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2G scam verdict: Former CAG Vinod Rai owes Congress apology, nation explaination, says Kapil Sibal

The Congress on Thursday hit out at former Comptroller Auditor General of India Vinod Rai after a CBI court acquitted DMK leaders A Raja, who was telecom minister in UPA-1, and Kanimuzhi for lack of evidence.Rai had calculated that the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008, under UPA 1, led to notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer. “There was no case from the beginning. In fact, it was scam of lies, there was no scam on our part. We did it in accordance with policy prescription that we had at that point in time,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal said. Responding to query on the Supreme Court judgment of February 2012 which cancelled 122 telecom licences that were allocated spectrum in 2008, Sibal said that the apex court passed the judgment in its attempt to do the best it could do in the interest of the nation, and it was a wrong decision. “That (SC cancelling telecom licences) was also a wrong decision. The fact that the Supreme Court rendered a decision doesn’t mean that is necessarily right. “In fact, the kind of environment created by the media, the opposition, by Vinod Rai… The telecom sector is in dire state today and this is entirely because of Vinod Rai and opposition (at that time),” Sibal saidAlso readDMK leader MK Stalin hails ‘historic verdict’ in 2G spectrum allocation caseEarlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the Congress is treating 2G verdict as a “badge of honour”, but there is a need to recollect and check the facts that led to an investigation in the case.The party’s “zero loss theory” was proved to be wrong when the apex court squashed spectrum allocation in 2012, the minister said after a special court on Thursday acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum scam allocation case.Also readFull text of special CBI court’s judgment in 2G spectrum allocation case Though the trial court verdict says nobody was guilty of corruption, investigating agencies will study the case history and look into it, the minister asserted.

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Emphasised need for religious tolerance during closed door talks with PM Modi: Barack Obama

India needs to cherish and nurture its Muslim population that is integrated and considers itself Indian, former US president Barack Obama said here today.It is an idea that needs to be reinforced, the former president said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Obama said he had emphasised the need for religious tolerance and the right to practice one’s own faith during closed door talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his last trip to India in 2015. The 44th US president, who held office between 2009 and 2017, had made similar comments during a public interaction on the last day of his visit, which had come against the backdrop of controversy over religious conversions.”There’s a counter narrative taking place, at all times, but it’s particularly pronounced now… in Europe, US and sometimes in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back and under leaders who try to exploit them,” Obama said. Responding to an India-specific question, Obama referred to India’s “enormous Muslim population”, which is successful, integrated and thinks of itself as Indian.That is unfortunately not always the case in some other countries, Obama added.Also read’I like PM Modi,’ Barack Obama praises his good friend, says nothing impossible if India, US work togetherReferring to India, he said, “And that is something that needs to be cherished and nurtured, cultivated. It’s important to continue reinforcing it.” Answering a question on terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Obama said, “We had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of Osama bin Laden’s presence there but that is something obviously we looked at.”
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1 more J&K youth shuns terrorism, returns home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have scored another victory against militants after one more misguided youth renounced the path of violence and returned home in Kulgam district. Police sources said the 16-year-old boy had been missing since September 27. Family members of the boy had filed a missing report soon after he disappeared.“Responding to the appeal of parents one more youth who had joined militants returns home in South Kashmir”, tweeted J&K police.Sources said the boy contacted his family members and expressed his desire to return. Soon after his return, he was handed over to the police for further investigation.“On my visit to Kulgam I was told another local militant has come back home in response to appeal of his mother and other family members. Great news!” tweeted Dr Shesh wPaul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.This is the second youth to have returned home in the last four days. On Friday, 20-year-old footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan renounced the path of violence and returned to mainstream, after a heart-wrenching video of his inconsolable mother appealing him “to come back or kill them” went viral. After Majid’s return, two more families have come forward appealing their kin to return home in Shopian and Pulwama districts.The DGP reiterated that J&K police will facilitate and help youth who have joined militants to return home. “Dr Vaid stressed upon the officers to continue their excellent coordination among all security agencies to deal with militants,” said a spokesman.Meanwhile, a local militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sheer forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Supreme Court says can’t revisit Memorandum of Procedure issue in open court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst high drama in the courtroom, the Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that top judicial appointments were not matters to be discussed in a public forum. Openly disagreeing with the observations of a two-judge bench — passed last month, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra maintained that the reason behind delay in finalising the new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) was not an issue to be heard on the judicial side.”After the Constitution Bench has gone into all this in the NJAC issue, there is no need to go into them now… these are not matters to be gone into on the judicial side at all. That’s all there is to be said,” the CJI noted.However, the decision of the bench – which also comprised Justices AK Sikri and Amitava Roy, was hotly contested by advocate RP Luthra who had filed the petition, incurring their wrath.The hearing saw heated arguments by Luthra, who wanted his submissions to be heard before deciding the matter.Amicus curiae KV Vishwanathan also told the bench, “It (delay in finalising MoP) is a matter of grave concern. There is a feeling that there is undue delay. The pendency is shocking. Access to justice is a fundamental right.”Responding to Luthra and Vishwanathan, the bench said, “These are not matters to be taken up on the judicial side and so we are dismissing the petition. You don’t know what all steps we have taken and we do not intend to say it here.”Incidentally, on October 27, the bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and UU Lalit had issued notice to the Centre on a petition which had challenged the delay in finalising the new MoP.The petition filed by Luthra had challenged the appointment of new judges to the higher judiciary on the grounds that the MoP had still not been finalised in terms of the decision of the apex court.Though, the bench Justices Goel Lalit had dismissed this, it had found merit in the prayer that there should be no further delay in finalising the terms of the MoP in larger public interest.”Even though no time limit was fixed by this court for finalising the MoP, the issue cannot linger on for an indefinite period. The order of this court is dated 16th December 2015 and thus more than one year and ten months have already gone by,” the bench had noted.The court had sought the presence of Attorney General KK Venugopal and also appointed senior advocate KV Vishwanathan as an amicus to assist the court on this issue.While previous CJI JS Khehar had sent the collegium’s unanimous view on the draft MoP to the Centre in March, the government has been sitting on the file, refusing to take any final view on it.

100 Maharashtra farmers found linked to single Aadhaar number

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government’s attempt of online registration for loan waiver implementation has sent the authorities into a tizzy as names over 100 farmers have been found linked to a single Aadhaar number.The state government had earlier stressed on online registration by farmers with their Aadhaar, which is a unique identification. The government has said that the Aadhaar-based linking will avoid any duplication as well as fake accounts getting the benefit of the loan waiver. A senior official from the Maharashtra cooperation department showed a list of potential beneficiaries of farmers having a common Aadhaar number, which has become a cause of concern for the government.”We always thought that the Aadhaar number will be our key to check fake beneficiaries. Now, we don’t know how to address this challenge with so many farmers showing the same Aadhaar number. If we have to carry out a manual check, which will take weeks. The farming community is already agitated over the delay in implementation of the scheme,” the official said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called an urgent meeting with bankers today to address issues like this that crop up in the way of speedy implementation of the scheme.Officials of some banks also admitted that the data they received from the online registration portal Aapale Sarkar – varies the data at their in their records.The names of some farmers are missing and some do not match with the land size or type of loan. “In many cases the principal amount and interest are not matching. It leads to suspicion. Unless the state officials have verified the account and its loan amount, we cannot consider that account for loan waiver,” a senior official of a leading public sector bank.The state government had last week released a sum of Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the over Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme. Responding to the Opposition’s criticism against the online system of filling forms for availing the scheme, Fadnavis last week earlier said had that not been done, the banks would have mismanaged funds. The Centre had earlier this year made Aadhaar mandatory for availing crop insurance policies.As per the agriculture ministry’s directive, banks were asked to persuade farmers to furnish Aadhaar identification card at the time of sanction/renewal/ disbursement/inspection of the loan or on visit at bank branches.

Women’s safety: How Ola, Uber can be regulated, SC asks Centre to respond

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has been dealing with the issue of women’s safety in public transport where cases of sexual harassment have been mounting. Responding to a petition seeking compensation for rape victims, the apex court asked the Center to examine and respond to the regulation of internet-based transport services to ensure women’s safety. The supreme court will now begin hearing the matter later this year on 7th December. The petitioner demanded that all public transport vehicles should be fitted with GPS system along with high-security registration plates besides maintenance of logbook. Further, it asked the government to encourage more deployment of women cab drivers and conductors. However, In India cab aggregators have ascertained that their technology is limited for the driver and passenger to connect and any offence by the driver can be subject to expulsion and cannot be challenged legally.It was last year when Delhi high court bench directed the government and police to check if all cab drivers held valid licences after they took note of an incident where a foreign tourist was allegedly molested by Ola driver. They had further directed the government and cab services to ensure police verification of the drivers and examine if there were any criminal antecedents. These concerns have been continuously raised after the Delhi rape incident where even the apex court had observed that women are still not safe in India and safety has to be ensured where such crimes are still continuing.

Sex with minor wife to be considered as rape, rules Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man indulging in sex with his wife aged between 15 to 18 years could be prosecuted for rape on complaint by her.The top court said that the age of consent is 18 and it can’t be lowered.The apex court was pronouncing its verdict on a plea challenging the validity of an exception clause in the rape law that permits intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years.Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, which defines the offence of rape, has an exception clause that says intercourse or sexual act by a man with his wife, not below 15 years, is not rape. However, the age of consent is 18 years.A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur had on September 6 reserved its order on the plea while questioning the Centre how Parliament could create an exception in law declaring that intercourse or a sexual act by a man with his wife, aged between 15 and less than 18 years, is not rape when the age of consent is 18.The apex court had said it did not want to go into the aspect of marital rape, but when the age of consent was 18 years for “all purposes”, why was such an exception made in the IPC. Responding to the query, the Centre’s counsel had said if this exception under the IPC goes, then it would open up the arena of marital rape which does not exist in India.

