The use of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s portrait by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has led to a tussle with its rival faction which is claiming that the picture of a member of another party cannot be used for campaigning.The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) reportedly used the portrait of Rajapaksa for campaigning for the upcoming council elections.A senior minister representing the government from the SLFP said it is be illegal to use the image of Rajapaksa for campaigning as he is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and not the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).”They can’t use the image of a member of another party for campaigning,” the senior minister said.The Rajapaksa loyalists who are in the SLPP remain careful not to identify themselves officially with the SLPP as they run the risk of being removed by the SLFP for breach of party discipline by promoting interests of another party.Both factions, however, say that their common enemy is the United National Party (UNP) of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The party was split with Rajapaksa loyalists who call themselves the Joint Opposition forming a new party SLPP.The SLFP’s mainstream is currently led by President Maithripala Sirisena. The two factions went separate ways after the failure of the unification talks in order to face the February 10 election for 341 local councils.Both factions accuse each other of trying illegally to use the image of Rajapaksa, the man who ended the war with the LTTE.”We object to the use of the former President’s image by the SLFP,” Ranjith Soysa, a Rajapaksa loyalist legislator said.The two factions would go into coalition arrangements after the elections to gain control of the councils.
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Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order in view of protests called by separatists.Restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar, a police official said.He said restrictions under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Safakadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city, while partial curbs were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.The curbs have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, the official said.Separatists yesterday called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers today against the killing of civilians in Shopian and Kupwara districts of Kashmir.Also readTwo terrorists killed in encounter, one woman dies in cross-fireA woman was killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Tuesday during an encounter in which two militants were also killed.Another woman was killed in cross-fire in Handwara area of Kupwara in north Kashmir during an encounter on December 11.The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), have appealed people to observe protest after Friday congregational prayers.Meanwhile, authorities have placed Mirwaiz under house arrest, while Geelani continues to remain under house detention for some time now.”Put back under #House Arrest, was released yesterday evening only !! Mirwaiz said on Twitter.
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Under the preparations for clean survey (Swachh Sarvekshan) starting on January 4, 2018, 107 urban local bodies of the state have been declared open defecation free (ODF). While 105 urban bodies were ODF so far, two more urban bodies in Udaipur Division’s Kumbhalgarh and Bhindar Municipality were declared ODF on Friday. Swachh Bharat Mission was reviewed in the divisional meeting held in Udaipur on Friday under the chairmanship of Director and Joint Secretary, Pawan Arora. In the meeting, the commissioners of Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Udaipur, Dungarpur, Banswara and Rajsamand local body and Deputy Director of DLB (Udaipur region) joined the meeting. On this occasion, preparations for Clean Survey -2018 were discussed under Swachh Bharat Mission. On this, Arora informed the officials of the urban bodies about the work done so far to prepare for the survey.He instructed officials of the local bodies to perform well in the survey. The main purpose of Clean Survey-2018 is to make residents aware of cleanliness in urban areas of the state, Arora said. Encouraging the officials, Arora said that Rajasthan is a leader in all central plans. Therefore, for better ranking in the clean survey, all urban bodies will have to work better. It is worth mentioning that Clean Survey -2018 will start from January 4, 2018, in the state. It will be a survey of 191 urban bodies across the state. New parameters have been prepared for the Clean Survey-2018 by the Ministry of Urban Development. In which more than 1 lakh population / the states capital of 500 cities will be ranked at all India level. Which will include 29 urban local bodies of the states. In the Clean Survey -2018, 3,541 cities with a population of less than 1 lakh will be ranked at the state and zonal level. In which 162 urban bodies of the state will be included.So far, so goodTwo more urban bodies in Udaipur Division’s Kumbhalgarh and Bhindar Municipality were declared ODF on Friday. Swachh Bharat Mission was reviewed in the divisional meeting held in Udaipur on Friday under the chairmanship of Director and Joint Secretary (LSG) Pawan Arora. The main purpose of Clean Survey-2018 is to make residents aware of cleanliness in urban areas of the state, Arora said. Clean Survey -2018 will start from January 4, 2018, in the state and it will be a survey of 191 urban bodies across the state. In the Clean Survey -2018, 3,541 cities with a population of less than 1 lakh will be ranked at the state and zonal level.
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The police has arrested three people Tejaram, Vidhya Devi, Sugna Devi but the absconding Nathuram Jat accused in the case of the shooting police inspector S Periapandian of Maduravoyal police station in Chennai on a lime kiln located in Ramawas village of Jaitaran, Here, the FSL team and the Ballistic expert reached the spot and examined the crime scene. The team investigated that if Nathuram Jat snatched the revolver of the police inspector intentionally shot him or accidentally fired on Periapandian. It is worth mentioning that the service revolver of Inspector Periapandian and the other CI PM Munishekhar’s service revolver was handed to the state forensic laboratory yesterday.The Chennai team previously told that Periapandian was killed by Nathuram but the Pali Police had feared that Periapandian was shot due to the team’s mistake. The Joint Commissioner of Chennai police, Santosh Kumar, also reached Jaitran. He got full details of the incident from Jaitaran CI Virendra Singh and CI PM Munishekhar of Chennai Police. Pali Superintendent of Police Deepak Bhargava told that The scientific investigation of the firing during the capture of the accused and the death of Chennai Police Inspector Periapandian has started. The Pali Police has handed over the arms of both inspectors to State Forensic Laboratory so that it can be ascertained as to what pistol the bullet was from and from how much distance it was fired.Forensic and Ballistic Expert also started the investigation this morning.Three police teams were mobilized under the leadership of police officers Jatran, Anandpur Kalu and Ras Thanprabhari is in search of the accused. The teams have searched hotels and highway motels near Jaitaran. The accused reportedly pulled out Pandi’s revolver from the holster and shot at him. Jat managed to get away. Search operationThe railway stations and bus stands of Beawer, Ajmer, Jaipur, and Pali were also searched. Jaipur Airport was also searched due to the possibility of escaping of the accused from the airplane to Chennai-Bangaluru.
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Ending speculations, on Sunday, former Hurriyat Conference chairman Professor Abdul Gani Bhat denied meeting center’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, although a group of Muslim Conference leaders recently removed him from the position of president and reposed full faith in the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).”I did not meet Sharma. However, two persons — a Kashmiri Pandit and a non-local –met me on the evening of November 27. Some people are churning conspiracies and based on guess work and creating confusion,” Bhat told a local news agency.Batting for a dialogue, the former Hurriyat chairman said talks without Pakistan cannot be fruitful. He also noted that he would open his cards in the next few days, regardless of whether he remains a part of the Hurriyat or not.”I don’t play politics on the blood and tears of masses. There is no place for dictatorship in a movement. Dictatorship can happen in politics, but not in a movement which is fighting for a cause,” Bhat said.Even as the former Hurriyat chairman tried to steer clear from any controversy, a group of his party leaders held an emergency meeting and expelled him from the post of president of the Muslim Conference.”The meeting between Bhat and the centre’s interlocutor has send shock waves across resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir. Muslim Conference (MC) held an emergency meeting and appointed Mohommad Sultan Magray as its interim president for six months. Manzoor ul Haq Bhat has been appointed vice president,” said Magray.Earlier, Bhat wrote to Mirwaiz informing him that he has expelled Manzoor, who was MC’s representative in Pakistan, from the basic membership of the party. “In exercise of the authority vested in me, I hereby expel you from the basic membership of the organisation and shall therefore cease to represent MC in any respect at any level,” Bhat said in the letter.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to give a push and play a more robust role in diplomacy and enhancing civil-military interface, the armed forces have for the first time compiled a joint training doctrine to promote synergy in its functioning. Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba released ‘Joint Training Doctrine Indian Armed Forces – 2017’ on Tuesday.“It is for the first time in the history of the Armed Forces that such a keystone document has been promulgated. The document has been prepared in a ‘collegiate manner’ involving all the three Service Headquarters and flowing from its mother and capstone Doctrine namely, Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces -2017 released in April last,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.The doctrine aims integration amongst the three services—Army, Air Force and Navy along with other stakeholders leading to an enhanced efficiency and optimum utilisation of resources.Besides numerous advantages of the Doctrines, this document will also go a long way in ‘fostering initiative’ and ‘stimulating creativity’ for promoting ‘Integration’ between the three Services in times to come, the Defence Ministry said.The doctrine will serve as a ‘foundation’ and ‘knowledge base’ from which specific directives and strategies will be issued by the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee to the HQ IDS and Service HQs to consolidate proven concepts, structures, mechanisms, capacities, capabilities, etc, from time to time.Consequent to the consolidation of Joint Training, this maiden Doctrine will be further developed in due course as Doctrines are always ‘unfinished products’ being ‘Evolving in nature’, for ready reference as ‘Distilled wisdom’ and a ‘Referral document’ for the policy makers, armed forces personnel, academia, etc.Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt Gen Satish Dua were also present on the occasion.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to help students prepare for national and state-level competitive exams in engineering and medicine, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) plans to create a ‘preparation portal’.With this, students preparing for exams like the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MHT- CET) for engineering and pharmacy, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medicine and the Joint Entrance Test (JEE) for engineering will have access to practice questions, for which the board has invited contributions from teachers. Subject experts and teachers can upload practice questions for any of the subjects on the board’s official portal (neetqb.mh-hsc.ac) until December 31, 2017. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) recently announced the syllabus and paper pattern for MHT-CET for admissions to engineering and pharmacy courses in the state.As per a notification issued in October, the CET which will be conducted in May 2018 will be based on the state board’s syllabus with 20 per cent of the syllabus from class XI and 80 per cent from class XII. While there will be no negative marking, the difficulty level will be at par with the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) as per the notification.Parents believe the move will benefit students if implemented well. “There should be a proper review of all the questions that will be sent to the portal to ensure that students can gain benefit from it,” said Sunanda Shetty, a parent.