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Farmers stage protest for better groundnut prices

Farmers of Saurashtra, North Gujarat and Ahmedabad staged protests across various parts of state on Tuesday claiming that Gujarat government has stopped procurement of groundnut after elections.They say that BJP government had announced that it would procure groundnut at a price of Rs900 per 20 kg, while the market rate was about Rs600-650 per 20 kg. If farmers have to sell in open market, they would have to suffer losses, they say.Atul Shekhda, a leading farmer of Khedut Sangharsh Samiti of Junagadh district in Saurashtra submitted a memorandum to the office of a local Mamlatdar on Tuesday. “There is virtually no buying at the markets. Authorities complain that there are not enough sacks, so they are not able to buy. There is hardly any buying after voting ended in Gujarat,” he claimed.The protest was the most severe in Kalavad in Jamnagar district where farmers staged a road blockade. Their leader Ramdevsinh Jadeja said that farmers are returning empty handed from Haripar Sewa Sahkari Mandali as government’s buying of groundnut has stopped under one pretext or the other.”It is an endless wait for the farmers, who had registered with the government to sell groundnut at MSP. Local market authorities are buying out-of-turn from traders, but not farmers. The market price of groundnut now is in the range of Rs 600-650 and many traders have bought at this price from us. Now they are selling at MSP at the same markets but farmers, who have been waiting for months together, do not get the chance to sell their produce,” said Jadeja.Except for Surendranagar district in Saurasthra, all the other districts have witnessed groundnut buying coming to a grinding halt.”Local farmers have led the protests in respective areas. It is a matter of concern that the government is not living up to its promise,” said Sagar Rabari, Secretary of Khedut Samaj – Gujarat.RTI activist and founder of farmers’ organisation ‘Kranti’ Bharatsinh Jhala said that even MSPs do not meet the cost of cultivation of crops of farmers and the prices should be higher in order to ensure that farmers get remunerative price and food security of the country is not compromised.”We have suggested a price of Rs1,200 per 20 kg for groundnut, Rs1,600 per 20 kg for cotton, Rs 3,500 per 20 kg for jeera. Input cost and inflation factors should be considered while determining the farm prices. But this is not happening,” said Jhala.

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Mumbai cop turns thief, walks away with ammunition

In a major embarrassment to the Mumbai police, ammunition from the artillery of Local Arms (LA) Unit 3, was stolen on Saturday by a suspended police constable, allegedly with the help of four other on-duty constables from the unit. Fortunately, it was recovered within an hour.The process for the suspension of the four police constables has been initiated and a report is being prepared by a senior police officer, sources from the department told DNA.Sixty bullets were stolen from LA unit 3, situated at Worli police headquarters. All the ammunition and other items needed for police bandobast are kept in the storeroom of the unit. The four policemen were deployed there for security.According to sources, at around 8 pm on Saturday, the suspended constable was chatting with the four cops on duty. He suddenly picked up a belt of cartridges and walked away with it inside a carry bag.While he was going outside, a policeman spotted him and immediately informed senior officers.A wireless message was immediately sent to all policemen in the city to track him down and recover the cartridges and, a dog squad was also deployed. Within an hour, the constable was traced to Dadar and the ammunition was restored to the Worli unit.Though Dadar and Worli police were informed, no complaint was registered with them and neither did the Worli police initiate an FIR in the matter. “The ammunition was recovered safely, hence the senior police officers decided not to register an FIR,” said a police officer.”No offence has been registered yet,” said S Jaikumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region), adding, “But an inquiry has been initiated against the policemen. Soon, action will be taken against all of them. The on-duty policemen did not do follow their duty by acting swiftly.”A senior police officer confirmed that the four constables will be suspended.

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Time has come for country to be led by ‘khandaani person like Rahul Gandhi’: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Last week, Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla claimed that the election was rigged and said it was merely a 'selection' process.
On Gandhi's faith controversy, the Punjab's Local Bodies Minister said, 'God is within each of us as we are a secular community. It is the spirit of the Constitution that there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste, colour and creed.' ”

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Gujarat Election 2017: It’s weddings vs polls in Jamnagar district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 1,500 families in Jamnagar got letters from the local administration in the last two days. The Assembly polls have landed these families in a soup as the venues they had booked two to three months ago for events like weddings have been requisitioned. District administration and police have written to them saying they should make alternative arrangements for the events.The heads of families are now approaching the authorities or local political leaders to change their decision.Indravijay Jadeja, a groom who approached Congress leader Vikram Madam on Saturday, said, “We have distributed invitation cards and now the administration has sent us the letter. We are under pressure.” A senior officer in the local administration said, “We can understand sentiments of people, but we do not have options.”

Hockey’s golden girl returns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Member of Asia Cup winner Indian women Hockey team Sonika Tandi on Saturday reached her native village Galad to a grand welcome.Her mother was emotional as she embraced her daughter. Later, Sonika was taken in a procession in an open jeep around the village. Local MLA from Tara Nagar Jainarayan Punia, deputy zilla pramukh Surendra Swami and Olympian and secretary of Congress Krishna Punia was also present on this occasion.Harayana Police also gave her a grand reception. Panchayati Raj minister Rajendra Rathore congratulated Sonika over the phone. He said that everyone is proud of Sonika’s achievement.

Monkey problem getting out of hand: Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Local authorities may never be able to catch up with the problem of the growing number of monkeys as it has reached unimaginable proportions, the Delhi High Court said today.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar made the observation after the Delhi government informed it about a proposed action plan to curb the rising population of monkeys in the national capital.”You may never catch up as you cannot even imagine the proportion to which the problem has reached today,” it said.The court had on September 26 asked for an action plan to address the issues of rising numbers of monkey and dogs in the city as well as for rescuing peacocks.According to the action plan formulated by a committee set up by the high court, the most effective way to minimise the “monkey menace” is to sterilise the simians which were in the reproductive age limit.The plan proposes to identify one location in the jurisdiction of each civic body where monkeys are a menace and then carry out a census of their population.Thereafter, the local body would prepare the estimate of catching, sterilising and releasing the monkeys back to their area.Till the action plan comes into force, the current practice of catching the monkeys and releasing them in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary shall continue, the committee has said in the report filed through advocate Anuj Aggarwal.The mode of sterilisation is the method that the committee has favoured for addressing the issue of rising numbers of stray dogs in the national capital.It has, however, said the present infrastructure available with all the three municipal corporations for sterilisation and immunisation of stray dogs was inadequate and additional resources were required.For the rescue of injured peacocks, the committee has submitted in its report that the Department of Forests and Wildlife has sought approval of the Ridge Management Board and the Central Zoo Authority for development of a bird rescue centre at Rajokri in southwest Delhi.It has said the department should engage an NGO of repute to run the proposed rescue centre which is likely to be established within a year, where the facility for housing and medical care of the rescued birds shall be made available.The bench, thereafter, modified the committee to include a representative from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) for coming out with an action plan for addressing the issue of cows roaming around in the city.While the petitions pertaining to monkeys, dogs and peacocks was listed for further hearing on November 17, the issue of cows roaming around in the city would be taken up by the court on December 11.The court was hearing three PILs seeking directions to the authorities to take steps to deal with the menace of monkeys, dogs, stray cattle and providing them shelter as well as protection of peacocks.

Rajput Karni Sena leads protest against Padmavti, burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by Rajput Karni Sena, several groups protested against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati on the parapets of Chittorgarh fort.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest at Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmavati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and business in the city was shut down for two hours.The women in traditional Rajput attire raised slogans against Bhansali. The protestors led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the collector demanding that the film not be released.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;1) Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians2) No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence3) No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati4) No commercial cashing on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmavati, by distorting history and dignity of Padmavati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi. Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati. Earlier this year members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali, while he was shooting at Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmavati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmavati.

