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Technology helping women entrepreneurs tremendously: Ivanka Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The United States President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said technology held an immense potential in the present scenario to help women entrepreneurs grow in both – their personal and professional lives.”Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to women entrepreneurs, and we are seeing that in terms of the explosive global and domestic growth,” Ivanka Trump said, while addressing the plenary session on the topic “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training” at the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), in Hyderabad.She also said that technology had helped reduce barriers and was empowering and enabling women to become more flexible. ALSO READ GES 2017: India falls in love with Ivanka Trump”Technology is a great driver of entrepreneurship because a lot of women are leaving and saying this doesn’t work for me. It is emboldening them to go out on their own. It is reducing barriers to starting new businesses, and creating flexibility around schedule,” Ivanka Trump maintained.She also lauded the efforts made by women and women entrepreneurs to manage both their personal and professional lives, concluding that the way ahead required a fundamental change.”One of the reasons we are seeing an explosion of women’s entrepreneurship is because traditional workplaces often haven’t worked for us. We are disproportionately providing unpaid care, while also needing to support our families financially,” the 36-year-old businesswoman remarked. ALSO READ You inspire us: Ivanka Trump hails the journey of India”These cultural, social, work institutions were not set up with the assumption that there would be two parents in the workforce. So we just have to fundamentally change things. It is starting to happen in the corporate world,” she concluded.Also present at the session were state cabinet minister for IT E&C KT Rama Rao; ICICI Bank, Managing Director and CEO, Chanda Kochhar; Cherie Blaire and Karen Quintos.

CPEC will aggravate tension between India and Pakistan: US think-tank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The multi-billion dollar China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the South Asian nation, and “aggravate” tension between India and Pakistan, a US think-tank said today.”CPEC will deepen China’s already formidable presence in the country and clearly aggravate India-Pakistan tensions. In addition, real questions persist about Pakistan’s ability to finance its share of new energy investment,” Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia Program at the Wilson Center said in a report published today.According to him, even though the CPEC may enable Pakistan to generate more power, it will not solve the country’s broader energy crisis, which is rooted in factors that go well beyond supply shortages.”Stability in Pakistan’s security situation and economic performance is increasingly in critical interest for Beijing because it is a precondition for CPEC’s success. Given New Delhi’s strenuous opposition, CPEC will exacerbate India- Pakistan tensions,” Kugelman wrote. ALSO READ ‘Ready to strengthen connectivity…’: China hints it may rename CPEC to address India’s ‘concerns’Among other things, CPEC cements the already deep presence of Washington’s top strategic competitor in a region where the US has a much lighter footprint, he said.”The project also generates additional obstacles for the Indian efforts to access markets and natural gas reserves in Central Asia — a region that India cannot reach directly by land because Pakistan denies its transit rights on Pakistani soil,” he said.According to Kugelman, Beijing’s messaging is very similar to Islamabad’s — it uses only the most positive of rhetoric and with a triumphant and confident tone. Like Pakistan, China has much at stake, he said.As per the report, CPEC is in some ways a test case of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) because it includes some of the initiative’s first projects to become fully operational. ALSO READ Tiff between ‘all weather friends’? Confusion over Pakistan’s move to exclude PoK dam from CPEC”Privately, however, China worries about the security risks to CPEC, even as terrorist violence has subsided in Pakistan since 2014, when the Pakistani military launched a major counterterrorism offensive,” the report said, adding that many of the attacks that have taken place since then have occurred along or on envisioned CPEC routes in Baluchistan.Separatist rebels have targeted energy infrastructure in the province for a number of years and remain an active threat.”Furthermore, criminal gangs pose threats to CPEC projects in Punjab Province. One such outfit, known as the Chotu Gang, abducted 12 Chinese engineers working on a highway project in Punjab back in 2005,” he wrote.Kugelman said in private conversations, Pakistani officials and analysts offer a sobering appraisal of the project.”Privately, Pakistanis also express concern about the country’s ability to pay back loans in the coming years, as well as about the security threats ranging from terrorism and separatist insurgency to organized crime that threaten CPEC construction,” he said.Referring to India’s reaction to CPEC, Kugelman said New Delhi’s biggest objection to CPEC is that it entails building projects in Gilgit-Baltistan.”New Delhi does not formally oppose BRI as a whole; rather, its stated concerns are restricted to CPEC, which it has described as a violation of Indian sovereignty, he noted. ALSO READ Pakistan PM accuses India of unleashing propaganda against CPEC

Full text of PM Modi’s speech at GES 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited global entrepreneurs to invest in India, saying that the government has undertaken a host of taxation and other reforms to create an investor friendly environment.Speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017, being attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, Modi said his government has scrapped over 1,200 outdated laws, eased 87 rules for foreign investment in 21 sectors, and taken several processes online.He said efforts by his government to improve business environment have resulted in a jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Report’, from 142 to 100, in three years.
ALSO READ Watch: Mitra – a humanoid robot – helps PM Modi and Ivanka Trump kickoff GES 2017Besides, global credit rating agency Moody’s has upgraded India’s sovereign bond rating.”To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say, each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India s transformation.
ALSO READ Watch: PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes first ride”To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say: ‘Come, Make in India, Invest in India – for India, and for the world’. I invite each one of you to become a partner in India s growth story. And once again assure you of our whole-hearted support,” he said.Read the full text below:
ALSO READ Hyderabad’s tech centers may soon outshine its biryani: Full text of Ivanka Trump’s GES 2017 speechWe are happy to host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.This event not only binds the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also show-cases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It under-lines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.The topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment. These are all important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind.The theme “Women First, Prosperity for All” makes this edition of GES stand out. In Indian mythology, woman is an incarnation of Shakti- the Goddess of power. We believe women empowerment is crucial to our development.Our history has references to women of exceptional talent and determination. Gargi, an ancient philosopher, around the seventh century BC, challenged a male sage to a philosophical discourse -something unheard of in those times. Our warrior queens like Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and Rani Lakshmibai fought bravely to defend their kingdoms. Our freedom struggle too is replete with such inspirational instances.Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions.Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.In India, we have constitutionally provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making.More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.Friends. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported. Ladies and Gentlemen. India has been an incubator for innovations and entrepreneurship over the ages. The ancient Indian treatise, Charaka Samhita, introduced the world to Ayurveda.Yoga is another ancient Indian innovation. The entire world now comes together, to celebrate Yoga Day on 21st June every year. Many entrepreneurs are involved in promoting Yoga, spirituality, traditional Ayurvedic medicinal and herbal products. The digital world we live in today is based on the binary system, the foundation of computing. The invention of zero and its recognition as a number, which laid the foundation of this binary system, happened with Aryabhatta’s work in India. Similarly, many nuances of modern day economic policy, taxation system,and public finance policies are outlined in our ancient treatise Arthashastra by Kautilya. Ancient India’s expertise in metallurgy and minting of coins is also well known. Our many ports and harbours and the world’s oldest dockyard at Lothalbear evidence to vibrant trade linkages. The tales of Indian voyagers travelling to foreign lands reflect the entrepreneurial character and spirit of our forefathers.What are the core qualities that distinguish an entrepreneur? An entrepreneur uses knowledge and skills to fulfil a motive. Entrepreneurs see opportunity in adversity. They try to meet felt needs by making processes more convenient and comfortable for the end user. They are patient and determined. Swami Vivekananda had said “Each work has to pass through three stages – ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.” Most entrepreneurs would be familiar with this.The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India’s young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place.The number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any entrepreneurial venture, in terms of outreach and job creation.Our Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online.Our government has taken several steps to improve the business environment. The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this.We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.The process is yet not complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100. We would strive towards 50.We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of up to one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned. Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs. My government has launched the “Atal Innovation Mission”. We are opening Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. Our “Mentor India” initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition,19 incubation centres have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable.We have created Aadhaar – the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. We now digitally provide monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is facilitating almost 280 thousand transactions daily.Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019.Under our clean energy programme, in just 3 years, we have doubled the renewables capacity from 30 thousand Megawatts to about 60 thousand Megawatts. Solar energy generation has increased over 80 percent in the last year. We are working on developing a national gas grid. A comprehensive national energy policy is also in the pipe-line.|Our Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, and the rural and urban housing missions under-line our commitment towards dignity of life.Our infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala offer entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish.A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently strengthened this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money.Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings from Baa3 to Baa2. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.India has improved from its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country.An investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective. We have succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. Our foreign reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows.To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation.To my entrepreneur friends from across the globe, I would like to say: Come, Make in India, Invest in India – for India, and for the world. I invite each one of you to become a partner in India’s growth story. And once again assure you of our whole-hearted support.I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit.

SC strongly admonishes politicians for speaking about Padmavati, says it will prejudice CBFC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked people holding public office to desist from reacting on the Deepika Padukone-starrer Bollywood flick ‘Padmavati’, saying such statements violated the rule of law and could prejudice the censor board’s decision.Politicians of all hues, including some chief ministers, have recently made public statements, mostly against the film based on the saga of the historic battle of 13th century between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi.”When a matter is pending for consideration before the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), how can persons in public authority comment on whether the CBFC should issue certificate or not? It will prejudice the decision of CBFC,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Supreme Court to hear plea against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s filmThe bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, termed as “misconceived” and dismissed a fresh petition seeking an order to restrain Viacom 18, the maker of the film and others, from releasing it abroad.It said when the courts were not making any observation keeping in mind that the CBFC has to perform its statutory duty, persons holding high offices should desist from making statements.
ALSO READ Padmavati row | CBI should probe if Bhansali had anything to do with dead body at Nahagarh Fort: Karni SenaThe bench asked the CBFC to take the decision on the certification of the movie with “utmost objectivity”.In his plea, lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu warns against violence, bountiesThe bench expressed “shock” at certain objectionable contents of the petition and termed them “unwarranted” and “scurrilous” and ordered their deletion.The court said it was not imposing costs on the lawyer for filing such a petition as he was a practising lawyer of the apex court.It took serious note of the statements made by politicians, holding high public offices, on the movie which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, saying these tantamounted to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the CBFC.”This is not done,” the bench said, adding, “One thing which we must say is that when the matter is pending and going to be dealt with by the CBFC, no one, who is holding public office, should be saying something which would tantamount to pre-judging and may prejudice the mind of CBFC.” “It should be borne in mind that we all are governed by the Rule of Law,” it said, adding that when persons holding responsible positions say certain things on the content of the movie, it violated the rule of law.The bench asked Additional Solicitors General Maninder Singh and P S Narasimha to convey their views that such statements should not be made as they violated the principle of Rule of Law.At the outset, senior advocates Harish Salve and Shyam Divan, appearing for the producers, informed the court that there was no intention to release the movie abroad on December 1, as alleged.The petition had alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.Earlier too, the apex court had dismissed his plea seeking deletion of certain alleged objectionable scenes from movie.Viacom 18, the makers of the film, had said they have deferred the movie’s release which was originally slated for December 1.The set of the movie was vandalised twice — in Jaipur and Kolhapur — and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was roughed up by members of Karni Sena earlier this year.

Biswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against former TMC Rajya Sabha MP, now BJP leader, Mukul Roy.The case was filed at Bankshall Court in Kolkata. On the basis of Abhishek’s complaint and the documents submitted, Bankshall Court has issued a summon to Roy on December 20. Post filing the case, Abhishek said that he had been hurt by the allegations levelled by Roy. He also gave a challenge to Roy saying, “If I say something, people might choose to believe me or not. Similarly with Roy. Now it is up to the court to decide and pass a verdict. Then everyone will believe what the truth is. He has alleged that I am the owner of business entities named Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla. If he cannot prove it, he should leave his seat and Bengal. If he can prove it fair and square, I will leave politics.”Roy, however, interacting to mediapersons maintained that he had not said anything without documents. “These papers are that of the corporate affairs ministry. If it is tried in any court of the country, I will be able to prove that what I had said is true,” he said. Reacting to Abhishek’s comments he said, “These are attempts to divert people’s attention from the issue. He is a young man and is immature that is why he throws these challenges.”
ALSO READ Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phoneHe added that earlier Alipurduar District Court had passed an injunction prohibiting Roy from making public statements against Abhishek following a petition by him but Roy repeated it again at a press conference on November 25. “Now I have filed a criminal case against him. I have my full faith on the judiciary. People are watching. We have shown how to win convincingly through ballot. We will do the same in this legal battle as well,” he added.Along with Abhishek, also present at the court was party MLA Smita Bakshi’s son Soumya Bakshi. Abhishek’s lawyer said that the defamation case has been filed under section 202 of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High CourtInterestingly, Roy too, had filed a similar case against Abhishek last week at Patiala House Court in New Delhi saying that the legal notice which was sent to him was defamatory. It will be heard on December 1. State BJP leadership refused to comment on the issue. “It is Roy who has alleged and the case is against him. The party is with him but he himself will have to prove the credibility of his allegations,” said a senior state BJP leader.In another development, the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill (Biswa Bangla University Bill) was tabled by state education minister Partha Chatterjee at the West Bengal state Assembly while Opposition members opposed the title of the bill. Left Front and Congress members suggested that the bill should referred to the select committee which was turned down by speaker Biman Banerjee. Chatterjee said that the name had nothing to do with the Biswa Bangla logo. The proposed university would be located at Bolpur in Shantiniketan. Opposition members said that they opposed the use ‘Biswa Bangla’, which was a tainted phrase, in the name of a university at Shantiniketan because it amounted to an insult to Rabindranath Tagore.

