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Kamala Mills Fire: BMC sleeps while illegal restaurants mushroom in Mumbai

Despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration being aware of that the restaurants were running illegally in Kamla Mills compound, it delayed action in the name of following standard operating procedure. While F South ward of BMC delayed action against Mojo’s Bistro and 1 Above, it took action against four such pub and bars in its jurisdiction on Friday soon after the huge fire reported on the midnight of Friday.Also readKamala Mills Fire: Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam demands CBI probe or Judicial inquiryPrashant Sapkale, assistant commissioner of G South ward, who has now been transferred to K East ward said that he took action against Mojo’s Bistro in August and September following complaints of violation of open space on the terrace. “We had given three inspection reports to the owner of Mojo’s Bristo as part of the standard operating procedure (SOP) for violation of open space on the terrace and took action on August 2 and September 22,” said Sapkale.Surprisingly, the civic administration took action against Social Hotel and Sky View Cafe both located in Kamla Mills premises while Shisha Sky Lunge and Panay N Fumes in Raghuvanshi Mill compound in Lower Parel under the G South ward jurisdiction. However, while taking action against these eateries, the civic body did not follow the SoP.Also readKamala Mills Fire: Cops say no, but patrons say there were hookahsSapkale said that there are around 60 restaurants registered in its jurisdiction and 36 of them are within the Kamla Mills compound. “We have issued notices to seven rooftop restaurants in our jurisdiction and took action against six,” said Sapkale.Shockingly, the civic administration in a right to information reply, it said that it did not have information regarding action taken against various eateries that included permit bar and pubs. Even, the civic administration showed its inability to share rules and regulations regarding the permit given to serve hookah in eateries.Dinesh Vaghela, an RTI activist said that the civic administration did not provide this information as they were aware that these eateries were serving hookah. “At any place where hookah is being served, no food item can be served,” said Vaghela. He added that the civic body violated rules and regulations while granting licence under section 394 of Mumbai Municipal Act.

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‘Hawkers not allowed here’: RPF fines Dabbawalas

Dabbawalas have written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal seeking resolution of the issues they face at suburban stations after the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday fined some of them for parking their bicycles outside Grant Road station, stating that “hawkers” were not allowed outside station premises.After a stampede on Elphinstone Road foot overbridge killed 22 people on September 29, the authorities have been driving hawkers out of railway station premises across the city.According to the Mumbai Dabbawala Association, they have been treated as hawkers by the RPF at various stations, such as Kandivali, Borivali and Bhayandar, for the past few months.On Monday, the RPF confiscated eight cycles belonging to dabbawalas that were parked outside Grant Road station and asked them to cough up a fine.Subhash Talekar, spokesperson for Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said, “We have shot off a letter to the railway minister regarding the issue. Cycle is an important means of transport for us. We should not be called hawkers just because we have to park our cycles near railway stations. We keep our cycles there just for some minutes while exchanging tiffin boxes. The authorities should keep this in mind before slapping a fine on us and terming us hawkers. We request the officials to exempt us from these charges.”Earlier, three cycles from Borivali and four from Bhayandar railway station were confiscated; they belonged to dabbawalas. Talekar said this happened a few weeks ago and they had to pay a fine “but on Tuesday the court said we should be let go without being charged a fine.”

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Dhinakaran sent notice over information related to Jayalalithaa’s death

A one-man inquiry commission on the death of J Jayalalithaa has issued notice to rival AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran seeking information known to him on her hospitalisation and treatment.Jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s niece Krishnapriya, two government doctors and S Poongundran, who had served as an aide to the late chief minister, have been issued summons, commission sources said today.The panel headed by retired high court judge A Arumughaswamy had last week issued summons to Sasikala, close confidant of, and Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap C Reddy seeking information about the hospitalisation and treatment provided to her.Several people, including Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa, have already deposed before the commission.Jayalalithaa died on December 5 last year at the Apollo Hospitals here after being treated for 75 days for infection and other problems.The state government on September 25 set up the commission in the backdrop of suspicions raised by several persons, including former rebel AIADMK leader and now deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and his followers, regarding the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s death.The term of the commission which ended on December 24 has been extended by six months, the sources said, adding that the latest summons were issued yesterday.They said Dhinakaran, nephew of Sasikala, was directed to submit within a week documents and evidence in his possession in respect of Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and medical treatment till her demise.He, however, need not personally appear before the commission and if needed will be asked to do so subsequently, the sources told PTI.Poongundran has been asked to immediately furnish information related to the employees of the late leader’s Poes Garden household and their contact details.Krishnapriya, daughter of Sasikala’s brother, has been directed to appear before the commission on January 2.She had recently said a video purportedly showing Jayalalithaa in a hospital and released by Dhinakaran’s loyalist P Vetrivel, was shot by Sasikala at the request of the late leader.Krishnapriya has condemned the release of the video clip by Vetrivel on December 20.Sudha Seshayyan and Sathyabama, both doctors, reportedly privy to some information in respect of Jayalalithaa’s treatment and subsequent death, were also asked to appear during the first week of January next.The purported video of Jayalalithaa was made available to the commission by Vetrivel yesterday following summons to him, the sources added.Vetrivel has said he released the video on his own in view of suspicions being raised against Sasikala over the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa on September 22 last year.

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2008 Malegaon case: MCOCA dropped against Sadhvi Pragya and Col Purohit, to be tried under UAPA and IPC sections

Special NIA court in Mumbai has dropped MCOCA charges against Sadhvi Pragya, Col Purohit and two others in connection with the 2008 Malegaon case. However, they will be tried under UAPA section 18 and other IPC sections. Six people were killed and nearly 100 were injured in a bomb blast in Malegaon on September 29, 2008. Both Purohit and Pragya are currently out in bail and that will continue, ordered NIA Court. The next date of hearing is January 15. The court also let off three accused Shyam Sahu, Shivnarayan Kalsangra and Praveen Takalki as innocent. Malegoan case was described as Hindu terror planned by group Abhinav Bharat. Pragya and Purohit were accused of being part of the conspiracy which lead to the blast. On April 25, the Bombay High Court had granted Thakur bail on the grounds that prima facie, there was no evidence against her and thus she deserved bail. It, however, said that it was only passing an order with regard to the bail application and not on the merits of the case against her. On being granted bail by the High Court, Thakur had then filed an application before the special NIA Court seeking discharge from the case on the ground that the High Court had already given her a clean chit in its bail application order. Purohit also got bail from SC later.

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At four feet two inches, walking with a limp, ‘merchant of death’ Noor Tantray meets his inevitable fate

He was just four feet two inches tall and walked with a limp. Noor Mohammed Tantray, the Jaish-e-Mohammed commander who was gunned down today, stood out in a crowd but his mental acuity more than made up for that disadvantage, officials said.Called “merchant of death” by a special court in Delhi, Tantray was believed to be the brains behind several terror strikes, including the attack on the BSF camp outside the Srinagar airport on October 3 and on state minister Naeem Akhtar’s cavalcade in Tral on September 21 this year. The end came during the intervening night of December 25 and 26 at Samboora in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, not far from his home in Tral. The killing of the 47-year-old JeM divisional commander, who was out on parole, is a “significant blow” to the terror group’s operations in the Valley, officials said.”We had missed him only by few minutes in the past and I was sure he would run out of luck soon as his height was his biggest disadvantage. With each passing day, the search narrowed,” a senior police official, involved in the operations, said on condition of anonymity. Tantray’s limp also made it difficult for him to disappear into a crowd and police officials were sure they would be able to isolate him. After escaping from the Aripal encounter — in which three JeM militants were killed — at Tral in April this year, Tantray had been on the radar of the Special Unit of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.Also readTop Jaish-e-Mohammad commander gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir’s PulwamaTheir efforts to track him down finally bore fruit on Christmas night when he was trapped in a house and could not escape. His two other accomplices, believed to be foreign militants, managed to flee, an official said.Tantray, who spent eight years in Tihar jail, had intensified his activities since his release on parole in 2015. A close aide of Jaish commander Ghazi Baba, who masterminded the 2001 attack on Parliament, Tantray was arrested from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on August 31, 2003.He was arrested along with four others and charged with conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in various parts of the national capital. The five militants were arrested following an encounter in which two terrorists were killed. Besides arms and ammunition, police also recovered a sum of Rs 19.20 lakh from Tantray. Then special POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) judge R K Gauba words proved prophetic when Tantray emerged as the most wanted militant in the Kashmir Valley after his release from jail, an official said.He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011 in the case and shifted to Srinagar’s Central Jail in 2015 before being released on parole. His parole was extended by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court same year.While sentencing him along with others under the stringent anti-terror law in 2011, the judge had said the challenge posed by terrorism had to be met “head-on by a multi-prolonged strategy”. “India’s war against terrorism is to be waged not only by security measures but also by all organs of the state, including the judiciary which must share the responsibility of dealing with such elements with an iron hand,” he said. Terming the five “merchants of death”, the court had said the “foot soldiers of forces inimical to India and bent upon sabotaging the peace and tranquility here, besides posing a serious threat to its unity, sovereignty and integrity, have to be neutralised”.The “merchants of death” had to be locked away for the rest of their lives “…In order that they are suitably de- fanged and blunted so as to be of no further use to the enemy”, the judge had said in his seven page order. Tantray’s terror graph validated the judge’s words, said an official. Tantray is believed to have provided logistical support to JeM militants who stormed the Police Lines in Pulwama in August this year. Eight security personnel and three militants were killed in that attack. He was allegedly involved in the JeM attack on the BSF camp, outside the Srinagar International Airport, on October 3, in which one BSF officer and three militants were killed. Tantray was also found to be involved in the grenade attack on State PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar?s cavalcade in Tral on September 21

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Delhi: Diplomat Eenam Gambhir who slayed Pakistan at UN robbed off her mobile

Bike-borne men snatched the mobile of Eenam Gambhir, the first Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, police said today.The incident occurred on Saturday when Gambhir had gone for a walk in Rohini with her mother, they added. The accused snatched the phone from her on the pretext of asking for directions, the police said. Since it was evening, she could not note down the vehicle’s registration number, they said. In her complaint, the diplomat said that the accused asked her for directions to Hanuman Mandir. When she started pointing towards the temple while holding her phone, they snatched the phone and fled, the police said.Also readPak rakes up Kashmir issue at UN, India calls it ‘lonely voice from the wildernessGambhir stated that the iPhone had a US-registered SIM card and some important files related to her work, they said. In September this year, exercising India’s right to reply after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, Gambhir had made a strong rebuttal by calling Pakistan a “terroristan”.Ukrainian Ambassador Igor Polikha’s mobile phone was snatched in September while he was taking pictures of the Red Fort, following which one person was arrested. Delhi Police has registered as many as 7,870 cases of snatching this year till November 30.

