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Son-in-law gave contract to kill Ghatlodia woman

In the afternoon of December 21, Bhagwati Patel found her mother, 75-year-old Rambha Patel, dead in her residence in Karmacharinagar Housing Society part-2.After a week’s investigation, the police concluded on Thursday that one of her son-in-law had hired a Mumbai-based contract killer to murder Patel.According to a city crime branch officer, Patel was strangulated to death and her gold bangles were looted. Two courier boxes with disposable plastic plates were found at the murder spot. A CCTV footage recovered from one of the bungalows in the society showed a 25-year-old courier boy entering the society with the boxes.Patel had six daughters, all married, the officer said, adding that during their interrogation, it came to the fore that one of the sons-in-law Ramesh Patel, a resident of Chandlodia, was deep in debts worth lakhs of rupees. During his interrogation, Ramesh confessed to hiring a contract killer for Rs 5lakh to eliminate his mother-in-law. The crime branch officer added that Ramesh had his eyes set on Patel’s bungalow worth Rs 3 crore. He knew that after her death, her wealth would have been distributed among her six daughters, and each of their share would have come around Rs 40-50 lakh. He was hoping to pay off his debts with that money.According to police, Ramesh identified the contract killer as one Salim. A team of Ahmedabad crime branch officers arrested Salim from Mumbai late on Wednesday. Furthr investigation in the case is on, added the crime branch officer.

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BJP MPs to Chidu: Stop discussions on Aadhaar in panel

In a controversial move, on Wednesday, several BJP members in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs asked its chairman P Chidambaram to stop discussions on the subject of privacy and national security of Aadhaar.A united opposition strongly objected to the BJP’s move in the committee meeting on Wednesday, highly-placed sources said.”The Committee was strongly divided on the issue with BJP members on one side and all the opposition parties’ members on the other side. The opposition was unequivocal in its stand that the subject matter on Aadhaar cannot be set aside or withdrawn. The meeting ended without any headway,” the source said.A BJP member was of the opinion that the subject can also be taken up by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, but the opposition members refused the proposition.Before taking up the issue in the meeting, about five to six BJP MPs — all members of the standing committee — had written a letter to Chidambaram, asking him to recuse himself from the matter, since he represented Jairam Ramesh as a counsel, who has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court on Aadhaar, sources added.A committee member said, the committee already has had four meetings on the same subject matter of privacy and security of Aadhaar, but did not face any issues by the BJP.

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New Bill simplifies bamboo farming

The Parliament on Wednesday passed the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017 that will omit bamboo from the definition of trees and allow its cultivation and trade on non-forest areas without permits. The amendment was earlier adopted in the Lok Sabha on December 20, and it was passed by a voice vote after a short debate in the Rajya Sabha.Minister of Environment and Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan sought to assure and remind the House that the amendment was meant only for bamboo grown on non-forest areas and thus bamboo grown on forest land will continue to be protected under forest laws. However, opposition members from the Congress, SP and BJD questioned Centre’s haste in promulgating an ordinance on the issue, just weeks before the Parliament convened. They expressed concern that the Bill would only benefit private players, ignoring the demands of tribal communities.”It is impossible to think that there was some exigency, there was some emergency unless there was pressure that was coming from some private industry to allow non-forest areas for bamboo cultivation,” Jairam Ramesh of Congress said while terming the Bill as misleading.In his reply, Dr Harsh Vardhan said: “I am shocked to see that you (opposition) can’t see the benefit of tribals and poor farmers who are going to benefit after the bill is passed.” He argued that the Bill will help farmers double their income and also aid in increasing forest cover. Prior to the vote, Ramesh and other opposition members walked out.

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12 die as farsan shop turns into an inferno

In a tragic incident that shook the city on Monday morning, 12 people were killed in a fire that broke out in a small-scale condiment factory in Saki Naka. The factory, Bhanu Farsan, situated on Khairani road in Makhriya compound, manufactured and sold farsan and was operating without any licenses from the civic body. All the 12 deceased were workers and were fast asleep when the fire that gutted the premises broke out at around 3.45 am. As per the civic authorities, most of the dead suffered almost 100 per cent burns; two bodies were charred beyond recognition.The primary fire report by BMC states that the fire started because of an electrical wiring short-circuit, however it spread rapidly when fuelled by the oil and gas cylinders stored in the kitchen. “There were 20 people inside the factory, of which eight managed to escape,” Deputy fire officer, DK Ghosh said, “However, 12 others got trapped as the fire exaggerated after LPG gas leaked from the cylinder.”The knob of the cylinder melted due to the heat.”Chief fire officer PS Rahangdale said, “It was a small structure and high quantity of oil was stored in the kitchen. So many people should not reside in such a small place. The fire spread fast due to the oil and many workers could not escape. They died due to intense smoke and heat.”The structure was registered as shop, but a family of three lived on the ground floor. The family members escaped without any injuries.Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has asked the chief fire officer and the L Ward officer to investigate whether the structure was legal and had the permits required to run commercial activities. The report has to be submitted in 15 days.The commercial structure is owned by Sanjay Makhriya and was rented by Ramesh Bhanushali, who ran Bhanu farsan factory. Dr Vidya Thakur, medical superintendent at Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, said, “The victims died due to suffocation and also due to burn injuries. The post-mortem has been conducted, and reports will be submitted to Saki Naka police.”Meanwhile, the Saki Naka police have detained the supervisor of the farsan shop and will be questioning the owner Ramesh Bhanushali as well.ND Reddy, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 10) said, “Primary probe shows that the owner of the factory violated several norms. We will be booking the supervisor and the owner of the factory for causing death due to negligence. Prima Facie, the fire erupted due to short-circuit and gas leak caused it to spread rapidly. We are waiting for reports from the civic body for further investigation.”

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Why Uttar Pradesh civic polls will impact Assembly elections in Gujarat

All eyes are now set on December 1 when the verdict will be out for the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh.The third and final phase of polling took place on Wednesday.Unlike poor turnout in second phase on November 26, an estimated 53 per cent polling was recorded in the third and the final phase of polls. Counting of votes will take place on December 1 and results will be announced the same day.In Etah district, unidentified attackers lobbed two crude bombs at a polling booth to create . No one was, however, injured in the incident which stalled polling for half an hour. Polling resumed after police further tightened the security.Barring sporadic incidents of brawl over names missing from the voters’ list, technical snags in EVMs and allegations of bogus voting, polling was by and large peaceful in the final phase.Police had to use mild force in Ferozabad district when agitated voters created ruckus when they did not find their names in the voters’ list. Police had resorted to lathicharge in Baghpat when the BJP and BSP supporters clashed with each other on complaints of bogus voting.The results in local bodies’ polls are likely to have an impact on the ensuing Assembly elections in Gujarat.Political observers feel that results in Uttar Pradesh will certainly give a reason to smile either to Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo or Congress President Rahul Gandhi to boost their last-minute crucial campaigning in Gujarat.“It will either lift sagging morale of the BJP in Gujarat or give a tool to an upbeat Congress to consolidate its position using Uttar Pradesh results as failure of BJP government to stand to people’s expectations,” said Prof Ramesh Dixit, former Head Poitical Science department, Lucknow University.After addressing as many as 40 rallies in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is extensively touring Gujarat.The UP poll results will not only be referendum on his government performance in Uttar Pradesh but also his charisma as the leading Hindtuva leader will also wean away if results are not favourable in UP.
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1990 Ayodhya firing: Mulayam Singh Yadav killed my husband, Kar Sevak’s widow files case after 27 years

Twenty seven years after 1990 firing in Ayodhya, a widow of a Kar Sevak has filed a case of murder and conspiracy against then Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Gayatri Devi, whose husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey was killed in firing in Ayodhya on November 2 1990, has filed a case against Muayam Singh Yadav under Sections 120-B and 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The case comes 27 years after firing on the Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya on the Yadav’s orders.In her petition, filed in the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistarte (ACJM) in Ayodhya, Gayatri Devi stated that Yadav has on a number of occasions publicly admitted that he had ordered firing on Kar Sevaks.Also read’Aur maarna padta toh suraksha bal maartey,’ Mulayam Singh Yadav justifies 1990 firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya“Since he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has publicly admitted to issue orders for firing on Kar sevaks in which my husband was also killed, he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should be charged with murder and conspiracy to kill my husband and other unarmed Kar Sevaks,” she pleaded.Gayatri Devi was particularly annoyed with the Samjwadi Party patriarch’s recent statement on his birthday on November 22 in which he said that “he would have ordered more killings of Kar Sevaks, if required, to save the country’s unity and integrity.”Also readMulayam Singh Yadav celebrates low-key birthday with son Akhilesh; brothers Shivpal, Ram Gopal stay away On his birthday, Mulayam Singh Yadav had also said that Samajwadi Party had got more seats after firing on Kar Seavks in Ayodhya than what it has got in 2017 Assembly polls.A total of 28 Kar Sevaks, including Gayatri Devi’s husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey, were killed when Yadav had ordered firing on them when they tried to march towards Babri Masjid on October 30 and November 2 1990.Also readAyodhya row: Welcome your efforts but won’t give up claim on Babri Masjid land, Muslim bodies to Sri Sri Ravi ShankarDuring hearing in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gayatri Devi’s counsel Vishal Srivastava also pleaded that the widow of the slain Kar Sewak has four children and her husband was the only bread earner in the family.“After his death in the firing, she had faced a lot of difficulties in raising four children without any financial support from state government,” pointed the Counsel.After admitting widow’s writ petition, the ACJM Court in Ayodhya has reserved its judgment which may land septuagenarian Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble for publicly admitting his orders to open fire on Kar Sevaks.
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Caught on camera: UP policemen thrash hotel employees after being told ‘no room available’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video footage surfaced on Tuesday has revealed a harrowing incident of policemen thrashing hotel employees in Lucknow after they were told that no room was available.The incident took place on Sunday, when the policemen were returning from polling duty in Uttar Pradesh local elections.The video shows the policemen out of their uniforms, and talking with the hotel staff in the corridor. Within seconds, the situation goes downhill, and the policemen start thrashing the staff.The Hotel manager, Ramesh said that the policemen also misbehaved with other customers at the hotel.”They went along banging doors of all rooms from ground floor to second floor, and misbehaved with the customers. They pushed open doors, and beat up any customer who came out,” Ramesh told ANI.The customers checked out the very night without paying, he further informed.Alambagh Police have ensured disciplinary action against the concerned policemen.”The matter is being investigated. Once the investigation is complete, disciplinary action will be taken against the people responsible,” said Sanjiv Kumar Singh, Alambagh Circle Officer, Lucknow.