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After driving out hawkers from around railway stations, the Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation (BMC) has sought further help from the Mumbai police for taking ahead its hawker-eviction drives. The BMC will now evict hawkers outside schools, hospitals and congested areas civic ward wise to make these areas spacious for pedestrians.”While taking strong and continuous action against the hawkers, the support of the police force is needed to maintain the law and order situation”, Nidhi Chaudhari, Deputy Municipal Commissioner- Removal of Encroachments told DNA.The BMC is already holding meetings with the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) seeking their support for the crackdown on hawkers in Mumbai. The ward offices are already taking police protection during their actions against the hawkers whereever needed, to prevent attacks by the hawkers. There have been several incidents in the past where the civic officers are attacked by protesting hawkers.Chaudhari said, “Mumbai police have already deployed around 4,000 policemen for giving protection to BMC several drives like demolition of slums along Tansa pipeline, demolition of religious structures and for hawkers’ evictions. But, the DCP’s I held meetings with have agreed to provide more police force if needed. In such massive drives, which are in public interest, the BMC, Mumbai police, railway police and other agencies involved in the drives should work as one agencies”.However, the main challenge the civic body faces is that the hawkers return to the locations where the drives are conducted. To avoid this, patrolling is necessary after eviction drives, which does not seem to take place. “BMC is action taking agency when it comes to removal of hawkers while the police are expected to patrol those locations to prevent re-occurrence of hawkers. But the police do not keep vigil and the hawkers put their stalls the next day. BMC can take action and evict hawkers, but patrolling the locations is not possible”, a Deputy Municipal Commissioner said.Commenting on police support for removal of hawkers by BMC, Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) said, “Adequate Police protection will be provided as and when required for eviction of hawkers in the city”.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 6) Shahji Umap added, “We recently conducted our joint meeting of Mumbai police, Traffic Police and BMC. It is decided to provide more protection to BMC during their drive of evicting hawkers. We will co-ordinate for taking proper action”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre’s special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma says he does not have a magic wand, but wants to be judged by his actions when he starts the process of talks in the Valley on Monday.”I do not have a magic wand but my efforts have to be judged with sincerity and not through the prism of the past,” Sharma, 61, said.The former Intelligence Bureau director added that no one should jump to conclusions before the process of talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir began.”I would like to be judged by my actions,” he told PTI from Delhi.Describing his work as a “serious effort”, he added that “one should refrain from fishing in the desert”.”I am going there tomorrow to be with my people and understand their pain and suffering and find a suitable remedy to their problems,” Sharma said.Responding to criticisms which have appeared in sections of the media, he said in due course he would also meet intellectuals for their advice in achieving “this difficult national task”.Sharma, who is originally from Bihar and was a Kerala- cadre IPS officer of the 1979 batch, held the country’s top- most post for a police officer from 2014 to 2016.He said Kashmir was his “second home” as his professional journey in the premier intelligence unit began here in 1992.”Nothing has changed since I was there for the first time. Kashmiriyat, which means compassion and brotherhood, has not changed even an iota. Therefore, I am hopeful that I will be at least able to contribute towards a new Kashmir, a peaceful Valley where prosperity will be the order of the day,” he said.Last month, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while announcing that Sharma would be the interlocutor for Kashmir, had referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech from the Red Fort this year.Modi had said on August 15, “Na gaali se, na goli se, parivartan hoga gale lagaane se (Only by embracing the people, and not with abuses or bullets, can there be a change in Kashmir).”Asked about the course of action he would follow, Sharma said, “I do not have a magic wand to change the situation overnight. But having said that, I will like to emphasise during my proposed meetings beginning tomorrow, my every effort will be to work towards ensuring permanent peace in the state.”The special representative will meet political leaders, traders and other delegations tomorrow, according to a list drawn up by the state government.However, he made it clear he had his own list of people whom he would meet as well.To a question about a statement made by the Joint Resistance Front comprising separatist groups including moderate and hardline factions of the Hurriyat and JKLF that they would not meet him, Sharma said the government’s effort should not be seen through the “prism of the past”.”It is purely their choice whether they want to be a partner in peace or on the opposite side of the fence where destruction has been topping the agenda. My suggestion to everyone is that they should not see this effort of the government through the prism of the past.” he said.Efforts had previously been made by successive central governments too, he said.”I have no idea what happened to them and, therefore, I would not like to comment. I can only talk about this initiative which has been done with a serious thought process and months of hard work by many,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 400 personnel of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy in addition to two IL 76 aircraft, one frigate and corvette each from the Navy today left the country to take part in INDRA 2017–the first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces which will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia from October 19 to 29. Exercise INDRA in its previous nine avatars has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. The year 2017 marks a major milestone as this exercise has been upgraded to involve all the three Services of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy & Air Force), which further accentuates the importance of Joint Services in the present world environment.Exercise INDRA-2017 will be conducted at the 249th Combined Army Range Sergeevisky and in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok. The Indian contingent will comprise of 350 personnel from Army, 80 from Air Force, two IL 76 aircraft and one Frigate and Corvette each from the Navy. The Russian Federation Armed Forces will be represented by approximately 1000 troops of the 5th Army, Marines and Ships of Pacific Fleet and aircraft from Eastern Military District.Addressing the Indian Contingent today, Lt Gen Satish Dua reminded them of the importance of the upcoming Exercise which will provide an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in counter terrorism operations in a multinational scenario in a joint tri-service environment. The scope of the exercise includes professional interactions, establishment of joint command and control structures between the Indian & Russian forces and elimination of terrorist threat in a multinational environment under the UN mandate.Exercise INDRA-2017 is aimed at strengthening mutual confidence, inter-operability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces. It will be a landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation and is expected to give the Indo-Russian defence cooperation a major boost.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Chatra Sabha (SCS), a student wing of Samajwadi Party, won four out of five posts in the Allahabad University Student Union Election.The elections results were declared late on Saturday night.The SCS won the posts of President, Vice President, Joint Secretary and Cultural Secretary, whereas the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) camp won the post of Joint Secretary.Beating the nearest rival Mrityunjay Rao Parmar, SCS’ Avanish Kumar Yadav was elected as President with 3226 votes.In 2016 the ABVP won the posts of President and Joint Secretary.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Arun Jaitley today termed as “bald and belated” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s denial in Delhi High court that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader.Jaitley contended that the Aam Aadmi Party leader has neither substantiated his claim that he did not instruct his former lawyer to use such words, nor initiated any action against Jethmalani for using scandalous words without his permission. The response of the senior BJP leader along with the evidence he was relying on was taken up today before Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta in the second Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal for the defamatory words used against him by the veteran lawyer.The Joint Registrar listed the case before the regular court on November 7 after conclusion of admission and denial of the evidence submitted by Jaitley through his lawyer Manik Dogra. Kejriwal’s lawyer, Anupam Srivastava, today denied before the joint registrar the newspaper reports, electronic records of the news and interviews given by Jethmalani and the photocopy of the court records, all of which carried the defamatory words used by the senior lawyer while cross- examining Jaitley. The senior advocate had used the words while cross- examining the Union Minister in an earlier Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.The AAP leaders in December 2015 had levelled charges of corruption against Jaitley in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Jaitley has denied all the allegations and also claimed that these had harmed his reputation. In his response to Kejriwal’s denial, the BJP leader has said, “The records clearly establish that it was the defendant (Kejriwal) who had instructed his (then) senior advocate to use the said ex facie defamatory and slanderous words against the plaintiff (Jaitley) in order to defame him.” “The frivolous defence submitted by the defendant in his written statement is false and dishonest,” Jaitley has said in his response.The BJP leader termed as an “afterthought” and “a belated attempt”, the July 20 letter written by Kejriwal to Jethmalani stating that he had not instructed him to use any defamatory words against Jaitley. With regard to Kejriwal’s claim in his written statement that the “statements made during judicial proceedings are even otherwise protected by absolute privilege”, Jaitley has said no such privilege can be claimed by a person who instructed his lawyer to insult or use defamatory language against a witness. Jaitley has claimed he is entitled to the relief sought by him and that the suit be decreed in his favour.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An annual affair for the past eight years, the Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Lecture might not see the light of day this year. An RSS-affiliated legal organisation has lodged a complaint with Mumbai police commissioner against the lecture that is held in the memory of the underground Maoist women’s organiser Anuradha Ghandy, wife of well-known jailed Maoist Kobad Ghandy. The lecture has been dubbed as “urban front of armed militants groups”.The complaint, lodged by the Legal rights Observatory (LRO) led by former RSS pracharak Vinay Joshi, alleged that Maoists were trying to afflict urban areas by their ideology using such over-ground activities.Sources told DNA that an intervention from the government was most likely expected as the complainants had apprised the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the matter and that the issue would be further escalated to the Home Secretary.”Such events and the ideology of violence that they represent are against the fabric of the nation. They must be stopped at any cost. We will be forced to raise the matter with the National Security Advisor if it is not stopped. Naxals come at such events and spew venom against the country and the security forces,” said Joshi, the national convenor of LRO.”By arranging such programmes, Maoists are trying their best to garner support of more and more civilians for their bloody war against the Indian state. So allowing such programmes to happen would be a highly objectionable thing. With this letter, we request you to immediately ban this programme and register FIR against organisers of the programme…under UAPA and MCOCA provisions,” the complaint read.The right-wing has threatened the Mumbai Police with escalating the matter to the Union Home Ministry as well as the PMO if permission to the meet was not rescinded by 10 am today.The complaint warned the police that “if no visible and immediate action is taken against organisers of the programme, we would be forced to take legal counter-measures against Police and Civilian authorities for not taking appropriate action against spread of militant ideologies.”Noted Naxal ideologues such as Varavara Rao and Tilak Dasgupta are to address the lecture that is considered an above-ground meeting of underground Naxal organisations.Moreover, the case with the venue of the lecture, Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh, as listed on the Facebook page of the event, is also a curious one. While the event page is clear about the venue, when DNA called the Sangh, they said they had not been booked for any such event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two years after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned the immersion of idols made from non-biodegradable material in Yamuna during festivities, the water body on Saturday was left full of filth as the 10-day celebration of Durga Puja and Dussehra concluded.Every year the devotees descend on the banks of river Yamuna in Kalindi Kunj and Geeta Ghat after Vijay Dashami for immersion procession. People were disappointed at the low water levels which made it impossible for several idols to be immersed completely. In the barricaded area at Yamuna as water level was just between 2 and 3 feet.River Yamuna is the second largest river of the country and the second most polluted too.The river was already covered in half-melted pieces of Ganesh Idols after last month’s procession of Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the immersion of the idols added more to the pollution.More than 200 Puja associations releases the idols of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya into the Yamuna. This year, 215 puja associations were registered in the Joint Puja Procession Committee which lead to immersion of hundreds of idols in the Yamuna and the lack of water made the unwanted aspect of the immersion even more visible.