Bundi tourism takes a hit amid GST, negligence of civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tourist city Bundi, located amid Araveli Hill terrain that witnesses a huge footfall during the tourist season commencing from October to late March, is currently receiving a lukewarm response. The festivity of Diwali that attracts tourists in heaps to the city, also failed to charm tourists. The industry experts believe that beside demonetization of high currency notes, high prices of local commodities followed by GST tax slab, has made the local administration and municipal council indifferent. And further this is the reason they are linking to the tourism industry being adversely hit, leaving most of the guest houses and hotel rooms vacant and tourist-friendly sites deserted.Unplanned construction at the tourist spots of the city, poor waste management and road conditions are all adding up to the negative publicity and indifference of the local administration as well as municipal council towards the promotion of tourism has greatly hit the business prospects and heritage maintenance of the city, alleged Sushil Metha, a senior member of Bundi hotel and paying guests house association and Bundi Utsav committee.‘Not a single fresh site of tourist interest has been developed in past several years despite there being several spots of natural beauty that could be developed to attract tourists,” he said, claiming that the administration and the concerned authorities were forwarded a proposal to develop ‘Chopadiya’, a spot on the hilltop above Naval Sagar lake as ‘Sunset Point’ but it got the cold shoulder and it is lying deserted and abandoned. Naval Sagar Lake is stinking badly, but the municipal authority has not taken any substantial step to address the problem. Earlier this year in a ceremonial function in the presence of the state UDH minister Sri Chand Kripalani, boats were roped in Naval Sagar Lake for the tourists but in absence of maintenance and foul smell emanating from the lake, the boats were pushed aside to the shore. “Beside poor waste management and garbage lying in heaps at tourist sites, the high ticket price for the fort, that is currently Rs500 for two hours and Rs200 for other key monuments in the city has played a role in receding number of tourists,” said Yug Prasad, a local artist who runs an art and craft shops below Taragarh palace in Naharka Chotta area.OFFICIALS ON THE DEFENSIVEAssistant district tourist officer Prem Shankar Saini did admit the indifference of local municipal council, but he claimed that the state government from time to time has sanctioned projects and schemes to develop and beautify the places of tourist interests. World fame Rani Ji Ki Bawari (step well) in Bundi has recently been renovated and maintained with a budget of Rs65 lakh, he said adding that the budget for the road Bijoliya in Bhilwara district to Lakheri in Bundi district that would boost up tourism in the region has also been sanctioned.

Move to fix slow pace of Beti Gaurav Udhyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The urban development department has appointed nodal officers to monitor development of theme gardens, Beti Gaurav Udhyan, proposed to celebrate achievements of neighbourhood girls. These theme gardens have been on slow track of progress due to administrative apathy and the work on 18 such proposed parks has been limited to selection of land. The appointment of these nodal officers is an exercise to establish accountability. “Despite instructions released by government time and again, the work on these gardens has not been up to expectations. Thus to establish coordination between state government, local civic bodies and government adviser, these nodal officers are being appointed,” said a senior UDH officer. It was in December last year that the state government had officially launched the programme. However, till now expression of interest has only been invited by Mt Abu urban improvement trust. In several cities, the work for acquiring land for these projects is still to be completed. Progress has been slow despite keen interest of the chief minister. “In many cities work has been initiated by the local bodies. The completion of these projects will not only up hail the cause of saving the girl child, but will also provide a platform for the local girls to showcase their talent,” says government advisor for these gardens, Devendra Agarwal. These gardens will compliment the “save girl child” campaign and promote girl empowerment by commemorating the achievements of local girls. Along with features such as botanical park, children play field, flower zones, each of these, spread over five acres of land will have a photo gallery of the girls of local provenance to have gained recognition in fields of sports, culture, academics and other arenas. Options are also being sought to develop them on public-private partnership mode, permitting a quarter of the space to be used for developing commercial activities.Admin apathyThese theme gardens have been on slow track of progress due to administrative apathy and work of 18 parks has been limited to selection of land. The appointment of nodal officers is an exercise to establish accountability.

Thane cops nab one more in MOFA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Local Crime Branch (LCB) of the Thane Rural police has arrested one more partner of the Tanvi Construction firm in Kashimira on alleged charges of taking money from hundreds of home buyers and failing to hand over flats in time. Another accused, Bhupat Lukhi, was arrested earlier, while Dahyabhai Sutaria who has also been named in the FIR is yet to be arrested. The police arrested Sangeeta Hegde, partner in the firm, late on Sunday night.According to the police, hundreds of investors and buyers had invested in the project and were promised possession of flats in 2013. The project, Tanvi Eminence, a two-phase project of 22 storeys was launched in 2010. The work was completed till 10 floors after which the construction came to a halt in 2013. Fed up with false promises from the builders, disgruntled buyers launched a protest against the builders in Kashimira last month.Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, Mahesh Patil said, “We have arrested Hegde under sections of Maharashtra Ownership Flats (Regulation of the promotion of construction, sale, management and transfer) Act (MOFA) and for cheating and forgery sections of the Indian Penal Code. Hegde has been remanded to police custody till October 24.”Tarun Shah, one of the buyers alleged, “More than 400 people have been affected and people have invested more Rs 200 crore. Initially it was only Sangeeta and her husband Vijay Kumar who were associated with the company but later on they involved a few diamond merchants in the project.”

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man attempts to molest woman in Kerala; flees when she fights back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unidentified man was caught on camera attempting to molest a woman in a Kozhikode street.He was caught on CCTV cameraIn the video footage, the accused is seen walking along with a woman on a narrow road. Few steps later, he tries to molest and harass her, but when she resisted he fled the spot. The woman filed a case against the attacker and the Local Police of the area has registered a case of molestation against him. Investigations are underway.

Charni Road FOB stairs collapse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A portion of a staircase of a foot-overbridge collapsed at Charni Road station. This bridge belongs and is maintained by the BMC. The incident happened around 8.45pm on Saturday when portion of a staircase, having its landing on the footpath, collapsed.”One person received minor injury and the person was sent to GTB Hospital,” said an official from the BMC. The civic body’s disaster control department sent their staff to take cognisance of the situation. The local residents said that the bridge has been shut for a few months now.”It was being maintained by the BMC,” said a Western Railway official. The condition of another FOB connecting the platforms at the station, too, is in a precarious condition. Local groups have been protesting about the poor quality of FOB at Charni Road for the past two days.

Baramati: SUV in possession of local Shiv Sena leader mows down two school girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A speeding Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) allegedly in possession of a local Shiv Sena leader mowed down three school girls in Baramati tehsil. While two girls died on the spot, the third has sustained serious injuries and has been admitted in a hospital. The incident took place at around 7.30 am when the girls were walking on the side of the road to go to school​ in Kare Wagaj village on Baramati-Morgaon road in Baramati tehsil, around 115 kilometers from Pune. The deceased girls have been identified as Divya Dnyaneshwar Pawar (12) and Samiksha Manoj Vikar (13). The SUV which knocked down the girls is owned by local Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane. A police officer from Baramati taluka police station said, “The investigation is still on whether Mane was behind the wheel. According to preliminary information, three girls were walking towards their school when the car knocked them down.”Following the incident, local villagers gathered at the spot, set the vehicle on fire and held a rasta roko at the accident spot. Local police officials said that around three to four persons were in the SUV when the vehicle knocked down the girls. The local villagers managed to nab one of the occupants and handed him over to the police before beating him up. According to police officials, the vehicle is in possession of Pappu Mane, but the registration of the vehicle is in the name of Mane’s relative. Speaking to DNA, additional superintendent of police Sandeep Pakhale said, “We have summoned Mane for questioning. He has said that he was not present in the vehicle when the accident took place. We are now interrogating him to get the details of the occupants who were present in the vehicle.”It took nearly a couple of hours for police to bring the situation under control. “The angry mob held rasta roko for some time but now the situation is under control,” Pakhale added.

UFO spotted near Indira Gandhi International Airport twice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a week after the security agencies raised concerns about terror threat from airborne devices, the sighting of an unidentified flying object (UFO) near the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Sunday triggered panic among the personnel. Officials said all flight operations to and from the airport had to be suspended for about an hour, till the security agencies declared the situation safe.The UFO was sighted twice, leading to closure of the runway concerned twice.The drone-like device was first spotted at 7.09 pm, when the pilot of an Air Asia flight, which was approaching the airport for landing, spotted a drone-like flying object in the vicinity and alerted the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The ATC then alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel and the Delhi Police.Then another pilot, of a China Airlines flight, noticed a flying object at the time of landing and alerted the officials concerned. The flight landed safely and the runway was closed from 11. 20 am to 12.20pm.”As precaution, the ATC was asked to suspend all flight operations. The entire area was scanned. According to the pilot, the drone was seen on the approach path towards the Dwarka area near the airport. Local police were also alerted, while CISF commandos and Quick Response Teams (QRT) checked the entire area,” a senior CISF officer said.DCP (IGIA) Sanjay Bhatia said a case has been registered in this regard and teams and the local district police has been alerted to trace the drone owner.This, however, is not the first time that a UFO has been spotted near the airport. Three such incidents came to light in 2016, sending the security agencies into a tizzy. In 2015 as well, two such incidents were reported when on October 27 a suspicious object was spotted over runway 29 by the ATC officials and three days later again on Oct 30 a flying object was spotted over runway 27, thrice before it completely disappeared.UFO MENACE AT IGIAMarch 31, 2016: UFO spotted over the apron area, disappears before security forces arrive.
March 13, 2016: A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway.
January 27, 2016: An unidentified item spotted flying in the vicinity of the airport but could not be traced.
October 30, 2015: A UFO spotted over runway 27, thrice, before disappearing.
October 27, 2015: A suspicious object spotted over runway 29 by the ATC officials

