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International airport at Jhalawar soon

Good news for people of south Rajasthan. The state government is going to build an international airport at Kolana in Jhalawar district. It will be constructed in three phases. First phase of the airport for domestic travellers is likely to be ready by August 2018.There is already a 5,976-feet long airstrip at Kolana from where small chartered planes have been operating. The airport is spread over 85 acres and a building is also there.A private company Sangeet Aviation has already submitted consultancy report to PWD. The company has estimated Rs 169 crore for construction of the first phase. The building will be in pyramid shape and will have four floors with a height of 12 metres. Width of the runway will be extended from 100 to 150 feet and in the next phase runway’s length will also be increased.Initially, the plan is to make it suitable for landing of ATR-72 and Airbus, which can carry 180 passengers. Later, even Airbus 380 will also be able to operate from here, which at present operates only between Delhi and Mumbai.Since, the first phase will have only domestic flights, there will be no immigration and customs counters.CEO of Sangeeta Aviation Amit Agrawal said that this will be first airport in pyramid shape from energy conservation viewpoint. Apart from departure and arrival terminals, there will also be a cargo terminal as well as fire station, ATC block, DVOR. If the work begins in January, there is strong possibility of flight operations from August.Airport will have8 counters in departure building 4 check in and 2 security counters – Passenger holding area, VIP lounge and Back office Art gallery, toilets and children care room. Lift and escalators Food court and shops Bar, lift and office at first floor 2 conveyor belts and eight immigration counters Detention room and eight ticket counters

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Identify heroes of 1857, assist their kin, BJP MP tells Centre

In yet another attempt to change the popular perception of Indian history to suit the right wing, BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Sharad Tripathi has claimed that freedom fighters from the anti-colonial uprising of 1857 were not well-known to the people, and has urged the Centre to identify them and extend benefits to their families.Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long asserted that the uprising of 1857 — dubbed as the First War of Independence by none other than Sangh ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar — has not been given the pride of place in Indian history, and that the history has been dominated by Gandhi and Nehru under the ‘Congress-Left hegemony’.Balmukund Pandey, organising secretary of RSS’ history rewriting project Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana (ABISY), had earlier told DNA that it was conducting a research to find the national heroes who were missing from Indian history books. Several martyrs from 1857, such as Tantia Tope and Jhalkari Bai, figured in this list.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raked up the issue at a Meerut rally in 2014 accusing the Congress of having ‘insulted’ martyrs by forgetting them.Tripathi too had earlier this year demanded in Parliament that a martyr’s gate be built in Delhi to honour freedom fighters who laid down their lives between 1857 and 1947.A list containing the names of such freedom fighters should be released by the government, he said adding that, so far there was no such authentic record. “While the names of Indian soldiers who fought the World War-II were inscribed by the British on India Gate, there is no such commemoration for the Indians who died for the country’s freedom from 1857 to 1947,” he said.In a similar push, RSS and BJP had in 2008 organised events to commemorate 150 years of 1857.More recently, RSS-affiliated historian Satish Chandra Mittal, associated with ABISY, had said in a seminar this year: “Instead of calling it a revolt, we should rather say it was a fight to protect the Indian culture.”Ironically, Savarkar had considered the Hindus-Muslims unity during the uprising as the cornerstone of Indian nationalism in his book ‘The Indian War of Independence 1857’ first published in 1909.”I believe that India’s fight for Independence began in 1857 led to the freedom in 1947. The government should do a study and recognise such heroes as martyrs. Their family members should be given benefits,” he said.

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Cops register FIRs against fringe group protesting inter-faith marriage

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

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Over Rs 18 lakh looted from NRI couple at Vadodara railway station

Cash and jewellery worth Rs 18.25 lakh was looted from a Non-Resident Indian couple at Vadodara railway station late last night, police said.The couple, 74-year-old Raghuvir Agrawal and his wife, were waiting on platform number one to board the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express.Agrawal, who is wheelchair-bound, told police that someone snatched his purse while he was awaiting the train’s arrival.The purse contained US dollars, two passports and gold and diamond jewellery, police said.A porter chased the thief but the latter managed to get away, police said.NI Pandya, Sub-Inspector of the railway police said that a First Information Report had been registered and police teams were scouring CCTV footage from the station to nab the thief.Police said that the couple, who have settled in the United States of America, had come to the city some time ago and were staying in the Gotri locality of Vadodara.

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IIT B leads the way, bags most offers in first phase of placements

Keeping its earlier clout in campus placements intact, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), recorded the highest number of offers amongst all IITs in the first phase of placements held between December 1 and December 16, 2017.As per the figures released by the institute, a total of 1011 job offers (including a 100 pre placement offers) were rolled out to the students at the institute during the first phase. Of this, 911 offers were accepted. With this, IIT-B leaps ahead of other IITs with more offers in its kitty. “IIT Bombay has been consistently preferred as the top destination amongst the recruiters. The rise in the number of International offers and the PPOs were some of the highlights of the phase-1 of placements.Phase-2 is expected to add in some more numbers” said the spokesperson at the institute.IIT-Kanpur also saw a very successful phase I with 890 offers including pre-placement offers (PPOs) in the first phase. At IIT Madras, a total of 877 students were placed in the first phase that ended on December 10. IIT Roorkee saw 843 offers made by 205 companies that visited the campus until December 15.The average cost-to-company (CTC) for the domestic offers at IIT Bombay is 13.60 lakhs per annum while the gross salary is 11.50 lakhs per annum. For International offers, the CTC offered was 43.5 lakhs per annum while the gross salary was 40 lakhs per annum.This year, over 65 international offers came in the first few days at IIT B with some of the prominent companies being- Uber, Microsoft-Redmond, Samsung and Goldman Sachs.More PSU offersMost IITs saw a great number of Public sector undertaking companies like ONGC, ISRO, UIDAI coming to hire in the first phase. At IIT B, a total of 21 offers were made by three PSUs in the first phase. IIT Roorkee also saw the participation of 5 PSUs in the first phase. “This time, the number of PSUs hiring at the institute have gone up considerably as compared to the last time. The profiles and packages offered are also better than last year” said Prof Tom Matthew, Professor in charge of placements at IITB.Start-ups on a rollA good number of start-ups came to IIT campuses this year, after the ban was lifted this year. A total of 32 start-ups made 85 offers to IIT Madras students. Most of the start-ups were looking to recruit for the Analytics / IT job profiles. At IIT Roorkee, 37 startups came to the campus in the first phase. Several prominent start-ups like Zomato and Pay U visited IIT Kanpur this placement season.

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Revised timetable, trains still late, says irate passenger body

Tired of the constant delays in train services on Central Railway (CR), passenger associations have decided to protest if the trains continue to be behind schedule. The association stated that December 18 onward, CR changed the timetable wherein several trains have been revised by 10 to 15 minutes.The Federation of Suburban Passengers Association has written a letter to the CR authorities. “In the morning hours, the trains are always delayed. This causes a lot of inconvenience to commuters. If trains run late even after the train timetable has been revised, people are bound to lose their patience,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president, Federation of Suburban Passengers Association.CR suburban trains began running as per a new winter timetable from Monday to offset delays caused due to dense early morning fog in the Kasara and Karjat sections. In all, the timings of 11 trains between Kalyan-Kasara/Karjat and Khopoli have been revised.The first train from Karjat will depart at 2.25 am instead of 2.35 am. Similarly, the first Kasara local will depart at 4.10 am instead of 4.25 am. Both trains will reach Kalyan at their original scheduled times of 3.29 a.m and 5.37 a.m. The change will only be for the first six services from Karjat and first four from Kasara.”If this new timetable becomes a success then punctuality of our services shall improve,” said a CR official.

Bailable warrant against mayor Ashok Lahoti

Lokayukta justice SS Kothari has issued a bailable warrant against Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti for not appearing in a matter related to non-formation of standing committee in the civic body, despite serving him summon twice. A fine of Rs5000 has been imposed against the mayor with a show cause notice.The office of Lokayukta took strict legal against the First Person of the city for non-compliance of directions which Kothari had issued him in a case related to encroachment. As per the case, a five-storied building was constructed by a builder on plot no C-100 in the C Scheme area while permission was sanctioned to build only two stories. But, the municipal corporation did not take any action against the illegal building.Later, when the JMC issued a notice the builder moved in the Rajasthan High Court. Hearing his petition, the court directed the JMC to dispose application of the builder pertaining to regularizing his construction within six weeks and till the decision on the regularization was taken, the building would not be demolished, said the court order dated February 6, 2012. Five years passed since the order but the application by the builder remains indisposed, which appears to save the building. It is to be mentioned here that such application are disposed of by a standing committee which has no existence in JMC currently.Taking a call on the very issue, the office of Lokayukta summoned him to be appeared at his office on November 16 which he skipped. He not complied the direction when summoned again in December 8, inviting a fine of Rs2000. The Lokayukta took his indiscipline seriously and issued a bailable warrant of Rs2000 and Rs5000 notice against the mayor. Fine of Rs2000 issued earlier exists also. Lahoti has been asked to appear on January 18.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Sabarkantha, Mehsana see highest voting, Dahod lowest

Sabarkantha and Mehsana districts saw the highest turnout of voters in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections on Thursday, official sources said. The overall turnout in 93 seats of the 14 districts that went to polls today, was recorded at 68.70%, about two percent higher than the 66.75% turnout in the first phase. Of the 2.23 crore registered voters, 1.54 crore exercised their right to vote, said officials.Voting figures released by the State’s Chief Electoral Officer show that Sabarkantha district, which comprises four seats, recorded 77% turnout, the highest among all districts. Out of 9.85 lakh eligible voters, 7.58 lakh exercised their right to vote.Mehsana, the epicentre of the Patidar reservation stir, saw 75% turnout. Being the hometown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former chief minister Anandiben Patel, and deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, who contested from Mehsana assembly seat, Mehsana district is a battle of prestige for the BJP. Another north Gujarat district of Banaskantha saw the third highest turnout at 74%.Anand (73%), Vadodara (73%), Panchmahals (72%), Chhota Udepur (70%) and Kheda (70%) were the other five districts that saw more than 70% polling.Surprisingly, the tribal-dominated Dahod district recorded just 60% voting, the lowest among the 14 districts. The turnout was in sharp contrast to tribal-dominated districts of south Gujarat, each of which had recorded more than 70% voting in the first phase. In some of the pockets, the turnout was as high as 84% in the first phase.Ground reportOverall turnout in 93 seats of the 14 districts that went to polls today, was recorded at 68.70%, about two percent higher than the 66.75% turnout in the first phase. Anand (73%), Vadodara (73%), Panchmahals (72%), Chhota Udepur (70%) and Kheda (70%) were the other five districts that saw more than 70% polling.

