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No more outsourced manpower by airlines for ground handling services

Outsourced manpower used by Airlines for ground handling services at has been banned from now onwards. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come up with a new regulation for ground handling services which clearly stated that hiring of employees through contractor or manpower supplier for ground handling services would not be permitted.Also the ministry has stated that all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers, would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Further as per new policy, the ministry has also barred foreign airlines from carrying out “self-handling” at any domestic airport.As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Ground Handling Services) Regulations, 2017, all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Generally, civil enclaves are airports belonging to the armed forces where civilian aircraft operations are allowed. Ground handling services include those pertaining to servicing and handling of aircraft as well as loading and unloading. The regulations have been notified a few days ago.Foreign airlines may also undertake self-handling in respect of passenger and baggage handling activities excluding security functions at the airport terminals restricted to the passenger check-in at pre security hold area, at all the airports except Civil Enclaves. As per Regulations, all ground handling services shall be provided only through the regular employees and hiring of employees through handling contractor or manpower supplier shall not be permitted.”At all airports, in order to overcome space and time constraints, the airport operator only shall provide adequate number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common User Self Service (CUSS), Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) and Self Bag Drop (SBD),” it noted.The regulations said that airports having annual passenger throughput of 1.5 million passengers per annum or above, the airport operator shall provide adequate number of Baggage Reconciliation System: Where the annual passenger throughput is less than 1.5 million passengers per annum, the airport operator may decide the provisions relating to Baggage Reconciliation System. All agencies concerned shall ensure the use of state-of-art equipment and best practices in line with the International Air Transport Association Airport Handling Manual,” the regulation said.All airport operators shall appoint the requisite number of ground handling agencies within a period of 120 days from the date of publication of these regulations.In the earlier ground handling policy, airlines were allowed to choose from within three agencies to get the services. Under this, the airport operators have been advised to have maximum number of three ground handling companies including Air India’s subsidiary/joint venture at all major airports as defined in AERA Act 2008.

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

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

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Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

Kolkata-bound GoAir flight grounded in Delhi after bomb hoax

Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 12:05 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kolkata-bound GoAir flight from here landed in Kolkata today under emergency conditions related to a “bomb threat”, which was later declared a hoax.Official sources said flight G8-127 landed at the Kolkata airport around 9:30 pm after the pilot informed the ground authorities about a bomb threat.The plane was taken to an isolated bay at the airport after which regular security procedures were followed, they said.A bomb threat assessment committee later declared the threat as hoax, officials said.More details are awaited, they said.

Manoj Tiwari loses his iPhone at rally against Chinese goods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manoj Tiwari, a popular Bhojpuri actor-singer and the chief of the Delhi unit of the BJP, has possibly lost his iPhone to a pickpocket at a rally against Chinese-made goods in Ramleela Ground.He has reported to the Delhi Police that his mobile phone, an iPhone Seven Plus, has been missing since he went to the rally yesterday.Tiwari realised that his phone was not there when he was returning from the Swadeshi Maha Rally, organised by the RSS’ economic wing – the Swadeshi Jagran Manch – against Chinese- made goods, around 2.30pm.”I asked my companions but it was not found. I had kept it in my pocket. A complaint has been filed at the Kamla Market police station but it is yet to be found,” he said.Police said the Delhi BJP chief might have fallen prey to pickpockets. “We are trying to tap our local sources to find the stolen phone,” said a senior police officer.The price of an iPhone Seven Plus starts from nearly Rs 55,000 and goes up depending on the special features it may have.Tiwari was appointed the chief of the Delhi unit of the BJP last December. The 46-year-old joined the party just before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.He is widely known for his association with Bhojpuri cinema and music.

