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Rajasthan elections 2018: Rajasthan Kiska?

Rajpath – the road leading to Vidhan Sabha – is the smoothest driveway in Rajasthan. But in the coming year, the ‘Path’ ahead towards ‘Raj’ is a bumpy one for Vasundhara Raje; who faces the fiercest battle of all times.In fact, the 2018 elections will decide the political future of two stalwarts of Rajasthan politics. And for the one who loses, it may well be the end of the road or being relegated into ignominy.Raje, who turns 65 in the coming year, will have to give her best to comeback as chief minister for the second successive time. Similarly for former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who crosses 67, it will be the last chance to claim the state.For Gehlot, it is a fight on two fronts. One within the party for a consensus about him and secondly against Raje who enjoys an edge due to being in power.The young chief of Congress in the state, Sachin Pilot too has a nerve wrenching year ahead. He has to move out of the shadow of the glorious political legacy of his illustrious father Rajesh Pilot and prove his mettle. Keeping up the traditions, Sachin is a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, just as his father Rajesh Pilot was to Rajiv Gandhi.And this year’s electoral challenges begin in the first month itself as the three bypolls are scheduled for January 29. The poll momentum will escalate over the months to culminate in the assembly elections close to the end of year.However, Raje looks confident as the sun rises to salute the new spirit of the election year. Her path breaking initiatives and welfare schemes to especially benefit the destitute, the old and the women have gone down well with the public. All eyes will be on Raje’s dream projects that could easily help her win elections hands down.MILESTONES TO THE ROAD TO POWERRing RoadAfter years of inaction, the ambitious Ring Road is again back on track. Raje used her influence to bring in central road agency NHAI to take over this ‘contentious’ project. Her proximity with union surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari did the trick for the state.Dravyavati River FrontThis is again her ambitious project which is fast ‘galloping’ towards completion within the stipulated time. If it meets the target date, Drvyavati River Front will surely flow in votes for BJP government.Barmer RefineryThe Rs 43000-crore refinery, which is likely to be laid down this month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be testimony of the grit and determination of Raje, who reworked the financials of the proposed refinery in favour of Rajasthan before taking it out of drawing board. The upspin in economic activities and employment generation with setting up of refinery will tilt the balance in favour of BJP.Air connectivityAfter giving super highways with investment worth thousands of crores, Raje looks sky wards. Aiming to conquer the sky, she has started air services connecting places of her importance like Jaisalmer, Kota, Udaipur and Kishangarh. She has more routes in her plans which would end up making a robust air connectivity to Rajasthan. Prosperity then would take an aerial route, covering the shortest distance.Jal SwavlambanAnother pet project for Raje, Jal Swablamban, aims to recharge ground water and revive old baories, will have to pass through summer test this year. If her efforts succeeds in weathering water deficit this season, Raje will have more chances to strategise meeting water requirements for 5 more summers.Stumbling BlockIf the projects fail, the poll equations might tilt in different directions. Also, it would much depend on how the chief minister handles farmers agitation and appease Gurjars who are again raising voice against the High Court’s decision which has barred them from getting 5% quota benefits. This year, as Raje has indicated in her interview after completing 4 years, will be more of implementation than fancy announcements.In a relay race, last leg is vital. If the athlete races, deficits in previous stretches not only get covered but also offer a chance to grab the Gold. Raje apparently is a firm believer of this.

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JDA accountant caught red-handed by ACB

The state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) conducted a trap on Tuesday evening and arrested an accountant posted in the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA). The accountant had demanded a bribe of five thousand rupees to help in an official work for which complaint was registered and the man was trapped. Interestingly, after being arrested the accountant even acted as if he had become unconscious which sent the ACXB sleuths in a tizzy, however, the man soon recovered and the bureau sleuths carried on with their work.The arrested man has been identified as Girdhari Lal, accountant of Zone ten of JDA. Recently one Indraraj Meena approached the bureau and registered a complaint against Girdhari Lal. “In the complaint, the complainant said that he had purchased a shop in Automobile Nagar and to get its lease deed, he had moved a file in the Zone ten of JDA. He met Girdhari Lal for the work where the accountant demanded a bribe of five thousand rupees to decrease the lease estimate amount for the shop,” said Sachin Mittal, Inspector General, ACB.After the complaint was registered, a bid to verify the same was initiated. “The complaint was verified and a trap was laid to nab the man red-handed. On Tuesday evening Girdhari Lal called the man to meet and hand over the bribe money. Meena reached the designated spot and handed over the said amount. The bureau sleuths were already waiting for a signal from the complainant and as the money exchanged hands, the man signaled to bureau sleuths and the team raided the spot.CASE REGISTEREDThe complaint was verified and a trap was laid to nab the man red-handed. A case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered and further action in the matter is being taken by ACB, officials said. Girdhari Lal demanded a bribe of five thousand rupees to decrease the lease estimate amount for the shop.

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Hero’s welcome for Ashok Gehlot, reiterates commitment for Rajasthan

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday received a hero’s welcome at his residence after putting up an impressive performance in the recent Gujarat elections. More than 500 workers and well-wishers thronged his Civil Lines residence to greet him. Gehlot too was visibly happy with the kind of reception he received from partymen. While praising Rahul Gandhi and partymen for Congress’ good performance, Gehlot reiterated his commitment towards working for Rajasthan.”I will be active in Rajasthan till my last breath. I am and will remain active in Rajasthan. I have never gone anywhere…I have always been here with my people,” he said. Gehlot’s statement has further complicated the leadership riddle in Rajasthan. It has added fuel to the speculation that Gehlot may get a re-look for chief ministership if Congress wins 2018 elections. This has created flutter in the Sachin Pilot camp, which was sighing heave of relief after Gehlot’s Gujarat assignment.”Gehlot has comeback strongly. His equation with Rahul Gandhi has also improved. With Gujarat’s performance on his back, he has come into strong contention,” said a senior Congress leader. However, leaders of other camp are still convinced that Pilot will ultimately lead the battle. “Gehlot is a senior leader. We can’t ignore him. But then Pilot has performed remarkably well in ruffling feathers of the Raje government. Be it gag ordinance or farmers agitation, Pilot has led Congress to corner BJP on more than half a dozen occasions. Pilot has been able to keep Congress within the striking distance,” said a Congress leader. Meanwhile, Gehlot made a scathing attack on the Raje government for its alleged failures which he terms a misrule for which the voters will pay back in the upcoming bypolls. “The countdown of the government has begun. The people are angry with the NDA government through the country,” said Gehlot, taking a dig on Raje’s Jan Samwad Program which he called a drama. “The government passed four years in dramas. There is no public hearing by the government to address grievances of the common man. They are just creating a perception (of hearing the grievances). Even the CM’s bond with the people has been broken. She has done a public hearing once in Jaipur. She went to divisional headquarters- Bikaner, Bharatpur and Udaipur and later it was stopped in Kota,” said Gehlot. The former CM also alleged that the government was suppressing voices of all sections with lathicharge. However, commenting on current doctor’s strike, he has appealed them to continue protest without troubling patients.”It’s the failure of government. Doctors too should not observe strike at the cost of human lives. They can show their discontentment by doing extra work or tying black band,” he said.

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Congress to fight BJP with a positive campaign in Rajasthan, says Sachin Pilot

The Congress will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the state government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent by-elections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level and reach out to the masses through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said.Unlike the BJP, the Congress campaign will not be reduced to their level of acrimonious campaign and will not be negative. We will instead launch an affirmative and positive campaign, where the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government will be highlighted, Pilot told PTI.The party has already launched its Mera booth, mera gaurav (My booth, my pride)” campaign and will soon unroll its mass contact programme across the state.He said the Congress did not seek to reach out to the people merely on the failures of the BJP, but would offer them a better alternative.We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the state forward, he said.Pilot said the workers in the state were already geared up and ready to tackle the BJP now that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress and infused new energy into it.The Rajasthan government has nothing to show for the four years that the BJP has been in power in the state, he said, charging it with selling off assets to generate money.This, Pilot stressed, was poor fiscal management.He alleged that the state s assets, including buildings, schools, roadways, hospitals and other infrastructure, were being sold to a select few in the name of public-private partnerships.This is nothing but an example of poor fiscal management. Such a policy where precious assets of the state are given out to a select few at throw-away prices smacks of crony capitalism,” he said.Once voted back to power, the Congress would “review and reverse all such decisions taken arbitrarily” and re-acquire the state s assets, he added.Pilot said the Congress, which faced a historic defeat in 2013 when it could win only 21 of the 200 Assembly seats, had got its vigour back and in the just-concluded bypolls had won seven out of 14 urban local bodies.He said the vote share gap between the Congress and the BJP, which had widened to 25 per cent, had narrowed down to 1.5 per cent in the state Panchayat elections held last year.In the Panchayat polls, the Congress won 45.5 per cent of votes against the BJP s 47 per cent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was down to 31 per cent, compared to the BJP’s 56 per cent.The former Union minister said the Congress party would now aggressively take its campaign forward while highlighting the problems of the jobless, farmers and the common man.This, he said, would be done through public rallies and by underlining the Congress’s plans for the future.The Congress will “force” the BJP government in the state to announce farm loan waivers to help ease the burden of debt that farmers faced, he said.Pilot wondered why the government was dithering over loan waivers when it could bring in a law that allowed former chief ministers to select a house for their lifetime.”The people of the state did not vote the former chief ministers in so that they could have the power to have a house for life, he said.Asked about the Mera booth, mera gaurav scheme, he said every leader would be put in charge of a booth and would launch a mass contact programme to reach out to every voter in the state.There are a total of 51,000 booths in the state.Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018, along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Rajasthan polls: Congress to fight BJP with a positive campaign, says Sachin Pilot