Pakistan warns India against surgical strikes, says ‘nobody should expect restraint from us’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa remarks that his force has the capability of locating, fixing and striking across the border, Pakistan’ Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has warned India against carrying out a surgical strike or targeting its nuclear installations.The Pakistan Foreign Minister made the remarks speaking at the US Institute of Peace, a Washington-based think-tank.Stating that Pakistan wants to live in peace and harmony with its neighbours, Asif said, “If India carries out any surgical strike in Pakistan or strikes at its nuclear installations ‘nobody should expect restraint from us’, he warned.’Responding to a question on India, he said, “sadly India did not respond” to Pakistani efforts to improve a relationship.”What is going on in Kashmir is the biggest roadblock to normalisation to talks,” Asif said. ALSO READ Pakistan is a peaceful country; India poses perpetual threat to nation, says its armyDhanoa had on Thursday said that the Indian Air Force is capable of effectively countering any threat from China and Pakistan simultaneously in a two-front war.Meanwhile, Pakistan Army said that India posed a ‘perpetual threat’ to the country which has made its eastern border ‘unsafe.Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor’s remarks came during a press briefing about security threats to Pakistan.Ghafoor said Pakistan faced different kinds of challenges on the eastern and western borders due to different nature of the threat and the critical question was “whether the threat is because of a state or non-state actors”.”Threats from India (in the east) are perpetual. We are a peaceful country and we do not want war with them, but we will defend ourselves and have the capability to do so,” he said. ALSO READ Pakistan using JeM as force multiplier to keep pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir

Indo-US defense relationship not at exclusion of others: US Defence Secretary Mattis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday said the strengthening of strategic relationship with India is not at the expense of others as he praised New Delhi for supporting the fight against terrorists in Afghanistan.”The relationship that we are building with India is not to the exclusion of other countries,” Mattis told reporters. “It is specifically designed for inclusion using a rules- based order that any nation that is living by the traditional rules of non-interference in other states in today’s age of anti-terrorism, they will not find this relationship in any way adversarial,” Mattis said in response to question. India, he said, has been a constant supporter of the fight against terrorists in Afghanistan.He lauded India for contributing tens of thousands of dollars for building infrastructure in Afghanistan and training Afghan officers. “They’ve been a great asset, and we would see them continuing along the lines they have already chosen, and looking for any other areas that they may believe appropriate to the relationship with Afghanistan,” he added. In the security sphere, India has been providing training to the Afghan security forces.”It’s building the underpinnings of the government that actually builds the affection and respect of the people of Afghanistan to a government that delivers. It’s absolutely critical to security that the people of Afghanistan feel hope for the future. No nation has probably contributed more bilaterally than India in building that hope,” he said.During his India visit from September 26-27, the defence secretary will hold talks with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Responding to a question on Pakistan, Mattis said it has come out recently again saying that they are fighting the terrorists. “I think Pakistan will find nothing out of line with India and the US alignment in the same fight,” he said.Mattis said the new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy started from a regional point of view. “We did not start it with Afghanistan and work out. We actually started with South Asia, as a region, and worked to refine how we would deal with the terrorists problem in Afghanistan,” he explained.”So, the message would be that we continue to work the regional aspect as we come up with a mutual, wide-ranging counter-terrorism campaign, because terrorism is a bane to any country out here, and a lot of countries have paid a stiff price to the terrorists,” he said. “So, that is the message, one of inclusion, not one of exclusion, of rules-based order, of a broad mutual cooperation against terrorists, and certainly of strategic convergence right now with India, between India and the United States,” the top American defense official said.

Watching Sushma Swaraj destroy Pak is more fun than watching India play them in cricket:Twitter after EAM’s UNGA speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was in fine form at the United Nations General Assembly at New York on Saturday. Addressing a number of topics from poverty to climate change and from terrorism to Pakistan, Swaraj delivered what Twitter thinks is one of her finest speeches in recent times. Responding to Pakistan’s allegations that India was responsible for terror in the region, the external affairs minister took down Pakistan’s claims with logical precision. Twitter was quick to hail Sushma’s speech. Here’s what people said

Day after threatening to march to NIA office in Delhi, JKLF chief Yasin Malik arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik was arrested on Thursday and shifted to a Central Jail in Srinagar till September 11, it has been reported.Sources said the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatist leaders from going to Delhi tomorrow.Malik was detained at his office a day after he threatened to march to the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi after separatists were arrested for their role in stone pelting in the Valley.On Wednesday, two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, arrested yesterday for alleged stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, were on Wednesday sent to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation. Responding to the move, Malik said that he would not be intimidated by the NIA move. “We will go to the NIA gate to protest,” said Malik.During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said.Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had yesterday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.According to the agency, they were involved in stone- pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter- insurgency operations.Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers, it had said.The two, also circulated pictures and videos on social networking sites that sparked widespread rumours in the Valley, the officials alleged.The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.

Will not be intimidated by NIA: Yasin Malik after 2 Kashmiri separatists sent to 10-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, arrested yesterday for alleged stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, were on Wednesday sent to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation. Responding to the move, Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik said that he would not be intimidated by the NIA move. “We will go to the NIA gate to protest,” said Malik.District Judge Poonam A Bamba allowed the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to quiz Javed Ahmed Bhat from Kulgam and Kamran Yusuf from Pulwama till September 16 after the probe agency said they were required to be confronted with the other accused in the case, court sources said.During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said.Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had yesterday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.According to the agency, they were involved in stone- pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter- insurgency operations.Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers, it had said.The two, also circulated pictures and videos on social networking sites that sparked widespread rumours in the Valley, the officials alleged.The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities

Want to strengthen ties with India: Putin’s I-Day greetings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Russian President Vladimir Putin has greeted India on its Independence Day and expressed readiness to strengthen the “special privileged partnership” in the interest of peoples of the two countries and to ensure international stability and security. Responding to the message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “I thank President Putin for his greetings on India’s Independence Day.” In his message, Putin praised India’s economic, social and other achievements, and “noted that the country has earned the respect it deserved on the international stage”, according to a statement issued by Kremlin, the Russian President’s office. It quoted Putin as saying that Russia-India ties have always been based on friendship and mutual respect. “The two countries have a long track record of fruitful bilateral cooperation in all areas, and coordinating efforts in resolving important matters on the regional and global agendas,” the Russian President said. “Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia’s readiness to continue joint efforts to strengthen the special privileged partnership between Russia and India in the interests of the friendly peoples of the two countries, and with a view to ensuring international stability and security,” the statement added. Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom also extended the greetings on India’s Independence Day. Modi thanked him for the greetings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Independence Day 2017: World leaders wish India on August 15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A host of foreign leaders, including Canadian and Israeli prime ministers and the Emir of Qatar, today extended Independence Day greetings to India.Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to acknowledge the greetings and express gratitude.”India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day,” Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.”Our two countries share much in common, including our commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, and are linked by similar institutions and forms of government. Above all, the success of Canada and India demonstrate that we both prosper not in spite of our diversity, but because of it,” the Canadian premier said in a statement.
ALSO READ Independence Day 2017: Instead of imposing restrictions on women, keep errant sons indoors, says Arvind KejriwalIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who shares great personal rapport with PM Modi, also congratulated the people of India.In response to greetings from Qatar, PM Modi said on Twitter: “Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.”Neighbouring countries Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka too extended greetings to India on the occasion.In his response, Modi said, “Thank you my friend, President @ashrafghani for the wishes on India’s Independence Day.”Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted, “Wishing our close friend and neighbour India a very happy #IndependenceDayIndia @narendramodi.”Modi responded, “Thank you President @MaithripalaS for the Independence Day greetings.”Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay posted on Twitter: “Wishing my Indian friends a Happy Independence Day.May the friendship between India and Bhutan continue to grow from strength to strength.”Responding to him, Modi wrote, “Appreciate the Independence Day wishes, PM @tsheringtobgay.”

Crack down on rave parties to curb drug trade: Goa CM to cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has asked the police department to crack down on late night rave parties held on beaches or remote places after two youths from Tamil Nadu died allegedly due to drug overdose over the weekend. Strict instructions have been issued to the police to stop late night rave parties, where agencies suspect drugs are widely consumed, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the main Independence Day function here. “Late night rave parties are illegal and they are known for extensive use of drugs. These parties, which happen on beaches or remote areas, should be stopped immediately,” Parrikar said. Two youths from Tamil Nadu died allegedly due to drug overdose at a party on the Vagator beach in North Goa on Sunday. As part of their crackdown on narcotics trade, the police arrested at least five people yesterday from North Goa’s beach belt. Speaking on the menace, Parrikar said, “Complexity of drugs has increase and there are many drugs which cannot be identified easily. That (complexity) is one challenge that the police are facing.” “At the same time, I feel the police should take action based on information they receive,” he added. The chief minister said the police would have to maintain extra vigil to arrest the culprits and stamp out the menace from the tourist state. Responding to a statement from his Cabinet colleague and Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, who said he suspected a police-drug peddler nexus, Parrikar said if anyone could give specific leads on such a link, action would be taken. The chief minister also referred to the drug problem in Goa in his Independence Day speech. Speaking after hoisting the tricolour here, he said mounting frustration among the youth is one of the reasons behind consumption of drugs. “There are reports that drugs are being sold in the coastal belt. I have issued instructions to the police to crack down on this trade. Frustration among the youth is one reason why drug use is increasing,” he said. Parrikar said due to factors such as unemployment, the youths have become directionless and taking refuse in such vices.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong’s charge of BJP taking money in Kerala is baseless:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar today termed as “baseless” the Congress’ charge that the BJP has received money for getting the Centre’s nod for setting up of private medical colleges in Kerala. Responding to the allegation by Congress MP K C Venugopal in the Lok Sabha, Kumar said the Congress member should not be allowed to impose such a wild allegation. “It is totally baseless…If there is a party which is known for corruption that is the Congress party. The Congress party is the mother of all corrupt activities and all the scams from 2G, from 4G or damaad ji, everything,” the minister said. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Venugopal alleged that “a BJP internal investigation report had come out which confirmed that the party received Rs 5.50 crore for getting the Central government s sanction for starting private medical colleges in the state.” This, he added, was a very serious scam “involving many BJP leaders in the state”. The Congress MP from Alappuzha said the BJP was trying to hide this “very serious” allegation only because of the internal rivalry in the party. “On the one hand, the government is saying that they are taking action against hawala and black money and on the other hand their own internal enquiry revealed that the hawala money came to Delhi,” Venugopal said, adding the matter should be investigated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Relations with US comfortable and positive, says India’s foreign secretary S Jaishankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s relationship with the Trump administration in the US is relatively comfortable and positive, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said today.”The aspect of our relationship with new administration in the US, you would have noticed that quite a few countries have somewhat rough experience, there are reasons for it…,” Jaishankar said in response to a question at a lecture here.”But we were in a relatively comfortable zone because at the time when US itself is saying that the responsibilities of the world need to be more equally shared, here is a country which is fully stepping on its own, with which the US is more comfortable.””Actually the entire tenor of the relationship is very much more convivial, very positive,” Jaishankar added.The foreign secretary was speaking after delivering the K Subramanyam Memorial Lecture organised by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) here.Jaishankar is the son of Subramanyam, who is considered the “doyen” of Indian strategic thinking.He also advocated that “we in India develop awareness about the expectations that the world has on us.” Responding to a question on changes that China has gone through in the last two decades, Jaishankar said over 20 years they have performed better than expected at home economically, technologically and infrastructure wise.”As a diplomat I would say they have exceeded the expectations, they used opportunities fully, they have taken the most out of it and that is the reason where they are today,” he added.Replying to a question on India-Iran relationship, Jaishankar said it does not run purely on emotions and “they know our position.””Our position on Israel is not something that came out of the blue and surprised everybody, it has been our position that has been evolving since 1992 and there are positions that we agree on and we don’t,” he said.Stating that Chabahar has trilateral significance for India including Afganistan, he said there is a serious possibility of Iran emerging as a transit corridor all the way up to Russia.”We are actually working on something called International north south transport corridor and we have actually done the trial run of goods from Gujarat all the way up to Saint Petersburg.”

