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Mumbai: Immediate action on safety violations, cops warn party organisers

Police today warned eateries and party organisers on the eve of New Year of immediate action if they are found violating safety norms.”We have instructed party organisers to strictly adhere to safety norms. If they are found violating any norms, immediate action will be taken against them,” Mumbai police spokesperson, DCP Deepak Deoraj said today.Officials said several measures have been put in place to ensure that celebrations to bring in the new year pass off peacefully.Several stretches of roads have been designated as no-parking zones while a ban on flying objects has been enforced.A senior official said that over 30,000 police personnel will be on the roads across the city to ensure safety and security of New Year revellers.This will include special teams formed for the safety of women and children, officials added.Women police personnel have been deployed at various important places in the city to keep an eye on eve-teasers.Officials of the rank of deputy commissioner of police would be present at locations like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Juhu Chowpatty, Madh Island among others where revellers have traditionally gathered in large numbers to celebrate the New Year, they added.Combing operations have been carried out in many parts of the city and several persons with past criminal records have been detained as a precautionary measure, officials informed.The city police as well as specialised units like the Anti-Terrorism Squad have been placed on alert to ensure safety of citizens, officials said.

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‘Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan

Rajinikanth ended 2017 with a bang by announcing his decision to enter politics. His contemporary and his colleague, Kamal Haasan congratulated and welcomed Superstar Rajiniknath’s decision. Kamal Haasan told ANI, “I congratulate my brother Rajini for his social consciousness and his political entry. Welcome welcome.” Earlier Haasan reportedly hinted that he was willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics. Rajini entered films in 1975 film, ‘Apoorva Rangapal​’ which also starred Haasan in the lead. The two biggest superstars went on to share screen space in over 13 films, which is a huge number for stars of their stature. Earlier in an interview to NDTV, Kamal Haasan said, “We have been taught to look in unison. We are like a 3D camera. We are been trained by K Balachander. Fortunately, even though we are stiff competitors we have stayed brothers. We carved out our own domain. We were so wise that we were made to act in many films. We have done 13 films together and then we realised they are splitting up our remuneration and giving it. That’s when it hit us, if we go separate, we can each earn the amount they pay the two of us.” After 1985’s Geraftaar, the duo announced they won’t act together again. Also readSwamy calls Rajinikanth ‘illiterate’, says ‘political entry only media hype, people of Tamil Nadu are intelligent’Now Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan announced their entry into politics in the same year as well. In the early hours of Sunday morning, superstar Rajinikanth confirmed his political debut adding that he will be contesting in the next state assembly elections by forming a new party. While addressing a gathering at the Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai, Rajinikanth said, “My political entry is definite. This is a long-pending decision. I will feel guilty if I don’t take this decision at least now. In next assembly elections, I will form a party and will contest all constituencies in Tamil Nadu.”Also readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly pollsWhile expressing his concern about the political scenario of the state, Thalaiva called for a complete change in the democratic system.(With ANI Inputs)

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Come 2019, paper pattern for Class 12 can be picked

In a move that would be a relief for over 5 lakh students, the state education department will allow students to pick between an easier and a slightly difficult paper pattern for class 12 board exams from 2019. State Education Vinod Tawde announced on Thursday that the government is considering to offer students a choice to pick the difficulty level depending on whether or not they want to appear for competitive exams like JEE, NEET etc.On Thursday, DNA had reported about the state board’s move to make the paper pattern for class XI tougher with a view to prepare students for national level competitive exams. The same would be extended to class 12 from 2018 after the government comes up with a revised curriculum fore the grade. However the move was slammed by educationists stating that it would affect students who have no plans to take up national entrance exams in class 12 as their scores would be affected as per the new pattern.Tawde said that considering the case of such students, the education department is thinking of offering two options from 2019. “The idea behind having a tougher pattern was to make our exams at par with national level entrance tests so that students can prepare for both at once. However there might be students who do not want to pursue medical or engineering and want to do other traditioanal courses instead. Keeping that in mind, we are thinking of giving them an option to opt for the old pattern at the time of filling the class 12 board forms” he added.”To begin with the paper pattern is itself different as competitive exams have objective questions while there are subjective questions in the boards, ” said Subhash Joshi, Trustee, Science Parivar.

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Cong city chief writes to CM Devendra Fadnavis over Metro mess

The Mumbai Regional Congress Committee president Sanjay Nirupam has appealed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to convene an all-party meeting to discuss huge traffic snarls caused by the ongoing construction of the Metro line between DN Nagar and Dahisar. In a letter to Fadnavis, the city Congress chief said that he was not against the work being carried out which will to improve Mumbai’s infrastructure but hourly traffic snarls along the entire stretch have elongated a simple 30-40 minutes journey to a two-and-a-half hour ordeal.Nirupam said the traffic has also jacked up commuting cost in areas seeing maximum congestion. These include Infinity Mall, Inorbit Mall Meeth Chowki, Goregaon, Charkop and Borivali West. Double parking adds to the woes, he noted, adding, “The traffic police is not taking any action to solve this problem.”Nirupam said due to ongoing construction it has become impossible for residents to manage even a good night’s sleep. He iterated that the CM needs to convene meeting with representatives of all political parties and officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, traffic police and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to ensure a comprehensive solution to end these problems.

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Making Std XI exams tougher will not help

Educationists have slammed state education department’s efforts to make Class XI exams tougher for students to prepare them for national-level competitive entrance exams like JEE and NEET. The opposition comes in the wake of the state board’s recent decision to change the paper pattern for Class XI to make the exams tougher. DNA had earlier reported about the state’s decision to conduct the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) for engineering and medical courses on a par with the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) starting 2018. Following this, the state board started a preparation portal for competitive exams. And finally, the board changed the paper pattern for Class XI. Some changes included making it compulsory for students to solve all questions without being given options, not following syllabus weightage, and so on. Anil Deshmukh, general secretary of the Maharashtra Junior College Teachers Federation, said the move is causing more harm than good. “The new paper pattern has no logic. It does not follow basic things like sticking to chapter weightage. So a large number of students are failing in Class XI. If this continues, students would appear privately and stop coming to colleges,” he said. Subhash Joshi of Science Parivar, a coaching institute, said, “The government has to understand not all students sit for entrance exams. Also, any such revision requires a revision in syllabus too.”

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Multi-layered security marks PM Modi’s visit

From lone wolf attacks to suicide bombers, in face of varied threat perceptions, the Noida police and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) managed to secure the Prime Minister’s Monday visit to the “jinxed city” quite successfully.Heavy security arrangements with police dogs, bomb detectors, and snipers keeping a hawk-eye vigil, were ensured.Senior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.”Armed Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) and commandos were deployed along the line for immediate reaction to any possible mishap. Spotters were also placed at critical locations and a tight vigil was maintained in cooperation with other agencies concerned. We were prepared for every suspected threat perception,” a senior officer said.Also, as many as 5,155 security personnel were on duty across Noida. The area was divided into 15 zones and additional security personnel were brought in from Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad, and other parts of the state.”The route, through which the PM’s convoy was scheduled to pass, had traffic restrictions from 7 am till evening. Additional traffic cops were deployed to regulate traffic for smooth flow. The contingent of forces included eight superintendents of police (SPs), 20 additional superintendents of police (ASPs), 65 deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), 140 inspectors, 440 sub-inspectors, 150 head constables, 1,750 constables, 17 traffic inspectors, 130 traffic sub-inspectors, 102 traffic head constables, and 333 traffic constables,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar.Besides, 10 companies of the Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (UP-PAC) and 10 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were also deployed, she said.DOG SQUADSenior CISF officers and Delhi Metro guards said multi-layered security was ensured by the SPG, CISF, local police, and other related agencies. They said repeated sanitisation of the to-be-inaugurated Metro line was carried out with the help of dog squads and anti-sabotage teams.

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Colaba locals take X’mas cheer to those in need

Christmas is celebrated with the aim to spread happiness among each other by coming together. This year too citizens across the city attached a social cause to their merry making.In order to extend the festive cheer to underprivileged children as well, residents from Colaba conducted a community event wherein they collected gifts for the children. Colaba Advanced Locality Management (CALM) along with My Dream Colaba organised a month-long charity which concluded on December 24. The gifts collected through the charity will be distributed this week.Cynthia D’mello, treasurer, CALM, said, “Over 300 people from nearby areas came together to participate in this charity event. We collected toys and other necessary items like clothes for the needy. There was an overwhelming response from the residents who donated various items. Christmas is celebrated to spread joy and happiness among people. We wanted everyone to come together and contribute to the social cause.”They also organised a community event of carol signing on December 21 for the communities to come together. “This is the second time a charity event was organised and we got a good response than the previous year. People were coming forward to donate more and more materials. We haven’t yet decided in which organisation or area we will be distributing them. We will be shortlisting the area or organisation soon and distributing the gifts this week,” said D’mello.Besides this, a fun-loving activity was organised by Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for the children at the hospital. Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospital said, “It’s been another amazing Christmas with all our patients, making them dance and sing with joy and forget their pain at the hospital. We like to organise it every year to see a smile on the faces of the children.”

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ED files charge sheet against Misa Bharti, husband

More trouble lay in store for Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Yadav’s family on Saturday with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filing a charge sheet against his daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti and her husband in a money laundering case. The ED action came on a day a Ranchi court convicted Yadav in a fodder scam case.Bharti, her husband Shailesh Kumar and their company Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd, among others, were named in the charge sheet filed in a Delhi court for allegedly laundering Rs 1.20 crore.The case was registered by the ED following investigations into a complaint filed by Serious Fraud Investigating Office (SFIO) about a Rs 8,000 crore money-laundering racket involving two Delhi-based brothers, Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who were accused of using shell companies to help others route money.The ED had earlier attached a farmhouse ‘Palam Farms’ in south-west Delhi belonging to the couple in connection with the case.The Jain brothers, who were arrested, were accused of laundering unaccounted money through the process of placement of funds, layering of transactions and final integration of laundering money into the banking channel camouflaged as legitimate share premium transactions, the ED said.The ED investigation found that 1.20 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd were bought during 2007-08 and 2008-09 at Rs 100 per share by four shell companies, three of which were managed by the Jain brothers. These shares were later bought by Bharti at Rs 12 per share in 2009.It said a chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal, who “mediated and provided” Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium while another has provided Rs 30 lakh to Santosh Kumar Shah, who was running the fourth shell company.According to the ED, the couple have “laundered unaccounted money of Rs 1.20 crore by taking accommodation entries from Jain Brothers and Shah, through mediators, in the form of share capital and share premium by various shell companies controlled by them.”The agency later conducted searches in several places. “Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd was registered at the address 25, Tuglak Road, New Delhi till the shares were brought by Bharti. It was only during the year 2009-10 that the address was changed to Farm No. 26 Palam Farms. Misa Bharti and Shailesh Kumar were the directors of the company during the relevant period,” an ED statement said

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Home Ministry issues advisory to states for security during Christmas

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said an advisory has been issued to all states to ensure law and order during Christmas in the wake of fringe elements recently threatening some Christian community members against celebrating the festival.A fringe group in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh had on December 17 issued a circular and threatened the management of all city schools against celebrating Christmas saying, if they did so, it would be “at their own risk”.When asked about it, Singh said an advisory has been issued to all the states so that there is no law and order issue. He also conveyed his greetings to the nation on Christmas.Also read’Disruption’ during Christmas celebration in Rajasthan, Hindu activists allege religious conversions”Any festival, whether it is Christmas, Ramzaan, Holi or Diwali, should be celebrated without any problems. Strict action would be taken if anyone tries to create ruckus during the festivals,” the minister said on the sidelines of the 54th anniversary parade of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) here.He said India is the only country that believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ — a philosophy that inculcates an understanding that the whole world is one family.Also readCarol singers and priests detained in MP: Bajrang Dal claims forced conversation, Catholic organisations fume”I believe that all people irrespective of any religion should celebrate each other’s festivals in its true spirit with full enthusiasm,” Singh said.

