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Live Updates | Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tables Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which seeks to criminalise the practice of triple talaq, has been tabled in the Parliament by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.The draft Bill says, “any pronouncement of talaq by a person upon his wife, by words, either spoken or written or in electronic form or in any other manner whatsoever, shall be void and illegal”.Here are the live updates from the Lok Sabha:12:51 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says the Bill is not against any religion:12:50 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: BJD says the Triple Talaq Bill is flawed:12:49 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Protests against the Bill:12:44 IST Thursday, 28 December 2017: Law Minister moves Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha.

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Delhi Metro LIVE: Magenta Line will be a milestone in UP’s development story, says CM Yogi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the Magenta Line of the Delhi Metro. Seen as Christmas gift for commuters, the Magenta Line is expected to make commuting between South Delhi and Noida hassle-free.13:52 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: We are going to bring new metro lines in Kanpur and Agra, says UP Yogi13:51 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Modi has given a new meaning to politics of this nation. He is always telling us one thing – we have to move ahead on the path of development, says CM Yogi.13:49 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Breaking the ‘Noida jinx’, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath travelled with PM Modi on during the inaugural ride of Magenta Line. He also addressed a public rally in Noida and said that the Magenta Line will be the milestone in UP’s development story.13:31 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: After inaugurating the Magenta Line, PM Modi will address a public rally in Noida shortly.13:24 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Inside visuals of PM Modi’s inaugural ride on Magenta Line:13:22 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: From LED display to colourful seats, the Magenta Line will have host of new features. The stations will also portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.13:15 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Narendra Modi onboard Delhi Metro after inauguration of a stretch of the new Magenta line.13:09 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: The Magenta Line connects Botanical Garden in Noida with Kalkaji Mandir in Delhi.13:07 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: PM Modi inaugurated Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line at the Botanical Garden Metro Station.

Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Modi wave all over again? BJP leads on 53 seats

All eyes are set on Gujarat as the much-awaited results of the bitterly fought Assembly polls, which saw a political Mahabharat contest between the two leading parties – the BJP and Congress, will be announced today.The counting for the two phase Gujarat Assembly elections has begun and the results are expected to come out by afternoon.Gujarat has 26 parliamentary constituencies and 182 assembly constituencies.A total of 977 candidates were in the fray in the first phase of elections, out of which 57 were women candidates and over 2.22 crore people took part in the election to decide their fate. While in the second phase, 851 candidates fought, out of which 69 women candidates contested.8:00 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Counting begins at the 37 centres that will decide the future course of Indian politics. 8:19 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Early leads for BJP, the ruling party leads in 15 seats, whereas Congress is ahead on 4 seats. BJP had predicted 150 seats in the state. If initial trends are anything to go by, BJP may be heading for fifth straight win in PM Modi’s home state. 8:25 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: Visuals from Vadodara show the the buzz. There are seven seats in Vadodara district. The BJP had won 6 out of 7 seats in 2012. 8:35 IST Monday, 18 December 2017: The morning leads are showing strong position for BJP. Looks like the ‘Modi magic’ is working again. The ruling party is leading on 53 seats, whereas the Congress comes at distant second on 35.

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Bihar: Court orders 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to a man for raping a minor

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 11:03 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court on Monday awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment to a man for raping a minor two years ago and slapped a fine of Rs Two lakh on him.The judgement was passed by additional district and sessions judge Om Prakash Srivastava, who awarded the punishment to Sanjay Mahto under the POCSO Act.According to Assistant Public Prosecutor Sanjay Kumar Sinha, Mahto had been charged with raping a 13-year-old in his house at Mirchak village in Nawada district in 2015.

Gujarat Congress spokesperson Rekhaben Chaudhary resigns

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 07:04 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat Congress spokesperson Rekhaben Chaudhary has tendered her resignation as a primary member of the party, spokesperson and all other posts.The resignation comes a few days before the Gujarat assembly elections.On the same note, on November 22, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MP Kanjibhai Patel resigned from the party along with his son, Sunil Patel.The elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14.The result will be announced on December 18.

PM Narendra Modi to address nation on 38th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’

Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 10:26 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts via 38th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday at 11 am.Prime Minister Modi tweeted and urged people to share their inputs with him on Narendra Modi Mobile Application.In his last ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, Prime Minister Modi emphasised that families needed to pay closer attention to the health of their children, given the declining status of immunity among the younger generation, largely due to the “lifestyle disorder.”The programme will be broadcast on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the Narendra Modi mobile application.Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast.

