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Looking forward-2018: A possible make or break year for Rahul Gandhi

Indian politics in 2017 virtually followed the trajectory of the past couple of years. A predominately saffron domination interspersed by pockets of opposition resistance. But overall the polity has slowly shifted towards right with BJP slowly and steadily becoming the numero-uno force in India, with its government in 19 states of the country, either directly or in alliance. Yet, as we turn the chapter of another year, the opposition is hopeful of breaking the pattern, of putting up a real fight in 2019 general elections. Is it a misplaced bravado, just a delusion based on one-off Gujarat results? 2018 will provide strong clues in that direction. The elections to crucial battleground states of Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are lined up in the coming year. These states in total have 93 Lok Sabha seats and in 2014 BJP had won a staggering 79 of those seats. Hence these states are vital in the national perspective and 2018 would be a fair indicator if BJP can repeat its stupendous performance in the next general elections. Karnataka is only the major state which is currently under Congress control. Slated to go to polls in April, it is number 1 in Amit Shah’s priority as he looks to reclaim the state under saffron fold. Shah is spending New Year’s Eve in Karnataka and already the state unit has launched a spirited campaign to dislodge Siddaramaiah. And here is where Rahul Gandhi needs to act, and act fast. In Gujarat, we saw he did a commendable job in galvanising the rural discontent against BJP government for Congress. But he failed to sway the swing voters who finally made all the difference. PM Modi’s masterstroke of changing the narrative in the last phase saved BJP from blushes. Rahul Gandhi needs to be proactive in Karnataka from the word go. Congress morale is currently in high after an improved performance in Gujarat. But a reversal in Karnataka can again get them to square one. Also readLooking forward – 2018: Amit Malviya sees a positive disruption in social mediaFor Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Rahul needs to fix the leadership issue. Congress needs a strong state leader to counter BJP’s aggressive onslaught and rock-solid organisation in each of these states. Empowering the younger generation is the only way out. In Madhya Pradesh, Congress is heavily divided into several factions. Each work on their own accord, without any central planning thus giving Shivraj Singh Chouhan a free pass. Can Rahul manage the senior leaders and give a free-hand to Jyotiraditya Scindia? It may determine the fate of Congress in the state. Mandsaur agitation showed the extent of farmer’s anger in MP. A charismatic leader may just tip the scale in Congress’ favour in this BJP stronghold. Similarly for Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot needs full backing of the High Command to oust Vasundhara Raje government, which has been plagued by many problems recently. Former CM Ashok Gehlot did a stellar job for the party in Gujarat. It will be up to Rahul to give him a respectable position without upsetting the current equation in Rajasthan and giving Pilot the full authority to run the campaign, like Captain Amarinder did in Punjab. Also read2017: A year of roller-coaster India-China relationshipIn Chhattisgarh, post the Ajit Jogi era, Congress has seen a bit of void in leadership talent. Here Rahul’s job is to scout for a leader who can take on the formidable Raman Singh. It’s not that winning these states is any guarantee to winning the General election. In 2003, BJP did commendably well in these states and then slumped to an unexpected loss in 2004. But for 132-year-old Congress gasping for life, state victories or even improved performance in some of the states will provide much needed fillip to its sagging fortunes. And more importantly, it will earn Rahul Gandhi much needed respect among his peers. That he is not merely a leader who is the President of Congress by dint of his surname, he actually has the mettle to challenge the Shah-Modi campaign. It will help Congress to get the opposition united in 2019. A BSP in UP or DMK in Tamil Nadu or even the Left, TMC may only be inclined to support Congress, if they think Rahul Gandhi has a realistic chance of becoming the next PM of India.That’s why 2018 is so politically important. A clean sheet for BJP in this year would mean Congress staring down the barrel before the 2019 LS Polls. It would significantly reduce Rahul’s legitimacy to stake claim as being the natural leader of the opposition camp. Many regional satraps will be more than willing to occupy that position. Hence 2018’s Congress fight with BJP will have the larger subtext of Rahul Gandhi establishing himself as first among the equals in the opposition camp. He has several tricky decisions to make, about how to counter BJP’s Hindutva agenda and countering their development message. Truly a tricky year in offing for the Janeu-dhari Brahmin which may make or break his political career.

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Man rapes minor for 13 days, arrested

A 14-year-old girl, who was kidnapped from outside her house in northwest Delhi by one of her distant relatives and repeatedly raped by him in Madhya Pradesh, has been rescued. The 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday. Police said that the accused had managed to change his appearances and locations frequently to keep away from police net.Police said that the accused raped the minor girl for 13 days in Budh Vihar after which he dropped her at Pitampura. The minor managed to reach her home and narrated her ordeal to her mother after she saw her in tattered clothes and a semi-conscious state. Later, her family approached the police and reported the matter.”The victim was sent for a medical examination that confirmed rape. Based on her statement, raids were conducted for over a month and intelligence was developed. A team led by ACP Raja Banthia, after receiving a tip-off, raided the native place of the accused from where he was arrested,” said a senior police officer.In the first week of December, the minor girl had reportedly left her house to buy groceries from a nearby shop when the accused allegedly kidnapped her by putting a drug-laced handkerchief on her mouth. Once the minor girl was unconscious, he took her to his friend’s place in Budh Vihar where he raped her repeatedly.As per the statement given by the minor, the accused used to live in the same neighbourhood in Netaji Subhash Place where she lived and used to work as a carpenter, the officer informed.

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Gangster nabbed for mass rapes, extortion

A notorious gangster, responsible for the plight of hundreds of families, has been nabbed by the Delhi Police. One of the dreaded duo that ran the gang, Hussain, a resident of village Tayda in Bharatpur, was brought to Delhi two days ago.According to the Delhi Police investigation, the gang of two first lured businessmen in the name of attractive deals on electronic and other products, and a holiday trip around Delhi. They would then kidnap the victims, take them to Mewat and get them raped and sodomised by locals. This sexual abuse was filmed to extort money. The gang operated in Haryana and Rajasthan, and had made Delhi a transit place. The cops are now trying to identity and approach the victims and retrieve videos of sexual abuse. According to the police, the gang would give advertisements on vernacular websites and in dailies in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh claiming that it sold electronic items in bulk at cheap prices. “Thereafter, the gangsters would call and mail local businessmen in these states and tempt them with attractive deals,” a police officer said, adding that once the businessmen were convinced, they were offered a holiday trip, along with their family members, to Delhi and nearby areas.After trapping the businessmen and their families, the gang would take the victims to Mewat. “The kidnapped businessmen were sodomised, their wives and daughters raped by local youths, teenagers, and other gang members, and this sexual abuse was filmed. Hussain and his accomplice Hasan would also demand ransom from their families, ranging from Rs 20-50 lakh,” the police officer said. The families were told that if they approached the police, the videos would be uploaded on the adult websites.

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Congress to fight BJP with a positive campaign in Rajasthan, says Sachin Pilot

