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Ministerial panel’s report on Lokpal under examination: Govt

The government is still examining the recommendations of an inter-ministerial committee on the Lokpal act, two years after a parliamentary panel submitted its report on the proposed law, the Lok Sabha was informed today.The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 — that has provisions for establishment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants — came into force with effect from January 16, 2014.However, an amendment bill was moved in the Lok Sabha in December 2014 to remove certain difficulties in the operationalisation of the Act, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.The bill was referred to the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice for examination and report.”The said Committee has submitted its report in the Parliament on December 7, 2015. The recommendations of the said Committee were presented before an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) comprising seven Union ministers. The recommendation of the IMC are under consideration of the government,” Singh said.

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Vasundhara Raje government draws flak from ABVP

BJP government at Rajasthan was upheld as a major ‘challenge’ for student organisation, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) as a proposal in this regard was floated at the state level conclave of the former at Jaipur.Associated with BJP’s ideological parent RSS, the ABVP is often considered as a student wing of the party. However, the proposal said at length of the widening gap between the two organisations at the state. A copy of the proposal has been received by DNA.The proposal on “Emerging Challenges In Rajasthan” presented by ‘prant mantri’ of Chittorgarh, Jitendra Singh held the state government anti-farmer, anti-tribal and even accused it of communal ‘appeasement’. It further went to call the government a failure on fronts of curbing corruption and implementation of sanitation campaign.“We have placed the proposal on basis of issues reported by workers and suggestions and amendments at it have been requested from participants at the conclave. After due deliberation the proposal will be decided upon tomorrow” said Rajesh Yadav, president Jaipur prant. It is also not for the first time that differences between ABVP and BJP government at state have come in open. The student organisation few months back had also entered a conflict regarding police action on their demonstration. However, such blatant criticism of the BJP government has been most unexpected from ABVP as BJP and the student organisation share RSS ideology.The proposal to be presented at the 53rd state conclave of ABVP has arrived as much an embarrassment of BJP. It also is further a concern for the party as the student organisation openly expresses its resentment with less than a year left for assembly elections at the state. These ABVP cadres join the youth wing of BJP the to garner support of young voters for the party. Deviation of ABVP is thus not much a welcome development for the party.ConflictThe student organisation few months back had also entered a conflict regarding police action on their demonstration. However, such blatant criticism of the BJP has been most unexpected from ABVP as BJP and the student organisation share RSS ideology. It is also not for the first time that differences between ABVP and BJP government at state have come in open.

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Case against ex-min Jitendra Singh

Bundi City police on Thursday lodged a case against ex-union minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh and two others under various sections of IPC allegedly for stacking his claim over the erstwhile Bundi state property by producing counterfeit and forged will papers of Bundi state.The case was today lodged on a registered post-complaint by one Avinash Kumar Chandana, a resident of Delhi. On the registered post received earlier this month, police today lodged a case under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120 (B) of IPC against Bhanwar Jiterndra Singh, and two others Srinath Singh and Vijendra Singh, both residents of Bundi, CI Bundi city Ramnath Singh said. Chandana in the complaint claimed Rao Ranjeet Singh, the last member of Bundi royal family before his death declared him his successor with the property papers under his name. Bhanwar Jitendra Singh in conspiracy with the two other fabricated forged and counterfeit will papers and stuck Jitendra Singh’s claim and possession of the property, Chandana alleged in the complaint, the CI said. Notably, Avinash Kumar Chandana was one of the very close friends of late Ranjeet Singh, the last member of Bundi royal family. Ranjeet Singh also reportedly spent his last days at Avinash Chandana’s residence in Delhi and eventually died in January 2010 leaving no inborn successor of Bundi royal state. Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, the ex-union minister and members of Alwar royal family is the son of Ranjeet Singh’s only sister Mahendra Kumari and thus he is in Bundi accepted as the legal successor of the royal family and property. Avinash Kumar Chandana earlier also filed a case on property issue.

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park initiates DNA mapping project for big cats

In one of its most ambitious projects, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) along with Thane territorial department has decided to initiate the DNA profiling of leopards — a project under which it plans to create a scientific database of individual leopards.The female leopard rescued from Andheri east recently is the first big cat to undergo DNA fingerprinting. DNA profiling is essentially a technique by which individuals can be identified and compared from their respective DNA profiles.Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP who triggered the idea of DNA mapping said,”The big cat was not only micro-chipped but we also collected her blood sample for DNA, which will be sent to Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). We also took photographs of her right and left flank and now we will have all the key data on this animal with us using which we can identify her.”Pethe said if this leopard were ever to become a problem animal they would be able to scientifically identify it after trapping.Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Thane said that similar profiling will be done on every leopard rescued. “We have to use all the scientific tools available for better wildlife management practises. We can only collect blood samples for DNA extraction of those leopards that are rescued for others we are planning to use scat or hair follicles for sampling in case a leopard is found visiting human dominated areas,” he said.

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Sachin Pilot takes off for bypoll campaign

Congress has got active in bypoll bound parliamentary constituency Ajmer and Alwar which were extensively toured by the chief minister Vasundhara Raje recently. Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot campaigned in Pushkar area of Ajmer on Thursday and he is scheduled to tour Alwar on Friday. Pilot, who has been considered top choice as the candidate from his home constituency Ajmer, met people, particularly in the rural areas of Tijara during his day-long campaigning. On this occasion, he made a veiled attack on the chief minister Vasundhara Raje.“People saw the rule of BJP and Congress, both. They have to decide which party serves people on the priority and who are those indulging into politics centralize powers only,” said Pilot in a statement released from the party office. A week back he toured both constituencies too. The bypoll bound both constituencies are crucial for both, ruling BJP and opposition Congress. Pilot has emerged as the face of the party and considered one of the top choices for CM’s face. The election will test his efficiency in poll management and how much he worked to boost party perspective against BJP which a couple of months back won Dholpur byelection with a huge margin.CM Raje’s reputation is also at stake in the election. She has to retain these constituencies which will prove her mettle and leave a strong message what could be the result of coming assembly polls scheduled to be held in December next year. That’s the reason why Raje toured extensively for one month in both constituencies and had dialogues with commoners directly under CM Jan Samvad Program. Simultaneously, she showered sops to the areas to appease the people. Both major parties are in the poll mode, however, the suspense continues over the candidature. Pilot from Ajmer and his colleague as a former minister in UPA government Bhanwar Jitendra Singh from Alwar are being mulled, though Congress, which has got new president Rahul Gandhi is yet to take the final call. On the other hand, the BJP is considering Ramswaroop Lamba, son of late MP Sanwar Lal Jat, to be fielded in Ajmer and current labour minister Jaswant Singh Yadav from Alwar.

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Mumbai Congress office vandalised, MNS takes responsibility

Mumbai Congress office at Azad Maidan was vandalised on Friday morning. According to the local police, the few unidentified people entered the Mumbai Congress office in this morning. “When the housekeeping staff was cleaning and mopping the floors inside the office, that time few people barged and vandalised the glass facades and cabins. The images of unidentified are captured in the CCTV. We will carry the investigations and culprits will be booked soon,” police added requested anonymity.However, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande took the responsibility of this attack on Mumbai Congress office. In his tweet, Deshpande said, “attack on Bhaiya Sanjay Nirupam party office is a surgical strike. Eet Ka Jabab Pattar Se,”. When called Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, he was not available for comment. The tug of war between the MNS and Congress has been going for a long time over the hawker’s issue. Recently, the MNS workers were attacked in Vikaroli and earlier at Matunga. Raj Thackeray, MNS president told his workers in the closed-door meeting, “I do not want the party workers who get beaten but want who can beat.”Also readWant men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray“Once the Raj saheb has given us clear-cut directions so we have decided to teach a lesson to north Indians in Mumbai. We will not tolerate their arrogance anymore. In future, there will be more such attacks on Mumbai Congress offices across the city and on their leaders,” threatened MNS leaders refused to be named. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad condemned the attack. He demanded strict actions against the goons.
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Kopardi rape and murder case: All three convicts sentenced to death

A sessions court in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Wednesday announced death sentenced to all three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case.The three convicts are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling herBhawal’s lawyer Balasaheb Khopade had pleaded that Bhawal may not be given the capital punishment.Also readKopardi rape: Victim’s kin demand public hangingHowever, special public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam argued that this was a ‘rarest of the rare case’ and hence the tree convicts should be awarded the death sentence.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.
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Kopardi rape and murder case: Quantum of sentence to be pronounced on Nov 29

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sessions court in Ahmednagar will pronounce the quantum of sentence for the three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case on November 29.The three accused are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, allegedly by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling herBhawal’s lawyer Balasaheb Khopade pleaded that Bhawal may not be given the capital punishment.However, special public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam argued that this was a ‘rarest of the rare case’ and hence the tree convicts should be awarded the death sentence.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.

