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Government’s priority is rule of law: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the government in a short period has succeeded to build a positive image of the state and has removed all roadblocks to attract investments. In an exclusive interview to DNA’s Sanjay Jog, Aditynath said his government will deal firmly with those indulging in hooliganism and disturbing law and order. He spoke at length on a number of issues after a meeting with industrialists.Until recently, investors were reluctant to invest in your state. Has the situation changed?Investors were not enthusiastic about investing in Uttar Pradesh due to red tapism, inordinate delays taken in clearances and more importantly, law and order issues. This is not my view but it was an investors’ perception. However, the new government paid attention to law and order and the situation has improved. It Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill, 2017 to combat organised crime. The rule of law is the top priority of the government. For this, it is essential that those indulging in mafia activities are identified and a drive is launched against them.I have held four road shows for the Global Investors Summit slated for February 21 and 22. Investors have expressed satisfaction over the government’s commitment to bring about perceptible change in the law and order situation. Investors in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and several other places have shown interest to invest in Uttar Pradesh.What are government’s efforts to attract investments in the era of competitive federalism?The government has announced policies for various sectors including industry and employment, civil aviation, information technology, agro and food processing. The government is offering incentives. Besides, the government has put in place a single window system in a bid to improve ease of doing business. The government is committed to attract more investments which will help Uttar Pradesh register new highs.The government will also put in place by February next year land bank of 50,000 hectare for the benefit of investors. The government hopes to attract investments in across the sectors.What are government’s initiatives to boost infrastructure development?The government has launched number of infrastructure projects to create job pools. The government will build the Purvanchal Expressway and has received about three proposals for the development of Bundelkhand Expressway. This apart, the government has also received three proposals for the development of Jewar international airport. Besides, investors have shown interest to build a metro rail network across the state. Therefore the government is on the track to improve infrastructure.How confident is the government about meeting the target of 70 lakh jobs in five years?The government expects employment opportunities not only in government jobs but also in the private sector. Job creation will be possible through initiatives such as Start UP and Stand Up and skill development. The government is quite confident about surpassing the target.

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Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

Can’t give parole to consummate marriage: HC to convict’s wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court recently rejected an application filed by a woman seeking her husband to be released on parole for 90 days to consummate their marriage. The court rejected the plea since parole rules don’t acknowledge conjugal rights as reason for leave from prison.A division bench of Justices V K Tahilramani and M S Karnik turned down the plea of a wife, who had submitted that her husband, a convict under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), be released from prison on parole. The court, relying on Rule 19 of the Prisons (Bombay Furlough and Parole) Rules, 1959, said, “The ground on which the parole is being sought is not one on which the prisoner can be released on parole. Hence, we cannot entertain this petition.”Advocate Apeksha Vora, appearing for the woman, argued that the accused, who is sentenced to life imprisonment, had been released on temporary bail by the High Court in 2014 to get married. After attending post-marriage functions, he was brought back to prison on June 2, 2014. Thereafter, he has been lodged at the Kolhapur prison.Further, it was argued that if the convict can be allowed to get married after conviction, then he should be allowed to consummate his marriage. Convict Abhijit Babar is co-accused in a case filed under various sections of MCOCA.

Dawood’s brother Iqbal, close aide Shakeel booked under MCOCA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police on Wednesday invoked Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel and four other accused arrested in connection with running an extortion racket in Thane and Mumbai. The accused would threaten the victims using Dawood’s name. The other accused have been identified as Mumtaz Shaikh, Israr Sayyed, Pankaj Gangar, wanted accused Shammi and Guddu.According to the police, MCOCA has been invoked in the first case registered against the accused wherein the gang had allegedly extorted four flats and Rs 30 lakh from a Thane builder. While the two flats were sold by the gang, Mumtaz was staying in one of the flats and had got it registered under his name. However, the police had not booked Dawood and his brother Anees in this case. The duo was booked in a case that cropped up later during the probe. “The reason we invoked MCOCA is that the gang was part of an organised crime syndicate and were committing crimes for pecuniary gains. Gangar, Shakeel and Kaskar had a history of having been booked under MCOCA,” said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime), Thane.