The Congress will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the state government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent bye-elections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level and reach out to the masses through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said.Unlike the BJP, the Congress campaign will not be reduced to their level of acrimonious campaign and will not be negative. We will instead launch an affirmative and positive campaign, where the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government will be highlighted, Pilot told PTI.Also readPeople have made up mind, will support Cong: Sachin PilotThe party has already launched its Mera booth, mera gaurav (My booth, my pride)” campaign and will soon unroll its mass contact programme across the state.He said the Congress did not seek to reach out to the people merely on the failures of the BJP, but would offer them a better alternative.Also readSachin Pilot ‘ticks off’ Raje govt on fourth anniversaryWe will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the state forward, he said.Pilot said the workers in the state were already geared up and ready to tackle the BJP now that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress and infused new energy into it.The Rajasthan government has nothing to show for the four years that the BJP has been in power in the state, he said, charging it with selling off assets to generate money.This, Pilot stressed, was poor fiscal management.He alleged that the state s assets, including buildings, schools, roadways, hospitals and other infrastructure, were being sold to a select few in the name of public-private partnerships.This is nothing but an example of poor fiscal management. Such a policy where precious assets of the state are given out to a select few at throw-away prices smacks of crony capitalism,” he said.Once voted back to power, the Congress would “review and reverse all such decisions taken arbitrarily” and re-acquire the state s assets, he added.Pilot said the Congress, which faced a historic defeat in 2013 when it could win only 21 of the 200 Assembly seats, had got its vigour back and in the just-concluded bypolls had won seven out of 14 urban local bodies.He said the vote share gap between the Congress and the BJP, which had widened to 25 per cent, had narrowed down to 1.5 per cent in the state Panchayat elections held last year.In the Panchayat polls, the Congress won 45.5 per cent of votes against the BJP s 47 per cent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was down to 31 per cent, compared to the BJP’s 56 per cent.The former Union minister said the Congress party would now aggressively take its campaign forward while highlighting the problems of the jobless, farmers and the common man.This, he said, would be done through public rallies and by underlining the Congress’s plans for the future.The Congress will “force” the BJP government in the state to announce farm loan waivers to help ease the burden of debt that farmers faced, he said.Pilot wondered why the government was dithering over loan waivers when it could bring in a law that allowed former chief ministers to select a house for their lifetime.”The people of the state did not vote the former chief ministers in so that they could have the power to have a house for life, he said.Asked about the Mera booth, mera gaurav scheme, he said every leader would be put in charge of a booth and would launch a mass contact programme to reach out to every voter in the state.There are a total of 51,000 booths in the state.Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018, along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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Preparing for a new life: Inmates serve misal, tea at joint

If you have been craving tea, samosas or piping hot misal cooked on a wood-fired stove, Paithan open jail in Aurangabad could be an option. The first snacks centre in a prison in Maharashtra has been launched here, where prisoners will serve misal, tea and sugarcane juice to patrons.This will enable that the inmates are rehabilitated once they are back in the society. There are plans to eventually replicate this model in other correctional facilities across the state.”We have started a centre where sugarcane juice, tea, samosa and misal will be served with accompaniments like curd and papad. This will cater to motorists on the Ahmednagar- Sheogaon- Aurangabad road,” said Sachin Salve, superintendent, Paithan jail.”It will help prisoners set up their own business when they leave jail,” he added, stating that the venture launched last week would work on a no-profit, no-loss basis.Five prisoners will work from 7am to 5pm in the tea and misal point to be called Hotel Sagar Kinara after the Jaikwadi dam located in the vicinity. The inmates of open jails, which have less security and more space for convicts to work, are selected on the basis of good behaviour and the possibility of rehabilitation after their release. The Paithan open jail has around 255 inmates.Rajendra Dhamane, the deputy inspector general (prisons), Aurangabad, said this was the first such experiment in Maharashtra. “In some prisons, inmates prepare food for relatives who come to meet those interned there. But this is the first instance where outsiders will be served food (prepared by convicts),” he noted.”This will create employment avenues for prisoners and help integrate them in society after their release,” said Dhamane, adding that the hands-on experience will also acquaint them with marketing and soft skills.Bhushan Kumar Upadhyaya, additional director general of police (prisons), said revenues raised from the initiative would be channelled into the prisoners welfare fund. “We will decide on extending this elsewhere based on factors like the location (of the open prison),” he added.The machine used to crush sugarcane was made by prisoners from the left over wood in the jail. The Paithan open jail is spread over 500 acres has 15 acre of sugarcane plantations with plans to increase it to 100 acres. The vegetables, jowar, tur dal and soyabean grown in the jail are supplied to other prisons. The inmates from the open jail are also sent to Paithan’s Sant Dnyaneshwar Udyan for cleaning the premises.At the Kalamba jail in Kolhapur, lady inmates prepare laddoos to be served as prasad at the Ambabai (Mahalaxmi) temple in the town.Maharashtra has 54 prisons including nine central jails, 19 class-I district prisons, 23 class-II district prisons and three class-III district jails in addition to 172 sub-jails. This also includes 13 open prisons including two for women, one special prison at Ratnagiri, one women prison at Byculla, one open colony at Atpadi in Sangli, and one Borstal school at Nashik.

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‘Disruption’ during Christmas celebration in Rajasthan, Hindu activists allege religious conversions

Christmas celebrations in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh town were allegedly disrupted by Hindu activists on Tuesday. Hindu activists have alleged that organisers were carrying out religious conversions. According to reports, around 7: 30 pm on Tuesday, a group of people accompanied by the police arrived and ordered the organisers of the event to halt the proceedings. A couple of tribals were allegedly taken into the custody but later released, say media reports. Police officers have denied the allegations of vandalism. “The organisers did not have permission to hold a religious gathering. So, they voluntarily halted the programme upon being approached by the police,” Hindustan Times quoted Pratapgarh superintendent of police Shivraj Meena as saying. The organisers have submitted a memorandum to the district administration, demanded action against those who disrupted the programme. Both the parties have not registered an FIR in the case. Some villagers have alleged that tension has been brewing up for a long time here. “Pratapgarh is a tribal area, the people are being lured to convert,” alleged Sachin Patwa, a villager who demanded action against such conversion. The organisers have denied allegations of conversions. “We come here to pray, and don’t offer any inducement to make people convert,” said Ramesh, Secretary Masih Shakti Samiti. Senior leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena have denied any knowledge of the incident.

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Rajasthan Panchayat bypoll: Congress snatches 4 zila parishad seats from BJP

Close on the heels of an improved performance in Gujarat, the Congress today won all the four zila parishad seats and also 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats, for which bypolls were held.The ruling BJP had to remain content with 10 panchayat samiti seats although it won seven nagar palika wards. The saffron party could not even retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats that it held, according to the State Election Commission.The bypolls for 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 12 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17. “The results of the local bodies bypoll has proved that the countdown for the BJP in Rajasthan has begun. Congress has expressed the feelings of the people in the last four years and they have trust in the party,” Congress state president Sachin Pilot said. He predicted a similar result in the upcoming bypolls for the two parliamentary seats of Alwar and Ajmer and Mandalgarh Assembly seat.Bypolls on all the three seats have been necessitated due to sudden demise of two of the ruling BJP’s parliamentarians and a BJP legislator.The civic by-election results are a setback for the BJP as it lost two nagar palika wards in Baran district, which is a strong hold of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s MP son Dushyant Singh. However, state BJP spokesperson, Anand Sharma said that the result was good for the party as it has grabbed several seats earlier held by the Congress. In August, opposition Congress had won 19 out of the total 37 seats in bypolls to urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions while the ruling BJP had got ten.

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Gujarat ki goonj Rajasthan mein..

Gujarat touches 6 districts in Rajasthan. But it’s poll results will have impact on the entire state. A slim win in Modi’s bastion has sent warning bells ringing for BJP in Rajasthan. As the Raje government enters into the fifth year, Congress, post ‘moral victory’ in Gujarat, will go all out to oust the ruling party.Raje, on the other hand, has a tough task to counter anti incumbency factor while setting off on last minute development work for the public. Her immediate challenge is to win three byelections – one for assembly and the other two for parliament- which would disturb the tempo of Congress after its fighting performance in Gujarat.“If she is able to register wins in these elections, Congress will lose the edge which it has got after Gujarat elections. Also, it will send a message to high command that Raje holds the key for BJP in Rajasthan,” said a senior BJP leader.After facing tough fight in Gujarat, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah may change their strategy in coming state polls. They are said to keep complete control over ticket distribution in elections.“Now the duo may consider feedback of chief ministers and party chiefs of respective states in assembly elections lined up in 2018. This imminent flexibility may work well for BJP,” he said.For Congress, it is the golden chance to revive its fortune. The growing confidence and stature of Rahul Gandhi will imbibe confidence in his close aide Sachin Pilot also. After Ashok Gehlot proving his mettle in Gujarat elections, it is now up to Pilot to outsmart the strategies of the former chief minister, which foxed BJP in Gujarat.“Gujarat victory is morale booster for Congress, but Pilot will be under pressure. He is yet to showcase his leadership capabilities. With Gehlot winning crucial brownie points from Congress President, victory in by elections is the least Pilot needs to prove his point,” said a Congress leader.

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Backing the young: Cong tunes in with new RaGa

Congress leaders celebrated the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as AICC president at the party headquarters on Monday. PCC president Sachin Pilot and AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot who is campaigning with Gandhi scion in Gujarat election termed the event historic.Pilot expressed happiness over Rahul’s appointment and said that the new energy has been transmitted in the party. “Under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party is working to preserve country’s pluralistic culture and protecting country’s democratic and constitutional values. He is determined to keep intact unity, brotherhood and goodwill in the country following the principles of the party and he is battling against divisive powers. Every Congress worker feels strong and capable in the directions Rahul Gandhi has provided to the party,” said Pilot in a released statement.Gehlot also congratulated Gandhi and gave his best wishes to Rahul. “It is a historic moment for Congress party. His youthful energy, compassionate nature and intentions to do good will be an asset. Rahul ji has been working very hard over the years and his dedication, commitment and sincerity will take the party forward on a glorious path. We all look forward to working with him in the interest of the country,” Gehlot tweeted.Meanwhile, the Congress is geared up for its protest against Raje government on Tuesday. In a response to Raje government’s programmes and celebrations being held on the occasion its 4th anniversary the Congress has decided to hold agitation across the state.

