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Rajasthan fails to safeguard sloth bears

The Rajasthan government is reportedly not doing enough to save the sloth bears in the state.In 2005, the Sariska Tiger Reserve near Alwar saw a tragedy with all the tigers in the park lost to poaching. It was shocking because it was not before several months had passed that the forest department and the state government took notice of the situation. Although tigers were then trans-located into the reserve – of which a good numbers are surviving today – but a decade since the debacle, another blunder is about to take place, this time due to the apathy of the forest department.Due to the lethargic attitude of the department, the chance to revive a species long extinct in the area has now been lost. The species being talked about is the sloth bear, which was once abundant in the entire Aravalli range.In March 2013, a lone bear had strayed into a village near Malarna forest check post under Rajgarh forest of Sariska tiger Reserve. The six-year-old bear had come from Bharatpur. It was rescued and relocated in Kalighati forest area and the animal marked its territory in the park. It roamed around Kankwari, Tehla, Kalighati, Slopka region till Pandupol forest in the park covering a huge area. With this, hopes to revive the species were ignited. But four years since the bear was brought to Sariska, there is no representation of the species in the area. Whats more, the bear has not been sighted by forest officials for nearly a year.”There were no signs of the bear in the last year. We have not come across any carcass. We do not know if the animal was poached or has gone out of the area or has died a natural death” a highly placed official in the department said.Thought was given to the possiblity of reviving the species and plans were also made. However, the department took too long to formulate as in 2015 the final report for reintroduction was completed and tabled. “A factual report, along with a Sloth Bear Reintroduction Project, was forwarded to the forest department in May 2013 year regarding bringing a female bear to the park. It was, however, not put up before the Wildlife Board for consideration,” a forest official told DNA.More red tapeism followed in the state government and the final nod was received in 2017 from NTCA. “There was a glitch, however. The department could not just lift any female bear but the ones that had strayed out of the forest and towards city or village and was healthy to undertake such a journey could only be shifted,” sources said.Officials in the knowhow claim that there have been several incidences over the years particularly in Sirohi district wherein sloth bears have ventured out of the forest areas.But officials claim that the animal might have moved out of area. “Although it has not been sighted for a long time, we think the bear might have gone out of the area and towards Jamwa Ramgarh. It is a free ranging animal and might have gone anywhere” said Balaji Kari, DFO Sariska.Interestingly, reports of a bear in Jamwa Ramgarh have not been received over the past several months.

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Salman Khan, Katrina unveil Bina Kak’s book on tigers

In an event that had big names from Bollywood and wildlife conservation seated together, actors Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif launched Silent Sentinels of Ranthambhore — a photo-book by politician and former tourism minister of Rajasthan Bina Kak. The event was held at Hotel Taj Lands.Kak, who is known for her love for tigers and boosting the tourism and conservation initiative at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve said that it was while visiting Ranthambore she got addicted to photography and soon what started out as a hobby became a passion.”Filmmaker Mike Pandey guided me, right from which equipment to buy to using the right frames. Soon, I got attached to photographing tigers and the forest, and in no time, thanks to some of the most knowledgeable drivers and forest officers, I knew of every tiger and even their family tree,” she said.In fact, she revealed that it during treatment and chemotherapy for breast cancer that she began editing the photographs. “Going through the photos of the forest and thinking about the tigers kept me connected with life. And now, here I am with this book which I dedicate to my grandchildren Kabir and Jawahar, hoping they along with everyone else co-exist peacefully with nature,” said Kak.

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Tiger found dead in Umaria forests, electrocution by poachers suspected

The carcass of a tiger was found today in the Ghunghuti area of the district with forest officials suspecting the role of poachers in the death.Forest Department’s Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Rahul Mishra said, “The body of a tiger, apparently an adult, was found at the foothills of a hillock under Kachnar beat of Ghumghuti forest range. The condition of the carcass suggests the tiger was killed two-three days ago.”He said that while the carcass had been secured, forest rules forbade anyone to touch it till the dog squad arrived, in this case from Jabalpur, to help in investigations.”Therefore it is difficult to tell whether the carcass is of a tiger or a tigress. We suspect the tiger fell victim to a live electric trap laid by poachers,” Mishra said.This is the second suspicious death of a tiger in the last few days in the Ghunghuti range which serves as the buffer zone of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.On December 3, the carcass of a tiger, aged around four years, was found at Arjuni beat (Dhauri) under Ghunghuti range.That tiger was also a victim of a live electric trap laid by poachers, officials said.

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Green clearance must for rail projects on forest land: MoEF&CC

Railway projects passing through forest lands, national parks and eco-sensitive zones will not be exempted from the forest clearance process, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) told the Railways Ministry and state forest departments. The Environment Ministry’s clarification on the matter comes after the Railways had argued that Railways Act, 1989, gives it the power to acquire land, including forests, falling in its right of way. MoEF&CC clarified its position on the issue after referring the matter to the Ministry of Law and Justice, who seconded the Environment Ministry’s opinion.DNA has reviewed the MoEF&CC letter to Railways Ministry and state forest departments.The MoEF&CC told Railways, that as per the Law Ministry, despite provisions of the Railways Act, 1989, allowing Railways to acquire any land for its projects, forest land falling in the right of way attract provisions of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. MoEF&CC added that even if the forest land is under the possession of the Railways, it will need to seek forest clearance for non-forestry work. Further, projects passing through protected areas would need the approval of the National Board for Wildlife.“Railway projects passing through wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and tiger reserves amount to destruction of habitat within the meaning of various sections of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The need of seeking approval for railway projects passing through a wildlife sanctuary is in pursuance of Supreme Court order of 2002,” the MoEF&CC said.The Railways had raised the issue of applicability of Forest Conservation Act, 1980, and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for its projects citing the upcoming conversion of Akola-Khandwa railway line from metre gauge to broad gauge. The railway line passes through a reserve forest, Wan sanctuary and the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra. Of the 176-km track, 40 km passes through forested areas and of that 18 km lies inside the tiger reserve. According to government documents, the project would require diversion of 160.94 hectares of forest from the critical tiger habitat of Wan Sanctuary, a part of Melghat Tiger Reserve.OVERRULEDThe Railways had argued that Railways Act, 1989, gives it the power to acquire land, including forests, falling in its right of way. MoEF&CC clarified that Railway projects passing through forest land, national parks, eco-sensitive zones will not be exempted from forest clearance process.

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UP to set up first Tiger Reserve Centre in Pilibhit

Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up state’s first Tiger Rescue Centre at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve to check growing number of incidence between the majestic predator and mankind.Forest department officials claimed that as many as half a dozen people were mauled by tiger and leopard in the past one year in Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri and Behraich districts of Uttar Pradesh. About a dozen cases of wild beast attack on villagers were reported in the last four months alone.Spread in an area of 703 kms in three districts, one of the major problems in areas falling under Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is that there are narrow patches which are only 3 to 5 kms in width. “These narrow patches provide easy access and route to leopards and tigers to enter the human habitat in search of food,” said SK Updhyaya, Chief Wildlife Conservator.The forest department officials have noticed that villages falling under the close vicinity of these low-width narrow patches are more prone to wild beast attack than others. “Majority of attacks took place in these villages in the area,” said Updhyaya.A fear psychosis has prevailed among villagers following spurt in incidence of predator attacks. “We have stopped sleeping outside fearing attack by wild animals. After sunset, no one goes out. Despite complaints, the forest department has done nothing to protect our lives,” said Lakhvinder.The Chief Wildlife Conservator said that the work on solar fencing in an area of about 100 kms has already begin but it will not be that effective since the beast can jump over the fence easily and, moreover, solar fencing will not be effective at night when they chose to enter human habitat.”Taking into account the uneven geographical boundaries of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve, Tiger Rescue Centre is the only effective solution to check predators entering human population,” claimed the Chief Wildlife Conservator.The state government has already sanctioned Rs 3.5 crore to start work on setting up the Tiger Rescue Centre at the earliest in an area of 10 hectares. It has also sought permission from the Supreme Court and the Central Zoo Authority to develop a Tiger Safari in order to minimize incidents of tiger attacks.The Tiger Rescue Centre will have all facilities to keep 15-20 tigers at a time. It will have team of wildlife experts, a panel of doctors, guards armed with tranqualizing guns, a mini hospital, rest houses, canteen, sheds for keeping tigers etc.”The main aim of this Rescue Centre would be to catch tigers and leopards before they enter villages and keep them at the centre for rehabilitation before setting them free in Tiger Reserve again,” said Updhyaya.There were about 28 tigers in the forest when Pilibhit Tiger Reserve came into existence in 2008. Now the number has increased to well over 50. “We can increase their population further once the Rescue Centre is set up,” claimed the Chief Wildlife Conservator.

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Qazigund encounter: Anantnag Police arrests suspected terrorist

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

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Bihar cabinet minister, Tej Prasad Yadav has said that he will get Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘skinned’ if any harm is done to his father Lalu Prasad Yadav.Tej Pratap’s remark comes in the wake of the Centre’s decision to scale down the Z-Plus security of Lalu Prasad and withdrawing of National Security Guards from the Bihar leader’s protection.”This is a conspiracy to get him (Lalu) murdered, but we will give a befitting reply to them (the Centre). We will get Narendra Modi skinned (Hum Narendra Modi ki khaal udedhva denge); go and tell him,” Tej Pratap said.When media persons sought clarification over his derogatory remarks for the prime minister, Tej Pratap reacted and said, “If something happens to my father then will you (media) take responsibility,” Who will take responsibility if he is murdered? Isn’t my father’s life precious”The centre reportedly thinned down the security of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader after the home ministry reviewed the security of the VIPs. However, more than 30 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will still provide a shield to the RJD supremo.

