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8% of GDP is spent on govt salaries

India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on the emoluments of government employees, both at the centre and in states, a staggering 8.15% of the country’s GDP.Taken against the backdrop of spending on education, health and defence, the figures show a large chunk of government budget goes into the salaries, pensions and allowances of government employees, leaving a trickle for social sector and development activities.A note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel highlighted the fact that out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, etc.The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while reviewing the performance of all India services, found that a huge expenditure was met on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery.The panel had actually asked the government to furnish details of total expenditure incurred on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers posted at the Centre and in states and its share in the GDP. But the government while circumventing the request submitted an overall data related to all government employees without specifying services.The government in its presentation stated that there was no study at hand to suggest expenditures incurred on officers belonging to superior services. Taking exception to the fact that there was mechanism to find out the expenditure and its share in the GDP, the panel agreed that bureaucracy was fully committed to citizens and reflects hopes and aspirations, but said it should be held accountable for accomplishments, when it is being paid from the exchequer.According to figures, the salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6% of the central government’s total expenditure. The government recently accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, doubling the minimum starting salary from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The Commission’s recommendations added an extra 0.7% burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crore.The government also admitted that payment of salaries, wages and other allowances to government employees is the main element of Gross value added (GVA) — the total output and measure of the value of goods and services.

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Vector-borne disease season ends, but 45 cases reported last week

The season for vector-borne diseases has come to an end, with a municipal report on Monday saying that only 45 dengue cases were reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by the disease this year in the national capital to 9,214.The numbers of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded this year, till December 16, stood at 1,140 and 933 respectively, the report said. The total number of people affected by dengue in Delhi this year, till December 9, was 9,169.Of the 9,214 dengue cases this year, 4,704 patients were from Delhi, while 4,510 had come to the city from other states for treatment, the report said. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end but this period may stretch up to mid-December.This year, however, the disease had spread much earlier. The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndromes at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).Three more deaths were reported in October by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data for the entire city.The civic body, however, is yet to acknowledge two fatalities due to dengue at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and the death of a boy at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

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‘Her body was soaked in blood’: Kin of six-year-old raped and killed in Hisar

A six-year-old girl, who was raped and killed in Haryana’s Uklana area, was cremated today amid tight security, as the agitated locals protested over the gruesome crime.Some unidentified men had allegedly abducted the girl on Friday night when she was sleeping with her sister and mother in their home in a slum area. The men then raped and killed her, the police said.The doctors of Civil Hospital who conducted the post- mortem examination said that the accused inserted a wooden stick into the girl’s private parts, which ruptured her intestine.”When the body was handed over to us it was soaked in blood,” a kin of the girl told reporters here.Angered over the incident, the opposition parties, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Congress and the local residents demonstrated against the Manohar Lal Khattar led government, on the cremation ground.”The Khattar government is sleeping while incidents of rape and murder take place every other day,” senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said.Also readHaryana: 5-year-old girl allegedly raped, murdered; wooden stick inserted into her private partsFormer chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while demanding an immediate arrest of the accused, said such barbaric incidents showed that law and order machinery in the state under the BJP government had collapsed.Things have come to such a pass that children were neither safe in their schools nor at homes, Hooda said.The barbaric incident was a chilling reminder of the December 16 gangrape case in Delhi in 2012 involving a young woman, he said.Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and party’s Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and other leaders were also present there.Also readIn 94.6% cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRBA case under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including murder, rape, kidnapping, besides, under the provisions of the POCSO Act has been registered.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also been formed to probe the incident. However, no arrest has been made in the case, said a police spokesman.The police is checking CCTV footage of the area to gather clues, he said.The incident came to light yesterday when passersby noticed the body of the girl on a deserted street, the police said.The victim’s family, who work as labourers, belong to the Sapera community hailing from Tohana town in Fatehabad district. They were living near railway lines in Uklana for the last couple of years.

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In bid to promote environment, Goa CM Parrikar rides bicycle

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today rode a bicycle near here as a part of an event to spread across the message of environment protection.After inaugurating the event ‘NoMoZo’ (No Motor Zone), organised by social institutions from Porvorim near Panaji, Parrikar took a ride on the bicycle along a road.State revenue minister and local MLA Rohan Khaunte was also present at the event.Parrikar said, “‘Green Goa’ does not happen only by opposing coal, you should actually contribute to it.” Notably, some activists have been opposing the handling of coal at Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust by a private firm, citing concerns about air pollution.Parrikar said he would love to use the bicycle often, but is restrained due to his security cover.He said such kind of events should be held at least once in six months in every city.As a part of NoMoZo concept, the road was kept free of motor vehicles with the enthusiastic crowd performing dances, street plays and workshops on ‘wealth out of waste’. A martial arts group also displayed its skills.The NoMoZo concept was started in Panaji a couple of years back, but later got discontinued.Parrikar, who represents the Panaji constituency, said the concept would be revived in the capital city keeping in mind the issues related to traffic.”The concept in Panaji is more about laying stress on walking and as a result reduce the use of vehicles and control pollution,” he said.Khaunte told reporters that the event’s aim was to create opportunities for younger generation to come along with their parents and enjoy the day, away from vehicular traffic.”Everybody has come today while keeping away their vehicles. This will also help in reviving the old traditions,” the minister said, adding that such events will also help in keeping the youth away from gadgets and social media for some time.

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‘Centre to issue universal ID to persons with disabilities’

The Centre will soon issue universal ID cards to persons with disabilities which will be valid throughout India, Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar said here today.At present, an identity card issued by a state is not considered valid in another state, which causes inconvenience to people with disabilities in availing benefits of various government schemes and reservation.Speaking at a camp to distribute free aids to physically challenged persons here, Gurjar, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said in the past three years of the BJP government at the Centre nearly 5,500 such camps have been organised in India for persons with disabilities.”The governments led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana have been making efforts (to ensure) not even a single person remains deprived of benefits of the schemes launched by the government.”Both the central and the state governments are sensitive towards bringing the physically-challenged persons into mainstream,” he said, according to an official statement.At the camp, the Union minister honoured Balram, a resident of Chimni village, who won the gold medal in National Sports Competition of physically-challenged persons held recently in Ranchi.Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar said the government plans to install hydraulic systems in state roadways buses to facilitate boarding and deboarding from the vehicles by physically-challenged persons.

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Maharashtra CM’s remarks that migrants contributed to Mumbai’s development does not go down well with Shiv Sena

After the MNS, it is the turn of the Shiv Sena to attack Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for his comment that migrants from other states contributed to Mumbai’s development.”There is a competition that takes places intermittently, that of insulting Mumbai and the Maharashtrians and it is sad that Maharashtra’s chief minister has plunged into it. Fadnavis’s statement cannot be justified. He has not spoken in favour of the toiling classes who crafted Mumbai and protected it, but in favour of those who exploit them. It is because Mumbai was rich and prosperous that people from other states came here and became successful,” said an editorial on Saturday in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna.The newspaper has Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as the editor and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut as the executive editor.Also readMNS slams Fadnavis for lauding contribution by North Indians in Mumbai It charged that many what had come to Mumbai seeking a fortune had tried to kill this proverbial hen that laid the golden egg and claimed that it was because of the Shiv Sena that the city survived.”One question is always asked, whom does Mumbai belong to? First and foremost, Mumbai belongs to Maharashtra,” the Shiv Sena said, adding that North Indian leaders like Ram Manohar Tripathi and I.D Singh had merged into the local culture and expected others to do likewise.The editorial alleged that the BJP wanted to play politics on the strength of non-Maharashtrian votes and added that at present, the construct of politics meant that the development of Mumbai signified the rule of the builders and the rich and the use of this money for the “politics of the parties of the Shetjis.”
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Former defence minister AK Antony suffers brain stroke, doctors say condition stable

Former defence minister AK Antony is said to be in stable condition following a brain stroke, the doctors said today.The 76-year-old Member of Parliament and senior Congress leader was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Wednesday.”He had suffered a mild brain stroke following which he was brought here. His condition is stable at present, and no surgery is required at the moment,” a senior doctor of the hospital said.Antony, who is from Kerala, was the defence minister in the previous UPA government. He served in that position for seven-and-a-half years, the longest stint so far for an Indian defence minister.The former Kerala chief minister was admitted to the Centre-run hospital after he “suffered a minor brain haemorrhage” when he fell down in his house, a hospital doctor, who did not wish to be named, had said yesterday.
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SC observation on patriotism in cinema halls wrong: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the Supreme Court’s observation that people need not stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism is “absolutely wrong”.He said the observation will not deter people from standing up when the National Anthem is played. “There was a judgement recently which ordered that you need not stand up when the National Anthem is being played. I don’t want to go into the merit of the judgement but as per my opinion it is absolutely wrong one,” Parrikar said while addressing a gathering of teachers here under the banner of Gomantak Bal Shikshan Parishad this evening.The apex court on October 23 observed that people do not need to stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism and asked the Centre to consider amending the rules for regulating playing of the national anthem in the theatres.The top court also observed that it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is “less patriotic”. Parrikar recalled an incident when he had gone to attend a function after the supreme court had made the observation. “I had gone to attend a function where organisers told me that there is a judgement which does not make it mandatory for people to stand up when the National Anthem is played and there is a confusion over the issue,” he said.Parrikar said he asked one of the organisers to not go into the merits of the “judgement” and asked him to appeal to people present there to stand up when the national anthem was being played. “People’s reaction on whether to remain seated or to stand up during the national anthem does not depend on the supreme court judgement, but it is (standing up for the national anthem) a part of their culture and upbringing,” the Chief Minister said. He said every Indian citizen is taught the values that include showing respect to the national anthem when it is being played. On the occasion, Parrikar stressed the need for the proper value education at primary level to make the child a good citizen in future.

Had a fruitful meeting with Haryana CM: Arvind Kejriwal after meeting Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh to discuss the issue of stubble burning that had resulted in high levels of smog in the national capital.“We had a very positive discussion, we will take all steps possible to tackle the situation,” said Kejriwal after the meeting, according to a Hindustan Times report.Kejriwal last week had sought a meeting with counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring states.However, Amarinder Singh had said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won’t help and it requires central govt intervention, at the earliest.”Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications. The situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management,” Amarinder Singh replied to Kejriwal in a series of tweets.
ALSO READ Futile exercise: Why any meeting between Kejriwal and Khattar won’t clear the smogAir quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season’s worst for the past week as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a ‘gas chamber’ leaving people gasping.

