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Cross-country motorcyle rider Sana Iqbal dies in car crash, mother alleges ‘pre-planned’ murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police, to whom Iqbal’s mother has complained alleging that the incident was a pre-planned murder, however, maintained it was a road accident.Twenty-nine-year-old Iqbal, who undertook a solo expedition to raise awareness about suicide and depression, died while her husband, Abdul Nadeem, suffered injuries in the car crash in the early hours yesterday when they were heading home in Tolichowki area here, according to the police.Nadeem, who was driving the car, lost control over the wheels and the vehicle rammed the median on the Outer Ring Road, Narsingi Police Station Inspector G V Ramana Goud said.A case was later registered for causing death by negligence and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the police said.However, Iqbal’s mother alleged that her daughter was murdered and that it was being projected as an accident.”Yesterday, he (Iqbal’s husband) planned it in such (a way) that…and gave it a turn as an accident. But, it was a pre-planned, well organised and a cold-blooded murder,” Iqbal’s mother alleged.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur zone) Vishwa Prasad told PTI that as per the preliminary investigation, it was a road accident and there was no suspicion over it.”Her husband has also suffered severe injuries after their car hit the median and turned turtle,” the DCP said.He, however, said they will also verify the allegations of the Iqbal’s mother.Inspector Goud said as per their investigation it was an accident.He said Iqbal’s mother has complained to the police alleging it was a pre-planned murder and that they have told her and other family members to produce an evidence for it.Last month, Iqbal had sent a message from her phone to a few friends and family members purportedly saying her life was in danger and that her husband or in-laws should be held responsible in case she died of a heart attack or a brain stroke, the police official said.”There may have been some dispute between Iqbal and her husband. The message was sent at that time and it has no connection with the road accident,” Goud said.The Hyderabad-based rider hit the headlines a few years ago when she undertook the solo motorcycle expedition across the country.The focus of her campaign was to educate people, particularly students, against committing suicide.She was also a professional trainer and a student of psychology, and had addressed thousands of students in colleges.

Arunachal govt favours RS technology for better crop yield

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein has advocated the use of remote sensing technology to identify the suitability of land for different crops across the state. He mooted the idea in a meeting with B V Raman Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Hyderabad-based Remote Sensing Instruments (RSI) here yesterday. Mein said farmers of the state had been blindly cultivating crops without any geomorphological mapping leading to failure of cash crop cultivation in many parts of the state and losses to the farmers, an official statement said here today. He said that remote sensing instruments could be an effective tool for planning in agriculture and horticulture. He requested Agriculture Minister Wangki Lowang to conduct another round of meeting with the officers of RSI and NABARD and get the required data from RSI by letting them conduct land mapping for the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Palaniswami-on-cattle-trade @ 6/20/2017 6:26:25 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said he would announce his stance on the Centre?s ban on cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets, once a verdict is decided by the apex court. Palaniswami informed the Assembly that the orders would be followed, and declined to accept the opposition?s demand to pass a resolution against the new rules. Soon after the session, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) raised the issue in the Assembly and asked Palaniswami to spell out the government’s stand on the cow slaughter issue since the new rule affects several farmers across the State. During intervention, Palaniswami pointed out that even the Centre is considering making several amendments to the new cattle rule following the request of the people across the country. The members of DMK and Congress said they were not satisfied with the Chief Minister’s reply. When they tried to raise the issue once again, the speaker denied permission. After Palaniswami?s remark, Stalin led a walkout of his party members, opposing the government?s stance. Meanwhile, members raised slogans in the lobby while walking out, drawing a warning from Speaker P. Dhanapal not to do so following which they dispersed. On June 15,the Supreme Court heard a petition challenging the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that received flak since its announcement. The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood. On May 25, the Centre through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. Regulating animal trade is a state business but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule. In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month said he would call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order on cattle slaughter ban. Vijayan further said that the Centre’s new rule is an impermissible encroachment into the domain of the State Legislatures which is a clear ‘violation of the spirit of federalism.’ On June 1, the students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT- Madras) staged protest against the same. With the police deployed in front of the IIT campus, the students protested at the main gate and raised slogans against the Centre’s controversial notification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cattle slaughter ban: SC issues notice to Centre on pleas challenging notification

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice to Centre on pleas challenging notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.The Supreme Court has asked Centre to file its response within two weeks and posted matter for hearing on July 11.The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood.On May 25, the Centre through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners.Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.Regulating animal trade is a state business but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule.In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification.Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month said he would call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order on cattle slaughter ban.Vijayan further said that the Centre’s new rule is an impermissible encroachment into the domain of the State Legislatures which is a clear ‘violation of the spirit of federalism.’