Former PM Manmohan Singh to get Indira Gandhi peace prize

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former prime minister Manmohan Singh will receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development this year for his leadership of the country between 2004 and 2014 and for enhancing India’s stature globally.According to a statement from the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Singh was unanimously chosen for the award by an international jury chaired by ex-president Pranab Mukherjee.”The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development is awarded to Manmohan Singh for his leadership of the country and his achievements during the momentous 10 years from 2004 to 2014, for his contributions to the cause of economic and social development, for improving India’s stature in the world and its relationship with the neighbours and the leading nations of the world, and for his dedication to the security and well being of ordinary citizens regardless of their faith, caste, region or language,” a statement from the Trust’s secretary Suman Dubey said yesterday. The Trust said Singh is only the third Indian prime minister to complete two full terms as the PM. His tenure witnessed the path-breaking nuclear agreement with the US and the Copenhagen Climate Change agreement, the statement said.Singh, who as the governor of the Reserve Bank of India and the finance minister in the government headed by P V Narasimha Rao, played a pivotal role in ushering economic reforms, it said, adding that as prime minister he led India in achieving the highest sustained rate of economic growth since Independence. The Trust said Singh has been responsible for making India’s voice heard more effectively at international forums.”The 10 years of his premiership were not only a period of rapid economic and social changes, they witnessed the lowest terrorist violence, prolonged period of communal harmony, peace on the country’s borders and a globally acknowledged rise in India’s standing in the global community of nations,” the statement said.The international award named after former prime minister Indira Gandhi was instituted in 1986. The last two recipients have been the Indian Space Research Organisation and the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Tiger killed by carnivore in buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In more bad news for tigers and animal lovers in Maharashtra, the state lost yet another tiger. The big cat was killed by another carnivore in the buffer zone of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. (TATR).This has taken the number of tiger mortalities in Maharashtra this year to 15, which is at par with the highest toll recorded.State forest department officials said that forest department staff, who were visiting the Janala village in Chandrapur after a farmer’s cow was killed by a tiger, had chanced upon the carcass of the slain big cat on Wednesday. “The tiger may have been killed in a fight with another tiger. The slain tiger was aged around one-and-half years,” said an official. The tail and a rear leg of the killed tiger was severed from his body during the fight and some part of the body was also eaten by wild animals making it difficult to identify the gender. “The other tiger too may have been injured badly in the fight as we heard it cry out in pain at a distance,” the official added. In 2016, India lost 98 tigers–the highest since 2010 and this year, the toll stands at 79.In 2016, Maharashtra accounted for 15 mortalities–the highest so far. In 2015, Maharashtra’s tiger deaths stood at 12, up from seven in 2014 and 10 in 2013. Tiger mortalities were 13 in 2012 and four each in 2011 and 2010. As on November 17 this year, the tiger deaths in Maharashtra are 15. Since November 4, 2016, a total of six tigers have been electrocuted in the state. This includes Srinivas, the son of Maharashtra’s iconic tiger Jai, who was electrocuted to death in the Nagbhid range in April. Maharashtra has six tiger reserves, namely Tadoba Andhari, Pench, Bor, Sahyadri, Melghat and Navegaon Nagzira. According to the tiger census, results for which were released in 2014, India has 2,226 tigers, up from 1,706 in 2010. The state has around 190 such big cats, more than the figure of 169 in 2010.

7 securitymen hurt in IED blast by Naxals along Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven security personnel were today injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast, allegedly triggered by Naxals, along the Chhattisgarh- Jharkhand border, official sources said.A patrol party was targeted by the ultras, they said, adding that the seven injured men — five from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and two from the Jharkhand police — were airlifted to Ranchi.The blast took place around 2 pm near the Pipardhaba village of Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh, bordering Jharkhand, followed by an exchange of fire between the ultras and the securitymen, the sources said.The joint team of troops was out for an anti-Naxal operation when the blast was triggered.”As per preliminary reports, the condition of the injured troops is not critical,” a senior CRPF officer said.Additional forces from nearby areas were rushed to the area and the firing had stopped, the sources said.The CRPF men belonged to the 62nd battalion, they added.

Pak pumping in fake currency

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A year after demonetisation of high value Indian currency notes, the Pakistan’s rogue intelligence agency, ISI is back with a mirror copy of Rs 2000 and 500 notes that was launched by the Reserve Bank of India with new security features to neutralize Fake Indian Currency Notes ( FICN) factories operating across the border.Although, ISI suspected to have copied majority of security features of newly launched notes, the sudden increase in last two months is perplexing. The intelligence agencies have revealed the reason behind the surge. Sources said Pak’s ISI has managed to set up a proper units in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and newly printed FICN is smuggled to Bangladesh before it reaches to India through FICN mules.The FICN business that involves both state and non state actors is using high quality machine and ink making the lot difficult to detect, identified and easy to slip as original. The Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.THE CONCERNSThe Intelligence agencies officials last week have voiced concern over the high quality of Rs 2000 FICNs, which makes them difficult to distinguish from real notes.

Gujarat couple await DeMo money, Gujarat High Court sends notice to RBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Reserve Bank of India for not depositing money in the accounts of a senior citizen even after nine months, though he had tendered Rs47, 000 worth of scrapped notes in March.Rashmikant Shah and his wife has moved a petition alleging that the RBI had failed to return their money on time. Now the court should direct them to return the money with interest.The matter came up for hearing before the first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi, where the petitioners’ advocate submitted that the elderly couple were facing great difficulties as the RBI failed to deposit Rs 47,000 in their account. After hearing the primary submission, the court has issued a notice to the RBI asking them to file a reply by December 11.The couple claimed that they were in the UK from Septmber 2016 to January 2017. They submitted their passport and visa to the court. On November 8, the Union government implemented demonetization and gave time till December 31 to exchange the scrapped currency with the RBI.They said that they approached the RBI in Mumbai in March after completing all formalities and tendered the scatrapped currency. They were assured that they will get their money within a fortnight. But even in two months after that, they did not receive the money. Every time they approached the bank, heyw ere given new dates.Rashmikant said he had tendered 25 notes of Rs 1,000 and his wife deposited six notes of Rs 1,000 and 32 notes of Rs 500. They had incurred Rs 10,000 as expenses for traveling to Mumbai and staying there for two days to complete the process. Their advocate said that the court should direct the bank to deposit the same with interest to the account.

Madras High Court dismiss PIL seeking ban on ‘Mahatma’ prefix on currency notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a direction to the central government to refrain from using the word ‘Mahatma’ as a prefix to Gandhi’s name in the currency notes with a cost of Rs 10,000 on the petitioner for wasting time.The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar dismissed the petition moved as a PIL by S Muruganantham, a research scholar at Jadavpur University in Kolkata saying that such PIL’s only clogged the business of the court and consumed valuable time of the judiciary.The petitioner questioned the constitutional validity of prefixing the title ‘Mahatma’ before the name of MK Gandhi in Indian currency notes and contended that the act of the government was in complete violations of Article 14 and 18 of the constitution. He also said that when the Reserve Bank of India uses the prefix, it amounts to a violation of the principle of equality which is the basic structure of Constitution.

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.

Ponzi scheme: Now more victims approach SOG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after nearly a hundred people hit by the Ponzi scheme approached the Special Operations Group (SOG) seeking help to recover their money, more victims appeared before the SOG on Tuesday. Interestingly, the SOG officials have assured them of every help.On Tuesday, the statements of several people who approached the SOG for help were recorded. “We were asked about the date from which we have been depositing money and why did we keep investing money in the company. Also, we were asked about the money stuck in the company and when the company stopped paying the money back,” said Pankaj Kumar, a resident of Alwar.“The cops are very understanding of our situation and senior officials even spoke to all of us about the problem,” he added. Interestingly, highly-placed officials in the SOG informed that the accused have agreed to release payments to the people whose money had been stuck. Meanwhile, after the statements were registered, the people who had thronged SOG headquarters from various parts of the state like Dholpur, Ajmer, Alwar, Niwai, Chomu amongst others went back to their native places. The accused will be produced before the court on November 9th and the SOG might ask for a further increase in their custody as the investigation in the matter has to be continued.Previously, SOG had requested the ED to look into the issue as the accused had violated RBI norms.VOILATION OF NORMSPreviously, SOG had requested the ED and SEBI to look into the Kolkata-based liquor baron Manoranjan Roy’s multi-crore Ponzi scheme as the accused had raised Rs 1,600 crore from over lakhs of investors across India in violation of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines.
The accused will be produced before the court on November 9.