‘Deja vu…vested interests win’, tweets IAS officer Ashok Khemka after another transfer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka on Sunday said that the ‘vested interests win’ but he will continue with renewed vigour, after he was transferred once again.Khemka was among 13 IAS officers who were transferred by the Manohar Lal Khattar government in HaryanaKhemka who held the charge of principal secretary, social justice, and empowerment department, was transferred and posted as principal secretary, sports, and youth affairs, the official release said.”So much work planned. News of another transfer. Crash landing again. Vested interests win. Déjà vu. But this is temporary,” Khemka said in a tweet.The IAS officer also added that he will continue with renewed vigour and energy.Khemka had shot to limelight in 2012 when he cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s company and realty major DLF.The 1991-batch-IAS officer has been transferred over 45 times during his nearly three-decade-long career, Among other IAS officers transferred were Sunil Kumar Gulati, additional chief secretary (ACS) in the fisheries department who has been posted as chairman-cum-managing director, Haryana Minerals Limited, New Delhi and coordinator, centrally sponsored schemes, in addition, against a newly created post.Shaleen, additional secretary, finance department, has been posted as director, medical education, and research, Haryana, “in addition to his present duties”, the release said. (With agency inputs)

Sardar Patel predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, Doklam in 1950: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had predicted India’s wars with China and Pakistan, fought over a decade later, in 1950, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said.In a three-page letter written to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Patel had also predicted the Doklam issue, Parrikar said on Tuesday.He was speaking at a function to mark the birth anniversary of Patel and the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi.Parrikar said he got an opportunity to read about Patel when he was defence minister.”I read one of his letters written to Jawaharlal Nehru. In the letter, the subject was about our enemy or adversary along the northern border,” Parrikar said.”In 1950, Sardar Patel had predicted what would happen in 1965 (India-Pakistan war)…the war that happened with China, even the Dokalam issue, which has come up in the recent times,” he added.”He (Patel) was so accurate and perfect,” the Goa chief minister said.Parrikar also made a reference to Kashmir and said the current situation exists because Patel’s views were not considered.India and Pakistan fought wars in 1965 and 1971. The India-China war was in 1962. Earlier this year, Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a prolonged face-off in Doklam near Sikkim.

Defence Ministry examining report on OROP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Defence Ministry is examining the report of a high-level committee which looked into the grievances of a section of ex-servicemen about the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.Sources in the ministry talked about government’s serious approach in examining the report, on a day a group of ex- servicemen demanded removal of “anomalies” in the OROP scheme implemented by the government.”We are examining the report of retired chief justice of Patna High Court L Narasimha Reddy,” they said.The committee was appointed in December 2015 by then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of the implementation of the OROP scheme.One of the major demands of the veterans was annual revision of pension while the government had agreed to review it after every five years.Earlier in the day, police and civic officials demolished tents and makeshift structures set up by ex-servicemen protesting at the Jantar Mantar for the last two years.Police said the ex-servicemen were removed from the site as the National Green Tribunal had banned protests and dharnas around the historic Jantar Mantar. PTI MPB GVS

Raising farmers’ income is government’s priority, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said increasing farmers’ income is a priority for the state government and several schemes have been implemented to achieve this objective.While speaking at the prize distribution function of the Swarna Jayanti State Level Cattle Fair-2017 organised in Jhajjar, Khattar urged the farmers to take to animal husbandry, beekeeping, poultry farming, mushroom production, vegetable production and fruit production, to increase their income.He said animal husbandry can play a key role in it.The chief minister praised farmers, saying the annual milk production in Haryana is 89.75 lakh tonnes and the state ranks second in the country with milk availability of 835 grams per person.Referring to the utility of Murrah and indigenous breeds of cows, he said in view of more consumption of milk products in Delhi, milk production business in Haryana has strong potential.Prizes worth Rs 9 crore are being given away to stockmen under different award schemes during the current financial year. During the function, Khattar awarded 157 stockmen.Expressing concern over depletion of groundwater, he said groundwater had decreased considerably in 64 blocks in the state.Works are underway to recharge water to maintain the optimum level, he said.Referring to the pollution caused by burning crop residue, Khattar said efforts are being made to increase usage and consumption of crop stubble.

AIIMS resident doctors continue hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1,700 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have gone on a hunger strike, demanding proper implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations. The doctors alleged that employees at other medical institutes have been getting their allowances since July this year. All 14,000 employees at AIIMS are supporting the seventh pay commission protest.The staffers at the country’s biggest hospital have announced that they will go on an indefinite strike from November 1 onwards if their demands are not met.On Friday, resident doctors, along with other staff including the nurses union, officers association, society of young scientists, students union, karamchari union, technical staff and even the radiographer’s association, protested in the hospital during lunch hours and have announced to join the indefinite strike starting November 1.”We have not had food since two days now and are still working as we do not want to affect the patient care. But in a letter to the administration, we have mentioned that if we get into any problem, or faint due to hypoglycemia, then the AIIMS administration and government is responsible. Also, no food leads to low immunity which may lead to infection working in this high risk environment, we suggest the management to look into our requests,” says Dr. Harjit Singh Bhati, president, Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), AIIMS.”Our Deputy Director (Administration), K Ramesh Kumar Sudhanshu, has confirmed that he is keeping a track with the joint secretary of the Ministry of Family and Health Welfare,” he added.Long haul: Other autonomous medical institutes including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and even PGI Chandigarh have implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission.AIIMS has been waiting for a confirmation from the ministry. The doctors had earlier written to the PM, asking him to look into the matter.LONG HAULOther autonomous medical institutes including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and even PGI Chandigarh have implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission.AIIMS has been waiting for a confirmation from the ministry. The doctors had earlier written to the PM, asking him to look into the matter.

Severe burn injury patients throng hospitals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi, many Delhiites still managed to burst crackers. Hospitals across the city reported severe burn injuries, of which the maximum were Diwali-related burns. All Delhi hospitals ran round-the-clock emergencies for the Diwali related admissions and Out-Patient Departments (OPDs).Safdarjung Hospital, which has a big burn-ward, received a total of 77 burn patients between 6 pm on October 19 and 6 am on October 20. Of these, 55 were Diwali-related burns, of which 50 were treated in the OPD and the remaining five had to be admitted due to several severe burns.At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, total 29 burn cases were received of which ten were children.”We received total 29 cases in our burn ward, of which there were 10 children and 19 adults. There were total 23 males and 6 females. One patient was admitted with 28 per cent burns. Of the 29, 12 were eye burns,” says Smriti Tiwari, spokesperson at RML.Sir Ganga Ram Hospital received total 15 burn cases, which is higher than the last year’s figures.”Looks like the cracker ban did not have the desired effect among Delhiites. The casualty ward at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital was busy during the night. SGRH received 15 cases of burn injuries during the night out of which ten were adults and five children. Two patients with severe burn injuries were operated and rest were discharged. Four patients with breathing difficulties also came to the casualty ward,” said a source from the hospital.Apart from burns, the air quality also affected the lungs and hearts of many with a 15 per cent rise in the number of patients visiting AIIMS due to cardio-pulmonary problems.Doctors at various hospitals said that the ban on the sale of crackers did lower the number of cases as compared to last year, but there is still a lot that can be achieved.

Kerala CM creating atmosphere of fear says BJP leader Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar on Sunday regretted that while the BJP government at the centre was trying to take the nation on the development path, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was ‘creating an atmosphere of fear.'”While BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to take the nation on the path of development, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is creating an atmosphere of fear,” he said.Participating in the ongoing ‘Jana Raksha Yatra’ to expose the alleged ‘red terror and jihadi’ under the CPI(M) led LDF rule in the state, he said all people inKerala should unite to remove the ‘tainted’ image of the state, due to attacks on BJP and RSS workers, allegedly by Marxist party workers.”Well cultured people of the state should denounce the political violence of the CPI(M)”, he said adding all should become torch bearers of change.’He said India was in the path of change and people across the world acknowledge this fact.BJP Mahila Mocha All India President Vijaya Rahatkar was among those joined the two-week long padyatra, led by party state president Kummanom Rajasekharan.

No new meat shops in residential areas, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday has banned setting up of new meat shops in residential areas.”No license would be provided to set up new meat shops in residential areas,” Khattar told ANI.Earlier, the Haryana CM has ordered closure of meat shops and slaughterhouses near religious and educational institutions.Following UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s footsteps, who had ordered crackdown on unlicensed meat shops and slaughterhouses in March, Khattar issued a similar suit in Haryana on May this year.Khattar had ordered closure of illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses in the state. At least 666 outlets in the state were shut down with Gurugram accounting for the highest at 550.The Haryana government had sent notices to all unauthorised meat shops and slaughterhouses to apply for licences or face closure. It was mandatory for owners to furnish all details about the source of meat, from where the meat was purchased, as well as the slaughterhouses.

Day in the life of an ambulance crew

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A normal day for an ambulance staff member at the Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) ambulance office in the Acharya Shree Bhikshu Hospital in Moti Nagar area starts at 8 am. This is when he logs into his company ‘tablet’ and tells them that he is ready to take calls now. He then gets set for a 12-hour shift which requires him to be on his toes at all times as the calls rarely stop.To get an idea of the trials and pressures that paramedic staff face, DNA took a trip with two paramedics of an ambulance — Anil Singh, 30, a pilot for the BVG contracted CATS, and Hari Kumar, 24 (names changed). As a team, the duo have been transferring patients across the city for the last two years.At 9 am, they receive their first call to take a patient suffering from respiratory disorder from Maharaja Agrasen Hospital to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.”It is difficult to transfer patients from one hospital to another, especially if it is a referral from a government hospital to a ‘higher centre’ (better-equipped hospital). In most cases, the medical staff (at the first hospital) just hands us a slip/referral letter and send us away, the higher centres — who almost never have beds free — refuse.This leads to chaos and there have been times when we end up moving around the city taking the patient from one hospital to another as the attendants do not get off the ambulance until they find a place,” says Singh.Other concern para-medical staff voice are the long delays in getting patients to the hospital. As DNA found out, most cars on the road, did not move for the ambulance despite constant ringing of the siren. This ensured that the journey made from Maharaja Agrasen Hospital to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, which should have taken 15 minutes, took 40 minutes.Forty minutes later, the team reached RML carrying the patient Shanta Devi, 55, to the Emergency block. It was here that the para-medical staff should have closed the trip on their tablets, but the team was made to wait for the attendant until they found a stretcher and the patient was carried inside for care. This took another half an hour.The problems of a paramedic do not end even when a patient passes away. “There is the question of the body. If a patient dies during transfer, we almost never know where to take the body. Hospitals do not take responsibility,” Kumar adds.Equipment issuesMany ambulances lack basic equipment required to help patients.Advanced Life Support fully equipped ambulances with ventilators are sometimes not available to patientsOther ambulances lack masks, swine flu kits and often face fuel issues too.