NGT summons top Karnataka officials over Bellandur lake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has summoned top officials of the Karnataka government to explain what action they have taken to clean the Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, where carcinogenic foam has been frothing again over the past few days. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed that the Additional Chief Secretary of Department of Urban Development and Chief Executive Officer of the Lake Development Authority to appear before it on August 22. During the hearing, the NGT was informed that fresh froth has emanated from Bellandur lake and spread on to the streets of the surrounding areas due to the recent rains. Local residents have reportedly complained of pungent stench from the lake and the froth, reminding of the presence of toxic substances there. “The Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Development, Karnataka and the CEO of Lake Development Authority, Bengaluru shall be present before the tribunal on the next date. “They shall inform the tribunal as to what steps has been taken by them to comply with the directions issued to them from time to time, particularly in relation to Bellandur lake and Rajakaluves (storm water drain) etc,” the bench, also comprising Justice R S Rathore, said. The tribunal had earlier directed authorities to ensure the closure of 76 polluting industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake and ordered the city’s Deputy Commissioner and the authorities to ensure immediate disconnection of water and electric supply to these industries. Slamming the local civic bodies for inaction, the bench had banned dumping of any municipal solid waste around the lake and announced an environment compensation of Rs five lakh on anyone found dumping waste in and around the lake. The NGT had also lashed out at the Karnataka government and its agencies responsible over lack of maintenance of the Bellandur lake, asking them why they should not be prosecuted for negligence. It had earlier issued notice to the Union Environment Ministry, the Karnataka government, Lake Authority of Bangalore, state pollution control board and Central Pollution Control Board in the case. On February 20, the NGT had taken cognisance on its own of media reports and photographs of the incident in which a fire broke out in the Bengaluru lake. Thick clouds of white smoke persisted for several days in the air around the Bellandur lake after the blaze.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurgaon police to intensify night patrolling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurgoan police has decided to intensify night patrolling to prevent crime against women and other criminal activities in the city, an official said. The initiative was taken in a meeting headed by Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khairwar with all DCP and ACP-rank officials following a directive of Haryana Police Director General of Police (DGP), B S Sandhu in this regard, Gurgaon Police PRO Ravinder Kumar said. “During the meetings officers have been selected for night patrol duties in eastern, western and southern parts of Gurgaon. SHOs of respective areas will also be directed to coordinate with senior officials in this job throughout the week,” Kumar said. He said that this initiative will prevent many interstate criminals to commit crime who approach Gurgaon during night hours. Local beat officers will make residents and local RWA’s representatives aware about the contact numbers and details of night duty officers in their respective areas so that they can easily approach them in case of distress, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HP: 5 labourers trapped in swollen river, rescued

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five migrant workers, including a teenage girl, engaged in mining in Yamuna river bed in Sirmaur district were today rescued from the swollen river hours after they got trapped in the river when the water was released from a nearby dam, officials said. The men were engaged in work at Rampur Ghat in Paonta area when the water level of the river rose alarmingly following release of water from Jataun Dam allegedly without any warning from the administration, locals claimed. “The water level rose so fast that the workers had no time to come out from the river bed,” one of the locals said. When alerted about the situation, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Paonta Sahib, Promod Chauhan rushed to the spot along with policemen and local divers and carried out rescue operation. “Local volunteers and divers rescued the trapped migrant workers by showing exemplary courage,” DSP Chauhan said. The rescued workers included a 14-year-old girl, Suman, Lalla, Latesh and Mahender while the fifth person was yet to be identified, he said. Locals have demanded an enquiry as to how the water was released from Jataun Dam “without any prior information or warming”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not so smart… bureaucracy puts brakes on smart Raj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ambitious Rs 125 crore project Smart Raj is progressing at slower than snail’s pace because of the apathy of the officials of the local-self department and the system implementation partner involved in this online project. Out of the budgeted amount of Rs 125 crore, only Rs 2.5 crore worth of work has been executed.The Smart Raj project is the use of web-based improved technology online 24×7 with uniformity across the state.The Smart Raj project provides Ease of Governance where it would be possible to post circulars, orders, monitoring of projects, budgeting etc. This portal will provide 22 services online support. The objective of this project is to create a state-wide integrated system connecting all ULBs to provide all services on-line through single portal.single window services to citizens on anytime, anywhere basis by increasing the efficiency and productivity of ULBs The Ease of Doing Business is top priority of the chief minister and she cleared this project with a lot of hope. This project in three phases was scheduled to be completed by August 4, next year.But the project is far behind the deadline and the first phase which was to be completed in February is only half completed.An undertaking of the local-self department, RUDSICO is the nodal agency for this project,but no action has been taken against the system implementation company for the awfully slow progress. A high official’s patronage to the company is the reason behind the slow progress.In the first phase out of the 32 cities, 16 major cities were to be provided with this online facilities.But not even five cities could get this online system.The system implementation companies for this Smart Raj project are Fourth Dimension Solution Ltd, Mars Telecom System Ltd and a consortium of Rico India Ltd. The work was given to these companies in August 2015. Under this project, these companies had to complete the task in three years and in in three phases.These companies were entrusted the task of doing the survey of various urban properties and prepare a list of such properties and develop a software and prepare a computerised records.Pawan Arora, the director of local bodies, reviewed the project’s slow progress and asked the companies to complete their task by September 1 this year and provide Smart Raj online facilities to five out of the seven major cities.The slow progress on Smart Raj front has irked the UDH minister Srichand Kriplani also and he would review the progress soon.The local-self department had given the guidelines for conducting the surveys of urban properties, but the system implementation companies did not follow the guidelines in proper way and under this circumstances the officials in the department did not verify the survey reports.Rico India Ltd, which headed a consortium and was given the task to submit the hardware of the project, has withdrawn from the project and the remaining consortium partners are involved in a dispute. The blame game is on and the companies concerned blame the officials for the slow progress. The high officials in the local-self department have also adopted the stance of blaming the lower officials.

‘Jolted’ Varun Gandhi donates Rs 5 cr to Sultanpur hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>‘Jolted’ by the tragedy at Gorakhpur’s government hospital, BJP’s Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi on Monday pledged Rs 5 crore from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADs) fund. The funds will be used to build a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in the district hospital of his constituency Sultanpur.“The human tragedy in Gorakhpur has left me jolted,” said Varun Gandhi in an open letter posted on his Twitter handle on Monday morning that immediately started trending on social media giving some respite to the saffron party amid all the bad publicity. The wing would have an ICU consisting of 100 beds and uninterrupted access to water for drinking and sanitation, electricity and oxygen supply and three ambulances catering specifically to children, he said.

10 killed, 12 injured in pickup van-trailer collision

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten people were killed and about a dozen others were injured when a pickup van carrying passengers collided head on with a trailer near Bela village, about 90 km from here, in East Singhbhum district today, a senior official said. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of East Singhbhum, Amit Kumar said apart from the five death on the spot as many succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. The DC said around 12 seriously injured have been admitted in the hospital. The mishap occurred when the passenger laden pickup van collided with a speeding trailer near Bela village on the National Highway 33. All the injured were rushed to the Baharagora but the doctors referred them to Tata Main Hospital for better treatment. Local JMM MLA, Kunal Sarangi, who reached the spot, himself joined the rescue operation and shifted the injured to hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vigilance team to monitor development works in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana urban local bodies department has decided to set up a vigilance team to monitor the quality of development works being carried out by the municipalities of the state. Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said here today that officers posted in a municipality would not be able to monitor the development works being carried out by their own civic body. It would be done by officials from other municipalities to ensure effective monitoring and better results. A three-member committee would be constituted under the chairmanship of senior joint commissioner or deputy corporation commissioner of all municipal corporations of the state. They committee would monitor the quality of development works done by the corporations, municipal councils and municipalities of districts, except their own, the minister said. Besides, a vigilance team would inspect the ongoing development works in the municipalities and, according to the code of the Public Works Department (PWD), samples would be taken and investigated in the laboratory, Jain said. She said that the team would redress on the spot any complaint related to development work and would submit its report direct to the department. In case any irregularities are found, the team would recommend appropriate action against the concerned officer, employee and contractor, she added. The contractor concerned would pay for the expenses incurred on the samples taken for various development works, and, if samples are not found according to the rules, the amount would be deducted from the account of the contractor, Jain said. She said the move would eradicate corruption in municipalities. Earlier, e-Tendering procedure was strictly implemented in municipalities to end the culture of middlemen, she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pune prof. seeks sexual favours from Iranian woman for help in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police have arrested a professor of a prominent college here for allegedly seeking sexual favours from a 31-year-old Iranian woman in return for help in getting her admission in to a PhD course. According to a complaint filed by the woman, who wanted to pursue a PhD in accounts, she had earlier met the 50-year- old professor and expressed desire to enrol for the course in the college, a senior official at Kothrud police station here said. “The professor told her there was only one seat available in the course and two applications. He promised to help her get admission in the PhD course,” he said. The professor called the woman to his cabin in the college on August 8 and allegedly sought sexual favours in return for help and later harassed her, he said. “The woman, who recorded all the conversation with the professor, however, resisted his advances and left the cabin and narrated the incident to some of her local friends,” the official said. Since the complainant is weak in English, she often used to record the conversation and later, with the help of local friends, she would understand it better, he added. The woman yesterday approached the police station and filed a case against the professor under IPC section 354 (A) (punishment for sexual harassment), he said. “We arrested the man late last night under relevant IPC sections. He will be produced in a court today,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