Rahul Gandhi to be elevated as Congress President by December 5, Sonia calls CWC meeting on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi is set to be anointed as Congress president before Gujarat elections. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has called a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee on November 20 at 10.30 am.Sources in the Congress Party confirmed that the meeting has been called to finalise the schedule of the organizational elections of the Congress Party.Sources also said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi would be elevated as the President of the Congress before 5th of December. Sources also said that the elevation is not going to be delayed any further.The CWC is expected to adopt the resolution to make Rahul Gandhi as President on Monday which would subsequently be ratified by the All India Congress Committee later.As per the rules of the Congress constitution the final ratification has to be done by the AICC. Sonia Gandhi’s elevation as the President by CWC was challenged by Jitendra Prasad which led to an election.Earlier there were speculations that Rahul Gandhi’s elevation has been put off but the sources inside Congress confirmed that no such decision had been taken.The CWC can also expect to look in the Gujarat elections but it would be peripheral. It is for this reason that agenda of the CWC has been kept open. Sonia Gandhi had been the longest serving President of the grand old Congress Party. She assumed office in 1998 and continued since then.

Govt considering Baswan panel report on age-limit in civil services exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nearly eight months after its submission, the report of Baswan committee that suggested changes in civil service exam pattern and age limit is under examination, the government has said.The committee had submitted its report to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on August 9, 2016. “The Baswan Committee’s report along with UPSC’s recommendations on it has been received on March 20, 2017 and the same is under examination,” the Department of Personnel and Training said in response to an RTI query filed by a PTI correspondent. Thousands of aspirants appear in the civil service exam conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages–preliminary, main and interview–to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.The UPSC had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former human resource development secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan, to review the scheme of civil service examination in August 2015.The committee is understood to have recommended reduction in upper age limit of 32 years to appear in the civil service exam, official sources said. “The recommendations made by the committee including on pattern of civil service examination and age limit are presently under consideration of the UPSC,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh had told Rajya Sabha in a written reply in November last year. In a related development, the UPSC has fixed a seven-day time frame for candidates to report mistakes or discrepancies in questions asked in the various examinations conducted by it.

Dengue scare: 3 deaths and over 1,000 cases in Jalgaon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As dengue cases continue to grip urban areas, the situation in the north of Maharashtra seems to have worsened. With a high number of cases being reported on a daily basis, Jalgaon has recently turned into an epicentre for dengue. Instead of implementing damage-control methods on his home turf, BJP Minister Girish Mahajan has been in the limelight for passing sexist remarks when he said that liquor brands should be named after women to up sales.According to local doctors, in the last 15 days, three students — Tejas Naik, Jitendra Badgujar, and Yeshita Bundele died due to dengue while more than 1,000 patients have been reported positive for dengue in Jalgaon city alone.Kishor Raje Nimbalkar, collector and acting CEO of Jalgaon Municipal Corporation told DNA that only few dengue cases have been detected. Nimbalkar said, “People themselves are responsible for the epidemic. We had appealed them to keep their balcony space, coolers, plants among other spaces dry. Now, it has resulted in a breeding ground for mosquitos. Nevertheless, we are making efforts to curb this menace.” Despite repeated calls, Girish Mahajan remained unavailable for comment.”Most of the roads have heaps of garbage. The corporation does not clear the garbage regularly. Besides, the potholes are filled with either rainwater or drainage water. These spots are turning into breeding grounds for mosquitos,” said Mohit Jain, a resident of Jalgaon.Few days ago, ND Mahanor, a noted Marathi poet in Jalgaon alo suffered from dengue. Mahanor complained that piles of garbage near his residence were lying unattended. A senior BJP leader said, “Jalgaon Municipal Corporation is completely bankrupt, thanks to its local leadership. The corporation does not even have the money to pay the salary of its employees. The conservancy staffers are not also paid on time. This is causing a delay in garbage lifting and cleaning the nullahs. Here, people are more interested in politics than the actual good work. Now, people are suffering from it.”Sanjay Patil, another resident from Jalgaon said that the corporation needs to take corrective measures immediately. “The sewage lines are not cleaned on time. Most of them are choked and overflowing. No one is paying serious attention and most children are the victims,’ said Patil.

Extortion cases show diminishing trend in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A good news for businessmen and builder community in Mumbai is that extortion cases in Mumbai are showing a diminishing trend. From January till October this year, 155 cases of extortion were registered in Mumbai as compared to 208 cases registered last year during the same period.While some officers say that the diminishing trend is due to sustained action from Mumbai and Thane Police against gangsters and criminals, some say that a lot of times victims in extortion cases do not approach the police due to fear and give up to the demands of the criminals.According to the statistics, while 155 extortion cases were registered in Mumbai from January till October this year, 208 cases were registered in 2016.The detection rate in extortion cases is over 75%. While 127 cases have been detected this year with a detection rate of 82%, 168 cases were detected last year with 78% detection rate, statistics revealed.“The reason detection cases are good in extortion cases is because, in almost all the cases, the culprit is known to the victim. In cases of underworld related extortion calls, the caller himself discloses his identity to the victim. We take sustained action on criminals and gangs involved in extortion cases. However, it would improper to say that the less number of extortion cases is due to police action. A lot times victims do not approach the police due to fear,” said a police officer.On Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad had received a threatening phone call from gangster Suresh Pujari.Thane Police officials had stated that Awhad had received a threatening call from Suresh Pujari who demanded an extortion of Rs 25 crore. “Pujari warned Awhad with dire consequences if his demand was not met,” said a police officer.Following this, Awhad had approached the police and a probe was launched in the matter.NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stating “If the elected representatives are not safe and secured, how government can give the guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the CM would be responsible for this.”

Thane NCP MLA gets threat calls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad received threat calls from gangster Suresh Pujari on Wednesday.”I have already informed Thane police and I am expecting the police to probe the matter and nab the culprit,” he said.Sources in Thane police confirmed with DNA that Awhad received threat calls from the underworld gangster Suresh Pujari demanding Rs 25 crore. “If the demand is not met, the gangster has threatened to bump him off. We are probing the matter,” a police official said on condition of anonymity.The NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis saying if the elected representatives are not safe and secured, “how can the government give a guarantee of the common people’s security. If something untoward happens, then the chief minister will be responsible for this,” Pawar stated in his letter.

Those indulging in terrorism in Kashmir will not be forgiven: Ram Madhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Sunady said while most people in Kashmir want peace, only a few people are indulging in terrorism and they will not be forgiven.Madhav was here to attend the working committee meeting of the BJP’s state unit — the first one in the Valley.A few people in the state are supporting terrorism.”There will be no forgiveness for terrorism. People indulging in terrorism will be dealt with according to the law … but most people here want peace and development and our government will strive to provide the same”, Madhav told reporters here.Madhav said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have rich cultural heritage, but some elements have misled them for their vested interests.The meeting was attended by BJP national vice-president and J&K in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna and Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh.

LEDs to counter leopard attacks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the entire country is gradually switching over to LED lights as its known to consume lesser energy and increase savings, the forest department too is experimenting its role in keeping leopards at bay.In a unique experiment being carried out inside Aarey Milk Colony, which has recently seen several cases of human-leopard conflict, the forest department is distributing specialised red LEDs which keep blinking.In fact, across several parts of Maharashtra, the forest department has been trying this experiment and has even seen some success.”The human-leopard conflict in Aarey is a very serious concern and we are constantly trying to have a dialogue with locals from various tribal hamlets on things to be done to ensure the conflict can be avoided. It was during one such meeting we decided to try and replicate the LED-light model in Aarey,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Thane territorial.He said the blinking will make the leopard think there is some activity. “A leopard is a very smart animal and research shows it does its best to avoid humans. We have, as of now, distributed 20 LED lights and will take feedback from locals,” he added.Meanwhile, locals said while this is still experimenta, they needed their hamlets to be well lit up.The incidentsMarch 22 3-year-old boy attacked at Chafyachapada, AareyMay 15 3-year-old boy injured after attack at Khadakpada, AareyMay 27 4-year-old boy from Royal Palms attackedJuly 22 Two-and-half-year-old boy died after being attacked near Film City

Goa: Mob attacks Narcotics Control Bureau official, shack owner and others booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mob of around 50 people tried to attack a senior Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official at Arambol, 40 kms from here this evening, forcing him to fire in the air in self defence. Superintendent of Police of NCB Jitendra Ranjan had gone to interrogate a suspect at Arambol along with his staff and few policemen when was assaulted by the mob, said a police official.”As per the complaint filed with Pernem police, SP NCB had gone there to interrogate a person in a shack at Arambol when the incident happened,” Superintendent of Police (North) Chandana Chaudhury told reporters here.Ranjan was accompanied by his own staff and four police constables including a lady constable when the incident happened, she said, adding, the mob started pelting stones on them following which he fired one round in the air with his service pistol.A senior police official said that Pernem police have booked offence against the shack owner and several others while arrests are likely to happen tonight.

