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Nitin Patel gets Finance, crisis blows over

The 48-hour-long drama that kept BJP’s Gujarat political circle on tenterhooks ended on Sunday, with party chief Amit Shah granting deputy chief minister Nitin Patel the Finance portfolio, following which the veteran leader took charge.Patel, who was given Road and Building, Health, Medical Education, Narmada, Kalpsar and Capital Project during the portfolio allocation on Thursday night, stayed home and refused to take charge, making his displeasure over taking away important portfolios that he had held in the previous government evident.Addressing the media at his residence in Thaltej, Ahmedabad, around 10:45 am, Patel said, “BJP president Amit Shah called me up in the morning and assured me that I will be given a portfolio which befits my stature as the number two in the cabinet and as the deputy chief minister.””I have no more complaints. I was not happy as I didn’t get a befitting portfolio, but I never crossed the party’s line of discipline,” he added.The deputy CM thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah, the Patel community and other leaders who stood by him. He also acknowledged the Sardar Patel Group, an outfit of the Patel community seeking reservation.Though it was a Sunday, Patel rushed to Gandhinagar and assumed charge at 11:39am.With the new allocation, Saurabh Patel, who was orginally given Finance, is now left with just one ministry — Energy.Soon after taking charge, Patel left for his Assembly constituency, Mehsana, to meet his supporters.Shortly after his arrival at Mehsana in the afternoon, Rupani announced in Gandhinagar that the Finance portfolio had been given to Patel and that the issue was over now.”We have made certain changes in the portfolios. We have given Finance to Nitinbhai. With this, the issue is over now. Such small things happen in a big family like the BJP. I have already sent a letter to the Governor, informing him of this change in the portfolios,” the chief minister told reporters.Patel maintained that the issue was not about some departments, but about “self-respect”.”I had conveyed to the party high-command to either give me respectable departments or relieve me from the cabinet,” he said.The veteran leader added that he had been serving the BJP as a “loyal and disciplined” soldier for the last 40 years.The deputy chief minister performed puja at his office and assumed charge. “I will perform all my duties with integrity and honesty. I thank my party for the responsibility they have given me. I had assumed office soon after the swearing-in ceremony and had reviewed the process of purchase of groundnuts by government from farmers at minimum support price. From Monday, the first day of the New Year, the Gujarat government will work on fast track.”In the previous government headed by Rupani, Patel used to handle key portfolios of Finance and Urban Development, among other departments.However, this time, Finance was given to Saurabh Patel, while Rupani kept Urban Development with himself. Unhappy over the allotment, Patel had refrained from taking charge of the departments, prompting the top BJP leadership to swing into action to placate the senior Patidar leader.Sending feelers to the deputy chief minister, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel on Saturday said he would extend support to him and talk to the Congress leadership to ensure that Patel got the respect he deserved from the party, if he left the BJP, along with 10 other MLAs, and joined hands with the Congress to form a new government.DISPLEASURENitin Patel, who was given Road and Building, Health, Medical Education, Narmada, Kalpsar and Capital Project refused to take charge, making his displeasure over taking away important portfolios evident.

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With assets worth Rs 123 crore, Saurabh Patel is the richest minister

Former Industries and Finance minister Saurabh Patel is the richest minister in the 20-member Council of Ministers headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, announced on Tuesday. Eighteen ministers have assets worth Rs 1 crore or more, according to a report of Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).Assets and IncomeExcept for Raman Patkar and Bachu Khabad, all ministers have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore. Saurabh Patel also has the highest annual salary of all. Patel has disclosed his income of Rs 2.45 crore in his Income Tax Returns. His income includes his salary, interests and dividends. Patel is followed by Parbat Patel, a farmer, with an income of Rs 72 lakh and Jayesh Radadiya with an income of Rs 50 lakh. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani disclosed an income of Rs 21 lakh. His income comprises salary, interest income from partnership, savings interest income and dividends. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel disclosed an income of Rs 15 lakh from business. He has assets worth Rs 8 crore.Financial LiabilitiesThirteen of the 20 ministers have financial liabilities. Top on the list is Jayesh Radadiya with liabilities worth Rs 16 crore against Rs 28 crore worth of assets, followed by Parsotam Solanki with liabilities worth Rs 6 crore against assets worth Rs 45 crore. Former Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel has Rs 1 crore worth of liabilities against Rs 5 crore worth of assets. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has Rs 83 lakh worth of liabilities against Rs 9 crore worth of assets.Education QualificationTwo ministers are postgraduates, six are graduate professionals while two have a graduation degree. Nine ministers have not crossed school limits. One is a diploma engineer.Ministers with criminal casesThree ministers have facing criminal cases against them. Parsotam Solanki has six cases related to cheating, dishonesty, forgery, fraudulent practices, Jayesh Radadiya has two cases related to causing hurt to others using dangerous weapons, provoking breach of peace as well as abatement to offence and former Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja has one case related to violation of Representation of Peoples Act against him.THREE RICHEST MINISTERSSaurabh Patel Rs 123 croreParsotam Solanki Rs 45 croreJayesh Radadiya Rs 28 crore

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Seat swap fails to pay off for most

For some big names who contested the recently concluded assembly polls, the gamble to fight from a seat other than their traditional one failed to pay off, pushing them to the losing side.The most high-octane contest was between Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress MLA Indranil Rajguru from Rajkot West constituency. Rajguru, the second richest candidate in the fray, with assets worth Rs 141 crore, had won from Rajkot East in 2012 but shifted to West in a bid to challenge Rupani. His bold move left him beaten by a margin of over 53,000 votes. Contesting against the CM, though, is likely to help his political profile.A shock result from the election was the defeat of senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil.After losing from the Bhavnagar Rural seat in 2012, Gohil had been elected to the assembly from Abdasa in Kutch in the 2014 by-election. This time, Gohil contested from Mandvi and was drubbed by BJP’s Virendrasinh Jadeja by over 9,000 votes.Senior BJP leader Ramanlal Vora was also among the candidates who contested from a different seat and lost. Vora had won from Idar (SC) seat in Sabarkantha five times in a row between 1995 and 2012. Wary of anti-incumbency, the BJP shifted him to Dasada (SC) seat in Surendranagar in this election. The move, however, failed to help him, as he lost by a little under 4,000 votes.Gujarati film actor Hitu Kanodiya, who the BJP fielded from Idar seat in Vora’s place, won by close to 15,000 votes. Kanodiya had contested unsuccessfully from Kadi (SC) seat in the 2012 elections.Former MLA Kanu Kalsaria, meanwhile, tried his luck from Mahuva in Bhavnagar this time but lost. He had won in 2007 from the same seat. In 2012, however, he had contested unsuccessfully from Gariadhar.Senior BJP leader Dileep Sanghani, who contested from Dhari seat in these elections, also lost. He had also contested unsuccessfully against Congress’s Paresh Dhanani in 2012 from Amreli, the seat he had won from in 2007.Bavku Undhad is another senior leader who contested from a different seat and ended up on the losing side. Undhad had won in 2012 from Lathi, but stood from Amreli in the recent elections. He was defeated by Congress’s Paresh Dhanani by a margin of over 12,000 votes.A few candidates, though, also managed to defy the trend.Ex-minister and MLA from Akota, Saurabh Patel, won from his traditional Botad seat in these elections. Former state BJP president RC Faldu won from Jamnagar South this time. In 2012, he had contested from Jamnagar Rural but had lost.THE EXCEPTIONSA few candidates managed to defy the trend. Among them is MLA from Akota, Saurabh Patel, who won from his traditional Botad seat, and former state BJP president RC Faldu

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Gujarat elections 2017: Will Saurabh Patel card help BJP win Botad?

