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Victims of Bipolar disorder are also human beings: Shreevatsa Nevatia

Q. How was the experience of writing the book on the disorder given that you yourself is afflicted from it?I think if someone is not a writer, and then he writes a book about bipolarity, that is brave. For someone who has always wanted to write, writing this book, was, more than courageous, it was cathartic. I felt much better after having written about my experiences. I felt I could make sense of it. One thing I have learnt is that the more you talk about things, the more you try and give it a guise of a story, the more are people able to participate in your narrative.Q. Do you think it is important to talk about the disorder?I don’t think people who want to keep it private, should be forced to make it public. I am blessed with a support system, a social circle, that allows me to talk about my condition and not judge me for it. There might be people who are bipolar, who do not want to talk about it because their support system might not encourage them to do so. One must keep in mind that not everyone has a luxury to talk. I am blessed to have a support system.Q. What are the ways in which they can be helped?More than coming out, it would help if you talk about it and see if you can find a kind and patient hear. If you find one such person, sometimes that might just be enough for you to come out of whatever it is that you might be suffering from. A medical or a therapeutic help is something that you should seek.Q. What can be done to understand a person suffering from the disorder?I would quite simply say, create spaces so that people can talk and you can listen. People who are bipolar, or afflicted with any kind of mental disorder, all they require is, their narratives and stories to be given some validity. Don’t just dismiss them as mad or as strange. Try to see whether you are able to detect, from what they say, a certain amount of logic. Like everyone else, they can also teach you that life can be lived. They are as human as anyone else.Coming to terms:Taking about the most difficult part of the book to write, Shreevatsa Nevatia said, “It was talking about my child sexual abuse that was most difficult.”“That was certainly hard because I have never stopped to think about to or give it some form. However, having written about it, I felt I had drawn a line. It does not bother me as much any more. It doesn’t define me,” he added.KNOW THE AUTHORShreevatsa Nevatia is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveller India. The book, How To Travel Light, maps Nevatia’s journey as he deals with mania and depression. Progressing through his life, as a victim of child abuse Nevatia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. The book is an insight into the mind of a maniac and gives the reader an insight into the life of the one suffering from the mental illness and yet coming out to the world as a fighter.“I would not want to be a manic again, but I am certainly not embarrassed about my mania now,” Nevatia said.

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‘Jammu and Kashmir extremely safe destination for women travelling alone’

Thanks to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), tourism honchos are cashing in on the positive indicators about women safety to promote the sector in order to ensure the increased footfalls of tourists to the valley.The 2016 NCRB report has revealed that Jammu and Kashmir recorded zero crimes against the foreigners, bringing smiles on the sullen faces of the tourism players in the valley.According to NCRB report, 382 crimes were committed against foreigners in India, of which 154 were committed in Delhi alone. Accordingly, 12 foreigners were murdered, 19 raped, 19 robbed and 38 foreign women assaulted in the country.“J&K is an extremely safe destination for women travelling alone. The feedback from women travelers from all over has been tremendous with respect to how safe they felt there”, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department.Post Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last yearFigures reveal around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatries who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed.Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post-Burhan Wani killing unrest. Tourism players are hoping that NCRB figures will help in diluting the negative perceptions about Kashmir. “People have apprehensions about visiting Kashmir, but I must tell you that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the safest tourist destinations”, said Priya Sethi, Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for tourism.

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In a first, JNU to maintain attendance record for students

In a first, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has made attendance compulsory for all regular students from January next year, a move that students termed was against the university’s ‘tradition’.According to a circular issued by JNU’s assistant registrar Sajjan Singh, “attendance is mandatory from the next semester for all students registered in all programmes i.e, COP, DOP, ADOP, BA, MA, MSc, MTech, MPhil, PhD etc. All schools and centers are advised to maintain an attendance record of all students”.The university has not yet specified the exact percentage of attendance that would be required to be maintained by students and said detailed guidelines will be issued shortly.While the circular mentioned that the decision was taken during the academic council meeting held on December 1, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has stated that no such issue was raised during the meeting. “During the meeting, the V-C had just arbitrarily mentioned about the formation of a committee to ensure provisions of compulsory attendance for School of Language, but it was not a part of the agenda,” JNUSU president Geeta Kumari said.”That random proposal, which the V-C had raised in passing amid opposition by the JNUSU and others, is now being termed as the decision of the AC. This is actually going to become a weapon in the hands of the administration to harass students, as is done in other universities,” she said.JNUSU vice-president Simone Zoya Khan also termed the move “irrational” and “unreasonable”. “We are adults. If we choose to miss classes and mess up our future then that is on us. We are not in schools or gurukuls that we need to answer a roll call every day. This is an absolutely absurd regulation,” she said, adding that it has now become routine to “misrepresent” and “manipulate” the reporting of the statutory bodies by the JNU administration.The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) also backed the JNUSU, stating that the matter of regulating attendance was not discussed in the Academic Council meeting. “In a university where majority of the students are busy with their research work, compulsory attendance will not work,” a JNUTA member said.

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Ockhi-hit Tamil Nadu villages to give Xmas a miss

Fishing villages of Thoothoor in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari are giving this Christmas a miss as over 305 fishermen and their boats are still missing after being hit by Ockhi cyclone on November 30.”There won’t be any celebration of Christmas. We are going to hold prayers on Sunday night in the memory of those missing fishermen. Other than church activities, there will not be any function or celebration outside,” Fr Bebinson, parish priest of St Thomas Forane Church, Thoothoor.Of the 305 missing fishermen, 157 are from eight fishing villages in Thoothoor region while 98 are from other districts of Tamil Nadu and about 50 are from Assam, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. As of now, only seven dead bodies of Kanyakumari fishermen were recovered.Fishermen from Thoothoor region are known for deep-sea fishing, venturing up to 1600 nautical miles, staying in the sea for 30-40 days.The families of missing fishermen are hoping that they would return before the Christmas but the hope is fading with each passing day, said Fr Bebinson. In last few days, as many as 60 fishermen hit by the cyclone were rescued by local fishermen who went on a search mission and brought to shore along with their damaged boats, he said, adding that fishermen set out in 200 boats in search of their missing brethren in the sea. “We will wait until this month end for the missing fishermen to return. After which we will hold memorial service for them,” he said.The case of migrant workers from Andhra Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal who go along with the fishermen in the deep sea fishing vessels as helpers are tragic. The migrant works who were basically working in the hotels started venturing along with fishermen as they got good pay, said Fr Churchill, general secretary of South Asian Fishermen Fraternity.”Sadly, there is no exact number of migrant workers went into the sea. We compiled the missing fishermen list from the survivor’s account. In some boats, none of them survived so we don’t know how many migrant workers were there in it,” he said.Fr Churchill said the fishermen suffered worst in the cyclone Ockhi than 2004 tsunami. “In five minutes, everything was over in tsunami whereas the fishermen caught in the cyclone were stranded and faced a traumatic death after swimming endlessly with the hope of being rescued,” he said.

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Shashi Tharoor does it again! Twitter goes crazy over ‘rodomontade’

When we are talking about Shashi Thaoor, it will not be farrago of lies and distortions to say that he is best known for his clipped Oxbridge accent and affable smile, while speaking to anyone who cares about the ills of British Raj in India. Tharoor’s unique vocabulary where he often uses obscure words nonchalantly has become a raging Internet meme and anyone using polysyllabic words in common conversation is often accused of doing a ‘Tharoor’. Saying simple things in complicated way has become a legitimate joke format too. Now Shashi Tharoor, who enjoys a cult-like following among people across the aisle has obviously seen the funny side of the entire phenomenon. He gave a long explanation about why he doesn’t use exotic words for the sake of it and words just flow in his normal vocabulary. They are the best ones for the idea he wants to convey. But as usual there was an Easter Egg in his tweet. It was the word rodomontage. which means boastful or inflated talk.Also readLet’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar: Miss World Manushi Chhillar reacts to Shashi Tharoor’s tweetAnd naturally, Twitter went all crazy with it. While it didn’t make as much of a splash as his ‘farrago’ tweet, it has got 7.8 thousand likes and over 1.6 thousand retweets at the time of writing. Even ex-J&K CM Omar Abdullah couldn’t help but comment.Also readHe has exposed his debased thinking: Haryana ministers attack Shashi Tharoor over demonetization-Chhillar jokeHere are some of the best reactions.

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Gujarat assembly elections: Politics in India has become ugly, I want to change it, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that he aims to raise the bar of the country’s political discourse. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gandhi said, “Personally, I want to change the political discourse of the country; it has become very ugly and nasty.” “The prime minister may call me names and he may use wrong language to refer to me, but like I said, I will never do that. I respect the position of the prime minister,” said Gandhi. Gandhi also said that his first job as the party’s president to strengthen its organisational structure and that he was quite confident that the Congress is winning the Assembly elections in Gujarat. “As party president, my priority will be to strengthen the party and you will see that in Gujarat,” he said. Also readGujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi takes off in seaplane from Sabarmati riverHe then trained his gun on PM Modi flying a seaplane on the Sabarmati. “The PM wants to fly in a plane and give a miss to the real issues in Gujarat; these are just distractions. In Gujarat, the development has been one-sided and only a handful few has benefitted. I’ve asked him several questions for which he has no answer: Are there teachers in all the schools or not, are the doctors in all the hospitals or not, are there lapses in the Rafale deal or not. He chooses not to answer,” Gandhi said.

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From helpline to WhatsApp number: Steps taken to help women in distress in Jammu and Kashmir

Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has started one-stop-crisis-centre to help the women in distress at their doorsteps.SCW has started a helpline where the women can lodge a complaint over the phone and without walking into the office of the SCW. SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of the SCW can immediately reach out to the women and help her to redress their grievances.“Please circulate this number among all for lodging complaint regarding any issue or problem any woman is facing at home or office..J&K state commission for women has kept this number exclusively for women to text, WhatsApp, message or give miss call. The commission will contact you soon”, tweeted Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW.Official figures reveal that the SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at the workplace in the last three to four years.Also readJammu and Kashmir women’s commission chief bats for introduction of Women’s Reservation Bill“People have no direct access. They have to come to our office and lodge complaint then we will see and call them. But the phone line gives them immediate and instant access to the commission. I am seeing since yesterday there are so many calls. I think people have problems particularly women. If this type of instant access is provided to them they will come and find a solution to their problems”, Mehjoor told DNA.The helpline will act as the one-stop crisis centre where SCW officials can seek help from police and other agencies to help the women in the distress. “We can help in many ways. If she needs the support of police we can call the concerned police station, If she needs health-related help we can call the health centre. If there is domestic violence, we can intervene and send our team. There are different channels working”, she said.Police figures reveal 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Gujarat people believe in vikaswaad, not caste-based politics: Amit Shah takes dig at Congress

BJP President Amit Shah said that the Patidar agitation had created an illusion ahead of the Gujarat polls, but said that it would soon be shattered because the Congress’ formula is ‘constitutionally impossible.In an interview with The Indian Express, the BJP president said that it had become clear that the Congress’ promise on reservations would not be made possible. “There is a sea change in the Patidar community, as this has become clear to most of them.”Expressing confidence in winning at least 150 out of 182 assembly seats in Gujarat, Shah also said that Gujarat believed in vikaswaad and caste-based politics was a thing of the past. Accusing the Congress of running a caste-based campaign, Shah said that apart from this they had no other issue.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi to be back for two days today, Rahul Gandhi on 5thCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has led the campaign in Gujarat, has constantly spoken on the poor execution of the Goods and Service Tax. However, Shah maintained that the recent tweaking in the GST had nothing to do with the Gujarat elections. “We have never said it (the Gujarat election) is a referendum on GST. But if the Opposition wants to make it so, we have no objections,” Shah said.The BJP President, however, did not dismiss the sentiments behind the agitations of new-age caste leaders Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani. He said that all parties should ignore political ideologies and put their heads together to find a solution to the issue. “It will be a long drawn-out process that requires prolonged discussions,” he said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Patidar youth rally behind Hardik Patel, seniors still with BJPVoting is scheduled for December 9 and 14, and results will be declared on December 18
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Armed Forces Week: RS MP Subhash Chandra’s appeal on occasion of Flag Day

Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra has appealed to all Indians to do their bit for the Army during the Armed Forces week. Here’s what he said in a video message:Armed Forces Week is being celebrated as Flag Week between December 1 and December 7. On Dec 7, there will be Flag Day which is dedicated to the sacrifices made by our army and our jawans. This whole week, all of us, must thank our soldiers in some way or other- remembering them, hoisting flag or donating something towards their families. Our soldiers stay vigilant in bone-chilling cold and challenging conditions, even take bullets for us so that we could sleep in peace, assured of our security. This week is special and is for remembrance. Keep thanking them by donating online to make their lives better on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day. We rarely get the opportunity to serve those who guard us and the nation. We mustn’t miss it. The tricolour must keep flying high in our hearts. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat.Here’s how people can contribute: Link for online payment:Also readArmed Forces Week: Defence Minister urges civilians to wear Armed Forces Flag with prideUPI [email protected] number8800462175For Cheque payment, Account number is : 34420400623SBI RK Puram Branch
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Gujarat elections 2017 | Congress banking on casteism: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah pulled no punches as he confidently predicted a resounding victory for the saffron party in the Prime Minister’s home state — Gujarat.In a free-wheeling interview to Zee Hindustan, Shah said, “If you look at poll campaigns of both parties in Gujarat, you will see that the Congress has been fighting on the plank of casteism while we have been fighting on the plank of development. And we have seen that time and again the people of Gujarat have rejected casteism in favour of development.”Shah who confidently predicted a resounding victory for the BJP with 163 out of the 182 seats going to the party, stated that the party was ready to answer any issue that the Congress would raise against it. Dismissing Rahul Gandhi’s charges that GST and demonetization had been heavy for the common man, Shah contended that it had cleansed the system. He also replied to the Grand Old Party’s accusations of “corruption” and “favouritism” on the Rafale deal stating, “It is a government to government deal. Let the Winter Session of Parliament come, we are ready to answer to all charges levelled against us.” Asked as to why was the government delaying the announcement of dates for the Winter Session of Parliament, Shah said, “Do remember in the time of the UPA, the sessions of Parliament were delayed as well. It is easy to point fingers at us. We will announce it soon.”Asked about the ongoing ‘Padmavati’ controversy, Shah said. “Please note that it is not just in Gujarat there is a ban on ‘Padmavati’ in many states. History is a sensitive subject and should not be tampered with.”Asked about the issue of love jihad and the recent ongoing case in Kerala. “There has been a recent instance of ISIS operative becoming active in Kerala and using methods such as love jihad. While we endorse the right for anyone to marry, we cannot dismiss such concerns and the government needs to take it seriously.”