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Will follow my mind, Amruta Fadnavis to trolls

“I will do what exactly my mind tells me. I will not be swayed by disruptive criticism. I have a mind of my own and I will work as per that,” said Amruta Fadnavis, spouse of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday, after she was trolled on social media for promoting a Christmas-themed charity event.Trouble began when Amruta tweeted and posted photographs of a Christmas event organised by a FM radio station on December 12. She was assailed by an array of abusive posts, some of which questioned her faith before marriage.Shefali Vaidya, a columnist with the right-wing website Swarajya and RSS-mouthpiece Tarun Bharat, tweeted, “As a private individual, you are free to do what you want. As the First Lady of Maharashtra, your actions will always be open to scrutiny and criticism.”When Amruta tweeted in reply, “Love, sharing & empathy have no religion – lets accept positivity around us & stay away from negative thoughts & demotivating energies”, Vaidya amped the criticism with a caustic, “DO get your SM (Social Media) team to read all the replies to this tweet. Respect the will of the people who elected your husband rather than sounding like a writer of ‘Chicken Soup For The Evangelical Soul'”Amruta replied that she would continue to attend such charity events.”The motive behind attending the function was to give Christmas gifts to poor children,” she told this newspaper, “I was approached by this professional radio channel. During any festival, we have to do something good. We have to share happiness, whether it is Diwali, Janmashtami or any other festival.”She clarified that unlike her husband, she is not a political person. “I never mix politics with my personal interests,” she said. “I never use his (Fadnavis’) position as a tool for my work. I take my own personal decisions. They (the channel) may have called me as wife of the Chief Minister. However, as a human being, I try to bring happiness to others and hence I attended this program.”When asked whether she had discussed the incident with Fadnavis, Amruta said she had not yet done so.X’mas trollAmruta Fadnavis has attended a charity event organised by a radio station on Dec 12 Some trolls even questioned her faith before marriage

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | How Patidars can turn the tide this elections

Everything does not seem hunky dory in the BJP camp as Gujarat moves close to the second crucial phase of polls for 93 seats on December 14. Ground reports of overwhelming consolidation of Patidars in the first phase of polls in which 89 seats are up for grabs in South and Western Gujarat have left the BJP worried, sources said.Party sources said if consolidation of Patidar votes, who constitute about 12-13% of Gujarat’s population, against BJP continues in the second phase, it can alter results at least on 47 seats if not more, most of which had been won by the BJP in 2012 Assembly elections. A sizeable consolidation of Patidar votes against BJP can have impact on 65 to 70 seats.”The predictions of a massive BJP sweep can overturn if the Patidars have consolidated and voted against us, as the ground reports suggests,” said a district level BJP leader.The dip of 4.6% in the voting this year also may not augur well for the BJP as it observers in Gujarat say it could be because of disenchantment among BJP voters who chose not to come out to vote.The report of a think tank that works for the BJP also suggests a sizeable shift in voting pattern in the first phase, sources said. Although it has given the BJP 51 out of 89 seats in the first phase, it also signals significant gain for the Congress that had won only 16 of these seats in 2012 elections. BJP had won about 67 of these seats.Many observers in Gujarat are attributing the sudden sting in PM Narendra Modi’s attack against Congress to this factor.”Unexpected and extraordinary situations need similar responses. It is only natural and perhaps the only possible way to arrest the slide,” said a trader in Surat who is very close to the RSS.Modi’s allegations of Pakistan meddling in the Gujarat elections and dragging former PM Manmohan Singh into the controversy to annoint Ahmed Patel as Gujarat CM indicate one such extraordinary response, he said.He conceded that the predicament of traders in Surat and other places even if they are close to RSS is that they want the BJP to form the government but with wafer thin majority and strong opposition, it can be reined in from taking steps detrimental to the business.But there is caveat to these assumptions which is the relentless final blitz by PM Modi. Past elections have seen Modi turning the tide with his oratory skills and emerging winner in the final analysis.”A lot depends on how the people of Gujarat take Modi’s message in the final lap,” said a BJP leader.How Cong gainedThe report of a think tank that works for the BJP also suggests a sizeable shift in voting pattern in the first phase, sources said. Although it has given the BJP 51 out of 89 seats in the first phase, it also signals significant gain for the Congress that had won only 16 of these seats in 2012 elections. BJP had won about 67 of these seats.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: On last day of campaign, PM Modi makes a splash with seaplane ride

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended the campaign for the second phase of Gujarat assembly polls in style today as he took a seaplane ride from the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in north Gujarat and returned after offering prayers at the famous Ambaji Temple.He boarded the single-engine seaplane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West and flew to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed this was the first time a seaplane landed on a water body in the country.A special floating platform was constructed on the river to facilitate the prime minister board the plane.The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of “Modi-Modi” from BJP workers and city-dwellers, who flocked to the Sabarmati riverfront.After his plane landed on the water of Dharoi dam, the prime minister proceeded to the Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road.Watch: Quest Kodiak aircraft, the seaplane taken by PM Modi from Sabarmati riverFrom Dharoi dam site, he reached the temple by road after covering a distance of around 50km. He was greeted by the people of Ambaji town during a roadshow that stretched from the outskirts of the temple town till near the shrine.A large number of locals lined up on both sides of the road leading to the famous shrine to have a glimpse of Modi, who reciprocated by waving at them.At the temple, Modi performed ‘puja’ of Goddess Amba Mata and took blessings from priests. He spent almost 15 minutes at the temple.From the temple, he arrived at the Dharoi dam site and boarded the seaplane for a return journey to the Sabarmati River.A large number of common people and BJP workers gathered on the Sabarmati riverfront to greet the prime minister upon his arrival.Yesterday, Modi told an election rally that for the first time in the history of the country a seaplane would land on the Sabarmati river.”I will go to Ambaji in the seaplane after landing in Dharoi dam and come back,” he said.He said the BJP had planned a roadshow today in Ahmedabad. “However, the administration didn’t give permission (for the event). As I had time, I decided to go to Ambaji in the seaplane,” Modi said.”We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these seaplanes,” he said.Rupani yesterday said this would for the first time in the country’s history that a seaplane would land on a water body and that would be the Sabarmati river.The campaigning for the second and final phase of voting which will take place on December 14, covering the remaining 93 assembly seats, ended this evening.The first phase of polling, covering 89 seats, took place on December 9. The results will be declared on December 18. Gujarat has a 182-member assembly.

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Why is development missing in PM Modi’s speeches: Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday stepped up attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why there is no mention of development in his speeches during the Gujarat election campaign.Gandhi said he did not get an answer to even one of the 10 questions he had asked Modi on Gujarat’s report card, despite the BJP being in power in the state for 22 years, and wondered if governance meant mere speeches.”BJP has its government in Gujarat for 22 years. I will only ask, what is the reason development is missing in the prime minister’s speeches.”I asked 10 questions on Gujarat s report card but no answers came. No manifesto till the campaign for the first phase of polling ended. So, ‘ab bhashan hi shasan hai’ (does governance mean mere speeches now),” he asked on Twitter.Also readOmar Abdullah lauds Rahul Gandhi for quick actionTaking on Modi, the Congress leaders has started a question a dayseries on social networking site with the tagline “22 saal ka hisab, Gujarat maange jawab (22years of account, Gujarat demands answers).The Congress is seeking to wrest power from the BJP and Gandhi has spearheaded the attack, often targeting the prime minister over the claims of development and questioning the ‘Gujarat model’.As polling began today for the first phase of Gujarat elections, the Congress vice president welcomed the first-time youth voters of the state and urged all to help make the festival of democracy a success.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: BJP released manifesto after we raised questions about it, says Rahul Gandhi”Participation of voters is the soul of democracy. Welcome all the first-time youth voters of Gujarat. Appeal to all voters to vote to help make a success of this festival of democracy,” he said on Twitter.The second phase of the assembly polls is on December 14. The results will be out on December 18.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul Gandhi

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Punjab shocker: Viral video of owner shooting dead pet dog goes viral; cops register case

In a shocking incident, a dog was tied up and shot dead at point blank range by its owner and his ex-armyman friend in Punjab’s Barnala.According to news agency ANI, the duo recorded the act and later uploaded the incident on social media.A case has been registered against the two individuals, who are currently absconding.Last year, there was nationwide outrage after a viral video of two students throwing a dog off a terrace did the rounds. The suspects Ashish Paul, who recorded the video, and Gautam Sudharshan who filmed themselves throwing a dog off the terrace in Chennai, were identified an First Information Report (FIR) registered The dog, who was named Bhadra, was found with fractures and has been completely healed, however, she will have to live with a permanent limp as her right hind leg has been damaged beyond repair.More recently, a video of a man continuously beating his pet has gone viral. The video which is doing rounds on the Internet has evoked a massive reaction on social media, with people demanding action on the man. The man in the video is seen teaching the dog how to write alphabets. When the dog refuses to pay attention, he slaps the animal to draw his attention to work again. The man in the video is seen repeating the action thrice. Another person filming the act is heard giggling and enjoying the fun game.

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Hyderabad Metro Rail opens to public; passengers elated

