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Gujarat elections 2017 | DNA IMPACT: EC turns off ‘Ramkatha’ during polling

The Election Commission has directed the organisers of Morari Bapu’s Ramkatha in Surat not to hold it on Saturday until the first phase polling of the Gujarat Assembly elections does not come to an end.The DNA had first reported on November 14 that Ramkatha was being organised in Surat in the middle of a busy election schedule from December 2 to 10 and might create problems as the polling day in Surat happens to be on December 9.The move had ignited a debate in Surat over whether the Ramkatha was being organised to change the discourse from agitation to patriotism. It is being organised by pro-RSS Veer Maruti Jawan Trust of diamond merchants and builders to raise Rs 200 crore to honour and help Army martyrs’ families.It also raising funds to help the descendants of great patriots such as Rani Laxmi Bai and the families of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev.Moreover, Morari Bapu is also considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.EC sources said though the Commission had not given any instructions not to allow candidates from participating in it, they deliberately kept out of it knowing that their participation would be deemed as electoral campaigning and the day’s expenses of Ramkatha would be counted in their election expenses.With candidates allowed to spend only up to Rs 28 lakh, participation in Ramkatha for a single session could send their election expenses swelling by Rs 1.4 crore (total cost of holding 10 day Ramkatha has been pegged at Rs 14 crore by the organisers) which may result in the cancellation of their candidature.However, this does not explain the Surat police stopping Patidar youth leader Hardik Patel, who is not even fighting elections, from entering the Ramkatha on Friday.Hardik tweeted on Friday morning, “Just now I was going to attend Morari Bapu’s Ramkatha in Surat, but police stopped me and said the model code of conduct was in force, you cannot go. Model code even in religious matters. Ram Ram.”Incidentally, Ramkatha is being organised at Surat’s Varachha Road which is dominated by the Patidar community and has been one of the epicentres of anti-BJP protests.

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Tempo hits, kills Sachin Tendulkar’s doctor at Mulund toll naka

A 67-year-old Mulund resident, Dr Prakash Vaze, who had treated Sachin Tendulkar, was killed on Friday in a road accident. Vaze was the chairman of Prakash Vaze Sports Foundation in Mulund west and was crushed by a tempo near Mulund toll naka.On November 5th, award-winning cyclist Ashok Khale was also hit by a vehicle in Mankhurd and succumbed to his injuries a week later. Vaze, a general practitioner, was a product of the Shivaji Park cricket grounds. He had treated Tendulkar during an Indian Premier League match at DY Patil Stadium in Nerul.He had introduced a 25-over game of cricket in 1985 to promote sports amongst the medical fraternity. Since 2009, he had been promoting other competitive indoor and outdoor sports such as chess, carrom, badminton and table tennis through his sports foundation.Vaze had also bagged medals for umpiring. He is survived by his wife.According to the police, Vaze and the compounder from his clinic, Hanumant Hegde, were returning to Mulund from Thane on a scooter. A speeding tempo hit them from behind, causing Vaze to fall off. He was then crushed under the rear wheels of the tempo. Hegde too sustained severe injuries. Both were rushed to nearest hospital by the police and other locals, where Vaze was announced dead. Hegde has been hospitalised.Hegde told the police that both he and Vaze were carrying helmets, but were not wearing them. The Navghar police have registered a case of death due to negligence and rash driving against the tempo driver, Nilkanth Chavan, 48.”The accused will be produced in court on Saturday,” says senior inspector Madhav More of Navghar Police Station, adding, “While Hegde says that the tempo hit them from behind, Chavan claims Vaze lost balance and fell off his scooter. We are trying to retrieve CCTV footage of the accident to get clarity.”Vaze’s body was taken to Rajawadi hospital for postmortem and the last rites were conducted around 7:30 pm. “We all are in deep grief and shock,” said Pramod Bele, a relative of Vaze. “He was a great man and had done so much for sports. This is a loss for the sports as well as the medical fraternity. There was chess tournament slated for Saturday, which he was very much excited about. Now it has been cancelled.”

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SC stays Madras HC order on thumb impression of ex- TN CM J Jayalalithaa

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Madras High Court order directing Bengaluru jail authorities and the UIDAI to produce records containing the thumb impression of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.The high court, while dealing with an election petition, had on November 24 sought Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression details which is available with Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara Jail and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The former AIADMK chief had died on December 5 last year. The high court had asked the authorities to give the fingerprint details by today in a matter relating to an election petition filed by P Saravanan, a DMK candidate for the November 2016 Thirupparankundram Assembly bypoll, challenging the election of AIADMK’s A K Bose.The matter came up for hearing today before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which also issued notice to the petitioner before the high court and asked him to file a reply within eight weeks. The bench said there would be “stay of operation” on the high court’s order. Bose has moved the apex court against the high court’s direction claiming it intruded into the fundamental right to privacy.Also readJayalalithaa death anniversary: Scores of people pay tribute to their ‘Amma'”Her death does not make any difference as right to privacy is available to every citizen during his/her life time and even after the death of that person,” the plea said. “The personal details of a third party which will undoubtedly include the finger print could not be divulged by the authorities holding the same without consent of the person to whom it belongs,” the plea claimed while seeking an ex- parte stay of the interim order of high court. During the pendency of petition before the high court, Saravanan had filed an additional affidavit, questioning the validity of the election documents.He had alleged that thumb impression of Jayalalithaa was obtained without her consent and knowledge while she was unconscious, with the “connivance” of the doctors and others who were attending to the former chief minister. Jayalalithaa was lodged in the jail after her conviction in the Rs 65.66 crore disproportionate assets case in 2014.Also readA year after Jayalalithaa’s death, AIADMK suffers without a strong leaderShe had subsequently secured bail from the Supreme Court and was released on October 18, 2014, after spending 21 days in the prison.The Karnataka High Court had later acquitted her and three of her associates of all charges, but the Supreme Court on February 14 this year had set aside the order. However, since Jayalalithaa died on December 5 last year, the apex court had abated the proceedings against her.

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Give a long-term comprehensive plan for protection of Taj Mahal: SC to stakeholders

The Supreme Court today sought a detailed and comprehensive document to protect the medieval era monument Taj Mahal for at least the next 100 years.Terming as “ad hoc”, the measures enumerated by the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) authority in its affidavit, a bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said the document submitted was interim in nature and some long-term plan was needed for protection and preservation of the historical Mughal-era mausoleum. TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq kms spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan.”What you (ASG) have submitted are ad hoc steps. What is required is a larger and broader perspective of the whole scenario. Everybody needs to sit together and come out with ways as to how the monument should be protected for the next generation,” the bench observed. The apex court said the members from the civil society including experts should be involved in devising a strategy to protect the Taj Mahal.Also readTaj Mahal 2nd best UNESCO world heritage site after Angkor Wat: SurveyDuring the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta placed an affidavit stating the measures to be taken for the protection and preservation of the Taj. He said a number of measures have been proposed including ban on construction activities within 500 metres from the monument, plying of only CNG vehicles near Taj, sufficient supply of electricity to discourage use of generator sets and complete prohibition of burning of waste and garbage. The top court posted the matter for hearing after eight weeks. On November 20, the apex court had rapped the Uttar Pradesh government for not coming out with a comprehensive policy to protect and preserve the beauty of Taj Mahal, saying “we need sustainable development”.The bench had also asked TTZ authority to explain why it was not holding meetings every two months as was expected. On November 15, the apex court had directed the state to file a comprehensive policy with regard to pollution in TTZ and nearby areas to preserve the monument.Also read’There’s only one Taj Mahal’: Supreme Court nixes plan for parking lot near monumentIt had taken strong exception to the state not filing a comprehensive policy before it despite assurances. The state had said that a policy has been prepared by the TTZ, which was an independent authority. It had earlier stayed its order directing demolition of a multi-level car parking being built near the Taj Mahal and asked the authorities to maintain status quo there.Environmentalist M C Mehta, who had filed a plea seeking protection of the Taj from the ill-effects of polluting gases and deforestation in and around the area, had earlier told the bench that the TTZ was an “ecologically sensitive area” and the government should have come out with a comprehensive policy for preservation and protection of the Taj.The apex court, which is dealing with Mehta’s petition, has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. The mausoleum is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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India parents: ‘Our baby died after doctors put him in a bag’

The parents at the centre of an incident that shocked India tell the BBC about their ordeal.

Delhi government cancels license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain on Friday said that they are cancelling the license of Max hospital located in Shalimar Bagh due to medical negligence. The decision was taken after the health minister received the final report of the probe launched into probing alleged medical negligence by the hospital. The case relates to the birth of twins (a boy and a girl) on November 30. The parents alleged the babies were declared dead by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh but they later discovered that the boy was alive.the parents said they were told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn. The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said. The family discovered that the baby boy was breathing just before the last rites, the police said. The baby however died later. Earlier Jain had said that the preliminary report had found Max hospital guilty on several counts and promised strict action once the final report comes. It’s not the first time Max has had a run in with the authorities recently. On November 22, a notice was sent to Max Hospital for allegedly violating norms related to services to be given to EWS patients. “These two cases have been clubbed and we will take action accordingly,” Jain had promised. The family of the kid had alleged that Max hospital tried to bribe them to hush up the case. However the hospital has vehemently denied the allegation. With PTI inputs

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Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family to meet him in jail on December 25

The family of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian naval officer facing death sentence in Pakistan, has been allowed to meet him in jail on December 25.Though it has not been specified that who exactly has been permitted to meet Jadhav, it is sure that an Indian diplomat will accompany the family member.The news comes after India set some pre-conditions for the meeting, specifically asking for the safety of Jadhav’s family members.Earlier, India had allowed wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav to travel to Pakistan.However, the women’s travel permission is linked with certain pre-conditions.Also readPakistan yet to give a sovereign guarantee about safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav: VK Singh”In our response, we have conveyed that Jadhav’s wife would like to travel with her mother-in-law for the meeting. We have also sought sovereign guarantee from the Pakistan Government to ensure safety, and security of both. Also, during their stay in Pakistan they should not be questioned, or harassed,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.”We have further asked that a diplomat from our High Commission in Pakistan shall be allowed to accompany them at all times, including during the meeting,” he added.Also read4 assurances India has asked for allowing Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife, mother to travel to PakistanPakistan on November 10 had said that on ‘humanitarian grounds’, it can allow meeting between Jadhav and his wife in jail. The 46-year-old was arrested in March last year on charges on espionage. The Pakistan authorities alleged that Jadhav was working with RA&W and was involved in terrorist activities in strife-torn Balochistan region.After nearly four months of trail termed as ‘farcical’ trial, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a military court. But, India moved to International Court of Justice and in major victory, the ICJ stayed Jadhav’s death sentence in May this year.

