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Abide by PMMVY: Delhi High Court tells Centre, Delhi

The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the Delhi government to strictly abide by the terms of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Janani Suraksha Yojana on a plea which sought the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013, in the slum cluster of Holambi Kalan area of the Capital.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also directed the Centre and Women and Child Development Department, the government of NCT” to ensure that the schemes are strictly and efficiently implemented and all the benefits thereunder are released to the beneficiaries”.The court’s direction comes on the plea which contended that pregnant and lactating women have been facing challenges in getting the cash assistance benefit under the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). It sought directions to the respondents to ensure the implementation of the grievance redressal mechanism under the statutory enactment.In its response, the Centre filed an affidavit explaining that the IGMSY for pregnant women and lactating mothers was launched in October 2010, on a pilot basis in 53 districts across the country.Initially, monetary benefit of Rs 4,000 was being disbursed under this scheme which was revised to Rs 6,000 with effect from July 5, 2013, with the enactment of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The scheme was implemented through the state governments and the Union Territories and the performance/proper implementation was directly linked to the governance of the state.”Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana stands substituted by Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) with effect from 1st January, 2017,” the affidavit stated.On the other hand, the government of NCT submitted that there were difficulties with regard to identification of the beneficiaries for want of details of the Aadhaar card and as a result thereof, the same was not linked with their bank accounts.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
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Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
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Delhi sees worst fog of 2017; 90 flights affected, passengers stranded at IGI Airport

Over 90 flights were affected this morning as visibility dropped to 50 metres due to dense fog at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, the heaviest this year.While 54 domestic flights were delayed and 17 diverted to other airports, eleven international flights were delayed and 8 were diverted due to the dense fog, according to flight information available on the airport’s website.Also readDelhi: 13 trains cancelled as fog engulfs region; air quality dips to ‘very poor’So far there have been 4 cancellations, including three domestic and one international flight, according to the information.RK Jenamani, Director, IMD, Delhi area and IGI airport said, “Runway visibility since 5.30 am has been between 50-75 metres. This is so far the worst fog we have experienced this year.”Also read17 trains cancelled, 26 disrupted by fogDelhi airport has advanced technology for low-visibility landings, called CAT IIIB. As a result landings can take place with a visibility of 50 metres. However, for take-offs a minimum visibility of 125 metres is required.

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
“Stop behaving like Aaradhya,” says Amitabh Bachchan to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Watch viral video!
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
Bigg Boss 11: Shilpa Shinde rebukes Akash Dadlani for touching her inappropriately
Bigg Boss 11: Hiten Tejwani gets evicted from Salman Khan’s show
Telugu actor Vijay Sai found dead in his apartment; Did he commit suicide?
Varun Dhawan buys a plush new apartment; girlfriend Natasha Dalal attends housewarming party
STOP spreading rumours! Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s special gift for Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli REVEALED!
Aditya Chopra is one of the first ones to know about Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli’s Wedding!
Will Alia Bhatt say yes to Priyanka Chopra?
Salman Khan cheers up teary-eyed Katrina Kaif during ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ promotions
Not just Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli: Here are other B-Town beauties who bowled over cricketing stars

I ‘prefer’ Indira, but not against BJP either: Shatrughan Sinha

Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, who had earlier refused to comment on politics earlier from the dais of Ajmer Literature Festival, expressed his liking for Indira Gandhi while speaking at the concluding session of the festival.”I would have rather followed Indira Gandhi, however, after her death I decided to join BJP and learned much from senior leaders of the party,” said Sinha.Sinha had earlier turned down politics oriented questions stating that the literature festival was a platform for ‘creativity’ and not ‘politics’. However, he continued to talk around the political lines.”People assume that I speak in disagreement with the party, but it is not so,” Sinha said. “Party is like a family and if a member is more attached to one member it does not mean he is against other,” he explained further without taking any names.As he reinstated that the party is like ‘mother’ and that he is not against ‘BJP’. He could not help comparing the party’s leadership face Narendra Modi. Even as he spoke high of Modi as prime minister, he left room open on the debate stating that Modi is ‘Nayak’ (leader) while Jai Prakash Narayan was ‘Maha-Nayak’ (great leader).Sinha was among the panelist on the concluding session of the Ajmer Literature festival that concluded on late Sunday evening.

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Man held at IGIA with gold worth Rs 45 lakh

A passenger trying to smuggle in gold by hiding it in a metal strip in his trolley bag was held by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Tuesday. The man had arrived from Dubai and was travelling to Bangkok.According to senior officers, the passenger was carrying nearly 1.5 kg gold, worth Rs 45 lakh, concealed in his hand baggage. “At 5.15 am, during the pre-embarkation security check at the International Transfer Security Hold Area of IGIA, assistant sub-inspector Biman Biswas noticed a suspicious image in the hand baggage of a passenger, while conducting an X-Ray screening. The passenger was identified as Abdul Nizar, an Indian who had arrived from Dubai by flight AI 996 almost an hour ago and was scheduled to travel to Bangkok by the Air India flight AI-332 the same day,” said Hemendra Singh, AIG and PRO, CISF.The passenger was then asked to open the bag for physical checking. Sub-Inspector Santosh Kumar Saha of CISF then recovered three packets of saffron, weighing nearly 3 kg and also an extra strip affixed on the inner border of the baggage.”The extra strip was affixed by a screwdriver and wrapped with black cello tape for concealment. It was also noticed that the strip was coated with mercury to avoid detection during screening. During interrogation, the passenger revealed that the extra strip had gold weighing about 1.5 kg,” Singh said.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Results won’t have any bearing on Karnataka polls, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said the results of the Gujarat Assembly polls would not have any impact on the Assembly election in the state, which is due early next year.”The election results of one state will not have an effect on the election of another state. The issues will be different. Whatever may the Gujarat poll results be, it will have no impact on Karnataka,” he told reporters at Yadgir in the northern parts of the state.The Congress leader also claimed that by ensuring the party’s victory in the Assembly polls, Karnataka would give the “first gift” to newly-appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his leadership.Also readAssembly Elections 2017: Gujarat, HP results lesson to parties indulging in caste-politics and dynasty, says Amit ShahClaiming that there was no anti-incumbency against his government, Siddaramaiah said if it was there, the Congress would have got to know about it in the Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls, which the party won by big margins.”I am sure that in 2018, we will come back to power hundred per cent,” he added.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Rahul’s campaign reminded us of Indira Gandhi, ‘moral win’ for Congress, says Ashok GehlotThe Congress has already announced that Siddaramaiah will be its face in the Karnataka Assembly polls.Expressing doubts about the BJP’s performance in Gujarat, despite anti-incumbency and a strong undercurrent against it, the chief minister said the poll results lent credence to the doubts regarding the electronic voting machines (EVMs).Raising apprehensions that the EVMs could be tampered with, Siddaramaiah had recently demanded the use of ballot papers in the next Assembly polls in the state.Suggesting that in Himachal Pradesh, the BJP was expected to win because of the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress, he pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were from Gujarat and claimed that the duo had taken the Gujarat election as a “prestige issue”.He also acknowledged that the strategy of Modi and Shah of using the “Gujarati pride” card had effectively worked in the saffron party’s favour.Though there was an undercurrent and a strong anti- incumbency factor against the Gujarat government, Modi had asked for votes pointing out that he was from the state, Siddaramaiah said, adding, “Most probably, this worked.” Noting that the trends of the results showed an improved performance of the Congress, the chief minister gave the credit for that to Rahul Gandhi.”I feel, in Gujarat, we have won despite losing. The people have shown their support to Rahul Gandhi’s leadership,” he said.Pointing at Modi and Shah’s Gujarati origin and the fact that the BJP was in power both in Gujarat and at the Centre as factors behind the saffron party’s performance, the Congress leader accused it of polarising the voters by systematically playing the communal card.”They (BJP) are playing it in Karnataka also by triggering communal tensions with an intention to polarise the voters. But it will not happen here,” he said.The BJP is headed for a record sixth straight victory in the Gujarat Assembly polls today. The party is also set to evict the Congress from Himachal Pradesh.

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Scare as ‘drone’, flight nearly clash

The security agencies were thrown into a tizzy on Friday, when a drone-like unidentified flying object (UFO) and an Air India (AI) flight about to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) almost collided.Seconds later, another flight to Leh, which had taken off from another runway at IGIA, also spotted the flying object.The ATC then immediately alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police.The incident affected some departures and arrivals as a CISF search team of armed commandos was rushed to the spot to look for this flying object, which according to the two pilots was spotted not far from runway 27-9.The team, however, could not locate the UFO within the periphery of the airport.The incident sparked panic among the intelligence agencies as it was the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session and the airport was witnessing heavy VIP movement.According to sources at the airport, around 10 am, pilot of the AI 914 Dammam-Delhi flight, Sandeep Kumar, reported a “flight safety hazard”, saying that when he was about to land at runway 27 and was at a height of 2,100 ft, he saw a drone-like object flying “slightly right on the central approach path of the runway”.”The pilot immediately reported the matter to the Delhi ATC, which alerted the AOCC and the CISF and Delhi Police were roped in. The pilot also gave a hand-written complaint in this regard at the police station. Surprisingly, the object was observed by another pilot as well,” a senior officer said.Drone-like UFO sighting at the IGIA is is not something new but such incidents leave the security and intelligence sleuths rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29, reported a drone flying in the proximity, nearly 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three such incidents were reported in 2016, while two were reported in 2015.UFO MENACE AT IGI AIRPORTOct 7, 2017 Jet Airways’ Singapore to Delhi flight reports a drone flying near the airport. Mar 31, 2016 UFO spotted over the apron area but disappears before security forces arrive. Mar 13, 2016 A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway at Delhi airport.

