Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed displeasure at ministers not making it to the House in time for laying the papers listed against their names.The provocation was apparently caused by the absence of ministers like Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tourism Minister K J Alphons when their names were called by the Chair for laying of listed papers. “I would like to advise the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to see that Ministers who are supposed to lay papers on the Table of the House are in the House on time,” Naidu said. If some Ministers have other engagements, they should not list papers against their names, he said. “If they (ministers) have any problem, they should not give their names. It can be done subsequently. Please take note of it and convey it to the ministers,” the Chairman said.Pradhan’s name was on the top of the list of ministers who were to lay the papers relating to their ministries in the Upper House today. However, he was not present when his name was called to lay the papers such as copies of rules for payment of subsidies under Aadhaar Act and the annual reports of PSUs under his ministry including Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum.Tourism Minister Alphons too was absent when his name was called to lay copies of annual reports of institutes under his ministry.Also readManmohan Singh-Pakistan remark: Nobody will apologise as incident did not happen in House, says Vice President NaiduWhile Alphons came in a few minutes after his name was called, Pradhan was absent even when his name was called the second time to present a statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in a standing committee report on ethanol blended petrol and bio-diesel policy. When Pradhan finally entered the House, Naidu called him to present the first set of papers, but he was not called to make his statement on a standing committee report relating to his ministry.
Join the discussion<!–end of artlbotbor–>
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College will now be called ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’, the college’s governing body has said.The decision was made after by the governing body after a meeting and said they will rename the college after it becomes a full-fledged morning college. The college’s principal said that the name was an inspiration for many during freedom struggle and hence it will inspire the students. “The name inspired millions during freedom struggle. It’ll also inspire students. There mustn’t be controversy on it. People opposing it haven’t understood it well. We’ll not reconsider it, it’s final,” said Dr IS Bakshi, principal of Dyal Singh College on Saturday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats of state in upcoming assembly elections, BJP MLA from Sanganer constituency Ghanshyam Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’. Tiwari has yet not resigned from BJP and the party leadership at state too is horns of a dilemma on the issue. The party-state leadership has shrugged off a decision on it for the central leadership. “Its democratic right of an individual to decide on contesting the election,” BJP state president Ashok Parnami said in response to media queries on Tiwari issue on Wednesday. “In process of my duty as a party state president, I have to inform the central leadership on all such issues and not just in case of Tiwari, So has been done in case of his recent comments,” said Parnami. “Tiwari has responded to the committee and it’s now it’s on them to take an action,” Parnami said. A senior leader, Tiwari has been associated with BJP since its inception in Rajasthan. Even as he has been sidelined at party politics, the state leaders do not intend to gain him on sympathy points and thus is not in the mood to decide on him in haste. However, as Tiwari has declared to announce the name of his party by ‘Makar Sankranti’ falling in January a decision will have to be reached before the date. New frontAnnouncing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to set up a chair in the name of renowned thinker Swami Dayanand Saraswati under category of Social Reformer. The commission has set up a scheme to establish chairs under various renowned personalities and scholars across various universities.Students are taught about life and times of these personalities under the programme. As an extension to this, the commission has now asked for establishing a chair in the name of Dayanand Saraswati. The notice sent to all universities on Thursday read, “The universities desirous of setting up a chair in the name of Swami Dayanand Saraswati may sent their proposals and budget details to Secretary UGC within 15 days of publishing of this notice.” Dayanand Saraswati was a Hindu religious leader and founder of the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movements of the Vedic tradition. He was also a renowned scholar of the language.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An initiative of ranking the police stations across the country has been initiated by the Home department for which entries have been sent from all the states of the country.The entries comprise only the best working police stations of each state. Interestingly, from Rajasthan, Bhanwargarh police station in Baran district has been chosen as one of the best amongst others in the state and the name has been sent as an official entry from Rajasthan.“The initiative aims at establishing a model base for policing ethics. After much consideration, Bhanwargarh police station was chosen and the name has been sent ahead. A team from the Home ministry is expected to visit the police station to evaluate the same on various parameters such as pendency, law and order, crime solving and others. We expect the result to be out by mid-December. We are sure that if not the top three we will surely get a place amongst the top ten police stations of the country,” said Dusht Daman Singh, SP – Baran.