The Congress will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the state government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent by-elections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level and reach out to the masses through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said.Unlike the BJP, the Congress campaign will not be reduced to their level of acrimonious campaign and will not be negative. We will instead launch an affirmative and positive campaign, where the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government will be highlighted, Pilot told PTI.The party has already launched its Mera booth, mera gaurav (My booth, my pride)” campaign and will soon unroll its mass contact programme across the state.He said the Congress did not seek to reach out to the people merely on the failures of the BJP, but would offer them a better alternative.We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the state forward, he said.Pilot said the workers in the state were already geared up and ready to tackle the BJP now that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress and infused new energy into it.The Rajasthan government has nothing to show for the four years that the BJP has been in power in the state, he said, charging it with selling off assets to generate money.This, Pilot stressed, was poor fiscal management.He alleged that the state s assets, including buildings, schools, roadways, hospitals and other infrastructure, were being sold to a select few in the name of public-private partnerships.This is nothing but an example of poor fiscal management. Such a policy where precious assets of the state are given out to a select few at throw-away prices smacks of crony capitalism,” he said.Once voted back to power, the Congress would “review and reverse all such decisions taken arbitrarily” and re-acquire the state s assets, he added.Pilot said the Congress, which faced a historic defeat in 2013 when it could win only 21 of the 200 Assembly seats, had got its vigour back and in the just-concluded bypolls had won seven out of 14 urban local bodies.He said the vote share gap between the Congress and the BJP, which had widened to 25 per cent, had narrowed down to 1.5 per cent in the state Panchayat elections held last year.In the Panchayat polls, the Congress won 45.5 per cent of votes against the BJP s 47 per cent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was down to 31 per cent, compared to the BJP’s 56 per cent.The former Union minister said the Congress party would now aggressively take its campaign forward while highlighting the problems of the jobless, farmers and the common man.This, he said, would be done through public rallies and by underlining the Congress’s plans for the future.The Congress will “force” the BJP government in the state to announce farm loan waivers to help ease the burden of debt that farmers faced, he said.Pilot wondered why the government was dithering over loan waivers when it could bring in a law that allowed former chief ministers to select a house for their lifetime.”The people of the state did not vote the former chief ministers in so that they could have the power to have a house for life, he said.Asked about the Mera booth, mera gaurav scheme, he said every leader would be put in charge of a booth and would launch a mass contact programme to reach out to every voter in the state.There are a total of 51,000 booths in the state.Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018, along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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BJP will see a pan-India win over Congress in 2019, says Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, the minister in-charge for BJP for Karnataka is on a three day visit the state from December 23. Before he left the national capital, DNA speaks to him about his views on Gujarat polls, its impact on other elections and BJP’s position in election year 2018 vis a vis that of Congress.2018 BJP faces elections in many states where it has been in power for long time. How do you see anti-incumbency playing out there.We will win hands down in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan but before that along with Karnataka, three North Eastern states- Tripura, Meghalya and Mizoram will go to polls and we will do wonderful in all these three states also. So by 2019, we will have 22 plus states with us. Out of four states, we will win at least three or even all four we can win. We will retain Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. So by 2019, it will be a pan India BJP hurting Congress.Is the defection of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Congress leader from Assam to BJP two years back is a big boost for BJP in North East?Congress is not serious to retain their folks and good people. People are coming to us and in our party, we give good roles. In Manipur, N Biren Singh (current BJP Chief Minister) was a senior Congress minister, was the right hand of Ibobi Singh (then Chief Minister) but anybody can see the changed Birender Singh now aftern he joined BJP. So people change completely when join BJP. The way he has united Nagas, Kukis and Maitis altogether in keeping peace in the state is really a very difficult task that he has completed..Tripura is a Left bastion. In another Left-ruled state Kerala, BJP has tried hard to expand but not with much success. What is your hope in Tripura?In Tripura, there is a mass upsurge against the Communist government. Besides people from both Trinamool Congress and Congress are leaving their parties and joining the BJP. So it will be a fight between Left and the BJP the Communists. We will give a surprise there. We will win Tripura also.You are the Minister in-charge of BJP for Karnataka. What BJP’s hopes this time in Karnataka, which it lost to Congress in 2013.BJP is 100 percent going to win in Karnataka this time. Last time we lost not for any other fault but because we were a fractured party. Our party had got divided into three factions. Now everybody is together. Everybody has learnt the lesson. Congress has, in last five years, given anti people governance, bad governance. They have made Bengaluru city a pot-holed city, a garbage city. And therefore people are angry, the farmers, the youth are angry.They (the state government) have allowed terrorism. Law and Order is so bad that day in a day out Hindu activists are being killed by terror outfits and Karnatka government has not nabbed even a single accused. They have failed miserably. So People are angry and we are going to win. People will give us decisive mandate.BJP has not done so well in rural areas in Gujarat polls. Will Gujarat rural divide will also be seen in Karnataka, where there are 150 rural seats.In Karnataka, people will unitedly vote for us because the rural support was always with us there and in Lok Sabha Bengaluru city and other cities voted us. This time urban areas are also voting for BJP because they have suffered heavily at the hands of Congress. Gujarat was a different ball game. It was not rural- urban issue. It was the worst kind of politics done by Congress, which was piggybacking on Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani. They tried to divide the society. Here also in Karnataka, they are trying to divide the society on caste and other lines. But I am very happy that Karnaktaka is standing united and they will defeat this divide politics. They (Congress) want to divide and rule, we want to unite and make Karnatka progress. That is what is our slogan.In Gujarat we were fighting for sixth term. After winning five terms consecutively, winning the sixth term is a rare feat no other party could achieve. Congress has never been able to do it anywhere. And therefore we will win this time.How do you see the corruption issue panning out in Karnataka with B S Yeddyurappa as your prime face vis a vis corruption charges against him in past?Corruption (under Siddaramaiah government) and the death of various honest officials and their testimonials is the real issue. Congress is looting the sate Left, Right and Centre. People remember B S Yeddyruappa’s government as a good governance model and so those bogus charges do not stick to BJP.In Karnataka, Yeddyurappa is considered a strong Lingayat face. What about other communities like Vokaligga.He is strong Karnataka leader and he is loved by all communities. All are coming together. First time you will see people are not voting their caste but casting their vote in Karnataka for development.2G case verdict has enthused Congress. How do you assess its impact electorally?What has happened in 2G. Licenses got cancelled because it was a clear case of corruption. The Supreme Court judgement (that had cancelled 122 2G spectrum licences in 2012) is important. What this CBI court has done, they are going to challenge. So let us wait for future. But the issue is very simple. In 2G, Congress did corruption. There was a bad policy. And therefore our stand was vindicated when the licenses were cancelled. And when we auctioned, we exactly received 1lakh 76 thousand crore rupees in auctions.So the BJP will continue to target Congress on corruption in Karnataka even after 2G verdict.Yes: Absolutely.There has been internal dissension in BJP state unit. BS Yeddyruappa versus others particularly with K S Ishwarappa.There were different opinions but we listened to everybody and chalked out a common strategy and therefore now there is now a united BJP team and there is no issue now.Why did BJP declare Yeddyurappa the CM face in Karnatka so much in advance. In many states did not declare CM face at all while in some like Himachal declared it at the last moment.It’s a strategy not a policy issue. Every state election is a different election. So every state will have a different strategy. And therefore here, we have already made it very clear that Yeddyurappa ji will be CM.Will the BJP declare CM faces in other states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well?Election in those states fall in December, which is one year away. So Let us talk about these four states that are going to polls now. So like in Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, whether we will have alliances or whether we will declare CM face is a state specific strategy issue and that will define our targets.Since Congress has also declared that incumbent Chief Minister Siddharmaiah is the party face, do you see it as a clash of personalities in Karnataka?It’s not a fight just between two personalities. It’s a fight between personalities, parties and principles. And on all these three, principles, personalities and parties, we are much ahead of Congress.Anything that you want to say on your own.The politics of Modi ji has won the hearts of people. It’s politics of development. He is responding to the aspirations of the poor class—like good health service, good houses, good education. Now the poor class are also aspirational class and they are voting for Modi ji. That is our most treasured trove. The plan of the poor, which was with the Congress has already shifted to Modi ji after demonetization, Mudra Yojana, Ujjawala gas and many other schemes that are directly benefitting the people,Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the BJP has a foundation of lies and Modi vision got exposed in Gujarat. Your Take?This narrative of one liner scripted by somebody else does not work in the long term. BJP has proved and Modi ji has provided a good governance. We have brought a change in the society at many levels and therefore the people are with us.What is BJP’s over-all plank in these state polls.Over all plank is development. Overall plank is new India. That is what we are aiming at.There have been accusations by the Opposition and in the run up polls, BJP goes all out for polarization. What do you say?We donot believe in polarization. The only plank is development, growth and prosperity for all sections of society.

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Bhopal gangrape case: Fast-track court gives life sentence to all four accused

A fast-track court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to all the four accused in Bhopal gangrape case.”Based on the evidence provided by us, the court awarded all the four accused lifetime imprisonment,”P N Rajput, the lawyer of the victim said. Meanwhile, the mother of the victim expressed satisfaction with the court’s verdict. Earlier in the month of November, a 19-year-old civil services aspirant was allegedly abducted by the four accused and gangraped near the Habibganj Railway Station in Bhopal. Following their arrest, two doctors of Madhya Pradesh’s Sultania Women Hospital were suspended on November 11 after they produced an erroneous medical report stating that the victim indulged in consensual sex with the accused.The four were charged under sections 376 D (gangrape), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 366 (kidnapping woman), 347 (wrongful confinement), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Jabalpur High Court then ordered the state government to file a report in the case citing actions taken in this regard. The court also raised questions over the role of police and doctors

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Post Guaratj polls, politics to weigh more on economy, says Assocham

With conclusion of the high stakes Gujarat Assembly elections, and several other states to go to polls in 2018, political realities are expected to weigh heavily on economic decisions of the central government, said industry body Assocham based on its internal assessment.The industry chamber said that the political compulsions would also be visible on the forthcoming Union Budget, which is expected to be the last full-fledged budget of the Union government before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, a number of states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh are due to go to polls. Inevitably, the Centre and states concerned would have to factor in populist sentiments in their decisions. Any tough reforms such as flexibility in labour laws may not go well with the popular sentiment, and hence India Inc’s expectations should be muted,” the chamber said in a note, indicating that tough reform measures may not be taken.However, Assocham also said that streamlining of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and rationalisation of tax rates would be an important takeaway from the current political-economic environment.”GST had not gone down well with traders, and the issue was in focus during Gujarat elections,” it said adding that the Centre’s plans to streamline regulatory procedures and rationalise tax slabs would be welcome measures.The chamber said that SMEs would also get a boost in the coming days, starting with the Budget proposals, as the government starts focusing more on job creation in the run-up to the 2019 General Elections.”Going forward to 2018 and 2019, we expect major attention going to the rural landscape with initiatives like support to farmers, rural and agri infrastructure,” Assocham added.

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Madhya Pradesh cop points gun at Congress leader Kamal Nath; overpowered and suspended

A Madhya Pradesh policeman on Friday allegedly aimed his gun on senior Congress leader Kamal Nath at a Chhindwara airstrip.According to police officials, the policeman was immediately overpowered by the security personnel and has now been placed under suspension.Speaking to ANI, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Neeraj Soni said “One of the policemen deployed for security of (Congress MP) Kamal Nath ji suspiciously pointed the gun towards him at airport. We have suspended him and are investigating the matter,” he added.This incident came to light after Madhya Pradesh’s former Advocate General and Rajya Sabha member, Vivek Tankha took to Twitter and condemned the incident. “A Police man loads his rifle to fire at Kamal Nath ji in Chhindwara airstrip. Is this politics of hatred. Should be condemned in strongest terms.” (sic) Tankha tweeted.According to media source, the incident took place around 5:00 pm at a small airport in Chhindwara, which is about 320 km from state capital Bhopal.Nath represents Chhindwara in Loksabha and is presently the longest serving member of the Indian Parliament. He has been elected nine times from Chhindwara.

