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Torchlight surgeries: UP govt files FIR against erring surgeon and NGO

AN FIR has been lodged against Additional Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) Auraiyya district K.K. Srivastava who conducted the shocking cataract surgeries on 32 patients under torchlights at the Community Health Centre (CHC) Nawabganj in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.On the direction of the Yogi Adityanath government, Atul Mishra, a senior officer of the health department, has lodged an FIR against Dr K.K. Srivastava and others and also against the NGO on whose behalf these surgeries were conducted free of cost at the Nawabganj police station in Unnao on Wednesday. Dr Srivastava is yet to be arrested.Preliminary enquiry revealed that Dr Srivastava used the name of Dr Nutan Saxena to conduct cataract operations on behalf of her wife NGO’s Jai Jagdamba Sewa Samiti free of cost. Who allowed Dr Srivastava to perform these surgeries and who were the other two surgeons assisted him during operations under torchlights is being investigated.Also readUnnao: Cataract surgery on 32 patients done under torchlight; CMO suspendedAfter the gross medical negligence, the Health Minister Dr Siddharth Nath Singh had suspended the Nawabganj CHC Incharge Dr Dinesh Dass and shunted the Unnao CMO Dr Rajendra Prasad.A two-member committee, comprising Joint Magistrate Manish Bansal and ACMO Unnao Dr R.K. Gautam, has been formed by the Yogi Adityanath government to probe the incident and recommend action against those responsible for the medical negligence.Dr Srivastava along with two other surgeons performed cataract operations on 32 patients on Monday under torchlights when there was no light at the CHC Nawabganj. After the surgeries, patients were forced to lie down on floors in chilling cold.Ironically, the five-bed CHC Nawabganj is not equipped with the eye surgeries and there were no availability of intraocular lenses (OPL) at the CHC. The CHC has a generator but it was inoperative. Many of them had complained of severe itching and burning sensation in their eyes. They were provided no antibiotics, eye drops or other medicines either after the surgery by the NGO. The District Magistrate Unnao Ravi Kumar had rushed a team of doctors from Unnao to Nawabganj to attend them. A few were later shifted to Unnao and Kanpur district hospitals for further check up.

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Health centre chief suspended for cataract operations under ‘torch’

After reports surfaced that eye surgeons at Nawabganj Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Unnao district allegedly performed cataract operations on 32 patients in ‘torchlight’ on Monday, the Yogi Adityanath government has ordered a probe and suspended the PHC in-charge, Dr Dinesh Dass. Chief Medical Officer of Unnao, Dr Rajendra Prasad, who gave the permission for these operations even when there was no electricity at the PHC has also been transferred.”No one involved in this kind of medical negligence will be spared. It is the height of medical negligence,” said Ravi Kumar, District Magistrate, while ordering the probe.A two-member team including additional Chief Medical Officer Unnao R.K. Gautam and Joint Magistrate Mankish Bansal has been formed to probe the incident.Initial investigation suggests that due to erratic power supply at the PHC during the time of the surgeries, a three-member team, headed by Dr Nutan Saxena, performed the cataract operations under two torchlights. “Since there was no power, doctors asked us to hold torchlights and conducted the cataract operations on patients,” said a peon.

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Makeshift Gangotri Bridge linking Uttarkashi to China border collapses

The lone bridge linking Uttarkashi to the China border collapsed today, disconnecting dozens of villages and causing inconvenience to daily commuters, especially school-going children and teachers.The makeshift Gangotri bridge collapsed around 6 am when two trucks were crossing it, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Chauhan said. No one was hurt in the incident, he said.According to rules, only one truck can pass through the bridge at a time, he said. A magisterial probe has been ordered into the incident and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the Public Works Department (PWD) have been asked to open an alternate route as soon as possible.Daily commuters who used the bridge, especially school- going children and teachers, have been inconvenienced by its sudden collapse, he said. A number of vehicles are stranded on either side of the bridge with no alternate route available at the moment, he said.

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Sec 144 imposed at Udaipur, net, social media muzzled

Suspecting a law and order “problem” that may be triggered by anti-social elements in Udaipur after the heinous murder of Afrazul, the Udaipur District Magistrate Bishnucharan Mallik issued an order and imposed Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code in the district from 8 pm on Wednesday evening till next order.The District Magistrate said during the prohibition, there will be restrictions on conducting collective events and planning of dharna demonstration, rally and shocking speeches while none can roam with a sharp weapons or a sticks. Strict legal action would be taken against the infringers. Strict legal action will also be taken against those who send messages, images or videos that spoils the communal harmony on social media.Moreover, Divisional Commissioner Bhawani Singh Detha issued an order to suspend internet services in the entire border area of Udaipur district for 24 hours. Meanwhile, 2G, 3G and 4G data, Internet service, bulk SSS, MMS, WTSAP, Facebook, Twitter and other social media services being provided by various mobile service providers will remain suspended. This suspension is effective from 8 pm onwards.A special cell has been set up in the office of District Magistrate and the District Superintendent of Police, through which vigilance is being kept any post, image and video being circulated on social media. If any message, comment, picture or video that is spreading hatred and malice will be broadcast then strict action will be taken against.Moreover, the DM has also banned entry of one Updesh Rana after his video went viral. In the video Rana claimed to be reaching Udaipur on Thursday which could create tension between communities.

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Dalits flee Uttarakhand village after youth goes missing following clash

The disappearance of a Dalit youth following a clash between two groups in a remote village of Tehri district in Uttarakhand has prompted 30 other Dalit residents to vacate their houses and take shelter at the block headquarters, police said today. “Dalits of Gangi village, including women and children, have taken refuge at Bhilangana block headquarters citing threat to their lives following the clash. They have refused to go back until the youth is recovered and the accused arrested,” Ghansali SHO Mohammad Akram said. A clash erupted in the village on December 1 after a Dalit youth, named Rakesh, who was supposed to play the ‘dhol’ at a wedding in an upper caste family did not turn up. Also readGujarat Dalits form federation, draft manifesto to press for demandsWhen the groom’s mother went to Rakesh’s place, the youth allegedly kicked her out of the house, the SHO said, quoting a report lodged a day later by a member of the groom’s family. On December 3, Rakesh’s father Sohan Lal and another villager reported that he was missing. They also accused members of the upper caste family of thrashing them and vandalising their houses, the SHO said. Also readCentre offers Rs 2.5 lakh for every inter-caste marriage involving a DalitAkram added efforts were underway to trace the missing youth. District Magistrate Sonika said SDM Ghansali was asked to submit a report in connection with the incident.
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UP: Missionary school threatens to rusticate Muslim girl for wearing ‘hijab’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A missionary school in Bara Banki district of Uttar Pradesh has threatened to rusticate a class VII Muslim student for wearing ‘Hijab’ in the classroom.Studying in Anand Bhawan, a private school run by a missionary trust, the Muslim student had attended the school wearing ‘hijab’ ( a scarf worn by Muslim girls after attaining puberty) on Wednesday. The girl was not only admonished by the school management but warned to be rusticated from the school if she wore the scarf again.When the girl’s father Maulana Mohammed Raza Rizvi wrote a letter to the school management protesting their dictating religious reasons, he was advised to withdraw her daughter and make her study in a madarsa or any other Islamic School.“In Islam, it is mandatory for a girl to wear hijab to cover their head after attaining puberty. It was due to religious reasons my daughter wore the scarf. It is a minority institution and most of the teachers are Christians but even then they objected to my daughter wearing hijab,” said Rizvi.But the school management refused to entertain any plea from the parents and told the father that any girl wearing hijab will not be allowed to attend classes. “It should not be repeated again. If parents have any objections they may withdraw and admit their daughter in any Islamic school,” warned the School Principal Archana Thomas.The Principal clarified that the school has a strict dress code and the management cannot allow any student to wear anything other than the school dress. “I did not mean to disrespect anyone’s religion or force any student to seek admission in an Islamic school. We had only told the parents that if they have any objections to dress code of the school then they are free to withdraw their girl and get her admitted elsewhere,” clarified the Principal.Archana Thomas claimed that the dress code and all rules of the school are clearly written in Admission Form. “We admit student only after parents agree and sign to school rules and regulations written on the admission form,” said she.“If the girl’s parents are so adamant to violate the school dress code by sending their daughter wearing a scarf then they are free to withdraw her from the school,” warned the Principal.Agitated parents have lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, District Magistrate and district inspector of schools (DIOS) against the missionary school diktat. “The School order is against the Constitution which protects us to practice our religious rights. I will go to the court if the order is not withdrawn,” said Rizvi whose daughter has stopped going to the school after the row over hijab wearing.A similar hijab wearing row was reported in Lucknow about two years ago when management of St. Joseph School had objected to a Muslim girl wearing hijab in the classroom. The district administration had to intervene and the Muslim girl was finally allowed to wear hijab in the classroom.

