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Abide by PMMVY: Delhi High Court tells Centre, Delhi

The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the Delhi government to strictly abide by the terms of the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Janani Suraksha Yojana on a plea which sought the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013, in the slum cluster of Holambi Kalan area of the Capital.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also directed the Centre and Women and Child Development Department, the government of NCT” to ensure that the schemes are strictly and efficiently implemented and all the benefits thereunder are released to the beneficiaries”.The court’s direction comes on the plea which contended that pregnant and lactating women have been facing challenges in getting the cash assistance benefit under the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY). It sought directions to the respondents to ensure the implementation of the grievance redressal mechanism under the statutory enactment.In its response, the Centre filed an affidavit explaining that the IGMSY for pregnant women and lactating mothers was launched in October 2010, on a pilot basis in 53 districts across the country.Initially, monetary benefit of Rs 4,000 was being disbursed under this scheme which was revised to Rs 6,000 with effect from July 5, 2013, with the enactment of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The scheme was implemented through the state governments and the Union Territories and the performance/proper implementation was directly linked to the governance of the state.”Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana stands substituted by Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) with effect from 1st January, 2017,” the affidavit stated.On the other hand, the government of NCT submitted that there were difficulties with regard to identification of the beneficiaries for want of details of the Aadhaar card and as a result thereof, the same was not linked with their bank accounts.

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OP Singh to be UP police chief

Indian Police Service officer Om Prakash Singh is all set to become the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh. He will succeed incumbent Sulkhan Singh, whose tenure ends on Sunday. Om Prakash Singh is presently posted as Director General of Central Industrial Security Force, which guards important industrial and nuclear installations, civil airports and metro, and has joined the force on September 26, 2016.Singh, a 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, who was serving as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), before being appointed to head the 1.48 lakh-strong force.Singh has held several positions of responsibility in UP and at the Centre. As chief of police at Lakhimpur Kheri, a Terai district bordering Nepal, he developed key competency of turnaround strategies to deal terrorism and successfully stamped out terrorist activities in 1992-93. As chief of police at Lucknow, he had then settled of long-standing Shia-Sunni disputes over religious processions, for which he was honoured by UP government in 1998.As Director General of National Disaster Response Force, he handled successfully major disasters like Jammu and Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake, Cyclone Hudhud and Chennai Urban floods and meticulously galvanised his response teams to carry out rescue operations saving lives of thousands of distressed and marooned victims.During Nepal earthquake in 2015, Singh coordinated, oversaw and fast-tracked rescue and relief operations. The role of NDRF was highly applauded by Nepal government and United Nations.During his tenure, CISF became the first Central Armed Police Force to get Quality Excellence Award (2017) for Best Airport Security at World Quality Congress.He has been awarded with Indian Police Medal for Gallantry, Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Services and Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services.While working in NDRF, he was given Distinguished Leadership Award for Disaster Resilience.

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No New Year celebrations for people in Assam as they wait for first draft of NRC with bated breath

At the stroke of midnight today, the Assam government will release the first draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens (NRC) with names of 2.24 crore bona fide Indian citizens.Of the 3.28 crore people who had applied for inclusion in the registry, 2.24 crore have found a place in the first draft following verification of their documents. The rest will be considered in the next two drafts, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told mediapersons yesterday.”As per hon’ble Supreme Court’s order, there will be two more drafts of the NRC and the names of all genuine citizen claimants whose names do not feature in the first publication will be included in it after verification of the pending documents,” Sonowal said.Also read’Indian citizens excluded in draft NRC will get enough chance to prove credentials’ Dispelling apprehensions over security, Sonowal said no untoward situation is expected to arise as the district administrations have been conducting public meetings and campaigns to explain to the people the updation procedures.The chief minister also said the media have an important role to play in disseminating correct information to the public.Also readAASU demands error free NRC, says ‘no Bangladeshi coming to Assam after 1971 will be allowed to stay'”Social media will be monitored closely for misinformation on the NRC draft and strict action will be taken against those attempting to create trouble,” he said.Asked about a tentative date for release of the final draft, Sonowal said, “The Assam government is conducting the NRC updation process with the state government machinery, the district deputy commissioners’ offices mobilised for it on the orders of the Supreme Court… The complete draft will be published after verification of all documents of those who had applied for inclusion.”The state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela, asserted that “genuine” Indian citizens need not panic if their names have not appeared in the first draft as verification process is yet to be completed.”If the name of any genuine Indian citizen does not appear in the first draft, it means the verification process of that person is yet to be completed,” Hajela said, adding there will be scope for making claims after the final draft is published.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, during his visit to the state, had also said there will be an opportunity for claims and objections after the release of the third draft.”Those who do not find their names in the first draft need not worry as there will be opportunities for subsequent investigation and document verification,” Gauba had said after reviewing the NRC updation process in Assam.The office of the State Coordinator for NRC has made elaborate arrangements for people to check their names in the first draft at NRC sewa kendras across the state from 8 am on January 1. They can also check for information online and through SMS services.Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.According to the Assam government’s official website, “The NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens.The only time that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared was in 1951 when after conduct of the Census of 1951.”It was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during that Census, the website said.The issue of updating the NRC of 1951 was first raised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) more than three decades ago. The students’ body had submitted a memorandum to the Centre on January 18, 1980, two months after launching the anti-illegal foreigners Assam Movement.On November 17, 1999, at an official-level tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Assam Accord, a decision was taken that the NRC would be updated and the Centre sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the purpose and released Rs 5 lakh of it to start the exercise.The final decision to update the NRC was taken on May 5, 2005 when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the accord.Thereafter, the government created a directorate for updating the NRC and the process of computerisation of the voters’ list up to 1971 and the NRC of 1951 began.A pilot project that was launched in two revenue circles of Barpeta and Chaygaon was suspended after a violent protest by a few organisations. The state government then formed a group of ministers (GoM) to hold talks with different organisations to draft modalities for updating the NRC.The updation process finally gained momentum after the Supreme Court started monitoring its progress and set December 31 midnight as the date for publication of the first draft of the NRC.

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BJP, PDP leaders eat beef, pork together, claims National Conference MLA

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leaders eat beef and pork together, National Conference leader Akbar Lone claimed on Saturday.The National Conference MLA made this controversial statement while addressing a rally here.”BJP and PDP leaders are eating cow meat and pig meat together and are two faces of one coin,” Lone said.He added that the Muslim community and the people of Jammu and Kashmir should boycott them.Consumption of beef is highly conflicting to Hindu beliefs, while in the Muslim community, it is pork.In Jammu and Kashmir, a majority of BJP leaders is Hindu, and a majority of PDP leaders is Muslim. The BJP and the PDP are running coalition government in the state.This not first time Lone has made a controversial statement.Earlier, he had said that those who have joined hands with the (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) RSS and BJP, are not Muslims. The people of Kashmir should boycott the people who joined hands with the BJP, RSS.

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Tiger from Bor tiger reserve killed in road accident

A young dominant male tiger from Bor Tiger Reserve became the latest casualty of ‘killer highways’ after it was found dead after being knocked down by a vehicle around 7.30pm on Friday, on the Nagpur-Amravati Highway stretch around 40 kilometers away from Nagpur.While the forest department claimed that as per primary investigations the tiger seems to be T2 but the confirmation would only be given after a detailed study of the stripes pattern during the post-mortem. However, wildlife experts and photographers confirmed that the tiger was T2 who was also famously nicknamed as Bajirao and several photographers had clicked his image.Digamber Chable a wildlife lover claimed that the tiger was hit by a vehicle on a dark patch near Bazaargaon area and it seems that it died immediately. “It was a young tiger and it’s sad that Maharashtra is losing tigers who are in their prime to road accidents,” he said.Also readAssam Shocker: Five elephants mowed down by train Dr Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) who has been one of the strongest voice demanding proper mitigation measures near wildlife corridor took to social media stating, “T2 (called Bajirao) was the most dominant male tiger of Bor, holding a huge territory that extended all the way to Kalmeshwar, a forest patch over 30 km from Bor. He shuttled between the two forests, unaware that the road that he crossed often will take his life.” He also said that the NH6 cuts vital corridor between Bor and Melghat and despite repeated appeals by conservationists no mitigation structures were built on not only this but also most of our killer roads. Wildlife experts have been calling for the need to build elevated roads near wildlife corridors. “We only wake up when a Tiger or Elephant is dead after being hit by a vehicle or Train but one should understand that over 90% of roadkills are never reported. No one accounts for the smaller mammals and reptiles that die traumatic deaths after coming under speeding vehicles,” said a wildlife conservationist adding that wildlife lovers and experts now need to show their force to the Government and demand that first no road be built through an important wildlife corridor and if there was no other option it be allowed only after proper scientific mitigation measures are adopted.As per Tigernet- the official database of the National Tiger Conservation Authority a total of 17 tiger mortality has been reported in the year 2017 making this the 18 death in Maharashtra.

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National survey reports drop in malnutrition

There is a decrease in indicators of malnutrition among children, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar told Rajya Sabha on Thursday while answering a question pertaining to malnutrition in India.“As per the report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)–4 in 2015-16, 35.7 per cent children under five years of age are underweight and 38.4 per cent are stunted, indicating a reduction from the previous NFHS–3 conducted in 2005-06, which reported 42.5 per cent children under five years of age as underweight and 48 per cent stunted,” Kumar said.Further, 22.9 per cent women (15-49 years of age) have chronic energy deficiency (BMI less than 18.5) — a decline from the previous NFHS-3 levels which reported 35.5 per cent women having chronic energy deficiency.The important determinants of malnutrition include inadequate food, frequent infections, poverty, low access to health, education, and so on.The approach to tackle the problem is multipronged. While the measures related to women and children are being undertaken by the Health Department through the network of Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and referral hospitals like AIIMS, the action related to bringing about improvement in the nutritional status is being undertaken by the ministry in the form of various schemes like Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna under the Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services Scheme as direct targeted interventions to address the problem of malnutrition in the country.Recently, the Centre has announced the setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) for improving the nutritional indicators of children and pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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Tassaduq Hussain Mufti errs, swears by dog in oath

“I Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, swear in the name of DOG”?!?!?? Befitting start! God help the departments his sister will gift to him. God help J&K!” tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu, state spokesman of National Conference.”
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Indian Army plans to use camels to patrol LAC in Ladakh

In view of the Chinese aggression along the Sino-India border, the Indian Army is planning to use both double-humped and single-humped camels along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh on a pilot basis. If the pilot project is a success, camels will be used by the military in the region and in terrains between the altitude of 12,000 and 15,500 feet, a Times of India report said. Under the project, these animals will be trained to patrol and carry heavy loads of ammunition and other supplies. Indian Army traditionally uses mules and ponies in the region which have capacity to carry about 40 kg of load. In comparison, the double-humped (Bactrian) camels can carry between 180-220kg load and can cover a distance of 10 to 15 km within two hours.The Army has already got four single-humped (dromedary) camels to Ladakh from the National Research Centre on Camel in Bikaner.Also readPost Dokalam stand-off, China’s ties with India still fragile, says Global Times op-edThe project is being introduced as part of a measure to check intrusion, months after the Doklam standoff near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction. The Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), a unit of of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Leh, has already started research on the load-carrying capacity of the Bactrian camels. The DIHAR will assess how the camels can be trained for carrying load in such harsh topography and weather conditions.Also readPost Doklam stand-off, SSB increases presence on India-Bhutan border”The Bactrian camels were inducted at DIHAR in February 2017 for a pilot study on their suitability for border patrolling, load-carrying ability, training, and devise management practices, considering conditions in high altitude.” the DIHAR director was quoted as saying by the daily. In India, double-humped camels are only found in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley and their number ranges around 200.

