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

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

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Vidya Balan: It has to be something like Ijaazat with Shah Rukh Khan
Here’s how “well-behaved” Shashi Kapoor was different from Raj Kapoor & Shammi Kapoor, writes Shobhaa De
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Manish Sisodia visits Nand Nagri, takes stock of delivery of services

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday visited the district magistrate’s office in Nand Nagri to take stock of delivery of services to the people and to take their feedback.Sisodia interacted with a large number of people standing in long queues at the office. The people were waiting to get their pending work done at the government office.”People are tired of paying money to touts, long queues and numerous visits to government offices for a single job,” he said while interacting with the residents.The residents told the deputy chief minister that they have to stand for long hours in the queues and have to visit the office time and again to get their job done; this makes them either spend a lot of time on visiting the office numerous times, or have to pay to the touts to get their job done fast.”There is no point having online services when we still have to visit these offices. Even the senior citizens who are unable to walk need to go to the offices. These services should be delivered at home,” said Rani Kumari, one of the residents.Discussing the scheme, Sisodia informed an elderly citizen about the Doorstep Delivery Scheme.”He was very happy to know about it and said that a huge sum of money is spent in commuting to government offices to get the job done. The scheme should be implemented so that we get the services at home,” said one of the officers present during the visit.After interacting with the people at the DM office, Sisodia said, “Delhi government had formed a scheme, ‘Doorstep Delivery of Services Scheme’, so that the residents of Delhi get their jobs done sitting at home. A resident will only be required to make a call on the helpline number and an executive will come and do all the paper work. The beneficiary resident will not be required to visit the government office which is called doorstep delivery.”

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Unable to pay EMI and rent, residents forced out of city

Rendered homeless after their relatively new building began crumbling, many residents of the now-demolished Gaurav Enclave Cooperative Housing Society in Mira Road East have been staying in temporary accommodation, waiting for the redevelopment to reach completion so they can shift into their new homes. In the meantime, the developer has allegedly stopped compensating them for transit accommodation, so they have to shell out EMIs as well as rent.Gaurav Enclave shot to infamy in 2013 after it developed cracks within 15 years of its construction. Nearly 233 residents of the building had to move out of their homes so it could be razed and redeveloped. Now, the builder who had originally raised the building, Ravi Group, is carrying out its redevelopment.The residents allege that exorbitant rents have forced them out of the metropolitan’s limits, to places like Vapi, which is in Gujarat. This has drastically affected their lives and livelihoods.Krishna Malani, a building resident who expected to have a new home after redevelopment, is one of them. “I stay in Vapi now. I don’t have a home. It’s been five years that we vacated the building and we are still waiting to return,” he said, adding that the developer has stopped paying him rent.D Gala, another tenant, claimed that while signing the redevelopment agreement, they were promised monthly recompense (rent) till the building came up.The builder had committed to delivering the project in three years’ time.”In case of a delay in the project, he was to pay us rent with a 10 per cent yearly increment. In spite of this agreement, the builder didn’t pay us rent on time. And now, he has stopped paying us rent altogether. It’s been almost five years since we moved out and the construction isn’t anywhere near completion,” Gala said.Some tenants have been ‘lucky’ to find alternate accommodation in Mira Road itself. “I vacated the building long back. I have found a home on rent in this suburb. But I am waiting to return to my house which I had purchased in 1997,” said Thomas, another resident.Another tenant who didn’t wish to be identified is looking forward to returning to his shop in the building. He said, “People are paying EMIs for their homes and also paying rent to stay for their current lodging. It is really a difficult time for all of us. We vacated the building in July 2013. For the last two years we have not received payments towards rent from the builder. The construction is taking place but at a snail’s pace.”Repeated attempts to contact Ketan Shah of Ravi Group were in vain. He didn’t reply to our messages, nor receive our calls.Tomorrow, we will take a look at the lives of people who left their old dilapidated buildings in the hope of returning to a new one. But they are biding their time till the construction comes up.

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Mumbai: Indian Railways flags off first AC local train, curious commuters throng station to get a glimpse

The first maiden run of AC local was witnessed by a huge crowd of curious commuters who had come to witness history being written in front of them. People hooted and whistled as the AC local arrived from Mahalaxmi car shed on to platform 8-9 of Borivali station on Monday.Many people were seen clicking pictures. There was a small function that was organised by the Western Railway at the station premises. People were seen buying tickets from the booking clerk for this AC rake. The train left sharp at 10.30 am from platform 8/9 of Borivali station in its maiden run for Churchgate. The train operated on the fast corridor between Borivali and Churchgate. The train which was packed with media personnel’s, commuters and Western railway officials and reached its destination at 11.15 am. Also readThis is how much travelling from Mumbai’s first AC local train will cost you monthlyDNA travelled in the AC locals maiden journey and spoke to commuters who were thrilled to travel on the first journey. P Jain resident of Borivali was excited to be on board the AC train. “The AC local train will be a boon for passengers. The fares are priced properly if you see private cab aggregators hefty fares. AC local train will be a good alternative”.Also readSpoiler alert: 50 things can go wrong with the first AC local in MumbaiGuardian minister Vinod Tawde also took the ride till Churchgate. It reached Churchgate at 11.15am after which it left for Borivali again as 11.21 am fast local.

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Month on, Connaught Place molester roams free

Almost a month after a 32-year-old professor was molested in Connaught Place, the heart of the national Capital, the Delhi Police have failed to get any major breakthrough, though a sketch of the accused has also been made with the help of the victim. The police, however, maintain that a dedicated team is working on the case.The woman was molested on the terrace of her office building on November 30. A man groped her, unzipped his pants, and masturbated in front of her while she was taking a break from work. The accused also snatched her phone before fleeing from the location. DNA was the first to report the incident.Four days after the incident, the police got a sketch of the accused made, which was then circulated. The accused, however, still remains at large and has not been identified till now.Investigating officers said the accused was not known to the victim. He was wearing spectacles at the time of the incident. The police officers scanned the CCTV footage from the entire area. A list of people, including courier staff, regular visitors, food delivery men, cleaning staff, and other people who would often visit the building has also been made. So far, nearly 100 people have been verified through the sketch.”We have made a list of people who come to the building. It is a time taking procedure but our teams are working on it. We have put up the sketch at several places and are hopeful of nabbing the accused soon,” said BK Singh, DCP, New Delhi.

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BJP will see a pan-India win over Congress in 2019, says Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, the minister in-charge for BJP for Karnataka is on a three day visit the state from December 23. Before he left the national capital, DNA speaks to him about his views on Gujarat polls, its impact on other elections and BJP’s position in election year 2018 vis a vis that of Congress.2018 BJP faces elections in many states where it has been in power for long time. How do you see anti-incumbency playing out there.We will win hands down in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan but before that along with Karnataka, three North Eastern states- Tripura, Meghalya and Mizoram will go to polls and we will do wonderful in all these three states also. So by 2019, we will have 22 plus states with us. Out of four states, we will win at least three or even all four we can win. We will retain Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. So by 2019, it will be a pan India BJP hurting Congress.Is the defection of Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Congress leader from Assam to BJP two years back is a big boost for BJP in North East?Congress is not serious to retain their folks and good people. People are coming to us and in our party, we give good roles. In Manipur, N Biren Singh (current BJP Chief Minister) was a senior Congress minister, was the right hand of Ibobi Singh (then Chief Minister) but anybody can see the changed Birender Singh now aftern he joined BJP. So people change completely when join BJP. The way he has united Nagas, Kukis and Maitis altogether in keeping peace in the state is really a very difficult task that he has completed..Tripura is a Left bastion. In another Left-ruled state Kerala, BJP has tried hard to expand but not with much success. What is your hope in Tripura?In Tripura, there is a mass upsurge against the Communist government. Besides people from both Trinamool Congress and Congress are leaving their parties and joining the BJP. So it will be a fight between Left and the BJP the Communists. We will give a surprise there. We will win Tripura also.You are the Minister in-charge of BJP for Karnataka. What BJP’s hopes this time in Karnataka, which it lost to Congress in 2013.BJP is 100 percent going to win in Karnataka this time. Last time we lost not for any other fault but because we were a fractured party. Our party had got divided into three factions. Now everybody is together. Everybody has learnt the lesson. Congress has, in last five years, given anti people governance, bad governance. They have made Bengaluru city a pot-holed city, a garbage city. And therefore people are angry, the farmers, the youth are angry.They (the state government) have allowed terrorism. Law and Order is so bad that day in a day out Hindu activists are being killed by terror outfits and Karnatka government has not nabbed even a single accused. They have failed miserably. So People are angry and we are going to win. People will give us decisive mandate.BJP has not done so well in rural areas in Gujarat polls. Will Gujarat rural divide will also be seen in Karnataka, where there are 150 rural seats.In Karnataka, people will unitedly vote for us because the rural support was always with us there and in Lok Sabha Bengaluru city and other cities voted us. This time urban areas are also voting for BJP because they have suffered heavily at the hands of Congress. Gujarat was a different ball game. It was not rural- urban issue. It was the worst kind of politics done by Congress, which was piggybacking on Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani. They tried to divide the society. Here also in Karnataka, they are trying to divide the society on caste and other lines. But I am very happy that Karnaktaka is standing united and they will defeat this divide politics. They (Congress) want to divide and rule, we want to unite and make Karnatka progress. That is what is our slogan.In Gujarat we were fighting for sixth term. After winning five terms consecutively, winning the sixth term is a rare feat no other party could achieve. Congress has never been able to do it anywhere. And therefore we will win this time.How do you see the corruption issue panning out in Karnataka with B S Yeddyurappa as your prime face vis a vis corruption charges against him in past?Corruption (under Siddaramaiah government) and the death of various honest officials and their testimonials is the real issue. Congress is looting the sate Left, Right and Centre. People remember B S Yeddyruappa’s government as a good governance model and so those bogus charges do not stick to BJP.In Karnataka, Yeddyurappa is considered a strong Lingayat face. What about other communities like Vokaligga.He is strong Karnataka leader and he is loved by all communities. All are coming together. First time you will see people are not voting their caste but casting their vote in Karnataka for development.2G case verdict has enthused Congress. How do you assess its impact electorally?What has happened in 2G. Licenses got cancelled because it was a clear case of corruption. The Supreme Court judgement (that had cancelled 122 2G spectrum licences in 2012) is important. What this CBI court has done, they are going to challenge. So let us wait for future. But the issue is very simple. In 2G, Congress did corruption. There was a bad policy. And therefore our stand was vindicated when the licenses were cancelled. And when we auctioned, we exactly received 1lakh 76 thousand crore rupees in auctions.So the BJP will continue to target Congress on corruption in Karnataka even after 2G verdict.Yes: Absolutely.There has been internal dissension in BJP state unit. BS Yeddyruappa versus others particularly with K S Ishwarappa.There were different opinions but we listened to everybody and chalked out a common strategy and therefore now there is now a united BJP team and there is no issue now.Why did BJP declare Yeddyurappa the CM face in Karnatka so much in advance. In many states did not declare CM face at all while in some like Himachal declared it at the last moment.It’s a strategy not a policy issue. Every state election is a different election. So every state will have a different strategy. And therefore here, we have already made it very clear that Yeddyurappa ji will be CM.Will the BJP declare CM faces in other states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well?Election in those states fall in December, which is one year away. So Let us talk about these four states that are going to polls now. So like in Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, whether we will have alliances or whether we will declare CM face is a state specific strategy issue and that will define our targets.Since Congress has also declared that incumbent Chief Minister Siddharmaiah is the party face, do you see it as a clash of personalities in Karnataka?It’s not a fight just between two personalities. It’s a fight between personalities, parties and principles. And on all these three, principles, personalities and parties, we are much ahead of Congress.Anything that you want to say on your own.The politics of Modi ji has won the hearts of people. It’s politics of development. He is responding to the aspirations of the poor class—like good health service, good houses, good education. Now the poor class are also aspirational class and they are voting for Modi ji. That is our most treasured trove. The plan of the poor, which was with the Congress has already shifted to Modi ji after demonetization, Mudra Yojana, Ujjawala gas and many other schemes that are directly benefitting the people,Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the BJP has a foundation of lies and Modi vision got exposed in Gujarat. Your Take?This narrative of one liner scripted by somebody else does not work in the long term. BJP has proved and Modi ji has provided a good governance. We have brought a change in the society at many levels and therefore the people are with us.What is BJP’s over-all plank in these state polls.Over all plank is development. Overall plank is new India. That is what we are aiming at.There have been accusations by the Opposition and in the run up polls, BJP goes all out for polarization. What do you say?We donot believe in polarization. The only plank is development, growth and prosperity for all sections of society.

