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Over 1200 farmers committed suicide in 5 months: Maharashtra govt

Over a thousand farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra in a matter of five months between June and October 2017, the state government said today.Subhash Deshmukh, Minister for Cooperation in the Devendra Fadnavis government, said there were 1254 farmers’ suicides in the state in five months.Giving a written reply to a starred question asked by 102 MLAs in state assembly, Deshmukh admitted that only 9.43 lakh eligible farmers have been provided with benefits of loan waiver scheme till December 5, 2017.MLAs across the parties had asked the question on farmers’ suicides and government’s loan waiver scheme.Legislators who asked the question included the Leader of Opposition Radhhakrishna Vikhe Patil, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, Tripti Savant, Sunil Prabhu, Amin Patel, Prakash Fatarpekar, Sunil Raut, Sada Sarvankar, Ashish Shelar, Amit Satam, Subhash Bhoir and others.Deshmukh informed that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanmaan Yojana was started from October 18, 2017 and till December 5, 2017, a total loan worth Rs. 8,610.63 crore has been waived for 13.49 lakh farmers and the money has been deposited to concerned banks.He, however ,made it clear that the banks are now doing the procedure of depositing the money into farmers’ accounts. Out of this amount, Rs 5,142 crore has been deposited in to the accounts of 9.43 lakh eligible farmers till December 5, he said.Speaking to mediapersons outside the Assembly, Mr. Patil said, “Chief Minister Ffadnavis has announced that 41 lakh farmers are provided with benefits of loan waiver package and I have challenged him to provide these names on stamp paper. With Cooperation Minister’s reply, it is evident that only 9.43 lakh farmers have received money so far. This proves my allegation that government is misleading people and cheating farmers by providing wrong information every now and then.”

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Ready to pay political price for steps taken for better India: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he is ready to pay the political price for the steps taken by him for a better India and asserted he would not be deterred.Mr. Modi, who was delivering the inaugural address at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, said the government was committed to developing a development-centric eco-system, which was free of corruption and is citizen-centric.He also said that post demonetization, the black money, which was part of a parallel economy, has now become part of the formal system.Also readPM Narendra Modi congratulates Indians on winning black money battleInaugurating the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Modi said data mining after the note ban is also helping the government track down those involved in corruption.Appreciating the role of Aadhaar in delivering services to the people and also checking pilferages, he said the system would also work as a tool to track down benami properties.
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GST unleashed a tsunami of tax terrorism: Top quotes from Rahul Gandhi’s speech at PHD Chamber of Commerce

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing the annual general meeting of the Punjab-Haryana-Delhi Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi and the Centre over a host of issues including GST and demonetization. He said that PM Modi had a very big chest but a small heart and that not all ‘cash was black’ but the PM failed to grasp that.Here are his top quotes from the event:1) Business are drowning, but Mr. Jaitley has the nerve to go on TV every other day saying things are just fine.2) Business runs on a psyche of trust. Trust in this govt is dead. PM and govt are convinced every single person is a thief.3) GST as this Govt has formulated it, has already unleashed a tsunami of tax terrorism and it is only going to get worse.4) Modi ji and his Govt have fired a double tap at the heart of our economy – notebandi and then GST – has crippled our economy.5) In a couple of weeks from now, we’ll observe the death anniversary of Rs 500 & Rs 1000 notes; Nov 8 is the Barsi of Notebandi.6) All cash is not black, all black is not cash. PM unleashed his powers from his very big chest & very small heart.7) Globally India is being asked again and again if it still believes in its values of compassion and non-violence.8) People once looked up to us for our values and leadership, today they laugh as we’re busy debating whether Taj Mahal was actually built by Indians.9) Marriage will happen, when it is bound to happen. I believe in destiny.10) I am admitting that there were shortcomings in our Govt towards its closing days.

Mersal row: Criticising GST, demonetization does not make you anti-national: Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday spoke out on the Mersal row that has triggered a nationwide storm, given that GST was criticised in a Tamil film.Some support GST,some don’t.Some support Demonetization some don’t. This doesn’t mean critics are anti-national,” he told news agency ANI.References to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in ‘Mersal’ have not gone down well with the BJP. The party objected to what it termed “untruths” about the central taxation regime in the film and demanded that the references be deleted. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of the “untruths” about the GST, rolled out by the BJP-led NDA government on July 1, while his party colleague H Raja claimed the film exposed Vijay’s “anti-Modi hatred”.In a scene in Mersal, where Vijay says people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7 per cent GST, whereas people are charged 28 per cent GST in India, but still don’t get free treatment. In another scene, the movie takes a swipe at the digital India policy.Meanwhile, actor Vijay’s father and film director SA Chandrasekhar said, “Censor board has members of all parties and it’s reviewed by them. If there is something objectionable they will inform. Once approved by the board no one can criticise the board’s decision.”Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, keeping in line with his new strategy on social media tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.”

Yashwant Sinha hit the nail on the head: Shatrughan Sinha backs BJP leader’s economy takedown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran actor and senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has come out in support of former minister and party leader Yashwant Sinha, saying his remarks on the economy has hit the nail right on the head.On Wednesday, Yashwant Sinha took on Modi government and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the state of the economy in an opinion piece title – I need to speak up now.Questioning the current methodology to calculate the GDP, Yashwant Sinha said the private investment has shrunk as never before in two decades, industrial production has all but collapsed, agriculture is in distress.”Mr. Yashwant Sinha 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,” Shatrughan Sinha said in a series of tweets.Further stating that Sinha’s utterances are always very well thought through and must always be taken seriously, Shatrughan Sinha said, ” It would be childish to be dismissive or to make light of his recent observations. Our elder brother must be appreciated and applauded for coming out with this.”The BJP leader also said that he was of the firm opinion that everything that has been written by Mr Sinha is entirely in the party’s and National interest. “Only recently our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that the Nation is bigger than the Party. National interest comes first,” he wrote in a tweet.Sinha also hoped that all those people who matter in the party ponder over what has been said by Yashwant Sinha and and remedial action is taken soon, sooner the better. “Long live BJP/NDA. Jai Hind!,” he added.However, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Piyush Goyal – defended the economic situation, asserting the Indian economy is the fastest growing in the world.

India nails Pak lie at UNGA with real pic of Pak-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In their Right to Reply, India called out Pakistan’s grave mistake at the UN and countered with a picture that captured the trauma of Kashmiris and Indians who have to bear the burnt of Pakistan-sponsported terrorism in the Valley. On Sunday, Pak’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi had flashed a picture of an injured Gaza girl with no connection to India while alleging she was a victim of pellet guns in Kashmir.Exercising her right to reply hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj blasted Pakistan for its support to terrorism, Lodhi, on the floor of the UN General Assembly, held up a photograph of a woman whose face was peppered with alleged pellet gun wounds. “This is the face of Indian democracy,” Pak’s Lodhi claimed.However, the picture was a fake and India pointed that out when they replied to Pakistan. Ms Paulomi Tripathi, Permanent Mission of India to UN pointed out that the picture was taken on July 22 2014 by an American photographer. She called it a fake picture to push a completely false narrative.
ALSO READ We made IITs, IIMs, you created LeT & JEM: Sushma Swaraj tears into Pakistan at UNGAShe also shared a picture of Lieutenant Ummer Faiyaz, a soldier who was kidnapped at a wedding celebration by terrorists in May 2017, calling it ‘a picture of terrorism’. She said: “This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate. ” Here’s the full text of her reply: 72nd session of UNGA 25 September 2017 Statement in exercise of India’s Right of Reply by Ms. Paulomi Tripathi Mr. President, The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, in her statement, yet again sought to divert attention from Pakistan’s role as the hub of global terrorism. She did so by callously holding up a picture of an injured girl. It was a photograph of Rawya abu Jom’a, a girl from Palestine. The picture was taken on 22 July 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption ‘Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza’. The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative. Mr. President, In view of this cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan, we are constrained to show this Assembly, a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India. This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt. Umar Faiyaz. A young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Ummer Faiyaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017. This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality. A picture of terrorism emanating from across our borders that the people of India, especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have to struggle with, every day. This is the reality which the Permanent Representative of Pakistan sought to obfuscate. Mr. President, The true face of Pakistan is not hidden from anyone. Thank you Mr. President. The incident took place when Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative. Fayaz was abducted by five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian last night. His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian on Wednesday morning, a police official said. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu. He was commissioned in the Army in December last year.His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley. With inputs from PTI

Watch | Don’t play victim; Pakistan paying price for creating dangerous terror industry: India’s strong stand at UN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s First Secretary to the United Nations, Eenam Gambhir on Friday gave a befitting reply to Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s charges that New Delhi was instigating war crimes in Kashmir.WATCH:Read the full text of India’s response:UNGA72, 21 September 2017, India’s Right of ReplyMr. President,I take the floor to exercise the right of reply in response to Pakistan’s defense of terrorism. It is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit. This august Assembly and the world beyond know that efforts at creating alternative facts do not change reality.Mr. President,In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror.The quest for a land of pure has actually produced “the land of pure terror”. Pakistan is now ”Terroristan’, with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a leader of the UN designated terrorist organization Lashkar-i-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimized as a leader of a political party.This is a country whose counter terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with political careers.None of this can justify Pakistan’s avaricious efforts to covet the territories of its neighbours. In so far as India is concerned, Pakistan must understand that the State of Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of India. However much its scales up cross-border terrorism, it will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial integrity.Mr. PresidentWe also heard Pakistan complain about the consequences of its supposed counter terrorism efforts.Having diverted billions of dollars in international military and development aid towards creating a dangerous infrastructure of terror on its own territory, Pakistan is now speaking of the high cost of its terror industry. The polluter, in this case, is paying the price.Mr. President,Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India. The world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state.Mr. President,Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation of terror is unparalleled.Pakistan can only be counseled to abandon a destructive worldview that has caused grief to the entire world. If it could be persuaded to demonstrate any commitment to civilization, order, and to peace, it may still find some acceptance in the comity of nations. ALSO READ India’s stinging reply to Pak at UN: World doesn’t need lectures from ‘Terroristan’; J&K is integral part of India

Aircel Maxis case: Karti Chidambaram summoned by CBI on Thursday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Karti Chidambaram in Aircel Maxis corruption case on Thursday.The Enforcement Directorate had earlier issued summons to Karti Chidambaram on July 5 in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal.The agency had then issued a notice to Karti Chidambaram to present himself in person or through an authorised representative and asked to submit personal financial documents and those related to a firm this week.This was the first time then that a notice had been issued to Karti Chidambaram in the case which is being investigated since 2015.The probe pertains to firms identified as Advantage Strategic Consulting Private Limited and Chess Management Services, where Karti Chidambaram had been a director, and a few others for alleged violations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The agency, along with the I-T department, had conducted search and seizure operations on the business premises of Chess Management Services in Chennai in the presence of Mr. Karti Chidambaram in December 2015.

