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Drive to end encroachment on Noida Expressway

The local administration, along with the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, conducted a massive anti-encroachment drive against 35 illegal farmhouses spread over several acres of government land, in the Nagla-Nagli village along the Noida Expressway on Wednesday, following an Allahabad High Court (HC) order.According to the IAF officials, they bulldozed unauthorised construction on 40 acres of land in the village. The HC, in July, 2017, had directed the district administration to identify the IAF land allotted decades ago and to initiate criminal proceedings against the accused. Several acres of land was grabbed by colonisers and illegal colonies were developed. The 482-acre land belongs to the Ministry of Defence, given to the IAF for a bombing range in 1950.”Several notices issued were not taken seriously. The encroachers were served show cause notices on November 8 and then eviction notices on December 1. Several encroachers came to the spot after knowing about the eviction drive,” said A K Shrivastava, in-charge of anti-encroachment drive and group captain in the IAF.

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Experts blame low temp for ‘poor’ AQI

Mumbai’s Air Quality Index (AQI) continues to remain a cause of worry for citizens as on Monday the overall AQI for the city was reported to be 257. As per System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) an AQI between 200 to 300 is rated in the ‘poor’ category and is known to cause respiratory-related allergies.In fact as per air quality experts from SAFAR, on Monday AQI of PM2.5, which is the smallest size pollutant known to cause respiratory illnesses and worsens the condition of those suffering from ailments like asthma and bronchitis in the four centers including Borivili, BKC, Andheri and Mazgaon reported ‘Very Poor’ air quality. Bandra Kurla Complex (332) topped the list followed by Borivili (325) Andheri (322) and Mazgaon (313). The safe limit as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for PM2.5 is 60 µg/m3 for 24 hoursWhile air quality experts blamed lower temperatures in Mumbai, they also said that the haze-like condition was due to the high difference between the maximum and minimum temperatures. “Several parts especially central Mumbai are facing haze-like conditions throughout the day due to the lower temperature early in the morning while the dust particles get stuck to the moisture and remain in the air throughout the day,” said an official.On Monday, the minimum temperature in Mumbai was recorded at Santacruz, which was 16.5 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature was also at Santacruz which was recorded as 32.4 degree Celsius.

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Bombay HC rejects bail plea of driver in bus accident that killed 37 on Mumbai-Goa highway

The Bombay High Court has rejected the bail plea of the driver of a luxury bus that plunged into a river off the Mumbai-Goa highway four years ago, killing 37 passengers and injuring 15 others.The driver, Santaji Kirdat, was convicted on charges of rash driving, negligence, and culpable homicide not amounting to murder and given 10 years in jail by a trial court earlier this year.Kirdat had filed a plea in the HC challenging his conviction and demanding that his sentence be suspended and he be released on bail till the appeal was decided.Justice AM Badar, who heard the bail plea rejected it on Friday, observing that Kirdat had been speeding on a narrow stretch of a bridge at the time of the accident, and had knowingly put the lives of the passengers at risk.The incident occurred around 3 am on March 19, 2013. The luxury bus carrying 52 people, including Kirdat and a conductor, plunged into the Jagbudi river. 37 people including the conductor were killed in the accident.Also readHP bus accident: Rs 5 lakh, Rs 4 lakh for kin of victimsPolice in their probe found that the bus was coming from Mhapsa in Goa to Mumbai and Kirdat was speeding at the time of the incident.The tyre marks of the bus revealed that even though Kirdat had applied the brakes, he could not control the vehicle and it fell into the river after crashing through the barrier of the British era bridge over the river.Also readEight killed, 25 injured in West Bengal’s bus accidentThe police probe also found that the bridge was just 20 ft wide and several passengers had gone to the driver s cabin asking him to drive slowly.Kirdat denied the charges and claimed in court that he had had no knowledge or intention to cause the death of the passengers.Justice Badar however, rejected his argument saying, “Several passengers asked him (Kirdat) to slow down but he paid no heed to them. The road was only 20 feet wide. It cannot be inferred at this stage that the applicant/accused was not knowing condition of the road on the highway and he was not oblivious of the fact that the road/bridge is narrow.” “The time when the incident took place is also relevant.Any person of ordinary prudence would not dare to drive a passenger bus at such speed at a pe-dawn hour. Therefore, it cannot be said the applicant was not having knowledge of the act that he was committing by driving the bus at such high speed and risking the lives of so many people, ultimately causing their deaths,” Justice Badar said.

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Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim

A woman raped by a driver in Delhi says executives got her medical records after doubting her story.

Social organisations urge PM Modi to ban ‘Padmavati’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several political leaders and social organisations dismissed the Supreme Court order and requested the prime minister to take the matter, of banning Padmavati, in hand. Lokendra Singh Kalvi, patron of Rajput Karni Sena, on Tuesday, made a public appeal to prime minister Narendra Modi to take the ball in his court now. He claimed that the decision of the Apex court loses importance when the prime minister takes charge.“I request Prime Minister to take the issue in his hand now. Narendra Modi had also banned the released of Jodha Akhbar in Gujarat and Rajasthan when he was the state’s chief minister. He can now ban Padmavati nationally,” Kalvi said. He then informed that the central government has the power to ban the film under section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. He further informed that he is taking steps to assure that the film is banned internationally. “Kalvi will also be visiting England in next three days as the censor board of has passed the film. Several organisations of NRIs, which are functioning against the distortion of history, have been approached. He will be visited the US of America post that,” informed Mahipal Singh Makarana, president, Rajput Karni Sena.The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film “Padmavati”, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. A bench headed by Chief Justice dismissed the fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.

TISS cuts scholarship for SC students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a decision that might affect thousands of students, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) would not wave off hostel expenses of SC students from outside Maharashtra from the academic year 2018-19. As per the institute’s recent admission notification, SC students who would be admitted to the institute would have to bear their hostel and dining expenses as the institute would no longer continue to bear the same. While the initial announcement regarding this was made in May this year, the institute would start implementing the policy from the upcoming academic year.Students said that the institute’s stand of cutting down on fellowships and fee waivers is a discriminatory move. “the institute has asked students to pay money first even as they might be awaiting their scholarships from the government. Several students who come from the SC/ST/OBC backgrounds cannot afford to pay the fee amount. This decision would make TISS an elite institution yet again” said a research scholar from the institute.Dr S Parasuraman, Director, TISS said that the institute is facing a severe fund deficit as a result of which it cannot continue with the assistance. “The institute has a deficit of over 20 crores as the government is yet to reimburse the scholarship amount of students. The institute can thus no longer support hostel and dining expenses. Students would however be supported in all ways to avail loans or partial waiver if need be” said Parasuraman. In 2016-17, the institute had stopped giving non NET fellowships to researchers in the absence of funds. In May 2017, the institute declared that it will not be able to provide financial aid to students from SC/ST/OBC category(with family income below GoI norms). “There seems to be a systematic attempt to stop students from the marginalised backgrounds to take higher institutions in premiere institutes like TISS. Even if the institute lacks funds, it cannot put the financial burden on students” said another student.

MU law students still await results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing its tradition of delays the University of Mumbai has failed to issue the marksheets of diploma course students over two years after they wrote their exams. Several students who had taken up the Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights under the department of Law at the University of Mumbai in the academic year 2014-15 are yet to get their marksheets over two years later.Students enrolled under the course wrote their exams in May 2015 but got to know that they had failed in a few papers. They later approached the varsity’s Law department in the Fort campus and applied for revaluation of those papers. As the revaluation results were declared shortly, students were elated to see that most of them had passed in the papers that they had earlier failed. The varsity also uploaded a statement of marks on its official website soon after the result declaration. However students have not been issued any marksheet yet.”Around 7-8 students who had taken up the course including me were shocked to see that we had failed in some or the other paper. We applied for revaluation and paid the fees for the same. While the results that were declared shortly showed that most of us had passed post revaluation, the varsity has not issued any marksheet to us till date” said Dhanpal Solanki Jain one of the students.

362 buses to go off roads soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Do not be surprised if you find lesser buses on road in the coming days. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking will scrap 362 buses in 2017-18 which shall curtail the total fleet to 3,337 by March 2018 from the existing 3,750. The BEST is already under financial trouble with heavy losses on its heads, plus the total number of daily passengers has dropped to 30 lakh and the undertaking is finding it difficult to attract people who are using share-taxis and autorickshaws.With deficit hitting Rs 880 crore for the year 2018-19, the BEST cut down the procurement of 303 new buses from Tata to 185. This curtailment was due to the heavy cost of Rs 100 crore which was being paid by the BMC. The BEST recently added six electric buses at cost the of Rs 10 crore to their fleet which is running on short routes.”The turnout of buses has dropped considerably and the fleet is unable to complete 22-24 per cent of the daily kilometres. The main reasons are absenteeism of drivers and conductors and traffic jams wherein buses get stuck on road and thus these buses are stuck inside depots,” said S Kavtankar, member, BEST committee.Another reason why existing buses are stuck inside depots is because the electronic ticket issuing machines are not working. Several machines out of the 9,000 are lying in depots as they have reached their codal lives. The demand for buses have dropped with Metro and Monorail coming up.