Anti Terrorist Front India announces Rs 21 lakh bounty for Farooq Abdullah’s tongue

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 06:57 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Anti Terrorist Front India today announced a bounty of Rs 21 lakh prize for cutting former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s tongue, saying he has “insulted” the country with his pro- Pakistan remarks and was speaking “against” the RSS.Front national president Viresh Shandilya also demanded immediate investigation and arrest of the Srinagar MP. “Farooq has been speaking against the RSS and supporting Pakistan and insulted India in his recent remarks,” he said in a statement here. “Farooq is a big traitor in India and the central government should withdraw Z plus security from him. I will award Rs 21 lakh to the person who cuts Farooq’s tongue,” he said.Recently, Abdullah had courted controversy with his remarks “PoK belongs to Pakistan”. A few days later, the National Conference chief said Pakistan was “not weak and was not wearing bangles to allow India to take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation”.

Uttarakhand: Remains of animal resembling dinosaur found, authorities informed

Updated: Nov 19, 2017, 11:08 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Remains of an animal resembling a dinosaur have been recovered in Uttarakhand’s Jaspur city, said police on Sunday.According to the police, they received a call from the locals informing them about the remains of a dinosaur following which they rushed to the spot. “On reaching there, we found remains of an animal resembling dinosaur’s body, but it could be anything. We have informed relevant authorities who will establish what it is,” said a police officer.The remains were recovered while cleaning an old storage room of a power house, which had been lying closed for last 10 years. The police took the remains into their custody and after initial inquiry; the remains were handed over to the forest department. The remains will be sent to Dehradun lab for examination.

Actor and first season’s Bigg Boss winner Rahul Roy joins BJP, hails PM Modi and Amit Shah

Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 03:29 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Rahul Roy today joined the BJP in presence of Union Minister Vijay Goel at the party headquarters here.He said it was a significant day for him and thanked the party.”The way Narendra Modi ji and Amit Shah ji have been taking the country forward and the way the perspective of the world towards India has changed in the past two years is remarkable. I am elated to have taken this decision,” Roy told mediapersons.The actor said that he wants to contribute towards development of the country and is ready to take up any task entrusted to him by the party.Roy made his Bollywood debut at the age of 22 in the 1990 blockbuster ‘Aashiqui’. He acted in movies like ‘Junoon’ and ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’.The actor also won the first season of TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss’

Manmohan Singh wants Left to cooperate with Congress to fight BJP

Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:58 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former prime minister Manmohan Singh urged the Left parties in India to cooperate with the Congress leadership at the national level to fight together against the “wrong” policies of the BJP-led Union government.”At the national level, are we going to oppose the BJP as a united front or will the CPI(M) keep BJP and Congress at the same distance?” he asked at a public meeting organised by the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).He urged the party to cooperate with the Congress leadership at the national level and put up a united fight against the BJP’s misrule and divisive policies.The former prime minister also criticised Kerala’s CPI (M)-led LDF government, saying “rule of law has crumbled, women in the state do not feel safe and economic progress is slow” under the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government.

21-year-old girl gang-raped in Chandigarh

Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 01:55 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old girl has allegedly been gang-raped and dumped in an isolated place at Sector 53 of Chandigarh.As per reports, the victim was returning home in an auto-rickshaw from Sector 37 on Friday evening when she was gangraped and dumped at Sector 53.The Chandigarh Police have confirmed the incident and registered a case in this regard.”She was gang-raped late evening, a case has been registered after medical investigation of the victim,” said PRO Chandigarh Police.

10 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy near Neduntheevu

Updated: Nov 17, 2017, 02:32 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Friday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a fisheries department official said.The fishermen from Thideer Kuppam village in Nagapattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gangadharan said.They were taken to Kangesanthurai along with their boat.They have been lodged in the naval camp and would be produced in a court, he said.Yesterday, 10 fishermen from Akkarapettai in the same district were arrested when they were fishing in Neduntheevu.On November 7, four fishermen from Pudukottai district were arrested by the Lankan naval personnel.

Accused have been identified in RSS worker Anandan’s murder: Kerala Police

Updated: Nov 14, 2017, 12:46 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Police has initiated proceedings over issuing lookout notices against three persons for their alleged involvement in the killing of an RSS worker at Nenmeni in the temple town of Guruvayur on Sunday.”We have initiated proceedings. The accused have been identified,” a top police official here said.Another police official in Guruvayur said the car in which the killers had travelled belonged to a CPI(M) worker, whose elder brother Fazil was killed four years ago.Anandan was an accused in that case. The 23-year-old RSS worker was riding a motorcycle when he was attacked with swords and knives, allegedly by CPI(M) workers, who came in a car. The RSS worker was cremated this evening. While the BJP blamed CPI(M) for the murder, the Marxist party in a statement yesterday denied its role in the incident.The BJP called for a ‘hartal’ (strike) today at the temple town of Guruvayur and Manaloor in protest. Shops and businesses downed shutters. Vehicles remained off roads. The BJP leadership alleged that this was the third murder of BJP/RSS workers in the district since the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power in May last year.