Save our tigers, Cambodia tells India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an eye on reviving their extinct tiger population, a high-level delegation of the Cambodian government made a two-day visit to Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, in October end to study its successful tiger reintroduction programme.Cambodia’s population of Indochinese tigers has become functionally extinct, with no breeding population left, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) had declared in April 2016. The south-east Asian country is currently looking to rope in India as partner to seek technical cooperation in their still nascent project to revive tigers, hence this visit assumes significance.Following the visit, the Cambodian government may soon write to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, seeking technical co-operation.The high-level delegation of 18 comprised among others, Svay Sam Eang, Governor of Mondulkiri province, ministers of tourism and environment, and top forest department officials. The visit came close on the heels of an Indian delegation’s visit to Mondulkiri forests in September. The Mondulkiri province in the eastern plains landscape of Cambodia is home to a vast forest expanse of 4,249 sq km, which was the last place tigers were seen in the country.According to officials from PTR, the Cambodian delegation was taken around various ranges of the Panna forest and were introduced to functioning of ground staff and monitoring of radio-collared tigers. There are 11 radio collared tigers in Panna and the PTR staff tries to track most of them on a daily basis using radiotelemetry equipment.”They wanted to see first-hand the landscape of Panna and specifically how our staff works round the clock to monitor tigers inside PTR. I believe they took away a lot from their visit on the professionalism of forest staff since their conservation is largely drive by non-profit organisations,” said SP Yadav, assistant secretary general, Global Tiger Forum, an intergovernmental international organisation.After a near wipeout of Panna’s tigers in 2009, a first-of-its kind tiger reintroduction programme was started. This involved translocation of female tigers from Kanha and Bandhavgarh to Panna. Today, there are 26 adult tigers in PTR.The delegation was also informed about the camera-trap monitoring methods that help in maintaining a photographic database of individual tigers inside PTR. “We have nearly 200 camera traps across the 542 sq km of the reserve. Along with the reintroduction programme, informing them about how we are sustaining the population was of equal interest to them,” said Vivek Jain, field director, PTR.Independent experts said the Cambodian delegation’s visit was a step in the right direction, irrespective of whether the south-east Asian country requires India to share a tiger for repopulating their forests. “Since Panna and Mondulkiri share a similar latitude, it was a positive step to assess our landscape. They need to first focus on setting their house in order in terms of establishing proper prey-base, which is low right now,” said K Ramesh, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India.A 2013 WWF study on tiger reintroduction in Cambodia stated that though Malayan and Amur tigers are closest genetic relatives of Indochinese tigers, their habitat and prey base do not match. Moreover, the Bengal tiger shares similar habitat and prey assemblage to Cambodia’s tigers, which made India and Nepal ideal to source tigers from.Tracking big catsThe Cambodian delegation was taken around the Panna forest and introduced to monitoring of radio-collared tigers. There are 11 radio-collared tigers in Panna and the staff tries to track most of them using radiotelemetry equipment.

After Panama Papers, Amitabh Bachchan’s name appears in Paradise Papers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his name appeared in the Panama Papers, veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s name has appeared in the Paradise papers as well. According to the report by ICIJ, in collaboration with The Indian Express, Bachchan became a shareholder of a digital media company in 2000. However, it is not clear if the shareholding was disclosed to the Reserve Bank of India, as at the time all investments made abroad by resident Indians required RBI permission. This changed in 2004 after the Liberalised Remittance Shceme was introduced.Appleby records Bachchan and Silicon Valley venture investor Navin Chaddha as shareholders of Jalva Media Ltd on June 19, 2002. The company was set up in Bermuda on July 20, 2000 and dissolved in 2005.The company was launched by four Indian entrepreneurs in California in January 2000, with the Indian arm – Jalva Media India Pvt Ltd – being set up in February 2000. A third company was set up in Bermuda in July that year. In October 2005, Appleby stating that Jalva-Bermuda, listed as “bad debtor”, “shall stand dissolved”. Appleby had already terminated services to the company on January 14, 2004.Jalva-India survived on paper till it opted for the ‘Easy Exit Scheme 2011’ of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, for being “inoperative for the past six years due to the reason of business not being successful.” A

Linking Aadhaar to bank a/c a must: RBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) clarified that it is mandatory to link Aadhaar cards to the bank accounts under the Prevention of Money Laundering regulations in the country, the Public Sector Banks’ Officer union has demanded that linking should be put on hold till the Supreme Court comes out with a clear directive.All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) has also registered their protest against instructions given by some of the banks to designate certain branches as special cells for enrolment of Aadhaar.”The government should make it clear before the common citizens of the country that the seeding of Aadhaar is purely voluntary and not mandatory,” All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) said in a statement.”The advisory to this effect should also be passed to all the stakeholders,” AIBOC general secretary DT Franco said.”We also demand that the government should look for alternatives or add more workforce into banks to implement Aadhaar related works in the public sector banks.”The RBI release had added that these rules have statutory force and as such banks have to implement them without awaiting further instructions. “Some news items have quoted a reply to a RTI application that Aadhaar number linkage with bank accounts is not mandatory,” the Central Bank had said in a tweet. “The Reserve Bank clarifies that, in applicable cases, linkage of Aadhaar number to bank account is mandatory under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017 published in the Official Gazette on June 1, 2017.”Though the Supreme Court said that Aadhaar is not illegal and privacy not absolute, a final judgment on the need to make Aadhaar mandatory is still awaited. So if government has the final say, then bank accounts that are not linked to Aadhaar will become in operational from January 1, 2018.However exemptions are given to small accounts where the annual credits in the account does not exceed Rs one lakh and aggregate of all withdrawals and transfers in a month does not exceed Rs 10,000.Meanwhile the All India bank officers Confederation (AIBOC) said in a release ever since the government notification amending the PML Rules, 2005, under which bank accounts that were not seeded with the Aadhaar number by December 31 would cease to be operational, banks have gone into an overdrive to get their account holders to furnish Aadhaar details – and are desperate to head-off a situation where branches might end up swamped with frantic customers as the deadline nears.

Man-eating Indian tigress dies of electrocution

Sharpshooters were looking for the tigress after a court order to kill the man-eater.

Man-eating Indian tiger faces ‘shoot-to-kill’ order

Forest officials are scrambling to catch the tigress responsible for killing four people.

Discussing economy? PM Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah meet in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After defending the Indian economy on Wednesday in an hour-long speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and BJP President Amit Shah met in Delhi on Thursday. Sources suggest that the two might have discussed the recent state of Indian economy. Amit Shah cut his three-day tour of Kerala and Karnataka to participate in the meeting in New Delhi. Sources further suggest that the meeting has two main agendas: economy and the forthcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat that are due by the end of this year.Sources say that the Prime Minister has taken into consideration the bleak economic scenario that the Reserve Bank of India has indicated in its survey. The meeting of the top three business leaders came a day after when Prime Minister lashed out at critics of his economic policies, the Prime Minister said the Indian economy was on firm footing and that he will never jeopardise the country’s future for present gains.
ALSO READ Inflation grew faster than GDP under Congress: PM Modi defends state of economy, hits out at ‘pessimists’Modi told a gathering of Company Secretaries that his government will continue reforms and will not hesitate to take decision to reverse the GDP slowdown witnessed in last two quarters.”I will not jeopardise the future of the country for my present gains,” he said, adding the government would focus on structural reforms rather than giving doles to win praises.
ALSO READ War of words between Sinha, govt continues over economyModi said his critics were focusing on the slowdown in the last two quarters but were ignoring the fact that the BJP government had brought down inflation from 10 per cent in the UPA regime to 2.5 per cent, shrunk Current GDP growth was 5.7 per cent or less than that on eight occasions during previous UPA government, he said, lamenting how pessimists were describing the April-June growth of 5.7 per cent as doomsday.Modi made comments days after senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in an article headlined “I need to speak up now”, described the economy as a “mess” that will not resuscitate before the next general elections.

PIL against anonymous election bonds: SC asks govt, EC to respond

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Centre and the poll panel on the plea, which also alleged that the changes would bring opacity into Indian politics and open the doors “to unlimited political donations”.Through the petition, an NGO has challenged the amendments made to the Reserve Bank of India Act, the Representation of the People (RP) Act, the Income Tax Act, the Companies Act and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by the Finance Acts of 2016 and 2017.The NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), has claimed in its plea that the amendments have removed the cap on political donations by companies and legalised anonymous donations by introducing the use of electoral bonds which can be issued by any scheduled bank for the purpose of funding any party.It said that by amending the RP Act, the donations made by way of electoral bonds are exempted from disclosure to the ECI and claimed that this would “adversely affect electoral transparency and encourage corrupt practices in politics”.The PIL contended that the amendment to the Companies Act has not only removed the earlier cap of 7.5 per cent of a company’s average three-year net profit for political donations, but a corporate entity now is no longer required to name the parties to which they make contributions.”The companies are no longer required to disclose the break-up of contributions made to different political parties.Removal of the statutory ceiling of 7.5 per cent of average profits on donation to political parties now enables even loss-making companies to make donations of any amount to political parties out of their capital or reserves.”Further, it opens up the possibility of companies being brought into existence by unscrupulous elements primarily for routing funds to political parties through anonymous and opaque instruments like electoral bonds,” the petition has claimed.ADR, represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan, has also said that by amending the FCRA, foreign companies with Indian subsidiaries have been allowed to fund political parties.It has contended that this would expose Indian politics and democracy to international lobbyists who may want to further their agenda.Apart from challenging the amendments, the petition has also opposed the method by which the amendments were carried out as money bills through the two Finance Acts.The NGO has alleged that the Finance Acts have been enacted as money bills to bypass the Rajya Sabha.It has contended that these legislations were not money bills as they provided for matters which were in addition to those enumerated in Article 110(1) of the Constitution and therefore, they were bills which had to be routed through the Rajya Sabha.Article 110(1) lays down the constituents of a money bill, the NGO said and alleged that the passage of the two Finance Acts was a “clear case of constitutional fraud violating the fundamental rights and a colourable exercise of power”.The petition has sought that the amendments made to the various laws be declared as “unconstitutional, illegal and void” and their operation be put on hold till the PIL is finally decided. PTI SJK HMP ABA RKS