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Not for granted! More checks for rural funds

The Central government will no longer give direct funds to higher education institutions under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UAB), a plan meant to connect them to villages and find solutions to rural India problems. Institutions like IITs and NITs will now have to fight for funds by coming up with implementable technology to address issues like sanitation, water and electricity.The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) issued a circular on December 18 to all education institutions, asking them to manage the scheme with their own funds and with the help of the local administration.UAB is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s idea, launched by the NDA government in 2014 as a flagship programme of the HRD Ministry. The scheme is meant to address the twin objectives of transformative rural development and introduction of greater social relevance in the higher education sector.The policy under UAB has been changed after the government realised that institutions, which are the main centres for technological research, were not utilising funds properly for working with villages.”We found that many institutions, including IITs, were not serious about UAB, so we have decided to stop giving funds to them at the initial level.We don’t want them to use the money for their excursions to villages,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.”We want only those institutions that are seriously interested in working for the rural sector to register for the programme. This will weed out all non-serious participants,” he said.”The entire financial assistance for funding solutions would flow from district authorities, with UBA funding a small portion of the financial gap. UBA component of the resources for customising or installing an existing technology would be provided through challenge method,” the circular said.”There shall be an open call to all higher education institutions to participate, rather than the adoption of pick and chose method. Selection of institutions shall be based on challenge method, according to the fulfilment of criteria like adequacy of qualified faculty, campus, facilities and academic merit, adequacy in number of students, work done in rural areas by institution, proven aptitude of faculty for rural development etc.”

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Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi dies, aged 82

Former Uttar Pradesh governor Banwari Lal Joshi passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today due to septic shock following an infection of the valves, hospital sources said. He was 82.The former police officer, who served as governor of several states, was admitted to hospital about 20 days ago.”He died today evening at the cardio critical care unit of AIIMS. He got his valves replaced around 10 years back. The valves had got infected because of which he was admitted. He died to septic shock,” a source at the hospital saidJoshi’s entire family was by his side in his last moments.Joshi was Governor of t Uttar Pradesh from 2009 to 24 June 2014. He was previously Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi from 2004 to 2007, Governor of Meghalaya in 2007, and Governor of Uttarakhand from October 2007 to July 2009.Born in a small Rajasthan village of Choti Kathu of Nagour district, Joshi began his career in 1957 with the state police service in Rajasthan and moved to the Government of India in 1962.Sepsis is a life threatening condition which occurs as a result of an infection. Septic shock is a condition when there is significant drop in blood pressure that can lead to respiratory or heart failure, stroke, failure of other organs, and death.With Agency inputs

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Gauhati HC says activist Akhil Gogoi’s detention under NSA illegal

The Gauhati High Court today termed as illegal the detention of RTI activist and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi under the National Security Act (NSA).Justice Achintya Malla Bujar Barua passed the judgment on Gogoi’s detention and that accordingly he was entitled for immediate release if not arrested in any other case.Gogoi was arrested on September 13 on charges of sedition and 11 days later he was booked under the NSA.While addressing a rally in Moran town on September 12, Gogoi had said if Hindu migrants from Bangladesh were forced upon Assam people from the state would be compelled to take up arms. He was arrested the next day.The detention was challenged before the High Court in a writ petition.The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader has been lodged in Dibrugarh jail since his arrest.Gogoi has been leading an agitation against the government’s handling of the farming crisis in Assam, the building of dams, land mafia and corruption in public life.

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WB Mahila Morcha leader slams Mamata Banerjee over record

National president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Vijaya Rahatkar on Wednesday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that in spite of being a woman, her state tops the list in atrocities against women.”According to the recent report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), West Bengal is ahead in violence against women. Domestic violence is the highest here and it also leads in the number of acid attack cases. Of the 283 acid attacks last year, Bengal alone accounted for 76 cases and affected 83 victims. In spite of there being specific Supreme Court guidelines in terms of storage and sale of acids, it is flouted rampantly in West Bengal and the state government has failed to check it,” she said after a day-long meeting with the Bengal BJP women’s wing.She also said that Bengal heads the list of cases of human trafficking. “Bengal shares its border with countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan because of which human trafficking is very high here. Of the 8132 cases nationwide last year, Bengal registered 3579 cases. The state has a woman Chief Minister and we expect her to be sensitive but we find the government here is insensitive,” she said.She also said that her instruction to the Bengal chapter was to put up a movement against this government.

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Five days in police custody for farsan factory owner

On Tuesday, Saki Naka police produced 38-year-old Ramesh Bhanushali at Andheri Metropolitan court, which remanded him into police custody for five days for investigation. During their primary probe, police found that Bhanushali had allegedly employed a minor boy in the factory. The boy was one of the 12 victims of the major fire which engulfed the farsan factory on Monday morning.According to police, Bhanushali owned the factory unit situated at Kairani Road in Saki Naka, and had allegedly illegally purchased commercial cylinders. Additionally, cylinders meant for household use were also being used for commercial purposes, which led to the leakage of gas which transformed a minor fire into a major one. The police also found that the factory unit had been converted, illegally, into a resting zone for workers. “The accused did not acquire the requisite licenses for running the factory,” said a senior officer from Saki Naka police station. “The court granted us custody on the grounds that we have to collect documents pertaining to the factory to identify two other victims. We also have to take statements of the two eyewitnesses.”Bhanushali has been arrested under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (Negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible matter) and 337 (Causing hurt, endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant sections of the BMC Act.ND Reddy, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 10, said, “We are probing to see whether any other person too is involved in the incident and arrests will be made if the role of any other person crops up during investigations.”

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Speak up Delhi: Dropout rate a serious issue in civic-run schools

A recent report released on the condition of public schooling in the national capital, once again raised the alarm on the “deteriorating condition” of the school run by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs).”The estimated dropout percentage in schools run by the North MCD is 6.1 per cent, South MCD is 6 per cent in the academic year 2016-17,” the report titled ‘State of Public (School) Education in Delhi 2017’ released by the NGO Praja Foundation on Thursday. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), however, has not provided any information on the number of dropouts in their schools.On average, from the three Municipal Corporations, in the last three years (2014-15 to 2016-17), the EDMC has witnessed the maximum dropout followed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Highest drop of 30 per cent being reported in Class 1, between 2010 to 2017.The data was compiled on the basis of RTI received from 640 schools of MCD. These schools offer education from Class 1 to Class 5. Afterwards, students move to government-run schools.The report also highlighted the status of teacher quality in these schools with 55 per cent of MCD schools show a medium level of teacher quality. “On an average, teachers from 55% MCD schools reported to have a medium level of teaching quality based on the various parameters under SSEF whereas 34% reported to have a high quality of teaching,” it said.In a bid to provide inclusive education under the right to Education Act, 2009, a ramp for differentially-abled is mandatory in every school under RTE norms. However, in the academic 2016- 17, 21% of the NDMC schools, 8% of SDMC and 15% of EDMC schools did not have ramps for the differently-abled students.Officials at the corporations, however cite “lack of resources” as the reason behind all these discrepancies. “We are always short of resources. We don’t even have money to spend on basic infrastructure,” a senior education official at the corporation said.However, the Praja report said that “there is no constraint on available resources”.”In terms of the infrastructure available, teacher quality and budget allocation, there is no constraint on available resources. The corporation is faring well on the student teacher ratio, the quality of teacher is above average and the budget estimate being set by the state government at 49,740 rupees per child,” it said.CRUNCHING FIGURES18,860The number of students who dropped out from New Delhi Municipal Corporation schools in the academic year 2016-1715,787The number of students who opted out from the schools run by South Delhi Municipal Corporation for the academic year 2016-17.BUDGET ESTIMATE (2016-17)NDMC: Rs 15,505 lakhSDMC Rs 12,360 lakhEDMC: 14,075 lakhEXPERT SPEAK“We have well-trained teachers who are being selected through an entrance exam conducted Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board. In terms of dropout rate, there are two reasons behind it is including regular relocation of slum clusters and the primary classes started by the Delhi government schools. People prefer to send their children in one school rather than changing their schools after Class 5”Tilak Raj Kataria, standing committee chairman North MCDVOICESI don’t believe in the quality of education in government schools. Around 15 years back when I had to choose school for my children, I opted for private school. And any parent would do the same as everybody wants to give best education to their child. Primary education makes the base of a student and it should be very strong for a better future which is not possible in public schools.Ritu Jain, HousewifeThe quality of government schools is getting better as compared to previous years. When I took admission in school, my parents did not even consider the option of public schools. Society taboo was a major reason behind it. Nobody wants to say that I have studied in public schools. But now the conditions are improving and I feel the next generation will have a more positive perspective for public schools.Aditya Jain, Engineering studentI took admission in government school when private schools rejected me for admission as I was from Bihar. I have done my higher education from there and it was the time when Aam Admi Party was promising (as their election agenda) that bribe taker will go through the rough ways. The irony is I had to give bribe on the very day when AAP won the elections.Aaryan Chand Prakash, StudentIf I would have this option of making choice between public and private schools, I would definitely choose the later one. Many reasons can be listed to justify my choice. For instance, teachers are kept busy with other activities like election duties, function preparations that leaves no time with them to teach students. Education quality is not up to the standards of tough competitions.Kavita Gupta, HousewifeI definitely will not choose public schools for my daughter. Government is lacking in many aspects for making the education system better and cheaper. There is no infrastructure in government schools, the toilets are not proper and also less efficient staff. When the basic needs are not fulfilled the quality education is a far sight. Also the class which is mostly associated with public schools is low and thus prevent the overall growth of the children.Razia Malik, Housewife

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It was organised booth capturing: Sukhbir Singh Badal fumes after Congress sweeps Punjab civic polls

On Sunday, after the Congress won a thumping victory in the Punjab civic polls, SAD’s Sukhbhir Singh Badal alleged booth capturing and hit out at the EC and state government. He said: “It was organised booth capturing. We told EC that they are not letting our candidates file nominations. 20% candidates weren’t able to file nominations, some nominations were rejected & some candidates were arrested but state EC did nothing.” He added: “Our candidates & polling agents were thrown out of booths, media persons were beaten & booth was captured at every place. For the 1st time, state EC & govt became one & captured EVMs. We are going to High Court against this criminal conspiracy.”Also readYou can’t get a better result: Captain Amarinder ecstatic after Congress sweeps Punjab civic pollsOn the other hand, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh was ecstatic after Congress’ impressive performance in Punjab Civic Polls. He said: “Election results have been very good, we are very pleased. You can’t get a better result than this. Out of three corporations, we have swept polls and won all of them.”He added: “In Patiala, out of 60 seats, 56 results are declared, won those 56. Similarly, in Jalandhar, out of 80, 77 are declared and 63 we have won. In Amritsar, out of 85, 61 have been declared, 45 we have won.”He also tweeted: Congress won 66 wards in Jalandhar Municipal Corporation, BJP 8, SAD 4, Independent 2. Congress also bagged 56 out of 60 in Patiala and four results awaited. Congress clinched 69 out of 85 wards, BJP 6, SAD 6, Independent 4 in Amritsar Municipal Corporation Election.“This is the first victory that Rahul Gandhi has tasted as Congress President, third victory in our Captain’s turban,” Navjot Singh Sidhu said.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Hardik Patel questions authenticity of EVMs

PAAS leader Hardik Patel has questioned the authenticity of EVMs on Saturday. Patel posted several tweets saying that BJP would try to tamper with EVMs. He also made the prediction that if EVMs were not tampered, BJP would win only 82 seats.Talking to mediapersons, he also questioned SC’s decision to reject Congress’ plea, seeking cross-verification of VVPAT with votes cast with EVMs and asked why they were used in the Gujarat polls. “Why are VVPATs used in the first place? It is used for smooth counting of votes wherever there is a fault. I do not understand SC’s stand on the issue,” Hardik said.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | If BJP wins, we will intensify our agitation: Hardik Patel

Even as exit polls predict an easy victory for the ruling BJP in Gujarat, the road to power might turn out to be anything but smooth for the party. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel has now declared that if the BJP comes to power, the reservation agitation will continue with greater intensity. “We have not stopped the agitation. It will not be stopped until our goal is achieved. In the event the BJP comes to power, we renew the agitation for reservation with more vigour,” said Patel.”Goli maarna hai to maar de, mein jaan deene ko taiyaar hu,” said Hardik about his plan to agitate if BJP comes to power. He, however, also insisted that the Congress would win over 100 seats. “There is a lot of anger among the people against the BJP,” adding that the Congress formula was acceptable to him and the party would implement it when it came to power. “If the Congress fails to do so, we will continue the agitation against them too,” said Hardik.Even before the elections, Hardik held several rallies and meetings, urging the people to vote for Congress, stating that it was important to teach the BJP a lesson. Almost all his rallies were well attended, but it remains to be seen if his appeal to the voters worked or not.Additionally, he has also planned a Gujarat yatra in the coming days, where he will meet people and discuss their problems. He will also seek to fortify support for the reservation cause. “I will visit places I haven’t gone to and revisit places that I have already been to and meet people,” said Hardik. He said his plans will include rallies, otla panchayat (small meetings) roadshows, etc, all in an effort to widen his appeal beyond the Patidar community. In the meantime, in the run up to the 2017 election results, the leader is holding meetings in Gandhinagar to decide the future course of action.