How railways managed the day during the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With roads to South Mumbai partly blocked by supporters of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the suburban local trains came to the rescue. Thousands of protesters, who participated in the morcha took the local trains, both on Central and Western Railways.In the morning hours, trains towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) were running full with supporters. Holding saffron flags and wearing caps, people boarded general and first class compartments; with or without valid tickets. The protesters were more on the CR than the WR line, as they came from various parts of Maharashtra.It was seen that they were trying to enter the first class women compartment as well, but were either stopped by railway police staff (RPF) or local commuters. “With many coming from various part of the state, it is possible that they might not know about the compartments reserved for women. We stationed kept ticket checkers at major stations,” said a CR official.There were more than 150 plus Tcs, who were placed across railway stations with many at CSMT, Byculla, Dadar, Kurla and Thane, where protesters boarded were in huge numbers. However, TCs did not catch ticket-less commuters merely due to the huge crowd.Meanwhile, over 400 RPF positioned since last night (August 8) at various railway stations in Mumbai.Their offs were cancelled and working hours were extended to 12 hours. CR authorities admitted that the morning hours were difficult as many protesters arrived at CST by rail. People also alighted at Byculla station to join the march starting from Rani Baug to Azad Maidan.By 2pm, the CR planned to operate four extra rakes that ran 24 services. “We operated eight services on CSMT-Panvel Harbour line and 16 services on CSMT-Kalyan route,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway.Officers from different departments, too, were posted at various stations, to monitor the trains.By 4pm, there was sudden surge in the number of protesters arriving at CST station. They were dancing, waving flags and shouting slogans. It was around the same time that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced sops to Maratha community. By this time the protesters started returning and taking the local trains.But then technical failure hit the local trains on CR at Kurla. There was point failure that hit train services between 5.10pm to 5.37pm. This affected the punctuality of local trains on the main line, which until then was running smoothly. As people threw food, pouches, and other garbage on rail tracks, platforms and station premises and littered the CST station, the CR deployed 23 extra sweepers to clean up.As evening progressed people arrived to board the long distance trains back to various parts of the state. There were seven long distance trains starting from CSMT, one each from Dadar and Kurla LTT, on which one or two additional general sleeper coaches were added. Apart from this, authorities also decided to add two special unreserved trains starting from CSMT to Solapur and Kolhapur.Meanwhile on road, taxis and BEST buses were diverted all till the evening. These did not ply between Dadar TT and CST. People who wanted to come to town, had to use the other way via Haji Ali, Peddar Road and till Churchgate.

HEAVY RAINFALL WARNING: DAY1:(09.08.2017) : Heavy rain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>is likely to occur at isolated places over South Coastal Andhra Pradesh ,Telangana ,Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. DAY2: (10.08.2017): Nil. DAY3 (11.08.2017): Nil. DAY4: (12.08.2017): Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over South interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. DAY5: (13.08.2017): Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over South interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry LOCAL FORECAST FOR CHENNAI CITY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD: FOR NEXT 24 HOURS: The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershowers is likely to occur in some areas during evening or night. Maximum and minimum temperature is likely to be around 35 and 27 deg Celsius respectively. FOR NEXT 48 HOURS: The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershowers is likely to occur in some areas during evening or night. Maximum and minimum temperature is likely to be around 35 and 27 deg Celsius respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No welfare scheme benefits for families not cons’ting toilets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Puducherry government today announced that families extended subsidies to build toilets in their houses under Swachch Bharath Abhiyan (Urban) scheme would be kept out of benefits of all welfare schemes if they did not undertake the exercise before September 30. A press release from Secretary to Local Administration Department H Jawahar said that the government was providing Rs 20,000 as subsidy under the scheme to each household lacking toilets to enable them to construct toilets. This subsidy amount is the highest a State government is providing in the country as a whole to ensure ‘open defecation free’ zone. Jawahar said that though a number of families had obtained a part of the amount under the first instalment they had not initiated any step to construct the toilets. “Several awareness programmes were conducted in a bid to motivate the beneficiaries to have the facilities.But they had defaulted to construct the toilets by presenting several flimsy reasons for the default”, he said. A national survey on public health had projected that Puducherry municipality and Uzhavarkarai municipality were ranked 189th and 206th ranks respectively. “This is a matter of serious concern for the government”, Jawahar said. He said families who had obtained the subsidy should ensure construction of the toilets before September 30,failing which they would be kept out of all welfare schemes and not get benefits of any of the schemes, including subsidised essential commodities through ration shops`. Jawahar said that such families would not also get the benefits of the Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY), educational assistance and benefits of several other welfare schemes till they got the toilets ready. Where the beneficiaries have utilised the subsidy and constructed the toilets their applications for housing benefits under PMAY would be accorded priority for allocation of houses, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurez Valley: From terror corridor to niche tourist destination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From being an infamous route of infiltration to being a sojourn of peace, the picturesque valley of Gurez near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir is all set to charm tourists.With a three-day festival that begins on Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir government is attempting to market the valley as a niche tourist destination notwithstanding the recent infiltration incidents that ended in five militants being killed last month.Situated at an altitude of 8,000 feet, the Gurez Valley is surrounded by the Himalayas and is 135 kilometers away from Srinagar. It remains cut off from the rest of the state for six months during winter.Lofty mountains, roaring rivers, lush meadows, exotic wildlife and rich Dardi-Sheena cultural moorings are enough to cheer up people in this virgin valley that has remained unexplored so far due to militancy.”We want to put Gurez Valley on the tourism map. We want tourists to visit this place and there is no need to seek permission for the same. Anybody can come here. They will be frisked at one or two places, but that is a routine. We have given instructions that people should not face any problems,” Sajad Hussain Ganie, deputy commissioner, Bandipora, told DNA.Meanwhile, foot-tapping music, local gourmet, trekking expeditions and handicrafts and local art are on the table for next three days in Gurez. “Cultural programmes showcasing the local and Kashmiri culture and stalls showcasing local and Kashmiri handicrafts are some of the highlights of this event. Local artists will also display their work at the festival,” said Ganie.”Adequate accommodation and catering facilities have been put in place so that tourists are not inconvenienced,” said Ganie.”We have invited tour operators and we hope they also promote Gurez as a tourist destination,” he added.

Kerala: Sachin Tendulkar sanctions Rs 25 lakh to hospital under MPLAD scheme

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh from the MPLAD scheme for setting up a digital X-ray unit at Ernakulam Government General Hospital here.Ernakulam MLA Hybi Eden said he had made a request to Tendulkar for funds to help set up the digital X-ray machine and dialysis units at the hospital for providing better services to the poor. He said the legendary cricketer had written to Ernakulam district Collector to provide technical, financial and administrative sanctions to the project within 75 days. “The sanctioned work should be approved and completed if they are compliant under the guidelines of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme,” Tendulkar said in his letter sent to the Collector.Tendulkar also urged the district administration to keep him informed of the sanction and progress of the implementation. Ernakulam General Hospital was founded in 1845 by the erstwhile king of Kochi.Eden said Tendulkar’s involvement in the development of the hospital would take the prestigious healthcare centre in the city to newer heights.

