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UP government releases 93 prisoners on Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 93rd birthday

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh today released 93 prisoners from various jails of the state on the 93rd birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.”It was decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of the former prime minister. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non-payment of fine imposed on them,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar told PTI.To ensure that they walk free, the prisons department was asked to see if the fines could be paid by NGOs, trusts and others, after verifying their credentials.The names of convicts to be set free was picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or were serving imprisonment in another case, the official said.Former prime minister Vajpayee had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times — 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.The BJP stalwart was the first and till now the only non-Congress leader who completed a full term as prime minister.He was also the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi in the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Yogi govt to free 93 prisoners on Vajpayee’s birthday tomorrow

The birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee tomorrow will bring cheers to 93 prisoners as the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to set them free.These convicts are lodged in different jails of Uttar Pradesh and their names were chosen from a list of prisoners who have completed their tenure in jail.”It has been decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non- payment of fine imposed on them,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said in an order issued here.He directed the prisons department to ensure the fine is paid by NGOs, trusts and others, after verifying their credentials.”The names of convicts to be set free have been picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or are serving imprisonment in another case,” a senior Home department officials said.Vajpayee had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times — 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004.His legacy was taken forward by BJP leaders Lalji Tondon and Rajnath Singh, who won Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014.”Vajpayee is the first and the only non-Congress leader who completed his full term as prime minister. He means a lot not only in Lucknow seat which he served but for the entire state and in his regime a number of historic schemes were launched,” UP BJP spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi said.On the government decision to set the prisoners free, the BJP leader said, “It is a good decision and based on humanitarian approach. Releasing those who served their sentence by ensuring payment of their fine is a welcome step and shows the people-friendly approach of our government”.Born in 1924, Vajpayee had his baptism in politics during the Quit India movement in 1942.He was also the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi in the UN Assembly in New York.

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Bill awarding death penalty for hooch trade passed by UP Assembly

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a bill to award death penalty and life imprisonment to those dealing in spurious liquor.The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in the House yesterday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna repealing the ordinance brought by the government in September in this regard was passed by a voice vote.The bill provides for death penalty, life sentence and fine to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs five lakh in case of death caused due to consumption of spurious liquor.It also provides for rigourous imprisonment up to 10 years and not less than six years in case of disability caused by consumption of spurious liquor and fine to the tune of Rs five lakh and not less than Rs three lakh.Earlier in September, the state government had promulgated an ordinance for amending the UP Excise Act with some cases of death and disability due to hooch being reported in the state.Also readChief Minister Yogi Adityanath amends 107-year-old law for capital punishment in hooch death cases in UPToday’s bill seeks to further strengthen the penal provisions to deal with those involved in illicit or spurious liquor.After Delhi and Gujarat, UP will be the third state where bootleggers may be sent to the gallows, if consumption of spurious liquor leads to a loss of life.Also read2 arrested in connection with Azamgarh hooch tragedyHooch tragedies take a heavy toll every year in Uttar Pradesh.In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. In 2015, 28 people were killed in a similar incident in the Malihabad area of Lucknow.The Assembly also passed UP Criminal Law Composition of Offences and Abetment of Trials (Amendment) Bill 2017.The bill pertains to abetment of certain proceedings pending before the magistrate till December 31, 2015.There are about 20,000 such pending cases.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth had yesterday announced in the House that the government will bring a bill to abolish political cases.

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Twitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic polls

In what comes as a major boost to the BJP ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the saffron party today swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls.In the polls which were being dubbed as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s first electoral test, the BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.Of the BJP 16 mayoral seats results of which were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (​BJP) scored win in 14 seats. Thew BSP, which fought the civic polls on its symbol after 17 years, won two seats.The Congress faced a humiliating defeat Amethi, a bastion of the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates.While the top BJP leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Yogi and other state level functionaries of the party, there was somewhat a silence on the Opposition side.Also readTwitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic pollsThe results gave another day to twitterati to mock the Opposition leaders. Here are some of the reactions on micro-blogging site after the UP civic poll results:Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years
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UP Civic Polls Phase 2: Rajnath’s ‘lotus’ pic at poll both causes outrage, low voter turn-out recorded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A chance click of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with BJP’s symbol – the lotus – after casting his vote in Lucknow went viral on social media. The picture shows Rajnath raising a finger with a lotus in the background with a bunch of other flowers. The Union Home minister exercised his franchise at the Nursery Municipal School at Mall Avenue. After casting his vote, clicks by photographers saw him showing his inked finger with symbol of BJP lotus in the background.“It looked as if Rajnath Singh was appealing to people for voting in favour of the BJP,” said Ashutosh Tripathi, a photographer.
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh civic polls phase 2: Voting across 25 districts underway amid tight security When the picture got viral on the social media and news portals, opposition parties including the Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP lodged a protest. Realising their mistake, the polling officers at the booth immediately removed the painting on the wall just behind the EVM.“It is a gross violation of code of conduct. It was a deliberate attempt and misuse of official machinery to benefit the ruling BJP and its candidates,” alleged Capt S.J.S. Makker, a Congress spokesman.
ALSO READ Global citizen Priyanka Chopra eligible to vote in upcoming UP civic polls “Where is the BJP at fault? Polling officials seems to have forgotten to remove the painting which unnecessarily created a controversy at the Mall Avenue polling booth,” clarified Vijay Bahadur Pathak, BJP State General Secretary. A painting of the left was inadvertently left at the wall of the classroom where the Union Home minister and other VVIPs cast their votes. Polling continued for over three hours. It was removed only when opposition objected to it after Rajnath’s picture went viral on social media.“We will hold an inquiry an initiate action against those responsible for it if any one lodged a complaint with the commission,” assured Ved Praksh, SEC Spokesperson.The Union Home Minister Rajnath is also Member of Lok Sabha from Lucknow Parliamentary seat, once represented by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Low voting in second phaseThe second phase of polling for urban local bodies’ elections in Uttar Pradesh recorded low turn-out during the second phase of polling on Sunday to elect mayors and representative for local government in six Nagar Nigams, 51 Nagar Palika and 132 Nagar Panchayats in 25 districts.The State Election Commissioner (SEC) S.K. Agarwal said that the polling per cent in the second phase was about 50-52 per cent against 55 per cent polling during the first phase on November 22.The SEC too admitted low turn-out, particularly in Luck now which recorded as low as 34 per cent of polling only. “Despite our best efforts, voters did not use their democratic rights. I am surprised that turn-out was low in mayoral polls,” pointed the SEC.Complaints of missing voters’ names in the list were reported from all districts which went to polls on Sunday. Names of the BJP MP and former Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, PM Narendra Modi’s proposer Veerbhadra Nishad, State Tourism Minister Dr Rita Bahuguna Joshi, three-time Lucknow Mayor Dr Dauji Gupta and DGP Sulkhan Singh were among few big names who could not use their franchise due to their names missing from the voters’ list.Veerbhadra Nishad said that he will take up the issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Public outcry led to heated verbal duals with polling officials at several places, including Lucknow where a few social organizations demanded cancellation of polling. Agitated voters who were denied voting staged a dharna a VVIP polling booth in Mall Avenue in Lucknow.Taking up their ire, the Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “Media reports that a lot of voters’ names are missing from the voting list of today’s elections. This type of Digital India cannot take us forward.”However, the Union Minister Rajnath Singh and deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma cast their votes in Luck now. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh and several other ministers of Yogi Adityanath Cabinet also used their franchise.Firing by Samajwadi Party supporters in Farrukhabad was reported in which one BJP worker was injured. BJP local leaders alleged that they made an attempt to capture booth. Stone-pelting between supporters of candidates was reported from Jaiganj area in Aligarh district. No one was injured and police arrested the trouble-makers.BJP pre-stamped ballot papers were alleged to have been recovered from Lalitpur district. However, the district administration rubbished the charge saying that it was handiwork of some miscreants.Technical snag in EVMs was reported from Lucknow and few other districts. As many as 45 EVMs faulty were changed to resume polling in Lucknow. Allegations of rigged EVMs were not reported from any districts.

Tamil Nadu: Four female students commit suicide after being scolded in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four girl students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu ended their lives by jumping into a well in a suicide pact after being allegedly chided by teachers for not being attentive in class, police said.The Class XI students of Panapakkam Government Higher Secondary School at the nearby Arakkonam town jumped into a farm well at Nangamangalam village on Friday.Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies and sent them for autopsy to a government hospital last night.”Based on the preliminary inquiry, the headmistress and class teacher have been suspended,” a district education official told reporters here today.The reason for the girls’ suicide is yet to be ascertained, a top district police official said.
ALSO READ Chennai: Violence breaks out at Sathyabama University after student commits suicide”Four teams of police personnel are questioning the class students, teachers, and others and only after the conclusion of the enquiry would the cause of the suicide be known,” he said.The official said no suicide note had been recovered.
ALSO READ IIM Lucknow student commits suicideHe said a preliminary enquiry revealed that 11 students were chided by teachers for not being attentive in class and were asked to bring their parents on November 24.”Yesterday, out of the 11 students, seven apologised and assured the teachers that they will be attentive. The other four students ended their lives,” he told PTI.The seven girls who tendered apology too had not brought their parents, he added.Of the four girls who committed suicide, two came to school in the morning and left the premises immediately.They later joined the other two and all of them went to the farm in their bicycles.”Local people, including a cowherd, saw the girls going to the farm well,” he said.Villagers alerted police and local officials after they spotted the abandoned bicycles near the farm well.Senior police officials and a district official placed wreaths on the bodies.

Pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students for illegal admissions: SC directs medical college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday directed a Lucknow-based medical college to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as a compensation for illegal admissions.Terming it the case ‘judicial indiscipline and impropriety’, the top court has barred the college from admitting students for the academic year 2018-19.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed the college to refund the admission fee paid by the students and slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh to be paid to the SC registry, reported Times of India.The lawyers appearing for the Medical Council of India ( MCI ), told the bench that the High Court allowed admissions even though the college didn’t have formal. According to Hindustan Times, the case came under the scanner in September when one judge of a two-member Allahabad high court bench made hand written corrections to its original order to allow the medical college to admit students to MBBS course for 2017-18.The top court also said that the High Court bench virtually overruled the SC order, saying it may cause an institutional problem.In September, the CBI had arrested retired Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi and five others, including the chairman of a private medical college in Lucknow, which was barred from admitting students for two academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.The former High Court judge was allegedly trying to help the Lucknow-based Prasad Educational Trust to overcome a bar on admitting students in its medical college for two academic years (2017-2018 and 2018-2019).Quddusi was granted bail on September 27.(With agency inputs)

Smoke on IndiGo flight forces plane to land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After smoke inside the cabin was noticed onboard, an IndiGo plane carrying 170 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The incident took place on Wednesday at 5.20 am.Sources at the airport stated that the flight number 6E-719 of IndiGo Airlines to Vishakhapatnam took off from IGI airport at returned 10 minutes later after passengers started complaining of smoke inside the cabin. “There was also a drop in cabin pressure leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed,” said the source.Even after making an emergency landing, the airline refused to accept that smoke was coming out of the cabin. In a statement, IndiGo stated that it was a “false alarm” over a “burning smell” in the cabin. However, keeping passenger safety in mind, a “precautionary landing” was made.According to an IndiGo spokesperson: “IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi on Wednesday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about a burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi.”The statement also added that after the plane returned to Delhi it was inspected thoroughly and “no oil leakages or electrical burn residues were identified.”In another incident, a man who flew on an international IndiGo flight filed a police complaint alleging that the crew refused to accept payment in Indian currency for the food he bought.INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIGONov 7: A video surfaced showing a passenger being assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by the staff of IndiGo airlines. The airlines issued an apology on Twitter on Nov 7.
Nov 12: A passenger fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by an employee of IndiGo at Lucknow airport. The AAI said the reason behind the mishap was “gross negligence of Indigo staff”.

Ayodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Wakq Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Wakq Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Wakq Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.”The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “WaseemRizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson.Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Wakq Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgment in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.THE FORMULAAccording to its affidavit, UPSCWB has agreed to surrender the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.

Ayodhya: Shia Board willing to surrender land for construction of temple, Sunni Board rejects formula

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Waqf Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Waqf Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.“The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “Waseem Rizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson. Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Waqf Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgement in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.

NIA takes over probe into murder of UP retired principal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe into the murder of a retired principal in Uttar Pradesh from the state Anti Terrorism Squad. It has been alleged that victim Ramesh Chandra Shukla was killed by members of the Islamic State.Shukla, principal of Atma Prakash Brahmachari Junior High School in Chakeri of Kanpur, was shot dead during his morning walk in October last year.According to the ATS, members of IS’s Khorasan module killed Shukla as part of a ‘target practice’. The agency learnt about this while investigating their role in the Ujjain-Bhopal passenger train blast in March this year.With the same group allegedly behind the blast and murder, authorities decided to allow one agency to probe both cases.A day after the blast, ATS sleuths conducted an 11-hour encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow in which Kanpur-based IS operative Saifullah was killed. Subsequently, NIA arrested right members of the cell from Kanpur and various cities of Madhya Pradesh.During investigation, the ATS found that the spent cartridges recovered from the spot of Shukla’s killing matched the arms and ammunition recovered from Saifullah’s hideout.Meanwhile, one of the arrested terror suspect Atif Muzaffar told the NIA that he had nothing against Shukla and he became a target of their shooting practice. He and Moahmmad Danish killed Shukla while practising with 30 calibre pistol, which they bought from Fakre Alam of Etawah.In its charge sheet in Ujjain-Bhopal Express blast, NIA made reference of Shukla’s murder. Since the case was with the state police, they wrote to the Uttar Pradesh director general of police seeking permission to hand over the case to the NIA. Last week, the national agency took over the case.

IIM Lucknow student commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old student of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Wednesday.Madiyaon Police said that the student has been identified as Soham Mukherjee of Kolkata. An engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Soham Mukherjee was a second year student of the management course at IIM-L.”He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room. Prima facie it looked like a suicide case since his room was bolted from inside. But no suicide note was found from his room. A case has been registered and investigation are on to ascertain reasons for his taking to such an extreme step,” said Madiyaon police.The police have seized his laptop and mobile phone to extract some information regarding his mysterious suicide. The body has been sent for the post mortem.His classmates claimed that he was suffer from depression due to some personal problems and was not attending classes since a last three days. He was also not taking calls from his batch-mates since then. He was not seen in the campus since November 12 and had just locked himself in the room since then. His hostel mates who peeped into the room spotted his body hanging from the ceiling.Mukherjee had joined IIM-L for management after working for a multi-national company for a few years. His family members have been informed in Kolkatta by the IIM-L management.The IIM-L management expressed grief over the suicide. “He was a consistently well performing student. We are shocked over the incident,” said an IIM-L press release.

IIM Lucknow student found dead in hostel room, classmates say he was depressed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a student of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Wednesday.Madiyaon Police said that the 25-year-old student has been identified as Soham Mukherjee of Kolkata.An engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Soham Mukherjee was a second year student of the management course at IIM-L.“He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room. Prima facie, it looked like a suicide case since his room was bolted from inside. But no suicide note was found from his room. A case has been registered and investigation are on to ascertain reasons for his taking to such an extreme step,” said Madiyaon police.The police have seized his laptop and mobile phone to extract some information regarding his mysterious suicide. The body has been sent for the post-mortem.His classmates claimed that he was under depression due to some personal problems and was not attending classes since a last three days.He was also not taking calls from his batch-mates since then. He was not seen in the campus since November 12 and had just locked himself in the room since then. His hostel mates who peeped into the room spotted his body hanging from the ceiling.Mukherjee had joined IIM-L for management after working for a multi-national company for a few years. His family members have been informed in Kolkata by the IIM-L management.The IIM-L management expressed grief over the suicide. “He was a consistently well performing student. We are shocked over the incident,” said an IIM-L press release.

Father throws four daughters out from UP train; mother says ‘paid price for giving birth to girls’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a father allegedly threw four of his five daughters out from a moving train in Uttar Pradesh.One Afreena Khatoon, 36, has told police officials her husband, Iddu Mian, 42, hurled their daughters out from Kamakhya-Katra Express on the intervening night of October 23 and 24, according to a Hindustan Times report.“I paid the price for giving birth to girls,” mother Afreen cries as she sat beside daughter Algun in the hospital.The train was passing through Sitapur, about 90 km north of Lucknow, when Iddu threw out his daughters one by one.”Muniya died because of me. I did not even know when Iddu threw out our four daughters. I was sleeping with my youngest daughter on another seat,” Afreen said.She believed it was after midnight her husband threw out their daughters when everyone in the train were sleeping.When Afreena woke up and asked Iddu where her daughters were, he simply replied : “Fek diye (I threw them).”“Paanch-paanch ladkiyan ko kaun palat aur kaun shadi karawat (who will feed five girls and arrange for their marriages),” Iddu added.“He threatened to throw me and Shehzadi out if I raised an alarm,” Afreena claimed.Afreen said she kept quiet till they reached Jammu as she was scared of his death threats and finally when they reached he abandoned them.However, Algun Khatoon, one of the daughters who survived to live the horrifying tale, has been admitted to Sitapur district hospital with a shattered leg.When police found a body at the Maigalganj railway tracks in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 25, Algun identified it as her mother’s.However, everyone was shocked at the village when mother Afreena turned up at her native village in Bihar’s West Champaran districtwith her two-year-old daughter Shehzadi.Afreena said Iddu left Bihar to work in Jammu and she decided to stay with her children at Jhakra. She claims her husband never fulfilled his responsibilities as her husband and father in their 13 years of marriage. When he came back from Jammu this time, he inisted on taking his wife and their children to Jammu. Afreena’s mother Rabeena was against it at first, however, she agreed to it. Afreena, who is still unaware of the fate of her daughter three daughters, now only wish her mother stopped her and her children from boarding the train.

18 dead, 100 hurt in UP’s NTPC blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a boiler exploded and caused a massive fire at a state-run NTPC power plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli on Wednesday evening, triggering widespread panic and chaos.The toll is likely to go up in the industrial disaster because most injured have serious injuries and some are still feared trapped inside the coal-fired plant. More than 150 ambulances were pressed into relief and rescue work that was affected by a huge ball of dust that rose after the 500-MW boiler (power generating unit) exploded.The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Lucknow, Balrampur and Allahabad. All burn units in adjoining districts have been put on high alert. About 20 workers with serious burns were shifted to Lucknow.Among the injured are four assistant general manager-rank officials. Three of them, first shifted to a private hospital in Lucknow, were being flown to Delhi.One injured died in Lucknow’s civil hospital where eight had been admitted. Medical Superintendent Ashutosh Dube said all of them had 80 to 90 percent burns and are in critical condition.Eyewitnesses said that the explosion was so powerful that the employees had little chance to save themselves. “I heard a deafening sound and saw fire. There were bodies all around Unit 6,” said Rakesh Pandey, who was at a nearby tea-stall.Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to UP’s Health Minister, and asked the Union Health Secretary to extend all possible help. Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked party workers in Rae Bareli — her parliamentary constituency — to extend all possible help.UP Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma admitted that it was a major industrial accident and said, “Our top priority is to rescue those still trapped and provide best medical care to injured workers. We will certainly fix responsibility and initiate action against anyone found guilty,” he said.A 32-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the plant to supervise relief and rescue operations. A high-level team of NTPC — India’s biggest power utility — rushed to the site to ascertain the cause of the blast and help the local administration in relief and rescue.Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred due to high pressure in a steam pipe of the boiler, said Rae Bareli sub-divisional magistrate Alok Kumar. Fire engulfed the entire Unit 6 where about 200 workers were on duty. CRPF and police jawans have been deployed at the plant which has been sealed to check any unauthorised entry.Unit 6 was commissioned recently. It was still running on trial. NTPC has ordered an inquiry. “We do not rule out any human error,” said an NTPC official.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on a three-day tour to Mauritius, asked officials to ensure effective relief and rescue operations, besides best medical facilities to the injured. The state government announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the dead, Rs 50,000 for those seriously burnt and Rs 25,000 for the injured. The 30-year-old plant has been shut for now.INDUSTRIAL DISASTERWhat
500-MW power-generating unit explodes, causes inferno
Where
Unit 6 of NTPC’s plant at Unchahar in UP’s Rae Bareli
When
Wednesday evening while 200 workers were on duty
Why
High pressure in one of the pipes, says area SDM
How
Blast causes fire, raises a huge ball of dust, hits rescue
Toll Likely to go up as many seriously burnt, others trapped inside
Rescue Operations on till late in the night

Allahabad HC sets aside defamation case against Azam Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan, the Allahabad High Court today set aside a defamation case filed against him in a court here by an IPS officer for alleged use of defamatory language at a press conference in Rampur.The Lucknow bench of the high court noted that there was no prima facie evidence in the case filed by Amitabh Thakur in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here to issue summons to Khan.Holding that there is no direct witness to the statements alleged to have been made by Khan, the bench said the value of admission of guilt in criminal cases differed at different stages.Hence, the high court quashed the summoning order and the arrest warrant issued against Khan.The order has been passed by Justice Pratyush Kumar on the petition of the former minister.It was pleaded on behalf of Khan that Thakur had nowhere stated in the complaint as to what were the defamatory remarks made by the former minister against him at the press conference in November 2015.

Uttar Pradesh: 2 arrested for sharing modified image of Taj Mahal with saffron flags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena leader Amit Jani and his associate were arrested by the Special Task Force here today for allegedly outraging religious feelings by posting on WhatsApp a modified picture of the Taj Mahal with saffron flags atop its pinnacle and minarets.”Amit Jani and his associate Updesh Rana were arrested here by the STF, Agra, for posting a computer-generated picture of the Taj Mahal with seven saffron flags atop its pinnacle and minarets on a WhatsApp group,” an STF official said here.Jani was earlier booked under IPC sections 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 295 (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), and relevant sections of the Information Technology Act in Agra.In the WhatsApp post, Jani appealed to all men associated with various Hindu organisations to gather at the seventeenth century Mughal monument on November 3, triggering panic and rumours in Agra. Following this, an FIR was registered against him.Jani was in jail for three months in 2012 for allegedly vandalising former chief minister Mayawati’s statue in Lucknow’s Gomati Nagar area after the Samajwadi Party came to power that year.Jani’s actual name is Amit Agarwal and he is a native of Janikhurd village of Janikhurd block of Meerut district.