PM Modi hopes for early resumption of Israel-Palestine talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoped for early resumption of dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive negotiated resolution as he reaffirmed India’s steadfast support for the Palestinian cause.In a message on the occasion of the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, he also said that India hopes for early realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine co-existing peacefully with Israel.”India hopes for early resumption of dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive negotiated resolution,” Modi said.India believes in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully. ALSO READ Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit India in January, to be received by PM Modi in AhmedabadThe two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as their future capital.Every year after 1979, November 29 is celebrated as International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. A special meeting is held at the UN headquarters here.India is an active development partner of Palestine, engaged in extending technical and financial assistance to improve the lives of the Palestinian people, he said. ALSO READ India reaffirms commitment to Palestinian cause at NAM meet”We will continue to support the development and nation building efforts of Palestine. To this effect, India has increased training slots for Palestine under our flagship Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme from 1O0 to 150 annual slots,” Modi said.”Separately, educational scholarships have also been doubled in order to contribute to human resource development of Palestine,” he added. ALSO READ Palestinian shoots down 3 Israeli security personnel at West Bank settlement

J&K: Pakistani troops violate ceasefire in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district in violation of the ceasefire, police said.”Pakistani troops resorted to firing in Jhangar forward area from 1845 hours to 1900 hours,” a senior police officer said, adding that further details were awaitedLast night’s violation of the ceasefire came after a lull of over a week in firing by Pakistani troops at Indian posts. ALSO READ Ceasefire agreements can help save Indo-Pak relationsPakistani troops violated the ceasefire for three consecutive days between November 15 and November 17 in Jammu and Poonch districts. An Army jawan was injured in the exchange of fire in Poonch.On November 2, a BSF jawan was killed when Pakistan Rangers attacked a patrol party along the International Border in Samba district.A girl was injured when Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Karmara belt of Poonch district on October 31.On October 18, eight civilians, including a two-year-old child, were injured in heavy Pakistani shelling in Poonch. ALSO READ J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Nowgam

SC dismisses plea seeking to stall Padmavati release, rebukes Chief Ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a fresh plea seeking to stall Bollywood film Padmavati’s release, and said all concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law.The fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.However, the Supreme Court took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.The top court also said that these kind of statements are violative of the principle of Rule of Law as Censor Board is yet to certify the movie. ALSO READ Padmavati row | In support of Deepika Padukone film, Bengal film industry to observe a ’15-minute black out ‘The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Last week, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared the movie for release on December 1. ALSO READ Covering up Padmavati plaque shows Rajasthan government in poor lightThe BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January. ALSO READ Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

Rakesh Asthana to remain CBI special director, SC dismisses Prashant Bhushan’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as special director of the CBI.Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO Common Cause, had said that Asthana’s appointment was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.However, the Centre had opposed the plea saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high profile cases like coal scam, Kingfisher Airlines, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.
ALSO READ Rajath Singh evades query on CBI special director Rakesh Asthana’s involvement in corruption caseBhushan had said the diary showed the name of Asthana as having received illegal gratification from a company and the CBI had recently registered an FIR in a money laundering case against the accused firm and some public servants.Demanding quashing of Asthana’s appointment, the petitioner has sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of investigation.
ALSO READ CBI forms special team headed by Rakesh Asthana to investigate AgustaWestand, MallyaWhile seeking Asthana’s ouster, the plea noted the special director was the second in command in the CBI after the director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency. Asthana has served as the commissioner of the Police in Vadodara and Surat. He had also examined the case of Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. The absconding Narayan Sai was caught on the Haryana-Delhi border. (With agency inputs)

Mumbai vehicle towing row: Woman assaults traffic police officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recent change in rules for towing vehicles only after an announcement on megaphones has not given any respite to the conflict between citizens and the on-duty traffic policemen in Mumbai. A lady traffic constable attached with Thane traffic police department was allegedly assaulted by a female motorist in Kalyan when the constable demanded a fine for parking the two-wheeler wrongly.According to Mahatma Phule police officers, Constable Vandana Kawale, attached with the city traffic police department was on the towing van duty when at Sarvodaya Mall gate at Kalyan West found a two-wheeler being parked wrongly. Kawale as per the new rules made an announcement on the megaphone to alert the vehicle owners. When no one approached to claim their the vehicle, Kawale instructed the towing van helper to tow the two-wheeler of which one belonged to Rubana Khan.”Khan charged on the constable and assaulted her. The cell phone belonging to the towing van helper was damaged during the scuffle and after which the two-wheeler was pulled down from the towing van.”, said a Mahatma Phule police officer.
ALSO READ Mumbai car towing incident: How guilty were cops? New video adds twist to the tale”The constable also asked the motorist to pay fine and take the vehicle away but Khan did not co-operate and a formal complaint was filed.”, said the officer.”We have registered a case under sections 353(obstructing public servant while conducting duty), 332(Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty),504(intent to insult) and 427(mischief causing damage) of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Motorists to pay more in towing chargesThe woman was arrested and produced in Kalyan court and was sent to Judicial custody.”, said PR Londhe, Senior Inspector, Mahatma Phule police station.

263 coins, shaving blades, iron nails removed from man’s stomach in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 263 coins, shaving blades and iron nails were removed from man’s stomach in a rare surgery in Madhya Pradesh.The 32-year-old Mohammed Maqsood was admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Rewa on November 18 after he complained of a stomach ache.However, after conducting tests, the cause behind Maqsood’s stomachache was identified. ALSO READ In rare surgery, ice-pick removed from man’s backMaqsood is currently under the observation. According to ANI, doctors say that he will also be given psychiatric help.”A team of six doctors surgically removed 10-12 shaving blades, four big needles, a chain, 263 coins, besides pieces of glasses,” Dr Priyank Sharma told PTI.”The patient was not in a good frame of mind and it seems he swallowed these objects secretly,” Sharma said. ALSO READ Conjoined twins separated after 18-hour-long surgery at AIIMS

GES 2017: Ivanka Trump main attraction, to share stage with PM Modi in Hyderabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city is all set to host the eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will be inaugurated by Prime Minster Narendra Modi tomorrow.Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman and Suresh Prabhu will be attending the summit, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant today told reporters here at a joint press conference with US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster.After the inauguration, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump and Indian Defence Minister Sitharaman will be participating in a panel discussion on opening up of opportunities for women entrepreneurs, Kant said.The discussion will be moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus CISCO, he said.
ALSO READ PM Modi and Ivanka Trump to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 10,000 security personnel to be deployedIvanka will lead a delegation from the US at the three- day event. The closing session of the GES will bring together key influencers who support, promote and fund women entrepreneurs, Kant said.The closing session will be moderated by Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, he said.
ALSO READ Ivanka Trump ‘excited’ to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit, PM Modi looks forward to welcome herExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also participate in the GES, he said.More than 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Israel, will be represented by their all-women delegation at the summit, Kant said.With the theme of ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’, this will be the first GES in which women are expected to be majority (52.5 per cent) of the participants, he said.The theme of this year’s summit demonstrates the commitment of the US and the Indian governments to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive, he said.”Women entrepreneurs help drive innovation and job creation as well as address the world’s greatest and most critical challenges,” Kant said.Replying to a query, Juster lauded Modi for the recent World Bank’s ranking of India on the ease of doing business.”The important point is that the economic reform process will obviously increase US investments (in India),” he said.He, however, said the investment decisions are made by the private sector and are driven by market forces.On the GES, Juster said both India and the US focus on innovation and events like this will boost the process further in this regard.Refusing to speak on the recent H1B visa issue in the US, Juster said his country is doing a comprehensive review of the visa policy, which is yet to be announced.He, however, said the visa policy is not specific to any country and is aimed at attracting talent and innovation to the US.A number of leading female voices will speak at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops, including tennis champion Sania Mirza, Google’s Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob.The three-day GES will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, booked for alleged "cheating"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been lodged against e-commerce giant Flipkart’s founders and a few other company officials for allegedly “cheating” a businessman to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.The case pertains to non-payment of dues by Flipkart to C-Store Company for laptops it supplied, officials at the Indiranagar police station here said.They said an FIR has been registered against Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal, Binny Bansal and a couple of company officials, based on the complaint by C-Store Company’s Naveen Kumar.According to the complaint, C-Store had entered into a contract with Flipkart for supply of laptops along with other electronic goods for its sale, and had supplied about 14,000 laptops, police said.Flipkart, which returned about 1,480 units, did not pay for the remaining, the complainant said, adding that the other charges, including shipping had also not been paid.
ALSO READ Businessman files FIR against Flipkart founders, employees over not clearing dues worth Rs 9.96 croreThe complaint alleges that there has been cheating to the tune of Rs 9.96 crore, police said.A case has been booked under different sections of IPC, including cheating and criminal breach of trust, an official involved in the investigation said.
ALSO READ Flipkart to launch its own smartphone under its Billion brandWhen contacted for it’s reaction, Flipkart said it did not wish to respond for now.

Can’t direct centre to make law to prevent torture in custody, government looking at issue: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct the government to make a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in custody when the government was looking into the issue in “all seriousness” and had decided to adopt the United Nations’ convention on torture.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal who said the prayer in a plea with regard to framing of a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody was also a subject matter of discussion in the Law Commission.”The executive is looking at the issue with all seriousness,” Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
ALSO READ Ryan school murder: ‘They thrashed my son,’ father of accused alleges torture, trashes CBI’s PTM theoryThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and former law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to frame an effective law on the issue and empower agencies like the NHRC with necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanisms to implement its orders and directions.After hearing the submissions of the Attorney General, the bench asked Kumar, “can we direct the legislature to make a law by issuing a writ of mandamus?”
ALSO READ Predator slits throat of kid at top Gurgaon school, bus conductor arrested “They are saying that they are looking at it with all seriousness,” the apex court said, adding, “can we direct the government to adopt a particular UN convention and make a law?”Kumar asked the bench to keep the matter in abeyance for a month or two to see how things move on legislation front.But the bench did not agree to the submission and disposed of his plea in wake of the arguments advanced by Venugopal.The petitioner had earlier told the court that despite being a signatory to the United Nations’ Convention Against Torture, 1997, India has not ratified the convention so far since ratification required an enabling legislation to reflect the definition and punishment for ‘torture’.Kumar, a senior Congress leader, had contended that the Centre should have a comprehensive and stand-alone legislation against torture.The plea had sought a direction to the Centre to ensure an effective law and its enforcement to fulfil constitutional promise of human dignity and prevention of custodial torture.It had sought the issuance of guidelines for timely and effective investigation of complaints of torture and custodial violence and directions be given to the government for rehabilitation and compensation for the victims.The government had earlier said a writ petitioner cannot seek a legislation through the court as the issue fell under the domain of the executive and the legislature.

RK Nagar bypoll: AIADMK Parliamentary board to decide candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ruling AIADMK on Monday discussed a range of issues, including the December 21 bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency here, with senior functionaries authorising the party’s parliamentary board to decide the bypoll candidate.The meeting, the first after the Election Commission awarded the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol to this camp, was held at the party headquarters under its presidium chairman E Madhusudanan.AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, and co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami, besides other senior functionaries attended the meeting.
ALSO READ Tamil Nadu: Panneerselvam stressed on unity in AIADMK, praises CM PalaniswamiA release from the party said it was “unanimously” resolved in Monday’s meeting to authorise the AIADMK parliamentary board to select the candidate for the RK Nagar by-poll.The release was issued with the “approval” of both Pannnerselvam and Palaniswami.
ALSO READ Assembly Polls: AIADMK high command to decide candidate for RK NagarMeanwhile, the AIADMK announced it was “restructuring” the parliamentary board, which now includes Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.Former ministers K P Munusamy and R Vaithilingam, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, Madhusudhanan, Tamil Magan Hussein, P Valarmathi, A Justin Selvaraj and P Venugopal are the other members of the board.Earlier, deposed and jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala who was the head of the board. She had selected her nephew and then AIADMK deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran for the April 12 bypoll.Later, Dhinakaran was sidelined from the party.The RK Nagar seat fell vacant following the death of local MLA and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.Though the bypoll was originally scheduled in April this year, it was rescinded following complaints of money distribution.The DMK has nominated R Maruthu Ganesh to take on the ruling party. He was also the party nominee for the April 12 bypoll.Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran has also thrown his hat into the ring.The ruling party also discussed the first death anniversary of Jayalalithaa and the various events associated with it, the release said.The AIADMK has already announced taking out a procession from the arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum in Marina Beach, which was reiterated in today’s meeting.The party workers will also take a pledge on that day.The meeting also discussed the valedictory of the birth centenary of party founder, late M G Ramachandran, and decided to hold grand celebrations.

I am like Abhimanyu, will be victorious even in death: Kumar Vishwas on AAP’s 5th Foundation Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, who shared an uneasy relationship with the party leadership, today asserted he would not quit the outfit and that the party strayed from the path it had chosen to tread five years ago.Addressing party volunteers on the occasion of 5th Foundation Day of the AAP, Vishwas took on his detractors within the party and said he was like Abhimanyu, the warrior son of Arjun who lost his life while fighting in the epic ‘Mahabharata’.”I was told that I will be insulted and compelled to quit. I would like to say that I am not going anywhere. I am like the Abhimanyu who will be victorious even in his death,” Vishwas said.
ALSO READ When you see condom ad while sitting with your family: Twitter reacts to ‘awkward’ Kejriwal-Khattar pictureVishwas also emphasised the need for dialogue within the AAP and said the people who built the party believed in disagreeing over issues. Running away from questions amounts to being timid, he said. The comment was seen as a jibe to a section of party leaders.He said the easiest way to crush a movement is to give it a face, a comment also seen as a jibe to his detractors within the party.
ALSO READ Vishwas vs Kejriwal-Sisodia: AAP now a completely divided house “This is why it is paramount to keep the country first, followed by the party and then the leader,” he said.He retorted to the tag of being a “part-time politician” labelled by a section of party leaders and said he preferred being a “full-time Indian and part-time politician’, and added it was essential to look after one’s own livelihood to ensure a spotless political life.
ALSO READ Kumar Vishwas clicks on ‘Right side’ of Padmavati issue “Don’t you think, we have strayed away from the road we took five years ago. We have to walk on the right path from where we started. We have lost some good volunteers due to arrogance and insecurities and we need to bring them back,” Vishwas said.The poet-politician and founder member of the AAP has had an uneasy relationship with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Vishwas is unhappy with the leadership for several reasons and has been attacking a “coterie” surrounding Kejriwal. But a major reason has been revoking the suspension of AAP MLA Amantullah last month, who had accused Vishwas of being a “BJP-RSS agent”.

