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A dialogue with JC | Manoj Sinha on his way to realise Modi’s Digital Dreams

Q: You are implementing Prime Minister’s vision of digital India. How do you view the entire campaign?A: Our ministry is providing infrastructure for ‘Digital India’. The UPA government had launched BharatNet known as National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) in 2012. It was supposed to be completed in two phases. Between 2012 and 2014, only 328km optical fiber lines were laid. However, during three years of Modi government 2.48 lakh km lines have been laid. First phase target was broadband in one lakh gram panchayats, which has been achieved of which 86% work was done by the BSNL. In the second phase, the target is to cover 1.5 lakh gram panchayats by 2019. We are careful in the second phase. Eight states have come forward to do the work and we have signed MoU with four of them. We will definitely achieve the target of providing broadband to six lakh villages.Q: How did you transform BSNL into a profit making PSU?A: BSNL’s growth was hampered due to some reasons but now there is improvement in technology. BSNL is at present there, where no one else is. It is there where money can’t be made. It works in every circumstance and performs its social responsibility. The credit goes to its officials and workers. In the future, BSNL would do even better and fulfill expectations of the country.Q: How will you improve financial health of public sector telecom companies?A: BSNL’s financial condition is not bad. At least in the last three years it has improved. In last one and half year, there is churning in telecom sector. Other service providers have been losing market share but our share is increasing. MTNL has certain problems, which I do not want to discuss here. Merger of MTNL with BSNL will cause problems for the latter. We are discussing about improving MTNL’s condition. Indian telecom industry will turn into black from the next financial year; this is a surprisingly positive news for the country.Q: What is the status of new telecom policy which is in the offing?A: We are working on it. It will be out in March 2018.Q: Do you think Jio’s launch is a big move in direction of PM’s digital India?A: Digital India has benefitted immensely from Jio. Yes, Jio has contributed but there are other factors as well. We welcome new service providers.Q: But Jio has brought cut throat competition in the telecom industry? Other telecom companies are facing the heat and incurring losses? Are they satisfied? Are they thinking of giving incentives to them?A: This happens whenever a new entrant comes. This is business competition but the government is neutral and it will take decision in the interest of consumers. For the government ‘customer is king’.Q: What is your opinion about CBI court’s verdict in 2G spectrum case?A: One should see this judgment from a different perspective. If I kill someone and no one comes up in the court to testify against me, I would be acquitted but this is true that I have murdered a person. The Supreme Court had ruled that there was irregularity in allocating spectrum licence. The apex court said that those who got licence had proximity with those in power. So, their acquittal doesn’t mean that Congress starts giving certificate of honesty. The country is aware that there was huge corruption in it. When the judgement came and the auctions took place for the first time, you just add up the amount: in 2015, Rs 1.09 lakh crore and Rs 65,678 crore in 2016, which comes to Rs 1.76 lakh crore. I think that the country knows that some people escaped for lack of evidence. It is up to investigating agencies to appeal against it. The apex court had said that “first come, first pay” policy was based on valuation of 2001 but spectrum were given in 2000. What it means is that they were served first. Understand this difference, it would have made sense if targets of 2001 and 2009, were set in 2000.Q: Will it be an issue for the Congress in 2019?A: No, we do not want to contest election on this issue. We will go to people with what we have done in five years, which did not happen in 50 years. We will contest on change in lives of the poor. There is prosperity in the country and we will contest in the name of development.Q: What do you feel about forming government in Gujarat for the sixth time?A: A large section in the country wants to see Modi ji as PM. Only Modi ji could have made it possible to win in Gujarat despite being in power for 22 years.Q: After Gujarat and Himachal are you hopeful of regaining power in Karnataka?A: Not just Karnataka but we will form governments in the North-East states wherever we are not in power at present.Q: Do you think that Modi ji is now a global leader?A: Undoubtedly and this is a matter of pride. Modi ji is counted among the strongest leaders in the world.Q: Do you have any godfather in the politics?A: I do not have a godfather. BJP’s policies and principles are my godfather. Other parties may have godfathers. I was an ordinary worker who has reached this stage.Q: How is Yogi government’s performance in the UP?A: The government is doing a good job in Uttar Pradesh. Our government is working as per our ‘Sankalp patra’.Q: What are your thoughts about party president Amit Shah’s work?A: Amit Shah has killer instinct. He works on war footing to ensure victory. We have been performing well even in those areas where the BJP’s support base is weak.

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Vasundhara Raje govt approves 1% reservation for Gurjars, 4 other communities in Rajasthan

Five castes including Gurjars will get one per cent reservation within the 50 per cent legal limit in Rajasthan, a senior minister said here today.The state government took the decision on Thursday to provide reservation to the Gujjar/Gurjar, Banjara/Baldia/ Labana, Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, Raika/Rebari and Gadaria communities.”The decision was taken to give one per cent reservation to Gurjars and other castes under the most backward category,” said state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore.A notification will be issued after the governor’s approval, he said.The present overall reservation percentage in the state stands at 49 per cent.The five castes were included in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) list in 1994. After the state cabinet’s decision they can now seek benefits in educational institutions and job opportunities.The Rajasthan Assembly in October this year passed a bill to raise OBC reservation from 21 to 26 per cent to provide five per cent quota to Gurjars and other castes.However, the high court stayed the bill as it would have increased the reservation to 54 per cent.Later, the Supreme Court also directed the state government not to exceed the 50 per cent reservation limit.The government has taken the step in the wake of widespread agitation by the Gurjar community, demanding reservation under the backward class category.

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Cyber crime conviction rate in Maharashtra touches alarming level

In a bid to increase detection and conviction rate of cyber crimes in the state and the city, the Mumbai police have organised five days cyber crime training workshop for policemen and have setup a specialsed cyber crime investigation units at each police station in Mumbai. According to the statistics provided by Maharashtra Police, the state Police has an extremely poor conviction as well as detection rate in Cyber-Crime cases. Statistics shows that since 2012, on an average, almost 80 % of the cases results in acquittal of accused. The poor conviction rate only raises questions over the investigation techniques adopted and evidences gathered by the police department in probing Cyber-Crime cases.From 2012 till June 2017, trial in 184 cyber-crime cases got completed, of which there were convictions in 34 cases and acquittals in 150 cases, statistics revealed.Also readBaba Ramdev’s Patanjali to step into solar power business, will invest Rs 100 croreAccording to the statistics, the detection rate of Cyber Crime cases is only 31% in last five-and-a-half years. Out of 10,419 cases registered under Information Technology Act along with Indian Penal Code and Special law cases, since year 2012 till June 2017, only 3167 cases have been detected.While registration of Cyber-Crime cases have increased from 900 cases in 2012 to 2417 in year 2016, the detection rate has fallen from 33.3 percent in 2012 to 23.07 in the year 2016.Also readAirAsia tickets in Rs 999: deal details you need to knowAlso the pendency of Cyber-Crime cases in court is on the higher side. As per the statistics, 10,235 Cyber-Crime cases are still pending in the court. Cyber experts and cyber criminal lawyers said that lack of proper training and poor investigation skills leads to poor conviction rate and detection rate. “Electronic evidence requires to be collected and processed expeditiously and in a manner which stands the test of trial. Inordinate delay in either collection or forensic analyses will adversely affect the legality and proving of such evidence. The forensic cyber lab in Mumbai is grossly over worked and hence forensic analysis and reports are much delayed in many cases. In addition, delays in registration of cases and in investigations by the police irreparably harm effective decisions in cases,” said N. S. Nappinai, advocate and author specialising in cyber laws.Also readPaytm ka ATM is here! Firm plans to invest Rs 3000 crore over next 3 years to expand offline distribution network”Sometimes complainants also delay filing of complaints – this may be due to either confusion with respect to rights available with them or lack of confidence in the system. That the number of cases filed does not reflect the actual cyber-crimes committed is probably a reflection of this! Each of the above may be contributory factors resulting in the abysmally low convictions,” Nappinai added. “Since police is unable to gather sufficient evidences in such cases, it results in poor conviction. There is a need for special cyber-crime courts to fast track the cases. Also the quality of training should be upgraded. There is load on forensic lab too and report is delayed there. Even citizens should be aware and beware from being a cyber crime victim,” said Ritesh Bhatia, cyber security expert.”We conduct regular training sessions for police on cyber-crimes. The reason behind the less detection is that most of the crimes occur overseas or from the other cities and states due to which it becomes difficult to trace the culprits. Other technical factors too results in delayed probe,” said a senior IPS officer.Following the low rates the city police has setup the cyber crime investigation unit has been established at each police station in #Mumbai. Will consist of a seven member team. Five day training session started from Monday.”One inspector, two assistant inspectors.or sub inspectors and three to four constables selected for forming cyber crime units at each police station.we are also appealing citizens to come to police stations and register their complaints if they have become a victim of cyber crime,” said Deepak Devraj, Mumbai police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police.
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Love, illicit affairs sparked 3 murders a month: NCRB data