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SC dismisses Teesta Setalvad’s plea to defreeze bank a/cs

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed activists Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand’s petition challenging the October 2015 Gujarat High Court order that rejected their pleas to defreeze their personal bank accounts.The judgment pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar observed that authorities followed proper procedures in freezing the bank accounts in connection with a complaint filed by residents of the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for misappropriation of funds.”Although both the sides have adverted to statement of accounts and vouchers to buttress their respective submissions, we do not deem it necessary, nor think it appropriate to analyse the same while considering the matter on hand which emanates from an application preferred by the appellants to de-freeze the stated bank accounts pending investigation of the case. Indisputably, the investigation is still in progress. The appellants will have to explain their position to the investigating agency and after investigation is complete, the matter can proceed further depending on the material gathered during the investigation,” the order authored by Justice Khanwilkar read.According to Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta representing Gujarat, the two Trusts — Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ) — are run by the private appellants and others. All the accused persons were actively involved in collecting huge funds as donation in the name of providing legal assistance to the 2002 Gujarat Riot Victims. These donations, however, received by the two Trusts allegedly never reached the victims.Setalvad, through counsels senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Aparna Bhat, submitted that the trust maintained proper accounts which are duly audited and there is no trace of any illegality committed in respect of receipt and expenditure.During the course of the hearing, the top court had also questioned the source of the funds after allegations of misappropriation surfaced. The top court had then reserved its verdict earlier in July.The complaint was filed by Firoz Khan Pathan, one of the residents of Gulberg society, alleging that the money raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society in the memory of 69 people killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots had not been utilised for the purpose.TWICE TRIEDSC bench observed that authorities followed proper procedure while freezing bank accounts. Gujarat HC had rejected their plea in 2015 as well.

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Bollywood star faces eviction from Paris apartment

The Indian actress and her French husband owe nearly 80,000 euros in unpaid rent.

Robbers target Indian homes in UK for gold

Police say ten of millions of pounds worth of jewellery have been stolen from South Asian homes.

Govt help for road, acid victims

In another people-friendly decision, the Delhi government has decided to bear the cost of treatment of victims of road accidents and acid attacks at government and private hospitals under a new scheme. The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the scheme would also cover the victims of fire- related incidents on streets. It will now be sent to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for approval.”The move is aimed at saving lives of such people during the golden hour after a road accident,” Jain said.Most people attempt to take road accident victims to a government hospital even if a private hospital in nearby, thereby denying treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’,” he said.”The Cabinet has approved the scheme for road accident victims. The Delhi government will bear the treatment cost of such people in both its own and private hospitals,” Jain said.If an acid attack happens on streets, such victims would also be covered. Jain claimed that 8,000 accidents occur on Delhi roads every year, affecting 15,000-20,000 people, and about 1,600 people die per year due to road accidents.The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government had in January this year approved the ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme. It had mooted a proposal in August last year after a road accident victim in west Delhi’s Subhash Nagar bled to death because no one helped him.The ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme launched by the Delhi government will help in reducing the time for an accident victim to reach a hospital.According to a Central government study, Mumbai has got the dubious distinction of the city with maximum road accidents in the country, while the number of deaths in road mishaps is highest in Delhi.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: MLAs’ assets rise by as much as 13 times in five years

Assets of Gujarat MLAs have gone up sharply in the last five years, including more than 13 times in the case of one and over 12 times in the case of another, an analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch (GEW) shows.The NGOs analysed the poll affidavits of 121 sitting MLAs, who are re-contesting in the ongoing assembly elections.”The average assets of these 121 MLAs from various parties, including independents, were at Rs7.56 crore in 2012. The average assets as per the 2017 election affidavits have gone up to Rs10.54 crore, which is an increase of Rs2.98 crore or 39% in five years,” ADR and GEW said in the analysis.The average assets of 81 re-contesting BJP MLAs increased by 57% from Rs6.82 crore to Rs10.70 crore. Similarly, average assets of 37 Congress MLAs went up by 14% from Rs8.88 crore to Rs10.12 crore, while that of two NCP MLAs rose by 3% from Rs15.61 crore to Rs16.04 crore.Strongman Chhotu Vasava, who is contesting on Bhartiya Tribal Party symbol, saw his assets decline 17% from Rs2.70 crore to Rs2.24 crore, as per his election affidavits.Saurabh Patel on topFormer finance and energy minister Saurabh Patel saw the highest rise in his assets in absolute terms. In 2012, the BJP MLA had declared assets worth Rs56.60 crore, which have gone up to Rs123.78 crore in these elections – an increase of 119%.He is followed by BJP MLA from Dwarka, Pabubha Manek, whose assets have gone up from Rs31.86 crore to Rs88.42 crore, a rise of 178%.The assets of Dinesh Patel, BJP MLA from Padra seat in Vadodara, increased by 56% from Rs39.41 crore as per the 2012 poll affidavit to Rs61.30 crore in 2017.First-time MLA sees 1,348% riseAs far as percentage rise is concerned, Manisha Vakil, BJP MLA from Vadodara City seat, saw the highest rise. In 2012, her maiden election as MLA, she had declared assets of Rs7.12 lakh, which have surged 1,348% to Rs1.03 crore.BJP MLA from Fatepura (ST) seat Ramesh Katara’s assets have surged by 1,205% from Rs6 lakh in 2012 to Rs78.32 lakh in 2017, according to his election affidavits.Minister Ganpat Vasava, who is seeking a fourth term from Mangrol (ST) seat saw his assets jump by more than four times since the last elections. From Rs60.15 lakh in 2012, he declared assets of Rs3.11 crore in 2017.The analysis reveals that three sitting MLAs, Amit Chaudhary (BJP: Mansa seat), Sangita Patil (BJP: Limbayat) and Gendal Damor (Congress: Santrampur ST), saw their assets rise by over 300%.There are six other re-contesting MLAs whose assets saw an increase of more than 200% since 2012, and 14 others whose assets rose by over 100%.The analysis reveals that 76 other re-contesting MLAs saw their assets rise by up to 100%. However, 21 others also saw their assets decline since 2012.

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Condom ads should only be aired between 10pm and 6am, says I&B ministry advisory

The government on Monday issued an advisory asking TV channels not to air condom advertisements during the daytime. Stating that the be indecent ads could be inappropriate for viewing by children during the day, the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry said that condom ads should only be aired between 10pm and 6am to avoid exposure of such material to children and to ensure “strict adherence to the provisions contained in the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994”.“All TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/ inappropriate for viewing by children,” the I&B ministry advisory said.In the advisory, the ministry cited 7(7) and 7(8) of the Cable Television Networks Rules that state that no advertisement which endangers the safety of children or creates in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner shall be carried in the cable service” and “indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements”.This advisory was issued after the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) had requested the I&B ministry to take a call on such ads and their telecast timing after receiving several complaints from various corners about telecasting advertisement of condoms.

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Zaira Wasim: India man held for molesting Bollywood star on flight

The Indian man was identified with help from the airline, Air Vistara, after Zaira Wasim complained.

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

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

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | CEO says no tampering, just confusion

After Congress leader Arjun Modhwadhia and Indranil Rajguru had complained of EVM tampering and those being connected to bluetooth in their respective constituencies, chief electoral officer in Gujarat BB Swain told mediapersons that it was a result of misunderstanding.Swain said as a polling agent deputed at the polling station in Porbandar was carrying a mobile phone of Intex company with the model name ECO105, it led to the confusion. Swain also said that a report has been sent to the ECI that the complaint has been disposed after proper investigation.”Because the bluetooth mobile device was carrying the model name ECO105 which belonged to a polling agent of one party, it was reflected in the mobile instrument of a complainant. Because the initials of the model name resembled with EC, they filed a complaint but ultimately the matter is disposed after thorough checking by the experts,” he said.”The EC took this complaint very seriously and the district collector and returning officer reached the polling station besides senior expert engineers of BEL for investigation. Mobile device having ECO105 model name was found ultimately. We have sent this concluding report to the ECI also,” added Swain.Modhwadhia had complained that EVMs were being operated through bluetooth technology. The complaint stated that at booth number 146 and 147, Sharda Mandir School in Memanwaada area of Porbandar town, some unknown bluetooth devices were traced by other mobile handsets. Modhwadia, who is contesting from Porbandar constituency, had said that there have been a number of complaints of EVMs not working. “This is done deliberately to disturb the enthusiasm of voters. When our volunteers checked the EVMs, they were found to be connected to bluetooth and the connection of CEO Gujarat was getting displayed,” he said. Rajguru complained that EVM machines were getting connected to WiFi network. After the ruckus at the polling booth of Rameshbhai Chhaya School, the WiFi was reported to be shut down. In at least two dozens seats, there were reports of error in EVMs. In Mangrol (ST) constituency alone, EVM error was encountered in at least 20 villages, he said. An EVM Engineer who had visited Porbandar’s Thakkar plot said, “Whatever name you give to the bluetooth source, gets displayed.”

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Court seeks public opinion on longer ‘darshan’ timings at Bankey Bihari temple

The court of the Civil Judge (Junior Division) here today invited objections from the public on the proposed extension of darshan timings at Vrindaban’s Bankey Bihari temple.”A notice regarding the objections has been pasted inside the temple premises,” temple manager Munish Sharma said today.The notice has invited the Goswamis as well as the common devotees to present their objections before the court of Civil Judge (Junior division) on December 18, Sharma said.At present, the timings are four hours in the morning (Rajbhog Darshan) and four hours in the evening (Shayanbhog Darshan), he said, adding that the proposal is to increase the timings by two hours each.A letter to this effect was sent by the SSP (Mathura) to the District Magistrate, City Magistrate Basant Agrawal said. “The DM, on the basis of letter had ordered me to go ahead on the proposal,” Agrawal said.A joint request with the DMs signature and that of Deputy SP Vijai Shankar Mishra was presented before the court and a decision is awaited, Agrawal said, adding that the move was initiated to prevent any untoward incident owing to the heavy influx of pilgrims.

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1984 Sikh riots: Supreme Court to examine panel report on 241 closed cases by SIT

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took on record the final report submitted by a supervisory body appointed by it to look into the closure of 241 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and said it will examine it.The bench said it will examine on December 11 the report filed by the advisory body, comprising former apex court judges Justices J M Panchal and Justice K S P Radhakrishnan.As the report was submitted in a leather bag with a number-lock system, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the lock will be opened on December 11.It asked the parties including Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand to be present to assist the court in the matter.The court said a member of the panel had written a letter to the court on September 4, after the scrutiny of every matter on the issue whether Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the Sikh riot cases was justified in closing the 241 cases.Also readSupreme Court panel to examine SIT decision to close anti-Sikh 1984 riot caseOn August 16, the apex court had appointed the supervisory panel to examine the SIT’s decision to close 241 cases in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots matter and asked it to submit report in three months.The Centre had earlier told that out of the 250 cases which were investigated by the SIT, closure reports were filed in 241.Also readSupreme Court panel to assess 241 anti-Sikh riots casesIt had said that nine cases were still being investigated by the SIT, while two cases are being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.The apex court had on March 24 asked the Centre to place before it the files pertaining to the 199 cases of the anti-Sikh riots which the special investigation team (SIT) set up by the Home Ministry had decided to “close”.The SIT is headed by Pramod Asthana, an IPS officer of 1986 batch, and has Rakesh Kapoor, a retired district and sessions judge, and Kumar Gyanesh, an additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police, as its members.The anti-Sikh riots, which had broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, had claimed 2,733 lives in Delhi alone.The government had earlier filed a status report on the probe conducted by the SIT in the cases.Petitioner S Gurlad Singh Kahlon had earlier told the bench that a total of 293 riots related cases were taken up for scrutiny by the three-member SIT and it had decided to close 199 of them after scrutiny.Kahlon, a member of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, had sought the court’s direction for setting up an SIT to ensure speedy justice to riots victims.
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‘Dresses worn by Hindu girls embarrassing,’ says Bihar college principal banning jeans, mobile phones