Gujarat: Police team attacked by mob allegedly taking cows for slaughter in Godhra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police team was today attacked by a mob of over 100 persons here when it tried to rescue a large number of cows which were allegedly being taken for slaughter.The police had to lob 18 rounds of teargas shells after the mob attacked them, Godhra Deputy SP V K Nai said.”When the police team reached the ground where the cattle were kept, they were attacked by the mob with stones. To disperse the crowd, police team lobbed 18 teargas shells.Nobody was injured,” he said.The security forces had carried out an extensive combing operation upon receiving information that the cattle were brought here for slaughtering.The police found that a large number of cattle were tied at a place on the ground. When they tried to untie the animals and take them into their custody, the officers were attacked, Nai said.”We seized 49 cattle from the spot and took them to cow shelter,” he said.Further investigation is being carried out in this connection with an FIR registered at B division police station, the official said.Slaughter of cow and its progeny is banned in Gujarat, which through its recently amended Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2017, has envisaged punishment of up to life term and Rs 5 lakh fine for cow slaughtering.

54 IAS officers get notice for not attending flag hoisting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 54 IAS officers in Uttarakhand have been served show cause notices for not attending the flag hoisting event here on Independence Day, official sources said today. The list of officers who have been given show cause notices include those of the rank of principal and additional secretaries, the sources said. It is for the first time after the creation of Uttarakhand that such a drastic step has been taken against officials for not attending flag hoisting ceremonies on Independence Day, the sources said. The notices issued by Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy late yesterday ask the officials concerned to explain at the earliest why they skipped the flag hoisting function held here on Independence Day. The move comes after Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took strong exception to the absence of a number of senior officers from the main event addressed by him at the Parade Ground here on the occasion. The chief minister had asked the chief secretary to seek an explanation from the officials for not attending the flag hoisting events and act against those who had absented themselves without satisfactory reasons. The district magistrates have also been asked to issue similar notices to officials under them who chose to skip the flag hoisting events in their area. Adverse entries will be made in the Annual Confidential Report of officials who fail to offer valid reasons for their absence from the events, an official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Structural change on ground floor may have led to building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing structural change on the ground floor of the Ghatkopar building appears to have led to its collapse yesterday in which 17 people were killed, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly today. He informed the House that besides the police probe, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been directed to investigate the incident and submit report with the government within 15 days. The chief minister said the nursing home on the ground floor of the building was being converted into some other facility for which permission from the BMC had been sought. According to residents of Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society, the pillars of the building got weakened due to ongoing renovation of the nursing home. Sunil Shitap, a local Shiv Sena worker, reportedly owned the ground floor and has been arrested by the police. “The ground plus four storey building had a total nine flats with 46 occupants. The nursing home on the ground floor was to be closed and it had obtained the necessary permission from the BMC for the same. “As per the available information and photographs taken by fire brigade department, it appears that the ongoing work was damaging the beam and the column of the building. There are marks as well on the beams, which could have led to collapse of the building. The inquiry is still on,” Fadnavis told the House. Congress leaders Naseem Khan and Sanjay Nirupam had last night alleged that the BMC had failed to act on the complaint of the residents of the building about ongoing “alterations” in the nursing home. The chief minister told the House that no resident of the ill-fated building had filed any complaint about the ongoing structural change on the ground floor with either the BMC or any other authorities. “Sunit Shitap had sought the permission for running a nursing home on the ground floor (of the building) on July 18, 2009. The permission was valid till July 17 this year. The permission was sought under the name ‘Sunil Shitap and Others’ for setting up the nursing home. Later, Shitap filed an application with the BMC to close the nursing home and necessary permission was given in July this year. Shitap had plans to use the facility for some other purpose,” he said. Though the civil work was going on, as per the available information, no resident of the same building had filed any complaint with the BMC, Fadnavis said. “I have directed the commissioner of the BMC to investigate (the collapse) and submit a report within 15 days,” he said. After the building crumbled, some 14 fire engines and 300 workers rushed to the spot and undertook rescue work. The officials rescued 31 residents, while 17 have died and 12 are injured in the accident, he added. Fadnavasi said the state government has set up an inquiry committee. The BMC commissioner, deputy commissioner, and chief civil engineer will be members of the committee. “As per the demand of the Opposition leaders and other members of the House, a senior-level IAS officer will also be appointed in this committee to bring more transparency,” the CM said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fire breaks out at flat inside South Mumbai building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fire today broke out at a flat inside the Himalaya building near Flora hotel in Worli, fire brigade official said. No one was hurt in the blaze, which erupted inside a closed flat on the fifth floor in the ground plus ten floor residential building at around 4:50 PM, they said. Eight fire engines were pressed into service to douse the blaze, officials said. According to them, a short circuit could have caused behind the fire.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

