs to no country. It is the only place on earth where humans can live and survive but is not a part of any state/country. Following the early civilization ethics and rule, if you want to claim a land then you need to grow crops on it. I have added a seed and poured some water on it today. It is mine.It was an epic journey starting from Abu Simbel at 4am. I took help from a local driver Mustafa for the car and most part of driving. When I told him about the plan first he thought I am crazy but then he agreed (yeah I paid him a lot). I and @Suyog spent 2 nights planning a highly optimised route for my travel where we can take the car.Just to tell how dangerous this plan was, the route that I took is under Egyptian military (it is an international border) and is an area of terrorists so military have a “shoot at sight” orders. But, if your bucket list ideas are not scary enough then they are not worth trying! And yes you need permissions to even enter the route that takes to this place. We got on 3 conditions, no photos of military areas (which is almost everything), you be back in the single day and you do not carry valuables. We drove for 6 hours straight in the middle of the desert and barren lands and crossing 1 military base to the location. We saw pure sand dunes, rocky hills, and canyons on our way. I left all my valuables back and told my local friend Esraa (she was very angry when I told her this plan initially so I kinda lied to her! Sorry Esraa! ) that if I am not back by midnight.. call the police. Now I know I am not the first one to be there. Now I know that some 5-10 folks have done it in the past as well but this is my land now (as I have officially planted the seeds following the rules) and if they want it back, there will be a war (over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks probably)!We found 2 places to put our flag. 1 we call it the capital of KoD and other where we start our borders. In this epic voyage, there were times we thought the car just cannot make any far from here or we don’t have enough fuel now or we just don’t have time to cross that hill but a little courage and some math is all you need sometimes. I learned something from this trip… never try anything like this ever again!We are opening foreign investments to our country and nationality applications from our website:https://kingdomofdixit.gov.bestHere are some exciting stats about KoD.Name: Kingdom of Dixit (KoD)Flag: Current population of country: 1Capital city: SuyashpurRuler: King Suyash IDate of establishment: Nov. 5, 2017National animal: lizard (I didn’t see any other animal there)I hereby declare Suyog Dixit as the acting Prime Minister and the Head of Military (if we have any) from today. We are accepting applications for other posts. I am proud to announce my father as the President of KoD as a birthday gift to him. Happy birthday Papa!Life is either an incredible adventure or it is nothing at all. If you are not doing something epic, you’re gonna end up in a yet another grave.And it had to work as I was the only passenger in flight to Abu Simbel, I was already too happy! 😀 I am the king! (Please?) This is no joke, I own a country now! Time to write an email to UN.

Ryan case: ‘Haryana minister told us not to seek a CBI probe’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another revelation in the Ryan murder case, victim Pradyuman’s father, Barun Thakur, alleged on Tuesday that Haryana Cabinet Minister Narbir Singh suggested to the family to not demand a CBI probe.The seven-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School was brutally murdered inside the school toilet on September 8, within an hour of his father leaving him there.According to the family, PWD, Forest, and Civil Aviation Minister Narbir Singh visited their house in Gurugram on September 14, a day before CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced the decision on CBI probe. Speaking strongly against a probe by the investigative agency, Singh told the family to not demand it. “He visited our house a day before the CM announced the decision. While talking about the incident, he began to give us reasons why we should not demand a CBI probe. He explained how CBI might not even pick up the case for the coming 1.5 years and how we might end up with the same findings as of the Gurugram Police,” Thakur told DNA.Unwilling to give up, however, Thakur requested the minister to go ahead with the CBI inquiry. “We were not pleased with his suggestion and requested him to take our plea forward,” he said.When contacted, Singh did not respond to DNA queries.The Gurugram Police had arrested a bus conductor in the case. Later, however, the CBI announced that a senior student of the same school was behind the murder, and rejected the police’s claim that the conductor was to blame.

Google celebrates Cornelia Sorabji’s 151st birth anniversary: 10 things you should know of India’s first woman advocate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Google on Wednesday paid tribute to India’s first female advocate Cornelia Sorabji on her 151st birth anniversary. Apart from this, Sorabji was also the first woman to graduate from the then Bombay University (now University of Mumbai).Here are 10 things you must know about her- She was one of nine children of Reverend Sorabji Karsedji, a missionary and his wife, Francina Ford,who had been adopted and raised by a British couple- Her father was a missionary and Sorabji claims that he was a key figure in convincing Bombay University to admit women to their degree programs- She enrolled in Deccan College, where she reportedly topped, but was not given a scholarship. She then took up a temporary position as a professor of English at a men’s college in Gujarat.- She was the first woman to graduate from Bombay University- She was funded by several individuals, including Florence Nightingale to complete her education. She took the Bachelor of Civil Laws exam at Oxford, becoming the first woman to do so- She returned to India and fought for the rights of widows who weren’t allowed to communicate with the outside world- She was not allowed to defend the women, as the legal system in British India at the time forbade her from doing so. She was formally recognised as a barrister after the law changed in 1923.- In the next 20 years of service, it is estimated that Sorabji helped over 600 women and orphans fight legal battles, sometimes at no charge.- Sorabji retired from the high court in 1929, and settled in London, visiting India during the winters.- She died in 1954

