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India bus plunges from bridge killing 32

The vehicle, ferrying passengers to a temple, crashed through a railing and fell 30 metres.

Suhaib Ilyasi: India TV crime show host jailed for wife’s murder

Suhaib Ilyasi, who fronted a crime series called India’s Most Wanted, is sentenced to life in jail.

Not politics of hate, but politics of love is the way forward: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi thanked the people of Gujarat for the love they had shown him a day after the state announced its election verdict.In the 182-seat Assembly, the BJP won 99, while the Congress won 80 in a closely fought battle.“The people of Gujarat have shown me a lot of love. The biggest gain the Congress party gets from this is that when there is anger and hate, you can always topple it with love,” he said.Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said that he had a credibility problem. “On Monday, the Congress president tweeted how he felt about the verdict. “The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me. My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.”Also readAssembly elections 2017| ‘Gujarat model’ has been shaken, verdict a warning for 2019, Shiv Sena tells BJPEarlier on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena issued a warning to the BJP on the Gujarat verdict. “The BJP won in Gujarat and Himachal, but the Congress was not defeated and the dream of a Congress-mukt Hindustan was not realised, this is a final message to people who think their word is the law. The Gujarat model has been shaken to its roots, We sincerely hope it does no collapse in 2019,” said an editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.The editorial said while the BJP had won, the discussions centered around Rahul Gandhi’s leap which denoted its position as a strong opposition party. The Shiv Sena also scoffed at BJP president Amit Shah’s claim that the party would garner 150 assembly seats in Gujarat, when in reality it’s tally had failed to even touch three digits.Also readGujarat Election Results: Congress may have lost, but the outcome will bost morale, says Ashok Chavan”If the result is to be explained in one line, the winds have not changed but have slowed down. The wave has receded,” the editorial said.

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Stationery manufacturer gives left-handed kid a sweet surprise

In a cute gesture, a stationery manufacturing company responded to the request of a parent of a left-handed student by providing custom-made sharpener for her daughter. Thane-based Shweta Singh, the mother of 4-and-a-half-year-old Isha saw her daughter struggling while using a sharpener as she is left-handed and most sharpeners are designed as suitable for right-handed people.Shweta, 31, decided to do something about this, and immediately wrote to one of the leading stationaries manufacturers — Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd (manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils) — last week. “Most sharpeners available in the market today are made for right-handers, and those designed for left-handed cost between Rs 700-1,200. My daughter would often complain about her discomfort while sharpening her pencil, and I was really hoping to get some solution. Thus, I decided to write to the manufacturers,” she said while talking to DNA.To her surprise, Shweta got a response from the company within a few days. “I got a call from a person at a respectable position in the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help,” she said. Within a week’s time, Shweta got a letter from the company’s group marketing head, Sanjay Tiwari, along with five sharpeners specially designed for her daughter. The letter also stated that the company was ‘working on regular production’ of such sharpeners.”I am extremely happy that the company responded so promptly. If all manufacturers try and provide such designs for left-handed students, it would be a great sing,” she added.Shweta posted about the response on her Facebook profile on December 14 and got a phenomenal response with over 17,000 users sharing her post. “I wanted to spread awareness about problems that such students face. I will continue to take up issues of left-handed students like my daughter in future as well.”MAde to orderMother of a left-handed kid wrote to a stationery manufacturer asking for specially designed sharpeners. Company replied with a customised set.

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

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

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Mumbai scribe killed after two auto rickshaws collide head-on in Kurla

A Mumbai-based journalist was killed after a head on collision between two auto rickshaws in the suburb of Kurla on Thursday morning, news agency ANI reported.The journalist has been identified as Prashant Tripathi. According to a Hindustan Times report, Tripathi, a television journalist, was returning to his house in Kalwa near Thane when the accident took place near Kurla’s Baba Hospital.Police say a Tripathi was travelling with a relative when the accident took placeThe rickshaw driver immediately fled the spot, but passers-by managed to record his registration number and handed it over to the police. The driver has been identified as Yasin Shaikh, a resident of Nalla Sopara. He was arrested later in the day

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India can’t be governed on basis of Hindi, Hindu & Hindustan, says Asaduddin Owaisi

President of All India Majlis-e- Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi today said that India cannot be governed on the basis of “Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan”.Owaisi, while citing a news report which claimed that a scuffle broke out between members of the BJP and BSP in Aligarh Municipal Corporation in Uttar Pradesh yesterday after a BSP corporator took oath in Urdu, tweeted that he himself has taken oath in Urdu three times earlier as an MP and will do so again in 2019.”As an MP I have taken oath in Urdu three times, so is that unconstitutional and will again take in Urdu in 2019 InshAllah. India cannot be governed on the basis of Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan,” the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad said in a tweet.

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From witty tweets to Khakra jokes: How Rahul Gandhi reinvented himself

Before the Gujarat assembly elections, a new Rahul Gandhi dawned upon us and got the media talking. The Congress president appeared to turn a new leaf, a more confident leader with a change in his attitude and persona.The first sign of change came when he started taking on PM Modi on Twitter, targeting him with jokes and memes. During his Gujarat campaign, we witnessed a certain change in him as he addressed large audiences in PM Modi’s home-state.From taking subtle digs at BJP to mixing ‘Khakra’ jokes in his speeches, he sure looked like a rejuvenated man. Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Ranesar, Gujarat on December 8 somehow reminded one of former US President Obama’s speech in India during his recent visit.Obama at HT summit in New Delhi recently cracked up the audience when he mentioned the Indian ‘Dal’ and how he likes it and how he is the only US President in history to know a dal recipe.While Rahul has a long way to go before he can capture the audience the way the former US President does, the new Congress honcho certainly seems to have learned to use the emotional quotient.Starting the speech with ‘Kemcho’ (a greeting in Gujarati), Rahul Gandhi managed to make the people in the audience smile by mentioning his love for ‘Khakra’ while addressing them in Ranesar.He joked about how the much-loved Gujarat snack was wreaking his diet plans, “Aap logo ne mujhe bigad diya hain hain and aadate bhi bigad diya hain, mera wajan bhi badh gaya hain (You all have spoiled me, and my habit and I think I have put on weight and it’s because of khakhra).”In another one of his rallies in Kalol, Rahul managed to add a humane angle in his speeches saying, ‘Till the time I am alive, I am with you people, I won’t forget the love you have given me in the past 3 months. If you ever need me, just call me, order me and I will get it done. You have made a relation with me, a lifelong relation, which will never break.”Rahul Gandhi was earlier criticised for dedicating too much time slamming PM Modi but this time he has somehow done it gently and smartly without deviating from his agenda.In one of his recent speeches, Rahul Gandhi said: “Modi ji, Gujarat mein hum aapko pyaar se, bina gusse ke haraane jaa rahe hain (PM Modi, this time in Gujarat we will defeat you with love, with no anger, we will defeat you).”Adding more fuel to the drama he said, “Modi ji keeps using bad words against me in his speeches, even today he did so. Rahul Gandhi respects the post of PM. No matter what PM says about me, but I won’t utter even a single bad word about the PM.”Of course, given he had torn up a draft ordinance of his own PM back in the day, that remark might be a tad economic with the truth, but it certainly hit the mark.Showing his firm side, Rahul Gandhi also announced the suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar who had called PM Modi ‘neech’, sending out a strong message that such unparliamentary language won’t be tolerated from party members.This time Rahul Gandhi also tried to do away with the image that he was born with the silver spoon, when he said, “Mere pass zada kuch nahi hai, Modi ji ke pass sarkar hai, magar humaare pass sachchai hai, Hindustan sachchai ka desh hai (I don’t have too much, Modi has the government, but I have the truth and India is a country which believes in the truth)” And that’s not all, but, he has even admitted the error he made in one of his tweets. He had made a calculation error in price rise and inflation chart, which soon became a joke on Twitter.He wasted no time in accepting his mistake publicly, and tweeted saying, “For all my BJP friends: unlike Narendrabhai, I am human. We do make the odd mistake and that’s what makes life interesting. Thanks for pointing it out and please do keep it coming, it really helps me improve. Love you all.”However, for now all we have are speeches and tweets and jibes, and only time will tell whether the new Rahul Gandhi can challenge PM Modi on his own turf. For that we will have to wait for the results of Gujarat election, to know whether Rahul Gandhi has actually come of age or is simply old wine in a new bottle.

