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Mumbai Fire | ‘Don’t know how I got out alive,’ survivor recalls inferno horror

Mumbai woke up to a dreadful news about massive fire at a commercial complex in Lower Parel area on Friday.Latest reports say that 15 people were killed and several injured in the midnight tragedy.Amid reports of loss of lives, there were some who luckily survived the inferno.Among those was a Mumbai gynaecologist Dr Sulbha KG Arora. In her tweets, she recalled how she miraculously survived the fire.Narrating the incident, she said, “The Kamala Mills fire started at 1 Above. I was there and barely made it out alive. Some were not so lucky. Praying for the injured and the deceased. It was the scariest thing I have ever survived!”In another tweet, she said talked about stampede in the pub and scenes after that. “There was a stampede and someone pushed me. People were running over me even as the ceiling above me was collapsing in flames. Still don’t know how I got out alive. Some powers were definitely protecting me,” Dr Arora said in her tweet.The fire broke out shortly after midnight on the third floor of the four-storeyed building on Senapati Bapat Marg, a commercial hub of the city, a civic official told PTI.”The cooling operations are underway. Some of the injured people are in critical condition,” the official said.The injured are undergoing treatment at the civic-run KEM and Sion hospitals, the official from the BMC disaster management unit said.The fire that started little after 12 am on Friday was completely doused around 2:30 am.(With PTI inputs)

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Karnataka: Over 3,500 farmers committed suicide in five years, says state report

As many as 3,515 farmers in Karnataka committed suicide between April 2013 and November 2017, out of which 2,525 were due to drought and farm failure, statistics provided by the State Agriculture Department said.”3,515 farmers were reported to have committed suicide from April 2013 to November 2017, and from April 2008 to April 2012, as many as 1,125 farmers were reported to have committed suicide,” it said.Out of the 3,515 suicide cases reported, agriculture department accepted 2,525 cases which were due to drought and crop failure, the data said.From April 2015 to April 2017, as many as 2,514 suicide cases were reported, of which 1,929 cases were accepted, it added.From April 2017 to November 2017, when the state received sufficient rainfall, as many as 624 suicide cases were reported. Of these, 416 cases were accepted, it said.Agriculture Director B Y Srinivas told PTI that as many as 112 suicide cases were pending for the want of ratification by a state government panel since 2013.”There are 105 pending cases this year till November, and seven cases the previous year,” he said.The highest number of suicides (1,483) were reported during 2015-16 and lowest (106) during 2013-14, Srinivas said.”Sugarcane growers top the list of suicides, followed by cotton and paddy cultivators,” he said.The government has taken relief measures asking banks not to force farmers to repay their dues and turn their short and medium-term crop loans into long-term loans with waiver of interest, he added.?Agriculture Officer Kumaraswamy said the government has registered cases against private money lenders, who give loans at exorbitant interest rates, ranging from 30 to 40 per cent.”As many as 1,332 cases have been registered against money lenders, of which 585 have been arrested in last three years,” he said.The government has also hiked compensation from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh to families of farmers who committed suicide.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had in 2015 made the announcement before a public rally in Ranebennur taluk.

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Unnao: Cataract surgery on 32 patients done under torchlight; CMO suspended

The CMO earlier said the acting district magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty. Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure, and that they were made to lie down on floors despite extreme cold weather conditions. Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of 'medical disasters' in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point. A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.”

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Tuesday 26 December 2017 18:40 ISTMust readIndian Army crosses LOC to retaliate, kills three Pak soldiers Surgical Strike 2.0: Indian Army planted IEDs to surprise Pak; toll could be higher <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–> The district administration today suspended the chief medical officer after reports surfaced that 32 cataract patients were operated upon in torch light for want of steady electricity supply at a state-run facility here.”Taking a serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government acted promptly and suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad,” Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh told PTI. He said incharge of the community health centre (CHC) at Nawabganj has also been removed. A report has been sought by the state health department regarding the entire episode. According to the visuals that went viral on social media, 32 cataract operations were done at the CHC in Nawabganj yesterday in torch light as there was no electricity or power back-up there.The CMO earlier said the acting district magistrate has ordered a probe into the matter and the organisation entrusted with the task could be blacklisted, if found guilty. Meanwhile, some relatives of the patients complained that they were not provided with any beds after the procedure, and that they were made to lie down on floors despite extreme cold weather conditions. Uttar Pradesh has attracted bad press for a series of ‘medical disasters’ in the recent past, with the death of more than 60 children, mostly infants, at a government hospital in Gorakhpur being the latest case in point. A hospital in Farukhabad recorded 49 deaths — 30 in neo-natal ICU and 19 during delivery — between July 20 and August 21 this year, reportedly due to a lack of oxygen supply.

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Action will be taken against those who didn’t help party in Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi

Addressing Congress party workers in Ahmedabad, days after narrowly losing in the Gujarat assembly election, Rahul Gandhi hinted that internal discord was the primary reason behind their defeat. Congress President said that if the party had worked unitedly, they would have emerged victorious. However, according to Rahul Gandhi’s assessment, while around 80-85% workers gave their best shot, some remained aloof or worked against the party and resulted in the eventual defeat. Congress significantly increased their seat tally and vote share in the recently concluded Assembly election restricting BJP to 99 seats in the assembly. However, even as Congress party did reasonaly well, many of its top leaders had to bite the dust. Alluding to it, Rahul Gandhi said that a new set of leaders have emerged who will be raising their voices in the Assembly. Congress President predicted that the party would win the next election under their leadership and get 135 seats. Also readRahul Gandhi offers prayers at Somnath temple in GujaratHe also said that Congress may have lost the election, but has scored a moral victory because BJP had lot more resource to fight the polls. Also according to Congress President, they spoke the language of love during the elections, while BJP spoke the language of rage. Congress lost many seats by extremely narrow margin in the recently concluded election. The state-leadership is currently taking a stock of the results and Rahul Gandhi joined them on the third day of introspection session. He held review meet with leaders from all four regions of Gujarat. Congress did significantly well in Saurashtra, but couldn’t maintain that surge in other regions. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district, ahead of his meeting with party leaders to introspect on the Gujarat Assembly polls. The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital. Gandhi ad visited the Somnath temple during the recent election campaign and his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, kicking up a row. The Congress had called it “fake” and the BJP insisted that the leader declare his religious faith before people.With PTI inputs

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‘I can’t speak’: Sonia Gandhi sees red after fireworks interrupt her last speech as Congress president

Sonia Gandhi, who led the Congress part for 19 years, on Saturday passed the baton to his son Rahul. During her emotional farewell speech, the outgoing Congress president was interrupted by noise erupting from incessant fireworks as party workers celebrated Rahul’s elevation outside the 24, Akbar Road headquarters. “Today I am addressing you for the last time as Congress president. A new era, new leadership before you,” Sonia Gandhi said. But she stopped as loud crackers outside the party office drowned her voice. “I can’t speak,” she said, turning to the dais where senior leaders of the party were seated. Also readPM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi Signalling to the workers to bring down the noise, she said, “I have to shout because of this.” An announcement failed to deter the workers and they continued with the crackers. She resumed after a few minutes even as the noise continued.Congratulating Rahul on his elevation, she said personal attacks on her son have made him fearless and voiced confidence that the young leadership will infuse new vigour in the party.Also readSonia Gandhi and the unexpected rise and stunning fall of CongressEarlier, Rahul Gandhi was handed over certificate of election as Congress president.Sonia Gandhi, who headed the 132-year-old Congress for the last 19 years, also thanked party leaders and workers for the support she received during her tenure as its chief.Sonia, who has been unwell over the past few year and had virtually handed over the charge of the party to Rahul, said she was proud of her son’s endurance and determination.”Rahul is my son and I don’t feel it is appropriate that I praise him but I will definitely say that since childhood he had faced the agony inflicted by violence.”In his political life, he faced vicious personal attacks which have made him more fearless. I am proud of his endurance and determination. I am fully confident that he will lead the party with courage and dedication,” she said.(With PTI inputs)

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Gujarat Elections 2017 Phase 2 : Can PM Modi’s late aggression save BJP’s day in North and Central Gujarat?