Kidnappers panic, kill 10-year-old Powai boy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Powai police has arrested two youths for allegedly kidnapping and murdering the 10-year-old son of their employer on Sunday. The suspects had abducted the boy to demand ransom from his family, but after they received a call from the boy’s dad asking about his whereabouts, they panicked and killed him. They then dumped his body in Bhayander.The arrested duo has been identified as Amar Singh, 21, and Lalan Singh, 20. They worked for the victim’s father in his fabrication business. According to the police, they hatched the plan to get money to set up their own business. They intended to demand Rs 10 lakh as ransom, the police said.According to the police, on November 12, the victim Ritesh Singh went missing, and his family began searching for him.Residents of the area informed Ritesh’s father that he was last seen in the locality with Amar and Lalan before he went missing. Ritesh’s father then made inquiries with them, but they claimed they were not aware of where he went. Ritesh’s parents then lodged a kidnapping case with the Powai police.The police detained Amar and Lalan and after sustained questioning, they broke down and narrated the entire incident, police said.”As per the duo, on November 12, they took Ritesh to Bhayander via train and had planned to keep him in captivity for a few days and demand ransom. However, after they received the call, they panicked and strangulated Ritesh the same day. They later claimed to have dumped Ritesh’s body at Golden Nest area of Bhayander,” said a Powai police officer.The duo was then placed under arrest after which they led the police team to the place where they had allegedly dumped Ritesh’s body.”We have now added sections 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence) and 34(common intent) of the Indian Penal Code to the case. The recovered body has been sent for post-mortem and we are awaiting the reports. The suspects wanted to start their own business by extorting money from boy’s father,” said ND Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 10.

Man rapes friend’s infant daughter, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Children’s Day, the Capital woke up to the horrific news of a man raping a one-and-a-half-year-old baby girl, whom he was supposed to take care of. The incident was reported from south Delhi’s Shahpur Jat village on Monday afternoon. The girl is stable and currently recuperating in hospital.”The accused, Santosh, was arrested from the area. He works in the housekeeping department of a hotel,” a police officer said.According to the police, Santosh lived in the victim’s neighbourhood and was her father’s friend. Her parents left the accused at home so that he could look after the child. The parents told the police that they often asked the accused, identified as Santosh, to take care of their daughter in their absence. Her father said that one of his other friends stood on guard. When the child’s mother reached home on Monday afternoon, she found the girl bleeding and crying. She then rushed her to hospital, where doctors told her that the child was sexually assaulted.”My wife called me and told me to rush home. There was excessive bleeding. There was blood on my daughter’s undergarments, walls, and floor. The police told me that I should not report the matter to the media. My wife told me that my daughter had been behaving in a weird manner for the last 10 days or so. I don’t know whether the accused did it on earlier occasions,” said a weeping father.Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal went to the hospital to meet the victim and demanded that of Home Minister Rajnath Singh meet the child as well. She also staged a protest outside Singh’s residence and demaned that the rape accused be hanged within six months. Maliwal and some other DCW members were detained and taken to the Mandir Marg police station, before being released.Maliwal also took to the social media in order to express her anger and tweeted (sic): “1.5-year-old girl raped on Children’s Day, which was supposed to be the last day of my Satyagraha. I am speechless, devastated. The system failed to move, despite my efforts.”

CDs don’t go in dry waste bin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heera bai works as a domestic help in one of Mumbai’s apartment complexes. She, like the family she works for, would earlier throw all the garbage in a common bin. Since last month, when the city’s municipal body asked for waste to be segregated in different containers as per wet and dry waste, the society has provided blue-coloured garbage bins. Green, she is told, is for wet waste and blue for dry. Following the logic, she throws all the waste paper from the craft work little Shael and his friend Riyaaz had done into the blue bin. But Shael’s elder sister, Shaila stops her, saying, “Woh hare dabbe mein jayega (That will go in the green bin).” Heera is visibly confused. “Lekin woh gila nahin hai (But that’s not dry)!”The confusion didn’t end there. Their father Rajeev decided he must clean up the music cabinet. He transfers all the songs from the CDs onto a hard drive. Once he’s done, he dumps all the CDs into the blue bin for dry waste. The following morning the society’s housekeeping staff told Rajeev that the CDs can’t go in the blue bin since they are not dry waste. “But that’s not wet waste either. Where does it go then?” asks Rajeev, only to be told that CDs are electronic waste, and as such fall under a separate category.Rajeev is unconvinced and so they look up the video released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Turns out the CDs show up in neither waste categories. Even as confusion about what constitutes dry and wet waste reigns, residents and workers may well do to look up the municipal body’s circular — wet waste, it notes, comprises all that can be composted; dry waste is what can be recycled. And therefore wet waste must consist only that which is biodegradable.The circular emphasises that to dispose off dry waste such as food containers/delivery boxes and plastic bags, these must be first rinsed before being put in the blue bins so as to prevent odour from spreading. The dry waste can be sold to the local scrap dealer, and some wards are offering doorstep dry waste collection for free. As for wet waste, the society can distribute it among residents, sell it or “in case the compost runs into tonnes, it can be sold to Rashtriya Chemical Fertilisers (RCF) with whom the municipal corporation has partnered. They won’t accept small quantities though,” says a BMC official.Here’s how waste is collectedWet Waste (Anything that can be composted) Dry Waste Electronic waste or ‘e waste’ Biomedical waste Fruit peels, vegetables, leftover food, fallen leaves, tea powder, floral waste, coconut shells, wood, hand and toe nails, hair, meat, fish, egg shells, used paper, dust from house brooming, etc. Plastic and plastic products, metal and tin cans, sponge, thermacol, glass and glassware, rexine, tetrapak containers, clothes, tubes, rubber,, bones, used cotton, cardboard, etc.
Batteries, CDs, cassettes, phone batteries, chargers, wires and cables, old phones, etc Sanitary napkins, medicines, used bandages, injection syringes, etc.
Housing societies and other bulk generators have to process/compost wet waste on their own
The municipal body will collect this
The municipal body also collects e-waste if it’s segregated The minicipal corporation will collect biomedical waste for a fee