In Delhi, almost three murders were sparked every month either due to an illicit relationship or a love affair at an average, out of the total 479 murders reported from the city in 2016. Delhi ranks first with 21.8 per cent as the Capital’s percentage share in total murders recorded in all metropolitan cities across the country.The fact was revealed in a data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday. Other reasons that the data mentioned behind killings in the Capital, were personal enmity in 50 murders, property related dispute leading to 37 killings, four people were killed over water or money disputes, three due to rape and two murders were claimed by honour killings.The Capital also witnessed one death following road rage and apart from this six people were killed for robbery in 2016. The data also states that out of the total number of murder victims of 2016, 11 were below the age of six years and 14 victims were among the age group of 12 and 16 years. The highest number of murder victims targeted between the age of 18 to 30 years, was 254. Twenty senior citizens including 11 women were also killed in the city in 2016.Interestingly, at a time when the Delhi Police is seeking curbs on regulation of illegal arms in the Capital, data read that 26 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 21 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms were reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.A few weeks ago, based on Delhi Police data, DNA had reported that sudden provocation in the Capital leads to 12.60 per cent of the total crimes reported, while 22.83 per cent were sparked out of enmity.
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Five-judge Constitution Bench to revisit 11-year-old verdict on SC/ST quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to consider whether its 11-year-old judgement dealing with the issue of application of the ‘creamy layer’ for reservation to SC and ST categories in promotion in government jobs needs to be revisited.The top court said that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine the limited issue as to whether the 2006 verdict delivered in M Nagaraj and other versus Union of India was required to be re-looked at or not.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan clarified that it was not going into the correctness of the verdict.The M Nagaraj verdict had said that the creamy layer concept cannot be applied to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for promotions in government jobs like two earlier verdicts of 1992 Indra Sawhney and others versus Union of India (popularly called Mandal Commission verdict) and 2005 EV Chinnaiah versus state of Andhra Pradesh, which dealt with creamy layer in Other Backward Classes category.The apex court was hearing a batch of petition which arose from a Bombay High Court order quashing two state government resolutions terming them as ultra vires to Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India.Several other states have also approached the apex court on the issue.The Maharashtra government, through its resolution in 2004, had granted reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and De-Notified Tribes, Nomadic Tribes, Special Backward Category and Other Backward Classes in job promotion.The issue cropped up as a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi had referred a matter to the Constitution bench which also related to creamy lawyer for reservation of SC/ST in government jobs.The two-judge bench had said that clarity was required on the applications in creamy layer in situation of competing claims within the same races, communities, groups or parts thereof of SC/ST communities notified by the President under Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution.The bench had sought clarification on Article 16(4), 16 (4A) and 16(4B) of the Constitution of India, which deals with the power of state government to make provisions for reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion, was not adequately represented in the services under the state.The Nagaraj verdict had reiterated that the ceiling-limit of 50 percent, the concept of the creamy layer and the compelling reasons, namely, backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency were all constitutional requirements without which the structure of equality of opportunity in Article 16 would collapse.It had further said that the state was not bound to make reservation for SC/ST in matter of promotions.”However, if they wish to exercise their discretion and make such provision, the State has to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class and inadequacy of representation of that class in public employment in addition to compliance of Article 335,” the five-judge constitution bench had said in its 2006 judgement.It had also clarified that even if the state has compelling reasons, as specified, the state would have to see that its reservation provisions does not lead to excessiveness so as to breach the ceiling-limit of 50 percent or obliterate the creamy layer or extend the reservation indefinitely.

Safety audit: NGO to identify issues at local railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters travelling in local trains and crowded railway stations have been facing harassment issues every day. Recently there have been instances where women commuters had come forward to report about the harassment they faced while commuting at the railway stations. In order to check how safe the railway stations in the city are, a group of activists along with citizens will be conducting a social audit called the ‘safety audit’ at three railway stations on the Western line.While the first safety audit was conducted on November 8, Wednesday at Goregaon railway station, the other two social audits will be conducted in the afternoon at Andheri station on Thursday and Borivali railway stations on Friday.The safety audit is organised by the NGO Safecity to evaluate and improve the safety of citizens by identifying problems and reporting it to the concern authorities.As per the organisers, the objective of the safety audits is to assess the railway stations from the angle of safety and existing infrastructure. The organiser, said, “We will be communicating with commuters of all genders at the stations to understand the occurrence of sexual harassment at these stations. We are building an understanding of the needs of people and infrastructure for safer public transport (railways) and look forward to your suggestions.”Other commuters who want to report any sexual harassment at stations can report it online at safecity.in.A few years ago, as per a study conducted by another NGO revealed that many women have a tendency to not report instances of sexual harassment. They have ignored sexual harassment faced by them or others out of fear of the consequences. It was also found that overcrowded trains, congested platforms, narrow footbridges make train travel more dangerous for women.

Civic body’s health report witnesses drastic drop in H1N1 cases in Oct

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Mumbaikars continue to be severely affected due to viral infections and diseases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) recently released health report reflected a drastic drop in H1N1 cases. The report stated that only five H1N1 cases were diagnosed in the city in the month of October. In comparison, the month of September saw 33 cases of swine flu. Of the 33 cases last month, 27 cases were detected till September 15. Only civic-run hospitals were taken into account for the health report.Speaking of the sharp fall in the number of cases, BMC health department official, said, “We can see that there is a drastic drop in H1N1 cases in the city. It can be due to climatic conditions. In October, out of five swine flu cases, three were diagnosed before October 15. Only two cases were diagnosed in the last 15 days. No deaths have been reported so far.”According to the health report, 563 malaria cases and 546 gastro cases were diagnosed in the month of October this year. A 72-year-old Grant Road resident who was admitted in a private hospital and later shifted to a public hospital died due to malaria on October 25. Speaking about the action taken, BMC officials, said, “Over 517 houses and 1,710 citizens were surveyed in Grant Road after the malaria deaths. Other vector control activities were done in the area and one malaria fever case detected was referred to a dispensary for treatment.”While in September there were 849 cases, in October 563 cases of Malaria were diagnosed. In case of gastro, 532 cases were diagnosed in the month of September. Overall the number of cases has decreased in comparison to the figures in September.REPORT FIGURESMalaria 563Gastro 546H1N1 05Dengue 212

Parshottam Rupala asks Congress, Hardik Patel to clarify on OBC quota for Patels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader and Union minister Parshottam Rupala on Friday asked the Congress and PAAS leader Hardik Patel to shed some light on whether the Patidar community would be included in the OBC (Other Backward Classes) category for reservation benefits.Rupala’s statement comes a day after Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Mohansinh Rathwa said it was not possible to carve out a separate quota for Patidars in the existing 49 per cent reservation.”Mohansinh Rathwa’s statement exposes the doublespeak that the Congress and Hardik Patel have been indulging in. Both need to clarify their stand on the issue as Hardik has been demanding reservation under the OBC quota, and the Congress is now saying that it is not possible,” Rupala told media-persons.The BJP leader said that the Congress was silent about granting OBC status to Patidars, and it was now clear that the party as well as Hardik Patel had only been trying to mislead the community ahead of the elections.Speaking at a rally in Valsad on Thursday, Rathwa, an eight-time MLA, had said that Patidars would be given reservation without interfering with the 49 per cent existing quota, which is meant for OBCs, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.The issue of reservation is expected to be a major one in the upcoming elections. While the state government has already announced reservation benefits to all non-reserved communities under the EBC quota, the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and other Patel organisations are seeking reservation under the OBC quota. The Congress, on the other hand, has assured 20 per cent quota under EBC to non-reserved communities if it comes to power.

Destination Galta for Chhath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was excitement and religious fervour in the air as Chhath was celebrated in Jaipur at the ancient Galta Peeth. Thousands of devotees gathered to pay obeisance to the setting Sun. There were long queues and people had to jostle for space to get a turn to pray while the Sun set.It is estimated that over 15,000 people were present at the Galta Peeth. The Peeth is over 20 km away from the city and so people have reached there with beddings and will be staying there all night for the next round of pooja that will be offered tomorrow morning to the rising Sun.The water body is a kund that traditionally supplied water from the mountains, but now with water levels going down, the water body is highly polluted and the water level is also very low. Also the heavy crowd is a threat and raises chances of stampede and accidents.There are five water bodies in Jaipur city limits namely Jal Mahal, Talkatora, Maotha, Sagar and Galta kund. But prayers can be offered only at the water body (kund) at the ancient Galta Peeth.The other four are under the Government. All are open water bodies, highly polluted with sewer water also flowing into them. They are also dangerous as there are no ghats and thus no security measures. Therefore no permissions are granted for chhath pooja at these water bodies.Notably, there is a sizeable population of people from Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh living in Jaipur who enthusiastically take part in this pooja.ABOUT GALTAWater body is a kund that traditionally supplied water from mountains, but now with water levels going down, the content is highly polluted & water level is also very low. The heavy crowd is a threat and raises chances of stampede and accidents.OTHER WATER BODIESThere are five water bodies in Jaipur city limits namely, Jal Mahal, Talkatora, Maotha and Sagar and Galta kund. But prayers can be offered only at the water body (kund) at the ancient Galta Peeth.

Bihar: Mother-daughter duo buried alive in freak accident after ground caves in while digging for mud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her daughter were buried alive on Sunday when a mound of earth caved in while they were busy digging mud for domestic purpose.According to Ravi Paswan, in-charge of Govindpur police station, the incident took place at Bhilua village which falls under Sarkanda Panchayat.He said, Sarita Devi (33) had gone to the mound on the outskirts of the village, along with her 13-year-old daughter Nibha Kumari and a number of other women residing in their neighbourhood for digging mud.The mother and daughter stayed back after the other women had returned to their homes and apparently dug too deep, leading to the mishap, Paswan said.Their bodies were exhumed by family members and other villagers who informed the police about the incident, he added.

Don’t post us in field areas as we are ‘non-combatants’, says members of Indian Army Service Corps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that has led to some degree of consternation in India’s defence establishment, some personnel from the Army Service Corps (ASC) have said that since they are “non-combatants” they should should not be considered for posting in field areas. In response, the Indian Army has stated that it was never in dispute that all arms and services are “combatants” and at no stage has the Army referred to Service Units being non-combatant units.“Army performs its role in war and peace as a whole and not in isolated compartments. Each Arm and Service has designated role and function,” the Army has said after the matter cropped up during the recently held Army Commanders Conference.The roots of this controversy lie in a bitter career progression battle that has been ranging on between the various entitites that function under the Combat Arms, Combat Support Arms and Services categories.Several personnel working with Services like the Armed Service Corps, Ordnance, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers have now started complaining that their career progression is not at par with their counterparts in Combat Arms like Infantry, Armoured and Mechanized.And to take argument further, the aggrieved personnel have stated that since they are being treated as “non-combatants”, they should be not posted in combat duties in field postings.The Army, on its part, has maintained that Combat Arms, Combat Support Arms and Services are “operational entities” of Army having “clear and defined roles with charter of duties”.The Army has also maintained consistently that without diluting the role played by Services in maintaining logistic support to Combat Arms during operations, Commanding Officers of ASC, Ordnance and Electronics and Mechanical Engineers are not required to largely remain in contact with frontline forces where major combat may take place during operations.“Therefore, ages of Command of Services could be higher than those of arms, where COs are expected to move forward in the combat zone, where their physical efficiency becomes relevant,” the Army has said.The Army also says that a number of Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks from Combat Support Arms and logistic units are posted on tenure basis in infantry units dealing with counter insurgency and counter terrorism in a bid to boost the strength essential in “Line of Control, Low Intensity Conflict, Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist environment”.“This also provides much necessary operational experience to these Officers, JCOs and Other Ranks,” the Army has stated adding that performance of personnel from Services has been “noteworthy”.Army sources say that around 20 years back, the career progression of personnel working in Services was far better than those working in Combat Arms and that the cream of the personnel used to opt to Services and not Combat Arms.“This had led to a situation where it became difficult to keep the motivational levels high for infantry personnel who are supposed to go to the battle zone and take bullets for you,” a source explained. “It was then that the system realized that the handle of the axe had got converted to iron while the bladed head had become of wood. A force needs to keep the sharpness of the weapon intact. That’s why policies were made to ensure that personnel who were fighting the country’s battles continue to be motivated,” the source added.The Army maintains that in correcting an earlier anomalous situation, some new issues may have got created but Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat has already said that he would “consider all arms and services at par and they would get their dues that they deserve”. The Army has also assured of all necessary corrections to put to rest all anguish amongst some personnel regarding discrimination in their status.