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Antrix-Devas deal case: Ex-ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair granted bail by court

Former ISRO chairperson G Madhavan Nair on Saturday was granted bail by a Delhi court in the sensational Antrix-Devas deal case in which a loss of Rs 578 crore was caused to the exchequer.Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted the relief to Nair on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the same amount.During the proceedings, the CBI informed the court that two accused could not be served summons as they had settled in the US, and the process was still on to execute the summons to them.The court, meanwhile, took a strict view over the non-appearance of accused Veena S Rao, a former additional secretary in the Department of Space (DoS), on the ground that she had a meeting with the Karnataka chief minister.”She (Rao) should be careful about her decisions…Since it is her first appearance after the summons, she is exempted,” the judge said.The probe agency opposed the bail plea, saying they were high profile people and may flee if released on bail.However, except three accused, the court granted bail to the rest who appeared before it, including A Bhaskar Narayana Rao, the then director in ISRO and K R Sridhar Murthy, the then executive director of Antrix.The court had on September 16 summoned Nair and others as accused while taking cognisance of the CBI charge sheet which alleged that Nair and other officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space (DoS) wrongfully leased out S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites, to Devas Multimedia by Antrix.The cognisance of the final probe report was taken after the CBI apprised the court that it had secured the requisite sanction from the authorities concerned to prosecute the former officials of premier space organisations.The FIR was filed on March 16, 2015 against Nair and others accusing them of facilitating “wrongful” gain of Rs 578 crore to private multimedia company Devas by Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO.The probe agency had on August 11 last year filed a charge sheet against the accused, alleging they had caused a loss of Rs 578 crore to the exchequer by abusing their official position to favour a private company.The case relates to leasing of S-Band, a restricted wavelength of the INSAT satellites to deliver video, multimedia and information services to mobile receivers in vehicles and mobile phones to Devas Multimedia by Antrix.

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Bill awarding death penalty for hooch trade passed by UP Assembly

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly today passed a bill to award death penalty and life imprisonment to those dealing in spurious liquor.The UP Excise (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in the House yesterday by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna repealing the ordinance brought by the government in September in this regard was passed by a voice vote.The bill provides for death penalty, life sentence and fine to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and not less than Rs five lakh in case of death caused due to consumption of spurious liquor.It also provides for rigourous imprisonment up to 10 years and not less than six years in case of disability caused by consumption of spurious liquor and fine to the tune of Rs five lakh and not less than Rs three lakh.Earlier in September, the state government had promulgated an ordinance for amending the UP Excise Act with some cases of death and disability due to hooch being reported in the state.Also readChief Minister Yogi Adityanath amends 107-year-old law for capital punishment in hooch death cases in UPToday’s bill seeks to further strengthen the penal provisions to deal with those involved in illicit or spurious liquor.After Delhi and Gujarat, UP will be the third state where bootleggers may be sent to the gallows, if consumption of spurious liquor leads to a loss of life.Also read2 arrested in connection with Azamgarh hooch tragedyHooch tragedies take a heavy toll every year in Uttar Pradesh.In July, 17 people died in Azamgarh after they consumed spurious liquor. In 2015, 28 people were killed in a similar incident in the Malihabad area of Lucknow.The Assembly also passed UP Criminal Law Composition of Offences and Abetment of Trials (Amendment) Bill 2017.The bill pertains to abetment of certain proceedings pending before the magistrate till December 31, 2015.There are about 20,000 such pending cases.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth had yesterday announced in the House that the government will bring a bill to abolish political cases.

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Ryan School murder case: CBI opposes bail plea of 16-year-old accused

The CBI today opposed the bail plea of the 16-year-old student accused in the Ryan murder case, saying the recent Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) order to try him as an adult “speaks about his mental status and the heinous crime he committed”.The agency sought dismissal of the bail plea on the ground that the JJB had passed a very reasonable order denying statutory bail to the student, accused of killing seven-year- old Pradhuman Thakur.”The order of the court to try the accused as an adult assumes great significance in that it speaks about the mental status of the accused and the heinous crime committed by him.””The appeal filed by accused for grant of bail may please be dismissed in the interest of justice,” the agency said.Additional Sessions Judge Jasbir Singh Kundu said that he would hear the detailed arguments on January 6 on the appeal filed by the accused against an order of the JJB denying him bail.The probe agency made the submissions in a written reply to the appeal after which the court posted the matter to the next date since an adjournment was sought by the counsel for the accused.Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the school’s washroom on September 8 and the Gurgaon Police had said the crime was committed by a school bus conductor, which was later refuted by the CBI.The CBI claimed the 16-year-old teenager killed Class 2 student Pradhuman in a bid to get the school closed so that a scheduled parent-teacher meeting and an examination could be deferred.Advocate Sushil Tekriwal Sushil Tekriwal, appearing for Pradhuman’s father, Barun Thakur, said that the appeal for bail was at a “premature stage” as the investigation was yet to be concluded.Tekriwal said the CBI has placed on record strong circumstantial evidence against the accused which was duly considered by the JJB while denying the relief.The JJB had on December 20 held that the 16-year-old boy would be tried as an adult and directed that he be produced before the Gurgaon sessions court.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 lowers the age of juveniles from 18 years to 16 years for heinous crimes like rape, murder and dacoity-cum- murder, which warrant at least seven years of imprisonment.However, the JJB first decides whether the crime committed has been “child-like” or was it committed in an “adult frame of mind”, following which the JJB orders the accused to be tried as juvenile or adult.The JJB had passed the order on a plea that the accused teenager should not be treated as a juvenile.If convicted, he will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.The board had earlier rejected the bail plea of the Class 11 Ryan International School student, charged with killing Pradhuman on September 8.It had set up a committee which included a psychologist from the PGI, Rohtak for an expert opinion on the accused, who had been taken into custody by the CBI last month.The panel submitted its report in two sealed envelopes.The JJB had noted that the accused was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions.

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Metro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line

The technical audit of Delhi Metro has spelt good news for Blue Line which sees maximum commuter traffic amongst all the other lines. Technical glitches in its Over Head wire (OHE) will not affect running of trains on this line as the Delhi Metro has invited tenders to install equipment to prevent break down of trains in case over head wire gives way.The installation will incur of a cost of around Rs three crore, with the DMRC looking forward to participation from countries other than India as well since the tenders are being invited on international platform. In the past one year, Blue Line which carries more than seven lakh commuters every day between Dwarka to Noida City and Vaishali in Ghaziabad, suffered technical break downs at least four times. Since most part of the 51 kilometre line is elevated, its OHE experiences glitches often. On September 20, services were affected for more than an hour when contact wire between Dwarka and Dwarka Mor broke down. The incident took place during evening peak hours, adding to woes of passengers,The snag prone Blue Line broke down again exactly a month later on October 21 when a pantograph of a train got entangled in the OHE between Rajiv Chowk and RK Ashram section on down line (from Dwarka towards Noida).Metro stations witnessed complete chaos since passenger rush was at its peak because of festival of Bhai Duj and the services remained either suspended or ran on single line for as much as 45 minutes.In June this year too, trains did not run for three hours when an OHE between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank snapped after being hit by a bird.The Blue Line ferries maximum passengers.

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16-year-old to be tried as an adult for Ryan murder

The 16-year-old student of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, accused of killing 7-year-old Pradyuman Thakur on the campus, will be treated as an adult and undergo a regular court trial, the Juvenile Justice Board ruled on Wednesday.The board called the crime “heinous” and said the accused was mature enough to understand the consequences of his act. The boy’s IQ level was found to be 95. This means he was average.If convicted, the class XI student will stay at Faridabad’s observation home till he turns 21, and will be shifted to a jail thereafter. The teen will be produced before a court in Haryana on Friday. The juvenile’s lawyer said he would challenge the order in the sessions court.Parliament amended the Juvenile Justice Act in December 2015 to allow children aged between 16 and 18 to be tried as adults for heinous crimes like murder and rape.The class II student was found with his throat slit on September 8. The Haryana police first arrested a school bus conductor for the crime before the CBI took over the case and arrested the juvenile, saying he wanted to have exams and a parent-teacher meeting postponed by killing his schoolmate. His father has alleged that the boy was tortured to confess. The victim’s family welcomed the move, while that of the accused expressed disappointment.The ruling came after a petition was filed by Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur. The CBI had also asked the board to treat the juvenile as an adult.”I thank the judiciary for the decision. We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable,” he said.Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of the victim’s father, termed the ruling a “turning point” in the case. “The verdict is historic,” said Tekriwal, adding, the board broadly based its decision on the findings of a social investigation report and a psychological report of the juvenileThe Juvenile Justice Act was amended after the December 16 gang-rape case in Delhi in which a juvenile was among those involved and was released in 2015 in accordance with the law at the time.

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63% plunge in foreign funding of NGOs: Govt

Foreign funding of NGOs has plunged by 63 per cent as the Centre has been coming down heavily against erring organisations and putting several international donors under the lens for working against the country’s interests.In the year 2016-17, Rs 6,499 crore poured in from abroad in different organisations, this was a sharp dip from Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16.In 2014-15, Indian NGOs received Rs 15,299 crore from foreign donors.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has cancelled registration of 4,842 NGOs banning their foreign funding for not filing their annual returns under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.The latest data on foreign funding of NGOs was given to Parliament on Wednesday.Soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014 intelligence agencies were told to identify advocacy groups that were receiving funds from abroad and were against the interests of the nation. Several NGOs put in the category of impacting the economic stability of the country were put on the list.Intelligence agencies also listed several donors as suspicious and blacklisted them. As a result in 2015 FCRA registration of more than 8,500 organisations was cancelled. This was a big jump from 2014 when only 59 NGOs faced action while only four lost their registration in 2013.Indian NGOs received over Rs 60,000 crore between 2009-10 and 2011-12.As part of stringent measures to monitor the activities of foreign funded bodies the Home Ministry in September asked over 1,200 organisations to give details of their bank accounts that receive funds from international donors.In July the Home Ministry issued notices to 5922 organisations including top educational institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and several other religious bodies for banning their foreign funding.”Once issues of money laundering, terror funding and derailing the country’s economic growth were raised there was a massive crackdown was planned which is continuing,” said a government official.Sources said many of the NGOs that faced the action were among the highest paid ones but did not file annual returns. Many of these were repeat offenders and failed to file their annual returns on foreign funding for four years between 2010-11 and 2014-15 despite constant reminders from the Home Ministry. All organisations are required to submit their annual return within nine months of the closure of the financial year.DIPPING NUMBERSIn 2016-17, Rs 6,499 crore poured in from abroad in different organisations, as opposed to Rs 17,773 crore in 2015-16. In 2014-15, Indian NGOs received Rs 15,299 crore.

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Ryan student murder | Juvenile accused will now be tried as an adult

The Class XI student who was arrested for the murder of seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur inside Gurugram’s Ryan International School, will now be tried as an adult.As per reports, the Juvenile Justice Board in Gurugram transferred the case to a district and sessions’ court. The hearing for the case will begin on December 22.Confirmin the incident, Sushil Tekriwal, lawyer of Pradyuman’s family, said, “The convict will be considered as an adult.”Pradyuman’s father Varun hailed the decision. “I thank the judiciary for the decision. We always knew that the journey is long but we will go till the end to get justice for my child and all other children who might be vulnerable,” he said.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI. Earlier, a bus conductor was arrested for his alleged role in the case. He was subsequently released on bail. The accused reportedly said he committed the crime to postpone examinations.Also readRyan school murder: Juvenile accused to be defended by Rajesh and Nupur Talwars’ lawyerAfter facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to thewashroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Also readRyan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jailPradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.