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Lok Sabha passes Bill to protect unauthorised colonies

The Lok Sabha (LS) on Wednesday passed a Bill to protect slums and unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region from punitive action, till a framework for orderly arrangements is in place. The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill gives immunity to slums and some unauthorised constructions till December 31, 2020.The immunity under the exisiting Bill ends on December 31.Urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri said if the Bill is not passed, it will lead to “unprecedented chaos” in the national Capital.The legislation will give cover against punitive action on “as is where is basis” until December 2020, he said. Puri also attacked the Sheila Dikshit government for not coming out with a proper policy on the matter and said “it was the failure of governance of a very high order”.Singh said the legislation provides that no action will be taken by any local authority till December 31, 2017, with respect to encroachments or unauthorised developments as of January 1, 2006 on unauthorised colonies and village abadi areas that existed on March 31, 2002, and where constructions took place till February 8, 2007.The sealing exercise by the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee had created panic among slum-dwellers and traders in part of the city, with the legislation expected to allay their apprehensions to a large extent.Participating in the debate on the Bill, BJP MP Parvesh Varma attacked the AAP government in Delhi, accusing it of not coming out with a policy on unauthorised colonies or slums.Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP MP from south Delhi, referred to the hike in water tariffs and alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal government had deceived the people.He also blamed the Congress for its failure to come up with a policy on unauthorised construction issue.TMC MP Saugata Roy was to speak on the Bill but did not.

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GST: 5 undue profiteering cases reported

There have been 5 complaints in Rajasthan against undue profiteering under GST. A four-member committee which was set up by the ministry of finance after GST was implemented to receive the complaints of undue profiteering by any entity under the GST regime has got these complaints.These complaints from the state are part of 70 complaints which have been received by this committee across the country. The highest number of complaints has been received in Haryana with 45 number of complaints while Rajasthan along with Andhra Pradesh is on number two in the list with 5-5 complaints each.These complaints are now being examined by the state level screening committee. Interestingly, these complaints were received from only 11 states and the total number of complaints was 70. Rajasthan is one of these states in the list which includes apart from Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, states like Jharkhand, Maharashtra, National capital territory of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, Chattisgarh, and Tamilnadu.While most of these states are considered more industrialize than Rajasthan, they all had complaints number less than Rajasthan.Notably, section 171 of GST deals with rules related to anti-profiteering and a committee and the national anti-profiteering authority may determine the methodology and procedure for determination as to whether the reduction in rate of tax on the supply of goods or services or the benefit of input tax credit has been passed on by the registered person to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices.The authority while examining the case may also order to reduce the price.The complaints are currently being examined by the state level screening committee.Screening panelThe screening committee may examine if the supplier has contravened the provisions of section 171, forward the application with its recommendations to the Standing Committee for further action. The authority may also order to reduce the price.

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Glanders disease: 7 horses culled & buried

Six days after the confirmation of Glanders disease in seven equines in west Delhi, all infected animals were culled by giving injections and then buried at an open ground near the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Hospital on Wednesday.The horses had been in confinement since the confirmation of the disease and the entire west district was declared a ‘controlled’ area for the next three months, i.e. all animal movement to and from the district has been banned.”We gave high doses of anesthesia to the animals to put them to sleep. They were brought down peacefully and buried, following all necessary procedure. The affected animals in this case act as carriers and need to be culled,” said Dr Jitender Kumar Gaur, Director, Animal Husbandry, Delhi government.”The glanders bacteria, Burkholderia mallei, is a non-spore forming bacteria. So, burying the animals will not affect the soil or the people later on,” he added.With only a month to Republic Day, all horses in the city, including those belonging to the military, President’s guard, and police, are being tested for Glanders. Till Wednesday, samples from over 800 horses had been collected. There are nearly 3,000 horses in the city and all will be surveyed in the next nine days. All samples are being sent to the National Research Centre on Equines in Hisar, the only certified Government Laboratory for Glanders testing in the country.Glanders is a life-threatening equine disease that affects both the animal and its owner. Till date, it is known to have taken over 200 lives.

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Political storm over Mehbooba Mufti government’s gag order

A major political storm has hit the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government after it ordered a social media gag for its employees.General Administration Department (GAD) of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday issued a notification circular restricting the government employees from posting ‘inflammatory, extraneous messages’ on the social media.The notification was issued after Governor NN Vohra amended the Jammu and Kashmir Government Employees Conduct Rules, 1971 affer sub-rule(3) of rule 13.Under the new order, no government employee shall engage in any “criminal, dishonest, immoral or notoriously disgraceful conduct on social media which may be prejudicial to the government”.”They shall also not use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure, and also shall not use their accounts in a manner that could reasonably be construed to imply that the Government endorses or sanctions their personal activities in any matter whatsoever. They shall also not post inflammatory, extraneous messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on topic discussion,” said the GAD notification.This move has sparked a major political controversy with employees, opposition and separatists calling it a ‘dictatorial’ approach of the state government to silence the people.The main opposition party National Conference has asked the government not to label entire employees community as ‘terrorists’.”The diktat, in the form of an amendment to the J&K Government Employees Conduct Rules 1971, aims to defame and vilify lakhs of government employees as either terrorists or anti-social elements who are apparently unable to differentiate between right and wrong in conducting themselves on a day-to-day basis”, said Junaid Azim Mattu, National Conference State SpokespersonLambasting the government, the Congress has asked the government to withdraw the notification saying it is as an attack on the fundamental rights of the people.Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani said imposing restrictions on the employees over the use of social media exposes the dictatorial and regressive mindset of the present government.Separatists too have jumped on to the bandwagon to lampoon the government’s social media gag.”Ordering gags and threatening punishment to State employees for expressing their opinion on social media completely exposes the aversion to truth or its disclosure by the occupational regime and its unscrupulous local agents!” tweeted Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference.

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Secularism was in DNA of Indians much before it was enshrined in constitution: Venkaiah Naidu

Praising the Parsi community for its contribution towards the nation building and the country’s economy, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said secularism was in the DNA of every Indian much before it was enshrined in the Constitution.Naidu was addressing the members of the Parsi community at the concluding ceremony of the three-day Iranshah Utsav at Udvada in Valsad district of Gujarat, about 200 kms from here yesterday.”‘Sarva dharma sama bhava’ (equality of all religions) epitomises India’s secular ethos. India is a land of diverse cultures and religions. Secularism was in the DNA of every Indian much before it was enshrined in the Constitution,” he said. “The values of tolerance and respect for all religions have been part of the Indian ethos from time immemorial.Unless there is social cohesion, communal harmony and religious tolerance, the progress and development of the country will suffer,” Naidu added. The contribution of the Parsi community in the economy of the country is significant, which is why India’s economy ranks third in the world now, he claimed. He also lauded the community for making “invaluable contribution” towards the nation building and in diverse fields.Also readYoga does not have a religious connotation: Venkaiah Naidu”Freedom fighter Dadabhai Naoroji, industrialist JRD Tata, nuclear scientist Homi Bhabha, music conductor Zubin Mehta are a few among the several stalwarts, who contributed towards India’s growth and glory,” Naidu said. “Although Parsi community represents a minuscule portion of our total population, the contribution made by them in the overall economic development of the country has always remained in the forefront,” he added. According to Naidu, the government would endeavour to make Udvada a global destination for tourism.Udvada Utsav, which started in 2015 on the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, showcases the glorious history of Parsis over 1,300 years. Vada Dasturji Khurshed K Dastoor, high priest of Iranshah Atash Behram, Udvada and member of National Commission for Minorities, said, “Shreeji Pak Iranshah (Atashbehram) is the link between the past and present times of the Parsi community. It is the witness to the religious pride of our illustrious forefathers and proof of inspiration for younger generation.”

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Case has reached logical conclusion, says IPS officer who probed fodder scam

With the conviction of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced, an IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, who had probed the case, said the matter has reached a logical conclusion.Varun Sindhu Kul Kaumudi, who was on deputation to his home state Bihar at that time, had closely supervised the case as CBI SP of Animal Husbandry Scam Unit, Patna and had also filed the charge sheet in the case.Recalling the more than two decades-old case, Kaumudi said, “A truckload copies of documents was submitted to the special CBI court in Patna for providing to the accused within the time-frame fixed by the Supreme Court.” Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer, handled the the fodder scam probe before he was transferred back to Andhra Pradesh in 1998.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam”I was asked to arrest Lalu Prasad in another related case, but he surrendered in the court,” Kaumudi told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHe expressed happiness that the case has reached its logical conclusion after these many years.Kaumudi, currently an Additional Director General of Police in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi, also headed the investigation into another sensational case the Satyam Computers fraud as Inspector General, Crime Investigation Department of united Andhra Pradesh in 2009.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerA special CBI court today convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.

