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ISI forcing J&K Gujjars into militancy: Eshfaq-ur Rehman Posawal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujjar community is facing a serious threat from Pakistan’s ISI and its sponsored terrorists. Gujjar leader from J&K and BJP contestant from Karnah in state assembly election in 2014, Eshfaq-ur Rehman Posawal, who is in Kota these days, said conditions are being created in J&K to force Gujjars to join militancy and added that this threat has been further intensified after the recent release of Hafiz Saeed.“It is unfortunate the in last two years since 1947, the militant weapons have been recovered from the people of Gujjar community in J&K and it is the sign of forced conversion into militancy, Poswal said.He has been garnering support from Gujjar community from across the country to counter the threat and to give a suitable reply, he said and added he held interaction with Gujjar leaders in Jhalawar on Sunday and held a meeting with BJP MLA from Kota North Phralad Gunjal. Poswal said to counter the threat and to seek support from the Gujjar community of other states, he is set to organise anti-terrorist conference in Kota next month. Poswal said he held a meeting with army chief Lt General Bipin Rawat last month and requested him to set up up a Gujjar regiment to take on the Pak sponsored terrorism along the Line of Control (LoC).Poswal further said BJP MLA from Kota North and Gujjar leader Prahlad Gunjal has assured him to extend all kind of support to Gujjars in J&K.

CM’s olive branch breaks ice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The concluding day of the ninth session of 14th legislative Assembly commenced amid protest of opposition MLAs, who had been staging sit-in in the House since Tuesday on demand of loan waiver for farmers. Unconvinced with the governments reply, the Opposition continued its demonstration within the House even after the the session was adjourned sine die by the Speaker on Thursday. However, an initiative from the chief minister broke the ice and had the protest ended. It was after the ‘informal’ talks with the chief minister that the Opposition MLAs decided to forward a 5-point demand letter to the Governor, seeking his intervention on loan waiver for farmers and other demands. Despite intermittent disturbance of the protesting Opposition MLAs, the government was able to have the Bill for extending reservation for Gurjars and four other castes passed. However, as a little embarrassment couple of MLAs of the ruling side too expressed their reservation on the Bill.The concluding day of the session commenced with protest of Opposition MLAs who had been camping at the house througout the night. The proceedings commenced with question on loan waiver of farmers and purchase of produce on minimum support price raised by independent MLA Subhash Mehariya. Two of the opposition MLAs Shankuntla Rawat and Mewaram Jain did not stand up to ask the questions that were listed and the question hour proceeded.The speaker though did not granted permission for adjournment motions moved by Heeralal Darangi, Manoj Kumar and Hanuman Beniwal. However, Heeralal Darangi and Hanuman Beniwal were granted two minutes each to speak on the issues raised by them related to difficulties in ST caste certificate and murder of Prahlad Jat respectively. During the day, 11 members were granted to read out on the point of information. While out of 26 questions received through slips, four were granted permission.

Cabinet Rejig: Ministers with additional charges may see their burden reduce, new faces in the offing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sunday’s reshuffle is likely to take load off four ministers who are holding additional charges after vacancies arose in the cabinet between March and July this year due to various reasons. In the rejig, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may induct new faces lessening the burden on these ministers.In March, Manohar Parrikar resigned as defence minister.He later became the chief minister of Goa. Arun Jaitley, who was holding the portfolio of Finance and Corporate Affairs, was given the additional charge of Defence.In May, Anil Dave, the then Environment and Forest minister, passed away. Science and Technology minister Harsh Vardhan was given the additional charge of the Environment Ministry.In July, M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the union cabinet after being picked up as the NDA nominee for the post of vice president of India. His Housing and Urban Affairs portfolio went to Narendra Singh Tomar as additional charge.Tomar is the minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation.Naidu’s Information and Broadcasting portfolio went to Smriti Irani, the minister for Textiles.Besides, Ravi Shankar Prasad holds two portfolios — Law and Justice and Information-Technology. New blood in the offing?Several new faces, including some from the BJP’s allies, are expected to join the government when Prime Minister Narendra Modi a reshuffles his council of ministers on Sunday.It will be the third such exercise since he took over in May 2014.”A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan at around 10 am on Sunday,” a top government official said.Four junior ministers – Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey – have resigned ahead of the rejig.Two Cabinet ministers, Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra, have also offered to resign, said BJP sources.Bharti, who is the water resources minister, said only Shah or anyone on his behalf can speak on the issue.”The media sought my reaction on reports in circulation since yesterday. I have said that I have not heard the question, will not hear nor will I answer it,” she tweeted.Shah had met Modi yesterday and the two leaders are understood to have finalised the changes in the council of ministers.BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, party’s vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, and party MPs Prahlad Patel, Suresh Angadi, Satyapal Singh and Prahlad Joshi are being talked about within the party as probable ministers.With the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) also likely to join the government, its leaders R C P Singh, who is its parliamentary party leader in the Rajya Sabha, and Santosh Kumar are the likely picks from the new NDA constituent.AIADMK leader Thambidurai had met Shah yesterday, and he, besides party leaders P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely representatives from the Tamil Nadu party if it decides to join the government. However, the southern party has not confirmed it so far.The current strength of the council of ministers, including the prime minister, is 73 and the maximum number of ministers cannot go beyond 81.According to a constitutional amendment, the limit cannot exceed beyond 15 per cent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha which is 545.While there are some vacancies, a number of senior ministers are also holding dual portfolios.Arun Jaitley is in charge of two heavyweight ministries- finance and defence- while Harsh Vardhan, Smriti Irani and Narendra Singh Tomar are also handling additional charges