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20 cases of short delivery, spurious petrol found across Rajasthan

With the use of unauthorised chip on dispensers, 20 cases of short delivery and adulteration in petrol have been found in the petrol pumps across the state in past three years and in the current year (April-September 2017). This has been revealed in a data issued by ministry of petroleum and natural gas on Monday.Out of these 20 cases, 4 are of short delivery while 16 are of adulteration. Interestingly, in adulteration cases during this duration, only UP, which has 17 cases of adulteration has more cases than Rajasthan. Rajasthan stood second with 16 cases of adulteration in petrol. Notably a week back, petrol supplies from two nozzles were stopped at Durgapura-based Coco petrol pump in the city. The step was taken by the deputy controller of legal metrology under department of consumer affairs after a due investigation on a complaint received by the department. According to the investigation, 10ml from five litres of petrol was found missing from the two nozzles.In the month of May this year, one such case in Chittorgarh was revealed when a team of department of food and civil supplies checked a retail outlet and found a chip in the machine. As a result it was pumping less fuel. After this incident the officials of oil companies have started a campaign of making surprise checks to find out if any tampering has been done.

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Too early to comment on GST collections, says govt

The government has said that it is too early to comment on GST collections, which slipped about 10 per cent in November – over the previous month – to Rs 85,931 crore.As per the information provided by the finance ministry to the Lok Sabha on Friday, as many as 33.2 lakh new taxpayers have registered themselves under GST till December 11 from the day of roll out on July 1.”It is too early to comment on the changes in the tax collection as a result of changes in the tax base because of factors like overlap of taxpayers pre and post introduction of GST, variation in exemption limits between Centre and States and among States and mechanism of apportionment of fund under IGST,” Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said in a written reply to a question.He also informed that total number of tax payers who migrated from pre-GST regime was 64.12 lakh as on December 11.The GST collection was Rs 95,132 crore in October. It was over Rs 93,000 crore in September as well as August.In reply to another question, Shukla said that the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been smooth so far.The GST Council, he added, had made some changes in the new tax regime based on the representations from stakeholders.

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The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims

China is accused of withholding crucial river data that is essential to prepare for floods.

Watch: Discussions on to provide CCTV on all trains across India, says Piyush Goyal

On Saturday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Railway is considering installing CCTVs and providing internet connectivity on all trains across India.He said: “We will take 2018 as a year where we collectively fight against atrocities against women and children, especially human trafficking. We will do this across all the railways.”He added: “As far as security is concerned, we are all thoughtful about it. We are thinking of providing internet connectivity and CCTV on trains. Discussions are on to provide CCTV on all trains across India.”Earlier, he had said the Railways Ministry will float a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to manage the entire electrification work of railways network and arrange funding for it, an official said today.Also readTicket prices for trains like Shatabdi, Rajdhani may go down, says Railway minister Piyush Goyal”As far as funding for electrification is concerned, we are looking at funding through an SPV and getting that SPV to run the entire electrification of Railways,” a top official in the Railways Ministry said today.The SPV will be tasked to look after the whole electrification project of the Railways. It will be own and manage those assets, the official said.Also readIndian Railways to use GPS-enabled devices to fight fog this season”The ministry is still working to float this SPV,” the official said.Earlier in September, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had said that his ministry is exploring ways to speed up the electrification process so as to cut down about Rs 16,000 crore expense on diesel.Also readBMC, Central Railway seek IIT aid to check track-flooding”We are giving a relook to the ways of speeding up the electrification process” of rail lines across the country. The ministry is consulting all the people who are involved in the electrification process,” Goyal had said.With inputs from PTI and ANI

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Death of HRD Ministry official: Family claims he was killed

The family of a central government official, whose body was found on railway tracks in Delhi three days after he went missing, on Friday alleged that he was killed and his body was dumped there. Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry Indian Civil Accounts Service officer Jeetendra Kumar Jha’s body was found on rail tracks on Monday in Palam.The police, however, said that it was a case of suicide since a purported note was also found in which he said no one was responsible for his death. Jha’s family was initially not able to identify his body yesterday. But after police showed a wallet and clothes, they identified the body.RN Mishra, Jha’s brother-in-law, said the body was mutilated beyond recognition and that is why they could not identify it. “Three-four months ago, he had said that he won’t live for long. He was scared for his life,” Mishra told news agency PTI, alleging foul play in Jha’s death.Mishra said that Jha was scared and was not even going to work and had been on leave. “He had even stopped visiting our house late in the night. If we had to meet him, we would have to visit his home,” Mishra said. Jha had even started leaving his cell phone at home so that his location could not be tracked, he said. “Even on the day he went missing, he had left his phone at home,” said Mishra.Jha, a 1998-batch officer, has worked in the training section of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. He was not going to the office and was on medical leave from September 28, the police had said.

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Radheshyam Garg is new RPSC chief

Dr Radheshyam Garg will take over as RPSC chairman. Garg hails from Dholpur, home constituency of chief minister Vasundhara Raje.Garg, according to the sources, is an RSS man and has served in the organization on important posts. His profile pegs him as one of best surgeons in the region and he runs a nursing home there. Apart from this, Garg reportedly also is in charge of a mentally challenged kids school, a social service which gives that extra edge in the region.RPSC, the body entrusted with the task of recruiting government employees was without a head after its chairman Shyam Sunder Sharma retired on September 28. The commission is an eight-member body, including the chairman.Chairman’s post is a constitutional one with the governor appointing the head. The term of the chairman and members is that of six years or 62 years of age, whichever is earlier. Garg will complete 62 in May, 2018. This means, he will serve the post for only six months. The biggest challenge before Garg arises from wrong reasons in which the body has been indulged in the past. The RPSC has been often pulled up by the high court for its mismanagement and inefficiency in conducting exams.The high court on many occasions observed that RPSC’s inefficiency is a major reason for unwanted litigations in the courts due to its botched up competitive exams. Garg will be a busy man in his short tenure. The chief minister Vasundhara Raje on December 13 had made announcement of 1.4 lakh government jobs under direct recruitment. A lion share of the recruitment will be done by the RPSC. Also, it now has to manage exams of more youth in coming days as applicants number is likely to grow in the wake of the government’s decision to increase age cap to 40 from 35 for youth taking competitive exams.

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World Bank panel seeks six months time to decide if probe is required against AP govt over Amaravati construction

A World Bank inspection panel, which had recommended a probe into the charges of forcible land pooling and others, against the Andhra Pradesh government for the construction of capital in Amaravati, has now sought six months time to decide if a probe is required or not.The AP government is expecting USD 300 million loan from the World Bank for Amaravati Sustainable Capital City Development Project.In September this year, the panel had visited Amaravati to look into the complaints it received from some farmers, who alleged that they were forced to part their land, and also claimed harm from a land pooling scheme (LPS) being implemented to assemble the land required for the city, as well as from other project activities.The “requesters” (farmers and other stake holders) claim harm related to their livelihoods, environment and food security.On September 27, 2017, the panel submitted its report and recommendation to the World Bank Board of Executive Directors. It recommended “an investigation into the alleged issues of harm and related potential non-compliance with bank policies, especially relating to involuntary resettlement”.On November 27 this year, the bank management submitted to the panel an addendum offering clarifications, an update on project preparation and additional actions to “complement and clarify” the actions presented in its July 21, 2017 response in order to fully address the requesters’ concerns.The management indicated the addendum was based on the recent field missions and discussions with the panel.”Based on the addendum and the proposed actions, the panel deferred its recommendation for up to six months as to whether an investigation is warranted. The board on December 12, approved the panel decision to defer its recommendation and to report back to the board in the next six months,” the World Bank said yesterday in its project update.Officials of Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), the implementing agency of the capital, were not immediately available for comments.The total financing for the project is USD 715 million, of which the World Bank lending is proposed to be USD 300 million through an IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development )investment project financing loan.The AP government is providing USD 215 million for the project, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is considering co-financing the project by providing USD 200 million.The state government has so far pooled over 33,000 acres from farmers for construction of the new capital under different categories of agreements.The Bank’s financing is planned to be used within the 217 sq km area designated for the development of Amaravati Capital City in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. The Bank will help finance infrastructure spread across 26 revenue villages.

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Maha govt should remove anomalies in loan waiver list: Sena MLA after name appears in list of beneficiaries

A Shiv Sena MLA announced that he is a loan waiver beneficiary in what is a shock to the state government.Sena MLA Prakash Abitkar made the announcement during zero hour of the state assembly when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that an online loan waiver system would ensure no wrong person could avail loan.Abitkar’s revealed that his name appeared in the list of beneficiaries and that the government should remove anomalies in the list of beneficiaries. He also pointed out that two teachers from his constituency were also listed in the people who would get a loan waiver.In September, Fadnavis announced the Rs 34,000-crore loan waiver scheme, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Yojana and said that 89 lakh farmers would benefit.So far, 1,00,85,326 farmers have registered themselves with the government for loan waiver. Of these, 55,40,732 have filled the required form and uploaded it on the government’s website.

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A shake up has been given to the defence ministry to speed up acquisitions: Nirmala Sitharaman

A “shake up” is being given to the defence ministry to speed up various acquisition projects, ensure transparency and clear backlogs for key programmes, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said.In an address at a industry chamber, she also said the government is seriously examining functioning of around 39 ordnance factories and possible ways to boost their productivity including through joining of hands by the private sector.She said the efforts are on to ensure that the defence acquisition council (DAC) clears all the backlog relating to various procurement by December 31, emphasising that speeding up of decision making process has been one of her focus areas.The DAC is defence ministry’s highest decision making body on procurement. “There is a sense of making sure that every aspect of this large ministry is given a shake up,” Sitharaman said, adding the aim is to make a difference so that the ministry, which was sort of a cocooned, do things in a faster and transparent way.On various acquisition projects, she said, “I may be confident enough to say that by December 31, at least DAC would be on the top of it in the sense that no more waiting list would be with me.” She was addressing a FICCI event. Sitharaman, who assumed charge of the ministry in September, also said ensuring transparency is a major priority area for her.”The biggest compliance issue which we are definitely 100 per cent following is to have greater transparency, put everything in the public domain and make sure that every decision stands up to the principle of accountability,” she said.Her comments came in the backdrop of the Congress accusing the government of flouting laid down norms in sealing a deal to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.The party had recently raised several questions about the deal including the rates, and accused the government of compromising national interest and security while promoting “crony capitalism” and causing a loss to the public exchequer.The government had rejected the allegations.Asked about handing over of the strategically located Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease by the Sri Lankan government, she only said India has been watchful of all the developments in the neighbourhood.On ordnance factories, she said government was doing a major review of their work and examine whether they can have joint venture or benefit benefit from technology transfer.Talking about the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Sitharaman said it should identify the patentable products so that they can be used commercially.Referring to the strategic partnership model, she said it was brought to support the domestic defence industry and to ensure that India, which is now a leading importer of military hardware, becomes a defence exporter.The strategic partnership was unveiled nearly four months back under which domestic defence manufacturers can tie up with leading global defence majors to manufacture specific military platforms like fighter jets.Sitharaman also said the government was in the process of identifying “organically grown” defence industry clusters in various parts of the country so that they can be supported.”We are planning to tell them about the requirement of the armed forces for the next 40-50 years so that they can lay a roadmap for their capacity building,” she said.She also said start-ups in the defence sector will be given encouragement.

