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Diabetics cannot claim mediclaim in first four years

If you have diabetes and hypertension, forget that you can rely on your mediclaim or health insurance policy in emergency, if the policy is not at least four years old.The Gujarat Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ruled that if one goes for any surgery within four years of buying an insurance policy and claims refund, it will be considered to be in violation of terms and conditions and the person won’t be entitled to health/medical claim. The commission also set aside an order by the Junagadh forum.”There is an error in the conclusion of the forum in directing the United Insurance Company Limited to pay health claim to complainant Mahendra Vazirani. As per the policy conditions, even though a disclosure is made about diabetes and hypertension, insurance benefits can be extended only after four years,” the commission concluded.It added, “In the present case, the complainant underwent a bypass surgery within two years of buying the health insurance policy. It clearly establishes the violation of the terms and conditions of the policy; so the complainant won’t be entitled to a claim.”The commission’s judicial bench of members VM Chaudhary and MD Gadhvi, while allowing the appeal of the insurance company, opined that there is merit in its submission that diabetes has a direct relationship with hypertension. In support of its contention, it cited the National Commission’s order in LIC vs Srimati Shashi Bala.In this case, complainant Mahendra had subscribed to an individual health policy from the insurance company for 2009-2010. On August 13, 2009, he underwent an angiography, after which he was asked to undergo a bypass surgery. He was operated upon at a Nadiad hospital and he had paid a medical bill of Rs1.20 lakh. As he had a health insurance policy of Rs1 lakh, he said he was entitled to 70 per cent of the insured amount.However, the company rejected his claim citing pre-existing diabetes and hypertension which he had disclosed while buying the policy.An aggrieved Mahendra then approached the Junagadh forum which then asked the insurance company to pay the claim amount. The company challenged the order before the commission.A CONDITIONAL COVERThe Gujarat Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ruled that a person who has diabetes and hypertension cannot demand mediclaim refund within 4 yrs of the policy

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WhatsApp admin gets anticipatory bail from Rajasthan HC for objectionable posts by a member

The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief.

According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 5 December 2017 16:05 ISTMust readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open Don’t know anyone by name of Shehzad Poonawalla: Tehseen disowns his own brother<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The admin of a WhatsApp group escaped arrest when he was granted anticipatory bail by the Rajasthan High Court. An FIR was lodged against the admin of the group at Jaisalmer under sections of IPC and IT ACT, holding him responsible for objectionable posts by a member of the group against a woman. The member was also mentioned in the FIR. When the admin was denied bail at the local court he moved High Court at Jodhpur and was granted anticipatory bail. The court observed that he was not responsible for the posts made by others. The group admin, Mahendra Garg, a resident of Jaisalmer, had created a WhatsApp group that had people from his community as members. On June 21 one of the members Brijendra Garg posted some photographs and comments against a 24 year old woman. He alleged that the lady was married previously but has again remarried, without divulging details of the past. Brijendra mocked both the husband and wife on the WhatsApp group. Subsequently, on June 25 an FIR was filed by the lady not only against Brijendra, who had posted on the group, but also Mahendra who is the admin of the group under section 509 IPC and Sec 67 of IT Act. They were accused of violating a woman’s modesty and publishing obscene material in electronic form. The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief. According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.
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Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

BJP announces mayoral candidates for 5 civic bodies in UP

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 11:24 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today released its list of mayoral candidates for five municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh, including Gorakhpur and Ayodhya.A statement issued by the party said, “Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey has declared the list of mayoral candidates for five municipal corporations in the state.” The candidates are — Sitaram Jaiswal (Gorakhpur), Rishikesh Upadhyay (Ayodhya), Pramila Pandey (Kanpur), Kanta Kardam (Meerut) and Naveen Jain (Agra).

Meet Yogi Adityanath’s brother, a Subedar with Indian Army at China border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) firebrand leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is well known, not much is known about his family members.However, a report says that Shailendra Mohan, younger brother of Yogi Adityanath’s is a ‘Subedar’ in Indian Army.He is currently deployed on the Line of Actual Control near the Mana border with China in the Garhwal Scouts unit. The unit that employs only locals as soldiers to guard the mountainous borders.Speaking to India Today, he said that he met Yogi Adityanath only once after he took over as the chief minister of UP.Talking about his brother, Mohan said that he and the Chief Minister have spent quite a lot of time together as kids.He also said that Yogi Adityanath and he are carrying out similar duties for the country as they both are serving the nation.Yogi has three brothers – Manvendra Mohan being elder to him and Shailendra and Mahendra Mohan being the younger ones.

Six-day week set to make a comeback for government employees!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vasundhara Raje government has made up its mind to implement six-day week for the government employees. The government is fast moving in this direction. This is a calculated risk vis-a-vis assembly election, as the government is hoping to get public support but the decision may also backfire because government employees are not going to like it.The first indication of reverting to old system of six-day week has been received during CM’s Ajmer visit. She is said to have taken a confidential report and 42 out of 60 organisations have backed the decision.Various surveys and reports by the government have propelled the government to end with five-days week, which has not benefited the common man. Most employees didn’t come on time in the morning and left office before 6 pm. Even worse was a holiday preceding weekend or following it. Employees would use this to proceed on long leave thus affecting work.Although, working hours are less in five-day week, but every attempt to change in last nine years have met with stiff resistance and failed altogether. The five-day week was introduced by CM Vasundhara Raje during her previous tenure ahead of assembly elections in 2008.It is believed that 7th pay commission’s announcement is being held because the government wanted to implement it with six-day week to pacify employees.“Five-day week is not benefiting common people. Six-day week can speed up government functioning,” social worker Sumer said.“Five-day week was implemented during previous government of Vasundhara ji. It was implemented on trial basis. CM got feedback that people’s work has been affected; therefore, six-day week is considered better. As for the employees, they have been working hard and will continue to do so,” said employees leader Mahendra Singh.Six-day weekWorking hours : 10 to 5Second Saturday holidayDaily working hours 7Monthly 24X7= 175Second Saturday and all Sundays= 65Cumulative non working days= 65+29+21=115Working days 250 Facts about five days week & ‘more holidays’The state govt has more holidays than central governmentPrevious Vasundhara Raje government implemented on August 30, 2008Implemented on trial basisIt was a masterstroke yet BJP lost. Gehlot government continued the system.There was review but the report was pushed under the carpetVasundhara Raje returned to power in 2013Five-day week reviewed from March 2015 to Sep 2015GAD took opinion of employees and sent the report to CMO