Attack on BSF camp in Srinagar not a setback, was repulsed successfully: J&K IG Munir Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General (IG ) Munir Khan on Tuesday said that the attack on a BSF camp near the Srinagar International Airport was not a setback and it was repulsed successfully.Killing all three militants in an operation that also claimed the life of an assistant sub-inspector of the force, security forces foiled an attempt by the Jaish-e-Mohammed to storm a BSF camp.The gun-battle also forcing brief suspension of air traffic and closure of schools in the vicinity.”Three terrorists were killed, unfortunately, we lost one ASI. The terrorists were from Jaish-e-Mohammed,” Munir Khan said speaking to media.However, taking a swipe at the media for saying that the attack was setback, the IG requested them to be reasonable before running news.”Such attacks will continue to happen as long as Pakistan is our neighbour. I don’t know how some sections of media are saying it is a setback, it is not. Attack was repulsed successfully,” he said.Khan also said that they are looking for 6-7 terrorists and need to neutralise them very fast.Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the security forces for successfully eliminating the terrorists involved in an attack.Singh said he has spoken to the chiefs of the Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force following the suicide attack near the Srinagar airport.”I have spoken to the DG CRPF and DG BSF. It was a good operation that they have conducted,” he told reporters here.

Cut delays in providing equipment to forces: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged for a framework to ensure there are no delays in providing equipment to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) asking defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) to give a push to indigenisation.”For the CRPF, I have seen that the procurement of equipment is done by the Defence Ministry. The CRPF does not get the priority it should.”Singh was speaking at an event in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), where equipment built by several DPSUs were handed over to CRPF.”There has been a delay in supply of equipment and weapons to them. There is a need to think about it, as they suffer due to the delay. I think a framework for it has to be developed,” Singh said.The CRPF was handed armoured buses, bulletproof jackets, assault rifles, all terrain vehicles, carbines and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by the DPSUs.Singh welcomed Nirmala Sitharaman’s appointment as the Defence Minister saying there will be a “new energy and strength” under her as women symbolise “shakti” or strength.The Home Minister said the armed forces will have to equip themselves with latest technologies to deal various situations including counter insurgency.He said when he visited Naxal-dominated areas in Jharkhand, jawans requested for lighter helmets. “We have given lighter helmets, but there is a need for improvement.”He also said, “Those involved in crime are using latest technologies. While sitting in any part of the world, anybody can make anyone a terrorist, they can hack… We will have to equip ourselves with latest technologies to combat them.”

GDP growth slips to lowest in 3 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s economy grew by 5.7% in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the first quarter of the current financial year (April-June) while the new growth parameter, Gross Value Added (GVA) came at 5.6%, highlighting the adverse impacts of several factors, with disruptions associated with introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) being the most direct and immediate cause.The fall in economic growth comes at a time when expectations were riding high of India overtaking China’s growth. China reported a quarterly growth of 6.9% for April-June period, overshooting its own estimates.As per the data released on Thursday by the Central Statistics Office, India’s economy grew at a slowest pace in over 13 quarters, raising questions about the Reserve Bank of India’s prediction of 2017-18 GVA growing by 7.3% topping previous year’s 6.6%, as per the annual report released by the banking sector regulator just a day before.The first GDP quarter growth figures contrast sharply against the 7.9% growth in the corresponding quarter in 2016 and 6.1% growth reported in January-March.What factors contributed to these not-so-enviable growth figures? Extreme destocking, disruption in production schedules and discounts offered ahead of the implementation of the GST could be the major reasons, apart from Wholesale Price Index deflator, says chief statistician TCA Anant.”A major sector that has seen a sharp decline is industry. Corporate entities were pulling down their stocks in April-June, which seems to be in anticipation of GST,” Anant said.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said manufacturing sector growth has gone down due to GST’s impact on destocking, and with GST woes now behind us, the curve could turn for better. As the global economy is improving faster than anticipated, domestic public investment is going to be high. But before that happens, policy actions and investment are both needed to ensure that economic growth picks up, he said.Anant stuck to his theory of WPI deflator pulling down industrial growth figures.Economists also point an accusing finger at the government’s demonetisation drive. “The lingering impact of demonetisation, as well as the effect of the real estate regulatory authority (RERA) are visible in the low 2% growth of construction in the first quarter. The combination of lower volumes and higher discounts offered to reduce inventories ahead of GST, and the turnaround in average WPI inflation weighed upon the manufacturing GVA growth in April-June, 2017,” said Aditi Nayar, principal economist, ICRA Ltd.”Crucially, the government has also revised down GVA growth for the fourth quarter of last fiscal by 50 basis points to 5.6%, suggesting that the impact of demonetization on the economy was more than earlier estimated,” said Crisil Research in a report.Doubling of value-based items in the new Index of Industrial Production (IIP) series might have inflated manufacturing growth in the previous year when wholesale price inflation was negative compared with the current situation when WPI is positive.”Trends of IIP are now increasingly affected by movements in WPI. The new series is likely to show inflated growth during times of falling inflation. Therefore, the sharp rise in the growth of IIP need not be on account of actual rise in production volume in industries,” says a research report by Radhika Pandey of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy.Manufacturing fell sharply in the quarter from 10.7% to 1.2% with the predominant pressure coming from the private sector SME segment. Agriculture, growing at 2.3% could match up to 2.5% seen in the corresponding quarter last year.Whatever be the reasons for slow growth, the figures were way off the mark from most of the estimates. HDFC, for example, was expecting a GVA of around 6.7% on the assumption that consumption spending, government services coupled with buoyancy in agricultural sector would have helped the country post a modest growth in economic activities.Rating agency ICRA, however was more conservative, predicting a figure of 6.3% on the back of headwinds like GST disruptions, impact of rupee appreciation on export earnings and troubles in banking and telecom.The figures, coming after India’s moral victory at Doklam standoff, could be some embarrassment for the Indian government as India’s GDP growth has now slipped below that of China.

India rupee: Parties say cash crackdown was ‘disaster’

Opposition parties in India say a government crackdown on illegal cash was a disaster.

India rupee: Illegal cash crackdown failed – bank report

India’s attempt to flush out undeclared wealth by withdrawing notes did not work, bank figures show.

