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BJP Going Micro

With eyes set on Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, BJP is fiercely preparing leaving no stone unturned. The party is heavily engaged in a bid to raise above 70 lakh party office-bearers team across the state, to ensure that a record wins can be registered in the upcoming elections. From the polling booth to the state-level, a strong organisation is being formed. To make the plan to reach out to the grassroots work, the number of members in the booth’s executive committee has been increased from 11 to 21.During the membership campaign, the BJP had made 87 lakh members through missed calls. Now, the party is targeting one crore members to expand the organisation as the aim is to reach at the micro level, giving a post to the workers. The BJP has set up Mission-180 for the Assembly elections 2018 and Mission 25 for the Lok Sabha elections-2019. The rationale behind the strategy is that when the worker is entrusted with responsibilty and given a post, he works with greater passion. Moreover, BJP has changed organisational structure to add more workers expanding the party’s reach to the masses. Also, the conception of booth executive was implemented by dismantling the ward unit. In addition, the mandals and districts were reduced to size and instead new districts and mandals were formed.BJP currently has 41 districts and 1046 mandals. Earlier, the executive was made at the ward level, but now the executive is formed at the booth level. Adding to this, the workers are given positions in the organization. Similarly, the number of mandals has also been increased by almost four times and new workers are being given positions in the newly created mandals.EVOLUTIONThe BJP’s origins lie in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, formed in 1951 by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. After the State of Emergency in 1977, the Jana Sangh merged with several other parties to form the Janata Party; it defeated the incumbent Congress party in the 1977 general election.STRENGTH TO STRENGTHAfter three years in power, the Janata party dissolved in 1980 with the members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh reconvening to form the BJP. Although initially unsuccessful, winning only two seats in the 1984 general election, it grew in strength on the back of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Following victories, the BJP became the largest party in the parliament in 1996.VAJPAYEE, MODI DOMINANCEAfter the 1998 general election, the BJP-led coalition known as the NDA formed a government under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a year. Following fresh elections, the NDA government, again headed by Vajpayee, lasted for a full term in office.

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Bhopal gangrape case: Fast-track court gives life sentence to all four accused

A fast-track court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to all the four accused in Bhopal gangrape case.”Based on the evidence provided by us, the court awarded all the four accused lifetime imprisonment,”P N Rajput, the lawyer of the victim said. Meanwhile, the mother of the victim expressed satisfaction with the court’s verdict. Earlier in the month of November, a 19-year-old civil services aspirant was allegedly abducted by the four accused and gangraped near the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal. Following their arrest, two doctors of Madhya Pradesh’s Sultania Women Hospital were suspended on November 11 after they produced an erroneous medical report stating that the victim indulged in consensual sex with the accused.The four were charged under sections 376 D (gangrape), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 366 (kidnapping woman), 347 (wrongful confinement), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Jabalpur High Court then ordered the state government to file a report in the case citing actions taken in this regard. The court also raised questions over the role of police and doctors

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Rajasthan adopting BJP’s Gujarat win formula

The state BJP is not only adopting Gujrat’s “Development Model” but also its “Organization model.” Due to the organizational structure of the party, BJP is winning consecutively in Gujarat. Now, the same organizational pattern is being readied in Rajasthan.In order to win the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly by elections and general elections, the state BJP has started preparing “Panna Pramukh” in Rajasthan on the lines of Gujarat.Firstly, “Panna Pramukh“ is being made in the constituencies which are heading for bypolls. After the by-elections, “Panna Pramukh” will be made across the state.Following the historic victory in Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the BJP has adopted Gujarat’s organizational model for organizational expansion and strengthening nationwide.In this connection, work was done to eliminate ward unit and build booth committee. The concept of booth committee has been in vogue in Gujarat for years. Booth committees have been formed in Rajasthan in the last three years. Following this, an important concept emerged as “Panna Pramukh”. The BJP’s national president Amit Shah appointed an in-charge (Panna Pramukh) for every page of the voting list in Gujarat. So that the BJP worker can reach every voter and the responsibility of the party worker is fixed. Due to this “Panna Pramukh” concept, the BJP has won Gujarat for the sixth consecutive time. In Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, the concept of the “Panna Pramukh” was also adopted and the result is there for everyone to witnessRajasthan, whoch goes to poes in 2018 December is fast pulling up its socks and has also adopted this pattern.According to BJP officials, the first booth committee has now been formed at all the 49,000 polling booths across the state. After completion of this work, project “Panna Pramukh” has been initiated.Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies and in the Mandalgarh assembly constituency bypolls is knocking. As a result, the party has swiftly swung into action and initiated the Panna project here. State General Secretary (organization) Chandra Shekhar himself is monitoring the work.” There are 600 to 12000 voters (approx) in a polling booth. A “Panna Pramukh” will be fixed for a page of the voter list. There are about 60 voters on one page. A BJP worker will be in charge of each page consisting 60 voters.49,000 boothsFirstly, “Panna Pramukh“ is being made in the constituencies which are heading for bypolls. 1st booth panel has now been formed at all the 49k polling booths.

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Mumbai: HC stays cutting of 5236 trees in Thane

The Bombay High Court has till further orders stayed a decision taken by the Tree Authority appointed by the Thane Municipal Corporation allowing the cutting of around 5236 trees in the city for various development projects.A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M S Sonak while prima facie holding that the constitution of the tree authority was illegal, has stayed the authority from giving any further permissions.The court passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Rohan Joshi.In his petition he has highlighted how the councilors and other special invitees appointed to the tree authority are not educated adequately in allied subjects related to trees to be appointed as the members. Further it was argued that only three members of the committee comprising of over 6 members only three are graduates in science/botonay/agriculture fields, while others have lower educational qualification and mostly have political patronage.The PIL also argued that in order to achieve the object of the Act, it is incumbment that the tree auhotiy be reconstituted. The decisions taken by it in October are not in conformity with law. A local developer who was given permission to cut 1506 trees, who had intervened in the proceedings told the court that he had paid around Rs 4 crore as chares. Following the stay order, he told the court that he would seek return of his paid amount from the corporation.The court has now posted the matter for further hearing in January 2018, and asked the members of the tree authority to file their personal affidavits, replying to the PIL.

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Horror night for 23-year-old Pune lady: Raped by two, molested by one

A rickshaw driver and his friend have been arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman in Kondhwa area of Pune on Wednesday night. According to the woman, she had boarded the rickshaw when the driver called up his friend and both raped her. Following her complaint to Kondhwa police station, the rickshaw driver and his friend were arrested on Thursday. The rickshaw driver has been identified as Balaji Maruti Shinde (31) and his friend has been identified as Satish Jaypal Mane (23). According to police, the woman is a divorcee and after separating from her husband she has been staying with her parents in Yerwada area. The woman in her statement given to police stated that on Wednesday night, she had an argument with her brother and then she left her house to go to her ex-husband.Senior inspector Milind Gaikwad, in charge of Kondhwa police station told DNA, “On Wednesday night, the woman came to Kondhwa but she could not meet her ex-husband. Later she boarded Shinde’s rickshaw but since she had a fight with her parents, she was looking for shelter.””The woman in her complaint stated that the Shinde called his friend Mane, while passing though Kondhwa. Taking advantage of her helplessness, Mane took her to Siddharthnagar area in Kondhwa and raped her. Later even Shinde also raped her by taking her to Hadapsar area,” Gaikwad added. According to the statement of the woman, after raping her, Shinde called another friend of his who took her to camp area in Shinde’s rickshaw where he molested her and left on Thursday early morning. Meanwhile, the woman’s family had approached Yerwada police where they had lodged a missing complaint . On Thursday morning, one of the constables of Yerwada police station spotted the lady walking in Yerwada area and after enquiring, she narrated the whole incident. Based on the complaint of the woman, Shinde and Mane were arrested on Thursday while the third person who allegedly dropped her in camp area is still at large. The arrested persons were produced before the court where they have been remanded police custody for seven days.

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DRI unearth illegal practice in firms

Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed illegal practice by Indian firms of saving import duty on goods and machinery imported from China. Recently, the state unit of DRI received a tip-off about paper cup machines ICD in Gadhi Harsaru in Haryana brought without paying import duty. The preliminary investigation found that some firms imported 337 paper cup machines by not revealing the actual cost to save on import duty.The follow-up action by the DRI resulted in a recovery of Rs 1.63 crore as import duty along with interest from two importers while another one is yet to pay Rs 1.86 crore. According to sources, the three businessmen from Rajasthan too had imported paper cup machines. One of the firm was based in Alwar that imported 185 machines but did not reveal actual cost evading Rs 1.2 crore in import duty and interest. The DRI investigation revealed that the machine cost $13000 but the invoice price was shown $7500. The difference in the actual price and the one shown in the invoice was paid to the Chinese company with help from a Jaipur based hawala trader Tarun Baid.The DRI seized mobile of an accused importer in which complete detail of money transaction was found on Whatsapp messages. The DRI has issued three summons to the importer but fearing arrest he did not appear before the officials. The case was registered against him and the matter is pending in the court. Following the Rajasthan unit’s action, the DRI headquarter has issued alert to all ports in the country.

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Devotees cheer govt’s decision to take over Mumbadevi temple

Its a good news for the devotees of the Mumbadevi, as the Mumbadevi temple is soon likely to get facilities like extended temple premises, food stalls, parking space, better sanitary facilities among others, following the government’s decision to appoint a trustee after making a legislation.“The temple has a great historical importance for the Mumbai city, however, the trust maintaining the temple is not serving the Mumbadevi devotees properly,” alleged local MLA Raj Purohit.Purohit since last two years has been saying that the Mumbadevi temple trust is corrupt, mismanaged and does not give required facilities to the thousands of devotees who visit the temple daily. Following the demand that the trustees now will be appointed by the state government.Speaking to DNA MLA Purohit said, “It is not only the appointment of a trustee by the government, but there is a big piece of land costing Rs 5000 crore next to the temple. The state government will acquire the plot and build facilities like bhakt niwas, parking space, a restaurant, tea stalls and better sanitary facilities will be provided”.However, manager of Mumbadevi temple, Hemant Jadhav said, “There is no communication to us till now. When the government will approach us, then only I can comment on why they want to appoint another trustee”.Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh said, “We are very happy that government is acquiring the temple trust. It is a historic decision. Mumbadevi is our patron deity and has a lot of importance for Mumbai. However, we want that the government should hand over the trust to us (Koli Mahasangh) and we will maintain the temple and preserve its historical importance”.Kalpana Mate a regular devotee of Mumbadevi said, “Yes, we have to stand in a queue. If we get more toilets, tea stalls and space to sit on the premises after offering prayers will be nice. The temple is in a very congested area”.