President appoints commission to examine sub categorisation of OBCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday appointed a committee to examine the sub-categorisation of other backward classes (OBCs).This was, according to a release, to reinforce the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary.The Government of India in its efforts to achieve a greater social justice and inclusion for all, said that sub categorisation of the OBCs will ensure that the more backward among the OBC communities can also access the benefits of reservation for educational institutions and government jobs.The Commission will be headed by Retired Justice G Rohini and will comprise four other members.The committee will have three main roles. Firstly, it will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of Other Backward Classes with reference to such classes included in the Central List.Secondly, the committee will work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such Other Backward Classes.Finally, the committee will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes or communities or sub-castes or synonyms in the Central List of Other Backward Classes and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.The Commission is required to present their Report to the President within a period of 12 weeks of assumption of charge by the Chairperson of the Commission.On receipt of the Report of the Commission, the Central Government will consider ways and means for equitable distribution of the benefits of the reservation in Central Government jobs and admission in Central Government Institutions amongst all strata of the Other Backward Classes.

Durga Puja: Gold sari and Big Ben wow Kolkata crowds

Replicas of London structures and a sari made out of pure gold are highlights of a Hindu festival.

Shakti Mills former convict arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A juvenile convicted in the Shakti Mills rape case, who is now an adult and stands accused of extortion and attempted murder in Agripada along with four other accused, was arrested by NM Joshi Marg police on Saturday.The accused had barged into the offices of two brothers, demanding Rs 50,000 as protection fee.As the brothers ignored them, the accused allegedly assaulted and stabbed one of them. The other accused have also been arrested by the Agripada police.

Creamy layer income cap for OBCs raised to Rs 8 lakh per annum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘creamy layer’ ceiling for OBC reservation has been raised to Rs 8 lakh from the existing Rs 6 lakh per year, according to an official order issued today.This means that children of persons having a gross annual income of Rs 8 lakh or above for a period of three consecutive years would fall under the creamy layer category and would not be entitled to the benefit of reservation available to Other Backward Classes. “It has now been decided to raise the income limit from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh per annum for determining the creamy layer among the Other Backward Classes,” the order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.In 1993, the limit was kept at Rs 1 lakh. It was raised thrice — to Rs 2.5 lakh in 2004, Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008 and Rs 6 lakh in 2013. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on August 23 announced that the Union Cabinet had been formally apprised of the decision to increase the limit for central government jobs. He had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted in Assam that the bar defining creamy layer would be raised. The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry had proposed that OBC families which earn more than Rs 8 lakh per year should be under the creamy layer category.”These measures are part of the government’s efforts to ensure greater social justice and inclusion for members of the Other Backward Classes,” an official release issued recently said. The government has already introduced in Parliament a bill to provide Constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes. It has also decided to set up a commission, under Section 340 of the Constitution, to sub-categorise the OBCs so that the more “under-privileged” among them can avail the benefit of reservation for government jobs and seats in educational institutions.

School director Ryan Pinto should be behind bars, says mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sitting on a wooden diwan surrounded by all her relatives, the anger of Jyoti Thakur — whose seven-year-old child was brutally murdered inside the school — can be felt in her tone. She did not drop a tear and controlled her emotions but made sure she made her point heard.”The Director (Ryan) Pinto should be behind the bars else he will eat up the future of all the children. This nation will be left without the future (kids),” said Jyoti. According to the parents, the principal, director and the teachers must be punished for the lapse on their part. Other parents who had come to their residence to pay condolences also echoed the same message against the school management.”For Pinto it is a money minting business and nothing else. The children are also scared to go to the school,” said the parent of a Class 6 girl.Located on the outskirts of Gurugram, the Ryan International School has no boundary wall on one side for the last few months. Close to the broken wall is a operational wine and beer shop. With only four security guards, and a liquor shop, the locals allege that the stretch between the two is unsafe.”Drunk drivers and conductors are often seen sitting on the roads and playing cards. How can a road close to a school be so unsafe? Why there was no police vigil so far,” said a angry parent.Parents protesting outside the school alleged that the employees have been using the washroom for the kids for quite a long time. “As I spoke to my child, he told me that these conductors, sweepers and driver have always been using the same washroom where these kids also go. How can this be possible? Why did no one keep a check on it earlier,” said Aditi Singh, another parent.

Man hangs himself after killing kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old man allegedly committed suicide after he bludgeoned to death his 11-year-old child to death and then strangulated his wife after stabbing her multiple times at their residence in West Delhi’s Nihal Vihar area on Tuesday morning. Police said, the couple’s elder son, 22 was not home at the time.The incident that took place during the early hours on Tuesday, has left the neighbourhood in a state of shock.The tragedy was discovered by the eldest son who returned home at 5 am on Tuesday. “He saw the bodies, rushed out of the house and returned with help. However, by the time he returned, Vinod Punia, the owner of the house was found hanging from a ceiling fan on the second floor. Beside him, lying in a pool of blood was his wife Sujata (42) and their youngest son Prince. Police was called and the bodies were shifted to a hospital for post mortem examination,” said a senior police officer.Initial reports suggested while Prince was bludgeoned using a baseball bat, his mother Sujata was first stabbed multiple times and then strangled to ensure she was dead. Police are now questioning the family friends, relatives, neighbours and the family’s eldest son to know why Vinod took such a brutal step.”The killings have been executed in a brutal manner. All the possible angles are being looked at. Primary investigations have revealed that the family was under financial crunch. Both husband and wife also were financiers and had apparently undergone a severe financial loss recently.”Family and friends are being questioned. Police are also trying to know why Vinod took to such brutal methods of ending his wife and son’s life. It has also come to police’s knowledge that the couple was depressed,” said the officer.Police are also checking the family members’ mobile phones, computers and bank records to ascertain financial losses. A crime and forensics team has also visited the spot and the house to collect evidence. The statement of the eldest son has been recorded and a case has been registered, police said.MONEY PROBLEMSPolice will be checking the family members’ mobile phones, computers and bank records to ascertain financial losses.
Other family members friends, and neighbours are going to be questioned to help understand Vinod Punia took such a brutal step.

Adityanath deems raising OBC creamy layer bar as a welcome move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath deemed the efforts of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central Government as a welcome move after it raised the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for central government jobs and also for setting up of a Commission to examine sub-categorisation of the OBCs. ?We are thankful to the Prime Minister and the Central Government for further categorising the OBC and other castes as some of them weren?t able to avail the policies of reservations earlier,? he said, while speaking to ANI. He also lauded the decision of the government to increase the ceiling of the creamy layer by Rs. 2 lakh. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday increased the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs. 8 lakh per annum from the existing six lakh for central government jobs. The cabinet also announced setting up of a commission to examine sub-categorisation within the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for a “more equitable distribution of reservation benefits”. The Commission will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes, sub-castes, communities and synonyms in the central list of the OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories. The Commission will submit its report within 12 weeks from the date of appointment of the chairperson. Briefing the media in New Delhi yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the decision is based on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The ‘creamy layer’ is a ceiling which bars members of the Other Backward Classes from availing reservations in employment. Presently, if an OBC family’s income is up to Rs. 6 lakh then it is entitled for 27 per cent reservation in government jobs and seats in educational institutes. There had been three revisions of the creamy layer bar which was fixed at Rs. 1 lakh in 1993 and hiked to Rs. 2.5 lakh in 2004 and Rs. 4.5 lakh in 2008. The present ceiling of Rs. 6 lakh came into being in 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GFSU to soon venture into humanitarian forensics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) is hoping to add a humanitarian dimension to forensics in the country to help disaster-hit people by launching a dedicated course on Humanitarian Forensics. The discipline involves taking blood samples of survivors of a calamity, matching it with the body so it can be handed over to the kin for last rites, the institute said.Talking in detail about the course, to be launched in association with the International Committee for Red Cross, CD Jadeja, Registrar at GFSU, said, “In any event that involves mass casualties, kin of victims often live with trauma all life, mostly because they are not able to see the body of their family members, when ideally they should have a say in the disposition of their remains. Humanitarian forensics deals in this area.”Other than mass post-mortems, humanitarian forensics also involves counselling of distressed patients who find it difficult to overcome bereavement. “We will also be roping in counsellors and psychologists to help us strengthen this course and make our students understand how to deal with such situations.”The course will chiefly include designing sensitisation programmes, how best to locate, recover and preserve bodies in a certain condition, designing special vehicle models for their transportation and portable mortuaries.