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RK Nagar bypoll: Embarrassed AIADMK alleges ‘tacit understanding’ between Dhinakaran and DMK

The ruling AIADMK today alleged there was a ‘tacit understanding’ between TTV Dhinakaran and the opposition DMK to defeat it in the RK Nagar bypoll, where the sidelined party leader emerged victorious.The party is also likely to brainstorm on today’s defeat at a meeting in Chennai on Monday. Party coordinator O Panneerselvam and co-coordinator K Palaniswami said DMK, their party’s archrival, faced its “worst defeat” in an election to any Assembly segment in Tamil Nadu so far. The DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh finished third in the bypoll by garnering 24,651 votes, in the process losing deposit.”The result of the RK Nagar bypoll is an outcome of the tacit understanding between DMK Working President MK Stalin and Dhinakaran,” Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said in a joint statement tonight. It showed how Stalin and Dhinakaran planned to defame party founder, the late MG Ramachandran and late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by joining hands to “defeat Two leaves,” the AIADMK’s symbol, they said. “People are amazed how DMK is pushed to a situation where it could not even get the primary votes it has in RK Nagar. At the same time, they are questioning how DMK can enter into a conspiracy with Dhinakaran to defame Amma,” they added.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: 4 big takeaways from TTV Dhinakaran’s stunning win Stalin had entered into such a “tacit understanding” unmindful of his party’s performance as his sole intention was to target the AIADMK government, they alleged. Taking a swipe at Dhinakaran, the two leaders said he had earlier been dismissed by Jayalalithaa along with other relatives of her confidante VK Sasikala. They also accused him of “betraying” Jayalalithaa even after her death by allegedly joining hands with DMK. They cited Dhinakaran’s response to the acquittal of DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja, in the 2G spectrum allocation case on December 21, that he was happy for them as they hailed from Tamil Nadu.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals “The election outcome shows he (Dhinakaran) received DMK votes as a reward for this. Realising he cannot take on AIADMK and Two Leaves directly, Stalin has diverted his party votes to Dhinakaran,” they charged and accused the DMK leader of “betraying” his party. The two AIADMK leaders also levelled allegations of money distribution against Dhinakaran. They said Dhinakaran’s victory cannot be accepted as the “thought process” of the people of entire Tamil Nadu. The win achieved by “conspiracy” by Stalin and Dhinakaran will not affect AIADMK nor was it a setback, they said.They vowed to take forward the “Amma rule” and deliver welfare and commit to upholding Jayalalithaa’s fame. Dhinakaran today won the prestigious RK Nagar Assembly bypoll by a thumping margin of over 40,000 votes.

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Two-fold jump in NRIs registering as voters: Govt & EC data

The number of NRIs registering themselves as ‘overseas electors’ has seen a two-fold jump in the last three years, latest government and EC data show.The figure, however, is far too less when compared to the number of Indians living abroad and entitled to vote here. The issue of voting by NRIs in Indian elections is being debated again with the government moving a bill in the Lok Sabha to extend proxy voting rights to them on the lines of service voters. The bill says the necessary provision of coming to India to cast ballot caused “hardship” to overseas electors.As of now, non-resident Indians–essentially people living or working abroad who have not given up their Indian citizenship–can cast their vote in the constituencies they are registered in. This means that they first have to register themselves as voters and then take a long flight to India be present on election day. The hesitation to spend money and make travel plans to vote in India is reflected in the data available with the Election Commission and the government on ‘overseas electors’.As on May 2012, there were 1,003,7761 NRIs, according to the report of the multi-agency ‘committee for exploring feasibility of alternative options for voting by overseas electors’. Quoting electoral roll data of 2014, the committee said 11,846 people were registered as ‘overseas electors’– 11,140 of them men and only 706 women. The number of registered ‘overseas electors’ saw a two- fold jump this year. According to a Lok Sabha question answered in writing by Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary on December 15 in the ongoing Winter Session, a total of 24,348 people are ‘overseas electors’.These include 22,428 men and 1,920 women. Though the chart has a column for transgender, no one has registered. Interestingly, out of 24,348 overseas voters, 23,556 are from Kerala. Thirty-seven are from Delhi.According to the provisions of ‘Representation of the People Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ introduced by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lower House, overseas Indians who are entitled to vote in India can now appoint a proxy voter to cast their votes.The person authorised as proxy has to be a different person in every election.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE | The energy is back in Congress, says Salman Khurshid

Former Law Minister Salman Khurshid could not escape defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when the Congress slumped to just 44 seats from 206 in 2009, and the party managed only two wins in his home state UP—Raebareli and Amethi, the pocket boroughs of the Gandhi family.As the party girds for elections in six states next year, Khurshid, a former Cabinet minister, tells DNA’s Anand Mishra that Congress will win the 2019 LS polls and feels the CBI court’s verdict on 2G spectrum case is “truth” panning out at a time when Modi’s magic, is “on the slide”. Edited excerpts:What is the takeaway from Guajrat polls. Some in Congress believed it was the best chance ever for party to win the state but it did not happen…What is more important is the manner in which you lose or the extent to which you lose. The manner in which you fail to win, or grow towards winning, is the matter. Essentially, it’s a feel of energy. Energy is back. If you ask are we re-energised, the answer is yes.What has brought this energy? There is no immediate reason visible for it.There are a variety of reasons for it. One is new leadership. Everyone is pitching to make Rahul Gandhi’s new leadership successful. Circumstances are changing. People are becoming aware of the truth of what the present government is all about. All that is happening. A combination of all this has given us new energy. In sum total 2017 has not been a bad year for us.What is there to celebrate for Congress from Gujarat election outcome?Gujart elections have brought us back into the normal course of fighting elections. It does not matter whether you win or lose with a whisker. We have shown that we are back with strength. This is what we have shown and that is a very important message for the party.2018 is an election year. How will Congress perform in these polls. In many of the states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, BJP is in power for a long time. How will you win those elections when the party organisation in disarray.We will do well. Circumstances for those elections are much better. This is a phenomenon of Indian politics that organisations come together despite not being in power for a long time and when you see a sense that you are in a winning strick, the organisation falls in place. An organisation without victory is a very difficult thing. So it is good, it is necessary but I do not think this is the only factor.B S Yeddyurappa, who had brought BJP in power in Karnataka in 2008 is back. Can Congress put up a formidable challenge as you had won the last election only against a divided BJP. Is he a problem for you?There is no such problem. Circumstances are much better for us in all the elections including Karnataka and we should do well.How does the 2G scam verdict by the CBI Special Court pan out for Congress? How will the verdict help you contest state elections in 2018.How does truth pan out for anyone. What has happened is amplification of truth. There is nothing better in life than truth. After this we will fight with greater vigour in times to come.BJP says Modi magic worked when it wins elections, Congress says Modi magic is over. What do you think?It’s sliding. The magic is gone, persuasive power still remains. Let us see how much it slides between now and next general elections.Is there any surge in Rahul Gandhi’s image when you say Modi’s image is on slide? Not many people think so?Rahul Gandhi always had enormous potentials. People were disbelieving it. Now they are beginning to believe it. Therefore it has given him a good start. But obviously he has a huge responsibility ahead and we are all confident that he will fulfil it.Where do you see Congress with 44 Lok Sabha seats now going in 2019 general elections?Congress will be in power in 2019, I promise you.

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TMC protests Centre’s FRDI bill; say they will continue protests as long as they are around

TMC youth president Abhishek Banerjee on Friday led a rally in Kolkata to protest the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill. At the end of his speech, he said that as long as the TMC was there the bill would not be passed.“The BJP government at the Centre might try to intimidate us with CBI, ED, Income Tax and other agencies but when it comes to the welfare of the people, TMC people can’t be silenced. I want to assure you all that as long as the TMC is there, we will not pass this bill. Mamata Banerjee had asked us to initiate a movement against the bill and if this bill is not cancelled, we will further intensify our protest, in every district of the state. They think they can force it on to the country. Just like the Left Front which could not force the Tata Nano factory to function here and the TMC won fighting for the people, we will not allow the FRDI bill to be passed as well,” he said.Saying the bill would empower the Centre to take over people’s deposits at will, without the permission of the depositors, he said there was no difference between Saradha Group head Sudipta Sen. “If Sudipta Sen had siphoned off people’s money through his chit fund companies, the BJP leaders are planning to take away your money as well. If Sen is jailed, these people need to be put behind the bars as well,” Banerjee lashed out.Banerjee added that the poor performance of BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections was the beginning of the end for the party. “In Gujarat with the help of which they had come to power, BJP has performed its worst in the last 22 years. This sounds the death knell for the party and after 2019 general elections, there will be no sign of the party in the country. They have been rejected in Bengal and after 2019 they will be rejected by the rest of the country,” he said.State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, reacting to Banerjee’s comments said, “They dont know what the bill contains. They are afraid of BJP’s growing popularity and thus they are saying these and now have come to personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and myself. People will see through these and the canards will not go on for too long.”

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Can’t air: EC on Jaya video on bypoll eve

On the eve of Chennai’s RK Nagar bypoll, a purported video clip of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on a hospital bed sipping a drink was released on Wednesday by a supporter of sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran. The 20-second video was allegedly shot by her aide and confidant VK Sasikala.The Election Commission ordered TV channels to take the video off-air terming it a violation of the model code of conduct. The city police registered a case under IPC Section 188 (disobedience of a public servant’s order) and Section 126 (b) of the Representation of People’s Act on a complaint filed by the returning officer of RK Nagar Assembly seat.In the cancelled bypoll in April, the then rebel AIADMK led by Panneerselvam used a dummy coffin with Jayalalithaa’s figurine mounted on the bonnet seeking justice for her death.Senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar hit out at the release of the video saying that it was a conspiracy and a demeaning act with an eye on Thursday’s bypoll.

