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Jaipur: Subdued market puts a brake on roadways land auction plan

It seems that Rajasthan Roadways has come back to square one after failing to get its land auctioned in recent weeks. Sources inform that currently there are no plans to start the auction process once again or to sell the properties in near future. This is because of the current market conditions in the city.A few weeks ago the people involved in the decision-making process had also hinted that the price being offered in the market is much lower than the price which is being expected by auctioning the property. Moreover, its also being said that in last one year, even JDA has not been able to auction any of its big properties.As of now, it seems that Rajasthan roadways may have managed to find other ways to get funds, say the sources.JDA had a few days ago initiated the process to auction khasra number 151/443 land near Chomu House Parivahan Marg The dates of the proposed auction were on December 6, December 13 and December 20. Sources said that the reserve price was also kept high.The process failed as no bidders came on all these three days. Meanwhile, the employees are already in the mode of agitation. On Thursday the joint front of worker unions of roadways announced a large statewide rally at the Rajasthan assembly during the budget session.On Thursday, they burnt the effigies and agitated at Sindhi camp bus stand in which hundreds of workers were present. Their demands include stopping of the process to sell the land of roadways. Apart from this, the worker unions are also demanding on running the lok parivahan buses away from 2-5 km of the roadways bus stands apart from other demands related to payment of bonus. High pricesJDA had a few days back initiated the process to auction khasra number 151/443 land near Chomu House Parivahan Marg The dates of the proposed auction were on December 6, December 13 and December 20. Sources said that the reserve price was also kept high. The process failed as no bidders came on all these three day A few weeks back the people involved in the decision-making process has also hinted that the price being offered in the market is much lower than the price which is being expected by auctioning the property.

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26-year-old woman found dead with throat slit

A 26-year-old woman was found dead with her throat slit inside her house in Chhajarsi village of Sector 63 in Noida on Thursday afternoon.According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Shweta Singh, a housewife, who was found dead in her house at around 12.30 pm with her body lying on the floor. She was discovered by her son, who had returned from school and found the house bolted from outside.”When Shweta failed to show up at the school to receive her son, a neighbour took him back to his house. He found the house bolted. With the help of the neighbours, he entered the house. Shweta was found dead with a quilt on her body. The throat was slit open with a sharp weapon and her right arm was also cut. I reached the spot when the neighbours called me,” said Moni Singh, Shweta’s aunty.The police were informed by the locals. “When we reached the spot, the body was lying in a pool of blood. All the belongings in her room were scattered. The body was taken into possession and sent for post-mortem,” said Rajeev Kumar, circle officer -2, Noida.Police said Shweta’s husband, Pankaj Singh has named Vinod (30), their neighbour as the prime accused in the murder as he claimed that Vinod had wrong intentions towards his wife. Police have registered a case of murder against Vinod and he is absconding.”Vinod lives just next to their room in the same building. He works in a sports goods company in Sector 63. He is absconding at the moment and it is also stated that he had taken an off today from office,” Kumar added.Shweta belongs to Dharhora village in Ambedkar Nagar of Faizabad and she was staying in Chhajarsi colony for the past three years with her husband Pankaj Singh (30) and 4-year-old son, Pranjal Singh.Shweta’s phone is missing after the incident and no weapon was discovered from the crime spot.

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BJP moves privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi over ‘Jaitlie’ remark

Irked by Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s tweet twisting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s name as ‘Jaitlie’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) moved a privilege motion against him in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.BJP member Bhupender Yadav took up the issue soon after the House endorsed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement on Kulbhushan Jadhav.Moving the motion under Rule 187, Yadav urged Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu to take notice of the alleged breach of Jaitley’s privilege, who is also the Leader of the House.”All the members of this House have dignity. The name of Leader of the House Arun Jaitley has been intentionally published by the Congress president with malafide intentions to defame this House,” Yadav said.”The way the name of Leader of the House has been tweeted by the Congress president, it comes in the category of (breach of) privilege. There are precedents such as that of NC Chatterjee in 1954. I request you to go to this precedent and issue notice to Rahul Gandhi,” Yadav said.Naidu said he would take a view after examining the motion.Referring to Jaitley’s statement on Wednesday that led to end the week-long logjam in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted, “Dear Mr Jaitlie (sic) – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means.”In his statement Jaitley had clarified Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position vis-à-vis his ‘conspiring with Pakistan’ comments made during Gujarat campaign against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.”The statement (by Modi) did not question nor did he mean to question the commitment to the nation of Manmohan Singh or Hamid Ansari, the former vice president. Any such perception is completely erroneous. We hold these leaders in high esteem as also their commitment to the nation,” Jaitley had said.The finance minister made the statement as part of an understanding with the Congress party reached after several rounds of back channel parleys, that had led to continues stalling of the Rajya Sabha and disruptions in Lok Sabha for several days.The Congress also reciprocated by disapproving Mani Shankar Aiyar’s “Neech” comment regarding PM Modi.TWEET GONE WRONG?Rahul Gandhi had tweeted hitting at Arun Jaitley over his clarification of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment against former PM Manmohan Singh.

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Ban display of non-veg food outside eateries

Scrumptious seekh kebabs on skewers and juicy chicken tikkas put up outside food stalls to draw customers may soon have to be relegated to inside shelves, as the civic body in south Delhi has proposed that they cannot be displayed in the open.The proposal was brought in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in its last House, which approved it, Leader of House Shikha Rai said, adding that hygiene and “sentiments of people affected by the sight” of meat were the main reasons behind the move.“It was a private member resolution originally moved by a councillor from Kakrola village in Najafgarh Zone in the Health Committee meeting. The committee then moved it to the SDMC House, which then approved it,” a spokesperson of the SDMC said. “The proposal would now be sent to the Commissioner to be examined, if it in accordance with the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act,” he said. South Delhi is home to many eateries and restaurants selling meat products.

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Central govt in no hurry to push through Women’s Reservation Bill

Despite overwhelming numbers in the Lok Sabha, there seems to be no urgency by the Centre to seek passage of 108th Constitutional Amendment Bill or the Women Reservation legislation to reserve 33% seats in elected bodies for fairer sex.On Wednesday, Minister of State for Law and Justice, PP Chaudhary, ducked a question in Lok Sabha, saying the government was awaiting a consensus among all political parties to seek passage of this Bill. The proposed legislation was passed by the Upper House seven years ago. Since then it awaits the nod of the Lower House, where the ruling BJP and its allies have an overwhelming majority. The number of MPs from the SP, RJD, BSP, who had been opposing the Bill, has trickled down.The minister told the House that the government endeavoured “to provide for reservation of one-third seats for women in the House of the People and the State Legislative Assemblies”. However, he conveniently passed the buck and placed the onus of passing the Bill on consensus among all parties.Being a Constitution Amendment, it requires a special treatment for its passage — that is a majority of the total membership of the House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of the House present during the time of voting. A total of 63 women are MPs against 471 men. And women account for 21.6 per cent in the Cabinet — of the 37 members, only eight women hold various portfolios in the Lok Sabha, which means women representatives are at a mere 11.80 per cent.

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Modi’s Pak comment: After Jaitley’s clarification, Govt and Oppn end stalemate in RS

The stalemate in Parliament over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and others at a poll rally in Gujarat ended today, with the government saying the commitment of the former Prime Minister was not questioned.The proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were repeatedly disrupted over the past week on the issue, with the Opposition demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister over his “conspiracy with Pak” remarks and seeking an apology. In Rajya Sabha, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said the Prime Minister did not question his predecessor’s commitment to India.When the Upper House reconvened at 2 PM after adjournment due to protests over union minister Ananthkumar Hegde’s controversial remarks on secularism and changing the Constitution, Jaitley said the Prime Minister in his statements or speeches “did not question the commitment to this nation either by Dr Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister, or Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President”. “Any such perception is completely erroneous. We hold these leaders in high esteem, as also their commitment to this nation,” Jaitley said.Also readParliament: PM Modi didn’t question Manmohan Singh’s commitment to India, says Jaitely; Congress replies with thanksHe said many statements had been made on all sides during the elections, and added that the government “does not want the stalemate as a result of this to continue”. Responding to his statement, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “I want to thank the Leader of the House that he issued a clarification on the issue which was causing the deadlock for the last one week.” Azad sought to assure the government on behalf of the Congress that the party dissociates itself from any statement made against the personality of the Prime Minister, apparently in reference to those made by its MP Mani Shankar Aiyar.”If during the elections (recent assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh), any member of our party gave such a statement that was against the stature of the Prime Minister, then our party dissociates itself from any such statement and we would not want any word to be said against the stature of the Prime Minister,” Azad said. The Congress had suspended Aiyar from its primary membership and slapped a show cause notice on him for calling Prime Minister Modi a “neech aadmi” or a lowly person.After the two statements, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu thanked all members of the House for their cooperation in resolving the stalemate. However, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal stood up to object, charging that the fate of the proceedings in the House could not be decided based on statements by only two people. To this, Naidu said, “We discussed it in the morning in the business advisory committee. Every member of the House is important. Let us not sidetrack the issue”.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav | Parliament condemns humiliating treatment of family, Sushma Swaraj to make statement tomorrow

Parliament on Wednesday witnessed protests across all party lines condemning the way Pakistan humiliated the family of jailed Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad.Lawmakers of every single party not only slammed Islamabad for the farce meeting but also demanded that India must do all it can to bring back Jadhav.“We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said in the Lok Sabha. “We can’t expect anything better from Pakistan. The way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated was shameful,”Kapil Sibal, another senior Congress leader, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.Amid uproar over the issue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she will be making a statement in the House on this issue tomorrow. Also readTreatment to Jadhav’s kin like ‘Draupadi’s Vastra-haran’, Pak should be broken to four parts: Subramanian SwamySwaraj is scheduled to give a statement in the Rajya Sabha at 11 am tomorrow and at 12 noon in the Lok Sabha.On Tuesday, a day after the Jadhav’s family met him in Islamabad, New Delhi ripped apart Islamabad’s PR stunt by giving the details of the 30-minute meeting.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav’s family was harassed; wife had to remove mangal sutra, bindi: India exposes Pakistan’s PR showFrom removing bangles, bindi and mangal sutra of Jadhav’s wife to preventing his mother to speak in her mother tongue, Pakistani officials and the local media continued to harass the two during their short stay in Pakistani capital.Narrating sequence of events, the MEA statement said that prior to the meeting the two countries through diplomatic channels had worked out modalities and format of the meeting. “There were clear understandings between the two sides and the Indian side scrupulously abided by all its commitments,” it said. The MEA noted with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings.