Not a criminal, don’t take my words literally: Tej Pratap Yadav tells Sushil Modi to go ahead with son’s wedding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav, who had allegedly threatened to disrupt the wedding of Sushil Modi’s son, today said he was “not a criminal or terrorist” and the Bihar Deputy chief minister should continue with the function “without any worry or fear”.His remarks came a day after the Deputy CM’s office announced that the venue of the December 3 wedding had been changed to Veterinary College ground (near Patna airport) from Shakha Maidan in Rajendra Nagar due to “security reasons”.”I am not a criminal or terrorist. Whatever I said at a public meeting should not have been taken literally by Modi.He should go ahead with the wedding without any worry or fear,” Yadav said.
ALSO READ Cracker of an idea! Burst balloons instead of crackers to curb pollution on Diwali, says Lalu Prasad’s son Tej PratapHowever, he said even if there was not “any untoward incident involving me or my party, their (Sushil Modi/BJP) own men could create a ruckus to defame me”.A video had surfaced last week purportedly showing Yadav threatening to disrupt the wedding.
ALSO READ You have become Krishna: PM Modi mocks Lalu Prasad Yadav’s sonIn the video aired by news channels, Yadav was seen delivering a speech in Aurangabad and saying: “I have been invited by Sushil Modi to attend the wedding of his son. If I go there I will expose him in public.”The former Bihar health minister was also heard threatening to indulge in violence at the wedding venue.Modi has levelled a number of allegations against Prasad’s family acquiring benami properties.The RJD has trashed all the allegations and accused the senior BJP leader of suffering from “Lalu phobia”.

Gujarat Elections 2017: Battle goes down to the wire with BJP retaining the edge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both sides are claiming the battle for Gujarat is a done deal. Congress senses a surging support leading to a sweep and BJP is comforting itself with the idea of a good majority. A majority which will see its score card improve. Both propositions are far from true. If you go beyond the rhetoric and look at the real ground situation, this election is going down to the wire. BJP has the organizational advantage but anger within the trading community and Patels is absolutely palpable. You can feel it in Surat. One doesn’t need to talk about it. But central to this election remains the M factor which makes the fight so close.It is Money and Muslim which plainly and simply dominates the Gujarat campaign. BJP’s campaign is a two-tier cake. The base of the campaign remains same like the old days when Muslims were politically far more visible and assertive on the streets. The idea is to attach a socially corroding entity with Muslims who bullied the passive Gujarati Hindu and made it difficult for its women to walk safely on the streets. Muslim, a word is not mentioned but the audience is asked to relive the moment.The problem of that strategy is it doesn’t connect with the young generation of voters born after BJP came to power. They have not lived the past but have been asked to relive it by sharing memories of the elders. At the end, Muslim also gets tagged with the KHAM factor, a caste agglomeration which led to a massive victory for the Congress in 1980s. KHAM stands for Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslims. The attack ends with KHAM being a caste grouping opposed to Hindutva laced with development. The latter is proposed as a better deal than KHAM. Hindutva gets positioned as a counter to the caste as the main ingredient of election.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections 2017: ‘Chai pe Charcha’ returns with ‘Vikas’, BJP’s carpet-bombing session kicks off today On the other hand, Congress too has not moved beyond money mantra. Rahul Gandhi has only spoken about how money has become elusive for the small traders and business community. Whether it is Jay Shah’s money, demonetization, or pinch felt by traders who are up in arms against BJP on the issue of GST, he has ensured that campaign doesn’t move beyond it. Rahul’s money campaign is also laced with soft Hindutva. It is ensured that tilak does not recede from his forehead through the day. No temple is missed and all popular eating joints are covered with khakras and chai dominating the photo shoot.The tension between the two M’s is one of the two major talking points of this election. The other undoubtedly, is how the influential Patidar community will vote. Hardik Patel is an untested element in electoral politics. But even his detractors are amazed at the crowd pulling capability of the Patidar leader who at young age of 23 has sent shivers down the BJP’s spine. You have to see the photos to believe it. Crowds just walk in. His support base is substantial. Hardik’s journey has been spectacular but not much different from caste based leaders in India who shoot to fame for a short time only for politics to cut them to size later. But that will be different story to tell. BJP’s only hope is that Patidars would only spite them but not bite them to damage them electorally.
ALSO READ Gujarat elections 2017: Tug of war between two BJP camps for 11 seatsNarendra Modi remains immensely popular and BJP’s USP is cutting-edge election machinery which goes down to the last voter. It doesn’t depends on public mood but uses its own internal resources to mobilise the core base to vote. For this very reason, BJP has the edge in this election but it does not mean that Congress campaign has been poor. Rahul Gandhi has drawn people’s attention. His campaign has been relentless and has forced BJP to respond. This is new in Gujarat politics.Now the question is as to what will happen at the hustings. Answer is very clear. If the fight is between Congress and BJP, then BJP will win Gujarat effortlessly but if the election becomes a fight between people of Gujarat and BJP, the latter will lose and cause a political earthquake in New Delhi leading to sharp political alignment. Voting is still a few days away and death overs are left. With Modi moving into the fray, the battle between two M’s will intensify.

Uttar Pradesh civic polls phase 2: Voting across 25 districts underway amid tight security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body polls across 25 districts, including in Varanasi from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member of the Lok Sabha, began on Sunday morning amid tight security. As many as 1.29 crore people are eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase of the local body elections, campaigning for which ended on Friday. Besides Varanasi, the districts going to polls in the second phase are Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.52.59 per cent voting was recorded in the first phase on November 22 which covered 24 districts, according to the State Election Commission. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 46.1. Mayoral polls were also held for five municipal corporations—Agra, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Gorakhpur and Meerut.Polling for the third and final phase covering 26 districts will take place on November 29. Counting of votes for all the three phases will be on December 1 and results will be declared the same day.
ALSO READ BJP likely to win majority of seats in UP local body polls: UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath PandeyThe first major election after the BJP was voted to power with massive majority in March, the civic polls in UP will test the popularity of Adityanath.While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have left the campaigning to second-rank leaders, the Congress has engaged senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar and MP Pramod Tewari to address election meetings in selected cities of the state.
ALSO READ Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday Unlike other parties, the BJP is taking the civic polls seriously and besides the chief minister himself and his two deputies, senior party leaders are extensively campaigning in the state.

Tamil Nadu: Four female students commit suicide after being scolded in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four girl students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu ended their lives by jumping into a well in a suicide pact after being allegedly chided by teachers for not being attentive in class, police said.The Class XI students of Panapakkam Government Higher Secondary School at the nearby Arakkonam town jumped into a farm well at Nangamangalam village on Friday.Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies and sent them for autopsy to a government hospital last night.”Based on the preliminary inquiry, the headmistress and class teacher have been suspended,” a district education official told reporters here today.The reason for the girls’ suicide is yet to be ascertained, a top district police official said.
ALSO READ Chennai: Violence breaks out at Sathyabama University after student commits suicide”Four teams of police personnel are questioning the class students, teachers, and others and only after the conclusion of the enquiry would the cause of the suicide be known,” he said.The official said no suicide note had been recovered.
ALSO READ IIM Lucknow student commits suicideHe said a preliminary enquiry revealed that 11 students were chided by teachers for not being attentive in class and were asked to bring their parents on November 24.”Yesterday, out of the 11 students, seven apologised and assured the teachers that they will be attentive. The other four students ended their lives,” he told PTI.The seven girls who tendered apology too had not brought their parents, he added.Of the four girls who committed suicide, two came to school in the morning and left the premises immediately.They later joined the other two and all of them went to the farm in their bicycles.”Local people, including a cowherd, saw the girls going to the farm well,” he said.Villagers alerted police and local officials after they spotted the abandoned bicycles near the farm well.Senior police officials and a district official placed wreaths on the bodies.

We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC hits back at BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu over his comment against Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>We will see who cuts whose nose: TMC leader hits back at Suraj Pal Amu’s comment against MamataAfter Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the makers of controversial film Padmavati were welcome in West Bengal if they wanted to put up a premiere or even screening the film, Haryana BJP leader Suraj Pal Amu on Friday threatened Mamata saying that she would meet the same fate of Surpanakha, sister of Ravana in Ramayana. “Mamata Banerjee wants Padmavati to be released in West Bengal. Women with demonic nature should realise what happened to Surpanakha. He was taught a lesson by Lakshman,” he said.Senior TMC leaders in Bengal, naturally reacted to the comment.
ALSO READ Padmavati | Don’t forget Shurpnakaha’s fate, BJP leader threatens Mamata Banerjee for backing Deepika Padukone’s film“He should ask for forgiveness. If he doesn’t, he must realise that people of Bengal is watching everything and will give a fitting reply,” Partha Chatterjee, TMC national secretary general said on the sidelines of a public meeting at Canning in South 24 Parganas.State minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya at a rally in Kolkata said, “People are watching these provocative statements. We will see who cuts whose nose. Mamata had been elected twice convincingly in Bengal.”
ALSO READ Padmavati row: Sanjay Leela Bhansali is welcome to premiere his film in Bengal, says Mamata BanerjeeBirbhum TMC president Anubrata Mondal said that it was easier said in Haryana. “It will not be possible to say such things in Bengal,” he said at a meeting.

Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to visit Bangladesh for maritime cooperation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on Sunday for a multilateral naval exercise being held under a regional maritime forum set up by India’s initiative.His visit was also aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations and to explore new avenues for maritime cooperation, the defence ministry said.It said Indian naval ships Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya along with one maritime patrol aircraft P-8I will take part in the International Multilateral Maritime Search andRescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) which will be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday in the port city of Cox’s Bazar.The exercise is taking place under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) — an initiative of the Indian Navy that was launched in 2008 to bring together littoral states in the region.
ALSO READ Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in 2015 US blogger murderThe IONS has now grown into a formidable organisation comprising 23 member nations and nine observer countries.The ministry said apart from the exercise, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS was scheduled on November 28 which will also be attended by Admiral Lanba.
ALSO READ Over-nationalistic attitude tends to undermine conflict resolution mechanism: Indian Navy chiefThe meeting was expected to review the progress made by three IONS Working Groups on maritime security information exchange, interoperability and humanitarian assistance.Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy on Monday and several other navy chiefs of other participating countries.The defence ministry said Lanba would also be gifting ‘War Memorabilia’ for the ‘Liberation War Museum’ of Bangladesh.

Over 1,200 flee Myanmar’s Arakan to take refuge in Mizoram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1,200 people from Myanmar’s restive Arakan state have crossed the border and taken shelter in neighbouring Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, officials said today.The people who crossed over yesterday are mostly Buddhists and Christians and speak the same tribal language as the locals. They fled their homes after the Myanmarese Army clashed with the ‘Arakan Army’ militants recently, they said.The government officials, on condition of anonymity, said 500 people took shelter in Laitlang village while Zochachhuah, Hmawngbuchhuah and Dumzautlang villages hosted 420, 200 and 120 people, respectively.
ALSO READ Bangladesh, Myanmar ink deal on repatriation of Rohingya refugees”Several of them have put up at their relatives’ place while the others were provided accommodation in village community halls and school classrooms,” an official said.The official said that this is the fourth instance in recent months of Myanmarese people entering the state.
ALSO READ China offers to help Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisisVillage leaders informed officials that the Arakanese people have said they heard gunshots even on Thursday night and expected more people to pour into the district.The locals volunteered to provide food to the Arakanese people and arranged shelter for them.