Congress attacks Nitin Gadkari over ‘conflict of interest’, BJP denies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raising charges of ‘conflict of interest’ the Congress on Friday trained guns on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, alleging that a company of his private secretary has been receiving government funds and asked the Union minister to come clean about it.The BJP was quick to rubbish the allegations with its spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao terming it “baseless” and aimed at sullying the government’s image.”The Congress party’s allegations against Mr Vaibhav Dange are much noise about nothing. Vaibhav himself has refuted these allegations in a written statement,” he said.He said the Congress’ charge stemmed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “rising popularity and spotlessly clean” governance which has left the opposition party “rattled”.According to Ramesh, Vaibhav Dange and a man named Motiram Kisanrao Patil floated a company— Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE) — on October 9, 2014 with a paid up capital of Rs 1 lakh.The IFGE, Ramesh alleged, received Rs 1.5 crore since its inception.”…and the money came from the ministries controlled by Gadkari. IFGE organises conclaves and programmes with ministries and PSUs, and receives financial contributions.”He also alleged that the company received contributions from corporate entities and persons who deal with the ministries as well.Ramesh, who alleged Dange’s firm also had the patronage of Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal, posed four questions to the government.”Isn’t conflict of interest of Nitin Gadkari writ large? Have Nitin Gadkari as also Suresh Prabhu violated Code of Conduct for Union Ministers? How can Gadkari permit his own Ministry and PSUs to participate and financially contribute to a company i.e. 50% is owned by his own PS? Has Dange, not violated Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, which prohibit a public servant from accepting contributions?BEING AGGRESSIVEAs the Gujarat election campaign heats up, at a meeting of the Congree Working Committee, party vice president Rahul Gandhi who is set to take charge as Congress party President next month asked the party leaders to be aggressive against the government on corruption

Congress accuses Gadkari aide of committing ‘scam, BJP rejects charge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Claiming conflict of interest, the Congress today alleged a company floated by Nitin Gadkari’s private secretary has been receiving government funds, and demanded that the Union minister come clean about it. The BJP, however, rubbished the allegations against Vaibhav Dange as “baseless”. It said the Congress’ charge stemmed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “rising popularity and spotlessly clean” governance which has left the opposition party “rattled”. Senior Congress MP Jairam Ramesh listed the alleged “scam” by Dange in a series of alleged irregularities by BJP leaders and their relatives, including its president Amit Shah’s son Jay. He also referred to alleged irregularities and conflict of interest in the running of India Foundation of Shaurya Doval, son of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. News portal The Wire had published two articles recently about the turnover of a company run by Jay Shah growing manifold after the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, and several Union ministers being directors of India Foundation of Shaurya Doval. Jay Shah has dragged The Wire to court, filing criminal and civil defamation cases against the portal, while Shaurya Doval rejected the charge that there was any conflict of interest in ministers being directors of India Foundation. Ramesh said Dange and a man named Motiram Kisanrao Patil floated a company– Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE)– on October 9, 2014 with a paid up capital of Rs 1 lakh. The IFGE, Ramesh alleged, received Rs 1.5 crore since its inception. “…and the money came from the ministries controlled by Gadkari. IFGE organises conclaves and programmes with ministries and PSUs, and receives financial contributions. “It receives contributions also from corporate entities and persons who deal with the ministries,” Ramesh told reporters here. The Congress leader claimed his allegation was based on information available with the Registrar of Companies. He said it was “unacceptable” that the minister was unaware of the money being received by Dange’s firm. Ramesh claimed Dange’s firm also had the patronage of Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal but without much elaboration. He only said the company’s website had Prabhu’s photograph and that the ministry of new and renewable energy supported IFGE when Goyal headed it. The former Union minister said Dange had violated the Central Civil Service (conduct) Rules that prohibit a public servant from accepting contributions or raising funds. Ramesh said, according to a corporate filing by the IFGE, its office is at Rohit House on Tolstoy Marg in the national capital. The office, he claimed, is owned by IFGE’s national executive member Ravi Boratkar, who is also a director of Purti Power and Sugar Limited owned by the Gadkari family. “So, Gadkari cannot say he is not aware of the dealings of his private secretary’s company…Gadkari should come clear about it…Dange has to resign immediately,” the Congress leader demanded. “This is a quintessential case of conflict of interest… Will the prime minister speak up, act now?” Ramesh asked. Responding to Ramesh’s allegations, BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao said the were “baseless” and aimed at sullying the government’s image. “The Congress party’s allegations against Mr Vaibhav Dange are much noise about nothing. Vaibhav himself has refuted these allegations in a written statement,” Rao told PTI. He said the Congress was repeatedly making such allegations hoping “in desperation that something would stick”. The only effect of such “flimsy” charges is “erosion” of the Congress’ credibility, he said. “The Modi government is spotlessly clean and a corrupt All India Corrupt Congress can never challenge the BJP’s integrity. The Congress would be fooling itself and nobody else by its petty and pointless allegations,” he said.

Watch: Drunk men misbehave with woman staffer of Indigo airlines, later apologise by touching her feet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A video of two drunk men allegedly misbehaving with a woman staffer of Indigo Airlines at the international airport here has gone viral, the police said today.In the video, the woman is seen confronting the duo and taking them to the police outpost at the airport.The men were also seen apologising and touching the feet of the woman on her instructions.The incident occurred last midnight. RGIA (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) police station sub-inspector Ramesh Naik said the woman did not lodge any complaint against the duo, who later told the police that they are students.He said the two were found in an inebriated condition and were subsequently booked for creating nuisance.Watch the video below:

Bengaluru doctors end indefinite strike after Karnataka High Court’s order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Doctors protesting the proposed amendments to an act aimed at making them accountable for medical negligence on Friday ended their indefinite strike, which had crippled health services in private hospitals and nursing homes, after an agreement with the government.The decision to call off the strike was taken at a meeting between Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and representatives of doctors, who had intensified the stir yesterday, declaring it to be indefinite.The Karnataka High Court also passed an interim order directing the agitating private doctors to restore forthwith their medical services.A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar observed that basic medical services are a right to life for every citizen and disobeying its order will amount to violation of court order.The doctors were up in arms against the amendments to the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (KPME) Act, 2007, which among others propose six months to three years jail term and hefty penalty for medical negligence on the part of doctors.Addressing a joint press conference in the presence of Siddaramaiah and state Health Minister Ramesh Kumar at Belagavi, the Indian Medical Association’s Karnataka chapter president H N Ravindra said the government had addressed the concerns of the doctors on contentious issues before tabling the amendments.”We had detailed discussions on touchy issues. Finally, there is a happy ending to the doctors” strike. We are grateful to the chief minister and health minister. We announce calling off our strike,” Ravindra, who was on an indefinite hunger strike for the past three days at Belagavi, said.He also owned responsibility for the deaths that happened due to the doctors’ strike and sought pardon from the people.Ravindra said the fear among the doctors was for real.He, however, did not elaborate on the settlement the doctors and government arrived at.Siddaramaiah said the government would make changes in the draft bill as was decided in the meeting and the same will be tabled in the Assembly on Monday.Ramesh Kumar said the amendment was planned as the KPME Act had not yielded the desired result.”People used to come to us with complaints against the private hospitals and nursing homes. As a responsible and pro-people government, we had to respond to it. In this context we thought of introducing the amendment,” he said.Sudarshan Balal, who attended the meeting as part of the IMA delegation, said the government has agreed to remove the clause of imprisonment and hefty penalty from the bill.Stating that a common man’s interest had been kept in mind, Siddaramaiah said “I’m making it very clear, there were some doubts and fear that doctors had regarding the bill.That has been cleared. Complete justice will be done to common man.”Asked about reported deaths due to the doctor’s strike, Siddaramaiah questioned whether there was any proof that they died because of the strike.”If there is any such cases we will look into and examine it,” he said.Doctors affiliated to five medical bodies had announced the shutdown of out-patient departments (OPD) services till the government dropped its move.A section of doctors had withdrawn the strike on Thursday.Health services in private hospitals and nursing homes were hit twice in the last two weeks by the strikes of doctors who alleged that the proposed changes, which among others provide for jail term for medical negligence, were “draconian” in nature.

India man kills wife for refusing sex, police say

Police say the man, who allegedly strangled his wife, has confessed to the crime.

EDMC arrears: Delhi High Court raises objection to Delhi Government changing counsel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court took objection to the AAP government’s decision to change their counsel in connection to the release of arrears to the sanitation work of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said it has already heard Delhi government’s standing counsel Ramesh Singh on the issue and he was supposed to seek instruction on the amounts which were payable under the 3rd and 4th Finance Commissions to the EDMC.The court said that this practice cannot be allowed at this moment and the government has to keep their house in order. It also added that the counsel should not accept such brief from the ministers.The bench said it does not like a change of counsel in any pending matter, as it also sought to know from the government the amounts they have disbursed to the three corporations.Meanwhile, the court directed the government to disburse 1.5 per cent of the arrears after the counsel for Delhi government submitted that in a meeting they have decided to give the funds being demanded by the workers.The court was hearing a plea seeking a direction to the authorities to ensure that the workers of East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations call off their strike, which started on October 11 and October 16 respectively, and resume work.After the court intervened, the sanitation employees returned to their work and the government has also paid their salaries. However, their arrears are still pending.

Diabetic women at higher risk of abortion, miscarriage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diabetes is a particularly dangerous condition for pregnant women, warn doctors in the city. They aren’t talking about gestational diabetes (a condition where you develop the disease during pregnancy) but about diabetic women who get pregnant.According to them the risk of abortion and foetal abnormalities goes up considerably if the mother has pre existing diabetes. “These days out of 100 pregnant women at least 5% to 7% have diabetes and we are not talking of gestational diabetes. Women with diabetes who get pregnant have a higher risk of foetal malformation and abortion compared to others including those with gestational diabetes,” said Dr Ramesh Goyal, consultant diabetologist at Apollo Hospital.Dr Hiren Patt, endocrinologist with Narayana Multispecialty hospital said such women also have high chances of miscarriage in the first and second trimester. “Earlier type 2 diabetes was found mostly among those above 40 years of age but now people in their 20s and 30s are also inflicted by the condition. This is also the child bearing age and that is why we are seeing more cases of pregnant women with a diabetic condition,” said Dr Patt.He said diabetes also increases the chances of a cesarean delivery apart from impacting the development of heart and brain of the foetus.Dr Goyal said it is a double whammy for such women as on the one hand diabetes forces them to control their calorie intake while being pregnant means they have to ensure adequate calorie intake to help nourish the growing foetus.”There is also the social practice in India were pregnant women are fed calorie rich food. This is particularly dangerous for diabetic pregnant women as she needs to ensure a balanced diet that will not spike her sugar levels nor lead to foetal malnourishment,” said Dr Goyal.

Steeped in lust and sleaze, cops crack city murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have cracked the Murlipura murder case in which the body of a man was found in a gunny bag. Revealing the details to DNA, the cops decoded a script laden with lust, distrust and sleaze.Believe it or not, a 34-year-old woman took the help of her new-found 28-year-old boyfriend to get rid of the paramour after she “learnt” that he was secretly having a roaring affair. After thorough grilling, Saraswati Devi has confessed to the cops about the murder blueprint.“During investigation, the dog squad was called to the crime scene which picked evidences. Meanwhile, when questioned about the incident, Saraswati kept changing her statements which raised suspicion about her involvement. After thorough grilling she gave in,” said Ashok Gupta, DCP -West.It was hatred, mistrust and sleaze that led to on Balgovind’s death. Saraswati confessed that she was married to one Ramesh Kumar some 15 years back. She deserted him and their child for Balgovind four years ago. According to Saraswati, they had a whale of a time, till Balgovind started drinking. This habit of his had soured their relationship.Meanwhile, Saraswati was also dating one Bhanwar Lal. Saraswati confessed that recently she “overheard” a conversation Balgovind was having over the phone and how he was cosying up to his new “paramour. Awry love storyAfter thorough grilling, Saraswati Devi has confessed to the cops about the murder blueprint. She deserted husband and their child for Balgovind.Now, she connived with new boyfriend to kill Balgovind

Court pulls up NCP MLA Ramesh Kadam for interfering with hearing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While hearing applications filed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Ramesh Kadam, the sessions court on Monday, asked the petitioner to be within his limits while he interfered with the court’s proceedings. The case was being presided over by judge Govind Sanap.The court was hearing a bunch of applications filed by Kadam as well as the jailor. One of the applications had also challenged the appointment of the prosecutor in the matter.Kadam, who is arrested in a case of money embezzlement, pleaded the court that he should be allowed to argue in person, which the court had allowed. He had put forth his application in which he challenged the appointment of the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Pravin Chavan.In his argument, Kadam claimed that the SPP was allegedly bribed. Meanwhile, when the court was about to direct the SPP to produce the required documents, Kadam interfered several times. It was then the court ordered Kadam to be in his limits.Further, the Jailor of the Byculla prison also filed an application in the court claiming that Kadam is creating nuisance in the prison and that he should be transferred to Arthur road jail and kept in ANDA cell. The court is yet to pass orders in the same.

