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Mumbai: Man evades arrest for 15 years, found hiding inside washing machine in his apartment

In a comical incident, a man who was absconding for 15 years was caught hiding in a washing machine at his own house! A Mumbai based man, Manoj Tiwari who has been evading arrest in connection with a cheating case was finally caught trying to desperately avoid detection inside a washing machine. According to reports, the man is lawyer by profession and is based in Juhu in suburban Mumbai. For three hours, his wife managed to bamboozle the police before they discovered him under a pile of clothes inside the washing machine. Accused was wanted in a cheating case dating back to 2002, when he allegedly duped three people of Rs 1 lakh. It was in connection with admission in B-ED course. The case was registered with Azad Maidan Police. The police had to search every nook and corner of the three-bedroom apartment before finally getting whiff that the accused has find a unique spot to hide himself. Currently police have arrested the accused and a case has also been lodged against his wife for obstruction of duty.

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First year MBBS student raped in medical college campus in Bhubaneswar

A first year female MBBS student of a private medical college was alleged raped in the college campus here, police said on Wednesday.The female student in her FIR at Mancheswar Police Station alleged that she was raped by a peon of the college while she was returning to hostel on Tuesday night.”We have arrested a man based on the complaint of the girl. Both the victim and the accused have undergone medical examination,” Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Satyabrata Bhoi told reporters adding that the police have also recorded the statement of the victim under Section 161 CrPC.The private medical college chairman Tirupati Panigrahi said: “The incident that occurred at around 7.30 pm yesterday came to the light at around 12 pm. The girl did not know the peon’s name. We identified the accused and handed him over to the police.”The accused has been identified as Manoj Khuntia, a resident from Athagarh in Cuttack district, police said.Khuntia claimed that he is innocent and allegations against him are false and baseless.”At around 9 PM last night, I saw the girl student and her male friend in a compromising position, while I was coming from the canteen after having my dinner. I shouted on them and told that I would take up the matter with the Principal,” said Khuntia.Khuntia said: “They requested me not to reveal the matter before anyone and promised that they would never commit same thing in college campus. Later, I went to my room, but the police brought me here at around 4 am today.”

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Precarious parenting

How much do 400 rupees mean to most of us? May be a popcorn bucket for kids on a weekend movie show or petrol bill for a couple of days office commutation during week days. But for Kamali a 23-year-old from Jharniya village in Banswara district, it is an amount enough to put her ‘to be born’ baby on risk. Kamali, is an expecting mother with a due date to deliver an issue in February. In her 30th week of pregnancy, Kamali did not go for any Ante Natal Checkup (ANC) so far. She has a reason for that.“We are daily wage labourers and that’s how we feed our five-member family,” Kamali explained. “Due to my pregnancy, our earning has already reduced to half as I am unable to go for work and in such a condition I cannot afford to take my husband along, who has to cover a distance of 28 kilometre to reach his workplace, for my check up at Anganwadi Center as it will mean a complete loss of a day’s earning. We can’t afford,” she added.Kamali represents lakhs of pregnant women in Rajasthan who have not received a single ANC during their pregnancy and her reason to avoid mother and child care facilities is the most common one that puts lakhs of mothers and their unborns life at risk. “Clearly, we see that financial loss matters more for them compared to the health. So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres.” Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.“For the purpose, State Women and Child Development Department has rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) in the state. Now, all the pregnant women and lactating mothers, in the state, who have their first pregnancy can get the benefits of PMMVY. PMMVY is the union government aided scheme to benefit pregnant women and lactating mothers for the birth of their first live child. Beneficiary will get Rs 5,000 in three instalments at the stage of early registration of pregnancy, after six months of pregnancy on at least one antenatal check-up and registration of child birth and first cycle of immunization of the child. All the pregnant women and lactating mothers who have their first pregnancy on or after 1 January 2017 can avail the scheme benefits now.“The benefit amount would be send directly to the bank account of the beneficiary through Direct Benefit Transfer mode,” said Manoj Jain.SCHEME TO CONTROL INFANT MORTALITY RATEAs per SRS bulletin 2016, IMR in Rajasthan is 41 deaths per 1,000 live births It is far more than the national IMR of 34 per 1,000 live births. Birth asphyxia, low birth weight are leading causes of deaths of infants in the state. IMR in rural areas is 45 which is almost 50% more than the IMR in urban areas. IMR in rural Rajasthan is 30 which is 30% more than the national rural IMR figure of 23. ABOUT PRADHAN MANTRI MATRU VANDANA YOJANARajasthan rolled out the scheme on December 5, 2017. 5-6 lakh pregnant women will be benefited per year. Total Rs 5,000 will be given to each pregnant woman and lactating mother. Scheme means to motivate for ANC and immunization, through financial assistance. THE AMOUNT WILL BE PAID IN 3 INSTALLMENTSRs 1000 at the time of registration of pregnancy.Rs 2,000 At least one ANC carried out after six months of pregnancy.Rs 2,000 The birth of child registered and the child received first cycle of vaccines, including BCG, OPV, DPT and hepatitis-B.

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Rajasthan to give financial aid to mums, pregnant women

Given that many women do not visit Anganwadi centres for antenatal check-ups for fear of losing on a day's wage, the government rolled out the PMMVY scheme. "We see that financial loss matters more to them compared to health, So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres," Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAmit Bhatt <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 15 December 2017 2:40 ISTMust readSec 144 imposed at Udaipur, net, social media muzzledNGC gears up: Solar energy of ‘Thar’ to illuminate Gujarat & Punjab<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Rajasthan Women and Child Development Department has rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) under which all pregnant women and lactating mothers in the state will get financial aid during their first pregnancy.Beneficiaries will get Rs 5,000 in three instalments — first during the early registration of pregnancy, second after six months on at least one antenatal check-up, and the last one during the first cycle of the child’s immunisation.Given that many women do not visit Anganwadi centres for antenatal check-ups for fear of losing on a day’s wage, the government rolled out the PMMVY scheme. “We see that financial loss matters more to them compared to health, So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres,” Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Hardik Patel met Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra thrice: Dinesh Bambhania

Dissident PAAS convener Dinesh Bambhania said that Hardik Patel had three secret meetings with Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra thrice in New Delhi.He also alleged that Hardik Patel and a PAAS convener Dilip Sabva siphoned of money that was collected through donation for financial aid to families of people who died in the police firing during Patel agitation.”Hardik is trying to shield himself but he met Rahul and Robert Wadra thrice. He did not reveal why he met them. Today, he said he also did not like Congress but has been asking people to vote for it. He should have a clear stand,” he said. “No Congress leader visited the family of the deceased in the police firing.”He also said that Hardik suppressed two PAAS conveners Alpesh Kathiriya and Manoj Panara.

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2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark

The future of nearly 2,000 employees and hundreds of patients in the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh hangs in balance after the Delhi government ordered cancellation of its license two days ago. The employees have still not received any communication from the hospital on what will happen next.”There is no communication from the hospital on what will happen to our job. We are in dark. We cannot apply anywhere else as we have been associated to the incident,” a senior doctor said.The Delhi government on Friday cancelled the license of the hospital branch in connection with a case of gross medical negligence. As per instructions, the hospital can now not admit any new patients nor operate the Out Patient Department (OPD). Those availing treatment from the hospital will be entertained till the time they are cured.Patients admitted in the hospital have also expressed concern over the decision. “There is uncertainty on the issue. We have been coming here for the treatment of my father, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The treatment requires follow-ups with a team of doctors. How will that continue?” rued Shubhi Arora, a resident of Shalimar Bagh.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) on Saturday termed the Delhi government’s move to cancel the license of the super specialty hospital as “irrational and autocratic”. The doctors’ body said the government should have waited for the Delhi Medical Council’s (DMC) report on the issue, which is expected in a few days. It said it will give a call for a strike, if needed, and will appeal to the government to revoke its decision.Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said on Sunday that the government has high respect for doctors but it would not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring.”We want private hospitals. We are not against them. But in case of criminal negligence or in cases of openly looting the patients, the government will not remain silent,” he said while speaking at a public function organised in Mundka.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who opposed the cancellation of the hospital’s licence, also came under attack by Kejriwal, who called the decision a conscience call. “It was shameful that Manoj Tiwari and BJP stood with the Max hospital after the government cancelled its license. It is sad that instead of standing for the interest of the people, BJP and Tiwari stood with the hospital,” he said.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government on Tuesday had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with the newborns. The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the death of the child, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.POINT-COUNTERPOINTDMA terms Delhi government’s move to cancel Max’s license irrational and autocratic. Cm Arvind Kejriwal says government will not hesitate to take strong action against any private hospital found erring. Preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to Delhi government finds hospital guilty of not having followed prescribed medical norms.

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Youth dies in Kota after falling in well

A 20-year-old youth on Wednesday morning was killed while his 22 years old friend was rescued after they had accidentally fallen into a deep well in an agriculture field near Bishniya Khedi village of Kota district.The two youths along with three other friends at around 2.30 today morning had boarded a passenger train from Kota Railway Station for Ramganjmandi town but being in sleep, missed to get off at station following which they pulled the chain to stop the train and got off near Bishniya Khedi village.The two fell into the well while they were crossing the agriculture field.Five friends, all catering labourers from Kota city, were travelling to Ramganjmandi town at around 2.30 today early morning, told Manoj Sikerwal, SHO at Ramganjmandi police station.The five missed to get off the train at Ramganjmandi railway station following which they pulled the chain and jumped into an agriculture field near village, he said adding two of the five youths identified as Aniket Bairwa and Rajesh Prajapat), both residents of in Kota, could not notice the well in the field due to darkness and fell into the deep well.Police on information reached the spot and two constables climbed down into the well with ropes and succeeded to rescue but Aniket’s body had drowned deep into the water.
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Rahul’s media coordinator wrote his name in non-Hindu registry: Somnath Temple Trust

Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the Somnath temple today got mired in a controversy after his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, with the Congress calling it “fake” and the BJP insisting the leader declare his religious faith before people.As the controversy raged, the temple management came out with a clarification. “As per our rules, names of non-Hindus have to be registered. His (Gandhi’s) name was registered by his media coordinator in our non-Hindu register.”I would like to say that no staff member of our trust was involved in what the media coordinator did,” managing trustee of Somnath Temple Trust P K Lehri said. Lehri also said in the visitor’s book, Gandhi wrote that the Somnath temple is an “inspiring” place.The Congress accused the BJP of hatching a conspiracy against its leader and insisted Gandhi has declared himself as a ‘Shiv Bhakt’ (Lord Shiva devotee) and is a ‘janeu-dhari’ (sacred thread-wearing) Hindu.The BJP, however, dismissed the conspiracy charge as baseless, saying Gandhi’s aide who signed the register belongs to the Congress.The temple administration said Gandhi’s name was written in the shrine’s register for non-Hindus by his media coordinator and maintained none of its staff was involved in the entire episode.Non-Hindus are allowed to visit the temple but have to first get themselves registered at the shrine’s office.Gandhi, on campaign trail for the December Assembly polls, began his two-day visit to Gujarat after offering prayers at the famous temple in Gir-Somnath district. The temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, is around 400km from here.A purported photocopy of the page of the register for non-Hindus with names of Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel written on it went viral on social media soon after their visit to the shrine this afternoon.The signature against their names was that of the Congress party’s media coordinator Manoj Tyagi.”This is fake. Tyagi was made to sign on a blank paper of the register for media entry and later the names of Rahul Gandhi and others were added in the register,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.”This is a conspiracy of the BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a trustee of the temple trust,” he said.Surjewala insisted Gandhi only signed the visitor’s register where he wrote that the place was “inspiring”.The Congress spokesperson said Gandhi, during his recent trips to Gujarat, declared he was a devotee of Lord Shiva.”You may want to know which religion Rahul Gandhi follows? I would like to tell you that he is a janeu-dhari Hindu,” said Surjewala.The BJP, however, demanded that Gandhi declare his religious faith before people.”He should make his faith clear to the people of this country after the controversy?” BJP spokesperson Raju Dhruv said.BJP national spokesman Sambit Patra rejected as “baseless” the Congress’ conspiracy charge, saying Manoj Tyagi was a Congressman.”Rahul, in his affidavit to the Election Commission, has shown different things and in the Somnath temple he is showing different things. He should come clean,” Patra said.”Rahul may belong to any religion, we do not have any problem. We respect him. But the people of the country will get confused with this controversy,” Patra said.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi listed as non-Hindu in Somnath Temple register

On Wednesday, there was a lot of hue and cry when it emerged that Rahul Gandhi’s name had turned up in a register meant for non-Hindus at the Somnath temple. As a rule, any non-Hindu entering the premises have to mention their name in a register. So, when a picture went viral on social media showing Rahul Gandhi and Ahmed Patel’s name in a list of that register, Twitter was up in arms, wondering if the Congress vice-president had declared he was a non-Hindu.BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, tweeted, “Finally Rahul Gandhi comes clean on his religion, signs visitor register in Somnath (as per rule) meant for non-Hindus. If he isn’t a Hindu by faith, let alone a practising one, then why has he been fooling people with these temple visits’”.Also readGujarat elections: Rahul demands, ’22 salon ka hisaab’, Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visitHe also tweeted: “Ambassador Meera Shankar, UPA’s representative in US, had referred to Sonia Gandhi as a Christian leader. The reference was soon deleted. Now Rahul Gandhi declares he is a non-Hindu but their election affidavits claim that they are Hindus. Gandhis lying about their faith.”Now the funny thing is, it would appear that Rahul Gandhi hadn’t written his own name. The words written are Rahul Gandhi ji, which would be a rather bizarre way to write one’s own name.Also readCongress unhappy with PM Modi going the extra mile for Ivanka TrumpZee Hindustan Channel Head and editor tweeted, “Jai Somnath! During @INCIndia Vice President @OfficeOfRG visit to Somnath Temple, his media coordinator Manoj Tyagi mentioned Rahul Gandhi name along with @ahmedpatel into the spl register maintained for Non-Hindus who are visiting the temple. Major goof up in the election season.”Also readCome,’Make in India’, ‘Invest in India’: PM Modi’s message at GES 2017Meanwhile, Congress’ media coordinator Manoj Tyagi issued a statement, “I entered just my name in the register to take media personnel inside the Somanth Temple. Neither Rahul Gandhi’s nor Ahmed Patel’s names were there in the register then. These would have been added later.”Rahul Gandhi had offered prayers at the Somnath Temple earlier this afternoon, PM Modi addressed a public rally at Prachi, about 25 km from the temple where he said: “Had Sardar Patel not been there, there would not have been this grand temple in Somnath. So there a people who visited the Somnath Temple recently Rahul Gandhi and Congress, I want to ask them: Do you know history’ Your family members, our first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there,’ he said.‘When Dr Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure on that,’ the prime minister added.We guess the Somnath Temple will continue to haunt the Nehru-Gandhi family in one form or another.
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Those found absent in 3 consecutive meetings will be removed, says Manoj Tiwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has said party office-bearers keeping away from three consecutive meetings on Mondays without proper reasons will be removed from their posts.He said efforts are being made to revive all departments and cells to strengthen the party and every office-bearer has been asked to attend Monday meetings.”Those found absent in three consecutive meetings without a valid reason will be removed from their post,” Tiwari said, adding it applies to everyone, including him.The Delhi BJP president, who chairs meetings of state unit office-bearers and different departments every Monday, said attendance registers will be maintained to keep a check on absentees.Attendance registers will be checked regularly and the rule will be strictly imposed, he said.The move comes in view of complaints that many party office-bearers were not attending meetings regularly.”The meetings are very important as not only party policies and programmes are deliberated but tasks are given to all departments and cells which play a crucial role in connecting with different sections of society,” he said.The Delhi unit of the BJP has 19 departments and 12 cells.

Unruly scenes at Hindaun college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There were rowdy scenes witnessed during the inauguration of the student council by MP Dr Manoj Rajoria at the Government PG College in Hindaun City on Monday. NSUI members stripped to waist, painted themselves black and shouted slogans to protest the event where the BJP MP was the chief guest. They alleged that the principal had arbitrarily organised the event and not taken them into confidence.The president of the college is from ABVP, the student body affiliated with BJP while the posts of general secretary and joint secretary are held by the Congress affiliated NSUI. The protesting NSUI students alleged that the college administration acted under the influence of the government and organised the event without their consent.

Car belonging to Shiv Sena leader mows down two girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Enraged residents of Kare Wagaj village in Baramati tehsil on Thursday torched a sports utility vehicle (SUV) that ploughed into three school going girls, killing two of them on the spot. The mob also help up traffic in the area for a few hours. The incident took place at about 7:30 am on the Baramati-Morgaon road, about 115 km from Pune.The deceased girls have been identified as Divya Dnyaneshwar Pawar (12) and Samiksha Manoj Vikar(13). The third girl was seriously injured and is currently in hospital.The SUV which knocked down the girls is allegedly used by local Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane, but is registered in the name of a relative. A police officer from Baramati taluka police station said, “The investigation is still on whether Mane was behind the wheel. According to preliminary information, three girls were walking towards their school when the car knocked them down.”Speaking to DNA, additional superintendent of police Sandeep Pakhale said, “We have summoned Mane for questioning. He has said that he was not present in the vehicle when it met with the accident. We are now interrogated him to get the details of the occupants who were present in the vehicle.”Local police officials said 3-4 persons were in the SUV when the accident happened. The villagers managed to nab one of the occupants and handed over him to the police.Baramati police have arrested three persons in connection with the accident.

Billions in Change 2 offers new inventions to solve world’s biggest problems

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian-born billionaire, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Manoj Bhargava believes those with wealth have a duty to serve those with less. He has committed over 99 percent of his fortune to improving quality of life for the ‘unlucky half of the world,’ namely by funding the development and deployment of inventions that help people meet their basic needs.Bhargava’s unique approach to philanthropy was originally chronicled in the 2015 documentary film, Billions in Change, which featured four solutions created by Stage 2, Bhargava’s invention shop in Farmington Hills, Michigan (USA), dealing with energy, water, and health.“Lights, clean water and nutritious food are the foundation of health, education, and livelihood,” says Bhargava. “Without them it’s impossible to live a productive life and care for your family,” he adds.Billions in Change 2 is the follow-up to the first documentary, and unveils five wholly new inventions that directly address those fundamentals.“That was the story of what we’d been doing,” Bhargava says referring to the original film. “This is the story of what we’ve done.”All of the solutions featured in Billions in Change 2 have been field-tested, and all will be life changing for those who use them.The HANS™ PowerPack and HANS™ Solar Briefcase address a problem that plagues nearly 3 billion people worldwide: lack of reliable access to electricity. For a rural household, school, or small business, the combination of the HANS™ Solar Briefcase and HANS™ PowerPack will meet most electrical needs. Together, they are like a miniature power station, except there’s no fuel to buy and no pollution.The HANS™ PowerPack is a lightweight, portable power device that allows people to easily generate and store electricity for basic uses, such as lights, fans, and mobile devices. It includes a spotlight and room lighting, a USB port, and a 12-volt outlet for running small electronics. It can be recharged for free using the built-in solar panel, the HANS™ Solar Briefcase, or the HANS™ Free Electric bike (featured in the original Billions in Change film). It can also be plugged into a regular wall socket and charged off the grid. For those who receive electricity 2-3 hours per day, the HANS™ PowerPack can be charged when the utility is sending power, and then used during outage periods. The HANS™ PowerPack is constructed from the same material used to make bulletproof glass and comes with a 12-year warranty, so it’s made to last.The HANS™ Solar Briefcase is a lightweight, portable, and simple-to-use set of solar panels designed for charging the HANS™ PowerPack from virtually anywhere on Earth. Created with portability and durability in mind, the HANS™ Solar Briefcase avoids the serious problems that make glass rooftop panels impractical.Stage 2 developed two new RainMaker inventions for the billions of people who either lack access to safe drinking water, or live in areas threatened by shrinking water supplies.The RainMaker for Brackish Water is a water filtration unit for use at the village level, which takes the salts and other minerals out of brackish water so it can be used for both drinking and agriculture. The device simply attaches to the water source, uses minimal electricity from a small generator, and begins working immediately.The RainMaker for Grey water is a small, self-contained unit that uses a series of filters to purify any type of dirty water—river water, sewage water, bacteria-filled water, well water. It also is intended for use at the village level and can be installed and used immediately. If electricity is not available, RainMaker for Grey Water can be used with a manual pump or a bike pump.The fifth invention, Shivansh Fertilizer,will help the billions of rural farmers who are unable to make a living and take care of their families because of the debilitating expense of chemical fertilizer. Shivansh Fertilizer is a simple-to-follow and cost-free method of making fertilizer using whatever is laying around the farm—dry plant materials, fresh grass, crop residues, animal manure. After 18 days and relatively little maintenance, the result is a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Integrating this fertilizer into a field brings dead soil back to life within just one planting season. This fertilizer method was discovered and refined through work sponsored by The Hans Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in India and also funded by Bhargava.In Billions in Change 2, Bhargava describes how some of the new devices evolved from solutions featured in the first documentary. He also reveals his own Darwin-like philosophy when it comes to the invention process: “If something works, I’m there. If it doesn’t work, it’s out,” says Bhargava.In the months following release of the firstBillions in Change documentary, the team at Stage 2 worked tirelessly to refine the products featured in the film in order to start production and distribution. They conducted multiple rounds of field-tests, they made improvements, they retested, they navigated bureaucracy and red tape, and in some cases they went back to the drawing board and started over because they discovered that they could make something better.“I wish I was smart enough to go right to the end, it would save a lot of money,” says Bhargava.“But unfortunately we have to go through all the stuff that didn’t work, all the stuff that was marginal, and then finally get to something that we say, ‘Yes, we have it!’Billions in Change 2 is a 29-minute documentary that will be aired on several television networks across India. For a full listing of dates and times and also to view the trailer and full-length film in both English and Hindi,visitwww.billionsinchange.in.About Manoj BhargavaManoj Bhargava is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Billions in Change movement, which aims to bring useful inventions to the unlucky half of the world in order to improve quality of life for billions of people. Bhargava is best known in the United States for creating the popular 2-ounce drink 5-Hour ENERGY®. He was also featured in the documentary films Billions in Change (2015) and Billions in Change 2(2017), which chronicled his work as an unconventional philanthropist to develop and distribute life-changing solutions that tackle some of the toughest problems of our time.“My approach to things is this,” says Bhargava. “Let’s invent things that make a difference to peoples’ lives. And the inventions that really matter are the ones that will help the unlucky half of the world. Let’s not talk about awareness and inspiration. Let’s do stuff.”Born in Lucknow, India, Bhargava moved to the United States in 1967 at the age of 14. Bhargava grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Princeton University for one year before dropping out and focusing the remainder of his education on spiritual studies in India and the United States.In 1990, Bhargava founded a plastics company that he grew to $20 million in sales before selling to a private equity firm. With this money, he started a consumer products company, Living Essentials®, which became an overwhelming success with the introduction of 5-Hour ENERGY® in 2004.Bhargava, whose net worth is estimated at US$ 4 billion, has committed 99 percent of his wealth to finding solutions that could improve the lives of the ‘unlucky half of the world.’ To that end, Bhargava founded and financially supportsStage 2, an invention lab in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, which focuses on creating and developing useful products that can help address problems the areas of water, energy, and health. He is also the primary funder of The Hans Foundation, one of India’s largest charitable organizations, which is helping to deploy the Billions in Change solutions in India.Bhargava’s motto is, “Do something useful.” And he believes the only useful thing to do is to serve humanity.About Billions in Change (The Movement)Billions in Change is a movement to bring useful inventions to the unlucky half of the world in order to improve quality of life for billions of people. Those inventions are focused on helping people obtain basic needs like clean water, reliable electricity, and sufficient food—fundamentals that set the foundation for education, health, and livelihood, enabling people to improve life for themselves and for their families.TheBillions in Change inventions include devices that create fresh water for drinking and agriculture; expense-free and pollution-free electricity generators that power homes, schools, and businesses; farming techniques that enhance crop yields, crop quality as well as farmer income; and healthcare solutions that actually address the main causes of disease.The Billions in Change movement includes its founder, Manoj Bhargava, Stage 2 (the invention shop in Farmington Hills, Michigan), The Hans Foundation (the organization responsible for deploying solutions in India), and tens of thousands of supporters and volunteers around the world.For more information about Billions in Change visit www.BillionsInChange.in.Disclaimer: The article is sponsored content and DMCL, the owner of dnaindia.com, is not responsible for the claims made.