Govt has no ‘accurate data’ on illegal migrants: Kiren Rijiju

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has no “accurate data” regarding illegal migrants who have entered India, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also said that any particular community cannot be “branded” for having alleged links with terrorists and terrorism. “We cannot say that,” he said during the Question Hour. He agreed that several illegal migrants have acquired documents to make their stay in the country legal. Responding to supplementaries, he said since these people have entered the country in a “clandestine and surreptitious manner”, “naturally” official figures would be impossible.The Centre has asked the states to set up special task forces in each of the districts for detection, identification and interception of illegal migrants. The states also have powers under the 1946 Foreigners Act to deport illegal migrants. Detention centres have also been set up for detaining suspected illegal migrants, pending their deportation. He said illegal migrants disturbed the demographic profile of certain areas and create problems.Responding to the issue of Rohingya refugees, he said they have concentrated themselves in Jammu and Kashmir.When asked by opposition members whether government has set up ‘concentration camps’ for them, he said no concentration camps have been established by the government but the refugees themselves have concentrated themselves there.

8 crore certified literates between 2010-16: Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly eight crore learners have cleared the basic literacy assessment tests held between 2010 and 2016 for being certified as literates, the Lok Sabha was informed today. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said in the House that under Saakshar Bharat programme, around 7.92 crore learners appeared under basic literacy assessment test held between August, 2010 and August, 2016. Out of the total candidates, 5.88 crore learners successfully passed the assessment and were certified as “literate”. Responding to supplementaries, Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said the states are free to run model schools. But SP member Dharmendra Yadav alleged that model schools were shut down by the Centre. This lead to a brief war of words between him and some BJP members.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to probe allegations of sexual abuse in jails

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government would probe the opposition’s allegation of sexual harassment of women prisoners in jails in the state, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil told the state Assembly today. Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, of the NCP, claimed in the House that he has proof that women prisoners in various jails in the state allegedly face some sort of sexual assault. “I can provide it if the state government asks for it,” Pawar said. Responding to Pawar’s allegation, Patil said, “Maharashtra government will conduct an inquiry into this matter. We will also seek help of leaders like Ajit Pawar in this matter.” Pawar also alleged that an SMS was being circulated among the police officials appealing them to contribute Rs 2,000 each for creating a corpus fund for defending the police personnel arrested for allegedly beating convict Manju Shette in the Byculla women’s prison. Shette (45) died at the J J Hospital on June 23 after being allegedly beaten up by the Byculla jail officials, police earlier said. Responding to it, Patil said that the SMS issue will be probed further. The minister also assured the House that the medical officer who allegedly submitted a false affidavit in Byculla prison inmate’s death will be suspended. Meanwhile, Ashish Shelar (BJP) alleged that Indrani Mukerjea, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case and lodged in Byculla jail, was getting facilities like manicure, pedicure and massage. To this, Patil said, “We will investigate this angle as well.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNUSU prez asks if Lekhi, BJP will take oath to stop mob

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students union president Mohit Kumar retorted to BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s statements and said if she and her party were ready to take oath for stopping mob lynching incidents. “Will @M_Lekhi take oath that there will be no mob lynching and she and her party will not tolerate hate mongering. This will bring peace,” Pandey said in a tweet. Supporting the JNU Vice Chancellor’s idea to procure and install a tank on the varsity campus, Lekhi had yesterday in Lok Sabha said JNU students must take an oath to protect the country’s pride and nationality. She also alleged that anti-India slogans were raised on the JNU campus, which was run by tax-payer’s money. Responding to it, Pandey, in another tweet, said, “Will @M_Lekhi take oath that her govt will provide education, employment and health for all. This will really contribute to our nation.” Taking note of BJP leaders welcoming the VC’s request to install a tank in the campus, JNUSU wondered if the VC was a member of the saffron party. JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar had on Sunday during celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas sought a decommissioned tank to be installed on the campus to recognise and respect sacrifices of its alumnus who have received degrees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj directs Indian HC to give visa to Pak patient

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani national for medical treatment in India. Swaraj’s direction to India’s High Commissioner in Pakistan Gautam Bambawale came after a woman — Hijaab Asif — sought the external affairs minister’s urgent intervention. Touched by Swaraj’s prompt response, Asif praised Swaraj and even said that Pakistan would have changed had she been the prime minister of her country. Minutes after Swaraj’s tweet to Bambawale, the Indian mission tweeted that it was in tough with the applicant. “Ma’am, we are in touch with the applicant. Rest assured we will follow it up,” the Indian High Commission said in a tweet. Responding to Asif’s plea, Swaraj also wondered whether Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Satraj Aziz had refused to issue a recommendation letter for issuance of a visa by India to the patent. The External Affairs minister had a few weeks back said that Pakistani nationals seeking visas for medical treatment in India must accompany their visa applications with a recommendation letter by Aziz. “Dear ma’am, spoke to DHC (Deputy High Commissioner) in Islamabad, told the patient’s current condition and he said it’s all up to you. If you allow,” Asif had tweeted earlier. The patient is suffering from serious liver ailment and needs urgent treatment in India, she said. After Swaraj’s direction to grant a visa to the patient, Asif was effusive in her praise of the external affairs minister. “@SushmaSwaraj What do I call you? Superwoman? God? No words to describe your generosity! Love you ma’am. Cannot stop praising you in tears!!!,” she said. In another tweet, she said “my heart belongs and beats for you”, adding that “Pakistan doesn’t deserve her at all”. “Lots and Lots of Love and respect from here. Wish you were our prime minister. this country would have changed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Extortion case: ‘Action against NCP MP Udayanraje at right

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Proper” action will be taken against NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, whose anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Bombay High Court recently in an extortion case, at the “right time”, a Maharashtra minister said today. The Satara MP, a direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, was denied anticipatory bail by the high court upholding a lower court’s order in the case. The Satara Police had registered an FIR against Bhosale and his supporters on March 22 this year after the the owner of a manufacturing unit in Lonand Industrial Estate in the west Maharashtra district alleged they had demanded “protection money” from him. “Police will take proper action against him (Bhosale) at the right time,” MoS for Home (Rural) Deepak Kesarkar said. Responding to queries of reporters over the foot march taken out by Bhosale along with his supporters in Satara last night, the minister said, “No action was taken against the MP last night to avoid the law and order problems”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajya Sabha MP Tulsi bats for Centre on Army’s ammunition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament and senior advocate KTS Tulsi on Saturday termed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the state of ammunition in the Indian Army as concerning and said the Union government is taking all necessary measures. Speaking to ANI, Tulsi said, ?The government has relaxed the norms for the purchase of ammunition. Adequate action is being taken. The CAG report may have been done six months or one year ago; the time period is not defined. There is a possibility that the position might have changed now.? However, if true, Tulsi said, the report highlights a serious matter which needs to be looked into immediately. ?Even after three years of the current government, it is not expected,? he added. With regards to improper training of the Indian troops, Tulsi stressed the need to look into the situation, and added that the government needs to be prepared for a war-like situation. ?The Centre cannot say that they are not prepared. This will bring down the morale of the Armed forces. It is a question of life and death,? said Tulsi. Responding to an FIR being filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the use of fake Chinese spare parts for indigenised Bofors guns, Tulsi demanded an enquiry into the matter and punishment for the defaulters. In its report that was tabled in Parliament, the CAG on Friday flagged critical shortage of ammunition in the Indian Army . The CAG found deficiencies in the performance of the Ordinance Factory Board (OFB) and found no improvement in the functioning of its factories in comparison to what it was in 2013. The report pointed out two critical shortages in the artillery and tank ammunition and blamed the OFB for failing to deliver as per the roadmap that was set in 2013. “We observed no significant improvement in the availability of ammunition (September 2016)?availability of 55 per cent types of ammunitions was below MARL i.e. minimum inescapable requirement to be maintained for operational preparedness and 40 percent ammunitions were in critical level, having stock of less than 10 days,” the CAG report noted Ends SN/HB NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China aiming at unilaterally changing tri-junction status:Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China intends to unilaterally change the status of the tri-junction with Bhutan, which poses a challenge to India’s security, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour, she informed the Rajya Sabha that there was a written agreement between India, China and Bhutan in 2012 that the three nations will together decide on the boundaries at the tri-junction point. The Minister said the boundaries between India and China are yet to be finalised and the two nations will do that bilaterally through discussions, while the same between China and Bhutan too will be done through bilateral talks. She also accused China of building roads using bulldozers and excavators, which has been protested by Bhutan in writing to China. The Minister also said that India was not “unreasonable” on the issue and all nations were with it. “India’s position is not wrong on the tri-junction and all nations are with it. The law is with our country,” she said. Swaraj said all countries are supporting us and they understand that the stand taken by India on the issue is not wrong. She said the matter can be resolved through talks and “We are willing to talk, but both sides have to first take back their armies.” She said the moment India got to know that the OBOR (One border, one road), was part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), India objected to the move immediately.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Presidential polls: Let’s see if our ideology prevails, says Meira Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition Presidential nominee Meira Kumar on Thursday reiterated her view, which she has maintained since her nomination, that she believes in the ideology which she has fought for, adding that she would want to see if it prevails.I believe in the ideology I’ve fought for and I believe in the voice of conscience. Let us see how much it prevails, Kumar said. Responding to a poser on how she views this fight, Kumar said the people in this country have certain values and they have kept those as their base for these elections.Kumar also expressed her gratefulness to the Opposition parties which unanimously got together and decided her name for the post of President.Meanwhile, the counting of votes for the presidential polls is underway. The final result will be declared by 5 p.m.Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, was announced as the Indian National Congress (INC)-led Opposition’s candidate for the post of President of India, after a meeting held on the June 22, 2017.Both, NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.The Presidential election on July 17 saw 100 percent polling of 11 states. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.