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FEMA violation case: ED summons Syed Ali Shah Geelani

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to appear before it on December 18 for adjudication proceedings related to a foreign exchange violation case involving USD 10,000 “illegally” possessed by him in 2002.The foreign currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.The central probe agency, early this year, issued a notice under various sections of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to the 87-year-old separatist leader based in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.Geelani, who heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, has been asked to either appear in person or through his legal representative before the agency in Srinagar on December 18.The adjudication notice has asked him to “explain or produce documents or evidences, as may be useful for or relevant to the subject matter of enquiry”.The notice, issued by the Enforcement Assistant Director in Srinagar Deepak Chauhan, said if he failed to appear on the date, “adjudication proceedings shall proceed against the noticee (Geelani), exparte”.Geelani can be penalised up to three times the amount contravened under the FEMA after these proceedings end.The ED took up the case after taking cognisance of the Income Tax report and issued summons to Geelani to appear before it in Srinagar in March this year.The agency earlier said that Geelani’s counsel had submitted a written reply and “denied” the recovery of foreign currency from his residence and seizure.”Following further summons, his chartered accountant submitted the appeal documents confirming the recovery and seizure of foreign currency. However, he failed to furnish legitimate source for its acquisition and possession thus making himself liable for action under FEMA,” an ED statement earlier said.Under the FEMA, foreign exchange dealings are regulated in India and the acquisition and possession of foreign exchange by resident Indians are required to be conducted in accordance with the general or special permission.”Geelani did not have any such permission or bona fide explanation for acquisition and possession of the foreign currency.”Therefore, he has been asked to show cause to the adjudicating officer under FEMA within 30 days as to why the recovered currency should not be confiscated and penalty imposed on him,” the agency said.

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BMC apathy and marine pollution kills hundreds of fishes in Sion pond

Residents and elected representatives are up in arms against BMC’s apathy after around hundred odd fishes have been found floating dead in the polluted Sion pond during the past two days. The pond had last witnessed a mass fish deaths in 2012 where almost all the fishes in it died.Former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Dr Vinay Deshmukh said that one of the most common reasons for fishes dying in water bodies specially ponds and lakes is due the lack of oxygen. “I have not visited the spot but going by the photographs and information , it clearly seems that the deaths are due to the increase in the organic pollution, which reduces the dissolved oxygen levels. Most of the fishes that are dead are species of cat fish, which are already sensitive,” he said stating that the pond water must be getting contaminated with sewage or other pollutants.Meanwhile BJP councillor of ward 172 Rajshri Shirwadkar expressed concerns over the death of fishes. She said that people immersed floral offerings as well as coconuts in the pond and despite repeated reminders BMC did scant action to save this historic pond. “It was first on Sunday morning that around 40 odd fishes were found dead and floating in the water and similarly around 50 were found on Monday and most of these fishes are fully grown and over 10 to 20 kg,” Shirwadkar said adding that the last clean up of the pond was done in around 2011. It has never been cleaned since then despite regular idol immersions happening in the pond.Deshmukh informed that a pristine fresh water body has around 6ml of oxygen per litre of water and the oxygen level can drop to less than 1ml of oxygen per litre of water in very polluted water. “Due to the pollution the dissolved oxygen reduced and it is lowest during early morning and hence most of the fishes are found dead during early morning period and this phenomenon is quite common during winters,” he said adding that some one needs to do a detailed study of the pond its water quality and not simply test the BOD, which might not result in proper results.Dr MJ Pravin Bhatt who is a priest in the nearby temple was pained by the death of the fishes. He bought an aeration machine to increase the oxygen in the pond. “Its a painful sight to watch these fishes that are dying due to lack of oxygen, hence I decided to buy this machine and installed it,” he said.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of F-North ward, Keshav Ubale said, “I have received a complaint from citizens that few fishes have died in the lake. Following residents complaints the pond water will be tested. We do not have any contractor for the maintenance of the lake, it is a natural body and has aquatic animals like fishes and tortoises.”

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Groups on alert for marine carcasses

Following the discovery of an Indian humpback dolphin’s carcass, found washed ashore at Manori beach on Wednesday, experts believe more such sightings could be expected over the next few days as an impact of Cyclone Ockhi.While preliminary investigations did not reveal a direct impact of the cyclone on the dolphin that was washed ashore, groups of marine respondents consisting of marine biologists, marine life enthusiasts, animal rescue organisations and officials from the Mangrove Cell claim that they are keeping a close watch on the entire coast to ensure quick response in case beaching of live marine mammals is spotted.Pradip Patade, a marine enthusiast, said, “We will take regular walks as it is common for unknown and undocumented species to land up on the beach after such cyclones. We are also in touch with fishermen for updates and information.”
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Out of work Pune engineer kills his parents after minor argument

Following heated argument with parents, a 30 year old mechanical engineer in Pune killed them by strangulating and stabbing them respectively. Parag Kshirsagar who committed this double murder later also tried to commit suicide. He is currently unemployed and is undergoing psychological treatment. Incidentally, twin brother of the engineer was also at home and he had locked himself in another room who later informed police about the double murder. After killing his father Prakash Kshirsagar (60) and mother Asha (55), the 30 year old identified as Parag Kshirsagar also tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrist. The incident took place at Pate Heights apartment in Shaniwar peth area of Pune on Wednesday at around 9.30AM. Senior police inspector Appasaheb Shewale, in charge of Vishrambaug police station told DNA, “According to Parag’s twin brother Pratik, there was a heated argument between him (Parag) and his father before the incident. While the argument was going on, Pratik decided to keep himself away from it and he along with his wife locked themselves in another room.””When the shouting stopped, Pratik came out of his room and found that his father was stabbed to death and his mother was also strangulated by nylon rope. He found that Parag was sitting on a sofa and had cut his wrist,” Shewale added. Scared Pratik called the police control room after which a team of Vishrambaug police reached the flat and took Parag and his parents to Sassoon general hospital. His parents were declared dead on arrival while Parag is currently undergoing treatment and is reportedly out of danger. According to police, Parag was jobless from last few years. “Parag was working in a private firm as a mechanical engineer after completing his education. He also worked in Dubai for few years. He is addicted to alcohol due to which he lost his job. According to his relatives, Parag is also undergoing psychological treatment,” Shewale added.
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Delhi HC rejects appeal of man, 3 children who murdered relative’s Hindu wife

The Delhi High Court has struck down the appeals of a man, his two sons and a daughter for setting their relatives’ wife on fire in 2010 because she was a Hindu who had married a Muslim.Terming it as a “calculated murderous assault by other members of the family of the husband apparently fuelled by religious hatred”, a bench of Justice C Hari Shankar and Justice SP Garg refused to grant any relief to the four accused.“The present case being one of a calculated murderous assault by other members of the family of the husband, on his hapless wife, by overpowering her and setting her on fire, apparently fuelled only by religious hatred, we are of the view that the sentences awarded, to the accused, by the learned ASJ, do not call for any interference at our hands.Arti, the victim, told the police that her husband’s uncle, identified as Aslam, and his family were not happy with their marriage with their nephew, identified only as Javed in 2006. She further stated that Aslam and his children Ashraf, Sammi and Huma did not like her as she was Hindu and they were Muslims. They quarreled with her on the pretext that she had humiliated them in society.On October 16, 2010, the four picked up a fight with Arti and set her ablaze after dousing her with kerosene. Her husband and other in-laws were not at home during the time of the incident.She was rushed to hospital when her husband returned from work where she succumbed to her injuries after recording her statement with the police. Following this, an FIR was registered and a chargesheet was filed against Aslam because the other three were declared proclaimed offenders.Later Ashraf and Sammi surrendered and after trial, the court sentenced them to life imprisonment. This was challenged by the accused in the High court on the grounds that the dying declaration was not recorded in question answer form and hence could not be read as evidence. The accused also claimed that there were variations in the dying declaration.However, the court did not agree to this contention stating that the Supreme Court in one of the cases had negated the demand for the dying declaration to be in question answer form.“The argument, of the defence, that Art’s dying declaration ought to have been recorded in question-answer form, had also been negated by the Supreme Court in Amar Singh Munna Singh Suryawanshi v state of Maharashtra, AIR 2008 SC 479,” the bench said.The bench held that the dying declaration of Arti recorded before the SDM was credible and acceptable in evidence and wholly believable.
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Ahead of Rahul’s impending elevation, Congress leader says party’s presidential election is rigged

A week before the Congress presidential elections, party leader Shezhad Poonawalla dropped a clanger by claiming the election was rigged. It was widely reported that Rahul Gandhi would be elevated to President’s post unopposed in the next elections.He told Times Now that he had written to Rahul Gandhi’s office claiming the poll process was stacked in Gandhi’s favour.In his emails, he has claimed that those delegated who form the panel aren’t elected secretly as per party rules but had been appointed by state presidents who owed their careers to the Gandhis.He asked Gandhi to step down as Congress VP before contesting elections. He was quoted saying, “I want Rahul to be the Congress president not as a Gandhi but as Rahul.”Earlier he had tweeted: “Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sychophancy (sic).”He also tweeted to his brother Tehseen Poonawalla , who had castigated him on Twitter, saying: “A rigged election? Where one starts as VP, gets selected by hand-picked delegates selected by a bunch of selected state Presidents? Where 48pc candidates are dynasts? You serve the family – I will serve Mahatma Gandhi’s party & India. Love u too. But not more than my country.”Meanwhile, Tehseen Poonawalla wrote on Twitter that he was stunned and said he official gave up all ‘relationship with him politically’.Rahul Gandhi is expected to file nomination for the election to the Congress president’s post on December 4, party sources said.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ex-Union minister AK Antony are likely to propose his candidature.The notification for the election will be issued on Friday. Nominations can be filed till December 4. Following scrutiny of nominations on December 5, the list of valid candidatures will be put out on the same day at 3:30 pm.The last date of withdrawal of nomination for the election is December 11 and polling will take place on December 16 in case more than one candidate is in the race.Counting of votes and declaration of results will take However, the sources said that no other contender is expected to challenge Gandhi.”The Congress vice president is expected to file the nomination on the morning of December 4,” a source said.Meanwhile, forms were distributed today to state returning officials (PROs) appointed by the party for the organisational polls.The forms will carry names of Pradesh Congress committee (PCC) delegates, who in turn will nominate the contender for the top post. The number of delegates to be nominated varies from state to state.For example, a small state may have 10 delegates. Big states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra or Bihar may have 30-40 delegates.”It is a foregone conclusion that each delegate will back Gandhi’s nomination,” another source said. With inputs from PTI
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Delhi University SOL classes yet to begin, students in lurch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even while the semesters for all the regular courses are over and examination are underway in colleges across the Delhi University (DU), the students of School of Open Learning (SOL) are still waiting for their classes to begin. Adding to their woes, they have not even received the study material yet.SOL is a correspondence option offered by the DU. It admits around 1.5 lakh students in undergraduate courses every year and offers BA, BCom, BA (Honours) Political Science, BCom (Honours) and BA (Honours) English, among others. Every year, the classes for these students begin in the last week of September.Agitated by the delay, hundreds of SOL students protested at the university’s north campus on Tuesday. “This is victimisation of correspondent students. While the students of regular colleges have had their syllabi completed, the SOL students, coming from deprived and marginalised sections, still do not know their syllabi half-a-year after taking admission,” said Ravinder Kumar, a second-year BA (prog) student.The students also submitted a memorandum to executive director (SOL), H C Pokhriyal demanding immediate commencement of classes of all courses.”This is not the first time that the university is giving us this step-motherly treatment. We are always being discriminated in one way or the other,” said Sneha Sharma, a correspondent BCom student.”We are not even provided with an adequate number of classrooms. Last year, as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for classes at Saraswati College. But we have been provided with only eight classrooms. It’s really difficult to accommodate all the students in them,” she added.Officials, however, assured students that arrangements would be made for their classes shortly.Despite several attempts, Pokhriyal did not respond to the questions.In July this year, the SOL students were at loggerheads with the university when their results got delayed by more than four months. Following which several hundreds of students could not take admissions in the masters courses.TOO MANY GRIPESStudents say they have not been provided adequate number of classrooms
One of them said as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for lectures at Saraswati College, but they had been given only eight classrooms
The students say they are yet to receive the study material
To air their grievances, the students held a protest at the university’s north campus on Tuesday