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DNA THEME: Rajasthan Goonj in Gujarat

Gujarat polls will soon come to an end; phase one of the polls is over and as dates for the second phase draw closer, there is a mad scramble among the politicians of Rajasthan to reach the neighbouring state and be seen campaigning.This urge to temporarily move westwards is equally palpable in Congress and the BJP. This is probably the first time that Rajasthani politicians have descended in such large numbers to campaign in Gujarat. If one were to think that the khadi brigade is going all out to ensure victory for their respective parties; reconsider it. Gujarat elections are the easy and timely means Rajasthan politicians can use to pave smoother paths for themselves in the Assembly polls slated to be held next year.What makes Gujarat elections more important for the politicos of Rajasthan is the spiced up fight due to the presence of Rahul Gandhi and first time not having Narendra Modi as rallying point. Claims to contributing towards a win would surely go a long way. From BJP, ministers from the centre and state along with MPs, MLAs and party functionaries are keen to walk the extra mile to escort candidates filing nominations, for campaigning in rallies and are even going door-to-door to distribute voter slips. According to a BJP leader who did not wish to be named, “These elections are vital and party president Amit Shah is closely monitoring them. His is the best opportunity to mark one’s presence.”For Congress, the Rajasthan connect gets stronger as former CM Ashok Gehlot, a maverick politician is the closest aide Rahul Gandhi has kept all through the campaign. Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot too pitched his weight in the campaign. The grand old party has sent present and former MLAs, former MPs and senior functionaries. Also they have focused on calling leaders from Bikaner, Jodhpur and tribal districts of Mewar to tap the locals settled in Gujarat.WHAT THEY HOPE TO REAPIt would not be incorrect to say that political battles of Rajasthan are being fought on Gujarat turf. The battles are for supremacy over rivals, gaining favour of party supremos and most importantly to use the time and effort invested to reap political security and favours for themselves next year. Winning has its own pleasures, but irrespective of which party wins or loses Gujarat, the Rajasthanis are fighting a totally different battle.POLITICIANS FROM BJPOm Mathur Ashok Parnami Gulab Chand Kataria Kiran Maheshwari Om Birla CP Joshi Gajendra Singh PP Choudhry CR Choudhry Ramcharan Bohra Arun Chaturvedi Devji Patel Rajendra Rathore Mohanlal Gupta Bhajan Lal Sharma POLITICIANS FROM CONGRESSAshok Gehlot- Former CM Sachin Pilot – PCC chief Rameshwar Dudi- Leader of Opposition Govind Dotasra – chief whip Rajkumar Sharma – Former minister B D Kalla – Former minister & PCC Chief Dr Chandrabhan- Former minister & PCC Chief Mahendra Jeet Malviya – Former minister Rajendra Pareek- Former minister Ashok Chandna- MLA Dheeraj Gurjar- MLA Bhanwar Singh Bhati- MLA Darshan Singh- MLA Mevaram Jain- MLA Jakir Hussain- Former MLA

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Bhanwer Jitendra likely to contest Alwar bypolls

The state Congress has started a campaign in the poll-bounded Alwar parliamentary constituency unofficially betted former union minister Bhanwer Jitendra Singh, a close aide of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi who is set to become president of the party.It was quite evident on Wednesday when Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot, AICC general secretary, and Rajasthan in charge Avinash Pandey with Singh officially started the campaign by holding ‘Mera Booth- Mera Gaurav’ program’. Singh, who earlier represented the seat, was found leading the workers and having a conversation with workers along with Pilot.On this occasion, Sachin Pilot told the workers that party will win all three by-elections of Alwar and Ajmer Parliamentary seats and Mandalgar assembly election. “Soon Rahul Gandhi will take reign of the party as the president. We will win all three seats giving him a gift and assuring that party has a stronghold in Rajasthan,” Sachin Pilot spoke in the conference of workers.He also accused the chief minister Vasundhara Raje of ignoring bypoll bound constituencies in past four years and now touring these extensively and showering sops as the election are approaching.
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Gujarat elections 2017: Cong leader Sachin Pilot seeks White Paper on BJP’s 22-year-rule

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot asked the BJP government to issue a white paper stating the works they have done over the last 22 years in Gujarat and three years at the Centre.”Let’s discuss the works that BJP has done. There are inflation, economic recession, demonetisation, wrong GST which were imposed. The BJP must accept their mistakes. The party promised to construct 50 lakh houses in Gujarat, but they have hardly constructed 4 lakh,” said Pilot.”Everything is possible if you have the will. There is arrogance in BJP. Congress has been in politics in this country since last 130 years. We have never compromised with principles. To gain power, BJP has made many compromises,” alleged Pilot.”We are not here to just to blame BJP for their ills. People are seeing it. We have made a structure to have a better government model in Gujarat. A better alternative governance model in all areas could be whether its labour reforms, education, agriculture, sanitation, health care, urban development, farm loans,” said Pilot.”We have got widespread holistic frameworks of how to develop Gujarat. And the Gujarat model that BJP claimed is very backward in all the social aspects. There is dissatisfaction in every class and they agree upon what Rahul Gandhi is saying. Propaganda, marketing or whatever claimed development has done for few selected people only,” he said.CONG FURYIt is a known fact that CM holds no power. Everybody knows who controls the politics, and when there is no accountability, no transparency then how people can trust the leadership?” Pilot asked.
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Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, booked for alleged "cheating"

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

State simmers, Umer Khan kin ok with autopsy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Umar Khan’s body was handed over to his relatives after post-mortem on Wednesday evening. Former Congress legislator Zahida Khan was also present during the time and has claimed that a strategy will be made after burial of the deceased in his ancestral village.It is believed that the family agreed to post-mortem after the police found about the deceased’s alleged involvement in cow smuggling activities.However, some organisations have demanded monetary compensation and a government job to next of kin of the victim. PUCL in a statement released on Wednesday alleged that the police have tried to cover up another case of cow vigilantism by presenting the entire incident as a fight between two criminal groups.It also alleged that the government has failed to provide security to dairy farmers and given the cow vigilantes a free hand.‘Crime rate down’…Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday claimed that the crime rate in the state has come down. He said that the police department would corroborate with IT students to check cyber crime. On the issue of the religious freedom bill, he said the bill was passed by the BJP government but remained with the then governor. After some amendments, the bill was again sent to the governor….‘Pilot counters’Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Wednesday accused the BJP-led governments in his state and Gujarat of shying away from their responsibility to take action against cow vigilantes and said such elements were now terrorising the people. Speaking about killing of Umar Khan allegedly by cow vigilantes, Pilot said that CM Raje was in that district when the incident took place.

Bharat Ratna for Field Marshal Cariappa; Army chief puts ball in government’s court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After pitching for Bharat Ratna for late Field Marshal KM Cariappa, independent India’s first Army chief, Army Chief Bipin Rawat has left it to the Narendra Modi government to decide whether to confer the military hero with the highest civilian honour in the country. “Final decision will be taken by the government. Whatever is decided will be acceptable,” he said on Friday replying to queries on his view that Field Marshal Cariappa should be given the Bharat Ratna. Also speaking about the situation in Kashmir, Rawat said stone pelting incidents have come down. On November 4, Rawat had said that time has come that Field Marshal Cariappa be honoured with the highest civilian honour posthumously. He had said if others can get why not him as he is as deserving while speaking in Kodagu district in Karnataka where he had gone to unveil statuses of Field Marshal Cariappa former Army Chief late General K S Thimayya. The two military heroes have been an inspiration to many in the region. Sachin Tendulkar was the last recipient of Bharat Ratna in 2013 when government included sportspersons for the first time.

HOUSE THAT: Opp all set for post-D dhamaka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Outnumbered within Assembly house, the Opposition Congress will be looking to grab public attention outside Vidhan Sabha during the Assembly session beginning on Monday. The Congress MLAs are set to enter the Assembly premises waving placards against the government policies. Their focus and main point of target would be the proposed CrPC amendments to shield government employees.“Today the issue is in focus of national media and is being discussed across the country as a sign of the government’s dictatorial attitude. We will protest the same outside and inside the house,” a senior congress leader said revealing the party’s plan.During late evening discussion between selected party leaders, leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi and state party president Sachin Pilot, the action plan to be followed by the Congress during the session was discussed.Accordingly the Congress MLAs are to gather at the residence of party MLA Girraj Malinga on Monday morning and they will subsequently march to Assembly premises with placards in hand. A formal meeting of the opposition MLAs is scheduled to take place after the assembly gets adjourned on first day of this session.Over the next coming days, issues such as loan waiver for farmers and law and order are also expected to be raised by the Opposition at the house.“Our party has been demanding complete farm loan waiver. The issue will be raised on the floor by us with more zeal. Also, the law and order situation is on ventilator with several incidents of gruesome crimes happened recently. This is also on of the prime issues to take on the government,” said leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi.Since the last assembly session, the state has witnessed major demonstrations on issues of farm loan waiver and law and order situation.The Congress too had taken lead in supporting the protesting voices against the government across the state. As the state gears up for Assembly elections scheduled by the end of next year, the Opposition is leaving no opportunity to cash in on brewing anti-incumbency.The party vice president Rahul Gandhi too has held rallies in Rajasthan during the period, while the state party president Sachin Pilot has recently completed his 100km Kisan Nyay Yatra across Hadauti region gathering support among the agrarian communities. The assembly session has provided them another opportunity to corner the government.BILLS TO BE TABLEDA Bill giving reservation to five communities including Gurjars as the Most Backward Nomadic (MBN) will be tabled in the monsoon session. 5% reservation will be given to them. This five percent cap will be raised additionally as a separate class apart from existing 21 percent reservation being given to Other Backward Class (OBC).
Bill on Code of Criminal Procedure (Rajasthan amendments) 2017 which shields public servant and judge from a probe for six months will also be tabled. Also, under this Bill the journalists would be barred from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained from the state government. There is a provision of 2 years of imprisonment for those who will report names of the accused.
A heated debate between the Opposition and the ruling party on farmers’ loan waiver is expected. The state government has formed a committee to look into the demands related to the loan waiver and recently, the committee held its first meeting too. On the other side, the Congress party state head Sachin Pilot and other leaders took out a 100 km rally in Haduati region in support of farmers’ cause demanding complete loan waiver.
The monsoon session beginning from Monday is expected to run for nearly three days. On the first day the obituaries to the leaders who died recently will be given and there will be no question hour. Also, six bills will be introduced on the same day. In the following days the Bills will be debated, amended and passed.