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Jharkhand: MBBS doctor lands in trouble after posting images of caesarian surgery without gynaecologist, anesthetist

A Jharkhand doctor has landed in trouble for sharing how he saved a woman’s life on social media. According to a Hindustan Times report, the doctor’s superiors said he ‘abducted the woman’ and conducted surgery without proper procedure of facilities.Officials said that Dr Sushil Kumar, who holds an MBBS degree, told doctors at a local health centre to refer the pregnant woman to Patliputra Medical College and Hospital in Jharkhand. However, he took the woman to a local medical facility where he is posted and performed caesarian surgery without a gynaecologist or an anaesthetist, the officials alleged.He then asked people to take picture of him that he later posted on social media, claiming that he had saved the lives of both the mother and the child. The incident took place last FridayHowever, the incident came to light on December 6 and Kumar has been issued a show cause notice asking him why he had performed the surgery without any assistance. According to the report, Kumar defended his actions as the woman, who was known to him, was critical. He also claimed that a gynaecologist performed the surgery and not him.However, an official said that the woman was not critical.

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India woman activist ‘paraded naked’ for fighting illegal liquor den

In a video, the woman said she was “dragged and disrobed” by her attackers.

Troubles ahead for Vedanta in Rs 600 cr Rock Phosphate scam

More troubles are brewing for the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc. Blaming state government and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for protecting accused in the infamous Rs 600-crore Rock Phosphate mining scam, a counsel in high Court A K Jain has moved the High Court requesting a CBI enquiry into the case. The High Court, earlier in August this year, had issued notices to Director General of ACB and state government to come up with an explanation in three weeks as to why investigations have not been completed even after two years of filing the case.Now that four months have been elapsed, Jain has submitted an application before High Court for a CBI probe. He has mentioned in the petition that despite the accusations being proved in the court, ACB has connived with Vedanta Group and the then principal mining secretary Ashok Singhvi to stall the investigations.According to Jain, post independence mines of rock phosphate can be allotted only to state owned companies. In 1969, the central government had allotted 248 ha rock phosphate mine at Matoon village in Udaipur to Hindustan Zinc Limited which was then a public sector unit. Later in 2002 when Vedanta’s Sterlite Industries acquired Hindustan Zinc as part of government’s disinvetsment drive, the Vedanta Group acquired the possession of rock phosphate mines also deviating the rules. However in 2008, ACB on the basis of a tip off and relevant documents registered a case against Vedanta and estimated a loss of Rs 600 crore to exchequer due to Vedanta’s illegal possession of Rock Phosphate mines. But the agency didn’t produce challan before the court. The matter was put under the wraps. But in 2015 when ACB arrested principal secretary Ashok Singhvi in the multicrore mining scam, the matter was again highlighted. Then on September 23, 2015 advocate A K Jain registered a case in ACB through libel. “Since then even after elapse of 2 years, there has been no progress in the invetsigation despite the orders of High Court,” said AK Jain, the counsel.
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PM to lay foundation stone of Barmer refinery in second half of Dec

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to lay the foundation stone of Barmer Refinery-cum-Petrochemical complex some time in the second half of December. The state machinery has swung into action in wake of PM visit’s and a meeting under the chairmanship of ACS (finance) DB Gupta has been scheduled on Tuesday to discuss loaning to the project with the officials of HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited).“The meeting will be chaired by the ACS Gupta and attended by mines and petroleum principal secretary Aparna Arora along with HPCL officials. All aspects, including loaning process with the banks and how to plan the event, are the agenda of the meeting,” said an official unfolding details of the proposed meeting at the Secretariat.The official said that state’s various agencies have been geared up for the event slated to be held in Pachpadra and officials at the district level have been instructed to be ready for it. Notably, the union minister for petroleum and natural gas, and skill development and entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in Jaipur in November, had informed that the refinery project has got environment clearance and the PM will lay the foundation stone any time next month, (December).The Raje government has been working on the war-footing to launch the project at the earliest. The reason is that the previous Gehlot government, which claims the refinery its brainchild, had signed an MoU with HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) before the Assembly elections in 2013 but failed to turn into reality.When Raje came into power, she said that state needed to renegotiate the project. After almost three years of negotiations, the state government signed a new MoU with HPCL in April this year for setting up the complex.As per the agreement, the HPCL has a 74 per cent stake while the state government holds a 26 per cent stake in the new firm which is called HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL). The total cost of the project is Rs 43,129 crore. Raje at the time of signing MoU claimed that new agreement led to significant saving of Rs 40,000 crore. Also, the state would receive 12 per cent return on investment instead of earlier 2 per cent mentioned in Gehlot’s agreement.OFFICIALS TO CONVENE TODAYThe state machinery has swung into action in wake of PM visit’s and a meeting under the chairmanship of ACS (finance) DB Gupta has been scheduled on Tuesday. The meeting will be chaired by the ACS Gupta and attended by mines and petroleum principal secretary Aparna Arora along with HPCL officials.
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Pakistani man arrested for pro-India slogan

A Bollywood film fan is detained after writing “Long live India” on a wall in the city of Haripur.

Indian Navy should also try Kamov 226T choppers: Russian firm

With the government clearing the mega-project to acquire 111 helicopters for the Indian Navy, a leading Russian manufacturer wants the Navy to try its Kamov 226T helicopter, saying the chopper aptly meets the force’s needs.”We think of the Kamov Ka-226T JV with India as a synergistic project with further possibilities. For instance, the Indian Navy has recently announced a tender for delivery of 100 (111) helicopters with a mass of up to 5 tonnes. We think it might be good move for Indian ministry for defence to save their money and purchaseKamov 226T with its latest modifications, because we already have solutions of folding blades in the place.”And of course following the framework of Make in India project we will be actively involved in localising the assembly and production of this helicopter on Indian soil,” CEO of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginisky told a visiting foreign media delegation last night.Under the Indo-Russia joint venture to produce 200 Kamov 226T helicopters for the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, 60 choppers will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while the remaining 140 will be manufactured in India under a USD 1 billion deal inked in 2015.In October last year, India and Russia finalised a broad agreement for the joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and two Russian defence majors.India is procuring Kamov choppers to replace its ageing fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.The agreement for the Kamov choppers was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia in December, 2015.Last year, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport and HAL had almost completed the formalities for the joint venture to localise the production of Ka-226Ts and deliver them to the Indian market. The joint venture was registered in May, 2017.Stressing that Ka-226T meets the requirements of the Indian Navy, Boginisky clarified that the Navy’s project for 111 helicopters is a separate project and is not related to the Ka-226T project of the Indo-Russian JV to produce 200 Kamov helicopters.He added that selecting the Ka-226T for the Navy could help the Indian government save a lot of money, as there would be cost reduction due to sharing of service facilities, training for flight and maintenance and other related costs.”Given the first project, this could be an advantageous option for India, as it would already have facilities for maintenance,” he said.When asked about the export prospects of Mi-8/17 and Mi- 171 helicopters, Boginisky said, “We consider that the export potential of these machines is still there. It is proven by a deep modernization to develop the Mi-171A2 model, which includes more than 80 changes and improvements to the platform. The Indian Ministry ofDefence uses many helicopters of this family. It is very reliable and easy to use in any conditions”.
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Linking Aadhaar and Jan Dhan accounts have evolved an irreversible system: PM Modi

Noting that Aadhaar is helping in bringing about an “irreversible change” in the interest of the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Unique Identification Number will work as a “big weapon” in the fight against benami property too.Aadhaar has a played a “big role” in ensuring that ration at proper rates, scholarships, pension and government subsidies reached the poor, he said. The prime minister made the remarks at the inaugural session of the ‘Hindustan Times Leadership Summit – 2017’ here. “Linking Aadhaar with mobile and Jan Dhan accounts have evolved such a system which was not even thought of till some years ago — a system which is irreversible,” Modi said.”Earlier, pension money was distributed in crores of fake accounts. All that has been addressed with the help of Aadhaar in the last three years,” he said. Modi said Aadhaar will now be used against benami property. “It is going to be a big weapon (in the fight against benami property),” he said. Referring to demonetization, he said note ban had brought about a “behavioural change” in the country. Corrupt people, for the first time after Independence, were scared of making illicit money, he said.Also readFake message alert! LIC cautions policyholders against linking Aadhaar via text message”The day the country will have a technical and digital address for all monetary transactions, organised corruption will be checked to a great extent,” he said. Black money coming into the banking system had also brought along with it massive data, a “treasure trove” that would enable the government take action against wrong-doers, he said, adding that ill-gotten wealth earlier funding a parallel economy was now a part of the formal economy.Recently, Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had reportedly said that property transactions would be linked to Aadhaar to eliminate black money from the real estate sector nd help in addressing the issue of benami property.
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Ready to pay political price for steps taken for better India: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he is ready to pay the political price for the steps taken by him for a better India and asserted he would not be deterred.Mr. Modi, who was delivering the inaugural address at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, said the government was committed to developing a development-centric eco-system, which was free of corruption and is citizen-centric.He also said that post demonetization, the black money, which was part of a parallel economy, has now become part of the formal system.Also readPM Narendra Modi congratulates Indians on winning black money battleInaugurating the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Modi said data mining after the note ban is also helping the government track down those involved in corruption.Appreciating the role of Aadhaar in delivering services to the people and also checking pilferages, he said the system would also work as a tool to track down benami properties.
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India Supreme Court intervenes in ‘love jihad’ case