Cops nab three gang members in Greater Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gautam Budh Police have arrested six criminals after a brief encounter from Kasna area of Greater Noida on Monday afternoon. Three out of the six criminals have received bullet injuries and are admitted in the district hospital.According to police, they got information that a gang was going to execute a crime in the Greater Noida area.” Following the information, we had laid a trap near Chuhadpur underpass in Kasna area. We spotted two bikes and one car coming towards us,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Buddha Nagar.On spotting the police, the criminals opened fired at them. Around 30 bullets were fired.”The encounter lasted for around 40 minutes after which we managed to overpower them and arrested all six of them,” Suniti added.The accused have been identified as Kuldeep Singh , Narendra Singh, Ravendra , Surjeet, Sunil and Jitendra. Kuldeep, Ravendra and Narendra received bullet injuries while a police officer also received bullet injuries during the cross fire.”All the injured have been admitted to the district hospital,” said a senior police officer.The accused have been booked under sections 307(attempt to murder), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148( Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (. Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the Indian Penal Code and Central Government Act Section 25 in Arms Act 25.During interrogation, the accused revealed that they are part of a professional gang which were involved in interstate robberies, attempt to murder etc cases.

Activist Afroz Shah meets Fadnavis and Mumbai mayor, assured of help to clean up Versova beach

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Maharashtra politicians swung into action on Thursday after reports that social activist Afroz Shah has suspended clean-up operation in Versova beach owing to threats from goons. He met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai mayor V Mahadeshwar. Both gave Afroz assurance of providing security and help in cleaning up Versova beach. Afroz Shah on Sunday tweeted that they have suspended their work after being threatened. Following that the post went viral on social media. Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray met him on Wednesday requesting him not to stop his social service. On Thursday, Aaditya and Afroz met Mumbai mayor V Mahadeshwar. Yuva Sena chief later tweeted: Afroz Shah also had a meeting with Devendra Fadnavis. Afroz was quoted by ANI as saying. ” CM said combing operations will be done to stop heckling of volunteers, long-term planning required and expressed interest in joining the campaign.​” Afroz Shah here on Wednesday has expressed regret that people’s mindsets were not changing. “I was working very hard at ground level, but I realized people’s mindsets were not changing, must face it truthfully. Drew a balance sheet to see where I was after 109 weeks when my volunteers were told off the beach,? he told ANI. He further said, “Accepting defeat is a positive sign. It forces you to think how to change things again. I will learn from it and do something good in the future.”Shah had started the campaign in October 2015 and has reportedly removed over five million kilograms of trash from the beach. Their movement even received recognition from United Nations Environment Programme after they were awarded with Champions of the Earth award in 2016. PM Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address has also praised Afroz for his social initiative. With ANI inputs

Pune: Five arrested for attempting to kill school bus driver who stopped harassment of girl students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hadapsar police in Pune booked five persons for allegedly attempting to murder a bus driver after he warned them for following school girls who travelled in his vehicle. The incident took place at Pandhranumber chowk in Hadapsar area on Monday night where the five youth attacked school bus driver Akshay Shewale (24). Following the complaint lodged by Akshay, Hadapsar police have booked them of which two have been identified as Aniket Shinde and Sonya Ghayal. Inspector (crime) Anjum Bagwan of Hadapsar police station who is investigating the case told DNA, “Akshay drives a school bus which is owned by his uncle. Every day he drives school girls from Hadapsar area to their school.””Since past few days, Akshay was observing that while he was plying the school girls to the school, Aniket Shinde was following the bus all the way to the school. After observing his activities for few days, Akshay had confronted Shinde and he had warned him for following the girls,” Bagwan added. According to police, after Akshay’s warning, Shinde apologised for his behaviour and he had promised not to follow the girls anymore. “Though Shinde had apologised, he was burning from inside after he was scolded by Akshay. He decided to take revenge for which he took help of his other friends,” Bagwan added. On Monday night, Akshay and his friend were travelling on a two wheeler when Shinde stopped him near Pandhranumber chowk and they entered into an argument. Bagwan said, “Akshay and Shinde had a scuffle after which Shinde called his friends who hit Akshay and his friend with sticks and sharp weapons.” Police have registered the case under Indian Penal Code’s section 307 for attempting murder, 323 for voluntarily causing hurt, 506 for criminal intimidation and other relevant sections

Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

Delhi High Court gives go ahead for Half Marathon to be held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has cleared the way for the Half Marathon to be held in the Capital on November 19 after the organisers informed the court that participants will get a refund of the amount if they wanted to withdraw their candidature in view of the air pollution situation.A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva allowed the organisers, Procam International and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to go ahead with the event, after they mentioned the measures taken to give the best facilities possible to the participants.”The DPCC have placed on record the measures taken to prevent medical emergency and to ensure, provide the most conducive environment and the route for the participants. The organisers have facilitated the refund of money to those who do not wish to participate in the event in wake of the pollution,” the court said while allowing the event to be conducted.The court was informed that on the date of the event, the entire course would be washed with treated water mixed with salt and thereafter there would be intermittent spraying of water on the route from 2 am to 10 am.Appearing for the event promoter, senior counsel Rajiv Nayyar said that around 150 mist fans would be deployed at varying heights at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”Two medical camps, 75 doctors, 100 nurses, 50 physiotherapists, 12 water stations, 98,000 bisleri bottles have been kept for the participants. In addition, Max Hospital is nearby in case there is a medical emergency,” he said.Appearing for Delhi government, Naushad Ahmed Khan, said that the conditions are now “viable” and the event could be conducted. Following this, the court allowed the organisers to go ahead with the event, adding that the participants can opt out if they want.The court’s order comes in wake of a letter written by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) urging to pass necessary directions to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon after terming the air quality of the national capital as “poor” and “unsafe.”

Court shootout: Alarmed lawyers threaten strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gunshots disrupted the routine at the Rohini court on Monday, leaving the advocates, staff, public, and security officials shocked. An undertrial was critically injured in the incident. Following the shootout, the Rohini Court Bar Association threatened to go on a strike from Wednesday, if their demand for entry passes was not accepted.Advocate Satyanarayan Sharma, who witnessed the entire incident, said: “Panic gripped us after the incident. A huge crowd gathered as the accused was caught right after the incident.””It was shocking to see something like that right in the morning. Following the incident, I could barely concentrate on my work for the rest of the day. I did not attend to any of my clients after the shootout. The scene was horrifying and scary. This is a huge security lapse. The accused should not have been able to bring a weapon inside the court in the first place,” Sharma said. He added that the security of the court has never been stepped up, despite repeated requests.Another lawyer, who was present in the court at the time of the incident, said they rushed out after hearing the gunshots and found a number of people gathered around a ramp near the canteen area. “We heard the shots and rushed out. There was a huge crowd and the number of policemen kept increasing. Soon, there was heavy deployment, which remained till late in the evening,” he said.According to advocate Mahavir Sharma, president of the Rohini Court Bar, an ultimatum of one day has been given to the authorities to start issuing entry passes. “If this is not done, the bar would go on an indefinite strike from November 15,” he said.The association also held a meeting with the District and Sessions Judges, besides meeting the police to raise their safety concerns. It demanded a stop to entry of unauthorised vehicles in the court premises. “We are concerned about the safety and we are ready to allow frisking of lawyers,” Sharma said.WHAT HAPPENED11.00 am Vinod alias Balle, arrested in a 2010 cheating case appears at Rohini court11.15 am He was being escorted back by 3rd Batallion Delhi Armed Police after hearing11.20 am Balle reaches a ramp near the canteen area, and Abdul Khan pulls out a pistol and opens fire at him. Bullet hits his abdomen11.22 am Men from 3rd Batallion Delhi Armed Police overpower Khan and he is taken into custody12.00pm Balle, who was rushed to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, and is declared dead by doctorsPAST HORRORSApril 29, 2017A prisoner was shot dead in the premises of Rohini court when he was being produced at the court for a hearing. The attacker, later identified as Mohit, opened fired when the deceased Rajesh, a criminal arrested in December 2016, appeared in court on charges of a murder.December 2015 Three juveniles barged into a courtroom at Karkardooma court complex and shot at an undertrial, injuring him critically and leaving a constable in his security dead on the spot.January 2014 A witness in an attempt to murder case on Thursday escaped unhurt when a man outside the Rohini district court’s complex opened fire at him.

High Court raps bldg over garden use, asks BMC to take over

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BMC on Monday told the High Court that it was willing to take over a garden plot in Cuffe Parade which is allegedly being used as a private space by a housing society, and make it available to the public.Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, appearing for the civic body, said it is willing to take over the garden if there has been a breach in conditions of the garden’s caretaker policy.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak said, “The public has not been allowed to use the garden. The developer or the society has posted security guards outside the garden allowing only society members to access it what more breach is required The developer can also be made to pay for the breach committed over several years.”The court has asked the court commissioner to visit the area and place on record various details about the garden and its use. Following this, the court may on Friday pass an order directing the corporation to take over the garden and maintain it.