Along with heritage, need to revive traditional food habits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the first World Heritage City of the country, Ahmedabad is decked up once again with the World Heritage Week celebrations beginning Sunday, experts say the need of the hour is to revive our traditional food culture.Dr Hemant Bhatt of Khadia Itihas Samiti, who has been organising traditional food festivals at ‘pols’, said, “Consumption of traditional food items has now mostly became restricted to festivals or celebrations. Despite having rich, diverse and healthy cuisine, we prefer unhealthy items in our daily life, most of which are loaded with preservatives.”Elaborating, he said, “Kansar can be made with very few ingredients even today. Our forefathers stressed on its consumed during Diwali due to specific reasons. It contains cracked wheat, jaggery and ghee. It has carbohydrates, lipids and sugar.”Several others experts also believe that the increasing lifestyle diseases are because of our unhealthy food habits. “Earlier, irrespective of religion, people used to finish their dinner before 8 pm. It consisted of milk, Bhakhari and Sabji or Khichadi. Milk was the staple food of evening. It contains amino acids which prompt sound sleep. It also contains melatonin that is said to regulate the sleep and waking cycle,” added Dr Bhatt.Likewise, during Uttarayan, he said, we eat sweets in form of different chikkis and during Holi, dates are consumed because of scientific reasons.“What our forefathers had included in their daily meal was a complete nutritional food. We should not tamper with it but revive our local, traditional food.”He said a heritage food festival would also be organised during Uttarayan in old city.

Mumbai University students left in a lurch due to no grievance mechanism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several students of the University of Mumbai are running from pillar to post to register complaints about their issues as the varsity does not have a fully functional grievance cell in place. Students who wish to register complaints about result delays, issues with respect to fees and other problems have no where to go to as the university has failed to reconstitute a students Grievance Cell after the previous one dissolved in August last year. “Officials at the University ask us to write a complaint and submit but nothing seems to happen as there is no committee to look into it. At a point when lakhs of students are suffering due to the varsity’s delays, not having a mechanism to solve students’s complaints is unfortunate ” said an MA student on the condition of anonymity. Varsity officials said that the grievance cell will be reconstituted soon and in the time being an ad hoc body would look into the complaints.

Delhi Cops grill cabbies over allegations of gang-rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police are checking several private cabs and taxi drivers in the area where a woman allegedly had been gang-raped after boarding the cab.Earlier the woman had alleged that she was abducted from near Ansal Plaza while waiting for a cab, late night on Tuesday and dropped in Greater Noida after she was gang-raped by a cab driver and his accomplice. An FIR was registered in this regard on Thursday evening.Police said every CCTV camera installed in the area from where she had boarded the cab is being checked to find out the accused car. Several cabs have been checked and the drivers questioned in order to nab the accused and his aide. The complainant’s help is also being taken to get a sketch of the accused made so that they can be identified.”Through technical surveillance and local intelligence we are trying to identify the accused. A case has been registered at Hauz Khas police station and the matter is being probed from all the possible angles,” a senior police officer probing the incident said.However, sources in police told DNA that some contradictions have appeared in woman’s statement which is being verified to ascertain the sequence of events.According to the police, a PCR call alleging rape was made by the complainant on Wednesday in the area of PS K N Katju Marg, reporting that late night on Tuesday she had taken a taxi from near Ansal Plaza to go to Rohini.According to the complaint, the taxi driver, after driving a few kilometres, allowed another person to board the taxi and soon, both these persons started misbehaving with her. When she tried to raise an alarm, she was threatened and they took her to the Greater Noida area and allegedly raped her.The accused also took away her gold ornaments, mangalsutra, cellphone and cash worth Rs 12,000, the woman alleged in her complaint to the police.It was then around 6 am on Wednesday that the duo dropped her near a secluded stretch in Greater Noida and drove away, the woman claimed

MU Students face more tough times with revaluation results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several students under the University of Mumbai are getting to know their exam scores post revaluation minutes a few hours after writing their ATKT exams.The university is declaring the results of students who have applied for revaluation in phases on its official website even as the exams for ATKT were kick-started before all the results were out.An MSc student who had earlier scored 16 marks in a paper wrote her ATKT exam for the subject on Tuesday morning but got to know that she has passed in the subject the same evening. “The university is really playing with our lives. First there were delays in results, then revaluation results as a result of which I had to prepare for the paper all over again. Had my result come earlier the time and effort could have been saved” said the student.Another student from the economics department who has been running from pillar to post for his results said “I have been failed in one paper in which I was confident of scoring well. Now with the exams approaching, I want to get my revaluation result soon”.University officials said that while most revaluation results have been declared, the remaining would also be declared in this week.

India tops list of countries affected by climate change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recently released Global Climate Risk Index 2018 report has put India amongst the sixth most vulnerable countries after Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The report, recently released in Germany, has, however, analysed and taken into account data between 1997 and 2016.Prepared by a group of researchers on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has estimated that more than 5.24 lakh people died across the world, as a direct result of more than 11 000 extreme weather events accounting to loss of around US$ 3.16 trillion during this period.In India 2,119 people were killed during 2016, a number higher than any other country, losing $21,500 million the third highest financial loss after those suffered by China and the US. The report ranked the US fifth in fatalities from climate change impacts during 2016.It mentions the heat waves in South Asia which persisted until the beginning of summer 2016, breaking a record of 51°C in Rajasthan, in May 2016. Over a thousand people died of hyperthermia or dehydration. In total, 1 800 fatalities were reported, especially in Southeast India. The persisting drought and heat waves affected over 330 million people. They were followed by an extreme monsoon season lasting from June to October in eastern, western and central India. At least 300 people died due to the heavy rainfall and landslides and millions of people were affected by washed away crops, destroyed roads or disrupted electricity and phone lines. On 12th December 2016, cyclone Vardah, one of the costliest cyclones ever in the North Indian Ocean basin, made landfall in Chennai31. Several people died here and infrastructure was severely damaged.Researchers also conclude that sea surface temperature seems to play a key role in intensifying storms. But said, it was difficult to distinguish between natural variability and human induced extremes. It concluded that rising sea level, which is partly caused by climate change, was responsible for the increased intensity of floods, storms and droughts. For example, a study shows that the 2016 torrential rains in Louisiana, USA, were made almost twice as likely by human-induced climate change.Furthermore, the report also found increasing evidence on the link between extreme El Niño events and global warming. Date collected in 2014 showed, the occurrence of such events could double in the future due to climate change.

Mumbai: Junior college teachers to protest tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several teachers of the Mumbai Junior College Teachers Union (MJCTU) will stage a protest on November 14 against some of the recent decisions of the state education department which has put an additional burden on teachers.”The state education department is putting a lot of additional pressure on teachers by asking them to upload some data or the other on various portals. Several teachers do not even have access to computers in their schools and junior colleges. Even as the burden is increasing for teachers, they are not adequately paid. Many of them are still awaiting their due increments. The government is yet to pay us as per the 7th pay commission salary revisions” said Anil Deshmukh, General secretary, MJCTU.The teachers would protest at Azad Maidan from 2:00 pm on November 14 against the government inaction in understanding their issues. Some of the major issues that would be taken up in the protest would include – revision of teachers salaries as per the 7th pay commission, regularising the old appointments of teachers, bringing ICT in the purview of aided subjects, revising the retirement age of teachers from 58 to 60 years etc.

VK Sasikala kin’s hostel yields gold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the third consecutive day, the Income Tax (I-T) officials continued their search for unaccounted wealth at over 40 premises of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin, their associates and aides across the state.On Saturday, I-T sleuths seized volumes of incriminating documents relating to investments to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore and seven kilograms of unaccounted gold, luxury watches and cash from Sengamala Thayaar Educational Trust Women’s College hostel in Tiruvarur, which belongs to Sasikala’s brother, V Dhivaharan. Dhivaharan was taken for questioning and I-T officials also knocked at his daughter Mathangi’s residence at Defence Colony in Chennai.The department froze 51 bank accounts belonging to shell companies and individuals.”Several documents of money transactions seized during the raid are yet to be scrutinised. We will have total value of investments only after the completion of the search operation in all the premises,” the official said.On Thursday, a team of around 1,800 officials launched the massive search exercise at 187 premises connected to Sasikala’s kin in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. The residences of Sasikala’s sister-in-law, Illavarassi’s son Vivek at Mahalingapuram and daughter Krishnapriya at T Nagar continued to be searched. The duo were also questioned about their source of income. Searches also continued at the offices of Jaya TV and Jazz cinemas in Chennai. The two residences of Sasikala’s astrologer and a jewellery shop in Cuddalore are also under the scanner.Operation Clean Money was launched by IT officials following specific information on shell companies, dubious investments and large deposits of cash post demonetisation.Also FoundRs1,500 cr in investments, revealed by documents51 bank accounts of shell companies, individuals frozen7 kg of gold, luxury watches and bundles of cash found

Pick up your plate, say XIC students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the intention of keeping the canteen clean and to inculcate a sense of responsibility among students, a bunch of students at Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC) are currently running an initiative called ‘Pick your plate’.Started by students in Post-graduate Diploma in Communications for Development at the institute as part of an assignment, the initiative appeals to students in the college canteen to pick up their own plates after they are done.”We had to take up a social awareness campaign as part of our curriculum. We decided to stay hyperlocal. The canteen of St Xaviers college is quite popular, but we noticed that students often left their plates on the tables after they were done eating. The canteen staff then had to pick those plates up after them. We realised that if students pick their own plates, the staff would save a lot of their time and effort,” said Sunny Chheda.The group started spreading awareness on the issue through social media and mouth publicity. With a hashtag #trashyourtrash several posters were also put out on social media and near the canteen premise.”We did a small survey and realised that between 75-90 per cent plates sold at the canteen are left on the tables after eating. Showing this data, we appealed to students to do their small bit in order to make their canteen a better place” added Chheda.Agnelo Menezes, Principal, St Xaviers college said that it was a welcome initiative. “Our college has always tried to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the minds of students and this is one such initiative” added Menezes.ON SOCIAL MEDIAThe group also spread awareness on the issue through social media with a hashtag #trashyourtrash. Several posters were also put up near the canteen.

