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No proposal to reconsider Air India privatisation, govt informs Lok Sabha

There is no proposal to reconsider the decision to privatise Air India, which has an outstanding debt of Rs 51,890 crore, the government informed Parliament today. To revive the loss-making national carrier, the government is working on the modalities for its strategic disinvestment.To a question in the Lok Sabha on whether the government proposes to reconsider its decision to sell out the debt- ridden Air India and its auxiliary companies, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha replied in the negative.The total outstanding loans of Air India as on September 30, 2017 stand at Rs 51,890 crore as per provisional figures cited by Sinha. Of this, aircraft loans account for Rs 18,364 crore and working capital loans are at Rs 33,526 crore.In 2016-17, the airline had a net loss of Rs 3,643 crore, while operating profit rose to Rs 215 crore, the provisional figures showed.Also readAir India’s domestic, global ops to be sold together, says Jayant SinhaThe government also informed Parliament that there had been a ban on direct recruitment in Air India for non- operational categories of employees and that the total number of regular employees of Air India as on November, 2017, is approximately 14,006 down from approximately 32,600 at the time of its merger in August 2007.On June 28 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment of Air India and its five subsidiaries.Also readIndiGo, several other private airlines interested in buying Air India: Jayant SinhaAn Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is working on the modalities.

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Toll booths on Bandra-Worli Sea Link to go solar

In the next six months, the toll booths on Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) will get electricity supply from the solar panels to be installed on the Sea Link. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) had announced the installation of solar panels earlier this year. However, now it seems electricity generated from solar panels will only be used for toll booths and not the street lights on the Sea Link.The toll operator of the sea link has said that they would be able to have panels installed in the next 3-6 months. Jayant Mhaiskar, managing director at MEP Infrastructure Developers, toll operator, said, “Our concession period has started from October 07, 2017 and as per the concession agreement we will be in a position to install solar panels in the next three to six months.”Mhaiskar, added, “As per the concession agreement, the electricity generated from the solar panels will be used for toll booths in the day and for the night hours we will have to use normal electricity connection as we do not have a power storage facility in India.”The MSRDC’s aim is to bring down their electricity bills and will also promote the Central government’s initiative of promoting solar energy and to cut down carbon footprints.

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Minor actor molested: Accused sent to police custody till Dec 13

The person accused of molesting a minor actor, has been sent to police custody till December 13.In a trial that took place today, the police demanded a 14 day-custody of the accused citing that it needed to investigate the characteristic background of the accused, check if he is a repeat offender and verify his basic credentials.The defendant argued that he was sleeping, and thus had no intention of molesting the minor actor. The accused also alleged that he was raided and arrested from his residence without any notice, and that he should have been given notice to join the investigation.Earlier in the day, the wife of the accused passenger denied the allegation and said her husband’s foot was kept on the armrest but not with an intention to harass.The accused was yesterday arrested by Mumbai’s Sahar Police and was today brought before the court.Also readIt’s a publicity stunt! Says minor Bollywood actress’ alleged molester’s wifeThe incident came to light when the actor shared the ordeal she had to go through in an Instagram story.Hours after the actress made the allegation, the Air Vistara apologised and said they had zero tolerance for such behaviour.Also readMinor actress molesation case: Accused arrested by Sahar Police in MumbaiThe airline authorities also ordered an investigation into the matter and said they were talking to its crew and reaching out to fellow passengers to “understand the incident at greater length.”Taking cognisance of the matter, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the accused passenger would be put on the no-fly list if the allegations were found to be true.

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Haryana govt FIR against Fortis doctor

The Haryana government lodged an FIR on Sunday against the doctor who treated seven-year-old Adya Singh, who succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram.Fortis has been under scanner since it slapped a bill of around Rs 16 lakh on the girl’s family for her hospitalisation of 15 days. Union Health Minister J P Nadda had ordered an inquiry into the incident.A case under section 304, part 2 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code was lodged at Sushant Lok police station against the doctor who worked with the paediatric department. The section carries a maximum punishment of 10 years.”We submitted our inquiry report to the police on November 23, stating that the hospital had overcharged the family of the deceased,” said B K Rajora, chief medical officer of Gurugram Civil Hospital.The complaint was submitted on Saturday and the case was registered on Sunday, the police said. “We have received a 49-page complaint from the health department. A case has been registered,” said a senior police official.On Friday evening, Adya’s father Jayant Singh lodged a complaint with the Gurgaon police alleging that his daughter died because of the doctors’ negligence, and the hospital tried to ‘destroy evidence’ of their wrongdoings.On Thursday, Haryana Health minister Anil Vij ordered Fortis Hospital, Gurgram, be removed from the list of government empanelled hospitals. He also asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to look into the possibility of cancelling the hospital’s land lease.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, stated it was unethical to pull off a patient’s life support especially after she had sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forgery of parents’ signatures for hospital documentation and overpricing of drugs and consumables.Following the indictment by the panel, Vij had said an FIR would be lodged against the private hospital and the licence of its blood bank would be cancelled.The Fortis group had earlier said that all documents, statements and details were made available to the probe team of the Haryana government.