1 of family drowns, four rescued, four swim ashore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person drowned, four of his relatives were rescued and four others swam ashore while bathing in rough seas off the coast of Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi today, police said. They said bathing at Dhanushkodi had been banned as the sea was rough and treacherous. The nine member family were unaware of this and had gone for a bath. They said Selva (21) was sucked into the sea by a giant wave and four others were rescued by the local people and hospitalised as they were unonscious. Four others managed to swim ashore, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man attacks girl with knife after she rejects his advances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A minor girl was attacked by a man with a knife for rejecting his advances in Jajpur district today, police said. Gourav Ray alias Tapi of Guhali village attacked the girl with a knife after she rejected his advances. She suffered injuries on her neck, hand and back and was first admitted to Binjharpur government hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack after her condition deteriorated, they said. According to the police, the 16-year-old girl studies first year plus two Science in a local college. “The accused intercepted the girl while she was on her way to private tuition classes on a bicycle today morning. The youth proposed his love to the girl. But the girl, however, snubbed his advances. This enraged the boy and in a fit of rage he attacked the girl with a knife injuring her seriously,” said Asit Kumar Mohanty, inspector-in-charge of Binjharpur police station. Hearing the girl’s scream, local people rushed to the spot, overpowered the accused and handed him to police with the weapon used in the crime. Local people also took the injured girl to the hospital and informed her family about the incident. Police said, the accused, a college drop out was pursuing the girl for the last couple of days and it seemed to be one-sided love interest. Police said, the girl’s neck was badly wounded in the attack, adding that her condition was stable. Based on the complaint filed by mother of the girl, the police has registered a case and arrested the accused under various provisions in the IPC and 12 of POCSO Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

State govt asks local urban bodies to maintain 15% area as green zone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To curb pollution, Maharashtra government’s urban development department has asked local urban bodies to develop and maintain a minimum 15 per cent of their area as a green zone. This will also help to maintain ecological balance.According to a senior government official, they have asked the urban local bodies to prepare a ‘Green Space Development’ plan and execute it. “The urban local bodies can appoint a consultant to develop the green zone. The local authority should identify the areas and reserve them as a green zone cover and garden. While developing these, a large number of tree plantations have to be done. The trees should be between two to three years old so that they will successfully survive and grow speedily,” said a senior urban development official on the condition of anonymity.He further added that the authority should not spend more than 20 per cent of its total fund on the civil and engineering work. “Each local body will be allotted a fund of around Rs 50 lakh for the green zone’s development. They have to plant the sample of minimum 2500 under this project. The civil work will include erecting the compound wall, water supply facility, compost plant, dustbins, electricity, security, etc. Everything should be eco-friendly,” the official added.The state urban development department has also issued a notification in this regard. “The urban local bodies should also take the help of local industries and corporate firms to avail their Corporate Social Responsibility fund. The natural habitation, food chain and bio-diversity aspects have to be considered while choosing the samplings,” said the official.GOING GREENThe urban local bodies can appoint a consultant to develop the green zone
The local authorities have been asked to identify areas and reserve them as a green zone cover and garden
Each local body will be allotted a fund of Rs 50 lakh for the green zone’s development

Mussoorie: BJP youth wing, Hindu Jagran Manch shut Kashmiri’s shop over alleged post praising Pakistan Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Mussoorie BJP youth wing and the Hindu Jagran Manch on Wednesday forcefully shut down a Kashmiri garment trader’s shop over an alleged post praising the Pakistani army, reported Indian Express.Manzoor Ahmad’s shop was shut alleging that he had posted a video appreciating the Pakistan Army on Facebook.Ahmad (59), one of the five oldest trader families in Mussoorie, is a resident of Hamhama in Kashmir’s Budgam district.“After getting his (Ahmad’s) shop closed, we and the local traders’ body (the Mussoorie Traders & Welfare Association) went to the police station to file a complaint against him,” said the president of the BJP youth wing in Mussoorie, Dharampal Singh Panwar.However, police said that Ahmad also went to the police station to file an application about his Facebook account having been hacked. His phone has been seized and submitted to the cyber cell to verify if his account was hacked.Rajat Aggarwal, president of the traders’ body said, “Local traders’ body in Mussoorie asked for the Kashmiri traders to leave the town by February 28, 2018. However, Ahmad and four other older Kashmiri traders were ‘allowed to stay.’

IMD warns fishermen, forecasts heavy rainfall across Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The weather office today forecast heavy rainfall at many places in Odisha and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea in view of rough weather. As the depression over the Bay of Bengal crossed south Odisha coast close to south of Puri, it is very likely to move west-northwestwards and weaken gradually, the MeT office here said today. Under its influence, rain and thundershower is likely to occur at most places over Odisha, the MeT office said. Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over interior Odisha and heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over districts of coastal Odisha is likely to occur during next 24 hours, it said. An advice was issued for keeping Local Cautionary Signal Number Three (LC-III) hoisted at all ports across Odisha. Strong gusty surface wind from southeasterly direction in north Odisha coast and northwesterly direction in south Odisha coast with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast. As sea condition would be rough to very rough, fishermen are advised not to venture into sea, the MeT office added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahesh Sharma sides with Noida family accused of assaulting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Mahesh Sharma has come out in support of the Noida family accused of assaulting a domestic help, while asserting that he has directed BJP workers to give a “befitting reply” to NGOs running their “shops” in the name of human rights. Local MP Sharma, who was interacting on Sunday with the residents of the Mahagun Moderne society where the family resides, said a law and order issue was being given a “communal colour”. After the alleged assault, a mob had pelted the society with stones on July 12, following which two counter-FIRs were filed — one against the accused family by the domestic help and the other against unidentified people in the mob. Sharma said he will ensure that the accused in the case “never get bail”, while asserting that it was a clear-cut case of “mob violence” against the family. “There is no doubt that the family is not at fault. A few people, through NGOs, media, in the name of human rights are running their shops and trying to give a communal colour to the incident. I have told my party workers to give befitting reply to them,” Sharma said, as the residents cheered him on. In the audio of the interaction, shared by a few locals, Sharma is also heard telling the crowd that he understands the “compulsion” behind employing “these people, knowing fully well who they are”. “Someone told me in jest, we can do without husband and wives, but cannot do without domestic helps,” he said. When(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Body of 19-year-old fished out by Coast Guard from Agroli lake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Coast Guard team has fished out the body of a man who drowned in Agroli lake in Belapur in Navi Mumbai. The operation was carried out in the night of July 13, said an official communication from Coast Guard. Local police contacted the Coast Guard on the night of July 13 to help locate and recover the body of 19-year-old who had drowned in the lake that evening, the communication said. Coast Guard and fire brigade personnel brought two inflatable boats to assist the diver for scanning the bottom of the pond. The body was located after about two hours of search in dark, said the release. The body was later handed over to local police for further formalities, it said. The diving operation was led by Deputy Commandant Sanjay Kumar, in-charge, Coast Guard Rapid Response Diving team.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Now no AC, sofa, pomp and show at UP CM’s field visits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Henceforth no AC, air-cooler, red carpet, saffron towel and sofa will be seen during field visits of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, going by a specific order issued by his office. The Chief Minister’s Office has said that Adityanath is “extremely unhappy” over the extravagant arrangements that are made for his visits to homes of martyrs and wants to put an immediate end to this “show-off”. His office has issued an order to this effect to all administrative and police chiefs of districts and other top officials in the state. “The CM has given clear orders that no special arrangements be made during his visits and any show-off or inconvenience to common people should be avoided,” an official said. During his recent visits to Deoria and Gorakhpur for meeting families of martyred jawans, the administration put up sofas, red carpets and ACs at their residences as a temporary measure. The chief minister has expressed unhappiness over this and wants no repeat of it, the official said citing CMO’s order of July 10. Adityanath had visited on July 8 the family of slain CRPF sub-inspector Sahab Shukla in Gorakhpur who had died in a terrorist attack in Srinagar on June 24. The local administration covered the entire road to Shukla’s house with a red carpet, put up white curtains on the route to block the view of the neighbouring houses, put up saffron-coloured curtains in the martyr’s house and also installed an air-cooler, exhaust fan and a recliner sofa for the comfort of the chief minister. Adityanath did not like the fanfare when he landed there to grieve with the family and hand over a cheque of Rs 6 lakh to them. He is said to have pulled up officials over the same, sources in CMO said. Earlier on May 12, the chief minister had visited the house of slain BSF jawan Prem Sagar in Deoria. Sagar was killed by a Pakistan Border Action Team along the Line of Control in Poonch. Local officials had then temporarily put up a window air conditioner, sofa, red carpet and saffron towels for the CM. All these facilities were removed within minutes of his departure from the spot after handing over a cheque of Rs 4 lakh to the grieving family. That time too, Adityanath had expressed unhappiness with local officials over the same. However, with a repeat of the episode in Gorakhpur, the CMO has now sent out an order to all district magistrates and SSPs to desist from such acts or face strict action. The Samajwadi Party has criticised the CM over this issue. The CMO, however, brushed aside the criticism saying Adityanath has chosen austerity and has even turned down a proposal to buy new SUVs for himself and his office and has opted to travel in cars used by his predecessor Akhilesh Yadav.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Attacks on religious structures: Sardesai against CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Agriculture minister Vijay Sardesai today said he is not in favour of a CBI investigation into the recent incidents of desecration of religious symbols and structures in Goa. “I don t agree that the cases should be handed over to the CBI. When you hand over such an investigation to the CBI, it means you don’t have faith in local police,” Sardesai of Goa Forward Party (GFP), which is one of the alliance partners in the BJP-led state government, told reporters here. “I have full faith in Goa police which has the capability to investigate and arrest the criminals, who are trying to create communal disharmony in the state,” he said. BJP leader and Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo besides Opposition Congress had demanded a CBI probe into a spate of desecrations in Goa since the beginning of this month. Sardesai alleged that these attacks are being carried out with a specific intention to create disharmony in the society. “It should be treated as an act of terror,” he said. “The Goa government has rightly handed over these cases to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) which is working with the local police (to nab the culprits),” he claimed. According to police, over 50 gravestones were destroyed in South Goa s Curchorem village on Sunday night by unidentified persons. Also, since July 1, nine Holy crosses and a temple have been defiled in South Goa. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently given strict instructions to the police to increase patrolling around sensitive places in the state. Two platoons of India Reserve Battalion were also deployed in South Goa to help local police in patrolling susceptible areas. Local police stations were also asked to form Special Investigation Teams (SIT).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HP police forms SIT to probe into minor’s rape and murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh police today constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, even as protests seeking justice for her continued for the fourth day. “The SIT has been formed to probe the case. The IG Southern range will head the team while the SP Shimla and the DSP Theog are its members,” DGP Somesh Goyal said. The police are working on all the aspects of the case including scrutiny of call details, he said. Earlier in the day, the Shimla unit of the BJP submitted a memorandum to the DGP demanding a CBI probe into the case or formation of a SIT to speed up the investigations. BJP leaders alleged that even after six days, the police have not been able to make any headway in the case and till now no accused has been nabbed. Local BJP MLA Suresh Bhardwaj said the law and order situation in the state is going from bad to worse. He claimed that the police had also failed to make any breakthrough in the gruesome murder of a forest guard – Hoshiyar Singh – in Mandi district. The students’ outfit ABVP also demonstrated outside the deputy commissioner’s office here for about three hours demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. On July 4, a 16-year-old girl had gone missing when she was returning from school and two days later the police found her body in a forest here. Initially it was considered as a case of murder by the police, but the post-mortem report confirmed rape, triggering outrage and protest in the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Kiren Rijiju shares video of children praying as his helicopter battled turbulence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, Union minister Kiren Rijiju shared a video of children praying as his helicopter battled turbulence. He put up a video in which children’s prayers could be heard. He wrote on Twitter: “Their prayers saved my helicopter & of course the Pilots. Children are pure & Godly. I will find them out to meet.”Union minister Kiren Rijiju escaped unhurt when his chopper made an emergency landing on a small field due to bad weather on last Tuesday. The Mi-17 helicopter with Rijiju and seven other passengers and crew members on board was flying from Guwahati to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh when it faced heavy rains and fog. The pilots of the chopper, belonging to the Border Security Force (BSF), managed to manoeuvre for around 10 minutes before landing on a small field in Itanagar under emergency situation. “I was lucky enough to be landed safely, thanks to the BSF pilots who are very experienced,” Rijiju told PTI.The minister of state for home said the Itanagar Superintendent of Police (SP) came to the spot after hearing about the development. Local residents too came forward to help Rijiju and others. Rijiju was travelling to Ziro to attend the Dree harvest festival.With agency inputs