Porbandar heavyweights face off again, development, anti-corruption in play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“As long as Arjunbhai and I remain active in politics, it seems we are destined to stand face-to-face…that’s how deep our love is for each other,” quips sitting Porbandar MLA Babu Bokhiria of the BJP, as supporters seated around him at the local party office laugh in agreement.The contest for Porbandar between heavyweight candidates fielded by the BJP and the Congress is one that is all-too familiar for the voters here. Former GPCC president Arjun Modhwadia is, for the third time, pitted against his old foe Bokhiria, who is the state minister for animal husbandry and fisheries.While Modhwadia won the seat in 2002 by defeating Bokhiria, and was re-elected in 2007, his bid to win a third consecutive term failed when Bokhiria defeated him by around 17,000 votes in the last election.Bokhiria claims he hopes to get re-elected on the basis of “major development works” carried out during his tenure, and speaks of the introduction of the Amul pattern of milk cooperatives to Porbandar with the formation of the Sudama Dairy, a cow sanctuary that is being developed at Dharampur, improved drinking water supply and irrigation in his constituency, and tenders for sand-dredging floated to address the concerns of fishermen. He also cites plans of developing eight new harbours and 19 landing centres.Modhwadia, on the other hand, is campaigning primarily on the anti-corruption plank, launching scathing attacks against Bokhiria and focusing on the criminal case that was registered against his rival for illegal limestone mining. The case was registered in 2006, when one Umesh Bhavsar, a manager of Saurashtra Chemical Company, filed a complaint against Bokhiria and others, alleging they had illegally mined limestone worth Rs 54 crore from land where the company held mining rights. In June 2013, Bokhiria and three others were convicted for three years by the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court. The Porbandar Sessions Court stayed their conviction till it heard Bokhiria’s appeal. In November 2014, the Sessions Court overturned the conviction and acquitted him.“The biggest issue I am raising before voters is that of corruption. The rival candidate is part of the mining mafia, and was even sentenced to a jail term of three years,” Modhwadia alleged, while speaking to DNA.“Over these five years, only new pipelines have been laid, but roads in the city are now lying in atrocious condition. Meanwhile, farmers are suffering because MSP has not been hiked. No new new industries have come to Porbandar, and even the existing ones shut down during the BJP government’s tenure. Benefits granted to fishermen under the Congress government were withdrawn. Education and health has been completely commercialized. There are no opportunities at all here. Youngsters have to go elsewhere for education and employment,” he added.Bokhiria, however, accused his Congress rival of running a negative campaign. “When you do not have any work to show of your own, you end up running a negative campaignMy work towards development of Porbandar speaks for itself.”Many local voters, however, said that while Modhwadia may seem to be a ‘cleaner’ and ‘better’ candidate compared to Bokhiria, people would be wary of voting for him if they feel the BJP will retain power in the state and Centre.“BJP is in power at the Centre, and if they retain power in the state, how will a Congress MLA be able to get our demands met?” said Vijay Bhayanim, owner of a stationary shop at Sudama Chowk market area.“People here will cast their votes keeping in mind Narendra Modi. We did suffer a bit due to GST, but things have stabilized now as we are getting familiar with the tax,” said Hitesh Bhatijia, a general store owner.

Sheena Bora: Now, approver’s letter of confession goes missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A magistrate court on Friday informed the Special CBI court, hearing the Sheena Bora murder case, that a letter written by accused-turned-approver Shyamwar Rai, about his wish to reveal the true facts about the murder before the magistrate court, is not available with it. The magistrate court has said that it has handed over all documents in connection with the case to the trial court.Special public prosecutor Kavita Patil said, “With regard to the communication that took place between the two courts, the trial court (Special CBI court) informed in the open court that the magistrate court has informed it that all the documents in connection to the case have been handed over by the magistrate court to it. However, it is not that the letter is missing; as it would be somewhere, and it would be found.” When asked about the contents of the letter, Patil said, “It is a letter in which Rai has said that he wanted to confess in connection with the case.”When contacted, defence advocate Shreyansh Mithare said, “We have just heard that the letter, which Rai wrote in jail, is about him wanting to make a confession before the Magistrate about the crime. However, as it is not traceable, now we will have to find another way to get the letter. This step is important as it is a crucial evidence in the matter.”

After brawl over Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence, Lucknow DM cancels literary festival for inviting political leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The brawl over JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar’s presence at the Lucknow Literary Festival on Friday has led to its cancellation. The Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal scrapped permission to hold the festival following violation of conditions by the organisers.The DM had granted the permission to hold the festival on the condition that it will be apolitical literary meet. “The organizers have grossly violated conditions by inviting political leaders without any prior information and allowing the festival to become a political meet. The district administration is left with no choice to cancel the literary fest,” said the Lucknow DM.The district administration was particularly annoyed with the organizers for inviting political leaders including Asaduddin Owaisi, Shatrughan Sinha, Rahul Gandhi, Jayant Chaudhary, former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi etc in literary fest without informing and seeking prior permission from the district administration . All these leaders are known for their anti-Modi stance.The RSS student wing ABVP and the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) activists had raised strong objections over the presence of former JNU leader Kanhaiya Kumar on the opening day of the fest on Friday at Sheroes Hangout, a café run by acid attack survivor victims. Calling him a ‘traitor’, they shouted ‘Kanhaiya Kumar go back’ slogans and disrupted the proceedings for over 30 minutes.The ABVP-HYU activists also clashed with members of Samajwadi Chatra Sabha who had welcomed Kumar in the literary fest. Acid attack survivor victims had to make a wall to shield the JNU leader when agitated right wing activists tried to manhandled Kumar when he was about to deliver speech.Finally, police were called in to flush out ABVP-HYU activists from the Sheroes Hangout for function to begin. After the brawl, Kanhaiya stated that he was not perturbed by the protest. “They have governments in 18 states but they cannot suppress my voice. I belong to a family of freedom fighter and no one can stop me expressing my thoughts,” he stated.

Defamation case: Court issues notice to Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court issued a notice to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh on Wednesday in connection with a civil defamation case filed by a BJP youth wing leader, seeking Re 1 compensation from them.Additional District Judge Vijay Shankar sought the reply of the duo following the plea filed by Ankit Bhardwaj, State Executive Member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, a youth wing of the BJP.The complainant had alleged that the duo had shared his pictures in the media, falsely declaring him as the one who had slapped the former water minister of Delhi, Kapil Mishra, when the latter was on a hunger strike on May 10.Appearing for the complainant, his counsel said after an order was passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate stating that the case does not fall in his ambit, he filed an appeal in the higher court.The court, while issuing the notice, fixed the next date of hearing to January 22,2018.The plea had claimed that the AAP leaders had wrongly named him for assaulting Mishra while the person apprehended on the spot for the alleged offence belonged to AAP. Bhardwaj also claimed Singh had shown the former’s Facebook profile on news channels and declared him the accused.

12 drown in two incidents in Bihar; govt not answerable, says disaster management minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least 12 people, including five children, drowned in two separate incidents in Vaishali and Samastipur districts of Bihar today, police said.While nine picnickers died after falling into the Ganga river in Vaishali, three women drowned in the Baghmati river when a boat capsized in Samastipur district, they said. The Vaishali incident happened when the picnickers had gathered atop a mound formed by silt near Mastana Ghat for a Sunday picnic, Naseem Ahmed, in-charge of Fatuha police station, said. “Prima facie, one of the children had fallen into the river and the others jumped into the water to rescue the drowning child and lost their own lives,” he said.Nine bodies have been fished out so far, said Ahmed, who had gone to the spot after the incident. All the deceased, five girls and four men, hailed from Dariyapur in Fatuha sub-division of Patna district.The site of the incident falls in Raghopur block of Vaishali district. Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Agarwal, however, said, “So far we have confirmation of eight bodies having been recovered from the river.” Two people are missing and efforts are on to trace them with the help of divers, Agarwal said. Meanwhile, three women drowned in the Baghmati river in Samastipur district when a small boat carrying over 12 people capsized, the police said. He also announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for kin of the deceased. While some people swam to safety, five others were rescued, Deputy Superintendent of Police in-charge of Rosera sub-division, Ajit Kumar, said. Locals jumped into the river and fished out the bodies of the three women, aged between 20 and 30 years. “All those in the boat were involved in the business of cattle-rearing. They cross the river routinely to collect fodder,” Kumar said. The boat capsized near Madhurapur Dharmpur Ghat. Divers have been pressed into service to check for more persons, he said. The rescued people were taken to a local primary healthcare centre.Meanwhile reacting to the unfortunate accidents, Bihar Disaster Management minister said that the government can’t be held responsible.

Man absolved of son’s sodomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of getting his nine-month-old child sodomised by transgenders. The court observed that the man was falsely implicated by his wife.Also, deciding to not initiate a criminal case of perjury against the woman, Additional Sessions Judge Ashwini Kumar Sarpal cautioned her.According to the prosecution, the woman registered a complaint on February 17 this year, claiming that she saw blood coming out of the anus of infant. Following this, she took the child to the hospital, where doctors reportedly told her that he might have been sodomised.According to the complaint, the woman said the accused had taken the child to the transgenders in Khichripur two-three months ago, where he was kept for a week. Following this, an FIR was registered under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).Since the child was an infant, his mother’s statement was recorded before the Magistrate. Later, however, she turned hostile and deposed that she had falsely implicated her husband as they had been quarrelling.”She admitted that she saw blood coming out of the child’s anus and took him to the hospital, where doctor suspected sodomy but she also said that she falsely implicated her husband as he was fighting with her and not living with her,” the court stated.It also held that the complainant did not witness the incident herself. “The complainant has totally exonerated the accused and accepted that whatever she told to anyone about the incident was told at the instance of the police as well as due to her own anger,” the judge said.The judge further said: “During cross examination, she denied seeing or meeting the accused for 6-7 months before the day she saw the victim bleeding. Thus, another allegation made in the FIR, that she saw the accused taking the victim with him to the transgenders, was found to be false.”The court held that the complaint amounted to perjury but considering that the accused was now taking care of his wife and children and did not want any action against her, she was let off with warning.”The accused does not want any action against his wife. Also, the complainant also less than 18 years of age when she was examined in the court. She has to look after her minor child. So, in the interest of justice, I do not propose to take any criminal action against her,” the court stated.

Jay Shah case: HC maintains gag order against site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court on Thursday refused to vacate the interim injunction granted to plaintiff Jay Amit Shah in a defamation case against The Wire, and issued a notice to the plaintiff asking him to file a reply within two weeks. The single bench judge Paresh Upadhyay heard petitions filed by The Foundation of Independent Journalism, the non-profit company that publishes The Wire and its founding editors Siddharth Varadarajan, Siddharth Bhatia and MK Venu, and a separate petition filed by the article’s author Rohini Singh. The petitioners have challenged the interim injunction granted to the plaintiff by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Ahmedabad.The high court refused to vacate the interim injunction without hearing the respondent. The judge orally observed, “You complained that the trial court did not hear the respondents or go into the crux of the news story published on The Wire, do you want me to repeat the same? The court will have to hear the original plaintiff and respondent here.”Senior counsel Dushyant Dave appearing on behalf of the foundation and founders submitted that the trial court, without hearing the respondent, had not given any justification for granting the interim injunction to the plaintiff, and that the injunction was not bound by a time limit.He further argued, “The interim injunction is based on hypothesis. It has not justified that if notice is issued and there is a delay in granting interim injunction, there could be irreparable damage to the plaintiff.”Dave referred to the Supreme Court’s orders that state that interim injunctions in defamation cases cannot be granted without hearing the respondent/s.