Elphinstone stampede | NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad’s rail roko attempt at Kalwa railway station foiled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An attempt by NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad and his supporters to stage a rail Jitendra Awhad and his supporters to stage a rail roko (rail block) at the suburban Kalwa station in neighbouring Thane district during peak office hours this morning was foiled by the railway security personnel, a senior official said.Awhad had given a call for agitation, which he dubbed as the ‘mother of all protests’, at Kalwa station to protest against the “casual approach” of railway authorities towards the safety of suburban commuters after the stampede on the foot overbridge of Elphinstone Road station on Friday which killed 23 passengers.”Elaborate security arrangements were put in place which prevented the protesters from stopping the trains, however, they held up a 9.22 am local at Kalwa station,” said a senior Central Railway official.He said the train was held up for a few minutes, before the jawans of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police and city police dispersed the protesters from the premises.The official added that there was no major impact on the train schedule. ALSO READ After 23 killed in Elphinstone stampede, multi-agency teams to begin railway stations inspection todayJustifying his rail roko call, Awhad, an NCP legislator from the Mumbra-Kalwa belt, said, “Despite several reminders, railway administration has turned a deaf ear to the commuters woes and rising fatalities and hardships were due to the failure of the Central Railway administration to cater to rush hour crowd.”The NCP MLA said, “Over 20,000 innocent passengers have lost their lives in last five years because of the poor infrastructure of the Central and Western Railways.”Over 3,000 innocent passengers have lost their lives only in Thane-Kalwa section which is also known as a killer stretch. I want to know what Railways is doing to save the precious lives of the passengers.”Awhad said, “We don’t believe in the tall promises made and fake assurances given by the Railway Ministers.” He also slammed the Bullet Train project saying such a train was introduced just to “show-off” to the world at the cost of the lives of thousands of passengers who die for want of basis amenities. ALSO READ Elphinstone Stampede | A disaster waiting to happen, yet govt springs into action only after 22 crushed to deathMeanwhile, railway activists slammed the protesters for “aggravating” the woes of commuters by holding up the local trains during peak office hour rush.Subhash Gupta, president of the Rail Yatri Sangh Mumbai and member of National Railway Users Consultative Committee (NRUCC) said, “It is extremely unfortunate that these leaders are aggravating the woes of the passengers to push their political agenda. Railway administration should book these protesters to prevent such incidents in future.” When contacted a senior railway official said “We will be booking the protestors as per the provisions of law.”

BJP’s Alwar MP passes away at 61

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP from Alwar Mahant Chand Nath passed away in Apollo Hospital in Delhi late Saturday night. He was suffering from throat cancer and had been undergoing treatment for the last two and a half years.Chand Nath, 61, had won the Alwar seat by defeating former union minister and Congress candidate, Jitendra Singh by over 2.9 lakh votes in 2014.”All celebrations to mark PM Modi’s birthday have been cancelled. BJP leaders from Alwar have gone to take part in the funeral,” said BJP Alwar president Dharmveer Sharma.Chand Nath is the second BJP MP of Rajasthan to have died over the last few weeks. Ajmer MP Sanwarlal Jat had died last month while Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari had succumbed to swine flu.This puts the number of necessary bypolls in Rajasthan at three. The state is scheduled to go to polls in November 2018 and the prospect of these polls just a year ahead is not welcome by either BJP or Congress. The bypolls will be seen as a referendum on the Vasundhara Raje government and also as a parameter for Congress’s prospects. This is something that neither party wants at this point in time. For the Congress, it is too early to test waters while BJP does not want such an early report card.The bypoll in Raje’s home constituency Dhaulpur, in March 2017 had been propagated as the semi-final to the state polls and a clash of titans namely Raje and PCC chief Sachin Pilot.It was a relief for the BJP when they won the same with record votes. But now the prospect of upcoming three bypolls is cause for worry for both parties.PAYING HOMAGEPM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and CM Vasundhara Raje tweeted to express their condolences over the demise of Chand Nath.
His funeral took place in Rohtak and was attended by Haryana CM Manohar Khattar, UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.

BJP MP Mahant Chandnath passes away after losing cancer battle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP from Alwar, Mahant Chandnath, passed away at a hospital in New Delhi after losing battle to cancer.The 61-year-old won the Alwar seat in the 2014 parliamentary elections after defeating Congress candidate and former union minister Jitendra Singh.BJP state spokesperson Anand Sharma said Chandnath was suffering from cancer and the end came at a hospital in Delhi.Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the death of the MP. “Saddened by the demise of LS MP from Alwar, Mahant Chand Nath ji. He will be remembered for his rich social work. My deepest condolences,” the prime minister said in a tweet.BJP president Amit Shah also took to Twitter to offer his condolences. “Sad to know about the passing away of BJP MP from Alwar, Mahant Chandnath ji. My condolences to his followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti,” Shah tweeted.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also expressed condolences to the bereaved family members, saying it is an irreparable loss to to her and the entire BJP family.Chandnath will be remembered for his contribution for the developmental works, she said.”I wish peace for the departed soul,” Raje said in a tweet.

Anti Terrorist Squad cracks major fake passport racket, arrest four

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) busted a major fake passport racket in Gujarat and Mumbai on Sunday late night. Four accused — from Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Daman — were nabbed, while one, who was involved in creating fake passports is still absconding.The accused have been identified as Jitendra Patel (Ahmedabad), Praveen Mangle (Daman), Khalid (Mumbai), and Sanjay Patel (Ahmedabad), who have being nabbed by officials. Pratap Odedra, native of Porbandar, is residing in the UK and is yet to be nabbed.During an investigation, it was revealed that these fake passports were used to take people to Portugal and from there to the UK through an illegal channel. The accused used to get the passport made in the name of natives of Diu and Daman and then sold the passports. As the natives of Diu and Daman, which were Portuguese colonies in the pre-independence era, it is easier to get arrival visa of Portugal. The accused would make passports in the name of the natives and then would change the photo with the person to whom they used to sell the passport.According to the ATS officials, Jitendra Patel, Sanjay Patel would get a customer for the fake passport through Praveen Mangle. After getting the money from the clients, the accused used to send the details to Khalid in Mumbai who used to make the fake passports of the clients. Pratap Odedra, who is in UK, would then take people from Portugal to UK through the illegal channel.

Low-key revelries leave 2 dead, 117 hurt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even with the high court easing height and age restrictions for human pyramids, Janmashtmi celebrations in the city were a tad muted than last time, but still notched as many as 117 casualties. In neighbouring Palghar, 21-year-old Roshan Kini died, reportedly of an epileptic attack, while he was scaling the third tier of a human pyramid, and in Airoli, another Govinda got electrocuted, but not while making a human chain.The police said Kini, a resident of Kashipada in Ghansar village, was a student at Industrial Training Institute in Palghar and suffered an epileptic seizure while wending up his way to the third tier. Following the incident, a huge crowd gathered outside Philia Hospital and police were deployed for crowd control. “We have sent the body for post-mortem, and will get to know the reason behind the death after we get the report,” said Inspector Kiran Kabadi of Palghar police station, where a case of accidental death has been registered.This time, with fewer and quieter Dahi Handi affairs, some Govindas were heard ruing that the celebrations weren’t as robust.”We have come from Mahim area and didn’t see many handis even though there are a lot of enthusiasts there,” said Mangesh Varanju of Sai Mitra Mandal from Bandstand.Not just the count of handis, even the prize money took a hit, with big names pulling out of organising events, including NCP’s Sachin Ahir and Jitendra Awhad.While the Dahi Handi organised by BJP MLA Ram Kadam from Ghatkopar offered Rs 25 lakh, the one arranged by Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Surve in Magathane gave away Rs 11 lakh, in the presence of celebrities. In contrast, 2013 and 2014 each saw Jitendra Awhad give away Rs 1.11 crore in cash prize.A record of sorts was on display in Thane, where Jogeshwari’s Jai Jawan group erected a nine-tier pyramid in just over a minute, bagging a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh.Some groups injected patriotic fervour in the celebrations. “We gave a message of boycotting Chinese products, since there is confrontation along the border,” said Ronald D’souza, member of Yuva Jiddi Maratha Govinda Pathak from Jogeshwari, who were part of the festivities organised by Sai Dutt Mitra Mandal in Dadar.D’souza and others lauded the organisers for putting mats on the ground so Govindas do not get injured. “We have been taking this precaution mats every year,” said Krishna Sawant, chairman of the mandal, which is the first to have inducted girls as Govindas.In fact, a star attraction at the Dadar event was Vikhroli Kreda Kendra, which had over 100 women Govindas. “We have been forming five-tier Govindas,” said Yogita Bhadrike, a 26-year-old who was part of the pyramid formation, “and are also happy with a govinda’s age not being as much of an issue.”On August 7, the high court lowered the age limit of Govindas to 14 and refused to give directions to the state to regulate the height of human pyramids, observing that it would amount to encroaching on legislative powers, thereby scrapping a 2014 order capping the height to 20 feet.Some organisers, meanwhile, sought not only age proof from Govindas but also insurance papers against potential injuries.Besides women, visually challenged children also participated in the celebrations. “It gives us a high. We practise for a month to ensure that we form the vertical chain properly,” said Pratyush Vingar, who looked barely a day over 14.In Ghatkopar, some Govindas shuffled in circles after forming a pyramid; a seven-tier formation counted for up to a minute before breaking up to flaunt their stability; others waved the tricolour and peacock feathers while getting beaned from balconies, as the crowds cheered them on.HEIGHT NO BAROn August 7, the high court lowered the age limit of Govindas to 14 and refused to direct the state to regulate height of human pyramids
Some event organisers, though, insisted on seeing age proof of participants, while others asked for insurance against injuries