Court seeks Tihar Jail’s reply on gangster’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Wednesday sought the reply of the Tihar jail authorities on a plea filed by gangster Neeraj Bawana demanding better hygiene conditions for the inmates. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit asked the officials to file the reply on Bawana’s complaint alleging inhuman conditions inside the jail premises, thereby fixing the next date of hearing on October 16. Appearing for Bawana, his counsel MS Khan requested to issue directions to the Director General of Tihar Jail to file a detailed report on the condition of the prisoners. He also asked the court to appoint a local commissioner to visit the jail and meet the inmates. Bawana, in his application, told the court that he is kept in a high-risk ward of Jail Number 1 with other 45 inmates and they went on a hunger strike recently demanding basic facilities, better food and lodgings, and medical facilities.He also alleged that the inmates were kept locked up for 24 hours and not allowed to have fresh air and sunlight. The cells, he said, were stinking and had thousands of insects and sand kept on falling from the wall.“The strike was called off after getting an assurance from a senior Tihar Jail warden, who visited the ward. But despite assurances, the conditions have remained intact forcing him to file the present application,” Bawana said. Bawana, former Delhi legislator Rambeer Shokeen, Pankaj Sehrawat, Sunil Rathi, Rahul Dabas, Naveen Dabas alias Bali, Naveen Hooda alias Bhanja, Amit Malik alias Bhura and Gurpreet Singh and Deepak Dabas alias Deepa are facing trial under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for allegedly running an organised crime syndicate.Inmates rebel Bawana’s counsel sought directions to the DG to file a report on prisoners’ condition Bawana’s plea said the inmates went on a hunger strike to ask for better food, lodgingsIt says inmates are kept locked up for 24 hrs, not allowed fresh air

Extortion case: MCOCA invoked against Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, gangster Chhota Shakeel and three others in connection with an extortion case.The MCOCA has been invoked against Kaskar and others in the first extortion case registered at the Kasarwadavali police station in Thane on a complaint filed by a builder, a police official said today.Under the MCOCA, an accused cannot obtain bail easily.In this case, the police have already arrested Kaskar and his two aides Israr Ali Jamal Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Sheikh.During interrogation, it was revealed that Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was also allegedly involved in the extortion racket, he said.Shakeel had allegedly threatened some builders and businessmen on behalf of Ibrahim and tried to extort money from them, the official said.During further investigation, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) sleuths arrested Borivali-based ‘matka’ (gambling) king and businessman Pankaj Gangar, who allegedly used to send Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh to Shakeel through hawala (illegal channel of sending money) per month, he said.The Thane Police, since the beginning of the probe, were examining whether the MCOCA could be applied in this case.As Shakeel’s role was established in the case, it became easy to invoke the tough law, an official said.In this regard, the Thane Police had requested their counterparts in Mumbai to provide details of the cases filed in the last 10 years against Shakeel, he said.Subsequently, the Mumbai Police provided details, including of some cases in which Shakeel was charge sheeted in a sessions court, he said.In the first extortion case, the builder had paid Rs 30 lakh and given four flats to Kaskar and his aides as he was being threatened in the name of Dawood Ibrahim or his gang since 2013, he said.Two more extortion cases were registered in Thane in which Kaskar, Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim and his other brother Anees have been named as accused.A team, led by encounter specialist police inspector Pradeep Sharma, had arrested Kaskar from his sister Haseena Parkar’s home at Gorden Hall apartment in Nagpada area of Mumbai on September 18, the official said.