Punjab gangster confesses to murdering Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader on FB; says it was revenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Punjab Police busted a terror-module behind the recent targeted killing in the state, a Punjab-based gangster wrote on Facebook that murder of Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader, Vipin Sharma be not be linked to religion, as it was a ‘revenge killing’.In a Facebook post, the gangster named Saraj Sandhu wrote that murder of Sharma who was shot dead by two persons in Amritsar in broad daylight on October 30 was committed by him. “He (Sharma) paid for his sins, as he was involved in the murder of a friend’s father. Anyone who has doubts can check the police investigation records exposing his involvement,” he wrote.He further highlighted that the murder should not be linked to any religion, as it was committed to avenge his friends’ father murder. “We not spare anyone who does wrong to our friends. The murder should not be linked to any religion,” he wrote.Vipin Sharma, President of Amritsar unit of Hindu Sangharsh Sena was shot dead by two unidentified youth when he had gone to the market on his motorcycle on October 30. The incident captured on a CCTV camera showed two men opening fire at unarmed Sharma. The face of one of the accused was visible in the footage, which bore resemblance to gangster Saraj Sandhu.Punjab Police had recently busted a terror module funded by ISI, which had allegedly confessed to the recent targeted killings, including murder of two RSS leaders and Pastor of a Church in Ludhiana. Five incidents of targeted killings took place between April 2016 and February 2017, while two took place in July and October 2017.“We have got certain leads about him (Sandhu) who was narrowed down after the CCTV footage and he would be arrested soon. We are yet to verify if the posts on the social networking site were made by him or someone else uploaded it,” said a senior Punjab Police official.It is not the first time that gangsters in Punjab have confessed to the killings on social media and glorified them with impunity. Out of the 52 gangsters operating in Punjab according to police, a number of them are active on social networking sites.

Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after CBI confirmed the confession of the 16-year-old accused in the sensational Ryan school murder case, the father of the class 11 student on Saturday claimed his son is innocent and has been ‘brutally’ tortured.”My son is being tortured, he was hung upside down and brutally thrashed. He is completely innocent,” the father told ANI.”Do you think such a young boy would behave normally for so many days had he committed such a serious crime,” he asked the authorities for making such a serious claim against his son.The father of the 16-year-old alleged murderer also ruled out any CBI’s theory of his son committing the crime to postpone the school exams and a parent-teacher meet. According to CBI, the teen was weak in studies and that the victim was a random target.”Only one PTM had happened till now and all teachers had praised my son’s performance and behaviour, I have his marksheets,” he said.Meanwhile, the special court have accepted a CBI’s plea to send the juvenile to an observation home till the next hearing. So, the accused has been sent to an observation home in Faridabad till November 22. The agency has also planned a psychological examination of the student after reconstructing the crime to know how he carried out the murder. The juvenile was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday for cold-blooded murder of class 2 student in Ryan International School in Gurgaon while school bus conductor Ashok Kumar is in jail after being arrested by the Haryana police. The bus conductor has now applied for bail.Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was found dead in a pool of blood with his throat slit at the school’s washroom on September 8.

Ryan case: Conductor to sue cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar said that he had been made a “scapegoat” in the Ryan murder case in order to protect the real culprit and — along with their lawyer on Friday — moved a bail application at the Gurugram court.”The reply for the bail application will come by November 16. Our first priority is to get Kumar out of jail and prove his innocence. Then we will decide the course of action to be taken against the Gurugram police,” said Mohit Verma, counsel for Ashok Kumar.Verma added that once the CBI would submit its closure report in court, they would be taken action against the Gurugram Police for “torturing” Kumar. He said that he had been “drugged, thrashed and forced to confess and sign on papers.”Kumar was arrested by the Haryana Police on charges of killing seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur inside the washroom at the Ryan International School, Gurgaon in September. Since then he has been in jail.The family members of Kumar also stated that they have undergone immense turmoil since his arrest, as he was their breadwinner. They added that the entire village from the first day had vouched for his character and said that he could never kill anyone. Despite this, they said, Kumar was paraded in front of media persons by the police when he was arrested.Kumar’s mother, who is unwell, said his arrest made their lives hell as his wife also lost her job soon after his arrests. She said though that it was much more difficult for his children to deal with as they saw him with police on television and knew their father was in jail.Political Battle The Opposition attacked the BJP government and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar over the “shoddy” police probe. Ajay Yadav, a minister in the former Hooda government, demanded a thorough inquiry against the concerned Gurugram police officers and a member of the SIT who he said had made the “poor conductor” a scapegoat.

Ryan student murder: CBI probing role of second student who accompanied arrested juvenile; bus conductor seeks bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is now probing a role of another student who accompanied juvenile arrested in connection with the murder of Ryan International School student.Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was murdered on September 8 and the case was with the Gurgaon police for 13 days before taken over by the CBI.However, in a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Thursday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman Thakur, rejecting the Gurgaon police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of conductor Ashok Kumar.According to sources, the CBI probe is now focusing on the second student who had accompanied the teenager and informed the Gardner and the teacher that a profusely bleeding boy is lying in the washroom.The agency has recorded a statement of the second boy at a different place and not in the headquarters. As of now, CBI is trying to find if there are any discrepancies in his statement recorded before Gurgaon Police and Judicial Magistrate and the one he gave to the CBI.The agency is also closely probing whether school staff and Haryana Police are involved in the destruction of evidence.On the other hand, the arrested juvenile was taken to shops in Sohna market area, but the CBI failed to establish that the juvenile had himself purchased the knife.Even the shopkeeper did not recognize the juvenile boy. The investigating agency also took with them around six samples of knives from the shop where the juvenile had allegedly purchased the knife from. Meanwhile, the family of Ashok Kumar has decided to apply for a bail and file a case against police officers who ‘framed’ him.”As soon as the closure report comes will file bail for Ashok. once he is discharged, we will file a case against the police and school management,” said Mohit Verma, Ashok’s Lawyer.”Now it is almost clear that my son Ashok was framed and made a scapegoat. We have decided to file a case against Gurgaon Police SIT officers who framed and used torture and even drugged him to confess before the media that he had committed the crime,” said Ashok’s father Amirchand.

