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Bus tragedy: FSL recreates scene; cause still unknown

After the death of 33 passengers in Sawai Madhopur on Saturday morning, post-mortem of only 19 could be conducted till late Saturday evening. However, as relatives of the deceased kept approaching the cops, the post-mortem of remaining deceased was conducted and the bodies were then handed to the family members.Since Saturday, the Sawai Madhopur police handed over 33 dead bodies to the relatives. Notably, one of the men who could not be identified on Saturday was also identified. “The man was identified as Ashok Kumar Meena, a native of Pratapgarh in Alwar district. It has come to light that he had gone to Gujarat for some work and was returning back by train. He alighted at Sawai Madhopur station and caught the bus to reach his destination,” officials said.Meanwhile, a team has been formed by the district police to investigate the incident. A team of the Forensic Science lab (FSL) also visited the spot on Sunday and took observations and evidence from the spot. The FSL would try to recreate the scene to understand how the accident occurred. “It was being though that either while overtaking, the driver lost control or the tyre burst resulted in the loss of control over the vehicle. An investigation has been initiated,” officials said.

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20 cases of short delivery, spurious petrol found across Rajasthan

With the use of unauthorised chip on dispensers, 20 cases of short delivery and adulteration in petrol have been found in the petrol pumps across the state in past three years and in the current year (April-September 2017). This has been revealed in a data issued by ministry of petroleum and natural gas on Monday.Out of these 20 cases, 4 are of short delivery while 16 are of adulteration. Interestingly, in adulteration cases during this duration, only UP, which has 17 cases of adulteration has more cases than Rajasthan. Rajasthan stood second with 16 cases of adulteration in petrol. Notably a week back, petrol supplies from two nozzles were stopped at Durgapura-based Coco petrol pump in the city. The step was taken by the deputy controller of legal metrology under department of consumer affairs after a due investigation on a complaint received by the department. According to the investigation, 10ml from five litres of petrol was found missing from the two nozzles.In the month of May this year, one such case in Chittorgarh was revealed when a team of department of food and civil supplies checked a retail outlet and found a chip in the machine. As a result it was pumping less fuel. After this incident the officials of oil companies have started a campaign of making surprise checks to find out if any tampering has been done.

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Ab BUS karo

With Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) buying 30 new mini buses, the looming question is— will these buses meet the same fate as that of low-floor buses? There are about half a dozen old mini buses lying defunct at a slip lane near Agarwal Farm bus stand at SFS Mansarovar. The buses are lying with open windows and doors, many even don’t have tyres while engine and grease are lying scattered and spilled over the bus stand. This is the condition of the buses since many months.The condition of low-floor buses is not any different. Sources in maintenance cell of JCTSL buses inform that on a daily basis 15-20 buses go off the road due to being broken down.However, officials of JCTSL have assured that the fate of newly bought mini buses won’t be like that of the previous buses. “The buses are kept in Todi Depot. It has seven maintenance pits which are sufficient for upkeep of the buses there,” said a senior official of JCTSL.Every now and then a low floor bus is seen standing in the middle of a road after being hit by a trivial snag which only hampers the commute. The poor upkeep of these buses is also visible from the way they look. Notably, these buses are owned by the government and run under the supervision of JCTSL, however they are operated and maintained by private companies. The drivers are of the company and the conductors are of the government.It is observed that drivers many a time race the buses when they are not on time to avoid loss of revenue. This exposes the vehicle to accidents. In the month of September, an accident occurred in Brahmpuri area of the city wherein a low-floor bus ran over two youths on a bike resulting into their death.Sorry stateThe poor upkeep of these buses is also visible from the way they look. Almost all the buses now do not have the digital strip working on them which showed the routes on which they are plying. “It developed error and stopped working, we have put the route number on the screen,” said a bus driver.The officials had informed that that since the temperature is high and the capacity of engines is huge, buses get overheated. The problem is more with the buses having rear engines.Facts & figures8Maintenance pits in Sanganer depot, 7 in Todi and 6 in Vidyadhar Nagar depot. They are used to repair faults in the buses.400Buses owned by JCTSL & it takes more than 3000 trips on about 26 routes every day.2Lakh passengers board these buses everyday.30Mini buses will replace 15-16 low-floor buses in the coming few days in Walled City.
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Boy ‘rescued’ from borewell, dies in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-year-old boy, Aman, from Paniyala village of Sawai Madhopur district, could not be saved even after he was resuced for the dark pit of the borewell.After a marathon effort that last for around 12 hours, the child was finally recovered from the borewell and was rushed to nearby hospital. However, doctors at the hospital declared him dead. The news of the child’s death spread like wildfire and a huge hue and cry erupted at Aman’s house.The child had slipped into the borewell on Tuesday evening and as the news spread, the villagers tied a mobile phone to a rope and hung it inside the borewell to find out about the child.Shockingly only fifteen days back, Aman’s sister suddenly fell ill and died. The family had not even recovered from the loss when on Tuesday evening another tragedy struck them. Notably, an open borewell again resulted in a disaster, this time in Sawai Madhopur district, when a five-year old child fell in the borewell while playing with children. The children were playing in a field away from the village when the incident occurred. News of the incident reached the cops who alerted the administration for rescue efforts. Till late in the night, there was no trace of the child.Five year old Aman, a native of Paniyala village under Malarna Doongar police station was playing with his cousins and friends from the village when the incident happened.“The children were playing around 4pm and were close to the borewell. Although the borewell is located far from the village the children reached the site without realising of its presence and fell inside,” said Bijendra Singh, station incharge, Malarna Doongar police station.

DNA Observation: Netas’ apathy pours water on govt’s pet Jal scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (MJSA), one of the most ambitious projects of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, is getting all the financial assistance from several organisations but is lacking the support of players of its own turf, the political class.The water sustainability scheme of the state government is getting crores through donation as an aid from several institutions, industries and religious organisations, but what dashes the hopes are the funds received from the particular ‘political class’, which is Rs 27,000 (rounded off) in the first phase and nearly Rs 5,00,000 in the second phase.Whereas, the other organisations donated Rs 35 crore in the first phase and Rs 22.60 crore in the second phase. Notably, only three donations of Rs 27,000 (first phase), and five donations of Rs 4.72 lakhs (second phase) came from the political treasuries.WHAT IS MJSA?Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan is launched by Government of Rajasthan for water conservation. The main aim of the project is to benefit 21,000 villages of the State by 2020. Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyaan in Rajasthan has been very helpful to conserve or save the water in the state. The government had a budget of Rs 3,600 crores for the first phase of the campaign.