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Victim’s father files FIR, says Fortis Hospital man tried to bribe him

After losing his seven-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant Singh filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram. In his FIR, Singh also stated that on November 23, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal, met him at a coffee shop in Gurugram on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, where Grewal offered Singh a cheque of Rs 10,37,889. The proof can be corroborated in the hotel’s CCTV footage, stated the FIR. “He also made a verbal offer of Rs 25 lakh and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Singh told DNA. “When I refused, Grewal warned me that this was their best offer as the government’s medical report would come in favour of the hospital,” stated the FIR filed by Singh. However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Singh has alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” he told DNA. The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and the Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance. A probe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical on FMRI’s part to pull her off life support. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report. Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Singh. The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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Want to make Air India vibrant, govt working on ‘alternative mechanism’: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said the government wants to make Air India vibrant for which plans on an ‘alternative mechanism’ was being worked out.The national carrier, entirely funded by government, was making losses and was now in a debt trap due to interest burden.”We want to make Air India a vibrant entity and not to go the Kingfisher way”, Raju told reporters here.He said the government was working on an ‘alternative mechanism’ and all options were being explored.Raju said “Air India’s financials are bad. But we want it to continue to be in the skies”.Also readNew Air India chief likely to assume charge this weekThe minister said private carrier Indigo had given expression of interest in Air India’s overseas operations, while the Tatas were making only verbal enquiries. “There is nothing in writing from the Tatas, it is only verbal”, he said.Meanwhile, the department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM) of the finance ministry had decided to go for a strategic divestment route in Air India.Also readAir India’s domestic, global ops to be sold together, says Jayant SinhaTransaction advisors had also been appointed, Raju said.
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Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.

Caught on camera: ‘How dare you,’ screams passenger as IndiGo staff pins him down, airline fires ‘culprit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.Soon, a scuffle breaks out and the ground staff pins him down while he shouts and screams “how dare you push me.”“Incident probed by designated committee. Took action against staff who was main culprit, by immediately terminating his employment,” IndiGo said in a statement on Tuesday.Apologising for the incident, Aditya Ghosh, the president of the IndiGo airlines also issued a statement and said that “I acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at Delhi airport. My personal apologies as this does not reflect our culture. I had personally spoken to the passenger and asked for an apology. At IndiGo, dignity of our passengers and staff is of utmost importance. Any act that compromises the dignity of either is of a serious concern to us.”“Under the code of conduct violation, this incident was investigated and stern action was taken against the staff. Once again my personal and sincere apologies to the affected passenger,” he added.Union Civil Aviation Minister AG Raju also reacted to the incident and said that, “Seeking report from the DGCA. Violence of any sort is deplorable and should result in criminal action.”In a series of tweets, state minister Jayant Sinha also called the incident unfortunate.Rajiv Katyal landed in Delhi from a Chennai flight on October 15. There was an arguement after he alighted the plane and Katyal reportedly abused the staff.

Paradise papers: Government orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government announced on Monday a multi-agency investigation headed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman, after media reports quoted leaked financial documents called the Paradise papers that show alleged offshore dealings of 714 Indian individuals and entities. The government said the multi-agency group would also have representatives from the Enforcement Directorate, the Reserve Bank of India and the Financial Intelligence Unit.A collective of international journalists obtained the Paradise Papers from Bermuda-based offshore law firm Appleby and Singapore’s business consulting company Asiaciti. The Finance Ministry said that the investigation units of the Income Tax Department have been alerted to take note of revelations for immediate appropriate action.The Congress attacked the government as the leaked documents also name Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP RK Sinha. German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung obtained the data from Appleby and Asiaciti and shared it with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.Government sources said setting up an offshore firm or account or transferring money back to the country cannot be termed illegal if the same has been shared with Indian authorities.While Jayant Sinha was quick to clear his name in a series of tweets, RK Sinha curiously expressed his inability to respond verbally on account of observing a “maun vrat” (a vow of silence). In visuals shared by a news agency, Sinha was seen scribbling on a paper in Hindi that he was observing a “maun vrat” for seven days because of a Yajna and therefore was unable to speak.Jayant Sinha said, transactions undertaken on behalf of highly reputed world-leading organisations in his fiduciary role as Partner at Omidyar Network and its designated representative on the D.Light Board were bonafide and legal.”All these transactions have been fully disclosed to relevant authorities through all necessary filings as required. After leaving Omidyar Network, I was asked to continue on the D.Light Board as an Independent Director. On joining the Union Council of Ministers, I immediately resigned from the D.Light Board and severed my involvement with the company. It is crucial to note that these transactions were done for D.Light as an Omidyar representative, and not for any personal purpose,” Sinha said.Congress Spokesman Randeep Surjewala asked, “Will the Prime Minister show the courage of conviction to hand over this entire information to the bench of Supreme Court that is looking at action against black money holders? Will the ‘Compromised Bureau of Investigation’ (CBI) and ED (Enforcement Directorate) take action?”The Congress sought an explanation from the BJP why its richest MP (RK Sinha) and his wife Rita Kishore Sinha own an offshore company called ‘SIS Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd’ (SAPHL) in the offshore tax haven of Malta.