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Carol singers and priests detained in MP: Bajrang Dal claims forced conversation, Catholic organisations fume

A Catholic priest and 40 others were detained in Satna, Madhya Pradesh for alleged forced conversion, who also filed a complaint that their vehicles were set ablaze by Bajrang Dal workers, reports ANI.One local alleged that the Catholic priest had asked them to take holy dips in the pond and ‘embrace Christianity’.Meanwhile, TOI reported that 32 Christmas ‘carol singers’ were detained by police in Satna. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), said the group comprised seminarians and two priests form St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna, and were detained while conducting routine carol singing program for Christmas.The TOI report states that when eight other priests, went to the police station to enquire, they too were held and one of their cars was set on fire outside the station.The police said detention followed claims by one Dharmendra Dohar who alleged he was being forced to ‘embrace Christianity’.Sub-inspector Mohinee Sharma of Civil Lines police station said a case has been registered against unidentified people for burning the vehicle, but denied claim about members of the Catholic community been assaulted during the incident. Nobody has been arrested yet, she added.Also readKerala: Lady files petition to nullify marriage after ‘forced conversion’, says husband planned to sell her to ISIS”They (members of the Catholic group) may have been manhandled outside the police station premises. If they come to us with a complaint that they were beaten up, we will surely book the accused,” the police officer said. Father M. Rony, social work director of Satna diocese, told PTI that some young men stormed the venue of a pre- Christmas function at Bhoomkar village, 15 km from the district headquarters, around 9 last night and created a ruckus, alleging that religious conversion was going on there.The function was organised by Syro-Malabar Church of Northern India for children. After police got information, they came to the spot and took 32 Catholic brothers (trainee priests) and two priests to the Civil Lines police station, Fr Rony said.”When they reached the police station, they were beaten up by Bajrang Dal activists on the station campus. Hearing the news, four other priests rushed to the police station, but they were also thrashed and their car was set on fire,” he claimed, adding four more priests went to the police station and were assaulted too.Police let off members of the Catholic group around 3:30 am. They agreed to visit the police station today morning, Rony said. “As promised they returned in the morning, and right now (around 3:30 pm) they (priests and others) are at the police station,” he said.Rony said the diocese was running a seminary at Barakala village in Satna district for the last 20 years and not a single person there had converted to Christianity. “We are being persecuted,” he said.Sub-inspector Sharma said a Catholic priest and five others were booked today for allegedly converting a Hindu man to Christianity using force and allurement at Bhoomkar village.”We have booked (priest) M George and five others on the complaint of Dharmendra Dohar, a local youth who claimed he was illegally converted on December 10,” Sharma said.Rony said he was not aware of who Dohar was. Satna superintendent of police Rajesh Hingankar could not be reached for comments despite repeated calls. Several Christian organisations have registered their protest. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, Secretary Generation, CBCI said: “Unfortunately, in Madhya Pradesh there have been other signs of harassment of the Catholic Church in the last few months about which we have not raised a hue and cry. What is even more shocking is that eight priests who later went to enquire about the detained priests and seminarians were also taken into custody. Charge of conversion on which the priests and seminarians are detained is frivolous and laughable.”Meanwhile, state convenor of Bajrang Dal Rajendra Tiwari said they had received information that some people from Kerala had come to convert people and they had informed the police.With inputs from PTI

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Indian carol singers arrested after ‘conversion’ complaint

The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh state, which is known for its strict anti-conversion laws.

PM Modi’s claim of party leaders meeting Pak envoy baseless: Congress

The Congress today termed as “baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that its top party leaders recently met the Pakistani envoy and an ex- Pakistani minister and said he made the charge as he was worried about the BJP’s impending defeat in Gujarat Assembly elections. Modi told an election rally today that suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had called him “neech” (a lowly sort of a person) a day after the alleged meeting of Pakistanis with top Congressmen. “Holding the country’s topmost post, Modiji is making baseless allegations. Modiji is worried, dejected, angry. Such a statement has no truth or fact, and is based on lies. Such a behaviour is unbecoming of a prime minister,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters here. Modi alleged that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Aiyar had met the Pakistani high commissioner in India and an ex-Pakistani foreign minister at the residence of Aiyar recently. “The entire country knows who loves Pakistan and who has been giving protection to the separatists,” Surjewala alleged. He asked Modi that if he planned to contest the elections on Pakistan-related issues, then he should also tell the people of Gujarat as to why he “trusted Pakistani spy agency ISI and offered it entry to Pathankot Airforce Base for investigation”. Surjewala also questioned Modi’s “unplanned” Pakistan visit to attend the wedding of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter, soon after “Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks at Gurdaspur and Udhampur”. He also alleged that the Modi government failed to arrest Pakistan-based terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s wife, who “managed to reach Mumbai from Pakistan and then fly back to Pakistan”. “We would also like to ask him as to why no action was taken against former minister in the BJP government in Maharashtra Eknath Khadse, who was removed after Indian agencies taped his conversation with Dawood Ibrahim,” he said. The Congress spokesperson also claimed Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan attended the marriage of Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter and asked why 11 BJP leaders, including the head of Madhya Pradesh’s IT cell, were arrested for “spying for ISI”. Surjewala also sought an apology from the prime minister and the BJP over the release of Pakistan-based terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar by taking him and two others to Kandahar after hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999.

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As Kolkata school reopens after minor’s sexual assault, data shows crimes against children rose 500% in last decade

A week after a four-year-old child was sexually assaulted by two physical education teachers at Kolkata’s GD Birla Centre for Education, the school reopened its gates to students studying between Class VI and XII.Both parents and students said that while the incident was horrific, it was unfair on the older students who were appearing for board examinations.The decision to reopen the school was taken on Wednesday after school authorities gave into the demands of protesting parents and placed Principal Sharmila Nath on an indefinite leave. The vice principal has been given additional responsibilities as acting principal.Parents and guardians have also demanded that CCTV cameras be installed in the school premises, male teachers be removed, and GPS trackers be set up on school buses. School authorities added that the demands had been heard and noted, and a decision would be taken soon.Meanwhile, the health of the four-year-old victim continued to remain the same. It was revealed that she had not been eating and had trouble sleeping. Sources said that while her health was stable, she was still going through trauma. “She is only comfortable around her mother and is also being counselled by experts,” the source added.Also readKolkata sexual assault case: School principal finally removed after massive protestChild abuse has been on a constant rise in India. According to data provided by Child Rights and You (CRY) through a cumulative analysis of NCRB data, crimes against children has seen a 500% increase over the past decade (1,06,958 in 2016 over 18,967 in 2006).Looking at the concentration of reported incidents across the states, more than 50% of crimes against children have been recorded in just five states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi UT and West Bengal. While Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 15% of recorded crimes against children, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh closely follow with 14% and 13% respectively.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeGoing by the nature of crimes and categories those were booked under, Kidnapping and Abduction clearly tops the lists with almost half of the total crimes (48.9%, number of crimes 52,253) as recorded in 2016. The next biggest category of crime against children in terms of number of booking is rape, amounting to more than 18% of all crimes against children, while all crimes under POCSO Act constitutes around 33% of total crimes. Further analysis suggests that Uttar Pradesh recorded maximum number of crimes under the categories of ‘Kidnapping & Abduction’ and ‘POCSO Act’; as in both these categories Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stand in the second and third slot respectively.This year, a new chapter on ‘Missing Persons and Children’ which has been included in this year’s NCRB release in compliance with the Supreme Court directives, shows that a total of 1,11,569 children (41,175 boys and 70,394 girls) were reported to have been missing. The maximum cases were reported from West Bengal (15.1%) during 2016. A total of 55,944 children were traced at the end of the year (including previous year) in the country.Komal Ganotra, Director, Policy & Advocacy at CRYsaid, “Going by the current trend reflected in the Government data, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh along with some other states continue to show worrying trends in the magnitude of crime against children. Also, this is a grim reminder of the fact that we, as a country, do not have proper prevention mechanisms in place to address the issue of child protection, nor are we keen on building more empathetic understanding and intervention plans adequately backed up by sustained investment on child security.”
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Madhya Pradesh Police arrest 11 in Tipu Sultan poster row

Around 11 people have been arrested and booked for allegedly putting an objectionable poster resembling former Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan in communally sensitive Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa town.The Moghat police in Khandwa district subsequently lodged an FIR in the matter.Among the 11 arrested, five are said to be teenagers who were arrested on December 3 and December 4.Also readMadhya Pradesh: In fit of rage, man flings son to death over quarrel with wifeMeanwhile, Superintendent of police (SP), Shesh Narayan Tiwari said, “All have been booked under Sections 124A (sedition), Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) and Section 505 (statements inducing public mischief) of IPC.”We are consulting legal experts about dropping Section pertaining to sedition in the case,” Tiwari said.Yesterday, the five who are minors were released by police with a warning while the remaining were taken on a day long police remand and were produced before the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court in Khandwa town.Also readMadhya Pradesh Assembly passes bill awarding death for rape of girls below 12 yearsAlso, one of the six accused, Pankaj Soni, owner of a graphics shop where the poster was made and printed, was granted bail by the court yesterday, while the remaining five accused, have been sent into judicial custody by the same court.On December 2, a poster bearing a portrait resembling late Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan along with objectionable content to endanger communal amity was put at Jalebi Chowk in the heart of Khandwa town during the Eid Milad Un Nabi procession. Also readMadhya Pradesh: Man kills woman, says her ‘witchcraft’ responsible for daugther’s illness​
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Madhya Pradesh: Man kills woman, says her ‘witchcraft’ responsible for daugther’s illness

A 40-year old woman was killed for allegedly practising witchraft in a village of this remote tribal district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.The incident took place yestrday evening at Aambadberi village under Chandpur police station, around 38 km from the district headquarters.”A woman identified as Jhamkudi Bai was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon when she was returning home with her 12 -year old son after washing clothes in a nearby river. She died on the spot,” Chandpur police station in-charge Janak Singh Rawat said.Rawat said that the attacker, identified as Mathuria (43)told the victim’s son during the attack that the victim’s witchcraft was responsible for the accused’s daughter falling mentally ill.Mathuria also beat up the victim’s son when the latter tried to save his mother, the officer said.”The incident was reported to the police around midnight and a case has been registered under the relevant sections of IPC. The accused is absconding,” said Rawat.
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Exhibition in memory of renowned photo scribe wows Delhiites

Rakesh Sahai was a Delhi-based photojournalist well known for his wildlife and nature photography of Western and Central Himalayas. He worked with leading national and international media and corporates. Sahai died of a heart attack in Pench National Park in Madhya Pradesh in January 2016 at the age of 58.Sahai is remembered by his family, friends and students as a down to earth person who would not shy away from sharing his knowledge about photography with anyone who showed an interest. Kamal Sahai, photographer and the brother of Rakesh Sahai, organised ‘Guru Dakshina — a mentor’s memorabilia’, a photography show in memory of Rakesh Sahai. The seven-day exhibition, which began on December 1, at Indian Habitat Centre showcases photos by Sahai and his friends and students from the trips they took together.Amit Verma, a consultant photographer at Forbes India and a friend of Sahai, recounts the days spent with the photographer who would not hesitate before taking any willing photography enthusiast in his car to shoots and into the wild.Verma’s photograph of a chamaeleon looking into a GoPro camera and Sahai’s portrait is on display alongside Sahai’s photos at the photo exhibition. Verma remembers Sahai as a person who remained unfazed, took a learning out of each day and shared his knowledge with everyone he interacted with.The photographs on display at the exhibition are from expeditions to Leh, wildlife sanctuaries and several of Sahai’s train journeys. The seven-day exhibition will showcase Sahai’s photographs in two phases. The first part is on display from December 1 and the second half will be put on display from December 4. The event will conclude on Tuesday.
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Doctors remove 72 coins from man’s stomach in Maharashtra