In a bizarre incident, a Bihar college principal has introduced dress code in the college as the ‘dresses worn by Hindu girls are an embarrassment’ to the college.Shashi Sharma, Principal of Magadh Mahila College in Bihar, on Wednesday introduced a ban on dresses, jeans and Patiala suits on campus.”Was requested by girls to bring in dress code as there’s social disparity here. Muslim girls don’t wear jeans so they never objected. Dresses worn by Hindu girls were embarrassing,” Shashi Sharma said.The principal has also imposed restriction on mobile phone use. Any offender will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000. “There’s mobile-free zone where phones can be used, not in classrooms. Ours isn’t a modern college that it can take such modernity. We think traditionally & are miles away from modernity. It’ll take us 50 years to reach there,” the principal added.A student also expressed support for the administration’s decision saying the ban will remove differences among girls.”Ban on jeans is an old rule. Phones in classrooms were always prohibited. Girls never objected to dress code, in fact they requested for it in first place. Uniformity will remove differences among girls. Phones can be used in mobile free zones,” said Laila Qazmi, General Secretary of Magadh Mahila College.
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Mumbai to get another sea link! Maharashtra govt grants approval to Versova-Bandra route

The Maharashtra government today accorded administrative approval to the Versova-Bandra sea link (VBSL) project, eight years after the state cabinet committee on Infrastructure (SCCI) cleared it.In a Government Resolution, the state has pegged the project cost to be around Rs 7,502 crore and its length is estimated to be about 17.17 kms.The SCCI had cleared the project on August 18, 2009.However, it took another four years, for the government to get the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and environment clearance from the Centre which were given in January 2013, an official said.Also readIndia’s longest sea link: Work to start soon, but motorists have to wait till 2023In extending the area in length, the government has approved the design plan at a height of 900 meters from the coastline, states the GR.The main four by four lane bridge of VBSL will be 9.60 kms. The cable stayed bridge will be 0.30 kms long and the Balance Cantilever Bridge will be 0.10 km long.Besides this, the VBSL will have connectors at Bandra, Otters Club, Juhu Link Road and Versova Link Road. There will be toll plazas at Bandra, Carter Road, Juhu-Koliwada and at Nana-Nani Park, it added.Also read5 years on, Bhayander-Naigaon Sea Link estimate up by 200%The existing prevailing toll rates shall apply to the VBSL and the concession period shall be up to 2052.In case there is any change in the toll tax policy in the future, the concession period will be revived as per the toll tax policy prevailing then, it stated.The GR states that the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) shall appoint two separate contractors for toll collection and repairs and maintenance of VBSL.The government has also approved the MSRDC to set up Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to raise loan.Also readSpeed limit at Bandra Worli Sea Link to stay, say city traffic police
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Gujarat Elections 2017: ‘Jay Shree Ram’ echoes at CM’s roadshow in Naroda

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani who kick started his road show from Naroda on Monday morning received a cold response. Roadshows, which attract a lot of local residents, here only had few locals and was crowded by local BJP workers. As soon as the CM boarded an open jeep, decked up with flowers, he was greeted with a ’tilak’ and a garland.In the entire vicinity, songs repeating ‘Jay Shree Ram’ were playing. A slogan turned into a song ‘Bharat Mein Rehna Hoga, Vande Mantaram Kehna Hoga’ and ‘Saat Din Ka Khel hai, Mard Ho Toh Saaamne Aao’ were being played constantly.As his roadshow approached, the CM removed his turban to wear a new turban by local BJP workers. Yet again, in the background, ‘Bhajapa Sharanam Gacchami, Modi Kamalam Gacchami’ was being played.Class 5 students Mansi Shekhawat and Nandini Chauhan of Kishor school became very happy when the CM waved his hand to them. When asked who is Vijay Rupani, the girls said, “Rupani is Modi’s best friend.”A retired government servant Mohan Gupta said, “The proposal to widen this road and clear traffic has been pending since a long time. This is a good way to showcase the narrowness of the lane. During Modi’s roadshow here, there was no place to stand but today, only BJP workers were seen.”Advocate Prakash Patel who also has his office in the same lane said, “Post GST, my earning has come down to single digit. The Vikas has only happened to the rich, not people like us. There is 18% GST on plastic, said Hiralal who sells plastic items on a cart. His cart was not allowed on the road due to CM’s roadshow.At Danilimda, MP Kirit Solanki and Suresh Pasi from Amethi received the CM from the roadshow and the CM boarded another open jeep.Groom leaves wedding to greet the CMIn a surprise to the CM, a groom Nikunj Setu, left his wedding and was seen rushing to the CM’s jeep. As soon as the CM saw him, he attended him and both exchanged garlands of flowers. He said, “The CM congratulated me for my wedding.”‘CURFEW MUKT GUJARAT DUE TO BJP’Interestingly, joining the CM at Danilimda were a group of Muslims. Mustufabhai Bidiwala, ex-president, BJP Laghumati Morcha, said, “We want BJP as during BJP’s reign, women in our community feel safe.” Mohammad Farooq Qureshi, another member said, “Check at Ahmedabad RTO. More than 75% people driving an auto-rickshaw are Muslims. So BJP has generated employment by creating a safer environment. Modi has ensured a curfew mukt Gujarat hence we want BJP to come.”
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Gujarat Elections 2017 | No Gando but real Vikas with Congress: Sheila Dikshit in A’bad

The BJP is scared of losing Gujarat and that is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is frequently visiting the state, said former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit while talking to mediapersons here on Saturday. “People of Gujarat want change and they have made up their mind to change the government. Congress will form a government here and develop the state. Congress laid the foundation of modern India. Though BJP has ruled Gujarat for last 22 years, including under Narendra Modi for 12 years, there has been hardly any development in the state.” she said. Dikshit stressed that if Congress comes to power after elections, real development will happen. Congress will deliver what it has promised. It has already given IRMA, IIMA and even ISRO to Gujarat.On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s frequent visits to Gujarat, Dikshit said, “Rahul has visited Gujarat several times and is aware of the ground reality and people’s problems. BJP is not replying to any questions by him as it doesn’t have an answer.” Taking a jibe on price rise in the state, Sheila said, “Price of onion and tomatoes are so high that poor can’t afford it anymore. But, the BJP is not bothered. When I was the CM of Delhi, I ensured that we moved truckload of vegetables into the state in case of inflation so that people can buy them at affordable price. BJP ever did so in Gujarat?”“They have formed the government and have forgotten the poor,” she said. Dikshit remarked that BJP is making promises, but the party hardly work to fulfil them.What she saidCongress laid the foundation of modern India. Though BJP has ruled Gujarat for last 22 years, including under Narendra Modi for 12 years, there has been hardly any development.
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Can air news on Sunanda Pushkar but respect Shashi Tharoor’s silence: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court today refused to restrain journalist Arnab Goswami and his Republic TV from airing news or debates relating to the mysterious death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar but said it has to be “tempered and balanced”.The high court also held that Tharoor has a “right to silence” under the Constitution and “no person can be compelled to give testimony or answer questions which may incriminate him”.Justice Manmohan, who delivered a 61-page judgement, said before airing any story on Pushkar’s death, the channel should give Tharoor a written notice, by electronic mode, seeking his version.Also readShashi Tharoor urges Delhi HC to stop Arnab Goswami from ‘misreporting’ his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death”If the plaintiff (Tharoor) refuses or does not reply within a reasonable time, he will not be compelled to speak and the story will be aired with the disclosure that he has refused to speak to the defendants (TV channel and Goswami),” the court said.The court disposed of three applications filed by Tharoor seeking to restrain the TV channel and Goswami from airing news regarding his wife’s death till the pendency of the proceedings before the trial court here.Also readCourt calls Subramanian Swamy’s Sunanda plea ‘political interest litigation’He has also sought a direction to the journalist and the news channel that they should not mention the expression “murder of Sunanda Pushkar” anywhere, as it is yet to to established by a competent court that her death was “murder” to ensure that the trial is not prejudiced.The applications were filed in Tharoor’s Rs two crore defamation suit against Goswami and the channel for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him while airing news relating to the mysterious death of his wife. The pending suit is listed for further proceedings before the Joint Registrar on January 18 next year.Goswami and the channel had contended that they have been cautious and have never imputed that the Congress leader is guilty in the case.Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014 under mysterious circumstances.Dealing with Tharoor’s applications which was opposed by the TV channel, Justice Manmohan discussed domestic and foreign laws and judgements to conclude that in the present case, an interlocutory injunction cannot be granted at this prima facie stage to restrain publication.”Keeping in view the aforesaid mandate of law and the prima facie findings, this court is of the opinion that in the present case the defendants have the right to air their stories and the same cannot be curbed, but it has to be tempered and balanced,” the court said.It also observed that an individual affected by the story must be given an option to give his version, but he cannot be compelled to speak if he does not want to.”The culture of thrusting a microphone in the face of a person needs to be deprecated,” it said.The court also observed that it is important that when criminal investigation has commenced, media reporting should be sensitive to the indeterminacy of the questions raised in the proceedings.”Press cannot convict anyone or insinuate that he/she is guilty or make any other unsubstantiated claims. Press has to exercise care and caution while reporting about matters under investigation or pending trial,” the court said.It said that it has refrained from saying anything more as the counsel for the journalist and the news channel have assured the court that in future they would exercise restraint as well as “bring down the rhetoric”.”Even according to senior counsel for Tharoor, subsequent to the said statement the previous vitriolic attack was missing. The statement made by (the counsel for Goswami and the TV channel) is accepted by this court and defendants are held bound by the same,” it noted in its order.The court also made it clear that all observations in the judgment were prima facie in nature and in the context of the disputes between the parties before it.It also made it clear that none of the observations shall be used in any criminal proceeding, if any, filed by the state.It observed that irrespective of the style of reporting and the remarks made, the court was of the prima facie view that reporting in this matter was a case of legitimate investigative journalism as even three and a half years after the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of a then sitting Union Minister, no charge-sheet has been filed.”The police may have its own reasons for not completing the investigation, but this is a case where defendants cannot be denied the right to telecast a story as it is a matter of substantial importance with respect to a public figure.”Further, the documents and materials highlighted by the defendants seem prima facie relevant and material. There is no material to prima facie conclude that the stories have been aired by the defendants with a reckless disregard for truth or precipitated by actual malice,” it noted.The court was of the view that in this case as far as the alleged defamatory remarks in concerned, it is of the opinion the matter requireed a detail trial.
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Dilapidated school building in Chembur-Vashi naka poses threat to students

The lives of students in Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium BMC school at Chembur-Vashi Naka is at risk owing to the dilapidated condition of the school building. The plan was to demolish the building, set up a transit camp near the ground and shift the students to the camp. BMC Education department decided to shift the school to a residential building of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). Parents have opposed the shift as the MHADA building is not close to their homes, and they didn’t want to take the risk.The foundation stone was laid by local corporator in December 2016 to build a ground plus five-floor building for the Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium school.After one developer took the matter to court to reserve the ground for playground and not for educational purposes, the transit camp could not be built. According to sources, in September, the school officials brought the condition of building to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) notice of BMC’s education department.In a recent ward committee meeting, the higher authorities ordered the school officials to vacate the school immediately and move the students to a safer place. A residential building of MHADA named Suraksha was then finalised and it was decided to give four rooms. Parents have opposed this move on the grounds that the new building is far and they didn’t want to risk sending their children to a residential building.A BMC education official on condition of anonymity said, “We are still exploring where to shift the students as the MHADA building where it is decided to shift haveDIP IN STUDENTSThe school, earlier, had 550 students in Marathi medium and 250 in Telugu medium. Now the number has come down to 328 in Marathi medium and only 60 in Telugu medium When contacted, school principal of Ayodhya Nagar BMC school refused to comment on the issue
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Gujarat elections 2017: GCCI petition against poll manual rejected