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

Pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students for illegal admissions: SC directs medical college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday directed a Lucknow-based medical college to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as a compensation for illegal admissions.Terming it the case ‘judicial indiscipline and impropriety’, the top court has barred the college from admitting students for the academic year 2018-19.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed the college to refund the admission fee paid by the students and slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh to be paid to the SC registry, reported Times of India.The lawyers appearing for the Medical Council of India ( MCI ), told the bench that the High Court allowed admissions even though the college didn’t have formal. According to Hindustan Times, the case came under the scanner in September when one judge of a two-member Allahabad high court bench made hand written corrections to its original order to allow the medical college to admit students to MBBS course for 2017-18.The top court also said that the High Court bench virtually overruled the SC order, saying it may cause an institutional problem.In September, the CBI had arrested retired Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi and five others, including the chairman of a private medical college in Lucknow, which was barred from admitting students for two academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.The former High Court judge was allegedly trying to help the Lucknow-based Prasad Educational Trust to overcome a bar on admitting students in its medical college for two academic years (2017-2018 and 2018-2019).Quddusi was granted bail on September 27.(With agency inputs)

Ujjwala scheme may not add power to BJP’s Gujarat campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), touted as harbinger of change in the rural landscape, may not prove to be a big game changer for the BJP in Gujarat elections.The scheme that took off with great promise in May 2016 and has already released 3.12 crore gas connections in one-and-a-half years to the BPL families, up from 87 lakh connections in 2014, is attracting fewer customers for a refill in rural Gujarat.According to Vimesh Shah, one of the biggest Gas Agency of Hindustan Petroleum in Vyara, Tapi district, the scheme was a roaring success initially but is turning out to be dud as only 40% household have come back for a refill since May 2016.Lot of BPL families took the connection as the entire Rs 1600 cost, including security deposit (cylinder and regulator), hose pipe, book, installation and administrative charges was being borne by the government on one-time basis.”Due to enormous pressure of the government, we made rapid progress and registered 44,782 registration until November 5, 2017 in Tapi district alone. Of these 40,448 connections have already been installed. But almost 60% of them have not come back for a refill which raises a question mark of the efficacy of the scheme,” said Shah.The percentage of refill in rural area would plummet further if they take data of towns into account as BPL families in urban areas come back for refills, he said.Vindicating Shah’s figures Sylvi Gamit, a beneficiary from Dhamodi village of Sonegarh Taluka, said, there are very few takers of a refill in our village because it is much costlier than firewood.”Firewood remains a cheaper option as Rs. 1200 worth of wood lasts full one year whereas, a cylinder costing Rs. 714 plus transportation cost is barely sufficient for 3 months,”said Sylvi.According to Ashok Gamit, women in villages like to keep LPG cylinder handy for an emergency. They use it like costly medicine in times of monsoon when the dry wood is difficult to procure.With the increase in international crude and gas prices, the subsidy has also become less lucrative. Of the cost of Rs. 714, BPL families get only Rs. 214.88 as subsidy.”This subsidy too does not reflect initially as most BPL families take upfront loan for the gas stove that costs about Rs 1000 which means they will have to forego subsidy for at least 4 to five refills,”said a gas dealer in Sonegarh.

Time to pave national highways with pragmatism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last week, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) – beaming with confidence of India moving up in the global index of doing business – flexed its muscles by making it clear that there shall be proper rating of highways, toll plazas, construction companies and consultants. Interestingly, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had recently debarred companies like Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) from bidding for new projects for a year due to their “lackadaisical attitude” in meeting deadlines. These developments in the infrastructure sector with the regulatory framework being tightened are a bit too much and a bit too fast. India with its continental size needs effective highways – broad, without potholes and cattle besides smooth flow of traffic without bottlenecks. It also needs driver-friendly, safe, secure, durable and easy to maintain roads. It is not always possible to connect cities, towns and villages by rail or air and road connectivity is the answer. Expressways are the conduit between two habitations, and with motorised vehicles providing speed, safety and comfort, it is natural that the demand for good roads will grow with prosperity, business and trade.Movement of goods and people require speedy transport and proper roads. The government has not done enough on this front. Lack of resources, both financial and technical, has been a major reason to bring in private participation in infrastructure development.Private companies like L&T, HCC and others have contributed immensely to the growth story. In the process, the companies have generally done well by rewarding shareholders in the long run. Knowing the entire landscape – political, bureaucratic, legal and social – of doing business like the back of their hand, these companies have often been running the show. It is an open secret that most of the premium construction business has been shared between a few top-notch companies.Other players have not been able to compete due to their inability to handle big-ticket projects as well as lack of understanding of finer aspects of handling political and legal issues. This often results in matters reaching courts as stakes are usually high and parties do not hesitate toplay the legal gamble – it doesn’t cost much to fight the legal battle but if one wins, it is like hitting the jackpot.Though the recent actions by the MoRTH and the NHAI are salutary and aim at cleansing the system, there are serious doubts about the ability and willingness of these organisations in putting their own houses in order.Unfortunately, recently there have been several media reports about issues of conflict of interest, favouritism, dummy players bidding for lucrative contracts with knowledge and sometimes collusion of insiders, tailoring specifications to suit certain bidders and biased decision-making. Such disclosures and discussions in public do not infuse confidence.With 24X7 media, and the people armed with the RTI Act, there is hardly anything which can be kept away from public knowledge. There is rightfully no need to keep anything under wraps, however, any government or any statutory authority is not supposed to transact all the business it does at the crossroads. Most of the negotiation exercises, before anything is put down in black and white, are not open to public scrutiny. Re-negotiation of awarded contracts is also a ticklish matter and most of the issues can be dealt with satisfactorily if both parties remain realistic.The current stand taken by the MoRTH and NHAI, prima facie, is too idealistic and text-book style. Earlier too, there have been serious issues with all major construction companies walking away when the bar was raised too much. There has to be a proper blend of realism to make things work. Only then, the people will be able to have a better experience at better highways.

Farooq Abdullah does it again, slams BJP with ‘aur kitne Pakistan’ jibe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is known for his acerbic words and on Saturday hid did it again.Addressing a gathering in Jammu, he lashed out at the ruling BJP.He said that there are some BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh who threaten the Muslims that if they don’t vote for them, they will face consequences.“Ye Hindustan tumhare baap ka nahi (This country is not your father’s) This country belongs to everyone, be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. They can choose their candidate, it’s their right.”“You can’t force or threaten people. And if you think you will continue with your threatening ways that do remember that this is how you made one Pakistan. Aur kitne Pakistan banaoge (How many Pakistans will you make). How many more pieces will you cut India into,” Abdullah roared.Unfazed by the recent criticism of his Pakistan occupied Kashmir remarks, he reiterated, “Yes, I say it (PoK) belongs to them (Pakistan). Are they (Pakistan) wearing bangles? They also have atom bombs! Do you want us to be killed by them? You are sitting in palaces, think about the poor people living in border areas, who are bombed daily.”On Friday, a sedition case was filed against the National Conference Chief for his PoK remarks.Last week, in a shocking statement, Abdullah had said that PoK belongs to Pakistan. “The part which is with Pakistan belongs to Pakistan and this is India’s part,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI. He had also said that India must accede to Kashmir’s autonomy, “ the government (must) conclude that an autonomy will be given to us as well as them (PoK).”