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KNOW YOUR MLA: Danilimda MLA seeks to clear constituency air

As the newly elected candidates get ready to represent you for the next five years, DNA reviews the credentials and promises of each so you know what to expect from their term governing your constituency. Today, the focus is on Shailesh Parmar.Parmar, who has been elected from Danilimda for the second time, specifically spoke about seeking a solution to the health concerns surrounding the Pirana dumping site, which is blamed for polluting the air in the constituency. “Pirana is a major risk to the well-being of the people residing near it. I have raised this question a lot of times in the assembly house. I will keep hammering on the issue for a solution,” Parmar said.In 2012, he won by a margin of 14,300 votes. Five years later, he has won from the same seat by a margin of 32,500. He believes that a direct connect to the local people has contributed to his popularity and raised his vote share from last time.”I have been doing door-to-door campaigning for long and have noted the issues of the people. My priority is to ensure the supply of potable tap water to each household in my area.I also want to provide gardens and other public amenities,” he added.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Patidar voters are split in their support for BJP

The Patel community which was up in arms against the BJP-led Gujarat government on the issue of reservation, has looked split in its support for the party. The rural population voted for the Congress while urban voters trusted the development narrative of the BJP. These results are the mixed impact of the reservation agitation run by Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and agrarian crisis.Some of the Patel leaders of the BJP who were big political names and lost belonged to rural parts. The leading names from the community which lost are Dilip Sanghani, Chiman Sapariya, Raghavji Patel, Naranbhai Patel, Bavku Undhad, Rajni Patel, Kanti Amrutiya and Haribhai Patel.On the other side, BJP leaders like deputy CM Nitin Patel, former Gujarat BJP chief RC Faldu, ministers Jayesh Radadiya and Vallabh Kakadiya, former minister Kaushik Patel and Govind Patel, parliamentary secretary Babubhai Patel, chief whip in the Assembly Pankaj Desai and MLA Rushikesh Patel and some others managed to secure their seats.The voters of urban areas gave 17 seats to the BJP. While out of 36 seats in rural Gujarat, Patel voters favoured the Congress on 12.However, Nitin Patel denied that the BJP suffered. “The party will analyse the results but there is no reason to believe that the community gave their mandate against the BJP. Many Patel candidates have won with great leads.”Hardik Patel said, “I will not give compliments to BJP for this victory as this was not the outcome of honest efforts. People of Gujarat have become aware and more awareness is required. EVMs were tempered.”“Our fight for the rights of people shall continue, we will fight for reservation, agrarian issues and for youth on the basis of truth. Those who give fight, win,” Hardik said.He summed up the BJP’s victory saying, “Hardik has not lost, unemployment, education, health, and moist eyes of farmers have lost this battle. In fact, Gujarat’s people have lost and EVM tampering has lost.”Agitation heatPatidars, or Patels, accounted for about 14% of population They were influential in about 65 of all 182 Assembly seats About 25% of Gujarat’s MLAs were Patidars OBCs, excluding Muslim OBCs, comprised 40% of population ST population (15.5%) outnumbered SC population (7%)

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Govt tables bill in Lok Sabha to let NRIs vote in Indian polls

The Central government on Monday tabled a bill in the Lok Sabha to ensure that more than 10 million Indian passport holders who are overseas get to exercise their right to vote in future through proxy. The draft law also seeks to make the election law gender neutral by replacing the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’ to benefit service voters.According to the provisions of ‘Representation of the People Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ introduced by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, overseas Indians, who are entitled to vote in India, can now appoint a proxy voter to cast their votes. The Narendra Modi-government had submitted before the Supreme Court that the Cabinet would consider a draft bill seeking to allow e-voting by NRIs, armed forces personnel, and security forces working outside their constituency.As of now, overseas Indians with Indian passports are able to vote only if they are physically present in the constituency. However, in the 2014 elections, only 11,846 voters registered, Election Commission statistics reveal. This may allow the ruling BJP to translate the euphoria of events such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Madison Square event in New York and elsewhere into votes in the next general election.An expert committee of the Election Commission working on the issue had in 2015 forwarded the legal framework to the Law Ministry to amend the electoral laws to allow overseas Indians use proxy voting. The bill said the necessary provision of coming to India to cast ballot caused ‘hardship’ to overseas electors.Another provision in the amendment bill relates to spouses of service voters. As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to the provisions in the electoral law. The draft bill proposes to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’, thus making the provision gender neutral.Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters. According to Election Commission for 2014 electoral rolls, , 11, 846 oversses electors had registered. Out of the total 11,846 registered overseas electors, 11 ,448 (96.64%) are registered in the State of Kerala and the rest 398 (3.36%) are registered in the States of Punjab (138), Tamil Nadu (112) Puducherry (56), Goa (27), Delhi (13), Haryana (12), Daman & Diu (9), Gujarat (7), Chandigarh & Madhya Pradesh 6 (6 each), West Bengal (4), Chhattisgarh & Himachal Pradesh (2 each), and Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar PradeshThe Opposition Congress had submitted to the EC that the privileges not being given to Indian voters must not be extended to NRI voters either. In the petition, the party favoured sending ballot papers by electronic mail or the acceptance of self-attested ballot papers as valid votes. The party has emphasized that internet voting is prone to misuse and rigging and therefore cannot be a viable voting mechanism.Other bills introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday included getting permission to transport bamboo, The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The government has proposed to do away with the practice of nominating practising dentists who do not have required qualifications to the Dental Council of India.(ends)OTHER PROVISIONThe draft law introduced in the Lok Sabha also seeks to make the election law gender neutral by replacing the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’ to benefit service voters.NRI population abroad 10037761 Countries with large NRI populationsAustralia213710Bahrain350000Canada200000Germany42500Italy97719Kuwait579058Malaysia150000Nepal112500Oman718000Qatar500000Saudi Arabia1789000Singapore350000Thailand90000UAE1750000UK1500000USA927283Out of 214 countries, 101 countries have provision of external voting.Few Countries where external voting is allowed Voting methodUnited States of AmericaVaries by state. External voting managed on state levelUnited KingdomMixed (postal, proxy)TurkeyPersonalSouth AfricaPersonalNew ZealandPersonal, postal, faxMalaysiaPostalIsraelPersonalItalypostalGermanyPostalEstoniaE-voting, personal, postal

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress tried to sow seeds of casteism, people rejected it, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of trying to sow the seeds of casteism in Gujarat in its “hunger for power”, asserting that the BJP’s win in the Assembly elections had underlined the people’s acceptance of his government’s reforms.Addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters here, he was unsparing in his attack on the Congress and critics who, he said, could not accept his party’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.He also returned to his plank of development and pitched for social harmony in his home state, which had seen several caste agitations in the run up to the Assembly polls, saying that the people should forget the past and embrace each other.Also readAssembly Elections 2017: Gujarat, HP results lesson to parties indulging in caste-politics and dynasty, says Amit ShahAn atmosphere for development had been created after the BJP took power at the Centre in May 2014, he said, adding that nobody should derail it as his “decisive” government was working overtime to strengthen cooperative federalism and had clean intentions.With the BJP — which recorded its sixth straight victory in Assembly elections in Gujarat — drawing its lowest tally this year, Modi said the victory this time was not ‘samanya’ (normal) but ‘asamanya’ (especial).Also readFrom PM Narendra Modi to Jignesh Mevani: Who said what after BJP’s narrow Gujarat winModi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat from 2001 before he became the prime minister in May, 2014, said attempts were made to “demoralise” the state BJP leadership after he moved to the Centre.Referring to the just-concluded Gujarat poll, he said the state government was attacked from all sides and there was a “storm of disinformation”.Also readStop trying to derail India from path of development: PM Modi’s top quotes after saffron sweep “The Congress might be visible on the ground but there were many forces at work beside it. ‘Bring down the BJP once’. All sorts of conspiracies were hatched,” Modi said.There could be anger over the issue of development but some were making fun of it, he said, apparently targeting the Congress and Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who had run a campaign with the meme “development has gone mad” to attack the BJP.The state was rife with the “poison of casteism” until 30 years ago, he said, referring to Congress rule in Gujarat, and added that BJP governments and leaders worked to remove it.”In their hunger for power, some people tried to sow the seeds of casteim in the last few months for the elections. The people rejected it,” he said.He asked the people of his state to be more vigilant.Referring to his party’s win in Uttar Pradesh and the Maharashtra local polls, followed by the victories in the two Assembly polls, Modi said the results proved that the people were ready for reforms and embraced performance for the transformation of the country.Development is the only solution to people’s problems, he said, asserting that India would have to scale new heights of development if it was to do well globally.The BJP’s win in Himachal was also a vote for development and rejection of those who used power for the “wrong” things, he said.He ended his address with a rousing slogan. “Jitega bhai, jitega…(who will be victorious),” he asked the workers. “Vikas (development),” they replied in unison, as exhorted by Modi.

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Stop trying to derail India from path of development: PM Modi’s top quotes after saffron sweep

PM Narendra Modi addressed the BJP workers in the party headquarters in New Delhi after it was clear that they have won both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. A visibly buoyant Modi expressed his delight after the massive victory in the two states. BJP swept Himachal Pradesh to come back to power and won with a smaller mandate to form government in Gujarat for the sixth time. Here are the major things PM Modi said after the twin win:1. Earlier Gujarat was riddled with caste considerations. BJP got rid of it and started a path of development. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: How GST tweak saved the day for BJP2. Some people have again started to play caste politics in the last few months. People have rejected it but they need to be cautious3. After 2014, there is hunger for development. Even if you do not like BJP, do not try to derail India from path of development. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Akhilesh asks Rahul to build opposition unity ahead of 2019 polls4. Gujarat election result in historic. So many conspiracies were hatched, misinformation was spread5. Elections results show that the country is ready for reform, is looking towards parties that perform in a positive way and believes in transformation6. I bow down to people of Gujarat and Himachal, who chose the path of development.7. The results in Himachal Pradesh show that if you don’t do development and are embroiled in all wrong acts then after 5 years people will reject you.8. During UP elections it was said BJP would lose due to GST effect in urban areas, same was said in Gujarat elections and local body polls in Maharashtra.With ANI inputs

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Gujarat Elections 2017: It is a face-saving win but moral defeat for BJP in Gujarat, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said it was a moral defeat for the BJP in Gujarat and the people of the state have “belled the cat for 2019”.Congratulating the people of Gujarat for their “very balanced verdict at this hour”, Banerjee said it was a face- saving win for the ruling party.”It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP. Gujarat voted against atrocities, anxiety and injustice caused to the common people. Gujarat belled the cat for 2019,” Banerjee tweeted.The TMC chief had recently hailed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for “putting the BJP on the backfoot”.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: No longer a cakewalk for BJP in 2019 LS poll, says TRS leader

The lower-than-expected poll performance of the BJP in Gujarat suggests that the 2019 general elections are not going to be a cakewalk to the NDA lead party, a senior TRS leader said today.”The key takeaway (of Gujarat Assembly elections) is it’s not (going to be) a cakewalk for the BJP any more in 2019 election,” Telangana Rashtra Samiti Floor Leader in Lok Sabha, A P Jithender Reddy told PTI.”They (BJP) have to basically again check their administration,” he said.Also read5 reasons why BJP managed to win Gujarat for consecutive 6th timeThough the BJP is set to return to power in the western state, Reddy saw the electoral verdict as being a setback to the party.”Definitely (it’s a setback). 103 seats (the projected BJP tally this afternoon) is not coming back to power (it should have been bigger number of seats),” he said.On the Gujarat Assembly election results, Reddy said, “This is what I think is the demonetisation and GST effect.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Hardik Patel puts blame on EVMs, vows to continue ‘struggle’People have not really liked what has been done by the BJP government, and this is a ballot result they have given.” He claimed that businessmen have been “suffering” due to the introduction of GST, and said the trading community in the state has seen “very bad times in the last three months”.”So this is a reflection of that, and also anti-incumbency,” Reddy added.Meanwhile, Telangana Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party’s “victory” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.He also appreciated the Congress party for putting up a strong fight in Gujarat Assembly elections.”Congrats to BJP & @narendramodi Ji on retaining Gujarat & being victorious in Himachal Pradesh. Congrats INC on putting up a spirited fight. Democracy needs both a stable Government & a vibrant opposition. Let’s hope Good Governance takes centre stage & politics the backseat,” Rao tweeted.The BJP workers in the state celebrated the victory of the BJP in both the states by distributing sweets.Telangana BJP chief K Laxman said the victory in both the states is a result of faith that the people have reposed in Modi.”People of Gujarat did not believe in the negative campaign undertook by the Congress on GST and demonetisation.People there did not forget the development that the state witnessed in BJP and Modi’s rule,” Laxman said.He exuded confidence that BJP will win in Telangana in future.

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Gujarat Election Results 2017 LIVE: Good news for Congress as Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins in Vadgam

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani won the Vadgam constituency in the pretigious Gujarat Assembly Elections on Monday.Vadgam, a reserved Assembly seat, saw a contest between Mevani and BJP’s Vijay Chakravarti.Popular among the Dalit youth, Mevani won the seat with more than 18,000 votes.Mevani came to limelight after he started organised protests against the Una killing in July, where four Dalits were beaten publicly for skinning a dead cow by vigilantes. ‘We want to overthrow the 22 years of BJP rule. But we are not endorsing Congress either… People of Gujarat are smart enough to choose whom to cast their vote to. We don’t have to tell them,’ Mevani had said during one of his campaign rallies.

