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Rape, dowry cases go up, other crimes against women dip

The Gautam Budh Nagar district has witnessed a 150 per cent hike in the number of rape cases while dowry deaths have gone up by 300 per cent compared to 2015.However, the overall cases of crimes against women (CAW) have seen a marginal decline in 2017 compared to the previous year. A total of 959 offences against women were reported in the district this year, as against 1,047 cases in the previous year and 638 were reported in 2015.A total of 93 rape cases were reported in the district this year, as against 37 in 2015 and 74 in 2016. Similarly, cases of abduction under Section 363, 366 of the IPC have seen a jump from 216 to 270 which were 193 in 2015. This figure also includes the abduction of minor boys.The number of dowry deaths under Section 304B of the IPC has also increased from 22 to 32 this year which was only 8 in 2015. The POSCO Act cases have declined from 110 to 98 which were 38 in 2015.Speaking to DNA, Preeti Bala Gupta, Superintendent of Police (crime), Gautam Budh Nagar said that the police are trying every possible way to make women feel safe.”Police are proactively working on each and every aspect leading to the safety of women to curb offences against them. We have successfully managed to pull down the overall offences against women compared to 2016, but the rise in cases of rape and dowry deaths is a cause of concern for us,”Gupta said.She further added that after the formation of the anti-Romeo squad, the number of cases of sexual harassment (354 IPC) and passing lewd remarks (294 IPC) have come down compared to 2016.Cases of sexual harassment have come down from 193 to 162, however, the number has gone up compared to 120 in 2015. While cases of passing lewd remarks have reduced from 47 to 4 which were 6 in 2015.Gupta further explained that the increase in the number of cases of violence at homes is a result of women coming forward and registering complaints which was not a case earlier.

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Video shows students painting wall, Noida school gets notice

The district inspector of schools of Gautam Budh Nagar issued a show-cause notice on Saturday after a video showing students of the Father Agnel School of Greater Noida painting the school’s boundary wall went viral on the social media on Friday.While the school maintained that it was a “voluntary exercise”, the practice actually pertains to child labour.According to the district inspector, in the video, nearly 10 students can be seen, who identify themselves as Bal Bhawan hostel residents. The hostel is located inside the school premises.According to the school officials, the activity was a part of the preparations for the Bal Bhawan Day celebrations, to be held on January 13. The administration has, however, sought an explanation from the school, seeking the reasons behind the activity and whether recommendation should be made to the CBSE to cancel the school’s affiliation.”We have issued a show cause notice to the school and have asked for an answer in the next seven days. Failing to do so or if found guilty, action will be taken against the school,” said P K Upadhyay, district inspector of schools (DIOS), Gautam Budh Nagar.Upadhyay further said the students belong to the economically weaker category and were a part of the over 200 students who were admitted to the school through the Agnel Charities.Prep modeAccording to school officials, the activity was part of the preparations for Bal Bhawan Day celebrations to be held on January 13. As per the district inspector, 10 students can be seen in the video

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Lajpat Nagar flyover to be shut till Jan 14

Days after cracks appeared on the busy Lajpat Nagar flyover, the route will be shut in parts till January 14. The Public Works Department will undertake the repair work in two phases.In the first phase, a carriageway from the Ashram Chowk to Moolchand will remain shut between January 1 and 14. In the second phase, the carriageway from Moolchand to Ashram will be shut during the same period.According to traffic officials, in the first phase, due to the closure of the carriageway from Ashram to Moolchand, the traffic bound to go towards the Moolchand Hospital using the Lajpat Nagar flyover will be diverted to take the adjoining road beneath the flyover.Officials, however, warned that the commuters will have to face congestion due to traffic spilling on the adjoining slip road, till the repair work is completed.In order to avoid traffic snarls on this stretch, commuters are advised to take alternative routes, including Mathura Road, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road, Moolchand flyover/Lodhi Road, and Bhishm Pitamah Marg while commuting from south Delhi to central Delhi, and vice-versa.Meanwhile, commuters coming from Noida from the DND flyway may take the Barapulla elevated road to reach south Delhi or New Delhi and vice versa.Also, officials suggested that motorists and road users must plan their journey in advance to avoid long delays.A huge gap appeared between two girders on Ashram-Lajpat Nagar flyover on the busy Ring Road linking south Delhi to Noida. The cracks appeared for the second time this year and the flyover was shut for repair earlier as well.”I use the flyover to commute daily. The government has neglected this issue time and again. Only when some tragedy happens, the authorities wake up to fix such large loopholes in the system,” said Ajay Tyagi, a daily commuter.”The gaps are life-threatening, in particular for those riding two-wheelers. The stretch witnesses heavy traffic throughout the day because of Lajpat Nagar and Nehru Place being major shopping and commercial centres,” another commuter said.

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Sibling rivalry: MK Alagir blames MK Stalin for the RK Nagar defeat

After the DMK’s humiliating loss in the RK Nagar Assembly seat bypoll, party chief M Karunanidhi’s elder son and former union minister MK Alagir blamed his younger sibling MK Stalin’s for the loss saying that he did not do enough field work.Alagiri who was expelled from the party in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 for anti-party activities said leave alone the RK Nagar bypoll, the party would not win any election as long as Stalin leads the party. His comments have come ahead of the party’s high-level executive committee meeting to be held here on Friday.Rejecting the Stalin’s statement blaming money power for the election defeat, Alagiri, in an interview to a Tamil magazine, said, “There is a strong resentment against both the ruling party and the main opposition party in RK Nagar. Otherwise, how come an independent candidate Dhinakaran, placed 33rd on the ballot box list, got a resounding victory?””See, you should get down to the ground and do fieldwork. Merely going around in a jeep cannot fetch you votes,” Alagiri said, recalling how his dad Karunanidhi used to call him several times in a day to keep a tab of bypoll campaigning works when he used to oversee such elections.Alagiri, the Madurai-based strongman, had helped the DMK win successive by-elections in 2006-11 when his party was in power in the state. He was then accused by opposition parties of masterminding money distribution to voters in the Thirumangalam Assembly bypoll which was infamously called as “Thirumangalam formula”.The ruling AIADMK latched onto Alagiri’s comments to take potshots at Stalin. “Alagiri has said DMK cannot win (under Stalin’s leadership)… His (Stalin’s) own brother has said so,” senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said, without elaborating.After the Alagiri’s expulsion in 2014, Stalin was appointed as party’s working president in January this year.POWER PLAYAlagiri and Stalin had been involved in a long-running feud in the DMK’s first family with both contending to be their father’s political heir. A former Union minister, Alagiri had once famously asked if the DMK was a ‘mutt’ where a senior pontiff could appoint his successor, indicating that he was always in the reckoning.

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Quality team’s sudden visit opens def-vacation of JMC

A surprise visit by two member team of quality council of India (QCI) took JMC officials by surprise on Tuesday. The team visited several places in the city for spot inspection of toilets. It also inquired people about open defecation and reported live to their Delhi office through Swachhata App.The team arrived early in the morning for inspection. After spending four hours in the field that included slums, colonies and Sulabh toilets, it reached JMC headquarter to scan documents of toilets constructed by the JMC as well as Sulabh toilets, leaving officials shocked. The team itself didn’t know which place to visit rather it was receiving directions from Delhi about locations. When it completed the inspection of one place, it was given direction to a new location through GPS.However, JMC officials found a way out. Nodal officer Vinod Purohit, who was accompanying the team was alerting concerned officials of an area on Whatsapp for the makeover of the place before the central team’s arrival. JMC employees were also found to be guiding people about the reply to queries from the QCI team. The JMC officials also asked Delhi team for lunch break but the team members realised their intentions and refused. During the inspection, the QCI inspection team conducted online photography and talked to people in Bajaj Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Hasanpura, and Mahaveer Nagar to get feedback on JMC’s claim of making Jaipur ODF. After reaching Bajaj Nagar, the team members first checked register of Sulabh toilets then asked sweeper about the fee charged from people.ODF check pointsToilet construction target and achievement Arrangements for ODF Feedback from citizens Monitoring of those defecating in open Checking toilet construction figures Claims and TruthPeople still defecating in open People were threatened before QCI team’s arrival Lathi charge on those defecating in open Toilets locked till yesterday turned spanking clean JMC using coercion for ODF Despite toilet, people defecating in open JMC claim monitoring and penalising people defecating in open Home guards and employees beating with stick

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Delhi Nursery Admisions: School has ‘novel’ way to curb population

Landing itself in controversy yet again, this year as well, the popular Salwan Public School in Delhi has barred parents with more than two children from seeking admission for their wards in nursery. The school will mention this criteria in its admission form, to be uploaded on Wednesday. According to Sushil Salwan, chairperson of the Salwan group, India’s rising population has become a major hurdle in its development and everybody should contribute to help the nation in curbing it. “ It is our way of motivating people to have less children. We have already mentioned this in our admission form, which will be uploaded on Wednesday,” he said.Last year, both branches of the school — Salwan Montessori and GD Salwan — located in Rajendra Nagar in west Delhi, were slammed by parents for mentioning this clause in its admission form, which stated: “Parents having more than two children, including whose admission is sought, need not apply.” The Delhi government had issued a show cause notice to the school.Unfazed by the criticism, Salwan said: “We are ready to take all the media gagging for the sake of our country. We are not afraid. Criticising those who take bold initiatives has become a norm these days.” When contacted, the Delhi government officials said they will take action against the school, if this happens. “Strict action will be taken against any school for setting such unjustified criteria,” said Atishi Marlena, advisor to Delhi deputy chief minister and education minister Manish Sisodia.Experts also slammed the move and termed it “arbitrary”, with no mention in the Directorate of Education (DoE) guidelines. “Last year also, the school had included this clause and faced criticism from parents as well as the government. This is no way of contributing to the country’s development. If the school actually wants to do something for the welfare of the nation, it should provide underprivileged children with more opportunities to study,” said Sumit Vohra of the admissionsnursery.com.Meanwhile, parents who were preparing to apply at the Salwan School, are in a fix. “How can a school accept or reject us on the basis of how many children we have? This is the most bizzare regulation one can put,” said Ankit Saini, a Rajendra Nagar resident.Admissions in entry-level classes in 1,700 private, unaided, recognised schools in the national Capital will begin on Wednesday. Strange solution Salwan Public School in New Delhi has barred parents with more than two children from seeking admission for wards in nursery as a way of motivating people to have fewer children.

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Mumbai Metro authorities don’t see the need to increase coaches despite commuter rise

The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) that connects Versova and Ghatkopar has seen a monthly increase in its commuters, which has resulted in a call for an increase in the number of coaches from four to six. However, MMOPL authorities have said that there is no need for the same, reasoning that the saturation point had not been reached as yet.Currently, there are 16 Metro trains that have four coaches that can be expanded to six coaches. In 2015, the average daily ridership was around 2.6 lakh, which increased to 3. lakh in 2016 on weekdays. However, this year, estimates show that the ridership is around 3.5 lakh on weekdays, with MMOPL announcing that November 2017 witnessed one crore commuters.An MMOPL, spokesperson, said, “”We are closely watching the ridership trends. At present, we are confident of meeting the increased demand and do not feel the need for additional coaches. We will increase the coaches when the need arises.”Also readMumbai Metro: Passengers take to social media to complain about ‘non-functional air-conditioning system’The spokesperson further stated that the need to increase coaches will begin only once Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and DN Nagar-Mankhurd Metro-2B will be operational.”The MMOPL’s expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. However, the latter could merely earn about Rs 640 crore in the form of ticketing and non-ticketing revenue in that period. The MMRDA owns 26% stakes in Metro-1 along with MMOPL that has 69% stake followed by Veolia that has a 5% stake.