India strongly rejects UNHRC chief Zeid al-Hussein’s criticism over handling of Rohingyas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingya Muslim refugees, human rights situations in Jammu and Kashmir and observation relating to the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying it was “perplexed” at the remarks.UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his comments at the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, had criticised India on the issue of deportation of Rohingyas as well as on religious intolerance and threat to rights activists.In a strong reaction, India said it was surprised that individual incidents are being “extrapolated” to suggest a broader societal situation.”We are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions,” Ambassador Rajiv K Chander said.Chander, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Geneva, made the statement in response to Hussein’s comments.Rejecting the observations by Hussein, Chander said, “Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society.”Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges, he said, adding that enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the UN estimates.India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, on September 5 had said Rohingyas were illegal immigrants and stand to be deported.”It is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation. India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights,” Chander said.He said a more informed view would have not only recognised this aspect but also noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection.”India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified,” he said.On observation relating to the issue of human rights situations in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “It is a matter of regret that the central role of terrorism is once again being overlooked.”The Indian envoy said assessments of human rights should not be a matter of political convenience.”India believes that achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements and verification of facts.”Our Government’s motto of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ that is All Together and Development for All, is a true reflection of our commitment to achieve inclusive development in the spirit of leaving none of our citizens behind,” Chander added.Read his full response belowMr. PresidentWe recognize the role assigned to the OHCHR in effective promotion and protection of human rights. India was part of the first set of countries in the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.India’s UPR Report will be adopted in this session of the HRC. We are pleased to inform you that a large number of recommendations have been accepted. We believe that the UPR is not an end in itself and that observance and promotion of human rights is an ongoing process that can be continuously strengthened.Mr. PresidentWe are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions. Tendentious judgements made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society.Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion.It is also surprising that individual incidents are being extrapolated to suggest a broader societal situation. India is proud of its independent judiciary, freedom of press, vibrant civil society and respect for rule of law and human rights. A more informed view would have not only recognized this but also noted, for example, that the Prime Minister himself publicly condemned violence in the name of cow protection. India does not condone any actions in violation of law and imputations to the contrary are not justified.We have also noted that the issue of human rights situations in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir has been raised. It is a matter of regret that the central role of terrorism is once again being overlooked. Assessments of human rights should not be a matter of political convenience.Mr. PresidentIndia believes that achieving human rights goals calls for objective consideration, balanced judgements and verification of facts. Our Government’s motto of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” that is All Together and Development for All, is a true reflection of our commitment to achieve inclusive development in the spirit of leaving none of our citizens behind.With inputs from PTI

‘End the shame’: India kicks off world’s largest march to protect children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered in southern India on Monday to kick off what is expected to be the world’s largest march against the trafficking and sexual abuse of children as reports of such crimes continue to rise in the country.Organised by Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, over 10 million people from across India are due to take part in the month-long “Bharat Yatra” – or India March – which will end in the capital New Delhi on Oct. 16.Flagging off the march from Kanyakumari, a coastal city on the southern-most tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, Satyarthi told crowds of school children, officials and activists it was time to shatter the silence around such crimes.
ALSO READ Sorry Mr. CEO, Ryan International is no victim and you have blood on your hands”The sun rises every morning. But today this morning is different and this sun is different. Today this sun rises to dispel the darkness of fear, hopelessness and shame faced by our children. Today we march to end this,” Satyarthi said.”India is known for a country where children are being raped, where children are being sold. They are not safe in their schools; they are not safe even in their homes. If one child is in danger, then it means that the whole of India is danger.”
ALSO READ Ryan student death: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar assures victim’s father of CBI investigationChildren in India face a barrage of threats ranging from human trafficking, sexual violence and early marriage to a lack of access to quality education and healthcare, say activists.More than 9,000 children were reported to have been trafficked in 2016, a 27 percent rise from the previous year, according to government data.Most are from poor rural families who are lured to cities by traffickers who promise good jobs, but then sell them into slavery as domestic workers, to work in small manufacturing units, farming or pushed into sexual slavery in brothels.In many cases, they are not paid or are held in debt bondage. Some are found, but many remain missing.Figures from the National Crime Records Bureau also show that almost 15,000 children were victims of sexual violence such as rape, molestation and exploitation for pornography in 2015 – up 67 percent from the previous year.But these figures are just the tip of the iceberg in socially conservative India, say activists, where fear of being blamed, shamed or stigmatised means victims and their families often keep quiet and do not report the abuses they face.BREAKING THE SILENCESatyarthi, whose charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) has rescued 80,000 enslaved children, said the march was part of a three-year campaign to spread public awareness and push for stronger policies on child protection.The march participants will travel around 11,000 km (7,000) miles) and cover 22 of India’s 29 states. They will stop in towns and villages, visit schools and colleges and hold events with local officials, police, religious and community leaders.Monday’s kick-off saw thousands of children from remote areas across the country travelling to Kanyakumari to participate in the event. They chanted slogans and waved banners calling for an end of child slavery and child sexual abuse.”I am here today as I want to help protect other children like me,” said Ruby Kumari, 14, a pony-tailed schoolgirl from the district of Koderma in India’s eastern Jharkhand state.”We want to tell people that we are the future of this country and we want a safe environment for all children. They should be able to go to good schools and not sent to work.”The event also saw the participation of parents and their children who are survivors of sexual abuse and child labour.Thirty-five-year-old Moti, whose two teen daughters were raped by a family friend in the northern state of Punjab for years before the crime was discovered, said he hoped the march would help parents understand the dangers faced by children.”I had no idea that this was happening to my daughters. I trusted this man and he did this to my daughters,” said Moti, as he sat amongst the crowds, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt with #MakeIndiaSafe printed on the back.”If there had been marches like this before, perhaps I would have known better and I could have saved them. Now I am here to take part in his march so that it doesn’t happen to other children and parents won’t have to go through what I did.”

Hurrican Harvey: 200 Indian students stranded in Houston, two in ICU, says Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 200 Indian students were stranded at the University of Houston after the campus was flooded due to Hurricane Harvey, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. The minister said that two Indian students, Shalini and Nikhil Bhatia, are admitted in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and that the Indian consulate general is reaching out to them to provide help. More details on the students are awaited. “@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck deep water,” she tweeted.The Indian side made efforts for delivery of food but the US Coast Guard did not allow them as boats were required for rescue operations, Swaraj said in a series of tweets. She said the MEA was ensuring that the relatives of the hospitalised students reach the health facility at the earliest.
ALSO READ Hurricane Harvey leads to catastrophic flooding, at least 5 dead”Mr. Anupam Ray our CG (Consul General) Houston is organising the rescue operations,” she tweeted. Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the US in 13 years, left a trail of destruction as it swept through Texas yesterday, pummelling the region with heavy rains and claiming at least five lives since making landfall on the US’ Gulf Coast.

BJP counters as Mahila Congress lodges complaint over alleged attack by saffron party MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Countering the All India Mahila Congress’ complaint alleging that the party workers were attacked by former Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar, saffron party leader Sheetal Dattaprasad Naik filed a complaint in the same police station here. In her complaint, she wrote, “When I was standing outside the Kamat Estate colony, where I reside, workers belonging to Indian National Congress namely Mrs. Farida Bandekar, Mrs. Pratima Couthino, Mr. Vishal Bandekar, Mrs. Sunita Verekar, Mrs. Rita Desouza and Mrs. Diana Bregenza approached me threateningly and intimidating me to not vote. When I resisted, two of the male workers Mr. Vishal Bandekar and Urfan Mulla tried to physically snatch the papers from my hand and in the process caught my hand.? Naik further said that seeing this commutation, Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who was passing by, intervened to help her and told them that he would lodge a complaint against the incident to which Prathima Couthino threatened to file false complaint. ?I request you to kindly lodge the complaint and take necessary action by booking the above named person under Indian Penal Code,? it added. Earlier, Mahila Congress president Prathima Couthino filed a formal complaint, stating, ?Siddharth Kuncolienkar along with Sheetal Dattaprasad Naik approached the booth table and violently in a very inappropriate manner caught hold of Mrs. Diana Briganza hand and immediately thereafter snatched the electoral role from the table.? ?At this time when Siddharth Kuncolienkar noticed the incident was being recorded on the cell phone. At this juncture Siddharth Kuncolienkar threatened both the Congress workers?? the complaint added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The push to save Mumbai’s colonial-era water fountains

An architecture firm has embarked on a mission to restore Mumbai’s water heritage in an effort to reveal more of the city’s urban history.

Raje distils Refinery dream after bringing Ring Road on track

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This month of August is proving august month for Rajasthan. Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is busy bringing all her dream projects on ground. A couple of days back, NHAI signed an MoU with JDA for laying the impending ring road promising a 15-month disposal to a 15- year-old concept. Now, her government has signed yet another ambitious MoU with HPCL for a refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in remote area of Pachpadra in Barmer, which is going to change the entire socio-economic dynamics of the state. The project will pump in a total investment of Rs. 43,129 crore while Cairn Energy would investment another Rs 27,000 crore in next four years to increase oil production. On both the occasions, she used her personal rapport with union ministers to garner central government support for realising these ‘complicated’ projects. In case of Ring Road, union road minister Nitin Gadkari mobilised his road agency NHAI while union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan ironed out all problems blocking the HPCL MoU. With this Raje has silenced her detractors and opposition who were labelling these projects as mere poll gimmicks. The chief minister, with this single stroke, has been successful in conveying people that her government is serious in translating promises into action. The Barmer refinery, which has been in prevalence since Raje’s last tenure, has seen several see-saw rides in last 10 years. It was her government in 2007, which showed serious intent towards setting up a refinery in association with ONGC. She had then appointed former chairman-cum-managing director of ONGC Mr. Subir Raha as a consultant to draw a plan for 7.5MMPTA refinery in Barmer. However, the talks with ONGC could not find any conclusion. ONGC had then demanded the state government to provide free of cost land, exemption from entry tax and sales tax/VAT deferment for 16 years. Other concessions it had sought include CST exemption and right of way for rail link.The state government had found the demands unrealistic. “The refinery is worth Rs.12000 crore while the concessions sought were worth Rs.21000 crore,” the then mines minister had said.Later, Congress came into power and the project lost steam till election year (2013) when the then chief minister Ashok Gehlot processed an MoU with HPCL to establish a Refinery-cum-Petrochemical Complex in Barmer in 2013. As per this, Rajasthan was given 26% partnership in the project with the viability gap funding (VGF) payment worth Rs. 60,000.Before the MoU could materialise, again government changed and Raje came back into power.Dismissing the previous MoU as non feasible, the BJP government re-negotiated the agreement and redesigned it to save Rs. 40,000 crore towards the economic burden on the state government. Also, the earlier 2% Return of Investment for the state government has now been increased by 6 times to 12%, making it a viable economic venture in the state.​