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Mumbai: 20 doctors separate this lucky conjoined twins in 12 hours surgery

For Seetal Zalte and her husband Sagar, the 13 hours they spent outside an operation theatre in city-based BJ Wadia Hospital on Tuesday seemed endless.However, at 5 PM, the agonising wait seemed worthwhile when a doctor broke the news that Love and Prince, over one-year-old conjoined twins of the couple, had been successfully separated by a team of 20 doctors following a complex surgery.Love and Prince now lie in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of the hospital in separate cots.Dr Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO, Wadia Hospitals, said the twins were conjoined at the abdomen and hip and both had a common liver, intestine and urinary bladder.”It was a unique surgery that involved a team of 20 doctors who planned and performed the 12-hour long complex and complicated surgery successfully on December 12,” Dr Bodhanwala told reporters here.The couple first learnt about the anomaly in the 24th week of Seetal’s pregnancy when a scan conducted at Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital showed that the twins were fused waist down.They were born conjoined with a fused liver, intestine, urinary bladder, and chest bone to Zaltes, residents of suburban Ghatkopar, in September 2016.According to Dr Bodhanwala, the Zaltes were counselled about the medical condition of the conjoined twins, but they decided to go ahead with the delivery.Following the birth of Love and Prince, the doctors decided to wait for at least six months before conducting a surgery to separate them.The boys were fused in such a way that they faced each other. However, they had two individual sets of hands and legs, separate brain, lungs and heart.”Medical staff at the hospital ensured that the parents were counselled about the condition of the twins before delivery and a decision was taken to deliver the twins at Wadia Hospital itself,” Dr Bodhanwala said.Dr Bodhanwala said Love and Prince will be kept under observation for a few days.However, it is a long journey ahead for Love and Prince and their parents.According to Dr Bodhanwala, Love and Prince will have to undergo multiple surgeries to ensure they remain healthy and fit enough to survive.For doctors, the most challenging part of the surgery was to provide skin to cover both the children, she said.Seetal Zalte is obviously exalted though she is aware about the challenges ahead.She recalled that the doctors at Wadia Maternity Hospital had apprised them about the possible outcomes of the surgery.”They told us that separation surgeries are possible and children can go on to live normal lives. The doctors at Wadia hospital explained me every minute detail on the day of the surgery. We did not face any difficulty and have been taking care of them as normal kids,” she said.In June 2014, conjoined twins Riddhi and Siddhi had undergone a separation surgery at the same hospital.

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Plaints on Noida’s stray dog menace fall on deaf ears

While the stray animal menace tops the civic woes of residents across the city, residents of Noida also are no stranger to the problem. In fact, they are now claiming that the number of cases of attacks by dog have gone up and despite repeated complaints, the Noida Authority refuses to even acknowledge the scenario.”We have been continuously holding meetings in the society campus against the nuisance being created by street dogs. We have knocked the doors of the Authority to take this matter seriously. They always take a written statement form us but do not act on it,” said AN Dhawan, secretary, Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA).According to the police, they are just helpless as when some residents register a complaint about the nuisance, some dog lovers cross register another FIR.”Last month, while shopping in Sector 37, my wife had to face a stray dog attack. She fell and broke her arm, and had to be taken for surgery. Ever since, I have been following the issue of sterilisation of street dogs with the Noida Authority, but nothing is really happening on that front,” said PR Chandna, RWA secretary of Mecon Apartments in Sector 62.Currently, according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, you can get away with being cruel to most animals by paying a fine of anything between Rs 10 and Rs 50 in India. For repeat offenders, the penalty may go up to anything between Rs 25 and Rs 100. You could also be thrown in jail for three months. But that’s about it.”Every sector has about 20 stray dogs. This number should be checked,” a resident said.According to the chief veterinary officer (CVO) of Gautam Budh Nagar, routine sterilisation of stray dogs is very important in all urban and rural areas to control their burgeoning population. Also, it calms them down and prevents them from getting violent with other dogs and humans.Noida has an estimated 13,600 stray dogs, and the mating season, when they get territorial and aggressive, is from August to December. This has got the animal lovers worried.On September 26 this year, the Noida Authority appointed Delhi-based Dr Chawla’s Pet Hospital for the sterilisation project.Dr Nischal Chaudhary, a vet at the shelter in Sector 94, said the sterilisation drive had begun in October. “The Noida Authority asked us to sterilise at least 25 stray dogs every day, and so far, we have operated on 380 dogs. The dogs are kept in the hospital for about seven days for post-surgery care. After that, they are released in their home territory,” he added.Only time will tell whether this sterilisation drive will help normalise the man-animal conflict in the city.

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Maharashtra: Government shuts down over 60000 shell companies

Over 60,000 shell companies have been closed down in Maharashtra so far, industries minister Subhash Desai stated in a written reply in the Maharashtra state assembly.”The Union government has issued a list from the Registrar of Companies stating that 60,105 companies in the state have been closed down. The companies have been struck off as per article 248 (5) of the Companies Act, 2013,” Desai stated.Desai said that letters issued by the Union government on September 12 and October 13 have instructed the district collectors that unless next orders of reinstating these companies are issued, the property of these companies can not be sold or transferred.Also readDNA Exclusive: Maharashtra government to offer perks to develop private land for cheap homesThe necessary instructions have also been issued to divisional commissioners and sub-registrar office, the industries minister stated in his written reply.

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British national suspected of recruiting youth for Al-Qaeda sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a British national, arrested for allegedly recruiting youths for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, to judicial custody while extending the period of investigation by NIA by a month.The court sent the accused, Shamiun Rahman, who is of Bangladeshi origin, to prison after he was produced before it from the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) custody during an in-chamber proceeding, court sources said.It is also believed to have granted 30 more days to the NIA to complete its investigation after the agency moved an application seeking extension of the mandatory period of 90 days which ended today.27-year-old Rahman was arrested in September by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army. The case was recently transferred from the Delhi police to the NIA.The accused had earlier moved an application before a city court through advocate M S Khan alleging that he was sexually harassed by the jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by them.The court had sought a response from the jail authorities on that application.The Special Cell of the police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.During this period, he stayed at various places in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places, the Delhi police had claimed, alleging that the accused had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train the radicalised youths.An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | By not implementing OROP, Modi govt has betrayed our trust: Major Gen (retd) Satbir Singh

A group of war veterans today accused the Narendra Modi government of “betraying” their trust over the issue of the One Rank One Pension (OROP).They claimed that instead of agreeing to their demands for which the ex-servicemen had been agitating for long, the Centre was “insulting” them.The war veterans said the government was doing “injustice” by capping at Rs 10,000 per month the educational assistance it gives to children of martyrs or those disabled in action.”By not implementing OROP, the Modi government has betrayed our trust,” said Major General (retd) Satbir Singh, chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement.During a press conference at the state Congress headquarters here, Singh maintained their movement was “apolitical” and they had requested the opposition party to raise their grievances in Parliament and also before the public.Also readGujarat elections 2017: PM Modi rakes up fishermen’s rights, OROPThe Modi government “insulted” ex-servicemen and their widows by arresting them and suppressing their protest using police, he alleged.”It has become a hallmark of the Modi government to suppress opposition voice. We would like to ask the BJP government at the Centre as to why it did not accept OROP in the form it was accepted by the then UPA government on February 17, 2014?” he asked.The UPA government had agreed to the definition of OROP which said that servicemen who worked for the same duration and retired on the same rank will be given equal pension, irrespective of their date of retirement, he said.”Why the Modi government did not accept OROP in the form accepted by the UPA government based on the theory of equality, thus denying benefits to ex-servicemen?” he asked.”The Modi government denied benefits of OROP to 40 per cent of the armed forces personnel and those who retired early, according to a notification issued on November 7, 2015,” the retired officer said.Also readWhy did Manmohan Singh not show courage to order surgical strikes post 26/11 attack: PM ModiHe raised questions over the Modi government putting the condition in the scheme that it will review pensions after five years when experts sought a review after two years.”Why is injustice being meted out to the children of martyrs by limiting their education expenses at Rs 10,000 per month?” Singh asked.He was referring to a Centre’s notification dated September 13, 2017, capping education expenses for the kids of martyrs or those disabled in action at Rs 10,000 a month.In November 2015, the Centre issued a notification, brining into force the long-pending OROP scheme, which it said, will benefit over 2.5 million veterans and war widows.However, the ex-servicemen had then rejected the notification, saying their main demands have not been accepted.In December 2015, the government appointed a committee to look into the anomalies, if any, arising out of the implementation of the scheme. The panel later submitted its report to the defence ministry.

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Ryan student murder: SC dismisses plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to school trustees

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea challenging anticipatory bail granted to Ryan International school trustees in connection with the murder of seven-year-old student Pradyuman Thakur.The parents of the victim had moved to Supreme Court against Pintos after the Punjab and Haryana High Court granted them anticipatory bail.Ryan Pinto, and his parents, Augustine Pinto and Grace Pinto, had approached the high court on September 16, seeking anticipatory bail in the case.Also readRyan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside downSushil Tekriwal, Pradyuman’s father Varun Thakur’s lawyer had said that they approached the court as the anticipatory bail would send a wrong message will be sent if anticipatory bail is given,” he added.Class 2 student Pradhuman Thakur was found with his throat slit in the school washroom in Gurugram on September 8.School bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested by Haryana police in connection with the crime. However, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now probing the matter, gave him a clean chit and held a class 11 student of the school responsible for the murder.Also readRyan student murder: Amid twists and turns, juvenile accused retracts confession

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DNA analysis gives clean chit to teacher in minor’s rape case

In a new twist to the alleged rape case of a 13-year-old minor girl inside a Nerul school, the Kalina FSL in its report has given a clean chit to the accused teacher. The report states that the accused teacher is not the biological father.The wife of the accused, Anjali Shukla, now has written to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to direct the police for a second DNA test to confirm the FSL’s reports and to immediately arrest the accused involved. On September 29 last year, the Nerul police registered a case against Harishankar Shukla alias Raj, for allegedly raping a class VII student inside the MGM school. The complainant in her statement had stated that she was raped inside the school twice between April and August 2016. The incident came to light after her parents learnt that she was four months pregnant. The incident had led to severe outrage. In the report, a copy of which is with DNA, the Directorate of FSL, Kalina has opined that Harishankar Shukla is excluded to be the biological father of product of conception (foetus). It further states that the victim is concluded to be the biological mother of product of conception.”If the DNA report clearly states that my husband is innocent, the judiciary should discharge the case against him,” said Anjali.

