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RJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu Prasad

Moments after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was found guilty by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the fodder scam, the party expressed its disappointment in the verdict, alleging conspiracy against him.”I believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said in a press conference here.Jha emphasised on the fact that some of the shreds of evidence they provided were set aside.”We believe in the judicial architecture and this is not the end of the road. The kind of evidence we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them”, added Jha.Speaking about the “two most powerful people in India”, Jha asserted, “They are trying to scare and intimidate us and I want to tell them- Do whatever you want, your end has begun.”He also said the CBI has become a motorized parrot and the control mechanism in the hands of two most powerful people in the country.He claimed that Lalu became a victim of a well-webbed conspiracy, adding, “We believe the judiciary system and we will go in the court and clear everything and the truth will prevail.”The former Bihar chief minister was brought to Birsa Munda Central Jail after a special CBI court’s verdict.Fourteen others have also been found guilty, while seven accused have been acquitted, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum sentence on January 3, 2018, for the 15 guilty, including Lalu Prasad.Lalu has been convicted in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh.Justice Singh had completed hearing the case on December 13 and asked all accused in the case to remain present in court for the judgment.

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At IAS coaching institute, RSS teaches what it protests

Call it helplessness or internal ideological tensions, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the fountainhead of right wing cultural nationalism, is teaching aspiring bureaucrats from books by the very same authors it has derided for decades for distorting Indian history and giving it an anti-Hindu, anti-India tilt.At Samkalp IAS, a civil services coaching institute supported by and affiliated to the RSS, aspirants are being taught from books the Sangh Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions.The brochure that the institute hands out shows that integral to the reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra in Modern History section, Satish Chandra (no relation) in the Medieval History section, and avowed Leftist scholar RS Sharma in the Ancient History section. Both the Chandras taught at Jawarharlal Nehru University, which the right wing has long targeted as a bastion of Leftist ideology, while Sharma was the founding chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research.Apart from these, the institute also encourages candidates to read older NCERT book instead of later ones commissioned under the NDA-1 regime when debate raged over the so-called ‘saffronisation of history’.The coaching institute attributed the dichotomy to both academic helplessness as well as a paucity of credible works by right wing intellectuals. “We have to teach these books because we have to confirm to the UPSC syllabus. These are the books from which the UPSC asks questions. Now we can’t teach students our brand of books because they will fail the exams,” said an officer of the institute, declining to be named.He rued that there were not enough and credible right wing intellectuals who had written anything which was acceptable and could be taught. “People among us have not produced work of repute,” he added.THE CONTRARIANAspirants are being taught from books the Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions. Reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra, Satish Chandra, and Leftist scholar RS Sharma

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Modiji we are done with you, go to Himalayas: Jignesh Mevani

Two days after winning the Vadgam seat as an Independent candidate in the Gujarat Assembly election, Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch convenor Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should retire and ‘go to the Himalayas’.”I would very pro-actively want to say that Modi ji we are done with you; you are now boring to us. You should go to the Himalayas and visit a Ram Mandir and ring bells there,” he said. “They (BJP) were claiming they would win 150 seats but that pride has been crushed; the same will happen in 2019. It is a victory for our movement. In the coming days, we will intensify our movement in the Assembly and on streets, will also corner them in 2019,” he addedContinuing his tirade, Mevani claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had cheated with 8 crore youngsters by promising them jobs. “He (PM Modi) made fake promises. He should apologise for cheating the people. Why doesn’t he talk on the valid points? Why no canal has been made in Narmada River” he added.Also readEven as MLA, Jignesh Mevani won’t give up on agitation, says family He further stated that more than one dozen parties had given them )OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, Patidar agitator Hardik Patel and him) support and their unity would defeat the prime minister in the 2019 elections. Mevani won from Gujarat’s Vadgam seat, defeating BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes.Jignesh Mevani led the movement against the ruling BJP and tried to unite Dalits and Muslims through his rallies like that of ‘Chalo Una’.

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Two terrorists killed in encounter, one woman dies in cross-fire

Tension gripped south Kashmir on Tuesday after two top Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed in an encounter in an overnight operation and a 24-year-old woman died in the cross-fire in Bata Murran village of Shopian district.Locals alleged that Ruby aka Beauty Jan was hit by a bullet during the clashes. Police, however, claimed that she was killed in a cross-fire.Acting on specific inputs, Shopian Police along with 44 Rashtriya Riffles and 14th battalion of CRPF cordoned off a cluster of houses at village Bata Murran Shopian.”While the cordon was being laid, terrorists fired upon the joint search party, ensuing an encounter. The cordon was strengthened and the civilians of nearby area were evacuated,” a police spokesperson said.Two security personnel including a jawan of 44 RR and a cop were also injured during the encounter. Police said their condition is stated to be stable.”During the cross-fire one lady identified as Ruby alias Beauty got critically injured. She later succumbed to the wound at Pulwama district hospital. Nine civilians were also injured,” a police spokesperson said.Police had to use force to disperse the mob as clashes rocked the area after the encounter. Police said nine people were injured in the clashes.Ruby is the third civilian to have died in the last week. A 25-year old mother of an eight month old girl was allegedly killed in the crossfire between ultras and forces on December 11. Massive protests rocked Kupwara after a 28 year old taxi driver Asif Iqbal was shot dead on Saturday night at Thindipora village.Police said during the encounter, on the request of family, made repeated announcement to persuade Tanveer Ahmad, a local ultra to surrender.”The terrorists continued firing on the security forces which was retaliated. Two JeM terrorists were killed in this encounter who were identified as Tanveer Ahmad from Bata Murran Shopian and Ali alias Qari, a foreign terrorist. Two AK rifles and other allied ammunition were recovered from the encounter site”, the spokesman said.”Moreover, another terrorist fled from the encounter site by taking advantage of the darkness”, said the spokesman.Police said the slain militants were involved in a number of terror incidents including the December 11 attack on the vehicle of J&K Bank near Poju Shopian in which two bank guards were killed.Meanwhile, Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists has called for a shutdown on Wednesday against the killing of three civilians during security force operations in the last one week.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Voters may have last laugh in these seats

Though the exit polls have given a clear majority of more than 50% seats to BJP in the Gujarat Assembly polls, the candidates of both the parties have kept their fingers crossed for Monday, the day of counting. There is a possibility that bigwigs can lose with a thin margin.Vatva: While BJP has fielded Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, Congress candidate is businessman Bipin Patel. The seat covers a portion of Ahmedabad city dominated by Patel, OBC and Muslim communities and and rural outskirts which has as huge population of Thakor community. Political observers say the Patel community could vote against Jadeja as two people from the community in this area were killed in open firing by police during reservation agitation. Jadeja may get a breather as polarisation in Muslim votes is likely as two Muslim candidates are in the fray.Sayajigunj: This seat of Vadodara city has been a BJP bastion but this time, it is witnessing a triangular contest among BJP candidate Jitu Sukhadia, Congress candidate Narendra Ravat and local front of Rashtriya Samajvadi Party’s (RSP) candidate Rajesh Ayre. Ayre defected from BJP following a controversy and formed a new forum challenging the BJP. In the local government body polls, RSP candidates won in good number that shows that Ayre could create dent in BJP’s fort in Assembly polls too.Varachha Road: Majority of voters here have voted for BJP in the past. The Patel agitation and impact of Hardik Patel over voters in cities from Saurashtra and North Gujarat region could upset the BJP here.Mangrol (ST): The triangular contest could dim victory chances of BJP candidate and cabinet minister Ganpat Vasava, a tribal leader. Though there was electoral understanding between Congress and South Gujarat’s tribal leader Chhotu Vasava’s Bhartiya Tribal Party, both fielded candidates here. The Congress candidate is Narsinh Vasava while the BTP candidate is Uttam Vasava. The polarisation of votes could go in favour or against any of the candidates on this seat.Bhuj: This seat in Kutch region seems to be slipping from the hands of BJP due to anti-incumbancy against BJP candidate Dr Nima Acharya. There were reports of corruption and illegal and forceful land grabbing complaints against Acharya and her son. On the other hand, Congress gave ticket to social worker Adam Chaki who could get the support of Muslim community. Only BJP organisation’s hardwork could save Acharya here.

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CM Nitish Kumar calls for community partnership for effect liquor ban enforcement

A day after BJP-ally and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi alleged that liquor was freely available to bureaucrats, officers and those who could “afford” it in dry Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday also expressed concern over bootlegging and sought community partnership to bring an end to it.Addressing the general public in Sitamarhi district on the third day of his “Vikas Karyon Ki Sameeksha Yatra,” Nitish conceded that illicit liquor trade was thriving in dry Bihar. “Everyone needs to remain vigilant and the whistleblowers will get protection. Their identities will not be revealed,” he said.The CM said that local police helpline and control room numbers were displayed at public places and urged women and youngsters to support their efforts in ban implementation. Total alcohol prohibition was enforced in Bihar on April 5, 2016, “especially on the strong demand made for it by the womenfolk of the state.”Nitish said there were few people who had made it a lucrative business but the state government was in process of establishing a special cell for ensuring effective prohibition.Earlier on Wednesday, Manjhi, also the leader of Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular, had dared the state to use breathalyzers on its senior officials, to expose who all were still consuming alcohol. “I have said it as a friend of Nitish. Everyone knows that the poor are targeted whereas the higher rung of the society is easily getting away despite defying the ban,” Manjhi reiterated on Thursday.Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has also continuously made charges of liquor ban “failing” in Bihar. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has alleged “home delivery” of liquor, which is smuggled in the state through Nepal and Jharkhand, though the government has denied it.

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ED questions Misa Bharti’s husband in Rs 8,000 cr money laundering case

The Ed on Wednesday again questioned RJD MP Misa Bharti’s husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering case, official sources said.Kumar has been summoned again to seek more information in the case and also to record his statement, they said.He and his wife Misa Bharti, daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, have been grilled in the past too in this case.Kumar, the sources said, will be confronted with the documents seized by the ED till now in the case and the statements given by his wife and other accused, they said.Both Kumar and Misa Bharti are being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for their alleged role in a firm, Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited, their other finances and links with a chartered accountant who arrested by the agency earlier in the case.The agency filed a charge sheet in this case before a Delhi court sometime back and it was expected to file a fresh one soon.Misa, it is understood, could also be summoned again.The ED had on July 8 conducted searches at three Delhi farmhouses of Bharti, Kumar and the firm.The agency had attached a farm house in Palam sometime back and it was now probing the alleged slush funds used to purchase this asset by the couple, they said.The latest summons to Kumar are related to a Rs 8,000 crore money laundering probe being conducted by the agency against two Delhi-based businessmen brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, and others, who are alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using over 90 shell companies.The Jain brothers were arrested by the ED earlier under the Prevention of Money Laundering Ac (PMLA).One of the firms that the arrested duo dealt with was Ms Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors of this firm in the past.According to ED officials, it was found that 1,20,000 shares of M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited were bought during 2007-08 at a rate of Rs 100 per share by four shell companies – M/s Shalini Holdings Limited, M/s Ad- Fin Capital Services (India) Pvt. Ltd, M/s Mani Mala Delhi Properties Pvt. Ltd. and M/s Diamond Vinimay Pvt. Ltd.These 1,20,000 shares, they said, were allegedly bought back by Bharti at Rs 10 per share.The ED had arrested Rajesh Agarwal, a chartered accountant allegedly linked to Bharti, who provided accommodation entries (black funds) of about Rs 60 lakh to M/s Mishail Printers and Packers Private Limited.The searches, officials said, were part of investigations to unravel these links which allegedly routed black money using the shell companies in question.Shell companies are firms set up with nominal paid up capital, high reserves and surplus on account of receipt of high share premium, investment in unlisted companies and no dividend income or high amount of cash-in-hand.The ED is the third agency probing alleged financial irregularities by the Lalu Prasad family after the CBI and the Income Tax department which recently attached benami assets worth about Rs 180 crore (market value) in its investigation against them.The ED is also probing the Lalu Prasad family in another money laundering case pertaining to his tenure as the railway minister during the UPA-I government and has questioned his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav as part of this separate invesigation recently.
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RSS brings ‘nationalist’ publishers to fair