Gangster Amrik Singh arrested after jumping furlough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have arrested a gangster Amrik Singh who is a life convict and had not returned after completing the period of his furlough.A close aide of Krishan Pehalwan, Singh was absconding and had been planning to eliminate his rivals in the Capital. He has been booked twice in MCOCA and several cases of murder, attempt to murder and a case under Arms Act are registered against him.According to the police, Amrik Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He told the police that he had killed a man named Ved Prakasha and later murdered his niece and her husband. While he was in Tihar Jail he was informed that his relatives were making plans against him. It was then that he decided to come out on furlough and did not come back to surrender.”During his furlough, he threatened his cousin and asked him to evacuate a property in Mongolpuri,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Rajesh Deo.Singh was also declared a bad character of South Rohini area. The police were constantly on the lookout for him. On September 20, the police came found out that Singh was hiding somewhere in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. A trap was laid and he was nabbed from near Murli Cinema in Bharatpur on Thursday.Singh started committing crime at an early age and was arrested for the first time in 1985. In 1985, he was arrested in a hurt case and has committed several cases including murder and attempt to murder. To curb his illegal activities, he was also booked under the provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act ( MCOCA).Behind barsAccording to the police, Amrik Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998. He told the police that he had killed a man named Ved Prakasha and later murdered his niece and her husband. While he was in Tihar Jail he was informed that his relatives were making plans against him.

Mumbai Blasts 2002-2003: SC dismisses convict’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of a man seeking to set off the remainder of his 10-year jail term in the case of multiple blasts in Mumbai between December 2002 and March 2003 in which 13 people were killed.Saquib Abdul Hamid Nachan was awarded 10-year jail term in the case lodged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) by a special court in Mumbai.Before being convicted, he had spent over seven years in jail during the adjudication of the case.Twelve people were killed in the Mulund train blast on March 13, 2003. Prior to that, on December 6, 2002, several persons were injured in a blast at a McDonalds outlet at the Mumbai Central station, while one person was killed in a blast at a market in Vile Parle (East) on January 27, 2003.A special POTA court in Mumbai had convicted 10 persons, including Nachan, in connection with the case. Three convicts were awarded life term by the court.After being released on bail in the POTA case in March 2011, Nachan was re-arrested on August 4, 2012 in connection with a separate case lodged under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).In October last year, he was also released on bail in the MCOCA case, in which the trial is still pending.On April 6 last year, Nachan was convicted by a special court in the POTA case and subsequently awarded the decade long jail term.He had approached the Bombay High Court claiming that the trial in the POTA case was going on when he was an under trial prisoner in the MCOCA case.He had said that the period of detention undergone by him in the MCOCA case should be set off against the jail term given to him in the POTA case.The high court had dismissed his plea saying the period undergone by him in MCOCA case cannot be set off against the sentence imposed in the POTA case.Nachan had thereafter moved the apex court challenging the May 5 verdict of the high court.His plea came up for hearing on Tuesday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar which dismissed his appeal.

2008 Malegaon blast: NIA court grants bail to two accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special NIA court on Tuesday granted bail to two accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.Sudhakar Chaturvedi and Sudhakar Dwivedi alias Shankaracharya, facing conspiracy charges, were granted bail by NIA Court judge SD Tekale.Both are accused of attending conspiracy meetings, where the terror attack was planned, along with others.Two key accused in the case, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit, were granted bail earlier.The Bombay High Court granted bail to Thakur earlier this year, while Purohit was given the relief by the Supreme Court last month.Six people were killed and nearly 100 others injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in Malegaon town in Nashik district, about 200 km from here, on September 29, 2008.Twelve people, including Thakur and Purohit, were arrested in connection with the blast.All the accused were booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), besides under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Dr Subhash Chandra pitches for women’s quota in legislatures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group chairman Dr Subhash Chandra on Friday said the time has come for Parliament to take up the issue of reservation for women in legislatures.Speaking at the India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 in Bhopal, Dr Chandra also spoke at length about the qualities of a politician. Talking about his entry into politics, he said he had done so to serve the people.”A good politician is one who knows how to sacrifice for his own people. It is your own talent and your capacity that can change the opinions of the people and that’s what is a quality of a leader,” said Dr Chandra. “You could be illiterate or can have a doctorate; it does not matter. You must be able to change the opinion of other people.”Organised by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the India Foundation to observe 25 years of the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partnership, the Summit witnessed the participation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda, and National People’s Party MP Conrad Sangma. More than 200 delegates from 10 ASEAN countries took part in the event.Dr Chandra also expressed his thought that Muslim fundamentalism was not the reason behind global terrorism. “I was invited to the United Nations once to discuss on terrorism issues globally. Most of the speakers before me were alluding that it is the Muslim fundamentalism which is plaguing the country in terms of terrorist activities. There I said I disagree with that. It is basically the organised religions all of us follow and that’s what is creating conflicts,” said Dr Chandra. “These are not true religions; true religion is universal. You cannot have a religion which supports only their own beliefs and not the beliefs of the others,” he added.There is also a need, said Dr Chandra, to build the capacities of the political class in this country. “In a democracy, we need to build the capacities of our political people to perform, and to fulfill their election promises. Our current Prime Minister is working towards that by trying to build the capacities of individual members of the party,” said Dr Chandra.