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After RK Nagar debacle, AIADMK sacks Dhinakaran loyalists

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Monday sacked six office-bearers supporting sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran, a day after he won the RK Nagar bypoll here with a thumping margin of 40,000 votes. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by top party office-bearers O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami, AIADMK sources said. Along with that, it decided to remove four Dhinakaran aides as party’s districtsecretaries.Five senior functionaries have also been removed from AIADMK. The party decided to remove, among others, key Dhinakaran aides P Vetrivel and Thangatamilselvan, AIADMK district secretary in Chennai and Theni respectively, the sources said. Though AIADMK supporters are divided between Dhinakaran and the Palaniswami-led camps, many office-bearers from the rival group hold party posts.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: 4 big takeaways from TTV Dhinakaran’s stunning win In a jolt to the ruling dispensation, Dhinakaran defeated its candidate E Madhusudhanan by 40,707 votes in the December 21 RK Nagar bypoll. The votes were counted yesterday. The party alleged that TTV Dhinakaran won owing to tacit understanding with DMK. The main opposition party in the state, DMK finished third in the RK Nagar bypoll.

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Mumbai: 65-foot tall tree, India’s tallest, attracts revellers in Worli

At 65 feet, or as tall as a seven-storey building, a pine conifer at a society in Worli here is attracting visitors, for its tag of being India’s tallest fully decorated Christmas tree.The tree, located at a garden in Adarsh Nagar society in South Mumbai’s Worli area, has been decorated with over 10,000 lights, bells, images of reindeer and snowmen, and a waving Santa Claus.The Saldanha family, originally hailing from Mangalore, acquired the tree from a neighbour who grew it on his verandah, for Rs 250 over four decades ago, Douglas Saldanha said.”My sister Twila and I re-planted it and watered it regularly,” the 56-year-old landscape architect told PTI.Saldanha said he has been tending to it for over four decades.”For the past 12 years, we have been decorating it on every Christmas, from top to toe as you may call it,” he said.”My sister Twila used to help me in the decoration, till she left for the US and died in 2005 after battling cancer. I have been doing it since,” he said.”Twila’s last wish was that I keep on decorating the tree fully so that she could see it from heaven,” he said.Saldanha claimed that the pine conifer has “entered record books as India’s tallest naturally grown fully decorated Christmas tree.”Come Christmas and the Saldanha family sees a steady stream of visitors who come to watch the tree and click selfies with it on their smart phones.Meanwhile, Mumbaikars heralded Christmas with a midnight mass, the most prominent one being at the Mount Mary Church in suburban Bandra.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Embarrassed AIADMK alleges ‘tacit understanding’ between Dhinakaran and DMK

The ruling AIADMK today alleged there was a ‘tacit understanding’ between TTV Dhinakaran and the opposition DMK to defeat it in the RK Nagar bypoll, where the sidelined party leader emerged victorious.The party is also likely to brainstorm on today’s defeat at a meeting in Chennai on Monday. Party coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator K Palaniswami said DMK, their party’s archrival, faced its “worst defeat” in an election to any Assembly segment in Tamil Nadu so far. The DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh finished third in the bypoll by garnering 24,651 votes, in the process losing deposit.”The result of the RK Nagar bypoll is an outcome of the tacit understanding between DMK Working President MK Stalin and Dhinakaran,” Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said in a joint statement tonight. It showed how Stalin and Dhinakaran planned to defame party founder, the late MG Ramachandran and late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by joining hands to “defeat Two leaves,” the AIADMK’s symbol, they said. “People are amazed how DMK is pushed to a situation where it could not even get the primary votes it has in RK Nagar. At the same time, they are questioning how DMK can enter into a conspiracy with Dhinakaran to defame Amma,” they added.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: 4 big takeaways from TTV Dhinakaran’s stunning win Stalin had entered into such a “tacit understanding” unmindful of his party’s performance as his sole intention was to target the AIADMK government, they alleged. Taking a swipe at Dhinakaran, the two leaders said he had earlier been dismissed by Jayalalithaa along with other relatives of her confidante VK Sasikala. They also accused him of “betraying” Jayalalithaa even after her death by allegedly joining hands with DMK. They cited Dhinakaran’s response to the acquittal of DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja, in the 2G spectrum allocation case on December 21, that he was happy for them as they hailed from Tamil Nadu.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals “The election outcome shows he (Dhinakaran) received DMK votes as a reward for this. Realising he cannot take on AIADMK and Two Leaves directly, Stalin has diverted his party votes to Dhinakaran,” they charged and accused the DMK leader of “betraying” his party. The two AIADMK leaders also levelled allegations of money distribution against Dhinakaran. They said Dhinakaran’s victory cannot be accepted as the “thought process” of the people of entire Tamil Nadu. The win achieved by “conspiracy” by Stalin and Dhinakaran will not affect AIADMK nor was it a setback, they said.They vowed to take forward the “Amma rule” and deliver welfare and commit to upholding Jayalalithaa’s fame. Dhinakaran today won the prestigious RK Nagar Assembly bypoll by a thumping margin of over 40,000 votes.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran who scripted an emphatic win in the RK Nagar assembly bypoll has proved his main campaign line that he will be chosen by people to succeed ‘Amma’ (late chief minister Jayalalithaa), who represented the constituency twice.The victory, against all odds, including loss of Two Leaves symbol and a slew of cases against him, is being seen as a worrying development both for AIADMK and principal opposition DMK, which finished third behind the ruling party.After the revolt by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Dhinakaran has vowed to unseat the regime, accusing him of having betrayed the faith reposed in him by jailed party leader and his aunt V K Sasikala.Also readTTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose depositThe suave Dhinakaran was handpicked by Sasikala to lead the party when she went to the Parapana Agrahara Jail in Bengaluru to serve a four year jail term in a disproportionate assets case in February this year.Dhinakaran is not new to electoral politics. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1999 from Periyakulam and to the Rajya Sabha in 2004.Also readRK Nagar bypoll result: Subramanian Swamy calls for accountability after BJP gets lesser votes than NOTAKnown for his brilliant organisation skills, he was a key player in party appointments albeit from behind the screens and during parleys with allies at the time of elections.However, his sudden emergence as party Deputy General Secretary slowly ruffled feathers and Palaniswami teamed up with then rival leader and now Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to form the main bloc of AIADMK which now has the Two-Leaves symbol.In April-May last, Dhinakaran went through a rough patch with the Delhi Police arresting him for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission officials to get the ‘two leaves’ symbol. Among others, he also faces a FERA case.Eighteen of his loyalist MLAs were disqualified by Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal months ago and a case in this regard is pending before the Madras High Court.Post the merger of the factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and now his deputy O Panneerselvam, a general council meeting of AIADMK in September had annulled the appointment of Sasikala as the party general secretary and all subsequent appointments/removals made by her, including that of Dhinakaran.Unfazed, 54-year old Dhinakaran, who alongwith Sasikala had worked closely with Jayalalithaa for about three decades, moved on confidently and continued to meet his supporters in all the districts.Articulate, outgoing and sociable, Dhinakaran, a former MP, has been asserting that party cadres were with him and he was led by “Chinnamma Sasikala,” a true successor to ‘Amma’.His appeal to vote for him was in simple, plain spoken everyday Tamil unlike the bombastic style of some leaders.To their credit, Dhinakaran and his followers were able to take the ‘pressure cooker symbol’ to the voters.In about two decades, he is the first independent candidate to be elected in Tamil Nadu and that too with such a huge margin scoring higher than that of Jayalalithaa in 2016 Assembly polls.In that election, Jayalalithaa had won by a margin of 39,545 votes defeating DMK nominee Shimla Muthuchozhan. While Jayalalithaa secured 97,218 votes, the DMK candidate 57,673 votes.Despite the spectacular poll show, Dhinakaran and his followers face the allegation of attempting to bribe the voters through ingenious ways. DMK Working President MK Stalin alleged money power behind today’s electoral outcome.

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RK Nagar bypoll result: Subramanian Swamy calls for accountability after BJP gets lesser votes than NOTA

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy on Sunday questioned his party’s accountability after it scored lesser votes than None of the Above (NOTA) in RK Nagar by-polls.Criticising the state BJP leadership for a poor show, Swamy tweeted, “TN BJP record: A national ruling party gets a quarter of NOTA’s vote. Time for accountability”.As the fifth round of counting in RK Nagar by-poll concluded, sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran marked a clear lead overall, with a margin of over 11,000 votes.As per the Election Commission, Dhinakaran is leading with 24,132 total votes, followed by AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan (13057) and DMK’s N Marudhu Ganesh (6606).BJP’s candidate K Nagarajan is trailing behind with 485 votes, while NOTA has got 798 votes.Key candidates in the fray are E Madhusudhanan from AIADMK, sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who is contesting as an independent, N Maruthu Ganesh from DMK and Karu Nagarajan from BJP.The R K Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.

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RK Nagar bypolls: ‘All party workers with me, I have Amma’s wishes,’ says Dinakaran

Sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and independent candidate TTV Dinakaran on Sunday is confident of winning the RK Nagar Assembly bypolls after the sixth round of counting showed him leading with 29255 votes.Dinakaran told ANI, “I am an independent candidate for namesake but all Party (AIADMK) workers are with me. I also have Amma’s wishes.”He said the early trends of counting today indicated to whom the people voted in the election.”RK Nagar was represented by ‘Amma’. The thumping majority which the voters have given is an indication where the party symbol and the party will remain. I thank the people of RK Nagar and party workers who have shown massive support for me,” Dinakaran told the media.”I firmly believe that it is time for this government to go, and in the coming three months you will see this government go,” he added.As per the Election Commission, Dinakaran is followed by AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan (15181) and DMK’s N Marudhu Ganesh (7986).Dinakaran, who lost the AIADMK symbol to the EPS-OPS faction, chose to contest the election as an independent candidate and was allotted a ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for the same.Key candidates in the fray are Madhusudhanan, Dinakaran, Ganesh and Karu Nagarajan (BJP).The RK Nagar constituency went to polls on December 21, necessitated by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year.The election is speculated to be a litmus test for the leadership of O Panneerselvam and E K Palaniswami who took over the reins of AIADMK after her.The election was earlier scheduled on April 12 but was cancelled following vote-for-cash scam.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Dinakaran says trends reflect people wanting change

With early trends of counting of votes for RK Nagar bypoll favouring independent candidate TTV Dinakaran, the sidelined leader on Sunday said it showed that people want a change of regime.The sidelined AIADMK leader said, “We are the true AIADMK… people of RK Nagar have elected Amma’s successor.” He also sought to make light of the K Palaniswami camp winning the Two Leaves symbol after both camps staked a claim for it before the Election Commission.”During my recent visits to various parts of Tamil Nadu such as Avinashi (Tirupur) and Arumanai (Kanyakumari), people said the pressure cooker (his poll symbol at RK Nagar) will win. They want a change of this regime,” he said.Dhinakaran’s statement to reporters here came in response to the early leads he had taken against his AIADMK rival E Madhusudhanan and DMK’s N Maruthu Ganesh.Claiming victory, he said “this is the best gift for the 1.5 crore party supporters” on the 30th death anniversary of party founder, the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, fondly addressed as MGR.On the symbol issue, with the Election Commission awarding it recently to the Palaniswamy-led camp, Dhinakaran said only a candidate determines the symbol.”We are the true AIADMK. A candidate determines the symbol. I have already said the ‘Two Leaves’ will be a success symbol only if it was with Puratchi Thalaivar (MGR) and Amma (Jayalalithaa). Will the people vote if it is handed over to MN Nambiar and PS Veerappa,” he asked, amidst chuckles from his supporters.Nambiar and Veerappa are famous yesteryear villains, with the former being cast against MGR in many of the matinee idol’s films.Dhinakaran said the Palaniswami government will “end in three months.”Meanwhile, jubilant supporters of Dhinakaran celebrated by distributing sweets and bursting crackers, while exuding confidence that their leader would triumph with a thumping margin.