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Cases of child beating rise in government schools

Complaints of corporal punishment — like a teacher slapping or beating a child — in government schools across India have increased by more than 271 per cent in the last three years, official data shows.A total of 144 cases have been reported from various parts of the country in the last three years, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has informed Parliament.There were 28 complaints in 2014-15. The number was 12 in 2015-16. It has gone up to 104 in 2016-17.Most cases have been reported from the state of Uttar Pradesh: 25 in 2016-17 and 13 in 2014-15.While the spike raises concerns about the safety of children in schools, officials attribute it to better reporting of cases. “Children have been made aware… to report when they are beaten up or slapped by teachers. Such cases were not reported before,” said a senior government official.The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued guidelines to schools to ensure safety of children in schools. This has been communicated by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to schools affiliated to it.”The Board has regularly issued circulars/guidelines to its affiliated schools to curb corporal punishment and mental harassment. For corporal punishment, the Board has incorporated a provision in the affiliation by-laws to prevent cruelty towards children. Under Rule 44.1 (d) of affiliation by-laws of the Board, the school managing committee has been empowered to place an employee under suspension if he/she is charged with cruelty with any student or any employee of the school,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said in a written reply in Parliament.

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NAAC chief is new UGC head, order issued

An official order regarding the same was released by DoPT on Friday. DNA was the first to report on the likelihood of the same about a month ago. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for appointment of Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru to the post of Chairman in University Grants Commission (UGC) on direct recruitment basis, for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post,” the order reads.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Saturday 23 December 2017 2:40 ISTMust read’Silenced’ in Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar uses Facebook to spread his messageRajasthan: Valmiki community members protest release of Tiger Zinda Hai; allege Salman Khan insulted them<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Former Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University Dhirendra Pal Singh, who is currently the chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), has been appointed the new Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC).An official order regarding the same was released by DoPT on Friday. DNA was the first to report on the likelihood of the same about a month ago. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for appointment of Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru to the post of Chairman in University Grants Commission (UGC) on direct recruitment basis, for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post,” the order reads.

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NIA extends judicial custody of Hizb chief Salahuddin’s son till January 19

A special court of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Friday extended the judicial custody of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yousuf till December 22 in connection with a terror-funding case.The court had last month extended Yousuf’s judicial custody till December 22.Yosuf was arrested by the NIA in October after he was found receiving and collecting funds through international wire money transfer from Saudi Arabia-based Hizbul Mujahideen member Aijaz Ahmed Bhat.He was also suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir Government from his agriculture department job in the state.The NIA has already filed two charge sheets against six other accused in this case in 2011.Also readHizbul chief Salahuddin’s son injured in scuffle with security guards in Tihar jail Out of these accused, two are in custody and others, including Salahuddin, are absconding and residing in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Delhi unveils new weapon against pollution, tests ‘anti-smog gun’ in Anand Vihar

Will Delhi breathe easy again? The answer lies in the success of the trial of anti-smog gun, the brand new weapon against pollution, which was tested by the officials in Anand Vihar on Wednesday.The tests of the ‘fog gun’ dubbed as anti-smog gun at the Anand Vihar ISBT would determine the future of Delhi’s lungs.While the authorities hope it will clear the skies above New Delhi but the environmentalists say the anti-smog gun amounts to a band-aid solution.The cannon consists of a cylindrical drum with a tank to store water and a high-velocity exhaust fan. The gun, when ‘fired’, sprays atomised water into the air and reduces pollution.Earlier in November, the National Capital was engulfed in toxic smog for more than a week. In fact, the air quality was so worse that in some areas, the authorities reported an Air Quality Index of 999, which was way above the upper limit of the worst category, Hazardous. Even on Wednesday, when the trial took place, Delhi’s pollution level was in the severe zone with an AQI of 413.On November 7, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said that ‘Delhi has become a gas chamber.’“I´m used to living in paradise and suddenly India has become a threat to my health and the health of my friends and colleagues,” Costa Rica’s ambassador to India, Mariela Cruz Alvarez had written in her viral blog.

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Ganga cleaning funds lying unspent, says CAG

The Centre’s flagship Namami Gange project has been marred by poor financial management and implementation woes in the past three years, a performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed. The CAG’s audit, that covered 87 projects worth Rs7,992.34 crore, found that only eight to 63 per cent of the funds were spent between 2014-15 and 2016-17 in comparison with the revised estimate.Out of Rs6,705 crore earmarked during 2015-16 and 2016-17, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), the project’s nodal implementing authority, could spend only Rs 1,665.41 crore. This was less than a quarter of the expected year-wise release of funds. “Thus, financial targets set under the Namami Gange Programme were not achieved,” the CAG report said.The report also said that the project was lagging on the rural sanitation front. Except Uttarakhand, the other four states -Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal -could not achieve the target of construction of 100 per cent individual household latrines as of 31 March 2017.The national auditor said that multilateral implementation and poor planning were some of the chief reasons for funds lying unutilised with the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), which is the nodal implementing authority for cleaning the national river. As a result of poor planning and missing of deadlines, large quantities of untreated sewage continues to pollute Ganga across towns and cities along the main stem of the river.”We found that NMCG prepared its budget without any annual action plan. Further, the budget files at NMCG did not contain the details of planned activities and their estimated cost. Thus, NMCG did not follow the prescribed procedure for preparation of budget,” the CAG’s audit report said.As per the target dates, award for the work of all the sewage treatment plants (STP) was to be completed by September 2016, the CAG noted. The NMCG though, is yet to finalise and approve detailed project reports (DPRs) for projects totalling 1,397 MLD capacity as of August 2017. NMCG also informed CAG that there was a sewage treatment capacity gap of 2,109 million litres per day in 106 towns along in the five basin states along Ganga.During its audit of the human resources, the CAG found that except 16 government employees, contractual employees occupied all positions in NMCG and the organization was short on manpower. There was a 44 per cent shortfall and despite an approval from the Union Cabinet, the sanctioned strength has not been increased from 58 to 111.Namami Gange has been a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and of his two Lok Sabha constituencies is Varanasi, which is situated on the banks of the Ganga.MANPOWER CRUNCHDuring its audit of the human resources, the CAG found that except 16 government employees, contractual employees occupied all positions in NMCG was short on manpower.

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History books to teach about independence struggle that happened before 1857

Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to teach students about the struggle against British rule that happened before the 1857 revolt— the Paika Rebellion, which occurred in 1817 in Odisha.A chapter on Paika Rebellion will be added in Class 8 books of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Minister of State for HRD, Satyapal Singh shared this information in the Parliament in a written reply, calling it the beginning of rebellion against British rule.”Keeping in mind that Paika Rebellion was the beginning of a rebellion against the British, it has been decided that a chapter on it will be added in Class 8 History textbooks. It will be added in form of a case study which is related to the 1857 revolt,” Singh said in a written reply.”It was one of the first struggles off independence against the British rule, which started in 1817 and ended in 1825. It brought all communities together to fight against the British rule. However, later the 1857 revolt saw a much larger struggle. From the historical point of view, one can say that Pain Rebellion set examples which were later followed,” he added. The Paika Rebellion, also called the Paika Bidroha, was an armed rebellion against the British in 1817. The Paikas, which were the traditional landed militia of Odisha rose in rebellion and spread across the entire state.Changes in History books of NCERT has been a subject of discussion ever since the NDA government came to power in the year 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological concern RSS has been giving a number of suggestions to the government to be included or removed from the syllabus. However government has always maintained that the syllabus will only be updated as per the rules, following advice of education experts. Recently, government took an overall review of NCERT textbooks, correcting errors if any and updating the syllabus.

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Govt to raise Rs 2,300 crore for waterways through cess on petrol & high speed diesel

Lok Sabha passed the Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on Tuesday that will assist in raising Rs 2,300 crore for developing and maintaining inland waterways through cess on high speed petrol and diesel.“The Bill seeks to amend the Central Road Fund Act, 2000, through which the cess levied and collected on high speed petrol and diesel is distributed for development of rural roads, national highways, railways, state roads and border area roads. The present bill seeks to allocate 2.5% of the CRF generated to accelerate the development and maintenance of national waterways by reduction of an equal percentage from the share of national highways. This would tentatively generate about Rs. 2,300 crore revenue for national waterways,” read a government release.Through this levy, the development of national waterways is expected to get accelerated and also offer incentives and certainty for private sector to invest in inland waterways transport sector.The idea is to have a national waterways to provide cost effective, logistically efficient and environment friendly mode of transport, whose development as a supplementary mode would enable diversion of traffic from the over-congested roads and railways.At this moment, there are 111 National Waterways in India. “In order to suitably develop national waterways, sustainable source of funding is highly necessary as budgetary support and funds from multilateral institutions are inadequate,” said the statement.One of the sustainable sources of funding for the development of waterways is to earmark certain per cent. of cess levied and collected on high speed diesel and petrol under the Central Road Fund Act, 2000.

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Yamuna: NGT directs Delhi Jal Board to submit plan on drains in 2 weeks

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to submit a complete action plan with regard to the drains in the second phase of the Yamuna cleaning project and ensure that no effluent or waste enters the river.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the DJB to submit the plan with regard to the six drains to the principal committee, formed by NGT, within two weeks.The green panel directed the principal committee to hold a meeting to examine the action plan and submit a final plan to the tribunal within two months from Monday.The six drains are — Kalkaji, Tehkhand, Maharani Bagh, Qudsia Bagh and Mori gate, Barapulla and Shahdara drain.The meeting scheduled to be held on January 8, 2018 would be attended by senior officials of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Delhi government, DJB and Delhi Development Authority.It also directed the principal committee, headed by secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, to submit a time- bound plan for laying of sewer networks and installation of sewage treatment plants in the national capital.The matter will now be heard on February 12.The tribunal had earlier noted that work on the Phase-I of the cleaning, christened as ‘Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna’ Revitalisation Project, was already in progress and it would now monitor the work of the next stage.The Phase-I of the clean Yamuna project aims to lower the pollution levels in the Najafgarh and Delhi Gate drains, while Phase-II deals with Shahdara, Barapullah and other drains.The directions came while monitoring the implementation of its ‘Maili se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project’.

