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At IAS coaching institute, RSS teaches what it protests

Call it helplessness or internal ideological tensions, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the fountainhead of right wing cultural nationalism, is teaching aspiring bureaucrats from books by the very same authors it has derided for decades for distorting Indian history and giving it an anti-Hindu, anti-India tilt.At Samkalp IAS, a civil services coaching institute supported by and affiliated to the RSS, aspirants are being taught from books the Sangh Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions.The brochure that the institute hands out shows that integral to the reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra in Modern History section, Satish Chandra (no relation) in the Medieval History section, and avowed Leftist scholar RS Sharma in the Ancient History section. Both the Chandras taught at Jawarharlal Nehru University, which the right wing has long targeted as a bastion of Leftist ideology, while Sharma was the founding chairman of the Indian Council for Historical Research.Apart from these, the institute also encourages candidates to read older NCERT book instead of later ones commissioned under the NDA-1 regime when debate raged over the so-called ‘saffronisation of history’.The coaching institute attributed the dichotomy to both academic helplessness as well as a paucity of credible works by right wing intellectuals. “We have to teach these books because we have to confirm to the UPSC syllabus. These are the books from which the UPSC asks questions. Now we can’t teach students our brand of books because they will fail the exams,” said an officer of the institute, declining to be named.He rued that there were not enough and credible right wing intellectuals who had written anything which was acceptable and could be taught. “People among us have not produced work of repute,” he added.THE CONTRARIANAspirants are being taught from books the Parivar has long opposed for being steeped in either colonial or leftist intellectual traditions. Reading lists are anti-RSS scholars as Bipan Chandra, Satish Chandra, and Leftist scholar RS Sharma

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Jaipur: Untrained staff pull the plug on PUC’s online effort

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By making online arrangements to issue Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate, the state government took a step forward, and by appointing untrained employees to operate upon the new system they have taken a step back. Because of this gap, glaring mistakes are being made in the PUC certificates leaving vehicle owners upset. Due to the discrepancy in PUC certificates, the vehicle owners will have to pay a penalty at the time of PUC renewal. Who should be held responsible for this? Seems nobody has the answer to this question.The biggest problem in the online system of PUC certificate is the eligibility of the private agency staff issuing the certificate. PUC certificates are issued through petrol pumps and vans. The petrol pump owners and van owners have put the untrained and less-educated staff on this task.A few days back, Sudhir Garg, a resident of Bani Park, got PUC made of two vehicles from MK Filling Station petrol pump located at Pani Peach. Much to his agony, here the spelling of his name in the PUC certificate was misspelt. Also, the car’s registration number was printed 90 instead of 9C despite the picture of the car clearly shows that it is 9C. In the PUC certification of Garg’s another car, the name of the vehicle owner was changed. Vehicle owner Sudhir Garg’s name was written as ‘Satish Garg’. Satish Garg said that he asked the employees issuing the certificate to make the necessary corrections, but he refused to say it can’t be done given things are operated online. Now, after six months the PUC will have to be renewed and due to incorrect details of the certificate, the vehicle owner may have to pay a penalty. DNA contacted Jaipur RTO Kalpana Agarwal to talk about the issue, but despite repeated calls, she did not answer the call.Lately, the transport department has implemented the system of issuing PUC certificates online for vehicles. The first rule stated in the certificate read that a penalty will be imposed from November 1 in absence of the certificate. But because of the drawbacks of the software, the department has given two months relaxation in the penalty.

Reduced GST brings smiles on faces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nileema Kulkarni didn’t remember that the newly lowered Goods and Services (GST) tax rate for restaurants was to be effective from Wednesday. “It’s only when the bill came that I realised that I was charged five per cent instead of 18 per cent,” said Kulkarni, who had just stepped out from her office in Nariman Point for lunch.Many like Kulkarni were happy that their food expenses did not pinch their pockets as much until a day before.”People like me who work have a certain budget in which we manage our expenses. With the new GST rate, it will certainly help save money,” said Kulkarni.She is not the only one. Kimaya Bhende, who regularly visits restaurants and coffee shops to discuss business dealing with her clients said that ever since the new GST rates had kicked in, “It was like having food with the government.””Though the effective increase in taxes after Value Added Tax (VAT) and Service Tax was over four per cent in some restaurants, I did feel the pinch of the 18 per cent. Over a period of time, it was like the profit I was earning from business dealings was less than the 18 per cent tax iI was paying. The reduction of 13 per cent is a welcome move,” she added.Restaurateurs who too were happy that the tax rate had reduced said that it will reflect in their balance sheets over a period of time. “Today is only the first day. People are not spending as much as they used to. With the reduction in tax, people can spend freely,” said Satish Shanbagh, Supervisor at Samrat restaurant near Churchgate station.

NaMu robbery: Society didn’t give NOC for shop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the alleged theft at Juinagar branch of Bank of Baroda, residents of the 16-storey Bhakti Residency, where the bank is situated, are worried about damage to the building’s structure due to the 25-feet-long underground tunnel. Moreover, the society office-bearers claim an No-Objection Certificate (NOC) was not obtained from the society before renting out for commercial purposes.Residents of Bhakti Residency at Sector 11 in Sanpada were in shock when they learnt about the alleged theft reported inside Bank of Baroda on Monday morning. Society members rushed to check the credentials of the shop owner and the tenant.“We have learnt the shop was rented out by the owner to one person named Gena Prasad. But we suspect the shop was further sublet. We have not given an NOC to the tenant as there are nine shops, out of which one is available for renting while the rest are occupied. Four shops were taken on rent by the bank itself,” said Satish Oberoi, chairman of the housing society.“We will make stricter rules for tenants and will again conduct re-verification of other tenants living currently in the society. We will now ask the society members to get police verification of tenants done and submit detailed identification proof of the person before letting the property on rent. We will also be filling the tunnel and conducting a structural audit to ascertain if any interior portion of the building is damaged,’ said Oberoi.Other residents of the building said they visited the Shree Balaji Store, which was used as a cover by the thieves, to buy products but mostly returned empty-handed as it did not keep even basic commodities. The tenant paid a rent of Rs 20,000 and opened the store for only a couple of hours in the day.UNDER SCANNERResidents said they visited Shree Balaji Store, used as a cover by the thieves, to buy products but mostly returned empty-handed as it did not keep even basic commodities

Mangle claims Mopalwar cleared files he rooted for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Radheyshyam Mopalwar’s troubles don’t seem to end. The IAS officer and former Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has been accused of accepting bribes to clear long-pending files.Accused Satish Mangle, a Thane-based private detective, claimed that several projects pending clearances due to various issues were allegedly cleared by the IAS officer in exchange of money.Mopalwar had complained to Thane Police about the extortion demands made by Satish Mangle and his wife Shraddha. He alleged that the couple had threatened to defame him using phone call recordings they had, and demanded Rs 7 crore for not doing so and for retracting their allegations of corruption against him.”During interrogation, Mangle claimed that he had managed to develop contacts with contractors and routed proposals to clear projects of MSRDC which were pending clearances. Mangle allegedly benefited from these by receiving a commission. He claimed that the files were cleared as a favour despite them having issues,” said an officer from the Anti-extortion Cell.Mangle also said that several files of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) which he was rooting for were cleared when Radheyshyam Mopalwar was the Managing Director of MSRDC.Pradeep Sharma, Investigating officer, Anti-extortion Cell, said, “Mangle has four cases against him and we plan to file a new extortion case against him.”When DNA contacted Mopalwar, he said, “Mangle has been levelling false allegations against me; none of these are true. I have established that Mangle was demanding extortion from me and a case has been filed and now the investigations are on.”

Tawang crash: On Karva Chauth, this IAF soldier’s widow bid her husband a silent goodbye

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a moment of sorrow mingled with pride for all those present at Kasni village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan when Kiran Khanda, the wife of Satish Khanda, who was among the seven martyred in the helicopter crash at Arunachal Pradesh, paid her respects to the mortal remains of her husband. Kiran, along with her three-year-old son Harsh, put tilak on the picture of Satish. The picture was placed along the mortal remains of Satish wrapped in a tricolour. While women across the country celebrated karva chauth, for the long lives of their husbands, Kiran personified dignity in grief as she bid her husband a silent goodbye. Satish and Kiran were married four years ago in 2013. They have a three-year-old son Harsh. Satish had joined the Indian Air Force fifteen years back. Jhunjhunu and Sikar are districts that send the largest number of soldiers in the forces from Rajasthan. Not just the men, valour is ingrained in the women too. Many wives of martyrs continue to celebrate karva chauth. Their belief is that their martyred husband is immortal. Satish Khanda was cremated with full state honours. People were present in large numbers, including officers from the Indian Air Force and district administration were present.