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Uproar in Rajya Sabha over minister Ananth Kumar Hegde’s remarks to change the Constitution

A united Opposition today disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha protesting against controversial comments reportedly made by Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde on changing the Constitution and secularism.Congress, SP and BSP members trooped into the Well of the House shouting slogans seeking removal of Hegde and forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours.The trouble started during the laying of the official papers on the table of the House as opposition members shouted “shame, shame” when Hegde, who is Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, rose to lay the papers listed against his name.Also readCongress seeks PM Modi’s reply on Ananth Kumar Hegde’s remarksLeader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought a clarification from the Minister as he could leave the House soon after laying papers.True to this, Hegde sat in the House for a while listening to opposition protests against his controversial statement that the BJP would change the Constitution by excluding Secularism from the preamble. Soon thereafter, he left the House.Also readSecular remark: Ex-panchayat member announces Rs 1 crore bounty for Ananth Kumar Hegde Azad asked if a minister does not believe in the Constitution, does he has a right to remain as a minister.”Minister who has no faith in the Constitution has no right to be a minister. He has no right to be a Member of Parliament,” he said.Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said secularism is inscribed in the preamble of the Constitution and asked if a minister is allowed to denounce the same preamble in public.Naresh Agarwal (SP) said the Constitution is the Ramayana and Gita of democracy and any minister who abuses it and its founder Baba Saheb Ambedkar should be removed.At this, Naidu interjected to ask members not to bring Babasaheb Ambedkar into the controversy.But the opposition members remained unrelenting and trooped into the well raising slogans.Naidu asked members not to raise slogans and ordered that nothing they were saying would go on record.He then allowed Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India founder Ramdas Athawale to speak.Athawale praised the Prime Minister for honouring the memory of Ambedkar with a fitting memorial and said it was Congress which had insulted Ambedkar.”Don’t create a ruckus. You are going to be defeated in general elections in 2019 and 2024,” Athawale told the opposition.Subramanian Swamy (BJP) claimed Ambedkar did not include the word secularism in the Constitution.Naidu tried to restore order but all his efforts went in vain. “How much should I tolerate. This is not acceptable. This is not done,” he said as slogan shouting continued unabated.As opposition members continued their noisy protest and demanded a discussion on the issue, Naidu said no discussion can take place without a proper notice.He then adjourned the proceedings till 1200 hours.

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Relatives, father-son duo elected in Assembly elections

Several candidates who are relatives won the polls and have been elected to the 14th term of the Gujarat Assembly. For instance, the father-son duo of Chhotu and Mahesh Vasava.Chhotu Vasava had formed new political forum, the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), that had electoral ties with Congress for seat sharing on five constituencies. Chhotu Vasava has been elected from Jhaghadia (ST) reserved seat with a lead of 49,948 votes against BJP’s Ravji Vasava, while his son Mahesh won from Dediapada (ST) reserved constituency by defeating sitting MLA and BJP candidate Motilal Vasava with a lead of 21,751 votes. BTP could win on two seats only out of the five they got from Congress under seat sharing formula.Similarly, 10-time MLA and former leader of Opposition Mohansinh Rathwa and his relative Sukhram Rathwa, a Congress candidate, have been elected on two ST reserve seats. Mohansinh’s son is married to Sukhram’s daughter. While Mohansinh won from Chhota Udepur ST reserved seat with a lead of 1,092 votes against BJP’s Jashu Rathwa, Sukhram was elected from Jetpur Pavi (ST) reserve seat with a margin of 3,052 votes. He defeated BJP’s Jayanti Rathwa here.Two brothers, both from BJP, were also in the fray this polls. These are former Minister of State Parsottam Solanki and his younger brother and former Parliamentary secretary Hira Solanki. While Parsottam contested from Bhavnagar Rural constituency and won with a margin of 30,993 votes against Congress’s Kanti Chauhan, but Hira lost against Congress’ Amrish Der by a margin of 12,719 votes on Rajula seat. Both these brothers were elected in 2012 polls and were members of the House for five years.In the 2012 polls, more relatives were elected as former leader of Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela and his son Mahendra had won as Congress candidates. Mahendra’s daughter’s father in-law Balwantsinh Rajput was a Congress member in the House. Shankersinh and Mahendra left Congress but did not contest the polls this time, while Rajput defected to BJP and did not contest.Saurashtra’s Patel community leader Vitthal Radadiya and his son Jayesh Radadiya also won from Dhoraji-Upleta and Jetpur seats as Congress candidates. Later in 2013, both defected to BJP and Jayesh was made the minister in the then CM Narendra Modi’s cabinet while Vitthal contested Lok Sabha polls from Porbandar seat as BJP candidate in 2014 and won too.

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Prepare for 2019, Rahul Gandhi tells cadres

Prepare for the 2019 general elections, was the message Congress president Rahul Gandhi gave his party workers at a convention in Ahmedabad on Saturday. He told party men that if they work together, they can win people’s mandate.The convention was held after an internal review meeting of party office-bearers and newly elected MLAs in Gujarat. The reasons why Congress did not get majority in the House were discussed at the convention.Talking to party workers, Rahul talked about the challenges he faced during the recently concluded election.Rahul said the biggest challenge before him was to make party leaders and workers realise that the Congress can win in Gujarat. “I told everyone we can win. Seventy per cent of the message was well-received. Rest 30 per cent was not received. And you saw the results — the difference was only about 10 seats. The party now is confident,” he said.He alleged that the BJP has been using false propaganda to defame Congress leaders in Gujarat over the past 20 years. Rahul said he had to convince party leaders that if they think they can win, they will win.Gandhi advised his newly elected MLAs to take up issues faced by the masses, as the BJP government will continue to be of a few selected industrialists. “It is now your duty to protect the interest of the masses. This government will be of 8-10 industrialists. It will continue to forcibly acquire land from the people. It is now the Congress’s duty to protect the people. I will stand behind you,” he said.Rahul called upon the MLAs to be the party’s ambassadors and fight for the interest of the disadvantaged sections. “The fight has not ended. It will continue. We have to fight for the causes of farmers, youth, women,” he urged them.

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Cops register FIRs against fringe group protesting inter-faith marriage

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

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Chhattisgarh: Raman Singh survives no-confidence vote, Congress motion defeated after 19-hour debate

The Raman Singh-led BJP government comfortably survived a no-confidence motion moved by Opposition Congress in the Chhattisgarh Assembly by 10 votes after a record 19-hour-long debate on it.As many as 48 members voted against the motion while 38 polled in its favour. In the 90-member House, BJP has 49 members, Congress 39, BSP one and an independent.The Congress had moved the motion on Wednesday, the second day of the winter session, expressing no confidence in the four-year-old BJP government.The voting took place around 7 AM today after the conclusion of the debate on the motion that had begun at noon yesterday.In his reply on the motion in the Assembly, which lasted for over an hour, Chief Minister Singh termed as “poor” the Opposition’s charges and said the party has raked up the “same old issues” even this time.As the motion was put to vote by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo demanded division, following which the Speaker announced voting in reference to the motion.In his reply, the chief minister said his government has been continuously working for the development of the state.”Proper development can be witnessed not only in the capital, but also in all the 27 districts, including Bijapur, Dantewda and Sukma,” he said.Several initiatives were taken to transform Chhattisgarh into a digital state, he claimed.Under the Bharat Net Yojana, the Centre recently sanctioned Rs 1,624 crore to Chhattisgarh as a part of which a network of optical fibre will be laid across the state, Singh said.”The project will ensure internet connectivity in every panchayat, right from Balrampur to Bijapur and Raigarh to Rajnandgaon,” he added.The chief minister said that under the Bastar Net project, the state government has been laying?optical fibre network to the tune of 800 km in Bastar division to enhance internet connectivity.Moreover, under the SKY (Suchna Kranti Yojna) scheme, a target has been set to distribute?45-50 lakh smartphones to people?in the state in the next eight months free of cost and more than 1,500 mobile towers will be set up in different parts of the state to enhance telecommunication connectivity, he added.In an apparent reference to the Congress over the recent case of alleged?circulation of a “sex CD” allegedly involving a state minister, Singh said he was pained to see the use of digital technology in “hatching a political conspiracy”.”We are encouraging digital kranti (revolution) by distributing smartphones?in order to take Chhattisgarh into a digital age. On the other hand, a political conspiracy was openly hatched using the digital technology to destabilise a government. Killing anybody is easy, but it causes life-time pain if someone’s character is assassinated,” he said.”Do we stoop to such a level in greed of power? I think doing such kind of politics is bad. I am disappointed to see the standard of politics declining to such a level,” the chief minister added.Singh also listed the achievements under various schemes of his government.Countering the Opposition’s charges over the Agusta Westland and Panama Papers issues, he said the Agusta matter is in the Supreme Court and they should wait for the verdict to come. “If the Opposition members have some facts on these issues, they should submit it to the investigative agencies,” he added.”It is the confidence of the people in our government that we came to power for the third consecutive time. They (Congress) have been?sitting?in the opposition for the last 15 years and they also have to sit there for the next 15 years,” he said.He also dubbed as “poor” the Congress’ ‘charge-sheet’, which was part of the no-confidence motion and said old issues have just been copy-pasted into it.Earlier, while speaking in favour of the motion, Singhdeo said the state government has cheated the people by not fulfilling the promises made to them.The Opposition party had brought 168-points ‘charge- sheet’ in the House as a part of its no-confidence motion moved against the government.”The condition of the state is miserable. The state government has failed on multiple fronts. The roads lack quality, farmers are reeling under crises, there are no jobs under MNREGA, journalists are being attacked and chit fund companies duped the people to the tune of crores of rupees,” Singhdeo alleged.”No major agro-based industry was established in the state in the last 14 years, which can ensure a better price to the farmers against their products,” he said.Hitting out at the government for hiring “experts” under?Chief Minister Good Governance Fellowship programme, he sought to know why there was a need to appoint such fellows on hefty salaries, when there are administrative officials.He also attacked the BJP government over the Agusta Westland helicopter deal (2007), Panama Papers issue, among others. “People have lost confidence in the government after the alleged scams were unearthed,” he said.Singhdeo also took on the ruling BJP over a number of issues related to forest, health and mining.After the discussion and voting on the no-trust motion, the speaker transacted other business of the House and adjourned the assembly sine die.The BJP government recently completed the fourth year of its third consecutive term in office in the state, where assembly polls are due by 2018-end.

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Bill awarding death penalty for hooch trade passed by UP Assembly

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a bill to award death penalty and life imprisonment to those dealing in spurious liquor.The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in the House yesterday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna repealing the ordinance brought by the government in September in this regard was passed by a voice vote.The bill provides for death penalty, life sentence and fine to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs five lakh in case of death caused due to consumption of spurious liquor.It also provides for rigourous imprisonment up to 10 years and not less than six years in case of disability caused by consumption of spurious liquor and fine to the tune of Rs five lakh and not less than Rs three lakh.Earlier in September, the state government had promulgated an ordinance for amending the UP Excise Act with some cases of death and disability due to hooch being reported in the state.Also readChief Minister Yogi Adityanath amends 107-year-old law for capital punishment in hooch death cases in UPToday’s bill seeks to further strengthen the penal provisions to deal with those involved in illicit or spurious liquor.After Delhi and Gujarat, UP will be the third state where bootleggers may be sent to the gallows, if consumption of spurious liquor leads to a loss of life.Also read2 arrested in connection with Azamgarh hooch tragedyHooch tragedies take a heavy toll every year in Uttar Pradesh.In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. In 2015, 28 people were killed in a similar incident in the Malihabad area of Lucknow.The Assembly also passed UP Criminal Law Composition of Offences and Abetment of Trials (Amendment) Bill 2017.The bill pertains to abetment of certain proceedings pending before the magistrate till December 31, 2015.There are about 20,000 such pending cases.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth had yesterday announced in the House that the government will bring a bill to abolish political cases.

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75-yr-old strangulated to death

A complaint of murder was lodged with the Ghatlodia police station after a 75-year-old local woman was found dead at her house on Thursday afternoon. The woman was strangulated to death with a cloth. The cops are yet to find the motive of the murderer.The incident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, the police said. The deceased has been identified as Rambhaben Patel, who used to live alone.Her daughter, who was married, used to visit her daily to help Patel with household chores.Patel’s daughter, who lives in Ghatlodia area came to mother’s her house to prepare lunch, left around 12 pm. Two hours later, when she came back to find the main door of the house broken and her mother lying dead. Patel’s neighbours immediately called the police when the victim’s daughter told them what had happened. Investigating the case, cops said that Patel was strangulated with a piece cloth.A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert and dog squad were called to the spot to unearth clues. The body has been sent for an autopsy. RG Desai, an inspector of Ghatlodia police station, said, “No sign of robbery or theft could be found from the house.”According to police, the killer might have been a known person to the deceased. The killer entered Patel’s house and there are no signs of hint that the victim struggled when she was attacked.The police have initiated an investigation on the bases of primary reports and are talking to people who might give leads statements of people.CRIME SHEETIncident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, cops said. Victim’s daughter is married and used to visit her mother daily to help Patel with household chores. A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert were called to the spot to unearth clues.