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday rejected the petition filed by the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry challenging the election manual that is empowering Static Surveillance Team (SST) to keep in check the cash transaction.While rejecting the petition, the first-division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi concluded that the identical petition is pending before the Supreme Court and, therefore, it can’t pass any order on the prayers.Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry had challenged the Election Commissioner’s Expense Manual. The contention of the petitioner was that SOP was violating the fundamental rights of the citizen, and was illegal, ultra vires and interference into once privacy and right to life.Petitioner’s contention was that SST was conducting sudden raids on the premises of traders and encroaching the privacy of people.It further alleged that apart from cash transactions, the RTGS, through banks, are being tracked and information was being shared with the Income Tax department. That can’t be said to be water down the norms.
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CM the only beneficiary of this govt, says Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on advertisement campaign of Mee Labhaarthi (I am the beneficiary) by Devendra Fadnavis led Government in the state, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday accused the CM and Chandrakant Patil of being the “only real beneficiaries” of this government.He was addressing a farmers’ rally at Karve in Vita of Sangli district. Thackeray had criticized Fadnavis Government on Saturday night during a rally at Miraj. He is on a Western Maharashtra tour.Criticising the government for the advertisement campaign, Thackeray said, “This entire campaign is based on false claims. This campaign is for misguiding the people of the state and Fadnavis along with Chandrakant Patil are real beneficiaries because people have given them mandate.’Minister of state for Water Resources Vijay Shivtare, MLC Anil Babar, Lok Sabha MP Gajanan Kirtikar, Zilla Parishad vice-president and Nitin Bangude-Patil were present on the dais.Stating that he was not interested in becoming Chief Minister of the state, Thackeray said that but he would ensure that Shiv Sena chief minister comes to power in the state. He cautioned the Government that if farmers’ issues are unresolved, he would take it to the streets.Recounting BJP’s slogan of ‘Kuthe Neun Thevlaay Maharashtra Majha’ during the assembly elections which was aimed at criticizing Congress and NCP in the state, Thackeray SAID, `We had supported BJP to bring Aache Din but when I am touring the state I have realized as to where have these people taken my Maharashtra now.’Thackeray said nothing has changed in the past three years and the government is still completing water schemes that were started in 1995 when a Shiv Sena chief minister at the helm. Pointing out that despite Chief Minister’s directions to reduce power rates, his orders are trashed by officers and if the government is ruining the farmers, farmers would not hesitate to pull down this government.Taking a dig at NCP president Sharad Pawar for his criticism of Sena for being in Government and criticizing Government, Thackeray said, `BJP and Sena are two different political parties but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader late Vasantdada Patil to topple his Government. Pawar who criticized Sonia Gandhi for her foreign origin later became her sycophant. Pawar should not teach Shiv Sena since Pawar is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Guru.’SLAMS PAWARUddhav attacked NCP chief Sharad Pawar over his criticism of Sena for being in a part of the government He said BJP and Sena are two different parties, but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader Vasantdada Patil

Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

Maharashtra lowers extra marks for students with singing, dancing skills to 15 from 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>School education and sports department in Maharashtra has withdrawn all their previous government resolutions (GR) on awarding 25 marks to students for visual and performing arts before state board examination begins. The department had come up with new GR on Friday that shows overall 25 marks have been reduced to 15 for achievements in arts and culture.A student who is a winner at national or state-level tournaments and scholarships in classical arts will no more get 25 marks for this board examination. The extra marks will be awarded to them on the basis of the marks they score in their classical arts exam.The GR issued on Friday states that the students in classical art like dance, singing and music who secure A+ or A grade would get 10 marks, B+ 7 marks, B grade 5 marks and C grade 3 marks if they have given three exams in it through recognized institutions. Similarly 15 to 3 marks from A+ to C grade for those who have given 5 exams in recognized institutions.The new GR states that because students are awarded extra marks for their achievements in arts, there will not be 2% reservation for students in first year junior college admissions for cultural quota.The intermediate drawing examination have also been halved in this GR. Earlier, students who excelled in drawing were awarded 5 to 15 marks on the basis of grades in intermediate drawing exams. Now it has been changed so in intermediate drawing exam one who gets grade A will get 7 marks, grade B 5 marks and grade C 3 marks.To encourage students in extracurricular activities, the new GR was introduced in January by making provisional marks for students. The 25 extra marks lead in getting 100 percent results to many students in this year March board examination, which is why the changes in marks have been made in the new GR introduced on Saturday by state education department.

UP goes for local body polls, voters complain of rigging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Complaints of ‘rigged EVMs’ marred voting at several booths in Kanpur and Meerut districts, as they went to polls along with 24 other districts in the first phase for urban local bodies’ elections in Uttar Pradesh.For the first time in the history of local body polls, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are being used for voting in 16 Nagar Nigams. However, ballot papers are still being used in the polling for Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayats.In Kanpur alone, the returning officer changed as many as 77 alleged rigged EVMs to resume polling after violent protests by Opposition parties. The Samajwadi Party, Congress and the BSP charged the ruling BJP was using rigged EVMs to win polls.In both Kanpur and Meerut, many people complained that when they pressed the EVM button, their votes went either to the BJP or NOTA. “I had pressed the button to vote for the BSP, but EVM flashed that the vote was for BJP,” said Ramesh Kumar at Macharia in Kanpur.The incident led to widespread protests outside the polling station and police had to use mild force to disperse the agitated demonstrators. Similar complaints wer reported from Harsh Nagar, Tiwaripur, Mani Ram Bagia and few other booths in Kanpur.On complaints of voters, the presiding officer Shiv Ram also checked the EVM and said that he found the complaints “genuine”. He then stopped the polling and informed the returning officer Surendra Singh.Within half-an-hour, about 77 EVMs were changed at different booths in Kanpur. The State Election Commission, however, denied allegations of rigged EVMs.State Industries Minister Satish Mahana rubbished the allegations. “Such wild allegations were leveled during 2017 Assembly polls also. The Election Commission had conducted an inquiry but nothing was found,” he claimed.State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal assured to hold inquiry if any one comes with proof.ISSUES POP UPIn both Kanpur and Meerut, many people complained that when they pressed the EVM button, their votes went either to the BJP or NOTA.
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Amit Shah roars with Naranpura support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is difficult to call Naranpura a BJP bastion as the constituency came into existence only after 2008 delimitation. So far, the region has seen just the 2012 assembly election. The seat, which is dominated by the upper caste (both Patels and Jains have around 40,000 votes each) voters, is likely to back the ruling party. BJP national president Amit Shah won the seat in 2012 by a margin of 63,335 votes. He resigned as an MLA of the Gujarat assembly in August 2017 after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Shah shifted to Naranpura in 2012. Until then, he had been elected from Sarkhej constituency.Naranpura seat constitutes areas taken from the Sabarmati constituency. Naranpura constituency comprises Naranpura ward, Stadium and Nava-wadaj. A completely urban seat, the constituency is a combination of mostly upper-class and middle-class voters (Naranpura and Stadium areas) except for some part of Nava Wadaj which is home to a big slum- Ramapir No Tekro. Despite the presence of a large section of Patel’s, the area saw only minor skirmishes even during the Patidar reservation agitation. During the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections, all the 12 seats that fall under the constituency voted for BJP corporators, a proof that the ruling party enjoys people’s support. Gautam Shah, the mayor of Ahmedabad, whose name is touted as one of the probable candidates of the BJP for the seat, said Amit Shah has nurtured his constituency well. “Development work worth crores of rupees are being done in the constituency.While some are in the pipeline, others have been finished. Around 7,700 homes will be built under the smart city programme for the people of Ramapir no Tekro, one of the biggest slums in the city,” Shah said. New water tanks have been built, water and drainage work, worth Rs67 crores, have been made in the constituency, he added.”Of the 11 new urban health centres planned in Ahmedabad, one is in Naranpura. We have also planned a sports sankul for the constituency. The development work alone shows how much Amit Shah cares for his constituency,” said Shah. “BJP will not only win the seat but be victorious with a stupendous margin,” he added.Not everyone is impressed. Jitu Patel of Congress, who contested against Amit Shah in 2012, said the quality of development work can be known by just looking at the roads. “The roads are so poor. One rain and it washes away. Another problem is the high property tax in this area. The government makes a show of giving something and then snatches it through high taxation,” said Patel, who does not plan to contest in this election. The BJP also needs to worry about the influence of Hardik Patel on Patel voters here not to mention the impact of GST.WHAT THE COMMON MAN SAYSThe potholed roads are the biggest problems. I have been living here for over a decade. The condition of roads has only worsened. The MLA keeps making promises, but the results are never seen. The only time some work is done is when a politician is expected to visit the place. — Kalyani Jadawala, StudentThe biggest concern is the stray cattle in the area. It leads to other problems such as the area is very dirty. Politicians remember us only during elections. Moreover, GST and demonetisation have ensured that there is no “ease of doing business” for the small businessman. —Kalpesh Bhatia, Businessman The area that I live in has a big menace of mosquito breeding. An MLA needs to visit his voters and interact with them and ask them their problems. However, that doesn’t happen. Personally, I faced a lot of difficulties during demonetisation. —Geeta Mehta, senior citizenNaranpura is one of the best areas in the city. I’m happy with the development of the area. However, the condition of roads in some places is pathetic. As someone who manages home, I can say that price of vegetables has risen. The fuel price has also increased drastically.—Nupur Desai, HomemakerDrainage has been an issue here for sometime now particularly during heavy monsoon. The other problem is of traffic. Demonetisation and GST were impleme-nted shoddily. There has been no great improvement that the country has seen, instead there is economic slowdown.—Ankita Vashi, Banker

Now, theatres in civic markets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first of its kind step, a municipal market in the city will be redeveloped to accommodate facilities like an auditorium, theatres, multiple-floor parking slots, doctors’ staff quarters and many other facilities. The Topiwala municipal market located in Goregaon West, which is only a ground-floor structure accommodating 206 licensed shops, will be redeveloped into a 16-storey building. It will have a market on 2 floors and rest of the floors will be utilised for accommodating the said facilities.The project is estimated to cost Rs 122.90 crore and tender for appointing a contractor for the proposed redevelopment has already been floated by the BMC city engineering department.Sangita Hansale, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (Markets), said, “It is a first of its kind plan where a municipal market is being redeveloped with facilities like an auditorium, drama theatres and the top floors will be utilised as residential staff quarters for doctors. BMC has a couple of other municipal markets in its scheme of things with the same plan. However, the plan for the Topiwala market is the first to be finalised.”According to the design plan, the redeveloped Topiwala market will have 16 floors with two basements. It will have markets on ground and first floor and three podiums. The market building will also have drama theatres and allied users from its 4th to 8th floors. The doctors’ staff quarters will be from the 10th to 16th floor. There will be a total 53 staff quarters. The building will also have a parking facility for 186 vehicles with other amenities.THE THINGS TO COMEAccording to the design plan, the redeveloped market will have 16 floors with two basements. It will have markets on ground and first floor and three podiums. The building will also have theatres and doctors’ staff quarters will be from the 10th to 16th floor.

Political Parties bat for GST rate cut be passed on to consumers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Political Parties have appealed to the Centre that the GST reduction should be passed on to the ultimate consumers. They have cited that despite GST Council’s move to cut a tax on 178 items to 18% from 28% and in case of restaurants to 5%, the consumers at the retail level have not felt a substantial change.This is despite repeated call given by the finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia that company has to ensure that their entire distribution chain-wholesalers, retailers- pass on this tax cut.Adhia has also asked fast moving consumer goods to ensure that the tax cut is passed to consumers if they want to escape action from the Anti Profiteering Authority.BJP MP from Northeast Mumbai Kirit Somaiya in his letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has complained that several traders and entrepreneurs are not passing on the benefits to the ultimate consumers. He has quoted some examples of AC restaurants and chain food outlets who have allegedly manipulated the prices and value of their products to pocket the difference of reduction to 5% from 18%.Further, Somaiya said that several restaurants are yet collecting 18% in the name of GST or old sales tax slab rates. ‘’I thank the government to reduce GST to 5% from 18% in restaurants, bring down GST on consumer used items to 18% from 28% and provide relaxation in 200 items. However, the officials from the ministries of finance, consumer affairs, and the state governments should be asked to take appropriate action to see that the government’s initiative to slash GST rates as passed on to the ultimate consumers,’’ he noted.The Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik also cited that the restaurants continue to recover from the consumers GST at the previous rates so also the consumer goods companies. ‘’The government will have to immediately look into the issue especially when GST has been touted as seamless taxation across the country. As far as restaurants are concerned, they pay GST on purchases but they do not get set off on final sale. This has to be looked into,’’ he opined.Both Somaiya and Malik argued that the ministry of consumer affairs need to act swiftly which will help consumers to benefit from the tax cut.

Mumbai: RM Bhatt School to attempt getting in Limca Book of Records for centenary year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>History of sorts would be created on November 26 when more than 10 thousand students, past students and citizens would sing together the NCC song as a part of centenary celebrations of RM Bhatt High School situated at Parel. The Limca Book of Records officials would be present for recording this history.Gokhale Education Society has its campuses also at Bordi and Nashik other than Bhatt High School which is right in the heart of Girangaon (meaning village located at a Girani or mill).Bhatt High School is completing hundred years on September 2, 2018, and the centenary year has already started to mark the same. Interestingly, the alumni association of the Bhatt High School which is named as Gurudakshina is organising the program. The ex-students are of the view that NCC song is most suitable for expressing the desire for unity, especially in today’s context. Head Mistress GS Kamble, president of Gurudakshina Pratima Joshi and Sanjay Ghagare who is a convener of Gurudakshina informed that they are expecting almost 25 thousand participants in singing together the NCC song.The alumni association has asked batches from successive years to contribute towards the maintenance of the school, especially classrooms. While they would create a record by singing together NCC song, they are putting forward an example for other schools to keep alive Marathi schools by doing something rather than shouting in the name of the language.