Amit Shah lauds Modi Govt for raising OBC creamy layer bar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah lauded the Centre for raising the creamy layer income limit for the Other backward Classes (OBCs) for central government jobs and said the marginalised sections of the society will get the benefit of reservation and other schemes. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday increased the creamy layer ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to eight lakh rupees per annum from the existing six lakh for central government jobs. Welcoming the decision of the Union Government, the BJP chief said in a statement that the move which would benefit a large section of the backward society is evidence of his party?s commitment to the overall development. ?The decision of the Modi government shows the BJP?s and its government?s sensitivity and commitment to the holistic development of backwards and different social classes,? he said. Dubbing the decision as ?just?, Shah said that this provision will give priority to the OBCs which require more reservation and other facilities due to economic backwardness. Shah also took a dig at the Congress and said, ?The Modi government has taken historic step by giving constitutional status to the Other Backward Classes Commission under these initiatives, but due to the grand old party, a constitutional amendment related to it could not be done.? He further expressed confidence that the government would get it passed in Parliament soon. “I am confident that the Modi government will soon pass this law in Parliament and give it a constitutional status to the Other Backward Classes Commission for the development of the backward class.” he said. Besides raising the creamy layer bar, the Cabinet on Wednesday also announced setting up of a commission to examine sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for a “more equitable distribution of reservation benefits”. The Commission will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes, sub-castes, communities and synonyms in the Central list of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories. The Commission will submit its report within 12 weeks from the date of appointment of Chairperson.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shivraj Chouhan hails hike in OBC creamy layer cap as ‘just’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lauding the Centre?s move to raise the income limit defining “creamy layer” for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation by Rs 2 lakh per annum, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday said that justice has been done after years. ?I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government as justice has been done to backward caste after years. Because of Rs six lakh limit, a big section amongst the backward class was deprived of getting the benefits in the educational institution and government jobs. This move will benefit them,? Chouhan told ANI. He noted that the extreme backward classes will be sub-classified naturally and that the Commission will submit its recommendations in 12 weeks. ?After independence, in Prime Minister Modi?s Government, unprecedented steps are taken to give justice to backward classes,? Chouhan asserted. The income limit defining “creamy layer” for the OBC reservation has been raised by Rs two lakh per annum even as the Union cabinet today approved setting up of a panel for sub-categorisation within the other backward classes for even distribution of reservation benefits. The government also ruled out having a relook at the present reservation system. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the reporters here that the Union Cabinet was today formally apprised of the decision to hike the limit for central government jobs. He said that Prime Minister Modi had recently hinted in Assam that the bar defining creamy layer would be raised and the procedure of formally informing the cabinet about the decision was completed today. The ministry of social justice and empowerment had proposed that the OBC families which earn more than Rs. eight lakh per year should be classified as ?creamy layer?, the ceiling which bars members of the other backward classes from availing reservations in employment. There had been three revisions of the creamy layer bar. It was fixed at Rs one lakh in 1993 and hiked to Rs 2.5 lakh in 2004 and Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008. The present ceiling of Rs six lakh came into being in 2013. Jaitley also announced the decision of the cabinet to set up a commission to work out sub-categorisation within other backward classes for a ?more equitable distribution of reservation benefits amongst the OBCs.” He said that 11 states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Karnataka, Haryana, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jammu region only of Jammu and Kashmir have already carried out sub-categorisation of OBCs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Triple talaq verdict: P Chidambaram says two other existing ‘talaq’ a challenge to gender justice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said even though the instantaneous divorce has gone, two other types of ‘talaq’ continue to exist and these are challenge to gender justice and gender equality.”Greater clarity today. Only instant triple talaq is illegal. Other two kinds are also a challenge to gender justice and gender equality,” he said in a tweet.The former Union home minister said ‘triple talaq’ was a distortion of original Quranic legal principles and it was good that it has been declared unconstitutional by the apex court.”Majority judgment is a resounding affirmation of gender justice and of equality of spouses,” he said in another tweet.In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down the ‘talaq-e-biddat’ (triple talaq or instantaneous divorce) among Muslims.However, the court did not touch on the two other method of divorce – ‘talaq ahsan’ (single pronouncement followed by abstinence) and ‘talaq hasan’ (three pronouncements; 1 each in 3 successive months)

Union cabinet raises ‘creamy layer’ income cap among OBCs to Rs 8 lakh per annum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union cabinet on Wednesday increased the ‘creamy layer’ ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here.Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union cabinet, he said those in the OBC category earning up to Rs 8 lakh per annum would now get the reservation benefits.Responding to a question, Jaitley said a proposal to extend the decision to public sector undertakings was under “active consideration” of the government.The government on Wednesday also approved setting up of a commission to examine the sub categorisation of backward communities in the central list to ensure that the benefits extended to OBCs reach all the communities, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said.Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union cabinet, the minister said as many as 11 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, West Bengal and the Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir already have such categorisation in state government jobs.There is no sub categorisation in the central list. The proposed commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste and communities, including the broad categories of OBCs included in the central list.It will submit its report in 12 weeks from the day it is set up.

Hotel security head held for molestation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi police arrested a security manager of a five-star hotel in Delhi’s Aerocity after a CCTV footage from last month went viral on Friday, showing the man pulling a colleague’s saree and dragging her to him. While a Delhi court granted bail to the accused, the hotel allegedly fired the woman after she raised the issue. Hotel authorities could not be reached for comments despite efforts.DNA had first reported on August 5 that the 33-year-old woman had lodged a complaint with the police. When she objected to repeated advances, the man also tried to abduct and force her into his car, the complaint states. After the shocking footage looped on channels all day, the police lodged a case of sexual harassment and arrested the accused.The woman worked with the hotel near the Delhi airport as a general service administration employee. Media reports quoted her as saying that she had been fired for having taken up the issue with the HR. DNA could not independently verify the reported action as there was no official confirmation of the same.”She said that when she was celebrating her birthday at the hotel in July, the accused called her to the CCTV room where another employee was also present. She alleged that as the other employee went out, the security manager tried to establish ‘physical contact’ with her,” a police officer said.She is seen in the video clutching her saree tightly while speaking to him. She managed to keep him away after a brief tussle. “When she resisted, He threatened her. She, however, got a chance and escaped when the other employee returned,” the officer said.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said, “Other employees and colleagues of the woman and the accused have also been approached for more details. The case is being probed on priority”.

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

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

Bengal civic polls: Over 77% voting amid stray violence, opposition cries foul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stray incidents of violence marked the election process at seven municipal bodies of West Bengal. Civic bodies at Durgapur Municipal Corporation and municipalities of Buniadpur (South Dinajpur), Naihati (Birbhum), Dhupguri (Jalpaiguri), Cooper’s Camp (Nadia), Haldia and Panskura (East Midnapore) went to polls on Sunday. Other than these, municipal bye election also took place at ward number 12 of Champdani Municipality and ward number 7 of Jhargram Municipality.Durgapur remained at the top of the list in terms of violence. It has been alleged that BJP-led anti-social elements attempted to capture booths at wards 13 and 34. They damaged several polling stations. RAF was pressed into action along with police to bring situation under control. Police resorted to lathi charges and unloaded few rounds in the air. An irate mob pelted stones at policemen and had allegedly looted a police rifle as well which was later recovered. One person has been arrested.Buniadpur:TMC leader and Zila Parishad chief Bishwanath Pahan and his men were allegedly involved in bogus voting at ward number 12. Area locals, along with BJP workers armed with bows and arrows tried to stop him. A clash followed among the two groups leaving at least 10 injured. Police also recovered a firearm. TMC leaders said none of their men were involved in any illegal voting.Dhupguri:At Dhupguri the main villain turned out to be rain. Voting could not be carried out in two of the 16 wards of Dhupguri owing to incessant rain which has caused a flood situation. Voting would be carried out there on August 16.Cooper’s Camp:One of the TMC agents at booth number 187 of ward number 1 was slapped by an independent candidate Supriya Halder. It was alleged that the TMC agent was not letting the family member of a visually impaired to help woman to help her cast her vote. After a brief altercation Halder’s husband was allegedly attacked by TMC agents and in reply Halder slapped one of them. It has also been alleged that a BJP agent of ward number 10 from Cooper’s Camp was abducted by TMC workers. TMC leaders, however, denied any involvement.HaldiaThe once CPIM strongman Lakshman Seth who had defected to BJP said that there had been no fair poll at Haldia and demanded a total repoll. “Residents of Haldia were not allowed to vote at all. About 5000 people had been brought in from Kanthi and Nandigram area who had looted booths. We demand a repoll at all the booths under the surveillance of Central force.State transport minister and resident of ward 29 of Haldia Municipality, Suvendu Adhikary said it was the usual habit of the Opposition to cry foul when they could not even appoint polling agents at all booths. “What else can they say if they don’t have enough organisational strength here?” he said.Naihati:A 14 year old was seen working at one of the polling booths at Naihati. He had been officially engaged through the SDO office to help poll agents and other officials with providing drinking water at booth number 19 of ward 8 of Naihati Municipality. It was found that the minor was a Class IX student of local Hariprasad High School. He said that he was engaged through his uncle who was an employee at the SDO office. Officials said they would look into the matter.Leaders of all major Opposition parties – Congress, CPIM and BJP – said that it was a farce in the name of election and demanded a repoll at most wards.State Election Commissioner AK Singh, however, said that the poll process was peaceful. “Other than at wards 13 and 34 of Durgapur, it has overall been peaceful. Two policemen have been hurt. At Panskura an EVM had been broken at booth number 45 where there will be a repoll. Other than that I will have to wait till all reports come in to decide where, if at all, there will be a repoll. The average poll percentage till 5 pm was 77.3 per cent,” Singh said at a press conference in the evening.The Congress demanded removal of State Election Commissioner (SEC) A K Singh and staged a sit-in outside the State Election Commission office here. “The SEC has completely failed to conduct the polls in a free-and-fair manner. This is not the first time this has happened, we had witnessed the same thing in the municipal election held in May. The TMC has turned the elections into a farce,” Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said.State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh demanded cancellation of the elections at Haldia, Panskura and Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC). “We demand that fresh elections are held after the deployment of central forces. We do not demand the SEC’s removal as that will not solve the matter as he is under the state government,” he told PTI. Denying that the ruling party was involved in the poll violence, state minister Aroop Biswas said, “Those who do not believe in democracy resorted to violence. The BJP resorted to violence and it was aided by the CPI(M) in it. As they were well aware that they would lose these elections, they resorted to violence and are now crying foul.”CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim told PTI, “We want the elections to be cancelled as the TMC had unleashed terror at all the places where polling was held.” Claiming that the elections had turned into a “farce”, he said, “Miscreants owing allegiance to the TMC have been terrorising everyone with guns, bombs and other weapons. Voters, candidates, election agents — no one has been spared.” Singh did not meet any of the political delegation which came to meet him at the SEC office in the evening. Other than Buniadpur which is a new civic body, all others were under TMC control so far.With PTI inputs

Three dead, two critical after landslide in Uttarakhand’s @ 8/13/2017 8:06:11 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Due to heavy rains, at least three people were killed and two critically injured in a landslide in Uttarakhand?s Pithoragarh on Sunday. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The details of the victims and injured are awaited. A family of five seemed to have been under the rubble of their own house. Earlier on August 5, the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway 58 was closed near Tota Ghati in Uttarakhand due to landslides. Torrential rains for the past few days have wreaked havoc in the state with reports of death every now and then. National Disaster Response Force teams have rushed to the area to evacuate those still trapped in under the debris. Other parts of Uttarakhand like Dehradun and Rishikesh also witnessed rains.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt staff ‘miffed’ over various pay cuts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government employees have been displaying dissatisfaction with more than half a dozen issues related to allowance and service issues. They are discontent with the salary deduction in grade pay of Rs2,800. Expressing their disappointment, these employees have informed that the previous Congress government had given them a stationery allowance of Rs250 per month.However, as the new government took over, this allowance was discontinued. This decision was given to subordinate and ministerial staff of all the departments. “The union government gave bonus along with arrears too, but in the state, the employees got only one year bonus,” said Tej Singh Rathore, general secretary of all Rajasthan State Government Employees Federation in conversation with DNA.The employees have also informed that the previous order of having a promotion quota of 8 per cent for the gazetted officers in higher super time cadre has been reduced to 3 per cent which is a disadvantage to the employees of this cadre. However, since this order will be effective from 2018, there is not much resistance against this. Another issue with the employees of nursing and ministerial services is that they had gotten into an agreement with the previous government to fill the posts vacant by promotion. The number of posts which were to be filled by promotion were said to be around 24,000 that time and after a review of the decision of the government, this number was reduced to 6,000 posts.Implementation of recommendations of seventh pay commission is the other factor bothering the employees. On Wednesday, a section of employees in Tonk were on ‘dharna’ demanding revised pay as per seventh pay commission. The government had extended the time limit for the second time of DC Samant committee formed to study the recommendation till August 18. Other issuesThe employees have also informed The issue with the employees of nursing and ministerial services is that they had gotten into an agreement with the previous government to fill the posts vacant by promotion. The number of posts which were to be filled by promotion were said to be around 24,000 that time and after a review of the decision, this number was reduced to 6,000 posts.