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has planned a book blitz at the upcoming Delhi Book Fair, which kicks off from January 6, 2018. The Right-wing fountainhead of cultural nationalism has assembled an entire spectrum of ‘nationalist’ publishers, who will come together on one stall to showcase the literature pertaining to Indian nationalism.This fair-within-fair has been titled ‘Rashtriya Sahitya Sangam’ (National Literature Confluence). It has been described by Suruchi Prakashan, as a “joint literary endeavour of nationalist publishers and promoters of Hinduism and Bharatiya culture from across the country”.The book show carries such significance for the right wing that top RSS functionaries, such as joint general secretary Krishna Gopal and Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya, are expected to unveil it.”Given the number of books that would be showcased in this confluence, we have rented 10 stalls at Pragati Maidan. Recently, there has been a spurt in the number of people, especially the youth, curious to read about the RSS.Therefore, this would be a place where most of that literature in diverse languages, such as Telugu, Malyalam, and Odiya can be found under one roof,” RSS’ Delhi Prachar Pramukh Rajiv Tuli told DNA.Ten publishers from across India and from different linguistic backgrounds will be participating in this sangam. Suruchi Prakashan from Delhi, Archna Prakashan from Bhopal, Sahitya Sadhna Trust from Ahmedabad, Bharatiya Sanskriti Prachara Samiti from Cuttack, Sahitya Niketan from Hyderabad, Gyan Ganga Prakashan from Jaipur, Shri Bharati Prakashan from Nagpur, Kurukshetra Prakashan from Kochi, RSS’ prime organisation working in the Valley, the Jammu Kashmir Study Centre from Delhi, and Sanskrit Bharati will participate in the show.The Right wing has for long been decrying the ‘Marxist-Macaulian’ bent in the Indian education system as well as the hegemony of such literature in the curricula. Conversely, they have long contested this dominance through several publishing houses, especially in the vernacular and non-English languages. This would be the first time that most of such publishing houses of the country will come together and make a definite pitch against the likes of global publishing behemoths, given the latter’s presence at the Delhi Book Fair, which is second only to the Kolkata Book Fair in historicity.
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Qazigund encounter: Anantnag Police arrests suspected terrorist

The Indian Army on Tuesday said that a suspected terrorist, who managed to flee away during the Qazigund encounter, was arrested by the Anantnag Police later.”One of the terrorist who managed to escape cordon, right in the beginning, was later arrested by Anantnag Police,” Sachin Malik, Commander of south Kashmir based 2 sector RR said.A Chinese pistol was also recovered from him, said Malik.Three terrorists were killed in Qazigund encounter that broke out on Monday when an army convoy came under terror attack.After the attack on the Army convoy that was on its way to Srinagar; the Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the militants. The search operation turned into an encounter with militants.Also readJ&K encounter: 1 soldier martyred, 2 terrorists deadTalking to ANI, SP Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu and Kashmir, said, “Three terrorists have been eliminated in the encounter, and two have been identified as Pakistani nationals. One of them was divisional commander of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who had taken over from Abu Ismail.”
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Crime control: Bihar gives cops the stick, stop salaries of 70 SHOs

Bihar has decided to give police the stick for improving vigilance and bringing down crime in the state by withholding the salaries of 70 station house officers (SHOs) in Patna for zero arresting in major cases in their respective police stations in the last one week.The order was issued by Patna Range DIG Rajesh Kumar on Thursday, after he found that the cops had made no arrests in major cases such as murder, dacoity, loot, kidnapping, violence against women etc between November 23 and 28. Kumar found it as he reviewed the performance of all police stations, who were asked to update the headquarters about their activities every day since October 11.”Only three police stations in Patna – Kadamkuan, Phulwarisharif and Gaurichak – have reported arrests in serious cases during the last one week while the others have reported zero arrests. This shows their indiscipline, dereliction of duty, negligence and disobedience towards senior officials,” reads Kumar’s strongly worded order.Kumar said, “What sort of a policing is happening where not a single arrest has been made in serious cases in the entire week in a police station? The cops should be on their toes to investigate and arrest at least one accused (in serious crimes) every day.”A show cause notice has also been issued to 10 sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) and deputy superintendent of police (DSPs), under whose jurisdiction the said police stations function. “They should reply within three days, why no arrests have been made in serious cases in their respective areas despite several reminders? They will invite disciplinary proceedings if they fail to respond within time,” Kumar said and added that the senior officials should also be proactive in making arrests.He also directed the Patna senior superintendent of police and city superintendents of police to ensure compliance of such orders from the Bihar Police Headquarters or other senior level and monitor it on a daily basis.The order aims at bettering crime control in the state, which seen increased law and order issues over the last few months, including murder of several businessmen and loots in the state capital. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has also cornered the government over it calling it ‘Mahamangalraaj’ of the NDA in Bihar.
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ABVP leader offers Rs 1 lakh to chop off ‘Games of Ayodhya’ movie producer’s hands

A leader of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the RSS, today declared a bounty of Rs one lakh for chopping the hands of the director of the upcoming film “Games of Ayodhya”.The remarks come amidst a controversy over period drama “Padmavati”. Some people, including a political leader, had reportedly offered bounties against actor Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.ABVP leader Amit Goswami, during a press conference, announced the bounty of Rs one lakh for anyone who brings him the hands of the film’s director and producer Sunil Singh.Also readPadmavati row: Haryana BJP leader booked for Rs 10 crore bounty offer against Bhansali, Deepika”The film has presented a distorted history of the Babri Mosque demolition which has deeply hurt Hindu sentiments,” Goswami alleged.The ABVP leader alleged that the film wrongfully held senior BJP leaders responsible for the demolition.Also readPadmavati row | Rs 1 crore reward to anyone who burns Deepika Padukone alive: All-India Kshatriya MahasabhaGoswami warned that if the film was allowed to be released then people who watch it “will be responsible for their own lives and theatre owners will do so at their own risk”.The ABVP leader claimed that if he came across Singh he “would not hesitate to shoot him”.Singh is a former MLC from the Rashtriya Lok Dal and he belongs to Aligarh.Meanwhile, state secretary of the Hindu Jagran Manch Yuva Vahini, Sanju Bajaj, in a statement, said his organisation would protest against Singh.Earlier, Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu reportedly offered a Rs 10 crore bounty for beheading Padukone and Bhansali.He, however, resigned yesterday as the chief media coordinator of the state unit of the party after he was served a show cause notice, seeking explanation about his remarks.A resident of Meerut from the Kshatriya community had also announced a bounty of Rs 5 crore on the heads of Bhansali and Padukone for “wrongfully portraying” queen Padmini.
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Mayor’s bungalow: BMC nod for plan to change reservation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civic improvement committee of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cleared a proposal on Tuesday to change reservation of the iconic heritage Mayor’s bungalow at Shivaji Park in Dadar for the proposed Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Nyas (BTRSN). The proposal was cleared immediately after it was tabled without any opposition, said Anant Nar, chairman of Improvement Committee of BMC.Now, the proposal will be required to get an approval from the general body of the BMC.The change of reservation of the bungalow plot for memorial was supposed to keep for objections and suggestions under the section 37 (1AA) of Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966. But, the process could be time consuming. “The proposal can be directly approved from the Improvement Committee and Corporation and send it to the deputy director of Town Planning for final approval,” said Nar. The BMC has proposed change of reservation of the plot number 501 and 502 located near Shivaji Park in G South Ward.However, the change of reservation will also be required to get environment clearance. “The plot falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone and for any change in the reservation of the plot, clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) will be required,” said Nar.Early this year, the improvement committee had cleared the proposal to hand over the mayor’s bungalow plot to the Balasaheb Thackeray Rashtriya Smarak Nyas (BTRSN). The proposal was cleared under section 49 I (c) of Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act 1988. then the committee was headed by BJP corporator Prakash Gangadhare.As per the proposal, around 11,551 sq metre mayor’s bungalow plot will be given on lease to the BTRSN, headed by Sena Chief Udhav Thackeray at a nominal rate of Rs 1 per annum for a period of 30 years. The plot can be used with 1.33-floor space index (FSI) for the memorial. However, the trust cannot sub-lease or rent the plot to the other party. Also, the trust can not carry out additional construction, repairs or changes without prior permission of civic officials.

‘Mandir wahin banayenge,’ RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat roars at Karnataka’s Dharma Sansad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today made a strong pitch for building the Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, saying only the mandir would come up there and not any other structure.Addressing the “Dharma Sansad”, a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints, mutt heads and VHP leaders from across the country at this small temple town here, he said there should be no ambiguity that Ram Temple will be built at Ayodhya.”We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change,” Bhagwat said.The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh(RSS) chief said that after years of efforts and sacrifice, it (building the Ram temple) seemed possible now, while also noting that the matter was in the court. “Ram Mandir only will be constructed and nothing else. It will be constructed there only” (what is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram), Bhagwat said.He said the temple would be constructed in the same grandeur as it existed before, using the “same stones” under the guidance of those who were the flag-bearers of the Ram janmabhoomi movement for the last 25 years.But prior to it (building the temple), public awareness was essential, he said. “We are close to achieving our goal but at this juncture, we should be extra cautious,” he said.Construction of the Ram temple, prevention of religious conversions and cow protection are among the key issues to be discussed at VHP’s three-day ‘Dharma Sansad’.The meet will also discuss issues of discrimination on the basis of caste and gender and explore ways to ensure harmony within Hindu society, the organisers said.The RSS chief also said the seers and Hindus gathered in huge numbers at the meet need to ponder over the conducive atmosphere prevailing in the country and elsewhere.He cautioned the people against the forces which divide the society and asked them to remain alert. The RSS supremo also spoke about religious conversion and the need to reach out to those who are prone to it.”The strength of the society lies in its unity. When it is destroyed, anti-national forces gain foothold. We need to understand the consequences of religious conversion. We need to reach out to those who are prone to conversion,” Bhagwat said.He reminded the meet about the duty of seers and members of upper caste towards Dalits and other backward communities.”The need for equality is still elusive in our deeds and practises though we all understand its significance.” “We should rise above the barriers of caste, creed and religion in our speech and action while treating people and embrace everybody wholeheartedly. There should not be any discrimination on the issues of sharing water, religious places and cremation grounds,” said Bhagwat.On cow-vigilantism, Bhagwat said people know what happens to the cows when they are sold to butchers.He said ‘cow protectors’ surface due to the callousness of society. “Society is careless about the status of cows. Those who have concern for the cows stand up to protect the cattle.This leads to conflict in the society resulting in bad name to the ‘cow protectors’,” said Bhagwat. Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejavar Math of Udupi, who chairs the reception committee, said the Ram Temple would be built in a year, well before 2019.The octogenarian seer with a huge following in Karnataka and elsewhere, demanded that the government amend the Constitution to do away with special provisions for minorities in order for equality in the society.Addressing the meet earlier, VHP leader Pravin Togadia set the tone for the issues to be discussed in the Dharma Sansad in the next three days.He reiterated VHP’s affirmation to build the Ram Temple and a ban on cow slaughter. Togadia also demanded that the government should not regulate Hindu temples. “If the Indian Constitution is secular, why are governments regulating Hindu temples? Are there any instances of government controlling any mosque or church? If not, then why is this discrimination only with Hindu temples.”Let Hindus manage their temples,” he said.Located in the coastal area, Udupi is famous for the Krishna temple with the idol believed to have been discovered by 13th century Vaishnavite saint Madhwacharya, who founded the Dwaitha school of philosophy.While ochre colour festoons and flags dotted every part of Udupi and neighbouring towns such as Manipal, the attire of the participants and the marquee has filled in the atmosphere with Hindutva flavour.Elaborate security has been made for the Dharma Sansad. The Udupi event is significant as the first formal announcement for Ram Temple at Rama Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was made here in 1985 and a year later, the doors of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya were open to the public for darshan.’Obnoxious statement made by RSS Chief, it clearly gives a message that the RSS is assuming to be Supreme Court. This is a delicate matter and RSS is playing with fire on this issue. I hope SC takes note of this devious design, being laid out by Sangh Parivar,’ Asaduddin Owaisi reacted.

