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Another ‘Shocker’: One killed in transformer blast

A month and a half later, after the death of nearly 22 people in a transformer blast at Khatloai in Viratnagar Tehsil area, the eyes of Jaipur Discom officers still seems to be shut. Due to JVVNL’s ignorance, frequent incidents of same nature are happening in the area. A 55-year-old woman was killed on Sunday morning due to 11 KV current in consumer’s service line at Gulab Bari village in Shahpura Tehsil area. The villagers had alleged that the power line of 11 KV was connected directly to the transformer of the single phase. This led to an accident due to the flowing current of the Hi-Tension line. The angry villagers refused to accept the body of the woman and jammed Ajitgarh-Chomu State highway. Villagers were demanding to remove transformers from the residential areas, Rs 50 lakh compensation and government jobs for the dependent. After talks with SDM (Shahpura), the situation was a bit mild and the funeral was done.As per the villagers, in the electric line of Gulab Badi village, suddenly a Hi Tension current was flowing at 7 in the morning. During this period, Suraj Devi, who was churning curd for butter in her house, got electrocuted, which burnt her severely. The victim was alone at home when the incident took place. Villagers rushed to the spot and informed the cops after which a team reached Gulab Bari and took the body to the government hospital at Shahpura. After the post-mortem, the body was handed over to the family members. Agitated locals protested and blocked the Ajitgarh-Chomu state highway near Gula Bari bus stand. The villagers staged a dharna on the road under the leadership of Kisan Parishad’s State President Harinarayan Gathala, former District Council Member Mahendra Chaudhary and Youth Congress leader Praveen Vyas. The villagers refused to take the dead body and asked for the financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh to the relatives of the deceased, a government job, removing the transformer from the residential area, including the involvement of the deceased’s family in the BPL category. Later, SDM (Shahpura) Ravi Vijay assured to forward the report of the matter to the District Collector. The villagers handed over a memorandum to the SDM in connection with the six-point demands.TWO BLASTS IN A DAYOn same day, another transformer blast occurred in the Khori village of Shahpura on Sunday morning. There was no loss of life due to as the three-phase transformer was kept in a field in Khori village, but the incident has revealed the negligence of JVVNL officials. On hearing the blast noise, the villagers got gathered. and reported the matter to JVVN officials. They have alleged that despite repeated complaints, the authorities did not change the transformer.

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Rajasthan HC sets guidelines for religious conversion

A double bench at the Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur has issued guidelines that religious conversion would be possible only after a mandatory intimation and clearance by the district collector, SDM, SDO. The guidelines were set while hearing a habeas corpus case of 22-year-old Payal aka Areefa who had converted to Islam after she married a certain Faiz Modi.This declaration of conversion was done on a ten rupee stamp paper. The court observed that merely declaring on a stamp paper that an individual is converting religion would not be considered legally valid. This guideline would remain effective till the Rajasthan Dharma Swatantraya Bill 2007, which is pending for the last 11 years, is cleared.Hearing the petition Justices GK Vyas and VK Mathur issued the guidelines. The court ordered that anyone who wants to convert will have to inform the district collector in writing. This information, including his name, address and details about the sought conversion would be displayed on the notice board at the collectorate.Once the application has been filed, after 21 days the applicant can appear before the district collector, SDM, SDO and explain reasons for the conversion. The guidelines said that objections would also be recorded. The court clarified that in case this procedure was not adopted then marriages performed after conversion would not be considered valid. The court further said that the person seeking conversion would have to confirm before the DM, SDM, SDO that he had faith in the religion he was converting to.

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UP: BJP MP threatens to make SDM’s life difficult over drive to remove encroachments

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Priyanka Singh Rawat was caught on camera threatening a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) on Tuesday over a drive against encroachments on government land in Barabanki district.”I’ll make life difficult for you in Barabanki, if people of the area and my party workers suffer any problem,” Rawat lashed out at SDM Ajay Kumar Dwivedi amidst a crowd that had gathered at the scene.Dwivedi, on the government’s directive, was vested with the responsibility of leading the drive to clear out the encroached areas in Chaila village of the district. The site also included a piece of land for a government school and a pond, which has been allegedly illegally occupied by BJP Mandal president Alok Singh.Also readBJP MP quits, claims ‘betrayal’During the drive, a squabble broke out between the department of Tehsildar Revenue Department and the locals, following which SDM Dwivedi was called to the scene.This was followed by another argument between MP Rajesh Verma and Dwivedi, which is when MP Rawat took to the scene and spewed a range of derogatory words at the SDM in retaliation.Also readBJP MP Suresh Gopi booked for forging documents to evade Motor Vehicle TaxAddressing the crowd, she also tried to instigate all to beat up Dwivedi.This is not the first time that the parliamentarian has been involved in a controversy, and has become known for her hot headedness.A few months back, Rawat threatened a police officer, and said she would ‘skin him alive’.