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Bereaved father files FIR in Fortis case

After losing his 7-year-old daughter Adya Singh allegedly at the hands of Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), bereaved father Jayant filed a police complaint alleging culpable homicide as well as forgery and destruction of evidence by the accused hospital management and treating doctors at Sushant Lok police station in Gurugram.In his FIR, Jayant states that on November 23 at close to 10 35 am, a senior management member of Fortis Hospital, Jasbir Grewal met the former on the pretext of discussing Adya’s case, in coffee shop of Trident Hotel in Gurugram. Jasbir offered Jayant a cheque of Rs 10, 37, 889. The proof can be corroborated in CCTV footage of the hotel, stated the FIR.“He also made a verbal offer of paying twenty-five lakh rupees on the agreement and asked me to remain shut about the case,” Jayant told DNA.Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis “When I refused to take the amount, Grewal warned me that this was the best offer as the government’s medical report would come fully in favour of the hospital and its practices,” stated the FIR filed by Jayant.However, the report released by the Haryana government has nailed FMRI on several unethical practices.Also readFortis and Medanta: 2 cases that show India’s crumbling private healthcare systemJayant alleged that FMRI was criminally negligent while treating baby Adya and also indulged in forgery, cheating and dishonest inducement of monies. “They have not only bribed me but have also destroyed, modified and altered evidence,” Jayant told DNA.The FIR alleges that Adya died a painful death on September 15 as Dr Vikas Varma from Fortis Hospital switched off the ventilator pipes and Ambu bag attached to the deceased when she was taken in the private ambulance.Also readNPPA issues notice to Fortis in Adya dengue death caseProbe instituted by a special investigative committee in Adya’s case by Haryana government has stated in its report that it was unethical to pull off life support on FMRI’s part.The report notes that on September 14 there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off from Adya in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. The report says that withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “Leave against medical advice does not mean that hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport to home or other hospitals,” said the report.Once the treating doctors realised that the patient is about to “check out,” and is thus of no profitability value to them they pulled off the ventilator states the FIR. “This is calculated murder,” said Jayant.Jayant further alleges in the FIR that FMRI did not inform him or his wife about the medical ramifications or exorbitant costs involved in blood transfusion procedures. He has requested for the hospital documents to be sent to a forensic lab or an expert to analyse forgery.The FIR has been registered against nine persons from Fortis Management team including Malwinder Singh, FMRI Chairman and Shivinder Mohan Singh, Executive Vice Chairman of Fortis Health Care and additionally nine treating doctors.

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JMC saga: No meetings, no panels

The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation(JMC), is neither being held on time nor the functionary committees have been formed. Because of which the public is facing trouble. Since there is no general body meeting, the proposal related to the development of the city and people’s problems is not being discussed.Two and a half months ago, the General Body Meeting of the Municipal Corporation was held on September 22. Mayor Ashok Lahoti has convened a general body meeting only three times during his one year term. While he should have organized six meetings in a year. When Lahoti took over on December 14, 2016, the BJP organization had promised that General body meetings would be held on time and committees would also be formed soon. But promises remained verbal only and even after 12 months the committees could not be formed. As per Rajasthan Municipalities Act, the meeting should have been organised within 60 days but no meeting has been held after the last general body meeting which was held on September 22.Formation of committees has also been delayed and some councilors had complained about it to party organisation functionaries earlier.Some councillors approached their respective MLAs. The BJP councilors are lobbying against their own party’s Mayor Ashok Lahoti.Three months before over 50 BJP councilors prepared a memorandum signed, Which will be handed over to city BJP president Sanjay Jain. According to the sources, the counselor wants to convey their voice to the organization. Since the election of Mayor of Ashok Lahoti, a group of councilors was against himAfter this, the Mayor called the JMC general body meeting. The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation was held on September 22 after a period of seven months.LAST GBMNotably, the JMC has been working without committees for the past 12 months and due to this the day to day working of the civic body also gets hampered. The general body meeting (GBM) of Jaipur Municipal Corporation was held on September 22 after a period of seven months.

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Infant death: Probe report reveals unethical acts carried out by Fortis

A probe instituted by the Haryana state government in the alleged case of overcharging and medical negligence of baby Adya by Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurugram has led to scathing revelations of misconduct by the private hospital. DNA had first reported the story of the deceased baby on November 20.A seven-member committee headed by Dr Rajiv Vadhera, Additional Director General of Health Services, has submitted the report to Haryana state government. DNA accessed a copy of the report which criticises FMRI at various levels.It states that it is unethical to pull off life support from a patient who has sought Leave Against Medical Advice (LAMA) from the hospital. It also raises questions on forging the signatures of the parents on hospital documents and overpricing drugs and consumables.The report notes that on September 14, there was a huge lapse in Adya’s treatment. Life support was pulled off in the ambulance by Fortis doctors while she was being shifted to another hospital. It says that the withdrawal of life support by the hospital staff in the ambulance amounts to negligence and is against the law of the land. “LAMA does not mean that the hospital disowns the patient completely. They must ensure all facilities for transfer/transport them to their home or other hospitals,” said the report.Dr Jitendra Kumar Jakhar, forensic expert from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, was a part of the investigation committee. He observed, “It was unethical for the doctor to stop assisted ventilation without handing over the patient to another specialist or directing the relatives to ventilate the child by means of an ambu-bag.”The investigation committee has recommended that the case be sent to the Medical Council of India for action under (Professional conduct, etiquette, and ethics) Regulations 2002. “Under this all the senior doctors treating the case in PICU like Dr Krishna Chugh, Dr Vikas Taneja, Dr Vikas Verma, and others should be held accountable,” the report states.The report also raises serious questions on how the deceased’s parents were not counselled. While Fortis maintains that the protocol of explaining seriousness to the parent/attendant and putting name and signature of both the doctor and the attendant to whom it was explained was seen in the case record of PICU, the report notes that except on September 12, none of these documents bear the signatures of the parents.”Further, it was noticed that the entire patient record was being maintained on loose sheets and no proper files with page marking were maintained,” it states. “This protocol should not have been ignored in an NABH accredited hospital like FMRI.”The hospital said that while it purchased drugs for Rs 3,33,044, it charged the patient Rs 6,70,126 and took a whopping 108 per cent profit margin. The report noted, “Hospital management looks to be attempting to get maximum profit out of drugs and consumables in the garb of MRP.”

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‘Just another operation’: Paratrooper who was involved in Army’s surgical strikes

A paratrooper, who was involved in the Indian Army’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last year, today described the daring action as “just another operation” for the special forces albeit on a larger scale.The captain-rank officer of the 4th unit of the special forces said the strikes were “designed and planned” to send a “message” to Pakistan, which he thinks the Indian forces did in the “best way” it could.India had carried out surgical strikes at seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, 2016 with the Army inflicting significant casualties on terrorists who were preparing to infiltrate from the PoK.Also readCongress doesn’t believe Army about surgical strikes, celebrates release of Haifz Saeed: PM ModiThe strikes had come within two weeks days of a terrorist attack on an Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir which claimed the lives of 19 jawans.Sharing his experience during the country’s first ‘military literature’ festival here, the officer said his unit had just 10 days to plan and prepare for the operation.Also readOne year after surgical strikes: India has killed 175 terrorists, lost 79 men”This was a large-scale operation. Once we were given a go ahead, we went ahead with normal preparedness. To be very frank, it was just another operation for us. But it was a large-scale operation, wherein the strength was more, the damage and the attrition we caused was much more than other operations,” the officer told PTI.The operation, he said, was carried out at such level of secrecy that even the neighbouring units were not aware of it.Also readSurgical strikes: ‘India can easily target Pakistan’s terror camps now'”We did not tell our neighbouring units (about the strikes). The most important thing (in such strikes) is surprise (element for targets). When you reach there, sit down and just observe and wait for the time. There were three targets (places) actually, the 4th para troops took on two of them and the 9th para troops on the third one.” “So, there were three strikes carried out in conjunction at three different places, three different targets and I was part of one of that,” he said.Speaking at the event, the soldier said nothing much has changed in his life since the surgical strikes, but added that he relished the Army lifestyle and described it as the “best one can get”.”Life has not changed… (it is) very much normal,” said the officer, when asked if his life changed after the strikes. “What keeps you going (in the Army) is perhaps the kind of life style… probably it is the best you get here,” he said, exhorting the youth to join the defence forces.

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Al-Qaeda suspect sent to NIA custody till Dec 12 by court

A special court today gave the National Investigation Agency the custody of a British national, arrested for allegedly recruiting youths for Al- Qaeda to carry out terror activities, till December 12 for interrogation.Shamiun Rahman, who is of Bangladeshi origin, was sent to the NIA custody by special judge O P Saini during an in- chamber proceeding after he was produced from Tihar central jail here and the NIA said he needed to be confronted with various evidences in the case, court sources said.In its application, the NIA is believed to have sought seven-day custody for Rehman which was opposed by the advocate appearing for the accused.27-year-old Rahman was arrested in September by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army.The case was recently transferred from the Delhi police to the NIA.The accused had earlier moved an application before a city court through advocate M S Khan alleging that he was sexually harassed by the jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by them.The court had sought a response from the jail authorities on that application.The Special Cell of the police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.During this period, he stayed at various madrassas in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places, the Delhi police had said, adding that the accused had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train the radicalised youths.An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act. PTI UK ARC

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SIT arrests arms dealer in connection with Gauri Lankesh murder

In a big breakthrough in the journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, Karnataka SIT has arrested a man who sold murder weapon to the suspected killer. According to India Today report, the person arrested is Tahir who supplied weapons to a man, suspected of killing the journalist. Karnataka Home Minister has been quoted as saying that Tahir who is an arms dealer was apprehended by the police. He gave weapons to a person called Sashidhar, who police believe is the main accused in this murder case. However, the state Home Minister said that they are looking for the ballistic report to come to have a conclusive link to connect the two accused with the Lankesh case. Police so far has released three sketches related to Gauri Lankesh’s murder case. Also readGauri Lankesh murder: Killers will 100% be caught in a few weeks, says Karnataka Home MinisterLast month, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that killers would be nabbed ‘100 per cent’ in a few weeks. The minister, however, clarified, “Weeks do not mean one or two weeks. It (the arrest of the killers) will happen in a matter of a few weeks. This will happen 100 per cent.” Reddy said whether Lankesh was killed by left-wing or right-wing extremists or was it due to “some other thinking” was “one issue”. Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unidentified assailants outside her residence here on the night of September 5. The Congress government in Karnataka, which constituted the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) B K Singh, has also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing clues about the perpetrators of the crime.Also readGauri Lankesh murder case: Two suspects identified, SIT releases sketchesWith PTI inputs

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Are you guys a reincarnation of Hitler? Prakash Raj attacks BJP for equating nationalism with Hindutva

Actor Prakash Raj has slammed Union minister Anant Hegde for equating nationalism with ‘hindutva’.In a Twitter post, Raj asked the Karnataka BJP leader to clarify what he meant when he said “nationalism and Hindutva” are one and mean the same.”You said, “nationalism and hindutva are not two different things but are one and mean the same. Why do you bring in a religion into nationalism? Then what about those who are not Hindus, people, who are our country’s pride like Ambedkar, Adbul kalam, A Rahman, Khuswanth Singh, Amrita Pritam, Dr Verghese Kurien… the list goes on.”And what about many like me who do not have a religion, but believe in humanity? Aaren’t we all the national of our country? Who are you guys… What’s your agenda… Since you believe in ‘janmas’… Are you guys reincarnation of Germans HITLER (sic),” Raj tweeted.His post was followed by a video clip of Hegde speaking in Kannada at a press conference, where he had allegedly said Hindutva and nationalism are not separate identities.”This minister says…’Islam should be wiped out in this world’… So when he talks of Hindutva does he mean it is a way of life,” Raj captioned the 39-second-long undated video.In a third tweet, the National Award-winning actor asked his followers to analyse the minister’s agenda in a “secular country of ours” and question his “intentions and shameless politics”.The 52-year-old actor had earlier criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on those “celebrating” the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore in September and had also lashed out at those who “terrorise” in the name of religion, culture and morality. Also read’Apologise or I will sue you,’ actor Prakash Raj sends legal notice to BJP leader over ‘trolling’