‘Why no questions on PM Modi over Rafale deal,’ Rahul Gandhi asks media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft agreement and asked the media why it did not question him for allegedly changing the “entire deal” to benefit a businessman.”I answer all your questions, whatever you ask me. Why don’t you question Prime Minister Modi on the Rafale deal. Why don’t you question the prime minister who changed the entire Rafale deal to help a businessman?” he asked.He was speaking to reporters after the meeting of the newly formed All India Unorganised Workers Congress (AIUWC).He expressed satisfaction over the formation of AIUWC and said he felt good interacting with them.Earlier this week, the Congress accused the government of compromising national interest and security while promoting “crony capitalism” and causing a loss to the public exchequer.The BJP rubbished the allegation, claiming it was intended to “divert attention” as the party bigwigs faced the prospect of being questioned in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scandal.The Congress’ communications department head Randeep Surjewala alleged that the government neglected the interests of public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale aircraft, refused to transfer technology to it and instead entered into an agreement with Reliance Defence.He also alleged that the aircraft was being purchased at much higher rates than what was decided after the completion of the tender process under the previous UPA government.

Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh threatens to set ablaze theatres that screen Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati which will hit the theatres next month, the BJP MLA from Hyderabad T Raja Singh has threatened to set ablaze theatres that will screen the film in the state.The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is slated for release on December 1. The MLA made the comment at a congregation of Rajasthan Rajput Samaj in Secunderabad, which was later shared on his Facebook page.Singh who represents Goshamahal constituency has alleged that the film distorts history and disregards the Rajputs and Rajasthani culture.“The fact was that Khilji had attacked Chittorgarh, causing mass self-immolation (Jauhar) by more than 16,000 women who lived in the fort at the time,” reported Hindustan Times quoting Singh.The post went viral within hours, receiving over 38,000 views and nearly 4,000 likes. “I will be in the forefront in the struggle. If any of you are arrested or harassed, I will use all my influence to come to your rescue and get you out of cases,” he said.Last week, the BJP approached the Election Commission seeking its intervention to stop the release of ‘Padmavati’ without a pre-release screening by the Kshatriya community, saying ‘distortion of facts’ in the movie will hurt their sentiments.Earlier, Shankersinh Vaghela, an influential Kshatriya leader and former chief minister of the state, had made an identical demanded, and warned that if it was released without the community’s approval, there could be violence.Rajasthan-based Rajput community group Karni Sena had opposed the film, alleging distortion of history, and vandalized its sets.(With agency inputs)

Fortnight after attack on Swiss couple, German national beaten up in UP; accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely a fortnight after a Swiss couple were assaulted in Fatehpur Sikri, a German national was beate up in the state’s Sonbhadra on Saturday. The reason? He inadvertently ignored a man’s greeting.According to a Hindustan Times report, Holger Erik, a native of Berlin, alighted the train at Robertsganj railway station. He was looking for directions to go to Agori fort when he was greeted by the accused, Aman Kumar. Erik didn’t respond, which infuriated Kumar, who then pushed him to the ground and repeatedly slapped him, the report said.A passerby alerted cops about the assault and Kumar, an electrician with a private company, was arrested. A case was registered against him.The tourist was immediately rushed to hospital.Earlier this week, state director general of police Sulkhan Singh issued a list of guidelines, including deployment of policemen in plainclothes, more patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras, to prevent such crimes at tourist spots.

From extortion to murder: With 100 criminal cases against them, Delhi woman, six sons in Tihar jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not just one, but almost all members of a family who migrated to Delhi’s from Rajasthan are lodged in a Tihar jail in around 100 criminal cases against them.A 62-year-old mother and her six sons are in prison for committing a various crime including bootlegging, theft, extortion and murder, reported Hindustan Times.Basiran, a mother of 11, along with her six sons are charged for extortion keeping illegal arms, and murder between 2004 and 2017, while the seventh son was arrested for theft is in a juvenile detention home.Basiran who has three criminal cases against her began selling bootlegged alcohol in early 2000 to augment the family income as her husband earned little as a freelancing electrician.Till their arrest over the past 10 months, they ran an organised syndicate, specialising in stealing cars, running a water supply mafia, and brewing and selling illicit liquor, police told the daily.Her sons are facing charges of robbery, rioting and murder. However, her husband and four daughters of which two are married, have no criminal record. “The family was involved in all sorts of illegal activities here … We put pressure on some of Basiran’s sons to come out of hiding and got them arrested,” Upender Singh, the Sangam Vihar police station in-charge said.

Jaipur: 14 killed, nearly dozen injured as transformer explodes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 14 people killed and several others were injured on Tuesday after a transformer exploded in the Khatulai village near the Shahpura town in Jaipur.The massive explosion occurred at a time when the members of a family were passing by the transformer on their way to perform some marriage ritualsState power minister Pushpendra Singh ordered an inquiry into the incident, reported Hindustan Times. “We have set up a committee to look into the cause of the blast…Usually, this kind of thing (blast in transformers) never happens,” he said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje visited the SMS hospital “Saddened by the unfortunate incident at Shahpura near Jaipur. Took feedback and directed officials to take necessary measures and action,” Raje said in a series of tweets.Union Minister and Jaipur Rural MP Rajyavardhan Rathore also visited the site.Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot too expressed grief. “My heartfelt condolences to families of victims, may God give them strength to bear loss.. may departed souls rip…Prayers for the injured,” tweeted Gehlot.

Himachal Pradesh: At least 3 killed, 18 injured after bus tumbles down 400 feet gorge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three people were killed and 18 others injured today when a bus plunged into a 400-feet gorge at Kumarsein on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway, about 85-km from here, police said.The Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus, carrying 36 passengers, was travelling from Jhakri to Dharamshala, they said.One person died on the spot while two others died during the rescue operations, Director General of Police Somesh Goyal said.Six people, who were seriously injured, were taken to the Indira Gandhi Medical College here while 12 others were undergoing treatment at the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Kumarsein, he said.The police and local people rescued the passengers and the deceased are yet to be identified, the police said.The death toll may rise as six people are in a critical condition, they said, adding investigations are on to ascertain the cause of the accident.

Delhi: Adopted dog saves owner’s life despite being repeatedly stabbed by attackers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after being repeatedly stabbed by a group of men, the adopted dog saved a life of the owner from the attackers in Delhi.The incident took place in Delhi Mangolpuri when Rakesh Singh, an MCD employee, had gone out to give a food to the dog named Tyson on October 12.The report said that the accused started an argument with dog’s owner without provocation. After a brief argument, half of the men left and one of the attackers who stayed back pulled out a knife and stabbed Rakesh Singh.Tyson stood like a messiah between life and death for his owner. His timely rescue act prevented the stabbing from being lethal, Singh’s family told Hindustan Times.Tyson sustained three stab wounds —on the ear, hind limb and abdomen.Singh’s son Ajay said that Tyson managed to raise an alarm and kept fighting them off and ensured that his father was not harmed further.“As soon as we heard the barking, we realised something was wrong and rushed to the spot. Only then, did we realise what was happening,” said Ajay.Last year, Rakesh Singh had brought the puppy home when he saw it in the middle of a road.An attempt to murder case has been registered. Further investigation is on.

22 traders booked by Kanpur police for putting up posters comparing PM Modi to Kim Jong-un

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kanpur police have registered a criminal case against 22 traders for putting up posters and hoardings comparing PM Modi to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.An official told Hindustan Times that they the traders were trying to highlight the issue of a deluge of small coins affecting their businesses.The police have also arrested Praveen Kumar, a resident of Shardha Nagar in Kanpur for putting up the hoardings. An FIR was filed under section 32(3) of the UP Special Powers Act, section 153A and Section 505 IPC.Superintendent of police (south) Ashok Verma confirmed Kumar’s arrest and said others would be nabbed soon.Meanwhile, a trade leader said they’ve decided not to celebrate Diwali because of the arrest.The hoardings had Modi and Kim side by side, with Kim saying he will ‘end the world’ and Modi saying he will ‘end all business’. The posters surfaced on Wednesday morning in parts of the city where BJP were due to hold a meeting.The traders put up the posters after banks reportedly refused to take deposits in coins. Many traders are apparently left with coins worth Rs 10-15 lakh each, and Rs 200 crore in coins is currently in circulation in Kanpur.The sudden influx of coins forced traders to pay salaries to employees in coins.Raju Khanna, a traders’ association leader and one of those named in the case said: ““We all are Modi supporters. If the change (coins) is ruining us and our businesses what option did we have.He added: “Traders are exchanging coins at 25% of their value under the batta system to get currency notes to keep their businesses afloat. Now, it is hurting us badly.”Along with not celebrating Diwali, the traders are planning a major agitation which will include dumping coins en masse at the Gandhi statue in Phool Bagh.

