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3 men create ruckus inside Metro, held

Three men, allegedly in an inebriated state, entered the Pul Bangash Metro Station on Tuesday night and manhandled officers from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) after they tried to stop the trio from hurling abuses at co-passengers and creating a nuisance. The men, seeing the armed Quick Response Teams (QRT), which was called on the spot attempted to reach out to one of the officer’s weapon during the scuffle. All three have been arrested.According to the senior CISF officers, who guard the Delhi Metro, it was around 12.30 pm on Tuesday when the three men, later identified as Rahul (21), Sumit Sharma (28) and Gulshan Jacob (29), entered Pul Bangash Metro Station in an inebriated state and started hurling abuses at other passengers.”Hearing the ruckus, when the shift in-charge Head Constable Richh Pal Singh arrived at the spot, the trio got into an argument with him. On this, Singh called in the armed CISF personnel to take the trio to the station control room, but Rahul started a fist fight and even injured Singh. A Quick Reaction Team of the CISF commandos then had to be called in and the trio was detained. The Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed that arrived on the spot,” a senior CISF officer said.However, the officer added that when the DMRP attempted to take the three men to Rithala Metro Police Station, Rahul could not be controlled as he turned violent.

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CISF apprehends woman with pistol

A woman was caught by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at GTB Nagar Metro Station after the X-ray machine detected a country-made pistol in her bag. Some jewellery and USD 100 were also found in her bag after checking. This is the third incident in the past two weeks where a commuter has been caught with a pistol, trying to sneak into the Delhi Metro train.According to senior CISF officials, the matter came to light on Saturday at around 4:35 pm when during the baggage screening of a lady passenger, through X-ray machines at GTB Nagar Metro Station, Constable Milan Ghose detected the image of a pistol and some live rounds.“The constable immediately stopped the conveyer belt as well as the passenger was stopped, and he informed the matter to his senior officers. The bag was then physically checked in presence of the lady passenger and a country-made pistol along with eight live rounds of 3.25 bore was recovered. The woman was identified as Inder Pal Kaur (36), a resident of Mukherjee Nagar area,” a senior officer said. The matter was then conveyed to the senior officers and station controller. The woman was brought to the station control room along with her bag. X-RAY DETECTS According to senior CISF officials, the matter came to light on Saturday at around 4:35 pm when during the baggage screening of a lady passenger, through X-ray machines at GTB Nagar Metro Station, Constable Milan Ghose detected the image of a pistol and some live rounds.

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MHA allocates Rs 500 crore for CRPF modernisation

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned around Rs 500 crore for modernisation of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the next two years in the wake of increased participation of the force in anti-terror operations in Kashmir. Over 50 per cent of the total Rs 1,054 crore sanctioned for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will go to CRPF, Home Ministry officials said.The rest of the amount will be shared by other forces like Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Assam Rifles, and National Security Guards.The money will be spent on buying modern bulletproof jackets, bulletproof helmets, body armours, weapons, and high-tech gadgets for surveillance among other crucial items to equip the force.”Since the CRPF has been serving constantly in conflict zones, there is a need to upgrade the force. A huge share of the fund has been allocated to it,” a Home Ministry official said.The CRPF along with the Army and state police has been aggressively carrying out operation in Kashmir killing over 200 terrorists this year. It is also the lead force when it comes to combating MaoistsUpgrading of crucial weapons and equipment is part of MHA’s larger plan to give a push to the modernisation drive for police forces. MHA has already laid out a blueprint for Rs 25,000 crore modernisation schemes.CRPF and has a heavy deployment in the red zone. With strength of nearly 3 lakh it has the highest presence in Maoist hit states with nearly 85,000- 90,000 personnel serving in the red zone alone.There has been a five time increase in the amount sanctioned for CAPFs as part of a two year modernisation plan with the Home Ministry approved Rs 1054 from the corpus of Rs. 25,000 crore for the years 2018 and 2019.This a huge jump from the Rs. 200 crore amount spent by the forces in the last three years, sources said.While CRPF officials are happy about the amount being sanctioned they are also sceptical the amount being released. “In the past the amount actually released was much less than what was sanctioned,” said a CRPF official.

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In 2017, CISF earns its highest-ever consultancy revenue

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) earned a record Rs 2.5 crore through its consultancy services this year. The paramilitary force that secures the Delhi Metro and the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national Capital also provides consultancy services, and had recently offered them to schools after the Ryan murder case.Hemendra Singh, assistant inspector general and public relations officer of the CISF, said that during this calendar year, CISF’s total revenue earning was 2.54 crore — the highest-ever in a single calendar year since the inception of the force’s consultancy services. The previous best earning through consultancy was Rs 2.10 crore in 2015.The CISF has provided consultancy services to 157 establishments under both government and private sectors, and PSUs.Some of the force’s prominent clients include AIIMS, Allahabad High Court, Central Jail Bhopal, IITs, IIM Indore, Infosys Ltd, LBS Academy of Administration Mussourie, Museums under Ministry of Culture, RBI Mumbai, Aditya Birla Group institutions, Bajaj Auto Ltd, and others.”Through the consultancy services, we intend to provide integrated security solutions that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the clients. Recently, we offered our consultancy services to various schools as a social responsibility measure. Till date, 14 schools from all parts of country have requested t6he CISF to provide consultancy services to strengthen their security apparatus,” Singh said.

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BMC to connect LBS Marg & Bhandup station

To avoid another Elphinstone Road railway station-like incident, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to connect Bhandup railway station (West) with LBS Road by constructing a missing link. The construction of a 300-m missing link will give a second exit on the western side of the station.The proposed road will have a direct connectivity to platform number 1 of the station from LBS road.”The proposed road will ease the pressure from the existing road and mitigate any possibility of Elphinstone Road-like stampede,” said an official from the Road Department.The proposed road is expected to be 13-metre wide and will connect the MVR Shinde road near Jayesh Industrial Estate which is also adjacent to the station.”After Elphinstone Road accident, the BMC has swung into action and working on all such missing links that can give a better connectivity to the station. We have identified a number of missing links in every railway stations to give a better access to the station. The proposal will soon be tabled in the general body of BMC to get approval,” said the official.

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Hill cutting, levelling begin at Panvel airport site, Central bodies help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The development of land at the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport site has taken off, project implementing authority the City and Industrial Development Corporation said on Saturday. Hill cutting and leveling are being carried out under the supervision of Central agencies to ensure that locals and the people working at the site are not troubled, it said.Prajakta Lavangare, joint managing director of CIDCO said that they have engaged the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad as Technical Advisor for blasting operation at Ulwe hill. “These are renowned central agencies and they have extensive knowledge on noise, vibration and visual impacts of blasting (controlled blasting & plasma blasting) operations,” said Lavangare.The land development in the core airport areas will be carried out on 1,161 ha. spanning nearly 6 km from east to west and 2.5 km from north to south. “Land development for the airport will be carried out in three parts,” said a senior technical officer from CIDCO.In the initial stage of land development, the Ulwe hill will be cut and reduced up to 8.00 mt and leveling work will be carried out in the remaining part using rock and earth fill material extracted from Ulwe hill. The remaining part will be levelled up to 5.5 metre.Later, the 5.5-metre level will be raised to 8 metre only after laying various utility lines required for the airport. This will be taken up by concessionaire agency, Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL). The work is expected to be completed by December 2018.The NMIA project kicked off after a delay of over a decade-and-a-half. The project will come up on 1,200 hectare of land and will involve an investment of Rs 16,500 crore. It will be implemented through a public-private-partnership mode with a concession of 40 years, which means the contractor can operate the airport for this period. The state granted approval for appointment of MIAL as concessionaire for NMIA. CIDCO which is nodal agency for developing the NMIA expects that the first phase of the airport will be ready by December 2018.CUT AND LEVELIn the first stage of land development, the Ulwe hill will be cut and reduced up to 8 metres
The remaining part will be levelled using rock and earth dug from the Ulwe hill
The project to come up on 1,200 hectares
It is estimated to cost Rs 16,500 crore

CIDCO MD on committee to appoint MU VC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has appointed Bhushan Gagrani as its nominee for the search committee formed to appoint the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde made the announcement on Thursday and said the process for VC selection would start soon. Gagrani, 51, is a 1990 batch IAS and is currently the Managing Director of City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO).

Minister pats Raj for skills initiative

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, and skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in the city on Friday, appreciated Rajasthan for a healthy eco-system of skill development.He also added that there is a huge demand of workers from the state, not only in India, but also worldwide. Hence, the focus should be laid on promoting skill training in the indigenous trades of Rajasthan.“I have taken an overview of all the initiatives being taken by the Rajasthan Government in skill sector. Rajasthan has developed a good eco-system. Rajasthan is the country’s first state to develop two universities – one private and one government, for skill development,” Pradhan said.“I believe the system can be developed further if everyone contributes to it. It is our duty to develop a network of employment by training the youth and skill-oriented workers of the state in the near future,” he added.The minister also suggested for manpower mapping, recognition of prior learning, drivers training, and apprenticeship for enhancing the skill training programs.He also visited Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), a private skill university established by the Government of Rajasthan which imparts skill education through Swiss Dual System of Training. “Really appreciate the venture of creating such an educational Skill university. Salute the vision of Dr Rajendra Joshi for creating such a world class skilling centre. Many more such institutes are needed to meet the skilling requirement of the nation,” Pradhan tweeted on Friday. While attending the 12th Biennial International Conference on “Energy through Synergy” organised by the Society of Petroleum Geophysicist, Pradhan further said that India is gearing up for claiming the title of a leading partner in Industrial Revolution 4.0. Role of Oil & Gas Sector will be critical in providing affordable energy to supplement the rapid Industrial Growth. “Benefits of innovations in this sector must also reach to the masses,” Pradhan said. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked geo-scientific community to reduce oil and gas import dependency by at least 10% and ensure energy accessibility as well as affordability for entire spectrum of people to fulfill the vision of prime minister Narendra Modi. Pradhan said the country ranks third in energy consumption in the world and with the efforts of scientists, exploration and production (E&P)industry is growing. Pradhan said the sector is a priority of the government and the time is ripe for ‘energy to synergy’.