Over 3000 Amarnath pilgrims provided medical assistance during

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 3000 pilgrims were provided medical aid during the recently concluded Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir Himalayas, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said today. A medical camp established by the 54th battalion at Manigam along the Baltal route provided medical treatment to 3138 persons including 512 women during the 40-day yatra, which concluded on 7 August, the CRPF said in a statement here. It said that the pilgrims treated by a team of senior doctors of the force also included accident victims. “On July 2nd, some yatris belonging to Gurdaspur in Pujab met with an accident at Sumbal and all of them were given free of cost medical treatment for two days at Manigam hospital and were safely sent back to their destination with all necessary assistance,” the statement said. It added that on July 9, a bus from Ahmedabad rolled down near Gund and the force arranged the stay of 38 pilgrims, providing all basic amenities, for one week at the Manigam base camp and also arranged transportation for their return journey. On June 29, Constable Ramesh Kumar of 181 Battalion, deployed in Baltal, saw two pilgrims, on horses, crossing a make-shift narrow wooden foot bridge which did not seem to be safe. “He immediately shouted out to the pilgrims to be cautious but they could not listen it due to the noise of water current. Suddenly, both horses lost balance and the pilgrims fell into the glacier stream,” the statement said adding that Kumar reacted quickly and pulled them out safely. In another instance, jawans saved the occupants of a car that had met with an accident and fallen into a gorge. On July 19, a yatra bus from Andhra Pradesh carrying 11 pilgrims including four women arrived at pilgrim camp, Rangamore and informed Sub-Inspector Ramanand Yadav of 54 Battalion that the person who was heading the group, namely A Yashu Ratnam, lost his bag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar while shopping. The troops contributed money and made other arrangements for the pilgrim. All the yatris appreciated their noble gesture and expressed their sincere gratitude to CRPF, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amended wildlife Act to be formulated soon: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An amended Wildlife Act would be formulated soon by incorporating stringent rules against poaching of animals, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said here today. Considering the increased incidents of poaching and hunting the the Forest and Environment Ministry would incorporate amendments to the Act to prevent such crimes, he told reporters here. The forest ministry would also write to Railways to take special attention to prevent death of wild animals especially elephants on the track, Harsha Vardhan, who was on a visit to Theppakkadu elephant camp near here, said. That man-animal conflict incidents were little higher in Tamil Nadu, compared to other states and steps had been taken to reduce them, he said. An expert committee would be soon formed to suggest permanent solution to the unwanted growth of plants like parthenium in reserve forest areas, including Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgiris District, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tight security for Kailash, Machail yatras in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today said all security measures have been put in place as the high-altitude Kailash and Machail yatras kicked off in J&K. The yatras commenced yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda hills. A Padmakumar, Commanding Officer (CO), CRPF 33 Battalion said, “The yatra passes through dense forests and tough terrain to reach the high-altitude destination of Kailash Kund and Machail, keeping that in mind, we have made all arrangements. “Our deployment is in place, the routes are guarded by CRPF and local police, Army and SOG are also involved in advance sensitisation of high altitude meadows and ridges to provide foolproof security to the pilgrims and the shrines”. He further stated that there are a number of medical camps around for health assistance and any natural disaster. “So, I would like to assure that this year also both the yatras will pass off peacefully,” he added. Every year thousands of pilgrims participate in ‘Kailash Yatra’. This pilgrimage is considered as one of the toughest as pilgrims have to trek 21 kilometres over steep hills to reach the holy ‘Kund’ (lake) which is situated at a height of 14,500 feet above sea level, where devotees take a dip in the ice-cold water.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong questions PM’s demonetisation figures in I-Day speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over figures quoted in his Independence Day speech on demonetisation, and asked him how he knew that Rs three lakh crore had come into the banking system when the RBI was still counting notes. Senior Congress spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad said the claim made by the prime minister yesterday of Rs three lakh crore getting into the banking system post-demonetisation, is in clear contrast to what the RBI has said. “The prime minister said Rs 3 lakh crore which were not in the banking system have come into it. We ask the prime minister, how much money has come in after demonetisation. We were told that the RBI is still counting…it may take decades to count. “When RBI is still counting then how has the prime minister come up with this Rs 3 lakh crore figure…Two contrary stands are being taken by the prime minister of India and the Reserve Bank of India,” he told reporters. Azad, the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, said this is a big question, as either the prime minister or the RBI is lying. “Since the counting of money is in progress, how can the prime minister make this claim. Is he now befooling the people of India? If this information is with the prime minister, then why the reserve bank did not share this information in Parliament,” he asked. He further said both the prime minister and the RBI have to answer as to who is lying. He also raised questions over the recovery of Rs 75,000 crore in black money, even as the RBI is still counting the money and is yet to come up with a substantive figure. “If the RBI is yet to segregate between the fake money and the black money, post-demonetisation, then where did this figure come from?” Azad asked. On Kashmir, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said while the country has seen the prime minister embracing everyone across the world, no one has ever seen him embracing Kashmiris. Attacking Modi for talking about uniting the country, Azad said the prime minister is calling to unite India which it already is, but “his own people like the RSS” are breaking India. “The prime minister is talking about uniting India, but India is already united and he should tell the Sangh people not to break India,” he said. The Congress leader also slammed the Prime Minister and his government over recent incidents like the row surrounding broadcast of the Tripura chief minister’s Independence Day speech and the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy in which 71 children died. Azad said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s address was not broadcast on Doordarshan and All India Radio as he does not speak about the BJP and its achievements, and claimed there was an “undeclared emergency” imposed on the media. “With each passing day, it has become very hard for the opposition parties to make their voice reach the people of the country. This type of censorship has been seen by no country in the world. This is shameful for this government. “Why don’t they declare Emergency straightaway for the news censorship of the media, so that at least we will have some solace, we will have some sort of satisfaction that OK nothing can happen because there is Emergency,” he said. Seeking to corner the Centre over Gorakhpur tragedy, Azad said the prime minister dubbed the “Gorakhpur incident a natural calamity but actually it was a man-made calamity”. He said the truth will never come out if a probe will take place under Modi’s supervision because he would not issue a report against his chief minister, and thus called for a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also attacked the prime minister on his Independence Day speech cornering him on low employment rate in the country. “The PM did not mention yesterday that India today has the highest rate of unemployment it has had in the last eight years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Patriotic fervour grips Jammu on Independence Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Youths riding bikes and other light vehicles with national flags today made rounds of the city as patriotic fervour gripped Jammu on the occasion of 71st Independence Day. They were chanting slogans in praise of the country while moving through the city roads, which otherwise witnessed very less movement due to closure of markets and skeletal transport service on account of the national holiday. National flags were hoisted in every nook and corner of the city with various parties and associations organising special functions and unfurling the tricolour at various places to mark the day which coincided with Janmashtami festival. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh unfurled the tricolour at the official function at mini-stadium located at Parade in the heart of the city amid tight security arrangements. Singh arrived at the jam-packed stadium and inspected the guard of honour after unfurling the national flag and later took salute at the march-past presented by contingents of state police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indian Reserve Police, National Cadet Corps (NCC) and Forest Protection Force. Over 2,500 students representing various government and private schools of Jammu city and its peripheries also took part in the march-past and later presented a colourful cultural show. A scintillating cultural bonanza depicting patriotism, culture and message against the social evils was also presented by the school children during over two-hour long function. Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Kavinder Gupta, BJP Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, Minister of state for education Priya Sethi and opposition leaders including provincial president of National Conference Davendra Rana participated in the function. Among others who attended the function included divisional commissioner Jammu, Mandeep K Bhandhari, Inspector General of Police (Jammu) S D Singh, Deputy commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan. The roads around the stadium were sealed off by a strong contingent of police and paramilitary forces and many a policemen were seen deployed in the high rise building in the close vicinity. Tricolour kites dotted the skyline since early morning, adding to the enthusiasm of the people. The patriotic fervour was also witnessed in other parts of Jammu region where official functions were held at district headquarters. “The functions passed off peacefully,” a police official said, adding there was no report of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) from anywhere. Army and other security forces also observed the Independence Day with unfurling of national flag at their camps and headquarters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sukma: Two Maoists killed in encounter with security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An exchange of fire took place near Sukma?s Kista Ram village in Chhattisgarh between Maoists and a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG).”The dead bodies of two Maoists were recovered along with one pistol, one Bharmar gun and other item,” said Superintendents of Police (SP) Abhishek Meena.Further details are awaited.

Economic Survey warning: Growth target difficult to meet, bullish

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All’s not well on the fiscal side, says the second part of the Economic Survey 2016-17 tabled in Parliament on Friday.Citing a strong rupee, farm loan waivers, transitionary hurdles from implementing the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), fiscal tightening, stagnant trade deficit, declining profits from sectors like power and telecommunications and other such challenges, it said these factors could make it tough for the government to achieve the upper end of its economic growth estimates of 6.75 per cent-7.5 per cent in the current fiscal.”The balance of risk to growth has shifted to the downside. The balance of probability has correspondingly shifted away from the upper end of the growth forecast in February (before the Union Budget),” said Volume 2 of the Economic Survey report authored by Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor.The survey estimated an impact of around Rs 2.7 lakh crore on account of the farm loan waiver, if all states were to implement it and could shave off the aggregate demand by 0.7 per cent of the GDP.The projected national income could also take a hit from 7th Pay Commission onwards, and there could be “deflationary impulses” due to a decline in the prices of non-cereal food prices. “The Survey cautions that anxiety reigns because a series of deflationary impulses are weighing on an economy, yet to gather its full momentum and still away from its potential,” said the report.The survey listed structural reforms such as the GST rollout from July 1, the in-principle decision to privatise Air India, the ongoing rationalisation of energy subsidies and actions taken by the government to reduce stressed assets on the books of companies and banks as positives.It also included compliance gains from GST and demonetisation as ‘upside potential’.The survey stated that the government will be able to meet the fiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent of GDP in the current fiscal and 3 per cent in the two years after that.The CEA’s mid-term review of the Economic Survey 2016-17 has not come as a surprise to most economists.DK Srivastava, chief policy advisor, EY India, said it was a “realistic” view as the Indian economy was “emerging from two consecutive shocks” of demonetisation and GST.”Demonetisation affected 2-3 quarters — two quarters last year and one quarter this year. GST which will effect about two quarters in the current fiscal. This, along with appreciating rupee and a continued deficiency of private investment and export demand, has accentuated the impact on GDP growth,” he said.The EY economist said the government was unable to stimulate the economy, particularly, though capital expenditure because of the fact that the capital expenditure is constrained to remain at 1.8 per cent of the GDP for the current year and the next two years; “so, these factors actually indicate that they (estimates in the survey) are realistic in the sense of admitting that the government cannot achieve something like 7 per cent-plus growth, which is the middle of 6.75 er cent and 7.5 per cent”.Srivastava, however, believes that growth could bounce back to 7.5 per cent by 2018-19.According to him, the marginal rise in the tax to GDP ratio on account of higher compliance derived from demonetisation and GST may not be enough to entirely accommodate government’s “increase in revenue expenditure”.He said it was imperative for the government to take fiscal actions along with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) monetary remedies for boosting growth.”I think monetary and fiscal policy both should play an active role. Fiscal policy can be created by further rationalising government’s revenue expenditure and increasing capital expenditure. If capital expenditure is increased, it will crowd in private investment which has a very weak demand right now,” said Srivastava.He batted for another 25 basis points cut in repo rate this year, but said it would not yield much result if not accompanied by stimulation of demand from the government side.Rishi Shah, senior economist, Deloitte India, said it was “crucial to study” how long the transitionary impact would last.”The crucial point is how long will this transitionary impact last. That, at this point in time, will be a difficult call to make,” he said.On the currency front, Shah said a more nuanced view needed to be taken; “look at the currencies of other emerging market. We are not out of line with most of them”.KEY HIGHLIGHTSDifficult to achieve upper end of 6.75-7.5 per cent real GDP growth predicted in JanuaryFiscal deficit expected to decline to 3.2% of GDP in 2017-18, compared with 3.5% in 2016-17Fiscal outlook for 2017-18 is uncertainRepo Rate 25-75 basis points above neutral rateFarm loan waiver could cut economy demand by up to 0.7% of GDP; State farm loan waivers could touch Rs 2.7 lakh crore