BMC plans to lure commercial encroachers with compensation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The demolition of encroachments in Mumbai has always been a challenging job for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). One of the main obstructions faced by the civic body is that owners of the encroached structures which are eligible for rehabilitation do not easily agree for the alternate accommodation provided by the BMC.The BMC’s estate department has now worked on a revised policy of rehabilitation of commercial structures by offering them compensation in the form of ready reckoner rate of that area. This, the civic body says, will expedite the demolition process.BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “We do not have enough places for rehabilitation of the eligible commercial structures so we thought of compensating them which will definitely speed up the demolition drives. I have already sent the proposal to the standing committee”.The revised policy for the rehabilitation of commercial structures was prepared three months ago, however it has not yet been presented to the standing committee.”The BMC has enough space for residential rehabilitation but not for commercial. If money is offered instead of alternate accommodation, the shop owners will get encouraged to evict the place. We expect this policy to be sanctioned by the corporation soon to expedite the demolition of encroachments in Mumbai”, said a senior civic officer, requesting anonymity.”The ready reckoner rate is applicable to shops with a maximum area of 225 sq feet. If the area of the commercial structure is 250 or 300 sq feet big, rate will be paid for 225 sq feet area as that is the maximum area limit for alternate accommodation. The policy was made three to four months ago but is yet to be sanctioned by the standing committee. If the revised policy is implemented, the demolition drives will speed up,” said an official from the civic ward.Despite repeated attempts, BMC’s standing committee chairman Ramesh Korgankar (Shiv Sen) was unavailable for comment.MONETARY WINThe BMC’s estate department has worked on a revised policy that offers commercial structures compensation in the form of ready reckoner rate of the area. The revised policy was prepared three months ago, however it has not yet been presented to the standing committee.

Family stabs 2 brothers to death in Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An old rivalry turned ugly after two persons, along with their parents, stabbed two brothers to death outside their residence in Noida’s sector 49 area on Monday night. Protests were staged by locals through the night, as well as in the morning, with family members refusing to move the bodies of the two brothers from the protest site and demanding arrest of the accused persons.The accused men have been identified as Gulshan, his brother Jitendra, their father Omkar and their mother. While the police managed to arrest Gulshan and his father Omkar, Jitendra is absconding and the mother was let off on Tuesday evening.In order to escape the police’s wrath, the father of the accused, Omkar, even made a PCR call and told the police about the dead bodies lying near their house. The parents of the accused were taken into custody in the wee hours while Gulshan was arrested from Baghpat.According to the police, the deceased brothers have been identified as Umesh Sharma, 20 and Yogesh Sharma, 17. The horrific murder took place barely 500 metres away from their residence.Police sources revealed that Gulshan had enmity with someone in the locality. This person had, in turn, asked for Umesh’s help and he obliged. However, things turned ugly and Gulshan planned to eliminate them. The accused called Umesh to their house and the killings took place there. “The incident took place around 9 pm when Umesh was called by one of the brothers to their residence. Later, an altercation took place after which they threatened to stab him. Meanwhile, Umesh called his brother for help who then reached there and became another victim for the family,” said a police officer.”When the police reached the location the youth were already taken to the hospital by locals. The duo was declared dead on arrival,” said Awneesh Kumar, a police officer. “It was a minor fight which took an ugly turn and the two youth fell prey to it. The way the killings have been carried out, it looks like the job of a professional,” said the source.Umesh and Yogesh sustained multiple wounds on their body but as per investigating officials, two deep wounds were enough to claim their lives. “While one of them had a hole in his throat and completely slit sideways, the other one had a two-inch wide and over an eight centimetre deep wound in his chest. The two tried to escape but collapsed outside the house of the accused itself,” added the officer. Umesh had come back home from his computer class when he received a phone call and left. “We were informed around 9 pm about their bodies lying in a pool of blood next to a drain in the area. I ran to the location and saw them with stab wounds over their body said Ramesh, the victim’s uncle. On Monday night as well as Tuesday morning the family members kept their bodies at the sector-49, 50 intersections and blocked the traffic. The murder weapon is yet to be recovered by the police. A case under relevant sections has been registered against the accused persons. The police have also added sections of rioting against unknown persons for protesting and creating ruckus.

First you eat meat, then meat eats you: Maneka Gandhi stresses on going vegetarian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday made a pitch for vegetarianism, saying humans are natural vegetarians and meat consumption harms them.The women and child development minister was speaking at the launch of a film ‘The Evidence-Meat Kills’, directed by Mayank Jain, that scientifically explores the effects of meat consumption on human body.”Studies done over the last three decades have shown, with empirical data, that meat is bad for human body, Maneka said.”Everything about every part and organ of the human body is vegetarian. When we put an alien substance like meat into the human body, we become prone to diseases,” she said.”If you do this on a daily basis,” she added, “Your body will weaken. You will not die of eating meat, but it will certainly weaken your body, making it more vulnerable to diseases.”Maneka emphasised, more than once, that the purpose of making or promoting the film was not to persuade people to give up eating meat, but to make them aware of its pros and cons and help make an informed choice.”All in all, first you eat meat, then meat eats you, she quipped, during the programme at the Press club.She said the movie has been made by the doctors so that people make an informed choice.The Union minister also lamented that dietetics — the study of diet and its effects on health — was not given due time or attention during medical education.”I feel that in the 5-6 years during which they teach you to become a doctor, they teach you dietetics for not more than one or two hours. What I feel is, if you do not teach them about food and their effect on the body, then what is the point of teaching them about the medicines?” she said.Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, former HoD, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, who features in the film — along with a few other doctors — lends a professional voice to Maneka’s assertions.”Use of antibiotics and hormones has become almost routine in not only poultry but also in the meat industry in general, and the types of antibiotics that are used are very often those which are not fit for human consumption. They are not approved for human use but these are given to these animals, but indirectly, the same antibiotics get into human beings when we consume meat,” he says at one point during the movie.The film goes on to examine the health of butchers who are exposed to an overdose of violence in slaughterhouses.The movie is available, along with other information related to the effects of non-vegetarianism, on www.MeatKills.in.

Couple dupes hundreds, flees with crores at Mahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mahim Police on Friday were looking for a couple and their daughter for their alleged involvement in a case of around Rs 3-4 crore misappropriation in a postal investment scam.The accused, identified as Ramesh Bhatt, along with his wife and daughter, worked as agents with the postal service, police said. The trio squeezed the lump sum amount from over 100 people who had invested under various schemes, police said. The accused would take money from the victims saying that the amount would be deposited in their accounts with the post office, police said.In several cases, Bhatt had siphoned the money after the investments of the clients matured. In other cases, the accused would just disappear after taking the money from the people.The scam came to light after Tushar, one of the victims, who availed one of the schemes through the trio, went to Mahim post office, only to find that the money was never deposited. Tushar said he had paid the amount to the accused seven years ago.”He used to fill the forms and take signatures on them. When we asked for the passbook, he used to show them handwritten passbooks, which he kept despite repeated requests to hand them over. Now, it’s clear he was tearing these forms once we left. He used to keep the money instead of crediting the amount to our accounts. We realized it only now,” said one of the complainants.It was only after the victim approached the Mahim police that the accused has duped many people with same modus operandi. “Bhatt has been absconding since the case has been registered. We are trying to find them. Initially, there were only a few complainants. Now, more people are coming to us, claiming that Bhatt was involved in the scam. The amount could even cross Rs 10 crores,” said a senior police officer.ON THE RUNRamesh Bhatt, along with his wife and daughter, worked wutht he postal service for the last few years.
Trio squeezed the lump sum amount from over 100 people who had invested under various schemes.

Andhra Pradesh: Four held with Rs 13.70 lakh in fake notes

Updated: Sep 6, 2017, 11:01 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today seized fake notes having the face value of Rs 13.70 lakh from four persons in East Godvari district.The incident occurred when police detained one K Nageshwara Rao who had come to Samarlkota railway station to exchange old notes with new bills.On the inputs given by him, the police arrested Satyanarayana Reddy from his house and later E Sunil and P Ramesh.Police seized the fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 denominations, a colour printer, and other material from Reddy’s house.

Ganpati mandals to lend helping hand to underprivileged children in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>City-based Ganpati mandals and individual households are trying to help under privileged children.A Tardeo resident circulated a message to donate stationery as prasad to the Lord Ganesha rather than offering sweets. The idea was to further distribute the stationery to city-based needy children from an NGO.Kruttik Parekh, a resident of Tardeo, said, “We believe that celebrating Ganeshotsav in an eco–friendly way is the need of the hour. Every year we keep eco-friendly Ganesha as our theme but this year we wanted to take it a step further by donating study material and stationery to underprivileged children. We are spreading the message among the guests visiting our house to offer notebooks, pens or pencils instead of offering any kind of prasad, flowers and money. Through our drive, we intend to reach out to maximum students and help them in their education.”A Lalbaug-based Ganpati mandal recently distributed school aid to the children of farmers in Marathwada. Members of GD Ambekar Marg (Kalewadi) Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal this year have planned to show the Ganpati idols in Lalbaug to the children. Ramesh Kale, chairman of the mandal, said, “The children have never seen Ganpati idols in Lalbaug area. The mandal has made arrangements to bring around 40 children from the Marathwada region to Lalbaugh and we will be showing them the Ganesh idols from various mandals in the area.”

SC to refer to privacy verdict before hearing plea about legality of passing Aadhar as money bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would first go through the crucial judgement on privacy before taking a call on Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s challenge to the Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision to certify a bill to amend the Aadhaar law as a money bill.The plea was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud for an early hearing, but the apex court said it would first peruse the judgement delivered by its nine-judge constitution bench declaring the right to privacy a fundamental right. “You mention it on Friday (September 1). We will also read the judgement,” CJI Misra said. The apex court had in February observed that it was “tentatively not convinced” with the grounds taken by Ramesh to challenge the Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision to certify the bill to amend Aadhaar law as a money bill.Observing that the issue was “important and serious” and it did not want to take a call on it in haste, the court had told the counsel appearing for Ramesh to prepare his case by taking into account all the objections raised by the Centre. The Centre had opposed the plea saying that it fulfilled the criteria as the expenditure for the welfare schemes has to be drawn from the Consolidated Fund of India. Ramesh had earlier claimed in the top court that the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was certified as a money bill to avoid its scrutiny by the Rajya Sabha which does not have any say on such legislations.The Bill was discussed and passed by the Lok Sabha on March 11 last year.It was taken up in Rajya Sabha on March 16, where several amendments were made to it. The bill was returned the same evening to the Lok Sabha, which rejected all the amendments adopted by the Upper House and passed it without any of these changes.

Jewar rape-murder: Gang head arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Making another arrest in connection with the Jewar gang-rape and murder case, the Noida Special Task Force (STF) nabbed an absconding gangster from the Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Saturday night.According to the STF, Anil Bawariya, 38, a native of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, was arrested from the Pilakhua area of Hapur. He led the Bawariya gang, comprising eight members of his family.The police said Anil was in touch with Raju, another accused in the Jewar case, and together they planned the crime. Anil and Raju’s wife hail from the same place in Alwar.“Anil is accused in many cases of loot, robbery and murder, apart from the Jewar murder and gang-rape. We recovered an SUV, a country-made pistol, and live cartridges from his possession,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (STF) Raj Kumar Mishra said.The police said Anil is the son of Megh Singh, a notorious criminal who headed the Ramesh Bawariya gang, formed in the 1980s in Bharatpur. Megh was involved in loot crores worth of cash from traders in Rajasthan and UP. The police had announced a reward of Rs 12,000 on his arrest.“Anil, then 18, wasn’t allowed by his father’s peers to join the gang. He rebelled and formed the Bawariya gang, with his three siblings and four step-brothers,” a police officer said.Anil went to KCM School in Moradabad before joining a residential school in Mathura. He was in Class IX when he joined the gang. He first earned notoriety in 2000, when he, along with his gang members, looted Dr Khanna, a popular physician in Moradabad, and a jeweller in a single day. Dr Khanna survived with bullet shots in his belly. Three years later, the gang waylaid a car on the Moradabad highway, shot dead two businessmen and relatives of a steel giant and decamped with valuables worth crores. “In 2007, Anil committed five murders. In 2008, he shifted to Bandsur in Alwar and started living there after buying land and constructing a house worth Rs 1 crore,” the police said.He then put together a gang of petty criminals who would snatch chains during calendar events such as the Pushkar Mela.