Alleged arms smuggler held in Ghaziabad, 21 pistols seized

Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 08:47 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police on Saturday arrested a person and seized 21 country-made pistols from him, an official said.He was arrested by a police team from the Tigri roundabout where a search operation was launched on the basis of a tip-off, SP Akash Tomar said.The officer said that 21 country-made pistols of different bores were seized. He has been identified as Kausar, a native of Shamli district, he said.He has confessed that he used to smuggle firearms to criminal groups in Noida, Vijay Nagar and other districts of the National Capital Region, the SP claimed.

Demonetisation played a great role in combating terrorism: Nirmala Sitharaman

Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 01:12 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the decision of demonetization of higher currency gave a major blow to terrorism.”The biggest achievement of demonetization is that terrorism has been badly hit and the stone pelters which were in thousands have reduced because their cash flow was cut,” Sitharaman said here.The Defence Minister also attended a signature campaign organised by Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Youth Wing here to observe the Anti Black Money Day.BJP Youth Wing organized this event against the Congress party ‘Black Money Day’.

Mamata Banerjee wishes L K Advani on his 90th birthday

Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 01:05 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted senior BJP leader LK Advani on his 90th birthday, wishing him a healthy and long life.”Wishing a very happy birthday to Lal Krishna Advani Ji. Health and happiness for a long life,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this morning.Advani is currently the chairman of BJP Parliamentary Party.The former deputy prime minister is a seven-term MP from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

Kolkata-bound GoAir flight grounded in Delhi after bomb hoax

Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 12:05 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kolkata-bound GoAir flight from here landed in Kolkata today under emergency conditions related to a “bomb threat”, which was later declared a hoax.Official sources said flight G8-127 landed at the Kolkata airport around 9:30 pm after the pilot informed the ground authorities about a bomb threat.The plane was taken to an isolated bay at the airport after which regular security procedures were followed, they said.A bomb threat assessment committee later declared the threat as hoax, officials said.More details are awaited, they said.

Bihar journalist shot during firing between two gangs at Kaimur district

Updated: Nov 7, 2017, 12:06 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A journalist of a news agency was today hit by a bullet during firing between two gangs at Purani chowk in Kaimur district, police said.The scribe received bullet injuries on his throat after being accidentally hit by the bullet, Town police station SHO Rakesh Kumar said, adding, he was out of danger.The injured journalist was first taken to Sadar hospital from where he was referred to a trauma centre at Varanasi, the SHO said.

Jammu and Kashmir: 3 terrorists gunned down, Army jawan killed in encounter in Pulwama

Updated: Nov 6, 2017, 11:43 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three terrorists were gunned down in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed, officials said.Three terrorists have been killed and the firing has stopped, Army officials said. An Army jawan was killed in the encounter that broke out between terrorists and security forces in the Kandi belt of Aglar area in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. A civilian suffered injuries in the crossfire, they said.Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Kandi belt following information about the presence of some terrorists. The search operation led to a gunbattle after the militants fired at the security forces, they said. “The firing has stopped and the search operation is continuing,” an Army official said. On November 2, two Army soldiers were killed and a CRPF jawan suffered was injured in an encounter with militants at Samboora in Pampore area of Pulwama. The encounter ended with the gunning down of a terrorist

Govt hopes to tackle ‘Udta Punjab’ through local and village-level sports

Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 12:22 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up efforts against its war on drugs, the Punjab government has announced a campaign to organise village level sports tournaments across the state.Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa said these tournaments will help the youth divert their energy towards a positive act as well as promote sportsmanship among them.Bajwa informed that a dope test will be made mandatory to ensure fair play at these tournaments.The minister was addressing a gathering at a sports tournament in Jalandhar, to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

India, Pak should take steps to restore peace along LoC: Farooq Abdullah

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 10:41 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah today called on India and Pakistan to take effective and urgent measures to restore peace along the Line of Control (LoC).He said people on the either side of the LoC bear the brunt of cross-border hostilities and appealed to the two nuclear-powered countries to follow the tenets of the 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.Abdullah, who was re-elected as party president recently, is on four-day tour to border areas of north Kashmir.His first public outreach programme started from Karnah near the LoC in Kupwara district.He impressed upon India and Pakistan to ensure hassle free movement of people on both sides of the LoC.