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EC pulls back Rahul Gandhi’s notice, to set up panel

Following a massive controversy over the Election Commission’s (EC) action against Congress president Rahul Gandhi over a TV interview, the poll body on Sunday sought to set up a committee to recommend modifications in Section 126 of the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951. The section prohibits public meetings and campaigning 48 hours prior to the commencement of voting.In separate orders, the Commission withdrew its showcause notice against Rahul but rejected the Congress complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP.A controversy had broken out last week, when the EC issued a showcause notice to Rahul, after TV channels in Gujarat aired his interview a day ahead of polling. The EC called it violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). An angry Congress then charged the Commission for not acting against PM Modi, who had allegedly conducted a roadshow with BJP flags in Ahmedabad on the polling day.The Congress lambasted the EC as a “kathputli (puppet)” and “bandhak (hostage)” of the ruling BJP and the PM’s office.In two subsequent orders, the Commission, while informing the Congress that it was withdrawing the showcase notice against Rahul and advised the BJP not to make any election matter pertaining toarea going to polls during the prohibited period of 48 hours, henceforth. The EC further stated that due to the expansion of digital and electronic media, the particular act and other provisions required revisiting the Act to cater to present challenges.On the Congress complaint against the BJP releasing its manifesto, the Commission said there was no time limit prescribed in the Act for releasing poll document and no instruction of the poll panel were required in this regard. But it advised both parties to not violate the MCC by engaging in any poll-related activity during the 48-hour period before polling.To address such controversies in the future, the EC directed the government to constitute a committee, with representation from the EC, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, and representatives of National Broadcasters Associations (NBA) and Press Council of India (PCI), to examine Section 126 in the prevailing context of communication technologies.The EC order further said the committee will also suggest required changes so that the matter can be taken up with all stakeholders, including political parties and media houses, for their views and to recommend appropriate modification in law.The section says no person shall convene, hold, attend, join, or address any public meeting or procession in connection with an election; or display to the public any election matter by means of cinematography, television, or other similar apparatus; or propagate any election matter to the public by holding, or by arranging the holding of, any musical concert or any theatrical performance or any other entertainment or amusement with a view to attract the members of the public.The provision says any such act will invite imprisonment for a term that may extend to two years or with fine, or with both.The Commission further said that “the increasing changes in the technology of communication makes it necessary that the administration and preferably the Law Commission should have another look at the Section and clarify its limits”.The EC order also mentioned past elections, such as in Bihar, where it received a flood of similar complaints. It opined that Section 126, at present, does not take into account such a communication revolution, whereas it appears imperative to revisit the provisions to appropriately address these challenges.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: EC withdraws notice to Rahul Gandhi over his TV interviews

The Election Commission of India on Sunday withdrew its notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi which it had issued on December 13 for allegedly violating the provisions of the election law and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by giving interviews to TV channels in Gujarat where the final phase of polls was due the next day. The ECI had asked Mr Gandhi to respond to the notice latest by December 18 evening. The EC had also directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat “to initiate necessary action by filing FIR against those who have violated the above mentioned provisions in phase two districts in Gujarat”.It had said that Gandhi, then Congress president-elect, talked about the Gujarat Assembly elections in which the polling for the second phase will be held tomorrow.Also readIf EC can send notice to Rahul Gandhi, why isn’t a notice being sent to the BJP: Congress questions ‘partisan’ moveSome local news channels in Gujarat had telecast Rahul Gandhi’s interview ahead of the second phase polling in the state on December 14.The BJP had complained to the poll panel about the interviews. Also readCongress cries foul over EC notice to Rahul for TV interviews, demands action against BJP leadersThe Commission also found that BJP’s election manifesto release on the eve of first phase of polling noting that there is no limit prescribed in the model code of conduct in this regard.The Congress had alleged that the BJP releasing its manifesto a day ahead of the first phase of polling in Gujarat on December 9 was also a violation of electoral laws. Also readGujarat Elections 2017: All eyes on Modi’s home state as stage set for counting tomorrowThe poll body has also decided to set up a committee to draw new guidelines on the violations of MCC and the Section 126 of the Representation of the People, 1951, in the new digital age.The poll panel accepted that Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act does not take into account the revolution in communication technologies.”It appears imperative to revisit the provisions relating to the last 48 hours before completion of poll to appropriately address challenges unleashed by fast changing technologies in the context of multi-phase polls,” the EC said.It said it will soon consult political parties, media, News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and other stakeholders to seek suggestions.

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

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

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‘We are not safe here’: West Bengal workers leave Rajsamand village after Afrazul’s murder

Ten days after the brutal murder of Mohammad Afrazul Khan in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, migrant workers from West Bengal are leaving the state in large numbers, a report said today. According to a report by The Indian Express, most of the quarters in Dhoinda village in the district where Afrazul lived are locked. Many of the occupants of these quarters were from Bengal’s Malda, the home district of Afrazul. Afrazul lived in Dhoinda village with his son-in-law and a cousin. Also readRajasthan hacking: Taslima Nasreen writes ‘intolerance at peak, Muslims can be killed easily’“I was in Rajasthan since the past decade to earn money but after seeing Afrazul’s half-charred body, I can’t stay here any longer,” Mohammed Ziaul Haq, a labourer, told the newspaper. Around 180 migrants from Malda lived in this village, with most working as labourers in the construction industry, according to a report in Scroll. Another report on the website claimed that over a hundred Muslim migrants have fled Rajsamand since the murder. Also readRajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozenThere were many others like who are either leaving the state or preparing to do so as soon as feasible. Those who have stayed are distrustful of strangers.“We are not safe here and that’s why we are going back to West Bengal. We may earn less but at least our families won’t have to worry about our safety,” another labourer, Mohammed Rafiul, told the daily.Also readRajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozenMohammad Afrazul, a labourer from Malda district, was hacked and burnt to death in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan on December 6. His alleged killer Shambhulal Regar burnt him alive and also uploaded a video of the crime on social media. Regar was later arrested. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded “exemplary action” against the alleged killer. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh recently said that people of West Bengal were going to the other states as the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state had failed to create jobs.In response, Banrejee said it was only normal for the people of other states to come to Bengal and vice versa.West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had also promised jobs to those willing to return to West Bengal.She had said, “People of Rajasthan, UP, and Bihar work in Bengal. They have made this place their motherland and we have welcomed them as well. But if a person from West Bengal went to work in Rajasthan, why was he murdered? If these people want to return to Bengal, they can get their names enrolled at the respective district magistrate’s office.We will ensure that they get 200 days’ work in a year. The state can also provide for one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to people like these, to set up their own business unit.” Watch: Murder over alleged ‘love jihad’ in Rajasthan

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‘FRDI Bill will take away people’s bank deposits’: Mamata writes to Jaitley for immediate withdrawal

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley urging immediate withdrawal of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI Bill) saying, it will take away people’s bank deposits.Terming the FRDI Bill as “draconian”, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has said it will oppose it tooth and nail in the Parliament and launch a massive campaign against it in the state.”People will lose faith in the banking system if the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill is not withdrawn. The FRDI Bill will completely shatter the age-old faith and trust reposed by the people in the banking system of the country,” Mamata Banerjee said in a letter to Jaitley, reported News18.com.A report said that Banerjee felt if the FRDI came into being, it would ‘forcibly’ take away the hard-earned life savings of common people entrusted to the banks, for ‘bailing out one section of vested interests, who have siphoned off the loans given to them by the banks”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the government is working to protect the interest of bank customers and their deposits, in a bid to scotch rumours regarding the proposed Bill.Industry body Assocham has also said that experts felt the “bail-in” clause in the draft FRDI Bill, 2017 can potentially harm deposits in savings accounts.The FRDI Bill proposes to create a framework for overseeing financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, non-banking financial services companies and stock exchanges in case of insolvency.The Resolution Corporation, proposed in the draft bill, would look after the process and prevent the banks from going bankrupt. It would do this by “writing down of the liabilities”, a phrase some have interpreted as a “bail in”.The draft bill empowers Resolution Corporation to cancel the liability of a failing bank or convert the nature of the liability.

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With changing era, there is need for change in judicial system: RM Lodha

In the two-day National Conference and Annual General Meeting organized by the Association of Retired Judges of Supreme Court and High Court’s, discussions on change for judicial system improvement were held, on Saturday.Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court RM Lodha said that according to the changing era, there is a need to make changes in the judicial system with the highest development and digitization of technology. He said that there is a need to change the ancient method in the judicial system. Judiciary and judicial officers should prioritize the use of various dimensions of the internet, in addition to developing the online system at every level in the judicial administration. He discussed the judicial system of America, London, Australia, China, etc. We also need the People less proceedings with paperless in the judiciary. For this, it has become necessary to adopt modern techniques of electronic, internet and digitization in more form.Retired Judge of Supreme Court AK Mathur presided over the function. President of Association, Justice Maghraj Kalla welcomed all the guests and highlighted the activities. Justice Vinod Shankar Dave, the Guardian of the Association also highlighted the formation and purpose of the Association expressing its views. The senior judges of Rajasthan High Court and President of Rajasthan Judicial Academy Gopalakrishna Vyas also expressed their views.

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PDP’s alliance with BJP now a durable one, says J&K Finance Minister Drabu

Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Ahmed Drabu claimed that the alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which no one thought would last a week, has now turned into a durable one.Speaking at the “India Ideas Conclave 2017” in Goa, Drabu said, “It is true that it is a very fragile and contentious alliance. As Mufti saab (former JK CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) used to say, it is the North Pole and South Pole coming together. But with some degree of maturity displayed by either side, it is really working towards the developmental of Jammu and Kashmir.”Speaking about the alliance, Drabu said that right on day one itself the alliance had issues.”But Mufti saab was a confident leader all his life. When he started in the 1960s, the Congress and any party from the rest of country was looked down upon. He (Mufti) ensured through consistent hard work that the Congress becomes an acceptable part of life,” the minister said.Drabu said that when the PDP was contemplating to form an alliance with the BJP, people were asking the party (PDP) why it was not working with the Congress.The minister said that the alliance with the BJP was a “bold decision” taken by Mufti.”We had contested elections on an anti-BJP plank and yet we decided to have alliance with them (BJP). I happened to work very closely with him at that particular time,” he said.”All of us told him that it is suicidal and that we won’t be able to step out of the house, we will get lynched,” Drabu recalled telling the former chief minister.”He (Mufti) stuck to it. He said the people of India have voted for the BJP. He said that he was not engaging with the party (BJP), he was engaging with the people of India,” Drabu recounted.Drabu added that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed brought back the whole concept of civil society into the decision and went ahead and formed the government with the BJP.Drabu called the alliance a “huge experiment” and said it actually displays certain leadership quality to set in motion a process to create a framework to resolve the most contagious issues in the state.

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Cops use baton to curb agitators in Udaipur

Day after prohibitory orders were clamped in Udaipur and Rajsamand districts with threat of massive protests – particularly in Udaipur city – the orders did little to maintain law and order in the city. Massive protests occurred in the city resulting in clashes between cops and agitators. Stone pelting also occurred between the agitators and cops as the latter resorted to baton charging at the protestors several times. Interestingly, sources revealed that majority of the protesters were not from Udaipur but had landed in the city in the wake of the agitation.Since morning, people started gathering in the town hall ground and by afternoon the numbers had swelled substantially. People raising slogans for Shambhu Lal – the man who murdered Afrazul – reached the bus stand and then to Chetak circle.Since the administration had already imposed prohibitory orders, the police started dispersing the crowd. However, as the people tried to put a resistance, the cops retaliated and resorted to baton charge. The protestors even pelted stones at the cops. When the cops retaliated, the agitators ran away and tried to find a sanctuary in the houses but the alert cops found them and arrested them.However, the issue flared up after protesters entered the court premises. This resulted in a clash between cops and lawyers. The police took out a route march from Chetak circle to Court circle and the Inspector general and Superintendent of Police (SP) themselves took control.Meanwhile, the cops arrested at least 50 persons and additional forces were deployed to avoid any eventuality. Meanwhile, the ban on internet services was further extended for the next 24 hours. Four police officers were injured in the scuffle.Held in CityAfter the video of Updesh Rana, a native of UP, went viral wherein the man was seen giving support to murder accused Shambhu Lal while calling for a protest in Udaipur, the state police was on its toes in order to halt Rana’s advance towards Udaipur. Since his entry into Udaipur had been banned, the cops were on the lookout for the man and the Bagru police of Commissionerate detained and arrested the man. After his arrest, he was taken to police station wherein a magistrate ordered him to judicial custody. “The man has been put under judicial custody,” sources said.