A 50-year-old tribal from Maharashtra’s Palghar district has been successfully operated upon on Thursday by doctors to remove 72 coins that the man had swallowed over a long period due to certain mental ilnesses, doctors said.Dr Amit Kele, who led the team of doctors that operated on Krishna Somalya Sambar, said that Sambar was suffering from a rare case of metallophagia, an impulse to swallow metallic objects.Sambar is a resident of Thoratpada in Talasari taluka of Palghar, he said.Also read263 coins, shaving blades, iron nails removed from man’s stomach in Madhya Pradesh”He is suffering from ‘bezoar’- a gastrointestinal disorder- and ‘pica’- a ompulsive disorder of eating non-nutritional substances- for the past 20 years. This made him a habitual eater of iron and metal coins. Some got flushed out of his system in the natural course of excretion but others remained,” said Kele today.The doctor added that this was causing Sambar problems like vomitting and indigestion.Sambar approached the medical team on Thursday and following an X-ray, the doctors proceeded to operate upon him.The doctor added that the endoscopic surgery lasted for three and a half hours and that Sambar’s condition was now improving. He would soon be discharged from hospital, Kele added.
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Maharashtra has max assault on women

As data released by the National Crime Records Bureau reveals, Maharashtra has a daunting task ahead of it to curb crimes against women and children.The state topped the country in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, as 11,396 cases were registered in 2016; ranking second in kidnapping and abduction of women, with 6,170 cases; and third in cases of rape, with 4,189 cases.Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases.Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra held the second position in the country after Uttar Pradesh (UP) in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 7,956 cases registered, followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 6,016 cases registered.The state also held the second position in the country in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), with 4,815 cases registered followed by MP with 4,717 cases in 2016. UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. Among the 19 cities, Mumbai had the second highest number of POCSO cases, at 979 cases, after Delhi, which had 1,374 cases. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai.When it came to juveniles in conflict with law, Maharashtra ranked second with 6,606 cases registered, after MP, where 7,369 cases were registered in 2016.Mumbai had the highest number of cyber crime cases among the 19 cities, with 980 cases, accounting for 23.5 per cent of the total cases in the metropolitan cities.Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013. While UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC cases in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Mumbai also held third position in terms of total IPC crimes in 19 metropolitan cities. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC cases, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
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700 arrested, 552 cases filed every hour in 2016

Incidents of crime across the country remain one of the biggest challenge for the Central and the state governments. To add to their woes, the rate of crimes increased by 2.6 per cent this year, according to the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) annual report, released by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.The report further said that every hour in 2016, 700 people were arrested and 552 cases were registered for various crimes across the country.As per the NCRB, last year, 6,130,507 people were arrested, of whom 3,737,870 people were held under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 2,392,637 under various Special and Local Laws (SLL). A total of 4,831,515 cognizable crimes, comprising 2,975,711 IPC crimes and 1,855,804 SLL crimes, were reported in 2016 — an increase of 2.6 per cent over 2015 (4,710,676 cases) — Singh said.Also, the maximum number of people (983,915) were arrested from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Kerala (770,763 arrests). The maximum number of cases (707,8700), however, were registered in Kerala, followed by UP(494,025).In 2016, IPC crimes increased by 0.9 per cent and SLL crimes increased by 5.4 per cent over 2015. Also, UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC crimes reported in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent), and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Further, a total of 897,171 cases of offences affecting the human body were reported, which accounted for 30.1 per cent of total IPC crimes in 2016. As many as 348,914 cases causing simple and grievous injuries due to rash driving were reported, accounting for a maximum 38.9 per cent cases, followed by cases of causing death by negligence (140,215) and grievous hurt (89,039).In terms of percentage, kidnapping and abduction accounted for 52.3 per cent of the cases of crimes against children in 2016, while cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, accounted for 34.4 per cent of the crimes. Maximum number of such cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh (15.3, 13.6, and 13.1 per cent, respectively).Also, maximum number of cyber crime cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh (2,639 cases, 21.4 per cent) followed by Maharashtra (2,380 cases, 19.3 per cent), and Karnataka (1,101 cases, 8.9 per cent) during 2016. Singh said for the first time, the NCRB recorded the seizure of arms and ammunition, explosives, drugs, and currency by the Central Armed Police Forces and Central Police Organisations. Not only that, details of cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act, Direct Taxes Enactments, Customs Act, seizures under the NDPS Act, and others were also furnished by the respective central agencies, such as the CBI, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenues Intelligence, and Narcotics Control Bureau.In 2016, the CBI had 571 pending cases from the previous year and they also registered 673 new cases. In total, they probed 1,244 cases in 2016, and charge sheets were filed in 339 cases. “As many as 184 cases went for trial and were reported for departmental action during the year,” the NCRB stated. In addition, while the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized 756 valuables worth Rs 7179.78 crore under The Custom Acts in 2017, the Narcotics Control Bureau registered 25,147 cases and arrested 31,683 people.In 2016, there were only 31 cases registered under Imputation and Assertions Prejudicial to National Integration Act, 30 cases under the Official Secrets Act, and 35 sedition cases.
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61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRB

A total of 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes took place in the country in 2016, down five per cent from the previous year, National Crime Records Bureau data said today.According to it, 35 cases of sedition were also registered in 2016 out of which Haryana accounted for the highest number of 12 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with six.Among the 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes, the highest — 11,617 cases — were registered in Bihar, 8,018 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,898 in Maharashtra.There were 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes in the country in 2015.The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.Also readWith 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRBAs many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.A total of 32 people also died or disappeared in the country last year while they were under the remand of the police. These included six each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and two each in Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
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With 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRB

Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number of heinous crimes such as murder and those against women in 2016, according to the data of the National Crime Records Bureau released today.UP, the country’s largest state, reported the highest number of cases of murder – 4,889 – accounting for 16.1% followed by Bihar where 2,581 (8.4%) murders took place last year.UP registered 14.5% (49,262 cases) of total cases of crime against women followed by West Bengal 9.6% (32,513 cases) during 2016.Rape cases recorded an increase of 12.4% from 34,651 cases in the country in 2015 to 38,947 in 2016.Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported the highest incidence of rape with 4,882 cases (12.5%) and 4,816 (12.4%) followed by Maharashtra 4,189 (10.7%) last year, the NCRB data said.UP recorded 9.5% of the total IPC crime reporter in the country followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7%).A total of 37,37,870 people were arrested in the country in 2016 for various crimes while a total of 32,71,262 people were chargesheeted, 7,94,616 were convicted and 11,48,824 people were acquitted or discharged.
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263 coins, shaving blades, iron nails removed from man’s stomach in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 263 coins, shaving blades and iron nails were removed from man’s stomach in a rare surgery in Madhya Pradesh.The 32-year-old Mohammed Maqsood was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Rewa on November 18 after he complained of a stomach ache.However, after conducting tests, the cause behind Maqsood’s stomachache was identified. ALSO READ In rare surgery, ice-pick removed from man’s backMaqsood is currently under the observation. According to ANI, doctors say that he will also be given psychiatric help.”A team of six doctors surgically removed 10-12 shaving blades, four big needles, a chain, 263 coins, besides pieces of glasses,” Dr Priyank Sharma told PTI.”The patient was not in a good frame of mind and it seems he swallowed these objects secretly,” Sharma said. ALSO READ Conjoined twins separated after 18-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

Protesting right-wing groups say the film Padmavati “insults” an iconic Hindu queen.

1,500 farmers returning to Maharashtra stuck in MP after train travels 160 kms in wrong direction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers from Maharashtra who had gone to attend Kisan Yatra in Delhi are now stuck in Madhya Pradesh, after the train they boarded to return home travelled 160 kilometers in the wrong direction.Over 1,500 farmers are stuck at Madhya Pradesh’s Banmor station and even the railway authorities are clueless about what to do.The railway authorities reportedly gave a wrong signal, due to which the train took a wrong route and left them stranded at the station in MP, reported News18.Thousands of farmers from across the country had on Monday gathered in the national capital to attend ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’ or farmers’ liberation parliament, demanding a one-time total farm debt waiver and remunerative prices for their produce.A special train was arranged for the thousands of protesting farmers including 200 women and was booked by farmers from Kohlapur in Maharashtra.(More details are awaited)

MP police seize bust of Godse from Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha office in Gwalior

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Madhya Pradesh Police and state authorities on Tuesday took possession of the bust of Nathuram Godse, which was installed inside the office of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s office in Gwalior, following the collector’s order for its removal.The room has been sealed by the police. A police team is also present at the spot.On November 15, the Hindu Mahasabha installed an idol of Godse inside their office on his 68th death anniversary.The Mahasabha had requested for land from the district administration for a temple dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin in the city, but their plea was not entertained.”The government refused to give us land for the temple, so we created one on our private land,” Hindu Mahasabha VP, Narayan Sharma had told ANI.Sharma also said four political parties helped them to establish the temple, adding the temple was established on their property and that “nobody can change or touch our personal opinions.”Nathuram Vinayak Godse was a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, shooting him in the chest three times at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.He was hanged till death on November 15, 1949.