State government trying to institutionalise corruption: Sachin Pilot in response to Raj govt’s ordinance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who is also the Rajasthan party chief, on Saturday criticised Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s decision to replace The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance with a Bill. “Absolutely shocked by how the state government is trying to institutionalise corruption. The state government is trying to safeguard the interest of people through whom they conduct corruption scandals in Rajasthan,” he was quoted while speaking to ANIEarlier, the chief minister issued an ordinance that will prevent cases being lodged against officers and judges for any act commited by them while they were in service. The ordinance also prevents courts from issuing directions to register cases against them. Further the ordinance prevents that the names or pictures of the persons to be made public.The Ordinance was implemented on September 7 and is likely to come up for discussion in the coming assembly session to take the form of a Bill. The ordinance titled Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 is an Amendment in the section 156 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and provides that “no magistrate shall order an investigation against a person who is or was a judge or magistrate or a public servant, as defined under any other law for the time being in force, in respect to the act done by them while purporting or act in the discharge of their official duties, except with previous sanction under the section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No 2 of 1974) or under any other law for the time being in force”

Sachin Pilot set to contest Ajmer bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PCC chief Sachin Pilot is likely to contest from Ajmer in by-polls. Pilot gave indication after a meeting of state congress leaders in Delhi. Party’s state in charge Avinash Pande discussed the matter with leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi and PCC chief Sachin Pilot.After the meeting when asked about his and Bhanwar Jitendra Singh’s candidacy from ajmer and Alwar, respectively, Pilot said he would follow party’s directives.

Senior Congress leaders deny rift, join forces with Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The kind of enthusiasm and energy crowd has shown on the way to welcome PCC chief Sachin Pilot during Kisan Nyay Pad Yatra signifies that he is the sole leader in the state Congress, said Bharat Sharma, PCC member and party in charge Jhalawar. He made it clear that the party is undergoing a generation shift and Pilot is the accepted leader of the party and also enjoys support from senior party leaders.The yatra will cover about 100 kms. Pilot on the third day treaded around 30kms and reached Mandawar village of Jhalawar district on Thursday evening. On the way, Pilot received a rousing welcome from across the sections of society including the farmers.Senior party leader Ramnarayan Meena, who briefly joined the yatra on Thursday added that the PCC chief is receiving an overwhelming support. The government that has turned a deaf ear to the woes of farmers and public, must waive off farmers’ loan and address the public grievances, the senior party leader added.Senior party leader and ex-minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal said that Kisan Nyay Yatra would succeed to build up pressure on the state government and make it address the issues that has caused distress to the farmers. On question of rift in the party, the ex-minister said that the kind of support Pilot is receiving during the ongoing yatra and the huge involvement of party workers shows no such friction. ‘All the party leaders are engaged in their respective works in various areas,’Dhariwal said, adding that he himself would be joining Pilot on the concluding day of the yatra.It is, first of all, necessary to make a favourable ground for Congress and Pilot. And the yatra is certainly adding to this goal, said party leader Raj Kumar Mathur said and pointed towards generation shift in the party. On the third day of the yatra, state youth Congress president and MLA from Hindoli Ashok Chandan, ex-NCW chairman Mamta Sharma, state Mahila Congress president Rihana Riyaz and several other leaders.DUDI ASKS GUARD TO REMOVE HIS SHOESLeader of opposition in Rajasthan Assembly, Rameshwar Dudi lands in controversy as he is caught on camera with his security guard removing his shoes. Dudi was visiting a temple at Khanpur in Jhalawar with Sachin Pilot when the incident took place. The video shows Pilot removing his own shoes, while Dudi’s guard removes them for the LOP. They were travelling in Jhalawar as part of the Nisan Nyay Pad Yatra being undertaken by PCC chief in Hadauti.

WATCH: Rajasthan Congress leader caught asking security guard to take off his shoes at temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of opposition in Rajasthan Assembly, Rameshwar Dudi landed in controversy on Thursday after he was caught on camera with his security guard removing his shoes. Dudi was visiting Chandkheri temple at Khanpur in Jhalawar with Sachin Pilot when the incident took place.The video shows Pilot removing his own shoes, while Dudi’s guard removes them for the LOP. They were travelling in Jhalawar as part of the Nisan Nyay Pad Yatra being undertaken by PCC chief in the Hadauti region.The yatra is not getting expected public support due to internal rationalism of Congress. Congress stalwarts Ashok Gehlot and CP Joshi have kept studied distance from the yatra that is being taken out by Pilot.Jhalawar is from the constituency of chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Raje to repeat Dholpur success story in Ajmer & Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not taking any chance, chief minister Vasundhara Raje is going to replicate the strategy she adopted in Dholpur by-election. She has constituted two separate teams to handle the campaign for Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies from where the Congress is expected to field two heavyweights in form of Sachin Pilot and Bhanwar Jitendra Singh.With assembly election due next year, these by-polls are considered popularity barometer for the government as well as a reality check for the opposition congress. The outcome will be crucial for chief minister’s mission of 180. Led by chief minister Vasundhara Raje herself, the BJP is battle ready. The CM who has been given complete freehand accordingly her team of loyalists has been entrusted the task of managing the election campaign. Each team consists of half a dozen cabinet ministers in addition to party officials for each and every assembly segment within the parliamentary constituency.In Alwar team, Dr. Jaswant Yadav and Rajpal Singh will focus on Behror while Hem Singh Bhadana will look after Tijara along with O P Mahindra. Another minister, Dr. Ram Pratap has been made in charge of Kishangarh bas and Akhil Shukla will help him whereas Rohitash Sharma and Hariram Rinwa have the task of Mundawar. Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Oinkesh Porwal in Ramgarh, Srichand Kriplani and Ramkishore Meena in Rajgarh, Surendra Pal Singh TT and Kashiram Godara in Alwar rural and Arun Chaturvesi and DD Kumawat in Alwar city will oversee the campaign.Raje herself will tour Alwar from October 24 to 31.Similarly, in Ajmer each minister is accompanied by a party official for every assembly seat. Rajendra Singh Rathore and Lakshmi Narayan Dave in Masuda, Kalicharan Saraf with Harihar Pareek in Kishangarh, Babulal Verma and Abhishek Matoria in Kekri, Yunus Khan along with Mukesh Dadhich in Pushkar, Ajay Singh Kilak and Bhajan Lal Sharma in dudu, Kali Charan Saraf with B P Saraswat in Naseerabad, Rajkumar Rinwa and Meghraj Lohia in Ajmer North have been given the responsibility to manage he campaign.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and state party president Ashok Parnami will also regularly visit and take feedback. The CM will have one to one interaction with party workers. she may even hold road shows in both the constituencies.

Sachin Tendulkar: India’s greatest batsman by those who know him

It is almost four years since India’s greatest batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, retired. Cheteshwar Pujara, and former Test players Farokh Engineer and Wasim Jaffer pay tribute to the ‘Little Master’.

Sachin Tendulkar rolls up his sleeves to clean up Mumbai streets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray on Tuesday morning cleaned the streets of suburban Bandra to spread the message of cleanliness.Extending support to the central government’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, Tendulkar urged people to keep the city and its surroundings clean in order to make it not just beautiful, but also a healthy place.”The garbage is dumped here and there while there are dustbins. I would request everyone not to litter and please do not deface the city,” Sachin told mediapersons.”We each have to do our bit to keep #IndiaClean. So, pick a group of friends, a street, and together let’s #CleanUp India. #SwachhataHiSeva,” Tendulkar tweeted after taking part in the campaign.On September 15, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had picked up the broom and swept a lane in the busy Crawford market in south Mumbai while launching the 15-day sanitation campaign Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) fortnight.

Sachin Pilot to contest if high command gives go ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PCC chief Sachin Pilot is not averse to contesting Ajmer Lok Sabha bypoll necessitated by the death of the incumbent Sanwarmal Jat. Although Pilot is seen as potential CM candidate, during his recent visit he hinted that if the party high command decides, he would not shy away from this responsibility.Pilot, who has served the Ajmer constituency as an MP(2009-14), replying to a hypothetical question whether he would contest or not, said, “Unfortunately, Ajmer MP Sanwarmal Jat passed away. As for the by-election, if the party command decides on my name, how could I refuse it.” However, Pilot made it clear that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi would take the final call on the issue.Interestingly, this statement by Pilot comes at a time when his anti-group in the party wants him to contestand lose the by-election as it will dim his chances of being projected as chief ministerial candidate in the assembly election next year.However, sources say such a statement not only oozes of confidence but also sends a clear signal to the party high command that the Congress can win this election even if Jat’s death has created sympathy in BJP’s favour. Whenever the election is held, the development will be only the agenda, added Pilot, giving an open challenge to the BJP government.“Here in Ajmer, people know what work was done by our government,” said Pilot, naming operation of 55 trains, development of airport, establishment of a university and connecting villagers with internet services as achievements by him as MP and minister for the constituency during the UPA rule.