WATCH Vadodara shocker: BJP corporator tied to a tree, assaulted by angry slum-dwellers after their homes were razed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry residents of a municipal ward here today tied a BJP corporator to a tree and beat him up for “failing” to prevent demolition of their slum in May by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC).In a video of the incident that went viral, the corporator, with his clothes torn, was seen tied to a tree in Bapod area and pleading with the people gathered around him that he had no knowledge about the civic body’s decision to raze the slum.”This land belongs to the Collector (state government) and he is the one who passes an order. I am a small councillor. I have no idea about the decision taken by the municipal commissioner (regarding demolition),” the corporator,identified as Hasmukh Patel, was heard saying in Gujarati.Patel represents Bapod (Ward number 5).The corporator was later rescued by a team of police officers that rushed to the area and took him to a nearby hospital for treatment.Police have confirmed that Patel was thrashed.City Police Commissioner Manoj Sashidhar said 66 people were arrested in connection with the case and further investigation is on.”When Hasmukh Patel was taking a round of his ward, around 20 people protested against him over a demolition carried out some months ago. They took him to a nearby area and tied him to a tree and beat him up,” Sashidhar said.The residents of the slum that was located around Nani Bapod lake under ward number 5 were given alternative houses under a government rehabilitation programme, the commissioner said, adding that the attack was not pre-planned.

Another baby dies due to lack of care in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Due to lack of access to critical care facilities at a Delhi government hospital, a newborn boy died on Wednesday.”Our baby was delivered at home by a midwife who then told us that he was having some breathing problems and told us to take him to the nearest hospital. So, we rushed the baby to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital (SGMH).But, doctors, there at SGMH said, the hospital did not have the oxygen facilities needed for the child and referred us to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, where we then rushed, but in vain,”said Manoj, infant’s father.The SGMH authorities have denied the allegation made by Manoj. “The parents left the hospital on their own, without informing anyone. The baby was brought to the pediatric casualty department and he was initially attended to by junior and senior resident doctors.A senior pediatrician was later attending to him, when another child developed a seizure, and so he had to go and attend to the other child, ” SGMH Medical Superintendent P S Nayyer had been quoted as saying.Nayyer said after the incident, an inquiry panel was set up and the panel submitted its report in the evening.”We have seven oxygen supply units at the hospital and so the reason he was not put on a ventilator was because it was not recommended by doctors.It was not because we lacked it,” he had added A few days before the baby’s death, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had directed Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to come up with a concrete action plan within a week on providing life support system for critical patients in the city’s government hospitals.

Crime Branch nabs absconding gangster wanted since 2011 in triple murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Operation Squad (SOS) of the Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a wanted criminal who was evading arrest since 2011 in the case of a triple murder wherein three persons were first killed and their bodies burnt in Gurugram.”Manoj Kumar (32) and his associates had murdered three persons on June 10, 2011. The victims were members of a rival gang and they burnt the bodies using kerosene in order to destroy evidence. We had received information that he would be coming towards Haiderpur in Outer Delhi and he was apprehended from there,” said Joy Tirkey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch).Bijender, a known criminal in Haryana who has several criminal cases lodged against him, had murdered another person Neetu of his village in 2010. He was later arrested by Haryana police and sent to jail. In order to take revenge on Bijender, Neetu’s brother Kuldip, along with his associates Sudhir and Amit, murdered his brother Patwari.Even though Bijender was in jail, he asked his gang members (including Manoj Kumar) to eliminate Kuldip, Sudhir and Amit.”They took the dead bodies in a Scorpio car to Pataudi in Gurugram. A murder case was later registered in Gurugram and Kumar was absconding since then,” added Tirkey.Other gang members of Manoj Kumar who were involved in the murder were identified as Jaswant alias Moni, Bijender, Rajesh alias Raja, Devender, Rohtash and Rajpal. They were arrested earlier but Kumar managed to evade arrest until now. The Haryana Police has been informed of his arrest.Kumar has two previous criminal cases registered against him in Delhi.

Overconfidence led to BJP’s Bawana loss

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Overconfidence after scoring a major win in the Delhi municipal corporation, coupled with in-party fighting and factionalism, have been touted as the major reasons behind the embarrassing drubbing faced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bawana by-elections.According to party sources, the two committees formed to identify the causes behind the loss, have also pointed a finger at the candidate that was fielded by the party.The BJP lost to its current arch rival, the Aam Aadmi Party, after the latter won the reserved seat with a massive margin of around 24,000 votes. AAP contestant Ram Chandra defeated defector Ved Prakash, who joined the BJP before the MCD polls in April, necessitating the need for the by-poll.”The committees have made observations that the party failed to tap the pulse of the voter in Bawana because of impudence that it would once again script victory. The reports also say that the presumption was so strong that while canvassing, it led to a fragmented approach, as those working during the elections attempted to outdo each other so they could take credit once the party rode home to power,” said a senior party leader.In-party fighting ensured that the BJP was unable to put a united show in front of people of Bawana, highlighted the report.The party had brought in more than 3,000 workers to campaign for Prakash. Tongues had started wagging when names of key leaders like state BJP president Manoj Tiwari were found missing from posters and banners.Sources further claim that the committees have also put under scanner Prakash’s candidature, saying that he did not curry favour with the residents of Bawana. The fact that he had crossed over to BJP after earlier winning as a legislator from AAP, sullied the image of the party as also affecting the vote count.The report will soon be presented to the state chief, according to sources, who will take further call.

School’s ‘negligent’ attitude shattered swimmer Riya’s dreams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The callousness of school authorities have shattered the dreams of many and Riya Gupta, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 2007, is testimony to it. A swimming champion, who had won laurels for her school in several competitions, suffered a fracture in spinal cord that led her to a medical condition called quadriplegic in which one has no control over the legs, finger muscles and bowl movement.Gupta a Class 8 student of Remal Public School, in Rohini, had gone to school for the swimming practice when her instructor forced her to enter the pool in the shallow water. As she resisted, the instructor yelled at her and she was made to jump into the pool.”All I remember is that my head hit the floor and I felt a severe pain around my neck,” Riya said, adding that very moment had changed her entire life. She is now working as a ground staffer at IGI airport.Expert says that the condition is incurable. “I wanted to be an international level sportsperson, but now, I can’t even walk,” she said. The recent death of a seven-year-old boy at a school campus brings back the horrifying memory in her mind. “Whenever I hear something like this it sends shiver down my spine. It reminds me of the fateful day that had changed my entire life.”Ten years on, the school still maintains that it was an accident. “We conducted an internal inquiry in the matter. It was an accident. The school management had paid the expenses for her treatment at the hospital. We stood with the family throughout,” said a senior official at the school.However, Riya’s father Manoj Gupta asserted that it was an act of “sheer negligence”. “First of all the school did not provide her a first aid. Had they put a color around her neck immediately, the condition would have deteriorated. If the physical teacher would have be trained enough to know the difference between shallow water and deep water, my daughter would have been leading a normal life,” he said.In 2010, the family had approached the Delhi High court and filed a petition against the school seeking damages of Rs 21 lakh. However, the school had paid only Rs 10 lakh to the family, after two-year long legal battle. No action was taken against the school and the instructor.Meanwhile, the family had suffered a lot for Riya’s treatment. “We sold our house in Rohini and shifted to a rented place. We had to move our two sons to a government school as were not able to pay the high fees of private schools,” Gupta said.For Riya, her own school had deprived her of from living a normal student life.”I have never got a chance live a normal school and college life. I had dropped two years after the incident due to my treatment. Then completed my education through distance school. Now, I’m working as a ground staffer at the IGI airport and pursuing graduation through distant learning simultaneously,” Riya said.