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RK Nagar by-poll: Voting in late Jayalalithaa’s constituency ends peacefully with 77% turnout

The R K Nagar bypoll today witnessed a record 77.68 per cent voter turnout with polling to the constituency, which was represented by the late J. Jayalalithaa, passing off peacfully amid tight security.Election officials here said there may be some variation in the figure after taking into consideration the polling percentage at some booths where voting went on beyond 5 pm.The voter turnout is higher than the 68 per cent recorded in the 2016 assembly election,according to officials.The bypoll is being seen as an acid test for the chief minister K Palaniswami and deputy O Panneeerselvam-led ruling AIADMK which is facing a strong challenge from sidelined leader T T V Dhinakaran and an aggressive DMK.The DMK is putting up a tough fight to wrest the seat after a hiatus of over two decades.Of the 59 candidates in the fray, the fight is essentially triangular with the key contenders being ruling AIADMK’s E Madhusudhanan, main opposition DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh and Dhinakaran, contesting as an independent.The ruling AIADMK got back its Two Leaves election symbol back following merger of factions led by Palaniswami and former rebel O Panneerselvam.The run up to the bypoll saw political parties and candidates holding as many as 152 public meetings and taking out 605 processions with the campaigning ending on December 19.The 2015 R K Nagar bypoll in which Jayalalithaa was elected by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes for the first time in this segment had witnessed a record 75 per cent turnout.Voting at 258 polling stations passed off peacefully with 2500 state police personnel, 15 companies of Central Armed Police Forces and 1638 election officers manning the poll process.Serpentine queues were witnessed in booth after booth, right from 8 am when voting began with women outnumbering men in several of them.A large number of people were awaiting their turn to vote even at the scheduled close of voting at 5 pm.All those who were present inside the polling stations ahead of the 5 pm deadline were given tokens by officials to ensure that they exercised their franchise.There were, however, sporadic complaints of snag in EVMs, and consequential delay.Some voters complained that their names were deleted, othes claimed their names were struck off the rolls wrongly categorising them as “dead.”Gun-toting Central Armed Police Force personnel in their trademark green uniforms were stationed at all the polling stations and across the 45 checkposts in and around the Dr Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar constituency.Senior poll officials including the district election Officer D Karthikeyan inspected the polling stations.Several dozens of flying squad teams, static surveillance teams and video surveillance teams were deployed in the constituency.Election authorities made elaborate arrangements to ensure both hassle free environs for voters and measures for free and fair polling with nine observers, 307 micro-observers and 258 web cameras to monitor the poll process.Chennai Corporation personnel drafted for poll duty took differently abled persons inside the polling stations using wheel-chairs.In booths that had a significantly high number of voters, a medical team comprising doctors, and paramedics were stationed.’Pandals’ were put up, and help desks helped people find the right booth to vote. Amenities like drinking water, and toilets were also in place.R K Nagar, represented twice by Jayalalithaa, has an electorate of 2,28,234, comprising 1,10,903 men, 1,17,232 women and 99 transgenders.Election officials said 79.21 per cent of women voters exercised their franchise while 75.92 per cent of men cast their votes.Counting of votes will be taken up on December 24 and the results are expected to be out by afternoon that day.

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RK Nagar bypoll | Amid tight security, voting underway in late J Jayalalithaa’s constituency

Voting in RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was left vacant after the death of former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, began on Thursday morning.Chennai City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan said they had ensured to conduct a fair election and have deployed additional forces to maintain peace and harmony.”We will ensure free and fair elections, today. We have deployed additional forces,” Viswanathan said.BJP candidate Karu Nagarajan and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate N Marudhu Ganesh have also cast their votes. Ganesh expressed confidence of sweeping the polls and said, “Whether it is Rs 6000 or Rs 60,000, we are going to win. The voters of RK Nagar will teach a lesson to AIADMK this time.”Counting of votes will be held on December 24. The by-polls were earlier scheduled for April 12 earlier this year, but were cancelled following allegations that sums of money were distributed in a vote-for-cash scam.

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Chennai: A day before RK Nagar bypolls, video of Jayalalithaa in hospital triggers row

Setting off a political controversy a day ahead of RK Nagar bypoll, a video purportedly showing late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a hospital was released by sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s loyalist today.Amid questions raised about timing of the about 20 second video, aired by TV channels and later went viral on the social media,election officials asked channels to stop it’s telecast, saying it was a violation of the model code of conduct.The footage, showing a frail looking AIADMK supremo in a nightdress and sipping what appeared to be a health drink with a straw, was released by Vetrivel, disqualified AIADMK MLA and election agent of Dhinakaran, contesting the bypoll as an independent.A police complaint was lodged by Returning Officer of RK Nagar assembly constituency against Vetrivel, who said he released it in view of doubts raised over the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and death.AIADMK hit out at Sasikala’s family, saying the video release was a “conspiracy” and a “demeaning” act with an eye on tomorrow’s bypoll, considered an acid test for the ruling dispensation,being the first poll after Jayalalithaa’s demise.Suspicions have been raised over circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s demise by several persons, including now deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and his followers.The state government has appointed a retired Madras High Court judge as the one-man commission of inquiry to look into the circumstances leading to her death.DMK, which raised the issue of doubts over Jayalalithaa’s death during the campaign, and several others alleged that the video had been released with an eye on the bypoll.Defending the release of the video, Vetrivel said he did it on his own “out of mental agony. Later Dhinakaran called me and asked me why I did so,” he told PTI.Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni told reporters that TV channels were asked to immediately stop airing the clip, which they duly complied with.He said telecast or display of any election-related material 48 hours before conclusion of the poll was barred under election laws.Returning Officer Praveen Nair, in his complaint said the video release violated the model code and the Representation of the People’s Act.”Neither the candidate nor his election agent obtained any permission from the Media Certification Monitoring Committee, which is also a violation of the Code,” he said.The high stakes bypoll is being held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of sitting MLA Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.She was admitted to Apollo Hospital here on September 22 last year after she complained of fever and dehydration. She died of cardiac arrest after 75 days in the hospital.There was no response from Apollo Hospital to a query on the veracity of the video, which showed Jayalalithaa sipping the drink with a straw from a use-and-throw glass topped with a lid. On her bedside was the portrait of a deity.Ruling AIADMK, which has sidelined the Sasikala family, said the video release amounted to bringing “disrepute” to the late Chief Minister’s fame and image.”This demeaning (act) is a planned conspiracy by the Sasikala family to bring disrepute to Amma’s fame and image, done keeping in mind the (RK Nagar) bypoll,” said senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar.AIADMK supporters and the people would not accept this, he told reporters here.He also asked why they did not approach the inquiry commission probing the death of the AIADMK supremo.DMK working president M K Stalin said the footage was released with an ‘ulterior motive.’In a Facebook post, he said the clip was released at a time when RK Nagar people were set to vote.”To tackle their party (AIADMK) problem and to divert people, the video has been released with an ulterior motive.. They have come forward to make Jayalalithaa a scapegoat even after her death…As usual,” he charged.Stating that the video would also raise doubts among the public as to how Jayalalithaa died after recuperating so well, he said Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Panneerselvam should answer such suspicions.Sasikala’s niece Krishnapriya claimed the video was taken by her aunt at the request of Jayalalithaa herself and it had been released without her (aunt’s) nod.Terming it as a “big mistake” and “betrayal of trust” on the part of Vetrivel, she said action should have been taken by now by Dhinakaran against him.Krishnapriya is the daughter of Ilavarasi, wife of the brother of Sasikala, who is also serving the prison term along with Sasikala in the disproportionates assets case.”Chinnamma did not release the video to defend her even when she faced many charges.We gave the video to Dhinakaran.It was Sasikala who asked us to give it to him for submission to the inquiry commission if needed and not for public display,” she said and wondered “why and how” it reached Vetrivel.On the date on which the video was shot, she said it was taken a “month or two” after Jayalalithaa was hospitalised.”First she was in ICU and later she was brought to a room and the video was shot at that time,” she claimed.

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24-yr-old raped by colleague, friend in Noida

A 24-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by her colleague and his friend at his residence in Noida’s Sector 58 area in the intervening night on Thursday.According to the police, the woman and one of the accused worked in the same office. The victim had sought financial assistance from him as she had to pay her rent following which he told her that she could collect the cash from his residence in Sector 58 area.The duo then left for his residence on his two-wheeler. Investigating officials revealed that the woman had asked for around Rs 15,000-20,000 as her landlord had called her demanding the rent amount, and she was in urgent need of the money. When they reached his residence the woman was told that his friend would also join them. The two men then allegedly forced themselves on her and took turns to rape her.The duo then fled after the incident leaving the victim stranded.”The incident occurred in the intervening night of December 14 and 15. The victim left the office along with her colleague post midnight. They then reached the residence at around 1 am following which the incident occurred. She informed the police who reached the location but the accused had fled by then. A medical examination of the victim confirmed rape. A case of gang-rape has been registered. We have dedicated teams working on leads to arrest the two accused,” said Arun Kumar, Superintendent of Police (City), Gautam Buddha Nagar.In another incident, a 24- year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to rape an eight-year-old girl in the Barola area of Noida on Friday evening.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Sandeep, a labourer by profession. He took the girl to an isolated area, on the pretext of giving her chocolates, and then tried to rape her. When she resisted, the accused slapped her.On hearing the girl’s cry, the neighbours reached the spot and thrashed him. Later, a call was made and he was handed over to the police.SEQUENCE OF EVENTSThe victim sought financial assistance from her colleague and went to his home to get the money At the accused’s residence, the man and his friend allegedly gang-raped the woman and fled after the incident Police have registered a case of gangrape

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Gujarat elections 2017: Police on their toes in Patidar localities

Even as security has been beefed up across the city and state in view of the elections, security forces and police are taking additional precautionary measures in Patidar-dominated areas of the city.Officials said deployment of police and personnel of paramilitary forces had started 48 hours ahead of voting. A higher number of police personnel have been deployed in areas such as Ghatlodia, Bapunagar, Nikol, Naroda, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Ranip and Gota, which are either Patidar dominated or have a significant population of Patidars. “We have done additional deployment of security personnel in sensitive areas of the city to prevent any law and order issues,” AK Yadav, additional commissioner of police, sector II, said.The Patidar dominated areas in the city such as Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Bapunagar witnessed violence in the aftermath of the police lathicharge on protesting Patels in August 2015. There were complaints of cops forcibly entering many residential societies and resorting to violence and arson.

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CISF nab duo trying to sneak pistol, cash onboard crowded Delhi Metro

A 19-year-old youth and a man were caught red-handed by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for trying to sneak into the Delhi Metro with a country made pistol and some cash at the Adarsh Nagar station. The duo were immediately arrested and the matter is now being probed by the Delhi police.According to the senior police officers, it was around 12.20 pm when during baggage screening of a passenger at Adarsh Nagar Metro Station, the on-duty Constable SS Jat of CISF, noticed an image of a pistol and cash inside a bag.Immediately, he stopped the conveyor belt as well as the passenger and informed the matter to his senior officials. The bag was physically checked in presence of the passenger and a country made pistol along with cash amounting to Rs 40,408 was recovered. The owner of the bag was identified as Bhupendra Kumar, aged 19 years who revealed that he is a resident of Firozabad in UP. On his instance, another person Ghuri Singh, (32), who was accompanying him was also nabbed by the CISF,” said a senior officer. The matter was informed to the Senior Officers and the Station Controller. Both the passengers along-with their bags were taken to Station Controller Room and a thorough search was carried-out. An amount of cash Rs.1,19,490/- was also found inside the bag of Ghuri Singh. The matter was informed to Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP), Kashmere Gate.On the arrival of the DMRP, Kashmere Gate, both the persons along with the seized country made pistol (Desi Katta) and cash Rs.1,59,898 were handed over to them for further legal action.