Can Gujarat BJP’s flamboyant leader Saurabh Patel who was once considered a successor to PM Narendra Modi and then to Anandiben Patel in the state pull a coup of sorts and rescue BJP in Patidar bastion of Botad.Saurabh has been away from the limelight since Vijay Rupani replaced Anandiben Patel as CM. Armed with an MBA degree from USA, Saurabh is the son-in-law of Ramnikbhai, the elder brother of late Dhirubhai Ambani. In Patel villages in the constituency, which has both Kadva and Leuva Patel, there is a discerning anger against the BJP. To make the matters worse for the ruling party, Congress has fielded a Leuva Pate leader DM Patel.But the development works done by Saurabh in the constituency when he represented it thrice before shifting to Akota Assembly seat in 2012, are recalled by people. BJP dropped its sitting MLA Maniya Thakarshibhai Devjibhai, who had won the seat with 86,184 votes in 2012 assembly polls. Complaints are galore in the constituency that the development pace triggered in the constituency by Patel, then a high- profile minister in Gujarat government, came to a halt between 2012 and 2017.That both the BJP and Congress are so keen on the constituency is clear from the fact that while BJP risked two seats dropping one sitting MLA and shifting the other, the Congress also brought in DM Patel, replacing Manhar Patel it earlier named for Botad just hours before the deadline for nomination filing expired to give a challenge the Gujarat’s former minister.At Sitaram Nagar in Botad, a BJP supporter Kalpesh Darbari says, “BJP would have lost the election had it not brought in Saurahbhai. DM Patel was initially in Congress. He then joined BJP and became Chairman in the marketing yard. This time he is back in Congress and contesting as MLA. But he is a light weight in comparison to Saurabhbhai.”In the nearby Sethadi village dominated by Patels, the issue of Patidar agitation for reservation kicks up a heated debate. “Saurabh Patel will not get our votes due to lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) this time. Yes we had earlier been voting for BJP but not this time,” says Jayesh Lania.In Nagalpad, Ankesh Patel who works in Morbi Ceramics, said, “Saurabh Patel will get some votes from the community, which has been a traditional BJP supporter. Darbaris, Prajapatis, Brahmins, Baniya, Dalvadis, Rawaldeo and some other smaller castes of OBC give a favourable response towards BJP.”At Nagalpad, Kalubhai Samant says “500 to 600 Rawaldeo community members went to Saurabh Patel recently and requested for a boundary wall to their shamshan. He has agreed.” He says he ”samaj” has been voting for BJP for long and there is no change even now.In the Koli- Patel (OBC) dominated Dhanduka Assembly segment BJP MLA Kolipatel Laljibhai Chatrubhai is contesting against Congress’ Rajesh Koli, a lawyer. Youth Congress worker overseeing the social media campaign of the constituency says he is baffled how Rajesh Koli’s name was announced as the district president of Congress Harpal Singh and Raju Bhai were stronger candidates.PADMAVATI AND PAANIAt Rayaka Village, the Rajput youths talk with gusto about Padmavati controversy. “We had protested against the release of the film. We are happy that the film was not released,” says Harpal Singh. Maganbhai in Botad recalls how the area faced acute water crisis which was resolved after Saurabh represented the constituency.
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EC to watch FB, Twitter to tackle cases of paid news

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Be careful of what you post on Facebook or Twitter just ahead of the election season. A special team, formed by the election commission, will keep an eye on the social media to see if there were any chances paid news cases happening around. The team will also scan through the sites to ensure that the polls are free from attempts to incite or lure voters.When asked if it was for the first time that a social media monitoring team was formed to tackle cases of paid news, Saurabh Pardhi, the district development officer, of Ahmedabad, said yes.Pardhi was speaking at a press conference which was held to announce the preparations for the upcoming assembly elections. Ahmedabad goes to polls on December 14.Avantika Singh, district election officer of Ahmedabad, clarified that citizens who have still not got their names changed or added them to the electoral roll could do it even now.She also clarified that no names of voters have been deleted from the voters’ list. “Those who have been found not to live at their mentioned addresses have been identified as shifted,” said Singh. These people are also eligible to vote and that special measures have been made for them. “If a voter who has been identified as shifted comes to vote, s/he will have to sign some documents and give a thumb impression. All this will happen in the presence of the presiding officer,” said Singh.The collectorate also held a presentation for representatives of media houses to explain to them the concept of paid news and things that they need to be aware of. The election commission has also come up with a toll-free number where people can complain about election expenditure of candidates. The number is 18002333401.BULK SMSEC mechanism to tackle paid news and political ads, including bulk SMSes.
The poll body has set the expenditure per candidate at Rs 28 lakh.
It has said candidates must declare expenses within 30 days of polls.

Ranji Trophy: Pankaj & Co put Team Rajasthan in command

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The surface at the SMS Stadium has become so docile that it was a tough ask for the bowlers to dismantle Jharkhand’s batting line-up.Defying the conditions, Team Rajasthan skipper Pankaj Singh led his troops into the battle on day-3 in an exemplary fashion. The medium-pacer took four wickets with an economy of 2.0. Following his neat and scrupulous execution, pacer Aniket and the spin duo of TN Dhillon and Mahipal Lomror also judiciously exploited the swerving properties of the ball.Intimidated by the bowling, batsmen Saurabh Tiwary (83), Ishan Kishan (50) and Kaushal Singh (42) showed good resistance and played some magnificent shots but their failure to convert good start into big scores cost them first innings lead.Despite early breakthroughs, the bowlers did not run out of steam and remained disciplined till they wrapped up the visitors at a score of 265. At that time Jharkhand were trailing by 158 runs. Aniket, Dhillon and Lomror took two wickets apiece.Commenting on the challenges of the pitch, captain Pankaj said, “Bowling on this wicket was tough as it is batsman-friendly. But we had to find out ways to ensure breakthrough come at regular intervals. So our mantra was simple, bowl in pairs and ensure we don’t leak runs.”Not breaking the momentum of bowlers, Rajasthan captain imposed a follow-on. Playing their second innings, Jharkhand’s batsmen are off to a flier start, but the hosts are confident of ending the match on a favourable note. “Putting them to bat again is a well calculated move. And what if Rajasthan wrap them up quickly and register a win. We had to take a chance,” said optimistic Pankaj.At stumps, Jharkhand stood at a score of 102 after losing one wicket.BRIEF SCORE:Jharkhand’s Batting (2nd innings): N Siddique 71*, Virat Singh 3* Rajasthan’s Bowling: TN Dhillon 1 for 16

Proceedings in Assembly on EVM tampering illegal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to declare the proceedings of the second part of the fifth session of the legislative assembly held on May 9 — where a special session on a short duration discussion on alleged tampering of EVMs and threat to democracy was conducted — as “unconstitutional” and “illegal.”The matter came up before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar, who asked the petitioner to prove the maintainability of the plea.The petition filed by advocate Abhishek Aanand Rai contended that MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, with the permission of the Speaker, gave a live demonstration on how the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with.The plea contended that the petitioner was “aggrieved” with the proceedings where Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel allowed a short discussion. It said the proceedings of the House were violative of the provisions of the Constitution and the principle of separation of powers and added that it sought a “declaratory judgment” on the issue of constitutionality of the proceedings.Appearing for the Delhi government, Standing Counsel Ramesh Singh raised questions as to the maintainability of the plea. Following this, the court directed both parties to give written submissions stating the laws on which they would rely on to support their contentions.As per the plea, the rules and standing orders which regulated the procedure of the legislature, mandated that a member could not express any opinion on any matter under consideration of a court of justice.But, the resolution moved by Saurabh Bharadwaj was of an issue , which was pending adjudication by the Supreme Court. It said the rules prohibited admissibility of any resolution if it contained arguments and inferences. It also claimed that the proceeding was unconstitutional as the legislature did not have power to discuss an issue in the exclusive domain of the Election Commission.“Because if such unconstitutionality and illegality is not decided then a confusing precedent will be set of not only ousting the constitutional courts but also disturbing the fine balance of power much crucial for survival and existence of a vibrant democracy,” the plea said.COURT TO DECIDEThe matter is listed for February 8 next year.
A special Delhi Assembly session on May 9 had seen the Aam Aadmi Party government enacting a dramatic demonstration of “EVM tampering” on the floor of the House.