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Sachin Pilot takes off for bypoll campaign

Congress has got active in bypoll bound parliamentary constituency Ajmer and Alwar which were extensively toured by the chief minister Vasundhara Raje recently. Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot campaigned in Pushkar area of Ajmer on Thursday and he is scheduled to tour Alwar on Friday. Pilot, who has been considered top choice as the candidate from his home constituency Ajmer, met people, particularly in the rural areas of Tijara during his day-long campaigning. On this occasion, he made a veiled attack on the chief minister Vasundhara Raje.“People saw the rule of BJP and Congress, both. They have to decide which party serves people on the priority and who are those indulging into politics centralize powers only,” said Pilot in a statement released from the party office. A week back he toured both constituencies too. The bypoll bound both constituencies are crucial for both, ruling BJP and opposition Congress. Pilot has emerged as the face of the party and considered one of the top choices for CM’s face. The election will test his efficiency in poll management and how much he worked to boost party perspective against BJP which a couple of months back won Dholpur byelection with a huge margin.CM Raje’s reputation is also at stake in the election. She has to retain these constituencies which will prove her mettle and leave a strong message what could be the result of coming assembly polls scheduled to be held in December next year. That’s the reason why Raje toured extensively for one month in both constituencies and had dialogues with commoners directly under CM Jan Samvad Program. Simultaneously, she showered sops to the areas to appease the people. Both major parties are in the poll mode, however, the suspense continues over the candidature. Pilot from Ajmer and his colleague as a former minister in UPA government Bhanwar Jitendra Singh from Alwar are being mulled, though Congress, which has got new president Rahul Gandhi is yet to take the final call. On the other hand, the BJP is considering Ramswaroop Lamba, son of late MP Sanwar Lal Jat, to be fielded in Ajmer and current labour minister Jaswant Singh Yadav from Alwar.

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Himachal Elections 2017: Exit Polls predict BJP will oust Congress in the hill state

Exit polls today said the BJP would oust the Congress and regain power in Himachal Pradesh. People in the hill state have been alternating between the Congress and the BJP in Assembly elections every five years.The Times Now-VMR exit poll predicted that the BJP would win 51 of the total 68 Assembly seats in the state. The same poll gave 16 seats to the Congress and one to another.There are a total of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh, elections to which were held on November 9. A party needs 35 seats to be able to form a government.Also readHimachal Assembly polls 2017: Cong lost trust of people, BJP govt will earn it back, says Prem Kumar DhumalThe final results will be out on December 18.The Aaj Tak-Axis exit poll gave 47-55 seats to the saffron party, 13-20 to the Congress and 0-2 to others. Among other exit polls, the News X survey predicted that the BJP would win 42-50 seats and the Congress, 18-24. In the 2012 election, the Congress came to power by winning 36 seats, while the BJP got 26 seats and others bagged the remaining six.

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Parking menace near NMIMS refuses to die

A move by the traffic police to dissuade illegal parking opposite Mithibai College at Vile Parle seems to be backfiring, residents have alleged.Tired of the perennial issue of vehicles being parked illegally near the eateries adjacent the gate of NMIMS college, the Santa Cruz traffic division decided to place barricades tied with ropes to ensure motorists do not park there. However, the move has failed to make an impact.”People are now parking their vehicles next to the barricades, which is causing more traffic snarls at the corner. There is a bus stop a little ahead, and auto rickshaws too wait for passengers — this adds the chaos,” said film-maker and activist Ashoke Pandit, adding that while the traffic police might have had a good intention, the move has only increased the problem.Pandit said that this road is extremely important as it leads to Cooper Hospital and ambulances use it frequently. “The road has become a mess due to the illegal parking menace. It also puts at risk students who are studying in these colleges,” he said.Meanwhile, local MLA Ameet Satam (BJP) said that one of the biggest problems was the eateries lined up near the college. “Most of them are Aarey stalls. I will be writing to the Dairy department to either cancel their licences or shift them elsewhere. If they move away, there will be no parking issues,” he said.A senior police officer from Santa Cruz traffic police station said, “We have placed our constables to ensure vehicles are not parked. We also expect people to have some civic sense.”

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Gujarat elections 2017: It will be a close fight, say Mumbai Gujaratis

As campaigning came to an end in Gujarat, Gujaratis in Mumbai said that permutations were running in all directions. While it was a prestige issue for the BJP, it was next to do or die for the Congress, said most Gujaratis who live in large numbers in in Mumbai and have always felt a direct connect for the state.A large part of both Maharashtra and Gujarat have been part of the Bombay presidency before the states were formed. Though a number of Gujaratis stayed and have voting rights here, the connect with their native place exists to date.”This time it is going to be tough,” said Ramesh Shah, a Kutchi who runs a ration shop in Dhobi Talao area. Shah had just come back to his shop after lunch, in which he saw Hardik Patel’s rally. Patel is the emerging face of the Patidar agitation, a community to which Sardar Patel belonged and played a decisive role in Gujarat. “Though my area has already voted, what I hear when I speak to my relatives is that it is a tough battle this time around,” said Shah.He is not the only one. After series of protests, a feeling that it will not be as easy has percolated in the community which has for the past 20 years voted BJP for power. “A fraction of voters may be divided but BJP is going to win,” said Hemant Joshi, a Chartered Accountant by profession who lives in Vile Parle.A follower of Swaminarayan sect which has openly thanked the BJP, Joshi’s relatives are in Ahmedabad. He added, “People are not going to take what Mani Shankar and others have said. They have insulted people. People have seen development and will vote accordingly.”Demonitization and GST are behind them now.”Both were needed,” said Lalit Jain, an owner of a utensil shop. On GST, which many from his industry had alleged stalled business, Jain said, “That is behind people now. A number of them feel Modi is the leader.”However, these are the very reasons that have put off some like Rajendra Dharod, a businessman. “Last year, the election centered around vikas (development). This time, both parties are not talking about it,” said Dharod who lives in Thane.

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Nitish Kumar faces flak on Sameeksha Yatra Day 1

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar started his ‘Vikas Karyon ki Sameeksha Yatra’ on Tuesday to take feedback from the masses about implementation of developmental works and social awareness campaigns run by the state government.His Sameeksha Yatra commenced from West Champaran’s Patilar village, the same village from where he commenced his ‘Vikas Yatra’ in 2009. “The purpose of the yatra is to take stock of the progress on the ground. The government runs on the feedback of the people,” said Nitish, who has undertaken almost 10 yatras in the last 12 years.The CM, however, had to face protests by the people on Day 1 itself. Sugarcane farmers in Bagaha police district raised slogans to draw the CM’s attention to their condition. The CM said a proper platform would be given to them to put forth their grievances. In the same district, a section of women also protested against exclusive progress of certain villages. They alleged that the officials only worked for development of those areas where the CM’s visits were scheduled.On Tuesday, Nitish laid the foundation stone as well as inaugurated developmental schemes worth over Rs 100 crore in West Champaran. “The CM will take stock of implementation of Saat Nischay (seven resolves) scheme, total prohibition, Right to People’s Grievance Redressal Act and the Right to Public Service Act. He will also check the awareness campaigns run to discourage dowry and child marriage across the length and breadth of Bihar,” said a senior Bihar government official.The Opposition targeted Nitish’s yatra as a “gimmick” and Leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said, “The school building he had laid the foundation stone could not get four-wall in eight years, a primary-health centre is being launched thrice… What Vikas? He should undertake Prayashcitt (repentance) Yatra and Deemak (termite) Yatra.”Sources said Nitish is likely to face more protests, especially from contractual employees, who are demanding regularisation of job and equal pay for equal work, and have created ruckus at Nitish’s yatras over the last few years.

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From helpline to WhatsApp number: Steps taken to help women in distress in Jammu and Kashmir

Waking up to the rising incidence of violence against women, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (SCW) has started one-stop-crisis-centre to help the women in distress at their doorsteps.SCW has started a helpline where the women can lodge a complaint over the phone and without walking into the office of the SCW. SCW has opened an exclusive phone line where women in distress can call or text or even WhatsApp to lodge a complaint. Officials of the SCW can immediately reach out to the women and help her to redress their grievances.“Please circulate this number among all for lodging complaint regarding any issue or problem any woman is facing at home or office..J&K state commission for women has kept this number exclusively for women to text, WhatsApp, message or give miss call. The commission will contact you soon”, tweeted Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, chairperson of SCW.Official figures reveal that the SCW has received 3000 complaints of domestic violence and harassment at the workplace in the last three to four years.Also readJammu and Kashmir women’s commission chief bats for introduction of Women’s Reservation Bill“People have no direct access. They have to come to our office and lodge complaint then we will see and call them. But the phone line gives them immediate and instant access to the commission. I am seeing since yesterday there are so many calls. I think people have problems particularly women. If this type of instant access is provided to them they will come and find a solution to their problems”, Mehjoor told DNA.The helpline will act as the one-stop crisis centre where SCW officials can seek help from police and other agencies to help the women in the distress. “We can help in many ways. If she needs the support of police we can call the concerned police station, If she needs health-related help we can call the health centre. If there is domestic violence, we can intervene and send our team. There are different channels working”, she said.Police figures reveal 2,920 cases of crime against women were reported in 2016. These include 805 cases of kidnapping, 275 cases of rape, 157 cases of eve-teasing and 1,233 cases of molestation in 2016.

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Gujarat Election 2017: Congress took ‘supari’ to lose polls, BJP will win, says former CM Shankarsinh Vaghela

Having headed the two main political parties in Gujarat, former chief minister Shankarsinh Vaghela is convinced that the Congress has deliberately lost out to the BJP, which will end up with a majority in the state Assembly elections.Vagela, who quit the Congress earlier this year, believed that the opposition party’s central leadership had taken a “supari” (contract) from the BJP to lose the Assembly elections and predicted a clear majority for the ruling party in the state.The six-time MP who left the Congress to float his outfit, Jan Vikalp Morcha, a few months ahead of the polls, also claimed that Patidar leader Hardik Patel would be “history” after this election.”People like him only serve their own interests. You will see that once the election gets over, he will be history,” Vaghela, who was the chief of the Congress and the BJP in the state at different times, told PTI in an interview.In the forefront of state politics for more than three decades, 77-year-old Vaghela, earlier with the BJP, felt the Congress could have won the election if it had started preparing for it earlier.”The BJP has a strong organisation in Gujarat and a massive base of party workers. If you have to challenge them you need to start your groundwork at least six months before the elections,” he added.Vaghela, who was state chief minister from 1996 to 1997, said he had told Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that the party could win more than 90 seats and be able to form the government.”I also made it clear to him that I don’t want to be the chief minister. He also assured me that he was my friend in Delhi and would support me in running the party in the state,” Vaghela said.But a few leaders in the party’s high command did not want the party to win the elections, he claimed.”Leaders in the Congress’s central leadership have taken a supari (contract) from the BJP to lose the election in Gujarat. They could have won it,” he said, adding that the BJP would get more than 110 seats and form the government.He further said this would have been the best opportunity for the Congress to win an election as people were looking for a chance.”The BJP is shrewd in its political management and the Congress ignored that fact by not doing its groundwork,” he said.Vaghela also ruled out any possibility of going back to the BJP.”The party had offered a ticket to my son but he refused it, so there is no question,” Vaghela said.He said while he would not contest an election, he would continue to remain in politics and public life.