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Stumped! Amid uproar, Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar fails to make debut speech in Parliament

Politics is a tough game and even ‘God of cricket’ needs time to master it. Bharat Ratna and sports legend Sachin Tendulkar learned it hard way when he failed to make his debut speech in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Thursday.The 44-year-old lawmaker was supposed to initiate a short discussion on the welfare of sportspersons in the country.As soon as he got up to address the House, the Congress leaders started protesting against the government and demanded apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Pakistan remark against ex-PM Manmohan Singh.The ruckus continued with the ‘Master Blaster’ silently standing for 10-minutes and watching the din.Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu requested the Congress to let Tendulkar speak but it didn’t help the legend to deliver his maiden Parliament speech.Despite Naidu pleading with Congress MP to allow Tendulkar to complete his submission, Congress MP continued raising slogans in the Well of House, forcing an adjournment.”We condemn such behaviour. We don’t understand why they are behaving like this. They seem to have lost direction and plot,” he said.”We’re discussing about sports and you don’t have the sporting spirit,” Naidu said and ordered the live telecast of the Session be cut off.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Congress was confused and has lost plot. He said while the main Opposition party is participating in discussion in the Lok Sabha on supplementary demands of grants, it didn’t allow a maiden speech of Bharat Ratna Tendulkar, who is a source of pride for whole nation.Tendulkar was speaking on a non-political and non controversial issue, said the minister.’He has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak,’ visibly angry Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan said.

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Winter Session: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expresses displeasure over absence of ministers

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed displeasure at ministers not making it to the House in time for laying the papers listed against their names.The provocation was apparently caused by the absence of ministers like Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tourism Minister K J Alphons when their names were called by the Chair for laying of listed papers. “I would like to advise the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to see that Ministers who are supposed to lay papers on the Table of the House are in the House on time,” Naidu said. If some Ministers have other engagements, they should not list papers against their names, he said. “If they (ministers) have any problem, they should not give their names. It can be done subsequently. Please take note of it and convey it to the ministers,” the Chairman said.Pradhan’s name was on the top of the list of ministers who were to lay the papers relating to their ministries in the Upper House today. However, he was not present when his name was called to lay the papers such as copies of rules for payment of subsidies under Aadhaar Act and the annual reports of PSUs under his ministry including Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.Tourism Minister Alphons too was absent when his name was called to lay copies of annual reports of institutes under his ministry.Also readManmohan Singh-Pakistan remark: Nobody will apologise as incident did not happen in House, says Vice President NaiduWhile Alphons came in a few minutes after his name was called, Pradhan was absent even when his name was called the second time to present a statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in a standing committee report on ethanol blended petrol and bio-diesel policy. When Pradhan finally entered the House, Naidu called him to present the first set of papers, but he was not called to make his statement on a standing committee report relating to his ministry.

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JD(U) leader Veerendra Kumar resigns from RS; says opposed to alliance with BJP

Janata Dal (United) leader M P Veerendra Kumar on Wednesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha, saying he did not agree with his party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to join the NDA fold.Veerendra Kumar announced his decision to resign from the Upper House after sending a resignation letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.”Legally, I’m in Rajya Sabha as a member of Nitish Kumar’s party. I don’t agree with his stand dumping the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and alingning with the Sangh Parivar and the BJP,” he said in a press conference here.On the recent Gujarat state elections, Veerendra Kumar said what happened in Gujarat was not a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”The Gujarat election results were not a victory for Modi but, if anything, it suggests otherwise,” he said, adding that the opposition parties must evaluate the result in the coming days.The rebellion in the JD(U) started after Nitish Kumar, the Bihar chief minister, decided to break ranks with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and join the NDA in July.Veerendra Kumar, a media baron from Kerala and the JD(U) state unit president, had last month announced his decision to relinquish his Rajya Sabha membership amid the political crisis gripping the party at the state-level.JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav was recently disqualified as a member of the Upper House after Naidu agreed to his party’s plea that he had “voluntarily given up” his membership by joining a rally of opposition parties in Patna in August.

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Amar Singh for action against Jet Airways

In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh raised the issue of aircraft safety, especially in Jet Airways, and sought answers from Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. At about 5 pm, Singh called the issue to attention and said, “I would like to draw the attention of the House to the functioning of Jet Airways aircraft. Lately, they have been involved in several incidents of ground collision, tail strike, reports of pilots coming in late for duty, inordinate delays in flights, and in general, causing great inconvenience to passengers.” He added that these instances had often been reported in press, but no action had been taken against the management. “Attention is also invited to the audit report of United Nations aviation watchdog, which has placed our country’s aviation sector in the list of its 13 worst performing nations. This has been ruinous to the country’s aviation sector image, so I request the minister to inform the House about the remedial steps taken in the matter against Jet Airways and their management.”

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After Naidu’s intervention, Rajya Sabha stalemate over PM’s remarks against Manmohan likely to end

The stalemate over the “conspiracy with Pakistan” charge by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh seemed to be ending today in the Rajya Sabha as the opposition and the ruling party decided to form a panel after agreeing to the Chair’s suggestion for an amicable solution.As the Congress insisted on Modi coming to the House to clarify the statement he made during poll campaign in Gujarat and its members raised slogans and sought an apology, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the opposition and the government to talk and resolve the stalemate over the prime minister’s comments on his predecessor. Raising the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the prime minister should come to the House and clarify on what he said, as his charges that his predecessor was “conspiring” with Pakistan was “a big issue.”Also readCongress to raise ‘Pakistan interference’ remark in ParliamentAzad said allegations are levelled during elections but some are not good for democracy, politics and the country. “Such allegations are deadly for those against whom they are made,” he said, adding that Manmohan Singh’s integrity and loyalty to the country has been questioned. “Is he the person who is conspiring against the Indian state? Is the former prime minister, former vice president not loyal to the country? These allegations are made by no less than the prime minister. “The prime minister of India should come to the House and explain his remarks and if the former prime minister and others are proved wrong, then action should be taken against them,” he told the House amid vociferous protests by Congress members who sought an apology from Modi.Naidu said he had held an “informal meeting” this morning “my suggestion was it is not good for the country to see that the House is not running properly. “I myself suggested, leaders of different parties were there. … To Parliamentary Affairs Minister to speak to Leader of House Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition and other seniors also and then find a way out to end this impasse, which is in the interest of the country,” Naidu said. He also said that for democracy and parliamentary system to function, both sides should come to an understanding and move forward. “All things can be internally discussed and seen that the House functions properly and dignity of Parliament should be maintained,” he said.Agreeing to the suggestion, Azad said, “Let the meeting be held under chairmanship of Leader of the House with all leaders of other opposition parties.” He said it was not a question of Congress party, as other opposition party leaders are equally concerned. “It is a matter of privilege. It should also be to the satisfaction of Manmohan Singh,” he said. Jaitley said “we will try and explore a solution out of that. I will certainly have the privilege to invite leaders of all my colleagues including LoP and we will try and discuss and find solution for this. We will try and do it today” and suggested the formation of a committee for the purpose.Earlier, the chairman said Manmohan Singh had met him and expressed his concern, his feelings to him. “I have talked to him and have understood what he meant. I have also received a note of what exactly what he said and also what the prime minister was sad by others, calling of names,” he said, adding that the prime minister is the prime minister of the country and that has to be kept in mind by everybody. Deputy leader of Congress Anand Sharma said “We want the House to function and the dignity is also maintained. It is the PM’s responsibility.”

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No need to beg… this is independent India: M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu presiding over his first full session as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha urged MPs to give up colonial terms like ‘I beg to’ while laying papers.”No need to beg… this is independent India,” he said.Presiding over the Upper House proceedings on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Naidu said, “Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers.He made the observation after the ministers called to lay the listed papers on the table, began their sentences by saying “I beg to lay on the table the papers listed against my name in today’s revised list of business.”Naidu, however, was quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order.This was not only the change that Naidu suggested on the first day as the presiding officer of the House.He also stood up while reading out obituary references.His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references.Naidu in August took over as the Vice-President of India in August — also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.

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Mumbai: BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar raises Asiatic Society Central Library building roof leakage issue

The roof leakage of Asiatic Library would be done away with permanently since state Government has decided to seal the issue forever.BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar had raised the issue of water leakage leading to damage of hundreds of books in Central Library Asiatic Society. While raising the issue through a starred question Bhatkhalkar asked whether there would be any action against the contractor who undertook maintenance work of the roof last year after leakage. He also demanded blacklisting the contractor for repeated leakage of the roof. PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil informed the House that there was leakage five years ago and the repair work was carried out then. He informed that last year there was roof leakage but since any repair contract can not be guaranteed for more than five years, it was not possible to take action against the contractor. Ashish Shelar pointed out that the Asiatic Library is a construction of British Era and the lowest step of the Library is at sea level and the British construction ensured that water should not enter from below during high tide and heavy rains. Shelar criticised Government saying, “British ensured that water would not come in from steps and that is the reason our Government is allowing the water inside the library from the roof.”Bhatkhalkar asked how was it possible to have leakage again this year if the contractor had repaired it last year. He also questioned as to who was responsible for faulty tender which did not ensured maintenance after repair. Chandrakant Patil informed that he would take action against the contractor and hold a meeting soon after the winter session to sort out all the issues pertaining to repair and maintenance of Asiatic library for ever.

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Winter session of Parliament: Amit Shah gets royal welcome from BJP MPs on first day in Rajya Sabha

BJP president Amit Shah today made his parliamentary debut, occupying a front row seat in the Rajya Sabha on the opening day of the winter session.Shah, 53, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament in August, walked in just minutes before the proceedings began. Members of the treasury benches, including several ministers, stood up to welcome him. Some thumped desks and others clapped as a smiling Shah greeted them with folded hands. He then went straight to his assigned seat in the front row.Shah has been allocated the aisle seat right next to the two-seat block were Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit. Rajya Sabha members sit in a semi-circle, facing the Chair. The semi-circle is divided into six blocks of seats separated by aisles. The ruling side is seated on the one side of the semi- circle and the principal opposition party, Congress on the other. Other parties including allies of the ruling party or those in the opposition occupy the middle blocks.Also readWatch: Pained by falsehood and canards spread by PM Modi, says Manmohan; Amit Shah hits back Jaitley and Modi have seats in the front row of the first block. Shah has been allotted the seat in the next block where he has the company of Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan and Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. When Shah walked in ministers including Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar and I&B Minister Smriti Irani thumped and clapped to welcome him.After he was seated, some members walked up to him to greet him.Also readWinter Session of Parliament begins, Congress seeks PM Modi’s apology over Pakistan remarkThe seat allotted to Shah was previously occupied by M Venkaiah Naidu, who after being elected Vice President in August is now the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The front row seats in the block next of his has AIADMK and TMC leaders.The seats in the next block used to be occupied by Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and BSP’s Mayawati till the last session. However, with the CPI(M) deciding against giving Yechury a third term, his seat is now occupied by his fellow-comrade T K Rangarajan. While JD-U members have moved near treasury benches since Nitish Kumar broke ranks with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and joined the NDA, its rebel leader Sharad Yadav has been disqualified. The BSP supremo quit the Rajya Sabha in July, complaining that her voice was being muzzled. After her resignation, her seat has been given her confidante and BSP leader Satish Mishra

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‘All in Well, not well’: When Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s one-liners livened noisy RS proceedings