Gujarat sets example of honouring martyrs and national pride

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Shortly after the Kargil war, 1999, in which twelve soldiers hailing from Gujarat were martyred, Kathiawar?s Patel community formed five trusts under the Jay Jawan Nagrik Samiti (JJNS), to provide financial assistance to their families. Capitalizing on the patriotic sentiments of the local citizens of Surat, the Varachha Bank opened a savings account, in which money started pouring in. The families of the twelve Gujarati soldiers were honoured publicly and financial assistance was gifted to their next of kin. Following the unfortunate earthquake in Gujarat in 2000, on a request from Brigadier B.S. Mehta (retd), former Vice Chancellor, Maharishi University of Management and Technology, Bilaspur (Chattisgarh), JJNS, extended support and financial assistance to 120 families of the Indian Air Force base at Bhuj, which had been completely wiped out. Since then, JJNS has been holding a public function named Samarpan Gauarv Samaroh every year on/around Kargil Diwas, 26 July, to honour and gift financial assistance to next of kin of martyrs of the armed forces. Following this event held in 2016, JJNS had disbursed a total of Rs. 3.15 crore to 198 families of martyrs. This year, for the Samarpan Gauarv Samaroh, held on 22 July, 2017, JJNS invited Gen. V.P. Malik, PVSM, AVSM (retired), the Army Chief during the Kargil War, to attend this function as its President. He was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Mrs Ranjana Malik, who headed the Army Wives? Welfare Association during Gen Malik?s tenure as army chief and was quite involved with the welfare of war-widows. The Guests of Honour were Rifleman Chandulal Babulal Chauhan, who had inadvertently strayed across the Line of Control and was repatriated after three months and Padma Shri Bipinbhai Girdharbhai Ganatra, Agnirakshak, a voluntary fire fighter from Kolkata. The five chief guests were Mr Mahendrabhai S Patel, Collector, Surat, Mr Satish Sharma, Police Commissioner, Mr M Thannarassan, Commissioner, Surat Municipal Corporation, Brig B S Mehta (retd) and this writer. The four special guests heading some of Gujarat?s leading industries were Mr. Nanubhai K Savaliya , Sukhram Group, Mr. Manharbhai J Saspara, Euro Fresh Foods India Ltd, Mr Lavjibhai D Daliya, Anjani Group and Mr Maheshbhai Savani, Savani Group. The Trustees of JJNS are Messrs. Kanjibhai R Bhalala, Chairman of the Varachha Bank, KD Vaghani, Devchandbhai K Kakadiya, Mavjibhai D Mavani, Devshibhai K Bhadiyadra, Mukeshbhai K Navadiya and Sureshbhai G Patel. Brig Mehta is an advisor to the JJNS and its Vyasthapak (organizer ) is Mr Bhikubhai Timbadiva. What overwhelmed all the guests-families of martyrs and others- attending the four events over two days, was not just the warmth , hospitality and high regard accorded to them by all the various hosts and organizers, but also the spirit of patriotism and national pride, which was so evident. And what is particularly noteworthy is that a large number of very well-placed individuals and organizations have enthusiastically involved themselves by volunteering to take on various responsibilities and activities, devoting not only their time and effort, but also substantial amounts of money. Every year the JJNS is approached by many industrialists and organizations to offer their sponsorship for the Samaroh and all connected events. While the Samaroh managing committee has 45 members, over fifty business houses and voluntary/philanthropic organizations were involved in looking after various aspects and responsibilities, like contacting, coordinating, receiving and escorting the guests as well as looking after their accommodation/comfort, transportation and any other requirements, till their departure. Up to three to five family members of twenty two Army personnel and one from Central Armed Police Forces, martyred mostly in Jammu and Kashmir and some in the North East and some other locations, including the four Army personnel and one of Border Security Force, inhumanly mutilated by Pak army on 22 November 2016 and 01 May 2017, were invited, honoured and disbursed financial assistance totaling Rs. 46,00,000/- (46 lakhs). The four events included a function at the Veer Narmad University, where a National Cadet Corps contingent presented a Guard of Honour to Gen. Malik, following which a large gathering of students met and honoured the martyrs? families and were addressed by Gen.Malik. At this function, Mr Dileepbhai Bunha, Campus Director, SUV International School, made a spirited comment suggesting the raising of a Gujarat Regiment in the Army. Next was a visit to the Umiya Temple Trust, Varachha. The main function on 22 July began after an early dinner, at 8.30 p.m., at Sardar Patel Smruti Bhavan, Sardar Chowk, Varachha Road, Surat and continued till past midnight. In the function, compered by Mr Kanjibhai Bhalala, each martyr?s act of bravery was described before presenting a memento and the financial assistance amount to the family members. The auditorium with a capacity of 1200 was more than full and for every martyr?s account of valour, there was heavy applause. In his address, Gen.Malik recalled a number of events/incidents during the three-month-long Kargil confrontation, including reading out the last letter written by posthumous Param Vir Chakra recipient Vikram Batra to his parents, with his wish ?Yeh Dil Maange More?-more victories. Over two more addresses at other functions, he shared many anecdotes about the gallantry of Army personnel during Pakistan?s misadventure at Kargil. All the speeches by Gen.Malik and the other speakers were punctuated with spontaneous cheers and applause. For the family members of the martyrs, attending the series of functions in Surat was a rare experience with a mix of emotions. On the one hand being reminded about the sorrowful loss of their loved ones and on the other, the feeling of pride at being honoured and rewarded. But one reaction common to all of them was being overwhelmed by the warmth and cheering by their audiences. And also an unexpected pleasant surprise that there are people in India, who value so highly the sacrifices made by their deceased dear ones. Lance Dafadar Swaran Singh (retd), the uncle of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh of the Sikh Regiment, mutilated on 1 May 2017, could not help commenting that despite there not being many Gujaratis in the Army, Gujarat?s public and business community had set an unprecedented example of patriotism and great pride in the country?s armed forces. He reflected the feelings and reactions of many other relatives/family members of martyrs attending the functions in Surat, who this writer interacted with. Awed by the arrangements, hospitality and public praise for the armed forces, many of the martyr?s family members conveyed their appreciation and thanks for being invited for what they considered an unforgettable occasion. In December, corresponding with Vijay Diwas, JJNS will organize a prayer recitation programme by Morari Bapu, renowned exponent of the Ram Charit Manas. The large collection of monetary offerings expected will be used for financial assistance to martyrs? families. At a time in India when the bandwagon of leftists/pseudo-intellectuals/pseudo secularists/human rights activists, including some senior political leaders have politicized and even ridiculed patriotism and national pride, with some also crticising the Army?s actions in Kashmir valley, it is a revelation and reminder of how these sentiments have been upheld with great spirit by the general public in Gujarat, led by a group of very prosperous but also large-hearted industrialists.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IT raids: Here is all you need to know about Karnataka Energy minister DK Shivakumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax Department on Wednesday conducted searches at multiple properties related to Karnataka Energy minister DK Shivakumar, who was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort in Bengaluru, in connection with a tax evasion case.Here’s all you need to know►​ DK Shivakumar was born to Mr. Kempegowda and Mrs. Gowramma of Dodda Alahalli village in Kanakapura taluk.► As he was a student leader at the RC College in Bengaluru, he later joined youth Congress.► Shivakumar became the General Secretary of Karnataka State Youth Congress in 1983-85.► He was elected as a member of Rural Zilla Panchayat and remained its member till 1989.► In 1989, Congress chose him as an electoral candidate from Sathanur which he won with thumping margin.► He was elected as the Minister of State for Prisons in 1991- 1992.► He became the cabinet minister in the SM Krishna government in 1999-2002.► In 2004, DKS got elected again for the fourth time from Sathnur constituency.► He is a veteran politician of Karnataka being elected in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the sixth time in 2013.► An MLA from the Kanakpura constituency​, DK Shivakumar currently holds the portfolio of ‘Energy Minister’ in the government led by Siddaramaiah.► He was one of the richest candidates in the 2013 Karnataka polls.About raids on DK Shivakumar​’s properties► A total of 39 premises of the minister and his family are being raided by a team of about 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces.► The raids are taking place in Delhi and Karnataka.► The department is also investigating charges of alleged role of money power and huge transfer of illegal funds for polls.► The search, described as an ‘evidence gathering exercise’, is being conducted by the Karnataka Investigation Wing of the Income tax department.► According to IT department, the search is the continuation of an investigation which has been in progress for a considerable period of timeCash recovered► IT officials said Rs 7.5 crore cash was recovered from the search of the properties of the minister, who has been taken to his house in Bengaluru from the resort by the IT team.

Pre-construction work for Mopa airport has commenced:Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today told the State Legislative Assembly that the pre-construction work on the airport at Mopa in North Goa has started. “GMR- Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) has already started pre-construction work and as per Concession Agreement GGIAL has to complete construction by May 2020,” Parrikar said. “As per Concession Agreement the estimated cost of Phase one of the project is Rs 3,100 crore. However, as per financial close documents of GMR Goa International Airport Limited estimated cost of Phase I of the project is Rs 1,900 crore,” the Chief Minister said. He was replying to the question tabled by Congress MLAs Alexio Reginaldo Lourenco and Dayanand Sopte. Replying to another question tabled by BJP MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Parrikar said, “The construction work (for the project) is expected to begin shortly”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

National action plan to end commercial sexual exploitation of children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, July 8 (ANI-Businesswire India): The first national level consultative meet on choking demand for commercial sexual exploitation of children recognized the low policy priority accorded to the issue and resolved to create an inter-ministerial framework to ensure better and effective implementation of policy pronouncements on the ground. The national level consultative meet is a first of its kind initiative that attempted to bring key stakeholders within and outside the government on one platform to deliberate a way out of the current environment of lack of enforcement teeth which has led to a proliferation of commercial sexual exploitation of children. The meet, which deliberated on various strands of the issue, has firmed up a national action plan with the child at the centre of its focus. Proposed to be helmed by the Prime Minister?s Office, this will be a network which would bind inter-governmental departments such as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Women and Child Development (WCD) closely with different government agencies such as the CBI and the like working in close conjunction with one another. With choking demand for children in commercial sexual exploitation at its core, this framework is expected to result in prioritization of the issue in terms of the discourse at the national and at the level of the central and state governments. ?This is not just a WCD issue. WCD can and should take the initiative but the need of the hour is to create an inter-ministerial framework to take this forward,? opined Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Honourable Member of Parliament. Mr. Chandrasekhar, who chaired the meeting, also articulated an important view that technology can play the role of an enabler in sharing intelligence and data when it comes to not just commercial sexual exploitation of children but also in other child related crimes. ?We already have a Nat grid which really enables information sharing on terror-related issues. Why can?t we have a child grid replicated on similar lines which will ensure inter agency coordination and intelligence sharing something which will lend to better enforcement?, remarked the Member of Parliament.? Inadequate data was a key element on which there was complete consensus that poor and insufficient crime records plague this sector. The problem, many speakers said was compounded because the official data is itself under-reported due to issues such as stigmatization, fear, police apathy and the like. It was mooted that better information coordination systems on a digital platform be set up and maintained while at the SHO level, there should be consistent data available on ?history sheeters?- an imperative given the fact that repeat offenders mostly operate with impunity here. A key theme that resonated throughout the conference was that there was no paucity of laws as far as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children are concerned. However, lack of awareness and sensitization to the issue as also inadequate enforcement and deterrence seemed to be plaguing resolution or at least mitigation in this area. This was an area which was also heavily debated and Mr. Dilip Kumar, Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs weighed in to say that enforcement capacities are stretched with the police and most of India?s investigative agencies and though ??the typical response is to hold the police and the MHA to book, yet capacity building, especially at the grass roots level and greater sensitization are the needs of the hour??. Ms. Chhaya Sharma, DIG, NHRC (National Human Rights Commission), elaborated on the above and explained the systemic and operational lacunae that police officers grapple with everyday which include lack of funds for rehabilitation of victims, lack of incentives and morale which constrain effective police operations in this area. Another key issue that was deliberated at length at the meeting was the role of the judiciary. Mr. Chetan Sanghi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development mentioned that it?s important that Children’s? courts fast track cases of this nature to serve as better judicial deterrence. ?Deterrence continues to be important, there is a need for special courts and these courts should fast track child related cases??, he opined. Mr. Sanghi also re-emphasised that there needs to be an adequate focus on choking the demand side of this menace as well as victim reintegration- elements which will be integral to the new policy architecture that is being put in place by his Ministry. This view was also echoed by Ms. Jyotika Kalra, Member, NHRC in her closing remarks. Ms. Kalra called for enhanced centre-state and agency to agency coordination for better results on the ground. She also opined that policy actions by central and state level authorities need to be backed by high-visibility media campaigns to create and sustain awareness of the issue and elevate the theme to the centre of national discourse. This, in turn, will prompt policy makers to elevate the issue to the status of a national public policy priority. (ANI-Businesswire India) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi, Trump discuss purchase of military equipment at delegation-level talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the second day of visit to the United States, sat down for delegation-level talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House here. During the delegation-level meeting, the two leaders touched upon various topics ranging from purchase of military equipment to the bilateral relations between the two nations. Welcoming the Indian delegation, Trump said, “It?s a great honour to have Mr. Narendra Modi here, who has been such a great a prime minister. We have had a lot of discussions already,” adding, “the relations between the U.S. and India are very strong and powerful.” Trump struck upon the topic of purchase of military equipment, in reference to the recent F16 joint production deal. “Thank you for ordering equipment from the U.S.. No one makes military equipment like the U.S.,” he said. Responding to Trump’s starting statements, Prime Minister Modi said, “The U.S., being the oldest democracy of the world, and India, being the largest democracy, will come together to change the world and bring peace.” Further describing the U.S. as a “true friend” of India, the visiting Prime Minister said, “Under Trump’s leadership, we can take U.S.-India ties to a high level.” Earlier, Trump extended a warm welcome to Prime Minister Modi even as he, along with First Lady Melania, received him at the White House on Monday. Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically. “I want to welcome the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. He is a great Prime Minister. I have heard so much and I have been reading so much about you. He has done a great job, economically, and is doing well in so many ways. So, I would like to congratulate him,” he said. Prime Minister Modi, while thanking Trump for the warm welcome rendered to him, said the kind of welcome he was given, it was a welcome to the 125 crore people of India. “I think I will have a lot to speak after the meeting. The way President Trump and the First Lady have welcomed me in Washington D.C., this is a welcome to the 125 crore people of India. I am extremely grateful to them,” he said. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi also held discussions with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MEA-on-Kulbhushan-doctored-video @ 6/23/2017 9:20:14 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement in which it said that a mercy petition has been filed by alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa against his death sentence, India has said that it brings out the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against the Indian national on concocted charges. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “The developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Mr. Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).? ?Pakistan has never disclosed even to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother,? it added. New Delhi also raised its doubts over the existence of the ?so-called? mercy petition filed by Jadhav. ?The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,? it read. The government had, earlier this week, once again demanded consular access to Jadhav and reiterated his family?s request for visas. ?Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav?s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda,? the statement said. ?India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan,? it added. According to a statement released by Pakistan’s ISPR, the alleged Indian spy has admitted to charges of espionage, terrorism and subversive activities in the state. Meanwhile, the case is underway in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after India in May appealed against the death sentence to Jadhav, saying Pakistan had not granted India consular access, nor had accepted his family’s appeals. The court has asked India to make its submission in the case by September 13 and Pakistan by December 13. Pakistan had also earlier said that Jadhav will not be executed till he “exhausts all his mercy appeals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak releases Kulbhushan Jadhav’s confessional video; India terms it attempt to influence ICJ through false propaganda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In response to a query regarding the so-called confessional video of Kulbhushan Jadhav and a press release by Pakistan in the matter today, India said that the developments bring out once again the lack of transparency and farcical nature of proceedings against Jadhav on concocted charges, continued violation of his legal and consular rights and an attempt to introduce prejudice in the proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). “Pakistan has never disclosed even to the ICJ Jadhav’s purported appeal to a military tribunal in Pakistan and has effectively prevented his parents from pursuing the appeal and the petition filed by Jadhav’s mother. The details and circumstances of the alleged mercy petition by Jadhav are not clear and even the fact of its existence is doubtful, shrouded as the proceedings against Jadhav have been in opacity,” the government said in a statement.The government added that it had once again demanded earlier this week Consular Access to Mr. Jadhav and reiterated his family’s request for visas.
ALSO READ Full text of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s second confessional video“Manufactured facts cannot alter the reality, and do not detract from the fact that Pakistan is in violation of its international obligation to India and Jadhav. We expect Pakistan to abide by the order of ICJ staying Jadhav’s execution and desist from attempting to influence the ICJ proceedings through false propaganda.India is determined to pursue the matter in ICJ and is confident that justice will be done without being affected in any manner by these unwarranted and misleading steps taken by Pakistan.”
ALSO READ WATCH: Kulbhushan Jadhav’s seeks ‘forgiveness’ his actionsEarlier, Jadhav had submitted second mercy plea to Pakistan Army chief, claimed ISPR. It has also released a confessional video where Kulbhushan Jadhav describes how he was a covert RAW agent and undertook several operations for it. In the video, it is seen that Jadhav confesses to his ‘crimes’ and asks for mercy on compassionate ground. Earlier Jadhav had sent mercy petition to military appellate court which was rejected.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, claimed that in his plea, Jadhav has “admitted his involvement in espionage, terrorist and subversive activities” in Pakistan and “expressed remorse” at the resultant loss of lives and extensive damage to property. “Seeking forgiveness for his actions he has requested the Chief of Army Staff to spare his life on compassionate grounds,” the ISPR said. The statement said that Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, had earlier appealed to the Military Appellate Court which was rejected.Under the law he is eligible to appeal for clemency to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and if rejected, subsequently to the Pakistan President. The military also released a “second confessional video”, in which purportedly Jadhav can be seen “accepting his acts of terrorism and espionage”. The Army said it released the video “so that the world should know what India has done and continues to do against Pakistan.”