One fatal gaffe. Another clandestine meeting. All it took for the discourse in Gujarat elections to change completely. For the last two months, Congress has been the aggressor. From lack of Patidar quota, to distress in automobile hub in Sanand, from lack of post-flood relief to alleged Dalit atrocities, Congress was pounding on the questions and BJP already reeling from two decades of anti-incumbency was woefully short of answer. But all that changed with PM Modi raking the issue of Pak allegedly trying to make Ahmed Patel the CM and also using the neech-aadmi jibe to hilt. It certainly changed the mood and discourse of the campaign, despite all efforts of Congress. Will it work on the ground? It will be only known on 18th, but if it does, BJP should certainly be benefited in Central Gujarat. There are 40 seats in play in the districts of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod and Chhota Udaipur. BJP won 22 of the 40 seats last time around. But its seats have tapered since 2002, when the party did incredibly well after communal polarisation. Central Gujarat has been a traditional pocketborough of Congress but this time, several factors are against them. With Shanker Sinh Vaghela staying away, Congress is missing a real big face. Another high-profile exit from Congress is of Amul chairman Ramsinh Parmar. The BJP with its current stranglehold in milk dairy unions is looking to make major headways in Anand and Kheda. It’s sitting pretty to do well in Vadodara. Hardik Patel’s PAAS hasn’t really made much inroads in Central Gujarat and is likely to be a minor factor. Congress has been the traditional beneficiary of tribal votes in Gujarat. However, BJP with help of RSS and VHP has made powerful efforts to reach out to them. The tribal vote may well be the decisive factor in districts like Panchmahal, Dahod and Chhota Udaipur. (Rahul Gandhi in Anand-PTI)While Central Gujarat equation lies in a delicate balance, it is completely a riot in North Gujarat, with multiple factors at play. Mehsana is the epicentre of Patel agitation, from where it spread to the entire state like a volcano. Incidentally, it is the home district of PM Modi. Hence it is a battle of titans in Mehsana. Leading BJP’s charge there is none other than state Deputy CM Nitin Patel. But he has his work cut out with Hardik Patel’s soaring popularity among the youth. Even though Patel is barred from entering the district, his rallies in neighbouring Patan have made BJP anxious. 53 seats are there in six North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Mehsana, Gandhinagar and Aravalli. BJP won 32 out of 53 last time around and virtually swept in 2014 general elections. But the party is almost reconciled to some losses in North Gujarat with Hardik Patel effect extremely pronounced. But what may stop a complete rout for BJP is some self-goals from Congress and its allies. Alpesh Thakor’s poor seat selection has given BJP some lease of life. In total, there are 23 seats in North Gujarat where Thakor community has significant clout. (Hardik Patel campaigning in Ahmedabad- PTI)Thakor and Patels are the most influential caste groups in North Gujarat. BJP is hoping to split the Patel vote and also to prop-up other prominent social groups in some seats. It is repeat of the UP experiment by Amit Shah and in tune with it, party has given tickets to Kolis, Prajapatis etc. Tribal vote is key in North too, with they being a key player in 13 seats. With nearly 13 rebels in fray, Congress runs the risk of losing out in close seats. Also the ghost of Congress MLAs going away from Banaskantha during peak floods is haunting them. Congress ally Jignesh Mevani hasn’t exactly got the momentum he hoped for. Mevani allegedly taking donation from under-scanner PFI has only added to his headache. Rahul Gandhi though has aggressively campaigned, trying to mock the Gujarat model at a time when the state’s industrial juggernaut is showing some signs of slowdown. (PM Modi supporters thronging in large numbers-PTI)Whether Hardik’s ground game can match BJP’s potent organisation may well be the deciding factor in North Gujarat. But what may be the biggest factor in this election is still the master orator NaMo. Can Gujaratis afford to ignore his emotional appeal of giving a befitting reply to those who ‘insult’ him. Will emotion trump over hard-logic and ground situation. We will know soon.

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NGT slams Delhi government, asks why Kotla match held

India’s top environment court pulled up the AAP government on Monday for inadequate action on pollution and criticised authorities for holding the India-Sri Lanka Test in the city despite bad air quality.The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had sought a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with severe air pollution. On Monday, the Delhi government sought more time, but the tribunal said the report must be filed within the next 48 hours.On Sunday, the match being played at the Feroz Shah Kotla had to be halted for 17 minutes after Sri Lankan players complained of poor air quality. Their coach Nic Pothas said players vomited, and oxygen cylinders had been kept in the dressing room.”Every newspaper has been carrying headline that air pollution was going to be higher this week. Still you took no action. Even the players were playing match wearing masks. You should have not held the match if the air quality was so bad. Are people of Delhi supposed to bear this?” the NGT said.It said that the pollution in the city has already reached alarming levels yet the government was adopting a lackadaisical approach in dealing with the situation.”Where is your action plan? Why have you not submitted it? What can we do if you keep on changing everybody? It’s not our problem if people don’t want to stick to you. You keep on doing meetings but tell us a single action or step you have taken in the last four days to combat air pollution,” the NGT said.(With PTI inputs)
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4-year-old girl sexually molested in washroom of reputed Kolkata school

A four-year-old nursery student was allegedly sexually assaulted by a teacher in the premises of a reputed school in south Kolkata, police said today. Police have detained the accused PT teacher against whom the parents of the girl child lodged a complaint at the local Jadavpur Police station, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said.Fresh reports however indicate not one but two teachers were involved in sexually assaulting the child. Zee 24 Ghanta reports that the girl was lured to the toilet with promise of getting chocolates. There she was given shown pornography and was sexually molested. The victim has identified the two individuals from pictures shown by the detectives. The child was constantly crying and complained of severe pain after returning from school on Wednesday when her mother spotted blood stains on her clothes, he said. On enquiring, the girl told her mother that the PT teacher had taken her to the washroom but could not narrate what happened thereafter. Her parents took her to a paediatrician who advised her to be taken to the police, the officer said.Also readChandigarh gang-rape | MP Kirron Kher’s bizarre suggestion: Girls shouldn’t board rickshaw with 3 menThe child was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital late last night. Tests were performed to confirm the alleged sexual assault on her. The report is awaited, hospital sources told. Following the incident, parents of other students held protests in front of the school gate today demanding immediate suspension of the accused teacher. The school authorities said, “We are doing an internal investigation as well. We can give assurance to all parents that security & safety will be given top priority”. The state Education Minister has assured that strong action will be taken against whoever is guilty in this incident. With PTI inputs
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Bihar: Court orders 10 years of rigorous imprisonment to a man for raping a minor

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 11:03 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local court on Monday awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment to a man for raping a minor two years ago and slapped a fine of Rs Two lakh on him.The judgement was passed by additional district and sessions judge Om Prakash Srivastava, who awarded the punishment to Sanjay Mahto under the POCSO Act.According to Assistant Public Prosecutor Sanjay Kumar Sinha, Mahto had been charged with raping a 13-year-old in his house at Mirchak village in Nawada district in 2015.

From racial abuse to being accused of stealing jobs: The abuse and stress faced by India’s BPO workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every time her client hangs up, the young woman from Hyderabad goes to the washroom and weeps.Then she dries her eyes and returns to her desk — to pick up her phone and her fake American identity and drawl once again.She is one of the many workers in call centres who face racial abuse from people viewing them as job thieves, says a new study on business process outsourcing centres in India.It is a post-recession reality. Western clients are extremely cagey. If they think you are an Indian, their biggest fear is you are stealing their job and that everything is being outsourced, said its author Sweta Rajan-Rankin, from the University of Kent in the UK.The study, released earlier this month, is based on ethnographic research with two global outsourcing firms operating call centres in India from 2010-12. In 2012, an estimated 3.3 lakh Indians worked in call centres which provide customer-related services, second only to the Philippines, which had 3.5 lakh such employees.”Abuse? (It) happens almost daily maybe one or two times in a day. During some point in the call, some people say You Indians!!! etc, the study quoted a BPO employee as saying.The researcher said the study was also relevant in the context of recent developments in the United States and UK.”In terms of the current context, with Brexit in the UK and Trump in America, recession, pulling back of services, we have seen a resurgence of national politics… you might see much more customer abuse, much more racial abuse,” she said.Rajan-Rankin said in the 1990’s, when the companies came to India, they used “complete masking”, that is, ensured that the Indian identity should not be revealed at all.”The reason for this is companies in the US are risk- averse and want to portray to clients that customer service is taking place in the same country where the service is being provided,” she told PTI.To help employees take on a westernised identity, many are sent to the US where they are trained in voice modulation and accents, as well on cultural reference points, such as baseball or film and TV shows like Baywatch and Friends.The rules of call agents don’t allow them to disclose that they are working in India, no matter what. As a result they get enormous amounts of abuse, which is often racial in nature, said Rajan-Rankin.Almost all the employees interviewed for the study said they were verbally cursed and abused.”Narratives around identity masking of call agents are rooted in attempts to stem racial abuse from western clients who may perceive them as ‘job thieves’,” Rajan-Rankin said.She cited the case of the young woman from Hyderabad.Every time she would take a call, she would go to the washroom and cry. And then she would come back to take another set of calls, she said.Not much had changed in the industry in these five years, felt Manorma Rathour, a BPO worker contacted by PTI, who said some of the abuse stemmed from a caller’s disbelief over an employee s western identity.It takes a lot of time and effort to convince the client about our identity. They are not willing to accept that we are calling from their country, so they shout and yell,” she said.Abuse went hand in hand with stress, pointed out Dr Shweta Sharma, a clinical psychologist at the Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon.They face a lot of health issues, including increased stress and increase in weight, she added.Sharma also said there were instances of employees taking to substance abuse to cope with the stress or to stay awake through the night, their usual work hours.However, while the study noted that there was exploitation, abuse and emotional harm, it also looked at the creativity and imagination involved in making identity manipulation work.Some employees said they did not let go off their new identities, even after office hours.I often call myself Hazel in social gatherings and my friends and even parents do that sometimes. Hazel has become an important part of my personality, Rathour added.