Let’s work to make Capital landfill free: Maken to CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to make the Capital landfill free, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Wednesday requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and BJP state president Manoj Tiwari to come together in dealing with the health hazard.Maken visited Ranikhera where his party workers, in support of locals, have been opposing dumping of garbage after the ban on Ghazipur landfill site in east Delhi. “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari should rise above politics and cooperate to make the national Capital a zero landfill city,” Maken said.Two persons had died after a portion of a mountain of garbage at Ghazipur landfill collapsed on September 1 after which Lt. Governor Anil Baijal banned the dumping of garbage on the landfill site.Claiming that 9,000 tonnes of garbage is generated in Delhi every day, he said 5,600 tonnes of it is organic waste that can be treated at the local level to make composts.He, however, charged that the BJP-ruled municipal corporations were “seeped in corruption” and not interested in setting up area specific treatment plants. Maken said that he will meet the Lt. Governor to discuss ways to make Delhi a zero landfill city.He said that world over, solid waste management involves its segregation at homes before the organic waste is treated at the local level to make composts and use rest of the waste for different purposes.”This can also be applied in Delhi so that there is no need to dump waste anywhere in the city,” he said. The city generates enormous quantity of waste every day that is dumped “without treatment” at the landfills.

Well-executed terrorist act: CBI books CPI(M)’s P Jayarajan as principal conspirator in RSS functionary’s murder in Kannur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI on Thursday named CPI(M) strongman P Jayarajan as “principal conspirator” in the murder of an RSS functionary in Kannur district three years ago and charged him under the stringent Unlawful Activities (UAPA Act) for the killing, which it described as a “terrorist act”.In its supplementary final report filed before the court of the Special Judge-III, Ernakulam, the Special Crime Branch of the CBI Thiruvananthapuram unit, which probed the case, said the September 1, 2014 killing was “a well- conspired, planned and well-organised political murder.” Describing as “terrorist act” the “brutal” killing of the functionary, Elanthottathil Manoj, also known as Kathirur Manoj, the CBI charged Jayarajan under various sections including Sections 18 and 19 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.Jayarajan, who is also charged under various sections of the IPC including 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), is the 25th accused in the case.”P Jayarajan, who is the principal conspirator, had entered into criminal conspiracy with first accused Vikraman to execute killing of Elanthottathil Manoj in a brutal and terrorising manner,” the report said.”Jayarajan used Vikraman as a tool to execute killing by organising professional killers, lethal weapons and bombs at the field level,” it said.In the report, the CBI alleged that Jayarajan and Vikraman entered into a conspiracy to murder Manoj to take revenge for the attack on Jayarajan nearly two decades ago.It was also out of political enmity and personal enmity and to “take political revenge.”They entered into a conspiracy to murder Manoj “in a terrorising manner with a view to send terror messages to other RSS activists in Kannur and to create terror in public,” the CBI alleged.In January last year, the CBI had listed Jayarajan as an accused.CBI, which took over the investigation in the case, had filed a charge sheet against 19 accused in the Thalassery court last year. Jayarajan and five others were arraigned as accused in the case later.Jayarajan had surrendered in court on February 12, 2016 after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the High Court. He was released on bail on March 22, last year.42-year-old Manoj, a district functionary of RSS, was hacked to death in Kathiroor in Kannur district on September 1, 2014, allegedly by a group of CPI(M) workers.

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Man throws stick at Tiwari in Bawana, flees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President, MP Manoj Tiwari was “attacked” by an unidentified person on Saturday evening, while he was addressing a public rally in Bawana. The area is gearing up for Assembly by-elections, scheduled for August 23.Tiwari had gone to Bawana as part of the campaign trail. Accompanied by local leaders, including party candidate Ved Prakash, he had held a ‘baithak’ around 8 pm. As many as 5,000 people were in attendance. According to district president Neel Daman Khatry, a man suddenly threw a wooden stick at Tiwari.The accused managed to flee from the spot, taking advantage of the darkness. “We suspect it to be the handiwork of our rivals, who are riled up because of their impending defeat. Some rogue element did it. Our opponents are unable to comprehend that they have lost the elections even before the results are out. So, they are resorting to such cheap tactics,” Tiwari said.Meanwhile, senior police officers said a case has been registered in this regard and efforts are being made to identify the miscreants. “We are checking the video recordings of the meet and also the CCTV footage from the area. The accused will be arrested soon. Frequent raids are being conducted to nab the culprits,” a senior officer said.

Sleepless in Khatauli: Local community galvanises into action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Their screams broke the calm of this sleepy town,” recalls local resident Manoj Baliyan, who after regaining his senses, rushed to the aide of the passengers, some of whom were left perilously caged in mangled train coaches. “In few minutes, we saw the tracks splattered with blood. Passengers were crying in agony, we took small cutting equipment, whatever we could manage, in short time and went to help them,” he said. Incidentally, Baliyan, shared the tragedy as the facade of the entrance of his house was shattered by a mangled coach which had rammed into it. It was pulled away this evening by the railways team, capping a day of dramatic events. Sumir Kumar, a labourer, said, he heard a deafening thud and soon realised it was a train accident. “I and my friend were retiring from work when we realised what had happened. We went there with cutters and soon many people rushed to the site, with gas cylinders to help in cutting the mangled coach,” he said. But, it wasn’t just the injured and shocked passengers they were bringing succour to, many local youth were helping in guiding traffic or offering water and refreshments to authorities, NDRF rescue teams, and media persons, all of whom spent a sleepless night, even as the town continued to come to terms with the tragedy today. In hours of disasters, human beings are known to have risen to the occasion, tiding over narrow differences, they may otherwise have. And, this is precisely what happened when the tragedy struck. The Hindus of Jagat Colony and Muslims from Islamabad village pitched in together in rescuing the injured, thus becoming a shining symbol of harmony and unity, in this hour of distress. Ajay Kushwaha, 31, a local resident, was seen offering water to people the whole night and returned at the break of dawn to watch the track clearance work. Besides, people trickled in from neighbouring Meerut too, some brought food, while others medicine, which they distributed at the hospital. And, it was not just the authorities having a sleepless night here, almost the entire city seems to have lost sleep due to the sheer magnitude of the tragedy, that has befallen this town. On the fateful Saturday evening, 13 coaches of the Haridwar-bound train derailed near Khatauli station. A huge crowd gathered around the site of the accident, as people from all faiths, congregated, signifying the coming together of a society for one cause.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police claims mistaken identity after man held for molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre case of mistaken identity, a 65-year-old man was arrested from Hindoli town in the district after a molestation video went viral on social media last month, with the police today claiming that the place shown in the clip is a town in UP, and not in Rajasthan. Hindoli town in the district remained tense after the video went viral on WhatsApp on July 31, purportedly showing a 65-year-old man allegedly molesting a minor girl. However, the situation was brought under control after heavy police force was deployed. A man was later arrested from the city on charges of rape, molestation and under the POSCO Act. “The video clip turned out to be from Khurja Nagar area of Bulandshahr in UP,” said Manoj Soni, SHO at Hindoli police station, who returned from UP two days ago after investigating the matter. The video clip has nothing to do with the man arrested in Hindoli town, he said. The SHO refused to divulge details in this connection saying the investigation is underway on the basis of a report lodged by the minor girl’s father. “I cannot speak about it as I have submitted my report to the district SP,” said Abhishek Pareek, SHO Bundi, Sadar police station, who also visited Bulandshahr separately to verify the place shown in the video. However, SP Adarsh Siddhu was not available for comments. The forensic report of the video is awaited and the accused man is still behind the bars.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stone hurled at Delhi BJP chief Tiwari’s bypoll meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified men today hurled a stone and a wooden wedge at Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari during his election meeting in Bawana for next week’s bypoll. Police said a piece of wood and a stone were hurled at Tiwari while he was on the stage set up for his meeting at Jhanda Chowk of JJ Colony in Bawana. “We are trying to identify the accused with the help of video footage of the public meeting taken by us. Such public meetings are recorded during elections as per the direction of Election Commission,” said a senior police officer. The Bawana bypoll is witnessing a triangular contest among BJP, AAP, and Congress. BJP’s Ved Prakash who won the seat in 2015 as an AAP candidate resigned as MLA and joined the saffron party in March this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

High intensity blast in Darjeeling, no casualty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high intensity blast shook Darjeeling in the early hours today, the first such incident since the indefinite shutdown to press for separate Gorkhaland state began over two months ago. There was no report of any casualty but several shops were destroyed in the blast which was suspected to have been set off by Gorkhaland supporters near the motor stand in the hill town’s Chowkbazar area, police said. “The blast took place in the early morning at around 12:15 am-12:30 am. The blast was triggered when a police patrol van was patrolling the area,” a senior police official said. Today is the 66th day of the indefinite shutdown in the hills. Inspector General of Police Darjeeling range, Manoj Verma said, “A few days ago it was reported that a huge amount of explosives were stolen from a power plant in Bijanbari area”. “We suspect that these are the same explosives that were used. We suspect the hand of GJM supporters behind this blast. We have started an investigation and are on a lookout for the culprits,” the IGP said, adding a forensic team will visit the blast site today. The police have cordoned off the entire area. The GJM leadership was, however, unavailable for any comment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I’m relieved that officer with best credentials is taking over: Manoj Bhatt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Monday brought with it a change of guard for the men in Khaki as Director General of Police Manoj Bhatt hung his boots giving way to a his junior to take the place as head of the state police force.On the last day of service, Bhatt was given the ceremonial honour, that is accorded to the retired DGP as early in the morning Bhatt was taken to the Rajasthan Police Academy.Around 8.30 AM, Bhatt reached the RPA at the head of a motorcycle scout of four along with the risala scout with their pedigreed horses and well knit uniforms.At the RPA, Bhatt was welcomed by senior officials of the state police following which Bhatt proceeded to take the final salute in official capacity from various battalions of state police. Addressing the gathering after the march past and formal function Bhatt said, “Throughout my 36 years of service, I received immense support from everyone in the force. The state police has had a glorious history and i am sure the coming generation of officials will strive to achieve more.”Bhatt spoke to DNA and observed about his retirement and Ajit Singh being made the new DGP, “It has been a great time and I am relieved that a fellow police officer with best credentials for this post is taking over. He has been a friend since school days and what better could it be that he is taking over,” adding further, “I will now devote time to family. A visit to my hometown of Udaipur is also due for past sometime. It will take sometime to get used to the new life post retirement.”