“Sourav Bhardwaj, Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA had decided to give us a place for immersion in Delhi Jal Board but it did not work as it was a last minute plan. But we have decided to come up with a solution by next year to save the Yamuna from pollution”, said Sarbasis Bhattacharya, organizer of a pandal. “Also, all the puja associations pay for cleaning the pollution”, he added.Seven people have been feared drowned, during the procession of immersion. Out of seven only six bodies have been recovered by now. All the bodies are to be identified and rescue operations are underway at all the immersion sites to check if any more people feared death.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Thursday detained nine students of the Banaras Hindu University, including a woman, who were on their way from Jantar Mantar to the Prime Minister’s official house to submit a memorandum at the Pancharipuri Police Station. However, no charges were being slapped against them.The students, who are the members of recently-constituted Joint Action Committee (JAC) at BHU, sought to make an appointment with the PM.”When we could not get the appointment we decided to submit the memorandum with his Secretary. We were at Race Course when police detained us,” said Mineshi Mishra, a BHU student.”We were simply walking at Race Course Road and there was no protest. We kept on asking them about the ground over which we were arrested, however, police did not say anything. I was made to sit in a bus even as there was no female constable with them at the time of the detention,” she added. The students also complained that the police threatened them .The students have been protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, along with alumni from the university, social organisations and activists since Tuesday.Senior Delhi police officers revealed the students had been protesting for the last three days. “When they tried to march towards the PM’s residence eight boys were detained and later let off and another girl, who was along with them, was released then and there as it was getting dark. We have not told any students to return to Banaras,” said BK Singh, DCP, New DelhiWANT TO MEET PMThe students, who are the members of recently-constituted Joint Action Committee (JAC) at BHU, sought to make an appointment with the PM. The students have been protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, along with alumni from the university.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting or consequential nature, if any, as may be considered necessary by the Legislative Department by amending the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948). The amendment will reduce the redundancy.The clauses being amended include those pertaining to certain modifications in the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1948 with regard to two major factors.Firstly, the membership of the Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3.Secondly, the Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of section 23 of the said Act.Earlier, as per the existing Act, it was required to have the representation of dentists registered in Part B as Central Government nominees in the Dental Council of India and the election of four/ two members fromPart B to the State/ Joint State Dental Councils. However, it has lost relevance. With a view to reducing the redundancy of the provisions of their representation, the Central Government has decided to delete these provisions so that their representation does not remain mandatory any more.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s effort to make additional parking space in Colaba, Churchgate and Nariman Point available under its new parking policy have been for naught, as despite receiving 28 applications for no-objection certificates for on-street parking, the traffic department has issued only two so far.According to a civic official, the reason behind this delay is the timing the parking is available — residential parking slots are available from 8 pm to 8 am only.Of the total 28 applications — 19 housing societies and nine commercial establishments — only one each has been granted an NOC currently. A senior civic official from the A ward, on condition of anonymity, said that despite an impressive response from residents, there is delay in implementation due to lack of clarity. “If vehicles are found parked along the road even after 8 am, there is no clarity on what happens to them,” said the civic official, adding that though the traffic department can tow them away, it might not be feasible on a regular basis. “If the civic body tows away vehicles, where will we keep them?” said the official. Initially, the residents association of A-ward had also raised questions and demanded clarity in the policy and had written to the civic chief, but had not received a reply.For reserved residential parking, societies will have to pay the BMC monthly charges that vary from R600 to R1,800, depending on the location. A-ward, which also falls under the ‘A’ catergory i.e. The highest parking rates, also has several commercial complexes, and government buildings.Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said, “We have received several applications for residential parking, and in the next 10 days, we will take a decision.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. Last year, ABVP had won the post of president, vice president, and secretary. NSUI candidate was elected to the post of joint secretary.Rocky Tuseed of NSUI winning the post of president is being seen as a major setback for ABVP as it was hopeful of retaining this position. NSUI has won the post of president after four years. Students’ outfits had contested for a total of four positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. A total of 43% voter turnout was recorded. Here are the total number of candidates who were in the fray: 24 Presidential candidates; 10 Vice-Presidential candidates; 5 Secretary candidates; 5 Joint Secretary candidates.NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes, while the party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP candidate by 175 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretaryLive updates: 3:35 PMCongress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning in DU. 3:00 PM2:00PM 1:18 PMClose contest in Delhi University Students’ Union. ABVP is leading on Vice President and Secretary posts; NSUI is ahead on President and Joint Secretary posts.1:02 PMThe main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka.Earlier, the Delhi High Court gave a go-ahead to the Delhi University to declare the results on Tuesday for the post of President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The court’s order came on a plea by the University seeking modification of its September 8 interim order by which it had allowed National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to declare the results for the post of the President. ABVP candidates: President candidate – Rajjat Chaudhary, VP – Parth Rana, Secretary – Mahamedhaa Nagar, Jt. Sec. – Uma Shankar. NSUI candidates: President – Rocky Tuseed, Vice President – Kunal Sehrawat, Secretary – Minakshi Meena, Jt. Sec. – Avinash Yadav. AISA candidates: President – Parul Chauhan, Vice President – Aditya , Secretary – Jaishree , Jt. Sec. – Akash Gupta
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu today sacked jailed V K Sasikala as interim chief and made its late supremo Jayalalithaa the party’s “eternal general secretary”, sparking fresh confrontation with rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran who vowed to bring down the government.The decision to annul the appointment of Sasikala, who was a close aide of Jayalalithaa, was taken by the unified AIADMK’s General Council, the party’s top policy making body, in a unanimous resolution adopted at its meeting.The Council also asserted the supremacy of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, who are Co-ordinator and Joint Coordinator respectively of AIADMK, were vested with full executive powers.Showing the door to Sasikala, the meeting unanimously declared that all appointments made by her, including that of naming her nephew Dhinakaran as Deputy General Secretary, was invalid.”Following an atmosphere of shock after Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) untimely death… V K Sasikala was appointed as interim general secretary to attend to routine party work,” a resolution said.”It is unanimously resolved to cancel her appointment made on December 29,2016…. And all appointments and removals made by her between December 30, 2016 and February 15, 2017 are not valid,” the resolution added.Sasikala, among others, named Dhinakaran as deputy general secretary and reinstated S Venkatesh, another relative in the party, before surrendering in a Bengaluru court on February 15 following her conviction in a graft case.In its first meet after the Palaniswami and Panneerselvam factions merged last month, AIADMK (formally AIADMK, Amma-Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) resolved to venerate the late Jayalalithaa as the “eternal party general secretary.”It said “hereafter, no one will be elected general secretary or appointed to that post.”Accordingly, bylaw no.43 is being amended. The General Council unanimously approves this,” another resolution said.A combative Dhinakaran sought to play down the decision to annul the appointment of his aunt, indicating that the court could have a final say on the matter.Dhinakaran also dubbed the general council meeting, where the decision was taken, as a ‘public meeting’ and said he had undertaken efforts to “send home this regime” (led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami). The Dhinakaran camp claims a support of 19 MLAs.The AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 233-member House?a seat is lying vacant after the death of Jayalalithaa. The majority mark is 117.Dhinakaran told reporters in Madurai that Sasikala alone had the right to convene the general council meeting and dared the camp led by Palaniswami to dissolve the assembly and face elections if the party was with them as they claim.Referring to the Madras High Court’s order that decisions taken at today’s General Council will be subject to the final outcome of an appeal on the matter, he said only then will it be known if the ouster of Sasikala was ‘valid.’The much awaited meet of the AIADMK General Council saw amendments to party bylaws to ratify the party posts of ‘Coordinator’ (Panneerselvam) and ‘Joint Coordinator’ (Palaniswami) announced on August 21, the day the factions merged last month.As per the new amendments, the coordinator and joint coordinator will be the top two power poles with full powers and jointly administer all party executive functions.They alone have powers to appoint members to the party’s Parliamentary Board, announce rules for party polls and sign ‘Authorisation Form’ of candidates to poll authorities.The coordinator and joint coordinator will hold office for five years and will be elected by the general council members. Palaniswami and Panneerselvam will hold their positions till elections are held.The party said the decisions have the full backing of all (about 2,300) the general council members.In effect, the posts of coordinator and joint coordinator replaces the hitherto numero uno position of general secretary held by Jayalalithaa, which was abolished.The meet gave its approval to functionaries appointed by Jayalalithaa and who were elected in party polls and passed a separate resolution nullifying the recent spate of appointments by Dhinakaran.It formally put its seal of approval on the merger of the factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam and resolved to retrieve the two-leaves symbol of the party, which was frozen by the Election Commission.The top party meet comes after the green signal by the Madras High Court, which yesterday declined a plea to stay the event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army suffered a setback after its latest acquisition, the M-777 Howitzer, suffered an accident during field firing in Pokhran on September 2 that resulted in the gun’s barrel getting damaged.No injury has been reported, sources said.As per reports, the barrel of the gun has been damaged, extent of which is being assessed by Joint Investigation Team. The Howitzer guns became part of the Army’s artillery after the men replacing the Bofors, which was used for over 30 years. Two Howitzers were procured earlier this year. In all 145 to be acquired.Firing tests for the guns, which began in May, were conducted under supervision of the Army, and an American team, which was in for weapon support.As part of protocol, the personnel were then trained about the ground from which to fire the cannon. “It is an important aspect that the ground should be suitable. If the earth is loose or too hard, the recoil of the cannon could be dangerous to the personnel standing near it.Also this could sometime result in accuracy as well as the gun would sustain a heavy jolt due to recoil. Moreover, the angle and elevation suitable for each type of ammunition for maximum impact is also being tested” sources informed, adding further, “the data of these tests would reveal its performance in our conditions and also how the weapon can be used during times of emergency.”The Howitzer guns became part of the Army’s artillery after the men replacing the Bofors, which was used for over 30 years.Firing tests for the guns, which began in May, were conducted under supervision of the Army, and an American team, which was in for weapon support.As part of protocol, the personnel were then trained about the ground from which to fire the cannon. “It is an important aspect that the ground should be suitable. If the earth is loose or too hard, the recoil of the cannon could be dangerous to the personnel standing near it.Also this could sometime result in accuracy as well as the gun would sustain a heavy jolt due to recoil. Moreover, the angle and elevation suitable for each type of ammunition for maximum impact is also being tested” sources informed, adding further, “the data of these tests would reveal its performance in our conditions and also how the weapon can be used during times of emergency.