In a comical incident, a man who was absconding for 15 years was caught hiding in a washing machine at his own house! A Mumbai based man, Manoj Tiwari who has been evading arrest in connection with a cheating case was finally caught trying to desperately avoid detection inside a washing machine. According to reports, the man is lawyer by profession and is based in Juhu in suburban Mumbai. For three hours, his wife managed to bamboozle the police before they discovered him under a pile of clothes inside the washing machine. Accused was wanted in a cheating case dating back to 2002, when he allegedly duped three people of Rs 1 lakh. It was in connection with admission in B-ED course. The case was registered with Azad Maidan Police. The police had to search every nook and corner of the three-bedroom apartment before finally getting whiff that the accused has find a unique spot to hide himself. Currently police have arrested the accused and a case has also been lodged against his wife for obstruction of duty.
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BJP leader Jairam Thakur is all set to take oath as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and several Union ministers and chief ministers are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Jai Ram Thakur at the historic Ridge Maidan in Shimla at 11 AM.Governor Aacharya Devvrat will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Thakur. Along with Thakur, a few MLA will reportedly swear-in as Cabinet Ministers today. The five-time BJP MLA from Seraj constituency of the hilly state was elected to lead the state after the party’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal failed to register a win from his constituency.The BJP have ousted the Congress from power in Himachal Pradesh by winning 44 out of the 68 seats in the recently held Assembly polls.Along with many senior leaders and workers of BJP state unit, thousands of people are expected to witness the swearing-in ceremony.Also readHimachal Elections: After PK Dhumal’s loss, Jairam Thakur summoned to Delhi; likely to be CMFor the first time in the history of the state, Prime Minister will attend an oath taking ceremony.Massive security and other arrangements have been made ahead of the grand function. Besides seating arrangements, eight to ten LED screens have been installed outside the venue. SPG will look after the security arrangements.Also readHimachal CM designate Jai Ram Thakur lists out priorities Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Incharge for Party Affairs Mangal Pandey have reviewed the arrangements in Ridge Maidan.
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The Agripada police have arrested a 40-year-old man who was allegedly involved in stealing jewellery from Jain temples in south Mumbai. The accused has been identified as Naresh Doshi, a resident of Agripada.According to the police, the accused would specifically go to Jain temples and after the prayers, he would steal silver and gold items like idols and utensils from the temples. The accused told the police that he ran a business of metals. When this did not convince the officers, he claimed he was stealing the items to take care of his household expenses.”We had recently received a complaint from a temple in Agripada that a silver table and idols are missing. We scrutinised the CCTV footage of the temple in which Doshi was seen stealing the silver idols. We immediately swung into action and arrested the accused. He is a repeat offender however he claims that he stole to finance the education of his two children,” said a police officer from Agripada police station.The Azad Maidan police too had recently received a complaint from a Jain temple in south Mumbai about several missing silver items following which a case was registered in the police station. “We have taken him into custody on Sunday and are trying to recover the stolen items,” said Vasant Wakhare, Senior Police Inspector, Azad Maidan police station.Several cases have been registered against Doshi in three to four police stations in south Mumbai and the police are interrogating him to ascertain if he has committed theft in other parts of the city as well.
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The 2G scam played a crucial role in catapulting Delhi’s present chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to power in the capital.In 2011, Gandhian Anna Hazare and Kejriwal launched a massive campaign against corruption in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan with a focus on the case.Training guns on the then UPA-II government headed by Manmohan Singh and latching onto other instances of corruption which surfaced during the UPA rule, Anna and Kejriwal made a massive pitch for the Lokpal Act.While the ambitious law never materialized, the issue helped Kejriwal reap political benefits, causing an irreversible damage to the Congress.Singh’s government which was facing the heat from BJP in Parliament and outside after the 2G spectrum allocation scam case surfaced, since it involved ministers from their ally DMK. As a result, the Congress faced a huge discomfiture and a battering in public opinion as the Anna movement drew huge crowds and support from intellectuals, activists and youths.The movement was also bolstered from other side by yoga guru Ramdev.DENT IN THE SYSTEMWhile the movement faltered later, it dented Congress’s public image and was responsible for its failure in Delhi assembly elections in 2013, bringing an end to Cong’s 15-year rule.
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The Azad Maidan Unit of Mumbai Polices Anti-Narcotics cell arrested a drug supplier on Sunday and seized Cocaine and LSD worth Rs 14.5 lakh from his flat in Khar.The accused has been identified as Bakul Chanderia,(42) According to the police, they had received a tip-off that the Chanderia is instrumental in peddling party drugs and he operates from his flat in a posh residential building in Khar (W). The police laid a trap and raided his flat when they found 106 gm Cocaine worth and 90 LSD dots from the flat. The police said that Chanderia would allegedly supply the party drugs to top celebrities and in posh nightclubs.Chanderia’s photos with top Bollywood actors have also come to the fore. The police believe that the arrest of Chanderia would lead them to a big drug racket involving celebrities like TV and movie actors. Chanderia is history-sheeter and was earlier arrested for supplying drugs in a high-profile rave party at a posh hotel in Juhu in 2012 in which as many as 44 celebrities were found taking drugs.”He would supply drugs to celebrities, names would be cropped up during the interrogation,” said a police officer. “We have arrested Chanderia for possessing the drugs and seized the drugs,” said Santosh Bhalekar, Senior PI of Azad Maidan Unit.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2017, which commences from November 14, will have free entry for physically challenged people and senior citizens. Also, various facilities will be provide to ensure a positive experience for these people.The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), in collaboration with NGO HelpAge India, is planning to provide wheelchairs to physically challenged as well as old people to go around the exhibition, which will be held at Pragati Maidan. Senior citizens above the age of 60 years will have free entry to IITF, according to a senior ITPO official. They will have to show their identity card at the entrance as age proof. The official clarified that in case these visitors were accompanied by relatives or friends, they will have to buy tickets for themselves. The ITPO also opened an online booking facility for tickets on November 11. Business tickets have been priced at Rs 500 each, while a general ticket on weekdays will cost Rs 60 for adults and Rs 40 for children. Weekend tickets are priced at a steep Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids under five years of age. The 37th edition of IITF will have indigenous start-ups as its main theme this year as well. The exhibition will introduce visitors to various development schemes taken up by the government across the country. Titled ‘Startup India and Standup India’, the theme will specially put the youths in the spotlight, highlighting policies, schemes, and programmes started by the Centre for them in the last three years. Vietnam would be the partner country while Kyrgyzstan would be the focus nation. Meanwhile, Pragati Maidan is being redeveloped as an Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC), at a whopping cost of Rs 2,254 crore. The organisation has set June, 2019, as the deadline for the state-of-the-art convention centre, work for which started in July this year.A HELPING HANDIITF 2017 commences on November 14. It will have free entry for physically challenged persons. Senior citizens, too, will have free entry to IITF.