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Ladakh, a stunning Himalayan region in India, is home to 28 Buddhist nunneries – this is one of them.

Remembering 26/11: When I miss him, I see him on YouTube, says Divya Salaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For Divya Salaskar, the 30-year-old daughter of late Vijay Salaskar who was among the several officers martyred while fighting terrorists on 26/11, it was the night she had planned to go for a drive with her father.”Since he liked having egg and I couldn’t stand its smell, I was in my room. An hour later when I did not hear from him, I came out and foud out that he had left long back because there was firing,” she recalls.When the family learnt of his death on the TV, the void was as gaping as it was sudden. “Since he was always running to spots, we were prepared to visit a hospital but not this,” she told DNA.”A daughter always falls back on her father the most. He was my best friend. Whenever I miss him now, I YouTube his videos. I see him walking and talking that way. It is painful but you see him breathing and living.”Divya, who completed her Masters and now runs her own HR and training consultancy, regrets that her father couldn’t be around for her convocation. “He was very keen that I have a Masters, he probably thought I could help him,” she says, dismissing descriptions of her father as an ‘encounter specialist’.”He never really liked calling himself an encounter specialist. He was not trigger happy and would say that there is no achievement in taking someone’s life,” she said.That her father was respected within the force is evident by the fact all of his team members still visit the family. “They also drop by on his birthday, and lend their support incase there is any work to be done,” Salaskar says.When asked if the force is better equipped to avert an attack in the future, Salaskar said, “They may not be able to avert it but there will be better damage control.”

100 Andhra lawmakers granted mass leave and the reason will leave you baffled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every wedding season, there’s always mayhem in every workplace over one thing — leaves.But that’s not the case if you happen to be a lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh.Not only will you get desired leave, you can ensure that your office buddies don’t miss out on all parties.That’s what happened when 100 lawmakers from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly were granted mass leave to attend weddings.Yes, bizarre it may sound, but it’s very much true. According to an NDTV report, the MLAs from ruling Telugu Desam Party had written to Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, the Assembly Speaker to grant them leaves for two days.To compensate the loss of work, the lawmakers said that they were ready to work for two extra days.The Speaker has agreed to their demands even as the Assembly is still in session.Among the highest paid lawmakers in the country, the Andhra MLAs will attend the weddings in coming days.Last year, the Andhra Assembly had passed a bill to hike salaries of the legislators in March. According to the Bill, the monthly salary of each lawmaker has been enhanced from Rs 95,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh.There are reports that over one lakh marriages will be solemnised across the state.

You are such a class act: Shashi Tharoor responds to Manushi Chhillar’s tweet, apologises again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, after the uproar over his joke about Chhillar-demonetization, Shashi Tharoor replied to Manushi Chhillar’s tweet.She had tweeted: “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar @ShashiTharoor.”Replying to her tweet, Shashi Tharoor called her a ‘class act’ and apologised if any offence was caused to her family. He added that like every Indian he was ‘proud of her’.He wrote: “You’re a class act, @ManushiChhillar! Beautiful, smart & uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I’m proud of you.”In response to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s comment, wherein he tried to play on Manushi Chhillar’s surname, the newly-crowned Miss World 2017 has said she is not going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark.Tharoor’s witty tweet on Manushi backfired on him, when the twitterati slammed him for comparing her surname to ‘loose change’.The 20-year-old, however, gave a graceful reply to Tharoor’s tweet.Following Manushi Chhillar’s victory at the Miss World 2017 pageant on Saturday, Tharoor had tweeted, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!”After receiving backlash, in another tweet, Tharoor issued an apology, saying, “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill!.”

Let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar: Miss World Manushi Chhillar reacts to Shashi Tharoor’s tweet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Miss World Manushi Chhillar is on cloud nine. She won the crown for India 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the title and no controversy can ruin her mood. So after Congress MP Shashi Tharoor apologised on social media for mocking at the government’s demonetisation decision while applauding Manushi Chhillar who won Miss World crown this week, the crowned beauty also had an epic reply to Tharoor’s comment.While Tharoor mentioned Chillar as ‘loose change’, Manushi played it cool by saying ‘Let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar’. This Haryana girl took to Twitter and wrote, “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar.”
ALSO READ Just another Whatsapp uncle: Twitter can’t keep calm over Shashi Tharoor making a Manushi Chhillar-demonetization jokeReferring to Chhillar’s achievement Shashi Tharoor initially wrote on Twitter, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” However, Tharoor was quick to apologise after being slammed on social media.
ALSO READ 5 lesser-known facts about Miss World 2017 Manushi ChhillarHis tweet read: “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill! (sic).”The National Commission of Women (NCW) had also said it will summon the Congress leader for his ‘derogatory and degrading’ tweet on newly-crowned Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.
ALSO READ Miss World 2017: Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Big B and other celebs congratulate Manushi Chhillar for her winA series of tweets by NCW read, “NCW condemn the tweet of @INCIndia leader @ShashiTharoor. He degraded the achievement of daughter of #haryana and #India who got glory to the country. Will he call his own daughter chillar? He must apologize immediately. NCWIndia will summon Shashi Tharoor to commission on his derogatory tweet.”Bharatiya Janata Party also accused Tharoor of “demeaning” a Haryana subname.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted, “Is it real tweet of Sh Tharoor? This is ridiculing the great achievement of Ms Chhillar! Repeat of “Cattle Class” comment? Should apologise demeaning a Haryana Surname!”Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Anupam Kher called Tharoor a “fool” and asked why his standard had gone so low.”Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” Best wishes on #InternationalMensDay.:),” Kher further tweeted.

BMS paper leak: 3 more held, suspects likely to miss exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police on late Saturday night arrested three more persons for allegedly leaking and selling the third-year Bachelor of Management Studies’ (BMS) ‘Marketing and E- commerce and Digital Marketing’ question papers. The police had earlier arrested ten persons after a student was found with a copy of the paper in her mobile phone. Five of the arrested students are likely to miss their exam on Monday pending court a order.A team, led by Police Sub Inspector Daya Nayak, arrested the accused Mohammed Irfan Khatri an employee of an online ticket booking firm, Naved Khatik, 20, and Rajesh Dangi, 20, both third-year BMS students.According to the police, the main accused Kalpesh Bagul, a technician of the IT department at Nirmala Memorial Foundation College in Kandivli downloaded the question papers from an e-mail sent by the University of Mumbai prior to the examinations and later e-mailed it to Khatri, who, along with other two accused, sold the question papers to aspiring students for Rs 10,000 each.”The money was collected via online transfers such as PayTm and cash. Bagul would get his share from agents to whom he had sent the question papers. We have also sent a detailed report of their modus operandi to MU. We are investigating further,” added the officer.We have not given a green signal to the students appearing for exams as investigation is ongoing. The court too hasn’t given us any directives.Officer, Amboli police station

NCW summons Shashi Tharoor over his demonetization-Chhillar joke

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, Shashi Tharoor one of the India’s most eloquently-spoken politicians ended up in a bit of a soup over a joke he made about Miss World Manushi Chhillar.While many of us had made the painfully obvious Chhillar-demonetization jokes since Miss Chhillar broke a 17-year drought to win the Miss World gong, it was Congress MP who landed in trouble.Attempting to put a light spin on the win as he wrote: “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!” After some commentators took offence to the tweet, Shashi Tharoor clarified it was just a bilingual pun. He added: “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill!”However, the National Commission for Women didn’t see the funny side as they pulled him up for his joke and ‘summoned’ him.”The NCW’s official Twitter handle wrote: “NCW condemn the tweet of @INCIndia leader @ShashiTharoor. He degraded the achievement of daughter of #haryana and #India who got glory to the country. Will he call his own daughter chillar? He must apologize immediately. @NCWIndia will summon @ShashiTharoor to commission on his derogatory and degrading tweet on our pride @ManushiChhillar She got fame and name to country by winning #MissWorld crown.”When accused of misplaced priorities about pulling up Shashi Tharoor, NCW acting chairperson Rekha Sharma said that the quasi-judicial body had also written to Rajasthan DGP against all the men who have threatened Deepika Padukone.India’s Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the country’s dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest. The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico. Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last year’s Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at the event in Sanya City Arena in China which was televised live globally.The announcement about Chhillar winning the Miss World crown was also made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle as well as on its Facebook page. “The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary. “I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause. Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966. Aishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas. A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting. Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”.

On Indira Gandhi’s 100th birth anniversary, Rahul and Varun remember their Dadi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Varun Gandhi today hailed his grandmother and Congress stalwart Indira Gandhi on her hundredth birth anniversary, calling her “a mother to this nation”.”‘Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently’. To a lady that was a mother to this nation. Miss you Dadi…I know you always watch over us,” Varun Gandhi said in a tweet.He also tweeted a picture in which the former prime minister is seen holding him, then a small child, in her lap.Rahul Gandhi recalled his grandmother, whom he described as his mentor and guide.”I remember you Dadi with so much love and happiness. You are my mentor and guide. You give me strength. #Indira100,” he tweeted.Rich tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary today with former President Pranab Mukherjee leading the remembrances.Senior Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, also paid homage to the late leader.Mukherjee and Singh, besides Rahul Gandhi, paid floral tributes to her at her memorial, ‘Shakti Sthal’.”No one can erase Indiraji’s memory,” Mukherjee said at an event later at 1 Safdarjung Road, where Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984. A photo exhibition has been organised there to mark her 100th birth anniversary.Sonia Gandhi said Indira Gandhi took pride in India’s rich diversity and its democratic and secular values.”She fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people on lines of religion and caste. For her as Prime Minister there was but one religion, a sacred creed passionately held– that all Indians were equal children of the motherland,” the Congress president said in her speech.Indira Gandhi also fought for India’s dignity and independence as a sovereign nation, against the dominance of superpowers, she said.”And not only for India, but for all countries that resisted colonial and post-colonial forms of hegemony,” Sonia Gandhi added.Rahul Gandhi recalled his grandmother, whom he described as his mentor and guide.”I remember you Dadi with so much love and happiness. You are my mentor and guide. You give me strength. #Indira100,” he tweeted.Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter that she worked tirelessly “to shape a new future” for the country.”…India first & India always. That was Indiraji! #Indira100,” he said on the micro-blogging site.Often described as the ‘Iron Lady of India’, Gandhi was born on this day in 1917 in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad.

CM Khattar congratulates Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar on winning Miss World title

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday expressed happiness and congratulated Manushi Chhillar in winning the Miss World title, after 17-long years.Minutes after the results were announced, Khattar took to Twitter and said, Congratulations to Manishi Chillar, daughter of Haryana, on becoming Miss World 2017.21-year-old Manushi competed with women from over 108 nations. She is a medical student hailing from Haryana.She was crowned the new queen by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle today.Besides Chhillar, the first runner-up was Stephanie Hill from England, while Andrea Meza, hailing from Mexico, was announced the second runner-up.On that note, actress Priyanka Chopra was the last Indian to win Miss World in 2000.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary it’s not always about cash but I feel it’s the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.Aishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”.