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to sack VK Sasikala from interim General Secretary post.”Late J Jayalalithaa will be the permanent GS of the party,” the resolution said. It also abolished the GS posts.The meeting also adopted a resolution to retrieve two leaves symbol frozen by Election Commission. It also ratified merger of O Panneerselvan and Edappadi K Palanisami factions.In a bid to end confusion over the appointments made by ousted TTV Dinakaran, another resolution declared that office bearers appointed by late Party supremo J Jayalalithaa will retain their posts.The meeting also created new posts – Convenor and joint Convenor to coordinate the party affairs. Panneerselvan will be the Convenor and Edappadi K Palanisami will be Joint Convenor.The powers of General Secretary will be given to Convenor and Joint Convenor and form A and B (election affidavit) will be signed together by EPS and OPS.Dhinakaran on Monday fired a fresh salvo threatening to bring down the AIADMK government if their demand to change the CM and his deputy CM were not met. “We are trying to change CM Palaniswami. If not possible, we have resolved to bid a goodbye to the present government,” he warned.AIADMK factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam came together after a bitter split about six months ago and announced the merger.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The united-Left alliance has retained all four seats in the JNU students union election, defeating the RSS-backed ABVP with considerable margins.In a close fight, United Left candidate Geeta Kumari won the president’s post by defeating Nidhi Tripathi of ABVP by 464 votes.Shabana Ali of BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association) polled 935 votes, election panel officials said.Out of the total 4639 votes polled, 4620 were valid as 19 votes were discarded after voters put their slips in wrong ballots, they said.For vice president’s post, AISA’s Simone Zoya Khan got 1,876 votes out of total 4,620 votes. Khan defeated Durgesh Kumar of ABVP who got 1028 votes.Duggirala Srikrisha (Left) won on the General Secretary’s post by polling 2082 votes. He was followed by ABVP’s Nikunj Makwana- 975 votes.The post of Joint Secretary has gone to Shubhanshu Singh (Left) who got 1755 votes. Pankaj Keshari of ABVP got 920 votes.Geeta Kumari said, “The credit for mandate goes to students because people still believe that democratic spaces should be saved and right now, the only resistance is from students.”She also promised to take up Najeeb issue, JNU seat cuts, new hostels, saving the autonomy of JS-cash and deprivation points.Duggirala said that JNU has become more democratic. “We promise to reach out to students everyday and counter the aggressive policies of ABVP”.He also vowed to defend the debate and dissent culture in JNU.In the central panel, a total of 1512 NOTA votes were polled for all the four posts.Total 31 councillors have been elected for various posts, the election officials said. United Left defeat ABVP, win all four posts of central panel.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent protests rocked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s constituency Anantnag after a mob protesting the persecution of Rohiynga Muslims turned violent and torched police vehicle and attacked security forces injuring six policemen including two senior police officers.”Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers, some miscreants from a mob started pelting stones on the police and security force personnel deployment at Lal Chowk in Anantnag. They also set a police vehicle on fire. They were chased off by using mild force,” a police spokesman said.Police said six police officers including two deputy superintendent of police Anantnag — Mohommad Yousuf and sub inspector Junaid Ahmad — suffered wounds.A police officer said that Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Yousuf was beaten by a mob and his bullet proof police vehicle set ablaze during the clashes.Other cops injured in the stone pelting include head constable Gurdeep Singh, Constable Shabir Ahmad, Constable Bilal Ahmad and Constable Javaid Ahmad. All the injured were taken to hospital for treatment.Police has registered a case, and massive hunt has been launched to nab the stone pelters. “A case was registered and investigation was set in motion to identify these people,” the spokesman said.Protests and incidents of stone pelting were reported from different parts of the Valley as people took to streets soon after the Friday prayers to protest the persecution of Rohinyga Muslims. Clashes erupted at Pulwama when people tried to lead a march from Jamia Masjid. When the protesters were stopped, they pelted stones prompting security forces to use smoke shells and lathi charge to disperse the mob. Protests were also held in University of Kashmir.Curfew like restrictions were imposed in old Srinagar city to prevent the marches. The call for the protests was given the Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists.What happenedPeople took to the streets to protest the persecution of Rohingya Muslims after Friday prayers in masjids.When stopped by the police, angry mob started pelting stones and set a police officer’s car ablaze. Six police officers, including two deputy superintendent were injured in the clashes.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday hit out at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for targeting the separatists and instead challenged the agency to probe the funds provided by New Delhi to crush National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir.“Today all the three Hurriyat leaders have been arrested again. Is this India? They wanted to go Delhi and present themselves (before NIA) and tell them if you have anything against us please show us. I wanted to tell NIA why you are not investigating the money that India gave to eliminate National Conference. They spent hundreds of crores of rupees to bring down the red flag of NC,” said Farooq while addressing the people to mark 35th death anniversary Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.Abdullah’s statement comes on the day when Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohommad Yasin Malik was released from custody. Malik was arrested on Friday and sent to central jail in an apparent bid to prevent them to go to New Delhi to stage a sit in outside NIA headquarters and court arrest along with other leaders of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).“The separatist leaders should be released so that they can tell Home Minister Rajnath Singh what is in their hearts and minds. If NIA was merely conducting the raids to scare off the people, then I would like to tell the government of India that nobody is ready to sell their conscience and principles,” Abdullah said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Nepal today began their joint military exercise in the western part of the Himalayan country, focusing on counter-terrorism and forest fighting operations.The exercise – Surya Kiran – was being participated by around 300 troops each side in Rupandehi district.Senior Nepal Army officer Rajendra Karki inaugurated the exercise, according to a statement by the army.The 12th edition of Nepal-India joint military exercise will conclude on September 16.According to the Indian Army officials, the Surya Kiran is the largest joint exercise in terms of troop participation.The battalion-level joint training between the two armies will focus on counter-terror operations in mountainous terrain by facilitating interoperability.Disaster management and joint operations for disaster relief will also be a part of the exercise. The 11th edition of the joint exercise was held in Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand.The Nepal Army said the joint exercise will provide the two armies a platform to exchange experiences, ideas and skills.”The joint military exercises will further strengthen friendly relations existing between the two countries for centuries and will promote mutual understanding between the two armies,” it said.Surya Kiran series of exercises are held alternately in India and Nepal.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Interacting with a group of over 70 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries of the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare and satisfaction of citizens. The prime minister, who attended the first of five such interactions on Wednesday, asserted that good governance should be a priority for the officers. He even emphasised the need for all wings of the government to work in harmony, and synchronisation, to achieve the best possible results. He said all officers must keep the poor and the ordinary citizens in their minds while taking decisions. The Prime Minister told the government officials that the world is looking to India with positive expectations and the entire world feels that a successful India is vital for a global balance. ?There is a strong undercurrent for excellence from the common citizens of India. Youth from humble backgrounds, with very limited resources are achieving the best positions in competitive exams and sports,? he said and asked the officers to work to promote this spontaneous upsurge of talent, recalling the spirit and energy that they themselves would have possessed in the first three years of their service. Prime Minister Modi said this was a unique opportunity for the officers to deliver their utmost for the benefit of the nation. He emphasised on the importance of breaking silos, and efficient internal communication between various departments of the Government and underlined the necessity of speed and efficiency in decision making. ?An honest decision making with a good intention will always be encouraged by the Union Government,? he said. He also asked the officers to focus their attention on the 100 most backward districts of India, so that they can be brought up to the national average-level, on various development parameters. During the interaction, the officers also shared their experiences on subjects such as a digital and smart governance, administrative procedures and accountability, transparency, doubling of farmers’ income, skill development, Swachh Bharat, consumer rights, environment protection, and building of New India by 2022.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Joint Entrance Examination Advanced, which governs entry to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), will be held completely online from next year.The decision was taken by the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) of IITs, a body responsible for exam-related policies of the institutions, in its meeting held in Chennai on Sunday. Students who want admission in IITs have to clear the JEE Main first, after which they are eligible to take JEE Advanced which opens avenues for admission to the 23 institutes across the country. While JEE Main is already being held online, students had to write the advanced test on paper. In order to save logistics and make improve the evaluation process, officials decided to extend the option of online to JEE Advanced as well.Currently, options to give the JEE Advanced exam online exists in only a few centres.Confirming the development, a senior official in the HRD ministry said, “Making the JEE Advanced online was the main proposal on the JAB meeting agenda, which has been cleared by the board. Apart from being logistically viable, this move will also ensure greater transparency and avoid chances of a paper leak.”Another proposal that was cleared by the board is that of designing the question paper scientifically by keeping questions at the difficulty level of 1 to 10.Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and Chairman of JAB said, “The Apex Body for the conduct of JEE Advanced, at its meeting today, has decided that JEE (Adv) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons today failed to appear before the top anti-graft body, which wanted to interrogate them over money laundering and corruption charges revealed by the Panama Papers.On July 28, a five-member Supreme Court bench disqualified Sharif from continuing in his office for possessing a work permit at the firm of his son in the UAE.The court also ordered the NAB to investigate money laundering and other corruption charges against Sharif, his children, son-in-law Safdar and federal finance minister Ishaq Dar, a relative of Sharif, in light of the report of the Joint Investigation Team.The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following a Supreme Court order had issued summons to Sharif and his sons – Hussain and Hasan – to interrogate them at its Lahore office over their offshore properties revealed last year by the Panama Papers leak.A 10-member NAB team had reached Lahore from Rawalpindi to record the statements of the Sharifs, but they did not turn up before the office closed at 3 pm local time, a NAB official told PTI.