CISF may take over security of Delhi courts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security of courts in the national Capital might soon be a mandate of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Top level sources in the force told DNA that after “successfully” guarding the Madras High Court, the CISF may now find itself stationed at various Delhi courts. Nothing, however, has been finalised as of now.An undertrial was shot at and killed inside the Rohini court complex on Monday. This was not the first time that a court in Delhi witnessed such an incident. In April, a shootout had left the Rohini court complex rattled. In 2015, three men opened fire inside a court room at the Karkardooma court, killing a Delhi Police constable and critically wounding an undertrial.“Our deployment at the Madras High Court has received a positive response. The hooliganism and nuisance that was reported at times have witnessed a drastic curb. The premise has also witnessed a tighter security ring and a hawk-eye vigil. If asked to secure Delhi courts, the force will make a proposal accordingly,” a senior officer said.“If deployed, the CISF will demarcate fixed entry-exit points, install baggage scanners, and get cameras installed to get rid of dark zones. This will step up the security manifold,” the officer said.Security of the Madras High Court landed in CISF’s lap in 2015, following a suo motu PIL on two incidents that had raised serious concerns about the arrangements at the court premises. A group of lawyers had laid siege to the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, sporting black flags and placards and demanding that Tamil be declared the official language of the High Court.Former Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul then insisted on getting the court building secured by the CISF, though the state government objected to it and went up to the Supreme Court. It lost the case. A series of orders extended the cover periodically, by either a year or six months.

Hijack scare on board Jet Airways as music channel VJ mentions about ‘happy bomb’ in video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A music channel VJ today set off a hijack and bomb scare on board a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight from here carrying 170 passengers and crew after which he was taken into custody along with his male friend, police said.A spokesman of Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL) said the man was detained for allegedly shooting a video of the Jet aircraft using a mobile phone and writing a message to say he was going to hijack the plane using a ‘happy bomb’. Police said the Mumbai-based man identified hailing from Thrissur district was an VJ of a popular music channel and he was detained for questioning along with his 27-year-old male friend. The two men were booked on the flight(9W 825) that was delayed by two hours following the incident, an airport official said.The person shot the video and typed out the hijack threat message when he reached near the aircraft ladder for boarding the flight which was scheduled to leave at 12.05 PM today, the spokesman said.”He shot the video and wrote the message that he will hijack the plane using ‘happy bomb’ when he was about to board the flight,” he said. He also informed his friend, who had already boarded the flight, about the message, the spokesman said.”Suspicious over his activities, the VJ was apprehended by the security staff at the airport,” he said. Subsequently,he was offloaded and his baggage was checked thoroughly. The VJ was later handed over to the police and he is in police custody, he said. An airport official said a Jet Airways worker overheard him saying he had a ‘happy bomb’. The ground staff then told the supervisory officers who in turn informed a personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) and the domestic terminal manager, he said.During preliminary questioning, the VJ told officials he was expressing his happiness to his friend in Mumbai on Facebook chat, the official said. VJ’s friend was not allowed to travel in the aircraft, the official said, adding that he was also taken into custody for questioning. A police officer, who did not want to be named, said that during questioning tha VJ claimed that he had said, “Let us hijack the plane with ‘happy vibes’ but did not elaborate. He said the two men had come to Alappuzha to attend a wedding.According to the police, the VJ was an “update maniac” who regularly shared pictures on Facebook. Jet Airways spokesperson in a statement said the flight took off 2.05 PM “with a delay of two hours on account of a security-related matter”. “The airline has informed the authority concerned of the same for further necessary action and has offered full cooperation as required,” the spokeperson said.

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.

Was land allotted to Patanjali for food park: HC asks Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday asked the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) if any land was allotted to yoga guru Ramdev’s firm Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. directly or indirectly for setting up a food park and sought details if it was done.The bench comprising justices Tarun Agarwala and Ajay Bhanot also issued notice to Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. on a petition by a man named Ausaf and others of Gautam Budh Nagar who challenged the alleged allotment of 400 acres of land in favour of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. Noida.The court asked YEIDA to provide all the records showing details of allotment of land in favour of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd and such other company or firm or industry that directly or indirectly relates to Patanjali Ayurved Ltd along with maps.The court has fixed November 14 for the next hearing in the case.The petitioners alleged that they were allotted land on lease for plantation of trees in 1994 for 30 years but now that land was allotted illegally by YEIDA to Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.During the course of hearing, the Yamuna Expressway authority said neither its officers went to cut down tree nor any tree existed on the spot.However, the state government in its affidavit stated that the authority’s officers went to the disputed land to cut the trees and at least 300 trees are there.”It seems that cover-up operations are going on. Neither the government, nor the authority is ready to answer whose JCB machines were used to pull down trees,” the court had observed on an earlier date.Earlier, the court had directed the parties concerned not to make any development or changes in the land in dispute till the next order

Govt relaxes arms rules to boost indigenisation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to boost indigenisation in manufacturing arms, the government has liberalised Arms Rules by doing away with renewal of licence every five year. Now, licenses once issued to arms manufactures will be valid for life time.This change is said to strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative that will encourage investment in the manufacturing of arms, ammunition and weapon systems in the country.The condition that small arms and light weapons produced by a manufacturer should be sold to the central government or the state governments with the prior approval of the Home Ministry has also been done away with.”The liberalised rules will apply to licences granted by the Home Ministry for small arms and ammunition, and those granted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under powers delegated to it, for tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, defence aircraft, space crafts, warships of all kinds, arms and ammunition and allied items of defence equipment other than small arms,” the Home Ministry said in a statement.The decision comes following a proposal from the Defence Ministry to do away bureaucratic delays. A number of industry leaders had recently conveyed to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman their disappointment over delays in grant of licence for setting up of manufacturing facilities for military equipment and platforms.The new rules, which came into effect on October 27, are expected to encourage the manufacturing activity and facilitate availability of world-class weapons to meet the requirement of armed forces and police forces in sync with the country’s defence indigenisation programme.Under the new rules, enhancement of capacity up to 15 per cent of the quantity approved under the licence will not require any further approval by the government. The manufacturer will be required to give only prior intimation to the authority, the statement said.The licence fee has been reduced significantly. Earlier the licence fee was Rs 500 per firearm which added up to very large sums and was a deterrent to seeking manufacturing licenses. The licence fee will now range from Rs 5,000 to the maximum of Rs 50,000.FOR EASY BUSINESSThe new rules, which came into effect on October 27, is expected to encourage ‘Make in India’ initiative. The step has been taken to bring in more investors in the arms manufacturing field.
The earlier clause that small arms and light weapons produced by a manufacturer should be sold to government with the prior approval of the Home Ministry has also been relaxed.

Nothing wrong with reading Shiva Chalisa in Taj Mahal, it was a Lord Shiva temple: BJP MP Vinay Katiar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vinay Katiyar on Tuesday came out in support of the youth, who were caught reciting ‘Shiv Chalisa’ inside the premises of the Taj Mahal, saying that the act should not be condemned as there are many signs that show the monument was originally a Shiv Temple.Katiyar’s statement comes a day after, the youth, belonging to the Rashtra Swabhimaan Dal (RSD) and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), were caught reciting ‘Shiv Chalisa’ inside the premises of the Taj Mahal, causing tension at the iconic monument, which, they claimed, was originally a Shiv Temple.While speaking to ANI, Katiyar said, ‘The youth, who read ‘Shiv Chalisa’ inside the premises of the Taj Mahal, should not be condemned. Because it was once a Shiv Temple and a ‘Shivaling’ was also built, which was later removed. There are many other signs that show that few parts of the Mughal mausoleum is a Hindu Temple.’‘They have changed a beautiful place into a graveyard. Shah Jahan has transformed a beautiful temple into a graveyard. Also, to keep a photograph of someone’s grave at home is not right. I’m not saying that history should be changed, but it can be corrected,’ he said.Yesterday, the youth were taken away by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and released after they submitted a written apology.This incident comes a week after controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som questioned the Taj Mahal’s place in history, saying that the iconic monument was built by ‘traitors’ who targetted the Hindus. His comments caused a political stir across the country following which the BJP governments in UP and the Centre distanced themselves from the leader’s comments.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is all set to visit Taj Mahal on October 26 to review various schemes related to tourism in Agra.

IIT-B now part of Navi Mumbai airport project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has roped in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) along with the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) to be guided on carrying out blasting activities for cutting out Ulwe Hill in order to construct the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).The blasting will bring down the hill to around 10 meters from the current 90 meters and will pave way for constructing the runway of the proposed international airport.Bhushan Gagrani, Managing Director, Cidco, said, “We have roped in the Dhanbad-based CIMFR, which is an expert in the field of blasting, and have also roped in IIT-B for the same.Though IIT-B does not have the expertise in carrying out blasting but activities that are carried pre and post blasting would be undertaken under the guidance and expert suggestion of authorities from the IIT-B.”The blasting activities also include carrying out of trial blasting.

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.

Coal scam: SC request CISF DG to consider CBI official’s promotion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court has requested the Director General of CISF to consider granting promotion to a CBI official, who was on deputation with the agency from the paramilitary force and associated with the probe into the coal block allocation scam.The top court observed that the officer was associated with coal scam probe since March 2013 and was retained by the CBI under the court’s direction due to which he “seems to have missed out on his promotion” to the rank of Assistant Commandant in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).CBI pointed out to the court that inspector Bodh Raj was on deputation with the agency from CISF since February 2005.”We request the Director General, CISF to consider granting promotion to Bodh Raj (Inspector, CBI) as a special case and report to this court after four weeks keeping in mind that his services were required in public interest and under the directions of this court,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.”Bodh Raj should not suffer on account of this. Needless to say that the promotion of Bodh Raj should be considered with effect from the date his junior was promoted,” the bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and A K Sikri, said.The court was dealing with matters pertaining to the coal block allocation cases.The apex court had on January 23 constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the allegations of “abuse of authority” prima facie committed by former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to scuttle investigation and enquiries in the coal block allocation cases.It had observed that a prima facie case has “definitely” been made out for probe into the abuse of authority by Sinha.It had later directed that no CBI officer, who is probing coal scam cases or officials from SIT probing allegations of “abuse of authority” against the former CBI director, would be transferred without its prior permission.