Traffic dept to train staff on behaviour with women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the shocking video went viral wherein a traffic cop was seen towing a car in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) department on Sunday has decided to devise a course for its staff where lessons will be imparted on how to deal with women and minors and taking right decisions at crucial moments.”Following the Malad incident, instructions have been given to all the traffic senior police officers to brief their staff on how to behave with citizens and how to deal with women and minors. We hope such incidents will not repeat,” said a traffic police officer, requesting anonymity.Replying to a question asked by DNA, on how the department is preparing to deal with Malad incident like situations in future and what measures are being taken to ensure the traffic policeman on the road do not behave in a callous manner with the citizens, especially women, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Amitesh Kumar, said, “We will see what more has to be done. We will device a strategy or a course for traffic policemen in which they would be imparted training on sharpening their decision-making skills while handling tough situation.”Another police officer said experts might be roped in to impart training to traffic cops. It would be a regular training session. Mumbai Traffic Police has 3500 strong force. On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while speaking to the media, termed the Malad incident as unfortunate and ordered the police department to sensitise traffic cops so as to prevent such incidents.”Absolutely insensitive & dangerous to tow the vehicle with lady and the child inside. The cop is suspended,” CM had said.

Govt’s plea on appointing guest teachers strange: Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has termed the plea to lift a stay on the exercise of appointing guest teachers by the Delhi government “strange” and directed them to file an affidavit stating the number of vacancies in the process.”It is very surprising why the government is proceeding in this way. It is very difficult. They still wish to proceed in the manner they want to, but the procedure has to be followed,” Justice AK Chawla said, adding that the court was not getting a clear picture of the matter.The court’s observation comes even after an affidavit was filed by the Delhi government through its counsel Ramesh Singh. It was hearing the Department of Education of the government’s plea seeking vacation of the stay granted on September 27 on the process of appointing guest teachers and promoting those appointed since 2010 in government schools. The government has filed an application in a pending contempt plea filed by NGO Social Jurist, represented through advocate Ashok Aggarwal, seeking a stay on the order of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection withdrawing a notice on the appointment of 8,914 school teachers.Singh stated the stay order which the court said would continue, is causing a lot of prejudice to students who were suffering due to a shortage of teachers.He contended that till the newly created posts are filled up either through recruitment or regularisation, guest teachers are required as a stop-gap arrangement against the newly created posts, which is not possible now due to the stay order. Following this, the court asked them to come up with a “logical and legal” solution to fill up the vacancies in schools, addign that it was not averse to guest teachers but was concerned about everyone’s interest.

GRAM to begin in Udaipur today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) will begin in Udaipur from Tuesday. Following success of the first meet in Jaipur, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had announced that it would be held in every divisional headquarter.As many as 24,000 farmers would participate in the programme for which three farmers have been selected from each village. There will be 20% women participation. According to agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini, apart from farmers, 3000 other people including national and international agriculture experts and businessmen would also participate in the three-day event. Representatives from Uzbekistan including its ambassador, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Peru, Spain, Russia and Vietnam would attend the meetThe state government has received one dozen proposals for MoU but the government has adopted cautious approach because of past experience and is focusing only on those with realistic chance of execution. There were 38 MoU signed in Jaipur GRAM but only seven could be executed and 10 are under process. Though, there could be an important MoU with Peru regarding Kinwa or Quinoa.The state has produced 30,000 metric tonne of Kinwa and Peru is the biggest exporter of it at the international level. According to an estimate, the government is spending an estimated Rs 17 to Rs 20 crore on GRAM Udaipur.

MMRDA slaps 5 lakh fine on firm for mishap on Metro-VII site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Monday said that it has issued a notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh following an accident on Metro construction site of Andheri East-Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor a week ago. MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar confirmed that a notice has been issued to the firm. “We have issued notice to J Kumar Infraprojects levying a fine of Rs 5 lakh for an accident at a Metro-VII construction site,” said Kawathkar.A week ago, a bunch of iron rods had come down tilting towards the ground near Aarey Colony on the Western Express Highway (WEH). However, this accident did not cause any injuries, but MMRDA had issued a show-cause notice to J Kumar Infraprojects and the general consultant M/s Aica Consortium.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA: “We will definitely take action against contractor J Kumar Infraprojects and have decided to levy a fine for the accident.”MMRDA had claimed that the accident took place due to a crane hitting the iron rods while work was in progress on a pier. According to an MMRDA official, “Following the accident, the driver who was behind the crane will be given lighter activities to do at the Metro construction site.”

Man absolved of son’s sodomy

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

‘Psychopathic’ husband chokes wife to death

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

No wait for TA/DA, Mohanty directs after DNA report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sports Person will not have to wait for TA/DA. Following the story in DNA on Tuesday, additional chief secretary JC Mohanty pulled up the sports council officials and ordered them to release the money immediately. The DNA report had disclosed arbitrary ways of sports council secretary Narayan Singh and financial advisor Veenu Gupta to stall disbursement of TA/DA to the players on the pretext of online payment system.Sensing seriousness of the issue, the ACS came to stadium today and asked the officials to submit a report. “We tried to implement online payment system but there were few shortcomings,” he said adding that action will be taken against the guilty officials.According to Mohanty, TA/DA would be paid within three days. “For us, players’ interest is paramount,” he said. Meanwhile, the DNA report was widely discussed by players and sports associations. “We are grateful to DNA for highlighting problems of sportspersons. We want a system where players don’t have to wait for TA/DA,” secretary of handball association, Yash Pratap Singh said. “DNA has prominently raised problems of sports persons, as a result the ACS JC Mohanty has taken a quick decision. It is responsibility of the sports council that players do not face problems,” Rajasthan volleyball Association Secretary Ramavtar Jakhar said.

Delhi: Unable to cope with tuberculosis, cop commits suicide by jumping in front of Metro train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 52-year-old Delhi Police assistant sub-inspector allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a Metro train in Uttam Nagar on Wednesday, police said.The incident was reported from Uttam Nagar (West) Metro Station around 11.15 am, they said.The victim, Hans Ram Barla, was posted in the security wing of Delhi Police and was on medical leave for the last one month.He was undergoing treatment for abdominal tuberculosis, police said.A suicide note was found from the possession of the deceased. In the note, he mentioned that he was committing suicide because of his illness.Barla is survived by two sons and a daughter.The Metro services were disrupted on the Blue Line for close to half-an-hour following the incident.

Lt Colonel sacked for affair with 19-yr-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has sacked an officer for having an affair with his colleague’s 19-year-old daughter, calling his conduct “inappropriate,” sources said. Following the action against the Lt Colonel, his wife met Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently to discuss the matter.”The officer’s wife had met the Minister recently and the matter was being looked into,” sources in the Defence Ministry said. However, it seems his wife’s plea for intervention has failed, and the Army is not likely to reverse the decision.The officer in question can challenge the Army’s decision in a civil court.Sources said the matter was sensitive and had serious ramifications. After reviewing the situation, his actions were considered serious in nature and a decision to dismiss him was taken at the highest level.The dismissal from service was as per provisions of administrative action that is quicker than disciplinary action.There have been cases of officers being involved in illicit relationships with wives of their colleagues. “Stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife” is considered a grave offence in the armed forces that can lead to dismissal.Such cases usually end up in civil courts after the General Court Martial proceedings.There have been instances where courts have reinstated officers dismissed for being involved in extra-marital affairs.”Such a case where an officer is involved with a colleague’s daughter is rare,” sources said.The Army was tight-lipped and did not officially comment on the decision of sacking of the Lt Colonel.The armed forces follow a strict and no-tolerance policy when it comes to extra-marital relationships and indulgences of officers to avoid grave ramifications on their functioning.

Himachal Pradesh: India’s first voter, who is now 100, gets a special vehicle to cast ballot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He is 100-year-old now; finds it difficult to walk. So ahead of Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections the Kinnaur district administration has decided to provide a special vehicle to Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India.According to a Zee News report, Negi will be escorted to the polling booth where he is expected to receive a grand welcome. Following the voting procedure, Negi will also be dropped back home.According to his family, the 100-year-old has never missed his opportunity of casting votes.A retired school teacher Negi, became popular after Google created a video as part of its ‘Pledge to Vote’ campaign. The video went viral during 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.Shyam Saran Negi became the first voter of the country when elections were held for the first time in independent India. It was conducted on October 25, 1951, in Kinnaur in two phases.The Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections will be held on November 9. The counting of votes, however, will take place on December 18.The Model Code of Conduct came into force in Himachal Pradesh with immediate effect after the announcement.The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly comes to an end on January 7, 2018.

Cops arrest two, recover 22 pistols

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported how gun-runners have actively increased the inflow of illegal weapons into the Capital, the Delhi Police’s special cell has arrested two men and recovered 22 pistols which were to be sold to puny gangs operating in Delhi. According to the police, the accused were wanted for cases like murders and attempt to murders, and have transported more than 500 weapons into Delhi-NCR. In another major haul, three arms traffickers were arrested and 18 pistols with an SUV car were also recovered.In the first case, the accused have been identified as Pawan (28) and Veerpal (28), both from Gonda near Aligarh. The duo came under the police radar after secret information was received on October 11. “A trap was laid and at 5 pm a person identified as Veerpal arrived with a bag. He was soon joined by his associate Pawan. Following a raid, both were apprehended and 22 illegal pistols procured by them from village Signoor, District Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, were recovered,” said PS Kushwaha, DCP Special Cell.In the second haul, the accused have been identified as Mangal Singh, Shiv Singh and Ravi. 18 illegal high-quality pistols of .32 bore along with 8 live cartridges of .32 bore were recovered from the duo and a Bolero car in which the illegal pistols were hidden was also recovered.DNA had reported on Wednesday that the inflow of illegal arms is on the rise in the Capital as gangs from UP and Bihar are aiding puny criminal gangs here in exchange for small payments.

Man stabbed over car parking row in Powai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 42-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by a youth after he parked his car in a football ground at Saki Vihar in Powai. The Powai police have arrested one of the accused. According to police, the victim, Isaaq Sheikh, was allegedly stabbed by Nizam Sheikh after he parked his car at Chandasawali Babadarga ground. The children approached Sheikh and requested him to not park the car on the ground so that it does not get damaged. Following this the accused pulled out a knife and bamboo sticks and stabbed Sheikh. The victim is out of danger and is recuperating at the hospital. Sheikh is out of danger.