Tejashwi should thank Manoj Jha for preparing his speech- JD (U)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday came down heavily on former deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav after the latter alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) insulted Bihar’s mandate meant for the grand alliance. To this length, JD (U) leader Ajay Alok said Tejashwi must thank Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha for preparing his speech. ?Tejashwi should thank Manoj Jha for his efforts; after all it is he who helped Tejashwi with his speech. If he thinks the public is unaware, he is mistaken; the public knows everything. Ask Tejashwi to give an extempore, we will know his true caliber,? Ajay told ANI. Following the dramatic dissolution of the RJD-JD (U) mahagathbandhan or grand alliance, Tejashwi on Friday had said the mandate which was handed over by the people of Bihar in 2015 elections was for the grand alliance. “It is a murder of democracy. People of Bihar had given mandate in 2015 not for the BJP but for the grand alliance. He (Nitish) along with the saffron party has insulted the mandate,” Tejashwi told the media here. He further assured that public will teach them a lesson. “We asked several questions in assembly today, but BJP and Nitish Kumar had no answers to them. When they couldn’t answer my questions in assembly, then how will they answer to the people?” he questioned. Tejashwi added the entire disturbing series of events had been planned in advance by the saffron party. “Nitish ji is sitting in the lap of BJP and RSS which has disappointed the people of Bihar. The public feels betrayal. If he had to ultimately go to the BJP then did he change four parties in four years,” he asserted. Nitish Kumar won the floor test with 131 votes in favour against 108. The Chief Minister was faced vote of confidence in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, to prove his majority to form the state government. The BJP and JD (U) had issued whip to their legislators to vote in favour of the trust vote. The RJD and the Congress had also issued a similar whip to their legislators. Nitish led JD (U)-NDA government had a support of 132 MLAs. According to the communique issued from the Raj Bhawan, Nitish had claimed the support of 131 members, including the BJP, two independents and legislators of BJP allies Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM)-Secular and Rashtriya Lok Samata party (RLSP). Opposition RJD has 80 MLAs, the Congress 27 and the CPI-ML 3. Nitish and BJP leader Sushil Modi were sworn-in as Bihar Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, and former has been asked to prove his majority on the floor by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Nitish, on July 26 resigned as Bihar Chief Minister citing political differences with former ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav led RJD, over corruption charges against the RJD supremo’s son Tejashwi Yadav. He, however, on Thursday, took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time, marking a historic transition of the state from a Grand Alliance government to an NDA regime.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling unrest | GJM preparing for underground armed movement with Maoists: West Bengal police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) is preparing for a prolonged underground armed movement for a separate state and has hired Maoists from neighbouring countries as mercenaries to train its cadres, according to senior West Bengal government officials.”We have inputs from intelligence agencies that Maoists from neighbouring countries have been hired by the GJM. And it may target government properties and senior police and administrative officials so as to further aggravate the situation,” said ADG (Law and order) Anuj Sharma.The GJM leadership has, however, refuted as “completely baseless” the allegations that it was taking help from Maoists.”These are completely baseless statements. These statements are being made to malign us and derail the democratic movement,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said.A senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the GJM has hired 25-30 Maoists mercenaries to train its cadres.”The GJM has a huge cache of arms and ammunition. They have stockpiled arms for the last few years. And we have intelligence reports that they are preparing for underground armed movement in the hills,” said the official.Another senior official said the government is “prepared for any situation and steps are being taken to tackle any sort of armed struggle”.In the last 38 days of the indefinite shutdown, there has been several instances of attack on police stations and outposts.Arms and ammunition were also looted, a trademark of Maoists movement.After receiving the intelligence inputs, the state government has send for several top IPS officers, including those who have wide experience in countering Maoist menace in the Junglemahal areas of Bengal from 2009-2012.Senior IPS officer Manoj Verma, who has vast experience in countering Maoists insurgency in West Midnapore district from 2009-2011 and later on in counter insurgency force, has been posted as IG Darjeeling. Several other mid-level officers of the counter insurgency force have also been sent to the hills to tackle the situation.According to the police, the GJM is training its cadres in the guise of its “peacekeeping” outfit Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP).

10-yr RI for all 9 accused in murder case of ex-sarpanch’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here today sentenced all the nine accused in a 2011 murder case of the husband of a former sarpanch (village head) to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment. It also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 each on the accused. The additional sessions judge, Neem Ka Thana, sentenced Madan alias Manoj and eight others to 10 years in jail in the murder case of Bhagwanaram Gurjar, the husband of the then Narda village sarpanch, said lawyer Satyanarayan Saini. On June 9, 2011, the accused had killed Gurjar while he was asleep at his farm. A case against the accused was registered at the Patan police station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Say goodbye in 10 minutes or pay Rs 85 for parking at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The next time you go to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to see your near and dear ones off, keep your goodbyes short. For, things have changed here and parking your vehicles at the airport for more than 10 minutes comes at a higher price now. Earlier, if you paid Rs60 for the first two hours, now be ready to shell out Rs 85. With a new contractor taking charge of operating the toll booth at the airport, parking charges have shot up. Interestingly, parking for a charter plane is free for two hours. While the first 10 minutes (domestic) and 12 minutes (international) is free, any car parked for beyond the stipulated time will have to pay Rs 85 for the first two hours and Rs 20 thereafter for every hour until seven hours. using the parking space for more than seven hours will cost Rs 340.SS Enterprise, which has bagged the contract to run the toll booth, is set to add two more booths counters. Jitendra Tiwari, Manager, SS Enterprises, said, “To ease traffic at the airport, we have decided to add two more booths, one each at the arrival and departure bays. It will become functional in two-three days. The charges have been decided by the AAI.”The airport authorities will also move the toll booth to the parking area. Airport Director Manoj Gangal said, “We noticed that after a car passes through the toll booth, the booth person would not bother where the car is parked within the terminal area. So, we have decided to shift the toll booth at the parking area so that cars will have to stop at the parking area. We will be erecting canopies at different places and trolleys will be made available so that passengers can have a comfortable walk to the terminal.”Until now the toll booth was situated near the Sardar Patel statue, but, within a week, it will be shifted to the parking area of the arrival and departure bays.

Prabhu writes to telecom minister on poor connectivity in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has drawn the attention of Telecommunication Minister Manoj Sinha to the problem of poor telephone connectivity in Konkan region, including Sindhudurg district. A native of Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, Prabhu currently represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. In a recent letter to Sinha, the railway minister has highlighted the “poor infrastructural facilities, shortage of staff and frequent disruptions in services after every rainfall and storm” in the region. “I would like to bring your attention towards the problems faced by the residents of Konkan region, including district Sindhudurg, with regard to the telephone connectivity,” Prabhu has said. Sinha is also the minister of state for railways. He has said the problems are “related to shortage of staff, need to upgrade infrastructure facilities, including national optical fibre network (NOFN) and base transceiver stations (BTS)”. Restoration of services becomes a major challenge owing to shortage of staff, he has said in the letter. Describing the topography of Sindhudurg as “unique”, Prabhu has said, “As a matter of fact, the mobile coverage is very poor in difficult and hilly areas of Sindhudurg district.” Seeking a permanent solution to the problem, he has demanded additional infrastructure and upgradation of the existing facilities in the region. Fast track implementation of national optical fibre network (NOFN) would complement the overall efforts of improving connectivity in the region, the letter said. “I request you to pay personal attention in the above matter and instruct officials to take necesary steps for extending the telecom services to the last mile in the district of Sindhdurg and Konkan region effectively,” Prabhu has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government issues notification on nomination of members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Chief Secretary Manoj Parida today issued gazette notification re-publishing the order of Union Home Ministry appointing three members as nominated legislators of the Assembly. The notification was issued on the basis of the Home Ministry`s communication received yesterday. The three members appointed as nominated legislators of the Assembly are V Saminathan (president of Puducherry State unit of Bharatiya Janata party) K G Shankar (its treasurer) and S Selvaganapthy (an educationist). The Central government has nominated them in keeping with sub section (3) of Section 3 of Union Territories Act 1963.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man injured after container truck hits metro pillar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 35-year-old man was injured after the container truck he was driving hit a pillar near Govindpuri metro station here and turned turtle in the wee hours today. The vehicle, bearing a Haryana registration number, was going to Sonipat from Okhla Phase II and was loaded with scrap material, police said. It hit a metro rail pillar in front of the Jal Board office in southeast Delhi and overturned. The driver, Manoj Yadav, was injured and admitted to AIIMS Trauma Centre, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Security guard shot dead during attempt to rob ATM cash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A security guard was shot dead by three men during an attempt to rob cash outside an ATM in Pipalia Mandi area of the district today, police said. The assailants, identified as Lalchand, Pankaj and Mahesh, were arrested within two hours of the incident, said the district superintendent of police Manoj Kumar Singh. The accused shot Sanjay Lodh, guard of a company entrusted with the task of loading cash in the ATMs of a nationalised bank, he said. Lodh was declared brought dead at the hospital. The accused planned to loot cash while it was being loaded in ATM. However they panicked when the gunshot alerted local people and fled on their bikes without taking the cash. Acting swiftly, police tracked them down and arrested them within two hours, the SP said. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-AAP MLA Ved Prakash is BJP candidate for Bawana by-poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP today announced ex-AAP legislator Ved Prakash as its candidate for the yet to be announced by-poll at the Bawana Assembly constituency in outer Delhi. Prakash, who was legislator from Bawana, resigned from his Assembly and AAP membership in March this year and joined the saffron party. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari announced his name as the party candidate from the reserved Assembly constituency. Congress and AAP have already announced its candidates for the by-poll. While Congress has fielded three time MLA Surender Kumar, AAP has given the ticket to party volunteer Ramchandra. As per the norms, a by-poll in an Assembly constituency should be held within six months of it falling vacant. The main political outfits in the fray — Congress, AAP and BJP — all wish to win the seat for different reasons. The Congress is looking to open its account in Delhi with this win while the BJP will try to increase its tally from four. The AAP, having a mammoth majority of 66 MLAs in the 70- member Assembly, would like to reassert its dominance in Delhi, dented in the face of back-to-back defeats in Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll and the MCD elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi BJP chief Tiwari felicitates victims of Emergency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari today felicitated people who had been arrested in Delhi for protesting against the government during the 1975-77 Emergency. Honouring the “Loktantra Senanis” (soldiers of democracy) at the BJP state office here, Tiwari advocated that this programme needs to be organised at a larger level from next year onwards, so that future generations would not forget about the “Emergency sufferers”. While speaking at a function to felicitate party workers and social activists detained during the Emergency period in 1975-77, he said that before June 25 next year the detainees of Emergency will be given certificates. Tiwari promised so, as some of the social activists and party workers present at the function informed them that even after passage of 42 years, they were yet to get acknowledgement for their sacrifice. Criticising the AAP government in Delhi for not hearing the Emergency sufferers, Tiwari said he would take help from the Centre in this regard. He said the detainees during the Emergency acted as saviours of democracy. Sharing his experience, senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that the Emergency, during which the constitutional rights of the people of the country were subverted, remains a blot in the post-independence history of the country. “The people of the country revolted against this authoritarianism,” Malhotra added. The BJP leaders in their speech also targeted Congress party for fielding former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as its presidential candidate. BJP-led NDA outsmarted the opposition by declaring Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate. Stumped by the ruling alliance’s move, Congress and 16 other parties announced the name of Kumar, thus making it a Dalit versus Dalit contest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Men loot Rs 12 lakh from ATM cash van after injuring guard