Bihar teachers up in arms against ODF patrolling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bihar government order asking school teachers to prevent open defecation in their areas by patrolling in their wards or Panchayats has stirred up a controversy as teachers are up in arms against the administration saying that the directive is an ‘insult’ to them.The instructions were issued by the Block Development Officers of Aurangabad’s Deo and Muzaffarpur’s Kurhani. The order asked 200 odd secondary school teachers to visit the villages every morning and evening to keep people from defecating in the open as part of Bihar Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign. They were also instructed to ask locals to use toilets, and photograph those who refuse to listen to them, and send it to senior officials.The teachers, who are already overloaded with work, are not happy. “The paperwork and teaching for Class 10 and 12 exams are underway. Besides, we also have to participate in campaigns against dowry and child marriage, and promote alcohol prohibition. Is it humanly possible to visit villages every morning and evening for ODF work now?” a government schoolteacher said.The Bihar Secondary School Teachers Association, has lodged its protest with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar demanding him to withdraw the order. “We do support the ODF campaign. But compliance with the latest order would mean compromising our dignity and endangering our safety,” the association wrote in its letter to the CM.An association functionary said, “The Central government stresses on not engaging teachers for non-academic activities, but the state government has a diametrically opposite take on it. And after all this, they expect the Board exam results to be top class.”The directive has drawn flak from several quarters. Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav said the Bihar government was making arrangement for getting the teachers thrashed. “At a time when education is in shambles in the state, such order is bizarre,” he said.DIRECTIONSThe order directed secondary school teachers to visit villages twice a day to spread awareness about ODF.
It also instructed them to take pictures of those who refuse to comply and send it to senior authorities

Attacks continue: RSS leader killed in Uttar Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Kerala and Punjab, yet another Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader was killed in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.The body of an RSS leader Sunil Garg, who was actively campaigning for BJP candidates in Meerut, was found in a sack near a gutter. A resident of Devinagar, Garg had left his house in the evening after campaigning for the BJP candidate in Surajkund ward. When he did not return until late, his wife Rashmi and family members lodged a police complaint.During search operation late Sunday night, police recovered a body from a gutter in Mangal Pandey Nagar near Medical College. The body was wrapped in a sack. Several injury marks from a sharp-edged weapon were found on the body. Family members identified the body as that missing Sunil Garg. The RSS leader was into the iron trade.The SP City Maan Singh said that the police have recovered his mobile from the parking of the medical college. “It appears that the killers attacked him with sharp-edged weapons and after killing him packed his body in a sack and threw it in a gutter near the medical college,” said the SP.“A case has been registered and we have formed a team to investigate the case. We have also sought CCTV footage from the medical authorities to check if anyone was accompanying Garg. The police is also taking statements from the family members to if he was having any trade-related enmity with anyone,” said the SP City.Agitated over the murder of the RSS leader, local BJP leaders and traders have demanded a high-level probe and immediate arrest of killers. On November 16, a BJP leader Shiv Kumar, close to Union minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, was shot dead in broad day light in Greater Noida along with his personal security guard, driver and girl student when assailants sprayed bullets on his vehicle.Earlier, an RSS leader Rajesh Mishra was shot dead by mobile-borne assailants at his shop in Ghazipur district on October 21. Attacks on RSS-BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh came close to killings of several RSS leaders in Kerala and Punjab.

RSS affiliate organises Tawang pilgrimage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though India-China relations are not at an all time high, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will be holding Tawang Pilgrimage from November 19 to 24. The pilgrimage has been organised by RSS-affilate Bharat Tibet Sahyog Manch. RSS pracharak Indresh Kumar is the chief patron of this body. During the pilgrimage, devotees are taken across several holy places in Northeast India till the Indo-Tibet border where they perform dharti pujan or worship the land which is seen as a form of protest against Chinese aggression in 1962 and the annexation of Tibet.Indresh Kumar is one of the most vocal anti-China voices in the RSS and was instrumental in organising massive anti-Chinese goods rallies and symposiums across the country. The pilgrimage is set to cover a lot of places in Arunachal Pradesh that has been at the core of boundary disputes between India and China. High on nationalistic undertones, one of the most celebrated destinations in the entire pilgrimage is Jaswantgarh, the place where rifleman Jaswant Rawat showed exemplary courage during the Indo-China war. Rawat was awarded Maha Vir Chakra posthumously. Despite China being sensitive about the state, the pilgrimage would go through Bhalukpong, called the gateway of Arunachal Pradesh. Another stop is Bomdila which was captured by the Chinese forces of aggression in 1962.

It was a very brave decision: Major General BS Raju hails Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan for leaving LeT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major success for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Anantnag’s footballer turned terrorist has surrendered.The 20-year-old footballer, Majid Khan, who had recently joined Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), surrendered before the security forces in Kashmir.Majid was presented before the media at a press conference here on Friday.’It was a very brave decision by Majid Khan. I compliment him and assure that he will be able to get back to normal life very soon,’ said Major General BS Raju, who heads the Victor Force that performs counter-insurgency operations in five districts of South Kashmir.Majid surrendered before the First Rashtriya Rifles and is currently under the custody of Victor Force in Awantipora.Majid reportedly surrendered after his parents’ appeal.Even the top police officer of Jammu and Kashmir appealed Majid to surrender and once again join the mainstream.On Thursday, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan told media, ‘A very serious counselling campaign is going on in Kashmir to discourage youth to join militancy and we will get positive results in near future. It is our sincere endeavour to ensure that these misguided youth come and join the mainstream.’He also informed the media that the government is preparing a new surrender policy for local Kashmiri militants.

CDs don’t go in dry waste bin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heera bai works as a domestic help in one of Mumbai’s apartment complexes. She, like the family she works for, would earlier throw all the garbage in a common bin. Since last month, when the city’s municipal body asked for waste to be segregated in different containers as per wet and dry waste, the society has provided blue-coloured garbage bins. Green, she is told, is for wet waste and blue for dry. Following the logic, she throws all the waste paper from the craft work little Shael and his friend Riyaaz had done into the blue bin. But Shael’s elder sister, Shaila stops her, saying, “Woh hare dabbe mein jayega (That will go in the green bin).” Heera is visibly confused. “Lekin woh gila nahin hai (But that’s not dry)!”The confusion didn’t end there. Their father Rajeev decided he must clean up the music cabinet. He transfers all the songs from the CDs onto a hard drive. Once he’s done, he dumps all the CDs into the blue bin for dry waste. The following morning the society’s housekeeping staff told Rajeev that the CDs can’t go in the blue bin since they are not dry waste. “But that’s not wet waste either. Where does it go then?” asks Rajeev, only to be told that CDs are electronic waste, and as such fall under a separate category.Rajeev is unconvinced and so they look up the video released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Turns out the CDs show up in neither waste categories. Even as confusion about what constitutes dry and wet waste reigns, residents and workers may well do to look up the municipal body’s circular — wet waste, it notes, comprises all that can be composted; dry waste is what can be recycled. And therefore wet waste must consist only that which is biodegradable.The circular emphasises that to dispose off dry waste such as food containers/delivery boxes and plastic bags, these must be first rinsed before being put in the blue bins so as to prevent odour from spreading. The dry waste can be sold to the local scrap dealer, and some wards are offering doorstep dry waste collection for free. As for wet waste, the society can distribute it among residents, sell it or “in case the compost runs into tonnes, it can be sold to Rashtriya Chemical Fertilisers (RCF) with whom the municipal corporation has partnered. They won’t accept small quantities though,” says a BMC official.Here’s how waste is collectedWet Waste (Anything that can be composted) Dry Waste Electronic waste or ‘e waste’ Biomedical waste Fruit peels, vegetables, leftover food, fallen leaves, tea powder, floral waste, coconut shells, wood, hand and toe nails, hair, meat, fish, egg shells, used paper, dust from house brooming, etc. Plastic and plastic products, metal and tin cans, sponge, thermacol, glass and glassware, rexine, tetrapak containers, clothes, tubes, rubber,, bones, used cotton, cardboard, etc.
Batteries, CDs, cassettes, phone batteries, chargers, wires and cables, old phones, etc Sanitary napkins, medicines, used bandages, injection syringes, etc.
Housing societies and other bulk generators have to process/compost wet waste on their own
The municipal body will collect this
The municipal body also collects e-waste if it’s segregated The minicipal corporation will collect biomedical waste for a fee

Gujarat assembly elections: BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, Rashtriya Samaj Party to contest 40 seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Shiv Sena, it is the turn of another BJP ally to queer the pitch for it in Gujarat. The Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP), which is led by Maharashtra minister Mahadeo Jankar, is planning to contest from at least 40 seats in the Gujarat assembly polls. The party, which has a base among dhangar (shepherd) and other nomadic communities in Maharashtra, plans to poach disgruntled elements from other parties as its nominees.The Shiv Sena has already announced its decision to fight between 50 to 75 seats in the state which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state and stronghold.Jankar, who is minister for animal husbandry, dairy development, and fisheries, told DNA that they planned to put up candidates in districts like Vadodara, Mehsana and Surat and claimed that they had a base next to only the BJP and Congress in the state. He added that the RSP had 14 corporators in Gujarat, in districts like Vadodara, Mehsana and Padra.This is the third state assembly election that the RSP will be contesting in Gujarat. In 2012, the RSP had fought from 16 places. “This time, we plan to contest around 40 seats and ensure a win on at least 10… we expect to secure a political opening this time,” claimed Jankar, adding that the state unit was insisting that they contest on at least 100 seats. The RSP claims to have a base in the Brahmin, Marwadi and OBC communities in Gujarat as it has promoted leaders from these groups. The party also has support in the pastoral Bharwad and Rabari communities, who feel neglected by the BJP.Rajesh Ayare, RSP corporator from Vadodara, and the party’s candidate from the Sayajiganj constituency, said they enjoyed support among local Gujaratis as well as the Marathi speakers, who form sizeable numbers in parts of Gujarat.The RSP had been approached for an alliance by the Congress but declined, said Jankar, adding that however, they were willing to contest in an alliance with the BJP in case they secured honorable terms. The RSP had also contested the recent Uttar Pradesh elections.

Army will train B’desh forces to combat terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army will be training Bangladeshi forces in the first of its kind counter-terror and insurgency exercise to be held at the Danapur Cantonment near Patna, amid growing radicalisation and emerging terrorist groups in the neighbouring country that have a direct bearing on India’s security.The training is aimed at carrying out operations against terrorists and insurgents on the lines of those in Kashmir and India’s northeast.Starting Monday, the Army will hold the exercise with a Bangladeshi contingent till December 17. The joint exercise will have mutual benefits as both countries are facing similar threats including those from certain groups operating on both sides of the border.Indian intelligence agencies have warned in the past about a growing collaboration between Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State to establish a Bangladeshi Caliphate and also target India. There have been warnings that JMB cadres active along the India-Bangladesh border could set up bases in eastern Indian states.JMB is a banned terror outfit in India that has cadres active here. It was responsible for the bomb blasts in Burdwan in 2014, a small town in West Bengal close to the Bangladesh border.”The shared threat to both countries and adding another facet to strategic cooperation prompted the two countries to state a training capsule prepared by the Indian Army based on our experiences in Kashmir and North East,” said Army sources.During the training, state-of-the art weapons and equipment for close-quarter battle, surveillance and tracking, explosives, IED detectors and communication equipment will be used. The Bangladesh team will train, plan and execute a series of well-developed operations for neutralising these threats.There will also be discussions to share counter-terror operation experiences that will be mutually beneficial.The training event will be attended by five officers and 25 other ranks of the Bangladesh Army. The Indian Army will be represented by five officers, eight Junior Commissioned Officers and 15 other jawans.”This training capsule is one of the major training events and defence cooperation endeavours between the two Armies and will be first of its kind being organized for the Bangladesh Army at Danapur Cantonment,” sources in the Army said.The Indian Army Training team will be headed by Colonel DD Swain, an experienced counter-insurgency expert having commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and operated in insurgency-affected areas of Assam and Manipur for a number of years.The Indian Army will also get an opportunity to absorb lessons from the series of highly successful counter terror operation carried out by the security forces of Bangladesh.The operating principles and tactics of both countries while dealing with insurgency and terrorism related incidents are also similar.

Lalu Prasad Yadav hints Tejashwi will be RJD’s 2020 CM candidate, backtracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, Rashtriya Janata Dal President Lalu Prasad Yadav theoretically handed over his political legacy to his younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, when he hinted that he will be naming him as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the 2020 Bihar Assembly polls.Interacting with media, Lalu lauded Tejashwi’s leadership and said, “He is better than others in leadership skills and we will fight the 2020 Assembly election under him.” He added that Tejashwi is a popular leader and it was time to bring the youth forward.Tejashwi has already served as the deputy chief minister of Bihar under CM Nitish Kumar in the Mahagathbandhan government, before it disintegrated in July this year. Presently, the 28-year-old is the leader of the Opposition in Bihar legislative Assembly, where his party has a maximum 80 MLAs.Lalu was replying to queries on comments made by recently re-elected state RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve, who said, “The RJD will form the next government in Bihar under the leadership of Tejashwi.” Lalu added to that and said, “Tejashwi speaks better than most of us and has the ability to lead. And I am not saying that just because he is my son.”However, Lalu’s statement triggered notes of discord within the party with senior leaders like party vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and former Bihar finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui claiming that it was too early to declare who would lead the party in the next polls. “No decision has been taken yet. Purbe may have expressed his personal sentiments,” they said.Following their statement, Lalu too rephrased his statement saying, “There is a lot of time for the election. The CM face will be decided by the party when the time comes.”