Mumbai: That Whatsapp forward of a bomb blast in Bandra station is fake, confirms Western Railway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, the Western Railway looked to scotch rumours of a supposed bomb blast that took place at Bandra Railway station. Several messages on social media for the last fortnight have claimed that a bomb blast had taken place in Bandra station.DCP Government Railway Police, Western Railway said it was a false message and no such incident had taken place.Purhosttam Karad told DNA: “A false message about blast at Bandra Railway station is being circulated in some group. No such incident had happened.”

BMC to discuss power, water cut in bldgs without OC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the standing committee meeting on Wednesday, the civic administration will table a proposal to disconnect water and electricity supply to newly constructed buildings that have not obtained occupation certificate (OC) from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Dilip Lande, a corporator from Kurla and the then group leader of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), had put up the proposal during the general body meeting in March 2017. Lande had demanded that the BMC should not give water connection to buildings that have not obtained OC from the civic body. Apart from Lande, other corporators too had demanded the same during the meeting.Corporators had alleged that there are many buildings in the city which have not obtained OC from BMC, but are selling flats to gullible buyers. “Several builders sold flats to several buyers without obtaining OC and fled,” said Lande. He added that it is the flat buyers who face difficulty while getting civic facilities.According to civic officials, so far buildings constructed after getting permission from BMC’s building proposal department are given water connection on humanitarian grounds although they do not have OCs. But residents in those buildings have to pay double the charge for water connection.However, BMC has also its constitutional obligation to provide water on a community basis by laying water mains and water taps. “In keeping with Supreme Court and High Court order, and MCGM Act 1888, Government of Maharashtra has already given in principle approval to provide water through community basis by laying water mains and water taps,” said an official.But, if the civic body takes decision of disconnecting water supply, it will affect thousands residents of newly constructed buildings in the city which have not obtained OC.However, an official from the hydraulic department said that the civic body will continue to provide water to such buildings.

MU students to stage protest on Kalina campus today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Affected by a series of glitches and delays, several students of the University of Mumbai have decided to stage a protest at the varsity’s Kalina campus on Tuesday. Now, the students have decided to come together under a collective banner #savemumbaiuniversity plan, seeking an immediate declaration of the pending revaluation results.Even though the university recently announced that it has declared the results, many students across various courses said their results are awaited. DNA had earlier reported about the plight of the students who are now running pillar to post to get their results over six months. Frustrated with the apathy of the authority, some of the students have now made their mind to come together under a common banner.”The university is currently running on an ad hoc basis. Several students are awaiting their results, even as the varsity claims that it has declared all. The university has sacked the V-C but retained the service provider. If things go wrong, who will take the responsibility?” asked Sachin Pawar, president of the Student Law Council, who will be a part of the protest march.Abhishek Bhatt, who studies Law and also one of the organisers of Tuesday’s march, said the idea behind it was to raise issues of students without any political banner.”Even today, several students who were allotted zero marks due to technical mistakes or whose marks were held for some reason or the other, are awaiting results. Our aim is to bring them together and hold the university accountable for its glitches and delays in order to solve the issues of students” added Bhatt.

Government taking fresh look on appointing Chief of Defence Staff

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:38 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The government is considering appointing a chief of defence staff (CDS) as head of the tri- services with a sense of urgency, defence ministry sources said today.They said government was revisiting the long-pending issue, indicating that a clear picture may emerge soon. The defence ministry is attending to it with a sense of urgency, the sources said. A high-level committee set up to examine the gaps in the country’s security system in the wake of the Kargil war in 1999 had called for appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a single-point military adviser to the Defence Minister. A group of ministers analysing required reforms in the national security system had also favoured appointing a chief of defence staff.However, successive governments were unable to take a call on the sensitive issue. “Several steps have to be taken before the appointment (of the CDS),” a source said. In 2012, the Naresh Chandra Task force had recommended creating the post of a permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CoSC comprises chiefs of the Army, Navy and the Air Force and the senior-most among them acts as its chairman as per existing norm.

Railways to ‘review’ garbage situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Western Railway (WR) will be conducting a ‘review’ of the garbage which has collected outside the Divisional Railway Manager’s (DRM) office at Mumbai Central. Several complaints have been made regarding the collected garbage. The railways, which claimed to be adhering to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is now on a back foot.The WR DRM’s office, which is located near the coach center at Mumbai Central, witnesses the dumping of garbage from long distance trains which halt at the terminus for maintenance. This is not collected for several days leading to a stench.”The stench and filth is unbearable and many of our colleagues are falling sick due to the garbage which has been dumped outside the offices. It is not collected for weeks which piles up leading to diseases. Several complaints have been made but we continue to face the problems,” said a WR employee on the condition of anonymity.The frequency at which the garbage is collecting at the spot is now resulting in piles on the road leading to the DRM office and its adjoining offices. “We have been asked to keep our offices and surroundings clean but the DRM office itself has garbage outside its building. The Railways should come up with a solution to resolve the issues,” said the official.Ravindra Bhakar, Spokesperson, WR, said, “We are conducting a review of the garbage which has collected outside the DRM office and we will clear it as soon as possible.”

University of Mumbai student to go on hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The results mess at the University of Mumbai is far from over as at least 1,600 students, whose papers are ‘missing’, are still awaiting results nearly five months after exams. In several cases, the university itself has no clarity about when the results would be announced. While the university decided to allot average marks to students whose papers were logically or physically missing, it has still not released a list of all such students.One such student, Ameya Malshe — who is awaiting results for his second semester LLB exams – has written to the Vice Chancellor expressing the agony of thousands of students whose results are yet to be declared.”Five months after my exams, I am yet to get my result. The university has declared that it has misplaced some papers. But students are not being given any clarity about when they would get their results. Many of us are becoming suicidal after losing opportunities of higher education, jobs etc,” Malshe has written, adding, “If anything happens to any of these students, the university would be solely responsible.” Malshe has decided to fast at the University’s Kalina campus if results are not declared until Wednesday.Kunal Parmar, a final year student of Bachelor in Mass Media (BMM), said that he had to lose an entire year due to the university’s delay in declaring results. “I was planning to enrol into a masters programme. Despite several queries, the university is still not clarifying whether the paper is missing or there is some other issue,” says Parmar.Meanwhile, the University declared the revaluation results of some students on October 7; several students were shocked to see that they had scored a zero. “Several students, who had scored low in their exams, have now scored zero in the revaluation. This is shocking” said Sachin Pawar, president of the Student Law Council.

Changes announced by GST Council not ‘Diwali gift’: Uddhav Thackeray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray continued to attack the BJP government on the state of the economy and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Saturday.”People are still not happy. Petrol prices are still high, inflation is still up,” Thackeray pointed out.”I thank Central govt for reducing tax slabs under GST, but will it refund the tax collected so far? I’m not an economist to comment on yesterday’s announcements but I must say that the previous govt stood firm on its decisions. Now decisions are being changed following opposition and dissatisfaction among people.”He also lashed out at PM Modi referring to the GST Council’s decisions as an early “Diwali gift”. “The changes announced by the GST Council are not Diwali gifts. Several more changes are required. These changes were only announced in light of the forthcoming Gujarat election.”Striking a warning tone, the Shiv Sena chief said, “The time of final decision has come. We’re here to to serve people and will continue doing that.”On questions of whether Shiv Sena is taking a decision on its alliance with NDA, he said, “We don’t give ultimatum to anyone.We take decision whenever we think so.” Three months after the roll-out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council yesterday made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.(With Agency Inputs)