State govt mulls complete ban on plastic bags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has decided to ban plastic carry-bags all over the state after Gudi Padwa in 2018.Environment minister Ramdas Kadam announced it after a meeting at Mantralaya. Environment department Principal Secretary Satish Gawai, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board member-secretary PN Anbalagan and other officials were also present for the meet.After heavy rains flooded Mumbai on August 29, it was found that various sub-urban areas were filled with plastic waste. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray had demanded a complete ban on plastic bags. He had tweeted about the menace and said that plastic largely blocked the flow in drains.BMC’s solid waste management department had informed that it had to remove around 1900 MT of excess garbage on August 30, the day after heavy rains. The garbage mainly comprised plastic bags.Kadam said that there will be meetings with senior officials at all municipal corporations and they will be asked to ban plastic bags in a phased manner all over the state. The minister informed that every district was being provided with stipulated funds for the Guardian Minister’s innovative schemes and his department would pursue the same for providing funding for use of eco-friendly bags instead of plastic bags.Kadam said that many non-governmental organisations had been asked to send their proposals for alternative bags so that plastic carry-bags can be banned. He said his department would provide subsidies for promoting cloth bags as an alternative. He said that women’s self-help groups would be provided with a subsidy so that cloth bags could be manufactured in higher volumes. Kadam said that his department would promote it through the All India Radio, Door Darshan as well as FM channels.Gawai said that the meeting was a preliminary one to explore the possibility for an alternative to plastic bags. He said although Gudi Padwa was a good six to seven months away, there would be a need to examine a possible amendment in the law.Plastic menaceAfter heavy rains flooded Mumbai on August 29, it was found that various sub-urban areas were filled with plastic waste. This waste clogs drains and interrupts flow of water, which leads to floods.

50,000 Noida, Greater Noida homebuyers must get possession within 3 months, orders Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what can be seen as a ray of relief for many homebuyers in Noida and Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday ordered officials to make 50,000 flats available for possession within three months.According to media reports, the decision was taken by the Chief Minister after a high-profile meeting with his team comprising of urban development minister Suresh Khanna, industry minister Satish Mahana and sugarcane development minister Suresh Rana in Lucknow.The team was formed to look into the concerns were raised by the homebuyers after the insolvency plea by realty major Jaypee Infratech.It should be noted that there are already 13 FIRs against many real estate players in the area.The homebuyers have been raising the issue that the companies are not fulfilling their promises of timely possession.According to an HT report, there are 44 housing projects which are yet to obtain occupancy certificate in Noida and Greater Noida. But the builders are yet to clear land dues to be eligible to get occupancy certificates and offer possession to buyers.Minutes after the meeting, the confederation of real estate developers association of India (CREDAI), western UP said that it would implement the Chief Minister’s orders.

Sealink stabbing: Cops claim murder weapon disposed by accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bandra police, on Monday, while demanding custody of the two accused held for allegedly stabbing a toll booth supervisor on Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) informed, the Bandra Metropolitan Court magistrate that the duo had disposed of the weapon used in the crime.On Sunday, Rahul Rege, 22, and Paleshwar Chavan, 25, were arrested by the Bandra police for assaulting BWSL’s toll booth staffers and stabbing their supervisor. The duo allegedly had refused to pay the Rs 60 toll. When the staff tried to stop the car, the accused allegedly boasted about their political connections, and amid a scuffle, Chavan pulled out a knife and stabbed Kiran Chouhan, the toll booth supervisor. Chouhan, 35, was rushed to Lilavati Hospital for treatment and is said to be recovering from the injuries.”The Bandra police in the court has claimed that they have failed to recover the weapon used in the crime and the accused must have disposed off the weapon,” said the victim’s advocate Satish Mishra.Meanwhile, the Bandra police during interrogation learned from the accused that the duo has skipped toll on BWSL several times. “They had dodged the barricades twice earlier and threw around their political clout to not pay. But this time, the toll booth workers did not budge. The stabbing of the booth supervisor has been captured on the CCTV camera,” an officer said.”The accused have been remanded in police custody up to September 15. We are ascertaining if they have previous criminal records,” he added.ATTEMPT TO MURDER?During the next hearing, the victim’s lawyer said they will request the court to consider adding section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused as the injury is of serious nature.
“The stab wound is near the kidney, which could have been fatal if the victim was not rushed to the hospital in time,” Mishra said.

ISRO suffers setback as IRNSS-1H launch unsuccessful

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday suffered a setback after its workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) failed to deliver India’s navigation satellite, which is the first satellite to be jointly assembled in partnership with private sector, in its intended orbit.The 1,425 kg Indian Regional Navigation Satellite-1H (IRNSS-1H), which was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 7 pm on board the highly-reliable and versatile PSLV, was declared unsuccessful after its heat shield failed to separate.ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar announced the mission unsuccessful after the heat shield failed to separate from the satellite in the fourth stage. “The C39 launch vehicle had a problem, the heat shield has not separated. As a result, the satellite is inside the heat shield and we have to do a detailed analysis to see what happened,” Kumar said at the Mission Control Centre.After the failed mission in 1993, the four-stage engine rocket PSLV, in its 41st flight, had 39 consecutive successful missions until Thursday.IRNSS-1H satellite cannot be used as it was enclosed within the heat shield. “We have to analyse the heat shield separation command and subsequent commands,” he said.Queried about the impact of the mission failure on getting commercial launch projects, the ISRO chairman said the issue has to be studied.

New sewage plant for Colaba in the pipeline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to increase the capacity of sewage treatment plants (STP) in Colaba, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is setting up a new 37 MLD (million litres per day) STP, work on which began last year. Colaba already has a STP but with only 24 MLD capacity.The new one will not only add to the capacity of sewage treatment per day, keeping in mind the future population and water supply projection in the area, but it will be the first waste water treatment facility (WWTF) by the civic body which will enable reuse of treated sewage.The sewage which will arrive at the treatment plant will be treated up to tertiary standards for reuse of treated sewage. The treatment includes influent pumping which will have primary treatment units, secondary treatment unit will have biological reactor, disinfection and the tertiary treatment will have disc filter. The effluent pumping station will have sludge dewatering unit. Of the 37 MLD capacity plant, 10 ML water can be treated and will be reused for non-potable purposes like gardening, industrial purpose and car washing.”The Colaba WWTP is a milestone project of municipal sewage disposal project (MSDP). The objective is to recycle and reuse the water which will be treated and improve the water supply situation. We started the work last year and the plant will be operational by 2020,” said Satish Narkar, Chief Engineer for MSDP.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav sides with Oppn in RS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who has been reportedly uneasy since his party aligned with the BJP to form a government in Bihar, today sided with the opposition parties in an attempt to corner the government over the alleged printing of new 500 rupee notes in different sizes. Yadav, who continues to occupy the same seat in the front rows of opposition benches as he did before his party forged an alliance with the BJP in Bihar, showed enlarged copies of differently sized 500 rupee notes. “I can give signed copies” of the notes, he said as treasury benches countered his contention which was earlier raised by Kapil Sibal of the Congress. As Congress members trooped into the well of the House, Yadav said no country in the world has different sized currency notes. “One is big, one is small,” he said. Yadav has been maintaining a studied silence on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar breaking alliance with Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress to form a government with the BJP. He continues to sit with BSP’s Satish Misra on one side and SP’s Ramgopal Yadav on the other. Also occupying the front row is Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra govt wants 175, 2 BHK furnished flats to relocate its MLA/MLCs in south Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a portion of ceiling fell off in NCP MLA Satish Patil’s room in the ‘Manora’ MLA hostel last Sunday, the Maharashtra government has decided to relocate the 175 MLA/MLCs to a safer place in south Mumbai.The relocation would be for a period of two-three years. On Tuesday, the principal secretary of Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat, Vidhan Bhavan issued an advertisement seeking bids providing 450-500 sq ft carpet area, fully furnished flats in south Mumbai by August 9, 2017.As per the advertisement, the preferred locations for shifting the 175 MLA/MLCs will be Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Walkeshwar, Malabar Hill, Wadala and Dadar. “The bidder has to provide flats in the housing society which has received the occupation certificate and should have other facilities like lift and other amenities as well. Besides, it should also have complied with all required documents and norms of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the society registar office,” the advertisement stated.
ALSO READ From 332 to 1,000 sq ft rooms, Manora MLA hostel set for redevelopmentIt further reads that these flats will be retained for two-to-three years on the rental/lease basis.The slab collapse incident was raised in the legislature on Monday by the Opposition and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured to take immediate action.NCP MLA Satish Patil of Erandol of Jalgaon district said he was lucky to escape unhurt. “I was not there in the room when the incident happened. We have been complaining to the authority for a long time to relocate us to a safer place. But the govt did not pay any attention to our complaints. Now, they have woken up from their slumber and are relocating us. If I had been there when the slab collapsed, the legislators would have been offering condolences about me,” Patil said.A source privy to the developments said, “We have already started looking for apartments, but are facing difficulties to get flats in bulk at one place. If we do not get the adequate flats, then we may have to shift the other remaining MLA/MLCs to nearby hotels.”“The Manora building had developed several cracks and though the building is not that old, it is in a crumbling condition. The govt should start the demolition of this building soon,” said another MLA.