India Post’s Payment Bank in city misses its deadline

The process to start Payment Bank by India post in Jaipur is going on a slow pace. Scheduled to start functioning from September this year,the bank has missed its deadline.A senior official of department of post told DNA that while the site was ready,the operations however would start later.IPPB is offering Savings account up to a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals. In due course, IPPB will also provide current accounts and access to third party financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pension, credit products, forex and more.“The site is ready at GPO where it will be started, operations are yet to start,” said a senior official. Notably, the payment banks of several private enterprises have already started working in the city.They are aggressively marketing to get the major share of customers. As such,delay in start will hurt the business interest of the payment bank of India post.While the payment bank of postal department will be currently opened at one place only in the city, the private companies have several branches in every corner of the city, indicating the future of this sole branch of post office department.As such postal department is losing on one more opportunity to connect with the customers. Apart from delayed banking service, it is also being felt by certain sections that all these new ventures are making the post offices redundant with customers getting away from them.WHAT IS ITIPPB is offering Savings account up to a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals. In due course, IPPB will also provide current accounts and access to third party financial services like insurance, mutual funds, pension, credit products, forex, and more.THE PHILOSOPHYIPPB ENCOURAGES smart saving and investment habits with easily accessible banking services. The vision is to extend banking facilities to the remotest corner of the nation. Its services transcend geographical borders. That’s how they aim to simplify banking to bring prosperity to every doorstep.EFFICIENCYIPPB provides the most effective, accessible and readily available banking network across the nation. IPPB will soon offer banking services through digital channels like mobile, UPI, debit cards which can be used at ATMs, PoS and mobile-PoS. This would facilitate all-round connectivity with bank.NETWORKINGIndia Post has about 1,54,000 post offices, of them 90% are in rural areas. There is one post office for every 7,176 people in India. India Post also has 2,96,000 agents in the rural area. About 2.2 crore people, already receive their National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) payments by post offices. POST ‘RAJ’ IN STATE: Apart from Jaipur, Jodhpur is also on the list where the payment bank will be opened.Source: India Post Website

ATS nabs two for smuggling heroin worth crores

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Busting a major smuggling racket operating in the border area of the state, the Barmer police and state police special wing – Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) – nabbed two men and recovered over six hundred grams of heroin from the duo.The confiscated heroin is valued at over three crore rupees in international market. Notably, the ATS had been developing its lead for the past two months and had even suffered three set backs during its operations, however finally the men were nabbed.The arrested duo are- Rehmatullah, a native of Pokhran in Jaisalmer district and Chunaram alias Suresh Prajapat, native of Bhadka in Barmer district.“The ATS had received information about smugglers around two months back and had started a bid to develop the lead. During this time, the man who had stocked the heroin tried to sell it off thrice, however since no deal was struck, the ATS could not move in. Late on Tuesday night the deal got finalised and the duo who had come to take delivery of the consignment were arrested,” said Vikas Kumar, SP – ATS.The ATS and local police recovered 650 grams of heroine from the men worth rupees 3.25 crore in international market.The ATS suspects that the network is linked with similar networks across the border in Pakistan. “There is a strong possibility of big wigs of the network being associated from across the border. The duo had purchased after paying Jamanat or token money while the remaining amount is dealt underhand. The courier – like the two arrested men – keep part of the money. The recovered heroin is a fraction of the huge consignment that had been brought here,” the SP informed.

Minor girl kills self, family alleges murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The suicide of a class 12 girl in Bhilwara took a U-turn when her family members stated the suicide as murder. Notably, a school going girl committed suicide by hanging self at her residence in Azad Nagar area of Bhilwara.The family members of the deceased staged a protest outside Pratap Nagar police station with the body and after nearly one hour, the police had to use mild force to on the protesters to clear the area.As per information, the 17-year-old girl is the daughter of an auto driver, Jankilal Jaiswal. She studied in a school in city’s Bapu Nagar area and was a bright student. After coming from school, the girl went into her room and took her mother’s saree to hang self to death.The family members were devasated to see her hanging in the room, as they had not seen her even tensed ever before. The situation got worse after the postmortem, when the family members saw injury marks on her body. They went outside the police station to protest and demanded fair investigation into the matter. Police used mild force on the protesters which also revealed a different face of cops.The police officials took to lathi charge on the female protesters and got down to physical violence with the protesting family members. Seeing the heated situation, CO, City Rajendra Tyagi reached the spot and pacified the protestors after which the family members took the body and conducted ast rites.

Govt’s trademark Rajasthali falls prey to piracy, legal action sought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trademark of government enterprise “Rajasthali” is also not safe from impostors who are misusing this intellectual properties for misleading the tourists. This was observed during annual general body meeting of The Rajasthan Small Industries Corporation (RAJSICO) held on Wednesday . “Rajasthali” name and its logo are trademark of the RAJSICO which is a government enterprise. It has a big showroom at Ajmeri Gate in Jaipur and sees a regular flow of both foreign and domestic tourists.Meghraj Lohia, Chairman of RAJSICO,during the meeting said that the name of Rajasthali and its logo is trademark of RAJSICO and the people misusing the logo and using a similar logo will face legal action from the government.Lohia said, that few selfish people are misleading the tourists by using the name of Rajasthali and logo. The products sold by Rajasthali have logo of Rajasthali printed on them and are most sought after by foreign tourists. Notably, courts in Jaipur see 2-3 cases of infringement of intellectual property every month and mostly they are related to logo. The showroom offers authentic Rajasthan handicrafts and clothes and also has a section of outfits designed by famous designer Bibi Russell.

Rape accused held, action against school, doc demanded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sikar police arrested the school director and teacher accused of gang rape and abortion of the minor schoolgirl late on Monday night. However, on Tuesday, villagers assembled at the police station in huge numbers demanding strict action against the doctors as well, at whose hospital the abortion was done.The villagers also demanded that the registration of the school be cancelled. After the matter came to light on Monday and a case was registered, Ajeetgarh police of Sikar district initiated a search for the duo – school director Jagdish Yadav and teacher Jagat Singh – following which the duo were arrested late in the night by the police.However, early on Tuesday morning hundreds of villagers assembled outside the school and raised slogans while holding an agitation. The villagers even forcefully shut the school and declared holiday for the students. As the information about the agitation reached the cops, a team from Ajeetgarh police station reached the spot and pacified the agitators. The agitators demanded that strict action be taken against the doctor couple that conducted the abortion.The agitators also demanded that the registration of the school be cancelled. Meanwhile, district collector Naresh Kumar Thakral sent the district education officer to the school and demanded a report on the matter by Tuesday evening for taking final action regarding the school registration. Moreover chairperson of state women commission Suman Sharma even met the victim girl and her family at Sawai Man Singh hospital. Notably a teenager girl was gang raped over a period of time by her school director and a teacher from the school.A case has been registered against doctor Rajnish Sharma for conducting the illegal abortion procedure” officials said.