23-yr-old- youth with a ‘fortune’ in ATS net

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty three years of age, huge bank balance, swanky cars, regular trips to foreign countries, running a real estate empire, interested in shooting competitions and now an accused in the fake licence case. These characteristics sum up who Anaas Khan is. A native of Gujarat, Anaas was arrested by the Rajasthan Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday for getting a gun licence made but not in his name. The youth rather got the licence made impersonating a official of the Border Security Force.Conducting its first arrest outside the state in the fake gun licence and weapons case, the state ATS nabbed a 23-year-old youth from Ahmedabad who was in possession of three weapons. Shockingly, the youth alleges that he takes part in local shooting tournaments organised in Gujarat.“Anaas is the first person from outside Rajasthan who has been arrested in the fake licence case. Khan paid Rs 4 lakh through hawala transaction to get a licence made in the name of a constable of the BSF,” said Vikas Kumar, ATS Superintendent of Police.Interestingly, even his father has been arrested in the past in a similar case. “Anaas’ father Salim Khan was arrested by Gujarat police earlier in a similar matter and was put behind bars too. Salim spends one quarter of a year in the United States,” officials said.Interestingly, Anaas – after getting the licence made – got the weapons, a .22 rifle, .12 bore rifle and .32 bore pistol, from Dewas through one Zafar. “Zafar provided the weapons and through Zafar he came in contact with Zubair – both have been arrested earlier. He claims that he takes part in .22 shooting events in Gujarat but we do not think he is a professional shooter. This point will be investigated thoroughly,” officials said.“This arrest shows that the gang has pan-India presence. We are conducting further investigation in the matter,” the SP said.

Most citizens want security measures in place instead of ban on horse rides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the authorities are planning to completely ban horse riding at Ghoda Garden in Cooperage after a six-year-old girl died from falling off a horse on Sunday evening, residents of the area have mixed reactions. Most, however, are against the ban. They stated that riding should be allowed provided there are safety measures in place.In June 2015, Bombay High Court had banned use of Victoria carriages in South Mumbai under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Specific licenses are given to horse owners if they want to conduct rides at Ghoda Garden. However, after the HC’s order in 2015, the BMC had not renewed licenses of horse owners who used to conduct rides at the said garden.Even after BMC’s move of not renewing the licenses, horse rides were being conducted at the garden for the past two years, illegally. Sunday’s incident forced police to take a stern measure and prohibit rides in the garden.Now BMC has sent a show cause notice to the local contractor of the garden and has asked him to beef up security to ensure no horse riding takes place there. Additionally, BMC has also written to police asking them not to allow horse riding in the garden.BMC and police departments had a meeting on Tuesday wherein it was unanimously decided to close the garden for horse riding. In the meeting the possibility of impounding and rehabilitating horses was also discussed.THE INCIDENTSix-year-old, Janhavi Sharma was taking a pony ride on Sunday around 4.30 pm with her father when the horse she was riding slipped. Janhavi slid off the horse and sustained a severe head injury. She was later declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Colaba police arrested the horse rider and booked him for causing death due to negligence.EXPERTS SPEAKHorse riding was carrying on illegally since the HC issued orders and we had not renewed the licenses. Now we have decided to completely ban horse rides at Ghoda Garden. We have also written a letter to the police and issued a show cause notice to the contractor asking him to increase security in the garden after the incident — Kiran Dighaonkar, assistant commissioner of BMC (A Ward)We had already prohibited horse rides in the garden and a meeting was held with BMC officials wherein we have decided to completely ban the rides —Manoj Kumar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1)CITIZEN VOICESThere should not be a ban on horse rides because children love horses. It should, however, be kept in a specific, secured area. They can have a designated area in the sand, with sufficient security gear so there is no chance of injury. That will be a win-win situation.— Mahendra HemdevNo, there should not be a complete ban on horse rides. Horses are pack animals and they love to race or run with people. Let SoBo children enjoy horse riding in this compact Mumbai. However, safety should be the main concern. The ground should be well maintained, helmets & other accessories should be provided. Accidents can happen on roads while crossing on the zebra crossing, but you can’t ban cars on roads—Rocky LoboNoone is taking responsibility for the incident, but I am sure most of us have taken horse rides and this place is in existence for six or more decades. The government should come up with some precautionary measures and allow the rides to go on with certain rules and safety gear. BMC should open up a stall providing these facilities if horse owners find it difficult.You cannot ban everything, you can only make them safer.—Krishna PavleIf BMC cannot maintain the Cooperage ground efficiently for recreational rides for kids with proper security measures, it is best to ban horse rides in this area as it is a safety issue and both BMC and those who organise horse riding are playing with the lives of innocent kids. BMC should also give an undertaking that they will be as criminally liable as the horse owner for any mishaps taking place in the future—Subhash Motwani”I used to go to Bandstand for horse rides as a kid myself, and later took my kids too. However, as a parent I was always afraid of the security measures (or lack of them) there. To take a horse ride you need to cross the track where the horses are galloping on concrete (again not a good idea), and there are no safety measures for mounting/dismounting, rider helmets etc. In fact, I was stepped upon by a horse once, while taking my son there. While I don’t believe there should be a complete ban, the authorities should ensure safety of the children by taking simple steps like using soft ground for the track, easy entry to the place to mount/dismount from the horse, mandating helmets and regulating number of operators there.” —Vikram GidwaniThe authorities should take necessary steps to prevent the conduct of all unregulated, unlicensed and unsafe riding activities on public roads and public spaces. There must be some basic level of generally accepted safety measures in place which include highly trained handlers and a safe environment for the horses in question. The Amateurs Riders Club at the R.W.I.T.C. is an excellent example of how horse riding activities can be conducted in a professionally managed safe environment with equal importance being given to the health and safety of not only young riders but the horses as well.—Mukul Mehra, resident of Napean Sea road.