Six councillors of Raj Thackeray’s MNS in BMC to join Uddhav’s Shiv Sena?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bypoll result of Bhandup civic body was begged by The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. Shiv Sena lost the Bhandup bypoll, but Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) seems to be paying the price. According to reports, six out of seven MNS corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are set to join the Shiv Sena. After Bhandup bypoll results, BJP seemed determined to challenge Shiv Sena’s number one position in BMC. As of now, the BJP has 82 corporators, while the Sena has 84 corporators, a lead of two councillors. The Sena further has the support of four independents and the BJP has the support of two independents.A slight change in numbers could change the fortunes of BJP and Shiv Sena. But Shiv Sena seemed to have made the first successful move. The group of six corporators led by Dilip Lande has written to the Konkan divisional commissioner to allow them to form a separate group in the BMC, the Hindustan Times reported.MNS has condemned the developments and vowed to teach the “traitors” a lesson. MNS will approach Konkan divisional commissioner to not allow this split, say media reports.BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has complained to the state election commission that a major political party in the Mumbai civic body was trying to buy corporators.

India navy discharges officer after sex change

The former officer has said that she will appeal to the courts against her sacking.

Watch: 15 people injured as gas balloons explode at function in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 people were injured in a gas balloon blast at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday evening.The incident took place during the annual function of Kota-based Allen Career Institute, which trains students for engineering and medical entrance examinations.Ten students and five teachers were injured when around 150 balloons filled with acetylene exploded on the ground opposite the gurdwara at Sector 34.The injured were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital.“None of the injured has filed any complaint. We are still deciding if any action needs to be initiated,” Station House Officer (SHO) Ajay Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Dalit youth who was attacked for sporting moustache staged the incident for publicity: report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged attack on a 17-year-old Dalit boy in Gujarat for growing a moustache was staged by the boy himself to garner publicity, a Hindustan Times report has said.According to the report, the 17-year-old confessed to inflicting the wound on himself in the presence of two other minor friends for attention.The police managed to solve the case quickly. It began with a Gandhinagar forensic team telling the cops that no blade had been found at the spot where the boy claimed that he was attacked. The locals around the area also revealed that they witnessed no such crime.
ALSO READ Gujarat: Third Dalit attacked over ‘moustache row’, activists to march to GandhinagarPolice then questioned the 17-year-old, who confessed to have inflicted the blade wound on himself with two other minor school friends.“I was not attacked by anybody. I inflicted the injury myself with the help of friends just like that,” the minor told the daily but added that two earlier reports of attacks on Dalit men for sporting moustache. The boy also denied any pressure or threat.

UP: After police fails to file FIR, gang-rape survivor reaches SSP’s office with ‘mutilated ear’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A rape victim on Thursday reached the Aligarh senior superintendent of police’s office with a strange piece of evidence – a severed ear – after previous attempts of registering an FIR at police station was failed.She produced the rare piece of evidence to Superintendent of Police (rural) Yashveer Singh and complained against the police for not taking any action even after two days since she tried registering an FIR, according to a Hindustan Times report.The gang-rape victim also said that the police only made routine visit to her house to collect information. When she and her husband reached the police station to file an FIR, no action was taken but all the other formalities like sending the victim for medical examination was done.The woman was raped by four men, who made unannounced visit to her house, while she was sleeping with her children. After hearing cries, her husband, who was sleeping in a makeshift room outside the house,rushed to the scene. He was assaulted by the suspects who threatened the couple with serious consequences if they told anyone about the incident.In the midst of such drama, the victim allegedly bit off one of the suspect’s ears.Gonda police have now filed an FIR against three people, one Ravi of Dhatauli village, who was part of the crime. It was his ear who the victim has allegedly bitten, police said.

Now, 6-year-old raped in south Delhi’s private school, housekeeping staff arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after Ryan International student was found dead, a 6-year-old student was raped in a toilet of south Delhi school.The incident came to light when the child returned home from school and told her mother, reported Hindustan Times. The latest incident has once again brought the issue of students’ safety to the fore.After using the washroom, my daughter called the woman for help but the male employee entered and assaulted her sexually, said the victim’s father.He also claimed that the woman employee who was supposed to assist children was not in the washroom at the time.”We are in shock, We send our kids to get educated and not to be victims of such perverts loitering in schools,” he told the daily.A case of rape and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) has been registered.Meanwhile, the employee has been reportedly arrested and the matter is being investigated.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

Delhi woman abducted, allegedly gang-raped by 23 men in Rajasthan’s Bikaner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a woman from Delhi has claimed that she was abducted and raped by 23 men in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.In a complaint, the woman has claimed that two men allegedly dragged her into an SUV while she was waiting for transport on the Jaipur Road. She had gone to Ridmalsar Purohitan in Bikaner on September 25 to check on a plot that she owns.They repeatedly raped me in the vehicle near some mines. Later, the accused called up six others who also assaulted her and then she was then taken to a government power substation in Palana village where more men allegedly assaulted her, a woman has written in a police complaint, reported Hindustan Times. According to FIR, the woman was left at the spot.“She has recorded her statement before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC and repeated what she wrote in the FIR,” said Rajendra Singh, the investigating officer in the case.A case has been registered against two named suspects and 21 unidentified suspects. Police said that they recovered condoms from the spots the woman identified in her complaint.The FIR mentions two mobile numbers that were dialed to call more men to rape the woman. She has also mentioned registration number of a vehicle, a report said.

Andhra Pradesh: Municipal official arrested with Rs 500-crore ‘disproportionate assets’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few days before his retirement, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested a senior official of the municipal department for allegedly amassing assets worth over Rs 500 crore.Golla Venkata Raghurami Reddy, director of state town planning, who was scheduled to retire after three days, was arrested in Visakhapatnam after police raided his house and other properties, reported Hindustan Times.Police raided his house and other properties in 15 places including in Maharashtra’s Shirdi.A report said that Reddy, on his retirement, was planning to throw a grand party to his friends and relatives at a resort abroad. He had even booked flight tickets for them.”The market value of the assets confiscated so far has been estimated to be around Rs 500 crore,” ACB director general RP Thakur told the daily.Reddy also owns a hotel, Sai Suraj Kunj, in Shirdi and 300 acres of valuable land in Gannavaram near Vijayawada among other properties. “We are yet to open the bank lockers of Reddy. Only after that, we would be able to arrive at the magnitude of the wealth,” he added.“Reddy was arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act for possessing assets disproportionate to his income, which would be around Rs 1 lakh per month. The investigation is going on into the alleged irregularities indulged in by Reddy,” the official added.

Assam: BJP suspends minority woman leader for supporting Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Benezir Arfan, a minority woman leader in Assam has been suspended by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit for supporting Rohingya refugees.A woman who was also the BJP’s face in its anti-triple talaq campaign in the state had reportedly written a post requesting people to attend a fast protesting against the treatment given to Rohingyas by the Myanmar government, reported NDTV.The party has suspended her from the executive committee.
ALSO READ ‘We went hungry before we arrived in India’: Rohingyas share their tragic talesAccording to report, BJP’s state unit general secretary Dilip Saikia sent a letter to Arfan suspending her from the party with immediate effect.She has also been given three days time to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against her.
ALSO READ ‘It will create big problem for Bangladesh if Rohingyas stay for long’: Sheikh Hasina tells Sushma Swaraj“Despite being an active BJP member, you posted in social media seeking support for a programme organised by another organisation in connection with a problem related to Myanmar, without initiating any discussion about it in party platforms,” the letter said.However, the woman has claimed that party did not even ask her to explain her position.“My only mistake was that I wrote ‘a protest fast’ instead of a ‘prayer meeting’ for Rohingyas, both Hindus and Muslims, who died while fleeing Myanmar. I apologised for the wrong use of words, but the party didn’t listen,” she told Hindustan Times.Last week, India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also said that the chorus of branding India as a villain is a calibrated design to tarnish country’s image.Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.The United Nations have appealed to the entire international community to keep the political differences aside and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s close aide Dilwar Insan arrested, Honeypreet still missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another top member of Dera Sacha Sauda on Thursday was arrested by Haryana police on charges of inciting violence in Panchkula after conviction of chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.According to a report in Hindustan Times, Dilwar Insan, a close of Ram Rahim, was arrested in Sonepat by the local police headed by SSP Satender Kumar Gupta. He is likely to presented before a court in Panchkula on Friday, Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) B S Sandhu said.He went underground after a special CBI court on August 25 sentenced Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison, convicted in two cases of rape.Several accused in jail have revealed Dilwar’s role in supplying weapons and planning arson after ‘Pitaji’s’ conviction.Earlier, the police had booked the Sirsa-based sect chief spokesperson Aditya Insaan and Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet and sent out a lookout notice for them.