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tunneling work for the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 underground corridor will soon begin in south Mumbai from Cuffe Parade, passing through Colaba, Azad Maidan, Churchgate, Grant Road up to the Science Museum in Worli. The tunneling work first began last week between Mahim and Dadar.The work is being launched from shafts at three locations — Colaba Woods in Cuffe Parade, another one at Azad Maidan in CST and one at Mumbai Central. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) said that a total of 17 tunnel boring machines (TBM) will be used for the entire underground corridor’s construction. Of these, four have arrived in India and the remaining are expected to reach the country by February 2018.”Tunneling work between Mahim and Dadar has already started. At Azad Maidan, lowering of the TBM has begun and once they are lowered in their respective shafts, the tunneling work will begin in south Mumbai,” said an official from MMRC.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several teachers of the Mumbai Junior College Teachers Union (MJCTU) will stage a protest on November 14 against some of the recent decisions of the state education department which has put an additional burden on teachers.”The state education department is putting a lot of additional pressure on teachers by asking them to upload some data or the other on various portals. Several teachers do not even have access to computers in their schools and junior colleges. Even as the burden is increasing for teachers, they are not adequately paid. Many of them are still awaiting their due increments. The government is yet to pay us as per the 7th pay commission salary revisions” said Anil Deshmukh, General secretary, MJCTU.The teachers would protest at Azad Maidan from 2:00 pm on November 14 against the government inaction in understanding their issues. Some of the major issues that would be taken up in the protest would include – revision of teachers salaries as per the 7th pay commission, regularising the old appointments of teachers, bringing ICT in the purview of aided subjects, revising the retirement age of teachers from 58 to 60 years etc.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Armed with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order in this regard, the Delhi Police and the civic bodies’ officials uprooted the tents put up by various groups of protesters at Jantar Mantar, in the heart of the national Capital, on Monday.Citing the violation of environmental laws, the green panel had on October 5 banned all protests around the historic monument, which has become a hotspot for agitations over the last few decades. The NGT directed the authorities to shift the protesters to an alternative site at the Ramlila Maidan, Ajmeri Gate.Meanwhile, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on Monday sought a report on its order after the Delhi Police counsel informed it that the site has been cleared and all make-shift and temporary structures have been removed.Among hundreds of people who were evacuated from the site were the ex-servicemen, who have been demanding implementation of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. According to them, the NGT’s order was “an attempt to throttle our voice in a democracy”. Group Captain Vinod Kumar Gandhi said that after the NGT order, the Delhi government was supposed to provide an alternate place but that has not been done yet.”Ramlila Maidan is not a convenient place for protesters as there is no place to eat and no washrooms. The charges there are Rs 50,000 a day, which is unrealistic for a common man,” Gandhi said.The former servicemen also alleged that they were forcibly detained and were manhandled by the police. “The police damaged our tents and manhadled 15 of us. They were detained unlawfully. This action amounts to curtailing our freedom of speech. The citizens have no place to protest peacefully,” Gandhi added.At the same time, the Ramlila Maidan wore a deserted look. “So far, we have not received any application for a no-objection certificate. An NOC from the police is also required before we allow anyone to hold a protest at the site,” a senior North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said.HELPLESS PROTESTERS SLAM DECISION AS A DANGER TO DEMOCRACY ‘Govt denying us our right to protest’Rajkumar Singh, 57, resident of Loni in Ghaziabad, has been on an indefinite protest at Jantar Mantar since October, 2015. Singh, his wife, and their 22-year-old mentally challenged son had been sitting on the road near Parliament Street police station for two years, before being removed on Monday. The family has been seeking justice for their older son, who was allegedly murdered by his business partner in 2013. “Instead of listening to our plight and ensuring justice, the government is trying to deprive us from even the right to protest.” Singh rued. “The murderers of my son have forcibly occupied our home. We have been silently protesting here. I pull rickshaw throughout the day to feed my family and to buy medicine for our other son,” he said. The family, which had adopted two street dogs in the area, is worried about them as well. “Who will take care of them now?” asked Singh’s wife Shobha. The family does not plan to move to the Ramlila Maidan. “Who will pay such a high charge? We have already suffered a lot,” Singh said.‘We’ve no home, nowhere else to go’ Brahmdev Ram Gupta, a resident of Dhanbad in Jharkhand, was among those who were thrown out of the Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Monday. Gupta, his wife, and three children, including a 9-year-old girl, have been protesting against the “caste-based” violence that they suffered back home. Gupta and his wife both have bruises on their bodies. “We were thrown out of our own home by some goons and we were beaten brutally. We somehow or the other managed to save ourselves and come to Delhi to seek the government’s help,” he said. The family was left bewildered when the evacuation drive started. “We are new to the city of Delhi. We don’t know where to go now. And we can’t afford the rent at Ramlila Maidan,” Gupta said. The thought of returning to Dhanbad sends a shiver down the family’s spine. “How can we go back? We have nothing there. I will have to search for some work now,” the 55-year-old said.‘Govt wants to end protest culture’Sanjay Kumar, a social worker, who has been sitting on dharnas, on and off, since 1996, joined a handful of people sitting on the Parliament Street after being evacuated from Jantar Mantar on Monday. Kumar, who works as a newspaper hawker, termed the NGT decision a “danger to democracy”. “The government is well aware of the fact that the people sitting on dharnas are really poor and will not be able to afford the charges at Ramlila Maidan,” he said. Claiming that no protester was willing to move to the Ramila Maidan, Kumar said, “The protesters eat at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, which is a kilometre from here. There are trees and toilets here. How will people protest themselves from the hot sun and the cold during peak summers or winters at the Ramlila Maidan? Who will provide them food?” he asked. “If there is no access to food and shade, who will protest beyond one day? They just want to put an end to the culture of protest in the Capital,” Kumar added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The year-long campaign of RSS’ economic wing Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) against the influx of Chinese goods and it’s negative impact on the indigenous products in the domestic market culminated into a mega rally on Sunday at the the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.In its memorandum presented to the Centre, the SJM has set demands for preferential treatment to domestic industry, particularly MSMEs, to boost employment, apart from asking for imposition of quality restrictions on Chinese goods. They also demanded that no new trade agreement be signed with the Chinese government and urged states to not allow any Chinese investment. It also asked private companies to desist partnering with Chinese companies.Further, the SJM demanded that Chinese companies not be granted contracts in the northeastern states as it poses a “security threat” and that the Centre must take initiative “to provide impetus to Tibetans to restore their sovereignty from the cultches of China”.The rightwing economic organisation urged the Centre to open ‘Special Chinese Cells’in the