Everything he wrote is in national interest: Shatrughan Sinha speaks up for ‘elder brother’ Yashwant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar MP, who has been at variance with the BJP’s stand on a host of issues, also targeted his party leaders for dismissing the former finance minister’s views, saying it would be “childish” to do so as they were “entirely in the party’s and national interest”.Taking a dig at the government in a series of tweets, he claimed motives were being ascribed to Yashwant’s observations and “we all know that the infamous and pervasive dirty tricks department” was behind them.The cine star-turned-parliamentarian quoted Narendra Modi, saying the prime minister had recently reiterated that the nation was bigger than the party and the national interest came first.
ALSO READ Can’t blame previous govt, we had full opportunity: Yashwant Sinha on economic slowdown”I’m of the firm opinion that everything that has been written by Mr Sinha is entirely in the party’s and national interest,” he tweeted.”He is a true statesman and a tried and tested man of wisdom, who has proven himself as one of the best and most successful finance ministers of the country. He has shown the mirror on the economic condition of India and has hit the nail right on the head,” he said.
ALSO READ ‘Sweeping conclusions drawn from narrow set of facts’: Jayant Sinha after father Yashwant’s attack on economyDescribing Yashwant as an elder brother, he said the BJP veteran must be appreciated and applauded for coming out with these views.In his tweets, Shatrughan also praised Arun Shourie, who was Yashwant’s colleague in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet and now has become a strong critic of the Modi government’s policies.”Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie are extremely learned and experienced intellectuals. Neither has any expectation or interest in being given a post (or mininstership), especially with the next elections less than 2 years away,” he tweeted.He said those criticising Yashwant should rebut him point by point.”Sadly, I’m yet to hear even one point by point rebuttal.Hope, wish and pray that all those people who matter in our party ponder over what has been said by Yashwant Sinha and remedial action is taken soon. Sooner the better. Long live BJP/NDA,” he posted on the micro-blogging website.In a newspaper article headlined, “I need to speak up now”, Yashwant had criticised criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over what he called the “mess the finance minister has made of the economy” and flayed demonetisation and the way the GST had been rolled out. Earlier Jayant Sinha, the minister of state for civil aviation, in an apparent reference to his father’s critical piece, said several articles have been written on the challenges facing the Indian economy.”Unfortunately, these articles draw sweeping conclusions from a narrow set of facts, and quite simply miss the fundamental structural reforms that are transforming the economy,” Jayant said.”Moreover, one or two quarters of GDP growth and other macro data are quite inadequate to evaluate the long-term impact of the structural reforms underway,” he said.Jayant also said these structural reforms were not just desirable, they were necessary to create a ‘New India’ and provide good jobs.”The new economy that is being created will be much more transparent, globally cost-competitive, and innovation driven.Importantly, the new economy will also be much more equitable, thereby enabling all Indians to lead better lives,” he said.Jayant also claimed that the structural reforms unleashed by the Modi government since 2014 constitute the third generation of reforms, after the first in 1991 and the second in 1999-2004 NDA government.Unlike the first and second generation of reforms, he said the third generation of reforms “balances a better life for all Indians with the requirements of an advanced, sophisticated 21st century economy”.”We are creating a robust new economy that will power long-term growth and job creation for ‘New India’,” he added.With inputs from PTI

‘Sweeping conclusions drawn from narrow set of facts’: Jayant Sinha after father Yashwant’s attack on economy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Yashwant Sinha attacked the government over the state of the economy, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that some ‘sweeping conclusions’ were drawn from a ‘narrow set of facts’, missing the ‘structural reforms’ transforming the economy.Sinha’s remark came after his father Yashwant Sinha delivered a blistering criticism of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the state of the economy in an opinion piece title – I need to speak up now – and questioned the current methodology to calculate the GDP, attacking NDA government.”The methodology for calculation of the GDP was changed by the present government in 2015 as a result of which the growth rate recorded earlier increased statistically by over 200 basis points on an annual basis. So, according to the old method of calculation, the growth rate of 5.7% is actually 3.7% or less,” Yashwant Sinha wrote in Indian Express. ALSO READ Govt junks Yashwant Sinha’s economy hit job; ministers laud policiesHowever, Jayant Sinha, in a blog for The Times of India – New economy for new India – said, “Moreover, one or two-quarters of GDP growth and other macro data are quite inadequate to evaluate the long-term impact of the structural reforms underway.”Several articles have been written recently on the challenges facing the Indian economy. Unfortunately, these articles draw sweeping conclusions from a narrow set of facts, and quite simply miss the fundamental structural reforms that are transforming the economy,” Jayant Sinha said.Stating that the structural reforms are not just desirable, they are necessary to create a ‘New India’ and provide good jobs for our billion-strong workforce, Sinha said, “The new economy that is being created will be much more transparent, globally cost-competitive, and innovation driven. Importantly, the new economy will also be much more equitable thereby enabling all Indians to lead better lives.” ALSO READ Economy on a downward spiral, many in BJP know it but are scared to say it: Yashwant SinhaOn Wednesday, Yashwant Sinha, who was finance minister under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government set off a political storm. A member of the BJP s ‘margdarshak mandal’ that was set up in 2014 to guide the party, also said a revival by the time of the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2019 was ‘highly unlikely’ and a ‘hard landing’ appeared inevitable. However, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal – defended the economic situation, asserting the Indian economy is the fastest growing in the world.As the Congress latched on to Sinha’s criticism, the government also said it will “stay the course” and that it would work to transform the economy. ALSO READ India is fastest growing economy, ours is cleanest government: BJP’s comeback at Yashwant Sinha – 10 Points

NGO plea in HC to urge govt for safety measures in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Ryan International school incident, a city- based NGO has decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court urging the government to have strong policy measures to ensure safety of children in schools. Alarmed by the cases of child abuse due to negligence of school managements across the country, the NGO — Forum for Fairness in Education (FFE) — plans to collate data on such cases on the basis of which it plans to move the court.“Despite charging huge amounts in fees, several schools fail to comply with some of the basic safety norms, as a result of which children are exposed to all sorts of dangers in schools. The recent incident should be an eye opener for the government to bring in a comprehensive policy for the safety of children in schools,” said Jayant Jain, President, FFE.The NGO would give a set of rules which schools need to follow to ensure students’ safety. “While many schools have the physical mechanisms in place, there is a lack of proper monitoring. Merely putting cameras or security personnel does not make a school safe,” said Jain.

Jayant Chaudhary appointed RLD vice president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) founder and President Ajit Singh today appointed his son Jayant Chaudhary as the vice president of the party. Chaudhary, who was the general secretary in the party until now, was today appointed as its national vice president. An order in this regard, signed by Singh, was issued today. Jayant was an MP from Mathura in 2009, but lost the 2014 general election. He is an alumnus from the London School of Economics. The Jats-dominated western UP is considered to be an RLD bastion, but the party could manage only a solitary win in Chhaprauli in Baghpat district in the last assembly elections even as it contested 284 of the 403 seats.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS election in Guj: NCP MLA says will vote for BJP’s Rajput