Truckers to strike work on Oct 9-10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The road transporters have threatened to go on a nationwide strike on October 9-10 to protest the sharp rise in diesel prices, GST policies and “corruption” on roads. On Friday, the Bombay Goods and Transport Association (BGTA) — that has 10 lakh truckers with them — announced that they will participate in this nationwide strike.The truckers claim that this strike will not hurt essential commodities like milk and vegetable supplies as it will be individual drivers and owners’ choice to ply or not ply vehicles on those days. There are 1 lakh trucks and tempos that operate on Mumbai roads daily; Maharashtra has 15 lakh trucks.The body of truckers has also claimed that the exorbitant increase in prices and daily fluctuations are causing immense problems in the road transport sector. “Diesel is out of the ambit of GST. The recent hike in diesel prices has sent shockwaves and so we want the government to rationalise taxes on diesel and reduce its price. Revision of diesel should be done on a quarterly basis,” said Mahendra Arya, spokesperson, BGTA.In its list of woes, the body has also rued that there is confusion and disruption due to the varied policies under GST that are imposed on the road transport sector. The BGTA claims that the truckers are forced to pay double as these assets being ferried attracts GST.The body has stated that in case they do not get a positive response from the government, the associations would consider an indefinite nation-wide ‘chakka jam’ after Diwali.

Narendra Modi Varanasi visit Day 2: PM lays foundation stone for toilet under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid foundation stone for toilet under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Shahanshahpur village of Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Minister of State for Rural Development Mahendra Singh and BJP State Unit President Mahendra Nath Pandey were also present during the function.The Prime Minister, who has also visited a Pashu Arogya Mela, will also address a public meeting today at Shahanshahpur village on the second and last day of his two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi.He is also scheduled to distribute certificates to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana during the function.On Friday, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a direct train service to Vadodara, and also unveiled the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul and the Mahamana Express. This train will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat.

Darjeeling unrest: Mamata appoints board of administrators to run GTA, rebel GJM leader to be chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to put an end to the current impasse at the hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday appointed a board of administrators to run Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) with rebel GJM leader Binay Tamang as its chairman. During an interaction with mediapersons at Nabanna, the state secretariat she said that the government would soon issue a notification regarding it.“The GTA members have resigned and according to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Act we had made IAS Barun Roy the administrator of GTA. If they had not, they could have remained till an election took place. Today we have decided to form a board of administrators of GTA according to the section 65 (b) of the GTA Act. The nine-members of the board are representatives of hill parties,” Mamata said. She was quick to add that she never asked any of the GTA members to resign and since they have stepped down on their own,GTA could not be defunct for a long time.She announced the name of rebel GJM leaders Binay Tamang as the chairman of the board and Anit Thapa as the vice-chairman. Earlier, GJM chief Bimal Gurung had expelled both Tamang and Thapa from the party.She said that the board would continue to function till a new body of GTA was elected. “The new board which has been formed will continue to do developmental work at the hills till the condition is conducive enough to conduct an election at the hills,” Mamata said. GNLF leader and Subhash Ghishing’s son Mann Ghishing has also been made one of the members of the board.She also criticised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for holding meeting with GJM leaders against whom lookout notices have been issued. “Lookout notices have been issued against some GJM leaders. Holding meeting with them is not correct, especially when someone holds an important constitutional post. I would have not done it if I was in the same situation,” Mamata added.Both the GJM and the GNLF have spoken against creation of the board of administrators. “The three – Mamata Banerjee, Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa – have joined hands in order to kill democracy. The GJM rejects the decision to form a board of administrators of GTA and appeals all other parties to reject it as well,” said Binita Roka, GJM spokesperson. GNLF leader Mahendra Chhetri too said, “The board has been formed by the CM without consulting us. It is illegal as the GTA matter is sub-judice. We will not be a part of the new board.”

UP Council bypolls: CM Yogi Adityanath, two deputy CMs, two ministers file nomination papers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two deputies on Tuesday filed their nomination papers for the bypolls to the vacant legislative council seats.Two ministers, Mohsin Raza and Swatantradev Singh, too filed their nomination papers.Adityanath and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma filed their nomination papers in the presence of their Cabinet colleagues and senior party leaders, including newly-appointed BJP state unit chief Mahendra Nath Pandey.According to the Election Commission, scrutiny would be done tomorrow, while the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is September 8. Polling would be held on September 15 and the counting of votes would be done the same day.Adityanath, who took over as the chief minister on March 19, had to become a legislator within six months of assuming office and that deadline expired on September 19.Similarly, Maurya, Sharma, Raza and Singh were not members of either of the two Houses of the state legislature.All of them had to get elected to either the Assembly or the Legislative Council before September 19 in order to continue as ministers.Adityanath and Maurya are presently members of the Lok Sabha.Adityanath would become the third successive chief minister after Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP) to opt for the Upper House.The four seats for which bypolls would be held on September 15 were vacated by MLCs Bukkal Nawab, Yashwant, Sarojini Agarwal and Ashok Bajpai who are all from the Samajwadi Party.Another seat fell vacant when Thakur Jaiveer Singh, a former BSP MLC, resigned from the party and joined the BJP.