The Hyderabad Metro Rail opened for public today with the passengers describing their first-time travel by it as a “convenient, comfortable and awesome experience”.The metro rail commenced its operations between Miyapur and Nagole, having a total distance of 30 kms and 24 stations, the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, said in a statement.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station.After launching the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, Modi took a ride on the train on its inaugural run.Also readWatch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first rideThe trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially which would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao earlier said.A mobile app named ‘T Savari’ for metro passengers was launched by Modi, who was also given a power-point presentation on the project at Miyapur station.The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd has fixed a minimum of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.An elderly couple, who took the ride, said they were very excited to travel in the metro for the first time and hoped that the cleanliness will be maintained at the stations with cooperation from public.A woman software professional said, “It is amazing. It will help us in avoiding the traffic snarls and in saving travel time. It is very a convenient mode of transport and a comfortable ride.”Also read3 lakh passengers ditched Metro after fare hike: RTIA city-based businessman said it normally took him 45 minutes to travel between Miyapur and Ameerpet by other modes of transport, but now with metro he reached his destination in barely 20 minutes. “It’s an awesome experience,” he said.The passengers also congratulated the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL), and the Telangana and Central governments for providing them with them metro rail.”Every project has its own share of challenges and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited has had its fair share, but despite all those we have built a world-class, consumer- friendly metro service that will be a benchmark for other metro rails in the country,” L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shivanand Nimbargi said.”This is the biggest public private partnership (PPP) in the world and we are proud to be a part of such an initiative,” he said.The Hyderabad Metro Rail project is the first ‘transit-oriented development’ (TOD) project that will exploit the real estate and earn revenue by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside the metro stations across the city, an official statement said.The rapid transit project has been planned with two components – stations along the elevated metro rail system and TOD branded ‘Hyderabad Next’.Depending on the city’s appetite, ‘Hyderabad Next’ will be developed with various assets like office and retail spaces, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed use facilities, the statement said.As many as 546 security personnel from private security service agencies will man the metro stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch, and they will be working under three uniformed police officials per station in each shift, it added.PTI
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Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, today pitched for access to capital and equitable laws for women entrepreneurs, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap could grow global GDP by up to 2 per cent.In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she said that despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.”Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society — it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 per cent,” she said.Ivanka, 36, a businesswoman, fashion designer and the eldest daughter of the US President, was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the White House in June to speak at the Summit. She is leading the US contingent at the Summit themed ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.
ALSO READ Full Schedule: PM Modi, Ivanka Trump to address Global Entrepreneurship Summit todayShe opened her speech by stressing how all over the world entrepreneurs are “revolutionising our economies, and improving our societies”.Global Entrepreneurship SummitRemarks by Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the PresidentNovember 28, 2017, Hyderabad International Convention Centre(As prepared)Thank you, Chief Minister Rao, for that kind introduction.On behalf of the United States, and the 150 other countries represented in this room, thank you for hosting The Global Entrepreneurship Summit here in Hyderabad – a city that is quickly emerging as the innovation hub of India.And thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for joining us here today – and for all that you are doing to build India as a thriving economy – a beacon of democracy – and a symbol of hope to the world.What you are achieving is truly extraordinary.From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s Prime Minister, you’ve proven that transformational change is possible. And now you are bringing that promise to hundreds of millions of people across your country. Thank you.To the people of India, I want to congratulate you as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of your Independence.You are celebrating it as the world’s largest democracy, and one of the fastest growing economies on earth.Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship, and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.All of you are helping India’s middle class reach its goal of nearly 500 million people by 2030. You have opened new universities across the Country. Your doctors and scientists are discovering medical cures and life-saving technologies. Your engineers and architects have built modern wonders that grace your skies. And Indian spacecraft have traveled to the Moon and to Mars.The people of India inspire us all.This is the first time India has hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. It is a symbol of the strengthened friendship between our two peoples, and the growing economic and security partnership between our two nations. As President Trump said earlier this year: India has a true friend in the White House. I would like to thank the State Department for co-hosting this incredible gathering. I also want to thank Governor Narasimhan and all elected Indian officials who are here tonight for welcoming us to your beautiful country.It’s wonderful to be in this ancient city brimming with transformative technology – now, your tech centers may even outshine your world-famous Biryani.CEOs like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella went to school right here in Hyderabad. Just a few kilometers away, T-hub’s brand new facility is set to open next year – and will become the largest incubator in Asia.In this “City of Pearls” the greatest treasure is YOU – the dreamers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who never give up – never abandon your aspirations – and always strive for a better tomorrow.Today, we come together to celebrate what is happening here in India, what is happening in the United States – and all over the world: entrepreneurs are revolutionizing our economies, and improving our societies.You are rewriting the rules.You have the inspiration and drive to serve our communities through the projects you start and the businesses you build.You have the grit – the perseverance – and the WILL to succeed.Each of you started with an idea. You’ve worked long days and nights to code the next robot, create the next app, find the next cure, and discover the next breakthrough to improve millions of lives.Some may have tried to convince you that the risk is too great – and the reward too small.But you are here today because you are not afraid to fail. You want to OWN your future.So before I go further, I want to congratulate you on all you have already accomplished.And I especially want to congratulate the women entrepreneurs here today.This year’s Summit is focused on a theme that is key to our future: WOMEN FIRST, PROSPERITY FOR ALL. I am proud that for the first time ever, women make up the majority of the 1500 entrepreneurs selected to attend.Only when women are empowered to thrive; will our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential.As a former entrepreneur, employer, and executive in a male-dominated industry, I have seen firsthand that all too often, women must do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves at work, while also disproportionately caring for their families at home.After my father’s election, I saw an opportunity to leave my businesses for the privilege of serving our country and empowering all Americans – including women – to succeed. Our administration is advancing policies that enable women to pursue their careers and care for their families, policies that improve workforce development and skills training, and policies that lift government barriers and fuel entrepreneurship so that Americans can turn their dreams into their incredible legacies. In the last decade, women have made remarkable strides in starting new businesses.Globally, between 2014 and 2016, entrepreneurship activity among women increased by 10 percent.In the United States, within the last decade, the number of women-owned firms has grown by 45 percent. Even more promising, minority women have started nearly 8 in 10 new women-owned businesses.Today, more than 11 million women in the United States own businesses. They employ nearly 9 million workers, and generate over $1 trillion dollars in revenue.Many women become entrepreneurs and job creators out of necessity – some weren’t given the flexibility they needed at work to care for their families. Others lacked professional sponsors, or they weren’t given a fair shot at a promotion.Instead, women, just like many of those here today, are charting their own courses and achieving incredible feats.Fueling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society – it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap world-wide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 percent.The women in this room can help lead the way to closing this gap and ushering in a new age of greater prosperity.Yet, despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws.In developing countries, 70 percent of women-owned small and medium-sized businesses are denied access to capital. The result has been a nearly $300 billion dollar annual credit deficit for women entrepreneurs in the developing world.In the United States, a Harvard Business Review report found that investors ask men questions about their potential for gains whereas they ask women questions about their potential for loss. This could in part explain why women entrepreneurs received less than 3 percent of venture capital funding in 2016.We are working to reverse this trend. The U.S. Small Business Administration, for example, increased its lending to women by over $500 million dollars this year alone.When it comes to networks and mentorship, roughly half of women in the United States say they have difficulty finding a mentor.Yet, mentorship is critical to success. Entrepreneurs need professional guidance to help them start and grow their businesses. In the United States, we are fostering mentorship through programs such as SCORE – a nationwide initiative where successful men and women coach those who want to become their own CEOs.And when it comes to equitable laws, while many developed and developing countries have made tremendous strides, there is still much work to be done.In some countries, women are not allowed to own property, travel freely, or work without the consent of their husbands. In even more countries, the cultural and family pressure is so great that women do not feel the freedom to work outside the home.Our Administration is striving to promote greater opportunity for women around the world, both through our domestic reforms and our international initiatives.This summer, at the G20 conference, the United States was a founding member of a bold, new initiative with the World Bank – the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or WeFi. This facility provides access to capital, networks, and mentorship for women in developing countries.WeFi is the first facility to support women entrepreneurs at this scale, and we anticipate it will be able to leverage in excess of $1 billion dollars in public and private financing. This facility also seeks to address the legal and regulatory barriers that limit opportunities for women entrepreneurs.In the last decade, USAID has promoted women entrepreneurship through a number of programs, including providing micro-finance loans to women in Afghanistan, and bringing Internet access to women in Nigeria and Kenya.USAID Administrator Mark Green is with us here today. I want to thank him and the entire U.S. delegation for their tireless work to improve the lives of millions, both domestically and abroad.Further, as you can all attest, this Summit is yet another powerful example of a U.S. initiative that connects entrepreneurs around the world with investors who believe in your mission and will champion your success.I want to thank the U.S. business leaders who have traveled all the way to Hyderabad for this inspiring event. I also want to congratulate the more than 350 American entrepreneurs who were selected to be here with us to represent America’s brightest talent.At home, our administration is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs through domestic reforms.In the past 11 months, we have expanded apprenticeship programs and prioritized STEM education to ensure that women – and men – have more opportunities to master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century.We have dramatically reduced job-crushing regulations, which disproportionately hurt entrepreneurs and small business owners.And we are laser focused on passing long over-due tax cuts. This will provide much needed relief to working families and businesses of all sizes. Also this year, for the first time ever, the President’s Budget included a proposal to establish a nationwide program for paid family leave.We are committed to supporting women, and men, who work, inside and outside of the home.When women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. Women are more likely than men to hire other women, and to give them access to capital, mentorship and networks. Women are also more likely to reinvest their income back in their families and communities.Here in India, I want to applaud Prime Minister Modi for his firm belief that “The progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women.”Just consider, if India closes the labor-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion dollars in the next three years.As we kick off this three-day Summit, I encourage everyone here today to come together, to learn from each other, and to find new ways to lift the barriers in our societies so that women are free to innovate, empowered to succeed, and able to leave our children a brighter future. —As we strive for change, we must never forget that the best hope for our future is far greater than any single government policy – the source of our success is found in the spirit, the drive, and the talent of our people.Here with us today from San Francisco is Dara Dotz. Dara spent over a decade working in underserved communities around the world. She witnessed firsthand that many times people need very simple items – a bucket for carrying water, a splint to treat an injury, or a part to fix a generator. Dara co-founded Field Ready to provide life-saving supplies through 3-D printing. Today, Dara’s company responds to disasters all over the world and delivers humanitarian aid with cutting-edge technology.Through her innovative solutions, Dara is saving lives and bringing hope to thousands of communities. Thank you, Dara. Please stand.Rajlakshmi Borthakur joins us from Bangalore, India.When her son began having seizures at a young age, she decided to create her own solution to better monitor his health. She invented a smart glove that predicts, manages, and detects different diseases and disorders using Artificial Intelligence.Now her company, Terra Blue, aims to make specialty healthcare accessible in even the most remote places in India.Rajlakshmi – your courage and determination is truly remarkable. Please stand.Also here today with us is Reyhan Camalova from Azerbaijan. Reyhan is 15 years old. But that hasn’t stopped her from founding a company that harvests energy from rainwater. Reyhan has a powerful motto – “Light up one house at a time.” Reyhan, each home you light up is illuminating the world. We are all inspired by your brilliance and hard work. Thank you. Please stand.These women represent the vision, ambition, and grit of every entrepreneur here today.You are saving lives, creating jobs, and bringing hope to our communities. You are transforming our societies one business, and one customer, at a time.You prove to the world that we have the power to rise above the challenges of our day – to pioneer new pathways forward – and to leave our mark on this moment in history.Just think how much better our world will be if ALL OF US, men and WOMEN, are empowered to dream big, aim high, and work together towards a more just and prosperous future. A future where all mothers and fathers can work hard and build a better life for their families – where all boys and girls can go to school, discover their talents, and pursue their ambitions – and where the people of all nations can live and work with one another in dignity and peace.This is the future we can and will build together.And this is the promise of the visionaries gathered here today.Thank you.

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.

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

There was no ‘Quattrocchi’ in Rafale deal: Arun Jaitley to Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hit back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for questioning the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, saying unlike during Congress regimes when middlemen ruled the roost, there was no “Quattrocchi” in the contract for the fighter jet.Jaitley, who is the BJP’s election in-charge for Gujarat, was referring to Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Italian businessman believed to be involved in the Bofors scam which came to light when Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister.”It (Rafale deal) was a government-to-government transaction, between two governments. It wasn’t like what used to happen during Congress governments, when middlemen used to be there in every transaction. There wasn’t any Quattrocchi in this transaction,” Jaitley told reporters here.The Rafale deal was made to boost the combat ability of the Indian Air Force, he said.”I wonder why the Congress leader is raising this issue now, as the transaction was done almost two-and-a-half years back. The very fact that it is being raised after two- and-a-half years indicates it is a motivated campaign linked to the election,” Jaitley said.Responding to Gandhi’s allegation that a certain industrialist was favoured and due procedures were not followed, Jaitley implied that Gandhi may not understand such issues because he has no experience.”Since it was a government-to-government transaction, the procedure was different. Another procedure is of tendering. He (Rahul Gandhi) is not having any experience of running a government. And, it is up to the company (Rafale) to choose its partner (in India). Government of India does not decide that,” Jaitley said.Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not want the “truth” behind the multi-crore Rafale deal to come out before the Assembly election, therefore delayed the winter session of Parliament.”I would ask Modiji three questions. First, is there a difference in the cost of planes in the first and the second contracts (signed with the French firm) and did India pay more or less money as per the second contract? “And, has the industrialist (whose company has formed a joint venture with the French firm), who was given the contract, ever manufactured planes?” Gandhi asked while addressing a rally in Gandhinagar district in the morning.”And a more important question, did you follow the due government procedure? Why the (then) defence minister was seen catching fish in Goa? And, was an approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security taken (for the mega deal)?,” he asked.Meanwhile, responding to the Congress vice president’s Twitter jibe at Modi over the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan, Jaitley advised Gandhi to refrain from such “immature behaviour”.”He is a big leader and such immature behaviour and use of such immature words do not suit him,” Jaitley said.