Senior leader Narayan Rane quits Congress, accuses party of humiliating him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, senior Congress Narayan Rane quit the part, accusing them of not keeping promises made to him. He said that he will now go on a state-wide tour of Maharashtra which will start from Nagpur. He stated that he will announce his next move after Navratri.He claimed that he was constantly humiliated by the party. He submitted his resignation as MLC to the speaker at 2:25PM. He also attacked Ahmed Patel and Ashok Chavan, claiming he was promised the CM’s post.Rane was CM of Maharashtra for eight months between 1 Feb and 17 October 1999, when he was part of Shiv Sena and succeeded Manohar Joshi.Rane, who has pockets of influence in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, was expelled by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after he voiced displeasure over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.Rane, a tough talking Maratha leader, who was handpicked by Bal Thackeray as chief minister when he decided to remove the genial Manohar Joshi ahead of the 2005 Assembly elections, claimed he had received an offer from the Sena to return to its fold. He, however, did not say if he was offered any post.”It’s not about any post. I said I don’t want to rejoin the Sena. If the Sena doesn’t want me, why would the offer have been made,” Rane told a Marathi news channel.However, Rane’s open revolt against Bal Thackeray and Uddhav still rankles with most leaders and members of the Sena, whose threat to pull out of the coalition government is being seen as an attempt to thwart the Maratha leader’s entry into the BJP.The speculation about his joining BJP got triggered with reports that he had met BJP president Amit Shah in Ahmedabad a few months ago. During the recent Ganesh festival, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had visited Rane’s residence, fuelling it further.Rane said Sena often enacted the “drama” of threatening to quit the government while enjoying the privileges of power.More details awaited

Lord Parashuram must have been an engineer as he reclaimed land from the sea: Goa CM Parrikar

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that Lord Parshuram who is believed to have created Goa must have been an engineer who reclaimed the land from the sea.Parrikar was addressing the Engineers Day function in the city.”This is a day when India recognises the importance of engineering talent,” the chief minister said.Referring to the origin of Goa as per mythology, Parrikar said “it is said that Lord Parshuram created Goa. I believe that Parshuram must have been belonging to the clan of engineers who reclaimed the land from the sea.” “It was thousand years back that we knew about the instances like Hastinapur or Pandava Palace which showed the use of all kind of technology.”Engineering is a very old art and skill that existed in India, which is recognised in the modern era,” he said.

Ryan school murder: Charge sheet within 7 days; panel to probe if school violated security norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today promised to conclude investigations and file a charge sheet within seven days in the gruesome murder of a seven-year-old in a Gurgaon school on Friday, an incident that sent shockwaves across the country.The district authorities also formed a three-member panel to find out if Ryan International School, Bhondsi, had followed security norms. The Manohar Lal Khattar led Haryana government, meanwhile, ordered a security review of schools across the state.The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also formed a two-member fact finding committee to probe the incident and sought a report from the school within two days.
ALSO READ ‘Strictest action’ against guilty, says Haryana Chief Minister; Ryan student’s family demands CBI probe: 10 updatesGurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar claimed that arrested schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar’s involvement as the perpetrator of the heinous crime had come to the fore clearly.Kumar was inside the toilet, waiting for any student to come inside with the motive of sexual assault. The deceased was the first student who entered the toilet, the Gurgaon police commissioner said.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: Incident is a warning to teachers to be more attentive, Prakash JavadekarHe said the child resisted Kumar’s assault following which the bus conductor murdered him. The child’s throat was slit.”Kumar said he was terrified and had to kill the minor so that he does not disclose the crime to the school management.
ALSO READ Ryan school student death: Principal suspended amid protests, accused sent to 3 day police remandHe left the knife in the washroom and washed his hands before escaping from there. He pre-planned the crime,” Khirwar told PTI.He said the police will conclude investigations and file a charge sheet within seven days.We will demand the constitution of a special court for a fast track trial in this case so that the accused can be given a strict punishment, Khirwar said.”Kumar’s clothes and knife, which he used in the crime, have been sent for forensic examination. During his three day police remand, we will re-examine the sequence of crime and probe every detail,” the officer said.Earlier in the day a local court remanded Kumar to three days in police custody.Khirwar assured that a thorough and professional probe will be carried out.The accused spoke to some TV channels and on being asked whether he had committed the crime responded in the affirmative.”I had lost my mind,” he said when asked about the motive. Asked about the knife, he said it was already there in the school bus and he had come to wash it.The grief-stricken family of the child was however said they were not satisfied and sought a CBI probe.Speaking to mediapersons, the deceased’s mother alleged that the school had informed them that the child had fallen after fainting as she demanded a CBI probe.Angry family members staged a protest for over two hours outside the school premises demanding a CBI probe. They demanded that the school management be booked.At a press conference, Commissioner Khirwar said that a three member panel comprising the district education officer, block education officer and an officer of the women and child department had been formed to probe any negligence or security lapses by the school management.The panel will submit its report Monday and on its basis suitable action will be taken, he said.Khirwar said that the registration of the security agency hired by the school management had been annulled.The acting principal of Ryan International School was suspended and all the security staff removed.”The Ryan International School management has suspended acting principal Neerja Batra and removed all the security staff,” District Public Relation Officer R S Sangwan said.After the post-mortem, the boy’s body was handed over to his family and his last rites was performed at the cremation ground in Bhondsi where hundreds had gathered.They raised slogans against Gurgaon MLA, Umesh Aggarwal, Sohna MLA, Tejpal, and Haryana PWD minister, Rao Narbir Singh, who had come to express condolences.The boy’s father, who works as a quality manager with a private firm in Gurgaon, accused the school administration of negligence.According to forensic expert Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem, said “The deceased had two cuts on his neck.His throat was almost completely slit. Hemorrhage and excessive blood loss caused the death”.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar condemned the crime terming the incident as “heinous and unfortunate.” Those guilty will not be spared, he said adding that the concerned authorities were asked to file a challan within seven days.”We will appeal to the court to give harsh punishment to the accused as early as possible,” he said.Patting the district administration for “acting swiftly”, he said that the school bus conductor had been arrested.Khattar said that a security review of schools across the state would be conducted.HRD minister Prakash Javadekar also termed the incident as “unfortunate” and assured that justice would be done.Several protests over the murder were held all over the city and traffic was disrupted in many parts. Part of busy Delhi-Jaipur highway, Alwar-Sohna road and a few arterial roads were blocked.Ryan International School issued a statement saying that “Following the tragic incident at our school yesterday, the school authorities have seriously taken up the review of the security measures at the school. All necessary improvements and measures are being audited and reinforced with the help of experts.”We are also seeking advice from the Police department to guide us in this regard, it said.”While, we are all in great shock and grief at the loss of life of our beloved student, we are taking these steps simultaneously to ensure vigorous safety measures in place for all our students and staff. We are closely working with the investigating authorities so that we could be guided further with their expertise,” the school statement said.The accused, Kumar, is a resident of Ghamdoj village in Sohna and was hired by school bus contractor around seven months ago, the police said.Villagers in Ghamdoj alleged Kumar had been framed and said he had no previous history of being involved in any crime.The CBSE said that it had formed a fact finding committee to look into the incident.”V Arun Kumar, principal of Govt Senior Secondary School in Preet Vihar and Kailash Chand, Deputy Commissioner at KVS, have been appointed as the panel members. The panel will have to visit the school within 30 days and submit a report no later than October 16,” an official added.

Salute Lieutenant Swati Mahadik! Shaurya Chakra winner’s widow joins Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In her late 30s, the mother of two, set such a courageous example that would inspire generations to come.On Saturday, Swati Mahadik became an officer of the Indian Army at Officers Training Academy, Chennai.Lt Mahadik is wife of Colonel Santosh Mahadik, a decorated army commando, who died in a 2015 ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara.Col Mahadik took seven bullets to save men under his command. He was awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 2016.It was at her husband’s cremation, Swati decided that she would join the army.Her sheer grit and determination changed even the authorities and then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar relaxed the age limit for her to sit for the SSB exam, an HT report said.After clearing the 5-tier tough test, Swati Mahadik sent her two children to boarding school and joined the Academy to realise her dream.On Saturday, at the passing out parade, Swati along with Nidhi Dubey, another martyr’s widow, became officers of the Indian Army.“Both have strived hard to become officers today after their husband passed away. Both of them have made all of us proud by completing the rigorous training and becoming an officer in the Indian Army,” the army said in a Facebook post.A jubilant Swati couldn’t hide her emotions and said, “His(Col Mahadik) first love was his uniform and his unit, so I just had to wear this.”