61 more Punjab blocks to be declared serious in view of depleting ground water level

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With 44 blocks in the state marked serious by Central Ground Water Authority in view of depleting ground water level, Punjab is set to face a grim situation as 61 more blocks out of total 147 are in line to be declared serious.Farmers of these blocks are forced to incur extra cost to extract water for their crops by deepening their tube wells which have been rendered non-functional due to plummeting ground-water level.Asserting that the continuous cultivation of wheat and paddy crop in the state has severely affected the ground water in the state, officials highlight that those 61 blocks with a total area of about 22,386 sq km are liable to be declared serious.Power and Irrigation Minister, Rana Gurjit Singh has already warned of a water emergency, urging farmers to reduce the area under paddy cultivation, however, farmers rue that it would not yield results until the Union government fixes a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the crops and implement the MS Swaminathan report.”Tubewells which were run with 5 Horsepower (HP) motor years ago are not functional even with a 40 HP motor, adding to the financial burden of farmers who are already reeling under debts,” said Buta Singh, President, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) highlighting that a number of tube wells in villages have been rendered non-functional due to depleting ground water-level.The state agriculture department has also prepared a crop diversification plan and intensifying efforts to break the wheat-paddy cycle majorly followed.”Basmati (aromatic) rice requires 75 per cent less water than normal paddy. But, since the government does not purchase it and there are poor returns, farmers go for regular paddy instead,” says the farmers union leader. He added that the situation was dismal on ground, which has not only left the state in water crisis, but farmers into spiraling debt liability.