Bonds slip, call rates turn higher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government bonds (G-Secs) slipped for the 5th day on selling pressure from banks and corporates, while the overnight call money turned higher due to good demand from borrowing banks amid tight liquidity in the banking system. The 6.79 per cent government security maturing in 2027 eased to Rs 102.04 from Rs 102.0975, while its yield inched up to 6.50 per cent from 6.49 per cent. The 6.79 per cent government security maturing in 2029 dipped to Rs 99.94 from Rs 100.00, while its yield edged up to 6.80 per cent from 6.79 per cent. The 7.72 per cent government security maturing in 2025 slid to Rs 105.4550 from Rs 105.49, while its yield remained stable at 6.80 per cent. The overnight call money rates finished higher at 5.85 per cent from Thursday’s level of 5.80 per cent. It resumed higher at 6.00 per cent and moving in a range of 6.00 per cent and 5.75 per cent. Meanwhile, Reserve Bank of India, under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility, purchased securities worth Rs 22.80 billion in 4-bids at the 3-day repo operation at a fixed rate of 6.00 per cent as on today, while it sold securities worth Rs 127.80 billion in 47-bids at the overnight reverse repo auction at a fixed rate of 5.75 per cent as on August 10.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Forces to step up operations in North Kashmir after South success

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces are ready to intensify operations in North Kashmir after successfully eliminating terrorists in South Kashmir. The majority of the counter terror operations, that gunned down 122 terrorists this year, took place in South Kashmir, but the presence of nearly 120 terrorists in the North remains a matter of concern.The Army, the state police, and the Central Reserve Police Force have been working in close coordination, acting upon specific inputs about location and movement of terrorists to pin them down.”The movements and activities of terrorists in North Kashmir has not been significant, but a huge presence means they are a potential threat. Most of these are Pakistani terrorist,” said an army source.Sources said the intelligence agencies along with security forces have enhanced their surveillance to track the network of over ground workers who assist the terrorists.”We don’t want to be complacent and ignore terror activities in the North,” the source added.The number of slain terrorists is expected to peak this year, with the toll crossing 120 already. Last year the total number was 150.Sources said counter terror operations will continue till winter sets in. “The number of kills this year could be significantly high,” said an army source.According to intelligence inputs Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has managed to flood the terror ranks in both South and North Kashmir.Out of 258 terrorists recruited in the past one year, 139 belong to LeT, making it the most active terror outfit in Kashmir. This includes 39 locals — a new trend — as earlier, local recruits were more attracted towards Hizbul Mujahideen, a group that is primarily oriented to the cause of Kashmir, sources said.The attack on Amarnath pilgrims, which resulted in seven deaths, was also planned by LeT cadres led by Abu Ismail. The Jammu and Kashmir state police have arrested three over ground workers who have revealed the terror conspiracy, police said.Last week, the security forces killed LeT commander Abu Dujana who had infiltrated from Pakistan a few years ago.After the Amarnath attack, a blueprint identifying active terrorists and overground workers were prepared. Sources said intelligence gathering to track their movements needs to be intensified to hunt them down.ACTION PLANAfter the Amarnath attack, a blueprint identifying active terrorists and overground workers were prepared by the security forces.
According to sources, intelligence gathering to track their movements needs to be intensified to hunt them down.
Last week, the security forces killed LeT commander Abu Dujana who had infiltrated from Pakistan a few years ago.

J&K: Motorcycle-borne terrorists attack CRPF and J&K police, one security personnel injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two motorcycle borne terrorists attacked a party of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowgam on Saturday. In this attack, a wireless operator of 29 BN CRPF received a bullet injury in his thigh.Public Relation Officer (PRO) of CRPF, Rajesh Yadav said that the police fired in the air to avoid civilian causality as the area was very crowded and had heavy traffic movement. The terrorists fled from the spot after the incident. Meanwhile, a massive search operation is underway to nab the terrorists. Further details are awaited.

J&K: 3 LeT terrorists killed, schools shut in Sopore, internet services snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed in an encounter by the police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday in Sopore area’s Amarghad of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district. During the encounter, a police jawan was also injured, but he is stable.According to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, all government and private schools and colleges in Sopore are closed today post encounter. The internet services have also been snapped in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District.Earlier in the day, a joint cordon and search operation (CASO) was being conducted by the security forces.A joint operation was conducted by 179 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 52 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police since 04:30 a.m. Saturday morning.Heavy fire was being exchanged between the security forces and the terrorists.

Assessment rate falls, over 4 lakh varsity students await results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the deadline for the onscreen assessment is over on July 31, the number of papers evaluated in the day went down drastically on Wednesday as only 26,169 answer sheets could be assessed until evening. This leaves a total of 2,70,834 papers yet to be evaluated. With only 222 results declared so far, 4,30,000 students under the university are still awaiting results.Over the last one week, 63,233 answer books were assessed and moderated on July 31 — the last day as per the deadline set by the Governor. The number has been falling ever since. University officials attributed this to several reasons like the end of non-instructional days, low faculty count for subjects with a large number of pending evaluations etc.”With the end of non-instructional days, teachers are getting lesser time to evaluate papers as they are doing the assessment work after finishing their teaching work. This might be one of the reasons why the number has gone down. Some subjects like Law in which a large number of answer sheets are still pending have a comparatively fewer number of faculty members,” said a university official.While the results of TY Bsc were announced on Monday, the official sheet uploaded on MU’s official website shows that results of a large number of students are ‘reserved’.”Teachers seem to be tired of the whole evaluation process due to a series of delays and glitches. This is slowly reflecting in the numbers” said a senior professor from a suburban college.Only 1719 faculty members of the total 15,599 teachers who are tagged into the system assessed papers on Wednesday. Several students found that their results were held in ‘Reserve’.

Dinakaran appears before Chennai court in FERA case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) leader T.T.V. Dinakaran on Tuesday appeared before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court here in the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) case. On July 21, the Supreme Court dismissed the plea filed by Dinakaran seeking relief and challenging the Madras High Court order against him in the same case. In its previous hearing, providing temporary relief to Dinakaran, the Madras High Court issued stay orders to the Chennai Metropolitan Magistrate court on the case against him. However, Justice M.S. Ramesh has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a counter in two weeks. Dinakaran had filed a petition in the high court three months back to relieve him from the FERA violation case. Dinakaran is facing two cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against him for alleged violations of FERA. The court had framed charges against him for illegally routing U.S. dollars in foreign exchange without taking permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and for depositing in the current account of Dipper Investments Ltd., a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, with Barclays Bank, Sutton, United Kingdom. The second case pertains to the transfer of 44.37 lakh pounds through West Bank Ltd, Ireland, allegedly breaching FERA provisions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Viral image of CRPF jawan doing namaaz, with fellow soldier keeping guard breaks internet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Srinagar unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Saturday shared a couple of images on their Twitter handle that garnered a lot of response on social media.The two images, captioned Brothers In Arms For Peace, shows a jawan getting ready to do namaz, while his fellow-soldier keeps guard with a baton and rifle. The CRPF has also retweeted the picture.The images elicited multiple responses, mostly positive, with some saying “this is real India” and that the photograph showed we were capable of “unity and harmony.”The CRPF has come under a spate of attacks on its convoys in the Valley in the recent past. Recently, it also considered to ensure a partial or full bullet-proof armour to its four-wheeled troop carriers.

Elaborate security for Vaishno Devi shrine: Spl DG CRPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Elaborate security arrangements are in place in and around Mata Vaishno Devi shrine to thwart any terror attack, a top CRPF official today said. There is high degree of alertness amid increased security deployment in and around the shrine, Special Director General, CRPF (J&K Zone), S N Srivastava told reporters here. “There is threat in general. There is possibility of the (terror) attack on Vaishno Devi shrine..that is why there is heavy security presence of CRPF as a large number of devotees visit the shrine,” he said. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer said that a massive combing operation was carried out at the shrine in view of the special input of terror attack recently. “There was an input of our sister security agency about a specific terror attack on Vaishno Devi (shrine). We got entire area checked … But nothing was found”, Srivastava said. The top CRPF official said that there was no security or intelligence lapses in connection with terror attack on Amarnath yatra bus last month in which seven pilgrims were killed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Naxal ops: CRPF personnel to get AK rifles, force to move