Two killed as SUV hits scooter, driver arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men were killed and another grievously injured when a speeding car hit a scooter and a pedestrian in outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar, police said today. The incident, which was reported on Tuesday, had got captured in CCTV cameras which helped the police track down the car driver and arrest him. The police said that locals alerted them about the accident and the injured men were rushed to a hospital, where Arvind (50) was declared “brought dead”. One of the other injured persons, Durgesh (31), died during treatment due to excessive bleeding, a senior police officer said. The SUV was heading from Punjabi Bagh to Peeragahi when the driver suddenly took a sharp left turn and hit a scooter, the officer said. The scooter driver was dragged for a few metres while the pillion rider was flung in the air and his head hit the divider, he said. The officer said the car fell into a pit after hitting the scooter and a pedestrian. The driver managed to get out of the car and the pit and fled the spot, he added. However, he was later arrested and identified as Saurabh Jain, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJYM holds protests over gangrape, murder in Himachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today took out a candle march at Jantar Mantar in memory of a suspected gang-rape and murder victim of Himachal Pradesh. The 15-year-old girl was gang-raped and then brutally murdered on July 4 in Kotkhai village of the hill state, BJYM, the BJP’s youth wing, said. BJYM’s general secretaries Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhijat Mishra, its Delhi unit chief Sunil Yadav, media head Shivam Chhabra were among the leaders who led the protests, it said. In a statement, BJYM president Poonam Mahajan condemned the crime and attacked the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh for rising cases of crime against women there. The Himachal government had done nothing to bring the accused in this crime to justice, she alleged, asking if “this is because the victim was poor and the accused are rich and well-connected?”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 AAP MLAs booked for assaulting woman in assembly premises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police has registered a case against three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for allegedly manhandling and abusing a woman in the assembly premises recently. In her complaint, the woman has accused Oklha AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Tilak Nagar MLA Jarnail Singh of abusing and thrashing her on June 28, the police said. “I had gone to see the proceedings of the House, but could not get the pass for the Visitor’s Gallery. And, while I was standing outside the building, a group of men, who were engaged in a scuffle, came towards me. “They pushed and shoved me. I was later taken to a room and kicked,” she claimed in her complaint. AAP leader Sanjay Singh, however, called the development “vendetta politics”. “This is vendetta politics by the Centre. We are surprised that the police has arrested only 15 of our MLAs (since coming to power),” he said at a press conference here. AAP Delhi unit spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “The record of Delhi Police has been very poor when it comes to cases against AAP MLAs. The force always faces flak by the judiciary whenever they take such cases to court.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clogged drains: House panel seeks action against officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Assembly panel asked the AAP government on Monday to take action against officials responsible for clogged drains — a perennial problem that leads to massive waterlogging and disrupts traffic during rains.The Committee on Petitions, which considers petitions presented to the House or the Speaker, on Friday had recommended an inquiry against the Public Works Department (PWD) and its top officials after it found that they had lied about the amount of work completed for cleaning drains ahead of the monsoon.AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj is the chairperson of the 9-member panel. Presenting the committee’s report to the House, Bhardwaj said the status reports of the PWD and the municipal corporations on the amount of de-silting done was “false.””The officials in charge of de-silting drains and prevention of water-logging in Delhi have miserably failed in discharging their duties,” said Delhi Speaker Ram Niwas Goel. In Delhi Assembly, there are some 20-odd panels on various issues. They all report to the Speaker.The Committee on Petitions had on June 1 started an inquiry into the claims of the civic agencies and the PWD after receiving a petition by Pandav Nagar resident Neeraj Kumar, who said the agencies had failed in their duties to clean drains and prevent water-logging.After five meetings and six field visits by PWD and municipal officials, the committee found drains that had been declared clean in reports were full of garbage at many places.It has also directed that an action taken report on the implementation of its recommendations should be tabled in the House within a month.As per the committee’s report, the status report presented by PWD Principal Secretary Ashwani Kumar, who told the committee that 60 per cent of the de-silting work had been completed as on June 5, “turned out to be bogus fabrication, full of untruths”.Both the PWD and the civic bodies gave similar reports to the Delhi High Court, which is hearing a writ petition on the issue.

DU college lodges police complaint against ABVP, DUSU for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College today lodged a police complaint against the ABVP, DUSU and a section of parents for “manhandling” the principal and “vandalising” her office. Principal Savitha Roy, in her complaint lodged at the Maurice Nagar police station, alleged that members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the BJP, and Delhi Union Students’ Union (DUSU) barged into her office and misbehaved with her. “They used abusive language, manhandled me and threatened me with dire consequences if I did not admit the students,” she wrote in her complaint. “Despite requesting the mob to send two representatives to settle their issues, they started misbehaving with me,” she added. Roy sought an FIR against six persons for their alleged involvement in the incident and requested for police protection to proceed with the admission process. However, ABVP central working committee member Saurabh Sharma refuted the allegations and claimed that they were approached by the parents of students, who were denied admission to the college even after certificate verification. “The parents of students, who were confused after being denied admission even after the verification of certificates, approached the ABVP and DUSU members. All of them went to the administration to ask why were they denied admission,” he said. Sharma termed the charges in the police complaint as an “excuse” by the administration to hide its “arbitrary denial” of admissions. DUSU president Amit Tanwar, whose name was mentioned in the complaint, was not available for comments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trader’s son killed, villagers set police vehicles on fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry villagers today set two police vehicles on fire after a businessman’s son was killed by unidentified persons in Mahpur village of Bihar’s Siwan district, police said. Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar said the criminals opened fire on Rashid Ahmad Sircar when he was sleeping on the roof of his house yesterday night. Sircar (25) died on way to hospital. Locals became violent and set two police vehicles on fire, the SP said. Additional police force was deployed to bring the situation under control, the SP said. The SP also said that it appeared that the killing was a result of some old enmity. Efforts are on to nab the killers, the SP added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mother’s lover kills minor girl for peeing on mattress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, the lover of a woman allegedly banged the head of her six-year-old daughter against a wall after she peed on the mattress, resulting in her death. Parul, who had separated from her husband, Sunny, three years ago, has been living with her lover, Saurabh, here in Parvatiya Colony since then, the police said. Saurabh allegedly never considered Parul and Sunny’s daughter Rabi his own and would beat her up over petty issues. On Monday night, Rabi peed on the mattress. When he got to know about it, an enraged Saurabh banged Rabi’s head against a wall due to which she fell unconscious. After some time, he rushed her to a hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Hospital staff also informed police about the incident, following which Saurabh was arrested and a murder case registered against him at Parvatiya police station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IOC committed to increase LPG coverage in Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Oil Corporation is committed to increase its LPG covereage in Arunachal Pradesh from 65 per cent now to 90 per cent soon, a senior company official said today. IOC NE region chief area sales manager Saurabh Chaliha said that the state presently has total 42 LPG distributors and 14 more would be opened soon. Chaliha, who is here in connection with the launching of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) tomorrow, said Arunachal Pradesh has been at the top of the company’s priority and would be the fourth in the NE to launch the central programme. PMUY aims at providing LPG connections to the women of BPL households with a target to offer 5 crore connections during three years, he said.. Under the Yojana Rs 1,000 given as loan to be recovered from cylinder cost has been adopted from the Chattishgarh model and IOC has moved Assam government to adopt it for the welfare of the masses, Chaliha added. He said IOC data showed that 13-14 per cent LPG connection in Arunachal Pradesh had been surrendered within a year, which was a national record as the figure for the rest of the country was about 8.4 per cent.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 held for hatching plan to extort money from jeweller