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DU college accused of bias in top post selection

Faculty members of Delhi University’s Deshbandhu College have written to the Vice Chancellor over the discrepancies in the appointment for the post of Principal. The applicants have requested the V-C to look into the matter.According to the complainants, the names of 18 candidates have been “arbitrarily” removed from the list of qualified people released on Monday, despite having more than the required API (Academic Performance Indicator) score.”My name was there in the list of applicants released after a scrutiny on September 10 and my API score was also mentioned in that list. However, the recent list does not have my name but the names of candidates having lesser API than mine,” said an associate professor at Deshbandhu, College who wished to remain anonymous.As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines for recruitment on a principal’s post, the candidate needs to be an associated professor or professor with a PhD and 15 years of teaching experience. The candidate should also have minimum 400 API score and published research papers/books.Alleging that the college’s Governing Body, that looks after the entire selection process, has followed “arbitrary” guidelines in violation of the UGC’s norm, another candidate alleged, “There is immense favouritism in the selection process for the top post at Deshbandhu College. Even after having above 1,300 API score, which is much more than the minimum required criteria, my name has been removed from the final list.””We have recently written to the Vice Chancellor and requested him to look into the matter,” he said.
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India admits its drone lost contact and crossed into China

Responding to China’s statement that over a drone crashing into Chinese territory, the Ministry of Defence on Thursday issued a statement where they admitted to the incident taking place.“An Indian UAV which was on a regular training mission inside the Indian territory lost contact with the ground control due to some technical problem and crossed over the LAC in the Sikkim Sector. As per standard protocol, the Indian border security personnel immediately alerted their Chinese counterparts to locate the UAV. In response, the Chinese side reverted with the location details of the UAV. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation. The matter is being dealt with in accordance with the established protocols through institutional mechanisms to deal with situations along the India- China border areas,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statementEarlier, Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with New Delhi on Thursday after ‘recent crash’ of the drone in its territory.Also readIndia drone crashed near our border, invaded our air space, claims ChinaBeijing also said that the ‘incident’ that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border.”This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,” said Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China’s western battle zone command, according to a Defence Ministry statement.”China’s border defence forces took a professional and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device,” Zhang said, adding that the military would resolutely defend national sovereignty and security.It said only that the drone crashed in “recent days” and did not give a location.The drone report comes months after the border stand-off near Doklam in Sikkim sector..In June, July and August, Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau .The two sides agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.In November, China again ‘criticised’ a visit by President Ram Nath Kovind to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas.
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India drone crashed near our border, invaded our air space, claims China

Months after the Doklam stand-off resolution, China on Thursday claimed that India ‘invaded’ its airspace.Beijing expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with New Delhi on Thursday after ‘recent crash’ of an Indian drone in what the Chinese military said was Chinese territory.Beijing also said that the ‘incident’ that could cause further friction along the two countries’ disputed border.”This action by India violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition,” said Zhang Shuili, a senior military official in China’s western battle zone command, according to a Defence Ministry statement.”China’s border defence forces took a professional and responsible attitude in conducting an inspection of the device,” Zhang said, adding that the military would resolutely defend national sovereignty and security.It said only that the drone crashed in “recent days” and did not give a location.The drone report comes months after the border stand-off near Doklam in Sikkim sector..In June, July and August, Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau .The two sides agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops there about a week before Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in an effort to mend ties at a summit hosted by China in September.In November, China again ‘criticised’ a visit by President Ram Nath Kovind to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims, saying China opposed any activities by Indian leaders in disputed areas.
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Kolkata child sexual assault: Soon schools need to declare infrastructure details

Amidst on-going protests against alleged sexual assault at two privately-run schools in Kolkata state education minister Partha Chatterjee said that the state government would issue a directive to all private schools for submitting a declaration stating their infrastructure, to the state education department.“They send it to the respective ICSE and CBSE boards. Along with that schools will also have to submit such declaration to the state government. Soon notifications would be sent to all the private schools in this regard,” Chatterjee said on Tuesday.The recent incidents at two private schools of the city – GD Birla Cente of Education and MP Birla Foundation HS School – had brought to the fore several loopholes in the infrastructure of schools and authorities of the state education department will soon convene a meeting with representatives of privately owned schools to discuss issues regarding required infrastructure within the school campus and would review specific cases if need be.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeIn the month of November, it was alleged that two teachers had allegedly sexually assaulted a four-year-old at GD Birla Centre of Education at Ranikuthi in south Kolkata and following protests from parents and guardians the two accused teachers had been arrested by Kolkata Police.Later it was also found out that on September 13 another child of MP Birla Foundation HS School at Thakurpukur in Behala area had been sexually abused and after a police complaint was filed on September 15, the three-and-a-half year old identified two non-teaching staff members but it has been alleged that even after that the school didn’t take any steps against the accused and only after parents of the victim along with other guardians started a protest since December 2 school authorities have suspended one of the accused on December 5.
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Uma Bharti to fast unto death if Ganga cleaning plans don’t start by Oct 2018

Union minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said she would launch ‘mahaupvaas se mahaprayan’ (fast unto death) if an implementation of plans related to Ganga cleaning did not start by October next year.The drinking water and sanitation minister made the remarks in the presence of Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari at an event here.Bharti had held the portfolio of water resources before Gadkari took charge of the ministry following a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet in September.”I want to see each Ganga-related plan being implemented by October, 2018. I am not saying that I want to see (complete execution) of the plans, but am keen on seeing the beginning or mid-way of (the execution),” she said at the event.”If it did not happen, I will go for ‘mahaupvaas’ till ‘mahaprayan’ at Triveni Sangam in Prayag (in Uttar Pradesh),” she said.Bharti also praised Gadkari, stating that the strings of the ministry implementing Ganga cleaning works were in the hands of the “right person”.Addressing the attendees at the event, largely comprising officials and scientists, the minister said the BJP-led NDA government had the mandate to rule the country till February 2019 and therefore, the works had to be completed by October, 2018.”Who has seen time (future)? Hence, we have to implement the Ganga-related plans by October, 2018,” she said.
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Odisha: College student molested in broad daylight, video goes viral; six arrested

Odisha police on Tuesday arrested six people after a video of a group of men molesting college student went viral.The incident took place in a broad daylight in Bargarh district of the state.The culprits who hid their faces with clothes also thrashed a youth who was accompanying the girl.Also readDespite being considered one of the safest cities, 1600 molestation cases registered in Mumbai till September 2017In a video, a man can be seen groping a girl. Even though she tried to run away and pleaded to leave her alone, the tormentors continued to harass her.”Four prime accused and two others have been arrested and attempts are on to nab others who were part of the group,” said Lakshminarayan Panda, a police official at Padmapur.Reports said that the accused have also been charged under IT act. Also readMadhya Pradesh: Man burnt to death for protesting daughter’s molestation
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SKAT prepared to dazzle Jodh skies

Denizens of Jodhpur city will be treated to the daring aerobats by the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) aerobatic demonstration team – Surya Kiran. With their aerial meticulously planned and executed stunts, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) is surely going to thrill the locals while also providing them with a window into India’s sky warriors.Interestingly, it will be for the first time for Rajasthan, since the induction of MK132 – Hawk – jets into the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team that the team would demonstrate its flying. Moreover, it will also be the first time when the full strength of nine jets would take part in Rajasthan. Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team is expected to carry out a number of maneuvers including close passes, brand formations and rolls, and loops.Formed in 1996 to serve as the “Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force” and also to “showcase the professionalism, the caliber and the mettle of the Indian Air Force” , the Surya Kiran Team flew in the HJT-16 Kiran MK2 before being suspended in February 2011 due to a shortage of basic jet trainers in IAF. However, the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team was resurrected in 2015 when the Hawk MK132 was inducted.The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team had previously visited Jodhpur in September last year when it had six planes, however this time the full nine planes are set to thrill and awe the people with their finesse in flying. The team was formed in 1996 to serve as the “Ambassadors of the Indian Air Force”
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Rajasthan’s controversial ordinance, that gave protection to corrupt babus, collapses today

Monday brings with it the end to the controversial Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017, the gag ordinance that gives protection to corrupt public servants.The provisions of the ordinance gave absolute right of registering cases against corrupt public servants to the government. It had also prevented registering complaints through the court. The provisions of not publicizing the names of the accused had put a gag on the media and even social media.An Ordinance is considered valid for seven weeks (42 days) after being tabled in the Assembly, and in the case of the Criminal Law (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance 2017, it had been drafted on September 6, 2017 and tabled in the Assembly on October 23, 2017. It thus lapses on Monday, December 4. Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria confirmed that the Ordinance would be legally void on Monday. Also readIn Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan, government departments flop on social mediaThe widespread outcry over the Ordinance had compelled the government to refer it to a select committee for review on September 24, just a day after being tabled in the assembly. The next meeting of the select committee that was announced on November 27 is scheduled be held on December 27. But before that the Ordinance would have lapsed.Also readDNA Edit: Shielding Who exactly? Rajasthan Ordinance can be hugely misusedTotal seven cases were filed against the Ordinance. Two at Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur and five at Jaipur, including the one by Sachin Pilot.It would not be incorrect to say that the Ordinance provided protection to the executive and legislative while curbing the rights of the judiciary.Also readRajasthan govt brings ordinance to shield judges, babus from public scrutiny, probeIt violated the spirit of democracy and justice, and the fact that such an ordinance was brought about is an indication of the level of corruption rampant in the government and the desperation in the government to prevent action against the corrupt public servant.Whether the Ordinance would have survived litigations that have been filed against is another question, but it is a sure reflection on the rampant corruption and the Rajasthan government’s effort at sweeping it under the carpet.What was the Ordinance ?The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 is an Amendment in the section 156 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and provides that “no magistrate shall order an investigation against a person who is or was a judge or magistrate or a public servant, as defined under any other law for the time being in force, in respect to the act done by them while purporting or act in the discharge of their official duties, except with previous sanction under the section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No 2 of 1974) or under any other law for the time being in force”As per the provisions of the ordinance, the sanctioning authority shall take a decision on the sanction of prosecution within 180 days, in case the sanctioning authority fails to do so, automatic prosecution shall be deemed to have been issued.It provides that no one shall print, publish or publicize the name, address, photograph or any other details or particulars of the judge, magistrate or public servant that can lead to the disclosure of his identity. It further states that anyone who violates the above provisions of the ordinance could be fined and / or imprisoned up to two years.How the ordinance would have changed things to benefit the corrupt?- Cases against officials are largely registered by government agencies like ACB and CID. The procedure of receiving complaint, registration of case, investigation and filing a case (chalan) takes over a year or even more. As per this ordinance, the six months period would pass, and they would have gone scot-free. – It curtailed the right of the common man in lodging cases against corrupt officials. Earlier the common man had the right to approach court and the court if it felt appropriate the court had the right to direct police to lodge cases. It curtailed the power of the court. – The ordinance curtailed the rights of the media and prevent it from publishing names pictures of the officials who are accused of corruption. – The Ordinance prevented anyone from writing on social media about corrupt officials.
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Mumbai: Real Estate sales increase by 19% during the second quarter