ALSO READ Panamagate: Nawaz Sharif files three separate appeals in Pak Supreme Court to review verdict”Sharif and his sons were supposed to join the investigation today here in Lahore office but we are informed by the office of Sharif that he is not coming. No reason has been given to us,” the official said.He said the NAB would issue second summons to them in two weeks.A leader close to the Sharif family denied receiving any summons. “Nawaz Sharif and his sons had not yet received the NAB summons. Sharif will only decide whether or not to appear before the NAB after receiving the summons,” Senator Pervaiz Rashid told PTI.But another leader of the ruling PML-N party said Sharif has decided not to join the investigation. He said Sharif will join the probe only after the Supreme Court decides his review petition against the court’s verdict that disqualified him.The 67-year-old three-time prime minister has denied any wrongdoing. Last week, Sharif held a defiant roadshow with thousands of supporters from Islamabad to Lahore to project his political strength after the Supreme Court verdict.One of the three applications Sharif filed in the Supreme Court calls for staying “further implementation of the judgement till a decision on the review petition is taken”.The apex court is likely to take up Sharif’s review petition early next month after judges return from vacation.Sharif has expressed serious concerns on the NAB investigation, saying it was unprecedented for a Supreme Court judge to supervise NAB proceedings against him and his family members to get a “desired result”.”Sharif has also been advised by some of his party members to boycott the NAB investigations. He would not get any relief as it has already been decided to grill him,” the PML-N leader said on the condition of anonymity.The NAB said it will issue second summons to the Sharifs if they do not join the investigation after the first summons.The third and final summons will be issued next month if there is no compliance even after the second summons, it said.Sharif, his sons, daughter Maryam, son-in-law Safdar and relatives Ishaq Dar and Tariq Shafi – face several cases, including over the Al-Azizia Steel Mills, the Hill Metal Establishment and Hudabiya Papers Mills.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) today demanded that the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 should withdraw the bill or at least exempt Mizoram from the purview of the proposed amendment. In a memorandum submitted to Satyapal Singh, Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the ZNP claimed that the bill, if passed by Parliament would create demographic disaster for small indigenous people like the Mizos inhabiting small state and sharing borders with foreign countries. “The bill, if passed, will open a flood-gate of communal turmoil in Mizoram which is limping back to normalcy after two decades of insurgency,” the party said, adding that the bill is nothing but “regularisation” of thousands of the present illegal migrants as well as an “open invitation” to a much more Bangladeshis to come to Mizoram. The memorandum, signed by ZNP chief and former Lok Sabha member Lalduhoma alleged that the bill, though could be inferred as drafted with humanitarianism, many displaced and persecuted communities like the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar and Uyghur Muslims of China have been left out. “Humanitarianism cannot be equated as a cause which in turn poses a potential assimilation to the native inhabitants of Mizoram and other North East States,” it said. The ZNP claimed that the bill, if passed would regularise thousands of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, mainly Chakma community, residing in the state illegally.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Odisha government seeking cooperation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for promoting organic farming and other activities, the UN body today formed a joint committee to identify specific areas of collaboration between the two. The joint committee was formed under chairmanship of Satya S Tripahy, senior advisor of the 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Joint Committee would give a formal shape to the possible collaboration and would carry forward the negotiations between UNEP and Odisha government. From the state government side, it was decided to constitute the team under chairmanship of Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan with Principal Secretary Agriculture Monoj Ahuja and Principal Secretary Finance Tuhin Kanta Pandy as members. This was decided at a meeting between the UNEP team and the state government officials under chairmanship of chief secretary A P Padhi. A ten member delegation team of UNEP led by its Executive Director, Erik Solheim held elaborate discussions with senior officers of the state government on possible areas of collaboration. Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sought the UNEP’s cooperation for resource conservation, reduce impact of climate change and promote organic farming in the state. The state government officials and the UNEP team members discussed on achieving sustainable development through application of green technology, scaling up of solar energy, organic farming, and traditional agricultural potential. The traditional horticultural products of Odisha like turmeric, ginger, and maize also figured in the discussion. The agriculture department mentioned that this year organic farming of millets has been introduced among 14,000 farmers in the State. “The experience of maize cultivation in Odisha under green revolution initiatives was shared in the meeting. It was pointed out that maize alone had around Rs 1000 crore of market worth,” said agriculture secretary Manoj Ahuja. Chief Secretary Padhi emphasised upon creating appropriate marketing mechanism for farmers so that they would take interest in production of the defined food grains and millets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The VHP today attacked outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari over his comment that there was a sense of insecurity among Muslims, and accused him of following the path of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. “With his remarks that Muslims feel insecure in the country, Ansari has insulted the post of the Vice President, the government and the entire Hindu community,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said here. He alleged that Ansari made the statement to set his “political agenda”. “It is unfortunate that Ansari followed Jinnah rather than adopting the paths of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and freedom fighter Maulana Azad,” Jain said. “By making such statements it seems, like Jinnah, Ansari also wants to push country towards another partition,” the VHP leader added. Ansari, whose second five-year term as the vice president ends today, has said in an interview that there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country, claiming that the “ambience of acceptance” is now under threat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A two-day Pineapple Fest 2017 got underway at the Agri Expo Site 4th Mile Dimapur here on Tuesday under the theme, “Naga Pineapple- Subsistence to Enterprise”. Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh Governor P.B. Acharya was the chief guest and Nagaland Minister of Horticulture (DB and GB), Kejong Chang was the guest of honour. Addressing the inaugural programme P.B. Acharya reminded that the ultimate goal of organizing such fest would be meaningful only if ideas could be worked out and put into action to take Nagaland pineapple production to a higher level. He impressed upon the gathering on the importance of showcasing, marketing and preserving Nagaland pineapples while also mentioning about the sweetness of its taste and also mooted the idea of constituting a committee within three months on PPP mode, comprising of Secretary (Horticulture) and members from Horticulture Department along with farmers to make a team and to find out possibilities for market linkages, value addition and processing. The governor accompanied by his lady wife inaugurated the pineapple stalls put up by 11 districts of Nagaland. Minister Chang in his brief address lauded the farmers for showcasing their products and encouraged them to take Nagaland pineapples to the national level. “The sweetest pineapple found in India is from Nagaland because the soil is conducive and it is organic,” he maintained. Joint Director, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Center, Medziphema, Dr. D.J.Rajkhowa presented a brief note on Naga pineapple. He informed that presently Nagaland produces six tons per hectare as compared to Assam which produces 15 tons per hectare. He observed that the soil and climate conditions in Nagaland are very favourable and said that the state has tremendous potentials for enhancing productivity. Joint Director, Horticulture, Dr.Elithung Lotha delivered the key note address. Pineapple farmers from all districts of Nagaland participated in the festival.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been an increase of over 3,000 students who got admission to IITs, NITs, and IIITs in the year 2017 as compared to the previous year and the HRD Ministry claims that this is due to the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JOSAA) that the ministry had set up this year to regulate admissions to these institutes.As per the data released by the ministry, in the year 2017, 34,929 students took admission in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in the year 2017, on a capacity of 36,208 seats in these institutions. This is around 3,000 more than that of last year, when 31,700 students got admission.The ministry claims that this is because of the Joint Seat Allocation Authority. It was set up by the MHRD to manage and regulate the joint seat allocation for admissions to 97 institutes for the academic year 2017-18. This includes 23 IITs, 31 NITs, 23 IIITs, and 20 Other-Government Funded Technical Institutes (Other-GFTIs).Admission to all the academic programmess offered by these institutes were made through a single platform.Among all the institutes, maximum increase was observed in admission to NITs. While last year 1,518 seats remained vacant, this year only 187 seats were vacant.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Coast Guard Ship Samudra Pavak intercepted and apprehended a Merchant Vessel carrying approximately 1,500 kilos of heroine valued at about 3500 Crore off the coast of Gujarat. Based on intelligence inputs, the vessel was intercepted at around 12: 00 hrs on 29 Jul 2017. This is the largest single haul of narcotics seized till date. Joint investigation of the vessel by the ICG, IB, Police, Customs, Navy and other agencies is currently underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today warned Arvind Kejriwal against asking any “offensive and scandalous” questions to Arun Jaitley in the defamation cases by the Union finance minister and imposed Rs 10,000 as costs on him for not filing a reply in one of them. The objectionable remarks were made during the cross- examination of Jaitley by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who had represented Kejriwal. Justice Manmohan held that such remarks were indecent, scandalous and abusive and sought an undertaking from senior counsel Anoop George Chaudhari, appearing for the chief minister, that no objectionable and offensive questions would be put to Jaitley during the cross-examination on August 28. After objectionable remarks were made by Jethmalani, who had claimed that he had instruction from Kejriwal, another defamation suit was filed by Jaitley which was listed before Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta. The joint registrar took a strong view of Kejriwal not filing his reply to the second lawsuit and imposed Rs 10,000 as costs on him and posted the matter to September four. The case before the joint registrar had come after the hearing before Justice Manmohan, who said, “I have never seen such scandalous words being used in any suit and it is uncalled for. “This is not the way to conduct the cross-examination, they have to control themselves,” the judge said. “You have used some words… Do these fall under free speech? Are you aware that these are unparliamentary words?” the judge said, asking Kejriwal’s counsel Chaudhari to maintain decorum. “No person who has invoked the jurisdiction of this court can be subjected to offensive, scandalous and/or abusive language in the garb of cross-examination,” the judge said. Justice Manmohan said the statement and the assurance given by the senior counsel for Kejriwal “is accepted by this court and the chief minister is held bound by the same.” The judge said that if the assurance furnished was breached, the aggrieved party would be given liberty to approach the court. The court also said it was of the view that liberty of free expression could not be confused with the licence to make “unfounded, unwarranted and irresponsible aspersions”. Observing that such words were prohibited under the Evidence Act, the court said if there was even an “iota” of scandalous questions in future cross-examination, it would transfer the case from the joint registrar to a bench of the high court. “However, as Kejriwal has now filed a reply accompanied by an affidavit stating that he had not instructed his senior counsel to use words like…, this court (with consent of senior counsel for Kejriwal) declares the said questions/ expressions… against the plaintiff (Jaitley) as indecent and scandalous in accordance with Section 151 of the Act,” Justice Manmohan said in his order. During the proceedings, Chaudhari said, “No scandalous questions would be put at all and the questions would be in the ambit of the Evidence Act only.” He submitted that Kejriwal has already filed his response that he had never instructed Jethmalani to use any scandalous or abusive word against the Union minister. The court took notice of Chaudhari’s statement