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‘Jammu and Kashmir extremely safe destination for women travelling alone’

Thanks to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), tourism honchos are cashing in on the positive indicators about women safety to promote the sector in order to ensure the increased footfalls of tourists to the valley.The 2016 NCRB report has revealed that Jammu and Kashmir recorded zero crimes against the foreigners, bringing smiles on the sullen faces of the tourism players in the valley.According to NCRB report, 382 crimes were committed against foreigners in India, of which 154 were committed in Delhi alone. Accordingly, 12 foreigners were murdered, 19 raped, 19 robbed and 38 foreign women assaulted in the country.“J&K is an extremely safe destination for women travelling alone. The feedback from women travelers from all over has been tremendous with respect to how safe they felt there”, said Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department.Post Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last yearFigures reveal around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatries who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed.Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post-Burhan Wani killing unrest. Tourism players are hoping that NCRB figures will help in diluting the negative perceptions about Kashmir. “People have apprehensions about visiting Kashmir, but I must tell you that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the safest tourist destinations”, said Priya Sethi, Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for tourism.

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Bridging the dead end

At least 33 people were killed on Saturday when a bus crashed through the railings of the bridge and fell into the Banas river in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur. What was more shocking and can be termed a major infrastructure failure was that the bridge on which the tragedy took over, didn’t have warning boards and the railings were not fortified which reflects the poor state of the bridge and ‘low-class’ engineering. According to the Central ministry of road, transport and highway, there are 8 major bridges in the state which can collapse at any point of time.Bridge inventory and condition survey were carried out by the Central ministry recently. The survey was basically based on visual inspection, according to which 8 major bridges of Rajasthan were found under distress condition which means bridge could collapse anytime. According to this survey, there are 5 major bridges under Udaipur region namely Panarwa, Subedra, Gogla, Nayarahat and Looniyara which are under the threat of collapse. One bridge under Ajmer region in Nagra is also on the list. One bridge at Mohabbatpura under Dausa region and one bridge at Belapur under Jaipur region is facing severe condition.Warning from the past: Deaths due to the collapse of structures: Data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) indicates that a total of 38,363 people lost their lives due to the collapse of various structures between 2001 and 2015. Most people lost their lives due to the collapse of residential houses. In Rajasthan, 2,066 people lost their lives due to structural collapse. The NCRB categorizes the data on the collapse of structures into 5 different categories. Between 2001 and 2015, the collapse of bridges recorded the death of 1,217 people.Kota bridge collapse30 people were killed on December 2009, 2015 due to a collapse of an under-construction bridge over Chambal river in Rajasthan. After 10 months, a high-level probe identified non-compliance of construction sequence prepared by the project designer as one of the main reasons behind the accident.

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WB Mahila Morcha leader slams Mamata Banerjee over record

National president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, Vijaya Rahatkar on Wednesday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that in spite of being a woman, her state tops the list in atrocities against women.”According to the recent report of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), West Bengal is ahead in violence against women. Domestic violence is the highest here and it also leads in the number of acid attack cases. Of the 283 acid attacks last year, Bengal alone accounted for 76 cases and affected 83 victims. In spite of there being specific Supreme Court guidelines in terms of storage and sale of acids, it is flouted rampantly in West Bengal and the state government has failed to check it,” she said after a day-long meeting with the Bengal BJP women’s wing.She also said that Bengal heads the list of cases of human trafficking. “Bengal shares its border with countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan because of which human trafficking is very high here. Of the 8132 cases nationwide last year, Bengal registered 3579 cases. The state has a woman Chief Minister and we expect her to be sensitive but we find the government here is insensitive,” she said.She also said that her instruction to the Bengal chapter was to put up a movement against this government.

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184 killed over illicit relationships

In what could give clues to the social demographics in Maharashtra, 2,299 murder cases were committed in 2016, 184 people were killed over illicit relationships – a fact that was revealed in the data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently.In fact, Maharashtra stands third at 184 in murders committed because of illicit relationships, the NCRB data revealed. According to the NCRB, in 2016, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum number of murders committed because of illicit relationships at 284, followed by Bihar at 195.Delhi, again topped last year in the number of murders due to love affairs, with 398 cases and Maharashtra was on fifth position with 81 cases, which means at least six person died due to love affairs every month in Maharashtra.Other reasons that the data has mentioned behind killings in the state are personal enmity with 199 murders, property related disputes leading to 117 killings, 75 persons being murdered for dowry, 74 persons being murdered due to extremism and naxalism, 34 being killed during robberies and extortion, 39 people being killed in disputes over water or money, 19 due to rape and eight lives were claimed by honour killings.The data also read that 43 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 39 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.”The figure of murder cases in Maharashtra is indeed alarming, but often it has been seen in criminal cases that sour relationships and illicit affairs lead to behavioural changes leading to the crime. Those affected with experiences of love affairs gone awry or illicit relationships should go for counselling instead of choosing a wrong path. Also, we are making concentrated efforts to ensure there is sustained crackdown on those using and smuggling illegal firearms in the state,” said a senior Maharashtra IPS officer, requesting anonymity.CRIME IN NUMBERS2,299Murders committed in Maharashtra 2016184Murders committed over illicit relationships284Murders committed over illicit relationships in UP195Murders committed over illicit relations in Bihar

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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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Unnatural sex: Kids account for 57% of victims

Children accounted for 57% of the total number of victims in cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016, as per the recently-released data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). While there were a total of 2,195 victims in 2,187 cases reported in 2016, there were 1,254 child victims in 1,247 cases.The conviction rate in these cases remained abysmal at below 10%, with only 131 convictions and over 169 acquittals. While 1,386 people were arrested for unnatural offences against children, 1,217 people were charge-sheeted in over 1,081 cases. The police dealt with over 1,302 cases of unnatural offences against children that were pending trial from 2015, and sent 1,081 cases for trial during the year.The total cases registered under section 377 in 2016 (2,187) saw a jump of 38% from 2015 (1,347 cases) and 2014 when 1,148 cases were registered. Uttar Pradesh accounted for more than 45% of the total number of cases registered under section 377 for unnatural offences in 2016 with over 999 cases. Kerala, with 207 cases, came second while Delhi with 182 cases took the third spot.There were 461 (21%) cases of unnatural offences against women registered in 2016, with over 464 victims (21.1%). Of these, 132 cases were pending from the previous year. In the case of women, too, the conviction remained quite low with only seven convictions, and over 16 acquittals. In 2016, there were 502 arrests made, of which 487 were male, and charge-sheets were made in 276 cases with 264 being male.
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Surat, Ahmedabad in top 10 for IPC crimes