International betting racket busted in Noida, 2 cops suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirty-one people were today arrested here as the police claimed to have busted a betting racket, which was allegedly being operated from Dubai and had the “support” of local policemen. The racket was being run from a house in Atta area in Sector 20 of Noida, a senior police officer said. Thirty-one people were arrested for allegedly placing bets and two policemen, who have been accused of supporting the activity, have been suspended with immediate effect, Senior Superintendent of Police Love Kumar said. The policemen suspended include the Atta police station in-charge Dharmendra Sharma and constable Mahendra, the SSP said, adding a departmental inquiry has been launched. Betting slips and around Rs one lakh were seized from the house this evening and allegedly the racket was being operated from Dubai, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt. will not hold back media under any circumstances-Nepal PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government will not hold back media under any circumstances. Debua made these remarks at the 25th general assembly of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in Kathmandu on Sunday. He said his government is committed to help the media sector. ?I think it is hard to run media sector as there are lots of publications in the country,? Kathmandu Post quoted PM Deuba, as saying. Asserting that the media has played an instrumental role for democracy and republic, Dueba said the media can ensure stability in democracy by suggesting, warning and criticising the political parties. He suggested the media and political parties to move together and take the country towards the path of prosperity. The event was also attended by Information and Communications Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and FNJ Chairman Mahendra Bista.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj meets leaders of key Madhesi party in Nepal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has met leaders of a key Madhesi party in Nepal during which they discussed the latest political situation in the country. Swaraj met a delegation of Rashtriya Janta Party Nepal (RJPN) yesterday led by Mahant Thakur, convener of the party and other senior leaders including Rajendra Mahato, Mahendra Raya Yadav, Sharad Singh Bhandari and Ani Kumar Jha. During the meeting, they discussed the latest political situation, the upcoming third phase of local level elections and the demands of the Madhesi people, which the party has been advocating for the past couple of years. The Madhesi party has been launching agitation to press their demands that includes re-demarcation of the provincial borders and citizenship issue. Madhesis, mostly of Indian-origin, launched a prolonged agitation between September 2015 and February last year against the implementation of the new Constitution which they felt marginalised the Terai community.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Good news for exhibitors as JKK to get a makeover, soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The art center of the state, Jawahar Kala Kendra is all set for a facelift as two galleries, Parijat 1 and 2 will be revamped in the month of October. Prior to this, the center had also opened its museum galleries and had refurbished the printmaking studios. Vijay Sharma, the in-charge of booking galleries informed DNA that both the galleries will remain closed for the entire month of October. “We have closed bookings for October as at that time, the galleries will get renovated. We are accepting the bookings for other months including November,” said Vijay.The major set back in the galleries were the open windows which will not be there after the renovation. “The galleries will be renovated to look like actual museum galleries, though the size of the galleries will remain the same. The galleries will be white washed and there will be no windows. Air conditioners will also be installed there,” informed RP Sharma, engineer.The art centre has taken this decision at the right time because the exhibitors are facing a hard time showcasing their work there. A recent exhibitor and senior artist from Gujarat, Mahendra Kadia, whose exhibition is being sponsored by Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy feel disheartened seeing the condition of the galleries. “This is the first and the last time I’m doing any exhibition here. When I was here to fill the form, people here didn’t show me the gallery. I was asked not to use any tapes, stickers or anything on the wall,” said Kadia.

‘Our approach towards progress is continuous’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday inaugurated the new Global IT Delivery Centre of the Pinnacle Infotech Solution at the Mahendra World City. The company has provided human resource to global iconic projects across the world such as Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Lusail Stadium at Doha, Qatar, for World Cup 2022.Stressing more on ease of doing business, Raje at the inaugural session, said that to succeed in promoting investments, government processes need to be studied and re-engineered repeatedly looking at the changing dynamics of the business world. “In Rajasthan, I can assure you all that our approach towards process and re-engineering is one that is continuous.”Raje said that more job opportunities were coming up in private sector than the government. “Today, opportunities for employment are coming more from private enterprises than from government. Since December 2013, over 10 lakh employment opportunities have been created in the private sector by the state government.” She congratulated Pinnacle Infotech Solutions for opening its new global delivery centre in Jaipur. Raje said, “I am glad that the project has already built a large team of engineers and architects from Rajasthan for the Jaipur facility and started executing iconic projects around the world. I am especially happy that the iconic Lusail Stadium – Inaugural FIFA stadium in Doha for the Football world cup 2022 is being engineered and executed from Jaipur. I urge the promoters to explore making some iconic buildings in the Pink City in near future.”The Jaipur centre is being setup with an investment of Rs 100 crore to provide employment to 1100 engineers, architects, IT and other professionals, when fully operational. The new facility is world-class with latest workstations and servers, network and security system, power-backup and all allied services. Pinnacle has already applied for LEED Platinum certification for the project and confident of achieving it. Already 260 engineers and architects have been hired from different colleges in Rajasthan and have been trained at Pinnacle head office in Durgapur. On this occasion the Chief Executive and Founder, Pinnacle Infotech, Bimal Patwari proposed to digitally map the traffic, water supply and sewage facilities of the State at no profit basis.

Detailed notification for UGC Net November Exam to be out on Monday, check cbsenet.nic.in for details

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UGC has notified that the next National Eligibility Test (NET) for post graduate students to make them eligible for assistant professorship or junior research fellowship in universities will be held on 5th Novermber, 2017. The detailed notification will be out tomorrow. It will be available on cbsenet.nic.in. The candidates are required to apply online from 1st August, 2017. The last date for applying online is 30th August, 2017 and fee can be paidup to 31st August, 2017. Candidates can know all the details by going through the detailed notification. Central Board of Secondary Education will continue to conduct the National Eligibility Test for post graduate students to make them eligible for assistant professorship or junior research fellowship in universities.Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey said this in the Rajya Sabha.”As per directions of the Ministry of HRD, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination. There is no proposal under consideration at present to entrust responsibility of conducting the exam through any other mechanism,” he said in a written response.With agency inputs