Five minor girls drown in a village pond in Darbhanga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five minor girls drowned in a pond today while four other minors were rescued by local people at Korthu of Bihar’s Darbhanga district. The incident occurred when the children had gone to take a bath in a village pond in the morning but the children slipped into deep waters and five of them met their watery grave while four others were rescued by local people, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Mohammad Shafique said. The bodies have been handed over to the relatives for cremation, he added. The other four minors, who were rescued by local people, have been admitted to Ghanshyampur primary health centre, SDO said and added that two of them have been released by the doctors after first aid. District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh has ordered for payment of Rs four lakh as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of those who drowned in the pond.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 900 CPI workers held for staging demos on various issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 900 CPI workers were arrested at 12 places in the district today for staging agitations seeking to solve farmers’ issues, including waiver of bank loans and withdrawal of all taxes on agricultural produce. The agitators also demanded withdrawal of GST on Small and Medium Industries, Powerloom sector and fireworks units and setting up of Lok Ayuktha in Tamil Nadu. Other demands include exemption to State from NEET and free education up to higher education level, police said. Those arrested included District party secretary, V S Sundaram, former MLA, M Arumugam and some 300 women, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman files case against ‘husband’ for assaulting her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman filed a case at Amguri police station in Sivasagar district against a person, who claimed himself to be her husband, for physically assaulting her. According to police officials, the lady filed the case yesterday and claimed that the person beat her up in public. On the other hand, the person claimed that his wife duped him of Rs 11 lakh and started living with another man. The police said that the couple had been living separately for the last one and a half years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Confusion reigns supreme at Delhi border checkpoints

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than eight hours before India was to keep its tryst with the “biggest tax reform since Independence”, at Kundli — the entry point for trucks bringing goods from Haryana to Delhi — there was absolute confusion over how the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime will be implemented.The new nationwide tax is meant to replace a mosaic of central and state levies and remove check posts at borders. But rumours and half-truths float around. Talk to truckers and owners of transport companies as well as tax officials, and the impression that one gets is that the ground work that should have been done to “educate” these people hasn’t happened so far.”It’s like a movie, which may be very good or very bad. But you have to watch it completely since the trailer leaves you completely in the dark. What is happening now is that we have the trailer of GST. It will be clear after a few days — if not weeks — whether the movie (GST) will be a hit or not,” says a senior official of a private logistics company at Kundli border. There is no octroi on goods being brought into Delhi, but there is an entry tax on commercial vehicles depending on size and classification, officials said. Toll collection on commercial vehicles by local bodies will continue as before, they said.But due to no or zero clarity on how the new tax system has to be implemented, transporters have neither taken new orders nor generated invoices (bills). They are being cautious and are trying to avoid losses.”I reached here from Guwahati on June 27. Neither have I received my payment nor have I been sent out anywhere,” said Bhagat Singh, a truck driver.Some have told their employees that it a three-day holiday with trucks stranded outside the offices of transporters.”The market is shut. We do not know what has to be done. Only the top hierarchy will tell us. Other transporters are confused like everyone else,” said another transporter from the area.But transporters do believe that the introduction of the new tax system would reduce the time taken for goods to reach a particular destination.Several states have been already removed check posts voluntarily. Others are likely to follow suit.

‘Complete all pending irrigation projects before next Kharif’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today directed officials to complete all the pending irrigation projects in Mahabubnagar district so that water can be supplied to 10 lakh acres of land by next Kharif season. “Complete all the pending projects in Palamuru and give top priority to these works. Last year we were able to give water to half of the Ayacut (area under cultivation). “By next Kharif, the entire Ayacut should get water. Other departments concerned should cooperate with the irrigation department. By next year 10 lakh acres should get water,” a release from his office quoted him as saying during a meeting with ministers and officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police issue advisory for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims amid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police today issued an advisory to the pilgrims of Amarnath yatra asking them to lodge only in authorised campuses and remain vigilant. The advisory comes on the heels of an intelligence report that militants are planning to target 100 policemen and as many pilgrims participating in the Amarnath Yatra. The terror threat has prompted the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures including satellite tracking system. “Reside only in authorised campus and lodgement centres,” the Jammu and Kashmir police said in its multi-point advisory. “If you see any suspicious person or thing or receive such information, don t panic. Keep vigil on it and inform police,” the advisory further read. Other instructions in the advisory were routine and included: due registration for the yatra, proper medical check-up and keeping medicine at hand in case of emergency etc. The 40-day long Amarnath yatra began today amid multi- tier security with more than 6,000 pilgrims paying obeisance at Amarnath on the first day. The second batch of 2,481 pilgrims, comprising 1,638 males, 663 females and 180 sages, left from Jammu in 66 vehicles for the twin base camps of the yatra.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Finance Ministry sets up ‘war room’ for GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has created a ‘war room’ to monitor GST (Goods and Service Tax) implementation process, a new indirect tax system which will roll out on Saturday. In North Block, the office building of Finance ministry has allotted a space named as ‘GST Feedback and Action Room’.GST is crucial, and the government wants smooth rollout on Saturday. War room will monitor and take immediate action on a complaint. Government officials have specially alerted to thwart any attempt of cartelization or disruption in the new tax regime.Equipped with multiple phone lines and computer systems and manned by tech-savvy youngsters, a “mini war room” has been set up in the Finance Ministry to deal with crises related to the implementation of GST or goods and services tax.Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna said that “The finance ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area”.War room is also ready for prompt action from tax evasion to technical confusion on rates to transportation related issues. War room responsibility is more crucial as the anti-profiteering body is still in the process of being.Under GST law, the producer must have to pass the added benefit of tax reduction. Businesses and their consultants have opposed it and said that it’s against the free market concept.GST law said, “Any reduction in rate of tax on any supply of goods or services or the benefit of input tax credit shall be passed on to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices”.Revenue secretary Dr Hasmukh Adhia had said that “We expect companies to cooperate. We hope we don’t have to use the weapon.”Other country experiences suggest that GST led inflationary pressures in an economy because producers have refused to pass added profit to consumers.One of the major objectives of GST is to make the tax incidence on consumers less by reducing compliance costs, removing cascading of taxes, increasing the tax base, reducing logistics costs and reducing the effective rates of taxes from the present level.Sumit Dutt Majumdar Former Chairman of CBEC said to dna that “The government wants these benefits to reach the consumers through these Anti- Profiteering Rules. On the other hand, its rampant application will create chaos and serious disruptions in business”.

Scuffle at pub in CP over clicking photos of woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two groups got into a scuffle at a pub in Connaught Place after members of one party accused the other of clicking pictures of a woman with them. Four people were detained as a preventive measure but later let off even as normal case was registered. The incident happened yesterday as six members of one group and 22 people of the other entered into a heated argument. One of them claimed that a member of the other group was taking pictures of his wife without permission, police said. The groups got into a scuffle and even after they left from there, their argument continued. One of them later informed the police and all of them were taken to Connaught Place police station. But no case was registered as no formal complaint was made by any of them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jats go Gurjar way, seek quota on tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurjars started it. Now, the Jats in Rajasthan have taken a leaf out of their book to read out to the government their right to reservation in government jobs.The Jat community of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts of Rajasthan went on an indefinite protest demanding reservation in the OBC category. Led by Congress leader Vishvendra Singh who also happens to the erstwhile king of Bharatpur, members of the Jat community, on Thursday evening, blocked the Alwar-Mathura rail line at Bahaj village in Deeg area of Bharatpur.They also blocked the Kumher-Bharatpur road near Kankoli area, while warning that all rail tracks, national and state highways passing through Bharatpur district would be blocked by Thursday night.The Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur have been demanding reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) for sometime now. Jats from remaining districts enjoy the benefits of reservation, but have no share in the quota pie in these two districts. The Rajasthan High Court had put an end to their reservation in 2015 and had ordered a survey to check their socio-economic status compared to other dominant castes in the districts. The Rajasthan Government came up with the OBC Commission in 2016 to carry out the survey, which submitted its report on Thursday.Highly placed sources in the government said that the contents of the report are positive and the Jats should get their dues. The agitating Jats, however, refused to call off their protest or postpone the stir even after the report was in and demanded that it be made public and reservation secured for the community. Till reports last came in some two thousand members of the community took control of the tracks in Bharatpur affecting the schedule of several trains and forcing diversion on others.Bharatpur district collector NK Gupta and police superintendent of police Anil Tak reached the tracks where the community has occupied the railway tracks and requested them to get off the tracks, but the Jats continued with their sit-in. The agitation is being led by Deeg MLA and senior Congress party leader Vishwendra Singh and the Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. The Samiti had earlier announced they would hold a chakka jam (roadblock) in Bharatpur from Friday June 23. But, in a surprise move they advanced their call by a day.Vishwendra Singh told DNA that the OBC commission may have submitted its report, but that does not serve their purpose. ”Senior and responsible ministers of the Rajasthan government should immediately issue a public statement and make the contents of the report public,” Singh told DNA. The Government should also take action on the report, he said.Singh’s arch rival and the man he defeated in last assembly polls, Digambar Singh, also came out in support of the community in the two districts. “The Jat community in these two districts deserve reservation. Their socio-economic status should be revealed in the report,” he told DNA.