Gun racket busted in TN, pistol seized, four held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four men who allegedly ran a gun racket were arrested and a pistol,two magazines and cartridges seized from them today, police said. They were arrested after they allegedly offered for sale a pistol when a decoy police officer posed as a prospective buyer scouting for illegal pistols. The arrest follows weeks of surveillance mounted over suspects by the sleuths of Organised Crime Intelligence/ Investigation Unit with city police pitching in. While a case has been registered for offences under Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act and a probe is on, police said they were on the lookout for “others” as well who were suspected to have been involved in the racket. Police said they were looking to zero in on the origin and source of such illegal arms making their way into Tamil Nadu. Last year, four men were arrested in a case of illegal country made gun trade here. In similar previous cases too, illicit country made guns were allegedly procured by local criminal gangs from West Bengal and Bihar and they had tried to sell them off for fancy prices.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Evidence against Purohit, not Thakur in Malegaon blast: NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA told the Supreme Court today there were “several incriminating circumstances” against accused Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, which proved his “deep involvement and complicity” in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), however, told a bench comprising Justices R K Agarwal and M M Shantanagoudar it had not found “sufficient evidence” to prosecute accused Pragya Singh Thakur in the case. In an affidavit filed in the apex court on a plea by Purohit, who is seeking bail, the NIA said it had not objected to bail being granted to Thakur as it had not found sufficient evidence against her. “It is not correct to say that the high court erred in ignoring the doctrine of parity by granting bail to the co- accused Pragya Singh Thakur,” it said. The doctrine of parity was not applicable “since there are several incriminating circumstances” against Purohit which prove “his deep involvement and complicity in the crime”, the NIA claimed. The apex court today sought a response from the Maharashtra government on a plea challenging the Bombay High Court’s order granting bail to Thakur and listed the matter for a hearing on August 14, along with Purohit’s bail plea. In its affidavit, the NIA said during the probe it examined some defence personnel and their statements were referred to in the charge sheet. “The NIA is not relying on the statements of the witnesses, who have retracted from their earlier statements before different forums and the same can be considered during the trial and not at this stage for grant of bail,” it said. It added Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had obtained sanction under Section 45(2) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before filing the charge sheet and Purohit’s contention that the sanctioning authority had not followed the procedure could be considered during the trial. “At this stage, it would be premature to come to any conclusion about the procedure followed by the sanctioning authority,” the affidavit said. The facts would be explain by the authorities during the trial “and the accused persons will also get the chance to clear their doubts during the cross examination”, it said. Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, father of one of the blast victims, has sought a stay on the high court’s April 25 order granting bail to Thakur. The court had granted her the relief saying there was “no prima facie evidence against her”. The high court, however, had refused bail to Purohit. The apex court had on May 5 sought a response from the NIA and Maharashtra on Purohit’s bail plea. Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in the Nasik district of north Maharashtra. A Special MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) court had earlier ruled that the Anti-Terrorist Squad had wrongly applied the MCOCA in the case against Thakur, Purohit and nine others. The 4,000-page charge sheet had alleged that Malegaon was selected as the blast target because of a sizeable Muslim population there. It named Thakur, Purohit and co-accused Swami Dayanand Pandey as the key conspirators. The charge sheet had further alleged it was Pandey who had instructed Purohit to arrange for the explosive RDX, while Thakur owned a motorcycle which was used in the blast. Ajay Rahirkar, another accused, allegedly organised funds for the terror act, while conspiracy meetings were held at the Bhonsala Military School in Nasik, it had said. Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Shyamlal Sahu, Shivnarain Kalsangra, Sudhakar Chaturvedi, Jagdish Mhatre and Sameer Kulkarni were the other accused in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court allows Malegaon blast accused to use laptops in jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare order, a Mumbai court hearing the 2008 Malegaon blast case today allowed some of the accused to use laptops inside the prison for work related to the case. They won’t be able to access the Internet, though. “The court allowed an application moved by four accused after we said we had no objection subject to some strict conditions,” said special prosecutor Avinash Rasal. Accused Rakesh Dhawde, Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni and Dayanand Pandey had requested the court to allow them to use laptops inside the Arthur Road jail here. The court, however, imposed several conditions, Rasal said. Among other things, the accused cannot access Internet on laptops, and must use them only for preparation of the case. They would be able to use the laptops only during a specific time allotted by the jail authorities, the prosecutor added. The laptops will have to be handed back to jail officials every evening; the court directed the jailer to preserve hard disks of the machines for three years after the completion of the trial. Six people were killed and nearly 100 injured when a bomb strapped to a motorbike exploded at Malegaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra on September 29, 2008. Twelve people, including Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Army officer Prasad Purohit were arrested in the case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The National Investigation Agency, which took over the probe at a later stage, gave a clean chit to Thakur who was released on bail earlier this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Boys need to be sensitised about menstruation: Manish Sisodia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when the topic of menstruation continues to be discussed in hushed tones, sensitising boys, more than girls, is the need of the hour, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today. Speaking at the inaugural edition of National Menstrual Conclave, he highlighted the role of education system in instilling awareness about menstruation and menstrual hygiene in young boys and girls alike. “The schools have become places within four walls where kids consume education. But, schools can play an important role in normalising issues that have become taboos over the years. “It shows our lack of communication that a simple bodily function has become a taboo. Boys, more than girls, need to be taught about it. So the girls and women can find a support system around them and not feel alienated,” Sisodia said. The minister also said there was an urgent need for an overhaul of school system and mindset till the mention of menstruation is not frowned upon. “The campaign will be a success only when we don’t need more such campaigns and NGOs to address the issue. It will only be possible through creative and constructive participation of each member of the society,” the minister said. Organised by a city-based NGO Sachhi Saheli in association with Aakar and Something Creative, the conclave aimed at eliminating taboos associated with menstruation and normalising discussions around the topic. Sisodia’s thoughts were echoed by Surbhi Singh, founder of Sachhi Saheli, who said that myths surrounding menstruation need to be busted and the subject needs to be brought out in the open. “We want that discussion about menstruation should come out from the confines of closed doors to the open and people can talk about it comfortably. “We want all myths and taboos surrounding menstruation to be busted but in a scientific way. We need to explain with logic the relevance of certain ancient practices associated with menstruation. Every girl should be able to face it with confidence, not shame,” Singh said. The inaugural session was preceded by several poem recitations, skits and a qawwali performance by girl students of government schools from across the capital. The event also saw panel discussions with contributions from United Nations bodies, international and national NGOs and other organisations like Aga Khan Development Network, WaterAid, Goonj, and WASH-United India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNUSU files complaint against 3 twitter handles for defaming