SC to hear petition challenging Centre’s cattle ban today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the Centre?s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that received flak since its announcement. The petition was filed by a Hyderabad-based lawyer, Fahim Qureshi, stating that the order was discriminatory and unconstitutional, as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood. On May 25, the Centre through an order imposed a ban on the sale of cattle, including cows, for slaughter and restricted cattle trade solely to farm owners. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan had ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes. Regulating animal trade is a state business but animal welfare is a central subject, thereby providing the window for the ministry to notify the rule. In lieu of this, there was widespread opposition of the order, with many states openly denying accepting the notification. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month said he would call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order on cattle slaughter ban. Vijayan further said that the Centre’s new rule is an impermissible encroachment into the domain of the State Legislatures which is a clear ‘violation of the spirit of federalism.’ On June 1, the students of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT- Madras) staged protest against the same. With the police deployed in front of the IIT campus, the students protested at the main gate and raised slogans against the Centre’s controversial notification.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC to hear on Jun 15 plea challenging central ban on sale of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today said it will hear on June 15 a plea challenging the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter on the grounds that its provisions were unconstitutional. A petition challenging the new rules that has kicked up a controversy was mentioned before a vacation bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta for an early hearing. The bench then listed the matter for hearing on June 15. The petition was moved by Hyderabad-based Mohammed Abdul Faheem Qureshi. Meanwhile, the Kerala High Court declined to stay the central ban. Considering a batch of petitions challenging the notification that imposed restrictions on the sale of cattle, Justice P B Suresh Kumar said the court would consider the application seeking a stay after seeing the Centre’s counter. The court had directed the Centre to file its counter affidavit with regard to the impact of the notification. The Centre, however, did not inform its stand on the issue today. Posting the case on June 26 for hearing, the court today directed the Centre to file the counter affidavit before the next hearing. In the Supreme Court, the petitioner contended that the provisions in the notification were unconstitutional as they violated the fundamental rights including freedom of conscience and religion and right to livelihood. The petition claimed that the government notification issued last month was “against the freedom of religious practice to sacrifice the animals” and imposing a ban on slaughter of animals for food violates the right to food, privacy and personal liberty guaranteed to a citizen under the Constitution. It claimed that states like Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura and Karnataka have said that they would not implement the Centre’s ban as it would impact the livelihood of those involved in this business. “It is also to be noted that slaughtering of animals for food, the foods and culinary made out of such animal flesh and offering sacrifice of animals is a part of cultural identity of such communities, which is protected from any legislative or executive encroachment under Article 29 of the Constitution of India which is not been subjected to any restriction by the framers of the Constitution…,” it said. Complete ban of sale or purchase or re-sale of animals would cast a huge economic burden on the farmers, cattle traders who find it difficult to feed their children today, it said. They would be also required to feed the cattle as it was an offence under Act of 1960 (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act) to starve an animal or failure to maintain it and would also “give way for cow vigilantes to harass farmers and cattle traders under the blessing of the impugned regulations”, said the petition filed through advocate Sanobar Ali Qureshi. The petition further said the 1960 Act was not enacted by Parliament to prohibit or restrict any act of slaughter of animals for food or for religious sacrifice or the sale of animals for it. It has sought the apex court’s direction to declare these rules of Prevention Of Cruelty To Animal (Regulation Of Live Stocks, Markets) Rules and Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (Care And Maintenance Of Case Property Animals) as ultra vires and unconstitutional. The impugned provisions are imposing an absolute ban on slaughtering of animals in the country directly affecting the employment of the butchers and their trade, the plea said. It is depriving the citizens food of their choice and is in violation of the right to livelihood under Article 21 of the Constitution and also inconsistent and violative of section 28 of the parent Act, the plea said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Transfer racket: Lt Colonel, alleged accomplice sent to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today sent a Lieutenant Colonel and an alleged middleman to judicial custody till June 17 