After govt takes action post death of 49 children, doctors go on mass leave in Farrukhabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Government doctors in Farrukhabad went on a mass leave from Tuesday till September 7 in protest against suspension of two of their colleagues in connection with deaths of 49 children in the last one month at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Associated Hospitals. This has severely affected medical services in the district and many serious ill children and patients were being shifted to other district hospitals.After not turning up for work, members of the Provincial Medical Services (PMS) Association Farrukhabad went on mass leave from Tuesday till September 7. “We will not come back to work till the state government withdraws suspension and FIRS against Chief Medical Officer, Chief Medical Superintendent and others,” declared association President Ashok Yadav.“However, we have allowed doctors to run emergency and post mortem services during the mass leave period,” claimed its General Secretary Amit Singh. A delegation of the association also called on the Dr Siddharth Nath Singh and apprised him of “victimization of doctors who work hard and despite all odds save lives of seriously ill patients with limited resources and manpower.” The association has also submitted a memorandum to the Principal Secretary Health Prashant Trivedi seeking justice.
ALSO READ UP: 49 infants die in a month in Farrukhabad hospital, state govt says no action despite FIR After deaths of 49 children hogged media headlines, the state government had suspended and removed the CMO, CMS and the District Magistrate who went on to lodge an FIR blaming delay in providing oxygen to infants as cause of children deaths without consulting the state government. A team, led by Joint Director Medical Health Karan Singh, reached Farrukhabad to begin probe ordered by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on ascertaining the cause of deaths of 49 infants in the last ne month to book the guilty.Meanwhile, medical services at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Associated hospitals were paralyzed following strike and mass leave by PMS doctors. Relatives are shifting their patients to Kannauj, Kanpur and Fatehpur district hospitals for treatment since no doctors were available in the district hospitals to attend them.
ALSO READ Gorakhpur tragedy repeats in Farrukhabad, at least 49 children die due to ‘lack of oxygen’On the other hand, a bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition of Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan seeking stay on his arrest and quashing of FIR. Dr Khan and eight others are facing charges in connection with deaths of 31 children at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur on August 10 1nd 11 due to shortage of oxygen over unpaid bills. The ex-Principal Dr Rajeev Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla and Dr Khan have so far been arrested by the STF while six others are still on the run. The arrested accused are under judicial remand and a Gorakhpur Court has issued NBWs against accused defying arrest and surrender.

India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

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It could have been much worse: Haryana CM Khattar defends handling of Dera issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who has been facing heat over his management of the Dera issue, today said the violence by the sect’s supporters could have turned much worse had the government not been alert.Khattar told reporters that the state government had taken steps after due consideration in compliance with the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. “Had the government had not been alert, the situation could have been much worse,” he said in Karnal. The Haryana government had come under attack for allowing a huge build up of Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Panchkula.Violence broke out there after Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s conviction in rape cases, leaving 35 people dead. Six others died in incidents of violence in Sirsa. Ram Rahim was later sentenced to 20 years in prison. On August 30, Khattar, had ruled out his resignation after meeting BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi, saying his government had acted with “restraint” in handling the situation. Khattar also told reporters today that he would contest the next election from Karnal as the people of the constituency have accorded him a lot of respect.At the same time, he added he would accept whatever the party decides in this regard. Khattar (63) is a first-time legislator from Karnal. He became the chief minister when BJP came to power for the first time on its own in Haryana in October 2014. He said the Haryana government would also organise a programme on the completion of three years of its tenure. “The programme would be organised on a grand scale between October 26 and November 1. The venue would be decided later by the committee concerned,” he said.

BJP’s by-polls will provide ‘moral strength’ to govt: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the BJP’s victory in the two bypolls in the state will provide “moral strength” to the party-led ruling coalition.He said the results also negate the perception in certain quarters that the BJP went against the mandate of the February assembly polls and formed the government under him. The party retained the Panaji seat and wrested Valpoi from the Congress with comfortable margins. Parrikar himself emerged victorious from Panaji, while his Cabinet colleague Vishwajit Rane romped home in Valpoi. “This is an endorsement of the government and the party candidates,” the chief minister said, addressing a press conference after the results were announced this morning.Parrikar said the strength of the ruling coalition has now gone up to 23, which is a comfortable majority in the 40- member assembly. To a query, the IIT engineer-turned-politician said, “The ruling coalition is a happy family of 23 members and (we) do not want anyone for the next five years.” “In a democracy,numbers count and right now the ruling coalition has 23 members … Which gives moral strength to the state government,” he said.
ALSO READ Goa bypolls: Manohar Parrikar wins Panaji, Vishwajit Rane takes Valpoi The CM said the victories were on the expected lines.Parrikar alleged “certain sections” tried to create communal discord ahead of the August 23 bypolls and the opposition targeted him and Rane. “But people thwarted all such attempts,” he said. Asked whether the results were a referendum on his nearly six-month-old government, Parrikar replied in the affirmative. There were allegations by the opposition that we formed the government without having a mandate. The current results are a reply to them, the chief minister said.In the February polls, the Congress had emerged as the single largest party. However, the BJP, which had won fewer seats than the Congress, formed the new government by quickly stitching up a coalition with support from the Goa Forward Party, the MGP and all the three Independents who won the polls. Parrikar said he never predicted any particular margin but was confident of a victory.”I had never predicted the (victory) margin. I had always said I will win with a comfortable margin. I got 64 per cent of the votes polled and my opponent got 33 per cent.” The chief minister defeated his nearest rival, Congress’s Girish Chodankar, by 4,803 votes. Parrikar assumed office in March after resigning as defence minister. When he took charge, he was not an MLA and hence had to get elected to the assembly within six months to continue in the office. His party colleague Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who was elected from Panaji in the February polls, had vacated the seat for Parrikar.

LIVE I Assembly bypoll results 2017: Counting begins; Bawana in Delhi, Panaji in Goa witness key battles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The counting of votes for four assembly seats in three states will start at 8 am on Monday. In Delhi, Bawana bypoll has become a matter of prestige for the ruling AAP, the BJP and the Congress. This April, BJP won Delhi’s Rajouri Garden bypoll and AAP candidate lost the deposit. Now, AAP is trying is making all effort to show that they still hold the pulse of Delhi, while Congress is making all effort to show that the party is still a serious player in the capital. Nandyal Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh has become a battle of prestige for TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and YSRC head Jagan Mohan Reddy.
ALSO READ Assembly bypolls: Counting of votes today; AAP, BJP, Congress locked in battle of prestige in BawanaIn Goa bypoll, Panaji seat holds the future for Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The four Assembly seats went to polls on August 23. Be with us for the Live Updates:

Deputy Attorney General Haryana sacked for carrying Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s suitcase

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Deputy Haryana Advocate General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked for carrying rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan’s suitcase!According to ANI, the Haryana DG was seen assisting the rape-accused godman and his actions have left the Haryana government red-faced.The move comes when the Haryana administration is being accused of providing VVIP treatment to the influential godman.Haryana AG Baldev Mahajan confirmed to news agency CNN News 18, that his deputy had been fired and said the AG had accompanied the godman claiming to be his relative.Earlier, Chief Secretary of Haryana Depinder Singh Dhesi on Saturday said that no special treatment is being provided to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and added that action will be taken against those personnel who were lenient in their duty during the violence.
ALSO READ Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: How an anonymous letter changed address of Dera chief‘Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not been given special treatment in jail. He has been kept like a normal prisoner. In the whole case, if anyone had done any sort of leniency in his duty, then required action will be taken. After 6:30 pm, neither Panchkula nor other parts of Haryana faced any violation of law and order. Law and order is being completely maintained in the entire state,’ Dhesi told media here.He added that the number of casualties in the incident, which took place following the pronouncement of the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh verdict, has reached 28 in Panchkula which include 24 men, three women and one child.
ALSO READ Why Panchkula violence is not just a police failure‘Three deaths have been reported from Sirsa. The number of injured is 250 wherein 50 are police personnel and out of these 101 have been referred to hospitals outside Panchkula. As of now only 61 are under treatment and rest have been discharged. All those injured do not belong to Panchkula,’ he said.Dhesi further said that 28 vehicles have been burnt down, which also included government vehicles and two government buildings were also damaged, adding six private shops were also burnt down.
ALSO READ Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh getting no ‘special treatment’, says DG Prison ‘Under eight different FIRs, around 524 people have been arrested. The owners of the damaged vehicles can file a complaint and the State Government will compensate the entire expense. At the moment there are 101 companies of paramilitary which have been deployed by the State Government in Panchkula and Sirsa. Two cases of sedition have been filed till now,’ he added.Meanwhile, pained with the massive upsurge in the city, post conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 1999 rape case, the locals of Panchkula today termed the act of the former’s devotees as ‘terrorising’.‘What could be more terrorising than this, our own people are carrying such activity and are destructing our own property,’ said a local told ANI.Expressing anguish over the destruction of the property, the local further said that the situation is very pathetic and nothing can be more painful than to see the people destructing their own city.‘They (devotees) are attacking the security personnel, vandalizing property and now will ask the government to compensate,’ he said.‘What preaching they have is clearly visible,’ he added.Another local, residing in the area, accused the state government for their negligence, which led to chaos in the city and added that the state government should have let the Indian army take over from the beginning to avoid such situation.‘They should have taken the precautions. They should have taken stern actions beforehand and shouldn’t have let the disciplines of Dera enter and gather in the city,’ she said.Meanwhile, high level meeting has begun at the Home Minister’s residence in the national capital. Home Secretary, National Security Agency (NSA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief are also present.Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will also visit New Delhi today.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he has been briefed by DGP, the situation is peaceful and curfew has been lifted in three districts. He added that the state is on alert for next 48 hrs.Following are other updates related to the case:-District administration and police sealed two ashrams of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.- Curfew has been imposed in Sangrur, Moga and Patiala district of Punjab. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state.- Section 144 imposed in Uttarakhand’s Nainital and Noida, Ghaziabad and Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.- Baghpat District Magistrate directs all schools in the region to remain closed today in Uttar Pradesh. Schools in Noida and Ghaziabad will also remain close today.- Delhi Transport Corporation has suspended bus services to NCR due to incidents of arson.- Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required. He assured to restore normalcy in violence-hit areas.- Instances of violence are deeply distressing. Strongly condemn violence urge everyone to maintain peace, Prime Minister Modi tweeted.- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government had made complete arrangements; but the mob was really huge.- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered. The police have recovered the CCTV footage, probe is underway.- Chandigarh DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra confirmed that taking preventive measures, Chandigarh Police detains 81 people.- Six private commandos of Ram Rahim Singh arrested by Chandigarh Police, weapons and petrol cans seized from them.- 29 people have lost their lives, and 200 are injured. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar directed doctors for best possible treatment.- Passengers have been stranded at Bathinda railway station due to curfew imposed in Punjab. With inputs from ANI

Dera violence: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar won’t resign, say reports

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is under pressure since the Dera Sacha Sauda violence, won’t resign, say latest media reports.The reports say that the BJP is standing by Khattar despite growing demand of his resignation.According to an India Today report, BJP chief Amit Shah said, “Keeping in mind the significance of Dera, the violence is handled well.”The latest reports are in stark contrast of what was being said yesterday. Till last evening, there were reports that Khattar was being summoned to Delhi after the widespread violence that killed 31 people in Haryana.However, this doesn’t mean that the BJP is not unhappy with the Haryana Chief Minister.The party is said to be upset with Khattar for the mishandling of the events despite the stern words from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.The court on Saturday said that the state government had failed to maintain law and order.DNA had earlier reported how the massive build-up by the Dera followers in and around Panchkula was not taken seriously by the police or the administration.On Friday, hours after the clashes, Khattar had admitted that ‘there were lapses’. But at the same time he had said that the mob was ‘really huge.’It is not the first time that Khattar has faced such criticism. His government has been slammed for its mishandling of the Jat agitation and the violence at an Sant Rampal’s ashram in Hisar.