MU allows Elphinstone stampede victim to write exam from home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special arrangement of sorts, the University of Mumbai allowed a 19-year-old BCom student to write his exam from his home on Friday morning. Akash Parab, a victim of the Elphinstone stampede tragedy, was allowed to write his first paper from his Vikhroli home.On September 29, Akash and his brother Rohit had gone to the flower market in Parel to pick up flowers which could be sold at the family-owned shop in Bhandup. The duo was then caught in the stampede and while Akash suffered a few injuries, his brother, Rohit, lost his life. Keeping behind the huge tragedy, Akash appeared for his first paper — Financial Accounting — less than two months after the incident.A student of Bhandup’s Ramanand DAV College, Akash was given one additional hour to write his paper by the university. “The university has allowed Akash to appear for all his papers from his residence. A team of officials from the university and a nearby college visited his house on Friday with the question paper and answer sheet. He was given additional time and was provided all the necessary support,” said Leeladhar Bansod, spokesperson, University of Mumbai.Elated that he could give his exam, Akash said that he is now looking forward to writing all his papers well. “A huge tragedy struck us as we lost my brother and I had injuries all over. I thought that I would have to miss my exam as the doctor has not allowed me to walk,” said Akash while speaking to DNA.

Exchange case: CBI opposes Marans’ discharge plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday opposed the discharge applications moved by former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother and media tycoon Kalanidhi Maran in the illegal telephone exchange case.The investigative agency urged the CBI special court to dismiss the discharge petition filed by the Marans arguing that it had filed a charge sheet against Maran brothers and other accused in the case only after a thorough investigation and that all the charges framed against them were supported by material and documentary evidence.Additional judge for the CBI cases S Natarajan adjourned the case to November 21 for further hearing after the counsels for Maran brothers sought time to file their reply for the additional affidavits. The judge also allowed applications moved by the duo seeking to dispense with their appearance on Friday.After commencing probe in 2011, the CBI filed FIR in October 2013 against the Maran brothers on the allegations of setting up telephone exchange, which was used to transfer high-resolution data, and did not raise bills for the same from 2004 to 2006, and thereby causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer. The charge sheet was filed on December 9, last year.Among the accused were former BSNL general manager K Brahmnathan, former deputy general manager MP Velusamy and Dayanidhi Maran’s private secretary Gauthaman.CBI accused Dayanidhi Maran, who was Union minister for communication and information technology between June 2004 and December 2006, of misusing his office and installing a virtual telephone exchange at his residence in Boat Club and utilising the facility for business transaction involving Sun Network. These lines were not ordinary telephone lines but costly ISDN, capable of carrying huge data, thus facilitating faster transmission of TV news and programmes across the globe, it alleged.Dayanidhi roleCBI has accused Dayanidhi of installing an illegal telephone exchange at his residenceFacility was used for business transaction for benefit of Sun Network

Churning in separatist camp as Pakistan premier rejects ‘Independent Kashmir’ option

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) was formed by three separatist leaders –Pro Pakistan Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and pro Independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Mohammad Yasin Malik – it was considered as mélange of three ideologies that ruffled many in the security and political establishment.A year on, a new churning is on in the JRL with Pro Pakistan leaders batting for Pakistan like never before drowning the pro-Independence voice in a din. Thanks to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for reigniting the ideological fire in the separatist camp. Abbasi pressed the raw nerve of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and other voices wanting united Jammu and Kashmir including the part under the occupation of Pakistan and China to be a “free country” when he rejected the ‘idea of Independent Kashmir’ saying it was not based on ‘reality’.JKLF was quick to dismiss the remarks of Pakistan premier by issuing a terse statement advising Abbasi to stop issuing controversial statements that may cause confusion in rank and file of Kashmiris and instead urged him to highlight the “miseries of Kashmiri people” across the globe.If it was not enough, Pro-Independence JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir too jumped onto the bandwagon saying the people of Kashmir have rendered sacrifices for the “independence” of Kashmir. “The bilateral dialogue process regarding the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan till date has yielded no results. JKLF is a firm belief that the resolution of the Kashmir issue lies in the Independent Kashmir and we will continue to represent the people of Kashmir on these lines”, said Mir.Even before the dust could settle down, Hurriyat hawk again stirred the hornet’s nest saying the Jammu and Kashmir was “naturally a part of Pakistan” and two nation theory propounded by Pakistani founders was being proved each day. “Two-nation theory is as much as a reality as it was in 1947”, said Geelani.Observers say the cracks within the separatist camp have started to widen and the undercurrent of despondency have started to show up.

Global citizen Priyanka Chopra eligible to vote in upcoming UP civic polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She might have left this town some 17 years ago after winning the Miss World title, but Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra is still a voter in Bareilly and eligible to exercise her franchise for the upcoming urban local body polls.The names of Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra are present in the voters list and recently a complaint in this regard was filed by a resident of Kuwarpur here. When the names of the actor and her mother were included in the voters list of Mumbai, where the family shifted, her father late Col Ashok Chopra had informed the district administration about it through a letter in 2012, but their names were not deleted, officials said.Additional district election officer Abhijit Mukherji said that since the actor no longer lived in the city and her house near the city railway station has been locked for long, a report was sought from the block level officer. Mukherji said that a survey is conducted before each election to check for duplication of names of voters who have shifted elsewhere.”It was perhaps by mistake on the part of the block level officer concerned, who prepared the fresh electoral rolls for this election. We will take action against those responsible for this error,” he said. District election officer R Vikram Singh said the names of persons not living in the town for long should not be in the voters list. It is also a matter of investigation as to how her name appeared in the list, he said.

Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial cost goes up to Rs 622 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The construction cost of the 350-foot long Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial has increased for the fourth time in the past two years from Rs 435 crore to Rs 622 crore. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Saturday said that the construction cost has partially increased due to special steel being used for the construction of the memorial.The MMRDA on Thursday re-floated bids for its construction after receiving a poor response in the bids floated earlier in April 2017, in which the current cost is Rs 622 crore.In consecutive years, the construction cost of the project has seen a steady increase. While the initial cost of the project was estimated to be Rs 435 crore, in 2016, it was estimated to be around Rs 500 crore.Further, in April 2017, the bids were floated at an estimated cost of Rs 550 crore, and the same was revised to Rs 591 crore in the last week of June.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA that the cost escalation is due to special steel requirement. “It must be because of the special steel requirement. Last time, the amount was enhanced at the time of a pre-bid meeting,” Madan said.With the memorial being close to the Arabian Sea, the chances of corrosion are high. MMRDA had also sought the opinion of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-B) regarding the use of stainless/anti-corrosion steel.This will also mean that the MMRDA will miss the deadline set by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had recently during a review meeting, said that the work order for construction of the memorial would be given by November 15, 2017.OVER THE YEARS2015 Rs435 crore2016 Rs 500 croreApril 2017 Rs 550 croreJune 2017 Rs 591 croreNov 2017 Rs 622 crore

Raj BJP youth wing aims for 5L new members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This Wednesday, the youth wing of BJP will set out on a state-wide drive in Rajasthan to rally young voters to take party membership. The party already claims to have more than 78 lakh members registered in the state, and has chalked out a 12-day “sarv sparshi abhiyan” to reach out to all those left out during the previous ‘sadasyta mahaabhiyan’. A major focus this time will be youth, with a target to add five lakh to its member list. These ‘new members’ might come as an additional advantage to the party at the Assembly elections scheduled for the end of next year.”Each Mandal of the yuva morcha has been extended a target to add 500 new members. There are 1,000 such mandals in the state consisting of 20-25 members in the executive body. If each of these manage 20 new members, the target of 5 lakh will be met,” says Ashok Saini, state president, Yuva Morcha.The party has already appointed a campaign in-charge at every mandal and district level and youth wing has also completed the process. On, Monday a meeting of all district presidents and office bearers has been called to draft a work plan for the campaign.The campaign, however, will not be launched at the districts of Ajmer, Alwar and Bharatpur, as the former two districts are scheduled for parliamentary by-elections, and Bharatpur has seen the recent demise of senior party leader Digamber Singh.Memberships will be added through the ‘miss call’ process, and those adding the new members will also have to keep a record of the same. Meanwhile, the women’s wing of the party has been trying to add six lakh new female members to the party tally.

Appointment of interlocutor shows Doval doctrine has failed in J&K: Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Q: What is National Conference’s response to the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor for Kashmir?A: As far as I’m concerned as the president of the party, it is good that an interlocutor has been appointed but I have a question for government of India. What about the earlier reports of the interlocutors which lie with the Centre. What has happened to those reports. Late Padgaonkar ji and three committees which were made and gave the reports, what happened to them? Why don’t they put them before the Parliament?Q: Why weren’t these reports implemented. You were part of the UPA?
ALSO READ Big challenge, will work with an open mind, says Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar SharmaA: We did say and always asked as to why these reports aren’t being implemented. Now that government has gone and now you have a present government. Governments may go but things are there. Here is a government which says that they are working for the people and I would be delighted if they open those books and put them before the Parliament.Q: Do you feel that successive talks without implementation of the recommendations added fuel to the fire?
ALSO READ J&K peace talks: How the past interlocutors and groups failed to break any deadlock A: Absolutely. They spent two years in the state, visiting Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir and met every single person including Hurriyat and compiled the report. It is there in the Home Ministry. For God’s sake, bring it out. Q: Why did the government sat on the report?
ALSO READ Appointment of interlocutor will not impact army’s operation in Jammu and Kashmir: Bipin RawatA: I think, you should ask Manmohan Singh as to why anything wasn’t done. Q: Has the present government taken note of the reports ?A: I don’t know. Please put this question to home minister Rajnath Singh. He will be able to answer.Q: Is it mandatory to speak with Pakistan? Hurriyat has made an issue out of it.A: Frankly I don’t think that interlocutor can discuss with Pakistan. Discussion with Pakistan will have to be by government of India and at levels they chose to do so. Whether it is Home Minister or Prime Minister it is for them to decide. They have a part of Jammu and Kashmir with them and it cannot be ignored. Q: Does the appointment show that muscular approach doesn’t work with people?A: Absolutely. Doval’s doctrine has failed. His doctrine was to beat them to the ground and do everything you can to suppress them. Every theory has failed. They thought that with demonetization, militancy would disappear, it is at the highest level today. What have they achieved? Nothing. Our tourism has died. It is at zero. Nobody bothered.Q: What would you like the interlocutor to do?A: I don’t know who is he going to engage with. Home Minister tried to engage with every national party except the Hurriyat. No Home Minister didn’t talk to Hurriyat. I don’t know what a retired civil servant would be able to achieve. Q: Wouldn’t it provide a buffer to mainstream parties like yours? Workers of mainstream parties have been attacked by terrorists?A: We have had this happen from 1989. Our workers and leaders have been targeted. No one cared about it. We will face the brunt but we will not disappear. We will be here. Q: What has been the cause of the present unrest where civil institutions are failing to function normally?A: One is the government of BJP and PDP. It has been the greatest misery that have been inflicted on the people of this state. it really put petrol on the fire and our neighbour utilised it to the best as it could.Q: Are you saying that BJP-PDP is an unnatural alliance?A; I’m not the only person who has said this. Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you.Q: BJP has said that this is not the first-time unrest has taken place. Worse unrest have taken place in past. A: They failed in everything so where does the blame lie? Q: Present Army Chief has spoken about the success of Army’s approach in the valley. A: I think Army chief should restrict himself to the matters of the Army. He should look after the borders of India rather than talking about other things. It doesn’t augur well for him. Q: Has politics of nationalism vs anti nationalism affected the political discourse in valley?A: Who are anti nationals? If people ask for their rights, do they become anti nationals? If they want to speak truth, do they become anti national? We gave the autonomy resolution to Vajpayee, was that anti national? It is in the Constitution of India. I don’t understand what is meant by anti national. If they want to smash the pride of the people then they are not going to succeed.Q: Kashmir too at one end has not been accommodative. Pandits have not been able to return.A: Who is responsible for Pandits not going back? All mainstream parties and Hurriyat welcomed them. We asked them to come back. There are Pandits living in the Valley. They didn’t migrate. It is for the others and make a move and come home. It is as much as their home as it is my home. They must make move.Q: Is 35 A an issue in Kashmir?A: If it wasn’t a big issue, even PDP wouldn’t have been shouting against it. It is a major issue in the valley. Q: Have you spoken about this issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi?A: Many people have asked and I would say that I have spoken to him and if the situation arise I would speak to him again. I have no problem in speaking to the Prime Minister Modi.Q: Where does the solution lie?A: Heal the wounds of the people and not by force and arrests that are being done and talk to Pakistan. Talk to them or else it will continue to happen. Only talking to Delhi will not make slightest difference. I remember Vajpaye’s words. Friends can be changed but not neighbours. We either live in harmony with neighbour and both progress or live in animosity and both suffer. These are the golden words. There is always an opportunity for finding a peaceful solution and I think PM has the courage to do so and if he takes that step he can make a difference but only to India and to the sub continent and world peace.Q: Does Kashmir miss Vajpayee? Do you miss Vajpayee?A: We all miss Vajpayee. India misses him. He is still alive. He is a great leader.Q: So where is the hope for peace?A: I just hope that government of India takes the step to bring peace to the valley. They say that hope lies life and if one loses hope one would lose life. I hope for peace and prosperity not only for Kashmir but for the whole country. Q: Arrests by NIA also show that Pakistan is funding separatism and terror network?A: Nobody will mind if those arrests prove that money came from Pakistan and they used it. But the longer you hold them in prison and hold them longer and longer then people wouldn’t believe you and would feel that they are being pushed for saying things. They feel that there is nothing in it.Q: Are you saying that investigations must conclude quickly?A: Yes, it must and quicker and better. It must be fast paced. It should be revealed to the people of India.