Kerala Love Jihad Case: Hadiya says she wasn’t forcefully converted, wants to live with her husband

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hadiya, the 25-year-old who’s at centre of a controversy over a case of alleged love jihad told reporters at Cochin Airport that she hadn’t been forcefully converted. She was quoted saying by NDTV: “I have not been forcefully converted. I want to live with my husband Sheffin Jahan.” Hadiya is on her way to New Delhi to appear in the Supreme Court on Monday. The 25-year-old is currently living with her parents who have alleged that her marriage to Muslim man was ‘forced’On October 30, the SC had said that Hadiya’s consent as an adult was ‘prime’, and her version of the story will be heard in the land’s apex court on November 27.
ALSO READ Kerala Love jihad case: SC refuses urgent hearing on Hadiya’s father’s plea for in-camera proceedingsEarlier, Sheffin Jahan, husband of Hadiya on Saturday filed a complaint with the Kottayam police stating that attempts are being made to reconvert his wife to Hinduism ahead of her appearance in the Supreme Court on Monday.Sheffin claimed that his wife was counselled by a religious teacher for over three hours on Thursday. Earlier on November 23, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted a status report in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court in connection with the case. Hadiya will appear in the top court on Monday.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ Case: SC says consent of woman is prime, asks father to produce Hadiya before it on Nov 27The 24-year-old Hadiya has been in the headlines after she became a Muslim following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. As of now, Hadiya is with her parents, who have alleged that her marriage to a Muslim man is a case of ‘love jihad’. The case is under the consideration of the apex court, which had ordered the NIA to look into it.On September 16, Jahan filed a plea in the Supreme Court and requested to call off the NIA probe, alleging that the investigation agency “is not being fair”. With inputs from ANI

Hindus should have at least four children till UCC is implemented: Swami Govindadev Giriji Maharaj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A senior Hindu seer on Saturday said Hindus must bear at least four children till the Uniform Civil Code is implemented to check “demographic imbalance”.Swami Govindadev Giriji Maharaj of Bharat Mata Mandir in Haridwar said the two-child policy should not be restricted to Hindus alone, noting that India had lost those territories wherever Hindu population reduced, resulting in demographic imbalance.He was speaking to reporters on the second day of the three-day Dharma Sansad organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, in the temple town of Udupi of coastal Karnataka.
ALSO READ Now, Shankaracharya Vasudevanand says Hindus must produce 10 kidsThe Swami said the government was insisting on a maximum of two children, but till the time the Uniform Civil Code is implemented, Hindus should have at least four children. India lost many of its territories wherever Hindu population reduces, he said.”We have seen that India lost those territories wherever Hindu population reduced, resulting in demographic imbalance.
ALSO READ India’s population at 127,42,39,769; set to overtake China by 2050The two-child policy should not be restricted to Hindus alone.”On cow-vigilantism, the seer said some criminals were settling personal scores under the guise of ‘Gau Rakshaks’.”Gau Rakshaks are peace loving people. They have been defamed by some vested interests. Some criminals are settling scores under the guise of Gau Rakshaks,” said Giriji Maharaj.The mega religious event is being attended by over 2,000 Hindu seers, matt heads and VHP leaders from all over the country.

Shopian | Territorial army jawan, on vacation, killed by terrorists in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to Mehbooba Mufti-led government on Saturday when they killed an army soldier on leave at Wothmula village in the Shopian district of sensitive south Kashmir.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. On Saturday morning his bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village in the Shopian district.Superintendent of Police(SP), Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told DNA that preliminary investigation reveal that he was not abducted but shot dead by the militants since he had left home for work in his car.
ALSO READ BSF jawan Rameez Ahmad Parray shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora“His car was found nearby and his key was in his pocket. It does not look like kidnapping. It is militant action and we have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the militants”, Shriram said.Dar, 23, was posted in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Bandiproa district. He had come home on leave few days before and was driving his own car when he went missing. “He was a Sepoy posted in some engineering wing of the army at Gurez”, said Shriram.This comes months after September killing of a BSF jawan in Bandipora’s Hajin. The terrorists had stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray and started firing indiscriminately. The 30-year-old BSF personnel, who was also on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Parray’s killing was a stark reminder of the the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.
ALSO READ BJP leader found dead with throat slit open in Jammu and Kashmir’s ShopianLt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.

Judiciary, executive and legislature need to be careful to not cross into each other’s spaces: President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cautioned three organs of the state – the judiciary, executive and legislature – to be careful to “not cross into each other’s finely-defined spaces.” Speaking at the inauguration of two-day National Law Day Conference, the President said, “All three organs of the state – the judiciary, executive and legislature – need to be careful not to cross into each other’s finely-defined spaces. Or give the opportunity to read transgressions even when none is intended.” Sometimes extraneous comments and ‘obiter dicta’ come to dominate public debates, crowding out a substantive understanding and deliberation of a well thought-out judgement, he said.
ALSO READ President Kovind gives nod to ordinance to amend InsolvencyThe conference is being organised by the Law Commission and the Niti Aayog to mark the National Law Day. The National Law Day is celebrated on November 26, the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1949. The President also drew attention to non-affordability of legal services by the poor in the country.
ALSO READ Ram Nath Kovind completes 100 days as president”While we take pride in our courts, it is a paradox that the poor often shy away from a legal battle, worried about duration and cost. And the well-off sometimes use the judicial process to delay resolution to issues they simply do not want resolved,” he said. “The time has come to examine the issue of adjournments and whether they are to be limited just to absolute emergencies – or continue to be allowed to be used for tactical delays by one party or the other,” he added. He said steps such as enhancing legal literacy, simplifying legal rules, easier language while delivering judgements, quick availability of certified translated copies of High Court judgements in the local language will take justice closer to ordinary citizens.President Kovind also called for the judiciary “to be judicious in being representative of the diversity of our country.” He highlighted that besides “unacceptably low representation: of OBCs, SCs and STs, of 17,000 judges in the subordinate courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court, only about 4,700 are women.Without in any manner compromising on quality, we need to take measures to remedy this situation, he said.The 2-day conference on National Law Day among other things will see deliberation on collegium system and balancing the separation of power between judiciary and Parliament.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the valedictory address at the conference on Sunday. The conference will also be addressed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Trinamool councillor has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Calcutta High Court objecting against the Central government providing for ‘Y-plus’ security to former TMC leader Mukul Roy after his defection to BJP.Earlier the state government had written to the Union Home ministry about it but the Centre never replied to it. Following which councillor of Bidhannagar Municipality and leader of the party’s youth wing Debraj Chakraborty had filed the PIL.After quitting Trianmool Congress and stepping down from his membership to the Rajya Sabha, Roy had joined the BJP on November 3.
ALSO READ Litmus test for Mukul Roy in West Midnapore’s Sabang seatChakraborty, in his plea had stated that after he joined BJP there had been no incident which threatened the life of Roy and thus he wanted to know why was there a need to provide security by the Centre.Earlier in its letter to the Centre, the state government had said that law and order was a state subject and who in the state would get what kind of security, would be decided by the state as well. State also alleged that the Centre, bypassing the state had provided security to a particular individual which was not good for the state-Centre relationship.
ALSO READ Mukul Roy blasts Mamata’s nephew in first speech, claims company which sponsored U-17 WC run by nephew Abhishek Although the Centre had not replied to this letter of the state, officials said that the Centre was responsible for upholding the constitution which guarantees private security. Rajya Sabha MPs George Baker and Roopa Ganguly had not got any security from the state even after asking for it so the state had to arrange for it.After Roy’s defection senior TMC leaders had spoken in public about their lack of confidence on his son Subhrangshu Roy who is still a TMC MLA from Bijpur in North 24 Parganas district after which Subhrangshu had said that he had a feeling of insecurity. He had also written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee complaining about the deteriorating law and order situation in his constituency.
ALSO READ TMC to organise rally to counter Mukul Roy’s allegations; son Subhrangshu to be key speakerReferring to Mukul and his son Subhrangshu, state food supplies minister and TMC North 24 Parganas district president Jyotipriyo Mullick had said, “It is a game of hide and seek which will not go on for too long. We will soon come to know about the truth in the relationship between the father and son. We are not fools.”

Ryan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir, who successfully defended Rajesh and Nupur in the trial of their daughter Aarushi’s murder, has now been hired by the family of juvenile accused in the sensational Ryan International murder case.According to The Hindustan Times report, the father of the class 11 student, who is being accused by the CBI for murdering Pradyumn Thakur in the washroom inside Gurugram school, hired Mir on Friday. The lawyer has also confirmed the development.The juvenile has been accused of murdering the seven-year-old Thakur on September 8.
ALSO READ Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downHe was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.Even as the mystery remains as to who killed the class II student, Ashok Kumar, the bus conductor who was accused by the Haryana Police for murdering Pradyamn walked free from Bhondsi Jail on November 22.
ALSO READ Ryan murder case: Pinto family get anticipatory bail, bus conductor Ashok considering filing defamation caseThe High Court judge had granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The CBI, which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.

Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dead body was found hanging on the ramparts of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with a threat note engraved on the rocks in protest of the movie ‘Padmavati’.The deceased has been identified as Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar from the Aadhaar card found in his pocket. He was working at a jewellery shop.However, questions are being raised over the death. An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder.There were dozens of messages written in charcoal, however, no charcoal marks were found on the hands of the deceased. ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsInterestingly, each message mentioned Padmavati. One message reads, ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya ‘. Another message mention that they (the ones who have hanged the body) do not hang effigies.The film has been in the eye of the storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering with historical facts, a contention which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied repeatedly.With the protest against Padmavati escalating every day, the matter now seems to have taken a communal angle.A few days ago, effigies of stars, including Salman Khan were hanged from Chittorgarh fort and the body of Chetan was hanged in the same way.In these messages, one thing is coincidence — the messages mention ‘Chetan Tantrik’ and the deceased has been identified as a man named Chetan. Chetan Raghav was the tantrik who was thrown out of the Chittor court and who first mentioned the beauty of Padmini (Padmavati) to Khilji.The police are exploring all angles, but it is an issue of serious concern as this is the first protest against those opposing Padmavati release. ALSO READ Revealed: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will NOT hit the UK theatres on December 1!On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state. ALSO READ Pahlaj Nihalani reacts to ‘Padmavati’ row and CBFC: Delaying the decision is shying away from job

‘We respect PM,’ says Youth Congress chief after chai meme faux pas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s fault of volunteers — this is what the Indian Youth Congress has to say about the chai meme against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.In a political faux pas, Yuva Desh, the official Twitter handle of Youth Congress’ online magazine first tweeted and later deleted the meme against PM Modi.While the BJP and its ministers slammed the Congress for the meme, the Youth Congress quickly tried to put blame on the volunteers.Youth Congress Chief Amrinder Singh Raja Brar said, “the handle is not run by Indian Youth Congress but by volunteers, I still take this opportunity and apologize and strongly condemn that tweet.”He later tweeted, “despite political differences with the BJP & having suffered everyday abuse from their leaders, we respect the Prime Minister & all political opponents.”
ALSO READ Congress youth wing deletes chai meme tweet targeting PM Modi, BJP says ‘damage done’Quoting his tweet, Yuva Desh also apologised for the tweet and said, “Sincere apologies Raja Sir. As directed by you the tweet has been deleted. Will ensure that the mistake does not happen again.”Youth Congress in-charge Suraj Hegde also took the ‘volunteer’ line of explanation and said, “We condemn this and are apologetic. We are trying to find out who did that tweet as mainly volunteers run that page.”

‘Son’rise imminent in Congress: Here’s why Rahul Gandhi is being elevated before Guj polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi will be Congress President next month, irrespective of the outcome of Gujarat assembly polls, with the party’s top decision-making body Congress Working Committee on Monday finalizing its organisational election schedule. With no contestant in sight, Rahul taking over the party could be a finality as soon as December 5 after scrutiny of nomination papers, a day after the nomination filing exercise ends on December 4.The schedule for election that will end up with Rahul’s formal elevation was approved by the CWC on a day, when a split in Hardik Patel camp was evident on the issue of aligning with Congress and NCP, who also ruled out any truck with Rahul Gandhi’s party for Gujarat polls.
ALSO READ ‘Rahul as Congress president will help PM Modi in making India ‘Congress-Mukt’,’ says Anil Vij Responding to questions on Gujarat poll outcome vis a vis Rahul’s elevation, Congress Communication chief Randeep Surjewala ruled out any “worry” in Congress over it, insisting the election in Gujarat is between 6.5 crore people of the state and the BJP, between the “money muscle power of BJP’ and ‘people’s power with Congress’.There is a view in the Congress that the party will definitely perform better from the past in this Assembly election in Gujarat and possibly this is the best time carry out the long-pending elevation of Rahul Gandhi.
ALSO READ The lowdown on Congress’ plan to make Rahul Gandhi party president before Gujarat electionsThat the very election schedule of Congress runs through the poll dates in Gujarat is an indication that the party did not want to do it either much before the election in the state, or soon after election results to give critics an opportunity to target him.Rahul Gandhi has been spearheading this assembly election campaign in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf in Gujarat and his meetings have been drawing good crowds.At the CWC meeting which she chaired, Sonia Gandhi gave a farewell speech of sorts asking the party cadres to do their best to bring out positive results in Gujarat.“Rahul and many of you colleagues here and in Gujarat are working hard for a positive result in that State. Let us do our best to prove that people are not fooled and that they will make the right decision and defeat the present dispensation there,” Sonia Gandhi said. Replying to questions about the next role of Sonia Gandhi amid speculation that she could be continue as Chairperson of Congress Parliamentary Party or as the head of an Opposition grouping like UPA, Surjewala merely said, “Sonia Gandhi is our leader and mentor. She has always guided the Congress party. Her able leadership will always be available not only to Rahul Gandhi but entire Congress.”Sonia Gandhi had become Congress President on March 14, 1998. Gandhi had donned the mantle of UPA Chairperson on May 16, 2004.Rahul, a three-term Lok Sabha MP from family pocket borough Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, became AICC general secretary in September 2007, before he was elevated as Congress Vice President on January 19, 2013.Off late, the appointments in AICC were being not only decided but even announced with the signature of Rahul Gandhi. Last week, the appointment letter for Congress state chief for Jharkhand was also issued by Rahul Gandhi.While Gandhi will formally become party President only next month, the organizational structure in AICC already shows a generational change with a number of young leaders from Team Rahul taking over as Secretaries and General Secretaries.With the organizational polls next month, the party is now formally bracing for a generational change in leadership after a gap of nearly 20 years.