Mumbaikars can soon use one card for any mode of transport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first step towards a single travel card for all modes of transport, starting with the lifeline, — the local trains of Mumbai — has been taken. In the first phase, railways will issue smart cards, which can operate in local trains and BEST buses, to at least 49 lakh season pass holders in the city. Around 75 lakh commuters use the Mumbai suburban system daily.This is the second attempt of the government to provide single smart cards for all modes of transport; it was first conceived in 2006 and implemented in 2007 as ‘Go Mumbai’ card. But the scheme was scrapped in 2010.At a November 14 meeting to discuss the modalities of the project, with the World Bank sought the details of the Integrated Transport System from the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). “We are also having a series of meeting with the Railway Board as well. If they approve it, we shall call for tenders within two months,” said an MRVC official, on condition of anonymity.The series of meetings are important for the approval of the new form of ticketing that will cover all modes of public transport catering to over 1.25 crore Mumbaikars everyday. These are the people who use local trains, BEST buses, Metro and Monorails and mobile aggregator taxis. Those travelling by suburban trains will be the first to adapt to this new system.On August 2, DNA had reported about the plan. Senior railway officials said that they were looking at linking these Smart Cards with Aadhar card so that all details of the person using it were in place. This will also link these Smart Cards to bank accounts via Aadhar.”We are thinking of levying a refundable security deposit of Rs 50 against each card. There will not be any charge for the card,” said another official.At the same time, authorities also intend to target 10 lakh commuters who form around 15 per cent of the total lot who buy daily tickets. Initially, the ticket checking staff – close to 700 TCs on both Western and Central Railways – will be given hand-held devices to check the validity of smart cards. The checking system will be the same, but unlike checking physical printed season pass now, they will check the validity on the device.If a user wants to use the same card on routes that are not part of the Season passes, then more money needs to be added to the card. This way, not only can a commuter use it to travel on other routes on the suburban system but also use it on Metro rail and BEST buses. At present, there are ATVM smart cards that people use to get a physical copy of railway ticket from machines, while bus conductors inside BEST tap the smart card to check the balance available inside it. On the Metro rail, a passenger is allowed to travel on negative balance the first time, but before starting the next journey, money needs to be added into the card.Meanwhile, in the second phase, card-tapping devices shall be placed at the stations, which will taken almost 8-10 years for it to come. Gradually by then, they will also want daily users to switch over to this Integrated Transport System. “Around the same time, we will begin gating the entrance and exit points at stations,” said the official.This system will be such that people need to tap on the card reading machine at the entrance and move forward. The entry and exit points will be bifurcated for each platform. When a commuter enters the station premises, he simply needs to tap the Smart Card. The gate shall remain open all the while and shall close only if there is insufficient balance in the card or has been wrongly swiped. The railways wants to ensure that every gate that leads to the platform is thoroughly covered and there is single entry and exit points that will be used.TRAVEL SMARTMumbai Rail Vikas Corporation is taking the single card project forward along with MMRDA and BEST.
In the first phase, MRVC will target 65% season pass holders of suburban trains.

Gujarat High Court notice to EC, Centre & SEC over defective EVMs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>High Court on Monday issued notice to the Election Commission, Ministry of Law and Justice and State Election Commission after the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) moved a petition alleging that EVMs were defective and have been tamepered with.Petitioner’s advocate Pankaj Champaneri’s submitted before the third division bench of justice Akil Kureshi and justice AY Kogje that from newspaper report, petitioner has come to know that in the first level check of EVM machines, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and Control Unit (CU), the returning officer found that 7% machines were either defective or tampered with.The GPCC has requested that an independent inquiry should be conducted into defective and tampered EVMs, CU and VVPATs by an expert panel and the finding should be submitted before the court to ensure free and fair elections.After hearing primary submission, the third division bench has issued notice to the Election Commission, Union Government and State Election Commission asking them to file reply by next week, when the matter is kept for further hearing.The petitioner had cited that during the first level checking it was found that if the user had voted for any party, the unit control machine showed vote to BJP only. At Surendranagar and Patan, it was observed that VVPAT slips were blank instead of showing to whom the vote has been cast.Petitioner’s advocate also submitted that at one place, though 2,000 votes were cast in the first level check, EVM machines CU showed result of 4,000 creating suspicion that the EVMs or CUs were tampered.For 50,128 polling booths for the state Assembly elections, 87,000 EVMs were procured by the EC against the requirement of 70,000. Of these 44,000 have been procured from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) and Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and rest from other states. In some of these machines, defect and tampering has come to fore.COURT’S ORAL OBSERVATIONWhy petition is based on newspaper reports though the first level check of machines was conducted in presence of representatives from political parties?Why the representative of the petitioner has not filed affidavit making same allegations, if it had happened in his/her presence?EC commission had held demo and invited political parties to participate and prove that machines can be tampered. Did the petitioner’s representative participated in that challenge?If the defective machines are not put in service or use during elections, you have no issue. Right?

Winning farewell for Ashish Nehra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even before the first ball was bowled by New Zealand bowlers here at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Wednesday, it was pretty clear that the ball will remain wet throughout the game.Visiting skipper Kane Williamson was considering himself to be the lucky one to have won such an important toss where India have been asked to bowl second in intense dew. But then, the Indians had other ideas as Rohit Sharma and local boy Shikhar Dhawan blasted away anything and everything that came their way right from the word go.Knowing well that India have never beaten New Zealand in a T20I till date, the two combined well to register a record 158-run partnership to neutralise Kiwis’ toss advantage by posting a massive 202/3.The chase was never going to be easy for the visitors and when both their openers – Martin Guptill (4) and Colin Munro (7) – were back in the pavilion with just 18 on the board, the writing was more or less on wall.Williamson (28) and Tom Latham (39) did try to resist in between but the entire team could only score 149/8 at the end. More than the Indian bowlers, the credit should go to fielders who not only managed to grab three deep catches but also created a few run out chances despite the presence of heavy dew in the outfield.New Zealand fell short by 53 runs to lose their first ever T20 game to India in six contests. It was a fitting farewell gift to veteran pacer Ashish Nehra on his home turf. He was given his full quota of four overs despite the fact that the wet ball was slipping out of the hands. As he came on to bowl the last six balls of the match, each and every cricket fan present inside the Kotla stadium lit their mobile torch in his honour.A young fan also managed to sneak in to the field to touch his feet as if he was thanking him for all his services to the game. Yes, Nehra has retired after playing 17 Tests, 120 One-dayers and 27 T20 games for India for a combined tally of 235 international wickets.New Zealand should blame themselves for sloppy fielding. They not only dropped both Sharma and Dhawan early on but kept repeating their poor fielding throughout.Dhawan was put down by Santner in the second over while Sharma got a life in the seventh over. The two batsmen capitalised on the chances given to them and shared the highest partnership for any wicket by India in T20Is.Both Sharma and Dhawan got out for 80 each on a wicket that has historically been considered a paradise to the batsmen. Apart from the first over, which yielded just two runs, their spinners Michell Santner and Ish Sodhi were the only ones who were spared of Indians’ wrath.It was not until leggie Sodhi gave New Zealand their first breakthrough in the form of Dhawan after the left-hander came down the track and edged the ball that was grabbed by wicket-keeper Tom Latham. This late fall prompted Virat Kohli to promote Hardik Pandya up in the order.However, this experiment lasted only two ball as Pandya was undone for a naught, again caught by Latham behind the stumps. Kohli then took the onus on himself by smashing 26 off just 11 deliveries to help India get past 200.His dispatched three sixes during his short but exciting knock on his home ground. Sharma’s dismissal, meanwhile, was nothing less than an on-field confusion. He was initially given not out but a review from Williamson changed the decision and Rohit departed.Did you know?The 158-run opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is India’s highest ever for any wicket, and third highest for the first wicket the worldover

DMK leader moves Madras High Court over bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK’s RK Nagar bypoll candidate Maruthu Ganesh has moved the Madras High Court seeking compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the losses he suffered due to cancellation of the April 12 bypoll by the Election Commission of India (ECI).When his plea, also seeking an interim injunction against the ECI from notifying the by-election came up for hearing, Justice Ravichandrabaabu after recording the submission referred it to the First Bench headed by the Chief Justice. The bench in an earlier order had expressed its hope that the ECI would hold the bypoll to the seat by December 31 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.The Judge also recorded his hope that the ECI would not precipitate the matter any further till the First Bench takes up the petition for hearing. It may be recalled that the ECI had cancelled the bypoll three days before the polling following complaints of large-scale distribution of money to voters by the ruling AIADMK.

India sends 1st wheat shipment to Afghanistan via Chabahar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj along with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani and Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif through a joint video conference on Sunday flagged off the first shipment of wheat from India to Afghanistan circumventing Pakistan, which has been refusing to provide a corridor. The wheat will be transhipped through the Chabahar port in Iran. The shipment is part of India’s commitment to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to the people of Afghanistan on grant basis.The Foreign Ministers welcomed the fact that this will be the first shipment to reach Afghanistan through the Chabahar port after the trilateral agreement on establishment of international transport and transit corridor was signed. It was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Iran in May 2016. Six more wheat shipments will be sent to Afghanistan over the next few months. The two ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to continue their cooperation for the benefit and prosperity of the people of Afghanistan and the region.Indian officials described it as a landmark moment that will pave the way for operationalisation of the Chabahar port as an alternate, reliable and robust connectivity for Afghanistan. Swaraj reiterated India’s continued commitment to support reconstruction, capacity building, and socio-economic development of Afghanistan, including under the framework of the New Development Partnership that she had jointly announced with Foreign Minister Rabbani last month during the meeting of India-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council.She said the people of India, Afghanistan and Iran have been connected for centuries. There is shared commonalities of art and culture, ideas and knowledge, and language and traditions. She said mentioned that the current government is rejuvenating these connects and commonalities. “I am extremely delighted that today we have joined on a momentous occasion for the people of our three countries and the region,” Swaraj said, terming the move as an important step in realising the shared aspiration to carve out “new routes” of peace and prosperity.THE FIRST ONEThis will be the first shipment to reach Afghanistan through the Chabahar port after the trilateral agreement on establishment of international transport and transit corridor was signed.