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Debt-ridden bizman attempts suicide, kills 4 of family

After hit by the impact of demonetisation, a textile businessman killed four of his family members and attempted suicide at his home near Pallavaram here on Tuesday. The businessman was troubled by growing debts.Police said debts and a huge loss in business forced Damodharan, a resident of Thiruvalluvar Nagar in Pammal, to take the extreme step.Damodharan murdered his mother Saraswathi, wife Deepa, son Roshan and daughter Meenakshi by slitting their throats with a kitchen knife. Later, he tried to commit suicide by slitting his own throat.Damodharan, who runs Prakash Cloth Store has left two letters detailing the reasons for his decision kill his family members and himself. In a letter to his friend S Balakrishnan, Damodharan said that after the centre brought the demonetisation, there was no growth in the textile sector. “With the price rise, I was living taking more and more loans. Only my debts increased but the textile sales did not go up. If the situation continues like this, many lives will be lost like mine. But the state government is not bothered about all this,” he wrote in the letter recovered by the police from his house.According to the police, on hearing loud noise from his house, neighbours reached there and found four dead bodies. They found Damodharan alive and rushed him to Government General Hospital. The local police reached the spot and recovered the dead bodies after the neighbours informed them. The police have registered a murder case against Damodharan.

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Uttar Pradesh: 16-year-old suffering from cancer gangraped in Lucknow

A 16-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer was allegedly gangraped by a group of men in Lucknow, on Saturday.The Circle Officer (CO) of Sarojini Nagar, Lalta Prasad Singh, informed that the victim had gone to buy groceries when an acquaintance convinced her to come along with him. He, along with his friend, raped her and later left her on the roadside.The victim was raped for the second time in the day when she sought help from a passerby.On the complaint of the victim’s family, an FIR was lodged against two persons. While one accused, Virendra Yadav, has been arrested, the search is on to nab the other one, the police informed.Meanwhile, the third culprit is absconding.Last week, another case of gang-rape of a minor surfaced in the state, wherein a 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped at gunpoint in Hamirpur’s Majhgaon.

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Rejected, accepted, rejected; Drama unfolds over Vishal’s election nomination papers for RK Nagar bypoll

The nomination papers of actor Vishal Krishna and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar for the December 21 R K Nagar bypoll, were on Tuesday rejected by Election authorities, a senior official said.The returning officer of the RK Nagar Assembly rejected Vishal’s nomination when two proposers who signed his affidavit told him in person that their signatures were forged.Earlier, Vishal had claimed that his nomination was accepted after initial rejection. “Honesty and justice have won,” Vishal declared.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: No interim relief from Madras HC to Dhinakaran faction for using ‘hat’ symbol Deepa’s nomination was rejected by the poll body after several discrepancies were found in her form. The returning officer rejected her nomination for leaving several columns in the affidavit blank. Deepa accused the ruling AIADMK for the rejection of her nomination. Also readAIADMK fields its presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan for RK Nagar bypollFull details here
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Hyderabad: Dentist commits suicide, hangs herself in hostel

A dentist allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her room in a private hostel here on Tuesday, police said.The 25-year-old woman, practising in L B Nagar here, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of the room with a stole around her neck by her friend, S Saidaiaha, Inspector at the Chaitanyapuri Police Station, said.A suicide note purportedly written by the dentist stated that “she is not interested to live in the society and that the society is not supporting her,” the Inspector said.”This morning she did not pick up the phone when her parents called. They grew suspicious and called one of her friends to check out and the friend found her hanging in her room,” the police official said.Asked about reports in a section of the media that a failed relationship led the dentist to resort to the extreme step, the Inspector said she has not blamed anyone for her death.Also readFemale MBBS student dies of anaesthesia overdose at BRD Medical college, police claim suicide”As per preliminary investigation, it has been revealed that though she loved one person, she has not blamed that person for her death (in the suicide note),” he added.
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UP civic polls rigged; BJP won from places where EVMs were used, says Samajwadi Party

Alleging that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the just-concluded Uttar Pradesh civic elections were rigged, the Samajwadi Party (SP) today claimed that the BJP won from only those places where the EVMs were used and performed poorly when it came to ballot papers.SP chief general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav also said the use of voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines, along with EVMs, would enhance the confidence of the political parties as well as the candidates in the poll procedure.Addressing a press conference here, Yadav pointed out that while the BJP won 14 of the 16 mayoral posts in the civic polls, the ruling party did poorly in the nagar panchayat and nagar palika parishad elections.”The BJP won (in the civic polls) only at those places where EVMs were used…votes cast in the EVMs in favour of the candidates of the political parties were transferred to the independents,” he alleged.Referring to statistics, Yadav said while the saffron party got a 43 per cent vote share in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls earlier this year, it went down to 30 per cent in the civic polls.Responding to a question on why arch rivals the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) did not join hands to defeat the saffron party in the elections, he said, “Let the time come…it is too early to say anything.”While the BJP won 68 of the top posts in the nagar parishads, the SP won 45, BSP 29 and 43 posts were won by Independent candidates.Of the top posts in the nagar panchayats, the BJP won 100, while the SP won 83 and BSP 45. The independents won 181 of these posts.
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RK Nagar bypoll: Actor Vishal, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar out of race as EC rejects their nomination

The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected the nominations of Tamil actor Vishal and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar for the RK Nagar by-election. Deepa’s nomination was rejected by the poll body after several discrepancies were found in her form, ANI reported. The nomination of Vishal was also rejected. No reason was given for the rejection of his papers. Vishal, the president of Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council, had filed his nomination as an independent candidate for R K Nagar Assembly in Chennai on Monday. “I want to be the people’s representative to do good for them and fulfill all their requests and wishes,” he said after filling his nomination.Also readJayalalithaa death anniversary: Scores of people pay tribute to their ‘Amma’The nominations for the bypoll in Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency, necessitated by the death of Jayalalithaa, who was the sitting MLA, last year began on November 27, with December 4 being the last date. Scrutiny of nominations is taking place on December 5 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be on December 7. Polling will take place on December 21 and counting of votes and declaration of results will take place on December 24. Also readRK Nagar bypoll: No interim relief from Madras HC to Dhinakaran faction for using ‘hat’ symbol Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who lost the battle for the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol when the Election Commission awarded it to the camp led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, has also filed his papers.AIADMK presidium chairman and party’s nominee E Madhusudhanan and DMK’s M Maruthuganesh have also filed their nominations with election officials here for the bypoll.
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BJP’s victorious UP mayors to campaign in Gujarat

The BJP is all set to encash its UP civic poll performance in Gujarat by utilising newly elected mayors for campaigning in the poll-bound state.The BJP has won 14 out of 16 mayoral seats in civic polls in UP and all the newly elected leaders will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow to seek his blessings.Thereafter, they will proceed to Gujarat for campaigning for the Assembly elections there on December 9 and 14.”The newly elected mayors will meet the prime minister over tea tomorrow in Delhi. They are all devoted party workers and will be used where ever the party needs them,” BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak told PTI.Amethi Nagar Panchyat Chairperson Chandrama Devi and Jais Nagar Palika Parishad Mahesh Pratap will be among those who will be meeting Modi.Though Congress did not field any candidate in Amethi, the victory of a BJP candidate there is still considered a major blow to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as it is his parliamentary constituency and considered a Congress bastion.The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded anyone.With the BJP’s extensive campaign in the local polls in UP paying off, the sweeping win is considered as a boost to the saffron party in the midst of the high-decibel campaign for the Gujarat elections.Counting of votes in Gujarat will be taken up on December 18.The UP civic elections were touted as the first litmus test of Yogi Adityanath after the BJP stormed to power in March.The saffron surge routed the Samajwadi Party and the Congress, both of which drew a blank in mayoral polls.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has been drafted as the key campaigner in Gujarat and went on a nearly 90-day whirlwind tour of the state, described it as a “historic win”.He attributed the victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and BJP chief Amit Shah’s able guidance and added that the BJP will now look forward to achieving the goal of one hundred per cent success in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.”The victory of party has sent positive message among the people who are already admirers of Narendra Modiji. There is a significant population of people from east UP in Gujarat,” said BJP leader and state spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi, who is campaigning in Gujarat for the past one month.”Yogiji is already a star campaigner and our newly elected mayors with their success stories will add to our ongoing campaigning here,” Tripathi said.
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RK Nagay By-poll: DMK likely to win by-elections says senior DMK leader Durai Murugan

Senior DMK leader Durai Murugan on Sunday said the chances of his party’s victory in the December 21 bypoll to the RK Nagar assembly segment, were bright.He was speaking to reporters at the airport in Coimbatore.On MDMK’s decision to extend support to DMK in the by-election, the Deputy Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly said, the party will welcome anybody’s support.He wanted to know whether the state government was taking any steps to provide relief in the cyclone-hit Kanyakumari district.The DMK strong man alleged that the state government was busy erecting banners and cut outs and had no time to for relief measures.Also readAIADMK fields its presidium chairman E Madhusudhanan for RK Nagar bypollIn RK Nagar assembly constituency, DMK’s N Marudu Ganesh is pitted against E Madusudanan of the ruling mainstream AIADMK.Rival AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran is also in the fray.Also readRK Nagar Bypoll: AIADMK Parliamentary board to decide candidateDMK’s allies Congress and IUML have already extended their support to the main opposition party.Besides, parties including the CPI, CPI(M) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi have declared their support to DMK.
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Versova beach clean-up resumes, Aaditya Thackeray to join in

After two weeks, the Versova beach clean-up was back in action on Saturday, with lawyer Afroz Shah and volunteers visiting Siddharth Nagar slums to check the status of a nullah that connects to the beach. Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray too promised to join the operation on Sunday.According to Shah, he visited the slum to talk to the residents about the garbage thrown by them into the drain. “Siddharth Nagar is one of the slums through which the nallah connects the Versova beach. The aim of meeting the residents was not to create awareness but to have a conversation with the people to talk about garbage which they throw and later it gets choked inside the nullah. Many people came forward. People have a casual approach of throwing garbage in the nallah which needs to be changed by training them properly. I will be doing follow up rounds at Siddharth Nagar to continue to train them.”Thackeray who had met with Shah after he suspended his drive tweeted, “Spoke to Afroz I’m joining him this coming Sunday to clean up. I’m so glad we both kept our promises- me to assist him and his promise to not give up. This is for Mumbai and our Planet.”During the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach.Saha said, “Marine litter is a global problem. It can be handled in different stages by- making people to stop littering, cleaning of nallah, cleaning of beaches and provoking citizens to step forward to clean the surrounding.”IN FULL SWINGDuring the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach. Afroz Shah, the face of the efforts, also visited slum dwellers in the vicinity and talked to them about handling of garbage
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Oppn blames EVMs for BJP win in UP civic polls