Mumbai Metropolitan Region emerged as the leader with 19% increase in sales during the quarter, showed data from Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research.Total sales in key markets including Mumbai, National Capital Region (NCR), Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad was 64,781 units during the quarter of July to September, marginally down from 64,881 in the previous quarter.On a QoQ basis, maximum sales growth of 11% took place in the affordable housing segment (properties priced below Rs 25 Lakh). MMR contributed highest sales 28%, in the affordable housing segment with 3,388 units, followed by Ahmedabad at 24% with 2,903 units. Affordable segment contributed to 19 per cent of the overall sales as compared to 17 per cent in the previous quarter.Sales in the cost bracket of 1 crore- 2 crore and Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs decreased by (-8 %) and (-5 %) respectively. The cost bracket of Rs. 25 – 50 Lacs contributed to 36% of total sales.Unsold stock in Tier I cities marginally declined by (-1 %) QoQ. Hyderabad and NCR witnessed a (-5 %) decline followed by Ahmedabad & Bangalore at (-3 per cent). Kolkata and Chennai recorded an increase in unsold stock by 7% and 6% respectively.During the quarter, the weighted average price level in these 8 markets increased 2% from a year ago. Prices in Ahmedabad and Bangalore rose the highest by 2%, while Kolkata and Pune witnessed a decline in price by 2%. Prices in Mumbai and Chennai remained stagnant.
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Tihar inmate abuse case: HC tells cops to register FIR against staff

Amid claims of brutalities on Tihar jail inmates, the High Court has directed the Delhi police to register an FIR against the jail staff alleged to have assaulted 47 prisoners in September this year.A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice IS Mehta also expressed its displeasure on the non-constitution of a three-member committee in a time-bound manner as directed by the court.Prior to this, the court had stressed that functional CCTVs is a “non-compromisable imperative” and ordered the government to set up a high-level committee to suggest measures for enhancing security of all jails in the national capital.The bench had given ten days to the Home Secretary to constitute the committee comprising a retired district judge of Delhi as the chairperson, a senior official of the National Informatics Centre, and a senior official of the Delhi Police, not below the rank of a deputy commissioner of police.During the proceedings on Thursday, the Ministry of Home Affairs sought the nomination of the members from the HC, prompting the bench to clarify that the MHA would act without further delay.The prisoners who had alleged torture and assault, highlighted the inquiry report and nature of medical injuries, arguing that there should be an FIR in this regard. The court agreed while asking the local SHO to register a case against those identified in the report.Advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for undertrial Jamal, lodged in Tihar jail number 3, claimed that his client was not being produced in the lower court despite a direction.ANOTHER CASEHC direction comes after a plea filed by one Jamal alias Ranjha contended that on September 13, inmates in Central Jail no-3 were brutally beaten by the prison staff and Tamil Nadu Special Police.
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Delhi University SOL classes yet to begin, students in lurch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even while the semesters for all the regular courses are over and examination are underway in colleges across the Delhi University (DU), the students of School of Open Learning (SOL) are still waiting for their classes to begin. Adding to their woes, they have not even received the study material yet.SOL is a correspondence option offered by the DU. It admits around 1.5 lakh students in undergraduate courses every year and offers BA, BCom, BA (Honours) Political Science, BCom (Honours) and BA (Honours) English, among others. Every year, the classes for these students begin in the last week of September.Agitated by the delay, hundreds of SOL students protested at the university’s north campus on Tuesday. “This is victimisation of correspondent students. While the students of regular colleges have had their syllabi completed, the SOL students, coming from deprived and marginalised sections, still do not know their syllabi half-a-year after taking admission,” said Ravinder Kumar, a second-year BA (prog) student.The students also submitted a memorandum to executive director (SOL), H C Pokhriyal demanding immediate commencement of classes of all courses.”This is not the first time that the university is giving us this step-motherly treatment. We are always being discriminated in one way or the other,” said Sneha Sharma, a correspondent BCom student.”We are not even provided with an adequate number of classrooms. Last year, as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for classes at Saraswati College. But we have been provided with only eight classrooms. It’s really difficult to accommodate all the students in them,” she added.Officials, however, assured students that arrangements would be made for their classes shortly.Despite several attempts, Pokhriyal did not respond to the questions.In July this year, the SOL students were at loggerheads with the university when their results got delayed by more than four months. Following which several hundreds of students could not take admissions in the masters courses.TOO MANY GRIPESStudents say they have not been provided adequate number of classrooms
One of them said as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for lectures at Saraswati College, but they had been given only eight classrooms
The students say they are yet to receive the study material
To air their grievances, the students held a protest at the university’s north campus on Tuesday

Those with criminal records don’t have rights? Bombay HC slams Maha govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government if it believed that people with criminal records had no right to a safe life.The government invited the high court’s ire after it submitted that it had decided not to extend police protection to persons who had a criminal record, since any threat to their lives was a consequence of their own actions.They are into criminal activities and hence, they have a threat to their lives, public prosecutor Abhinandan Vagyani said. “It is because of their own doing and hence, we have decided not to give them police protection,” Vagyani said.A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak, however, asked if this meant that the state believed those with criminal records had no right to a safe life. “What nonsense is this? Are you saying that those who have a criminal record do not have any rights? Can anyone come and kill them just like that?” Chief Justice Chellur said. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer, seeking directions to the state police to recover dues from VIPs, including politicians, and film actors, who have been provided security cover, but have not paid the charges for the same.As per the PIL, around 1,000 personnel from the state police are deployed for providing protection to private individuals. The plea also claims that about 600 policemen in Mumbai are deployed for protection duty. On the last hearing in September this year, the bench had directed the state government to revisit its policy on providing police protection to private persons. It had also said that such protection must be provided to private persons only in the rarest of rare cases. In compliance with the order, Vagyani told the HC that the state authorities consulted the advocate general and the additional commissioner of police, Mumbai, and then came up with a proposal revising its policy on police protection.He said the above suggestions were a part of this revised policy. The bench, however, dismissed the new proposal submitted by Vagyani, saying it was apparent that the authorities had not applied their mind to it.”You have simply changed a few lines in the old policy of the year 2000. It is vague and an absolute nonsense. If this has been done after consulting with senior police and legal officers, if this is the decision of our officers, then God save the public,” Chief Justice Chellur said.”How can you expect the court to approve such a vague proposal?” she asked. The high court has now summoned the advocate general on the next date of hearing, on November 30.

Food coupons to 33K elderly, disabled under scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The department of food and civil supplies has taken action against more than 27 petrol pumps after complaints were received against them this year.On the occasion of completion of 4 years of the state government, food and civil supplies minister Babulal Verma said complaints against more than 27 petrol pumps were registered while the legal metrology cell also registered cases against 43 sweets shops, six airports, 11 workshops, and general stores.He said that keeping in view the objective of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the department has started the scheme of giving 12 food coupons to the 33,000 senior citizens and physically challenged under the food security scheme. He said that with the food coupons will enable the beneficiaries to get ration at their door step with the help of relatives or neighbours.Giving more details of other achievements of his department, Verma said that under national food security scheme , Rs 16.93 crore transactions have been done through POS machine at more than 26,000d fair price shops between September 2016 and September 2017. Verma said that the eligible consumers who are not being able to get their verification done on POS machine, such 8061 beneficiaries are being given ration after physical verification.Notably, when the scheme was started by the government a year ago, it was widely reported that the POS machine was not able to register the thumb impression of many beneficiaries, many which included senior citizens.

Negative growth in the luxury housing segment: Knight Frank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The declining trend that engulfed luxury home prices across key Indian metros earlier this year has further intensified amid a global pattern of weakening prices revealed the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index Q3 2017.The index that tracks the movement in luxury residential prices across 41 international cities, every quarter, rose by 4.2% in the year to September 2017. However, at least 19 of these cities saw a decline in annual growth.While Delhi (-3.1%) and Bengaluru (-0.8%) recorded sharper negative growth, prices for luxury homes in Mumbai saw a marginal increase of 0.6% between September 2016 and September 2017, albeit on a declining trend.Reflecting on the dismal performances all the three metros featured on the price index slid from their positions in the previous quarter. Delhi saw the biggest drop in rankings as it slipped from the 31st to the 36th position.Dr. Samantak Das, Chief Economist and National Director – Research, said, “Prime residential markets have been under immense pressure particularly since the event of demonetisation. While the move had an adverse impact on the overall residential market, luxury homes sales were worst hit. The quintessential wealthy investors known to take interests in such projects are missing courtesy better returns from other investment avenues. Among the top three cities in India the growth in price in this genre has been slowly tapering. While Mumbai maintained positive growth, albeit at an abysmally low rate, Delhi and Bengaluru witnessed negative growth. We foresee the trend to continue for at least 8- 12 months in this end-user driven market.”Guangzhou continued to top the index with a staggering 36.3% price surge in luxury homes but the overall narrative for China was of a slower growth. While the annual prime price growth in Shanghai slipped from 19.7% last quarter to 14.9%, the rate of price growth decline in Beijing nearly halved from 15% to 7.2%, courtesy government enforced cooling measures.However, the Asia Pacific dominated the ten rankings, with Seoul (11.2%), Sydney (11.0%) and Melbourne (10.4%) joining Guangzhou and Shanghai.Among luxury residential properties in Europe, Madrid, Paris and Berlin recorded robust growth. But other key markets such as Zurich, Vienna, Geneva and London ended the 12-month period witnessing a sharp price decline.

Love Jihad case: Hadiya to be taken back to medical college, SC appoints Dean as her guardian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Kerala love jihad case, with Hadiya alias Akhila present before it. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.In front of the Supreme Court, answering question about her future plans, Hadiya said that she wants her freedom back. Hadiya also said she has been in unlawful custody for the last 11 months. Hadiya pledged to be a good doctor but also wanted to be true to her faith. After listening to Hadiya, SC ordered state government to provide protection to her so that she can complete her studies peacefully. However, SC overruled Hadiya’s wish for her husband to be guardian for medical college, and appointed the college dean to do the duty. She will be now taken to Kerala on Tuesday. Earlier, CJI said that he has never seen a case like this, and the bench said normally they would just listen to the woman and take a call, but this is not an ordinary case.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of storyThe 24-year-old, Hadiya, has been in the headlines after she converted to Islam, following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. Jahan moved the apex court in September seeking recall of SC’s earlier order directing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter, which has famously been dubbed as Kerala ‘love jihad’ case. The case reached Supreme Court after Kerala High Court annulled their marriage. Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad, or forceful conversion through marriage.The Highest Court had also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the alleged link of love Jihad angle to the case.