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Won’t ban ‘Padmavati’, but history should be presented in correct perspective: Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati’, which is mired in a major controversy, would not be barred from screening in his state.But at the same time, it is the responsibility of the producers of ‘Padmavati’ to ensure that history is projected in the correct perspective, Singh said.Anything can be shown in Punjab as long as it does not hurt religious sentiments, he said adding that the Punjab government favoured a level playing field for all organisations.”While different historical perspectives can be there, any attempt to completely falsify historical facts cannot be tolerated,” he added.This, he said, becomes even more necessary in the current age when children acquire knowledge through the audio-visual medium rather than by reading alone.Also readTommy Singh in ‘Udta Punjab’ to Alauddin Khilji in ‘Padmavati’: When reel life spills onto real life of actorsTerming the threats by fringe groups against the makers of ‘Padmavati’ as wrong, Singh said the concerned state government should have acted against those issuing such statements.”Such people should have been locked up,” he said. It’s a free country, with free business opportunity for all, Singh said.Also readGoa to ban Padmavati? CM Manohar Parrikar says can’t afford law and order problem in the tourist seasonSpeaking at an event here, he said his government did not believe in media censorship and was totally against it.Asking journalists to discharge their duties fearlessly, with utmost sincerity and without bias, he said his government would immediately clear the formalities for any media organisation wishing to operate in the state.Also readPadmavati row: People feel Padmini has been denigrated in Bhansali’s film, says Nitish Kumar “We want competition to grow so people get news as they should be getting it,” he said, according to an official release.Citing the progress made in the media over the years, the chief minister said its role and importance had grown manifold and it was their responsibility to ensure that information and news is disseminated to the people in a fair manner.Underlining the need for the media to present the government’s case in the right perspective, Singh expressed the hope that they would understand and appreciate Punjab’s problems and paint a correct picture for their readers and audiences.Singh also spoke about the challenges faced by the media as a result of the emergence of the social media.’Padmavati’ has been mired in a major controversy with allegations that history is distorted in the Bhansali flick.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. However, Bhansali said in an appeal that there was no dream sequence and it was all a rumour.Historians are divided on whether Padmini actually existed. She finds mention in the 16th century epic poem “Padmavat”.

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Mumbai fog delays Central Railway services; commuters stage rail roko at Vasinad station

Commuters staged a rail roko at Vasind, a railway station on the outskirts of Mumbai that falls under the jurisdiction of the Central Railways. Vasind is on the Mumbai-CST to Kasara route and is the station before Asangaon.At 7 am on Saturday, angry commuters staged the protests over services getting delayed for over 45 minutes. The railway police managed to disperse the crowd by 8.15am or so and rail traffic resumed by 8.22am.The administration has blamed the dense fog for the delays. Sources said that the fog was so thick that visibility was less than 100 meters for the motormen manuerving these 270 meter long local trains.Also readSmog grips Mumbai; air quality reaches hazardous levels”If technical failures weren’t enough to hurt train services, now natural causes like fog are causing problems in train running. But in the end it is the common man who is suffering,” said Lata Argade, a resident of Dombivali.Since early morning when the trains first resumed, trains were running at slow speeds. People complained that between 6-7am barely two or three locals went by which were crowded as they were coming from Asangaon or Kasara stations. Moreover the commuters claimed that long distance trains were given first precedence over local trains.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Congress has always abused me, they do not respect democracy, says PM Modi

In a public rally at Nikol in Ahmedabad on Friday, PM Narendra Modi said that Congress leaders never gave up on any chance to abuse him throughout his political career. Modi was in the Patel bastion in Ahmedabad, where he tried to woo the community walking against the odds of reservation agitation effect.The Patel community is up in arms against the BJP-led Gujarat government following three deaths that took place in this area in an open police firing. However, the huge turnout of around 70,000 people was an indication for the Opposition, which is playing big on the Patel agitation in these polls.Modi said, “Leaders of Congress used lowly language and abusive words for me and my only offense is that I am the PM despite being the son of a chaiwala and a poor mother. They do not tolerate me because I come from a poor background. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and others abused me because I served Gujarat relentlessly and with dedication and now became the PM. They called me, saanp, bichchu, chaiwala, gandi nali Ka keeda, pagal kutta, napusank, Aurangzeb, mentally retarded, Raavan, Yamraj, Bhasmasur and what not. This is only 10 per cent of the total account, otherwise they have cursed me in many other slangs that cannot be spoken about in public.””Had they cursed you once, would you forgive them? If not, think of what atrocities I have tolerated. I would tell Congress leaders and especially Rahul Gandhiji, if the Congress has any limit, decency or respect for the democracy, please stop testing our patience and level of courtesy. Other states have showed Congress the exit in polls, and Gujarat cannot accept them again. I am confident that Gujarat won’t make such a mistake and stop such forces entering Gujarat. You all should give them an apt reply by voting for BJP candidates,” Modi added.The PM took a dig at Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh, Renuka Chaudhary, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, Rashid Alvi, Imran Masood and Pramod Tiwari for using improper language against him. The Prime Minister also said, “I maintained silence, ignored such words and tolerated them with patience, but I have to express my feelings with pain because they have opened this chapter in polls. I can express my feelings before the people who are mine and you all are my own family.”Police becomes cautious in Patel’s fortThe area where Modi addressed a rally is highly dominated by the Patel community. People from Nikol, Naroda, Vatva, Bapunagar, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Saraspur, Vastral, Odhav, Amraiwadi, Asarwa, Maninagar and Amraiwadi turned out here. Amid the tense atmosphere ahead of polls, the police became cautious. The police made all people attending the rally keep off all the black objects they carried along with. Those who had black clothes were not allowed to be inside the ground.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: BJP released manifesto after we raised questions about it, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday claimed that BJP was forced to release its manifesto after Congress put pressure on it. Rahul said in Anand, ” We raised questions about Manifesto & BJP hastily prepared it behind closed doors. Congress asked for it so Arun Jaitley released it.” He said that not releasing the manifesto so far showed BJP’s arrogance. Rahul claimed that BJP thinks “they’re going to govern here for 100 years”, hence had no intention on publishing its manifesto. On Friday, Union Finance Minister released BJP’s vision document for Gujarat and said that the main focus is that the growth process shouldn’t be hampered. But before that Rahul Gandhi went hammer and tongs demanding why BJP is yet to release its manifesto. “The campaign in half of Gujarat has already ended. Polling will be held shortly. But the BJP has not announced its manifesto yet. The BJP has not told you what it will do for you in the next five years,” Gandhi said. “Modi-ji used to say that the BJP will rule in Gujarat for the next hundred years. But he is not saying a single word about the future of Gujarat at his rallies. “Instead, Modi-ji talks about Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and so many global issues. This election is not about Modi or (Rahul) Gandhi…It’s about THE people of Gujarat,” he said.Also readGujarat Election 2017: BJP releases its manifesto; attacks Congress for making ‘false promises'”The BJP is ruling here for the last 22 years. Now you have an opportunity to elect a government which would focus on you. People want to know what the BJP or Congress would do for them. While the BJP has not declared its manifesto, we held extensive dialogue with THE people and prepared our manifesto accordingly,” Rahul Gandhi said in a meeting before BJP’s manifesto was released. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul GandhiAll key demands of tribal communities, such as implementation of Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, filling up vacant posts reserved for STs, scholarships for tribal students and better compensation for land acquisition, have been included in the Congress manifesto, Gandhi said. Voting for 89 seats of Saurashtra and south Gujarat will be held tomorrow, while that for 93 seats of north and central Gujarat, including Chhota Udepur, wILL he held on December 14. Campaigning for the first phase ended yesterday.With PTI inputs

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Did you visit Pakistan to give my ‘supari’, PM Modi blasts Mani Shankar Aiyar

In an all out attack against the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only blasted now suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, but also asked the people of Gujarat to ‘punish’ the Grand Old Party.In a blistering attack following the ‘neech’ row, PM Modi said that Aiyar visited Pakistan and during that trip he said, “remove (Narendra) Modi from the way and then see what will happen to India-Pakistan peace. What did he mean by removing me from the way.”“What does it mean to remove someone from the way? Did Aiyar go to Pakistan to give my supari,” PM asked.Talking about how Congress leaders were ‘enjoying’ in a Bengaluru resort while people in Gujarat were suffering the floods, PM Modi said that the Congress ‘must be taught a lesson.’While addressing the election rally in Banaskantha, PM Modi said, “People of Patan and Banaskantha know the difference between Congress and BJP.”“BJP leaders were providing flood relief whereas Congress leaders were relaxing in swimming pools in resorts in Bengaluru,”he added. Speaking about development by BJP in Gujarat, PM Modi said, “Earlier, people from here would have to travel a considerable distance to pray to Maa Narmada. Due to BJP, Narmada waters have come to this region.”It was not only Aiyar who was slammed by the Prime Minister. He also cornered senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. “Instead of coming clear on why he wants Ayodhya matter to be discussed in court after 2019, he is busy saying whose lawyer is he. He says he doesn’t represent Sunni Wakf Board but he should say who is he representing? Why doesn’t Congress also remove this lawyer leader,” PM Modi said.The polling for the first phase of the Assembly Elections will take place tomorrow and votes will be counted on December 18.The Gujarat Assembly has 182 seats.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Congress confident of repeating Nanded victory

While opinion polls have predicted a down to the wire fight, Congress leaders in Gujarat are confident of repeating the Nanded victory by getting the anti-incumbency votes to them rather than fragmenting those votes amongst independent candidatesSenior Congress leader Ashok Chavan, who is also the president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, said the BJP wants to divide the anti-incumbency votes amongst smaller parties and independent candidates. “Voters are shrewd. The BJP had used the same pattern in Nanded, but people voted Congress and rejected the MIM, NCP and the Shiv Sena. As a result, we won 71 out of 81 seats,” he told DNA.Atul Londe, MPCC spokesperson who is also in-charge of Surat district for Gujarat elections said that out of 14 seats in Surat, they are hopeful of getting at least eight seats this time. Londe has been camped in Gujarat for last two months. Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Unlike PM Modi, I can err, says Rahul GandhiHe said that there is dissatisfaction across the sections against the BJP government in Gujarat. “People had already made up their mind to ouster the BJP. Congress is credible options for them therefore we are expecting the total seats not less than 120 out of 182. One thing we have to understand, Gujarat is mainly business community and demonetization and GST had hampered their business. Many people are become bankrupt and jobless. So these people will never vote BJP,” said Londe confidently.
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4.9 earthquake strikes North India, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

Residents of Delhi-NCR felt strong earthquake on Wednesday evening. People in National Capital Region felt the tremors around 8:50 pm. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Initial reports suggested that the epicentre of the earthquake was in Uttarakhand. Media reports said that the tremors were felt in many parts of North India, including Chandigarh and Dehradun. According to EMSC, the epicentre was 127 kilometres east of Uttarakhand​ capital Dehradun. The intensity of the earthquake was measured 5.0 at the Richter scale.More details awaited.
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Yogi Adityanth to set up social media hub

Yogi Adityanth-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has signed an agreement with the BECIL (Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited) to set up a social media hub at the CM Secretariat.The main aim of the social media hub is to increase interaction with the people of the state and take government’s policies and programs with the public. “The social media hub will act two ways. People can also lodge their complaints through the platform for quick redressal,” said AK Jha, Director Information.Reaching out people in the largest-populated state of country is a major problem and the hub will establish contact with anyone having a mobile. “We have developed the software keeping in mind the state’s huge population and mobile users. We will also enter into agreements with all telecom service providers to reach to maximum people of the state,” said a BECIL official.BECIL is a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to promote Digital India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream dream project. The BECIL Deputy Managing Directir Ramit Lala said that they have already appointed a senior officer to man the Social Media hub at the CM Secretariat.
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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Congress visited calamity-hit areas a week later: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi lashed out at the Congress on Monday during a rally in Jamnagar and said that Congress always had step motherly attitude towards Gujarat.”When cyclone hit Jamnagar and other coastal areas of Gujarat 20 years back, the Congress leaders turned up in the area a week later.”He added, “They did the same during earthquake. They do not have sensitivity for Gujarat and Gujaratis. Not only Sardar, but leader Shyamji Krishna Verma who was from Mandvi in Kutch was meted out injustice by Congress.”Modi said, “Verma had left India in 1930 and wished that his ashes should be burried in Gujarat after India becomes independent, but Nehru, when he became the PM, did not show concern for Verma.”Modi hailed the response from the people in Jamnagar during his roadshow from Jamnagar airport to the rally ground. Addressing the rally, he said, “Congress has always decieved people by its fake promises. Look at the results of Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and other states where Congress ruled before. People there have dejected it.In Gujarat, people became aware years ago and did it long back. Gujarat would show them exit doors in this polls too.”He said, “Two of my predictions have come true as Rahul Gandhi will be the president and people of UP swiped out Congress from the state. My third prediction was for Gujarat and that is about 151 seats for BJP in Assembly polls. I believe that it will also come true.”
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BJP bets big on Central welfare schemes to beat Left in Tripura Assembly polls