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Sonia Gandhi’s emotional message to party as Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress chief

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took over as Congress president by succeeding his mother Sonia Gandhi. It was a proud movement for the mother Sonia Gandhi who said: “Rahul is my son, so I do not think for me to praise him is right but I would say that since childhood he had to bear the brunt of the violence. After joining politics he had to face blatant personal attacks, that have made him a stronger person”. Rahul Gandhi, 47, was officially declared party president in a ceremony held at the party’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters here on Saturday.Sonia was open about the electoral drubbings Congress has faced in the recent years. “We have lost many elections, but we are not going to be bowed down. We are fighting for the spirit of the nation and we will never back out from our commitment,” Sonia said while addressing the party workers and supporters. Sonia said that since 2014 Congress has been playing the role of opposition. “The challenge that we face today, is the biggest one, our constitutional values are being attacked,” she said.Also readLive updates: In his first speech as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi Talking about the vacuum left in her life after the death of her husband Rajiv Gandhi, she shared her feeling with the party workers and said: “Indira JI passed away, after which Rajiv Ji also passed away, my support was taken away from me and it took me a long while to come to terms with it”.Sonia talked about her relationship with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and how that relationship helped her brave the battles of life. ” Indira ji accepted me as her daughter, and I learned a lot about Indian culture from her. I learned about those principles upon which the foundation of our country was laid,” she said. Also readHimanta Biswa Sarma congratulates Rahul’s elevation; says will continue to have political contests with himIn 1984, Indira ji was assassinated and I felt I had lost my mother and that incident changed my life forever, said Sonia Gandhi.Also readSonia Gandhi ‘retires’ as Rahul Gandhi takes the reins todaySonia Gandhi, who headed the 132-year-old Congress for the last 19 years, also thanked party leaders and workers for the support she received during her tenure as its chief.Rahul was given the certificate of Congress president by Mullappally Ramachandran, the chairman of the party’s central election authority, who oversaw the organisational polls.The ceremony was attended by party stalwarts, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and other party leaders. His sister Priyanka Gandhi and brother-in-law Robert Vadra were also present on the occasion.Sweets were distributed, slogans raised, crackers burst and party workers danced to drum beats to celebrate the change of guard. Artists from different parts of the nation were also seen performing outside the party head office. Congress workers marched from Rail Bhavan to the party office. Sonia headed the party for 19 years since 1998.

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For people of this tribal region in Gujarat, Modi is still the chief minister

Time seems to have come to a standstill in some tribal areas of Gujarat.More than three years after Narendra Modi became the country’s prime minister, for a section of people here he is still the chief minister.In the interior areas of Chhota Udaipur district, dominated by Scheduled Tribes such as the Rathwas, voters said that when it came to politics, they knew of only three factors — Modi, Modis party and the Congress.Few referred to the BJP by name, calling it Modi’s party.And when prodded about the Congress, the only name they could readily recall was that of Indira Gandhi.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: From Neech Aadmi to Pakistan-Ahmed Patel row; statements that dominated the campaign My forefathers have always voted for the Congress but now people in surrounding villages also vote for a candidate from Modi-Sa’ab”s party, 50-year-old Ramsinh Rathwa said.Ramsinh, who was in Chhota Udaipur with three other men from his village Kanda, identified the lotus as the symbol of “Modis party”, but was less familiar with the BJP.Also readGujarat Elections: Campaigning ends, both Modi-Rahul visit temples on the last day The four men, all farmers, said irrespective of who won from their constituency, “Modi will again become the chief minister of Gujarat”.In Jogpura, another village in the Chhota Udaipur constituency, voter Dilip Rathwa said the fight was between the Congress and Modi .Also readGujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi takes off in seaplane from Sabarmati riverHe said his village usually votes for the same candidate and added that while Modi was popular, local Congress leaders visited their homes on occasions such as marriages.Local Congress candidate Mohansinh Rathwa in the last elections had visited our village and had also sought blessings from my father by touching his feet, he said.School teacher Sumanben Parmar of Pavi Jetpur said while Modi was popular, people in the region, where Muslims are the second largest community, were not greatly aware of the identity of other politicians.The tribal-Muslim combination benefits the Congress in the three ST reserved seats of Chhota Udaipur district, which borders BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh on two sides and shares its water borders with another BJP-ruled state, Maharashtra.But local BJP leaders believed Modi’s personality always helped pull votes for the party.”The fight is between local Congress candidates and Modi’s popularity,” agreed Ramesh Patel, a local Congress worker in Pavi Jetpur.

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Delhi airport gears up to tackle fog in winters

The Delhi airport, along with stakeholders like airlines, air traffic control and the weather department, has taken a slew of measures for seamless flight operations during foggy conditions, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.A new GPS-based navigation system for airside vehicles has been introduced for all the four passenger terminals — T3, T2, T1D and T1C — of the airport to enhance operational efficiency, DIAL, a joint venture company which runs the airport, said.Foggy conditions in Delhi prevails generally from mid- December till mid-February.”This year, the spell of foggy condition is expected to start after December 17,” R K Jenamani Director-in-charge of the meteorological department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said on Thursday.He was speaking at a media briefing called by DIAL on its preparedness for foggy spells.”At operational level, it (dealing with fog effectively) talks volumes of our capabilities of operational readiness, emergency preparedness and crises response,” DIAL’s chief executive officer I Prabhakara Rao said.According to him, the newly-introduced GPS-based navigational system will help in effective guidance of aircraft during dense fog.The airport operator said besides ensuring availability of flight information display system, it would display weather-related information at Master Antenna Televisions at the terminals and provide regular updates to passengers and visitors on expected departure and arrival time of flights during fog.Two additional help desks have been set up at the terminals’ entrances, where information on cancellations and delays will be provided, it said.
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Speak up Delhi : Time to end free access to terraces on city buildings

The molestation of a 32-year-old woman on the terrace of a building in the bustling Connaught Place have not only shaken the National Capital but also turned the spotlight on a rather ubiquitous spot – the rooftops.While the police are yet to track down the suspect in the last week’s crime, the bigger concern at hand for citizens is unhindered access to terraces of several buildings across the city, discovered DNA through a ground study. This correspondent visited the same H Block where the woman was groped. Despite the public outrage over the assault, neither the terrace was locked nor any security arrangement was in place. The rooftops across the H-Block are interconnected. This means once a person climbs one of them, he/she can hop onto the others to have an easy escape. A few of the terraces had makeshift rooms for building employees and staff, while a portion of the common space was being used for sunbathing. The startling part was that many of those present on the terraces had nothing to do the buildings. It wasn’t their place in the first place. They didn’t work there either. The suspect groped and flashed the woman after he followed her all the way up to the terrace. That the crime was committed during office hours and on the rooftop of an office building also highlights the need for a security system on terraces to bar random people from entering the space. Connaught Place, known as the heart of the National Capital, sees huge footfall, including foreigners. When this correspondent spoke to some people on how safe they felt in CP, a handful of men blamed alcohol and party joints as the reason for rising cases of molestation. A few working women said it was a regular site to see men in parking lots and bylanes touching their private parts with impunity.Others were of the opinion that there should be mandatory rules to curb access to terraces by all and sundry. This will add some amount of safety to the rooftops, they said.TERRACES TURN MAKESHIFT ROOMSA few of the terraces had makeshift rooms for building employees and staff, while a portion of the common space was being used for sunbathing The startling part was that many of those present on the terraces had nothing to do the buildings. It wasn’t their place in the first place. They didn’t work there either. EXPERT SPEAKDelhi Police handles crime against women complaints with utmost care and concern. Our main aim is to arrest the accused as soon as the crime is reported to us and bring him to the books. As far as the security of rooftops is concerned we will try and pursue the building owners so that they can device a safety mechanism. If any outsider has to visit the terrace for some work, they need to take prior permission from the security staff of the building or the officer if any is there—Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police.VOICESI think the freedom given to women is the cause for the crime against them. Women get drunk, smoke and party till late. I believe most of the harassment and rape cases turn out to be fake.”—Rishi, staff member of Indira Palace located in H-block of Connaught Place Male members of my family including me work mostly on ground floors and in offices while my wife stays up. She didn’t see or hear anything that day. I cannot under stand the motive of accused —Rajendra, maintenance staff. He stays on the adjoining terrace where incident took place “It is scary that at workplace as well women have to face such trauma. The incident took place in a posh locality like Connaught Place, if we are not safe at our workplace, I wonder what life are we leading. —Banoshree Roy, engineering student “Molestation is equally derogatory as rape and mentally damaging. Victim has to go through everlasting trauma. Government should make amendments in law and impose harsher penalties on convicts.—Tanushree Roy, schoolteacher Now, we are not even safe in our house. Terrace of my house is connected to other houses. This incident has made me think not just my safety alone, but also of my family members. Easy entry to building indicates that no one is out of danger from strangers. —Dikshant Saxena, engineer It is sad that women are not safe even at their workplace. I am of the opinion that women should carry a weapon for self defence, as the crime against women is on the rise. I feel ashamed to say that women are not safe anywhere. —Dipanshu Malik, student
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Techie death: Madras HC orders removal of hoardings

The Madras high court on Thursday ordered the removal of all hoardings and cut-outs kept by the ruling AIADMK for the December 3 MGR centenary celebration in Coimbatore, days after a techie died after hitting a roadside hoarding.Hearing a public interest litigation filed by DMK’s Singanallur MLA N Karthik alleging that techie K Raghunath’s death was a result of his crashing into the illegal hoarding, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, said that even though they don’t want to go into the factual aspects of the accident, the death could have indeed been caused as a result of the hoarding. The court wondered why the cost of damage caused to the roads be recovered from those who erected the cut-outs, hoardings and banners and asked the officials how they had permitted erection of such hoardings on roads.Raghunath, a techie, was back home in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore from the US to meet his prospective bride. He died on Saturday morning after he reportedly crashed his bike into the illegal wooden hoarding. As Ragupathy’s bike hit the structure and he fell from his bike, a truck ran him over. He was supposed to return to the US over the weekend and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The tragic accident hit headlines after some painted a graffiti “Who killed Ragu?” at the spot.However, the Coimbatore police said that Raghunath died because a truck ran over him and claimed to be in possession of a CCTV footage to prove the same. The police have arrested truck driver Mohan in connection with the accident.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi is a terrific actor, Rahul Gandhi hits back