Govt to add medicinal items in meals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union government is preparing an outline for ‘Food and Medicine Mission’ aimed at providing combination of food, which will not just have taste also help in fighting disease. The anti-diabetics ayurvedic formulations and Indian spices will soon become an important part of this program.The format for ‘Food and Medicine Mission’ is being prepared by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR). The CSIR is going to include ayurvedic formulas, nutrient food techniques developed in its laboratory and traditional spices in this program.However, the scientists will determine which ayurvedic formula, including the spices and the product will help in providing protection against the particular disease. According to experts, use of allopathy and ayurveda can lead to effective rescue and diagnosis of diseases.”The Ayush Ministry has identified many such medicines which are written by the allopathy physicians,” said a senior heath ministry official.HEALTHY MEALSThe products developed by CSIR which include carbonated fruit juices, anti-oxidant herbal tea, (Cordyceps sinensis or caterpillar fungus) Krirajadi, BGR-34 will protect people from several diseases.

Nitin Gadkari gets UP, MP to settle Ken-Betwa row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has managed to resolve the dispute between Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh (MP) on sharing waters from the Ken-Betwa river-linking project.The two states have agreed in principle to stick to the proposed water sharing formula as mentioned in the 2005 tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Centre and the two state governments, top officials at the Centre and of both state governments confirmed.An official of the MP government also added that the Centre was positive to their demands to include three smaller water management projects – Kotha barrage, Lower Orr and Bina Industrial Complex – in Phase-I. The official though did not confirm whether this has been finalised as the final agreement is under process.The impasse ended after Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari held high-level talks with MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Gadkari told DNA that the Centre has arrived at a solution that will protect the interests of both states, which is agreeable to them in in-principle.”We have accepted some demands of Madhya Pradesh (government) and found a solution that is amenable to both states. This has been worked out to meet their expectations and protect their interests and I can say that both are satisfied. I cannot go into more details as the final agreement is still being worked out,” Nitin Gadkari told DNA.The dispute arose a few months back when MP government wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking an increase in the share of their water from the river linking project that proposes transfer of water from Ken River basin into Betwa River basin for irrigation and drinking water purposes.The MP government also sought inclusion of Phase-II projects; Kotha barrage, Lower Orr and Bina Industrial Complex in Phase-I. The inclusion of these three components in the Phase-I would mandate fresh appraisals before the environment ministry, which would delay the project. The PMO directed both states to resolve the issue at the earliest after UP opposed reduction in its water share.Meanwhile, officials from the Uttar Pradesh government said their primary concern was maintaining their share of water, as per the 2005 agreement. They added that inclusion of other components in MP would not be an issue as long as Uttar Pradesh’s share was not reduced.In view of the grant of environmental and Stage-I forest clearance for the project and resolution of deadlock between the two states, the project will now have to go for Cabinet clearance after the final agreement is worked out.The 2005 MoU on the Ken Betwa river linking project was signed by former MP Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, former UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, then Union Minister for Water Resources.The proposed water sharing, as per the agreement, says that the gross water availability at the proposed Daudhan dam would be 6188 million cubic metres (MCM). Of this, MP requires 2266 MCM upstream. With regeneration taken into account, the net water availability would be 4364. Of this, 1687 MCM would be distributed to MP and 1700 MCM would go to UP.

No show up: Govt disbands Korean zone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Industry department of Rajasthan has decided to discontinue an industrial zone dedicated to the Koreans at Ghilot in Neemrana.The MoU was signed between the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) and South Korean Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA) in 2013 but till date no Korean company has set up their unit in this zone. State industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat told DNA that there is not a single unit in Korean Zone so now we decided to discontinue it. He said it is not necessary to make a zone for investment.Rajasthan was the first and the only state to host two country specific exclusive manufacturing zones. The state already hosts a Japanese Manufacturing Zone at Neemrana, which was established in 2008. More than 40 Japanese companies are running their units but no Korean company has set up unit.A Korean delegate with acting ambassador Lee Hey Wang came to Jaipur and discussed with State industries minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat. This delegation saw interest in investment in Rajasthan. Minister Shekhawat told Koreans that if they come with specific proposal, state government will provide facilities.Shekhawat also assured Koreans that if they come with huge investment, we can give customised package according RIPS. Shekhawat said that Rajasthan is a natural comfort zone with regards to global investment. We will welcome Korean companies if they come with proposal but we can’t continue Korean Zone in Giloth because we can’t reserve land for such long time.

70% helpline queries are not security-related: CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Attending calls on its helpline number has become a task for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that manages the security of the Delhi Metro. As many as 70 per cent of the calls received by the Force are related to recruitment in CISF, train timings, about the airport metro line, or other issues, and do not pertain to security.The problem has become so manifest that the Force is also planning to launch a new direct helpline soon.According to data, out of a total of 6,228 calls received this year so far on the helpline number, more than 4,200 were not security-related issues.Senior officers say the menace has just become bigger over time but the Force is coping with it and all the callers have been directed to the concerned authorities to ensure adequate help.”From recruitment queries to train timings and from airport line connectivity to queries about banned and prohibited items, our men handle all kinds of calls in a day. Majority of them are related to metro timings and routes,” said a senior CISF officer.”DMRC also has an enquiry helpline number for this but when we receive such calls, we try to answer their queries. If it is out of our ambit, we transfer these calls to the departments concerned for disposal. However, such calls are irrelevant for a security force and waste of time,” he added.Calling for helpTotal calls received6,228*3,153 related to general information and miscellaneous calls543 related to train timings and route409 calls to inquire about permitted and prohibited items63 regarding recruitment in CISF58 for timings on special days*Till August 2017

Speeding car with security man on bonnet triggers panic at IGIA, cabbie held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security agencies at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) were thrown in a tizzy on Sunday, after a rashly driven Swift Dzire car, with a DIAL security person clinging to its bonnet, was spotted outside the departure terminal.Amid high drama, a Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF’s ) chased and intercepted the vehicle. The security officer on the bonnet survived with minor injuries and the driver was arrested. It was later revealed that the accused driver, identified as Dev Narayan Singh, a resident of Sangam Vihar in southeast Delhi, had hit the security personnel by mistake, and panicking, had driven on.The bizarre incident triggered panic related to vehicular terrorism, as frequent such cases involving vehicles have been reported all over the world in the recent past.The incident was reported at 4.11 pm. Arun Kumar, an officer with DIAL’s private security firm Raxa, spotted a Swift Dzire taxi, even though not authorised, trying to pick up customers from the airport. Kumar asked the driver to park in a corner.”Afraid of being handed over to the police, instead of stopping, the driver accelerated and rammed the car into Kumar, who jumped up on the bonnet to save himself. As the car was in motion, Kumar held on to the wipers to avoid falling off it,” a senior CISF officer said.Seeing this, a QRT deployed nearby instantly flashed a message about the white-colour car headed towards the exit from the departure terminal opposite gate number 7, and started chasing the vehicle.”Seeing armed commandos behind him and realising that there was no way to escape, the driver stopped the car and Kumar fell off. Commandos pulled the driver out and frisked him, following which police were called,” the officer said.Inquiry revealed that errant driver Singh worked for taxi aggregator Ola. “He revealed that he was trying to escape after being flagged by Kumar and unintentionally hit him. He was handed over to the Delhi police. Kumar was taken for treatment,” the officer added.Following recent incidents of vehicular terror attacks, the CISF deployed at airport has been on a special watch for suspicious vehicles. Additional barriers have been put up on approach roads and every vehicle is frisked thoroughly before nearing the terminal buildings.

Delhi airport: Passenger boards SpiceJet Goa flight with kitchen knife in handbag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A passenger is made to go through stringent security checks before boarding a flight. But in a serious breach of security at Delhi airport, a passenger managed to board Delhi-Goa SpiceJet flight while carrying a kitchen knife in his handbag. According to reports, SpiceJet has confirmed the incident saying the passenger himself reported the presence of knife to the cabin crew. The SpiceJet staff reportedly brought the matter to the attention of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as the flight was still grounded at the Delhi Airport. The passenger was offloaded and immediately handed over to airport police.The flight was released after necessary checks as per regulatory guidelines.According to one media report, the passenger claimed that he wanted to expose the lack of security at India’s most sensitive airport which prompted him to carry the kitchen knife.

Honda cars reserves 24.162 hectares in Karoli industrial area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan Industrial Investment Corporation (RIICO) has reserved a large area of 24.162 hectares in the auto zone of the Karoli industrial area in Alwar district for Honda Cars India Ltd. The Karoli industrial area is an extension of the Tapukara where Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL), a subsidiary of Honda of Japan, has set up its manufacturing unit.According to Vijay Pal Singh, adviser (infrastructure) of RIICO, the 24.162 hectares are part of the vast 123.826 hectares being developed as the auto zone.Honda has got this land reserved under the new open policy of RIICO where it will be setting up its ancillary units to manufacture spare parts and other accessories for the main unit.The RIICO has fixed a price of Rs 6,000 per square metre for the Karoli industrial land. It is learnt that the Honda Cars is negotiating with the state government for a more competitive price for this large land area.Vijay Pal Singh said that RIICO has already prepared a layout plan for the Karoli industrial area which will, apart from auto zone, have a general zone and electronic manufacturing cluster zone.The industrial area will have a residential and commercial zone and this land will be given to the khatedars in lieu cash compensation. The land was acquired from the farmers under the condition that 68.965 hectares of land would be earmarked in the industrial area for the khatedars.Vijay Pal Singh said that the RIICO is getting a very encouraging response from the investors where apart from Honda many other companies have shown interest in buying bulk land areas for setting up their units in future.The Karoli industrial area will have 322 industrial plots and 960 residential plots having area ranging from 100 square metres to 300 square metres. In all, 334 commercial plots of the same dimensions have been planned.The Salarpur industrial area which is an extension of Khushkhera extension will also have an auto zone spread in 140.353 hectares.The plan for the Salarpur is also ready that will have a general zone of 80.330 hectares and area of 53.792 hectares of land for the khatedars. The Tapukara manufacturing unit is the second unit of the HCIL’s first manufacturing unit at Greater Noida began operations in 1997.In 2015-2016 revenue of Rs 16,870c crore and Rs 360 crore net profit was recorded by HCIL after incurring losses for six years years in Indian operations. In July,2017 monthly sales touches over 17,000 cars thanks to a few new launches.