in connection with a transfer racket at the Army headquarters here in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings. Special CBI Judge Naresh Kumar Malhotra sent Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted to the personnel division of the Army, and Gaurav Kohli to custody after the Central Bureau of Investigation submitted they were not required for further custodial interrogation. The two were produced before the court after the expiry of their three-day CBI custody. Kohli, meanwhile, moved a bail plea submitting that since he was not required for a further probe, he should be released on bail. The court will hear the application on June 9. During the proceedings, Public prosecutor Amit Kumar told the court the CBI had taken the voice samples of the two and conducted searches at the premises of some others in relation to the case. According to the CBI, an FIR was registered against Moni, a Hyderabad-based Army officer identified only as Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S Subhas and Kohli for various offences including criminal conspiracy and corruption. The bribe was paid through hawala channels, the CBI said in its FIR. It alleged Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, posted to the engineer stores department, for influencing the transfer of various officers. Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted to different field formations or faced a transfer and wanted to be posted to a preferred location. He used to contact Kohli, who was allegedly close to senior officers in the personnel division of the Army headquarters here, and used these contacts on the transfers of Army officers for money, the FIR said. It claimed Purshottam requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in exchange for a bribe. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam. Moni assured Subhas that he would get him transferred through senior officers in the Army headquarters against payment, it claimed. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man linked to Delhi’s kidney racket arrested from Kolkata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old man was today arrested from Kolkata for his alleged involvement in the kidney racket that was busted here last week, police said. The Crime Branch also carried out searches at Batra Hospital and seized some documents in connection with the racket, a senior police officer said. Arun Das, who was arrested this evening in Kolkata, used to refer patients to his contacts in Delhi who would then arrange donors for the recipients, said the officer. Das is a close aide of Jayant Sahoo, who was arrested along with Sulekha Panda, Anoj Patra and Birju Paswan, last week for indulging in the illegal sale and purchase of kidneys. The accused had referred a Hyderabad-based family, that was looking for a donor to Sahoo in Delhi. Das had a contact in Hyderabad who had put the family in touch with him. The Crime Branch teams were also looking for some accused in Bhubhaneswar, Hyderabad, West Bengal, who refer patients to their Delhi contacts, the officer said, adding teams were carrying out searches there. The racket was busted after an MBA student, along with a news channel reporter, contacted the Crime Branch officials in April. He had posed as a donor to dig deep into the racket and through spy devices provided to him by the Crime Branch recorded the entire process of his meetings with the middlemen, to his screening process at the hospital. The man underwent a screening test in front of a medical team at Batra Hospital that had cleared his interview despite him giving some wrong answers. However, the hospital had denied any wrongdoing and assured cooperation in the probe. The middlemen gave the complainant a separate identity with fake ID cards, so that he could pass off as a member of the family of the recipient. The middlemen targeted helpless families, who were looking for kidney donors. They were induced and charged huge amount of money with the promise to complete necessary documentation and formalities for the smooth transplant operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Malegaon civic polls: Reaching out to minority community, BJP fields record 27 Muslim candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reaching out to the minority community, the BJP has given candidature to as many as 27 Muslims, out of the record 56 nominees it has fielded for the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) polls due next week.”This is for the first time that the BJP is contesting polls on record 56 seats, out of total 84 seats spread across 21 wards in Malegaon. Out of the 56 candidates as many as 27 are Muslims,” a senior local BJP leader said.Malegaon is a Muslim majority town in Nashik district, where the municipal corporation was established in 2001.In the first MMC election held in 2002, the BJP and Shiv Sena had joined hands. While the Sena had won eleven seats, the BJP managed to win only one seat that year.In the 2007 and 2012 civic polls, the BJP failed to open its account.For the upcoming elections, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is currently in power in MMC, has forged a pre-poll alliance with Janata Dal (Secular) in its bid to retain the power.The Sharad Pawar-led NCP has fielded 52 candidates, while 10 Janata Dal (Secular) candidates are in the fray.Opposition Congress has fielded a total of 73 candidates, while the Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has fielded 35 candidates.Sitting deputy mayor Yunus Isa, his three sons and two sister-in-laws will contest in the polls on AIMIM tickets.