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While people, in general, want to name their kids after famous people and celebrities, a 26-year-old auto driver has named his son as GST. Yes, you heard it right!In July, India’s biggest tax reform GST (Goods and Services Tax) after independence came into effect after 17 tumultuous years of debate, unifying more than a dozen central and state levies, but doubts remained if the transition to a national sales tax will be without any glitches.Yaswant Singh, the auto-driver who lives in Noida Sector -63 got so much influenced with the unified tax that he named his newborn son as GST Singh Pal.Speaking to DNA, Singh stated, “I was very much influenced by Prime Minister’ Narendra Modis GST system. I also like his speeches, they are really inspirational. I wanted my son’s name to be unique. None of the parents must have ever thought of naming their child as GST. I like this name very much and this will remain forever. I want my son to achieve a good education and will do everything a father can. So, what could be better than this name, so we named our newly born baby as GST,” he added.”Last year, demonetisation took place and we suffered a lot from it but now we have overcome that and have realised that the moves made by PM Modi only affected rich people. It is for the country and we support him in every way.Earlier, I had to take a loan from my relatives also due to demonetisation but I am happy. We think demonetisation and GST will definitely be good for our country,” he further added.”We were mocked by our relatives for keeping this name but we are not going to change it. As GST brought a lot of good changes to the country, in a similar way, our son will also bring good changes to our family,” he said.
Millions of Indian women have never used their husband’s name – it’s a way of showing respect for him. But campaigners are now urging some of them to change their ways.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Monday said that nothing is more ?deplorable? than people killing each other in the name of ?Gau raksha? (cow vigilantism). Talking to ANI, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes said it is a ?sad spectacle? that there is no peace in the country today. ?In the name of protecting the cows if you indulge in violence, I think it is deplorable. And, if people are being killed in the name of protecting animal it is the saddest thing that can happen. I appeal to our people not to indulge in violence in the name of cow,? he added. Another Congress leader P.L. Punia said that the Prime Minister should send a strict advisory to the BJP ruled states in this regard so that such incidents do not occur. ?The truth is that these kinds of incidents are taking place only in BJP ruled states. PM Modi should ask his Ministers and supporters to take strict action only then such incident will not take place. If such message reaches them that the Government is serious on such issues then such things can be avoided. Today, the need is that people who are involved in such activities, no matter of their position, should be held and punished,? he added. Rebuking the incidents of cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday warned gau rakshaks of strict action, urging state governments to keep the “anti-social elements” under check. Prime Minister Modi further urged all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection. He added that State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law. “Prime Minister Modi has asked the State Governments to take strict action against the anti-social elements creating violence in the name of cow vigilantism and punish them strictly,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said after the all-party meeting here. “People are trying to give it a political and communal colour, but it is not in favour of the country,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In her last month of pregnancy, Nagpur resident Prapti Banerjee (37) slowly made her way to Laxminagar Sonography Clinic in the vicinity of her house for her third Doppler test, only to face undue harassment from the staffers and the doctor there. The attendant at the reception insisted that she insert the middle name of her husband in the register, while Banerjee kept arguing that she had not changed her name after marriage.”I made it clear in as many words that I do not use my husband’s name in legal documents such as PAN card or Aadhaar card, and if the entry were to be made as such it would erroneous,” Prapti told DNA on Thursday. “The attendant did not enter my name, and instead wrote ‘Prapti Rajiv Ranjan Singh’, which is not my identity,” she added.Dr Rashmi Shende, a radiologist and the owner of the clinic, said, “We insisted on the middle name, but after a lot of argument with the patient, we changed the name to ‘Prapti Rajiv Ranjan Banerjee Singh’. We are supposed to maintain compliance with state laws.”This irked Banerjee even more. “They have totally convoluted my identity. No person with such a name exists,” she said.Under the record-keeping laws of Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostics Technique (PCPNDT) Act, radiologists are supposed to maintain a five-column register under Section 91/C, which requires the following heads to be filled in: patient’s name, name of father or spouse, number of children and the date of the first report. “The name of the father or spouse has to be filled in separately, not as a middle name of the patient,” clarified Dr Aniruddh Kulkarni, Maharashtra Secretary, Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA). “Dr Shende has got the record-keeping rules wrong. The patient should not have been unduly harassed.