‘Abe visit to boost Guj’s industrial development’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The historic visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and PM Narendra Modi will add a new chapter in Gujarat’s industrial and economic development, the state government said on Monday.Both Japan and India will sign a cooperation agreement for setting up a Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing in the presence of the two PMs. It would be set up jointly by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Gujarat government under the ‘Make In India’ and ‘Skill India’ campaigns over 1,750 acre at Khoraj near Sanand.Japan has invested heavily in automobile manufacturing sector in Gujarat, with Suzuki and Honda being the two major companies that have set up plants in the state. Officials said that measures have been taken to continue to facilitate Japanese investments in the state in the future.While stating that the Japan-India Institute of Manufacturing would prove to be very important to put industrial investment in Gujarat on a fast track, the state government said that it would equip 30,000 youths with the requisite industry skills over the next 10 years.”In the initial phase, 500 students of Ganpat University, Mehsana, have been selected. They will be trained in five different sectors by experts from Japan as per Japanese practices,” it said, adding that companies such as Suzuki, Yamaha and Tokio have also expressed interest in partnering with the Institute.Japanese investments in Gujarat is to the tune of $1 billion so far. The country has been one of the largest sources of foreign direct investment in the state in recent years. Officials expect Japanese investment in the state to pick up pace in the next couple of years to cross $3 bn by 2020.Gujarat and Japan are also collaborating for setting up an Indo-Japanese Industrial Township at Khoraj, which will see industries related to engineering, aerospace, defence, pharmaceuticals, electronics and automobiles setting up shop at the 1,550-hectare park.Supporting infrastructure for the Park such as industrial estate, electricity management, telecommunications, human resources, and housing construction would be undertaken jointly. The Japanese government will particularly look at plug and play factory, logistics and human resources.”A hybrid industrial park would be developed on a public private partnership basis,” the government said.HELPING HANDJapanese investments in Gujarat is to the tune of $1 billion so far.
Japan has been one of the largest sources of foreign direct investment.

10 more airports, including Pune and Ranchi, to go tag-free on hand baggage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten more airports in the country, including Pune and Ranchi, will soon do away with the practise of stamping domestic passengers’ hand baggage tags, a new air travel regime that began at civil airports in April this year.A total of 17 airports are stamp-free in the country at present, with four airports joining the new protocol yesterday.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), tasked to secure 59 civil airports against terror and security threats, will soon launch a trial of the new system at Amritsar, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Udaipur, Dibrugarh, Nagpur, Managalore, Trichy, Pune and Ranchi airports.”We will be conducting the trial at ten more airports.Once the trials are successful, we would be bringing these ten airports under the stamp-free hand baggage regime by this month end or early October,” CISF Director General O P Singh told PTI.The force, alog with other aviation security stakeholders, had started the regime at the Jaipur, Guwahati, Lucknow and Trivandrum, Patna and Chennai airports from June 1.It has already done away with the system at seven other air facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, since April 1.Sources in aviation security said two airports at Bhubaneswar and Bagdogra could also have been brought under the new regime, with the four airports of Coimbatore, Kolkata, Indore and Vadodara yesterday, but some “infrastructural issues” delayed the move.The trial at the ten fresh airports will ensure that adequate security gadgets and logistics are provided at these facilities so that tight security measures are in place once the stamping of the hand baggage tags procedure is discontinued.By having the stamped tags on the hand baggage, the security personnel used to be assured that no weapon or ammunition like material enters the aircraft. It also pin points the accountability on the CISF personnel who clear the baggage.With the deployment of smart cameras and re-positioning of security paraphernalia at the ten airports after the trial period, the same objective is being achieved.The old stamping of hand baggage bags procedure had been a major irritant for passengers and they have made many complaints in this regard to airport authorities saying the system poses hassles for them as it consumes time and in case they forget to get it tagged, security personnel would ask them to go back and get it done.A committee comprising officials of the CISF, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operators has been constituted early this year by the government to smoothen the roll-out of this new protocol at all the 59 airports guarded by the paramilitary force.DG Singh had maintained that the new measure will enhance “passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them” while travelling through the airports.The new protocols are only meant for domestic passengers and those travelling to international destinations will have to get their hand baggage tags stamped as usual.

NSG, CISF may soon be empowered to shoot down ‘rogue’ UAVs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anti-terror force NSG and industrial security agency CISF may be empowered to shoot down “rogue” low-flying objects like drones and gliders under a new policy which is being finalised.The issue was discussed threadbare at a recent meeting of the Union home secretary with representatives of the Indian Air Force, civil aviation ministry, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other stakeholders.”The draft drone policy is in the final stage. It is focused on regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and similar low-flying objects. The policy should come out in public domain this month itself to solicit comments from stakeholders,” the official said.The National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are likely to be given powers to shoot down any “erring” low-flying object if they find it as “rogue”, the official said.The two forces will acquire defence mechanism like electromagnetic system, which would have inbuilt radar, radio frequency jammer and detector.The policy will have preventive features to ensure that there is no misuse of any kind of low-flying objects by terrorist groups or other anti-national elements.The policy is being formulated after spotting of several UAVs in airports and border areas, hampering air traffic and raising security concern.”It has become necessary to regulate UAVs to prevent their misuse in sensitive areas like airports. The policy will have provisions on how to check rogue elements operating UAVs,” another official said.The policy will have dual aspects of enabling features: licensing the UAVs for their use along the international borders as well as in guarding vital installations inside the country, and disaster relief works.Currently, there is no policy on how to deal with a situation when a drone is sighted. There is nothing in the law to book a person if he or she involves in any mischief by operating a drone.”There are no standard operating procedures to deal with the UAVs. That is why the new policy is being brought in,” the security official said.When a law is finally being enacted, it will define punishment, fine and also who can get license to fly a drone.

Conman dupes more than 12 women of Rs 50L, held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi police have arrested a conman, who, inspired by the Bollywood movie Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, used to introduce himself to women as an ultra rich son of a retired IAS officer.Police sources said that he did this in order to establish relationships with them and later made videos to blackmail and extort money from the women. They added that the accused had duped over 12 women till date and had extorted about Rs 50 lakh as a result.The accused has been identified as Yogesh Garg alias Sameer, 34, a resident of Bawana Industrial Area. With his arrest, police also rescued a woman, 42, and her son, 12, whom Garg was taking along to Mumbai after extorting Rs 3 lakh from them.The conman’s actions came to light when a missing report was lodged at Vivek Vihar police station on Tuesday, by a man who reported that his sister, who is a teacher, and her son had been missing since September 3.“He also told police that the woman was a divorcee and had recently uploaded her profile on a matrimonial site, where she came in contact with one person namely Sameer Garg. The complainant alleged that Garg had enticed his sister and thus persuaded to go to Mumbai with him,” said Nupur Prasad, DCP Shahadra.As a result, contact numbers of the suspect were kept on surveillance and frequent raids had been carried out. Based on this technical surveillance, the suspect’s movements were tracked and a raid was carried out at New Delhi railway station from where the accused, along with the woman and child, was about to board a train to Mumbai.“The man was arrested and the duo was rescued. The woman told police that Garg had got her to come along on the pretext of marriage and took her to Vaishno Devi. After a few days he also took her to Goa on the pretext of introducing her to his parents. She also said that he extorted Rs 3 lakhs from her,” the DCP said.CON UNEARTHEDThe conman’s actions came to light when a missing report was lodged at Vivek Vihar police station on Tuesday
Plaint was lodged by a man who claimed his sister and her son had been missing since September 3

CISF gets state-of-the-art shooting range

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three months after DNA had exclusively quoted the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) stating that commandos at sensitive installations like Delhi’s IGI airport and Delhi Metro will undergo firing practice and tactical training every 15 days, the force on Friday said that a compact shooting range has been readied for the purpose and will soon be available.Senior officers said that the shooting range, is a portable set up developed in a container for live indoor firing practice with small arms and is equipped with a smart target system which locates the misses and hits of the bullet accurately.The range that would cost CISF around 80 lakh, contains a tubular booth, fire retarding material, acoustic and ricochet preventing material, compressed rubber and armoured steel butt with smart target system. CISF is planning to procure two such shooting ranges, officials said.”The shooting range will be used for enhancing the capability of special VIP security group and those deployed in Delhi Metro and IGI Airport. Commandos will use weapons like AK-47, pistols, INSAS, MP-5 and Carbine machine guns to enhance their accuracy on targets,” a senior CISF officer said. In May this year, DNA reported that following repeated terror attacks around the world, sensitive installations like airports and nuclear plants in the country also came increasingly under terror radar.In order to polish skills of the commandos deployed at such critical and hypersensitive locations, the force had planned that such personnel would now undergo a tactical and thorough training and rigorous shooting practises at an interval of every 15 days, Director General CISF, OP Singh had then told DNA. As of now this is a bi-yearly or yearly feature.In order to further step up vigilance, the forces are also procuring body cameras and portable explosive detectors. “While these cameras would help maintain a tighter vigil, the water resistant and self-monitoring explosive detector would help in not letting pass even minute explosive items. This would help CISF carry out smart vigilant airports, Delhi Metro and other sensitive areas,” the officer said.The CISF, at present, is in charge of the security at 59 airports in the country. While 18 of them are sensitive, 18 are hyper-sensitive, which includes the ones in New Delhi and other metro cities.HI-TECH GADGETSTubular booth: Fitted with a smart target system
Cost: Around Rs 80 lakh
Body cameras: One touch recording, low light and HD recording features
Cost: Rs 65,000
Portable explosive detector: Detects drugs and explosives
Cost: Rs 15.75 lakh