Hyderabad woman triggers hijack alert at three airports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security at international airports in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai was put on maximum alert after the state police forces and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the airports, were informed about a possible aircraft hijack attempt.The security protocols at these airports have been increased to the level in place on the Republic Day and Independence Day.An airport security review meeting was also called at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport where officers from the Bureau of Civil Aviation, Delhi Police, CISF and intelligence agencies participated.“The security has been upgraded in a grading manner. This means that with regard to the intensity of threats, security of different parts of the airport has been increased. Frisking has been stepped up too at the security hold area as well as at the secondary ladder point, before boarding. Armed men have been deployed to maintain a hawk-eye vigil inside the terminals and on the airside,” said a senior CISF officer.The alert was sounded after a Hyderabad-based woman sent an email to Mumbai Police saying that she had overheard six people in her city discussing their plan of hijacking planes simultaneously in Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad on Sunday. According to the sources in the security establishment in Mumbai, the woman claimed that 23 people were involved in the hijack plan and that they would work in groups and would board the flights from the three airports at a time.Following the alert, the Mumbai Police passed on the information to the CISF after which a high-level meeting was conducted on Saturday night and counter-terrorism measures were discussed at length.An officer from Sahar police station said, “We were informed about the threat and were told that an alert has been issued. We are taking all necessary measures. Security has been beefed up as per the standard procedure.”“We were told about the number of possible hijackers, their modus-operandi,” said a CISF official, requesting anonymity.He said anti-sabotage checks are being conducted at the airports and a close watch will be kept on suspicious elements. “Further course of action will be decided after Mumbai police verify the facts of the inputs and give us a compliance report.”“We are not taking any chances and have sounded an alert in the matter. We are also checking if the information was a hoax or not,” said another police officer.Just a fortnight ago Mumbai police had issued an advisory and had prohibited use of drone and other flying objects in the city after they suspected an aerial attack by anti-social elements.VENEZUELAN DETAINEDDehradun: A 27-year-old Venezuelan woman has been detained with a satellite phone at Jolly Grant airport here. Police officials said that the Army and Intelligence Bureau are investigating the case.

Shirdi shrine receives gold and silver articles worth Rs 4 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gold and silver articles worth around Rs four crore were donated by devotees to the famous Saibaba shrine here during the three-day “Ram Navami” festival. However, the amount is likely to rise as the officials are yet to take into consideration online donations, amount received by cheques or demand drafts, which will be counted after April 7. Among the devotees who made their offerings public, Hyderabad-based Parthsarathi Reddy yesterday donated a decorative railing made of 12 kg gold and 16 kg silver, which will be placed around ‘samadhi’ of Saibaba in the sanctum sanctorum. Besides, an Agra-based couple donated a ‘devghar’ (a small structure where deities are kept for worship) made of 67 kg silver. “It will be used to keep images or photos of Saibaba in famous ‘Dwarkamai’ (a dilapidated mosque before Saibaba turned it into a place for solving people’s problems, which also used to be his residence),” said one of the trustees of the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan, Sachin Tambe. He said one devotee has donated two donation boxes made of 30-kg silver. Ram Navmi is among the three main festivals celebrated in Shirdi; the other two being Vijayadashmi and Guru Purnima. The three-day Ram Navmi festival was celebrated from April 3 to April 5 this year. “This year, devotees have donated 12 kgs gold and 100 kgs silver worth around Rs four crore, compared to last year’s donation of Rs 2.83 crore including gold, silver and cash,” Tambe said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Manipur’s Loktak lake project could be a drawback for Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The picturesque Loktak lake, populated with small floating islands, and with the Keibul Lamjao wildlife sanctuary, is one of Manipur’s most identifiable tourist spots. Yet, this poll season, its at the centre of a storm that has come to haunt the ruling Congress government.The Congress government had taken up a project in 2009 to clear some of the phumdis — bodies of biodegradable mass that float along the lake. The project was awarded to a company