Ulama Council president wants 10% assembly seats for Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With elections nearing, the political heat in the state is going up. On Tuesday, the Rashtriya Ulama Council levelled serious allegations against both BJP and Congress, and demanded that Muslim candidates be fielded from seats in proportion to their population.Speaking with reporters, Rashtriya Ulama Council president Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni lashed out at Congress for using Muslims as a vote-bank, and came down heavily on BJP over issues such as terrorism and cow protection.“Muslims account for 10% of Gujarat’s population, but they are nowhere in the picture. Why are none of the parties talking about Muslims or raising issues related to them? The Congress should field Muslim candidates from 18 out of 182 seats in proportion to the community’s population,” Madni demanded.Accusing the BJP of never considering the Muslim community, Madni questioned whether the party was ready to make a new beginning by fielding candidates from the community.Taking a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Madni said he has the time to meet others, but could not find time to meet Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre in 2002. He also questioned if Gandhi was willing to grant reservation to Muslims under EBC quota on the lines of Patidars. He also said there is no Hindu or Islamic terrorism, saying the governments of the day give rise to political terrorism.

J&K: Masood Azhar’s nephew, two other terrorists killed in encounter, Army jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew and two other terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.The encounter took place in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi.One terrorist killed is identified as Talha Rasheed, a nephew of Masood Azhar. The two other terrorists are Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama’s Drubgam.One security personnel Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh also lost his life in the encounter.The encounter broke out when the troops of 182 Bn and 183 Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the region.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Dinu Solanki surrenders in RTI activist murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s former MP from Junagadh Dinu Solanki, the alleged conspirator in the RTI activist Amit Jethava’s 2010 murder case, surrendered before the CBI court on Monday evening. He was then taken to Sabarmati Jail.Jethava’s faher had in the morning approached the Supreme Court with prayer for permission to initiate Contempt of Court proceedings against the CBI and Solanki for not complying with the SC’s October 30 order.On October 30, while cancelling the regular bail of Solanki, SC’s division bench of justice AK Sikri and justice Ashok Bhusan had ordered, “Solanki shall be taken into custody and remain there during the period of eight eye-witnesses’s re-examination. The trial court shall summon 26 witnesses who are to be examined afresh, eight eye-witnesses shall be summoned and examined on a daily basis.”When neither CBI arrested him nor Solanki surrendered before the court, complainant’s advocate Anand Yagnik on November 1 had alleged that just because Solanki has political patronage, CBI is not arresting him even after the SC cancelled his bail. Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) leader Jignesh Mevani had threatened to launch an agitation if Solanki was not arrested within 24 hours on the same day.When CBI was reportedly unmoved even after that, the deceased’s father felt he will never get justice, and approached the SC on Monday requesting to permit circulation of the contempt of court petition to respondent CBI and Dinu Solanki. It was permitted by the apex court and the matter kept for hearing on Friday, said his advocate Anand Yagnik. Hours after the news broke, Solanki surfaced at the Mirzapur Court premises in Ahmedabad which houses the CBI court.Amit Jethava had launched the campaign against illegal mining near Gir sanctuary. He had also filed a PIL demanding action. He was gunned down in front of the HC building in 2010. In 2012, HC had ordered for CBI investigation into the murder. In 2013, CBI had arrested Solanki as conspirator in the case. In February 2014, SC had granted regular bail to Solanki. After his release, during trial 105 witnesses out of 195 had turned hostile. The victim’s father then approached the SC in 2015 with a prayer to cancel Solanki’s bail.While the petition was pending before the SC, the CBI court concluded its trial. As the trial had concluded and judgment was kept reserved, complainant had approached the HC with prayer for retrial, terming it had become a mockery. The HC had ordered for retrial and ordered to change the judicial officer.JETHAVA’S MURDERAmit Jethava had launched the campaign against illegal mining near Gir sanctuary. He had also filed a PIL demanding action. He was gunned down in front of the HC building in 2010.
HC had ordered for CBI investigation into the murder.

J&K govt refuses to accept Rs 10 lakh relief recommendation for ‘human shield’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mehbooba Mufti-led government in Jammu and Kashmir has refused to accept the State Human Rights Commission’s (SHRC) recommendations to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to 26-year-old human shield victim Farooq Ahmad Dar.Dar of Chill village was on his way to Gampora to offer condolences when he was picked up by troops of 53 Rashtriya Riffles (RR) , led by Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi in Beerwa-Budgam near Utligam, and tied to the bonnet of a jeep before parading him in around a dozen villages on April 9.While Major Gogoi later defended his actions saying he had saved lives and dubbed Dar as “ring leader who instigated the stone-pelting mob”, the incident had sparked massive anger and outrage.Later in July, the SHRC in its landmark ruling recommended Rs 10 lakh compensation to Dar for suffering “humiliation, physical, psychological torture, stress, wrongful restrain and confinement”.Four months on, the government has questioned the SHRC’s jurisdiction, saying the grounds on which the compensation has been recommended cannot be accepted due to varied reasons. The government said since the investigation is on, paying compensation would amount to establishing the guilt of the accused.“The incident has left me shattered. The government’s denial to pay compensation has added to my woes. I am unable to make my ends meet,” Dar said, while protesting against the government’s action.Main opposition party National Conference lashed out at the state government for denying and ridiculing SHRC recommendation of issuing compensation.

Nitish Kumar wants reservation in pvt jobs, calls for debate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday pitched for reservation in private sector and called for a debate on it at the national level for Parliament to take a decision on it.Nitish was defending Bihar government’s recent move of introducing quota in outsourced services while addressing mediapersons after his weekly Lok Samvad here. Interestingly, Nitish’s call for private sector reservation found support from ally-turned-foe Lalu Prasad Yadav, President of Rashtriya Janata Dal, which sits in Opposition with its 80 MLAs, after being dumped by Nitish in July.Citing provisions of Bihar Reservation Act 2003, Nitish said the state government was working in accordance to it. “When the government is hiring workforce through outsourcing, the payment is made through state treasury. Hence, it is but natural that they should adhere to Reservation Act,” the CM said.He added, “Those who understand the basic sentiment of reservation will never have any doubts regarding it. It is our personal opinion that quota should also be applicable on the jobs in private sector and there should be a debate on it.”Lalu too supported the statement saying he wanted to bring the marginalised sections in the mainstream, though he added, “Private sector means big companies. However, how many such companies are there in Bihar that reservation will be provided to the deprived sections?”It may be recalled that reservation had turned out to be a major issue ahead of 2015 Bihar assembly polls.Nitish also defended his decision to quit the Mahagathbandhan and join forces with the BJP in July, saying he had difficulties in running the previous regime. “It was difficult to contain liquor or sand mafias or maintain law and order in the state. Our decision to quit was taken for people of Bihar,” he said.

Test for two: The Gujarat power play

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujaratis has never entertained political parties or fronts that mushroom on the eve of elections. Voters have always tested parties and leaders for years and some time for decades. The political history says that voters are smart enough to understand who are the night fliers and will lose visibility post elections. Gujarat has never made space for short term politicians — the list is long — starting with Chimanbhai Patel, Shankarsinh Vaghela and Keshubhai Patel.Gujarat and Gujaratis are different. A multi party system never won its heart. Since its inception as a state, voters voted only for mainstream parties, Congress or Swatantra Party. Even tall leaders like Bhailal Patel could not lead the Swatantra party to power after long political struggles. It is an ideal example that voters don’t accept parties easily, said BJP spokesman Jaynarayan Vyas. Voters are well aware that parties or leaders surfacing in the elections become invisible after that and so don’t trust and vote such parties.Political analysts are of the opinion that in Gujarat, excluding the Swatantra Party or even the left, no new front or party was launched on socio-economic grounds. This failed to attract voters in building a committed vote bank. Even charisma or caste based leadership has not served much in state polls.Citing examples of failure, Professor Priyavadan Patel, former head of the political science department, MSU, said, “Majority of the parties formed in Gujarat in the last 50 years were either by the political party rebels or dissatisfied leaders, some whom even did not enjoy the support of their own community across the state. Some had little ground connect.”In support of ground connect, Patel cited the 2012 elections, in which Gujarat Parivartan Party miserably failed. The survey conducted by his team suggested that Kehsubhai Patel, the former chief minister and GPP leader was considered a Patidar leader and his influence had not percolated to the last voter. There was euphoria on the surface that he will split the major Patidar vote bank of the BJP, but Patidars rejected him.Similar was the experience of Shankarsinh Vaghela, a former BJP leader, who belonged to the Other Backward Caste (OBC), and had a good clout over upper caste Rajputs and in many sections. This proved to be game spoiler for the Congress in 1998. His party got 11 per cent votes, but could win just four seats. But on the number of seats, his party ruined the Congress candidate’s prospects. Had he and his party not been in the race, the Congress could have returned to power, said Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee former president Arjun Modhvadia. He added that individuallym Vaghela may have charisma, but that does not translate into votes, which are the only means for a party to come to power.In Gujarat, no party is formed out of any movement or struggle, that builds a base and a committed vote bank as the Aam Admi Party in Delhi. This is the biggest drawback for all new offsprings, said political analyst Manibhai Patel.In some cases, such political parties are dragged into elections by the ruling party or the main opponent party to split some votes. Manibhai said, “Keshubhai’s party spoiled 3 per cent votes in 2012, Bahujan Samaj Party got 1.25 percent votes. When the Assembly seats are won with a margin of a few thousands votes, a few hundred makes a big difference. But voters know this and don’t vote for candidates of such parties, he said.INC: Indian National Congress, In 1980 it had contested as INC(I)JS/BJS/BJP: Journey from Jansangh to Bharatiya Jansangh to Bharatiya Janata PartySWA: Swantatra PartyPSP: Praja Socialist PartyINC(O): Indian National Congress 1(O)KLP: After former CM Chimanbhai Patel was thrown of congress had formed Kisan Mazdoor Lok PakshaJNP (JP)/JNP: Janata PartyJD: Janata DalAIRJP: All India Rashtriya Janata Party formed after 1996 revoltNCP: Nationalist Congress PartyGPP: Gujarat Parivartan Party 2012- was formed former BJP chief minister Keshubhai Patel, later it merged in BJPThe rise and fall of third partiesBhaikaka’s Swantantra PartyAfter Gujarat was carved out of Bombay, the Congress’ main opponent was the Swantratra Party. In 1967, it had fetched some 38.19 per cent votes (66 seats) and became the main opposition in the state. The first Leader of Opposition was Bhailalbhai D Patel, fondly known as Bhaikaka. feating Congress candidate Natubhai Patel. Bhaikaka was leader of opposition from 1962 to 1968. The party started losing footing and in 1974 merged with Charan Singh’s BKD. (Source: Party souvenir 1966, EC data& KD Desai’s research paper)First coalition in GujaratIn 1975, Gujarat first saw a coalition government led by Indian National Congress (Organisation) MLA Babubhai J Patel, who was originally a Congress man and had defected in 1969 with Kamraj and Morarji Desai. It was a coalition of INCO, Bharatiya Jansangh, BLD and SP. It served the state till March 1976. The President’s Rule was imposed for nine months after this. Once again, the Janata Party took over the reigns from April 1977 to February 1980.Janata Dal and Chiman PatelIn 1990, Gujarat saw a non-Congress government for the third time, led by Chimanbhai Patel through his Janata Dal. An economist, Patel started his political career with the INC and got elected to the state Assembly from Sankheda constituency in 1967. After getting elected to the Assembly a second time in 1972. In the 1975 elections, his party won 12 seats. Later it merged into Janata Party. He got elected to the state Assembly in 1980 on the Janata Party symbol. The party struggled for 17 years in the Opposition.All India Rashtriya Janata Party and VaghelaSankersinh Vaghela and his All India Rashtriya Janata Party came to the foray in 1996, after he rebelled against BJP. The first revolt against the BJP chief minister took place in 1995. The CM was replaced by Suresh Mehta, against whose government Vaghela revolted again and took over in 1996 with the support of Congress. In 1998, four candidates of his party got elected to the Assembly. His party merged with Congress in 2001.Gujarat Parivartan Party and Keshubhai PatelAfter being uprooted for the second time as chief minister, once in 1995 and the second time in 2001, one of the founder members of Jansangh, Keshubhai Patel formed Gujarat Parivartan Party on the eve of the 2012 elections. His party had fielded 167 candidates, of which only two got elected, including Keshubhai. Later the party merged with the BJP.