Indoor Chhath, thanks to water pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday evening, Nitish Parashar, 28, stood near a large vessel full of water he had kept on the terrace of his home and prayed to the setting sun. “It’s the penultimate day of the four-day Chhath festival. The Yamuna is so polluted, you cannot even go there,” says the marketing executive in South Delhi’s Lado Sarai.Chhath is also about cleanliness and caring for rivers ponds, lakes and canals where the prayers are offered. But with rapid urbanisation and rising pollution, families are forced to complete the rituals at artificial water bodies. And the festival is no more limited to Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh. About 40 lakh people from this region called Poorvanchal live in Delhi alone.Similar stories are heard from other cities as well. Nalin Pandey and his family also offered the arghya on their building premises in Mumbai’s Nerul. For the last two years, they have been avoiding a nearby lake due to filth and overcrowding. “On our premises, there is a water fountain, placed in a way that both setting and rising suns can be seen from there,” says Pandey, head of a shipping company.Chhath begins from the sixth day of Diwali. The first day is Nahai-Khai, when devotees prepare traditional food after bathing. The second day is called Kharna, when a dawn-to-dusk fast is observed. On the third day, devotees stand in water and offer arghya to the setting sun.On the final day, devotees offer arghya to the rising sun.”Chhath is about rigour. Devotees strive to attain mental and physical purity. How can we perform puja near the Yamuna which is nothing but a sewage canal?,” asks Renu, 23, a Delhi student. Chhath, this year, is being celebrated from October 24-27.”In Patna itself, rush, risks and filth along the banks of the Ganga have forced a number of devotees to turn to community ponds or makeshift water bodies on rooftops to perform the rituals,” says Shiv Kumar of the city’s Lohanipur area.Sunita Gupta, a school teacher in Kolkata, has made an arrangement at her terrace. “We have a tub which is filled up with water for Chhath. We bring Ganga water, pour it in the tub and perform the rituals.” Lucknow’s Manoj Mishra also has a small pond built on the terrace of his house for Chhath.Chhath in Kashmir has its own side. Inside a small pond at the CRPF Recruit Training Centre (RTC), Sujata Tiwari is waiting for the sun to start setting. Braving autumn cold, Sujata of Eastern UP performs the rituals with precision as her husband watches on. The festival is mostly confined to a few highly secured camps of security forces where men from Bihar and Eastern UP are living with their families.Irrespective of the venue, thekua — a delicacy made of finely-ground flour, ghee and sugar — remains the main prasad!(With inputs from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow and Srinagar)

IAF drill: Agra-Lucknow Expressway safe from Chinese, Pak missile attacks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Agra-Lucknow Expressway has now become a safe haven for the fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) from any Chinese missile attack from Doklam and Pakistan’s from Rajasthan borders. It is because the runaway at the expressway is out of Chinese and Pakistanis missile range.The IAF on Tuesday conducted a historical air operation on a 3.2 kms airstrip at Bangarmau in Unnao on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway as part of its preparedness against any Chinese and Pakistanis aggression on its air bases within their missile ranges. In case of attack, the air strike first targets air bases to destroy them so that fighter jets do not take off for launching counter-offensive.On IAF’s demand requirement, the Union surface transport ministry had passed an order to construct airstrips at every strategically located expressway selected by the Air Force. Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country to be bestowed with the honour of providing the IAF safest airstrip which out of missile range of China and Pakistan.IAF has five air bases in Uttar Pradesh. They are strategically located at Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Bareilly to facilitate landing and take off facility to MIG, Sukhoi, Jaguar and Mirage fighter jets. Landing of Hercules C-130 is yet to be tested on any of its airstrips.In first of its kind air operations anywhere in the country, about 15 fighter jets touchdown and took off airstrip near Unnao in just 28 minutes. Six Sukhoi-30, six Mirage-2000 and three Jaguars participated in the air drill at the expressway. MI-17 helicopter also participated in the operation.But the show-stopper was the Super Hercules C-130, world’s largest and heaviest tourbo-prop carrier. It took from Hindon air base in Ghaziabad with about 200 Air Force special-trained Garud Commandos. It was the first to make a landing at the expressway at 10.15 am. After Garud commandos descended the air carrier with their vehicles etc, it took off and made another landing at the end to pick them up.Mirage-2000 took off from Gwalior while Jaguar from Gorahpur and Sukhoi-30 from Bareilly air bases to make a sortie at the expressway airstrip safely. They remained on the airstrip for about 40 to 50 seconds with the front wheel up before speeding up to take off testing the airstrip was robust and safe enough to be used in case of any emergency or war-like situation.Earlier, on November 21 2016, Mirage and Sukhoi jet fighters had touchdown the airstrip on 302-km-long Lucknow-Agra Expressway when it was inaugurated by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the presence of the former Defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.It is the second expressway in Uttar Pradesh which has the airstrip to provide facility for landing and take-off. Yamuna Expressway also has similar facility. Country’s longest proposed Poorvanchal Express from Lucknow to Ballia will also have similar facility.

Watch: Skills and tech on display: From fighter jets to transport aircraft land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 16 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) are landing on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in a special drill.The aircraft, including two AN-32 transport and fighter planes such as Mirage 2000, Jaguar, Sukhoi 30 MKI are taking part in the exercise.The exercise is being conducted on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway near Bangarmau in the neighbouring Unnao districtIn a first for India, a Mirage 2000 multi-role combat jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway in May 2015. In November 2016, six fighter jets of the IAF touched down on the newly-built Agra-Lucknow Expressway.The Indian Air Force (IAF) has cleared 12 national highways (NHs) as emergency landing airstrips that will enable rescue operation teams to reach affected areas easily, an official responsible for executing the project said.Although there was initially a proposal to develop a total of 21 NHs into airstrips, for now 12 highways have been cleared, with three of those connecting Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — all Maoist-affected areas — which witness vagaries of nature like floods and cyclones almost every year.

Home-bound: Rly stn, bus stands bustling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diwali is upon us and railway stations and bus stands are witnessing milling crowd as commuters are heading homewards for celebration. Therefore enormous rush is witnessed in spite of the best efforts made by the Rajasthan Roadways and Railways to ensure smooth movement. The ones who have not made reservation in time are struggling to go back home.To address the issue, Rajasthan Roadways has decided to run extra trips during the festival across the state to accommodate the waiting passengers.While the private bus operators are minting money by charging more than the normal rate from the people who are desperate to go home.Railways too has added extra coaches on trains running on many routes. In the latest addition, the coaches have been added in Udaipur New Jalpaigudi weekly train. With this increase, passengers boarding or deboarding the train at Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Jaipur, Delhi, Lucknow, Gorakpur, Chapra, Katihar and other stations will get additional 64 births in third AC category.A large number of people travel form Jaipur to Bihar and UP and this increase in coach will be beneficial for them. Similarly, temporary addition in the number of coaches in Delhi Sarai Bikaner Express has also been made. One coach of third AC has been added. This will help passengers travelling to and from Gurgaon, Rewari, Luharu, Churu, Ratangarh and other stations. One coach of third AC has also been included in Ajmer Chandigarh Garib Rath express.

Karva Chauth 2017: Check out timings for moonrise in different Indian and international cities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Today is Karva Chauth, an occasion where married women in northern India are seen fasting from sunrise to moonrise for their husband’s long life and well-being. ‘Karva ‘ means earthen pots while ‘chauth’ means the fourth day. Karva Chauth is celebrated on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.Married women, as well as their husbands (these days), observe this fast for each other. Many unmarried girls are also seen observing a fast. The rituals begin by the women eating sargi, pre-dawn meal prepared by their mother-in-law and then setting out on a fast till moonrise.In the evening, a puja is organised where women exchange earthen pots filled with sweets, bangles and clothes. Check out the puja timings. Women who will be observing a fast, without even drinking a glass of water, will most definitely be waiting for the timings for moonrise in India. Here are the timings for moonrise across India:Mumbai – 8:39 PMDelhi – 8:09 PM Lucknow – 7:57 PMJaipur – 8:18 PMChandigarh – 8:09 PMGurgaon – 8:11 PMAmritsar – 8:16 PMAhmedabad: 8:36 PMShimla: 8:07 PMJammu: 8:14 PMDehradun – 8:04 PMAgra – 8:09 PMBhopal – 8:16 PMPatna – 7:41 PMKolkata – 7:32 PMRanchi – 7:43 PMGuwahati – 7:13 PMRaipur – 8:01 PMRohtak – 8:12 PMPanaji – 8:40 PMBengaluru – 8:27 PMHyderabad – 8:18 PMBhubaneshwar: 7:45 PMChennai – 8:16 PMThiruvananthapuram – 8:34 PMLocal TimeKathmandu – 7:53Abu Dhabi – 8:24Paris – 9:18 PMMoscow – 7:28 PMDubai – 8:15 PMSharjah – 8:18 PMBirmingham – 8:26PMSydney – 9:42 PMLondon / Liverpool– 8: 22 PMToronto – 9:01 PMNew York City/New Jersey – 8:45 PMLos Angeles – 9:00 PM

BJP government re-inaugurating Congress projects: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused BJP governments at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh of re-inaugurating projects launched by the previous UPA dispensation in his Lok Sabha constituency Amethi.”I am happy to note that our BJP friends are out to re-inaugurate these projects started by us…but I am happy that we initiated these works for the people of Amethi,” Gandhi said.He was having an informal chat with newspersons in Tiloi on the second day of his three-day visit here.Gandhi was seeking to take the wind out of the sails of BJP chief Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani who are scheduled to visit Amethi on October 10 to launch a number of new projects in Amethi.Giving details of the works done by him, the Congress MP mentioned projects like a hospital worth Rs 90 crore, FM radio, Sainik school, Rajiv Gandhi aviation university at Fursatganj and Institute of Hotel Management.He also named the projects like Central school at Jais, Amethi-Uchahar new rail line, doubling of Rae Bareli-Amethi rail line, multi-functional complex at the railway station, four-laning of Lucknow-Sultanpur NH 56, bypass of NH and six national highways through Amethi.”These are our works,” he asserted.Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi again, Gandhi said, “the BJP government has completed three-and-a-half years and has only one-and-a-half years left. The prime minister should work now for employment generation and for farmers.” The Congress vice president had yesterday also criticised the Modi government over the issue of unemployment and farmers’ problems.During a chaupal (village gathering) at Kathaura village in Jagdishpur, Gandhi had said yesterday, “Farmers and youth are the two main issues concerning India…if Modiji cannot address them he should say so and Congress will come and do his work in six months.”He had said that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to stop wasting the time of the countrymen and start giving employment to the youth as promised.”