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giving some anxious moments to the the Congress on the eve of Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja today claimed the party high command has decided to support BJP candidate Balvantsinh Rajput. MP Supriya Sule, daughter of the party founder Sharad Pawar, however, said that NCP MLAs in Gujarat would back the Congress. The NCP has two MLAs in Gujarat — Kandhal Jadeja and Jayant Patel, its state unit president. Jadeja told reporters in Gandhinagar that the party has asked both of them to give their first preference votes to Rajput. “As per our party’s directive, we have to give our vote to BJP’s Balvantsinh Rajput. He will be our first preference,” said Kandhal, who has openly admitted in the past that he was very close to senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who recently quit the Congress. “I just received a phone call from my party leaders who asked me to vote for Rajput,” said Jadeja. Jayant Patel and NCP’s in-charge for Gujarat, Praful Patel, were not available for comments. Asked to comment on reports that the party MLAs have been asked to vote for BJP, Sule said, “To the best of my knowledge it’s Congress (that NCP MLAs would vote for).” Yesterday, Praful Patel had said his party, which shared power with the Congress at the Centre during the UPA regime and also had a pre-poll alliance with it in Gujarat in 2012 Assembly elections, had not taken any decision. However, referring to some unconfirmed reports, Congress’ candidate Ahmed Patel today claimed that NCP had taken the decision to vote for him. The election to three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat has turned into a high-stake battle. BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani are in the fray; the ruling party has also fielded Rajput, a former Congress MLA, as a third candidate. Going by its strength in the assembly, the BJP is certain to win two seats but would require additional votes to ensure the victory of the third candidate. The Congress was recently jolted by Vaghela’s exit, cross-voting in presidential election and resignation of half a dozen party MLAs. A confident Ahmed Patel, after meeting the Congress MLAs who have returned from Bengaluru, had said he has the support of more MLAs than required for the win. “Apart from these 44 (Congress) legislators, two of NCP, one of JD-U would give their vote for me,” he had said. Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, needs 45 votes to win.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat HC orders state to pay Rs 90,000 to family of man who was killed by Army during 1985 rath yatra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today ordered the state government to give Rs 90,000 as compensation with interest since 1995 to the family of a man who was killed in firing by the Army during the rath yatra here in 1985.Justice J B Pardiwala ordered the state government to grant compensation to the family of Umedmiya Rathod, killed over three decades ago by an Army bullet during Lord Jagannath rath yatra.It held the state government responsible for his death, observing that the Army was deployed to assist the local authorities in maintaining law and order.”The civil suit is allowed with a decree of the compensation of Rs 90,000 with interest at the rate of 7 per cent per annum from the date of the suit until the amount is realised,” it said.The incident occurred 1985, and the matter was referred to the bench of Justice J B Pardiwala after a division bench of Justice S R Brahmbhatt and Justice Jayant Patel gave a split verdict in 2011.”According to the evidence of the plaintiff, her husband was earning Rs 700 to Rs 750 per month by doing some petty business. In my view, awarding of compensation of Rs 90,000 as prayed meets the end of justice,” the order stated.The family members of Rathod had first moved a local court in 1986 seeking compensation for his death caused due to the negligence of the authorities. Their petition was dismissed in 1995 following which they moved the High Court where a single bench upheld the lower court verdict in 1996.The matter was then taken up by a division bench and later referred to the single bench after the split verdict.The petitioners had contended that the yatra entered Jordan Road on which their house is situated without permission. The government had told the court that curfew was imposed in the area and Army opened fire after persistent stone-pelting on the rath yatra. Several people were injured in the firing.It said that Army opened fire after the minimum necessary physical force failed to quell the violent crowd.

Air India to save Rs 8-10 crore annually on non-veg food decision: Jayant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Air India’s decision to stop serving non-vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on domestic flights is expected to save Rs 8-10 crore annually, the government said today.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the move is to save costs, reduce wastage, improve service and also avoid any chances of mix-up of meals. “The annual saving is expected to be around Rs 8-10 crore per annum,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. On whether the views of air passengers were solicited before taking the decision, Sinha replied in the affirmative and added that passenger feedback through cabin crew was received.The debt-laden national carrier has been taking various steps to reduce costs and revive its financial fortunes. These include rationalisation of certain loss making routes and enhanced utilisation of new fleet. In a separate written reply, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said FIR (First Information Report) has already been registered by the CBI regarding the alleged irregularities in procurements/ purchase of aircraft by Air India. “The National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) was formed on April 1, 2007 by the merger of the erstwhile Indian Airlines and erstwhile Air India.”The erstwhile Air India had placed an order for 68 Boeing aircraft in December 2005 and the erstwhile Indian Airlines had placed an order for 43 Airbus aircraft in February 2006,” Raju said.

10,509 trees face axe on 84km stretch on Mumbai-Goa highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 10,000 trees will be cut for the proposed widening of the Mumbai-Goa highway on the 84-km Panvel-Indapur stretch in Maharashtra, the assembly was informed today. Of these, 5,462 trees have already been cut. Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) proposed widening of the Mumbai-Goa highway (NH-66) will affect 10,509 trees on the Panvel-Indapur stretch that is 84-km long. “Of the affected trees, 5,462 have already been cut. The state has also obtained necessary environmental clearances for the project. As per the agreement, the number of trees to be planted will be three time more than the number of trees to be chopped,” he said. The minister was replying to a query raised by MLAs Sunil Shinde and Jayant Patil in the Lower House. The land requirement for the four-lane road conversion on the Panvel-Indapur stretch is 217 hectares, of which legal hearing for 203 hectares has been completed, according to the written response. The road widening is taking place in several phases. The government’s proposal for constructing a connecting road and a tunnel on the Indapur-Zarap stretch of the highway was struck down by the Centre, he said. The stretch between Indapur (in Pune district) and Zarap in Konkan region is 366-km long. The government has invited e-tenders for planting some 1,600 trees on the 91-km stretch between Aravali and Waked, the response stated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt could declare unruly behaviour on planes an offence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has proposed to declare unruly behaviour aboard an aircraft as an offence and a punishable act, Parliament was informed today. The ministry of civil aviation had earlier released its draft rules for a ‘national no-fly list’ comprising unruly passengers and mooted a ban on them from flying from three months up to an indefinite period. The proposed no-fly list followed an incident in March when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit an Air India employee “25 times” with a slipper for not being given a business class seat on an all-economy flight. Last month J C Diwakar Reddy, an MP from Telugu Desam Party, allegedly assaulted and abused an IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport after he was denied boarding for turning up late for his flight. “The unruly/disruptive behaviour onboard an aircraft has been proposed to be declared as an offence and a punishable act,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The draft was released in May and was expected to be finalised by June but is yet to see the light of day despite the government recognising unruly passengers as a safety threat. “Although unruly passengers represent only a minute proportion of passengers as a whole, one aggressive passenger can jeopardise safety onboard. Unruly passengers affect all personnel involved in the process connected with a flight operation,” Sinha added. According to the draft rules, immediately after an act of misdemeanour by a passenger, an airline can ban the passenger from flying with it for 10 days. Within these 10 days, a committee constituted by the airline will deliberate on the matter and give its decision on whether to bar the passenger and for how long.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