Senate committee supports enhanced Indo-US defence ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India could be America s one of the strongest and most dependable military partners in the Asia-Pacific region over the coming years, a top Congressional Committee said today. “Bolstering and strengthening the relationship, and encouraging enhanced engagement by India in the Asia-Pacific region should be a top priority of the Defence Department,” the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee said. The committee strongly supported an enhanced defence relationship between the US and India. “Over the coming years, India could be one of our strongest and most dependable military partners in the region,” the Senate Committee said as it posed a set of questions to General Paul Selva. The Senate panel is considering Selva’s nomination for a second term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Responding to the committee’s questions, Selva said, “The US-India military relationship is strong and getting stronger. Our two countries cooperate through complex exercises as well as robust engagement through defence trade and technology cooperation.” When asked about his recommendations for bolstering the overall defence relationship between the two countries, Selva said the US and India should continue to expand cooperation in areas of mutual interest like maritime security in the Asia- Pacific and the Indian Ocean region. “We should also continue to strengthen our defence relationship with India by pursuing opportunities to co- develop and co-produce defence technology that is in the interests of both countries under the US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative,” Selva said. Responding to a question on Pakistan, Selva said the US need to continue mil-to-mil cooperation with Pakistan in order to improve the latter’s capacity to combat terrorist organisations, while working with it on ways to enhance security along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and help bring stability in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle: Gopal Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition vice presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi today justified his efforts to save Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon from the gallows, saying the practice of capital punishment was medieval and wrong. Facing criticism from the ruling side for backing Memon’s mercy plea, he said he did so drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who were against death penalty and wanted it abolished. Gandhi filed his nomination papers today in the presence of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Also present were other opposition leaders, including JD (U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, NC’s Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi. “In our country, we are living in times of division. A whole force which is dividing our country is in action mode and that spells danger,” Gandhi said after filing his papers. He said he was representing the common citizen of the country and not any political party and would try and help bridge the gulf between the public and politics. “People’s faith in politics itself has diminished and has collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that faith,” he said. Responding to the Shiv Sena’s attack on him for petitioning the president to save Memon, Gandhi said, “Shiv Sena is doing its duty with dedication. What Shiv Sena has said, it had to. I feel that the death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages. Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle.” He said he had also written a similar petition for Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, facing death sentence in Pakistan. “As a common, independent citizen, it is my duty to fulfil my principles. I believe in that. I have drawn inspiration on death penalty from two persons – Mahatma Gandhi who was opposed it and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who said it is only proper abolish it”. The former West Bengal governor, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, has been picked by 18 opposition parties to be their nominee for the post of vice president. The vice presidential election is scheduled to be held on August 5. Gandhi will contest against the NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyd drug racket probe: 1 more held, total number of arrests 13