Taj Mahal already an established spot, focussing on projects like Kumbh Mela: UP tourism minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UP tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi sought to clarify after media reports that the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, was missing from the UP tourism booklet.She termed the controversy over the alleged non-inclusion of Taj Mahal in the Uttar Pradesh government booklet about ongoing and future tourism projects as unnecessary.‘This conflict is completely unnecessary, and there should be an end put to it,’ Joshi told ANI, and added, ‘The controversy arose probably because the photo (of Taj Mahal) is missing, otherwise Taj Mahal is mentioned in the booklet.’Joshi emphasized that Taj Mahal remains a significant tourist attraction for UP, and the government has allotted Rs 156 crore for betterment of facilities around it.Citing that the heritage site is an established tourist spot, Joshi said that the government has focused more on the upcoming tourism projects in the said booklet.
ALSO READ Taj Mahal not excluded from tourism development project, Rs 165 crore alloted: UP govt‘Taj Mahal is already an established tourist spot, so we have focused more on the projects we are taking up within the next one year, especially Kumbh Mela,’ said the tourism minister.Joshi said that the government is focusing efforts towards Ayodhya, Varanasi and Chitrakoot, with the aim to make Ardh Kumbh Mela a major symbol of Uttar Pradesh tourism.
ALSO READ Is Taj Mahal a mausoleum or a temple?‘In the coming 12 to 24 months, we want to beautify and equip better tourism facilities in Ayodhya, Varanasi and Chitrakoot,’ Joshi said.‘Our USP is spiritual and religious tourism, that is why our focus for one year is on it, but at the same time it should not mean that we are ignoring other tourism sites,’ the tourism minister further added.Joshi informed that the tourism department is also working towards eco-tourism, and facilitating tourism in Lucknow, Bithoor, and Bundelkhand.

Vajpayee taken off Lucknow city electoral rolls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The name of ailing BJP patriarch and former Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee was struck off from the electoral rolls for the forthcoming Lucknow municipal polls in November with no protests from the BJP.Vajpayee wasa registered with serial number 1054 in the voters’ list of Babu Benarsi Das ward. The Bharat Ratna last cast his vote in Lok Sabha polls in 2004, when he was in good health, and in municipal polls in 2000.State Election Commission authorities claimed that his name was removed from the revised list as he hadn’t participated in the polling process for more than the past decade.Municipal authorities claimed that the former Prime Minister was not living at his residence, 92/98-1 Bansmandi, which is registered in municipal records for decades now. His residence now houses the Kisan Sangh office.“Voters’ list is revised before every polls and his name is being struck off due to this reason,” said a municipal officer.BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadu Pathak said that they would request municipal authorities to incorporate his name in the list as he still has the right to vote.Vajpayee had gradually retired from active politics after 2004 Lok Sabha polls. He fell seriously ill and is now confined to bed. The Bharat Ratna was bestowed upon him while he was bed-ridden at his Delhi residence.ROLL CALLState EC said former PM’s name was removed as he hadn’t participated in polls for over 10 yrs
Civic authorities said he hadn’t been living at his registered address in city for decades now

Learning from BHU, top Uttar Pradesh universities act on time, file FIR against molesters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two new harassment cases at Uttar Pradesh’s top universities were reported on Thursday even as the controversy over the last week’s lathicharge at the BHU continues.But unlike the apathy shown by the BHU administration, Lucknow and Allahabad universities not only acted in time but also made sure that justice was done for the victims.Once known as Oxford of East, the Allahabad University is fourth oldest university in India.A molestation complaint was reported by Shweta Singh (name changed), a BA final year student.She said while coming out of the university gates on September 26, a second year student allegedly made lewd remarks.When she objected, the student grabbed her hand and tried to hug her.When a visibly shocked Shweta shouted, a few students and university staffers rushed to her rescue. The student ran away threatening her with dire consequences.Shweta, who had recognised student, reported the matter in writing to Prof RS Dubey, the university Proctor.“He had made comments tried to catch my hand in the past also. He is habitual offender and need to be taught a lesson,” Shweta said after lodging the complaint.Learning lessons from the BHU, the Proctor lodged an FIR against the erring student in Colonelganj Police station and rusticated the him on basis of the victim’s complaint, eye-witnesses accounts and CCTV footage.“It is a criminal act and the student has lost the right to remain a part of the prestigious university. I warn all other students to face similar fate if they indulged in any such activity targeting their female colleagues,” Prof Dubey said.In yet another case, a BBA student Alka (name changed) was molested by a MBA passout Himanshu Yadav of the Lucknow University.Himanshu has been stalking the girl from the university’s new campus up to her residence for the past one month.Alka said that she had tried to warn Himashu several times but on September 26, he tried to physically assault her.Unfazed by Himanshu’s threat, she filed a written complaint with the Proctor Prof Vinod Singh.Ordering an inquiry into the incident, Prof Singh lodged a police complaint against Himanshu.“We have identified the student who is a 2016-2017 MBA batch pass out. The Police is on the look-out and soon he will be arrested,” assured the Lucknow University Proctor.The two incidents suggest that after the BHU molestation case, awareness has increased among female students and they are reporting eve-teasing incidents without any fear.Secondly, after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s warning, university authorities are also not wasting time to initiate action against street Romeos stalking in campus and outside.

Special POCSO court turns down ex-UP Minister Gayatri Prajapati’s second bail plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gayatri Prajapati, the embattled ex-minister in then Akhilesh Yadav government, faced fresh trouble as the Special POCSO Court turned down his second bail plea on Wednesday.Prajapati who is facing rape charges along with others had applied for bail in the Allahabad High Court last week. .The Special POCSO Judge Justice Uma Shanker Sharma rejected his bail application and said that charges against him were of serious nature and the accused facing trial should not be allowed bail as he may influence the process.Earlier, the Allahabad High Court had also rejected his bail application.A Special Investigation team had filed a chargesheet against Prajapati and six others for gangraping a Chitrakoot woman and her minor daughter in March 2017 under sections 354 (A), 376, 511 of the IPC and ¾ of the POCSO Act.A close associate of Samajwadi Party patriarch Muayam Singh Yadav, the FIR against Prajapti and others were lodged following intervention of the Supreme Court.He was arrested by the Lucknow police on March 15.The former mining minister in the Akhilesh Yadav Cabinet, Prajapati had allegedly paid Rs 10 crore to a judge through two senior lawyers to seek release from the jail.Then Special POCSO Judge OP Mishra had granted him bail on April.Taking serious note of the alleged payoff, the judge was later suspended by Chief Justice Allahabad High Court.

Odisha: CBI officials booked for ‘tresspassing’ into High Court judge’s home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Police today registered a case of trespass against a team of CBI officials, who late last night allegedly made an attempt to enter into the house of a sitting judge of Orissa High Court here for conducting a raid and search.Briefing the media, twin city police commissioner Y B Khurania said that on the basis of information provided by a security guard posted at the residence of the judge, a case under section 448 (house trespass), 353 (to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, 511 (to commit cognisable offence) and 34 (common intention) has been registered in the Cantonment police station here.”The incharge of the police station has been entrusted to investigate the case,” he said, adding that the CBI officials were not able to show any search warrant to the local police station or to the security guard deployed at the residence of the judge to conduct any raid.Khurania also informed that the standard procedure required by any enforcement agency for the purpose of conducting a raid in the residence of a high court judge was not followed in this case.In connection with a corruption case originating from Lucknow, the CBI officials came here looking for the house of former Acting Chief Justice I M Quddusi, who in the meantime, has left the city upon his transfer to Chhattisgarh High Court in April 2010.The CBI officials reached the old quarter of Justice Qudussi, which is now being occupied for nearly seven years by Justice C R Dash, a sitting judge of the high court.The CBI officials reportedly left the spot immediately without disturbing the judge following the intervention of local police.It may be mentioned here that Justice Quddusi joined Orissa High Court as a judge in December 2004 and he was made the Acting Chief Justice of the HC here in May 2008. He was transferred from here to Chhattisgarh in 2010 and he retired from there in June 2012.Meanwhile, irked over the CBI officials’ midnight transgression, lawyers of Orissa High Court boycotted court work today demanding a judicial enquiry into it. The lawyers have decided to meet again on Thursday to chalk out their next course of action.

ISRO is hiring: Here’s how you can apply at isro.gov.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Engineers and scientists can now apply for positions in mechanical, electronics and computer science at the prestigious Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).You can send in your online application on isro.gov.in by October 5, 2017.Those applying should have a BE/B.Tech or equivalent qualification in first class with an aggregate minimum of 65 per cent marks or CGPA 6.84/10 The candidate has to pay Rs 100 for each application and should be more than 35 years as on October 5, 2017. Those who pass ISRO’s initial screening of academic performance and biodata will be eligible for the written test. The recruitment exam will take place on December 24 at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.Positions available:Scientist/Engineer in Electronics – 35Scientist/Engineer in Mechanical – 35Scientist/Engineer in Computer Science – 10Make a note:Last date to send application: October 5Last date to submit fees: October 6Call letters for written test: Second or third week of December 2017Check for more details here

UP ATS arrests three Bangladeshi brothers; recovers fake Aadhaar cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) busted a fake Aadhaar card racket in Lucknow and arrested three Bangladeshi youth.The three accused, who are brothers, have been identified as Mohammad Imran, Rajiduddin and Mohammad Firdos. The trio was arrested near Charbag railway station in Lucknow.On August 6, the ATS arrested a terror suspect, Abdullah-Al-Mamon, from Kutesara village in Muzaffarnagar district on early Sunday morning.The ATS claimed that Abdullah stayed in Deoband also and was in constant touch with students from Bangladesh and other Islamic countries studying in Darul Uloom Deoband, the world renowned Islamic centre.On interrogation, Mamon confessed that there were others in the gang following which a search was on the other members.On Thursday, the ATS apprehended the three brothers at the railway station. On questioning them, they noticed something suspicious and arrested them. The ATS also recovered fake Aadhaar cards from their possession.

Pankaj gets unexpected Duleep Trophy call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pankaj Singh was busy sweating it out in the gym and not even in his stray thoughts did he think of an outside chance to play Duleep Trophy 2017 that is already underway. The unexpected call came on Wednesday afternoon from a BCCI official who apprised him of the development confirming his tickets to Kanpur for the match on September 19. It was a pleasant surprise for the pacer given he had done exceptionally well last year in the domestic circuit and deserved participation from the very outset of the tournament.“I was dejected when initially I didn’t see my name in any of the Duleep Trophy teams despite the fact I did well last year in every domestic tournament that I played,” Pankaj Singh said. Given that he has got a chance now, he is looking forward to make the most of it. “I am ready to seize the opportunity with both hands and give my best to ensure the team wins and we enter the finals,” he added. The final of the tournament will be held on September 25 in Lucknow.The development came after a few players were included in India A squad that will play against New Zealand A between September 23-30. Duleep Trophy is another platform which affords opportunity for selection in Team India.Since 2014, when Pankaj made his international debut in Tests and represented the side on India’s tour to England playing two Tests, he has been curtly overlooked notwithstanding his standout performances. With new crop of players, it seems Team India has identified a set of players to build upon for the coming two years with Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi and Aniket Choudhary ‘as a part of the scheme’. But such a scenario hasn’t disturbed the seamer.“That is their planning and outlook. I will continue to work harder because nothing in sports is final. You never know when in what form an opportunity may come and knock your door,” he said.