No one has the right to raise fingers at EC: PM Modi hits out at opposition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service connecting Saurashtra with south Gujarat, amid a political row over the delay in announcement of poll dates for the state.In a rally in Vadodara, PM also attacked opposition for not declaring the dates of Gujarat Elections so far. Dates for Himachal election has been declared but EC has only said that polling process for Gujarat will be finished by December 18. PM Modi said in Gujarat:
ALSO READ Economy on right track after hardcore reforms, will continue to take ‘important decisions’: PM Modi in GujaratIt roughly translates to PM Modi saying,” Some people have problem with me coming to Vadodara in Diwali. They can’t take me on, hence they are putting pressure on Election Commission”. Modi went on to say that they have no right to raise fingers at the EC. Congress has attacked EC for not announcing the dates for Gujarat polls with even P Chidambaram saying the polling body has given the task of announcing the date to PM. DMK too have criticised EC for not announcing the dates. The model code of conduct will come in place as soon as the poll dates are announced. While launching his “dream project”, Modi blamed the previous UPA government for delaying the venture by creating hurdles in the name of environment. Modi, who is visiting the state for the third time this month, also took the first trip in the ferry from Ghogha to Dahej with 100 visually-impaired children from Bhavnagar.”This is the first of its kind project not only in India, but also in South-East Asia,” Modi said at a rally here, which comes ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. The Congress had alleged that the government put “pressure” on the Election Commission to “delay” the announcement of Gujarat elections to enable the prime minister to offer sops to the state. “This is also a unique project as the state government has used the latest technology to make this ferry service possible,” said Modi, who had earlier termed it his “dream project”.”I had laid the foundation stone for the project in 2012, but for doing work in the ocean, you had to remain dependent on the central government then. There were such people in the central government that they had put a ban on development from Vapi to Mandvi in Kutch along coastal Gujarat,” he said. “All over, industries were threatened to be closed down in the name of environment. I know how many challenges I had faced for the development of Gujarat,” he said attacking the Congress-led UPA government.Hailing the project as a “precious gift to the country from Ghogha”, Modi blamed the erstwhile UPA government for ignoring the shipping and port sector. “In the past decades, shipping and port sectors were ignored. To modernise the sector, the government has begun Sagarmala programme…,” Modi said.”Had they (the Congress-led UPA government) understood the power of the ocean, the people in this region would not have been forced to leave their homes for work in other cities,” he said. The first phase of the project connects Ghogha of Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra region to Dahej of Bharuch district in south Gujarat. In the first phase which was inaugurated by Modi, only passengers can travel, while in the second phase which will start after two months, light vehicles such as cars can be ferried. While in the third phase, heavy vehicles such as trucks can also be taken in the ferry.Modi said the project will be extended up to Hazira in Surat district, and similar projects will also be launched in the Gulf of Kutch. “The ferry can take more than 100 trucks at one time, and with such a huge number of vehicles going off the road, it will impact the road connecting Delhi and Mumbai. The number of vehicles on Gujarat’s industrialised zone will reduce, the speed of vehicles will increase and this will take the economic system in top gear,” Modi said.The service reduces the distance between the two towns from 310 km by road to 30 km, which can be covered in one hour. To start with, two ships — M V Jay Sophia and Island Jed — can take 300 and 239 passengers, including crew members respectively, the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) said. Modi had recently said that the Assembly polls in the state will be a battle between “vikaswad” and “vanshwad”, in which his “development agenda” will triumph over the Congress’s “dynastic politics”.He had earlier visited poll-bound Gujarat last Monday when he addressed his party workers at a rally in Gandhinagar. Prior to that, on October 8, Modi visited his home town Vadnagar. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects in Rajkot, Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch.With PTI inputs

Bengaluru: Govt to adopt rescued girl whose parents died in building collapse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George on Monday said that the government will adopt the rescued girl whose parents died in a building collapse due to a suspected LPG cylinder blast near Ejipura in the city.At least six persons were killed after a two-storeyed building collapsed. Some people are still feared trapped.”Government has decided to adopt the girl (whose parents died) who was rescued and will take care of all her expenses,” said George.”Two families were residing in the ground floor while one was on the first floor. Kalavathi and Ravichandran were in the first floor. They died on the spot while two children sustained injuries. They are safe. In the ground floor, members of two families might have been trapped,” said Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who visited the spot.At least 40 fire-fighters and NDRF personnel were carrying out the rescue operation.

BMC: start waste mgmt by Oct 10 or face action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With no clarity on the nature of action to be taken against housing societies for not complying with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) decision regarding mandatory waste segregation and composting of wet waste at source, the civic body has given a deadline of October 10 to either start waste processing or submit a plan in writing.BMC had softened its stand after apprehensions were raised by housing societies on whether they would be able to meet the October 2 deadline for mandatory waste segregation and composting in their premises. The civic body, however, had given three months to start the waste management at source, provided they submit a detailed plan to the corporation.But of the 4,749 bulk waste generators identified across the city, more than 3,600 have not started waste processing. “As a majority of the bulk generators have not started waste processing, the civic body is planning to take action against them,” said an official from the Solid Waste Management (SWM). Among bulk generators, there are government establishments and premium hotels and restaurants that have not started waste processing.The civic body has divided bulk generators into three categories. First, those who have already started waste processing, second, those who have sought time and submitted a plan. The third are those who have neither started not submitted a plan. “We have decided to visit these bulk generators and try to find out the reason they are not starting. If there are any issues, we will try to sort them out,” said the official. He added that there is a possibility that some of the bulk generators have intentionally not started processing. “The civic body may disconnect their water connection as punishment,” added the official.At present, the civic administration has sought data from all the wards. “Meanwhile, we are working on the status of waste management and have asked wards to send details on the present status. The bulk generators have time till October 10 to start working on waste management to avoid civic body’s action,” said the official.The city generates around 7,500 metric tonnes of garbage everyday. However, the civic body has been taking a number of measures to prevent garbage reaching to already exhausted dumping grounds.

Our economic relations with Djibouti are growing: Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday arrived here on the first leg of his four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia, his maiden trip abroad since taking office.The president, who is the first Indian leader to visit Djibouti, was received by Djiboutian Prime Minister Kamil Mohamed at the airport here. He also garlanded Mahatma Gandhi’s bust.During his visit to the two African nations, the president is expected to sign agreements on institutionalisation of foreign office consultation and greater economic cooperation with Ethiopia, Neena Malhotra, Joint Secretary (East and Southern Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs had said earlier.Press Secretary to the President Ashok Malik has said that Djibouti is an important Indian Ocean partner country with whom India’s bilateral trade stands at USD 284 million in 2016-17.”The president is looking forward to the visit. He recognises that the Africa and Indian Ocean region are central to Indian foreign policy. That is why this region was chosen as his first foreign visit,” Malik said.India has extended a line of credit of USD 49 million to Djibouti, mainly for constructing a cement plant. It is a strategically located country just off the Gulf of Aden.Kovind’s visit will be the first by an Indian president to Ethiopia after 45 years. The last visit was by President V V Giri in 1972.India’s bilateral trade with Ethiopia in 2016 was nearly USD 1 billion. The country is among the top three foreign investors in Ethiopia with an approved investment of 4 billion dollars.In both the countries the president will also interact with the members of the Indian community.The president’s visit comes in the backdrop of Chinese PLA troops conducting their first live-fire military drills overseas on their base in strategically-vital Djibouti last month, in a major combat display.

HC rejects plea to stay coop society board meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the new board of directors of Jamnagar Jilla Sahakari Kharid Vechan Sangh were elected in 2015, the board will meet for the first time on Tuesday to elect its chairman and vice-chairman. The reason behind the delay was that the ruling party was short in numbers and government nominees were not appointed.On Friday, single bench justice Bela Trivedi refused to stay the first meeting and election of chairman and vice-chairman scheduled for Tuesday. One of the elected members Pratapsinh Jadeja had challenged the meeting on the ground that one of the directors from Bhanvad Sahakari Mandli is co-opted (nominated) and not elected.Only elected members can be nominated by affiliated cooperative society. This action is illegal and so the court should stay the meeting and election. The court then issued notice to the respondent parties and the matter is kept for further hearing on October 11.Of the 17 board of directors, 14 are elected and rest three are nominated by the state government. Vehemently opposing the prayer, assistant government pleader Venugopal Patel submitted that for last two years, the first meeting to elect the chairman and vice-chairman has not taken place.The state had appointed administration so that Sangh’s administration functions normally and affiliated members’ co-operative societies don’t suffer. The appointment of administrator was a stopgap arrangement and it cannot be permanent. Now, excluding one, when all directors are available, the first meeting to elect chairman and vice-chairman should be allowed to take place.Petitioner Pratapsinh Jadeja’s contention is that Bhanvad Sahakari Mandli’s nomination is allowed on the board just because he belongs to the ruling party. Jadeja stated that he is allowed to vote by the district registrar cooperative just because he is from ruling party.

Ambala to house India’s first Rafale base, Rs 227 crore to be spent on infrastructure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India will have its first Rafale base in Ambala, and the preparation to get it ready have begun. Around Rs 227 crore will be spent on infrastructure including simulators, radars, etc. There will be 14 Rafale aircraft shelters by 2019.The name of the Ambala squadron will be Golden Arrow and the first Rafale jets will come in by September 2019. The Indian Air Force has initiated major infrastructure upgrade at its frontline base for deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets which will give India greater “potency” over Pakistan as these will be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and other missiles.The government has already sanctioned money to set up 14 shelters, hangers and maintenance facilities at the 78- year-old base for the Rafale jets whose delivery is scheduled to begin from September, 2019, a senior IAF official said.”We are creating infrastructure keeping in mind infrastructure requirement for the Rafale jets for next 40-50 years,” the official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to media.The Ambala base is considered one of the most strategically located bases of the IAF as the Indo-Pak border is around 220 km from it. Currently, the base has two squadrons of the Jaguar combat aircraft and one squadron of the MiG-21 Bison.Marshal of the IAF Arjan Singh, who passed away two weeks ago, was the first commander of the Ambala base in independent India.Several teams from French defence major Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale, have already visited the Ambala air force base and finalised the requirement for the first squadron of combat jets.The IAF is also carrying out infrastructure upgrade at its Hasimara base in West Bengal which will house the second squadron of the Rafale jets, the official said.In September last year, India had signed a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal with the French government for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. Eighteen Rafale jets will be deployed in Ambala while an equal number of the new generation jet will be stationed in Hasimara.”We are planning to put in place all required infrastructure for Rafale squadron by end of next year,” said the IAF official.The Ambala as well as Hasimara stations will also have simulator-based training facilities for the air crew of Rafale jets. The IAF has already selected a batch of pilots to fly the jets and they are being given training by Dassault Aviation in France.The Rafale squadron to be deployed in Ambala will be known as Golden Arrows which was originally based in Bhatinda and was disbanded two years ago.The Rafale combat jets will come with various India- specific modifications including Israeli helmet mounted displays, radar warning receivers, low band jammers, 10 hour flight data recording and infra-red search and tracking systems among others.The features that make the Rafale a strategic weapon in the hands of IAF, which is currently down to 34 squadrons as against a sanctioned strength of 44, includes its Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Meteor air-to-air missile with a range of 150 KM.Its integration on the Rafale jets will mean IAF can hit targets inside both Pakistan and across the northern and eastern borders while staying within India’s territorial boundary.