called KPro, a subsidiary of Progressive Construction, a Hyderabad-based firm. Under the project, the company was to clear over 132 lakh cubic metres of the 236 square kilometre wetland.A total of Rs 400 crore was eventually sanctioned for the project. While Rs 244 crore was to be used for the phumdi clearance, the remaining Rs 176 crore was to be used for developing waterways, bringing in motor boats and jetties, a floating dispensary and a livelihood package for the displaced fisherman, etc.The BJP has, however, in its ‘charge sheet’, alleged that the Congress government has embezzled the funds meant for the project. In September last year, BJP MP Prahlad Singh Patel had also written to the Centre for an inquiry into the alleged scam, following which the Central Vigilance Commission forwarded the complaint to the Union cabinet secretariat.Yet, poll skirmishes aside, for the 333 odd houses of the fishermen who live in the phumdis, hope hinges on the upcoming elections. The Loktak Development Authority, as part of its clearance scheme razed down over 777 houses located on the phumdis. Rs 40,000 was given to some families as compensation.For the traditional fishermen who have been fishing on the wetlands for hundreds of years using the athafun method, the problems started with the building of the NHPC’s hydro-electric dam in 1983, submerging over 83,450 hectares of traditional grazing land.”The Loktak Lake Act, 2008, then came in, which said that no fishing equipment can be used to fish in the protected areas of the lake. This has left the fishermen without their prime source of livelihood,” said Oinam Rajen, president of the All Loktak Lake Fishermen Union Manipur (ALLAFUM).Rajen says that razing down people’s houses is unheard of, and it happens only in Manipur. In 2012, ALLAFUM filed a PIL in the Manipur Bench of the Gauhati High Court, against the razing of the houses. During the hearing, the government gave two different numbers — it first said that all 1,147 houses were razed down, but when ALLAFUN showed evidence of existing houses, the government said that 777 houses were razed. The court has now put a stay order on both construction of new houses by fishermen, and the eviction by the government. Rajen, however, alleges that in contempt of court two eviction drives have happened since.Namdithiu Pamei, of Center for Organisation Research and Education (CORE) Manipur, says that an ecological disaster is in the making. “Now, they have to resort to man-made methods to clear phumdis. A lot of indigenous natural resources like snails, herbs, vegetables, fish are now endangered in the site. Loktak fish was popular initially, and were sent to Nagaland. Now Manipur imports fish from Andhra Pradesh. Migratory birds have stopped coming because of scarcity of fish,” he says.

JSHL gets DRDO licence to produce high nitrogen steel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Foraying into the defence market, India’s largest stainless steel maker Jindal Stainless Ltd today signed a licence agreement with the DRDO , mostly used in strategic military platforms and weapons systems like missiles. Calling it a major milestone, DRDO chairman Dr S Christopher said production of high nitrogen steel (HNS) in India will significantly help the country’s ambitious defence indigenisation programme besides ensuring cost efficiency for production of weapons systems. The Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Ltd (JSHL) said it is the first company to receive licence from the DRDO for commercial production of HNS, the technology for which has been developed jointly by the steel maker and Hyderabad-based Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) of DRDO. The HNS has cleared multiple levels of ballistic tests in different calibers. The JSHL signed the pact with the DRDO in presence of Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre. The DRDO said any private sector steel company can approach it for licence to produce HNS, a ballistic and blast protection material. “We are looking at production of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of HNS per annum initially which will be increased gradually. It will be going to be priced 30-40 per cent cheaper than the imported material,” JSHL Vice Chairman Abhyuday Jindal said. Bhamre complimented the DRDO for coming out with the “breakthrough” technology for the defence industry and called upon them to use HNS extensively. HNS can be used for production of a wide-range of weapons and other military platforms including missiles, infantry combat vehicle, light specialty vehicle, light armoured vehicle, main battle tank and various other aviation and naval systems. Jindal Stainless said it is also working to produce additional variants of HNS with enhanced blast and ballistic protection to cater to niche requirements of the Indian Defence sector. It said HNS exhibits higher energy absorption level, enhances crash worthiness to the entire artillery system and has significantly higher impact values with a far superior material for blast protection. “HNS has passed multiple levels of ballistic tests in different calibers with 