India and World Bank sign USD 98 million loan for Solar Parks Project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project will finance Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), to provide sub-loans to states to invest in various solar parks, the World Bank said in a statement.The solar parks will be mostly under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy s (MNRE) Solar Park Scheme, it said.The first two solar parks are in the Rewa and Mandsaur districts of Madhya Pradesh, with targeted installed capacities of 750 MW and 250 MW respectively, it said.Other states where potential solar parks could be supported under this project are in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Haryana.The government is committed to setting up an enabling environment for solar technology penetration in the country, said Sameer Kumar Khare — Joint Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs.”This Project will help establish large-scale solar parks and support the government s plan to install 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power out of a total renewable-energy target of 175 GW by 2022,” he said in the statement.The IREDA will utilise the funding under this project to develop the common infrastructure such as power pooling substations, intra-park transmission infrastructure and provide access to roads, water supply and drainage.While some states intend to provide a full range of infrastructure services to the selected private or public sector developers, others plan to provide only pooling stations to facilitate internal evacuation.With about 331 GW of installed capacity, India s power system is among the largest in the world. Yet, the per capita electricity consumption is less than one-third of the global average.An estimated 300 million people are not connected to the national electrical grid, the statement said, adding that with a rapidly growing economy the need for reliable power is only going to grow.The USD 75 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), has a 5-year grace period, and a maturity of 19 years.The USD 23 million loan from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) has a 10-year grace period, and a maturity of 40 years.The USD 2 million is an interest-free CTF grant.

Padmavati row: Madhya Pradesh bans film; Punjab CM says won’t accept distortion of history

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the violence over Padmavati row, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday banned the screening of the controversial Bollywood film.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy that the film has ‘distorted’ history of Rajput queen Padmini. Before Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan distributors had also refused to pick up the film. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also said that nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.Earlier, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had urged the filmmakers to remove “objectionable parts” in the film and not hurt the sentiments of Rajputs. Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

Rains returns to Mumbai, likely to remain cloudy for three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as several parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and adjoining areas woke up surprised to find- slight to heavy drizzle, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that it was a result of two weather systems and the weather was likely to remain cloudy and there were chances of isolated rains.KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that the prevalent weather was due to two weather systems. “There is a cyclonic circulation over north Karnataka and there is also a trough of low mean sea level running from Maldives area to southeast Arabian Sea off north Karnataka coast, which we forecasted will cause isolated rains in Konkan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra and few other areas till November 22,” he said adding that on Monday there were rains reported from various parts of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Ambernath and even Pune.According to IMD officials, Mumbai is likely to experience drizzle and cloudy weather on Monday as per forecast while various other parts of Maharashtra will see such rains and cloudy weather for next three days.Speaking about minimum temperatures dropping in Mumbai to 18.5 degree Celsius on Sunday, Hosalikar said that winter has not set in Mumbai and there are chances that the minimum temperature will see a rise.Meanwhile, social media was flooded with posts about early morning rains some questioning sudden rains and posting videos and pictures from their area.

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.

Hindu Mahasabha inaugurates ‘temple’ of Nathuram Godse in Gwalior, Congress terms it as Mahatma Gandhi’s insult

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nathuram Gose, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi on the cold morning of January 30, 1948, now has a ‘temple’ dedicated to him.Hindu Mahasabha installed a statue of Mahatma’s assassin in their Gwalior office on Wednesday.The officials of right wing organisation said that the Madhya Pradesh city was the last place Godse stayed before the January 30 assassination. According to News18 report, Jaiveer Bharadwaj, vice president of Hindu Mahasabha, said that Gwalior was Godse’s ‘karmabhoomi’ and that he bought the gun in the city itself.Calling it a freedom of expression, Hindu Mahasabha says that there’s democracy in the country and people have right to say what they want.Amid Vedic chants and prayers, the bust was installed to mark the 68th ‘anniversary’ of Godse’s execution.Madhya Pradesh Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said that party is planning to file a sedition case against those involved in the temple issue.The Congress has also slammed it and called it as insult of Mahatma Gandhi. According to an HT report, Gwalior mayor Vivek Shejwalkar said that in case a person wants to set up a shrine in his/her house or office, there’s no need of any permission.Earlier also Hindu Mahasabha has tried to put Godse in different light. Previously, they installed Godse statute in Meerut.

Online bargain lands CISF jawan in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan shared his identification documents online with an unknown person who promised him a discounted iPhone. While the jawan never received his phone despite making a payment, the conman used his documents to dupe other people online. The Vakola police are now on the lookout for the accused.According to police sources, the complainant was lured by an online advertisement that claimed to sell an iPhone at half the price. Posing as a policeman, the accused then asked the jawan to send his scanned documents for identification, along with Rs 25,000 for the phone.”The use of his documents for further online fraud came to light when a police officer from Madhya Pradesh contacted the jawan’s senior officers telling them that the jawan was involved in some cyber fraud. The accused had even secured a SIM card on the jawan’s name,” said an officer from Vakola police station.

Call to raise general age limit for exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students belonging to the general category, today raised their voice against the Rajasthan government and demanded that the upper age limit for the general category students for appearing in competitive exams be increased.They said that while the age for appearing in competitive exams in most Hindi speaking states is between 40 and 45 years, Rajasthan government has kept it at 35. They demanded that the government increase this age limit at the earliest to 40 years.The students under the banner of Rajasthan Pratiyogi Sangharsh Committee raised the issue and put up their demands. They said they would soon move court in support of these demands.“States like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have an upper age limit that is 40 to 45 years,” said Ravindra Mohan Sharma President of the body. Exams organised by Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) are always cancelled or results are delayed due to paper leaks, cheating, court cases and elections. This is playing with the future of the general category, said Sharma.“The fact that students of the reserved categories get extra five years in the upper age limit puts us at a disadvantaged position,” said Sharma.They accused the Rajasthan government of not having a scheduled time table of examinations.“RAS exams are never held on time. Unlike the UPSC, the RPSC does not have a calendar. Prestigious exams are held after a gap of several years. This makes students ineligible as they pass the upper age limit. The additional years will give them equal opportunities,” said Preetesh Garg, Bharatpur district coordinator of the student body.Rajasthan government had the dubious distinction of having a public service commission that has been embroiled in controversy to such an extent that a former chairman of the commission was also arrested for using unfair means to get his daughter selected.

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ jibe at CBI clean chit to MP CM Chouhan in Vyapam scam

Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 11:28 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today took a jibe at the CBI clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam case, linking it to the government’s cleanliness drive Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”Naitikta gayi kudedaan, Jai Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Morality has been thrown into the dustbin, hail Clean India campaign),” Gandhi said on Twitter. He also attached a news report on the CBI clean chit to Chouhan in the Vyapam scam case.The charge sheet filed by the CBI in connection with Pre- Medical test for 2013 listed 490 accused which includes three Vyapam officials – Nitin Mohindra, Ajay Kumar Sen and C K Mishra. The CBI charge sheet came as a major relief to the Madhya Pradesh chief minister as he had been given a virtual clean chit by the probe agency.

Madhya Pradesh: Goods train derails in Harda,

Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 10:04 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Carriage of a goods train derailed near Bhirangi railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Harda on Wednesday.Railway track repair is currently underway.There have been a number of instances about derailment of goods trains in the past.In October, two bogies of a goods train derailed near Mathura Railway station.In the same month, three coaches of a goods train derailed on Achhnera-Mathura rail route.

PM Modi wishes five states on their foundation day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished fives states, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala and Karnataka, on their foundation day.”On the occasion of state’s foundation day, best wishes to the residents of Madhya Pradesh, who have made a significant contribution in the development of the country,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets.Greeting the residents of Chhattisgarh, he wished that the state may touch new heights of development.”Many congratulations to the people of Haryana on the foundation day, who are following the path of development and Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” he said”My good wishes are with the people of Karnataka on the Kannada Rajyotsava. We are proud of the rich culture of Karnataka,” he said wishing people of Karnataka on Kannada Rajyotsava.Prime Minister Modi also extended his greetings to the people of Kerala on its foundation day and said, “Best wishes to all Malayalis. I pray for peace, progress and prosperity in the years to come.”

Vyapam: CBI gives clean chit to Shivraj Singh Chouhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giving a clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) rejected allegations that the computer hard discs seized from a suspect were tampered.The agency also filed a chargesheet against 490 accused.In the chargesheet filed before a special CBI court, the agency said the forensic analysis of the hard discs seized from Nitin Mohindra, a Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board official, by the police has shown that no files having letters ‘CM’ were stored on them. The hard discs were being considered as crucial evidence in the multi-crore recruitment scam, the charges for which were levelled by Congress leader Digvijay Singh and whistle-blower Prashant Pandey. Pandey had also submitted two pen drives — to the Delhi High Court and the CBI — carrying excel sheets, claiming that the hard disc drives seized by the Indore Police in 2013 were tampered to remove 48 references to “CM” from the record. The hard discs were seized by the Indore Police and later handed over to the CBI for forensic examination in 2015, following a Supreme Court order in this regard, sources said.The CBI had submitted the status report containing the findings of the investigation of the alleged tampering to the SC.The Vyapam case relates to massive irregularities in recruitment for various Madhya Pradesh government jobs. The CBI had registered multiple FIRs in the case. Those chargesheeted included three Vyapam officials, 17 middlemen, 297 beneficiary candidates, and 170 guardians of these candidates.

Vyapam scam: CBI files charge sheet, says no mention of ‘CM’ in hard disc

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today filed its charge sheet in the Vyapam scam case and virtually rejected allegations that computer hard discs seized from an accused purportedly carrying reference of the letters “CM” have been tampered.The findings of the CBI will come as a major relief for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who will be facing assembly elections next year.The agency in its charge sheet filed before a special CBI court said that the forensic analysis of the hard disc drives seized from Nitin Mohindra, an official at Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, by the Madhya Pradesh Police has shown that no files having letters “CM” were stored in them.It rejected the allegations of tampering of the hard disc, which was being considered as the crucial piece of evidence in the multi-crore recruitment scam levelled by Congress leader Digvijay Singh and whistle blower Prashant Pandey, CBI sources said.It said that Pandey had also submitted two pen drives — to the Delhi High Court and the CBI — carrying excel sheets to buttress his claim that hard disc drives seized by Indore Police in 2013 were tampered to remove 48 instances of the “CM” from the records.The files carried in the pen drives were altered subsequently, the charge sheet said.The hard disc was seized by Indore police and later handed over to the CBI for forensic examination in 2015 following a Supreme Court order in this regard, the sources said.The Vyapam case is referred to massive irregularities in recruitment for various Madhya Pradesh government jobs. The CBI has registered multiple FIRs to investigate the case. PTI ABS

Exhibition to showcase indigenous artworks from across the country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An exhibition of traditional and folk art, showcasing Indian traditional art forms, has been organised by Art for Concern from November 1 to 3 at the Goethe institute in Kala Ghoda.According to the show’s organiser, in a country of vibrant and vast traditions of art forms, the artisans barely receive any exposure and patronage that they require to stay relevant. Hence Art for Concern’s exhibition is an attempt to showcase these indigenous art forms and artists, and ensure that their legacy prevails.The show brings together traditional art from across India, giving a window of exposure to the dying forms that represent the fascinating folklore of each region. The idea is to help traditional art gain the same audience as contemporary Indian art.The artworks have been sourced from the finest traditional and folk artisans from various parts of the country, giving them the opportunity to showcase their work in a prominent venue with access to a range of buyers.The exhibition, organised by Secure Giving Events and supported by EXIM Bank, will display over 40 artworks which will also be available for sale. The funds raised will go towards supporting grassroots-level NGOs working in the areas of health, education and community development.Visitors of the exhibition can expect to find terracotta plaques unique to Molela, a small village on the banks of the Banas River, and Madhubani from Bihar. Madhya Pradeshi Gond works hang besides striking Chola bronzes from Tamil Nadu, Phads and Pichwais from Rajasthan, Mata ni Pachedis from Gujarat, Pattachitra from Odisha and Kalighat paintings from the east.