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two motorcycle-borne men allegedly shot at a security guard of a cash van and decamped with Rs 12 lakh in northwest Delhi’s Bhalswa Dairy today. The cash van, with four persons in it, had reached an State Bank of India ATM to fill cash in it, the police said. The men were waiting for an opportunity to strike and as soon as the guard, Manoj, alighted, they shot at him and threatened the others at gunpoint and decamped with the bag containing cash, they added. Manoj was rushed to a hospital where he is undergoing treatment. The accused were wearing helmets so the victims could not see there faces. The police are scanning CCTV footage from the area to identify the accused and questioning employees of the cash van firm to identify the accused. Teams have been formed to trace the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP MLA’s son booked for ‘burying alive’ 2 kids, including a

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Uttar Pradesh legislator’s son and a mining contractor have been booked for allegedly burying alive two children, including a Dalit, in Bhauri village of Bahraich district after locals resisted sand mining there. MLA Subhash Tripathi refuted the allegation levelled against his son and termed it as a “conspiracy”, while district administration has constituted a three-member committee to probe the matter. Bodies of Karan (10) and Nisar (11) were found yesterday in a drain in the village, adjacent to a place where mining was going on, following which irate villagers damaged the vehicles of contractors involved in the mining work. In his complaint to the police, Chetram, the father of Karan, a Dalit, said Nishank Tripathi and mining contractor Manoj Shukla were digging sand from his field instead of the area alloted to them. According to Chetram, on facing resistance, they buried alive the two children by putting sand on them with the help of a bulldozer, police said, adding an FIR was lodged yesterday against Nishank and Manoj on the charge of murder and under SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act. However, the SHO of Baundi police station, where the FIR was registered, said that postmortem report says that the two died due to drowning. The BJP MLA from Payagpur constituency of Bahraich refuted the charge against his son and said, “A conspiracy is being hatched against my son. If charges are proved I will quit politics forever.” A probe into the incident is being carried out by a three-member committee constituted by the district magistrate, comprising the SDM, mining officer and the police’s circle officer. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan today urged the NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind to participate in the last rites of the Dalit’s son. Talking to reporters in Rampur, he said the police lodged the complaint only after the villagers gheraoed the police station. Khan also said the state government should clarify what happened to its claim that goonda raj has ended in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi: Man promises wife a ‘surprise’, asks her to close eyes, then strangles her with clutch wire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 22-year-old woman was strangled to death allegedly by her husband in north Delhi as the couple used to fight often.The accused was arrested after few hours of the incident, the police said.Komal had married Manoj Kumar in July, 2015. It was a love marriage. Six months into the marriage, the couple developed differences and used to have frequent fights over trivial issues, the police said.Upset over the constant fights, she left her in-laws’ house and started staying at her parents’ house in Raghubir Nagar. Her husband used to often visit her and tried to persuade her into staying with his family in Ghevra area of Kanjhawala where he runs a general store.Komal had returned to her in-laws’ place recently but left it after she again had a fight with Manoj.Last evening Manoj visited his in-laws’ house in Raghubir Nagar to meet Komal. He asked her to come with him as he had planned a surprise for her.He took her to Bonta park where he asked her to close her eyes and strangled her with a clutch wire that he had bought from a market before meeting her, the police said.He left Bonta Park after killing her and called one of his friends who stays near his house in Kanjhawala and told him about the incident.His friend, however, alerted the police who detained him around midnight. They took him to the park to locate Komal’s body but he was too drunk to identify the spot where he had killed her, they added.Teams from two police stations started looking for Komal’s body and it was found around noon today.Prima facie, it has emerged that he killed his wife owing to marital issues. He also suspected her of having an extra- marital affair and often raised aspersions on her conduct, the police said.Manoj had planned to leave the city after killing his wife but he was nabbed before he could do so.

DNA Impact: DM orders Noida Authority to act against encroacher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh on Tuesday directed the Noida Authority to take action in the case wherein a flower seller got government identity documents issued on an address that he had encroached upon.DNA had reported the matter on Tuesday, June 13 edition.Talking to DNA, Singh said as soon as the matter came to his notice, he ordered the Noida Authority to take appropriate action. “Since the property belongs to Noida Authority, it is their duty to ensure its protection,” he said.Flower seller Ram Nishad and his family had encroached upon the space outside house number G-49 in Sector 27, which belongs to the Noida Authority and where Authority employee Manoj Kumar lives with his wife Seema and two-year-old son Akshaj. The encroachers then obtained PAN card, passport, driving license, and various other government documents by giving the address of the house.The house was allotted to Kumar on January 28, 2003. He had lodged a complaint with Sector 20 police station, Gautam Budh Nagar SSP Love Kumar, and Noida Authority DCEO Saumya Srivastav, but no action was taken for over a month. DNA has the copies of complaints lodged with the Noida Police and the Noida Authority, and documents generated on the address.Kumar has also alleged that Nishad’s family attacked his family members for lodging a complaint against him. The matter came to his knowledge when he received Nishad’s PAN on his address on April 22, 2017. Two days later, he lodged a complaint with SC Misra, in-charge of the work circle two in Noida Authority.Both Mishra and Srivastav said that they have given reports to additional CEO AK Srivastav, who will take the final call on conducting a drive to remove the illegal structure.illegal meansThe house was allotted to Noida Authority employee Manoj Kumar on January 28, 2003. The flower seller had obtained PAN card, passport, driving license, and various other government documents by giving the address of the house

MPs and MLAs were inaccessible to people, BJP has brought ‘institutional change’: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief Amit Shah alleged that MPs and MLAs were inaccessible to people during the Congress rule, while his party has brought in an “institutional change” in the way elected representatives engage with the masses.Addressing a function, Shah, 52, also claimed that prior to the formation of Modi government, people were beginning to “question their faith” in a “multi-party democratic system”.”I grew up in a village… elected representatives from Congress were there in many parts of the country. We had seen that meeting an MLA or an MP was unimaginable. It was not possible to meet even the associates of these persons (lawmakers).”No one would dare take anyone to their house. If someone got an opportunity to shake hands with them (MLAs/MPs) from below a stage, they would not shake hands with anyone else for next three days. Such was the scenario,” Shah said.But, the BJP, in a multi-party system, has changed the “character” of a public representative, the BJP president asserted.Today, people do not go to their representatives. The elected representatives hold ‘janata darbar’, take rounds in hospitals and public places.He said public representatives cannot discharge functions effectively unless they reach out to the people.”If he doesn’t know, what the people are thinking, then that elected representative will not be able to fulfil his duties,” Shah said, after releasing a community outreach magazine of BJP MP Maheish Girri at a function here.The BJP president said it was logistically not possible to reach out to every party worker in person, let alone every person in public.New communication technologies have evolved, but in the last 10-15 years facts have been presented in a distorted way, and reaching out to people is essential to clear the haze on these issues, he said.”There was a time when people were looking for an alternative, wondering if the multi-party democratic system built by our constitution makers had failed?” he said.But then 2014 came, and “after 30 years” a party formed a government with a complete majority. Also, a non-Congress party formed a complete majority government for the first time after Independence, he said.”And, so, in these three years, we have shown that even in a multi-party democratic system, against all odds and amid all obstacles, creation of a great nation is possible,” Shah added.The BJP president also traced the “eventful journey” of the party from its origin in the Jana Sangh.”Our prospects were nill when the party was established, and we have faced opposition and neglect…. But, today, we have come up as a huge party. From 10 initial members, we are now 11 crore…over 300 MPs and at Centre a government of full majority,” he added.Besides, Girri, BJPs Delhi in-charge Shyam Jaju, party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and senior Sangh leader Bajrang Lal Gupta were also present on the occasion.

Lighting of lamp ritual at functions should be followed: Jaju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior BJP leader said today that the tradition of lighting a ceremonial lamp at the beginning of public functions “should be followed”, while claiming that the ritual had faded away a few decades ago. BJP’s Delhi in-charge Shyam Jaju said this at a function here in the presence of party president Amit Shah. “The BJP has contributed to the country in many ways. We started this programme by lighting a lamp. We should continue with the tradition of lighting a ceremonial lamp in our country (‘Iss desh main deep prajwallan ki parampara chalu rahni chahiye’),” he said. “The practice had faded away by 90s and then the ritual was more of cutting a ribbon. We must continue with the lighting of a lamp,” Jaju said. The function was held to release a people’s outreach magazine of BJP MP Maheish Girri. It took place at the NDMC Convention Centre, in the heart of Delhi. BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari and senior Sangh leader Bajrang Lal Gupta were also present on the occasion. Shah was welcomed to the venue by rendition of Vedic chants. Shah, accompanied by Jaju, Girri, Tiwari and Gupta lighted a ceremonial lamp put up in the corner of the stage before the release the book. “Our leaders have taught many things. And, to many of our workers, the party values teach them to work on matters which are not related to politics or driven by vote-bank. So, they do (charitable) donation, work in slums, do yoga, plant trees,” Jaju said. The programme came to an end with the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ by all present.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi BJP chief Tiwari interacts with Delhiites on radio