Religion over education: Government school teachers forced to turn priests in Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent directive, a copy of which is with DNA, as many as 90 teachers from various government schools in Haryana were directed to attend the day-long training for priests to facilitate Kapal Mochan Fair 2017 in Yamunanagar. Many teachers did not report for a training session on October 29. They were served show cause notice and asked to be present for training next day for face department proceedings. According to a report in The Indian Express, most teachers joined the training programme on Monday. “Only two-three teachers have sought exemption on medical grounds. Now there is no need to take action against anybody” Bilaspur’s Sub Divisional Magistrate Naveen Ahuja was reported as saying by The Indian Express. Ahuja defended the move, saying they have taken the help of employees of other departments as well to manage the fair where a large number of devotees show up. “Such duties are being given to teachers for the past five-six years,” he said.Such a move has attracted a lot of criticism as poor results continue to mar the performance of government schools in the state. Many allege that Haryana government is more keen on training its teachers to assist priests for an ongoing five-day religious fair and distribute prasad rather than be in classrooms. Most of these teachers take many classes in a day and now their absence for a week adversely affects the overall development of the students. Teachers remain occupied with non-teaching work throughout the year and despite their objections, they are made to do jobs which are not related to teaching students at schools. Though most of the teachers giving their services as Priests these days remain guarded in their statements, members of the teachers’ union have started openly raising their objections. The orders invited sharp criticism from teachers who condemned the move. “Ya to hum school mein padhaein, ya puja-path karein. It has become a norm to deploy teachers on all kinds of non-teaching duties. When we did not attend the training, we were threatened with disciplinary action. If teachers remain absent from classrooms, how are we supposed to improve the results?” said Jagdeep Singh, a member of the teachers’ union.Earlier, Haryana government seemed to distance itself from the diktat, leaving the ball in the district administration’s court. “It could be the district administration’s order,” said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.BJP Spokesperson Jawahar Yadav defended the move saying, “It is just about distributing prasad to devotees during the fair. The teachers are not being trained to become full-fledged priests.”However, it is not the first time that teachers have been roped in to perform duties during the religious fair, as over 100 teachers are deployed in the religious fair since 2014, when 110 were on duty inside the temple, 110 in 2015 and 105 teachers were roped in last year.When questioned, Deputy Commissioner, Yamunanagar, Rohtash Singh Kharb said the order was taken due to administrative constraints. “It is a huge event and we need manpower. Out of 2,000 officials employed, 90 of them are teachers. It is a religious fair and teachers are required to assist the pujaris, including giving prasad, handling the donations for eight hours every day. The schools can manage by substituting teachers.”The five day religious far, Kapalmochan-2017 which began on October 31 is organized every year in Yamunanagar and witnesses a footfall of over 5 lakh devotees from across Punjab and Haryana. As many as 2,000 district-level officials are deputed on several duties for the fair, which includes at least 100 teachers every year.

Explosion kills 18 people in NTPC coal plant in Rae Bareli; casualties could rise, says official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive explosion ripped a boiler in the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district today, killing at least eighteen persons while scores suffered severe burn injuries, officials said.The NTPC initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured, they added.”Eighteen deaths have been confirmed by the district administration. Twenty two persons with severe burns have been referred to Lucknow. Another 15 are in Rae Bareli hospital,” UP’s ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.He added that the number of casualties could rise.Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said that 90-10 persons had been injured in the blast.In a statement, the NTPC said that at around 1530 hrs at unit number six of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20 meters elevation.There was an opening in corner number two from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area, the central public sector undertaking said.It added that around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after giving first-aid.Union Power minister R K Singh, through social media posts, expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and said that he had directed the NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the site.The Unchahar sub-division in Raebareli district is around 110 km from the state capital.ADG Kumar said that all available ambulances were pressed into action and the additional district magistrate and the additional superintendent of police were on the spot to supervise relief and rescue operations.Chief Minister Adityanath, who was away in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, ordered that necessary steps be taken for rescue and relief.The CM has taken cognisance of the Unchahar accident and has directed principal secretary (home) to ensure that all steps are taken for rescue and relief, principal secretary (information) Awanish Awasthi, who is accompanying Adityanath, said.”The chief minister expressed his condolences over the deaths of workers in the Unchahar NTPC unit and announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured besides Rs 25,000 for other injured workers,” Awasthi said.A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also despatched to the explosion site from the state capital for relief and rescue operations, an official said.The explosion triggered panic among the employees who ran helter-skelter.Such explosions can generate searing heat, an official said.An injured employee undergoing treatment at a hospital said that a sudden gush of hot gas with contents of ash-like material engulfed him at the NTPC plant.The man said he was unable to understand what had happened and found himself on a hospital bed with his body scalded all over, when he regained consciousness.The plant area was cordoned off by the police to facilitate smooth running of ambulances.Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the “terrible tragedy” in her Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli. Conveying her deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, Gandhi urged upon the authorities to provide immediate medical assistance to the injured.District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri told PTI that 40 ambulances were immediately pressed into service.Chief Medical Officer, Raebareli, DK Singh along with a team of ten doctors were deployed to carry out immediate treatment to the injured, he said.He also said that arrangements have been made to bring the serious cases to KGMU hospital and the civil hospital in Lucknow. Some of the injured were being sent to Raebareli, Khatri said.CMO Singh said that if necessary some of the critical cases could be referred to Delhi by air ambulance.Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi said he would visit the district on Thursday to meet the families of the victims, and those who wre injured.

JNU missing student: Court allows CBI’s plea seeking advanced hearing of its application on polygraph test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court today allowed the CBI’s plea seeking advancing of hearing on its application on polygraph test on nine students in connection with JNU student Najeeb Ahmed who has been missing for over a year now.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal posted the matter for November 10 and sought the response of nine students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the central probe agency’s application.Najeeb, a first-year MSc Biotechnology student, has been missing from the Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU since October 16, 2016.The CBI, in its plea, had sought early hearing on its application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test regarding the disappearance of Najeeb in October last year.The CBI had on October 16 approached the court seeking early hearing of its plea seeking consent of the suspect students for a polygraph test.The application was moved by the agency on the direction of the Delhi High Court for an early hearing of the plea, which has been adjourned to January 24, 2018.27-year-old Najeeb went missing after a scuffle at his JNU hostel allegedly with ABVP activists. The RSS students wing has denied any involvement in his disappearance.A Delhi court had on May 3 quashed a police order summoning nine JNU students for recording their consent or denial for lie-detector test in the case after it noted a defect in the notice sent by the investigating officer to the students.On May 16, the high court handed over probe of the case to the CBI.The nine students, who are suspects in the case, had approached a magisterial court challenging the notice sent to them by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking their presence before the magistrate for recording of their statement.The notice was sent after the Delhi High Court had asked the police to explore other avenues of probe as all other leads had not yielded any result.

FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR was lodged against the President of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in state minister sex CD case by the Chattisgarh Police on SaturdayThe FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act.Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad on Friday for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a ‘sex CD’ allegedly involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police was given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the ‘conspiracy’ involving the ‘fake CD’.(With agency inputs)

Gujarat court sends two suspected ISIS terrorists to 10-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Gujarat’s Bharuch district today remanded two suspected ISIS operatives in the custody of Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad for 10 days.While the ATS had sought a 14-day custody of Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, Chief Judicial Magistrate R D Mehta granted it custody till November 6.ATS officials held Stimberwala from Ankleshwar while Mirza was arrested from Surat yesterday.They are accused of conspiring to spread terror in Gujarat and rest of the country through ‘lone wolf’ attacks.They have been booked under IPC sections 120-b (criminal conspiracy), 121-a (waging war against government of India) and 125 (waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with government of India).They were also booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.In the FIR, the ATS alleged that the duo were planning to attack a synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad.While Stimberwala worked as a laboratory technician at a hospital in Ankleshwar, Mirza, a lawyer, practised in the Surat district court. He also owns a hotel in Surat.Both are “highly radicalised by the fundamentalist ideology of the Islamic State (ISIS) for last many years and (were) actively planning to cause terrorist acts”, the ATS said in the FIR.They were influenced by Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical preacher deported from the UK to Jamaica. Recently, el-Faisal was detained in Jamaica on the charges of urging youths to travel to Syria and take part in ‘jihad’, said the FIR.Stimberwala was in regular touch with el-Faisal through social media, it said.Monitoring of their social media accounts revealed that Stimberwala and Mirza were attracted to the extremist ideology for the last three-four years, said the FIR.Both were making “intensive efforts to radicalise other youths in India”, the ATS said. PTI PJT PD KRK ZMN

Ranbaxy ex-director held for property fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a man for selling his mortgaged property in the Prithviraj Road area of Lutyens zone. The accused, Manjit Singh, is reportedly a former director of the Ranbaxy firm. A Delhi court then sent Singh to 14-day judicial custody.Senior EOW officers confirmed Singh’s arrest.According to the police, a house on the Prithivraj Road was sold to businessman Ashok Gupta last year. The deal was closed at Rs 245 crore, of which Rs 4.5 crore was paid. But, Gupta was later told that the house had been mortgaged for a loan. So, he approached Singh and asked him to return his money, but the latter refused. Gupta then approached the police and registered a case.Singh was served several notices by the EOW, but he never joined the probe. The police then arrested him and produced him before the court. The Delhi police had sought his custody on the grounds that he was not co-operating in the investigation and not providing details of the property in question.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat, however, sent the accused in to judicial custody. His bail application will be heard at 2 pm on Thursday. Further investigation is underway.BACKGROUNDA house on the Prithivraj Road was sold to businessman Ashok Gupta last year. The deal was closed at Rs 245 crore, of which Rs 4.5 crore was paid. But, Gupta was later told that the house had been mortgaged for a loan.
So, he approached Singh and asked him to return his money, but the latter refused. Gupta then registered a case.