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Aadhaar linking deadline extended

The Centre plans to push the deadline for making Aadhaar card mandatory for 131 services, including banking services, from December 31 to March, 2018. A notification in this regard will likely be issued on Friday, the Centre told the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday.Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra the deadline to link Aadhaar number with mobile phones could not be extended beyond February 6, 2018, since the order was imposed by the top court in another PIL.The top law officer’s submission came on the heels of a mentioning made in the Aadhaar matter before a bench that also comprised justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.The bench then said it would set up a Constitution bench to hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act next week. At the same time, it would also decide on other related notifications issued by the Centre and see whether any interim orders need to be passed.Representing a batch of petitioners opposing Aadhaar, senior advocate Shyam Divan requested a direction seeking no coercive action against those who have not yet submitted their unique 12-digit identity number and a stay on the enrollment process.Venugopal, however, opposed the move and submitted that the Centre was ready to defend their pet project. “There cannot be a stay on the Aadhaar scheme that has gone on for years,” he said.The top law officer then added that a committee involved in bringing out a Data Protection law, headed by former SC judge BN Srikrishna, was likely to submit its final report by February.Earlier in August this year, a nine-judge Constitution bench declared the right to privacy a fundamental right and said that individual cases challenging Aadhaar would be separately decided by a five-judge Constitution bench.On October 30, the bench said it would hear the Aadhaar matter in November, almost five years after the first plea was filed. Several petitions in this matter have been pending since the top court referred the matter to a larger bench nearly two years ago.
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Non-bailable warrant against Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan

A court here today issued a non- bailable warrant (NBW) against M Natarajan, husband of deposed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, and three others in connection with a case of evasion of duty while importing a luxury car from the UK 23 years ago.The Eighth Additional Judge of the Principal Special Court for CBI cases, A Thiruneelaprasad, issued the NBW based on a November 17 Madras High Court order, upholding the trial court order sentencing the accused to two years in prison in the case.The counsel for the CBI approached the court, seeking issuance of NBW citing the recent Madras High Court order.Natarajan and three others were convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and tax evasion and sentenced to two years in jail in the case by the court in 2010. All the accused appealed against the CBI court order.When the pleas came up before the high court on November 17, it had dismissed their petitions and directed the trial court to secure the accused and remand them in judicial custody to undergo the remaining period of the sentence, if any.The case relates to the import of a Toyota Lexus car in 1994, declaring it as a “used vehicle” and thereby allegedly evading tax to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore. The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate registered separate cases against Natarajan and three others after it was found that the documents presented by them were fabricated.According to the CBI, Natarajan, his nephew V Bhaskaran, Yogesh Balakrishnan and Sujaritha Sundararajan substituted the original sale invoice with a photocopy of an invoice fabricated by changing the vehicle’s manufacturing date to July 1993.They cleared the car under transfer of residence provision, and thereby caused a loss of Rs 1.06 crore to the exchequer by way of short levy, penalty and redemption fine, the CBI said.
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India drone crashed near our border, invaded our air space, claims China

Months after the Doklam stand-off resolution, China on Thursday claimed that India ‘invaded’ its airspace.Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with New Delhi on Thursday after ‘recent crash’ of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory.Beijing also said that the ‘incident’ that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border.”This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,” said Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China’s western battle zone command, according to a Defence Ministry statement.”China’s border defence forces took a professional and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device,” Zhang said, adding that the military would resolutely defend national sovereignty and security.It said only that the drone crashed in “recent days” and did not give a location.The drone report comes months after the border stand-off near Doklam in Sikkim sector..In June, July and August, Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau .The two sides agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.In November, China again ‘criticised’ a visit by President Ram Nath Kovind to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas.
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India newborn ‘mistakenly’ declared dead passes away

The baby was handed over in a plastic bag but his parents saw him move on their way to his funeral.

Police cracks the murder case of Kashmiri army soldier

Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of Shopian chose country over his self. He preferred to die rather than to succumb to the pressure of terrorists in South Kashmir.New details have emerged about the assassination of the 23-year-old off-duty soldier Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (TA) by terrorists at Wuthmula village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on November 25.While one militant has been arrested, three others — including the top commander Sadam Padder — are on the run. Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said terrorists wanted Sepoy Irfan to work for them but he refused which became one of the causes of his assassination. “The terrorists tried to motivate him to work for them. But they could not succeed and ultimately they decided to kill him. Plus security force men are always the target of the militants”, he said.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar, who was on a vacation, had left home at the Senzen village in his car on November 24 but did not return. On November 25 morning, his body, was riddled with bullets, was found in an orchard in the neighbouring Wuthmula village in Shopian district.Investigation conducted so far revealed that four militants — including Saddam Padder, Bilal, Touseef, newly recruited unidentified man and over ground worker (OGW) Muzamil — hatched a conspiracy to kill Sepoy Irfan.Accordingly, Muzamil went to the native village of Sepoy Irfan and took him to a pre-determined spot at Wuthmula where Saddam, Bilal, Touseef and unidentified militant were waiting in the orchard. “They came out from the orchard and fired at the Sepoy Irfan, resulting in instant death of the victim”, said a police spokesman.Based on the hard evidence, police unearthed the entire chain of conspiracy and finally nabbed one of the accused Muzamil. “The lookout for the other three militants is on and necessary legal proceedings are in progress to complete the investigation”, said the spokesman. Superintendent of Police, Shopian said, the killing was carried out jointly by the militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen.”Two of the terrorists belonged to Hizbul Mujhadeen outfit. Touseef belongs to Lashkar-e-Toiba. Muzamil was an OGW of slain Lashkar militant Waseem Shah. He worked for Saddam Paddar. They had hatched the conspiracy to kill him in the house of Touseef”, said Shriram.A massive hunt has been launched to track down the three terrorists who are on the run. “Either we will arrest them and bring them before the court or they would be eliminated”, said another officer.
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It took almost one month to confirm lethal Japanese Encephalitis infection

At the time when seasonal diseases are producing challenges in front of state medical and health department, recent cases of lethal disease Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have exposed the lacunae at monitoring and testing system of diseases in the state. In October, Rajasthan registered first death case due to JE, but it took 25 days to confirm that the deceased patient was infected with JE virus. Meanwhile, two more patients from Keshoraipatan in Bundi were infected with JE but by the time it was confirmed, both of them recovered from the disease. The disheartening fact is, that for almost 2 months they remained unattended by medical officials, within the community. In such a condition if there was no outbreak, we should thank the Almighty.Followed by the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and DNA report, published on November 13, about the first death for JE in Rajasthan a team of specialists from Jaipur, sent to Keshoraipatan, had collected 7 blood samples of JE suspects.“Samples were sent to NIV on November 16, and report confirms that two out of them, namely Ghanshyam (80) and Bhalchandra (35), were infected with JE and other two are reported indeterminate cases,” Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director (Rural Health) told DNA. It is worth mentioning that it took more than 20 days for confirmation of JE in blood samples, by the time Bhalchandra got recovered from the disease. Ghanshyam too has no symptoms left now but, being an old man, has been admitted to medicine ward C in Hospital of Kota Medical college. “Patient has no fever, headache, unconsciousness or fits like symptoms.” DR Manoj Saluja, who is taking care of Ghanshyam told DNA. “Sample was drawn on November 13. It seems that he was infected at that time and was lately confirmed. But since the report is positive, he has been kept under observation for next twodays,” said Dr Saluja.
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Civic body floats fresh tender for Hancock Bridge as per GST rate

The construction of a new bridge in place of the demolished Hancock bridge in Byculla is likely to start in a month as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started to invite fresh tender for the project as per the new Goods and Service Tax (GST) rate. Earlier, the process of awarding the contract was put on hold due to change in GST rate.According to an official from the Bridge department of BMC, GST rate has been revised to 12 per cent from earlier 18 per cent. “With the change in GST rate, the overall price of the tender will also change,” the official said. So, the fresh tender has to be floated to award contract.SO Kori, chief engineer (Bridge) of BMC, said, “We have invited tender as per the new GST rate… We are expecting that the tender process will be complete in one month or a maximum of two-months time.”Earlier, the Supreme Court had given permission to carry out construction for a new bridge with a new contractor after taking account of the trouble faced by motorists and pedestrians.The construction of the new bridge was put on hold following a Bombay High Court order. The BMC had reportedly awarded the contract for construction of four bridges, including the Hancock Bridge, to a blacklisted contractor.The contractor was blacklisted for carrying out shoddy roadworks. After HC stayed the construction of a new bridge, the contractor approached the Supreme Court. However, the civic body managed to lift the stay.It is almost one and half years the 135-year-old Hancock bridge was demolished in November 2015.The British-era bridge near Sandhurst Road Railway station was deemed dangerous by the CR in 2013 and was demolished. The Railway overbridge was connecting Byculla and Dadar.ABOUT THE BRIDGEThe 135-year-old British-era bridge near Sandhurst Road Railway station was deemed dangerous by the CR in 2013 and was demolished. The Railway overbridge would connect Byculla and Dadar.
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PWD has only three machines to clean roads: Delhi government to Delhi High court

There are “only” three mechanised vacuum cleaning machines with the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to sweep the roads. These submissions were made in the High Court in the wake of the failure of the Delhi government to curtail the increasing air pollution in the Capital. In an affidavit filed in the Delhi High court through its standing counsel Naushad Ahmed Khan, the AAP government informed the court that there are three vacuum cleaning machines which have been used to clean the roads of posh South Delhi. “Three numbers mechanised sweeping machines have been deployed on various roads of the PWD in South Delhi only. The PWD is making efforts to increase the number of machines, by re-tendering for procurement on hiring basis the mechanized sweeping machines,” the government said in the affidavit filed on November 29.The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. Sources said that the action would just end up cleaning 15 per cent of the roads while 85 per cent of the roads are yet to becovered. However, when asked about the machines, an official in the PWD stated that they do not own the machines and the same have been hired or procured from a third party.“We do not have a single vacuum cleaning machine to sweep the roads. The three machines have been hired. Also it is not our responsibility to procure the machines. It is the municipal bodies who are responsible to the get the machines. We are just entrusted with the construction and maintenance of the roads,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. According to an IIT Kanpur report, a big contributor to Delhi’s air pollution is road dust that accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles.The High Court has also noted that there should be appropriate cleaning and washing of roads so as to ensure that the dust settles down. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination, which is the biggest reason for pollution in the city. However, the suggestions have not been properly complied with major roads of the Capital remaining uncovered. WHEN DUST MATTERSAccording to an IIT Kanpur report, road dust accounts for about 35 per cent of tiny particles known as PM 2.5 in the air, followed by vehicles. The length of the PWD roads’ measures is 1,270 km and each machine can cover not more than five-six km of the road at a time. In an order dated November 9, the court also directed water sprinkling on the roads to prevent dust contamination
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Crime handcuffed

The men in Khakhi have always been on the firing line of the general public over law and order and crimes in the state. It is a general feeling amongst people that with each passing year the incidents of crime escalates. Even thinkers and experts in the field of policing and crime claim that there exists a directly proportional relation between crime and increase in population, simply because there has been observed an upward trend cases of crime year after year.However, the state of Rajasthan has coughed up yet another surprise. Compared to 2016, a whopping 5.65% decrease has been observed in IPC crimes till November 2017 like murder, attempt to murder, dacoity, kidnapping and rapes to name a few. With another 23 days to go in the year, the number of crimes might increase, but will still be less than the last year.Out of a total of 1,69,558 IPC crimes registered till November 2016, 1,59,980 IPC crimes were registered till 2017 November. A close look at the various crimes reveal a change in pattern. Till November 2016, a total of 1451 murders were recorded in the state, however till November 2017, 1362 murders were committed pointing towards a decrease of 6.13%.The biggest decrease has been registered in dacoities with 29.03% as 44 cases of dacoities were recorded till November 2017 as compared to 62 for the same time period in 2016.However, crime relating to the law and order situation has seen an increase. Arson in the state rose by 17.91% as 316 incidents were recorded till November 2017 as compared to 268 incidents till 2016 November. Moreover, thefts appear to be almost on the same footing as previous year with just .06% decrease in 2017 as 1,17,355 cases were registered compared to 1,26,069 cases till November 2016.
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Tarun Tejpal rape case: SC asks Bombay HC to start examining witnesses