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today raised awareness about sanitation through a radio campaign interacting with residents of south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar. Seeking to connect residents directly to their ward councillors for raising civic issues, FM channel Radio City has launched a 20-day outreach programme wherein, people can ask questions to them on air or face-to-face. The campaign — ‘City ka Darbar’ — is aimed at bringing the city together by giving citizens an easy access to elected representatives, to raise local issues, like solid waste management and water logging, and find solutions. Tiwari said the campaign will serve as a bridge between people and the councillors and bring quality to the civic services provided by the municipal corporation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP protests outside Delhi CM’s house against ‘poor’ power,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP workers staged a protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at the Civil Lines here today highlighting the problems of the people due to the “poor” power and water supply in the city. The protesters, led by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, were stopped by the police at a barricade and taken away. The police also had to use water canons to control the situation. The protesters were released subsequently. The BJP workers demanded a meeting with Kejriwal. “It is the Kejriwal government’s callousness which is responsible for the power and water shortage in the city,” Tiwari told reporters. He alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had not prepared a ‘summer action plan’ to ensure a proper supply of power and water in the hot summer months and the power infrastructure also had not been augmented, leading to frequent faults and outages. Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta claimed that the government did not buy enough electricity, which resulted in frequent power cuts across the city. “The Kejriwal government has allowed the private operators to short-purchase electricity as it is in connivance with them,” he alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

First RERA notice issued in state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly formulated Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) issued its first ever notice in the state.Confirming the same, the authority has issued a show cause notice to a Real EstateAgent (firm) claiming that it has misled the general public by using its registration number which shows that an unregistered project has been registered with RERA. The real estate agency has been asked to present itself on Monday before the authority.The show cause notice was issued on Thursday to Sai Estate Consultant, under the subject ‘unfair trade practice.’The notice further read, “In said advertisement the RERA registration number is mentioned, in fact you ought to have mentioned the registration number as “MahaRera registration number”. Further on plain reading of advertisement the impression that is caused is regarding the registration of real estate project with RERA, which is misleading tot he general public. It appears that this is a deliberate attempt on your part to cause impression in the mind of general public that the project that you are advertising is duly registered with MahaRera. Your conduct amounts to unfair trade practice within the meaning of provisions of RERA Act and same is punishable under section 62 of the Act.”When contacted, Gautam Chaterjee, the authority of RERA, said, “I don’t know whether this is the first show cause notice issued in the country, but this is first in the state.” The firm has been calledupon to appear before the Authority, on June 5, along with their explanation without fail, and if they fail to do so the authority will pass appropriate order on merit.Varsha Raut, of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, who had raised the issue, claimed that the concerned agent had misled by giving his registration number and said the rules are clear and need to be followed.When contacted Manoj, a representative from Sai Estate Consultant, he said, “He wasn’t in a position to comment on the issue and instead his legal team will get back to us on it.”

Arunachal CM discusses telecom connectivity with Union

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister Manoj Sinha in New Delhi to discuss issues related to telecom connectivity in the state. Khandu informed the Union Minister of State for Communications yesterday that the state government was emphasising on e-governance and m-governance while apprising him of the need for robust optical fibre connectivity (OFC) augmented with microwave towers and VSATs, an official release said here today. Pointing out that the existing IT network was not fully reliable, the chief minister said the urgency of having a good OFC network was necessary for GST to be implemented in the state. Khandu said 114 locations have been identified on priority with BSNL s broadband, internet leased line (ILL) or VSAT for successful implementation of GST. However, 61 locations have neither broadband nor ILL exchange and the remaining locations will also need augmentation, he added. The chief minister also requested adequate manpower for RailTel at least two per district required to monitor project work in every district. The Union minister assured him of strengthening telecom connectivity in the state and said that the Central government has set a target of connecting over 2.5 lakh gram panchayats under the BharatNet project with the aim to provide 2-20 mbps bandwidth to individual houses. Informing Khandu about steps being taken for improving mobile connectivity in Arunachal, Sinha said that BSNL will roll out 1,893 mobile towers to provide 2G internet service and seamless mobile coverage across the state, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rebel BJP leader writes to MLAs, apparently targeting CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari today sent an open letter to all party MLAs of Rajasthan asking them not to entertain “any specific individual”, an apparent reference to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Tiwari, an MLA, termed the recent suspension of legislators Hanuman Beniwal and Manoj Nyangli from the assembly as “an attempt to end democratic and parliamentary traditions”. Beniwal and Nyangli were suspended during last month’s assembly session on the ground of indiscipline. Tiwari urged all the MLAs to “stand up to save the values and traditions of the democracy and be united for getting the suspension of the MLAs revoked.” Tiwari has been targeting Raje ever since she became the chief minister. Tiwari, despite being a senior party leader, was not given a ministerial berth. Earlier this month, he was served a show cause notice by the party for “anti-party activities”. In his two strongly-worded replies, Tiwari had attacked Raje, calling her “queen of indiscipline”, and questioned the central leadership for not taking action against her.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Day-cares to be under CCTV surveillance in Ker districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to ensure safety of children in daycare centres, Kerala police has made CCTV cameras mandatory in such institutions in three districts. Thiruvananthapuram Range IG, Manoj Abraham has directed all police station under his range to ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in all day-care centres. With this order, the cameras would be installed in day care centres in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta, police sources here said. The directive was given in view of the alleged torture of a child by a caretaker in a day-care centre in Kochi last week. CCTV cameras, installed in all rooms accessed by children, would help parents ensure that their children are safe at the daycare centres, they said. The caretaker of a day-care centre in Kochi, Mini, was arrested following video footage aired by news channels, purportedly showing her assaulting a two-year-old child at the facility on May 23. The incident triggered wide protests and concern about the safety of children in day-care centres in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 700 cops go on police patrol together in Rohini

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police officials, from top ranking to low ranking officers carried out a patrol in the Rohini district in Outer Delhi area with some results. Police officials said that around 703 persons with criminal backgrounds were checked while a wanted criminal was arrested. Officials also said that headway was made in a 13-year old attempt to murder case.The patrol called a ‘gasht’ was carried out from 12am on Friday till 4am on Saturday. It involved 771 police officers of all ranks patrolling their specific areas in the district. Police officials also roped in people from the recently launched Prahari scheme which aims at bringing in persons such as local guards, and sweepers which help police in maintaining law and order in the area.”224 prahrais participated during night patrolling. In all six illegal firearms, another absent wanted criminal of the area was arrested, 104 vehicles without proper documents was seized, 25 vehicles with tinted glasses were fined and 151 ‘bad characters’ having active previous involvements were checked, verified and interrogated,” added Pal.On the attempt to murder case police officials stated that Suresh, 36, had in 2004 attempted to kill one of his distant relative on the suspicion that he was harassing his wife. Suresh hails from Begu Sarai and had even gone to his village to arrange for a pistol in order to eliminate Manoj.”He however changed his plan at the last moment and threw acid at him. He (Suresh) then fled the city after the crime and returned and opened a tea stall,” said DCP, Rohini, Rishi Pal.”When he (Suresh) realised that Manoj was alive and had survived the attack he again decided to eliminate him. He was arrested before he could execute the plan and a county made pistol was recovered from his possession,” he added.The general Gasht carried out by the North-West district district police under the guidance of DCP, Milind Mahadeo Dumbre resulted in no incidents of snatching and robbery from 12am and 4am on Saturday. During patrolling 11 persons including a wanted criminal was arrested. As many as 74 history sheeters were checked and 238 persons were detained under section 65 of Delhi Police Act.

RJD calls for fair probe in ‘benami assets’ case against Lalu, Misa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Thursday called for a fair probe in the benami properties case involving party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti and her husband. ?I find it a little bizarre and shocking that things, which even investigative agencies are not aware of, are being circulated in the media. I believe this is fairly procedural thing, but what disturbs us all that suddenly a television channel writes ?this and that impact’,? RJD leader Manoj Jha told ANI. “I think investigative agencies should take cognizance of these things because if rule of law comes under doubt then I think it would impact the state processes. We only wish the investigation should be fair,” he added. Yesterday, the Income Tax Department issued summons to Bharti and her husband, in connection with its probe into a Rs. 1,000-crore alleged benami land deals and a tax evasion case. The development followed the arrest of chartered acountant Rajesh Kumar Agrawal by the Enforcement Directorate on May 22. Agrawal is alleged to have aided in the llegal transactions involving Lalu’s kin. The arrest came days after raids were conducted by the Income Tax department at 22 locations in Delhi, Gurugram on companies and people associated with Lalu. As per sources, the raids were conducted on the charges of illegal (benami) land deals worth Rs. 1,000 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rs 1 crore demonetised currency seized; 2 held in Thane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane crime branch officials have seized Rs 1 crore in demonetised currency and detained two persons in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, a police team kept vigil near a hotel in Talaopali area last night and found the duo moving suspiciously, said senior police inspector (Crime) Ravindra Doipode. The illegal currency was stacked in a sack and a handbag, he said. Police have identified the duo as Manoj Cheda (36), a resident of Parel, and Prathamesh Bhaskar (22) from Dadar. They have recovered 6,455 notes of Rs 1,000 and 7,090 notes of Rs 500 from the duo. The seized currency was later handed over to the Income Tax department for further probe as the suspects could not explain the source of the money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mercedes hit-and-run case: Case to be heard by sessions court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today transferred to a sessions court a case against the parents of a teenager who is accused of fatally running over a 32-year-old man while driving his father’s Mercedes last year. Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon committed the case to a sessions court for further proceedings after the counsel for the accused told the court that the copies of documents supplied to them along with the charge sheet were complete. The case file would be put up on May 20 before the district judge who would mark it to the court of an additional sessions judge. The court had earlier taken cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police against the teenager’s parents Manoj Aggarwal (53) and Indu Aggarwal (45) and driver Kapil Kumar Mishra (42), who is also an accused in the case. The police in its final report has claimed that the parents had “intentionally aided” the wrong act by allowing their son, who was a minor at the time of incident, to drive. Advocate Jinendra Jain, who represented the parents, had said no offence is made out against them and when the boy had no intention to kill the victim, where was the question of parents abetting the offence. He claimed that the teenager had tried to save the victim. A separate case against the teenager, who turned major four days after the April 4, 2016 accident, is going on before a sessions court here. The sessions court is at the stage of hearing arguments on framing of charges and on an appeal filed by the teenager challenging an order of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) holding that the boy would face trial as an adult. According to the police, the teenager had fatally run over victim Siddharth Sharma with his father’s Mercedes when the victim was trying to cross a road near Ludlow Castle School in north Delhi on April 4 last year. The vehicle was registered in the name of a company owned by his parents Manoj and Indu Aggarwal. The plea claimed that the teenager was a repeat offender and he had been driving the vehicle with the consent of his parents. By allowing their minor son to drive the car, they did an act with the knowledge that he is likely to cause death, it said. Regarding the mother, the police has said she had never questioned her son about driving the vehicle in a routine manner and she was equally liable for abetting the offence. The driver had earlier claimed that he was driving the Mercedes at the time of accident but had done a volte-face after he got to know that the victim was dead. Regarding the driver, the charge sheet has said he had intentionally given false information to the police to save the teenager from punishment. The charge sheet was filed against the three persons for allegedly abetting the offences of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, destruction of evidence and giving false information under the IPC and under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Manoj Aggarwal and Mishra were arrested and later granted bail by the court. Indu Aggarwal was also granted anticipatory bail on April 27. The police had on May 26, 2016 chargesheeted the boy in JJB for culpable homicide not amounting to murder which entails a maximum of 10 years jail. The JJB had on June 4 last year ordered that the boy would face trial as an adult while observing that the offence allegedly committed by him was “heinous”. It is the first-of-its-kind case since the amendment in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 which allowed the Board to transfer cases of heinous offences by children to the sessions court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC launches fleet of auto-tippers for garbage collection