Class 10 girl made to strip by teacher over alleged theft in Madhya Pradesh school

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 06:02 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a class 10 girl was allegedly made to strip on the pretext of search after her classmate lost Rs. 70 in a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh.Taking cognizance, Damoh district education officer said he has issued a show cause notice to the school principal.”We will take strict action against people responsible,” he added.The girl said the teacher checked her bag and threatened her to admit to theft.”My classmate lost her money. When I refused, the teacher made me and my friend strip,” she alleged.​

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman assures state development to Sikkim CM

Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 09:25 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar on Tuesday called on Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and assured him support for development of the state.During the meeting with Chamling, Kumar praised the Himalayan state for the developments achieved by it, an official release said.He also gave assurance to him that the NITI Aayog would support the state government for development of the state.The state government sought funds for a multi-speciality hospital at Sichey and upgradation of roads in the district.The state government officials also stressed on revenue generating sectors such as hydro-power, organic farming and tourism, the release said.

India, China armies meet in Tawang to maintain peace along the border

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 11:24 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army personnel of India and China today held a meeting at Bum La Pass in Tawang and resolved to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Sino-India border.A border personnel meeting (BPM) was organised by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the historic Bum La pass in Arunachal Pradesh, a senior Army official said.The Indian delegation was led by Brig M P Singh while the Chinese delegation was headed by Sr Col Liu Jiang Xun.The meeting commenced with the hoisting of national flags and the rendition of national anthems of both countries.The delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment and renewed commitments in maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control.

Government taking fresh look on appointing Chief of Defence Staff

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:38 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri- services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said today.They said government was revisiting the long-pending issue, indicating that a clear picture may emerge soon. The defence ministry is attending to it with a sense of urgency, the sources said. A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister. A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.However, successive governments were unable to take a call on the sensitive issue. “Several steps have to be taken before the appointment (of the CDS),” a source said. In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.

India will become Islamic nation by 2027 if Muslim population continued to grow: Hindu Yuva Vahini leader

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 08:32 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Hindu Yuva Vahini leader on Sunday alleged it is the Muslim community’s conspiracy to increase their population to make India an Islamic nation by 2027, remarks that are likely stoke a controversy.The right-wing organisation was founded by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2002 and he is also the chief patron of the outfit.”If the Muslim population continued to grow at the same pace, India will become an Islamic country by 2027. It’s a conspiracy of the Muslim community. They want to have total control over India,” Nagendra Pratap Tomar, the western Uttar Pradesh head of the outfit, said at workers’ conference.”Muslims bear children not because they want to have them, but because they want to occupy the whole country,” he alleged.

One killed and one injured after being hit by Rajdhani express

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 12:20 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was killed while another was injured seriously when both of them were hit by Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani express at Begusarai railway station on Sunday.Both the women were crossing the railway line when the Rajdhani express hit them, killing one of them on the spot while the other was seriously injured, the StationHouse Officer (SHO) of Begusarai GRP, Haroon Rashid said.The deceased have been identified as Khakhri Devi (40) while the injured has been identified as Mina Devi (37) who has been admitted to sadar hospital for treatment, SHO said.

Indian drone shot down by Pakistan military along LoC, Pak Army claims

Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 11:05 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army today claimed that it had shot down an Indian spy drone on the Line of Control.Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor took to social media to announce that the drone was hit in Rakhchikri sector.”Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters,” he tweeted. He also claimed that its “wreckage” has been held by the Pakistan Army.It is for the second time that Pakistan has claimed to have shot down an Indian quadcopter near the LoC.In November last year, a similar quadcopter was brought down on Pakistan side of LoC.

Kashmir: Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets CM Mehbooba Mufti

Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 09:36 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two days after his appointment, Centre’s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma today held a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, officials said.The meeting was held at Kashmir House on Prithviraj Road here, they said.Sharma, the former chief of Intelligence Bureau, was on Monday appointed special representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state.

Job application: HC allows transgender to declare sex as woman

Updated: Oct 25, 2017, 06:51 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court on Wednesday allowed a member of the transgender community to declare her sex as woman in the application for a state government job.Justice K Vinod Chandran gave the interim order while considering a plea filed by the transgender in which it complained that there were only two options — male and female — in the section seeking information about the sex of the person applying for the job.The examination for the job is conducted by the State Public Service Commission.The transgender, who is a post graduate in Mathematics, pleaded before the court that a separate column for the transgender community be included in the PSC application form to help them in applying for the government job.Lack of such a column is creating difficulties for qualified people from the transgender community in applying for government jobs, the petitioner said.