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major change of strategy to counter the red extremists, the CRPF will replace the traditional INSAS weapons used by its personnel in Naxal bastions in 10 states with AK series rifles. To reduce the influence of Maoists in one of their last bastions, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is moving a fresh contingent of 2,000 personnel in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar area, which it said was its “biggest challenge”. “South Bastar remains one of their (Naxals) last bastions…in that area we have to plan how to reduce their (Maoists) influence. “We are looking to deploy one battalion in that area soon while one has just moved in. We are planning to induct more troops,” CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar told reporters on on the eve of the 78th Raising Day of the force here. A battalion consists of 1,000 personnel. He said that the Bastar area is a “big challenge” for the force. A senior CRPF officer later told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF organises sports event to reduce soldiers stress levels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) organised a sports meet to reduce the stress level of soldiers who have been working under difficult situations across Jammu and Kashmir. More than 300 CRPF soldiers from twenty-eight battalions took part in the sports meet which included different games. ?The CRPF has taken a very important step to organise sports event which has encouraged soldiers to participate and explore themselves in the field of sports,? CRPF soldier Deepak Shah told ANI. The soldiers who participated in the event asserted that these kinds of activities helped them develop physically and lower their tensions and also encourage them to perform their duties in better way. CRPF soldier, Sunil Kumar said, ?Most of the times we are working across the country and do not get the opportunity to engage ourselves in extra-curricular activities. With these kinds of sports events organised by the CRPF, we get motivated to build ourselves physically and try to groom up to perform in Olympics or any other sports events.?(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J’khand dam to eat into land for tiger habitat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has cleared the construction of the incomplete Kutku Mandal dam, as part of the North Koel irrigation project, that will submerge and fragment over 1,000 hectares of forests and 15 villages inside Palamau Tiger Reserve (PTR), Latehar district, Jharkhand. After the Ken-Betwa river linking project in Panna, Madhya Pradesh, this is the second big project NBWL has recently cleared inside prime tiger habitat. The project has been in the works since the 1970s, but got a renewed push from the Centre and the Prime Minsiter’s Office from 2015 onwards.A substantial portion of the Kutku dam was built till 1997, but it came to a halt after intense protests by local tribal communities against the impending displacement.The project will submerge 116 sq km of Palamau habitat out of a total of 1,129 sq km. The reserve has seen its tiger population dwindle from 42 in 2003 to a mere 3, owing to grossly weak staff strength and strikes caused by Left-wing extremist groups. Conservationists fear that the situation would worsen after the submergence.While recommending the wildlife clearance, the NBWL said that the loss of tiger habitat has to be compensated by adding the adjoining government land into the tiger reserve. “The core area should be expanded suitably to cover adjoining uninhabited buffer zone or other forest areas to strengthen conservation measures, as proposed by the state wildlife board in its site-specific wildlife management plan for mitigation of impacts due to Mandal dam,” minutes of the NBWL meeting stated.NBWL noted that the project reservoir will fragment the tiger reserve and compel tigers, elephants and other wildlife to shift their route of dispersal through villages, which could lead to serious man-animal conflict. To prevent it, it has asked the state government to explore resettlement of some of the 13 revenue villages outside the tiger reserve through voluntary resettlement.”Villages willing for resettlement should be provided special financial and social development packages that go beyond the standard National Tiger Conservation Authority package for tiger reserves. In addition, sufficient funds should be provided to Palamau Tiger Reserve for dealing with human-wildlife conflicts,” the NBWL meeting minutes said.It also asked the state government to provide a comprehensive package to tribal families from 15 villages that still reside inside the tiger reserve. It added that for the trees that will be cut or submerged, ten times more should be planted and raised in the landscape of the tiger reserve, in tune with the management plant. The trees though, have to be planted outside the core area, the NBWL said.

Anti-Naxal ops: 600 bullets, grenades seized in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces today seized about 600 rounds of ammunition and few grenades during an anti-Naxal operation in Jharkhand’s Palamu district, officials said. They said the operation was jointly carried out by a squad of the CRPF and state police in Salaia forest area of the district where troops busted a suspected Maoist hideout. 599 bullet rounds of various calibres, five hand grenades and 127 grenade base plugs were seized after the raid, a senior security official said. Another official said personnel of the 134th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Palamu police were part of the operation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC refuses any direction on plea to exchange demonetised notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today refused to pass any direction on a plea filed by a man seeking a direction to exchange over Rs 14 lakh, which were found in his bank locker of his late mother. A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that it would look into the plea after a batch of pending pleas on the issue of demonetisation were disposed of by a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar. The top court was hearing a plea filed by one Buddhi Ballabh Joshi, through his advocate Rahul Trivedi, seeking a direction to exchange Rs 14,50,000 lakh found in the bank locker of his late mother. The petitioner claimed that he was the adopted son of one late Chandrakanta Joshi, who executed a will in his favour and after the death of his mother, he had filed a suit for probate (process through which a will is proved in court) in the court of the district judge, Gautambudh Nagar, UP. During the pendency of the case, demonetisation policy was implemented and therefore, got had no option, but to approach the appropriate court of law to get the old currency exchanged and transferred into the account of his late mother, he said. “Keeping in view the aforesaid facts in mind the petitioner filed a suit for issuing the certificate of inheritance for the several bank accounts and bank locker of deceased. Civil judge (senior division) directed the bank to open the locker of my mother in the presence of bank officials and independent witnesses. “When the locker was opened, currency in denominations of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 worth Rs 14,50,000 was found. Due to demonetisation the currency was no longer a legal tender, therefore the subordinate court directed that the amount be deposited with the RBI and the entire amount be transferred in the account of deceased Chandra Kanta Joshi,” he said. The bank officials tried to deposit the money in the Reserve Bank of India, but it refused to deposit the amount citing the pending cases in the Supreme Court, it said. The prime minister, in a televised address to the nation on November eight last year had declared that high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 would no longer be legal tender.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chopper pilot killed in crash chose duty over family: IAF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wing Commander Mandeep Singh Dhillon, who died in a helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh last week, chose to go for a flood relief operation on that ill-fated day than taking his unwell daughter to a hospital, the IAF said today. Two other IAF personnel — co-pilot Flight Lieutenant P K Singh and Sergeant R Y Gujar, the flight gunner, and Indian Reserve Battalion jawan Nada Umbing had also lost their lives in the crash. Dhillon, who hailed from Patiala, was the commanding officer of the Tezpur-based Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) unit and the chopper he was piloting was on a mission to rescue flood-affected people in Arunachal Pradesh. Before leaving for the mission, Dhillon’s wife Prabhpreet Kaur wanted her husband to take their daughter to the medicare centre of IAF’s Tezpur base as she was running fever, the IAF said in a release. “But he said he would not be able to, as he had to go for a flood relief mission. And, in the process of saving other lives he ended up losing his own life,” the IAF quoted his wife as saying. Recalling their life together for the last nearly 14 years, she described her husband as someone who was very compassionate and helpful towards anyone in need. “He would always volunteer for such rescue and relief missions ahead of others. Flying for flood relief or casualty evacuation always remained his top priority,” Kaur recalled. On the ill-fated day, the crew evacuated 169 civilians to safety, the IAF said. With nearly 4,000 hours of total flying experience, Dhillon was one of the highly experienced helicopter pilots, the IAF said while paying glowing tribute to him. His father P S Dhillon was a squadron leader in the Air Force and had served as a flight engineer in Mi-4 helicopters in the 1970s, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath should save more money, close all hospitals: Rahul’s fresh salvo at BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday fired a fresh salvo at the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government over the slash on free laptops for meritorious students and allocation for secondary and higher education in the newly-presented state budget. “Great move CM Yogi – next you can save some more money by closing all the hospitals,” Rahul tweeted. Free laptops for meritorious students was one of the poll promises by the BJP, in its ‘Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra’. The Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal-presented budget also cut the budgetary provisions for secondary education and higher education, with basic education, however, seeing a rise in fund allocation. The war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gone to great lengths with Rahul, every now and then, tweeting against the Centre and its policies and the leaders of the saffron party criticising him and dubbing him as “immature.” In one of the instances, the Gandhi scion earlier drew flak from the politicos as he took to twitter to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is still counting the demonetised notes deposited in the banks. “GOI looking for a Math tutor. Please apply to PMO ASAP (sic),” he had tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul Gandhi returned ’empty-handed’ (brainless) from maternal grandparents’ house, mocks BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After repetitively being called ?immature? by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party once again targetted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday, saying that the latter returned from his maternal grandparents? house without learning anything. Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij, while deriding Rahul?s recent Italy visit, said that he expected he would derive some wisdom from his visit to his maternal grandparents? house, but he returned “empty-handed.” ?Hindustan ummeed kar rha tha ki naani ghar jaayega buddhi le ke aayega, lekin lagta hai wahan se khaali haath aa gaya,? Vij told ANI. Continuing his tirade against the Congress vice-president, the Haryana Sports Minister said the grand old party is responsible for the ongoing chaos in Jammu and Kashmir. ?Rahul Gandhi is himself responsible for the present situation in Kashmir. The way Congress ruled the state, made policies and harboured the separatists, it led to such a condition of Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should apologise to the nation for this. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is in fact, trying to curb terrorist and terrorism from the state,? he said. Responding to Rahul’s recent tweet on the ongoing counting of demonetised currency, the BJP yesterday said that it highlights his ‘immaturity’. The Gandhi scion has been drawing flak from the politicos as he took to twitter to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that it is still counting the demonetised notes deposited in the banks. “GOI looking for a Math tutor. Please apply to PMO ASAP (sic),” he had tweeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Retail inflation drops to ‘historical low’ level of 1.54% in June

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Retail inflation hit a “historically low” level of 1.54% in June on dip in food items like vegetables, pulses and milk products, which may prompt the Reserve Bank to go in for rate cut next month.”The number of 1.54% is historically low and reflects the firm and ongoing consolidation of macro economic stability,” Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian told reporters. “The last time we saw such inflation — according to slightly different CPI (IW) — was in 1999 and before that in August 1978,” he added. The latest series of Consumer Price Index (CPI) was introduced in January 2012.Inflation in the previous month – May this year – was 2.18%. On the other hand, in June last year, it was 5.77%. As per the data released by Central Statistics Office, inflation in the food basket as a whole contracted further to 2.12% last month as compared to (-)1.05% in May. Vegetables inflation declined to 16.53 and that of pulses and products to 21.92%.There was decline in rate of price in eggs (-0.08%). On the other hand, the protein rich meat and fish turned costlier as the inflation spiked to 3.49% in June from 1.87% in May. Fruits too were dearer on monthly basis. The retail inflation in the fuel and light segment slowed to 4.54% as compared to 5.46 in May.The Reserve Bank, which mainly factors in retail inflation to arrive at its monetary policy, is slated to meet in early August to announce the next bi-monthly policy rate. In its last policy in June, the central bank had kept the key lending rate unchanged citing risk to inflation.