Gujarat: Congress loses 5 MLAs as two more resign ahead of Rajya Sabha election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another jolt to the Congress party in Gujarat, two more MLAs resigned on Friday, ahead of the Rajya Sabha election, taking the number to five.Congress MLAs Mansinh Chouhan and Chhanabhai Chaudhary handed over their resignation to the assembly speaker.”I have received resignation of five MLAs so far,” said Gujarat Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora.Chouhan was Transport Minister during Congress rule in state during 1990 to 1995.The Congress’s tally has now reduced to 52 in the 182-seat assembly.On Thursday, three party MLAs considered close to Shankarsinh Vaghela quit and joined the BJP, which quickly declared one of them its candidate for next month’s Rajya Sabha polls against Congress veteran Ahmed Patel.The resignation of Balwantsinh Rajput, the party’s chief whip in the Assembly, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel reducedRajput, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel resigned from the House and also all party posts. They later drove to the BJP office in Gandhinagar and joined the saffron party in the presence of its president Amit Shah.The Congress has re-nominated Ahmed Patel, political secretary to party president Sonia Gandhi.The Congress nominee can sail through if he musters the support of 47 MLAs and the party is able to further desertions from its legislative arm. Congress, the main opposition party in the Gujarat Assembly, also has the support of two NCP legislators and the lone JD(U) MLA.The presidential election had seen cross-voting by Congress MLAs as the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar could garner votes of only 49 legislators against the party’s then strength of 57 in the Assembly.

Three Gujarat MLAs ditch Congress, embrace BJP; Rajput to fight RS poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress in Gujarat received yet another jolt as three of its senior MLAs resigned and joined the BJP in the presence of its national president Amit Shah at the party headquarters, Kamalam, in Gandhinagar on Thursday.All the three MLAs — Congress chief whip in Gujarat Assembly and Siddhpur MLA Balwantsinh Rajput, Virmagam MLA Dr Tejshri Patel and Vijapur MLA Prahlad Patel — tendered their resignations to Speaker Ramanlal Vora in the afternoon and said they were not happy with the turbulence in the Congress. More drama is expected on Friday, when Rajput will file his nomination for the Rajya Sabha (RS) election against Congress’s Ahmed Patel.This comes a week after the Congress received a major setback after the veteran Shankersinh Vaghela quit. The party had been trying to put up a brave front for Patel, who is set to seek re-election to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.Congress’s ordeal does not end here, since 11 more of its MLAs are almost certain to bid goodbye to the party. They are said to be in touch with some BJP leaders and Vagela. If they too resign, Patel’s vote share will decline from 47 to 43, which would mean a defeat for him.After joining the BJP, Rajput said, “I was with the Congress for 35 years and have served on different positions in the organisation and government offices as well. But, I was disturbed by the internal rift in the party, and the high command seemed least interested in resolving it. I also observed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat and India have developed immensely. This inspired me to join the BJP. I will not demand a ticket and will handle what the party assigns me.”Dr Tejshri Patel said, “I saw great indiscipline within the Congress. Members have been making frivolous statements, but face no action. Alpesh Thakor, a leader of the Thakor community, shared the dais with me at a function in my area. While addressing the public, he said he would decide a candidate for Congress from Viramgam and that person would be from the Thakor community. Now, this is not only an insult to me but an injustice to the Patel community.”Prahlad Patel said, “I realised I can progress only if I am with the party in power. I had joined the Congress after defecting from BJP five years ago. But, the Congress does not have any respect for the Patel community and never has anyone from the community in important positions. I have made the Congress party strong in Vijapur, a BJP stronghold, but now I will break the spine of the Congress there by contesting the polls as a BJP candidate.”However, Patel later retracted his statement, saying he will not seek a ticket and the BJP high command will make a decision.During the press conference, the Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said, “Although from different parties, we had a friendly relationship. I called Rajput and said ‘you are a popular leader in your region. You should join the BJP as millions of people have put their faith in the party led by PM Modi. We welcome all the three members to the BJP in the presence of Shah.”Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel is speculated to be the mastermind behind the plot, as Patel has been in constant touch with these MLAs from the north Gujarat region. The three MLAs also confessed they were in touch with Patel, who, being a minister, always supported them for development works in their areas.”This has happened because of the Congress. Many of their leaders and workers feel suffocated in the party as their voice is muzzled. Ahmed Patel has been contesting RS polls for 24 years, so why can’t the Congress give a chance to another candidate. The paty is ruled by one family and their sycophants,” the deputy CM said….& ANALYSISWith 11 more MLAs likely to quit the party, Ahmed Patel, who is seeking re-election to the Rajya Sabha on a Cong ticket from Gujarat, is now facing an imminent defeat.
The BJP is looking to shore up its numbers in the RS, where it lacks majority, and this development will help the ruling party take a firm step towards increasing its RS numbers.