Pranab Mukherjee reveals why Sonia Gandhi didn’t name him as Prez candidate in 2007

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will miss his tantrums” is what Congress president Sonia Gandhi said while bidding farewell to Pranab Mukherjee from the Congress Working Committee at a meeting which formally approved his name as the UPA’s presidential nominee in June 2012.”After briefing the meeting on the presidential election, Sonia Gandhi bid me an emotional farewell…Thereafter, with a mischievous smile she looked at me and said ‘Along with that, of course, I will miss some of his tantrums’,” Mukherjee writes in his just-launched book, ‘The Coalition Years’. The former president’s third political memoir gives several accounts of how the UPA chairperson remained reluctant to approve his name for the country’s top constitutional post despite often acknowledging that he was the “most suited” for the office.Recalling the events in the run-up to the presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, Mukherjee said the Congress chief told him that he could not be spared by the party on account of the “crucial role” he played for it in the UPA government and Parliament. Narrating the sequence of the Congress Working Committee meeting on June 25, 2012, at the 7 Race Course Road residence of the prime minister, Mukherjee noted Gandhi, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party officebearers and chief ministers present at the meeting finally gave him the green signal to run for the presidential office.Mukherjee earlier said that on May 29, 2012, the Congress president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel had informed him that Gandhi had perhaps finalised his name as the party’s presidential nominee but was also exploring the possibility of adequate support for then Vice President Hamid Ansari. “The bone of contention about my nomination remained the same as that in 2007,” the former president said in the book referring to Gandhi’s refrain over sparing him from the government. Mukherjee said that on June 2, 2012, he met Sonia Gandhi.”She told me frankly, ‘Pranabji you are the most eminently suited for the office, but you should not forget the crucial role you are playing in the functioning of the government. Could you suggest an alternative?” Mukherjee records in the book, adding that he told Gandhi he would abide by whatever decision she took. “The meeting ended and I returned with a vague impression that she might wish to consider Manmohan Singh as the UPA presidential nominee. I thought that if she selected Singh for the presidential office, she may choose me as the prime minister. I had heard a rumour that she had given this formulation serious thought while on a holiday in the Kaushambhi hills,” Mukherjee says in the book.He said there was no doubt that Gandhi considered him as an organisation man as she once chose him to reply in Parliament on a crucial topic when there was commotion by the then opposition BJP members.”The matter (in Parliament) was thus sorted out, but not before Sonia Gandhi commented, ‘This is why you (Mukherjee) can’t be the President’,” he wrote. Disclosing dramatic events ahead of his name being cleared for the top post, Mukherjee documents that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee met Gandhi on June 13, 2012, and later Gandhi told him that the TMC chief had suggested two probables – Mukherjee himself and Ansari, and also told her that she was in discussion with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and would inform her of the decision accordingly.”I am not aware of the discussion at Mulayam Singh Yadav’s residence. But at a press conference jointly held that evening, they declared that their presidential nominees were APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee, in that order. “Mamata Banerjee also mentioned her meeting with Sonia Gandhi and insisted that Sonia Gandhi had suggested two names – Hamid Ansari and Pranab Mukherjee – both of which were unacceptable to them. I heard of this development but chose not to comment. A certain disappointment spread amongst my family and friends…,” Mukherjee says.He later writes that the same night he received a call from Sonia Gandhi requesting for a meeting the next morning.”On June 14, I went to Sonia Gandhi at 11 am and had a long discussion with her. I found her to be in a decisive mood. She told me about her meeting with Mamata Banerjee. She was dismayed that Mamata Banerjee had not informed us about her decision after the meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav and, instead, had disclosed information to the media,” he said. Mukherjee said later Gandhi told him that the matter be discussed further at the Core Group meeting the same evening. After a slew of meetings, Manmohan Singh informed Mukherjee of a joint decision to nominate him as the presidential election nominee of the UPA.”Both of them were seized of the fact that we could not afford to lose the presidential election,” he said.Chronicling the incidents leading to the 2007 presidential election, Mukherjee said, “When Manmohan Singh was holding discussions with the coalition partners on the presidential nominee I was told my name was proposed by the Left parties first and then seconded by others.” The former president said the final decision was left to the Congress party. “Sonia Gandhi called me and said, your name is being suggested by some political parties as the presidential candidate, but it would be difficult for me to spare you as you are a strong pillar of the party in the government and in Parliament’,” he said in the book.Later, Mukherjee said CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat told him that during the latter’s meeting with Gandhi, she ruled out his name citing a number of reasons, including the fact that she did not have a substitute for him as the Leader of the Lok Sabha. Mukherjee also narrated the incident when Gandhi was to appoint a Prime Minister after she declined to take up the position in 2004.”There was intense speculation in the party and the media about her choice. Within the Congress party the consensus was that the incumbent must be a political leader with experience in party affairs and administration. Finally she named Dr Manmohan Singh as her choice and he accepted. “The prevalent expectation was that I would be the next choice for Prime Minister after Sonia Gandhi declined. This expectation was possibly based on the fact that I had extensive experience in government, while Singh’s vast experience was as a civil servant with five years as a reformist finance minister,” he wrote in the book.

3 injured in accident at Marine Drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons sustained injuries in an accident that involved four cars and a bike during the wee hours of Monday at Marine Drive. A speeding car rammed into a parked taxi due to which two other cars and a bike were also damaged, said the police. A case of rash driving was registered against the car’s driver, Keshav Gupta, 23, at Marine Drive police station.According to the police, the incident took place near the Ambassador Hotel in Churchgate around 2 am on Monday. The police said that Gupta, in order to miss hitting a cyclist, swerved and rammed into the taxi that was stationed on the left side of the road following which three trailing cars and a bike crashed into each other. “The cyclist came in the way of Gupta while he was driving. To avert the accident with the cyclist, Gupta turned left and rammed into the taxi,” said Vilas B Gangawane, senior police inspector of Marine Drive Police Station.

Will gouge the eyes of the attackers: BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey on hacking of Kerala RSS worker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The national general secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saroj Pandey on Sunday raked up a controversy by making a comment that if the killing of her party workers continued in Kerala, “eyes of the attackers will be gouged out”.Her comment drew strong criticism from the main opposition Congress.Pandey was speaking to media on the sidelines of a programme in Kumhari area of Chhattisgarh’s Durg district.”Our national president has taken out a march (referring to Jan-Suraksha Yatra in Kerala) because in future, if they (attackers) continue to show eyes to our workers, we will gouge them out (humare rashtriya adhyaksh ne march ki shuruwaat isliye ki hai ki aane vale samay me agar hamare karyakarta ke sath isi prakar se aankh dikhane ki sthiti hogi to hum ghar me ghuskar aankh nikla lenge ye tay baat hai),” Pandey said.She further said her party has a strength of about 11 crore workers across the world and the killing of people related to RSS and BJP in the coastal state is not acceptable in democracy.”Our party has strength of 11 crore members across the world…more than 300 workers in Kerala who were 20, 22 and 25 years of age were murdered. Everybody has right to present their thoughts. But as far as the politics is concerned, I believe politics should not be done like this,” she said.”We have government (at the Centre) and based on our numbers (in Lok Sabha), we can dismiss such (state) governments.”But we believe in democracy and the party ruling in Kerala and West Bengal should also respect democracy and should not be biased on these issues,” she said.Meanwhile, state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, talking to PTI, condemned the statement made by BJP general secretary.”A senior woman politician should not make such kind of comment. It has exposed the real face of her party and its mindset. Any kind of violence is not justified in democracy,” Baghel said.

Now, pregnant women to get nutrition diet on monthly basis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to ensure proper nutrition for pregnant women, the state government has planned to give them supplementary nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme on a monthly basis, instead of the current practice of giving it every week. For the purpose, a pilot project has been launched in Banswara district on October 5.It is worth mentioning that it was found during separate investigations by ICDS and health department, done after more than 90 deaths of newborns with low birth weight in Banswara District Hospital was recorded in the months of August-September, that pregnant women in remote areas are mostly reluctant to visit Anganwadi Centres to collect supplementary food.“We are daily wage labourers and I with my husband Mukesh have to work daily to feed our five-member family,”Vesti, a 22-year-old from Surpur village in Ghatol Tahsil of Banswara said. Vesti is one of the mothers who lost her newborn a couple of months ago. “Our earning went down to half as being a pregnant I was unable to go on work. At that time taking my husband with me to Anganwadi centre would have made him miss on a day’s work leading to complete loss of a day’s wage, which we could not afford,” she explained her reason for not going to Anganwadi centre to collect supplementary food.ICDS Scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India and represents one of the world’s largest and unique programmes for early childhood care and development. Under the scheme, once in a week pregnant women, lactating mothers and 6-36 month-old kids are given a free of cost packet of supplementary nutrition at Aganwadi centres.This ready to eat food contains sugar, edible oil and dry mixture of wheat, chana dal and soya bean flour. The pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls get a pack of 950 grams and the children get 750 gm of the supplementary nutrition every week. Now, in Banswara four packets are being given to pregnant women once in four weeks.“The motive behind giving four packets at one go is to cut their visits to Anganwadi centres,” Suchi Sharma, director, ICDS told DNA. “Being from a poor family and a daily labourer, most of them are used to be least interested in visiting Anganwadi centres to collect supplementary nutrition. We have started it at 1,979 centers in Banswara district and it will be implemented in more than 61,000 Anganwadi centres across the state if the pilot is successful,” she added.

Breaking barriers: India’s Rajalakshmi wins ‘Popularity award’ at first Miss Wheelchair World

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Breaking barriers, India’s Rajalakshmi on Monday has won the ‘Miss Popularity award’ at Miss Wheelchair World 2017 pageant in Poland’s Warsaw.Rajalakshmi, who hails from Bengaluru, is a dentist by profession. She was forced to take the wheelchair after she met with a road accident 10 years back. The road accident led to a spinal cord injury forcing her wheelchair-bound for life.A polish organisation had organised the beauty pagaent for the first time in a bid to break the social perceptions about disabilities people.Aleksandra Chichikova from Belarus has won the Miss Wheelchair World award.Around 24 contestants took part in the pagaent. The event was organised by ‘The Only One Foundation’, which was founded by two disabled women.

Supreme Court appoints amicus curiae in Bapu assassination case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has appointed senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan as an amicus curiae on a petition seeking a reinvestigation in the Mahatma Gandhi assassination.Initially, the court was inclined to dismiss the petition saying “nothing can be done in law”. However, after briefly hearing the matter, a bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao appointed Sharan to assist the court on this issue. The court wanted to know “whether it is wise and legal to reopen” this case.The court reminded the petitioner Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a Mumbai-based researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, on the law of limitation before posting the matter for further hearing on October 30.The petition seeks the reopening of the probe on the assassination on several grounds, including the ‘possibility’ of involvement of more people in the murder. The petition submitted that a probe in the case may reveal what could be one of the biggest cover-ups in history. Phadnis contended that the apex court never got the opportunity to examine the Gandhi assassination case, as convicts were hanged before it came into existence.

State gives a miss to fruits in MDM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat government had recently revised the menu of mid-day meal (MDM) served to students studying in government and government-aided schools by introducing breakfast within the same budget. However, it gave a miss to fruits, which has been adopted by other states. The government included breakfast as children are unable to eat at one go.In Uttar Pradesh, government included fresh fruits in MDM last year that led to an increase in attendance. It introduced serving of peach, pear, custard apple, orange, bananas and other seasonal fruits to be served every Monday, to motivate children who often remain absent on Mondays.Sources from Gujarat education department said, “The government has revised the menu but it has only been implemented in a few schools in the state. We have included kathod (pulses and grains) which are rich in protein but milk and fruits are yet to be included. The menu has been decided after discussion with experts and nutritionists.”When DNA asked about inclusion of fruits here, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, said, “We have revised our menu only recently. But as of now there is no proposal to include fruits in mid-day meal.” Chudasama was busy in the President’s visit to the state on Monday hence he could not talk further.City-based paediatrician Dr Hiral Nayak feels that while fruits are important, what the state is facing is an increase in number of protein deficiency. She says, “It is a very good move by the state government to include Kathod and Sukhdi as the latter has jaggery and the entire revise meal looks wholesome.”Another city-based paediatrician Dr Amit Gupta said, “Our basic criteria should be to prevent protein energy malnutrition which is prevalent in the state. According to me, the menu has covered all required forms.”He added, “Fruits will just add Potassium and vitamins, but I believe that MDM is on the right track. Nearly 40% of the kids even from good families are anaemic as their diet does not include balanced nutrition. If we go to lower socio-strata, the numbers would be higher.”IN THE MENUAccording to the new Gujarat government notification, the weekly menu will include Chana, Chaat, Sukhdi, Muthiya, mixed dal in breakfast. In lunch, children will be given Thepla, Suki bhaji, vegetable Khichdi, Dudhi-chana shak, Dal-dhokali, vegetable Pulav and Muthiya.