Jaitley gives additional ex-gratia to kin of battle casualties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today handed over additional ex-gratia from the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF) to ten family members of battle casualties, an official statement said today. The aid was given to the kin of Maj Satish Dahiya and Capt Ayush Yadav, the statement from the defence ministry said. Dahiya lost his life in an army operation in the Valley this February, while Yadav was killed in a militant attack on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Kashmir in April. Speaking on the occasion, the defence minister noted that till now it had been the government, armed forces and insurance agencies that took care of families of these martyrs. This move is a symbolic concern shown by citizens that they care for them, he said. The Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund was set up by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) under Ministry of Defence, following many requests from citizens. The people had expressed willingness to assist families of battle casualties, especially during the 2016 Siachen incident in which ten soldiers were buried in an avalanche. “It is a kind of reciprocity from the people indicating that they now stand with these martyrs and next of their kin,” the statement quoting Jaitley said. The minister also released Rs 3.04 crore to 142 other next of kin of soldiers of the Army, who lost their lives battling for the nation, the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM condoles demise of former ISRO chief Professor Rao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the demise of former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman and space scientist UR Rao, who passed away earlier today after suffering from heart ailments. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter saying, ?Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India’s space programme will never be forgotten?. Padma Vibhushan award winner Professor Rao died in the wee hours of Monday at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 85. Reportedly, Professor Rao breathed his last at about 2.30am. Professor Rao, served as ISRO Chairman for 10 years during 1984-1994, after taking the reins from Satish Sharma. Among other positions that professor Rao held, he is remembered for his tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also made to the prestigious International Aeronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame last year during the closing ceremony of IAF Congress 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico. From Aryabhatta to the Mars Orbiter Mission, Professor Rao has continued to work with the space agency on several of its projects. Professor Rao was born in Adampur village in Udupi and has continuously been associated with India’s space programme working with people like late MGK Menon, Satish Dhawan and Vikram Sarabhai. Despite that he wrote several books on subjects related to space research, Professor Rao published over 350 scientific and technical papers covering wide range of topics including cosmic rays, interplanetary physics, high energy astronomy, space applications and satellite and rocket technology.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mayawati asks MLAs to raise law and order issues in Assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP president Mayawati today charged the Yogi Adityanath government with failing to do justice in the recent killing of five Brahmins in Rae Bareli and asked her MLAs to raise the matter along with other law and order issues effectively in the Budget session beginning tomorrow. “The killing of five Brahmins is like a step towards jungle raj… the Yogi government appears to have totally failed in doing justice with the bereaved families,” the BSP chief said in a press release. Stressing that party leader Satish Misra has been asked to personally meet the families to help them get justice, she instructed her party MLAs to raise the issue as well as dismal law and order and failure on crime control effectively in the budget session beginning tomorrow. Claiming that people’s lives have been hit hard due to bad law and order and crime against women, Mayawati said the Rae Bareli incident was being regarded as ‘massacre’ also by BJP ministers. She also flayed the Adityanath government for “doing politics” in such issues as well. “This incident has agitated Brahmins and they are on warpath to seek justice whereas Adityanath government’s attitude towards it is just like the one it had at the time of Saharanpur caste clash,” she said. She also lashed out at the government for its lackadaisical attitude towards people hit by flood-like situation in some parts of the state and said that both the union and state governments have forgotten all their promises on important issues of people’s welfare.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA CAMPAIGN: After 98.20% in 10th, she hopes to become doctor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tejasvini Tarte’s story is one of sheer grit and determination. Tarte, a resident of Latur, Maharashtra, scored 98.20 per cent in her class 10 board exams despite the hardships that came her way. When Tejasvini was barely a year-and-a-half old, she lost her father to blood cancer. Her mother Meena had to shoulder the responsibility of her two daughters, Tejasvini and Vaishali. To make ends meet, Meena worked as a house help. After working in seven to eight homes, Meena manages to earn Rs 5,000 a month, making it difficult for the family to take care of their expenses.Tejasvini has been helping out in every way she can. Despite the obstacles, she has managed to get an impressive score but is now worried about financing her further education.“I am really happy that I could manage such a good score. I used to help my mother at work and would hardly get any time to study. However, I was determined to give my best in the time that I got and worked hard,” she says. Tejasvini attributes her success to her family’s hardships, and the efforts of Satish and Savita Narhare of Dnyanprakash Vidyaniketan School, who took care of her studies. “I did not take any tuition as we could not afford it. But my school taught me very well,” she added.Tejasvini now wishes to become a doctor and treat poor patients. “My father died as he did not get timely help. I do not want anymore patients to suffer like him,” she says. Her mother is both happy and worried of her aspirations. “We are happy that she wants to become a doctor but her dream can only become true if we get some financial help,” said her mother.Appeal to readersDear readers, if you are inclined to charity, please donate generously for funding the future education of these bright, underprivileged kids. You can send in your cheques issued in the name of the student to Diligent Media Corporation Ltd, 11th floor, Tower 3, Indiabulls Finance Centre, Elphinstone Road (W), Mumbai 400013. For any queries contact: 02224827821 from 11am to 7pm

UP: 6-year-old killed over petty financial dispute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped and killed by his neighbours over a petty financial dispute of Rs 3,000 in Amhara villager here, police said today. The boy’s body was recovered from a field last morning, a day after he went missing, they said. The victim’s father in his complaint alleged that his neighbour, Satish, and his brothers Ankur and Sunny had kidnapped and killed his son, police said. The complainant has claimed that Satish had taken a loan of Rs 3,000 from him and on Monday they had an argument over its payment, police said, adding the father claimed that the incident was a fallout of the disagreement. Satish has been arrested and the police is searching for his brothers, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Culpable homicide case against cop following death of man