Perpetrators will be taught a befitting lesson: J-K Dy CM Nirmal Singh on jawan Irfan Ahmad Dar’s killing

Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 12:51 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today condemned the killing of a Territorial Army jawan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district and said the perpetrators of such heinous crimes should be taught a befitting lesson.The bullet-riddled body of Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar (23) was recovered today from an orchard in the Watmullah Keegam area of Shopian. The jawan was on leave when he was abducted by militants in Shopian, officials said.Terming the incident “unfortunate and a crime against humanity”, the deputy chief minister said, “the perpetrators of these types of heinous crimes are to be isolated and taught a befitting lesson as they are working against the basic tenets of every religion.”
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Hyderabad: School principal arrested for molesting student

Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 11:02 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rachakonda police here today arrested the principal of a school for allegedly molesting a Class IX student.The alleged incident took place last month. As per the complaint, K Mahapatra, the principal, was drunk when he called the girl to his cabin and tried to kiss her. He let her go after she started protesting, but not before making her promise that she wouldn’t tell anyone about the incident, police said. Though the incident happened last month, the girl’s mother filed the complaint today, police said.

October 10 fare hike costs Delhi Metro 3 lakh commuters a day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro’s ridership saw a slump in October after a steep fare hike came into effect, according to the records of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).The Delhi Metro lost three lakh commuters a day after the fare hike that came into effect on October 10, the DMRC said in response to a Right To Information (RTI) query filed by news agency PTI. The daily average ridership on 218-km network came down to 24.2 lakh in October from 27.4 lakh in September, translating to a fall of around 11 per cent, PTI reported. The Blue Line, considered the metro’s busiest, lost over 30 lakh riders in a month, according to data shared by the DMRC. The 50-km corridor connects Dwarka in South West Delhi to Noida.DMRC said that Yellow Line, another busy corridor which connects Gurgaon to north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli, lost over over 19 lakh commuuters in terms of absolute numbers.Ridership on the Violet Line, which connects ITO in Central Delhi to Faridabad, plunged by 11.9 lakh in October. The Red Line connecting Dilshad Garden to Rithala also lost 7.5 lakh riders.Ridership has come down several notches below the numbers observed in recent years, bucking a trend of rise on the back of the launch of newer sections.In October 2016, the metro’s daily average ridership was also 27.2 lakh, despite a comparatively shorter operational route.Earlier, the fare hike in May had also also caused a loss of nearly 1.5 lakh passengers per day in June. However, the DMRC had attributed the reduction in ridership, by up to 5 per cent, as “natural”.The hike on October 10, which came barely five months after the last one, affects every commuter of the Metro who travels beyond 5 km, while journeys falling in the 2-5 km distance slab cost Rs 5 more.The revised fare structure after the fare hike is: up to 2 km — Rs 10, 2 to 5 km — Rs 20, 5 to 12 km — Rs 30, 12 to 21 km — Rs 40, 21 to 32 km — Rs 50 and for journeys beyond 32 km — Rs 60.The implementation of the fare hike had caused a tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government which opposed the move. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has mounted a stiff opposition to the hike, leading to a confrontation with the Centre.DMRC and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had supported the move, rejecting strong opposition by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government. Commenting on the RTI revelation, Kejriwal tweeted, “That many passengers have taken to other means of tpt, thus increasing pollution n congestion on roads. Metro fare hike has not benefitted anyone.”

Six RSS activists sentenced to life for CPM worker’s murder

Updated: Nov 23, 2017, 11:33 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A court today sentenced six RSS-BJP activists to life imprisonment on charges of murdering a CPI(M) worker at Pannur in the district in 2002.The additional district sessions court at Thalassery also imposed a fine of Rs 70,000 each. Judge G P N Vinod directed them to pay the fine amount to the legal heirs of the deceased Ashraf. The prosecution case was that the six had barged into an automobile shop when Ashraf had gone there to buy a vehicle and hacked him to death.The incident happened on February 5, 2002. The trial began in October 2011. The prosecution produced 25 documents to prove the charges, public prosecutor B P Sasidharan said. Political rivalry was the motive for the murder, he added.

Anti Terrorist Front India announces Rs 21 lakh bounty for Farooq Abdullah’s tongue

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 06:57 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Anti Terrorist Front India today announced a bounty of Rs 21 lakh prize for cutting former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s tongue, saying he has “insulted” the country with his pro- Pakistan remarks and was speaking “against” the RSS.Front national president Viresh Shandilya also demanded immediate investigation and arrest of the Srinagar MP. “Farooq has been speaking against the RSS and supporting Pakistan and insulted India in his recent remarks,” he said in a statement here. “Farooq is a big traitor in India and the central government should withdraw Z plus security from him. I will award Rs 21 lakh to the person who cuts Farooq’s tongue,” he said.Recently, Abdullah had courted controversy with his remarks “PoK belongs to Pakistan”. A few days later, the National Conference chief said Pakistan was “not weak and was not wearing bangles to allow India to take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation”.

Bihar: Five of orchestra party electrocuted while performing

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 01:04 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Five persons, including two women, of an orchestra party were electrocuted while two others suffered burn injuries while performing in Bihar’s Gopalganj district on Monday, police said.All the seven members of the orchestra party, hailing from West Bengal, were performing on a moving tractor trolley at Kalyanpur village when they came in contact with a high-tension wire. Four of them died on the spot while another person succumbed later during treatment at a hospital, Hathua Sub-Divisional Police Officer Imtiaz Ali said. The two other injured are being treated at the hospital in Bhore.

Two Assam Rifles jawans killed, four injured in IED explosion

Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 11:00 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Assam Rifles jawans were killed and four injured in a blast at Chandel town of Manipur today, police said.The jawans were patrolling when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near their camp this morning, the police said.The injured jawans have been rushed to hospital, they added.

Demonetization’s aim was to convert black money to white: Mamata Banerjee attacks Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Launching a fresh attack on the Narendra Modi government over demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged note ban was a big scam and was announced to help vested interests convert black money into white money.Banerjee’s remarks came on the eve of the first anniversary of demonetisation.”Demonetisation is a big scam. I repeat, demonetisation is a big scam. If a thorough investigation is conducted, this will be proved,” the chief minister alleged on Facebook.”Demonetisation was not to combat black money. It was only to convert black money into white money for vested interests of political party in power (sic),” she alleged.Neither it brought back black money stashed abroad nor it could combat terrorism or help the country develop, Banerjee claimed.”In all practical sense, it yielded a big, big zero,” she said.Due to demonetisation, “the country has already lost GDP worth nearly Rs 3 lakh crore. Crores of workers, particularly in the informal sector, lost their jobs. Farmers were left to starve. Over 100 people lost their lives”, the CM claimed.November 8 will be observed as Black Day to protest against demonetisation and the “unparallelled damage” it caused to the country and the economy, she said. PTI SCH SUN PR

Punjab: 6 killed as vehicles collide amid dense fog in Ferozepur

Updated: Nov 7, 2017, 11:30 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six persons were killed and over 20 others injured in a collision between a truck and a Punjab Roadways bus near Kari Kalan village in the district amid dense fog, the police said.Most of the passengers in the bus were government employees and were going to Jalalabad for their routine duties.Further details are awaited.

Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system for rail employees by January 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cracking the whip on latecomers, the railway ministry has said it will install Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system across its zones and divisions by January 31 next year.The railway board issued a letter in this regard to all zones on November 3. According to the order, the biometric attendance system would be first implemented in the offices of all divisions, zones, Metro Rail Kolkata, railways workshop, factories and production units by November 30. “The plan is to put a check on the officials arriving late or not coming to work at all,” a senior rail official told PTI.”Once the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system is installed across the railway zones and divisions by January 31, 2018, this problem can be addressed,” the official added. In the second phase, it will be implemented in all the offices of Railways, including public undertakings, attached and subordinate offices by January 31, 2018. Currently, the system is already in place in the railway board and few zonal headquarters. The letter from the board also states the biometric system should be integrated and implemented in such a way that it can be monitored by the divisional railway manager’s office.It has also instructed that CCTV cameras be provided with the biometric machine.

Train accident averted: Hate-Bazare Express halts after detection of crack on rail line in WB’s Malda

Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 02:54 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A train mishap was averted on Sunday when a line checking team detected a crack on the rail track and facilitated immediate halt of an Express train rushing towards it in Malda district, a rail official said.The line checking team noticed the crack near the rail gate of Samsi railway station and informed the matter to the Samsi station manager at about 5.45 AM.The rail officials immediately halted the Hate-Bazare Express on the Up line and detained it there for about three hours, Samsi Station Manager Bimalendu Roy said.After repairing the nearly six-inch crack, normalcy was restored at about 9 AM, he said.

Army foils infiltration bid in Uri; two terrorists killed

Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 09:31 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were killed on Sunday morning as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.The operation is still in progress.”An infiltration bid was foiled in Uri sector and two terrorists have been killed,” an Army official said here.Further details are awaited

Kashmir issue can be resolved only through dialogue, says Geelani

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 11:03 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dialogue is the only option to resolve the Kashmir issue and separatists are not against it, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said here today.The Hurriyat hawk alleged the Centre “is not sincere about resolving the Kashmir issue”.”We are not against the dialogue process, but we favour only meaningful and result-oriented negotiations. We have a clear agenda and our viewpoint is unambiguous … that the issue can be resolved through dialogue,” he said in a statement.He said the onus lies with the central government to “illustrate its seriousness and sincerity” to resolve the issue.Geelani said a conducive atmosphere for negotiations is of “prime necessity”. ​

India, Pak should take steps to restore peace along LoC: Farooq Abdullah

Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 10:41 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah today called on India and Pakistan to take effective and urgent measures to restore peace along the Line of Control (LoC).He said people on the either side of the LoC bear the brunt of cross-border hostilities and appealed to the two nuclear-powered countries to follow the tenets of the 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.Abdullah, who was re-elected as party president recently, is on four-day tour to border areas of north Kashmir.His first public outreach programme started from Karnah near the LoC in Kupwara district.He impressed upon India and Pakistan to ensure hassle free movement of people on both sides of the LoC.

Terrorists fire on police team in south Kashmir, 2 cops injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militants today fired on a police team in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, injuring two security personnel, the police said.”Militants fired upon a naka party of police near Police Station Rajpora in Pulwama, resulting in injuries to two of our personnel,” deputy inspector general (DIG) of police S P Pani told PTI.Pani said the injured policemen have been rushed to a hospital for treatment and their condition is stated to be stable.The area has been cordoned off and a search for the attackers has been launched, the DIG said.He said it was not an attack on the police station.Meanwhile, a police official identified the injured constables as Abdul Salam and Munir Ahmad.

Bulls or horses – who’s faster? Maha govt sets up panel to find out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has set up a nine-member group of veterinary doctors to carry out a comparative study of bulls, bullocks and horses to determine if a bullock can be a race animal.The Bombay High Court recently refused to allow bullock cart racing in the state, citing the Supreme Court’s observations on the issue.The group of doctors is to study anatomy of these animals, their stamina to run, `draught capacity’ (capacity to pull weights), the physiological and biochemical changes in their bodies while running and other allied matters.The nine-member group has been asked to submit its report in a month’s time, a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department on November 2 said.The ban on bullock cart racing in the state has evoked sharp reactions. Bullock cart racing is quite popular in the state, especially in western Maharashtra.The study group is also supposed to submit an expert opinion regarding “anatomical, physiological, biochemical, clinical and surgical interventions and aid for bulls and bullock as a race animal”.It was not clear in which way the study group’s findings would be used by the government. PTI MM KRK

NTPC boiler blast: PM Narendra Modi announces ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for kin of deceased

Updated: Nov 2, 2017, 12:44 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed in an explosion in the NTPC power plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district.At least 26 persons died after a massive explosion in one the boilers at NTPC’s Unchahar plant on Wednesday.”Prime Minister @narendramodi has approved an ex- gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. PM has approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to the accident,” PMO India said on Twitter.

JNU ranked A++ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council

Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 11:33 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Jawaharlal Nehru University has been ranked A++ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC).”This milestone for JNU reflects the sheer hard-work and untiring effort by all members of the university,” JNU Rector II S C Garkoti said in a statement.The ranking comes after a review was conducted between 9 and 11 October.”We are certain this acknowledgement will further encourage and inspire us all to work even harder to keep JNU ahead of every higher institution in academic teaching and research,” it said.A++ is the highest ranking which is given to an institution based on various parameters, including research, infrastructure, learning resources, evaluation. PTI CPB ANB

EC puts brakes on rail timetable publicity, bars introduction of new trains for Himachal and Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission has barred the railways from publicising its new timetables and introducing new trains for poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.A letter received by the ministry from the EC last week states that while the railways can go ahead with publishing the new timetables — ‘Trains at a Glance’ — and making it operational as planned on November 1, “no publicity shall be made in this regard”. Railway sources had earlier said that as many as 700 trains could see alterations in the new schedules because of changes in departure/arrival timings, enhanced speed and various other adjustments made by the transport behemoth in an effort to cut down travel time of long-distance trains.Many express trains have been made superfast as a result of which train numbers have been changed, which could create confusion among passengers. As of now, the railways has not been able to publicise these particular changes to inform the public, the sources said. Each zonal railway is ready with its own timetable, but is wary of publicising them because of the EC letter, the sources said. The railways also has a slew of new trains that would benefit several states, officials said.According to the EC letter, no new trains in these two states can be introduced or formally inaugurated till the model code of conduct is in place. Himachal Pradesh goes to polls on November 9, while the Assembly polls in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. “If passengers are having problems, the railway ministry is free to write to us again and we will review the matter,” a senior EC functionary told PTI.

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman assures state development to Sikkim CM

Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 09:25 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar on Tuesday called on Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and assured him support for development of the state.During the meeting with Chamling, Kumar praised the Himalayan state for the developments achieved by it, an official release said.He also gave assurance to him that the NITI Aayog would support the state government for development of the state.The state government sought funds for a multi-speciality hospital at Sichey and upgradation of roads in the district.The state government officials also stressed on revenue generating sectors such as hydro-power, organic farming and tourism, the release said.