Police to hunt blue whale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has sprung into action after two cases related to Blue Whale Game came to fore in the state. Taking cognizance, DGP Ajit Singh, has ordered to organise orientation courses at schools and colleges for creating awareness about the lethal game.He has asked the police superintendents of all the districts to run such orientation programmes of one hour which will apprise the students, teachers, and parents about the harmful effects of this game. For creating awareness, services of psychological motivators will be taken by the police authorities who will get in touch with the district medical officer, so that positive thinking can be developed in children and the ones who are using this game. The help of education department’s officials and NGOs is also being sought in this regard.After two cases, one of a boy in Jaipur and that of a girl in Jodhpur falling victims to game surfaced, police also alerted the cyber cell of the police department for controlling this game. Notably, senior officials of the department of home have also conducted meetings regarding controlling the reach of the game in the state. Sources informed that the home minister Gulab Chand Kataria himself took the feedback from the officers and the DGP, and also sought report about the game from all the IGs in all the ranges. Sources revealed that legal clauses related to preventing the reach of the game are also being studied by the officials of the department of home. Police are considering this game as a developed model of cyber crime.Meanwhile, HC judge and chairman of Rajasthan legal services authority, Justice Gopal Krishna Vyas has taken cognizance of the effects of this game. As per his order, a plan of awareness camps at 59 senior and secondary schools of Jodhpur has been made. In these camps, students will be educated on the harmful effects of the game.

Dera chief convicted: Khattar govt had been ‘granting favours’ to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in a rape case today, has been receiving favours from the Manohar Lal Khattar government of Haryana earlier.Just three months back, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced tax exemption for six months on movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ featuring Ram Rahim Singh.Khattar had announced the tax exemption at an event in Karnal in May.Earlier, the chief minister had started a cleanliness drive along with the dera chief.Also, the state’s Health and Sports minister Anil Vij had donated Rs 50 lakh from his discretionary fund to the sect for promoting rural games.At a sporting event organised by the dera at Sirsa in the past, Vij had said, “Dera Sacha Sauda is already promoting sports for a long time and now BJP government will promote all sports related activities by making 20 Olympic Nurseries.”Vij had added, “He (Ram Rahim) is encouraging the games. Since the schools are also encouraging games here, I would like to donate Rs 50 lakh from my discretionary fund.”Notably, all the games played at the dera academy have been created by Gurmeet Ram Rahim himself and are not played at national or international level.Another Haryana Minister Manish Grover too had announced Rs 11 lakh to the dera sports village.Ahead of assembly polls in 2014 in Haryana, the dera chief had extended support to the BJP.After the special CBI court in Panchkula convicted the dera head in a 2002 rape case, Khattar appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony and not to allow themselves to be misled by rumours.In a statement issued here today, the chief minister said some anti-social elements mixed with the followers of the dera chief and resorted to violence and disrupted the peace.?The court verdict against dera head triggered violence by his followers leaving 30 dead and over 200 injured.

Har health dept busts sex determination racket in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A health department team from Haryana’s Panchkula today busted an alleged sex determination racket being run at a private hospital in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district. The raid at the hospital was conducted after coordinating with the Fatehgarh Sahib deputy commissioner and chief medical officer, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Gauri Prashar Joshi said. On a tip-off, a team from the Panchkula district administration sent a decoy customer, hailing from Haryana, to the hospital, she said. The team then carried out a raid after the hospital staff conducted sex determination tests. They were caught red-handed with the amount paid by the decoy customer, the officer claimed in a release. The department had information that some people from Haryana were being lured by the touts for sex determination test at the private hospital at Fatehgarh Sahib, Joshi said. The officer said that Rs 10,000 and Rs 7,000 was recovered from a doctor and a tout, respectively. During the raid, the team also discovered that the clinic was not registered, she said. A case was being registered against the doctor, a helper and two touts. Further investigation is underway, the officer added. Notably, both Haryana and Punjab are infamous for their adverse sex ratio.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Water stock in seven reservoirs 90% of Mumbai requirement’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tulsi reservoir, the smallest among the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai, started overflowing today. Notably, the water stock in all the seven reservoirs has crossed 12.89 lakh million litres against 14.47 lakh million litres of total water stock required for Mumbai to avoid water cuts every year. “Last year, the lake started overflowing on July 16. However, it was delayed this year due to the slow pace of rain. The lake started overflowing at 6 am,” said a statement issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). “Other two lakes which have overflowed so far are Modak Sagar that started brimming on July 15 and Tansa lake which became full on July 18,” it said. Meanwhile, citing the current scenario, a senior civic official said the possibility of water cuts for Mumbai seemed remote. “There is a least possibility of water cuts for Mumbai as good rain in the catchment areas of these reservoirs have raised the water level to almost 90 per cent of the total water stock by this morning. At 6 am, the water content in the seven lakes stood at 12.89 lakh million litres,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab govt approves proposal to set up SPG to combat terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today approved a proposal of the state police to set up an elite specially trained Special Protection Group (SPG) to deal with any terror attack and other threats in the state which shares border with Pakistan. “The contours of the proposed SPG, a small but effective 270-member young and dynamic team, were discussed at a meeting chaired by the chief minister,” an official spokesperson said here. The SPG will be set up, with a clear mandate to neutralise armed aggressors and to combat terrorism, besides infiltration, hijacking, hostage-taking and other sensitive threat situations. The chief minister had also suggested that a small core team from the SPG could be sent to Israel for the latest and state-of-the-art counter insurgency training. According to the proposal discussed during the meeting, the SPG would be headed by an ADGP rank official with an IG and a DIG rank officer to assist him. The SPG would be divided into three teams, headed by a SP rank officer who would be of less than 35 years of age. The DSP rank officers in the team would be younger than 30 years and ORs would be in the age group of 18-25 years, the spokesperson said. These teams would specialise in tackling different situations and would be trained both by the army and the NSG. Amarinder said the process to identify officers and personnel for the SPG, who would be drawn from various police departments should commence immediately. In order to attract the best talent, personnel and officers who join the SPG would be paid higher risk, ration and other allowances, besides being given an insurance cover of Rs one crore each, spokesperson said. Officials who attended the meeting said the SPG would have a clear mandate to neutralise armed aggressors and to respond to ‘fidayeen’ attacks, armed infiltration, hostage situations, hijacking and assault on vital installations. The chief minister was briefed that the force would have a recurring expenditure of Rs 5.7 crore a year, which amounts to less than Rs 50 lakhs a month. Notably, in recent times, Punjab had witnessed two terror attacks in 2015 and 2016. In the first attack, three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues, had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district in July 2015 killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation. In the second attack, four terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border had attacked the Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1 and 2 last year, claiming the lives of seven security personnel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Strange case of JDA: Surplus engineers, no new projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) which has a large force of engineers does not have adequate work for them, because of resource crunch.JDA has not not been able to justify their presence as there are fewer projects to be executed because of paucity of funds.Large number of engineers posted in JDA are on deputations from various departments whilegetting JDA’s deputation is considered a privilege posting. Notably, JDA has more engineers on its rolls than the sanctioned limits.There are 47 executive engineers, but hardly seven of them are engaged in productive work. More than three dozens of the executive engineers have practically no work with them.There are few executive engineers who have works that are limited to one single zone.JDA has not been able to relieve such engineers and send them to their respective parent departments because of paucity of work.Some of the engineers enjoy patronage of the high ups and are thus drawing their salary without much work.The executive engineers who are on deputation and are sitting idle with no or inadequate works are: Sunil Vyas, Vinod Krishnaiya (Zone 4), Dharmendra Sharma ( Zone 8), Suresh Mathur, P K Vyas ( Prithviraj Nagar North),S Nathawat (Prithviraj Nagar South), Gopal Sharma ( Smart City project), Sanjay Vyas ( QC1), Pramod Katewa ( QC2), Rajesh Pal, Bhawani Singh (Zone 6), L N Mittal ( Zone 9), RK Mathur, Pyare Lal Meena ( Planning), Mukesh Meena ( Sewer Lines), Manoj Singh ( PHED), Arun Sharma (Housing), Ravindra Mathur, V M Johari (Sitapura Bassi), Richhpal Singh ( Ring Road), Rajendra Ahuja ( Zone 10), Subhash Saini (Zone 3), Brajesh Awasthi ( Zone 5), D K Agrawal ( Zone 7) and Deepak Balchandani (Drainage).Apart from these executive engineers a number of junior level engineers remain without work because of fewer new projects.Practically no work Large number of engineers posted in JDA are on deputations from various departments whilegetting JDA’s deputation is considered a privilege posting. Notably, JDA has more engineers on its rolls than the sanctioned limits.There are 47 executive engineers, but hardly seven of them are engaged in productive work.More than three dozens of the executive engineers have practically no work with them.There are few executive engineers who have works that are limited to a single zone. JDA has not been able to relieve such engineers and send them to their respective parent departments because of paucity of work. Some of the engineers enjoy patronage of the high ups and are thus drawing their salary without much work.