Festive season, so few want to fly to Africa with Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As President Ram Nath Kovind undertakes his first foreign tour, to East African countries of Djibouti and Ethiopia, from Tuesday, his office at the Rashtrapati Bhavan is struggling to cobble up a delegation to go with him.Normally, the Presidential delegation includes a minister and a group of MPs. Unlike the hectic Prime Ministerial visits, those of the President and the Vice-President are largely ceremonial and protocol-oriented. MPs, officials and mediapersons become part of such delegations to take free foreign trips.But a number of MPs, contacted by Kovind’s office, have opted out, preferring to celebrate festivals in their own constituencies. The President’s press secretary, Ashok Malik, confirmed that there have been difficulties in contacting some of the MPs as they are in their hometowns. He said the delegation is expected to be finalised by Saturday.The President will follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s practice of taking only a small team of mediapersons on board his special flight, unlike his predecessors, who used to have 30-odd journalists to accompany them on foreign visits.This will also mean an end of the usual on-board press interaction by the President while on foreign tours, which used to be an opportunity for mediapersons to meet him in an informal setting.Dr. Neena Malhotra, joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and in-charge of East and South Africa Division, said Africa was chosen as the first destination for President Kovind’s overseas visit to demonstrate importance attached to the continent by the current government.She said Prime Minister Modi has declared Africa a priority for both foreign as well as economic policies. During the past three years, there have been 16 VVIP visits from India to African countries. India hosted some 50 heads of African countries during the India-Africa summit in 2015 in Delhi.Former President Pranab Mukherjee visited the continent thrice, former Vice-President Hamid Ansari undertook seven visits as part of Modi’s African outreach. PM Modi, himself visited Africa six times. Dr. Malhotra said, during the past three years, there is not a single country in Africa not visited by a central minister.President Kvoind will be in Ethiopia during October 4-6 for a business event and an interaction with the Indian community. This is the first visit to Ethiopia by an Indian President in 45 years. The First Lady, wife of President Mulatu Teshome, has studied in India along with nine other ministers.Ethiopia is also the largest recipient of concessions by India. Before reaching Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the President will visit Djibouti on October 3 and stay their overnight. The bilateral trade stood at US$284.54 million in 2016-17. India, within the rubric of South-South Cooperation, has extended lines of credit amounting to US $ 49.13 million to the government of Djibouti for construction of a cement plant.The stopover at Djibouti is significant following China’s new military base in the country. In Africa, as in other parts of the world, China has deployed substantive capital and is in the process of implementing infrastructure projects. India banks on historical connections with some countries, the English language, and the presence of diaspora constitutes important pillars to build robust engagements.

Nirmala Sitharaman visits troops at the border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the first anniversary of the surgical strikes, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) and commended the troops for excellent operational successes.In her first visit to Jammu and Kashmir since assuming charge, Sitharaman went to the forward areas along the LoC in North Kashmir and interacted with the troops and field commanders at Badami Bagh Cantonment for over an hour. “The defence minister was briefed about the robust counter infiltration posture along the LoC,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.

Journo gets beaten by kid’s school staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing security reasons, the staffers at a private school in Noida thrashed a journalist who had gone to the school to deliver his daughter’s lunch. The man alleged that despite repeated requests, the school administration did not allow him to enter and the security staffers beat him black and blue. A police complaint in this regard has been registered.Security at all Delhi schools has been stepped up following the death of a seven-year-old student of the Ryan International School in Gurugram inside the school premises.On Monday around 9 am, Yusuf Saifi, 37, correspondent with a Hindi news channel, went to the RD Public School to hand over lunch to his daughter, a Class VII student.”My daughter had forgotten to carry her lunch to school, so I went to the school to give it to her. First, the security guards did not allow me to enter. They then said outside food was not allowed into the school,” said Saifi, who is recuperating at a private hospital in Noida. He further said, “When I insisted on meeting the school principal and the administration, they guided me to the school’s gallery. School owner Karamveer Singh came to the reception along with some other staffers. They first argued with me and then started to thrash me.””Singh and the other persons took me into his room and thrashed me. They pulled my neck and hit me with blunt objects,” Saifi said. He suffered injuries on his forehead, neck and back.Karamveer, however, said, “After the Ryan incident, the district administration has issued stern instructions to not allow any outsider or outside food into the school premises during working hours. Our staffers were only following orders. But this man started arguing with them and threatened us to get the school shut, using his influence.”

More than 10% Indians lie on resume to get jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than ten percent of the Indians lie on their resume while applying for jobs. These include details on education, criminal records, and even residential address.While this number is very low as compared to other countries like the US, which has 25 per cent discrepancies, experts say this could be because the number of checks carried out in India are low.Out of the total numbers of people who give false information before applying for a job, 10 per cent turned out to be faking about completing a course, 5 per cent were from fake universities and almost 50 per cent had submitted fake documents. This data has been collected by First Advantage, a global background screening agency, largest in India.Background screening, which is the practice of verifying background information of a prospective employee is a 10-year-old practice but not followed much in India. “In India, background screening is done only by IT industries, finance firms and banks. Off late, we have also seen traction developing in sectors like hospitality and manufacturing,” said Purushotam Savlani, SVP and Managing Director of First Advantage India.”There are various checks while verifying the resume of a candidate, like education, past employment and criminal history. Educational discrepancies are taken very seriously, specially in fields like IT and Finance because if a person lies about having a skill that he/she does not have, technical work, which needs to be done by a specialist will suffer,” Savlani added.As per the data shared by the agency, the discrepancy versus verified percentage for 2011, 2012 and 2013 was at 10 per cent. In 2014 it had risen to 10.5 per cent. In 2015 it has further risen to 11.6 per cent. During 2016 it fell to 11.1 percent and further to 10.6 percent, in the first half of 2017.”Developed countries like the US, New Zealand and Australia have a high discrepancy rate because of the awareness among employers there. In India, background verification is a nascent industry with growing need and awareness. The number of checks carried out in India are significantly lower, some employers believe that background screening as an additional unnecessary expense,” he added.GROWING TRENDIn India, background screening is done only by IT, finance firms and banks.
The trend is now spreading to hospitality and manufacturing sectors.

India rape: Second uncle held in 10-year-old pregnant child’s case

The search for a second suspect began when the baby’s DNA did not match that of another uncle in jail.

Gujarat High Court raps civic body over shoddy road repairs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court reprimanded the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) over poor repair and resurfacing work on roads that have been affected by the rains.The court said that the civic body was more concerned about the Prime Minister’s visit and was not taking its order seriously.The second division bench of justice MR Shah and Justice BN Karia was hearing a Public Interest litigation filed by Mustak Kadri. During a previous hearing of the case, the AMC had submitted its reply but the court was not satisfied and had sought a detailed report. When AMC faile to submit the report again on Monday, the bench said, “It seems that AMC officers are ignoring court orders. Why are you not submitting a detailed action report on the washed away roads, potholes and resurfacing work? Even the vigilance department’s report inquiring into the poor quality road has not been presented.”The court has given one more week to AMC to submit detail report. It has asked the corporation to submit details about its plans to address the washed away roads and potholes. The court further said that the corporation had resurfaced only 30km of the 202km of roads. Some patches in the city were resurfaced ovvernight before the Prime Minister’s visit, but court orders are taken lightly.The bench said, ” When the First Lady of Japan was to pass on the IIMA road, the road was resurfaced within six hours. If you can do that, why are you taking more time for other roads. Ahmedabad has been declared a heritage city but the quality of roads don’t meet the standards. Why is it so? No levelling is done on roads after the potholes are fixed.”Petitioner’s advocate Amit Panchal’s submission was that there was no serious investigation into the poor construction, or which officers are responsible for it.

India favours discussion in UNGA on ending worst forms of violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has favoured a discussion in the UN General Assembly, the first in 12 years, on ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.As many as 113 countries, including India voted in its favour, while 21 others including Pakistan opposed the idea of having a debate. Seventeen countries registered their abstention.Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said that the discussions on the concept required open, inclusive and transparent deliberation.The Responsibility to Protect was one of the foremost of every State, and as such, India would support the inclusion of such an item on the agenda for the current session, he said.Akbaruddin said India is voting in support of the recommendation of the General Committee to include it on the agenda of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly with the understanding that the sponsors of the proposal aim to have a debate at the 72nd Session only.This is the for the first time in 12 years that the General Assembly voted to include the item on the formal agenda.”They have articulated their objective as wanting to have a thematic debate and not one that addresses country-specific situations, and have also indicated that they do not seek the adoption of any resolution.”This is in line with our understanding that the gravity of the normative concepts at stake requires careful deliberation rather than pre-emptive decision making, he said.India like many others recognises the need to find appropriate ways to address these legally complex and politically challenging issues, he noted.

204 MHADA homes most expensive till date

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Mumbaikars gear up for the MHADA lottery which will be held on November 10, a total of 204 homes of the total 819 homes are priced at Rs 1 crore or above.This may come as a rude shock to hopeful homebuyers who opt for MHADA due to its affordable pricing. The costliest flat is being sold in Lower Parel at Rs 1.95 crore.Also, the number of homes for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) is only eight as compared to the 338 homes slotted for the Higher Income Group. The lottery is scheduled for November 10 and applications will be accepted from September 16.In Lower Parel, there are two types of MHADA homes. First, a flat measuring 44.21 square meters (sqm) will be sold at Rs 1.95 crore. Second, 34 flats measuring 33.80 sqm will be sold at Rs 1.42 crore. In terms of pricing, Powai’s Tunga flat is priced at Rs 1.39 crore for an area of 68.69 sqm.Meanwhile, an online search shows that the current cost of flats in Lower Parel area are lower than what the housing authority is quoting. Milind Mhaiskar, VP and CEO of MHADA, said, “Trust in MHADA among the public is much higher than any online portal.”

We want to visit Japan, say students after meeting Akie Abe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After meeting the Japanese First Lady Akie Abe at the Origami competition at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), the school students became so impressed by her humility that they now want to visit Japan.Darsh Soni, who won the special prize in the Origami competition, told DNA, “It was a proud moment for me to be able to meet the First Lady of Japan. Ï now want to visit Japan.” He had prepared a Komino Doll at the competition. Soni, a fifth standard student at Zydus School of Excellence, wants to learn more about Origami and teach others as well.Another student, Ayush Saxena was elated as the First Lady gave him her autograph on one of her pictures brought by him. He also prepared a Japanese doll and offered to Mrs Abe. “The first lady liked the doll and took it. I felt very good. It was nice of her to talk to us,” said Saxena, a fifth standard student of CU Shah Primary School at Gujarat Law Society.Indo Japan Friendship Association had organised the competition at AMA, where Mrs Abe was greeted with a Índo-Japanese Song ‘Kem Chho Konichawa’ penned by Mukesh Patel, Ahmedabad-based noted tax expert and president of Gujarat chapter of the Association. Mrs Abe also cut a bullet train-shaped ice-cream cake. “The First Lady was so impressed that she spent about 15-20 minutes more than what was scheduled. She met each of the participants and presented 45 books for the library at the Indo Japan Centre here,” said Patel.

Def min rejects shortage report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman has rejected reports about shortage of ammunition and its quality at Uttarlai air base.She was reacting to reports published a few days ago that indigenous cannonballs exploded in the barrel of US-made Howitzer during an exercise at the Pokhran firing range. However, this is not the first time when such incident had happened.There have been two such incidents in the last one and a half years at the firing range of BSF located at Kishangarh in Jaisalmer, when cannonballs exploded at the time of loading them onto a cannon. Two BSF men were killed and about 10 were injured.