Of the 19 metropolitan cities with populations of more than 20 million, Surat and Ahmedabad have the dubious honour of being in the top 10, as measured by the highest number of IPC crime cases registered.As per data released on Thursday by the National Crime Records Bureau for 2016, around a total of 5.1lakh crime cases have been registered in the 19 cities, led by DelhiSurat came in at 6th position with 19,844 cases while Ahmedabad was in the 9th position with 16,383 cases in 2016.Ahmedabad saw 103 murders in that period, followed closely by Surat with 102. Cases of attempted murder were 65 in Ahmedabad and 44 in Surat, Ahmedabad has 170 cases of causing grievous hurt, while Surat had 190.Ahmedabad was also a far less safe city for women, with 131 cases of assaults against women with intent to outrage her modesty. Surat had less than half of that, with only 55 cases.However, Surat was marginally ahead in rapes, with 121 registered cases versus 112 for Ahmedabad.Kidnappings were also much higher in Ahmedabad, totalling 376, while Surat, the diamond polishing hub of the nation, had 270.Ahmedabad also had more that twice the number of theft than Surat, with 2,624 cases against 1,174.
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Delhi is national capital of crime

When it comes to the rising crime rate, Delhi has left behind states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra. In 2016, the Capital also recorded the highest number of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes ever in its history, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday.The NCRB has ranked Delhi first based on the crime rate across the country and also first among all metropolitan cities based on the percentage share of incidents. It also ranked Delhi fifth based on the percentage share of crimes across the country.The data further suggested that the Capital ranked fifth, when it came to the number of crimes, and it alone added 7% to the country’s crime records. According to the data, in 2016, Delhi witnessed 209,519 crime cases. The number was 191,377 in 2015 and 155,654 in 2014.The data also stated that in 2016, 545 people were murdered while 1,591 died due to rash driving. Dowry claimed 162 lives, 6,982 fell victim to kidnapping and abduction, 2,079 were raped, and 85 were gangraped in 2016.Apart from this, 837 victims reported stalking, 183 were made victims of unnatural offences, and 230 cases of extortion, 4,776 robberies, and 131,418 thefts were reported. Based on the crime rate in 2016, after Delhi, Kochi was ranked second and Jaipur was ranked third.Moreover, as inflow of arms in the Capital has reportedly increased in the recent past, 688 cases under the Arms Act were also registered while total number cases under the Arms and Explosives related Acts were 702.The data further stated that 2,356 cases were registered under the Excise Act while 2,653 were lodged under the Liquor and Narcotic Drugs-related Acts.
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Police no longer ignore crimes against children

As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Mumbai reported 3,400 cases of crime against children, next only to Delhi which reported 7,392 cases in 2016. Bengaluru reported 1,333. Mumbai, in fact, recorded the second highest cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. The city tops in reporting of child labour cases.The NCRB data states that in Mumbai 1,864 children were allegedly kidnapped while in Delhi 5,457 children were kidnapped. Bengaluru recorded 871 cases. While 13 children were murdered in Mumbai, 36 were murdered in Delhi. Pune and Bengaluru registered 10 murder cases each.In 2014, 1456 cases were reported for crime against children in Mumbai, in 2015, 3187 cases were reported. The cases were rising steadily since 2014 and in 2016, 3400 cases were registered for crime against children.A senior IPS officer from Mumbai police department said, “We have ensured that the police officers do not indulge in neglecting cases leading to increasing crime rate against children.”
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Maharashtra has max assault on women

As data released by the National Crime Records Bureau reveals, Maharashtra has a daunting task ahead of it to curb crimes against women and children.The state topped the country in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, as 11,396 cases were registered in 2016; ranking second in kidnapping and abduction of women, with 6,170 cases; and third in cases of rape, with 4,189 cases.Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases.Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra held the second position in the country after Uttar Pradesh (UP) in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 7,956 cases registered, followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 6,016 cases registered.The state also held the second position in the country in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), with 4,815 cases registered followed by MP with 4,717 cases in 2016. UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. Among the 19 cities, Mumbai had the second highest number of POCSO cases, at 979 cases, after Delhi, which had 1,374 cases. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai.When it came to juveniles in conflict with law, Maharashtra ranked second with 6,606 cases registered, after MP, where 7,369 cases were registered in 2016.Mumbai had the highest number of cyber crime cases among the 19 cities, with 980 cases, accounting for 23.5 per cent of the total cases in the metropolitan cities.Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013. While UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC cases in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Mumbai also held third position in terms of total IPC crimes in 19 metropolitan cities. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC cases, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
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Delhi stands first, Mumbai second in most violent crimes

With a total of 6,096 cases of violent incidents reported in Mumbai, the city ranks second after Delhi which reported 15,297 cases in 2016. Maharashtra reported a total of 42,468 violent crime cases last year. Mumbai stands second after Delhi in cases of sexual exploitation against women.According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, 2,299 murder cases were registered in Maharashtra of which 147 cases were reported in Mumbai. The city also reported 712 cases of rape in 2016, with Delhi at a record of 1,996 cases.A total of 473 cases of rioting were reported in Mumbai, and stands after Patna reporting 565 cases. There were 1,145 cases of robbery in Mumbai, while Delhi recorded the highest with 4,560 cases.In 2016, of the 19 metropolitan cities, 647 cases of senior citizens being cheated were reported, of which 336 cases were registered in Mumbai, followed by Delhi in which 108 cases were registered. Moreover, a total number of cases registered by senior citizens being robbed off was more in Mumbai with 373 cases followed by 91 cases in Delhi and 46 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra stood fourth in violent crime cases after Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar.
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Maximum city, minimal safety