On a day when both of them were campaigning in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi saying he was a ‘terrific actor’. He claimed that PM Modi only ‘cried a few days before elections’, and not for farmers or students.He was quoted saying by ANI: “He is a terrific actor. You will see he will shed tears a few days before election. He will cry for everything but not for farmers. He will also not cry when students have to shell out money for taking admission in college or people have to go to hospital.”He added: “Congress will win in December. We will waive loans of farmers within 10 days. If govt will function, it will be for farmers, small and medium businesses and you. We will ask what you want and will run the govt accordingly.”Earlier in the day, he had tweeted and said people were demanding answers. 22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule), he tweeted.Seeking to pin the government down on the issue of housing, Gandhi asked the prime minister whether it would take 45 more years to provide new houses to Gujaratis.Giving numbers to buttress his argument, he said, “First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat – In 2012, he promised to provide 50 lakh new houses, but provided 4.72 lakh in five years. Will the prime minister tell whether it will take another 45 years to fulfil the promise?The prime minister and the opposition leader are in Gujarat today to campaign for their parties ahead of the December 9 and 14 assembly poll.Gandhi will campaign in the state for two days and will start with a visit to the famous Somnath temple.He will also hold public meetings in at least three districts today and tomorrow, party leaders said.Continuing his high decibel campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.Meanwhile, reacting to Gandhi’s criticism of GST, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.Making a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the BJP has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.Making a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years.”Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.”Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted.”What kind of smartness is this… how has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said, ripping into the “anti poor” Congress over its criticism of the tax reform.The prime minister went on to say that making cigarettes cheaper means bringing cancer in every home and asked which rich businessmen the opposition leader sought to benefit by making liquor cheaper.He also brought up Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi.Recalling the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi,the prime minister said he had spent one month working in the town after the disaster as an RSS and Jan Sangh worker.”I remember Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies,” he said.”Those who have helped us in times of difficulties should be remembered,” he added.Modi then went on to list how his government had worked to bring waters from the Narmada to the parched regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps. For the BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”The culture of this parched land, Modi said, was to give respect to those who have tried to do something to provide water.”The BJP has done many things and it should not be thrown out of power in the state for the next 100 years,” Modi said.Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat today and tomorrow and is expected to address multiple rallies.Modi had on Monday pushed the BJP’s campaign in his home state into a high gear by addressing four back-to-back rallies.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The votes will be counted on December With inputs from PTI
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Gujarat elections: Rahul demands, ’22 salon ka hisaab’, Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visit

Amid ongoing war of words in Gujarat, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday stepped up his offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought to make the state’s ruling BJP accountable for its promises made in the last polls.”22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule),” Rahul tweeted.”First question to the Prime Minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat – In 2012, he promised to provide 50 lakh new houses, but provided 4.72 lakh in five years. Will the prime minister tell whether it will take another 45 years to fulfil the promise?,” he added.Modi and Rahul Gandhi are in Gujarat today to campaign for their parties ahead of the December 9 and 14 assembly poll.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Ravi Shankar Prasad predicts historic win for GujaratMeanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attacked the Congress Party by bringing up a former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s decades-old visit to Gujarat’ Morbi.”When Indira Ben came to Morbi, I remember there was a photo of her in the Chitralekha Magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells, but for Jansangh/Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) the streets of Morbi are fragrant; its the fragrance of humanity,” Modi said while addressing a rally here.Resuming his campaign for the assembly polls in his home state, Modi also accused the Congress of taking credit and political mileage over minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps. For BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines,” Modi said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | War of words: Who should claim the throne in Gujarat?Attacking Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’, Modi said that those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.Rahul Gandhi will visit Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts where he will interact with people and hold public meetings, party sources said.The Congress is seeking to dislodge the BJP from power in the state, which the saffron party has ruled for close to two decades now. The elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will be on December 18. (With agency inputs)Also readGujarat elections 2017: By conservative estimate, we’ll win 150 seats in Gujarat, says Amit Shah
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Flyer slaps Air India staffer, gets slapped back; issue resolved ‘amicably’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman passenger allegedly slapped the Air India’s female employee at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport after she was reportedly denied air ticket for reporting late.The passenger, who was boarding the Ahmedabad-bound flight from the IGI airport, was refused by the Air India ground staff to issue the ticket after she failed to appear in the estimated boarding time. The altercation took place after the woman had an argument with the employee.However, the Air India said that a lady passenger going to Ahmedabad arrived late at the airport and missed her flight.”There was an argument between the duty manager and her, following which some altercation took place. That altercation has now been resolved with the help of security and police,” Air India said in a statement. The incident has already been reported to the police and investigation is underway.Earlier in May, the Centre had issued draft rules for a no-fly list for the aviation sector after the instance of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted an Air India crew member in March.As per the rules, a passenger who displays disruptive behaviour onboard a plane, even when it is is on the ground, can face a flying ban ranging from three months to a lifetime.The duration of the ban will depend on the severity of misdemeanor, which has been divided into three categories – verbal assault, physical fight or sexual assault and life-threatening behaviour.

SC refuses to entertain woman’s plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 01:06 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition of a woman who claimed to be the daughter of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta also refused to allow the plea of the woman to conduct DNA test for the purpose of proving her parentage.Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the woman, had also sought cremation of Jayalalithaa as per Hindu rites since she was an Iyengar Brahmin.The court, however, said the petitioner is at liberty to approach the high court.

Delhi-Vizag Indigo flight forced to return after smoke in cockpit detected midair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indigo Airlines flight from Delhi to Visakhapatnam returned to IGI Airport soon after take off following detection of smoke in the aircraft’s cockpit on Thursday.According to a report by ANI, smoke was detected in the cockpit of IndiGo 6E719 Delhi-Vizag aircraft soon after it took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The plane carrying 170 passengers was immediately turned around and an emergency was declared. More details are awaited.

Congress accuses Centre of not celebrating Indira centenary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Congress organised nationwide programmes to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, hailing her as one who fought for secularism and the poor, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram flagged the angst of the party with the government “not celebrating” the event.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary”, while BJP veteran LK Advani and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel paid floral tributes to her in Parliament in the presence of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.BJP MP Varun Gandhi hailed his grandmother as “a mother to this nation”. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. To a lady that was a mother to this nation. Miss you Dadi…I know you always watch over us,” Varun said in a tweet that also had a picture in which the former Prime Minister is seen holding him, then a small child, in her lap.Rahul, who is set to take over as Congress president within a fortnight, termed her ‘dadi’ his ‘mentor and guide’, who gave him strength.Participating in a discussion on Indira at the Tata Literature Live festival in Mumbai, Chidambaram said, “It is a shame that the country is not celebrating the centenary of its only female Prime Minister. The government of India did not celebrate her centenary. I do not know which state government celebrated her centenary.”He further said, “The Congress party is doing it in its own way but the country is not celebrating Indira Gandhi’s centenary much like Russia that seems to have forgotten the centenary of the Russian revolution.”Former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh felt that the BJP is friendlier to Indira Gandhi than her father Jawaharlal Nehru, as she was steeped in the Upanishads and Vedas.At 1 Safdarjung Road, where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984, Congress president Sonia Gandhi recalled her mother-in-law as one who “fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people on lines of religion and caste”.”For her, as the Prime Minister, there was one religion, a sacred creed passionately held — that all Indians were equal children of the motherland,” she said at the function.Noting that Indira Gandhi could not tolerate any form of bullying, coercion and unfairness, the Congress president said she faced all endemic problems — from combating poverty and inequality to the critical ones of war and terrorism — with courage for the 16 years that she governed the nation.”She gloried in the rich diversity of India, its profound democratic and secular values,” she said, highlighting Indira’s commitment towards the poor.Former President Pranab Mukherjee recalled her role in inserting the two words “socialist” and “secular” in the Constitution through the 42nd amendment to make it explicit even when many at that time considered it unnecessary, arguing the entire text of the Constitution was already oriented towards socialism and secularism.He said that this decision emanated out of her belief that insertion of these two words in the preamble would define the characteristics of Indian State adequately.A photo exhibition with rare photographs of Indira Gandhi was organised at the venue, where former Prime Minister Singh unveiled a special catalogue on her.

BJP likes Indira more than Nehru because she broke Pakistan and was steeped in Upanishads and Vedas: Jairam Ramesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The BJP is friendlier to former prime minister Indira Gandhi than her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, as she was steeped in the Upanishads and Vedas, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said today.He said Gandhi would widely quote from the ancient scriptures in public speeches.Nehru would also do so but he was careful about his “public display of religiosity”, Ramesh said.The former Union minister was speaking on ‘Remembering Indira Commemorating Her Centenary” at the Tata Litfest 2017 here.”You asked me the question – why is the BJP more Indira Gandhi-friendly than Nehru-friendly? There are two reasons behind it.”One is she did what she did in 1971, she dismantled Pakistan (leading to creation of Bangladesh) and secondly…she was publicly willing to demonstrate the fact that she was steeped into the Upanishads, the Rig Vedas. In every speech of hers, she quoted from the Atharva Veda, or from the Aranyaka Upanishad,” he said.Ramesh said the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru would also quote religious texts in speeches, but would be careful about his public display of religiosity.”She (Indira) was in Stockholm in 1972 (for a UN conference on environment) when she finished her most famous speech with a long quotation from the Atharva Veda. She was always quoting some Sanskrit shlokas,” he said.Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram and other diplomats were also part of the discussion.

Indira Gandhi fought for secularism, against forces looking to divide India: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> On the birth centenary of Indira Gandhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today described her as a prime minister for whom there was only one religion — that all Indians were equal children of the motherland.The Congress president said Indira Gandhi was “one of the greatest” as she fought for secularism and against all those forces seeking to divide the people on the lines of religion and caste. “For her, as the prime minister, there was one religion, a sacred creed passionately held — that all Indians were equal children of the motherland,” Sonia Gandhi said at a function at 1, Safdarjung Road, the official residence of the former prime minister.The former prime minister fought not for her personal ascendancy but for her principles and against vested interests, the Congress president said.”She fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people on lines of religion and caste. She gloried in the rich diversity of India, its profound democratic and secular values,” Sonia Gandhi said. The Congress chief, who along with former president Pranab Mukherjee and ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh, was present at the event, said Indira Gandhi fought for the poor and the weak wherever they were being oppressed and denied their rights and toiled for their material well-being.”I have heard Indiraji being referred to as the ‘Iron Lady’. But iron was only one of the elements in her character; generosity and humanity were just as prominent traits,” Sonia Gandhi said. “She fought, yes — but not for personal ascendancy. She fought for her principles, against vested interests and agendas. She could not tolerate any form of bullying, coercion and unfairness. That was fundamental to her character. That is what inspired her in all her battles – those she took on and those that she faced,” the Congress president said.At the event, Manmohan Singh unveiled a special catalogue on Indira Gandhi, bringing out her fond memories. On the occasion, an exhibition on the former prime minister titled ‘A Life of Courage’ was organised by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Sonia Gandhi said in the 16 years that were given to Indira Gandhi to lead the country, she had to confront many challenges, from the endemic problems of combating poverty and inequality to the critical ones of war and terrorism.She faced them all with courage, fortified by her dedication to making India strong, united and prosperous. In all her efforts she was sustained by the faith reposed in her by her fellow countrymen and women, the Congress president said. Indira Gandhi, the first woman prime minister of the country, was born on this day in 1917 in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad.