It was Day One of the Winter Session for Venkaiah Naidu as Rajya Sabha Chairman and the VP didn’t disappoint regaling the Upper House with his witty one liners. However, Congress MPs still fuming over PM Modi’s Pakistan remark during Gujarat campaign might have been too livid to see the funny side. On not finding Tiruchy Siva, a DMK MP from Tamil Nadu in RS, the VP quipped that Siva was missing and made a joke about Lord Shiva’s omnipresence as he remarked, that ‘Shiva was everywhere but not here in the house’.Also readNo need to beg, we are independent: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asks members to get rid of colonial terms Another funny repartee came when SP’s Naresh Agarwal tried to raise a point regarding the disqualification of two former JD(U) members of the House.The Chairman did not agree with him saying there is no “point … in your point of order”. He also said the matte cannot be discussed as it is a decision of the Chair.Also readManmohan Singh meets Venkaiah Naidu on eve of Parliament sessionJoining the issue, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the opposition was not challenging the decision taken by the Chair and wanted to say something more, but Naidu repeated that it was not a matter up for discussion.Meanwhile, when Naidu asked A Navaneetha Krishnan (AIADMK) to go ahead with his Zero Hour mention regarding cyclone in Tamil Nadu, Congress and SP members trooped into the Well raising slogans.Also readPM Modi attacks Congress, Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir with Lok Sabha electionsThis angered the VP no end, as he asked them to return to their seats but they continued to raise slogans. “You want to do like this on the first day…All in Well not well…,” he said and adjourned the House till noon. And that ended a nondescript day in Rajya Sabha where no work was done but the mood was certainly livened up by our quirky new Chairman who has a way with words. Opp leaders protest rejection of notice to discuss PM Modi’s Pakistan remarkOpposition leaders today protested the rejection of their notice in the Rajya Sabha demanding an explanation and apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “conspiracy with Pakistan” remark involving his predecessor Manmohan Singh.The leaders termed the comment “unfortunate” and told reporters outside the House it was “disappointing” that Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not allow a discussion on the notice.They also objected to the “illegal disqualification” of rebel Janata Dal (United) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari.In place of Yadav and Ansari, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar should be disqualified for breaking away from the grand alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, they said.”We gave a notice, but the chairman adjourned the House and did not let us raise the issue. We are disappointed. The chairman should have given us permission. This is a national… international issue,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters.At an election rally in Gujarat on Sunday, Modi had suggested that Pakistan was trying to influence the state assembly polls.He had claimed that some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6.Azad said the prime minister should come to the Rajya Sabha and explain his remarks to its members.His party colleague Anand Sharma, Naresh Agarwal of the SP and D Raja of the CPI said the people concerned should be punished if the allegations levelled by Modi were true.”But if it is false, if he levelled such a big allegation to polarise the people in view of the Gujarat polls, then he should apologise not only to the House but also to the people of the country,” Azad said.Raja said it was “not correct” on Modi’s part to cast aspersions on Singh.The CPI national secretary said Modi should have called up his predecessor if he had any information on the “conspiracy” issue.”He should have done it, but the way he raised the issue in an election campaign… It is highly objectionable. It is not good for democracy,” Raja said, asking the government to respect the Opposition.Sharma said it was “undemocratic” that the Opposition’s voice was being “muzzled”.He said the prime minister was “aware” of the notice and could have “used the opportunity to clarify his remarks, express regret and apologise”.”But the prime minister and the dispensation are arrogant and confrontational. And this is most unfortunate. This attitude does not augur well for democracy. It is an ominous development on the first day itself,” Sharma said.With inputs from PTI

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No need to beg, we are independent: RS Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asks members to get rid of colonial terms

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu brought minor changes in the conduct of the Rajya Sabha on the first day today after taking over as its Chairman, asking ministers and members not to use colonial terms while laying papers on the table.Presiding over the Upper House proceedings on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament, Naidu said no one should use the word “I beg to” while laying papers on the table.”Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers, he said. “No need to beg… This is independent India.”Also readManmohan Singh meets Venkaiah Naidu on eve of Parliament sessionHe made the observation after the ministers called to lay the listed papers on the table, began their sentences by saying “I beg to lay on the table the papers listed against my name in today’s revised list of business.”Naidu was however quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order.Also readWhat’s wrong with Vande Mataram? If not mother, will you salute Afzal Guru, asks Vice President Venkaiah Naidu This was not only the change that Naidu brought in on the first day as the presiding officer of the House. He also stood up while reading out obituary references.His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references.Naidu took over as the Vice President of India in August. Vice President is also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.

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India promises to work with newly-elected Left alliance in Nepal

India today congratulated the newly-elected alliance in Nepal and said it looks forward to working with the democratically-elected government to advance close and multifaceted partnership.Welcoming the conduct of parliamentary polls and first ever provincial elections in the Himalayan nation, External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India has age-old, unique, time tested ties of friendship with Nepal.”We look forward to working with the next democratically elected government in Nepal to advance our close and multifaceted partnership across all sectors and to support Nepal in its pursuit of peace, stability, economic prosperity and all round development,” he said.Also readNepal polls: Left gets 116 out of 165 seats, to form next govtThe clear victory to the Left alliance- CPN-UML led by former premier K P Oli and the CPN-Maoist led by former premier Prachanda- is not seen as a positive development for India.Oli has publicly criticised New Delhi for interfering in Nepal’s internal matters and accused it of toppling his government last year. CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda today lashed out at the Nepali Congress leaders for dubbing the Left alliance as “authoritarian” and said that his coalition will lead the nation in line with the Constitution.The CPN-Maoist led by former premier Prachanda and CPN- UML led by former premier K P Oli had forged electoral alliance for both the provincial and parliamentary elections.The Left alliance bagged 116 seats out of a total 165 under the first-past-the-post system in parliamentary polls.”I don’t want to say anything to those friends who spread rumour and wrong publicity,” Prachanda said, adding that the allegations against the Left coalition will be proved wrong in the near future.”We will not move against the sentiment of federal democratic republic constitution and we will lead the nation in line with the Constitution,” he added.During the recently concluded elections, there were charges levelled by the Nepali Congress leaders that the Maoists would impose autocratic system through Constitutional amendment if they get two-third majority in the elections.”It was wrongly publicised that the country will head towards uncertainty after the victory of Left alliance,” Prachanda told journalists in Chitawan district.Prachanda has been elected as a member of the House of Representatives from Chitawan district constituency No. 3.He said that the Left alliance is the pro-people group.The Left alliance was formed with key agenda of bringing political stability, economic development and prosperity in the country and the huge mandate it garnered in the election implies that the people endorsed the agenda, he added.He assured Nepalese people that the Left alliance would work as per the aspirations of people and thus fulfill the commitments it made during the election campaign.The CPN-UML won 80 seats, which is close to 50 per cent of the total 165 seats under the direct voting system. The CPN-Maoist and the Nepali Congress have won 36 and 23 seats respectively.The Left alliance would form a government at the centre.CPN-UML chairman Oli is likely to lead the new government. In the provincial assembly, out of a total 330 seats, the CPN-UML secured highest number of 168 seats followed by the Maoist Centre with 73 seats.Voting in two-phased parliamentary and provincial assembly elections were held on November 26 and December 7.

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Maha CM to pass bill to appoint new trustee

Purohit had pointed the increase in the number of complaints about the Mumbadevi trust and demanded that a trustee system should be started for the temple. Purohit informed the House that he had already sent a detailed letter to the CM so that the empty space behind the temple could be acquired for the renovation of the temple. Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu pointed out that Mumbadevi was the original temple of the city and it was important to work through the complaints about the temple. He said that there is a lot of dissatisfaction and complaints by devotees about lack of facilities at the temple.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByShailendra Paranjpe <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 14 December 2017 1:05 ISTMust readMy husband was sleeping, says wife of ‘molester’Crammed planes a global norm; experts say focus on etiquette<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Wednesday that it would bring in legislation for the appointment of a trustee by the government at Mumbadevi temple along the lines of Pandharpur and Siddhivinayak temples. This move comes after the state Assembly on Wednesday passed an amendment enabling the appointment of a co-chairman to the Pandharpur temple trust. When MLAs Raj K Purohit and Sunil Prabhu raised the issue of the Mumbadevi temple trust, Fadnavis assured them that on the lines of Pandharpur, the government would bring in the system at Mumbadevi temple so that devotees are provided with all necessary facilities.Purohit had pointed the increase in the number of complaints about the Mumbadevi trust and demanded that a trustee system should be started for the temple. Purohit informed the House that he had already sent a detailed letter to the CM so that the empty space behind the temple could be acquired for the renovation of the temple. Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Prabhu pointed out that Mumbadevi was the original temple of the city and it was important to work through the complaints about the temple. He said that there is a lot of dissatisfaction and complaints by devotees about lack of facilities at the temple.

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A day after the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police arrested a high-profile drug peddler for allegedly possessing party drugs like cocaine and Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), the police suspect that the accused might have used Darknet for procuring these drugs. The police have also identified a Nigerian peddler’s link in a supply chain of drugs.According to police sources said, LSD is supplied through European countries only and often the peddlers order a particular drug through darknet to evade arrests. Bitcoins, a cryptocurrency, is usually used to buy drugs through darknet, sources said.The police arrested Bakul Chanderia (42) from his Khar flat on Saturday and seized party drugs worth Rs 14.5 lakh.The police said that Chanderia, who is known to several Bollywood celebrities would allegedly secretly supply party drugs to struggling actors and models at posh nightclubs, and operate the racket from his house. The police raided his house and found 106 gm of cocaine.

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Jharkhand govt orders probe after JMM MLAs organise ‘kissing competition’

Two Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLAs have courted controversy by organising a “kissing competition” for tribal couples during a traditional village fair in Pakur district, with the BJP demanding that they be suspended from the Assembly as they had “insulted” the local culture. Now, the state government has constituted a two-member committee to probe the incident. However, JMM MLA Simon Marandi, who was the organiser, said the “kissing competition” was held to stop the increasing number of divorce in the tribal society. Simon Marandi is JMM MLA from Littipara in Santhal Pargana. Party MLA Stephen Marandi was also present in the fair. A video of the “kissing competition” last night during the fair in Jhumaria village in Santhal Pargana, around 400 km from the state capital, went viral on social media recently. In the video tribal couples are seen locked in a kiss while the crowd cheered. BJP’s Jharkhand unit vice president Hemlal Murmu demanded suspension of Simon Marandi and Stephen Marandi from the state Assembly over the issue. “JMM MLAs Simon Marandi and Stephen Marandi have insulted the culture of Santhal Pargana in the name of Hul Mela and organised kissing competition . We demand their suspension from the House and not allowing them to attend the winter session starting tomorrow,” state BJP Vice President Hemlal Murmu told reporters at Ranchi.Also readJharkhand: JMM legislator organises kissing contest, BJP cries foulNow, the state government which is ruled by BJP has ordered a probe in the entire matter. According to a Hindustan times report, the state government has formed a two member committee to probe the incident. The committee went to the village on Tuesday and enquired about the entire incident. One of the committee members told the newspaper, that they are identifying couples who took part in the competition. The organisers may also land into trouble. According to Pakur sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Jitendra Kumar Deo who is part of the probe, “Prima facie it seems a case of indecent behaviour in public place, which is a violation of sections 292, 293 and 294 of Indian Penal Code. If it is established, the offenders would be prosecuted accordingly”. The final report is likely to be submitted soon. With PTI inputs

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EDMC proposes 3 new tax slabs for next financial year