Justice after 86 years? Pak lawyer battles to prove Bhagat Singh’s innocence in Lahore court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eighty-six years after revolutionary Bhagat Singh was hanged for the murder of a British police officer, a Pakistani lawyer is fighting to prove the legendary Indian freedom fighter’s innocence in a Lahore court.Advocate Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi filed a fresh petition yesterday in the Lahore High Court for the early hearing of his case to prove Singh’s innocence.The division bench of the Lahore High Court had in February last year asked the chief justice of Pakistan to constitute a larger bench to hear the petition by Qureshi, who runs the Lahore-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation. But no action has been taken yet.In the petition, Qureshi had said Singh was a freedom fighter and fought for independence of undivided India. Many Pakistanis, especially in the Punjabi-speaking Lahore area, consider Singh a hero.Qureshi told PTI that Singh is respected even today in the subcontinent not only by Indians but also by Pakistanis.Even the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, had twice paid tribute to him, he added.”It is a matter of national importance.” His petition wants the court set aside the sentence of Singh by exercising principles of review and order the government to honour him with a state award.Singh was hanged by British rulers on March 23, 1931 at the age of 23 in Lahore, after being tried under charges for hatching a conspiracy against the colonial government. The case was filed against Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for allegedly killing British police officer John P Saunders.Qureshi said he hopes the case will be heard this month.He said he has also written to the federal government for erecting a statue of Singh at Shadman Chowk in central Lahore where he was hanged along with Sukhdev and Rajguru.”I have written to the government for building a statue of Singh but has not yet got any response from it in this regard,” he added.He said Singh was initially jailed for life but later awarded death sentence in another “fabricated case”.In 2014, Lahore police searched through records of the Anarkali police station on the court’s order and managed to find the First Information Report on Saunders’ killing in 1928. A copy of the FIR was provided to Qureshi on the court s order.Written in Urdu, the FIR was registered with the Anarkali police station on December 17, 1928 at 4.30 pm against two ‘unknown gunmen’. The case was registered under sections 302, 1201 and 109 of Indian Penal Code. Singh’s name was not mentioned in the FIR even though he was eventually handed down the death sentence for the murder.Qureshi said special judges of the tribunal handling Singh’s case awarded death sentence to him without hearing the 450 witnesses in the case. Singh’s lawyers were not given the opportunity to cross-examine them.”I will establish Bhagat Singh’s innocence in the Saunders case,” he said.

Do we have the right to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if we litter our country: PM Modi sends strong message

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the intensifying debate over making singing of the National Song compulsory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in a strong message asked if people have the right to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if they litter the country.”When I arrived here, everyone was chanting Vande Mataram, it gave me goosebumps. But do we have the right to say Vande Mataram? I am asking the entire nation,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at a students’ convention on the 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address”My question may hurt many, but think again, do we have the right to say Vande Mataram? First, we chew paan and then spit on Mother India and then say Vande Mataram?, the Prime Minister questioned.”If someone in the country has the first right to say Vande Mataram, it is those who are doing the work of cleanliness. We may not do the same, but we don’t have the right to litter too,” PM Modi said. “I want to specially mention all those people who are working tirelessly to keep India clean,” Modi said.The Prime Minister also said that student organisations, while campaigning for university elections should give more importance to cleanliness.Stating that the world evaluates India based on where we stand today and not where we were 5,000 years ago, Modi said, “There is no life without creativity. Let our creativity also strengthen our nation and fulfil the aspirations of our people. India is changing, India’s standing on the global stage is rising and this is due to Jan Shakti.”

Rajasthan declares 1st Udyog Ratna awardees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first ever Rajasthan Udyog Ratna awards were delcared on Friday in the state by industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat.Talking about the award, Shekhawat said award for the best woman entrpreneur will be given to Namrata Jain of Padmavati industries Bagru.These awards were announced for the first time in the state. Udyog Ratna awards, which is already present in several states, recognises the contribution of industrialists and felcitates them. The awards in Rajasthan will be given in an event to be held in Jaipur later this month.The awardees will be given Rs one lakh each along with a certificate and a shawl.Shekhawat on this ocassion also pointed out that these awards will lead to a healthy competition amongs industries and encourage them to work better.

Massive blaze breaks out at Haldiram’s Noida factory, 6 fire engines reach spot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fire broke out at Haldiram’s factor in Noida’s Sector 68 on Wednesday.According to news agency ANI, six fire engines have reach the spot.“Massive fire broke out at around 7 pm at Haldiram factory. We have been trying to douse the blaze for two hours now,” Chief Fire Officer Arun Singh was quoted as saying to the First Post.Singh said that strong winds are proving to be a deterrent in dousing the fire.All workers working at the factor have been evacuated. The cause of the fire is yet not known. No casualties have been reported so far.

Check out PM Modi’s schedule in Myanmar on September 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had a “wonderful meeting” with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw during which they discussed steps to deepen the “historical relationship” between the two neighbours.Modi called on President Kyaw soon after he arrived in the country on his first bilateral visit.”Had a wonderful meeting with President U Htin Kyaw,” Modi tweeted along with some pictures of the meeting.He also presented the Myanmar president a reproduction of a 1841 map of a stretch of the River Salween (that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea) and a sculpture of the Bodhi tree.Modi reached Nay Pyi Taw on the final leg of his two- nation visit after attending the BRICS Summit in China.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted a few images of Kyaw welcoming Modi.”‘Act East’ and ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy. PM @narendramodi calls on President U Htin Kyaw, discusses steps to deepen historical relationship,” he said in a tweet.Tomorrow, PM Modi will hold wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.He is expected to raise the exodus of the ethnic Rohingyas into neighbouring countries.Ahead of his visit, Modi had said India and Myanmar were looking at strengthening existing cooperation in areas of security and counter-terrorism, trade and investment, infrastructure and energy, and culture.This is Modi’s first bilateral visit to Myanmar. He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the ASEAN-India Summit.The Myanmarese president and Suu Kyi had visited India last year.Here’s PM Modi’s schedule for September 6, 2017:Today’s schedule for PM Modi in Myanmar 0930: Meeting with State Counsellor1020: Delegation level talks 1105: Agreements and Press Statements1400: Emplane for Bagan1510: Visit to Ananda Temple Bagan1605: Visit to Bagan Viewing Tower1635: Emplane for Yangon 1945 Community Event

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates from BRICS Summit, Reliance Jio’s impact on telecom sector, IPL media rights, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. First time after Doklam stand-off, PM Narendra Modi, Prez Xi Jinping to hold bilateral meetingDuring the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to discuss ways to create confidence building measures. Read more here2. Tricky terrain ahead for Defence Minister Nirmala SitharamanHaving been Commerce Minister, Sitharaman is well-versed in the art of negotiating with the global community. Read more here3. A year on, disruption a work-in-progress at Reliance JioA year old in the industry but Reliance Jio, owned by country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is still rattling the telecom sector. Read more here4. At Rs 16,347.50 crore, it’s ‘Indian Priciest League’Star India makes staggering bid for 5-year IPL global media rights; BCCI to earn more from one league game than India tie. Read more here5. Karan Johar talks about his experiences as a fatherKaran Johar has finally introduced his children — Yash and Roohi — to the world via social media. The first-time dad is excited and overwhelmed about this new role that he is playing in real life. Read more here

Madras HC orders conduct of local body elections in TN by Nov 17

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could be the first test of popularity for the ruling AIADMK after the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Madras High Court on Friday ordered conduct of local body elections in the state by November 17.The Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC) was ordered to issue a notification by September 18 and complete the entire election process by November 17.The First Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar passed the order on a batch of writ appeals including the one preferred by TNSEC challenging a single judge’s order on the issue and another filed by DMK praying for the conduct of elections at the earliest. However, the judges made it clear that this would be subject to the outcome of special leave petitions pending in the Supreme Court on the matter.The bench had reserved its orders on August 1 after going through a report submitted in the sealed cover by the TNSEC complying with the court’s July 26 directive. The polls were slated to be held on October 17 and 19 last year but cancelled by Justice N Kirubakaran on a petition by DMK seeking among others appropriate reservation as per latest census and rotation of seats according to the norms.Opposition parties had been criticising the state government over the delay in the conduct of the local body elections.

Scaling up: India gets its first website on reptiles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a team of researchers using the citizen’s science programme have decided to bring together the Indian herpetology community by setting up a dedicated ‘crowd-sourced’ website on reptiles, which will also prove to be a critical resource.Speaking to DNA, Herpatologist Varad Giri said that the website — Reptiles of India — serves three basic objectives: First, to consolidate available information on Indian reptiles and make it freely available on the website, secondly, to actively collect new information on all aspects of Indian reptiles through research, and thirdly, to communicate this information to policy-makers and work with various governing bodies so that the information is used to conserve reptiles and their habitats in India.”Several people and amateur reptile enthusiasts used to take photographs of various reptiles — some even extremely rare, but nothing was done apart from sharing it on social media. But here it was decided to provide such people a platform to upload their photographs of different species and to help create a bank,” said Giri, adding that the website already has around images of 240 reptile species of the 615 found in India.Akshay Khandekar, one of the curators of the website along with Giri, said that for each reptile species, one can also see their early stages, distribution, identification, status habitats and habits. “Its a one stop information site and we urge people to contribute as it will make this website a very strong resource. Every single image sent is first curated and the species is identified. Only then is it uploaded to ensure there is no mistake,” he said.The portal features various reptiles including crocodiles, lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. “We have received images of several rare reptiles, including Jaipore ground gecko, Jerdon pit viper, spotter eastern ghat skink and others. While we encourage those uploading images to add the location too, in case they feel they don’t want a rare species to be disturbed, they can give a broad location like the district too,” shared Giri.The website was the idea of naturalist Krushnamegh Kunte, Varad Giri, Akshay Khandekar and has been designed by Purnendu Roy.

Lifer for youth for murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in nearby Tirupur today sentenced a youth to undergo life imprisonment for murdering a 56-year old man two years ago. The prosecution case was that one Sundar Singh, giving autorick shaws on rent, entered into argument with an auto driver Kathiresan over business issue on March two, 2015, at Mangalam in Tirupur. Singh hit Ganesan, father of Kathiresan, who had come to settle the issue, with a wooden log, leading to his spot death. First Additional District Court and the Judge M K Jamuna sentenced Singh to undergo life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All you need is love: In return gesture, Pakistan students sing Indian national anthem as Independence Day gift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Pakistan have had a turbulent relationship, and that’s an understatement. However, there are sections of society from both nations who have always spoken about peace between the two sides. Apart from borders, we’re all the same, is the argument they pose. It’s a pretty straightforward statement, one would think, but unfortunately terror outfits ensure that peace doesn’t exist.Yet, this didn’t deter the peace activists, as both nations celebrated Independence Day recently. First, an Indian A cappella group, as a gift to their neighbours, sang the Pakistan national anthem, which went viral on social media.As a return gift, students from the FC College University in Lahore sang the Indian national anthem.Check the video out here

Australia proposes stronger money laundering rules, includes bitcoin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Australia announced a bill on Thursday to strengthen its money laundering laws, including bringing bitcoin providers under the remit of AUSTRAC, the government’s financial intelligence unit. This would be the first stage of reforms to strengthen the country’s Anti-Money Laundering And Counter Terrorism Financing Act, Minister of Justice Michael Keenan said in a press release. The bill also aims at bolstering AUSTRAC’s investigation and enforcement powers, just days after the agency accused the Commonwealth Bank of Australia of “serious and systemic” breaches of money laundering laws. “The threat of serious financial crime is constantly evolving, as new technologies emerge and criminals seek to nefariously exploit them. These measures ensure there is nowhere for criminals to hide,” Keenan said. “Stopping the movement of money to criminals and terrorists is a vital part of our national security defences and we expect regulated businesses in Australia to comply with our comprehensive regime.” The digital currency exchange sector, which includes bitcoin, will be regulated for the first time, Keenan added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI arrests two in bribery case

The CBI has named four people — Rajan Kumar, Arun Tiwari, Delhi Police Inspector Banay Singh Meena, and Kameshwar, a government official — in its First Information Report (FIR). <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested two ‘private persons’, of which one posed as a government official, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a Delhi Police Inspector seeking favourable posting.The CBI has named four people — Rajan Kumar, Arun Tiwari, Delhi Police Inspector Banay Singh Meena, and Kameshwar, a government official — in its First Information Report (FIR). “Kumar, who posed as a government officer, and Tiwari have been arrested by the CBI,” said the agency’s spokesperson RK Gaur.It is alleged that Meena offered a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to Kumar, who was living in a government accommodation allotted to Kameshwar.