Trump praises PM for ‘doing great job’, Modi says India-US relationship goes beyond mutual interest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The relationship between India and the US goes beyond mutual interest and can be beneficial for Asia and the humanity at large, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told President Donald Trump who described him as a “friend” who is “doing a great job”.Modi’s comments came ahead of his bilateral talks with Trump on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit here during which the two leaders discussed a range of key issues including defence and security.”The relations between India and the US are growing… and I also feel that the relationship between India and the US is not only for mutual interest. It goes beyond that. We are working together for the interest, for the future of Asia and for the humanity as a whole in the world,” Modi said.
ALSO READ ASEAN summit: India pushes for new ‘Great Game’; China says talks shouldn’t hit third party’s interestModi also thanked Trump for praising India whenever he got an opportunity to speak about the country during his Asia tour. “…in the few days wherever president Trump has travelled and whenever opportunity arose to talk about India, he has expressed very high opinion about India,” Modi said. “I would like to assure you whatever the expectations are of the world, of the US from India, India has always made efforts to fulfil those expectations and we will continue to do so in the future too,” Modi said.Trump on his part described Modi as a friend and a great gentleman. “PM Narendra Modi is here we had met at the White House before. He has become a friend of ours. He’s doing a great job. A lot of things were solved and we will continue to work together,” Trump said. said Modi was doing a “fantastic job by bringing lots of factions in India together that is what I hear and is a good news and lot of good reports are coming out of India.” The two leaders are understood to have discussed the security scenario in the region besides several other issues of mutual interests, including ways to further boost bilateral trade.
ALSO READ ASEAN: Musical play on Ramayana at opening night shows our deep historical bonds and shared heritage, says PM ModiThe move to set up the quadrilateral alliance comes in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. The use of the term “Indo-Pacific” by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so called quadrilateral strategic alliance between the US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China’s rise.Trump on Saturday praised India’s “astounding” growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, President Trump had cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

I am still unable to understand GST, won’t speak about it: Madhya Pradesh Food Minister Om Prakash Dhurve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid Opposition parties targeting government over the Goods and Service Tax (GST), Madhya Pradesh Food and Civil Supplies minister has said that he has still not understood the new tax regime.The minister made the remark during a discussion on note-ban and GST on Wednesday, ahead of the crucial meeting of the GST Council slated to be held on Friday.”I am still unable to understand the GST… therefore, I won’t speak anything on this topic. Chartered Accountants, Businessmen are not understanding GST (GST mai khud hi nahi samajh paa raha hoon, to iss sambandh mein nahi bolunga. Bade bade CA nahin samajh paa rahe hain, vyapari nahin samajh paa rahe hain), said Om Prakash Dhurve.The minister also said that he will be satisfied and feel better when he will understand it slowly.
ALSO READ DeMo, GST have crippled Surat’s textile, diamond hubs, says Rahul GandhiMeanwhile, the GST Council meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is likely to witness deliberations on a number of topics, including extended liberalization given to small traders, rate cuts on A/C restaurants from 18% to 12%, and the issue of benami properties.With the 23rd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the cards, exporters, small traders and those in the restaurant business are hoping for a much-needed relief to come their way.
ALSO READ GST, Aadhaar to transform Indian economy, to take it to a new level: UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan PandeyPunjab, Karnataka and Puducherry, where the Congress is in power, jointly voiced their reservations over glitches with the GST tax-filing network, demanding that real estate and petroleum products be brought under the new regime and the tax rate be kept at no more than 18%.In the run-up to the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the opposition party and its leaders have been targeting the government over difficulties faced by some businesses under the GST regime, with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi even calling it a “Gabbar-Singh Tax (GST)”.

‘Delhi is choking sir’: Kejriwal asks for meeting to find solution, Punjab CM says not a matter for inter-state discussion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday sought a meeting with his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana to discuss ways to tackle the alarming air pollution levels in Delhi.Kejriwal said the governments in the neighbouring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.However, replying to Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that he shares the concern over stubble burning and pollution but it is not a matter for inter-state discussion.”Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications. Situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management,” Amarinder Singh replied to Kejriwal in a series of Tweet. ALSO READ Delhi air can kill many, warns top AIIMS doctor The Delhi Chief Minister said that he agrees that Centre should take a lead but requested Punjab Chief Minister to grant him time to discuss. “If together we can present a plan to centre… Delhi is choking sir,” he said.Stating that it would be best if they met, Kejriwal added, “Could u kindly share estimated funds required? Both of us together can urge center. It will help people of both states.”However, Amarinder Singh said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won’t help. “It requires central govt intervention, at the earliest,” he added. ALSO READ Delhi govt vs Centre: Aid and advice of CM are not ‘words in vacuum’, says Supreme Court Meanwhile, in view of increasing air pollution, Delhi is gearing up for yet another round of odd-even rule, as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed the Transport Department to start preparing for the same.Baijal also directed Municipal Corporations, DDA and SDMs to strictly enforce a prohibition on open burning.In addition, Delhi Metro parking rates will be increased four times the prevalence rates from tomorrow onwards, in a bid to discourage use of private vehicles.The Delhi government has already announced that all schools in the national capital will remain closed till Sunday because of the toxic air.It also issued a health advisory for high-risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments, asking them to avoid, among other things, early morning and evening walks.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children. ALSO READ Delhi air pollution: All you need to know

AAP may offer Rajya Sabha seat to former RBI boss Raghuram Rajan: report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party has been considering giving its three Rajya Sabha seats to outsiders and former governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan tops the list. According to a report by NDTV, the former boss of RBI might take AAP’s offer. The report cited delhi sources having knowledge of the development. Delhi-based Aam Aadmi party has been entitled to three members in the Upper House whose term will begin in January. The report citing sources said that the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wanted to pick professionals and “outsiders”in place of leaders from the party for all the three seats. At present, Rajan is pursuing academics at the Booth School of the University of Chicago, where he also taught till 2003. In 2003, he also became one of the youngest chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund.
ALSO READ Do not call India a ‘currency manipulator’, says RBI’s ex boss Raghuram RajanDuring his stint, Rajan also caught attention of world’s renowned economist for the noteworthy paper he delivered at the Fed’s big annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in 2005, Forsyth mentioned in his blog. He wrote about Rajan’s paper and the predictions he made in his research which eventually turned out to be true.
ALSO READ With deadlines past, RBI back to businessHe wrote about how in a recent article, Rajan talked about the other dangers on the horizon for developed economies.

Delhi pollution: With these options and government aid, stubble burning could be thing of the past

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after pollution levels in the national capital skyrocketed to alarmingly high levels, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has directed the Delhi government to impose all conditions under the severe category of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).In a press release that was shared by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the EPCA said that the GRAP is an emergency plan, which cannot be a long-term substitute to curb the city’s air pollution.The smog in the city has been caused by several conditions. These include the pollutants that come from Punjab that is the result of stubble burning, and the others from eastern Uttar Pradesh that come through moisture in the air. The pollutants collide at higher altitudes and this, minus ground wind level, has resulted in the smog-like situation in the national capital.
ALSO READ Punjab, Haryana pay dearly for farm firesOn Tuesday, the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency and requested the state government to shut schools and advised people from venturing out.
ALSO READ Stubble not the only villain: Delhi High CourtGoing by the readings of SAFAR-India, the level of PM2.5 in Lodhi Road as on 2:53 pm was 569 units. It is followed by Mathura Road (550) and Delhi University (536). As per national standards, the permissible range for PM2.5 is 60. It is 25, according to the international standards.However, Avinash Kubal, the director of Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai, says that it isn’t a Delhi problem alone. “The pollution levels in several north Indian cities rise during this period due to these factors. Most of these cities have dry climate and the humidity – one of the major reasons behind the smog – is due to the irrigation canal network in our country. This clubbed with stubble burning adds to the pollution levels,” he said.THE BHATINDA MODELWhile most farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been actively involved in stubble burning, a Financial Express report said that the Bhatinda district administration has been using MGNREGA to drive construction of compost pits in farm land and encourage farmers to use the crop stubble as raw material for composting.But why do farmers burn crop? Kubal explains that the stubble has high phosphorus levels, and while farmers are not aware of this, phosphorus in the soil ensures more flowering and as a result, more fruits. “Ideally, the government should not ban stubble burning but look at alternatives and subsidise the farmer,” Kubal adds.What are the alternatives? Like the Bhatinda model, composting is definitely one option. Other alternatives are using the stubble – an organic material – as one of the raw ingredients in paper manufacture. “One can even chaff the stubble i.e. cut it into smaller pieces and mix it with cattle feed to feed bovines,” Kubal said, adding that burning has impacted the community through increased medical bills and cancelled flights. “However, imposing a blanket ban on stubble burning isn’t the answer,” he maintained.In his book ‘Socioeconomic and Environment Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning’, Parmod Kumar of the Institute for Social and Economic Change says continuous burning is not a sustainable agricultural practice.The book suggests several alternatives including using rice residue as fodder for animals, use of crop residue in bio thermal power plants, use of rice residue as bedding material for cattle, use of crop residue for mushroom cultivation, use of rice residue in paper production, use of rice residue for making bio gas, incorporation of paddy straw in soil, production of bio-oil from straw and other agricultural wastes, and agricultural residues for power generation.And while writing this piece, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that he was writing to the governments of Punjab and Haryana to find alternatives to stubble burning.SMOG ATTACK 2.0As the memories of 2016’s pollution crisis — worst in two decades — were revived on Tuesday, there is no relief anytime soon. Delhi and adjoining areas are expected to witness a moderate to dense smog cover on Wednesday and Thursday as well. According to a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the condition is expected to remain “severe” for the next two days.The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution and Control Authority (EPCA) directed Delhi and NCR states to implement emergency measures to tackle the crisis.These include a fourfold increase in parking fee with immediate effect to discourage car use, scaling up of public transport to cut private vehicle emissions, lowering of Metro fare for off-peak rides to decongest roads, a Rs 50,000 fine per day per site on construction agencies for dust spread. Road-rationing scheme Odd-Even may also return if the situation further worsens.

Modi has damaged India, anger might have brought him to power but it will never create jobs: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the first-anniversary of demonetization, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi strongly criticised Prime-Minister Narendra Modi saying, anger might have brought him to power but it will never create jobs.”Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” said Rahul Gandhi in a tweet.Hitting-out at Modi, in an article written in Financial Times, Rahul said that twelve months after note-ban, the only thing Narendra Modi has wiped out is confidence in our once-booming economy.Stating that Modi has damaged India by converting anger created by joblessness and lack of economic opportunity into communal hatred, Rahul said, “He (Modi) has chosen to hide behind a shallow, hate-filled political narrative. Anger might have brought Mr Modi to power but it will never create jobs or fix India’s institutions.” ALSO READ Demonetization Anniversary: In seven minutes long video, PM Modi highlighting benefits of note-banThe rise of democratically elected autocrats, such as Modi, is driven by two factors: a massive increase in connectivity and its profound impact on institutions; and, second, China’s dominance of the global job market, he added.The Congress leader also took on the government over Goods and Service Tax (GST) saying, a hastily imposed and poorly conceptualised goods and services tax dealt another blow to our economy.”Bureaucratic and complex, it has devastated livelihoods, creating a modern-day ‘Licence Raj’ that imposes rigid controls and gives vast powers to government officials,” Rahul wrote in the article.The Congress and other Opposition parties have also planned countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies, and candle-light marches to mark the first demonetization anniversary on Wednesday, as their leaders would observe it as ‘black day’The Congress, which described the note ban decision as the ‘biggest scam’ and ‘the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme’, has asked all its state units to organise protests, processions and marches to mark the day.It has also asked all its leaders to participate in such protests and ‘strongly’ highlight the demerits of the decision, which it said is a ‘colossal and completely avoidable failure’. ALSO READ Demonetization: Antidote to corruption, benefits are clearer than ever, writes Ravi Shankar PrasadThe Congress, on its website, also put out an article on demonetization, dubbing it as a “Modi-Made Disaster”.”Even the undeclared emergency in India’s newsrooms have failed to contain the news spreading like wildfire through India. Demonetisation was a colossal and completely avoidable failure and the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme in history,” the article said.It further alleged that demonetization failed to curb black money as 99% of banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were returned. This was expected as black money is not usually stored in currency, but property, bullion and more easily convertible currency like dollars.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contested Congress leader Manmohan Singh for calling demonetization an ‘organized loot’, insisting the exercise was an ‘ethical drive and a moral step’ that made corruption difficult.The loot is what happened in 2G scam, Commonwealth games and allocation of coal blocks, whereas demonetization was an economic exercise based on ethical and moral rationales, Jaitley told reporters here.”An anti-black money drive is (an) ethical drive, a moral step. And what is morally and ethically correct has to be politically correct,” the minister said, targeting the former prime minister. ALSO READ Demonetization Debate: Monumental disaster led to job losses, fall in growth, writes Randeep Singh Surjewala

Kejriwal denies asking Jethmalani to use scandalous words to describe Jaitley, calls it hearsay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today told the Delhi High Court that Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s second defamation suit against him over the usage of ‘scandalous’ words by his former counsel was based on hearsay and thus was inadmissible as evidence for fresh action.Jaitley’s counsel, however, termed as “belated” the chief minister’s denial that he had not instructed his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words against the BJP leader.Kejriwal made the submission before Justice Manmohan, who is also hearing his separate application urging the court to strike down Jaitley’s response to his defamation suit of Rs 10 crore after the latter’s counsel confirmed that the words against the union minister were used following instructions.
ALSO READ Jaitley defamation case: Delhi HC rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for summoning witnesses, documents of DDCAThe court reserved its order on this application.
ALSO READ Foes turned friends? P Chidambaram to argue Arvind Kejriwal govt’s case against Centre Kejriwal’s lawyer, senior counsel Anoop George Chaudhari and advocate Anupam Srivastava, told the court that the “averments in the plaint (filed by Jaitley) in regards to the use of defamatory words…Said to be uttered, as stated by the senior counsel for the defendant (Kejriwal), are nothing but hearsay.”Under the Indian Evidence Act hearsay evidence is inadmissible, therefore the plaint is liable be rejected as entirely based upon inadmissible hearsay evidence, as disclosed in the plaint,” he added.Senior counsel Rajiv Nayar and advocate Manik Dogra, appearing for the union minister, contended that the Aam Aadmi Party leader has neither substantiated his claim that he did not instruct his former lawyer to use such words, nor did he initiate any action against Jethmalani for using scandalous words without his permission.Kejriwal also said the objectionable words were used by Jethmalani on his own.The chief minister in his application also said that he was not present in the court on the said date of hearing.”Thus in regard to the use of words… No cause of action arises and thus no cause of action has been disclosed,” the application said.The court has fixed the application for further hearing on December 14 after the counsel for Jaitley said he does not wish to file a reply to it.Jethmalani, who in September announced his retirement from over seven-decade long career as an advocate, had used the words while cross-examining the Union Minister in a separate Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by the BJP leader against the AAP convenor and five others of the party in 2015.The AAP leaders in December 2015 had levelled charges of corruption against Jaitley in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).Jaitley has denied all the allegations and also claimed that these had harmed his reputation.In response to Kejriwal’s denial, the BJP leader had termed as an “afterthought” and “a belated attempt” the July 20 letter written by Kejriwal to Jethmalani stating that he had not instructed him to use defamatory words against Jaitley.With regard to Kejriwal’s claim that the “statements made during judicial proceedings are even otherwise protected by absolute privilege”, Jaitley has said no such privilege can be claimed by a person who instructed his lawyer to insult or use defamatory language against a witness.Jaitley has claimed he is entitled to the relief sought by him and the suit be decreed in his favour.