Former PM Manmohan Singh to get Indira Gandhi peace prize

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India’s stature globally.According to a statement from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Singh was unanimously chosen for the award by an international jury chaired by ex-president Pranab Mukherjee.”The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is awarded to Manmohan Singh for his leadership of the country and his achievements during the momentous 10 years from 2004 to 2014, for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development, for improving India’s stature in the world and its relationship with the neighbours and the leading nations of the world, and for his dedication to the security and well being of ordinary citizens regardless of their faith, caste, region or language,” a statement from the Trust’s secretary Suman Dubey said yesterday. The Trust said Singh is only the third Indian prime minister to complete two full terms as the PM. His tenure witnessed the path-breaking nuclear agreement with the US and the Copenhagen Climate Change agreement, the statement said.Singh, who as the governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the finance minister in the government headed by P V Narasimha Rao, played a pivotal role in ushering economic reforms, it said, adding that as prime minister he led India in achieving the highest sustained rate of economic growth since Independence. The Trust said Singh has been responsible for making India’s voice heard more effectively at international forums.”The 10 years of his premiership were not only a period of rapid economic and social changes, they witnessed the lowest terrorist violence, prolonged period of communal harmony, peace on the country’s borders and a globally acknowledged rise in India’s standing in the global community of nations,” the statement said.The international award named after former prime minister Indira Gandhi was instituted in 1986. The last two recipients have been the Indian Space Research Organisation and the UN High Commission for Refugees.

PM Modi remembers Indira Gandhi on birth centenary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tributes to former counterpart Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary today.”Tributes to former PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary,” he tweeted.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also paid their tributes to Gandhi on her birth centenary.A central figure in Indian politics, Indira Gandhi was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India.Born on November 19, 1917, Gandhi served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977, and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian prime minister.While she began her educational stint at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, Gandhi was unable to complete her course, and subsequently continued her education from the University of Oxford.Following the demise of her mother, she briefly attended the Badminton School before enrolling at Somerville College in 1937 to study history.Gandhi served as her father’s personal assistant and hostess during his tenure as Prime Minister between 1947 and 1964.She was elected Congress President in 1959. Upon her father’s death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet as Minister of Information and Broadcasting.However, in the Congress Party’s parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966 (upon the death of Shastri) she defeated her opponent Morarji Desai to become a leader, and subsequently Shastri’s successor as Prime Minister of India.As Prime Minister, Gandhi was known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement and war of independence in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh, as well as increasing India’s influence to the point where it became the regional hegemon of South Asia.Citing fissiparous tendencies and in response to a call for revolution, Gandhi instituted a state of emergency from 1975 to 1977 where basic civil liberties were suspended and press was censored.Among the awards conferred upon her, Gandhi, in 1971, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour after leading India to victory against Pakistan in the Bangladesh liberation war in 1971.In 1980, she returned to power after free and fair elections. She was assassinated by Sikh nationalists in 1984, less than a month before her 67th birthday.

Photo exhibition brings out unseen facets of Indira Gandhi’s life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She looks on dotingly at the two toddlers sitting in her lap, patting the family dog. A few steps down, the woman is a grief-stricken daughter, solemnly mourning the demise of her father, her face not betraying any emotion. In the next shot, however, tears streaming down the face, her iron-willed demeanour collapses at the weight of losing a young son, showing a broken mother.These are some of the rare glimpses one gets to see of Indira Gandhi, at I Am Courage, a photography exhibition initiated to mark the centenary celebration of the former Prime Minister. Being held at the Indira Gandhi Memorial at Safdarjung Road, it traces the life and times of the matriarch of the Gandhi family.The 300 rare photographs, each accompanied by snippets on the story behind them, unspool Gandhi’s emotions, a rarity for the country that has always been privy only to her public persona. In one such picture, she stands by Feroz Gandhi’s side, with an expression of a coy bride looking ahead to her new innings.She’s perched on a rock, sitting with her daughter-in-law Sonia Gandhi, both the ladies beaming with happiness. That she was a doting grandmother becomes prominent in scores of photographs with Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, where she lets her guard down, playfully and affectionately. One also sees a young Indira, taking fledgling steps into her political journey, lovingly guided by her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.The photographs have been curated over a period of five years, as Deepti Sasidharan, curator of the project, shares. “In what started off as a digitising project, eventually culminated into I Am Courage. We sifted through 90,000 pictures of Mrs Gandhi, starting from her childhood. While the IGM Trust wanted us to only digitise these photos, we were so overwhelmed with the extensive data on our hands that we decided to bring it to the public.”300 rare photosThere are 300 rare photographs at display at the event ‘I Am Courage’.Each is accompanied by snippets on the story behind them, unspool Gandhi’s emotionsThe photographs have been curated over 5 years

Unlike PM Modi, Indira Gandhi stood up for refugees: AK Antony on Rohingya crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior Congress leader A K Antony has criticised the Modi government for not accommodating Rohingyas and cited the example of former prime minister Indira Gandhi who “insisted on protecting” refugees from Bangladesh.The former defence minister yesterday accused the government of pushing out around 40,000 Rohingyas when they were seeking help and care.”When more than one crore refugees came to India from Bangladesh in the 70s, former prime minister Indira Gandhi insisted on protecting them by disregarding the mighty seventh fleet of the US,” he said.She mustered courage to wage a war and carved out a new nation for them, Antony said.He was speaking at the launch of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ), Delhi.According to him, Indian pluralism and freedom of expression were under attack.”There is no freedom even for eating the food you like, watching movies or writing books. The ethos that existed for centuries is facing challenges,” he said.India, he added, was losing its culture of debate and discussion.”In the present situation, nobody can express themselves without fear. Also, it is not a good sign that the Indian media cannot express its opinion,” he added. PTI CPB MG MIN

Income-Tax conducts major raids on Kota stone firms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Income Tax officials on Wednesday morning raided around 12 establishments and residences of three mining industrialists in Kota and Jhalawar districts. At the time of filing this report the raids were continuing and a large amount of undeclared income and assets are likely to be unearthed. The three mining establishments are Banas Kota Stones and mines group, Goodwill Stones and mines group and Golden Stones and mines group. The partners of the three industrialists, their relatives are being quizzed by the IT teams. More than 100 IT personnel from Jaipur, Udaipur, Tonk and Sawai Madhopur have been involved in the raids.According to Bharat Singh, SHO at Sukait police station, at some places the IT team even faced protests and resistance. In Sukait town of Kota district family members and supporters of one protested against the raids. However, the police presence brought the situation under control.IT teams during raids in Mahaveernagar, Indira Vihar and Inderprasth industrial area and residences on Chambal Garden road of Kota have seized many incriminating documents.

Over 100 flights, 50 trains delayed in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a brief spell of respite, smog cover enveloped the Capital again on Sunday, disrupting flight operations at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) for the fourth day this week. More than 100 arrivals and a number of departures were delayed as visibility dipped during the early hours and late in the evening. A number of trains were also affected, with the adverse weather leaving several stranded at railway stations.Airport officials, however, denied reports of any diversion or cancellation on Sunday, unlike on Tuesday and Wednesday, when major air traffic menace delayed and diverted over 500 flight. Runway 29-11, which was shut for three days, also added to the congestion.”Low visibility slowed down air traffic, eventually causing backlog resulting in congestion. Flights witnessed delays ranging from 30 minutes to more than an hour,” a senior officer said.The situation is expected to worsen as winter approaches. Officials said that keeping the possible fog and adverse weather conditions in mind, they have planned to undertake several measures to ensure commuters’ convenience. Deployment of additional traffic marshalls for smooth traffic flow, adequate lighting in car parking areas, and increased number of airport patrol vehicles fitted with radio sets and beacons are some of the measures that will be undertaken to ensure smooth traffic on the roads.”Display of weather information inside terminals, additional help desks at entry gates where information on cancellations and delays will be displayed, and additional seating capacity in the terminal building will be ensured. Apart from this, airlines will be briefed about deployment of additional staff for appropriate manning of check-in counters and boarding gate areas during fog,” the official said.Meanwhile, more than 50 trains were also affected in Delhi due to reduced visibility coupled with operational glitches. This left many passengers stranded at railway stations, leading to overcrowding.”Some arrivals were delayed, while more than two dozen trains had to be rescheduled and cancelled on Sunday, a senior railway official said. “Adequate security arrangements are being ensured to manage the situation,” the official added.TRAIN ISSUES, TOOApart from the flight delays due to reduced visibility, some two dozen trains were also rescheduled and cancelled on Sunday for adverse weather conditions and technical glitches.