Officials get dos and don’ts list for attending board meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A list of dos and don’ts has been issued by Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot to the officers of his departments for attending board meetings, corporations, societies, statutory and non-statutory or private bodies to which they have been nominated.Gahlot, who holds the charge of law, transport, revenue, administrative reforms and IT in the Delhi government, has directed the officers to seek government’s view from him on each agenda point of such bodies’ meetings before attending them. He has also issued a standing order that if the official nominee cannot attend a meeting, he or she will seek approval from the minister-in-charge for the same.”Before the meeting, (officers will) seek on each agenda point, the view of the government of NCT of Delhi from the respective minister-in-charge. If the official nominee is not in a position to attend any meeting, he/she shall seek approval from minister-in-charge for the same,” the order stated.Further, he added, that after returning from those meetings, the official nominee would submit a written report to the minister-in-charge on the proceedings within two days. Gahlot said that this order, which has been issued under Rule 15 of Transaction of Business Rules, has to be complied with strictly.The order came just before the hike in Delhi metro fare on October 10. Following the fare hike, the AAP government accused Chief Secretary M M Kutty, who is also the government’s nominee in the DMRC’s board, of trying to “sabotage” its stand against the controversial fare revision.

Kulfi poisoning lands 180 kids in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-day long Diwali festivities came a nasty halt on Friday evening for the families of at least 200 children in Dungarpur who suffered from food poisoning after they consumed kulfi at a fair. Howeverm almost all, except three, were sent home after primary medical treatment. Two children have been referred to the higher medical center, while one girl is still hospitalised in the district hospital. Meanwhile, the factory where the kulfi was produced has been seized and a team of health department officials have collected samples of the kulfi.According to sources, a Diwali fair had been organised At Mara Gamri village, 16 kilometers from Dungarpur district headquarter, in Ramsagra police station area. Following the incident, children were rushed to Gamri Ahara community health center from where they were further referred to district hospital.”Around 180 children complained of vomiting and abdominal pain and were brought to the hospital,” Dr Indar Lal Panchal, Principle Medical Officer at Dungarpur District Hospital told DNA. “Around 86 of them were immediately admitted to the hospital and the rest were given first aid and discharged. By Saturday evening, almost all of them have been discharged, as their condition improved. Only one girl is still admitted to the the hospital, though her condition is normal as well, but is being kept under observation. Two other children have been referred to higher center in Udaipur, ” Dr Panchal said.The kulfi was produced at a factory situated in the industrial area of the city. Ram Sagra police caught the factory manager and registered a case against him. On Saturday, a team of health department inspected and seized the factory and even collected samples of stored kulfi. “We have registered a case under relevant sections for further investigation. We area now awaiting results of the sample tests,” said Ajay Singh Rao, SHO, Ramsagra police station.

No Vasectomy Raj in the State

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>I am still guilty that I killed my wife. She was a very brave and a wise lady. Considering our financial status we both mutually decided that she will go for sterilisation. To save money she forced me to opt for a government camp. During the procedure, she went through a complication and she died. I lost my wife and my kids lost their mother. I don’t blame the system for or anyone else except myself. I was not brave enough. I could have gone for sterilisation which is far more safer. I would suggest all the men that I lost my wife I request others please be brave enough and contribute for your family and society. This is a story of Harilal(name changed) which is just a very small reflection of the contribution men in family planning and population control.Rajasthan state is not just battling a paralysed sex ratio and women’s safety, but also lagging behind in ensuring equality as far as family planning is concerned. Data shows that the onus of family planning predominantly rests with women. As per the data shared by the health department of Rajasthan through RTI women accounts for 98.62% of sterilisations conducted at various family welfare centres in the state.In the year 2016-17 out of total 2.79 lakhs sterilisation only conducted only 3836 men participated in it. There are total 5 districts in the state in which less than 10 men participated in the sterilisation process. The data on men’s participation in 2017-18 up-to July is even more threatening, only 1.4 percent men participated in sterilisation.REALITY CHECK FINDINGS OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAW NETWORK TEAM VISIT IN FEB 2017Shri Khatushyamji Community Health CentreThe women received anaesthesia via injection from an anaesthetist. Following the anesthetic, the women were left to lie in a room with their bodies completely covered by a blanket. The women were left unattended, as the doctors took breaks to allow the anesthetic to take effect for about 45 minutes. An activist from the team was invited to observe several of the procedures by the surgeon. The activist was informed by the doctor that he changes gloves frequently. Gulabpura Community Health CentreThere was no discussion with the women about the inherent risks of the surgery or the necessary post-operation procedures. The women were not given hospital gowns for the operations and remained in their personal clothes. The hospital had open spaces that were exposed to the elements, and the team observed a stray dog walking through the hospital and near the entrance to the operating theatre and women’s wardsEXPERT SPEAKSVasectomy in no way affects or reduces the sexual potency or desires in men. It does not affect the physical strength. Unfortunately, some how men have been avoiding sterilisation.Dr RK Solanki, PsychiatristThe camp-based approach for population control has to be minimised. Sterilisation must be a part of the regular reproductive health service.Chhaya Pachauli, Social ActivistSources: RTI, data till July 2017-18, Ministry of health and family welfare, Human rights law network & Prayas Corp

ANC seizes cannabis worth Rs 41 lakh from Gujarat-based smugglers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Worli Unit of the Anti-Narcotics cell on Saturday arrested two persons, hailing from Gujarat, for allegedly possessing 10 kg of cannabis worth Rs 41 lakh from Nagpada.The accused have been identified as Samirbeg Shabirbeg Mirza (29) and Noman Gulam Haider Shaikh (24).According to the police, they had received a specific information that two drug suppliers from Gujarat have been providing drugs in Maharashtra. Following the information, under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner of Police Shivdeep Lande, the police placed a dummy order and to lure the accused into entering the city.According to police, a trap had been laid for the accused. The moment they reached Nagpada, both men were arrested. Each had five kg cannabis in their possession.”We have seized 10 kg cannabis from two bags, which they were carrying and have arrested the accused. They were produced in court and have been remanded to police custody by the court,” said Shivdeep Lande, DCP, ANC.

Another case of molestation reported from BHU campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems that Benares Hindu University authorities haven’t done enough to curb the harassment of their female students on campus. Another case of harassment was reported late Thursday after a girl returning to her hostel room was slapped on the head, and subsequently catcalled by three unidentified motorcycle-borne individualsThe girl shouted for help and immediately informed the BHU authorities, including the first lady Chief Proctor Prof Royana Singh. A search was conducted for the motorcycle-borne miscreants in campus till late Thursday night by security guards, without any luck.“They could not be traced. We are also retrieving CCTV footage to identify the three youth,” said Prof Singh.The victim told her hostel inmates that the three youth first made some inaudible remarks and when she did not react they slapped her on head from behind – the impact of which caused her to nearly lose balance and fall down. They sped away when she raised an alarm.After the incident, the Chief Proctor held a meeting to beef up security arrangements again on campus. “We have decided to post more women security guards near girls’ hostel. Strict instructions have been given to security guards to allow only those in the campus who carry identity cards,” Prof Singh told mediapersons.Ironically, the incident took place near the girls’ hostel which was illuminated recently with LED lights after the September 23 violence in the campus following molestation of a girl two days ago.The BHU authorities claimed to have posted about half a dozen women guards also in and around the girls’ hostels to prevent any eve-teasing incident. Despite elaborate security arrangements, fresh incident of eve-teasing has once again raised serious doubts over safety and security of female students in the campus.This is the third incident of eve-teasing and molestation in the BHU campus in less than a month. The first incident had taken place on September 21 when two miscreants had molested a female student. When then BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof G.C. Tripathi did not act on victim’s complaint, agitated girls held massive dharna the next day resulting in large-scale violence and police lathicharge on September 23 night. Following national outcry on BHU V-C inaction over safety and security of girls, the V-C was forced to go on leave.Another incident was reported from within the campus on October 5 when a married female student had lodged a police complaint against a student who abused and assaulted near her classroom. Prompt action was taken and the male student was taken into police custody.Besides posting six women guards, about 52 CCTV cameras at strategic surveillance points and 30 LED lights were installed to remove all dark spots within the campus, particularly in and around girls’ hostels since these incidents. But despite that BHU campus remained unsafe for female students.

Time Magazine names ‘Free Speech leader’ Gurmehar Kaur as next generation leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurmehar Kaur, who rose to fame, after two videos of her – first a criticism of war and the second a criticism of the violence at Rajhans College in Delhi – has now been listed in the 2017 list of Time Next Generation Leaders.She is placed in an impressive list with the likes of Star Wars actor John Boyega, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, and South African Comedian Trevor Noah.Kaur, a student of Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College, had taken on the ABVP on Facebook and Twitter. She posted a picture of herself holding up a placard that read, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”This video resulted in a number of people digging up a previous video of Kaur in which she criticised the concept of war. In the video, titled soldier of peace, Kaur, holding placards, said, “My mother made me understand that Pakistanis did not kill my dad. War killed him. Today I’m a soldier too, just like my dad. I fight for peace between India and Pakistan. Because if there was no war between us, my father would still be here today.”Following both posts, Kaur received death threats and rape threats from certain trolls on Twitter, and was even criticised by celebrities such as former cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda.

Day after Anupam Kher’s appointment, FTII students raise questions in an open letter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the appointment of actor Anupam Kher as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the students’ body of the premier institute has, in an open letter, highlighted some points related to the institute and demanded Kher to address their issues. The FTII students association had raised questions over Kher’s appointment stating that there is an issue of conflict of interest as the veteran actor runs his own acting institute in Mumbai. Following the announcement of the actor’s appointment, the association held a general body meeting at the campus on Wednesday night and based on the issues discussed drafted an open letter.Robin Joy, president of FTII students’ association told DNA, “Through this open letter, we are asking some questions to Kher and we wish to hear a reply from him.”In the letter, the association has raised various issues including their objection to introduction of short term courses, issues related to open day and foundation day celebrated by the administration etc. Claiming that the short term courses are being run to generate funds, the association in the letter mentions that the premier film institute of the country started ideally to impart learning to different aspects of film making, but now the institute is being turned into an institute which runs short term crash courses for generation of funds. “We sincerely believe that the short term courses which are being run cannot impart knowledge on film making in such a short duration. The government institute that exists to provide education to students from all sections should not be driven by the agenda of fund generation which currently seems to be the aim of the institute,” the letter mentions. Opposing the idea of celebrating foundation day and open day, the association in the letter has stated that “We as students believe that the amount of money being spent on lights, erecting set pieces in front of the campus can be spent on the infrastructure and in buying and repairing equipment which would only help the students in finishing their projects in time.”In the same letter, the association has also raised their apprehensions regarding the new syllabus claiming that it has issues like workshops and classes being cut down arbitrarily. The association has also mentioned that the students are being forced to sign undertakings to finish their courses on time but on the other hand the administration is not providing them the necessary resources to finish the project in time.