Contrary to common belief that Mumbai is one of the safest cities in India, the statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that after Delhi, most numbers of cases of sexual assault on women are registered in Mumbai. The Maximum City also ranks second as far as registration of rape cases is concerned compared to 18 other metropolitan cities, the NCRB data revealed.According to the NCRB, 13,803 cases of sexual assault on women were reported in Delhi in 2016, followed by 5,128 cases registered in Mumbai. Total crimes against women in Mumbai rose from 3974 in 2014, to 4819 in 2015, and 5128 in 2016. The city, therefore, saw a rise of 6.4 % in crimes against women in 2016, compared to the previous year.Mumbai also ranks second in the number of kidnapping, rape and assault cases on women in India.In Delhi, 1,996 cases of rape were reported in 2016, followed by 712 cases registered in Mumbai and 354 cases registered in Pune.Delhi tops the list in cases of assault on women with 3,746 cases, followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases and Bengaluru with 820 cases.Of the 2,183 cases of assault on women recorded in Mumbai, in 38 cases women were victims of voyeurism, in 359 cases women reported that they were stalked, and 454 cases were of outraging the modesty of women.In 2016, a total of 31,388 cases of crime against women were registered in Maharashtra.Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer YP Singh said, “Mumbai being a glamour town, most of the cases reported are due to broken love affairs. The reporting and registering of the sexual assault cases have increased as women are more aware to report any wrongdoings. But I feel women are very safe in Mumbai as compared to other metropolitan states.”Dr Vijaya Rahatkar, Chairperson, State Women’s Commission, said, “The numbers issued by the NCRB which shows Mumbai being on the second number in the number of sexual assault cases. The police should work towards providing safety to women.”
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Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major Indian cities , reveals NCRB data

Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40%, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today.The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.Delhi accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai 7. 7%. The national capital recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9% of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12. 9%) and Surat (12.6%) during 2016.Also read61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRBDelhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48. 3%) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6%) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8% during 2016. The city reported highest number of murder – 479 out of 2,194 cases- (21.8%) followed by Bengaluru 10. 4% (229 cases) and Patna 8.9% (195 cases). Highest number of cases at 35.6% (2,368 cases out of 6,645) of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences 5,942 cases (19.3%) followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases) accounting for 15.4% and 13.6% respectively during 2016. In cyber crimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases – 980 (23.5%) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.
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61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRB

A total of 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes took place in the country in 2016, down five per cent from the previous year, National Crime Records Bureau data said today.According to it, 35 cases of sedition were also registered in 2016 out of which Haryana accounted for the highest number of 12 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with six.Among the 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes, the highest — 11,617 cases — were registered in Bihar, 8,018 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,898 in Maharashtra.There were 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes in the country in 2015.The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.Also readWith 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRBAs many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.A total of 32 people also died or disappeared in the country last year while they were under the remand of the police. These included six each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and two each in Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
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Mumbai: RM Bhatt School to attempt getting in Limca Book of Records for centenary year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>History of sorts would be created on November 26 when more than 10 thousand students, past students and citizens would sing together the NCC song as a part of centenary celebrations of RM Bhatt High School situated at Parel. The Limca Book of Records officials would be present for recording this history.Gokhale Education Society has its campuses also at Bordi and Nashik other than Bhatt High School which is right in the heart of Girangaon (meaning village located at a Girani or mill).Bhatt High School is completing hundred years on September 2, 2018, and the centenary year has already started to mark the same. Interestingly, the alumni association of the Bhatt High School which is named as Gurudakshina is organising the program. The ex-students are of the view that NCC song is most suitable for expressing the desire for unity, especially in today’s context. Head Mistress GS Kamble, president of Gurudakshina Pratima Joshi and Sanjay Ghagare who is a convener of Gurudakshina informed that they are expecting almost 25 thousand participants in singing together the NCC song.The alumni association has asked batches from successive years to contribute towards the maintenance of the school, especially classrooms. While they would create a record by singing together NCC song, they are putting forward an example for other schools to keep alive Marathi schools by doing something rather than shouting in the name of the language.

Massive 918 kg Khichdi cooked in a giant ‘kadhai’ creates Guiness World Record!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s official now! Khichdi, the humble comfort food, created world record with massive 918 kg cooked in a giant ‘kadhai’ on Saturday.The record was made during the World Food India 2017, the mega show organised by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and the CII.It all began at the Great India Food Street stall located at the India Gate lawns in the heart of national capital on Saturday. More than 1,000 kg of khichdi in a giant ‘kadhai’ or wok of 7 feet in diameter was cooked.The prepartions were done overnight supervised by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Yoga guru Ramdev added ‘tadka’ in the khichdi.Ingredients like rice, moong dal, bajra, jowar and Indian spices were steam-cooked. The cooked khichdi will be distributed to at least 60,000 orphan children as well as the guests present at the event. The khichdi will also be distributed to the Heads of Foreign Missions along with the recipe.Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur was jubilant over the record and congratulated everyone for the feat.Sanjeev Kapoor also tweeted the moment when the Guinness Records official made the announcement.

Nirmala Sitharaman rubbishes claims about India having ammunition to last two days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday reached Uttarlai airbase in Barmer for a ground visit. The newly-appointed Defence Minister in her three-hour visit met jawans and officers at the airbase. Nirmala was given a guard of honour by Sukhoi Fighter crafts on her arrival.Speaking to media, she said she would not comment about (a possibility of) war and added that all efforts towards enhancing the preparedness of the Armed Forces would be dealt with on priority. “Procuring arms and ammunition is a continuous process,” she said.Rubbishing the claims about India having just enough ammunition to last two days, the Defence Minister said that there was no shortage of ammunition in the country.Speaking further on the issue she said, “Discussions are one thing and statements from persons who have the facts is totally another. People who have facts are not making these statements,” she said. The Defence Minister said every asset required to enhance the preparedness of the forces would be procured, and that she would hold immediate meetings with the Prime Minister and the NSA to address all pressing issues related to procurement.Addressing a query related to the country having a part-time defence minister before she took up, Nirmala said, “For two years, Manohar Parrikar was a full-time minister and even though Arun Jaitley had an additional charge, nothing was delayed. Records show that decisions were taken without delay. But there are many matters that have been pending for years.”Pull Quote: I will be available round the clock and take speedy, timely decisions. This is new for me. I have told the three chiefs to meet me for 15 minutes in the morning at 10 am whenever I am in Delhi. The meeting can be extended if pressing issues are at hand. In case a chief is not in town, his deputy should attend the meeting. I will hold a meeting with the Defence Secretary twice a week.”