32 thalassemia-hit kids contracting HIV: Case closed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A CBI court here today closed a case of criminal culpability against a BJP MLA, his blood bank officials and those of Junagadh civil hospital, where 32 thalassemia-hit children had allegedly contracted HIV in 2011 after transfusion of blood supplied from the MLA’s blood bank. Special CBI Judge N J Nayee ordered closure of the case accepting the CBI’s report which reiterated that it cannot be proved that the children contracted HIV due to blood transfusion at the hospital. In its closure report, filed after probing the matter for a second time, the CBI said no cognisable offence can be made against 14 suspects, including sitting MLA Mahendra Mashru who runs Sarvodaya blood bank and the doctors of Junagadh civil hospital. Concurring with the CBI’s findings, the court said no cognisable offence can be made against the suspects. The agency had filed its closure report first in 2014 on the same ground, but the court had ordered further probe after the parents filed protest petition through their lawyer Paresh Waghela. The court in its order today said that based on the CBI report, no cognisable offence can be made and at best a departmental inquiry can be initiated against the hospital doctors and other staffers. The CBI was ordered to probe the case by the Gujarat High Court in June 2012 on a plea by the parents of some of the 32 ill-fated children, suffering from thalassemia. The children were found to be HIV positive after they had blood transfusion at the Junagadh civil hospital in September 2011. Six of the children had died later. The parents alleged that the doctors from the hospital and officials of Sarvodaya blood bank, ran under the patronage of MLA Mashru, were responsible for the criminal negligence. As local police refused to register an FIR, the parents had approached the high court. On their plea, the high court had earlier ordered police to register an FIR in the case and had ordered probe into it by an IPS officer. The court then ordered probe by the central agency on a plea by parents, filed through advocate Girish Das.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gang war back in Churu; gangster shot dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gangster Anandpal Singh might be dead, but the liquor mafia, which has for years been active in Churu and nearby districts of the state refuses to die down.On Monday, night a tussle between two rival gangs came to the fore in Churu city when a hardcore criminal was shot dead by rival gang. The police have registered an FIR in the matter and so far the cops have learnt that the tussle over area of operation between the gangs is the cause for the murder.The criminal has been identified as one Mahendra Godara. “Godara has nearly three dozen cases lodged against him for heinous crimes apart from murder. He had taken a liquor shop from a person in whose name the shop had been allotted. However, the man used to operate in another person’s area and make deliveries due to which he was in a tussle with another party,” informed Bhagwan Sahai Meena, station house officer, Kotwali Police Station Churu.Shockingly, sources reveal that the man was connected with one of the rivals of Anandpal who is currently lodged in jail. However, the man was not part of the rival gang but had a fleeting association since the man is a small time criminal for the gang.Moreover, a few days back the members of both the gangs were also arrested for disrupting peace in the area.Late in the night Godara was on a bike and was passing from Karwasra bus stand when a utility vehicle reached the area and four men got down from it. The men immediately opened fire at Godara and fled after hitting him.“Godara sustained four bullet wounds and died on the spot. An FIR has been registered naming Ramswaroop, a history-sheeter of Doodhwa Khara police station and Madiya a history-sheeter of Bissau police station area. Both men are hardcore criminals,” the officials said.“Apart from these, there are several others who have been named in the FIR. Investigation has been initiated,” officials said.STORY SO FARLate on Monday night Godara was on a bike and was passing from Karwasra bus stand when a utility vehicle reached the area and four men got down from it. The men opened fire at Godara killing him on the spot and fled. An FIR has been filed naming Ramswaroop, a history-sheeter of Doodhwa Khara police station and Madiya a history-sheeter of Bissau police station area.

Govt shouldn’t compel farmers to become Naxals: Hardik

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today said the government shouldn’t “compel farmers to become Naxals”. Patel, who had crossed swords with the BJP government in Gujarat during the agitation for OBC quota, also said that he didn’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country. He was speaking at `Kisan Maha-panchayat’ organised by Patidar Samaj (a Patidar organisation) at Narayangarh in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, which had witnessed an intense farmers’ agitation last month. When farm loans can be waived in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, why can’t it happen in Madhya Pradesh, he asked. “This country is run by farmers. Don’t compel farmers to become Naxals,” Patel said. Farmers would never have to face bullets if those sitting in Bhopal and Delhi were true leaders, he said, referring to death of five protesters in police firing in Mandsaur during the agitation last month. “I don’t recognise Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country (Main Narendra Modi-ko desh-ka pradhan mantri nahi manta),” he said. Farmers in MP have paved the way for a nationwide farmers’ agitation, Patel said. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Patidar Samaj president Mahendra Patidar told the gathering that the farmers’ agitation in the state was self-motivated. He also demanded that the state government should restart procurement of opium poppy husk (which is cultivated in the area) or the farmers would sell the crop to anyone who wants to buy it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Body carried on rickshaw: Dist admin holds GRP responsible

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Banda district administration here today held the Government Railway Police (GRP) responsible for the incident in which a family had to carry the body of their relative on a rickshaw for post- portem. The video of the body being carried on the rickshaw had gone viral on social media and local news channels. “Instead of arranging for an ambulance to carry the body of Ram Asrey, it was taken on a rickshaw. This was revealed in a probe carried out by SDM Sadar. Prima facie, the GRP has been found guilty,” Banda District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5 killed after speeding car hits autorickshaw

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were killed and three others sustained injuries when a speeding car collided with an autorickshaw near Aslali crossroad on Monday night.The autorickshaw carrying nine passengers was going to Aslali gaam from Narol when a black Hyundai Creta hit it from behind at Aslali T-junction at around 12.45 am. The impact of the collision was so strong that all the nine passengers sitting in the auto were thrown out and the vehicle was badly damaged. The car driver fled after abandoning his vehicle at the accident site.The front portion of the car was also damaged in the incident. Locals rushed to the spot and called 108 emergency services. By the time the help arrived, two passengers had died, while five others were rushed to the VS Hospital for treatment. On Tuesday morning, three of them were declared dead by the doctors. The two other injured passengers are undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said. Four of the five deceased have been identified as Kuldeep Chakraverti, Vijaysinh Kushvah, Mahendra Vanzara and Atul Nata.During investigation, Aslali police came to know that the car belonged to Asif Pathan, a resident of Sarkhej. On Tuesday, Pathan himself arrived at the police station and told cops that his son had not returned home since Monday night. He said that though the car belongs to him, his son Aamir had taken it out on the occasion of Eid-ul-fitr as Aamir and his three other friends wanted to have dinner at Sigdi restaurant in Anand. Asif told cops that his son’s phone was switched off since Monday night. “Fearing that he might get caught, the accused had switched off his phone and didn’t even return home,” said VA Charan, sub-inspector of Aslali police station.However, the accused arrived at the police station late on Tuesday as his father was reportedly not allowed to go home. During interrogation, Aamir told cops that the incident occurred when he and his three other friends were returning after having dinner. One of them had a fracture in hand and is undergoing treatment at a hospital. Police said a fatal accident case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the other three persons.Car driver nabbed21-year-old Amir Pathan, who was riding the car, was arrested late on Tuesday.He was returning with his three friends from Anand on Monday night after having dinner on Eid when they rammed into the auto near Aslali.