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Bombay High Court to conduct a trial and examination of the witnesses in the rape case against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal.The apex court has also asked the state high court to decide on Tarun Tejpal’s plea seeking discharge. Earlier on September 28, a Goa court charged Tejpal with rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman. Public Prosecutor, Fransisco Tavora informed that charges against Tejpal have been farmed under section 354-A (sexual harassment), 354-B (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe), 341 and 342 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).Tavora also informed “Tejpal has pleaded not guilty.” Earlier, 54-year-old Tejpal couldn’t get any relief from the Bombay High Court at Goa. The High Court refused to stay the process of framing of charges against Tejpal at a lower court in Mapusa in North Goa.Also readTarun Tejpal, former Tehelka editor, charged with rape by Goa court; next hearing on November 21This is the first case in recent times in which the probe has relied on “position of trust” as a crucial aspect in an allegation of rape. Tejpal is indicted of sexually assaulting a junior woman colleague inside a lift at Hotel Grand Hyatt during an event organised by the Tehelka magazine in Goa in November.
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Bombay High Court allows 26-weeks minor rape survivor to terminate pregnancy

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed a 13-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 26-week pregnancy, on Wednesday.A division bench of Justice Shantanu Kemkar and Justice G S Kulkarni after going through the medical report submitted by a team of doctors of the KEM hospital, allowed the petition. Abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is not allowed in Indian under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.Advocate Sagar Patil appearing for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said court has allowed the victim to terminate the pregnancy at the KEM hospital, on Wednesday.The girl’s father has sought the permission for abortion on the ground that she is physically not capable to bear and deliver a baby and that she is saved from the mental and physical anguish that may be caused to her if she continues with the pregnancy.On November 30, the court had directed KEM Hospital’s medical board of expert doctors to examine her present health condition to determine whether a MTP will be safe at this stage.According to the plea, the girl was repeatedly raped by her cousin, who used to live in the house of her parents. The pregnancy came to light on November 7, after she complained of pains in the abdomen and was rushed to the doctor by the parents.The plea argued that considering the young age of the victim, she must not be forced to continue with the pregnancy that was the result of rape.
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Another case of JE detected in Rajasthan

It is worth mentioning that Rajasthan has already registered the first death due of Japanese Encephalitis in the Kota division in October. The victim was a 30-year-old woman who was died in MBS hospital on October 16. Twenty-five days after her death, it was confirmed in the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, that she was suffering from Japanese Encephalitis. “Followed by the death of a person due to JE in October, a team of experts was sent to Kishoraipatan in November,” Dr S N Dholpuria, SNO, IDSP, said.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAmit Bhatt <!–end of artlbotbor–>Wednesday 6 December 2017 6:45 ISTMust readBride-to-be refuses to marry over demand for dowryTortured by in-laws, woman says cops too didn’t help<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>One more person was found positive with the lethal Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the state. This is the second case of JE within a period of two months. After the confirmation report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, state health department is on on its toes. The patient named Ghanshyam, an 80-year-old is from ward no 3 of Kishoraipatan in Bundi, was admitted to Kota Medical College on Tuesday.It is worth mentioning that Rajasthan has already registered the first death due of Japanese Encephalitis in the Kota division in October. The victim was a 30-year-old woman who was died in MBS hospital on October 16. Twenty-five days after her death, it was confirmed in the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, that she was suffering from Japanese Encephalitis. “Followed by the death of a person due to JE in October, a team of experts was sent to Kishoraipatan in November,” Dr S N Dholpuria, SNO, IDSP, said.
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Bengal govt trying to ‘effectively end’ Gorkhaland movement: Bimal Gurung to SC

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung today alleged in the Supreme Court that the West Bengal government was trying to “effectively end” the movement for a separate Gorkhaland by implicating its members in false cases.Gurung’s counsel claimed before a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that the state was proceeding in a “biased manner” against GJM members and there was an environment of “constant fear” in Darjeeling due to this. Senior advocate P S Patwalia, representing Gurung, sought an investigation by an independent agency in the cases lodged against the party members as also in their alleged extra- judicial killings by the police, maintaining that a fair probe was not expected from the state. “We cannot expect a fair investigation. It is persecution. So probe by an independent agency is required,” he said.However, senior counsel A M Singhvi, appearing for West Bengal Police, said there were dangerous consequences of what the GJM leader was arguing before the apex court as there was a situation of public disorder. During the hearing, Patwalia raised the issue of alleged violation of human rights and extra-judicial killings by the state police and referred to a number of such purported cases. He claimed that a GJM supporter was shot dead by West Bengal Police in Sikkim and a case has been lodged against the police officials there.Also readWB govt conspiring to kill GJM chief, say posters in Darjeeling”GJM leaders are arrested in false cases,” he said, adding “they are trying to effectively end the movement”. “There is an environment of constant fear in the Darjeeling region as the police is looking for GJM members. State is proceeding in a biased manner,” he claimed. Patwalia said the state cannot act like this as the movement for separate statehood was going on for long and the issue which Gurung has raised before the top court was of fair trial and fair investigation of these cases. The arguments remained inconclusive and would continue on December 8.Gurung had earlier told the apex court that main flash- point of confrontation was that the GJM had opposed the state government’s move to make Bengali language mandatory in the schools in West Bengal. The state police had maintained that Gurung was absconding, not cooperating in the probe of cases lodged against him and playing “blatant politics”, claiming that Gurung was facing trial in 23 cases and several other criminal cases were lodged against him.Also readDarjeeling crisis: Jolt for Mamata Banerjee as Supreme Court allows Centre to partially withdraw troopsIt had alleged that several serious incidents had taken place under Gurung’s leadership, including the killing of a 26-year-old police official during the recent Gorkhaland agitation. The police has sought vacation of the court’s November 20 order restraining it from taking any coercive step against Gurung, who is seeking a probe by NIA or CBI in the killings of several Gorkhaland activists during the recent agitation. The GJM central committee had recently suspended Gurung for six months and appointed Binay Tamang as the party’s new president.
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Train derails in Rajasthan, no injuries reported

A Bikaner-bound train derailed today when a tractor rammed into its engine near Nawa railway station in Rajasthan, a railway spokesperson said.The Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Bikaner Express derailed at 2:52 am on the Zerpur-Satnali section after a tractor collided with it, causing four of its wheels to go off the rails, the spokesperson said.No injuries have been reported, he said.”The train was provided with fresh power and it left the site at 5:25 am for Bikaner,” railway spokesperson Anil Saxena said.This is the second incident in less than 10 days where unauthorised vehicles have caused accidents.On November 24, a bolero, carrying a marriage party, was hit by a local train in Uttar Pradesh.
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RK Nagar bypoll: No interim relief from Madras HC to Dhinakaran faction for using ‘hat’ symbol

The Delhi High Court today declined to grant any interim relief to V K Sasikala-TTV Dhinakaran faction of the AIADMK by dismissing their plea to use the ‘hat’ symbol in the upcoming by-poll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency.While dismissing the interim application of Sasikala and Dhinakaran for allotment of the ‘hat’ symbol, Justice Indermeet Kaur directed the Returning Officer (RO) to give a finding on their plea, independent of the poll panel’s November 23 order. The Election Commission of India by its November 23 order had allotted the ‘two leaves’ symbol to the faction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and set aside its own interim order granting ‘hat’ symbol to the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group.During arguments, the court was of the view that the RO may not take a decision which went against the EC’s November 23 order. The court had reserved its order after hearing arguments on behalf of the EC and the two factions of the AIADMK. Towards the fag end of the arguments, the poll panel told the court that its RO can be directed to take a decision independent of the EC order.Subsequently, the court said in its order, “interim application dismissed. This court is not inclined to grant any interim relief.Also readWill win RK Nagar bypoll and take back ‘two leaves’ symbol: TTV Dhinakaran”The RO, however, is directed to return a finding on the petitioners’ application for nomination along with their application seeking grant of ‘hat’ independently, dehors any observations made by EC in terms of its order of November 23,” the court said in its interim order. The court also issued notice to the Election Commission of India, O Panneerselvam, Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami seeking their replies to Sasikala and Dhinakaran’s pleas challenging the poll panel’s November 23 order allotting the ‘two-leaves’ symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami faction.It sought the response of Madhusudhanan, AIADMK’s candidate for the December 21 by-poll and MLA Semmalai, who are also respondents in the pleas by Sasikala and Dhinakaran.The main petition will be heard on February 12, the court said. During arguments, the poll panel, Palaniswami, Panneerselvam and others opposed the grant of ‘hat’ symbol to Sasikala-Dhinakaran group by the court, saying the RO alone had the power to do so.Also readPoes Garden raids ‘betrayal to Amma’s soul,’ an attempt to destroy our family, alleges TTV Dhinakaran They said if the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group do not get the ‘hat’ symbol, then some other free symbol could be granted to them by the RO. The court did not appear to agree with the contentions, saying the RO being subordinate to the poll panel, will not go against the EC’s November 23 order by which the grant of ‘hat’ symbol to Sasikala-Dhinakaran group was set aside. It expressed the view that if the ‘hat’ symbol was not granted to the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group, then the other side may “win by default”.”Elections have to be free and fair. You (Panneerselvam- Palaniswami) should not get a vote by default,” it said. The hat symbol was given to the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group by the EC in March this year when it had frozen the use of the ‘two-leaves’ symbol to which the group led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam had also laid claim. The Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction had at the same time been granted the ‘electric pole’ symbol.However, on November 23, the poll panel had ruled in favour of Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction by allotting the ‘two-leaves’ symbol to them for the upcoming by-poll. The Palaniswami-Panneerselvam group and the poll panel argued that ‘hat’ was a free symbol and cannot be reserved for an individual or independent candidate.The EC told the court that after its November 23 order, Sasikala and Dhinakaran were not part of any group but were independent candidates. The Sasikala-Dhinakaran group, on the other hand, claimed that in March this year, they were allotted the ‘hat’ symbol by the EC and since then they have been campaigning under it. They said that not granting the ‘hat’ symbol would prejudice their chances in the by-poll as the people of R K Nagar constituency associate them with the ‘hat’.Sasikala and Dhinakaran have in their pleas sought the quashing of the EC’s November 23 order, alleging it was bad in law and needed to be set aside. The issue has been lingering since April in the aftermath of the announcement of by-poll to Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu following the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in December last year. Sasikala and Dhinakaran’s pleas have sought directions for initiating appropriate proceedings against Madhusudhanan, Palaniswami, Panneerselvam and Semmalai for their acts. They have also sought calling of records and files relating to the dispute over the symbol.”The decision-making process of the ECI is contrary to the settled legal principles. The EC has treated fabricated and untested material as genuine which has resulted in the hearing being unfair and consequently contrary to the principle of natural justice and therefore the proceedings and the order are void,” the pleas have alleged. The order of the Commission came as a setback to deposed party leader Sasikala, who is currently serving a four-year sentence in a Bengaluru jail in a disproportionate assets case, and her nephew Dhinakaran.Earlier, rival factions led by Sasikala and Panneerselvam had staked claim over the symbol. Palaniswami was then in the Sasikala camp. Later, a large number of legislators led by Palaniswami revolted against Sasikala and announced the merger of the two factions. The Palaniswami-Panneerselvam camp then submitted affidavits before the EC staking claim over the party name and symbol, which was contested by the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction.
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Army jawan injured in J-K, encounter continues