GDP growth slips to lowest in 3 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s economy grew by 5.7% in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the first quarter of the current financial year (April-June) while the new growth parameter, Gross Value Added (GVA) came at 5.6%, highlighting the adverse impacts of several factors, with disruptions associated with introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) being the most direct and immediate cause.The fall in economic growth comes at a time when expectations were riding high of India overtaking China’s growth. China reported a quarterly growth of 6.9% for April-June period, overshooting its own estimates.As per the data released on Thursday by the Central Statistics Office, India’s economy grew at a slowest pace in over 13 quarters, raising questions about the Reserve Bank of India’s prediction of 2017-18 GVA growing by 7.3% topping previous year’s 6.6%, as per the annual report released by the banking sector regulator just a day before.The first GDP quarter growth figures contrast sharply against the 7.9% growth in the corresponding quarter in 2016 and 6.1% growth reported in January-March.What factors contributed to these not-so-enviable growth figures? Extreme destocking, disruption in production schedules and discounts offered ahead of the implementation of the GST could be the major reasons, apart from Wholesale Price Index deflator, says chief statistician TCA Anant.”A major sector that has seen a sharp decline is industry. Corporate entities were pulling down their stocks in April-June, which seems to be in anticipation of GST,” Anant said.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said manufacturing sector growth has gone down due to GST’s impact on destocking, and with GST woes now behind us, the curve could turn for better. As the global economy is improving faster than anticipated, domestic public investment is going to be high. But before that happens, policy actions and investment are both needed to ensure that economic growth picks up, he said.Anant stuck to his theory of WPI deflator pulling down industrial growth figures.Economists also point an accusing finger at the government’s demonetisation drive. “The lingering impact of demonetisation, as well as the effect of the real estate regulatory authority (RERA) are visible in the low 2% growth of construction in the first quarter. The combination of lower volumes and higher discounts offered to reduce inventories ahead of GST, and the turnaround in average WPI inflation weighed upon the manufacturing GVA growth in April-June, 2017,” said Aditi Nayar, principal economist, ICRA Ltd.”Crucially, the government has also revised down GVA growth for the fourth quarter of last fiscal by 50 basis points to 5.6%, suggesting that the impact of demonetization on the economy was more than earlier estimated,” said Crisil Research in a report.Doubling of value-based items in the new Index of Industrial Production (IIP) series might have inflated manufacturing growth in the previous year when wholesale price inflation was negative compared with the current situation when WPI is positive.”Trends of IIP are now increasingly affected by movements in WPI. The new series is likely to show inflated growth during times of falling inflation. Therefore, the sharp rise in the growth of IIP need not be on account of actual rise in production volume in industries,” says a research report by Radhika Pandey of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.Manufacturing fell sharply in the quarter from 10.7% to 1.2% with the predominant pressure coming from the private sector SME segment. Agriculture, growing at 2.3% could match up to 2.5% seen in the corresponding quarter last year.Whatever be the reasons for slow growth, the figures were way off the mark from most of the estimates. HDFC, for example, was expecting a GVA of around 6.7% on the assumption that consumption spending, government services coupled with buoyancy in agricultural sector would have helped the country post a modest growth in economic activities.Rating agency ICRA, however was more conservative, predicting a figure of 6.3% on the back of headwinds like GST disruptions, impact of rupee appreciation on export earnings and troubles in banking and telecom.The figures, coming after India’s moral victory at Doklam standoff, could be some embarrassment for the Indian government as India’s GDP growth has now slipped below that of China.

YEIDA DGM held for making false corruption claims against top officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy General Manager (DGM) of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), AK Singh, was arrested on Monday afternoon for making false claims of corruption against some top officials. Meerut Divisional Commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar, who also holds the additional charge of the YEIDA Chairman, gave the order for the arrest.According to the police, a team reached the authority office around 2pm, while Singh was in the Chairman’s office. “I called the police and got him arrested because he levelled false allegations against officials,” Kumar said.He further said: “We had filed a complaint and an FIR was lodged in the false complaint cases. Singh had filed false complaints against me and some others officials, including Industries Minister Satish Mahana. So, I got him arrested.”Confirming the report, sub-inspector at the Kasna police station, Satya Prakash, said: “We have arrested AK Singh in connection with an FIR lodged against unidentified persons on August 11. We are questioning him at the Kasna police station.”According to sources, in complaints addressed to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Singh alleged that an official of the general manager rank was being transferred from Muzaffarnagar to Greater Noida, after Rs 50 lakh exchanged hands as bribe.Talking about the allegations, Kumar said: “It was revealed in a probe that the complaints were fake. All addresses given in the complaints were also fake. The probe established that Singh filed these complaints to avoid getting transferred.”

Kyrgyz woman held at Airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A woman from Kyrgyzstan has been arrested at Delhi?s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, for allegedly trying to smuggle out foreign currency worth over Rs. one crore. The Central Industrial Security (CISF) officials said, ?The woman was moving suspiciously in the airport campus. On suspecting foul play a woman official was called to intensively check the woman and her baggage.” ?The woman has been identified as Baltabeva Zukhra (56), who arrived at Terminal III of the airport and had to board a flight to Bishkek. She was taken out for detailed frisking after the CISF personnel found her activities suspicious,? the CISF official said. ?A total of 2, 01,172 USD (over Rs 1, 27, 64,363) were recovered from the two bags and the woman has been handed over to the customs authorities for further probe,? he said. A detailed personal and baggage search resulted in recovery of the foreign currency. The currency has been seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act 1962. Post the investigation, the woman admitted that the required amount was sale proceeds of about 4,472 gms of gold brought illegally into India. Meanwhile, the daughter of the woman was also arrested from a hotel in Pahargani. She further admitted to have brought about 3,383 gms of gold illegally into India on her arrival. The woman and her daughter have both been booked under section 104 of Customs Act, 1962. Further investigation underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dharmendra Kumar appointed Director General of RPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CISF ADG Dharmendra Kumar has been appointed as Director General of the Railway Protection Force. Kumar, who is a 1984 batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, took charge today. Before being appointed Additional Director General (ADG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF, Kumar was serving as Special Commissioner (Special Unit) in the Delhi Police. After the retirement of S K Bhagat in June this year, the additional charge of DG, RPF, was being handled by National Security Guard (NSG) DG, Sudhir Pratap Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

National workshop on enforcement of IPRs from tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 3-day workshop on enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs) is being organised by the commerce and industry ministry from tomorrow for various agencies, including the police, which have an important role in this area. Increasing awareness about these rights amongst officials of enforcement agencies, which also includes customs, would assist them in handling cases relating to IPRs in their day to day functioning, the ministry said in a statement. “This workshop will help enforcement agencies across the country understand and appreciate the importance of their role in IPR enforcement,” it said. It added that the workshop will also act as a platform for the officials to share their experiences, best practices and better inter-agency coordination. The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), a professional body under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) is organising this event. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the function along with Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijijiu, Minister of State, Home Affairs. IPRs have now been made a part of the training calendar at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad, and North-Eastern Police Academy, Meghalaya. This exercise is part of the implementation of the national IPR policy, released by the government last year. The policy lays down seven objectives including awareness, generation of IPRs and legal and legislative framework.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Drone spotted at Delhi airport, flight operations halted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The flight operations at the Delhi airport have been temporarily halted after a pilot reported about spotting a drone at the runway. The airport authority is trying to find the source of this unidentified drone, which has been reportedly spotted in the premises of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A team of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Delhi Police and the aviation security has been rushed to the spot. Many flights have been diverted to other airports, in the wake of this crisis. Further details are awaited. Earlier on August 2, a suspected object was recovered at the cargo hold area of the airport. The Airport Security Officials said that an emergency call was received by the control room that a suspect item has been seen in the cargo area. The area was later declared safe.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unauthorised colonies: Flood control dept to be roped in for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP government plans to carry out development works in around 1,700 unauthorised colonies through irrigation and food control department, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain today said. Replying to a question in the Delhi Assembly, Jain said that at present, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) only carries out civic projects in unauthorised colonies across the city. “Government has made a plan to allow irrigation and flood control department to look after the development works in around 1,700 unauthorised colonies along with DSIIDC,” Jain told the House during the Question Hour. The decision came after some MLAs complained that there has been a delay in executing development works in unauthorised colonies falling under their constituencies. The minister also said that due to delay in regularisation of unauthorised colonies by the Centre, developmental works have been affected. Jain also asked BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, who said that around 99 per cent of colonies are unauthorised in his constituency, to take up the issue of regularisation of all colonies in Delhi with the Centre where the BJP is in power.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man smuggling gold biscuits held at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was held at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday for allegedly trying to smuggle gold biscuits worth over 7 lakh into the country. The man was caught by the Central Industrial Security Force sleuths and was later handed over to the customs.According to the officials, the man, identified as Mohammad Sheikh, arrived at the IGI airport on Monday morning to board his Jet Airways flight for Chennai, scheduled to take off at 7.30 am. It was when the man headed towards the security hold area for security check, CISF Sub Inspector Awdhesh Kumar who was at the baggage scanner, found something suspicious.“On physical checking it was found that the passenger was carrying three gold biscuits weighing around 250 grams worth 7.5 lakh with him. The matter was informed to custom officials and the passenger along with the seized gold was handed over to them for further legal action,” a senior CISF officer said.