It is not a big-ticket economic reform but the humble LPG cylinder which, the BJP believes, can give enough firepower to its campaign to end the 25-year rule of the CPI(M) in Tripura.c says that over 3.33 lakh poor women have been given free LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.This means more than half of the total 25 lakh voters in the state have benefited from it, supposing that one family has on an average four members, he adds.Assembly polls in Tripura and Meghalaya are due in February next year.”The success of the central government’s welfare schemes such as Ujjwala will be one of our key planks. Our another plank is the Left’s reign of fear. People are with us,” he told PTI, expressing confidence that his party would form its first ever government in the state next year.Also readTripura Assembly Election: Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to hit campaign trail in DecemberSeeking to boost his party’s campaign in the state, BJP president Amit Shah is likely to hold two rallies later this month and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected there next month, he said.Tripura’s Left Front government is credited by many with ushering in an era of peace following a long spell of insurgency and its chief minister, Manik Sarkar, who is at the helm for 19 years, enjoys a clean image.Also readUjjwala LPG scheme to hit 3-crore mark todayDeb, however, attributed this positive perception about Sarkar’s standing to “clever marketing”, arguing that a “principal must be judged by his school’s performance and not how he appears”.The number of cases of atrocities against women is huge and the state’s unemployment rate stands at 20 per cent, the highest in the country, while 67 per cent of the people are below the poverty line, he said, accusing the Left Front government of unleashing violence against its political rivals.”Three of our tribal leaders have been killed,” he claimed.Tripura has also benefited a lot from the rural employment guarantee scheme MNREGA and it was largely due to the efforts of the Modi government, he said.He alleges that the central government has been paying its 90 per cent of the share of Rs 177 wage per day per person, while the state has failed to give the remainder 10 per cent.The BJP did not win a single seat in the 60-member assembly in the last polls in 2013, but its high-voltage political campaign in the state since Shah took over as the party president in 2014 and desertion from the opposition Congress and TMC ranks to its fold have boosted its presence in the tiny northeastern state.Several Congress MLAs, who had won on anti-Left platform, first joined the Trinamool Congress after their party joined hands with the Left in West Bengal and then they switched over to the BJP after the Mamata Banerjee-led outfit too was seen getting cozying up to the idea of a larger anti-BJP alliance.Deb said that the BJP was the number two party in all the assembly bypolls and local elections in the state behind the Left as he ruled out any alliance, and said the BJP would field candidates in all 60 seats.”Congress and TMC are finished. It will be a straight fight between the Left and us,” he said.
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Mehbooba Mufti elected PDP president for 6th consecutive term

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was today re-elected the president of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the next three years.Mehbooba’s election for the sixth consecutive term was unanimous, party leaders said.She thanked party leaders for “reposing their trust and electing me as their president”.”Will work tirelessly to fulfil our shared vision of development, inclusiveness and reconciliation in J&K,” she wrote on Twitter.The PDP leadership met at the official residence of the chief minister here for the election of the party president.Also readMehbooba Mufti set to be PDP prez for 6th termA law graduate, 57-year-old Mehbooba took the plunge into mainstream politics of the state in 1996 by joining the Congress, along with her father, at a time when militancy was at its peak in the state.She emerged from the shadow of her illustrious father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who founded the PDP in 1999, to head Jammu and Kashmir as the first woman chief minister of the state last year.Also readMehbooba Mufti orders withdrawal of cases against 4,327 stone-pelters “Under @MehboobaMufti’s leadership, the party strives to carry forward its mission of holistic development and stability in Jammu and Kashmir,” senior PDP leader and sports minister Imran Raza Ansari said.The party’s Twitter handle posted, “From grassroots politics to emergence as a beacon of hope for young & dis- empowered, your dynamism & all inclusive politics have set new benchmarks & changed the course of polity in subcontinent. May your leadership continue to steer us to newer heights.”
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Delhi HC employs first transgender legal consultant

Soon after realising her sexual orientation, 23-year-old Babli left her family in 2010 to save it from “public shaming”. Seven years down the line, she has done everyone proud after becoming the first transgender person to get a post of a legal consultant with the Delhi High Court.Babli, hailing from Badaun in UP, started working on a project with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority five months back, after which she was selected for the post but the journey till now was not easy.Daily mental torture and harassment was a regular feature for her throughout her struggling days.Also readTransgender, denied job as cabin crew in Air India, moves Supreme Court “Ever since I was conscious of my sexual orientation, my family had been very supportive of me. But the jibes from neighbours and relatives were something that always haunted me. When things crossed a limit, it was then that I decided to leave the house. I consulted a trans friend of mine, who had been working as orchestra dancer, so I decided to join them to earn money,” narrated Babli.One day, while she was on a tour with her orchestra team, she saw a person beating a trans and it was on that day that she realised she would study and work hard to become somebody different and make her community proud.Also readConsider accommodating transgender officer: Delhi High Court“After returning from the tour, I decided to leave the orchestra. I joined a non-governmental organisation, Pahel, to study. Thereafter, there was no looking back for me. Initially, it was not easy but as they say‘where there’s a will there’s a way’. I used to wake up early to cope up with others as I had missed a lot of early schooling,” added Babli.Finally, after working day and night, she got a government job in the Delhi High Court in September. But she still feels bad about the treatment meted out to transgender people.“I know the world sees us differently but at the end, we are human too. I still do not understand why people see us as untouchables. This was not a choice but God has made us like this. People should treat us equally as we have done no harm to them. I have also worked with the Delhi Traffic Police in various campaigns for creating awareness about traffic rules and believe in doing a lot of social work,” she added.Now, Babli lives a life of respect and proudly identifies herself a transgender person. The only thing, she says, missing in her life now is her family.
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Gujarat elections 2017 | Civil society rejects CM’s ‘only 6 lakh jobless youth’ claim

Civil society organisations on Thursday criticised Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s statement that Gujarat had only 6 lakh educated jobless youth.At a press conference held by the Lokshahi Bachao Abhiyan, Hemantkumar Shah, an economics professor said that what the CM conveniently forgot to mention is that the 6 lakh figure is the unemployment figure only for last year.”The cumulative unemployment figures of Rupani were from the data available from employment exchanges. The number of people registered and the number of people who got a job. The difference is the number of unemployed,” said Shah.However, he said the CM only mentioned the figures for last year. If we continue to add the number of people who have remained unemployed (as per data from employment exchanges) for each year since 2001, the total figure would come to 19 lakh.He said the 6 lakh figure was arrived at because the cumulative employment exchanges create fresh data (of people registered and those who got a job) every year and the last year’s data is not carry forwarded. Ex-CM Suresh Mehta also called on the government’s claims that investment summits like the Vibrant Gujarat had created jobs in Gujarat. He said no employment potential was ever mentioned for the Vibrant Gujarat Summits for the year 2003, 2005, 2013, 2015 and 2017. “For the year 2007, it was claimed that the deals made during Vibrant Summit would provide employment to 13 lakh people when in fact only 55,000 people got jobs. Similarly, for 2009 only 3.8 lakh jobs were created against the promised 29 lakh jobs,” said Mehta. He said the jobs touted to be created due to Vibrant Summits were, in fact, more or less in tandem with the jobs being created even if the summit was not held.He said usually whenever an industry is given sops one of the conditions is that it would hire 80% of local labour force. “No industry in Gujarat that took benefit of the government’s sops have done this. The government does not bother to implement this condition and this is a reason why despite offering red carpet to industries our own people remain unemployed,” said Mehta.
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Rajasthan ‘first state’ to get ombudsman to redress grievances of people with HIV/AIDS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan has become the first state in the country which have an ombudsman to redress grievances of people with HIV/AIDS. For the purpose, the state has started the work on formulating guidelines and rules as per the provisions of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act 2017, which brings in legal accountability and establishes formal mechanisms for inquiring into complaints and redressing grievances of HIV positive people.Recently, a meeting of representatives from various departments including health, woman and child development, police, transport, railways, social justice and empowerment, Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority, NGOs, Network of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and development partners was held.

Vyapam case: CBI files charge sheet against 592 accused including Chairmen of 4 private medical colleges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairmen of four private medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh and two officers of medical education department are among the 592 accused named in a charge sheet filed by the CBI in a Vyapam-related case, officials said today.Those listed in the charge sheet included J N Choksey, chairman of L N Medical College; S N Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College; Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College (all in Bhopal) and Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College, Indore, they said. While three promoters did not comment when contacted by PTI, Bhadoriya claimed neither his nor his college’s name was mentioned in the CBI charge sheet. All four of them are understood to have filed application for anticipatory bail, the CBI officials said.The charge sheet was filed in a special CBI court in Bhopal in the case of Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or Vyapam in 2012. The test was for selecting candidates to various medical colleges of the state. Explaining the modus operandi, the CBI officials said middlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates to take examination in alleged connivance with certain Vyapam officials.In this, a bright candidate (who had already taken coaching to prepare for the test and is well versed with the examination pattern) would be alloted a roll number just ahead of a not-so-bright aspirant so that the latter could cheat from him, they said. The bright candidate would act as engine and the other as the bogey, the official said. The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and 20 lakh for this pairing, the CBI officials said.Giving further details of the case, they said on the basis of successful selection, the bright students would then take admission only in the four private medical colleges named in the charge sheet, despite they being in the merit list and hence eligible for admission in government institutions.These successful candidates, in connivance with middlemen and office bearers of private medical colleges, would later withdraw their admission, the officials said. Instead of reporting these vacancies to state government department concerned, the college authorities would fill these seats through management quota charging a hefty amount from a minimum of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore, they said. The students who took admission through the management quotas were not the ones who sat in the examination, the officials said.Among those named in the charge sheet, 334 are ‘engine- bogey’ candidates, 155 are guardians of these candidates, 46 invigilators of the examination, 26 officials of four private medical colleges, 22 middlemen and two officers of department of medical education, Madhya Pradesh, they said. The state government officials named in the charge sheet are S C Tiwari, the then director, and N M Srivastava, the then joint director in the medical education department, they said.Of the total people named in the charge sheet, 245 have been made accused for the first time. Others have been named in different charge sheet filed earlier by the CBI. The probe agency is looking into the various cases of massive irregularities in various examination conducted by the Vyapam to select candidates for medical colleges and also for state government jobs.

Water vows: No bride for these villages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Men in some Jaisalmer and Barmer villages have been facing prolonged bachelorhood as they struggle to find prospective life partners due to scarcity of basic amenities.Even after seven decades of independence, dozens of villages which come under the area of Desert National Park which is spread over about 3162 sq km have no basic amenities like electricity and water. People have to travel miles to get drinking water from wells.People are turning down marriages proposals for their daughters from young men of these villages because of hardships. This is the reason why the number of bachelors in these areas is increasing continuously.Due to lack of roads in many villages, even today, people are forced to travel on bullock carts and camels. Many villages are still completely cut off from other areas of the country in the field of telecommunications. In absence of these facilities, especially the Tejrava Gram Panchayat headquarters is not connected to the road. There is no sign of roads in many of the 36 village under this gram panchayat.There is no right to khatedari (a system of tenure of land by rent) in the Desert Park area and no one can own tube well. They have attracted the attention of the government by raising these problems in the assembly many times and have also demanded that these villages should get special package.Jugat Singh, resident of Ravtari village in the Desert National Park area, says that the situation is really grim. About 60-70 villages in this area have severe water scarcity. Sumer Singh, resident of Tejrava village, said that the women of the village have to walk miles to get water. Many villages around the park do not have the means of transport. In the delivery case of a pregnant woman, she is taken to the nearest health centre by camel cart.