Implement cow slaughter ban in Arunachal, says APCC president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Accusing the Centre and state governments of pursuing dictatorial paths on the issue of what to eat and what not, what to wear and what not, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Takam Sanjoy today challenged the BJP-led NDA Govt to implement cow slaughter in Arunachal Pradesh. Putting a blanket ban on cow slaughter by present BJP-led NDA Govt in the Centre clearly reflected its Hindutua agenda, but would lead to disappearance of cows, the so called Gomata of the Hindus, with time, Sanjoy told ANI, adding that some BJP leaders, including Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju and former state governor J P Rajkhowa had equated cow with Mithun, which amounted to insulting the age-old culture, rituals and traditions of Arunachal tribals. These persons should publicly explain as to how Mithun could be equated with cow. In Arunachal Pradesh, the tribal community, mostly meat eaters, are supplied by mostly outside non-tribal traders. The meat trade provides sustained livelihood to a large section of people across this tribal state and a ban would hit them hard and have far reaching consequences,, Sanjoy said. The cow slaughter ban has been opposed tooth and nail by masses in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal, which reflects the move as being anti-people a direct violation of human rights. It also disturbs and displaces the man-animal equation, Sanjoy said. The far reaching implications of such a ban has been vouched in a recent write-up in the Times of India by Emeritus Professor Kirit S. Parikh, founder director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, who had served as senior economic advisor to UN Development Programme (October 1997 to September 1998), Economic Advisory Council member of then PMs Atal Behari Vajpayee, Rajiv Gandhi, V P Singh and P V Narasimha Rao. “In 2012, there were around 180 million heads of cattle. If the ban is effectively implemented all over the country, the number of cattle heads by 2027 will be around 360 to 400 million. They will put an enormous strain on the resources of the country. What however is likely to happen is that milk production from cows will be no longer competitive with milk production from buffaloes. “No one would want to keep cows. Even bullocks used in farm operations will become expensive and would be replaced by tractors or working buffaloes. The ban on cow slaughter will result in a ban on cows. They may disappear from India,” Parikh said. We can?t kill cows according to BJP-RSS, but India is global leader in beef exports. If cow vigilantes continue to terrorise and murder people without any fear of punishment, as happened in Rajasthan on April 5 last, one can be sure that no one will want to keep any cows. Cows will be banished from India. Poor Indians, particularly the milkmen community, should be ready for alternative once cows disappear and would be mothers should ponder seriously what to feed their newborns if policy of present central Govt led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues. Does Modi’s model code of governance ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash’ means ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka (shrif BJP-RSS ka) Vikash’? It is high time for the people to realise the meaning and act before it becomes too late to repent, Sajnoy added. The views expressed in the above article are by Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Editor, Arunachal Front.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hurriyat meeting: BJP accuses Mani Shakar Iyer of ‘adding to agenda of separatism’; Cong leader claims it was ‘meeting of tour operators’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar defended his meeting with Hurriyat leaders, after it was questioned by the BJP. Speaking to mediapersons, Aiyar said, “The tour operators of the Valley were present in the meeting with the Hurriyat leaders and they told me that Modi’s message that terror and tourism cannot go together has ruined tourism industries in this valley this year. He has inflicted untold harm by going around proclaiming that the valley has nothing to offer but terror.”Talking about his meeting, the senior Congress leader further said that now he was more convinced that the situation in the Valley is extremely grave and that corrective actions need to be taken sooner than later, otherwise much bigger problems will surface.In an effort to resume dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir, five-member delegation led by Aiyar yesterday called on moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed ways to calm down the protestors.
ALSO READ Cash-for-unrest scandal: Geelani suspends National Front from HurriyatThe delegation discussed the prevailing situation in the Valley and the necessary steps to be initiated for bringing peace in Kashmir, which has been marred by violent protests since July 2016.Considering the situation very critical where students and youth have joined the protests, Aiyar insisted that the Central Government should hold dialogue with all the stakeholders in Kashmir as it would bring enduring solutions by bringing peace in the Valley as well as reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.Aiyar also showed his willingness to meet the pro-independence JKLF chief Yasin Malik, but he refused to meet the delegation.The five-member delegation that includes O.P. Shah, Air Vice Marshal (retd.) Kapil Kak and Vinod Sharma, are likely to meet hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.Aiyar also showed his willingness to meet the pro-independence JKLF chief Yasin Malik, but he refused to meet the delegation.The meetings with Hurriyat leaders assume significance after the group insisted that the Central Government should hold talks with Pakistan including separatists for resolution of the Kashmir issue.It is pertinent to mention that a five-member delegation led by former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha met Kashmiri hardliner Geelani in 2016 to break the ice between the centre and the Hurriyat leadership. But Geelani demanded release of all youth and separatist leaders as a pre-condition for talks.The delegation stressed that Central Government must interact with Kashmiri people and assuage the feelings of the protesters to find a solution for the progress and development of the state.Earlier, the BJP questioned if Aiyar was adding to the agenda of separatism by meeting with separatist leaders Shabir Shah and Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.“They (separatists) stand with the terrorist, they give a romantic name of militants but they are terrorists against humanity. So these people, when they have such an agenda, if they are willing to change it, speak in favour of the constitution, then one would have understood that Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar has played some part. Because unless the statement comes and if they stick to their own stand, then the question will arise that is Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar adding to their agenda of separatism, and if that is the case then what is the Congress party’s stand?” BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI.Kohli further said if an Indian citizen wants to meet someone, then it is up to them to think about the agenda of the meeting.“But more important than whom Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar is meeting, what is he going to discuss is more important thing. Because as far as the so called separatist leaders are there, the Hurriyat conference leaders they have so far not condemned the stone pelting, not condemned that the youth are being instigated in this direction, not condemned that the development are suffering, employment is suffering,” he added.Meanwhile, the Congress distanced itself from Aiyar’s meeting with Hurriyat leaders, saying it never recognised those who are “unelectable and unrepresentative”.In an effort to resume dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir, five-member delegation led by Aiyar yesterday called on moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed ways to calm down the protestors.The delegation discussed the prevailing situation in the Valley and the necessary steps to be initiated for bringing peace in Kashmir, which has been marred by violent protests since July 2016.Considering the situation very critical where students and youth have joined the protests, Aiyar insisted that the Central Government should hold dialogue with all the stakeholders in Kashmir as it would bring enduring solutions by bringing peace in the Valley as well as reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.