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Over 180 girls abducted daily in 2016: NCRB

More than 180 girls and women were kidnapped in India every day last year. The scarring data was revealed recently by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which also stated that nearly 100 of these women were kidnapped daily for marriages, while five a day were abducted for illicit intercourse.Also, the data revealed that the number of these victims has risen alarmingly by the year. In 2014, the number of victims of kidnapping or abduction, both male and female, was 77,250, which rose to 83,005 in 2015. The total number of victims in 2016 stood at 88,008.In all, 66,525 girls and women were kidnapped in 2016. The data further classified that 33,796 or 37.7 per cent girls or women were kidnapped only for marriages.Of them, 14,539 were aged between 18 and 30 years and 2,320 victims were aged between 30 and 60 years.Also, of the total kidnapped and abducted victims, 16,937 were children, and 1,853 victims were abducted for illicit intercourse. The data also read that 111 of the total victims were forced into prostitution.Commenting on the report, Priyank Kanoongo, a member of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), said that the drastic rise in number of kidnapping or trafficking victims was largely because more cases were being registered now and more victims were coming forward to seek help.”In order to bring down these numbers, we require to enhance skill development among women in bordering areas, specially in West Bengal, Assam, and nearby states that share international borders,” he said, adding that the Commission is taking measures in this direction.Kanoongo further said the NCPCR in West Bengal, which recorded the highest number of trafficking cases last year and surpassed Assam, is organising a workshop to spread awareness, especially among adolescent girls, in order to develop their development skills to make them independent.”The commission is working constantly to curb such crimes against children and to make them aware of their rights. We have also talked to our resident commissioners in various states regarding the issue and post-trafficking guidelines for rehabilitation are also being set up,” he said.NUMBING NUMBERSOver 180 girls/women kidnapped every day in 2016 Nearly 100 of them kidnapped for marriages Five girls a day kidnapped for illicit intercourse In all, 66,525 girls and women kidnapped in 2016 33,796 (37.7%) abducted for marriages 1,853 kidnapped for illicit intercourse 111 kidnapped for prostitution Total abductions (male and female)2014: 77,250 2015: 83,005 2016: 88,008

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EC to set up panel to suggest amendments in election law in view of latest communication technologies

The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday decided to set up a panel to suggest amendments to a provision in the election law barring campaigning 48 hours ahead of polling, following complaints that it has failed to keep pace with information technology.In an order issued tonight, it said the proposed committee will have members from the poll panel, the information and broadcasting, law and IT ministries, in addition to those from the National Broadcasters Associations (NBA) and Press Council of India (PCI).They will “examine these provisions in the prevailing context of communication technologies and suggest required changes”, it said.The order comes in the wake of controversies over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s FICCI meeting, Rahul Gandhi’s TV interviews and the release of BJP manifesto — all after campaigning had ended in Gujarat.The poll panel accepted that Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act does not take into account the revolution in communication technologies.”It appears imperative to revisit the provisions relating to the last 48 hours before completion of poll to appropriately address challenges unleashed by fast changing technologies in the context of multi-phase polls,” the EC said.

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Be the master in field of your choice: Karan Johar

Famous personalities related to art, craft, education and film industry shared the stage for making school education entertaining and knowledgeable and to teach children how to fight challenges in life. Several celebs including Karan Johar and film critic Komal Nahta discussed about child’s overall development at the School Education Excellence Summit organised at Amargarh Resort on the occasion of completion of 40 years of Central Academy Institute.Karan Johar said that parents should give freedom to their kids to choose career of their choice. “There are many career options at present as compared to the past. I topped in BCom but I decided to make a career in the film industry,” Johar said. He added that instead of taking education as a burden, if children will study diligently and with positive thinking then no one can stop them from getting success. “You should try to become master in whatever field you choose today. Efficiency is a must in this era of competition,” he pointed out.Dr Jogeshwar Goswami, HRD Ministry’s ERIC member Dr Rashmi Chari, Theatre Expert Dr Bashavaraj, astt director of National Skills Development Agency, Neha Sharma also shared their experiences.

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MHA allocates Rs 500 crore for CRPF modernisation

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned around Rs 500 crore for modernisation of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the next two years in the wake of increased participation of the force in anti-terror operations in Kashmir. Over 50 per cent of the total Rs 1,054 crore sanctioned for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will go to CRPF, Home Ministry officials said.The rest of the amount will be shared by other forces like Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force, Assam Rifles, and National Security Guards.The money will be spent on buying modern bulletproof jackets, bulletproof helmets, body armours, weapons, and high-tech gadgets for surveillance among other crucial items to equip the force.”Since the CRPF has been serving constantly in conflict zones, there is a need to upgrade the force. A huge share of the fund has been allocated to it,” a Home Ministry official said.The CRPF along with the Army and state police has been aggressively carrying out operation in Kashmir killing over 200 terrorists this year. It is also the lead force when it comes to combating MaoistsUpgrading of crucial weapons and equipment is part of MHA’s larger plan to give a push to the modernisation drive for police forces. MHA has already laid out a blueprint for Rs 25,000 crore modernisation schemes.CRPF and has a heavy deployment in the red zone. With strength of nearly 3 lakh it has the highest presence in Maoist hit states with nearly 85,000- 90,000 personnel serving in the red zone alone.There has been a five time increase in the amount sanctioned for CAPFs as part of a two year modernisation plan with the Home Ministry approved Rs 1054 from the corpus of Rs. 25,000 crore for the years 2018 and 2019.This a huge jump from the Rs. 200 crore amount spent by the forces in the last three years, sources said.While CRPF officials are happy about the amount being sanctioned they are also sceptical the amount being released. “In the past the amount actually released was much less than what was sanctioned,” said a CRPF official.

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NGT orders arrest of 12 district collectors

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued arrest warrants for 12 district collectors across Maharashtra and asked for them to be presented before it for allegedly defying its orders to control fluorosis disease caused by water containing fluorides.In its order on a petition filed in 2013 by 11 socio-legal advocates working with Pune-based Sahyog Trust, NGT sent bailable warrants to the district superintendents of police of Yavatmal, Nanded, Chandrapur, Beed, Latur, Washim, Parbhani, Hingoli, Jalna, Jalgaon, Nagpur, and Bhandara.Fluoride content in the groundwater in these 12 districts, which are largely dependent on bore wells, is very high. The NGT had issued a seven-point directive to the concerned bureaucrats and other respondents while disposing the EIL in January 2016.However, after waiting for more than a year to receive compliance reports, the tribunal took suo motu action and issued the arrest warrants.The petitioners said many people suffer from skeletal and dental fluorosis due to the water from wells and bore wells that have higher than permitted levels of fluoride, nitrates, iron, and alkaline content.NGT has now asked the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to submit a consolidated action taken report.The petitioners also brought to the NGT’s notice that bore wells or deep tube wells have been dug within 500 metres of public drinking water sources in these 12 districts.”NGT waited for two years after disposing of the petition in January 2016 for non- compliance of its directives. Even though some of the respondents had filed responses they were not satisfactory. The directives were not implemented which must have prompted NGT’s action,” said Assem Sarode, a lawyer for one of the petitioners.Fluorosis crisisWarrants for allegedly defying orders to control fluorosis disease; NGT has asked Maha PCB to submit action taken reportSps of Yavatmal, Nanded, Chandrapur, Beed, Latur, Washim, Parbhani, Hingoli, Jalna, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Bhandara served

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Gandhi succeeds Gandhi

Formally taking over the mantle of the 132-year-old Indian National Congress, the country’s oldest party, Rahul Gandhi, 47, gave a pep talk to party workers on Saturday, telling Congress cadres to stand up to “regressive” BJP and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “taking India back to medieval times”.Launching a direct attack on Modi, he said: “Congress took India to the 21st century, but today the PM is taking us back to the medieval times, where you hear and see killings, hate, and fires everyday. Nobody else seems to have a voice except him.”Accusing the BJP of promoting hate and violence, he said: ” These regressive forces win not because they deserve to but because they are powerful and misuse that power.”Claiming that Congress was different from BJP, he said that his party, known as the ‘grand old party’, so far, will now become the ‘grand old new party’.The new party president, the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi family to lead the political outfit, has taken charge from his mother at a time when the party is facing one of its worst crises, with the BJP occupying the centrestage of national politics and getting increasingly robust in states.At a time when the Congress has left a trail of defeats in a series of state polls, starting with its worst ever debacle in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Rahul underlined the need for party workers to connect with the people. He said he wanted the Congress to become an “instrument for dialogue between Indian people from all corners, religions, ethnicities, ages, genders, and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection”.The Congress president, who has often accused the ruling BJP of doing ‘politics of polarisation’, also advised party workers to eschew negativity.He also said that while the BJP wanted to wipe the Congress from the country’s political map, the Congress considered BJP members its brothers and sisters. “They want an India free of Congress, they want to erase us but the Congress’s inclusion and respect for all Indians extends even to the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend. They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear, but we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people. It is in this service that my idealism, your idealism, and our hope for politics always rests,” he said.Rahul, who had at the time of his elevation as party vice-president in 2013 recalled his mother Sonia Gandhi telling him that “power is poison”, on Saturday told party workers that “like many Indians across the country, I am an idealist”.Gandhi’s elevation, which had been the anvil ever since Sonia Gandhi underwent a surgery in the US in 2011, marks a generational shift in the party that is battling uncertainties both within and without, mainly in the form of onslaughts of its bitter rival, BJP.Speaking to party workers for the first time as the president, Rahul said he entered politics 13 years ago because of his “profound belief in this country”.”When I joined politics as a 34 year old, I came into this world having watched the generation before me fight the structures of oppression, the structures whose very fuel is lies and silence. When I entered politics 13 years ago, I wished to be a part of the awakening that would transform India at home, by ensuring dignity for all its people, and in the world, where we would step into a role that resonated globally,” he said.He further said that the party must never back down when under attack from the BJP. He urged the workers to stand up to them and that “their anger and hatred makes all of us stronger”.The function, in which returning officers Mullappally Ramachandran and Bhubaneswar Kalita gave Rahul the certificate of winning the election, also saw the presence of former PM Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, Janardan Dwivedi, and Madhusudan Mistry on the dais. While handing him over the certificate, Ramachandran reminded Rahul that the office he was going to occupy was once occupied by a “galaxy of stalwarts”, including Mahatma Gandhi, his own great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Subhash Chandra Bose, Madan Mohan Malviya etc.Meanwhile, as old and seasoned leaders fear that the generational shift might trickle down to key posts as Rahul gets down to forming his own team over the next few months, sources close to Rahul told DNA that he will strike a balance, to draw on the experience of the party’s “old guard” in advisory roles.