Alwar: District administration returns 51 bovines to Muslim family who are ‘rightful owners’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim family in Alwar district is set to get back its 51 bovines, which were shifted to a cow shelter more than 10 days back, as the district administration has verified it as their rightful owner, officials said.The police had shifted the cows and calves to the Shri Krishna Gaushala Samiti in Bambora area on October 3 on a complaint by villagers that a road was blocked due to the unattended animals.The cow shelter is owned by Kishan Gupta who is associated with the BJP. Gupta said the police had gone to the cow shelter with villagers and left the animals there.The owner of the bovines, Subba Khan, was not present there at that time and when he came to know about the shifting of the animals, he approached the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) to get them back.Following his application, the SDM sought a report on the matter, said Girdhari Lal, Circle Officer, Kishangarh Bas.He said it was verified that bovines belonged to Khan, who runs a dairy farm.SDM, Kishangarh Bas, Subhash Yadav said a release order has been issued on the basis of police verification report and animals would be handed over soon

Najeeb Ahmad Case: CBI approaches Delhi HC for hearing on plea in missing JNU student case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI, which is probing the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, on Monday approached a Delhi court seeking early hearing of its plea seeking consent of the suspect students for a polygraph test.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat said he will hear the application on Tuesday.The application was moved by the agency hours after it was directed by the Delhi High Court to move an application before the CMM for an early hearing of the plea, which has been adjourned to January 24, 2018.27-year-old Najeeb has been missing since October 14 last year after a scuffle at his JNU hostel allegedly with ABVP activists the previous night. The RSS students wing has denied any involvement in his disappearance.The high court bench also gave directions to the CMM not to give long dates in pleas for polygraph tests, especially in such a matter where there was urgency, saying it would defeat the purpose.It told the CBI that even family members of the missing student can undergo polygraph, not just the suspects.A Delhi court had on May 3 quashed a police order summoning nine JNU students for recording their consent or denial for lie-detector test in the case after it noted a defect in the notice sent by the investigating officer to the students.On May 16, the high court handed over probe of the case to the CBI.The nine students, who are suspects in the case, had approached a magisterial court challenging the notice sent to them by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police seeking their presence before the magistrate for recording of their statement.The notice was sent after the Delhi High Court had asked the police to explore other avenues of probe as all other leads had not yielded any result.

Magistrate not shown barrack where Shetye was kept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the day that Byculla prison inmate Manjula Shetye died after she was allegedly assaulted by prison staff, Magistrate Jyoti Pokhale had visited the prison on a routine, but mandatory procedure, according to the orders passed by the metropolitan magistrate court.This visit was to hear the grievances of the prisoners at a personal level and accordingly make a report of the same. A charge sheet, filed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch in the Shetye murder case, reveals that Manisha Pokharkar, a jailor who has since been arrested for Shetye’s murder, purposely did not take the magistrate to the barrack where Shetye was kept after she was assaulted.

Four women drown as boat capsizes in Gorakhpur river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four women drowned when their boat capsized in Rohini river in Gorakhpur — the hometown of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — on Wednesday afternoon.Seven women were going to collect wood on the other side of the river near Bankatwa village under Gorakhnath police station area when their boat overturned, Inspector Yadvendra Bahadur Pal said. The women, who were residents of Rampur Nayagaon took a small boat to cross Rohini river at about 11.30 am on Wednesday. It was a daily routine to cross the river to reach the jungle to collect firewood.On their return, when the boat reached the middle of the river, it sank into deep waters of the river due to excess weight of the firewood. On hearing their cries for help, locals managed to save the lives of three women, who were admitted in the district hospital. The survivors have been identified as Usha, Abita and Tara.A team of NDRF was pressed into the rescue operations but there was no trace of the other four girls.The missing have been identified as Nisha (35), Raveena (17), Baby (16) and Priti (6). Chances of their survival are bleak, claimed the NDRF team.The local BJP MLA Dr Radamohan Das Aggarwal and the District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela rushed to the spot to look after the rescue operations.

Days before Gurdaspur LS by-poll, SAD leader booked for rape surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the election race for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll heats up, former cabinet minister in Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government, Sucha Singh Langarh whose alleged video clip has put the SAD-BJP on backfoot, surrendered before a Duty Magistrate here.However, his plea for surrender was not accepted by the Duty Magistrate, who directed him to surrender before the Gurdaspur Court, where the case was registered.A former District President of SAD from Gurdaspur, Langah was booked on September 29 for allegedly sexually exploiting a widow, an employee of Punjab Police Vigilance department since 2009. In her complaint, the woman alleged that Langah, the then PWD Minister in SAD-BJP government had forced her to have physical relations with her, in lieu of a government job on compassionate grounds, after death of her husband, a police constable.Langah had been absconding ever since the case was registered against him in Gurdaspur and turned up in Chandigarh District and Session Court on Monday, after the alleged video clip which went viral on social media, created ripples in the political circles and left the SAD-BJP embarrassed days before the high-stake Gurdaspur bypoll.With the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha polls on October 11, Congress mounted its attack on SAD-BJP for allegedly shielding a rape accused and demanded his resignation. Terming the incident shameful, state Congress president and Congress Candidate Sunil Jakhar lambasted the SAD-BJP, questioning the party’s silence on the issue.Running for damage control, SAD distanced itself from the case, with party president Sukhbir Badal asserting that Langah has resigned from all party posts and was no longer a party member. However, the BJP candidate, Swaran Singh Salaria faced backlash after he defended Langah and dismissing the allegations as false.”It is a political vendetta against me and the party, when the Gurdaspur bypoll is days away. I’m surrendering before the Court and the truth will come out soon,” said Langah in Chandigah.With two weeks left for the high-stake election battle, the parties are leaving no stone to turn the political fortune in their favour. The Lok Sabha seat which fell vacant after actor and four-time BJP MP Vinod Khanna’s death will witness a three-cornered contest on October 11 with Congress’s Sunil Jakhar pitied against BJP’s Swaran Salaria and AAP’s Maj Gen (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

UP Police seize property worth Rs 2.5 crore of cow smugglers in Moradabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Police have seized assets worth 2.5 crores of smugglers who were involved in cow-smuggling. The District Magistrate, under the Gangster Act, directed the Tehsildar of the village to seize the property of Farhan and his brothers, Sarik and Subhan. Following the orders by DM Anand Kumar Singh, the Tehsildar, along with the Kotwali Police, seized the plots purchased in many agricultural and urban areas on Saturday.According to Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Pankaj Kumar Pandey, ‘Farhan, resident of Miya Sarai, is the leader of the smuggling gang. He committed illegal activities in the past five years and acquired wealth. The police handed over Farhan and his brothers to the DM.’ The properties will be deemed as government properties in a day or two.

CBI books gun shop owner, BSF trooper

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a Border Security Force trooper, a retired district magistrate and the owner of a gun shop in Jammu for getting private arms licences at Rs 12,000 on the basis of false and forged documents.The CBI has booked the three for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, contravenes of the condition of arms licence or and criminal misconduct. According to the FIR, all the applicants were posted at Frontier Headquarters, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat who did not belong to Rajouri and Shopian districts, wherefrom the licences issued in favour of nine BSF personnel. The agency had initiated a preliminary enquiry in the case in 2014.According to CBI, the case was registered on a complaint of then Additional Director General BSF KK Sharma, who alleged that PK Sharma, the owner of Nav Durga Gun House, Jammu had charged Rs 12,000 per licence from BSF personnel for providing arm licences.”The amount was higher than requisite fee on the basis of false and forged documents knowingly using these documents, as genuine. In furtherance of the said criminal conspiracy, then District Magistrate (Rajouri) Faquir Chand Bhagat who approved all the questioned arms licence in violation of the existing rules and procedure and without due verification,” the FIR said.

Mount Abu’s bear infestationis scaring tourists away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For tourists heading to Mount Abu, brace yourself to be accosted by one of the 350 sloth bears that have now become a regular menace in the hill station. With dwindling vegetation cover in the Aravali mountains, they have started moving in on the nearby towns, most notably, Mount Abu.Close to sunset and after nightfall, they can now be seen walking along along the market, Sunset Point, Dilwara Temple and even the summer abode of the Governor of Rajasthan.Fond of sweets and ice-cream, these bears are now aggressively seeking food, sometimes, even breaking into stores to get their hands on the food. Bharat Singh Deora, a ranger with the forest department told DNA, “Hotel owners throw garbage outside and tourists feed the bears. This has habituated them to easy food access, but it also heightens the threat of an attack. When a bear enters these populated areas, we immediately move in and shift people away from the animals.”Three days ago, one Hari Singh, of village Salgaon was injured by a bear while he was working in the field and had to be hospitalised.Suresh Ola, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Mount Abu, said, “Here, bears come into human habitation area regularly. However, with the graba season, people are out late and there a tourist influx, too. So we are running awareness campaigns and have deployed a dedicated team of forest department officials to manage the bears.”