and observed, “You (Kejriwal) are disowning him (Jethmalani), but your counsel made the remarks.” “All of you will have to help in the conduct of the cross-examination of the Union minister in a dignified manner,” it said, adding that the problem was that because of the personalities involved, it was answerable to the public. “We have to deal with the public. If we cannot control the constitutional authorities like you, the public will come and say you allow them to make such statements. We have to curb it with a heavy hand,” it said. It, however, refrained from passing any order against Kejriwal after noting his earlier submission that he had not instructed Jethmalani to use any objectionable remark against Jaitley. Senior counsel Rajiv Nayar, Sandeep Sethi and Manik Dogra, appearing for Jaitley, insisted on an affidavit from Jethmalani, saying one of them was “lying or making a wrong statement”. “My client (Jaitley) was insulted (during cross- examination), now both of them deny it. In every hearing would I be subjected to humiliation? There has to be some mechanism,” said Nayar, asking that action be taken by the Bar Council of India (BCI) against Jethmalani as Kejriwal has filed an affidavit saying he did not ask him to use objectionable words against Jaitley. The court, however, was of the view that it would not interfere as Jaitley has already initiated a second defamation suit on this issue. It deferred the cross-examination of Jaitley from July 28 to August 28 as Kejriwal’s counsel sought time to go through the file which he received recently. It also said that on the day of the cross-examination, only the counsel connected to the case would be allowed to enter the joint registrar’s room. The court also directed the joint registrar to expedite the recording of evidence in the civil defamation suit and disposed of the application filed by Jaitley in this regard. Jaitley had filed an application to expedite the recording of evidence in an orderly and fair manner in the first Rs 10-crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders for allegations of corruption made by them against him. The application for expeditious hearing said that “numerous irrelevant and scandalous questions have been asked during the cross-examination” of the Union minister and that “abusive and defamatory statements have been made” on the instruction of Kejriwal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police today launched a website of its cyber cell with an aim to warn the citizens about various fraudulent activities in the virtual world and guide them on how to file complaints related to such crimes. Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, who launched the website, underlined the need for all the stakeholders, including the police, media and schools, to come together in the fight against this “growing menace”. He said cyber crimes could even affect the victim psychologically in some cases. The website would educate the people on how to guard themselves against at least “13-14 kinds” of cyber crimes, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) Arun Kampani. “It also specifies the documents one has to submit while filing a complaint. We are also training our investigators on how to detect such crimes and go about the probe,” he added. Over 800 Delhi Police personnel had already been trained in this regard, said Kampani, adding that Delhi Police received around 750 cyber crime complaints annually. The launch of the website was preceded by a seminar, where computer teachers in schools were made aware about the threats posed to kids online and how they could help them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Life for 37-year-old Abdullah Marwan changed four months ago when he got caught in an exchange of fire in Yemen, leaving him with a deep wound on his right arm. Apart from the unbearable physical pain, what troubled him more was the mental pressure of not being able to perform basic tasks.”I had sustained an open fracture of the right humerus with significant bone loss, nerve injury and a massive wound over the right arm. Because of the injury to the nerves, it was difficult to lift my wrist or move my fingers. Most of the time, I felt handicapped and my confidence had really gone down,” said Abdullah.Doctors in Yemen were unable to completely treat him and for nearly four months, the wounds were only managed through wound debridement (wound cleaning) and regular dressings.After many such repeated unsuccessful treatments, Abdullah and his family researched about getting the right treatment and then came to India. After a thorough examination, doctors in Delhi diagnosed a severely comminuted fracture, also commonly known as multiple bone splinters of the right humerus with massive bone loss due to the firearm pellets.”He came to us with a severely disabled arm. His right arm was immobile and it was difficult for him to even perform basic daily tasks. It didn’t help much that the wound was four months old, and had not received adequate medical treatment in the past,” said Dr Ramneek Mahajan, Director of Orthopaedics & Head – Joint reconstruction (Hip & Knee) Unit, Max Smart Super Speciality hospital, Saket.Abdullah was discharged with a renewed confidence in being able to carry out his daily routines.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pentagon has encouraged India and China to engage in a direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects”.”We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects,” said Gary Ross, a Defence Department spokesman.Over the past week, the US State Department too have been making similar statements, but Pentagon has sought direct dialogue between India and China on reducing tension “free of any coercive aspects”.Notably, in recent past few years, almost all the Chinese neighbours have been accusing Beijing of coercive tactics to settle border disputes.The month-long India-China border standoff in the Sikkim sector is seen as part of same Chinese coercive tactics to change the status quo. India has taken a strong stand against such a Chinese move.National Security Advisor Ajit Doval heads to Beijing to attend a meeting of BRICS later this month. During his visit, Doval is expected to talk with his Chinese counterpart on this issue.Responding to questions, the Pentagon refused to take sides on the issue.”We refer you to the Governments of India and China for further information. We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions. We are not going to speculate on such matters,” Ross said when asked if the Pentagon fears escalation of tension between India and China.Early this week, a top Pentagon Commander told lawmakers that China is exploiting its economic leverage as a way to its regional political objectives.”The Chinese have shown their willingness to exploit their economic leverage as a way to advance their regional political objectives. As China’s military modernisation continues, the United States and its allies and partners will continue to be challenged to balance China’s influence,” General Paul Selva, USAF, said in written response to questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nominee for reconfirmation as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Selva said deterring war is an exercise in influencing China’s decision calculus, making diplomacy preferable to conflict and managing crises in such a manner that they do not unintentionally escalate.”To do this, the Joint Force will engage with the Chinese military within Congressionally mandated limits, build alliance capacity through close cooperation, and uphold international law through appropriate operations,” he said in written response to the questions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana IAS officer and Chairman Public Enterprises Selection Board Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the Secretary to the new President.Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, was on Thursday elected as the new head of state to succeed incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, who completes his five-year term on Monday.According to an order issued on Friday night, Gujarat cadre IAS and state Resident Commissioner in Delhi Bharat Lal will be Joint Secretary in Rashtrapati Bhawan.Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been appointed as Press Secretary to the new President.The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment to the post for the initial period of two years.NDA candidate Kovind defeated the joint opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, garnering more than 65% of the votes in the electoral college.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In all the universities and colleges of the state, there will be direct elections for four posts of the student wing, which includes President, Vice President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary, informed Kiran Maheshwari, Rajasthan education minister, while issuing the guidelines for conducting elections this year.Maheshwari further instructed that students will only be elected for the post of class representatives at different educational departments, hence, removing the tradition of election of four posts at departmental level. In addition to this, the head of the concerned department will nominate a committee for the respected branch on the basis of merit.It is also to be noted that students studying for research programs like M Phil, Ph D will only be able to contest the election for the position of Research Representative and only research students can vote for this position. Also, first year students can only stand for the position of class representative and not other posts.The maximum age of contesting for all posts will be 25 years and for research students it will be 28 years. All the contesting candidates will be able to setup their camp office with the permission of the university or college administration only. Election campaigning outside the premises is strictly prohibited. “The department will also send a proposal to the Election Commission to provide EVM machine for fairness in the student body elections,” Maheshwari said.Student Welfare Department and university Election Commission will be responsible for conducting procedure of electing student council peacefully. Maheshwari has also instructed that the university as well as the college administration along with the student union has to ensure that the chairman, with due permission, will inaugurate the student union before the end of one month from the date of election.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India could be America s one of the strongest and most dependable military partners in the Asia-Pacific region over the coming years, a top Congressional Committee said today. “Bolstering and strengthening the relationship, and encouraging enhanced engagement by India in the Asia-Pacific region should be a top priority of the Defence Department,” the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee said. The committee strongly supported an enhanced defence relationship between the US and India. “Over the coming years, India could be one of our strongest and most dependable military partners in the region,” the Senate Committee said as it posed a set of questions to General Paul Selva. The Senate panel is considering Selva’s nomination for a second term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Responding to the committee’s questions, Selva said, “The US-India military relationship is strong and getting stronger. Our two countries cooperate through complex exercises as well as robust engagement through defence trade and technology cooperation.” When asked about his recommendations for bolstering the overall defence relationship between the two countries, Selva said the US and India should continue to expand cooperation in areas of mutual interest like maritime security in the Asia- Pacific and the Indian Ocean region. “We should also continue to strengthen our defence relationship with India by pursuing opportunities to co- develop and co-produce defence technology that is in the interests of both countries under the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative,” Selva said. Responding to a question on Pakistan, Selva said the US need to continue mil-to-mil cooperation with Pakistan in order to improve the latter’s capacity to combat terrorist organisations, while working with it on ways to enhance security along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and help bring stability in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Forces that are holding the Valley hostage and spreading fear need to be confronted head on to realise the dream of a khushhaal Jammu and Kashmir,” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a hardening of stand after Monday’s terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.Her remarks on Thursday came as separatists called for ending bloodshed. Mehbooba invoked the memory of 21 Kashmiris, killed during the 1931 uprising, to call people to fight those spreading fear.There has been nationwide outrage after the Amarnath attack. The Centre is likely to address the Opposition today about the attack.”The best way to remember the sacrifices of these martyrs is that the people of the state work together in strengthening the democratic, secular and tolerant system set up after struggles by our forefathers,” Mehbooba said.The 21 Kashmiris were killed by the army of Maharaja Hari Singh when J&K was a princely state. July 13 is the only day when both the ruling and the separatist groups are “on the same page”. While mainstream parties believe the martyrs’s mission was achieved when the monarchy ended, separatists claim that the struggle continues since Kashmir remains an unresolved issue.Mehbooba hoped that the clouds of uncertainty and violence would soon give way to reconciliation, peace and mutual trust. “It was satisfying that the people of the state, cutting across ideological divides, were unequivocal in condemning the dastardly act of violence against the