Centre to award 6 Odisha dists for achievement in PMAY,Grameen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has selected Ganjam as one of the six districts in the state for the national award for significant achievement in completion of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Grameen – the rural housing scheme for 2016-17. Other districts which have been selected by the Union Rural Development Ministry for the prestigious award are Sambalpur, Bolangir, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Balasore, officials today said. The collectors of the districts will be felicitated in a ceremony held at New Delhi soon. Ganjam district collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary will attend the ceremony to receive the award, the officials said. As against the target of construction of 13,395 houses in rural areas under the PMAY (Grameen) during 2016-17, as many as 1,362 houses have been completed so far in the district, said Project Director, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Vijay Amrut Kulangee. The other houses are in different stages and are expected to be completed in next 2 to 3 months, he said. Out of the set target, the administration has sanctioned for construction of 13,123 houses in the district during the year, officials said. Significant achievements in the rural housing scheme is that, the administration has provided funds for other components like construction of toilets (Rs 12,000) under the Swachha Bharat Mission, drains (Rs 5,000), vermiculture (Rs 15,000) and wages of 95 days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Besides, an incentive of Rs 20,000 will also be provided by the state government to the beneficiary on successful completion of the house within four months of getting the work order. These benefits are provided to a beneficiary in addition to the cost of construction of the house fixed at Rs 1.30 lakh, said the PD, DRDA. “A beneficiary will get around Rs 2 lakh for construction of the house under PMAY (G), if he/she completes within four months,” he added. Ganjam, which stood second after Sambalpur in successful implementation of the PMAY (Grameen), had received the state level award for overall performances by the state government, recently. The Chief Minister had awarded a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to the district recently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No stay on trial court order in Pachauri’s suit: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today refrained from staying a trial court order to record evidence during the summer vacation in a Rs one-crore defamation case against activist Vrinda Grover and another woman by former TERI chief R K Pachauri. The high court initially told the lawyers for Grover and the other woman to ring up and request the local commissioner, appointed for recording the evidence, to accommodate them by re-scheduling the process slated to begin from June 19. After the lawyers said that the local commissioner could not be reached over the phone, Justice Sunil Gaur issued notice to Pachauri, three media houses and the Centre on Grover’s plea seeking their response by June 16. The high court said it will not pass any order without hearing the other side and did not grant a stay on the trial court’s decision. Advocate Anupam Srivastava, appearing for Grover, said his client was not opposed to recording of the evidence and that she only wanted it to be postponed to July. In the petition filed through Srivastava, Grover has said that the trial court has listed the matter for recording of evidence between June 19 to June 30 despite she and her counsel not being availability. In April 2016, few months after the charge sheet against him was filed in the alleged sexual harassment case lodged by an ex-colleague, Pachauri slapped a civil suit against Grover and the other woman for allegedly making defamatory statements against him outside the court room to the media in connection with the case. The other woman had also made similar accusations against him but after filing of the original complaint. He has sought damages of Rs one crore for “false and frivolous allegations” which, he argues, could prejudice his case. Pachauri has also made three media houses, as well as the information and broadcasting ministry, parties to the suit filed before a Patiala House court here and has sought a permanent injunction against any reporting on statements of the two women. He had on February 26 secured an order from a Saket court here making it mandatory that the media houses have to publish or telecast the coverage of the case with a title that “in any court the allegations have not been proved and they may not be correct”. The interim order had further said, “When such information is published in any page of a magazine or report then it should be in middle of the page in bold letters and it should be five times larger than the font in which the article is being published.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha CM ask collectors to act as agents of change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked district collectors to act as agents of change to improve public service delivery and governance by using ‘3Ts’ – teamwork, transparency and technology. “I expect all the collectors to act as agents of change for the betterment of the government’s public service delivery mechanism where people are at the centre of governance,” Patnaik said while inaugurating a 3-day collectors workshop here. “Encouraging team spirit, ensuring transparency and effectively using technology to provide last mile delivery of services to people shall be the focus of our administration,” the chief minister said. He also emphasised that collectors are at the cutting edge of delivery of all pro-people initiatives. Stating that feedback from people would also be obtained for improving service delivery, Patnaik said a web portal for collecting feedback from citizens has also been developed. Inputs from people would be received till June 30 and the outcome of this workshop coupled with constructive suggestions from citizens would be duly considered for improving our reach to the people, he said. Patnaik listed rural housing, water supply, paddy procurement, schemes related to farmers, facilities for students, municipal services, youth and skill development, implementation of the Forest Rights Act and welfare schemes for construction workers as the pro-people initiatives of the government. Other measures are public service delivery under the Odisha Right to Public Services Act and improvement of government hospitals and health services, he said. “I will be reviewing the performance of all the collectors regarding improvement in public service delivery through use of 3Ts on a regular basis,” the CM said. While giving suggestions the officials should look from the point of view of the people as to how their lives could be improved with government interventions, Patnaik said. “Today you wear two hats, you are the person who has expectations from the government and you are also the government from whom people have lot of expectations,” the chief minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 men try to steal motorbike by entering a police station, one

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An attempt by two men to steal a motorcycle by entering a police station in central Delhi’s Prasad Nagar were thwarted by patrolling policemen and one of them was arrested, a police official said today. The two accused had entered the police station yesterday to steal a motorcycle outside the malkhana (where all confiscated items are kept), police said. However, an alert policeman saw the duo and nabbed one of them while the other managed to escape, they said. Police are trying to arrest the other accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops confused about smoking law, pass buck to civic body

An RTI query filed by DNA has revealed that Juhu police, has not collected even a single penny by fining offenders smoking in public places till now and have said that the work of collecting fine from offenders is done by the Municipal Corporation. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost 9 years after the government of India had banned smoking in public places in Mumbai, its implementation in the city is still shrouded in confusion as the city police are unable to decide their role in enforcing the law and are passing the buck to civic body to enforce the law. An RTI query filed by DNA has revealed that Juhu police, has not collected even a single penny by fining offenders smoking in public places till now and have said that the work of collecting fine from offenders is done by the Municipal Corporation.DNA had filed an RTI application with Mumbai police seeking the details of fine imposed, cases registered and complaints received by the police for smoking in public places. As per the replies received by DNA till now, two police stations in Mumbai have taken action against the offenders by collecting the fine of Rs 200 and registering the cases against violators under The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003. However, the Juhu police have replied to the query saying, “the record of crime till 2013 is not available with them and in the period of 2015 to 2017, no action has been taken related to smoking in public places, adding that these cases action is taken by the Municipal Corporation.”

Indian Navy joins flood relief operations in Sri Lanka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has sent navy ships with rescue and relief material to Sri Lanka, where torrential rains and landslides have resulted in several deaths and massive devastation over the last two days. INS Kirch operating in South Bay of Bengal, has been diverted to Colombo in Sri Lanka to render immediate assistance in flood relief operations. According to reports, the ship will enter Colombo anytime soon. Additionally, INS Jalashwan shall sail out from Visakhapatnam today with HADR (Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief) stores which include victualling, clothing, medicines and water. The ship will also carry medical and diving teams along with Gemini crafts and helicopters to assist in relief operations at Colombo. She is likely to reach late morning or by noon tomorrow. On the other hand, INS Shardul with relief material medical and diving teams leaves Kochi at 7 AM. It will arrive in Colombo tonight. Other assets standing by at short notice to render assistance as required. Heavy rains in the southern and western parts of the country have destroyed hundreds of homes and cut off several roads. Landslides and floods killed at least 91 people in Sri Lanka on Friday, the Disaster Management Centre said. Nearly 50,000 people across 13 districts in the southern parts of the island were affected and about 8,000 of them had to be evacuated from Kalutara, a coastal city some 40 km south of Colombo, among the worst hit. Last May, Sri Lanka experienced severe floods in which at least a 100 people died.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kandla Port development: PM lays foundation stone for projects worth Rs 993 crores

Mon, 22 May 2017-07:05pm , Kandla (Guj) , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for half a dozen projects worth Rs 993 crore related to development of Kandla port and said good ports are essential for India’s progress.Sound infrastructure and efficiency are vital pillars of economic growth, he said. If the country has to progress, it must have good ports, Modi said. The projects for which foundation was laid include a convention centre named after Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.Modi also suggested that the Kandla Port Trust be named after BJP-RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for the uplift of all sections of the society. “Deendayal stood for the poor…(so this name change) will inspire us to work for the poor, suppressed section of the society,” he said. Other projects include two cargo berths, a road over bridge, deployment of two mobile harbour cranes and mechanisation of fertiliser handling facility at the port.