455 cases of unruly air travellers since 2016: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 455 cases of unruly behaviour by air travellers have been reported since 2016, the Lok Sabha was informed today. “A total of 294 and 161 incidents took place in 2016 and 2017 respectively,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply. Two Members of Parliament (MPs) were recently barred from by the domestic carriers from flying after they allegedly assaulted and abused airline staff in two separate incidents. The ban on them was subsequently revoked by the airlines. Following once such incident, where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly hit an Air India ground staff “25 times” with slippers earlier this year, the government was forced to prepare draft rules for a no-fly list comprising unruly passengers. As per the draft rules, a passenger could be barred from flying for three months to an indefinite period for an act of misdemeanour. The government is in the last stages of finalising the rules on the no-fly list.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj govt wants VVIP terminal at Jaipur airport,AAI offers land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government has requested for construction of a VVIP terminal at the Jaipur airport and the Airports Authority of India has offered land for the purpose, according to the civil aviation ministry. AAI manages 125 airports and 25 civil enclaves at defence airfields, as per its website. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said the AAI has received a request from Rajasthan government for construction of a VVIP terminal at the Jaipur airport. “AAI has already offered 2.5 acres of land to the government of Rajasthan for this purpose,” the minister said. According to Sinha, state aircraft carrying state VIPs, including the chief minister and the governor, are operated from the state hangar. “Other aircraft carrying VIPs and other passengers are being operated from terminal-2 at Jaipur airport,” he added. In 2015-16, Jaipur airport witnessed 22,772 domestic aircraft movements, data available on the AAI website showed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress, NCP rubbish chances of cross-voting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party on Sunday ruled out cross voting from their camp during the voting for Presidential election slated for Monday.The Congress and NCP in their meeting also said that like minded parties such as CPM, Samajwadi Party, Peasants and Workers Party and MIM will vote for the UPA nominee Meira Kumar. The Opposition expects 90 plus votes in favour of Meira Kumar.The Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP group leader in the assembly Jayant Patil rubbished claims made by a section of NDA that some Congress and NCP members would vote for its candidate Ram Nath Kovind.Both Vikhe Patil and NCP leader Jayant Patil said it was a fight for ideology and principles and said the opposition will vote for Meira Kumar.Congress legislator Sanjay Dutt blamed the NDA for spreading rumours about cross voting from some members of Opposition. He alleged that such claims are being made by the NDA fearing cross voting from some of their members.”Some disgruntled members from NDA may vote for Meira Kumar. So NDA should focus on keeping its flock together instead of spreading rumours about division in the UPA,” Dutt said.In the 288-member State Assembly, Congress has 42 members while NCP has 41, PWP two, Samajwadi Party two, CPM one and MIM two.This apart, NCP has four members in the Lok Sabha and Congress has two MPs.

Gulmarg ropeway tragedy: In-charge officials says safety norms followed, accident ‘an act of God’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after seven persons died in a tragic cable car crash in Gulmarg in Kashmir, officials incharge of the ropeway claimed that safety norms were followed and the accident can be best explained as an “act of God”.The Jammu and Kashmir government had yesterday ordered a probe into the incident in which four of a Delhi family and three local youth had lost their lives.”There was no deviation from the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). The weather suddenly turned bad and strong winds caused the uprooting of a tree that fell on the cable,” Director, Tourism, Mehmood Shah said.General Manager of the Jammu and Kashmir Cable Car Corporation, Reyaz Ahmad, said the accident was an “act of God”.”We always follow the safety manual and never operate the cable car if any risk is involved. The uprooting of the tree due to abrupt blowing of high velocity wind, which led to the accident, can at best be explained as an act of God,” Ahmad said.
ALSO READ Cable car snaps in Gulmarg, 7 die, 4 from one Delhi familyPolice have registered a case into the incident and started investigations into whether there was any violation of SOP.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has yesterday ordered a probe and also announced ex-gratia relief of Rs five lakh in favour of next of kin of the killed.Meanwhile, the bodies of the four members of a Delhi- based family, who died in the accident, have been brought today evening to Nagpur, the city the deceased hailed from.Jayant Andraskar (42), his wife Manisha (38), their daughters Anagha (4) and Janhvi (7), and three local tourist guides had died in the Gulmarg accident.Their bodies were brought to Nagpur around 5.15 pm in a Jet Airways flight for last rites.The Andraskars hailed from Nagpur, but had shifted to the national capital seven years ago after Jayant started working in the Directorate of Technical Education there.His wife was a homemaker. One of their daughters was a student of class I, while the other was in playschool.With the news of their death, a pall of gloom descended on Old Subhedar layout area here, where his family members, including his parents and siblings, live.Jayant’s brother-in-law Saurabh Wandhare told PTI that they were supposed to come to Nagpur on June 29 to attend his (Jayant’s) mother-in-law’s death anniversary.”Jayant and his family members were on a vacation in Nagpur between May 12 and June 6 and they also attended my marriage last month,” he said.One of the neighbours remembers Jayant as a good and humble person.”He was very respectful towards others,” he said.Sachin, one of Jayant’s cousins, said, “Before joining the Directorate of Technical Education in Delhi seven years back, Jayant had taught in an engineering college in Nagpur and had also worked in Nagpur Improvement Trust.” Assistant professor Mahendra Umre, who had worked with Jayant when he was teaching in the engineering college, said, “He was a very hardworking and ambitious person with a lot of technical knowledge. His untimely demise is saddening.” The Andraskars, who lived in Shalimar Bagh in northwest Delhi, had gone to Kashmir for holidaying on June 22.