Most bridges in MP, Andhra, UP of socio-economic importance: govt data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bridges on national highways connecting Chennai-Jharpokharia, Mumbai-Agra, Lucknow-Barauni, Pindwara-Allahabad and Shivpuri-Lucknow have been identified as socioeconomically important, a government data revealed. There are an estimated 1.5 lakh bridges on India’s national highways.As per the data, the bridges identified on basis of factors such as connectivity, daily socio-economic activities of the areas connect, population and average traffic movement on them, are located in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) under the ministry of road transport and highways – which maintains an inventory of all bridges in the country – accords a socio-economic bridge rating number to the bridge identified, aside rating its structural condition for timely repair and rehabilitation.For instance, bridges on the national highways of Andhra Pradesh connecting areas such as Nellore, Kavali, Gudur, Sullurpet, as well as those connecting Ongole, Chirala, Markapur have been accorded a high rating in a scale of 0 to 9, in terms of connectivity, social impact and economic growth, implying their importance to the areas they are located.Similarly, the bridges on national highways of UP, passing by Lucknow, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Kanpur Dehat and Jalaun have been rated as the socio-economically important, not just on the parameters of connectivity, social impact or economic growth they contribute to, but also on the fact that an alternate route to connect the same areas would be far off.While bridges on national highways proximate to Chambal and Morena areas of MP have been rated high in terms of socio-economic importance, bridges on national highways near Dehradun in Uttarakhand have been given a similar rating.Speaking about this aspect of bridges, a senior government official said the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia is a perfect example of how a bridge can contribute immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.”The Sydney Harbour Bridge (connecting Sydney’s central business district to the North Shore) is a prime example of how a bridge contributed to the socio-economic development of the areas it connected over the years. Better connectivity enables better economic growth of the areas connected,” the official said.Similarly, during the inauguration of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge –the longest bridge of the country connecting Dhola in Arunachal Pradesh to Sadiya in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about how it will pave the way for economic growth in the North East and bring about an economic revolution to the region.Launched last year by union roads minister Nitin Gadkari, the IBMS also has the wherewithal to identify cut off areas such as river islands like Majuli in Assam, and present the data to the government so that their connectivity through bridges can be planned, which would foster socio-economic growth in such areas.However, an official said the IBMS has not been given such a mandate by the government. The IBMS has completed inventory over 1.6 lakh bridges in the country, of which around 6,500 bridges have been identified as structurally distressed and 147 dilapidated, needing immediate attention.NEW STATUSBridges identified on basis of factors such as connectivity, daily socio-economic activities in the region.

At 80, woman who has raised 800 ‘daughters’ wins Neerja Bhanot award

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She was only eight when Dr Sarojini Aggarwal’s daughter, riding pillion with her mother, was killed in a hit-and-run in 1978. Over the next 34 years, the grief of losing her only daughter led Dr Aggarwal to give a new lease of life to over 800 destitute girls she took under her wing.Today, Dr Aggarwal, now 80, will receive the Neerja Bhanot award, which is given to Indian women who fight against social injustice, for her work.The Lucknow-based social worker who is fondly called ‘Maa’ by as many as 800 girls whom she has given shelter in ‘Manisha Mandir’, a shelter home in Lucknow, will become the 26th recipient of the award.”I wanted a daughter, but I lost her when she was eight. It was then that I decided to look after girls from underprivileged sections of society and raise them like I would have raised Manisha,” says Dr Aggarwal who set up the shelter for girls on September 24, 1984, on Manisha’s birth anniversary.One of the first children she took in was a girl whose mother had died and whose father, a labourer, was left disabled in an accident. Two decades later, the girl, now 20, is married and lives with her family.”It is not just about shelter, clothing or food, but motherly love, that these children need. Girls remain in our shelter home till they are 18 years, after which they are encouraged to be independent. Many of my daughters are now working as bank managers, teachers,” says Dr Aggarwal, brimming with pride.”When I had started, I had three children to raise and I was told that my dream should not come in the way of the upbringing of my children. But when they grew up, I completely dedicated to fulfilling what I had set out to dream.”Apart from school education, girls are provided vocational training and coaching for higher studies with an aim to make them self-reliant when they leave the home. “Until our daughters are empowered with education, society will not progress and this is what I will do till the end,” says the octogenarian.

UP: Adityanath, Rajnath jointly flag off Lucknow Metro, services open to public from Aug 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday jointly flagged off 8.5 km stretch of the first phase of metro train in Lucknow.Addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the Lucknow Metro, Adityanath said, “The wait for travelling in the Lucknow Metro is over. The services will be opened for the public use from tomorrow. The metro service will help reduce air pollution in the state capital in the long run, will contribute to savings in terms of money and time for the passengers.”Adityanath further averred it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi government at the Centre which contributed the bulk of the funds to the project.”The UP Government is working on the lines of Prime Minister Modi to fulfil his every dream for the betterment and development of country. I am thankful to the whole team who made the Lucknow Metro project a reality. I am grateful to Governor Ram Naik, who inspires me to work tirelessly,” he said.Adityanath also apprised that the Government is planning to bring the metro in at least seven other cities in Uttar Pradesh.”We are planning to bring the metro in Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi and Meerut also,” the UP Chief Minister mentioned.Rs. 6,00,080 crore have been spent in the Lucknow Metro Project.”We have spent overall Rs. 6,00,080 crore in the construction of the Lucknow Metro. The amount of Rs. 13,000 crore was given by the Indian Government, Rs. 278 crore was spent by the UP Government and Rs. 3,502 was spent by the European Investment bank,” informed Adityanath.Expressing his happiness over the inauguration of the first Lucknow Metro, Rajnath Singh asserted that the dream of smart city has started with the metro and the dream of the Smart City will be fulfilled soon.”Today is a historic day not only for Lucknow, but for the entire Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow ?Metro Ka Shehar? will bring new opportunities for the city,” he said.”Whenever we think of infrastructure we look towards future. Infrastructure should cater to the need of the next 10-15 years,” he added.Singh has dedicated the Metro project to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and thanked Prime Minister Modi for the same.Metro Man E. Sreedharan, MP Kaushal Kishore, Cabinet Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Hardeep Singh Puri, Swati Singh, Basic Education Minister Anupama Jaiswal and Suresh Rana marked their presence at the inaugural ceremony.

UP: 49 infants die in a month in Farrukhabad hospital, adminstration says oxygen supply not to blame

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forty-nine infants died in a month in the Farrukhabad district hospital, most of them from “perinatal asphyxia”, a condition in which a newborn has trouble breathing, officials said today.In a virtual replay of the tragedy in Gorakhpur, where 30 children died in two days in a state-run hospital last month, many of the parents in Farrukhabad told officials there was a delay in providing the infants with oxygen and medicines.The hospital recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21, a government spokesperson said in Lucknow.The state government today removed Farrukhabad District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar as well as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Umakant Pandey and Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Akhilesh Agarwal.Principal secretary (health) Prashant Trivedi, however, said the deaths had “nothing to do with oxygen supply”.”Oxygen is not an issue in the entire episode. I think, of late, we are giving undue sensitivity to oxygen. It has become more of a buzzword,” he told reporters at a hurriedly convened press briefing in the state headquarters.An FIR against the CMO and the CMS was registered last night in Farrukhabad, about 180km from the state capital.However, the state government said no action would be initiated against them on the basis of the FIR.”The way things have been presented is not what happened.No action, therefore, is being initiated on the basis of the FIR registered against the CMO and the CMS,” Trivedi said.The Director General Medical Health would give a detailed report on the deaths, he added.To a question on the removal of CMO Pandey and CMS Agarwal, Trivedi said, “They have been removed for the simple reason that the DM is the head of the administration in a district and they should have co-ordinated with the DM”.If there were any issues, those should had been brought to the notice of the administration, he said.”What happened actually – medically or technically – will be clear in a probe,” he added.He also said that no official could elicit the views of a person over the telephone.”This is not the right way to conduct a magisterial probe,” Trivedi said, commenting on the city magistrate contacting on the phone the parents and relatives of the infants who had died.Principal secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi, who was also present, said, “No death took place due to lack of oxygen. The matter should not be blown out of proportion.” He said the DG Health would send a specialised team to investigate the deaths.”There seems to be some co-ordinational issue among the officers. All the three officers — DM, CMO and CMS — have been removed. Everything will be brought forth,” he said.Referring to the FIR, he said, “It very clearly seems to have been lodged when the DM did not get the report from the health department”.The FIR was lodged against the CMO, CMS and other doctors but only the posts were mentioned and no one was named in the FIR.It was lodged by the city magistrate last night under IPC sections 176 (legal provisions regarding inquiry by magistrate into cause of death), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 304 (culpable homicide).A high-level team will be sent to Farrukhabad to probe the deaths and its technical aspects will also be taken care of, the official spokesperson said.He said 468 deliveries took place in the women’s wing of the hospital during the period. Of these, 19 were stillbirths.City Magistrate Jaynendra Kumar Jain and SDM Ajit Kumar Singh said a probe found that most deaths were caused by breathing problems. They also said in the report that the CMO and the CMS did not cooperate with the investigation.”During the period, 30 children died mostly due to perinatal asphyxia (a condition in which a child does not breathe normally just before, during, or after birth). During the probe, the parents said there was a delay in providing oxygen and medicine because of which the children died due to lack of supply of oxygen,” the report stated.The report did not mention the 19 other deaths.Awasthi said, “…19 were stillborn children while 30 others died due to various causes, including perinatal asphyxia. This may be caused by the umbilical cord going around the neck of the child…Our medical team will look into it.”Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office took prompt notice of the matter after local news channels reported the deaths and directed the district magistrate to conduct a probe, the officials said.The deaths in the Farrukhabad hospital come after at least 30 children died in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur on August 10-11 amid allegations of oxygen shortage, a charge denied by the state government.Meanwhile, doctors of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Medical Services (PMS) today threatened to proceed on mass leave to protest the registration of the FIR against members of the fraternity.They said they would not report for duty on Tuesday and Wednesday and would resign if the FIR was not withdrawn by September 7.PMS members held a meeting in Farrukhabad and demanded that the FIR be withdrawn.”The committee comprising the city magistrate and the SDM did not have technical knowledge. The probe report is wrong and it should be withdrawn,” UP PMS district unit secretary Dr Yogendra Singh said.He said the probe committee was a non-technical one and its “fairness and competence” should be probed.”We have decided to proceed on mass leave on September 5 and 6. If our demands are not met, all the doctors of the district will resign on September 7,” he said.UP PMS Association president Dr Ashok Yadav told PTI in Lucknow, “The report on the basis of which the FIR was filed was prepared by non-technical people. A committee of experts should have been set up. This is an attempt to incite doctors, who are working in adverse conditions.”He said the government should recall those officers who did not have the knowledge needed for such probes.”They should be properly trained. We are monitoring the situation there and will decide our future course of action,” he said.