Bihar hooch tragedy: Tejashwi Yadav blames Nitish Kumar for deaths; says alcohol ban is ‘just on paper’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attacked the Nitish Kumar government over the hooch tragedy in Bihar’s Rohtas district, which has claimed four lives, and charged that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in the state was “only on paper”.Four persons had died after drinking spurious liquor last night at Danwar village of Rohtas district of Bihar, where a complete prohibition was clamped in April 2016. Eight police officials have been suspended in connection with it.Speaking to reporters, Yadav, who is also the Leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly said, “What has happened in Rohtas is not the first incident of its kind since the complete prohibition was announced in Bihar. We (RJD) were then a coalition partner in the government and had supported Nitish Kumar’s move. But as things have turned out, prohibition seems to have been implemented only on paper”, Yadav told reporters.He said it appears that Kumar had announced prohibition only because of the “prime ministerial ambitions that he nursed at that time”. “He needed an issue on the basis of which he could market himself outside Bihar.” “Kumar used to hold meetings in states like Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh to press the demand for complete prohibition across the country. Now as an ally of the BJP, which is in power in all these states, can he hold similar public gatherings in these states ?” Yadav asked.Training his guns at BJP, Yadav said “Kumar’s current allies used to call the prohibition law in Bihar draconian.Now they are in power in the state. How will the ruling dispensation now muster the moral strength required to strictly enforce the ban on sale and consumption of liquor?” He said the suspension of police officials after the death of four persons in the liquor tragedy is “an eyewash”.”The people of the state will give a befitting lesson to this corrupt and inefficient government at an appropriate time,” Yadav added.

State to hike price tags of hard liquor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After beer, it might be Indian Made Foreign Liquor’s (IMFL) turn to become costlier. A senior state excise department official said that the department is planning to hike the excise duty on hard liquor, which covers alcoholic drinks such as whiskey, gin, rum and brandy, to generate more revenue.”At present, the tax structure for IMFL is three times the manufacturing cost declared by the producer or Rs 300 per proof litre of alcohol, whichever is higher. We are planning to hike these rates,” he said. The official said the quantum of the increase was being finalised. An official noted that Maharashtra followed a pattern of discouraging consumption of liquor by ensuring high prices through a heavy tax structure.This had led to the brew being smuggled in from neighbouring states and union territories such as Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Diu and Daman, and even from far off Punjab and Haryana where the excise duty regime is more liberal. A hike in duty rates and consequent rise in MRPs may add to the margins for those involved in the trade, which necessitated better enforcement by the department and the police.”The increase in excise duty may also lead to a fall in sales,” he added. This month, the department hiked the excise duty on mild and strong beer by 25% and 35%, which may increase the MRP by Rs 5 and 6.5 per 650ml bottle respectively.Incidentally, liquor sales have shown a decline this year.From April to September 2017, country liquor sales in Maharashtra stand at 1,469.63 lakh bulk liters (LBL) as against 1,591 LBL for the same period in 2016 – that’s a fall of 7.63%. IMFL offtake stands at 14.33% less at 795.46 LBL against the previous 928.53 LBL. Beer and wine sales have declined by 16.52% and 13.04% respectively to end at 1,425 LBL and 25.88 LBL versus 2016’s 1,707.28 LBL and 29.76 LBL.The State excise department is the third highest revenue source for the Maharashtra government after State Goods and Services Tax (GST) and stamp duty and registration fees. For 2017-18, the state excise has a target of Rs 14,340 crore of which just 39.46% (Rs 5,659.1 crore) has been met by September.In 2016-17, beer sales fell by 0.95% to end at 3,285.78 lakh bulk liters (LBL) against 3,317.32 LBL in the previous fiscal. IMFL sales increased by 2.99% at 1,930.53 LBL compared to 1,874.51 LBL in 2015-16 and CL consumption rose by 2.41% to 3,254.51 LBL against 3,177.83 LBL. Wine sales grew from 61.57 LBL to 64.70 LBL (5.09%).

MP BJP leader booked for clicking picure of woman defecating in the open

Updated: Oct 24, 2017, 07:29 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A case has been registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Divisional President Pradeep Bhatt in Guna, Madhya Pradesh for clicking picture of a woman.As per reports, the BJP leader was taking photographs of a woman and harassing her while the woman was defecating. This woman is also a prime witness in a case where the BJP leader is accused of assaulting another woman.The case has been registered under Section 354c, and 294 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Would love to work for Madhya Pradesh: Jyotiraditya Scindia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a candid interview with WION-DNA, Former Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia says he would love to go back and work with people of Madhya Pradesh. Accepting that Congress could have done more in the state in the last decade, he says this time around the leaders are working together. Scindia also added that Rahul Gandhi will be elevated in a couple of days.What lessons did the Congress learn from its 2014 debacle?I don’t want to look at the past but invest in the future. There are many lessons to be learnt, but the party, people and country have moved on in the last three years. Congress has been raising issues of tolerance and secularism, we are concerned about the economy, foreign policy and these issues are finding resonance in the public domain. It is important for us to continue to raise these issues and become an alternative to the BJP.How has Congress responded to the Secularism vs Nationalism debate?There cannot be secularism vs nationalism. It is nationalism and secularism and Congress stands for both. We want a safe environment for people of all caste and creed. These are the two pillars which Congress has always stood for. The optics have been changed to ‘this vs that’ scenario. It is the divisive agenda of BJP. The schemes once ridiculed by Mr Modi today are being touted as the biggest successes of India.Is Rahul Gandhi’s elevation imminent?Rahul Gandhi will be elevated in the next couple of days.Are you open to the idea of leading the campaign in Madhya Pradesh? Given a chance would you like to go back?I want to clarify that for the last 15 years I have been working in Madhya Pradesh. In any given month, I have spent 15 days in Madhya Pradesh. MP has gone through a backward movement. It pains me. Whatever the party will decide, I will try to do it to the best of my ability. I would love to work for the people of Madhya Pradesh.Why has Congress failed so many times in MP?There have been multiple reasons for it, but today Congress is in a strong position. We need to work together in Madhya Pradesh. We have great talent and leaders. We have strong elected grassroot workers. If we come together then I see no reason why we cannot win in MP.People say that leaders in MP don’t get together and that is probably why Congress has been losing elections. Did you feel it in the last campaign?I think that in last 13 years, much more could have been done by me and others, but now that scenario has changed. All of us have been working together and you will see the results.Do regional alliances work for the Congress?Indian politics has changed so much. In a majority of states we have a direct fight. Some states have triangular fights. But Congress in the state elections must get its act together and throw up new leadership.

WATCH: Man falls 2,400 feet to his death while encircling Trichi temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely 24 hours after a British tourist fell to his death at Laxmi Narayan Temple in Madhya Pradesh, another report – this time from Tamil Nadu – of a man falling to his death at a temple in Trichi is doing the rounds.In this case, the horrific incident was caught on camera.The man, reportedly a rickshaw driver, was visiting the temple located at an altitude of 2,400 feet. The video shows the man casually step on to the narrow ledge of temple perched on top of a hill to encircle it – a ritual performed by some despite a ban. By the time he realised he had lost his grip, it was too late to do anything.Hundreds of devotees visit the temple during the current Tamil month of Purataasi.Investigators say the ritual has been banned at this temple but the devotee defied it.

Briton dies in fall while taking pictures near Laxmi Narayan temple in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A British man fell and died while taking picture at a temple in India.56-year-old, Roger Stotesbury while, visiting Orchha town of Madhya Pradesh with his wife, died after he plummeted 30ft (9m) from the Laxmi Narayan temple, reported the Independent.The incident took place when Stotesbury, the documentary maker, had just finished taking some shots of the scenery from a temple in Orchha.The couple, on their ‘middle-aged gap year’, had to return to the UK after completing their Indian adventure.”Roger took lots and lots of photographs, and he had gone to take some views from the temple,” said a family spokesman.”He put his equipment down and then he fell,” he added.The couple has planned two-month tour and started their tour with Italy, followed by South and North America, Australia and several Asian countries. India was their final stop.The couple had also posted picture of Taj Mahal on their website, a day before the tragedy

NHRC issues notice to Madhya Pradesh govt after farmers allegedly stripped, thrashed by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh government over the allegations of police atrocity against a group of farmers returning from a protest in Tikamgarh.The Congress party has alleged that the farmers were detained, stripped and beaten up by the police. They were returning from a protest for declaring Tikamgarh as a drought-hit districtThe ruling BJP government, however, has rejected the allegations. Meanwhile, the state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh has asked Director General of Police to conduct an inquiry and file a report within three days.He also said that no farmer was beaten up in the police station. “It is a matter of investigation if the farmers took off their clothes themselves or police did so,” he said.Tikamgarh District Collector Abhijeet Agrawal also denied reports of farmers being beaten up at the police station.Dehat police station in-charge R P Chowdhary said he did not know who asked the farmers to be detained as he was on the field duty.