As the Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Uttar Pradesh local body results as ‘massive victory’ and vindication of people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies including GST, rival parties got together to hit back and blamed the results, especially of Mayor elections, on EVM tampering.Social media sites were abuzz with analysis of local bodies results claiming that the BJP’s victory was limited to winning 14 out of 16 Mayor posts and on other bulk of posts it had not done too well.Declaring it as a victory of PM Modi’s governance, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the Prime Minister at his residence in Delhi.Using the UP results at a rally in Gujarat, BJP national president Amit Shah said, “Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18. After the (vote) counting on December 18, the BJP will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats.”Soon a stinging rebuttal came from veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram as he tweeted, “After media reports on Q2 GDP and UP local bodies, Oxford and Webster should re-define the words ‘surge’ and ‘sweep’.”Raising the pitch, BSP chief Mayawati said she has full confidence that the saffron party would lose the general elections in 2019 if ballot papers are used, instead EVMs.”If BJP claims that they enjoy the mandate of the people, and the entire country is with them, then they should set aside the EVMs and hold the elections through ballot paper. And, I can say with full confidence that if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are held by ballot paper, (the BJP) will not come to power,” Mayawati claimed.Joining the chorus Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too cried foul.”Interestingly, where the polls were conducted through EVMs, the victory percentage of BJP was 46 but where it was carried through ballots, it was 15 per cent,”he said.For the record, BJP won 69 Municipal Chairperson posts as against 126 won by others, for Nagar Panchayat President BJP candidates won on 100 posts against 338 non BJP candidates.In case of Nagar Parishad posts BJP won on 596 whereas 701 were won by non-BJP candidates. Whereas in Nagar Palika BJP secured 916 posts against 4295 by others and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won won- 663 seats in comparison to 4715 won by other parties and independents.About 70% of the elected representatives of the other posts were independent candidates.
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Last week the general body of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) passed an interim policy for the city’s open spaces, allowing citizen groups, non-government organisations (NGO) and private organisations to maintain playgrounds, recreation grounds and gardens. The policy allows them to maintain the city’s open spaces for a contractual period of 11 months as long as they adhere to the BMC’s rules, including non-discriminatory access to all citizens, without charging any money.Last year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had given directions to reclaim all the 216 open plots which were given to private entities on adoption basis for maintenance. The objective was to allow indiscriminate access for common public at no cost and prevent the commercial exploitation of the policy. Following this, the civic body started reclaiming its recreational grounds, playgrounds and gardens.The interim policyAccording to the interim policy, private bodies can maintain open spaces as long as they provide non-discriminatory access, and free entry to citizens. The BMC disallows commercial or political activities on these plots. Under the policy, interested parties will have to apply to the BMC to adopt an open space and will have to strictly adhere to BMC’s conditions. The application will have to be sent to a ward-level committee — comprising civic officials — which will scrutinise their eligibility and allot the spaces accordingly. The BMC is entitled to take back the plots without any notice.Moreover, the caretakers will have to ensure that no construction is carried out on these plots, failing which they will lose the plots to the BMC. The entities will have to create large boards informing citizens that the open space is accessible to everyone and is free of cost. The BMC’s move on the interim policy comes at a time when 28 plots are yet to be reclaimed. Civic activists, and the Congress and NCP corporators have slammed the decision saying that the corporation has gone against the CM’s directives and passed the policy in haste. They allege that, of the 28 plots, most are in the possession of leaders in the BJP and Shiv Sena, and the corporation wants to benefit them by being lenient in reclaiming the plots.DNA visited a few BMC plots which the civic body has failed to reclaim. Despite being civic plots, in many cases, not all citizens are not granted free entry. The plots are also commercially exploited.Thakur ShyamNarayan High SchoolThakur Village, KandivliThe Kandivli East-based school is run by Thakur Education Trust. The 2,177 sq m plot next to the school has been reserved by the BMC as a playground. As per the document available with DNA, the plot is maintained by M/s Shyam Narayan Thakur School. Besides using the plot as a ground for its schoolchildren, the school has rented the ground to groups to play box cricket and football. The rental charges are: Rs 1,000 on weekday mornings and 1,500 per hour on weekday evenings. During weekends, the ground can be rented out in the day for Rs 1,800, and Rs 2,000 per hour on weekend evenings. The employees deployed on the ground told this reporter that one cannot play on the ground without any advance booking. The playground is free for Thakur school students, and for those who are ready to pay a hefty amount on hourly basis.The employees are aware that the plot belongs to the BMC, and that the civic body has served notice to handover the plot.Resident voiceThe Thakur Trust has sublet the plot and exploits it commercially. No construction is allowed on the plot but they have constructed turfs. Even for playing football one has to shell out Rs 3,000 per hour, which is not only expensive but illegal. They do not allow free entry to play any sport. —Alok Choudhary Official speakWe have received the BMC’s notice to handover the plot and the handing over procedure is going on.— Ram Singh Thakur, ex-MLA of Kandivli, BJPSt Xavier’s groundParelThe St Xavier’s ground in Parel which is adopted by Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), of which Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray is President, is a 16,000 sq m recreational ground of the BMC. But, it is open to public for only two hours in the morning and evening. Resident voiceThe MDFA has kept the ground open for two hours in the morning and evening, but people in the vicinity are not aware about it. The MDFA rents the ground and makes money out of it. MDFA is headed by Aditya Thackeray and Shiv Sena itself has passed the open space policy benefiting them. The MDFA will simply apply for extension of 11 months and the common public will never be able to utilise the open space.—Nikhil DesaiOfficial SpeakThere is no question of handing over the ground. It is adopted by the MDFA and according to BMC’s rule, we have applied to the Municipal Commissioner for extension.—U Banerjee, Secretary of Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA)Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket AcademyChembur WestThe cricket ground at the Dilip Vengsarkar academy, which is spread over 19,506 sq m, is a BMC-reserved playground which is being maintained by the Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation. The foundation is yet to hand over the ground to the civic body. If one has to play cricket here, the ground can be hired at Rs 30,000 per day.When DNA visited the ground, the employees said that the cricket ground is booked for weekends for the entire year. The academy, allows the teams of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to practice for free, a coach training the women’s cricket team informed.Resident voiceDilip Vengsarkar adopted the plot as a garden plot but has developed a playground only for his academy. Many SRA buildings are coming up in the area, but no one has access to the ground. The academy earns crores of rupees annually through rent. How can a BMC plot be allowed to exploit commercially.—Rajkumar SharmaDespite attempts, Dilip Vengsarkar was unavailable for comments. Poisar GymkhanaKandivli WestThe Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kridangan is a 40,805 sq m-BMC plot reserved as playground. As one enters the ground, one cannot miss the instruction boards which have stipulated jogging timings, what not to wear inside the premises, and a message that reads ‘Only for Life Members’. The Poisar Gymkhana has been developed under the leadership of BJP MP Gopal Shetty. Even as a caretaker of the BMC plot, the M/s Poisar Gymkhana offers various activities and facilities for all but with a price tag and restrictions. Jogging fees ranges from Rs 77 to Rs 1,475 depending on the time period. The fees to use the gym for non-members ranges from Rs 472 to Rs 4,248 depending on the time period.Resident voiceThe Gymkhana offers numerous activities but at hefty rates, which is a violation of civic rules. If they are giving facilities by charging money, then what is the use of it being a public plot?—Vasant PatilOfficial speakI am out of town for the last 4-5 days, and I am not aware about handing over of the plot. Our gymkhana offers entry to all.—Mukesh Bhandari, President of the managing committee of Poisar GymkhanaVeer Savarkar UdyanBorivli WestThe Veer Savarkar Garden is a 25,395 sq m garden plot of the BMC which is maintained by M/s Poisar Gymkhana. The garden offers facilities — like a jogging track, and seasonal boating on the lake developed by the Gymkhana among others. Joggers have to pay Rs 2 per person to access the garden during the morning and evening peak hours. For other visitors during the day, the charge is Rs 5. The garden has hundreds of visitors daily. In the afternoon, many college students visit the lake but only after they have paid a price. A huge board has been fixed at the entrance gate, with a message from MP Gopal Shetty expressing his joy that the BMC has agreed to give the garden to gymkhana for maintenance. However, officials from BMC said that the garden is a civic plot and is yet to be handed over by Gymkhana.An employee at the garden on condition of anonymity said, “The BMC says that even if you have adopted the plot you have to run the garden for free of cost. When the garden was developed people paid around Rs 18,000 for membership. Our monthly electricity bills cost at least Rs 50,000, and the garden employees appointed by the trust are yet to be paid. If we run the garden for free, how will we bear all these expenses? So, BMC agreed to give the plot to the Gymkhana for maintenance.”Resident VoiceFirst of all, it is a public plot so no entry fee should be charged. But the gymkhana has told the BMC that they charge only Rs 2 but actually in daytime they charge Rs 5. If the caretaker is already giving the plot for commercial activities, they earn from it, there is no reason to charge entry fee.— Meera KamathOfficial speakI have been calling the BMC officials since last year to take over the plot as per their policy. We are ready to handover both the plots whenever the BMC officials are ready to take it and maintain it themselves. —Gopal Shetty, MP28 plots to be reclaimed by BMCSurakha Garden, Cuffe ParadeCPRA Garden, Cuffe ParadeSabina Chandrashekhar ground, Opp Regal Cinema, ColabaPriyadarshani Park, NapeanSea RoadAmarsons Garden, Bhulabhai Desai RoadSt Xaviers Playground, ParelPlayground adjacent to 71/72 Sion Estate, SionMai Mangeshkar Gardem, Shivaji ParkChhatrapati Sambhaji Garden, Khar WestMeenatai Thackeray Maidan, SVP Road, Andheri EastGround near Gayatri Apartment, Chakala, Andheri EastGround near Mara village, Juhu, JVPD schemeKarmayogi Pushpakant Anant Mhatre Playground, Mara village, Juhu JVPD schemeGround opposite Santosh Nagar, Chincholi Village, Gokuldham, Goregaon EastGround near Varsi hill, near Rustamji Complex, Malad WestGurunanak Garden, Tilak Nagar Road, Goregaon WestSheila Raheja Garden, Khadakpada, Dindoshi, Malad EastChhatrapati Shivaji Ground, Kajupada, Kurla WestGround near Vatsalatai Naik Nagar, Suman Nagar, ChemburGarden at Mahul, Chembur West (Dilip Vengsarkar cricket ground)Garden plot in Mahaveer nagar, Kandivli WestShyam Narayan Singh Thakur Manoranjan Maidan, Near Thakur Vidya Mandir, Thakur ComplexNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose Kridangan, Poinsar Gymkhana, Kandivli WestGround next to Shyam Narayan School, Opp Dream Park, Kandivli EastGround in Parekh Nagar, Spring club, Kandivli WestGround in Parekh Nagar, Kandivli WestSwatantryaveer Sawarkar Garden, Borivli WestGarden at Devidas Junction, D P Road, Goregaon West
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Twitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic polls

In what comes as a major boost to the BJP ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the saffron party today swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls.In the polls which were being dubbed as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s first electoral test, the BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.Of the BJP 16 mayoral seats results of which were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (​BJP) scored win in 14 seats. Thew BSP, which fought the civic polls on its symbol after 17 years, won two seats.The Congress faced a humiliating defeat Amethi, a bastion of the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates.While the top BJP leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Yogi and other state level functionaries of the party, there was somewhat a silence on the Opposition side.Also readTwitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic pollsThe results gave another day to twitterati to mock the Opposition leaders. Here are some of the reactions on micro-blogging site after the UP civic poll results:Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years
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UP civic polls 2017: Amethi shocker for Rahul Gandhi, Congress loses its stronghold

On a day, when the political heavyweights were closely watching the results of Uttar Pradesh civic polls, the Congress was looking at it for an extra mileage for party’s last-minute campaigning in Gujarat.However, much to its embarrassment, the Congress faced a massive loss in its stronghold in UP.The party got its biggest electoral jolt after the BJP won the Amethi Nagar Panchayat by over a 1,000 votes.The Lok Sabha constituency of Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the results in Amethi will now give more smiles to the BJP.Even in his post-victory speech, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed the Congress and said the results were an eye-opener for those linking these polls to Gujarat Aseembly elections.Without taking any name, CM Yogi said that those who were thinking of Gujarat faced a rout in the civic polls. ‘Unka safaya ho gaya,’ said CM Yogi.The Congress will now have to rethink its strategy in Gujarat as simply put, the massive victory will help BJP in upcoming Assembly elections.The municipal elections were held for 16 Nagar Nigams, 198 Nagar Palika Parishads and 438 Nagar Panchayats across Uttar Pradesh. Polling was held in three phases on November 22, 26 and 29.Union Minister Smriti Irani, who had contested for the Amethi seat in 2014 General Elections, also took to Twitter to congratulate her party for the victory in pocket borough of Rahul Gandhi.As the results started trickling in, the picture became clear. The BJP has won 14 of the 16 mayoral seats in the UP. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has won in the remaining two places.Kanpur BJP’s Pramila Pandey has become second woman mayor. Vinod Agarwal of the BJP has won the mayor seat of Moradabad.The BJP leads in 57 wards of the 98 wards getting counted in Lucknow.Results come as a jolt for the Samajwadi Party as the BSP has dented their vote base in urban areas.The BJP has also won the prestigious Ayodhya-Faizabad seat.
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Good news at last for Noida homebuyers