VP Venkaiah Naidu hospitalised for routine checkup

Updated: Oct 20, 2017, 11:00 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has been hospitalised at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.As per reports, VP Naidu who was at AIIMS for his routine checkup has been asked by the doctors to stay back at the hospital as his Blood Pressure and sugar were high. Speaking to ANI, V. Balakrishna Information Officer to Vice President of India said that Naidu will be discharged on Saturday.

Mamata Banerjee visits ailing ex-West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 11:49 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited her predecessor, senior CPI-M leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who is suffering from respiratory problems and wished him speedy recovery.Banerjee today visited Bhattacharjee at his residence to inquire about his health.He has been suffering for the past few days. “I had come to visit him. He asked me to sit, I wished him a speedy recovery. He wants his treatment to be done at home. I had spoken to his wife and assured her that we will provide all help,” she said. According to CPI(M) sources, Bhattacharjee has a history of breathing problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung ailment.

Majority in Delhi welcomes ban on firecrackers: Assocham

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 10:25 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Majority of working professionals in the Delhi-NCR region have supported the Supreme Court’s order to ban sale of firecrackers, industry body Assocham today claimed.”Majority of right-minded people in Delhi-NCR feel that no source of pollution is too small to be ignored when it comes to the public health concerns,” it said in a statement.Over half of the 2,000 respondents stated that ban on firecrackers’ sale must be welcomed considering the need to avoid a spike in pollution to hazardous levels, it added.”Air pollution in Delhi-NCR is not just devastating the environment but it might also hurt brand India thereby severely hitting sectors like tourism,” it said.It also said that there are about 800 licensed fireworks units in and around Sivakasi town in Tamil Nadu and employees about 10 lakh workers.

Maharashtra: Pregnant woman stabbed to death in Nallasopara

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 09:53 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 25-year-old pregnant woman was found dead with multiple stab wounds at her house in Dangewadi locality of Nallasopara in the neighbouring Palghar district, police said.The woman identified as Nikhat Shaikh, who was two months pregnant, had two children and was residing with her husband in Dangewadi, said police.She was found dead in the house with multiple stab wounds on Monday afternoon, the police said.Police have formed teams to trace the killer and registered an offence under section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

Six missing after boat capsizes in Bihar

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 02:56 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six people went missing and six others swam to safety when a boat capsized in Gandak river today near Saroja Bhagwanpur village in Panapur police station area of Saran district.Superintendent of Police Hari Kishore Rai said 12 people were on their way to cut grass on a dry patch of land in the middle of the river when their boat capsized.Six of them went missing while six others swam to safety, he said, adding that no bodies have been recovered so far.”Efforts are on to find to trace the missing people,” the SP said.

Dadri lynching: NTPC denies giving job to 15 accused

Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 10:15 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State-run power giant NTPC on Sunday said it has not given jobs to the accused in the Mohammad Akhlaq lynching case.There have been media reports that 15 accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisahda village of Dadri in September 2015 have got contractual jobs after facilitation by a local MLA. “NTPC Dadri management categorically denies the content of various media reports regarding contractual employment in NTPC Dadri to the accused of Akhlaq lynching case of Bisahda village, as such reports are false and baseless,” the NTPC’s Dadri plant said in a statement.It said no agreement has been made to give jobs to the accused of the case and no employment has been given to them. NTPC also said that under its corporate social responsibility policy, it is committed for the upliftment and development of the nearby communities of its plant.

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leading by over 50,000 votes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The counting process for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll seat, which is witnessing a three-cornered race among the BJP, the Congress and the AAP, is underway.The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat had fallen vacant following the demise of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April.It has nine Assembly segments — Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll witnessed a three-cornered race contest among major political parties — the Congress, the BJP and the AAP.The bypoll is seen as a barometer for the popularity of the six-month-old Congress government in Punjab.Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has been a stronghold of the BJP. Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna had remained four- time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. Khanna had died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai on 27 April this year.11:00 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar was leading by 68,172 votes over his nearest rival BJP contestant Swaran Salaria in the counting of votes, as per trends available.10:28 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leading by over 50,000 votes 9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017After completion of first round, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leads by 14,316 votes9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress leading in #Gurdaspur LS bypoll, BJP second and AAP third. 9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar had earlier claimed the bypoll would be a ‘referendum’ on the Modi government. The BJP had also tried pulling out all the stops to retain the seat, which Khanna had won four times on its ticket.9:32 IST Sunday, 15 October 2017The result will decide the fate of total 11 candidates including Congress nominee Sunil Jakhar, BJP’s Swaran Salaria and AAP’s Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