Allahabad errupts after BSP leader Rajesh Yadav shot dead, 12 detained for arson

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Large-scale violence erupted in Allahabad on Tuesday following murder of a BSP leader Rajesh Yadav. Supporters of the BSP leader set ablaze a government bus, torched several vehicles and shops and indulged in heavy stone pelting forcing police to open fire, use tear gas shells and lathi-charge. About a dozen people were detained in connection with the arson.The SP City S.S. Meena said that BSP leader Rajesh Yadav had gone to Tarachand Hostel in Allahabad University along with his friend and business partner Dr Mukul at around 2.30 am. An altercation took place with some unknown person there and he was shot in his car.His business partner Dr Mukul brought Rajesh to his clinic where he succumbed to gun shot injuries. “We have found several empty cartridges from the car which bore attack marks also. A case has been registered and investigation on,” said SP City.A native of Duguna village in Bhadohi district, Rajesh had contested 2017 Assembly polls against mafia don Vijay Mishra from Gyanpur Assembly seat in Bhadohi. Currently, Rajesh and his family was residing in flat at Harit Kunj Apartment, Company Baag in Allahabad.On hearing the news of his murder, a large number of BSP leader’s supporters gathered at his residence on Tuesday morning and torched a UPSRTC bus and several vehicles. Several policemen and bystanders sustained injuries when they indulged in heavy brick-batting.Police fired few shots in the air, used water cannon and tear gas shells to control the agitated mob. About a dozen BSP supporters were rounded up and later released. Rajesh’s wife Monica has charged Dr Mukul of hatching a conspiracy to murder her husband. She alleged that Dr Mukul was having some dispute with Rajesh on some business matter. Rajesh spoke to his wife last around 2 am saying that he was with Dr Mukul and will return in an hour’s time.“We have recorded statements of Dr Mukul and Rajesh’s wife and other relatives. A raid was also conducted at Tarachand Hostel and we have detained a few inmates for interrogation. CCTV footage is also being obtained. We will be able to throw some light in the case in a day or two after completing initial investigation,” said SP City S.S. Meena.

Ramleela, a dying art, loses its community connect

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s that time of the year when Ramleela troupes across the city retell the epic Ramayana to keen audiences through various performances. But over the years, the art of traditional storytelling and the Ramleela performances are losing its community connect. ‘Less audiences, lack of promotion and awareness is reducing the importance of this art,’ says Suresh Mishra, one of the Ramleela organisers. Several mandals which organise Ramleela rue that it is a dying art. Like earlier, not many are interested in watching the performance.Celebrating its 40th year, the Shree Maharashtra Ramleela Mandal will be performing the act for five hours on the day of Dussehra at Azad Maidan. According to Suresh Mishra, who is from the third generation of his family to organise Ramleela, “I am not sure if my next generation will take care of the mandal the way the previous three generations of my family did. For the last seven years we have been bringing in professionals — 35-member troupes — from Ayodhya to perform on all 10 days. While previously the locals like taxi drivers, students, paanwallahs would practice and perform, gradually the seniors started retiring and the younger generation did not show any interest due to which professionals from other states were arranged to perform.”The Aadarsh Ramleela Samiti, an all-male artist group travels from Mathura every year. This year they will perform at Cotton Green. Radheshyam Mishra, general secretary of Aadarsh Ramleela Samiti, said, “The uniqueness about Ramleela is the artist’s voice. We don’t use any mic while narrating dialogues. But due to the restriction of silent zone we had to shut down the performance in Dadar, Chembur and Wadala a few years ago due to which the number of audience reduced further,” added Radheshyam Mishra.

Man arrested for nephew’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South-West district police have arrested a man involved in the murder of a minor boy from Kailashpuri area of Sagarpur in West Delhi on Sunday.According to police, the accused has been identified as Nanhe Lal, who murdered his nephew on suspicion of his having illicit relations with his wife on August 1. He was arrested following a tip off regarding his visit to Sagarpur.“We received information that Lal was to visit Sagarpur, following which a trap was laid. A special team was formed and he was arrested. During sustained interrogation, he confessed to his crime,” said Gaurav Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner of police (South-West).Earlier, Lal had cleverly joined the investigation and tried to misguide police. He had also won the confidence of the deceased’s parents. However, his version was not corroborated by technical evidence.“When he sensed police was onto him and able to trace him, he switched off his mobile phone and shifted locations. Several raids were also conducted in Badayun and Bareilly to find the suspect, but he remained untraceable,” added Sharma.During the interrogation, the accused revealed that in 2013, he and his wife shifted to Longowal area of Punjab. He started suspecting the character of his wife and used to beat her. His wife had good relations with his nephew (Lal) and this made him suspect there was something amiss.“He made a plan to set up his wife and her brother for the murder of his nephew to get rid of his wife and his nephew in one go,” Sharma added.

Mumbai Divisional Board cancels Virar college’s registration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Divisional Board has cancelled the registration of Mount Mary Junior College in Virar in connection with the paper leak case in the Class XII board exams which came to light in March this year.In March 2017, papers of Secretarial Practice (SP) and Marathi were leaked on WhatsApp minutes before the exam started. The Navi Mumbai police who were investigating the case had found that the photographs of the papers were clicked in the Virar college. The police had later arrested officials of the college including the principal along with a private tuition teacher in connection with the case.The Board had formed a committee to look into the issue of leaks soon after. The Committee has recently submitted its report after which the divisional board has now cancelled its registration.Dattatray Jagtap, Chairman, Mumbai divisional board said that apart from its connection to the paper leak case, the committee had found several lapses in the working of the college — including the lack of adequate number of teachers, appointments without permissions, lack of infrastructure including labs etc after which the committee recommended the cancellation of the school’s registration.”Several inadequacies were found in the college after the team visited it. One of the major violations was the appointment of a person as a centre incharge without the permission of the board. After the committee submitted its report citing all the lapses, the board has decided to cancel its registration,” added Jagtap. While the board has cancelled the registration of class XI and XII for the college, the state education department will now take a call on what action should be taken against the school.Jagtap said that the board would initiate the process of transferring the existing students to other nearby colleges.THE CASEIn March 2017, papers of Secretarial Practice (SP) and Marathi were leaked on WhatsApp minutes before the exam started.
The Navi Mumbai police who were investigating the case had found that the photographs of the papers were clicked in the Virar college.

Ramganj erupts: 1 dead, thana stoned, cops injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ramganj thana was attacked by a mob and police vehicles set to fire after an altercation between the police and local residents. The police resorted to firing in the air tear gas was also fired. According to police sources teargas.One person has been killed and 4 policemen critically injured in the incident. 3 vehicles including a 108 ambulance and an electricity transformer was set on fire by the irate mob. Several other vehicles were also damaged.The tension erupted when a youth was allegedly detained from the Ramganj area by the police. His family reached the police station and the fight escalated. It is alleged that the police hit one of the family members, a woman with a lathi. The family them called local residents who collected in large numbers, pelted stones at the police station and set vehicles on fire. There was an ongoing law and order situation and a mob attacked the Ramganj police station. As a preventive measure police had to resort to firing in the air. One person has been killed in the incident and eight policemen are injured. Out of these four policemen are seriously injured informed a highly placed police official. Senior officials including Jaipur commissioner Sanjay Agarwal rushed to the spot to contain the situation. Moreover, the deceased has been identified as Ameen.“Police is investigating the matter and strict action will be taken against the guilty,” Siddharth Mahajan, Jaipur, collector, said. RAC battalions and forces from the police lines were called in to control the situation. The police urged the people to stay indoors and sought cooperation from local peace committees to contain the situation. Till reports last came in the situation was tense but under control.

Gurugram student murdered by bus conductor over ‘attempted sexual assault’: 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A seven-year-old student was found with his throat slit in a washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan International School on Friday.Here are 10 major updates in the case:1: The Gurugram Police on Friday arrested the bus conductor of the Ryan School in connection with the murder of class II student.2: Gurugram DCP Simardeep Singh said the 24-year-old accused murdered the child after he tried to sexually assault the victim.3: The cops also said that the accused had gone to use the toilet when he saw the boy. He attempted to abuse him and killed the child after he raised an alarm.4: The bus conductor has been working at the Ryan International School for past six months, the police said.5: At the time of the incident, the accused already had a knife in his pocket, Singh told media on Friday.6: The 7-year-old was murdered within an hour after his father dropped him off in morning around 7:30 am.7: The body of the child with two deep cuts going up to his ear lying in the pool of blood showed the sheer brutality with which the 7-year-old was allegedly murdered.8: Though there is anger against the way the school authorities reacted, officiating principal Neerja Batra said, “The child was looking serious. We didn’t lose a minute. We took the child in my car.”9: Victim’s father Varun Thakur has been demanding strict action against the school. “If children are murdered inside schools, how can we leave them there for eight hours,” Varun Thakur was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.10: Earlier in the day, the outraged parents vandalised the school property. Several others held a sit-in protest at the police commissioner’s office.

Thailand residents immerse Ganpati idols in the city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, on Tuesday, Ganpati idols worshiped by Thailand residents were immersed at Girgaum Chowpatty. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) had hosted 500 foreign tourists at Girgaum Chowpatty, giving them an opportunity to study the culture of Maharashtra.Priti Jaidee, a resident of Thailand, brought her handmade clay-based Ganesha idols. Accompanied with 50 other tourists from the Ganesh Museum in Thailand, the devotees of Lord Ganesha visited various temples across the country in the last 12 days, and reached Mumbai on the day of the immersion. Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped in Bangkok and Thailand. Several temples have been dedicated to the Elephant God.”We believe that Lord Ganesha has a a lot of power to create and destroy the universe. We are his ardent followers. We made clay idols so that we can pray and talk to people about Ganpati. I am happy that we could immerse our Ganpati idols in Mumbai,” said Jaidee.”The biggest festival has to be celebrated in a very lavish way. We have gathered here for peace and harmony between two countries.