Dera chief convicted: Khattar govt had been ‘granting favours’ to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case today, has been receiving favours from the Manohar Lal Khattar government of Haryana earlier.Just three months back, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced tax exemption for six months on movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ featuring Ram Rahim Singh.Khattar had announced the tax exemption at an event in Karnal in May.Earlier, the chief minister had started a cleanliness drive along with the dera chief.Also, the state’s Health and Sports minister Anil Vij had donated Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to the sect for promoting rural games.At a sporting event organised by the dera at Sirsa in the past, Vij had said, “Dera Sacha Sauda is already promoting sports for a long time and now BJP government will promote all sports related activities by making 20 Olympic Nurseries.”Vij had added, “He (Ram Rahim) is encouraging the games. Since the schools are also encouraging games here, I would like to donate Rs 50 lakh from my discretionary fund.”Notably, all the games played at the dera academy have been created by Gurmeet Ram Rahim himself and are not played at national or international level.Another Haryana Minister Manish Grover too had announced Rs 11 lakh to the dera sports village.Ahead of assembly polls in 2014 in Haryana, the dera chief had extended support to the BJP.After the special CBI court in Panchkula convicted the dera head in a 2002 rape case, Khattar appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony and not to allow themselves to be misled by rumours.In a statement issued here today, the chief minister said some anti-social elements mixed with the followers of the dera chief and resorted to violence and disrupted the peace.?The court verdict against dera head triggered violence by his followers leaving 30 dead and over 200 injured.

Dera violence: Restore peace, Rajnath Singh to Punjab, Haryana Chief Ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke with the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab and asked them to restore peace in the states.Cutting short his Kyrgistan trip, the Home Minister spoke to both Manohar Lal Khattar and Amarinder Singh and assured them of all help in the wake of widespread violence after the conviction of controversial Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.After the meeting, Rajnath Singh issued an appeal for peace. He urged Dera supporters to maintain calm.“I appeal to all to maintain peace. Any harm to life and property due to this unrest cannot be compensated with any amount of money,” Singh said.“I also spoke to IB Chief and Home Secretary. I appeal that Dera supporters should maintain peace,” Singh said.“Forces have been deployed, as per the requests from the State Governments,” Singh said.According to reports, Singh will brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the violence.

Goa cops quiz casino owner after three held with Rs 15 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Police and Income Tax department are questioning a casino owner after three persons were nabbed here last week with Rs 15 lakh cash, an official said today. The trio were held by the police who were maintaining a vigil at casinos in view of the assembly bypoll for Panaji seat, which was held today. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (BJP) is pitted against the Congress’ Girish Chodankar in the bypoll. “Three Hyderabad-based youths were apprehended during patrolling on the intervening night of August 14-15. They were found to be carrying Rs 15 lakh cash in their car,” Superintendent of Police (North) Chandran Chaudhary told reporters here today. The trio claimed they had earned the money during their visit to a casino here, the officer said, adding that Income Tax department began its probe after it was informed about the seizure of cash. Chaudhary said owner of the casino is being questioned jointly by the police and IT sleuths. Meanwhile, the police in Valpoi constituency have registered an FIR against Congress leader and Ponda MLA Ravi Naik, whose son Roy is the party candidate for today’s bypoll against BJP’s Vishwajeet Rane. Naik was booked under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC after he was found moving around in a vehicle in the constituency last night, Chaudhary said. The officer said nothing objectionable was found in the vehicle of Naik, but as per the Election Commission guidelines the star campaigner cannot remain in the constituency he does not belong to, 48 hours prior to voting. Naik lives in Ponda.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Constituents in coalition govt sacrificed their interests for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said various constituents in his coalition government have “sacrificed” their interests for the sake of the state. Parrikar was addressing a public meeting in Panaji constituency in the run up to the upcoming byelection scheduled on August 23. “This government is formed out of some sacrifices… it is the way you look at the things. You can look at the bottle as half empty or half filled. I find it full, half of water is half of air. “The current government has different kind of component representing different interests. But in common they represent Goan ethos,” Parrikar said. He added that the government will retain interest of everyone who are in the coalition. The chief minister in his speech recognised that Goa Forward Party president Vijai Sardesai whose vote bank is different from BJP sacrificed for the sake of Goa. He also said that the leaders like Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s Sudin Dhavalikar and independent legislator Rohan Khaunte have sacrificed for the sake of Goa by joining the coalition government. The chief minister also took a dig at the fake news which was circulated quoting him as saying that if he loses Panaji election, he would return as defence minister to Delhi. “I have seen the new trend of creating bogus news and keep on quoting it time and again. Some national media also fell for it. I had not spoken to the media. I never spoke,” he said. “I was surprised. Then I realised that the news was floated on internet and it was being circulated through social media,” Parrikar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two state cops win medals at world games

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two policemen from Rajasthan have done the country proud by winning medals at the World Police and Fire Services Games held in USA from August 7 to 17. DIG Pushpendra Singh Rathore from Bikaner won gold medal in golf while ASI Manohar Singh from Jodhpur returned with silver in the Bench Press and Push/Pull competition. Singh had been preparing for the past 2-3 years as he couldn’t make it in 2015. “I got the NoC late in 2015, and therefore couldn’t get the visa. This time we managed to do all the formalities early and I got the medal,” Singh told DNA, in a telephonic call. Singh paid for the trip from his own pocket.Next, Singh would be working to get a gold. “I would start preparing for the games to be held in China in 2019. “If the department keeps supporting me, it would add to the confidence,” said Singh. Additional SP Vinod Kanwar, under whom Singh is working, said Singh never neglected his duty while preparing for the games. “We had our full support for him. But the process was a long one, and his passion was visible, we could see how badly he wanted to participate and win. We hope more people from the department will be inspired after seeing his win at such a big platform,” Kanwar said.Pushpendra Singh Rathore, DIG, Border Security Force, from Bikaner, faced 300 golfers from more than 80 countries. In the individual event, Rathore got a gold medal in Net Scores and a silver in Gross Scores.

BJP complains to EC of ‘fake news’ ahead of bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) against a “bogus news” being circulated on social media, which says that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar may go back to the Centre if he loses the upcoming assembly bypoll in Goa. Parrikar, who is contesting the Panaji Assembly bypoll scheduled on August 23, said the fake news shows the frustration of the opposition. The BJP, while filing the complaint, demanded action against the persons behind it. “An attempt has been made by circulating a distorted and false news item on social media like Facebook, Whatsapp amongst others to create falsehood, malign the image of our candidate Manohar Parrikar and misguide the electorate of Panaji constituency,” said the complaint filed by Parrikar’s election agent Pundalik Raut Desai. It sought immediate and swift action against “the perpetrators” of such fake propaganda to ensure free and fair elections. Addressing a press meet here, Parrikar said, “The circulation of bogus news shows that the opposition is frustrated as it is not getting support from the people.” He said the people of Panaji have always stood by the BJP and exuded confidence that this time too he will win with a huge margin. BJP leader Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who vacated the Panaji assembly seat for Parrikar to contest, alleged that the Congress was behind it. The Congress, however, rubbished the charge. “The news is absolutely fake and it is being circulated by Congress party which is certain to lose its deposit,” the BJP leader told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP complains to election authority about fake news on Parrikar’s Goa by-polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has complained to election authority about fake news claiming that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will return back to Central Ministry if he loses Goa by-elections. The complaint has been filed against violation of code of conduct by circulating distorted and false news item. The party alleged that by circulating distorted and false news item on social media, an attempt has been made to create falsehood and malign the image of Parrikar, adding that it is an attempt to misguide the electorate of the Panaji constituency from where Goa Chief Minister is contesting the by-polls. The BJP also requested the election authority to take immediate and swift action against the perpetrators of such false propaganda and ensure that free and fair elections are held. A media report under the name of Prime News, Goa claimed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that he will go back to Delhi as Defence Minister if he loses the by-election. ?These elections are important for me, but if I lose, I can always shift to Delhi as Defence Minister,? the report quoted Parrikar as saying. Parrikar had resigned as the defence minister and sworn-in as the Goa Chief Minister on March 14 this year. With Parrikar becoming the Chief Minister, he has to get elected to the Assembly within six months of taking oath. The by-election in Panaji and Valpoi constituencies would be held on August 23. Parrikar is contesting the Panaji Assembly by-election against Girish Chodankar of the Congress and Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GSM will work to ensure amendments to Goa Gambling Act are