Defamation case filed against Kamal Haasan after Hindu terror remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after actor Kamal Haasan’s controversial remarks about ‘Hindu terror’, a case of defamation has been filed against him for hurting religions sentiments. The matter will be heard in Varanasi tomorrow, reported ANI.Kamal Haasan has been booked under section 500 (punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295 A (intent to outrage religious feeling), 505 C (attempt to incite hatred and enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday deplored actor Kamal Haasan’s “Hindu terrorism” remark and said that making such irresponsible statements without any evidence only reflects his sick mind.Speaking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said that Haasan is emerging as an irresponsible political aspirant with each passing day.
ALSO READ If you have evidence place it before NIA or apologise: Twitter furious over Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hindu terror’ remark‘If there is any evidence to prove that a Hindu terrorism exists, Kamal Haasan should provide those to NIA or to probe agency to punish those who indulged in such activities. Making such irresponsible statement without any evidence or basis only reflects his sick mind. It is very unfortunate. I completely disagree with him and deplore this sick attitude of Kamal Haasan,’ he said.Haasan, in his column in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, wrote, “In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and what they stated to do is use muscle power. They started indulging in violence.’”The right wing cannot challenge talk of Hindu terrorists because terror has spread into their camp as well,” wrote the Tamil film icon.Haasan’s remark drew flaw from various quarters especially BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).BJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao compared the actor with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saee and said that by passing such remarks all these people have given Pakistan an upper hand.”There has been a tendency in this country we have seen in the past decade how Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi led Congress party drew a strategy of maligning the Indian society and Hindu community only to appease the Muslim vote bank. It was done by the former home minister P. Chidambaram and Congress leader Sushil Kumar Shindey saying it on the floor of Parliament that there is Hindu terror in this country. Today, when Kamal Hassan makes similar comments, he is actually joining the ranks of P. Chidambaram, Hafiz Saeed and is possible angling to become an extension of the Congress Party,” Rao told ANI.RSS leader Rakesh Sinha also expressed anguish over Haasan remark and demanded his apology for ‘hurting and defaming Hindu civilization for his petty political end.’With inputs from ANI

Not joining Congress, says Jignesh Mevani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Putting to rest reports of Congress’s overtures to him, Jignesh Mevani on Thursday said that he was not joining the party. The firebrand Dalit leader, though said he is ready for a discussion with top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi.The convener of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch said, “I am not going to contest the polls either. The only thing we want is the Congress to clarify its stand on the 17 demands that we have made for Dalits.”Among the demands are allotment of five acres of farmland to each Dalit family, alternative employment to those involved in skinning of cattle and manual scavenging, and the release of a probe report into the firing on the community members at Thangadh in Surendranagar district in 2012. Mewani said the Bharatiya Janata Party has never responded to their demands. “We want the Congress to say what it is going to do if the Dalits were to support it. I am open to talks with the Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi. But it will be an open meeting and not a secret one.”The 34-year-old, a lawyer by training, came under the spotlight after four Dalit youth were stripped and flogged by cow vigilantes for skinning a dead bovine last year. Mevani had managed to galvanise the Dalit youth to lead huge protests across the state. In the past year, Mevani has emerged as someone whom political parties cannot afford to ignore, particularly ahead of the assembly elections. Gujarat goes to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14.BJP has been in power in the state since 1995.To a question on why the demands of Dalits were not a matter of concern for political parties, Mevani said it will soon become one. “Let us first wait for what the Congress has to say. If the parties continue to ignore the demand we will restart the agitation.” At the height of the Dalit agitation, Mevani said, BJP had promised to look into the demands. “In the meeting that we had with home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja after Dalits threatened a rail roko agitation, he said he will look into the demands. We haven’t heard from him or the BJP since then.”Mevani, other backward caste leader Alpesh Thakor, and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel are being seen as game changers in the upcoming state polls. The equation changed after Thakor joined the Congress with his supporters and reports emerged of a secret meeting between Hardik Patel and Congress leaders.His demandsFulfill promises made to Una victims, including govt jobs, BPL cards and trial of the accused in a fast-track court.Farmland for Dalits who have left the job of skinning dead animals or want to quit it. Compensation for those cleaning manholes as they have been forced to work under inhuman conditions

Delhi BJP vice president resigns over being absent for event attended by Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The vice-president of BJP’s Delhi unit, Sardar Kulwant Singh Baath, has resigned over an issue involving his absence from a recent event attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.In his resignation letter on October 25, Baath said that he was stepping down as the Delhi BJP vice-president as he could not contribute to the party’s events and programmes in the past few days.The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the RSS, celebrated Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary here on Wednesday. The event was participated by Bhagwat and several central ministers.Baath told PTI that he was tied to a ‘hukamnama (edict)’ of the Akal Takht in 2004, that asked Sikhs to boycott events organised by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.”Unless the issue is resolved, it will be a tricky situation for me,” he said.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said no decision has been taken yet on Baath’s resignation. “His resignation letter has been received but a decision on it is yet to be taken,” he said.Baath joined the BJP some nine months ago and was appointed as a vice-president.Delhi BJP sources said that Baath was close to the Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) even after joining the BJP.Baath said that he resigned on “personal ground” and had nothing against the BJP or its leaders, adding that he had no plans to join the SAD.

In search of its unity, Oppn goes after BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stressing on being a strong alternative to the NDA government, opposition leaders on Friday accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using polarising politics to divide voters and deflect from failures in fulfilling pre-election promises.Leaders of major opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, CPI, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, and Rashtriya Lok Dal addressed a public meeting in Mumbai under the banner of the ‘Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan.'”A canard is being spread that there is no alternative (to the BJP) in the country,” said former union minister Sharad Yadav, who heads the breakaway faction of the Janata Dal (United), adding that the country was facing “an unprecedented danger” due to the BJP’s polarising policies.”They secured just 31% votes… While other political parties in Hindustan got 69%,” said Yadav, who heads the unity move, adding that “most Hindu voters were against you (BJP).”Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the BJP was trying to drive a wedge between communities for its selfish ends. He charged that demonetisation had help transform black money into white money.”For a change, we need to create alternative policies which will create alternative leaders,” said Yechury.Former chief minister and state Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the “environment in the country was changing,” as was evidenced by the BJP’s defeat in Nanded, Bhiwandi, Malegaon and Parbhani.

RSS pays tribute to slain journalist Gauri Lankesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month, figured among those who were today offered tributes by the RSS for their work for the society.A gathering of RSS leaders drawn from across the country, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, paid homage to Lankesh, former ISRO Chairperson U R Rao and other eminent personalities from various walks of life at the Sangh’s annual ‘Diwali Baithak’.Yakshagana artiste Chittani Ramachandra Hegade was among those remembered at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal meeting.”There is a long list of people from various walks of life who were paid tributes at the RSS meeting. It also includes the name of Gauri Lankesh,” RSS Prachar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told PTI.He did not elaborate.Lankesh, a vocal critic of right wing outfits, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5. Her murder led to outrage and protests across the country.The Sangh will discuss the state of the economy and issues like exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar and violence by cow vigilantes at the three-day meeting which began today.

BJP hails civic poll wins in Maha & Guj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP on Tuesday hailed results of the first ever Gram Panchayat elections held in Maharashtra and local bodies polls in Gujarat as indication of people’s faith in its policies.”The BJP has won 1,457 Sarpanch seats in Maharashtra besides winning six of the eight local bodies elections in Gujarat. Rahul Gandhi who is campaigning in Gujarat should understand that his presence always helps BJP,” said Javadekar.Taking a dig at Congress scion, Javadekar said, it smacks of bankruptcy if someone depends on Twitter to generated popularity and does not have a ground base.”We have won 1457 Sarpanch seats in Maharashtra in comparison to Congress’s 301, Shiv Sena’s 222 and NCP’s 194. This proves that the whole of rural Maharashtra is solidly behind BJP. This victory also tells what results other elections are going to throw up,”said Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar.Though party symbols are not used in Gram Panchayat polls, the BJP had declared the names of all the candidates it was backing beforehand.The results for most local bodies polls in Maharashtra since 2015 have gone in BJP’s favour. In elections for Municipal Corporation, the BJP had romped home with 871 seats relegating Shiv Sena to a distant second with 428 seats and Congress on third place with 325. Again in Zila Parishad polls, the BJP emerged with lion’s share of 406 seats beating NCP (360) to second place and Congress with 309 seats to third place.Referring to the resentment in various state units of the Congress, he said the Congress got divided in Gujarat after Shankar Singh Vaghela left the party but was not paying attention to it.”Even in Amethi, many Congress workers joined the BJP today. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Congress is not there even on the map with no chance of revival,” Javadekar said.Javadekar also questioned Rahul’s knowledge about RSS and said, “He has never seen Shakhas and that is why does not know about Rashtriya Sevika Samiti where women hold separate shakhas. He only tweets dictated content.”

CBI grills Tejashwi Yadav for 8 hrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday grilled Tejashwi Yadav, son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, for eight hours in connection with the alleged corruption charges against the Yadav family when awarding a contract for the maintenance of two IRCTC hotels in 2006.He arrived at the agency headquarters at the scheduled time of 11 am and left at around 7 pm.The 27-year old former deputy chief minister of Bihar has skipped three earlier notices for questioning in the case before finally appearing before the investigation team on Friday. After this, on October 11, Tejashwi also has to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money laundering case. His mother is scheduled to appear before him on October 10.Meanwhile, the CBI on Thursday questioned Lalu in connection with the same case for another eighthours. After questioning, Lalu had said that it was a political vendetta against the family. “I have turned around the loss-making Railways with a record Rs 7,000 crore profit. It was a case study for Harvard. And now, they are accusing or blaming me for a scam. This is a political conspiracy against me and the family members,” Yadav said.The Bihar stalwart, however, praised the investigating agency, saying that they were cordial to him during questioning. “They are doing what the current Indian government is telling them or instructing them to do,” Yadav added. He, too, had earlier skipped three summons by the CBI, seeking more time citing prior engagements.According to the FIR filed by the CBI, the contracts were awarded when Lalu was the railway minister. At the time, IRCTC — a subsidiary of the Indian Railways — handed over the maintenance of two of its hotels in Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Puri (Odisha) to Sujata Hotel, a company owned by Vinay and Vijay Kochhar, in return for a prime plot of three acres in Patna through a benami company.A case was then registered, naming Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, son Tejashwi and Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister, as accused in the case.Murky contractAccording to CBI, IRCTC awarded two contracts for hostel maintenance to Hotel Sujata, in exchange for three acres land. The Yadav family is accused of using their influence with Railways to make it happen

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat escapes unhurt after cars in convoy hit each other in Mathura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s convoy cars collided with each other on Yamuna Expressway, on Friday morning.The incident took place in Mathura’s Surir when Bhagwat was on his way from Delhi to Vrindavan. The collision happened when the tyre of one of the cars burst. Bhagwat has reportedly escaped the major accident with no injuries. All the people of the cavalcade are also safe.There were around 7-8 cars in the convoy, mostly Innova cars.(More details are awaited)

BJP leaders take out protest march in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union ministers Jitendra Singh and Vijay Goel along with other BJP leaders on Wednesday staged a protest march against the CPM’s alleged targeting of party workers in Kerala.Earlier on, BJP president Amit Shah had flagged off a “Jan Raksha Yatra’ in Kerala on Tuesday against political violence in the southern state. He had also announced that similar rallies will be held across all state capitals from Wednesday.In his address during the march, Singh called the alleged violence by the Left in Kerala “a blot on Indian democracy.” He further said that the violence was an attack not only on BJP but all other political parties that believe in democracy.Singh was joined by several BJP leaders and party workers including city unit president Manoj Tiwari, Shahnawaz Hussain, Vijay Goel, who marched from the Delhi BJP office towards CPM office at the Bhai Veer Singh Marg.Singh claimed that the aim behind the protest was to preserving the Gandhian principle of non-violence, democratic values, and the country’s culture. Meanwhile, he also urged other political parties to take note of the violence allegedly perpetrated by “the Communists in Kerala.””Other parties should not be under the illusion that violence in Kerala affects only the BJP because it is a blot and a curse on Indian democracy. BJP has accepted this challenge to restore the Gandhian ideal of non-violence because violence could not be a means to further political goals,” he said.Lashing out at the Kerala government, Goel blamed the local police for the violence against BJP-RSS workers.”We cannot expect any justice in a state where a section of police maintains that they are Communists. It cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.The BJP chief is also likely to attend a protest march by the party at the CPI(M) office here on October 8, party sources said.As many as 120 BJP workers have been killed in Kerala, the BJP has alleged. The CPM has, in turn, accused the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of resorting to violence and denied the involvement of its government and leadership in the political killings.