Waiting for Pidi to react: Twitter on India jumping 30 places in World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has jumped 30 places to rank 100th in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking, helped by a slew of reforms in taxation, licensing, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.The ranking comes as a shot in the arm for the Narendra Modi government amid dissenting voices in certain quarters about implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as well as demonetisation.In its annual report ‘Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs’, the World Bank said that India’s ranking reflects nearly half of the 37 reforms, adopted since 2003, implemented in the last four years.The ranking, however, does not take into account business environment post implementation of GST, which weaved the country of 1.3 billion into one market with one tax and removed inter-state barriers for trade.India, which was ranked 130th among the 190 nations, is “one of the top 10 improvers in this year’s assessment, having implemented reforms in 8 out of 10 ‘doing business’ indicators,” it said. This is the first time India has broken into top 100 nations.India is the only large country this year to have achieved such a significant shift.The parameters that witnessed improvement in 2016-17 were India making it faster for start business, reduction in procedures and time required to obtain building permit, easier access to credit, protecting minority investors, ease of paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and making resolving insolvency easier, the World Bank said.But it still lags in areas such as starting a business, enforcing contracts and dealing with construction permits. It takes 30 days now to register a new business, down from 127 days 15 years ago, but “the number of procedures is still cumbersome for local entrepreneurs who still need to go through 12 procedures”, it said.”This is a major major jump,” Rita Ramalho, Acting Director for World Bank’s Global Indicators Group, told PTI in Washington, attributing the climb of 30 places to the series of reforms undertake by the Modi government since 2014.The GST, which was implemented from July 1, will get reflected only in next year’s ‘ease of doing business’ report.”GST reforms have not been counted this year. It would come into play for the report next year,” Ramalho said, adding that demonetisation was not covered.India was ranked 130th for last two years. In 2014, it managed to get 142nd spot.According to the World Bank, New Zealand is the easiest place on the planet to do business, followed by Singapore, Denmark, South Korea and Hong Kong. The US and the UK are ranked 6th and 7th on the list.Among BRICS countries, Russia tops the list with 35th position, followed by China which has retained its ranking at the 78th place for the second consecutive year.The biggest surprise of this year, the authors of the report said, is India, which jumped 30 spots in one year by improving its score by 4.71 to 60.76 points.”India has improved a lot (this year), but there’s still room for improvement, So, I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a nice place to do business yet, but definitely is in the right direction to become a nice place. It is much easier than it was two years ago,” Ramalho said.Santiago Croci Downes, Acting Manager, Doing Business Unit at World Bank, said that in the 15 years’ history of this annual report, there have been only five countries like Georgia and Rwanda which made a massive jump in one year. But none of them were as big an economy as India.Noting that India made a very big effort in the past two years, the World Bank said the results now reflect those initiatives.”This is a continuous effort of two or three years.But there’s still a long way to go,” she said. India used to be in the bottom quarter of the distribution, now it’s in the middle which is a big improvement.”It (India) is still a place where there is room for improvement in making the life of entrepreneurs, less bureaucratic, making transactions simpler and more efficient and less costly. So, there’s still significant room for improvement. But it was a very significant change and even not just in relative but also in absolute terms,” she said.For entrepreneurs in India, doing business is simpler now, she argued.Referring to the series of reforms being carried out by India, Downs said there is a willingness to improve the private sector and prioritise these.”If you’re asking me would India be 50 next year, I would say that’s very very unlikely. But if you could tell me you would be 50 in five years, I will say may be,” she said.There are a few areas where there is much room for improvement such as enforcing contracts, which on an average in India is 1,445 days, besides the court system in India is very slow, she said.”That’s one of the areas where India really lags behind compared to other countries,” she said, adding that easing property registration and property transactions is another area where things are not very efficient. With inputs from PTI

‘Selfie with a Cow’ contest to save cows in Kolkata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Selfies are a craze in the social media and an NGO here has come up with a novel ‘Selfie with a Cow’ contest to raise awareness about the importance of the bovine animal.The ‘Selfie with a Cow’ or ‘Cowfie’ contest in the city has been arranged by an NGO named ‘Go Seva Pariwar’ and according to its officials the response is “very good”.”Cow protection should not be mixed with religion or politics. Cow protection needs to be done for social and scientific use,” Abishekh Pratap Singh, an official of the NGO told PTI.Singh said that every product from cow and even its waste had scientific value and need – be it milk, urine or dung.”The contest and the campaign will educate people on the economic and medicinal benefits the cow has and how to raise awareness against cow slaughter,” he said.The contest, Singh claimed, was receiving good response specially from the youth at a time when the issue of cow protection and campaign against cow slaughter had turned into a political issue in the country.The NGO officials said they had earlier organised a similar contest in 2015 and around 700 people from various walks of life took part in it.Those wanting to participate in the contest have to download ‘Goseva Pariwar’ app in his mobile and post a selfie with a cow with contact details.The contest is open till December 31 and the winners will be declared on January 21, they said.​

Indian drone shot down by Pakistan military along LoC, Pak Army claims

Updated: Oct 27, 2017, 11:05 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army today claimed that it had shot down an Indian spy drone on the Line of Control.Military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor took to social media to announce that the drone was hit in Rakhchikri sector.”Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters,” he tweeted. He also claimed that its “wreckage” has been held by the Pakistan Army.It is for the second time that Pakistan has claimed to have shot down an Indian quadcopter near the LoC.In November last year, a similar quadcopter was brought down on Pakistan side of LoC.

Kashmir: Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma meets CM Mehbooba Mufti

Updated: Oct 26, 2017, 09:36 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two days after his appointment, Centre’s interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma today held a meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, officials said.The meeting was held at Kashmir House on Prithviraj Road here, they said.Sharma, the former chief of Intelligence Bureau, was on Monday appointed special representative for a “sustained dialogue” with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir, in a fresh move aimed at bringing peace to the troubled state.

Job application: HC allows transgender to declare sex as woman

Updated: Oct 25, 2017, 06:51 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court on Wednesday allowed a member of the transgender community to declare her sex as woman in the application for a state government job.Justice K Vinod Chandran gave the interim order while considering a plea filed by the transgender in which it complained that there were only two options — male and female — in the section seeking information about the sex of the person applying for the job.The examination for the job is conducted by the State Public Service Commission.The transgender, who is a post graduate in Mathematics, pleaded before the court that a separate column for the transgender community be included in the PSC application form to help them in applying for the government job.Lack of such a column is creating difficulties for qualified people from the transgender community in applying for government jobs, the petitioner said.

Those used to 2G, coal scam will have trouble with genuine taxes: Jaitley on Rahul’s Gabbar remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, during his press conference Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back at Rahul Gandhi for calling GST Gabbar Singh Tax. He said: “Those who are used to 2G, coal scam will have problems paying genuine tax.” Stepping up his attack against the government over GST, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today took the Gabbar Singh analogy further by referencing the Bollywood villain’s dialogue to say it was a tax that coveted people’s earnings.Gandhi, who had yesterday described the goods and services tax as “Gabbar Singh Tax” during a rally in Gujarat, today recalled a much quoted dialogue from “Sholay” to sharpen his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Congress GST = Genuine Simple Tax. Modi ji’s GST = Gabbar Singh Tax = yeh kamaai mujhe de de (give me the income),” Gandhi said on Twitter.Gabbar Singh was the name of the dacoit in the Ramesh Sippy-directed 1975 Bollywood blockbuster. The character, played by late actor Amjad Khan, says at one point of time in the film, “Ye haath mujhe de de Thakur (another character)”.Gandhi had targeted the Centre over the issue yesterday in a rally in Gandhinagar and called for changes in the new tax regime to make it simple.”Their GST is not GST. GST means Gabbar Singh Tax. This is causing a loss to the country. Small shopkeepers are finished. Lakhs of youths have been unemployed. But they are still not ready to listen,” he had said.He had also stated that the Modi dispensation went ahead with its version of the GST despite the Congress warning the government about the tax regime’s “adverse impact”. PTI ENM SKCWith inputs from PTI

Kashmir: 72 assaulted in braid-chopping incidents in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Kashmir, there were 72 cases of people beating up innocents on the suspicion of them being braid-choppers and cases would be registered against all those who took law into their own hands, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr S P Vaid said on Monday.He also said if needed, those accused of beating up the innocent would be slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA), but no innocent person being branded as braid-chopper by the public on suspicion would be booked.”In 72 cases (of braid chopping), people took law into their own hands and beat up the innocent (in Kashmir Valley)”, Vaid told PTI on Monday.Asserting that FIRs would be lodged in all the 72 cases, he said, “The police will deal with miscreants sternly.” The DGP said police would not book any innocent person and in cases where an innocent person have been handed over to the police by the public on the suspicion of being a braid- chopper, police authorities should tell the facts to the media clearly.Vaid said all districts now have Special Investigation Teams (SITs) and officials from Social Welfare and Health department have be involved in it.The health department should depute teams to meet braid- chopping victims and probe the matter, he said.The DGP said, “It (braid-chopping incidents) took place in many parts of northern India and then it was reported in Jammu. Such cases were also reported in south, central and north Kashmir”.”But the difference is that, in Kashmir, there are elements who do not want peace and normalcy,” Vaid said, adding such elements were trying to exploit people’s sentiments to trigger unrest.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists kill tribal on suspicion of being a police informer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoists allegedly kidnapped and killed a tribal man in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district suspecting him to be a police informer, police said on Monday.As per preliminary information, the armed ultras abducted Made Babu Rao (45) on October 19 from Kandulnar village, located around 450 kms from here, Bijapur’s Additional Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI.Though no complaint was lodged about his abduction, the matter came to light on Sunday when some villagers informed the police that Rao was allegedly murdered on the night of October 20 by Naxals after they held a ‘jan adalat’ (people’s court or kangaroo court) in a forest near Kadulnar, he said.The police rushed to the spot and recovered his body from the forest last evening, the ASP said.The body was later sent for postmortem, he said.”As per preliminary reports, the Naxals beat up Rao with sticks after tying his hands while branding him as a police informer at the jan adalat,” Garg said.The police have launched a combing operation in the region to trace the ultras, he added.