UDF opposition members boycotts proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition Congress-led UDF members boycotted the assembly proceedings for the fourth consecutive and final day of sitting today demanding resignation of Health and Social Welfare Minister K K Shylaja for alleged ‘nepotism and misuse of power’. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, while replying to a notice for an adjournment motion on the adverse remark made by High Court against Shylaja, asserted that there was no need for the minister to resign as she had not done anything illegal. The government had already moved the High Court to expunge the remark against the minister. “I do not want to go more into the case as it is pending before the court”, Vijayan said. “There is no need for the minister to resign on the basis of remark made by the court in a case in which the minister was not a respondent”, Vijayan said. Opposition members, who came with banners and placards, squatted in the well of the House, raised slogans and did not participate in the question hour. They brought to the notice of the speaker the sit-in dharna at the portal of the assembly hall by the UDF MLAs V P Sajeendran, N Shamsuddin, Roji M John, Eldose Kunnappally and T V Ibrahim in support of their demand for the resignation of the minister. Opposition alleged that the Minister had misused power to select one of the partymen in the Kerala State Commission For Protection Of Child Rights and ‘messed up’ admission process in self-financing medical colleges in the state for the current academic year. UDF sources said that the sit-in dharan would end with the House adjourns sine die. After the reply of Chief Minister, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan refused leave for the motion and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that it was difficult for them to cooperate with the proceedings with Shylaja continued as minister and trooped out of the House. “Even after severe criticism against the government and the minister by the High Court in the case connected with medical admissions, Shylaja was clinging to power,” Chennithala alleged. The health minister was under attack over strictures passed against her by the court while quashing the appointment of two members, including a CPI-M leader, to the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child rights. Meanwhile, Kerala Lokayukta today ordered a probe into the allegations of nepotism and misuse of power in the selection of member to Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Lokayukta passed the order in a petition filed Ramesh Chennithala, officials at the Opposition leader’s office said. Lokayukta has also directed the minister to submit all files before September 14.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Auto driver stabbed to death in Kota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old auto driver was stabbed to death allegedly by his neighbour in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar area, the police said today. The incident occurred around 10 pm yesterday when Lal Singh Tanwar, a resident of Bapu colony in Kunhari area, was was returning home, Sub-Inspector (SI) Ramesh Chand Bhargav of Vigyan Nagar Police Station said. He was stopped under a bridge in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar and stabbed after a spat. He was rushed to Maharao Bheem Singh (MBS) hospital by passersby but was declared dead by doctors, the SI said. According to the deceased’s son, he had an enmity with one of his neighbours, the SI added. A case of murder was lodged against the neighbour, Bhupendra Singh, who has been on the run since the stabbing, Bhargav said. Police teams have formed to nab him, he added. The body was handed over to the family this morning after post-mortem, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Palakkad collector transferred; routine exercise says CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Palakkad collector, whose orders were defied by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat by hoisting the national flag at an aided school, has been transferred with the chief minister today maintaining it was a routine exercise. The collector’s orders were apparently based on the guidelines which, among other things, stipulates that only the school principal or elected representatives could hoist the national flag in the school. Bhagwat had, however, gone ahead with hoisting the flag at the government aided school in Palakkad district on Independence day, triggering a controversy. Replying to a submission in this regard in the state assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan termed it as a routine transfer. In a minor reshuffle of IAS officers, the Kerala government yesterday shuffled five district collectors. Vijayan said the decision to transfer the collectors, including P Marykutty, Palakkad Collector, had been taken early this week itself. But it had been kept on hold as the Independence Day celebrations were round the corner, he said. Taking up the issue, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala sought to know if the Palakkad collector was transferred for giving a report on the matter. He sought a clarification from the chief minister on the issue. Vijayan said the chief secretary and general education director had issued two separate guidelines with regard to the procedures to be followed during Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony. The guidelines which, among other things, stipulates that the school principal or elected representatives have to hoist the national flag, were violated by the Karnagi Amman aided school, he said. The guidelines had been brought to the notice of the school authorities by the district collector on August 14 night. However, the school authorities had gone ahead with their scheduled programme of Bhagwat unfurling the tri-colour. Vijayan said legal opinion had been sought for taking further steps on the hoisting of the national flag by Bhagwat allegedly defying an official order. The district collector and education additional director conducted an inquiry into the matter and submitted a report. “As per the report, Vande Mataram was recited during the Independence day function at the Karnagi Amman School, in which Bhagwat participated. The national anthem was sung later when somebody pointed it out,” he said. It was also found in the inquiry that the school principal had also hoisted the national flag after Bhagwat’s function there, he said. The flag was hoisted in two locations at the school premises, Vijayan said adding that it was done violating the government directive. “We have sought more legal opinion on the matter.Further steps will be taken based on that,” he said. While raising the submission, Ramesh Chennithala said Bhagwat had hoisted the flag violating the Flag Code. “As per the code, the principal or a people’s representative should be the one to hoist the national flag in government and aided schools in such an occasion,” he said. Chennithala alleged that the national anthem was played during the function only later. Bhagwat was in the southern state to take part in a two- day meeting of the Sangh which began on August 14.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 get 10 years in jail for trying to export illegal drugs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has sentenced two persons to 10-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) for conspiring to export illegal psychotropic substances from India to Malaysia, using fake identity.Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on convicts Rafiq Ahmed Shaikh and Nitesh Patel, after holding them guilty under Sections 23 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.According to the prosecution, a tip-off was received on March 31, 2011, that a parcel of narcotics drugs was lying with the Fedex Express Service India Private Limited in Mayapuri, Delhi. Upon inspection, cavities were found in the parcel. The stitched inner layer of bags gave positive results for amphetamine.The parcel had been sent by Ramesh Bhai from Ahmedabad, following which the Delhi Zonal Unit (DZU) sent the shipper’s address to the Ahmedabad Zonal Unit (AZU) for verification. The AZU responding stating that the address was of Sagar Iyer, who was running a courier office, and nobody called Ramesh Bhai could be found.On investigation, AZU found that one Nitesh Patel of the Patel Courier had handed over the shipment to Iyer’s Indo Express Courier Service, to be sent to Malaysia. Patel had collected the shipment from another courier company of Ahmedabad, called Patel On Board Courier (POBC), where the shipment had arrived from Chennai.Further inquiries revealed that Patel was given the contract to receive the shipment, which was dispatched by one Rafiq Ahmed Shaikh, who owned another courier service in Mumbai, under the name of MR Express Courier.Shah was arrested from a hotel in Paharganj.The court held that the prosecution successfully proved that both accused conspired together to export 2.4 kg psychotropic substance amphetamine. Shaikh, however, was acquitted of charges of recovery of 1 kg ketamine from a parcel lying at the Dart Air Services, which was seized on June 4, 2011.

Upper House bids farewell to three members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha witnessed some emotional moments as three members – Sitaram Yechury of CPM, D Bandopadhyay of TMC and Dilipbhai Pandya of BJP bid farewell to the House on Thursday. Their term comes to an end on August 18.Bidding adieu to the Rajya Sabha, Yechury said, “I leave with a hope that this August, the House will strengthen the internal strength of India. We have to look inwards and expands outwards.”Candid as always, Yechury said, when you impose uniformity, the country will implode. We have to strengthen the commonality of diversity.”Let us not target any group for narrow, petty, short-term prospects. We are living in the times of post-truth…This post-truth is not the Indian reality,” Yechury said .Recalling his 45 years association with leader of the house, Arun Jaitley, Yechury said, “We will continue to debate.”Touching cords with many members, Yechury said, unity of my country and harmony of the society is non-negotiable. “I was born to Telugu-speaking parents in Madras. My wife was born to a Sufi and Rajput. The identity of my son is Indian. This is my story. This is the story of every Indian, let us not change this,” said Yechury referring to the growing intolerance.He had special words for the parliament’s staff. Asking the Chair to take care of them, Yechury said, “I salute the parliamentary staff, Marshalls and best stenographers of the world. There is a lot of outsourcing going on. I hope the Parliament is not outsourced some day. These staff saved us during Parliament attack. Please take care of them, they are the invisible bones of the Parliament.”Reflecting his association with the House, D Bandhopadhyay said, all members were considerate to this old man who was new to this House. My only regret is I can’t use this experience anywhere because my final exit is coming soon.Dilipbhai Pandya said, I never thought I would become an MP. I was elected with Ahmed Patel and Smriti Irani. People hardly know me then. People know me now.Jairam Ramesh recalled the contribution of Bandhopadhyay for playing a stellar role in land acquisition and forest rights bills.”In spite of all difference we had, I’ll miss Yechury,” said Ramesh adding that the Left may not always be right but it is essential.Overpowered by emotions, Ram Gopal Yadav of SP said, “Yechury used to sit next to me in the House. He will not be there from tomorrow. But I will continue to remember him.TERM ENDSThe three Rajya Sabha members whose term ends on August 18 include Sitaram Yechury from the CPI(M), D Bandyopadhyay from the Trinamool Congress and Dilip Pandya from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mani Shankar Aiyar follows Jairam Ramesh, urges Congress to look at reality

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh ruffled feathers, saying the grand old party was facing an ‘existential crisis’, he was joined by former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who also called for introspection and looking at reality, referring to serious setbacks.In 2015, another Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit had said the culture in the Congress party had become elitist and arrogance grows from it. “Our cadres are uncomfortable in such a situation,” he had said. Soon after unleashing a fusillade, he was sidelined in the party.Ramesh angered party’s senior leaders a few days ago by saying that the Congress was facing an ‘existential crisis’. He had also questioned the way party members were dealing with the current political fate of the Congress. “I would say that the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis,” he had said to reporters.The former environment minister had also said, “The Sultanate has gone, but we behave as if we are sultans still.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, also a former minister in the UPA government, also called for an introspection within the Congress.”What is more important than the expression Jairam used is what he said. He spoke about Congress needing new ideas new thoughts, new methods of working, new ways,” said Aiyar. Congress MP M Veerappa Moily said Ramesh had “grossly crossed the limits of discipline in the party.” Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit asked Ramesh to introspect within himself saying that he was also a part of sultanate.PAST CRITICISMJairam Ramesh had commented the Congress was facing an ‘existential crisis’ a few days ago, inviting ire from other Congress leaders.
Another Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, in 2015, has said the culture in the party had become elitist.