Everything he wrote is in national interest: Shatrughan Sinha speaks up for ‘elder brother’ Yashwant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar MP, who has been at variance with the BJP’s stand on a host of issues, also targeted his party leaders for dismissing the former finance minister’s views, saying it would be “childish” to do so as they were “entirely in the party’s and national interest”.Taking a dig at the government in a series of tweets, he claimed motives were being ascribed to Yashwant’s observations and “we all know that the infamous and pervasive dirty tricks department” was behind them.The cine star-turned-parliamentarian quoted Narendra Modi, saying the prime minister had recently reiterated that the nation was bigger than the party and the national interest came first.
ALSO READ Can’t blame previous govt, we had full opportunity: Yashwant Sinha on economic slowdown”I’m of the firm opinion that everything that has been written by Mr Sinha is entirely in the party’s and national interest,” he tweeted.”He is a true statesman and a tried and tested man of wisdom, who has proven himself as one of the best and most successful finance ministers of the country. He has shown the mirror on the economic condition of India and has hit the nail right on the head,” he said.
ALSO READ ‘Sweeping conclusions drawn from narrow set of facts’: Jayant Sinha after father Yashwant’s attack on economyDescribing Yashwant as an elder brother, he said the BJP veteran must be appreciated and applauded for coming out with these views.In his tweets, Shatrughan also praised Arun Shourie, who was Yashwant’s colleague in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet and now has become a strong critic of the Modi government’s policies.”Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie are extremely learned and experienced intellectuals. Neither has any expectation or interest in being given a post (or mininstership), especially with the next elections less than 2 years away,” he tweeted.He said those criticising Yashwant should rebut him point by point.”Sadly, I’m yet to hear even one point by point rebuttal.Hope, wish and pray that all those people who matter in our party ponder over what has been said by Yashwant Sinha and remedial action is taken soon. Sooner the better. Long live BJP/NDA,” he posted on the micro-blogging website.In a newspaper article headlined, “I need to speak up now”, Yashwant had criticised criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over what he called the “mess the finance minister has made of the economy” and flayed demonetisation and the way the GST had been rolled out. Earlier Jayant Sinha, the minister of state for civil aviation, in an apparent reference to his father’s critical piece, said several articles have been written on the challenges facing the Indian economy.”Unfortunately, these articles draw sweeping conclusions from a narrow set of facts, and quite simply miss the fundamental structural reforms that are transforming the economy,” Jayant said.”Moreover, one or two quarters of GDP growth and other macro data are quite inadequate to evaluate the long-term impact of the structural reforms underway,” he said.Jayant also said these structural reforms were not just desirable, they were necessary to create a ‘New India’ and provide good jobs.”The new economy that is being created will be much more transparent, globally cost-competitive, and innovation driven.Importantly, the new economy will also be much more equitable, thereby enabling all Indians to lead better lives,” he said.Jayant also claimed that the structural reforms unleashed by the Modi government since 2014 constitute the third generation of reforms, after the first in 1991 and the second in 1999-2004 NDA government.Unlike the first and second generation of reforms, he said the third generation of reforms “balances a better life for all Indians with the requirements of an advanced, sophisticated 21st century economy”.”We are creating a robust new economy that will power long-term growth and job creation for ‘New India’,” he added.With inputs from PTI

Coastal Road Project’s Phase 1 work to face delays

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Work on the state government’s Coastal Road Project’s Phase 1 — from Princess Street to Worli Sea Face — is set to miss the October 31 deadline, for giving the work order, announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The civic body has extended the time for bids submission to October 31, and financial bids will be opened on December 4.The BMC, which is heading the project, had called for proposal requests from 13 qualified firms. However, the bidders have submitted 774 queries and the civic officials need time to answer them. The work is now expected to start by February.BMC officials said that out of the 774 queries, 50 per cent are contractual, 20 per cent related to commercial items, 25 per cent are technical and 5 per cent are related to pricing, goods and services tax and duties.Sanjay Mukherjee, Additional Municipal Commissioner said, “It’s the first project of its kind undertaken by the corporation. Despite being such a huge project, we have very few queries related to pricing and GST. Although the work may start a little late, the response from bidders is very positive.”

Short film on Kashmir’s hospitality takes social media by storm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forget stone pelting and enjoy Kashmir’s famed hospitality.A short film showcasing the hospitality of Kashmir has taken the nation and social media by storm. From Bollywood actor Alia Bhat to famous filmmaker Karan Johar to common man, the 5.4-minute film has been shared by who-is-who on the Twitter and Facebook.The video has clocked two million views on the face book page of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in less than 48 hours. It has notched 19,207 shares while 1,899 people have commented on this video.Entitled ‘The Warmest Place on Earth’, the short film has been produced by Jaibeer Ahmad and it brings to fore the hospitable, warm and spiritually rooted nature of the people of the otherwise restive Kashmir valley.”People have received it very well. I am thankful to all the people — Bollywood personalities, journalists and other renowned personalities — who have liked and shared it. Inshallah (God willing) It will be the turning point for the tourism sector in Kashmir,” said Mehmood Ahmad Shah, director of tourism Kashmir.What encapsulates Kashmir’s traditional warmth is the musical track running in the background amidst stunning visuals of the valley. The lyrics of the track ‘Sahibo’ has been written by 2010 IAS topper Dr Shah Faesal who is currently the managing director of J&K Power Development Corporation. “It is my small contribution to this amazing song,” said Dr Faesal.Sung by Mudasir Ahmad and Vibha Saraf, the song has been a value addition to the short film which is being an elixir to revive the fledgling tourism of Kashmir.”We wanted to do something more . Apart from the beauty of place what touches us is the hospitality. And that is the memorable experience. We picked it up. And the response of the film has been enormous,” said Jaibeer Ahmad, the filmmaker.Post Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1,100 crore. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.Figures reveal this year around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatris who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed.Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Official data reveal that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist however were reduced to trickle in the corresponding period of the 2016 because of the post Burhan Wani killing unrest.”When recently Amarnath Yatris were killed by some enemies of peace, people thronged hospitals to donate blood and even took to streets to condemn the heinous crime. Similarly last summer a Shikarawallah lost his life while saving his guests. These are the empirical evidences of this hospitality,” said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim case: SIT suspects over 600 skeletons to be buried inside Dera headquarters in Sirsa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It appears that more skeletons are still to be unearthed from Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa in the literal sense of the word. According to an exclusive Zee News report, more than 600 skeletons are believed to be buried inside the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Sources in the special investigation team (SIT) told Zee News that several skeletons are buried across the massive Dera campus, with saplings planted over them. Some of these saplings are now large trees.Dera followers, however, believe that this was just a religious ritual and not a criminal act. Dera followers said that ‘Baba’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh – chief of the Dera sect – had ordered the burial of the skeletons to attain ‘moksha’.Speaking to Zee News, former Haryana-based journalist Ramanand Tatia had claimed that if excavations are carried inside the Dera campus, a large number of human skeletons will be found, explaining the mysterious disappearance of nearly 500 people.The journalist said anyone opposing Singh was brutally murdered and then secretly buried inside the campus.Tatia has suggested that the excavations should be done in the presence of national media.A CBI special court on August 28 sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison for raping two sadhvis inside the Dera premises.A massive search and sanitisation operation was launched inside Dera headquarters after the violence perpetrated by Dera followers. Secret tunnels and AK-47 magazine coverTwo secret tunnels found by the search team revealed things were really amiss inside the Dera headquarters. A window-like tunnel connecting Ram Rahim’s room (Dera Awas) to the room of Sadhvis (Sadhvi Niwas) had shocked everyone. Another fiber tunnel was also found inside Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s room. On the second floor of the same room, the search team found an AK-47 magazine cover. Illegal abortion clinicThe police also discovered an illegal abortion and skin grafting clinics inside the premises. Stock of licensed armsDuring the sanitisation operation, Haryana police found a stock of 33 licensed arms in September. The cops affirmed that pistols, revolvers, 315-bore rifles and customized armaments were recovered from Ram Rahim’s Sirsa headquarters. An illegal explosive factory was also found during the second day of the search operation.

This Navratri Dalljiet Kaur will be seen in the role of ‘Maa Shakti’ on telly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon’ actress Dalljiet Kaur’s second innings on telly has been making heads turn every now and then. Last seen as Manjari on Zee TV’s ‘Kaala Teeka’, the actress stunned all with her drastic weight loss and glamorous makeover. Now she will also be seen in the most powerful female character ever.Dalljiet Kaur has bagged a special Navrati series on Big Magic titled ‘Maa Shakti’. It is a show with 28 episodes and will start airing from September 21. Dressed in the character, Dalljiet shared her picture on Instagram with a caption, “Power of a woman is personified in my new project… #somethingnew #womanpower” Excited about her new role, Miss Kaur even spoke to Bollywood Life and said, “This is my first mythological and I am very excited. We are shooting in Gujarat. I have got my son Jaydon here with me. He is missing school, I am taking a risk but this role is very special for me. This is a character for my soul. I am so happy to see the interest in the news. The response by fans has been very good.” She is taking three hours to get decked for the character of Maa Durga and is enjoying every bit of it. “This feeling … when u r walking on an unknown path …. butterflies in my stomach …. overnight there is sooooo much response …. ooooooooo i better do it right hehe…A post shared by DALLJIET KAUR (@kaurdalljiet) on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:41am PDT Cashing on the festivities of Navratri, the show captures the entire journey of Maa Durga right from the time she was created by the Gods to the death of Mahishahasura. Getting into the skin of her character, Dalljiet says it’s important to tell the story of Maa Durga. The actress said, “I am a non-vegtarian but I have decided to abstain from non-veg till I am doing this show. The writing is excellent. Every dialogue gives me the goose-bumps. There is so much in the character of Shakti/Durga, that it is great for an artiste. I have been reading on the various myths and tales surrounding her. Young people love Dandiya and Garba but they should know what is the tale behind the existence of Durga. As a woman, it is about having the fighting spirit and lot more. She is a mother, she is a destroyer. When a mother turns destroyer, God save the world.” Power of a woman is personified in my new project… #somethingnew #womanpowerA post shared by DALLJIET KAUR (@kaurdalljiet) on Sep 17, 2017 at 1:05pm PDT We’ll have to wait and watch if Dalljiet Kaur’s fans also enjoy the show as much the actress is having a good time shooting for it.

2008 Ahmedabad blast accused, two others arrested in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three suspected terrorists, including the key accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blast case, were arrested on Wednesday in Bihar’s Gaya district, around 100 kms from the state capital, the police said on Thursday.”Based on specific information, two persons were apprehended from a cyber cafe in Gaya on Wednesday. During the course of interrogation, they were identified as Taushif Khan and Sanah Khan and their links to the Ahmedabad blasts came to the fore. When our intelligence agencies contacted their counterparts in Gujarat, it was confirmed that Taushif was wanted as the main accused in the 2008 case,” said Additional Director General of Police, Headquarters, AK Singhal.According to the ADG, Taushif was operating under the name Ateek and was working as a school teacher for the last nine years in Gaya’s Karmauni village under Dobhi police station. This has been his hideout since the July 2008 serial blasts, which claimed more than 50 lives. The third arrest by the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Bihar Police was of Sarwar Khan, whose name cropped up as one of their contact persons during preliminary interrogation.It was a cyber cafe owner who tipped off the police about the first two suspects. “When I asked for their identification cards, they didn’t furnish any, neither were they able to tell their names or what they did. I found something amiss and informed the police immediately,” the cafe owner said.Strict security arrangements are already in place in Gaya due to the ongoing “Pitripaksh mela”, where thousands of devotees from the country and abroad participate. However, following the arrests, security has been beefed up in Mahabodhi temple complex, too, which was targeted by terrorists in July 2013.”Other investigating agencies are interrogating the terror suspects, especially to find out if they were planning some other incidents, too,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Garima Mallick, Gaya, and added that the district police was on alert. Police sources said the computer they were using at the cyber cafe and some other documents were also seized for investigation purposes.