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi Court raps police for not de-sealing the hotel suite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police today again came under fire from a Delhi court for not complying with its order to de-seal a five-star hotel suite where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in 2014.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh said the hotel room should have been opened by Tuesday and directed the Joint Commissioner of the Delhi Police to appear before the court and explain why the order has not been complied with.The court made the observations after the police filed a report stating that the results from the forensic laboratories were still awaited and some more time be given to it.”Do you (police) want to initiate proceedings against yourself? I have already passed an order. You think of legal consequences. It can’t go on like this,” the judge said.The court also directed the police to file a list containing the names of members of its special investigating team probing the case.While the South Delhi hotel has been urging the court to direct the police to de-seal the room which was sealed for investigation soon after Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014, the court has also been directing the police to do so on a few occasions.Hours after Pushkar was found dead, the suite was sealed that night itself for investigation. An FIR was registered by Delhi police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).The police was on September 12 directed to de-seal the suite and file a compliance report by today. In this order, the court had noted that a huge financial loss has already been caused to the hotel. It had then allowed the police to take all articles from the room required for its probe.On that day, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) had pleaded that the room should be de-sealed only after the forensic report, which was dismissed by the court.The court had on September 4 too taken the police to task for its “lethargic attitude” in its probe into the case and had summoned the DCP to explain why more time should be granted for de-sealing the suite.Similarly on August 19, the court had pulled up the agency for delaying the de-sealing of the room and referred to a court order passed on July 21 asking it to de-seal the occupied premises within four weeks from then.

Durga idol immersion: India, B’desh take special measures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considering the recent unrest in Basirhat and Baduria areas of North 24 Parganas, and Calcutta High Court putting a stay on the state government’s decision to prohibit immersion on Muharram, which falls on October 1, the West Bengal government, along with the Border Security Force (BSF), have taken elaborate security measures during the immersion of idols at the ghats of Kalindi and Ichamati rivers on Indo-Bangla border.The Bangladesh administration and the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have also been roped in and there had been at least two high-level meetings between the officials of West Bengal and Bangladesh.Nabanna sources said it had been decided that India and Bangladesh would immerse idols on two different dates at Kalindi River at Hingalgunj – Bangladesh on September 30 and West Bengal on October 2. “This decision was taken on Saturday through a meeting of representatives of both West Bengal and Bangladesh,” said a Nabanna official.He also said that at Ichamati River, both Bangladesh and West Bengal would complete immersion of idols on October 30, the day of Dashami. “This was decided at a meeting on September 22, at a meeting at the BSF’s Hasnabad camp. Those who attended the meeting included North 24 Parganas Additional District Magistrate, senior police officials of the district, chairman of Taki Municipality and BSF officials. Bangladesh representatives included BGB officials and chairman of Satkhira Municipality,” the official said.It had also been decided to step up on vigilance on Ichamati River during immersion so that there is no illegal crossing over across the water border.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had, in a meeting on September 22, given an instruction that police need to be extra careful during immersion as she had intelligence inputs that there were possibilities of mischief during the festive season.Following a controversial Facebook post by a 17-year-old on June 30, a communal unrest was sparked off on July 1 in the district and violence spread in this district and paramilitary forces were deployed to bring situation under control.

22 HKV eateries sealed for flouting green norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major crackdown on eateries and bars in the upscale Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday sealed 22 such outlets for violating environmental norms.According to the Delhi government officials, the notices for closure were issued to these establishments four months ago but despite that they continued to function, following which the decision to seal them was taken. Most of these outlets are ‘take-away’ joints, with no provision to sit and eat.The sealed outlets include popular restaurants such as the Food Factory by Lalit, The Big Burp, Chaayos, The Bombay Velwet, and The New York Slice.”Most of these outlets did not have the consent to operate (CTO) or even the consent to establish (CTE), which are mandatory for eateries operating in the city. They didn’t have clearances from fire, police, civic, health, and environment departments,” said R M Shingare, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Hauz Khas.These clearances, the SDM said, were required to ensure that there was no water or air pollution. The approaching winter also prompted the sealing action, as the air quality severely deteriorates.The sealing action was conducted under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.Meanwhile, the owners of the sealed eateries claimed that they were not served any prior notices.Down memory laneThe shops closed popular names like the Food Factory and The Bombay VelwetOfficials said the shops ignored notices issued to them four months ago

Delhi HC orders 21 restaurants and bars to be sealed in Hauz Khas Village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi High Court has ordered to seal 21 restaurants and bars in Hauz Khas Village in the southern part of the national capital. The order comes days after the HC called the area ‘a ticking bomb.’The order was issued for all the 21 units which do not have mandatory approvals under the pollution laws, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee. Since these restaurants did not follow the waste norms and didn’t hold the mandatory licences, Delhi Jal Board and BESES Rajdhani the power distribution company has been ordered to disconnect the water and power supply to these restaurants immediately. Delhi Pollution Control Committee that oversees the implementation of environmental laws in the national capital, said that these 21 units were monitored and had spotted multiple violations. The Sub-Divisonal Magistrate of the south district area has already sealed the shops and the order shall come into force with immediate effect. SDM Hauz Khas Ramchandra Shingare, who supervised the sealing exercise, said, “Adequate security arrangement was made for the sealing exercise. No law and order problem was created during the sealing exercise which began in the morning and was concluded towards the evening. Together 21 restaurants were sealed.” A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court headed by acting Chief Justice Gitta Mittal had raised some queries on safety an other issues. The government and the restaurant owners did not may heed to the matter. The court had also warned the owners that, in case of any unfortunate incident takes place in the area, they will be booked under the civil and criminal liability case and shall not be allowed to escape. “The reports of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, SDMC and the Delhi Jal Board illustrate that the Hauz Khas Village is a ticking time bomb without essential civic and emergency services,” the bench had observed.Our repeated queries regarding quantum of solid waste (garbage) and sewage generated by these restaurants (pubs, bars and cafes in Hauz Khas Village) evoked no response from either the authorities or the restaurant owners,” the court added. “The adverse impact on the hygiene and environment so far as the citizenry is concerned thereby, would be insurmountable and irreversible,” it also said.According to the Delhi Police reported to the court, National Security Guard commandos could not reach the village during a mock-drill for a terrorist attack. A PIL also alleged that over 120 such restaurants and cafes are running in the South Delhi area without any building plans approval and no certificates.

Navratri begins, PM Narendra Modi will have just warm water for 9 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday joined millions of devotees to welcome Goddess Durga on the auspicious occasion of Sharadiya Navratri.The Prime Minister will observe fast on all nine days and will have just warm water, a Zee report said. PM Modi, an ardent Goddess Durga devotee, has been observing the Navratri fast for last four decades. The fast has never affected his busy schedule. In 2014, even during his first US visit, the PM observed his Navratri fast.On Thursday, the Prime Minister wished everyone on the occasion of Navratri. He also shared a prayer for Maa Shailputri, who is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin a two-day visit to his Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency on Friday, during which he will inaugurate several infrastructure projects and address public meetings, officials said today. Varanasi District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra said Modi would open the second phase of a trade facilitation centre for weavers and handicraft workers in Bada-Lalpur near here on September 22. The prime minister will dedicate to the nation a community kitchen (‘Annakshetra’) near the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn said.With PTI inputs

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.

UP farmer who got 1 paisa waiver will get due amount after Aadhaar linking: District Magistrate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mathura farmer had received a measly loan waiver of one paisa as a defunct bank account of his had been automatically taken into consideration under an Uttar Pradesh government scheme, a senior official said.District Magistrate Arvind Malappa Bangari said Chiddi Singh would get his due waiver of Rs one lakh after he gets his functioning bank account linked with the Aadhaar card.Bangari said that while waiving the loan in first phase, only bank accounts linked with the Aadhaar card were taken into consideration.According to the DM, Singh had opened an account with the Punjab National Bank in Govardhan in 2011. Due to irregularities, the account was “restructured” and a different account was opened with the bank, he said.Since his first account was linked with the Aadhaar card, it was selected automatically. Since a loan of Rs 0.01 was shown on March 31, 2016, a waiver of 1 paise was given, he added.'”As the restructured account of Chiddi Singh shows loan of Rs 2,23,222 he will get the benefit of Rs one lakh after this account is linked to the Aadhaar card,” Bangari said.

Realtor in 2-day custody over cheque bounce

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Tuesday sent the director of a Delhi-based real estate firm in to two-day police custody, in connection with a cheque bounce case, in which cricketer Munaf Patel is also an accused.Metropolitan Magistrate Manisha Tripathy sent Rahul Chamola, Director of Nivas Promoters Private Limited, for interrogation, after a complaint that the accused duped a Delhi resident of crores, which was used for betting and match fixing. The complaint was filed under provisions of the Negotiable Instruments Act against the company and six others.

‘Cruel joke’: UP farmer receives loan waiver of one paisa, accuses govt of corruption

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A farmer in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura has received a waiver of one paisa on Rs. 1,55,000 loan amount, in the aftermath of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government announcing waivers on loans up to Rs 1 lakh.Chhiddi, a marginal farmer of the Govardhan Tehsil in the Mathura district said that the government has played a cruel joke on them and the entire loan amount should be waived.He further said that the state government is making fun of the farmers and added that he doesn’t know whether this 1 paisa waiver is a mistake by the bank or a reality.Chhiddi’s son Banwari Sharma accused the government and its officers of ‘corruption’.He said that ‘these people’ will not release the money till they receive kickbacks. “They are trying to fool us,” he added.When asked about the incident, the Mathura District Magistrate (DM), Ravinder Kumar, said that such an error could be due to some “technical glitches” in the system.”We have received information about Chhiddi’s case. An inquiry will be made in this. Anyone found responsible will be held,” Kumar added.In a similar incident, farmers in the Etawah district received waivers worth 19 paise and 50 paise.”The government waived only 19 paise. I have spent a lot till now, have visited a number of officials, but it’s sad that I have only received 19 paise of relief,” said a farmer Ishwar Dayal.He said that the village is laughing at them and that they don’t know who is gaining, “but we are certainly not gaining anything.””We are very sad with this. It would have been better had they not given anything,” another farmer said.Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had promised to waived off Rs. 30,729 crore worth loan amount of the small and marginal farmers of the state.The decision was proposed to be benefit 2 crore 15 lakh farmers of the state.Along with this, the government had also decided to forego Non-Performing Assets (NPA) worth Rs. 5,630 crore of 8,00,000 farmers.