An Army jawan was injured on Monday in an ongoing encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Qazigund.Earlier, there were reports of terrorists attacking an army convoy that was heading towards Srinagar.The area has been reportedly cordoned off by the security forces.Earlier on November 30, the security forces killed four terrorists in two separate encounters in Budgam and Sopore districts of Jammu and Kashmir.Further details are awaited.Also readKashmiris line up to become proud Indian army soldiersAlso readIndian Army finalises plan for infantry overhaul
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India doctors fired for mistakenly declaring newborn dead

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After brief respite, Delhi again turns breathless

A thick blanket of haze enveloped the National Capital on Sunday and the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded “very poor” levels.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. As per IMD standards, “very poor” levels mean people may suffer from respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. On further dip in air quality, the AQI shows “severe” and “emergency” levels.Millions began choking on foul air in the first week of November, forcing closure of schools, ban on entry of trucks and construction activities in Delhi.After a brief respite, the situation is back to square one. The city government issued a health advisory, urging people to avoid smoking and go in for carpooling, among other things, to combat the situation.AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria had compared the November situation in the city to the killer Great Smog of London in 1952. “Around 25,000 to 30,000 people may lose their lives in Delhi-NCR due to diseases exacerbated by pollution,” he had said.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also attributed the rise in air pollution levels to the incursion of moisture in the air. Pollution monitoring and forecasting agency SAFAR predicted that concentration of PM2.5, more harmful owing to its extremely tiny size, and PM10 may rise over the weekend.Skymet, however, has predicted light rain during that time, which will lead the pollution levels to reduce. “Rain will help in settling down the pollution present in the air. After this, winds are very likely to pick up pace leading to further dispersal of pollution,” Skymet said.
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Gujarat elections 2017: 2L voters added in a month, total 5.35 cr

The number of voters, who are eligible to vote in the upcoming state assembly elections, has touched 4.35 crore with addition of over 2 lakh votes in the last one month.Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti told mediapersons that number of voters in Gujarat was 4.35 crore as of November 16, including 2.26 crore males, 2.08 crore females, and 702 who have registered as third gender.The number of voters was 4.33 crore when electoral rolls were published in September. However, a special drive was launched from October 9-25 which has led to more voters being added.State’s Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain told DNA that about 90,000 male and 1.20 lakh female voters were added to voters’ list during the latest revision.”We have added over 17 lakh voters in calendar year 2017, which is an all-time high. The previous highest was in 2014 when 15.6 lakh voters were added,” said Swain.Earlier, the Commission met political parties and took note of their suggestions for holding free and fair elections. It reviewed work of district magistrates, SPs, police commissioners, among others, and discussed issues with chief secretary, DGP and other senior bureaucrats.”The Commission is committed to maintain purity of elections and to deliver free, fair and transparent elections. We have directed the Election Machinery to be fearless, unbiased, neutral and independent,” said Joti.Liquor worth Rs22 cr seized While cash of only Rs1.94 crore has been seized since announcement of elections, liquor seizure stands at Rs21.91 crore. Almost 38 kg gold, bullion, silver and jewellery worth Rs8.17 crore have also been seized.Joti also said that all necessary arrangements for voter facilitation at polling stations have been completed. Drinking water, toilet and power facilities are available at each polling station.
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NCW team travels to Gujarat to speak to woman ‘sexually exploited’ by Hardik Patel

The National Commission for Women (NCW) today said its chairperson Rekha Sharma would meet the woman who was allegedly being sexually exploited by Patidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel.”A team from the NCW, with chairperson Rekha Sharma, will be heading to Surat tonight to meet a girl who, according to a complaint received by the NCW, is being sexually exploited by Hardik Patel,” a statement said.The rights body said the complainant in the case was not the victim, however, she was willing to speak to the officials of the NCW. “The complaint contains personal information about a girl who wishes to talk to the commission confidentially as she is scared to come forward. Rekha Sharma will talk to the media once the team has spoken to the girl and investigated the matter thoroughly,” the statement said.In a letter sent to the NCW, the complainant had referred to a sex video purportedly featuring Patel that went viral on social media. “I feel both the women seen in the CD were promised a post and money, and then physically exploited. Hence, all people seen in the CD should be called for their statements and a complaint should be filed against Hardik Patel for sexual exploitation,” the letter said. It also mentioned the name and phone number of one of the alleged victims whose two audio clips had gone viral. “…She was also sexually exploited by the PAAS convener,” the letter alleged. In the letter the complainant said “she fears defamation in society (and) hence refrains from coming out openly”. The NCW had earlier said it was also examining a complaint by Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav Gulati over sex videos, purportedly of Patel, that surfaced on social media.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Patidar youth rally behind Hardik Patel, seniors still with BJPThe Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader, who has joined hands with the Congress for the Gujarat elections, has said the videos were morphed and blamed the BJP’s “dirty politics” for them. Gulati had sent a complaint to the NCW on November 22, asking the commission to probe the matter and ask the police to file an FIR against the guilty person. The commission’s spokesperson today said the present complaint to them was different from the one sent to them by the lawyer.
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Honda India contributes 32% to Honda’s two-wheeler volume

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) has not only been strengthening its dominance in the domestic market but has also been steadily increasing its contribution to the Japanese parent’s overall volumes, which as of September-end jumped to 32%.Honda India overtook Honda Indonesia to become the largest volume contributor to Honda Motor Corporation in June 2016. And since then, it has not looked back.In May 2015, its Activa scooter became the largest selling two-wheeler in the country, overtaking the nearly two-decades of dominance of the Splendor from the Hero Motor Corp stable, its estranged partner.”Between FY14 and the second quarter of FY18, our contribution to Honda Corporation’s overall volume rose by a whopping 11 percentage points from 21 to 32,” HMSI’s senior vice president (sales & marketing), Y S Guleria, told PTI.In fact, this has been on a steady climb in FY15 it rose to 24% from the previous year and further to 25% in FY16 and continued its upward move to touch 27% in FY17.Just in the past six months alone, its contribution to the global volume has jumped by 500 bps to 32%, according to the data shared by the company.Commenting on the achievement, Guleria, said, “India is a very important market for Honda Corporation. We are not only driving the domestic industry momentum but also leading Honda’s global two-wheeler business that is present in over 120 markets.”India is the number 1 market for Honda’s two wheeler business worldwide. This year, in the first half, our contribution to global Honda sales has reached 32,” he added.On the rising domestic contribution, Guleria said HMSI alone has been adding as much as 47% of the incremental volume in the country, which has helped it scale its market by 200 bps to 28% overall domestic two- wheeler industry as of the September quarter.”Honda is the highest volume gainer — alone adding nearly 47% of the new volumes to the industry and the highest market share gainer wherein our pie increased by two percentage point to 28 in the year,” he said.For large part of the current fiscal, Honda has been leading the export market segment as well with its shipment surging 30% to 2,39,219 units in the first eight months of fiscal 2018.Homegrown Bajaj Auto for long has been the market leader in exports.Honda sold 41% more units at 4,60,017 in November. It was mainly driven by a 44% spike in domestic sales at 4,32,350 units.Motorcycle sales grew 56% to 1,50,606 units in the month, while scooter sales surged 39 per cent to 2,81,744 units, and exports 6% to 27,667 units in the month.Guleria admitted that the higher numbers in the month were primarily due to the low base last November following the note-ban move. But, he also said higher numbers were to the increasing demand for the its bread and butter Activa scooters and the latest urban scooter, Grazia.During April-November Honda’s sales breached the 40- lakh-mark on which Guleria said “while it took us nearly eight years to achieve this mark, the latest 40 lakh customers have joined us in just eight months”.According to Guleria, the 4 million mark was driven by flagship Activa which also is the only two-wheeler in the country to cross 20 lakh volume in seven months.The company, which has 11 assembly lines at four plants has an installed capacity of 6.4 million and has set a 20% sales spurt to 6 million units for the year. It has already grown 17% so far.
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Dhoom-inspired robber couldn’t roar his way out of cop’s net

A 31-year-old robber-cum-snatcher, who used to fly frequently to different cities to commit crimes — aspiring to gain notoriety by leaving a police record in every metro city — landed in the Delhi Police’s net recently.Senior officers said that the accused told police he was inspired by Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom and wanted to raise a similar gang to earn fame.The accused, Sagar, a resident of Mubarakpur in Aman Vihar, has more than 50 cases of robbery and snatching registered against him in different police stations of Delhi, Chennai, and various places in Maharastra. A loaded pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him.According to senior police officers, it was on November 30 around 11.20 am, when the Anti Auto Theft Squad of Rohini district received a tip off that Sagar would be travelling to Pritampura via Sector-22, Rohini.”A police was formed immediately and a trap was laid near Sector-22, Rohini. They intercepted a suspicious-looking man riding a black two-wheeler which didn’t bear a number plate. When the man failed to provide a satisfactory reason for the same, cops frisked him and recovered a country-made pistol. The scooter he was rising was also found to be stolen,” said Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini.”Earlier, he has also been lodged at a Maharastra Jail from 2010 to 2012. He said he was inspired by Dhoom. He used to live a lavish life and would commit crimes on stolen bikes. He would change his vehicles and his hideouts frequently to evade arrest,” the DCP said.
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Court summons DCP after arms dealers accuse cops of framing

Raising suspicion over the arrest of two alleged arms distributors, whom a team of Delhi Police arrested from east Delhi last year, a Delhi court has asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, to be present in the court on the date of the next hearing with a status report.The directions were given by the Metropolitan Magistrate Mahima Rai on November 30, after the court termed the report submitted by the Investigating Officer (IO) as “highly unsatisfactory”.”The said report (status report) is highly unsatisfactory in nature and is silent on the main complaint filed by the complainant,” the court said, adding that it is necessary that DCP concerned be present in person with a reply to the complaint.The arrested duo — Mursalin Malik and Asif — who claim to have been running a scrap shop in Old Seelampur, were arrested in November 2016. Police had registered two FIRs against them, one under various sections of the Arms Act and the other under Section 379 (Punishment for theft) and 411 (Dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The court’s direction came following Malik’s complaint under 156 (3) of the CrPC after police refused to lodge a complaint against the police officers.According to the complaint filed by the duo in the court, they had been falsely implicated by the police officers. They claimed that on November 7, 2016, five to six people in civil dress, who claimed that they were officials of the Special Staff of the police station in Anand Vihar, arrested them without any “just and sufficient reason.”Following this, the duo were granted bail on production of CCTV footage which showed the officers coming to the shop and making the arrest. Malik’s brother, Mehraj made a complaint to the Commissioner of police and National Human Rights Commission but no action was taken.The police, however, in their complaint had stated that Mursalin and Asif were apprehended at Purana Seelampur Ganda Nala with a motorcycle, a country made pistol and one live cartridge following a tip-off.After the complaint by the accused, the court had called for a status report from the IO. However, when the report was submitted the court said that “it was silent on the main complaint and there was no mention about the CCTV footage provided by the complainant”.The court has fixed the next date of hearing for December 19.
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Sikkim: Sino-Indian border trade clocks turnover of Rs 3.54 crore