Another jolt to Congress in Gujarat; three MLAs resign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another jolt to the Congress in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls, three party MLAs considered close to former opposition leader Shankarsinh Vaghela resigned from the assembly today. The resignation of Balwantsinh Rajput (who was also the chief whip), Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel reduced the Congress’s tally to 54 in the 182-seat assembly. The development came at a time when the Congress has fielded its senior leader Ahmed Patel as its candidate for the Upper House in the election scheduled for August 8. The Congress nominee can sail through if he musters the support of 47 MLAs and the party is able to guard against further desertions from its legislative arm. The presidential election had seen cross-voting by Congress legislators as the opposition candidate Meira Kumar could garner votes of only 49 legislators against the Congress’s then strength of 57 in the assembly. All three MLAs submitted their resignation letters to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora at Gandhinagar. “Balwantsinh Rajput, Tejashreeben Patel and Prahlad Patel have given their resignation as sitting MLAs of their respective seats. They now cease to be the members the Legislative Assembly,” Vora told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

19-year-old man attacked with iron rods, stabbed to death in South Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 19-year-old man was killed and his friend critically injured when were allegedly attacked by five men in south Delhi, police said today.The incident was reported around 11.30 PM on Saturday, they said.The duo was at their friend’s birthday party last night in Hauz Rani area near Select Citywalk Mall when the two persons were attacked, the police said.While Aman alias Karan and his friend Amit (21) were waiting for their friends to come, five men armed with knives and rods attacked them.Aman was stabbed multiple times by the accused and when Amit tried to intervene, he was stabbed too.The accused also attacked the victims with iron rods. The duo was rushed to a hospital where Aman was declared brought dead. Amit is undergoing treatment, the police said.In his statement, Amit said they had gone to a friend’s room in Hauz Rani to celebrate the birthday of their friend Gaurav.Police suspect that it was a planned attack and could be the fallout of a dispute between the victims and the accused.The five accused have been identified but no arrests have been made so far.Raids are being conducted to nab the accused, police said.In a similar incident, a 23-year-old man, Prahlad, was stabbed to death allegedly by his two friends following an argument in northwest Delhi’s Bhalswa Dairy last night.The police said they have identified the accused and will arrest them soon.

Hyd man held for posing as secretary of PM’s brother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was arrested here today after he allegedly tried to seek favours from some Central government officials by claiming himself as the secretary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brother Prahlad Modi, the police said. Venkat Prasad, who runs an advertising agency, was arrested from Abids area of the city, a police official said. According to the official, Prasda had met Prahlad Modi when he had visited the city earlier. “After that (visiting Modi), he started claiming himself as secretary to Prahlad Modi and made calls to few senior bureaucrats in Delhi seeking favours, and also fixed appointments with some other officers,” he said. Prasad’s cover was blown after an official raised suspicion and alerted the police. The police official said that Prasad had put his name as the “secretary PMO Modi” on the Truecaller app and whenever he used to make calls to officials his name would get displayed as “Secretary PMO Modi”. A case of cheating and extortion under relevant sections of IPC was registered against the accused. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dr Subhash Chandra Show to return to TV screens on May 6