Land tranfer for Metro 7 gets Union Cabinet nod

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the transfer of 40 acres of land from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the construction of the Metro car depot for Metro-7 corridor.In lieu, MMRDA has agreed to compensate the AAI by handing over the plot at Gorai.After almost two years of negotiations, the MMRDA and AAI, in April, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the transfer of the land to the MMRDA at Dahisar, which presently hosts AAI’s high-frequency receiving station that enables uninterrupted communication for smooth movement of aircraft.The construction of the 16.5-km of Metro-7 corridor is progressing rapidly and has moved into the second stage for which civil construction is to be completed in 2018 and make the corridor operational in 2019.Initially, AAl will hand over at least 2,000 sq mts of land in Dahisar on temporary basis.In a statement, issued on Wednesday, the cabinet said, “MMRDA will pay the difference in cost of land of 40 acres, as per the stamp duty ready reckoner rate based on 2016-17 arrived at Rs. 472.70 crore or as per the ready reckoner rate at the time of final handing over of land, whichever is higher.”Further, MMRDA will also hand over the land at Gorai only after levelling, grading and demarcating the boundary. MMRDA is also expected to hand over all the land documents, revenue maps of Gorai land duly mutated in the Records of Rights in AAI’s name.

Rape victim, 10, delivers baby after India court bars abortion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India’s top court gave birth on Thursday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abuse of children. The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby; her parents told their daughter she was undergoing stomach surgery to remove a stone. “The girl is doing fine, she is recovering. We expect she will be discharged early next week,” said Dasari Harish, who heads a committee overseeing the girl’s care. The girl, whose identity has been kept secret, delivered a girl by Caesarean section in a state hospital in the northwestern city of Chandigarh, said Harish, who is a hospital physician. “The parents of the girl have refused to take custody of the child, and have agreed to her adoption through the state agency. They said they don’t even want to see the child,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Local media reports said the girl had been raped by an uncle and that he was now under arrest. The pregnancy was discovered when the child was taken to the hospital last month after complaining of stomach pains, and was found to be about 30 weeks pregnant. COURT CONTROVERSY A local court refused to grant the child an abortion, saying it was too risky at such a late stage. A plea in the Supreme Court was dismissed for the same reason on July 28. Indian law prohibits terminations at more than 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger or in exceptional circumstances. An increasing number of such cases have come to the courts in recent years. In May, a court allowed another 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her stepfather to undergo an abortion. As many as 10,854 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Activists say that awareness of, and reporting of, sexual violence against women has risen since a fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012, which sparked nationwide protests and a tightening of the law. But sexual violence against children still remains a taboo topic, with most cases going unreported.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Brinda Karat hits out at Jaitley for his speech in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat today criticised Union minister Arun Jaitley for his speech in Kerala and alleged that it had hit the peace process initiated by the state government there. Jaitley had yesterday urged the Kerala government to put an end to the “politics of annihilation” and allow the opposition to function freely. Karat, who was here to attend a party meet, told reporters that the Union finance minister’s speech in Thiruvananthapuram was beneath the dignity of a central minister and claimed that it had provoked the people of Kerala to trigger an unrest in the state. She alleged that since the BJP had “failed to break” the CPI(M) “through money and muscle power” in Kerala, it was now resorting to killing the cadre of the Left party “with the help of the RSS”. Karat alleged that the law-and-order situation was “worse” in the BJP-ruled states, compared to Kerala. “Records show that political killings have increased in a state like Uttar Pradesh among others,” she claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

For efficiency, NCRB merges with BPR&D

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the flagship unit of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has been merged with the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D). The NCRB was established in 1986 with a mandate to empower Indian Police with information technology solutions and criminal intelligence in a bid to enable them to enforce the law effectively,The MHA issued an order in this regard on Friday, which said: “In order to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources of BPR&D and NCRB, the competent authority has decided to merge both the organisations with immediate effect.” The order, issued by Raman Kumar Under Secretary, clearly specifies that NCRB Director Ish Kumar will now report to BPR&D Director General MC Borwankar.Reacting to the merger of the two organisations, Borwankar said, “The NCRB mandate is to collect data and they did not have a research wing unlike BPR&D. With both organizations merged, it will help in efficiently researching policing matters and eventually improve law enforcement and correctional administrations.”She also said that NCRB’s important project, Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), will give a back up to research carried out in these fields. “It will have lot of potential,” she stated. CCTNS is a project for creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance.BPR&D has contributed for the development of State Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) by strengthening their human resources through training and research. BPR&D, which also comes under MHA, is a think-tank as well as a research and training organization dedicated for the development of law enforcement and correctional administration in the country.Timeline1994: NCRB starts the Crime Criminal Information System (CCIS) to extract data pertaining to Crime and Criminal and Property as received from State Crime Records Bureaus. It has a database of approximately 4,33,78,448 records.2004: Starts Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) which helps in significant reduction in manual records/register maintenance at police stations, elimination of duplicate and inconsistent record keeping, facilitates maintenance of criminals’s details and keeps track of the case status.2009: Starts CCTNS projected that connects approximately 12794 police stations and 6000 higher offices.2016: NCRB receives “Digital India Award 2016-Silver Open Data Championship” from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for uploading of crime statistics.2017: Data is captured through Common Application Software under CCTNS project.2018: They will start keeping data pertaining to mob lynching and mob violence cases.