‘Startup coast’ coming up in Karnataka for young minds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State-of-the-art innovation centres, modern incubation set-up, tinkering labs and co- working space for startups are coming up on the west coast in Karnataka. This is the first project of its kind which is being part funded by Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Using her MPLADS fund, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has initiated the project, which would provide a complete ecosystem for startups. “With the rich talent pool that exists in the area, I am sure that given the right conditions, a robust innovation/ start-up ecosystem can thrive in coastal Karnataka. “As an MP from Karnataka, I will invest my efforts to make sure that I can support the development of physical and human infrastructure necessary for innovation to thrive in the area. This shall be the first step towards shaping the ‘startup coast’ of India,” Sitharaman told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana gives one-time interest waiver on property tax arrears

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Property owners in municipal areas of Haryana can pay their property tax dues and arrears for the years 2010-11 to 2016-17 with one-time rebate of 15 per cent by July 14, 2017. One-time waiver of interest on the arrears of property tax would be allowed to all tax payers if their arrears are paid by August 31, 2017, Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said here today, according to an official release. She said 1 per cent rebate would also be given if the payment of property tax is made online. She said that exemption of 25 per cent was being given to those property owners who clear all the property tax dues and arrears. As the scheme was receiving overwhelming response from the people, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved to extend the scheme, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2-year-old reunites with kin: 3 accused are surrogates

After more than three weeks, the child, who had been sold for about Rs 1 lakh to a childless couple, was reunited with his mother. Police said that when the accused learned that the police are after them, they abandoned the child and made a call to the police to avoid suspicion. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ramzan celebrations turned into mourning for the mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old child, who went missing from Jama Masjid. After more than three weeks, the child, who had been sold for about Rs 1 lakh to a childless couple, was reunited with his mother. Police said that when the accused learned that the police are after them, they abandoned the child and made a call to the police to avoid suspicion. Three of the accused are women, who are professional surrogates. The incident was reported by the child’s family on June 5, when he had gone missing from the masjid. Local intelligence and circulation of child’s picture via social media apps and portals led to an input that the kidnapped child has been confined somewhere in Gurgaon and is being sold for Rs 2.5 lakh. “The police met an informer who said that she had met a woman named Saroj, who had informed that she helps childless couples with adoption. Later, when she asked Saroj to share details of the children on the pretext of adoption, photos of the missing child were sent to her,” police said.When the informer came across the child’s pictures on social media, she realised that he has been kidnapped and approached the police.