Foxconn keeps Maha guessing on its investment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government’s patience is running thin as the Taiwanese firm Foxconn has not yet revealed its business plan for its US$5 billion investment, fix site for the manufacturing plant and submit proposal in writing for the land acquisition. This is despite the completion of two years on August 8 for the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government. So far, the company has started the assembly of mobile phones from the 2 lakh sq ft rental facility in Navi Mumbai.The state undertaking, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), has notified lands at Talegaon, Khalapur and Palghar. However, the company is unable to zero in on either of the sites. Foxconn has proposed to establish a new electronics manufacturing facility with the investment of US$5 billion over five years (since signing the MoU on August 8, 2015).A fortnight ago, the Foxconn team held a meeting with MIDC officials and informed that the company awaits the Central government’s response on its proposal seeking incentives for the investment in Maharashtra. The company clearly told the MIDC officers that it was not committed to specific timetables.State industries minister Subhash Desai told DNA, “We are also concerned as it is very mysterious. Foxconn is not talking to us openly what is there in their mind. At the same time the company representatives are meeting everyone in the country.” On the allotment of land in the tribal dominated Palghar district, the minister said it is mere a discussion as there has been no decision as yet.”Unless Foxconn signs in black and white, I will not speak on its investment plan,” Desai said, and added that it is good for the state if Foxconn carries out its investment, but the government will not wait for the same as the Maharashtra is attracting investments from several others.Desai said that the Vedanta Group will invest $10 billion to set up LCD screen plant in the state. The plant will be operated by Twinstar Display Technologies,” Desai said. He informed that the government has already released an investor friendly fab policy which provides a maximum capital subsidy of 10 per cent, along with other incentives already given to companies in the electronics sector. The policy will be in effect till 2020.

DNA EXCLUSIVE | Opposition should have done homework before levelling charges: Subhash Desai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran Shiv Sena leader and Maharashtra Industries minister Subhash Desai, who recently completed 75 years, is under attack from the opposition for the de-notification of land in Nashik district for the benefit of developers close to Shiv Sena. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, he denies charges and explains his department’s stand.With Opposition pressing for housing minister Prakash Mehta’s resignation in connection with the alleged floor space index scam, you have been criticised for flouting rules to denotify 400 acres of land to benefit private developers. What is your take?Had leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde done his homework well before leveling charges against me, he would not have made these allegations. Munde was referring to 270 hectare of land at Igatpuri in Nashik district. During the Congress-NCP government rule, a majority of the 270 hectare of land at Igatpuri was already denotified. According to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), the remaining land was not developable as it was scattered.Besides, farmers and people in the neighbourhood opposed the acquisition and they did not even allow the MIDC to conduct the measurement of land. After considering all these facts, MIDC suggested that the remaining land also be de-notified as implementation of industrial area was not be a workable proposition. Therefore it was de-notified without considering anyone in mind.I will reply at length to the allegations made against me on the floor of the state council as I have every right to do so.Opposition claimed the land in Igatpuri was not only denotified but transferred to the developers close to Shiv Sena. What is the reality?There is no truth in this. The land after denotification will go back to the farmers who will be free to do what they want.Are you being a soft target chosen by the Opposition? Is it also due to an ongoing tiff between BJP and Shiv Sena?I do not care whether I have been targeted with an ulterior motive or if they have any political issue. I have to deliver results and continue working at what I have been assigned. I am not deterred by such allegations.As far as Shiv Sena and BJP are concerned, they are two different parties. There are differences but when it comes to development, we are together. Ministers from both parties have to strive for better performance. The message from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray is do your job honestly and perfectly. We have to strictly abide by that.How much land has been denotified during the present regime?MIDC has denotified land in Kolhapur, Nanded, Latur, Pune and several other districts after representation from the public and farming community. Those lands were in the possession of MIDC but remained unused. Therefore it was prudent to return them to the farmers.MIDC also took over several plots from the investors as they remained idle for years together. What is the present status?When I took over, many people complained that MIDC refuses to give land when several plots were lying vacant or unused. It was unfair. MIDC served notice to those investors who were allotted lands and started their acquisition. More than 2,000 such plots have so far been acquired and presently, they are in MIDC’s possession. These lands will be distributed to the investors who will quickly set up their factories which will spur growth and create more jobs.As per MIDC policy, where there is heavy demand and plots are less, there the allotment will be done through a tendering process. However, where the land is abundant with less demand, MIDC will allot directly.

DNA EXCLUSIVE: 60k acres of land denotified in 3 yrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could be another embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government, it has been revealed that a whopping 60,000 acres of land has been denotified over the last three years by the Industries Minister Subhash Desai.DNA is in possession of documents that suggest that the minister denotified land across the state between 2014-2017.As much as 30,695 acres of land was denotified in Nagpur, followed by 9,377 acres in Nasik, and 8,259 acres in Pune region.Besides this, the Industries Minister also denotified 3,444 acres in Ratnagiri, 3032 acres in Amaravati region, 1,913 acres in Kolhapur, 1,432 acres in Sangali, 937 acres in Panvel, and 731 acres in Latur.What is likely to put the minister on a tricky ground is that the land has been denotified without auction which is mandatory under the Maharashtra Industrial Development Act, 32 (1).How does the process work?Maharashtra government has the right to identify land that it may need for projects.The land, thus identified, is notified by the government, which mandates the owner to give possession of the land to the government in lieu of compensation decided by the government from time to time.Once notified, the owner of the land cannot sell, or transfer the rights to anyone other than the state. Often the land owners agitate or go to court seeking removal of notification, since the government departments tend to offer much lower compensation. Once notified, government goes ahead with stamping the deed.The land thus acquired, cannot be denotified arbitrarily — it must be given to another department for project, or auction it so that the government gets maximum benefit.Sources claim Desai did not follow this and simply denotified vast tracts of land.Desai on his part, however, insisted he had followed all procedures. “Congress-NCP regime denotified more land than I ever did. I am prepared to answer every question about this on the floor of the House,” Desai said.Interestingly, Desai’s own department needs over 50,000 acres of land to set up new industries after several Memoranda of Understanding signed under the Make in India and Make in Maharashtra banner.”Applications are pending as we do not have adequate land to be allotted to various industrials firms. We are ready to pay more than market rate, but are unable to get land. On the other hand, we are denotifying land. This is both very unfortunate and contradictory,” said a senior government official requesting anonymity.NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik demanded a thorough inquiry into all denotification decisions made by Desai. “Desai should step down and if he refuses to do so, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should seek his resignation pending inquiry,” Malik said.I’M CLEAN: DESAISources claim that Subhash Desai did not follow all procedures and simply denotified vast tracts of land.
Desai, however, said that he had followed all govt procedures and will answer all questions in the House.

Corruption case: SC upholds conviction of ex-UP chief Secretary; awards two-year imprisonment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of the former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Neera Yadav in Noida land allotment scam case.The top court awarded two-year imprisonment to Yadav, who was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment on November 20, 2012, in connection with the irregular allotment of plots in Noida while serving as the area’s chairperson-cum-chief executive officer from 1994 to 1995.The CBI undertook a probe following a 1998 Supreme Court order on a writ petition filed by the Noida Entrepreneur Association against the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority the previous year.Yadav, a 1971 batch IAS officer, became Uttar Pradesh’s first woman chief secretary during the Samajwadi Party’s regime in 2005.She opted for voluntary retirement in 2008.(With agency inputs)

MHA fund for paramilitary personnel receives Rs 10 cr donation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Home Ministry fund, which helps families of paramilitary personnel who laid down their lives fighting extremists, received more than Rs 10 crore in donations within three months of its launch, an official said. A total of Rs 10.18 crore has been donated to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ fund which was launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in April, a home ministry official said. The home minister has also set up a committee, headed by Union home secretary, to frame guidelines on how to disburse the funds to the beneficiaries. General public can visit the app and the website ‘BharatKeVeer’ and make a contribution to support the families of the jawans who died in the line of duty. The monetary contributions made on the website go straight into the bank account of martyred soldier’s family. The main objective of the portal (bharatkeveer.gov.in) is to enable the public to help the families of soldiers by donating money online directly to the individual braveheart’s account or to Bharat Ke Veer corpus. Braveheart’s from the following armed forces are among the major forces included in the portal for the contribution. They are: Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP), Assam Rifles (AR), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF-India), National Security Guards (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few personnel of the CISF and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, a charge rejected by the paramilitary force. In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Master’s degree, said the incident happened yesterday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the station. Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow. It was followed by a heated argument, he said. “Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, ‘Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.'(You Muslim we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public. “They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that ‘public k samne humara nam kharab kar diya’. I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone,” he alleged. When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.” “He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said. He added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing. As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Extortion case: ‘Action against NCP MP Udayanraje at right

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Proper” action will be taken against NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, whose anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Bombay High Court recently in an extortion case, at the “right time”, a Maharashtra minister said today. The Satara MP, a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, was denied anticipatory bail by the high court upholding a lower court’s order in the case. The Satara Police had registered an FIR against Bhosale and his supporters on March 22 this year after the the owner of a manufacturing unit in Lonand Industrial Estate in the west Maharashtra district alleged they had demanded “protection money” from him. “Police will take proper action against him (Bhosale) at the right time,” MoS for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar said. Responding to queries of reporters over the foot march taken out by Bhosale along with his supporters in Satara last night, the minister said, “No action was taken against the MP last night to avoid the law and order problems”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sensex surges 131 pts on RIL earnings numbers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The benchmark Sensex rallied over 131 points above the 32,000-mark on Friday as Reliance Industries reported its highest quarterly earnings.The numbers came in after market hours on Thursday.Besides, better-than-estimated results by Wipro gave investors more confidence.The 30-share index bounced 131.48 points, or 0.41 per cent, at 32,035.88.The big movers were IT, technology, oil, gas and realty.The gauge had lost 50.95 points on Thursday.The NSE Nifty gained 26.65 points, or 0.26 per cent, to 9,899.95.According to traders, ample liquidity from foreign funds and increased buying by retailers following RIL’s robust numbers provided a perfect platform.The stock of RIL, a market heavyweight, soared 2.03 per cent, to Rs 1,559.75 in early trade after the company on Thursday reported its highest quarterly consolidated net profit of Rs 9,108 crore in three months to June on the back of higher petrochemical margins and one-time gain from sale of African asset.Stocks of Wipro, India’s third largest IT firm, was also trading 7.06 per cent higher at Rs 288 after the company on Thursday posted a 1.2 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 2,076.7 crore for June quarter. Besides, the company’s board announced a share buyback proposal of Rs 11,000 crore entailing 34.3 crore shares at Rs 320 apiece.Other gainers included Infosys, Coal India, Asian Paints, NTPC, SBI, TCS, Tata Motors, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank, rising by up to 1.04 per cent.Globally, Japan’s Nikkei was down 0.25 per cent whileHong Kong’s Hang shed 0.24 per cent in early trade on Friday.Shanghai Composite too was down 0.19 per cent.The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.13 per cent lower on Thursday.