Prabhu to inaugurate Science Express Exhibition Train tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the Science Express Climate Action Special — Exhibition Train through video conferencing from New Delhi tomorrow. The exhibition train will be at Roha railway station for a day tomorrow, said a senior railway official. It will be on the display at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), here from July 19-22, said the official. The train will be stationed at CSMT on platform no 10 and will be open to public from 10 am to 5 pm. This Science exhibition train is an innovative mobile science exhibition train mounted on a 16 coach AC train, travelling across India since October 2007. Since then, it has made eight tours of the country, travelling about 1,56,000 km and exhibiting at 507 locations in over its 1,746 exhibition days and 1.68 crore visitors have visited it so far. “Science Express has become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition and has twelve entries in the Limca Book of Records,” official added. The ninth edition of the Science Express Climate Action tour is scheduled this year from February 17 to September 8, during which it will be exhibited at 68 stations across the country, a release issued by the CR said. The current, ninth phase of the Science Express was flagged off on February 17, 2017 from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP eyes Guinness World Record by planting 6 crore saplings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to create a Guinness World Record, the Madhya Pradesh government today carried out a drive to plant six crore saplings in 12-hours along the banks of river Narmada. The plantation drive that started from 7 am continued till 7 pm along the banks of the river covering 24 districts of the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the day-long campaign by performing puja and planted saplings this morning at Amarkantak, from where river Narmada originates. Chouhan said the entire state is fulfilling the commitment to enrich greenery around Maa Narmada today. “By planting trees we are not only serving Madhya Pradesh but the world at large,” Chouhan said in a tweet. “Children, youth, women, cutting across religion & class are participating in this noble cause of planting trees,” he tweeted. According to a state public relations officer, a total of 6.67 crore saplings are being planted in 12-hours across 24 districts located in Narmada basin. He said representatives of Guinness World Records were present at different spots to monitor the drive. Arrangement for three crore saplings was made by forest department, while remaining three crore by other departments and private nurseries.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Atrocities against Dalits increasing in Kerala: Panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Castes today said atrocities against Dalits were increasing in Kerala and the state government has failed to ensure their safety. L Murugan, the vice chairman of the commission, said here that the panel has been receiving lots of complaint of atrocities especially against Dalit women and on diversion of funds meant for the Scheduled Castes for other purposes. He was in the city after visiting Govindapuram village in Palakkad district, where Dalits had been allegedly subjected to untouchability. Murugan also went to some villages in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district. “According to figures of the Crime Records Bureau, as many as 883 cases of atrocities have been reported against Scheduled Caste people in the state between June 2016 to April 2017,” he told reporters here. “Of them, 12 were murder cases and 155 were rape. The state government has failed to ensure protection for Dalits, especially for SC women. The state government should take necessary steps to ensure safety the SC people,” Murugan said. Lack of timely action by the government may lead to insecurity in the minds of Dalits, he said. Murugan also asked the state government to ensure basic amenities for Dalits across the state. “The condition of SC colonies in the state is bad. I visited some such places, including the Ambedkar colony in Govindapuram and areas in Muvattupuzha,” he said. Basic amenities, including proper housing and drinking water, were lacking in such colonies, Murugan said, adding that in many places there was not even space for performing last rites of Dalits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dalit atrocities increasing in Kerala: Scheduled Caste Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Commission for Scheduled Castes today said atrocities against dalits were increasing in Kerala and the state government has failed to ensure them adequate safety.L Murugan, Vice Chairman of the Commission said here that the agency has been receiving lots of complaints of atrocities especially against dalit women and also regarding the diversion of SC funds for other purposes.He was in the city after visiting SC colonies in Govindapuram village in Palakkad district, where dalit residents had been reportedly suffering from untouchability and some villages in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district.”According to the figures of the Crime Records Bureau, as many as 883 cases of atrocities have been reported against Scheduled Caste people in the state during the period between June 2016 to April 2017,” he told reporters here.”Of them, 12 were murder cases and 155 were rape. The state government has failed to ensure dalits especially SC women protection.The state government should take necessary steps to ensure protection for SC people,” he said.Lack of timely action by the government may lead to instill insecurity in the minds of dalit people, he said.Murugan also asked the state government to ensure basic amenities in dalit colonies across the state.”The condition of SC colonies in the state is very worse.I visited some of such places including the Ambedkar colony in Govindapuram and similar ones in Muvattupuzha,” he said.Basic amenities including proper housing and drinking water are lacking in SC colonies, he said adding that there was not even buriel grounds to cremate dalits in many places.

Atrocities against dalits increasing in Ker: SC Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Commission for Scheduled Castes today said atrocities against dalits were increasing in Kerala and the state government has failed to ensure them adequate safety. L Murugan, Vice Chairman of the Commission said here that the agency has been receiving lots of complaints of atrocities especially against dalit women and also regarding the diversion of SC funds for other purposes. He was in the city after visiting SC colonies in Govindapuram village in Palakkad district, where dalit residents had been reportedly suffering from untouchability and some villages in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district. “According to the figures of the Crime Records Bureau, as many as 883 cases of atrocities have been reported against Scheduled Caste people in the state during the period between June 2016 to April 2017,” he told reporters here. “Of them, 12 were murder cases and 155 were rape. The state government has failed to ensure dalits especially SC women protection. The state government should take necessary steps to ensure protection for SC people,” he said. Lack of timely action by the government may lead to instill insecurity in the minds of dalit people, he said. Murugan also asked the state government to ensure basic amenities in dalit colonies across the state. “The condition of SC colonies in the state is very worse. I visited some of such places including the Ambedkar colony in Govindapuram and similar ones in Muvattupuzha,” he said. Basic amenities including proper housing and drinking water are lacking in SC colonies, he said adding that there was not even buriel grounds to cremate dalits in many places.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maneka’s remarks on male suicides taken out of context: WCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Women and Child Development today said its minister, Maneka Gandhi, advocated equal rights for all citizens and her reported remark on male suicides had been taken out of context. Gandhi was asked during a Facebook live session yesterday, “What is our government doing to reduce higher suicide rate among men, majority of which is due to Gynocentric Gender-Biased laws?” To this, she replied, “Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case.” The ministry said the minister’s response was being judged in isolation and taken out of context. “The Ministry of Women and Child Development and the minister have constantly advocated for equal rights of all citizens of the nation,” it said. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), of the 1,33,623 suicides reported in 2015, as many as 91,528 (68 per cent) were by men. Moreover, 64,534 (74 per cent) of the 86,808 married persons who committed suicide in 2015 were men. A further break-up of the data reveals that 654 married men ended their lives because of ‘non-settlement of marriage’, as against 524 women. Divorce led to 192 men and 199 women committing suicide. The minister held a one-on-one interaction yesterday through a Live Facebook session and reached out to nearly 2,00,000 people. Over 700 questions were received.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 54,000 turn up at Yoga Day in Ahmedabad, set new record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The International Yoga Day event held at Ahmedabad’s GMDC ground today entered the Guinness World Records Book with over 54,000 persons, led by Yoga guru Ramdev, participating in it to perform various asanas. The number, however, is drastically lower than Ramdev’s earlier claim of three lakh participants in the event. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani received certificate of the record from the Guinness Book officials at Gandhinagar in the afternoon. The previous record was set in Delhi on June 21, 2015, when 35,985 people performed yoga at Rajpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the government release here, 54,522 people took part in the Yoga Day event at GMDC ground today, beating the earlier record by a margin of over 18,000. Besides, 22 other records, such as the maximum number of Surya Namaskars by one person, were also set during today’s event and certified by the Guinness Book officials. Ramdev had claimed earlier in the morning that around three lakh people did yoga with him. “Today is the most important day for me, as more than three lakh people performed yoga at one place to set a new world record. We have broken the previous world record, which was set in the presence of our PM, by a huge margin,” Ramdev had told reporters after the event. BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel, former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, several political leaders besides IAS, IPS officers and the high court judges took part in the event. Amid early morning drizzle, Ramdev made the participants stretch their limbs to perform various yogic postures. Leaders of various faiths were specially invited to the event, organised jointly by the BJP government in the state and Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth. While giving instructions to participants during the event, Ramdev invited Shah and Rupani to join him on the dais and follow him in striking yogic postures. In his address after the event, Shah thanked Prime Minister Modi for making yoga popular globally. “Though India was trying hard to make yoga popular across the globe since 2011, we got success after the United Nations accepted Modiji’s proposal in 2014 and declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day. Since then the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly,” Shah said. The yoga day was also celebrated at all the district headquarters in the state. In Rajkot, 792 women took part in `aqua yoga,’ where they performed asanas in various swimming pools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nearly 3 lakh perform yoga at one place, set world record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly three lakh people, led by Ramdev, turned up at GMDC ground here on the International Yoga Day today to perform asanas, which the yoga guru claimed is a world record. BJP president Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, several other political leaders, IPS and IAS officers, high court judges and dignitaries were also present at the venue. The third edition of the International Yoga Day was held under the guidance of Ramdev, who made the participants stretch their muscles in various yogic postures amid the early morning drizzle at the ground. Religious leaders of different faiths were specially invited by the state government as well as Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth to watch the mega-event. After the one-and-a-half hour long session, Ramdev claimed that the event has made it to the Guinness World Records book with nearly three lakh people performing yoga at one place. The previous record was made in Delhi on June 21, 2015, when 35,985 people did yoga at Rajpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Today is the most important day for me, as more than three lakh people performed yoga at one place to set a new world record. We have broken the previous world record, which was set in the presence of our PM, by a huge margin,” Ramdev told reporters after the event. He said that officials of the Guinness World Records book were also present at the event. Ramdev said the officials will declare the final figure of the participants after tabulating the data based on the bar code tag given to each person at the entry gates. While guiding the participants during the event, Ramdev invited Shah and Rupani to join him on the dais and follow his yogic postures. In his address after the event, Shah thanked Modi for making yoga popular across the globe. “Though India was trying hard to make yoga popular across the globe since 2011, we got success after the United Nations accepted Modiji’s proposal in 2014 and declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day. Since then, the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly,” Shah said. Apart from the GMDC ground, yoga day was celebrated at all the district headquarters by the Gujarat government. In Rajkot, as many as 792 women took part in an ‘aqua yoga’ event, wherein they performed asanas in different swimming pools, an official of the city civic body said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Why a Congress MLA submitted Shiv Sena’s name for the Guinness World Records