From Shastri to Sharma, how Central govts have tried to bring peace to Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had believed that there was not much resistance and opposition in the streets to the dismissal of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah from the prime ministership of J&K in August 1953. Nehru had assumed that Kashmir had returned to normal and the general public had compromised with the status quo. But when Prophet’s holy relic was stolen from Srinagar’s Hazratbal shrine in the intervening night of December 26 and 27 in 1963, the news spread like wildfire and consumed Kashmir’s streets, sparking large-scale arson and violence.In the words of veteran journalist late Sanaullah Bhat, a volcano had erupted, which had been held back under pressure. India’s former envoy in Pakistan TCA Raghavan in his recent book The People Next Door—The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan narrates that the eruption of this agitation in Kashmir hurt Nehru’s self-esteem, much more than the defeat at the hands of China a year ago. He was hurt to the extent that he fell ill.Nehru asked Lal Bahadur Shastri to visit Srinagar to cool tempers by talking to a cross-section of people. On his way to the airport, Shastri stopped at Teen Murti House. Nehru reminded him to take warm clothes, as there will be freezing temperatures in Kashmir. But Shastri didn’t have clothes, except his khadi and jacket. Nehru lent him his warm overcoat to send him as the Central government’s first interlocutor. His visit resulted in release of Abdullah from prison after seven years. His cases were dropped and he was invited to meet ailing Nehru. He was allowed to travel to Pakistan to talk to the leadership there. But during his tour to Pakistan, Nehru passed away and Abdullah returned without accomplishing his mission. A year later, he was again behind bars.After the Shimla agreement between India and Pakistan in 1972 that led to the release of Pakistani prisoners of war, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed her confidante G Parthasarathy to open dialogue with Abdullah.Parthasarathy conducted 46 rounds of talks with Abdullah’s right-hand man Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg over the next three-and-a-half years. The talks led to the Indira-Abdullah Accord of February 1975. Sheikh became Chief Minister of the state and had ab assurance under Article 4 of the Accord that all central laws extended to the state between 1953 and 1975 will be reviewed. But by the time of his death in 1982, Abdullah’s relations with New Delhi had soured. He was accusing New Delhi of not allowing him to review the laws.In 1984, Sheikh’s son Farooq Abdullah was dismissed from chief ministership. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi soon appointed Rajesh Pilot to build bridges with Farooq. Pliot’s interlocution led to the 1986 Rajiv-Farooq Accord. Its provisions were mirror copies of the 1975 Accord with the exception that Farooq agreed to share power with the Congress. Farooq’s National Conference cadres and general public rejecting it. To prove that the Accord was successful, a year later in 1987, both the Centre and the state government engineered a massive rigging in the assembly elections. Many experts believe that the rigging shook people’s faith in democratic systems and created room for militancy.In 1990, at the peak of militancy, Prime Minister VP Singh appointed George Fernandes as the pointsman for Kashmir. First time, in Delhi, a ministry of Kashmir affairs was set up under the supervision of Fernandes. But at the same time Singh also appointed Jagmohan as J&K Governor. Both of them worked at cross purposes leading to the failure of each other’s efforts.In 1993, Prime Minister Narasimha Rao also banked on Pilot. He was appointed as junior minister incharge of internal security with a purpose to open a political channel in Kashmir. He did so successfully by engineering defections within militant ranks and creating Ikhwans, an anti-militant force.In April 2001, PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee appointed deputy chairman of Planning Commission KC Pant as interlocutor. His mission failed, as separatists, barring Shabir Shah, boycotted him. His mission was wound up a year later.In 2003, Vajpayee appointed NN Vohra (current J&K’s Governor) as interlocutor. Vajpayee’s successor Manmohan Singh continued him on the job. Vohra roped in moderate Hurriyat leadership to have two rounds of talks with then deputy PM LK Advani and another two rounds with Manmohan Singh. He also was man behind three roundtable meetings supervised by the PM himself that produced five working group reports on confidence-building measures. He stayed on the position till 2008, when he became Governor.In 2010, following an unrest in which 120 youth were killed, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed three interlocutors — (late) Dileep Padgaonkar, MM Ansari and Radha Kumar. They also faced a boycott from separatist groups but presented a report to the government in May 2012. Sharma will be the government’s ninth interlocutor in Kashmir.GOVT’S POINTSMEN OVER THE YEARS1963: PM Nehru sent Lal Bahadur Shastri to Kashmir when violence swept through the valley. 1972: Indira Gandhi appointed her confidante G Parthasarathy to open dialogue with Sheikh Abdullah. 1986: PM Rajiv Gandhi appointed Rajesh Pilot to build bridges with Farooq Abdullah. 1990: At the peak of militancy, PM VP Singh appointed Geroge Fernandes as his pointsman for Kashmir. 1993: PM Rao also banked on Rajesh Pilot. 2001: PM Vajpayee appointed KC Pant. In 2003, He chose NN Vohra 2010: PM Manmohan Singh chose (late) Dileep Padgaonkar, MM Ansari and Radha Kumar.

Govt mulls copter service from IGIA to NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It takes almost the same time to fly to Delhi from other metro cities and to travel on road from one spot to the other within the National Capital Region (NCR). Considering the size of the region as well as its traffic problems, the Centre is now exploring the possibility for air travellers to avail helicopter services from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to satellite cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has asked the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), to explore the possibility of providing space for helicopters within the Delhi airports, so that direct connectivity can be provided to air travellers. The move will help commuters bypass the cumbersome traffic congestion and reach their respective destinations within a much shorter time.If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.”This will be a big relief for frequent flyers as many of them complain about missing their flights due to traffic chaos,” a source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. These choppers could also be used as air ambulances, and hospitals and patients could avail the facility on a regular basis. The service will particularly facilitate swifter organ transfer, as compared to green corridor. “A Detailed Project Report is being prepared and accordingly, changes will be made in building bylaws, wherein rooftop helipads might also be included,” the source added.Initially, however, the Centre will use unattended helipads in these satellite cities.In July this year, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had revealed that there were no “non-peak hours” in Delhi anymore as there was almost no difference in the time taken to travel during peak and non-peak hours. The CSE had carried out the study on 13 arterial roads for 12 hours daily. It stated that on an average, the morning and evening peak traffic speeds were 28 kmph and 25 kmph, and the off-peak speed was 27 kmph.Expansion planPossibility to avail services from IGIA to satellite cities like Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Chennai floods: Following electrocution of two girls, HC orders Rs 10 lakh compensation each to next of kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Saturday took a serious view of the electrocution of two minor girls after they stepped on a live wire submerged in rain water and directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation each to next of kin.”Keeping live wires open smacks of criminal negligence. The respondents shall ensure that all naked wires in the city are sealed and that adequate steps are taken to ensure that such incidents do not take place in future,” the court said.The bench headed by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, took suo motu notice of the incident after a mention was made by Advocate George Williams yesterday.Additional Advocate General Manishankar submitted that already Rs two lakh each were paid to the bereaved families while Advocate Williams sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.The negligence on the part of TANGEDCO to maintain the electricity supply boxes and wires in a good condition had scattered the dreams of their parents to make them engineers or doctors, Williams told the bench.After hearing their submissions, the bench said Rs 10 lakh shall be paid to the respective families within seven days after deducting the amount of Rs 2 lakh which was already paid.The two girls were electrocuted when they stepped on a live wire submerged in water while playing at Kondungaiyur area in the city on November 1.

Govt to hire more staffers to ease congestion at immigration counters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ln order to ease congestion at immigration counters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) during peak hours, the government is planning to increase the crew significantly. The measure has become unavoidable in view of the drastic increase in the number of flyers over the last few years.Issues related to congestion have been raised by travellers several times in the past. Passengers say immigration clearance takes a long time due to staff shortage. Following regular complaints, a team of Home Ministry officials visited the IGIA counters for inspection on Tuesday.Home Ministry officials said that granting of e-visa to citizens of over 160 countries in the recent past has led to the arrival of a huge number of tourists. Besides, there have been allegations that many immigration officers leave their counters during the rush hours for tea or meals and some of them are not even trained properly.The officials also argued that the infrastructure at the airport was not keeping pace with the rush, which has increased from nearly 30,000 a day in 2015 to 41,000 a day now. In fact, the four business-class counters were also thrown open for the general public to handle the rush.The Delhi airport has 75 immigration counters at both arrival and departure halls, including those for e-visa. An assessment revealed that each passenger spends 50-90 seconds at an immigration counter and the authorities are now planning to reduce this time to 30 seconds, an official said.

Confusion at IGIA after T2 reopens

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Irked GoAir passengers have been complaining since Sunday that the airport operators did not make an effort to direct them to the newly renovated Terminal 2 (T2) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Airlines shifted its operations to T2 on Sunday, while other domestic flights are still operating from other terminals.Passengers said chaos ensued at the airport after the domestic operations were split between two terminals. While GoAir is operating from T2, SpiceJet and IndiGo will continue to operate from 1D. The two airlines are still at loggerheads about which airlines will next move their operations completely to T2, in order to allow the airport operator to execute Terminal 1D’s expansion.Many GoAir passengers have been turning up at 1D and then travelling back to T2, more than 2 km away.DNA had reported in March this year that T2, renovated at a cost of over Rs 100 crore, missed its fourth tentative deadline to be operational in February, 2017. The terminal was to be opened on January 1, 2017, but the deadline kept extending. The terminal missed yet another deadline on February 15, after which the Ministry of Civil Aviation had said that it will find a solution within a week.Now, SpiceJet and IndiGo are also expected to shift their operations to T2 soon. Earlier, operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) had insisted that SpiceJet, IndiGo, and GoAir should shift one-third of their existing flights from 1D to T2, but the suggestion was opposed by the airlines, which were not keen to operate from two terminals simultaneously. It was then proposed that either all three airlines shift their flights to metro cities to T2, or SpiceJet and GoAir go to T2 but IndiGo keep operating from 1D, but nothing worked out within the time given by the DIAL.

New York City attack turns city into fortress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after the deadly terror attack in New York City on Tuesday evening, vigilance was stepped up in the Capital, while thorough scanning was ensured at Inter-State Bus Terminals, railway stations, and border areas. The security arrangements were also fortified at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and the Delhi Metro stations.A 29-year-old man drove a truck into a crowd of bicyclists and pedestrians just metres away from the World Trade Centre, leaving eight dead on the spot. Taking immediate necessary precautions, the Delhi Police increased deployment outside temples, historical monuments, and all other critical installations. “All necessary precautions to deal with any untoward situation are in place and our anti-terror squad teams are deployed to maintain a hawk-eye vigil in markets and other crowded areas. Checking of vehicles at borders has also been strengthened and pickets have been raised,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which handles security at the IGIA, has urged passengers to try to reach the airport early, as baggage checking and passenger frisking has been tightened. “Passengers might be asked to cooperate in baggage search and personal frisking randomly. This is being done by a team of Intelligence sleuths, based on profiling. Passengers are requested to arrive for their departure with extra time in hand and to cooperate with our men,” a senior CISF officer said.The officer added that known temples, dargahs, and other religious places where a number of devotees come, are also under surveillance. Besides, the CISF has deployed armed plainclothesmen in terminal buildings to watch over any suspicious movement and respond without delay. In addition, airlines have been asked to carry out secondary ladder point checking thoroughly.The officer also said that anti-sabotage checks and repeated sanitising of Delhi Metro stations by dog squads is being done. Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have been deployed in areas in the vicinity of Metro stations.Police also have concerns that small gangs of auto-lifters might be used by terror modules to procure vehicles. Senior officials said that since monitoring of every vehicle was not humanly possible, special drives have been undertaken to keep second-hand car dealers, unauthorised parking stands, and sale-purchase of vehicles on the police radar.TERROR ON WHEELSJune, 2017: A man died and 8 others were injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of pedestrians in north London April, 2017: A truck crashed into an upscale departmental store in central Stockholm, killing two people January, 2017: A truck rammed into a group of uniformed Israel Defense Forces soldiers in Jerusalem, killing 4 and injuring 15.

Jab they met: Here’s what PM Narendra Modi gifted young Bhutan Prince

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Bhutan Royal Family called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, all eyes were on Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.The young Prince, who has become darling of media, was completely at ease while meeting PM Modi.Adorable photos of PM Modi and young Prince exchanging a ‘namaste’ were tweetd by news agency ANI.The Prime Minister who is known for taking special interest in the gifts given to the guests presented an official football of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and a chess set to the Prince of Bhutan.The young Prince was particularly delighted by the chess set, it seems.The Royal Family of Bhutan is on a four-day trip to India.Earlier in the day, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and President Ram Nath Kovind.Though there are reports that the visit was a more about the crucial discussion over the Doklam stand-ff, but the young Prince stole the thunder.From his arrival video at the Indira Gandhi Airport to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, media is keenly following this young Royal.

How the 1984 riots spread across Delhi

The riots targeting the Sikh community in 1984 after Indira Gandhi’s murder killed 3,000 people.