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Power supply to Rani Laxmi Bai memorial in PM Modi’s constituency snapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Power connection to the memorial of Rani Laxmi Bai at her birth place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary Varanasi has been discontinued. The memorial is lying unkempt without power for over a week now.The memorial caretaker H.P. Gaur said that the power department had snapped the electricity connection a week ago. “When we protested then they said who will come and visit the memorial at night,” alleged Gaur.Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi was one of the prominent warriors of 1857 mutiny. The UP Tourism department had constructed a memorial at her birth place in Kashi and the same was handed over to the Varanasi Nagar Nigam for upkeep and maintenance.When the caretaker approached the SDM of the power Department Saurabh Pathak to restore electricity, the SDM justified disconnection. “The power supply was being run illegally at the memorial so it was disconnected. The department cannot allow power supply without connection as per state government orders. We have told the caretaker to take a proper connection only then the supply will be restored,” said Pathak on disconnection.Under the integrated power development scheme in the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi, the power department is laying cables underground. “We are restoring power connections after verification of papers and ensuring that power metres are installed at the connection point,” said the SDM.“Despite the caretaker informing the Nagar Nigam authorities about snapping of power connection, no one has taken up the issue with the power department,” alleged Ram Yash, a social worker.The social worker further alleged that they had taken up the issue with the Varanasi Commissioner and the District Magistrate but no efforts were made to restore power supply. “The memorial was well illuminated and many a people used to visit it during night. But for the past one week the memorial is under the darkness and there is no one to take up the issue,” rued the social worker.

RASLA team visits care’less’ home after DNA report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following DNA exposure into mismanagement at mental asylum in Jamdoli; a team of Rajasthan state legal service authority (RASLA) visited there for consecutive two days. During its inspection, the RASLA team lead by member secretary SK Jain found many irregularities. After the first visit, the caretakers were relaxed that nothing happened but shocked to see the team again the next day.The RASLA team is likely to submit its inquiry report to the high court, which can make big revelations. The DNA had disclosed negligence and indifferent attitude of caretakers in the mental asylum. Following the DNA report, district collector had sent SDM for inspection of the care home.However, the social justice and empowerment department has not taken action against the staff rather it is keen to cover up the matter by banning mobile. It is being learnt that staff or outsiders would not be allowed to carry mobile to prevent them from taking photographs that reveals mismanagement in the care home. A similar ban has been imposed by the health department.

Alwar: District administration returns 51 bovines to Muslim family who are ‘rightful owners’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Muslim family in Alwar district is set to get back its 51 bovines, which were shifted to a cow shelter more than 10 days back, as the district administration has verified it as their rightful owner, officials said.The police had shifted the cows and calves to the Shri Krishna Gaushala Samiti in Bambora area on October 3 on a complaint by villagers that a road was blocked due to the unattended animals.The cow shelter is owned by Kishan Gupta who is associated with the BJP. Gupta said the police had gone to the cow shelter with villagers and left the animals there.The owner of the bovines, Subba Khan, was not present there at that time and when he came to know about the shifting of the animals, he approached the Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) to get them back.Following his application, the SDM sought a report on the matter, said Girdhari Lal, Circle Officer, Kishangarh Bas.He said it was verified that bovines belonged to Khan, who runs a dairy farm.SDM, Kishangarh Bas, Subhash Yadav said a release order has been issued on the basis of police verification report and animals would be handed over soon

22 HKV eateries sealed for flouting green norms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major crackdown on eateries and bars in the upscale Hauz Khas Village in south Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Saturday sealed 22 such outlets for violating environmental norms.According to the Delhi government officials, the notices for closure were issued to these establishments four months ago but despite that they continued to function, following which the decision to seal them was taken. Most of these outlets are ‘take-away’ joints, with no provision to sit and eat.The sealed outlets include popular restaurants such as the Food Factory by Lalit, The Big Burp, Chaayos, The Bombay Velwet, and The New York Slice.”Most of these outlets did not have the consent to operate (CTO) or even the consent to establish (CTE), which are mandatory for eateries operating in the city. They didn’t have clearances from fire, police, civic, health, and environment departments,” said R M Shingare, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Hauz Khas.These clearances, the SDM said, were required to ensure that there was no water or air pollution. The approaching winter also prompted the sealing action, as the air quality severely deteriorates.The sealing action was conducted under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Section 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.Meanwhile, the owners of the sealed eateries claimed that they were not served any prior notices.Down memory laneThe shops closed popular names like the Food Factory and The Bombay VelwetOfficials said the shops ignored notices issued to them four months ago

Minor’s rape: Security lapses found in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Sub-Divisional Majistrate (SDM) of Vivek Vihar has identified “major lapses” in the functioning of a private school, recognised by the civic body, in Gandhi Nagar, where a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a peon on September 9.According to the SDM’s report, “unhindered access” was given to the accused to all parts of the school. The Delhi government had ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.The report, which was submitted to Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, has now been forwarded to Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia for further action.”The accused was working for the school, though a formal appointment letter was not issued to him. His movement and of other such non-teaching employees was required to be restricted, so that they did not have any contact with the school children,” the government said in a statement, quoting the report.It also stated that the nursery classroom, where the incident allegedly took place, should have been locked after the class was over, adding that the unlocked pitch-dark room facilitated the accused.”Non-coverage of the entire school building under CCTV cameras reduced the deterrence effect. The accused had been working in the school for almost two-and-a-half years without any kind of verification and background check by the school authorities or police,” the statement read.Last week, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch of Delhi Police after Health Minister Satyendar Jain requested Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal for the same. The accused has already been arrested.NO ACTION TAKENGovernment says the magisterial probe report stated the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has not taken action against the school for undertaking classes in “unrecognised areas” of the building.