People with AC & less consumption in crosshairs of discom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The electricity consumers having air conditioners installed and with very less or zero consumption of electricity are on the radar of the Jaipur Discom.The team of Jaipur Discom, on the orders of managing director RG Gupta, has been asked to curb losses in the urban area.As such, the team will be checking and testing the domestic connections and the main focus of the checking is on high-value consumers.It has been told to check the domestic connections cent percent and under this, the checking of consumers having ACs with less or zero consumption shall be done.Officials informed that in extreme cases if electricity meter is found burnt or display of the meter is out and theft is not established then the meter will be replaced with the new lab tested meter.The old meter, which was at the premises of the consumer shall be seized and that will undergo testing at the lab of the discom.This will be done in the presence of consumer. Officials informed that in case the theft is established then the discom will take action as per the legal process which is set for the electricity theft.In many cases, if the offence has been done for the first time, then the fine is imposed on the consumer.However, if there is a fault with the meter and there was no intention of electricity theft, then the new meter will be installed which will be lab tested. Notably, in last few weeks, discom has become vigilant in urban areas.FOCUS ON ‘HIGH VALUE’ CONSUMERSThe team of Jaipur Discom, on the orders of managing director RG Gupta, has been asked to curb losses in the urban area. As such, the team will be checking and testing the domestic connections and the main focus of the checking is on high-value consumers. It has been told to check the domestic connections cent percent and under this, the checking of consumers having ACs with less or zero consumption shall be done. Faulty meters will be replaced with the new lab tested meter.

Centre’s nod to change ’embarrassing’ names of 2 Hry villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has approved renaming of Ganda and Kinnar villages in Fatehabad and Hisar districts of Haryana. Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved the renaming of two villages in Haryana, an official spokesman said here this evening. Village Ganda has been renamed as Ajit Nagar, whereas village Kinnar has been rechristened as Gaibi Nagar, the official said. The Haryana government had recently changed the names of both villages on the demand of local residents who said they felt “embarrassed” with such names. Notably, a teenaged girl from Ganda (which means dirty in English), Harpreet Kaur Malkat, had written a letter to the Prime Minister seeking change of name of her village. Kaur had earlier told reporters that she was often teased by her friends and relatives from other areas when they referred to her village name. In her letter to the PM over a year ago, the 14-year-old girl had highlighted how residents felt ashamed and embarrassed every time they needed to utter the village’s name. Likewise, villagers of Kinnar (which means eunuch in English), especially the younger generation, were demanding for a long time to change the outlandish name of the village which falls under Narnaund tehsil of Hisar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rohtak woman chases down mugger on 2-wheeler, gets him nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old woman was today allegedly mugged by a motorcycle-borne man here who fled with her purse but was chased down by her in a show of “exemplary bravery”, police said. Dimpy Gulati, who works as a relationship manager in a bank here, was headed for her office located on Jhajjar road on her scooty. When she reached Vijay Nagar, suddenly the man came from behind, snatched her purse and fled, they said, adding the purse contained money, mobile phone and some official papers. However, Gulati gave a hot chase to the man, who after covering some distance on his bike had to slow down when a vehicle came in its way. Losing no time, she hit his bike with her scooty from the rear, police said, adding the man, aged around 35 years, fell down on the road. Dimpy raised an alarm and took back her purse from him, they said. Sensing that he will be caught, the accused allegedly picked up a brick from the roadside and injured himself while threatening Gulati of putting the blame on her, police said. However, the accused identified as Sandeep was nabbed by the public with Gulati’s help and handed over to the police. Police said Sandeep was a drug addict and a case has been registered against him. Gulati was later honoured by the police for showing “exemplary courage” despite facing difficult situation. Notably, to encourage the public to come forward with credible information leading to nabbing of chain and purse snatchers, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced a reward of Rs one lakh for any one providing information leading to the arrest of the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JMC asks Raj varsity V-C to expel student leaders who deface city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to put a check on defacement of public properties in the city through posters, banners, pamphlets during students’ union elections, Jaipur Municipal Corporation has asked the University of Rajasthan to expel student leaders who engage in such practice during polls.In a letter written to the RU Vice Chancellor, JMC Commissioner Ravi Jain has asked the university to take strict action against students who deface public properties. Jain told DNA that the special initiatives are being taken in order to make the city clean and beautiful.Student leaders of RU and its constituent colleges have been defacing JLN Marg and Tonk Road by pasting posters, pamphlets, handbills etc at public bus shelters, on electricity poles and government and private buildings. This affects JMC’s efforts in making the city clean and beautiful. Jain has also asked RU V-C to order students of the varsity and the constituent colleges not to paste posters, pamphlets, handbills etc on government properties. Jain also clearly wrote that if the students do so, FIR would be registered under Section 3 of Rajasthan Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2006.He also asked the V-C to get the amount spent on removing the posters, banners and other publicity materials, pasted on the government properties, from the concerned student and deposit the same with JMC. He also asked V-C to initiate action to expel such students. Notably, mayor Ashok Lahoti held a meeting with officials on Wednesday and a decision was taken to write a letter to the RU V-C to take action against students who deface public properties in the city.