IAF’s MiG-23 trainer aircraft crashes, pilots eject safely

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A MiG-23 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in an open field today morning, near the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer highway, in this district. The two pilots managed to eject safely even as the plane crashed into the ground turning into a mangled mass of metal. The IAF has initiated a court of inquiry into the matter. According to the defence sources, the jet carrying two pilots was on a routine sortie and had taken off from Jodhpur station at 12 noon. “Close to village Gopasar, some 70 km from Jodhpur, the engine of the plane caught fire due to some technical snag,” an official source said. The pilots immediately steered the plane away from populated areas to ensure that there are no casualties and then ejected, the source said. Both landed on the ground unhurt. “The plane crashed in a open field after catching fire. The entire field was strewn with debris,” said CO, Balesar, Ajeet Singh adding that no loss of life was reported. According to the locals, the plane turned into a ball of fire in the sky and came shooting down towards the ground, wobbling a bit, before it crashed in the field with a bang. IAF officials rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Toddler falls off from first floor of building; hospitalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A baby girl was hospitalised with injuries after she accidentally fell from the first-floor of a residential building in Bahadurpura area here, police said today. A video of the incident that occurred on Sunday and was caught on a CCTV camera installed in the neighbourhood, shows the girl, around one-and-half-year-old, falling on the ground from a building. Bahadurpura Police Station Inspector T Laxminarayana told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From farm to furore: How farmers’ strike in Maharashtra’s tiny village sparked statewide protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puntamba is a nondescript village, home to about 18,000 people, nestled 340 kilometres from Mumbai on the banks of a dry Godavari river in Ahmadnagar district. Suddenly, though, it is the Ground Zero of the farmers’ strike that has swept across the state, catching the government completely unawares.Little did the farmers here imagine that their village’s move for a better price for their crop would catapult them into the centre of what has become a raging issue, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis capitulating to most demands made by farmers.The idea for the strike, too, came about when a group of farmers, with no work after the harvest, were shooting the breeze in the temple yard.
ALSO READ Why is the Fadnavis government facing even its partners’ wrath?Satish Borbane, a farmer himself, recalls that during one such gathering, talk turned to how 20 farmers had in the village had committed suicide due to mounting debts and falling crop prices.”In that discussion, one of my friends asked ‘If the doctor or the advocate can go on strike, why not the farmer?’ ” Borbane told DNA.Most laughed it off at the time. But the idea had been planted, and it took hold.”Many of us said that if we can get good and permanent results and force the government to change its policies, that would benefit us in long term,” says Sarjerao Jadhav, a former sarpanch of the Gram Panchayat, who owns about 4.5 acres of land.
ALSO READ Maha farmers’ strike: Some politicians are using farmers to create unrest, says CM FadnavisThe rootsIn some ways, the problem this year can be directly laid at the so-called reformist impulses of the government.”When three years ago the BJP government came to power, they, unfortunately, stripped the subsidies on fertilisers and seeds,” says Jadhav. This means that the prices of one 40-kg bag of fertiliser and 200 gms of seeds went from Rs 200 and Rs 300, respectively, to Rs 1,800-2,200 and Rs 2,000.The steep increase in input costs effectively erased any hope for viability.A second whammy came in the form of demonetisation. “Labour refused to work on credit and they had neither bank account nor were they ready to take payment in cheque. That delayed harvesting and as result, production was damaged,” recalls Borbane.Abhay Danavate, a 55-year-old farmer, remembers that in 1995, they sold onions at Rs 5 per kg. Since then, he says, costs have increased ten-fold from Rs 1,400 an acre, but onion still sells at the same rate. “In fact, this year, onion prices has gone down to Rs 3 per kg. Now tell us how the farmers should survive?” questions Danavate, who owns 14 acres but struggles to make ends meet.The planBack at the temple the day after the strike idea was mooted, the villagers gathered in large numbers. The elders asked the others to consult neighbouring villages and districts. The reasoning was that if only one village went on strike, it wouldn’t make any difference.The Gram Panchayat also passed a resolution outlining their demands, and which was replicated by 2,200 villages.It worked. As the strike spread like wildfire, Fadnavis announced the government would meet 70 per cent of the farmers’ demands, particularly the farm loan waiver before October 31The farmersMeanwhile, Abhay Danavate says he has 2,000 quintal of onion in temporary storage. “There are no fair prices to our crops. The expenses per acre on onion farming is almost Rs 36,000 … while the income is only Rs 14000 per acre. Therefore, farmers is no money to pay the loan,” Danavate explained.Sharada Shelar has debt of Rs 1.5 lakh. “Initially, we had only Rs 50,000 loan but in last three year, it has become Rs 1.50 lakh. We had mortgaged my marriage jewellery. Now, it looks that I will never get back my jewellery to wear,” she said ruefully.Kiran Kurande’s mother wanted him to get married before they decided to try their fortunes elsewhere. “But the irony is no one wants to give a daughter to a farmer. Once upon a time, it was one of the most prestigious professions, now it is one of the most hated ones; who do we blame?” said the 26-year-old.