The India police officer who saved Sikhs during the 1984 riots

Maxwell Pereira was one of the few officers who took action against mobs in the absence of orders.

Forces of darkness seeking to engulf society, narrow nationalism dividing India: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress president Sonia Gandhi said today the country was getting increasingly divided in the name of “narrow nationalism” as “forces of darnkess” seek to engulf it.Gandhi said the liberal, tolerant Indian ethos that former prime minister late Indira Gandhi embodied is being rejected and repudiated. “In today’s times, when our country finds itself increasingly divided in the name of a narrow nationalism, the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration is a recognition of the values she stood for,” she said in her speech read out by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.Gandhi said Sonia Gandhi has been ill but was keen to attend the function to give away the 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. Rahul said he dissuaded her from attending the event and read out her speech.”The Award reminds all of us that like her we must be undaunted, unafraid and uncompromising against the forces of darkness that seek to engulf our land,” she said. The Congress vice president and former prime minister Manmohan Singh jointly presented the award to Carnatic Music singer T M Krishna, for his exemplary services in promoting national integration.Sonia said the idea of India that Indira Gandhi fought for has been thrown fundamentally into question by the “rising intolerance” that one witnessed today. Singh, in his brief speech, called for reaffirming commitment to the values Indira Gandhi stood for and celebrate India’s diversity. “At a time when our society is facing a danger of deepening divisions, true patritism demands that we follow the path shown by Indira Gandhi and work for social and regional cohesion even as we celebrate our diversity,” Singh said. The Congress president said, “The liberal, tolerant Indian ethos that Indira Gandhi embodied in her life and beliefs is openly rejected and repudiated. The precious idea of national integration has never been more necessary than today.”She alleged a view of Indianness that is one-sided, discriminatory and even warped was being thrust upon the country. “The country’s heritage is now in the hands of those who are bent upon rewriting history, imposing falsehood and unscientific ideas on our people and stifling independent thinking,” she said without naming any party or individual but apparently targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. The Congress president said Indira Gandhi believed in Indianness that was bereft of caste or religion and that she paid for her principles with her life, but never compromised with her faith in India and its people.”Indira Gandhi would not judge anyone on the basis of religion,” Gandhi said, while citing the example of her refusing to change her Sikh bodyguards after being advised in the wake of Operation Bluestar. Gandhi hoped that Krishna will keep alight that flame of national integration and tolerance. “In doing so, the sound of his music will soar above the darkness that rises around us and illuminate the idea of a generous and compassionate India that Indiraji believed in and fought for,” Gandhi said.The Congress president said Indira Gandhi’s life and convictions inspired the award, which is given to those distinguished sons and daughters of India whose work, beyond its intrinsic merits, seeks to protect and project the very soul of this land. “Unity and peace, not division and conflict, are the lights that guided our awardees, in thought as well as action – just as they guided her,” she said. Krishna, after receiving the award, said “We are facing difficlt times” and living in times when national integration has been replaced with an “ugly form of nationalism and jingoism”. Referring to former prime minister Singh’s apology for the 1984 riots anti-Sikh riots, he said, “The leader who does not have the strength to apologise for a genocide does not integrate”.

PM Narendra Modi remembers Indira Gandhi ahead of death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered former prime minister Indira Gandhi, ahead of her death anniversary on October 31.This year marks the 33rd death anniversary of Indira Gandhi, a stateswoman and a central figure of the Indian National Congress.Addressing the nation in the 37th episode of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and the Narendra Modi mobile application, Prime Minister Modi also announced the day to be marked as celebrations of the birth anniversary of the iconic Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who laid the foundation of modern, unified India.”Sardar Patel’s speciality was that of being immensely capable of devising practical solutions to the most complicated problems in the way. He ensured that millions of Indians were brought under the ambit of one nation and one constitution. He not only suggested revolutionary ideas, but also implemented them, leading to India?s unification,” he said, in his monthly radio address.Drawing upon Sardar Patel’s stringent anti-discrimination ideology, Prime Minister Modi opined that the ideology could be implemented in the present day as well, thus helping realise the vision for a New India.”His ‘no discrimination’ approach is the reason his birthday is celebrated as the National Unity Day,” he added.Prime Minister Modi also announced that in lieu of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, a ‘Run for Unity’ would be organised throughout the country, and urged his fellow countrymen to participate in this ‘festival of mutual harmony’.

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

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

Security agencies in tizzy after bomb hoax at Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security agencies at the Delhi airport had a nervous moment today after they received a hoax call about a bomb on a Mumbai-bound flight. A call centre of the airport operator received the call from a mobile phone at about 2 pm. The caller said in Hindi, “Delhi-Bombay flight mein bomb hai” (there is a bomb on a Delhi-Mumbai flight), a senior official engaged in airport security said.A meeting of the designated bomb threat assessment committee was immediately convened at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), he said, adding that at about 3.15 pm, the call was declared to be a hoax.Security measures had been stepped up at the IGIA on account of Diwali and other festivals over the weekend and hence, the call sent the agencies into a tizzy for a while, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer said, adding that the police were trying to trace the caller.

Ahmedabad-bound passenger held at Delhi airport for carrying bullets in luggage

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 06:42 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Ahmedabad-bound passenger was apprehended at the Delhi airport for allegedly carrying five live bullets in his bag, an official said.The man, identified as Gurjinder S, was going through security checks at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport yesterday at about 1:25 pm when a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel detected a “bullet-like object” in his luggage, said a senior official involved in airport security.”Five live bullets were recovered from his bag. He was handed over to the police as he could not produce valid documents for carrying the bullets,” he said.Carrying arms and ammunition on board an aircraft without authorisation is banned.

No alliance with SP? Congress to contest UP local body polls on its own, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress will contest the local body polls in Uttar Pradesh on its own, party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said in Aligarh on Sunday. “Our party will contest the forthcoming local body polls on its own,” Azad said while addressing a function to mark the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. The notification for the local body polls is likely to be issued before month-end. Azad also said that the Congress was “optimistic regarding its prospects in the forthcoming Assembly polls especially in Gujarat, where BJP was in a panic mode.” “Modi government’s popularity graph is going down and recent strategy to use UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath was an indication of this. This desperate move has also flopped,” he claimed.Azad said if prime minister Modi was such a “vote catcher then why was Adityanath being pushed in the campaign in the prime minister’s home state.” He said the recent assault on a Muslim youth carrying buffalo meat by alleged cow vigilantes in Faridabad indicated that law enforcement in the country has gone out of the government’s hand. “Such incidents are continuing despite claims of the PM,” he said.Addressing the function, Congress’ state unit president Raj Babbar said that, “it was ironical that UP chief minister Yogi Adaityanath was campaigning on the plank of providing better law and order in Kerala and Gujarat states while law and order in his own state is collapsing”.

Air India flight gets delayed after baggage tow tractor rams into plane at Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An electronic baggage tow tractor on Saturday collided into an Air India plane at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport delaying a flight to Shanghai by 45 minutes.Air India has instituted an inquiry into the incident and the ground staff involved have been de-rostered, the airline’s spokesperson GP Rao said.There were no injuries sustained in the accident, according to Air India.The incident happened around 11 am when Shanghai-bound AI 348 was parked at IGI. An electronic tow truck carrying luggage of passengers rammed into one of the engines of the Boeing 787 aircraft.The flight was scheduled for takeoff at 11.40 am and the airline’s spokesperson said the boarding for the flight had not started by then.”The electric tow tug carrying baggage came in contact with the engine of a parked aircraft. The aircraft is being inspected for any damage,” Rao said in a statement.He added that an alternative aircraft was arranged for the flight, which took off from here after a delay of 45 minutes with nearly 210 passengers.​

Modi is PM on TV only: Ghulam Nabi Azad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was the “prime minister on TV only”.Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was addressing a Congress programme to mark the 100th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.He said Modi keeps on asking what the Congress has done for the country in the last 70 years.”I would like to tell him that in 1940s, India had a population of 20 crore and due to scarcity of food, 10 lakh people had died in Bengal.”But now none of the 120 crore Indians are dying due to food shortage and food crops are being exported to many countries too. This is what we (Congress) have done in the last 70 years,” Azad said.”You (Modi) are the prime minister on TV only. Our prime minister (from the Congress) were on ground,” he said.Azad said the BJP had promised 10 crore jobs but instead 15 crore people have been rendered jobless under this government.Attacking those leaders who have left the Congress, Azad said he himself could have become a Cabinet minister (by joining the ruling party) but his ideology does not allow him to leave the Congress.”People who leave one party for another do not have any ideology. This needs to be stopped,” he said.He praised Indira Gandhi saying that when the USA had refused to send food crop supplies in 1970s, she had spoken about green revolution which helped increase food production.Congress state president Raj Babbar, senior party leaders Mohsina Kidwai, Sanjay Singh and others were also present on the occasion.

Railway security stepped after ISIS comments on Marseille attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after terror outfit ISIS’s media wing Amaq reportedly called the attacker of Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France, a “soldier of the Islamic State”, the Railway Protection Force and the Delhi Police stepped up the vigil at railway stations in the national Capital significantly.Stating that railway stations were an easy target because of the “open architecture” , a senior RPF officer said profiling of trespassers and deployment of undercover armed commandos were among the precautionary measures being undertaken.Amaq had released its statement on the Marseille attack on social media, late on Sunday, after a man with a knife attacked and killed two women at a railway station before being killed by the military police. The statement, reportedly issued in Arabic, said the attacker “implemented the operation as an answer to the call of targeting coalition countries”. France is a member of the US-led coalition battling ISIS in Syria and Iraq, media reports said. The ISIS, however, did not name the attacker or provide evidence that he was linked to the terror group.Hours later, over 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded after a shooter rained bullets during a music festival in Las Vegas, US. This was followed by the arrest of a Somalian for stabbing and ramming into pedestrians in an alleged terrorist attack.This string of attacks, allegedly by militant groups, has sparked concerns among railways authorities and security agencies in Delhi.Sanjay Kishore, IG-cum-Chief Security Commissioner of the Railway Protection Force, Northern Railway, said: “Keeping such attacks and intelligence inputs in mind, we have significantly stepped up the vigil and frisking of passengers entering the station has been tightened. Since our stations are open from all sides, we are ensuring strict profiling and armed commandos in plainclothes have been deployed at platforms and in circulating areas.”The officer further said the stations in Delhi might soon get more CCTV cameras to enhance surveillance during crowded seasons. The current scenario has also triggered repeated inspections of trains, platforms, and parking areas by bomb disposal and detection squads and sniffer dogs.Security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi Metro, inter-state bus terminals, bus stops, markets, shopping malls, critical installations, monuments, and government offices has also been adequately stepped up, the police said.VULNERABLE RAILWAYSMore than 800 trains pass through 232 railway stations in Delhi Division daily.
These stations see a footfall of over 15 lakh every day.
Only 11 stations are equipped with CCTV cameras.
The RPF is drastically short staffed.
Regular checks are conducted only in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Only seven dogs guard over 800 trains and 232 stations.
Unmanned entries, broken boundaries, and open access to railway lines compound the problem.