CBI arrests colonel, MCI staff for leaking info

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving colonel of Army Medical Corps, a clerk of Medical Council of India (MCI), and two other people for leaking sensitive information from MCI to help private medical institutions in return for bribes.The arrests came after the CBI registered a case against against Colonel Ajay Kumar Singh, an assessor with MCI; Santosh Kumar, a lower division clerk at MCI; their associates Susheel Kumar and Sachin Kumar; and B Ramachandhiran, chairman of Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre in Puducherry, among others.An FIR of criminal conspiracy and bribery has been registered against these people.According to the FIR, the CBI learnt that clerk Santosh Kumar was in regular contact with B Ramachandhiran, who resides in Chennai’s Ashok Nagar, and shares sensitive information with him regarding college inspections and approvals that MCI grants.MCI is the body that recommends recognition and derecognition of medical institutions in the country, depending on a number of standards maintained by the officials.It was found that Santosh was also in touch with Colonel Singh, who resides at Delhi Cantonment and is is empanelled as an assessor with MCI for inspecting various medical colleges.”Both these public servants met B Ramachandhiran routinely and demanded illegal gratification for rendering support and providing information at regular intervals,” said a senior CBI officer.The agency found that Ramachandhiran had recently delivered one instalment of ‘illegal gratification’ to Ajay and Santosh, who had demanded the remaining instalment, in return for providing information and helping him with the inspection.The duo, the CBI said, in connivance with Susheel and Sachin, were running a racket of leaking sensitive information to college managements regarding inspections, recognition of courses, number of seats, and similar administrative matters being contemplated by the MCI. In turn, they would seek bribes.When the CBI learnt that Ramachandhiran was likely to deliver another instalment to Ajay and Santosh through hawala channels in Delh, it registered a case in the matter.

Houston Indian Cricket Club: Singing with Virat Kohli and bowling to Sachin Tendulkar

Members of the title-winning Houston Indian Cricket Club in Texas explain their relationships with the legends of Indian cricket.

Father, friends suspect foul play in pianist’s suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bandra police, probing the alleged suicide of 29-year-old pianist Karan Joseph, has allegedly found a substance they suspect to be drugs in the apartment from which he jumped to his death. Samples of the substance have been sent for analysis to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina. Meanwhile, his father has demanded a thorough investigation by the police.Joseph, a well-known pianist in the music industry, allegedly jumped to his death from Concord building in Bandra West on Saturday morning. Joseph was living in the flat along with his friend Rishi Shah.Thomas Joseph, Karan’s father, said, “We were in touch with him throughout but he never showed any signs of depression. The police have to probe this case so that we too can understand what pushed him to end his life.”Joseph’s friends too demanded a thorough probe stating that they suspected foul play. “We cannot believe that it’s a case of suicide. Police has to take this case to a logical conclusion,” said a musician who worked with Joseph.Police Sub Inspector and investigation officer, Sachin Choudhary, said, “It is not confirmed who was using the drugs. We have also seized Shah’s cellphone which will be sent for forensic analysis.”

Results delay: Mumbai University list of measures on Aug 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A division bench consisting of Justice AV Mohta and Bharti Dangre has asked Mumbai University to furnish details of the measures it is taking to ensure students do not miss opportunities of higher education due to the delayed results. The response is expected to in by August 24 as the court ” coming up with a new evaluation system is a good step but what is happening to the students’ future is a matter of concern” the court observed.Bringing relief to thousands of law students in the state, the state government informed the Bombay High Court that it would extend the admission deadline for the LLB course to August 31. “A meeting of state officials would be convened on Wednesday after which an official notification would be released,” said the state counsel on Tuesday.The court was hearing a series of petitions filed by Mumbai University students. One of the petitions filed by three law students Sachin Pawar, Abhishek Bhat and Ravishekhar Pandey seeks Rs 10 lakh as compensation for the academic loss of students as they cannot secure admissions to various reputed universities in the country and abroad due to the university’s delayed results.Advocate Rui Rodrigues appearing for the university said that the result delay was due to implementation of the onscreen evaluation process for the first time. “Some technical snags and delays did exist in the beginning. Now the university is working on a war footing and a the results of several students are likely to come out before August 31,” Rodrigues told the court.

Saibaba Trust drops idea of roping in Tendulkar and others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST), which manages the Saibaba temple here, today cancelled its decision to invite celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan to be `brand ambassadors’ for the Saibaba Samadhi (death) centenary year. The decision was taken “considering people’s feelings” said Suresh Haware, chairperson of the Trust. The Trust had announced in July that it would rope in celebrities such as Bachchan, Tendulkar and some others to be the brand ambassadors for the centenary year events. There was opposition to the proposal, so the Trust today dropped the idea. The shrine of Saibaba, a spiritual leader who lived in the 19th century Maharashtra, draws lakhs of devotees from across the country every year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After Dholpur, Vasundhara Raje faces Ajmer challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five months ago when chief minister Vasundhara Raje wrested Dholpur by-election by a thumping majority, little did she know that she will have to clear one more litmus test before the state goes to polls in 2018. The sudden demise of Sanwarlal Jat, MP from Ajmer, has thrown up one more challenge for Raje to reiterate her supremacy. Much closer to the assembly polls, the Ajmer by-election will have all the ingredients of high voltage electoral battle.Both, the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress will try to corner this opportunity as the result will be tagged as a referendum on the ruling BJP government, both at centre and in the state. The stakes are high for both chief minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP chief Amit Shah. The Raje-Shah ComboLooking at the recent political development, both Shah and Raje seem comfortable. The unprecedented victory in Uttar Pradesh election has emboldened BJP as a unit while victory in Dholpur, which has always been considered a non-BJP seat, has reaffirmed popularity of the chief minister as the undisputed leader. The Raje-Shah combination then looks invincible. The sympathy generated after the sad demise of veteran parliamentarian and popular farmer leader Sanwarlal Jat will only help the cause of BJP.“Selection of the candidate will have little impact on the result. The election will be fought on development plank. People are happy with Modi at Centre and Raje in the state. However, if a Jat is given ticket, sailing will be easier for the ruling party,” said Rajendra Singh, a political analyst Congress has more at stakeAs a challenger, Congress will have to put in more to give a tough fight. Since, it’s the battleground of Congress state chief Sachin Pilot, who lost badly to Jat in last elections, the ‘grand old party’ will have to draft airtight strategy to make an impact before the state assembly polls. Congress, which is plagued with sagging morale and incessant infighting, will need more than charisma of its Pilot to land safely at Ajmer runway. For Pilot, it will be a matter of prestige and for Congress, it will be an issue of survival.“In all probability, Congress will not risk Sachin Pilot for this seat. If Pilot loses at this juncture, the party will be in total disarray and dissidents will get strong voice against his leadership. However, he would field one of his loyalists to ensure control over proceedings,” said a Congress leader.

Noida man stabbed over parking row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was stabbed here in Atta area over a parking dispute, police said today. Atta village resident Sumit Mishra was parking his motorcycle after returning home last night. He had an altercation with three men over parking, said Anil Kumar Sahi, Sector 20 police station in-charge. The accused men Mirchi, Sachin, and a third person, became furious, pulled out a knife and stabbed Sumit. He was admitted to Kailash Hospital. An FIR has been lodged against the three accused who are absconding.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DJs, celebrities major crowd pullers this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Govinda troupes competed against each other with the usual enthusiasm, the usual large crowds were missing at many places on Tuesday.Onlookers preferred to flock to locations thathad celebrity attractions and DJs rather than the venues where only skill was on display.Dahi Handi celebrations hosted by BJP MLA Ram Kadam and MLA Prakash Surve saw larger crowds than the celebrations at Dadar and Gandhi Maidan, Worli.Kadam said, “Last year we did not organise the Dahi Handi because of the 20 feet height cap.”Besides bhajan and dhol performed by a local group, lavani dance performance entertained the crowd at his event in Ghatkopar this year. The local troupe was given the first chance to salute the Dahi Handi.Meanwhile, Gandhi Maidan – that used to be packed until two years ago barely had a few hundred people. “They set up a handi only around 3 pm. We have come to see Govindas forming pyramids,” said Suchita Tambe, resident of BDD Chawl. A small stage was set up by followers of Sachin Ahir. “There wasn’t any prize money this time,” said one of the pathaks that made a seven-tier pyramid here. At Dadar, Marathi cinema stars Amruta Phadke, Dnyanada Ramtirthkar and Radhaa Mistry broke the handi. “We are here to promote an environment friendly lifestyle. All festivals should be played in an eco-friendly manner,” said Phadke.

Youth beaten up by family members of girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A youth was allegedly tied to a tree and badly beaten up by family members of a girl with whom he had gone to meet at her village in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. Vedprakash Meena (20) was caught in the house of the girl in Malavli village on Saturday. The family members of the girl tied him to a tree and beat him badly, SHO of Laxmangarh Police station Sachin Kumar said today. On information by locals, police rescued him and rushed him to a nearby hospital. He was later referred to a hospital in Jaipur, he said. The girl’s family has lodged an FIR against Meena for trespass. No FIR from Meena’s side has been lodged so far, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: 83-year-old lawyer booked for allegedly groping typist in Vikhroli court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vikhroli Police have booked an 83-year-old lawyer for allegedly groping a 54-year-old woman stenographer in Vikhroli Court on Friday afternoon.The accused has been identified as Shivshankar Joshi who had filed an intervention in the Ghatkopar building collapse case.According to the complaint filed in Vikhroli police station, Joshi had raised objection over the seating of the woman in courtroom and started arguing.“He told me to get up and when I refused, he grabbed my arm and started abusing me. When I tried removing his hands, he groped me,” she said in her statement.The woman immediately approached Vikhroli police station and filed a complaint. “We have registered a case for molestation and insulting a woman. Our probe is on,” said Sachin Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 6

Toll compensation draws Cong flak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising the state cabinet’s decision to pay compensation to the tune of Rs 142 crore to toll operators in the state for the losses they suffered during the 21 days when the toll booths were shut in November after demonetization was announced, Congress state unit spokesperson Sachin Sawant on Saturday questioned whether patriotism was to be shown by only farmers and the poor.The central government announced to keep 41 toll booths on highways shut for 21 days after demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes on November 8 last year to avoid inconveniencing people over the change to pay toll.​Sawant pointed out there were many people who lost their lives while waiting in queue at banks for withdrawing their own money.​​Farmers did not fetch the right price for their produce as they had no option but to sell their produce ​at whatever price they received. Sawant was quick to point out that if the state government has decided to compensate toll booth operators for the losses they incurred during the demonetization period, why is it not compensating those farmers who incurred losses during the same period.​The toll operators in Mumbai have incurred losses to the tune of Rs 100 crore during those 21 days. The other toll booths in the state have incurred Rs 42 crore loss due to the closure of toll booths for 21 days. Running in lossesAs far as Mumbai is concerned, there are five toll plazas at entry points, including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway toll as well as the Bandra-Worli sea link toll, which were shut down during that period. These toll plazas incurred a cumulative loss amounting to Rs 100 crore. The other toll booths in the state incurred Rs 42 crore loss.