The annual border trade through Nathu La, the frontier post at Sino-Indian border in Sikkim, ended on Friday with traders of both sides clocking a turnover of Rs 3.54 crore.The Indian traders exported oil, ghee, blankets, copper items, rice, textile and processed goods among other items to their counterparts in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) worth Rs 2,83,91,230 while the import comprising mostly quilt/blankets and jackets stood at Rs 70,96,750, The bilateral trade at Nathu La was suspended temporarily in July after a prolonged standoff between the two neighbours over Doklam issue, but business had resumed quietly two weeks ago.Anil Kumar Gupta, a businessman from Sikkim who had been exporting goods through the silk route since 2006, said the resumption of trade after the border standoff came as a relief to the fraternity.”We have cleared all our stocks and settled payments with the traders of the opposite side after business resumed for two weeks at the fag end of the trade window between May and November,” he told PTI.A function was held at Nathu La last evening to mark the closure of trading season this year. The programme was attended by officials from Commerce and Industries Department, Customs, and ITBP.The Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Industries Department, Tsewang Doma Bhutia, declared the trade ‘closed’ for this year.The trade will resume in May next year.
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Licence can also be cancelled if medical negligence found: Satyendar Jain on Max Hospital declaring live baby dead

In the wake of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by a city-based private hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said if the hospital is found guilty of negligence in the probe, its licence can be cancelled.The government had yesterday ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, after it surfaced that its doctors had declared the baby dead but he was found to be alive later.”Once the report comes out, toughest action will be taken. And, if the hospital is found guilty of medical negligence, then its licence can also be cancelled,” Jain told reporters.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised “strict action”.This baby boy was one of the prematurely born twins (boy and girl) delivered on the morning of November 30 to Varsha at Max Hospital. The other baby was stillborn.The mother was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said.Also readMax Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authoritiesThe parents were earlier told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn, and were handed to them in a polythene bag, but just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said.”We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura, where he is in life support,” the father told reporters yesterday.Jain said the report is expected in two days.The Delhi health minister said, “The same hospital was issued a show cause notice on November 22 for not fulfilling some norms related to providing services to patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.””We had done a probe (in EWS case) and it was also found that in the OPD, only 10 per cent of the patients were being attended to than the 25 per cent,” Jain alleged.Also readDelhi: Max hospital gives ‘dead’ twins to parents in polythene bag, one found alive Asked if any action will be taken against the doctors involved in the case, he said, the matter will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and then based on the response, any action will be taken.Expressing displeasure over the incident, Jain also alleged that “in the name of reforms, private hospitals have been given concessions, and government hospitals been destroyed, deliberately”.He claimed that a lot of influential people are involved with running private hospitals, and so “government hospitals are being ruined, to benefit the private ones”.”The Delhi government is all focused on strengthening the healthcare system. In the last two-and-a-half years, the number of patients visiting our facilities have increased one-and-a-half times, and we are determined to bolster our health sector,” he asserted.Police has already registered a case under section 308 of the IPC, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and the offence under it is punishable by up to seven years in jail.A senior police official yesterday said, “Two doctors from the hospital have been named in the case.”
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‘Don’t want pity’: Manmohan Singh refuses to ‘compete’ with PM Modi over humble background

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he does not want to compete with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the basis of his humble background as he does not the country to “take pity” on him. “I don’t want the country to take a pity on the basis of my humble background. I do not think I would like to enter in any competition with Prime Minister Modi Ji on this particular matter,” Singh, who was speaking on an event in Surat, said. PM Modi has often spoke about his humble background and his past as “chaiwalah”. Also readBJP reacts to ‘chaiwallah’ jibe, Cong says BJP is ‘serial abuser’Last week, while hitting out at the Congress over a recent meme mocking him as a “chaiwalah”, Modi said that he was being targeted by the main opposition party because of his humble background and for being born to a “poor mother”.The Congress had responded by saying that Modi “has forgotten” that the Congress gave prime ministers like Lal Bahadur Shastri and Manmohan Singh, who came from humble backgrounds. Also readDemonetization has made economy stagnate, it will remain in doldrums for the next year: Manmohan SinghJoining the Congress campaign in Gujarat, where two-phase elections will take place on December 9 and 14, Singh today attacked the government on demonetisation. “I invoke memories of more than 100 people who lost their lives while standing in queues as a result of demonetisation. I say with immense pain & a sense of deep responsibility that the 8th of November was a black day for our economy & democracy,” Dr. Singh said.Addressing professionals and businessmen in Surat, Singh said demonetisation cost the country 1.5 lakh crore in economy. “Demonetisation cost us 1.5 lakh crore in economy. GDP growth rate in 1st quarter fell to 5.7%. Even if the growth reaches to 6.7% in 2017-18, it is still less than UPA’s 10 year average of 10.6%,” he said. Dr. Singh, who is credited with swooping economic reforms in 1991, said none of the objectives of demonetisation. including curbing counterfeit money, rooting out black money. have been met. On the other hand it converted black money to white while poor suffered, he said.
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Doctors day out: Rajasthan medics protest, treat patients in tents

Even with most doctors feeling the heat over the High court order and recent transfers, some “rebels” left their offices to set up tents outside to treat the needy.In a prolonged confrontation with the health department, the in-service government doctors were out to muster public support ahead of a warning to the government. The doctors at many districts avoided going to hospitals and carried out their duties underneath trees, camps and even benches under the open sun. This was a common sight at many public health centers, community health centers and district hospitals.”We have issued the government a notice of 72 hours to act upon the consensus reached after the recent stir, the government’s adamant attitude is forcing us towards another movement,” said Dr Nasreen Bharti, patron of an in-service doctors association in Rajasthan.The doctors though have decided to keep health services uninterrupted, however, put the onus on state government for keeping up the truce. “We are committed to treat the patients, however, if forced to further intensify the agitation, it will be due to inconsideration of the state government,” said Dr Durga Shankar Saini, general secretary of All Rajasthan In Service Doctors Union.Health minister Kalicharan Saraf, meanwhile, claimed that efforts were in process for implementation of the doctors’ demand agreed upon at the consensus with state government. Jaipur, did not see much of a stir.Around 10,000 doctors employed at state health department went on mass leave in the first week of November. The stir severely impacted public health services across the state and ended after seven days following a consensus between the doctors and health minister Kalicharan Saraf. However, as many of the doctors to have led the agitation got transferred, the doctors are back on agitation path.
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Nov gold imports highest in a yr

Ahmedabad reported the highest import of gold in a year in the month of November, official data shows.GSECL, which handles cargo at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, said that 14.40 tonne gold was imported at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017, 22% lower than 18.65 tonne imported in November last year, but the highest in a single month after that. With the exception of November 2016, gold imports at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017 were the highest for a single month since August 2016, when 15.78 tonne gold was imported, as per the GSECL data.Some of the other months in the past year in which high gold imports were reported include May (12.95 tonne), March (11.45 tonne) and February (10.15 tonne).For the first eight months of the current financial year, ie from April-November 2017, 47.80 tonne gold was imported at Ahmedabad, an increase of 31% over 36.37 tonne in the same period of last year.SILVER IMPORTS Imports of the other shiny metal silver, which stood at 25.56 and 26 tonne for September and October respectively, stood at 0.36 tonne in November.
For the first eight months of the ongoing financial year, silver imports at Ahmedabad airport were reported at 116 tonne as against a bit under 12 tonne in the same period.
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Citizens step forward to adopt abandoned baby saved by Mumbai police

A week after an abandoned baby was admitted in Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion Hopsital) at Sion by Mumbai Police, the baby got discharged from the hospital on Thursday, November 30. The infant was found in an auto-rickshaw on November 20 morning at Kanjurmarg by a man. He later handed over the infant to the Mumbai Police officers.According to the police officials, citizens are coming forward to adopt the baby since a week. The police officials stated that they are still tracing for the baby’s parents.Gajanan Taple, Senior Police Inspector at Kanjurmarg Police Station, said, “To trace her parents, we are scrutinizing CCTV footages of the road. Since it is a crowded road, it is difficult to find out but the search is going on. We have shifted the baby to Vatsalya Charitable Trust at Kanjurmarg. The baby will be taken to the hospital for follow-up check ups.”Taple, added, “While few citizens have come forward to adopt her, we have informed them to connect with the charitable trust since we don’t have authority to conduct adoption process. Yesterday the baby was handed over to the NGO and citizens who are wishing to adopt her, we are directing them to contact the ngo.”The baby was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid is build-up deep within the brain and requires a surgical intervention.“The baby underwent CT scan and we were waiting for the medical reports. A surgery was performed on her few days ago and is kept in neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) of the hospital. While her condition is stable now, she is fit to get discharge from the hospital. We have informed the Mumbai Police. They completed the discharge process and have taken the baby to the orphanage,” said Dr Jayshree Mondkar, Dean and Neonatologist at Sion Hospital.
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Syed Salahuddin’s son among 18 inmates: Tihar jail to MHA

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Syed Shahid Yusuf is one of the 18 prisoners referred to AIIMS after being allegedly beaten up by security personnel in Tihar jail, the prison authorities have informed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).Two separate probe panels will be investigating the incident.A district judge has been appointed to look into the incident while a law professor from National Law University has been asked to provide legal assistance to inmates involved in the scuffle that led to the alleged thrashing of prisoners last week.Another inquiry will be conducted by Commandant of the Tamil Nadu Special Police posted at the high security cell who were allegedly involved in the scuffle.There were 25 prisoners in the high security ward when the incident took place on the night of November 21-22.Several Kashmiri prisoners are currently lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi after being arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a terror funding case. Saluhuddin’s son Yusuf, who was a government employee in Jammu and Kashmir, is also part of the same investigation.The Tamil Nadu police personnel posted at the cell have been removed, Tihar jail authorities said in their report to MHA.”The prisoners referred to AIIMS will be examined by a panel of three doctors who will submit a report on the nature of injuries,” said a home ministry official.Yusuf faces allegations of receiving money from his father who is based in Pakistan. Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council — an umbrella organisation of all terror outfits operating in Kashmir, has been declared a global terrorist by the US Department of State.The incident took place when during a search certain objectionable material was found leading to a confrontation between some prisoners and jail security following which MHA asked for a detailed report from Tihar authorities.Tihar autorities in its report to MHA also stated that jail officials have been sensitised to ensure that inherent dignity of prisoners is always maintained, especially during searches.Following reports of some Kashmiri prisoners being beaten up Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti spoke to union home secretary Rajiv Gauba expressing her concern over the security of inmates from the state.INSIDE THE JAILThere were 25 prisoners in the high security ward when the violent thrashing took place. MHA had asked for a report on the incident from the prison authorities.
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Crime control: Bihar gives cops the stick, stop salaries of 70 SHOs