Suicides of 45 tribals: Minister to visit tribal belt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government today said an official team, headed by a minister A K Balan, would visit nearby Palode, where 45 tribals committed suicide since 2012, to take stock of the situation and steps would be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents. “I will lead an official team to the area and take stock of the situation. The government will take steps to end such incidents, which are unprecedented and sorrowful, after finding out the reasons behind it,” the minister said. He was replying to a submission on the matter moved by Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala. The minister said 189 persons had committed suicide at Jaraneeli and Peringamala tribal area in the district since 2012. Of this, 27 were tribals and seven Scheduled Castes. “This is a serious issue and government will look into it’,he said,adding it was unfortunate that such a grave matter had not come to the notice of successive governments till now. A comprehensive study would be conducted on the health aspect of the population of the area, including tribals and a survey on mental health also would be done, he said. The anti-drug abuse campaign under the government programme ‘Mukthi’ would be held at the area, he said. Balan pointed out that number of suicides in the district was also on the increase in the recent years. Similarly, suicide rate at nearby Kollam district was also on rise. ‘We have to find out the reasons for it’, he added. Taking up the matter, Chennithala, who visited the affected areas yesterday, alleged that police had taken not taken the series of suicides seriously. Family problem, alcoholism and social issues were some reasons cited by police in registers as the cause of suicides, he pointed out. He also alleged that police had not followed guidelines and procedures of autopsy on the bodies. “The tragedy becomes grave as most of those who committed sucides are young men and women. We have to hang our heads in shame as the matter went unnotices during these years”,he said and sought effective government intervention. The issue was taken up in the house yesterday by former Minister A P Anilkumr (Cong) who said that series of suicides in the area came to light after an inquiry into the alleged suicide of degree girl student last week.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Second half of monsoon season to receive ‘normal’ rainfall: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The second half of the monsoon season is expected to receive “normal” rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.According to the IMD, rainfall over the country during the remaining two months of the monsoon season (August and September) is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent. Rainfall between 94-104 per cent of the LPA is considered “normal”, it said. August is expected to witness 99 per cent of the LPA, the weatherman said. The IMD has predicted a normal monsoon this year.The MET, however, recorded an overall deficiency of minus 3 per cent from June 1 to August 7 following which several parts of the country are witnessing drought-like conditions, especially in the southern peninsula. On the other hand, states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and several parts of the northeast have witnessed floods. In June, IMD Director General K J Ramesh had revised the forecast to 98 per cent precipitation of the LPA due to reduced chances of occurrence of El-Nino, a phenomenon associated with heating of Pacific waters.”The atmospheric conditions over the Pacific Ocean continue to reflect neutral El-Nino conditions. The latest forecast also indicates neutral ENSO (El Ni o-Southern Oscillation) conditions till 2018 spring season,” the IMD said.The weather body added that the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) conditions are also neutral which is a “good sign for the remaining two months”. The Indian Ocean Dipole is a phenomenon associated with heating of Indian Ocean.

BJP finds ammunition against Congress in Jairam Ramesh’s remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that his party is in ?existential crisis?, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday took a jibe at his statement saying that the grand old party should revamp its leadership. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, ?Jairam Ramesh should collect all his Indian Swadesi colleagues of Congress and give a new leadership to the Congress party.? In a veiled attack at Congress vice-president Sonia Gandhi, Swamy said that the grand old party is working under the leadership of ?foreign elements? who don?t know anything about India. ?Because of their negative programme they attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have got a programme. Hindutva, anti corruption, good governance is our programme. What is Congress party?s programme? The Congress party has just got some foreign elements heading the party who don?t know anything about India,? he added. Ramesh on Monday said that the grand old party is currently facing an ?existential crisis? and called for ?a collective effort? to overcome the challenges it is facing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. ?I would say that the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis. We have to understand we are up against Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah. And they think differently, they act differently, and if we are not flexible in our approach, we will become irrelevant, frankly,? Ramesh said in an interview. Ramesh said the Congress party must understand that India has changed and the party should also change accordingly. “Old slogans don’t work, old formulas don’t work, old mantras don’t work. India has changed, the Congress party has to change,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: BJP’s Kerala office vandalised by CPI(M) activists, case registered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s Kerala unit office was vandalised allegedly by ruling CPI-M’s youth and student wing activists. Police said some men pelted stones damaging vehicles parked in the office complex. A case has been registered and investigation was underway, they said. The early morning attack capped a spate of similar attacks on rival party workers’ houses in parts of the district following skirmishes between cadres of CPIM and BJP in the past couple of days.Alleging collapse of law and order in the state, BJP claimed the attack was an attempt on the life of its state President Kumanam Rajasekharan, who was present in the office at Kunnukuzhi locality at that time.The party alleged that activists of DYFI and SFI were involved in the attack.The CPI-M hit back, alleging the BJP had planned the incidents to divert attention from the graft charges over MCI approval against some of its party leaders.Hours after the BJP office incident, the house of CPI-M state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son Bineesh Kodiyeri came under similar attack, but BJP denied any role in it.Two police personnel who were on duty at the BJP office at the time of the incident have been suspended, officials said.This is the second attack on the BJP state office since September last year when a bomb was hurled at it.Tension has been prevailing in some parts of the district since last night in the wake of the stone-pelting attacks on houses of both BJP-RSS and CPI-M workers, prompting strengthening of patrolling.Police said additional personnel had been deployed in various parts of the district.Rajasekharan alleged that the law and order situation in the state had collapsed.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should explain and order a probe into “conspiracy of police officials in the attack,” he said.Condemning the vandalisation of BJP office, party state General Secretary M T Ramesh termed it as a “planned conspiracy” and alleged it would not have happened without the knowledge of CPI(M) state leadership.The attack on party office was “a calculated attempt on the life of Rajasekharan,” he told reporters.The CCTV visuals of the incident had clearly identified the attackers as DYFI and SFI leaders, he claimed.He also alleged that the assailants had police protection and one of the police personnel on duty had opened the office gate.”Only one policeman tried to stop, but he was also pushed around,” Ramesh said showing the CCTV visuals to reporters.Ramesh also said BJP had no role in the attack on the house of Kodiyeri’s son. “Let the police probe it,” he said adding CPI-M was clever in spreading “false propaganda”.Reacting to attack on houses of CPI-M workers, Balakrishnan charged that the BJP-RSS leadership had planned the incidents to divert the attention from the corruption charges over MCI approval issue which, he said, had tainted the face of BJP in the state.”They need not think that such attempts will weaken the probe against BJP leaders,” he told reporters. He was referring to the vigilance probe ordered into allegations that a BJP functionary, who has since been expelled, had taken bribe for getting Medical Council of India approval to a private medical college. The BJP, which had expelled the functionary from the primary membership soon after the issue surfaced in public domain recently, has distanced itself from the issue, saying it was a financial fraud committed by an individual and the party and the Centre had no role in it.Reacting to the ongoing skirmishes, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said both BJP-RSS and CPI-M need to show self-restraint and desist from violence.The CCTV visuals shown at the press briefing by BJP showed five persons, who came in three two-wheelers, pelting stones and breaking the glass panes of vehicles parked in front of the office.One of the attacker was using a baseball bat and another a wooden plank.The visuals also showed a policeman posted at the office grappling with the attackers in a bid to stop them.However, soon after they hurled stones, they escaped.

Inquiry ordered into performance of ‘puja’ in state run hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telangana Health and Medical Department today said it has ordered an inquiry into conducting of ‘puja and homam (holy fire)’ in the state-run Gandhi Hospital here. A senior doctor and some of the hospital staff, two days ago, held puja seeking divine blessings for expecting mothers and new born babies. Ramesh Reddy, Director of Medical Education, Telangana said an inquiry has been ordered. “The superintendent of the hospital has been asked to conduct the inquiry. We are very clear that any such activity should not happen anywhere near the patient care facilities including wards. “If it is conducted outside the hospital premises, then it is fine. But if it is done (as per media reports) near gynaecology department in the hospital or near patients and caused disturbance to them, then it is a problem,” Reddy told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RS passes Bill empowering Centre to collect statistical data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bill empowering the Centre to collect statistical data from Jammu and Kashmir was passed by the Rajya Sabha today even as various Opposition parties said the move was not proper in view of Article 370 which grants special status to the state. Members of a number of Opposition parties urged the government to take the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly into confidence before getting The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed. Responding to the issues raised by various members regarding the special status of J&K, Statistics Minister D V Sadanand Gowda said the provisions of the bill do not infringe upon the rights of Kashmiris and the Centre was not overriding Article 370 or encroaching upon the powers of the state government. The bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in April this year, will facilitate in organising data collection under the provisions of the principal act throughout the country including Jammu and Kashmir. While moving the amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha for passage, said it had been brought to address the “legislative vacuum” as collection of statistical data from Jammu and Kashmir was not possible. He noted that the statistical data and information is an important element for planning as well as implementation of various projects. “…In the large interest of the country and the state, is it not fair on our part to go ahead,” the Minister asked. Earlier, participating in the debate on the bill, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who hails from J&K, said the question was not of merit of the legislation but of the Constitution which accords special status to the state. Referring to a statement by his colleague in the Congress party Jairam Ramesh, Azad said the party is not opposed to the bill but everyone knows that Jammu and Kashmior has special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. He said the Centre should understand the implications as the situation is Kashmir is really bad since the last 30 years. Azad alleged that the Centre had not consulted the state government or the Opposition in the matter. “Neither the ruling party in Kashmir (PDP) nor the Opposition here is with you. The (bill’s) provisions are fine but it should not be imposed without the consent of the state government,” he said. Azad alleged that the BJP had differing views on the Article 370 and wanted to abolish it. He said young girls were being tutored for spreading misinformation through WhatsApp regarding the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir. He appealed to the government to understand the sensitivity of the matter, warning that otherwise it will have to face the consequences. Jairam Ramesh wanted to know what exactly was the legislative vacuum and what were the difficulties in getting data. He said the state government had not been consulted by the Centre before bringing this Bill. Responding to him, the minister asked, “If I get more statisitical data from the state, is it not possible for the Centre to assist the state more?” He added, “When it does not infringe upon the rights of Kashmiris, when we are not overriding Article 370 or we are not encroaching upon the powers of the state government, and in the large interest if the country and the state, is it not fair on our part to go ahead?” Gowda said the Centre had written to the state government in 2009 after the earlier bill, in which J&K had been kept out, was passed here. Inspite of that, in 2010, the state enacted its own law where certain areas they can’t enter and “we are also restrained from entering certain areas.” He said there are so many statistical data not available regarding Kashmir “which hurts the development of the nation and Kashmir”. After the Minister finished his reply, Azad shot back, saying: “We have warned you, cautioned you. Inspite of the Opposition requesting you, the ruling party has gone ahead. So it will be squarely responsible if anything goes wrong.” According to the statement of objects and reason of the bill, “the amendments proposed in the bill, inter alia, seek to extend the Statistics Act 2008, to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in so far as it relates to any Statistical survey relating to any matter falling under any of the entries specified in List I (Union List) or List III (Concurrent List) in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution as applicable to that state”. It will empower the central government and each state government to designate one of its nodal officers as nodal officer to coordinate and supervise the statistical activities and to exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be made by the rules. Ramesh said the Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir was not aware about this bill till it was passed by the Lok Sabha. Noting that J&K enjoys special status under the Constitution, Ramesh said the atomosphere and environment in Kashmir was “sensitive”. The sensitivities need to be understood, he said, adding Parliament should not be seen doing this unilaterally. Ram Kumar Verma of BJP said J&K is an important part of the country and asked why the state was excluded when this law was passed in 2009. He said the amendement bill has been brought to remove the deficiencies in the earlier law. AIADMK member S R Balasubramaniam said it is not proper to pass this bill without the concurrence of J&K government. Harivansh of JD (U) also said this bill should have been passed after taking concurrence of the state government. C P Narayanan of CPI (M) stressed that data and statistics should be dealt scientifically. Sarojini Hembram (BJD) agreed with the doubts raised by Jairam Ramesh and said it would not be good to pass this bill without taking concurrence of the state government. She also asked the government to ensure data security so that the same is not misused. Vijaysai Reddy (YSR Congress) expressed concern over possibility of misuse of data and information by parties in power at the Centre and States. He spoke about the need to ensure privacy of data. D Raja (CPI) asked the government whether there was any engagement with the J&K government in this whole exercise. He said the amendment bill should be in accordance with Article 370 of the Constitution. K Rahman Khan (Cong) said the consent of J&K government is necessary and it was not right to meddle with Article 370. He said power to make rule under this bill can be misused. He also said the power of nodal officers should be defined under this Bill. Vikas Mahatme (BJP) said the situation in J&K could be improved through data and statistics.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Give proof to back charges against Naidu-linked NGO: KTR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana minister K T Rama Rao today refuted the Congress charges that the TRS government had shown “undue favours” to an NGO run by the family of NDA vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu and asked the opposition party to provide evidence to back its claims. There was no abnormality in giving exemption to the Swarna Bharat Trust, the NGO run by Naidu’s daughter, on some of the developmental charges, he said, rejecting charges of showing “undue favours” to the organisation. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had yesterday alleged that on June 20, 2017, the Telangana government issued a “secret order” exempting the NGO from paying development charges of more than Rs 2 crore to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority. The industries and IT minister also rejected Ramesh’s claim that the TRS government purchased Toyota Innova vehicles worth over Rs 270 crore from dealerships owned by himself and Naidu’s son. “The Telangana government did not place orders directly to the dealers for purchasing vehicles. The orders were placed with the company after following the due process. The rates of the vehicles were finalised as per the guidelines set by the Centre,” he told reporters. “It is quite common for NGOs, religious trusts, educational institutions, hospitals and private institutions to get property tax exemption. It was practiced during your (the Congress) rule also. There is nothing extraordinary in giving exemption to the Swarna Bharat Trust,” he said. “Mr Jairam Ramesh, if you have any common sense, provide proof and then talk or else withdraw your remarks. Do not resort to mudslinging,” said the son of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. The Congress leader had yesterday alleged that in July 2014, the Telangana government placed an order of Rs 271 crore without inviting tenders for purchase of vehicles for the police from two car dealers – Harsha Toyota, owned by Naidu’s son, and Himanshu Motors, owned by Rama Rao. To another question, Rao said the TRS government has brought transparency in sand sales and this has boosted revenue by 30 to 40 times.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