Pune student tries to kill two teachers over haircut order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry over being told to get a haircut, an 18-year-old student attempted to murder two teachers of his junior college with a sharp weapon inside the college campus near Wagholi on Ahmednagar road on Friday.The student, identified as Sunil Bhor, fled after the attack.The incident took place on the campus of Jogeshwari Mata College in Wade Bolhai area at around 8 a.m. on Friday. According to police, two teachers of the college, Dhananjay Abnave and Darshan Chaudhary, have sustained serious injuries. Following the attack Lonikand police have registered a case of attempt to murder under section 307 of Indian Penal Code against Bhor. Police have also filed charges under the Atrocity Act for making casteist remarks against Abnave.Sub-Inspector Annasaheb Tapare, who is investigating the case, told DNA, “Sunil studies in the 11th standard in the same college and Abnave is his class teacher. Sunil had grown long hair and a couple of days back, Abnave had asked him to get a haircut.””On Thursday, after having a haircut, Sunil came to the college wearing a cap. Seeing him wearing cap, Abnave asked him to remove the cap if he wanted to attend classes. Instead of removing the cap, Sunil chose to leave the college premises and did not attend the college on that day.”On Friday morning, all the students of the college had gathered on the college grounds for morning prayers but Bhor was not present. “After the prayer, all the students were going into their respective classes and Abnave was keeping a watch on them. When most of the students had gone inside the classrooms, Sunil entered the college carrying a sharp weapon with him and attacked Abnave,” Tapare said.When Abnave collapsed due to the sudden attack, Chaudhary tried to save him but was also attacked by Bhor. “He made some castiest remarks against Abnave before fleeing from the college premises,” Tapare added.Capped madnessAfter having been asked to get a haircut, Sunil came to college wearing a cap. When asked to remove it, he left angrily and didn’t attend classes. He returned next day with a weapon

Two-leaves symbol case: AIADMK delegation to meet EC officials today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election commission on Thursday made it clear that the hearing on the two-leaves symbol case of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) would take place on October 6 as scheduled and no additional time would be granted to any party. Following this, The AIADMK delegation will meet Election Commission (EC) officials today (Friday), to submit documents regarding two-leaves symbol case.The Election Commission on Thursday had rejected sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s plea to defer hearing on symbol case. Dhinakaran had filed a plea seeking 15 days additional time to submit affidavits in the party symbol dispute case.In a general council meeting on September 12, the merged faction had passed a resolution stating that the AIADMK will be a unified faction and shall retrieve the two leaves symbol and the AIADMK name.The meeting also declared the jailed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala as expelled from the party, and also TTV Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary of AIADMK.On September 14, representatives of Dinakaran had approached the EC urging it to declare as the general council meeting invalid. (With inputs from ANI)

AMC seeks more time to file report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A petition in the Gujarat High Court on Thursday has opposed the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) plea that urged the court to extend the time limit to file a detailed inquiry report on bad roads. The petitioner has opposed it stating that the reasons cited by the corporation are false and contrary to what it had said in its earlier affidavit.The petitioner, Mustak Kadri, had contended that the roads were washed away in the first rains, and the people are still facing great difficulty. Following this, the court had issued an order directing AMC to file a detailed inquiry report before it.The second division bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice BN Karia is hearing the public interest litigation.In the last hearing, the corporation had submitted a vigilance department’s inquiry report but the detailed inquiry report which should include information about the approval of the tender, quality assessment of roads and the contractor is yet to be filed. This report was to be filed by October 4. In the averment appeal, the corporation submitted that it would keep filing the report in a phased manner.Petitioner’s advocate Amit Panchal opposed this citing that the corporation’s request is based on a false premise. The corporation claims to have taken samples of all roads, but its earlier affidavit states that 1,947 roads were constructed in the last 27 months, and out of those it had identified only 90 roads. Of these 90, samples were drawn from 13 and sent to FSL for testing. Only three test reports have come in so far. So, Panchal argued that the question which arises is that when did the corporation collect samples of all the roads.”If the samples are taken in phased manner and before that the roads will be resurfaced, then there won’t be any evidence left to be inquired into,” observed the court. The court asked the corporation to collect samples of all roads before they are resurfaced. It once again ordered AMC to probe into the nexus between officers and contractors and file a detailed report.The matter is kept for further hearing on October 4, when the corporation will move a fresh civil application with request.AMC’S CLAIMThe corporation claims to have taken samples of all roads, but its earlier affidavit states that 1,947 roads were constructed in the last 27 months, and out of those it had identified only 90 roads. Of these 90, samples were drawn from 13 and sent to FSL for testing.

BHU row: Act of ‘eve-teasing, not molestation’, can’t assign guard to every student: VC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Girish Chandra Tripathi, the Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) who is under fire after the police lathi-charged the students who were raising the issue of harassment has said that the University cannot assign a guard to every student.Student protests rocked the BHU campus following an alleged incident of sexual harassment on Thursday night. The police action took place on Saturday night after the protesting students wanted to meet the vice-chancellor at his residence.”Things happen on campus, you cannot stop these things. This time, the matter has been taken out of context because of outsiders. Outsiders, including political parties, have created a negative situation to destroy peace on campus,” said Tripathi speaking to DNA.Tripathi said that the issue students were protesting is not an incident of molestation, but of eve-teasing. ALSO READ BHU apathy: How many women safety panels does varsity with 30,000 students has? Zero”I am doing my best, the university is doing its best to ensure women’s safety on the campus. We are arranging for streetlights and deploying more guards,” he told Indian Express.Though the students have alleged that the VC did not come to meet them, Tripathi said, “I had agreed to go to the MMV (Mahila Maha Vidyalaya). But these criminal elements began throwing petrol bombs and stones. How could I have gone?.””This is such a big campus, anything can happen anywhere. We cannot assign a guard to every student,” he said.The vice-chancellor said that if they listen to every demand of every girl, they won’t be able to run the university. “All these rules are for their safety, all in favor of the girl students.” He also said that there is no such written order issued to empty hostels. “This was also one of the many rumours spread.”Scores of activists belonging to women’s groups and student organisations on Monday protested the lathi-charge on women students.Meanwhile, a four-member committee has been set up by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik to probe the incident. ALSO READ BHU row: When did protest against molestation become anti-national? The committee will be headed by under Chief Secretary. The committee will probe the excesses committed by the police and the also the allegations that external elements were also supporting the protest. Following the violence, the district administration declared holidays from Monday till October 2 in all colleges and universities in Varanasi. The BHU had earlier announced that the holidays would start from September 28.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for police action against students.”The incident at BHU is BJP’s version of `Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. And, when they (girls) demand their rights, beat them up. This incident happened in the PM’s constituency. Modiji should apologise to the students of BHU and take immediate action,” Gandhi told reporters in Gujarat.

Peepli Live director Mahmood Farooqui acquitted of rape: Timeline of the case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following is the chronology of events in the case in which Delhi High Court on Monday acquitted co-director of Bollywood movie ‘Peepli Live’ Mahmood Farooqui, in a rape case of a 30-year-old American researcher in March 2015:*Jun 20, 2015: Bollywood movie ‘Peepli Live’ co-director Mahmood Farooqui arrested for allegedly raping an American researcher.*Jul 29: Police files charge sheet against Farooqui for alleged offence punishable under sections 376 (rape) of IPC.*Aug 9: Rape case against Farooqui sent to sessions court.*Aug 20: Farooqui moves court seeking bail.*Aug 25: Researcher tells court that a drunk Farooqui forced himself upon her after inviting her for dinner at his residence.*Aug 27: Cops oppose Farooqui’s bail plea, say it is a heinous crime.*Sep 2: Court frames rape charges against Farooqui.*Sep 9: Court starts day-to-day trial in rape case against Farooqui.*Sep 16: US researcher appears in court; reiterates allegations against Farooqui during in-camera proceedings.*Oct 15: Court grants interim bail of 15 days to Farooqui, directs him not to leave capital without its permission.*Jan 14, 2016: Court commences hearing final arguments.Police tells court that US woman’s testimony nails Farooqui in rape case.*Jan 21: Prosecution concludes final arguments.*May 30: Court reserves the judgement in the case.*July 30: Court convicts Farooqui for the offence of rape.*Aug 4: Court awards seven-year jail term to Farooqui.*Oct 3: Farooqui moves HC challenging trial court order on conviction and sentence.*Sep 1: HC reserves judgement.*Sep 25: HC acquits Farooqui, sets aside the trial court order awarding him seven years jail term.

43 including Honeypreet Insan named wanted in Panchkula rioting case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana police have named 43 people including Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan as wanted in Panchkula rioting case.”The Following accused is wanted regarding violence in Panchkula on August 25. The identity of those giving information leading to their arrest will be kept secret,” reads the message posted on Haryana police site.The wanted list also consists photographs of all the 43 accused. The police have also given a mobile number, WhatsApp number, and email id to provide information about the accused. ALSO READ Rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is a sex addict, showing withdrawal symptoms in Rohtak jail, say doctorsMeanwhile, the police have made two fresh arrests in connection with incidents of violence which broke out on August 25 in Panchkula after sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a rape case.Efforts are also on to trace the Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan and Dera spokesman Aditya Insan, against whom a lookout notice was issued earlier.Violence broke out in Panchkula after the Dera chief’s conviction, leaving 35 dead, while six others were killed in incidents in Sirsa.The 50-year-old Dera chief, who is lodged in the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak, had been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment by the CBI court for the 2002 rapes of two of his disciples.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police also arrested three Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) followers for hatching conspiracy to help Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh escape from Panchkula, during the agitation on August 25.