PM ignored woes of flood-hit Rajasthan: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Firing a fresh salvo against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that PM Modi toured and conducted aerial survey of the flood-hit Gujarat areas with a view to reaping political harvest in the upcoming state elections. Calling Modi a discriminatory PM, Gandhi said that the PM did not think of the devastation caused by floods in Rajasthan.The scion of Gandhi family on Friday was on tour in Jalore where he inspected relief works, met the affected and listened to their grievances. ​“It is responsibility of the government to provide aid to the affected, but it is a matter of big surprise that the BJP government tried to gain politically in such pathetic situation. Due to the assembly election, PM Modi toured Gujarat and announced relief package, but he totally ignored the woes of people affected by floods in Jalore which is adjoining to Gujarat,” said Gandhi, adding that the party welcomes relief package announced for Gujarat. Congress vice president toured Dedva, Daval, Aamli, Hadecha and Kachel villages and talked to people in groups. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who took aerial survey of flood hit the areas, was also on the radar of Gandhi whose trip he called merely a ‘formality.’ At few places during the tour Gandhi talked to affected rural folks and assured them that in these times of of crisis his party is standing with them and all kind of aid and relief required will be provided to them.Gandhi, expressing sorrow at the dismal state in Jalore which has witnessed loss of lives and livestock, advised the government not to announce relief package on priority keeping the election in mind as it would bring nothing good to the people affected. Meanwhile, apprising Gandhi about Raje government’s flood relief works the PCC chief Sachin Pilot said that the CM has failed to provide relief works required.

Kerala: Sachin Tendulkar sanctions Rs 25 lakh to hospital under MPLAD scheme

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh from the MPLAD scheme for setting up a digital X-ray unit at Ernakulam Government General Hospital here.Ernakulam MLA Hybi Eden said he had made a request to Tendulkar for funds to help set up the digital X-ray machine and dialysis units at the hospital for providing better services to the poor. He said the legendary cricketer had written to Ernakulam district Collector to provide technical, financial and administrative sanctions to the project within 75 days. “The sanctioned work should be approved and completed if they are compliant under the guidelines of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme,” Tendulkar said in his letter sent to the Collector.Tendulkar also urged the district administration to keep him informed of the sanction and progress of the implementation. Ernakulam General Hospital was founded in 1845 by the erstwhile king of Kochi.Eden said Tendulkar’s involvement in the development of the hospital would take the prestigious healthcare centre in the city to newer heights.

Sachin Tendulkar turned up in Rajya Sabha and Twitter can’t keep calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday attended the Rajya Sabha.Although, Tendulkar attended the proceedings, he didn’t ask any question. Boxer Mary Kom too was also present in the Upper House.This development comes two days after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had questioned absence of nominated members from the Rajya Sabha.Agarwal had on Tuesday asked Tendulkar and actress Rekha to resign from the Rajya Sabha.Speaking in the Upper House of Parliament, he had said: ‘They should resign if they are not interested in Parliament They are hardly present in Parliament.’Tendulkar and Rekha were the worst performers in attendance in the Rajya Sabha among the 12 nominated members.Here’s how Twitter reacted: With inputs from ANI

Verbal battle over nature’s fury begins

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While people in flood affected districts are battling with the fury of nature, political leaders are busy with a bitter battle of words. The one to up the ante in the very verbose Minister of Rural Development Rajendra Rathore and in the firing line is the state Congress chief Sachin Pilot.Rathore has come out heavily on Pilot and accused him of politicising the floods. He issued a statement accusing Pilot of waking up from slumber 198 hours (almost eight days) after the floods hit the state. “When Pilot reached to the victims they asked him when he was so late in meeting them. This is the reason why he is making these false allegation against the government, saying that government did not provide relief to the victims in the initial 48 hours after the floods,” read his statement. The truth of the matter is that the chief minister did not waste even 48 seconds in initiating relief works, Rathore’s statement read. Sachin Pilot along with leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi is on a two day visit to flood affected districts. Pilot had on Monday visited several affected areas and met the people. He had targeted the state government for not doing enough for the flood affected. He had demanded that state government speed up the relief process.Taking the opposition by the horns, Rathore went on accuse them of not contributing to relief fund. “Not a single penny was given by the leaders of Congress. Nor did they take part in the relief works in the areas worst affected by the flood.They have been too late in reacting to the situation and so they are making baseless statement to cover up,” said the minister. He added that the chief minister Vasundhara Raje had resonded on the very first day, asked ministers in charge of districts to camp in the affected areas. “She also went in the flood affected areas and personally monitored the rescue and relief works. It was due to her immediate response that 1309 persons have been rescued in the operations so far,” said Rathore.Incidentally, Rathore is not the first minister to spring to the government’s defense post Pilot’s statement. Health minister Kalicharan too had questioned the Congress about the whereabouts of Congress MLAs from Gujarat while the state suffered similar calamity.

In Pics: From tree-climbing lions in Kenya to a Lonely Tree, check out the winners of the DJ Memorial Photo Contest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A stunning image of lions from Nakuru – a relatively small national park in Kenya – has won Mumbai-based photographer Sachin Rai the first prize in DJ Memorial Photo Contest (DJMPC).The award’s sixth edition, which received 6,674 entries from 1,484 participants from across the world, was announced on July 30 at Coimbatore.Speaking to DNA, Rai who won Rs 2.5 lakhs in the Wildlife Category, said that he had shot this image on September 10, 2016 while on an evening safari. “We heard of this pride of lions in a bush close to the airstrip inside the park. When we drove to the place, we saw these two big adult lions from the same pride resting on a large dead tree. As soon as we stopped, it started raining heavily. We had to close the window of the car and just sit there and admire both the magnificent animals get drenched in the rain. Just for a brief moment, the sun came out through the clouds and the intensity of the rain reduced and it continued with the drizzle. Soon, something at the horizon attracted the attention of one of the brothers and he got up and started staring at it and we quickly rolled down the window and started taking pictures,” he said. Digwas G won first prize in the Landscape Category for his image ‘Lonely Tree’The photograph titled ‘The brothers’ throne’ depicting the magnificence of the two lions perched upon a tree with drizzle has not only won over the jury but even has other wildlife photographers in awe.Speaking about his winning image Rai who has documented wildlife not only all over India but also in Africa said that one cannot explain how gorgeous the setting was that evening. In fact, he added, a photographer is always in a dilemma over how does he replicate the scene for their viewer.“Composition is always a challenge. I would like to believe that I could capture this frame which depicted the scene in totality with the rain, male lions in prime, one sitting and one standing, large old fallen tree and the greenery around it,” he summed up.In the wildlife category Nitin Jain bagged the second prize for his photo titled ‘Rush hour’, while Digwas G won first prize in the Landscape Category for his image ‘Lonely Tree’.Nitin Jain bagged the second prize for his photo titled ‘Rush hour’ comprising a flock of birds flying The DJMPC winners take home cash award of Rs. 2.5 lakh while the runners-up get cash prize of Rs. 1.5 lakh each.