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s popular motivational youth show, Dr Subhash Chandra Show (DSC Show), is set to return to television screens starting May 6. With a set of fresh episodes, the new season will highlight inspirational stories of people from various backgrounds.”The idea is to get a set of motivators who can guide students from their own experiences. We are hoping to reach out to more and more students in the upcoming season,” said Dr Subhash Chandra, Rajya Sabha MP and Chairman, Essel Group and ZEE.After being initially shot in New Delhi, the next episodes of the DSC Show were shot at Whistling Woods International Institute and Prahlad Kakar School of Branding & Entrepreneurship (PKSBE) in Mumbai on Tuesday.During these episodes, Dr Subhash Chandra spoke on topics close to his heart — “MBA versus Entrepreneurs, Job-seeker versus Job-creator”, and “How is entrepreneurship in creative industries different? What is required to be a successful media and entertainment entrepreneur in 2017?”Ad guru Prahlad Kakar, Dr A Velumani, Founder and Chairman of Thyrocare, Beena Sheth Lashkari, Director of Door Step School, innovation consultant Kaustubh Dhargalkar, and Pratish Nair, Director and Co-founder of PKSBE, were invited as special guests and change-makers for these episodes. Subhash Ghai, film-maker and Founder and Chairman of Whistling Woods International, also graced the occasion. Speaking to DNA, Ghai said, “There are very few people who get a realisation that they want to do something for the society even when they are at top positions. Chandra sir is one such personality. His show has now become a people’s movement.”On the sustainability of student enterprises and start-ups, Dr Chandra said, “Start-ups that have an intention of benefiting the society usually sustain, while those started with only profit-making motives might not sustain in the long run.” He also said that young people should always stay ahead of the curve and should not fear experimentation to become successful.Students said that they learnt many things from the motivational talks of the experts and Dr Chandra himself. “I have learnt to chase the inspiration that comes from within rather than look for inspiration from external elements,” one of them said.

Modi’s brother pays homage at Aurobindo ashram in Pondy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prahlad Damodardas Modi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited the Aurobindo Ashram here with his family, today. Prahlad Modi spent around 15 minutes sitting in meditation at the memorials of Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, The Mother, ashram sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Appoint counsellors in univs to check students’ suicide: MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP member today expressed concern in Lok Sabha over the growing number of students committing suicide in the country and sought the appointment of full-time counsellors in the universities. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Prahlad Joshi said that examination stress, peer pressure, cricket betting and drug abuse were pushing the students to commit suicide. Urging the government to seriously consider the issue, he demanded the appointment of full-time counsellors in the universities. India has one of the world’s highest rate of suicides, Joshi added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tripura MP wants preservation of tribal languages through law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CPM MP Jitendra Choudhury today pressed for preservation of tribal languages and dialects through a law, saying these are important for national integration. The MP from Tripura was participating in a debate on private member’s bill — ‘The ‘Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 — in the Lok Sabha. The bill envisages more financial and administrative powers for the autonomous district councils (ADCs) to ensure overall development of tribal regions, most of which are in the Northeast. Prahlad Singh Patel (BJP) termed the bill as “very dangerous” and said he cannot support it. Asserting that fissiparous law create dissent among the masses, Singh said such laws should be weakened and this can be done through development. “We have incurred a lot of loss due to Sixth Schedule. We have to do away with law which is restricting our growth,” he said. Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said there was no fixed criteria of nomination in the bill and asked “Who will nominate the member?” He felt that there was a need for more comprehensive bill. In the Sixth Schedule, he said, there was no anti-defection law although “we have talked about it (anti-defection law).”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-Raj minister Babulal Nagar acquitted of rape charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Rajasthan minister Babulal Nagar was today acquitted by a local court of the charge of raping a married woman on the pretext of providing her a government job after prosecution failed to prove the case against him beyond reasonable doubts. Additional District Judge Prahlad Rai Sharma after hearing the prosecution and defence witnesses, said the prosecution failed to prove the case against him beyond reasonable doubts. The former minister, who was arrested by the CBI in 2013, was brought to the court from jail under heavy security cover in the morning, but the judgement was pronounced in the afternoon. Prosecution presented 19 witnesses whereas statements of 13 witnesses were taken from defence. Hearing both the sides, the court had reserved its decision. “Today, the court acquitted Nagar from rape charges,” Nagar’s counsel Purushottam Banwada told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana: 80-year-old woman bleeds to death after bottle inserted in anal cavity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An 80-year-old woman was brutally murdered on Wednesday in Haryana, bringing back memories of the infamous Nirbhaya case. According to a report on The Times of India, the woman reportedly bled to death after a Harpic bottle was inserted into her anal cavity by unidentified assailants. Though initial investigation by the police did not reveal evidence of rape, the possibility of sexual abuse has not been ruled out.The victim’s body was found in blood-soaked quilts on her cot by her son in their Sonipat home. Belonging to a backward class, the woman lived on the first floor of a small home while one of her two sons lived on the second floor with his family. The woman was rushed to the Sonipat civil hospital where the doctors found the bottle in her body.The TOI report said that bottle had been inserted with such force that it caused the anus to rupture and damaged the small and big intestines as well. Excessive internal bleeding choked the lungs, which is believed to be the cause of death.Sonipat Sadar police station SHO Prahlad Singh said they are yet to confirm how and when the killer entered the victim’s room.

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