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a jibe at the Shiv Sena, Congress MLA Nitesh Rane today sought a place in the Guinness World Records for the Uddhav Thackeray-led party for vowing to quit the BJP-led Maharashtra government many times (and not doing so). Rane, whose father Narayan Rane was once with Shiv Sena before joining Congress, today wrote a letter to the Guinness authorities, making this tongue in cheek demand. “We would like to register a record on his (Uddhav Thackeray’s) behalf for announcing a number of times that his party Shiv Sena would withdraw support to Maharashtra government,” Rane’s letter to the Director of Guinness World Records said.It will be a first-of-its-kind record, he said. Though Sena and BJP are long-time allies, relations between them are strained for the last few years. Sena had supported the recent farmers’ agitation in Maharashtra, despite being a part of the government.Meanwhile, reacting to Rane’s letter, Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said her party already holds a Guinness record for collecting largest quantity of blood in a day (24,200 bottles) at a blood donation camp in 2010.”Nitesh is a child in politics who is basking under the glory of his father without any substance of his own. He should be made aware that the Sena already holds a Guinness record and we are proud of it,” Kayande said.

World record: 13-year-old Mysuru girl performs 15 yogasanas in one minute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A thirteen year-old girl set a new world record for performing a series of 15 yogasanas in a minute, in the presence of representatives from the Golden Book of Records at a community hall here.The young achiever, identified as Kushi H., bagged this feat by performing the Niraalamba Poorna Chakrasana or the Back Plank Recline Cruncher, which is considered to be a very difficult asana.Kushi, the daughter Hemachandra, a bank officer, began performing yoga less than three years ago, following which she received various accolades on both national and international levels. In 2014, Kushi won a silver medal in an international Yoga competition in the under-17 category in China. In 2016, she won two gold medals, for solo artistic and rhythmic pair and two silver medals in Vietnam.During the practice session, Kushi performed the asana 13 times in a minute, a number that she superseded at the gathering on Sunday, allowing her to add a new world record to her kitty.The young girl, while speaking to ANI said she drew her inspiration from a contestant on the popular television show ?America?s Got Talent?, and decided to practice the same.”A contestant from Tokyo performed the same asana, which made my want to practice it and try to achieve a world record. I am glad it was successful. In the future, I would like to hold many more such records and do in-depth research in the field of yoga,” said an elated Kushi.

Other Acts should be invoked or cited with RTI in public interest matters: Ratnakar Gaikwad, on his last day as state info chief

Gaikwad’s stint saw some landmark orders like ministers’ offices coming under the RTI ambit, Reliance Metro being declared a public authority, FIRs and police manual being brought under RTI Act, among others <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his last day of office on Monday, state chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad emphasized that information commissioners should now increasingly look to invoke or cite various Acts along with the RTI Act in their orders, whenever there is a public interest application.Speaking to DNA as he prepared to demit office on Monday after a five year tenure, Gaikwad said,”In all public interest matters, other Acts like Public Records Act, legislation on delay in file movements etc should be clubbed in the orders. That will help in development and achieve greater transparency,” said Gaikwad.Gaikwad’s stint saw some landmark orders like ministers’ offices coming under the RTI ambit, Reliance Metro being declared a public authority, FIRs and police manual being brought under RTI Act, among others. He also issued show cause notices to senior officials under IPC sections and defined powers of a chief information commissioner that were upheld by court. Application of RTI Act that sought reasons for government decisions if controversial transfers were made further ensured that several provisions of RTI Act were in use.