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NHAI contractor inks agreement for ring road

Construction work on Jaipur Ring Road is expected to begin over the next week as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) formally entered an agreement with Haryana based contract firm for the purpose. The contractor firm ‘Gwar’ has emerged as the lowest bidder among 15 companies to have applied for the Jaipur ring road contract and was issued a letter of interest by the highway authority earlier this month.The contract firm already has sent its team for site evaluation, however, it would still take few more days before work begins on the ground. The firm will be under a strict schedule to complete the project in stipulated time. The contractor firm will have a period of 455 days to complete the 47 kilometers long six-lane road between Jaipur-Agra and Jaipur-Ajmer highway.It has been almost four months since the JDA assigned the task to develop the southern section of proposed Jaipur ring road to NHAI. The urban development department at the time has claimed that the work be completed in 15 months, however, DNA in its article published on August 14 was first to report that it would take nearly 120 days before work is formally awarded to the contract firm.The ring road project has a history of being delays, the work has been juggled between NHAI, JDA and private contractors. It has been after instructions from chief minister Vasundhara Raje that the concerned authorities began to bring the project on track. Even as NHAI has been appointed to develop the road, the process got entangled in various formalities. The JDA took time to reach a foreclosure with the previous contractor firm and the issue of EOI by NHAI was delayed for due clearances from the government. The southern ring road is estimated to cost Rs 960 crore and will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.INSTRUCTIONSThe ring road project has a history of being delays, the work has been juggled between NHAI, JDA and private contractors. It has been after instructions from chief minister Vasundhara Raje that the concerned authorities began to bring the project on track.

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Delhi cop out at crime scene

The rate of registration of crimes in the national Capital has gone up fourfold in the last seven years. Cases of theft that have jumped by a whopping 1,530 per cent — from 6,313 in 2011 to 1,02,954 in 2017. Burglaries saw a tenfold increase till 2016, but dipped this year, latest police data shows. Vehicle thefts have also more than doubled during this period. As for heinous crimes, they rose steadily from 2011 to 2015, but came down in 2016. But non-heinous crimes have continued to spike since 2000.In 2011, the total number of cases registered was 53,353. It was 54,287 in 2012 that grew to 80,184 in 2013. The number further grew to 1,55,654 in 2014, and 2015 recorded 1,91,377 cases. In 2016 a total of 2,09,519 crimes were registered. This year, till November, the figure was 2,13,151. Officials say that the rising numbers are because of better reporting of cases and do not reflect poor law and order. A number of initiatives have been taken by the Delhi police to encourage registration, they say.”People in Delhi have good access to the police. If one wants to report a crime, it won’t remain unreported. We have zero-tolerance towards non-registration of crimes. Moreover, facilities like online registration of FIRs through mobile phone apps have made the task hassle free and less time consuming. We must appreciate more registration of crimes so that no crime goes unreported. Citizens must become the eyes and ears of police to help eradicate every form of crime in society,” a senior police officer said.Take the case of Param Srivastava, an IT professional. He had his mobile phone stolen from a market near his residence in East Delhi. Having a hectic work schedule from 10 am to about midnight, what he could do best was to file an e-FIR and let the matter rest with the police for investigation.”I was not aware of this system. To get a new SIM card of the same number I needed to file an FIR and filing it online saved me a lot of time and energy. Even if the phone could not be recovered, my work did not get affected. However, the police also needs to take these FIRs as seriously as the ones registered by complainants physically, in police stations,” he said.The police says that such measures from the force encourage people and victims of crimes to come forward and raise their voice. “Registration of a crime is the first step towards raising your voice. It also allows the police to probe and ensure justice. Such measures have also encouraged women and girls to come forward and report,” he added.”One can simply go to the Delhi police’s website and lodge a complaint. That complaint is then turned into an e-FIR and a receipt is generated for the user, for future reference. Moreover, one can even check the status of her complaint on the website. Apart from these, policing apps are available on cell phones and women safety apps have also been launched to make police accessible anywhere and everywhere,” he said.About three months ago, Isha, who works as a content producer at a private firm, got her laptop stolen from her house. “My residence where I live as a paying guest with two other women, is quite a public place. It is not easy to find a suspect. The ability to solve a crime is a different debate altogether, but I found reporting the theft a very easy and time-saving process. My parents might have otherwise not liked the idea of my visiting a police station at odd hours,” she said. However, increasing street crimes cannot be ignored and vigil needs to be stepped up at a number of stretches in Delhi, she said.Rising CrimesBut heinous crimes are the biggest worry. Delhi accounts for the maximum number of rape cases among 19 major cities at 40 per cent, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. The national Capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles bring in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33 per cent (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women, followed by Mumbai at 12.3 per cent (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million.The national Capital reported nearly 40 per cent of rape cases and nearly 29 per cent of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai at 7. 7 per cent. The national Capital recorded the highest crime rate—182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Delhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction—5,453 cases (48.3 per cent) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6 per cent) and Bengaluru with 879 cases (7.8 per cent) during 2016.The city reported the highest number of murders— 479 out of 2,194 cases (21.8 per cent)—followed by Bengaluru at 10.4 per cent (229 cases) and Patna at 8.9 per cent (195 cases). The highest number of cases—at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645)—of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences—5,942 cases (19.3 per cent)—followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases), accounting for 15.4 per cent and 13.6 per cent respectively during 2016. In cybercrimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases—980 (23.5 per cent) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.The crime scenario in Delhi cannot be compared with other metros because the city has different policing requirements, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said recently. “In terms of policing requirements, since it is the national Capital, Delhi has got VIP security, law and order arrangements which are typical to Delhi. The city is a separate class in itself and it can only be compared to Delhi of the previous year,” Patnaik told PTI.Poor Strike RateBut the data also shows that cops are struggling to crack cases. The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this year was low as 33.37 per cent. This is when the NCRB has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases. Confidential police documents accessed and reported by DNA recently showed that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs.The New Delhi district is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23 per cent of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26 per cent of the total 18,046 cases. The North district achieved a rate of only 29 per cent. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30 per cent of the 20,549 cases.The East district scored 31 per cent. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33 per cent of the 14,961 cases. The Northwest also clocked 33 per cent. It recorded 19,400 cases. The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36 per cent of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively. The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37 per cent of them. The Shahdara district performed better and scored 41 per cent. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44 per cent of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56 per cent of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes. Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21 per cent and 22 per cent cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.Police ClaimsOfficers say a number of measures have been taken for crime control. These include more participation of the public in assisting cops in monitoring large areas. “Certain steps which have been of major help are integrated patrolling with traffic police and the police control room, regular bike patrolling to ensure visibility and group patrolling in areas more prone to criminal activities,” a senior official said. Further, initiatives which demand public participation are like Sashakti self-defence training camps, anti-snatching teams and use of local area security guards to assist beat constables and act as force multipliers and Prahari schemes, he said, also mentioning area-wise crime mapping, identification of vulnerable and escape routes used by local criminals, picket checking at crime prone stretches.

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Fortis raked in moolah of up to 1,737% in Adya Singh case: NPPA

Drugs administered to seven-year-old Adya Singh were grossly overcharged by Gurugram’s Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), a probe conducted by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has revealed.Deceased Adya’s father, Jayant, was billed close to Rs 16 lakh in 15 days for his baby’s dengue shock syndrome treatment at FMRI.The hospital earned a mind-boggling profit ranging from 12% to 1737% on 176 items, including drugs and consumables, according to the information supplied by the hospital to NPPA. “These are tactics adopted by hospitals in collusion with pharma companies to earn profit,” said an NPPA official. He added, “Companies put exorbitant prices on MRP, but sell in bulk at highly discounted rates to hospitals.””Hospitals stand to earn huge profit margins by charging at MRP to patients. Also, they prescribe and procure particular brands of drugs for patients,” the official said.”NPPA shall be taking necessary follow up action as per existing law and within its jurisdiction,” said NPPA deputy director Anand Prakash.A three-way stop cock bi-valve which was procured by FMRI at Rs 5.77 was billed at Rs 106 (a profit margin of 1737%). The MRP of the bi-valve was Rs 106, while pharma company Romsons supplied it to FMRI at a heavily discounted rate of Rs 5.77 per piece.A ventilator circuit procured by FMRI at Rs 46, 614 was billed at Rs 66,305, a profit margin of 42%. Up to 171% profit was made by the hospital on dialysis contraptions like a CRRT kit of seven items procured at Rs 8,033 but billed at Rs 21,745.Surgical gloves, over a thousand of which were used in Adya’s treatment, procured at Rs 12 each, were priced at Rs 49 (marking up to 298% profit on each glove), while some units of gloves were sold at Rs 65 (up to 428% profit).Drugs like injection Dotamin which was bought by FMRI at Rs 28.35 was billed at Rs 287.50 at 914% profit. A simple paracetamol injection, Tamin, procured at Rs 36.29, has been billed at Rs 310 (754% profit) to the patient.Only 39 items of the 176 fall under the Drug Price Control Order where pharmaceutical companies cannot fix MRP over and above the ceiling price fixed by NPPA.Criminal charge12-1737%The profit FMRI has earned on 176 iitems.Rs 106The charge for a three-way stopcock bi-valve procured for Rs 5.77Rs 21,745 Billing for CRRT kit of 7 items procured at Rs 8,033Rs 49-Rs 65 Billing for gloves procured at Rs 49

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NHAI incentivises its officials to implement Bharatmala Project

Taking a cue from the private sector wherein performing employees are rewarded, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) too has offered incentives to implement ‘Bharatmala’ project to stick to the given timeline.“In order to expedite implementation of the Bharatmala Pariyojna, the project launched by the Government of India with prime focus on optimising efficiency of the movement of goods and people across the country, NHAI has decided to start an incentive scheme for its officials,” read NHAI’s statement released on Friday.As per the plans, the incentive scheme will not only help in achieving the project as per the schedule but may also help in completing project implementation before the deadline.There would be cash rewards apart from certificate of appreciation and trophies.In October the Union Cabinet had approved Road Building Program over the next five years wherein a capital expenditure of Rs 6.92 lakh crore will be incurred for 83,677 kms of road. This Road Building Program includes India’s biggest highway development project – Bharatmala.Under the Bharatmala Project, Rs 5.35 lakh crore will be spent to have 34,800 kms of roads. There would be Economic Corridors (9,000-kms), Inter Corridor and Feeder Route (6,000-kms), National Corridors Efficiency Improvement (5,000-kms), Border Roads and International Connectivity (2,000-kms), Coastal Roads and Port Connectivity (2,000-kms), Greenfield Expressways (800-kms), Balance National Highways Development Project works (10,000-kms), etc.In the first phase of Bharatmala Project, 2,000-kms of Coastal Roads and Port Connectivity will be constructed starting 2018.