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case of `culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ was today registered against a police constable and a home guard following the death of a senior citizen during a wedding in Meerpat area. The accused pushed the victim who fell down and suffered a heart attack, as per his family’s complaint. The incident took place last night. A police patrol van reached the spot when local residents complained of loud music playing at a wedding in Meerpat area. Constable Khaleed and home guard Suresh (van driver) asked members of the marriage party to stop the music but they refused, police said. But according to relatives of the deceased, Satish Kumar (62), a former fireman with the Fire Service, Khaleed and Suresh forcibly stopped the music and when questioned, one of them started assaulting members of the marriage party. The duo pushed Satish Kumar who tried to intervene and tried to take him away in the patrolling vehicle, but fled when some of the guests chased them, the family alleged. Some members of the marriage party then took charge of the police vehicle and drove Kumar to hospital, where he was declared to have died of heart attack, the family said. The accused cops said there was a minor scuffle but denied that they pushed Kumar down. Kumar was sitting far away from the spot where the scuffle took place, and when he suddenly collapsed at his seat, they tried to take him to hospital but the guests at the wedding attacked them, the two cops claimed. Inspector N Ch Ranga Swamy said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the IPC was registered against the two cops today. Also, a case under IPC section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) was registered against some members of the marriage party, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Install CCTV cameras in Noida to boost investors’ confidence:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To boost investors’ confidence in Noida, a BJP legislator today suggested bringing the sub-city on Delhi’s outskirts under CCTV surveillance for strengthening the law and order machinery. This was conveyed to Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development minister Satish Mahana by MLA from Noida Assembly constituency Pankaj Singh. Singh, who is son of Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, said Mahana assured him that every possible step will be taken to beef up the security mechanism there. NOIDA – an acronym for the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority – is a systematically planned sub-city falling under the National Capital Region (NCR). It has emerged as a hot spot for IT and IT-enabled services industry with many large companies setting up their businesses there. It has also become the preferred destination for the companies offering IT, ITeS, BPO, BTO and KPO services in various domains such as banking, financial services, pharma, insurance, auto, fast-moving consumer goods and manufacturing. “Against this backdrop, I requested him (Mahana) to install close circuit television cameras in Noida so as to put a robust security system in place to avoid any untoward incident. It is necessary given the fact that everyday lakhs of men and women visit Noida for work,” Pankaj told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Base eroding, Mayawati now fields nephew to counter Bhim Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Bhim Army emerging as a serious threat, the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – till now a predominant voice of Dalits, especially in Uttar Pradesh — is working on a plan to counter the latest threat to its vote-bank. At the centre of this carefully-crafted plan is Aakash Kumar, the 24-year-old London-returned management graduate nephew of the BSP supremo.Kumar, party sources say, has been given the responsibility of starting the youth wing of the BSP, aimed at luring back the substantial number of Dalit youth, many of who had voted for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha as well as the recently-held UP Assembly polls.The BSP’s UP unit president Ram Acahl Rajbhar gives an indication into the new thought within the party. “Time has come that a platform is provided to young Dalits who are being misguided and used by other political parties and newer outfits (read Bhim Army),” says Rajbhar.Sporting jeans and T-shirt, the bespectacled young member of BSP chief’s family, was introduced to the party workers for the first time in a meeting a week after Mayawati announced direct anointment of her brother Anand Kumar as the party vice-president on April 14.Without seeking any reaction from party leaders and workers, Mayawati casually declared that Aakash will look after party affairs. Though majority of party leaders have no clue about new entrant’s role but they got a broad hint that behenji wants to groom Aakash to take care of the party if the CBI nails and jails her brother in disproportionate asset case.Age and health issues seem to have caught up with the 61-year-old BSP chief. She suffers from asthma and is allergic to heat, dust and changing weather. On April 14, she cited health reasons for making Kumar as party vice-president.”The sudden induction of two family members into BSP is a clear indication that she wants to hand over party reins to a family members, just like any other politician, rather to those who sulked for years,” rues a party leader.Gripped with the fear psychosis of who will look after the BSP in her and Anand’s absence, Aakash was the natural choice and heir apparent for ageing Mayawati. Young, suave and educated, Aakash is going to be the BSP’s youth face in days to come.Since BSP does not have a youth wing, Aakash fits into the bill. The BSP Supremo has already entrusted his close associate Ashok Siddharth, BSP Rajya Sabha MP and Head of newly-created East and West Zones in the state to groom her nephew.Upset with growing influence of Bhim Army as a new outfit championing the causes of Dalit youth, Mayawati did not waste time to showcase the BSP’s young face. Aakash shared the political dais with Mayawati for the first time during her visit to riot-hit Saharanpur on May 23. After enjoying the London weather, he hit the dusty roads and braved the sultry heat of 44 degrees to see the real condition of the dalit samaj his ‘Bua’ represents.He is yet to be introduced to sparkling white khadi and kurta, manadtory for Infia politicians. Clad in jeans and T-Shirt again, Aakash looked confident at the dais waving hand to the crowd. He warmly met dalit families of victims of sectarian clashes at Thakur-dominated Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur, during his visit.”He showed sympathy with them, noted their grievances, took their mobile numbers and addresses and assured them to raise their voice and help them,” claims Mahesh Kumar, who was present in May 23 meeting of the BSP chief.Party sources claim that Aakash has become Mayawati’s favourite for replacing Paresh Mishra, son-in- law of Satish Mishra, who was earlier being dubbed as BSP’s youth face. Though she is facing charges of promoting nepotism, Mayawati has little choice to find trusted leaders than to promote members of her own clan after KK Gautam, Swami Prasad Maurya, RK Chowhdary and Nasemuddin Siddiqui deserted her.

Special CBI court to resume Ayodhya case trial on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trial in the politically- sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by a special CBI court will resume here tomorrow, following a Supreme Court order to it to hear the case on a daily basis and deliver the verdict in two years.The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed the special court to start the proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years. The CBI court during its first hearing in the state capital granted bail to five VHP leaders named as accused, including Ram Vilas Vedanti, who appeared before it yesterday. Besides Vedanti (59), those who appeared before the CBI court here yesterday were VHP leaders Champat Rai (71), Baikunth Lal Sharma (88), Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (79) and Dharmdas Maharaj (68). The sixth accused, Satish Pradhan, did not appear.CBI special court judge S K Yadav allowed their bail pleas asking each of them to furnish two sureties of Rs 20,000 and a personal bond of the same amount. The Supreme Court had last month directed that BJP stalwarts, including L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, will face trial on conspiracy charges in the demolition case.
ALSO READ Now, VHP brings in over 100 NRIs to build pressure for Ram Mandir at AyodhyaIt had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed CBI’s plea on restoration of criminal conspiracy charges against the VVIP accused. The matter is likely to have political implications, particularly against 89-year old Advani, reported to be a front-runner for the post of the President. The top court, however, had said Kalyan Singh, who is currently the Governor of Rajasthan and during whose tenure as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was razed, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution as long as he held a gubernatorial position.”The Court of Sessions will frame charges and move against him as soon as he ceases to be Governor,” it said. The apex court had come down heavily on the CBI for a delay of 25 years in the trial and said, “The accused persons have not been brought to book largely because of the conduct of the CBI in not pursuing the prosecution of the aforesaid alleged offenders in a joint trial, and because of technical defects which were easily curable, but which were not cured by the State Government.”
ALSO READ Babri Masjid case: LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to be tried for criminal conspiracyIssuing a slew of directions, a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman had said, “The proceedings viz. Crime No. 198/92 (against Advani and five others) in the court of the Special Judicial Magistrate at Rae Bareilly will stand transferred to the Court of Additional Sessions Judge (Ayodhya Matters) at Lucknow.” Besides Advani, Joshi and Bharti, the accused against whom the conspiracy charge would now be invoked, are Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, who were being tried at Rae Bareilly.”The court of sessions will frame additional charges under Section 120-B (conspiracy) and the other provisions of the Penal Code mentioned in the joint charge sheet filed by the CBI against Champat Rai Bansal, Satish Pradhan, Dharam Das, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahamadleshwar Jagdish Muni, Ram Bilas Vadanti, Vaikunth Lal Sharma and Satish Chandra Nagar,” Justice Nariman, writing the judgement for the bench, said.”The court of sessions will, after transfer of the proceedings from Rae Bareilly to Lucknow and framing of additional charges, within four weeks, take up all the matters on a day-to-day basis from the stage at which the trial proceedings, both at Rae Bareilly and at Lucknow, are continuing, until conclusion of the trial. “There shall be no de novo (fresh) trial. There shall be no transfer of the Judge conducting the trial until the entire trial concludes. The case shall not be adjourned on any ground except when the sessions court finds it impossible to carry on the trial for that particular date,” the apex court had said.The court also said if the trial is adjourned, then it should be fixed on the the next day or a closely proximate date and the reasons for it shall be recorded in writing. “The sessions court will complete the trial and deliver the judgement within a period of 2 years from the date of receipt of this judgement,” it said. The CBI shall ensure that on every date fixed for recording of evidence, some prosecution witnesses must remain present, so that for want of witnesses the matter is not adjourned, the Supreme Court had said.”We make it clear that liberty is given to any of the parties before the Sessions Court to approach us in the event of these directions not being carried out, both in letter and in spirit,” the court said. Dealing with the issue of protracted trial, the bench said that almost 25 years have gone and yet “we are solemnly reminded that Respondent Nos.4 and 5’s (Advani and Joshi) fundamental rights should not be curtailed by any order passed under Article 142.”The court, in its 40-page judgement, termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and others as “erroneous”. It said the High Court had “clearly and unequivocally” held that a joint charge sheet was filed by CBI on the ground that all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction to accomplish the alleged conspiracy. “The evidence for all these offences is almost the same and these offences, therefore, cannot be separated from each other, irrespective of the fact that 49 different FIRs were lodged,” it said, adding that the dropping of the conspiracy charge was “clearly erroneous”.The apex court said the decision to have a joint trial in demolition cases at one place was set aside by the High Court on the legal ground that it was not consulted. The infirmity could have been cured either by the state government or by the CBI by filing an appeal against the verdict, it said. “This (removal of legal infirmity), however, did not happen because the CBI did not challenge the rejection of the request to cure this technical defect. Instead, the course taken by the CBI has caused great confusion,” it said.The decision to file supplementary charge sheet against eight accused in a pending case at Rae Bareilly and dropping of charges against 13 other accused, after the high court judgement, has “completely derailed the joint trial envisaged, it said. This decision of the probe agency resulted in “fractured prosecution going on in two places simultaneously based on a joint charge sheet filed by the CBI itself”, it said.”In our view, since the charge of criminal conspiracy against all 21 accused is already in the joint charge sheet filed by the CBI at Lucknow, this charge could be added to the charges already framed against the survivors of the group of 8 accused.” Out of eight VIP accused, Giriraj Kishore and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal have died during trial and the proceedings against them have been abated.