Only women will run Lucknow Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Metro trains in Lucknow are going to be the first in India to be operated only by women drivers.The inaugural run, to be held on September 5, will be flagged off by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also a Member of Parliament from the constituency. As many as 21 women drivers have already been selected and trained to manage the network. In fact, the trial run held in December, 2016, was also managed by two women drivers.During the inaugural run, two Metro trains will be run for a very short route — four stations from Transportnagar to Charbagh. The four-coach trains will have a capacity to accommodate nearly 1,100 passengers at a time, with a seating capacity for 200 people.The coaches have been equipped with LED lights and CCTV cameras to keep a check on eve-teasing and other petty crimes. Besides, the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has made provisions for separate sections for women and physically challenged people.Meanwhile, the LMRC started selling Go Smart Cards on Friday. The Metro Tourism Cards will be available for Rs 200, starting September 6. Also, in a first, the LMRC will calculated the fare not on the basis of the distance travelled but the number of stations. The minimum fare has been fixed at Rs 10 and maximum at Rs 60. Children below the height of 90 cm will not be charged.

City of Nawabs, book this date! From September 5, Lucknow Metro to be run by all-women fleet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lucknow, the City of Nawabs, where air is always full of itra and flavours of Awadhi cuisines is finally getting a metropolis wonder.With Lucknow Metro’s inaugural, the capital of India’s most populous state, will finally join other major cities in the way it travels.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also an MP from the UP capital, will flag off the Lucknow Metro on September 5.With its launch, Lucknow Metro will become India’s first metro services to be operated by an all-women fleet.As many as 21 women drivers have been selected to manage the Metro network. In fact, the trial run was also operated by two female operators in December last year.The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) began selling Go Smart Cards from Friday.Metro Tourism Cards will be available for Rs 200 from September 6. For the first time, the LMRC will be charging the fare not on distance travelled but number of stations covered and has fixed minimum fare to Rs 10 and maximum to Rs 60. Children below height of 90 cms will be allowed to enjoy free travel.In its inaugural run, two Metro trains will be run by female operators on a very short route having four stations from Transportnagar to Charbagh.The four-coach trains will have a capacity to accommodate about 1,100 passengers at a time with a seating capacity of 200 people.Equipped with LED lights and CCTV cameras to check eve-teasing and crime, the LMRC has made provisions for separate sections for women and physically-challenged persons.The project of Lucknow Metro was envisaged launched by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government in 2014.The LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav claimed that the first phase of the project was completed in record less than three years.The final phase will be by 2019 when Lucknow Metro will be running on main thoroughfares of the City of Nawabs.

UP: Sharpshooter Sunil Sharma killed by police in encounter

Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 11:31 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sharpshooter Sunil Sharma, who fled from the police custody a month ago, was killed today morning by the police in an encounter in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar.Sharma had managed to flee from the court on August 8, while the police was taking him to appear before the court.During the encounter, he got injured, after which the police took him to the hospital for treatment, but he died.He was the sharp shooter of Salim Rustom Sohrab gang and many cases were registered against him regarding murders and money recovery from businessmen and traders.

Greet but don’t embrace this Bakrid: Clerics in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With swine flu taking 66 lives in Uttar Pradesh, Muslim clerics have issued a health advisory to community members: ‘Greet but don’t embrace and hug’ this Eid-ul-Adha (Bakrid), which falls on September 2017, to protect them from the deadly, contagious disease.It will be the first Bakrid in the history of Uttar Pradesh in which people will exchange Eid pleasantries but refrain from the traditional embrace to avoid contracting swine flu. The health advisory from prominent Muslim clerics has already been sent to all mosques, madrassas, and Muslim leaders across Uttar Pradesh.On the request of prominent Muslim clerics, all Imams have agreed to make an announcement in this regard from their respective mosques after Friday prayers, to follow the health advisory strictly, to allow celebrations with full religious fervor, but safely.On Friday, Imams will make announcements from mosques, advising community members to not hug or embrace each other. They will also advise community members to stay away from crowded places and get vaccinated as a precautionary measure.The announcements will be repeated on Saturday morning and also during the first Azaan on Bakrid. Muslim clerics have also advised community members suffering from swine flu to stay back home and use sterilised mask while exchanging Bakrid greetings with their kith and kin.Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has also claimed that vector-borne diseases spread in monsoon and claims many lives. “Precaution and protection are the best treatment of diseases like swine flu and encephalitis,” he said. Over 2,650 swine flu-positive cases have been reported from different parts of the state so far.It was a community-based health initiative by the State Health Department, which yielded positive response after the department held a meeting with prominent Muslim clerics, office-bearers of Al Quran Heal Foundation, and National Unani Doctors’ Welfare Association in Lucknow on Wednesday evening, to seek their support for checking the spread of the disease.Interestingly, both Sunni, as well as Shia religious heads, have called it a positive step from the Yogi government to safeguard the community members from the flu. Prominent Muslim cleric and Imam of Lucknow Idgah Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali said: “Embracing on Eid is just a tradition and a rule inscribed in Islam.” “The tradition of embracing one another on Bakrid can be done away for a year if it saves community members from this deadly disease,” he said.”Saving lives of people is bigger than any religion or tradition. The health advisory to stay away from embrace or close contact is a welcome step and no one should object to it,” said Maulana Kalbe Jawwad.

Dog eats away parts of woman’s body in morgue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre incident, stray dogs ate away several parts of the body of a woman that was kept in the morgue of the prestigious Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Lucknow on Saturday night. The mutilated body, with flesh strewn on the floor of the mortuary, was found on Sunday when the kin of the dead woman came to hospital to collect the body. Two security supervisors of the mortuary, a guard and a ward boy, were terminated from the hospital by the Principal Secretary Medical Health Prashant Kumar. An FIR charging medical negligence was lodged against the duo. Medical Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh has asked for a probe.The incident took place on Saturday after 40-year-old Pushpa Tiwari died of food poisoning at 6 pm and doctors had sent the body for an autopsy. However, it seems that the body was laid on the floor, instead of being put in the freezer. On most occasions, the gates of the mortuary remain unlocked, people in the hospital said. “I was shocked to see the body of my wife on Sunday morning. Her eyes and several parts of the body were missing. Pug marks of dogs in the pool of blood clearly indicated what had happened,” charged Vinod Kumar, deceased’s husband. Kumar alleged that one of the nurses had sought Rs 1000 from him for taking the body to the morgue. “I paid him Rs 300 for taking the body to the mortuary and another Rs 500 for keeping it in the freezer,” sobbed the husband.

Kaifiyat Express derails in Auraiya district of UP, 21 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh this morning, resulting in injuries to at least 21 people, in the second rail accident in the state in four days. The train travelling from Azamgarh to Delhi collided with a dumper at around 2:50 am between Pata and Achhalda railway stations, a spokesperson for the North Central Railway (NCR) said. One bogie of the train overturned due to impact of collision and some compartments jumped the rails between Acchalda and Pata railway stations after crossing Kanpur, Superintendent of Police Auraiya Sanjeev Tyagi said. At least 21 passengers were injured and have been rushed to the hospital, a spokesperson of NCR said. Earlier, M C Chauhan, General Manager of NCR has said that at least 50 people were injured in the accident. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express,resulting in derailment. Some passengers have received injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals”. He said that he was personally monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to reach the site immediately. Kaifiyat Express travels between Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the collision has impacted the train operations on the Delhi-Howrah route. Five trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani have been diverted and seven trains including Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi express have been cancelled. Since both UP and DOWN lines are blocked, around 40 local trains were also being diverted. NCR sources said that work for a dedicated freight corridor was going on at the accident site at the time of the incident. The dumper did not belong to the railways, the NCR sources said. On receiving information about the mishap, senior officials rushed to the accident site which comes under Acchalda police station, around 180 kilometres from Lucknow. Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj, while NDRF team was dispatched from Lucknow to provide support to the victims. A medical train and a relief train have been dispatched from Allahabad to the accident site. This is the second rail accident since last Saturday. Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar disrtict of UP, killing 22 people and injuring 156. A spokesman for NCR said rescue operations have been concluded and all injured were sent to hospitals nearby. General Manager, NCR, M C Chauhan and the Divisional Regional Manager have rushed to the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP backs Rajnath’s statement lauding NIA for decline in stone-pelting incidents in J-K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that incidents of stone-pelting have declined in Jammu and Kashmir due to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday echoed the same saying that the central agency has eliminated a number of front ranking terrorists and separatists from the Valley.A very effective operations has been conducted by NIA against separatist and the nature of funding received by these organsiation to create disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir.The manner in which the Enforcement Directorate and other agencies crack down on separatist, it had a very positive effect,? BJP leader G.V.L. Narsimah Rao told ANI.He further said that the terrorist and separatist both are on the run in Kashmir today and the security environment has suddenly improved because of security forces.
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelting cases on the decline due to NIA, says Rajnath SinghBJP leader S. Prakash resonated the same and said, ?For the first time the NIA raided separatist leader in Valley which sends a clear signal to all this separatist elements that things have changed in the Valley and the dispensation at Delhi will no more tolerate their irresponsible acts and will not hesitate to act upon them. I am sure NIA will ensure that these elements are nuetralised.?Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that incidents of stone-pelting have declined in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Speaking after inaugurating the office and residential complex of the NIA in Lucknow, he said, the incidents of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years.The NIA is doing a great job in this field and its name sends fear down the spine of those indulging in terror funding, Singh said.Underlining the roll of NIA in controlling of antinational activities, he said that 75 percent decrease has been recorded in terror incidents and 40 percent in Naxal activates.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flight ops suspended twice at Delhi airport as ‘drone-like’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flight operations were suspended twice today at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here after “drone-like objects” were spotted on the runways on two different occasions. The country’s busiest airport saw operations getting halted for an hour in the morning and around 45 minutes late in the evening amid security concerns following the spotting of the objects, sources said. Dozens of flights were impacted due to halting of operations twice during the day and the Delhi Police would be registering a case on the incidents. Around 1116 hours, a pilot of a China Airline flight (CI 181) coming from Taipei to New Delhi noticed a flying object at the time of landing at runway 28/10, which was shut thereafter for operations from 1120 to 1220 hours, airport security sources said. The China Airline could not be immediately contacted for comments. Again a “drone-like object” was spotted by an AirAsia pilot around 1910 hours, following which operations were suspended on all three runways of the airport for about 45 minutes. Flight operations resumed at 1955 hours after clearance from the Delhi Police, the sources said. An AirAsia India spokesperson said the pilots of flight i5 799 from Goa to New Delhi spotted an “unidentified object” flying close to the aircraft while landing at runway 11 of the airport. “Our pilots followed normal procedure and carried out an uneventful landing. Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to the Air Traffic Controller as per their reporting procedure that they have been trained for,” the spokesperson said in a statement. The airline has also filed a report with aviation regulator DGCA. “We will be registering a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code,” DCP (Indira Gandhi International Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said, when asked about the two incidents at the airport. Section 188 pertains to disobedience to order that has been duly promulgated by a public servant. The DGCA has banned the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which includes drones, for commercial use. Following the shutdown of runways in the evening, two Air India flights were diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad while one flight each of GoAir and IndiGo was diverted to Jaipur. An airport spokesperson was not immediately available for comments. Earlier also there have been incidents of unidentified flying objects being spotted in the vicinity of Delhi airport. The airport, which has three runways, is the busiest in the country and handles around 1,200 flight movements everyday. During peak time, the airport handles up to 70 flights per hour.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flood cuts all supplies to Yogi’s hometown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The largest state in the country is dealing a double blow. And, Gorakhpur is bearing the brunt of both tragedies, one after another. Still overcast by the BRD Medical College tragedy, the hometown of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister is now completely cut-off by flash floods from Lucknow and the bordering Nepal.Significantly, the decision to close the Lucknow-Gorakhpur state highway was taken by the state government when the Chief Minister was in his parliamentary constituency taking stock of the flood situation in and around Gorakhpur. It was after 19 years that the Gorakhpur was cut-off from the state capital.The Gorakhpur-Deoria highway was also closed after the Rapti river overflowed its surrounding roads, bringing all crucial links to a halt.Earlier, the Gorakhpur-Nepal Road was also closed after stretches of the concrete caved in at several places.Supplies, including medical dispense, to Yogi’s hometown have also been severely affected following the closure of Gorakhur-Lucknow state highway. The flood has affected about 22 districts and a population of over 15 lakhs. More than 36 people have so far been killed after Ghagra and Rapti rivers crossed danger mark.About 11 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), PAC personnel and two Army choppers are working round the clock to rescue people to safer places. Besides, 182 medical teams have also been pressed into flood-hit areas.There has been a loss of Rs 800 crore, including damage to crop and property, is estimated, sources said.The Chief Minister is making aerial surveys and reaching out to the people of the submerged villages and ensuring relief over the last three days. “We will not allow a single death to happen due to hunger or lack of health care. The state government has sought four more NDRF teams to strengthen the rescue operation,” Yogi Adityanath said.