Shinzo Abe, DUSU polls, Shah Rukh Khan: DNA evening news wrap

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Japanese PM Shinzo Abe gets a rousing welcome in AhmedabadAhmedabad rolled out a red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday. From a grand roadshow to a visit to historic Sabarmati Ashram and a sumptuous Gujarati dinner, New Delhi left no stone unturned for making this visit memorable for guests from Tokyo. dnai.in/f4BJCars to cargo, ACs to planes: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s visit brings dealsAs Shinzo Abe begins his two-day India trip, all eyes will be on the mega deals that will be signed on Thursday. The Japanese Prime Minister will attend the annual Indo-Japan meet on September 13-14 at Mahatma Mandir in Gujarat capital, Gandhinagar. The agreements expected to be signed at the meet will bring in development in sectors from cars to cargo and from trains to aerospace, and draw huge investments, to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore, from as many as 15 Japanese firms as well as the government. dnai.in/f4ARNSUI wins DUSU President and VP posts, will go to court for 3rd seatThe Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. However, NSUI has rejected the revised results. NSUI handle on Twitter indicated that the party is looking to go to High Court to challenge the result. dnai.in/f4BBReal Madrid’s Marco Asensio to miss Champions League opener for most bizarre reasonReal Madrid’s man-in-form Marco Asensio has been ruled out of the holders’ Champions League opener for the most bizarre reason.Madrid, who take on Apoel Nicosia on Thursday, will be without the services of Asensio after the attacking midfielder picked up an injury while shaving his legs! dnai.in/f4DeOld is gold! Gauri Khan shares an ancient pic with hubby Shah RukhShah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan make for one of the most adorable power couples in the tinsel town. Throughout all these years, the duo have stood by each other and have given couple goals to all. Recently, Gauri shared a picture with Shah Rukh from an old photoshoot, on her Instagram account. She captioned the picture writing, “Struggling to Refresh this ancient photo …Cropped #beauty plus #filters #retouch.”dnai.in/f4Do

Curfew on data shuts down life: Was Jaipur Police extra panicky?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suddenly the Pink City looks totally off colour and completely offline. Deserted streets and closed shops are just eerie testimonies to the panic that struck in the Walled City after a youth died in police firing. A small matter of traffic regulation turned into a grave situation. So much so that crowd turned into violent mob and police had to resort to firing to control them. A localised problem got complicated for no reasons. Curfew was clamped in parts of Walled City. And Internet services were banned pan Jaipur, cutting off city’s online access.The issue was trivial and the resolution should have also been prompt and proper. But a small lapse, a little miscommunication, a gross misjudgment and miscalculation on police part have made the entire city to pay up the price. Life is not only crippled in curfew-struck areas but people of other parts of the city are equally suffering. It seems panicky police has taken too much caution to throw normal life in the city out of gear.“There was no communal element in the entire episode. Why Police is taking so much of precaution? At the most they could have banned mobile data in the Walled City. Why entire city is suffering for a localised issue,” said Akhtar Ali, a resident of Vaishali Nagar.Jaipur had last witnessed curfew in 2008 after the serial bomb blasts which had cost around 65 lives. 9 years later, officials who had dealt with curfew that time feel that there was a little administrative lapse also.The Internet ban has affected one and all. If Amit Sharma had to miss his Skype interview for a senior position for a multinational company, Sangram Singh could not transfer money to his ailing mother’s account. These are not isolated cases. Banking services, travel bookings, business transactions, tax deposits and all digital services, which are there to make our lives easy, have been affected badly.“The city has suffered great financial losses. Due to curfew, hotels lost their bookings, tourists cancelled their bookings and daily trading suffered badly. It will have long term impact as well. Fear factor will play in minds of tourists for some time having a trickling effect on tourist influx,” said Naresh Bhatia, a travel agent.A large number of people living in Walled City are daily wagers. For them, a day off means empty stomach. And for Rashid, who has come from Nagaur to fund treatment of his ailing son, loss of Rs 500 per day cost him two day’s medicines and more miserable life for his son.“We hope that relatives of the victim will own the body and postmortem is allowed. We don’t want to be victim for no reasons. We want life to breathe through the open doors and streets,” said Mohd. Aslam, a resident of Ramganj.

Speaker may reserve opinion on Congress’ plea to disqualify defected MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Congress’ petition to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora to disqualify 14 defected MLAs may take time to be processed. Vora said that he will think on it before processing anything.”The petition has been received and I will study it before taking action. It requires time to come to any conclusion on such a sensitive issue. It is also necessary to take legal opinion as this kind of case has never been reported in the past,” Vora told DNA.The Congress had filed a petition on Wednesday with the Gujarat Legislative Assembly Speaker, seeking to bar its 14 former MLAs, who had either quit or cross-voted in the Rajya Sabha elections, from contesting elections for six years.”If the process takes time and the term of the Assembly expires before that, the petition may be treated as null and void. Moreover, the Congress has the right to challenge my decision on this petition in the Supreme Court,” he added.However, sources said that Vora may not admit the petition before the next Assembly elections. It is also possible that he may dismiss this petition on several grounds.The BJP-led Gujarat government has been rejecting such grounds, in which MLAs can be disqualified. This had happened when Congress leaders had said before the Rajya Sabha polls for three seats in state, that party MLAs defying the mandate should be disqualified for six years from contesting the polls as per the Representation of People’s Act(RPA).The Minister of State for Parliamentary and Legal Affairs in Gujarat government Pradipsinh Jadeja had said that the Congress was spreading a myth under the camouflage of the RPA and there was no such provision to disqualify the MLAs under such circumstances.THE GOVT STANDThe BJP-led Gujarat government has been rejecting such grounds, in which MLAs can be disqualified.
It said the Congress was spreading a myth under the camouflage of the RPA and there was no such provision.

Marine Drive residents urge buildings redevelopment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call it parking panic. Resident of one India’s most expensive stretches of real estate rush home early evening, not necessarily to spend quality time with their family, but for fear they might miss out on a parking spot for their car. Which is not suprising, considering a walk down Marine Drive at any point of time shows cars parked on both sides of the road.Now, an additional element of fear has crept into their lives — they say redevelopment of the area will be hampered if the heritage tag is stuck on without first making proper arrangements for their buildings’ development.”The buildings in Marine Drive are old, they do not have adequate parking arrangements. Hence most of the residents park on the streets,” said Sunil Lekhi, a Marine Drive resident.”If our buildings are allowed redevelopment, two to three major issues will be solved. First, we will get better amenities in terms of swimming pools and other facilities. Second, and most important, we will have ample space for parking inside the building we live in.”The residents had opposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) parking policy, claiming that they were being charged to park on streets outside their own building. Residents say redevelopment will end all the squabbling.N Shah, another resident of Marine Drive said, “Our ceilings are high now; under redevelopment the height will be reduced and there will ample parking available which will help us park inside building premises instead of streets,” Shah told DNA.

Inspired by Ranveer Singh starrer ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’, man dupes 15 women of over Rs 50 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inspired by Ranveer Singh-starrer ‘Ladies vs Ricky Behl’, a 34-year-old man duped several women over the last six years on the pretext of marrying them and would later blackmail them with intimate videos.Yogesh alias Sameer Garg conned close to 15 women of more than Rs 50 lakh in the last year alone, police said. He was arrested on September 5 from the New Delhi railway station while trying to flee.Police said he mostly targeted single women in their late 30s, who had registered themselves on matrimonial sites.On September 5, a woman’s brother approached police with a complaint that his sister, a divorcee, was missing along with her 12-year-old son for the last two days.He told police that his sister had uploaded her profile on a matrimonial site and had come in contact with Garg through it.Police started tracking the mobile numbers of the accused. Meanwhile, the woman s brother managed to get in touch with his sister.He lied to her that their father is sick and admitted to AIIMS. She agreed to come to see him but told her brother that she is leaving for Mumbai, the police said.Garg came to AIIMS along with the victim s sister but he sensed something amiss and escaped from there taking her along.A police team started for the airport to nab the accused and rescue the woman and her son. However, the cell phone location of Garg s phone indicated that he was at the New Delhi railway station on September 5, the police said.The team proceeded there and it was found that the Mumbai-bound train was slated to leave from a different platform. A trap was laid and the accused was arrested. The woman and her son were also rescued.The victim said that the accused had lured her on the pretext of marriage and had taken her to Vaishno Devi. Later, he took her to Goa on the pretext of making her meet his parents, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara).The woman, who works as a teacher, told police that he had been extracting money from her and had taken Rs three lakh from her.He had made videos of her and had threatened to upload them on social media sites if she did not pay up, they added. Garg has also been charged with rape.During interrogation, Garg told police that he was inspired by the Bollywood film ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’.He would project himself as the country head of a high- profile conglomerate firm and tell women that his father is a retired IAS officer, said the DCP.He also told police that he had completed his graduation from SRCC and had pursued his MBA from one of the Indian Institutes of Management. He also claimed to have studied in a prestigious institution in the United Kingdom. However, these claims have been found to be false, the police said. He had been conning women since 2011.So far, five women in their late 30s, have approached police. One of the victims is from Ahmedabad and another is from Noida.They claimed that the accused also got intimate with them on the pretext of marriage and deserted them after taking money from them. They have claimed that they were conned of Rs eight lakh respectively, the police said.

World Heritage status: Marine Drive locals speak up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The push to declare the Marine Drive precinct a UNSECO World Heritage Site, and a visit by a UNESCO World heritage team to inspect the area, has caused concern among many residents of the area. They fear that such a move will deprive them of any chance of redeveloping their buildings, many of which are in a shabby condition.DNA spoke to residents of the area for their views on whether the push for a World Heritage Site tag for Marine Drive is an effort by a few for safeguarding their own properties and stonewalling the development of Marine Drive.FATE OF MARINE DRIVEThe fate of more than 1,040 flats and 37 buildings is being decided without even consulting them. While Marine Drive has already been declared a heritage precinct, the move to declare it a UNESCO World Heritage site is now gathering steam.
A team from UNESCO is visiting the city this week to compile a report on the state government’s nomination of the Marine Drive precinct as a World Heritage Site. South Mumbai has some amazing architecture, which was primarily built during the pre-Independence era. We should oppose redevelopment as a unified voice. I support the heritage tag as Marine Drive is one of the most iconic stretches of our city.—Subhas Motwani, Colaba residentThe story of redevelopment of Marine Drive as heritage precinct is a perfect example of crony capitalism irrespective of governments. These capitalists will even argue that heritage structures like CST, Gateway of India need to be destroyed. I support the heritage tag.—Rahul Hakani, Marine Drive residentI want my building to be redeveloped. Currently, the ceiling height in our flats are higher than usual. If our buildings are redeveloped we will miss these aspects but for the sake of a better home and amenities we want redevelopment.—Nishit Shah, Anand NiwasThe buildings in Marine Drive are old and not earthquake-resistant. We do not want the heritage tag. We support redevelopment because that will allow us to get rid of the old weak structure and we will have a strong building.—Mahindra Hemdev, Agarwal HouseJust because a building is old that doesn’t mean the building should be declared as heritage. The Marine Drive neighbourhood is not a heritage precinct. I do not support the heritage tag for this area.—Pankaj Bhargav, Sahkar Bhawan residentEven the promenade is a modern construction. There is no uniformity in the residential buildings, and the commercial establishments. One of the hotels even has a revolving floor. How can all of these be termed as heritage?—Deepak Sanghavi, Aryan Mahal residentIf it’s about beautification then it is okay, but if residents are going to be inconvenienced and all of this isn’t in favour of the residents, then we are not in support of the heritage tag.—Akash Purohit, Corporator, who has a house at Marine DriveGranting the status of heritage site will be work in favour of Mumbai as a destination for global travelers. Once it is declared as heritage site, redevelopment will require many permissions.—Shashank Kulkarni, Malabar Hill resident

Onam 2017: 10 best WhatsApp messages for your loved ones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Celebrating the home-coming of the mythical demon King Mahabali, Onam can easily be hailed as the biggest festival of the Kerala. It is celebrated with a number of activities like Vallam Kali (traditional boat race), PuliKali (customary play in body-suits of tigers and leopards) and tug-of-war, among others.On this auspicious occasion, do not miss out on letting your dear ones know that they are in your mind with these messages.1. Onam is the time for pookalam on floor / Children on swings / tiger clad men with hunters behind them / People enjoying sadyas with family. Let this Onam bring joy and prosperity to all. Happy Onam!2. May this Onam you and your family be in good health and let your life flow with happiness. Wish you a very Happy Onam!3. Onam is more fun to celebrate with family and friends. Feasts and colourful home decors, but don’t forget the real essence of Onam. Keep the spirit of Onam in your hearts. Have a blessed Onam!4. At this present moment with warmth and peace, with the music of the chirping birds, the soothing sun and flirting butterflies, it’s now time up to wish you a happy & prosperous Onam!5. We celebrate Onam to commemorate a glorious past. All of us yearn for a time like that of King Mahabali, a time when prosperity, joy and love blended. But in order to realize this dream we need to put forward sustained efforts. Happy Onam.6. May the colours and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy!7. To my wonderful friends, I’m hoping that this Onam festival be the start of your good and prosperous life. Have fun with your family! Love lots!8. Hereby wishing you and your family a happy Onam. Have a nice feast!9. Oru thumba poovinte chiriyumayi / Thiruvona naal vannethi / Ende priya suhrithinu / Hridayam niranja Onashamsakal.10. Ente chinguvinum / Avalude achanum / Snehathinteyum santhoshathinteyum Onasamkal.May you have a sumptuous Sadya, enjoy Thiruvathirakali and boat race and make the best Onapookkalam!Happy Onam!

Sri Lanka v India: Tourists win ODI series after crowd trouble in Pallekele

India clinch a one-day international series win in Sri Lanka, but bottle-throwing spectators halt the match towards the end in Pallekele.