Manipur: Hand grenade recovered from MLA’s residence

Updated: Oct 14, 2017, 10:09 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A hand grenade was recovered on Saturday at the residence of Heikham Dingo, MLA of Sekmai assembly constituency in Imphal West district, police said.Bomb disposal experts rushed to the residence of the MLA at Khurkhul village and recovered the hand grenade, the police said.Who had kept the hand grenade and for what purpose at the MLA’s residence was not yet known, they added adding investigations into the matter was on.​

Former Maoist and BJP leader Manoj Nageshia shot dead in Jharkhand

Updated: Oct 7, 2017, 11:19 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A BJP leader was shot dead by an unidentified assailant at Lacharagarh of Simdega district, police said today. Manoj Nageshia was attacked when he was dining with his friend in his house last night. While the victim was being taken to a nearby hospital, he succumbed. In the last Assembly poll, Nageshia, who was the treasurer of Jharkhand BJP committee (ST/SC cell), had contested unsuccessfully.Earlier he was a Maoist, but had returned to the mainstream after he was released from jail.Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das expressed shock and directed the director general of police to initiate prompt action to apprehend the culprit.

Elphinstone stampede: Raj Thackeray’s MNS to go ahead with protest march even after police denies permission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will on Thursday go ahead with protest march over the Elphinstone Road station stampede, even though the Mumbai police have denied permission.A one-km-long march will begin from Metro cinema and end at Churchgate station, to protest against the problems that Mumbai’s train commuters face.Several celebrities from Marathi film industry have also given their support for this rally.Earlier, Raj Thackeray had said that stampedes in Mumbai, will continue to occur till hordes of migrants continue to pour into the city.”There has been a collapse of infrastructure facilities due to the migrant influx from other regions,” he told reporters here.”Does one need a bullet train or improvement of basic rail infrastructure,” he asked.”Until present infrastructure of local railways is made better, not a single brick will be allowed to be placed for the bullet train in Mumbai,” Raj said.10:59 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017We cannot give permission due to High Courts’ orders. Appropriate action will be taken by police in case violation of law, said DCP PRO.9:58 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017► MNS leader Nitin Sardesai says party will go ahead with rally.9:57 IST Thursday, 5 October 2017Urging Mumbaikars to join the rally, Raj Thackeray also posted a message on his Facebook page.

J&K: Army major killed, three others hurt in car mishap

Updated: Oct 4, 2017, 05:22 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army Major was killed and three other officers, including a colonel, were injured when the car they were travelling in skidded off the Jammu-Poonch highway here today, police said.Their car hit a tree around 03.30 am today at the Thati- Gharota area in Jammu district, they said.An officer identified as Major Ashish died on the spot and a colonel and two other majors were injured and have been hospitalised, police said.Police has registered a case.

Bihar: Clash between two communities in Nawada, five arrested

Updated: Oct 3, 2017, 01:26 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A clash broke out between two communities after a group of people returning from a religious procession was attacked by members of another community in the district, the police said on Tuesday. Five persons were arrested in connection with the clash that erupted at Akbarpur Bazar locality late Monday night in which one person was injured, Superintendent of Police Vikas Burman said.The trouble began when one group of people belonging to a particular community was attacked with stones by members of another.Members of the first group then retaliated leaving one person seriously injured, Burman said.Senior police and administrative officials brought the situation under control.Five persons were arrested for fomenting trouble in the area, the SP said and added that the situation is now tense but under control.

West Bengal: Day after Dusshera, Muharram passes off peacefully in state

Updated: Oct 1, 2017, 04:58 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of Muslims took out processions today braving intermittent rains on the occasion of Muharram which passed off peacefully in West Bengal.Processions carrying tazias and black flags and beating their chests in ceremonial mourning were taken out both in the metropolis as well as in the districts.Muslim-dominated areas of Kolkata like Park Circus, Rajabazar, Kolkata port area including adjoining Kidderpore, Iqbalpur, Mominpur and Metiabruz witnessed huge processions.Muharram is a day of bereavement, when Muslims give to charity, observe fasts and pray in remembrance of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed who was martyred some 1330 years ago at Karbala in Iraq.

DNA Edit: How long will Mumbai cry?

Updated: Sep 30, 2017, 06:35 AM IST, DNA

This city has suffered in every possible way — terror attacks, natural calamities, not-so-natural calamities <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many decades ago, after a railway accident, authorities couldn’t rescue a man in time as he bled to death. A newspaper put the photo on its front page indicting the railway administration for not reaching in time. It hurt a sensitive railway officer so much that he framed that photo and put it in his cabin to remind him of the tragedy and the guilt.Today’s officers and ministers need to frame picture of every single victim in yesterday’s Elphinstone Road tragedy so that the guilt keeps reminding them to work towards saving lives while it is still possible. There were so many warnings, pleas, requests about the foot-over-bridges at railway stations that fell on deaf ears. This city has suffered in every possible way — terror attacks, natural calamities, not-so-natural calamities. This city has given a lot — in terms of sweat, wealth… and now blood. What we need is not post-death compensations. What we need is a humane touch, a sensitive administration that reciprocates the spirit of Mumbai.