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS leader Subhash Velingkar today said his party the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) will work to ensure that the amendments to the Goa Gambling Act which allows off shore casino vessels in the state are deleted, if their candidate is elected in the Panaji by-poll. GSM has fielded its president Anand Shirodkar against BJP’s Manohar Parrikar and Congress Girish Chodankar in August 23 Panaji by-poll. “I will coordinate with the concerned public representatives and NGOs to remove casinos from Mandovi river and from Panaji and its neighbourhood. “I will try to ensure that the amendments made by the Government to the Goa Gambling Act are deleted,” reads the manifesto which was released today by GSM. The state currently has five off shore casino vessels which are anchored in river Mandovi near Panaji. The GSM has further said that they will increase the number of shops providing fish at subsidised rate. “To increase public distribution of fish, I will ensure (that there is) increase in the number of fair price kiosks/shops for selling fish,” the party said in the manifesto. Shirodkar has also assured adequate measures to avoid flooding of Panaji city. The party has also said that their candidate will “work with civil society to protect the constitutional rights of all the communities.” Referring to their stand of imparting education in mother tongue, GSM said all the educational activities financed by the government should be as laid down in the National Educational Framework from time to time. The party has also opposed the new concept of Transfer of Developmental Rights (TDR) introduced by the Manohar Parrikar led government. “I will prevent conversion of Panaji into a concrete jungle by opposing the introduction of TDR in Goa. I will take all possible steps to prevent introduction of TDR law in Goa since this law will serve unscrupulous politicians and non-Goan buyers of costly homes rather than middle-class Goans,” the manifesto reads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We need to fight the drugs menace in Goa collectively: Deputy CM Michael Lobo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa’s Deputy Chief Minister Michael Lobo has said that the drugs menace currently prevailing in his state has to be fought and countered collectively. In an exclusive interview to ANI on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day of the country, Lobo, a prominent leader of the Bhasratiya Janata Party (BJP), said, ?There are some elements in our society who are attempting to wrest away our freedom by introducing drugs in the state. Real independence does not mean that people stay quiet; they have to wake up as they did in the fight for independence; they have to speak out and air their concerns to stop the organised drug trade”. While expressing sadness over the recent deaths of two youth in the state due to drug overdose, Lobo said real independence will come only when India is free of drugs. ?The lovely state of Goa should be free of drugs to promote good and healthy tourism. Goa should be known for its culture and the legendary warmth of the Goans, its beautiful beaches and scenic beauty. We do not want people to come to Goa and ask for drugs,? said Lobo. He called upon the people to assist the government in waging a war on drugs. Lobo’s appeal came a day after Goa’s Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai alleged that there is a ?police-drug peddler nexus? operating in the state, and adding that, ?drug trafficking cannot happen without collusion of some people at the top.? Their views came after two males, one from Tamil Nadu and the other from Kerala, died after attending a rave party on Vagator Beach in North Goa on Sunday night. Sardesai, who heads the Goa Forward Party–one of the allies of the BJP-led state government–said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered a crackdown on the drug trade and the police have started arresting some suspects. ?Nobody in the Goa government supports the drug trade, which means some police officials are involved in it (drug trade). I want the government to crack down on such police officers. There is a nexus between the police and the drug peddlers in the coastal belt,? Sardesai told media here on Monday evening. The minister said his party and the state government have a policy of ?zero tolerance? for drugs. ?We won?t allow drugs in the state, but despite all this the drug overdose happened and two youths died, which means drugs are available,? he said. Later, on Monday night, North Goa Superintendent of Police Chandan Choudhury banned music events and rave parties after 10 p.m. to crack down on drugs sold at late-night parties in the state. She said that she would make sure that the time limit is adhered to. Choudhury was speaking after attending a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar following the death of Pravin Surendran from Tamil Nadu and Nidam Abdulla from Kerala at a private hospital in Anjuna after they were admitted after suspected overdose of drugs. They were found dead on Sunday morning after attending two separate parties at Anjuna in North Goa. Choudhury said drug overdose cannot be ruled out from the case. She said, ?Drugs are freely available to youngsters who come over from Kerala, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Party drugs have been recovered from young tourists who visited the State during long weekends.? Ms. Choudhury said the North Goa police and the Anjuna police jointly conducted a crackdown on Sunday evening in Anjuna and Vagator and arrested Achinto Rup Banerjee (20) from Visakhapatnam with drugs worth Rs. 20,000.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Independence Day celebrated across Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab, Haryana and their joint capital Chandigarh today celebrated the Independence Day, amid tight security arrangements. Patriotic fervor and gaiety marked the occasion across the two states and the Union Territory as flag hoisting ceremonies were held at district headquarters, educational institutes and other places, officials said. The Independence Day celebrations passed off peacefully, the officials said here. Freedom fighters, who played a vital role in the struggle for independence, were remembered on the occasion. Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore unfurled the tricolour at a function here while Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki hoisted the flag at Panchkula. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh unfurled the tricolour at a state-level function in Gurdaspur. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar unfurled the flag in Gurugram as Independence Day was celebrated with much enthusiasmin other parts of the state as well.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana to promote drip irrigation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To promote drip irrigation in southern Haryana, the state government will soon provide pipes and other equipment at subsidised rates to ensure conservation of water. This was stated by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar during his visit to distributaries in Bahal, Paju, Sirsi, Chahar Khurd, Sorda Kadim and Sorda Jadid villages in Bhiwani district today, an official release said. Khattar said that water has been supplied to these villages through distributaries after many years. Water has been supplied to the areas in Rajasthan, which was deprived of it for almost three decades, because of the efforts of the Haryana government, he claimed. The chief minister alleged that previous state governments had “neglected” the southern area of Haryana. The present government has made arrangements to provide water to villages in Loharu division through the Sorra distributary and Nangal Paju and Chahar minors out of the total water available in the state, Khattar said. “The canal network in Haryana has 1,300 tail-ends, of which water has been supplied to more than 1,200. Water will be supplied to the remaining tail-ends after completion of repairs,” he said. Urging farmers not to be misled by leaders of opposition parties and to avail the benefits under schemes, the chief minister said that farmers should adopt the use of drip irrigation technique instead of sprinklers, which would lead to conservation of water and electricity. He said that solar power projects would be established to supply electricity to ‘dhaanis’ of the area, and power would be provided for operating tube wells for irrigation by setting up solar power plants. Khattar also urged the people to pay their electricity bills on time as the state government provides 24-hour power supply in villages with line losses below 20 per cent. He asked farmers to store the canal water in wells and ponds to increase groundwater level. Canal water would also be provided to farmers on the completion of projects such as Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, Hansi-Butana Canal, Lakhwar Dam and Renuka Dam, Khattar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Be patriotic & always keep nation first: Parrikar to students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today called upon students to imbibe patriotism and always follow the policy of ‘nation first’. The former defence minister said marginalised sections of the society must be empowered for harmonious development of the country. Delivering his keynote speech at the 55th convocation of the IIT-Bombay, the senior BJP leader said, “For the nation to succeed, there needs to be a strong binding force. Our’s is a great nation with many themes that we are proud of.” “The pearls of past, present and future can only be strung together by a strong sense of patriotism. And when it comes to working on the field, then we should always keep in the mind that nation always comes first,” he said. Parrikar, an alumnus of the IIT-Bombay, said if students think politics is “dirty”, then they should join it and make things better. “If you think that politics is dirty, then I would say, this is why you should precisely come here,” he said. Parrikar had enrolled in the IIT-Bombay in 1973 and graduated in metallurgical engineering in 1978. He is the first IIT graduate to become the chief minister of any state. Parrikar said social inclusion was a major challenge for harmonious development of the country. “The truly marginalised sections of the society need to be empowered, especially Dalits and tribals, irrespective of their caste, religion and community,” he said. The engineer-turned-politician advised the graduating students to work keeping in mind long-term goals. “When it comes to long-term changes, we should not expect instant results by keeping in mind that what comes quickly, goes away quickly,” he said. As many as 2,612 students, including 357 PhD holders, were awarded degrees at the convocation ceremony. Yusuf K Hamied, Chairman of pharmaceutical giant Cipla Ltd, was bestowed with the degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) at the hands of Parrikar. During his speech, Parrikar took a trip down memory lane and recalled his hostel days in the premier institute. The CM, speaking in a lighter sense, said when he was the mess coordinator, he hardly got any appreciation for arranging “delicious” food menu. But whenever something went wrong, he was the first one to be questioned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saffron sea at Azad Maidan as Maratha morcha reaches Mumbai

<!– /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.)

Nearly 4 crore unmarried women of age in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There are more than 24 crore unmarried women in India, of which 20 crore are under 18 years of age. Apart from this, there are over 4.3 crore widowed women in India, while 23 lakh women are separated from their husbands. There are also over 9 lakh divorced women in the country.Minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir furnished this information at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday in response to an unstarred question posted by Karimganj MP Radheshyam Biswas and Dewas MP Manohar Untwal. The question was whether the Centre has assessed the number of widows, divorcees, unmarried, single women and the destitute, as per the Census.As per the Centre’s data, there are 24,79,63,442 unmarried women in India, of which 20,65,26,962 women are below the age of 18 years. Uttar Pradesh, with 4,61,18,396 unmarried women, was at the top, followed by Bihar (2,39,38,338) and Maharashtra (2,05,97,217).The highest number of widows were in Uttar Pradesh (48,56,188), followed by Maharashtra (45,20,764) and Bihar (42,97,481). On the other hand, with 1,54,274 women, Maharashtra claimed the top spot among divorced women, followed by West Bengal (1,25,744) and Gujarat (88,753).The government, however, did not furnish any details on the number of destitute in the country.

Coconut regains `tree’ status in Goa as Assembly passes bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Legislative Assembly today passed a bill which reclassifies coconut as a `tree’, ensuring legal protection for it. Goa Forward Party, a partner in the Manohar Parrikar-led government, had promised to reclassify coconut. The previous Laxmikant Parsekar-led government had changed classification of coconut tree to a `palm’. However, the decision kicked up a controversy as green activists claimed that it would make it easy to cut down coconut trees indiscriminately in the coastal state as it would require no formal permission. The Assembly, on the last day of Monsoon session today, passed the Goa, Daman and Diu (Preservation of) Trees Act, 1984 to regulate felling of coconut trees and reclassify it as tree. “Our government has kept the promise,” said Agriculture Minister and GFP president Vijai Sardesai.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

If PM Modi tries to wipe out opposition, it will destroy democracy: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today said opposition had a crucial role to play in a democratic set up and any attempt to wipe it out will “eliminate” democracy.AICC media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that like the government, the opposition also has a significant role in a democracy.”If Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes an attempt to wipe out the opposition, it would eliminate democracy. The people of this country need to be cautious,” he told mediapersons here.”In a democracy, the opposition is a mirror. The Congress leaders are voicing public opinion today. They are highlighting the wrong policies of the BJP governments in states,” he said.He attacked the Haryana government, saying that it had “failed” to hear the voice of the common man.He rejected Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s allegation that the Swaminathan Commission report was withheld for ten years by the Congress government.Referring to the recent affidavit filed by the Central government in the Supreme Court, he said that there were 232 recommendations in the report, out of which the Congress government had implemented 152.He said if the Congress did not implement the remaining 80 points, it was the responsibility of the Centre and the Khattar government to do it now.”The Central government has hit small traders and shopkeepers hard by implementing the GST,” he alleged.”The textile industry is closed. The process of GST has become so complicated that the trader will just be filing returns the entire year,” he claimed.He said GST will lead to rise in inflation, hitting the common man hard.