CM Devendra Fadnavis asked me to join NDA, claims Narayan Rane

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Renegade Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane claimed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has invited him to join the National Democratic Alliance, following a meeting between the two late evening on Tuesday.The claim comes a mere two days after Rane announced he was floating a new organisation – the Maharashtra Swabhiman Pakhs – that would eventually be registered as a political partyFadnavis and Rane met for about one-and-a-half hours; however, there were no official confirmation of the said offer from the CM’s office.Rane said that he would take a call on the offer after two days. Rane, who is a strong Maratha community leader, particularly in the Konkan belt, worked with the Shiv Sena for 39 years, but quit 12 years ago to join the Congress.Sources said that Rane would be helped by the BJP to become MLC again after by-polls. Rane could be inducted in the Fadnavis cabinet at the time of an impending.Fadnavis, who will complete three years in office at the end of October, is likely to effect a Cabinet expansion a few days before Diwali, and Rane could be made minister, along the same lines as alliance partners Mahadev Jankar and Sadabhau Khot. Jankar’s Rashtriya Samaj Party is an NDA alliance partner, but Khot, who has been expelled from Swabhimani Party led by Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti, continues to be a minister and has also launched his own political outfit.

Kashmiri separatist leaders hit back at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks regrading Article 370

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri separatist leaders on Sunday hit back at RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat over his remarks demanding “necessary” constitutional amendments for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country.Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani denounced the BJP-PDP coalition for “their unceasing attempts to tamper with the state’s political, cultural, economic and historical status”.In a statement, Geelani said, “The RSS chief and all those affiliated with ruling parties both in the state and New Delhi, through their unwise statements….All these steps and their attempts illustrate that India does not want to resolve the Kashmir issue through political means.” A spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a statement here, “Baghwat should go through the history and he will come to know that Kashmir is a dispute acknowledged by the world’s highest forum UN (United Nations).”Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, in a separate statement, said that “Bhagwat should think of India which is getting closer to disintegration” because of the “anti-minority policies” of the RSS.In his more than an hour-long address on Vijayadashmi, which is also the Hindutva organisation’s foundation day, yesterday, demanded “necessary” constitutional amendments for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to be “completely assimilated” with the rest of the country and batted for the rights of Hindu refugees in the state.”Necessary constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed.”Then and then only, the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in the national progress,” Bhagwat said at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in Maharashtra.Though Bhagwat did not mention it, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP have long demanded abrogation of the Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.The Supreme Court is also hearing a plea demanding repeal of Article 35A, which allows the state legislature to define “permanent residents”. Hindutva organisations have called it discriminatory.

Don’t teach us nationalism; Kerala has lived freedom movement, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan to Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday tore into Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for his allegation on the state government for supporting anti-national elements and said Keralites don’t need advice on nationalism from the RSS.In a Facebook post, Vijayan said that Bhagwat’s allegations on the state government are challenging for the Keralites.He said Kerala is a land of many great men who contributed dedicatedly in the Indian national movement.”There is a memorable partnership of Kerala and Keralites in the freedom movement. The RSS, having tradition of turning back from the freedom struggle and embracing the British empire, does not need to teach Keralites what is patriotism,” he said.Terming Kerala as a land of secularism, Vijayan said it is the Leftist mindset that promotes secularism in the state.He alleged that all the moves to implement communal agenda of the RSS in the state have failed and now the Sangh is trying to defame Kerala through these comments.”The RSS chief should first clarify what does he mean by saying that the state government is helping anti-nationals for narrow political interests,” asked Vijayan.Further stressing on the same, Vijayan said Kerala will always fight against communalism and violence. He added that the Left Democratic Front government will take action against anyone who tries to disrupt the lives of the people.Earlier on Saturday, Bhagwat said that the governments of West Bengal and Kerala are “on the side of jihadi elements that are perpetrating the violence” there.”Jihadi elements are doing violence in Kerala and Bengal, and while people are resisting, the state governments are supporting these anti-national forces by not fulfilling their duty; they (state governments) are on their side” said Bhagwat in an address on the anniversary of the RSS’s formation.

Centre to merge school education schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central government plans to improve the reach of education at the school level for children from Classes 1 to 10 by merging two of their schemes meant to guarantee universal education.The Ministry of Human Resource Development plans to merge Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) — two similar schemes of the government for education to be universalised. Currently, while SSA is applicable from Class 1 till Class 8, RMSA is only for Class 9 and 10 only.A meeting to deliberate on possibilities of merger of these two schemes was held in the ministry last week and a group of secretaries working on it will submit its report in the coming days. “During the discussion, it was agreed upon by everyone that it will be a good idea to merge these two schemes as they have similar mandate. We are now working on how to work on the merger and will come up with a detailed report soon,” a senior official in the ministry of HRD said.He added that the plan to merge these schemes was proposed because it was found that there was a lot of non-utilisation of funds. Both SSA and RMSA gets different budget. The separate schemes were created because the Right to Education did not extend upto Class 10 and the government needed a plan to bring children to school after Class 8.”We saw that funds in these schemes were not being utilised properly. If a state has taken care of its primary education and does not need to spend so much for children up to class 8, they should be able to use the same fund for the older children. However, under the current mandate it was not being possible. Hence, we have decided to merge them,” the official added.

RSS top brass slated to visit Rajasthan again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan is apparently on the focus and radar of the RSS. The top two functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are scheduled to visit Rajasthan in the last two months of this year. RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat would be visiting Jaipur in the first week of November for four days while RSS chief Sarkayavah Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi would be on a five-day visit to Jodhpur in the month of December. This will be the fifth visit of RSS chief Bhagwat to Rajasthan in two years. He had come to Jaipur at the columnist conference organised by the RSS in 2015. After that, he had visited Jodhpur last year under his five-day annual organisational pravas of Rajasthan region. Bhagwat also attended the RSS Pratinidhi Sabha held in Nagaur last year. Bhagwat’s fourth visit ended three days ago. He had come to Jaipur on a six-day visit from September 13 to September 18. During his next visit Bhagwat will stay in Jaipur from November 2 to 5. The RSS will organise the Sangh Shiksha Varg of Ghosh (training camp of the band) at Adarsh Vidhya Mandir, Adarsh Nagar from November. The camp has been named Swar Govindam, wherein over 2,000 swayamsevaks from Jaipur prant will participate. Elaborate preparations are being made for this camp and the RSS chief will directly communicate with the participants. A performance of the Ghosh will be given before the RSS chief on one of the days during his visit. During this performance swayamsevaks will perform various tunes like the military band. As part of preparations of the RSS chief’s visit, path sanchalan of Ghosh would be conducted on September 27. This Path Sanchalan will depart from Jaleb Chowk and go to Govind Dev Temple. They will invite Lord Govind Dev for the program. The tour of Sarkaryavah of RSS Bhaiya Ji Joshi is scheduled after Bhagwat’s visit. Joshi will visit Jodhpur in December as part of five-day organisational pravas. He is scheduled to stay in Jodhpur for all five days and will meet RSS office-bearers of Rajasthan.

Arun Jaitley righty lashed out at Rahul Gandhi over his dynasty politics remark: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley righty lashed out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his dynasty remark, citing that the saffron party has never believed in the ideology.”Arun Jaitley has rightly pointed out that the dynasty will become a burden for a period of time which was seen in the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and the Indian National Congress (INC) itself. Over a period of time, they have failed to develop a parallel leadership, an alternative leadership in the party. Sonia Gandhi has been the president of AICC for the last 18 years. The replacement will be only her son, once again a Nehru dynasty,” BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.”Even after 70 years, they are struggling to find an alternative leader outside Mrs. Gandhi’s domain. Rahul Gandhi says it’s a norm here. But it is not so,” he said.
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’, says it targets only large businesses He said that the BJP has never believed in the dynasty politics.”The BJP has never believed in the dynasty politics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have come up from the grass-root level to become the Prime Minister and the national president of the party respectively. It is this culture that strengthens the democracy roots and beliefs in the people. It is in this backdrop that Mr. Arun Jaitley slammed Rahul Gandhi,” he added.Jaitley yesterday took a dig at Rahul Gandhi, calling the former’s recent observation on dynasty politics in India as “shameful”.While speaking at an event, Jaitley said, “I felt ashamed when in the United States of America, it was said that the dynasty politics is in the nature of India”.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had, during a speech at University of California, Berkeley, hit back at those who have accused him of reaping the benefits of “dynasty politics” and justified the charges against him, saying that the entire nation is running on it and hence, one should not go only after him.”Most of the country runs like this. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. Dhumal’s son a dynast. Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. Also Mr. Ambani. That’s how India runs. Don’t go after me,” he said.

Tejashwi misused power for mall construction, says Sushil Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing his exposé against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s first family, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday alleged that his predecessor and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav misused his position and started the construction of his Rs 750 core mall without getting its building plan approved.”They filed for the approval of the mall’s building plan almost 10 days after the soil scam came to light on April 4, 2017, even though its construction was already underway,” Modi said at a news conference in Patna on Tuesday.He said, “The building plan, which was filed in a haste, was returned by the approving authority citing lack of documents such as land receipts, NOCs from NGT and fire department, site photographs and signature of the land owner. Despite that, the construction work was not stopped until the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests ordered the same due to lack of clearances.”The senior BJP leader’s “relentless” attacks alleged Rs 1,000 crore Benami deals of Lalu and his family was one of the reasons for disintegration of the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar in July.

Rajasthan govt promises to implement quota for EBCs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After successfully solving the Gurjars reservation issue by assuring them quota in OBC category, the Rajasthan government now faces a new challenge of EBC (economic backward class) who wants 14 per cent reservation.A meeting was held on Monday afternoon between the social justice minister Arun Chaturvedi and representatives of Rajput outfits. The minister assured them to finalise a survey of the backward upper castes till December to initiate the procedure of giving them the reservation.”The minister told us that the government is currently conducting a survey across the state to support the quota demand of the EBC. However, the flood has affected many areas including Barmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Sikar halting the survey. The minister assured us to finish the survey report by December,” said Karan Rathore, spokesperson of Rashtriya Karani Sena, an outfit which carried out a rally to press their demand of EBC in March this year.Apart from this, the outfit raised the demand of fresh recommendation to the CBI into the killing of Chatur Singh by police, to which the minister said that it was related to home department and not his ministry.