New Delhi schoolgirl rape: Magisterial inquiry ordered, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in a Shahdara school, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said .He also said that a protocol would be chalked out for all city schools to ensure the safety of students.The five-year-old was allegedly raped by a peon on the premises of the private school in Shahdara on Saturday. The accused, Vikas Kumar, was arrested last night.The incident comes close on the heels of the gruesome killing of a seven-year-old boy who had his throat slit for allegedly resisting sexual assault by a bus conductor of a Gurugram school — an incident which sent shock waves across the country.Kejriwal said such incidents won’t be tolerated.”Shameful. Won’t be tolerated. Police doing its job. Ordered magisterial enquiry. Will develop protocol 4 all schools 2 ensure children safety (sic),” he tweeted.Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot also tweeted about the incident and said that the inquiry report will be submitted in three days.”Delhi Govt orders Magisterial Enquiry headed by SDM Vivek Vihar into the rape incident of 5 year old girl of a private school in east Delhi’s Raghuwarpura near Gandhinagar.Report to be submitted by SDM within 3 days (sic),” Gahlot said.The arrested man, Vikas, had been working in the school for the last three years. Previously, he worked as a security guard there.He allegedly took the girl inside an empty classroom around noon on Saturday when he was walking in the corridors after handing over lunch boxes to teachers.The girl later complained of bleeding and pain in her private parts to her mother. She was taken to a hospital where a medical examination confirmed sexual assault.

In Madhya Pradesh, this Muslim family donates land to expand Hanuman temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare yet heartwarming incident at the helm of communal violence reported across the country, a Muslim family found peace in donating their share of land for the expansion of a Hanuman temple.Javed Ansari (34) recently donated 1,905 square feet of his land towards the expansion of Imli Wale Hanuman Mandir at village Bagwaz in the district, Sub Divisional Magistrate R B Sindoskar told PTI.”Ansari had submitted an application to donate 1,905 square feet from his land to the committee running the management of Imli Wale Hanuman Mandir. After recording the statements of Ansari and his family members, who jointly share the ownership, the land was handed over to the committee,” he added.This temple is located about one kilometer from the district headquarters on Gupteshwar road in village Bagwaz.This land would be used for the seating arrangements of devotees and the boundary wall.SDM said that the orders related to the land donation were issued on August 16.The temple committee chairman Raju Vaish said that the land was donated by Javed Ansari in consultation with his brothers Parvez, Shahnaj, Shoib and Shadab.”Now, the land is under the possession of temple committee,” he added.Meanwhile, Ansari, who donated the land, said, “I have donated this land to Hanuman Mandir to send out a message of communal harmony. I believe that such gestures will increase brotherhood between the Hindu and Muslim communities.”

Ram Rahim Verdict: No official order to Army to enter Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army has not been given any order so far to enter the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Paramjit Singh Chahal said on Saturday, even as the defiant followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh stayed put at the campus.”There is still no order for the Army to enter the campus. They are only ensuring enforcement of curfew in the area,” Chahal said.Chahal said that a high-level meeting between the Army and the state authorities was underway this afternoon.An estimated one lakh people, including women and children, were present in the sect headquarters. The Army and district authorities have been appealing through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.”Fifteen Dera followers have been arrested since last night,” police said.”We will not spare those who have taken the law in their hands. We will take strict action against then,” IG (Hisar) A S Dillo said outside the Dera headquarters.Sources said the Army was last night provided with the map of the sprawling Dera campus, which is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall.