The BJP-led East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has proposed to introduce three new taxes — professional (three slabs), betterment (15 per cent of property tax) and education cess (5 per cent) — in its budget for the 2018-19 financial year. While the party had promised to not increase or bring in new taxes in its manifesto, it has also proposed to hike the entertainment tax.East MCD commissioner Ranbir Singh said that with the introduction of new taxes, the cash-strapped civic body aims to earn revenue of around Rs 25 crores.The East civic body is the smallest of the three municipal corporations, having 64 wards only. However, the body has been struggling for funds since the trifurcation in 2012.The professional tax will be levied in three slabs — Rs 1,200, Rs 2,400, and Rs 2,500, if the taxes are approved by the House. The tax is proposed to be levied on individuals who have an annual income of Rs 5 lakh and above. This would generate Rs 5 crore, the commissioner said.”It is proposed that education cess of 5 per cent of property tax be charged. It would realise Rs 10 crore annually to the corporation. This amount would be used for education purpose. The betterment tax is proposed to be charged at the rate of 15 per cent of property tax. This will generate additional revenue of Rs 10 crore annually,” said Singh.
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No bid @RSRTC land auction

The proposed auction of Rajasthan Roadways land on Wednesday turned out to be a flop show as no bidder turned up for the auction process. The officials waited for one hour for the bidders, after which the process was declared “no bid”, by JDA officials.Awaiting the bidders, the officials spent an hour chit chatting over the current financial situation of roadways. The rate prevailing in the market of this area was discussed informally and the location of land being near the railway line was also a subject of discussion.The JDA officials pointed out that while no bidders had turned out for this auction, they had seen auction process for lands years back, when the crowd was so huge that extra chairs had to be put. On Wednesday, however for this auction process there were empty chairs in the auction room of JDA waiting for the bidders.Notably, Jaipur development Authority (JDA) had organised the auction of 5,000 square metre of land at Chomu House Parivahan Marg from 2:30 pm. The officials of roadways led by Superintendent engineer (civil) had come on exact time for the auction. The committee of JDA responsible for carrying out the auction was also present during the entire duration.Sources informed that current market condition of land prices is not being said to favour a high rate for the roadways land while the statements of transport minster Yunus khan, initially terming roadways as pride of Rajasthan and denying selling any property was also a dampner. Two more auctions on December 13 and 20 for other parts of the land are on cards.The land comes in zone number 1 and is 5,000 square meter in area. Bearing the khasra number 151/443, the land is of commercial nature.Notably, Roadways earns revenue of Rs 150 crores, while its administrative expenses are Rs 195 crores. Since Rajasthan Roadways has been running losses, the auction plan was made to clear the liabilities of the roadways which are running into crores. However, the employees of roadways have already been opposing this move.
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Campion School celebrates 75th anniv today

Campion School in Fort that was instituted on January 20, 1943 by members of the Society of Jesuits with a mere 23 students has now grown into an establishment of 830 students. The school marks the completion of its 75 years on Tuesday.When it just began, the school ran from a rental ground floor flat at 45, New Marine Lines and its first principal was the late Fr Joseph Savall. Until 1956, the school imparted Cambridge education to its students before switching to the ICSE board in 1957.Paul Machado, the school’s longest-serving principal, from 2003 to present, said, “Students come from Wadala, Worli and even Mahim. In the 1950s the school shifted to Wellesley House and Arthur House buildings. Earlier, the school was imparting education from grade three to eight and now it is imparting education from junior kindergarten to grade 10. Our alumni organisation is very active and they, along with the school, have decided to raise funds for the present and former teachers’ health and other aid. On its 75th year celebration, the school is going to release a logo that will be used on our letterheads for a year.”Several renowned personalities are alumni of Campion School, some of them include former aviation minister Praful Patel, politician Dr Shashi Tharoor and builder Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, to name a few.The event to mark the school’s 75 years will take place on December 5 at NCPA at 6 pm, which will include the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao releasing a special cover followed by the release of 75th year logo.GIVING BACKThe school’s PTA introduced a program called 75 acts of kindness in which the school will reach out to less privileged citizens. Dr Shashi Tharoor will address the audience.
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Rebel JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar disqualified from Rajya Sabha

On Monday, rebel JD(U) MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar were disqualified from Rajya Sabha. Yadav has been at loggerheads with JD(U) supremo and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar since he snapped ties with RJD and Congress and broke the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance). It was Kumar’s decision to tie up with the BJP in July this year that caused a split between the two as Yadav opposed the move and announced his support to the Congress and the RJD. An overwhelming number of elected party members and most office bearers remained with Kumar.While the Yadav faction will continue to contest the EC’s decision in courts, it will float a new party to carry on with its politics. On October 27, Sharad Yadav had been given an eight-day extension to rebel JDU leader Sharad Yadav to explain his stand over JD(U)’s disqualification notice against him.Also readNitish Kumar snatched away our party, alleges Sharad YadavYadav was served a notice on October 18 by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to appear and explain his position before Upper House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu by October 30. Leader of JD(U) in Rajya Sabha RCP Singh wrote to Naidu seeking Yadav’s disqualification.Yadav had written to the Secretariat on October 23 seeking eight weeks to appear before it but the Rajya Sabha Secretariat ha only given him time till November 8 to present his case. Yadav was re-nominated to the Upper House in May last year. However, in August he was removed from post of Leader of House of JD(U) in for ‘indulging in anti-party activities’. Doing some plain talk, Rajya Sabha Secretariat has given eight days extension to rebel JDU leader Sharad Yadav to explain his stand over JDU’s disqualification notice against him, stating “no further extension will be given in the case.”Also readGujarat Election 2017: Sharad Yadav’s faction to contest Guj polls in alliance with CongressSharad Yadav faction to form new partyThe Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) faction, whose claim over the party’s poll symbol was rejected by the Election Commission, announced that it will form a new party after the Gujarat polls which it is fighting in alliance with the Congress.The faction’s general secretary Arun Shrivastava said its lone MLA, Chhotu Vasava from Gujarat, will fight the state polls under the banner of the new party, Bhartiya Tribal Party, whose symbol will be auto rickshaw. Vasava was the Yadav-led group’s acting president but floated a new party after the EC recognised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led faction as the real JD(U) and accepted its claim over the poll symbol of arrow.Also read’Ready for sacrifice’: Sharad Yadav says no position holds importance when fight is over issues”We will hold a convention after the Gujarat polls and form a new party. Our candidates will contest seven seats under the banner of Bhartiya Tribal Party in alliance with the Congress,” Shrivastava said after his faction’s national executive meeting here where Yadav was present.The announcement marks the formal separation between Yadav and Kumar, who had joined hands to oust Lalu Prasad-led RJD government in Bihar.The JD(U) was in alliance with the BJP till Kumar decided to snap ties in 2013 and was supported by Yadav. The JD(U) formed the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress in 2015 and won the Bihar Assembly polls.However, it was Kumar’s decision to tie up with the BJP in July this year that caused a split between the two as Yadav opposed the move and announced his support to the Congress and the RJD. An overwhelming number of elected party members and most office bearers remained with Kumar. While the Yadav faction will continue to contest the EC’s decision in courts, it will float a new party to carry on with its politics, Shrivastava told reporters.He also hit out at Kumar for giving ticket to a candidate named Chhotu Vasava to take on MLA Vasava in the latter’s constituency. “Nitish Kumar is doing it to confuse people and at the instance of the BJP. He has become a B team of the BJP,” Shrivastava said, claiming that the saffron party will taste defeat in the elections. The national executive also chose Rajsekharan, its leader from Tamil Nadu, as its acting president.
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GES 2017: For Ivanka Trump’s royal dinner, Nizami magic returns to Falaknuma Palace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Hyderabad rolled out a red carpet for the grand welcome of the US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, the shutter-bugs were busy in clicking this mother-of-three.The 36-year-old, who is also an advisor to the President of the US, made a classy statement in pearl embellished black jacket and fitted trousers on her arrival.Though known for her fashion forward style, Ivanka Trump chose a rather subtle and subdued look.The former model, who has built a fashion empire, chose a bright green outfit for the main event.The silk brocade dress, though brilliant in colour, looked tad too much for the elegant Ivanka Trump. And the absurd keyhole neck didn’t do any justice either. What worked was that the dress helped her to show off her slender frame.Talking about gender gap in entrepreneurship, Ivanka said, “Women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning and growing their businesses. We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors.” The packed auditorim burst into round of appluse in a heavily-guarded conference. centre.Later in the evening, a royal dinner was hosted for the President’s daughter, who is being treated almost like a state guest.At the Falaknuma Palace, a starry Bollywood contingent led by none other than Shah Rukh Khan will dine with Ivanka Trump.The guests will be served finest of the royal cuisines that include signature Hyderabadi dishes such Murg Pista Ka Salan, Dahi Ke Kebab, Gosht Shikampuri Kebab, Khubani Ka Malai Kofta and Sitaphal Kulfi.Ivanka Trump, who ran an eponymous clothing and jewellery business before becoming an adviser in the White House, has made women’s issues one of her main policy areas.The fact that no senior member of the Trump administration accompanied her didn’t deter Ivanka from giving a rousing speech.

Winter session of Bihar Assembly likely to be stormy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The winter session of the Bihar legislature, commencing from November 27, is likely to be a stormy one with the Opposition ready to target the government over the multi-crore Srijan Scam and Toilet Scam, which surfaced in the state over the last few months.The session will witness five sittings, and the government is likely to introduce some important bills besides the second complementary budget.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which is the single largest party with 80 MLAs but sits in the Opposition after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumped the Mahagathbandhan to join hands with the BJP, held a meeting of the legislators on Sunday evening. “We will not interrupt the Assembly if we get satisfactory answers for the adjournment motions moved by us,” said Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the leader of the Opposition in the Bihar legislative assembly.The Opposition has plans to target the government over “deteriorating law and order in the state, scams, health facilities and education.” “We will show a mirror to the claims of good governance made by the NDA government,” said a Congress leader. The three MLAs of CPI (ML-L) will also target the government over “increased crime graph and communal violence.”Meanwhile, leaders of the JD-U and BJP said the treasury benches were ready with their answers for the Opposition. “The developmental works done by the Nitish government will be an answer to all their questions,” said a JD-U leader. The JD-U and BJP will hold their legislature party meets on Monday.Assembly speaker Vijay Choudhary and Council chairperson Harun Rashid have sought cooperation from all members of the smooth functioning of the House. The session will conclude on December 1.

Remembering 26/11: Moshe should be made trustee of Nariman House, says uncle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine years after the terror attack took the lives of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who ran the Nariman House or Chabad House in Colaba, Gavriel’s brother Moshe Holtzberg told DNA said that his nephew, Moshe (same name) should be made a trustee of Nariman House and that the deed should be transferred in his name.Moshe – or Baby Moshe, as the then-two-years-old toddler came to be known in the public eye – is likely to visit India sometime in the next few months. Moshe also expressed unhappiness over 26/11 mastermind being free despite a reward for him and everyone knowing where he is.The 11-year-old currently lives with his maternal grandparents in Afula, Israel. “He is doing great with his studies, thank God. He loves to play football and loves a challenge and speaks about coming to India,” said Moshe, in emailed answers from the United States.”When we made peace with Chabad, it was agreed on that baby Moshe would be the trustee and the building would be named after his parents. We are waiting for that to happen. But the most important part is that Baby Moshe is Nariman House and Nariman House is Baby Moshe…..We ask that his house – the house of kindness – be given back to him. We thank the current Rabbi Koslovski for being the caretaker till Moshe grows up. But we need to see this guarantee on the deed,” he told DNA.Two years after the tragedy, the Holtzberg family filed embezzlement cases against the Chabad Lubavitch movement, which runs Chabad services across the world. The case was later amicably resolved at the Charity Commission in India.Expressing happiness that Chabad House was partially open, Moshe added, “We would like to have more transparency and that the family plays more of an active role.”However, the Chabad-Lubavitch rejected Moshe’s assertions. Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Mumbai, said that Moshe’s uncle did not represent the interests of his nephew.In an email, he wrote: “We have resolved that if he (12-year-old Moshe) wishes to continue the selfless work of his parents here in Mumbai, we would be happy to assist him and help integrate him into this important work. His uncle in New York is not a party to the above discussion, not entitled to any of the funds set aside for Moshe, and is not the representative of his nephew’s interests where we are concerned.”An email sent to Baby Moshe’s grandparents, with whom he lives, asking for their comment on the stand-off between his uncle and the Chabad-Lubavitch remained unanswered.Sandra Samuel, the nanny of Baby Moshe who sneaked him out during terror attack and lives in Jerusalem said, “I meet him every Sunday for around two hours. Earlier he was a shy boy and would not talk to anyone. Now that he is grown up, he is more open to new people. But he still gets irritated if there are too many people around. With me, he likes talking about football, basketball, and ping-pong and we sometimes go to have Falafel and coke.”