Ministry of Commerce and Finance to undertake studied to gauge the impact of the huge Chinese imports and “increasing stranglehold of Chinese investments in India.Some members of BJP had been apprehensive of the rally, which they feared would embarrass the Modi government after the SJM statement on the continuance of UPA’s economic policies. The organisers, however, said that they had had a Swadeshi agenda for a long time and the move was not to cause unease but enlighten policy makers.”For the last one year we have been boycotting Chinese goods and have collected more than 2.5 crore signatures of people from various walks of life in favour of our demands. We have been trying to raise awareness by way of rath-yatras, distribution of pamphlets, student interactions. We reached out villages, too. The maharally is the culmination of our efforts,” said SJM’s national co-convenor R Sundaram.”For the past 25 years we have been propounding our ideas. Just as Ayodhya is the symbol of Hindu pride, this rally, with an immediate focus on the adverse impact of Chinese goods on our economy, will be the symbol of a larger debate on economic policies,” Sundaram said, hinting at NDA policies.The SJM has also decided, said sources, that the organisation’s agenda for the coming year would be to churn out an alternate economic model for India’s growth.National convenor Arun Ojha told DNA that the rally was not against or for any government. Rather, it was against an economic menace and for changing the fate of the country. “If some people think otherwise, they can; but, I am sure not all think so,” said Ojha.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his second ever Dussehra celebrations in Delhi as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took part in famed Red Fort event on Saturday.President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu also attended the Dussehra celebration.In his brief address to the crowd, PM Modi said that festivals are a way of social education and that even after thousand years, the stories of Lord Ram give new meaning to the society.Later effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad were burnt at the historic ground.Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah attended the Dussehra celebration at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, where actor John Abraham also attended the celebrations.(With ANI input)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lalu Prasad Yadav created a stir on Sunday when he shared a picture of Gandhi Maidan on Twitter. The picture was of absolutely jam packed Gandhi Maidan, with a gratuitous message stating, “No “Face” will stand in front of Lalu’s “Base”. Come & Count as much as u can in Gandhi Maidan, Patna #DeshBachao”.Soon people in the reply to the tweet called out Lalu Prasad Yadav and said that Gandhi Maidan is not fully packed. They shared pictures which show Gandhi Maidan is only half fill. Later news agency ANI also tweeted picture which showed that Lalu Prasad Yadav’s picture is probably photoshopped. Now this is not the first time politicians have used photoshopped images or tried to boast about crowd sizes even if it failed to pass journalistic rigour. Sean Spicer’s claim about crowd regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration was widely panned, although credit to him, he didn’t resort to any fake pictures. Pic shared by Lalu Prasad YadavLalu’s rally pics by ANIRJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s mega rally ‘BJP bhagao, Desh bachao’ in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan saw participation from Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, as well as rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders.”Earlier it was rally of the RJD, but now it has become a rally of Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) to save the country,” Yadav told reporters at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport in Patna on his arrival on Saturday. Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Yadav refused to make any comment saying “Kuch nahi bolna hain” (I have nothing to say). Meanwhile, a lot of other senior leaders from other parties also shared the dais with RJD leader Lalu Prasad. Earlier, the RJD chief said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls in which a united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.With inputs from agencies
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lalu Prasad’s mega rally ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan saw participation from SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as well as rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders.”Earlier it was rally of RJD, but now it has become a rally of Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) to save the country,” Yadav told reporters at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport in Patna on his arrival on Saturday. Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Yadav refused to make any comment saying “Kuch nahi bolna hain” (I have nothing to say)”.Another JD(U) rebel and suspended Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar is also participating in the rally.Sharad Yadav who is charting a different path after Nitish decided to break away from the grand alliance of JD(U), RJD, and Congress, is presently a JD(U) Rajya Sabha member. JD(U) principal general secretary KC Tyagi and CM Nitish Kumar have hinted that in the event of Yadav participating in Prasad’s rally in violation of the party line, he might lose his RS membership.Meanwhile, a lot of other senior leaders from other parties are also expected to share the dais with RJD leader Lalu Prasad.Earlier, the RJD chief said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha poll in which a united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.Making a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prasad said “The country is witnessing an emergency like situation today. Those not agreeing with him are being harassed by lodging court cases.”The BJP and JD(U), however, took potshots at the RJD rally saying it comes at a time when the state is witnessing massive floods in 19 districts. The BJP leader and state Health minister Mangal Pandey accused Lalu Prasad and his party of being insensitive towards flood victims whom neither he nor his partymen visited at the time of distress.State JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh said, “instead of visiting flood victims, Lalu Prasad is busy showing his face as well as those of his two sons.””August 27 will be counted as a black day in political history of the country,” he said attacking the RJD.Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal said that over 6,000 policemen would be deployed for the rally. He said 64 CCTV cameras, 32 inside Gandhi Maidan and as many outside it, have been installed. Two big platforms are being erected for the event. Banners, posters and welcome gates were put up by RJD leaders and workers for the event. (With PTI inputs)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lalu Prasad’s mega rally to oust the BJP will see participation from political heavyweights like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, and will be a major show ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the RJD chief said.Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders, will also be a participant.Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi will not be present but senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, C P Joshi and Hanumantha Rao would represent the party, sources said.According to a list drawn up by the RJD last night, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party and leaders of the NCP, CPI, RLD, JMM, JVM, DMK, Kerala Congress, RSP, AIUDF, NC and JD(S) leaders would share dais with Lalu Prasad.Lalu Prasad today thanked Mamata Banerjee for confirming her participation at the ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ rally.”Mamata Didi ko special thanks hain, RJD welcomes her to the rally,” Prasad told reporters today.He said, big leaders who cannot make it to the programme are deputing senior leaders of their parties.The RJD chief said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha poll in which united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.Making a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prasad said “The country is witnessing an emergency like situation today. Those not agreeing with him are being harassed by lodging court cases.”The BJP and JD(U), however, took potshots at the RJD rally saying it comes at a time when the state is witnessing massive floods in 19 districts.The BJP leader and state Health minister Mangal Pandey accused Lalu Prasad and his party of being insensitive towards flood victims whom neither he nor his partymen visited at the time of distress.State JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh said, “instead of visiting flood victims, Lalu Prasad is busy showing his face as well as those of his two sons.””August 27 will be counted as a black day in political history of the country,” he said attacking the RJD.Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal said that over 6,000 policemen would be deployed for the rally.He said 64 CCTV cameras, 32 inside Gandhi Maidan and as many outside it, have been installed.Two big platforms are being erected for tomorrow’s event.The RJD supporters have started arriving here for the rally at the Gandhi Maidan.Banners, posters and welcome gates were put up by RJD leaders and workers for the event.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dual entry of an official in the police diaries at the same time has led to the acquittal of a Nigerian national arrested in a 2012 drug case, by the special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) court. The police diary at Azad Maidan police station contains the official’s entry record for handing over drug sample seized from Anti-Narcotic Cell’s (ANC) Bandra unit at 3 pm. On the same day, the record of the police panchanama which was performed to seize drugs from the Nigerian, mentions the presence of the same official at the spot in Masjid Bunder from 1.30 pm to 3.30pm.The case dates back to January 2, 2012, when Azad Maidan police received a tip off on a Nigerian national named Ifeamy Uzoma Osunde travelling with 10 grams of charas in Masjid Bunder. The accused was allegedly found in possession of 10 gm of cocaine. Chemical analysis of the drug was performed, police also filed a charge sheet, and examined six witnesses.When DNA spoke to defence advocate Shekhar Bhandari regarding the defence arguments which led to the acquittal, Bhandari mentioned the technical glitch in police functioning that led the cases’ failure.“Police was unable to explain his presence at two different places at one time, leading to the acquittal of my client,” said Bhandari.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s Azad Maidan turned into a sea of saffron today as thousands of people demanding reservations for the Maratha community gathered here in what was their 58th protest in a year. Wearing saffron caps and carrying flags, the protesters walked down south Mumbai’s JJ flyover, which was closed for vehicular traffic, winding their way to the protest venue. At the Jijamata Udyan, where the Maratha morcha began at 11 AM, protesters tore banners put up by the Shiv Sena, stressing that they did not want any “political interference”. Rajya Sabha member Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje told reporters at Azad Maidan he was participating in the march not as a Member of Parliament but as an “ordinary member” of the Maratha community. Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh also voiced his support to the protest march with a late night tweet. “Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha,” the actor tweeted in Marathi, referring to a popular slogan. At Azad Maidan, a morcha participant — dressed like Chhatrapati Shivaji — was heard extolling the virtues of a “government of the people and for the people”, as practised by the Maratha king. Ishanvi Deshmukh, a three-year-old girl, impressed the gathering with a well-memorised speech seeking reservations for the Maratha community. Some residents of Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, where the brutal rape and murder in July 2016 of a 14-year-old girl belonging to the community triggered massive protests across the state, also participated in today’s morcha. Also present at the venue was Manohar Anandrao Patil from Latur district, who said he had participated in all the 58 Maratha morchas till date. The first protest was held in Aurangabad on August 9 last year. Another protester came to the venue in the attire of a farmer in distress, with a noose dangling from his neck. “This is an attempt to draw the government’s attention to the plight of farmers,” he said. All parking areas in Navi Mumbai were full as morcha participants coming from across Maharashtra parked their vehicles on vacant lots. The protesters have been demanding reservation in jobs and educational institutions for members of the Maratha community, punishment for culprits in the Kopardi case and loan waivers for farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today paid tributes to the martyrs of the country’s freedom struggle, on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. Fadnavis tweeted, “My salutations to all freedom fighters for their sacrifice for Bharat Mata and on August Kranti Din!” Various events were organised here on the anniversary of the Quit India movement, which has been one of the major milestones in the history of India’s struggle for independence. At the main event held in August Kranti Maidan here, floral tributes were paid to the freedom fighters and those who laid down their lives in the struggle for India’s Independence. It is the same ground from where Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of ‘Do or Die’ for independence. The movement of disobedience was launched in August 1942 with Mahatma Gandhi’s call for immediate independence made at Mumbai’s Gowalia Tank, which is now well known as August Kranti Maidan. On the Quit India movement’s anniversary last year, the Maharashtra government had launched the ‘Quit India 2- from Swaraj to Suraj’ initiative at the historic ground, stressing on freedom from illiteracy, farmer suicides, wastage of water, addiction among youth and corruption.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the festival season in the city, the Azad Maidan police have started issuing pamphlets to Mandals and citizens in residential societies to curb noise pollution before and during festivals. Police are appealing to citizens to keep a check on the decibel levels as per the directions given by Bombay High Court, and have also issued a warning of strict action if rules are violated.Considering the noise pollution during festivals, citizens have been appealed through the pamphlets to avoid playing loudspeakers in their building premises, or any public place. They have been asked to not create any noise in silence zones, and have been informed that sound decibels should not exceed the limits set by court in industrial, commercial and residential areas.According to the orders given by the Bombay High Court, loudspeakers, musical instruments and fire works cannot be played between 10 pm and 6 am.According to the police, they are appealing Mandals, Mohalla committees and other citizens to make sure that these rules are not flouted. The police said that if any society or anyone individual is found flouting the rules of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control)Rules, 2000 then a case can be registered under Environment Protection Act, 1986.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has given green nod for redeveloping Pragati Maidan in the heart of the national capital by setting up a world class Integrated Exhibition- cum-Convention Centre (IECC) at a cost of Rs 1,677 crore. The environment ministry has given the green approval to the proposed project with some riders after taking into account the recommendations of its expert panel. A letter granting the environment clearance was issued yesterday to the implementing agency India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the BJP-ruled civic bodies are struggling to manage the city’s waste, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) may have to look at alternative options for dumping tonnes of garbage, as the sanitary landfill site proposed at Maidan Garhi may not be used for the purpose. The official decision is to come soon.The local RWA had been fighting a battle against the civic body’s move to create a landfill site here, and the recent move left RWA officials jubilant. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the land owning agency, will be allocating land to the civic body but not for this purpose.”There are a number of issues involved on this site. Though the options are few with the land space in South Delhi, we are exploring other options. The DDA will be allocating land to the Corporation, but it may be used for another project than the landfill,” said a senior Corporation official.According to officials, besides health and environmental concerns, it is difficult for the site to get approval for a landfill site by various agencies, including the Airport Authority of India (AAI), as landfills attract birds such as eagles and vultures. This can be a threat to the operations at the IGI airport, located barely a few kilometres away.The SDMC is now looking at other options such as expanding the Okhla landfill site or going further away to the fringes of South Delhi.Areas under the jurisdiction of civic body generated over 3,000 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis. The proposed landfill site lies meters away from the main road and between two international universities including IGNOU and residential areas such as the Freedom Fighters Enclave, among others.The civic body had asked the DDA for around 9.5 acres of land to build a landfill site five years ago.”We have held a number of meetings with the DDA officials as well as staged protests over the last five years since the move was proposed, as it would affect both the health of the residents, students as well as the ecology of the area,” said Prem Deep, RWA member, Freedom Fighters Enclave.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has decided to double the allowances of anganwadi workers and helpers in the national capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today. However, the announcement failed to placate the workers and helpers, who are on strike for nearly a month and agitating near Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, demanding a pay hike. A Cabinet decision has been taken to raise the allowances of the workers and helpers to Rs 10,170 and Rs 5,089 respectively, Sisodia said. The decision will be notified only after Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s approval, he said. They are currently paid Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,500 respectively. Of the total amount, Rs 500 will be mobile and internet component in case of workers while the same would be Rs 250 for helpers, Kejriwal tweeted. A spokesperson of the ‘Delhi Anganwadi Worker – Helper Association’, which is leading the protest outside the CM’s residence, said they will take out a march on Monday from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar over the issue. “The government is trying to buy time. Earlier, it used to say not all files require the LG’s approval. We fear the latest announcement is also an eyewash,” the spokesperson said. There are around 11,000 anganwadi centres in Delhi, and each centre has one worker and one helper, a government official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind today offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara at the Sri Venkateswara Vaibhavotsav being conducted by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in Vijayawada. Kovind, who was here as part of his election campaign, drove to Swaraj Maidan along with Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and had ‘darshan’ of the Lord, a replica of the famous Tirumala deity specially installed for the festival. After prayers, Kovind received blessings by Vedic scholars who also presented him the Lord’s ‘prasadam’. The TTD is conducting Vaibhavotsav at the Swaraj Maidan till July 9. Earlier, Chandrababu Naidu hosted high tea for the presidential nominee at the convention centre after a meeting with the TDP and BJP MPs and legislators. BJP national general secretary Muralidhar Rao explained the voting process to the lawmakers and asked them to exercise caution in marking their choice. “Don’t use your own pen. Use only the special pen given by the polling staff and draw only a vertical line against the candidate’s name. Don’t write or mark anything else. If you falter, your vote becomes invalid,” Rao warned. If a legislator realised he made a mistake in marking the choice, he could immediately seek a second ballot paper and make a right choice, the BJP leader said. “But don’t make a mistake in the first place,” he added. Venkaiah Naidu said mistakes happen either out of overzealousness or anxiety. “It’s the graduates, followed by teachers, who make mistakes in casting votes. MLAs and MPs are next in that order,” he said. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister, however, said never once did his party legislators mark their votes wrong. “Our people never committed such mistakes and let the votes become invalid. Also, there is no question of any cross-voting in Andhra Pradesh,” he said. Andhra Pradesh is the only state where all votes, barring four of the Congress, would go to the NDA candidate, he added. “Going by the support he enjoys, Kovind will secure over 70 per cent of votes across the country. We are honoured to be supporting him,” Chandrababu Naidu remarked.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of Muslim men and women will participate in the mega International Yoga Day event here tomorrow performing along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi various yoga asanas at the sprawling Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan. “At least 300 Muslim men and women will be participating in the International Yoga Day celebrations along with Modi. This will be undoubtedly a historic moment in the life of each and every member of our organisation, as they would share precious 80-minute period with the Prime Minister,” Raees Khan, the incharge of Muslim Rashtriya Manch for UP and Uttarakhand, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at its “palace politics”, even as posters came up outside its headquarters dubbing him a “friend of the BJP” and a “traitor”. Vishwas, who was recently appointed the party’s Rajasthan affairs in-charge, made a pointed remark that he would ensure the workers under him adhered to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) “core principles” and went back to its “basics”.He briefly attended a farmers’ convention organised by the party at the Constitution Club here, where the body language of the leaders was reflective of the internal dissidence. “We (AAP) did not come into being for these conspiracies and palace politics hatched by five-six people. We are for the causes based on which the party was born at the Ramlila Maidan. The party will fight the Rajasthan polls on its real principles,” Vishwas told reporters on the sidelines of the event.Earlier, he had held a “coterie” around Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal “responsible” for the party’s recent poll debacles, while distancing himself from the official party line of “manipulation” of electronic voting machines (EVMs).Drawing on characters from the Ramayana, the poet- turned-politician said that during every churning, “demons” did show up.Meanwhile, posters terming Vishwas as a “friend of the BJP” and a “betrayer” who should be “thrown out” of the party came up outside the AAP headquarters in central Delhi.”A friend of the BJP, he is not a poet but a traitor. He attacks while in hiding and backstabs. Remove such a traitor,” read the posters, which also “thanked” former AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey for “exposing” Vishwas.Pandey had recently accused Vishwas of being “silent” on the “transgressions” of the BJP.However, the party distanced itself from the posters. “A few suspended workers are trying to divide the party leadership by putting up such posters,” AAP’s social media in-charge Ankit Lal wrote on Twitter.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the violent agrarian unrest entered its tenth day in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today began his indefinite fast at the Dusshera Maidan here for restoration of peace and promised profitable prices to farmers for their produce. “I know of the bumper crop production that has sent the prices crashing down in the state. I know your (farmers) problems,” he said addressing a gathering, including cultivators, here. “The state government stands firm with the farmers. We are going to buy the farm produce and give profitable prices for it,” he assured. The farmers are, among other things, demanding satisfactory prices for their farm produce. Their stir turned violent when five persons died in police firing, while six others were injured on Tuesday in Mandsaur district. “We have already bought huge quantity of onions at Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 8 per kg. Each onion of farmers will be bought. “Your labour won’t go waste,” he promised. “We are going to buy different varieties of pulses at MSP,” the chief minister said. Chouhan said his government was pro-farmer and recalled efforts underway to make farming a profitable business in MP. He said the irrigation facility has increased manifold and due to abundant water, farmers were reaping rich harvest. The BJP leader also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying hard to make agriculture