Tamil Nadu: Constable sacked for providing mobile phones, cigarettes and beedis to jail inmates

Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 09:14 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old police constable was dismissed on Wednesday on charges of supplying banned articles to the inmates of the central prison in nearby Salem.Police said jail authorities carried out an enquiry after allegations that the constable, Ganesan, had allegedly been supplying mobile phones, cigarettes and beedis to Salem central prison inmates.A departmental enquiry concluded that Ganesan, a Grade 2 constable, was involved in smuggling of banned items into the jail and supplying them to the inmates, they said.He was dismissed following an order from the Superintendent of Police, they added.

Intolerance hotly debated during polls, not when BJP workers die in Bengal and Kerala: Amit Shah

Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 11:07 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday spoke against “selective” intolerance, saying it was “hotly debated” during elections but not taken up when his party workers were killed in Kerala and West Bengal.Selective intolerance was not good for democracy, he told the party’s national executive here. Shah’s remarks come against the backdrop of political violence in Kerala and West Bengal and the killing of journalists in Bengaluru and Tripura. Certain acts of intolerance were glossed over and some others were passionately debated, a party statement quoted Shah as saying.”When our workers are killed in Kerala or West Bengal, when atrocities take place against them, when Kashmiri Pandits are evicted, then intolerance is not talked about. But whenever we approach elections, intolerance is hotly debated. “If there’s no consistency in raising the issue of intolerance then no one has any right to raise it,” he said.
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Jharkhand: Eight killed, 25 wounded in fire at illegal firecracker factory

Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 08:44 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eight people died and 25 others were injured after a major fire broke out at an illegal firecracker factory in Jharkhand’s Kumardubi on Monday.Five fire tenders immediately reached at the spot to douse the fire and to rescue people.Police have also reached the spot and evacuated the nearby houses as a precautionary measure.More details are awaited.

Gujarat: One killed after fire breaks out

Updated: Sep 25, 2017, 08:40 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person died and one other was injured after a major fire broke out in storage tank near oil jetty at Gujarat’s Kandla port on Sunday night.The fire was doused on Monday morning.Further details are awaited.

Kashmir: 6th Century Lord Shiva stone sculpture unearthed in Harwan

Updated: Sep 24, 2017, 05:18 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Workers dredging a water reservoir stumbled upon a rare one-faced stone sculpture of Lord Shiva dating back to the 6th century CE in Harwan area in the outskirts of Srinagar, an official said on Sunday.The oval-shaped bust is nearly 2.5 feet in height. It has been handed over to the Department of Archives and Archaeology by the police.Mohammad Shafi Zahid, the director of the Archaeology Department, said this was the first time that such a sculpture was discovered in Kashmir.”It is a one-faced sculpture of Shiva of around 6th century CE,” he said.Harwan area is a known heritage site and has archaeological importance. One of the oldest Budhhist sites is also located there.

Uttar Pradesh | Girl stabbed in Lakhimpur Kheri district, condition critical

Updated: Sep 24, 2017, 11:24 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A girl was stabbed repeatedly on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district and according to the hospital where she has been admitted, she is in a critical state.The district police have registered a case against prime accused Anshu Dikshit, who was known to the victim.However, the reason for the attack is yet to be ascertained.”Attacker Anshu Dikshit and the victim knew each other. Why he attacked her is yet to be ascertained. A case has been registered and search is on for him,” said A. Pratap, circle officer (CO). A further update on the incident is awaited.

Nirmala Sitharaman visits field firing range in Pokhran

Updated: Sep 23, 2017, 08:05 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday visited the field firing range in Khetolai area in Pokhran and met senior Army officers stationed there.This was her second visit to Rajasthan after she took charge of the defence ministry earlier this month, becoming the first full-time woman defence minister of the country.She reached Jaisalmer this morning in a special aircraft and then headed to the firing range, official sources said.She has been visiting various military installations after taking charge

Earthquake with slight intensity hits Jammu & Kashmir

Updated: Sep 23, 2017, 08:08 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday at around 5:45 am, confirmed India Meteorological Department (IMD).No loss of life or damage to the property has been reported as of now.The depth of the earthquake, with slight intensity, was 150 kilometres, and the coordinates were latitude 34.0 degrees north and longitude 74.7 degrees east.