Bhagalpur NGO embezzles public money of over Rs 300 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government today alleged that a Bhagalpur based NGO had syphoned off government money of over Rs 300 crore, the funds allocated for various government schemes. The amount of fraudulent withdrawal of government funds has gone upto Rs 302.70 crore so far in an investigation which is being carried out by the Economic Offence Unit (EOU), an official said. A team headed by Inspector-General (IG) (EOU) Jitendra Singh Gangwar flew to Bhagalpur by a special aircraft yesterday evening after the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had raised the issue at a function organised to mark the ‘Earth Day’ yesterday. “The amount of government funds that have been embezzled by the NGO, has gone upto Rs 302.70 crore and this amount could escalate further,” Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh told reporters here. Three FIRs have been lodged against the office-bearers of the NGO, bank officials and government employees without whose connivance, it was not possible to embezzle such a huge government funds. Of the embezzled money of Rs 302.70 crore, the state government had allocated Rs 270 crore for land acquisition, Rs 17.70 crore for urban development and Rs 15 crore belonged to district nazarat. Explaining as how the NGO in connivance with bank and government officials embezzled public funds, official sources said that once the state government released the funds to the district administration (say, for land acquisition), these funds were later transferred to the NGO bank account with the help of forged signature of the district magistrate in connivance with bank officials. And the NGO, which invested the funds in real estate and other business, used to return the money to the government’s bank account as and when the money was needed in the district administration’s account, sources said adding that in this way, it was very difficult to detect irregularities. The chief secretary said that they (NGO people) used forged signature of the DM to deposit the money in their bank account. “The issue (of embezzlement of public funds) came to light very recently in August itself when one of the cheques bounced,” Singh said. Singh said that he had asked all the districts to get their bank accounts verified and update in order to ascertain whether or not such embezzlement of public money had taken place any other district. He, however, refused to reveal as how long this financial irregularities by the NGO being carried out. Two-three persons have been detained for interrogation so far, the chief secretary added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MU staff to not work extra hours until demands met

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Non-teaching staff members of the University of Mumbai have announced that staring August 16, they will not put in extra hours or report to work on bank holidays in a bid to draw attention to their long-pending demands.Close to 1,200 employees, who are part of the Mumbai Vidyapeeth Karmachari Sangh, took the decision on Tuesday. This could impact the declaration of results, as about 400 of them are involved in examination and post examination work.The union’s demands include clearing the pensions of retired employees, reopening the canteen in the university’s exam house, clearing pending promotions, etc. “We have decided to stay away from all additional duties until our demands are met,” said Rupesh Malusare, Deputy Secretary of the union.”University officials do not have the time to address our issues. We have been working from morning till midnight to cope with the additional work burden due to the new evaluation system. While we understand that the decision to not work extra hours and on holidays would slow down the work at the university, we have no option left as the officials have shown no consideration towards our demands,” Malusare said. As on Tuesday, about two lakh answer sheets were yet to be evaluated.Protests continued at the University’s Fort campus over delayed results. Meanwhile, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad registered a token protest by putting a lock on the Fort campus gate on Tuesday night, members of the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union (BUCTU) conducted a signature campaign the same day.Meanwhile…MU’s Academic Council (AC) passed the Perspective Plan on Tuesday and will go to the Senate for approval. The Plan provides for prospective colleges for different regions and the changes it plans to bring to the existing ones.

MLA puts a lock on Mumbai University’s Kalina campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Mumbai University continously failing to meet the deadline to declare results of examinations conducted last acedemic year, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Jitendra Awhad put a lock on the Mumbai University’s Kanila campus main gate, Awhad’s PA Sushant Gudulkar told DNA.Awhad had recently tweeted that if university results are not declared by August 5, he will lock the university, his PA added.Mumvai University has initial deadline of July 31 then August 5 to declare results but it has failed. This year the online paper evaluation system has delayed the results. Students are suffering.

Jewar woman made nephew chop her braid: Cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh (UP) police on Sunday solved the mystery of the braid-chopping incident that took place in the Dayanatpur village of Jewar in Greater Noida. It turns out that the 35-year-old victim was herself responsible for the incident as she wanted media attention.”A person named Jitendra had called the police saying that someone had chopped his neighbour Pushpa’s braid,” Jewar Station House Officer Rajpal Tomar said.A police team was immediately rushed to the spot. The cops then started interrogating the victim and her family members. “Pushpa first tried to mislead the investigating officers and said someone chopped her hair while she was sleeping. Soon, however, she confessed that she made her 11-year-old nephew Rustam chop her hair, so that she could get some media attention,” Tomar said.Jitendra, who made the call to the police, said he had no idea about this. “I called the police after a huge crowd gathered outside Pushpa’s home and people said someone chopped her braid,” he said. “We are planning to initiate action against people spreading false information and rumours of braid chopping. We have received at least 10 such complaints in the last one week. We request people to not believe such rumours,” Superintendent of Police (Rural) Suniti said.

Chief Justice of India, Governor’s office not under RTI Act: Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The office of Chief Justice of India and Governor are not covered under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the government said on Wednesday.The Act empowers a citizen to seek time bound response on governance-related query from a public authority or a government department.”The office of Chief Justice of India and Governor are not recorded as public authority on the records of Central Information Commission,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Patna HC dismisses two PILs challenging new Nitish govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Patna High Court today dismissed two PILs challenging the formation of the new government by Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) along with the BJP. After hearing all parties, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay dismissed the two PILs saying no intervention of the court is required, after floor test in the state Assembly. While one PIL was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the second one was filed by Jitendra Kumar, a Samajwadi Party member. On Friday last, the court had adjourned the matter for today. The new Nitish Kumar government in which the NDA is a coalition partner won the trust vote on Friday last.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Relief to Nitish Kumar, Patna HC dismisses PILs challenging formation of new govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Patna High Court on Monday dismissed PILs challenging the formation of new government .In a sudden development, Kumar had quit as Chief Minister on Wednesday last, dumping the grand alliance with the RJD and the Congress. He formed a new government next day with the BJP.Two PILs were filed and their lawyers made a mention of them before the bench ahead of the crucial trust vote the Nitish Kumar government has to take in the Bihar Assembly.One PIL was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma while the second one by Jitendra Kumar who is a member of the Samajwadi Party.The petitions had sought the court’s order for issuance of a direction to invite the leader of the single largest party to form government in the state.Nitish Kumar won the trust vote by 131 votes after the governor asked him to prove his majority on the floor of the House on July 28.

Congress demands Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation for ‘insulting’ tricolour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s resignation over her flag remarks, saying no has the right to insult the tricolour.The party said she has hurt the sentiments of the people and asked the BJP to explain what kind of freedom is being advocated by their coalition partner (PDP) in the Jammu and Kashmir government and the chief minister.”Congress has taken strong exception to the utterances of Chief Minister. No one has right to insult the national flag as great sacrifices and nation’s honour is attached with it,” state Congress unit’s chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said here.”Mehbooba has no right to quote the example of national flag in any form and hurt the nationalist sentiments by insulting it, what so ever may be her reasoning or context,” he said.At an event in New Delhi on Friday, Mehbooba had said, “Who is doing it? Why are they doing it? (challenging the Article 35-A). Let me tell you that my party and other parties who carry the national flag there (in Jammu and Kashmir) despite all risks…. I have no doubt in saying that there will be no one to hold it (national flag) (if it is tinkered).”Sharma also hit out at the BJP and accused it of “surrendering their agenda (of alliance)” to remain in power in the state.”We seek answers from the BJP over the statement and utterances of Mehbooba Mufti. She is even questioning the utility of NIA investigations as well propagating her illogical and highly objectionable agenda,” he said.”What kind of freedom of idea is being advocated by their coalition partner (PDP) and the chief minister. She (Mehbooba) has lost right to continue in office,” he added.Notably, the BJP yesterday expressed shock and surprise over Mufti’s remarks and asserted that Article 35-A of the Constitution which grants special status to the state is “not a sacred cow that cannot be touched”.The state unit of the BJP said that while the party stands by the Agenda of Alliance with the PDP and won t seek alteration of existing constitutional position, “it is equally true that Article 35-A has done more harm to the State than any other provision of law”.Union minister Jitendra Singh yesterday said the tricolour is “sacrosanct” and termed the chief minister’s remarks as “shocking and ridiculous”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong appoints team to assess political situation in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi today constituted a team of observers to assess the political situation in Odisha. MPs Sushmita Dev and Tamrdhwaj Sahu, and and former union minister Jitendra Singh are members of the team. “The team will work in coordination with the AICC general secretary and secretary in-charge of the state to assess the political situation there. “The team will submit a report to the Congress president at the end of their visit,” AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said. Gandhi also appointed Ruchi Gupta as joint secretary of the AICC and will report to Girish Chodankar, who will continue as AICC secretary in-charge of NSUI.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nalanda District Sub-Registrar and clerk held on graft charge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vigilance department today arrested Nalanda district sub-registrar Neeraj Kumar Sinha and a clerk Jitendra Kumar Sinha on graft charge. A Vigilance Investigation Bureau (VIB) team headed by M K Kumar laid a trap and nabbed them from the district sub-registrar’s cell in the Registration Office as soon as they took Rs 15,000 as bribe from the complainant, an official release said. The department acted on the basis of a complaint filed by one Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Patna. The district sub-registrar had demanded Rs 20,000 for registration of a property and agreed to do the work on payment of Rs 15,000 as bribe, it said. The Vigilance department has laid 48 traps and arrested 51 government servants on graft charge till mid-July this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Staff who got jobs on fake caste certificates to be sacked:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Employees who have got job on the basis of fake caste certificates are to be sacked from the government service, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today. In order to discourage unscrupulous activities, state governments and union territories have been asked to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the errant officers who default in timely verification of caste certificates or issue false certificates, he said. The central government had in 2010 undertaken an exercise to collect information about appointments secured on the basis of false/fake certificates. An instruction had also been issued on June 1, 2017 to all departments to collect such information and send consolidated report on this to personnel ministry with details of action taken report thereon. Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said extant instructions provide that if it is found that a government servant had furnished false information or produced a false certificate in order to secure appointment, he should not be retained in service. “Thus when an appointing authority comes to know that an employee had submitted a false/fake caste certificate, it has to initiate action to remove or dismiss such an employee from service as per the provisions of relevant service rules,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Singh had, in another reply, on March 29 said that 1,832 appointments were allegedly secured on the basis of fake caste certificates. Of these, 276 had resulted in suspension or removal, 521 were entangled in litigations and disciplinary proceedings were pending in the remaining 1,035 cases, he had said. A total of 1,296 cases of jobs secured allegedly through fake caste certificates were under the Department of Financial Services. As many as 157 such cases were in State Bank of India, 135 in Central Bank of India, 112 in Indian Overseas Bank, 103 in Syndicate Bank, and 41 each in New India Assurance and United India Assurance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mithali Raj’s cricket record delights Indians