Punjab may announce some ‘relief’ for farmers in budget

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing mounting pressure to honour poll promise of farm debt waiver, the Punjab government is likely to provide some relief for distressed farmers in the upcoming budget. With government-appointed expert panel exploring ways and means for debt waiver, the priority of the state government will be to first extend relief to small and marginal farmers. “There is going to be some provision in the budget with regard to relief (debt waiver for farmers)” a senior official said today. Opposition parties have been demanding from Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to fulfil poll promise of debt waiver in the wake of growing number of farmer suicides in the state. The political parties AAP and SAD-BJP coalition are planning to corner Congress-led government in the upcoming budget session on the issue of farmers’ suicides and debt waiver. The panel is in the process of collecting information about outstanding debt of farmers from banks, cooperative banks, official said. Besides, the expert group will also meet all the stakeholders including farmers to seek their opinion before suggesting ways and means for debt waiver, he said. The expert panel is also likely to meet the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on June 15 here to update him about the work done so far on the debt waiver. The budget session is scheduled to commence on June 14 and adjourn sine-die after the proposed legislative business on June 23. The state budget will be tabled on June 20. Notably, Congress in its poll manifesto had promised to waive farm debt after coming to power. It had announced promise of ‘karza-kurki khatam (eliminate loan and auction), fasal di poori rakam’ (complete payment of crops). After coming to power, the state government formed an expert group under the chairmanship of T Haque, a former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, to assess the quantum of agricultural debt and suggest ways and means for farm debt waiver. The Punjab cabinet had already given its formal nod to scrap ‘kurki’ (auction of mortaged land), by abolishing Section 67-A of Punjab Cooperative Societies Act 1961, which provides for ‘kurki’ to recover loans as arrears of land revenue. At present, the total agricultural debt in Punjab is pegged at Rs 85,000 crore. Out of which total loan to farmers including marginal and small growers was Rs 72,700 crore. The outstanding debt of small and marginal farmers was Rs 36,000 crore including Rs cooperative loan of Rs 5,000 crore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sanitation worker mauled to death by stray dogs in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 55-year-old woman was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs outside a village here, police said. The incident occurred at Lakhnauti village where the woman, identified as Baladevi, was employed as a sanitation worker. Yesterday, after collecting garbage from the village, she went outside the hamlet to dump it. There a pack of stray dogs attacked her, leading to profuse bleeding, said Senior Superintendent of Police Bablu Kumar. Since it was afternoon there was nobody around and even as the woman tried to resist the pack overpowered her, he said. After some time when some passersby witnessed the vicious scene, they alerted the police and other locals. Baladevi was soon rushed to a hospital where doctors declared her dead, the SSP said. The body has been sent for post-mortem, Kumar said, adding the incident has created sensation in the area. He said the municipality has been issued necessary directions to ensure safety of the people in the area from stray dogs Notably, stray dogs have earlier also made passersby and children their prey. But this is the first time that canines have mauled any person to death here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman claims 3 gangrape her, threw daughter to death from auto