a profitable venture. Chouhan said the government had extended Rs 4,800 crore as relief amount to farmers when their soyabean crop was destroyed last year. Similarly, Rs 4,400 crore went as crop insurance compensation sum last year. Earlier, the chief minister, clad in a kurta-pyjama and a Nehru jacket, with wife Sadhana on his side, commenced his indefinite fast around 11 AM at a ‘pandal’ erected in the BHEL Dusshera Maidan after former chief minister Kailash Joshi put a ’tilak’ on his forehead. As the CM entered the venue, his supporters shouted “Kisan ka Samman hai, Shivraj Singh Chouhan hai, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Bharat Mata ki Jai”. The Opposition Congress dubbed Chouhan’s fast as a “nautanki” (drama or empty theatrics). “Chouhan should tell people whether his so called fast was a ‘nautanki’ or an act of repentance for his misdeeds that set the state on fire,” state Congress chief spokesman K K Mishra told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>High drama unfolded outside Chief Minister’s Arvind Kejriwal’s residence when sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra, along with his supporters, tried to meet the CM, but was stopped by the police.Irked at by being prevented entry into Kejriwal’s home in Civil Lines, Mishra and his supporters raised slogans and sat on a protest there.Mishra was seeking a hearing with Kejriwal at his ‘janta darbar’ (public meeting) to raise “corruption” charges against him and his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain.Mishra said, “I have come here with just 15 to 20 people.What is a janata darbar when the janata itself is not welcome here?”As Mishra had earlier said that he would attend the public meeting, police had barricaded the area around the CM’s residence to prevent the sacked minister and his supporters.”We have come here with a demand to convene a special session of the Delhi Assembly at the Ram Lila Maidan to discuss corruption charges against Kejriwal and Jain, but we were not allowed to proceed,” Mishra told reporters here.He also sought the resignation of Kejriwal and Jain, saying that they don’t have the “moral right” to continue after corruption charges emerged against them.Mishra was also accompanied by the mother of late AAP leader Santosh Koli, who also demanded a CBI probe into the death of her daughter.Koli, an AAP candidate from Seemapuri, had met with an accident in June 2013 and died. The party calls her a “martyr” who took on the ration mafia in the national capital.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost two years since a march to the state secretariat Nabanna in August 2015 by Left peasants’ organisations turned violent after police blocked their way, strict arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward situation during a similar rally tomorrow. According to a senior Kolkata Police officer, 2,000 police personnel will be on duty in and around the city so that daily life was not hampered because of the rally to Nabanna tomorrow. Forces from the Rapid Action Force (RAF), Quick Response Team will be posted at crucial points of the city under direct supervision of senior officers of the rank of Deputy Commissioners, the officer said. “We will not allow anybody to create any nuisance tomorrow. Strict action will be taken as we have arranged for a huge number of police personnel for the proposed rally to the state secretariat,” the officer said. Kolkata Police along with their counterparts in Howrah, have chalked out special plans to counter the rally to Nabanna tomorrow, he said adding, there will be three-level security arrangements tomorrow. Keeping in mind that there could be thousands of party enthusiasts pouring from the districts to participate in the rally, the Kolkata Police Traffic department has planned for some disruptions in and around the city. “Traffic disruptions will be specially around the Maidan area and towards the approach to the second Hooghly Bridge from AJC Bose Road. Necessary diversions will be made as and when required,” a senior officer of the Traffic department said. At least 11 farmers’ wings of the Left Front in the state are scheduled to hold the ‘march to Nabanna’ rally tomorrow to protest anti-farmer measures. On August 27, 2015, several Left activists including CPI(M) Politburo member Biman Bose and 25 policemen were injured as Left Front supporters fought a pitched battle with the police when the cops tried to stop their march to the state secretariat. In Kolkata, police had resorted to cane charge, while in Howrah, the police used water canons and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the agitating Left Front activists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a month after the launch of Republic TV, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (BCCL), the parent company that owns Times Now, has filed a complaint against the channel’s former editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and journalist Prema Sridevi for infringing its copyright, reported Economic Times.The report said that the complaint against Goswami and Sridevi have been filed with Mumbai’s Azad Maidan police station. A complaint has been registered in connection with a Lalu Prasad-Shahabuddin audio tape and alleged conversations between Prema Sridevi (former news reporter of Times Now) and the late Sunanda Pushkar and their househelp Narayan — which were played on Republic TV on May 6 and May 8, 2017 respectively .BCCL has alleged that Goswami and Sridevi have deliberately and with knowledge used the aforesaid intellectual property of Times Now. It also said that both the journalists have admitted and claimed on-air that the audio conversation in the Sunanda Pushkar case were in their possession for the last two years.The complaint alleges commission of offences of theft, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of property and infringement of IPR of BCCL by using the same on Republic TV on multiple occasions on May 6 and May 8, 2017, said the report. The complaint also said that the material broadcast by Republic TV were procured and accessed while both Goswami and Sridevi were working of Times Now and it was established by an internal inquiry by BCCL.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The underwater tunnel of East-West Metro Corridor Project here, built below the Ganga river bed, is the first of its kind in the country, said Union Minister Babul Supriyo today after going into the tunnel. “This is the first such project in the country. Building a tunnel under the river had never taken place elsewhere in India. Further being built under Ganga, it has an emotional value as well,” Supriyo, who went inside the tunnel between slab numbers 820 and 840, said. He has been asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally supervise the work, said Supriyo while interacting with the officials of Afcons-Transtonnelstroy of South Africa, the agency to build the tunnel between Howrah Maidan and the proposed Mahakaran metro station near Writers Buildings here. Supriyo also collected soil from the place and kept it in two utensils – one for gifting to the prime minister and another for himself as a memento. The entire stretch of tunnel from Howrah Maidan to the Ganga bank in the city will be 1.7 km, of which a significant part will be on the surface. “Basically, we reached almost the bottom of the Ganga and spent a considerable time (there). It was an exhilarating experience. I salute the engineers and the workers for the heroic work,” Supriyo, the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said. Asked about the safety of the project, he said “Let me allay any apprehension about the safety. We did not feel uncomfortable inside though we were 32 m below the river water – that is the sea level.” He said the tunnel went under buildings like Howrah Station but there were no threat to them as the latest technology had been used. The tunnel boring machine (TBM), used in the excavation work, will now go beyond the slab number 840 to dig up earth under the river bed and finally reach the east bank – that is the city. Expressing hope that the Howrah Maidan-Esplanade part of Phase II of the project, which would connect Howrah Maidan to Sealdah) will not miss the deadline, Supriyo said “We expect to clear the logjam in the wake of the existing rule that infrastructure projects would not come up within 100 m of the heritage buildings.” “There are three heritage constructions – two synagogues and the Currency Building within 30 m of the proposed tunnel. But IIT-Kharagpur in a feasibility study said the tunnel work and metro movement would not cause any damage to the structures.” “We are not setting up a time-frame