Some people allergic to Lord Ram’s name: Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some people are “allergic” to the name of Lord Ram and they should take a lesson from Indonesia, an Islamic nation “proud of the traditions” of the deity, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today. Adityanath was speaking during the budget discussion at the Legislative Council, where alleged that Ayodhya, believed to be the birthplace of Ram, had been discriminated against. “Our government has started renovation of ghats there. We are going to make a Ram Museum there. We have also decided to connect Ayodhya with Sitamadhi with a four-lane road under Ramayan circuit,” he said. In present times, Uttar Pradesh does not need socialism (samajwadi), but nationalism (rashtrawad), he asserted. “Equality is sign of rashtrawad.” The chief minister said the BJP government is working towards development without discrimination on the basis of religion or caste. “Some persons have allergy with the name of Lord Ram despite the fact that after death ‘Ram naam satya’ is chanted. But then also they say why take name of Ayodhya. “You go to the Muslim country, Indonesia, and see that they are proud of the traditions of Ram. Those who have allergy with name of Ram should take a lesson from them,” the chief minister said. Adityanath said the Samajwadi Party claims to follow the ideology of Ram Manohar Lohia. “His name also has Ram. But instead of feeling proud of the traditions of Ram, they feel ashamed.” During the chief minister’s speech, the entire opposition including SP, Congress and BSP were not present in the House. In their absence, Appropriation and other Bills were unanimously passed in the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bypolls in four assembly constituencies on August 23

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bypolls in four assembly seats of Panaji and Valpoi in Goa, Bawana in Delhi and Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh will take place on August 23, the Election Commission announced on Thursday.The Panaji seat saw Siddharth Kuncalienkar resigning from his post to give Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar a chance to get elected. Parrikar had resigned as union defence minister to steer the government. He is yet to be elected as an MLA to continue as Goa’s CM. According to the rules, any member of the government needs to prove his status as a MLA or MLC within six months of swearing in.Similarly, Bawana saw sitting MLA Ved Prakash resigning to join the BJP. Nandyal seat was lying vacant after the TDP MLA passed away due to cardiac arrest.The last date for filing nominations is August 5 while the results will be declared on August 28. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is August 9.

Goa CM congratulates Nitish, says Bihar back on growth path

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today expressed the hope that under the new JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar, the state will be back on the path of development. Parrikar congratulated JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar for taking over as the chief minister of Bihar once again with the BJP’s support. “Congratulations to Nitishkumarji and SushilModiji on taking oath as CM and deputy CM,” Parrikar tweeted. “Under NDA government, Bihar will be back on development path,” he said. Earlier in the day, the 66-year-old JD(U) leader was sworn-in as the chief minister of Bihar by Governor K N Tripathi at the Raj Bhawan in Patna. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was also sworn in, and will be the deputy chief minister. Kumar resigned from the post last night after breaking ranks with his allies — Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and the Congress. He quit his post following a fall out with the RJD over corruption charges against Yadav and his family members. Chief among them is Yadav’s son, Tejashwi, who was the deputy chief minister in the outgoing government. Tejashwi Yadav had refused to step down after the CBI filed corruption charges against him and had also ignored Kumar’s advice to explain his conduct.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GFP tried to lobby with us to topple Parrikar govt: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today alleged that the Vijay Sardesai-led Goa Forward Party (GFP) had tried to lobby with them to topple the Manohar Parrikar government. The allegation comes in the backdrop of Congress leader Atanasio Monserratte switching loyalties to the Sardesai-led political outfit today. Sardesai has, however, dismissed the Congress’ charge as “rubbish”. “Atanasio Monserratte had told us that he and Vijai Sardesai wanted to topple the government when Parrikar was on the US tour recently. “We refused the toppling as Sardesai wanted to be the chief minister and we wanted someone of integrity to head the state government,” All India Congress Committee general secretary A Chellakumar told reporters. The Congress leader said this reacting to the entry of Monserratte, who was tipped to be party’s candidate against Parrikar in Panaji by-election, in the GFP. When contacted, Sardesai said Chellakumar was making the statements out of frustration. Refuting Chellakumar’s charges, Sardesai said, “when Parrikar was abroad, I was also out of the country, so the question of lobbying to topple the government does not arise.” He said he was not in touch with any Congress leader since the time he has given support to Parrikar-led government. Chellakumar, however, said that Sardesai was in touch with them to topple the government and had even suggested a candidate for recently held Rajya Sabha election to be fielded on Congress ticket. “We refused the name of candidate suggested by Sardesai because he was a land grabber and Congress will never allow Goa to be sold,” he said. The Congress leader said Monserratte was not the only option before the party to be fielded for the upcoming Panaji by-election. “There are several other aspirants and we have enough leaders to contest against Parrikar,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lay foundation stone of the medical college or face protest:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today demanded that the foundation stone of the proposed medical college in Jind be laid in three days, failing which they will launch an agitation against Manohar Lal Khattar-led state government. Khattar had announced that a medical college will soon come up in Jind but the foundation stone of the project is yet to be laid, Congress leader Pramod Sehwag said. “The work on the proposed Railway under-bridge is also yet to start, the CM is fooling the people of Jind,” Sehwag said, adding that the Congress workers will show black flags to the chief minister when he visits the city on July 26. “The four-lane state highway between Rohtak-Jind which started in Congress’ rule was stalled by the BJP government , the law and order situation is deteriorating everyday. The whole city goes into darkness after sunset as no street lights are working,” he claimed. He asked INLD MLA from Jind Hari Chand Midha to join hands to take on the government. “INLD MLAs are nowhere to be seen during protests but are always seen when the campaign for the elections are on,” he joked. “We are giving three days time to the state government, if they don’t lay the foundation stone of the medical college, we won’t think twice before coming out on the streets,” he warned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khattar promises regularisation of unauthorised colonies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced that all those unauthorised colonies of Faridabad will be regularised where residents pay the prescribed development charges. Khattar was hearing grievances of people at a ‘Janta Darbar’ organised here, an official release said. The chief minister listened to problems of the people for almost three hours. Hearing the grievances, he said that for converting the unauthorized colonies of Faridabad into authorized ones, the state government has fixed development charges of Rs 1,250 per metre and the colonies where the residents pay these charges will be notified as authorized. Development works can then be taken up in these colonies, he said. Khattar said that an escrow account in the name of Resident Welfare Association (RWA) of that colony will be opened in a bank branch and on depositing development charges by at least 50 percent of residents living over there, an announcement will be made about regularization. The government is also considering to prepare a plan to improve the living standard of slum dwellers by offering them alternate houses at minimum possible rates, he said. Reacting on a complaint, the Chief Minister said that in next two months the RERA will come into existence in Haryana and then either the developer will have to hand over the flat or refund the money taken from the buyer. He was hopeful that majority of the disputes between developers and apartment buyers will be resolved. When a complainant from a village across the river Yamuna came and complained that he is unable to get electricity for his tubewell simply because his fields lie on the other side of Yamuna, that is, towards Uttar Pradesh, the chief minister directed the superintending engineer of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) Faridabad to talk to his counterpart posted in adjoining district of UP. Khattar asked the DHBVN offical to request his counterpart if the villagers belonging to Haryana who are farming on the UP side of river Yamuna can be provided powerby that state. We are ready to provide electricity connections to the villagers belonging to UP who are residing on Haryana side, he said. A mutual understanding need to be reached for facilitating electricity supply to the villages of both the states, he said. On the issue of reviving Badkhal lake, Khattar said that work was going on to fill water in this lake from two sides. It will enhance the tourism potential of this lake, he said. He said that the state government is ready to provide round-the-clock power to villages, provided the line losses were below 20 per cent.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa is in good financial health, primary sector growing: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Claiming that fiscal situation of the state is quite good, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today told Legislative Assembly that the primary sector of the state economy grew by 117 per cent in the last five years. “The overall growth in the primary sector has been 117 per cent in the last five years,” Parrikar said, responding to a discussion on the state budget today. The Assembly today discussed the budget for 2017-18 which was presented in March. The primary sector which accounted for 4.8 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) five years ago now stands at seven per cent of GSDP with agriculture sector growing from 2.38 per cent to 2.83 per cent of GSDP, he said. Animal husbandry sector which was 0.55 per cent of GSDP five years back is now 0.81 per cent, while fisheries sector rose from 1.81 per cent to 2.81 per cent, he said. Despite the revenue dipping to the extent of 15-20 per cent when iron ore mining was temporarily banned in the state, GSDP growth projection for the current year is 11 per cent, he said. “Technically, Goa has become the richest state in the country,” he said. The debt to GSDP ratio is now down to 23 per cent compared to 35 per cent in 2012-13, he said. Since he returned as the chief minister (after the election in February), state coffers have always been in surplus, he said, responding to an allegation by opposition that the state was heading towards a financial crisis. The revenue had gone up 21.83 per cent since he took over, he said. “Due to the GST (Goods and Services Tax) impact, the state will get additional Rs 400-500 crore,” Parrikar added. Goa’s tax to GSDP ratio was lowest among the states, he said. The interest component of repayment of loans stood at 13.81 per cent in 2013-14, which has been now brought down to 10 per cent, he said. He also said that salary of MLAs, which has been Rs 90,000 a month since 2012, would be revised.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana govt to set up vegetable price stability fund