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid rising incidents of lynching of people by ‘gau-rakshaks’ across the country, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday said that lynching in the name of protecting something is not acceptable. ?You cannot lynch anybody in the name of protecting something. Cow protection is sacred but life is the most sacred thing. In the name of a sacred thing you cannot soil sacredness of life,? Madhav told media here. He added that life itself is sacred, and there is nothing sacred in lynching or taking life in the name of cow protection. On June 22, Junaid Khan was allegedly lynched by unidentified persons on a local train while travelling from Ghaziabad to Mathura. The incident took place when Junaid along with his brothers were returning to their village on Haryana after going to shop for Eid in Delhi. Haseeb, Junaid’s brother, said his skull cap was pulled off and his beard was tugged while the mob hurled abuses at them and were called “beef-eaters”. Many people, across the country, were lynched over the past few months by cow vigilante groups. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also said that killing in the name of an animal sacred to majority Hindus was wrong. The Central Government had last month come out with new rules to ban the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six people were thrashed by a mob in Delhi’s Baba Haridas Nagar for allegedly carrying buffaloes.The mob vandalised the six vehicles reportedly carrying calves and thrashed three drivers. Later, the calves were released.One of the drivers Ali Jaan received major injuries while the rest have been discharged from the hospital.An FIR has been registered by Ali Jaan’s son against attackers.On June 30, a man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned people that killings in the name of cow protection would not be tolerated.The Prime Minister tweeted, “Killing people in the name of gau bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.”He added that no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Facebook post by a filmmaker against the lynching of a Muslim teenager has spawned a powerful online campaign, leading to protest marches being held in five cities across the country.Thousands have pledged to hit the streets this week in support of the campaign, “Not In My Name”.Citizen protests will be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru simultaneously on June 28, the filmmaker, Saba Dewan, said, adding that it reflected the “anger and grief” of the people.”I never realised the response would be so overwhelming.Despite the debilitating violence, these protests will make us feel we are alive and spark hope,” Dewan told PTI.The campaign sought to “reclaim the Constitution” and “resist the onslaught” on the right to life and equality, the Gurgaon-based documentary filmmaker said.The protest in Delhi will be held at the Jantar Mantar at around 6 PM. The family of 17-year-old Junaid — killed by a mob when he was on his way home to Ballabhgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi — will also be invited to join the demonstration, Dewan said.An image designed by graphic artist Orijit Sen featuring blood-stained chappals, a metal rod and the message “Not In My Name” is being shared by hundreds on social media sites along with an appeal to join the protest.”Please carry banners with the slogan – NOT IN MY NAME.This is a citizens’ protest open to all. Everyone is welcome but without party or organisational banners,” the invite reads.It all started on June 24 with Dewan’s post calling for protests against the spate of lynchings that have taken place in different parts of the country in recent weeks, the latest being the murderous attack on Junaid on June 22.”If not now, then when? Why wait for political formations to organise a demonstration? Why can’t all of us as citizens repulsed by the violence get together in protest at the earliest next week at Jantar Mantar under the banner – Not in my Name,” it said.Junaid was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train, which he had taken with his two brothers after shopping at Delhi’s Sadar Bazar. A group of men hurled communal slurs at the boys and attacked them after an altercation, allegedly over seats.KHATTAR CONDEMNS ATTACKMeanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today condemned the brutal killing of a Muslim youth onboard a Mathura-bound train and said that efforts were on to nab the other accused in the case.Khattar, who had invited criticism from various quarters for not condemning the shocking incident or expressing condolence, said, “I condemn the incident and appeal to people to maintain peace”.”Efforts are on to nab the other accused in the case,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a meeting.The victim’s family was yesterday given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh by the District Red Cross while Wakf Board chairman announced another Rs 5 lakh and a job to one of Jallaludin’s sons.Junaid was stabbed to death while his brothers, Hashim and Sakir–were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them onboard the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations on Thursday night.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A woman in Uttar Pradesh?s Etah district allegedly thrashed her 85-year-old mother-in-law and pushed her off the terrace for not registering the property in her name. The victim, Prem Devi, was taken to the district hospital by her younger son. Doctors have detected deep internal injuries in her body. The accused, Urmila Devi, was torturing her mother-in-law for the last month as she wanted the property in Kotwali, Uttar Pradesh, to be transferred in her name. Prem Devi?s husband is an Ayurveda doctor in Lucknow. A case has been registered against Urmila.