J&K: Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists neutralised in Budgam

Wed, 12 Jul 2017-07:50am , Jammu and Kashmir , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed by security forces near Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday night.Based on inputs of presence of some terrorists in a specific house, an operation was launched by troops of Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Radbug village of Budgam.The joint operation was launched at around 6:00 p.m. yesterday and at about 8.30 p.m. contact was established with terrorists.The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition and war like stores.This came a day after militants attacked a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag distrcit.At lease seven people were killed and more than 15 sustained injury in the attack.

Forces vow to defeat cowards with all their might

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A blueprint to flush out terrorists in joint operations by security forces in Kashmir has been prepared following the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Efforts are being made to hunt down those involved in Monday’s attack, sources said.Army chief General Bipin Rawat and Director General Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) RR Bhatnagar reached Kashmir for a security review, and to draw a road map to intensify anti-terror operations, sources in the security establishment said.A district wise list of active terrorists has been prepared segregating local and Pakistani terrorists putting the total number to 258. Of these 130 are locals and 128 Pakistanis. Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Awantipora and Anantnag are the districts where locals outnumber Pakistani terrorists and are heading terror cells.Security forces have been successful in killing 96 terrorists this year almost doubling last year’s toll in the corresponding period. “We will continue with targeted operations based on specific intelligence to flush out terrorists from their hideouts,” said an official in the security establishment.Several meetings involving top officials of the security establishment including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval took place on Tuesday to discuss further course of action.On Tuesday morning, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), convened an emergency yatra security review meeting.Governor directed the heads of all the security forces to ensure strict enforcement of existing yatra security arrangements and see that there was no let up.With inputs from Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Mehbooba Mufti calls emergency cabinet meeting post Amarnath terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today summoned an emergency meeting of her cabinet to review the security situation across the state post Monday?s terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Mehbooba called on security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police to act swiftly and nab the perpetrators so that stern message went out to anti-social elements that severe and punitive action can be taken against them if they went against the law. Terrorists had on Monday night opened fire on a bus carrying over 30 pilgrims in Anantnag district. The incident occurred at around 8.20 p.m. yesterday between Baltal and Mir Bazar. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough,” Omar wrote on Twitter. “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.” “The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mehbooba Mufti calls cabinet meeting post Amarnath terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called a cabinet meeting to review situation in the state post Amarnath Yatra terror attack. Mehbooba urged the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police to act swiftly and nab the perpetrators so that stern action can be taken against them. Terrorists had on Monday night opened fire on a bus carrying over 30 pilgrims in Anantnag district. The incident occurred at around 8.20 p.m. yesterday between Baltal and Mir Bazar. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor registered with the shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed at the spot to prevent further untoward incidents. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough,” Omar wrote on Twitter. “Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.” “The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath yatra attack: Terrorists knew that Amarnath yatris’ bus was unescorted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bus carrying the pilgrims from Gujarat, which was attacked on Amaranth Yatra route, was not registered for the pilgrimage, raising questions on flouting of standard operating procedures. Intelligence agencies also claim that there were specific inputs about terrorists targeting a vehicle that is not escorted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that provides security to the vehicles that are part of the convoy.”The bus was carrying pilgrims from Balatal to Mir Bazar. The bus was neither part of the convoy nor part of shrine board,” sources said.Sources said it seems the terrorists had inputs that the bus was unescorted, making it a vulnerable target. The terrorists first targeted the forces at a check post and later fired the bus nearby. The bus had a Gujarat number plate GJ 09Z 9976.The Centre had doubled the security deployment for Amarnath Yatra this year in wake of the death anniversary of Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed last year on July 8. There were more than 20,000 troops on the ground but many were diverted to control the backlash expected on Wani’s death anniversary. Sources said the attack could be linked to Wani’s death anniversary.The spike in killings of terrorists recently could also be the reason for terrorists to strike back.However, it is not clear whether the terrorists were locals or Pakistanis. Security forces have started search operations.All victims from GujaratAll seven Yatris who fell to terror attack are from Gujarat. According to police sources, three buses, all of Gujarat registration, were returning with pilgrims after ‘darshan’ and were delayed beyond the allowed time for pilgrimage, which is 7 pm. The attack took place around 8.20 pm.Three buses with 110 passengers left from Valsad on July 1. None of the buses were part of the CRPF convoy escorting pilgrims. It has not been confirmed whether all the deceased pilgrims were in the same bus.

Amarnath Yatris attacked: Rajnath talks to J-K Guv., CM Mehbooba, assures assistance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and has assured full assistance to help the injured. The Home Minister has also spoken with the Director General of the J-K Police. Meanwhile, the latest update on attack says that as many as six people have been killed after a bus of Amarnath Pilgrims at Batingoo, Jammu and Kashmir was attacked. As per Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Control Room, 14 pilgrims are reported to be injured. A detailed report is awaited, K.S. Dhatwalia, DG PIB, says. Most of the pilgrims belong to Gujarat. A group of terrorists had earlier opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims in the Anantnag district. The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. today when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar, became victim to the terrorist attack. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor a registered with shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been rushed to the spot. Internet services in Kashmir have been blocked and the security has been tightened in view of the situation in the valley. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough,? Omar wrote on Twitter. ?Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.? ?The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anantnag: Two Amarnath Yatra pilgrims killed in terrorist attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least two pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra were killed and many other seriously injured after a group of terrorists opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir?s Anantnag district. The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar, became victim to the terrorist attack. Reportedly, the bus was neither a part of a convoy nor a registered with shrine board. The 90th and 40th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been rushed to the spot. Further details are awaited. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to condemn the incident. “The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough,? Omar wrote on Twitter. ?Very sad news. The attack cannot be condemned strongly enough. My sympathies to the families & prayers for the injured.? ?The one thing we had all feared this year during the yatra. In spite of recent successes against militants & unprecedented force presence,? he added. Ends KR/SL NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Exclusive | DeMo: Nepal, Bhutan stuck with Rs 3300 cr in old notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court’s (SC) recent order, directing the Centre to consider granting a window to ‘genuine’ people to exchange their demonetised currency, has come as a glimmer of hope to Kezang Tshering from Bhutan and Balram Chainrai from Nepal. The two traders, whose savings in lakhs in Indian rupees turned to scrap overnight after Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes were demonetised on November 8, 2016, have already made several frustrating visits to India.In fact, Tshering, owner of an electronics shop in Bhutan’s capital Thimpu, has been to India seven times since November. He, however, has found no respite at the doors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).According to a rough estimate, banned notes worth as much as Rs 3,302 crore are locked in Nepal and Bhutan, where Indian currency is treated as legal tender. Of this, Nepalese citizens are holding an estimated Rs 3,200 crore, while the rest is with Bhutanese nationals. According to Chiranjibi Nepal, Governor of the Nepal Rashtra Bank (NRB), most of this money belongs to Nepalese citizens working in India. Right now, all he can tell his clients is that the country is in talks with India’s RBI.”I have lost almost all my savings. I have no idea what to do. Traders in Kathmandu no longer exchange in Indian currency,” says Chainrai, who owns a cloth shop at Durbar Marg in Kathmandu. Another Nepalese businessman, Binod Kumar, says the impact on his country’s economy has been huge, and there has been a drop in remittances from India, which forms a large part of the economy of remote villages.Sources said after several rounds of talks, the RBI had allowed Nepalese citizens to exchange up to Rs 4,500. The officials at the Embassy, however, rued that this cap was unreasonable as Indian nationals were not subjected to it.Sri Lankan money exchanger Kumar Mahadeva also tells DNA that the move shook the traders’ confidence in Indian monetary system to such an extent that they have stopped taking Indian currency.While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy has been focussed on strengthening bonds with neighbours, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, the authorities’ indifference to demonetisation-related crises has come as a surprise to many.”Ideally, India should have discussed the plan with us in advance,” Deep Upadhyay, Nepal’s ambassador to India, says. Joint Secretary in-charge of ties with Nepal and Bhutan, Sudhakar Dalela, however, insists that the government has been sensitive to its neighbours and is “hopeful” of a solution.Also, in November, the government had formed an inter-ministerial committee headed by the Finance Ministry and including an official from MEA, to find solutions to problems related to demonetisation.With India being Nepal’s largest trade partner, the country is keenly tracking the SC proceedings, where a Bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud is hearing the issue. The government is yet to file its reply to the Apex Court order.No neighbourly love?Rough estimates put banned notes worth as much as Rs 3,302 crore in Nepal and BhutanThe Reserve Bank of India has set a cap of Rs 4,500 on banned notes that Nepal citizens can exchange

Man moves SC after stopped from clicking RBI pics,fined Rs 50K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bizarre but true! A man moved the Supreme Court against the Reserve Bank of India after its guards stopped him from clicking pictures of the federal bank building here. The apex court took strong note of Arul Mozhi Selvan’s bid to approach it and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on him for abusing the process of law and wasting judicial time. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked him to deposit the cost with the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). The SCBA would use the money in upgrading its library, it said. Selvan was stopped from clicking pictures of the RBI building in central Delhi by the security guards. He filed the petition against RBI alleging violation of his fundamental rights.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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