Dera chief case verdict: Ban on vehicle movement on Aug 24, 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A two-day ban — on August 24 and 25 — has been imposed on vehicular movement on roads near Haryana’s Panchkula district court complex in view of a verdict in a sexual exploitation case against the Dera Sacha Sauda chief. “The police and the administration of Panchkula have imposed a complete ban on August 24 and 25 on the movement of vehicles on five roads adjoining the court complex,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Panchkula Ashok Kumar said here. The step has been taken in view of the verdict in a case concerning Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25, he said. The special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the judgement in the sexual exploitation case against Rahim on August 25 and the chief of the Sirsa-headquartered sect has been asked to appear in person. The DCP said that elaborate arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and ensure smooth flow of traffic in the area. Roads adjoining the district court complex and the dividing road of Sectors 1 and 2 will remain closed for two the days, he said. The dividing road of Sectors 1 and 6, the road from Old Panchkula to Tank Chowk traffic lights and Majri Chowk road under the flyover would also remain closed, the officer said. He said that people have been appealed to not use these routes and cooperate with the administration. Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula Gauri Parashar Joshi has directed the managers of all government and private guest and rest houses not to make new bookings without police verification and approval of the additional deputy commissioner. They would also make sure that the identity of the people who are already staying at these guest houses are verified by the police, she said. The deputy commissioner said that a report of the verification would be submitted to the additional deputy commissioner. Stern action would be taken against those found violating these instructions, she said. Two control rooms have been set up in view of the possibility of any “emergent” situation, Joshi said. Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) of Sirsa Bijender Singh also held a meeting with members of the peace committee and appealed to them to cooperate with the district administration in maintaining peace. There are apprehensions that some anti-social elements could disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the district in wake of the appearance of Singh in the CBI Court in Panchkula on August 25, he said. “In case of any information about the anti-social elements, they (the peace committees) will immediately inform the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Sirsa,” Singh said. SDM Fatehabad, Satbir Singh Jangu, also convened a meeting of peace committees comprising ‘sarpanch’ and ‘nambardar’ among others. While issuing directions to constitute peace committee at the village level, he asked people not to fall prey to rumours and refrain from indulging in any illegal activities. He also asked the ‘sarpanch’ and ‘nambardar’ to keep a vigil on the use of social media in their respective villages and immediately inform the district administration in case of its misuse.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Body carried on rickshaw: Dist admin holds GRP responsible