‘Hugplomacy fail’: Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at PM Modi as US delinks Haqqani network from Lashkar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Hugplomacy” as the US Congress passed a bill delinking Haqqani network from the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The US congress last week voted on a bill that requires Pakistan to work with the Afghan and American forces to destroy the Haqqani network but leaves out LeT. Tweeting out a link to a related media report, Rahul Gandhi wrote, “Narendrabhai, baat nahin bani (It didn’t work out). Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.”According to the report, the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, which was approved by a voice vote by the House of Representatives and the US Senate on November 16 provides about $700 billion for US defence needs in 2018. The NDAA 2018 also provides USD 700 million for reimbursing Pakistan for monitoring the Pak-Afghan border, but withholds half of the amount.Rahul Gandhi’s tweet came in the wake of release of LeT founder and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Seed from house arrest on Thursday.
ALSO READ In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi rakes up Rohith Vemula suicide, says ‘Hindustan ki sarkar’ murdered himThe Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) reacted sharply to Congress VP’s remarks saying “You are a known sympathiser of LeT.”“Rahul baba, your habit has not changed. For once, stand with the country & not with Terrorists as is your habit. You are a known sympathiser of LeT. WikiLeaks & Ishtar Jahan case cover-up exposed your links. BTW, have you congratulated your “Hafeez Saheb’s” on his release yet?” BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao said in response to Gandhi’s tweet. The Congress leader has recently taken to social media to often tweet one-liners to attack PM Modi. He had also taken a swipe at PM Modi last month over Donald Trump’s remarks about improving ties with Pakistan, saying that the US president “needs another hug”.”Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug,” Gandhi had said in response to Trump’s tweet saying that Pakistan took “tremendous advantage” of the US over the years, but the two countries are now “starting to have a real” relationship.

Opposition takes on Maharashtra govt over cotton prices, to raise farmers issues in Winter session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Opposition in Maharashtra has criticised the BJP-led government for not implementing Dr. Swaminathan report for fair prices to cotton producers and will be raising this issue in the upcoming winter session of the state assembly in Nagpur.Farmers are selling the cotton at Rs 4000-4500 per quintal against Rs 6000-7000 per quintal.NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that during the last Lok Sabha elections, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to implement Dr. Swaminathan report for fair prices to cotton grower farmers.As per this report, the farmers should get input cost plus 50% profit to their cotton crops. However, BJP has been in power for last three years but there is no sign of this said report is likely to be implemented.Interestingly, on the contrary, central government recently had submitted an affidavit in Supreme Court saying it is difficult to implement Dr. Swaminathan report.”During Congress and NCP regime, farmers were getting Rs 6000-7000 per quintal rate to cotton production, but BJP leaders were demanding Rs 8000 to 9000 per quintal. Now, the cotton rates are only Rs 4000 per quintal cotton. Farmers are suffering huge losses due to an anti-farmer policy of this government,” Malik added.Opposition leader in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said that there is huge unrest among the farmers. “Farmers are even unable to recover their expenditures. The labor and pesticide spraying cost have gone up in many folds. Besides, this year, pink bollworm had badly damaged the cotton crops. Due to bollworm, the production of cotton has gone drastically down. Farmers had spent a huge amount of money on costly pesticide but in return, they did not get anything,” said Munde.Munde further said this current depressing prices for cotton production has brought distress among the farmers’ community. “People are frustrated and out of debt and failed government policies and a mirage of farm loan waiver, each day eight farmers are committing suicide. Since the day the farm loan waiver scheme was announced, 1020 farmers had committed suicides in Maharashtra. I strongly condemn this farmer killing government policies and demand fair prices to farmers and compensations to those whose crops were damaged because of bollworm and other reasons,” he said. Munde said if the government fails to do so, then “we will not allow both the House of the assembly to functions in Nagpur.”

Nariman House memorial work soon: Rabbi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The memorial or the museum work at Nariman House or Chabad House in Colaba, which was to be dedicated to the victims of 26/11 terror attack, will start before the end of the year. Nariman House was one of the targets of the terror attacks. The Nariman House was partially reopened but the memorial work did not take off due to lack of funds. The memorial plan was unveiled in a gala ceremony by the Chabad LubAvitch movement, which runs Chabad services across the world, on August 26, 2104.”We are finalising the details of the memorial at our end and it will be done soon. We are hoping to start the work for the same before the end of this year. Getting permission from the authorities will not be a problem because we are not making any changes inside. We are preserving most of the things. The funds are not a problem,” said Rabbi Yisrael Kozlovotsky who looks after the Chabad services in Mumbai.As per the plans that were unveiled back then, the fourth, fifth and the partial sixth floor were to be made into a memorial. There was to be a tri-lingual museum which will ALSO have remains of the devastation caused by the attack. It was to also give a glimpse of the Jewish way of life and the life of the late Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who died.The plan was unveiled after the family of the slain Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, who used to run the place with his wife Rivka, and Chabad had amicably settled a case on the property. The family had accused the Chabad of embezzlement of funds.The fourth floor was to serve as a reminder of the terror attack and kept the way it is. The fifth floor was to give the glimpse of life of the Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. The sixth floor was to have prismatic cubes with names of all the people who were killed in the terror attack.”Since there will be names, we have to be careful. We are working on the plans and still finalizing it,” said Yisrael.

Honour killing: Man strangles teen daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a suspected case of honour killing, a man allegedly killed his 18-year-old daughter in the Challera village of Sector 44, Noida, on Friday night. Later, the accused, identified as Bijendra Chauhan, 47, called the police and informed them about the incident.According to the police, Chauhan allegedly strangled his daughter with a dupatta. The victim was a student of Class XII of the Moolchand Chandan Public School, Sector 44. She lived with her father, brother Himanshu, who is pursuing MBA, and his wife. The couple was also in the house when the incident took place.”We got a call at around 10.30 pm. Chauhan informed us that he had killed his daughter inside their home. The police reached the spot and arrested him. The victim had strangulation marks on her neck. We have recovered a dupatta from the spot,” said Avnish Dixit, Station House Officer, Sector 39 police station, Gautam Budh Nagar.The girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival.According to a senior police officer, Chauhan told them that he had been warning her to stop away from a boy and focus on her studies.”The man said he often found her talking on the phone and never listened to him. Her mother had passed away in 2016. Chauhan suspected the girl of having a relationship with someone from another caste. On Friday night, she was talking to someone on the phone when he approached her. An argument broke out between the two and he lost his temper,” a senior police officer said.The police have sent the body for post-mortem and reports are awaited. Chauhan under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Man accused of keeping disabled boy as ‘domestic help’, denied bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kalachowky based 56 year old Sunil Shah, was denied bail by the Sessions court after the prosecution was successful in showing the court that the accused got a minor boy from Bihar to Mumbai on pretext of giving him medical treatment and had forced him to get into domestic work.The court while denying bail to the man said, Prima facie there is evidence to show that a boy aged seven years who is handicapped by his hand was brought from Bihar under the pretext of medical treatment and education, taking advantage of his poor financial condition and he was doing household work in the house of accused, thus denied bail.The boy in his statement claimed that he was asked to help in the domestic house hold work and was forced to do it. The prosecution in its case said that the accused had brought the boy to Mumbai with an intention of providing him education as well as medical assistance, but he was provided with neither of them.The defence however was of the claim that the child was never forced into any domestic work, however he voluntarily used to help in the house hold work.The prosecution denied the fact that the accused had intentions of they providing the child with education as non of the family members had any knowledge of the birth details of the child, which thus rules out the defence’s claim of they getting the child to Mumbai with an intention to educate him.

Rejected lover burns 22-yr-old in her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman engineering graduate was burnt alive on Monday night allegedly by a spurned lover in her home in the city’s Adambakkam. Her mother and sister sustained severe burn injuries when they tried to save her.According to the police, S Indhuja who was working in an IT company, died after being admitted to Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika are in critical condition after suffering 50 per cent and 20 per cent burn injuries.The accused Akash Muthukumar (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Indhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar at Adambakkam and he often makes casual visits to their house, police said.After being rejected by Indhuja, Akash started stalking her, the police said. Indhuja quit her job because of the continuous stalking. According to police, Akash claimed he was in a relationship with Indhuja and they had plans to marry.On Monday night at around 8:45 pm, Akash visited her house and got into an argument with her family members. In the middle of the scuffle, he brought a can of petrol and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze.”It all happened in a matter of few minutes. I thought they were arguing. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Indhuja. On her mother’s request, I tried to push him out of the house, but he set her on fire before I could manage to that,” a neighbour said.

Shocking! 22-year-old girl burnt alive by jilted lover in Chennai, family too suffers injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old girl was set on fire in their house in Adambakkam in Chennai on Monday night by a man known to her family after she refused to reciprocate his love.The girl Sindhuja succumbed to the severe burn injuries at Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika who tried to put off fire also suffered severe burn injuries and are in critical condition, according to the police.The accused Akash (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Sindhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar, police said.When Sindhuja rejected Akash’s love proposal, he continued his one-sided love and to stalk wherever she goes, the police said, adding that Sindhuja, a BE graduate, quit her job a few days back as she was continuously stalked by him. When her parents started looking for an alliance, Akash who came to know about it got furious and threatened her with dire consequences.On Monday night, Akash visited their house and got into an argument with her. As the argument turned soar, Akash brought a can of petrol he had kept in his two-wheeler and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze. Sindhuja’s father is working in Dubai.“It all happened in a matter of few minutes. As I heard loud noises, I came out to see what is happening. I thought they were arguing with themselves. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Sindhuja. As her mother asked me to take him out, I was pushing him out of the house when he suddenly set her on fire,” the neighbour said.

Centre amends HBA rules, triple home loan limit for central govt employees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move likely to benefit around 47 lakh central government employees and give a boost to the housing sector, the Centre on Thursday revised House Building Advance (HBA) rules, that will allow them to borrow more than triple the amount from the government. The earlier Rs 7.50 lakh could has been increased to a ceiling of Rs 25 lakh now.The move is on the lines of the accepted recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission.Additionally, the government has also increased the amount that a central government employee can borrow for expansion of their homes from Rs 1.80 lakh earlier to a maximum of Rs 10 lakh or 34 months of basic pay. As per the revised rules, the cost ceiling limit of the house which an employee can construct or purchase has been increased to Rs 1 crore, with a provision of upward revision of 25% in deserving cases, against Rs 30 lakh earlier.”People can now migrate from home loans taken from financial institutions and banks to HBA, if they so desire. This attractive package is expected to incentivise the government employee to buy house/ flat by taking the revised HBA along with other bank loans, if required. This will give a fillip to the housing infrastructure sector,” an official release from the government stated.It added that the government has also fixed the rate of interest on HBA to 8.5%, replacing the earlier four slabs of interest rates ranging from 6% to 9.50% for loans ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 7.5 lakh, which will now be reviewed every three years.The government has also withdrawn the proposal to for adding a higher rate of interest at 2.5% above the prescribed rate during sanction of HBA.The house constructed or purchased with the help of HBA can be insured with the private insurance companies which are approved by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority.