Patna: Veteran RJD leader Mohammad Taslimmuddin, 74, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and party MP from Araria Lok Sabha seat, Mohammad Taslimuddin died at a hospital in Chennai on Sunday.Taslimuddin was 74. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He died due to breathing problem, the MP’s son Sarfaraz Alam, who is also an MLA, said.On August 24, the RJD MP was admitted to the hospital after he suddenly developed breathing problem.He had gone to Chennai in connection with a parliamentary committee meeting. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his grief over the death of Taslimuddin.In his condolence message, Kumar said that Taslimuddin was a renowned politician and social worker. “His death has caused a void in politics,” he added.RJD president Lalu Prasad and other senior RJD leaders Rabri Devi, former Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Bhai Virendra and others expressed grief over Taslimuddin’s death.”Taslimuddin’s death has caused an irreparable loss to the party which will be difficult to fill,” they said.LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said he was saddened by the demise of Taslimuddin who was known for his “frank” and “candid remarks”.JD(U) spokesman Ajay Alok said Taslimuddin’s death is a big loss in politics. He was an efficient and intrepid leader who achieved a lot besides creating awareness among the minorities.”The party held a condolence meeting here to pay homage to the departed leader who had been a big leader of social justice movement. Taslimuddin was a big leader in Seemanchal area and it will be difficult to fill the void created by his death in politics and party,” RJD Bihar unit president Ramchandra Purve said.Taslimuddin, who was a prominent Muslim leader hailing from Seemanchal area in Bihar, has been an eight-time MLA besides being a five-time MP. He also served as union minister of state for home in the past.Taslimuddin started his political career as a sarpanch.He became a Mukhiya before being elected to the Bihar Assembly in 1969 for the first time.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat meets saints, discusses expansion of social welfare schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday met various saints working for social causes during his pravas in Rajasthan. Bhagwatvisited Amrapur and met saints of Sindhi samaj. He appreciated the social activities of the saints and discussed on how to expand social welfare schemes.Balakdas Maharaj, a saint, who is promoting education among the “Odh” community in Ramgarh in Alwar district, met Bhagwatat the regional office of the RSS at Bharti Bhavan.Apart from this, Shriji Maharaj, all India Pithadhishwaraj of Sant Nimbark community of Salemabad, and young saint of Sanglia Peeth Omdas met Bhagwat. After this, at 9 in the morning, Bhagwat reached Amrapur on MI Road. Here he met Mahant Sant Bhagat Prakash Maharaj and sant mandali of Prem Prakash Ashram of Sindhi-speaking society working for providing food and medical service to the needy.He also inquired about the activities of the social service they were doing. Prior to the meeting, Bhagwat also visited the temple and samadhi of Sant Teuram Maharaj and Sant Sarvanand Maharaj at the ashram. He paid his obeisance at the temple .RSS’s regional pracharak Durgadas along with prant sanghchalak Ramesh Chandra and prant pracharaks were also present with him. Bhagwat stayed at Amrapur Ashram for about 40 minutes. During this, Bhagwat met president of the Indian Sindhu Sabha, Rajasthan, and sought information about the original Amrapur which is in the Sindh province of Pakistan.Significantly, the seva vibhag of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh conducts several seva (social work). At present 1,325 seva activities are being run by the swayamsevaks in Rajasthan region. These include 577 of education, 181 of health, 128 of swavalamban and 439 works of social upliftment.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat decodes DNA of an ideal pracharak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To carry forward its legacy of service to the nation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) wants ideal pracharaks. Deliberations about the same were held at the Jaipur meetings where Sangh’s perception of an ideal pracharak were put forth, by none other than the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Over 200 pracharaks from across the state were present at the session held at Bharti Bhawan, the state RSS headquarters in Jaipur. In a session that went on for over four hours, Bhagwat explained to them what are the ideal traits required from a pracharak. What type of lifestyle, personality, behaviour and work ethics need to be adopted by him to fits into the parameters of an ideal pracharak.The pracharak should have impeccable character, he should be able to inspire others. The society should benefit from the pracharak, he explained. The session was well received by the audience and they were in agreement with the RSS chief.As per an informed source speaking to DNA that the day included three sessions by RSS chief Bhagwat on Friday that primarily focused on three sessions about the pracharak system which is spine of the RSS. During his address, Bhagwat had highlighted the dos and don’ts for a pracharak. He stressed on hard work, simplicity, renunciation and dedication are the identities of a RSS pracharak. Explaining the meaning of pracharak, Bhagwat said prachar means publicity and pracharak is the one who publicises. Elaborating further he said, the pracharak does a selfless job in the interest of the society and country.Traits requiredOver 200 pracharaks from across the state were present at the session held at Bharti Bhawan, the state RSS headquarters in Jaipur. Bhagwat explained to them what are the ideal traits required from a pracharak. What type of lifestyle, personality, behaviour and work ethics need to be adopted by.

Forces kill prime Anantnag accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces dealt a major blow to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba on Thursday when they killed its chief operations commander and prime accused in the Amarnath Yatra attack case, Abu Ismail, along with his associate Abu Qasim in a brief encounter at Aragam-Nowgam on Srinagar’s outskirts.The police said both Abu Ismail and Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim were Pakistani nationals, involved in serious militancy-related crimes, including murder and dacoity.Operating in South Kashmir for the last 25 years, the 20-something Abu Ismail had been part of almost all attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. Abu Ismail was wanted in 15 FIRs, and was directly involved in the killing of 14 security personnel and eight civilians.Abu Ismail alias Haroon, along with Mavya and Furqan, all Pakistanis, and a local terrorist Yawar Bashir were involved in attacking the Amarnath Yatra bus on July 10 at Botengoo in Anantnag district in which eight yatris were killed and 20 others injured.”There was total condemnation of this act from all sections of society. People said loud and clear that these killers must be killed. From that day onwards, these killers were our target and our teams — whether from police, Army or CRPF — were working. You can understand the efforts that have been put in to execute this operation,” said Munir Ahmad Khan, inspector general of police, Kashmir Zone.The operation was launched after the police received specific information about the presence of the militants in a single-storey house in Aragam-Nowgam. A joint operation was launched by 50 Rashtriya Riffles, police and CRPF to hunt down the militants.”At around 4.15 pm, contact was established with two hiding terrorists in a house there. In a very brief and crisp encounter, both terrorists were killed. Two AK riffles and other materials were recovered from the slain terrorists,” said Khan.Ismail had taken over the command of LeT after the elimination of Abu Dujana on August 1. “It is great success for the security forces. Chapter of Ismail has been closed. Tomorrow will be new day for us. We will start work afresh,” said Khan.Major General BS Raju, general officer commanding of Indian Army’s Victor Force, said they are expecting the vacuum in foreign terrorist leadership of LeT after the killing of Ismail.”We are looking at serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities. We will continue these kinds of operations to neutralise the remnant people which should bring some peace and clam in the valley”, said Major General Raju.After the killing of Abu Ismail, two more militants involved in Amarnath attack are at large. “One foreign and one local terrorist are still left. Militant leadership is important and that has to be eliminated because these motivate and instigate young boys to join the cobweb of militancy. Priority is to eliminate the militant leadership,” said Khan.

Amit Shah unhappy with Bengal BJP’s booth-level expansion, stresses on greater coordination with RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his third day of visit to Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah reportedly met leaders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday and sought their help in strengthening the party organisation in Bengal.Sources said that Shah was not happy at the progress report in terms of formation of booth level committee. “He had found out that committees at not even 35,000 booths out of the 75,000 booths of the state had been formed. He had sought the help of trained forces of the RSS for BJP’s expansion. He said that both the BJP and the sangh were in equal footing as far as issues like Muslim appeasement in Bengal, communal tension and rise of fundamentalism was concerned,” said a source within RSS.It was also found out that Shah discussed at length the problem of atrocities on Hindus in Bengal and he told RSS leaders how Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee engineered hurdles to prevent delegates from the Centre to meet victims and their families in Bengal. “He said that there should be a better coordination between the RSS and BJP here. It will come handy in dealing with several issues. Say for example as Mamata had prohibited immersion of Durga idols on Dashami, the trained forces of sangh would connect with people and raise their awareness among them while BJP would look into the legal battle. The idea is to mobilise and marshal all the resources in the most effective manner,” the source said.
ALSO READ Kolkata: Amit Shah has ‘sumptuous Bengali cuisine’ at BJP worker’s houseAs Shah had done during his earlier visit, this time too, he visited a household from the lower middle class section of society for lunch but this time with a difference. Earlier he had been at two places – at Naxalbari in Siliguri and in Kolkata – but a day after family members of those households had been allegedly hijacked by the ruling TMC and made to join TMC ‘forcefully’. This time Shah visited the residence of Manas Sen, who is already a BJP member. Shah, along with other senior leaders of the state visited the household at Lock Gate Road in north Kolkata. There, Shah, along with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, party general secretary and co-observer Kailash Vijayvargiya, joint general secretary Shiv Prakash and national secretary Rahul Sinha were given a warm welcome. The family served a pure vegetarian lunch to the team on earthen plates, bowls and glass. After lunch, they interacted with the family for sometime listening to their problems and took pictures with the BJP leaders. The team spent about an hour at the place. Sen works at a city mall.His sister, Shampa Sil who had come over from her in-laws’ place to meet Shah and help her mother prepare lunch, said, “It was a great moment for us. He liked all the preparations and even asked for another helping of rice.”Earlier TMC national secretary general, Dr Partha Chatterjee had taken a dig at Shah saying that people like him come over to Bengal to eat lunch with the poor and end the day with dinner at five star hotels. “These will not help. People of Bengal are with Mamata Banerjee and these occasional visits of BJP leaders will not be of any consequence,” Chatterjee said.

Terrorists in Kashmir, beware! Indian Army will take you down with its ‘SAMOSA’ missile

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For months now, anti-India graffiti painted on walls has become a common sight in the Kashmir Valley.From abusing the Indian government, to mocking the Indian Armed Forces, to glorifying terrorists, these graffiti have not just been used as a propaganda tool but also a means to demean India’s armed forces.Obliterating such offensive graffiti had been Indian Army’s conventional response to the menace till now. Not anymore. A few young Indian Army officers have now decided to take the battle right up to these walls—one graffiti at a time.The name of Zakir Musa—a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist recently believed to be named by the Al- Qaeda as its India chief—was found painted on walls after walls in Budgam district. It was then a young Rashtriya Rifles’ Company Commander decided he needed to respond: spray can for spray can and that too, innovatively.So the graffiti which originally said ‘MUSA BHAI’ in capital letters was modified by adding two new alphabets and tampering with an existing one. A few sprays later, the graffiti screaming MUSA BHAI became an even more screaming SAMOSA BHAI.As Budgam woke up the next morning, the sense of amusement on the streets was unmistakeable. Many were intrigued by who this SAMOSA BHAI was. And the fun continued for a few days.“We found that not a single wall had been spared. Zakir Musa’s name had been painted all over the place. At first, we thought of obliterating these graffiti like we normally do. Then we had this idea and decided to react differently,” said an army official in Kashmir, requesting anonymity.“It was an interesting experiment, one that also lifted the mood of our men,” the army official said. Senior Army officials acknowledge that the anti-India messages painted on walls in Kashmir can at times make soldiers feel disheartened and demeaned. “This kind of a response surely helps in lifting the spirits of our men,” the official added.Sources said there was a growing appreciation within the Army establishment for officers and leaders who were trying to come up with out-of-box solutions to the situations they face on a daily basis in the conflict zone in Kashmir.“You will keep hearing of more such innovations in days to come,” the officer from Kashmir said.

India has made clear it won’t get cowed down: RSS chief Bhagwat on Doklam stand-off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has made clear that it will not be cowed down on security and defence matters, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday as he credited the Modi government for enhancing the country’s global standing.Bhagwat’s comments come in the backdrop of India and China mutually resolving the recent Doklam stand-off. “It has been demonstrated clearly that the nation is no longer ready to be cowed down in matters relating to defence and security,” the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief said. The RSS ‘Sarsanghchalak’ was addressing an event organised in the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri at a college named after the late Prime Minister in Manda, about 65 kms from here.Bhagwat also lauded the Modi government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative and “India’s higher international standing”. The policies of our government have led to India’s higher international standing, he said. People all over the world have started looking up to us, he added. Referring to the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Bhagwat compared Modi’s ability to mobilise public support with that of Shastri during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. “We have seen what an inspiring leadership can achieve.In the past, the entire nation had taken to observing a fast on Mondays. Today, once again, the entire nation is making efforts to make the country clean,” Bhagwat said. Besides the RSS chief, others present on the occasion were Shastri’s maternal grandson and Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh, the late prime minister’s sons Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, who are respectively with the Congress and the BJP, and former city Congress chief and Mayor Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh

RSS lauds Modi govt’s handling of Doklam stand-off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lauding the Modi government’s handling of the Doklam standoff, senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Manmohan Vaidya claimed today that the “prestige” of the country in the global arena had got enhanced after the withdrawal of Chinese forces.Vaidya, the ‘Akhil Bhartiya Prachar Pramukh’ of the saffron body, was here for a three-day meeting of the RSS coordination committee in Vrindavan. “The prestige of India and its armed forces has gone up internationally after the withdrawal of the armed forces of China from Doklam,” Vaidya claimed. China had never displayed such a gesture in the past, he said.On demonetization , Vaidya said that gradually people have started understanding its value. The fruitful result of demonetization would be seen shortly, he added. He also said that the country can overcome a slowdown as the family system is very strong. Speaking about the coordination committee meeting, Vaidya said that there was no discussion about 2019 Lok Sabha polls or the functioning of the government. Representatives of various all India organisations of the RSS appreciated the work of ‘Seema Suraksha Jagran Manch’ in the border areas, he said and added that the stress was on solving problems related to education, employment and other local issues.Representatives of various RSS bodies advocated promoting small, medium and agriculture based industries to overcome unemployment, he stated. He said the coordination meeting also discussed casteism and to overcome the evil, encouraging people to follow the ideology of the Sangh. It is not necessary to be a member of RSS to inculcate within the ideology of the RSS, he said.Vaidya said that it was also discussed about how to strengthen the position of India as the world was changing fast and happenings in Asia were at the centrestage. The value of spirituality’, importance of good values and ‘Swadeshi’ were also discussed in detail, Vaidya said. Besides RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the meeting.