Contractor denied ‘costly’ safety gear to sewer cleaners, DM’s report states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three sanitation workers who choked to death inside a manhole in Lajpat Nagar last month were not provided with safety gear by their contractor, a status report filed by the southeast District Magistrate, submitted in the Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday, stated. Reportedly, the contractor had said that the equipment was expensive.”The workers asked the contractor to provide the safety gear before lowering into the manhole but he refused, saying that the equipment was costly, and ordered the workers to carry on with the work without any gear,” the report stated.On August 6, Joginder, Anu, and Monu had died while cleaning a manhole near the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) office, opposite Sant Kabir Ram Mandir in Lajpat Nagar.Following this, an FIR was registered against the contractor under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prohibition of Employment As Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, which prohibits the entry of humans into drains and tanks, except in an emergency. In that case as well, the law directs the employer to provide safety gear to workers.Commenting on the matter, a senior Delhi Jal Board (DJB) official said: “Cost is not a factor. Contractors are supposed to give safety gear to workers, since the government is paying them for the job. In this particular case, however, the contractor was not employed by us and he was absconding. Also, investigators have to establish on whose directions was this contractor getting the sewer cleaned.”Meanwhile, to prevent such incidents in future, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal had directed the Delhi government and the DJB to ensure 100 per cent mechanisation of sewage cleaning and a blanket ban on manual scavenging.The three corporations — East, South and North — have around 2,500 sewer cleaners. The corporation pays Rs 15,000-20,000 to its permanent workers, even as no health benefits are given to them. The law, however, mandates the use of machinery to clean drains, sewers, and tanks. The civic bodies hire cheap manual labourers through contractors and they are paid Rs 250-300 a day.2 die in sewerTwo devotees of the jailed godman Rampal died on Monday after getting into a sewer at Rampal’s ashram in outer Delhi’s Mundka. Police said two other men were also affected by poisonous fumes while they tried to rescue the victims. The deceased were identified as Amarjeet, 30, and Makhan Lal, 27. Police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence. DCP (outer) Pankaj Singh said the men choked due to toxic gases and appropriate action in the case is being taken.

Madhya Pradesh: Congress MLA, 11 others get six months in jail for rioting

Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 11:59 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court here on Thursday sentenced a Congress legislator, two former MLAs and nine other party workers to six months’ imprisonment in a case of rioting.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on each of them, said Assistant Public Prosecutor Punam Verma. Judicial Magistrate Abhishek Saxena convicted Congress MLA from Kailaras, Ram Singh Yadav; former MLAs Harivallabh Shukla and Virendra Raghuvanshi and nine others. “The court found them guilty under IPC sections 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 148 (rioting) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others),” Verma said.They were also held guilty under the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act. The incident had taken place on September 30, 2011 when Congress workers staged a protest at the district collector’s office. It was alleged that protesters threw stones at District Collector John Kingsly and created a ruckus in the campus.

Pushkar case: Court again asks to de-seal suite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing that the hotel has suffered huge losses, a Delhi court on Tuesday again ordered the de-sealing of the room of a five star hotel where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead.”In the view of this court, the said suite is sealed for last about three and half years and already huge financial loss has been caused to the applicant. It is relevant to mention here that generally after inspection of the crime spot by the FSL team or investigating agency, said spot is not sealed or closed till arrival of FSL result,” Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh said.The court also directed the police to file a compliance report on September 26.During the proceedings, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ishwar Singh appeared in the court and sought more time from the court to de-seal suit no 345 stating that the result of the FSL is awaited.The court did not entertain this request and said that the act is not justified and no further time can be given for de-sealing the suite. However, it said that the “investigating agency is at liberty to visit the said suite and collect whatever article is lying in the suite for the purpose of investigation”.When asked the reason for the delay, the senior police officer said that “it is a different case”.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Court directs police to de-seal hotel suite

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court today ordered the de-sealing of a five-star hotel suite where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in 2014, noting that a huge financial loss was already caused to the hotel.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh asked the police to file a compliance report by September 26 while allowing it to take all required articles from the room for its probe.During the hearing, however, the city police opposed the de-sealing, saying this was a “different” case.”The suite is sealed for last about 3.5 years and already huge financial loss has been caused to the applicant (hotel).It is relevant to mention here that generally after inspection of the crime spot by the FSL team or investigating agency, the said spot is not sealed or closed till arrival of FSL result,” the court said.It also rejected the contention by Deputy Commissioner of Police that only after the forensic report, the room should be de-sealed and said the reason was not justified.During arguments, the DCP told the court that reminders were sent to the forensic labs and sought some more time.When the court asked why the police was taking so long to de-seal the room unlike most of other criminal cases, the police officer said “this is a different case. We sent reminders to the forensic labs for the reports yesterday only, and only after that we would be able to say when the room can be de-sealed. The court may summon the labs as well.” The officer had appeared on the directions of the court which had on September 4 rapped the police for its “lethargic attitude” in its probe in the case.The police had sought more time to complete the probe and said teams of forensic experts had visited the suite recently and collected various evidence, reports of which were awaited.The court had on July 21 ordered de-sealing of the suite within four weeks, saying the hotel cannot be put to unending hardship due to laxity on part of the police.The court had, however, said the probe agency would be at liberty to visit the suite before filing a compliance report regarding de-sealing of the suite. It had also noted that no offence was found on part of the hotel.Pushkar was found dead in the suite of the South Delhi hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed on that night itself for investigation. An FIR was registered by Delhi police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).

Rajdhani derails in heart of New Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A disaster was averted when the Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed barely 50 metres before it was to get on to Shivaji bridge in Connaught Place on Thursday. Two more trains derailed in Uttar Pradesh and a goods train jumped the rails in Maharashtra. A fourth derailment was averted in UP.The 12439 Rajdhani Express, with hundreds of passengers on board, jumped off the tracks in the heart of the national capital around 11.50 am, a little before it was to enter platform No. 15 of New Delhi railway station.One passenger was injured and railway traffic was affected as more than two dozen trains had to be rerouted, terminated or diverted.Poor maintenance of tracks was prima facie stated to be the reason behind the engine and the front generator car jumping the tracks. As a result, several passengers at various railway stations in Delhi were left stranded.The train came to a sudden halt, and a passenger, standing at a gate, fell down, and received injuries. The injured man, identified as Imam Hussain, was taken to Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi. Since the train was moving at a slow speed, a norm within the city limits, not many passengers felt the jolt.Also on Thursday, seven coaches of the 11448 Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express derailed near Phaphrakund railway station UP’s Sonbhadra district at 6.13 am.Passengers said that train’s slow speed saved their lives, and claimed that the tracks were uprooted at many places where the derailment took place. “Many passengers would have died but for the slow speed,” said Ramphal, a passenger. The engine and three AC coaches also jumped the rails. District Magistrate Pramod Kumar also pointed to damaged tracks.It was the third train derailment in 19 days in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar, killing 24 passengers and injuring hundreds others on August 19. Over 80 passengers had sustained injuries when the Kaifiyat Express had derailed in Auraiya district on August 23.Meanwhile, two wagons of a goods train derailed at around 3.55 pm near Maharashtra’s Khandala.A fourth train derailment was averted on Thursday as a fracture in the tracks was detected between Farrukhabad and Fatehgarh in UP, minutes before the Kalindi Express was scheduled to pass. Alert locals managed to get the train stopped before it could approach the damaged portion of the tracks.

Court slams cops for ‘lethargic’ probe in Sunanda Pushkar death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South district, while rapping the cops for their “lethargic attitude” towards investigating the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Dharmendra Singh directed the DCP to be present on the next date of hearing — September 12. The court was hearing a plea filed by the Leela Hotel authorities to de-seal suite number 345, where Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014.The court held that huge losses have been incurred by the hotel authorities in the guise of the investigation. “Due to the lethargic attitude of Delhi Police, the plaintiff (hotel) has already suffered a lot,” MM Dharmender Singh said.During the proceedings, the Delhi Police filed a status report, which stated that the forensic teams had visited the suite recently and collected evidence. They sought more time to complete the probe. “Till the reports clearly indicate ‘no further requirement’, the suite cannot be opened,” the police said.Following this, the court asked what evidence was to be collected three years after the incident.On July 21, Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma had ordered de-sealing of the suite within four weeks, saying that the hotel could not be put to unending hardship due to the laxity on part of the police.The court, however, had said that the probe agency would be at liberty to visit the suite before filing a compliance report regarding de-sealing. It had also noted that no offence was found on part of the hotel. The police were allowed to take out articles lying inside the suite with due care for the purpose of the probe.PASSING THE BUCKThe Delhi High Court on August 30 had rapped the Delhi Police for its delay and lackadaisical attitude in investigating the case.
Referring to the slow pace of the investigation, the bench observed, “It has been almost over three years but nothing concrete has come up as of today.”
Referring to the delay, the Additional Solicitor General then claimed that the delay was due to receiving the scientific reports from various agencies and not at the individual level of the police.

Gorakhpur tragedy repeats in Farrukhabad, at least 49 children die due to ‘lack of oxygen’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing row over Gorakhpur tragedy, at least 49 children died at the district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad during the period of one month, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply.The death of children comes after at least 30 children died in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur on August 10-11 amid allegations of oxygen shortage.The 49 deaths took place between July 21 and August 20 in the Sick Newborn Care Unit of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, reported News18.However, the FIR in the case was lodged on Sunday night against the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Medical Superintendent. The District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar has ordered a probe into the incident. The District Magistrate has also mentioned in the FIR that the parents of the dead children have said that the doctors did not put any oxygen tube, the report said.“A case has been registered against the CMO, CMS and some other doctors. Further action will be taken as the investigation proceeds,” said Dayanand Mishra, SP Farrukhabad.In connection with the Gorakhpur tragedy, the Special Task Force has arrested Dr Kafeel Khan, a former nodal officer of the AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College.There was, however, no let up in the spate of deaths in the state-run hospital where 13 more children died in the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 1,317 so far this year.Khan’s is the third arrest made by the STF in the case after a former principal of the medical college, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife, Purnima, were taken into custody by the UP STF on August 29 for questioning in connection with the deaths.