Ketan’s kin adamant: Refuse to accept body, want CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The relatives of 28-year old Ketan Patel, who allegedly died in police custody in Mehsana, and other members of Patidar community announced on Thursday that they would claim the body on Sunday and take it to Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. There they will sit on dharna with the body till the government orders CBI probe in the matter, said family’s lawyer BM Mangukia. Ketan’s father Mahendra said he will perform the last rites of his son only after that.“I have no faith in local police. On Sunday, we will take out Ketan’s funeral and sit on dharna outside Raj Bhavan with the body,” said Patel. However, cops say they are ready to deal with the situation.RB Brahmbhatt, Range IG-Gandhinagar, said, “We have made adequate police bandobast in and around the Civil Hospital to prevent entry of anyone other than patients and close relatives.” “We are also prepared to prevent their entry into Raj Bhavan,” he said.

Cop, two others arrested for custodial death in Mehsana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons were today arrested in connection with alleged custodial death of a 28-year-old man at Mehsana which had led to protest by the local Patidar community. Police registered FIR in the case based on the complaint of Mahendra Patel, the deceased Ketan Patel’s father, last night. Taluka police here arrested head constable Chirag Parmar, Bharat Barot and his son Chirag Barot today. Bharat Barot had filed a complaint of theft against Ketan Patel, resident of Balol village near Mehsana. On June 5, Ketan died in civil hospital, allegedly due to torture in the police custody. It led to a strong protest by the local Patidar community. State Congress leaders visited Mehsana to meet Mahendra Patel and demanded registration of FIR. According to Mahendra Patel, Bharat Barot abducted Ketan on June 1 and took him to his shop where Bharat and his son Chirag beat him up. An injured Ketan was then taken to taluka police station and again beaten up there, his father claimed. Head constable Chirag Parmar then called up Mahendra and demanded Rs 50,000 to release his son, the complaint said. Mahendra refused to pay bribe. He was again called up on June 3, this time with demand of Rs 16,000 for his son’s release, he said. On the same day, Bharat Barot lodged a complaint against Ketan for theft. On the night of June 5, Mahendra was informed by police that his son had died during treatment at the civil hospital. The first autopsy revealed as many as 39 injury marks on the body but did not specify the cause of death. Second autopsy, conducted at the instructions of the collector and the superintendent of police, confirmed 56 injury marks which led to the death, Mahendra said. Though his son was arrested on June 1, FIR for theft was registered only on June 3, after Mahendra refused to pay bribe, the complaint said. Also, two gold rings worn by his son were taken away, Mahendra alleged. Police have registered FIR against head constable Parmar, Bharat Barot and Chirag Barot under sections 302 (murder), 364, 365 (kidnapping), 397 (robbery) of IPC, and also under the Prevention of Corruption Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

C P Joshi pips Ruchir Modi to become RCA president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader C P Joshi has pipped Ruchir Modi, son of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, to become president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The elections of RCA were held on May 29 but results were declared today as per the orders of the High Court. Joshi won with a 19-14 margin. The ballot boxes were kept in government treasury and were brought in RCA academy, where after a long drama, the election results were announced by election officer A K Pandey. It was rather on expected lines that former president Joshi emerged much stronger than Modi who was backed by his father Lalit, who is facing a life ban from the BCCI and is in exile owing to money laundering charges by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). It was also a sweet revenge for the senior congressman Joshi, who had had to withdraw from the election against Lalit Modi the previous year because he was deserted by his own supporters. The only consolation for Modi faction was that the post of secretary went to Rajendra Singh Nandu, who is believed to be staunch supporter of Lalit Modi. He beat Mahendra Sharma 17-16 by cross voting which was also seen on some other posts. Another Modi man, Pinkesh Jain, too came out winner against Azad Singh with a 18-15 margin for the post of treasurer. The post of vice-president went to Mohammad Iqbal, also a Congress man, who beat Ram Prakash Choudhary 19 14 while Mahendra Nahar, also of Joshi faction, emerged victorious against Shatrughan Tiwari 18 15. The post of executive member went to K K Nimawat, who got the better of Ramesh Gupta 19 14. The state cricket is already bearing the brunt of electing Lalit Modi as RCA president in the last election which resulted in the BCCI suspension of the state body. The BCCI had warned that the suspension would continue till Lalit Modi was removed also from the primary bodies of RCA. Despite that, Lalit Modi hung on to the post of president of Nagaur District Association. Thus the districts approached Joshi to provide them the umbrella they needed to put the state cricket on track. It can t be denied that Lalit Modi, who came to the helm of RCA by removing Rungtas in 2005, had done a tremendous job by creating infrastructure.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dog named Trump kidnapped in North Delhi, owner offers Rs 11,000 reward for providing information

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police is looking for a nine-year-old dog named Trump who was allegedly kidnapped from north Delhi’s Roop Nagar.The pug was kidnapped yesterday around 6.30 AM while being walked by a security guard, police said.The dog belongs to one Mahendra Nath. He had asked the security guard at his locality, Omvir, to take the dog out for a walk, they said.While Omvir was walking the dog, two persons came in a car and snatched the dog from him. He told police that he tried to hold on to the moving vehicle while the accused were taking the dog away but to no avail.Omvir sustained injuries while trying to save the dog, police said.A case has been registered and police are scanning CCTV footage from the nearby areas to identify the accused. While the car can be seen in some of the footages, the registration number of the vehicle is not visible.The owner has told the police that the dog is aged and has poor vision. He has even offered a reward of Rs 11,000 for any person who gives information about the pug.

BJP MLA denies slapping Fatehganj toll plaza employee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Mahendra Yadav on Thursday denied allegation of slapping toll plaza employee in Bareilly?s Fatehganj, saying that he had just pushed the employee on being restricted. But on contradiction, the CCTV footage on the news sites showed the BJP legislator hitting the employee at the toll. The entire incident that took place at Bareilly?s Fatehganj toll plaza was clearly caught on camera. Reportedly, the toll plaza employees, who were communicating with the police officials, were interrupted by a man who stepped out of the car to supervise the situation. Meanwhile, the MLA came and slapped the employee and drove his car and other vehicles without paying tax at the toll.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Video of BJP MLA thrashing toll plaza staff surfaces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video has surfaced purportedly showing a BJP legislator and his supporters thrashing toll plaza staff after he was asked to pay the money for the vehicles in his cavalcade in Fatehganj area here. “Mahendra Yadav, the BJP MLA from Biswan in Sitapur, and his supporters beat up the employees of Fatehganj west toll plaza on April 17 after he was asked to deposit toll while going to Delhi,” manager of the toll plaza, Vaibhav Sharma, alleged here. The video of the incident has gone viral on electronic and social media. A case has been registered in this connection at the Fatehganj police station. Later the MLA regretted the behaviour of his supporters, Sharma said. SP Dehat Yamuna Prasad said an FIR against three to four unknown persons has been registered for thrashing toll plaza workers and investigations are on. The video is being checked to ascertain the registration numbers of the vehicles and other details and Circle Officer Mirganj has been asked to conduct the probe in this connection, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WATCH | BJP MLA assaults toll plaza employees, claims they were misbehaving