Gujarat elections 2017: Fading out: Is the Muslim card losing relevance?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Everything changes with time, be it political scenarios or places. Equations and strategies also take a different shape with it. This could not have been a truer statement where the vote bank politics in the state is concerned.Developments in the past three decades have reshaped it in a huge way. The cash rich and socially powerful community is demanding a lion’s share share in power, whereas Muslims, who constitute 9.67 per cent of the population have been marginalised in the Assembly.The Congress claims to be secular and has been known to be generous with the Muslims. There was a time when it would field at least 12 to 15 Muslim candidates. Now it has started allotting tickets to hardly five. This is not the only reason for the dwindling Muslim representation in the Assembly. There was a time when people from other communities and religions were candidates, as society was not vertically divided as it is today. Even with seats like Thasara, Gandhinagar, Balasinor, Palitana, Muslim candidates have been elected to the Assembly, where Muslims were thin in number.Political analysts say that after 1985, society was polarised. Major events like Ram Rathyatra, Babri demolition, post demolition riots in 1992, Godhra carnage and 2002 riots and Sachar committee report added fuel. Voters from before 1985 were voting for Muslim candidates because they committed to the society and their services were appreciated. That has become a thing of the past.Sociologist Parvez Abbasi’s experience says that voters have started losing faith in their elected leaders as they never represented them in the Assembly. They lost the connect with the grass roots. This is happening with all representatives. Now, representatives have created an elitist club for them after getting elected. If representatives were honestly taking up issues Patidars would not be on agitating on streets. Same is the complaint of members of the minority community. Caste or religion are used only for vote banks.Abbasi believes that numbers of representative don’t help much, it is qualitative representations and government intention that helps a community progress and grow. If representatives are elected in good numbers, but the party is in opposition, it will have zero impact, especially in a time when the ruling party members are also alleging of not being heard.Taking this ahead, BJP’s Muslim face Zafar Sareshwala alleges that Congress always loved the vote bank and not the Muslims. They were giving tickets to Muslim candidates so there were more representatives in the Assembly, whereas BJP never made bone of it.He added that the Sachar Committee report says that Muslims never progressed in the Congress regime, whereas there were fewer representatives in the Assembly in the past 16 years, but the community progressed a lot.Refuting these claims and allegations, Congress’ minority community cell chairman Gulabkhan Rauma said that the Congress was the only party that gave a platform to Muslims in the state. During the Congress regime, the community never had to complain about scholarships not released or funds not allotted for restoration of religious places, which was common during the BJP regime.According to Gulabkhan, the minority cell never represented a party for a ticket. When an aspiring candidate demands a ticket, the party gives it to him if it feels that he or she will win it. The fact is that the number of Muslim representatives has gone down because of polarisation in the society. The BJP is responsible for it.The other reason given for the declining numbers of Muslim representatives in the Assembly is delimitation. There has been a consistent effort to reduce Muslim presence in the society and government by bureaucrats to ensure that Muslim dominance in a constituency is reduced, said Congress councillor Shahnawaz Abdul Rehman Shaikh.He claimed that there were 25 seats in the state, in which Muslims have 40 to 50 per cent vote share. In 68 seats, Muslim vote share is 10 to 12 per cent. Yet their numbers is on a decline.Disagreeing with this argument, BJP leader Sareshwala said that numbers do not make a difference. Citing an example, he stated that from 2012-17, in the UP Assembly, there were 73 MLAs from the community, but the status of Muslims in the state was the worst. It is important that no one should be used, abused or discriminated.Endorsing the view, BJP’s minority cell chairman Sufi MK Chisty said, though there is no Muslim from his party yet, in the past one and half decades, Muslims have progressed in the state. He claimed that the per capita income of the community has increased, so has the literacy rate. Employment has also grown.Notably, the polarisation is to such an extent that the Congress is now hesitating to give tickets to Muslims even for constituency which has a sizeable population of the community, for example in Kalupur, Bharuch, Godhra, Surat (west & east), Somnath and Jamnagar. Hindus have got tickets for these seats.Disagreeing with this fact, Congress’ Kutch leader Adam Chaki said, it was the win that counted. In Kutch, Muslims voters are concentrated in Bhuj, Abdasa, Mandvi, Gandhidham and Anjar seat. In 1998, a ticket was allotted to Ibrahim Ishaq and he won the seat. So tickets were given to Muslim candidates for the Bhuj seat in 2012 and Abdasa in 2002.THINNING NUMBERSThere was a time when voters elected Muslim candidates from Wankaner, Jamnagar, Kalupur, Jamalpur, Gandhinagar, Godhra, Thasara, Bharuch and Surat (west). With time, polarisation and delimitation brought the number down and now, Muslims are elected from Wankaner, Jamalpur, Kalupur, Dariyarpur, Vagra. The Congress is also very selective on fielding Muslim candidates. Even with seats like Kalupur, Surat (west) and Bharuch, Muslim candidates don’t get tickets now.MUSLIM POPULATION20019.06 %20119.67 %2011Rural5.9 %Urban14.75 %MUSLIM MLAs1980919859199021995119985200232007520122

Vehicles flout PUC norms as city chokes on toxic pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While toxic smog remains one of the biggest concerns in Delhi, a large number of vehicles are flouting pollution under control (PUC) norms. Vehicular emission contributes to 20 per cent of the city’s air pollution.DNA had sought, through an RTI application, PUC-related information for 20014-17. Though the reply hides more than it reveals, it exposes inefficiency of the Delhi government’s transport department. No information was provided for 2014. The reply says records are not available for the year. It, however, admits that of the 1,16,077 vehicles checked during July 1-18 in 2015, only 67, 686 had valid PUC certificates. The reply also admits that 20,729 tickets were issued to vehicles for not having valid PUC certificates from January 1 to September 30 in 2017.Drives against polluting vehicles were intensified only after last November’s toxic smog episode when pollution levels reached alarming levels. This was followed by the formulation of a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to deal with different categories of air pollution.While 13,122 tickets were issued to visibly polluting vehicles in 2016, 33,335 were fined for the same this year (till September 30).The city registered a total of 97.05 lakh vehicles till last year, while there are only 957 pollution checking centres (PCCs).However, an inspection of PCCs done this year (February to August) reveals that action against 353 was taken for various complaints.“We are strengthening PUC norms and testing centres. Also, we are cracking down on vehicles violating norms or not turning up for fitness tests,” an official from the transport department said.The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), a Supreme Court-mandated body to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR, found in April that most pollution checking centres did not have upgraded technology or trained staff to get correct readings. Besides, it also found that the rejection rate for vehicles is very less, as PUC norms in the region are weak.EPCA has recommended technological advancements in testing equipment to cut down on vehicular emission.Besides, a number of out-of-state diesel-run buses coming to the city daily have been found to be not having valid PUC certificates.

Five months on, 1,200 BMC students still wait for their tabs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over five months after the new academic year has started, students of 1,200 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools are still awaiting tabs as the corporation is yet to complete the seeing process with a new seller. Despite a budgetary allocation of over Rs 7 crore, the civic body’s biggest e-learning initiative is in a shambles.As per an Right to Information (RTI) application response furnished to activist Prithviraj Mhaske, in 2015, the BMC bought 22,799 tablets for students of Class 8 and spent an amount of Rs 1.42 crore for the same. In 2016-17, the corporation spent Rs 12.99 crore to purchase a fresh bunch of tablets. In 2017, with a budgetary provision of 7.83 crore, the corporation decided to bring in a new service provider scrapping the earlier agency — Techno Electronics. However, till date the corporation is not able to find a new agency as a result of which fresh purchase has been hauled.”The corporation is not serious about its e-learning initiative. What is the point of giving away the tablets after half the year has gone by?” asked Mhaske. With the change in the Class 9 syllabus, earlier tablets became redundant as they did not have the revised syllabusMahesh Palkar, Education Officer, BMC said that the tendering process for the new set of tablets is still on. “Some of the applicants have quoted a very high price and negotiations with respect to prices are on. We want to ensure that students get tabs that are of good quality and at the same time worth their cost. The process will be completed soon and students will get their tablets after that,” added Palkar.Shubhada Gudekar, Chairperson of the BMC Education Committee, said that the process of acquiring and distributing tabs will happen in phases. “There are 1,200 schools of the corporation. We are working our best to procure new tabs as early as possible and as soon as the process is over, students will get them phasewise,” said Gudekar.Principals, meanwhile, said that with most students not havimg tabs, the initiative seems to have fizzled out. “Most students in our school do not have tablets. Some were sent for repairs and never came back and others are waiting as the corporation is yet to give a fresh batch with the new portion of the syllabus,” said the principal of a civic school.BackgroundIn August 2015, students of BMC schools had to wait until January to get their tabs as the civic body took time to get all the approvals.After tabs were distributed for the first time in 2015, schools started complaining about not having enough plug points to charge them in classrooms. The civic body then floated tenders for additional plug points in 2016.In 2016, with the government’s mandate of getting a battery certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the company Techno Electronics have the tabs after a delay of over two months.THE LONG WAITIn the 2015 academic year, BMC school students had to wait until Jan to get their tabs as the civic body took time to get approvals. Also, schools didn’t have enough power outlets

BJP, Congress locked in battle in Wadhwan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress are locked in a pitched battle to win the Wadhwan assembly seat in Surendranagar. Against the backdrop of demonetization, launch of GST, slowdown in economy and the Patidar community agitation for quota, BJP is leaving no stone unturned to retain its supremacy in the constituency which it has been winning for the past three decades.However, Congress after the two rounds of visit by its vice president Rahul Gandhi and its efforts to forge alliance with Patidar leader Hardik Patel and reach out to the other backward communities including Koli and Dalits have launched an aggressive campaign to snatch the seat away.BJP has included Wadhwan seat in the AA plus category indicating sure victory while Congress believes that BJP cannot ignore its presence this time. BJP has dropped sitting MLA Varsha Doshi from the Wadhwan seat. Doshi has been replaced by Dhanjibhai Patel (Makson). Congress is expected to announced its nominee within two days.BJP leader Yogeshbhai Pandya told DNA,” The party is well placed to win Wadhwan seat and it is undeterred by campaign run by the Congress party and other community leaders against BJP. PM Narendra Modi’s strong leadership and state chief minister Vijay Rupani’s clean image are at our side. BJP is committed to development and it is taking all sections of the society together to achieve inclusive growth.”Senior Congress leader Kamlesh Kotecha said, “Traders forming the core support group of the BJP are up in arms. The Patidars, with a vote share of 10 per cent, enjoy an economic clout and have warned that they will vote against the BJP. Congress has already accepted Hardik Patel’s three demands As far quota is concerned, the party has assured to take decision after reviewing all legal provisions,” he informed.Wadhwan assembly constituency has also been crucial for both BJP and Congress to maintain its grip as it houses the biggest wholesale market of the Surendranagar district in Gujarat with an annual turnover of about Rs 4,000 crore. Congress party had won the election to the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee here which has also helped party’s revival. As far as BJP is concerned, its leaders and cadres are currently busy in convincing how Modi government is alive to the issues faced by traders in particular since GST and bringing to their notice steps taken by the GST Council to provide relief.Already ministers from the BJP ruled Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are camping in the constituency and travelling across to supervise poll arrangement at the booth and block levels. In case of Congress party, Rahul’s visit and the party veteran Ahmed Patel’s recent victory in the Rajya Sabha election has brought various factions together to give an united fight against BJP.

Mumbai: Central and Western Railway make haste to finish work on foot overbridges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sadly it took 23 people’s lives at the Elphinstone Road stampede for the railways to change their method of functionality. Both Central and Western Railways are busy competing on who has completed formalities on tender process and shall finish work on foot overbridges faster. The CR will build a new FOB at Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) while WR will construct one at Bhayandar.The Central Railway is claiming to have created a record in finalising tender in 24 hours for a new FOB at Kurla LTT and that work commenced on November 16. “Finalising of contract for a new FOB has been done in a record 24 hours and work has commenced without delay. The tender for the construction of this FOB opened on November 14 and was finalised on the same day,” said Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway. The officials said that the acceptance letter was issued and physically handed over to the contractor immediately. This new FOB will be constructed at the CSMT end of the station near the new station building of Kurla LTT. It will be 6 meters wide and will have a double span of 18 meters each which will connect all 5 platforms. The new FOB will have ramps on all platforms at one end and stairs 2.50 meters wide on the other end. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 2.97 crore and is likely to be completed within 6 months.Similarly, the WR has finalised and awarded a contract within 7 days for the construction of a new FOB at Bhayandar station. This FOB – that is on the north side of the station – will be 10 meters wide, in lieu of old one that is 2.5 meters wide. Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway said: “A tender for this FOB was opened on November 7, at a cost of Rs 5.46 crores and was finalized by within a week. The contract was awarded on November 14”.The old foot overbridge at the north end has been closed for commuters from November 15. It will be dismantled and construction of new FOB will replace it within 6 months. It shall connect all platforms with a circulating area.