Cable car snaps in Gulmarg, 7 die, 4 from one Delhi family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven tourists, four of them from a Delhi family, were killed when a cable car snapped after a tree fell on it at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said.The tree fell on the ropeway of Gulmarg Gondola and snapped it leading to the cable car falling down, a police official said. He said the tree was uprooted due to strong winds. Out of the five, four belonged to one family from Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, the official said.They have been identified as Jayant Andraskar, his wife Manshea Andraskar and their two daughters Anagha and Janhvi, he said. A local, Mukhtar Ahmad, a resident of Chonti Patri Babareshi was also killed, the official said.

Want regulators, pilots to work together: Jayant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Jayant Sinha has said that regulators and pilots should work together in a “very collaborative manner”, amid DGCA complaining to the police against some pilots. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly posting “obscene” messages on a WhatsApp group against officials at the regulator. Following the complaint, Delhi Police had yesterday questioned 13 pilots. When asked about the incident involving the pilots and the DGCA, Sinha said it was “unfortunate”. “It is obviously quiet distressing that (such) kind of language has been used and of course, we are hoping that… cooler minds will prevail and the matter will settle down,” the Minister of State for Civil Aviation said. “We obviously want our regulators and our pilots to be working together in a very collaborative and cooperative manner,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police arrest four members of kidney selling racket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested four persons, including a woman, for their alleged involvement in the illegal sale and purchase of kidneys. The police was helped by a Rajasthan resident who has been in search of his missing friend.Crime Branch officials revealed that apart from the gang, the role of top Delhi hospitals, including Batra hospital, are under the scanner. In a release, Batra Hospital stated, “The hospital has and will fully co-operate with the police and earnestly assist in finding out the culprit.” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveer Ranjan said the arrests were made after a trap was laid through Jaideep Sharma, a 23-year-old resident of Sikar, Rajasthan.An MBA student from Symbiosis College, Pune, Sharma has not even told his parents that his life for the past month has revolved only around police officers and criminals. He said the disappearance of a 24-year-old classmate at his coaching centre was the trigger. “He once mentioned about kidney donation and then mysteriously disappeared,” said Sharma. He approached the police on April 13 this year, and set himself up as decoy donor online where he got in touch with a person called Imtiaz, who introduced him to one Jayant alias Rahul Sahoo.Jayant told Sharma that a family from Andhra Pradesh needed a kidney and took him to a place in Hauz Rani where he was found by the police. “It took over 40 days of investigation and over 200 hours of video recording by the Crime Branch officials to unearth the entire scam. The four accused have been identified as Jayant Sahoo alias Rahul Sahoo (32), Sulekha Panda (27), Anoj Patra (33) and Birju Paswan (45),” said Ranjan. The kingpin of the gang has been identified as Srikant Sahoo, who is absconding.Busting the gangPolice were given a tip-off by an MBA student Jaideep Sharma, who joined hands with them to trap the gang.Sharma went undercover as a potential donor, wearing a spy-cam that helped to bust the racket

Fee hike: Maharashtra parents to carry out a nationwide protest on May 4

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To take the battle against private school fee hikes ahead, parents across the state are now going to request the state government to not only implement the law regarding fees but to also make some changes in the same.A set of parents from the state are planning to meet the state education minister Vinod Tawde today urging him to take action against schools that have hiked their fees beyond permissible limits as per the Fee regulation act of 2011. Parents said that they are also going to request the government to make some key changes in the act which, according to them, would help improve its implementation .“Despite several protests and complaints, the government has still not taken any action against the erring schools. Parents are really tired of being patient, and if our demands do not yield any positive results, there will be a nationwide protest on May 4 in Mumbai,” said Anubha Sahay, President of Indiawide Parents Association. She added “The current fee regulation act has several lacunas. Under the law, district fee regulation committee has no right to stay fee hikes of a particular school until the decision is given.”Meanwhile, Forum for fairness in Education, a city based NGO had organised a meet of aggrieved parents at Dadar on Monday. Jayant Jain, President of the Forum said that a competent authority of the government should fix fees instead of giving the powers to the PTA.

Aadhaar biometric access to be used at airports?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Cabinet approval to linking driving licence with Aadhaar card, the government plans to have Aadhaar-based biometric access for flyers at all airports.According to a Times of India report, IT major Wipro has been asked to develop a blueprint of the plan to be submitted by early May.Once in place, airports will verify passenger identity for domestic travel through their thumb prints. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of various airport operators and airlines with aviation minister Jayant Sinha and aviation secretary RN Choubey. Earlier the plan was to link Aadhaar numbers with travel booking and then enable biometric access.Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra, told the daily, “It was felt a joint system be developed that can be replicated by all airports. Wipro has been asked to develop a concept note in this regard after consulting all stakeholders, including the JV airport operators. We are seeing what all airport processes can be made e-enabled.” Mohapatra also went on add that it was an effort to ensure seamless and effortless travel experience at airports.