It’s good news for the homebuyers of Gaursons project located in Sector 22 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) as YEIDA has issued completion certificate for 1,041 residential units of flats on Thursday.According to an official of YEIDA, they now plan to issue more completion certificates for other projects in the Yamuna area to make home buyers happy.”The work is going at full pace and with giving away the certificates, we also started the process of registration of property. Till date we have registered 2,970 flats, which are allotted to homebuyers of different projects,” said Arunvir Singh, chief executive officer of YEIDA.About 2.5 lakh homebuyers in Gautam Buddha Nagar have not been able to get possession despite depositing money to the tune of over 60% to 70% of the value of their property. Moany of them have been waiting for almost four to five years on average.”We will deliver 50,000 flats before the deadline set by CM Yogi. Three authorities in GB Nagar will soon approve more completion certificates in coming days because these projects are almost ready and builders will arrange funds to deliver flats,” said Manoj Gaur, President of CREDAI Delhi-NCR.Earlier, in a meeting held in Lucknow on September 12, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Authority to deliver 50,000 flats to buyers before December 31 this year.The three-minister committee formed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier this year to solve builder-buyer issues is scheduled to meet builders and officials of Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna authority in Delhi on December 4.The committee, comprising of State Industries Minister Satish Mahana, Urban Housing Minister Suresh Khanna and state minister Suresh Rana, was formed on August 22.According to an official of GNIDA, about 25,000 homebuyers will get their flats before the year ends. An official of Noida Authority said they had already given occupancy and completion certificates to builders of about 8,000 flats, and planned to do so for 10,000 more in the coming days.Three ministers will take a complete review and status of the ordered of UP CM to deliver the 50,000 flats to home buyers, who invested their life savings into various housing projects before the new year. Projects will be provided by the officials to the three-minister panel on December 4.HOMES ARE HEREAccording to an official of GNIDA, about 25,000 homebuyers will get their flats before the year ends. An official of Noida Authority said they had already given occupancy and completion certificates to builders of about 8,000 flats, and planned to do so for 10,000 more in the coming days.
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Merc stolen, crime caught on camera

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A burglary incident was caught on tape where four men were seen barging into a motor shop in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar and then driving away with a Mercedes Benz Car and a safe containing Rs 10 lakh along with a licensed firearm. Police are trying to trace the accused.According to the police, the incident took place on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday around 2.30 am. In the video, four persons were seen arriving at the motor shop in a Baleno car, after which they barge into the shop.“They got inside the National Motor’s shop in Moti Nagar and drove away a Mercedes Benz Car, having registration number DL3CBK 1717, and a heavy safe containing cash Rs 10 lakh. According to the owner, there was also a licensed firearm in the safe. Their movements have been captured in CCTV footage and efforts to identify them or trace the vehicle used by them are being made,” said a senior police officer.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls: Final phase voting on Wednesday, results seen as referendum for CM Yogi’s rule

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the third and final phase of civic bodies polls in Uttar Pradesh will take place on Wednesday in 26 districts amid tight security arrangements.The State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal said that 5 Nagar Nigams, 76 Nagar Palikas and 152 Nagar Panchayats will go to polls to elect their mayors and representatives.“Tight security arrangements have been made for the final phase of polling. Additional security forces have been deployed in sensitive districts and drone cameras would keep an eye on the sensitive polling booths,” said the SEC.Districts where polling will be held include Saharnpur, Moradabad, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Sambhal, Etah, Bareilly, Ferozabad, Oraiyya, Kannauj, Jhansi, Kanpur Dehat, Mahoba, Sitapur, Rae Bareilly, Lakhimpur Kheri, Balrampur, Bara Banki, Maharajganj, Siddharthnagar, Kushinagar, Mau, Mirzapur and Chandauli.For the first time all major political parties including the ruling BJP, Samajwadi Party, BSP and the Congress are contesting polls on their party symbols. The BSP is contesting local bodies polls on party symbols after 17 years.
ALSO READ Low turnout marks phase 2 of UP civic pollsGenerally, the Chief Ministers avoid campaigning for the ruling party candidates in local bodies polls but Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a whirlwind tour of the state holding more than 40 rallies in support of BJP candidates.For Yogi Adityanath, results of local bodies polls will be a referendum on his eight-month rule in the state and it may also impact crucial Gujarat Assembly polls.
ALSO READ UP Civic Polls Phase 2: Rajnath’s ‘lotus’ pic at poll booth causes outrage, low voter turn-out recordedThe counting of votes will take place on December 1 and results would be declared the same day.

RK Nagar bypoll: AIADMK Parliamentary board to decide candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling AIADMK on Monday discussed a range of issues, including the December 21 bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency here, with senior functionaries authorising the party’s parliamentary board to decide the bypoll candidate.The meeting, the first after the Election Commission awarded the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol to this camp, was held at the party headquarters under its presidium chairman E Madhusudanan.AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, and co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami, besides other senior functionaries attended the meeting.
ALSO READ Tamil Nadu: Panneerselvam stressed on unity in AIADMK, praises CM PalaniswamiA release from the party said it was “unanimously” resolved in Monday’s meeting to authorise the AIADMK parliamentary board to select the candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll.The release was issued with the “approval” of both Pannnerselvam and Palaniswami.
ALSO READ Assembly Polls: AIADMK high command to decide candidate for RK NagarMeanwhile, the AIADMK announced it was “restructuring” the parliamentary board, which now includes Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.Former ministers K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, Madhusudhanan, Tamil Magan Hussein, P Valarmathi, A Justin Selvaraj and P Venugopal are the other members of the board.Earlier, deposed and jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala who was the head of the board. She had selected her nephew and then AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran for the April 12 bypoll.Later, Dhinakaran was sidelined from the party.The RK Nagar seat fell vacant following the death of local MLA and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.Though the bypoll was originally scheduled in April this year, it was rescinded following complaints of money distribution.The DMK has nominated R Maruthu Ganesh to take on the ruling party. He was also the party nominee for the April 12 bypoll.Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran has also thrown his hat into the ring.The ruling party also discussed the first death anniversary of Jayalalithaa and the various events associated with it, the release said.The AIADMK has already announced taking out a procession from the arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum in Marina Beach, which was reiterated in today’s meeting.The party workers will also take a pledge on that day.The meeting also discussed the valedictory of the birth centenary of party founder, late M G Ramachandran, and decided to hold grand celebrations.

Bypoll in Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency on December 21, Counting on Dec 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The election for the RK Nagar constituency in Chennai, which fell vacant after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year will be held on December 21.Along with RK Nagar, bypolls will take place for Sikandra (UP), Sabang (West Bengal) and Pakke-Kasang and Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh) constituencies.The counting will take place on December 24.Earlier, the Madras High Court had directed the election commission to conduct the by-election to RK Nagar assembly constituency ‘preferably’ by December 31.Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has also said that he will contest in the RK Nagar bypoll.The bypoll slated for April 12 was cancelled subsequently following allegations of large-scale distribution of money to voters, entailing raids by the tax authorities

Man detained for abusive posts against SharadPawar, Supriya Sule

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 34-year-old man was detained for allegedly posting abusive comments against NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his MP daughter Supriya Sule, police said.Police yesterday detained Walchand Geete, a resident of Surendra Nagar in Dhantoli area of the city, for allegedly posting objectionable and abusive comments against Pawars by tagging their twitter accounts.”On the basis of the complaint received, Geete was called to the police station. He was questioned and then allowed to go,” Nandanvan Police Station senior inspector Manik Nalavade said.The complaint regarding the abusive tweets was received by Nandanvan Police in the city on November 16, the inspector said without elaborating.The tweets were posted on November 15 between 11.37 PM and 11.50 PM.A case was registered against Geete under various sections of the IPC and under Information Technology Act.

FIR filed in robbery that went viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after an ice-cream parlour owner was robbed at gunpoint by four bike-borne assailants, the Delhi Police finally managed to register a case, after persuading the victim as he feared the consequences post the case being registered. No arrests have been made so far.The CCTV footage of the incident, which took place in Central Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar went viral on social media prompting the police to approach the victim. The victim was initially hesitant to open up regarding the robbery and did not want to lodge a case as he was afraid of being identified. The entire incident was captured in the cameras installed at the location.According to the CCTV footage, the victim is seen on the road just outside his shop with a small carry bag in one hand while smoking a cigarette. After some time, two persons get off a motorcycle while the other two remain seated on the same motorcycle with the ignition on. One of the assailants had his face uncovered but on spotting the camera he puts on the helmet, which was initially just covering half of his head. The other attacker removes the victim’s gold chain and brandishes a gun to scare him. A passerby who is seen trying to intervene is shown the pistol by the attackers and asked to leave.The duo then scans the pockets of the victim and takes away the cash that he had in his wallet while returning the empty wallet to him. The attackers then casually sit on their motorcycle and leave the spot. Investigators revealed that they are probing the case and the involvement of gangs in Delhi-NCR with same modus operandi is also being investigated.RELUCTANTThe victim was initially hesitant to open up regarding the robbery and did not want to lodge a case as he was afraid of being identified

Power supply to Rani Laxmi Bai memorial in PM Modi’s constituency snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power connection to the memorial of Rani Laxmi Bai at her birth place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary Varanasi has been discontinued. The memorial is lying unkempt without power for over a week now.The memorial caretaker H.P. Gaur said that the power department had snapped the electricity connection a week ago. “When we protested then they said who will come and visit the memorial at night,” alleged Gaur.Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi was one of the prominent warriors of 1857 mutiny. The UP Tourism department had constructed a memorial at her birth place in Kashi and the same was handed over to the Varanasi Nagar Nigam for upkeep and maintenance.When the caretaker approached the SDM of the power Department Saurabh Pathak to restore electricity, the SDM justified disconnection. “The power supply was being run illegally at the memorial so it was disconnected. The department cannot allow power supply without connection as per state government orders. We have told the caretaker to take a proper connection only then the supply will be restored,” said Pathak on disconnection.Under the integrated power development scheme in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi, the power department is laying cables underground. “We are restoring power connections after verification of papers and ensuring that power metres are installed at the connection point,” said the SDM.“Despite the caretaker informing the Nagar Nigam authorities about snapping of power connection, no one has taken up the issue with the power department,” alleged Ram Yash, a social worker.The social worker further alleged that they had taken up the issue with the Varanasi Commissioner and the District Magistrate but no efforts were made to restore power supply. “The memorial was well illuminated and many a people used to visit it during night. But for the past one week the memorial is under the darkness and there is no one to take up the issue,” rued the social worker.

40-year-old man stabbed, critical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man was stabbed in his throat at his residence in east Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area on Thursday morning. The matter came to light when locals heard a man crying for help and rushed him to a nearby hospital where his condition was said to be critical till late evening. Police suspect personal enmity or financial dispute behind the attack.According to a senior police officer, it was during the early hours on Thursday when the locals heard cries of a man asking for help. “When the owner of the house saw that the voice is coming from a room locked from outside, he unlocked the room and found a man drenched in blood. He was crying for help and was immediately rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, where he has been admitted for treatment,” added the police officer.The man was identified as Ram Avatar. Police said that the man’s condition was critical and he has not been able to tell the police who attacked him. Police are now checking CCTV footages from the area to find who had visited Avatar last. Locals and neighbours are also being questioned to know more.”Primary investigation revealed that the man had his nephew visiting him late last night. His family members are also being questioned, and a crime and forensics team was also rushed to the spot. A case of attempt to murder has been registered and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” the officer added.