Police look for family of 7-yr-old boy who reportedly died in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old boy, suffering from high fever, reportedly lost his life here last evening as the ambulance that was taking him to AIIMS in New Delhi got stuck in a traffic jam caused by a home-buyers protest over non- delivery of their flats. The Noida police said that it had taken note of the media reports about a child’s death but had not received any complaint or information in this regard, till now. According to reports, the boy, Luv Kush, a resident of Firozabad and was being taken to AIIMS in an ambulance as he was suffering from high fever. An Agra doctor had reportedly referred him to AIIMS. Satish Chandra SHO Expressway police station said,”We had received information about home-buyers blocking the expressway. A police team was sent there and the protesters were dispersed. Regarding the death of the boy, we have no information from victim’s family. We came to know through media reports.” A FIR has been registered against 250 protesters under sections of the IPC dealing with rioting and unlawful restraint, a police official said. SSP Love Kumar said the “Police was trying to connect with the victim’s family members.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Special court begins hearing in Babri case, grants bail to 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court here today began day-to-day hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case and granted bail to five VHP leaders named as accused in it. The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years. The CBI court had earlier issued summons to six accused persons, of whom five, including Ram Vilas Vedanti (59), appeared in the court and sought bail. CBI special court judge S K Yadav allowed their bail plea asking each of them to furnish two sureties of Rs 20,000 and a personal bond of the same amount. The court fixed the next hearing on May 22. Besides Vedanti, those who appeared before the CBI court were VHP leaders Champat Rai (71), Baikunth Lal Sharma (88), Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (79) and Dharmdas Maharaj (68). The sixth accused, Satish Pradhan, did not appear.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha police to train cops in ’emotional intelligence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seeking to ensure a sensitive approach in handling unruly situations, the Maharashtra police has introduced a course in ’emotional intelligence’ (EI) for its personnel, a top official has said. He claimed that the state police is the first to start such a course in the country. The move comes as policemen are often criticised for handling unruly situations, crowd or individuals without proper emotional understanding though their actions may be legally correct, he said. This often portrays a negative image of the police in public, despite the personnel having knowledge and skill to tackle the situation in a lawful manner, the official said. “To enhance the service delivery of police to the public, improving the decision-making ability and to build their confidence level, the state police has introduced a course in emotional intelligence in the training,” Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thousands pay tribute to fallen hero Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people gathered at India Gate on Saturday evening to pay tribute to Army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was abducted and killed by terrorists on Wednesday. The march was marked by slogans laced with patriotic fervour.The march began with not more than 100 people who gathered in front of Amar Jawan Jyoti. Banners paying homage to Lt Umar Fayaz flew high as those gathered mourned the sheer barbarity of the act. The crowd, however, turned the candle march into a huge show of strength. From ex-servicemen cutting across ranks to serving officers to the aam aadmi, everyone joined in.A common sentiment running through the rhetoric of Vande Matram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai, was a desire to “avenge” Fayaz’s murder. A large section of the 600-plus crowd swore to retaliate. “We cannot let the enemy come in and take advantage. Either the government should take stringent measures or let us wipe out the rogues,” said Cdr Pawan Sanan (Retd) of the Indian Navy.Chandrashekhar Bhattacharyya, of the Delhi Defence Review, had similar views. “We need to move beyond just doing ‘kadi ninda’. Security forces need to be given a conducive environment to operate,” he said.Standing with their head held high was a group of officers from 124 TA, who had come in a “personal capacity to express solidarity with their brethren.”Lt General Satish Dua, Chief of Integrated defence staff to the chief of staff committee also attended the march.

Siddiqui alleges Mayawati demanded Rs 50 cr, she calls him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after he was expelled from the party, Naseemuddin Siddiqui alleged today that Mayawati had demanded Rs 50 crore from him and made objectionable remarks against Muslims, charges which the BSP supremo trashed while calling him a “blackmailer”. At a crowded press conference here, an angry Siddiqui levelled a spate of allegations against Mayawati saying he had enough material to cause an “earthquake”. He also claimed that there was a threat to his life. Siddiqui played six audio clippings of his phone conversations with Mayawati to support his allegation that money had been demanded from him. Siddiqui claimed he had 150 such recordings. “She (Mayawati) was sore at the dismal showing of the BSP in the recent Assembly elections and termed Muslims as betrayers for not having voted for the party,” he alleged. Accusing Mayawati of having referred to “bearded Muslims as dogs”, Naseemuddin said he had objected to the remark. At a hurriedly convened press conference Mayawati soon hit back. “Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui is a big black mailer and earns money through it…people have complained about it. And it has been proved right today,” she said. Mayawati said she had received complaints about Siddiqui from party workers. “One who can tape BSP national president’s conversations cannot be called a devoted and loyal worker….But he will not be able to blackmail me as what I say in private is what I say in public,” she asserted. She said the audio clippings were not played by Siddiqui in entirety and also rejected his allegation that Rs 50 crore had been demanded from him. Mayawati claimed that when some workers were asked about the deposit of party’s membership drive and they said the amount had been given to Siddiqui. “I warned that if he cannot give proper account, he will have to pay it himself….I will not allow him to usurp party money which belongs to the poor and deprived through which we run the party…I do not want your property money…I simply want the account of poor peoples’ money,” she said. Refuting his allegation that she had used derogatory language against Muslims, Mayawati said she cannot even repeat the word referred to. “Muslims have faith in me that I cannot betray them…it is from the Muslims that we received maximum calls after his expulsion as he was not letting them progress in the party.” On Naseemuddin saying that his 8 year old daughter died while he was busy in Mayawati’s election in Bilsi, the BSP supremo said this was it was for the first time she had heard of her. He (Siddiqui) had always mentioned that he had only two sons, she said. On Siddiqui’s charge that BSP general secretary Satish Mishra was trying to weaken the party, Mayawati said there was no comparison between the two. “When Mishra came to BSP, Naseemuddin was very perturbed…He (Mishra) is working with full devotion and gives me more respect than his real sisters…He has been with me through all my problems and has not taken a single paisa for the cases he contested for the party,” she said. Earlier, Siddiqui had alleged that “BSP is being knowingly weakened by Mayawati and Anand Kumar (her brother) as part of a conspiracy by Satish Mishra and company” “People are also of the view that since Mayawati has attained the height which she wanted to attain, she herself wants to end BSP so that no other person among the Dalit ‘samaj’ could reach this far,” Siddiqui had claimed. Siddiqui claimed that the BSP was totally under the grip of Mishra and company and that Mayawati was being blackmailed by them. “I know her more than anyone else…if I give the proof against Mayawati, Anand and Mishra it will be a big ‘tamasha’,” he said. However, Mayawati sought to demolish all his allegations. She alleged that people had told her that Naseemuddin had taken money from business houses promising to do their work once BSP came to power in the state. She also defended her brother Anand Kumar, about whom Siddiqui had said that a class IV employee of Noida Authority was today a man worth Rs 2,000 crore, asking if he was aware of Ambani’s background. Everyone can progress in life, Mayawati said. “BSP workers say ever since I made my younger brother vice president, he (Naseemuddin) was very perturbed as he used to claim he was number two in the party…I had to bring my brother in the party as we need honest people not selfish ones. It was out of compulsion that I had to bring him,” she said. Siddiqui had also alleged that Mayawati had a criminal gang who could set any leader’s house on fire or even get someone murdered. He also alleged that all BSP MLAs had to pay Mayawati and even his wife, who was a BSP MLC, had given money to her. He also claimed that during a meeting on April 19 Mayawati had tried to belittle Kanshi Ram by comparing party’s showing in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab Assembly polls. Trashing all allegations, Mayawati said she had been warned about Siddiqui by Kanshi Ram himself, who used to say that he might prove to be a hurdle for the BSP. Mayawati also rejected Siddiqui’s claim that he has been with the movement since the past 34 years and said he had joined the BSP in 1990 after failing to win the election for Banda nagar palika chairman on his own. Yesterday, BSP had expelled Siddiqui, its most prominent Muslim face, and his son from the party for carrying out “anti-party” activities. The war of words gave the ruling BJP a chance to take potshots at the BSP chief, saying it was high time for Mayawati to quit politics. “Mayawati does politics just for her own sake and has lust for money and nothing else. After today’s expose, she should quit politics,” BJP spokesman Chandra Mohan said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Expelled leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui lashes out at BSP chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after he was expelled from BSP, Naseemuddin Siddiqui today alleged that Mayawati had demanded Rs 50 crore from him while also accusing her of having made objectionable remarks against Muslims. At a crowded press conference here, an angry Siddiqui levelled a allegations against his former political boss Mayawati and some other BSP leaders claimed that he had so much material that it could cause an “earthquake”. He also claimed that there was a threat to his life. Rebutting point-wise the charges levelled against him by at the time of his expulsion yesterday, Siddiqui played six audio clippings of his telephonic conversations with Mayawati to back his allegation that money had been demanded from him. Siddiqui said he possessed 150 such audio clippings. “She (Mayawati) was sore after the dismal showing of the BSP in the recent Assembly elections and termed Muslims as betrayers for not voting for the party,” Siddiqui alleged. Accusing Mayawati of having referred to “bearded Muslims as dogs”, Siddiqui claimed he had objected to the remark. He also attacked BSP general secretary Satish Misra, alleging he was trying to weaken the party. “BSP is being knowingly weakened by Mayawati and Anand Kumar (her brother) under a conspiracy by Satish Mishra and Company…people are also of the view that since Mayawati has attained the height which she wanted to reach, she herself wants to end BSP so that no other among the Dalit Samaj could reach this far,” a visibly angry Siddiqui said. The former BSP leader said that he had “solid evidence” against Mayawati but would only speak about the charges levelled against him as of now. “I have so much material that if I open my mouth it can cause an earthquake….I know her more than anyone else…if I give the proof against Mayawati, Anand and Mishra it will be a big ‘tamasha’,” he said. BSP is totally under the grip of Mishra and company, Mayawati is being blackmailed by them, he claimed. Continuing his tirade, Siddiqui alleged that Mayawati had a criminal gang who could set any leader’s house on fire or even get someone murdered. During the April 19 party meeting she also tried to belittle Kanshi Ram by comparing party’s showing in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab Assembly polls, Siddiqui said. He appealed to Dalits and ‘Sarvsamaj’ to save the party and the mission of Kanshi Ram and Baba Saheb which had been crushed by Mayawati. Naseemuddin alleged that all BSP MLAs had to pay Mayawati. He claimed that even his wife, who was a BSP MLC had given money to her. To a question about BJP leader Swati Singh against whom Siddiqui had raised derogatory slogans after her husband Daya Shankar Singh’s adverse comments against Maywati, he said that his video clippings could be checked as he never said anything wrong against her. Siddiqui said he faced a threat to his life from Mayawati. Referring to the various charges levelled against him at the time of his expulsion, Siddiqui said they were baseless. Yesterday, BSP had expelled Siddiqui, its most prominent Muslim face, and his son from the party for carrying out “anti-party” activities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sushil Kumar gives pepper spray to girls to knockout trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two-time Olympic medallist and ace wrestler Sushil Kumar today distributed pepper sprays to girls as he chipped in to support a Delhi Police initiative to skill them in self defence. Under ‘Sashakti’ initiative, more than 5,000 girl students from five government schools were given self-defence training for a week in Kumar’s village Najafgarh, in outer Delhi. During an event in Najafgarh at the concluding day, the girls demonstrated the skills they acquired during the programme in the presence of Kumar, Kabaddi player Suman Lata, joint commissioner of police (Southwest) Satish Golcha and other senior police officials. The girls were handed over a special ‘Sashakti Kit’ comprising a cap, whistle and pepper spray, etc. While educating the girls about using the spray, a trainer told them it should always be kept in an empty pocket. “You should always keep the pepper spray in an empty pocket. In case of an untoward incident, it shouldn’t happen that you are not able to take it out in time,” said the trainer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