One more held in connection with Shabbirpur violence video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person has been arrested here for allegedly posting a purported video on Shabbirpur village violence on social media, police said today. The arrested man, identified as Shabbirpur resident Sachin, is the second accused in the case, they said. The other accused, Akash, has already been arrested, Additional Superintendent of Police Vidya Sagar Mishra said. On May 5, a Dalit group in Shabbirpur village had objected to a procession of Thakurs to mark the birth anniversary of Rajput king Maharana Pratap, triggering violence, in which one person was killed and over 15 were injured. Meanwhile, he said, Badgaon police today recovered a 315 bore pistol from a mango orchard on Malhipur road here. The search was conducted on directions from Sudhir, who is accused in the killing of the Ashish during the violence in Shabbirppur. After the weapon was recovered, Sudhir was produced in the court which sent him to jail, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Resentment among BJP MLAs led to cross-voting in Raj: Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PCC president Sachin Pilot today said “resentment” among the ruling BJP MLAs led to cross- voting in the presidential election in Rajasthan where the opposition nominee Meira Kumar got 34 votes against 24 of the Congress. “Voting by some ruling party MLAs in support of Meira Kumar without any pressure has proved that the functioning of the government has created disinterest among its MLAs,” he said in a statement. Pilot claimed the cross-voting shows that the BJP MLAs are not “happy and satisfied” with the government. The Pradesh Congress Committee president congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for winning the presidential election.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court gives 3-yr jail to bizman for cheating silk suppliers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A businessman has been sentenced to three years in jail for duping silk traders of lakhs of rupees by a Delhi court which pulled up a police official for conducting the investigation in a lackadaisical manner. The court allowed Delhi Police Crime Branch’s appeal and convicted the man, who was earlier acquitted by a magisterial court, saying he deceived the silk suppliers in a “pre- determined fradulent manner” and induced them to deliver the fabric costing lakhs of rupees. Special Judge Hemani Malhotra declined the plea of convict Rajat Khanna alias Vikas Kapoor to grant him probation and said he could be given leniency and deserved to be punished in proportion to his crime. It, however, allowed the plea of the Ghaziabad resident to suspend his sentence for a month to enable him to file an appeal before a superior court against the order. “The court cannot lose sight of the fact that the convict in a pre-determined fradulent manner deceived the silk suppliers into believing that he was an exporter by the name of Vishal Kapoor and induced them to deliver silk fabric to the tune of lakhs of rupees, after which he shut his office and disappeared,” the judge said. An FIR was lodged in 2004 on a complaint of silk fabric suppliers who alleged that Khanna and his associate Sachin Duggal approached them as silk exporters and supply the fabric to them. Initially, the accused and his associate paid them in cash for the fabrics but later stopped making payments. When the complainants went to the accused’ office in old Rajender Nagar in Central Delhi, it was closed, the police said. The court pulled up the investigating officer of the case for conducting the probe in a lackadaisical manner, saying despite overwhelming evidence against Duggal alias Ravi Kapoor, no steps were taken by the IO to arrest and charge sheet him. It said the IO had sought time to file a supplementary charge sheet against Duggal, but nothing was done and even the trial court did not demand any explanation from him. “The IO is, therefore, directed to file supplementary charge sheet qua co accused Duggal in the interest of justice within three months and file a compliance report qua the same before this court,” the judge said. The FIR alleged the complainants came to know that the accused had also cheated other silk suppliers to the tune of lakhs of rupees in a similar manner and they were using fake names of Vishal Kapoor and Ravi Kapoor, whereas their actual names were Rajat Khanna and Sachin Duggal. During the trial, Khanna admitted that he was running a business of selling silk garments and had obtained fabrics from various suppliers. He, however, claimed that he had made part payments for the supplies but could not pay the balance due to variation in silk prices. Public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava sought setting aside of the trial court order, arguing that it was bad in law as Khanna did not deny the fact that he had used a fake name or had obtained telephone connections on forged documents. The judge, while convicting Khanna, said, “I am of the opinion that the prosecution has successfully proved the guilt of the accused that he had conspired with his associate Sachin Duggal to cheat G L Soni, Subhash Bansal, Binod Kumar, Sandeep Sabharwal and Vikram Kumar and in pursuance of the said conspiracy, he had cheated these persons.” The court noted that though Khanna compounded the offence of cheating with other suppliers, he never compromised the matter with Subhash Bansal and his payment of Rs 13 lakh was due.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIB in soup for tweeting meme on PM Modi, Mumbai Police cyber cell registers FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) has found itself in hot water again after posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.The Mumbai Police cyber cell has registered an FIR against the AIB group.The group had posted an image of PM Modi’s look-alike at a railway station along with a photo of the PM with a Snapchat dog filter.However, after outrage on social media, the tweet was deleted.Following which, AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat posted a screenshot of an old post by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don’t care what you think,” said Tanmay Bhat.This is not the first time that Tanmay has found himself embroiled in a controversy.Last year in May, Bhat received nationwide flak for posting an irreverent video of a mock conversation between legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Thief’s selfies get uploaded on phone owner’s Google Drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raising big questions about the efficacy of the self-proclaimed ‘tech-savvy’ UP Police, a youth not only snatched the phone of an automobile company employee, but has also evaded arrest since June 12 even after a selfie he took with the stolen phone was uploaded on the victim’s Google Drive account. Not only that, the victim gave the cops the last location of the accused using the GPS on the phone but to no avail.In fact, the victim, Manoj Sharma, a resident of Khanpur in Delhi, nabbed two of the accused himself. A cyber crime research and investigation centre, which cost crores of rupees, was thrown open in Sector 6 of Noida recently.Recalling the incident, Sharma said: “As soon as I reached near my car around 4pm, three bike-borne assailants snatched my phone and made away. With the help of another biker, I chased them. I managed to nab them at a traffic signal near the Noida stadium. One of them managed to flee with my phone.” He had bought the phone just 10 days ago.The two accused were identified as Lucky Singh and Sachin Singh. “I had to make rounds of police stations with the two accused. I finally got free at midnight after an FIR was lodged at the Sector 20 police station,” Sharma said, adding that when he went to the police station the next day, the cops told him that the two criminals had been sent to jail. They gave no more details.Sharma was in for more shock after a few days. “When I synchronised my phone’s photo gallery with the Google Drive, the criminal’s selfie got uploaded on my account. The photos were taken on June 15. The criminal is still using my phone,” Sharma said.The last location of the accused was Khoda in Ghaziabad.Noida Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Singh said the matter has been shared with the cyber cell. “The phone has been put on surveillance,” he said.

Saibaba Sansthan plans to rope in Big B or Tendulkar for event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) is planning to rope in either Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan or master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. The event will be observed between October 1, 2017 and October 18, 2018. “We plan to have either Amitabh Bachchan or Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. We have written a letter to both of them and are awaiting their response,” Chairperson of the SSST Suresh Haware told reporters here today. The purpose behind appointing either Bachchan or Tendulkar is to widely publicise the centenary event, said Haware. On facilities that will be provided to devotees visiting the temple town, Haware said, the sansthan will be constructing a new air-conditioned ‘darshan mandap’ (queue building for devotees). At present 60,000 devotees from different parts of the country and abroad visit the Saibaba temple on a daily basis. The number further swells during festivals like Ram Navami, Guru Pournima, Vijaya Dashmi and on the New Year day. Yesterday, the Maharashtra cabinet also decided to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi Act of 2004 in view of the centenary celebrations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shop owners unhappy, blame it on lack of clarity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jatin Vora bought a few kitchen items from the steel market near Kalbadevi. He was, however, not sure whether he ended up paying more or less than usual because of the introduction of GST.”I needed it now, so I had to purchase it. I did not have a choice,” said Vora among the few customers in the steel market near Kalbadevi who purchased the items without any bill.On Saturday, the steel market which has a high footfall and heavy traffic on normal days saw little or no business with little crowding. Wholesalers and retailers blamed the government for lack of clarity and said that the market situation is likely to remain the same for a week or so.”There is no format provided by the government for sale bill and we do not know how much tax is to be levied. If a buyer comes, we will sell but not sure of the tax that we will charge,” said Sachin Shah, owner of Shah Poonamchand Roopchand that does wholesale business in utensils and other steel items.”There is no challan book, bill book or any clarity on the tax that I will put. The tax has been implemented but without preparation. There is no pricing to respective commodity codes either,” said Lalit Kumar of Rajasthan Metals.While the steel market association did not comment on the issue, a shop owner who was asked why traders did not seek clarity from government earlier, he said, “People have sought clarity, but we want to wait for a few days to see how things work out.”The Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI), a body of steel manufacturers, brokers among others welcomed the move.Pointing fingersOn Saturday, the steel market which has a high footfall and heavy traffic on normal days saw little or no business They blamed the government for lack of clarity and said that the situation may remain the same for a week

Maharashtra Congress slams loan waiver; says less than 15 lakh farmers will benefit from it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Congress today claimed that less than 15 lakh farmers will get the benefit of the farm loan waiver scheme announced by the state government.Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said the state government figures on the number of farmers who will be benefitted by the farm loan waiver are misleading.”With this farm loan waiver scheme, the state government is trying to mislead the farmers by claiming that 89 lakh farmers will get benefit from the farm loan waiver of Rs 34,000 crore.”However, in reality, less than 15 lakh farmers are going to be benefitted from it,” claimed Sawant at a press conference here.”There will be a loan waiver worth Rs 5,000 crore and not of Rs 34,000 crore as has been claimed by the state government,” said Sawant.As per the state government’s resolution, farm loans taken between April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2016 will be waived.”So the farmers who had taken farm loan between 2008 (after UPA government’s loan waiver) and 2012 will not get the benefit,” he said.Alleging that the government is inflating the statistics as far as the number of farmers is concerned, Sawant said the government had sought a report from state level bankers committee (SLBC) and as per their report, till March 31 2016, there are 1.36 crore farmers who are account holders and out of that 89.75 lakh have loan liability on them.On one hand the government will be extending the farm loan waiver only to farmers who have taken loan from April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016 and on the other hand it is showing farmers who have availed loan between 2008 (after UPA government’s loan waiver) to 2012 too as beneficiaries, said Sawant.”The government is showing all these figures (89 lakh farmers) between 2012 and 2016, whereas this figure is of farmers between 2008 and 2016,” said Sawant.He added that with this trick, 7/12 extract of only three to four lakh farmers will be cleared and not of 40 lakh farmers.Sawant said that their party is pressing for complete loan waiver for all the farmers and will seek explanation on the statistics from the state government.Talking about the GST, Sawant said these are the same people who had opposed the GST move, proposed by UPA government and now these people are taking credit.”This is not the same GST UPA wanted to bring as everything is done in haste and common man is going to suffer,” he said.He added that positive change in the implementation of GST is needed.

Cops bust gang of auto-lifters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested two men and busted a gang of auto-lifters who used police uniforms to avoid suspicion and fled with jewellery and high-end cars in southwest Delhi.Earlier, the duo had held captive two men at gunpoint and were trying to flee with their cars, but were later arrested. The abductions were worked out within 24 hours, police claimed.The accused have been identified as Rahul (21) and Sachin Gulia (22). Jewellery, vehicles and a loaded pistol was recovered from them.According to the police, two incidents of car-jacking and robbery were reported from Najafgarh and Dwarka, during the early hours on Wednesday.The first incident was reported to the police by one Raju, a driver of a Swift Dzire. He was overpowered by two men who got into the car in Najafgarh after snatching the car keys from him, he told police. They took him along as well.”The criminals took over the car and drove to Dwarka with the victim. When they reached a crematorium in Dwarka, they noticed a white Verna and targeted it. They blocked its way with the Swift and stepped out of the vehicle to overpower the driver. This was when Raju got an opportunity and fled from the duo’s custody.”Seeing him flee, the two men left the Swift Dzire and took over the Verna from its owner, Satvinder Singh. They also took his gold chain. Singh later called up the police and reported the matter,” said Surender Kumar, DCP (Southwest).Kumar said that a police team received a tip-off that suspects would come to Chhawla area the next day. Accordingly a trap was set to catch the duo.Grand theft showThe arrested duo had lifted two cars on Wednesday morning, a Swift Dzire and a white Verna, and held one hostage. The first robbery happened in Najafgarh, where the duo overpowered a cab driver and took his car, and took him hostage. Later the same day, they targeted a Verna in Dwarka and blocked the car with the stolen Dzire. They had even robbed a gold chain from the Verna owner, who reported the case to the cops.