Bihar: 1 killed, 6 injured in violent protests over killing of medical supplier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent protests have hit Samastipur in Bihar leading to the death of one man in the police firing. According to reports, on Friday, police fired shots into the air after a protest in Samastipr turned violent which claimed the life of one protestor and injuring six others. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident that took place at Asadhi village under the Tajpur police station.Enraged mob pelted stones at the police station and ransacked vehicles thereafter, say media reports. Some media reports claim that at least 20 vehicles were set ablaze by the angry crowd that ended up targeting senior police officers. This comes in the wake of a medical supplier being shot dead two days back and a minor girl being abducted by unidentified assailants on Thursday. The National Highway was also blocked by the protestors. The police said violence broke out during a demonstration by villagers at an highway, reports PTI. They were protesting against the killing of a chemist by unidentified assailants two days ago, Samastipur Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Ranjan said.They torched as many as eight police vehicles and also tried to set fire to the police station and attack the vehicle of a deputy superintendent, he said.The police personnel “had to resort to firing in the air” after they could not disperse the crowd with batons, the SP said.”In the melee, some police personnel perhaps could not aim their guns properly in the air and as a result of which two of the demonstrators suffered bullet injuries,” Ranjan said.One of them died on the spot and the other was taken to a hospital. Three policemen and an administrative official were also injured, he said.The chief minister has called the incident “sad” and directed Tirhut divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police (Tirhut Range) to visit the site and submit a report, an official release said here.The situation was tense but brought under control and a large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area, the SP said.(With PTI inputs)

South Africa displace India from top of ODI rankings after win against Bangladesh

Updated: Oct 19, 2017, 08:47 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India today lost their numero uno status in ICC ODI rankings to South Africa following the Proteas’ win over Bangladesh in the second ODI.According to the updated ICC ODI rankings, by virtue of South Africa’s 104-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Paarl, the Proteas jumped to the top spot, leapfrogging India. While India and South Africa have identical 120 points against their name, India are placed second on the basis of decimal points.India had claimed the top spot in the ICC rankings following their 4-1 win over Australia at home recently. But India have a chance to reclaim their top spot as they host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series scheduled to begin in Mumbai on October 22.

17-year-old girl raped by three men in Jammu, 2 arrested

Updated: Oct 17, 2017, 02:31 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men allegedly abducted a 17- year-old girl and raped her in Jammu, a police official said.The girl filed a complaint with the Gharota police on Sunday, alleging that the three men abducted and raped her on Thursday, the official said.Two of the accused have been arrested and a hunt was on to nab the third, he said, adding that a medical examination of the girl has been done but the report was awaited.

Tejas Express says food on-board was ‘satisfactory’, blames kids who vomited for ‘vitiating air quality in AC coach’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An inquiry report on the suspected food poisoning incident on-board the Tejas Express train has found no problem with the food quality, and said the unease was triggered after two children vomited “vitiating the air quality in the a/c coach”.The report by a Central Railways team said the quality of the food served on-board the premium train was “satisfactory”.It said the first case of uneasiness was reported after two children in a group of tourists from Himachal Pradesh vomited in the air-condition coach.”The vomiting smell triggered uneasiness in others and then another two children vomited. This further vitiated the air in the coach and then two more children vomited. This triggered uneasiness in their parents,” the report stated.”After this incident, few other passengers of C1, C2, C5, C7 coaches who passed through this coach also complained of uneasiness,” the report adds.A three-member committee comprising senior railway and IRCTC officials was formed yesterday after 26 passengers had taken ill on-board the Mumbai-bound Tejas Express from Goa after breakfast.The report, accessed by the PTI, also said that another tourist group from Kolkata complained of uneasiness.The groups tour manager said they had been travelling continuously for the past 16 days in Maharashtra and Goa and were carrying their own cooks and food materials, including fish (Hilsa) from Kolkata, the report said.”He very clearly and categorically said that there was no problem with food quality,” the report added.It, however, didn’t say if the group had had food served on the train or the food they were carrying. It also did not clarify if the smell of the fish triggered the vomiting.The railways said its officials spoke to 20 passengers and their statements were recorded.In the conclusion, drawn from the statements of the passengers and officials on duty, the report said, it appears the food served “on Tejas Express was of satisfactory quality”.”He (the Kolkata tour manager) said he had had everything served by waiters but found no problem with the food. Six passengers of his group had fallen ill and were sent to Chiplun hospital,” the report said.The report also included the statement of a doctor, Sanjay R Nimbalkar, who was travelling with his family and attended to the ill passengers.The doctor in his statement to the railway officials has said he himself had had the food and found no issues with its quality.The PTI independently spoke with Dr. Nimbalkar who confirmed he had found no problem with the quality of the food — bread, egg omelet, mango drink, tea, coffee and mineral water.The report stated that the packaged food served on trains were also checked – soup, poha, cake, bread sticks, kokum sarbat and mango punch – and they were all well within their expiry date.However, it said some passengers had complained about a smell from their omelets and the “quality of omelet may be ensured while serving”.

From Adityanath to Sangeet Som: BJP’s complicated relationship with Taj Mahal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recently, BJP MLA Sangeet Som rekindled the party’s bizarre hate-hate relationship with the Taj Mahal, a monument whose Mughal history makes it an easy target.In comments that came soon after the Yogi Adityanath government reportedly left out the Taj Mahal from an official tourism booklet, Som said, “Many people were pained to see that the Taj Mahal was removed from the list of places (tourist destinations). What type of history? “Is this history that the person who built the Taj Mahal imprisoned his father? Do you call it history when the one who built the Taj targeted many Hindus in Uttar Pradesh and Hindustan?”Addressing a gathering at Sisoli village after inaugurating a statue of 8th century king Anangpal Singh Tomar, Som said invaders of India have been glorified in history. Referring to ‘kalank katha’, or the black mark of history, he said, ” Whether it is Babar, Akbar or Aurangzeb, the government is working to erase them from history.” The lives and achievements of the “real great men” of the country like Maharana Pratap and Shivaji would be taught in schools and colleges, Som said.Som seems to have confused the identity of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built Taj Mahal with his son and tyrant Aurangzeb who held his father captive.Later asked to clarify, Sangeet Som stuck to his guns and said: “I don’t oppose Taj Mahal. It’s a beautiful heritage. I oppose Mughals who built it & how they’ve been portrayed in history.”This isn’t the first time a BJP lawmaker has targeted the Taj. In 2014, erstwhile BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai had claimed that the Taj Mahal was part of an ancient Shiva Temple after SP leader Azam Khan had asked for it to be handed over to the Waqf board. He had said: “Azam’s dream to offer namaz five times at Taj will never be fulfilled.”However, the claims about the Shiva temple continued and culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma had clarified in parliament that on December 1, 2015 that the ‘government had not found any evidence which can suggest that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple of Shiva’.Meanwhile, the Taj Mahal was back in the news on June 15, 2017 when UP CM Yogi Adityanath made a disparaging remark about the monument. He had indicated that somehow the Taj Mahal wasn’t part of India’s heritage. He had said: “The gifts given to them were Agra’s Taj Mahal or some minar that has no connection with India’s culture or heritage.”This is the first time this has happened that when India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi goes abroad, or any foreign president visits India, he is gifted the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita or Ramayan.”Meanwhile, UP’s tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, had said after the furore over the Taj missing from the UP tourism booklet that it was part of ‘our cultural heritage’. She had said: “ “Taj Mahal is our cultural heritage and occupies a place among the world’s famous tourist places,” the 68-year-old minister was quoted saying by PTI.In an official statement issued by the UP government, Joshi added, “Holistic development of the cultural heritage and that of infrastructural facilities is the priority of the state government.” With Som’s comments, we are again back with BJP’s unique relationship with Taj Mahal.Incidentally, the failed peace talks between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pak President Pervez Musharaf was held in Agra in 2001. Musharaf was kept in a hotel, which gave a regal view of the Taj, something he even mentioned in his autobiography. Unfortunately, the epitaph of love couldn’t salvage the peace talks which ended in a cropper. With inputs from PTI