Hindu org threatens self-immolation if Mamata govt doesn’t stop public cow sacrifice on Bakrid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Rashtriya Goraksha Sena (RGS) at a press conference on Friday said that if the West Bengal government did not take action against the open sacrifice of cows on Bakri Eid which is on Saturday, they should give them the permission to immolate themselves.“High Court and Supreme Court rules are being flouted blatantly but nothing is being done about it. We have written to the Chief Minister of Bengal as well as the governor that if they cannot stop it let them give us the permission to set ourselves on fire as a mark of protest,” said Ashoo Mongia, national president, RGS.Ram Milan Shukla, patron of the organisation put both the state government and the Centre on the dock for the prevalence of cow slaughter. “Before their ascent to power, leaders assure us that it would be stopped and as soon as they come to power they seem to be more worried about the votes of a particular community. While the Mamata government has allowed cow sale and slaughter in Bengal, Modi government has banned in many BJP-ruled states but has not done so in the northeast for obvious reasons,” he said.On the sidelines of the press conference, talking to DNA, Mongia admitted that Muslims were being targeted in the whole beef business. “There was a petition in Mumbai to allow consumption of beef. We found out that of the 35 petitioners who had signed it, 28 were non-Muslims. We were surprised. Again, in several cases over 1300 cattle smugglers were booked but of them we found out only 88 were Muslims. So, the statement that only Muslims patronise beef business or consume beef is wrong,” he said.He also pointed out that what the ‘Gau Rakshaks’ were doing across the country, lynching people on the assumption that the person had stored or consumed beef, was wrong. “We have no right to take law in our hands. What happened at different states across the country is highly condemnable. We don’t support such acts. We have given strict instruction to all our activists that no one should be harmed in the process. Which is why we take legal action against such persons who had illegally slaughtered cow or kept beef in possession and that is why, to avoid a law and order situation we will not go to places in Kolkata where cows are bought and sold for sacrificing, during Bakri Eid,” Mongia said.

RSS meet to start today, Ayodhya not on agenda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has decided not to raise the Ram temple issue during its three-day meeting that starts in Mathura’s Vrindavan on Friday. The ideological mentor of the ruling BJP has instead decided to focus on economic and security challenges, besides better coordination with the government.The All-India Coordination Committee meeting will be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, besides Sangh affiliates such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.”Since the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, Ram temple is not on the agenda for discussion,” said RSS Spokesperson MM Vaidya. He said that the country was facing many security and economic challenges, and the RSS meet would seek valuable suggestions from its frontal organisations on both issues.The Supreme Court agreed last month to give an early hearing to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case. The case has been pending before the apex court since 2010 after the Allahabad High Court divided the disputed land equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board.In March, the top court had said that fresh attempts must be made by all parties for an out-of court settlement. The BJP’s stated position is that temple construction should be done in a legal manner after mutual dialogue.The RSS meet is also likely to discuss strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Supreme Court’s verdict on instant triple talaq and its “positive” impact in the Muslim community may also come up for discussion.”It is a routine meeting which is generally held twice a year. Since the media is always curious about any RSS meeting, we are officially spelling out the agenda,” said Vaidya.The Babri mosque was demolished by karsevaks, who claimed it was built on Lord Ram’s birthplace, on December 6, 1992, sparking one of India’s worst communal riots. Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti and others are facing trial for criminal conspiracy.The site — comprising 2.7 acres — remains disputed and a potent religious and political flashpoint. VHP has, however, announced it will hold a meeting in the first week of September to finalise the date for construction.

Rahul, Sonia Gandhi may skip Lalu’s rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s anti-BJP rally titled “Desh Bachao, Bhajpa Bhagao” on August 27 in Patna being touted as part of fresh efforts to bring in Opposition unity may fail the test, as at least three senior leaders — Rahul Gandhi (Congress), Mayawati (BSP) and Sitaram Yechury (CPM) — have decided to stay away from the rally. Two others — (DMK) and Sharad Pawar (NCP) — are also uncertain. So far only West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav have confirmed their participation.Lalu is in touch with Congress leadership convincing them to send Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. But sources here said that neither Congress President Sonia Gandhi nor Rahul would be able to attend the rally. Instead, the Congress has nominated Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi to attend the rally with a message from Mrs Gandhi.At the time of announcing the rally, Lalu had boasted of bringing Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav as well as Mamata Benerjee and Left together on one platform, which, according to him would mean the ‘end of the match for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechuri said that his party is yet to take a call on this.

Despite Mayawati, Sonia giving it a miss, Lalu Yadav chuffed about Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Yadav attending RJD rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav would attend the RJD rally here on August 27 and Mayawati’s absence from the event was not a “setback”, party chief Lalu Prasad said today.”I had a talk with Mayawati. She said senior BSP leader Satish Mishra would come for the rally,” he told reporters.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief said senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and C P Joshi would also attend the rally with a message from All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi.Asked about the chances of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attending the event, Prasad said, “He could also be there.”He also claimed that Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee and rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav would be on the dais that day.At the time of announcing the ‘BJP Bhagao Rally’ (oust BJP rally) at the Gandhi Maidan here, Prasad had boasted of bringing Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav together on one platform, which would mean the “end of the match for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.Back then, JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar was in the Grand Alliance, also comprising the RJD and the Congress, and Prasad, while heralding his coming together with Kumar in Bihar, had said joining hands by the SP and the BSP — the two arch rivals in Uttar Pradesh — would spell doom for the BJP in the next general election.Asked about Kumar’s and JD(U) principal general secretary K C Tyagi’s comments that if Sharad Yadav attends the RJD rally against the party line, he would lose his Rajya Sabha membership, Prasad claimed that there was no such provision.”Is there any provision like this in any party?…Political party leaders attend rallies organised by others…It does not come under the anti-defection law,” he said.Prasad further said, “Sharad Yadav represents the true JD(U).”Sharad Yadav, who had attended a parallel ‘Jan Adalat’ meeting, instead of attending the JD(U) national executive meeting on Saturday, had asserted, “Mahagathbandhan jaari hain (the Grand Alliance is continuing).”

Cow dying of corruption in Govt.-owned cow shelter, alleges Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that even ‘cow’ has now been politicized like the issue of Ram Temple, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) asked, why the very animal, who is one of the biggest political agenda today, is dying of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government’s negligence. In a press release, Mayawati alleged corruption in the government supported- cow shelter, where cows have died of starvation. “While the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) goes out of its way to project cow as ‘holy” and there on the other hand, cows are killed by starvation in the government-owned cow shelter,” the press release read. “The religious feelings of the people should be prevented from being hurt, adding that saffronisation will not be accepted here,” it added. Owner of a government-aided private cow shelter (Gaushala) has been arrested, where over 200 cows died in two days due to starvation and lack of proper care. Harish Verma, owner of Gaushala, is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam. He has been running the shelter for the last seven years. However, Verma dusted off the allegations stating that he had been seeking financial support for the shelter from the state government for the past two years, but nothing worked out. Speaking to the reporters, Verma said, “My cow shelter is overcrowded. There are more than 650 cows against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the government many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs. 10 lakh meant for the cow shelter is pending with the government and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths”. Rajpur’s Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around, which made them suspicious. “We noticed J.C. Bamford (JCB) machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed,” he said. Further, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter, confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to starvation or lack of proper care. “A four-member team led by deputy director of animal husbandry was constituted to probe into the causes of death and the reports of post-mortem. We have done post mortem for the cows, reports are awaited but prima facie it seems proper care of the cows was not taken. The exact death figures are yet to ascertained and investigation was on”. “Villagers claimed that more than 200 cows died in last few days because of lack of fodder, which seems to be true. We will submit a detailed report to the district magistrate and action would be taken accordingly,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RJD calls for ED probe into Srijan scam, demands Nitish’s resignation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday demanded an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into the multi-crore Srijan scam, in which the government funds were transferred to private accounts between 2005 and 2013. Tejashwi Yadav, who is protesting in the Assembly premises against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, demanded their respective resignations. ?They have taken money from the public treasury. Both of them (Nitish Kumar and Sushil Modi) should resign as the scam happened in their knowledge and they protected the main accused,? Yadav told the media here. Yadav said that the Srijan scam was not confined to the Bhagalpur district alone, and that its links were spread in several districts. ?It is high time that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recommend a CBI probe into the Srijan scam as he has repeatedly been claiming zero tolerance against corruption,? he added. Tejashwi Yadav also said he has not been allowed to hold a meeting in Bhagalpur for more than a week as the ?government is afraid? that he will expose Srijan scam and the leaders behind it. He further said Sushil Modi was the finance minister when ?crores were looted from the people and nobody, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for it?. The scam involves a Bhagalpur-based NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited, which provided vocational training to women. The NGO allegedly pilfered funds meant for the government’s welfare schemes from the bank accounts of the Bhagalpur district administration. Following the RJD’s demand, the Chief Minister on August 17 recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Train accidents have declined in last 3 yrs: Rail ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under attack after the Utkal Express derailment, the railway ministry said today that there has been a decline in the number of train accidents in the last three years after it initiated a series of safety measures. In 2014-15, the number of accidents was 135 which decreased to 107 in 2015-16 and further to 104 in 2016-17, it said. The issue of rail safety has come to the fore after 13 coaches of Utkal Express derailed near Khautali in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing 22 people and injuring 156 others. Twenty-six of the injured are in a critical conditio. In the current year, train accidents decreased from 29 to 15 during the April-June span in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016, an improvement of 48.3 per cent, a ministry statement said. “Although every human life is invaluable and (any casualty) is an irreparable loss to us, the number of casualties has also seen a declining trend. The total (number of) fatalities in the first three years of the UPA I (the United Progressive Alliance I) was 759, (and it) increased to 938 during the UPA II… “The first three years of this government have seen the number declining to 652,” it said. Safety measures, including speedy track renewal, ultrasonic rail detection system, elimination of several unmanned level crossings on priority basis, a special safety fund, along with sophisticated the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches with anti-climbing features, have additionally helped make train travel safer, it said. “Accidents per million train kilometres, an important index of safety , have come down from 0.23 in 2006-2007 to 0.10 in 2015-2016 and further to 0.09 in the year 2016-2017 despite a quantum increase in the volume of traffic carried by Indian Railways over the years,” said a senior railway official. While derailments have continued to be a thorn for the railways, with 63 such cases in 2014-2015, 65 the next year and 78 in 2016-2017, the largest transporter has eliminated 4258 unmanned level crossings (UMLC) in last three years, leading to drop in fatalities from UMLC accidents from 64 per cent of total fatalities in 2013-14 to 16.81 per cent in 2016-17, the statement said. “Investments for safety have increased from Rs 33,972 crore per year during the UPA II to Rs 54,031 crore every year under this government, a jump of 60 per cent. The average vacancy in safetypositions during the period 2009-10 to 2013- 14 was 18.65 per cent of the total sanctioned strength. This has dropped down to 16.86 per cent in 2017 despite the sanctioned strength increasing by five per cent from 2014 to 2017,” it said. A top railway ministry official said the Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (fund) (RRSK) was created in the 2017-18 budget for financing critical safety-related works. The fund was set up with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore over a period of five years, he said in Mumbai. In the Railway Budget, 2016-17, the Mission Zero Accident was also announced. It comprises two sub-missions — The elimination of unmanned level crossings (UMLC) along broad gauge tacks in the next three-four years and the Train Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), he said “There are 27,181 level crossings in India of which 19,480 are manned and 7,701 are unmanned. Planning has been made to eliminate unmanned level crossings along broad gauge tracks by 2020,” the official said. The allocation of fund for track renewal has been almost doubled from the last five years average of Rs 5,548 crore to Rs 9,961 crore in the Budget Estimate of 2017-18, he said. “We are embarking on a mission to provide upgraded safety features on coaching stock. It has been decided that only the Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches will be manufactured from 2018-19 as they are of a superior design that reduces the chances of derailment and mitigates the chances of grievous injury or death in case of accidents,” the official said. “It has been decided to carry out improvement in safety features in existing the Integral Coach Factory (ICF)-designed coaches which have a residual life of over 10 years. About 40,000 coaches will be provided with these features in the next five years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Save farmers from stray cattle damaging crops: Rashtriya Kisan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Kisan Manch today said the Uttar Pradesh government must take steps to save the farmers from the losses they suffer due to stray cattle and other animals destroying their crops. Addressing a farmers’ rally at Sandila in Hardoi today, the president of Rashtriya Kisan Manch, Shekhar Dixit, said since Independence, almost all the sections of the society have made progress but the condition of a large section of farmers in the country are yet to improve. “Stray cattle and animals often venture into agricultural fields causing huge loss to farmers, most of whom are already struggling to make the both ends meet,” he said and demanded that the state government come to the rescue of the farmers. Dixit demanded formation of a Kisaan Aayog and warned, “If it is not formed, the Rashtriya Kisan Manch will to resort to protest.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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