JKNPP protests against govt’s ‘failure’ to deport Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) staged a protest here today against the state government’s “failure” to deport the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Jammu. Led by JKNPP chairman Harsh Dev Singh, the workers of the party staged a protest at the Exhibition Ground and raised anti-government slogans, besides shouting “Rohingyas, quit Jammu” and “Bangladeshis, go back”. They also torched an effigy of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to look into the issue. Addressing the media, Singh later claimed that the government acknowledged that Rohingyas and Bangladeshi immigrants had unlawfully settled in clusters on the outskirts of Jammu city and Samba with the help of NGOs and madrassas. He further claimed that these settlers were under the continuous surveillance of the intelligence agencies. Singh accused the settlers of indulging in drug- trafficking, flesh trade, abductions and other crimes, in spite of the state government saying that 17 FIRs were lodged against 38 Rohingyas for various offences, including illegal border-crossing. He described the “soaring population” of Rohingyas as a “potential threat” to the demography of the Jammu region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Install rain water harvesting in 10 days: NGT to schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed private and government schools here to install rain water harvesting systems (RWHS) in their premises within ten days. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim said the schools need to take appropriate steps for setting up of RWHS as the monsoon season is likely to start soon. “We direct noticees (schools) to complete installation work within a period of 10 days and file report of completion in the registry after serving copy to the applicant, failing to which each one of the noticees will be saddled with a cost of Rs 20,000 in the first instance subject to further order for increasing the cost,” the bench said. The green panel also directed Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to inspect the premises of the schools which have already installed rain water harvesting systems and submit report. The matter is listed for next hearing on June 14. The NGT had earlier directed the CGWA and DJB to inspect private and government schools here after a plea alleged that they have failed to install rain water harvesting systems in their premises. The direction came during hearing of a plea of Mahesh Chandra Saxena, who claimed to be associated with an NGO working in the field of ground water conservation. He has claimed that government departments, educational institutions and residential societies have either not installed rain water harvesting systems or these were non- functional.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kolkata: Two people charred to death after fire breaks out in hotel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two persons were charred to death in a fire at a hotel in southern Kolkata early today, police said.Anup Agarwal and Jugalkishore Gupta, guests at the hotel, were rushed to a hospital after suffering serious injuries in the fire but could not be saved.The fire broke out at around 3 am, a senior police officer said, adding that up to 30 persons, including the hotel’s staff, have been rescued.Fire fighters and disaster management personnel had to break open the glass window panes of the hotel for the thick smoke to pass out, the officer said, adding the fire might have spread from the kitchen to the ground floor.A few of them were rescued using ladders while others were guided outside the hotel by rescue workers, he said.”Apart from hotel guests, there were workers who were stuck inside. Among seven persons, two were seriously injured and succumbed when taken to the hospital,” the officer said.”The fire is completely under control and we are making sure that there are no pocket fire,” he said.

400 children to take part in J-K police’s ‘Run for Fun’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 400 children from Jammu and Kashmir’s mountainous and remote areas are expected to take part in the ‘Run for Fun’ marathon in Jammu, the winter capital city of the state, this Sunday. “The police is organising the state-level marathon ‘Run for Fun’ on March 19. It is being organised under the Civic Action Programme and it is expected that a large number of people from different age groups will participate,” Additional Director General (ADG) of Police L Mohanti told reporters here today. The ADG said 400 children from remote areas of Baramulla, Budgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipore, Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Kathua districts are expected to participate in the marathon. Arrangements for their boarding, lodging and transport have been made by the police, Mohanti said. He said various departments like the Higher and School Education, Youth Services, Sports and Industries are part of the event, besides organisations like the Jammu Bar Association, Press Club and Amar Singh Club. Participants can register themselves for the marathon at counters in different battalion headquarters and the control room at Gulshan Ground, Mohanti said. He said the marathon has different event categories and would start at the Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground. “The 42 km full marathon open category (men) would start at 6:30 AM and participants would return to the stadium via Sidhra Bridge Crossing. The 21 km half marathon for men and women would start at 6:40 AM. Runners after reaching the Bajalta Crossing and will return to the stadium,” he said Similarly, participants in the under-14 boys and girls category would start their run from the venue and cover a distance of 6 km and 8 km respectively, Mohanti said. Buses will be available for participants at different places in Jammu. These buses will depart from their respective points at 4.45 AM, he said Prize distribution will be held at 10:30 AM. There will be cultural programmes, band display and medical check up for senior citizens, the ADG said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The Centre, however, rejected her application in November

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2006 on the ground that she had not produced any satisfactory primary or secondary evidence. The order was again challenged before a single judge of the high court who disposed of the petition on the ground that findings of the central government were not in consonance with the high court’s observations made in its 2006 order. The Centre had challenged the single judge’s order before a division bench which allowed the appeal and held that the single judge had allowed her claim without noticing that no document was produced by her to prove the fact that her husband remained underground for more than six months. The apex court, in its judgement, noted that “Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme, 1980 is a document-based scheme and the documents required for eligibility for ‘Samman Pension’ as mentioned in the scheme are to be produced by the applicant in support of his claimed suffering, duly verified and recommended by the state government concerned”. “Due to the discrepancies and ambiguities relating to the documents and also due to non-production of NARC (non-availability of record certificate), benefit of the scheme could not be extended to the appellant,” it noted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court allows doctor to settle assault case against Mika