Ryan school murder case: DNA had questioned shoddy probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A forensic team that had visited the spot where seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur was killed in Gurugram’s Ryan International School, had found a knife from a commode in the toilet. This was after the police had claimed that they had already recovered a blood-soaked knife from Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was arrested for the murder.This two-weapon theory had blown the lid off the Gurugram police’s botched-up probe, which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now rejected. The agency has claimed that the knife found in the commode was the one actually used for the crime.The police had claimed that the knife they recovered was a part of the bus tool kit. The bus driver, however, maintained that there was no knife in the box.On September 11, in a report titled ‘Key questions remain unanswered; Victim’s kin allege evidence tampering’, DNA had highlighted the loopholes in the police probe. The report had questioned how could a bus conductor drag a child to the washroom, sexually assault him, and then kill him within a span of 10 minutes.According to the CBI, a Class XI student of the same school killed Pradyuman, while rejecting the police theory that the conductor sexually assaulted the child before slitting his throat.Sources said the school teachers had noticed the suspect bringing a knife to school four days before the murder, but the Gurugram Police did not give any importance to this crucial bit of information.”We would not comment on the role of the Haryana Police. We followed our line of investigation. Now, the court will decide,” a CBI spokesperson said.The crucial CCTV footage, in which the Class XI student was seen near the toilet minutes before the murder, was also ignored by the cops. “The CCTV footage shows the suspected student pushing Pradyuman towards the washroom,” a CBI source said.The agency also found out that the student was the first to inform the gardener about the incident. “After scientific analysis of the crime scene and CCTV footage, and questioning of several people, we zeroed down to the Class XI student as our prime suspect,” a senior CBI officer said.Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur said the family always suspected that the case was being mishandled and the bus conductor was arrested in a hurry. “We had been telling the police to question other people but they were focused on the bus conductor, who was seen coming out of the washroom before Pradyuman came out with his throat slit,” he said. As per the Haryana Police, the footage from a security camera outside the bathroom showed the victim crawling out of the bathroom before collapsing next to a wall. It also showed Ashok entering the bathroom and exiting it, before the boy crawled out.In another cellphone video shot after the crime, the school’s junior section in-charge Anju Dudeja was seen saying that she and acting principal Neerja Batra asked the conductor to pick up Pradyuman, the cops had said. The conductor had then carried Pradyuman to the car. Gardener Harpal had said that Kumar did not have any blood stains on his clothes when he arrived at the scene.

16-year-old arrested for Ryan student’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended a 16-year-old student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Tuesday in connection with the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur in September. The Class XI student allegedly slit Pradyuman’s throat in an attempt to have school examinations and a parents-teacher meeting postponed.The teen student was the one who had informed the school authorities about Pradyuman lying in a pool of blood. The accused has been sent to three days police custody; CBI had sought six-day custody and to treat the accused as an adult in the case.The arrest has raised a serious question mark about preliminary investigation carried out by Haryana police, who had arrested a bus conductor named Ashok Kumar for the crime and even accused him of sodomising the child. “Koi baat nahin (it’s okay),” reponded Director General of Police (Haryana) BS Sandhuput to the latest development.The accused’s father insists his son is innocent. “I have always cooperated with the probe,” he said.”My son’s statement was recorded under Section 164. They called me late at night and arrested my son saying that he committed the murder. My son is innocent, in fact, he informed the teacher and gardener when he saw the child. No blood was found on my son’s clothes. CBI has no evidence against him.”CBI, however, maintains that evidence points to the teen’s guilt. CBI spokesperson, Abhishek Dayal, said, “The Class XI student was detained after inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning several people. The accused had carried a knife to school on the day of the crime and used it to kill his schoolmate. He then threw it in a commode in same washroom where Pradyuman was found. The weapon was initially recovered by police in Gurugram (Haryana); it is now with us.”Dayal said the teen was weak in studies and that Pradyuman was a random target. “Had any other child been in the toilet at the time, he would had been the target,” he said.The agency took over the case on September 22 after public outrage and the parents’s insistence that CBI handle the case. Pradyuman’s father, Varun Thakur, said he never believed Gurugram police’s theory that the conductor committed the crime.”From Day One, we had said that the bus conductor was not guilty,” said Thakur, “The sequence of the crime which Haryana police told us was unconvincing.”