Man arrested for sexually abusing 7-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police arrested a man named Sipu, 22, on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl in Sanjay Colony.According to the police, both the accused and the victim live in the same locality. The girl was playing near her house on Wednesday when Sipu called her and took her to a corner. He allegedly abused her sexually. The same thing was repeated on Thursday as well. The accused had assaulted the minor repeatedly for two days.Finally, the girl told her mother about the incident on Friday, after which the FIR was registered at Sector 14 Police Station.The accused has lived in Sanjay Colony for the past seven years. He is originally from Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh. In Gurugram, Sipu used to work at a furniture shop in Sanjay Colony.An FIR has been registered against the accused under sections 4 and 8 of the POCSO Act.“The accused has confessed. He has been produced in court on Saturday. The Magistrate has remanded him in judicial custody for two weeks,” said ASI Anil Kumar, investigating officer.​HORRIFIC INCIDENTAccording to the police, both the accused and the victim live in the same locality.
The girl was playing when the accused took her to a corner and abused her.

UP: Congress alleges BJP encroaching upon govt land to build party office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of Congress activists staged a dharna on Sunday, alleging that the BJP was trying to encroach upon government land to build a party office. The BJP has denied the charges.”While the Yogi Adityanath government has formed anti- Romeo and anti-encroachment squads, local BJP activists have not only encroached upon land of the Vrindavan-based Inspection Bungalow but has also started construction of a party office,” said former leader of Uttar Pradesh Congress Legislature Party Pradeep Mathur, who led the dharna.He said the encroachment was going on at a time when the RSS was holding its three-day coordination meeting in Vrindavan.The Congress said the construction work had been stopped last month after the party submitted a memorandum to the Municipal Board and the District Magistrate. But it resumed recently, the party alleged.The Samajwadi Party too staged a dharna separately against the alleged illegal construction and submitted a memorandum to the Municipal Board.”There is nothing illegal,” the BJP’s district unit president Tej Veer Singh said, adding that the plot was rented out to the party 25 years ago.The party has been paying rent to the Municipal Board since then, he added.

In Madhya Pradesh, this Muslim family donates land to expand Hanuman temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare yet heartwarming incident at the helm of communal violence reported across the country, a Muslim family found peace in donating their share of land for the expansion of a Hanuman temple.Javed Ansari (34) recently donated 1,905 square feet of his land towards the expansion of Imli Wale Hanuman Mandir at village Bagwaz in the district, Sub Divisional Magistrate R B Sindoskar told PTI.”Ansari had submitted an application to donate 1,905 square feet from his land to the committee running the management of Imli Wale Hanuman Mandir. After recording the statements of Ansari and his family members, who jointly share the ownership, the land was handed over to the committee,” he added.This temple is located about one kilometer from the district headquarters on Gupteshwar road in village Bagwaz.This land would be used for the seating arrangements of devotees and the boundary wall.SDM said that the orders related to the land donation were issued on August 16.The temple committee chairman Raju Vaish said that the land was donated by Javed Ansari in consultation with his brothers Parvez, Shahnaj, Shoib and Shadab.”Now, the land is under the possession of temple committee,” he added.Meanwhile, Ansari, who donated the land, said, “I have donated this land to Hanuman Mandir to send out a message of communal harmony. I believe that such gestures will increase brotherhood between the Hindu and Muslim communities.”

Rajiv Gauba takes charge as Home Secretary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior IAS officer Rajiv Gauba took charge as the Union Home Secretary on Thursday after superannuation of Rajiv Mehrishi. Gauba was named as Mehrishi’s successor two months ago and appointed as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) on June 27 to give him time to acquaint himself with the working in the Home Ministry.A 1982-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, 58-year-old Gauba will have a fixed two-year tenure. Earlier, he had worked for the Home Ministry as Additional Secretary, looking after crucial left wing extremism division, among other responsibilities.As the Union Home Secretary, he will be handling issues like internal security, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast, Maoist problems in central and east India, besides other issues.Before his appointment as OSD and being named Mehrishi’s successor, he was serving as a secretary in the Union Urban Development Ministry.Born in Punjab in 1959, Gauba had graduated in Physics from Patna University. He had served in Jharkhand as the Chief Secretary for 15 months before joining the central government last year. Gauba has also served in the central government’s ministries of home, defence, finance, environment and forests and department of electronics and information technology in different positions.He had also served as District Magistrate of Gaya, Nalanda, and Muzzaffarpur districts before Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar. He represented India on the board of International Monetary Fund for four years.

Schools and colleges will remain open

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As tension loomed large on the Capital on Sunday, people were confused about whether schools and private institutions will remain open on Monday, when the quantum of sentence for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be pronounced by the court. Later, authorities confirmed that schools in the Capital will remain open.“Our school is open on Monday. Most other schools are open as well. Students will be safe in the premises,”Ahlcon International School Principal Ashok Pandey said.The Shriram School in Delhi, however, informed the parents that the school will not be functional on Monday. Besides, many firms in Gurugram have directed their employees to work from home. Also, schools in Ghaziabad will remain closed.BN Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar, said: “All schools will remain open. The situation is Gautam Budh Nagar is under control and we don’t feel any need to shut down the schools. All government institutes will also be functional.” Chief Secretary of Haryana, Ram Niwas, clarified that all educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges, will remain closed. Offices and schools in Gurugram, however, will stay operational.“Schools will remain open. I have sent an email to most schools, informing the authorities that there was no need to keep the institutions shut. But, if they still want to shut their schools, it is their call. From our side, there are no such directions,” District Commissioner of Police (Gurugram) Vinay Pratap Singh said.Parents, however, still remained anxious.“Though the school authorities are saying that everything is fine, we never know how the situation will take shape. We don’t want our children to suffer. The schools might remain open but we are still in two minds,”Karishma Singh, a resident of Amar Colony, said.

Yogi Adityanath orders FIR against ex-Principal, five others in UP hospital tragedy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed lodging of FIRs against the former principal of BRD Medical College, and five others in connection with the death of 31 children at the hospital early this month.The Chief Minister issued the order after high-level committee, headed by Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar, submitted its report on Sunday night. The Chief Secretary has recommended action against those found guilty in connection with delay in making payment to oxygen supplier.A senior IPS officer at the DGP office confirmed that they have been directed to lodge cases against the suspended principal Dr RK Mishra and five others at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.The Chief Minister has also ordered removal of Additional Chief Secretary Medical Education Anita Bhatnagar Jain for ignoring reminders for timely payment of the oxygen supplier. She has been posted as Director General Training.It may be recalled that 31 children had died at the hospital between August 10 and 12, after the company snapped supply of oxygen on August 9. Dr Mishra was suspended by Medical Education Minister Ashutosh tendon on August 12.The five-member magisterial inquiry, constituted by the Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela, had admitted to oxygen breakdown at the hospital and indicted Dr Mishra and five others in its report.& AnalysisAs many as 60 infants had died at BRD College in a span of 48 hours, allegedly due to snapping of oxygen supply by the supplier, thanks to pending payments.The state government had initially stoutly refuted this charge and maintained that there was no shortage of liquid oxygen at the hospital.Though the government argued that the deaths were due to encephalitis, the action proves that there was merit in the allegation.

Ukhand: Remaining Amarnath batches likely to be airlifted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The remaining four batches of Kailash Mansarovar yatris are likely to be airlifted from Gunji to Dharchula in the district as the trek route between Mangti and Malpa was badly damaged in a recent landslide, an official said today. The route is not likely to be repaired before a month as there is tonnes of debris, making it rugged and uneven for yatris to trek, DK Sharma, Kumaun Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) officer in-charge of this year’s yatra said. Fourteen batches have completed the pilgrimage this year till date, sources in the Nigam said. The 15th batch, which is in China, will reach the Lipulekh pass on August 23, making way for the 16th batch to cross over to Tibet on the same day, they said. The 17th batch of pilgrims will cross into Tibet on August 26 while the 18th and the last batch will reach Tibet on August 30, they said. “The Kailash pilgrimage this year will be concluded in September with the last batch of pilgrims likely to reach New Delhi on September 10,” the KMVN officer said. Meanwhile, Pithoragarh district administration has launched a website to help relatives of Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims to find their family members’ exact location during the pilgrimage. “We are keeping the alternative route for the Yatra open as the state government has provided chopper services from Dharchula to Vyas valley free of cost for the pilgrims and for villagers who happen to be stranded in villages of Vyas valley beyond Malpa due to blockage of the trek route,” said Pithoragarh District Magistrate C Ravishankar. Landslides triggered by a cloudburst at Malpa on August 14 killed five persons besides leaving 20 villagers and hotel owners missing who remain untraced despite a search operation by the the SDRF, ITBP, SSB and state police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Tripura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the Indo-Bangla border at Puratan Rajbari area near here, a police officer said today. Three Bangladeshis identified as Hossai Miah, Babul Miah and Iqbal Miah were arrested by police during patrolling in the international border area at Puratan Rahbari on Saturday last. They were produced before the Sub-divisional Judicial Magistrate court here. During the court hearing Hossain Miah managed to escape, Officer-in-charge of Belonia police station, Firoz Miah said. Superintendent of Police of South Tripura, Ipper Monchak has ordered an inquiry into the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi High Court terminates services of probationary judicial officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Judicial Magistrate Nitesh Gupta, son of Meghalaya High Court sitting judge, on Monday was terminated from his services by the Delhi High Court. Gupta was going to be elevated as the Metropolitan Magistrate at the Tis Hazari Court, but it was found that there is a transaction of Rs. 5 crore in his account and he was unable to explain the source. He was on probation since July 2016. The decision to terminate his services was taken on August 10. Under Rule 22 of the Delhi Judicial Service Rules, 1970, the services of a person on probation are liable to be terminated without assigning any reason. After a full court took the decision to terminate the services of Gupta, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal approved it the same day. The decision was then communicated to the District Judge of the Patiala House Court, where Gupta was undergoing training, for a necessary action. On July 28, the High Court had passed an order posting and transferring 70 DJS officers, including Gupta. He was slated to take charge as a Metropolitan Magistrate at the Tis Hazari court from August 14.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BMC reverses decision, to give Vikhroli plot for court building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being rapped by the Bombay High Court for changing the reservation of a plot of land allotted to construct a multi-storey building, which would house the Vikhroli Magistrate court, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has reversed its decision in the recently approved draft development plan.The corporation through their Counsel Ram Apte and Advocate Sagar Patil, recently submitted a decision of the civic body to reverse the reservation of the land from multipurpose hall to court building.The decision was tendered while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Joshi Jatashankar, who had raised the issue.Earlier, the court expressed displeasure over the decision of the civic body to change the reservation of a plot, and had directed the Maharashtra government to resolve the problem at the earliest.The plot was reserved for a working woman’s hostel but the reservation was deleted and in its place a 12-storey court building was planned. But the BMC, in its revised draft development plan republished on March 27, had shown that the plot is reserved a for multipurpose community centre.However, the court had told the government that if the decision of changing the reservation on the plot was not reversed, then it would have to give an alternate plot of the same size in Vikhroli.The state government had in October 2012, granted permission for the construction of the court building, and Rs 8 crore was the estimated cost of the construction. The construction cost was revised in September 2015, and the revised cost was Rs 25 crore.