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the Modi government, saying innocent persons have lost their lives in the name of cow protection and asked if this was the change promised by the ruling party. The government has also “failed” to address issues like poverty, inflation, illiteracy, unemployment and communal clashes, she said in a release issued here. “It is because of the Modi government that the saffron brigade has perpetrated the reign of terror…several innocent Muslims and Dalits have lost their lives in the name of gau raksha…is this how the country is changing for the BJP,” she said. On the completion of three years of the Modi government, Mayawati said a true analysis will find that the lives of crores of poor people, deprived, farmers, labourers, unemployed, small and medium traders as well as Dalits, adivasis and religious minorities have taken a turn for the worse. She said though the government is saying that the economy has improved, they have not stated that the real benefit has gone to the handful of capitalists and not the common people. Charging that the Modi government works less and makes tall claims, the BSP supremo said money is being spent like water to boast about government achievements and mislead people. “But they do not have an answer to a simple question being raised by the common people as to why this government has totally failed to address issues like poverty, inflation, illiteracy, unemployment and communal and caste clashes and violence”, she said. “Crores of farmers, labourers, Dalits, backwards and religious minorities are today forced to ask as to what have they got in the last three years…in fact there has been an attack in their rights during this period,” she charged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vigilance sleuths today detected properties worth Rs 2.33 crore in the posession of an anganwadi worker in Odisha’s Kendrapara district. The vigilance officials conducted simultaneous searches at several places allegations of acquisition and possession of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income by the anganwadi worker. Searches were conducted at a three-storied building here belonging to the anganwadi worker, her paternal house, office room and factory at Balabhadrapur and rice mills at Madanpur and Pattamundai in Kendrapara district. The officials found 13 plots valued at Rs 1.7 crore and the building at Pandra in Bhubaneswar in the name of her husband which was valed at about Rs 25.18 lakh. They also found deposits worth Rs 14,97,701, in 18 policies and policies in her name and the names of her family members worth, besides a van worth Rs 5,51,745. The woman had joined as anganwadi worker in 2008 at a remuneration of Rs 4,500 per month. At present she gets a salary of Rs 6,500 per month.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Home Minister and KPCC President G Parameshwara today questioned why his name should not figure for the post of party unit chief again, when the High Command sees in him the capability of holding two or three posts in the party and the government. “Why not? (Why my name should not crop up for consideration for KPCC President’s post). “The other day somebody was mentioning I am holding two to three posts, but the High Command sees me capable to handle those posts and hence they have given me those responsibilities,” he told reporters here. Parameshwara was replying to a query whether his name has also surfaced for the KPCC President’s post. He said all these speculations surface when a party gears up for the state Assembly polls scheduled next year. On Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge’s name doing the rounds for the KPCC President’s post, Parameshwara said he does not know whether his name had been discussed at the High Command level. “I don’t know whether all these things (including Kharge’s name) have been discussed at the National President’s or Vice-President’s level, but all these we are hearing and are reading in the media,” he said. To a query, Parameshwara denied infighting in Congress, but acknowledged differences of opinions on some issues, which prompted some leaders to desert the party. “We don’t have infighting, but there are differences of opinion on some issues. Some of them (including former Chief Minister S M Krishna) left because their opinions might not have been heard.” “It could also be for some other reasons. However, we don’t have groups within the party,” he said. Asked to react on the timing of change of guard in the KPCC, he said, “Why suspect? I don’t think there is anything wrong in appointing a new team. In fact, in all other states are doing this. It is a routine exercise any party does before state elections,” he said. He welcomed party general secretary and Karnataka-incharge K C Venugopal, who has been tasked with setting the tone for next state elections by curbing desertions, infighting and change in KPCC President’s post. Venugopal is an experienced party functionary and was minister twice in the state and at the Centre. “I am sure he will guide us and also take us together as a team,” he said. Parameshwara also assured cooperation in whatever instructions and guidance he gives to strengthen the party in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today said electronic voting machines cannot be relied upon and demanded that all future elections are conducted through ballot papers. “When will EVMs develop a snag no one can tell … When will the software fail … Machines cannot be relied upon. We do not have faith in EVMs,” Akhilesh told news persons here. “We have 100 per cent faith in our ballot papers and it is our demand that future elections are held using them … We do not want to go into whether EVMs are good or bad,” the former UP chief minister said. Akhilesh said people feel that they have been misled (by the BJP) for forming the government. “The entire election was fought by spreading hatred in the name of caste and religion … The votes were taken by promising benefits in the name of caste and religion,” he said. The SP chief also launched a two-month membership drive of his party aimed at reaching out to “maximum” people from all sections of the society. “Through this membership drive we will tell people about works done