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) today filed a complaint with the police alleging that some twitter handles were defaming the female students of the varsity. “We have filed a complaint against twitter handles — @Swamy39, @swamy_sena and @merabharat2011 — for defaming JNU and publishing baseless posts,” JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey said. Meanwhile, the police said they were looking into the complaint. According to the complaint lodged at cyber crime cell – the handle @swamy_sena had shared a year-old news report and tweeted that “JNU is a den of organised sex racket says report prepared by university teachers”. The news report that was published a year ago is based on a dossier prepared by JNU teachers who have described the university as a “den of organised sex racket.” The students also said that the news report shared by the handles are not factually correct. The JNUSU demanded an action against those spreading misleading reports besides seeking action against the authors who created the dossier.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chhota Rajan found guilty in fake passport case- A Timeline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi Court on Monday convicted underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan and three others in a fake passport case. ? The court on June 8 last year framed charges against Rajan and then passport officers Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan under sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with criminal conspiracy, cheating, cheating by impersonation and forgery of documents. ? The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its chargesheet alleged that Rajan got issued a fake passport from Bengaluru in 1998-99 in connivance with Rahate, Shah and Lakshmanan in the name of Mohan Kumar. ? Rajan is involved in over 85 cases, ranging from murder to extortion, smuggling and drug trafficking. ? He has cases pending against him in Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and with the CBI. ? Rajan, held by the Indonesian police on October 25, 2015, was deported to India on November 6, 2015. ? Rajan was arrested on the basis of an Interpol Red Corner notice at Bali airport on October 25 after he had arrived in the island city of Indonesia from Australia. ? The Mumbai Police has nearly 70 cases registered against Rajan, including 20 of murder, four cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, one under Prevention of Terrorism Act and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. ? The Delhi Police has six cases registered against Rajan, who was a close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood at one point but split before the 1993 Mumbai blasts were conspired. ? In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan?s life when Dawood?s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape by jumping from the first floor of the hotel.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi court to hear former MLA Rambir Shokeen’s bail plea today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court will today continue the hearing on the bail plea by former MLA Rambir Shokeen. The Delhi police had earlier filed its reply on Shokeen’s bail plea. In November 2016, a Delhi court sent former Shokeen, who was chargesheeted along with alleged gangster Neeraj Bawana and others in a case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), to three days police custody to unearth the larger conspiracy. Earlier on September 2016, a chargesheet was filed against gangster Neeraj Bawana, Shokeen and others, accusing them of running a crime syndicate in the national capital. Besides Neeraj and Shokeen, the police chargesheeted Neerajs elder brother Pankaj Sehrawat and other arrested members of the syndicate — Sunil Rathi, Amit Malik alias Bhura, Naveen Dabas, Rahul Dabas, Naveen Hooda, Deepak Dabas and Gurpreet Singh in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi releases book penned by LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a book ‘Matoshree’, based on life of Maratha Queen Ahilyabai Holkar, authored by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. After the release, a play based on the book was staged at Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament Library Building with the Prime Minister, several Union ministers and MPs in attendance. Mahajan said she had written the play more than 35 years ago as a volunteer of the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, women’s wing of the RSS. Mahajan, the Lok Sabha MP from Indore, said through the play she wanted to show “an Indian way of good administration”. Ahilyabai, daughter-in-law of Maratha chieftain Malhar Rao Holkar, was the Queen of Indore from 1767 to 1795. Organised by Avirat, an Indore-based group active in Marathi and Hindi theatre, the play was directed by Rajan Deshmukh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tackling organised crime a major task: Mumbai top cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police have been able to rein in the underworld activities and are confident of tackling the organised crime syndicates, Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar has said. “Tackling organised crime syndicates is an important task for police in Mumbai. There must be an action plan to tackle the organised crime syndicates in Mumbai,” Padsalgikar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi: Ex-MLA Rambeer Shokeen used criminals to fund poll campaign, says chargesheet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ex-MLA from Mundka, Rambeer Shokeen had “used the clout of criminals, to fulfil his political ambitions and for gaining pecuniary benefits”, said a supplementary chargesheet filed by the Special cell of the Delhi Police.Shokeen, who is the maternal uncle of jailed gangster Neeraj Bawana, was arrested last year under sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) after he was on the run for the past one year.”During investigation, it is revealed that the accused Neeraj Bawana was found giving huge amounts of money to Shokeen for the 2013 elections, where the latter had contested as an independent candidate.”Besides, Bawana had arranged several notorious criminals of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to assist him during elections with arms and ammunitions,” said a chargesheet filed on Tuesday by the sleuths of the Special cell.The chargesheet also stated Shokeen, along with Bawana and Naveen Hooda aka Bhanja and other members of the gang, had hatched a conspiracy to release sharp shooter Ankit Malik aka Bhura of the gang from the custody of Uttarakhand police officials.”During February 2015 Delhi Assembly Elections, Bawana had put together all efforts to ensure the victory of accused Shokeen’s wife Reetu Shokeen, who fought on the Congress ticket, by spending huge amount of extortion money and using musclemen,” the charge sheet said. The cops mentioned in the charge sheet that according to a report obtained from Income Tax Department, Delhi that both Shokeen and his wife did not file income tax returns between the years 2006-16, while they were incurring expenses including election expenses during the same period.”Both the husband and wife contested elections in 2013 and 2015 respectively and investigations also revealed that Shokeen had spent huge amount in the distribution of steel glasses,” the charge sheet said. The police said that there is enough evidence that Shokeen, along with his associates, have been running an organised crime syndicate, which has been committing extortion and murders apart from other crimes. Shokeen was also involved in various other cases.