The Indian captain has become the leading run-scorer in women’s one-day international cricket.

Our army preparing to give befitting reply to attackers of Amarnath pilgrims Ahir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said that the country?s armed forces are preparing to give a befitting reply to those behind the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Asserting that such attacks should never be repeated, Ahir who visited the valley said security has been beefed up and existing arrangements improvised. ?Jitendra Singh and I visited the valley and conducted a review meeting with the authorities in the state. We have beefed up the security and improved the security arrangements. The attack on 10th July is highly condemnable. Our forces are preparing to give a befitting reply to this attack,? said. ?Such incidents should not be repeated. Governor is reviewing this situation; CM Mehbooba is also supervising this. Whatever flaws were highlighted, will be worked upon. Pilgrims have faith in the security measures for their yatra. The intentions of terrorists should not be fulfilled,? he added. Addressing the media, Jitendra Singh congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the kind of resilience they have shown in the last 25 years. “Anything that happens in Kashmir finds echo across the country. People of the Valley want the guilty to be punished. We are here on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to express our solidarity. The common youth of Kashmir is keen to be a part of the development journey led by Prime Minister Modi,” he added. Singh said the militancy is going to outlive its life soon and that India is in the last phase of militancy. Responding to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s assertion that “every Kashmiri is not a terrorist”, Jitendra Singh said, “Yes, Home Minister Rajnath ji is absolutely right – every Kashmiri is not a terrorist.” “We should not look at this as a Kashmir vs rest of India issue. It’s not the popular sentiment,” he added. As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar around 8.20 p.m. on Monday night. Meanwhile, three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday night. Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam. The troops recovered one self-loading rifle along with three magazines and one pistol with one magazine. Two terrorists have been identified as Javed, a resident of Churpur and Aabid, a resident of Badgam. The identity of the third one is yet to be ascertained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Enforce security plans vigorously: Govt tells J&K forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security agencies engaged in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been told by the Centre to implement security plans with full vigour. The directive from the central government came in the wake of the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack on Monday. Security agencies were told to implement the security plans vigorously, a home ministry official said, indicating that the anti-militancy operations will be intensified. Two central ministers – Jitendra Singh and Hansraj Ahir, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, and CRPF DGP R R Bhatnagar have visited the Kashmir Valley in the last two days. The instructions have been given to all forces engaged in anti-militancy operations, the official said. Highest level of alert has already been sounded across Jammu and Kashmir while Amarnath pilgrims will be provided enhanced security along the two pilgrimage routes. Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and ordered enhanced security for the Amarnath Yatra following the terror attack on devotees. The home minister took stock of the prevailing situation in Kashmir Valley, particularly on the routes to the shrine located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet, during an hour-long meeting. Sources said Singh had directed the officials to ensure enhanced security for the pilgrims. The pilgrimage started on June 29 and will conclude on August 7. As many as 21,000 paramilitary personnel in addition to state police forces have been deployed for security of the pilgrimage routes. The number of paramilitary personnel deployed this year is 9,500 more than last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Central team to submit report on Kashmir to Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A central team, visiting Jammu and Kashmir to assess security measures for Amarnath pilgrims in the wake of a terrorist attack, will submit its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh after returning to Delhi, official sources said today. Union ministers Hansraj Ahir and Jitendra Singh and other members of the team attended a security review meeting with top civil and security officials here. They also assessed the steps taken for the security of Amarnath pilgrims, the sources said. The Union ministers also held discussions with Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district last evening. The attack took place when they were returning to Jammu from Srinagar in a bus, after visiting the cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wedding bells turn to death knell as cylinder blast kills 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just two days ahead of his wedding, the worst tragedy of his life struck Ravikant late on Monday night, when an LPG cylinder in his shanty-cum-tea shop exploded and killed his mother, younger brother, a cousin, and two aunts. The shocked survivors have accused the Fire Department of apathy and delay, saying the fire tenders did not turn up in time despite being called twice.The incident was reported from the Tata Steel jhuggi cluster in southeast Delhi’s Okhla area around 9.30pm. Neighbours said many guests and relatives from outside the city had gathered for the wedding celebrations. The police received a call regarding the incident at 9.45pm, and a team was immeditaely rushed to the spot.”Nine people were injured and were rushed to hospital. A primary probe revealed that a gas stove with an LPG cylinder was placed at the main entry of the jhuggi, and the area was being used as a kitchen. The gas leaked from the regulator. Since it was the only exit, people in the jhuggi were trapped inside. After the fire fighters controlled the blaze, all the injured were shifted to the Safdarjung and ESI hospitals, where five of them died. Four are being treated for critical burns,” DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya said.The deceased were identified as groom’s mother Usha, 40, cousin Khushi, 6, brother Shashikant, 20, and aunts Lalsa Devi, 30, and Santra Devi, 28. While three of them died on the spot, Shashikant and Lalsa Devi succumbed during the treatment.”We called up the fire brigade twice, but they did not respond,” Jitendra, one of the survivors, said. He further said that he was fortunate to have stepped out of the jhuggi seconds before the blast. Claiming that the fire fighters came 45 minutes after the police made the call, survivors said more people could have been saved with timely action. Shortage of water in the area also hampered the rescue operation initiated by locals.According to eyewitness Rajkumar, a neighbour of the affected family, the fire was massive in proportion, making it impossible for anyone to go near the jhuggi.”Seconds after the explosion, I heard people screaming and ran out of the house to see Ravikant’ s house on fire. Half of the structure had collapsed. Neighbours tried their best to help the family trapped inside but nothing could be done. We called up the police and the fire department, but by the time help arrived, the entire jhuggi and the tea shop had been gutted,” he said.Ravikant and three of his relatives, who were in the close vicinity, were injured while trying to help their family members. The injured were identified as groom’s father Surendra Prasad, 40, his cousin Jitendra Prasad, 17, and another relative Guddu.Jitendra, who recently completed his schooling from UP, said: “Who knew wedding celebrations would take such a tragic turn. No one is left in the family. More guests were to arrive on Tuesday and we had so many plans. The wedding will have to be called off. The entire clan is in grief.”Meanwhile, the DCP said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem and the matter is being probed. “There seems to be no foul play but the sabotage angle is being looked into. A case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 304A for causing death due to negligence and other relevant sections has been registered,” the officer said.