Guard arrested for killing law student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a 23-year-old security guard for killing a law student in Burari over a road rage incident last week when the student was accidentally hit by the guard’s bike. The student was out for a stroll with his two friends.According to senior police officials, on November 9, the law student, Ashish Bhardwaj, was out for a walk with his two friends, Anup and Himanshu.”They were walking on the Nala road near Hardev Nagar when a biker came and brushed against Ashish. A scuffle started between them as the trio tried to overpower the biker. It was then that the biker, a security guard, pointed a pistol at Ashish and fired,” said a police officer.Ashish was rushed to Sushruta Trauma Centre, where he was declared brought dead. In the meantime, the biker fled from the spot.Rishi Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) said,”On November 14, the Anti Auto Theft Squad received a tip-off about a culprit involved in the murder of Ashish. A trap was laid and one Gaurav Chaudhary was apprehended.During interrogation, Gaurav admitted to firing at Ashish.

Slum dwellers return to Garib Nagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Their shanties may have been demolished by the BMC in the last week of October but the slum dwellers of Garib Nagar in Bandra east have returned; cooking and sleeping beneath tarpaulin sheets. The civic body had demolished nearly 400 shanties in the slum in order to secure the Tansa Pipeline following orders from the High Court.Halim Khan, the local Shiv Sena corporator supporting the slum dwellers, said, “The BMC had issued notices to 326 shanties but demolished an additional 124. A fire broke out which affected more shanties. The residents are adversely affected and forced to come back as they have no other option,” said Khan, who claims that he is distributing food to more than 1,100 of the affected families daily with the help of locals.According to Khan, 35 slum dwellers are eligible for alternate accommodation and 200 more will be eligible once the paperwork is in place. “Even the eligible slum dwellers aren’t being given alternative accommodation. When they use toilet facilities at the nearby station, they are being heavily fined by the Railways,” said Khan.The Railways have enhanced security in the area and started proceedings to get rid of encroachment on its land adjoining the station. Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, Western Railway, said, “The station is for commuters and the facilities are for people with valid tickets.”Despite repeated attempts, BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta and local ward officer Alka Sasane were not available for comment.

BJP manefesto for UP civic elections is party’s accountability to people: CM Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday released the election manifesto for the upcoming local body elections in Uttar Pradesh.At the event, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the manifesto was the party’s accountability to the people, and would ensure a democratic form of election in the 652 urban local bodies and 16 Nagar Nigam.Adityanath focused on the government’s work in the area of electrification, basic public amenities, and public transport in the state, and announced the upcoming plans.The Chief Minister said that street lights in all 16 Nagar Nigams would be changed to LED, wholly funded and maintained by ESL.The work has already begun in Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, and Gorakhpur, informed the CM.To ensure a fair procedure in electricity distribution in the state, Adityanath said that district headquarters were being provided 24 hours electricity supply, while Tehsil headquarters 20 hours electricity supply.Besides saving the cost on electricity, the chief minister said that the government was also ensuring free electricity to households in urban as well as rural areas, and has provided free electrification to 20 lakh households in the last seven months.In addition, seven cities have been chosen, while six are in the process of getting included among smart cities.Adityanath said that the state was also determined towards providing pure drinking water, good parks, and cleanliness.Under the Prime Minister Awaas Yojana, the chief minister informed, 1,61,000 homes have been provided to the poor in urban areas.Besides, budget for public toilets in the state has also been increased from Rs 4,000 to Rs 20,000.In reference to the public transport of the state, Adityanath informed that work on metro in eight cities had begun, while regional connectivity within the state via air transport was also being worked upon.The polling for 652 urban local bodies which includes 16 Nagar Nigam, will be held in three phases on November 22, November 26 and November 29.

Businessman found dead in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 27-year-old Delhi businessman was found dead in Ghaziabad late on Friday night after he went missing on Tuesday, November 7. According to police, the deceased has been identified as Rahul Saxena whose body was recovered by Ghaziabad police from a drain in Ghaziabad’s Kavi Nagar.”On Tuesday, Rahul texted my number informing me that he had come to Rohini sector 32 with two builders, Sellu and Brijendra. He mentioned that these builders belong to sector 22 in Rohini and that sensed something was wrong about them,” said Himani Saxena, Rahul’s sister.Rahul had also texted the same message to his employees when he had left the showroom on November 7 and since then he had been missing.”When he didn’t return to his home or the showroom and his phone was switched off, we informed the police at Sultanpuri police station, Himani added.She claimed that the officers did not show any seriousness in investigating the matter and it was only 24 hours later, when the family again approached the police did they file a complaint.Contradicting the family’s claim the local DCP said that the case under section 365 (Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person, otherwise than on grave provocation) of IPC was registered on Tuesday and investigation was taken up.”After the ransom call, under section 364A (kidnapping for ransom) was added in the case,”he SAID.Himani also stated that on Wednesday, the family had received a ransom call of Rs. 20 lakh and a warning. “We received the ransom call in the afternoon and immediately informed police about it. When we checked with the police about any clue in the case we did not get any confirmation from them. We then started arranging for the money and by the evening we had arranged approximately Rs, 10 lakh,”she said.”We were waiting for the kidnappers to call for the address to deliver money but we never got any call from them,” she added.NEIGHBOURS TO BLAME?Rahul’s family also stated that, few years back they had a property dispute with their neighbor whose trial date was on the same day Rahul went missing.

Alleged arms smuggler held in Ghaziabad, 21 pistols seized

Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 08:47 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police on Saturday arrested a person and seized 21 country-made pistols from him, an official said.He was arrested by a police team from the Tigri roundabout where a search operation was launched on the basis of a tip-off, SP Akash Tomar said.The officer said that 21 country-made pistols of different bores were seized. He has been identified as Kausar, a native of Shamli district, he said.He has confessed that he used to smuggle firearms to criminal groups in Noida, Vijay Nagar and other districts of the National Capital Region, the SP claimed.

Vasundhara Raje promises to cut red tape for Alwar’s married women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women from other states should not have to face red tape after getting married into families in Alwar, Chief minister Vasundhara Raje said on Thursday while issuing directions to Jaipur divisional commission Rajeshwer Singh to hold a meeting with the chief secretary Ashok Jain on the issue.During her tour of Alwar, Raje encountered a number of complaints in this regard from the people she met.Most claimed that women with domicile status in other states, particularly Haryana, face problems in getting caste certificate after moving to Alwar, which borders Haryana. Raje subsequently asked Singh and Alwar in-charge secretary Akhil Arora to get the issue sorted out after discussions with Jain.After holding marathon meetings with the public as part of the CM Jan Sanwad programme and announcing sops for Ajmer, which is due for a bypoll, along with Alwar and Mandalgaarh, Raje met with voters and party leaders in Behror, Alwar, and assured them of action regarding their grievances.The Jan Samwad is Raje’s initiative to meet the general public in person and to hear out all sections of society. At a hotel in Behror, Raje met heads of several castes and noted their concerns and suggestions.”With this programme, I get to know grievances of all sections of the society which get disposed immediately. This also lets us know the ground reality,” Raje said.Raje also took action on certain issues raised by the people. She directed a PWD engineer to survey a road in Vijay Nagar village and sought a report from Discom engineers over delay in electricity connection to a tubewell.CERTIFICATE WOESMost claimed that women with domicile status in other states, particularly Haryana, face problems in getting caste certificate after moving to Alwar

Slum demolition in Bandra East: Bombay HC asks BMC to maintain status quo for a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday continued till November 15, it’s order directing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which was carrying out demolitions in the Garib Nagar slums in Bandra (E), to maintain status quo for a week. A division bench of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Riyaz Chagla have tagged the petition filed by local resident Nilofer Qureshi along with other petitions filed challenging demolition drive along the Tansa Pipeline.Recently, a major fire that erupted during a court-ordered demolition drive by the BMC to clear shanties falling in the buffer zone of the Tansa pipeline.Qureshi, who sought permission for the reconstruction of her shanty, claiming it was built prior to 1995. The plea also claimed that the corporation had carried out the demolition action without notice.However, senior advocate Anil Sakhare and advocate Joel Carlos opposed the plea on grounds that the demolition is in pursuance of the High Court order passed a few years back, ordering the removal of slums along the pipelines in phases. Accordingly, the slum tenements totalling around 325 were removed in phase II and phase III. The court on last hearing accepted the statement, and refusing to grant interim relief for the redevelopment of demolished shanties. Train services were affected on the Harbour line between Bandra and Andheri stations as slum dwellers spilled onto the tracks after a massive fire broke out in Garib Nagar slums in Bandra East.The incident, which took place during a demolition drive ordered by the Bombay High Court, saw slum dwellers getting their furniture, TV sets, refrigerators, sewing machines and even gas cylinders onto the railway tracks and platforms 6 and 7 of Bandra station, blocking the fifth line meant for long-distance trains, and also the Up Harbour line towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

MHADA lottery: MPs, MLAs win homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though the winners of the lottery for MHADA’s 819 homes are yet to be announced, there are around half a dozen winners already. Applications in several categories reserved for MLAs and MPs, MHADA employees and families of defence personnel are less than the number of homes available.For example, in one of the schemes, there were three homes and only two people applied, and in some categories, the authority received zero applications. The lottery is scheduled for November 10 and will be held at the housing authority’s headquarters in Bandra.For example, for scheme number 339 in Siddharth Nagar where two flats under the MLA/MP and EX MLA/MP were available, only one applicant former MLA from Dhule, Sharad Patil had applied. Similarly, for scheme number 337 in Kannamwar Nagar, there were three flats up for grabs and only two applications were received. Both Dnyandev Thakare and Shashikant Khedekar applied in the MP/MLA category.In scheme number 338, located in Tunga Powai, under the MHADA employee category, there were three homes for sale, and only one MHADA employee Darshana Koli applied. In scheme number 345 in Charkop again in MP/MLA category, there was one property for sale and Thakare had applied for the same as well. Thakare won two homes and he will have to surrender one.In the defence family quota, in scheme number 338, Tunga Powai, there were three homes listed in the lottery, but only one application was received by one Kamal Baduni.On the other hand, few homes didn’t find any takers. For example, the homes in defence family category in Lower Parel got no response. Flats for the same category in Shimpoli and Charkop got no response either.NO TAKERSFew homes which were up for grabs in the MHADA lottery didn’t find any takers The defence family category in Lower Parel got no response Flats for the same category in Shimpoli and Charkop received no response either

Death penalty to three in 2012 gang rape, murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (SC/ST) special court on Tuesday sentenced three youths to the death penalty for raping a 30-year-old woman and murdering her along with her minor son. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 75,000 on each of them under various sections of IPC, Arms Act and SC/ST Act. The three were booked in December 2012, in Udhyog Nagar police station of the city for charges of robbery, gang rape and murder. Special SC/ST court judge Girish Kumar Agrawal convicted Kapil alias Anna, Imran alias Dilliwala, both residents of Udhyog Nagar area of Kota city and Tipu alias Sultan alias Aabeed of Tonk district to death penalty under section 302/34 of IPC, told special public prosecutor (SPP), SC/ST court, Kota Kamal Kant Sharma. All the three convicts are about 25-27 years old, he added. The court also sentenced the three to 10 years of imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 over each of the three under section 376/2G and seven years of separate imprisonment under section 397 of IPC, the SPP said. The three were also convicted to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 20,000 under sections of SC/ST Act besides 10 years in jail and a fine of Rs. 20,000 under section 460 of IPC and three years imprisonment and fine of Rs. 5,000 under section 3 of SC/ST Act and fine of Rs. 10,000 under sections of Arms Act, SPP Sharma said.The three convicts, in December 2012 broke into the house of Shiva Koli at around 2 o’clock at night and looted the jewelry, cash and other items and gang-raped Shiva’s 30 years old wife who was sleeping with her minor son in the room, the special public prosecutor said. The three convicts then shot down the woman and the son and fled away after placing the minor son’s dead body into a box, he added. Udhyognagar police on December 6, 2012, lodged a case in this connection under various sections of IPC, SC/ST Act and Arms Act and following the investigation arrested the three who are still in jail as they were not granted the bail. Total 35 witnesses were produced and 130 documents were submitted to the court during the trial, the SPP added.​

4 men held for assaulting woman, making video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gautam Budh Nagar police arrested four men from the Dadri area on Sunday morning for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old woman last month.According to the police, the accused have been identified as Shaki Jaan, 24, Anuj, 25, Rajindra, 22, and Kunal, 25. They allegedly assaulted a woman last month.”On Saturday evening, we came across a video in which a woman was being assaulted by the four accused. Following this, we registered a case under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” a senior officer said.Police verified the video and located the girl, who then told them that last month, she was heading back home when these men stopped her near a deserted road, tore her clothes, assaulted her, and tried to force themselves on her.”These men filmed the incident and then threatened her to not disclose the incident to anyone,” the officer added.The police then conducted raids at their homes on Sunday morning and arrested them. During interrogation, the four confessed to the crime and stated that they wanted the video to go viral in their village.