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana government will soon set up a vegetable price stability fund to address seasonal fluctuations in the prices of key perishable and non- perishable vegetables. “As perishable vegetables like potato and tomato cannot be stored for long and the farmers have no solution to this problem, it has been decided to set up a separate vegetable price stability fund to provide assistance to the farmers in the event of price fluctuations,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters here today. When asked about implementing the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee, Khattar said the issue was being politicised by the opposition. “The committee’s report came in 2006, but even former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was also the Chairman of Working Group on Agriculture Production, did not dare to implement the recommendations when Congress was in power,” he said, pointing out that opposition was raking up the issue for political interests. Khattar said that Swaminathan Commission report had many facets and the present government had fulfilled many of these.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Opposition calls out BJP’s ‘double standards’ after CM Manohar Parrikar assures sufficient beef for Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of the Opposition have been critical of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s claim that the state would never be short of beef.Speaking to ANI, NCP’s Nawab Malik, CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechuri and Congress’ Rajeev Shukla said that the if the BJP approved Parriakar’s statements, then the party was indulging in a dangerous double game, as gau rakshaks, claiming to be members of the party, have been assaulting those they suspect of carrying beef..“Manohar Parkiar’s comments show the BJP has a special set of rules for its party members. The fact that Goa’s CM said that there will be no shortage of beef in the state, and that beef will be imported from Karnataka shows how the party’s true colours,” he said.
ALSO READ Goa imports additional beef from Karnataka, says CM ParrikarSitaram Yechuri of the CPI (M) echoed Malik’s statement, saying that it was a case of double-standards shown by the party. “While gau rakshaks create havoc in the rest of the country, the Goa CM proudly proclaims that there will be no shortage of beef in the state. I wonder how the BJP feels about his statement,” he added.Parrikar on Tuesday said the state-run abattoir here produces around 2,000 kgs of beef per day and the additional demand for it is met by supplies from neighbouring Karnataka.Addressing the state assembly on the first day of the monsoon session, Parrikar, in reply to a BJP member’s concern over the quality of beef supplied from the neighbouring state, said the beef purchased from Karnataka would be subjected to proper inspection. “Approximately 2,000 kgs beef is produced per day at the state abattoir of the Goa Meat Complex Limited, while rest of beef is brought in from Karnataka. “The estimated sale of beef, based on the meat inspection charges paid by beef dealers/traders is approximately 2,300 – 2,400 kgs/day,” said Parrikar, who also holds the animal husbandry portfolio.“On one hand, the BJP assaults Dalits and Muslims, and on the other, the Goa CM says that there won’t be a shortage of beef in the state for its citizens. It’s quite the double speak on part of the party,” Rajeev Shukla of the Congress said.While the party high command has not reacted to Parrikar’s statement, the VHP has called for the Goa Chief Minister’s resignation. “Has the BJP become the Beef Joy Party? Parrikar should resign for his comments,” VHP leader Dr Surendra Jain said in a series of tweets.

Goa imports additional beef from Karnataka, says CM Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said the state-run abattoir here produces around 2,000 kgs of beef per day and the additional demand for it is met by supplies from neighbouring Karnataka.Addressing the state assembly on the first day of the monsoon session, Parrikar, in reply to a BJP member’s concern over the quality of beef supplied from the neighbouring state, said the beef purchased from Karnataka would be subjected to proper inspection. “Approximately 2,000 kgs beef is produced per day at the state abattoir of the Goa Meat Complex Limited, while rest of beef is brought in from Karnataka. “The estimated sale of beef, based on the meat inspection charges paid by beef dealers/traders is approximately 2,300 – 2,400 kgs/day,” said Parrikar, who also holds the animal husbandry portfolio.He was responding to the question raised by the BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral. “The balance of the required quantity of beef is procured from the neighbouring states, particularly Karnataka, by meat traders,” the chief minister said. In a supplementary question, Cabral expressed his concern over the quality of beef brought from Karnataka and suggested that production of meat at the Goa abattoir could be ramped up. To this, Parrikar replied he would issue directions to the department concerned to carry proper inspection of beef imported from Karnataka. “The Goa Meat Complex Ltd has no problem in slaughtering more animals if they are brought there by traders,” he added.

Oppn creates ruckus in Goa assembly over government circular

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The monsoon session of the Goa assembly began on a noisy note today with opposition benches creating ruckus in the House over a circular issued by the state government. When the session began at 11.30 am, the Congress sought to move an adjournment motion demanding a discussion on the circular that bars the government officials from visiting the residences of legislators. The main opposition party demanded withdrawal of the circular. Speaker Pramod Sawant, while disallowing the motion, said the issue is scheduled to be discussed tomorrow. But the opposition benches, led by their leader Chandrakant Kavlekar, refused to pay heed to the speaker’s statement and continued raising the issue. Even as the speaker called for start of the Question Hour and Nilesh Cabral (BJP) raised his query, the Congress MLAs and the lone NCP legislator Churchill Alemao demanded the House consider taking up their motion. “Not allowing the adjournment motion is against rules. You are the custodian of this House,” said Luizinho Faleiro (Congress), addressing the speaker amid noisy scenes. Aleixo Lourenco Reginaldo (Congress) said the decision to move the adjournment motion has been taken by the entire opposition and the speaker should honour their sentiment. As the noisy scenes continued, the speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes. When the session resumed, the opposition showed no signs of relenting on its demand. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said he was ready to discuss the issue during Zero Hour. “I have no ego issue. But there is no need to withdraw the circular. Their problem can be solved,” he said. The opposition was not satisfied with his statement and continued disrupting the proceedings. The opposition members rushed to the Well of the House, leading the speaker to adjourn the proceedings again.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t test the patience of farmers: Hooda to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today hit out at the Centre, claiming that tillers are at crossroads and staring at a disaster due to its “anti-farmer” policies. The BJP government at the Centre must immediately implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, he demanded at his ‘Kisan-Mazdoor Panchayat’ rally here. “Do not test the patience of hard working farmers. The Centre should implement the recommendations, otherwise we will force the government to do so,” Hooda warned. He alleged that the “anti-farmer” policies of the BJP-led central government were responsible for farmer suicides in the country. “Farmers in the country are at crossroads. Thousands of farmers in the past three years have been forced to commit suicide. “They are staring at a disaster due to the government’s anti-farmer policies which are responsible for cases of farmer suicide,” Hooda alleged. He said a farmer is not alone, “even farm labourers and others are taking a stand with them against the anti-farmer policies”. The former chief minister alleged that the BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement the Commission’s report, but once it came to power it “forgot about it”. “They promised to give a minimum support price of Rs 2,100 per quintal for wheat, but how much the farmers are getting now? The same goes for the paddy crop. “It is an irony that farmers who grow cotton, paddy, potato and tomato are getting lower prices for their produce, but prices of products manufactured from these crops — garments, rice, chips and ketchup–continue to rise,” he said. Claiming that the Manmohan Singh government had waived about Rs 72,000 crore of farmers’ loans, he said the central government cannot just “wash their hands off” by leaving it to the states. Hooda also hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, saying it had failed on all fronts. “What is the state of affairs in Haryana, there is acute power shortage. Two and a half years have passed, but they have failed to take even one decision in the interest of farmers,” he said. The former chief minister had recently held a ‘Maha Kisan Panchayat’ in Jind. Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda also addressed today’s function here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCP MLA at Goa event, Nitin Gadkari puts it at 70%+

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Nitin Gadkari here on Saturday claimed that Kovind will win the Presidential elections bagging more than 70 per cent of the voting share. He said the election would be a one-sided affair.Gadkari was accompanying NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who met all the MLAs of Manohar Parrikar government at a resort in Bogmalo Beach, Vasco. Surprise element was the presence of NCP MLA Churchill Alemao. Just before the meeting, Churchill reached the venue and attended the meeting. He, however, told reporters that it is up to the party chief to decide whom the party will support. He further said that he attended the meeting on the invitation of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.Parrikar said he is contacting MLAs of all the parties, and that Goa’s contribution in the Presidential election will be significant.BJP Goa in-charge Nitin Gadkari said the meeting was very fruitful as all the independent MLAs apart from alliance partners attended it. Gadkari said he is sure that Kovind will win the Presidential election with more than 70 per cent votes.AnalysisRam Nath Kovind, 71, is the hot favourite to be elected on Monday as India’s new President.It will be only the second time, after KR Narayanan, that a Dalit will be assuming the country’s top post.For PM Modi, Kovind’s election will send an important message to a key, long disdained electoral group.

One more cross desecrated in Goa; CM says no to CBI probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the latest incident of alleged desecration of Christian religious symbols in Goa, a holy cross was found defiled in South Goa’s Margao town with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar calling it a “planned crime”. Though at least 12 crosses and a temple have been vandalised by unidentified persons in south Goa district since July 1, the police have so far failed to achieve any breakthrough. Two crosses were found desecrated by unidentified persons in South Goa’s Loutolim village yesterday. However, Parrikar, who returned from the US today, has ruled out handing over the investigation into the incidents of desecration to the CBI as being demanded by the opposition Congress. “A holy cross at Calconda locality in Margao town was desecrated last night,” Margao police inspector C L Patil told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP train horrow show: Muslim family of 10, including women and handicapped son, groped, robbed and assaulted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A muslim family of 10 including women and children were brutally assaulted and robbed in a train by a gang on Wednesday evening in UP’s Manipuri district.According to a report on Times Now, the incident took place on the Shikohabad-Kasganj passenger train, where a group of 30-35 men assaulted the family with iron rods.A video of the incident which went viral showed the mob trying to enter the passenger coach. 50-year-old Mohammad Shakir told the network: “It was a horror which I cannot forget. They attacked us with iron roads, robbed our belonging and molested our women. They didn’t even spare my 17-year-old physically and mentally challenged son. They verbally abused us with some in the attacking group saying, “Kill them, they are Muslims”, and they continued to beat us until we went unconscious”Arsaan, Shakir’s son, said that his mother and sister was groped and even passengers who came to their rescue and their would-be rescuers were forced to leave the compartment. They added that after the incident, assailants jumped out of the train and called others who pelted stones and broke the emergency window panel.Their ordeal continued as they failed to contact police on 100 helpline number and only when the train reached Farrukhabad junction were they taken to the hospital by GRP. They were admitted to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia government hospital in Farrukahabad, with several of them suffering injuries which ranged from fractured limbs to severe injuries to head and stomach. An FIR has been lodged under IPC section 395 and three men have been detained for questioning.

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