Gorakhpur deaths a ‘government-made tragedy’, says Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi slammed the Uttar Pradesh government and said that it was clear that oxygen supply shortage led to the deaths of children at Gorakhpur hospital.Talking to media after his visit, he said that Gorakhpur incident was a national tragedy and was an example of real status of healthcare sector in India.He said that instead of covering up’, the government must act and do something.The Congress scion’s remarks come hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chided him for his visit to the hospital and said that Gorakhpur was not a ‘picnic spot’.Adityanath, who launched a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at the BRD hospital here, also hit out at his predecessor and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.”I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..Yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it,” the chief minister said taking a jibe at Gandhi, hours before the Congress leader’s visit to Gorakhpur to meet the families of the victims.”If someone gives an open challenge to the self-respect of the people of Gorakhpur and eastern UP …They will themselves come forward to fight such dreaded diseases through their awareness,” Adityanath stressed, launching the ‘Swachch Uttar Pradesh – Swasthya Uttar Pradesh campaign’.Hitting back at the chief minister for his barb, the Congress said it only reflects the pettiness and panic that Rahul Gandhi’s visit will ensure justice to the victims.

Despite being five-time MP from Gorakhpur, Adityanath did nothing for hospital Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress party on Saturday took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath over the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, saying that despite being five-time MP from Gorakhpur he did nothing for the hospital. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited Gorakhpur along with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi told the media, ?In spite of being five-time MP from Gorakhpur, he (Adityanath) did nothing for the hospital.? Earlier in the day, Rahul met the family of children, who died in Gorakhpur?s BRD medical college’s hospital. Around 71 children lost their lives in the BRD hospital since August 7 due to various causes including encephalitis. Ahead of Rahul?s Gorakhpur visit, Adityanath launched a scathing attack at the former, saying that the tragedy-struck place should not be allowed to be made a ‘picnic spot’. “The ‘shehzaada’ sitting in Lucknow and the ‘yuvraj’ sitting in Delhi don’t know the importance of cleanliness. We must not allow them to make Gorakhpur a picnic spot,” Chief Minister Yogi said, while addressing a public rally in Gorakhpur’s Andhiyari Bagh locality.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP activists burn effigy of UP CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) members here burnt an effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a protest today against the police detaining their leader Akhilesh Yadav when he was going to attend a rally in Auraiya. “It is murder of democracy as everybody has the right to protest against the wrong actions of the government,” SP district chief Tanveer Ahmad said. He said, the government cannot suppress the voice of SP activists of by using “baton or bullet”. “They cannot frighten us by showing the fear of jail,” Ahmad said. The activists also raised against the chief minister and the state government. The SP president, Akhilesh Yadav, was today detained by the police in Unnao when he was on his way to attend a protest rally in Auraiya . Yadav, who was later released and allowed to go to Lucknow, attacked the Adityanath government alleging that it was “misusing” the state machinery.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP electricity board employees chalk out 3-tier protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Employees of the Uttar Pradesh electricity department launch a three-phase protest from August 22 against the delay in implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. “The state government is not implementing its written commitment to implement the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations with effect from July 2017,” Shailendra Dubey, Sangharsh Samiti convener, told reporters here today. Dubey sought the intervention of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and power minister Srikant Sharma to solve their predicament. “The Samiti has chalked out a three-tier agitation to press for its demands,” Dubey said. In the first phase, 15 labour unions will meet in Lucknow on August 22. In the second phase, protesters will stage dharnas at various district headquarters and power plants on Aug 30 between 10 am to 5 pm. An indefinite agitation will start from September 12 in case their demands are not met, he added. Some of the other demands of the Samiti include merging all the power corporations, not closing public-sector power plants for the sake of purchasing power from the private sector and direct payment to contractual workers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police detain Akhilesh Yadav on way to attend protest rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav was today detained by the police here when he was on his way to Auraiya to attend a protest rally. Yadav, who was later released and allowed to go to Lucknow, attacked the Yogi Adityanath government in the state alleging that it was misusing state machinery. The former chief minister was stopped near an under- construction toll plaza in the Hasanganj police station area on the Lucknow-Agra expressway and taken to the agriculture research centre in Dhaurhara from where he was allowed to return to Lucknow, Circle Officer (CO) Dhirendra Kumar Singh said. Speaking to newspersons, Akhilesh attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “I was going to Auriaya to meet my party workers who were subjected to barbaric police action…The state government wants to win the zila panchayat post by misusing official machinery…My workers did not do anything wrong in Auraiya,” he said. This dictatorial attitude with the help of police will not be tolerated, Yadav said. “The BJP is only doing politics over cow,” he claimed. On a question about the tragic death of several children in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, he said it was a result of the government’s failure. Yesterday, the police had detained some senior SP leaders after workers allegedly turned violent at not being allowed to accompany their candidate for the zila panchayat chairperson’s post to the nomination room in the Auraiya collectorate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5 more deaths at Gorakhpur hospital; toll since Aug 7 reaches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five more encephalitis- related child deaths were reported from the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital since yesterday, taking to 71, the number of persons who have died here of the disease since August 7, officials said today. “As many as 14 fresh cases of encephalitis were admitted on August 15 and August 16. At present, there are 64 patients undergoing treatment in the hospital,” the office of the additional director health said giving details. With the five deaths reported since yesterday, the toll since August 7 in the state-run hospital has risen to 71, according to officials. Overall, since January 1, as many as 144 encephalitis- related deaths have taken place in the hospital, they said. In Lucknow, amid allegations that shortage of oxygen cylinders at the hospital had led to the deaths, UP Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that loss of life due to such a reason was nothing less than a “heinous crime”. He, however, added that all aspects related to the deaths at the state-run BRD medical college hospital were being probed by a panel led by the UP chief secretary. Those found guilty would be punished, Singh promised. “Any death due to oxygen shortage is a heinous rime…Any laxity on this front is also a crime,” the UP health minister told reporters. Singh said that “on the basis of a primary inquiry”, action was taken against the principal of the college. The deaths also led to a war of words between BJP and the Congress. The Congress accused the Yogi Adityanath government of not accepting its responsibility on the issue. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar said that his party will fight till the victims get justice. The BJP hit back accusing the Congress of playing politics over deaths. “The Congress is trying to exploit children’s death for politics. This is ridiculous and shameless,” BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi told reporters. BSP chief Mayawati also targeted the government over the incident. Meanwhile, UP Health Minister Singh said that a report had been sought from all the medical colleges and hospitals on the availability of oxygen or payment issues and added that everything had been found in order. The minister said that hospitals and community health centres in the area were being provided all necessary facilities so that they are well equipped and patients do not have to run to the BRD medical college.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gorakhpur tragedy: Six more encephalitis deaths at BRD Hospital; blame game continues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six new cases of encephalitis deaths were reported from the paediatric ward of BRD Medical College Hospital here since Saturday, amid fresh blame game after 60 children died in the state-run hospital over the past one week.Even as the authorities grappled with the situation in the aftermath of the tragedy, additional director health Dr Pushkar Anand today said these fresh deaths occurred between August 12 and 14.”In the past three days — from August 12 to August 14 — six encephalitis patients, mostly children have died. In the same period, as many as 21 patients were admitted for treatment. At present nearly 75 encephalitis patients are undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital,” he said.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: Not the first time such an incident has happened, says Amit Shah In state capital Lucknow, UP Congress leaders including UPCC chief Raj Babbar today staged protest over the death of children in Gorakhpur. The Congress leaders also courted arrest.Babbar had yesterday claimed that “70 children were murdered” since August 10 and held the state government responsible for it. “This government is a killer and I want to ask how many more children will be killed?” he had told a press conference in Lucknow.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy: Sacked Kafeel Khan has been made a scapegoat, say AIIMS resident doctorsSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today visited Gorakhpur and met family members of deceased infants and consoled them.The former chief minister visited two villages and met three families who lost their children.Meanwhile, the NHRC has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the deaths, observing that it indicated “gross callousness” on part of the health administration.The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked the state’s chief secretary to submit a detailed report in four weeks about steps initiated for relief and rehabilitation of the affected families as well as action taken against those found guilty.Moved by the Gorakhpur tragedy, BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi today pledged Rs 5 crore from his MP local area development fund to build a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in Sultanpur district hospital. “The human tragedy in Gorakhpur has left me jolted,” he said.While grieving the terrible loss of lives of children, the incident must “act as an impetus” to take actions that serve as a deterrent, the Sultanpur MP said in a statement.Over 60 children have reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7, many of them infants who perished in the neo-natal intensive care unit.The state government has ordered an inquiry by the chief secretary and suspended the principal of the Medical College Hospital Rajiv Mishra.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said exemplary action would be taken against those found responsible for the tragedy.Giving the data of previous years’ deaths at the BRD college, Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh had said, “The paediatric deaths which took place in August are – 567 in 2014 (19 per day), 668 in 2015 (22 per day) and 587 in 2016 (19.5 per day).”In the last three decades, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have claimed over 50,000 lives in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, mostly in Gorakhpur district.Till Augusut 8, 124 deaths have been reported. 641 children died last year and 491 in 2015