Bihar has decided to give police the stick for improving vigilance and bringing down crime in the state by withholding the salaries of 70 station house officers (SHOs) in Patna for zero arresting in major cases in their respective police stations in the last one week.The order was issued by Patna Range DIG Rajesh Kumar on Thursday, after he found that the cops had made no arrests in major cases such as murder, dacoity, loot, kidnapping, violence against women etc between November 23 and 28. Kumar found it as he reviewed the performance of all police stations, who were asked to update the headquarters about their activities every day since October 11.”Only three police stations in Patna – Kadamkuan, Phulwarisharif and Gaurichak – have reported arrests in serious cases during the last one week while the others have reported zero arrests. This shows their indiscipline, dereliction of duty, negligence and disobedience towards senior officials,” reads Kumar’s strongly worded order.Kumar said, “What sort of a policing is happening where not a single arrest has been made in serious cases in the entire week in a police station? The cops should be on their toes to investigate and arrest at least one accused (in serious crimes) every day.”A show cause notice has also been issued to 10 sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) and deputy superintendent of police (DSPs), under whose jurisdiction the said police stations function. “They should reply within three days, why no arrests have been made in serious cases in their respective areas despite several reminders? They will invite disciplinary proceedings if they fail to respond within time,” Kumar said and added that the senior officials should also be proactive in making arrests.He also directed the Patna senior superintendent of police and city superintendents of police to ensure compliance of such orders from the Bihar Police Headquarters or other senior level and monitor it on a daily basis.The order aims at bettering crime control in the state, which seen increased law and order issues over the last few months, including murder of several businessmen and loots in the state capital. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has also cornered the government over it calling it ‘Mahamangalraaj’ of the NDA in Bihar.
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Arunachal teacher forces 88 girls to undress, FIR filed

Students of a girls’ school in Arunachal Pradesh were allegedly forced to undress by three teachers as punishment for writing vulgar words against the head teacher.As many as 88 Class 6 and 7 students of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Tani Happa (New Sagalee), Papum Pare district, were subjected to the humiliating treatment on November 23, the police said.The matter came to light on November 27, after victims approached All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU), which filed an FIR with the local police.According to the FIR, two assistant teachers and a junior teacher forced 88 students to undress before other students, following the recovery of a piece of paper containing vulgar words about the head teacher and a student.Papum Pare Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo confirmed the filing of the FIR by ASSU. He said the case has been forwarded to the women police station.A team of the All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) met with students and teachers on Wednesday, and found that an unidentified student had written vulgar words on a piece of paper, mentioning the name of the head teacher and a student, an APPDSU release stated.The teachers then demanded an explanation from all 88 students, who were later made to undress before other students as punishment, it said.PUNISHMENT?A junior teacher forced Class 6 and 7 students to undress as punishment after a teacher found a paper with vulgar words written about the head teacher and a student.
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I did not intend to blame or shame the victim: Kirron Kher

BJP MP and Bollywood actress Kirron Kher’s unsolicited advice to a 21-year old gangrape victim has stirred a controversy. Kher, who represents Chandigarh in the Lok Sabha, on Wednesday had said that the victim should have been more cautious, applied common sense and not boarded the auto-rickshaw in which three men were already sitting. On Thursday she sought to clarify her statement, saying it was “only in the context of certain precautions” that women should take and that it was “not intended to blame the victim or shaming her”.”I want to tell this girl and all other girls that if you see three men sitting in an auto, you should not board it. I am saying this to protect the girls. We all have to be alert about such things. I am saddened by what has happened with the woman,” she had said.On Thursday she, however, cried foul blaming Congress for politicising her statement. “It is very unfortunate that in our country, every statement is politicised. I am a woman and a mother, and I have always spoken up for women’s rights whether inside Parliament or outside. I think giving a political colour to this is very unfortunate. I am only looking after the security of girls in the city,” she said.”I just said that the world is a bad place. We all, especially women, have to take precautions,” Kher said. “If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help,” she said.Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal had criticised Kher, saying: “I am amazed how she gave such a statement…it seems like a light take on a serious matter. Instead, she should say how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women.”She also said that Chandigarh Police would provide transportation facility if women were unable to find a public transport. “You can dial 100. The police will then send a PCR to pick you up and drop you to your residence. So I think you should avail this facility. We also have smartphones with which we can click a picture of the number plate of the auto or of the drivers. We have to learn how to look after ourselves,” she said.The victim was allegedly gang raped by three men on November 17 evening after she hired the shared auto-rickshaw to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali town, adjoining Chandigarh. The police has got the CCTV footage of the auto-rickshaw and its driver from a gas station in Sector 42 where the vehicle had stopped to get a CNG refuel. The Union Territory police so far has arrested the three men after over a week after the incident. The accused arrested included auto-rickshaw driver Mohammed Irfan, Garib and Poppu. Onr of accused Irfan had tried to commit suicide in police custody by stabbing himself with a glass that he broke in the lockup.The victim, who hails from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, had boarded the shared auto-rickshaw after attending her stenography class in Sector 37 here. The victim told the police that the driver took the vehicle to the gas station for refuelling and then turned towards Sector 52. He stopped the auto near a wild growth along the road and said that it had broken down. When the woman got out of the vehicle to take another one, the three men pulled her into nearby bushes and took turns to rape her.
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Railway’s safety wing being strengthened, train accidents down by 40%: Ashwani Lohani

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani today said train accidents had decreased by 40% in the country and over 1.25 lakh people were being appointed to the railways’ safety department.The number of accidents between April 1 and November 30 this year had gone down by 40% in comparison to the corresponding period in 2016, he told reporters here.”The safety wing is being strengthened. The maintenance work of the tracks is going on on a war footing and new tracks are being laid,” Lohani said, while acknowledging that there were certain cases of train accidents recently.A large number of posts were lying vacant in the railways and the process was on to fill up these posts, particularly those associated with the safety of the trains and tracks, he added.”In the safety category, 1.25 lakh group C and group D staff will be appointed on a priority basis,” Lohani said.Also readRailways at ‘critical juncture’, safety to be priority: Board chairman Ashwani LohaniTo a question, the railway board chairman said officials of the Dhanbad division of the East Central Railway and the Bharat Coking Coal Limited would attend a meeting in Delhi on December 8 to decide on the revival of the closed Dhanbad- Chandrapura route.The 34-km-long route was declared closed on June 15 on the recommendation of the directorate general of mines safety because of underground mine fire.Also readPassenger safety topmost priority: Railway Board chief LohaniThe DVC operates a thermal power station at Chandrapura.Lohani said the board had short and long-term projects for an alternative to the Dhanbad Chandrapura route, for which a proposal would be put up in the next budget.
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Rs 2000-crore road map to end stubble burning submitted in Supreme Court

New Delhi: A Rs 2,000-crore road map to end stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana suggests that the government must provide equipment to farmers for free instead of subsidies, and the cost be recovered by imposing cess on sale of petrol and diesel in Delhi.According to the plan, submitted to the Supreme Court by an amicus curiae in an ongoing case related to air pollution, the best solution to avoid burning of crop residue is to till the straw back into the field using certain machines.According to official estimates, over 30 million tonnes of paddy straw are annually generated in Punjab and Haryana, which are later set to fire by farmers to reduce the turnaround time between harvesting paddy and sowing wheat crop.Also readHow much paddy stubble can we use in thermal plants?”The Centre and state governments must provide machines free of cost to farmers to use. This requires large-scale governmental procurement of the agricultural equipment, which should be given to every panchayat for common use,” says the report.It says the most promising technologies in this area are Turbo Happy Seeder (THS), which allows for seeding without till and the Super Straw Management System (S-SMS), developed by Punjab Agricultural University, which provides for the straw to be spread on the field.Also readFind solutions to stubble woes, says NGTThe seasonal burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana aggravates pollution in Delhi every winter. The issue has turned political in the recent years with the neighbouring governments indulging in blame game over it.Earlier this month, pollution in the city hit emergency levels due to the traditional practice as smoke-laden winds from that region had shrouded Delhi in a thick blanket of smog.Also readDelhi pollution: SC issues notices to Centre, UP, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi govts over stubble burningHarish Salve, the amicus curiae who works closely with the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority or EPCA, submitted the plan to the apex court on November 17.”The THS and S-SMS each cost between Rs 1.2 and 1.5 lakh.Given that there are roughly 13,000 panchayats in Punjab and some 6,500 in Haryana, if even three sets of these machines are given free to each panchayat, it would only require some Rs 2,000 crore to be spent in Punjab and Haryana (Punjab would need Rs 1,300 and Haryana Rs 650 crore),” it says.The amount should be generated by imposing a pollution charge on the sale of petrol and diesel in Delhi, which will also help in reducing the differential between the prices of petrol and diesel, which continues to remain at about Rs 10 per litre because of taxes, the proposal says.Currently, Delhi consumes 10 lakh tonnes of petrol and 13 lakh tonnes of diesel annually (2016-17). If a cess of Rs 1 is imposed on petrol and Rs 5 on diesel per litre, then the city alone will contribute Rs 900 crore in one year.The report terms as “perverse” the suggestion that farmers be provided subsidies to dissuade them from burning crop residues.
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Sunni Waqf Board has no right on Ayodhya, should give up claim: Shia Waqf Board

Sticking to its stand on the Babri Masjid issue, the Shia Waqf Board today asked that the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim on the Shia property in Ayodhya and instead play a positive role in amicably resolving the temple-mosque disputes in Kashi and Mathura.”The Sunni Waqf Board has the right to put its views on the temple-mosque dispute in Kashi and Mathura but has no right with regard to Ayodhya…It need not interfere in the issues related to the Shia Waqf Board,” Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi said in a statement here.Rizvi asked the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim over the Shia property.Also readAyodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for templeThe Shia Waqf Board has enough documents to prove that the the mosque in Ayodhya was a Shia one and has presented them to the Supreme Court, but some maulvis and mullahs are sore over this initiative, Rizvi said.”The Shia Waqf Board wants to tell such hardliners that our initiative was taken in the national interest, is right, and the decision taken by the apex court will be binding on all in this regard,” he said.Also readAyodhya settlement draft to be ready by December 6: UP Shia Central Waqf BoardHe said that if the court decision is in favour of the Shia Board, a temple should be built at the site in Ayodhya as per the faith and belief of Hindus. The Shia Board will get a ‘Masjid-e-Aman’ constructed in Lucknow, he added.The Shia Waqf Board submitted a proposal in the Supreme Court on November 18 for resolving the long pending dispute, proposing construction of a mosque in Lucknow’s Hussainabad area and a temple in Ayodhya.
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Inquiry after India students ‘stripped for punishment’

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Drop ‘university’ from name or lose deemed status, UGC tells 29 institutes

Twenty nine “deemed to be” universities, including Symbiosis, Manipal and Teri, have been asked by University Grants Commission (UGC) to drop the word “university” from their names. In a letter dated November 29, UGC secretary PK Thakur wrote to the institutes asking them to respond by 4 pm on Thursday.While 22 of the institutes do not have ‘University’ in the name notified by the Government, seven others have been asked to submit proposals suggesting a new name. Symbiosis International University in Pune, Christ University in Bengaluru and Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya in Haridwar are among seven institutes that have been asked to come up with a new name. Other institutes are: Yenepoya University, Jain University, Maharishi Markandeshwar University and Lingaya’s University. Also readUGC suspends engineering degrees given by 4 deemed to be universitiesIn the second letter to 22 institutes, including Manipal University, Delhi’s Teri University and KLE University in Belagavi, Thakur asked them to “immediately discontinue with the name of the Deemed to be University using the word ‘University’ and revert back to the name which was notified by the Government of India.” The notified names of these 22 institutes do not include the word “University.” For instance, Manipal University was registered as Manipal Academy of Higher Education and TERI University as TERI School of Advanced Studies. Also readUGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’The UGC has warned these instituites of necessary action in accordance with the Clause 22.0 of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2016 which may include “recommending withdrawal of the declaration notifying the institution as an Institution Deemed to be University to the Central Government.” Wednesday’s directives come on the back of a Supreme Court order of November 3, asking the UGC to stop deemed-to-be universities from using the word “University” in their names.In a letter dated November 10, the UGC, had asked 123 Deemed-to-be-Universities to drop the word ‘University’ from their names. The letter cited the SC order saying that the use of word “University” by Deemed-to-be universities is in violation of the Section 23 of the UGC Act. It had sent another letter on November 13, giving them 15 days to stop using the term “University” in their name. Manipal University decided to change the name to Manipal Academy of Higher Education After the November 10 UGC letter, registrar Dr Narayana Sabhahit was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. The Energy and Resources Institute, better known as Teri, is also ready for name change.“It has taken us time because we are going through an approval process to change the name back to Teri School of Advanced Studies. That is the name we had in 1999 when we started,” Teri University pro vice chancellor Rajiv Seth said.
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Rare wetland bird ‘Great Bittern’ spotted in city after 78 years