Process to bring in DNA profiling bill has begun: Centre to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A legislative process is in progress to bring in a human DNA profiling bill to enable the authorities maintain records of unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies or missing persons, the government told the Supreme Court today. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar was informed by Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha that the process to bring in the measure has been initiated. “The process to bring in the legislation has begun. Government is mulling to bring in human DNA profiling bill,” he said. The bench posted the matter for further hearing after 12 weeks. The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Lokniti Foundation stating that India does not have a national DNA database to address the issue of thousands of unclaimed dead bodies that are reported annually. It had suggested that maintaining of the DNA profiles of the bodies before their disposal could help in their identification by the family members. The apex court had in 2014 issued notice to Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, seeking their responses to the petition. The NGO in its plea had said that “since the bodies cannot be identified using traditional methods, the perpetrators of the possible crime remain untraced and the families, to which the victims belonged, never come to know about the fate of their near and dear ones.” It had said that the DNA profiling of unidentified bodies can help match the missing persons and trace them. The NGO had claimed that though the government had been considering a proposal for DNA profiling of unidentified bodies since 2007, but no decision had been taken as yet. “One of the main reasons for a large number of bodies remaining unidentified is that a person freely moves from one part to another in search of work and members of poor families have no means to keep in touch with their near and dear ones. “It becomes difficult for the local police to identify persons who have no local connection and who have died without anyone complaining of death caused by any mischief,” the plea had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Capital on high alert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minutes after the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims on Monday evening, immediate measures were put in place by the Delhi Police. The stepping up of vigilance in the Capital was followed by thorough scanning at inter-state bus terminals, railway stations, and border areas. Security at major religious installations, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and Delhi Metro was also increased significantly.As many as seven pilgrims, six of them women, were killed and at least 19 people were injured after terrorists opened fire on a bus that was returning from the holy shrine, in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The Amarnath is located in a narrow gorge at the end of a valley nearly 50 km from Pahalgam.Taking necessary precautions, the Delhi Police have ensured additional security for the movement of Kanwariyas, who are expected to begin their journey this week. It will go on till July 21. A senior police officer told DNA that keeping in mind the high intensity of threat and vulnerability, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed, a strict watch will be kept on the Kanwariyas, and their routes will be monitored throughout.”Security at temples, shrines and other installations of religious importance has been stepped up. All necessary precautions to deal with any untoward situation have been taken and our anti-terror squad personnel have been 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 the passengers to reach the airport early as baggage checking and passenger frisking will take longer.”Passengers can randomly be asked to cooperate for detailed search of their baggage and personal frisking. They can be asked to remove shoes or belts. So, passengers are requested to arrive for their departure with extra time in hand and cooperate with our personnel,”a senior CISF officer said.CISF has also deployed armed personnel in plain clothes at the terminal buildings to keep a watch on any suspicious movement and respond without delay, whenever required. The Airlines have also been asked to carry out secondary ladder point checks thoroughly.The officer further said that temples, dargahs, and other religious places are also under surveillance.The officer added that anti sabotage checks and repeated sanitising of Delhi Metro stations by dog squads is also being done. QRTs have been deployed and areas in the vicinity of Metro stations are being watched.

Mini-truck hits woman CISF cop in CP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mini-truck ran over the leg of a 28-year-old Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable while she was on duty at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Connaught Place (CP) on Saturday morning. The truck driver managed to flee from the spot.According to the police, the incident took place around 4.30 am, when Constable Vandana Kumari was crossing the road. She suffered several severe injuries in her left leg.”She did not notice the mini-truck coming in her direction and got hit. She suffered a fracture in her left leg and was immediately taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),” a senior officer said.According to a doctor, Kumari will be discharged shortly. It also came to the fore that she is married to a CISF officer.”The truck owner has been identified but is yet to be taken into police custody. An FIR has been registered against the accused,” a CISF officer said.

Factories not shifted out of residential areas irks HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has expressed displeasure over the presence of industries in the residential areas here and “failure” of the authorities to relocate them to designated sites on the outskirts of the city. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that continuing with the industrial units in the non-conforming or residential areas amounts to a violation of the Supreme Court’s directions against such practice. The court made the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) and North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) as parties in the case and sought their response by August 10 on what action can be taken against the defaulting units. It said there is no reason for people who were alloted land in the industrial areas of Narela and Bawana here to relocate their units should continue to hold those plots, alloted by DSIIDC, despite not shifting to that place. The bench noted in its order that such industrial areas were set up by the government at a huge cost to the public exchequer. It said that non-shifting of the units to industrial areas was not only contempt of the apex court’s orders, but also punishable under the Delhi Municipal Corporations Act, IPC and the Criminal Procedure Code. The bench noted that despite the seriousness of the violation, no action has been reported. The court also observed that while the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has claimed to have sealed 339 properties, it has not given the dates when such action was taken. “Clearly officials of the NDMC have connived in the same and their liability has to be fixed,” the bench said and sought details of the corporation’s officials posted in the area during the relevant period. The court also directed the NDMC to carry out a fresh inquiry of the industries and inform the bench about the zone-wise details of the units within two weeks from July 6. “The details shall disclose the date of commencement of the industrial activity and date of the sealing of properties,” the bench said. The NDMC has been directed to provide a list of the sealed units to the DSIIDC and the NDPL within two weeks. DSIIDC has been asked to place on record, within two weeks, the persons who were alloted land in the two industrial areas but have not relocated their units there. DSIIDC, in an affidavit, also has to disclose why required action has not been taken against those allottees who have not moved to the plots given to them in the industrial area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Social activist moves Bombay HC on Shah’s meet at Goa airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A social activist today filed a petition before the Bombay High Court here against the public meeting held by BJP President Amit Shah in a prohibited area at the Goa airport in Dabolim on July 1. “The petitioner seeks to ensure that there is no legal infringement and/or abdication of duty within the legal framework by which a government and/or authorities are permitted to allow high handed violation of law,” the petition filed by Aires Rodrigues submitted. A division bench comprising Justice F M Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai will hear the petition on July 10. The petitioner has made the Union Civil Aviation ministry, the Director of the Airport Authority of India and Deputy Commandant of Central Industrial Security Force as the respondents. In his petition, Rodrigues has said that probably for the first time ever in the history of the country, a public meeting was organised by a political party on July 1, 2017 within the high security precincts of an airport when Goa BJP held a public meeting addressed by its party president at the Dabolim aerodrome. On July 1, Shah, who was on a two-day visit to Goa, allegedly held a meeting at the airport complex in presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Union minister Sripad Naik. Rodrigues had then filed a complaint with the Union civil aviation ministry, Goa chief secretary and the state’s police chief, terming the meeting as illegal. The Congress too had demanded that a case of trespass be registered in connection over it. The BJP had initially said the party received the necessary permission for the meeting, which took place “not inside the facility as claimed” by others. However, it later said the crowd which greeted Shah at the airport had gathered there spontaneously and that it was “not a planned meeting”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi in Israel | From space tech to water conservation, India and Israel sign seven MoUs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Israel today signed seven agreements to increase cooperation in key sectors like space, agriculture and water conservation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for setting up of USD 40 million worth India-Israel Industrial Research and Development (R&D) and Technical Innovation Fund.Prime Minister Modi said, “we are of one view that together our scientists and researchers would develop, build and implement mutually beneficial solutions in the field”.
ALSO READ WATCH: 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg may visit Mumbai tells PM Modi, ‘I love you'”Our decision to establish a bilateral Technology Innovation Fund worth USD 40 million for research in industrial development will help us in achieving this goal.”We regard thriving two-way trade and investment flows as the bedrock of a strong partnership. Prime Minister Netanyahu and I agreed on the need to do more in this direction.
ALSO READ Modi in Israel | A ‘marriage made in heaven’, a ‘partnership to seek the good, defend the good’Businesses on both sides should take primary lead in such efforts,” he said.In the water sector, two agreements were signed to increase cooperation on water conservation and state water utility reform in India.Modi said that Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agricultural technology and “these are also among my priority areas in India’s development”.”We agreed that efficiency of water and resource use; water conservation and its purification; productivity increases in agriculture are key areas in deepening our bilateral cooperation,” he said.In the agriculture sector, the two countries have agreed for India-Israel Development Cooperation – a three-year work programme in agriculture from 2018 to 2020.They also agreed for cooperation regarding cooperation in atomic clocks.Besides, separate MoUs were signed on cooperation in GEO-LEO optical link and cooperation in Electric Propulsion for small satellites.Modi also said that during their talks he and Netanyahu agreed to to do much more together to combat terrorism to protect their strategic interests.