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons have been arrested for hatching a conspiracy to extort money from a jeweller here, the police said today. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Vinod Kumar Mishra, four persons, including a jeweller, were arrested in connection with the case and a mobile phone was seized from their possession. He said Bhupendra alias Bobby, a resident of Narayanpuri Dhauli and a jeweller by profession, had hatched a plan to extort Rs 15 lakh from another jeweller with his associates — Suraj alias Raja and Subham alias Sonu. The accused approached Prasant, a mobile shop owner, for a SIM card which was registered in the name of another person. Prasant was promised a “handsome amount” for the “favour”, the SSP added. Prasant gave a SIM card to the accused which was earlier registered in the name of one Lal Chand, a resident of Kodai under the Baskhari police station in Ambedkar Nagar district. The accused used the SIM card to call and send text messages to jeweller Saurabh Agrawal, a resident of Dhauli Piau, asking him to pay an amount of Rs 15 lakh, Mishra said, adding that they claimed to be members of the notorious Ranga gang. A case was lodged at the Kotwali police station on the basis of a complaint from Agrawal, said the SSP, adding that the probe revealed the chain of events and the three accused and the mobile shop owner were placed under arrest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two teenagers drown in Yamuna river

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Summer vacations turned tragic for two families in north Delhi’s Burari area when their kids, who had gone for swimming in Yamuna, did not return alive on Wednesday.The deceased have been identified as Himanshu, 14, and Maneet, 13. The tragic incident unfolded when Himanshu and Maneet, along with two of their friends Saurabh and Shubham, decided to go to Yamuna river bank on Wednesday, about 3 to 4 km from their residence, despite family members’ repeated warnings.“It was around 6 am when all four of them reached the river. While Himanshu and Maneet got into the water, the other two waited on the bank. Shubham told police that the moment Himanshu stepped inside, he lost balance and fell inside the river. Maneet went in order to save Himanshu, but both started drowning. Seeing this, Shubham rushed to their residence and informed their families,” said a senior police officer.The families then called up the PCR and a police team along with divers and DDMA staff also reached at the spot. “Both of them were rushed to Bara Hindu Rao hospital where Himanshu was declared brought dead while Maneet died during treatment. Statement of the witnesses were recorded and the matter is being looked into,” the police said.Neighbours and family friends of the deceased said that all four of them were warned from going near the river but they ignored the advice and took a different route to the river on Wednesday, without telling anyone. Locals also raised concern about the area alleging that recently many deaths due to drowning have been reported from there. “The authorities must take measures and build a boundary wall or raise fence around the river bank,” a friend of the deceased said.Need of the hourLocals raised concern about the area where the incident tool place and asked the authorities to build a boundary wall or raise fence around the river bank

50% in-house quota: SC to pass order on BHU, AMU’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Banaras Hindu University, the Aligarh Muslim University and the Medical Council of India today joined hands to challenge in the Supreme Court an Allahabad High Court order setting aside 50 per cent institutional preference in admission to PG medical seats. A vacation bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta, after hearing the arguments, reserved its verdict for tomorrow. During the brief submission, the two universities said that the high court verdict was violative of earlier apex court judgement and MCI regulations which allow institutes to take admissions on 50 per cent seats from their own institution. Both these central universities got the support from the MCI, which argued that the high court has erred in interpreting the laid down regulations. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for the BHU, sought immediate stay of the high court’s May 29 order saying the “entire apple cart” cannot be reversed. “The entire apple cart cannot be reversed by re-opening those 50 per cent seats for students selected through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET),” he said. The ASG also relied upon the earlier apex court’s verdict in the Saurabh Chaudhary case laying down guidelines for PG admission to contend that only 50 per cent seats were to be filled through an all-India quota. Singh said that if the institutional preference for 50 per cent seats were done away with, what would happen to other premier institutes like the AIIMS and the PGI, Chandigarh. Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the AMU, said some students have already been admitted by the varsities under the 50 per cent quota, therefore the high court verdict needs to be stayed. Khurshid added that in the AMU, out of 195 seats for PG medical courses, admission on 149 were already done and everything cannot be reversed. The bench, while observing that the high court may have misinterpreted the rules, reserved its order for tomorrow. On May 29, after hearing a PIL, the high court had passed order allowing to fill up the 50 per cent institutional quota seats in PG medical courses in these two central universities for students from any medical college based on their ranking in NEET.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi House panel members to inspect spots to check water-

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petition committee of the Delhi Assembly today decided its MLA will conduct surprise inspections across the city to ascertain if the PWD is fixing all spots vulnerable to water-logging. The move comes close on the heels of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking all such spots be fixed ahead of the monsoon so that people won’t have to face water-logging. The members will be accompanied by the PWD Secretary. Sources said the Public Works Department (PWD) Secretary Ashwani Kumar, who appeared before the committee today, informed the Assembly panel about preparations being carried out by the department. A member of the committee, headed by AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, said the PWD will soon issue a WhatsApp number for the common public to file complaints about vulnerable water- logging spots in the city. “The committee members will make surprise inspection every day at 6 AM along with the PWD secretary to check things on the ground,” the member said. The PWD secretary was summoned by the panel last week to take stock of the monsoon preparations. The panel had also summoned Chief Secretary M M Kutty and Health Secretary Madhup Vyas over alleged unavailability of medicines in government-run hospitals. The Anti-Corruption Branch has also initiated an inquiry into the matter. “During his appearance before the committee, the health secretary presented a report of June 1 according to which there was no shortage of medicines in the city-run hospitals,” sources said. Health department’s officials have been asked to produce file-noting in the next hearing, another committee member said. A source said, “Officials ruled out any wrongdoing in procurement of medicines for hospitals”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tomorrow’s EVM challenge is unconstitutional: Uttarakhand HC to Election Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday observed that the Election commission’s Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) hackathon challenge to be held on Saturday is unconstitutional.The court’s observation came after a PIL was filed challenging EC’s ‘EVM hackathon, in which the NCP and the CPI-M will participate.The court has asked EC to hold full commission meeting and inform the High Court if it plans to go ahead with the EVM challenge.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also scheduled its own hackathon for the same day on Saturday. Party leaders have invited leaders from all political parties, as well as the EC, to check the voting machine that party MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had used in the Delhi Assembly to ‘prove’ EVM tampering.The Election Commission has pulled out from its strong rooms in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Uttarakhand 14 electronic voting machines used in the recent assembly polls the hackathon.While each participating party can use a maximum of four EVMs for the challenge, the commission has reportedly kept extra machines as back up keeping in mind any eventuality.The challengers will get four hours each to tamper with the machines. The challenge will begin at 10 am and end at 2 pm. Two separate counters have been set up for the CPI-M and the NCP to participate in the challenge.They can use a combination of keys on EVMs or over the air communication devices such as cellphone and bluetooth to tamper with the machine to change the results, he said.Under part two of the challenge, the participants will have to prove that the EVMs used in the assembly polls were manipulated before or on the poll day.The participant would be considered to have “failed” the challenge if the EVM stops functioning due its inbuilt anti- tampering mechanism.Members of a technical committee which helps the EC evaluate the EVMs would judge the proceedings.