SC observation on patriotism in cinema halls wrong: Manohar Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the Supreme Court’s observation that people need not stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism is “absolutely wrong”.He said the observation will not deter people from standing up when the National Anthem is played. “There was a judgement recently which ordered that you need not stand up when the National Anthem is being played. I don’t want to go into the merit of the judgement but as per my opinion it is absolutely wrong one,” Parrikar said while addressing a gathering of teachers here under the banner of Gomantak Bal Shikshan Parishad this evening.The apex court on October 23 observed that people do not need to stand up in the cinema halls to prove their patriotism and asked the Centre to consider amending the rules for regulating playing of the national anthem in the theatres.The top court also observed that it cannot be assumed that if a person does not stand up for national anthem, then he is “less patriotic”. Parrikar recalled an incident when he had gone to attend a function after the supreme court had made the observation. “I had gone to attend a function where organisers told me that there is a judgement which does not make it mandatory for people to stand up when the National Anthem is played and there is a confusion over the issue,” he said.Parrikar said he asked one of the organisers to not go into the merits of the “judgement” and asked him to appeal to people present there to stand up when the national anthem was being played. “People’s reaction on whether to remain seated or to stand up during the national anthem does not depend on the supreme court judgement, but it is (standing up for the national anthem) a part of their culture and upbringing,” the Chief Minister said. He said every Indian citizen is taught the values that include showing respect to the national anthem when it is being played. On the occasion, Parrikar stressed the need for the proper value education at primary level to make the child a good citizen in future.

Get rid of road rage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Let’s make it a point that the departed souls aren’t remembered for such gruesome ends. Let the end be better, let the end be meaningful. The end is a destiny, but some of it can be changed by us! DNA pledges to make the city a safer place for pedestrians, motorists and bikers.Government of Rajasthan will be celebrating the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) on November 19. The theme of the day, as is decided by the UN General Assembly, is ‘2020 Target: reduce road fatalities AND serious injuries by 50%’. This theme is based on Pillar 1 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action – Road Safety Management.Officials from transport department, police, Sardar Patel Police University’s Center for Road Safety, education department will be paying tribute at Shastri Nagar-based Science Park on Sunday, informed Nidhi Singh, deputy commissioner of road safety cell of transport department.In addition to this, organisations including NCC, NSS, Scout Guides, along with several NGOs, and media representatives working in this area will also be a part of the event. People who have lost their lives in the road accidents, families of people killed and those who have suffered accidents will also mark their presence.According to the official data released by the central government, age profile of road accident victims for the calendar year 2016 reveals that the youth between age group of 18 – 35 years accounted for 46.3% (69,851 persons) and age group of 18-45 accounted for a share of 68.6% (1,03,409 persons) in the total road accident fatalities.‘Observation of this day provides an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them. The day also provides an opportunity to remind governments and society of their responsibility to make roads safer,’ UN says.DEADLY DIGITSJune 2016Total accidents 12251Injury 13053Death 5432June 2017Total accidents 11408Injury 11601Death 5322ROAD CRASH BEHEMOTHMost Suseptible:15-49 yrsRoad injuries is one of the top four leading causes of death and health loss among persons of age group 15-49 years.Rising No.On an average, 1317 accidents and 413 accident deaths took place on Indian roads every day, in 2016.Uncertain RoadsThe National Highways constitute about 2 per cent of the total road network of India, but they accounted for 29.6 per cent of total road accidents and 34.5 per cent of total number of persons killed.Vehicle VengeanceAmong the vehicle categories, two wheelers accounted for the highest share in total number of road accidents (33.8 per cent) in 2016, followed by cars, jeeps and taxis (23.6 per cent), trucks, tempos, tractors and other articulated vehicles (21.0 per cent), Buses (7.8 per cent), auto-rickshaws (6.5 per cent) and other motor vehicles (2.8 per cent).Design By: Uttam Kumar SainVOICE OF RAJASTHANOur vehicles are nothing but multi-ton death machines, and should be treated like the same. Everyone knows that road accident is a major cause of death in the developed world with over 1.4 lakh deaths last year just in India. However, we still carelessly use our phones while driving.Rahil Sheikh, educatorRoad accidents are very unfortunate. Most of these accidents can be prevented. However, the losses have to be borne by the loved ones, due to carelessness of some. such sudden losses hurt the most since they are least expected.Nidhi Verma, bakerCitizens have to understand the importance of following traffic rules, and, police alone cannot be held responsible for poor traffic management. More number of emergency health facilities along the highways can also help reducing the number of deaths.Aditya Poonia, IIT graduateWrite to us at: [email protected]

Swachch baat: Mayor trims waste line

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a short span of Mayor Ashok Lahoti’s tenure, Jaipur city has witnessed many changes. He has been successful in ensuring regular cleaning and removal of heaps of garbage from every corner of the city. His initiative of door-to-door garbage collection and forcing vendors and shopkeepers to keep dustbin has resulted in vast improvement in sanitation.Thumbs up from people: Mandatory dustbins for commercial establishment, shopkeepers and street vendors. People didn’t like it initially but the result is there for everyone to see. People don’t have to look for a place to dump rubbish. Strict ban on plastic bags also had a positive impact although he had to face opposition from his own colleagues.It was a challenge to implement door- to-door garbage collection system that had failed in 2012. Today, the system is working smoothly in all 70 wards. People are also happy. Zone-wise public hearing has reduced hassles for obtaining birth, death and marriage certificates.JMC has created record of issuing pattas in CM Shahri Jankalyan Shivir. Delegation of powers to zonal deputy commissioners made things easier.Making the city ODF is another big achievement of the mayor. His idea of pink toilets for women is testimony of his vision.Biometric attendance system has also helped reduce complaints of employees missing from their seats.

Delhi University’s Dyal Singh Evening College renamed as ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College will now be called ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’, the college’s governing body has said.The decision was made after by the governing body after a meeting and said they will rename the college after it becomes a full-fledged morning college. The college’s principal said that the name was an inspiration for many during freedom struggle and hence it will inspire the students. “The name inspired millions during freedom struggle. It’ll also inspire students. There mustn’t be controversy on it. People opposing it haven’t understood it well. We’ll not reconsider it, it’s final,” said Dr IS Bakshi, principal of Dyal Singh College on Saturday.

Reduced GST brings smiles on faces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nileema Kulkarni didn’t remember that the newly lowered Goods and Services (GST) tax rate for restaurants was to be effective from Wednesday. “It’s only when the bill came that I realised that I was charged five per cent instead of 18 per cent,” said Kulkarni, who had just stepped out from her office in Nariman Point for lunch.Many like Kulkarni were happy that their food expenses did not pinch their pockets as much until a day before.”People like me who work have a certain budget in which we manage our expenses. With the new GST rate, it will certainly help save money,” said Kulkarni.She is not the only one. Kimaya Bhende, who regularly visits restaurants and coffee shops to discuss business dealing with her clients said that ever since the new GST rates had kicked in, “It was like having food with the government.””Though the effective increase in taxes after Value Added Tax (VAT) and Service Tax was over four per cent in some restaurants, I did feel the pinch of the 18 per cent. Over a period of time, it was like the profit I was earning from business dealings was less than the 18 per cent tax iI was paying. The reduction of 13 per cent is a welcome move,” she added.Restaurateurs who too were happy that the tax rate had reduced said that it will reflect in their balance sheets over a period of time. “Today is only the first day. People are not spending as much as they used to. With the reduction in tax, people can spend freely,” said Satish Shanbagh, Supervisor at Samrat restaurant near Churchgate station.

AMC warns of bad air today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahmedabad is not too behind from the national capital when it comes to air pollution. Air pollution in the city is to shoot up soon, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) warned on Wednesday. The AMC had issued a warning that the city will face severely bad air on Thursday. Air Quality monitoring system placed at Pirana, showing PM 2.5 level, is expected to cross the 400 mark on the Air Quality Index (AQI) metre.The Health department also issued an advisory, anticipating the quality of bad air which is going to prevail in city on Thursday. “People with respiratory issues are advised to stay indoor. Prolonged exposure of such quality of air many develop respiratory illness to health people also,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, in-charge medical officer of health, AMC.”We have issues advise for people to wear mask, who are going to work in an open area. Over all city’s AQI is going to remain 311, which is considered to be very poor,” added Dr Solanki.

Tape for tape: Hardik Patel says will drop a bigger bomb on Nov 18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the leak of three alleged sex tapes featuring him, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel on Wednesday said he will make some shocking revelations about some BJP leaders at his rally to be held on November 18 at Mansa town of Gandhinagar district.Talking to DNA, the Patidar quota stir leader said, “I am firm on my stand and did not deviate from my path. I will be organising many rallies in the near future. I will make a shocking revelation at the rally in Mansa. I don’t want to say what it will be about, but it will sort of be a great explosion.”Hardik has chosen Mansa, the ancestral village of BJP national president Amit Shah, to hit back at the BJP. He claimed that the people from across Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha, Arvalli and nearby areas would gather at the rally.”I have been holding rallies with the same zeal and there will not be loss of temperament at any moment. I addressed a rally in Bharuch on Tuesday evening; that received great response from the people,” Hardik added.After the rally, Hardik posted a tweet in Hindi which, roughly translated, said, “Let us believe that I am wrong. Lynch me when you get the chance to, but the core issue is the right of the society. The issue is the future of farmers and the youth. Why is the BJP government not acting upon these issues?”Hardik has been receiving sympathy from various sections, including his own community. The urban youth have come out in support of the PAAS leader, with social media posts backing him.A senior BJP leader said, “People believe the BJP leaked the sex tapes, but the fact is that this is the outcome of the rivalry within the PAAS. The BJP has gained on the political ground, but the Patel community in rural areas is opposing Hardik after this incident.”Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said, “The Congress is making efforts to shield Hardik. This is not about someone’s personal life, this is about honesty and ethics. It was a shameful act, Hardik indulged in it, and some people have come to his defence.”

Bank heist value hits Rs 2.8 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the police are yet to get hold of the culprits involved in the Rs 2.85 crore theft case in which a 25-feet-tunnel was created to enter a public bank at Juinagar in Navi Mumbai and 30 of 225 lockers were broken into, customers who lost their valuables including cash, gold, silver and diamond ornaments are now asking how appropriate is it to call safe deposit vaults ‘safes’?Customers have now come forward to file a case against Bank of Baroda and have decided to approached Bombay High Court after the bank refused to entertain any request for compensation to the customers. Many victims claimed that the bank officials informed them that no insurance policy has been acquired for the safekeeping of the lockers.On Tuesday, Navi Mumbai police took statements of 28 out of 30 customers of Bank of Baroda’s Juinagar Branch who had availed safety locker facility. Remaining two customers are believed to be abroad on a business trip.Sanpada resident and logistic firm employee Rajesh Jadhav, 40, and his wife Meena, are victims of a double whammy. A decade ago, Jadhav had lost gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh after thieves had broken into their house.“After that incident, we took the locker facility thinking our valuables will remain safe. Sadly, we lost Rs 5 lakh worth gold ornaments in this theft. People avail locker facility assuming houses are more prone to thefts, but now even banks are not safe,” said Jadhav.Another Sanpada resident, Praveen Thakur, 35, who works as a clerk with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, was shocked after he learnt that Rs 80 lakh worth gold and silver ornaments were missing from his locker. Most of the ornaments in his locker were ancestral and were meant for his sister Pushpa’s wedding.An official of Turbhe Railway Station, Amit Kumar, 39, a resident of Juinagar, lost gold ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh. Kumar had availed locker facility two years ago. “The bank should take the responsibility and compensate our loses,” said Kumar.LEGAL TANGLENavi Mumbai police took statements of 28 out of 30 customers of Bank of Baroda’s Juinagar Branch. Two customers are out of station Many victims claimed bank officials informed them that no insurance policy has been acquired for the safekeeping of the lockers

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