HC turns down ex-Noida authority chief engineer’s bail plea in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has turned down the bail plea of former Noida Authority chief engineer Yadav Singh on technical grounds in connection with a money-laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him. A bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Rekha Dixit passed the order yesterday. Singh, in his bail petition, had contended that since a chargesheet was not submitted by the investigating agency within the statutory period, he was technically entitled to bail. The petitioner had also assailed the order of the special ED court, rejecting his bail plea earlier. Opposing the plea, the ED counsel said the chargesheet was forwarded within the statutory time limit and hence, Singh’s argument did not hold water. Considering that the chargesheet was filed “in time”, the court dismissed the petition. In 2015, the ED had slapped money-laundering charges against Singh, who was the engineer-in-chief of the Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, on the basis of an FIR lodged by the CBI. Earlier, an Income Tax raid in November 2014 had revealed that Singh’s assets were hugely disproportionate to his income, following which he was suspended by the then Uttar Pradesh government. The Allahabad High Court had directed the CBI, in July 2015, to investigate the case stating that the allegations were most serious.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops bust carjackers’ gang, five arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have claimed to have busted a gang actively involved in carjacking at gunpoint and auto thefts. They arrested five men, one of whom had recently come out of the jail, after their acts were captured on CCTV cameras. Six cars and two pistols were recovered from the accused.Prime accused and the kingpin of the gang, Manish alias Golu, 25, has been named in three other criminal cases earlier. After his release from the jail in January this year, he started meeting Sanjay Rathi and Mahaveer alias Pawan Pandit, who convinced him to commit car robberies. Golu then formed a gang with Abhivak, 19, Manish, 23, Ravinder, 23, and Hariom, 22, and they started robbing cars at gunpoint.DCP, Rohini, Rishi Pal said: “Stringent measures were taken after a number of carjacking incidents and auto thefts were reported. A special task team was formed and, accordingly, evidences from recent cases were collected. The footage from CCTV cameras installed in various factories and gates of Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) Area, where a number of such incidents were reported from, was scrutinised. This gave a clue about the registration number of the motorcycle used by one of the carjackers.”These numbers were then checked in various combinations and the police team managed to zero down on the owners of these bikes. “Close verification by secret surveillance led to the information that suspects would be assembling near a mall in the industrial area, Narela, and a trap was laid on Sunday night. As per the plan, the team raided the identified premises and the accused were arrested. A stolen motorcycle and two country-made pistols were recovered from their possession. During sustained interrogation, they confessed to their crimes, and more than a dozen cases are being worked out following the arrests,” Pal said.

Rs 6,000 crore needed to buy land for Jewar airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jewar international airport project, which recently received the aviation ministry’s approval, has many more hurdles to clear before it becomes a reality. According to sources, to kick off Phase I, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) needs to buy land in as many as nine villages and would need Rs 6,000 crore, along with additional staffers, for the purpose. The farmers, meanwhile, have made it clear that only a handsome deal will convince them to part with their land.It is pertinent to mention here that acquiring land from farmers and providing funding for the projects are the two main tasks of YEIDA. Explaining further, Authority Chairman Prabhat Kumar said: “In all, 5,000 hectares of land is required for the project. In fact, as much as 3,000 hectares is required just for the four runways. In Phase I, only one hectare of land is required for one runway. The land has already been earmarked and soon, we will start the process of buying it from the farmers.”When queried about the unrest among farmers, he said the airport project will help them get a better life. “I am confident that the farmers will happily become a part of creating history. They also are stake-holders in the development of the region and the state,” Kumar said.YEIDA Additional CEO AN Upadhyay said nine villages — Mukeempur, Siwara, Kishorepur, Banwaripur, Rohi, Ramner, Nagla Ganeshi, Nagla Foolkha, Nagla Shareefkha, and Nagla Cheetar — have been earmarked for Phase I of the project.The Authority will have to conduct an intensive drive to buy the land and re-settle farmers. It is estimated that Rs 6,000 crore would be required for the deals. The Authority has also written a letter to the state government, demanding additional manpower to complete the lengthy process of buying land.In addition, YEIDA has to select a company for the construction of the airport. The project will be developed based on the public–private partnership (PPP) model.”We do not have any problem in giving the land for the project, provided that the government offers us a handsome deal and ensures that the farmers in these nine villages are resettled properly,” TC Sharma, a farmer in Banwaripur village, said.YET TO SHORTLISTThe Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has to select a company for the construction of the airport. The project will be developed based on the public–private partnership

Unidentified men loot 37 lakh from Flipkart centre in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified men looted Rs 37 lakh from a Flipkart dispatch centre in the Jhilmil Industrial Area of Delhi on Sunday.Ramu Kushwaha, who was working as cashier in the Flipkart office in the Jhilmil Industrial Area, said three to four unknown boys committed the robbery. They also removed a digital video recorder (DVR) from the centre and the guard sustained a head injury, he added. He said the robbers had their faces and heads covered to avoid identification.The CCTV of the area is being analysed by the police. Further details are awaited.

IDCO notice to IOC to affect Odisha industrialisation: Pradhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today said that Odisha government’s show cause notice to the IOC’s refinery at Paradip would affect industrialisation in the state. “It is like hitting one’s own leg. The state government’s activities will adversely affect the ongoing industrialisation activities in Odisha,” Pradhan said. He was speaking to reporters on Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) serving a show cause notice to IOC’s Paradip Refinery Project, asking it to explain its stand on alleged violation of land lease deed and allocation of terms and conditions. The notice alleged that IOC was thwarting local people from using an approach road connecting NH-5 to IOCL plant site crossing Kujang road. Pradhan, however, rejected the allegation. “It was an after thought of some officers who work for their vested interest and not for the development of the state. The issue was not raised earlier at the RPDAC (Rehabilitation and Periphery Development Advisory Committee) meeting. The local people have no objection.” Ruling BJD chief whip Amar Prasad Satpathy said that IDCO has been working as per law. He said, “IDCO has every right to raise objection when provisions of the land agreement is violated. It is wrong to prevent or criticise any agency which implements law.” When contacted, IOC officials said that they would react to the IDCO’s notice after getting copy of the letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Meghalaya: Six killed in landslides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll rose to five with the recovery of two more bodies in a rain-hit landslide in Ri-Bhoi district on Sunday, while a child was killed in a separate landslide in Meghalaya.While three persons were killed in the landslide at Umiam industrial area on Saturday, bodies of two missing women were found this afternoon, SP Ramesh Singh said. All the five persons belonged to two families, he said. Nine injured persons were admitted to hospital.He said the incident took place at around 5 AM when the people were asleep inside the makeshift quarters of a sawmill at the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation area. In another landslide at Mawjrong in East Khasi Hills district one child was killed on Saturday, a delayed report said. The parents of the victim escaped with minor injuries, police said.The incessant rain in the past 48 hours have triggered several landslides in the state causing extensive damage in several roads.

Compensation for disabled paramilitary jawans upped to Rs 20L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ex-gratia compensation for paramilitary personnel, injured in action leading to 100 per cent disability, has been increased from Rs 9 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The enhanced compensation will be applicable to all central paramilitary personnel whose disability is attributed to or aggravated in service on or after January 1, 2016, the home ministry said in an office memorandum recently. “It has been decided to revise rate of ex-gratia lump sum compensation from Rs 9 lakh to Rs 20 lakh with effect from January 1, 2016 for 100 per cent disability to CAPF and Assam Rifles on the basis of recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission,” it stated. For cases with less than 100 per cent disability, the amount of ex-gratia compensation may be reduced in proportion to the degree of disability. About 10 lakh personnel in eight forces come under the home ministry. They are: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP), Assam Rifles (AR), National Security Guards (NSG), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Paramilitary personnel are deployed in some of the most hostile environments and face some of the toughest fights. These include battling terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern region, anti-Naxal operations and other law and order duties. They are also deployed along the inhospitable India- Pakistan border and the icy heights of the Sino-Indian border.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soon, Navi Mumbai to get affordable housing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 5,000 homes priced around Rs 15 lakh and above is what the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has planned in areas like Kharghar, Kalamboli, Taloja and Dronagiri. These are houses for the economically weaker sections (EWS) and lower income groups (LIG). The area of the homes are to be around 300 square feet.A proposal for the same was sent by CIDCO to the state level committee that approves houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojan (PMAY), and it has been approved by them. CIDCO’s Managing Director, Bhushan Gagrani, said, “It will be divided in two parts, one is EWS, which will be under the PMAY, and CIDCO will develop the Lower Income Group (LIG) homes.”According to a senior officer from the committee who passed the file, the proposal has now moved to another committee in the state and from there it will be sent to the central government.”The project includes some 5,300 homes for the EWSs and LIGs. The EWS homes under PMAY will get a subsidy from the government, while the LIG homes won’t. The proposal was good and hence, it has been accepted,” said the officer.Every EWS home under the PMAY project will get a subsidy of Rs 1.5 lakh from both the Centre and state government. The homes will measures 311 square feet and will be a compact 1 BHK. The LIG homes won’t have any subsidy, but will be affordable.Manohar Shroff, Vice President, MCHI-Navi Mumbai unit claims that the homes by CIDCO will surely find takers because of the pricing. “CIDCO owns the land so they don’t have to spend on it. There are many takers for cheaper homes and these will sell like hot cakes,” he said.Navi Mumbai has seen a surge in terms of development in the recent past, especially after the international airport was announced there. Areas like Ulwe, New Panvel and others have also grown, finding many takers.AnalyisisVia this project, CIDCO will see to it that those who cannot afford homes in the satellite town can have one. While it is still at the proposal stage, the homes should be ready soon, as CIDCO itself is the implementing authority in Navi Mumbai. The homes are at a lower price and will also include subsidy from the government, making them more affordable.

Foundation stone laid for Yamuna Expressway’s Jewar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh today laid the foundation stone for an interchange on the Yamuna Expressway, which officials said will reduce traffic congestion once completed. Though it has been projected that construction of the Jewar interchange will be completed in 18 months, the company engaged in the project hopes to get it done in nine months, he said. “The state government has issued directions for an additional payment of 64.7 per cent compensation as demanded by farmers,” the MLA from Jewar said. He said in the next two years the infrastructure in Jewar will improve. Singh said during the elections he had promised to reduce traffic woes of Jewar and in this direction he had “got the interchange approved from state government”. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s additional chief executive officer, Amarnath Upadhyay, and Jewar SDM Shubhi Kakan among others were present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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