Take Capt Saurabh Kalia’s case to ICJ: Ex-servicemen league

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh chapter of ex-servicemen league has urged the Centre to moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Army Captain Saurabh Kalia. During the 1999 Kargil conflict, Kalia was tortured by his Pakistani captors who later handed over his mutilated body to India. The league’s chief, Major (retired) Vijai Singh Mankotia said Kalia’s case also be taken to the ICJ, the UN’s highest judicial body, to get justice on the lines of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ at the Hague has stayed the execution awarded to Jadhav in Pakistan after a military court summarily convicted him of espionage and engaging in subversive activities after India knocked its doors. Mankotia said the Indian ex-servicemen league and the family of Captain Kalia had made this demand to the previous governments but could not hear anything positive about it. “Now, after the case of Jadhav in the ICJ, a ray of hope has risen in Kalia’s case too,” he said here yesterday. Mankotia told reporters that the HP chapter of the ex- servicemen league would honour the family of Captain Kalia along with four Paramvir Chakra winners from the state during its annual convention on May 23 here. The chief guest of the function, Acharya Dev Vrat, the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, will honour the families of Major Som Nath Sharma (1st PVC winner of India), resident of Dadh near hear, Lt Col Dhan Singh Thapa of Dharamsala, Captain Vikram Batra of Palampur and Sub Sanjay Kumar of Bilaspur (all PVC winners), in the function, said Mankotia. Beside this, the families of Ashok Chakra winner from the state Major Sudhir Walia and that of Captain Kalia shall also be honoured, he said. In November 2012, the then Army chief, General Bikram Singh, had said the the force fully supported the parents of Kargil hero Capt Saurabh Kalia in pursuing their son s case at International Court of Justice at the Hague. “He was our brave officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in the best traditions of the Indian Army. We have written to Ministry of Defence (MOD) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) conveying our concerns in the matter. We fully support his parents,” he had told reporters on the sidelines of the Passing out Parade of the 123rd course of the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla, near Pune. The league represents of ex-servicemen, their family and dependants and is recognised by Centre and state governments. With presence in every state of India, the league was founded in 1964 by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who was first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army after Independence. Mankotia said the league would raise a few demands with the Centre through the Governor which include raising the quota of recruitment of the state’s youth in the Army.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All you need to know about VVPATs, the new partner of EVMs during elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission on Saturday rubbished the claims of EVM tampering and announced that subsequent elections will be conducted using both electronic voting machines and voter-varified paper audit trail (VVPAT). EVMs have been used regularly since the 1999 general elections. The machine, which are made of two units – a control and a ballot unit – are joined by a five-metre cable. The control unit is with the presiding officer, while the balloting unit is the one used by the voter in the voting compartment. Recently, following defeat in Punjab, Goa and the MCD elections, AAP alleged that the EVMs had been tampered with and went on to give a demonstration in the Delhi Assembly using a ‘dummy’ machine.
ALSO READ Future elections will be conducted using EVMs and VVPATs, says Election CommissionParticipating in a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj dramatically claimed a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. After entering a “secret code”, Bhardwaj pressed 10 votes for the AAP but the display panel of the machine showed the votes went to the BJP.Responding to AAP’s allegations, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi on Saturday rubbished the claims of EVMs tampering while announcing that future elections would be conducted using both EVMs and VVPATs.”The EC has put forth a challenge, which will be open from June 3. Interested participants must register by 5 p.m. on May 26. Either through a combination of key press or communication with the control unit, ballot unit or both via external hardware, participants must be able to prove their allegation of tampering,” asserted Zaidi.How do VVPATs work?When a voter presses a button in the EVM, a printed slip is printed in the VVPAT at the same time. The VVPAT is placed next to the EVM. The slip contains the poll symbol and the name of the candidate the individual has voted for. It also allows the voter to verify his/her choice. After being visible to the voter from a glass case in the VVPAT for seven seconds, the ballot slip will be cut and dropped into the drop box in the VVPAT machine and a beep will be heard. VVPAT machines can be accessed by polling officers only.

Housekeeping employee held for peeping into women’s toilet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old housekeeping employee was arrested for allegedly peeping into a women’s toilet in a private firm here, police said today. Saurabh Vitkar, who is working in a housekeeping section of a private firm in Yerawada area, allegedly hid himself in on the lavatories of the ladies washroom and was peeping in the women’s toilet yesterday, a senior police official said. “On Thursday two female employee who had gone to the washroom, found someone peeping from one of the lavatories and immediately alerted the security guards. Subsequently the accused was caught and handed over to the police,” he added. A case under section 354 (C) (Voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code was registered and Vitkar has been apprehended, said the official.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP asks EC to form an all-party committee to look into

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today demanded that an all-party committee under the Election Commission be formed to look into allegations of EVM manipulation. The party will approach the commission tomorrow seeking access to electronic voting machines (EVMs) that were used in the recently held assembly polls. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who had showed a live demonstration of how an EVM look-alike could be tampered with in the Delhi Assembly on May 9, told a press conference that the committee must have representatives of all the political parties. The Election Commission has called an all party meeting on the raging issue tomorrow at its headquarters here. AAP has vociferously raised the issue after its disappointing performance in Punjab and Goa Assembly elections and the recent MCD polls. Hundreds of its workers today demonstrated outside the Election Commission headquarters demanding that voter- verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT)-equipped EVMs be used in future elections. “Why is it that all the technical defects in EVMs that have come to light recently, say in Bhind or Dholpur, favoured only the BJP?” Bhardwaj asked. The AAP is deputing Bhardwaj along with two technical experts at the meeting called by the EC tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP candidates will lose deposits if they don’t fulfil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly elected BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa today sought to corner the Aam Aadmi Party over the “EVM manipulation” issue. Sirsa, who won the Rajouri Garden bypoll last month, said if AAP does not fulfil its pre-poll promises, its candidates will lose their security deposits in every election. “In run up to the Assembly elections, they (AAP) had promised to install 15 lakh CCTV cameras across the city. They had also promised to provide employment to youths and to construct 550 schools in Delhi. “AAP’s candidates will lose elections and even their security deposits if party does not fulfil its promises,” Sirsa said while participating in a discussion over the alleged EVM manipulation during a day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly. Sirsa said AAP had won 67 seats in the Assembly polls through these EVMs and now they are questioning the credibility of electronic voting machines. “The Aam Aadmi Party had also promised to bring Jan Lokpal before the Assembly polls, but what happened all know,” the MLA said. In the Assembly today, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj staged a “live demonstration” on how electronic voting machines can be programmed to favour any political party. Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding in a “secret code”. The Election Commission, which maintains that EVMs cannot be programmed to favour any party, did not officially react. However, sources said the machine “did not” seem to be among the ones that are used during elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP "rigs" EVM in Delhi assembly, EC calls it "duplicate"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid an intense debate on whether EVMs were tamper-proof, the AAP today “demonstrated” in the state Assembly how the vote machines could be rigged, a claim trashed by the Election Commission, which said a “duplicate” gadget was hacked. Participating in a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj dramatically claimed a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. Using what his party claimed was a “prototype EVM” developed by “a group of IITians”, Bhardwaj, himself an engineer, showed how it could be tampered with to favour a particular candidate. After entering a “secret code”, Bhardwaj pressed 10 votes for the AAP but the display panel of the machine showed the votes went to the BJP. “We are not making baseless allegations on EVM manipulation. With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked,” Bhardwaj claimed. “EVM manipulation is a very serious issue. It is a danger to the democracy of the country. There is no machine in the world which cannot be hacked,” he said. After a string of electotral reverses, including the recent ones in Goa, Punjab and the latest in Delhi municipal elections, the AAP has been insisting on scrapping EVMs and going back to ballot papers. The Election Commission, however, rejected the claim of the Aam Aadmi Party that its EVMs can be tampered with, saying the machine hacked in the Delhi assembly was a “look-alike” gadget and not the actual equipment used by it. “It is common sense that gadgets other than ECI-EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI-EVMs will behave in the same manner because they are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol,” the Commission said in a statement. The “so-called” demonstration on “extraneous and duplicate gadgets” which are not owned by the EC “cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process,” it added. BJP called the hack “demonstration” a “drama”. “It was a drama enacted by the AAP to divert attention of the public from the allegations of bribery and forgery in donations received by it,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said. Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”. Bhardwaj, who represents Greater Kailash constituency, claimed being an engineer he had extensively worked in that area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with. The AAP’s attempt to whip up the EVM issue in the state Assembly where it has 66 of the 70 seats, comes at a time when the party is in the eye of a political firestorm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain. Mishra, who was suspended from AAP’s primary membership yesterday, mocked the exercise, saying the party should stop living in “denial” mode and accept the fact that people do not vote for Kejriwal anymore. Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the AAP’s poll debacles have something to do with tampering of EVMs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP hacked ‘look-alike’ gadget, says EC; give us your EVMs, challenges Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Election Commission today rejected the claim of the Aam Aadmi Party that its EVMs can be hacked, saying the machine hacked in the Delhi assembly was a “look-alike” gadget and not an actual equipment used by it.”It is common sense that gadgets other than ECI-EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that ECI-EVMs will behave in the same manner because they are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol,” the Commission said in a statement. The “so-called” demonstration on “extraneous and duplicate gadgets” which are not owned by the EC “cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process, it added.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today dared the Election Commission to provide an EVM to the AAP, claiming it can be tampered with in 90 seconds flat. During a day-long special sitting of the Delhi Assembly today, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj put on a “live demonstration” on how electronic voting machines can be programmed to favour any political party.
ALSO READ #EVMHacking: Here’s why AAP chose the Delhi Assembly “He (Bhardwaj) showed how easy it is to hack EVMs and it is being done on a massive scale. It is dangerous for the democracy and the country, and people should raise their voice against it. “The ECI can give us its machines, we will show how to hack it in 90 seconds by merely changing its motherboard,” Kejriwal told reporters outside the assembly. Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”.Political reactions:
ALSO READ Here’s how AAP ‘hacked’ into a dummy EVM machineThe AAP today “demonstrated” ways to “rig EVMs” in the Delhi Assembly, which the BJP said was an attempt to divert attention from charges of “bribery” against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.The AAP’s attempt to whip up the issue comes at a time the party is in the eye of a political firestorm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain. On his part, Mishra, who was suspended from AAP’s primary membership yesterday, mocked it saying the party should stop living in “denial” and accept the fact that people do not vote for Kejriwal anymore.
ALSO READ Kapil Mishra on EVM demo: Just a tactic to shift people’s focusParticipating in a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. He demonstrated how it can be done using, what party sources said was, a “prototype EVM” developed by a “a group of IITians”.Interestingly, leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Janata Dal (United) and the Rastriya Janata Dal were present on the gallery of the House when Bhardwaj staged the demonstration. Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”. Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with.After entering a “secret code”, Bhardwaj pressed 10 votes for the AAP in the machine used for the purpose of demonstration. Later, in the display panel, it turned out that the votes went to the BJP. “We are not making baseless allegations on EVM manipulation. With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked,” Bhardwaj said.”EVM manipulation is a very serious issue. It is a danger to the democracy of the country. There is no machine in the world which cannot be hacked,” the AAP MLA claimed. Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the AAP’s poll debacles have something to do with tampering of EVMs. The issue threatened to split the party with a section refusing to toe the line taken by him.