West Bengal: Woman gangraped, private parts violated with glass bottle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman is in a critical condition after she was allegedly gang raped and a glass bottle was inserted in her private part by three men in Birbhum district of West Bengal, reported Hindustan Times.The incident reportedly took place early on Monday in Sainthia, about 195 km from state capital Kolkata.The victim’s condition is critical and needs an urgent operation. However, she can’t be moved to a bigger hospital because of her physical condition, police said.The men entered into her house, then tied her hands and gagged her before allegedly raping, she told police.She also said that one of accused was known to her. “After they raped me, they thrust a bottle in my private parts before leaving,” the woman told the police.The accused are still absconding and the matter is being investigated.

When Indian Army is present, there’s no threat for anyone: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat today unveiled a bust of 1965 Indo-Pak war hero Abdul Hamid in Ghazipur district and felicitated the widow of the soldier who was awarded Param Vir Chakra, the highest wartime gallantry medal.On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his supreme sacrifice, Gen. Rawat and his wife Madhulika met Rasoolan Bibi, wife of Company Quartermaster Havildar Hamid, and several other war widows and felicitated them.The Army chief also unveiled a memorial in Hamid’s honour in his ancestral village of Dhamupur in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh while exhorting the youth to join the armed forces.Lauding the contribution made by the people of the district to the armed forces, Gen. Rawat said a recruitment drive will be held soon in Ghazipur to encourage the youth to join the Army and contribute to the country’s security.Hamid had destroyed several tanks of the Pakistan Army during the 1965 war in the Lahore sector. “Jahan Hindustan ki sena khadi hai, wahan khatra kisi aur se nahi hai (where the Indian Army is present, there is no threat from anyone),” the Army Chief said.”Hamid is an inspiration for the youth and his extraordinary bravery made the country proud,” he said. On the Dokalam issue, Gen. Rawat said India and China have held talks and the situation there is under control.

Army chief Bipin Rawat unveils bust of 1965 war hero Abdul Hamid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday unveiled a bust of 1965 Indo-Pak war hero Abdul Hamid in Ghazipur district and felicitated the widow of the soldier who was awarded Param Vir Chakra, the highest wartime gallantry medal.On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of his supreme sacrifice, Gen Rawat and his wife Madhulika met Rasoolan Bibi, wife of Company Quartermaster Havildar Hamid, and several other war widows and felicitated them.The Army chief also unveiled a memorial in Hamid’s honour in his ancestral village of Dhamupur in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh while exhorting the youth to join the armed forces.Lauding the contribution made by the people of the district to the armed forces, Gen. Rawat said a recruitment drive will be held soon in Ghazipur to encourage the youth to join the Army and contribute to the country’s security.Hamid had destroyed several tanks of the Pakistan Army during the 1965 war in the Lahore sector.”Jahan Hindustan ki sena khadi hai, wahan khatra kisi aur se nahi hai (where the Indian Army is present, there is no threat from anyone),” the Army Chief said.”Hamid is an inspiration for the youth and his extraordinary bravery made the country proud,” he said.On the Dokalam issue, Gen Rawat said India and China have held talks and the situation there is under control.

HAL signs Rs 6,100 cr deal for supply of 41 ALHs to Army, Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd said it has signed a Rs 6,100 crore contract for supply of 41 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) to the Indian Army and one to the Indian Navy.The contracts will be executed in a period of 60 months, the company said.HAL, in a statement here, said, the contract was signed between the Ministry of Defence and HAL in New Delhi recently.Officials from the MoD, the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and HAL were present during the event.”The latest order reflects the trust on HAL’s capabilities and gives an impetus to the Make-in-India campaign…It reposes faith of Indian Defence forces in indigenous ALH which has been serving them with distinction for a long time,” HAL CMD T Suvarna Raju said.In March this year, HAL had signed a contract for supply of 32 ALH to boost maritime security capabilities of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.

Taj Mahal is not a Shiva Temple but a tomb: Archaelogical Survey of India to Agra court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) told an Agra court that the Taj Mahal is a tomb and not a temple as claimed by several petitioners, reported Hindustan Times.In a written statement, the ASI refused to accept the contention that the Taj Mahal was dedicated to Lord Shiva.The court in April 2015 had admitted a lawsuit by six lawyers who claimed that the Taj was actually Tejo Mahalaya and Hindu followers should be allowed access inside to the premises of the monument to perform ‘darshan’ and ‘aarti’.As of now, only Muslims are allowed to worship at the site, offering Friday prayers at the attached mosque. The next hearing is fixed on September 11.The counsel representing the Union of India and ASI said that the petitioners had no locus in the matter and neither did they have right to worship there as the monument was Islamic.The ASI also denied the existence of any temple within the Taj Mahal.On August 10, the Central Information Commission had directed the Union culture ministry to clarify its stand on whether the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shahjahan or a Shiva temple gifted to the Mughal emperor by a Rajput king.The question, forwarded as an alternative narrative of history by some claiming to be historians and the subject of various court cases, reached the CIC through an RTI plea and is now at the culture ministry’s door.

Vasundhara Raje’s dream refinery in pipeline, may take 5 years to realise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dream project of the Vasundhara Raje’s government – the joint venture HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Ltd – will take four to five years to be completed. The state government has allotted 4,800 acres of land at Pachpadra in Barmer district for the refinery. The project was conceived in 2013-14.Petroleum & natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan has hinted that a time line of four to five years is required for setting up the refinery. But much time would be saved as no land acquisition would be required for the project and the state government is ready to provide 4,800 acres of land. The water for the project would be sourced from the Indira Gandhi Canal through pipelines.The first task before starting the work for setting up the refinery will be the environment clearance from the union ministry of environment and forest as the location of the proposed refinery comes within the proximity of the Pachpadra Lake, which is one of the oldest salt collection area. The actual site of the refinery is about 12 to 15km from Pachpadra city and the other big town near the refinery is Balotra.The issue of the land cost of 4,800 acres which the state government is going to provide for the project is to be mutually discussed between the state government and the Hindustan Petroleum. The state will determine the current price of the land and would insist on taking the land cost as part of its equity. As the new MoU has been signed, these issues would come up for further discussions in future meetings. Rajasthan State Petroleum Corporation (RSPC), a subsidiary of Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd (RSMML), will be the nodal agency for the state government that would work with the HPCL. The RSPC shall prepare the roadmap for the refinery.The Rs 43,129 crore project’s progress will depend on the proposed amalgamation of the HPCL with the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), another Union government undertaking. The Union government’s department of disinvestment has issued a cabinet note to this effect and the Prime Minister’s office is keen to effect the amalgamation to create a huge energy PSU on the global scale..The Union government is said to be planning to combine HPCL with ONGC by selling its 51.1 percent stake in the former to the latter for about Rs 29,000 crore. This would need the approval of the cabinet.Once the amalgamation is approved, the ministry of petroleum and natural gas will have to decide whether to adopt a subsidiary model for combining the two oil PSUs instead of merging the companies, making the ONGC, the parent company and the HPCL as the subsidiary of the ONGC.Thus, the progress of the refinery will depend a lot on the major decisions that would be taken by the oil and gas ministry on the functioning of the two PSUs after the amalgamation process is completed.

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: How to tackle traffic jams in Mumbai during 10 days of festival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ganapati Bappa has arrived in Mumbai and has made sure that the festivities be washed in cold rain waters. That has done little to dampen the spirits of the Mumbaikar whose enthusiasm to ring in Ganesh Chaturthi with gusto knows no bound.But rains are not the only obstacle. In another train derailment accident, four front coaches of Suburban CST-Andheri local train derailed near Mahim in Mumbai, on Friday morning. Consequently, the Traffic Harbour Line services were affected between Andheri and Wadala on Harbour line. That has added to the misery of being stuck in a traffic jam in the streets of Mumbai.If one to carefully plan their commute in the Maximum City on Friday, they need to know that according to a report in Hindustan Times, Mumbai Traffic Police have shut 53 roads during the Ganeshotsav, 54 roads are made one-way streets and 99 roads are closed for parking.Colaba, Pydhonie, Kalbadevi, Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Bhoiwada will see about 21 roads shut in South Mumbai. In the western suburbs, 12 roads in Borivali, Andheri, Kandivali, Aarey Colony, Juhu, Vile Parle and Santacruz will be closed for traffic.These restrictions have become active on midnight and shall last for next four days.Other specific restrictions include daily changes of the route near Lalbaugcha Raja. Closed roads from Bharat Mata Junction to Bawla Compound from 3 pm -7 pm every day.The reports also said that five traffic police control rooms have been set up Girgaum Chowpatty, Shivaji Park Chowpatty, Bada Masjid, Bandra, Juhu Chowpatty and Ganesh Ghat-Powai for immersion. 3600 traffic police personnel and 500 traffic wardens have been deployed to smoothen the process with the help of NGO volunteers as well.For real time updates on the logjams and other traffic related issues, Mumbaikars can also check Twitter handle @ridlrmumbai.