Rs 9, 500 cr for urban bodies to help implement AMRIT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central government has come up with Rs 9,500 crore scheme to help urban bodies which have failed to implement reforms under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transportation (AMRIT) due to various infrastructural problems. However, only 13 states and union territories who fulfill parameters would receive the benefit. Amrit scheme for improvement of infrastructure in the cities consisting 500 towns with population of one lakh and more. It is mandatory to implement reforms prescribed by the central government in order to receive fund under this scheme.These reforms are aimed at making urban bodies financially sound but due to infrastructural problems and lack of financial resources, they have been unable to implement these reforms, which is why the central government has come up with this RS 10,000 crore scheme. The money would be provided by the World Bank.For the next financial year, five states would be selected for the first phase of Rs 3273 crore. Let us show you how total 36 states and union territories would be selected. The union government make a formal announce soon.In the second phase of Rs 6500 crore, eight states would be included. The central government has prepared a time-bound programme to implement the first phase. The selected five states will have to make detailed plan to implement reforms. The World Bank would provide financial as well as technical assistance. The state government’s view will be sought in selecting cities.

Red X mark on Muslim societies spook Paldi residents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mysterious appearance of an ‘X’ mark in red colour outside the gates of some Muslim societies in Paldi have got the residents of these societies worried.They believe it is a way to identify societies that have Muslim residents as the poll battle heats up.The residents of Delight Flats have sought police protection and detailed investigation into the matter in a complaint to the Election Commission, police commissioner and PI of Paldi police station.Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain confirmed they have received the mail and it has been sent for due processing.The letter states that the red ‘X’ mark appeared on Sunday and similar marks have been put outside entrance of many neighbouring buildings occupied by Muslims. These include Aman colony, Nasheman apartment, Tagore flats, Ashiyana Apartment etc.”Such marks have left many Muslims in shock and fear as it seems to be done by someone to identify Muslim-living area,” states the letter.”Gujarat elections have already been declared and such activities marking buildings of particular community is causing insecurity among dwellers and increases chances of communal clash,” the letter states.It further requests the authorities to take the matter seriously and provide them police protection.City police commissioner AK Singh said initial probe has revealed that the marks were made by AMC workers of the sanitation department for identifying houses from where garbage was collected.Incidentally, an AMC official that DNA talked to rubbish the claims. “To begin with, whenever AMC wants to identify a society for any particular reason, it puts up a sticker. Moreover, the practice of putting marks on society gates was long discarded. It seems to be the handiwork of someone keen to create mischief,” said the official who works closely with the sanitation section. He refused to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Ryan student murder: Cops under scanner, probing school admin’s role next task for CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After finding the alleged killer of Pradyuman and keeping four cops under a scanner for fudging the evidence, the next task for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is to look into the role of Ryan International School administration.Sources said that the agency will look into the fact whether the school administration was guilty under JJ Act.The school had broken window panes, free access of everyone to the washroom on the ground floor and unfinished boundary walls.The Pintos – owner of the school haven’t been questioned yet and they could be questioned.After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Last week, the murder case of the seven-year-old student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurgaon Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court.The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

Delhi cops show high academic zeal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a police force whose lower rung is not exactly known for its academic prowess, and that too in ‘humanities’, a handful of constables and inspectors stands tall with PhDs in Hindi and English literature — and even, Feminism.But head constable Sanjay Kumar Tyagi does not want to wear his academic excellence on his badge. “It can read Dr so and so, Head Constable. It won’t look good,” says Tyagi, who dreams to spend his days surrounded by books. Publishing his research on Hindi literature is also on his long-term goals.SI Dalvir Singh Gahlawat has a PhD in English and, unlike Tyagi, is proud to show off his ‘Dr’ title on his badge. The department initially refused to let him do it, but he fought to get what he wanted.There are six qualified PhD holders in the Delhi Police, holding the ranks of inspectors, head constables and constables.Gahlawat is a proud author — he has published six books and has a library of around 1,000 books at home. Dalvir wants to write more on police reforms. Some of his books have been picked up by foreign researchers, some of whom have travelled from Germany and England to meet him and know more about his research.For Tyagi, life has mostly been a struggle. “I was forced to take up this job due to financial constraints, but I didn’t let that defeat my bigger plans,” says Tyagi.He joined Delhi Police as a constable in 1993 when he already had a BA degree. He was promoted as head constable after three decades in service. Tyagi completed his PhD from Delhi University.”My father and I used to work at our farm even after I joined the force. The desire to study more and the love of books kept me going,” Tyagi says, while thanking his luck for having supportive senior officers.Tyagi dreams of publishing his research and thanks his former ACP Omvir Singh Bishnoi and then ACP Manishi Chandra for letting him appear for his exams. He still dreams of doing another Doctorate of Literature and add more books to his collection.Dalvir will never forget the extra mile he had to trudge to have ‘Dr’ engraved on his badge.”The department demanded a certificate in order to engrave it. So I had to first obtain a gazette notification to finally get it engraved,” says Dalvir, who proudly proclaims the fine balance he maintains “between his professional life and intellectual side.”Dalvir holds two MA degrees and had to give up the third one mid-way due to family problems. He finished his PhD in 2008 on Feminism.Dalvir’s research papers have been recognised internationally and he has attended many national and international seminars. A fan of poetry, he has participated in many international literature festivals, where he has recited his poems. A nature lover as well Dalvir has planted over two thousand trees as part of his Green Friend Project.PhDs IN DELHI POLICEInspector Dr Mohinder Pal Bhardwaj
SI Satyavir Singh
SI Dalvir Singh Gahlawat
HC Naveen Kumar
HC Naveen Kumar
HC Sanjay Kumar Tyagi

Reel row in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is embroiled in a major controversy surrounding the film Padmavati. Each days sees new players joining the protest. The film is being opposed from streets to courtrooms. But stop pause; is this the first time that a film has been opposed in Rajasthan? Is this the first time that emotions are running high ? Definitely not. In the last decade or so, there has been more than one film that has invoked ire among the populace.Most prominent has been Jodha Akbar, Gulal and Zubeida. And incidentally, all were based on the historical and contemporary backdrop of Rajasthan, just like Padmavati. Jodha Akbar never saw the screens of Rajasthan. Tension had escalated over Gulal but the absence of big stars and a lacklusture performance on the box office served to blow over controversies.Objection to Zubeida did not escalate to a full blown protest. But the main reasons for Zubeida and Gulal managing to scrape through and get released was that the characters were declared to be fictitious; even as everyone could recognize who they were based on. Padmavati is facing vehement protest as it, just like Jodha Akbar, openly claims to be based on the life of historical characters.CONTROVERSY BUT NOT RELATED TO RAJASTHANControversy has also been related to several other movies that were shot in Rajasthan; but the controversy was not related to the films per se. Hum Saath Saath Hain, the Sooraj Badjatya multistarrer may have been a disaster at the box office; but the stars including Salman Khan have to still appear in court for the deer and blackbuck hunting cases. Amir Khan film shot in Mandawa of Jhunjhunu was in the throes of violent opposition as it questioned the very existence of God.HOLLY OR BOLLY RAJ IS FAV SHOOT SPOTJames Bond’s Octopussy was shot in Udaipur, Kate Winslet’s Holy Smoke was shot in Pushkar and the 2012 British comedy-drama film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was shot in Kishangarh and around Jaipur.NOT A MOOT POINTWhile Amir’s Mandawa shot film ran into hot waters; Salman’s outing at the same place went on to break records. The film in question is Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Even the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Paheli made on the famous Vijay Dan Detha’s story where a ghost establishes relations with the bahu of a rich family. Seeped in Rajasthani ethos, the film had every element that could rake up a massive outburst, but surprisingly, the Oscar finalist faced no furor back home. Salman starrer Veer, JP Dutta’s multistarrer Border and the earlier Ghulami – that was on caste conflict – were widely appreciated.FILMS GALORESuper hits like Reshma aur Shera, Ghulam, Dharam kanta, Mera ganon mera desh, Lamhe, Rajput, Shuddh Desi Romance Aaj ka Arjun and Bol Bachchan have been shot in Rajasthan. The scenic locales abnd the architectural beauty have been showcased to the hilt. Rajasthan continues to be the hot favourite as Kangana Ranaut’s epic Manikarna is also being shot in Rajasthan as is Sanjay Dutt-starrer Saheb Biwi and Gangster 3.

Ryan case: CBI probe reveals destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Investigation in Pradyuman murder case has revealed illegality and destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said on Sunday.Earlier on Wednesday, the murder case of the seven-year-old Ryan International School student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurugram Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child. Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court. The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

NGT directs Delhi government and NDMC to ensure parking facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to ensure availability of appropriate parking facilities for cars and discourage road-side parking.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed authorities for not complying with its earlier orders to decongest traffic and asked them to take steps in a holistic manner.Why have you not created appropriate parking place for cars? You people are responsible for creating mess on roads by creating two-three lanes of parking. Why don t you cancel the agreement with contractors who abuse their terms. These parking people become officers and traffic police just watch them, the bench said.The green panel said that if new cars are being allowed to registered then they must be given proper parking spaces.For instance, the multiple parking at Sarojni Nagar remains empty which is undisputed fact and all the vehicles are permitted to be parked on roads where some contractors collect money and add to congestion of traffic.All the Government Authorities, Corporations and NDMC should take immediate and effective steps to rectify these discrepancies and ensure better co-ordination between the Corporations, Government, Police, Departments and contractors who are engaged for parking purposes, the bench added.It also directed the AAP government and the traffic police to challan and seize 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles to curb air pollution in the city.The counsel appearing for NCT Delhi has informed that the site has already been provided for keeping the vehicles which are impounded/seized by the Police being 10 years old vehicles in the case of diesel and 15 years old in the case of petrol.We direct the Commissioner of Police, Delhi to ensure that vehicles which are violating the above directions of the Tribunal should be seized and compliance report be submitted to the Tribunal on the next date of hearing, the bench said.

Catholics protest ‘slum’ tag for two city schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of Catholics came together on Saturday morning to protest against two city schools which were recently declared as slum structures by the civic body. The protest was held outside the Infant Jesus Church and the Koliwada Municipal School in Jogeshwari, close to the Western Express Highway.The protesters demanded to remove the names of the two schools from the proposed SRA scheme list. “The authorities while issuing the Letter of Intent declared the schools as slums. Can schools that are made of RCC structures be called as slums?” said Godfrey Pimenta who organised the protest.He added, “Under no stretch of imagination can they be called as slum because as per their own definition, a slum is a structure that requires improvement and lacks basic civic amenities. The two schools have several children studying in them. The BMC officer has in fact even suggested that the schools be relocated.”