Scaling up: India gets its first website on reptiles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, a team of researchers using the citizen’s science programme have decided to bring together the Indian herpetology community by setting up a dedicated ‘crowd-sourced’ website on reptiles, which will also prove to be a critical resource.Speaking to DNA, Herpatologist Varad Giri said that the website — Reptiles of India — serves three basic objectives: First, to consolidate available information on Indian reptiles and make it freely available on the website, secondly, to actively collect new information on all aspects of Indian reptiles through research, and thirdly, to communicate this information to policy-makers and work with various governing bodies so that the information is used to conserve reptiles and their habitats in India.”Several people and amateur reptile enthusiasts used to take photographs of various reptiles — some even extremely rare, but nothing was done apart from sharing it on social media. But here it was decided to provide such people a platform to upload their photographs of different species and to help create a bank,” said Giri, adding that the website already has around images of 240 reptile species of the 615 found in India.Akshay Khandekar, one of the curators of the website along with Giri, said that for each reptile species, one can also see their early stages, distribution, identification, status habitats and habits. “Its a one stop information site and we urge people to contribute as it will make this website a very strong resource. Every single image sent is first curated and the species is identified. Only then is it uploaded to ensure there is no mistake,” he said.The portal features various reptiles including crocodiles, lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. “We have received images of several rare reptiles, including Jaipore ground gecko, Jerdon pit viper, spotter eastern ghat skink and others. While we encourage those uploading images to add the location too, in case they feel they don’t want a rare species to be disturbed, they can give a broad location like the district too,” shared Giri.The website was the idea of naturalist Krushnamegh Kunte, Varad Giri, Akshay Khandekar and has been designed by Purnendu Roy.

Watch | Tribal man carries parents on shoulders for justice in alleged fake case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a unique move, a tribal youth, seeking justice for an alleged fake case against him, carried his old parents on his shoulders and walked for about forty kilometers.Hailing from a village Moroda in Odisha’s district of Mayurbhanj, Kartik Singh has claimed that the Moroda Police lodged a ‘fake’ FIR against him and locked him up in jail for eighteen days in 2009.As a result of this, he was and is still ‘outcaste’ by his villagers.According to Singh, he has no source of income or money in hand as none of the villagers give him work. Add on to this is the fact that he cannot move out to find work as has old parents to look after back home.Hence, reminiscing the story of ‘Shravan Kumar,’ Singh carried his parents on his back, with them sitting on wooden baskets either side, for 40kms to seek justice.Kartik said that he is an educated man, but can’t get a job or get married as the case that was registered 6-7 years ago is still on in the court.According to advocate, Prabhudan Marandi said, “It is not the first time something like this is happening. Several false cases are being filed.”Further talking about such cases, advocate Marandi said, Moroda Police of Mayurbhanj district has a regular track of doing such things, where the consequences are faced by the innocent people.Advocate and social activist Kumar Patra added, “Kartik is drowned so much in debt that he cannot feed his parents or himself.”He also added that Kartik even asked the district collector for a job, as the society has abandoned him, but received no response.The state and the Central government have several schemes for the upliftment of the socially and financially backward classes, but everything is out of his reach and the Government representatives or political parties have not noticed anything,” Patra said.According to Kartik, all he wants is to prove himself as ‘not guilty’ in the eyes of his old parents before they pass away.

Now, students can directly call DEO for grievances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bunking classes by teachers and issues related to affecting the study of students in government schools is not rare in Baran district of Rajasthan. The top education officials here have circulated their mobile numbers among the students so they can send images and pass on the information on any issue which they can’t raise officially in the presence of the teachers.Taking the initiative, district education officer (secondary) Panchuram Saini has instructed to write his mobile number on the walls of 270 schools across the district. It is aimed to inform the students, who can reach out to him whenever they come across such issues that affect their education.Recently, a student, Saini, had done informed the authorities when the school situated in Parnia village battled for bringing drinking water to the premises due to a technical snag in the machine installed there. The DEO had immediately swung into the action and made arrangements for it.“By giving my number to the students, I want to be in touch with them always. Whenever they face any issue in schools, they can reach out to me. Several times I have received calls from students who, on the condition of anonymity, told me the issues which have been sorted out promptly,” said Saini. The education department officials claimed that his contact number was circulated among thousands of students enrolled in 270 schools and six model schools and the same was posted on the walls of a school building. He claimed that block education officials (BEO) contacts numbers according to the regions were also posted on school walls. Saini’s out of the box idea, which needs no expenditure of revenue, is becoming popular among the parents as well. When they find the school staffers not paying any heed to their grievances, they too can inform the authorities without officials.

Five AIIMS students suspended on ragging charges; will miss exams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a recent case of ragging at AIIMS, five third-year students have been suspended for three months after a complaint was made by the guardian of a first-year MBBS student. The incident happened on August 17, when a first-year student during ragging was slapped, beaten up and injured badly.A case was filed, which was later pulled out by the guardian, but the anti-ragging committee of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, consisting of the Director, Registrar, Dean, Hostel Warden, Duty doctor and a few other officials, found the five guilty on August 23 and suspended them.”These five from the fifth semester (third year) were found guilty of ragging their junior and thus have been suspended for the next three months,” said an official source. “During this period, these students will not be allowed to give examinations, but their course will not be delayed as they will be given a chance to complete the studies and exams. They can give extra exams later and catch up,” he added.Following this, the administration has decided to keep a strict vigil on student activity. Several anti-ragging squads will be formed which will have senior faculty members to keep an eye on incidents in the hostel premises. Also, it was decided that security guards will be pulled in to help keep vigil. These guards will monitor activities of both seniors and new students.The AIIMS website has rules and regulations on ragging which says, “Hostel Rules and regulations are framed and should be followed diligently. It is expected that all hostellers would conduct themselves in a disciplined manner befitting the honor, tradition, and respectability of the institution and the profession. No form of ragging is permitted in the hostels. In case of any problem or complaints regarding the hostels, the concerned warden or the hostel office or the superintendent of hostels should be contacted.”…& ANALYSISSome students are of the opinion that ragging helps bonding and it is necessary.
It is often difficult to catch raggers, as the victim is aware that he or she has to work with them. Hence, complaints are often withdrawn.
The fact that there a mix of students — general category as well as those in special category — has also increased ragging.

GMCC calls meeting to decide on attending August 29 talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) has convened a meeting on August 25 to decide whether to attend the August 29 dialogue, as proposed by the West Bengal government, after it was left in a quandary over the GNLF’s letter to the state administration, requesting for a discussion on the Darjeeling stalemate. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the GMCC leadership are in a fix over whether to attend the dialogue as they are yet to receive any official invitation from the state government. The GJM held a meeting to discuss the matter and decided that the GMCC would take a final call on August 25. Several GJM leaders have expressed displeasure over the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) unilaterally writing to the state government, asking for a discussion on the Darjeeling situation. “We will discuss the matter at the GMCC meeting on August 25. A dialogue without the GJM or the GMCC, which are the main stakeholders in the Gorkhaland movement, can never be successful. We will wait and see whether we get an official invitation from the government,” a senior GMCC member, who is also a senior leader of the GJM, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC asks police about steps to check cow vigilantes on Bakr-Id

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra police what preventive measures it proposes to take against cow vigilante groups ahead of Eid ul Adha (Bakr- Id) next month. The court made it clear it will not frame any or guidelines rules on how the issue needs to be handled and noted that maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the police. A division bench of Justices B R Gavai and M S Karnik was hearing a public interest litigation filed by city resident Shadaab Patel, expressing fear that cow vigilante groups may stir up trouble during Eid. Among other things, he demanded a helpline to deal with such groups. The petition sought a direction to the state to take effective steps to protect citizens, especially those who deal in cattle or transport cattle, from “lynch mobs”. “Maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the police. We clarify that we are not going to frame any guidelines or rules on how the issue needs to be handled. We only want law and order to be maintained. Tell us what preventive steps you (police) will take,” Justice Gavai said. Additional public prosecutor Jayesh Yagnik informed the court that in Mumbai, there are five registered ‘Sansthas’ (organisations) of ‘Gau Rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes). “The city police has details of these five sansthas,” he said. Yagnik said there was a 24-hour helpline service of the city police set up in case of any untoward incidents. Several persons, including petitioner Patel’s father, today sought to intervene in the matter claiming that the PIL was “malafide and was merely a political and publicity stunt” and should hence be dismissed. The court said it would hear the matter further on August 23.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Heavy rains throws life out of gear in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains today lashed Chandigarh and adjoining Mohali and Panchkula areas, throwing life out of gear in the cities. Major roads were submerged after about three hours of rains in the morning, leading to massive traffic jams in several areas. Union Territory Chandigarh recorded 115 mm rainfall between 8:30 am till 2:30 pm, a Met department official said. Traffic snarls were a common sight on important arteries in Chandigarh, Mohali Dera Bassi and Zirakpur with office- goers the worst hit. Several cars, stuck on flooded thoroughfares, especially the 200-feet airport road in Mohali, broke down, leaving commuters stranded. Two-wheelers could be seen wading through knee-deep water that had accumulated on roads from clogged drainage systems, exposing claims of civic authorities on preparations to deal with logging problems.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India train crash in Uttar Pradesh leaves 23 dead

Several carriages jumped the rails in Uttar Pradesh, leaving at least 23 dead and dozens injured.