BJP demands AAP’s derecognition over ‘fudging’ donation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today demanded that the Election Commission of India derecognise the Aam Admi Party for allegedly providing “wrong information” to various authorities about donations received by it. A delegation of the Delhi unit of the BJP led by Tiwari today met Election Commissioners A K Joti and Om Prakash Rawat, and submitted a complaint against AAP. Based on a report by a TV channel, the BJP alleged there were dissimilarities in the figures which Delhi’s ruling party gave about donations received by it to the Election Commission and the Income Tax department, and what was put out on its website. “We have submitted a complaint to the Election Commission about wrong information provided by the AAP with regard to funds its received, and sought derecognition of the party. This is a big offence,” Tiwari said after meeting the election commissioners. He also claimed the AAP was trying to “divert” public attention from the issue by alleging manipulation of EVMs by the BJP to rig elections. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, in a live demonstration at Delhi Assembly today, alleged that anyone knowing the ‘secret code’ can easily tamper with EVMs. The code, he claimed, can be fed into a machine while casting vote. “They are trying to divert attention from the funds issue. They can not do so, they have lied to the Election Commission. Now, they should reply to questions being raised over funds received by them and other corruption charges,” he said. Tiwari alleged “gross discrepancies” in donations shown by the AAP. “There are gross discrepancies in the figures AAP submitted to the EC, the Income Tax department, and what it put on its website,” Tiwari said. The top EC officials maintained the complaint was “very serious” and would be acted upon, Tiwari said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Live demo of EVM ‘tampering’ by AAP; BJP says ‘drama’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP today “demonstrated” ways to “rig EVMs” in the Delhi Assembly, which the BJP said was an attempt to divert attention from charges of “bribery” against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP’s attempt to whip up the issue comes at a time the party is in the eye of a political firestorm over its sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain. On his part, Mishra, who was suspended from AAP’s primary membership yesterday, mocked it saying the party should stop living in “denial” and accept the fact that people do not vote for Kejriwal anymore. Participating in a discussion on the issue during the day-long special session of the Delhi Assembly, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj claimed that a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. He demonstrated how it can be done using, what party sources said was, a “prototype EVM” developed by a “a group of IITians”. The Election Commission, which maintains that EVMs cannot be programmed to favour any party, did not officially react. However, sources said the machine “did not” seem to be among the ones that are used during elections. “It was a drama enacted by the AAP to divert attention of the public from the allegations of bribery and forgery in funding,” Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said. Interestingly, leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Janata Dal (United) and the Rastriya Janata Dal were present on the gallery of the House when Bhardwaj staged the demonstration. Before Bhardwaj’s demonstration, Kejriwal tweeted, “Saurabh Bhardwaj will reveal the truth behind a big conspiracy in the country. Satyameva Jayate”. Bhardwaj, who represents the Greater Kailash constituency, claimed that in his capacity as an engineer, he had extensively worked in this area and was aware of how the machines can be fiddled with. After entering a “secret code”, Bhardwaj pressed 10 votes for the AAP in the machine used for the purpose of demonstration. Later, in the display panel, it turned out that the votes went to the BJP. “We are not making baseless allegations on EVM manipulation. With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked,” Bhardwaj said. “EVM manipulation is a very serious issue. It is a danger to the democracy of the country. There is no machine in the world which cannot be hacked,” the AAP MLA claimed. Kejriwal has repeatedly claimed that the AAP’s poll debacles have something to do with tampering of EVMs. The issue threatened to split the party with a section refusing to toe the line taken by him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Only three days needed to hack EVMs across Delhi, says Sisodia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) confidently said on Tuesday that it needed just three days to hack all Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) across Delhi. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said no government in power other than the AAP has shown the courage to question the authenticity of EVMs. ?We can hack EVMs across Delhi in three days,? Sisodia boisterously said during a special session of the Delhi Assembly. ?The base of our democracy is the electoral process. I wish we were wrong on this tampering issue? This is not your machine versus my machine, but the concern is that the democracy is in danger today. We, even in power, raised this issue, because it is not about three or five years, but about democracy,? he further said. Sisodia praised AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj?s exposure, which he did by conducting a mock poll and exhibiting how rigging can take place. ?Saurabh Bharadwaj?s exposure today has laid down the brick of a very strong foundation of India?s democracy. The coming generations will remember this,? he said. Responding to the Election Commission’s dismissal of the EVMs being tampered with, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the former should provide their own EVMs. “I would ask the EC to give us their EVMs, if it is not tampered. We can change the motherboard in 90 seconds,” he said. Soon after a demonstration of the EVM tampering was conducted by Saurabh Bharadwaj during the special day-long session of the Delhi Assembly today, Kejriwal alleged tampering of EVMs poses a real ‘threat’ to the country. “Saurabh is a computer engineer who has worked with chips in the past, and today, he has shown how easily the EVM can be rigged. This is a serious threat to democracy. Citizens in unison should raise their voices against this,” he added, while defending Bharadwaj. Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the AAP earlier today gave a full demonstration on how EVMs can be rigged. Conducting a mock poll on an EVM machine, Bharadwaj demonstrated how despite giving two votes each to various parties; the final count showed that votes of some parties had been transferred to one party. He said this was possible with a secret code that is assigned to every constituency. Bharadwaj claimed that before voting begins, election officials show that everything is done fairly, but after 10 a.m., they activate a code, which ensures that all votes go to a particular candidate. “All it takes to rig an EVM is to change the motherboard. All it takes is 90 seconds. It’s outrageous,” Bharadwaj said, explaining that a “manipulator” enters the polling booth early into voting and enters a unique secret code that ensures that all voters polled thereafter go to a selected candidate. Meanwhile, the EC while defending their stance on the matter said the AAP demonstrated in the Delhi Assembly on a prototype EVM and not on the EC’s EVM, sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kapil Mishra on EVM demo: Just a tactic to shift people’s focus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Even as a special session of the Delhi Assembly was convened to discuss allegations of rigging of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra on Tuesday said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was adopting this tactic to shift the people’s attention from the corruption charges levelled against him.”When MCD poll results were announced I had said that we did not lose because of EVM machines. This is just a tactic to shift people’s focus,” Mishra said.Also Read: EC rejects AAP’s dummy EVM exercise”First, tell me the reason we lost? Is it because of the EVMs or the water. Till now he doesn’t know the reason.. Just because he is unable to win elections, he is going against democracy and the whole electoral process,” he added. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Vijender Gupta, who was marshalled out of the assembly today said, “Why is he demonstrating inside the building. He should have done in the public domain. He is just finding excuses to shift focus away from corruption charges. He should have demonstrated this in front of the election commission.”Earlier AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj gave a live demo in the Delhi Assembly on the ways EVMs can be rigged. Bharadwaj explained how different parts of an EVM work and then conducted a mock poll on a voting machine he had carried in to the assembly. The test was conducted on a machine “similar” to an EVM and not an original EVM, he clarified.