50-yr-old man sees his godown on fire, dies of heart attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a freak incident, a man, as he was witnessing his property get reduced to ashes in a fire, suffered a heart attack which resulted in his death. The incident took place in Dadar (West) on Sunday morning.The deceased, identified as 50-year-old Ramesh Vichare, was standing in the crowd when the two-storey building, Pradhan Bhavan, in Dadar caught fire.According to the police, around 7.10 am, a fire took place inside Pradhan Bhavan. There were around 10 rooms in the building, of which three were reportedly used by one Darekar family.”The other rooms were rented as godowns for the shopkeepers in the periphery. Ramesh Vichare who resided in Dadar (East), had a godown in the building and rushed to Pradhan Bhavan immediately after learning about the fire. Vichare was standing in the crowd and witnessing the fire fighting operations when he suddenly collapsed. He was taken to KEM hospital where he was declared dead,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sunil Deshmukh.”As per the post-mortem report, Vichare died of a heart attack. Vichare was most probably too shocked to see his godown on fire and got the attack. The cause of fire is still being investigated,” added Deshmukh.Although the fire was doused within an hour, the 10 rooms in the building were completely gutted. Arun Darekar, a 58-year-old resident of the building, suffered minor burn injuries. The building was partly commercial and partly residential.

Amit Shah meets Rajasthan BJP leaders, asks them to ensure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah today met top leaders of the party’s Rajasthan unit and asked them to ensure that the party gets a strong mandate in next assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state. He sought suggestions from the leaders, including MPs and MLAs, on ways to strengthen the party s position, party sources said. Shah met Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, state BJP president Ashok Parnami, MPs, MLAs and other senior leaders of the party on the last day of his three-day visit that was aimed at reviewing the preparations for the assembly polls due next year as also the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “Several suggestions came up at the party president’s meeting with MPs and MLAs. The party president asked them to make the party stronger at booth level,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters. He said the suggestions came on a range of issues, including the problem of illegal Bangladeshis residing in parts of the country. Gyan Dev Ahuja, MLA from Ramgarh in Alwar, said he raised the issue of ‘love jihad’ and problem of NGOs allegedly involved in illegal activities. “There are numerous NGOs in the country which are involved in illegal activities in the name of social service or social cause and there should be a check and action on such NGOs. Several NGOs run by minority community people are involved in conversion of Hindu girls and in promoting ‘love jihad,” Ahuja said. He said Shah “gave positive response to the suggestions and asked all of us to work hard to make the party stronger.” Several other suggestions like felicitating elderly party workers were also given by the MLAs and MPs. Shah also held meetings with Vistaraks (full-time workers) and motivated them to work hard for the party. He asked them to establish direct contact with people across the state and from all sections of the society ahead of the assembly elections due next year. The BJP chief also had lunch at the residence of a Dalit booth-level worker. Accompanied by Raje, Parnami, Union minister Rajyawardhan Rathore and MPs Bhupendra Yadav and Nihal Chand, Shah was given a warm welcome at the residence of Ramesh Pacharia, a BJP Yuva Morcha member. “My mother cooked daal, rice, chapatti, halwa and kheer for the party president,” Pacharia told reporters after the meals that Shah and others had by sitting on the ground. Locals, who had lined up in narrow lanes and on rooftops to catch glimpse of Shah and Raje, were thrilled when they met them outside the house. Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi said Pacharia’s residence was chosen on the basis of his active work for the party and not due to his caste or class. “We identify our workers on the basis of their work. We do not consider their caste or class and decision for Shah’s lunch at his house was made just because of his active participation in the party’s work,” he said. The minister said it is the media, not the party, which sees the caste and Dalit factor. “For us, his work is considerable,” he said. “It is not that we selected a Dalit family. Several Dalit families live close by the BJP office but the party president visited the house of an active party worker. The distance of Sushilpura is also not very far from the party office,” he said. The narrow lanes of Sushilpura are populated by lower middle class and Dalit families. It is located in the middle of the city and witnessed VVIP movement for the first time. Shah interacted with the family members and met the locals outside the house.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court refuses leniency in 20 years old negligent driving case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two decades after an accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old man, a Delhi court has upheld the conviction of a bus driver saying he has “snuffed a life” even before it could bloom, but reduced his sentence from a year to six months considering the prolonged trial. The accident occured on September 5, 1997 when passenger Puran Chand was alighting from the bus near Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi and the driver negligently drove the bus ahead. The victim fell down and was crushed by its rear wheels. A magisterial court had in 2015 awarded the driver Ramesh Chand a year in jail for the death and another six months for rash driving. The driver had challenged the order in the sessions court. Partly allowing his appeal, District and Sessions Judge Asha Menon reduced the one year jail term awarded to him for the offence of causing death by negligence to six months imprisonment, noting that he has faced a long trial. “Certainly, this is not a case calling for probation. The deceased was a young man of 23 years. The negligent act of the appellant (convict) snuffed a life even before it could bloom properly,” the judge said, adding that his plea for a lighter sentence only because his family was dependent on him “is not acceptable”. Possibly, the only fact in his favour would be that he has been facing trial since 1999 and has been regularly attending the court during this period, the court said. While upholding the conviction of the driver for the offences under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC, the court relied on the testimonies of prosecution witnesses. “The testimonies of the witnesses show the complete negligence of the appellant in driving the vehicle… He had, clearly, not taken the ordinary care that is necessary and expected of a bus driver,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP fails to ensure quorum to discuss, pass its own bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Modi government was left red faced in the Rajya Sabha after it failed to ensure the required quorum to discuss and pass the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017, an important legislation that covers gray areas on matters related to maritime jurisdiction by extending powers to the high courts.The situation arose despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s instructions to the BJP members to ensure their attendance in the House. Making matters worse, it came immediately after MoS parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi insisted that if the “House does not take up legislative business it will be failing in its duty towards the people and the nation.”He was responding to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s charge that the government always keeps the important legislative business for Friday to take advantage of the poor attendance.When it was time to initiate proceedings on the bill, Ramesh raised a red flag asking Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to check if the required quorum is there. “How can you pass the bill when there is no quorum in the House? It is your (government’s) responsibility to ensure quorum in the House,” said Ramesh.

Rajya Sabha adjourned prematurely for the day due to lack of quorum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Business in the Rajya Sabha collapsed due to lack of quorum towards the end of today’s proceedings, as a result of which a bill on jurisdiction and settlement of maritime claims could not be taken up.The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims), 2016, which was pased by the Lok Sabha in March this year, could not be deliberated upon as the House had to be adjourned prematurely.There were only 23 members present in the House at around 5.15 pm against the requirement of 25 for quorum.As Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya initiated the proceedings on the bill, Congress member Jairam Ramesh stood up and asked the Chair to check if sufficient number of members were present in the House.”How can you pass the bill when there is no quorum in the House? It is your (government’s) responsibility to ensure quorum in the House,” said Ramesh.This prompted Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to initiate a counting of members present in the House.Sensing that there might be a shortfall in the required numbers, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi rushed out of the House to bring in a few members.But his efforts went in vain as he could muster only one member and as only 23 members were counted, Kurien adjourned the House for the day.The bill seeks to repeal laws such as the Admiralty Court Act, 1861, the Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890.Currently, there are 12 major ports and 205 minor ports in India but under the existing legislation, matters related to admiralty could be decided only by the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.The bill intends to extend this to the High Courts of Karnataka, Gujarat, Orissa, Kerala, Hyderabad and any other High Court notified by the central government.Earlier in the day too, start of post-lunch proceedings were delayed by a few minutes due to lack of quorum.During the proceedings, Ramesh protested against bringing of government bills on Friday afternoons, which are reserved for private member bills.He said the government has been purposely bringing important bills on the weekend as there is low attendance.Countering him, Naqvi said the decision to take up the bill during the day was decided in the morning meeting.