Iconic media personality I. Ramamohan Rao cremated in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The cremation of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao, who passed away on Saturday after a brief illness, was held at Lodhi Crematorium in Delhi on Monday afternoon. The last rites were performed by Mrs. Smita Prakash the daughter of Mr. I. Ramamohan Rao in the presence of his son-in-law Mr. Sanjiv Prakash, members of the family, friends and well wishers. Mr. Rao had an illustrious career spanning over six decades in which he held several key appoints with Government of India and the civil stream. He superannuated from the government from the top position of Principal Information Officer, Government of India, and went on to hold many advisory positions. He was, presently, Editor (Print) Asian News International. A large number of people, from various walks of life, who had known Mr. Rao, or had worked with him, came to pay homage to him. Among those present were top bureaucrats, political leaders from all parties, analysts, intellectuals and friends who had been associated with him. Others used the medium of Twitter to pay their homage to the departed soul and forward their messages of condolences. ?Shocked to learn about the demise of Sri Ram Mohan Rao Fmr PIO, PIB . A visionary in Govt communication, huge loss for IIS service. RIP,? tweeted Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. ?Saddened by the demise of former PIO, PIB Sri Ram Mohan Rao. Stellar communicator and a warm human being. Condolences to the family,? tweeted Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. ?Saddened by demise of Sh.Ramamohan Rao who served as a journalist & communicator for over 60yrs & also Media Adviser to 4 fmr. PMs @ANI_news,? tweeted Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “The passing away of Shri I. Ramamohan Rao is a huge loss to the Indian Information Service fraternity,” she added. Gandhi said the Congress Party stands in grief with the family of Mr. Rao. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” she added. ?A veteran of the Indian Information Service, Ramamohan Raoji rose to the pinnacle of his career& embodied the best values of his profession. A former PIO to GoI, he worked with four Prime Ministers including my father. My sincere condolences on his passing,? said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Mr. Rao joined the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in 1956. A large part of career was with the Defence Public Relations Organisation (DPRO) wherein, he was totally involved in the Indo-China War 1962 and Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971. He was also closely associated with the efforts of the government to build the defence structure of the country and Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, was actively involved in path-breaking events like the 1982 Asiad Games, The Non-Aligned Summit in 1983 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in Delhi. He also served in the Information Division of the Research and Analysis Wing at a time when the organisation was new and finding its roots and headed the News Service Division of the All India Radio during the turbulent years, which saw the Blue Star Operation and the period after the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. He was the head of the Indian Information Service for seven years before his superannuation in 1992. During this period, he had the unique distinction of being Principal Information Officer and official spokesperson to four Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandrashekar and PV Narasimha Rao. Post superannuation Mr. Rao held many advisory positions with various state governments and institutions but after the Kargil War he dedicated his energy towards interaction and mentoring of young journalists at Asian News International(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre should investigate AAP’s foreign fundingCongress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Sunday urged the Centre to investigate all the companies and ministers exposed by sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel leader Kapil Mishra, adding that the Narendra Modi?led government should also gauge the issue underlining AAP accepting money from anti-national elements. ?Kapil Mishra has levied grave charges on Arvind Kejriwal and these accusations come under theMoney Laundering Act. Even Mr. Neel who was with Kapil Mishra had raised matching concerns earlier as well. The agencies know about all this, why has an FIR not lodged till now,? said Maken. ? Anand Sharma ji had before also raised a point that the AAP is accepting fund from separatists groups. We urge the Government should investigate the foreign funding of AAP. And find out which anti-national elements are funding AAP. If needed a special audit should take place. All the companies and name of ministers which he had mentioned should be brought under scrutiny,? he added. Mishra earlier in the day alleged corruption in the AAP funding while stating that facts were concealed from the Income Tax department. Mishra who is currently on a hunger strike to protest against corruption by AAP said, “For three continuous years, black money was converted into white and spent on foreign trips of AAP leaders. AAP did not inform about some of its fundings which it received from fake companies.” Mishra further targeted Kejriwal and revealed that 16 shell companies added money worth crores in AAP’s bank accounts. “These fake companies are registered in the name of AAP MLA from Moti Nagar, Shivcharan Goyal. These companies have given Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal at 12 a.m. The fund received from these companies were sent to same branch branch of Axis Bank where there were allegations of converting black money into white at the time of demonetisation,” he added. AAP has its bank account at the Krishnanagar branch of Axis Bank and all the transactions happen from there. Mishra also shared a bank cheque without a date which has already been encashed. “I file case against Arvind Kejriwal in Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday in connection with conversion of black money to white,” the AAP leader said. However, the press conference took a dramatic turn when Mishra openly threatened to drag Kejriwal ?by the collar? to Tihar jail and then promptly passed out and was carried to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday sent a summons notice to the political advisor of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Vaibhav Kumar in connection with water tanker scam. Kumar will be interrogated by the ACB on May 17. Last Thursday, Mishra made ?serious allegations? against senior Delhi government functionaries in relation to the water tanker scam, which is alleged to have caused a loss of an estimated ?400 crore to the State exchequer, in a detailed statement to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Earlier, Mishra submitted documents related to the tanker scam to the ACB, while saying that he also apprised the agency about the misuse of the money by the Delhi government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India,U.S. discuss ways to strengthen bilateral maritime cooperation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India and the United States held the second round of the India-U.S. Maritime Security Dialogue on May 9 and 10 in Newport, Rhode Island, to seek ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in defence in the Asia-Pacific region. During the dialogue, both sides exchanged views on maritime developments in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region and considered steps to further strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation. Top officials of both countries also reviewed the implementation of decisions taken at the first Maritime Security Dialogue held in May 2016 on securing the global waterways and steps undertaken to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two navies. Maritime cooperation between the two countries was pushed by former U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who visited New Delhi to bolster the strategic relationship keeping in view of China’s increasing military presence in the South China Sea. The Indian delegation was led jointly by Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (D&ISA), Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (AMS), Ministry of External Affairs and Devika Raghuvanshi, Joint Secretary (Navy), Ministry of Defence. Mr. David Helvey, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs and Mr. Sean Stein, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs led the American delegation at the talks. The next Dialogue will be held in India on mutually convenient dates, a MInistry of External Affairs release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi flags concerns over 457 visa to Turnbull

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed to his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull India’s concerns about the impact of the recent decision to abolish a popular work visa used by a majority of Indians. During a telephonic conversation, Modi flagged concerns about the “possible impact” of the recent changes in Australian visa regulations. The regulations are expected to hit 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians.The visa programme, known as 457 visa, allows businesses in Australia to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers. A government release said the two Prime Ministers agreed that officials from both sides will remain in “close touch on the issue”.The new visa regulations came within days after Turnbull concluded his first official visit to India, where both countries signed several agreements to boost bilateral relations. “The two Prime Ministers also discussed the follow-up action taken after the visit of Mr. Turnbull to India last month, and the steps required to further strengthen the bilateral relationship,” the PMO statement said.According to new regulations, applicants for Australian citizenship are now tested on their knowledge of law and national symbols such as the colours of the Aboriginal flag.Responding to a query, the MEA spokesperson said the government was examining the consequences of the new policy in consultation with all stakeholders. “This is also a matter we will be looking at in the context of trade negotiations,” he said.It is believed that the new visa regulations will hit small businesses and Australian tech start-ups…. & ANALYSISTurnbull had announced his decision to abolish the 457 visa, which allows businesses to hire foreign workers for up to four years in skilled job.
Indian IT professionals account for almost 18,000 visas issued under the category, according to Australian Population Research Institute.
Of late, Australia has been one of favourite destination for students to study, work and eventually become permanent residents.

‘Complaint Box’ AAP is crumbling under its own weight BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking a jibe over the infighting within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said after a series of defeats in elections, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party is crumbling under its own weight. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said after the debacle in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, the AAP is undergoing a big turmoil internally. ?Many decent voices are emanating from various leaders in the party. A party which projected itself practicing a new political culture succumbed to the traditional politics, accusing politics and it became a complaint box rather than setting new standards and politics. Today, after a series of defeats, it is crumbling under its own weight,? he added. Resonating similar views, another BJP leader Shaina NC said the AAP is a party of drama and theatrics, adding that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has not just deceived the people of Delhi, but also his own workers by not living up to the promises that he wanted to make. ?It is not for us to comment on Mr. Kejriwal or his colleagues, but it is clearly for us to say that the people of Delhi have been let down for a mandate which they gave for good governance which has translated only into fighting and absolute double-speak and hypocrisy,? she added. Kejriwal yesterday claimed that some people are trying to create a rift between him and senior party leader Kumar Vishwas. “Kumar Vishwas is my younger brother. Some people are trying to showcase a rift between us, such people are the enemy of the party. Nobody can separate us,” Kejriwal said in a tweet. Earlier, another party MLA Amanatullah Khan alleged that Vishwas was conspiring to break the party and had asked some legislators to join the BJP with an offer of Rs. 30 crore each. This prompted Kejriwal to say that attempts were being made to create a rift between him and Vishwas. Khan circulated a WhatsApp message saying Vishwas had called some AAP MLAs to his home with the monetary offer at the behest of the BJP. Following the mass exodus and reports of in-fighting within the party, Kejriwal earlier on April 29 struck a note by admitting that the party made some crucial mistakes which led to their heavy defeat in the Delhi’s civic polls. Accepting his mistakes, Kejriwal asserted that it’s time to get back to work. In yet another blow to Kejriwal, Vishwas raised doubts about the former’s ability to win elections and said the party should do soul-searching for the repeated defeats. He suggested that the party should consider taking drastic steps, including leadership change, if it wants to remain viable in the political arena. The AAP leader questioned Kejriwal’s defense for losing Punjab elections, Rajouri by-poll, as well as the MCD elections. He said that Kejriwal’s stand on the surgical strikes was wrong adding that the party needs ‘radical reforms’. In the recent past, other AAP leaders like Alka Lamba and Kapil Mishra have also been critical of the party’s views on the poll debacles.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavyweights campaign for Manjinder Sirsa in final phase of MCD polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The final day of the election campaign for Rajouri Garden assembly constituency saw heavyweight leaders of the BJP-SAD alliance campaign for the combine candidate Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa. Union Textiles Minister Mrs. Smriti Irani led the campaign battle by holding a road show and a public rally for Sirsa in the constituency. Addressing the rally, Irani said Mr.Sirsa is struggling for the issues of the Sikh community since long, and when he met her for the first time after assuming charge as Union Minister, he had brought several issues before her. She said that it was perhaps the hard work of Mr.Sirsa which has resulted in solving those issues which have been hanging fire for the last 30 years. Lashing out at Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Irani said that he was man who has betrayed the trust of the people and miserably failed to deliver on promises he made during the last assembly elections. She said that AAP will meet the same fate here which it had met in Goa and Punjab. Irani said similar will be fate of the Congress party which was facing successive defeats in elections due to it wrong policies adopted during the UPA tenure and running government in Delhi. She said that on the other hand Prime Minister Mr Narinder Modi is guiding the BJP to successive wins only because of its pro poor and welfare oriented policies of the government. Addressing a hugely attended rally in favour of Mr Manjinder Singh Sirsa Senior Member Parliament and Bollywood celebrity Mr. Paresh Rawal said that Mr Narinder Modi is leading BJP who is the known for his commitments and selfless service for the nation. On the other hand Mr Kejriwal has taken oath of his children that he will not enter politics but forgot the commitment when the time came for becoming Chief Minister. He said that after becoming he started dreaming of becoming Prime Minister and went to Goa where he was duck out in the recently concluded assembly elections. He said that what happened to AAP in Punjab is known to everybody and these liars are now avoiding meeting public for their lies. He urged the people to vote for Mr Sirsa to strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Mr Narinder Modi and said that after the victory the BJP-SAD alliance will ensure completion of works which have been stalled because of AAP government since last over years. Meanwhile the SAD President and former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal also addressed a rally in favour of Mr Sirsa last evening. He said that more than 37 candidates of AAP lost their security deposits in recently concluded elections AAP was only able to get 21 percent share. He exuded confidence that AAP and Congress will face similar fate in this election in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uflex, Fiinovation to roll out natural resource conservation initiatives in Bhind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, Apr.7 (ANI-Businesswire India): Surging ahead in its endeavor towards creating sustainable ecosystem, India?s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited has extended its existing partnership with Fiinovation (a global CSR consulting company) for natural resource conservation and optimization initiatives in Bhind District of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier last year Uflex in conjunction with Fiinovation had successfully rolled out rain water harvesting and plantation interventions at two villages of Gautam Buddha Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh through the implementation agency AROH Foundation. This year, Uflex in association with Fiinovation shall be replicating the success story at a village near Malanpur in Bhind District of Madhya Pradesh through ‘Bal Mahila Vikas Samiti’, a non-profit organization and a leading Micro Financing Institution of Madhya Pradesh that has been working towards rural development, child rights promotion, poverty alleviation, water, sanitation, hygiene, environment and natural resource management. Notably, Uflex manufactures PET Chips (raw material for polyester film) at its plant in Malanpur with a production capacity of 72,000 Tonnes Per Annum. The initiative in Bhind District will be replication of the ongoing intervention in the identified villages of the Gautam Buddha Nagar District in the National Capital Region that was recently acknowledged by ABP News CSR Leadership Award Jury as the ‘Best Environment Friendly Project’. The initiative quite like the one in NCR aims to build capacity of the community to conserve and optimize the natural resource base. This would particularly include construction of carefully planned ex-situ rainwater harvesting structures for arresting rain water and charging the aquifers; organic and inorganic mulching to protect soil cover and focused plantation drives in a village near Malanpur. The initiative shall further entail plantation of 2400 saplings at individual and community owned land parcels in a bid to enhance the green cover, provide fodder for the livestock throughout the year while also supplementing farmers? income. Around 100 farmers will stand to benefit from the intervention over a period of next three years. The initiative underscores active participation of all stakeholders like village panchayat, farmers, local administration, social workers, schools, men and women. This will lead to the improvement of ground water level due to percolation resulting in better availability of water for domestic and agricultural use; reduced soil erosion and overall enhancement of the air and water quality leading to improved health quotient of village inhabitants. Mr. Soumitro Chakraborty, CEO ? Fiinovation upon extending ties with Uflex said, ?Our engagements with Uflex Ltd. have been one of the most successful ones and are effectively directed towards environmental sustainability at a time when the nation is reeling under a massive environmental crisis, especially droughts and ground water depletion. The natural resource conservation initiatives are aligned with sustainable development goals and aim to inspire other businesses for plantation drives and rainwater harvesting thereby helping India to achieve its intended national targets.? Soon after initiating the programme, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, ?I am glad to see the replication of good practices that we amassed while working at the villages in Gautam Buddha Nagar District. It is not necessary to re-invent the wheel every time. Sustainable environmental interventions that are tried and tested become reckoner for others to benefit from the same thereby promoting the larger good. Our on-ground experiences in the villages of NCR will significantly help us in rolling out the initiative near Malanpur in Madhya Pradesh.? (ANI-Businesswire India) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cyient founder B V R Mohan Reddy among Padma recipients