Bank loan fraud: ED arrests man from Delhi airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate today arrested a man from the Delhi airport here in connection with a money laundering probe emerging from a bank loan fraud case. The agency said it arrested Pandit Saurabh of “Sky Light Limited Hong Kong” after he arrived here from Dubai. Officials said he was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They said Saurabh, the director of the said firm, was wanted in a loan fraud case against IndusInd bank in Mumbai.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF company commander killed in Sukma Naxal ambush

The names of the others, all belonging to the ‘Delta’ company of the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), are:
Sub-Inspector K K Das, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Sanjay Kumar, Rameswar Lal, Naresh Kumar, Head Constables Surender Kumar, Banna Ram, L P Singh, Naresh Yadav, Padmanabhanand and Ram Mehar, Constables Saurabh Kumar, Abhay Mishra, Banmali Ram, N P Sonkar, K K Pandey, Vinay Chandra Burman, P Alagupandi, Abhay Kumar, N Senthil Kumar, N Thirumurgan, Ranjit Kumar, Ashish Singh, Manoj Kumar and Anup Karmakar. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inspector Raghubir Singh, the commander of the 99-member CRPF company which was attacked by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district today was among the 25 personnel killed in the deadly ambush. The names of the others, all belonging to the ‘Delta’ company of the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), are: Sub-Inspector K K Das, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Sanjay Kumar, Rameswar Lal, Naresh Kumar, Head Constables Surender Kumar, Banna Ram, L P Singh, Naresh Yadav, Padmanabhanand and Ram Mehar, Constables Saurabh Kumar, Abhay Mishra, Banmali Ram, N P Sonkar, K K Pandey, Vinay Chandra Burman, P Alagupandi, Abhay Kumar, N Senthil Kumar, N Thirumurgan, Ranjit Kumar, Ashish Singh, Manoj Kumar and Anup Karmakar. The six injured have been identified as ASI R Chembram, Constables Mahender Singh, Jitender Kumar, Sher Mohammed, Lachhu Oraon and Sonawane Eashwar Suresh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 arrested after being assaulted for transporting buffaloes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men, who were allegedly roughed up by members of an animal rights group in Kalkaji area last night for transporting buffaloes in a truck, have been arrested for inhumane transportation of animals. Following the incident, two FIRs were filed — one against the three men transporting cattle and another against those who assaulted them. The trio have been booked for mischief by killing or maiming cattle and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as they were carrying more number of animals in a truck than rules permit. The men had legal transit papers for transporting the animals. The second case of voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint was registered against members of the People For Animals (PFA), according to police officers. As per the complaint filed by those transporting the cattle, the unidentified assailants were members of the PFA – an NGO founded and chaired by Union minister Maneka Gandhi. However, the animal rights body has denied any association with the incident. According to the police, they received a PCR call last night from Gaurav Gupta, an animal rights activist and member of the PFA, claiming that buffaloes were being transported illegally to Ghazipur. Later, a few animal rights activists arrived in three cars with PFA stickers and intercepted the truck, police sources added. These activists, led by Gupta, then allegedly roughed up the occupants of the truck. A medical examination of the injured — Rizwan, Ashu and Kaamil — was carried out and the truck carrying buffaloes was seized by the police. Gaurav Gupta’s brother, Saurabh Gupta, who was also at the spot, said, “One of our PFA colleagues, Vandana Sharma, saw the truck carrying buffaloes and intercepted it. After which my brother, Gaurav, called the police control room to inform them about it. We reached the spot much later.” There was already a huge crowd and some people beat up the trio,” he said denying their involvement in the assault. “Is there any visual evidence that we assaulted anyone?” Saurabh Gupta asked. He said that he has been associated with the PFA for nearly 12 years, but the NGO can’t be held accountable for his actions. “If there is any wrongdoing on my part I will take full responsibility for that. The PFA cannot be held accountable for that,” he said. Maneka Gandhi’s office, too, sought to deny any link between the incident and the PFA’s activities. “We have no PFA unit in Delhi. We have 10,000 volunteers across the country. Whoever acted did so in his individual capacity,” Gandhi’s office said. Gandhi’s office also shared a letter from the PFA issued last year to Gaurav Gupta warning him against taking law and order in his hand in cases of animals being treated cruelly. The letter also says that Gupta is not authorised to “trespass” or “seize animals/goods” from any individual. “Any acts committed by you in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act will be deemed to have been done in your personal capacity,” the letter written by Gauri Maulekhi, Trustee, the PFA said, after several similar incidents in the past. Maulekhi told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Can someone save this 5-year-old boy from Hunter syndrome?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tugging at the shirt of his father, he insists on having an ice cream. Just like other kids of his age. The very next moment, his eyes light up for the Fanta being served to others, but he can’t have it. Jumping around on and off his sofa, still hanging on to the promise of ice cream and savouries the father has promised. Shaurya Singh’s childlike wishes belie the pain he is going through.The 5-year-old suffers from a rare genetic disease called Hunter syndrome, which is gradually rendering him immobile. More tragic is that the country’s premier medical institute – the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) – has also given up on any hope of saving the child, and with annual medical expenses running into Rs 1.86 crore, his middle class family doesn’t see any ray of hope.Shaurya was two-and-a-half-year-old when he was diagnosed with this rare genetic disorder – Hunter Syndrome, mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II). In common language, it can be termed as a lysosomal storage disease caused by a deficient (or absent) enzyme iduronate-2-sulfatase (I2S).“Due to his constant chest infection, the doctor has asked us to put an oxygen mask on him 24X7, which costs around Rs 86,000. We have travelled to Delhi over two dozen times since the detection of this disease in August 2014. I work at a private firm and my wife is a homemaker. My salary is Rs 40,000 a month and more than half of it goes on travel and his medication,” said Saurabh Singh, his father.According to Saurabh, “data provided by an NGO showed that 78 children in India are affected by this disease.”For this surgery also, he has to arrange funds. Vibha Singh, the child’s mother is herself battling a wounded toe finger after an accident and since the injury is grave, most likely her finger will have to be cut. Limping in the house, corner to corner, and attending to her six-month-old daughter, Vibha has all ears to her son, who is asking her to pamper with momos.She holds a glass of cold drink just to please his son and divert his mind as she knows he can’t eat that. “The disease make your joints stiff, and, hence, he needs to undergo physiotherapy sessions every day evening, which costs them Rs 200 an hour. To cut down costs and cuddle with her son, she has now mastered the art on her own. He goes to a playschool but we have to be constantly alert as the school can call us anytime due to his condition,” added Vibha. The spirit and hope of the family to save their child can put anyone into shape.“He doesn’t know what is the problem or if he has a disease. Every time we go to the hospital, we tell him that sui (injection) will be put to us but in the end he cries as he knows he will get it,” adds Saurabh.Saurabh has left no stone unturned, no door unknocked to raise funds for his child — from Members of Parliament to the Chief Minister of his state (Jharkhand) to the Prime Minister and the President, he has written letters and made personal visits. Apart from this, he has tagged celebrities and sports stars on social media platform. The couple thought something was amiss when Shaurya was two-and-a-half-year-old and had a bigger head than a normal child. The top hospitals in Ranchi, where the family hails from, and all the famous hospitals in Jharkhand, including Tata hospitals, could not detect the disease despite being well equipped. “Someone informed me about CMC Vellore, and, in March 2014, I went there and they carried out tests and detected it. The test results in the country take time to come and I missed getting charitable treatment for him. Shire, the pharmaceutical company which makes the medicine had, in 2014, started a charitable programme under which they supplied medicines to a child for free, but by the time the diagnosis and tests results came, the programme was over. “I want to save my child. Even if my entire family sells all assets, we can’t even make Rs 50 lakh, forget a crore. People donate so much to charitable organisations, if someone could just save my son,” hopes Saurabh.