5 things you need to know about the new maternity bill passed in parliament

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women working in the organised sector will now be entitled to paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as Parliament passed a bill on Thursday in this regard that will benefit about 1.8 million women. Here are a few things you need to knowWorkforce strength: The law to give six months of maternity leave will happen only if an organisation has workforce strength over 10 peopleSix months only for first two children: The law allows six months leave for the first two children, but three months for the subsequent child
ALSO READ ‘Women’s Day gift’: Parliament passes bill to raise maternity leave to 26 weeksRules of adopting and surrogate parents: The bill provides 12 weeks of maternity leave for a woman who adopts a child below three months. In the case of a commissioning mother (defined as a biological mother) who uses her egg to have a surrogate child, a 12-week period of maternity leave will be calculated from the date the child is handed over to the adoptive or commissioning mother.Larger organisations need to have crèche facilities: Organisations that have 50 or more employees need to provide crèche facilities within a prescribed distance. The mother will be allowed four visits to the crèche in a day.
ALSO READ Why no paternity leave? Maternity bill ‘wasted’ chance to bring gender parity at workplace: CongressWomen can work from home: A provision has been made where an employer can permit a mother to work from home, if the nature of work assigned permits her to do so. This option can be availed of, after the period of maternity leave, for a duration that is mutually decided by the employer and the woman.

Charge sheet filed in GB road prostitution ring, MCOCA slapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police today filed charge sheet in the GB Road trafficking and prostitution racket unearthed last year, in which the accused have been booked under the stringent MCOCA provisions. Police claimed that this is the first time provisions of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) have been invoked against those accused of human trafficking. The charge sheet, which was filed before additional sessions judge Vimal Kumar Yadav in the Tis Hazari court, names 10 persons as accused. The main accused husband-wife duo of Afaq Hussain and Saira Begum are in judicial custody. The proceedings to declare three accused as Proclaimed Offenders have been initiated and 18 properties worth 246 crores have been identified, police said. “The charge sheet was prepared after a six-month of exhaustive investigation and contains 3,895 pages,” said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (Crime). Investigation is still on and supplementary charge sheets will be filed at the earliest, he said. More accused persons are to be identified and arrested in this case and more properties to be traced out, he added. In order to curb ghastly activities of this syndicate of human trafficking and prostitution operating at GB Road, Crime Branch had launched massive action and invoked MCOCA. The arrests in the case were made last year starting from August after a thorough study which revealed that more than 80 per cent “business” at the GB Road is controlled by two-three operators and their “own” network of agents, police said. The husband-wife duo Afaq Hussain and Saira Begum were identified as such operators who controlled everything closely through their handpicked ‘Kotha’ managers known as ‘nayikas’ and musclemen. The Crime Branch team in raids in different parts of the city had arrested the couple and their associates. The associates were paid 15 per cent of the monthly earnings which runs into crores. Investigation showed that prior to their arrests in similar cases in 2013, Afaq used to purchase ‘Kothas’ in the name of Saira but they later transferred ownership titles to some of their confidants. The Crime Branch study of crime pattern had revealed that girls from different states and also from Nepal, most of them minors, were victims of this racket. They are allegedly sold to the ‘Kotha’ owners at G B Road at the rate of Rs 1-2 lakh. The young girls were thrashed, confined in hidden cells, intoxicated and kept starved for many days to force them in sex trade. The ‘Kotha’ operators recovered monthly 8-10 per cent of the amount as well as interest on it which was spent on buying them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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