PM Modi’s promise to double farmers’ income will be another election jumla: Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his promise of doubling farmers’ income in five years, his predecessor Manmohan Singh said it would end up just being another election ‘jumla’ (rhetoric) as the government had no concrete plan to achieve the target.Singh, addressing a press conference here today, said that in order to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income in five years, the agriculture sector needed to grow at a rate of 10 per cent.
ALSO READ Questioning bullet trains doesn’t make one anti-development: Manmohan Singh He also slammed the Modi government, saying its “nice sounding slogans” such as ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ and ‘Skill India’ are not backed by effective policies.
ALSO READ Accept demonetization was a blunder, time to rebuild economy: Manmohan Singh to PM Narendra ModiIn a veiled attack on Modi’s style of functioning, Singh said leaders should also listen to criticism to take corrective action, instead of just expecting praise.Modi has said that he dreamt of seeing farmers’ income getting doubled by 2022 when the country completes 75 years of its Independence.
ALSO READ Himachal polls: Rahul Gandhi cites Niti Aayog report to counter PM Modi’s corruption allegations Singh said that the average growth of agriculture in the first three years of the Modi government “is only 1.8 per cent per year. This is half the average of agricultural growth of 3.7 per cent, which we have achieved in our ten years (of UPA rule).”Stating that 50 per cent of the country’s population is dependent of agriculture, the former prime minister said, “Modiji has given the slogan of doubling the farm income in five years. Doubling it in five years requires an annual growth rate of farm incomes of 14 per cent.””I do not know if doubling was meant to include the effects of inflation. If he was building in inflation at say four per cent, it still requires a growth rate of 10 per cent in real terms,” Singh said.”I have seen no programme that would achieve such a growth for the country’s farmers as a whole. Perhaps, this is another election jumla (rhetoric). But, I feel that the government would be well-advised to come forward with a credible plan to achieve a growth rate of this order,” Singh said.While sharing his views on the negative effects of demonetisation, Singh also took a dig at Modi’s other initiatives — ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ and ‘Skill India’, saying there exists no policy in place to back these “nice sounding slogans”.”We have a number of nice-sounding slogans, such as Start up India, Stand up India… But, they are not backed up by effective policies on the ground. In fact, the policies should come first before the slogans invented to describe these policies. (But today) Slogans come first and efforts come much later. This is not helpful,” said Singh, an eminent economist.In a veiled attack on Modi’s style of functioning, Singh said leaders should also listen to the criticism to take corrective action instead of just expecting praise.”I have spent a lot of time on demonetisation because it worries me that in a world, where economic policy is becoming increasingly complex, we are not developing a culture where policy option are critically-assessed and criticism offered are heard to take a corrective action,” he said while expressing his views on the note ban.”If leaders only want to be praised, they will hear nothing but praise. This is not a recipe for ‘vikas’ (development),” Singh said while referring to Modi’s stress on development agenda.The senior Congressman also raised doubts over Modi’s claim of making India a developed economy by 2022.”He was recently quoted in the press as saying that India will become a developed country by 2022. I would be the happiest person in the world if he can delivers (on) that. But, is he really aware of what it implies?” Singh asked.According to him, Greece, which is at the lower end of developed countries, has a per capita income of USD 25,000, while India’s current per capita income is USD 5,000.”To increase our income five fold in five years, we will have to achieve a growth rate of 35 per cent per year. No country has ever done this. Is Modiji promising he will do that?” Singh asked.

Mamata’s former right-hand Mukul Roy joins BJP, TMC says it’s ‘least bothered’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukul Roy, who was long the second most powerful leader of the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP, claiming that people of West Bengal wanted an alternative to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and will vote the saffron party to power in the next polls.The former railway minister, known for his organisational skills, joined the BJP in the presence of its chief Amit Shah.Roy told reporters later that the BJP was not a communal but secular party.”We do not want to give much importance to what Mukul Roy does. He is no longer with the TMC and we are least bothered about him,” a senior TMC leader, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.Roy, a former railway minister and parliamentarian who had recently quit the TMC, formally joined the BJP today. He was inducted into the saffron party at its headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of its president Amit Shah.
ALSO READ Once Mamata’s number 2, former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy joins BJPThe TMC, which had suspended Roy on September 25 for six years for “anti-party” activities, is yet to come out with an official statement on the issue.The Bengal BJP unit, on the other hand, welcomed the development and expressed hope that Roy would play a vital role in strengthening the base of the saffron outfit in the state.
ALSO READ Mukul Roy quits Trinamool, resigns as Rajya Sabha MP”We welcome the decision. As we all know that the BJP is growing at a fast pace in Bengal, Roy’s induction will strengthen the party in the state. He is known for his organisational capabilities,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.Asked about the corruption allegations against Roy, Ghosh said, “There can be allegations against anybody, but until and unless they are proved, how can you call someone guilty? The law will take its own course.”Incidentally, till a few months ago, the BJP had repeatedly launched verbal attacks against Roy and other TMC leaders for their alleged involvement in corruption and scams.The CPI(M) and the Congress claimed that Roy joining the BJP was a part of a “tacit understanding” between the saffron party and the TMC in Bengal.”We have been saying this for a long time that the BJP and the TMC have a tacit understanding in Bengal. Now, with Roy joining the BJP, it has been proved that the two parties are two sides of the same coin,” CPI(M) politburo member and MP Mohammed Salim said.State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury also echoed his views.Roy (63) recalled how the TMC forged an alliance with the BJP soon after Banerjee founded it and became a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. He said the regional party could not have grown without the BJP’s support.Rejecting Banerjee’s charge against the BJP, he said, “It is not a communal party. It is a secular party. People in Bengal are not happy and are looking for an alternative. The BJP will soon clinch power in the state.” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference after Roy joined the party that he was a founder leader of the TMC leader who played a key role in its expansion and march to power in the state.He also effectively fought excesses and atrocities of the previous CPI(M) governments, Prasad said, insisting that Roy expressed his desire to join the BJP unconditionally and the party welcomes him wholeheartedly.Roy later told journalists that “restoring democracy” in West Bengal will be his priority.”I will work for restoration of democracy in Bengal, that will be my first task. I am a national level politician, I will try to see that people in Bengal can at least vote according to their choice. If people can cast their votes in panchayat polls, the BJP will wrest power from the TMC in least in 5 zila parishads,” he said.”I am an organisational man. People of Bengal have turned against the TMC government. I am sure that in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and Assembly elections in 2021 the BJP will win Bengal,” Roy said.The party is likely to task him with an important responsibility to drive its growth in the eastern state, where it has been traditionally weak. However, it is not clear yet what role he will have in the organisation.”His role will be decided,” BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the party’s in-charge for the state, said.The BJP will expand further in the state with Roy’s induction, Prasad said.Asked about corruption allegations against him, Roy said the law will take its own course.It will be his “proud privilege” to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, he said.Roy had quit the Rajya Sabha and the TMC last month. He was suspended by the party earlier as his differences with Banerjee grew and he was seen veering towards the BJP.

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik finds refuge in Malaysia as politicised Islam grows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal investigation back in India.Accompanied by a bodyguard, Naik was making a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Malaysia’s administrative capital, where the prime minister and his cabinet members often worship.Naik, who has been banned in the UK, has been given permanent residency in Malaysia, and embraced by top government officials.Critics see Naik’s presence in Malaysia as another sign of top-level support for hardline Islam in a country with substantial minorities of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, and which has long projected a moderate Islamic image.Support for a more politicised Islam has grown in recent years under Prime Minister Najib Razak, especially after he lost the popular vote in the 2013 general election – the ruling coalition’s worst-ever electoral performance. ALSO READ Hate speech: NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik for inciting terrorSince then, his ruling party has been trying to appease an increasingly conservative ethnic Malay-Muslim base and religion has become a battleground ahead of elections the prime minister has to call by mid-2018.Naik, a 52-year-old medical doctor, has aroused controversy with his puritan brand of Islam – recommending the death penalty for homosexuals and those who abandon Islam as their faith, according to media reports. A Youtube video shows Naik saying that if Osama bin Laden “is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him”.Last week, India’s counter-terrorism agency prepared charges against Naik, saying he has been “promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through public speeches and lectures.”Bangladesh suspended Peace TV channel, which features Naik’s preachings, after some media reports claimed bombers of a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people last year were admirers of him. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.The Malaysian government accommodates Naik because “he remains a reasonably popular character amongst Malays, who gloss over his more controversial aspects,” said Rashaad Ali, an analyst with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.”If the government were to kick him out of the country, it causes them to lose religious credibility in the eyes of the public.” ALSO READ Zakir Naik appeals to Interpol to turn down red notice pleaFACEBOOK PHOTOSAt his appearance at the Putra mosque last month, a female Reuters reporter asked about the investigation in India. Naik would only say: “Sorry, it is not right for me to speak with ladies in public.”Naik did not respond to subsequent requests for comment from Reuters.Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told parliament on Tuesday that Naik, who obtained permanent residency five years ago, was not being given “preferential treatment”.”Over the time spent in this country, he has not broken any laws or regulations. As such, there is no reason from a legal standpoint to detain or arrest him,” Zahid said. The government has not received any official request from India “related to terrorism allegations involving him”, he added.Zahid and the prime minister have both posted photos on Facebook of their meetings with Naik last year in Malaysia.A group of Malaysian activists has filed suit in the High Court to deport Naik, saying he is a threat to public peace in the multi-racial society – about 40 percent of Malaysia’s population is non-Muslim. The group said it was unaware Naik had been going to the Putrajaya mosque – or where he might be in Malaysia.Officials at the Putra Mosque said Naik has been attending Friday prayers there for about a month. He has also been spotted in other mosques, hospitals and restaurants in the administrative capital in recent months, according to witnesses that Reuters spoke to.Naik has in the past denied India’s allegations. In an interview with a Kuwaiti television channel in May, he said he was being targeted by the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi because of his popularity.Malaysia’s opposition Islamic Party (PAS), which has defended Naik in the past, last week urged the government to disregard any potential Indian extradition request, saying the allegations aim “to block his influence and efforts to spread religious awareness among the international community.”

After Elphinstone stampede, 3 Railways foot-over-bridges to be built by Army by Jan 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a month after Elphinstone stampede, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said that three railways foot-over-bridges will be constructed by 31st January with Army’s help.On September 29, 23 people were killed in the rush hour stampede on a narrow overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban stations during heavy rain.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the stampede site along with Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Speaking to media, Fadnavis said, “After Elphinstone Stampede, we had asked for help from armed forces to which Defence Minister agreed and three bridges will be constructed by 31 January.””Bridges to be built in with cooperation with Army at Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivali by 31st Jan 2018,” said Piyush Goyal.
ALSO READ Elphinstone Stampede | A disaster waiting to happen, yet govt springs into action only after 22 crushed to deathNirmala Sitharaman said that the Army visited the areas and assessed where the bridge is going to be built and they will be there at every stage of the work.”A call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter as Army has its role at the borders. Probably first time Army has been asked to come in to build what could otherwise be called civil work. But Elphinstone tragedy was so big, a call was taken to cooperate seeing the urgency of the matter,” she said.
ALSO READ Elphinstone Stampede: Western Railway inquiry report blames heavy rain, rumoursAn inquiry report has blamed the heavy rain for the tragedy. The panel, headed by the Western Railway chief security officer, submitted its report to WR General Manager Anil Kumar today after recording statements of 30 commuters who were injured.The report said people with heavy luggage lost their balance because of which the stampede may have occurred.