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Indian citizenship: SC says claims of left out persons to be included in subsequent NRC for Assam

The Supreme Court today said that claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam to be published by December 31, would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.The top court made it clear that publication of draft NRC was not the “end of the process” and claims and objections of aggrieved parties could be filed and would be verified in accordance with law.”We reiterate the aforesaid observation meaning thereby that the claims/cases of the left out applicants whose names are not included in the draft NRC to be published on or before December 31, 2017 will be scrutinised and thereafter, if found eligible, would be included in the subsequent draft NRC,” a bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said.The bench gave the liberty to Assam to give wide publicity or coverage to its direction so as to ally all fears and apprehensions that may exist.The apex court had on November 30 said that on the expiry of midnight of December 31, the draft NRC pertaining to 2.38 crore claims, would be published. The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam.The court had observed this while rejecting the Centre’s plea seeking extension of time for publication of the draft NRC.The NRC of 1951 is being updated for Assam in accordance with the tripartite agreement between the state and central governments and the All Assam Students Union (AASU), which was arrived at in 2005 to implement the 1985 Assam Accord.

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Firing range, four tanks setup at Raj Varsity soon

The University of Rajasthan will soon have a firing range within the campus for training and practice of National Cadet Corps cadets. This was decided during a meeting between officials from NCC Rajasthan and professor RK Kothari, vice chancellor, University of Rajasthan, on Wednesday.Furthermore, the vice chancellor has also decided to set up four tanks as war souvenirs at various parts of the university campus. The officials also discussed several other points on the development of practice and training activities within the university.Professor Kothari also received the rank of ‘Colonel’ by the National Cadet Corps, Rajasthan, during the meeting. The title was given by deputy director general of NCC, Rajasthan, Commodore Tarun Kumar. It is to be noted that professor Kothari was an NCC cadet during his college years.Principals of various city-based colleges, which fall under the purview of the University of Rajasthan, including, professor Amita Sharma, professor Kailash Agarwal, professor JP Yadav, along with NCC officer in charge of Rajasthan University, captain Rajesh Kumar Sharma and other NCC officials were also present during the meeting.It is to be noted that several steps are being taken by the officials of the university for the overall development of campus and infrastructure of the University of Rajasthan.A central library is also being developed under the same objective.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Security stepped up for Phase 2

The second phase of the Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held on December 14 and the Ahmedabad police department has stepped up its security by deploying 5,800 officials and 119 companies of Paramilitary force in the city.The deployment of cops has been done 48 hours before the elections at booths in Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad rural and city police will be deployed to all the polling stations.The police deployment will have Deputy Commissioner of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police, police inspector, police sub-inspector, head constable and constable level officers of Ahmedabad police department. Apart from 119 companies of the Paramilitary force, the team will comprise Central Reserve Police (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Assam Rifles (AR), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard(NSG) and Border Security Force(BSF) officials.HR Muliyana, DCP of the control room, said, “Cops from other cities have not been called for the election bandobast.The Ahmedabad police have enough strength to manage the entire process on December 14. There has been more deployment done in the sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order.” further said Muliyana.

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Man held for making hoax call to NIA

According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.”
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NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine ‘silence zone’, prohibits religious offerings beyond entry point

In a bid to preserve the eco- sensitive Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, the National Green Tribunal today declared it a “silence zone” and prohibited religious offerings beyond the entry point.A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said the Amarnath Shrine Board should ensure that proper infrastructural facilities are provided to the pilgrims so that they are not deprived of a clear ‘darshan’, and the ecology of the area is maintained. The NGT earlier said that declaring the area around the Amarnath cave shrine a “silence zone” would be helpful in preventing avalanches and maintaining its pristine nature.”Nobody would be permitted to carry anything from the stairs leading to the holy cave and everybody should be properly frisked at the entry point. From the point of stairs and the area inside the cave should be declared silence zone,” the bench said. The green panel ordered removal of iron grills in front of the ice stalagmite resembling the ‘Shiva Linga’ so that devotees could get a better view of it and said there should be no noise pollution near the sacred structure.Also readNGT slams Amarnath shrine board over lack of amenitiesIt also restrained carriage of personal belongings including mobile phones beyond the last checkpoint and asked the shrine board to construct a place where pilgrims can keep their valuables. The green panel also directed the committee of experts headed by an additional secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to submit an action plan on providing facilities to the pilgrims within three weeks. Environment activist Gauri Maulekhi, on whose plea the directions were passed, welcomed the NGT order and termed it “progressive”.”The Amarnath cave is located in a delicate ecosystem. The directions would make the Amarnath Yatra safe and convenient for the devotees. This would protect the shrine from degradation and ensure it is protected for the coming generations. It is indeed a very good and progressive direction,” Maulekhi told PTI. The matter will be heard again on January 18 next year.Also readNGT calls for Amarnath to become ‘silence zone’In November, the NGT rapped the Amarnath Shrine Board for not providing proper infrastructural facilities to pilgrims going to the cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, saying it could not “deprive people of proper darshan”. The green panel took exception to non-compliance with the directions issued by the Supreme Court in 2012 and asked the board what steps it had taken in all these years. The bench directed the experts committee to submit report on aspects such providing a proper path and declaring the cave shrine a “silence zone” while maintaining cleanliness in the area.The Amarnath cave shrine is considered to be one of the holiest in Hinduism. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims

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NGC gears up: Solar energy of ‘Thar’ to illuminate Gujarat & Punjab

Solar energy of the sandy areas of Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions will illuminate many villages of Punjab and Gujarat. National Grid Corporation has geared up and accelerated the work of laying the main line of 8000 KV for green energy corridor i.e. electronics corridor for solar energy production. It has also set a target to complete this work by August 2018. At present, the production of Jodhpur and Bikaner was not fully utilised at the local level. Now it is preparing to connect Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat.According to the plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat. Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, which produces the highest solar energy, will start illuminating entire northern India. It is worth mentioning that in the case of energy, 740 kV Bhakra power is the largest power line in the state whereas this is going to be 8 thousand kV line.Alok Dubey, Deputy General Manager, National Power Grid Corporation said that the project aims to be completed by August 2018. After this, investors in the Green Energy Corridor are expected to plant power plants from the state.The main line will be started from Banaskantha of Gujarat, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab. Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this. GSS of Badla Solar Plant in Phalodi area of ​​Jodhpur district and GSS will be set up at the place of mines in Jamsar of Bikaner. At present, GSS of Jodhpur and Bikaner are producing the highest solar energy but 3 percent of it goes in power theft. After a corridor, this problem will not happen and people will get the full power here.THE MASTER PLANAccording to the plan, these corridors will link Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Nagaur, etc, districts to Moga of Punjab and Banaskantha of Gujarat. Four substations have already been prepared for this. When it will be ready, the solar energy that will be created in Jodhpur and Bikaner, which produces the highest solar energy, will start illuminating. The main line will be started from Banaskantha, which will reach Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Moga of Punjab. Five GSS at Banaskantha, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, and Moga are being made for this.

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DLB Pawan Arora to receive award from President Ram Nath Kovind

Urban Local Bodies Department will receive National Energy Conservation Award for the second consecutive year. On the best work in energy conservation works (Street Lights) from the Ministry of Energy, the local body department will be conferred National Energy Conservation Award-2017. On December 14, 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind will give the award on Energy Day. Director of the Local Bodies Department and Joint Secretary Pawan Arora will receive this award.It is worth mentioning that last year the local bodies department was awarded this award. Last year, the Principal Secretary Manjit Singh received this award. Director Local Body Pawan Arora said that so far, 8.67 lakh LED street lights have been installed in 162 urban local bodies across the state. The highest is compared to other states.Throughout the country on 12 December 2017, a total of 41,30,007 pieces of LED street lights have been installed. Thus, Rajasthan has the highest number of LED street lights in the country. The most energy saving state is by putting LED street lights.TO BE NOTEDIt is worth mentioning that last year the local bodies department was awarded this award. Last year, the Principal Secretary Manjit Singh received this award.

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Claims of ‘bias’ after Ram Madhav lecture to Delhi University faculty members

BJP’s National General Secretary Ram Madhav delivered a lecture on “Swami Vivekananda’s teachings” to the faculty members of Delhi University (DU) on Tuesday. This was during their ongoing refresher course entitled ‘Indian Culture: Thoughts and Thinkers.’Urging faculty members to teach students the writings of Swami Vivekananda, Madhav said, “Today’s youth need to read and understand his writings to have a better understanding of Indian culture and tradition.””Patriotism and pride for the nation is most important traits the youth should possess. And, Swami Vivekananda’s writings can teach them that,” he said. Madhav also reminded the class, packed with faculty members, about the colonial rule in the country.DNA on December 4, has reported that some faculty members who had attended the course, had claimed that “biased” and “irrational” topics had been taught to them during the course. Claiming that most of the speakers addressing the course were either “former RSS pracharaks” or “right-wing ideologists”, several faculty members had also alleged that “the University is using it as a tool to give some space to people of a particular ideology.””Why is the BJP’s National General Secretary being called to deliver a lecture during a course meant for our promotion. It clearly shows that the University is trying to promote a particular ideology through this platform,” said a professor at Dyal Singh College (morning) who asked not to be named. The professor was attending the course being held at the Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, an academic staff college of the UGC at DU. Earlier, faculty members said that they were taught how yajna can help combat pollution and the presence of the image of an omkar is in the sun’s rays.