Delhi court gives man seven years RI for raping woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Courts are alive to the social realities of Indian society where the women find it very difficult to come out of the closet and report such matters to police for fear of humiliation, a Delhi court said while convicting a man to seven years of imprisonment for raping a woman.An FIR was registered on November 26, 2014 by the victim aged 20 that she was raped by the convict on pretext of getting her husband released from jail. The victim’s husband was in jail in connection with a theft case.”It is not hard to imagine the pitiable plight of a woman who is burdened with responsibility of running the household with two minor daughters. When such a woman is raped, she will take more than usual time to come to terms with the mental and physical trauma before gathering courage to fight out the accused. It is quite difficult for a woman to broach such a topic with anyone, be it her husband or her parents,” the court said.Additional Sessions Judge Sanjiv Jain also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the convict failing which he would have to undergo simple imprisonment for six months.The court made the observations while deciding whether the delay in registering the case is not fatal in the judgment.On November 20, 2014, the accused told the victim to accompany him to Saket court for her husband’s case. But there was no date of hearing on that date. Thereafter he took her to a room on the false assurance of making her meet a lawyer. Following this he committed rape on the victim and threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed the incident to anyone.Two to three days later he again told the victim to come along to Tihar Jail to meet her husband but by the time they reached, the husband was already gone. The victim smelt it fishy when the accused started taking her from the same. She somehow escaped from him and came home.The accused denied all the allegations stating that he was falsely implicated.The court, however, said that there were no inconsistencies of the victim thereby adding that rape is the worst form of woman’s oppression.”A forcible sexual assault brings in humiliation, feeling of disgust, tremendous embarrassment, sense of shame, trauma and lifelong emotional scar to a victim. The stigma that attaches to the victim of rape in Indian society ordinarily rules out the leveling of false accusations,” the court said while citing another judgment.The court also directed the Delhi State Legal Service Authority (DSLA) to compensate the victim under relevant sections of the law.

Shocking: Pune tuition teacher brutally beats up three-year-old boy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the incident of murder of a school child in Ryan international school in Gurugram has highlighted the lack of safety of children in schools, a case in Pune has come to light where a three year old boy was mercilessly beaten up by tuition teacher. He was beaten so brutally that even after three days of the incident, the swelling on his face has not subsided. The incident took place in Pimple Saudagar area on September 11. However police lodged the case against the teacher only on Wednesday night. Based on the complaint of the parents of the boy, police have arrested the teacher who has been identified as Bhagyashri Pillay. Police have slapped charges of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under section 324 of Indian Penal Code and section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act 2015. The family of the boy resides in the same locality where Pillay stays in Pimple Saudagar area. The parents of the boy are labourers and they had started sending their son to Pillay’s house thinking that he would learn from her. Senior inspector Ajay Chandkhede, in charge of Sangvi police station told DNA, “On Monday the boy had gone to Pillay’s house. When his parents returned home, they saw that the face of the boy had swollen badly. When they asked the boy, he told them that the teacher hit him with wooden scale on his hand, back and head.”Looking at the condition of the boy, parents reached Sangvi police station to lodge complaint against the teacher. However, according to boy’s parents, police did not registered the complaint immediately, instead they were sent to Sassoon hospital. Police officials claimed that the parents were in two minds whether to give complaint or not as the tuition teacher had agreed to pay for the treatment of the boy. “The parents decided to lodge the complaint on Wednesday and as soon as they approached us, we registered the offence against the teacher. We have also sent the boy for medical examination,” Chandkhede added. Following the complaint, Pillay was arrested and she was produced before the court where she has been remanded police custody for one day.

2 top Ryan officials sent in to 2-day police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following an intense probe into the murder of a seven-year-old Ryan International student, Haryana Additional Director General, Law and Order, visited the scene of crime on Monday. Besides, two top Ryan officials, who had been arrested earlier, were sent into 2-day police custody, after the cops established in the Sohna court that school authorities tampered with the evidence.”Ryan’s north regional head Francis Thomas and HR head J Thomas have been accused of not providing adequate security to school kids. They both have been arrested,” the police stated in the court.Demanding three-day custody for the duo, the police said they needed to collect information on funds collected and expenditure made by the school in the name of safety. “Documents related to the accounts and records of money spent need to be checked. The cash books need to be recovered from Kerala and other places. The police also need to question the two men in relation with the child’s murder,” the police said.Besides, senior police officers said the primary probe has revealed that the water bottle belonging to the victim, which was drenched in blood, was washed by the school authorities. They also said the school’s negligence led to the murder.The ADG, Law and Order, also said the sequence of events pointed towards tampering of evidence and evidence found proved the school administration’s negligence.The police also told the court that severe irregularities were observed and the school administration was found violating safety guidelines issued by the Haryana government, CBSE, High Court, and Supreme Court. Following this, a case was registered under section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act, which deals with cruelty and crime against children under custody of someone, and under Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

NTCA opposes plan to subsume under bigger wildlife body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has strongly opposed a proposal to subsume itself and its flagship Project Tiger scheme under the ambit of an overarching National Wildlife Conservation Authority (NWCA) aimed at conservation of the habitats of all animals.An evaluation committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had recommended the idea of NWCA last year in a report on the performance of 12 Plan schemes. Following NTCA’s opposition to the proposal, the ministry has currently shelved the plan, top officials said.Following a review of NTCA’s fund allocation, habitat and conservation issues, the ministry’s evaluation committee, headed by senior economic adviser Anandi Subramanian, had recommended that NTCA should be renamed NWCA to widen its scope and include all wildlife and habitat conservation schemes under it. “Such convergence will avoid pitfalls associated with the current delineation of activities under each scheme,” the evaluation committee had said.Expressing its disagreement with the recommendations, the NTCA has said that instead of diluting an existing “success story”, the ministry needs to strengthen other wildlife schemes. The new proposal, it said, would be a generalised approach and would not make any impact with regard to tigers, as it stems from an administrative and economic point of view.”The species specific approach of Project Tiger is highly technical and has stood the test of time. This successful, pioneering venture should be retained as such without its merger with any other scheme,” the NTCA said. It suggested that rather than a unified authority, there is a need for projects to conserve flagship species from other habitats, such as Project Lion and Project Snow Leopard.

Pune: Doctor attacked for refusing to illegally terminate pregnancy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gynaecologist in Sangvi area of Pune was attacked by a man, after the doctor refused to medically terminate the pregnancy of his live-in partner. According to the doctor, the woman was five months pregnant and since terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks without the certificate of a medical practitioner is illegal, he refused to do the abortion. The doctor Amol Bidkar runs a maternity centre at Kate Puram chowk in Pimple Gurav area and has sustained injuries on his right hand. Senior police inspector Ajay Chandkhede, in charge of Sangvi police station told DNA, “Nearly two weeks back, the attacker had come to Dr Bidkar’s clinic along with a pregnant woman. The man claimed that the woman was his live-in partner and they wanted to terminate the pregnancy. When Dr Bidkar examined the woman, he found that the woman was five months pregnant and therefore told them that he cannot terminate the pregnancy.”According to the statement given by Dr Bidkar to police, the man again visited his clinic on Saturday night at around 9.30pm and insisted that he terminate the pregnancy of his partner. “When the doctor remained firm on his stand that he will not terminate the pregnancy illegally, the attacker got agitated, took out a sharp weapon and attacked him before running away,” Chandkhede added. Following the attack, a team of Sangvi police visited the clinic but they found that there are no CCTV cameras installed. “The doctor did not note down the person’s name when he had visited the clinic earlier. We are now checking the footage of other CCTV cameras installed on the road to get a clue of the attacker,” Chandkhede said. Meanwhile, members of Sangvi- Pimple Gurav doctors association visited the Sangvi police station and demanded strong action against the attacker.

Pune: After outrage over casteism, IMD scientist withdraws case against non-Brahmin cook

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After receiving flak from all corners for registering a cheating case against a 60-year-old cook for posing as a ‘Brahmin’ to get a job, senior scientist from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Medha Khole on Saturday submitted an application with the police to withdraw the case against the cook.Huge controversy was erupted on Thursday when Khole approached Sinhgad road police station and lodged a complaint against her cook Nirmala Yadav alleging that when Khole wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meal on special religious occasion, Yadav concealed her caste and posed herself as Brahmin to get the work at Khole’s place. Following the case, various organisations staged protest against Khole for being castiest. Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh criticised Khole’s action of filing police complaint against Yadav.Following the controversy, Khole visited the Sinhgad police station on Saturday afternoon and she submitted an application to withdraw the complaint. Assistant commissioner of police (Swargate division) Shivaji Pawar told DNA, “When Khole approached us, she stated that the case was her personal issue and she did not have the intention to create any tension in the society on the basis of caste issue.
ALSO READ IMD scientist lodges ‘cheating’ case against cook for hiding caste After witnessing the controversy over her complaint, she decided to put an end to it by withdrawing the case against Yadav.””Now since she has submitted the application for withdrawal of the case, we will be preparing a report which we will submit in the court for further procedure to withdraw the case,” Pawar added.Based on Khole’s complaint, police have registered a case for cheating by personation under section 419, punishment for assault or criminal force under section 352 and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace under section 504 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Yadav.

AMC to spend Rs 10 crore to beautify roads ahead of Abe’s visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic body is abuzz with activity ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Ahmedabad along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For the grand welcome, civic officials are busy beautifying major roads of the city. Following the heavy spell of rains, several roads in the city have been damaged which also includes the roads that the high-profile guests are expected to visit.On Thursday, the standing committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) gave the authority to municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar for the expenses to be incurred for the VVIP visit to the city. As per estimates, the total cost for the visit will be around Rs 15 crore.”The expense will be around Rs 15 crore out of which Rs 10 crore is going to be spent on road repairs and fixing on their route. The other work includes theme-based lighting, some cultural programmes and tasks related to documentation,” said Pravin Patel standing committee chairman, AMC. “The duo are going to visit Gandhi Ashram and Sabarmati Riverfront,” added Patel. “It will be a moment of pride for us as they are going to perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the first bullet train of the country here in Ahmedabad. There will also be business delegates from Japan for a two-day business summit to be held in the city,” remarked Patel.It is worth noting that all the work allotted for this visit by the civic body has been sanctioned without tenders or quotations and these are unconditional without paying any deposit.

Taekwondo player, four aides arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested a national level taekwondo player Gaurav, and his four aides for their involvement in robberies. Five loaded pistols and valuables robbed at gunpoint were recovered from the accused who was also involved in a recent a sensational gunpoint robbery in Vikaspuri.The others arrested with Gaurav have been identified as Amit Yadav (22), Vikas Puri (21), Vikas (24) and Sidharth Sharma (20).According to the police, the gang has revealed their involvement in several cases of burglary. They also said that initially they started robbery and burglary to earn easy money but soon graduated into being a gang of organised criminals and purchased firearms. After thorough investigation, police believes that they have solved more than a dozen such cases.Bhisham Singh, DCP, crime branch said that the gang was busted when after receiving a tip off about Yadav, Puri and Vikas. A police team laid a trap where the trio were expected to come. On seeing them, when the police team raided, the trio tried to flee and even took out pistols. Following a brief scuffle the police team managed to overpower them and snatched their weapons. All of them were arrested, the DCP said.Five country-made pistols, stolen laptops, mobile phones and gold ornaments were recovered from their possession. After investigations other members of their gang Sidharth Sharma and Gaurav were also arrested, police said.