Amarnath Yatris. We have sent a message to the entire world that Kashmiriyat is alive. And people will not tolerate anything that is against the ethos of Kashmiriyat,” she said.Earlier, the separatists called for an end to bloodshed, apparently realising that growing radicalisation is turning some Kashmiri youths towards a fight for “Caliphate and Shari’a”.”Bloodshed on all sides is uncalled for, unfortunate and painful… and should stop… that can happen only when the reality of Kashmir is accepted, and the ways and means of resolving the dispute are addressed by the Indian State,” said the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We know you the Traffic Department cannot eradicate it corruption, but at least control it,” the Bombay High Court told the Traffic Police on Wednesday, reprimanding them for causing discomfort to motorists. A division bench of Justice R M Sawant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a criminal public interest litigation filed by police constable Sunil Toke, who alleged large scale corruption in the Traffic Department. “Try to win back the citizen’s confidence,” the bench said.”You traffic policemen stand somewhere in the corner and if the motorist in a city like Mumbai, who drives under so much tension, changes lines, you fine him for lane-cutting.” The court also asked the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) to file a reply enumerating the steps taken to curb the alleged corruption within three weeks.Toke’s petition claimed that two havaldaars are designated as ‘cashiers’ in each traffic police division. Their ‘job’, allegedly, is to collect bribes from car showrooms, restaurants, malls and other business establishments. It further says that each team has a daily target of registering five to 10 cases of drunken driving cases. However, they hold 40 to 50 such persons, who are allowed to go without persecution but with some alleged greasing of palms.The Anti-corruption Bureau, had earlier filed an affidavit in the court, terming all claims as false. “The petitioner has made this allegation while being in service; it needs to be properly probed,” responded the bench. “Your report seems to be an eyewash. You want us to believe that is Ramrajya on paper, but the reality is different.”In his petition filed through advocates Pradeep Havnur and Datta Mane, Toke sought directions from the court to register an FIR against a list of corrupt policemen. He also sought for the court to direct the Director General of Police, Police Commissioner and Joint Commissioner (Traffic) to initiate a departmental inquiry against them.Public Prosecutor Prajakta Shinde agreed to file a detailed reply from the concerned authority within two weeks.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A two-day police conference that saw the participation of police and paramilitary chiefs from the northeastern states and the Centre in Assam?s Khanapara area focused on infiltration and border related issues in the north eastern region. The convention was the 24th police conference of the North Eastern police officials. They discussed work and ways along the lines of Interpol, in order to keep track of militancy and criminal activities, while respecting the inter-state boundaries. The meet was organized by the Intelligence Bureau and was hosted by Assam police at Assam Administrative Staff College. The Director General of Police (DGP) Assam Mukesh Sahay said that the north eastern region is facing problems like militancy, syndicated, organized crimes, trafficking cyber crimes etc. The DGP asserted that the main motto of the conference is to deal together on these issues, keeping in mind the sanctity of the state police and its boundaries. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was the chief guest of the event, said that in a region like northeast India, inhabited by diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious groups, it is the police forces which provide a sense of confidence to the people and allay their fears over security. The chief minister thanked the Intelligence Bureau for bringing all the north eastern states together for fighting against militancy. He even saluted all the martyrs who laid their lives for the nation. Joint Secretary, Northeast (MHA) Satyendra Garg along with other dignitaries graced the conference and held talks. During the conference, Assam government also advocated setting up of a Northeast Police Force for better coordination to tackle crime in the region. The joint force has also been proposed for a better security mechanism at inter-state borders for reducing crimes like arms and drugs trafficking and insurgent movements. It was suggested that police forces must come together with better ideas and access to work seamlessly across the interstate borders to tackle problems like trafficking, drugs, online frauds more efficiently despite the existing challenges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old auto driver has been arrested for allegedly molesting and beating a 20-year-old woman near the railway station here, police said today. According to PI S S Avhad of Thane Nagar police station, the incident took place last night around 8 pm. The woman was standing near the station to cross a busy road when the accused identified as Sikandar Sheikh made some obscene gestures towards her. When she objected and raised an alarm, the driver verbally abused her following which the woman slapped him, the police official said. Enraged, the accused allegedly roughed up the woman, he said. Sheikh was arrested under sections 354 (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (A)(sexual harassment), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, the official said. Last month, a 23-year-old woman was allegedly molested by a male co-passenger in a share auto rickshaw and later thrown out of the vehicle in the city. Thane Joint Commissioner of Police Madhukar Pandey had recently made it mandatory for auto rickshaws to display their details as well as that of the vehicle at the back of the driver seats. However, the orders are yet to be implemented, police sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh and the Delhi Police officials today reviewed the arrangements for annual month-long Kanwad yatra. Top police officials of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi exchanged their views on the preparations of Yatra, during which it was decided that joint raids should be carried out on drug mafias operating in Trans-Yamuna and Ghaziabad areas, official sources said. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri on July 21, lakhs of devotees are likely to pay obeisance by Jal Abhishek on Shiv Linga in the temples of their respective areas. City Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said that from UP, Inspector General (Meerut Zone) Ram Kumar and from Delhi, Joint Commissioner Ravinder Yadav held the meeting here at police lines. “The main focus was traffic and security of pilgrims till Maha Shiv Ratri,” he added. Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh emphasised on joint police raids on drug mafias operating in Trans Yamuna and Ghaziabad. Joint checking and patrolling on UP-Delhi borders, also verification of auto drivers will be done. The officials also decided to share the databases of criminals and exchange routine informations about gangs active in both the states. They also decided that calls being made on emergency number 100 from bordering colonies usually land in Delhi and UP, in such cases police of both the sates will coordinate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities announced on Monday that they have imposed the new tax regime, Goods and Services Tax (GST), on the renting out of its guesthouses.The university charges Rs 1,000-5,000 as rent for its three guesthouses — Aravali, Aravali International, and Gomti. According to a circular issued by the university, there will be no GST on renting of guesthouses, campus sites, or other commercial places meant for residential or lodging purposes with less than Rs 1,000 per room per day tariff.”A GST of 12 per cent will be imposed on tariffs ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 per day, while those between Rs 2,500 and Rs 5,000 will attract 18 per cent GST,” Shankar Dhar, Joint Registrar (Finance), stated in the circular.”The highest GST slab of 28 per cent will be levied when the rents are above Rs 5,000,” he added.Besides, 18 per cent GST will be levied on usage of equipment in Advanced Instrumentation Research Facility, rent on shops and establishments, and use of convention centre, cafeteria, and community centre.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the Centre prepares to roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) with a pomp and circumstance at midnight on Friday, several traders’ association in West Bengal called a strike across the state in opposition to the GST implementation.In Burrabazar area of Kolkata alone, the biggest business hub of the state, more than 5,000 shops had been shut down since June 27. “We had announced a 72-hour bandh on June 27 and later extended it to 96 hours. It has ended today. There was no GST on textiles since Independence and all of a sudden it has been imposed. We are demanding that it should be abolished. About 50,000 shops in Kolkata and adjoining areas and 5 lakh shops across the state had been kept shut in support of the bandh. Let us see what the next GST council meeting says and we will decide our course of action after that,” said Arun Bhuwalka, President, Chamber of Textile Trade and Industry (COTTI).Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, once again, in her Facebook post criticised the GST implementation hours before the official GST roll out. “At the stroke of midnight on 14th August, 1947, India won her freedom. Now, at the midnight of 30th June, 2017, freedom and democracy stand to face grave danger (sic),” she wrote.”The mockery of Inspector Raj is back. I am shocked to find that the GST rules contain a rather draconian arrest clause which can lead to major harassment of business, particularly the small and medium, with some sections even being non-bailable too,” the post read.She expressed her apprehension that people who would disagree with the central government would be vindictively targeted. “I am deeply concerned that the arrest clause in GST may well be used to target business leaders who raise their voice of dissent on any policy matter or any practices. I am afraid, from the midnight of today, will darkness loom large in the lives of entrepreneurs and common people?” she added.Others like members of Joint Trader’s Federation of West Bengal said that there should be a simplification of the GST. “We demand some modifications such as raising of threshold limit from the proposed Rs 20 lakh to Rs 1 crore, abolition of GST from textile and branded food grain and to penal provision in case of non-compliance,” said Rajiv Singh, Secretary of the federation.Chandan Chakraborty, working president, Posta Bazar Babsayee Samity, too, echoed similar emotions. “We apprehend that if not checked we will fall prey to Inspector Raj again. In Malaysia businessmen were trained for three years and in consultation with them the rate of tax fixed was 6 per cent. We have 28 per cent thrust upon us. We also demand that returns should be filed quarterly and not the proposed monthly basis,” Chakraborty said.Dr TCA Anant, chief Statistician of India and secretary, Union ministry of statistics and programme implementation while addressing a special discussion session organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Friday said with the implementation of GST business houses would have to incur a one-time transition cost. “Transitionally, at least in the first year, businesses will obviously have to invest a great deal in transition cost because they will have to develop new structures of filing, invest in the new software which will be required,” he said. He also lauded GST saying that it would be a much more mature than the tax data bases of the state and the centre. “Your GST credit is linked to your suppliers who have filed their returns. The database inherently captures in it the transactional framework. Its implication for GDP measurement is huge,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A parliamentary panel has arrived at a consensus on a bill to accord constitutional status to the National Backward Classes Commission (NCBC), paving the way for its likely passage in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session beginning next month.The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in April, was referred to the Rajya Sabha’s Select Committee after the opposition parties blocked its passage in the Upper House. Consensus has been arrived at among the members of the committee with the MPs of all the parties agreeing on according constitutional status to the commission, said one of them. NCBC is currently a statutory body under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.The member further said the panel, led by BJP MP Bhupender Yadav, will submit its report in the first week of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is likely to commence on July 17. The 25-member Rajya Sabha Select Committee includes seniors like Sharad Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, Satish Misra and Praful Patel. Yadav has, in the past also, successfully convinced all the parties to agree on many controversial legislations, including the GST Bill, the Mines and Minerals Bill and the Enemy Property Bill. The BJP general secretary was also the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu seeking a postponement of the evacuation of the General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) colony in Sarojini Nagar till the flats at Kidwai Nagar were ready. The AAP supremo said he had received representations from the Joint Federation of Residents’ Welfare Associations of Sarojini Nagar, seeking a postponement of the evacuation. He added that though the Directorate of Estates had evacuated five government colonies — at Kidwai Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Mohammadpur and Sriniwaspuri — new flats for government employees were yet to come up. A large number of these residents had shifted to Sarojini Nagar from these colonies and within a couple of years, they were again being asked to vacate the flats, said Kejriwal. “Further, notices are being issued at this stage, which would adversely affect the education of the children as they would not get admission in schools,” he wrote in the letter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Drives down the iconic Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSL) might just become faster. Following several requests from citizens for the speed limit at the BWSL to be increased, the Mumbai Traffic Police (MTP) is carrying out a feasibility survey, and if the result is positive, there could soon be revised speed limit for the sea link.According to sources in the MTP, the department has been receiving several demands and complaints, through various channels, from citizens and delegations seeking changes in the speed restrictions for the BWSL, especially Bandra residents, who have been pushing for a revision in the speed limit.