8-10 times higher impact and blast protection,” the company said. A DRDO official said the use of HNS will replace the existing import of Rolled Homogenous Armour (RHA), thereby resulting in improved cost efficiency in material acquisition. The licence does not allow Jindal Stainless to export the HNS but the company said it will try to get the clearence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jindal Stainless gets licence to produce high nitrogen steel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Making a foray into the defence sector, the Jindal Stainless Limited today signed an agreement with the DRDO for producing high nitrogen steel (HNS), used in strategic platforms and weapons systems including missiles and battle tanks. Calling it a major initiative, DRDO chairman Dr S Christopher said production of HNS in India will significantly help the country’s ambitious defence indigenisation programme and also complement the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The Jindal Stainless (Hisar) is the first company to receive licence from the DRDO for commercial production of HNS, the technology for which has been developed by Hyderabad-based Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) of DRDO. The HNS has cleared multiple levels of ballistic tests in different calibers. The Jindal Stainless signed the “non-exclusive” pact with the DRDO in presence of Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Abhyuday Jindal, Vice Chairman of the company. The DRDO said any private sector steel company can approach it for licence to produce HNS, a ballistic and blast protection material. “We are looking at production of 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of HNS per annum initially which will be increased gradually. It will be going to be priced 30-40 per cent cheaper than the imported material,” Jindal said. Bhamre complimented the DRDO for coming out with the “breakthrough” technology for the defence industry and called upon them to use HNS extensively. HNS can be used for production of a wide-range of weapons and other military platforms including missiles, infantry combat vehicle, light specialty vehicle, light armoured vehicle, main battle tank and various other aviation and naval systems. Jindal Stainless said it is also working to produce additional variants of HNS with enhanced blast and ballistic protection to cater to niche requirements of the Indian Defence sector. Jindal Stainless said it has become the first company in India to commercially produce HNS for the defence sector. A DRDO official said the use of HNS will replace the existing import of Rolled Homogenous Armour (RHA), thereby resulting in improved cost efficiency in material acquisition. The licence does not allow Jindal Stainless to export the HNS but the company said it will try to get the clearence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIMIM will lead to division of Muslim votes, feels experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by success in 2014 State Assembly polls where it managed to win two seats, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s efforts to make strong inroads in the upcoming BMC polls has further widened the possibility of division of Muslim votes, say political experts. Former chief of Mumbai Congress’ minority cell, Nizamuddin Rayeen, who recently quit the party alleging biases, said, “Muslim leaders are themselves divided and very insecure. Therefore, expecting them to do something positive for the community would be like cheating our own selves.” “A Muslim leader can be either a corporator, MP or an MLA but he can never become leader of the masses,” he said. Out of 227 corporators in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), there are 21 Muslim councillors with 10 belonging to Congress, five to Samajwadi Party, two are with NCP, three independent, while one with others. Notably, there are no Muslim corporators in ruling parties BJP and Shiv Sena. Senior journalist Imtiyaz Manzoor Ahmed said the next month’s election is going to be ambiguous for the voters. “Muslim voters were already divided between Congress and Samajwadi Party and to make things more complicated, one more party (referring to Hyderabad-based AIMIM) has entered. Voters have become more confused and this is going to led to further division of votes resulting in less representation of leaders in the state politics,” Ahmed said. “Voices of people from the community will go unheard and their sorry state is only going to worsen,” he lamented. As per 2011 Census, Muslims account for 20 per cent population in the city. Noted Islamic scholar Zeenat Shaukat Ali said that entry of the new party in the run for BMC elections in going to further confuse voters. “Entry of one more party is certainly going to put voters in a fix, though, the intention might be to put forth an alternative for them,” she said. “Muslims are already facing hardships like lack of quality education, unemployment, beside facing discrimination in getting jobs or a house,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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