Rahul Gandhi to skip Sept 1 tribal rally in Valsad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will skip the September 1 rally in south Gujarat, much to the disappointment of party cadres. Instead of addressing tribal voters in Valsad, the Congress scion has left for the Norwegian capital Oslo to meet political and business leaders.Gandhi was to kick off Congress’s campaign for the upcoming state Assembly elections at the Valsad rally.The Congress scion will also miss ally RJD’s show of strength rally in Patna on Sunday.“On the invitation of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be travelling to Oslo for a few days. Looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with political and business leaders and research institutions,” Gandhi tweeted on Friday.Manish Doshi, GPCC spokesperson, said, “The rally is an annual event ‘Khed Satyagraha’ organised by local tribals with Congress supports. Gandhi never confirmed his attendance for it.”

Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town.More than 1,700 km (1,056 miles) northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England.Stonehenge in England averages 10 days a month of rainfall and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). The town in Australia averages 325 sunny days a year and a summer temperature of about 45C (113F), and forget regular rain. Click here for photo essay: http://reut.rs/2xfwts2 How the town got its name is a mystery.”In the mid-1800s, dingo (wild dog) trappers built a stone fortress which they used as a shelter, but no one is really sure,” said resident Judy Baldry as she drove along a dusty road on the outskirts of town.Another possibility is the stony landscape, with rocks ranging in size from marbles to boulders scattered across the plains as far as the eye can see.The stones lure tourists to an area known as “The Address Book” on the outskirts of town, where people create their names or love messages using stones, such as “Jim loves Kerry” and “Dan 4 Jan”.PRAYING FOR CHRISTMAS RAINSStonehenge’s remaining 23 residents say they are struggling to survive one of the longest droughts in memory.”Certainly, this is the worst drought I’ve seen in the last 28 years because of its longevity. It’s just gone on for so long,” said cattle and sheep farmer Tony Jackson.Jackson’s Hill View Park Station property of more than 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) is excellent wool country due to the stones. Less dirt means better quality wool. He manages some 800 cattle and about 6,000 sheep on the drought-hit property, but he fears he will have no feed or water if there is no rain by Christmas. Jackson and his neighbours have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on feed. Debt levels for broadacre farms, which includes cattle, sheep and crop, is estimated to have increased by 7 percent during 2015–16 to average A$560,500 per farm, the Australian government’s agricultural bureau said.Other parts of Australia have seen the drought break and farmers there are looking at a bright future. Cash incomes on cattle farms are estimated to be the highest in more than 20 years, at A$204,000 per farm, due to rising beef prices.But the drought has a stranglehold on Stonehenge.For the first time in more than 34 years the main water supply, the meandering Thomson River, has stopped flowing. Farmer Dick Smith says it has been seven years since the last decent rain filled the river.”This is drought country. No one forced me to live here. We have to expect a drought, but this one’s gone on too long,” he said on the veranda of his home on the Depot Glen property.Smith usually manages about 1,500 cattle but has destocked to survive and now has just 47 cows and calves. He said that due to droughts over the past decades, he had “completely destocked three times”, and the potential for a fourth was high. When the rains do come, the farmers of Stonehenge will struggle to pay for new stock at a time when cattle prices are at record levels due to demand for beef.’YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOVE YOUR HUSBAND’The drought has taken its toll on families, with the emotional and financial stress contributing to poor mental health, according to a study by the Australian National University. The study examined 8,000 people living in drought and found that the more severe the drought, the more severe the impact on the mental health of a farmer and his family.Sue Smith knows the burden. She runs Depot Glen alone for many months while her husband, Dick, is away driving a grader or fixing fences thousands of kilometres away in the Northern Territory.”You really have to love your husband to live out here,” said Sue, a champion equestrian when she was young.”We’re not isolated up here, we have bitumen roads, telephones, internet, but I do miss white sheets,” she said, referring to the bore water that stains her sheets. Stonehenge has suffered a huge loss of people due to the drought. The town many years ago boasted three hotels, and up until just a decade ago, a population of 106. Frank Irwin, who used to work on a farm, now runs the Stonehenge Hotel, a tin building with a bar crowned with empty beer bottles and rodeo memorabilia.Stonehenge, like its English namesake, will survive, he said. “We just batten down the hatches until it does rain”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WIDER IMAGE-Stonehenge: Australia’s forgotten farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stonehenge is dry and has been for too long – seven years too long. You can taste the dust well before you cross the cattle grids that cut the only road into town. More than 1,700 km (1,056 miles) northwest of Sydney, Australia’s Stonehenge could not be more different from its famous namesake, the World Heritage prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in England. Stonehenge in England averages 10 days a month of rainfall and a maximum temperature of 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). The town in Australia averages 325 sunny days a year and summer temperature of about 45C (113F), and forget regular rain. How the town got its name is a mystery. “In the mid-1800s, dingo (wild dog) trappers built a stone fortress which they used as a shelter, but no one is really sure,” said resident Judy Baldry as she drove along a dusty road on the outskirts of town. Another possibility is the stony landscape, with rocks ranging in size from marbles to boulders scattered across the plains as far as the eye can see. The stones lure tourists to an area known as “The Address Book” on the outskirts of town, where people create their names or love messages using stones, such as “Jim loves Kerry” and “Dan 4 Jan”. PRAYING FOR CHRISTMAS RAINS Stonehenge’s remaining 23 residents say they are struggling to survive one of the longest droughts in memory. “Certainly, this is the worst drought I’ve seen in the last 28 years because of its longevity. It’s just gone on for so long,” said cattle and sheep farmer Tony Jackson. Jackson’s Hill View Park Station property of more than 150,000 acres (60,000 hectares) is excellent wool country due to the stones. Less dirt means better quality wool. He manages some 800 cattle and about 6,000 sheep on the drought-hit property, but he fears he will have no feed or water if there is no rain by Christmas. Jackson and his neighbours have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on feed. Debt levels for broadacre farms, which includes cattle, sheep and crop, is estimated to have increased by 7 percent during 2015–16 to average A$560,500 per farm, the Australian government’s agricultural bureau said. Other parts of Australia have seen the drought break and farmers there are looking at a bright future. Cash incomes on cattle farms are estimated to be the highest in more than 20 years, at A$204,000 per farm, due to rising beef prices. But the drought has a stranglehold on Stonehenge. For the first time in more than 34 years the main water supply, the meandering Thomson River, has stopped flowing. Farmer Dick Smith says it has been seven years since the last decent rain filled the river. “This is drought country. No one forced me to live here. We have to expect a drought, but this one’s gone on too long,” he said on the veranda of his home on the Depot Glen property. Smith usually manages about 1,500 cattle but has destocked to survive and now has just 47 cows and calves. He said that due to droughts over the past decades, he had “completely destocked three times”, and the potential for a fourth was high. When the rains do come, the farmers of Stonehenge will struggle to pay for new stock at a time when cattle prices are at record levels due to demand for beef. ‘YOU REALLY HAVE TO LOVE YOUR HUSBAND’ The drought has taken its toll on families, with the emotional and financial stress contributing to poor mental health, according to a study by the Australian National University. The study examined 8,000 people living in drought and found that the more severe the drought, the more severe the impact on the mental health of a farmer and his family. Sue Smith knows the burden. She runs Depot Glen alone for many months while her husband, Dick, is away driving a grader or fixing fences thousands of kilometres away in the Northern Territory. “You really have to love your husband to live out here,” said Sue, a champion equestrian when she was young. “We’re not isolated up here, we have bitumen roads, telephones, internet, but I do miss white sheets,” she said, referring to the bore water that stains her sheets. Stonehenge has suffered a huge loss of people due to the drought. The town many years ago boasted three hotels, and up until just a decade ago, a population of 106. Frank Irwin, who used to work on a farm, now runs the Stonehenge Hotel, a tin building with a bar crowned with empty beer bottles and rodeo memorabilia. Stonehenge, like its English namesake, will survive, he said. “We just batten down the hatches until it does rain”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Governor, CM review progress of declaration of MU results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the results of Mumbai University should be declared at the earliest and no student should suffer on account of delay in declaration of results, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao said here today. Rao was speaking at a meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the delay in declaration of results of the University of Mumbai for the year 2017. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and senior education officials attended the meeting. The incharge Vice-Chancellor assured that all efforts are being made for early declaration of results including mobilizing teachers for remaining evaluation as also dealing with technical issues of on-line system as early as possible, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said. Rao and Fadnavis said necessary steps should be taken to ensure that the admission of students from Mumbai University pursuing Higher Education should be carried out without any hindrances. In case any students miss out the admission because they could not furnish required eligibility within stipulated time period, and if they are found eligible subsequently, then such students should be considered for admission in super-numerary seats for this year in consultation with concerned Apex Regulatory Body, they said. Where results are not declared, it was directed that the students may be admitted provisionally based on an undertaking stating that the admission is provisional and subject to the condition that in case subsequently they don t fulfill the eligibility criteria, the admission would be automatically cancelled. The issue of revising the academic calendar taking into consideration the stipulation of 90 teaching days in a semester as per the UGC policy was also discussed at the meeting, the spokesperson said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti pins hope on SC to dismiss plea challenging Article 35A

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under pressure from the Opposition, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday pinned hope on the Supreme Court to dismiss the plea challenging the state subject law under Article 35A of the Constitution.”Some people in the country, who want to take us to 1947, approach the Supreme Court by one pretext or other. The Supreme Court has always put its foot down and upheld the special status whenever the matter of its scraping was brought before it. I am hopeful this time too SC will dismiss the case (of Article 35A) like it has been doing for the last 70 years,” said Mehbooba.The CM was addressing the Independence Day parade at Bakshi Stadium here. She took a salute at the colourful march presented by the police, paramilitary forces and schoolchildren.Mehbooba used the occasion to boast about the unity among political parties to defend the special status of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of ideological and political differences.”Entire political class is united in defending and preserving the special status of the State. I recently met leaders of all political parties, and I’m happy to note that there is an overwhelming consensus on the issue,” she said.Mufti said when the people of the State decided to accede to the country on the basis of shared ideals of democracy and tolerance, there were the institutions like Parliament which responded positively to this thinking, and Jammu and Kashmir was accorded a special status within the country’s constitutional structure.”People say Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of the nation. There is no doubt that our state is the crown and it should remain so. We have trust on every institution of the country. I hope these institutions would uphold this relation of mutual respect, cooperation and trust between the people of the State and rest of the country in the future as well,” she said.Terming dialogue as the only way ahead to sort out issues, Mufti said if peaceful negotiations can resolve all other issues in the country why can’t these help in redressing issues in Jammu and Kashmir.”I was pleased to see Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj saying that dialogue is the only way ahead in resolving border disputes with China. I hope Pakistan also understands the need for peaceful engagement with India, and the centre will undertake a outreach treating the issues within the ambit of humanity as initiated by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee”, she saidMufti said good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan are very crucial for the people of the state who bear the brunt of the bitterness between the two countries. “Due to the recent tension along the Line of Control, hundreds of people had to migrate to safer places. Many of them lost their lives, schools in these areas got closed, and a lot of them were rendered homeless. For how long it would continue?” she said.Seemingly upset by young boys joining terrorism and pelting stones, Mehbooba had a word of advice for the parents as well to guide their wards to take up pens instead of stones and guns.”Let us ponder, how is it that the guns manufactured somewhere far off find their use in every Muslim society. Why should it happen? Why can’t our youngsters be put in productive, creative streams rather than in this confusion,” she said.

Reports of active political role for Priyanka fake news: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today rejected reports of Sonia Gandhi indicating an active political role for daughter Priyanka and termed it as “mischievous instance of fake news” and unnecessary speculation. “The news is entirely false and baseless,” AICC incharge of media department Randeep Surjewala said in a statement. “It is a mischievous instance of fake news and unnecessary speculation,” he added Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said it is laughable that the media takes planted news seriously. “It is mischievous and a fabrication. We reject it,” he said. “These are government planted fabrications and distractions. They require no comment from the Congress, except that I dismiss this,” Sharma said. The Congress leader alleged that the government was busy planting news and distracting the attention of people from their failures and shortcomings. Sharma, however, cautioned the media not to fall into this “trap of planted news” and said this is to distract attention and focus from what is happening. He said the government does not want to discuss issues like the failures of this government, non-performance, non- deliverance, rising terrorist attacks, killing of soldiers and jawans, as also what is happening and also what has happened in Gorakhpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MU result chaos: No MoU signed between university and service provider

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the chaos over results continues at the University of Mumbai, it has now come to light that it skipped the most important step in the tendering process, namely signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MeritTrac — the company given the contract for the on-screen marking (OSM) process. Sources in the university have revealed that no MoU was signed between the university and MeritTrac when the contract was made final.”While the university followed the tendering process, one key step in the process of finalising of agency i.e., signing of the MoU was skipped. While the MoU is not a legal document, it is an important step in the whole process, skipped by VC Sanjay Deshmukh” said a source from the government on the condition of anonymity.With over 1.5 lakh answer sheets were yet to be evaluated as of Sunday, this means MU is likely to miss the August 15 deadline as well.With this revelation over the MoU, questions are now being raised over the credibility of the company appointed for the whole process. It has once again underlined the question of how the decision to bring OSM was taken in a hurried manner. “MoU is the most important document while finalising any contract. It lists out the terms and conditions of the entire process for both parties and also has some important guidelines which need to be followed throughout the process. OSM is a very big step by the university as the future of over 4 lakh students is at stake. If the university did not sign a MoU with the company for such an important contract, it is really shocking,” said AD Sawant, former Pro-VC of the university. Sawant said that in the 160 years of the university’s history, this might be the first time a MoU was skipped for such an important task. Nagendran Sundarajan, executive vice-president, MeritTrac refused to speak to DNA on the issue. “The university has not allowed us to comment on this issue,” he said.The university invited tenders for the OSM process in March 2017 on its official website. However, as it failed to get bidders, norms with respect to the eligible company were revised. While the annual turnover condition was brought down from Rs 100 crore to Rs 30 crore, the minimum technical score requirement for the bidder was brought down from 70 to 60. Finally, on April 28, MU appointed MeritTrac, a Bangalore based agency for the task. The company has been under the scanner ever since due to glitches in the system leading to further delay in the process.