3 Hindu Yuva Vahini activists arrested on rape charge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three activists of the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV), an organisation floated by Yogi Adityanath, were arrested here on charges of gangrape and thrashing a police officer. The incident took place last night following a dispute between one Deepak and Avinash over playing of loud music in Ganeshnagar locality, Superintendent of Police (City), Rohit Singh Sajwan said today. Avinash called his friends, who were HYV workers, and barged into Deepak’s house and allegedly misbehaved with the women. Deepak, who later reached with his brother Gaurav, allegedly beat up Avinash and handed him over to the police. When the news spread, HYV regional President Jitendra Sharma and city unit President Pankaj and a number of other HYV activists reached the police station to protest the arrest. BJP city unit chief Umesh Katharia also reached the police station and in presence of police, HVY activists allegedly misbehaved with the BJP leader and allegedly beat up sub-insepctor Mayank Arora. The SP city said that two FIRs have been lodged in this connection. One FIR was lodged by Arora against Avinash, Jitendra and Pankaj for allegedly beating him and the other by a woman against the three and another person Anil Saxena for allegedly gangraping her. Avinash, Jitendra and Pankaj have been arrested, police said, adding that a probe is on in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayor ‘threatens’ official over action against roadside stalls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar allegedly threatened a civic official with suspension for taking action against illegal roadside stalls in suburban Bandra. A clip purportedly containing audio of the Shiv Sena Corporator threatening to suspend the official has gone viral. Mahadeshwar, however, rejected the charge that he intimidated the officer, and claimed he only wanted to know from him how a few stalls doing business since the last 40-50 years suddenly became illegal. As per the conversation in the audio clip recorded by the officer, Mahadeshwar yesterday purportedly questioned him in Marathi as to why notices were served to the stall owners who were doing their business since decades. The mayor was also heard accusing the official of “harassing” the stall owners because they were from a particular community. Mahadeshwar then ordered the official to come to his office along with his seniors. The official, identified only as Jitendra, was heard requesting the mayor to speak to his seniors, saying demolition of the stalls, who violated the terms of the licence, was undertaken as per their orders. BJP MLA Ashish Shelar disapproved of Mahadeshwar’s conduct. The MLA from Bandra said the mayor first opposed a public toilet built by the BMC in the same area and is now supporting the stall owners who had flouted norms. “The BMC officials removed the stalls on the basis of public demand and their investigation reports. This action (of removing illegal stalls) is essential for smooth flow of traffic,” he said. When contacted, Mahadeshwar said he had spoken with the official, who dealt in issuing licences to hawkers, but said his conversation was “misinterpreted”. “Yes. I did speak to the official on the phone to know what’s happening. Let me clarify that I support the action against illegal activities. But I wonder how a few stalls can become illegal suddenly when they were doing business since the last 40-50 years,” the mayor said. Asked if he would seek action against the official for recording his conversation without his knowledge, Mahadeshwar said, “I don’t want to comment on this.” Meanwhile, Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam defended the mayor’s questioning of the official. Nirupam, who has gone to the court to protect the rights of hawkers, said, “The mayor did nothing wrong by enquiring about the action taken against the stalls operating for 50 years. I would urge the BMC commissioner to take action against illegal structures without any bias.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

OBC commission submits report on Jats to CM Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Jat community members in Dholpur and Bharatpur districts hit the road with their demand for reservation in government jobs, the Other Backward Class (OBC) commission in state submitted its report on their eligibility for quota to the government. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje accepted the report from OBC commission chairman, Jitendra Goyal in Jaipur on Thursday. Sources said that the report has more than 100 pages and eleven chapters.The commission was set up in February 2016 by the government after the Rajasthan High Court declined reservation to the Jats of these two districts in August 2015. The High Court had then directed the state government to survey the status of Jat community to arrive at the conclusion if they were indeed in need of reservation.The commission was, in consequence, instituted by the Raje government and was tasked with a socio-economic survey of Jats along with other dominant communities in the two districts.

Keenan-Reuben murder: No relief for accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No furlough leave can be granted to the killer of Keenan Santos and his friend Reuben Fernandez, who were killed in 2011 for confronting four men who molested their friend, the Bombay High Court recently ruled, while upholding the rejection order passed by prison authorities. The court felt the killer is a possible threat to the witnesses who deposed against him in the case.Convict Jitendra Rana had, in May 2016, moved an application for furlough. By an order passed on December 12, 2016, prison authorities rejected his application, which he then appealed against. The appeal was dismissed by an order dated February 16, which he again challenged before the Bombay High Court.Advocate Akash Kavade, appearing for Rana, argued that the grounds of rejection of furlough were not proper and the action of prison authorities was illegal. However, Additional Public Prosecutor, Hitendra Dedhia opposed the plea saying there was danger to the life of the complainant and witnesses, and that the police report was adverse. Dedhia also said the petitioner had been sentenced to life imprisonment, and that he may not return if granted furlough.The court went through the details of the case and said, “Facts relating to the case show that the petitioner has a tendency to take revenge, which can be seen from the fact that when the deceased tried to question him regarding teasing of the deceased’s friend, he, along with other accused, came back with weapons and assaulted them, leading to their deaths. Thus, we find much merit in the order of rejection which shows that there will be danger to the life of the complainant and witnesses.”

Report sought on allegations that 2 minors were married at

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh State Women Commission (SWC) has taken a serious note of reports that two minor girls were married at a mass wedding event here and has sought a report from the District Magistrate, an official said today. “The Kori samaj of the district had organised a mass wedding in which 18 couples were married at the Town Hall on June 11,” ADM (administration), Jitendra Kumar Sharma, said today. Union minister of state for women and child development Krishna Raj was reportedly present on the occasion. There were allegations that two among the 18 girls, who were married on the day, were minors following which the State Women Commission has served notice to the District Magistrate and sought a report from him, the ADM said. A detailed report has been sought from the SP and district information officer in this regard, the ADM added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Attack on CRFP personnel in Burkapal: 34 Naxals held in C’garh

“While 31 cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area, three others from Fulbagdi police station limits by separate joint team of security forces,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 34 Naxals, mostly lower rung cadres, allegedly involved in the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in April this year, were today arrested from two places in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. “While 31 cadres were apprehended from Chintagufa police station area, three others from Fulbagdi police station limits by separate joint team of security forces,” Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MoS Jitendra Singh lauds Indian Army for action at LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State Jitendra Singh today lauded the Indian Army for their exemplary retaliatory action across the Line of Control (LoC), while asserting that it assures “we are on the right track.” Speaking to ANI here, Singh said, “As far as we have observed travelling along the border areas and meeting the border people, we see the morale is very high, because they bear testimony to the fact that the kind of retaliatory action which is being witnessed has never been witnessed. We are on the right track.” Yesterday, the Indian Army announced that 13 armed intruders were killed in the 96 hours, as relentless operations were underway to thwart Pakistan’s attempts to upsurge terror in Kashmir. “The sinister designs of Pakistan army to push-in multiple groups of armed intruders across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir continue to be defeated by proactive operations being carried out,” the Indian Army said in a statement. Relentless operations mounted by troops have successfully intercepted groups of armed intruders all along the LoC in Gurez, Machhil, Naugam and Uri sectors leading to elimination of 13 armed intruders in 96 hours. This includes groups of four and three armed intruders, who were tracked and eliminated in the Machhil and Naugam sectors respectively on Thursday. Since then, the operations in Uri and Gurez sectors have further progressed. Five armed intruders have been killed in Uri so far and one intruder has been killed in the Gurez Sector close to the LoC. “The explosives, inflammable material, arms and ammunition recovered from the armed intruders indicate Pakistan’s designs to orchestrate high profile terror incidents targeting innocent civilian population and security forces during the holy month of Ramzan,” the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt’s intends to bring to book perpetrators of terrorism:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the government’s intent of restoring normalcy in the Kashmir Valley and bringing to book the perpetrators of terrorism is “quite clear”, hours after the NIA carried out raids to track terror funding. In a pre-dawn swoop, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) today raided 23 locations in Kashmir, Haryana and the national capital in connection with a case of alleged funding received by separatist groups for carrying out subversive activities in the Valley. On queries about Pakistan’s heavy firing along the Line of Control (LoC), the minister told reporters that the action from the Indian side this time is “much, much more befitting than ever before”. In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistan shelled forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. Asked by the NIA searches, Singh said the people of Kashmir wanted normalcy to be restored. They want to be “part of the development journey” and not be deprived of opportunities available in the other parts of the country. Keeping with the will of the people of Kashmir, the minister said, “the government has to take the responsibility for ensuring that peace is restored and all the perpetrators of terrorism and disturbance are bought to book.” On action against the separatists, he said, “I think that it is not for me to answer. The agencies concerned – Ministries of Home Affairs and Defence — take an appropriate view but yes the intent of Modi government is quite clear.” Without naming anyone, Singh said, with the issue of terror funding coming to light, people of the country have realised “the duplicity of so-called activists, including the self-styled intellectuals”. He said the decision on who should be searched must be “best left to the professional wisdom” of the security agencies. On Pakistan attacking civilian areas along the LoC, Singh, who represents Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, said that the neighbouring country has a “very poor” human rights record and is even violating them on its soil like in Balochistan province. “The epicentre of the most grievous form of human rights violations in the Indian subcontinent is none other than Pakistan,” the minister of state in the prime minister’s office claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DoPT pushes for live broadcast of PM events on its portal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Events attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be streamed live on its official website, the DoPT has suggested. As part of an ambitious plan to expand its digital reach, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) wants scrolling RSS (rich site summary) feeds from popular websites like the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Press Information Bureau (PIB), it is learnt. Some of these suggestions were discussed in a recent meeting chaired by newly-appointed DoPT Joint Secretary Srinivas Ramaswamy Katikithala on implementation of e- office, or computerisation of office works. He suggested certain changes with respect to the department’s website, including live streaming of functions headed by the Prime Minister and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, so that everyone is aware of what’s happening in the government. The tagging of their Twitter and Facebook accounts was also discussed. According to minutes of the meeting, he also recommended scrolling RSS feeds (referred to as regularly changing web content) from popular websites like PMO, PIB, UPSC and National Career Service Portal and popular videos from other websites. “The overall objective behind this process is to make all concerned aware just being on DoPT website what is happening throughout the government,” the minutes of the meeting said. The DoPT, the nodal department for personnel matters, comes “fourth from the last out of 69 ministries/departments among those are serious about implementation of e-office”. An estimated 53,000 files got scanned by the DoPT though no action has been taken so far for them being uploaded, it is learnt. A decision was also taken to expedite the purchase of high power scanners.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army veterans divided over commendation card to Major Gogoi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army veterans today appeared to be divided over a commendation card which was awarded to Major Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a shield against stone pelters.Lt Gen (retd) H S Panag, former GOC-in-C, Northern Command, criticised the move saying Gogoi’s action was unbecoming of the traditions followed by the Indian Army.”IA (Indian Army) traditions, ethos, rules & regs swept away by the ‘mood of the nation’! I stand by my views even if I am the last man standing!” Panag tweeted.Gogoi was yesterday honoured with army chief’s commendation card for his “sustained efforts in counter- insurgency operations”.Major Gen (retd) Ramesh Chopra came out in support of Gogoi.
ALSO READ Major Gogoi honoured: Jitendra Singh says it’s a matter of national honour, PDP unimpressed”With his innovative thinking, he saved lives of people and that has to be appreciated. I give him full marks for his presence of mind,” Chopra said.Col Anil Kaul (retd), who served in the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka, said Gogoi deserved more than a commendation card because of his “out of the box thinking”.
ALSO READ Kashmir jeep row: Major Gogoi defends action, ‘tied man’ expresses dismay over Army award”He saved lives of people without even firing a bullet despite being attacked by stone pelters. His act should be applauded and he should be given a Shaurya Chakra,” Kaul said.Breaking his silence today, Gogoi said about 1200 stone- pelters had surrounded a small group of security personnel at a polling booth in Utligam village of Budgam district on April 9. He claimed that if he had ordered firing, there could have been at least 12 casualties.The mob, which included women and children, was threatening to set ablaze the polling booth, he claimed.Amidst the mob, he claimed he saw a man who appeared to be the “ring leader” as he was “instigating” the stone-pelters at Utlgam on the day of bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to give adequate protection to officers: MoS PMO