A dialogue with JC: Flight of Hans | Change maker Bhargava funds innovations to light up Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You are being considered as a brand ambassador of Bhole Baba and Mata Mangla…How do you find yourself in the new role?I don’t consider this… I just complete whatever task is given to me… where they put me on is their lookout. The work we were doing is his invention, in which he said you have to do.What do you think, they are also like demi God or Spiritual Guru?For me they are everything. I have been with them for the last 45 years. I have learnt everything from them. Mataji said you have to do this… you have to reduce problems of India. We have invented such things which can bring a complete turnaround in India in next 5-10 years. How and when did you get aligned with these people?During studies, I felt there are things beyond money. Then I left everything to trudge the spiritual path. Here I came to know how smooth is this business… some one sweeps, others cook and then we earn.What were you studying?What studies… just enjoying and whiling away time.What is Hans Foundation and how it came into being?Mataji said we should not just be spiritual, we have to work towards reducing pains of people… I started a company in America which became big. Our sales crossed Rs 7,000 crore. Then Mataji said that we should do something for people. Then we started giving donations to NGOs. Later, we realised that NGOs are like sand to river. You keep on putting sand in the river and it flows away with waves. Then, I pondered how can we bring difference for the benefit of people. Then we started a company and explored what are the basic requirements of people. We found that power, water and manure are three basic needs. If we fulfill them other things will automatically fall in place. It is said that Internet is the base of education. But if there is no power then how can we get access to internet. And even if we get power, who will foot the bill. Then we invented a device which will charge no bill. It will be your power plant which will give you light and you run mobile, computer, fan everything without any tension of bill. What is the cost of this equipment?The cost of the equipment is Rs 14,500 which comes with a warranty of 12 years and till first 10 years, you will not get any bill.It will be a revolution, if it comes true?We have top engineers who have done trials. We are getting demands from everywhere but we want to give it to India first. Here, either it will work fast or would go slow. Government should also do something.Government is providing free connections under Ujjwala Scheme, then your plant… will it not be a game-changer?Definitely it will make difference… in every part of the world government gives subsidy on household electricity but doesn’t hand over to companies. Power companies don’t give you electricity as they suffer losses. Government spends on subsidy… then if it goes to 80% people then it will be a game-changer in politics as well. They failed to bring power for the last 70 years. I have seen in villages if you show them light, they use their mouths to blow it off. They are not aware what is electricity. If you provide electricity connections to each one, think what difference it would bring in politics.What are you doing in the field of water?If you treat saline water then you are done for several years… we have made a machine which can treat 60,000-litre water in a day… the cost would be around Rs2-3 lakh but one machine can serve water requirements of entire village.What is the quantum of problem related to polluted water…. what do you think?Water is the basic of life… they will cry when there will be no water… if we don’t start trying then the entire country will become like Maharashtra. What will you do… what will you eat… what government can do… it can just come out with schemes, put in money but it can’t do inventions… that is our job.Are you doing anything in the field of agriculture? We may make it big in agriculture. We have come up with an invention in which a farmer can produce manure in just 18 days at zero cost… urea, diesel, seeds and pesticides eat up 98% of farmer’s budget. They can produce such manure in 18 days which can up the production reducing water requirements to half… it will improve the food quality and farmers can earn 70-80% more.Don’t you think, it’s an overambitious plan?Whether it takes 5 or 10 years, if we don’t start anything how can we achieve. We have created concepts which can be scaled up. India will be built on farm revolution.The kind of revolution you are doing, what was the reaction of Bhole Baba and Mangla Mata?They are the inspiration behind whatever I am doing.You are working in Uttarakhand and sorting out basic issues there. Are you also thinking about employment and migration?If you are working at ground level, everything gets sorted out. If a farmer saves money from farming why will he think of migration… if you make education accessible to everyone without schools then there will be progress but then how can it happen if there is no electricity.How do you find the new chief minister?I liked the chief minister because he likes people like him… he started from scratch and worked hard throughout his life.Do you have any plans to promote religious tourism in Badrinath and Kedarnath?Our Indians are intelligent… give them an opportunity they will double the income… when there is dark in the evening then they can’t do anything and if there is light all around then they will earn in evenings also… big schemes are launched but they can’t get executed because you haven’t done anything on ground.Are you contributing in cleaning of Ganga also? The machine which we have made can be used in industries also… we are making such machines which can be operated after assembling it in half an hour… if we have to clean Ganga, we have to clean at the origin of pollution. If they have means for it, they can clean it.You are bringing so many projects and you do lot of charity, how do you manage money at such a large scale?I do business and people say that I know a little bit of it… we earn a lot but what should we do of that money …. Buy a car… construct a building… these are child’s fancy which I have done when I was in X class. Now I want to do big things which can interest me.You are doing charity across the globe, heard that you are collaborating with Indonesian government also?We are not doing anything with Indonesian government. In Indonesia also, there is shortage of power, South America and Jordan too have this problem. You make camps for refugees but if you don’t give them any work, they will indulge in criminal activities. If you give them electricity then they will do job on Internet. I said earlier also, first we will experiment in India then will go to other places. People are buying 1 lakh units of power in Uttarakhand.Prime Minister had visited Kedarnath, do you think his visit will help in the development of that area?If development doesn’t take place at ground level nothing will happen. Prime Minister, during his visit had announced a power pack with 5 lights. I think he must have come to know that wired electricity can’t reach everywhere… and if this happens there will be corruption and you can’t do much.As a citizen, how do you rate the Prime Minister?Honestly, I like one thing about him that he is trying to do something. Whether I agree with him or not but he is trying to do something. Unless one does anything how can you evaluate right or wrong… I like that he is doing something.You are a brilliant thinker and a brilliant person, what do you think about GST and demonetization?One good thing about GST is that the corruption in government will reduce… people ask me why don’t I do business here, I tell them if I do it 25 people will come demanding undue money… people will create problems. demonetization, however could have taken place at a slower pace… but you realise your mistakes only when you commit.

The peacemakers of the valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has had a series of interlocutors before Dineshwar Sharma to lead talks and usher in peace in the restive state of Jammu & Kashmir. But the former Intelligence Bureau chief’s appointment is significant because it indicates a departure in the current government’s strategy that dealt with insurgency in the Valley with an iron fist. Insiders in the government say there was no option but to send a message that Delhi was ready to talk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment in August that Kashmir’s problems can be solved only by embracing Kashmiris was a clear signal.There was a view that Sharma, 63, was appointed hurriedly. “He could have been allowed some time to carry out ground work and prepare a strategy,” says a government official privy to the developments. But the government did not want to be seen as not willing to start a dialogue process, at a time when there were no signs of a breakthrough in the latest spiral of violence triggered by local poster boy and Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s encounter killing on July 8, 2016. Women, young boys and girls in large numbers were part of raging mobs that protested and pelted stones at security forces. Many more young men turned to terror as groups targeted them, taking advantage of a situation that was ripe for mass recruitment.This was followed by an aggressive counter-terror tactic aimed at eliminating terrorists. Over 180 terrorists, up from 150 in 2016, have already been gunned down this year. They include some top commanders. But normalcy did not return.”In fact, recent reviews indicate that the killings have led to an increase in violence,” says another official.Right timingSharma’s appointment on October 23 followed suggestions from the top levels of the security establishment that because terrorist outfits have faced several setbacks, the time is right to start dialogue. One in two local terror recruits in Kashmir is gunned down within 100 days of picking up arms. But this has also led to an unending cycle of violence. Major General BS Raju, who heads the Army’s Victor Force carrying out counter-terror operations in the Valley, recently said that out of 115 terrorists active in South Kashmir, 99 were locals. Now, a strategy to get terrorists to surrender is also being explored.”Killing terrorists is not really a measure of success in Kashmir. It does not mean it will translate into peace,” says Lt Gen (retd) DS Hooda, who headed the Udhampur-based Northern Command before retiring in November last year. Hooda says killing locals stirs up more sentiments leading to more stone pelting and locals trying to hamper anti-terror operations. “A surrender and rehabilitation policy is the need to wean out youngsters from the clutches terror groups,” he says.Hurriyat big challengeIt is felt if Sharma can initiate a dialogue process with political leaders and civil society focusing on the youth, many of the local boys who have joined terror ranks may lay down arms. It’s in this context that Sharma’s appointment as a special representative for talks with all stakeholders in Kashmir becomes more significant. Kashmir observers feel the appointment is a positive step that should be used to facilitate talks ultimately at a political level and not be viewed as a means to solve the Kashmir problem.AS Dulat, former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, says that hardline separatist group, the Hurriyat Conference, will not talk is an old story. “If Delhi wants Hurriyat to talk, they will talk. You have to convince them,” says Dulat, who spent considerable time in Kashmir serving the Intelligence Bureau. He says Sharma should approach Hurriyat, instead of waiting for it to make a move. “Just like he visited (National Conference leader) Omar Abdullah’s house, he should feel free to go to the homes of Hurriyat leaders. The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) said, he (Sharma) can talk to whoever he wants, but he should also have the freedom to decide how he wants to talk.” Dulat says without talking to the Hurriyat the exercise will be meaningless.Hooda feels getting Hurriyat on-board will be one the biggest challenges for Sharma. “They have taken a strong stand and how he manages to convince other stakeholders to get to them is going to be the key,” says the retired officer who earlier also commanded the Nagrota based 16 Corps in Kashmir with his vast experience of serving there. He says that in 2010, there was pressure exerted from traders and other groups on Hurriyat. “It is important what message the government sends out through him,” he says.MM Ansari, part of three interlocutors appointed in 2010, has welcomed the decision of the government but is sceptical of a positive outcome. Ansari and his team had in their 176-page report to the government in 2012 recommended the setting up of a constitutional committee to review all Central Acts and Articles of the Constitution of India applicable in J&K after the signing of the 1952 Agreement made on the basis of then Maharaja Hari Singh’s instrument of accession to India in 1947 and the recommendations of J&K’s Constituent Assembly. They also recommended the word “temporary” be deleted from the heading of Article 370 that recognises special status to the state. The report is still gathering dust.Belling the catSharma’s choice as an interlocutor is intriguing and this is what makes the situation different from the past. Many feel a former head of the country’s domestic spy agency might not be the best option for the job as Kashmiris may not trust him. But the Kerala cadre IPS officer of the 1979 batch tilted the scale in his favour because he has tracked terror networks in Kashmir and India’s Northeast for decades. He is known to have compassionate views on the sufferings of the conflict-hit state.Sharma on his first visit to the state since his appointment knows he has a herculean task cut out for him. He met nearly six delegations in his three-day stay in Srinagar but Hurriyat has already ruled out any talks. Sharma has said he is very satisfied with his first visit. He met former Chief Minster Omar Abdullah and sought his suggestions on taking forward the dialogue process. The advice he got was that sitting in a guest house waiting for people to approach him will not work. Instead, he will have to take the initiative and talk to whoever he wants. He needs to make the right moves to facilitate a dialogue with the people who matter — the separatists.EXPERT’S TAKE’Govt didn’t take note, our report is gathering dust’MM Ansari, part of three interlocutors appointed in 2010, has welcomed the decision of the government but is sceptical of a positive outcome. “Our report was exhaustive and touched upon various aspects in Kashmir but it’s gathering dust as the government has failed to follow the recommendations. We had consensus from all political parties and also had the BJP and the RSS on board. A total of 19 political parties including Hurriyat Conference were consulted,” he says. Because Sharma is a former intelligence officer he will see things from the prism of security, whereas political and social points of view are a must in any dialogue process, Ansari says. He says a dialogue at any stage is welcome but, going by past experiences, there will be no headway unless there is a dialogue at the political level, and that Kashmir’s problem should not be viewed only from a security point of view.

Odd-Even to make comeback on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Delhi government has decided to bring back the Odd-Even scheme in the National Capital, beginning Monday, the Delhi Traffic Police have listed operational issues while implementing the scheme.The police have also expressed concerns about the problems they are likely to face during the first phase of the scheme. Unfortunately these concerns, which were voiced last year — when the scheme was first introduced — will remain relevant this time as well since the exempted vehicles category is more or less the same as last year.Other major concerns include exemption of vehicles carrying school children in school uniforms. This had caused operational issues especially because a parent wanted to pick up his/her child from school after closing hours and similarly while dropping the child to school in morning and then returning home.Also, there was no exemption given to LPG motor vehicles which are also considered as a clean source of fuel, at par with CNG.The Delhi Traffic Police is a force of about 5,922 police officers; 80 per cent of whom are posted for field duties whereas 20 per cent are in offices and other units. With approximately two crore people residing in Delhi and over 90 lakh vehicles plying on its roads, the numbers are stacked against the Delhi Traffic police. Other parallel concerns include checking at border points as many vehicles from NCR enter Delhi which poses a great challenge. Then, identifying an offending vehicle in running traffic is not only challenging but can lead to traffic snarls as well.”A major concern is the use of fake number plates since the High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) has not been implemented for vehicles registered before May 1, 2012,” said Dependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic.Also, there is an issue of surge pricing. Commuters have voiced concerns that surge pricing will rise during the implementation of the scheme. They’ve said there must be a solution for auto-rickshaws and taxis charging exorbitant fares during this time. Meanwhile, as men of the force will be on the ground implementing the scheme, the traffic police has also decided to rotate their duties from inner/middle/outer areas.”We tell our staff members to go for regular medical check-ups. We are also planning to introduce shift system for traffic police for vulnerable heavy junctions where traffic remains heavy through the day,” added Pathak.Last year’s numbersPhase-I (Jan 1 to 15, 2016)Total Challans: 3065Amount collected: Rs 66,36,000Phase-II (April 15 to 30, 2016) Total Challans: 4062Amount collected: Rs 80,78,300

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