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following its win in the civic polls, the BJP’s new team of councillors is dedicated to make Delhi the prime minister’s “dream city”, state unit chief Manoj Tiwari said today. Flagging off a fleet of auto-tippers for garbage collection in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Tiwari said that the initiatives of the corporation were in tune with the party’s manifesto for MCD polls that promised to provide best civic amenities to the people. “In the coming days, the initiatives of SDMC will free south Delhi from garbage,” he said. Tiwari urged the residents of SDMC areas to cooperate with civic authorities to improve the rank of the city under Swachh Bharat Mission. SDMC commissioner Punit Goyal said for the “first time” in the capital city, segregation of garbage at source as biodegradable, dry and hazardous waste will be done with an aim to provide a result-oriented transportation. Besides garbage compacters, 148 auto-tippers, 28 three- wheelers and 56 rickshaws are going to be deployed for street-level collection. Previously, only 80 auto-tippers were deployed for this purpose, he said. The municipal corporation has decided to set up the second waste-to-energy plant soon, he said and added that formalities towards this end will be completed in the next two months.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu says ‘no comment’ on SC order in fodder scam case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD president Lalu Prasad today refused to make any comment on the Supreme Court order asking him to face separate trials in each of the cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam in which he is an accused. “My lawyers will speak on the issue,” he said in reply to a question by reporters. “Koi comment nahi (No comment),” Lalu quipped. It is for the first time that the RJD supremo has broken his silence on the apex court order two days ago asking him to face separate trials in each of the cases related to the multi-crore fodder scam in which he is an accused. The gates of his wife Rabri Devi’s official residence, 10, Circular Road, had remained shut for reporters for the past two days to avoid uncomfortable questions on the fodder scam in the wake of the SC order. The RJD supremo received a setback when the apex court on Monday held that Prasad has to face separate trials in each of the cases in which he is an accused in the multi-crore fodder scam and if found guilty, he may be punished separately. Of the 64 cases arising from the scam, Yadav has been named as accused in six cases and he has already been convicted in one of the case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.70 crore from Chaibasa treasury between 1994-1995. At present, Prasad is out on bail after his conviction in one of the six fodder scam cases. In reply to another question on allegations of EVM tampering, Prasad said RJD national spokesman Manoj Jha will represent the party at an all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission on May 12 to discuss the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD dubs Lalu-Shahabuddin audiotapes doctored, JD(U) calls it attempt to destabilize Bihar Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after an audiotape of a conversation between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party?s jailed leader Mohammad Shahabuddin, was made public, the political outfit on Sunday dubbed the tape as doctored, while its ally Janata Dal (United) said that it was an attempt to destabilize the government of Bihar. RJD leader Manoj Jha accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of scripting a propaganda against Lalu, who he termed as one of the strongest voices against right-winged authoritarian. ?I find the audio tapes purported and doctored. This is malicious, this is propaganda ruled out by top BJP script writers. We welcome all kind of investigation. Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav is one of the strongest voices against right-winged authoritarian,? Jha told ANI. Condemning the episode, JD(U) leader K.C Tyagi said, ?This is an attempt to destabilize the Bihar government.? An English news channel yesterday aired an audio clip of Lalu having a conversation with jailed mafia don Mohammad Shahabuddin. It played a recorded conversation which it claimed took place between Lalu Prasad and his convicted MP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP govt neglecting health facilities in Delhi: Manoj Tiwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today accused the Delhi government of “neglecting” health services and asked it to come out with a ‘white paper’ on its spending on developing medical facilities in the national capital. He alleged that the Delhi government’s preparations to tackle dengue and chikungunya were “incomplete” and urged it to come out with an audit on its Health department. “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal scared people with dengue and chikungunya during recent MCD polls while his government’s preparations to tackle the diseases are incomplete,” Tiwari said in a press conference. He said the AAP government should bring out a “white paper” on how much funds it has received from the Centre and expenditure incurred on providing health services in Delhi. “We also demand a Health audit as well as a social audit in the next one month, for determining to what extent health services have developed under the Kejriwal government,” he said. Citing the Modi government’s Jan Aushadhi Yojna, he also sought to know from the Delhi government whether such medicine stores were opened by it. “We want to know why basic facilities are absent in hospitals run by the Delhi government,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two more arrested in Kodanadu case; Key accused questioned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two more persons from Kerala were today arrested by Police in connection with the break-in and killing of a guard at Kodanadu estate of late chief minister Jayalalithaa. Acting on a tip-off, police from nearby Kotagiri picked up Justin Joy and Jamsher Ali, allegedly part of the gang members hired for the heist, from Mallapuram in Kerala, police said. The two were produced before Kotagiri Magistrate C Sridhar who remanded them to three days police custody. With this, the number of persons arrested in the April 24 incident has risen to seven. The duo was earlier taken to the scene of the crime at Kodanadu Estate bungalow after preliminary questioning on being brought to Kotagiri in hilly Nilgiris District. Their detention followed yesterday’s arrest of Manoj alias Samiyar, who had allegedly arranged the gang members from his state to carry out the heist at the bungalow. Earlier in the day, key accused in the case Sayan was questioned by police, days after he was hospitalised after being injured in a road accident in Kerala. District Superintendent of Police Murali Rambha interrogated Sayan alias Shyam at a private hospital in Coimbatore, where he has been undergoing treatment since April 29. Rambha said the health condition of Sayan was stable. However, considering that he may develop unnecessary stress, he was questioned only for a few minutes, the SP told reporters. Sayan, alleged accomplice of main conspirator Kanagraj, was yesterday questioned by a Kerala police team in connection with the April 29 road mishap in which he was injured and his wife and daughter were killed near Thrissur. Sayan, who was driving the car, had rammed the vehicle into a stationary truck. Kanagaraj was killed in a road accident in Salem on the same day. Sayan had reportedly told police that the accident involving his family occurred as he was deprived of sleep in the previous days. As part of the investigations into the case, the Kodanadu estate workers and villagers in Kotagiri were also being questioned, police said. Investigation so far has revealed involvement of 11 persons, including the main conspirator Kanagaraj, former driver of Jayalalithaa, of whom two are at large. The gang members had planned the dacoity based on Kanakaraj’s information that there was a huge amount of cash in the bungalow, police said. The Kodanadu estate figures in a disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and late Jayalalithaa, among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MP Manoj Tiwari’s house ‘ransacked’, staff attacked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested two men after they allegedly barged into Delhi BJP chief and MP Manoj Tiwari’s residence and roughed up two of his staff members. The two men — who are brothers — were travelling in a car which bumped into a vehicle driven by one of Tiwari’s staffers just outside the MP’s house in Lutyens’s Delhi at around 1.30 AM. The brothers called their friends who arrived armed with rods in a tempo and thrashed the MP’s staff, a Tiwari aide said. They then entered his residence through a gate meant for public entry and tried to ransack the premises, a senior police officer said. Soon after the incident, Tiwari tweeted, “My residence at 159 North Avenue has been ransacked by 8 to 9 people.” Tiwari’s aides claimed that the group of men also abused them while demanding to see Tiwari. It is learnt that the BJP MP was not at home when the incident took place. “It looks like a conspiracy and the police are involved in it. No one should be spared,” Tiwari said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50K cartridges, 45 meat packets at Col’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Horns, skins, and other body parts of endangered species and about 117 kilograms of their meat were allegedly seized during a Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) raid at the residence of a retired Army Colonel in Civil Lines area of Uttar Pradesh’ Meerut on Saturday late night.DRI had conducted the 17-hour long raid at the Civil Lines residence of the retired Colonel Devendra Kumar in connection with a disproportionate asset (DA) case.During the search operation, they found hides, two horns of blackbuck, heads, nails and other body parts of leopard, swamp deer and spotted deer from a godown in the cellar camouflaged as plywood storeroom.The 117 kgs of meat was stored in 45 packets and stored in a freezer.”We recovered as many as 45 packets weighing about 117 kgs of meat suspected to be of endangered animals. Samples of meat have been sent to the lab for testing to ascertain category of wild animals,” Chief Wildlife Conservator Mukesh Kumar told mediapersons.During the raid, the DRI also recovered Rs 1 crore in cash and about 40 arms, including nine pistols and 12 rifles, and a huge cache of ammunition from the residence of the retired Colonel.DRI Officials said that they suspect that the Retired Colonel and son Prashant Bishnoi, a national level skeet shooter, were running an illegal wildlife smuggling racket. They were killings animals and selling their meat, hides and other parts to Indiana as well as overseas clients, the officials added. Turn to P4DRI recovers huge wildlife cache from retired Army Colonel residence in UP”We are investigating the material seized in the raid. We will come to a definite conclusion only after further interrogation of the arrested is completed,” said Manoj Kumar, Senior Intelligence officer, DRI.”We have registered a case under Wildlife Protection Act against the accused,” said Kumar.According to a press release issued by the DRI, firearms of various make and models–Glock (Austria), Italy-made Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle and Blaser (Germany) — were seized along with expensive cameras, thermal imaging binoculars and cartridges.The DRI has also registered a case under the Arms Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.”One of the suspects is believed to have recently killed a leopard near Jim Corbett area and processed the skin at his residence,” the DRI said in its statement.”We are investigating the material seized in the raid. We will come to a definite conclusion only after further interrogation of the arrested is completed,” said Manoj Kumar, Senior Intelligence officer, DRI.”We have registered a case under Wildlife Protection Act against the accused,” said Kumar.According to a press release issued by the DRI, firearms of various make and models–Glock (Austria), Italy-made Beretta, Arsenal, Benelle and Blaser (Germany) — were seized along with expensive cameras, thermal imaging binoculars and cartridges.The DRI has also registered a case under the Arms Act and Prevention of Corruption Act.”One of the suspects is believed to have recently killed a leopard near Jim Corbett area and processed the skin at his residence,” the DRI said in its statement.

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