Dog helps cops nab man who sodomised and killed child

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just when investigators were about to give up tracking the man who allegedly sodomised and murdered a six -year-old boy in northeast Delhi’s Harsh Vihar last month, Viren came to their aid. The police dog led the probe teams to the place where the accused used to work, and helped them identify him.Ram Niwas, 40, a resident of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (UP), was finally arrested by a team of Anti-Auto Theft Squad of northeast district from the Mandoli area on Friday.According to the police, on August 12 around midnight, a tea stall owner reported that a day before, around 6.30 pm, his son aged 6 years left the tea shop for home but never reached. A case was then registered at the Harsh Vihar police station.”Following a search operation, the boy’s body was found. Nothing else, however, could be ascertained about the case. It is then that the tracking dog Viren was called on the spot. The canine led the police team towards a nearby under-construction building. Inquiries were made and it was revealed that the guard of the building was missing,” DCP (northeast) Ajit Singla said.”Later, during investigation, it was found that he was involved in a similar case in the Welcome area in 2009. Finally, on Friday, we nabbed him,” Singla said.

Property auction: Air India gets third time lucky

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two failed attempts to auction some of its properties in prime locations in Mumbai, it seems to be a case of third time lucky for Air India. Since June, the national carrier has been trying to sell properties in several parts of Mumbai, but in vain. On Thursday and Friday, however, they held an auction of two lots of properties, and this time, the auction proved successful.Authorities from the auctioning company say that now only approval from Air India is awaited, after which, the deals will be finalised. After two failed rounds of auction, Air India had hiked the prices of the properties, and also hired a real estate consultancy firm to sell the properties.Government-run MSTC India held the auction of properties, which were estimated to be worth upwards of Rs 299.7 crore.A senior official from MSTC India associated with the auction said, “Unlike the last two auctions, this time, the response was good, and deals have taken place. The only thing awaited is approval from Air India, and only after that can the deals be finalised.”In June, when Air India had tried selling properties, it had failed to get any takers, however, in July, the responses received were lower than the reserve price. Following this, then Air India chief Ashwani Lohani, had said they will be using aggressive marketing strategy to sell the properties. This seems to have paid off.Air India had hiked the price of flats, the most expensive individual flat among the first two auctions located in Bandra’s Cozihom, which was priced at Rs 7.40 crore in the July auction, was pegged at a reserve price of Rs 10.36 crore.The auction amount for 28 properties, including a Bandra building inclusive of 14 flats, was Rs 299.77 crore. A senior official from Cushman Wakefield, who didn’t wish to be named, said, “The auction was being done online, and we are yet to receive details on them. One part was conducted on Thursday, and the second on Friday.”The closing date for bidding for half the properties was August 31, while for the remaining properties it was September 1. Apart from the 14 flats in Bandra priced at Rs 200 crore, the auction included 16 flats in Malad, eight each in Taurus and Satyam building. Every flat in Satyam was priced at Rs 1.13 crore, while flats in Taurus went at Rs 98 lakh. There were four flats in Jupiter building located in Cuffe Parade of which three were priced at Rs 9.01 crore, while one was priced at Rs 8.37 crore. Three flats in Khar were pegged at Rs 5.15 crore, Rs 4.88 crore, and Rs 4.27 crore each. Two flats in Venus building were priced at Rs 8.13 crore and Rs 8.37 crore.While the auction was held online by government-owned firm MSTC India, real estate consultancy firm, Cushman Wakefield Property Advisors Pvt Ltd took care of marketing the properties.Despite attempts, no comment was received on the matter from Air India.

After the mayhem, Delhi remains calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Capital remained on high alert with prohibitory orders continuing on Saturday. Sources in the police department stated that Section 144 would continue to be imposed in Delhi till September 8.Police also sought to provide a visible deterrent to those looking to indulge in hooliganism by organising flag marches in areas that had witnessed violence post the CBI court verdict against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.Anand Vihar and Badarpur were the most prominent areas where the flag march was held along with reserved forces and senior police officials in attendance, during the day. This was followed in other areas including Trilokpuri, Jahangirpuri, Nand Nagari and other parts of the city.In another precautionary measure, QRT vans and SWAT teams were mobilised in disturbed areas. Police sources stated that Station House Officers and Assistant Commissioners have been instructed to put up barricades in strategic places. They have also been ordered them to increase patrolling in their respective areas.Special Commissioner(Law and Order) SBK Singh told DNA that all the security apparatus is in place and the police are prepared to handle any eventuality.”Feedback has been taken from all districts and no untoward incident was reported from any part. Normal life has gone on. The prohibitory orders will remain in place for miscreants and in no way will the common man be affected.”Sources claim that these followers may carry out violent activities in different parts of the Capital. This may include torching of DTC buses, parked public transport and markets. Following these inputs, security in these places has been beefed up. Police said that they shut down an ashram of the Dera Sacha Sauda located in the satellite town on Saturday. “The court has ordered us to seal the ashram. We have also deployed forces around the premises,” said Ravinder Kumar, Gurugram police spokesperson.ON HIGH ALERTAccording to intelligence inputs, supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have started regrouping in areas of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab with the intent of causing trouble ahead of the announcement of the sentence against the godman.

JNU reinstates whistleblower former IIT Kharagpur professor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU has reinstated whistleblower former IIT Kharagpur professor Rajeev Kumar, whose penalty of compulsory retirement was quashed by Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office as President. “In continuation of Ministry of HRD Ministry’s letter and Delhi High Court’s order, Rajeev Kumar is requested to resume his duties in School of Computer and Systems Sciences immediately,” an official order issued by JNU said. IIT Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for “misconduct” in May 2011, the same year the Supreme Court had lauded him as an “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced. The institute had set up a probe panel that found him guilty. Kumar was accused of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations. In 2014, the IIT decided to compulsorily retire him. Kumar, who alleged that the panel was biased, had moved the Delhi High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT’s decision. He had also appealed to the then president requesting that the order be quashed. Following the high court’s stay order, Kumar had taken lien for two years and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2015. However, he was relieved from JNU in June to allow him to re-join IIT Kharagpur. The IIT had last week accepted his resignation following communication of the Presidential order, and the professor had appealed to the JNU vice chancellor to reinstate him. “Kumar will also be entitled to benefits from the date he was relieved from JNU,” the official order said. Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RBI to issue Rs 200 notes: FinMin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today gave its go-ahead to the Reserve Bank to issue Rs 200 notes that will ease pressure on lower-denomination currency bills. The finance ministry, in a notification, said that on the recommendations of the Central Board of Directors of the RBI, “the central government hereby specifies the denomination of banknotes of the value of two hundred rupees”. The new Rs 200 notes are likely to be in circulation shortly. According to sources, the exercise of printing Rs 200 denomination notes is being undertaken to further improve the currency situation in the country. Following the demonetisation on November 9 last year, the Reserve Bank had introduced Rs 2,000 notes and also issued new Rs 500 notes with additional security features. So with the introduction of Rs 200 notes, the problem people face due to high-value Rs 2,000 notes would be taken care of. The Reserve Bank has also introduced new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of ‘Hampi with Chariot’ that depicts India’s cultural heritage. In a surprise announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November last year announced scrapping of old notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, wiping out over 86 per cent of the cash in circulation. The move was aimed at checking black money, counterfeit notes and terror financing.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Triple talaq case: Chronology of events

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court by a majority verdict today declared that triple talaq was void, illegal and unconstitutional. Following is the chronology of events: *Oct 16, 2015: SC bench asks chief justice of India to set up an appropriate bench to examine if Muslim women face gender discrimination in divorce cases while dealing with a case of Hindu succession. *Feb 5, 2016: SC asks then Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to assist it on the pleas challenging constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy. *Mar 28: SC asks Centre to file report of a high-level panel on ‘Women and the law: An assessment of family laws with focus on laws relating to marriage, divorce, custody, inheritence and succession’. SC impleads various organisations, including All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), as parties in the suo motu matter. *Jun 29: SC says ‘triple talaq’ among Muslims will be tested on “touchstone of constitutional framework”. *Oct 7: For the first time in India’s constitutional history, Centre opposes in SC these practises and favours a relook on grounds like gender equality and secularism. *Feb 14, 2017: SC allows various interlocutory pleas to be tagged along with the main matter. *Feb 16: SC says a five-judge constitution bench would be set up to hear and decide the challenge to ‘triple talaq’, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy. *Mar 27: AIMPLB tells SC pleas were not maintainable as the issues fall outside judiciary’s realm. *Mar 30: SC says these issues are “very important” and involve “sentiments” and says a constitution bench would start hearing it from May 11. *May 11: SC says it would examine whether the practise of triple talaq among Muslims is fundamental to their religion. *May 12: SC says the practise of triple talaq was the “worst” and “not desirable” form of dissolution of marriages among Muslims. *May 15: Centre tells SC that it will bring new law to regulate marriage and divorce among the Muslim community if triple talaq struck down. SC says it would examine whether triple talaq was an essential part of religion under Article 25 of Constitution. *May 16: AIMPLB tells SC that matters of faith cannot be tested on grounds of constitutional morality, says triple talaq a matter of faith for last 1,400 years. Equates the issue of triple talaq with the belief that Lord Rama was born in Ayodhya. *May 17: SC asks AIMPLB whether a woman can be given an option of saying ‘no’ to triple talaq at the time of execution of ‘nikahnama’. Centre tells SC triple talaq is neither integral to Islam nor a “majority versus minority” issue but rather an “intra-community tussle” between Muslim men and deprived women. *May 18: SC reserves verdict on triple talaq. *May 22: AIMPLB files affidavit in SC saying it would issue an advisory to ‘Qazis’ to tell bridegrooms that they will not resort to triple talaq to annul their marriage. AIMPLB lists out in SC guidelines for married couples. These include “social boycott” of those Muslims who resort to triple talaq and the appointment of an arbitrator to settle marital disputes. *Aug 22: SC by majority verdict of 3:2 rules that divorce through triple talaq is void, illegal and unconstitutional and against basic tenets of Quran. Three judges favour putting on hold for six months the practise, asking the government to come out with a law in this regard.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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