<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At-least 27 teachers from the district have been booked for allegedly refusing to do election-related duty, police said on Saturday.The teachers refused the work of updating the Voters’ List, a senior police official said.Following complaints from tehsildars of Ralegaon, Babhulgaon and Kalamb tehsil in Ralegaon assembly seat, a case was recently registered at the respective police stations, he said.Officials from district administration said the teachers were appointed as Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to carry out the work from November 15 to 30.But 27 teachers refused to work saying it was not educational work. Since they did not turn up to work, we decided to lodge complaints at various police stations, they added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of ‘mother and child’ erected on the premises of the government medical college here over two decades ago has become a sort of veneration for people prompting authorities to ban any kind of worship in front of it. The ‘worship’ was banned as people started praying, lighting candles, mud lamps and agarbathis in front of it seeking ‘blessings’ and healing of diseases, hospital authorities said. It was just another concrete statue, put up as part of the beautification at the campus of the Government Medical College here two decades ago, they said. The rush of ‘devotees’ before the statue, located in front of the Sree Avittom Thirunal (SAT) hospital in the Medical College campus even created traffic congestion at times, hospital sources said. In view of complaints from rationalists and others, hospital authorities put up a notice board in front of the statue saying it was not meant for any worship. “It is only a concrete structure and there is no need to attach any divine power to it.No one should move towards superstitious path in connection with the statue,” a hospital statement said. The state was sculpted by Aryanad Rajendran, a former employee of the hospital as part of the beautification of the campus, according to a statement signed by the hospital superintendent put up on the notice board. “The lighting of candles, lamp and agarbathis and crowding in front of the statue is strictly banned. There is oxygen plant and intensive care units located near it,” it said. The authorities had decided to construct the statue of a mother and child as the SAT hospital is dedicated for healthcare of pregnant women and children. The 22 ft tall statue was erected in 1990.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court here has refused to reduce the maintenance amount of Rs 40,000 to two daughters from their father in a domestic violence case lodged by their mother, saying it was not high in a metropolitan city like Delhi. Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma dismissed the plea of the man, accused of cruelly treating his wife, against a magisterial court order directing him to pay the interim maintenance to his two daughters. “After going through the order passed by Metropolitan Magistrate and considering financial and economic status of the parties, the amount of interim maintenance as awarded in favour of minor daughters does not appear to me to be on a higher side especially in a metropolitan city like Delhi. “Hence, I do not find any illegality or infirmity in the impugned order calling upon any interference of this court in the exercise of its appellate powers and jurisdiction. Accordingly, the appeal as filed is dismissed being devoid of any merits,” the judge said. In his appeal, the man contended that his estranged wife was earning more than him and maintaining the children were a joint responsibility and not his alone. The woman, who is living separately with her daughters, has alleged that the man had subjected her to cruelty and sought maintenance for herself and the minor daughters. The court refused interim maintenance to the woman.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A constable was seriously injured when he was attacked by his colleague after an argument between them over work rules. Taking a strong note of the incident, police authorities have ordered a departmental probe into the matter. The incident occurred yesterday when Head Constable Nepal Singh allowed an undertrial prisoner to “sit and talk” to his family members at Sadar Bazar police station. Constable Surendra Singh objected to it, saying it was in violation of rules. This led to an argument between two policemen. Flying into a rage, Nepal hit Surendra with a blunt object, injuring him seriously. The constable was rushed to a hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. SP City Ashok Kumar today said a departmental probe has been ordered into the matter and the guilty would not be spared.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swaraj India claimed today that all its candidates for the municipal polls in Delhi have been allocated ‘whistle’ as symbol. “Despite being a registered party we were not given a common symbol earlier,” party spokesperson Anupam said, and alleged the AAP, under a “conspiracy”, got nominations of 24 of its candidates cancelled. Swaraj India had asked its candidates to choose three similar symbols — whistle, window and tractor — from the list of free symbols meant for independents and unrecognised political parties to overcome the hindrance of non-availability of common symbol. “An analysis of past elections and symbols distributed to independents and recognised parties revealed that candidates opt for symbols which which start from alphabets A-J and don’t go further. “So we asked our candidates to choose these three option with a priority on ‘whistle’. More importantly, these symbols send some message,” Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav had earlier said. The Delhi High Court had denied Swaraj India’s demand to have a common symbol for civic body polls, its maiden electoral contest. The party blames it on the AAP government saying it was “deliberately done to deny Swaraj India a level playing field”. The party has made cleanliness and environment as its main themes for the campaign.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The O Panneerselvam faction today welcomed the Election Commission rejecting AIADMK’s response on the election of V K Sasikala as its General Secretary as the letter was signed by her nephew T T V Dinakaran, saying it was their “first victory.” “This is a victory for justice. It is our first victory,” Panneerselvam aide and former minister K Pandiarajan said. The Election Commission had yesterday rejected the response of the AIADMK on the elevation of Sasikala, saying Dinakaran, who signed the letter, was not in its list of party office bearers. The EC had asked Sasikala to either sign the response herself or by an authorised signatory who is in the Commission’s list of AIADMK office bearers and send it again by March 10. “… Dinakaran (Sasikala’s nephew, who was hurriedly reinducted into the party and nominated AIADMK deputy general secretary) is not an office bearer of your party as per the Commission’s record… The reply should either be submitted under your own signature or you may duly authorise somebody to do so on your behalf,” EC had said. Sasikala is at present lodged in a Bengaluru jail. Pandiarajan, expelled from AIADMK by Sasikala along with Panneerselvam after the latter revolted against her last month, said their plea was for holding election to the post of AIADMK General Secretary by all 1.6 crore-odd primary members. “If that happens, with the monitoring of the Election Commission, it will be a first of its kind in India,” he told reporters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)