Moin Qureshi extorted more than Rs 5 crore from businessman Pardeep Koneru for ex CBI chief A P Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a complaint against meat exporter Moin Qureshi for allegedly extorting money from industrialist Pardeep Koneru. In a recorded statement, the businessman alleged that he paid more than Rs 5 crore to Moin Qureshi for then CBI director A P Singh. The ED got access to the Blackberry Messenger conversations between Qureshi and his employee Aditya Sharma as an evidence to show that there was exchange of money received from Koneru.According to the audio excerpts which were published by the Indian Express, Koneru said he met Qureshi at a social event in Chattarpur Farms in south Delhi in February 2012. And that Qureshi had done his research on his father’s CBI case and told him that for Rs 2-3 crore, “I can manage your case in CBI that will save your legal expenses.”
ALSO READ Moin Qureshi took help of a CBI director to extort Rs 5.7 cr”(Qureshi) said to me whatever the money you will pay is not for me but for incurring lots of expenses of (then CBI chief) A P Singh, like shopping of various merchandise etc in India and abroad, hotel accommodations in India and abroad. Moreover, Moin’s daughter was organising CBI Annual Day functions and we have to incur lot of expenses. He further said that A P Singh used to stay quite often in the accommodation area of Mayfair, London and which caused huge expense to him,” said Koneru in his statement to ED, as per the complaint. According to the complaint, Koneru also told the ED that Qureshi “impressed him showing his photographs with A P Singh”.On Monday, the Enforcement Directorate has alleged in a charge sheet filed in a Delhi court that the meat exporter took the help of a serving CBI director to extort Rs 5.75 crore from a businessman, promising him help in a case being investigated by the CBI.
ALSO READ Delhi HC notice to govt, ED on meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s arrest”Moin Qureshi has extorted Rs 5.75 crore from a businessman under promises of providing help in his family case with the CBI through the then director. One more businessman had to pay Rs 1.75 crore to Qureshi in lieu of the promise to help in a CBI case,” the ED said in a statement making an apparent reference to former Central Bureau of Investigation chief AP Singh.”During the course of investigation certain facts have emerged which constitute the omission and commission of certain acts on the part of certain public servants holding high positions in collusion with Qureshi causing huge amounts of illegal money transactions,” ED has stated.
ALSO READ NBW against Moin Qureshi aideSingh has also been booked by ED under various criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), apart from Qureshi and others.

After Tillerson’s admonition, China asks world to recognise Pakistan’s ‘efforts in fighting terrorism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today asked the international community to recognise Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism, amid mounting pressure on its all-weather ally to act against terror groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil.Reacting to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks in New Delhi that terror safe havens in Pakistan will not be tolerated, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that for many years Islamabad has made positive efforts and “great sacrifices” on counter-terrorism front.”Pakistan has made important contributions for world peace and maintaining regional stability. We believe that the international community should recognise the efforts made by Pakistan in counter-terrorism,” he said.
ALSO READ US will provide India with best tech for military modernisation: Rex TillersonGeng pledged China’s support to the international community in the fight against terrorism.Referring to Tillerson’s visit to Islamabad, Geng said, “We welcome Pakistan and the US to conduct counter-terrorism cooperation based on mutual respect and jointly committed regional and world peace and stability.”
ALSO READ Eradicate terrorists operating in Pakistan: Rex Tillerson’s blunt message to PM AbbasiTillerson and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a joint statement after their comprehensive talks on a range of key issues yesterday asked Pakistan to take action against terror groups, which the US said are now threatening the stability of the Pakistani government as well.”Terror safe havens will not be tolerated,” Tillerson had said while assuring full support to India in fighting terrorism.Speaking on Indo-US ties, Geng said, “We welcome India and Pakistan and all other countries in the world to develop friendly cooperation. We believe this relationship is conducive the regional stability besides regional development and prosperity.

Swiss couple attacked in Fatehpur Sikhri: Yogi Adityanath orders probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the aftermath of the Fatehpur Sikri Swiss couple attack, the Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday assured that an accused has been arrested from Rajasthan and efforts are on to nab others. ‘We have arrested one person and efforts are on to nab others. The accused has been arrested from Rajasthan,’ ADG Crime C. Prakash told the media. UP CM Yogi Adityanath also ordered strict action against those involved in the Fathepur incident.Earlier in the day, an FIR was registered against four unknown people.
ALSO READ Taj Mahal is our responsibility, don’t politicise my Agra visit, says Yogi AdityanathMeanwhile, the Union Tourism Minister, K.J. Alphons, on Thursday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressing his concern over the incident, in which the Swiss couple was allegedly harassed in Agra‘I am deeply concerned that two Switzerland citizens were attacked and injured at Fathehpur Sikri yesterday. You would kindly appreciate that such incidents negatively impact our image and are detrimental to our efforts in promoting India as a tourism destination. A fast and speedy response in identifying and ensuring a speedy action including conviction of the guilty would be reassuring, as also a good message of our efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents,’ the letter read.
ALSO READ What happened to anti-Romeo squads? Akhilesh slams Adityanath govt over attack on tourists at Fatehpur SikriThe Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi said, ‘In the framework of consular protection services, the Embassy is providing support to them. For reasons of privacy and data protection, the Embassy cannot communicate any further information in this regard.’The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials today met the couple at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi.
ALSO READ Swiss couple brutally thrashed in Fatehpur Sikri, Sushma Swaraj seeks report from UP governmentEAM Sushma Swaraj also sought for a report from the Uttar Pradesh Government over the alleged harassment.Swaraj added that she would also reach the hospital the couple is admitted in.In a tweet, she said, “I have just seen this. I have asked for a report from the State Government. My officers will reach them in the hospital.”In a report surfaced in a newspaper, a couple from Lausanne in Switzerland was allegedly brutally thrashed by a group of youth in Agra’s Fatehpur Sikri on Sunday.The duo was reportedly seriously injured in the attack and is currently admitted in a hospital in Delhi.The Swiss pair has alleged that they were followed by a group of people while ambling near the railway station.Later, the group started passing comments at them and forced the couple to stop and take selfies. The group’s harassment soon turned violent and they suffered critical injuries. With inputs from agencies

India will retain North Korean embassy to keep channels open: Sushma Swaraj to Tillerson

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tillerson held talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj as part of a new effort by the Trump administration to deepen economic and strategic ties, as a way to balance China’s growing clout across Asia.Both sides pledged to strengthen anti-terrorism cooperation and Tillerson said Washington stood ready to provide India with advanced military technologies.”The United States supports India’s emergence as a leading power and will continue to contribute to Indian capabilities to provide security throughout the region,” Tillerson told a joint news conference with Swaraj.Swaraj said the issue of India’s diplomatic and economic relations with North Korea came up during the talks but she conveyed to the top U.S. diplomat that some level of diplomatic presence was necessary.”As far as the question of embassy goes, our embassy there is very small, but there is in fact an embassy,” she said.
ALSO READ Such a simple man: Rex Tillerson bowled over by Mahatma Gandhi’s aura and simplicity”I told Secretary Tillerson that some of their friendly countries should maintain embassies there so that some channels of communication are kept open.”India and North Korea maintain diplomatic offices in each other’s capitals, though New Delhi recently banned trade of most goods with the country, except food or medicine. Trade was minimal, Swaraj said.
ALSO READ India and US are natural allies, stand shoulder to shoulder against terror, says Rex Tillerson after meeting Sushma SwarajThe focus on North Korea comes as U.S. President Donald Trump heads to China next month, where he is expected to urge President Xi Jinping to make good on his commitments to pressure North Korea.SHOULDER TO SHOULDERTillerson landed in New Delhi on Tuesday night after a day-trip to India’s arch rival, Pakistan, which he called an important U.S. ally in the restive region that includes war-torn Afghanistan.On Wednesday, he said Washington was concerned about the stability of the Pakistan government against militant groups and that it stood with India in the fight against terror.”In the fight against terrorism the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with India. Terrorists’ safe havens will not be tolerated.”India has long blamed Pakistan for failing to act against militant groups operating from its soil, a concern shared by the United States and the Afghan government trying to fight Taliban insurgents who they say are also sheltered in northwest Pakistan.Tillerson’s visit comes a week after he made a speech in Washington about the United States wanting to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with India, which it sees as a key partner in the face of what he considers to be negative Chinese influence in Asia.”This visit could not come at a more promising time for the U.S.-India partnership, as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of relations between our two countries and look forward to co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in (the Indian city of) Hyderabad next month,” Alice G. Wells, a senior U.S. state department official, wrote in a blogpost. (http://bit.ly/2yMLPpa)Tillerson, who toured India on several occasions as an oil executive before joining President Donald Trump’s government this year, will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Wednesday.Fast-growing India is already a major market for the United States, with bilateral trade last year standing at around $115 billion, which the two countries aim to raise to $500 billion by 2022.

Mamata Banerjee opposes linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers, says she will not do it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has opposed the linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers.Banerjee told the media that she will not do it, reported PTI.The development comes a day after a plea was filed challenging the notification of the Department of Telecom on linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar.The plea filed by Tehseen Poonawala sought direction for quashing of the notification of March 23, issued by the Department of Telecom (DoT) and holding it ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘null and void’.Last month, a report had said that SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar likely to be deactivated after February 2018.
ALSO READ What will happen if you do not link your bank account with Aadhaar Card by December 31The apex court had on February 6 asked the Centre to put in place within a year an effective mechanism to scrutinise the details of the identity of over 100 crore existing and future mobile telephone consumers.The top court while hearing a PIL filed by Lok Niti Foundation had said it hoped that the procees would be completed in the near future and before the completion of one year.
ALSO READ Jharkhand: Girl starves to death after family denied food for not linking ration card with AadhaarThe court had suggested that the existing pre-paid mobile users, who are 90% of the total mobile users, may be asked to give identity details at the time of re-charge as done while giving fresh SIM cards to users.

Dozen youngsters held for chanting Shiva Chalisa on Taj Mahal premises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of controversy over comments about the Taj Mahal, a dozen youngsters were reportedly detained for chanting the Shiva Chalisa on the premises of the monument.The youngsters claimed that Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva a temple, and were taken away by CISF personnel, reported Hindustan Times.The youngsters belonged to Rashtra Swabhimaan Dal (RSD) and Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) and were released after submitting a written apology.
ALSO READ Taj Mahal controversy a ploy by BJP to divert away from key issues: Kanhaiya KumarDeepak Sharma, a 30-year-old who led the group, justified the move saying: “It was basically ‘Tejomalaya’, a Shiva a temple, which was demolished by Mughal rulers to make the Taj Mahal.”He went on to add: “We did nothing wrong but apologised in writing because we were told by CISF officials that recital of ‘Shiva Chalisa’ was in violation of the Supreme Court orders. We respect the Supreme Court and had no intention to hurt religious feeling of any sect.”
ALSO READ Taj Mahal was a temple of Lord Shiva, destroyed by Shah Jahan: BJP MP Vinay KatiyarSharma said they had filed a PIL in the Supreme Court to find out why Hindus couldn’t ‘recite Shiva Chalisa’ at the Taj, which was owned by the central government’.This isn’t the first time someone has claimed that Taj Mahal built on an erstwhile Shiva a temple.
ALSO READ Damage control? CM Yogi plans Taj Mahal visit, says ‘it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers’In 2014, former BJP UP chief Laxmikant Bajpai had claimed that the Taj Mahal was part of an ancient Shiva a Temple after SP leader Azam Khan had asked for it to be handed over to the Waqf board. He had said: “Azam’s dream to offer namaz five times at Taj will never be fulfilled.”Another senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar had claimed that the Taj Mahal was a Lord Shiva a temple called ‘Tejo Mahal’ which was converted into a mausoleum by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.However, the claims about the Shiva a temple continued and culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma had clarified in parliament on December 1, 2015 that the ‘government had not found any evidence which can suggest that Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple of Shiva a’.Earlier, in a bid to downplay the controversy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said the monument was made by the blood and sweat of “Bharat Mata’s sons” and its protection was the responsibility of his governmentThe 17th century marble monument was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both were buried there.With inputs from agencies

Aarushi murder case: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to walk free from Dasna jail today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who have been acquitted in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, will be freed from Dasna jail in Ghaziabad on Monday.The couple were expected to walk out from Dasna prison on Firday, but the release was delayed due to the necessary paperwork.The Allahabad High Court on Thursday acquitted the Talwars of killing their teen-aged daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, four years after they were convicted and jailed for life for the 2008 twin murders. ALSO READ When perceptions trump proof: Talwars now face an uphill battle in the court of public opinionHowever, even after their release, Talwars will continue to visit the jail to attend to inmates every 15 days.A jail official said that the dentist couple had helped revive the near ‘defunct’ dental department at the prison hospital.The official also said that Talwars have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services“We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they will visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told the news agency. ALSO READ Joyous reunion for Talwars after court verdict

After release in Aarushi murder case, Talwars to visit Dasna Jail every 15 days to check inmates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will visit the Dasna Jail every 15 days to attend to inmates facing dental problems after their release following acquittal in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, jail authorities said.The two are lodged in the Dasna prison in Ghaziabad since November 2013 after they were awarded life sentence in the case.Both Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are likely to be released from Dasna prison tomorrow following their acquittal in the sensational double murder case.The dentist couple had helped revive the near “defunct” dental department at the prison hospital, a jail official said. ALSO READ When perceptions trump proof: Talwars now face an uphill battle in the court of public opinion”We were concerned about the fate of our dental department after their (Talwars) release. They (Talwars) have assured us that they would visit jail to attend to inmates every 15 days even after their release,” jail doctor Sunil Tyagi told PTI.Tyagi said besides prisoners, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have also been treating jail staff, police officials and their children.”Since Talwars have come here (prison), they have treated thousands of patients who are happy with their services,” he said.To manage rush of dental patients at the jail hospital after Talwars’ release, prison authorities have also tied up with a Ghaziabad-based dental college. ALSO READ Joyous reunion for Talwars after court verdict”The doctors from the dental college will also visit Dasna Jail twice a week to attend to patients so that inmates don’t face problem,” Tyagi added.Since their acquittal by the Allahabad High Court, there has been a steady increase in patients wanting to consult the couple.Sources in the jail said Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar, who is an ophthalmologist, would also visit the prison every 15 days along with his team to see patients.The dentist couple had challenged the sentence in the Allahabad High Court, which acquitted them in the sensational double murder case earlier this week.