Google Doodle pays tribute to Sitara Devi on her 97th birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Ghungroos, tabla and sitar in the back drop along with an elegant dancer, Google Doogle is celebrating 97th birth anniversary of Sitara Devi on Wednesday. Born on November 8th 1920, this Kathak queen started dancing at a very young age. By 16 she managed to woo Rabindranath Tagore with her dance moves, he went on describe her as Nritya Samragini. Sitara Devi is one of the prominent names credited for reviving the classical dance form and even introducing it to the world. She not just performed in various parts of the country but also wooed audience with her classical dance form at at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1967; and at the Carnegie Hall, New York in 1976.Born into family of Kathak dancer Sukhdev Maharaj and Matsya Kumar who was related to royal family in Nepal, Sitara started learning dance at the age of 10. While his father faced a lot of criticism for teaching dance to his children, he continued to do so with Tagore’s encouragement. After shifting to Bombay (now Mumbai), filmmaker and dance director Niranjan Sharma introduced her to Hindi films. Sitara Devi gave memorable performances in 1951’s Nagina, Roti and Vatan in 1954 and Anjali in1957. In 2002, Sitara Devi turned down the Padma Bhushan saying “It is my insult and not an honor”. PTI quoted Sitara Devi as saying, “I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna.” However, in a career spanning six decades, this Kathak dancer was bestowed by several awards, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shree. She passed away on November 25, 2014, at the age of 94.

Duo stab man to death over alleged eve-teasing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old man who allegedly eve-teased a woman was stabbed to death by two men in south east Delhi’s Jaitpur area, including the woman’s brother, on Monday night. Both the accused were arrested on Tuesday, police said.According to police, around 9pm, the victim Mohammad Asif Malik, who worked at a private company in Nehru Place, was eating at a roadside food stall with Sunny, Changa and a few others when a quarrel broke out between the two sides and Sunny allegedly stabbed Asif at least four times.The victim fell on the spot and his friends Shibu and Jabaz took him home. His father Jalaluddin then rushed him to AIIMS Hospital where he was declared brought dead, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Romil Baaniya.Stating the motive behind the stabbing, Baaniya said that an argument broke out between Asif and Sunny after the victim allegedly passed lewd comments against the accused’s sister. “The comment did not go down well with Sunny and in a fit of rage, he stabbed Asif and fled with his associates,” he claimed.However, police said that the victim’s family alleged that Asif was murdered because he raised his voice against Sunny’s illegal liquor business in Madanpur Khadar JJ Colony. The family also alleged that Asif was attacked by the accused on Sunday as well and the matter was reported to police but they didn’t take any action.

Rajasthan High Court lets Raj’s ‘Hadiya’ return to husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad and provided her with police protection after she told it that sje feared for their lives.The court was hearing a plea filed by Payal’s family, who alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the marriage certificate. The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband and was not under any pressure. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run Nari Niketan for the past one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz and is under investigation.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband and the court ordered that she be sent there with protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of the marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen. “The two know each other since school, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control, “ he said.Aijaz Modi , Faiz’s father, said “I am satisfied with the turn of events. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days have been very tense.” Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan. BLACK MAGICThe girl’s family claimed that the boy and his family had cast some spell on her and so she wanted to be with him.

Rajasthan High Court unites couple, ensures extra cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur, has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi, to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She has also been provided police protection as she told the court she feared for their safety. The case filed by Payal’s family has been in limelight. Payal’s family had alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the nikahnama.The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She told the court that she was not under any pressure and wanted to go to her husband with her own free will. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run nari niketan for the last one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz that will been investigated by a senior official of the rank of an Ad SP.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court on Tuesday heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz and court had ordered that she be sent there and also be provided protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen at the turn of events and said, “The two know each other since school days, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control.” expressed disappointment Speaking to DNA an emotional Aijaz Modi, Faiz’s father said “I am satisfied with the turn of events on Tuesday. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days had been very tense for us.”Speaking to DNA Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. We are both major and have married as per our will. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice. The court cases will also end soon.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan.Payal had appeared in court in a burqa on that hearing on November 1 and told the court that she had married Faiz on her own free will in April this year. The court had sent her to a government run nari niketan till the case came up for hearing on Tuesday.Payal’s family had alleged that she had been kidnapped and blackmailed. They had also alleged that her marriage certificate was forged. He brother Chirag Sanghvi moved court and acccused the police of refusing to lodge his case. He said the police had told him that his sister had given in writing that she had married one Faiz Mohammad on April 14 this year.

Global citizen Priyanka Chopra eligible to vote in upcoming UP civic polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She might have left this town some 17 years ago after winning the Miss World title, but Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is still a voter in Bareilly and eligible to exercise her franchise for the upcoming urban local body polls.The names of Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra are present in the voters list and recently a complaint in this regard was filed by a resident of Kuwarpur here. When the names of the actor and her mother were included in the voters list of Mumbai, where the family shifted, her father late Col Ashok Chopra had informed the district administration about it through a letter in 2012, but their names were not deleted, officials said.Additional district election officer Abhijit Mukherji said that since the actor no longer lived in the city and her house near the city railway station has been locked for long, a report was sought from the block level officer. Mukherji said that a survey is conducted before each election to check for duplication of names of voters who have shifted elsewhere.”It was perhaps by mistake on the part of the block level officer concerned, who prepared the fresh electoral rolls for this election. We will take action against those responsible for this error,” he said. District election officer R Vikram Singh said the names of persons not living in the town for long should not be in the voters list. It is also a matter of investigation as to how her name appeared in the list, he said.