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central government is committed to provide adequate protection to performing officers while being zero-tolerant towards corruption, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. His assertion assumes significance as a special CBI court had yesterday sentenced former coal secretary H C Gupta to two-year in jail in a coal block case. The sentencing has caused a feeling of angst among serving bureaucrats who feel that it may paralyse bureaucracy as officers would be hesitant in taking any decision. “While being zero tolerant towards corruption, we will also give adequate protection to the performing officers,” the minister said during a press conference. He was referring to changes in the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act being suggested by the government. As per a bill to change the PC Act, all central government employees, including those who have retired, will be getting a ‘shield’ from prosecution as it would be made mandatory for investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take the Centre’s prior approval before conducting any inquiry against them. The move is also based on the recommendation of a Parliamentary committee, which had suggested the shield for public servants by making it mandatory for the agencies like the CBI and the police to take “previous approval” of competent authority before conducting any inquiry or investigation against a public servant including from peon to secretary. However, such an approval will not be necessary for cases involving “arrest of a person on the spot on the charge of accepting or attempting to accept any undue advantage for himself or for any other person”, the panel had said. The bill may come up during the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, the minister suggested. Gupta and two serving senior officials — K S Kropha and and K C Samaria — were sentenced to two years in prison for irregularities in the allocation of a coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm. They became the first public servants to be convicted and sentenced for the multi-crore coal block allocation scam, unearthed during the previous UPA regime. Gupta, a 1971-batch officer of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), was the coal secretary between January 1, 2006 to November 30, 2008.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DANICS officers meet Jitendra Singh, seek timely promotions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of DANICS (Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Islands Civil Service) officers today met Union Minister Jitendra Singh and demanded timely promotions. The officers also demanded that their seniority list be worked out, an official release said. In a memorandum submitted to the minister, the officers said that most of them were nearing superannuation and many of them would retire this year itself. Therefore, in recognition of their services, the government should take a sympathetic view so that, before their superannuation, they have the satisfaction of at least being rewarded with their due seniority and pay-scales, the memorandum said. Members of the delegation said they had joined the DANICS over 30 years ago and since then, they had been offering their services with dedication. In the meantime, some of them also got promoted into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Singh, the minister of state in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), gave a patient hearing to the DANICS officers and said the government values the services of the civil servants who are essential for good governance. He said everything possible is always sought to be done to provide a friendly environment wherein each officer can perform to the best of his ability. The minister assured the officers that he will get their representation evaluated and if feasible under rules, an appropriate review and follow-up will be done.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Faulty mixer, delay in pension among public grievances: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From seeking help for faulty mixer-grinder to delay in pension disbursal, the Centre is getting some of these grievances from the public, the number which is likely to touch an all-time high of 12 lakhs this year. There has been a tremendous increase in complaints against government departments since the NDA government assumed office in May 2014, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. The number of public grievances was invariably below two lakhs till 2012 and slightly more till the first five months of 2014, he said. “Ever since the NDA government took over in May 2014, there has been an increase in public grievances due to various people-friendly measures taken by the Modi dispensation,” said Singh, the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions. Singh said there are some unusual complaints received by the ministry and one such grievance recently processed was of a faulty mixer-grinder. “There was a grievance from one T Vinod Kumar in Telangana regarding problem in mixer-grinder brought by him online. We sent his complaint to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and at last he got the machine changed,” he said, explaining the kind of complaints being received by the government. Singh said the government has cut down time taken to resolve public grievances from over eight months (253 days) in 2012 to an average 24 days in 2017. “The increase in grievances is also due to prompt disposal by the government,” said Singh. About 1.75 lakh and 2.09 lakh grievances were received in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The government had got nearly 2.7 lakh public grievances in 2014, of which 2.63 lakhs (97.47 per cent) were disposed of in an average 146 days, he said. In 2015, 8.79 lakh public grievances were received and 7.69 lakhs of them (87.53 per cent) were resolved. The ministry received a highest of 11.94 lakh public grievances last year and resolved 11.87 lakhs of them (99.35 per cent), with an average time taken to dispose them being 38 days, Singh said. So far this year, about 5.49 lakh public grievances were received and of them, 5.47 lakhs (99.53 per cent) were resolved, he said, adding that the average time taken to resolve these plaints was 24 days. “There has been an increase in public grievances this year. Seeing the number of first five months, we expect that the number of complaints may touch 12 lakhs,” Singh said. He said the government is trying to cut the time taken to process such complaints to a week from the existing about 24 days. These complaints were received mainly through the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) — an online system for addressing plaints against government departments from people. Giving details of steps being taken to resolve people’s complaints, the minister said he was also making calls to some complainants randomly to check whether their grievances were getting resolved to their satisfaction. “I called up a retired Colonel in Punjab who had raised a complaint. I introduced myself as only Jitendra Singh (rather than a Union minister) on a call made to him a few days ago to inform him about the resolution of his complaint. “We spoke for some time on the matter and after informing him about the successful resolution of the complaint I hung up only to get a return call from the person feeling extremely elated for having received a phone call from the minster himself. It is a historic step in good governance,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP leader distances himself from ‘cop-slapping’ nephew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> UP legislative council chairman and Samajwadi Party leader Ramesh Yadav has distanced himself from his nephew Mohit Yadav, who landed in soup after slapping a sub-inspector in a police station in Etah. The assault was caught on camera after Mohit was held for allegedly assaulting hospital staffers who refused to give in to his demand for VIP treatment. The SP leader strongly condemned the incident and asked for stern action against his nephew. Averring that nothing is above law, Ramesh Yadav issued a letter and asserted that Mohit is his nephew but does not reside with him and that he has nothing to do with the hapless incident that raised eyebrows over his credibility as a law maker. ?Mohit Yadav who is the son of my brother Narendra Singh Yadav does not live with us nor do we have any relation with what they do. The way he conducted himself is condemnable. His behaviour with the police official and the hospital staff was unpardonable and that he should be punished for his misconduct,? said Ramesh Yadav ?Mohit should be prosecuted. Nothing is above law, be it my son or any of my relative. I have nothing to do with the mentioned incident. I never have and never will support such actions,? he added. The nephew of Samajwadi party leader Ramesh Babu Yadav was caught on camera bragging about his association with the former ruling party before launching an unprovoked attack on a policeman standing near him. Etah is the stronghold of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav. Mohit Yadav got in to an argument with doctors regarding an X-ray and subsequently beat up a radiologist and two technicians. When police arrived at the location, Yadav started arguing with them and slapped senior sub-inspector Jitendra Singh and other policemen. The man kept shouting “My name is Mohit Yadav” while slapping the policeman. Yadav has been arrested and charged with assault on a policeman on duty.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 secy-level officers transferred had differences with their