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons allegedly raped a woman after throwing her nine-month-old daughter off an autorickshaw leading to the child’s death here, police said today. According to the 23-year-old woman, she was going to her parents’ house in Khandsa village here around midnight on May 29 with her daughter after an argument with her husband. She took a lift in an autorickshaw in which three persons were already sitting. She told the police that the accused started molesting her as soon as she sat in the vehicle. As she resisted and her daughter started crying, they threw the infant out of the vehicle. The child succumbed to injuries, a Gurgaon police official said. The victim told the police that she was raped by the accused inside the autorickshaw on the old Khandsa road here, close to the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. The official said that the woman, a resident of a village near IMT Manesar here, had initially told the police that the accused had thrown her child out of the autorickshaw. However, later she told them that she was raped also by the three. “A case of murder and sexual assault has been registered. We are investigating the matter as woman alleging gangrape has refused to undergo medical examination,” a senior police officer said. Notably, the latest incident comes close on the heels of another incident in which two women were allegedly raped at Yamunanagar and Ambala in Haryana, police said. Two horrific incidents of rape also shook Haryana last month. While the body of a 23-year-old woman, who had been gang-raped and murdered, was found on the outskirts of Rohtak, a 26-year-old was gang-raped in a moving car in Gurgaon and abandoned in a semi-conscious state near her house.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab SLBC to deliberate on ‘kurki’ of farm land matter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state level bankers committee (SLBC) today said all the banks will deliberate on the matter pertaining to ‘kurki’ (attaching) of farm land in the next meeting, a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured farmers that there would be no such action. However, banks apprehend adverse impact on the loan recovery from farmers if the state government takes any step to prevent auction of mortgaged land of defaulting farmers. “This is not our money. This is public money. It will impact recovery,” Punjab SLBC Convener and Punjab National Bank General Manager (Punjab), P S Chauhan, said today. The matter pertaining to ‘kurki’ of farm land will be deliberated upon by all the banks in the SLBC meeting, he added. Chauhan said the state government could omit the ‘kurki’ clause under Section 67A of Punjab Cooperative Societies Act 1961 as the state cooperative banks are under the jurisdiction of the state government. Yesterday, the Punjab chief minister had urged distressed growers not to commit suicides, assuring them that the government was working on fulfilling its promise of debt waiver. Amarinder had appealed to growers in the wake of rising number of farmers’ suicides in the state. Notably, Congress in its poll manifesto had promised to waive farm debt after coming to power. It had announced promise of ‘karza-kurki khatam (eliminate loan and auction), fasal di poori rakam’ (complete payment of crops). Amarinder had earlier announced that the ‘kurki’ (auction) clause under Section 67A of Punjab Cooperative Societies Act 1961 would go, come what may, adding that he was committed to implementing every single promise made in the Congress election manifesto for Punjab. At present, the total agricultural debt in Punjab is pegged at Rs 85,000 crore. Out of which total loan to farmers including marginal and small growers was Rs 72,700 crore. The outstanding debt of small and marginal farmers was Rs 36,000 crore including Rs cooperative loan of Rs 5,000 crore, bank official said. Meanwhile, a panel set up by Punjab government to suggest ways and means for farm debt waiver, will hold next round of meeting in June here to arrive at a figure of total quantum of agricultural debt even as farmers pitched for waiving entire debt of growers to stop farm suicides. “We will hold a meeting in the first week of June in Chandigarh in which we will try to get a fair idea about the quantum of farm debt,” said T Haque, Chairman of the expert group set up by the state government today. Haque, a former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, said the expert group would also hold a meeting with bankers and other lenders to work out the figure of the total outstanding debt of farmers in the state. Besides, the expert group will also meet all the stakeholders including farmers to seek their opinions before suggesting ways and means for debt waiver, he said. Haque said it may take one more month to submit the report to the state government. The panel has so far held two meetings. The Punjab government last month had announced to set up an expert group to assess the quantum of agricultural debt, and suggests ways and means for its waiver. The group was asked to submit its report within 60 days. The two other members of the Group are Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director – South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, South Asia Regional Office and B S Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana. Besides assessing the total amount of credit including institutional and non-institutional credit availed by different categories of farmers, the group will assess the quantum of bad loans or debt and suggest the methodology for remission of debt. Meanwhile, farmers today sought from Punjab government to implement its poll promise of waiving debt in order to put a stop to farmers suicides. “We want the government to waive entire debt of farmers. Be it from banks, cooperative banks, commission agents,” said Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Khokri. Notably, opposition parties SAD, AAP and BJP have been putting pressure on the Congress led government to honour its promise of waiving debt which it had promised before assembly polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No change in state leadership, Khattar to continue as CM: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting to rest the ongoing speculations regarding change in the state leadership, BJP president Amit Shah today said that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will continue in office. When specifically asked to comment on the speculations that Khattar is likely to be changed in coming days, in the wake of reports on “dissident” activities by at least 16 MLAs, Shah said, “there is no change”. 63-year-old Khattar, a former RSS pracharak, was picked up as the Chief Minister after BJP formed government in Haryana on its own in 2014, for the first time. There were many front runners for the Chief Minister’s post when BJP came to power in the state including Anil Vij, Ram Bilas Sharma and Capt Abhimanyu, all of whom are ministers now, but Khattar pipped them to become the CM. At least 16 MLAs of BJP have openly expressed their unhappiness in the past, amid friction with the state bureaucracy. On some party MLAs and even workers being unhappy, Shah said, “I meet all of them, you need not be worried”. When asked about the rising dissent among party leaders in the state, the BJP chief countered a reporter and asked him to name the ‘dissident’ MLAs. Shah also praised the Khattar Government, especially its performance in improving the skewed sex ratio in the state. Notably, Shah will be undertaking a three-day Haryana tour, as part of his nationwide “vistaar mission”, in July. On being asked that Chandigarh BJP MP Kirron Kher is not getting enough support from the party’s local leadership, Shah said, “she is doing good work and all of them are supporting her”. On the issue of Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, Shah said, “whatever the present situation is that remains”. When asked that Modi government was against “VIP culture” but Chandigarh today was dotted with BJP flags and posters in view of his visit, Shah said, “putting up flag is not a VIP culture…”. To a related question on traffic diversion due to his visit, Shah said, “there is no role of party in this. If local administration diverted the route, then they kept in mind the convenience of people”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tutor held for raping pupil, man arrested for assaulting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In two separate incidents, a tutor has been arrested for raping his pupil, while a man has been held for raping his daughter here, police said today. In the first case, a man who runs a coaching centre in Mahagun society, under Vijay Nagar police station limits, was held for allegedly sexually exploiting his 15-year-old student, police said. The girl was being sexually assaulted for quite some time now. The accused tutor had threatened her of dire consequences if she told about it to anyone, senior superintendent of police H N Singh said. Yesterday when her father raised concern about her deteriorating performance in studies, the traumatised girl narrated the ordeal to him, who then approached the police, the SSP said. The accused tutor has been arrested on rape charge and POCSO Act has also been invoked against him for sexual offence against a minor, he said. In the other case, an FIR was lodged at Kavinagar police station about a 45-year-old man allegedly repeatedly raping his daughter. He used to beat her up threatening her against disclosing to anybody about her sexual abuse, police officials said. The 20-year-old woman took the help of her friend s mother, who prompted her to shoot some video clippings of her sexual abuse. On Saturday the woman, who is pursuing graduation from IGNOU, narrated the story to the police and yesterday an FIR was registered in the case and his father arrested. A case of rape and assault has been made against him and POCSO Act has also been invoked as the girl was minor when his father first sexually assaulted her, they said. Notably, the victim never told about her sufferings to her mother and took help of other acquaintances. Due to this reason the police is also probing her mother’s connivance in her sexual harassment, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panchkula to have Quick Reaction Team to tackle dog attacks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking cognizance of the rising number of cases of stray dog attacks on children and the elderly, the Haryana government minister Kavita Jain today directed officials of the Panchkula Municipal Corporation to set up a Quick Reaction Team. Jain held a review a meeting with the Commissioner, Panchkula Municipal Corporation, Executive Officer, Chief Sanitation Officer, and administrative officials today. She directed them to prepare a special action plan to mitigate the fear level of the residents who stroll during the morning and evening hours, from the stray dog menace. “No negligence would be tolerated in ridding the area of this menace,” she said. Notably, many incidents of stray dog bites have been reported from Panchkula in recent times. A few months back, a rabid dog had bit around 15 persons, including women and children. In the meeting, officials said that such cases had also increased in Municipal Corporations of Chandigarh and Mohali, apart from Panchkula. Jain also directed that action being taken to sterilise stray dogs should be speeded up. On the directions of Jain, the Corporation decided to constitute a monitoring committee. It would monitor vaccination and sterilisation of stray dogs and ensure compliance with animal birth control guidelines by catching the dogs, transporting them and getting them vaccinated. A short tender has been invited by the Corporation for sterilisation and vaccination of stray dogs, for which work would be allotted to a contractor within one week. For this, a provision of Rs 30 lakh has been made in the current financial year, officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab gets 2 pc rise in revenue from remaining liquor vends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After witnessing “low interest” by liquor contractors, Punjab government today managed to allot liquor vends in Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib divisions at Rs 1,729 crore, just 2 per cent more than the reserve price. Punjab Excise and Taxation department allotted liquor vends in these divisions in its third attempt as in the previous two attempts, contractors stayed away from participating in allotment of vends. “We allotted liquor vends at Rs 1,729 crore against the reserve price of Rs 1,701 crore,” an official of Punjab excise and taxation department said. In Ludhiana division, vends were allotted at Rs 755 crore against reserve price of Rs 735 crore, while in Ferozepur division the liquor shops were allotted at Rs 285 crore against reserve price of Rs 284 crore. In Patiala, Faridkot and Ferozepur, the vends were allotted at Rs 496 crore, 91 crore and 102 crore, respectively, the official said. However, he said there was some issue in allotment of vends in Bathinda which will be sorted out soon. Punjab has already allotted vends through draw of lots at Rs 1,900 crore in other divisions, he said, adding that with today’s allotment, the state will earn revenue of Rs 3,600 crore from liquor business. After contractors did not show much interest in liquor vends in Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib, the department decided to allow vends through inviting sealed tenders. Official further said liquor vends in Ferozepur and Moga were allotted to Shiv Lal Doda group. Notably, several liquor contractors were earlier not keen to apply for liquor vends, citing heavy losses suffered during last two years from liquor business. In line with its promise of discouraging liquor consumption in poll manifesto, the Punjab government had already announced to brought down the number of liquor vends and slashed the liquor quota in its new excise policy. The number of liquor vends in the state would be reduced to 5,900 from 6,384 at present.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All MLAs satisfied with Khattar’s leadership, no move to have