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NCLT should have asked us before passing order: SC

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) should have taken its leave before allowing the Centre to take over the management of debt-ridden real estate company firm Unitech Limited.On December 8, the NCLT had suspended all the eight directors of the firm over allegations of mismanagement and siphoning of funds and had authorised the Centre to appoint 10 nominees to the board.”The leave of this court, which is seized of the matter, should have been taken by the NCLT,” the bench observed and posted the matter for hearing tomorrow.Today, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also weighed in on the request of Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that one day be given to him to seek instruction from the authorities on the appeal of Unitech against the order of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).The bench also took note of the submissions of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the firm, that the NCLT had passed an interim order without hearing the company and its directors who are in jail.The NCLT order had come after the Centre moved the panel with a view to protect the interest of nearly 20,000 home buyers.Sanjay Chandra, head of the real estate group, was asked on October 30 by the SC to deposit Rs 750 crore with it by December-end for the sake of the homebuyers.The NCLT, in its order, has said the government must give name of its nominees by December 20 and restrained Unitech’s eight suspended directors from selling their personal and company properties.The tribunal’s order had come after the government filed a petition arguing that Unitech was a fit case for winding up, but considering the interest of thousands of home buyers and small depositors, it wanted to take over company management.The company has over Rs 6,000 crore debt and over 16,000 undelivered units from a total of nearly 70 projects.On October 30, the top court had said Sanjay Chandra, currently in jail, would be granted bail only after the real estate group deposited money with its registry by December-end.The top court had earlier directed the jail authorities to facilitate Chandra’s meeting with his company officials and lawyers so that he could arrange money to refund the home buyers as well as for completing the ongoing housing projects.Chandra is seeking interim bail from the apex court after the Delhi High Court on August 11 had rejected the plea in a criminal case lodged in 2015 by 158 home buyers of Unitech projects’ — ‘Wild Flower Country’ and ‘Anthea Project’ — situated in Gurugram.

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Supreme Court to pass orders on disable friendly educational institutes

The Supreme Court today said it will pass order on a plea seeking to make higher education institutions physically accessible for disabled students.A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that it will pass certain directions on the issue and give some time for its compliance.The bench was hearing a plea filed by an organisation Disabled Rights Group in 2006, espousing the cause of a disabled girl who is 100 per cent wheelchair bound.The girl, who wanted to study law, could not study at the National Law University and managed to gain admission in a private university.Counsel for the petitioner organisation said the college at the private university does not have facilities for disabled students despite a law which mandates provision of facilities to such students.”She was made to stay in a hostel in a shared room with two other normal students, the bathroom did not have a ramp and there was no escort facility in the hostel for such students,” he said.He said Persons for Disabilities(Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, provided certain guidelines to be followed, which were not adhered to by higher education institutes.The bench said three per cent reservation provided under the law is now being followed by the educational institutions.”There is no tracking or monitoring whether these institutes are providing reservation or not to the disabled students. There is no reporting mechanism for the institutes,” the counsel said.The bench then outlined three issues– provision of reservation in higher educational institutions for disabled, all educational institutions being made physically accessible for disabled students and the scope of several provisions of the Act.”We will pass order with regard to these issues,” the bench said.

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Three Army jawans missing after heavy snowfall in Kashmir

Three army jawans went missing at Mani Post Bagtoor Gurez sector of Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district due to snow avalanche.They went missing after the night temperature at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh, dropped last night.Pir Panjal range in Rajouri and Srinagar continued to receive season’s first snowfall, while the Mughal road and the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic due to snowfall in the region.Meanwhile, Solang valley in Manali of Himachal Pradesh also received fresh snowfall.The Met Department had earlier said that a western disturbance would affect the state from December 11.

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Three Indo-Nepal road connectivity projects to commence early next year

Early next calendar year three of Indo-Nepal road connectivity projects are to witness the commencement of ground works.The three projects are – Mechi River Bridge, Piprakothi-Raxaul Highway, and Mirganj Bridge.A review meeting was held by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) to check the status of these three projects. The Centre is looking at constructing 600 km of roads in the Terai Region bordering India. Both the countries had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to have connectivity and to have postal roads, these three projects are part of the same.“Mechi River Bridge project is to be implemented at the Indo-Nepal border is on track. Letter Of Intent is likely to be issued to the contractor shortly,” read a MoRTH statement.Also readNepal Left alliance wins 72 seats, heading towards majorityMoRTH has received bids for Piprakothi-Raxaul Highway and contracts to repair the road will be awarded later this month.National Highways Authority of India has done a survey of Mirganj Bridge that is part of National Highway 57A. A proposal for temporary bridge strengthening will be formulated in January 2018, followed by the bidding process and ground work.

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Intelligence agencies flag concerns of ‘lone wolf’ attacks in Gujarat during campaigning

Intelligence agencies have gathered information that a “lone wolf” may try to target roadshows of “big political leaders” during the campaigning for the assembly elections in Gujarat, officials said.Based on intelligence inputs and interrogation reports of two arrested suspected terrorists, the agencies have alerted the Gujarat Police that a “lone wolf” may try to carry out attacks on roadshows of top political leaders and there is a need to take maximum precaution, a senior government official saidHowever, it is not immediately known if the Ahmedabad Police’s decision to deny permission to the roadshows of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the BJP, to be held here tomorrow, was related to the intelligence inputs. Also readAurangzeb-style coronation, black day for Congress: Shehzad Poonawalla on Rahul Gandhi’s elevation Ahmedabad Police Commissioner A K Singh cited traffic congestion and some main markets and old city areas, which are communally sensitive and have narrow roads, falling on the routes of the roadshows, as the reasons for denying the permission to the roadshows.A “lone wolf” is a terrorist who carry out attacks alone without having any direct contact with any organisation.Also readPM congratulates Rahul on becoming Cong Prez, Rahul thanks Modi for his good wishesOne Uroz Khan, arrested in Madhya Pradesh on November 6, had reportedly told police that he promised to supply arms and explosives to two suspected ISIS operatives for allegedly carrying out “lone wolf” attacks on a Jewish synagogue and during election rallies in Gujarat, the official said.ISIS suspect Ubaid Mirza, who was in the custody of the National Investigation Agency, also reportedly told the agency that ISIS style “loan wolf” attack was planned on roadshow and rallies in Gujarat. PTI ACB SKL

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PM Modi congratulates Rahul Gandhi for becoming Congress President, wishes him a fruitful tenure

On Monday, PM Modi put aside political bitterness and rivalry to congratulate Rahul Gandhi on his elevation as Congress President. He wrote on Twitter: “I congratulate Rahul Ji on his election as Congress President. My best wishes for a fruitful tenure. @OfficeOfRG.”Rahul Gandhi has been elected unopposed as Congress president, party’s central election authority head Mullappally Ramachandran announced here today. Rahul Gandhi will collect the certificate formally declaring his ascension to the post on December 16, he told reporters here.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi visits Dakor temple, continues attack on NaMoThe 47-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family was the lone candidate in the fray.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | Final leg: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat todayRahul Gandhi succeeds his mother Sonia Gandhi, who remained in the post for 19 years.The CEA received a total of 89 nomination papers proposing Rahul Gandhi’s name for the top post. All the nomination papers were found to be valid, Ramachandran said.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | I am still your own Narendrabhai: PM Modi”Since the withdrawal of date/time is over and as there is only one candidate (Rahul), as per Article XVII (d) of the Constitution of Indian National Congress, I hereby declare Shri Rahul Gandhi elected as president of the Indian National Congress,” Ramachandran said.Rahul Gandhi became the vice-president of the party in January 2013.

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Court extends NIA custody of alleged LeT terrorist

A Delhi court has allowed further custody of an alleged Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, arrested recently along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, to the National Investigation Agency till December 18.The accused, identified as Mohammed Amir Awan, was arrested by the Army on November 24 from Handwara area of North Kashmir during an intensive search launched after an encounter in the area on November 21 that had left three alleged Lashkar militants dead. One soldier was also killed during the encounter.District judge Poonam A Bamba allowed his further NIA custody after he was produced before the court on expiry of his earlier custody.In its application, the probe agency told the court that the accused was needed for further custodial interrogation. The matter was transferred to the NIA which had registered a case on November 26 and took custody of the alleged terrorist.During initial interrogation, he had identified himself as Mohammed Amir Awan whose code in the Lashkar terror group was Abu Haamaz, the NIA said.The accused told his interrogators that he hailed from Bardiya town near the port city of Karachi and was recruited and trained by the terror group.He was allegedly pushed into the Kashmir valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to carry out attacks on various important installations in the Valley, the agency said.

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Assam Shocker: Five elephants mowed down by train

Five elephants, including a pregnant one, were killed in the early hours on Sunday after a train hit a herd of seven tuskers at a tea garden in Sonitpur district, forest officials said.The incident took place at Bamgaon Tea Estate in the Chariduar police station area near Balipara at 1.30 am, they said.The herd was trying to cross railway tracks between the Rangapara and Dhalaibil stations when the Guwahati-Naharlagun Intercity Express hit them, Chief Conservator of Forest (Northern Range) P Shiv Kumar said.Four female elephants, including a pregnant one, and a male jumbo were killed on the spot, he said.The premature unborn calf came out from its mother’s belly due to the massive impact, Kumar said.Also readLet’s secure the future of India’s wild elephantsHe said forest officials were trying to locate the other two elephants, which were part of the herd.The dead elephants were cremated after post-mortem examination, Kumar said.Also read2 elephants electrocuted in Nilgiris districtWild elephants often come out of the nearby Nameri National Park in search of food, he said.In the last couple of days, a herd of around 70 elephants strayed into the area, near the accident site, a forest official said.

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

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

Act against terror in haste, V-P M Venkaiah Naidu tells UN

Asserting that commitment to human rights is a part of Indian culture, and that India has respected the rights of others since time immemorial, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu asked the world community, especially the UN, to take firm action against countries who indulge in terror and rights violation as a “state policy”.Asserting that Indian government, be it the present one or the earlier ones, believed in peaceful coexistence, he said some countries with terrorism as state policy are aiding, abetting and funding terror.”I hope that UN security council will complete consultations at the earliest and come to a conclusion to take firm action against terror, else peaceful coexistence will become difficult,” Naidu said.”We all believe in Sarve Jana Sukhna Bhavantu, that is, all people should live together peacefully, and we believe in the principle of Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam, that the entire universe is one family. Even the so-called discussion on civil rights and minority rights are not guaranteed simply because of Constitution, but because they are in our DNA,” said Naidu.Naidu was speaking at a function held by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to commemorate the World Human Rights Day at Vigyan Bhawan on Sunday.Naidu said secularism, which was included in the Constitution at a later date, is ingrained in our DNA from the beginning.Conceding that there are definitely some incidents (of human rights violation), Naidu said they need to be condemned, isolated and dealt strictly by the government and meted out punishment to act as a deterrent.Terming caste and communalism as major challenges to Indian democracy that have potential to disrupt peaceful coexistence in the muti-cultural and multi-religious Indian society, Naidu said these challenges are sometimes exploited for personal, political and sectarian gains which needs to tackled.Naidu also took a dig on human rights organisations who come out to protect terrorists who kill others and then come and seek their human rights.