HC dismisses plea to quash MSG-2’s certificate for screening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today dismissed an appeal seeking quashing of the certificate for public exhibition of “MSG-2- The Messenger”, saying the film does not have the propensity of inculcating hatred. The law court observed that the issue should be judged from the perception of a reasonable prudent man and not that of a sensitive person. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said there was no justifiable reason to interfere with the order of the single judge who had also refused to ban the screening of film by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on the ground that it depicts ‘Adivasis’ as anti- nationals. “Moreover, the movie was released on September 18, 2015 and it is not a case of the appellant that any incident of violence or atrocity has been reported from any corner. The law is well settled that the test is not of a sensitive person, but it has to be judged from the perception of a reasonable prudent man. “In our considered opinion, no reasonable prudent man will perceive the movie in the way in which the appellant sought to project,” the bench said. The bench, which also viewed the movie, observed that at the outset the film contains a disclaimer that “none of the character therein is based on any living or dead person and the resemblance if any is unintentional”. “We have also observed that it does not make out a case to hold that the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification is in violation of the guidelines. As rightly held by the single judge, the film cannot be said to have the propensity of inculcating hatred, ill-will and violence towards a person or group of persons. “It also appears to us that the film to the average viewers’ understanding does not depict the life as such, but on the other hand, it is a pure work of fiction,” it said. The court passed the order on the appeal by Prem Mardi, who had filed the earlier petition, and who had contended that the single-judge’s decision was bad in law. The single-judge bench had said that the reference in the film to “Adivasis” is not found to be relatable in any manner to Scheduled Tribes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite Maharashtra govt’s readiness to revoke suspension of MLAs, Opposition to hold its Sangharsh Yatra?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Maharashtra government showing readiness to revoke the suspension of MLAs, the Opposition has decided to carry on with its Sangharsh Yatra, being launched from Chandrapur on Wednesday (March 29).The stalemate in the state assembly continued on Saturday with none of the Opposition MLAs present in the House.However after a meeting with leaders of Opposition in legislative council held at the Upper House with presiding officer Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, the Opposition attended the business of legislative council to complete financial business related to the Budget and passed the Appropriation Bill. After hectic parleys in the chamber of the Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, the Opposition leaders requested Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Girish Bapat to come to his chamber for the meeting. Bapat had a meeting with Vikhe-Patil and Dilip Walase-Patil and Jayant Patil. The meeting was also attended by Minister Prakash Mehta. Bapat said he had made a statement in the House stating the readiness of Government to revoke the suspension. But at the same time, Bapat made it clear that since suspension was House business, it could only be revoked in the House and the leader of Opposition would have to request this in the House on Wednesday for the same.Making a statement in the House Bapat said that the Opposition was as important as Treasury benches and the chariot can’t be run only by using one wheel. Bapat said that Government understands importance of Opposition and that is why keeping the traditions of the House where suspensions have been revoked in the past, Government was positive on this. ​Vikhe-Patil as well as former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and NCP leader Jayant patil made it clear that ​the ​Opposition ha​d already​ boycotted the House by terming the suspension as unconstitutional. Chavan maintained, ​”Even though ​g​​​​​overnment is appealing to attend the House on Wednesday, we would be in Chandrapur on Wednesday too launch Sangharsh Yatra for loan waiver for farmers in the state.’Meanwhile, ​government sources said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is insisting that those who set ablaze the Budget papers should not be spared. While Opposition is insisting that suspension of all the 19 MLAs should be revoked together, it is likely that the government will revoke suspension in two stages by revoking suspension of 9 or 10 MLAs on March 29 and that of the remaining MLAs in the first week of April. The session will come to an end on April 7.

Sangli foeticide racket: Doctor who performed abortions held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A homoeopathic doctor, who allegedly performed sex-selective abortions in Maharashtra, was arrested by police from Karnataka, two days after 19 aborted foetuses were found dumped near his hospital in a suspected cross- border female foeticide racket. Babasaheb Khidrapure, who runs Bharti Hospital at Mhaisal village in Sangli near the Karnataka border, was nabbed by the Miraj police from Belgaum last night, police said today. The foetuses were found alongside a road, a short distance away from the hospital. “We have sent DNA samples of the 19 foetuses to the lab to ascertain their gender,” Sangli SP Dattatray Shinde said. The foeticide issue also figured in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly with Opposition members demanding the resignation of Health Minister Deepak Sawant and Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde. According to the police, the horrific practice in which the doctor was allegedly involved came to light when a 26-year-old patient died on March 1 after a botched medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) on February 27. Her parents had then filed a case against her husband Praveen. She was allegedly forced to abort her third female foetus after giving birth to two girls. On the investigation trail, policemen found the 19 foetuses and busted the abortion racket. They were found alongside the Miraj-Belgaum road in Mhaisal village, where Bharti Hospital is located. While some of them were found buried, others were thrown carelessly in blue plastic bags along with animal and sewage waste, police said. Forty bags of skeletons, umbilical cords and other remains were also found and sent for tests, it said. Bharti Hospital, where the abortions were allegedly performed, was being run by Khidrapure. The hospital, located around seven km from the Karnataka border, had two hidden basement rooms to terminate pregnancies in advanced stages, police said. At one end of the room is a fridge stocked with medicines used to induce abortion. On the other end, there is an opening that led to a drain outside the building where blue plastic bags, half-destroyed medicine bottles and charred bio-medical waste were found, police said. Neither is the hospital registered under the Nursing Home Act, nor are the homoeopaths allowed to carry out MTP under the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines, it said. In the Assembly, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse Patil said that the government must take moral responsibility for its failure to detect and prevent female foeticide in the state. “Health Minister and Women and Child Welfare minister should resign owning moral responsibility in the case,” Jayant Patil said. Sawant told the House that the abortion racket was prevailing since 2009. “The women who used to come for abortion already had one or two daughters and were not keen on another girl child. The sonography reports of these women would be sent to Karnataka and after confirmation, the foeticide would be carried out in Sangli. The racket involves doctors, radiologists, sonographists, gynaecologists, general surgeons and anaesthetists from Satara, Sangli, Miraj and Kolhapur,” he told the House. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the incident was unfortunate and the government has taken a serious note of it. “The culprits would be punished severely,” he said. Sawant said investigation into the case is underway and he would be visiting Sangli tomorrow. Earlier, as soon as the House assembled for the day, Vikhe Patil moved an adjournment notice seeking discussion on the Sangli issue but Speaker Haribhau Bagde rejected the demand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