Law panel for electronic tagging of accused, but with caution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Law Commission today recommended the “electronic tagging” of people accused of grave crimes, saying it would help reduce pressure on overcrowded jails as well as keep a check on people hoping to evade the law. The commission, however, warned that the system should only be used with the “highest degree of caution” after changing laws. Electronic tagging has the potential to reduce both fugitive rates, by ensuring that a defendant can easily be located, and government expenditure, by reducing the number of defendants detained at state expense. In its report submitted to the law ministry today on “Provisions relating to bail”, the panel quoted a New Zealand law to define electronic tagging or electronically monitored (EM) bail as a mechanism that is also known as a “restrictive” form of bail. “A person on EM bail must remain at a specified residence at all times unless special permission to leave is granted for an approved purpose (such as work). Compliance is monitored via an electronically monitored anklet that must be worn 24 hours a day,” it said. EM bail is available in New Zealand for defendants and young people aged between 12 and 17 years who would otherwise continue to be held in custody in prison while they waited for a court hearing. But at the same time, the Commission warned that electronic tagging had a “grave and significant impact on the constitutional rights” of individuals. “It must be implemented with the highest degree of caution. Such monitoring must be used only in grave and heinous crimes, where the accused person has a prior conviction in similar offences. This may be done by amending the appropriate legislations to restrict the application of electronic tagging…,” it said. It also recommended that section 50 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) be amended to ensure that a person arrested is given in writing, in the language he or she understands, the reasons for the arrest. It also said a person should not continue to remain behind bars as an undertrial because of an incomplete investigation. “A bail condition must not unreasonably violate the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If the prosecution cannot show through evidence that the person accused of an offence is at the risk of absconding, or is likely to commit the same offence, the accused should be considered eligible for release,” it recommended. The Law Commission, headed by Justice (retd) B S Chauhan, said it was of the opinion that anticipatory bail must not only be granted with caution but must also be made operative for a limited period of time. It said undertrials accused of crimes carrying a punishment of seven years in jail should be released on bail if they have spent one-third of that time, or two-and-half years, behind bars while on trial. The Commission also recommended that those who were accused of crimes which attracted a term of over seven years be released on bail if they had spent half of the term behind bars on trial. It said undertrials who could not produce a non-monetary surety — an undertaking by an individual that the undertrial will appear before authorities when required — should be allowed to instead deposit government identity documents such as Aadhaar or PAN cards to get bail. As of now, Section 436 A of the CrPC deals with the maximum period for which an undertrial prisoner can be detained. Under the law, those accused of a crime which is not an offence where the punishment is death should be released on bail if they have been in jail for a period “extending up to one-half of the maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under that law”. Two-thirds of prison inmates in India are undertrials, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IAS officer Anurag Tiwari’s brother suspects lapse into investigation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mayank Tiwari, brother of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a roadside in Uttar Pradesh?s Hazratganj area, on Friday suspected lapses into the police?s investigation. ?There are many hassles in the report. The police neither sealed the room nor was any item confiscated. Records have been erased from the mobile. I am absolutely sure that something is fishy,? Tiwari told ANI. The Karnataka-cadre IAS officer?s body was found near a government guest house on the Meera Bai Marg in Uttar Pradesh. He was staying at the guest house for the last two days with a batchmate after attending a training programme at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. Tiwari, an engineer by qualification, became an IAS officer in July 2007.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aadhaar may replace surety bond for bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what could result in a big relief for lakhs of undertrials languishing in jails across the country for their inability to file surety bonds, the Law Commission of India is all set to recommend replacement of surety bonds with Aadhaar or voter ID cards in case of minor offences. If the recommendation is adopted by the government and necessary legislation brought in, many undertrials will be able to walk out of jails.This and many more suggestions are part of the crucial reforms that the Law Commission is going to suggest to the government for liberalisation of bail laws, sources told DNA. Sources said the suggestion to replace surety bonds with Aadhaar cards and voter IDs has been taken by the Commission after discussions with stakeholders and factoring in the government’s push for Aadhaar cards. The Commission also took note of the fact there are many states in the country where all citizens have voter IDs.Time and again, the courts and even governments have raised the issue of undertrials languishing in jails for years due to their failure to post bail. According to the 2015 data of National Crime Records Bureau, 11 states in the country had overcrowded prisons. There are around 4.16 lakh prisoners in the country out of which 2.83 lakh prisoners are undertrials.At present, even in the case of bailable offences, an accused gets released only after signing a personal bond and after authorities verify the his or her address. This is easy for rich accused persons or accused from the middle class category because their addresses can be easily verified. But in cases where the accused fail to give a proper address, the accused – who are usually below poverty line — are required to produce surety, who can be held in case he/she flees after getting bail.A source, who did not wish to be identified said, “93 per cent of the working population in India is part of the unorganised sector which means that these people are not financially sound. They are labourers, street vendors, hawkers, farmers etc and most of them leave their villages and towns and come to cities for jobs. They face a lot of difficulties when they find themselves on the wrong side of law. They don’t have proper addresses and can’t find people who can stand as surety for them. These reforms, if implemented, will mainly benefit this 93 per cent of the working population.”The Commission, which is likely to submit its report in a week’s time, also feels that the bail bond amount and surety bond amount should be determined strictly in accordance with the financial condition of the accused. A source said that the law panel will also suggest that “if an accused is unable to furnish surety within 30 days of grant of bail, the court may reduce the surety amount.”The Commission is also going to recommend that the courts should not insist on a local surety for out-of-town accused persons.Another suggestion of the Law Commission is for imposition of most “reasonable” conditions on accused during grant of bail by the court. However, the nature of conditions would obviously be determined in accordance with the nature of offence. A Law Commission member, who did not wish to be named, explained, “For instance, if an accused is required to report to a police station every week, that police station should not be far from his residence. We are suggesting that the accused be allowed to report to the nearest police station.”In 2010- 2011, the Congress-led UPA regime, launched a joint initiative with the 24 high courts in the country to secure the release of 5,62,000 undertrials on bail. However, that government could not introduce a legislation or legislative amendment to reform the bail process. In September 2015, the Modi government decided to review laws related to bail by handling the task to the law panel. In the same year, the Supreme court had also said that accused persons should not languish in jail just because he was not able to furnish bail bond. The apex court had also ordered release of undertrial prisoners who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for the offences. The decision was taken in the backdrop of many jails in the country being overcrowded….& ANALYSISIf the recommendations are adopted by the legislature, it will facilitate release on bail of undertrials belonging to the poor sections.
This will also lead to decongestion of prisons, which has been a matter of great concern for long in the country.