Will take over private schools if extra fee not returned: Delhi Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clearing its stance on ‘taking over’ 449 private schools, which were served show cause notices for charging extra fee from students, the Delhi government on Friday said that the step will be taken as the ‘last resort’, only if they fail to return the amount.”Private schools are the integral part of our education system. The Delhi government has no intention to interfere in their functioning but we, as a responsible government, will surely ensure discipline in these schools,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.The 449 schools, including some of the top private schools, were identified by a committee appointed by the Delhi High Court and headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh for ‘overcharging’ parents on the pretext of implementing the sixth pay commission after some parents had approached the court in 2009. The committee had recommended that the hiked fee be refunded to parents along with a 9 per cent interest.”Some of these schools are doing good work. But if they don’t implement the recommendations of the Justice Anil Dev’s committee and return the fees, then we will take them over as a last resort,” Kejriwal said.The schools have been served with show cause notices with a deadline to respond within two weeks on why they should not be taken over by the government. “I hope we don’t have to take over. The managements of these schools should immediately implement the Justice Anil Dev Singh’s recommendation,” he said.The private schools, on the other hand, said that there are several ‘lapses’ in the calculation of ‘extra’ money by the committee. “Several schools have grievances with the committees recommendation. We have received complaints from 25-30 schools saying the calculations done by justice Dev committee are incorrect,” said SK Bhattacharya, president of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private School.According to officials at Bal Bharti School, Rohini, they have been asked to return 60 lakh rupees, which is around Rs 40 lakh more than the actual amount. “Schools should refund the extra money, but the Delhi government and the court should consider their grievances,” Bhattacharya said.On Wednesday, the Delhi government had apprised the Delhi HC that out of the 544 schools, identified by Justice Anil Dev committee to refund the excess fees, these 449 schools had not given money back to the parents.According to Delhi government the schools have to have to refund over Rs 300 crore to the parents.

100s of seats still vacant, DU mulls over releasing 11th cut-off list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over two weeks after the beginning of the new academic session, hundreds of seats in Delhi University (DU) colleges, including those in the popular north campus, are still lying vacant. In fact, officials are now mulling over releasing an 11th cut-off list shortly.The university had released the 10th cut-off list on August 10, for which the admissions were closed on Sunday. “We are still compiling the data on how many seats are still vacant and will soon have a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor. We are mulling over releasing the 11th cut-off list, in a bid to fill all seats,” a senior varsity official said.Denying that youngsters were not interested in joining the university, officials said: “It is not that students are not interested but their constant movement from one college to another is creating a lot of confusion and some colleges are showing vacant seats till date.”Several faculty members, however, begged to differ and said this has been happening since the introduction of the single grading system — Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) — last year. The new system gives students a choice to select subjects from prescribed courses, i.e., from core, elective, minor, or soft skill courses. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had uniformly introduced the system in all Central and state universities.”What will be the use of doing BCom if the student does not get to learn Economics while pursuing the course?”asked a faculty member at the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. “Students will rather choose private universities to pursue the course with the subjects of their choice,” he added.”CBCS has adversely affected the rigour and quality of our flagship courses. The private universities have been kept away from the purview of CBCS. In a way, students are being forced to opt for private universities,” Rajesh Jha, Assistant Professor at Rajdhani College, said.AND ANALYSISThough faculty members are blaming the CBCS system for the large number of vacant seats in DU, the frequent internal migration might be the reason behind the confusion. The university must take stock of the situation keeping internal migration in mind, and then proceed to act accordingly.

Man arrested for kidnapping, killing 11-yr-old

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping his 11-year-old brother-in-law and then killing him to exact revenge on his father-in-law, the police said today. Yesterday, the police were informed by a man that his son went to attend a ‘Matki Phod’ programme on the occasion of Janmashtami and had gone missing from there, they said. The boy’s father had expressed suspicion that his son- in-law Lalit (27) might have got to do something with the matter, the police said, adding that a case was registered at the Bhajanpura Police Station. “Lalit was called for questioning and he told the police that he asked the child to accompany him on the pretext of buying kites and left him in the jungles of Alipur,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast) A K Singla said. Several teams searched the Alipur jungles but could not trace the boy. The accused was questioned further and he confessed that he had strangulated the boy with a cloth, he claimed. He had dumped the body in the bushes of a service road in the Narela Industrial Area, from where it was later recovered. During interrogation, the accused told police that he was married to the victim’s sister and they had a marital dispute. “Their case was in mediation in court. He wanted her to come back to him, but she did not want to return to him, the police said. The couple had met four-five years back and the woman’s father was not happy with the match. He knew that his father- in-law did not like him and he wanted to exact revenge on him, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian hackers break into Pakistan govt websites on Independence Day

Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Inter-provincial coordination, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information Technology and others were some of the websites hacked by the Indian hackers <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several websites of the Pakistan government were defaced today allegedly by hackers from India.The hackers attacked websites of some key ministries on the day the country celebrated its 70th Independence Day.The sites hacked included Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Inter-provincial coordination, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information Technology and others.An official of the Ministry of Information Technology said the attack was carried out by a group calling themselves “LuluSec India”. The hackers posted pro-India material on the web pages of hacked websites.Several websites are still not functional.There was no formal reaction by the government so far.It is not the first incident of cyber-attack by hackers targeting the Pakistani government websites. Such attacks have occurred in the past also

One arrested for looting jewellery shop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A person, who along with two of his accomplices had allegedly looted a Gurugram-based jewellery shop in June, has been arrested, the Haryana Police said today. Three armed men had looted the shop in Badshahpur and had fled with gold and other items on June 20, a spokesman said here. The police nabbed the person from Khedli in Rajasthan, he said. Abhishek alias Abhi, a resident of Mohna village in Faridabad, has confessed to having committed the crime along with two of his accomplices, the spokesman claimed. Several cases are lodged in Faridabad against the accused, including attempt to murder, robbery and assault, he said. Efforts are on to arrest the other two accused and recover the stolen gold and other items, the spokesman added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India monsoon: Landslide pushes buses into gorge

The buses had stopped for a break when they were hit by the landslide, killing 45 people.

BJP MLA, SP leader booked in connection with death of farmer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been filed against a BJP MLA, his brother and a former legislator belonging to the Samajwadi Party in connection with alleged illegal confinement of a farmer who reportedly died later here in UP, police said. The farmer Jaswant Singh’s family has filed a complaint in which they have alleged that the 61-year-old was tortured after being illegally detained. On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered against BJP MLA Lokendra Singh, his brother CP Singh, former SP MLA Ruchi Vira, as also some policemen under sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 304 (causing death by negligence), police said. Police said that on August 6, a mob allegedly attacked Lokendra following which an FIR was registered by his supporters. Several people were named in the FIR, including Nirpendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh. Nirpendra got his father released on bail last evening after which Jaswant died of heart attack, according to the family members. Scores of farmers staged a protest here today over the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Braid-chopping: Villagers believe tantriks could be behind the snippings; rules out existence of ghosts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though the mystery surrounding braid chopping is increasing in the national capital and neighbouring states, villagers have ruled out the existence of ghosts and spirits. They, however, have not ruled out the possibility of a group of notorious occultists (tantrisk) behind this act to gain publicity. Several cases of braid chopping have been reported in the last few days, giving birth to an environment of fear and superstition, which has grappled remote villages at the border — Delhi-Haryana, Delhi-UP and Gurgaon.55-year-old Muneesh was on her way from the plot where she had gone to tie her cow when she experienced a severe headache. Assuming she was tired from the day’s work, Devi returned home and lay down on the sofa.As her headache became more severe, she shouted at the top of her voice thrice and fell unconscious. When she awoke, her braid had been chopped off. According to her, no outsider entered her house as all doors were bolted.In another instance, 53-year-old Sri Devi had a similar experience, though it happened to her twice in two consecutive days.Speaking to DNA, Muneesh said she did not get any pandit or occultist to her house because even after the incident, nothing unusual had been witnessed there.“I have lived in this house for the past thirty years but haven’t ever experienced such a thing. If it was a ghost that had caught me, I would not be here talking to you,” she said.Another resident, Nibha Tiwari said, “We are all educated people. I roam the village with my hair open. These are myths”.However, in most cases, victims or their family members have denied seeing anyone to catch.“The first time my mom’s braid was cut, we were in different rooms. But the second time, I was lying on a cot beside her and she was sleeping when I heard her scream. I tried to pacify her but ultimately had to use some Gangajal to calm her down,” said Krishan, Sri Devi’s younger son.A relative of Muneesh said he does not believe in ghosts and spirits, but that there might be some occultist involved. While saying this, he also leveled allegations on police for not taking the matter seriously.“Media and police say the incidents have been taking place in remote villages where the education rate is low. Let me tell you that our village has produced an IAS officer, several government employees and learned men. We do not believe ghosts have done this.Police torture the victims into accepting they have chopped their own hair,” Muneesh’s relative said.Krishan, Sri Devi’s son also alleged that police have been taking the matter lightly which is the reason no forensic experts have come to probe the case.While speaking to the neighbour of a victim, 45-year-old Omvati in Tilangpur Kotla Village, we discovered that the victim was admitted in the hospital two to three years back and had undergone angiography. She also had complains of dizziness but for the last few months was healthy and able to do houseworkMeanwhile, in the village, women are covering their heads. Neem leaves, handprints made of turmeric and vermilion have been stamped on the walls to refrain any supernatural power from entering. Kids fear going to school, and no puja has been conducted after the incident, except a havan.Black monkey linkThe spate of incidents have raised questions similar to those as had been during the time of ‘Black Monkey’ hysteria which erupted in 2001.A close scrutiny of the incidents reveals that most of them take place during monsoon season, like the Black Monkey incidentExperts believe these are cases mass hysteria witnessed only in the women due to the excessive domestic pressurePast visits03 Aug 2017 At around 7 am, a woman from Mayapuri, said her three daughters aged 16, 13 and 12 claimed their hair had been cut02 Aug 2017 In outer Delhi’s Najafgarh, a woman sprang up from bed on feeling pain in her head, and found hair lying nearby02 Aug 2017 A 52-year-old woman woke up around midnight on feeling someone had been pulling her hair. She awoke to find her hair had been chopped