Not picture perfect: Ukrainian envoy’s phone snatched while clicking snaps of Red Fort

Updated: Sep 22, 2017, 10:12 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ukrainian Ambassador Igor Polikha’s mobile phone was snatched while he was taking pictures of the Red Fort, the police said today.Polikha was alone at the time of the incident that happened on Wednesday morning. He was clicking pictures of the Red Fort while standing on a road near the monument when a man came towards him, they said.In his complaint, the envoy claimed that the man snatched his iphone within seconds and fled from there. Senior officers claimed that they have clues to the accused and are scanning CCTV footages from the area. They have rounded up more than 100 suspects and are questioning them.Police said Polikha is a photography enthusiast. His phone contained pictures he had clicked and some personal information.

Want to participate in Dussehra as CM for five more years: Siddaramaiah makes his intention clear

Updated: Sep 21, 2017, 08:01 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As the Karnataka Assembly polls are due early next year, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today wished for another term for himself.He made his wish known in a tweet after inaugurating the 10-day Dussehra festivities in Mysuru. “As the chief minister, I have participated in the Dussehra festivities five times. I would seek the blessings of the people to continue participating in the Dussehra festivities as the chief minister for five more years,” Siddaramaiah wrote on his personal Twitter handle, @siddaramaiah.In July, he had indicated that the 2018 Assembly polls could “most likely” be his last election. The Congress party has already announced Siddaramaiah as its face for next year’s Assembly polls. The party had earlier said it was conducting a survey to collect data, which would help it select the candidates for the Assembly polls and decide the electoral strategy.

Sikkim: 5 killed, 2 injured in landslides triggered by rain

Updated: Sep 20, 2017, 03:32 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Landslides triggered by rains killed five persons and injured two others in south district of Sikkim today, officials said.A house collapsed after a landslide hit it following incessant rainfall at around 2 am. While three occupants of the house were killed, two others were seriously injured.In another landslide, two persons were killed in a house collapse at about 3 am at Upper Bokrong ward under Kateng Namphok Rateypani.SSP Pratap Pradhan said that a control room had been set up at Namchi Police Station.DC (South) Raj Yadav said the district administration has sought additional forces for search and rescue purpose.

Sikar: School director, teacher arrested for raping high school student

Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 09:58 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ajeetgarh Police has arrested the accused school director, Jagdish, and the teacher, Jagat, in connection with the horrific rape case of a Sikar high school student.The duo had allegedly been raping the minor for a long time and had even impregnated her.The incident came to light after the minor was rushed to a hospital on Monday for excessive bleeding.The girl is now is undergoing treatment in a Jaipur hospital and is now in a critical condition.The interrogation taken up by the Police Superintendent, Kushal Singh Khinchi, is underway.Further details are awaited.

Jammu and Kashmir: One civilian killed, five injured in Arnia ceasefire violation; firing ends

Updated: Sep 17, 2017, 12:08 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The firing that began on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Arnia sector stopped on Sunday morning, killing one civilian.The number of injured civilians rose to six, but one of the injured succumbed to the injuries.Earlier, on September 15, one Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector.

Kolkata: Metro services hit as doors refuse to open

Updated: Sep 16, 2017, 05:08 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Metro railway services in Kolkata was briefly affected today during peak office hours as doors failed to open in a non-AC rake of a Dum Dum bound train at Sahid Kshudiram Station.A Metro Railway spokesperson said that soon after the train reached Sahid Kshudiram station, passengers waiting to alight could not do so as the doors refused to open. Panic gripped the passengers as the situation remained unchanged even after some time.Technicians, senior officials, police and security personnel were called in immediately, who finally managed to open the doors and evacuate the passengers. The old rake was sent back to the carshed for a thorough check and necessary repair was carried out before putting it back into operation, the spokesperson said adding normal operation was restored within a few minutes.

Kashmir: Indian Army foils infiltration bid along LoC, 2 militants killed

Updated: Sep 16, 2017, 10:52 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two militants were killed on Saturday as the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machhil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, defence officials said here.”An infiltration bid has been foiled in Machhil sector and two terrorists have been killed,” defence spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said.He said troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC and challenged the intruders, leading to a gunfight in which the two militants were killed.

Jammu and Kashmir: BSF jawan killed after Pakistan violates ceasefire in Arnia

Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 09:20 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed after Pakistan violated ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector on Friday.The jawan, who got seriously injured in the ceasefire violation, was succumbed to his injuries on his way to the hospital. The deceased constable identified as Brijendra Bahadur Singh was posted at Border Out Post (BOP) Chenaz. Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at several Indian positions. This is the sixth ceasefire violation by Pakistan in less a week.Further details are awaited.

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