Blast from the Past: When Pranab Mukherjee asked Pak FM to leave India immediately

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his new book, former President Pranab Mukherjee reveals that he asked Pakistan’s FM Shah Mehmood to return to his country immediately in the wake of the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008. Mukherjee, who was EAM in 2008, pulled erstwhile Pak FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi from a press conference and asked him to leave India.Mukherjee reveals in his new book The Coalition Years: 1996-2012 that he called a journalist at Qureshi’s press conference and when he got his Pak counterpart on the phone, he told him to leave Mumbai ASAP.He said: “Mr Minister, no purpose will be served by your continuing to stay in India in these circumstances. My official aircraft is available to take you back home. It would be desirable if a decision is taken as quickly as possible.”Pranab better suited to be PM: Manmohan Singh
ALSO READ Pranab Mukherjee was more suited to be PM: Manmohan SinghFormer prime minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that his former colleague Pranab Mukherjee was better qualified than him for the top post and has full rights to get upset.Manmohan was the chief guest at the launch of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s new book ‘The Coalition Years: 1996-2012’.
ALSO READ Pranab Mukherjee had every right to feel grievance, was better qualified to be PM: Manmohan SinghWhile addressing the crowd, Manmohan Singh said, ‘In 2004, Sonia ji chose me to be the Prime Minister. Pranab ji was the most distinguished colleague that I had. I became a politician by accident when PV Narasimha Rao invited me to become Finance Minister. Pranab Mukherjee is a politician by choice and he is one of the greatest politicians living in our country’.‘Pranab Mukherjee had every reason to feel a grievance that he was better qualified than I was to be PM but he also knew I had no choice in matter. Therefore that smoothened our relationship. We ran the government as cohesive team of which Pranab Mukherjee was the most imp member,’ Manmohan added.Pranab Mukherjee and Manmohan Singh had worked together in various capacities since 1970.Pranab Mukherjee was widely expected to be the Congress choice for the Prime Minister’s post, after Sonia Gandhi declined to lead the government in 2004.This is the first time Manmohan Singh has expressed his views in public and acknowledged the disappointment that Pranab Mukherjee must have felt. With inputs from agencies

Police, CBI and judiciary guilty: Twitter reacts to Nupur and Rajesh Talwar’s acquittal by Allahabad HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The verdict ends a nine-year ordeal of the Noida-based dentist couple who were found guilty by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 26, 2013 and were serving life sentence in Dasna jail.A division bench comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra allowed the appeals of the Talwars, holding that neither the circumstances nor the evidence on record established a chain showing their involvement in the murders of Aarushi and Hemraj.Pronouncing the verdict in a packed court room, the bench said that it is a fit case where benefit of doubt can be given to the appellants and set aside the judgement of the CBI court convicting the Talwars.
ALSO READ Aarushi Talwar, Hemraj murder verdict: Nupur Talwar says, ‘We have got justice’ Earlier, on September 7, the court had reserved its judgement in the case, which shook the conscience of the nation and saw several twists and turns.Here’s how Twitter reacted to the verdict:
ALSO READ What is Aarushi Talwar murder case: Timeline of key events

Complaint against expelled CPI(M) MP Ritabrata Banerjee for having sex giving false promise of marriage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled CPI(M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee has got into a fresh controversy after a lady put in a written police complaint alleging that Banerjee got into a physical relationship with her promising marriage and was now backing out.After a series of tweets and then putting in a complaint at Balurghat Police Station of South Dinajpore district on October 6, complainant, who is a software engineer spoke to media on Tuesday. “We had met on social media in 2016. Later he sent me tickets to Delhi where I met him at his apartment. Our physical relationship began that way. I didn’t have any idea that he had another girlfriend. I only knew that he was fighting a court battle to get divorce,” she said. She also added that she had sponsored his trip to Netherlands when he went to visit her and that the Apple watch which landed Banerjee in a lot of controversy for his luxurious lifestyle was gifted by her.The lady had earlier posted her pictures with Banerjee on Twitter and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
ALSO READ Ritabrata Banerjee’s expulsion was inevitable: Sitaram YechuryBanerjee brushed aside all allegations and had put in a counter complaint of blackmail and threat. In his complaint with Garfa Police Station in Kolkata, Banerjee said that he had got acquainted with the woman in 2016 and she had ‘represented herself to be a hapless lady in urgent need for a loan in order to study abroad’. Banerjee claimed that he had helped her out with a loan through a nationalised bank and since then she had been making material demands while ‘inducing and alluring her to meet’. He alleged that he was compelled to pay up an amount of Rs 2.25 lakh on July 20, 2017 and another Rs 2.5 lakh on October 4. Banerjee also alleged that the lady’s demands got worse lately and she had been demanding Rs 50 lakh from him and threatened to put in an FIR if he failed to pay up. He posted screenshot of what he claims is the relevant Whatsapp conversation, on his twitter account.
ALSO READ Expelled for anti-party and anti-communist role: CPI(M) justifies expelling RS MP Ritabrata Banerjee The complainant in turn admitted that an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh was deposited in her account by Banerjee. “It was done by him as a compensation because he said he would not be able to continue being in a relationship with me. He paid me as if I was a sex worker,” she said.Private videos and still pictures of Banerjee and the woman are doing the rounds on social media. One of the complaints against Banerjee before he was expelled from the party was romantic relationship with multiple women.

Rahul Gandhi reveals how BJP ‘opened his eyes’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP government for not creating enough jobs in the country and even admitted that the Congress-led UPA government could’ve done better.Speaking in Vadodara, Rahul said that while he admits even UPA government did not focus as much as required on small and medium businesses, the current dispensation is at an extreme. “Our (UPA) record was better than theirs (NDA) but even we were five out of ten. The current government though is providing 450 jobs every 24 hours even though 30,000 youths enter job market dailyHe added: “If we do not provide 30,000 to 40,000 jobs daily to our young in the next five to 10 years, no one would be able to control the anger that will spread.”
ALSO READ Rahul Gandhi’s close confidante joins BJP on eve of Amit Shah’s Amethi visit He also said that the Congress didn’t do enough to strengthen small and medium businesses.He further said: “A leader’s job is to look 5-10 years ahead and not implementing things forcibly that will make people cry.”
ALSO READ After Rahul Gandhi’s visit, BJP Amit Shah will arrive in Amethi to inaugurate several projectsLooking to play a statesman he would not say that he didn’t want to finish BJP, a reaction to the oft-repeated Congress-mukt Bhakt. He further said: “My family has Gandhiji’s values. Felt bad when I saw body of my father’s killer Prabhakaran. Told it to Priyanka ,she said she felt bad too.”
ALSO READ Why Rahul Gandhi wasn’t wrong to call Mahatma Gandhi an NRIHe went on to add: “BJP ne meri bahut madad ki,2014 polls jo hum haare usse faaydemand cheez nahi ho sakti. Meri pitai kar-kar ke unhone meri aankhen khol di. (BJP has helped me a lot, and the loss in 2014 was beneficial to us. By constantly slamming me, they opened my eyes.”Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the BJP saying the doors of the Gujarat government were open only for a few industrialists.He made the remarks after offering prayers at the famous Santram temple, on the first day of a three-day tour of the poll-bound state.”(Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji and the BJP talk big about religion, but the doors of the Gujarat government are just open for a few industrialists. They are not open for all, like the doors of this temple,” the Congress leader said.Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi had earlier said that his party was “deliberately projected as anti-Hindu” by the BJP and the RSS.He had said Gandhi’s visit to various temples during his tour was aimed at countering the “hardline Hindutva” campaign of the BJP and the RSS.Gandhi today began the second leg of his poll campaign from central Gujarat.During his first leg of the three-day ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in Saurashtra last month, he had visited five temples, including the Dwarkadeesh temple and the hill-top Chotila shrine.At the Santram temple here, Gandhi interacted with the temple authorities and told a small gathering that the “tallest leader of the Congress”, Mahatma Gandhi, had come to the shrine during the Dandi March in 1930.”I came to know from the temple management that it does a lot of work in the field of education besides social service. Their doors are open for all whether the poor or the rich,” the Congress vice president said.”It should be so because it is our tradition and it is the tradition of our religion,” he said.The Congress leader is scheduled to visit some more temples in the state. With inputs from PTI

After video of Nigerian man getting thrashed goes viral, Delhi police promise legal action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Nigerian national was tied to a pole and brutally thrashed by the locals for alleged theft in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar. In the disturbing video which is said to be shot on September 24, the Nigerian national can be seen screaming and pleading for mercy but nobody came for his help.As per the locals, the Nigerian national was allegedly intoxicated and used to steal things in the area.An FIR was also filled by a resident of the Malviya Nagar in which it is stated the Nigerian national attempted burglary and got hurt after her fell from the stairs.Following this the accused was arrested and was sent to custody.‘We received a complaint against a Nigerian national over attempted burglary on September 24. A Case was registered and person was arrested,’ said the spokesperson of the Delhi Police.
ALSO READ In Delhi, Nigerian man tied to pole, brutally thrashed for alleged theftAfter the video came to light the spokesperson said that they have taken cognizance of the video, verified it and then will take legal action on the same.

Rape cases: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh challenges special CBI court’s verdict in High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has challenged the Special CBI court’s verdict in the rape cases in Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding it to be quashed.A special CBI court in Panchkula had sentenced the Dera chief to 20-year-imprisonment, two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases.”High Court admitted our appeal that rape conviction is unfair. It directed us to submit a total amount of fine. The amount of fine will be returned to us with interest if the appeal is accepted,” said Ram Rahim’s Lawyer SK Garg Narwana.Meanwhile, the court has also admitted a plea of the two rape victims seeking life imprisonment for Ram Rahim.”He committed a grave breach of trust, as he was addressed as Pitaji and he used his position as a religious leader to exploit followers who had blind faith in him and twice committed rape crime. He should have been sentenced to life imprisonment,” victim’s Counsel had said seeking revision of sentence of Dera Chief. ALSO READ Honey effect: Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim loses 6 kgs in jail worrying about ‘Papa’s Angel’Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been givenDuring the trial for the quantum of sentencing, a special court at Rohtak prison had compared Ram Rahim Singh as a wild beast.The court has also fined him Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him. ALSO READ ‘Will kill all opposing Gurmeet Ram Rahim’: Dera Sacha Sauda’s Qurbani wing issues threat letter

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

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

Rape cases: Both sadhvis file plea seeking life imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a month after the court sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison for rape, a plea has been filed in High Court seeking life imprisonment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief.Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been given two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two rapes.”He committed a grave breach of trust, as he was addressed as Pitaji and he used his position as a religious leader to exploit followers who had blind faith in him and twice committed rape crime. He should have been sentenced for life,” victim’s Counsel said seeking revision of sentence of Dera Chief. ALSO READ ‘Will kill all opposing Gurmeet Ram Rahim’: Dera Sacha Sauda’s Qurbani wing issues threat letterDuring the trial for the quantum of sentencing, a special court at Rohtak prison had compared Ram Rahim Singh as a wild beast.The court has also fined him Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him.However, defending himself during a trial, Ram Rahim Singh claimed that he is ‘impotent’, therefore, there was no question of him raping the two Sadhvis in 1999. But the judge said Singh’s claim is devoid of any merit in view of a statement made by one of his own witnesses, who said the Dera Sacha Sauda chief had two daughters. Meanwhile, Priyanka Taneja (36), alias Honeypreet Insan, who calls herself the adopted daughter of Ram Rahim Singh, was arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with the deadly violence which followed the sect head’s conviction on August 25.The arrest came hours after Honeypreet appeared on two private news channels interacting with reporters at an undisclosed location. ALSO READ Caught Honeypreet nude with Gurmeet Ram Rahim; fear for my life: Ex-husband Vishwas Gupta

Demonetization ‘largest money-laundering scheme’ by govt: Arun Shourie

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha lashed out at Modi government over the economic slowdown, former Union Minister Arun Shourie has said that note ban was largest money-laundering scheme ever.Blaming the demonetization move for the economic slowdown, in an interview to NDTV, Arun Shourie said that it was the largest money-laundering scheme ever, conceived and implemented entirely by the government.Stating that it was an ‘idiotic jolt’ and everyone who had black converted it into white, he said, “The RBI has said that nearly 99% of the banned currency has been returned to banks, which suggests that black or untaxed money was not destroyed by the giant move.”Shourie also said that he agrees with Yashwant Sinha’s assessment that others in the BJP share their concern over the government’s economic policies but are either prevented from or scared to raise questions. ALSO READ Demonetization, GST have dealt heavy blow to economy: Sharad PawarEarlier, in a newspaper article headlined, ‘I need to speak up now’, Yashwant had criticised Jaitley over what he called the ‘mess the finance minister has made of the economy’ and flayed demonetization and the way the GST had been rolled out.Sinha, a member of the BJP s ‘margdarshak mandal’ that was set up in 2014 to guide the party, has also said a revival by the time of the next Lok Sabha elections due in 2019 was ‘highly unlikely’ and a ‘hard landing’ appeared inevitable.”The demonetization has proved to be an unmitigated economic disaster, a badly conceived and poorly implemented GST has played havoc with businesses and sunk many of them and countless millions have lost their jobs with hardly any new opportunities coming the way of the new entrants to the labour market,” Sinha said.However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley struck back at Yashwant Sinha by calling him a job applicant at the age of 80 who has forgotten his own record while heading the critical ministry.He also charged Sinha with acting in tandem with a fellow former FM and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, saying the two seemed to have forgotten the barbs they have used for each other. ALSO READ Economy isn’t paralysed, but demonetization, GST were ill-timed: Yashwant Sinha

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