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mr. B V R Mohan Reddy, Founder and Executive Chairman, Cyient and Former Chairman, NASSCOM, was among the well known personalities to receive the Padma Shri from the President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, at an award ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Thursday. He received the award for his contribution in the engineering research and development industry in the country. The award is also a recognition for a first generation entrepreneur for building a sustainable global technology company. The award acknowledges his effort in building a digitally-empowered society. Mr. Reddy is the only awardee in the trade and industry category this year. Among the others conferred the Padma awards were former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma (Posthumous), BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar and former ISRO chairman Professor U R Rao. They received the country’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan. The Padma Bhushan award, the nation’s third highest civilian award, was conferred on yoga guru Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati, Thai princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Tehemton Erach Udwadia, a doctor who is considered the father of laproscopic surgery in India. Cricketer Virat Kohli, Bollywood singer Anuradha Paudwal and many others were conferred the Padma Shri award. The ceremony was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan and other dignitaries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swedish PM calls up Modi to felicitate him on poll victories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received felicitations from his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven for the BJP’s resounding poll victories. Lofven also invited him to undertake a visit to Sweden. “Mr. Stefan L fven, the @SwedishPM called PM to felicitate on the election results & invited him to undertake an official visit to Sweden (sic),” the PMO tweeted. Modi has been receiving felicitations from a number of foreign leaders ever since the BJP scored stupendous victory in assembly polls on March 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Out of court settlement’ not a final conclusive view Khurshid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that the Chief Justice?s statement on the Ram Temple issue was a general and a well meaning suggestion and not a final conclusive view, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said that he is not sure whether a solution can be churned out on the basis of out of court settlement. Khurshid, while speaking with ANI, said he was present in the court at the time of hearing and believes that the ?out of court settlement? idea was a very informal suggestion that was made by the Chief Justice of India and that the view of the apex court has been exaggerated a bit. ?I was present in the court when it happened. It was a very informal suggestion that was made by the Chief justice when he was requested by Mr. Subramanian Swamy for the listing of the Babri Masjid case. Chief Justice said that these are issues of emotional nature and all parties should come together and find a solution and if you need help form anybody even a sitting judge that can be made available. So I don?t think that it was a final conclusive view, I think it was a general and a well meaning suggestion that most people make,? said Khurshid. ?I am not sure whether we have come too far away from the possibility of a settlement where everyone can come together and with an open mind look for a possible solution,? he added. The apex court yesterday said the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue, adding its best that this matter was settled amicably. The court asked parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus and asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31. The court also suggested if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court for settling the issue. Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate then he is ready for the task.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anupam Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Lindstr m India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>said, “As India’s only organized workwear company, the safety and hygiene of our industrial workforce is very close to our hearts at Lindstr m . With PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, we believe this is an issue that needs urgent attention across sectors. We hope that with the diverse perspectives shared on this platform today, more and more industry leaders will continue to generate awareness about the issue to make India a safe and hygienic manufacturing hub for the world.” The Ambassador of Finland to India, Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, gave the session a global perspective by highlighting best practises in hygiene and safety from Finland while Mr. Francis Odhimabo, UNICEF WASH Specialist shared his experience on how Lindstr m and UNICEF are working together at the grassroot level to support the activity of advocating importance of building awareness about hygiene, cleanliness and safety right from childhood and how that goes a long way in building that culture in any country. (MORE) PRN TR DL DL 03141355 NNNN(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Durrani’s revelation strengthens India’s case against Hafiz Saeed Defence Experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the revelation made by Pakistan’s former national security advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani’s on the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, defence experts have said that his statement will go a long way in strengthening India?s case against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the attack, who is currently under house arrest in Pakistan. ?Mr. Durrani said this attack was master-minded by an organization based in Pakistan thereby indicating loud and clear that the master mind Hafiz Saeed is the one who was involved in it but further stated that the Pakistan Government was no way involved in whatsoever, which shows Pakistan?s confusion in making statements,? Defence expert Ranjeet Rai told ANI. Echoing similar sentiments, another defence expert P.K. Sehgal said that Durrani was removed from the position of NSA because he accepted the fact that Kasab, the lone survivor, was from Pakistan. ?Mr Durrani said that he was removed as NSA because he stated that this attack was master-minded by an organization based in Pakistan. In actuality he was removed not because of this but because he accepted the fact that Kasab, the lone survivor, was from Pakistan,? Sehgal said. Earlier on Monday, Durrani said the Mumbai terror attack was carried out by a terror outfit based in Pakistan and added that it was a classic trans-border terrorist event. “The 26/11 Mumbai attack, carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan, is an example of a classic trans-border terrorist event,” he said while speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference being held at the Institute of Defence and Studies and Analyses. He said that because he held on this view, the government was not too pleased and it could one of reasons why he lost his job as the National Security Advisor (NSA). Durrani also said that Jamaat-ud-Dawachief Hafiz Saeed had no utility and Pakistan should act against him. Mahmud Ali Durrani, a retired army general, was the National Security Advisor to the Pakistani government when 10 Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai after hijacking a boat and killed at least 164 people and wounding 308 across the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CNN’s ‘Believer with Reza Aslam’ promotes xenophobia, Hinduphobia – AHAD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A prominent Hindu organisation in the United States has issued a statement against CNN’s show ‘Believer with Reza Aslam’, citing it promotes xenophobia, particularly, Hinduphobia. Ajay Shah, Convenor, American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD) said in his statement, “The six-part CNN series, ‘Believer with Reza Aslan,’ purports to demystify some of the world religions, however, from the promotional material and review articles about the show, it is clear that the show paints Hindu dharma (spiritual, religion and cultural tradition) by accentuating a lesser understood tiny sect of a faith that count seventy ascetics among a one and a quarter billion adherents, whose mainstream practices and philosophical underpinnings have flourished for thousands of years.” “Ms. Aslan attributes the quest for societal-equality in Indian society to Aghori influence, ignoring the fact that underpinning of this equality is inherent in the most ancient of Hindu scriptures, including Rig Veda, the earliest scripture of Hindu dharma. As most non-practicing Hindus, Mr. Aslan has not gained deeper understanding of difference between varna (caste label that is acquired based on profession and is not based on birth) and jaati (family association that traditionally passed through inheritance),” the statement further reads. Shah has also said Aslan had a way to denigrate other religions. While he promoted ‘moderate’ Islamic Sufi tradition as mainstream in the media, he generalises fringe elements of Hindu faith, while ignoring the peaceful, non-violent, all accepting and universal ideals of Hindu dharma. AHAD believes that this crass representation of Hindu faith will do little to promote interfaith understanding. It will promote ignorance about Hindu traditions and promote ridicule of Hindu children in the schools. To ensure that the educational ideals of this series are met, the AHAD has demanded that Hindu related episodes in the series be reviewed by practicing Hindu experts before they are aired. AHAD further called on CNN to hold itself to higher standards.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmiri sportsman held in US on charges of molesting a minor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kashmiri sportsman, identified by US-based website – northcountrypublicradio.org – as Tanveer Hussain, has been held on charges of molestation during a snowshoe racers’ event in United Nation’s Saranac Lake village, New York.According to a report in The Hindu, Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) sports Council secretary Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra confirmed that a sportsman on an independent event “has been detained.”“We are ascertaining the facts. Initial reports suggest that a Kashmir-origin sportsman has been detained. We are in the process of providing him the legal aid since he belongs to Jammu and Kashmir. So far, we have sketchy details of what has actually happened at the venue,” Mr. Parra said.The Adirondack Daily Enterprise stated that 24-year-old Hussain, a J & K bank employee, “was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.”The Enterprise added that the youth, who is on a visit to Saranac Lake for an international snowshoe competition, is accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour with an underage girl, contact which allegedly took place on Monday in the village of Saranac Lake.”A US-based newspaper quoted a statement by the Saranac Lake Village Police that said Hussain was accused by officials of “engaging in a passionate kiss with a 12-year-old girl”.“He further was accused of touching her in an intimate area over her clothing…There was no accusation of force. The charges result of the age differences of the individuals. There were no other allegations made against Mr. Hussain,” the police is quoted as saying.Earlier in the year, it was reported that two snowshoers from Kashmir, who were supposed to take part in the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships in New York from February 24-25, had alleged they had been denied visa to the US due to the “current (US) policy”.”Indian Snowshoers Denied Visas, due to ‘current (US) policy’. This from our good friend Abid Khan, from Kashmir, minutes ago in our Facebook Messaging,” Clyde Rabideau, Mayor of the Village of Saranac Lake in New York, had written on his Facebook page then.The snowshoers reportedly denied visas were Abid Khan and Tanveer Hussain.The American website has now claimed that Hussain was allowed to enter the US for the competition following intense lobbying from local officials and residents in the Adirondacks, as well as by US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

Does Congress support Chidambaram’s ‘separatist’ stance: Centre asks Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Comparing Congress leader P. Chidambaram’s language used in his recent statement with that of a separatist, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has questioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi if Chidambaram’s stance represents the stance of the Congress.”As far as P. Chidambaram is concerned, I am amazed at the language he is using, almost akin to a separatist. I would like to ask Sonia Gandhi, does the comment of P. Chidambaram represent the views of Congress Party,” Prasad told ANI.Defending the remarks made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the London School of Economics, Prasad said that the former has always stood for freedom of speech and expression.”Arun Jaitley was the president of Delhi University in 1974-75 and was opposing the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi and the way freedom was completely compromised and people were put into jail. Mr. Jaitley also went to jail, not for breaking India, but for the freedom of Indians,” he said.”I do not know where Chidambaram was then, but I think he needs to understand that BJP has always stood for freedom and also for integrity of India,” he added.Speaking at the London School of Economics earlier, Jaitley had said that freedom of speech does not allow anyone to challenge the sovereignty of the nation.”Any idea which thinks in terms of disintegration of the country is something I abhor. Within the framework of upholding the sovereignty of the country, we can ideologically differ but free speech does not permit you to assault the sovereignty of the country,” Jaitley said.Responding to the statement, Chidambaram had asked if Jaitley was heading an “alliance of subversion” when he was the President of Delhi University students union in 1975.”When Mr Jaitley was President of DUSU in 1975, was he heading an ‘Alliance of Subversion’?” he tweeted.The above remarks came in the backdrop of the violence that has engulfed the Delhi University following mass protest by the students against disruption of a cultural event at Ramjas College by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Naidu holds Nehru’s wrong policies for problem in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dubbing former home minister P. Chidambaram?s comments on the Kashmir situation as politically motivated, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged the Congress Party to make its stand clear on the former?s remark. Asserting that problems hovering around Kashmir are a contribution of wrong policies made under India?s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Naidu said the BJP, the NDA regime and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are not responsible for the present crisis. ?Mr. Chidambaram has made an irresponsible and immature statement. The statement is hurting the interest of the country and is bordering anti-nationalism, that?s why I demanded that the Congress Party should make its stand clear whether they agree with Mr. Chidamabaram?s statement,? said Naidu. ?This man is making comments against Kashmir. I will say that Kashmir is not the creation of the BJP government or of the NDA or Narendra Modi. Kashmir is a problem which we have inherited; it is a problem which was caused by the wrong policies of the Congress and Nehru ji as the Prime Minister. The Congress was in power for many years including the last ten years. What have they done? And now as they lost power, they are making cheap political comments,? he added. Speaking at a function in Hyderabad earlier on Friday, Chidambaram said he had a sinking feeling that India had nearly lost Kashmir due to the use of excessive force by the security forces to crush dissent there. Ends MM/AS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Just a letter for Akhilesh? Sonia writes to voters urging them to vote for SP-Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote an open letter appealing to people to vote for the Cong-SP alliance in UP while hitting out at PM Modi. She has been absent from the campaign trail, leading to speculation that she wasn’t happy with the alliance.Sonia said that she couldn’t be with people during the campaign for ‘some reasons’ and hit out at Modi claiming he could go to any extent to save his chair. While Gandhi acknowledged that the people of UP had voted for BJP in 2014, she asked voters to rethink before casting their votes. She has not campaigned for a single rally in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa — the five states where elections are on.Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand have voted while staggered polling in Uttar Pradesh that began on February 11 will end on March 8. Manipur votes on March 4 and 8. Results of all the elections will be known on March 11.This is the first time that Gandhi hasn’t for her party since 1998. She was expected to campaign for Aditi Singh in Rae Bareli but hasn’t been seen on the trail. It’s believed that she is not doing well after she took ill last year after a public meeting in Varanasi and skipped to the budget session of parliament this month. Hectic campaigning, punctuated by bitter personal jibes, came to a close this evening in 53 Assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh that will go to polls in the fourth phase on Thursday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati were among the host of leaders who made a beeline to backward and water-scarce Bundelkhand region, which also figures in phase-IV of polling.Assembly segments in Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s Raebareli Lok Sabha constituency will also go to polls in this phase.Other districts going to polls in the fourth phase are Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Allahabad, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur.During the highly surcharged campaigning, Modi repeatedly targeted the SP-Congress alliance and the BSP for corruption in their regime.”SCAM stands for SP, Congress, Akhilesh and Mayawati,” was Modi’s refrain when he appealed to the voters of Bundelkhand to get rid of them.As the prime minister termed BSP as “Behenji Sampatti Party”, Mayawati in her instant retort said the initials of Narendra Damodardas Modi stood for “Mr. Negative Dalit Man”, escalating political temperature with such tit-for-tat barbs.”Narendra Damodardas Modi means Mr. Negative Dalit Man, he is anti-dalit…this negative dalit man does not like that common people give small contributions in running the BSP movement which is also run through donations,” an irked Mayawati said.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav held a roadshow in Allahabad, while racing against time BJP president Amit Shah held a parallel roadshow in ‘Sangam Nagari’, as Allahabad is also called, claiming that the BJP was poised for absolute majority.Amid the verbal free-for-all, Akhilesh referred to an advertisement of the tourism department of Gujarat, where Modi was CM before assuming the office of prime minister. Without taking any name, he advised megastar Amitabh Bachchan, “do not advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat”. BJP took exception to such “cheap remarks”, with its UP General Secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak saying, “After family drama, SP is now dabbling in filmy drama.”The fate of 680 candidates will be decided by 1.84 crorevoters including 84,000 women and 1,032 of third gender.The maximum number of 26 candidates are in Allahabad North, while only six candidates are in fray in Khaga (Fatehpur), Manjhanpur (Kaushambi) and Kunda (Pratapgarh).In 2012 polls, out of the 53 seats in this phase, SP had won 24, BJP 5, BSP 15, Congress 6 and ‘others’ 3.Prominent among those in the fray are sitting MLA Aradhana Mishra from Rampur Khas (Pratapgarh), who is daughter of Congress MP Pramod Tiwari, and Independent MLA and minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, who is again contesting from his traditional Kunda (Pratapgarh) seat.In Sonia’s constituency Raebareli, Aditi Singh is contesting on Congress ticket, BSP turncoat Swami Prasad Maurya’s son Utkarsh Maurya is in fray from Unchahar seat, while Leader of Opposition Gaya Charan Dinkar is contesting from Naraini (Banda) seat.Senior SP leader Reoti Raman Singh’s son Ujjwal Raman Singh is in the race from Karchana (Allahabad) seat.