MbPT serves eviction notice to 40 Colaba residents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 40 occupants of Akbar House on Tullock Road in Colaba have been served an eviction notice by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). While the notice is dated September 27, 2017, the occupants claim they received it only on November 1.The notice, served by the board of trustees of MbPT to the original lessees — one Padamsee family — and 48 others, mentions various violations like unauthorised construction, unauthorised change, assigning of the entire premises to another party (which is the new landlord with two others), and unauthorised subletting on the ground and first floor.”We have been tenants and occupants here since the 1940s, we are not new here,” said Abdul Salam, owner of the New Appollo Restaurant which runs from the building’s ground floor.The occupants claim that it’s only when a notice was served in 2015 that they learnt the place is a property of MbPT. The 7,366.82 sq ft plot of land on which Akbar House stands was given on lease by MbPT for 37 years. The lease which began in 1949 expired in October 1986.”I think the landlord gave the property to someone else. We have been paying rent to that person since then though the name on the rent receipt is that of Akbar House,” said Ravi Sharma, owner of Sheetal Medical in the same premises. “Back then we collectively paid Rs 60 lakh to the landlord which was being collected for BMC and other taxes but not for MbPT. Since we have just received the notice, we will ask them for more time,” added Sharma.Zohar Fakhruddin Sham, the new landlord, was not available for comment. DNA could not reach the Padamsee family who are the original lessees according to MbPT’s records. There was no response from the MbPT authorities.LEASE ISSUESThe 7,366.82 sq ft plot of land on which Akbar House stands was given on lease by MbPT.
The lease which began in 1949 expired in October 1986.

Chuck Schumer, Tulsi Gabbard and other top US lawmakers bat for strong ties with India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top US lawmakers cutting across party lines have advocated strengthening of ties with India and asked the Indian-American community to chip in to find new opportunities for growth.Senators and Congressmen from both the Republican and the opposition Democratic party said that relationship with India was important and Indian-Americans have a significant role to play in this. “I have worked very very hard on allowing more immigrants and particularly South Asian immigrants, people from India come to America,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, who is often criticised for his strong anti-H-1B stand both inside and outside the Congress.The H-1B visa, the most popular among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. “The Indian community has done so much for our country in terms of science, in terms of business, in terms of creativity,” Schumer said in his address to the 20th annual Legislative Conference of Indian American Friendship Council. Schumer said when he wrote the immigration bill, he made special provisions to allow more Indians to come to America. The top American Senator from New York said that he plans to travel to India soon.Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said that over the years, the US and India have made great strides in strengthening the important relationship, from cooperating in education to business to counterterrorism and so much more. As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and through her work on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, Gabbard said she had been working to strengthen the friendship and bonds that the two nations already share, and to encourage new opportunities for growth.”The Indian American Friendship Council s work to promote mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas, further understanding between elected leaders and those in the private sector, and provide a voice to the more than three million Indian Americans living in the United States has furthered this progress and expanded the US -India relationship for the benefit of both countries and their citizens,” Gabbard said.Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee said the two countries have a historic opportunity moving forward. India, he said, lives in a tough neighborhood.He called for counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries.Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee, said that the relationship between the United States and India will continue to strengthen and will continue to be strong.The gathering was also addressed by more than a dozen lawmakers including Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Frank Pallone and Sheila Jackson Lee.

Uttar Pradesh: Woman dies after resisting gangrape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old woman has died allegedly after she was attacked by four people for resisting their attempt to rape her at her house in the Shamli district, police said on Monday.They said the alleged incident took place on Sunday, when the woman was alone at her home in the Bhura village which falls under the Kairana Police Station.According to a complaint lodged by the woman’s brother, the four men entered their house and tried to rape his sister.They attacked her when she resisted, he said in the complaint.Police said the woman had received serious injuries and was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared her dead.The police have registered a case against the four people and investigation is on, according to SHO Dharmender Singh.The body has been sent for post-mortem.​

Man dies as bike falls into pothole in Civil Lines

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 61-year-old businessman died after sustaining fatal injuries when the two-wheeler he was driving fell into a pothole on Wednesday, near Metcalf House in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.According to the police, the incident took place when the victim, Jagdish Sukhija, was returning from his electronics shop in Lajpat Rai Market on his two-wheeler. As told to police by witnesses, the elderly man fell off as his scooter fell into a pothole and he sustained head injuries. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died during treatment, police said.Officials said that it was an accident wherein Sukhija’s vehicle lost balance and he was injured. However, his family alleged that the concerned authorities are to be blamed for the pothole that claimed Sukhija’s life.Police said that they have not found any clue of any other vehicle hitting Sukhija. His son, Rahul said, “No one from the authorities has called us to express condolence on my father’s death. It’a always the taxpayers who suffer.” The PWD officials claimed that the accident did not take place due to the pothole.

L-G Anil Baijal reviews ‘Vision 2027’ project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday reviewed the law and order situation in the Capital. Baijal has told the Delhi Police to modernise the forces by greater intervention of technology to achieve its ‘Vision 2027’.The L-G asked the police to make ‘smart policing’ a priority. The meeting was held at Raj Niwas in order to review the implementation of Vision 2027. “Delhi Police must enhance human resource capability to enable greater use of technology effectively for public welfare,” a statement issued from the L-G House said.According to L-G office, the plan focuses on integration of technology, artificial intelligence and 3D printing among others.In the meeting, Baijal emphasised that the action plan for various proposals needs to be prioritised. He stressed that in place of different applications, there should be single omnibus application for citizens.

Rajashtan HC issues notice to Centre, state on controversial immunity ordinance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan high court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and the state government on writ petitions challenging the controversial ordinance that protects serving and former judges and public servants from being investigated for on-duty action without prior sanction of the state government.The next hearing in the case is scheduled on November 27. A bench comprising justices Ajay Rastogi and Deepak Maheswari heard the seven writ petitions including by Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, AAP leader Poonam Chand Bhandari and NGO People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), seeking quashing of the ordinance. The counsel for the petitioners contended that the ordinance restricted the freedom of media and amounted to violation of the right to free speech.”The court has served notices to the Centre and the state government. The matter is scheduled for hearing on November 27, A K Jain, counsel of petitioner Bhagwat Gaur, said. He said that arguing in the court, the counsel for the petitioners took exception to the new provision for punishment for disclosure of a public servant’s identity until the sanction for investigation and prosecution is given.The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 was promulgated by the state government on September 7 and a bill to replace it was tabled in the Rajasthan Assembly on October 23. It was then referred to the select committee of the House. The Vasundhara Raje government has attracted criticism from various quarters for the ordinance which provided six- month immunity to both serving and former public servants, judges and magistrates from any investigation without prior sanction from the state government.

CM’s olive branch breaks ice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The concluding day of the ninth session of 14th legislative Assembly commenced amid protest of opposition MLAs, who had been staging sit-in in the House since Tuesday on demand of loan waiver for farmers. Unconvinced with the governments reply, the Opposition continued its demonstration within the House even after the the session was adjourned sine die by the Speaker on Thursday. However, an initiative from the chief minister broke the ice and had the protest ended. It was after the ‘informal’ talks with the chief minister that the Opposition MLAs decided to forward a 5-point demand letter to the Governor, seeking his intervention on loan waiver for farmers and other demands. Despite intermittent disturbance of the protesting Opposition MLAs, the government was able to have the Bill for extending reservation for Gurjars and four other castes passed. However, as a little embarrassment couple of MLAs of the ruling side too expressed their reservation on the Bill.The concluding day of the session commenced with protest of Opposition MLAs who had been camping at the house througout the night. The proceedings commenced with question on loan waiver of farmers and purchase of produce on minimum support price raised by independent MLA Subhash Mehariya. Two of the opposition MLAs Shankuntla Rawat and Mewaram Jain did not stand up to ask the questions that were listed and the question hour proceeded.The speaker though did not granted permission for adjournment motions moved by Heeralal Darangi, Manoj Kumar and Hanuman Beniwal. However, Heeralal Darangi and Hanuman Beniwal were granted two minutes each to speak on the issues raised by them related to difficulties in ST caste certificate and murder of Prahlad Jat respectively. During the day, 11 members were granted to read out on the point of information. While out of 26 questions received through slips, four were granted permission.

Such a simple man: Rex Tillerson bowled over by Mahatma Gandhi’s aura and simplicity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During his brief visit, Tillerson was given a tour of the room at the Birla House where Gandhi had spent his last 144 days.Dressed in a grey suit, the US Secretary of State later paid tribute to Gandhi at the Martyr’s Column, a monument erected at the spot in the lawns of the sprawling House, where he was killed on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse, when he was taking a stroll there.The House was converted into a memorial after his assassination. A museum, an art gallery, a library and bookstore are housed in its well-kept white bungalow.A state of Mahatma sculpted by noted artist Ram Sutar welcomes visitors near the main entrance, in its premises which includes a manicured lawn at the back and a giant world peace gong in the front of the building.Dipanker Shri Gyan, director of the memorial accompanied Tillerson during his visit.”The US Secretary of State spent about 10 minutes at the memorial. He first visited the room in which Gandhiji had stayed before his assassination and was struck by its aura,” he said.”His immediate reaction after seeing the room was — ‘Such a simple man.’ Gandhiji’s life, indeed was simple and inspiring, two rare qualities,” Gyan told PTI.Tillerson then while walking to the Martyr’s Column, stopped mid-way to enquire about the stone-made footsteps, which were covered with rose petals.”He asked me about the footsteps, and I told him they symbolised the last steps taken by the Mahatma before he was shot dead. Tillerson then remarked — ‘Gandhi was one of the ten global leaders who changed the world.’ He then paid homage to him at the Martyr’s Column,” Gyan said.The US Secretary of State also circumabulated the column as a mark of respect.Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy here MaryKay Carlson and various other senior officials of the American mission were also present at the memorial.Tillerson was to visit the Gandhi memorial around 11 AM.His visit was, however, delayed a bit owing to his busy schedule, and he finally arrived around 11:20 AM.A senior official at the Embassy, initially told the press there that “The US Secretary of State would not be able to make it, as he has another meeting to attend.” However, within minutes, the official communicated to the journalists and cameramen, from both domestic and foreign media houses, that he was coming.The list of visitors to the memorial located on Tees January Marg, includes the who’s who of the world.Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton had visited it in April last year.The royal couple had spent about 45 minutes there. They also saw the exhibits and came to know that Gandhi had learned to wear a tie and play violin during his stay in London as a student.Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India was related to the British royal family. Gandhi and Mountbatten were known to have shared bonhomie and the last Viceroy even attended his funeral.Gandhi had stayed at Birla House several times from 1939- 1948, according to a plaque installed on a wall of the memorial.