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Banda district administration here today held the Government Railway Police (GRP) responsible for the incident in which a family had to carry the body of their relative on a rickshaw for post- portem. The video of the body being carried on the rickshaw had gone viral on social media and local news channels. “Instead of arranging for an ambulance to carry the body of Ram Asrey, it was taken on a rickshaw. This was revealed in a probe carried out by SDM Sadar. Prima facie, the GRP has been found guilty,” Banda District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Woman registers FIR against husband, in-laws for dowry demand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman has registered an FIR against her husband, who is a government official in UP, and in-laws for alleged dowry torture, police said today. According to the police, the woman has alleged that her husband Arvind Kumar, SDM Bairia, brothers-in-law — Ghanshyam and Suraj Kumar and mother-in-law Chinta Devi had demanded Rs 25 lakh and a vehicle in dowry. The woman alleged that she was beaten up by her in-laws, who also “used foul language to threaten her”. “The FIR was registered late last evening and police is investigating the case,” Superintendent of Police Sujata Singh said. Police said the couple got married in 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmer dies after coming in contact with electricity cable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A farmer died after he came in contact with a live electricity cable when he was returning from his fields in the Taarganj area here, the police said today. “Suresh Kumar (45), a farmer was returning to his home with a bunch of grass late last evening, when he came in contact with an electricity cable. This resulted in his death on the spot,” SDM, Aonla, MP Singh said. Police said that the body of the deceased has been sent for postmortem.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One held for conducting sex determination test, center sealed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of health department from Sonipat, Haryana, along with police and other officials raided a diagnostic centre in Loni town here and nabbed an “unqualified” person who was allegedly conducting sex determination tests, a senior official said. According to Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Atul Kumar two doctors – Dr Adarsh (nodal officer of health department, Sonipat) and Dr Avantika – reached here upon information that a diagnostic center in Loni was determining the gender of fetuses. The Haryana officials had information that several women from their state were being referred to the diagnostic center in Loni (which falls in Uttar Pradesh), by touts, the official said. To check the veracity of the information, the team arrived here and with due permission of Ghaziabad district authorities following which a raid was conducted this morning, Kumar said. A pregnant woman was sent as a decoy customer to the ultra sound centre for sex determination, the official said. According to the SDM, a quack asked Rs fifteen thousand from the woman for finding the sex of the foetus. “As and when the lady deposited the money, the team caught him red handed, as the numbers of currency notes were already noted by the officials,” SDM Kumar said. A case has been lodged at the Loni police station against the person and also the doctor, who is the registered owner of diagnostic centre in the records of health department. Community health centre incharge of Loni Dr G P Maturia has confirmed the incident. The diagnostic centre has been sealed, officials said. SDM added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong MLA from Dhar district alleges `threat to life’ from SDM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MLA from Kukshi in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, Surendra Singh Baghel, has alleged that there is a threat to his life from a sub divisional magistrate (SDM). Baghel, in a complaint lodged with Nisarpur police yesterday night, said he could be targeted as he was highlighting discrepancies in the rehabilitation of the people displaced due to the Sardar Sarovar Dam project. “My life is under threat from SDM Rishabh Gupta, who has been apathetic to the rehabilitation of displaced people,” Baghel said. The SDM dismissed the allegation saying he was posted to the district only recently. “I was posted here only six months ago. I fail to understand why this complaint was made. He is a public representative. I don’t want to comment on this issue,” Gupta said. Sub Divisional Officer of Police Aishwary Shastri said the MLA has already been provided with a personal security officer. “More security will be provided if required,” Shastri added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guns fall silent along LoC, migrant numbers in relief camps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Guns have been silent along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir for the last 24 hours even as the number of border residents fleeing their homes for relief camps to escape Pakistani firing has gone up to 3,361. “There has been no firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army in over 24 hours. An eerie silence is prevailing along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri district,” a senior Army officer said. There is still tension among border residents in the twin districts over the sudden firing by Pakistani troops. On the night of June 16, Pakistan had violated ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, killing an Indian Army jawan. Naik Bakhtawar Singh who was injured in shelling in Naushera sector, succumbed to his wounds while being evacuated to military hospital. There have been six ceasefire violations in the past three days along the LoC and the IB in Jammu region. Since June 1, there have been a total of 17 ceasefire violations in which one civilian was killed and seven others were injured. Two Pakistani soldiers were on Wednesday killed in retaliatory fire by the Indian Army after they targeted forward posts and civilians areas along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts. There were 2 ceasefire violation on July 15, three each on June 14 and 12, one on June 13, four on June 11 and one on June 10. “In view the intermittent ceasefire violations in Nowshera sector, the number migrants in various relief camps has increased in last one week. More migrants have come. There are 839 families, comprising 3,361 persons, living in relief camps set up by the district administration,” Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. He said these include 1,053 men, 1,049 women and 1,259 children from villages Sarya, Khamba, Anwas-Bhandar, Bhawani and Kanet. Thousands of people affected by cross-border firing in areas of Lam, Laroka, Pukherni are still living in their villages where the district administration makes frequently reaches out to them to address their problems. Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nowshera Harbans Lal and Tehsildar Reyaz Hussain along with camp officers, including the block development officers of Nowshera and Qila Darhal, are making arrangements at all the five camps and monitoring provisions and essential services round the clock. Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, visited the forward areas in Nowshera and Manjakote and said a large number of migrants have been living in camps for nearly 40 days now and it is a challenge for the administration to provide them basic services. However, teams of officers are putting in their best efforts to run the camps smoothly, he said. He said a detailed exercise has been held for initiating construction of individual bunkers through community involvement. He appreciated the cooperation extended by the village committees for smooth management of camps and for providing basic amenities. Joint teams of departments have also assessed the losses suffered by them including crops, livestock, houses and schools. “Relief has been provided to such families. A meeting has also been scheduled for June 22 for providing ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of the deceased and to those injured in addition to the cash relief already provided,” he said. SDM Nowshera has initiated a number of measures at relief camps which include sports activities and competitions, informal education and social exercises.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dalit women in UP’s Saharanpur announce embracing Buddhism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of over 100 Dalit women here today announced embracing Buddhism, alleging police excesses on the community. The women had gathered in Rampur Maniharan area where they staged a demonstration for over two hours demanding release of Bhim army workers who have been arrested in connection with the recent inter-caste violence in Shabbirpur village. Later the protesting women assembled at Rajbaahe culvert holding pictures of Hindu deities which they immersed in water and announced embracing Buddhism, officials said. “These women have alleged that the police is harassing the Dalits,” sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Rakesh Kumar Gupta said. The women also handed over a memorandum, addressed to the President, of their demands to the district administration, according to Gupta. Proper security was in place in view of the protest, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Foundation stone laid for Yamuna Expressway’s Jewar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh today laid the foundation stone for an interchange on the Yamuna Expressway, which officials said will reduce traffic congestion once completed. Though it has been projected that construction of the Jewar interchange will be completed in 18 months, the company engaged in the project hopes to get it done in nine months, he said. “The state government has issued directions for an additional payment of 64.7 per cent compensation as demanded by farmers,” the MLA from Jewar said. He said in the next two years the infrastructure in Jewar will improve. Singh said during the elections he had promised to reduce traffic woes of Jewar and in this direction he had “got the interchange approved from state government”. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s additional chief executive officer, Amarnath Upadhyay, and Jewar SDM Shubhi Kakan among others were present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghaziabad: 58 protesting farmers held, villagers block highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifty-eight farmers were arrested after they clashed with the police during a protest demanding compensation for their lands which were acquired for an affordable housing project, following which villagers blocked the Delhi-Saharanpur highway. SDM Loni Prem Singh Ranjan today said that the farmers had yesterday gheraod the area where construction vehicles were levelling the land for Avas Vikas housing scheme. The farmers were demanding compensation of their acquired lands and were asking authorities to revise the rates. The administration tried to mediate but the farmers stuck to their stand following which the authorities warned them that police would use force if they do not leave the area. The police used mild lathi-charge to disperse the crowd and the irate villagers resorted to stone-pelting. They also damaged a police vehicle. The police arrested 58 farmers for taking the law in their hands and for obstructing government work. On getting information about the same, locals from five villages, who were agitating for compensation, gathered on the Delhi-Saharanpur highway and blocked it for at least one hour. District Magistrate Ministhy S and Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh reached the spot and calmed the agitators, assuring them about the release of those arrested. The farmers were released on personal bonds later last night. The SDM claimed that the villagers were being misguided by farmer leader Manveer Singh Teotia who had spearhead the Bhatta Parsaul land acquisition protest in Greater Noida. Teotia’s entry in Ghaziabad district has been banned. The administration would move court to get his bails cancelled and he would be booked under the National Security Act, the SDM said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PhD scholar’s family alleges in-laws troubled her for dowry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family members of the 27- year-old PhD scholar, who allegedly committed suicide at IIT- Delhi, have alleged that her in-laws used to trouble her. Manjula Devak, a PhD student in water resources, was found hanging at her flat around 7.38 PM yesterday. While no suicide note was found from the flat, Devak’s family alleged that her in-laws were not in favour of her pursuing higher studies, police said. They also accused her in-laws of demanding dowry, police added. Her family members have recorded their statement in front of a sub-divisional magistrate. Davak had got married in 2013 and her husband and in-laws stay in Bhopal. Her friends also recorded their statement in front of the SDM. Police have seized her laptop and are scanning her calls detail records.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghaziabad DM suspends ‘delinquent’ ANM of PHC over