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184 killed over illicit relationships

In what could give clues to the social demographics in Maharashtra, 2,299 murder cases were committed in 2016, 184 people were killed over illicit relationships – a fact that was revealed in the data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently.In fact, Maharashtra stands third at 184 in murders committed because of illicit relationships, the NCRB data revealed. According to the NCRB, in 2016, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum number of murders committed because of illicit relationships at 284, followed by Bihar at 195.Delhi, again topped last year in the number of murders due to love affairs, with 398 cases and Maharashtra was on fifth position with 81 cases, which means at least six person died due to love affairs every month in Maharashtra.Other reasons that the data has mentioned behind killings in the state are personal enmity with 199 murders, property related disputes leading to 117 killings, 75 persons being murdered for dowry, 74 persons being murdered due to extremism and naxalism, 34 being killed during robberies and extortion, 39 people being killed in disputes over water or money, 19 due to rape and eight lives were claimed by honour killings.The data also read that 43 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 39 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.”The figure of murder cases in Maharashtra is indeed alarming, but often it has been seen in criminal cases that sour relationships and illicit affairs lead to behavioural changes leading to the crime. Those affected with experiences of love affairs gone awry or illicit relationships should go for counselling instead of choosing a wrong path. Also, we are making concentrated efforts to ensure there is sustained crackdown on those using and smuggling illegal firearms in the state,” said a senior Maharashtra IPS officer, requesting anonymity.CRIME IN NUMBERS2,299Murders committed in Maharashtra 2016184Murders committed over illicit relationships284Murders committed over illicit relationships in UP195Murders committed over illicit relations in Bihar

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Ex-SC judges believe use of torture is prevalent in criminal justice system

Several former Supreme Court judges believed that the practice of torturing an accused was rampant in the criminal justice system, according to a report released by the Centre on Death Penalty of the National Law University, with one judge even pointing out that hardened criminals would not yield to “mere casual questioning”.In the report — “Matters of Judgment” — a study on the criminal justice system and death penalty in India, one of the judges said he was in dismay when during an event at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, he found out that the majority of the participating judges were of the view that the truth behind a crime would not come out unless the police had the power to torture.”Five of 12 former judges, justifying torture, said the police resorted to it because the investigating agencies worked under strenuous conditions, without adequate time and independence to investigate cases,” the report said.The study also records the acknowledgement and concern of the former apex court judges about the “crisis” in the country’s criminal justice system, on account of the widespread prevalence of torture, fabrication of evidence, the abysmal quality of legal aid and wrongful convictions.Of the 39 former judges, who discussed the prevalence of torture in the criminal justice system, 38 believed it to be rampant, while one former chief justice of India was of the opinion that there was no torture.”Seasoned criminals…They will not yield to mere casual questioning,” said a judge, who has served in appellate courts for 22 years. Another former judge said the mindset of the police was affected by how poorly they were treated by VIPs when they were deployed on law-and-order duties.”This, in turn, affects them (police) as when it comes to crimes, they will pick up small men and adopt third-degree methods to elicit a confession and make them accused, whether they have committed the crime or not,” he was quoted as saying in the report.The probe agencies either being “lazy” or “not having enough manpower” or “not knowing the methods of scientific investigation” were also cited by some of the judges to explain the prevalence of torture in the criminal justice system.However, 17 of the judges believed that torture undermined the system and said they were inherently opposed to it, irrespective of its utility.They also felt that the use of torture was an unreliable way of getting to the truth and recalled that it had led to undesirable results at times.A former chief justice of India said because of the prevalence of torture in the criminal justice system, he would tend to take the recovery statements (recorded by the probe agencies) “with a pinch of salt”.Of 58 judges, 38 were of the view that the investigating agencies abused section 27 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, which dealt with the recovery of evidence.Twelve judges were aware that the provision was used to subliminally increase the use of torture as an investigative technique and therefore, were cautious of such recoveries as torture was often the starting point of an investigation.”We have mentioned the names of the judges but have not disclosed who said what. This is to ensure that the focus stays on the issue and does not shift to the person,” Anup Surendranath, the director of the centre, said while releasing the report.The 60 judges interviewed by the study have adjudicated 208 death penalty cases between them, from 1975 to 2016.

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Delhi-NCR to receive light rain tomorrow

Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) will see fresh and season’s first widespread rainfall activity soon.As per Skymet Weather, an active Western Disturbance is likely to approach the Western Himalayan region on Sunday evening.An induced cyclonic circulation is likely to form over West Rajasthan. This will be responsible for the widespread rainfall activities over Delhi NCR region on December 11 and December 12.The intensity of these rains is likely to be more on December 11 while, during the latter half of December 12, some clearance is expected.However, light spells can again be anticipated in Delhi NCR on December 13 and December 14.Skymet Weather has predicted that the downpours will leave a considerable measure of dampness in the air, leading to misty or foggy conditions.Moreover, the mugginess level will be high. There will be a drop in temperature and light breeze conditions will prevail.The winter chill, which often sets in the long stretch of December, is yet to begin.

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Actress Zaira Wasim: I was molested on flight

Indian star Zaira Wasim, 17, says she was touched inappropriately on a flight from Delhi.

Omar Abdullah demands action against man accused of molesting ‘Dangal’ actress Zaira Wasim

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday demanded legal action against an unidentified man accused of molesting “Dangal” actress Zaira Wasim on board a Delhi-Mumbai flight.”The passenger should be identified to the police by @airvistara & a case filed for legal action. None of this ‘he fell at my feet so I forgive him’ rubbish!”, he wrote on Twitter.The National Award winning actress was allegedly molested by a co-passenger on the Delhi-Mumbai Air Vistara flight.The actor narrated her ordeal on Instagram via live video.Also read’Stay strong Zaira’, ‘we are with you’: Twitter supports Dangal star Zaira said she was on the Air Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put up his feet on her armrest.”So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it…”The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” she said in the video post.Also readZaira Wasim molestation | Cops reach Dangal girl’s hotel, Vistara source says she refused to file complaintThe incident drew strong ire from netizens, who voiced their support for the actress.In a statement on Twitter, the airline Vistara said it would look into the complaint, and added that it had “zero tolerance for such behaviour”.”We @airvistara have seen the reports regarding @ZairaWasimmm experience with another customer on board our flight last night. We are carrying out a detailed investigation and will support Zaira in every way required. We have zero tolerance for such behaviour”.

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NIA arrests man assisting Lashkar-e-Taiba in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a man from Jammu and Kashmir for his alleged activities related to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the country.The arrested person has been identified as Tauseef Ahmed Malik (25), a resident of Pulwama.The arrest has been made with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir police.He was later produced in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Pulwama which granted his transit remand for four days.The accused will be brought to Delhi and produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House soon.The role of Tauseef came to light after Nayeem, who was arrested earlier by the NIA from Aurangabad, during his interrogation revealed his name.He has also remained in contact with Nayeem since March 2017 when the latter had visited Pulwama and stayed with LeT terrorists for three months.

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‘Centre to issue universal ID to persons with disabilities’

The Centre will soon issue universal ID cards to persons with disabilities which will be valid throughout India, Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar said here today.At present, an identity card issued by a state is not considered valid in another state, which causes inconvenience to people with disabilities in availing benefits of various government schemes and reservation.Speaking at a camp to distribute free aids to physically challenged persons here, Gurjar, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said in the past three years of the BJP government at the Centre nearly 5,500 such camps have been organised in India for persons with disabilities.”The governments led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana have been making efforts (to ensure) not even a single person remains deprived of benefits of the schemes launched by the government.”Both the central and the state governments are sensitive towards bringing the physically-challenged persons into mainstream,” he said, according to an official statement.At the camp, the Union minister honoured Balram, a resident of Chimni village, who won the gold medal in National Sports Competition of physically-challenged persons held recently in Ranchi.Haryana Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar said the government plans to install hydraulic systems in state roadways buses to facilitate boarding and deboarding from the vehicles by physically-challenged persons.

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166 cadets commissioned as army officers from Gaya OTA

A total of 166 gentleman cadets were today commissioned as officers in the army during 12th passing out parade at Officers Training Academy (OTA), Gaya.Of the 166 newly inducted officers, four are foreigners while 14 belong to Assam Rifles.Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, Chief of Staff, Afghan National Army, was the reviewing officer of the passing out parade while Lieutenant General B S Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central command, was the chief host.Yaftali was welcomed in customary army’s buggy by Lieutenant General B S Negi and OTA and Gaya’s Commandant Lieutenant General V S Srinivas.The reviewing officer gave away the awards to cadets who performed well during the training. Dharmesh Kumar was awarded ‘sword of honour’ for his best performance in TES- 30 course.Addressing the function, Afghanistan’s Army Chief of Staff congratulated gentelman cadets for their fine drill show and gave them best wishes for the future.”Cadets should imbibe the qualities of being a disciplined soldier to be successful in career”, Yaftali admonished them.The OTA, Gaya is the third pre-commissioning military academy in the country and was raised on July, 2011 apart from Dehradun and Chennai.The OTA was established- near Paharpur village on Gaya-Dobhi main road- to train both new entrants and serving army personnel in different modes of conventional as well as non-conventional warfare.

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Congress-supported Jigesh Mevani funded by anti-national PFI: Sambit Patra

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, on Saturday alleged that the Dalit leader and Congress-supported candidate from Vadgam seat Jignesh Mevani was funded by anti-national political front. Patra addressed a press conference at BJP’s media centre when almost half of Gujarat was busy in casting votes under the first phase of assembly polls in state.Patra said, “Rahul Gandhi should reply that the candidate they have declared their support and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani was given a check as election fund by Popular Front of India(PFI). We do not make any allegation but the name of PFI was opened during the investigation of National Investigation Agency(NIA).””Anti-national forces have come in direct support to Congress and so as Congress supported them. A Congress leader Salman Nizami, who shouted slogans in favour of Afzal Guru and runs a Pro-Pakistan movement in Kashmir has dragged Narendra Modi’s father and grandfather’s names to play dirty politics. Rahul Gandhi should clarify that what kind of culture their party has been endorsing,” added Patra.Also readIslamic charity PFI under scanner over hawala transactions and ISIS link, likely to be bannedThe chief minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani also addressed a press conference at media centre. He said, “Congress is creating ruckus on the name of EVM disfunction because they have been looking at great defeat in Gujarat polls. BJP will win with more than 150 votes.”

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