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to Bollywood singer Mika Singh, a Delhi court today allowed a doctor, allegedly slapped by the singer at a concert here in 2015, to amicably settle his criminal case against the artiste. Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the plea moved by the doctor in this regard after he claimed that both the complainant and the accused did not want to pursue the matter and were ready to compound the case. According to court sources, both the singer and the doctor were present before the court during the hearing. The court had granted bail to Singh in May last year on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and one surety of like amount. The 38-year-old singer was arrested and granted bail by the police on the same day in June 2015 for assaulting Dr Shrikant, an ophthalmologist, in April 2015. The court had summoned Singh to appear before it after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the police under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of IPC. The incident had taken place at a concert organised by the Delhi Ophthalmological Society (DOS) at the Delhi Pusa Institute Mela Ground in Inderpuri in south west Delhi. Delhi Police had registered a case of causing hurt and wrongful restraint against Singh, after a video of the incident had gone viral on the social media. The doctor, posted at Ambedkar Hospital, had suffered internal injury in the left ear due to the assault, the police had said. They had said that while performing, Singh had called some from the audience on the stage. While on the state, something done by the doctor irked Singh who then allegedly slapped him and handed him over to bouncers, the police had said. Soon after the incident, the doctor’s colleagues had created a ruckus at the venue but the police immediately intervened and promised action against Singh following which an FIR was filed. Mika had defended himself claiming that the doctor was drunk and causing disruption. The doctor had in October last year withdrawn a Rs 50 lakh defamation suit against the singer in a court here after reaching a settlement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Assembly Elections 2017- Desist from seeking votes in name of religion, caste: EC to parties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission on Tuesday directed political parties to desist from seeking votes in the name of religion and caste saying it amounts to violation of the model code even as it reminded them of a recent Supreme Court order which said such appeals amount to corrupt practice.In a separate letter to chief electoral officers of all states, the Commission said any activity of seeking votes in the name of religion and caste by or on behalf of any candidate or political party would now amount to violation of the provisions of the Mode Code of Conduct. The CEOs have been asked to inform the grassroots level election officials and ensure the compliance of the SC orders during elections.On January 2, the apex court had held that any appeal to vote or to refrain from voting for a candidate on the ground of religion, caste, race, community or language of the candidate, election agent, any person making the appeal with the consent of the candidate or on the ground of the religion, caste of the electors would amount to corrupt practice. Detailing the broad points of the judgement delivered by a Constitution Bench, the Commission has now asked the parties to ensure “strict compliance” of the judgement.”The political parties may also suitably brief and inform their lower formations and party cadres and all their candidates about the ruling of the Supreme Court and ask them to desist from any activities that would amount to soliciting votes in the name of religion, caste, etc in any manner, in their own interest and in the interest of the party. “Such appeals may also fall within the ambit of… Model Code of Conduct,” the letter addressed to top brass of all recognised national and state political parties said.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to address rally in Kolkata

Wed, 11 Jan 2017-10:25pm , Kolkata , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address a rally in the city on the last day of the two-day internal meeting of the organisation’s West Bengal unit set to begin from January 14.Bidyut Mukherjee, in charge of RSS’s south Bengal units, confirmed that Bhagwat would be in Kolkata on January 14 to address a public meeting at Brigade Parade Ground. RSS spokesperson Jishnu Basu also confirmed the RSS rally.Bhagwat is also scheduled to hold several organisational meetings in the city in January, Mukherjee said. “Our chief Mohan Bhagwat will address a rally at Brigade Parade Ground on January 14 and he will be leaving on January 15,” the RSS spokesperson said. Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court today directed the Kolkata Police commissioner to consider within 24 hours an application on behalf of RSS for permission to hold a rally to be addressed by Mohan Bhagwat.

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