Dharmendra Pradhan asks states to slash VAT on petroleum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After cutting excise duty by Rs 2 per litre, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the states to slash the Value-Added Tax (VAT) on fuel by 5 per cent. “We have proactively cut excise duty. Now it is the states’ turn to reduce VAT. Unlike Centre, states levy VAT as an ad valorem tax which rises every time there is an increase in price,” he said.He added that Centre has sacrificed Rs 26,000 crore in revenue while cutting excise duty.”States are the biggest beneficiary. They get all of the VAT collection, and in addition they also get 42 per cent of the central excise collections. The amount remaining with the Centre is used to finance centrally sponsored schemes in states,” he said.He said states impose VAT ranging from 26 per cent to 38 per cent. “I urge all states to reduce VAT by 5 per cent in line with the cut in central excise duty to provide farmers and consumers with one more slab of relief.”Pradhan also defended the daily revision in fuel prices saying it helps pass on benefits to consumer instantly.The Centre had raised excise duty by Rs 11.77 per litre on petrol and Rs 13.47 a litre on diesel between November 2014 and January 2016 to take away gains arising from plummeting international oil rates. Pradhan said as a result of the excise duty reduction, petrol price has been cut by Rs 2.5 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.25.Maharashtra levies 46.52 per cent VAT (47.64 per cent in Mumbai) on petrol, the highest in the country. Andhra Pradesh has 38.82 per cent VAT on petrol while BJP- governed Madhya Pradesh levies 38.79 per cent VAT on the fuel.BJP-led NDA governs 18 out of the 29 states. Delhi and Himachal Pradesh levy 27 per cent VAT on petrol while Punjab has 36.04 per cent VAT. Haryana levies 26.25 per cent VAT.

Madhya Pradesh: Police strip, thrash protesting farmers; CM Chouhan orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A photograph of a group of protestors, allegedly farmers in Madhya Pradesh, getting stripped and assaulted by police has sparked outrage. The assault comes months after farmers from the state were killed after protesting.The pictures shared by news agency ANI shows the farmers stripped off their clothing and protesting. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a probe into the incident.In June this year, at least five farmers were killed and four others were wounded after the Madhya Pradesh Police opened fire in an attempt to control a rioting mob demanding fair price and loan waiver in Mandsaur district on Tuesday.The police resorted to firing to gain control on the agitating farmers after their protests turned violent as they allegedly set ablaze at least 10 trucks, one Dial 100 vehicle and three motorcycles in Pipliamandi area.While two of the farmers were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.In view of farmer’ deaths, the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh warned to give greater shape to the movement and announced a state-wide shutdown tomorrow.

Bhopal court convicts former Congress MLA for morphing pictures of RSS chief; releases her on bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bhopal court on Tuesday awarded two years’ rigorous imprisonment to former Congress MLA Kalpana Parulekar in a case of morphing a photograph of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.The court also granted her bail after pronouncing the sentence.Additional District Judge (ADJ) Arvind Kumar Goyal sentenced Parulekar to rigorous imprisonment for two years and slapped a fine of Rs 12,000 on her for using a morphed picture of Bhagwat to show former state lokayukta PP Naolekar as an RSS worker.She was convicted under the provisions of the Information Technology Act and different sections of the Indian Penal Code.According to prosecution, Parulekar had on November 29, 2011, while addressing a media conference inside the Madhya Pradesh assembly premises, criticised Naolekar, the then state Lokayukta, and accused him of links with RSS.To establish her allegation, she produced a photograph purportedly showing Naolekar in RSS uniform.The prosecution alleged that the photograph had been created after doctoring Bhagwat’s picture clicked on November 18, 2010 in Jharkhand.After this, a man named Gopal Krishna Dandotiya had lodged a complaint with the Madhya Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) against Parulekar which was later transferred to the CID.Soon after her conviction, her lawyer moved an application for bail which was granted.

Infant deaths rise in urban Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan notched up a decline in the infant mortality rate (IMR) in 2016 from a year ago but in-depth analysis of data reveals some disturbing facts for urban Rajasthan. A recent survey revealed that the cities of Rajasthan recorded more infant deaths than poorer states like Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam. It is a common view that healthcare facilities in urban areas are better than rural, but according to the findings of the sample registration survey (SRS) of 2016, released last week by the union ministry of health and family welfare, reflects a higher urban infant mortality rate (IMR) in Rajasthan in comparison to many states with worse health indicators and poor administrative facilities . In fact, Rajasthan is the only state other than Jammu and Kashmir, in the country which recorded increase in urban infant mortality.As per the estimate, around 9% of total infants in the state live in urban area, which has worst infant mortality rate of 30 deaths per thousand live births in its cities compared to other BIMARU states like Bihar- 29, Assam- 22 and Jharkhand- 21. It is also 30% more than the national urban infant mortality rate.As per the report, total urban IMR in the state has been recorded 30 which was 27 during last two consecutive years. Girl child in the state cities aremore vulnerable as the survey record clearly reveal that female IMR in Rajasthan cities witnessed an increase of 25%. This year the girl child death rose to 35 deaths per thousand live births which were 28 deaths per thousand during 2016. Male IMR in urban Rajasthan also surged to 27, with an increase of 1 deaths per thousand live births from 26 last year.Importantly, poorer state Bihar has been succeeding to control the female infant deaths in urban areas, as the data shows a significant decline from 52 to 34 deaths per thousand live births. Urban registered a decrease with an IMR of 15 deaths per thousand. Other least developed states (as per Raghuram Rajan panel) including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh also registered a decrease in urban IMR, in which Rajasthan once again could not better it’s urban IMR for the second consecutive year.41Rajasthan stands in the list of bottom 5 states with infant mortality rate of 4130Rajasthan urban IMR increased to 30 from 27 as per the SRS bulletin9%As per an estimate around 9% of total infant population live in urban areas.

MP farmer kills self; Cong says 13th suicide in Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 30-year-old farmer hanged himself at his home in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh today, which his kin claimed was the fallout of indebtedness and government apathy.Sehore is the home district of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.Opposition Congress has alleged that 116 cultivators, including 13 in Sehore district alone, have killed themselves between June 7 and October 1 since the launch of farmers’ stir in June this year.”Bane Singh Parmar (30) committed suicide by hanging himself with the ceiling of his house in the wee hours today at Dhabla village,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Avdhesh Pratap Singh said.He said a case has been registered and further investigation is underway.”The exact reason behind the suicide would be known after the investigation,” the officer said.However, family members of Parmar alleged that he took the extreme step due to indebtedness and crop failure.”He was under stress due to loan outstanding of Rs five lakh and the crop failure. The soybean produce in his farm was only 10 quintal this year. He was also not given the compensation under the government’s crop insurance scheme,” Parmar’s sister Sumitra Bai said.Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh claimed that 116 farmers have committed suicide in the last 110 days in the state.”116 farmers have ended their lives between June 7 and October 1. In Chief Minister’s home district Sehore, 13 peasants have committed suicide during the same period,” Singh alleged.He said farmers are fed up with “empty promises” being made by the state BJP government in the last 14 years.”Farmers are finding themselves helpless and are killing themselves,” Singh alleged.Farmers in western Madhya Pradesh had launched a massive stir for a loan waiver and better remunerative prices for their agri produce in June this year. Five farmers were killed in the police firing in Mandsaur district on June 6, as the agitation turned violent. P

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Madhya Pradesh: Jyotiraditya Scindia will lead Congress party in state election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jyotiraditya Scindia will lead the Congress party in Madhya Pradesh elections next year.Senior party leader Kamal Nath made the announcement in Guna, the Lok Sabha constituency of Scindia.”There was no opposition to the name of Scindia as the leader of the party in the state,” reported Zee News quoting Kamal Nath.Madhya Pradesh goes to polls by next year-end as the tenure of the current assembly ends on January 7, 2019.The party is sniffing good electoral gains in Madhya Pradesh, where it has been out of power for the last 14 years.

Blue Whale Challenge: ‘They are forcing me to commit suicide’, boy seeks help on exam answer sheet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Timely action by a school teacher has saved the life of a class 10 boy in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district. The boy had been playing the infamous Blue Whale game and now he was being forced to take the final step–suicide. Unable to get out of the mess, the boy revealed his distress in the answer-sheet and wrote: I have reached the 49the stage of the Blue Whale game. I am being forced to undertake the final task of ending my life. If I don’t complete the final task, my parents would be killed. Blue Whale Challenge has already claimed over a dozen lives in India. The student is a student Utkarsh School in Khilchipur, around 160 km from state capital Bhopal. He narrated his ordeal in his Sanskrit answer sheet. Hemlata Shringi, the teacher checking the answer-sheets, immediately brought the matter to the notice of the school and local administration. Immediately, counselling of the child was done and his parents apprised of the alarming situation. According to reports, a group comprising teachers and some local people had been formed which was counselling the child to remove fear from his psyche.