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a video that has gone viral on social media, BJP MLA Mahendra Yadav is seen slapping a toll plaza employee in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district.The incident took place at ​Fatehganj on April 17. It has been reported that he assaulted the toll booth staff because other cars in his cavalcade ​were not exempted from toll fees.However, later speaking to ANI, he said, “Maara nahi tha, dhakka diya tha. Toll plaza wale badtameezi kar rahe the.” (I didn’t slap him, I pushed him because the staff was misbehaving)​According to a Times of India report, an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons at Fatehganj West police station under sections 323, 504 & 506 of the IPC.Yadav is a BJP lawmaker from Biswan in Sitapur district. (Further details awaited)

SC quashes case against Dhoni for portraying himself as God

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today quashed a criminal complaint lodged against ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in an Andhra Pradesh trial court for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by depicting himself as Lord Vishnu on a magazine cover. The apex court also quashed the criminal complaint against the Editor of the magazine and said that the offence under section 295A (hurting religious sentiments) of the IPC is not made out against them as they did not maliciously hurt the religious sentiments of the complainant. A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar said “it would be a travesty of justice” if the cricketer and the co-accused editor are prosecuted in the case. The instant complaint was lodged against Dhoni and others at a trial court in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh. The apex court had on September 5 last year quashed a similar case lodged against Dhoni and others in Karnataka and set aside the High Court order which had refused to stall the proceedings against them. It had also said the trial court in Karnataka did not follow the due procedure in summoning the cricketer and others in the case. Dhoni had filed the Special Leave Petition challenging the Karnataka HC order. The complaint had alleged that Dhoni was seen on the cover of the magazine as Lord Vishnu, holding several things, including a shoe in his hands. Taking cognisance of the complaint, the trial court in Karnataka had directed registration of a case against Dhoni under section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) along with 34 (common intention) of the IPC. Later, Dhoni was directed to appear before the court after which he moved the high court against the summons issued against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane Additional Collector Shinde dies of heart attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane Additional Collector Pravin Shinde died of a massive heart attack at his residence early today. Shinde suffered a massive heart attack in the early hours of today and passed away, District Information Officer Aniruddha Ashtaputre told the media persons. He was 48. The officer is survived by wife, a son and a daughter Ashtaputre said. Shinde, who started his career as Deputy Collector at Nashik, was recently transferred to Thane where he was posted as Additional Collector. He also worked as OSD (Officer on Special Duty) to former Education Minister Rajendra Darda. Thane Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde and Collector Mahendra Kalyankar, among others, condoled Shinde’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane collector rescued after boat hits rock, stucks in creek

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane district collector Mahendra Kalyankar, who was inspecting sites of illegal sand dredging in a speed boat, was rescued after the vessel hit a rock and got stuck in the middle of Kalyan creek this afternoon. The collector was accompanied by 15 others in the boat, confirmed an official. Kalyankar has undertaken a drive to clear the Kalyan creek of illegal dredging and has seized equipment worth over Rs 100 crores and illegally excavated sand worth around Rs 90 lakhs in last two-days. In continuation of the drive, the collector went for the inspection of the site at around 3 PM. He was accompanied by around 15 persons in the speed boat which included the local Prant (revenue department official) and the tehsildar, said the official. Around 3.30 PM the boat hit a rock due to the high tide and got stuck. Soon an emergency message was sent following which the personnel from Kalyan Dombivali fire brigade reached the spot and rescued the occupants of the speed boat to safety. Sub-officer of Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) Namdeo Chowdhary who confirmed the incident said that they rescued all the occupants of the boat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IT notice to cobbler for ‘Rs 10-L bank deposit’ during noteban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A cobbler from Junagadh town has received a notice from the Income Tax department, in which he was asked to divulge the source of Rs 10 lakh deposited in his account during the demonetisation period, although he has denied making any such transaction. Mansukh Makwana (55), who mends shoes for a living on M G Road in the city, got the shock of his life when he received the notice on Saturday. It was delivered to him on the pavement, where he earns his livelihood. “I am shocked beyond words. I have never in my life made so much money. I hardly make Rs 200 a day, then how can I deposit such a huge amount? The notice scared me to the point that I felt like committing suicide,” Makwana told reporters. Makwana, who is from the nearby Chimbawadi village and has been working at the same spot in Junagadh town since the last 25 years, said he has a Jan Dhan account in Bank of Baroda. Junagadh MLA from BJP Mahendra Mashru, who rushed to meet the cobbler, said Makwana might have received the notice due to some technical issue on the part of the IT department. He claimed that there was no evidence of any dubious transaction in Makwana’s bank account, and has assured to accompany him to the IT department for reply if needed. “I went to meet Makwana and saw the IT notice sent to him asking for his reply on transaction of Rs 10 lakh made during demonetisation period. His Jan Dhan bank account has no such transaction, it must be some mistake,” Mashru told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT slams AAP govt for not introducing destination buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today slammed the Delhi government for not introducing destination buses to help improve air quality in the national capital. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi government to show cause why point-to-point bus services have not started till date despite its order last year. “Do you (Delhi government) know the state of affairs in Delhi? Children are not able to breathe fresh air and are going to hospitals every week. This is what you want for your children? “Why have you not started destination buses despite our specific orders? The Chief Secretary of Delhi is directed to submit as to why destination buses in terms of our orders have not been introduced so far,” the bench also comprising Justice R S Rathore said. Destination buses are the ones which ply from one point to another without any halts in between the journey. The green panel lambasted the Delhi government after its counsel submitted that there was shortage of buses and said, “It is evident that large number of buses are standing along Yamuna at the depot. We see no reason why state authorities have not implemented our order so far.” The green panel said introduction of destination buses would facilitate an individual to opt for such a service rather than driving a car alone on highly congested roads. It also said that such point to point buses would result in reducing jams as a large number of people from places like Dwarka and Rohini come to offices in Central Delhi. “These buses would provide an economical alternative to people to avoid use of private cars and will have direct benefits to reduce congestion and improve the ambient air quality,” the bench said. The mater is now listed for next hearing on April 29. During the last hearing the NGT had said, “The traffic on roads of Delhi needs to be reduced by taking various measures that have already been directed to be taken by various authorities including introduction of destination buses which could certainly help particularly the middle class and single driver from opting for destination buses rather than driving a car individually on highly congested roads of Delhi.” It had also asked the AAP government to provide incentives to those using public transport in order to encourage them. It had earlier directed the Delhi government to convene a meeting of authorities concerned and come up with solutions to tackle the worsening air quality in the city after being told that the odd-even scheme has not helped in curbing pollution. The NGT was hearing a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey, who has sought independent monitoring of air quality index and also claiming that vehicular emission was not a major contributing factor to pollution.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP: Ajay Singh says won’t use red beacon; practise should end