The child’s maths lesson video that is outraging India

Indian cricketers are among those disgusted by the girl’s treatment, reports the BBC’s Geeta Pandey.

UP: Madrassas defying order on I-Day may face action under NSA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madrassas in Bareilly area which defied the UP government order on unfurling the national flag and singing the national anthem on Independence Day may face action, including under the stringent National Security Act (NSA), a senior official said here. “If we get a complaint that any madrassa did not comply with the government order on the unfurling the national flag and the recital of national anthem, we will get it probed and after giving a chance to all, action will be taken against the guilty as per the law,” Bareilly Divisional Commissioner, P V Jaganmohan said today. He added that action could be initiated as per the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), besides other laws, for showing disregard to the national flag and national anthem, including the NSA. Under the NSA, a person can be detained without bail or trial and the authorities need not disclose the grounds of detention if they believe the detainee can act in a way that poses a threat to the security of the state/country or the maintenance of public order. Jaganmohan said that all the minority welfare officers had been asked to immediately submit a list of madrassas where the national anthem was not recited. Complaints from the public in this regard will also be probed, he said. According to officials, a majority of the madrassas followed the order. However, according to some reports, the call by some clerics to defy the order had an impact in some madrassas and “Saare jahan se achcha Hindustan hamara” was sung instead of the national anthem. However there was no official confirmation about this.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chinese media ‘racist’ video on India clash sparks anger

It features a Chinese actor in a turban and fake beard, mockingly assuming an Indian accent.

No national anthem: Some madrasas in UP defy Yogi Adityanath’s Independence Day diktat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defying Yogi Adityanath government’s order, some madrasas in Uttar Pradesh refused to sing national anthem and videograph the Independence Day celebrations.The Uttar Pradesh government had directed all madrassas (Islamic schools) to hold celebrations on Independence Day and videograph the event, and even warned of action against madrassas which do not follow the order.The directive was also questioned by All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli.Stating that they didn’t want to give proof of their patriotism, students madrasas in Kanpur, Meerut and Bareilly sang Saare Jahan Se Achha, a 20th century patriotic song penned by the poet Mohammad Iqbal, reported Hindustan Times. ALSO READ Independence day speech: PM reaches out to Kashmiris, lists out economic achievements of govt The Sunni Ulema Council convener Haji Mohd Saleeh said, “Students hoisted the flag and celebrated the occasion with traditional fervour. The government order is an attempt to test our patriotism which is wrong.”The report also said that the students in Bareilly’s Manzar-e-Islam hoisted the Tricolour but didn’t sing the national anthem. The madrasa authorities also refrained from videography.“Traditionally, we do not sing the national anthem during Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations. We only followed convention this time,” a senior cleric told the daily.However, amidst mix reactions, Lucknow’s Firangi Mahal madrasa unfurled the tricolor. Agra’s Afzal Ul Uloom Madrasa also celebrated the day of independence.

Crude oil theft gang uncovered

The network stole millions of dollars worth of crude in water tankers, Rajasthan police say.

CBI takes over probe into alleged rape, murder of Shimla girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today took over the investigation of the alleged rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Shimla, and registered an FIR in the case which has triggered angry protests against the Himachal Pradesh government. The agency has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to be headed by a Superintendent of Police of the agency, CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said. The team also comprises an Additional SP and a Deputy SP. “It was alleged that a minor girl had gone to school on July 5, 2017 but did not return home. Her body was found in the morning of July 6 from a nearby forest. On a complaint lodged by her father with Police Station Kotkhai, District Shimla, the FIR was registered against unknown persons,” Gaur said about the case which has been filed under sections 302 (for murder) and 376 (for rape) of IPC, and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Under section 4 of POCSO, if convicted for the offence of sexual assault of a child, a person can be imprisoned for a minimum period of seven years, extendable to life. Gaur said after filing of the FIR this evening, the SIT left for the scene of the crime. The CBI will also probe a related case of the death of one of the six accused in the case, under alleged mysterious circumstances in police custody. It has registered a separate FIR for it. The post-mortem of accused Suraj, who died in police custody at Kotkhai police station, was conducted at IGMC Hospital here but the CBI has asked the state police not to hand over the body to his family members. The CBI took over the cases on the order of Himachal Pradesh High Court. Meanwhile, protests demanding justice for the murdered girl continued with protesters blocking the Hindustan-Tibet road in Theog, 32 kms from Shimla, for several hours as hundreds of vehicles were left stranded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB CM condoles loss of lives in Shimla bus accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed grief over the loss of lives in a bus accident in Shimla and extended her sympathies to the bereaved families. “Extremely saddened at the news of the bus accident in Shimla. My sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle today. Fifteen passengers were killed and nine injured as a bus rolled into a 700-metre deep gorge in Rampur area of Shimla on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway today. The bus carrying about 40 persons was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Nauni in Solan. The NDRF has been rushed to the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM condoles loss of lives in Himachal bus accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives in a bus accident in Himachal Pradesh. A bus carrying 36 passengers plunged into a 500-feet deep gorge at Khaneri in Rampur on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway in Shimla, leaving 28 people dead. “My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones in the tragic bus accident in Himachal Pradesh. May those injured recover quickly,” the prime minister tweeted. Personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were at the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shimla rape case: Bandh called by BJP affects normal life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP activists protesting the alleged mishandling of the Kotkhai schoolgirl rape and murder case today blocked several roads and gheraoed the state secretariat even as the shutdown called by the party affected normal life in the district. The party workers blocked roads in the Sanjauli and Victory tunnel areas and took out rallies in Theog and other parts of the district. The shutdown affected the supply of essentials such as bread, milk and vegetables. Most of the shops and other business establishments were closed. Office-goers and schoolchildren had a hard time as their vehicles were stopped at several places, forcing them to go to their destinations on foot. Senior BJP leader Suresh Bhardwaj, who led the protestors, accused the police and the government of trying to protect “the real culprits”. He said the mysterious death of an accused in police custody in Kotkhai was a serious matter and “it appears that efforts are being made to destroy evidence”. Bhardwaj alleged that the law and order situation has crumbled in Himachal Pradesh and the BJP would submit a memorandum to the Governor demanding imposition of President’s rule in the state. The Nagrik Sabha, Shimla, also took out a protest march from the Deputy Commissioner’s office to Raj Bhawan. The protestors blocked the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway at Theog, 32 km from here. Police has been deployed in strength to avoid any untoward situation. A Class X student was raped and murdered at the Kotkhai area of Shimla district on July 4 after she took a lift in a vehicle driven by one of the accused Rajender. The body of the victim was recovered from the nearby Halila forest two days later. Six persons were arrested in connection with the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Kamov deliveries to start in 2 years after contract signing’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The delivery of Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of the signing of the contract, according to a top Russian official who indicated that the number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200 in the future. Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec State Corporation, said that after the establishment of the joint venture (JV) in May for the production of Kamov military helicopters, Russia expects an official request from the Indian defence ministry. A contract will then be executed for the delivery of the choppers. “After the contract is signed, within two years, the first deliveries of helicopters will be made. The agreement for that is signed and is being exercised,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Russia’s premier airshow MAKS 2017. Talking about the 2015 USD 1 billion deal for the supply of the KA-226T helicopters, Chemezov said: “We have to supply a certain amount, most will be localised, in total, in the amount of 200 helicopters. But in the future this can be increased.” Chemezov said that under the deal the minimum project volume was for “the procurement of 40 helicopters from Russia and production of 160 helicopters in India with different localisation degrees.” Earlier reports said that 60 Kamov-226T helicopters will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while 140 will be manufactured in India. Chemezov said Russia expects the target location to implement the project will be in Bengaluru on the production capacities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that are currently used in the assembly project of Su-30 MKI. The necessary conditions are available there including human resources for successful implementation of the project, he said. The Rostec chief also said that within the joint project, “it is possible to engage other companies, including private ones, depending on the Indian party”. “They have to evaluate and affirm the readiness and reliability of private companies for most of which it is a new business domain,” Chemezov said. “Rostec sees no problems in collaborating with private companies, but we understand that engagement of other partners in the project could make the project implementation more difficult or increase the implementation deadlines. But we are ready for this,” he said. Rostec’s strategy is to further expand cooperation with Indian manufacturers in compliance with the ‘Make in India’ policy, he said. At the Indo-Russia summit in Moscow in December 2015, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for implementation of the project for production of Ka-226T helicopters in India. In October 2016 at the Indo-Russia summit in Goa, the two sides signed the Partner Agreement and ratified the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the new JV, and this was announced at the BRICS summit. According to the agreement, HAL has 51 per cent shares and Rostec (Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport being parts of the corporation) has 49 per cent, Chemezov said. He hailed the Indo-Russia partnership, saying India was a strategic parter and the cooperation with it was very wide. “The bulk of our exports go to Southeast Asia, India and China. They are our two major partners. Every year we supply products to India for more than USD 2 billion. Sometimes it is more. Therefore, we have about the same volumes last year as before,” he said when asked about the changes in the military-technical cooperation with India. “There are changes, but insignificant, somewhere in the range of 10-15 per cent is the fluctuation. Therefore, with regard to cooperation with India, it is aimed not only at selling products, but we are also transferring technology. It began in the late 90s with the sale of licenses for SU- 30MKIs,” he said. “Today, these planes are manufactured in India. The T-90 tank, India has already mastered production, we continue to provide assistance, we supply the components, but for the most it is already localised,” he added. Chemezov also talked about the fifth generation aircraft the two sides plan to develop, saying the work continues on it. On the supply of the S-400 Triumf systems to India, he said “until the contract is signed I would not be able to answer precisely on this topic. It’s not customary for us. When we finalise the deal and sign it, and if our Indian partners agree, we could announce details of this contract.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government not imposing any language on anyone: Prakash Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today assured Parliament that it was not trying impose any language “on anybody” in the country as it respected all Indian languagues.Responding to the issue raised by CPI member D Raja in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government’s policy is to promote all Indian languages. “We respect all Indian languages and our effort will be to further the cause of all Indian languages. And we are not going to impose any language on anybody,” he said.He was responding to Raja who had said there were reports regarding transfer of the functions of Central Institute for Classical Tamil, Chennai to Thiruvarur Central University. He further said there was a “strong apprehension that this is being done keeping in view the ulterior designs to give special status to a couple of languages, may be Hindi and Sanskrit to undermine other languages.” The CPI member demanded that the Central Institute for Classical Tamil sould remain in Chennai and function with full autonomous status.Allaying his apprehensions, Javadekar said that the government has not taken any such decision. “People discuss, people react, but let me make it very clear that the government has not taken any such decision,” he said, adding that the institute will continue to remain autonomous. Raising another issue, K K Ragesh (CPI-M) said the employees of Hindustan News Print were protesting against the government’s decision to privatise the PSU.He said that a proposal for modernisation of the company was lying before the government, but it was not acting on it. His party colleague Tapan Kumar Sen said the manufacturing capacity in respect of defence production was being destroyed. He said the manufacture of several products, so far produced by the ordnance factories, were now being given to private players.Sen said due to this, the employees of at least seven ordnance factories will be “jobless” and another 14 factories will become redundant to the tune of 50 per cent of their capacity. V Vijayasai Reddy (YSRCP) spoke about the menace of of narcotic consumption, especially among young students and school children.