South Asia Satellite expanded regional cooperation in space:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bangladesh and India today expanded their cooperation from land, sea and air to space with the launch of the South Asia Satellite (SAS), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said. India today successfully launched the satellite to provide communications and disaster support to neighbouring countries, a space initiative described as a “giant and historic step” in boosting regional cooperation. “With the launching of South Asia Satellite, Bangladesh and India (in particular) have expanded connectivity from land, water and air to space. I’m sure that cooperation in space will definitely lead us to the ambitious technological enhancement for the benefit of the region,” she told Prime Minister Narendra Modi and her six other South Asian counterparts through a video call. Hasina added: “I strongly believe that the betterment of the people of South Asian region depends on fruitful engagement in various fields of cooperation between the countries of this region”. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal also joined the video conference call from their respective countries. “We want to cooperate with all countries for creating an area of peace in South Asia where we can live as good neighbours and pursue constructive policies for the benefit of our peoples, as envisioned by our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Hasina added. Hasina said Bangladesh and India have jointly achieved many successes in connecting the countries and expressed confidence that launching of the satellite will change the face of South Asia”. “I’m glad that just a few days ago we have signed Orbital Frequency Agreement for cooperation in South Asia Satellite,” she said. India launched GSAT-9 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh The project is funded entirely by India. The cuboid-shaped 2,230 kg satellite will enable a full range of services to the neighbours, including in telecommunication, television, direct-to-home, VSATs, tele-education and telemedicine. The South Asian Satellite (SAS) mission life is 12 years. Seven of the eight SAARC countries–India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives–are part of the ambitious project. Pakistan has opted out of the project, saying it has its own space programme.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

South Asia Satellite: Countdown begins for launch of India’s GSAT-9 ‘gift’ to its neighbours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Asia Satellite is all set to be launched on Friday by the Indian Space Research organization (ISRO). The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV F-09 carrying the communication and broadcasting satellite will take off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikotta at 4.57 PM.Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent radio address to the nation Mann Ki Baat has said the South Asia Satellite is India’s gift to the region, that will go a long way in addressing the economic and development priorities of the nations in the region.The 28-hour countdown for the launch of the South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9 is progressing smoothly at the spaceport.Six of India’s neighbours including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka and the Maldives are participating in the space-based regional communication project. The satellite weighing 2230 kilogram during lift off and carrying 12 Ku-Band transponders has been developed at a cost of about 235-crore rupees and the total cost of the project including the launch is worked out to be about 450-crore rupees. The intended operational life of the satellite is more than 12 years and it cost Rs 235 crore.The GSAT-9 is a Geostationary Communication Satellite and data from it will be shared with the other five countries. It will help to meet the growing telecommunications and broadcasting needs of the region. All participating nations will have access to at least one transponder using which they can telecast their own programming.
ALSO READ Modi’s space diplomacy: All you need to know about Rs 450 crore ‘South Asia Satellite’The satellite is expected to provide communication channels between countries for better disaster management as the region is prone to natural disasters. The national space agency ISRO uses the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage in this flight of the GSLV for the fourth time. In total, it would be the 11th flight of the GSLV.In short, as envisaged by Prime Minister Modi, it is a satellite sans frontiers, for the nations to grow together.

BJP to formulate strategies for 2019 LS polls at Jodhpur meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Preparations for the Rajasthan Assembly elections due next year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be the key agendas of the BJP’s two-day state executive meeting beginning in Jodhpur tomorrow. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will inaugurate the meeting at a hotel in Jodhpur in the presence of senior party leaders including V Satish, Avinash Rai Khanna and Om Mathur. The strategy for winning the next state Assembly and Lok Sabha elections will be discussed in the meeting, BJP’s state General Secretary Bhajan Lal said. Further strengthening of the party and workers’ network at all the levels, reaching out to public with the government’s programme and policies will also be on the agenda of the meeting he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three held for firing at rival gang member from MP-Raj border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested three persons, who fired at a rival gang member in full public view, from the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border. Those arrested have been identified as Satyanaryan Lunia, Dinesh and Shankar, said a senior police official. “We have arrested the trio from Agar-Malwa district’s Soyatkalan town near MP-Rajasthan border. They were carrying a reward of Rs 40,000 on their head,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Amrendra Singh told reporters here. Lunia is a key member of Satish Bhau gang in the city. A pistol and a cartridge were recovered from his possession, he said. “Because of an old enmity, they fired at one Achal Awasthi belonging to a rival gang on January 17 in Indore’s Manglia area. At the time of incident Awasthi was returning from Dewas after meeting his brother who was lodged in a jail there in connection with some case,” the officer said. Though he was attacked with an intention to kill, he luckily escaped unhurt in the firing, said Singh. After the incident on January 17, the accused were hiding in MP, Rajasthan and Delhi, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