Hospital tragedy: Fresh deaths, more blame game

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six new cases of encephalitis deaths were reported from the paediatric ward of BRD Medical College Hospital here since Saturday, amid fresh blame game after 60 children died in the state-run hospital over the past one week. Even as the authorities grappled with the situation in the aftermath of the tragedy, additional director health Dr Pushkar Anand today said these fresh deaths occurred between August 12 and 14. “In the past three days — from August 12 to August 14 — six encephalitis patients, mostly children have died. In the same period, as many as 21 patients were admitted for treatment. At present nearly 75 encephalitis patients are undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital,” he said. In state capital Lucknow, UP Congress leaders including UPCC chief Raj Babbar today staged protest over the death of children in Gorakhpur. The Congress leaders also courted arrest. Babbar had yesterday claimed that “70 children were murdered” since August 10 and held the state government responsible for it. “This government is a killer and I want to ask how many more children will be killed?” he had told a press conference in Lucknow. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav today visited Gorakhpur and met family members of deceased infants and consoled them. The former chief minister visited two villages and met three families who lost their children. Meanwhile, the NHRC has sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the deaths, observing that it indicated “gross callousness” on part of the health administration. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) asked the state’s chief secretary to submit a detailed report in four weeks about steps initiated for relief and rehabilitation of the affected families as well as action taken against those found guilty. Moved by the Gorakhpur tragedy, BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi today pledged Rs 5 crore from his MP local area development fund to build a state-of-the-art paediatric wing in Sultanpur district hospital. “The human tragedy in Gorakhpur has left me jolted,” he said. While grieving the terrible loss of lives of children, the incident must “act as an impetus” to take actions that serve as a deterrent, the Sultanpur MP said in a statement. Over 60 children have reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7, many of them infants who perished in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The state government has ordered an inquiry by the chief secretary and suspended the principal of the Medical College Hospital Rajiv Mishra. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said exemplary action would be taken against those found responsible for the tragedy. Giving the data of previous years’ deaths at the BRD college, Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh had said, “The paediatric deaths which took place in August are – 567 in 2014 (19 per day), 668 in 2015 (22 per day) and 587 in 2016 (19.5 per day).” In the last three decades, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have claimed over 50,000 lives in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, mostly in Gorakhpur district. Till Augusut 8, 124 deaths have been reported. 641 children died last year and 491 in 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bangla national reveals how several others entering India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arrested Bangladeshi national Abdullah has revealed that several youngsters from his country have come illegally to India on the pretext of pursuing studies and with the help of agents manage get identification documents, a senior police official said today. “During interrogation, Abdullah revealed that a number of youngsters from Bangladesh, on the pretext of pursuing studies, come to India illegally through Tripura, Assam and West Bengal. And then with the help of brokers or agents, they manage to make identification documents,” Inspector General of Police, (IGP), UP, ATS, Aseem Arun said in a statement released here. “Abdullah said that he had entered India in 2011 through Tripura. He also admitted giving Rs 9,000 to an agent in Saharanpur for preparing a passport. Efforts are on to trace the agent,” he said. Abdullah was arrested on Sunday from the Muzaffarnagar district of UP. He was brought to Lucknow on a transit remand, and yesterday produced before the court of Special CJM Customs, Chavi Asthana, who sent him on five days of police remand, the ATS said. Abdullah, the police have claimed, is associated with Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and was involved in preparing fake identity proofs of terrorists, especially of Bangladesh and help them get safe hideouts in India. ABT is an Al Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suspected Bangladeshi terrorist sent to 5 days police remand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UP ATS today produced a suspected Bangladeshi terrorist, arrested from Muzaffarnagar on Sunday, before a local court here which sent him to five days of police custody. Abdullah was brought to Lucknow on a transit remand and produced before a court which sent him to five days police custody, an ATS spokesman said. Abdullah who was arrested from Kutesara locality in Charthawal area of Muzaffarnagar. He is said to be associated with Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) and was allegedly involved in preparing fake identity proofs of terrorists, especially from Bangladesh and help them find safe hideouts in India. ABT is an Al-Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group, according to officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman commits suicide on Raksha Bandhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her brother’s apartment after Raksha Bandhan celebrations here, the police said today. It seems she hanged herself last night. The victim, a resident of Lucknow, had come to celebrate the festival with her brother here, they said. Her brother has claimed that yesterday after the celebrations she had gone to a room to sleep and today her body was found hanging from the ceiling fan, the police said. Sector 49 Police Station in-charge Parshu Ram said, “The body has been sent for post mortem. Prima facie, it appears to be a suicide.” The matter is being investigated, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress-run ‘State Bank of Tomato’ now active in Lucknow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the crazy price hike for tomatoes in the country at the moment, which has resulted in several thefts, the Congress in Lucknow has come up with a novel idea to help locals and farmers protect their precious vegetable: A tomato bank!Amid the protest launched against Central Government over the recent hike in tomato prices, the Congress has opened one-of-its-own-kind ‘State Bank of Tomato’. The bank lets its customers enjoy all the basic banking facilities, the only difference being, everything is related to tomatoes. Customers of the bank can get Fixed Deposit (FD) on tomatoes, lockers as well as facility of loans on the same.A long queue of customers was seen outside the bank here, while people saying that due to the fear of tomatoes getting stolen from their houses, they have brought their tomatoes to deposit in the bank.A 103-year-old man was also a part of the queue, who said that he had never thought he would have come to a bank to deposit tomatoes.”I have deposited 500 grams of tomatoes and will get back one kilogram back after six months,” he said.The Congress members, managing the bank, said they are getting great response and if it continues, they will have to more branches of the bank.Not just this, with tomato prices skyrocketing, it has become important in the whole sale vegetable market of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city, to guard the pricey vegetable.It has been reported that in the wake of soaring tomato prices, cases of theft in the vegetable market of Indore have cropped up and has created tension amongst the sellers.The sellers now to safe guard the expensive vegetable, have deployed security guards to safeguard tomatoes.However, it is not only Indore, as similar incidents of tomatoes being stolen have been reported from other parts of the nation as well.Approximately 300 kilograms of tomatoes were stolen from the vegetable market in Mumbai’s Dahisar earlier this week on July 20. The tomatoes were worth Rs 70,000.Reportedly, the police have registered a case in the regard and are investigating the matter.Since past few weeks, the prices of tomatoes have tremendously increased owing to crop damage in producing states.The government has asserted that it is keeping a close watch on price movements.Tomatoes, in various parts of the nation, are still being sold at Rs 100-120 per kilogram.However, improved production is supposed to bring down tomato prices from mid-August and September.

Treading Modi’s path, UP bans bouquets, garlands from govt functions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda forward, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh finally banned bouquets and garlands from all government functions.Being touted as a part of the Chief Minister’s austerity drive, directives in this regard have been issued to all heads of government departments. They have been told to not buy bouquets and garlands for any official function. Ministers, VVIPs, and other dignitaries can be presented with a book or a flower instead of bouquets and garlands.A few months ago, the Prime Minister had tweeted that instead of presenting him with bouquets, he can be presented a book. Despite the tweet, the PM was welcomed by the Chief Minister and his colleagues with bouquets at the Lucknow Airport on June 20.A senior party leader recently pointed it out to the Chief Minister and he issued directives to put an end to this culture. Earlier, Adityanath had issued a code of conduct for all his Cabinet colleagues asking them to stay away from ostentation and unnecessary expenditure.They were directed to put up at government accommodations instead of hotels when making official visits to any district. Code of conduct prohibits them from accepting any gift over Rs 5,000. They have also been directed to ensure that none of their relatives or friends are part of any company being given government contracts.Earlier, Cabinet Minister Satish Mahana had banned bouquets in his office. The Industries Minister was annoyed with his visitors for bringing him expensive bouquets.NO BOUQUETS PLEASEHeads of government departments have been told to not buy bouquets and garlands for any official function. Ministers, VVIPs, and other dignitaries can be presented with a book or a flower instead of bouquets.

Rahul in Lucknow to demand compensation for Amethi farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is visiting National Highway Authority of India?s (NHAI) regional office in Lucknow on Tuesday to demand compensation for farmers in his constituency Amethi?s Jagdishpur in connection to the expansion of a highway towards Varanasi. He will demand along with the farmers that proper procedure should be adopted to either compensate the affected people or the bylane be shifted. The highway is being widened at the Kathora Gram Sabha in Jagdishpur block. Work had begun in this regard a year ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AG committed contempt of court by not appearing before us: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today said Uttar Pradesh Advocate General (AG) Raghvendra Singh had committed contempt of court by not appearing before it, on the pretext of being busy at a meeting throughout the day, despite repeated calls to him. Restraining itself from issuing notice to the AG, the court directed the chief secretary to place the entire matter before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth. The bench also summoned the chief secretary with an action-taken report on August 3. A bench of justices Ramesh Sinha and Rekha Dixit said, “The attitude and conduct of the AG in not appearing before the court amounts to contempt of the court, in spite of repeated calls to him through additional government advocates Smiriti Sahai and RK Dwivedi. “Looking at such a demeanour and gesture of the AG, we desired to call upon him by issuing notice to him for his contemptuous conduct and disrespect shown to the court, but restrain ourselves from doing so and think it more appropriate to refer the matter to the chief minister.” The court was hearing a writ petition filed by one Vindeshwari Prasad. The court had come across many instances, in which the investigating agencies of the state “were not conducting a free-and-fair probe”, compelling the victims to approach it. “These matters are serious in nature and concern the public, who are victims of heinous crimes and who do not get justice from the state agencies and thus, rush up to the court being aggrieved of their (agencies’) inaction, sometimes due to political influence and sometimes due to their callousness and lethargic conduct,” it observed. Annoyed with the conduct of the AG, the court said seeing the “sorry state of affairs” in the state, it had summoned him before it, but he did not respond to the request, which amounted to “utter disregard and disrespect” to the court. It added that it had set a bad example for the state counsel as well as members of the Bar, who were present in the court, as also before the whole legal fraternity. Under the circumstances, it further said, “The court is compelled to direct the chief secretary to appear in person before it on August 3 and file his personal affidavit, explaining the stand of the state and steps being taken by him in the matters referred above.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC raps UP govt over ‘irregularities’ in funds given to Etawah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for alleged irregularities in the allocation of funds to educational institutions, including to a Etawah-based college, when Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister in 2002-03. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar questioned the state government over granting Rs 100 crore to educational bodies, allegedly without following procedures. “How could the money be allocated to a society without any guarantee of returns and scrutiny? …The state government should clarify its stand,” the bench, also comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, said. The top court asked UP’s Yogi Adityanath government to file a response on the issue within two weeks. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had earlier detected irregularities in the allocation of funds to educational institutions in the state by the then government in 2002-03. The auditor in a report had said an amount of Rs 35 crore was irregularly given to the Chaudhury Charan Singh College in Etawah. The court was told by CAG that proper procedures were not followed in releasing contingency funds to a college by the UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited, a subsidiary of the PWD department, and “gross irregularities” were found in the disbursal of funds. The apex court had earlier asked the Centre to inform it if CAG had objected to the release of funds in connection with the birth centenary celebrations of former Prime Minister Charan Singh to the college run by a society which had senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders on its Board. It had directed SP supremo Yadav to file his response and asked the Centre to apprise it about objections, if any, raised in the past by CAG. The bench is hearing an appeal filed by one Mahendra Nath Rai against the dismissal of his plea in 2004 by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, challenging the grant to the college for the centenary celebration in 2002-03. The court had also asked Siksha Prasar Samiti, the society which runs the college, to inform it within four weeks about its composition and income tax returns, giving details of the inflow of funds. It had asked the society, which had Shivpal Singh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav on its board, not to spend from its corpus except for meeting some urgent day-to-day needs. The court had on March 2 expressed displeasure over the non-filing of responses by some people, including the ex-chief minister, in the case for which notices were issued in 2005. The plea alleged that the centenary celebrations had taken the form of construction of buildings for the college being run by the society and the expenditure incurred by the state was released through the UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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