and programmes started by the SP government,” he said, adding that besides traditional means, members will be enrolled through missed calls and social media. On the Yogi Adityanath government’s announcement to provide power for 24 hours in district headquarters, 20 hours in Bundelkhand and 18 hours in villages, Akhilesh said as of now power is being given through power sub-stations, transformers and distribution lines installed by the SP government “which had done a lot of work in the power sector”. The SP chief said time has not come for his party to oppose the BJP government. “We will oppose only when the BJP government will have its budget and will run its schemes,” he said. Asked about the law and order situation in the state, he cited media reports about a man being set on fire in a car in Gorakhpur. “Had such an incident taken place during the SP government, the media would have made it a big issue … Which crime is not taking place … police are being beaten up,” he said, adding that many people are being harassed in the name of anti-Romeo campaign.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has turn down CM Mamata Banerjee’s plans to change the name of her state from ‘Bangla’ from West Bengal, saying the name sounded too similar to Bangladesh, reports the New Indian Express.The MEA has sent letters to West Bengal Secretariat Nabanna and the Home Ministry saying that there would be confusion with Bangladesh, India’s neighbour if West Bengal was called Bangla.The Union Ministry also doesn’t want different names for the state when the medium of language changes.However no letter has been sent to Nabanna regarding the same by the Home Ministry.West Bengal passed a resolution to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ in Bengali and ‘Bengal’ in English in a bid to raise stature in the alphabetical sequence of state names.Efforts were on to change the name since 2011 when Mamata Banerjee took the office of chief minister of the state and discovered an annoying truth. Name of West Bengal always appeared at the bottom of the list whenever state representatives or event Mamata herself was supposed to address any meeting between the Union government and the states.While West Bengal representatives always get chance to speak, patience of listeners wear out by the end of the meetings. And consequence could be frustrating if the listener is the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.Something similar happened – and provided the trigger for the latest action – when during the recent meeting of inter-state council meeting Mamata Banerjee had to wait the whole working day till 7 in the evening to get her turn to speak.She had a host of issues to highlight like compensating revenue loss of approximately Rs 6,500 crore since 2011-12 to 2015-16, which has not been compensated and release of Rs 2,330 crore under the special backward region grant fund.But Mamata told the waiting media personnel outside that few were willing to listen to her after long hours of meeting.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: An aged couple who have claimed that popular actor Dhanush is their son, have accused him of producing a fake birth certificate before the Madras High Court bench here to get their case pending before a lower court at nearby Melur quashed. In their counter affidavit before the Melur Judicial Magistrate yesterday, R Kathiresan and Meenakshi submitted that they could prove their claim that Dhanush was their son, if the trial was conducted. Dhanush, son-in-law of superstar Rajinikant, had moved the Madras High Court bench on January 25 this year, seeking quashing of the case filed by the couple. He had also sought a stay on the proceedings pending in the Judicial Magistrate’s court. The couple had claimed Dhanush was their third son and also sought maintenance of Rs 65,000 per month from the actor as they could not fend for themselves. They had submitted that Dhanush was a schoolboy when he ran away to Chennai to get into the film world. They could not trace him then and recognised him while watching his movies, they said. Their efforts to meet him at Chennai had failed, they added. Dhanush had earlier denied their claim and accused the couple of trying to “blackmail” him. He had also produced a birth certificate which stated he was born on July 28, 1983 at the children’s hospital at Egmore here and that his parents were Krishnamoorthy and K Vijayalakshmi. Though his name had not been mentioned in the certificate, the actor said he was given the name R K Vengadesha Prabu. A gazette notification issued to change his name as K Dhanush was also produced in the court. In their counter filed today, the couple submitted that Dhanush was born at Government Rajaji hospital here on November 7, 1985 and his name was Kalaichelvan. He had studied in Madurai district till the 10th standard. He was admitted to a private school at Tiruppatur in Sivaganga district, they said. He later dropped out of school and went to Chennai to act in films, the couple claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ED has attached assets worth Rs 2.77 crore, including Rs 29 lakh in bank deposits, of a retired IAS officer and Chennai Port Trust Chairman in connection with its money laundering probe against him and others, that emerged from an earlier disproportionate assets case against him. The agency’s zonal office here today said it has issued orders, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), to provisionally attach three immovable assets worth Rs 2.48 crore and bank deposits to the tune of Rs 29 lakh of K Suresh, a retired 1982-batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had slapped money laundering charges against Suresh and others based on a CBI FIR and charge sheet against him on charges of possessing alleged disproportionate assets. The CBI had filed a criminal complaint against him and raided his premises here in 2009. The case pertains to CBI probe findings