District panchayat member’s husband, son in ACB net

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) here today arrested a Congress worker and his son while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs one lakh. Satish Upadhyay and his son Abhishek were caught red-handed while taking the bribe from a farmer from Patiya village in Karjan tehsil of the district, an ACB official said. Upadhyay’s wife is the chairperson of health committee of Vadodara district panchayat, and the father-son duo had demanded bribe for facilitating conversion of the status of complainant’s land from `agricultural’ to `non-agricultural’. The power to effect this change lies with the district panchayat, the ACB official said. Both were arrested at their house here while allegedly taking the money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Advani, Joshi tried to prevent crowd from demolishing masjid’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan today said that he had seen L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi pacifying the crowd and preventing them from going ahead with the demolition of Babri Masjid. “I had seen Advani and Joshi controlling the crowd, pacifying them and preventing them from going ahead but no one was in a mood to listen to them and the things happened due to the mob fury,” Pradhan, said recollecting the events on December 6, 1992. Pradhan and BJP leader Om Prakash Sharma were the only two leaders from Thane who had gone to Ayodhya in 1992. Sharma and Pradhan will be tried along with Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti and other senior BJP leaders in the case as per the recent Supreme Court order. The Supreme Court had order restoring criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi and Bharti in the 1992 Ayodhya Babri masjid demolition case. Pradhan said that he was proud that his name was included in the list of those including Advani, Joshi, Bharti, who will also be tried in the case afresh. “I am ready to face the trial,” said Pradhan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri Masjid case: LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to be tried for criminal conspiracy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed CBI’s appeal and reviewed criminal conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 10 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.The CBI had told the apex court that 14 persons, including the BJP leaders who were acquitted of charges under criminal conspiracy should be tried in Lucknow Court..However, the court has excluded Kalyan Singh. “Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity as Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he ceases to hold office,” the court said.The top court ordered a joint trial of two separate cases against Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti & unknown ‘karsevaks’ in Lucknow.It also directed the Lucknow trial court to commence proceedings in four weeks and conduct trial in these cases on a day-to-day basis without granting adjournment.The apex court also said that trial judge hearing the Babri case will not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.”The order should be followed in letter and spirit and granted liberty to parties to approach apex court if its directions are not followed,” the court said.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case is against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI had challenged in the Supreme Court the May 21, 2010 order of the high court, which had upheld a special court’s decision to drop the charge against the leaders.In its verdict, the high court had upheld the special CBI court order dropping conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.The others against whom the charge was dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.The investigating agency had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC which was quashed by the special court.(With agency inputs)

Babri demolition case | Supreme Court to decide today if LK Advani, 12 others will face trial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Wednesday pronounce the verdict on the appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the dropping of conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.On April 6, the CBI told the apex court that 14 persons, including BJP leaders, who were acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy should be tried in Lucknow Court in the Babri Masjid demolition case.Justice Rohington F Nariman will pronounce the verdict.Earlier in March, the top court had said that it won’t accept dropping of charges and might revive the demolition case against 13 BJP and Hindu right-wing leaders who were discharged on technical grounds.The apex court also expressed concern over delay in trial against people involved in the Babri demolition and favoured a joint trial of the accused.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case is against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI has challenged in the Supreme Court the May 21, 2010 order of the high court, which had upheld a special court’s decision to drop the charge against the leaders.In its verdict, the high court had upheld the special CBI court order dropping conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.The others against whom the charge was dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.Earlier, CBI had moved the apex court against Allahabad High Court’s verdict on dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and 19 others in the case.The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.The investigating agency had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC which was quashed by the special court.(With agency inputs)

Babri Masjid case: SC keeps suspense going over plea against BJP leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court continued to hang its sword over BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, union minister Uma Bharti and others, as it reserved its order on Thursday on the CBI plea to revive conspiracy charges against them in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The court will also decide whether the trial of the VVIP accused can be transferred from a court in Raebareli to Lucknow.A bench comprising justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Rohinton Nariman indicated that it could direct a fresh joint trial at Lucknow. The bench expressed shock and disappointment over the delay in addressing the case. The court gave all parties time till April 11 to file their written submissions based on the day’s proceedings.There were two sets of cases pertaining to the demolition of the disputed structure. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial for which is underway in a Lucknow court. The second set of cases pertains to the VVIPs in a Raebareli court. The SC is hearing an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the Allahabad High Court’s May 2010 ruling that upheld the Raebareli special court dropping the criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and seven others. A revival of the conspiracy charges will likely affect Advani’s chances of being nominated to the office of the President, which has been scheduled for July.Neeraj Kishan Kaul, Additional Solicitor General, appearing for the CBI, insisted that conspiracy charges dropped by the High Court be resurrected. In the last hearing on March 23, the court had also sought written arguments from Advani and others, the CBI and the counsel for the petitioner, Late Haji Mahboob Ahmad, to quickly decide and thus save time on lengthy arguments. Senior advocate KK Venugopal, appearing for both Advani and Dr Joshi, promptly protested when the court hinted at transferring all cases to Lucknow, using its extraordinary powers under the Constitution (Article 142) to expedite the case. “If the CBI has proof that I conspired with over one lakh karsevaks, it should have placed it before the Lucknow court,” he said. He insisted there cannot be a joint trial without a state government notification, “Many governments have come and gone. They could have come up with the notification,” he said. The SC, prima facie, did not agree with him as it indicated that it would step in to hasten the process of trial and not allow it to go on forever. When Venugopal invoked the right under Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution to assert that the court’s extraordinary powers cannot eclipse fundamental rights, Justice Nariman said, “What about Article 21 when it comes to the rights of the victims? It has many facets.”Others facing conspiracy charges in Lucknow include Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Avaidyanath (deceased), Paramhans Ramchandra, Dr. Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahamandaleshwar Jagdish Muni Maharaj, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das Chola, Satish Nagar, Moreshwar Save and Baikunth Lal Sharma.

AAP MLA Ved Prakash joins BJP, to resign from assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP MLA Ved Prakash Satish resigned from the party to join the BJP today, saying the Aam Aadmi Party has “failed” to deliver on the promises it had made in the run up to the 2015 assembly elections. The Bawana MLA said he would also resign from the assembly and other government-run bodies. “I am going to give my resignation letter to the Assembly Speaker,” he said. The move is seen as a shot in the arm for the BJP ahead of the civic polls in the national capital next month. Ved Prakash joined the BJP at its Delhi unit office in the presence of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari. “I was feeling suffocated in the AAP. They (AAP) have failed to deliver on the promises which they had made during assembly elections. There are around 35 MLAs in the AAP who are not happy with the party leadership,” Ved Prakash told reporters here. In the Bawana constituency, no work has been done by the AAP government in the last two years, he said. He said there was discontent among the people over the AAP government’s failure to address their grievances. “The AAP has already a list of rebel MLAs which includes Devinder Sehrawat, Pankaj Pushkar and former minister Sandeep Kumar,” he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Supreme Court to decide if BJP leaders liable for Babri case charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court’s decision on whether senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, and Murli Manohar Joshi are liable to be charged in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition of 1992, will be taken on April 6.The SC bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and Rohinton Nariman adjourned the matter on Thursday asking all parties concerned to submit their arguments in writing by April 6.The apex court’s observation on this issue came on the heels of an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that challenged a 2010 Allahabad High Court order which dropped conspiracy charges against the accused on technical grounds.In its 2010 order, the Allahabad High Court had dropped conspiracy charges against the accused while upholding the lower court order.Senior leaders who were charged by the CBI included the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, former UP Chief Minister and now Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, along with Vinay Katiyar, and Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Satish Pradhan, CR Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore (now deceased), Sadhvi Ritambhara, VH Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, RV Vedanti, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, BL Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar, and Moreshwar Save.While ruling that there was no merit in the CBI’s revised petition challenging the May 4, 2001 order of the special court — which dropped criminal conspiracy charges against the accused — the high court had allowed the CBI to continue trial.In 2015, a bench led by then Chief Justice HL Dattu issued a notice to Advani, Dr Joshi, Bharti, and Singh, and asked the CBI to explain why there had been a delay in the appeal against the high court order.The bench had also recommended then that a joint trial of the accused be held to speed up the process, a position that it reiterated on Monday.”Why is a separate trial going on in Lucknow and Rae Bareli? It must be clubbed together,” the bench said.Over two decades since the demolition of the mosque, there have been two cases that are going on — one in Lucknow and the other in Rae Bareli. One involves LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, while the other is against the lakhs of karsevaks (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed site.