BSF jawans visit Bengal enclaves looking for Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Border Security Force (BSF) jawans are patrolling enclaves of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal looking for possible infiltrating Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh.George Manjuram, DIG (general), North Bengal Frontier, BSF told DNA that some bordering areas have been alerted. “We are expecting some infiltration in some areas where there is a possibility of getting shelter. We are marshalling our troops wherever possible but it is huge international border with long stretches of open border,” he said.He added that there were also joint patrolling of the BSF along with the district police and the RPF. “We have to prevent infiltration. They can come through any border. A joint action against any such attempts is required. In the last four years, my men have held 46 Rohingya Muslims who tried to infiltrate. They have been captured and jailed,” Manjuram told DNA.
ALSO READ Rohingyas not refugees; they are illegal immigrants, haven’t applied for asylum: Home Minister Rajnath SinghAnother BSF official said that it was an exercise to alert people and not to alarm them. “For these enclave dwellers, crossing over the international border is no big deal but they need to know that giving shelter to any Rohingya Muslim can bring serious consequences. That is why we are talking to them. You can say it is an awareness building programme to sensitise enclave residents about the problem at hand,” he said.BSF jawans who have been patrolling at the enclaves had been visiting households enquiring about infiltrating Rohingyas. “They visited every households and stayed for a while at ours. They said they had been alerting everyone against infiltrators and enquiring if there had been any Rohingya Muslim who had crossed the border illegally and come to the enclaves,” talking to DNA said Jainal Abedin, a resident of Madhya Masaldanga, one of the enclaves in Cooch Behar district.
ALSO READ Rohingya has become emotive, highly charged term; they are Muslims from Rakhine state: Aung San Suu KyiAnother 40-plus resident of the same enclave said that they had been given stern warning against suppressing facts about Rohingyas. “They probably think we are all terrorists. BSF officials had given us a stern warning saying that we should not give shelter to any Rohingya Muslim who comes over, crossing the border. They have also said that if there is any problem or if we spot any Rohingya Muslim we should contact the BSF authorities,” he told DNA.District Magistrate Kaushick Saha, however, said he had no idea of any such patrolling going on. “I don’t think any precautionary step is necessary as there has been no case of infiltration,” he said. These enclave-dwellers reside near the Indo-Bangla bordering areas where they had been living as Bangladeshi citizens and had been given Indian citizenship two years ago following a Land Bill Agreement (LBA) between the two countries.

Karnataka IG D Roopa awarded President’t medal at Raj Bhawan for meritorious service

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>D Roopa, the former DIG of Prisons who blew the whistle on VVIP treatment given to former AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala, was awarded the President’s Medal at Raj Bhawan. According to a tweet from ANI, she was awarded the model for meritorious service. Roopa, who scored 43rd rank in her UPSC examinations in 2000, was ranked fifth in her batch at NPS Hyderabad, and was the sole officer allotted to the Karnataka cadre. It seems political ranking and power doesn’t matter to Roopa, as long as she follows the book. As an SP in Madhya Pradesh, Roopa arrested the erstwhile Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Uma Bharti after the court order in a rioting case.As DCP of Bengaluru, she withdrew number of police personnel unauthorised to be attendants of VVIPs and politicians, the report stated, adding that when she was DCP City Armed Reserve, she withdrew a number of police vehicles that were being used in the cavalcade of former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa without permit.She isn’t one to mince her words. If you follow her Facebook page, she is a regular contributor to Kannada media, and has even appeared on news channels as a panellist. Recently, she was involved in a Twitter spat with Mysuru Kodagu MP Pratap Simha after four senior IPS officers went on central deputation.She was transferred by the Karnatka government and CM Siddaramaiah had criticised her for speaking to the press. She was instead posted as commissioner for traffic and road safety, replacing her with NS Megharikh, additional DGP of anti-corruption bureau and former Bengaluru city police commissioner.The Karnataka government had dismissed reports of “preferential treatment” being given to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala at the central jail here, saying she was being treated like any other ordinary prisoner.”There is no truth in reports suggesting that Sasikala and (her relative) Elavarasi have been given preferential treatment at the prison. I had been there yesterday and I saw it for myself,” state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told reporters.He said the two, serving imprisonment in a corruption case, were being treated like any other ordinary prisoners.”I have not enquired about Sasikala, whether she has been given any work at the prison, but if the court orders are there then she has to be given work,” Reddy said to a query.The AIADMK’s General Council in Chennai had yesterday annulled appointment of Sasikala as party’s interim general secretary and declared all appointments/removals made by her invalid.Sasikala is lodged at the central jail at Parapanagrahara since February after the Supreme Court convicted her and two others in disproportionate assets case.With inputs from agencies

Couple decide to leave 3-year-old daughter, property worth Rs 100 crore to become monks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that has shocked their family and friends, a couple has decided to renounce the world and become monks, leaving behind their three-year-old daughter and property worth Rs 100 crore.According to a Hindustan Times report, the Jain couple Sumit and Anamika Rathore, currently on a vow of silence, will take ‘deeksha’ from Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj at Surat in Gujarat on September 23. Their daughter Ibhya will now have to be raised by the grandfather Ashok Chandaliya, who is a former Neemuch district president of BJP.The couple got married four years ago and had reportedly already hinted at going on a spiritual quest when their daughter was just eight months old. In preparation, they had started living separately and finally announced their decision to the family on August 22. The family members, who are well-established in business and politics in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch, tried to dissuade them, but have now accepted their decision.“We had no counter to their religious arguments and relented. One cannot stop anyone when religion calls,” they said.

ATS set for major move, may quiz Army personnel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two days after the state Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) busted interstate gang making fake weapons licences on documents of army and paramilitary officials, the ATS is all set to make its next major move. A team comprising senior ATS officials is set to travel to Jammu to carry out further investigation where army and para-military personnel might be questioned about the licences recovered from the gang.Of the 750 fake licences recovered by ATS from the accused, the sleuths have realised that majority of them are being made in the name of army or para-military personnel. “Nearly 80 percent of the licences are in the name of such personnel which is a huge number. At present the ATS sleuths are categorising the fake licensing on the basis of the units of these personnel,” highly placed sources in ATS informed. The data would help in proper investigation and also aid in finding if a few men have colluded with the gang.The ATS has received a remand of accused Rahul till 22nd September. “The ATS team will take Rahul to Jammu on Thursday for further investigation. Rahul and Vishal have known each other for 12 years and are levelling accusations against each other during interrogation. Rahul has alleged that Vishal has pushed him in this field, while Vishal has alleged that he did not have any major role and has refuted Rahul’s allegations,” Vikas Kumar, SP – ATS said while talking to DNA.Taking further step in the investigation the ATS has issued notices to a dozen people. “The notices have been issued to dozen men who have purchased weapons from these accused. From tomorrow onwards they will be questioned on various parameters in the matter. There are several leads that we are looking to develop through questioning of these buyers,” sources told DNA.However the ATS is not stopping at just questioning of men, rather it has formed a team for a complete “post-mortem” of the seized weapons. “Post-mortem of weapons means the ATS will try to find where these weapons are made, how they are made and what is the process involved. So far we have learnt that majority of the weapons are from Dewas and Dhar areas of Madhya Pradesh, which are known as fortress of illegal country-made weapons,” sources revealed.750 FAKE LICENCEOf the 750 fake licences recovered by ATS from the accused, the sleuths have realised that majority of them are being made in the name of army or para-military personnel. The ATS has received a remand of accused Rahul till 22nd September.

Roll calls to turn ‘patriotic’ in Satna: No yes ma’am say Jai Hind, directs state education minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government school students in Satna district will have to answer roll call with “Jai Hind” from October 1. This announcement was made by Madhya Pradesh School Education Minister Vijay Shah on Tuesday. According to the minister, this practice has been introduced on an experimental basis in Satna and will be extended to other districts later. The minister claimed that efforts are being made to “inculcate patriotism” among students. “This proposal is just a suggestion for private schools in Satna; we hope they’ll adhere to it since it relates to patriotism” said Vijay Shah reports ANI. If the experiment turns successful, there is a plan to implement it in entire Madhya Pradesh.The state government has already given instruction on hosting the Tricolour and singing the national anthem in school every day, Vijay Shah said during a divisional meeting of teachers, principals and block resource coordinators in Chitrakoot. Controversial selfie offerVijay Shah had earlier courted controversy when he offered people to Harsud Assembly constituency in Khandwa district to take selfies with him by paying a sum of Rs 10. He had claimed that the collected money would be utilised for the proposed tribal old age home. After the controversy, Vijay Shah clarified all those who were not able to pay the amount were also welcome to take a selfie with him.

Extortionist poses as underworld don, nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch arrested an extortionist from the remote area of Madhya Pradesh, who used to impersonate as an underworld don Rizwan Khan, and had been demanding over Rs Five crore from several businessmen in Delhi and other parts of country.Police said accused Pranay Tiwari, 27, a resident of Rewa, earlier used to work at a mall in Vasant Kunj where he used to get feedback forms filled by visitors and later in his extortion messages that he sent, he would use personal information.DCP Crime Branch, Rajesh Deo, said that on August 28, a complaint was received who got a call from someone introducing himself as underworld don Rizwan Khan and demanded Rs 1 crore from him.”A detailed study revealed that the extortionist was based in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. He was contacted and asked to take delivery of money on behalf of the complainant. Following the trap, during the early hours on Monday, the police team arrested him,” Deo said.

Madhya Pradesh: Hundreds of students clear Class X, XII open school examination without appearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students in Madhya Pradesh have reportedly cleared Class X and XII open school examination without appearing for it.During a preliminary inquiry, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an autonomous body that works under the HRD Ministry found that candidates passed the examination without giving it.The Institute has written to the HRD Ministry seeking an investigation by ‘vigilance agencies’ into irregularities across three examination centres — Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore, reported Indian Express.“I do not want to name the vigilance agency at this moment.” said NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told the daily when asked if he had sought a CBI investigation.A three-member inquiry committee has been set-up to look into complaints of irregularities.Over two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April.

Digvijaya can’t understand difference between wife and daughter’s age: BJP leader reacts to offensive meme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leaders have strongly reacted to Digvijaya Singh retweeting an abusive meme about PM Narendra Modi. One leader from Madhya Pradesh, Lokendra Pareshar even launched personal attack on Digivijaya Singh while protesting against the meme shared by the Congress leader. He is quoted by ANI as saying, It roughly translates to: ‘How dare Digvijaya Singh raises finger at PM, when he can’t differentiate between daughter and wife’s age?” BJP’s Sudhanshu Trivedi reacted to the meme saying, it is ‘deplorable, pathetic and condemnable’. Earlier Digvijaya Singh shared this meme on social media.
ALSO READ Digvijaya Singh’s abusive tweet against PM Narendra Modi sparks outrageDigvijaya later defended saying, “Retweets are never endorsements. This is the basic principle of Twitter,” he said. “I have said it is not mine. I have disowned it. I have not used those words”.Asked whether he endorsed what he retweeted, he said, the same had been sent to him by someone and he only retweeted it. “I have said that this is not mine. But, could not help it.” “Not mine but couldn’t help posting it. My apologies to the person concerned. He is the best in the “Art of Fooling!”,” he said while posting a picture of Modi with the offensive tweet.With agency inputs

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