Brother-in-law stabs woman, throws her off second floor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times and thrown off the second floor of her residence in northwest Delhi’s Bharat Nagar area allegedly when she turned down her brother-in-law’s repeated requests for sexual relations.The man has been arrested.The incident took place on Sunday, when the accused entered the woman’s house when her husband had left for work. Police said that the man had been pestering the woman for a long time to establish a sexual relationship with him.According to a senior police officer, “The woman said her brother-in-law had visited her on Saturday and tried to force himself upon her. She had told her husband about this after which he called up his brother and warned him not to visit his house again. However, on Sunday, he returned. When the woman threatened him of calling her husband, he took a knife and stabbed her multiple times and then threw her out of a window of her second floor residence.”Police said the woman managed to hold a piece of railing on the first floor and cried for help, after which she was pulled in by youths living on the first floor.”The man has been charged with attempt to murder and other relevant sections after the recording of the victim’s statement. The matter is being probed. The woman is now recuperating in hospital,” the officer added.

Initiate work on providing road facility to ST habitations:Rao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today directed officials to initiate work on providing road facility to all ST habitations in the state from this year. The state government proposed a three-year action plan for the purpose. Responding to media reports on the difficulties faced by local residents of Utnoor in Adilabad district due to absence of road facility, Rao asked officials to address the issue immediately, a release from his office said. Rao told them to include the said road in the list of roads proposed to be taken up in the first year under the three-year action plan, it said. The plan envisages laying roads to a total of 1200 ST habitations, it said. As per the plan, road facility would be provided at a cost of Rs 250 crore to 432 habitations in the first year, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Outer Delhi sees three accidents and a miraculous escape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six people were injured in three separate accidents that took place in Outer Delhi region on late Saturday night. In the first incident a truck hit a Santro car which later rammed it into another truck after being dragged for few metres, the car was mangled in the incident. Police officials revealed that it was more than a miracle that despite the car being damaged to that extent no causalities was reported. The duo travelling in the car sustained injuries and fractures and were discharged after treatment.The second incident took place just 15-20 minutes after the first incident when two trucks that were coming from West Delhi side rammed into a stationary truck. The three trucks formed a pile up situation. The truck drivers sustained injuries and were discharged after first aid.In the third incident a speeding Honda city car rammed a Maruti car in Mongolpuri area. The driver of the Maruti car had jumped the signal and therefore the Honda city which was moving rammed in it. The occupants of the Maruti car are undergoing treatment. All the three accidents took place in a radius of around six kilometres.

IAS officer, two others booked for cheating, forgery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have booked an IAS officer and two other civic officials in a case of alleged fraud and fabrication of government records. An FIR against the trio was lodged on July 28, police senior inspector B D Wagh said. Investigation in the case is underway, he said. The matter relates to when the three officers were posted in a civic body in Thane district. The FIR was registered on directions of a court in Ulhasnagar while hearing a petition filed by a former president of the civic body, on July 12. The petitioner has alleged the three officers, during their tenure at the civic body from 2014 to 16, “misused their official power, and fabricated records and demolished certain civic properties which were in good condition”. They did not obtain permission either from the civic body’s general body, its standing committee or the authorities concerned while ordering demolition of civic properties, the petitioner alleged. Post-demolition, they allegedly sold the scrap and siphoned off the proceeds, he told the court. The three officers were booked under IPC sections related to cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, among others. After hearing the petition, Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) R D Chougale said, “The complainant has made allegations about misappropriation, cheating and forgery of documents.” “There is prima facie substance in the allegations of the complainant upon perusal of documents. This court is satisfied that a police investigation is required to be conducted. Hence, the police station concerned is directed to investigate the matter,” the court said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work out plan for removal of ‘Seemai Karuvelam’ trees: HC to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an interim order, the Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu government to work out a plan for removal of ‘Seemai Karuvelam’ (Prosopis Juliflora) trees from water bodies in a phased manner. The direction was given by a bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice MM Sundresh and Justice M Sundar on a PIL filed by A Meganathan, an advocate, seeking to forebear authorities from drastically removing ‘Seemai Karuvalam’ trees without any scientific proof on their negative aspects. The First Bench had referred the matter to a larger bench and stayed felling of the trees until further orders on April 28. On May 11, the state government had informed the court that a committee headed by Chief Conservator of Forest (Research) as chairman was appointed to go into various aspects of the negative and positive impacts of the trees. Government Pleader M K Subramaniam today submitted the panel’s analysis report to the larger bench. After going through the report, the bench in its order said, “As per the recommendation of the committee a plan may be worked out and implemented for removal of ‘Karuvelam’ trees across water bodies in the state in a phased manner.” The authorities with the help of the committee and other experts can identify areas where removal process should be mechanical and where it should be manual and appropriate land management standards shall also be designed to control the spread of the trees, the judges said. A programme should also be evolved for planting alternative species on the land cleared of ‘Karuvelam’ trees. The expert committee, in its report, said “the committee reviewed in an exhaustive manner available scientific literature and analysed the facts and is of the opinion that total removal of Prosopsis Juliflora is not necessary.” The committee said removal of the trees may be initiated to facilitate flow of water to augment the storage capacity of water bodies. Referring to southern districts of Tamil Nadu such as Virudhunagar, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Tirunelveli, Thoothukodi and other areas where the tree is dominant, the panel in the report said, “the native soil does not support much plant diversity, the total removal of Juliflora is not recommended.” The larger bench, which passed the interim order on the basis of the report, directed the state to file an action taken report within eight weeks and posted the matter for October 13.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Starting from Rs 2 lakh, every building proposal has an under-the-table price

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Without greasing the palms of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials, project proposal files does not move. Each table has got its own rate card that range from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for the development of 500 sq m plot in Mumbai.Sources says developers/promoters pay between Rs1100-Rs 1500 per sq ft to get approvals. “Every official from the building proposal department is involved in the corruption racket. First the file is submitted to the sub-engineer, then it moves to the assistant engineer, after that, the executive engineer to deputy chief engineer, and finally to chief engineer of the department. Every table needs to be weighted with Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh as a kickback paid in gold coins or cash or foreign tours. If the development proposal area is more than the 500 sq metre, then the rate is double,” said a source.Kickbacks are not only paid for turning illegal work to legal but also for legal work. “Many officials sit on the files for an uncertain period. Developers raise the money at high interest rate from the market and delays pinch promoters badly. Therefore, we some times pay the bribe to officials just to approve the legal work on time. We are victims of the system,” a developer from South Mumbai said.For repairs and renovations, the ward offices are important. “In each ward, mukadam are appointed to inspect and inform the junior engineer of the renovations of a particular building. Mukadam are eyes and ears of the BMC. It is their duty to inform the junior engineer and junior has to apprise the designated officer.The designated officer makes the files and presents it before the assistant municipal commissioner either for action or approval. If some illegal construction is going on in any area and has not been stopped by the BMC, it means that the BMC officials have been paid to turn a blind eye,” said deputy municipal commissioner requesting anonymity.”Without the approval of the designated officials and ward officials, nothing can be done. Corporators are also part of the syndicate,” said a senior BMC official.Rate cardIn renovations cases, the mukadam gets paid Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for not reporting the renovation work to junior engineer.Junior engineer gets Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for not reporting to designated official of the civic ward.Assistant Municipal commissioner gets Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for not taking the actions against the illegal renovations and additions and alternations.The local BMC corporator gets Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh for not raising the unauthorised renovations in the civic meetings.

Neighbour claims Shitap threatened him two yrs ago

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunil Shitap, who is allegedly responsible for the death of 17 people due to unauthorised construction, had earlier carried out illegal repairs in the same society, and a resident had complained about it.Birendra Singh, Shitap’s neighbour had complained to local BMC ward officer two years ago when Shitap was carrying out illegal construction in his flat on the first floor of the building. He was threatened by Shitap’s accomplice and was also manhandled by him for approaching the BMC ward officer.Shitap occupied the ground floor where he set up nursing home and used the first floor flat as an office. Singh claimed that, “Two years ago, Shitap carried out illegal construction by breaking walls.” He changed the structure of the flat for his office. I requested him not to but he did not pay heed to my request. I then approached local BMC officer and complained him about Shitap when he had threatened me and his one accomplice who was with him in the flat had manhandled me,” Singh said.

Allow sample retest in ‘ordinary course’: CBEC to officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Customs department has asked officials not to deny in the “ordinary course” an importer’s request for retest of sample from a consignment in case the first result throws up adverse finding. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has issued detailed guidelines for retesting of samples after the WTO- negotiated Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force. The TFA, to which India is a signatory, aims at simplifying the trade process and bringing down barriers to trade. “The facility of retesting is a trade facilitation measure, which should generally not be denied in the ordinary course,” stated a CBEC circular. However, there might be circumstances where the Customs official is constrained to deny the retesting facility. “The Board (CBEC) expects that such denial would be occasional and on reasonable grounds to be recorded in writing,” it added. India has placed a number of trade related measures negotiated under the TFA. One of the Articles of Agreement envisages granting an opportunity for a second test in case the first result of a sample taken on arrival of goods declared for importation shows an adverse finding. Another Article makes it obligatory to consider the result of the second test, if any, “for the release and clearance of goods, and if appropriate, may accept the results of such tests”. Under the guidelines, the competent authority should consider the results of the retest without prejudice to the results of the first one. If there is variation in results, the authority should take decision relying on either of the tests specifying the ground in writing for the decision so taken. “In case the competent authority is unable to decide whether to rely on the first or retest results, it may order a second retest provided the consignment is still within the Customs control,” the circular said. However, this option should not be resorted to in every case of variation between the first and retest results. The idea, according to the CBEC, is to have uniformity in approach among field formations with regard to retesting of samples.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Water crisis averted in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi has managed to avert a water crisis with DJB engineers deciding to defer a proposed strike, which was called over its top officials being allegedly humiliated by an Assembly panel. Officers claimed these tactics are being used to create an atmosphere of “fear”. This is not the first time a top officer has been targeted. Last month PWD secretary Ashwini Kumar and CM Arvind Kejriwal got into an ugly spat. A case against Kumar was made for desilting of drains in the city.

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