Presidential poll begins in Mumbai, Fadnavis casts vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The voting for the presidential election started at the Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai this morning with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is an MLA from Nagpur, among the early voters. The voting began here at 10 am. Former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar also reached the polling centre early to cast his vote. Jailed NCP MLAs Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam are also expected to cast their votes in the presidential election, a Vidhan Bhawan official said. A special PMLA court recently allowed Bhujbal’s application seeking permission to vote in the election. The Bombay High Court had on Friday granted permission to NCP MLA Ramesh Kadam, who is in jail after his arrest in an alleged corruption case, to vote in the election. Kadam was arrested in August 2015 in a case relating to the alleged siphoning off of over Rs 141 crore from the state-run Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation. NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind was in Mumbai on Saturday to seek support of MLAs and MPs. The opposition’s candidate, Meira Kumar, visited Mumbai last month to launch her campaign for the top constitutional post. The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th president of India, ends on July 24. There are 288 MLAs in Maharashtra who are eligible to vote in the election. Besides, there are 48 Lok Sabha MPs and 19 Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra. The MPs from the state are expected to vote in Delhi, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man beaten by mob for loot attempt, dies in police station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year-old man, who was beaten up by a mob early today for his alleged involvement in snatching a woman’s mobile phone and chain, died in Mangolpuri police station in outer Delhi here. The man, Ramesh, was allegedly beaten up by the mob near Mangolpuri railway station between 2.30-2.45 am. According to the woman’s complaint, two men came on a scooter and one of them snatched her mobile phone outside her shanty. When she tried to catch them, two of their accomplices came and started beating her. When she raised alarm one of them took out a knife and tried to stab her. Meanwhile, locals gathered and caught one of them while three others managed to escape, a senior police official said. The man who was held, later identified as Sultanpuri- resident Ramesh, was thrashed by the angry mob, the official said, adding, the woman claimed that she tried to stop the people from beating the man but they did not pay heed to her. The man was later rescued by the police and rushed to a hospital, the police said. After treatment, he was arrested and brought to Mangolpuri police station for questioning. He later told police personnel that he wanted to sleep and after he slept, he did not wake up, the police said. Two separate cases have been registered in connection with the robbery attempt and another with the man’s death, they said. Postmortem will confirm the exact reason of his death, they said. A senior police officer will conduct inquiry into the matter and submit a report in this regard at the earliest, the police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Child trafficking: DCPCR for identifying ‘vulnerable’ areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has asked authorities to identify “vulnerable” areas that have reported multiple cases of missing children, an official said today. The move will help in formulating a strategy for creating a preventive intelligence network with the help of police and the civil society. The DCPCR held a meeting with all district magistrates, SDMs, and senior officers from the Delhi Police and the labour department. The official said it was also decided that the Commission would have regular interaction with local police and NGOs at district level to facilitate better coordination. In the meeting, it was discussed that resident welfare associations (RWAs) and NGOs could work as watchdogs and suggest preventive measures to the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) for corrective action. DCPCR chairperson Ramesh Negi said that with the active involvement of district magistrates and SDMs there would be better results in tracking of missing children and in the eradication of child labour as the long term strategy. The commission “desired that SDMs should conduct surprise checks” on units engaging children, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC stays money laundering case against folk artiste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today stayed a money laundering case lodged by Enforcement Directorate against folk artiste Mohanambal and others following recovery of some money and valuables from her house in 2014. Justice M S Ramesh gave the interim relief to the folk dancer from Vellore district on her plea for quashing of the case, while also seeking the ED’s reply to her petition by July 28. The state police had seized nearly Rs 4 crore cash and 73 sovereigns of gold from Mohanambal’s residence in a raid in 2014. Her counsel submitted that the ED had lodged the case on the basis of the FIR filed by the police against Mohanambal. He also argued that normally in such cases after the chargesheet is filed in the concerned court, only the Enforcement Directorate will register a case under Prevention of Money laundering Act. But, the case on hand is only at the stage of FIR and has not reached the stage where the chargesheet is filed, he contended. The counsel prayed the court to quash the case registered by ED on the basis of the FIR filed by the police. To this, the ED’s counsel argued that an investigation by the agency is essential to ascertain how gold and money worth crores were found in the petitioner’s house. After hearing the arguments on both sides, the judge stayed the money laundering case registered by ED against Mohanambal and others. In June 2014, Mohanambal and her sister Nirmala had surrendered before a court in Vellore in this connection. It was alleged that the dancer with the help of her son was also involved in the smuggling of red sanders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court summons US woman to depose as witness in rape case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A US national, who accused a man of raping her in a city hotel after drugging her with a laced-drink, has been summoned as a witness by a Delhi court to depose about her misery. The court summoned the woman as a prosecution witness for November 10 after the prosecutor said she was a foreigner and as per the guidelines of the central government, at least four months time is needed to facilitate serving of the summons to such witnesses. Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar-II framed charges against accused Raghuvanshi, who is in his 40s and is out on bail, for the alleged offences of rape and causing hurt by means of poison under the IPC. The court framed charges against the accused after he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. If convicted, the offences entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The woman had lodged a complaint at the Paharganj police station alleging that she had come to Delhi in May 2013, and booked a room in a hotel there. The accused, to whom she had met earlier in Rishikesh, came to her room with food and cake to celebrate her birthday. She went to his room and had a piece of cake after which he also offered her alcoholic drinks. After taking the drink, she fell asleep and when she woke up, she noticed several marks on her body and found that she was raped. The woman, who wanted to engage in social work, had met the man in Rishikesh as he was running an NGO. The counsel for the accused had argued that no offence of rape after administering stupefying substance was prima facie made against the man. He said there was no medical or forensic evidence to prove that the woman was raped by the man and there was a delay of two years in reporting the matter to the police. The court, however, said the arguments of the defence counsel that there is no medical evidence to show that the victim was administered stupefying substance pale into insignificance. “The court cannot conduct a roving and fishing inquiry into the evidence or a meticulous consideration thereof at this stage. Marshalling and appreciation of evidence and going into the probative value of the material on record, is not in the domain of the court at the time of framing of charges,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

US’ Paris deal pullout decision to create leadership vacuum,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US’ decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement is creating a leadership vacuum and India has an opportunity to develop a strategic leadership in climate control process, former union minister Jairam Ramesh said here today. “The US withdrawing from Paris climate deal is creating a vacuum for the leadership and India has an opportunity to develop a strategic leadership in climate control process. We should be pragmatic as it creates an opportunity for India. China has already seized the opportunity and its leader Xi Jinping has given lecture on globalisation,” Ramesh said. He was speaking at ‘Paris Climate Change Pact: After Trump pull-out, who will save the world’, organised by Mumbai-based think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF). Its chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni was present at the talk. The former Union Minister for Environment and Forests, said, “India’s per capita carbon emission is two tonnes. China’s per capita emission is eight tonnes and that of the US is 15 tonnes. Climate change is a global issue, but it affects India the most.” “It is in India’s political and economic interests not to adopt a moralistic stand. This is a golden opportunity for India. Chinese Premier went to Davos and spoke on virtues of globalisation…Unheard of and he is now talking about climate change. India should stand up and take the opportunity to gain the leadership. And, leadership not through words, but through actions is important,” Ramesh said. India is probably the only country, which has four types of vulnerability– glaciers are melting, forest is degrading, southwest monsoon pattern is changing and sea level is rising–in terms of climate change, he said. “Earlier, we used to say in such climate summits that we were not contributor to green house emissions, hence we should not cut our low emissions further. But, now we are the fourth largest (5 per cent) contributor in green house emissions, he said. “We are vulnerable to several climatic changes and let’s take the responsibility for it. India and China had worked exceedingly good in Copenhagen climate meet and those discussions have reached up to Paris pact,” Ramesh said. “I am afraid the planet is beyond saving. Because most of the planetary boundaries have been crossed by now. What we are engaged in right now is damage control. It will be very very difficult to reverse the course,” he said. We need environmentalism of livelihood issues and not lifestyle-related issues, Ramesh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man thrown from 4th floor of a building, dies, 2 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were arrested today for allegedly beating and throwing an employee of a multi-national company from his fourth floor accommodation after he complained about lack of amenities to his landlord, police said. Ramesh Bisht, 21, worked with an MNC here, died late last night after being beaten and thrown from the fourth floor of his paying guest accommodation in a building in DLF III by his landlord, his two sons and 10 others, a police official said. Sushil, a resident of Nathupur village and Sishram, a native of Alwar in Rajasthan were arrested while manhunt has been launched to arrest others, he said, adding that further investigation is going on in the case. Bisht, a native of Uttarakhand, had been complaining to the PG owner Satpal Singh about frequent power cuts and erratic water supply in his room for the last three days, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NIA to probe murder of J’khand ex-minister Munda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will probe the nine-year-old murder case of former Jharkhand minister and Janata Dal (United) legislator Ramesh Singh Munda, who was allegedly gunned down by CPI (Maoist) men. The decision was taken by the Union Home Ministry after the main accused surrendered before the local police in Jharkhand under the Nayi Disha surrender policy. The main accused Kundan Pahan allegedly had killed over 75 people, including top politicians and police personnel.Between 2005 and 2010, Jharkhand was rocked by a spate of killings allegedly led by Pahan, following which most of the politicians demanded a battery of security personnel.Sources in the agency said they have registered a case at NIA police station in Delhi on Friday after Ministry of Home Affairs issued a direction to take up the case on June 28, this year. “We have registered a case under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 into the killing of Ramesh Singh Munda by the activists of CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist outfit,” said a senior agency officer.The ministry referred the matter to the NIA after the family members of the deceased demanded a fair probe in the wake of main accused surrendering before Ranchi police in mid-May, triggering an outrage on how a state policy to rehabilitate rebels could cushion a murderer. Munda’s son Vikas Munda, who is a legislator, had also staged a protest seeking capital punishment for Pahan who killed his father.Interestingly, under the Nayi Disha surrender policy, Pahan will get Rs 5 lakh in three installments for rehabilitation and Rs 5,000 a month as stipend for vocational training for a year and more benefits based on how he behaves in the open jail where he will stay till trial ends.The agency said that Munda was allegedly shot dead on July 9 in 2008. Two of his bodyguards, a party colleague and a student were also killed in the attack. Munda was delivering a speech at a school function at Bundu, located in Tamar, 50 kms from Ranchi, when Maoists sprayed bullets on him.

3 held for ‘abducting’ Italian woman from IGI airport, taking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men have been arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of an Italian woman from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, the police said today, adding that she was taken to Chandigarh by two of the accused. The 36-year-old woman arrived in Delhi on June 20 and booked a pre-paid taxi at the airport to go to her hotel in Paharganj. However, the driver allegedly told her that all the roads to Paharganj were blocked due to elections and took her to a travel agent’s office at Gole Market, where he was joined by another man. The woman started getting suspicious and posted a message on Facebook about her situation. Soon after, the driver and the other man allegedly robbed her of 500 Euros, threatened her of dire consequences if she raised an alarm and took her to Chandigarh. At Chandigarh, the woman managed to escape from their clutches and got in touch with the Italian embassy, which alerted the Delhi Police and a case was registered. The two men in the car — identified as Nikki and Prithvi Raj — were arrested on June 25 on the basis of technical surveillance, the police said. On June 26, Ramesh (40), the travel agent at Gole Market, was arrested from Connaught Place.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

When Indira fumed at Karan Singh over Proj Tiger plane idea!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plan of Karan Singh to buy an aircraft in 1973 for use by Project Tiger officials was shot down by a livid Indira Gandhi who asked her ministerial colleague, “Have we got our priorities wrong?” This incident that took place mid-May 1973, barely a month after the launch of Project Tiger, finds mention in Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s new book “Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature”. Project Tiger was formally launched at the Corbett National Park. Karan Singh, who was the then Union minister for tourism and civil aviation, was made the chairman of the Indian Board for Wildlife. “The prime minister personally handpicked Kailash Sankhala as the first director of Project Tiger – this despite the fact that he was not popular at all in the forest bureaucracy and many were irked by his working style and actions. “If Indira Gandhi persisted with him it was because she knew he was passionate about conservation and also incidentally, enjoyed the full backing of (her close friend and fellow nature-lover) Padmaja Naidu,” says Ramesh, a former environment minister during UPA-II. He goes on to say that soon, there was a mini-crisis confronting Project Tiger. “(Indira’s key aide for environmental matters) Moni Malhoutra discovered that Rs 20 lakh raised by WWF was about to be spent for purchasing an aircraft for use by the Project Tiger officials – it emerged that this was Karan Singh’s idea. Indira Gandhi was livid and shot off a letter to her ministerial colleague on 25 May,” the book says. Ramesh quotes Indira as writing in the letter, “I understand that the money which the World Wildlife Fund has raised so far for Project Tiger is being used to purchase a small aeroplane. Have we got our priorities wrong? “I should have thought it is more important to get the Project going on the ground than to spend so much money on an aircraft which will yield no direct benefit to the parks and their animals” An aeroplane would be “a luxury which we can ill-afford”, she also wrote. “This was not the end of the story. Karan Singh, who obviously didn’t get the message that the prime minister was sending, tried to justify his stance. This forced her to write to him a second time on 28 June,” says Ramesh. “You wrote to me on May 28 and June 22 regarding purchase of aircraft for Project Tiger. I have thought deeply over the matter and have considered the reasons you have urged but I still feel this proposal should not be pursued at this stage. I hope you will inform the World Wildlife Fund accordingly,” Indira wrote. That closed the matter once and for all, Ramesh says. The book, published by Simon & Schuster India, seeks to look at the former prime minister with a fresh ‘green’ lens. “She got sucked into the whirlpool of politics but the real Indira Gandhi was the person who loved the mountains, cared deeply for wildlife, was passionate about birds, stones, trees and forests, and was worried deeply about the environmental consequences of urbanisation and industrialisation,” writes Ramesh. According to him, Indira used her political authority to save ecologically-sensitive areas from destruction like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the entire northeast and the rainforests in the Western Ghats. Ramesh says Indira not only cared for tigers and mega- fauna, but was worried about the fate of all species. He then cites a letter which she wrote in the mid 70s to the then Manipur Chief Minister R K Dorendra Singh expressing her concern over the depleting population of the Manipur Brown-Antlered Deer. She asked the chief minister to give personal attention to the matter. “Not confident that the chief minister would take her plea seriously, she sent a similar letter to the governor, the redoubtable administrator L P Singh, asking him to take special interest in the matter,” Ramesh writes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Muslims on India train assaulted ‘because they ate beef’

A man confesses on television that he took part the attack after being goaded by his friends.