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>District Magistrate Ministhy S has ordered to suspend one auxiliary nurse midwife and awarded adverse entry to the in-charge of primary health centre (PHC) of Bandipur village of Murad Nagar town. The action was taken after a surprise visit to the PHC by Modi Nagar sub divisional magistrate Atul Kumar. DM Ministhy said the SDM, who was instructed to inspect the PHC, found that all the PHC employees were absent and the patient’s waiting room was overstuffed with wheat husk and fuel cakes. Taking cognizance of the SDM’s report, she immediately ordered the CMO, Dr Ajay Agarwal, to take action against the negligent employees. She further said such surprise checks will continue in the district to improve the medical services. “All the delinquent employees will be put to task in future also,” the DM added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gasleak: HC stays SDM order against entry of containers in ICD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today stayed a sub-divisional magistrate’s (SDM) order directing that no fresh containers be allowed at the Tughlakabad container depot here, from where a chemical gas leak had recently led to 450 girl students being hospitalised. Justice Ashutosh Kumar also put on hold the south-east district SDM’s direction issued today that all the containers stored at the site be released in a phased manner. The court’s order came on a plea by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR), which operates the Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Tughlakabad, challenging the SDM’s directions that were issued today. CONCOR, represented by Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand and advocate Snidha Mehra, argued before the court that lot of containers are inbound to the depot from various places and stopping them mid-way would cause logistic problems and chaos. The court issued notice to the Delhi government, represented by its senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, and sought its reply to CONCOR’s plea before May 11, the next date of hearing. It also asked the ICD to give details of the number of containers at the site and the contents of the same on the next date. The SDM’s directive came after Delhi government had ordered a magisterial probe into the May 6 incident when around 450 girl students of a nearby school were hospitalised after toxic fumes spread due to a chemical leakage at the container depot. The SDM in his order passed today has also directed removal of all material — all obnoxious chemical or gas, any explosive material and any other material which could cause a health hazard to the public in the vicinity. He has asked the authorities to immediately submit a disaster management plan to mitigate any emergency that may occur. The SDM has also asked CONCOR to file an undertaking that no container having obnoxious chemical or gas or explosive, which may lead to any disaster, would be allowed at the site.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Material for fire cracker causes explosion in house, 1 killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 70-year-old woman was killed today in an explosion inside a house here which was reportedly caused by some material used in making firecrackers, police said. The impact was such that the roof of the house collapsed and the landlord also suffered serious injuries, they said. Phool Singh (60) and Kashmiri Devi got burried under the rubble of the collapsed ceiling, said Pushpraj Singh, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM). The SDM said a probe has been launched in the case and t would be verified if the occupants of the house had a licence for making fire crackers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chg: Real estate firm and its directors booked in land ‘scam’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police yesterday registered a case against a real estate company in the district and its two directors for alleged irregularities in procuring 300 acres of land of tribals in Kunkuni village during 2009-15, an official said today. “Saptarishi Infra Tech Estate, its two directors Santosh Gautam and Manish Bansaiyya and other (land) buyers, were booked last evening on the charges of forgery and benami property transactions in Kunkuni village under Kharsia police station limits of the district,” Kharsia Station House Officer (SHO) KL Nand said. The case was registered on the basis of a report filed by the Kharasia Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Durgesh Verma on April 10, he said. “As per the SDM’s report, the company and its directors had procured around 300 acres of the land from 14 tribals in Kunkuni village through forged documents as part of a conspiracy, between 2009 and 2015,” Nand said, adding that district Collector had formed a committee to probe the benami sale of land in the area in 2015. The company and its two Bilaspur-based partners Gautam and Bansaiyya were booked, along with others, under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security or a will), 471 (using a forged document as genuine) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and as per provisions of Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, the SHO said, adding that further probe is on. He said that police have yet to make any arrest in connection with the case. No official of the company could be contacted for reaction. Last year, a tribal farmer, identified as Jailal Rathiya, had filed a petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court in connection with the ‘scam’. However, he died allegedly in suspicious conditions in March this year, following which the opposition Congress demanded a high level-probe into the matter. The state unit Congress president Bhupesh Baghel and the Congress MLA from Kharsia seat Umesh Patel had raised the issue in the state Assembly and demanded a probe into the alleged benami sale and purchase of tribals’ land in Kunkuni.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghaziabad dist admin issues show-cause notices to 18 schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ghaziabad district administration has served show-cause notices to 18 schools here and sought an explanation to the hike in fee. The committee looking into the matter issued the notices two days ago following a meeting called by ADM Finance Rajesh Yadav, which was attended by representatives of the schools and several parents’ associations. The schools have been given 20 days to give their explanation. Till then no school will charge annual fee, District Magistrate Nidhi Kesarwani said. The committee has also asked the schools to explain why they were levying the annual charges, officials said. If their replies are not found justified, annual charges will be waived. Permission of taking annual charges from parents are not mentioned in the NOC of the district administration or CBSE, Kesarwani said. Following protest by parents under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, SDM (Loni) Prem Singh Ranjan had issued a notice under section 133 (conditional order for removal of nuisance) of the CrPC to Salwan Public School yesterday. The SDM warned the management to decrease the escalated fee within a week or face legal action. On April 13, scores of infuriated parents staged a protest against 25 per cent hike in fee of private schools. They handed over a memorandum addressed to the district magistrate to take action against the owners of private schools. The protest was led by Shiksha Bachao Abhiyan Samiti (SBAS) and All Schools Parents Association (ASPA).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP backed nominee declared winner as Sarpanch in recounting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP supported candidate emerged victorious as Sarpanch of Khatkhari village Panchayat in recounting of paper ballots held today for the election, which he had lost to a Congress candidate four years ago. “In the recounting, Pradyumn Saket defeated Ram Karan by 29 votes. While Saket secured 830 votes, Karan got 801 ballots,” said Singrauli Tehsildar Bhagirath Bakhla. In 2013, Saket, who was backed by the BJP, lost the election of Khatkhari panchayat in Waidhan Janpad to Karan, who was supported by the Congress, by 59 ballots. Unhappy with the outcome, Saket filed a revision petition in the court of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) seeking recounting of ballot papers. The SDM, Ramsumiran Pradhan, ordered recounting of the votes on February 22 this year. Unsatisfied with the SDM’s order, Karan approached the Collector cum District Magistrate Shivnarayan Chauhan, who stayed the SDM’s order. However, on April 17, the Collector disposed off Karan’s plea and upheld the SDM’s decision. Following this, the recounting of ballot papers took place today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP : Police team carrying out checks on abattoirs attacked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mob today attacked a team of Uttar Pradesh police and some other officials carrying out the drive against illegal slaughterhouses leaving five of them injured. Giving details of the incident, Additional SP Ram Murat Yadav said the team had got information about alleged cow slaughter in the area and raided the place. But, they did not find anything and returned. As soon as the news of police action spread, people gathered pelted the police team with stones leaving five of them injured, he said. SDM Rashid Khan was also attacked and his staff suffered injuries. Police reinforcement was rushed to bring the situation under control, Yadav said, adding an inquiry has been ordered into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Take care of your old mother or face jail: SDM to two brothers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) here has directed two men to take care of their octogenarian mother in distress and bear her monthly expenses, failing which they would be sent to jail. Mukul Gupta, SDM of Govindpura area, gave the order last week, asking Rakesh Sahu (50) and his elder brother Narmada Sahu (55) to provide Rs 8000 and Rs 4,000 respectively on a monthly basis for their widowed 87-year-old mother Gyarasi Sahu’s food and other expenses. SDM is a competent authority under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents & Senior Citizens Act (MWPSCA), 2007, to adjudicate the grievances of elderly people with their children, and is empowered to send the guilty to three months jail under Section 24 of the Act, Gupta told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Subdivisional magistrate booked in cop suicide case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police has registered a case against a subdivisional magistrate in connection with suicide of a police official. Police official Brijender Singh yesterday hanged himself from a tree and left a note alleging he had been harassed by subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Damodar Gupta in whose court he was posted in Meerut division. According to circle officer Vinod Sirohi, police registered a case under section 306 IPC against Gupta following a complaint lodged by the deceased’s son Arvind Kumar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