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh, today said he will not use red beacon on his car, as it represents “feudalism”. “I am announcing that I am returning my red beacon today itself,” Singh said in the House during Zero Hour. “By putting red beacons atop cars, people are practising feudalism. Therefore this system should be abolished in Madhya Pradesh also (following similar decisions in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab),” he said. However, Panchayati Raj Minister Gopal Bhargava took a jibe at him, asking why Singh didn’t think of this when Congress was in power. Singh retorted that even when he was minister, he did not use red beacon. Talking to reporters later, Singh said, “I have demanded that the Madhya Pradesh government end the culture of red and yellow beacon cars.” He got a red beacon a few days ago, he said. “I will remove it from my car today itself. Earlier too I never used it and I do not like it.” Blue beacons atop ambulances should continue, he added. When asked why the red beacon should not be used, senior Congress leader Mahendra Singh Kalukheda said, “People are using it for illegal sand mining.” The Congress has been long alleging that illegal mining is rampant in Narmada and other rivers with the state government’s protection. The BJP government has denied the allegations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 sentenced to life imprisonment for gangrape of minor girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court today sentenced three men to life imprisonment for the gangrape of a minor girl. The girl was abducted from Ringas area and gangraped by Mahendra Jat, Narendra Jat and Nahar Singh in September 2013. The court awarded them life imprisonment today. The witnesses in the case turned hostile but the magistrate Neeraj Kumar Bharadwaj awarded the sentence on the basis of the victim’s statements, public prosecutor Surendra Singh Shekhawat said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hospitals in Thane to be inspected to check foeticide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar has ordered inspection of all clinics and hospitals in the district to find out if they adhere to the guidelines of the PCPNDT Act. The directive comes after the police busted a foeticide racket in Maharashtra’s Sangli district. The Sangli police had earlier this month arrested a homoeopathic doctor from Mhaisal village in Sangli in connection with the death of a pregnant woman during an abortion at his hospital. The arrest was made a day after 19 aborted foetuses wrapped in polythene bags were found near a stream in the village. The Sangli police suspect that all the 19 were female foetuses. All the hospitals and clinics in Thane have been directed to strictly implement the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act guidelines, said a release issued yesterday by the district administration. Kalyankar held a meeting with the concerned officials in this connection on Wednesday when it was decided that all the hospitals and clinics in Thane would be inspected. According to the release, the sex ratio in Maharashtra is 899 girls per 1,000 boys. The ratio in Thane district was 914 girls per 1,000 boys in 2013-14, 914:1,000 in 2014-15, 907:1,000 in 2015-16, and 897:1,000 till last month for 2016-17, the release said. The PCPNDT Act aims to stop female foeticide and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. Prenatal sex determination is banned under the Act. The district authorities have also announced an award for those who inform about the PCPNDT Act violations. There are 968 registered sonography centres in the district of which 571 are operational at present, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

#INDvAUS: Still the concerned captain? When MS Dhoni went and inspected the Ranchi pitch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today made a surprise visit to the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium which will host its maiden Test in less than 10 days’ time.Dhoni was seen having a discussion with the curator as he had a look at the preparations for the crucial game. Jharkhand team sources had earlier said the Ranji captain would head to Bengaluru for the BCCI Awards from Kolkata but headed home and spent time in the stadium.Curator SB Singh however termed it as a routine visit and said it had nothing to do with the upcoming third Test here from March 16-20. “When he’s here, he often visits the stadium for fitness work out and spends long time at the gym. Today was no different. He also saw the wicket and we had an informal discussion. This is not unusual for me,” Singh told PTI. “He has never intervened in pitch preparation in the last four years. Being such a great player, I always look forward to his inputs on the quality of wicket.”The JSCA has prepared three wickets — pitch number four, five and seven — for its debut Test and Singh said all of them will last the distance. “Each of them will behave differently. The team will choose the strip two days before the match. The pitch will suit both the batsmen and bowlers and will definitely last five days.