and the Union cabinet is preparing a note to exempt the Metro work. Let’s hope for the best,” he said. The entire second phase of the East West Project, with 100 per cent funding by the Centre, had been facilitated by the West Bengal government with intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her cabinet colleagues to clear settlements. Phase 1 of the East-West Metro Corridor Project, he said, is expected to be completed on time and thanked Banerjee for removing encroachments along the route. “During my chance meeting with the West Bengal CM in 2015 which the media had christened as ‘Jhalmuri diplomacy,’ I had broached the topic of encroachment and with the intervention of TMC leaders it was resolved. “The encroachers will be relocated in a new building in the area,” he said. The overhead track on Phase 1 connecting Salt Lake to Sealdah is more or less complete. There will be eight stations, two of which are on underground. All the four stations in Phase II (Sealdah-Howrah) will be underground. The initial project cost for the Phase I – Phase II stretch had shot up substantially due to realignment of the tunnelling, covering an additional 2 km and cost for elevation. The costs had gone up from Rs 250 crore in 2011-12 under the UPA rule to Rs 328.81 crore in 2015-16 and now Rs 1937 crore, the union minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The misuse of ‘triple talaq’ created legal issues leading to the matter landing in the Supreme Court for adjudication, Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee Zafaryab Jilani said today. He said the board has been making efforts since 1985 to ensure that Muslim men understand the concept and follow the Shariyat rules for ‘triple talaq’ for divorce. Misusing ‘triple talaq’ is a sin, he said. “We cannot accept any change in Shariyat as it is based on the principles of Allah. It has been prevalent for more than 1450 years and it will continue to exist,” said Jilani. It is not the first time that Shariyat is being attacked. “We cannot accept any change in it as it comes straight from the Quran,” he said while addressing a gathering at Karbala Maidan here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh unit of AAP today said eight of its workers, including a senior office- bearer, were injured when they were cane-charged by the police during a protest here, a claim denied by the law enforcers. The party said the police cane-charged their workers when they tried to gherao Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s residence here over an alleged power purchase scam in the BJP-ruled state. The AAP workers were moving towards the chief minister’s house when the police intercepted them near Dussehra Maidan in TT Nagar, where the party held a public meeting earlier in the day. “The police cane-charged the workers when they tried to march towards Chouhan’s residence,” Madhya Pradesh AAP’s media in-charge Dushyant Dangi said. Eight party activists, including state convener Alok Agrawal and senior woman member Laxmi Chouhan, were injured and taken to Hamidia Hospital for treatment, he said. Police, however, said the protesters were not cane- charged. They said the AAP was given permission only for the public meeting and not the march. “After holding the public meeting, the workers started running on the road leading to the CM house, creating a stampede-like situation. They were given permission only to hold the rally at Dussehra Maidan and not to march towards the CM house,” ASP Rajesh Singh Chandel said. He said no force was used against the protesters. During the rally, the AAP leaders alleged the BJP government had signed power purchase agreements with six companies in contravention of rules.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today said that if the central government does not want to retain the ‘Hall of Nations’ at Pragati Maidan here, how can it be forced to do so. “If the government does not want it, can it be forced to retain it?” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said to the lawyer for the building’s architect Raj Rewal who has also moved court to protect the structure from demolition. The court refused to pass any interim orders staying demolition of the building as sought by the architect nor did it clarify that there was no stay on demolition as sought by ITPO. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) said it has decided to demolish Pragati Maidan, including the Hall of Nations, to set up a world-class exhibition centre there and wanted an order clarifying there was no stay. The court said it will not pass any such order, but observed that it has not issued any interim direction in the matter. On the architect’s plea to stay the demolition of the Hall of Nations, the court said it can only ask the government to look into whether the structure ought to be protected, but such an exercise has already been carried out by the Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC), a statutory body, which has decided not to protect the building. The court’s observation came during brief hearing of the plea by the architect and one by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) which has sought protection of 62 buildings, including Hall of Nations, in the national capital. The court could not take up both the matters post-lunch as the judge was not available and therefore, INTACH’s plea was listed for hearing on April 17 and the architect’s matter would be taken up on March 30. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday afternoon, a day prior to her son’s exam, Rupa Shah (44), a South Mumbai housewife reportedly jumped off the fifth floor of the Ramlal Mansion building near Bombay Hospital.The Shah family owns two terrace flats on the fifth floor of the building. At the time of the incident, Shah’s 13-year-old son was studying in the other flat while her brother-in-law’s 14-year-old son was eating food in the other room of the same flat. There was also a maid who was doing the laundry in the bathroom.Shah’s husband Vikas and her two brother-in-laws own a Chartered Accountancy firm in Kalbadevi, Girgaon. At the time of incident, the Shah family had gone to Worli for a family function while Rupa stayed back because her son was to appear for an exam on Monday.According to the Vijay Kadam, Senior Police Inspector of Azad Maidan police station, “Rupa’s own flat has a grill around the terrace, while the other doesn’t. She completed her daily chores and made her son study in the other room before taking the drastic step.””The watchman was in the building compound when he saw Rupa fall off from the terrace. He informed the other residents, the police control room and the Shah family,” Kadam added. The victim was declared dead before admission at GT hospital.While the police did not find a suicide note in the residence, according to the police, the family too was unaware about the reason for her taking the extreme step. “We are recording statements of her family members. Her husband, her twin sister, and her parents who live in Matunga too were shocked at her death. No particular reason has been found till now. However, we are not negating any factor,” another officer added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that four crore people took part in the human chain to support prohibition on January 21 while the target was only two crore. “There was a taget of participation of two crore citizens in the human chain on January 21, but more than four crore joined hands to express commitment against liquor and created history,” Kumar said in Sitamarhi. The decided routes fell short for the mammoth human chain and people of Bihar stood in more than one lines to express their support of total prohibition, said Kumar, who stood at Gandhi Maidan in Patna at the start of the human chain on that day, said. The mammoth human chain is said to be biggest in the world so far. The CM was addressing devotees at Baghi Dham where a ‘yagna’ was organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Brahmlin Baba Tapaswi Narayan Das ji in Sitamarhi. Kumar said that the Grand Alliance government took the decision after assuming power in November 2015 to ban trade and consumption of liquor in the state to fulfil his commitment to women who had sought prohibition at a function on July 9, 2015. Kumar said has been against liquor and other intoxicants since his youth. Since 2011, November 26 is observed as Prohibition day in the state, he added. “We had also decided to honour the village getting free from liquor,” he said highlighting the government’s efforts preceding imposition of total probition since April last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has turned down a PIL against the in-principle