<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Gujjar community set to be included under the OBC category, Rajasthan Social Justice & Empowerment, Minority Affairs Minister Arun Chaturvedi on Saturday assured that the main motive of the Rajasthan government is to protect the jobs of the five castes in the state. ?Till Special Backward Class (SBC) law is not passed the five castes will be benefited under the Other Backward Caste (OBC) category,? Chaturvedi told ANI. He said that the government has already filed the SBC bill and that they are trying to pass the bill as soon as possible. The Rajasthan government on Saturday assured that Gujjars and four other castes will be included back in the fold of OBC category and gain the benefits of reservation. The Rajasthan High Court had earlier struck down the Special Backward Class Reservation Act, 2015 under which these castes were given reservation. The Rajasthan Social Justice and Empowerment Department today in a notice declared that five castes -? Banjara/Baldia/Labana, Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, Gujjar/Gurjar, Raika/Rebari and Gadaria (Gaadri) ? have again been re-included in the OCB list. These communities were initially included in the OBC list in 1994. A SBC law granted five percent quota in government jobs and educational institutions under the SBC category to four communities. Later this reservation ran into legal issues and the High Court put a stay on the reservation in 2009 stating that it was exceeded the legal ceiling of 50 per cent. The Rajasthan State Assembly in September 2015 passed another Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Bill to give 5 percent providing reservation to the five castes. After which the overall reservation in the state reached 54 percent. The High Court had to again scrap the Act last year, saying there were no extraordinary circumstances to allow the state?s overall reservation in government jobs and education institutes to go beyond the 50 per cent cap set by the Supreme Court. Ends KB/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Now, India’s online food ordering includes breakfast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every day around 9 am, as 32-year-old Vansh Kaushal, an IT professional gets dressed to reach office in time, a pleasantly smiling man rings her doorbell, and vanishes with the same speed with which he had appeared. But for Kaushal, this man is his “surrogate” mother for months now, feeding him the most important meal of the day —breakfast. From paranthas to sandwiches, he gets everything, including beverages, piping hot right at his doorstep, seven days a week.Kaushal belongs to a growing tribe of working professionals who are now ordering in breakfast, instead of giving it a miss due to frenzied mornings that defines their lives. The idea is not to jeopardise health by neglecting the first meal of the day, which is unfortunately the most readily available casualty when one is juggling a hectic lifestyle and long commuting hours. So Kaushal, and many like him, have turned to hyper-local, on-demand food ordering and delivery services.An analysis over the last three months by one such service reveals that the breakfast segment is witnessing a faster growth vis-à-vis other categories. Other insights found out by the analysis shows that women are 19 per cent more likely to order breakfast than men. Also, working professionals in the age group 25-34 are more likely to order breakfast online than the 18-24 year category. The average time to place an order is 9:20 am, and Monday and Tuesday witness the greatest surge in orders. Interestingly, the number of orders increases during weekends with 30 per cent more people getting breakfast home delivered.But even while seeking home delivery of this food, Delhiites stick to their roots. No English/Continental fare for them, for they are true Dilliwala, and would prefer their meal loaded with calories. The most popular choice is parantha, chhole bhature followed by dosa and pav bhaji.Talking to DNA, Srivats T S, vice-president, marketing, Swiggy shares, “Breakfast orders are picking up pace and the segment is posting strong growth numbers. Indians know the importance of breakfast but it is probable that their fast paced routine makes it cumbersome to prepare the morning meal. These trends indicate that people prefer to get their breakfast outsourced rather than skip it.”BREAKFAST IN DEMANDAn analysis reveals that working professionals in the age group 25-34 are more likely to order breakfast online
The average time to place an order is 9:20 am, and Monday and Tuesday witness the greatest surge in orders

India environment minister Anil Dave dies

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Anil Dave’s death is a “personal loss”.

Notorious gangster Bablu Dubey shot dead inside court premises @ 5/11/2017 2:58:08 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Notorious gangster Bablu Dubey on Thursday was shot dead by unidentified assailants inside the West Champaran?s Bettiah court premises here. Dubey was brought to the court to be produced in a case. Dubey who was involved in several cases of kidnapping and murder was attacked by two motorcycle-borne criminals. According to the reports, attackers pumped five bullets into Dubey?s body. The gangster died on the spot. Dubey was accused of killing 36 people in East and West Champaran districts of Bihar and was imprisoned in Bettiah jail. Other criminal charges like bank robbery, extortion and abduction were also lodged against him. He was reported to have formed the Bihar People’s Party (BPP), an underground outfit which is accused of murdering three dozen Indian nationals and collecting over Rs 100 million in ransom in India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Notorious gangster Bablu Dubey shot dead inside court premises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Notorious gangster Bablu Dubey on Thursday was shot dead by unidentified assailants inside the West Champaran?s Bettiah court premises here. Dubey was brought to the court to be produced in a case. Dubey who was involved in several cases of kidnapping and murder was attacked by two motorcycle-borne criminals. According to the reports, attackers pumped five bullets into Dubey?s body. The gangster died on the spot. Dubey was accused of killing 36 people in East and West Champaran districts of Bihar and was imprisoned in Bettiah jail. Other criminal charges like bank robbery, extortion and abduction were also lodged against him. He was reported to have formed the Bihar People’s Party (BPP), an underground outfit which is accused of murdering three dozen Indian nationals and collecting over Rs 100 million in ransom in India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t want confrontation with students, says police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid recurring incidents of clashes in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir police today said it does not want any confrontation with the students and was trying to counsel them as they are being instigated. “Our endeavour is to not have a confrontation of the students with the police. That is why you have seen that we have exercised maximum restraint in all such incidents (of student protests),” Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S J M Gillani told reporters here. “We did not take action near any of the colleges, but we will take a legal action wherever law and order is disrupted,” he said. “Our attempt is to counsel maximum students and their parents so that their career is not affected,” he added. A police raid on government degree college in Pulwama on April 15 had triggered protests by students in various other parts of Kashmir which continue to take place intermittently. Gillani said the student protests were under control to a large extent. “Except (for) stone-pelting at one or two places, the normal work in schools and colleges is going on. There is normal attendance in 95 per cent colleges and schools and day-to-day work in these institutes is going on,” he said. The IGP said the investigations into the stone-pelting in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district incident on May 6 has “revealed” that some students were being instigated by outside elements and a few were paid money or lured by other things to disrupt normal activities in the educational institutions. “When we probed this case, it came to the fore, as you also know, that attempts are being made to disrupt normal activities in colleges and schools at new places. So, we came to know that some students are being instigated by outside elements,” he added. “We have arrested some people and it has come to the fore that some students are being paid money or lured by other things in order to disrupt normal activities in schools,” he said. At the same time, he said he was not generalizing that students were being paid everywhere. “When I said that students were paid, it is specific to an incident that happened in Handwara. Other than that, I am not talking about wherever there is a law and order issue, the students were paid,” the police officer said. “But in addition to finding out that people were paid to indulge in a law and order situation, there is also a fact that there are people who are instigating them. It may not be for money but there are people who are instigating them to indulge in such incidents,” he said. He appealed to the parents to counsel their wards so that they do not indulge in disruption of normal academic activities. At many levels, the district administration is counseling such students and “we hope that in the coming days, normal academic activities in every college and every school will commence,” he said. The IGP said there have been 28 incidents of students indulging in lawlessness where cases have been registered. “As of now, we are only counselling the students and their parents so that they do not indulge in such activities,” he said. Asked about action in the Pulwama incident, the police officer said the government has already ordered an inquiry. “Once the report comes, we will take whatever action is required,” he added. On weapon-snatching incidents, Gillani said militants have taken away 40 weapons from police personnel in the last year. This excludes the attack on police station in Damhal- Hanjipira in Kulgam district during last year’s unrest because that happened during a law and order situation, he said. “Some of those have also been recovered,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

People of UP want pride in their state, mandate is for governance: Manoj Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How did you enter politics?As a student I was influenced by an ideology in life and the impact of Hindu University played a role.In the early days, who pushed you forward?There was no Godfather. Work, dedication, loyalty is the basis for moving forward in BJP.Those who worked honestly got the chance.When did Narendra Bhai see you?I was a member of the Working Committee I can not tell when he spotted me. We met in meetingsHow you rate Mr. Modi as a prime minister?He has awoken the aspirations in the country’ and won the trust of the people.What is the reason for the common man trusting Mr ModiThe poor man feels it’s their government and that the government is workig for them. Corruption has ended, and policies got momentum’Modi ji goes abroad, people shout slogans for him. What do you think?He is a global leader. He is the most popular leader in the world’What is special in Amit Shah compared to the earlier party president?Amit Shah takes every election seriously. He has a killing instinct. He has expanded the party where we were weakHow did the UP miracle happen?Public was angry with the mismanagement of SP’ ‘There was attraction for work done at the center’Is the mandate in UP for good governance or Hindutva?People of UP want to be proud of their state. Definitely Mandate is for Good Governance.People of UP hope that Ram temple will be built?We should try to find solutions in constitutional realmThe Supreme Court, has ordered trial against Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti (in Babri demolition case) … Any concern about this in the party?’I cannot give opinion on SC decision”Party will consider the decision of the court.Before you formed the government in UP, your name was discussed as CM. Do you regret?UP mandate does not belong to any person.This mandate is on Modi ji’s work, about . Amit Shah ji’s efficiency. Party thoughtfully took a decision on the CM. The media speculated about me.People are saying a sadhu has been made the chief minister?Yogi Ji is a 5 time MP from Gorakhpur. His political experience is not less than any.Yogi ji is considered a discovery in the discussion of the common man. How do you see this?In UP there propaganda in the name of work. Now the work has started, and has caught media’s attentionWhat will be the priority of Yogi Ji for the next 5 years?First Priority is to establish the rule of law. ‘Second Priority waiving off farmer loans. Third Priority Agricultural Insurance Scheme to benefit farmers.You tried very much for the development of Varanasi … do you see a road aheadVaranasi is the cultural capital of the country. A lot of work has been completed in 3 years. Road, health and electricity are working. It’s Eastern UP’s good fortune that Modiji is MP from here.Is there a big project in Ghazipur?Connectivity is essential for development of city or district. ‘There is good connectivity in Ghazipur and adjoining districts.Throughout the country you are considered as a most successful telecom minister2 lakh towers in 9 months.People can take information of radiation from the tower at home by depositing Rs 4 thousand rupees’ Fines against companies on radiation up to 10 lakhs People can take information from telecom companies on ‘bad service’Talking about the 5G spectrum?Technologies of 5G are in process. We will decide at the right time. Broadband connectivity plans to be taken to rural areas. 2.5 lakhs of Wi-Fi are being introduced in Hot-Spot Gram Panchayat.The other operators are frustrated about Geo, the free service has become very popular.When a new operator arrives, this situation is created due to rivalry. Fiber cable will be inserted in 1 lakh villages in 15 days. One lakh villages will be added to Broad Band in 3 months. Use of data has increased up to 60 percent. People shifted to data instead of voice. This is a sign of the increase in cash economyGovernment believed that Consumer Is the KingModi ji is responsible for ensuring 1 GB data in 20-25 rupees. Other telecom providers also do not have difficulty, we will see.How did the turnaround of BSNL happen?Government has paid attention to BSNL. We brought profits to BSNL and it will provide good services in future. Digital India campaign is moving forwardYou have done a lot of work in the railwayExpansion of the railway network is a major work of the Modi government. Railway invested Rs 10 lakh crore.