Dinu Solanki surrenders in RTI activist murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s former MP from Junagadh Dinu Solanki, the alleged conspirator in the RTI activist Amit Jethava’s 2010 murder case, surrendered before the CBI court on Monday evening. He was then taken to Sabarmati Jail.Jethava’s faher had in the morning approached the Supreme Court with prayer for permission to initiate Contempt of Court proceedings against the CBI and Solanki for not complying with the SC’s October 30 order.On October 30, while cancelling the regular bail of Solanki, SC’s division bench of justice AK Sikri and justice Ashok Bhusan had ordered, “Solanki shall be taken into custody and remain there during the period of eight eye-witnesses’s re-examination. The trial court shall summon 26 witnesses who are to be examined afresh, eight eye-witnesses shall be summoned and examined on a daily basis.”When neither CBI arrested him nor Solanki surrendered before the court, complainant’s advocate Anand Yagnik on November 1 had alleged that just because Solanki has political patronage, CBI is not arresting him even after the SC cancelled his bail. Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) leader Jignesh Mevani had threatened to launch an agitation if Solanki was not arrested within 24 hours on the same day.When CBI was reportedly unmoved even after that, the deceased’s father felt he will never get justice, and approached the SC on Monday requesting to permit circulation of the contempt of court petition to respondent CBI and Dinu Solanki. It was permitted by the apex court and the matter kept for hearing on Friday, said his advocate Anand Yagnik. Hours after the news broke, Solanki surfaced at the Mirzapur Court premises in Ahmedabad which houses the CBI court.Amit Jethava had launched the campaign against illegal mining near Gir sanctuary. He had also filed a PIL demanding action. He was gunned down in front of the HC building in 2010. In 2012, HC had ordered for CBI investigation into the murder. In 2013, CBI had arrested Solanki as conspirator in the case. In February 2014, SC had granted regular bail to Solanki. After his release, during trial 105 witnesses out of 195 had turned hostile. The victim’s father then approached the SC in 2015 with a prayer to cancel Solanki’s bail.While the petition was pending before the SC, the CBI court concluded its trial. As the trial had concluded and judgment was kept reserved, complainant had approached the HC with prayer for retrial, terming it had become a mockery. The HC had ordered for retrial and ordered to change the judicial officer.JETHAVA’S MURDERAmit Jethava had launched the campaign against illegal mining near Gir sanctuary. He had also filed a PIL demanding action. He was gunned down in front of the HC building in 2010.
HC had ordered for CBI investigation into the murder.

Gudiya gangrape-murder puts spotlight on women safety in HP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An odd five kilometres along what can be termed as a semblance of a road that leads uphill from the road to Kotkhai, is a newly constructed tap next to a pond. The water inside it is yet to come in, and it is likely to come in on the 19th. The tap was made in the memory of a 14-year-old who would walk past that very road every day to reach her school. The gangrape and murder of the girl, who has come to be known as Gudiya today, stirred the conscience of the state in the wake of the incident that took place in July.Two days after she disappeared on her way home on July 4, the minor girl’s body was found in a forest nearby by her relatives. Recalling that moment, the girl’s father finds his solace in anger.“One should have seen my daughter’s body when I found her; there were no clothes on her, not even her socks. I saw my daughter like that, one cannot even imagine. We later found out that she was strangulated, and her arms and legs were broken. Why would anyone do that,” said her father, Kishan Thakur*.The case is now locked in the political battle amidst the state’s assembly elections. BJP leaders, including chief Amit Shah, has evoked the case time and again in his rallies and the party’s ‘vision document’ also makes mention of a ‘Gudiya’ fund, of a 24/7 mobile app, and a women’s police force. The Congress, who seemed to have lost a lot of face owing to the incident, has made a mention of a safety app for women.The safety and security of women has taken precedence in the state for the first time where 49% of the voters are women. In fact, in Hamirpur district, under which the constituency of BJP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal falls, all the five constituencies have more women voters than men. In all, of the 68 constituencies, 12 have more women voters than men. Of their 68 candidates each, BJP has fielded six women while the Congress has three, a statistic that remains handy with the BJP’s leaders. Yet, one of the BJP’s strongest contenders from Kotkhai, Neelam Sarek, who was instrumental in the agitation that ensued the case, along with the CPI(M) leaders, had to make way for Narendra Bargata owing to the party’s internal politics.While he unveiled the ‘vision document’ in Shimla on October 29, dna asked finance minister Arun Jaitley about the utility of safety apps, which have not shown any positive consequence in metros like Delhi and Mumbai. “It is a thought at this point of time; technology has been moving forward, and I believe that technology can be harnessed to ensure the safety of women,” said Jaitley.The Congress seem to be reeling under the effects of the case, and CM Virbhadra Singh’s comment on how common these cases are have angered voters across the state. In reply to these, Congress leader Anand Sharma says that the case was unfortunate, but that the BJP is exploiting it for political gain. “The case needs to be dealt with an iron hand, no doubt. But the BJP is pointing to it without looking at the crime statistics of the NCRB. Himachal Pradesh, unlike states like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, is a peaceful state. The PM forgets the crime rates in the Capital which lies under his nose,” says Sharma.In their house in Kotkhai, the parents are looking for answers. They remember their daughter as quiet and obedient. That day, she was supposed to stay back at a friend’s place after a school tournament, but changed her mind. Her brother, who saw her off, stayed back at his friend’s place. It was only when he came back the next evening on July 5 that they realised that she was missing. A search party set off at 4am on the morning of July 6, and found her body in Halaila. Thakur says that her body bore no trace of blood and showed no trace of a struggle.“One of her socks were missing, so were two of the four clips she would wear on her hair. I found one near her body, and another on her. I think they killed her and cleaned her body to dump it there,” says the father.“She was very kind-hearted and loved us a lot,” says her mother, giving way to tears.Thakur blames the police for a botched up investigation; after the CBI took over six policemen have been arrested for the death of one of the accused, Suraj Singh, in custody. He questions the CM as the faces of six men which were uploaded on his Facebook, was taken down a few minutes later.“If these men were not involved, why did they not file a defamation case. The police tried their best to hush up the case,” he says. He adds that he does not believe that the Nepali men, who were later arrested, are involved.Thakur says that while leaders from both the Congress and BJP has visited his home, he is not swayed by either. The wife of the CM, former MLA Pratibha Singh came to his house a week after the incident to hand over a cheque of Rs 25,000.“I do not care about the money or the support from any party, I have now rested my fate with the CBI. My only demand is that the rapists be hanged,” he says.(* — name changed)