112-feet tall ‘Adiyogi’ Lord Shiva declared largest bust by Guinness Book of World Records

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 112 feet tall bust of ‘Adiyogi’ Lord Shiva at the Isha Yoga Foundation has been declared the world’s largest bust by the Guinness Book of World Records. The Guinness had made the announcement in its website.The bust at the Isha Yoga Foundation on the outskirts of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24 this year. The face of Adiyogi, set up by the Isha Foundation led by spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev, attracts thousands of people every day, a press release said.”It is 112.4 feet high, 24.99 metres wide and 147 feet long, as verified on March 11, 2017,” it said.The bust refers to source of Yoga and symbolises the 112 methods of self-transformation that the first Yogi or Adiyogi (originator of yoga) offered, the release said.Isha Foundation plans to set up three more statues of similar height across the country. This is the second time the foundation had accomplished a Guinness record.On October 17, 2006, the foundation had entered the Guinness Book of World Records for planting 8.52 lakh saplings, the release added.

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Family court judge sets world record by deciding over 6k cases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal judge of a family court in Muzaffarnagar has set a Guinness World Record by disposing of as many as 6,065 cases in 327 working days. Tej Bahadur Singh today told reporters here that he has decided 6,065 cases in 327 days despite the lawyers strike in the district. The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed about Singh’s entry in its list of world record holders. The judge said that his move was aimed to reduce the number of pending cases in the court and provide justice to the litigants. He said that this was the highest ever disposal of cases in the country. A total of 903 couples were reunited after settlement in the family court, Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mass wedding of 104 specially-abled couples sets world record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mass marriage of 104 differently abled couples solemnised in Ujjain city in Madhya Pradesh has found a place in the Golden Book of World Records, a government official said today. The mass marriage event was held yesterday. “This was for the first time in the world when 104 physically-challenged couples tied the knot at one place. This record got entry into the Golden Book of World Records,” a public relations department officer said. Officials of the Golden Book of World Records presented a certificate to the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot and District Collector Sanket Bhondve. Leaders of different religions solemnised the marriages of 77 Hindu, 26 Muslim and one Sikh couple. The programme had been organised by the district administration with the help of social organisations. The official said during the event, one more record was set. “Another record was set during this mass marriage ceremony. A large gift pack was prepared with the public participation. This also got entry into Golden Book of World Records for being the largest gift pack,” the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Blind singer creates record by playing Gayathriveena for 5 hrs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular Malayalam playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi today reportedly set a world record by playing Gayathriveena, a single stringer musical instrument, for five hours non-stop, at a function here. Overcoming the worries she had to experience after calling off her engagement with a Gulf-based Kerala youth less than a week ago, the visually-challenged singer played 67 songs including Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi in various ‘Swaras’ in the single stringer musical instrument, creating the record. “I am grateful to God… I could fulfill the dreams of my parents, gurus and well wishers,” Vijayalakshmi said, after performing the instrument for the Universal Record Forum here. She played 12 Keerthanas also in the Gayathriveena during the five-hour-long performance, organisers said adding her name would be suggested for Limca Book of Records performance. Vijayalakshmi performed before a host of musicians and other dignitaries including former MP and senior CPI leader Pannian Raveendran. Vijayalakshmi had cancelled her wedding on February 28, which was just a little over a month away, after the youth had made a few surprise conditions ahead of the wedding.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China to begin finger printing foreigners on arrival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China will take fingerprint of foreigners from tomorrow when they enter the country as part of its efforts to collect biometric data to strengthen border controls, the Ministry of Public Security said today. The exit-entry departments across the country will begin to collect the fingerprints of foreign nationals aged between 14 and 70 this year. Those holding diplomatic passports or under reciprocal conditions are exempted, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The new system will first be tested at Shenzhen Airport from tomorrow, the Ministry said. It was expected to be introduced in airports and border points all over the country subsequently. The Ministry defended the measure, saying that collection of biometric data, including fingerprints, is an important border control measure which has been adopted by several countries in the world. China’s exit-entry departments will strive to improve the efficiency of entry clearance, it said. China maintains very close records and monitors all foreigners entering and leaving the country. Except diplomats, all foreigners with resident permits have to register with their local police stations within 24 hours after their entry. They have to re-register after every visit abroad and after visa renewal. Records of tourists visiting the country will be directly sent to police by hotels and guest houses.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Missing Delhi brothers traced to relative’s house in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two minor brothers, who were reported to have gone missing from their home in south Delhi’s R K Puram area, have been rescued from Bhilwara in Rajasthan where they had gone to meet their elder brother staying at maternal grandparents’ house, police said today. The father of the duo, aged 11 and 9, lodged a complaint at R K Puram police station in the morning of February 2 that they had gone missing the previous night, said Ishwar Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South). Various teams were formed to trace the duo. It was found that two children with similar description were seen at Delhi Cantonment railway station on February 1. “Records of the trains that pass through Delhi Cantonment railway station were checked and the family members were questioned about their relatives in Rajasthan. “It was found that the maternal grandparents of the children stay in Vijay Nagar, Bhilwara, Rajasthan. A team was sent to Bhilwara in Rajasthan and both the children were traced yesterday,” the police officer said. The brothers told police that they had left home with just Rs 40. The duo had taken a bus till Delhi Cantonment railway station and from there boarded the Chetak Express and reached Bhilwara without ticket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP govt failed to curb crime against women in UP: Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing serious concern over a steep rise in crimes against women during the Samajwadi Party rule, Union Minister Smriti Irani today said their dignity will be restored once BJP comes to power in UP. “According to National Crime Records Bureau, UP is on top as far as cases of crime against women are concerned,” Smriti Irani told newspersons here. “There had been 61 per cent rise in cases of crime against women between 2010 and 2015…there has been 161 per cent rise in cases of rape during the Akhilesh Yadav government,” she alleged. “BJP wants to assure all the women of the state that soon after coming to power, BJP will work dedicatedly for their empowerment, honour, security and digniy,” she said. She also referred to the various steps promised in BJP’s manifesto for security of women.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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