’23 incidents of spotting flying objects near airports’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There have been 21 incidents of flying objects being spotted near airports in 2016 and 2 such cases so far this year, the government said today. Asked whether the government is aware of recurrence of incidents of flying objects being spotted near airports, including in Delhi, which poses a grave threat to airplanes, Union Minister Jayant Sinha replied in the affirmative. “There have been 21 incidents in 2016 and 2 incidents in the current year so far,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. A standard operating procedure (SOP) for handling of sub-conventional aerial platform threats in the country has been issued by the home ministry. In a separate written reply, the minister of state for civil aviation said no full body scanner is presently operational at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here. According to him, a trial run test of whole body scanners was conducted at IGI Airport for performance evaluation from the security point of view and the trial run was made optional to passengers. “The full body scanner works on the Millimeter Wave (MMW) technology and has privacy filters. It does not give out the exact body contours of a flier under inspection at the scanner, but puts out a generic mannequin figure depicting aberrations on an individual’s body,” he noted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jayant Chaudhary booked for model code violation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RLD general secretary Jayant Chaudhary and party candidate from Shamli, Bijender Malik, have been booked for violation of the model code of conduct in Shamli district, police said today. The two RLD leaders were booked in connection with their election rally in Kanjerheri village under Babri police station in the said district, they said. Both Chaudhary, son of RLD chief Ajit Singh, and Malik have been booked for holding public meeting without prior permission from the administration, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Road construction company employee hacked to death by Maoists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoists have hacked to death an employee of a private road construction company at a village in Bihar’s Jamui district, a police official said today. The incident took place at Harni village last night when the armed Maoists intercepted motorcycle-borne Sanjay Pandey (35), working as the ‘munshi’ of the private road construction company, and slit his throat with a sharp object, Superintendent of Police Jayant Kant said. Pandey, a native of Malpur village in Patna district died on the spot, he said. The Maoists left behind the victim’s motorcycle and two hand-written notes claiming responsibility for Pandey’s murder saying a similar fate will be meted out to anybody who will execute government schemes without prior approval from the Naxal outfits, Kant said. The motorcycle and the hand-written notes have been recovered from the spot, the SP said. He said that a case has been registered in this connection and raids were being carried out to nab the culprits. Security forces comprising the CRPF and district police have been rushed to the spot to carry out search operation against Maoists involved in the murder, Kant added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP govt okays land allotment for DRDO centre in Morena dist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh cabinet has given its nod to the proposal of land allotment for the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for developing its centre in Morena district. “State cabinet has approved the proposal to allot 334-hectare land to DRDO in Morena district,” Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya told reporters after attending the cabinet meeting. He said the land worth Rs 46.81 crore will be allotted to DRDO at a lease rent of Rs one lakh per year. The proposed DRDO centre would come up at Badhareta village under Kailaras tehsil, about 365 kms from state capital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttarakhand Court denies Samir Thapar bail in trespassing case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, a local court in Kotdwar denied bail to JCT Ltd. chairman and managing director Samir Thapar and 15 of his friends after their sensational arrest in Kolhu Chaur near Jim Corbett National Park for trespassing on forest land and illegal possession of arms and alcohol.The 16 men were arrested after Pauri police carried out a raid on the night of December 31. During the raid, the police found that a group of nearly 60, including many women, were camping near the Lansdowne forest rest house. As the police asked them to produce permissions for putting up tents, Thapar’s accomplice Mohinder Singh was able to furnish only a booking slip for the rest houses.The police, upon searching the rest houses, recovered two German made rifles of .300 bore and .375 bore along with 38 live cartridges, packed meat, 171 liquor bottles and eight cars have been impounded. Of the 60, the women and servants such as drivers, cooks and maids were let off while 16 men were arrested, sources said.Uttarakhand forest minister Dinesh Agarwal evaded questions regarding negligence of the forest department and told dna, “Let the law take its own course.”Thapar’s arrest, along with his accomplices such as Jayant Nanda of Cargo Motors, has been hailed by wildlife conservationists as a bold move by the police. This is not the first time that the Thapars have had a run-in with law for alleged illegal activities in a wildlife protected area.In 1992, the Thapars landed in a huge controversy when on October 21, 1992, a helicopter owned by their company crashed near the Kakghar dam located inside Jim Corbett National Park. Back then, the union environment ministry, under Kamal Nath, ordered an enquiry and its report accused the Thapars of allegedly poaching wildlife using the helicopter. Further, non-profit organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had even sued them for flying their helicopter over the national park.The police raid and consequent arrest of Thapar and his friends came about after locals complained that men in military fatigues were spotted with arms who were camped in tents beside a campfire and loud music blaring. The 16 men were arrested and produced before a magistrate court who sent them to a 14-day judicial remand. According to the police, they have registered a case under section 60 of Excise Act for possession of illicit liquor against Mohinder Singh and against Arif Hussain under Sections 25/30 of the Arms Act for flouting license regulations. Also, all 16 have been booked under Indian Forest Act for trespassing.Wildlife activists said that the forest department, too, should be held equally accountable. “The forest department are as culpable as the people arrested. They need to be pulled up for allowing arms and liquor inside a protected area,” said Gauri Maulekhi, wildlife activist and special officer, wildlife crime control bureau.Samir Thapar and his 15 menSamir Thapar, Jayant Nanda, Manoj Sahgal, Siddharth, Arif Hussain, Rohit Singh Dagar, Rajkamal, Sunil Kumar, Rahul Rao, Narendra Anand, Rajeev Khanna, Randeep Mann, Swarnadeep Mann, Mohinder Singh, Rajeev Jain, Romi Bhatt.

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