Karnataka-BJP-leader-death @ 6/23/2017 11:11:25 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bandi Ramesh was hacked to death in Karnataka?s Ballari last night by unidentified persons at a roadside eatery. Ramesh, who was vice-president of the party’s district ST Morcha, was attacked with lethal weapons by the assailants. According to police, previous enmity can be a reason for the killing of the BJP leader. Reportedly, Ramesh had faced several criminal cases in the past as well. On March 14, some unidentified assailants hacked a BJP member Kithaganahalli Vasu to death in Bengaluru’s Surya City Police station limits. On October 16 last year, a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) worker was hacked to death in Bengaluru, which later triggered protests by BJP and RSS workers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

REC chairman discusses DDUGJY work with Arunachal Pradesh CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chairman and Managing Director of a leading public infrastructure finance company in the power sector today discussed with Arunachal Pradesh chief minister the ongoing work being carried out under a flagship programme to provide continuous power to rural areas. The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) Limited chief Dr P V Ramesh along with a team of officers called on the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the work being carried out under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) in the state. Khandu assured them of full support of the state government for rural electrification work, an official communiqu said. Arunachal Pradesh has the largest number of un-electrified villages in the country, numbering 1230. Under DDUGJY, 335 of these villages will be provided power through grid connectivity and the rest by solar installations. Khandu was informed that already 8 villages, 6 in Anjaw and 2 in Dibang Valley have been electrified this month. The chief minister gave a direction to the Commissioner (Power) for organising a review meeting in the first week of July. He also asked for regular updates on the status of rural electrification works. Khandu decided that the rural electrification programme would be taken up on a mission mode and the power department has drawn up a schedule to cover all the remaining un-electrified villages by December next, the communiqu added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bill to fix rates for treatment sent to joint select committee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bill empowering the Karnataka government to fix the rates for each class of treatment to be collected by private medical establishments, was today sent to the joint select committee by the state Legislative Assembly for further deliberations. As members of the House cutting across party line demanded that the bill be referred to select committee, the government agreed to it, but said it will have to complete its assignment in a month’s time. Doctors and medical professionals from private hospitals from across the state had last week staged a protest against the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to further amend the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act, 2007 (Karnataka Act 21 of 2007). The bill was tabled by Health and Family Welfare Minister Ramesh Kumar on June 13. The bill empowers the state government to fix the rates or charges for each class of treatment to be collected by the private medical establishments and to notify different rates for different class of private medical establishments on the recommendations of the expert committee. The bill in its statement of objects and reasons states that if the private medical establishments collect more charges than fixed by the state government, penalty of not less than Rs 25,000 which may extend up to Rs 5 lakh can be imposed. Imprisonment of not less than six months which may be extended up to three years has also been provided for in the bill, in case of violation. Conceding the demand for joint select committee, Ramesh Kumar who today commended the bill for the consideration of the House, at the end of the debate said, all members who have spoken have not questioned the amendments or its intent. “There are some questions on the methods to be adopted and not on its fundamental aspects in the bill.. So the government is ready to send it to the joint select committee, but the committee should complete its assignment in a month’s time,” he said. “We cannot prolong the bill and kill the matter itself, as it is this House’s responsibility towards the people and the poor.. There should be no prestige attached to it,” he added. Speaking earlier, Leader of the Opposition Jagdish Shettar said his party was not opposed to the bill, but sees an opportunity for more reforms. “Since there are also apprehensions regarding the bill among the Private Hospitals and Doctors, let the bill be deliberated upon in the select committee before coming to any conclusion,” he added. The bill that also enhances certain penalties leviable under relevant sections of the Act, stipulates not to demand any due amount at the time of handing over of the body to the concerned person, but to collect later. Among the other bills that was passed by the assembly today includes The National Law School of India (Amendment) Bill to reserve 50 per cent seats for resident students of Karnataka. Following a demand by BJP’s K G Bopaiah and Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, the government decided to reserve 50 per cent seats, against 30 per cent that was originally proposed by it in the bill. Also passed today were Karnataka State Universities Bill, Karnataka State Higher Education Council (Amendment) Bill, Karnataka Rajya Dr Gangubai Hanagal Sangeetha Mattu Pradarshaka Kalegala Vishwavidyalaya (Amendment) Bill, and Karnataka Compulsory Service Training By Candidates Completed Medical Courses (Amendment) Bill.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling unrest: Internet still suspended, slain GJM men’s kin vow to carry on fight for Gorkhaland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces patrolled the streets in the hills and Internet services remained suspended for the second day today as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters held protest march in Darjeeling demanding Gorkhaland and burnt effigies of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Carrying black flags, protesters, especially the youth, marched on the streets of Chowkbazar area shouting slogans against the state government and the chief minister. Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland. “Three of our activists were killed. We are ready to give our lives but will not stop protesting till we get Gorkhaland,” Sirish Pradhan, a GJM worker, said. Several small processions were taken out by GJM activists in various parts of Darjeeling. Internet services remained suspended for the second day today.According to police sources, the step was taken to stop GJM activists from using the social media to spread “provocative posts”. Security forces patrolled the streets as the situation remained tense on the fifth day of GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown.
ALSO READ Darjeeling unrest: Stone-pelters giving hard time to security forces”The situation is still very tense. Since morning there has been no incident of violence. But we are on high alert and are prepared for any eventuality,” said a senior police officer. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged all concerned parties and stakeholders to attend an all-party meeting called by the state government in Siliguri on June 22 on the prevailing situation in Darjeeling. She urged the people to maintain peace and said, “Violence cannot be a solution to any problem and only talks can solve it”.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the protesters yesterday not to resort to violence and instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue. He said resorting to violence would never help them in finding a solution and asked the people living there to remain calm and peaceful.
ALSO READ Darjeeling unrest: GJM protests carrying dead bodies of party supportersGJM expressed their “displeasure” with the Centre and questioned the absence of BJP MP from Darjeeling S S Ahluwalia at the time of crisis. “The role of alliance partner BJP is very unfortunate and very disappointing. We had expected something positive from the part of the Central government. We feel we are being used as pawns by the Centre and the state,” Darjeeling MLA and senior GJM leader Amar Singh Rai said.GJM is an ally of BJP and it was with the help of GJM that BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat twice in 2009 and 2014. “We are ready to sit with the Centre anytime. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return as a confidence building measure. And we will sit for dialogue with Gorkhaland as the sole agenda,” Rai said.
ALSO READ Darjeeling unrest: One civilian killed, 35 securitymen injured in clashes; GJM rules out talks with Bengal govtGJM activists had taken out a protest march here yesterday carrying the bodies of two party supporters who, they alleged, were killed in police firing on Saturday. Police pickets and barricades were placed in front of the government and GTA offices and various entry exit points of the hills while Rapid Action Force (RAF) and a sizable number of women police personnel were also deployed. Except medicine shops, all others shops and hotels were closed in the hills.Family members of those alleged to have been killed in clashes with police might have lost their sole bread winners, but they vowed to continue their fight for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Family members of Sunil Rai (23), Mahesh Gurung (25) and Bimal Shashanker (28) alleged that the three were killed during clashes with police on Saturday.The police, however, confirmed the death of only one person but did not identify him nor gave the reason for his death. “Is it wrong to fight for your own right? Gorkhaland is our right and we will have it. His death will inspire other youths. We can starve but will continue our fight,” Sunil’s uncle, Aita Singh Thani told PTI.Sunil, a driver by profession, is survived by his wife, a 10-month-old son and ailing parents. He used to live in Bijanbari area of Darjeeling. Bimal Shashanker, a farmer, was killed while he was with other GJM activists during a protest on Saturday, said Ramesh, a relative of Bimal. “Everybody started to flee once the lathi charge started. Suddenly Bimal fell down. He was a close friend and is the sole bread winner of the family. His death inspires us to take forward our fight for Gorkhaland,” Ramesh said.Bimal is survived by his 8-year-old son, wife and parents. Mahesh, who used to work in Rajasthan, had come home in Darjeeling for holidays, GJM sources said adding that he was a bachelor and is survived by his ailing parents. Since June 8, Darjeeling has witnessed violent clashes between GJM activists and police over the demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

Meghalaya: Six killed in landslides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll rose to five with the recovery of two more bodies in a rain-hit landslide in Ri-Bhoi district on Sunday, while a child was killed in a separate landslide in Meghalaya.While three persons were killed in the landslide at Umiam industrial area on Saturday, bodies of two missing women were found this afternoon, SP Ramesh Singh said. All the five persons belonged to two families, he said. Nine injured persons were admitted to hospital.He said the incident took place at around 5 AM when the people were asleep inside the makeshift quarters of a sawmill at the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation area. In another landslide at Mawjrong in East Khasi Hills district one child was killed on Saturday, a delayed report said. The parents of the victim escaped with minor injuries, police said.The incessant rain in the past 48 hours have triggered several landslides in the state causing extensive damage in several roads.

Kerala: 103 deaths reported due to various types of fevers, govt initiates mass sanitation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With over 100 deaths being reported since January in Kerala due to various types of fevers, government appealed to the people on Sunday to join the government’s mass sanitation drive on a war footing.According to Health Department sources in Thiruvananthapuram, as many as 103 people, including women and children, have succumbed to various types of fevers including H1N1, leptospirosis and dengue from January till date.Of the total 103 deaths, 53 people have died of H1N1 and 13 due to dengue, the sources said. Breeding of mosquitoes due to piling of waste was considered to be prime reason for the spread of fever and other communicable diseases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, adding social hygiene was essential to keep diseases at bay. “Political party activists, representatives of local self government institutions and members of socio-cultural outfits and clubs should take part in the sanitation drive on war footing,” he said in a statement.Stating that the government had already stepped up its sanitation drive with the support of local people, Vijayan said fever cases have reduced in those places where waste management and mosquito control measures have been implemented effectively. He said the government had ensured enough stock of essential medicines and the service of doctors in all government hospitals.Meanwhile, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala visited Vijayan at his official residence in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday and submitted a memorandum with some suggestions to tackle the crisis.He alleged that 117 people had died due to fever in the state since January. At least an average of 20,000 persons are arriving at state hospitals seeking treatment for fever. “Youngsters and children are succumbing to viral fever” and there was emergency situation, he said.Chennithala also said the health department had failed miserably in containing the fever and blamed state Health Minister KK Shylaja for not rising to the occasion. Refuting the charges, the Health Minister said the opposition was trying to take political mileage over the situation. A united effort is needed to overcome the situation, she said in Kochi.

Book on Indira Gandhi as a naturalist to be released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s book on Indira Gandhi, which showcases the former prime minister’s lesser known traits as a conservationist, will be released here tomorrow. Titled “Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature”, the book showcases how Indira led India to the path of conservation and made it a priority of economic development. Congress veteran A K Antony will release the book by giving a copy of it to eminent poet and environmentalist, Sugathakumari at the Press Club here. A host of dignitaries, including CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran, Opposition leader in the state Assembly Ramesh Chennithala, V T Balram MLA, Gandhian P Gopinathan Nair and former Chief Secretary C P Nair are expected to take part in the function. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and city-based Bodheswaran Foundation are jointly organising the book releasing event, a foundation release said. At the national level, the book was released by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi Memorial in the presence of former ministers, bureaucrats and environmentalists last week. The 488-page book was launched to mark the birth centennial of Indira Gandhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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