Congress to vote against confidence motion in TN assembly special session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress is all set to vote against the confidence motion to be moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy today even as the Tamil Nadu assembly gets ready for its first floor test in 30 years. Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth functioning of the motion. The political stalemate in the state looks far from getting resolved as former chief minister O. Panneerselvam and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders backing him met Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal to demand a secret ballot for confidence vote. AIADMK whip R. Rajendran, thereafter, issued a direction to all members to be present in the assembly and vote for or against the motion. Ahead of the crucial ?floor test?, Panneerselvam appealed to AIADMK MLAs to vote against Palanisamy. Following the Supreme Court order, Sasikala stood disqualified to take over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The party leadership then appointed Palanisamy as the new legislative leader. But, soon after taking the oath as the chief minister of the state, Palanisamy lost a few MLAs, who went ahead and declared support to Mr. Panneerselvam, who now heads the rebel AIADMK.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA EXCLUSIVE: Meet the team behind the trending ‘America First, India Second’ video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On February 14, a parody video of India ranked as the second best country after the United States was doing the rounds on social media.The video shared by Flysauce, a Mumbai-based company owned by angel investor Roopak Saluja, has been shared over 1,200 times on Facebook and viewed over 1.5 lakh times on YouTube.After the Dutch video making fun of US President Donald Trump went viral, a number of European nations soon followed suit. A series of ‘alternative facts’ were presented in a Trump-ish voice to add more value to the videos.While speaking to DNA, Saluja said that the team decided to go ahead with making the video on the evening of February 11. “We wanted to get the video ready by February 14 and share it as a Valentine’s Day gift,” he said.Hailed as a Valentine’s Day present from the people of India, the video addresses several reasons why India is the second best country in the world after the United States.The highlight of the video is of course the narrator, who speaks to Donald Trump in a Trump-ish voice. “We did a bit of research and found that there were two Trump impersonators in the world. We got in touch with Shaun Steer, who agreed to do the video,” said Saluja.Steer begins the video with, “Namaste, Mr. President. This is a Valentine’s Day gift from India.” While explaining why India is second best, Steer adds, “We are the second most populated nation in the world and Delhi is the second most polluted city in the world.”Other excerpts include explaining why Bappi Lahri has more gold than Michael Phelps and ‘alternative facts’ on why “Pakistan is a lovely, lovely country.”“We did have a lot of innuendoes in the video, but we didn’t want to cross the line in case someone got offended. We could have put everything up in a day, but we decided to look at every aspect of the video before making it live. We’re glad we waited and the results show it,” added Saluja.Watch the video here

BJP stands firm with Rijiju, says Hindu’s do not convert people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Downplaying the controversy doing rounds post Minister of State Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju?s tweet about depleting Hindu population in Arunachal Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday branded the issue as a historical and sociological debate. Asserting that Rijiju did not make any personal attack on any community, BJP leader Shaina NC said that it is factual that Hindus do not convert people and that there are other communities that have lured other sections of society ?I think we must see the reference with which Mr. Rijiju has made this statement. It is factual that Hindus do not convert people and that there are other communities that have lured other sections of society. This is a historical, sociological debate I don?t think it is a personal attack on any community,? said NC to ANI here. Rijiju yesterday dubbed as irresponsible the Congress allegation, that Narendra Modi-led BJP Government was trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state and asked the grand old party not to make such provocative statements. “Hindu population is reducing in India because Hindus never convert people. Minorities in India are flourishing unlike some countries around,” Rijiju said in his tweet. Posting a series of tweets along with a screenshot of a news report that quoted the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee as saying that the BJP government is “trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a Hindu state”, Rijiju reminded the grand old party that India is a secular country. “Why is Congress making such irresponsible statements? People of Arunachal Pradesh are unitedly living peacefully with each other. Congress should not make such provocative statements. India is a secular country. All religious groups enjoy freedom and living peacefully,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttar Pradesh: Minister threatens to burn journalist alive; BJP Slams Samajwadi Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Journalist Manoj Giri, working with ‘Amar Ujala’ has filed a complaint against Uttar Pradesh minister Radhey Shyam Singh, who had allegedly threatened the former of burning alive. Giri has expressed fear of getting killed as he is not finding the police doing its job in the right way. Expressing dissatisfaction, Giri said the police have lodged the complaint under normal sections.Giri is scared that just like the scribe in Bihar’s Siwan was killed, he might also face the same fate. Samajwadi Party MLA Radhey Shyam Singh who is contesting elections from Kushinagar’s Hata Tehsil is alleged of threatening to set Giri ablaze for not supporting him during the ongoing state assembly elections.Slamming the Samajwadi party for failing to keep the law and order in the state intact, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held the ruling dispensation of the state accountable.BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, that law and order in Uttar Pradesh has hit an all time low and the situation has worsened, as Samajwadi party has been oblivious about maintaining decorum in the state.”The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh has hit an all time low. A complaint has been filed by a reputed journalist against a minister Mr. Radhey Shaym Singh in Uttar Pradesh, who had threatened the journalist that he would have been burnt alive if it would not have been election time and probably he will take that action after elections,” Patra said.”It is absolutely appalling and this shows as to how the Uttar Pradesh government has done nothing for the law and order situation in the state. A lot has to be answered by the Samajwadi party government and this is why they have lost in the first phase of the elections and similarly they will lose the UP elections,” he added.

Supreme Court to hear case of implementation of Advocates Act in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Supreme Court will hear a writ petition filed by Prof. Bhim Singh, seeking implementation of Advocates Act in J&K. Prof. Bhim Singh, in his petition, has urged the Supreme Court of India to issue direction to the Union of India to issue notification/order declaring that J&K shall have elected Bar Council of J&K as is applicable in all other states of the country. The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice, Mr. Justice J.S. Khehar declared that the Supreme Court shall hear the writ petition on February 3, 2017. Chief Justice, Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar decided to hear the matter finally on February 3, 2017. He told the counsel for the Bar Council that it shall be argued that day finally. Prof. Bhim Singh, while arguing the writ petition, made emotional submission before the court that he is a Member of the Bar Council of J&K which is governed by the High Court Judges under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of J&K right since the application of the Act in J&K which amounts to discrimination with the Advocates of J&K. The counsel for the Bar Council of India had agreed before the Supreme Court to complete all formalities in this direction. Even draft Constitution was proposed by the Bar Council of India and after some amendments approved by the High Court of J&K. Prof. Bhim Singh expressed surprise that the Bar Council took a ?U? turn on the advice of the Union of India which submitted before the Supreme Court that situation to hold election for the Bar Council in J&K was not conducive. Arguing strongly Prof. Bhim Singh made a submission before the Supreme Court that the election to the Parliament and Assembly should also be postponed if situation to hold lawyers? election is so bad. Prof. Bhim Singh argued strongly that he is Member of Bar Council of J&K which is presided over by the Chief Justice of J&K with the judges of J&K High Court as its member. Prof. Bhim Singh argued before the a division bench headed by the Chief Justice of India that the lawyers in J&K should not be denied their right to elect the Council for them as is done throughout the country in all other states.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Legal luminaries, RSS leader express concern over politically-linked violence in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Left Front government in Kerala have been strongly criticized by the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) and some legal luminaries for allegedly scuttling freedom of individual expression and eliminating political rivals in a violent manner in the southern state. Addressing Delhi University students at a seminar organized by the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) over the weekend, J. Nandkumar, all India Prachar Pramukh of the RSS and K.N. Pillai, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India specifically pointed out the fact that Kerala today is in the throes of a ?political campaign to terrorise, counter political activities inimical to Left Front interests and objectives and scuttling of freedom of individual expression etc.? To back their contention, both listed close to 20 murders taking place in the state since the Communist Party of India-Marxist came to power in the state, adding that a majority of them were RSS or BJP workers, some of whom had been CPI-M members earlier. They maintained that administrative apathy has turned Kerala from ?God?s Own Country? into a ?Devil?s Backyard?. Mr. Pillai went to the extent of claiming that ?violence has become the main political narrative of the blood-soiled region?. ?Political violence has been normalised in the state, reminding us of a West Bengal where political murders were a routine affair during the Communist regime. Now, it is state sponsored terrorism in Kerala,? Mr. Nandkumar added. A report released on the occasion, listed the atrocities allegedly committed by the Marxists, and was termed as ?the spread of the Red Terror?. According to the report, Kannur, Chief Minister P. Vijayan’s home district, alone has reported as many as 301 incidents of political violence in the first four months of his tenure. This northern district, considered the cradle of the Communist movement in Kerala, has reportedly emerged as the epicentre of political violence in the state. Ms. Monika Arora, Supreme Court advocate, and Convener of the Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) a non-aligned body of professional women, specifically highlighted the recent clashes taking place in Kannur district. Presenting her eye-witness account of the torture and sufferings of the people who did not want to be part of the CPM?party villages, Ms. Advaita Kala, a writer and film script-writer recounted the case of a family whose young son?s skin was peeled off in front of the old mother and pregnant wife. There were few eyes that were not moist in the packed hall after hearing the narrative of violence prevailing and being allegedly encouraged in Kerala.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP attacks Rahul Gandhi for neglecting veterans of ‘Grand Old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the shocking resignation of senior Congress leader S.M Krishna, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Monday came out swinging at the Congress? ‘misguided’ youth in Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, which was consistently disregarding the loyal services of veterans.”His target (Krishna) by the resignation was Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who did not recognise the services of S.M Krishna. The leadership of present Congress is overlooking the leadership of senior Congress members of the Party which is seriously hurting them.” said BJP leader S. Prakash.He added saying that in past as well, several officials like Karnataka’s Janardhan Poojari, former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president and reputed Dalit leader Srinivas Prasad also raised a strong point against Rahul’s leadership.”The exit of SM Krishna is a big blow to the national leadership of Congress. He has clearly stated that Rahul Gandhi is incapable of leading Congress. I think Congress is going to pay in the coming days,? he addedGoing further with his criticism on the SP-Cong alliance, Prakash stated that that the newly forged alliance was built on ‘punctured’ wheels.”Just days before this development, Congress was making a scathing attack on Yadav’s government. Posters and hoardings were put up against this government, overnight this narration was changed to pad up an alliance with Samajwadi party. Two desperate elements have joined hands and are claiming to win 300 seats,” he said.Further criticising Rahul?s remark of branding 70 percent of Punjab’s youth as drug addicts, he said that repetitions of such claims by both Rahul and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paints a bad image of youths of Punjab and unnecessarily bringing Bad name to the ruling family of Badals.The attack comes a day after resignation of senior leader S.M. Krishna from the Congress Party, who said the grand old party doesn’t need mass leaders like him and only wants managers, who can handle a situation.?The party demands only managers. They don’t need time-tested leaders and workers like me. With pain and anguish, I have decided to quit the Congress. This is a time to do some introspection,? Krishna told the media here.Expressing pain over his ouster from the grand old party, Krishna alleged that the party had sidelined him citing his old age.In a written letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Krishna yesterday tendered his resignation from the party’s membership.”I am herewith tendering my resignation to the primary membership of the Congress Party,” it read.