Killed in 1995, Sister Rani declared ‘Blessed’ by Vatican

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kerala-born nun Rani Maria Vattali, who was stabbed to death in 1995 in Madhya Pradesh, was today declared ‘Blessed’, a sacred title in the Roman Catholic church order.The Vatican’s head of the Department for Cause of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, declared Vattali, popularly known as Sister Rani, ‘Blessed’, a stage below sainthood.Cardinal Amato read out Apostolic (Pope’s) letter declaring her ‘Blessed’ in Latin at a Holy Mass at Saint Paul Higher Secondary School’s ground in Indore in the presence of large numbers of clerics and Christians.The nun’s killer also attended the ceremony.Cardinal George Alencherry read out the letter of Pope Francis in English, while Cardinal Telesphore Toppo did so in Hindi at the mass presided over by Cardinal Amato.Selmy, sister of the slain nun, who along with other family members was present at the ceremony, said she was “overwhelmed” at the declaration. An elated Selmy said she will walk on the path shown by her sister.”The Blessed title is considered a prelude to beatification of sainthood as was the case with Mother Teresa,” Public Relations Officer of Madhya Pradesh Catholic Church, Father Maria Stephen told PTI.But for canonisation of sainthood, a miracle is required, he said.All the four cardinals of India – Mar Baselios Cleemis (president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India), Mar George Alencherry (of Syro Malabar Church), Oswald Gracias (Archdiocese of Bombay) and Telephore Toppo (Archdiocese of Ranchi) graced the ceremony.Sister Rani, then 41, was stabbed about 50 times on-board a bus in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district on February 25, 1995, Stephen said, adding she was a member of the Syro-Malabar Franciscan Clarist Congregation.Her attacker Samunder Singh was hired to kill the nun as some landlords in MP’s Indore region were upset with her work on uplift of landless people, he said.Singh was sentenced to life in prison by a court. His sentence was later commuted due to his good conduct in prison, Stephen said.He was also pardoned by Sister Rani’s family. At the ceremony, Singh recalled his brutal act.”At that time, I was in the grip of evil spirits because of which I did that job (killing the nun). Now, I do not want to say anything on the issue,” he said.Singh, released from jail in 2006, said, “My life has changed. Now everyone in this world is part of my family.Sister Selmi and her relatives too are my family and their affection and love has totally changed my life.” Then Indore Bishop George Anathil initiated the cause for Sister Rani’s canonisation process of the Blessed in 2001 by setting up two panels – historical and theological – to examine her life, Stephen said.The panels submitted their findings to a three-member diocesan tribunal in June 2005 to carry forward the process, the cleric said.Sister Rani was found to have led a heroic life of Christian virtue. Thereafter, her name was sent to Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which reviewed the gathered information and recommended that the Roman pontiff declare the candidate “venerable”, he said.Two months back, the Vatican cleared the canonisation process to promulgate the ‘Decree of the Blessed’ on Sister Rani. It decided to send a representative of Pope to Indore to officially announce her the ‘Blessed’ on November 4.Sister Rani was born to Paili and Elisha on January 29, 1954, at Pulluvazhi in Kerala. She took her first vows in 1974 and was then assigned to Bijnor for mission Apostolate. After serving in Bijnor, she was transferred to Satna and later in 1992 to Udainagar, the MP Catholic Church said in a statement.She was a champion for the poor and the marginalised, it said.The nun began organising people who were exploited by moneylenders. Slowly, she was able to make a difference in their lives. Her self-help groups helped the poor and the downtrodden to break away from the clutches of the established money lending community, the release said.This indeed annoyed the rich and powerful. She was threatened several times, but she was not to be tied down, it said.Her bold initiatives won hearts of poor tribals, but they did not go down well with those having vested interests who ultimately decided to eliminate her, the release added.

‘Psychopathic’ husband chokes wife to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old woman was allegedly choked to death by her husband inside her house in Modinagar area of Ghaziabad, on Friday morning. The man is said to be mentally challenged. After killing his wife, the husband went to the police station and confessed to the crime. Police, however, said the woman’s husband is changing his statements frequently.According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Kavita Kumari (28), who was allegedly chocked by her husband while she was sleeping inside their house in Bhupendra Puri Colony.”The deceased’s husband, Krishan, came to the police station at around 5 am and stated that he chocked his wife to death while she was asleep. Later, the police reached the spot and found the woman’s body on the bed. The body had finger marks on the neck,” informed a senior police officer.According to the police, the body has been sent for post-mortem. Following the incident, the deceased’s father registered a police complaint against Krishnan.”We have registered an FIR against Krishan. However, he is continuously changing his statement. According to the deceased’s family also, Krishan was a psychopath and was under some stress from quite a long time now, and he used to act weird also,” the officer added.Police said the accused is in police custody and they are exploring all the angles in the case. The two got married in 2007 and have two kids. Krishan is an egg vendor. The deceased hails from Muzaffarnagar.CONFUSED MINDAfter killing his wife, the husband went to the police station and confessed to the crime. Police, however, said that he is changing his statements frequently.

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