Pune: Painter arrested in connection with the sexual assault and murder of two-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the incident of sexual assault and murder of a two and half year-old girl, Pune police managed to nab a 23-year-old man doing painting jobs from Satara district on Tuesday. According to police, the man knew about the arrangement of the house where girl’s family stays from where he had picked up the girl. The arrested person has been identified as Ajay alias Babalu Rameshwar Chaure and he does painting work at different sites in Pune. According to police, Chaure had left the city after committing the crime and he had taken shelter in Satara district. Police officials stated that till few months back, Chaure was staying in the same building in Dhayari area where crime took place and he knew about the arrangement of the house. “Nowadays he was staying in Narayan Peth area but he would often go to the Dhayari area to meet his friends. During his visits to the area, he came to know about the girl’s family,” additional commissioner of police Ravindra Sengaonkar said. According to Sengaonkar, on day of the crime, Chaure had come to the Dhayari area where he had alcohol with his friend. He said, “On the night of October 21, Chaure and one of his friends staying in Dhayari consumed alcohol. After consuming one bottle, his friend left the spot while Chaure went to the liquor shop to buy one more bottle. He was drinking the liquor on the road only while walking when he reached near the building where girl’s family stay.””He approached the house and since he knew the arrangement of the house, he managed to sneak into the house and picked up the girl while she was sleeping next to her mother,” Sengaonkar added. According to the statement given by Chaure to police, he took the girl to an under-construction site which is located 70 meters away from the girl’s house and he sexually assaulted the girl before strangulating her and throwing her body into thick bushes. During the investigation, police interrogated nearly 40 to 50 people staying in the same vicinity. During the interrogation, police also questioned Chaure’s friend who was present with him on the day of the incident. “While questioning his friend, we got some clues about Chaure who was present in the area on that night. Acting on that information, we managed to nab him from Satara,” Sengaonkar said.

Rs 7 lakh burglary at deputy Mamlatdar’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint of burglary was lodged with the Gandhinagar police station by Deputy Mamlatdar of Gandhinagar Collector office on Thursday. Valuables worth Rs7 lakh were burgled from his house, while his family was at the hospital.The incident took place on Wednesday night in a house located in Sector-29 of Gandhinagar. The complaint was lodged by P.S Sihora, Deputy Mamlatdar of Gandhinagar Collector office.As per his complaint, his son was suffering from Dengue and his family members were in Ahmedabad hospital for his treatment.During which an unidentified person broke into his house and took away valuables worth Rs7lakh from his house comprise of cash, gold-silver ornaments. Regarding the incident, police have taken the complaint and further investigation is on

PDP leader’s house set ablaze in less than 24 hours after his assassination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Sarpanch Mohammad Ramzan’s family became the subject of second tragedy in less than 24 hours as violent mob set their house in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on fire, just a day after the leader’s assassination. The incidents occurred in a bid to avenge the killing of a top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist on Monday, who had barged in Ramzan’s house.Police immediately swung into action and rescued seven of his family members from the house. They also chased away the crowd which was allegedly instigated by the terror outfit and their sympathisers.”Family has been rescued by the police and security forces. Strong action under law is being taken against the perpetrators,” Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted.Former Sarpanch Mohommad Ramzan was killed when a group of three Hizbul terrorists stormed his house and shot him dead from point blank range on Monday evening. Family members present in the house, however, resisted. One of the terrorists, identified as Shoukat, was killed in the ensuing scuffle.Locals took away the body of the perpetrator and handed it to his family for burial. Sources said no medical examination or postmortem was conducted to ascertain nature of injuries.Some villagers alleged that the terrorist did not have any bullet wounds. Police sources, on the other hand, said he died of gunshot wounds fired by one of the terrosrists during the scuffle.After the terrorist’s burial, a mob of around 200 people marched to Ramzan’s house and set it on fire. Quick Reaction Teams immediately rushed to the spot and rescued the family.Police have registered the case and massive hunt has been launched to nab the people responsible for torching the house.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incidents saying, “I strongly condemn the killing of former Sarpanch Mr Mohammad Ramazan and burning of his house at Humhuna Shopian. Such dastardly acts cannot justify or achieve any political goals.”

Occupancy of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Hyderabad House represents victory of Hindus over Islam and Christians: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, Subramanian Swamy waded into the outrage over the Taj Mahal. Reacting to Sangeet Som’s statement that Taj Mahal was built by ‘traitors’, AIMIM leader Asauddin Owaisi had said: “It is very sad that a minister, who has taken oath on the Indian Constitution, has commented in such a way. I challenge this government to tell the UNESCO to remove the Taj Mahal from the world heritage list. This statement clearly shows what the priorities of this government are and that they have no relevance or respect towards the Taj Mahal.”He had said: “If whatever MLA Sangeet Som has said is true then why does Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoist a flag on the Red Fort on a place which is built by traitors? My question to the party is – Will Prime Minister Modi stop hoisting the flag after this statement? Or will he stop hosting foreign dignitaries in the Hyderabad House? In fact, Prime Minister Modi wore Rs. 25 lakh suit and served tea to former United States president Barack Obama,” he said.Reacting to the statement, Subramanian Swamy said that the occupancy of Rasthrapati Bhavan and Hyderabad House was a victory of Hindus over ‘barbaric forces of Islam and Christians’.Placing the Taj Mahal in the crosshairs of another controversy, BJP MLA Sangeet Som today questioned the 17th century architectural marvel’s place in India’s heritage and said history would be rewritten to erase Mughal emperors from it.Som’s comments during a visit to Meerut district yesterday prompted an angry response from All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi who asked if the government would tell tourists not to visit the monument.The BJP stepped into the row with party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao describing Muslim rule in India as “barbaric and a period of incomparable intolerance” while asserting that its members could hold any opinion they want on specific monuments.Som, the party’s legislator from Sardhana, also distorted history to say it was built by an emperor who had imprisoned his father and targeted Hindus.In fact, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, was the one imprisoned till the end of his days by his son Aurangzeb.In comments that came soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet, Som said, “Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history? “Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?”The legislator went on to say that if such people are renowned in history, he “guarantees” that history will be rewritten.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Cops hunting for victim bartender’s friend for murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Horror and shock gripped a team of Delhi Police when its search for a missing 30-year-old bartender lead it to his colleague’s South Delhi house where his body was found chopped in three pieces and stored inside a refrigerator on Saturday night.Vipin Joshi had been missing since Monday. The police suspected his chef friend Badal Mandal’s role in the disappearance as he also went missing the same day. “The house door was locked. When we got inside, we found the refrigerator’s door slightly ajar. We saw signs of blood that had dripped out. We also noticed a trouser, soaked in blood, kept nearby,” said a police officer. The police suspect that the crime might have been committed a couple of days ago.The team found Joshi’s head, and also his torso cut into two pieces and stuffed inside the refrigerator. A meat cleaver suspected to be used in the ghastly crime was recovered from the house and sent for forensic examination. Some liquor bottles were also found from the rented accommodation located in Said-Ul-Azaib, an urban village in upscale Saket area.Joshi lived with his brother in a rented house in the adjacent lane. He worked at FIO Country Kitchen & Bar at the Garden of Five Senses, a 20-acre leisure space run by the Delhi government for the public to socialise and unwind.Mandal worked at the same restaurant where they were called “best friends”. A police team will be sent to Kolkata where his mobile phone’s last location was seen. His phone is now switched off. Mandal had sent his wife and children to their home in West Bengal last month. The police said that the motive behind the gruesome murder was not clear. The sequence of the crime is to be established. The police is questioning other workers at the restaurant.”The trays in the fridge had been removed to fit the body pieces.,” said a police officer.”We informed the police after we noticed a strong stench coming from the house. I did not know Mandal personally but had seen him once drinking at our house along with my brother. My brother came to Delhi in 2007 and started working as a bartender,” said Mahesh, the victim’s brother.HORROR IN SOUTH DELHI HOUSEVipin Joshi had been missing for a week. His body pieces found in chef friend’s fridge
A meat cleaver, a blood-soaked trouser recovered from Badal Mandal’s house
Accused likely to have fled to Kolkata. A police team is being sent to arrest him

Digi-tall: Raj Assembly to accept motion online

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the forthcoming session, members of the state legislative assembly will be able to move a motion or question at the Assembly without being physically present at the House. Rajasthan Assembly became the first in country to offer such an online service to its members as speaker of the house, Kailash Meghwal officially launched it from his laptop on Friday. The services will not only facilitate the members but will also help reduce paperwork.”The MLAs will be able to move their proposals at the Assembly even when travelling. The state Assembly already had provisions for MLAs to register their questions online,” deputy speaker of the house, Rao Rajendra Singh told DNA. It will not just be limited to posting the question or proposal at the Assembly, the new service designed by National Information Center (NIC) will also ensure that it reaches the concerned department and the due reply will also be made available online. “The MLAs through their log-in(s) will be able to move the motions. This will ensure transparency and time-bound accountability,” said an official at the assembly.The ninth session of the 14th legislative Assembly of Rajasthan is scheduled to start from October 23. During the session, special help desk will also be set up at the House to further empower the members over the process. The Opposition MLAs expressed support to the move. “It’s indeed a good move on part of the Assembly administration, even if a member is at his constituency for some work, he will be able to participate at the House proceedings online,” said Ramesh Meena, an Opposition party MLA. The time duration and other aspects related to these motions and proposals will be in accordance to the already existing rules of the state assembly.DIGI SCOPEThe last session of the current Assembly which concluded in April, 2017 registered 13 caught attention motions while 149 adjournment motions were denied permission to be presented at the House. There were 248 point of information raised under Section 295, of these only 106 got read at Assembly while other were considered as read. In addition 84 issues requiring immediate attention were allowed. All these can now be served through the new online service.

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.

‘Labourers killed our family ‘

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the deceased women have refuted the police’s suspicion of a property dispute leading to the killings and said that they suspect the labourers, who had been working in the house for the past fortnight, of being the culprits.The house where the murder took place early Saturday morning is a sprawling property and houses over 40 people from seven families. Owned by the Jindal family, the house was established in 1932. The family deals in the oil business.According to the police, the house was being white-washed, and one of the deceased had an altercation with a labourer, hours before she was killed. An initial probe had revealed friendly entry, bringing in the possibility that someone who was known to the family was behind the killings. This also brought to fore the possibility of a property dispute, which the police are looking into.However, family members continue to refute these allegations.”Yesterday, one of Urmila’s daughters had an argument with a labourer who was whitewashing the cars. On being scolded, the labourer responded back angrily. His contractor was also contacted and a complaint was made. We suspect the role of these labourers behind the murder,” said Rakesh Jindal, Urmila’s nephew.Another member of the family, Shakun Jindal, said that these labourers returned to work on Saturday morning but the family suspects that this was done so that they would not come under the police radar.”We have been living together since 1932 and the family is famous all around. There has never been any property dispute in the family. The crime scene itself explains that it was a robbery attempt. The killers were professionals as all the deceased had their throats slit,” Shakun said.On asking if any of the 40 family members heard the screams of the victims, one said that they did not as they were asleep.”The incident probably happened between 3 am and 5 am when the killers attacked. We were all asleep with our room locked and air conditioners on. Unfortunately, we did not hear any alarm being raised by the victims. The accused knew that there were many people on the premises and therefore took precautions like covering the faces of the deceased with towels and pillows so that they did not scream,” he added.The family also said that they would request the police to focus on the involvement of outsiders in the murder rather than probe into the family’s personal matters.

Faridabad: 13-year-old ‘maid’ jumps off 11th floor to escape slavery and torture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to escape slavery and torture, a 13-year-old girl on Wednesday attempted suicide by jumping off the 11th floor of a building in Faridabad.A minor girl took an extreme step after suffering for two years. However, she survived as she was caught in a bird net on the 10th floor balcony, reported news18.The girl, who hails from Bihar, was rescued after being stuck for several hours. The victim also has burn and injury marks all over her body.According to report, the victim was starved for sometime and was never allowed to step out of the house.”We would often hear cries. But the woman, who told us that she studies at a private university, would tell us to mind our own business,” said a neighbour at Kanishka Towers.The victim has been asked to be kept at a child protection centre, and an FIR will be filed soon.

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