Cow vigilantism: States need to compensate victims, says SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Chief Secretaries of 22 states to file compliance reports in pursuance of its order on laying down a mechanism to sternly deal with cow vigilante groups, saying “nobody can wash off their hands”.The division bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra also mentioned that victims of cow vigilance violence needs to be compensated by the respective states. ” We do not have to say that. All states are under an obligation to compensate victims of cow vigilante violence. At the same time, law and order has to have primacy and anyone violating must be dealt with sternly”, says SC according to Live Law report. SC said it after Indira Jaisingh appearing for Tushar Gandhi argued for a compensation scheme for the victims, where the entire process is automated. The top court, on September 6, had directed all 29 states and seven union territories (UTs) to take steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked them to appoint a senior police officer as the nodal officer in every district within a week to check such vigilante groups. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “let the compliance reports be filed…nobody can wash off their hands (from their duty). We will give directions to all the states.”The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, was informed during the brief hearing that five states — Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat, have already filed their compliance affidavits and Bihar and Maharashtra would be filing it during the day. It then asked the counsel for the remaining 22 states to file compliance reports by October 13 and fixed PILs, including one filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi on the issue, for hearing on October 31.At the outset, senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gandhi, said the central government be directed to frame a national policy on preventing incidents of cow vigilantism. She also said there were several judgements, which make mandatory the award of compensation to the victims of such crimes, but unfortunately, the money was not being paid. Jaising then raised the issue of Junaid, who was killed by a group of fellow passengers while returning to his Ballabhgarh home with his brothers after Eid shopping in Delhi on June 23 and said his family members were not paid any compensation and now, his father is ill and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh.”I am asking for the formulation of a scheme on compensation,” she said. “Don’t mix up the issues,” the bench said. Earlier, the apex court had passed a slew of directions to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked the states to appoint a senior police officer as nodal officer in every district to act promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are “law unto themselves”. t had asked the states to form a dedicated task force in every district to stop such acts and directed their chief secretaries to file a status report giving details of actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.The court had also asked the states to ensure highway patrolling after it was pointed out that such incidents took place on highways on the pretext that vehicles are carrying beef. Besides Gandhi, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla has also filed a similar petition. With PTI inputs

No ‘jungle raj’ in UP, no single incident of riot since March: Cheif Minister Yogi Adityanath on six months of BJP government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath on Tuesday said that his government, which completed six months in power on Tuesday, has removed ‘jungle raj’ from the state.“It was priority to rid UP of jungle raj. Happy that hard work by ministers has instilled sense of confidence in people,” the Chief Minister was quoted as saying by the ANI.A day earlier, the Yogi government had issued a ‘White Paper’ on the “failures” of the previous BSP and SP state governments in the last 15 years.Stressing on the fact that the state has been peaceful since the BJP came to power, CM Yogi said, “since March 2017, there hasn’t been a single incident of riot.”The Chief Minister also spoke about various schemes launched by his government.“For welfare of farmers, we started the system to provide them tube wells and solar pumps,” he said.“Our revenue department brought in a good initiative. If permitted to link khatian to Aadhaar there won’t be false registry or any fraud,” he added.He also spoke about measure to tackle land mafia.“We’re launching systematic drive which will help government retrieve 1,000 hectares of land which have been in grips of land mafia since years,” he said.The BJP came to power after a bumper mandate in 2017 Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh.The party came to power with the biggest mandate since Indira Gandhi’s stunning victory in 1980.

SIT has got some clues on killing of Gauri Lankesh: Karnataka Home Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SIT has gathered “some clues” in connection with the killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said.The state government, which set up a 21-member Special Investigation Team headed by IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh to probe the killing, had yesterday announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone providing clues about the case that had led to nationwide protests.”Investigation is going on, they have also got clues, but I cannot reveal everything in front of media,” he told reporters here.”I had met the chief minister along with senior police officials yesterday. The CM had given instructions; I had also said what I had to. Finally very soon (we will nab the culprits),” he said.Meanwhile, Gauri’s mother Indira Lankesh today met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at his official residence and requested him to nab the culprits soon.Indira asked him to ensured that the culprits get strict punishment, CMO officials said.Siddaramaiah assured Indira that the government would investigate Gauri’s killing with honesty, they said.As a political slugfest broke out over the killing of Gauri, her family on Thursday had made a plea against giving political colour to it, even as it appeared divided on who should probe the murder.While Gauri’s brother Indrajit favoured a CBI probe, his sister Kavitha said that the SIT, which is currently investigating it, should be given time.The family had also said the investigators should look into all angles behind Gauri’s killing, whether it is right wing or Naxals, as reports have emerged about a possible Naxal hand other than the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists, the ideology Gauri opposed.Gauri Lankesh, who was known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5.

Kerala: Two DYFI workers, RSS activist injured in attacks in Kannur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DYFI, the CPI(M)’s youth wing, workers and an RSS activist were injured in two separate incidents of attacks on them allegedly by rival party members in the district, the police said.In one of the incidents which occurred last night, the Democratic Youth Federation of India workers were injured when a bomb was hurled at them allegedly by RSS activists while the duo were travelling on a two-wheeler at Thokilagadi Paraparimbil.The injured have been admitted to Thalassery Co-operative Hospital, the police said.In the other incident, the RSS worker was injured after he was hacked allegedly by CPI-M workers at Chittariparambu.He had been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Hospital at Thalassery.Kannur district, one of the politically sensitive regions of Kerala, has witnessed a series of clashes between CPI-M and RSS-BJP workers in recent months.

Hoax bomb call causes panic at IGI Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was panic at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Thursday night when a caller informed that there were explosives on a flight scheduled for Hong Kong and that if he gave more details, he would be killed.The message sparked panic among security agencies and the entire airport had to be sanitised. The identified aircraft also underwent a thorough check and only after three hours the situation was declared normal and the call as a hoax.According to senior CISF officers, the call was received around 11.30 pm at the airport operator’s Gurgaon-based call centre and the message was soon conveyed. “The caller had said, I overheard some people talking that a plane going to Hong Kong, has explosive on it…I just wanted to share to you…I can’t give you any other details. There is explosive on that plane…people are going to die,” an officer said.

Cabinet reshuffle: PM Modi prefers low profile, result-delivering ministers for his core team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi has affected a change governmental leadership by the cabinet reshuffle and portfolio reallocation. He had inherited a team in Delhi, which was mentored by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani.In 2014, he chose to work with few but rest were kept out of the government positions. The seniors like LK Advani, MM Joshi, Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, and Shanta Kumar were sent to cold storage masquerading as Margdarshak Mandal.Since the first cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi has worked tirelessly to create his own team at Centre. With Amit Shah as the party president and middle moving into the Cabinet, Modi’s core team has been settled. The reshuffle not only affects the composition of CCS, CCPA and CCEA it also shifts power away to the faces closely associated with Vajpayee’s dispensation. If one puts Arun Jately, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh aside, the Cabinet has been re-casted in Modi’s image. The above three have not been superseded but their colleagues have changed. The top three ministers will now work with people who have been politically and administratively authored by Narendra Modi. Administratively, they become equals and the future leadership of BJP. This is the fundamental feature of the Cabinet reshuffle but not the only one.The elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman who was just a spokesperson before the elections as the Defence Minister is also a sign that Modi privileges performance, loyalty and low-profile work culture from the ministers.It is for this reason Smriti Irani was shifted from a high-profile ministry like HRD to Textiles. But she clawed her way back into Modi’s good book has been able to retain both Information and Broadcasting and Textile Ministry for herself. The message is clear that low profile functioning by ‘ministers’ is the preferred Modi way.The same goes for Prakash Javdekar who was elevated to the Cabinet last time around. He too retains the portfolio. The fact that Piyush Goyal has been rewarded with Railways and Dharmendra Pradhan has been given additional charge of Skill Development reaffirms that Modi is completing the process of building a post 2019 core team. Both of them have also been elevated as Cabinet Ministers thereby moving them into the core decision making process. The skill development is a project very close to the Prime Minister but Rudy, failed and hence was removed from the ministry. Nirmala on the other hand becomes the 2nd woman Defence Minister of the country after Indira Gandhi. Uma Bharti could only save her job because of her old association with RSS and for this reason her ministry was changed and important projects like Ganga rejuvenation and river inter linking which were part of her ministry was handed over to Nitin Gadkari. Even MA Naqvi has been elevated as a Cabinet Minister who earlier replaced Najma Heptulla. Despite public criticism, PM didn’t let go of Suresh Prabhu. He has been given a second chance as Commerce Minister. Rajyavardhan Rathore too has been elevated by giving him the independent charge of the Sports Ministry which was earlier held by Vijay Goel who has been shifted to Parliamentary Affairs.Another big takeaway of this reshuffle is that Modi has inducted lot of technocrats into the ministry. Politically empowered Prime Ministers have done it in past, as, they don’t require political capital from their colleagues. It is for this reason RK Singh, Alphons Kannanthanam and Hardeep Puri were inducted as minister of states with independent charge. All of them have been career bureaucrats and entered BJP laterally before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The biggest challenge for the Prime Minister is delivery and for this reason portfolios went the certain way. RK Singh got independent charge of power though coal remains with Piyush Goyal for the sensitivity of the portfolio. Puri and Alphons too have been handed ministries which were found wanting on the delivery side. The former has landed with Urban development and latter with ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It shows that Prime Minister understands that policy formulation in India is easy but delivery becomes next to impossible because of the nature of Indian administrative structure.The current restructuring is more in line with Indira and Rajiv Gandhi who were in complete control of the government and could move ministers and groom new as per their preferences. This was missing for past 25 years because of the compulsion of coalition politics. Modi today has the same advantage. The only miss seems to have been allies and bifurcation of portfolios which were put together earlier. For example, now coal and power have been given to different ministers. Lastly, the absence ministerial induction from JDU and ADMK shows that these two projects are still unfinished business and would require more time.

After Indira Gandhi, Nirmala Sitharaman becomes second woman Defence Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirmala Sitharaman, the only woman minister in the Sunday’s cabinet reshuffle, has been appointed as Defence Minister.It is for the first time in more than 30 years, that the crucial ministry has been assigned to a woman minister.Before this, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi held the portfolio till 1982.Sitharaman, who was Commerce Minister in the Narendra Modi government, was promoted as a Cabinet Minister on Sunday.