Suspended MP judge to cycle 700-km to seek justice for himself

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A suspended additional sessions judge today set off on a 700-km journey on bicycle from Neemuch to Jabalpur, where he plans to stage ‘satyagrah’ to draw the attention of the Madhya Pradesh High Court to the alleged injustice meted out to him. R K Shrivas had carried out a sit-in outside the high court building in Jabalpur earlier to protest against his “frequent” transfers. “I will stage satyagrah after reaching Jabalpur in protest against my transfers and suspension,” he told reporters here. Shrivas said that he would try to ride nearly 100 km per day and reach Jabalpur in seven days via Ujjain, Sehore, Mandideep, Gadarwara and Narsinghpur. The suspended judge had also filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against judges of the MP high court. At the sit-in staged by him outside the MP high court building in Jabalpur from August 1 to 3, Shrivas had alleged that he had been transferred four times in fifteen months in violation of the transfer policy. After the judge called off his protest, Shrivas was posted in Neemuch and soon placed under suspension for “grave misconduct”. The additional sessions judge also alleged that despite the ‘Transfer Policy-2015’, which says that a judicial officer could work at one place for maximum of three years, “several officers were enjoying stints of as long as five years”. Shrivas had started as a Judicial Magistrate First Class in 2000, and was promoted as additional district judge about three years ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CFSL team to visit Sunanda’s suite again: Leela Hotel to court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A forensic team would visit the suite in a five-star hotel where Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in 2014, to collect further evidence, a Delhi court was informed today. The information about the proposed visit of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) team was disclosed to the court by the hotel management which has sought its de-sealing of the suite here Pushkar had died under mysterious circumstances. Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh also pulled up Delhi Police for delaying the de-sealing of the suite while referring to an order passed on July 21 by his predecessor asking it to de-seal the occupied premises within four weeks. The advocate, appearing for the hotel, said it had received a letter yesterday from the police saying that the CFSL team would visit again the suite on September 1. “Why did you take two months to inform the hotel that you will need more time,” the court asked the police. The court, however, allowed police plea seeking one more opportunity for filing of the compliance report in the court regarding de-sealing of the suite. It directed the agency to file the report on September 4. The court had on July 21 ordered de-sealing of the suite within four weeks, saying the hotel could not be put to unending hardship due to laxity on part of the police. The court had, however, said the probe agency would be at liberty to visit the suite before filing of the compliance report in the court regarding de-sealing of the suite. The police was also allowed to take out the articles lying inside the suite with due care for the purpose of investigation. The court noted that no offence was found on part of the hotel and no police official had visited the suite for over a year. The police had said in its earlier status report that it was not able to reach a definitive conclusion so far regarding cause of Pushkar’s death. The hotel had submitted before the court that locking of the suite was creating sanitary and cleanliness issues for it. The hotel had claimed that due to the sealing of the suite, which costs between Rs 55,000 and Rs 61,000 a night, it had suffered a loss of over Rs 50 lakh in the last three years. It claimed that a number of times, police and forensic teams had visited the suite and it was no longer required to be kept sealed. “The hotel continues to suffer loss with each passing day. The continuous sealing of the suite is also affecting the use of other rooms/suites on the same floor,” it had said. Pushkar was found dead in the suite of the South Delhi hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed on that night itself for investigation. An FIR was registered by Delhi police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Witness hurls shoe after judge acquits accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A shoe was hurled at a judge during the court proceedings while pronouncing of a judgment in a murder case in south Delhi’s Saket court on Friday.Manoj Kumar, a resident of New Friends Colony, was a witness in the case and threw the shoe when Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma acquitted the accused. According to a member of the Saket Bar Association, the incident took place in the afternoon following which Kumar was taken into custody by the Naib court.”It was a murder case in which the judge had acquitted the accused. This man, who was present in the court when the judgment was pronounced, got angry and hurled his shoe towards the judge. It hit him on his shoulders,” said a senior member of the bar association told DNA. Police said that an FIR has been registered in connection to the matter. “A case has been registered under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code at Saket police station based on the statement of the judge,” Additional DCP Chinmoy Biswas said.Meanwhile, just four days before he was set to become permanent judge of a trial court, the Delhi High court terminated the services of Nitesh Gupta, a probationary judicial officer. The decision was taken by the High Court on August 10. According to the Registrar General Dinesh Sharma, no reason was required to be given to Gupta for terminating his services as he was on probation. The decision was communicated to the District Judge of Patiala House Court, where Gupta was undergoing training for further action.The High Court on July 28 had passed an order posting and transferring 70 DJS officers, including Gupta. He was slated to take charge as a Metropolitan Magistrate in Tis Hazari court from August 14 to hear cases pertaining to the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Ghaziabad nodal officer reviews development works

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nodal officer for Ghaziabad Sadakant Shukla today took stock of developmental schemes and law and order situation in the district, an official said. He was here to know about the status of state government schemes, District Information Officer R B Singh said here. The officer, in a meeting, instructed police officers to improve the law and order condition and reviewed the crime data, the information officer said. He assessed the working of the Ghaziabad Development Authority, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam, Jal Nigam, Pashchimanchal Vidhyut Vitran Nigam Limited and medical facilities in government hospitals among others, Singh said. Shukla inspected the newly-constructed sick and burn units, and the Sihani Gate Police Station, he said. District Magistrate Ministhy S apprised Shukla about the new distribution system for ration, Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Flood situation worsens in eastern UP; Army help sought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation worsened in eastern UP districts adjoining Nepal today following continuous rains and discharge of water in rivers with the district administration here seeking the help of Army in relief and rescue operations. The movement of traffic on the Gorakhpur-Sonauli road towards Nepal has come to a standstill with the waters of Rohin river inundating Maniram township and the national highway, sources in the administration said. In view of the situation, District Magistrate Rajiv Rautela has ordered closure of all schools till tomorrow and sought the help of the Army in relief and rescue operations. After the authorities undertook works to plug the breach in the embankment on Rohin river in Campierganj area two days ago to save water reaching some areas in the city, another breach was observed in it this morning leading to panic. As many as 105 villages of the district have been hit by the floods of which 35 are totally submerged and the villagers have been shifted to safer places, they said. Teams of NDRF are providing food and drinking water to the flood-hit people with the help of 169 boats. According to a report from Siddhartnagar, Army helicopters assisted in extending relief material to the affected people yesterday. The number of affected villages has gone upto 450 of which 200 are marooned. Several districts in the eastern region of the state including Balrampur, Basti, Siddhartnagar, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Lakhimpur, Mahrajganj, Gonda are facing floods. According to the Central Water Commission report, Rapti at Balrampur, Bansi (Siddhartnagar), Rigauli and Birdghat (Gorakhpur), Budhi Rapti river at Kakrahi and Uska Bazar (Siddhartnagar), Rohin river at Trimohanighat (Maharajganj) and Quano at Chandradeep ghat (Gonda) were flowing above the red mark. Ghaghra is flowing well above the danger mark at Ayodhya, Elgin Bridge (Barabanki) and Turtipar (Ballia) and Sharda is also flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan (Kheri).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

17 die in floods in UP: Officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 people have died due to flooding in Balrampur and Bahraich districts over the past three days, officials said today. Barabanki, Gonda, Siddharth Nagar, Mahrajganj, Balrampur and Bahraich districts are reeling under floods following heavy rains. Relief committees have been set up to give succour to those affected. “Seven persons — Malik Ram (50), Badka (60), Girdhari (68), Ram Charan (50), Aman (8), Mehfooz (12), Ram Swarup (32) — have drowned in the floods in the last 48 hours,” Balrampur District Magistrate Rakesh Kumar Mishra said. Three of the deceased persons belonged to Tulsipur, two hailed from Balrampur and one from Utraula, he said. A financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each would be given to their families. Eight persons have died due to floods in Bahraich over the past three days. Bahraich DM Ajay Deep Singh said five persons lost their lives in Mehsi tehsil and one each died in Kaiserganj, Nanpara and Mihipurwa. The Ghaghra and Saryu rivers that pass through the district are flowing above the danger level mark at several places. Besides police, NDRF and SSB personnel are helping the administration carry out relief and rescue operations, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sukesh’s custody extended till August 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today extended till August 31 the custody of alleged middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar in connection with a case of cheating a kitchen equipment dealer here seven years ago. Sukesh, now lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in connection with the “Two Leaves” symbol case, involving AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran was brought here by Delhi Police early today. One Rajavelu had lodged a complaint that Sukesh had allegedly cheated him in 2010 of Rs 2.43 lakh on the promise of helping secure a tender from the Karnataka government. Charges under Section 420 were framed against Sukesh and his father on July 20. Sukesh was produced before 2nd Judicial Magistrate Rajkumar, who extended the custody till August 31. He was taken to Delhi by train amid tight security.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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