Ahead of Diwali, Varun Gandhi gifts sewing machines, hand-pulled carts to manual scavengers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to light a lamp in the lives of manual scavengers this Diwali, BJP MP Varun Gandhi distributed sewing machines and hand-pulled carts to a hundred people in his constituency on Monday.”I celebrate Diwali with those who need it the most. We start our mission to make Sultanpur the 1st manual scavenging free district in India,” he tweeted.Manual scavenging has been declared unlawful by the government but is still rampant, he said.In the last one year, every day one person was killed while cleaning manholes, the MP added.”They (manual scavengers) are the poorest of the poor and they will not leave this and switch to other modes of employment unless they have alternatives,” Gandhi told PTI.He had made arrangements for training the people of Sultanpur, his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and tied up with some NGOs for this, he said.All those working as manual scavengers in the district will be trained for three months and during this process will be paid Rs 6,000 per month, Gandhi added.Men will be trained in producing food items such as biscuits and jams, while women will be trained in textile related activities.All the expenses related to training and the cost of sewing machines and carts which were distributed today would be personally borne by him, the MP said.​

Why Gujarat poll dates not announced, need ‘credible answers’ from EC: JD(U) Gen Secy Pavan Varma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a set of tweets, that can potentially cast a shadow over relationship between BJP and its ally JD(U), the general secretary of Niitish Kumar’s party, Pavan Varma has raised questions about EC not announcing dates for Gujarat polls. EC in a press conference last week announced dates for Himachal Elections, but refused to divulge the Gujarat dates. It merely said that the polling process will be finished before 18th December. Opposition leaders have alleged that EC held back on the announcement of dates as PM Modi was scheduled to travel to Gujarat and announce a slew of projects. Now adding to the noise, Varma who is part of ruling NDA has expressed reservation over EC’s decision. He tweeted, ” “EC must not only be impartial but seen to be so. Why have the dates for Gujarat elections not been announced? We need credible answers,” he tweeted.In another tweet, he said,Varma when quizzed by PTI said that it’s not a political statement as EC is not the “property of any political party”. So I have asked the EC that in order to retain its impartiality, which we all respect, it must provide credible reasons for not doing so. That is a question beyond partisan politics. Democracy is about strength of the institutions,” he told PTI.He also claimed that he is speaking as the party spokesperson, as everyone hopes for an impartial EC. Defending his comments about the hunger index, Varma told PTI, ” The JD(U) might be a member of the NDA but it was a party with its own identity, ideology and point of view”. He questioned the direction of the economic growth and stressed on ‘growth with justice’. In Patna, when asked about Varma’s statements, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar reportedly said that he is yet to see the tweets and can only tweet after that. With PTI inputs

Rajnath Singh’s remark on Patel not being allowed to act freely admission that Kashmir not a part of India: Hurriyat

Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 07:51 PM IST, PTI

Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said today that Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remark suggesting Vallabhbhai Patel was not allowed to act freely to solve the Kashmir issue, was an “admission” that Kashmir was not a part of India.Addressing a political gathering in Gujarat yesterday, Singh said had Patel, India’s first home minister, been allowed to act freely by then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, India would not have been facing the Kashmir issue today.A Hurriyat Conference spokesman said Singh’s remark was an “admission that Kashmir is not part of India”.He said Kashmir “continues to be a dispute” and India itself took it to the United Nations.

BJP divided over inducting ex-TMC MP Mukul Roy, final decision in one-two days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Whether to induct Mukul Roy, a heavyweight in Bengal politics is now a matter of huge dilemma for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On one hand, it may give a shot in the arm for party’s organisation in Bengal where it is still in nascent state . The flipside though is with corruption allegations against Mukul Roy, the party may lose its sting while attacking the Mamata Banerjee government if it gets the senior leader in their fold. Mukul Roy after resigning from Rajya Sabha was tight-lipped about his political futures, but it does look like he is inclined towards joining the saffron party. According to PTI report,” Within one-two days a decision will be taken on this issue,” a senior BJP leader privy to the developments told PTI. “Roy’s induction into the party will help us in expanding the party base in the state. His organisational skill and knowledge of the ground level situation will be of great help,” said another BJP leader.However there are some who believe Mukul Roy’s effectiveness as an able organiser is grossly overrated, and he is not even a shadow of himself without the guidance of Mamata Banerjee. They fear that the stench of corruption that Mukul will bring will also haunt them and blunt their attacks against the Mamata regime. It is to be remembered, that Mukul as the no 2 in the TMC hierarchy, frequently used to be targetted by central BJP leaders for being corrupt. Thus many believe Mukul Roy may become a political liability. However state BJP President Dilip Ghosh has lauded Mukul Roy recently and acknowledged his role in bringing TMC to power in the state by ousting the Left. Mukul in the last few days have met several high profile BJP leaders including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He even hailed BJP for helping TMC to grow in the state in its early days. Looks like Mukul Roy is all set to join the saffron bandwagon provided BJP central leadership gives its final nod. With agency inputs

Lucknow: Mother-daughter duo killed as firecrackers explode

Updated: Oct 13, 2017, 07:13 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her teenage daughter were killed and four others injured after firecrackers stocked illegally in their house in Aligarh district exploded, police said on Friday.The explosion occurred last night at the house in Jalali locality of Harduagunj area, killing Afsari (35) and Taiyyaba (15) and injuring four other family members, the police said here.Afsari’s husband Rafiq has a licence of firecrackers but the place of storage was far away from his house. He had stored the firecrackers illegally at his residence, they said.Further details are awaited and a probe is underway, the police added.

Two female students, including a NEET aspirant, commit suicide in Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two girl students allegedly committed suicide by hanging in separate incidents in the city, the police said today. The deceased are identified as Mounika (20), a final-year BTech student of a private college, and a 17-year-old intermediate second year student. According to police, Mounika hanged herself in the bathroom of her house last afternoon in Suraram Colony following an “argument” with her mother.A social media post attributed to Mounika reads: “Nowadays…I am afraid to be happy…I don’t know y people don’t want to look at me when I am happy in my life. Every moment in my life is going so worst…I am just passing out through them…by learning lessons from everything happening my life”.A case was registered under section 174 of CrPC in this regard, Dundigal police station inspector Shankaraiah said.In another incident, the 17-year-old girl hanged herself from a ceiling fan with stole in her hostel room in Madhapur area last night.She was undergoing coaching for NEET for medicine at a private educational institute, a police official said, adding that the girl was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared her as brought dead.A family member of the deceased said they didn’t know why she took the extreme step.A case was registered in this regard and further probe is on. PTI VVK NSK

Ex- TMC MP Mukul Roy unlikely to form new party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after resigning from the Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy today gave strong indications that he would not form a new party in West Bengal, contending that his vast political experience could be utilised by any party including the BJP.Roy, who has been cozying up to BJP leaders for some time now, admitted that he was in constant touch with them. “I believe that any good leader of political potential can help any party get good results,” Roy told PTI here. Speaking about his vast experience in state and national politics, Roy said that “apart from Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, there is no one in TMC” who could match his knowledge of every booth in West Bengal.Roy was the chief election manager of the TMC and the right-hand man of Banerjee in poll planning till he fell out with her recently.He said he would announce his future plan after Diwali. Roy said he would go to the Election Commission tomorrow to request it to ensure free and fair elections in the upcoming bypoll to two assembly and one Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. “I always had a very close connection with the Election Commission. I feel that it is very difficult to hold free and fair elections in West Bengal without the help of the commission,” Roy said.