Raze buildings breaching height limit near IGI: PIL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking demolition of hundreds of buildings around the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport that are above the prescribed height on the grounds of threat to aircraft. The court has issued a notice to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Delhi International Airport Private Limited to seek their responses on the plea which has alleged that the authorities colluded with real estate lobbies which has led to the current situation.The court has also issued notice to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and various other security agencies and sought their replies before the next date of hearing on December 6. Petitioner Yeshwanth Shenoy has appealed to the court seeking direction to authorities including DGCA, the regulatory body for civil aviation, to proceed against the obstacles near the airport as per the Aircraft (Demolition of obstructions caused by buildings and trees) Rules, 1994. “The DIAL also failed to conduct obstacle study as is mandated by law and the DGCA failed to identify the threat to safety in its safety audits,” the plea said. The petition has sought direction to the authorities to produce the last 10 years safety audit reports for the IGI Airport.

Man kills two daughters, injures wife in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man allegedly killed his two minor daughters and seriously injured his wife in Bihar’s Rohtas district, police said today. The incident took place yesterday night at a rented house in Indira Nagar locality under the jurisdiction of Vikramganj police station, a police officer said. Lalit Singh, a native of neighbouring Bhojpur district, shot his daughters Tanu Kumari (12) and Tanya Kumari (14), Vikramganj police station in-charge Akram Ansari said. The children died on the spot, he said. Lalit Singh also attacked his wife Gudiya Devi with a sharp object and injured her seriously, he said. The injured woman was admitted to a private clinic in critical condition, he said. Lalit Singh, owner of a mobile recharge shop, fled the spot leaving behind a note, Ansari said. He mentioned in the note that he had taken such an action since he was buried under debts, Ansari said. We have started an investigation into the matter, the police officer said. Efforts are on to locate and nab the assailant, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi meets Nepal PM Deuba ahead of bilateral delegation talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a special warm gesture, Prime Minister Naredra Modi received his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba at his residence, in an unscheduled meeting Wednesday afternoon. The brief meeting took place a day ahead of delegation-level talks between the two sides. Prime Minister Modi after the brief meeting tweeted, ?Happy to welcome Rt Hon Shri Sher Bahadur Deuba ji, PM of close & friendly neighbour Nepal. Look forward to more extensive talks tomorrow.? Nepal Prime Minister Deuba, who is on a five-day state visit to India, landed in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The Nepal Prime Minister attended a programme in the Nepali Embassy where he addressed the Nepali community in India and business event organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nepal PM Deuba arrives in India on five-day visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nepal?s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived in India on Wednesday for a five-day official visit. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received Prime Minister Deuba at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital. This is Deuba?s first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June 2017. He is accompanied by spouse Arzu Deuba Rana, council of ministers, parliamentary members and senior high officials of Nepal Government. During the visit, the Nepal Prime Minister will call on India?s newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. He will also hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Apart from official engagements in New Delhi, Prime Minister Deuba will also visit Hyderabad, Tirupati and Bodh Gaya. He will also be inaugurating the electricity transmission line to Nepal from India. The two sides are expected to discuss the connectivity and energy cooperation in which the Pancheshwar Hydropower Project is kept at the center, along with the Indian investment in Nepal. The treaties regarding the extradition and mutual legal assistance, compensation to the Nepali families affected by the construction of Koshi Dam and talks over dams controlled by Indian side which has undaunted the areas in southern plains are also in the table for discussion. The issue of dams and flood controlling mechanisms constructed and controlled in Nepal by India is enlisted as agendas for the discussions after the country?s lawmakers demanded talks over it during the premier?s visit to India. In recent years, India-Nepal partnership has witnessed significant growth in all areas of cooperation. The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to both the sides for holding wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest, and advancing age old, special ties of friendship between our two countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take domestic flights from revamped Terminal 2, this October

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From October 1 onwards, Delhiites might have to board their flights to selected domestic destinations from the newly renovated Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.Domestic carriers operating at the existing domestic Terminal 1D have been asked to shift one third of their operations to T2, so that expansion work of 1D, that has been handling footfall almost beyond its capacity now, can undergo expansion. They have been given a deadline of August 31 to do this.This is considered to be the first step towards expansion of T1D, which is a part of the IGI’s masterplan. This was announced during an official unveiling of the master plan on Tuesday, at the Delhi Airport, according to which DIAL aims to make the IGI airport one of the swankiest in the world by 2034. The plan includes inter-terminal walkalators for passenger movement, metro connectivity between terminals for swift transition among other infrastructural advancements.DNA had reported in March this year that Terminal 2, renovated at a cost of more than Rs 100 crores, missed its fourth tentative deadline in February 2017 to be made operational. The terminal, was initially to be declared open on January 1, 2017, by the airport operator DIAL.However, the deadline was postponed to mid January and then to February starting. The terminal then missed another tentative deadline of being declared open on February 15, after which the ministry of civil aviation had said that it would find a solution within a week.However, unveiling the master plan on Tuesday, I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL, said, the departure Terminal, T1D and arriving Terminal, T1 C will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per annum. “This includes modification of apron to meet future aircraft demand equipped with modern facilities like bridge mounted equipment (BME) and visual docking guidance system (VDGS), he said. The modified T1 will also have 22 Aerobridges,” Rao said.The expansion works will be carried out along with the normal operations at T1. Certain areas of the terminal and city side will operate at a lower capacity. However the overall capacity of the airport in view of T2 operationalisation will be maintained at around 70 million passengers per year. Besides, a fourth runway will also be built parallel to runway 11/29. The fourth runway will be constructed by 2021. This will ease out future pressure on other runways and will be constructed parallel to runway 11/29.

Flight ops suspended twice at Delhi airport as ‘drone-like’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flight operations were suspended twice today at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here after “drone-like objects” were spotted on the runways on two different occasions. The country’s busiest airport saw operations getting halted for an hour in the morning and around 45 minutes late in the evening amid security concerns following the spotting of the objects, sources said. Dozens of flights were impacted due to halting of operations twice during the day and the Delhi Police would be registering a case on the incidents. Around 1116 hours, a pilot of a China Airline flight (CI 181) coming from Taipei to New Delhi noticed a flying object at the time of landing at runway 28/10, which was shut thereafter for operations from 1120 to 1220 hours, airport security sources said. The China Airline could not be immediately contacted for comments. Again a “drone-like object” was spotted by an AirAsia pilot around 1910 hours, following which operations were suspended on all three runways of the airport for about 45 minutes. Flight operations resumed at 1955 hours after clearance from the Delhi Police, the sources said. An AirAsia India spokesperson said the pilots of flight i5 799 from Goa to New Delhi spotted an “unidentified object” flying close to the aircraft while landing at runway 11 of the airport. “Our pilots followed normal procedure and carried out an uneventful landing. Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to the Air Traffic Controller as per their reporting procedure that they have been trained for,” the spokesperson said in a statement. The airline has also filed a report with aviation regulator DGCA. “We will be registering a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” DCP (Indira Gandhi International Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said, when asked about the two incidents at the airport. Section 188 pertains to disobedience to order that has been duly promulgated by a public servant. The DGCA has banned the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which includes drones, for commercial use. Following the shutdown of runways in the evening, two Air India flights were diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad while one flight each of GoAir and IndiGo was diverted to Jaipur. An airport spokesperson was not immediately available for comments. Earlier also there have been incidents of unidentified flying objects being spotted in the vicinity of Delhi airport. The airport, which has three runways, is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements everyday. During peak time, the airport handles up to 70 flights per hour.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Africans nabbed with cocaine worth Rs 40 crores at Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) personnel on Thursday arrested a Tanzanian and a Nigerian national and seized four kilograms of cocaine worth Rs 40 crores. The Tanzanian woman, identified as Beatrice Kemmy Ndyetabula, was arrested at Indira Gandhi International airport after landing here from Mumbai. On a tip-off by the intelligence department, the NCB personnel were waiting at the airport premise for the arrival of the Tanzanian on Wednesday (August 16). The NCB found two bags with the Ndyetabula, filled with cocaine concealed in 27 ribbon rolls. Kemmy informed that she had travelled to India twice before this and it is the third time that she has come to India with a consignment to deliver to a resident of Delhi?s Dwarka area. The Nigerian national who was also arrested is identified as Augustin.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sonia Gandhi ‘missing’ posters rile Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after posters claiming Rahul Gandhi had gone missing from his electoral constituency in Amethi, this time it was his mother and AICC president Sonia Gandhi to face the same consequence. Angry with their leader’s long absence from her Parliamentary constituency, the people of Rae Bareli have put up notices in the busy markets and bustling areas, claiming that Mrs Gandhi has gone missing from her political seat.The AICC president has been unable to visit Rae Bareli for over a year because of her ill-health and busy schedule.Rae Bareli has been a Gandhi bastion since 1951, from the time when Feroze Gandhi became MP from the region. Later, in 1967, Indira Gandhi adopted it as her constituency. Sonia Gandhi has been the MP from Rae Bareli four times in a row since 2004.Significantly, what is written on the posters, claiming that Sonia Gandhi is missing, is similar to what was written about her son and Congress vice president Rahul. The posters, that reported Sonia Gandhi was missing, read: “The MP from Rae Bareli, Sonia Gandhi, is missing due to which all development works have come to a halt. The people of Rae Bareli feel cheated because of her behaviour. Anyone who informs of her whereabouts will be rewarded.”According to sources, the two incidents have angered some of the local Congressmen. They feel that it was done deliberately to discredit the two leaders who, despite all odds, have stood with the people of Rae Bareli and Amethi. The Congressmen were seen removing the posters. “It seems to be the handiwork of the RSS and the BJP,” charged VK Shukla, Rae Bareli district Congress president.

1984 riots: Supreme Court forms body to examine SIT decision to close 199 cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed a supervisory body of two former-apex court judges to scrutinise the SIT decision to close 199 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots matter.A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also asked the body to examine the SIT’s decision to close additional 42 riots- related cases.The top court directed the supervisory body to examine the issue and submit a report within three months.The court has posted the matter for further hearing on November 28.The apex court had on March 24 asked the Centre to place before it the files pertaining to the 199 cases of the anti- Sikh riots which the special investigation team set up by the Home Ministry has decided to “close”.The SIT is headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, and has Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge, besides Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police, as its members.Anti-Sikh riots that broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone.

Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support to Dalit farmer

A south Indian woman says her community association has imposed a fine on anyone who talks to her.

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