Jat leader threatens protest if Haryana govt does not agree to demands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jat leader Yashpal Malik has threatened to hold a protest if the Haryana government did not agree to their demands.”If Haryana government does not agree to our demands then we will hold a protest and many will come to Delhi on tractors and trolleys for the protest,” the Jat leader said in Rohtak on Sunday. However, Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said that there is a chance that they will get a reservation and also get through the judicial scrutiny. “When Gujjars and Yadavs can get reservation then why can’t we,” the minister added.In September, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, that provides for 10% to six communities, including Jats.A violent Jat agitation had crippled the state in February, which resulted in the death of many people and widespread damage to property. It was brought under control only after the army staged a flag march. In March 2016, the Haryana Assembly passed the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, carving out a new BC (C) category which included the communities of Jat, Jat Sikh, Muslim-Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi. The act made provisions for reservations to these six communities.

Hunt for 2000-yr-old port off Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) will carry out a marine archaeological exploration in Goa’s Gopalapatnam area, after a team found traces of a 2,000-year-old wall there in 2015, hinting at the existence of an ancient port and a maritime trade route. The exploration, which will be carried out in the next two years, was approved by the Standing Committee of the Archeological Survey of India in September this year.In 2015, the NIO found a 2.5-km-long wall along the northern bank of the Zuari river. The team conducted a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey and found that the wall leads to steps that were leading into the sea, and that a ‘rajvithi’, an ancient path used by the king, was leading towards Old Goa. The findings led to speculation that the structure could belong to the Kadamba Dynasty.In the proposal, the NIO has stated that the project will “establish the status of maritime activities”.It explains that it will do so “through mapping of surface structures of archaeological importance on a detailed scale and mapping subsurface extension of the structure”. Work on the site was stopped and no systematic excavation was done due to the paucity of funds from the Ministry of Earth Sciences, states the proposal.However, Rakesh Nigam, who recently retired as the head of marine archaeology at the NIO, and was part of the 2015 explorations, says that the findings could push back the dates further than the Kadamba Dynasty. He said that the laterite stones that the wall was made of also pointed to an earlier date.”From the initial exploration that we have conducted, there is evidence of a grand structure below the sea and we are expecting a port. We will carry out dating tests, do a GPR survey and even an off-shore survey to see if the river changed tracks, and what relation does it have with the rise and fall of the sea level,” said Nigam.He said that there is also the idea that the structure could have been an Israeli one, and that since it lay on the trade route, the Israelis built a structure to keep an eye on the movement of the goods that passed by the port. “The Israeli authorities have been quite keen on the exploration and they have been in constant touch with us,” said Nigam.

Tihar Inmate files plea, claims cops beat him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst several allegations of brutalities against officials of Tihar Jail for assaulting inmates, an petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court making similar claims.According to the plea filed by one Jamal alias Ranjha through his counsel, it was contended that on September 13, inmates in Central Jail no-3 were brutally beaten by the prison staff and Tamil Nadu Special Police.The plea alleged that Jamal was “grievously injured” and “crippled for many days” after the incident. It also added that similar incident had taken place in Jail number 1 on November 21.”Around 9 pm on November 21, the alarms were falsely set off at Central Jail no 1 and almost all the inmates of blocks C and F of the High Risk Ward were brutally assaulted by the Tamil Nadu Police and Prison officials, continuously for more than one hour,” the plea said.The plea claimed that under such circumstances there is a threat to the life of the petitioner and appropriate directions be issued that evidence of the incident of November 21 not be destroyed or tampered with.The plea also sought the 14 inmates who were allegedly assaulted on November 21 to be produced in the court and that medical aid be provided the injured inmates.On November 20, the Delhi High Court had taken cognisance of media reports where a foreign court had struck down India’s extradition request stating that there would be human rights violations at Tihar due to the conditions.

Pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students for illegal admissions: SC directs medical college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday directed a Lucknow-based medical college to pay Rs 10 lakh each to 150 students as a compensation for illegal admissions.Terming it the case ‘judicial indiscipline and impropriety’, the top court has barred the college from admitting students for the academic year 2018-19.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed the college to refund the admission fee paid by the students and slapped a fine of Rs 25 lakh to be paid to the SC registry, reported Times of India.The lawyers appearing for the Medical Council of India ( MCI ), told the bench that the High Court allowed admissions even though the college didn’t have formal. According to Hindustan Times, the case came under the scanner in September when one judge of a two-member Allahabad high court bench made hand written corrections to its original order to allow the medical college to admit students to MBBS course for 2017-18.The top court also said that the High Court bench virtually overruled the SC order, saying it may cause an institutional problem.In September, the CBI had arrested retired Orissa High Court judge Ishrat Masroor Quddusi and five others, including the chairman of a private medical college in Lucknow, which was barred from admitting students for two academic years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.The former High Court judge was allegedly trying to help the Lucknow-based Prasad Educational Trust to overcome a bar on admitting students in its medical college for two academic years (2017-2018 and 2018-2019).Quddusi was granted bail on September 27.(With agency inputs)

Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah ‘heckled’, told to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ or leave India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dalit rights campaigner and writer Kancha Ilaiah was on Wednesday heckled by right-wing activists outside a court in Telangana Jagital district’s Korutla town.The activists attempted while he was getting into his car, however, he was rescued by police and whisked him away from the spot.A report said a large number of youth holding placards tried to attack him with slippers and others hurled eggs.Ilaiah told media that the attack was by people belonging to the Arya Vysya community who allegedly told him to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ if he sought to stay in India, reported Hindustan Times.Earlier too, Kancha Ilaiah had alleged attack.Arya Vysya associations had held protests in Hyderabad in September alleging that the title of Ilaiah’s book and some of its contents were “derogatory and demeaning” to the community and sought withdrawal of the book.The community is angry at Ilaiah over his book “Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu” (Vysyas are social smugglers), and were demanding apology from the writer.

Indian man jailed for three years on robbery charges in Singapore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 53-year-old Indian in Singapore has been jailed for over three years for robbing a compatriot jeweller of cash and valuables to the tune of $31,910, media reports said.Yelchur Sreenivas, 51, was robbed by Srinath Bari Ramdeo Bari and his two accomplices near Towner Road as he was returning home on May 25 last year.Srinath along with his two accomplices repeatedly hit Sreenivas with a wooden pole and robbed him of cash and valuables worth about 43,000 Singapore dollars (USD 31,910), The Straits Times reported.Srinath also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report for a urine test (for drug checks) and was given a six month jail term on each charge, the report said.A fourth charge of failing to report for his test was considered during his sentencing, it said In lieu of the mandatory 12 strokes of the cane, Srinath, who is above 50 and cannot be caned, was given an additional jail term of 20 weeks, the report said.District Judge Jasvender Kaur ordered the sentence for the robbery and one of the urine tests to run consecutively, making a total of four years and 20 weeks in jail, it said.She backdated his sentence to September 23 last year.The robbery’s mastermind Venkatachalapathy, 48, was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane on November 2.The third accomplice, Hassan, 36, who goes by one name, has claimed trial.Deputy Public Prosecutor Zulhafni Zulkeflee said Venkatachalapathy knew the victim was involved in the jewellery business and roped in Srinath and Hassan for the robbery.Yelchur was carrying a haversack containing cash and jewellery samples while walking along Towner road at midnight when he felt somebody pulling it from behind.He turned around and saw Venkatachalapathy, who shoved him to the ground.Venkatachalapathy tried to snatch the haversack but failed. He then ran away.Yelchur was getting up when Srinath came from behind and struck his shoulder a few times with a pole. Just then, Venkatachalapathy came back, grabbed the haversack, and fled with Srinath.The bag had cash and valuables totalling 42,775 dollars.When Venkatachalapathy was arrested the next day, the police recovered cash and valuables amounting to 36,175 dollars. Srinath, arrested in August last year, could have been jailed for up to 14 years for robbery.For failing to report for a urine test, the maximum penalty is a 10,000 dollars fine and four years’ jail.

Ryan student murder: Conductor Ashok Kumar’s wife says cops thrashed him, hung upside down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schoolbus conductor Ashok Kumar, who was arrested in connection with the killing of seven-year-old Pradhyman Thakur has said that he is in a lot of pain with his wife alleging torture by police.Ashok Kumar was on Wednesday released from jail after a Gurgaon court granted him bail.After he was freed from the Bhondsi jail, Kumar went straight to his house in Ghambroj village in Sohna.However, speaking to media, his wife said, “Police beat him up, hung him upside down.”She also claimed that they tortured him and even sedated him to make him confess in the murder case.Verma had filed the bail application for Kumar after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a 16-year-old school student of Ryan International on charges of killing his junior.Pradhuman was found with his throat slit in the toilet of the school in Bhondsi, Gurgaon, on September 8.Kumar, who was arrested by the Gurgaon SIT, has not got a clean chit from the CBI.

Jammu and Kashmir: Leisure trips not exciting anymore, agriculture-tourism to boost tourist footfalls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fledgling tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir has suffered huge losses post-Burhan Wani killing that sparked unrest in the valley. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting, and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Now, Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to introduce the Agriculture-tourism to showcase exotic agricultural products and increase the footfalls of the tourists in the restive valley.Under this ambitious plan, Gulgam Kupwara will be transformed as a model village for honey production. This area has a clean atmosphere and will be introduced to the world as new Agri-Tourism destination. Similarly, three areas have been identified as vegetable initiative clusters, which will be linked directly to the vegetable corridor of the country. More than 70 hectares in Pattan, Sopore, and Baramulla will be upgraded and every best technology will be provided to them so that the benefit is directly harvested by the farmers. Exotic saffron is another attraction that is seen as eye-catcher and can help in boosting the tourist footfalls“Every district is blessed with unique products. Like Gurez is blessed with ‘zeera’ (cumin), Kupwara with honey, Baramulla has a potential of producing exotic vegetables; Ganderbal has potential growth for potato, in addition to other basic varieties and so on”, said Sandeep Kumar Nayak, Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production Department, Jammu and Kashmir. This brings a ray of hope to tourism sector here which has suffered a lot in the recent past. Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Post Burhan Wani unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post Burhan Wani killing unrest. Data revealed that this year around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath pilgrims who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed. “We need to come out of the local market. Let us focus on national and international markets. Foreign markets need assured supply line. May be three years after, we can. But Indian market is waiting for us. Quality vegetable of this state is better than others. So that our production should increase multiple times”, said Nayak.

Ryan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar walked free from Bhondsi jail on Wednesday, a day after Gurugram court granted him bail in the sensational murder case of Pradyuman Thakur.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court judge granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.”The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and life,” said Advocate Anil Sharma, who was present in the court on behalf of Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.On Monday, the CBI submitted the DNA sample report in the Gurugram court. The report stated that the blood samples recovered from Ashok’s shirt by the Haryana Police did not match with that of the murdered child.Meanwhile, a Class 11 student was arrested in connection to the sensational Ryan School murder case.Ashok was accused of murdering a Class II student, Pradyuman Thakur, in a Gurugram school.The seven-year-old was found dead in the washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan School International with his throat brutally slit on September 8.

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