School principal, manager held for holding protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons, including the principal and manager of a school, were arrested for blocking a road near the district hospital here, police said today. They were protesting alleging that the proper treatment was not being provided to a four-year old handicapped girl of another school. The manager and principal of a private school in Raal and two others were arrested and booked under IPC sections 186/147/353, Dy SP Jagdish Singh said. The trouble started when the school principal and manager along with over 100 children started shouting slogans against doctors of the district hospital alleging that proper treatment was not being provided to the girl of Rajkiya Shishu Sadan, who received burn injuries last Friday. According to City Magistrate Ram Araj Yadav the girl’s incident came to notice of the district administration on Saturday. “On the basis of the probe conducted by SDM Shalini Singh, the report for suspension of three staff members, including Superintendent of Shishu Sadan was sent by District Magistrate earlier to Government,” he said claiming that the best possible treatment is being given to the girl.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Illegal sand miner pulls gun, takes away his tractor seized by

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man involved in illegal sand mining allegedly threatened a security guard of a woman IAS officer at gunpoint and took away his sand-laden tractor-trolley, which she had seized at Bamitha village in the district, police said today. The incident took place yesterday afternoon, when sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sonia Meena was on inspection of illegal mining in the village. According to police, the accused identified as Arjun Singh, who is involved in illegal sand mining activities, pulled the gun on the security guard of Meena and took away the tractor-trolley full of sand that the officer had seized. “The security guard – a weaponless home guard – was escorting the seized vehicle when its owner Arjun Singh pulled a gun on him and forcibly took away the vehicle,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Rajnagar, BKS Parihar said. Following the incident, the accused has gone untraceable and police have announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 on his head. “We have announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of Arjun Singh. His arms licence has been cancelled and the tractor-trolley has been seized again,” Parihar said. A case has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and hunt is on for the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SVC summons Srinagar SDM over irregularities in distributing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State Vigilance Commission has summoned the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Srinagar to appear personally before the panel in connection with the alleged irregularities in distribution of flood relief in the state’s summer capital. SVC has directed the SDM of Srinagar to appear personally before it on February 14 in connection with alleged large scale irregularities and corruption in distribution of flood relief by revenue officials in league with some private persons, a spokesperson of the commission said. The commission had received a complaint from Hafeeza Bano of Kursoo, Padshahibagh, a widow, that her three-storied house was damaged by the floods in 2014 and she was entitled to relief. But the revenue officials abused their official power to prepare a false list of flood victims to confer undue benefit to some other people. The list was then forwarded to higher authorities for approval, she had alleged. Following the complaint, the SVC sought a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar in light of allegations levelled. The report prima facie revealed that revenue officials instead of making a proper and in-depth enquiry before making the list of flood victims and the real title and ownership of properties damaged in flood, merely relied upon superficial statements of some locals who mislead the officials in distribution of relief to undeserved families. In light of the report, the SDM concerned has been summoned by the SVC.(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 death toll in the explosion that shook Bhatinda late last evening has increased to six. The incident took place at Maur Mandi near Bhatinda near the venue of the road show of Congress leader Harminder Singh Jassi, who is contesting the upcoming polls in the state from the Maur assembly seat. The officials are still investigating the incident and have yet not ruled out terror angle. “Forensic experts who have arrived here are examining the cause of explosion and have requested MHA to send an expert team of NSG to examine so that we can know what materials were used for explosion. We are not ruling out terror angle,” DGP Suresh Arora told ANI. The explosive, as told to ANI by SDM Maur Latif Ahmed, was planted in a car at the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

58 houses gutted in massive fire in Shimla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 58 houses were gutted in a massive fire at Tangnu village in Rohroo area of Shimla, rendering around 216 persons homeless and over a dozen cattle dead, officials said today. The fire took place in village Tangnu in Chirgaon tehsil of Rohroo, 140 kms from here, late last night, SP, Shimla DW Negi said. There was no casualty, he said.The exact loss is yet to be assessed but is likely to run into crores of rupees, the officer said.Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Rohroo, Anupam Thakur said ten sheep and four cows perished in the fire and an immediate relief of Rs 40,000 has been provided to each family. The SDM also rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operations.Negi said that the cause of the fire is not known, adding that it is suspected to be triggered by short circuit.The locals put up a brave front by helping each other in the biting cold. They also assisted the administration till the wee hours today in the rescue operations and provided food and other facilities to affected families, officials said.

Himachal Pradesh: Four students who had gone for trekking, reported missing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two college students and their two friends, who had gone for trekking in Janjehali valley in Mandi district a week ago, were on Thursday stated to be missing.Navneet and Akshay of the National Institute of Technology Himarpur and their two friends have been missing since January 6, when they headed out to trek to Shikari Peak in Janjehali valley.The family of Navneet and Akshay today informed the Janjehali administration about the development.Heavy snowfall has been reported in Janjehali valley.According to police, it has sent police officials from Police Post Janjehali to locate the MBA students.A rescue team will start search operations from tomorrow, according to SDM Janjehali Ashwani Kumar.As per information received from the hostel of NIT, the students had made entries in record book that they were going home but on their Facebook account they said they had gone to trek the Shikari Peak.

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