BJP attacks ‘young’ Rahul Gandhi for neglecting veterans of ‘Grand Old @ 1/30/2017 7:53:31 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the shocking resignation of senior Congress leader S.M Krishna, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Monday came out swinging at the Congress? ?misguided? youth in Rahul Gandhi?s leadership, which was consistently disregarding the loyal services of veterans. ?His target (Krishna) by the resignation was Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who did not recognise the services of S.M Krishna. The leadership of present Congress is overlooking the leadership of senior Congress members of the Party which is seriously hurting them.? BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI here. He added saying that in past as well, several officials like Karnataka?s Janardhan Poojari, former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president and reputed Dalit leader Srinivas Prasad also raised a strong point against Rahul?s leadership. ?The exit of SM Krishna is a big blow to the national leadership of Congress. He has clearly stated that Rahul Gandhi is incapable of leading Congress. I think Congress is going to pay in the coming days,? he added Going further with his criticism on the SP-Cong alliance, Prakash stated that that the newly forged alliance was built on ?punctured? wheels. ?Just days before this development, Congress was making a scathing attack on Yadav?s government. Posters and hoardings were put up against this government, overnight this narration was changed to pad up an alliance with Samajwadi party. Two desperate elements have joined hands and are claiming to win 300 seats,? he said. Further criticising Rahul?s remark of branding 70 percent of Punjab?s youth as drug addicts, he said that repetitions of such claims by both Rahul and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paints a bad image of youths of Punjab and unnecessarily bringing Bad name to the ruling family of Badals. The attack comes a day after resignation of senior leader S.M. Krishna from the Congress Party, who said the grand old party doesn?t need mass leaders like him and only wants managers, who can handle a situation. ?The party demands only managers. They don’t need time-tested leaders and workers like me. With pain and anguish, I have decided to quit the Congress. This is a time to do some introspection,? Krishna told the media here. Expressing pain over his ouster from the grand old party, Krishna alleged that the party had sidelined him citing his old age. In a written letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Krishna yesterday tendered his resignation from the party?s membership. “I am herewith tendering my resignation to the primary membership of the Congress Party,” it read. Ends SSG/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP attacks ‘young’ Rahul Gandhi for neglecting veterans of ‘Grand Old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the shocking resignation of senior Congress leader S.M Krishna, the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Monday came out swinging at the Congress? ?misguided? youth in Rahul Gandhi?s leadership, which was consistently disregarding the loyal services of veterans. ?His target (Krishna) by the resignation was Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who did not recognise the services of S.M Krishna. The leadership of present Congress is overlooking the leadership of senior Congress members of the Party which is seriously hurting them.? BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI here. He added saying that in past as well, several officials like Karnataka?s Janardhan Poojari, former Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president and reputed Dalit leader Srinivas Prasad also raised a strong point against Rahul?s leadership. ?The exit of SM Krishna is a big blow to the national leadership of Congress. He has clearly stated that Rahul Gandhi is incapable of leading Congress. I think Congress is going to pay in the coming days,? he added Going further with his criticism on the SP-Cong alliance, Prakash stated that that the newly forged alliance was built on ?punctured? wheels. ?Just days before this development, Congress was making a scathing attack on Yadav?s government. Posters and hoardings were put up against this government, overnight this narration was changed to pad up an alliance with Samajwadi party. Two desperate elements have joined hands and are claiming to win 300 seats,? he said. Further criticising Rahul?s remark of branding 70 percent of Punjab?s youth as drug addicts, he said that repetitions of such claims by both Rahul and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paints a bad image of youths of Punjab and unnecessarily bringing Bad name to the ruling family of Badals. The attack comes a day after resignation of senior leader S.M. Krishna from the Congress Party, who said the grand old party doesn?t need mass leaders like him and only wants managers, who can handle a situation. ?The party demands only managers. They don’t need time-tested leaders and workers like me. With pain and anguish, I have decided to quit the Congress. This is a time to do some introspection,? Krishna told the media here. Expressing pain over his ouster from the grand old party, Krishna alleged that the party had sidelined him citing his old age. In a written letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Krishna yesterday tendered his resignation from the party?s membership. “I am herewith tendering my resignation to the primary membership of the Congress Party,” it read.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Coal scam: SC asks CBI to probe ex-boss Ranjit Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely having settled into his chair, Alok Verma, the current director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has been given a tough job on hand – to investigate former CBI director Ranjit Sinha.According to an official who spoke to DNA, Sinha’s probe falls into the rarest of rare cases. For, never in the agency’s history, that extends over 70 years, has a former director been probed by the agency itself.The order to investigate was given to Verma by the apex court on Monday morning. Directing the CBI chief to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe charges against Sinha’s attempt to influence the coal block scam, the apex court said Verma must carry out his task with “due earnestness”.”We are prima facie satisfied and convinced that Ranjit Sinha had abused his position and authority as CBI director,” a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.In the past too, the SC had held that Sinha’s meetings with some high-profile accused in the coal scam, prima facie, indicated that there had been an attempt to influence the investigation.DNA, which had accessed the visitor’s diary of the former CBI chief, broke the story on September 2, 2014 that top officials of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), among others, met Sinha at least 50 times in 15 months at his official residence at 2 Janpath in the capital.In its May 14, 2015 order, the top court held that it was “completely inappropriate for Mr. Ranjit Sinha (then CBI Director) to have met persons accused in the coal block allocation cases without the investigating officer being present or without the investigating team being present.”On Monday, the top court further directed Verma to probe the report by the court-appointed panel headed by former CBI special director ML Sharma (submitted on March 4, 2016) that not only authenticated the genuineness of the visitor’s log — the diary that exposed Sinha — but also indicted him of influencing the coal scam investigation.The SC also said that in the view of these allegations, “it would be necessary to inquire whether any one or more such meetings that Mr Sinha had with the accused persons had any impact on the investigations and subsequent charge sheets or closure reports filed by the CBI.”For overlooking the investigation into the coal scam, the SC further allowed Verma to “take the assistance of two officers of the CBI nominated by the director with due intimation to this court.”Verma will also have to “take the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) into confidence in respect to the investigations.” Special Public prosecutor RS Cheema, who is representing the CBI, will assist the CVC on legal issues.”We have considered the issue whether an outside body of investigators should be appointed as the SIT. However, we hope that with the change of guard in CBI, the agency would probe fairly and impartially against its ex-director,” the Bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur, AK Sikri and Kurian Joseph said.Asked as to what action the CBI will take after the court order, a senior CBI official said that there were a few options before them. The first was a preliminary enquiry (PE) and the second option is to register a case against Sinha, depending on the investigators’ discretion. When asked what the SC directive means for Sinha, agency officials said that the matter was sub judice.

Casey Affleck, Mel Gibson in spotlight as Golden Globes kick off | Reuters

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BEVERLY HILLS Hollywood’s awards season gets underway on Sunday with the Golden Globes, an often raucous party where the champagne flows along with pointed barbs and surprises.Musical “La La Land,” black coming-of-age movie “Moonlight” and the grief drama “Manchester by the Sea” lead the nominations. But there is plenty of room for upsets on a night that will test the red carpet nerves of best actor front-runner Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea,” and the comeback potential of director Mel Gibson. Gibson’s visceral war drama “Hacksaw Ridge” is up for best drama and director awards, and marks his return to form a decade after a drunken, anti-Semitic rant that made the Oscar-winner a Hollywood outcast.”There could be a big comeback moment that the Globes might want to present. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mel pick off the best director prize,” said Pete Hammond, awards columnist for entertainment website Deadline.com”That would be right in line with what the Golden Globes have done in the past – honoring big names,” Hammond said, recalling last year’s surprise Globe award to Sylvester Stallone.

Jimmy Fallon hosts Sunday’s three-hour spectacle, broadcast live on NBC television, in what is seen as a safer choice after seven years in the hands of acerbic Briton Ricky Gervais and the zinger-prone duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.The genial Fallon, who hosts NBC’s late night “The Tonight Show,” says his brand of humor is more subtle.”I’m hopefully going to book the people in this crowd the next week, so I’ll be edgy, but it’s all in good fun, and I know how far I can take it,” Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter ahead of the ceremony.

The Golden Globes takes place as Donald Trump, who was opposed by most of the show business community, prepares to take office as the first U.S. president with a career in reality TV.”The whole night won’t focus on that (Trump), but it will be a week before the inauguration, so it will be on everyone’s mind. It’s the first and maybe the last party that we’ll have in 2017,” quipped Fallon.

Viola Davis (“Fences”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) are widely expected to take home Golden Globes, while the revered Meryl Streep will get the annual lifetime achievement award.Hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes also hand out prizes for television and are often the first to honor new work, including drama series “Mr. Robot” in 2016.Presenters on Sunday include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Hamm, Sting, Ben Affleck, Felicity Jones, Amy Schumer and Carrie Underwood. (Writing by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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Istanbul attack | ‘Year started on sad note’: Family grieves death of Abis Rizvi, Khushi Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed that film producer Abis Rizvi and fashion designer Khushi Shah have lost their lives in the Istanbul nightclub attack, the film fraternity and family of the duo expressed grief at the tragic loss.Expressing shock over the incident, a family member of Khushi, said: “The family is under total shock, Khushi had gone there for business work.”A costume designer and fashion stylist, Jyoti Madnani Singh condoled the death of Rizvi saying the year has started on a sad note.”He was my last film producer. It seems like the year has started on a sad note,” Singh told ANI.The External Affairs Minister yesterday informed that two Indian nationals have died in the Istanbul nightclub attack.”I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms. Khushi Shah from Gujarat,” Swaraj tweeted.Swaraj further said the government is making arrangements for Rizvi’s parents to reach Istanbul.”I have just spoken to Mr.Akhtar Hassan Rizvi father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa. I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences (sic),” she tweeted.Swaraj said she has asked Indian Ambassador in Turkey, Rahul Kulshreshth, to receive the families at the airport and make all arrangements.At least 35 people were killed and 40 others injured in an armed attack at an Istanbul nightclub early Sunday.The investigation into the attack is currently underway.The attack comes three weeks after twin bombings in Istanbul killed at least 45 people, mostly police officers.

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