Kotkhai rape-murder case: Accused killed in lock-up, protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An angry mob went on rampage, ransacking a police station and pelting policemen with stones after a Nepalese labourer, held in connection with the shocking Kotkhai rape and murder case was allegedly killed in the lock-up by another accused, officials said. According to the police officials, last night Nepalese citizen Suraj had a heated argument with Rajendra, who was also arrested in connection with the same case. Rajendra allegedly banged Suraj’s head against a wall, leading to his death, a police official said. IG (Southern range) Z H Zaidi said that Suraj had narrated the entire sequence leading to the rape incident and named Rajendra as the main accused. Angered by the killing in the lock-up, a mob attacked the Kotkhai police station, setting ablaze vehicles and hurling stones, in which at least four policemen, including an ASP, were injured. Furious protestors also blocked the Hatkoti-Theog and the Hindustan-Tibet highways for hours due to which hundreds of people were stranded. The police faced a tough time even in shifting the injured to a hospital. After much effort, three of the injured policemen were admitted to a local hospital while one critically injured was referred to the Indira Gandhi Medical College here. A recommendation for a judicial probe into the custodial death had been made, an official said. To keep the situation under control, additional police force was rushed to Kotkhai, as the authorities feared the killing would trigger outrage. The Kotkhai rape and murder case took place on July 4 and had led to protests and anger. Even the role of the police came in for much criticism. A girl, student of class X, was raped and murdered in the Kotkhai area of Shimla district after she took a lift in a vehicle allegedly driven by Rajendra, according to the police. The victim’s body was recovered from the nearby Halila forest two days later. Six persons, including Suraj and Rajendra, were arrested in connection with the case. The High Court also summoned the state Director General of Police (DGP) and sought a report on the rape incident. Governor Acharya Devvrat has also asked the state government to give a report within two days and also summoned the DGP. In a letter addressed to the chief secretary, Devvrat said that the alleged rape and murder of the minor girl was a serious matter which had angered people across the state. “Various organisations have submitted representations demanding stringent punishment to the culprits and the police must take effective steps to restore the confidence of the people,” the letter said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was on a visit to Mandi, said that Suraj was not the main accused and he was hit by another accused on his genitals and the matter is being investigated. BJP MPs from the state — JP Nadda, Shanta Kumar, Anurag Thakur and Ram Swaroop along with state party chief Satpal Singh Satti called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and expressed concern over the worsening law and order situation in Himachal Pradesh and demanded dismissal of the state government. The party has called for a ‘bandh’ in Shimla and said it will stage demonstrations on July 21.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘No job security in IT industry’: Software engineer commits suicide in Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports of several IT companies laying off employees, a software engineer on Wednesday committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Pune over concerns about his job security.The engineer who has been identified as Gopikrishna Durgaprasad (25) was a resident of Krishna district​ in Andhra Pradesh and had started working in Pune three days ago.Durgaprasad left a suicide note written and signed in English, saying he was worried for his family, reported Hindustan Times.“In IT there is no job security. I’m worried a lot about my family,” he said in a note found in his hotel room in Viman Nagar, an accommodation provided by the companyDurgaprasad had worked in Delhi, Hyderabad and had recently started working in a software company in Pune, said police. API Jaisinghkar said, “The engineer inflicted 25 cuts on his left wrist with a knife. When that did not work out, he went to the terrace of the four-storied hotel and jumped to his death.”His relative said that there was nothing to suggest his actions. “I do not know what happened,” said his relative Venkatrao Murthy.Last month, Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy said that IT companies can protect the jobs of youngsters if senior executives take pay cuts.A forum for IT Employees (FITE), representing software professionals in various companies had also requested state governments to look into the issue of ‘terminating’ employees by IT companies.

ISIS suspect arrested by Delhi Police, was planning to go to Syria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested an ISIS suspect from the Indira Gandhi International airport.The suspect has been identified as Shahjahan Velluva Kandy and is a resident of Kerala’s Kannur.Kandy was deported by the Turkish police for holding a fake passport. He was arrested after the Indian intelligence agencies received an input from CIA on June 30. “A case of cheating, forgery, impersonation and under sections of the passport act has been registered against him,” an officer told Hindustan Times.The officers will interrogate him to investigate how he got a forged passport and the data from his phone has been sent for verification.According to CNN-News18, investigations have revealed that this was Kandy’s second attempt to go to Turkey.The report said that the Special Cell also found hundreds of telegram IDs of ISIS sympathisers on Kandy’s mobile phone.The alleged Islamic State suspect was planning to sneak into Syria from Turkey and join the dreaded terrorist outfit.Last month, a 22 year-old was arrested by the Hyderabad Police on the suspect of being an ISIS sympathiser and attempting to carry out subversive activities in the country.

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