No one will be allowed to disturb harmony in Punjab: Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nobody will be allowed to disturb communal harmony in Punjab, cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said today. “The forces which are out to disrupt the atmosphere of communal harmony in the state would not be allowed to succeed in their nefarious designs at any cost,” Sidhu said here. Sidhu, the Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, along with Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal was here to greet the Muslim community on Eid-Ul-Fitr on behalf of the Punjab government. Manpreet exhorted the people to continue making efforts to ensure that the financially deprived sections of the society were also included in the festivities. The Finance Minister announced a government aid of Rs 1 crore for the eidgah and said that the first budget of the Congress government has major announcements to provide every necessary facility to the Muslim community which includes Rs 3 crore for Urdu academy at Malerkotla, Rs 10 crore for graveyards in the state and benefits under various welfare schemes. He also appealed to the people to strive for providing higher education to their children. Sidhu announced Rs 50 lakh for eidgah from his fund and gave an assurance regarding making Malerkotla a district by the Congress government. He also said that the promise of establishing a government medical college at Malerkotla would also be fulfilled. He further said that the Muslim community would be accorded proper respect in the Congress government. Calling Eid a festival of mutual brotherhood and harmony, the minister exhorted the people to ensure peaceful co- existence and devote themselves towards serving humanity. Public Works Department Minister Razia Sultana thanked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Finance Minister Badal for taking significant decisions concerning Muslim community in the budget. In her greetings to the people, she said that the promise made by Amarinder to accord district status to Malerkotla would be made good soon. She also said the festival was a symbol of peace, amity and compassion and depicts the secular culture of the state in a positive way.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HEAVY RAINFALL WARNING: DAY 1 (26.06.2017): Scattered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>heavy with isolated heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur over Coastal Karnataka. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala, ghat areas of South interior Karnataka. Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Lakshadweep, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana. DAY 2 (27.06.2017): Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala, Coastal Karnataka. Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over ghat areas of South interior Karnataka, Telangana. DAY 3 (28.06.2017): Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Coastal Karnataka. Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala, ghat areas of South interior Karnataka. DAY 4 (29.06.2017): Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Kerala, Coastal Karnataka and ghat areas of South interior Karnataka. DAY 5 (30.06.2017 Heavy rain is also likely to occur at isolated places over Coastal Karnataka and ghat areas of South interior Karnataka. LOCAL FORECAST FOR CHENNAI CITY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD: FOR NEXT 24 HOURS: The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in some areas during evening or night. Maximum and Minimum temperature is likely to be around 37 and 29 deg Celsius respectively. FOR NEXT 48 HOURS: The sky condition is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in some areas during evening or night. Maximum and Minimum temperature is likely to be around 37 and 29 deg Celsius respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer commits suicide outside Village Administrative Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Frustrated by officials stonewalling his attempts over the last 18 months to pay tax for his land, a farmer allegedly committed suicide by hanging outside a Village Administrative Office in the district. Police said Kaavilpurayidathil Joy (57) went to the Chembanod VAO in the district again yesterday for the purpose after several attempts in the past one and a half years failed to bear fruit as the officials cited some reason or the other. But he was turned away yet again by the officials, who said the land owned by him was a disputed one, they said. Following this he took the extreme step around 9.30 PM last night. He is survived by wife and three children,police said. On an earlier occasion too the farmer had protested in front of the office, along with his relatives over the matter. Local people did not allow police to remove the body and relented only after the Koyilandi tashildar visited the spot and pacified them. Kozhikode District Collector U V Jose who visited the place this morning and assured people all necessary action in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence Experts laud Army for killing LeT militants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Defence Experts on Thursday lauded the Indian Army as they gunned down three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in an encounter in Pulwama district located in Southern Kashmir. Calling it an extremely ?good sign?, Defence Expert Major General (Retd.) P. K. Sehgal told ANI that this development has taken an extremely heavy toll on the morale of the terrorists. ?Apparently the armed forces and the security forces are getting extendable inputs, timely inputs and they are acting very swift to take out these terrorists. This was our first very successful counter insurgence carried out in that area after the killing of Burhan Wani. South Kashmir particularly Pulwama has become the den of local terrorists who joined LeT,? he said. ?The security forces have killed five people in the last three days in counter insurgency operation. Two in Sopore, three in Pulwama and on the 17th of June they have also killed the LeT commander called Mattu in Anantnag. So, this has taken a very heavy toll on the morale of the terrorist. They are beginning to realise that their residual life is only a question of weeks and months,? he added. Defence Expert Sunil Deshpande also hailed the Indian Army for its swift action against the terrorists. ?In Pulwama there have been encounter where three terrorist have been gunned down. Now this was on the based on info which we got. It is a big success on our part,? he said. At least three Local Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir?s Pulwama district. The slain terrorists have been identified as Majid Mir, Shariq Ahmad and Irshad Ahmad. Three AK-47 rifles and ammunition have been recovered from the slain terrorists. The encounter started late last night when the militants were spotted travelling in a vehicle in New Colony Kakapora area. As the forces started search operation, the contact was established and encounter began. According to security officials, as soon as the news of encounter spread, all of a sudden fierce stone pelting by locals targeted security forces to help the trapped terrorists. An officer of 50 Rashtriya Rifles sustained injuries in the encounter. 50 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operations Group (SOP) and 183 CRPF Battalion were involved in the encounter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haj embarkation point: Will pressure Centre: Ker CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government would again take up with the Centre issue of making Karipur International airport in Kozhikode the embarkation point for Haj pilgrims, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. “The government will impress upon the Centre in this regard,” he said at a meeting of the representatives of various Muslim outfits here. Vijayan said the government was committed to the development and expansion of Karipur airport. The government is ready to acquire adequate land for the airport’s expansion and local protests over acquisition has now decreased, he said. The Civil Aviation Ministry was also taking a favourable stand in terms of the airport expansion, the chief minister added. While referring to the Centre’s recent ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets, Vijayan said the state government was not viewing the issue as connected to any particular religion but as a matter of the right of people to choose their food. He said secularism is facing serious threat at the national level and everybody should take a strong stand to safeguard this. Local self-government minister K T Jaleel was also present during the meeting along with the representatives of various Muslim outfits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt contemplating to rewrite Nagaland Municipal Act : CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nagaland government is contemplating to rewrite the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 so that the election to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the state can be conducted smoothly. “Not just amendment but the government is contemplating to rewrite the entire Act,” Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu said today. There was no women reservation when the Nagaland Municipal Act was passed by the state assembly in 2001 and the first election was held in 2004. But with the amendment of the Constitution, the state also amended the Act in 2006 and included 33 per cent reservation for women, he said. “Since then we could not hold elections to ULBs (earlier this year) because of various complaints from the apex tribal bodies and other organisations … Till date we are yet to decide how best we can sail on smoothly,” he said. The state had witnessed unrest and protests by tribal outfits early this year to protest against urban local body (ULB) election, which was scheduled to be held on February 1 because of 33 per cent reservation of seats for women in its 32 municipal and town councils. Liezietsu said that people expect many developmental activities from the government but unless there is peace in the society, development cannot be expected. The lack of development in Nagaland is due to the ongoing Naga political struggle, he said adding “Nagaland for many did not have peace and even today we are expecting a solution.” He hoped that with the semblance of peace, the state will be able to march forward to the path of development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Miscreants rape woman in South 24 Parganas district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly raped by two armed miscreants in South 24 Parganas district, police said today. The two armed miscreants barged into the house of the woman in Bishnupur area last night and first looted valuables and money and then allegedly raped her, the police said. The local people rushed to the woman’s house hearing cries of help. They caught hold of one of the miscreants while the other managed to flee, the sources said. The local people today demonstrated in the area demanding that the police arrest the other miscreant who is on the run.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: Stop believing Whatsapp rumours, read IMD weather predictions here

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than 24 hours after Mumbai received continuous showers for a few hours, rumours of heavy rains in the next 24 hours are doing rounds on social media.However, the Indian Meteorological Department’s Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted that light to moderate rainfall is likely.In a weather bulletin, the IMD said, “Local forecast for Mumbai city and suburbs for 24 hours: light to moderate rain likely to occur in city and suburbs. Heavy rain likely to occur at isolated places. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be 32 deg. celsius and 23 deg. celsius respectively.For 48 hours: “Light to moderate rain likely to occur in city and suburbs. Heavy rain likely to occur at isolated places. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be 31 deg. celsius and 23 deg. celsius respectively.”According to Skymet weather, the off shore running along the West Coast has kept monsoon surge vigorous over the region. Besides this, a cyclonic circulation is also seen over North Madhya Maharashtra and coastal Maharashtra, which is further enhancing the rains over the region.

Govt building projects no longer need civic bodies nod

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has issued a direction stating that the state building projects do not require approval of the municipal corporations anymore in the city.The government issued a circular after notifying the development citing amendments in the building by-laws.The Public Works Department (PWD) and other agencies recently issued directives wherein they stated: “The projects to be used for public purpose are exempted from seeking sanction of building plan from local bodies as per the provision of section (3) of the Government Building Act subject to adherence to the norms of Urban Local Bodies 2016 and Master Plan of Delhi -2021.”The circular further stated that the amended rules and regulations will exempt government buildings.However, the government bodies need to deposit the requisite charges to the local body along with the notice of commencement and after completion of the projects. Also, they are required to obtain occupancy-cum-completion certificate from local bodies.Earlier, there used to be a delay in the carrying out of various projects meant for citizens of Delhi, as the departments required clearance of building plans from the local body, which used to take several months before giving permission.

Attack on BJD MP: Police says no complaint received

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after some ruling BJD workers allegedly hurled stones and eggs at party MP Baijayant Panda at Mahanga area, the Cuttack rural police today said they have not received any complaint about the incident. “Since we have not received any complaint till now, we have not registered any case in this connection”, said Cuttack rural SP Madhav Chandra Sahu. When asked as to whether police are going to take suo motu (on its own) cognisance of the incident where the elected MP from Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency, who is also a senior leader of the ruling BJD, was attacked, Sahu replied in negative. “Neither have we received any complaint nor have we seen any video footage of the MP being attacked”, the SP said adding the situation, however, is under the scrutiny of the police. Local Mahanga police when contacted said over phone that adequate police arrangements have been made to maintain law and order. “One section of armed police, 20 home guards and equal number of police officers, including two inspectors were deployed at the spot under the supervision of a DSP”, said Inspector In-Charge of Mahanga Police station, S S Parida. A section of ruling BJD workers allegedly hurled stones and eggs at Panda yesterday when he was in Mahanga area to inaugurate a drinking water project funded by his MPLAD funds.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Eggs hurled at Jay Panda during water tank inauguration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Alleged supporters of Biju Janata Dal MLA Pratap Jena hurled eggs at party MP Jay Panda on Tuesday, after the former was not invited during a water tank inauguration ceremony. The water tank was built from Panda?s Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund. It is being claimed that Jena and Panda don’t share a very good rapport. The name plate of the project bearing Panda’s name was also vandalised by some untoward elements. Reacting to the incident, Jay Panda told ANI, ?Allegations are false. Plaque which was broken had names of local MLA and officials. I have always ensured they are invited.? Later he followed up with a Tweet saying, ?Forget stones and eggs, they can’t cow me down even if they use bullets. These MPLAD-funded projects = 5.2 million litres of drinking water Panda has been facing problems for voicing his opinions on the party?s problems. BJD chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sacked him from the party?s spokesperson post.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Globalisation of strategies needed for disaster reduction:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The strategies of the national and local governments for dealing with any disaster should be in alignment, integrated, supportive and supplementary, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said today. Rijiju, who co-chaired a plenary session on the ‘National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies’ here, said the policies, legal framework, directives and guidelines of the national government should support the strategies of the local government for implementation, enforcement, development planning and mitigation at the local level. “What we need is globalisation of strategies,” he said. The Union minister of state for home said the national and local governments should have their own budgets for disaster risk reduction (DRR) but the additional support should be from national governments for risk reduction. “This mitigation fund should be based on a formula based on risk, population etc. and also should be based on a system to give incentives to the good work done by the local governments and communities,” he said. Rijiju, who led the Indian delegation, said the local governments should pro-actively build capacity of the institutions and communities for DRR. “The national government should support capacity building through networking of institutions, technical support, documenting and sharing best practices, upscaling successful projects at local level- decentralisation,” he said. The minister said DRR cannot be successful unless adequate capacity is built at the local level. Capacity building of women for DRR leadership must be given special emphasis, he said. “Further special action to be taken to care for disabled, old aged and children,” he said. A special round table meeting was convened by UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J Mohammed to exchange views on coherence between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai framework and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Representing India at the meeting, P K Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, emphasised that disaster resilient infrastructure is a strategic entry point which will help us not only achieving the targets enshrined in the Sendai framework but also help in achieving SDGs and implementing the Paris agreement. The Indian delegation emphasised that there is a need to bring greater focus in investing at the local level. The meeting was attended by the leaders of 13 countries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tax on fatty foods finds favour among Indians