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another person was today arrested for allegedly peddling LSD by the Telangana Prohibition and Excise department, which had recently exposed a racket selling high-end drugs, taking the number of persons arrested in the case so far to 13. Piyush A, an engineering graduate, was picked up from the Marredpally area here and 80 “blots” of LSD, besides other pharma drugs used in preparing fake LSD “blots”, were seized from his possession, Excise Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal told reporters. Among the 13 persons arrested so far since the racket was busted on July 2, there is a US citizen, Dundu Anish, a former aerospace engineer who had worked with the NASA, besides seven B.Tech graduates, most of whom were working for multi-national companies. The racket used to sell high-end drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (methylenedioxy- methamphetamine). LSD, sold as tablets or in liquid form, is known to be one of the most potent mood-changing chemicals, while MDMA, commonly referred to as ‘molly’ or ‘ecstasy’, is a popular recreational or party drug. The gang catered to nearly 1,000 customers, including students of city-based schools and colleges, a film producer and senior officials of multi-national companies and employees of the IT firms in Cyberabad. Based on the information provided by those arrested, the department has summoned 12 persons, including some Tollywood personalities, seeking explanations on their alleged links with the drug-peddlers. Some Tollywood actors, directors and producers are among those who had recently been issued notices by the department under section 67 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, asking them to appear before it from July 19 onwards. “We have to ascertain their (to whom the notices were issued) role (whether they were drug users or peddlers)…Some of the names came out during the interrogation of the accused,” a senior Excise official said. Meanwhile, when his comment was sought on a section of the media revealing the names of the Tollywood personalities with alleged links to the drugs racket, Sabharwal said, “It is unethical…not correct on part of the investigating agency to reveal their names.” He urged the media not to “sensationalise” the issue and to project the facts of the case. Responding to a query, Sabharwal ruled out any pressure on him from any quarter as regards the investigation and asserted that he had the full support of the Telangana government in the probe. “I have the full support of the government. Other law enforcement agencies are also extending support. I have no pressure as such…no one is targeting me or creating any problem,” he said. Asked about him going on leave and the speculations surrounding its timing, Sabharwal said he was availing it for personal reasons and it had nothing to do with the case. “My mother passed away two months ago. I am going on leave to my native place. The leave was sanctioned two months ago, before this case surfaced. There is no link between my leave and the case,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul Gandhi’s tweets highlight his immaturity-BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi?s recent tweet on the ongoing counting of demonetised currency, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that it highlights his ?immaturity?. ?Rahul Gandhi?s recent tweet is perhaps the most eloquent, self-certification of the level of maturity and view on politics; this coming from the Vice President of a political party that governed the nation for six decades. He is taking serious national conflicts very lightly,? BJP leader Nalin Kohli told ANI. BJP leader Sudesh Verma said that the ?hilarious? Rahul Gandhi is not seen as a serious politician. ?Politics requires some amount of humour I suppose. Such is the nature of the tweets. I think Rahul Gandhi is hilarious. He is politically immature,? he said. 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 tweeted. The sardonic remark emanated after RBI Governor Urjit Patel told a parliamentary panel on Wednesday that it could not provide an accurate amount of scrapped notes received by the banks, as it was still counting the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes. The members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Finance raised concerns over unavailability of the amount of currency returned after Patel had promised in January to provide the exact figure before his next appearance. On January 18, Patel made his first appearance where he sought exemptions twice. He was accompanied by RBI Deputy Governors S S Mundra, N S Vishwanathan and B P Kanungo.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ready to work with CM in the interests of Puducherry: Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At loggerheads with Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi today said she was ready to work with the former in the interest of the Union Territory. Speaking to reporters here, she also refuted allegations by the ruling Congress in Puducherry that files were pending with her. The L-G said files that were claimed to be with her were actually not with her and she had “evidence” to back it. Responding to a query on Narayanasamy’s statement that he was ready to meet the L-G and hold discussions to solve people’s problems, she said “he is welcome.” Bedi said she was “100 per cent ready” to work with him. “I am here to work together and we did work together. The question is only of intention. What is my intention. Is my intention dishonest, (for) any vested interests. None. “My intention is to make Puducherry honest, clean, sensitive to people’s grievances, well administered… to be collaborated. This is my intention. If this is the same intention, then there is no conflict,” she said. The L-G said she was not in the Union Territory to “cater vested interests” and that “the poorer the person the more I am for them.” Responding to the Congress’ allegations of files “pending” in her office, she asked such files to be named and said anybody can even file an RTI in this regard. “It is so easy to say so many files are pending. Tell me which file, make it open. My office works very expeditiously, very thoroughly. Why, because that is my responsibility. “I have a very good team which works very fast and thoroughly. If an allegation is made anytime, please tell me which file. Examination of a file is not delaying of the file,” Bedi said. Bedi said she was doing her duty properly and was being questioned for that. “I am only doing my duty which is laid down under the law. Instead of saying thank you for following the law, you are questioning why you are doing your duty properly. I have never seen a situation like this,” she said. Bedi also said she would not be a mere “endorser” and a “rubber stamp.” On the nomination of three persons by the Centre and their induction into the assembly, the L-G asked why Narayanasamy did not make any recommendations for nominating MLAs and asserted that the Centre only exercised its powers. “Did the chief minister for a whole year make any recommendations ? He did not,” she told reporters here at the airport. Defending nomination of the three legislators, which intensified the spat between her and Narayanasamy, Bedi said she did not receive any names for nominating them as MLAs from the chief minister. She said the “the central government exercised its power to nominate up to three MLAs.” BJP Puducherry unit’s chief V Saminathan and its treasurer K G Shankar, and S Selvaganapathy, an educationist, were nominated to the Puducherry Assembly by the Centre last week. They were later inducted as members of the House by Bedi. Asked about the Congress’s alleging that she exceeded her mandate, she shot back saying “they just have to read the law again, as a Lt. Governor, how I can go beyond the law, I follow the law, and I am bound by law.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ker Women’s panel to probe MP’s alleged anti-women remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Women’s Commission today decided to conduct a probe into the alleged anti-women remarks made by Malayalam actor and Lok Sabha MP Innocent. Commission chairperson M C Josephine said that taking into account the media reports on the alleged remarks made recently, the Kerala Women’s Commission has on its own decided to conduct a probe into the matter. She said the commission director has been directed to conduct the investigation. During an interaction with the media recently on the issue of abduction and assault of a south Indian actress, Innocent, who is the president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), had said the “casting couch”–the practice of giving roles in exchange for sexual favours– was a thing of the past in the Malayalam film industry. Responding to a query on the issue, the AMMA president had said such things can happen if a person was willing. In a Facebook post, Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC), an outfit of women members of the Malayalam film industry, had stated that they “totally disagreed” with Innocent’s remark that the “casting couch” practice was a thing of the past. The WCC had on July 5 claimed that “casting couch” existed in the industry and sought a probe by the Kerala Women’s Commission. National Women’s Commission member Sushma Sahu had criticised Innocent for his “anti-women” remarks, terming it “shameful.” The Kerala Women’s Commission had yesterday registered a case in connection with the derogatory comments made against the actress who was abducted and molested in a moving car earlier this year. The case was registered on a complaint by Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC) and Women lawyers Association. The NWC has directed the state DGP to file a report within two days on the attack against the actress. Six persons, including ‘Pulsar’ Suni, have been arrested in connection with the abduction case. The popular actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on February 17 and later escaped.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong MLA tells tale of ‘broken egg’ to target ruling AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The three way split in the ruling AIADMK was today likened to a ‘broken egg’ by Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy, who said that the divided ruling party cannot come together. Participating in the debate on grants for police, fire and rescue services, he said a broken egg cannot be brought back to its original shape, in a veiled reference to the three way split in the ruling AIADMK. He said the egg which fell on the road had two yolks, besides the white part, an apparent reference to three factions in the ruling AIADMK. The Congress legislator’s tale was heard with rapt attention by the treasury and opposition benches with some MLAs asking him some questions. The ruling Amma AIADMK is led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi is headed by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and a section of MLAs and party functionaries owe allegiance to party Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran. Responding to Ramaswamy,Electricity Minister P Thangamani said his remark was a reference to many factions in Congress. Leader of the House K A Sengottaiyan said the tale pointed to the split in Congress with former Union Minister G K Vasan walking away to form Tamil Maanila Congress and added that the party could not make a comeback in the nation. Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman said the party (ruling AIADMK) will emerge victorious against trials and tribulations and clear the doubts of the Congress legislator. Earlier, Ramasamy referred to an attack on a woman by a police officer during a recent protest against a liquor outlet and said women should not be treated in such a fashion. Chief Minister Palaniswami said the incident was regretful and added that some women had used foul language and even shoved police personnel. An MLA was also detained by the protesters and police had to drag him away, the Chief Minister said. Palaniswami said the member did not see such things in the footage and what was shown (telecast by TV channels) was only a portion (in which the woman was slapped by an official) of it. When the promotion of the official in question (who slapped the woman) was also raised by the opposition DMK, the Chief Minister said there was no “charge” against the official and his promotion was in order. Ramasamy said since the Chief Minister had expressed regret, it was suffice.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC seeks EC’s reply elections through VVPAT machine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Election Commission (EC) on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to conduct coming Gujarat assembly election through the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine. The EC has to file an affidavit in four weeks in this regard how many VVPAT machines they have. Appearing for petitioner, senior advocate Kapil Sibal has submitted before the court that to conduct the Gujarat assembly election through VVPAT 71,000 machines required. Responding to Sibal, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal appearing for the Centre, said that they have already provided 3,500 crores to EC for procuring VVPAT machines.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clientele of Hyd drug peddlers: School kids, film producer,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Racketeers involved in peddling high-end narcotics like LSD, MDMA had a mixed clientele of around 1,000 people including a film producer, officials of MNCs and shockingly students of various schools and colleges here, a senior Excise Department official said today. Eight persons, five of them engineers working in good positions in multinational companies, have been arrested so far by the Excise Department since it busted the drug racket on Sunday after conducting raids across Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The eighth person arrested today was Brendon Ben (20), suspected to be a key accused, who is running an event management company and allegedly involved in supplying LSD. Through the analysis of mobile phones and emails of three of the accused, excise officials have found close to 1,000 individuals, including the film producer, officials of MNCs and employees of IT firms in Cyberabad, besides students from various schools and colleges, as the clients of peddlers. The LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is generally sold in rave parties in tablets or liquid form. It is known to be one of the most potent ‘mood-changing’ chemicals. The MDMA, or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ecstasy’, is used as a recreational drug. “… nearly 1,000 individuals, and a lot of them youngsters, are found to be LSD users. A disturbing trend is students, particularly a few school students, using LSD, which is a matter of concern. One such user is a class VIII student. Yes, that’s disturbing,” Akun Sabharwal, the prohibition and excise enforcement director, told reporters here. This list of users may go up as this information is based on the analysis of only three mobile phones seized from the accused, he said. In view of investigation revealing disturbing facts on the use of drugs by students, the department has issued advisories to 26 schools and 27 colleges after finding that a sizable number of students are hooked to drugs. “Identification of children will not be revealed and we will recommend for their rehabilitation and counselling. Through the advisories we have asked the educational institutions to sensitise teachers and students on this issue and watch out for erratic or deviant behaviour in students,” Sabharwal said. The areas in the vicinity of the schools should also be monitored and also easy availability of cash/cards with students should also be monitored, he said, adding the institutes should take it as a campaign. He said a meeting cum interaction is proposed with principals of almost 80 schools in Hyderabad on July 14 and a similar exercise would be undertaken regarding colleges as well. The officer said that five of the accused are B Tech graduates who are working in good positions in MNCs. “They are young, technically qualified, well educated, well paid. They were procuring LSD and MDMA through dark web (internet). With today’s arrest of Brendon Ben, I think it almost puts curtains drawn on the number of arrests with regard to LSD procurement and its sale in and around Hyderabad. I can confidently say that till a new gang starts it again, we have put an end to this menace,” Sabharwal said. Responding to a query, he said children are getting attracted to LSD either out of curiosity or due to a peer pressure. “They think that if somebody else is trying (drugs), why shouldn’t I?” he added. The officer said the users of drugs were in touch with the peddlers through mobile apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. The department has also started a toll free number (1800 4252523) to enable citizens, parents, teachers and students who have any information regarding drug peddling. He said the excise department is also making efforts to extend the fight against drugs from enforcement to education and awareness through messages and videos. Excise officials had yesterday seized nearly 100 units of LSD from four persons and arrested them. The department conducted raids across Hyderabad and Secunderabad on Sunday and seized 700 ‘squares’ of LSD, each costing Rs 3,000 and worth Rs 21 lakh in total, and 35 grams of MDMA worth Rs 1.4 lakh. Three alleged drug peddlers were arrested during the raids.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid opposition protest, J-K Assembly adopts resolution for implementing GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid protests by the NC and the Congress, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today adopted a resolution for implementing the GST in the state.With this, all the states have implemented the Goods and Services Tax. The resolution moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, was adopted through a presidential order calling on the Centre to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state. He said Article 370 of the constitution is not compromised in any way through this presidential order.After two days of discussions, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote even as the National Conference, the Congress, the CPI(M) and an Independent MLA protested against implementing the new indirect tax regime in the state in its present form. Earlier, replying to the debate, Drabu said the resolution calls upon the Centre to implement the GST in the state while incorporating safeguards for protecting its special status and exclusive taxation powers.”We will appeal, argue, debate and discuss with the Government of India, as a matter of principle, section 5 of the J-K constitution, which gives us exclusive powers of taxation, shall be protected,” he read from the draft of the resolution. “The GSTN council will not be a way to subvert the process and enough safeguards will be built as regards the state of Jammu and Kashmir empowering the representatives of Jammu and Kashmir and bringing in under the ambit of Article 370,” Drabu said.He said the business activity in the state had dropped to almost 50 per cent due to non-implementation of the GST after the new regime was rolled out in the rest of the country on July 1, causing losses to the state exchequer.Giving comparative data, the finance minister said while 2,000 truckloads of goods were imported on July 4 last year, only 1,000 truckloads were imported on the day this year. He said export of goods from the state has also dropped from 300 on this day last year to 150 this year, a 50 per cent decline in trade. On the revenue earned by the state, Drabu said it had dropped from Rs 82 crore on July 4 last year to Rs 40 crore yesterday.”This shows that business and trade in Jammu and Kashmir cannot function without the GST,” he said. Responding to the opposition charges, the finance minister said there was no compulsion on the government to bring a resolution in the Assembly on the GST but it was done as part of “restoration of a process”. “If the GST overwrites Article 370 (of the Indian constitution) or section 5 (of the J-K constitution) I will not come back to this House,” Drabu said.

Local body tax on film tickets echoes in TN assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of local body tax on film tickets in addition to GST over which more than 1,000 cinema halls in Tamil Nadu are shut was today raised in the state assembly by the opposition with the government saying it was working on a solution. DMK Deputy Leader Durai Murugan said more than 1,000 cinema theatres remained shut across the state since yesterday opposing the 30 per cent local body tax. “They (cinema industry representatives) had met the Chief Minister (K Palaniswami) yesterday but still theatres are shut. Why?” he asked. Congress Legislature Party leader K R Ramasamy also raised the issue. Responding, Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani assured that the government would give due consideration to problems of all sections of people. He recalled the meeting of industry representatives with Palaniswami yesterday and said the Chief Minister was trying to find a way out on this issue. “Talks are going on,” the Minister added. Going ahead with their strike announced on June 30 on the eve of GST rollout, the exhibitors have shut their halls since yesterday citing their ‘inability’ to pay both taxes. Besides the local tax, a GST of 18 per cent has been fixed for tickets priced below Rs 100 and 28 per cent for those above Rs 100. “We are against the Corporation (entertainment) Tax which is 30 per cent. This is in addition to the GST rates (of upto 28 per cent). We are not against the GST. We welcome it,” Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association President Abhirami Ramanathan had said yesterday. Representatives of the association and others, including South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA) and Tamil Film Producers Council, had met the Chief Minister over the tax issue. They had also called on state Finance Minister D Jayakumar, who had assured them that the government was with them and the matter required a decision at policy level.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China dismisses Jaitley’s remarks over 1962 conflict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chinese foreign ministry today dismissed Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, saying China too is different and will take “all necessary measures” to safeguard its territorial sovereignty. Jaitley who responded to China s oblique reference to the war the two countries had fought 55 years ago and asking India to learn from “historic lessons”, had said, “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different.” He had also said that the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector was triggered by Beijing. Responding to Jaitley’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different.” He said the border between the two nations in the Sikkim sector is well demarcated under the 1890 Sino-British Treaty. “I would like the Indian side to respect the 1890 treaty immediately and pull back the border troops which have crossed into Chinese territory back to the Indian side of the boundary. “China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” he warned. Geng also accused India of using Bhutan as a “cover up” for the “illegal entry” into the Doklam area over which Bhutan has lodged a protest with the Chinese government. “In order to cover up the illegal entry of the Indian border troops, to distort the fact and even at the expense of Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right from wrong, that is futile,” Geng said. He said China has “no objection to normal bilateral relations between India and Bhutan but firmly opposed to the Indian side infringing on Chinese territory using Bhutan as an excuse.” “The Bhutan side does not know previously that the Indian troops entered into the Doklam area, which is not in line with what is claimed by the Indian side,” Geng said. Asked whether any talks are going on between India and China to resolve the Sikkim standoff, Geng said, “After the illegal entry of border took place, China has lodged solemn representations at different levels with the Indian side in Delhi and Beijing.” “The line of diplomatic communication between two sides is open and smooth,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Newborn declared dead by Warangal hospital found alive before funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a shocking case of negligence, a newborn who was declared dead by MGM Hospital doctors in Telangana?s Warangal district on Sunday, was found to be alive before the funeral. As the parents were preparing for the baby?s funeral, they observed some movement in the baby?s body. They immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment. After a few hours of treatment, the baby was declared dead. Responding to the incident, the doctors said ECG machines were not working in the morning. Last month, a similar case of negligent behaviour was witnessed. The incident took place at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, when a resident of the city’s Badarpur area delivered a 22-week-old premature baby, weighing 460 grams. Rohit, the child’s father, said, the doctor and the nursing staff had declared the baby dead, sealed the body in a packet, labelled it and gave it to them. Right before the funeral, Rohit’s sister saw some movement in the packet, the family then realised the baby was alive.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