Shah’s strategy will not work in Karna: Siddaramaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today sought to dismiss BJP President Amit Shah’s assertion that the saffron party will wrest power in the state assembly polls in 2018, saying his “strategy” of Uttar Pradesh would not succeed here. He also said that any attempt to break the society would not be possible in Karnataka, as “secularism was deep rooted” in the state. “Yesterday, Amit Shah has arrived here and I am told that he will formulate a (poll) strategy. We are also in the politics for 40 years…but no strategy will be effective (here),” Siddaramaiah said. Shah, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to Karnataka to re-energise the rank and file, had said that the BJP in the state was united and it would return to power in the assembly polls under the leadership of state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa. Speaking at a public event in Kalaburagi, the Chief Minister said “Someone’s house may be raided, the ED or the CBI may be sent behind someone… “I want to tell Shah that only these things can be done, but communal activities or attempts to break the society is impossible on Karnataka’s land, as this is the land of Basavanna, Kuvempu and Kanakadasa where they have sown the seeds of secularism that has grown into a huge tree today,” he said. Sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka, Shah had yesterday declared that the party was united and said, ‘Ab Ki Baar, BJP Sarkar’ (This time, a BJP government). Calling Siddaramaiah-led Congress government as “corrupt”, he had asked the people to over throw it. Hitting back at Shah, Siddaramaiah today said the BJP’s strategy would not be successful in Karnataka. “They say, they did a strategy for Uttar Pradesh, they will also do here. Why they couldn t do it in Punjab, Goa, and Manipur? It is impossible to do any such strategy in Karnataka,” he said. Targeting Yeddyurappa, the Chief Minister termed his target of winning 150 of the 224 assembly seats in the polls due early next year an “illusion”. “Wherever he goes and come, he speaks about mission 150, it’s only an illusion,” Siddaramaiah said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Due to slow pace of work, govt may miss Dec 2020 deadline to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A parliamentary panel today expressed apprehension that due to slow pace of work, the government may miss the deadline of making river Ganga clean by 2020. The Standing Committee on Water Resources, in its Demand for Grants (2017-18) for Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, asked the ministry to fast track the projects to ensure expeditious cleaning of the river. The committee, in the report tabled in Parliament today, noted “with utmost concern” that so far only four sewage treatment plant (STP) projects–two at Haridwar, one each at Varanasi and Mathura– have been taken up. It also noted that few more projects are expected to be taken up under hybrid annuity-based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. In this model, a part of the capital investment is paid by the government through construction-linked milestones and the balance through an annuity over the contract duration. “Keeping in view the slow pace of work, the committee are constrained to believe that the targeted completion of cleaning of Ganga river by December 2020 may remain unaccomplished,” the panel said. It also asked the Ministry to apprise of the details of the total expenditure incurred by the National Mission for Clean Ganga so far and outcome achieved thereby.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Is Galriya capable of realising CM’s development dreams by 2018?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid frenetic meetings, hassled officials and long working hours, Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) commissioner Vaibhav Galriya has his task cut out. Many people were surprised with the posting of a low-profile Galriya in a high profile JDA, but knowledgeable sources revealed that there was a “limited choice” as an alternative to a high performer Shikhar Agrawal and therefore, the choice finally ended on Galriya. While the long pending Ring Road project continues to haunt him, the slow progress of the chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s dream project Dravyavati River rejuvenation is giving him sleepless nights. As if it was not enough, there are few other important projects of elevated road and ROBs, which are occupying the mind and work space of this 1998 batch bureaucrat.With just over a year left for the elections, the onus is on Galriya to give a shape to the vision of Raje who has promised to give a facelift to mega infrastructure projects.Whether it’s the much-awaited Ring Road project or the fancied Dravyavati River rejuvenation; new elevated roads or modern ROBs, all have been envisaged to be completed before the state goes for elections next year.However, things don’t seem to be moving in the right direction. And it’s not the availability of funds which are slowing down the progress for the cash-strapped JDA. Most of these projects are funded National Capital Regional Planning Board.“Slackness of JDA officials, lack of proper planning and absence of coordination are writ large on all these projects, which are heading to miss their deadlines by a large margin,” said a senior JDA official on the condition of anonymity. The failure of JDA machinery looks poised to jeopardise the chief minister Raje’s quest for a smart development of Jaipur.The chief minister, who is looking to contest next elections on development plank, will have to ensure timely delivery of these projects which have the potential to bring Jaipur on the map of global smart cities. Last year, Raje announced the Dravyavati River Rejuvenation Project with much fanfare. Then she had promised to deliver it by August 2018, which has been further advanced by a month after a recent review meeting.The snail pace of her dream project has forced Raje to monitor through her office while instructing officials concerned to expedite the progress. But there are still major gaps which are interfering with its progress. Other mega projects too have met the similar fate. They are either stuck in between or are showing dismal progress. A reality check was done on these high profile projects to understand problems plaguing their progress.

Court upholds maintenance for mentally abused wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hearing the case of a restaurateur’s wife, who had filed a case of mental harassment against her husband, one of her sons and his wife, the Sessions court has upheld a magistrate court order directing that monthly maintenance be paid to the woman after the court found substance in her complaint.Dharmvati Gupta, 50, wife of restaurateur Devkinandan Gupta, 56, alleged that he assaulted her on several occasions, which forced her to lodge eight non-cognisable complaints against him with the Tardeo police station.In 2016, an FIR was filed based on a complaint by her against three members of her family, alleging that they had ganged up against her and harassed her mentally and physically. After going through the complaint, the Girgaum Metropolitan Magistrate had in 2016 directed the accused to provide her a monthly maintenance of Rs 25,000. She had challenged the order claiming that the amount was too little, and pleaded the Sessions court to order the accused to raise the amount to Rs 1 lakh.When the court asked the accused to file their reply, they claimed that the entire case was false and that fake allegations had been levelled against the three.According to the Sessions court order issued on Friday, the accused’s lawyer had alleged that the complainant was suffering from Schizophrenia and had a history of aggressive behaviour. She also suffered problems of thyroid, blood pressure and sugar. Stating that the accused was ready to stay with his wife, the lawyer prayed the court to dismiss the trial court’s order of granting interim relief to her.Advocate Nagi H H and advocate Chaula Solanki, appeared on behalf of Dharmavati. Nagi alleged, “Problems arose after 27 years of marriage when Dharmavati discovered that her husband was having an extra-marital affair. Devkinandan, his son Krashank and his daughter-in-law Vaishnavi, had ganged up against this lady and were harassing her. It is learnt that even the house helps were allegedly asked not to speak with her, thus alienating her in the house.”Rejecting the accused’s plea, the court held, “As per the lady, she was physically and mentally harassed by three members of her own family. She pointed out that the incident happened in October 2012 and April 2013. It is on record that numerous complaints have been given by the lady against the accused with the Tardeo police station. A complaint was filed under Domestic Violence Act previously in 2013 which was dismissed. These pleadings and complaints to the police are prima facie sufficient to prove that there was domestic violence.”The court, however, rejected the lady’s plea of raising the monthly maintenance, claiming that the lower court had considered minimum basic needs of a person while deciding the amount.

Will serve people, not one family; Can’t remain with those

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accused of betrayal, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today hit back at the RJD and Congress saying he cannot be with people who were using secularism to hide their “sins” and wealth earned through corrupt means. “The mandate is to serve the people and not to profit (Mandate janta ki seva ke liye tha, na ki rajbhog, mewa ke liye). The people’s court is the biggest court and it is my duty to serve them but I can’t serve one family,” Kumar said in his 10-minute speech in Bihar Assembly in support of confidence motion moved by him for his new government with the NDA. He won the trust vote comfortably with 131 votes against the opposition’s 108. “People should not teach me lessons on secularism. Secularism is something that can be practised. I cannot be with such people who indulge in committing sins besides amassing property through corrupt means in the garb of secularism,” Kumar said in a dig at RJD president Lalu Prasad. The JD(U) leader launched the scathing counter after Lalu’s son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, while initiating the debate as the leader of the opposition in the Assembly, came down heavily on Nitish Kumar, frequently using the word “dhokha” (betrayal) for him for walking out of the grand alliance. An unfazed Nitish Kumar said, he followed ‘gatbandhan dharma (coalition ethics) and tried to run the government to fulfil the commitment of serving the people. “I asked him (Tejashwi) to explain the accusations of graft against him but he was not in a position to furnish reply”, he said narrating the events that preceded his quitting the grand alliance comprising the JD(U), RJD and Congress from which he walked away on July 26. He said that it had become difficult for him to run the government and decided to part ways with the RJD. “I took the decision in the best interest of Bihar and its development…. Now there is the rule of the NDA both at the Centre and in Bihar and the state will touch new heights of development,” the CM said. Apparently referring to the RJD and its leaders, Kumar said these people “live in arrogance and delusion” and asserted he would continue to show mirror to them both inside the House and outside. On the Congress, whose leader Rahul Gandhi attacked him for ending the grand alliance, Kumar, without taking any names, said during 2015 poll Lalu Prasad was not ready to give them more than 15-20 seats in the alliance and it was he who helped them to contest 40 seats out of which they won 27. Earlier, Tejashwi hit out at Kumar, alleging that the CM had used him as an excuse to join hands with the BJP again. “Nitish Kumar could not muster courage to dismiss me because we have self respect,” he said. “Nitish Kumar made me a pawn (mohra) for his image building in politics… the entire episode (of seeking my resignation) was just an excuse by the CM to side with the BJP,” he said. He claimed that Kumar, whom he referred as his “guru” and “chacha” (uncle), cannot win elections on his own and cited 1995 Assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha polls when JD(U) got seven and two seats respectively. Stating that the CM did not seek his resignation even once, Yadav said that he would have given it a thought had the CM asked him to quit. “Why did he join hands with us? Was he (Nitish) not aware that there are corruption charges on RJD and Lalu Prasad,” he said. On accusation that Lalu Prasad’s “putra moh” (love for his son) led to the collapse of the government, Tejashwi Yadav said “had it been ‘Putra moh’ I would have been the CM… government collapsed die to ‘Bhai moh’ (affection for brother).” In political circle, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are known as “Bade Bhai” (Lalu) and “Chote Bhai” (Nitish). Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi in his speech hailed Nitish Kumar for taking a call “on corruption of Lalu Prasad and his family”. “The mandate to the Grand Alliance in 2015 was against corruption and for good governance and not for accumulating benami property through illegal means,” he said. “Good governance was not possible in the earlier government with people like Mohammad Shahabuddin and Raj Ballabh Yadav of RJD around,” he said. The BJP’s Nand Kishore Yadav, Sadanand Singh (Congress) and Mahboob Alam (CPI-ML) also spoke during the trust vote debate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Ram Nath Kovind to take oath, Insights on Mithali Raj, Karan Johar’s web streaming plans, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. LIVE Updates | Ram Nath Kovind to swear-in as 14th President of India todayPresident-elect Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today in a glittering ceremony. Read more here2. After Speaker suspends 6 unruly Congress MPs, Oppn to protest todayLok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended six Congress MPs for five days for “highly unbecoming” conduct and causing “grave disorder” by storming the Well and tearing and throwing papers during a ruckus over not being allowed to speak on cow vigilantism. Read more here3. JeM leader spews venom at Modi, incites Indian MuslimsIn the latest instance of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed overtly pursuing its anti-India terror agenda, the outfit’s journal Al-Qalam’ has published a column written by its chief Maulana Masood Azhar, inciting Indian Muslims and spewing venom against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Read more here4. Women’s World Cup: The Mind Of Miss CricketMithali Raj has led India to two World Cup finals without winning any but with her steely resolve and calm demeanour, she has proved to be one of grittiest captains. Read more here5. Karan Johar is keen to produce a web seriesThe filmmaker explains why he is staying away from it for now. Read more here

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