“While entering the sea link from Bandra at the ingress stretch, the speed limit is 50 kmph which should be revised to 70 kmph. The speed limit at the straight pathway at the sea link is 80 kmph, which citizens want upped to anywhere between 100 kmph-120 kmph. The speed limit for the egress stretch is 50 kmph, which citizens want revised to 60 kmph,” said a traffic police source.The existing speed limits were laid down after considering the curve at the ingress stretch and other factors, the source said.“A survey is being conducted following requests and demands from citizens. If required, we will increase the speed limit if it is in public interest,” Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, told DNA.He added that before coming to any conclusion, safety concerns will be considered to ensure there are no accidents on the BWSL due to changes in speed restrictions. “We will also discuss it with the MSRDC and concerned agencies, and then take a call,” Kumar said.Around a month earlier, a delegation of citizens had also approached the traffic police with a demand that two-wheelers should be allowed to ply on the JJ flyover.“A survey was conducted and an inquiry done by a DCP rank officer of the traffic branch, and it was reasserted that it would not be proper to allow two-wheelers to ply on the JJ flyover,” said another officer.The traffic police had banned two-wheelers on the JJ flyover in 2010 to ensure road safety after a steady increase in fatal accidents on the flyover.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Debaditya Pramanik stole the show in the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) 2017, becoming West Bengal topper and the zonal topper. Debaditya has scored 315 out of 366 marks. He notched up the All India Rank of 38 in the JEE Advanced 2017. “Making it to the IIT remains my dream since childhood,” a thrilled Debaditya told reporters later. A student of Birla High School, Pramanik had also secured the first position in the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) this year and became the topper from West Bengal in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12. Sarvesh Mehtani from Panchkula secured the All India Rank of 1 in the JEE (Advanced), which is held for admission to all the 23 IITs and the Indian School of Mines (ISM).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Poultry industry in Meghalaya has recently witnessed a boom. Due to the deficiency of poultry products in the state, many people have now taken up poultry farming as backyard farming, rearing the poultry to meet the family demands as well as for commercial business. BK Mawthoh, Joint Director, Animal husbandry and veterinary department, Meghalaya, said, ?We need the help of the rural and small farmers to help us increase in the egg production. That?s why we stressed maximum on backyard poultry farming where every farmer of the village can rear 15-20 birds in their backyard.? He said the department has introduced low input birds, especially broilers. The farmers are now being pushed towards backyard poultry farming to increase the egg production. ?Our emphasis will be on how to increase egg production in the state to avoid importing poultry products from other states?, he added. The livestock mission also aims at improving the livelihood of the farmers. The farmers are being trained on rearing the layer, broiler and turkey poultry as well as on hatching program. Domestic birds of many kinds, like chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are reared because of the eggs and tender meat. According to the state officials, there is sufficient amount of chicken meat but the sector lacks behind in production of eggs as the per capita income.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Jet Airways pilots were today questioned by the Delhi police after aviation regulator DGCA filed a complaint alleging that they had put up obscene posts on a WhatsApp group. They were questioned at the Lodhi Colony police station. “The pilots have been called in for questioning on the basis of a complaint by the DGCA. They have been called in for an inquiry,” a senior police official said. The pilots were in the capital after they were directed by the DGCA to appear before it today, after its Joint Director General took offence at not being addressed with the correct designation in a letter written by them to him. Sources said the DGCA official suspended the ten pilots from flying duties and asked the airline to check their “mental alertness” since “they could not even quote a designation properly”. There was no immediate comment from Jet Airways and the DGCA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police claimed to have busted a transfers and postings racket concerning senior officials by arresting four persons, including a personal assistant of a former minister, from a plush hotel near city airport. The accused were arrested after a raid at a five star hotel near Mumbai airport last night, said police. Besides, the personal assistant of minister of state for Home, the others arrested include Kishor Mali, who is the kingpin of this racket and two others hailing from Pune and Delhi, said police. Mali, who hails from Solapur is politically connected, police claimed. “We have arrested four persons for running a postings and transfers racket concerning senior government officials. It includes PA of former minister of state Home,” Sanjay Saxena, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu minister Udumalai Radhakrishnan on Thursday said court cases act as a drawback, which caused a delay in taking action in T Nagar building (Silks building) complaints.It comes in the backdrop of massive fire which engulfed Silks Building on Wednesday. Earlier on Thursday, the building started collapsing after the fire fighters found it hard to douse the flames for more than 24 hours. Heavy plumes of smoke have engulfed the area. The fourth to seventh floor of the building collapsed at midnight.At present, 60 fire tenders are currently at the spot. However, there have been no casualties reported. Joint Director (Fire) Sahul Hamid is also present at the spot. Emergency phone lines 104 and 108 can be used for assistance.
ALSO READ Chennai textile showroom fire ‘largely put out’, scrutiny on to bring down buildingAmbulances have been made available for nearby residents who have respiratory difficulties. As many as seven ambulances are currently at the spot with oxygen services. Precautionary measures are being taken to douse the flame.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Germany “are made for each other,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday. The two countries signed 12 MoUs, which also included a commitment to spend 1 billion euros (about Rs 7,120 crore) in the areas of development cooperation for 2017.Merkel said that India has proved to be a reliable partner and both countries have been able to deepen cooperation. The MoUs/agreements are related to the fields of cyber policy, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, continued development of cluster managers, skill development, digitalisation, railway security and vocational training.Earlier, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome with military honours at the Chancellery, the office of the German Chancellor, where he was greeted by Merkel and senior German officials. The two leaders then headed for the fourth India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) Plenary session, the focal point of Modi’s two-day visit to Germany.The Prime Minister is on a six-day-long four-nation tour that will also take him to Spain, Russia and France. During his talks with Merkel, Modi was assisted by Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.Without naming China and South China Sea, the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting underlined the importance of freedom of navigation in international waters, the right of passage and other maritime rights and obligations in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and other principles of international law.Recently Germany was represented by its economy and energy minister at the One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) summit in Beijing, which was boycotted by India. India’s Ambassador to Germany Mukta Dutta Tomar said the issue featured during the talks, when the Chancellor explained German participation. “India reiterated its stand against the initiative,” she said.Germany is the largest trade partner for India in the European Union (EU) and one of the leading sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. There are more than 1,600 German companies and 600 German joint ventures in India.Highlighting that this is Modi’s second bilateral visit to Germany since 2015, Tomar said that the ease of doing business in India and the fast-track mechanism set up in 2015 to assist German businesses work in India received appreciation from the German side. “In fact, there has been foreign direct investment of $2 billion (from Germany) in the past two years. The figures speak for themselves,” she said.”The consequences of Brexit (the UK’s exit from the European Union) and how it would affect India and Germany were covered by the two leaders,” Tomar said, adding that the prime minister reiterated the utmost value that India attaches to the EU’s cohesiveness, which is a major factor of stability in global politics. Peace in Afghanistan and the importance of the “Afghan-led and owned reconciliation and development process” was touched upon, with the Prime Minister expressing appreciation over the German presence in Afghanistan and calling for a consolidation of efforts in the country, Tomar said.Both countries also vowed to take strong measures against those who encourage, support and finance terrorism. The two leaders underlined their common concern about the threat and global reach of terrorism and extremism while condemning terrorist violence in all its forms and manifestations, the joint statement said. They also called for finalisation and adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, the joint statement said.Modi also called for European Union (EU) unity and said India would play a positive role in enhancing that through Germany.”EU unity, proactiveness and strong relations with other countries is extremely important for global development. We want the EU to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany,” Modi said. Germany also backed India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The two sides also vowed to strengthen the bilateral cyber relationship as laid out in the Joint Declaration of Intent on German-Indian Cooperation on Cyber Policy.Pacts inked, PM pushes for green causeMOUs/agreements are related to cyber policy, development initiatives, sustainable urban development, and vocational training among others.
It would be an “immoral and criminal act” to spoil the environment for future generations, PM Modi said and underlined the need to protect nature.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic police personnel in the city are being provided with cooling vests to cope with the prevailing intense heat. To begin with, 200 such cooling jackets were distributed to traffic cops at an event here today. After examining their efficacy, all police personnel on road traffic duty will be provided with the gear, an official said. “This jacket helps in keeping body temperature 5-6 degrees Celsius lower than the ambient temperature for 3-5 hours, depending on the humidity in the environment,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) A Ravinder told reporters. “Keeping in mind the high temperature, we have procured 200 specially designed cooling vests for distribution among cops on traffic regulation. “After examining their efficacy, more such vests will be procured and given to personnel performing duty on roads. This will help them in carrying out their jobs easily, he said. A key feature of this product is that it keeps the wearer warm in winters, he said. The product has a wide range of health benefits such as maintaining normal body temperature in extreme heat conditions while neutralising the effects of outside core temperature, the police officer said. “It also keeps in check heart rate elevation, thermal and cardiovascular strain, decreases dehydration, enhances tolerance levels and decreases rate of exertion.” Reacting to a query on road accidents involving metro rail pillars, the officer said hazard mark reflective stickers will be pasted at different locations to avoid such mishaps. Besides over 3,000 signages with warning messages will be installed to avoid road mishaps, he said. Reacting to another query, Ravinder said chargesheets will be filed soon against traffic violators against whom a minimum of 10 challans are pending.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)