Maharashtra: Inter-state racket of medical college admission busted, five held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Economic offense Wing (EoW) of Navi Mumbai police arrested five persons and busted an inter-state gang who cheated several aspirants seeking admission in medical colleges in Navi Mumbai and other states. The gang had committed the crime in an organised way and had even opened an office ‘The Aspiration’ at Sanpada railway station complex where they had hired a dozen of workers.Police said that a few members of the gang are MBA and had even worked in call centre and they used to cheat people to live a lavish lifestyle. They were arrested from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. A total 12 persons were involved in the crime and seven of them are still at large. Arrested have been identified as Abhisekh Ashutosh Jha, 25, Saurabh Singh, 24, Gaurav Singh, 26,, they are resident of Meera Road in Mumbai and Sushil Verma, 30, a resident of Rajasthan and Hemndra Sarcar, 31 a resident of Delhi. Saurabh was out from Ujjain jail last year in similar cheating case.Shivaji Awte, senior police inspector of EoW said that they had cheated at least 17 aspiring students to the tune of Rs3,01,00,000. Only Rs10.43 lakh was left in their office bank account when police seized it. He added that arrested accused claimed that they spent all these money for a lavish lifestyle. They even spent Rs7 lakh in a single night in a dance bar. A few parents had lodged complaint at Sanpada police in September last week after the gang which were operating from an office in Sanapada station complex fled with money. They had promised aspiring students admission in well known colleges in Navi Mumbai and other states under management quota and had taken money in the range of Rs20 lakh to Rs40 lakh through cash, online transfer and even through cheque.They had asked students to come at their office on September 23, 2016 to collect admission details. They told students that the final list of selected students through NEET was to be out on September 30 and they would get their admission confirmation a week ahead. But, when student mostly from other states like Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Assam came to collect their details on September 23, they found the office was closed. After, their repeated attempt to reach them failed, they lodged a complaint.According to police, the gang had left nothing behind to trace them as they had used all fake documents like PAN card, Adhard, Voter ID among others to get office on rent, opening bank account and even home for rent. Awte said, “They had even took all office items like furniture, computer on rent and also paid salary to all workers in time to mitigate chance of any suspect.” However, a parent had recorded a video while giving money to one of them and this led to arrest. “With the video, police searched similar face in social media which required a lot of hard work and finally, we arrested all them at a single time from four places in three states,” said Awte.Police said that they used social media to reach aspiring students. “They had posed details of admission under management quota in Facebook and asked to call. When students called, they asked them come at their office with their parents. They had even signed an agreement in Rs100 stamp paper and asked to transfer money through online like RTGS,” said Awte. Now, the EoW is looking remaining seven accused to find out how many people they have cheated. “They had admitted some students in an engineering college in Rajasthan under management quota with the consent of college and they made little money. But, in these cases no college is involved,” added Awte.

One charred to death in fire at cracker shop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was today charred to death and another severely injured after a firecracker shop caught fire here, police said. “A licenced fire cracker shop, Bholenath Crackers, caught fire due to which one person who was working at the shop was charred to death while another person, also working at the shop, sustained severe burn injuries,” said Anand Superintendent of police Saurabh Singh. The fire cracker shop caught fire apparently due to a short circuit, Singh said, adding the exact cause can only be ascertained by Forensic Science Laboratory experts. “In the morning, when someone switched on the TV inside the shop, it caused a short circuit spark after which firecrackers stored inside the shop caught fire. Soon the entire shop was engulfed in fire,” Singh said. The shop was located in a dense locality because of which at least five vehicles and a another adjoining shop were also damaged. Three two-wheelers, a car and a tempo parked near the shop also caught fire, while a hair saloon situated near the shop was partially burnt before the fire brigade officials controlled it in nearly an hour, police said. “Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and fire was brought under control in nearly an hour,” the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court allows doctor to settle assault case against Mika

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to Bollywood singer Mika Singh, a Delhi court today allowed a doctor, allegedly slapped by the singer at a concert here in 2015, to amicably settle his criminal case against the artiste. Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the plea moved by the doctor in this regard after he claimed that both the complainant and the accused did not want to pursue the matter and were ready to compound the case. According to court sources, both the singer and the doctor were present before the court during the hearing. The court had granted bail to Singh in May last year on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and one surety of like amount. The 38-year-old singer was arrested and granted bail by the police on the same day in June 2015 for assaulting Dr Shrikant, an ophthalmologist, in April 2015. The court had summoned Singh to appear before it after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the police under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of IPC. The incident had taken place at a concert organised by the Delhi Ophthalmological Society (DOS) at the Delhi Pusa Institute Mela Ground in Inderpuri in south west Delhi. Delhi Police had registered a case of causing hurt and wrongful restraint against Singh, after a video of the incident had gone viral on the social media. The doctor, posted at Ambedkar Hospital, had suffered internal injury in the left ear due to the assault, the police had said. They had said that while performing, Singh had called some from the audience on the stage. While on the state, something done by the doctor irked Singh who then allegedly slapped him and handed him over to bouncers, the police had said. Soon after the incident, the doctor’s colleagues had created a ruckus at the venue but the police immediately intervened and promised action against Singh following which an FIR was filed. Mika had defended himself claiming that the doctor was drunk and causing disruption. The doctor had in October last year withdrawn a Rs 50 lakh defamation suit against the singer in a court here after reaching a settlement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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