approval granted by the government for engaging foreign architects to transform Pragati Maidan into a world-class convention centre. A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal rejected two petitions of India Institute of Architects (IIA), saying the “scope of interference by this court in matters relating to tenders is very limited”. “The contention of the petitioner (IIA) that the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) should not have invited the bids from the engineering consultants is wholly misconceived and without any substance. The writ petition appears to be based on irrelevant and erroneous assumptions of facts and law,” the bench said. The court’s order came on pleas challenging the in- principle nod granted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for engaging the services of foreign architects for Pragati Maidan’s redevelopment. IIA, registered in 1917 as a voluntary organisation of architects to encourage the study of architecture, said the approval was in violation of the provisions of the Architects Act as the approval can be granted only after a particular foreign architect or agency makes an application for a project while in the instant case, the government granted an open- ended approval to ITPO to hire foreign architects. It had also challenged the notice issued by NBCC inviting e-tender for procurement of the “comprehensive architectural services” for re-development of Pragati Maidan complex into Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre. The bench, however, was not convinced with IIA’s stand and observed, “we found that in the letter dated February 26, 2014 (by which MHA granted in-principle approval to ITPO), it was made clear that the specific approval in terms of section 37(1)(b) of the Act would be accorded to the foreign architects as and when they are shortlisted by the ITPO and an application is made to the Central Government for prior permission”. “… the ‘in-principle approval’ that was conveyed to ITPO under the impugned letter, in our considered opinion, cannot be held to be in violation of the provisions of the Architects Act, 1972,” the bench said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that next five years are as vital for Uttarakhand as they are in the growth of any 16-year -old, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked people to vote out the government which had “tainted the name of Devbhoomi” and replace it with one that could translate Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s vision for the state. “The sixteenth year is very important in the life of everyone because the next five years determine the shape of things to come. So is the case of Uttarakhand in the 16th year of its existence. “The next five years will determine the direction in which it is going to move,” Modi said addressing the party’s Vijay Sankalp rally at Rishikul Maidan here. He said corruption in Uttarakhand does not need to be proven in the courts of law as it is something which the entire country has seen on the television. “There was a time when the mention of Devbhoomi evoked sacred feelings but it is no longer so. “Now, the mention of the word brings to mind images of a tainted government. The entire country has seen it all on TV. “Won’t you vote out a government which sullied the reputation of the abode of God,” the Prime Minister said. Asserting that he had taken up the task of translating Vajpayee’s vision of Uttarakhand into a reality, he asked urged them to install a BJP government which restores Uttarakhand’s honour. Talking about demonetisation, Modi said some people are still not able to sleep and are very upset because all their black money business is now accounted in banks. “From where did it come, how much came and who brought it and how, all that is before cameras now. That is why such people are sleepless now,” he said. “This country has been looted for 70 years. Can anyone deny this? Has it been looted or not. Whatever position one got, they worked hard to secure it and looted. They were in the habit of looting and black marketing. “I have launched this crusade against corruption and black money. All that they have looted from the poor, I have to return it to them,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that public rallies and morchas cannot be banned as they are an inherent part of democracy, the Bombay High Court today ordered the Maharashtra government to bring a policy to regulate them so that they do not cause any hindrance to common people.A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P R Bora was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Nariman Point-Churchgate Citizens’ Association and others claiming they were affected due to the morchas held at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.Presently, all morchas and dharnas are terminated at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. This is pursuant to an order passed by the High Court on December 8, 1997, directing all morchas to terminate at Azad Maidan near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).The bench was today informed by the government that a committee has been set up to look into the issue, which would later prepare draft guidelines. The petitioners’ lawyer, S C Naidu, today told the court that the rallies start at different places across the state and city, which then results in heavy traffic jams everywhere.”Morchas and rallies are part of a democracy. We cannot ban them, but they can be regulated. The state government will have to do a comprehensive study of the issue and come up with a policy to regulate them,” Justice Kanade said. He even suggested that “the rallies can be held only on Saturdays and Sundays, so that it does not create traffic problems”.The court noted that apart from these morchas every second road in the city is dug by some or the other authority which causes more traffic jams. “But nowadays people have become very tolerant towards such problems,” Justice Kanade said. The court has posted the petition for further hearing after four weeks. The state-appointed committee comprises Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Police Commissioner and the Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Organised by Queer Azaadi Mumbai, the city witnessed India?s biggest LGBT Pride March on January 28. Around 10,000 people walked from Mumbai?s historical place August Kranti Maidan with full of joy and a lot of rainbow colors. Just like last year, AHF India and Impulse New Delhi team from New Delhi participated in this year?s Mumbai Pride along with AHF Jyothis Mumbai colleagues. Impulse New Delhi also launched their New Year 2017 Calendar which showcases the campaign #BeSafeBeSexy. As a forum of MSM, Transgender and Hijra Community, Impulse New Delhi creates awareness on HIV/STI within the community and provides them a safe space. Impulse New Delhi also fights for the rights of the LGBTQI community in India. ?The gay Pride is an occasion to celebrate the freedom to be who you are and feel proud of the sexual orientation you are born with. The Mumbai Gay Pride started almost a decade ago is the largest pride in India by the name of Queer Azadi March and has become like an international festival attracting lots of foreigners across the globe. It started from the August Kranti Maidan where the Quit India Movement started in 1942 signifying the freedom for the LGBT rights movement of India. Since last year AHF India Cares and Impulse New Delhi?s participation is significant,? said Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, Brand Ambassador of AHF India Cares. Bismaya Kumar Raulo ? Program Coordinator Impulse New Delhi said, ?Each and every citizen of the country deserves to live their life by their own terms. No one should be discriminated because of their sex, caste, gender and sexuality. This Pride is a day of celebration where we say that YES!!! We do exist in this world.? ?It is my goal to love everyone. I hate no one. Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. I can even respect people’s decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices,? said Simran Shaikh, Board member of Impulse New Delhi and a transgender activist. Dr. V. Sam Prasad ? Country Program Director, AHF India Cares said, ?As a global organization, AHF believes in equal rights for every individual. However in India, the scenario is quite different. The LGBT community has been always discriminated and neglected by the society as well as the government. Even today, LGBT community still fighting for their existence and identity in India. That?s something really bothers me. As an ally, I am here to support the community.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)