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bureacratic reshuffle, two secretary-level officers known to have differences with their respective ministers, were transferred today. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the transfer of 1982-batch Tamil Nadu cadre officer Leena Nair, Secretary, Women & Child Development (WCD) Ministry, to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the corresponding capacity. Another 1982-batch Bihar cadre officer, Rashmi Verma, has been moved to the Tourism Ministry as Secretary from the Ministry of Textiles. The differences between these officers and their respective ministers are public knowledge. Last December, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had in fact complained to Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, about Nair’s alleged frequent absence from work and delays in clearing files. Maneka had also written a strongly worded letter to Nair, demanding an explanation on the status of 40 different issues she wanted addressed. “When can we expect a leap forward?” she has asked in the letter, a copy of which is with the(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

9 Naxalites involved in Sukma attack among 19 held in C’garh

Of the nine Naxalites who were allegedly involved in the Burkapal attack, six were rounded up from Chintagufa police station area while three others from Chintalnar police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 19 Naxalites, nine of them allegedly involved in the deadly attack on CRPF personnel last week, were today arrested from separate places in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said. Of the nine Naxalites who were allegedly involved in the Burkapal attack, six were rounded up from Chintagufa police station area while three others from Chintalnar police station limits, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP sacks Kapil Mishra, inducts 2 new faces in Cabinet rejig

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra was axed from the Cabinet today, days after he sided with senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas who has been at loggerheads with the party leadership. His sacking also highlighted the simmering tension between the leadership and Vishwas, which could snowball into a major crisis for the poll-battered AAP. The party also inducted two new faces — Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam and Najafgarh legislator Kailash Gahlot — taking the number of ministers in the Arvind Kejriwal-led Cabinet to seven. However, they have not been alloted any portfolio yet. A senior official said the decision to remove Mishra was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Mishra became the fourth AAP minister to be sacked after Jitendra Singh Tomar, Asim Ahmed Khan and Sandeep Kumar, since the AAP stormed to power in 2015. The official said Mishra was removed after it was found that consumers were receiving “inflated” water bills. Soon after the move, Mishra claimed he would “expose” the involvement of certain AAP leaders in an alleged scam tomorrow. Mishra said he had met the chief minister earlier in the day and handed over documents related to the alleged scam. “I was not informed of the decision and as per my knowledge, it was taken unilaterally by Kejriwal. The Cabinet or the Political Affairs Committee (the AAP’s top decision- making body) was not involved,” Mishra told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Experts rubbish Geelani’s remark on army run schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s comment that educational institutes run by the army are making students indifferent towards their own religion and culture was rubbished by a defence analyst on Saturday. Former Indian Army Major General Ashok Mehta told ANI, ?It is not surprising. However, Mr. Geelani should be aware of the fact that army does not function on the religious grounds and is a secular institution.? Mehta questioned as to why separatists were even allowed to speak and added that their mouths shall be sealed. Earlier, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh today urged the youth of Kashmir to ask Geelani as to why his children were not part of the so-called freedom struggle in the state. “In this logical era, Kashmiri youth should ask Geelani, if jihad is so great, then firstly they should tell their children to leave their studies, jobs and join their so-called fight against freedom, rather than talking about closing schools meant for needy children,” Singh said. Singh also appealed to the youth of Kashmir to join the path of development. Singh’s view was also endorsed by senior journalist Rahul Jalali who said, “Mr. Geelani should ask himself where his own kids pursue education from?” A day before, Geelani had blamed the army for indoctrinating children through their educational institutes. Geelani said he was suspicious about the activities run by these army schools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Corporator’s aide booked for demanding bribe from developer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today booked a man for allegedly demanding Rs 2.5 lakh bribe on behalf of a corporator from a developer for carrying out a building repair work without permission in Nalasopara in Thane district, official said. “The 42-year-old developer had done the building repair work in Tulinj of Nalasopara, for which the accused had Jitendra Vengurlekar demanded bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh initially,” the official said. “The developer had lodged a complaint against Vengurlekar and the corporator with the ACB,” he added. The ACB sleuths today went to verify the complaint, where Vengurlekar raised the bribe amount to Rs 2.5 lakh, an ACB official said. “We have registered an offence against Vengurlekar and not made any arrest in this case, further investigation is on,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Attempts to demoralise security forces in Kashmir won’t be

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah today said the government would not tolerate any attempt to “demoralise” the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it stood solidly behind them. Expressing concern over the security situation in the stater, he said the BJP and the government was committed to restoring peace and normalcy here. He also asked party cadres and leadership in the state not to get demoralised. The visit assumes significance in view of the deteriorating security condition in the state and tension between coalition partners, the BJP and the PDP. “The party and the government stand solidly behind the security forces and no attempt to demoralise them will be tolerated,” Shah told party leaders and workers during a meeting here. He was received by BJP state President Sat Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, state Cabinet ministers among others at the airport and was taken to the state guest house. In his maiden visit to Jammu, Shah was accompanied by national general secretaries–Ram Madhav, Anil Jain, Ram Lal, and Union minister Jitendra Singh. Immediately after his arrival, he held an interaction with party MLAs, MPs, state team members and others and exhorted them to develop a positive outlook so that they can carry a positive message to the karyakartas and general public. He expressed his appreciation for the party workers for their struggle and sacrifices which, he said, have contributed immensely towards the growth of the party. He also paid homage to Shyam Prasad Mookerjee and Prem Nath Dogra. Shah said that he was proud to be BJP’s national president at a time when it was expanding by leaps and bounds. Recounting the party’s electoral successes, he said the BJP was proud to have 1,397 MLAs, 310 MPs, 13 party-ruled states and 4 coalition governments in the country. Recalling the party’s massive victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Shah said it was for the first time since Independence that a non-Congress party secured absolute majority in the Upper House. He also praised the three-year achievements of the Narendra Modi government and said it had lived up to the expectations of the people and was committed to fulfil the promises made to them. Shah reiterated the BJP’s Mission 44 plus and asked everybody to work towards its achievement. In the evening, he held an interaction with the prominent citizens of the winter capital at the Jammu Convention Centre. It was organised by Pandit Deendyal Upadhyaya Shatabadi Samaroh Samiti and was addressed by Nirmal Singh, Jitendra Singh as well. About 600-700 prominent citizens representing different walks of life attended the meeting. Shah said that the BJP was one of the 1,650 parties in the country which had come to the centre-stage of the national politics by the hard work of its workers. He said the key to the BJP’s steady growth and progress is that it is an ideology-based party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIMWPLB threatens to move SC against UP min Swamy Prasad Maurya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The All India Muslim Women’s Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) on Saturday demanded Yogi Adityanath?s cabinet minister Swamy Prasad Maurya’s resignation a day after he made a controversial statement saying, “Muslim men resort to triple talaq to quench their ?lust? by changing wives?. AIMWPLB President, Shaista Amber told ANI, “Where on the one hand, Muslim women are fighting for their injustice, Cabinet Ministers like Swamy Prasad Maurya are making such obnoxious statements. He should be given strict punishment and should be sacked from his post. I would appeal to Yogi ji to sent Maurya to a mental asylum.? Claiming that he has humiliated Muslim women across the nation with his statement, Amber appealed to the government that he should be taught how to respect women. “This is disturbing. They don?t know Islam at all. If he won?t apologize, I will go to the Supreme Court against him if needed,” she added. The statement came when Maurya was present at BJP leader Jitendra Pal?s residence in Uttar Pradesh?s Basti, for a personal event on Friday. The minister also added that BJP is standing shoulder to shoulder with Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq, but claimed that ?Muslim personal law board has no provision on the issue?. The minister also added fuel in the fire by stating that ?Muslim men leave women to die on the streets with her children?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Skirmish between Naxals and police near C’garh-Odisha border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An exchange of fire took place between police and Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Gariaband district today. However, no casualty was reported from either side. The skirmish took place when a team of district police force was carrying out a search operation in Jugaad police station limits, Gariaband Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong demands CBI probe into death of Pehlu Khan in Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan Congress today met Governor Kalyan Singh and demanded a CBI probe into the death of Pehlu Khan in Alwar allegedly at the hands of cow vigilantes. A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot met the governor and handed over a memorandum. While expressing concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Pilot on the occasion said that criminals are roaming scot-free under the BJP rule and their confidence is high just because of the negligence of the government. “The functioning of police and the statement of home minister present bad examples,” he said. The PCC chief also expressed surprise over the silence of chief minister on the issue. 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was beaten to death on April 1 in Rajasthan’s Alwar district by a mob of gau rakshaks and there should be a CBI probe into his death, the Congress leaders demanded. The other members of the delegation include Leader of Opposition in state assembly Ramesh Dudy, former Union minister Jitendra Singh, AICC secretary Zubair Khan, senior vice president PCC Gopal Shekhawat, former state minister Amaaduddin Ahmed Khan and Alwar district Congress chief Tikaram, besides other party leaders from Alwar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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