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is no discussion in the BJP for appointing any deputy to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, state minister Kavita Jain said today, refuting reports of a likely move by the government to this end. She said the entire cabinet and party MLAs are satisfied under the leadership of Khattar. “No discussion has been held (in the party) regarding appointing Finance Minister Abhimanyu or anyone else, as the deputy chief minister of the state,” the Urban Local Bodies Minister said. She was interacting with media persons after performing ‘yajna’ along with her family members on the occasion of Ram Navami at Mata Mansa Devi shrine complex at Panchkula, near here. Asked about media reports that changes in the state cabinet could be effected soon, Jain said she was not aware of any such information. However, she added, “It was not required as the Haryana government was working with complete honesty to take the state forward. The entire cabinet and our party MLAs are satisfied under the leadership of Chief Minister”. Notably, a number of BJP legislators from south Haryana have been vocal about them being ignored by their own party. Gurugram MLA Umesh Aggarwal had launched a tirade against Khattar first on alleged irregularities in the Power Department and then Gurugram s Gwal Pahari land row. Chief Minister Khattar had earlier denied existence of any discontent or groupism, among the party MLAs saying “none of our party MLAs is dissatisfied or unhappy. All of them stand united.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wheat procurement begins tomorrow; Pb awaits release of CCL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With wheat procurement set to commence tomorrow, Punjab, the food bowl of the country, is still awaiting the release of the Cash Credit Limit (CCL) for the purchase of crop. However, the other arrangements for the procurement of the winter crop in 1,830 mandis have been made, an official said. “CCL has not been released yet but we are expecting it any day. The issue is pending with the RBI,” said a senior official of Punjab Food and Civil Supplies department said today. The wheat procurement for the Rabi Marketing season 2017-18 will start tomorrow with Punjab making arrangements for the smooth procurement of 125 lakh metric tonne of the crop. The new Congress-led Punjab government will face first procurement season after formation and has promised smooth and hassle-free procurement of the farmers’ produce. Notably, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on March 22 in connection with wheat procurement arrangements. Amarinder had sought immediate authorisation and release of Rs 20,683 crore Cash Credit Limit (CCL) from the central government for smooth and timely wheat procurement in the state. Then FM had assured Amarinder that he would direct the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ensure that all arrangements for wheat procurement in the state are in place by March 25. A proposal seeking the CCL had already been sent to the Reserve Bank of India by the state government. Notably, previous SAD-BJP regime had faced wrath for the delay in the release of CCL on many occasions over the mismatch between value of physical stocks of foodgrain and money spent through CCL for buying wheat and paddy. Meanwhile, an official of Punjab food and civil supplies department today said, “We have made all the arrangements for the procurement of 125 lakh MT of wheat crop. Although the arrivals are expected lesser than 125 lakh MT.” “Every grain of the farmer will be purchased,” he said. Last year, 108 lakh MT of wheat was purchased for the central pool. The state government had already directed all DCs to personally monitor the procurement process and ensure smooth and hassle-free procurement of the farmers’ crop. The state mandi board has been directed to provide all basic amenities and facilities in the mandis, in addition to smooth and timely payments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heat wave over most of Madhya Pradesh, Hoshangabad hottest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heat wave prevailed in almost 80 per cent of Madhya Pradesh today as the highest temperature of 42.9 degree Celsius was recorded in Hoshangabad district. Notably, the hill station of Pachmarhi is located in Hoshangabad district. “Heat wave prevailed in 75 to 80 per cent area of Madhya Pradesh. This situation may continue for at least another two or three days,” India Meteorological Department’s Bhopal Centre Director Dr Anupam Kashyapi told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NLA moves resolution to drop Indo-Myanmar border fencing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nagaland Legislative Assembly today moved a government resolution to permanently drop the Indo-Myanmar border fencing project. The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, P Longon introduced the resolution requesting “the Central Government to impress upon the Myanmar government to permanently drop the project of construction of a fence on the Indo-Myanmar border in Nagaland with a view to continue the cordial and fraternal relations among the Nagas living on both sides of the border.” NLA Speaker, Imtiwapang before adjourning the House for the day, informed that discussion and passing of the resolution would be taken up on March 28. Notably, during the ongoing session of the Assembly, members raised concern on the intension of the Myanmar government to put up a fence the International border at Pangsha in Noklak sub-division of Tuensang district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cattle smugglers tried to run over cops in Pb; 1 surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a car allegedly tried to run over police personnel in Pathankot, it has emerged that the occupants of the vehicle were cattle smugglers. One of the five accused, identified as Hussain, surrendered before police today and gave details following which it emerged that they were cattle smugglers. He was later put under arrest, Pathankot police said. During preliminary investigation, it was found that the occupants had panicked on being stopped by police at a check barrier. They abandoned the car at a village in Pathankot yesterday and escaped, a police official said. The accused were allegedly involved in the illegal trade for the last two years, the official said, adding a hunt is on to nab the other accused, all of whom hail from Jammu and Kashmir. Yesterday morning, the patrol party of Pathankot police had tried to stop the silver-coloured Maruti Alto K-10, bearing Jammu and Kashmir registration number, at a check barrier in Sujanpur, Pathankot SSP, Nilambari Jagdalay Vijay had said. The occupants tried to run over the policemen and escaped. Nothing suspicious was found from the car which was later abandoned by its occupants, police had said. Notably, Pathankot remains on high alert after last year’s terror attack. Terrorists had sneaked in from across the border and attacked the Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1-2 last year, while Dinanagar in adjoining Gurdaspur district was targeted by terrorists on July 27, 2015. The Pathankot terror attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel, while four terrorists were killed in the incident. Three heavily-armed terrorists wearing Army fatigues had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jat agitation raises spectre of last year’s violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana is on the edge as the ongoing Jat agitation seeking reservation in education and government jobs has once again raised the spectre of last year’s violence that killed 30 people. Members of the Jat community have been sitting on dharnas in 19 of the state’s 22 districts since January 29. The fresh protests come at a time when Haryana is observing golden jubilee of its formation. The images of mobs setting houses, schools, eateries and other places on fire during last year’s quota agitation are still fresh in public memory. The Delhi-Ambala National Highway, the gateway for travel to Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, had remained blocked for days. The Manohar Lal Khattar government had drawn flak from various quarters, including the opposition, for its alleged inept handling of the situation last year. A complete breakdown of the official machinery was witnessed between February 19 and 22 last year. Later, a committee headed by former Uttar Pradesh DGP Parkash Singh probed the acts of omission and commission of officers during the Jat quota violence and indicted several officers for not taking appropriate steps, thus allowing the situation to worsen. As many as 1,196 shops were set ablaze, 371 vehicles torched, 30 schools/colleges were burnt, 75 houses were set on fire, 53 hotels/marriage palaces were devastated, 23 petrol pumps were attacked and vandalised, the committee had observed in its report. An industry body had pegged the loss at around Rs 34,000 crore in last year’s violence. The mode of protests this year is giving sleepless nights to the first ever BJP government in Haryana, a state carved out in 1966. Despite the government assuring the Jats that it will do whatever possible within the ambit of the law and the agitation leader promising that the stir will be peaceful, the growing number of protesters with each passing day is proving a tightrope walk for the Khattar government, which does not want to allow a repeat of last year’s situation. Notably, opposition parties — the Indian National Lok Dal and the Congress — have given their support, asking the Khattar government to fulfil the promises it had made to the Jat community. Jats are demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, besides withdrawing of criminals cases registered against several youths of the community during last year, release of those lodged in jail, compensation and government jobs to the next of kin of those killed in last year’s agitation. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pb: Over 21k people on poll duty cast vote via postal ballots