It is said that birding is all about luck and it was on the side of an Andheri-based birdwatcher on November 24. A random birding session at Vasai turned special after he managed to spot a great bittern, a rare wetland bird that was last seen in Mumbai nearly eight decades ago. Akshay Shinde, a zoology graduate and a wildlife enthusiast who is pursuing his MSc in wildlife from Bhavan’s College, said that he and few others were at Madhuban area in Vasai east, a popular birding hotspot.“I saw that two large birds came flying parallel to each other. The adult bird kept flying straight while the juvenile took a halt. That is when I got the moment to capture its images as I knew it was not a common bird,” Shinde said. He then approached experts who confirmed that not only was it the great bittern but also being recorded after 78 years.Quoting Sunjoy Monga, a renowned conservationist, photographer, and naturalist, Shinde said the last record of this species from Mumbai is from Vile Parle in 1939.The great bittern is a wading bird from the heron family. It’s a large brownish bird with amphibians and fish being its main diet. The bird is known to migrate from north western parts of Asia towards Sri Lanka to escape harsh winters and is known to make halts in India.“It’s a secretive bird that prefers the reeds and grasslands around water bodies and this is one of the reason it’s difficult to spot. It’s a wonderful record by Shinde and only proves that how the presence of such serious birders and the fact that more and more people are taking to birding will help us record more such rare sightings,” said Parvish Pandya, naturalist and vice-principal of Bhavan’s College.The discovery, Shinde said, was an indicator that the habitats of Vasai are still pristine enough to attract such rare migratory birds. “Vasai’s saltpans have a great bird diversity from six species of migratory ducks to some of the greatest migratory raptors, including the Amur falcon and the red-necked falcon.” The birdwatcher, however, is worried that several reed and grassland habitats are now under threat due to rapid urbanisation.
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Why Uttar Pradesh civic polls will impact Assembly elections in Gujarat

All eyes are now set on December 1 when the verdict will be out for the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh.The third and final phase of polling took place on Wednesday.Unlike poor turnout in second phase on November 26, an estimated 53 per cent polling was recorded in the third and the final phase of polls. Counting of votes will take place on December 1 and results will be announced the same day.In Etah district, unidentified attackers lobbed two crude bombs at a polling booth to create . No one was, however, injured in the incident which stalled polling for half an hour. Polling resumed after police further tightened the security.Barring sporadic incidents of brawl over names missing from the voters’ list, technical snags in EVMs and allegations of bogus voting, polling was by and large peaceful in the final phase.Police had to use mild force in Ferozabad district when agitated voters created ruckus when they did not find their names in the voters’ list. Police had resorted to lathicharge in Baghpat when the BJP and BSP supporters clashed with each other on complaints of bogus voting.The results in local bodies’ polls are likely to have an impact on the ensuing Assembly elections in Gujarat.Political observers feel that results in Uttar Pradesh will certainly give a reason to smile either to Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo or Congress President Rahul Gandhi to boost their last-minute crucial campaigning in Gujarat.“It will either lift sagging morale of the BJP in Gujarat or give a tool to an upbeat Congress to consolidate its position using Uttar Pradesh results as failure of BJP government to stand to people’s expectations,” said Prof Ramesh Dixit, former Head Poitical Science department, Lucknow University.After addressing as many as 40 rallies in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is extensively touring Gujarat.The UP poll results will not only be referendum on his government performance in Uttar Pradesh but also his charisma as the leading Hindtuva leader will also wean away if results are not favourable in UP.
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21-year-old Indian man shot dead in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 21-year-old Indian man has been shot dead in front of his house during a robbery in the US state of Mississippi, according to a media report, days after another Indian student was killed by four armed robbers.Sandeep Singh was shot in the stomach during a robbery reported on Sunday in the Jackson city, Mississippi, police was quoted as saying by WAPT, an ABC-affiliated television station.A group of men who investigators believe are responsible for a string of robberies could be connected to a fatal shooting, Jackson police officials said yesterday.Singh, and two other men were standing outside their house when a man in a mask and a hoodie walked up to them, police said.The robber took money and cellphones from them. As the robber ran away, he fired shots at the victims and one of the bullets hit Singh, police said. ALSO READ Indian-origin motel owner Akash Talati killed in US shootoutSingh was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he died on Monday, police said.Singh’s death is the city’s 58th homicide for the year, the report said.Singh, had gone to the US around four years ago on a tourist visa and later got work permit there. He hailed from Jalandhar.The shooter is described as wearing a gray hooded shirt and was armed with a 9 mm pistol, police said. ALSO READ 46-year-old Indian-American lawyer killed after being hit by train in USThe gunman could be one of a group of armed men believed to be responsible for recent armed robberies of businesses and individuals throughout the northwest Jackson area, police said.”In an attempt to conceal their identities, they have their faces covered with bandannas and/or masks. The suspects have also been observed wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves,” Commander Tyree Jones said in a news release.This is second such incident of killing of an Indian youth in the US in the past two weeks.On November 16, a 21-year-old Indian student was shot dead allegedly by four armed robbers, including an Indian- origin man, at a grocery store in the US state of California.

Mumbai: 20 days after fire, Monorail services still remain suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty days after two Monorail coaches caught fire on November 9, the services of Wadala-Chembur Monorail services still remains temporarily suspended as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been asked to ensure that no services are resumed before being sure about the safety of the trains. On Tuesday, the independent committee probing the cause behind the fire submitted its final report citing the cause of the fire. Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We have received the report and we will go though the report and take all necessary action to ensure smooth functioning of Monorail, accordingly.” Khandare did not share as to what the final report had concluded. “We will go through it, and will be able to comment only after that.” However, the interim report had held the Malaysian operator Scomi Engineering responsible for the fire. It had concluded that an unusual spark underneath the Monorail coach got in touch with the heated tyre resulting in two coaches of Monorail catching fire.
ALSO READ Minor accident along Mumbai Monorail-II route, snap in electrical wiringThe report has also said that, “No train should be allowed to run for passenger traffic unless the train is properly examined and made fit to run without any defects as per laid down procedure.”Khandare, said, “We will soon resume services of the Monorail and also trial runs for the second phase between Wadala and Jacob Circle is ongoing.”The first phase of Monorail between Wadala and Chembur was made operational in 2014 and the second phase between Wadala and Jacob Circle is expected to be made operational within few months. Daily around 15,000 commuters use the Monorail for travelling between Wadala and Chembur. On early morning of November 9, an empty Monorail on its way from Wadala Depot to Chembur, caught fire at Mysore Colony Monorail station.However, no injuries were reported due to the accident. Meanwhile, ever since the first phase of the Monorail was made operational in 2014, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns in the rakes.

Indian troops on China border told to delete 42 apps including WeChat, Truecaller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian troops posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China have been asked to delete a number of apps on their smartphones due to data security implications.Troops have been asked to delete 42 mobile applications such as UC Browser, WeChat, Truecaller, ShareIT, and format their smartphones with immediate effect, reported ThePrint.in. The development comes after the recent stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the border in Doklam.“Use of these apps by our personnel can be detrimental to…national security,” a report said citing sources. The instructions were reportedly sent to troops on 24 November. ALSO READ Doklam stand-off was ‘safely resolved’ after several rounds of talks: PLA official “If some of them are already using any of these apps, then they should be asked to immediately uninstall the app and format their cellphones,” reads the instruction.”The personnel are expected to maintain the security of their phones, whether official or personal, as well as computers. Such alerts and advisories, especially about Chinese-origin mobile apps as well as electronic devices, are issued from time to time,” an official told Times of India.A fortnight ago, India and China held their first meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism here after the Dokalam standoff and reviewed the situation in all the sectors of their border and exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.The standoff which began in mid-June ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India’s Chicken Neck corridor. India objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by the Chinese troops in the area also claimed by Bhutan. ALSO READ China objects to Prez Kovind’s visit to Arunachal, says India shouldn’t ‘complicate’ border dispute

Noida’s new parking policy to be delayed by a month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the objective to reduce traffic congestion in the city, the Noida Authority had planned to hire new agencies to manage the surface parking lots across the city. But, residents of Noida will have to wait for an extended period as the new parking policy will be implemented in 2018.A senior official said that they are in the process of extending the old agreement of parking contractors for 41 parking sites in the city. The new policy was to be implemented from December.“The decision to extend the old parking contract has been taken by the authority as the companies for the new parking contracts for 96 sites is yet to be finalised. Once we are through with the entire plan, which is almost final, we shall implement it. We have just pushed the date by one month,” said Sandip Chandra, senior project engineer at the Noida Authority.“The contracts of the old tenders were supposed to be over by the end of November but they have been extended. We have already given 60 new parking lot contracts to new agencies through an e-tender in October,” Chandra added.Despite having 41 authorised parking across the city, the Noida Traffic Police, earlier in October, made a shocking claim that the ‘parking mafia’ was operating nearly 300 illegal parking lots in the city.Due to illegal parking on roads, city’s commercial hubs including Sector 18, Sector 62, 51, 41, 27, 16, Naya Bans village, Harola and Sector 12 are among the areas where even pedestrians cannot find space to walk during peak hours in morning and evening due to parking of vehicles on the roads.According to the new policy, the prescribed land for parking has been increased to 4,42,000 square meters.PARKED FOR NOW1,68,000 square metres of land used by Noida authority for parking in various sectors.
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Those with criminal records don’t have rights? Bombay HC slams Maha govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government if it believed that people with criminal records had no right to a safe life.The government invited the high court’s ire after it submitted that it had decided not to extend police protection to persons who had a criminal record, since any threat to their lives was a consequence of their own actions.They are into criminal activities and hence, they have a threat to their lives, public prosecutor Abhinandan Vagyani said. “It is because of their own doing and hence, we have decided not to give them police protection,” Vagyani said.A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak, however, asked if this meant that the state believed those with criminal records had no right to a safe life. “What nonsense is this? Are you saying that those who have a criminal record do not have any rights? Can anyone come and kill them just like that?” Chief Justice Chellur said. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer, seeking directions to the state police to recover dues from VIPs, including politicians, and film actors, who have been provided security cover, but have not paid the charges for the same.As per the PIL, around 1,000 personnel from the state police are deployed for providing protection to private individuals. The plea also claims that about 600 policemen in Mumbai are deployed for protection duty. On the last hearing in September this year, the bench had directed the state government to revisit its policy on providing police protection to private persons. It had also said that such protection must be provided to private persons only in the rarest of rare cases. In compliance with the order, Vagyani told the HC that the state authorities consulted the advocate general and the additional commissioner of police, Mumbai, and then came up with a proposal revising its policy on police protection.He said the above suggestions were a part of this revised policy. The bench, however, dismissed the new proposal submitted by Vagyani, saying it was apparent that the authorities had not applied their mind to it.”You have simply changed a few lines in the old policy of the year 2000. It is vague and an absolute nonsense. If this has been done after consulting with senior police and legal officers, if this is the decision of our officers, then God save the public,” Chief Justice Chellur said.”How can you expect the court to approve such a vague proposal?” she asked. The high court has now summoned the advocate general on the next date of hearing, on November 30.