The team of Akhilesh and Rahul are also likely to hold a

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>road show in Varanasi on March 4 and senior leaders of both the parties are camping there to oversee their strategy in the face of the moves by the saffron party. BJP president Amit Shah has been in constant touch with partymen, making frequent trips and over the past week, he stayed back in Varanasi for five nights meeting finetuning the strategy with Union ministers and party leaders. According to BJP, this is the first time that the party has set up a new media centre near Chawka Ghat in Varanasi, where at least one Union minister addressed mediapersons every day to highlight achievements of the Modi government, the party’s manifesto. The minister also targets the Akhilesh government, its alliance with Congress, and the BSP. Moreover, the party has set up a war room at its headquarters in Kashi region in Gulab Bagh area, where party workers have been assigned the task of publicising BJP programmes through social media. A protocol cell has been set up to look after arrangements for Union ministers visiting Varanasi, while a separate Awas Vibhag (housing cell) has been formed to manage accommodation for visiting BJP leaders. Over the past week, Union ministers who have visited Varanasi include Rajnath Singh, J P Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Kalraj Mishra, Uma Bharti, Ananth Kumar, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Santosh Gangwar, Krishna Raj and Anupriya Patel. BSP chief Mayawati is also touring these constituencies addressing three to four election rallies a day while leaders of her party have been assigned the task of staying in contact with the electorate at the grassroots level.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-soldier arrested in Haldwani double murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men, including an ex-soldier, have been arrested in connection with a double murder case in Haldwani in which the wife and mother of a retired army officer were killed at their residence on February 22. Mahendra Goswami, who was a batman (a soldier assigned to a military officer as an assistant) of Colonel D L Sah, and a carpenter Akhtar Ali who worked at his house, were arrested in connection with the case on Sunday, SSP Janmejay Khanduri said today. However, another accused named Mallu is still absconding, he said. A sketch has been released to speed up arrest of Mallu, the SSP said. The trio barged into the house of the officer on the night of February 22 apparently with the intention of theft when he was out of station but killed the two women when they resisted. They also made away with jewellery worth lakhs of rupees and Rs 25,000 in cash from the house. The cash and some of the jewellery have been recovered from the arrested duo. However, the gold ornaments are believed to be in possession of the absconding accused Mallu. Prerna Sah (55), wife of Sah and his mother Shanti Sah (75) were found dead in rooms of his residence in Dehariya area of Haldwani. Their bodies bore injury marks which suggested they had been assaulted with sharp-edged weapons and heavy objects. The officer’s son and daughter-in-law are also in the armed forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Sunnis, Shias divided between SP & BSP; PM Modi’s ‘kabristan-shamshaan’ comment; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>UP Elections 2017: SP or BSP? Lucknow’s Shias, Sunnis dividedA prominent Shia cleric’s appeal to the community to vote for Mayawati’s BSP might have caused the Sunni vote to shift towards the ruling SP. Read more. Actor, politician’s sons behind Malayalam actress’ kidnapping: SourcesAccording to sources, Bhavana was very close to the actor and his wife. Read more. PM Modi brought ‘disrepute’ to his post with ‘communal’ statement, EC should take stock: CongressCongress leader Anand Sharma asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take stock of the matter. Read more.#IPL2017: MS Dhoni sacked as RPS captain, Smith takes overFor the first time since the IPL began nine years ago, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not captain a team in the cash-rich T20 league this April-May. Read more. Rajiv Shukla may not continue as IPL chiefIt is important to mention that Shukla resigned as IPL Commissioner following the 2013 spot-fixing saga. Read more.

Uttarakhand elections 2017: BJP candidate from Badrinath attacked by unknown persons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just a couple of days ahead of polling in Uttarakhand, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Badrinath, Mahendra Bhatt, was attacked by unknown persons in early morning hours on Monday. He has been admitted to hospital.According to The Financial Express, his main poll rival is Congress’ sitting MLA Rajendra Singh Bhandari who has won twice from the constituency. Bhatt is expected to ride on the Modi wave and also has the support of Satpal Maharaj who is campaigning on his behalf.Uttarakhand will go on polls on February 15, Wednesday. More details are awaited.

Youth dupes man of Rs 1.69 lakh by impersonates bank manager

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old youth from Jharkhand was arrested on the charge of fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 1.69 lakh from bank account of a local resident by impersonating a bank manager, police said today. Mahendra Kumar Mandal, belonging to Jamatara district, called the victim on December 29 claiming himself as a manager of Koti branch of Andhra Bank and asked his debit card number for issuing new card. “Believing the version of the caller, the victim gave all the details pertaining to his debit card. However, he started receiving messages on his mobile phone regarding amounts getting debited from his account. On December 31, he went to the bank and came to know that a total sum of Rs 1.69 lakh was fraudulently withdrawn and sought necessary action,” said ACP (Cyber Crimes) K C S Raghu Vir. A case has been registered and Mandal was arrested from Jharkhand during the course of investigation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 140 plaints of discrimination against SC, ST in varsities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 102 complaints had been received related to discrimination against Scheduled Castes (SCs) while 40 such complaints had been recieved related to Scheduled Tribes (STs) by the UGC from various universities for the year 2015-16, the government said today. Of the 102 complaints related to SCs, 81 have been settled while of the 40 related to STs, 33 have been settled, according to UGC data. This information was provided to the Lok Sabha in a written reply by Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey. “The UGC has intimated that it has compiled information on cases related to caste discrimination in universities only for the year 2015-16. As per the information provided by UGC, 102 and 40 complaints, respectively on SC and ST, caste discrimination have been received by it from various universities,” the minister said. According to the data, the maximum 19 complaints related to discrimination against SCs have been received from Banaras Hindu University and all of them have been settled. A maximum of 10 complaints related to discrimination against STs were recieved from Gujarat University and all the 10 have been settled, the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong leader’s nephew accuses bank officials of fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The nephew of a Congress leader has alleged that officials of a bank “fraudulently” took out money from his account through Internet banking. Mahendra Kalla, the nephew of former minister BD Kalla, filed a complaint at Sadar police station yesterday against the manager of Vijaya Bank and others alleging that they took out Rs 4.13 lakh from his account, police said. Based on the complaint, an FIR has been registered in the matter and a probe is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Why MS Dhoni’s place in cricket history is assured

Suresh Menon on what made Mahendra Singh Dhoni one of the calmest cricketers in history.

FACTBOX – Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni | Reuters

NEW DELHI Factbox on Mahendra Singh Dhoni who stepped down as India’s limited overs captain on Wednesday:* Born: July 7, 1981 in Ranchi* Made his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005, scoring 30 in the rain-hit match in Chennai.* He went on to play 90 tests for India, amassing 4876 runs at a 38-plus average, hitting six centuries and 33 fifties. He also took 256 catches and effected 38 stumpings.* Dhoni’s highest test score of 224 came against Australia in February 2013.

* The wicketkeeper-batsman made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in late 2004 and was run out for a first ball duck in the Chittagong match.* Dhoni has played 283 ODIs, scoring 9110 runs, averaging 50.89 with an 88-plus strike rate. He has hit nine centuries in this format to go with 61 fifties.

* He has also played 73 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 112 runs, averaging nearly 36 with a 122 strike rate.* Under his captaincy, India won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and remained the number one test team for 18 months from December 2009.* He received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sports honour, in 2007.

* Known for his habit of sealing victory with a six, Dhoni’s trademark “helicopter” shot has amused fans who have also hailed the unflappable temperament of ‘Captain Cool’.* He surpassed retired great Sachin Tendulkar as the highest-earning Indian sportsman but remains a fiercely private person. (Compiled by Amlan Chakraborty; editing by Toby Davis)

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