Make In India’ a bane for Mumbai Metro?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While civil works for Metro corridors in the city are being carried out smoothly, the Central Government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative is proving to be a hurdle in the procurement of rolling stocks (coaches) for three Metro corridors, namely, the Andheri East–Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor, Dahisar- DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor, and DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B corridor.Reason? The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding these three projects have reservations regarding this procurement policy wherein 75 per cent of the coaches will have to be manufactured in India, claimed Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials who have written to the central government seeking assistance on the same.An MMRDA official said, “We already started the civil work for Metro-2A and Metro-7 last year, and the same might get over by 2018, after which we will need rolling stocks to be ready to make these two corridors operational. But the ADB has been delaying the approval of the loan amount which is in a way delaying the procurement process.”The MMRDA official added, “The delay is majorly because of the procurement policy of rolling stocks wherein ADB has reservations over 75 per cent of rolling stocks being manufactured in India. We have written to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Ministry of Finance seeking assistance.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, confirmed approaching the central government for the same. The MMRDA is self financing the civil cost of the all the three corridors mentioned and the cost for rolling stocks, and the rest would be financed by the ADB loan.This also means that as procurement of coaches is getting delayed, the MMRDA will have necessary infrastructure to run Metro but not have the coaches ready to run by next year.The MMRDA plans to procure 63 driver-less trains of six coaches each for the above mentioned Metro corridors of which 15 coaches will be manufactured outside India, and the remaining within the country.Prior to this, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funding the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground project had also expressed reservations over having Metro coaches manufactured in India, but had later agreed to the same.

Chennai floods: Even as death toll hits 14, CM Palanisami maintains situation under control

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Chennai was recovering from the impact of 30 cm of rain on Thursday night, the downpour that began on Friday evening made life difficult for people living in low-lying areas.Chennai’s Nungambakkam’s weather station recorded 65.8 mm rain till 8.30 am on Saturday while Meenambakkam, which is near the airport, received 62 mm.The showers have been attributed to a low-pressure area that lies over Southwest Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast and extends up to 3.1km above the mean sea le­vel. The weathermen have predicted that heavy rainfall is expected to continue over Chennai and its adjoining areas for at least two to three days.The death toll due to rain-related incidents mounted to 14 as on Friday evening. Schools and colleges were remaining shut for the fifth successive day on Saturday in Chennai and its adjoining districts.With the heavy rain continuing to lash on Saturday, the situation has become, particularly, worse in South Chennai and its suburbs where the overflowing lakes flooded those localities. Several parts of the southern suburbs from Velacherry to Tambaram face a flood-like situation.In Mudichur and Varadharajapuram, several residents were seen leaving their homes to the relatives and friends places for safety as the continuing rain increasing the flood water level. “In the 2015 floods, the water entered the first floors in our localities. It is still fresh in our minds. As the rain continuing for the sixth day, the water level will increase anytime,” said K Saravanan of Rayappa Nagar in Mudichur.Heavy rains did not spare the core city areas as well. Low-lying upscale areas like Boat Club and RA Puram were inundated. Parts of Pudupet, Egmore, Choolai, Vysarpadi, Pattalam, Tondiarpet, RK Nagar and Anna Nagar West were also batting inundation.Chennai Corporation commissioner D Karthikeyan assured that the civic body was prepared to face the monsoon and all the men and material are in place to provide relief at the earliest from rains.With the active North East Monsoon, the drought hit Cauvery delta districts – Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur – was battered by incessant rains on Friday night. Talaignayar and Tirupoondi in Nagapattinam recorded 27 cm and 24 cm rains respectively till Saturday morning. Apart from the flooding of the houses, over 1500 hectares of paddy crops were destroyed.Tamil Nadu government continued to maintain there was no reason to panic. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami visited flood-affected areas on Friday and assured that all the steps were taken to ensure that floodwaters drain at the earliest. He also claimed that his government had handled the flood situation better than Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Bombay High Court stays Garib Nagar demolition drive after resident files petition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which was carrying out demolitions in the Garib Nagar slums in Bandra East, to discontinue the demolition drive after a plea filed by a resident.This order comes in light of a major fire that erupted recently during a court-ordered demolition drive by the BMC to clear shanties falling in the buffer zone of the Tansa pipeline.A division bench of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Riyaz Chagla gave the direction while hearing a plea filed by a resident Nilofer Qureshi, who sought permission for the reconstruction of her shanty, claiming it was built prior to 1995. The plea also claimed that the corporation had carried out the demolition action without notice.However, senior advocate Anil Sakhare and advocate Joel Carlos opposed the plea on grounds that the demolition is in pursuance of the High Court order passed a few years back, ordering the removal of slums along the pipelines in phases. Accordingly, the slum tenements totalling around 325 were removed in phase II and phase III.The court accepted the statement, and refusing to grant interim relief for the redevelopment of demolished shanties, posted the matter for further hearing next week.Last week, train services were affected on the Harbour line between Bandra and Andheri stations as slum dwellers spilled onto the tracks after a massive fire broke out in Garib Nagar slums in Bandra East.The incident, which took place during a demolition drive ordered by the HC, saw slum dwellers getting their furniture, TV sets, refrigerators, onto the railway tracks.THE PLEAThe petitioner, Nilofer Qureshi, a resident of Garib Nagar has sought permission for reconstruction of her shanty, claiming it was built in 1995.

Man arrested for attempting to rape 8-yr-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A eight-year-old girl narrowly escaped a rape attempt by her neighbour in the Modi Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Monday. The accused,Sanju,20, was arrested from the spot by the locals.Speaking to DNA , the father of the child said, “I had asked my daughter to go to a local store to buy something from a shop. But when she returned she was in a lot of pain and when I asked her about the pain she revealed the incident,” he said.Explaining just what had happened, he added, “She said that when she reached the shop, our neighbour spotted her and asked her to accompany him on the pretext of giving her candy. He then took her to an abandoned spot and later then tried to sexually assault her. But when she shouted, a local spotted her and Sanju was caught.”Locals handed over the accused to the police and the family says it is still in a state of shock over the incident”We had good relations with Sanju. Our daughter often went out with him. We never expected such an act from him,” said the father.According to the police, following the complaint, the accused has been booked under attempt to rape and POSCO sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Encroachments return along Tansa pipeline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) continued its demolition drive in Garib Nagar in Bandra East on Tuesday, the civic body has not even started construction of a mandatory wall along the Tansa pipeline in Marol in Andheri East where it had demolished around 1,500 illegal shanties about five months ago. Now, encroachments have started cropping up again.The K-East ward of BMC that consists of Andheri (East), including Marol, had carried out the drive in Great Indira Nagar in Marol in May-end, following Bombay High Court’s 2009 order which directed removal of illegal encroachments falling within 10 metres on both side of Tansa pipeline. The order was given to prevent water theft and leaks. BMC had removed encroachment at around 400 to 500 long stretch of the pipeline.As per the court order, the civic body has to construct a wall on both sides of the pipeline after removing the shanties. However, even after 5 months, the civic body has not done so.Now, encroachments have again started coming up. Residents in the area have complained that after demolition, the area along the pipeline is frequently used as a garbage dumping ground. “Apart from garbage being dumped, nullah water is also accumulating, raising the risk of transmitting diseases,” said Amar Murya, resident of Great Indira Nagar, Marol.Another resident said that if the civic body leaves the area after demolition in the same condition, chances of encroachment are high.A senior official from the water hydraulic department of BMC said they have floated the tender to construct the wall. “The demolition was carried out just before the monsoon and during monsoon we cannot carry out any civic work,” said the official, adding that they will soon complete the tender process.The 39-km long Tansa water pipeline is in two parts — first from Mulund to Dharavi, and the second from Ghatkopar to Sion. The pipeline crossed 10 administrative wards of BMC and fall in Mulund, Bhandup, Sahar, Wakola, Hussein Hill, Khar East, Mahim, Dharavi, Ghatkopar, Kurla East, and Anda Depot.As per data available with BMC’s water hydraulic department, of the total 16,409 unauthorised structures, ward offices have demolished around 8,000.

Cops looking for 2 rumour mongers

According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nirmal Nagar police who are probing the Garib Nagar fire case in which over 100 shanties were gutted in a fire during a demolition drive on Friday, are on the lookout for two persons suspected to be main accused behind the fire, who were earlier involved in spreading a rumour during a previous demolition drive to stop the demolition.According to the police, the duo are habitual offenders, and in a bid to stop an earlier demolition drive in the area, they had spread a rumour that the BMC and police had demolished a Masjid, causing tension in the area. Due to the rumours, the demolition drive had come to halt. The police had later arrested both of them and they were released on a bail. The police now believe that the duo are the main accused behind Friday’s fire.”Shabbir Khan (29) who has been arrested for starting the fire has said he was aware of the planning behind the fire and that another 8-10 people were involved in it. However, two men who were behind spreading rumours earlier are suspected to be the masterminds in this case as well,” said a senior police officer.

Minor labourer falls from roof, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old minor boy, working as a child labor to a private contractor today noon died during the treatment in a private hospital in the city after he had sustained severe head injuries after falling from the rooftop while he was fixing an iron angle of an advertisement hoarding in a multi-storied building in Talwandi area under Jawahar Nagar police station. The police have lodged a case against the contractor under sections of IPC and J.J. Act for causing death by negligence and employing a minor child to work. The dead body was handed over to the family members after postmortem later in the day on Sunday.Raju Erwal (17), a resident of Nagpal colony under Udhyog Nagar police station area sustained severe head injuries after he had fallen from the rooftop of multi-storied building in Talwandi area early on Sunday morning while he was getting down through stairway with iron angle, told Neeraj Gupta, Circle In charge (CI), Jawahar Nagar police station.The minor boy, while he was getting down through the staircase from the top floor of the building, lost balance and rolled down to floor with severe head injuries while the iron angle was left stuck to the wall, he said adding he was immediately rushed to nearby private hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment at noon today. Raju along with his co-worker Ajay Khateek was on contractual work to fix an advertising hoarding on the building at around 7 o’clock today morning when the mishap occurred, the CI said.The body was handed over to the family members after postmortem, he added. Police have lodged a case against the private contractor of causing death by negligence under section 304(A) of IPC and under sections of JJ. Act for employing a minor boy to work, CI Neeraj Gupta said adding the further investigation into the matter is underway, however, the accused contractor has not been arrested.HEAD INJURIESRaju Erwal (17), a resident of Nagpal colony under Udhyog Nagar police station area sustained severe head injuries after he had fallen from the rooftop of building in Talwandi area.

In Noida, drum beats for those who owe revenue department cash

Updated: Oct 28, 2017, 11:07 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The revenue collection staff of Gautam Buddha Nagar district on Saturday announced the names of people owing dues to the department with drum beats in areas near their residence and work place, an official said.As per the directions of the district magistrate, names of some 15-20 people were announced on the public address system, Additional District Information Officer said.Three persons of the Food Department owing Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 2 lakh each deposited cash of Rs 20,000, Rs 40,000 and Rs 30,000, he said.

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