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent survey, 79 per cent citizens voted in favour of tax on high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) foods while 88 per cent citizens voted in support of ban on advertisement of HFSS foods on television channels meant for children.Over 9,000 people across India participated in the poll by the citizen engagement platform LocalCircles.In April, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India proposed a tax on all packaged foods with high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) content and a ban on their advertising on children television channels.Poll participants also felt that the government should lower prices of healthy and nutritious foods in a move to economically incentivise them.LocalCircles also asked citizens, if the government should also give an equivalent subsidy on healthy and nutritious foods in value of tax on HFSS foods. Of the 8,243 votes that came in, 74 per cent agreed with it.Citizens also preferred a ban on HFSS foods in school and college canteens.

Cops warn Noida homebuyers against holding protests sans clearance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after DNA reported how the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Police turned a deaf ear to the intelligence inputs regarding protests by Noida homebuyers, the district police and the administration on Monday asked the buyers to not organise any protest or gathering without required permissions. The authorities warned that violation of rules will invite legal action.On Saturday, the protesting homebuyers had blocked the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. An ambulance carrying a seven-year-old boy, suffering from Meningitis, got stuck in the resulting traffic jam while ion its way from Ferozabad to Delhi. The child later died in the ambulance itself.Gautam Budh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police Love Kumar told DNA that clear instructions have been given to all officers and police station in-charges concerned to take strict action, if any homebuyer group takes law in hand again.”We understand the pain of homebuyers. They are suffering because of the delay in getting possession of their houses. But, this does not mean that they can take law in their hands. I have made it clear that if anybody blocks a road or creates nuisance in the name of protest, we will take strict action,” Kumar said.The police have also alerted the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU), asking them to keep a close tab on homebuyers’ groups. The police and the administration officials said a proper platform to raise their voice was available to buyers, who could either take the support of the authorities concerned or move court against developers.DNA had first reported that even after receiving an intelligence input that homebuyers’ protest could lead to a major law and order situation, the UP Police had failed to control the situation.

Maha House to meet from tomorrow to pass state GST Bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Legislature will begin a special three-day session from tomorrow to pass the state Goods and Services Tax (SGST) bill. The legislature will pass three bills the main 116-page SGST Act, a bill related to the Compensation to Local Authorities and a bill on to the existing state laws that are to be repealed when the SGST comes into effect from July 1. This is for the first time that the Legislature will have a sitting on a Sunday, that is May 21. Sources in the Vidhan Bhavan said that the main SGST bill will first be tabled in the Legislative Assembly for debate and passage on May 20. On the same day, the Legislative Council will debate on the main SGST bill later in the afternoon, the sources said. “It shall depend upon the state Legislature whether to adopt both the main SGST and Compensation bills together or separately for debate and passage. The passage of the third bill pertaining to abolition of some Acts is expected to be a mere formality once the two main bills are passed,” the source said. The main SGST bill will seek to confer powers upon the state to levy the tax on supply of goods and services or both which takes place within the state. It shall empower the state to levy taxes on all intra-state supplies of goods and services or both, except on supply of alcoholic liquor for human consumption, at a rate to be notified not exceeding 20 per cent. The third bill deals with the state Acts to be repealed with the passage of the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax (MGST) Act 2017. These include Betting Tax Act-1925, Purchase Tax on Sugarcane Act-1962, Advertisements Tax Act-1967, Forest Development (Tax on sale of Forest Produce by Government or Forest Development Corporation Act-1983, Tax on Luxuries Act-1987, Tax on Entry of Motor Vehicles into Local Areas Act- 1987, Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act-2002 and the Maharashtra Tax on Lotteries Act-2006.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karnataka CM Siddaramiah insults defence veterans, keeps them waiting for an hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army and Air Force veterans have expressed their dejection, saying that they felt insulted when a function related to war memorial, turned into a political event.The oldest war memorial at Brigade Road here was to be re-inaugurated yesterday for which veterans were invited and Chief Minister Siddaramiah was invited as the chief guest.However, the event took an uncomfortable turn for the veterans, as the latter came an hour late.Colonel K.D. Shelly (retd.) said that many of them came from their native towns and managed to reach the venue before time. Colonel K.D. Shelly (retd.) Any event in war memorial or martyr funeral is a very sacred occasion for us. One Hawaldar Gumkar is there who is a war-wounded soldier of Madras regiment. He was in his native town but he reached here last midnight for the occasion and gave me a call informing the same. I had given a time that by 10.30 we all should be there. By 10.30, we all were there,”He further said that Gumkar got furious when he heard one of the local leaders speaking on the dais. The leader was speaking in Kannada focusing on the government’s plans and activities but did not utter anything about the war memorial or the martyrs.”I don’t know what time was given to the Chief Minister. He came around 11.45-12.00. Along with chief minister, his body guards, local leaders etc came. One of the local leaders started speaking in Kannada. Hawaldaar Gumkar got furious and said that the local leader is speaking about politics and their construction. Nothing is being spoken about war memorial or veterans,” he said.However, the Chief Minister seemed to be absolutely unaware about it and when asked about the same, replied, “Did I not pay respect to war memorial?”Disappointed by the event, one after the other, all the veterans left the spot. They were dejected by the way the significance of the event was sidelined and was used to highlight other things.

Haryana govt to conduct survey to provide affordable houses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to conduct a survey to identify beneficiaries for providing affordable houses under ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna- Housing for all’ programme to people living in urban areas of the state. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Urban Local Bodies department held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official spokesman said. It was also decided that those who are living in urban areas and were residents of the state as on June 17, 2015, would be eligible to participate in the survey. Those belonging to economically weaker sections, low income group and medium income group living in urban areas would be eligible for credit linked subsidy and affordable houses in the state, he said. The applicant should have Aadhar card and a bank account, is one of the conditions. The applicant or his family members should not have any pucca house in any other locality, is another. Applicants who has not been benefitted under any central or state housing scheme would be eligible to avail the benefits under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Praise for ‘tree-saving’ Indian lawmaker

Bode Prasad spent his own money to relocate four trees due to be cut down to make way for a road.

Ker to take up with PM MGNREGA arrears of Rs 636 crore

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will take up with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the delay being caused in clearing the Rs 636 crore arrears towards payment of wages under MGNREGA, the state assembly was informed today
Replying to a calling attention on the matter in the state assembly, Local Administration Minister, K T Jaleel said he had informed the chief minister of the matter and he had been assured that it would be taken up with the Prime minister. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will take up with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi the delay being caused in clearing the Rs 636 crore arrears towards payment of wages under MGNREGA, the state assembly was informed today Replying to a calling attention on the matter in the state assembly, Local Administration Minister, K T Jaleel said he had informed the chief minister of the matter and he had been assured that it would be taken up with the Prime minister. The arrears are towards the wages to be paid during 2016-17 fiscal, he said. The centre is releasing very less amounts to Kerala, causing lot of hardhips to workers, who have not been paid since the last six months, the minister said. Jaleel said he had written to Rural Development and Panchayatiraj Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar in December last year and again in February this year with regard to fund release. Alleging that the centre was adopting a discriminatory attitude towards Kerala in allotment of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) funds, he said the state should be alloted more as it was getting the least now.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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