Attacking the social media, the CPI(M) leader said there

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>was no control on the content on various sociial media sites. He also listed the disproprtionate time allotted to political parties by the media during various discussions which was one of the issues that needed serious consideration. Yechury also pointed to the coverage of the Prime Minister’s rallies and the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme by all the private TV and radio channels. “Whenever there is Mann Ki Baat, even radio channels stop their listed programmes. How do you take away the choice of the people as to what they would like to listen,” he asked. With journalists moving away from the wage board to the contract system, the media house owners “now have a vice like grip” over the content, the CPI(M) leader said. Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP) alleged that the media had favoured the BJP during the recent assembly elections. “We were fighting the election with media, which was fighting for you (BJP),” he said. Anand Sharma (Congress) also sought a separate discussion on the media. Observing that the media was “compromised” during the recent assembly polls “in a big way”, Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said there was no level-playing field as some party candidates did not get slots in the private media and some gave more coverage to select leaders. “The Election Commission needs to look into this matter. Everyone knows that those who pay get more coverage on TV. Even the print media is going astray these days…” he said. Given these gaps and considering the role money-power played in the last elections, it is not feasible to hold simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies, Yadav added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court orders action against cop for defective probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city court has directed appropriate action against a Delhi Police official for “defective and malafide” investigation in a murder case. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain, while letting off two men accused of setting ablaze a person, rejected the dying declarations as “unreliable” and said the police was unable to prove any motive. “Considering the overall facts, testimony of independent eye witness, CCTV footage, unreliable dying declarations and doubtful endorsement regarding fitness of the injured for statement and doubtful history on the medical report… the prosecution is unable to prove any motive… “This court is also obliged to comment upon the nature of investigation conducted by Sub Inspector Ashiq Ali. The probe conducted by him is not only found defective but malafide. Therefore, the concerned department is directed to look into the matter and initiate appropriate action against him in accordance with law,” the judge said. According to the prosecution, on August 30, 2013, the accused had burnt the alleged victim Satish by pouring kerosene over him near a South Delhi cinema hall, due to a money dispute over the purchase of an auto rickshaw. The investigating officer had produced dying declarations of Satish, who had suffered 99 per cent burns, which were turned down by the court. The counsel for the accused had contended that the dying declarations were written by the investigating officer and the man had committed suicide after he had lost an old litigation against the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

The others against whom the conspiracy charge was dropped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>include Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal (now deceased), Sadhvi Ritambhara, Mahant Avaidhynath (now deceased), R V Vedanti, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das (now deceased), Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save (now deceased). In the appeal, it has been sought to set aside the Allahabad High Court’s order of May 20, 2010, which had dropped section 120B (criminal conspiracy) under the IPC while upholding a special court’s decision. In September 2015, the CBI had told the apex court that its decision-making was not influenced by anyone and the dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders in the case was not at its instance. “The decision-making process of the CBI is completely independent. All decisions are taken based on correct facts in the light of the extant law. There is no question of any person, body or institution influencing the decision-making process of CBI or the manner in which it pursues its cases in courts,” the agency had said in an affidavit. The agency had said its decision-making process was carried out strictly in accordance with the provisions of CBI Crime Manual and there was a “hierarchic” mechanism that allowed officers at each level to take decisions and make reasoned recommendations in an independent manner. The May 2010 order of the high court had said there was no merit in CBI’s revision petition against the May 4, 2001 order of the special court which had directed dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against them. CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the IPC. It had subsequently invoked charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court. While upholding the special court’s order, the high court had said CBI at no point of time, either during the trial at Rae Bareily or in its revision petition, had ever stated that there was offence of criminal conspiracy against the leaders.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri demolition case | Won’t accept dropping of charges against LK Advani, other on technical grounds: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday said that it won’t accept dropping of charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani and others in connection with the Babri Demolition case.The top court indicated that it might revive demolition case against 13 BJP and hindu right-wing leaders who were discharged on technical ground.The apex court also expressed concern over delay in trial against people involved in demolition of Babri and favoured a joint trial of accused.The court was hearing a petition in the Babri mosque demolition case opposing the dropping of criminal conspiracy charges.There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran L.K. Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case is against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI has challenged in the Supreme Court the May 21, 2010 order of the high court, which had upheld a special court’s decision to drop the charge against the leaders.In its verdict, the high court had upheld the special CBI court order dropping conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.The others against whom the charge was dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.Earlier, CBI had moved the apex court against Allahabad High Court’s verdict on dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and 19 others in the case.The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.The investigating agency had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC which was quashed by the special court.(With PTI-ANI inputs)

Khattar announces Rs 50 lakh assistance to martyr’s family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government today announced Rs 50-lakh assistance to the family of Major Satish Dahiya, who died following an encounter with militants in Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also announced that a road from village Nangal Nunia to Banihari and Government College in Nangal Chaudhary would be named after him. He also announced a government job for Sujata Devi, wife of the martyr. Paying tributes to him at village Banihari in Mahendragarh district, Khattar lauded Major Dahiya’s extraordinary courage. “Major Satish Dahiya had brought pride to the state with his supreme sacrifice, and would live on in the hearts of the people of the State, the CM said. Khattar also announced that a ‘vyayamshala’ would be established in village Banihari in his name. Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, O P Dhankar, Deputy Speaker, Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Santosh Yadav, Member of Parliament, Dharambir Singh, MLA, Nangal Chaudhary, Abhe Singh Yadav, and MLA, Narnaul, Om Parkash Yadav also expressed condolences. Major Satish Dahiya, who was deployed in 30 Rashtriya Rifles, belonged to village Banihari in Haryana’s Mahendragarh district. He joined the Army in 2009. He is survived by wife, Sujata Devi, and a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Priya.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

18 years on, Kargil martyr’s son makes supreme sacrifice for the country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has always come first for the family of martyr Gunner Astosh Kumar of 13 Rashtriya Rifles. Gunner Kumar’s father Havildar Lal Sahib responded to the call of duty and fought the Pakistan army men disguised as intruders before laying down his life for the motherland on the treacherous mountains of Kargil in 1999.Eighteen years on, Havildar Lal’s son, Gunner Astosh Kumar, did the encore and made the country proud again by laying down his life while fighting the highly-entrenched militants at Parray Moholla in Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.During the encounter in Hajin on Tuesday, Gunner Kumar was seriously injured and shifted to the 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed. Gunner Kumar was among the four army men who laid down their lives in two encounters in Hajin and Kralgund in North Kashmir on Tuesday.“Patriotism and sense of sacrifice ran in the blood of Gunner Astosh Kumar. His father Havildar Lal Sahib laid down his life during the Kargil war in 1999 when he was barely a seven year old child. His father’s sacrifice only strengthened his resolve to join the Army which he did at the tender age of 19,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence Spokesman at Srinagar.Hailing from village in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district, Gunner Kumar is survived by his mother Shila Devi.Four militants, including top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Haris, who had taken over the command after the killing of Abu Musaib, the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were also gunned down in the two encounters.Major Satish Dahiya, never used to savour awards and rewards but always loved challenges, said his friends.And that is why the 31- year-old led the operation in Handwara on Tuesday which eventually resulted in the elimination of three terrorists thus delivering a major blow to the terror network in North Kashmir.“The officer had been part of several counter terrorist operations and had also been awarded for gallantry earlier,” said Colonel Kalia.Survived by his wife and a two-year old-daughter, Major Satish Dahiya hailed from Mahendergarh in Haryana.A true son of the soil, 33-year-old Rifleman Ravi Kumar was a go-getter in his unit. Hailing from Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, the braveheart was part of operation in Hajin in which one terrorist was killed. He is survived by his wife and a three-year-old daughter.Paratrooper Dharmender Kumar of Nainital, Uttarakhand had defied his young age and established himself as a spirited and daring soldier. The 26-year-old commando is survived by his parents.“They chose the Valentine’s Day to seal their love for their country. To these bravehearts, no price was too high for the country’s safety; To weed out terror from their motherland, they would not think twice even to put their lives on the line… They lived for the country and they died fighting for it,” said Colonel Kalia“The mortal remains of the martyrs will be taken to their native places for last rites with full military honours. The army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing,” said Colonel Kalia.

Hardik Patel’s security guard fined for carrying gun on flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The private security guard of Gujarat’s Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel was today slapped with a penalty for carrying a revolver and live cartridges in his handbag instead of the luggage before boarding a flight at Udaipur airport. Satish Kumar had declared the licensed revolver and cartridges before boarding the flight for Delhi from Dabok airport in Udaipur and he was supposed to put them in the luggage but he was carrying them with him in a handbag, DSP Vallabh Nagar (Udaipur) Ghanshyam Sharma said. He was in possession of the revolver and 16 cartridges. CISF detected them during frisking and informed the airport authority and police. After initial questioning, the police allowed him to go but the Airports Authority of India (AAI) imposed a fine on him, Sharma said. He was later allowed to board the next flight. Kumar had arrived in Udaipur by road from Ahmadabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP MLA Narad Rai joins BSP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another Samajwadi Party MLA, Narad Rai, joined the BSP today and was given a ticket from the Ballia Sadar seat. Rai, considered close to SP leader Shivpal Yadav, was sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from his ministry. He joined BSP in the presence of its senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra. Earlier, senior SP leader Ambika Chowdhury had joined BSP and was given party ticket from Fefna constituency in Ballia.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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