Mumbai: Parents plan to protest over school fee hike; St Joseph High School says ‘not aware of issue’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of St Joseph High School of New Panvel is planning to protest in December month if the Panvel’s Khandeshwar police will not register case under capitation fee act against the school for over charging the school fees.The parents of St Joseph High School, sector 7, have written a letter to the police official of Khandeshwar police station on 26 November. The parent in a letter have requested the police to file an FIR under Capitation Fee Act 1988 against their school for overcharging the school fees from the parents.Gaurav Kadam, parent of St. Joseph High School, said, “Since 2006 the school is being increasing the school fees every year. If the FIR is registered against the school, then the school will have to pay Rs 50,000 upto one lakh rupees to each parent which is the extra money school has taken from the parents.”However, the St. Joseph High School officials when contacted refused to comment on the issue claiming they have no idea about this matter.Ravindra Kalambekar, parent of St. Joseph High school said, “If the FIR is not registered then we have mentioned in letter to police station that we will protest in front of police station. We have letter copy from education department that the school from year 2006 till 2014 never taken education department’s permission before making fee hike in school.”Anubha Sahai, President, India Wide Parents Association, said, “I will support this parent and participate in their protest even if am not parent of their school. Because this thing is happening across India where parents are being charged more fees. The FIR against this school will help many parents.”The police officials are currently investigating the matter and seeking expert opinions on the fee hike. “I am not expert about the topic on which allegations are made by the parents. Hence we have sent the letter to district education officer of primary in Alibagh to ask whether parents are over charged school fees by school and if yes, we will see whether if there is any provision that a case can be registered against the school under capitation fee act,” said Yogesh More, senior inspector, Khandeshwar police station.

263 coins, shaving blades, iron nails removed from man’s stomach in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 263 coins, shaving blades and iron nails were removed from man’s stomach in a rare surgery in Madhya Pradesh.The 32-year-old Mohammed Maqsood was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Rewa on November 18 after he complained of a stomach ache.However, after conducting tests, the cause behind Maqsood’s stomachache was identified. ALSO READ In rare surgery, ice-pick removed from man’s backMaqsood is currently under the observation. According to ANI, doctors say that he will also be given psychiatric help.”A team of six doctors surgically removed 10-12 shaving blades, four big needles, a chain, 263 coins, besides pieces of glasses,” Dr Priyank Sharma told PTI.”The patient was not in a good frame of mind and it seems he swallowed these objects secretly,” Sharma said. ALSO READ Conjoined twins separated after 18-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

Rajasthan: Hostels told to recite national anthem daily in the morning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s order to play the national anthem and national song at the civic body’s head office daily, now government hostels have been asked to recite national anthem daily. The notice has been issued by the state department for Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE). The national anthem is to be sung along with daily morning prayers at 7 am daily. The directive reportedly came into effect on Sunday, 26 November.Department’s Director Samit Sharma claimed that residential schools have already been reciting the national anthem and the current order is just an extension of the practice to government-run and government-aided hostels. The department believes that this practice will help kindle the spirit of patriotism in students.
ALSO READ From today, national anthem, song to be played at Jaipur civic offices everydayIn October, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation made it compulsory for all its employees to sing the national anthem in the morning and Vande Mataram in the evening. City mayor Ashok Lahoty further added that ‘those who don’t want to sing can go to Pakistan’.

Padmavati: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma against the film Padmavati on Tuesday.Sharma is seeking direction to delete certain objectionable scenes from the movie.The plea filed by Sharma also sought prosecution of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.Earlier on November 10, the apex court rejected the petition filed against the release of Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati’, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not yet issued a certificate to the movie.The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The period drama starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been facing protests from various communal groups, including Shree Rajput Karni Sena, for allegedly tampering historical facts.

Spl Bench to hear Aadhaar pleas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court said on Monday that it might consider setting up a Constitution Bench to decide on all matters pertaining to the challenge to the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar in January.The top court’s observation came on the heels of a joint mentioning made by Attorney General KK Venugopal and Senior Advocate Shyam Divan before a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.Refraining from giving a fixed date, the bench said the matters are likely to come up once it concludes hearing the dispute between Delhi-Lieutenant General (LG).On October 30, the bench — which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said it would hear the matter in November — almost five years after the first plea challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar was filed.However, with the deadline for linking your Aadhaar to your bank account looming ahead — last date is December 31, Divan had sought for a hearing in November. Several petitions in this matter have been pending since the top court referred the matter to a larger bench almost two years ago.On October 25, the Centre proposed it was open to extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones from December 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018, but only exclusively to those who are “willing to enroll for Aadhaar”.Today, the Ministry of Electronics and Technology (MEITy) released a white paper on the Data Protection framework under the chairmanship of former Justice BN Srikrishna.Currently, a five-judge Constitution Bench is hearing hearing an appeal filed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) challenging the Delhi High Court order which said that the LG was essentially the boss of the national capital. Once, this matter is over, the same bench is slated to hear an appeal filed by a Parsi woman who was denied the right to participate in the rituals upon her fathers death around 15 years ago because she married outside her faith.Relief likelyThe Centre has told Supreme Court that it is willing to extend deadline for Aadhaar linking to services till March 31.The deadline is supposed to end on December 31.Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian resid-ents based on biometric and demographic data.

Go to Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal for leave: Bombay HC tells cop seeking sex-change op

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court refused on Monday to grant any immediate relief to a woman police constable seeking directions to the police department to grant her leave of one month to undergo a sexual reassignment surgery.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre asked petitioner Lalita Salve, who calls herself Lalit, to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for relief. However, advocate Ejaz Naqvi argued that the plea was not related to service rules of policemen, but dealt with a larger issue of right to live life with dignity and, therefore, needed the court’s consideration.The court then posted the matter for further hearing on November 30.Salve approached the High Court after her leave application was denied by police authorities. According to Salve’s petition, the relief sought is based on medical examination in which ‘Y’ chromosomes were found, and thus, she wants to undergo the surgery to live a dignified life.The plea further claims that the government should bear the expenses for conducting the sex-change surgery and allow her to continue the job as a male constable. Lalita, who now calls herself Lalit, stated in the plea, “Sex reassigning as per her emotional inclination towards straight male is her natural right and in the heart of the fundamental right of the Constitution to live with dignity instead of being a transgender.”The petition also wants the court to quash and set aside a communication dated November 20 issued by the Inspector General (Aurangabad range), denying her a month’s leave to undergo the reassignment surgery. Salve also claims that the state government has not promulgated adequate policy about rescuing such distressed citizens with gender identity trauma. Sexual preferences are part and parcel of rights to privacy of an individual, which falls under the fundamental right to life and liberty as per Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the petition states.Salve joined the Maharashtra Police force in May 2010 as a constable and has been posted at Beed since then. In 2014, she underwent a medical test and claims that male genes were found. In 2016, she took a test at JJ Hospital which suggested that she have a sex change, Salve’s petition states.

Miss World Manushi Chhillar speaks out against unconstitutional practice of Triple Talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is a beauty with a cause who, while speaking to a news agency, addressed a number of social issues plaguing our nation- from Triple Talaq to sexual assault.Chhillar’s stand on the now unconstitutional practice of Triple Talaq is clear- that one person should not have more ownership over the marriage.”Marriage is a very special friendship between two people and one person should not be given more ownership over that relationship,” Chhillar said in an exclusive interview.The Miss World also spoke on the cases of sexual assault on minor girls across the country, and urged all to protect children and ensure a normal childhood for them.”If you talk about sexual assaults on small girls, I think it is very important for us to give protection to our children, because if you empower a child you empower the nation. And, if children are given security, then they can do wonders in their life. Every child has a right to grow and have a normal childhood,” she said.Apart from taking steps like legislation, awareness, and sensitisation for curbing sexual assault cases in the country, Chhillar also called for a change at the grass root level, by teaching children to respect women at homes itself.”Most important is education, not only in school but also at home. When you learn to respect a woman at home, you will learn to respect a woman in the society,” she said.Although Chhillar reiterated her stand about not entering Bollywood at present, she did not completely dismiss the idea for future consideration.”Acting is a very interesting field. I have been into theatre but as of now it’s not something I really really want to do but it does sound fun and may be if I can do it along with my education, I might,” said Chhillar.Miss World is at present on a mission to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, and is extensively travelling under the campaign.Chhillar’s win at the beauty pageant comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.She was crowned the new queen by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China on November 18.

L&T seeks additional funds from Telangana govt for delay in Hyderabad metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Larsen and Toubro has sought “additional financial support” from Telangana to cover cost overruns in the Rs 16,000-crore metro rail project that stemmed from delays in its implementation, sources privy to the development said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the first phase of the 72-km project on Tuesday, touted to be the world’s largest such project on public-private partnership in the sector.L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, the developer of the project, has sought “additional financial support” from the Telangana government to cover the cost overruns due to delays in projects, leading to extension of time, the sources said.The cost overruns work out to over Rs 3,000 crore, the sources added.”The company is also learnt to have sought extension of period by two years,” an industry source said, adding that any decision is likely after consultation with the Centre as the urban development ministry is also part of the project.The project, which was originally slated to go on stream in July this year, was extended till November 2018 and Telangana minister K T Rama Rao recently confirmed it.Conceived in 2009, the 72-km project has overcome many hurdles such as default by first concessionaire Maytas Infra- led consortium and now, the present developer and subsequent developments, crucial land acquisition by the state government and logjam for sometime over route alignment, among others.L&T, however, did not respond to the queries in this regard.A senior state government official said, “There would be cost escalations as the project got delayed.” He, however, said the government issues will be settled in accordance with the concession agreement.The project has got stuck in delays as L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) had over three years ago written a letter to the Telangana government offering to quit the Rs 16,000-plus crore project as the last resort if “issues” were not resolved.When asked if L&T offered to hand over the project to the government, the then chief executive and MD V B Gadgil had replied: “In case, the issues do not get settled.” “That (to quit) is one solution we have told them in case both of us are not able to resolve,” he had said after a meeting with the chief minister and the chief secretary in 2014.L&T has also written a letter to the state government on the matter.L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) is an L&T subsidiary, which is developing the metro at a total cost is Rs 16,375 crore — Rs 14,132 crore for the metro rail system and another Rs 2,243 crore for the real estate development.According to available data, the concession agreement for the project totalling 72 km metro lines with 66 stations was executed in September 2010 while financial closure was achieved in April 2011.The first phase comprises 30 kms and 24 stations while the second phase of the remaining corridor barring a 6-km stretch — near Charminar — is expected to be commissioned by November 2018.

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