Tax on ‘moonga’ to go to GST Council

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government will take up the issue of 28% GST rate on red coral popularly known as moonga with the GST council on August 5. Red coral is the only semi-precious stone which is attracting GST at this rate while the rest of the gem stones the tax is just 3%.The GST council is of the view that moonga is a fossil.The jewellers, worried about the high rate of tax are whining while the financial experts say that instead of selling moonga domestically, jewellers should now start exporting it to nullify the effect of GST. Several representations have also been made to the state’s finance department regarding this and that is why state has approached the GST council on this issue. Notably, in Jaipur “worked moonga” is very popular as it’s used in making ornaments and also known for its astrological importance. The worked moonga is typically the polished version of the rough stone. Moonga stone is imported in Jaipur and further processed.Jewellers question the different rate of moonga as according to them it just falls in the same semi-precious stone family. However, the officials of department of finance inform that while emerald and such precious stones etc are included in the chapter of stones, moonga has been considered as a fossil.“Moonga is not classified as stone , it’s fossil and therefore charged differently,” said a senior official of department of finance. Notably, if the jewellers start exporting “worked moonga” then it will attract a duty of 5% which they can claim as a refund when exported. Sources informed that apart from the issue of rate of GST on moonga, rate of tax on marble and textile will also be taken up in the GST council meet.

Indonesia: Two passenger planes collide at Medan airport runway; no casulties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two passenger planes collided at an airport in the Indonesian city of Medan today, an airline spokesman said, the latest incident to hit the country’s beleaguered aviation sector.A Boeing airplane operated by Lion Air was taxying along the runway after landing at Kualanamu airport on the island of Sumatra when it clipped the wing of a Wings Air craft waiting to depart for Meulaboh in Aceh province.No one was injured in the incident and authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.Pictures on social media showed damage to the left wing of the Lion Air plane and the right wing of the Wings Air craft, which are both part of the Lion Group.”All passengers are in good condition, no one was injured. Both planes are now at the apron…” Andy Saladin, a spokesman for Lion Air said.Indonesia’s air travel industry is booming, with the number of domestic passengers growing significantly over the past decade, but it has a dismal air safety record and reputation for chaotic regulation.In May 2016, two planes from Lion Air collided in Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport, while in April 2016 a plane operated by Batik Air — part of the Lion Group — clipped a TransNusa plane.In 2013 a Lion Air jet with a rookie pilot at the controls undershot the runway and crashed into the sea in Bali, splitting the plane in two. Several people were injured in the crash, although no one was killed.Last week the Indonesian air traffic controllers association revealed that state-run air navigation company AirNav often allows 84 take-offs and landings per hour in Jakarta, increasing the chance of accidents.

Assessment rate falls, over 4 lakh varsity students await results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the deadline for the onscreen assessment is over on July 31, the number of papers evaluated in the day went down drastically on Wednesday as only 26,169 answer sheets could be assessed until evening. This leaves a total of 2,70,834 papers yet to be evaluated. With only 222 results declared so far, 4,30,000 students under the university are still awaiting results.Over the last one week, 63,233 answer books were assessed and moderated on July 31 — the last day as per the deadline set by the Governor. The number has been falling ever since. University officials attributed this to several reasons like the end of non-instructional days, low faculty count for subjects with a large number of pending evaluations etc.”With the end of non-instructional days, teachers are getting lesser time to evaluate papers as they are doing the assessment work after finishing their teaching work. This might be one of the reasons why the number has gone down. Some subjects like Law in which a large number of answer sheets are still pending have a comparatively fewer number of faculty members,” said a university official.While the results of TY Bsc were announced on Monday, the official sheet uploaded on MU’s official website shows that results of a large number of students are ‘reserved’.”Teachers seem to be tired of the whole evaluation process due to a series of delays and glitches. This is slowly reflecting in the numbers” said a senior professor from a suburban college.Only 1719 faculty members of the total 15,599 teachers who are tagged into the system assessed papers on Wednesday. Several students found that their results were held in ‘Reserve’.

GJM takes out rallies, seeks Centre’s intervention

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>GJM supporters today took out rallies at Chowkbazar area of the hills carrying black flags in protest against the police action on pro-Gorkhaland supporters. Shouting slogans against the state government, the protesters demanded the Centre’s intervention in the matter. Pro-Gorkhaland supporters had yesterday clashed with the police during which, the GJM had claimed, one of its supporters suffered a bullet injury. The charge was, however, denied by the ADG (Law and Order) who had termed it as “completely baseless”. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the clashes that took place in Sukna area of the hills yesterday. The situation in Darjeeling remained tensed today though no incident of violence was reported since last night. The police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at all entry and exit routes. Normal life remained crippled on the 46th day of the ongoing indefinite strike to press for a separate Gorkhaland state. Barring medicine shops, business establishments, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed. The GJM and other hills parties today has plans to organize ‘Global Gorkhaland Unity March’ in Darjeeling, other parts of the country and abroad to express solidarity with the movement for a separate state. “This is a global march that we have planned not only in various states of India but also abroad where our Gorkha brothers are either settled or working,” a GJM leader said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Endless downpour wreaks havoc in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people were left stranded in several areas of Sirohi and Jalore as spell of heavy rain continued to lash the region. Angaur Dam in Sirohi was damaged due to overflowing following which the administration issued an alert. Meanwhile, tourists in Mount Abu are facing difficulty in getting transport facilities in and out of the hill station due to heavy downpour.Mount Abu received a whooping 1,724mm rainfall in the past four days with 730mm of rains recorded in the past 24 hours. Sirohi, Jalore and Pali districts are continuously receiving heavy rainfall for the last 72 hrs causing flood-like situation in many rural areas.Barmer district also received abnormal rainfall during the last 24 hours. The situation in Sanchore is quite grim after the town is flooded due to heavy rainfall in the area damaging Sanchore lift canal. As per water resource department report, about 75,000 people are affected in Sanchore and due to water overflowing the highway, the area has become completely disconnected from other parts of the region.The gushing water also damaged Anugaur Dam in Sirohi upto 7 feet. Taking cognisance, the administration has issued an alert in the catchment areas and restricted movement of people living in the nearby areas. In Rajasthan, the continuous rainfall filled 90 dams including 18 on Tuesday alone. 15 dams in Sirohi are filled 88 per cent in which nine dams are overflowing. Sirohi district administration has declared holiday in government schools on Wednesday also in wake of grim situation of flood and waterlogging.The Jalore administration continued rescue operations and rescued 142 person who were stranded amidst rains that caused rivers to overflow on the street and fields. “Situation in Jalore is under control now. The administration has set up camps. Food packets and relief materials have been distributed to the affected. 142 persons have been rescued by the NDRF teams,” informed Laxmi Narayan Soni, Jalore collector.The MeT department has issued warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall in south-western and south-eastern parts of the state, which covers Jodhpur and Udaipur division, during the next 24 hours.TWO WOMEN DROWNTwo woman drowned while crossing river in Udaipur on Tuesday. The villagers tried to rescue them but failed. Later, bodies were recovered from a far-off location. Udaipur collector Bishnu Charan Mallick informed that two women were trying to cross a river in Kotda when they were washed away in strong current of the river and drowned. Their bodies were fished out by the locals after they were spotted at a distant location, added the collector saying that despite warning and awareness campaign the people take risk to cross the river. several rivers in the entire state are overflowing.TRAIN DIVERTEDDue to heavy rain and breaches in Samdari-Bhildi rail section affected train no.14805 Yashwantpur-Barmer Exp was diverted via Palanpur-Marwar-Luni-Samdari on Tuesday. Several others trains were also cancelled due to heavy rains and tracks being submerged in waters.