MEA denies reports about India withdrawing additional troops in Doklam, says no change in status quo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, several news reports suggested that additional army deployment in Doklam area was ordered to get back to their barracks. The reports stated that the process of withdrawal would be completed in a month.However, Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson denied the reports about either China ‘building wider roads’ or India pulling back its troops. Kumar said that there was no change in the status quo. He said at a MEA briefing: “We had issued a press statement, it was issued on October 6 as we had said then there are no new developments at the face of the site or its vicinity since the August 28 disengagement. The status quo prevails in this area, and any suggestions to the contrary are incorrect. I am not aware about any changes.”Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier complimented the Army for its professionalism in handling the Doklam stand-off and other challenges such as containing insurgency in the northeastern region. In an address to the top commanders of the Army, she said enhancing capacity of the Army was a major focus of the government and promised close monitoring of improving strategic infrastructure.”She conveyed admiration of the nation for the professionalism of the Indian Army during events like Doklam stand-off, response to natural disasters and keeping the situation of insurgency in the North East states fairly under control,” the Army said in a statement.With inputs from PTI

Delhi HC sets aside JNU disciplinary action against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and 13 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a significant decision, the Delhi HC on Thursday set aside disciplinary action taken by JNU against 15 of its students, including ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, in connection with a controversial event on February 9 last year in the varsity.Justice V K Rao has asked Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to hear the matter afresh after allowing the students to inspect the records and hearing them. The court told JNU’s appellate authority to pass a reasoned order within six weeks of hearing the students, who also included Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, that the varsity did not give them due opportunity to defend themselves against the charge of indiscipline. The students in their pleas had also challenged their punishment, which ranges from rustication for a few semesters to withdrawal of hostel facilities.JNU had rusticated Umar from JNU till December this year, while Bhattacharya was expelled from campus for five years. Post the event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, Kanhaiaya and its associates landed in an eye of storm. They also were arrested in sedition charges though were freed later. With PTI inputs

Lost your chappals? Pune rural cops will probe if case serious enough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While many of us might have experienced a situation wherein police delay registering a genuine complaint of theft or robbery, Pune rural police have proved to be an exception to this.The cops have found it serious enough to entertain a case of a missing sandal of a person.In a quirky instance, one Vishal Kalekar, a resident of Rakshewadi in Khed tahsil of Pune district, had on October 3 walked to the police station to report that his brand new sandal was stolen from outside his apartment and insisted on filing an FIR.And the Khed police registered a case of theft under section 379 of IPC against unidentified persons after the 36-year-old Kalekar insisted on doing so, a police official said.Kalekar lives on the third floor of Palash Residency apartment on the Takalkarwadi Road in Khed, the official added.”We have registered an offence of theft in this case and our probe is on,” Pradeep Jadhav, Inspector of Khed police station told PTI over phone today.Asked whether he had faced such instances in the past, the official said one can’t say who will come with what type of complaint.”As of now we only can say that an offence of theft has been registered against unidentified persons and nobody has been arrested yet,” he said.As per the complaint, the incident occurred in the wee hours of October 3, between 3 am and 8 am, when some unidentified persons came inside the building and allegedly took away his new black sandal worth Rs 425, an official said.After Kalekar approached the police, onduty police Y M Gaikwad registered an offence of theft and he was given the copy of the first information report (FIR).The Khed station officials today confirmed that police Naik S M Dhole is investigating the case.

When you hire a rickshawala as your social media manager: Twitter full of jokes after GST handle tweets ‘No’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>GST jokes have been doing the rounds on social media ever since the government introduced the new tax regime. One of the bigger problems was people’s inability to understand the complicated rules, which led to the government setting up a Twitter handle @askGST_GoI to answer queries.However, a tweet on Saturday morning left tweeple in splits when the GST handle tweeted a simple ‘No’. Even though the tweet was deleted, eagle-eyed Twitterati noted the effect and the handle became the butt of jokes on Twitter.A little time later, the handle tweeted to no one in particular: “No, it is not permissible. Pl see Rule 117(1) of CGST Rules.”
ALSO READ Changes announced by GST Council not ‘Diwali gift’: Uddhav ThackeraySection 117(1) deals with tax carried forward. Read the complete rule here.Here’s how Twitter reacted to the ‘No’:
ALSO READ Diwali has come early for citizens due to GST Council’s decisions: PM Narendra ModiBuckling under pressure, just three months after the rollout, the GST Council last evening made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on as many as 27 items.Businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 1.5 crore, which constitute 90 per cent of the taxpayer base but pay only 5-6 per cent of total tax, have been allowed to file quarterly income returns and pay tax instead of the current provision of monthly filings.Also, the turnover threshold for businesses to avail of the composition scheme that allows them to pay 1-5 per cent tax without going through tedious formalities, was raised to Rs 1 crore from current Rs 75 lakh.”The GST Council has considered the implementation experience of the last three months and gave relief to small traders… Compliance burden of medium and small taxpayers in GST has been reduced,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the 22nd meeting of the Council last evening.The Council also cut tax rates on 27 common use items.Tax on unbranded namkeen, unbranded ayurvedic medicines, sliced dried mango and khakra has been cut to 5 per cent from 12 per cent while the same on man-made yarn is reduced from 18 per cent to 12 per cent. “I am happy that it has been welcomed in one voice across the country,” Modi said.With inputs from PTI

Watch: CCTV footage of leopard that strayed into Maruti Suzuki plant in Haryana’s Manesar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CCTV footage has now emerged of the leopard that had strayed into Maruti’s Manesar plant on Thursday.Although no one was injured, the feline was rescued only after a 36-hour joint operation by the forest department and Gurgaon Police.The leopard was tranquillised after being lured out with meat in two cages.The leopard scare had brought work to a standstill as thousands of workers had to wait outside for it to be caught.”It will be released into the forest after a medical examination. The animal did not hurt anyone,” conservator of wildlife Vinod Kumar told PTI.(With Agency Inputs)

Here’s why Supreme Court advocates Harish Salve and Fali Nariman have deleted their Twitter accounts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday voiced its concerns over social media, with senior advocates Harish Salve and Fali Nariman even saying that they had deleted their Twitter accounts.The bench was hearing arguments on whether a public servant or a minister can claim freedom of speech to air his or her views on a sensitive matter under investigation on public forums such as Facebook and Twitter.PTI reported the bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar, and DY Chandrachud, as saying people disseminated incorrect information on social media — even about court proceedings.While Nariman said he had stopped looking at social media, Salve said he had deleted his Twitter account.PTI reported Salve as saying that he had once appeared in a case related to a medical college and that what subsequently appeared on his Twitter feed had forced him to delete his account.The report further added Salve as adding that “now private players were more into infringing the privacy rights and such things are no more restricted to the state only.”

Akhilesh Yadav unanimously re-elected as Samajwadi Party national chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was on Thursday unanimously re-elected as the party’s national president for a five-year term.This announcement was made by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav at the SP national convention.The SP has witnessed a bitter feud between Akhilesh and Shivpal and this infighting adversely affected the party during the UP Assembly polls earlier this year.While Akhilesh (44) maintained that he enjoyed the blessings of his 77-year-old father, Mulayam on his part corroborated it days later saying, “My blessings are with him (Akhilesh Yadav) as he is my son, though I don’t agree with his decisions.”On Wednesday, Akhilesh Yadav had said that he got the benefit of his age and relation. “He (Shivpal) gave me blessings and congratulated me also,” he addedNow that 44-year-old Akhilesh will remain at the helm for five years, the 2019 Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections in 2022 will be held under his presidentship. (With PTI inputs)

J&K: Army major killed, three others hurt in car mishap

Updated: Oct 4, 2017, 05:22 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army Major was killed and three other officers, including a colonel, were injured when the car they were travelling in skidded off the Jammu-Poonch highway here today, police said.Their car hit a tree around 03.30 am today at the Thati- Gharota area in Jammu district, they said.An officer identified as Major Ashish died on the spot and a colonel and two other majors were injured and have been hospitalised, police said.Police has registered a case.

Bihar: Clash between two communities in Nawada, five arrested

Updated: Oct 3, 2017, 01:26 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A clash broke out between two communities after a group of people returning from a religious procession was attacked by members of another community in the district, the police said on Tuesday. Five persons were arrested in connection with the clash that erupted at Akbarpur Bazar locality late Monday night in which one person was injured, Superintendent of Police Vikas Burman said.The trouble began when one group of people belonging to a particular community was attacked with stones by members of another.Members of the first group then retaliated leaving one person seriously injured, Burman said.Senior police and administrative officials brought the situation under control.Five persons were arrested for fomenting trouble in the area, the SP said and added that the situation is now tense but under control.

Chhattisgarh: Insurance cover under health smart card raised to Rs 50000 from Rs 30,000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chhattisgarh government has increased the insurance cover under health smart cards from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 from today, officials said.As per the announcement made by chief minister Raman Singh, the limit of the free treatment through health smart card has been increased from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum from October 1, an official told PTI here.As many as 55.66 lakh families of the state will be benefited with this, he added.The families (upto five members) having smart cards issued under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana and Mukhyamantri Swasthaya Bima Yojana will be entitled for cashless treatment worth Rs 50,000 per year at state recognised hospitals, the official said.The beneficiaries can lodge their complaints or grievances related to treatment done through smart cards, with district chief medical and health officers or they can call on toll free number 104, he added.

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