Cow vigilantism: Congress targets PM Modi, calls him India’s ‘biggest hypocrite’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘the biggest hypocrite in the country’, the Congress on Friday dismissed his condemnation of cow protection-related violence and said such ‘rhetoric words’ meant nothing as actions outdo them.Congress leader N.A. Harris told that instead of making statements on such issues, the Prime Minister should catch hold of ‘anti-social’ elements and put them in jail.’He (Prime Minister Modi) is the biggest hypocrite in the country. He talks something, he does something. He should catch hold off the Gau Rakshaks and put them in jail. Who are they? They are anti-social elements. Now who is selling cow and who is buying cow, let the government bring in rules in that. If Narendra Modi is really a lover of cows, let him stop the export. Ban the cow slathering all together, it is not about Hindu and Muslims it is about human life and we have to value that,’ he added.Another party leader Sachin Sawant said Prime Minister should be bothered about his own party organisations which are encouraging such kind of incidents.”It is not the first time that we are listening this from him (Prime Minister Modi). He has said it earlier as well. So, we really believe that there needs to be some concrete action. All his rhetoric words should be translated into action and that is all what we are demanding. The Prime Minister should be bothered about his own party organisation which are encouraging such kind of incidents,’ he added.PM Modi asserted that violence is not a solution to any problem and no one has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this nation.”Today, I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on. India is a land of non violence; the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that? No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave,” he added.During the last few months, incidents of mob lynching, violence, murder in the name of cow protection have increased, causing a tense situation across the country.Earlier, Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seeking publicity by criticising the violence in the name of cow vigilantism.Azad said, “This is only a publicity stunt. He is making statement under public pressure after the people protested against such attacks. It is an eye wash, we don’t believe him.

Virus caused FYJC portal crash: IT firm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, when Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced a shutdown of the common online admission for First Year Junior College (FYJC) in Mumbai for a day, following persistent failure of the online portal to handle traffic, he blamed the server and low bandwidth for the fiasco. He also said that an IT vendor had been directed to add servers and increase bandwidth in 24 hours. The IT firm handling the process this year, NYSA’s technical consultant Sachin Verma, however, claims, “It was a virus attack which led to problems in the FYJC admission portal on Monday.” Verma did not disclose the type of virus or details of the damage, he claimed the problem was resolved by Tuesday evening. The company official said that the form filling process would resume Thursday 10 am as announced earlier. Scores of students across Mumbai region complained they failed to submit their forms despite several efforts as the website ran slow, hanged repeatedly and crashed.Meanwhile, students and parents have demanded an extension for completing the admission process. BB Chavan, Deputy Director of Education for Mumbai region, said, “We have asked for a detailed report by Thursday. If issues still exist, we will consider a 3-7 day extension.”

Five held for robbing 8 kg gold from jeweller in Bareilly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Police today arrested five persons in connection with a heist in which eight kg of gold was looted from a city-based jeweller last week near here. On June 3, Abhilash Agarwal was returning to Bareilly from Lucknow with the gold when he was looted by five miscreants. “Officials of the crime branch, Special Task Force and surveillance were pressed into action. The team arrested three persons — Sonu alias Savarjit, Pradeep Kohli and Satru Singh. Two jewellers Sachin and Virendra have also been arrested,” Additional Director General of UP Police B L Meena said today. The looted gold and cash worth Rs 5.52 lakh was recovered from them, he said. The police have also launched a search for Agarwal’s former driver Manoj on the suspicion that he was involved in the heist, Meena said. Agarwal was accosted on the busy Bareilly-Lucknow highway, 35 km from here. The jeweller was returning from Lucknow from where he purchased the gold. He told police that the robbers fled towards Shahjahanpur, the ADG said. Eight teams of police were for to nab the culprits, Meena said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP has failed on external, internal security fronts: Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot today alleged that the BJP government had failed to manage the internal and external security of the country in its three years at the Centre. The BJP is trying to delude people by spreading misleading information and its claims that it has control over terrorism and naxalism in the country is “far from reality”, he alleged in a release here. His reaction came a day after BJP Rajasthan president Ashok Parnami claimed that the Centre had taken bold steps in curbing corruption and terrorism in the last three years. “In the last three years, the BJP government’s ignorance to internal and external security issues has resulted in rise in terror incidents and naxal attacks in the country,” Pilot said. “Chaos has become dominant and the situation is beyond control in Jammu and Kashmir with people raising pro-Pakistan slogans, and stone pelting and terror incidents claiming lives of Army jawans,” he said. Pilot claimed that during the 10 years of UPA rule, the Congress-led government worked to maintain equality, unity and peace. “People in the Valley had faith in the governance of the then government, and more than 60 per cent voted for it. This was reduced to an abysmally of 7 per cent in Srinagar under the current BJP rule,” he said. The state Congress chief claimed that nearly 172 terror incidents had been reported in the last three years and nearly 578 jawans and 877 civilians were killed, and 1,343 ceasefire violations were reported. “The government has failed on internal and external security fronts,” he said. Pilot said, “The BJP government has continuously downsized the defence budget and several posts, including those of officers, JCOs and jawans, are lying vacant.” He also accused the BJP government for not complying with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the armed forces and claimed that the recent naxal attack in Chhattisgarh was an example.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anil Kumble: India cricket advertises for new coach

The Board of Control for Cricket in India did not indicate if this meant Kumble would be replaced.

3 killed in bear attack in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sloth bear killed three persons and injured as many before being shot dead in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra this morning. The victims were labourers picking Tendu leaves (used for making beedis) in the forest. A forest department release here said the incident took place in Alewahi area of Brahmapuri forest division, some 80 km from here. While the bear killed Ranjana Ambadas Raut (56), resident of village Kitadi, on the spot, Bisan Soma Kulmethe (45) and Farookh Yousuf Sheikh (31) died during treatment. Veena Dudharam Raut (35), Kunal Dudharam Raut (16) and Sachin Bisan Kulmethe (25) were seriously injured as the animal attacked them. Veena and Kunal are undergoing treatment in Nagpur while Sachin Kulmethe is being treated at Civil Hospital here. Two other labourers climbed a tree to escape the ferocious animal, and were rescued only when a team of forest officials and police reached the spot. After the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests granted permission to kill the bear, the police shot it dead.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can’t deploy cops at every doorstep to curb rape: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan health minister Kalicharan Saraf today raked up a controversy saying that police cannot be deployed at each and every house to stop incidents of rape. Replying to state Congress chief Sachin Pilot’s remarks on rising incidents of rape, Saraf lashed out at the previous Congress government. “Should we deploy police at each and every house? Did rape incidents never happened during the Congress government? Saraf asked after he met a minor rape victim at JK Lone hospital here. Saraf said the victim is being provided best-possible treatment and asked the Congress not to politicise the matter. Conceding that crime graph has indeed shot up in the state, he asked the Congress to “suggest measures” and “guide” the state government to “get rid of the problem”. Reacting on Saraf’s statement, Pilot said that it is an “irresponsible statement” coming from a minister. “Such kind of statement boosts morale of the criminals. government should take some serious steps,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Allegations ‘fly’ against Maharashtra government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Monday condemned the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra for hiring three “tainted” AgustaWestland helicopters to be used by VIPs for official tours.”The decision to hire controversial AgustaWestland choppers through an agency exposes the real face of the state government as well as the BJP, which had earlier termed the company as ‘bogus’,” said Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.He claimed that the Congress-NCP government had initiated the process of banning the Italian firm in 2014 to stop the purchase or hiring of Agusta choppers after allegations of corruption.According to the government order dated May 4, the state’s Directorate of Aviation has hired two private aviation agencies for two years — January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018.The government has identified 22 types of small aeroplanes for hiring on rent at a rate of Rs1-4.6 lakh per hour, says the GR. Besides, there are nine helicopters — including three from Agusta — that have an hourly rent price of Rs 1.78 lakh to Rs 2.89 lakh.Sawant said, “The UPA government had ordered the CBI and ED to probe the charges against the company. However, we lost power before we could blacklist the company completely. Now, the Fadnavis government has hired the same choppers despite all the controversies related to that firm. This is shocking.”Government officials rejected the charges. “The GR just mentions the name and specifications of all available double engine choppers. It doesn’t say that only Augusta will be rented. Since 1981, double-engine helicopters have been made compulsory for VVIPs. There are six to seven companies that provide such types of choppers. Agusta is one of them,” claimed officials.AnalysisThe Congress has claimed that the Fadnavis government has hired Agusta choppers despite all the controversies related to the firm. But the state has rejected the charges, so this remains a war of words at present.

Centre has no concrete policy to stop infiltration: Pilot

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot today paid tributes to soldiers killed in the Kashmir attack and alleged that the Centre does not have a concrete policy to stop cross-border infiltration. “Neither the government is able to give a befitting reply to Pakistan for the despicable act nor does it have any concrete policy to stop terrorist infiltration,” Pilot said in a statement here. Pilot condemned the brutal killing of the army men in Kashmir saying that “Pakistan has crossed all limits”. He claimed that incidents of killings of jawans and infiltration is on rise for the last three years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pilot slams govt claims on declaring Rajasthan villages ODF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot today questioned the Centre’s claims in declaring panchayats and villages open defecation free (ODF), saying poor and helpless people are being threatened in the name of constructing toilets. He said innocent villagers are being booked under IPC sections, their rations are being stopped and they are forced to take loans from open market to construct toilets. “To take credit in declaring villages ODF, government is strangulating poor people. Several villages have been declared ODF, however, the groundwork is far from the picture being presented by the government,” Pilot said in a press conference here on Panchayati Raj Day. He said Congress party workers had visited 40 villages of 11 districts and took 1,070 families on record. “We support the movement and want that people get aware about cleanliness but despite crores of rupees being spent under the scheme, its benefits are far from reaching the villages. In Ajmer alone, 90,000 people constructed toilets but have not received Rs 12,000 compensation provided under the scheme. Actual cost of constructing toilet is above Rs 20,000,” he added. Pilot said that those working under the pressure of the government will face strict action, if Congress comes into power. He demanded that government stop harassing people for constructing toilets by releasing dictatorial orders of stopping pension, ration and implement the scheme with transparency and present the real picture. “Statements and announcement of BJP government are different from its action. They boast about their work in advertisements but truth is bitter on thew ground. We will keep on exposing corruption and poor implementation of the government and present it before the people,” Pilot said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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