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 21,000 people, deployed on election duty in Punjab for February 4 polls, have already sealed the fate of candidates from their constituencies by casting their votes through postal ballots in all the districts. “Several people deployed on election duty have cast their votes through postal ballots in 18 districts,” said a senior official posted in the state election office here today. The total number of voters, who have cast their ballots so far are around 21,000, official said, adding the number of votes could be higher as detail from some districts were being collected. In Punjab, there are around 1.88 lakh votes of polling staff which includes sector officers, zonal officers, returning officers, assistant returning officers, police personnel, staff of flying squads, static surveillance teams, staff at polling stations, drivers, clerks etc. Persons deputed on election duty, who will not be able to cast their votes on the polling day, are facilitated by the Election Commission to exercise their franchise through postal ballots, the official said. He said many staff people deputed on poll duty in 18 districts including Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Patiala, Mohali, Moga, Bathinda have so far casted their votes at the facilitation centres set up where they get training for poll duty. The official said these votes shall be counted on March 11, the day when the vote counting will take place. Postal ballots are issued to the poll staff after getting the form 12 duly filled in at the time of their training to enable them to cast their votes. Punjab is set to witness three-cornered contest during Assembly polls with Congress, SAD-BJP and new entrant AAP vying to wrest power. Notably, the defence personnel in Punjab will be able to cast their votes by using electronic postal ballot facility at four assembly constituencies for the first time in the upcoming state assembly elections. To facilitate service voters, the Election Commission has introduced Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) to help the service voters cast their votes in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. Significantly, the Election Commission has set a target to ensure 85 per cent voters turnout during Punjab Assembly polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pawar hits out at Modi, scotches rumours of cosying up to BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP chief Sharad Pawar today criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his attack on the Congress, saying in a parliamentary set up one should not try to completely rule out any force though there may be differences of opinion even as he dismissed talk of an alliance with the BJP. “We have heard his (Modi) speeches. His main target is to finish Congress. In a parliamentary set up one should not expect to totally finish others, although there may be differences of opinion and views,” he said at a press meet here today. “If anybody who is occupying such a high position in the country is making statements that I want to finish someone, we don’t believe in that,” he said, while stating that NCP itself has certain differences and issues with the Congress. “We have certain issues and differences with the Congress party, but we don’t say that Congress has not done anything in this country right from Independence. We have differences but that differences we are not taking to that level to finish anybody,” he said. Notably, Modi had recently said at an election rally in Punjab that the Congress was a “thing of the past.” He had also dubbed Congress as a “sinking ship” and said people should not board it as it would not help them reach anywhere. While addressing a public meeting in Vasco last night, Pawar scotched rumours that his party was cosying up to BJP, saying it will never support the saffron party nor join hands with communal forces and compromise on secularism. “There are rumours being spread that NCP is growing close to BJP. This is absolutely false news. NCP will never support BJP,” he said. “We will never compromise on secularism. NCP will never be with the communal forces. Those who are favouring and spreading communalism, we will never be with them,” said Pawar, who was recently honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, country s second highest civilian award. With Shiv Sena calling off its two-decade-old alliance with the BJP for the upcoming civic polls in Maharashtra, speculation was rife that it could look at NCP to fill the crucial gap to ensure stability of the state government in the event of the Uddhav Thackeray-led party pulling out of it. Pawar said it is difficult to run poll campaign post demonetisation. “NCP is a national party because we have MLAs in eight states. It’s a new party and to be frank, to form a party and contest election throughout India is not an easy thing. “Nowadays elections are becoming very expensive. To run the campaign itself is very difficult after this currency issue,” he said. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bal Thackeray never revealed his chest size, but enemies feared him: Sena takes jibe at PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taunting the Prime Minister on the birth anniversary of Bal Thackeray, ally Shiv Sena today said the late leader never boasted of a “56-inch chest” but the nation’s enemies were scared by his very name and he stood by Narendra Modi when BJP had plans to remove him as the Gujarat chief minister after Godhra riots.”After the Godhra riots, (former PM) Atal Bihari Vajpayee was about to oust Modi from Gujarat CM’s post but it was Balasaheb who staunchly backed him then. It was very courageous of Balasaheb to support Modi at the time,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said. “The (late) Sena supremo never revealed the size of his chest but Pakistan and enemies of the nation got jittery by the mention of his mere name. He was an invisible force that kept extremist forces at bay,” Sena said on Thackeray’s 91st birth anniversary.The Sena also said the country is in a pitiable state now with the ruling dispensation refusing to speak about the problems being faced by people and only keeps making new announcements.”The (late) Sena supremo was firm on his ideals. He did not believe in duping people in the name of democracy,” it said. Notably, Sena’s sarcastic comment against Modi and the Centre came at a time when the possibility of a tie-up with BJP for the Mumbai city polls hit a virtual deadend.Sena, despite being partner of BJP in Maharashtra and at the Centre, has been highly critical of the demonetisation decision, repeatedly attacking the government over the issue through its mouthpiece.

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