More lynching incidents happened under previous govts: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah has said that more incidents of lynching had occurred during the previous governments than during the three years of NDA rule, but no one had raised questions then. “I do not want to compare and undermine the current incidents of lynching. I am also serious about it. But there have been more lynching incidents in 2011, 2012 and 2013,” Shah told a gathering of professionals in Goa last evening. “There have been more lynchings each year in the past, compared to the total lynching incidents that have happened during our three-year-long tenure,” the BJP leader said. The BJP-led government came to power at the Centre in May 2014. Responding to a question about fears over the lynching incidents, he said there was no apprehension anywhere in the country. “Do you know of any such incident where arrests have not been made? I do not have any answer to apprehensions. There is no apprehension anywhere in the country,” he said. Maintaining that law and order was a state subject, Shah said when Mohammad Akhlaq died, the Samajwadi Party-led government was in power in Uttar Pradesh, and it was its responsibility. “But protests are held in Delhi in front of the Narendra Modi government. What is this fashion,” he asked. In September 2015, Akhlaq was dragged out of his house and killed by a mob at Dadri in UP on suspicion of storing and consuming beef. Following several such lynching incidents, including those in Jharkhand, Haryana and UP, protests were held late last month at several cities across the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Army should learn from ‘historical lessons’: China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area in Sikkim sector as a precondition for a “meaningful dialogue” to settle the boundary issue, warning that the Indian Army should learn “historical lessons”, in an oblique reference to the 1962 war. In an unprecedented action, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang displayed a photograph of Indian “incursion” into Donglong area and said the dispute which is becoming a confrontation of sorts between the troops on the ground can only be settled by the withdrawal of Indian soldiers from the area. “Since the illegal trespass happened we have lodged solemn representations with the Indian side in both New Delhi and Beijing,” Lu said, showing the photograph from the podium. He said the photographs will be displayed on the Foreign Ministry’s website later. “The diplomatic channel for communication remains unimpeded. We urged the Indian side to withdraw troops back to the Indian side of the boundary immediately. This is the precondition for the settlement of this incident and also the basis for us to conduct any meaningful dialogue,” he said. Addressing the media around the same time, China’s Defence spokesman Col Wu Qian rejected Bhutan’s allegation that PLA soldiers violated its territory in Donglong area, saying its troops operated on “Chinese territory” and also asked India to “correct” its “wrong doing”. “I have to correct when you say Chinese personnel entered Bhutan’s territory. Chinese troops operated on Chinese territory,” a Chinese defence ministry spokesman told media here. The People’s Liberation Army spokesman also accused Indian troops of entering the Chinese side in Donglong area in Sikkim sector. “They tried to stop the normal activities. The Chinese carried out appropriate responses to these activities to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman said. “We have made it clear to the Indian side to correct their wrong doing and withdraw all personnel from Chinese territory,” he said. Bhutan yesterday said it had issued a demarche to China over the construction of a road towards its Army camp in Zomplri area of Doklam and asked Beijing to restore status quo by stopping the work immediately. The Donglong (Doklam) is a tri-junction area near the Chumbi Valley. It is under China’s control. However, Bhutan claims sovereignty over the area. Asked about the protest lodged by Bhutan that the PLA has transgressed its territory in Donglong area as well as reports that Chinese military has destroyed bunkers of Indian army in the area, Col Wu said the PLA troops carried out “appropriate response to incursion” by Indian border guards into Chinese territory. “The Indian border troupe personnel have entered the Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector of the India-China borders. They tried to stop the normal activities of the Chinese border defence forces in the Donglong region. We carried out appropriate responses to halt these actives to safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. The Chinese military rejected as “extremely irresponsible” Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that India is ready for a two-and-a-half front war, asking him to “stop clamouring for war”. Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats. Responding to Rawat’s remarks, Col Wu Qian said: “Such rhetoric is extremely irresponsible”. “We hope that the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop such clamouring for war,” he told the media. “Indian Army is fully ready for a two and a half front war,” Rawat had said recently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Power to act against parties for baseless charges best way: EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission today defended its decision to seek powers to initiate contempt proceedings against political parties which level allegations against it without evidence, saying it was the best way to defend itself against unfounded claims. “It is not a question of seeking power to punish somebody under the Contempt of Court Act. It is a question of levelling unfounded allegations. “We can go for defamation which we do not want. We do not want to move court as a complainant,” Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told reporters here. He said having contempt of court powers was the best way out. Zaidi was asked why the Commission wrote to the government seeing powers to initiate contempt proceedings against those who have questioned the neutrality of the body. The EC had in April written a letter to the Law Ministry, urging it to amend the election laws so that it can use the Contempt of Court Act against such parties. Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal had questioned the independence of Election Commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat. Rawat had subsequently recused himself from cases the EC is adjudicating against AAP MLAs, including the one relating to 20 of them allegedly holding office of profit. “Some even accuse the Commission of working in favour of the winning political parties … In order to address the emerging situation, there is a rationale and a strong-felt need that the Election Commission may also be given power to punish for its own contempt,” the poll watchdog said. Responding to a question on the office of profit case against 20 AAP MLAs, he said the Commission will decide on the next date of hearing soon. The EC had earlier said it will continue hearing a plea against the party’s nearly two dozen MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit, despite the Delhi High Court setting aside their appointment as parliamentary secretaries. Zaidi also said the Commission will decide on the issue of the AIADMK’s symbol war after going through the documents filed by the rival factions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police officers seen playing games on phones during important seminar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two police officers were spotted playing candy crush and browsing on their phones during an important seminar on drug smuggling in Patna on Wednesday. The event was an important initiative to discuss upon drug smuggling and organised crimes in Bihar. It witnessed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the chief guest, along with the Director General of Police (DGP) Bihar as an attendee. Responding to the incident, Additional Director General of Police (ADG) SK Singhal told ANI that such behaviour is not expected from the senior police officers. ?Such conduct is not expected of senior police officers. We will be counselling them?, Singhal said. Earlier this month, a Uttar Pradesh police officer was caught snoozing during the duty hours in a PCR van during the investigation of the Greater-Noida gang rape case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj assures help to Indian woman jailed in Riyadh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured help to an Indian woman from Telangana, who is lodged in a jail in Riyadh. “We will provide Fahimunnisa Begum legal aid and all assistance,” she said on Twitter. Swaraj’s assurance came after the woman’s husband requested the minister to ensure her release. The reason for her arrest was not known. Responding to a request of another person, Swaraj said the Indian Embassy in Bahrain will look into the reported drowning of an Indian there. Kabees Abdul Jaleel, 32, had reportedly drowned in a swimming pool in Bahrain. Swaraj was approached by the person on Twitter who said the deceased was his relation. He said they did not know what happened to Jaleel and requested Swaraj to take appropriate action.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT asks Himachal govt to ensure ban on illegal mining

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Himachal Pradesh government to ensure there is no illegal mining in the state “under any circumstances”. Responding to a plea alleging unauthorised excavation on government land in Kangra, a circuit bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the state government to submit a restoration plan for damage caused to the area where illegal sand mining has been carried out in the past. “We make it clear that no illegal mining should be carried on in that area under any circumstances,” the bench, also comprising Justice Dalip Singh, said. The green panel also issued notices to four persons who were allegedly carrying out mining in Kangra district. “The department will serve all notices upon these parties to be personally present before the tribunal and to show cause why they should not be called upon to pay environmental compensation as they have been found to be carrying on illegal mining activity,” the bench, also comprising Justice Dalip Singh, said. If the instances of illegal mining pointed out by the applicant were found to be true, the officer incharge of that area would be personally responsible, it warned. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by a Baljeet Singh seeking prohibition on illegal mining going on in villages Mather, Bharmot, Ghaugghar and Pharesh in Kangra district. The plea had alleged that state authorities had turned a blind eye to mining activity as it was being done on the land belonging to the government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Diplomatic efforts underway to initiate Indo-Pak dialogue UN