Man arrested for hiring killers to bump off brother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 67-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly hiring contract killers to bump off his elder brother since he was jealous of the latter’s success in business, police said today. Two others have also been arrested in connection with the matter. In April, eight suspected members of Harender alias Heavy’s gang were arrested for allegedly planning to kill the proprietor of Taj Orient Hotel situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, following a shootout in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj. During investigation, it was found that one Chander Shekhar (67) and his close aide Shambhu (39) had hatched a plan to kill Shekhar’s elder brother Krishan Kumar Sharma, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh. A dispute had been brewing between Sharma and Shekhar over partition of the business. This dispute led Shekhar to involve Shambhu and then Vijay Naagar, in hatching a conspiracy to eliminate his brother, said the DCP. Shambhu and Naagar then contacted gangster Ravi Roopwas (32) and awarded him a contract of Rs two crore. Several raids were conducted to arrest Shekhar and Shambhu but they kept evading the police. On July 22, Shekhar and Shambhu were arrested from Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh. Roopwas had surrendered in a previous case and had got himself lodged in Dasna Jail. He was arrested by the police here after completing due formalities. Shekhar and his two brothers – Sharma and Naresh Kumar – had jointly started a hotel business in Agra. The hotel business was being managed by Sharma and soon, other business ventures were also started from the profits made by the hotel. Since the entire management of the hotel was in the hands of Sharma, his profile and personal earnings were consolidated. This made Shekhar insecure and envious. When Sharma decided to part with his share in the hotel business, Shekhar thought that his fortunes will vanish in absence of Sharma’s management skills. He hatched a conspiracy to get his brother killed so that he could become the sole owner of the various business ventures, said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Vande Mataram’ must be sung in all schools and govt institutions: Madras HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High court on Tuesday ordered that Vande Mataram must be played in all schools, colleges and universities, at least once a week preferably on Mondays or Fridays, reported ANI.The Court ruled that the National Song must be played in all government offices and institutions, as well as private offices, factories and industries once a month. The court however said that anyone with a valid reason to not sing Vande Mataram should not be forced.It also instructed the Director of Public Information to upload a translated version of the song in Tamil and English on government websites and its social media accounts.In its order, the court said, “The fact that this country is our Motherland should always be remembered by every citizen of this country. Several people have sacrificed their lives and families to the independent struggle that prolonged for several decades. In these tough times, it was songs like our national song “Vande Matharam” which created a sense of belief and confidence in the people.”The Supreme Court in April issued a notice to the central government asking for its response to a petition that pursued directions to make the national song mandatory. The centre was asked to revert in four weeks’ time and the court would take up the matter on August 23.Earlier this year, the education minister Dhan singh Rawat stroked a controversy stating that one needs to sing Vande Mataram if they wish to stay in Uttrakhand. Colleges and other educational institutions should not have any objections to this he added.

Delete Tagore, Urdu words, sentence on Gujarat riots: RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra to NCERT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra wants the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to remove Tagore, Urdu words and a sentence on Gujarat riots, among other things from school textbooks.The RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra, made the recommendation to NCERT which had sought suggestions from the public on reviewing school textbooks, reported Indian Express.Dina Nath Batra, a former head of the RSS education wing Vidya Bharati, in a five-page letter to NCERT also attached pages from several textbooks, with the portions that it wants removed marked and underlined.Remove English, Urdu and Arabic words, the thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore, an apology tendered by former prime minister Manmohan Singh over the 1984 riots, and a sentence that “nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002,” the recommendations state.“Several things (in these books) are baseless, biased. There is an attempt to insult members of a community. There is also an appeasement… how can you inspire children by teaching them about riots?,” Atul Kothari, secretary of the Nyas and a veteran RSS Pracharak, told the daily.The report also said that the letter expressed objection to the fact that the Class XI political science textbook mentions the ‘massive majority of Congress in 1984’ but ‘does not present the 1977 election details.’

T’gana wants to make all towns open defecation-free by Aug 15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Telangana government is taking steps to make all towns in the state open defecation- free (ODF) by August 15, a minister said today. Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, who held a video conference with municipal commissioners on the issue, said all towns would be declared to be ODF by August 15. All municipalities must reach the target by that date, according to a state government release. Departmental action would be taken against municipal commissioners who fail to achieve the target, he said, There is no shortage of funds for the programme, the minister said. The construction of toilets should not stop under any circumstances and every municipality must achieve the status of ODF on a war-footing, he said. Several towns have already become ODF, Rao said. The minister directed the officials to focus on sanitation during the monsoon season, among other important measures, according to the release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt to do away with franchisee model under PMKVY scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it will eventually phase out the franchisee model due to poor compliance under its flagship skilling scheme PMKVY and offer a chance to all franchisees to become training providers. “As per PMKVY (2016-20) guidelines, only first level franchising is allowed and the franchisee centres will be given lower priority. It is planned to gradually phase out franchisee agreements,” Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha. According to numbers shared by Rudy, the top five states in terms of franchisee centres are Uttar Pradesh (399), Rajasthan (323), Haryana (143), Punjab (134) and Madhya Pradesh (118). Several training partners and franchisees last month stormed into the office of the skill development ministry here, protesting against non-allocation of seats or skilling targets under the PMKVY scheme. Senior officials(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn targets govt over agrarian crisis, farmers’ suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition members in Rajya Sabha today strongly raised the issue of agrarian crisis in the country, saying farmers were being forced to do distress sale of crops in the face of cheaper zero-duty imports. Several members gave notices under rule 267 that allows adjournment of the proceedings to take up a discussion on an issue. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a discussion on the matter has been accepted and the members can raise their points during the debate. Raising the issue, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) claimed that 15-20 farmers were committing suicide every day. He said pulses production has been raised by 33 per cent but the government has lowered the import duty on it to zero, resulting in cheaper shipments into the country. Farmers, he said, are being forced to make distress sale. Digvijaya Singh (Cong) said the farmers were getting “bullets instead of price”. Kurien said besides Yadav, Pramod Tiwari (Cong), Naresh Agarwal (SP), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Kapil Sibal (Cong) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) had given notice under 267 on the issue. A discussion on the subject has been admitted and the members can raise their points then, he said. Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) through a Zero Hour mention raised the issue of manual scavenging saying this practice was continuing even after the government has declared it illegal. Four workers, he said, died in the national capital due to toxic gases while cleaning a septic tank. “All four are dalits,” he said, adding over 2,500 dalits have lost their lives in last two-and-half-years due to this practice but no cases have been registered or compensation paid. While the government on the one hand talks of going to Mars, on the other it provides no equipment or apparatus for such cleaning activities, he said. “Our sensitivities are dead,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1,000 women police constables to be recruited soon: Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that the state government had recruited 1,000 woman police employees and would shortly recruit 1,000 more. He urged the people to encourage their daughters to join the police force. Khattar was addressing a gathering of women from the Naraingarh Assembly constituency in Ambala district at his residence here. They women had come to express their gratitude for sanctioning a women’s police station in the Naraingarh sub- division and a government girls college at the Badagarh village, an official release said. Reiterating the comitment of the state government towards women’s safety and education, Khattar said that a number of steps have been taken in this direction. Women s colleges are being established at a distance of every 20 km to provide the facility of higher education to girls in the state, he said. “Several steps have been taken to ensure the safety of women and girls. Women’s police stations have already been opened in every district and now the government has sanctioned such police stations in eight sub-divisions, including Naraingarh,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No cancellation, rescheduling charges on Jammu flights till

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India today announced to waive penalty charges for no-show, cancellation and rescheduling of tickets for passengers travelling to and from Jammu in the aftermath of the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. The relaxation of penalty charges is in place until July 13, the airline said in a statement. “Due to prevailing situation in Jammu, applicable penalties of re-issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation stand waived on all tickets issued on or before July 11 for travel to/from Jammu on both domestic and international flights up to July 13,” an airline spokesperson said. An Air India official said that the decision was taken after many passengers were unable to reach the Jammu airport due to yesterday’s bandh call, given following the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. “Because of a bandh called yesterday many passengers were not able to reach the airport on time so we have decided to remove penalty charges,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. Several political organisations, including the VHP, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, the National Conference and the Congress had called for a bandh in the city yesterday following a terror attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shutdown in Pahalgam market over Amarnath terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The market in Pahalgam near the Nunwan base camp of the Amarnath yatra today observed a shutdown to protest against the terror attack on pilgrims. The yatra, which passes through the Pahalgam market along the traditional route to the cave shrine, was, however, going on smoothly. “The shops and other business establishments in Pahalgam tourist resort observed a complete shutdown today in protests against the attack on Amarnath pilgrims,” a police official said. Several trade bodies including the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, travel and tourism players; and civil society groups yesterday held silent protest against the attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Separatist groups including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF have also condemned the attacks on the pilgrims saying those behind the incident were not friends of Kashmiris. Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 21 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening. The attack took place when they were returning to Jammu from Srinagar, after visiting the cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 12,756 feet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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