Drunk Nigerian woman fells off from roof of a building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old Nigerian woman fell from the third floor of a building in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area in the wee hours of today, police said. The woman, identified as Cope and a resident of Chattarpur enclave, allegedly entered the compound of Choice Apartments in Mehrauli, in an inebriated state, by forcibly pushing the guard at around 4.30 am. “She then went to the roof of the building, which is on the third floor and fell off. The entire incident was captured in the CCTV,” a senior police officer said. After she fell down, locals informed police and she was rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre where she is currently undergoing treatment. “Other details are awaited as she has suffered a fracture in her leg and is being operated upon. Statements of an eyewitness named Divyanshu and the guard Parmod have been recorded,” he added. It is also being probed if she fell down or she jumped off the building, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Yogi Govt. preparing strategy to strengthen OBC, SC categories

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Yogi Aditynath-led government is in the process of preparing two new categories for the state development, first to bring the neglected castes forward in the Other Backward Class (OBC) and Scheduled Caste (SC) category and second to forgive debt of Rs. one lakh to Hindu farmers. On four percent interest to the divas, the government will receive Rs.300 to Rs.500 on a loan for up to Rs. one lakh. To solve this problem, a solution day will be organised on the second Wednesday of every month. While in the OBC and SC section, these initiatives are being taken to bring justice to the neglected castes of the underdog and backward classes. Under this, a new category will be created in the Backward Class, where 27 per cent reservation will be for the backward classes, 18 per cent will be given for reservation. In the same way, Dalits will also form a new category of highly dalit class and 15 percent reservation will be given to them for 22 percent reservation. The state government is also preparing to get scholarship to all OBC students like SC-ST. Later in the day, Chief Minister Adityanath will meet Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Independent Dev Singh, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Public Works, Principal Secretary, Share and Mining and Principal Secretary in Annexe regarding the state development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government investment in the tobacco industry promotes use, says Sumitra Pednekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sumitra Pednekar lost her husband Satish Pednekar, who was Maharashtra’s former home and labour minister to oral cancer in 2011, and has questioned the government’s contrarian policy on tobacco. She has filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court seeking directions that public sector insurance companies cease investing in tobacco manufacturing companies. The 72-year-old talks to DNA on why the government needs to dissociate from the industry.Isn’t consuming tobacco is a personal choice? How can a government policy help in the matter?It’s a personal choice only if it doesn’t affect the family or people around you. It was not my personal choice or my daughters’, but we all suffered during my husband’s treatment, and later with his death. The government’s concern should be welfare of the people. It is obligated to formulate and effectuate a policy of explicitly distancing itself and its members from the tobacco industry. On one hand we have extensive tobacco control programmes like the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) and on the other, we have public insurance companies investing in the tobacco industry. This needs to change.How change in government’s polices to bring down tobacco usage?The government’s investment in the tobacco industry legitimises and promotes usage of tobacco. The whole country looks forward to the Union government for guidance and direction. Putting such distance will clearly establish that the said industry and its products are propagators of a grievous social harm. It has the power to inform and influence the choice that an individual makes.How effective do you think pictorial warnings and imposing taxes on tobacco products are in bringing down addiction?Tobacco is known to be 100 per cent carcinogenic. Pictures have a greater and immediate impact. Higher taxation helps, too. My father was a chain smoker. He was in the army and I remember him quitting the habit because he thought that higher taxes had made cigarettes unaffordable. Since the promulgation of the COTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act), our version of tobacco control laws, incidences of tobacco-deaths have perceptibly decelerated. Incremental additions to the taxation rates on tobacco products have also deterred new users.

Guj HC notice to Centre, state on plea against OBC list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat High Court today sought the stands of the Union and the state governments on a plea seeking cancellation of a 1994 official resolution which had inducted people of 39 castes into the OBC list. The plea by BJP corporator Ajmal Thakor of Visnagar Nagarpalika in Mehsana district also sought a fresh survey to identify other backward communities and create a new list of the Other Backward Class. The division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi issued notices to the Union and the state governments as well as the national and state OBC commissions on Thakor’s petition. Thakor in his plea filed through his counsel Rohit Patel contended that the inclusion of 39 castes in the OBC list was not based on any review or recommendation of the OBC panel and that it was against the Supreme Court’s 1993 order in Indra Sahwney case. In the Sahwney case, while directing periodic review of the list every ten years, the apex court had ordered that no caste be included without recommendation or review of the commission. The 1994 official resolution was made by the state government alone and was based on Parikshit Majmudar Commission’s recommendation of 1953 in the old state of Saurashtra, it said. The Thakor community (to which the petitioner belongs) being the largest community in the caste included in the list, is denied rightful opportunity under reservation due to faulty list, said the petition. The 1994 decision of the state government was motivated by the vote-bank politics and was not backed by any review or recommendation, it said. The petition sought the court’s direction to scrap the 1994 Government Resolution, to freeze the current jobs and admissions being given on the basis of the list and to have the OBC list reviewed by the commission. A similar plea was filed on January 19 this year by Prakash Patel who too has sought dismissal of the government’s 1994 GR and holding a fresh decadal review of the OBC list by the state OBC commission.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

C’garh to come out with biography of freedom fighters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chhattisgarh will be compiling a comprehensive biographical sketch of the freedom fighters from the state to make the youth aware of their sacrifices and contribution. The Chhattisgarh Other Backward Caste (OBC) Commission has taken up the initiative to compile and write comprehensive biography of freedom fighters from the state, Commission s secretary Siyaram Sahu said in statement today. The decision in this regard was taken recently during a workshop of litterateurs and intellectuals held at Abikapur (Sarguja district) with an aim to make the youth aware of contribution made by freedom fighters and to inculcate the feeling of patriotism, he said. Even after 70 years of Independence, a complete account of the life and activities of freedom fighters of the state was not available here, he said. For the purpose, the Commission has sought cooperation from different sections of the society. Initially, the Commission has contacted the families of two freedom fighters from Sarguja — Late TV Rao and Late Umend Singh Rawat for details regarding their life, he said. Their families have assured of providing each and every details.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCD polls: SP releases manifesto, 29 candidates in fray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party today released its party manifesto for the Delhi civic polls this month in which it has promised constitution of a municipal development board and regularisation of contractual employees. 29 candidates are in the fray for the polls due on April 23 and the party has lined up star campaigners for it. “Our party chief Akhilesh Yadav is tentatively scheduled to address a rally each in east, south and north Delhi on April 18-20. Other main campaigners would be canvassing ahead of him,” SP’s Delhi unit chief Usha Yadav said. The party said all its 29 candidates are fighting on ‘cycle’ symbol. SP had earlier targeted a big number of contestants. “We want to have candidates who are serious and understand our vision for Delhi. In 2012 MCD polls, we had fought on 104 seats and won three seats. This time we want to have a more focussed approach. “As per our manifesto, we will constitute a municipal development board to resolve various long-standing issues, including development of people residing in JJ colonies, solid waste management. “Also, there has been a perpetual issue of pending salary of sanitation workers. If we are voted to power, we will regularise contractual workers as well,” Delhi SP spokesperson R S Yadav said. The party has fielded 13 candidates for EDMC, 9 for SDMC and seven for NDMC. The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations in 2012. Out of the total 272 wards, NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64. The MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the last 10 years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Victim’s father turns hostile; POCSO court orders inquiry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special POCSO court acquitted a man of sodomising the 4-year-old son of his neighbour after the victim’s parents turned hostile, varying their deposition to the court from what they had told the police. Taking serious note of the parents turning hostile, the court has ordered action against the victim’s father. Special POCSO Judge H J Joshi acquitted the accused after the boy’s parents turned hostile but ordered criminal actions against the victim’s father for falsely implicating the accused. The court asked the registrar to lodge a criminal case against the boy’s father after public prosecutor Nilesh Lodha submitted to it that action should be taken against the parents for misusing the provisions of the POCSO Act which led to the jailing of accused Samshul Sheikh. The parents of the boy made contradictory statements which were different from what they had told the police, based on which an FIR was lodged against Sheikh at Vatva police station on July 28 last year. Other evidence like medical reports also did not directly support the parents claims that the victim’s neighbour Sheikh had taken the boy to his room and committed sodomy. An FIR was lodged against Sheikh under sections 377 (unnatural intercourse) and other provisions of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Eyes on 2019 Lok Sabha polls, top BJP leaders to visit West Bengal starting April 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s next target is to gain grounds in West Bengal and for that they intend to leave no stone unturned right, from the panchayat elections next year to the assembly elections in 2021.Led by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as many as 40 national leaders and ministers will be coming to the state, beginning April 6, to hold meetings at all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. In the first meeting, the BJP leaders will come out all guns blazing at the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the Narada sting operation issue.“Other than the PM, party national president and all the national leaders will come over. Each of the Central leaders would visit one of the Lok Sabha constituency of Bengal, talking about the Central welfare schemes on the one hand and the prevailing corrupt practices here on the other,” said Sayantan Basu, the party’s state secretary.The visit of the leaders is scheduled between April 6 and 14. BJP’s national executive meeting will take place in Delhi on April 15 and 16, where the party’s roadmap will be explained by Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah.Sources said that while Rajnath Singh will hold meetings in south Kolkata, Union textile minister Smriti Irani will address rallies in north Kolkata. One of the objectives of the visit is to boost the morale of the party workers for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“They will come over to motivate workers. We will try to establish ourselves as the major Opposition in the forthcoming Panchayat elections and later put up a tough fight in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. If all goes well we will pull off the 2021 Assembly elections successfully,” said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.Referring to the BJP leaders’ upcoming visit, state education minister Dr Partha Chatterjee, after a core committee meeting on Saturday, said, “Why 40? They can come in 400. People in Bengal have rested their trust in Mamata Banerjee and that will remain. These don’t bother us,” Dr Chatterjee said.

Mercury crosses 43 deg C mark, heatwave conditions in Odisha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mercury soared above 43 degrees Celsius mark in five Odisha towns today, with the IMD issuing heatwave warning in the state during next 48 hours. “Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail over in some parts of interior Odisha during the next 48 hours,” the MeT department said in a bulletin here this afternoon. It added that the hot weather will prevail till April 2. The western Odisha towns which recorded 43 degrees Celsius by afternoon were Bolangir (43.8), Titlagarh (43.8), Jharsuguda (43.4), Angul (43.1) and Sonepur (43). The mercury level reached 40 degrees Celsius in 13 different places across the state, IMD sources said. Bhubaneswar recorded 36.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 42.2 degrees Celsius in Sambalpur. Other hot places were Keonjhar (40), Sundergarh (42), Hirakud (42.6), Talcher (42.6) and Bhawanipatna (42.5). The IMD bulletin said the heat wave conditions prevailed over some parts of interior Odisha where the temperature was appreciably above normal. The weather was dry across the state and maximum and minimum temperatures observed no big change. The temperature was normal in coastal area, above normal over north Odisha, appreciably above normal over south interior Odisha, the MeT office said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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