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has assured that diplomatic efforts are underway to re-initiate a dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute. Responding to a question, Guterres said that he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thrice and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi twice to bring them to the negotiating table, Radio Pakistan reported. He expressed concern over the escalating tensions between the two countries amid repeated violations on the Line of Control. Ceasefire violations and cross-border firing by Pakistani security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border with India have increased many folds from 2014 to 2017. The Pakistani troops have been using mortars and heavy weapons in the recent attacks. The tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) has already forced over 3,000 people including women and children to migrate from their houses near the border in Jammu and Kashmir to safer places. The India-Pakistan composite Dialogue was cancelled in 2014 after Pakistan High Commissioner refused to call off talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders, despite India’s objections to it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIADMK govt has acted swiftly in fishermen arrest issue:Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Assembly today witnessed heated exchanges between Ministers and opposition DMK members over the arrest of state fishermen by Sri Lanka and farm loan waiver for farmers. Seeking to turn the tables on the DMK, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said none could forget ‘instances of firing’ on the fishermen during the previous regimes of the party. Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) regime was known for its ‘resolute’ action in the matter which he said was evidenced by no instances of firing. However, during DMK regime “none have forgotten such instances of firing.” Responding to the special call attention motion by DMK’s K P P Samy and J G Prince of (Congress) who referred to impounding of the fishermen’s boats by the island nation, he said all the 135 boats and 11 fishermen in Lankan custody will be brought back home. The issue had already been taken up with Centre. Even during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, the matter was taken up with Central government. Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami also met Modi besides writing to him on the issue, Jayakumar said. Reeling out statistics, he said while 2,490 fishermen were brought back home, as many as 357 boats also made it back to the state due to government efforts. Since 18 boats were damanged a compensation of Rs five lakh for each one of the boat was given to fishermen, he said adding a comparision between the AIADMK, and DMK regimes showed how the Amma regime had “acted swiftly” for the welfare of fishermen. At this point, K P P Samy tried to say somehting, supported by other DMK members who all stood up. But nothing much could be heard. Raising the loan waiver issue during the debate on the Demand for Grants to Food and Civil Supplies, DMK member E V Velu citied similar move by states including Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Leader of Opposition M K Stalin said the government should come forward to withdraw its appeal in Supreme Court against a Madras High Court order asking Tamil Nadu government to extend farm loan waiver to all categories of farmers. Minister for Cooperation, Sellur K Raju said the government preferred an appeal since the directive interfered in the fiscal management. When DMK Deputy Leader Duraimurugan objected to it saying the matter was in court, Speaker Dhanapal said the Minister only explained why an appeal was filed and he did not go into the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre won’t impose any restrictions on choice of food:Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the Centre will not impose any restrictions on people’s choice of food. Responding to a question on a protest by locals against the central governments ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, Singh said there should be no restriction on one’s choice of food. He made the remarks while addressing a press conference after chairing the first meeting of the chief ministers of four northeastern states bordering Myanmar. Singh said the Ministry of Home Affairs will extend security-related expenditure to Mizoram, which is sandwiched between Myanmar and Bangladesh. He added that the Ministry of External Affairs will formulate a policy on the free movement regime between Mizoram and Myanmar. Hundreds of people here today participated in the “beef ban bashing banquet” organised by a local group to protest the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Palaniswami camp asks OPS to reconsider decision on merger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After rebel leader O Panneerselvam disbanded a party panel to facilitate the merger of AIADMK factions, the Palaniswami camp’s D Jayakumar today asked him to reconsider the decision. Jayakumar, a senior leader of the AIADMK Amma faction, said their stand remained the same, which is to hold talks and merge the two groups. “They (Panneerselvam camp) should come back,” he said adding only with that “intention” the doors were opened to them and that is the stand even today, he said. He said the former chief minister-led faction “should reconsider it”. Jayakumar, who had asked his party’s deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran to stick to his promise of staying away from the party affairs, said through the unification of the party, the state government will be strengthened. Stating that “the party should be strengthened and Amma’s regime should continue forever”, he said it continued to be their stand. Yesterday, Panneerselvam announced disbanding a party panel set up in April to hold talks and take forward the merger plan and said people were not in favour of a merger. Today he accused the Palaniswami camp of “enacting dramas.” He said after the panels were constituted by the two sides to take forward the proposal “they (Palaniswami faction) continuously enacted dramas… we are not ready to stage dramas with them”. Neither constructive ideas nor action or confidence inspiring exchange of ideas happened to take the talks forward, the former chief minister told reporters here. Panneerselvam said since people too were not in favour of a merger, the decision to disband the panel to facilitate the unification was announced yesterday. Responding to a question, he said it would be proved soon that the “cadres are with us”. Targeting jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala and her deputy Dhinakaran, he said according to the party bye-laws only the presidium chairman and treasurer were authorised to steer the party in view of Jayalalithaa’s death, who was the duly elected party chief. On retrieving the party headquarters and the two-leaves symbol, he said the matter was pending with the Election Commission and a good decision was expected soon. On a question about Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa trying to enter the late chief minister’s Poes Garden residence, Panneerselvam said they considered the place a “temple”. While it was the view of the people and cadres that it should be made a memorial, we have to wait and see the legal position on the matter, he said. He condemned the alleged attack on a television crew when Deepa entered the Poes Garden residence of the late AIADMK supremo. To a question about which party will they support in the upcoming Presidential election, Panneerslevam said the party high command would take a decision after the nominees are announced.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha agri crisis: Cong wants spl session on loan waiver issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress today demanded a special session of Maharashtra Legislature to discuss the ongoing agitation by farmers and to know the BJP-led state government’s stand on loan waiver issue. “The situation prevailing in the state is serious. It was wrong for the chief minister (Devendra Fadnavis) and (MoS agriculture) Sadabhau Khot to announce that the strike (by farmers) was called off when it was still on,” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Chavan said. “We demand an immediate special session of the Legislature to discuss this ongoing strike and the government’s actual stand on loan waiver and to give justice to farmers,” he told reporters here. Chavan said the chief minister’s contention to provide loan waiver to farmers with marginal land holdings will do no good to them as most of the cultivators in suicide-prone Vidarbha and Marathwada regions have land ad-measuring more than five hectares. “The CM cannot differentiate among farmers. They are in a bad situation and there is a dearth of facilities for them due to consecutive drought for three years. The drought did not choose to affect only marginal farmers,” he said. On Fadnavis’ allegations of hooligans resorting to violence in the name of farmers’ protests, Chavan said “everybody knows which is the party that has the maximum number of goons.” “During our tenure in government for 10 years, we increased the minimum support price (MSP) for farmers by an average 140-160 per cent, about 14 per cent increase annually. The BJP, in the last three years, has increased MSP by a mere 1.5 per cent,” he said. Responding to the chief minister’s announcement of bringing in a law during the forthcoming monsoon session to criminally charge those who buy agricultural produce at a rate lesser than the MSP, Chavan said it is the government’s responsibility to buy it at MSP. “This law will only apply to traders. They will close down their business saying it is unsustainable for them. Farmers will be left in a lurch if the government does not take responsibility to buy the produce,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will consider matter if U’khand HC order on EVMs violated: EC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The EC today said in future if anyone “violates” the order of the Uttarakhand High Court on the constitutionality of the EVM challenge by indulging in its “unhealthy criticism”, it will consider the matter and take a decision. The Uttarakhand High Court yesterday dismissed a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Election Commission’s EVM challenge held today saying there is no scope to doubt the fair working of electronic voting machines. Responding to a question on attacks on the poll panel regarding the reliability of electronic voting machines, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said “in future if we come to know of any such issue where the HC order has been violated directly, we will consider it and take a decision”. He was addressing a press conference on the EVM challenge where he was asked about attacks on the poll panel by political parties. While several parties have questioned the reliability of EVMs, the AAP had on occasions attacked the poll panel. “It is the duty of the courts to preserve, promote, nurture and maintain independence of constitutional bodies and to insulate them from unhealthy criticism,” a division bench of the court had said while rejecting a petition seeking a stay on the EVM challenge. The HC had also said that the EVMs are “not hackable. There cannot be any manipulation at manufacturing stage. The results cannot be altered by activating a Trojan Horse through a sequence of key presses…There are checks and balances to ensure tamper-proofing of EVMs”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I never get angry, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I never get angry but at times behave like a guardian to security force personnel and bureaucrats,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today. Responding to a question whether he gets angry very often, Singh laughed off and said he is elder to all the officers working in the Home Ministry and central para- military forces which he oversees as a home minister. Singh had on Thursday pulled up police and paramilitary officials for not being “conscious” about the upkeep of their uniform after noticing some of them without their caps and undone shoe laces at an official event. The 65-year-old minister had in April expressed unhappiness over delay in start of another function apparently because of late arrival of some senior bureaucrats and police officers. “I never get angry, but sometimes I have to behave like a guardian. What I say is what I feel,” Singh told reporters during a press conference to highlight works done by his ministry in past three years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn AAP leaders meet mayors;express concern over civic issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leaders of Opposition in north and south corporations today met their respective mayors expressing concern over various civic issues, including preparedness for handling a possible outbreak of vector- borne diseases in Delhi. At least 96 cases of chikungunya and 40 of dengue have been reported in the national capital this year. The AAP is the opposition party in all the three municipal corporations — the NDMC, the SDMC, the EDMC. The new team of the three civic bodies had taken charge last month. Leader of Opposition in the SMDC, Ramesh handed over a memorandum on behalf of his party councillors to South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today in which the AAP has expressed concern over the situation of dengue, malaria, chikungunya, besides other civic issues like sanitation, desilting and potential waterlogging points, an official said. Leader of Opposition in the NMDC, Rakesh Kumar also handed over a memorandum to North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal expressing concern over the same civic issues. Ramesh stressed upon the need for dissemination of information on prevention of dengue and chikungunya. “A number of his fellow councillors raised issues of difficulties in getting development work done in unauthorised colonies, unsatisfactory status of primary collection of garbage in Najafgarh Zone, accumulation of garbage over vacant plots, release of funds to councillors before start of rainy season,” the SDMC said in a statement. Ramesh, however, expressed his satisfaction over the meeting. Responding to the AAP councillors, Sehrawat said she has instructed departments concerned for undertaking sanitation and desilting work in a time-bound manner. “As per development work in unauthorised colonies, the issue will be discussed with the municipal commissioner for further action. “In next few days, the campaign against vector-borne diseases will become more visible. And, primary collection of garbage in Najafgarh Zone will soon become smooth like in other zones,” she added. Sehrawat further said she will request all 104 councillors in SDMC to identify one major project work in their respective ward. Meanwhile, North Delhi Mayor Agarwal today also convened a meeting of newly-elected NDMC councillors to sensitise them about the proceedings of the House and their duties. The meeting was attended by more than 80 councillors, the NDMC said in a statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress dismisses ICJ intervention in Kashmir issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to reports of Pakistan?s alleged move to seek redressal on the Kashmir issue from the International Court of Justice, the Congress on Monday, while dismissing the plausibility of the same, said the ICJ?s interference in the matter is not a practical move, adding that Islamabad is gravely ?mistaken in the matter?. ?In the matter of execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, India had no choice but to approach the ICJ, since consular access itself was denied. A long-pending issue like Kashmir is not one to be solved by the ICJ. This is not practical, since the two cases are very different from one another,? Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI. Developing on this premise, Chacko asserted that the Kashmir issue, although having been deliberated multiple times at international forums can be resolved only by means of a bilateral agreement. ?In this context, if Pakistan thinks the Kashmir issue can be raised at the ICJ, Pakistan is highly mistaken,? added Chacko. According to local media reports published in Pakistan, top authorities in the government are seeking to move the ICJ over the dispute with India for decades over Occupied Kashmir, an issue that has triggered wars between the two countries thrice. Reportedly, Pakistan is to dispatch an ad-hoc judge to the international court while a legal team would also be formed to assist counsel in the ICJ for Pakistan, Khawar Qureshi. Sources privy to the government have reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sought recommendations of institutions concerned in this regard. Earlier in 1999, Pakistan claimed USD60 million in compensation after a Pakistan Navy aircraft, flying well inside Pakistani territory, was downed by India. This year, India filed a petition in the international court to seek provisional stay of the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav?s execution, who was convicted of espionage by an impartial military court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong welcomes EC’s decision, says satisfied with EVM’s live demo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to the challenge given by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to all the political parties to hack the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), the Congress Party on Sunday said that their party only needed assurance from the poll panel that the machines cannot be tampered with and since they have proved it, they are now satisfied. ?It is not a challenge, Election Commission just had to convince us that the polling machine is tamper proof and since they have assured that it cannot be hacked, we are satisfied with it,? Congress leader P.C. Chacko told ANI. He said that the political parties had some doubts regarding the tampering of the voting machines after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections and just to remove it the parties jointly made a representation to the Election Commission. ?Some parties were making this as an issue, disproportionately blowing up the whole thing to cover up their failure. Like, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost badly and to cover up their failure they were disproportionately blowing up the issue,? he said. Meanwhile, another Congress leader P.L. Punia expressed happiness over the live demo of EVM by the poll panel and said that it has guaranteed the authenticity of the voting machine. ?It is neither linked with any network, it is a different system, which cannot be accessed by anyone. This is a very good step and it will make things more clear and if really it cannot be tampered then it is a great sign of relief,? he said. Earlier on Saturday, the poll panel asked the Opposition parties and experts to prove that the EMVs, used in the Assembly elections, can be tampered with. However, the EC put forth terms and conditions for the parties attempting to tamper the machines. The EC said that only those parties, national and regional, that took part in the recently concluded Assembly elections can hack the EVMs. It asked each party to appoint three people to hack the EVMs. The poll panel said that the EVMs need to be picked from its warehouses in Delhi at parties’ own cost. The EC said that if a party fails to report at the alloted time, without prior intimation or approval, their challenge shall be cancelled. It said each political party will get to pick at least four EVMs of their choice from any four polling stations out of the five poll-gone states. The EVMs involved in the election petition or those sealed will not be allowed in the hackathon. The poll panel said that if the EVM becomes non-functional after the tamper attempt or if the tamper result is same as the one put out by EC or if the challenger violates the rules-set, the challenge will be struck down.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak will pay a price if it flouts ICJ’s decision Former foreign secy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Responding to Pakistan’s refusal to abide by the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) verdict on the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, former foreign secretary Salman Haider on Sunday said that by doing so, Islamabad has to pay the price in terms of global opinion. ?It’s up to Pakistan to decide whether or not they want to abide by it; they can?t be compelled. But if Pakistan or any other country deliberately flouts the ICJ?s finding and decision, it will have to pay the price in terms of global opinion, a sense of putting itself out of court, looking as it is not prepared to abide by the international norms of the contract,? Haider told ANI. He continued that to rehear the matter or not is the ICJ?s decision, adding that it can only be suspected that the decision of the court would remain intact as it has been taken after due consideration. ?The sense of the judgment that ICJ has given is that the treatment of Kulbhushan should be according to the international requirement which includes consular access,? he said. Earlier on Saturday, Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asserted that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav cannot be acquitted by the ICJ and his punishment will be in accordance with domestic laws. He argued that Indian rant of victory following the ICJ’s stay at the execution of Jadhav was false because the final verdict was yet to come. “The ICJ gave no verdict regarding consul access”, he added. Aziz said that India had made a mistake by going to the ICJ as it paved the way for Pakistan to raise the matter of humanitarian violations in Kashmir. While answering to the question as to why Pakistan moved the ICJ on the Kulbhushan Jadhav matter, he said Pakistan was a member state of the United Nations and the decision was taken after consultation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nayeem Khan suspended from Hurriyat Conference, says ready for probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kashmiri separatist leader and chief of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday suspended Nayeem Khan?s membership, days after a video emerged showing him confessing to have received funds from Pakistan to fuel unrest in Kashmir. Following the video, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a preliminary enquiry against Khan, including Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar. Responding to this, Khan said that the Indian establishment is using the media to suppress his voice and added that he is ready to face the investigation. ?If they are trying to threaten us it won?t work. We have been facing the Indian state for the last 35 years. If they want to investigate, they should, who is stopping them? The investigation should be open, transparent, but we don?t believe in Indian agencies,? Khan told ANI. ?They are using media as its security arm. When they hanged Afzal Guru, judiciary was used; now in order to suppress me they are using media,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saharanpur violence: CPI(M) seeks Prez’s intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CPI(M) today met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention to see Dalit families affected by the Saharanpur caste conflict get compensation and “false” cases against them are withdrawn. Responding, Mukherjee expressed his “anguish” over the incident and assured to do whatever possible to ensure justice for those affected, the Left party said in a statement. CPI(M) politburo members Brinda Karat and Subhashini Ali led the delegation comprising affected members of the community. In their memorandum submitted to the president, the two leaders alleged that such incidents are on the rise in Uttar Pradesh ever since the BJP came to power there. They expressed apprehensions that many parts of the state are in “danger of descending into spirals of caste and communal violence” and urged Mukherjee to intervene. “Since many dalit community members have been injured and have suffered tremendous economic losses apart from humiliation and insult, we would request you to ensure that their grievances are redressed,” the delegation urged in the memorandum. “They must receive compensation and justice and false cases against them should be withdrawn,” it demanded. Saharanpur witnessed caste conflict on May 5 when members of Dalit and Thakur communities clashed over playing of loud music during a function commemorating Rajput warrior-king Maharana Pratap. A youth belonging to Thakur community died in the conflict, whereas several others including members of Dalit community were injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Triple Talaq related to women empowerment, human dignity ASG Anand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Additional Solicitor General (ASG), Pinky Anand on Wednesday said that the issue of triple talaq is related to women empowerment and human dignity, adding that a secular nation must fight for establishment of fundamental rights for all. ?The entire issue is related to women empowerment and human dignity. A secular nation must fight for establishment of fundamental rights for all. The Supreme Court is examining the constitutional validity,? Anand told the media. She further said that there is no question on faith as every religious practice is subjected to fundamental rights. ?If there is any part of religion which is essential that is protected. As it is being said that triple talaq is an optional therefore there won?t be any legitimacy of essential practice on that,? she added. Anand said that the Supreme Court has already clarified that others aspects will not be included in the hearing. ?There were many such practices in the society like Sati and Devdasi but all were abolished as people realized it was against human equality. The Centre has only one point that the issue is related to intra-community and here women are being suppressed which is not acceptable,? she asserted. Anand added that because of triple talaq there is no economic independence left neither there is any progress in the society. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today told the apex court that the issue of triple talaq should not be seen as discrimination between majority and minority communities. ?It is an issue of minority community and that of women within the community,? Rohatgi said in the court. The Attorney General today told the apex court that if the practice is not present in 25 Islamic countries then it can’t be said it is essential to Islam. ?Rights given by Article 25 of the Constitution are not absolute rights,? he said. Responding to Chief Justice of India (CJI) J. S. Khehar?s question on which old tradition of Hinduism was set aside by the courts, Rohatgi submitted that once Sati and Devdasi etc were part of Hinduism. Rohatgi added that if the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) itself says that triple talaq is optional, sinful and undesirable then how can it be integral to Islam. ?A Secular Constitution has to rise above such things,? the Attorney General said in the court. He further questioned that will the community decide that triple talaq is violative of fundamental rights or the court? The arguments in the triple talaq case, which was inconclusive today, would continue tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Committed to freedom of choice, right to privacy: Govt to SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it was committed to freedom of choice and the right to privacy of citizens and was in the process of coming out with a regulatory regime on data protection. The Centre told a five-judge constitution bench, which is hearing the WhatsApp privacy policy matter, that it would either frame a statutory rule or issue executive guidelines, which would be binding in nature, on data protection. “At the outset, the central government is committed to freedom of choice and right to privacy of citizens. This is non-negotiable and we are committed for this,” Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta told a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra. “We are already in the process of doing it (regulatory regime),” he told the bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, Amitava Roy, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar. However, the apex court asked Mehta that if the citizens felt their rights are affected due to the privacy policy, what would be the role of the court. “The issue would be that the statute and the Act, which is in consonance with the Constitution, requires that you have a regulatory regime. You say you are in the process. Once you are in the process and the citizen feels my rights are affected, what is the role of the court,” the bench asked. “Can a private corporate say that even if I affect or dent the fundamental rights of the citizen in absence of a regulation, the court cannot do it by issuing a writ,” the bench asked Mehta, adding that till the time the regulatory regime comes into force, what kind of protection the court can grant. Responding to the query, Mehta said a private entity cannot say that a writ petition for appropriate direction would not lie. “If people at large are affected, they cannot say so,” he said. The bench, however, asked “they say they are doing a business. They say they are trading in right to information, right to choice and right to knowledge. What kind of right is this?” The law officer, however, said these private entities have to adhere to the directions given by the court. On the issue of maintainablity of the plea, the Centre said the government was committed to ensure freedom of choice of the subscribers. “So far as maintainability qua Union of India is concerned, we are always amenable to the court order. Qua us, the petition is maintainable,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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