that Suresh, while working as the Zonal Manager of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Chairman of the Chennai Port Trust (CPT) here “during September 2003-August 2009 acquired and was in possession of movable and immovable assets and pecuniary resources in his name and in the name of his wife which were disproportionate to an extent of about Rs 2.79 crore to their known sources of income, which works out to 450 per cent of his known sources of income during the check period.” ED said its PMLA probe found that the “proceeds of crime derived by Suresh…were laundered with the help of a real estate agent from Rajapalayam, a family friend and through the various accounts operated by the proprietor of a real estate firm, who operates his accounts in the names of various shell companies with a Chennai bank.” “He (Owner of real estate firm) utilised the same for the purchase of an immovable property at Kottivakkam in the name of the wife of Suresh and the same is being projected as untainted property by him,” ED said in a statement. The agency added Suresh had “acquired another immovable property at Kodaikanal by laundering proceeds of crime committed by him with the help a family friend and a gold and diamond mining businessman in Africa. “The Kodaikanal property was purchased in the name of the brother-in-law of the associate who acted as a benami for Suresh,” it said. An attachment under PMLA is aimed to deprive the accused from obtaining benefits of his ill-gotten wealth and such an order can be appealed before the Adjudicating Authority of the said Act within 180 days. A special CBI court here, in November last year, had convicted and sentenced Suresh to two years rigorous imprisonment in the case filed by the central anti-corruption probe agency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>and Prevention of Corruption Act. ED said its probe found that Rai “established a construction company under the name Ms Mahamaya Construction Private Limited in the name of his wife Sushila Devi and others, Ms Maa Gauri Construction in the name of his brother Sanjay K Rai and others and also established Ms Baba Basuki Dairy Firm in the name of his wife and brother and laundered huge money in the name of the said companies/firms and projected them as untainted money. “Rai had also transacted huge amount of money with his wife and his brothers Sanjay K Rai, Dev Narayan Rai and projected them as untainted money,” it said. Apart from filing three charge sheets in this case, the trial was completed in September last year and the arguments ended on January 16 earlier this month after which the conviction order against Rai was made by the local court here. ED is the central agency to enforce the PMLA in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission on Tuesday directed political parties to desist from seeking votes in the name of religion and caste saying it amounts to violation of the model code even as it reminded them of a recent Supreme Court order which said such appeals amount to corrupt practice.In a separate letter to chief electoral officers of all states, the Commission said any activity of seeking votes in the name of religion and caste by or on behalf of any candidate or political party would now amount to violation of the provisions of the Mode Code of Conduct. The CEOs have been asked to inform the grassroots level election officials and ensure the compliance of the SC orders during elections.On January 2, the apex court had held that any appeal to vote or to refrain from voting for a candidate on the ground of religion, caste, race, community or language of the candidate, election agent, any person making the appeal with the consent of the candidate or on the ground of the religion, caste of the electors would amount to corrupt practice. Detailing the broad points of the judgement delivered by a Constitution Bench, the Commission has now asked the parties to ensure “strict compliance” of the judgement.”The political parties may also suitably brief and inform their lower formations and party cadres and all their candidates about the ruling of the Supreme Court and ask them to desist from any activities that would amount to soliciting votes in the name of religion, caste, etc in any manner, in their own interest and in the interest of the party. “Such appeals may also fall within the ambit of… Model Code of Conduct,” the letter addressed to top brass of all recognised national and state political parties said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, who was superseded in the selection of army chief, has alleged that there was a “malicious campaign” to smear his name ahead of the appointment of Lt General Bipin Rawat last month.In a speech, purportedly made by him on the New Year’s eve which was played by India Today channel, Bakshi also talked about some anonymous letters complaining about his functioning as the Eastern Army Commander. “There was not one letter, but many written over a period of 5-6 months about my functioning and making some allegations. When you look into these letters, at least, one I had….talked that I was hobnobbing with industrialists promoting some personal interest… “But all these anonymous letters were against self- aggrievement, against anyone subjected (to) adverse situation, instead it was all to malign my name.”On why he was not resigning, Bakshi said there were no “skeletons in his closet” and had no aspirations for seeking any future appointment. “I would like to tell my own command that there has been a malicious campaign to smear my name… and a very deep rooted conspiracy. Who was it? Why did they do it? What was the motive? Is exactly not clear,” he said, adding he wanted to get to the bottom of who was behind it.On December 17, the government had superseded Lt General Bakshi by appointing his junior Rawat as army chief. This was only the second deviation from the seniority principle for selecting the army chief in nearly 70 years.