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Vector-borne disease season ends, but 45 cases reported last week

The season for vector-borne diseases has come to an end, with a municipal report on Monday saying that only 45 dengue cases were reported last week, taking the total number of people affected by the disease this year in the national capital to 9,214.The numbers of malaria and chikungunya cases recorded this year, till December 16, stood at 1,140 and 933 respectively, the report said. The total number of people affected by dengue in Delhi this year, till December 9, was 9,169.Of the 9,214 dengue cases this year, 4,704 patients were from Delhi, while 4,510 had come to the city from other states for treatment, the report said. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end but this period may stretch up to mid-December.This year, however, the disease had spread much earlier. The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndromes at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH).Three more deaths were reported in October by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data for the entire city.The civic body, however, is yet to acknowledge two fatalities due to dengue at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and the death of a boy at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: How pride, Padmavati and prosperity can play a role on Dholera seat

The Kshatriya-dominated Dholera township in Dhandhuka Tehsil and constituency, which PM Narendra Modi planned to develop into a world class city is a complex maze of prosperity, caste pride and farmers’ protest.While the ancient port-city in the Gulf of Khambhat is waking up to a slush of investments from developers after the then Gujarat CM Modi conceptualised to develop it into the country’s first and only Smart Component City, the residents of Dholera were up in arms against any screening of the contentious Hindi movie ‘Padmavati’.’All the Chudasma Kshatriya samaj members have met the BJP leadership here telling them in clear terms that the movie should not be be screened in any city or village till its controversial aspects are not resolved,” Vivek Ramanuj, a civil engineer from the village said.A few months ago, a peasants’ body Khedut Samaj (Gujarat) protested on the issue of irrigation and wrote to CM Vijay Rupani against what they called was the “refusal”of the officials to provide Narmada waters to farm fields in Dholera.Ghanshyam Singh, a kirana shop owner here said, “Since the Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority (SIRDA) project came, rentals have shot up with the influx of professionals from outside.”He remembers before the ship breaking yard got shifted to Alang, the work helped the villagers. The SIR Act provides the framework for converting 22 villages of the area into an industrial hub. The government will take 50% land from each household and use that to develop roads and power, so the value of the remaining land will significantly improve.Both BJP and Congress have fielded candidates from the same community. While BJP has repeated its sitting MLA Lajjibhai Patel, Congress has experimented with a local lawyer Rajesh Koli in the seat which was represented by the powerful BJP leader Bharat Pandya twice in 1998 and 2002. Gujarat’s 13th CM Dilip Parikh had also won from the seat in 1995 from the same party earlier. He was defeated in 1998 by Pandya when Parikh deserted BJP and contested on a ticket from Shankersinh Vaghela’s All India Rashtriya Janata Party.The Kshatriyas of Dholera betray a clear support for BJP but it is Kolis, which will be more crucial in deciding the outcome of the Dhanduka Assembly seat.Dhanduka is a BJP bastion where Congress had won the seat last in 1985. Besides the seat being a traditional BJP strong, rebel factor could be a problem here for Congress as Rajesh Koli was not the natural choice of the local party unit.

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BHU shocker! GST in Arthshastra, Manu on globalisation baffles MA students

On Monday, when the BHU students of MA Political Science sat for their exams, little did they know that they would have to answer questions linking Kautilya and GST.Sounds bizarre? Well, it’s true. The students complain that the 15-mark questions were out of their syllabus and out of their course material also.Sample this:a: Write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra.b: Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation. Discuss.According to an Indian Express report, the brain behind the question paper is Professor Kaushal Kishore Mishra.Professor Mishra, who set the question paper for ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’, said that, ‘interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation.’Reacting to those who were criticising the question paper, Professor Mishra said, ‘Isn’t it our job to find newer ways to teach.’While the students of the BHU claim that ‘Sir had dictated the answers, and specifically told us that we would get these questions,’ the colleges affiliated to the central university said that they had no idea about the concept and it was out of their course material.Professor Mishra, who has openly admitted that he is an RSS member, says that his personal views don’t interfere in his teaching.Despite the hue and cry raised by the students, the RP Singh, the head of department, rejected that the questions were out of syllabus.“It is the prerogative of the teacher to set the paper according to his area of specialisation.” Singh was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
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Humiliating blow for UK, sign of India’s ascendancy: Britain media mourns ICJ loss to India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Justice Dalveer Bhandari’s victory over Britain’s candidate in the world court is a “humiliating blow” for the UK, the media said today, even as India asserted that the hard-fought race will not impact the bilateral ties.India’s Acting High Commissioner to the UK Dinesh Patnaik also reiterated that diplomats of both countries had been in contact with each other from the very start, which reflects the strong bond between India and the UK.”A senior representative from the UK Foreign Office has been in contact from the beginning and expressed the view that it is two friendly countries with similar legal systems in the running. The whole process has been very cordial and it will not impact the bilateral relationship in any way,” he said.Just minutes after an 11th round of voting was scheduled to begin in New York on Monday, a letter was released by the UK mission to the UN announcing that Sir Christopher Greenwood would accept defeat and allow his Indian rival to fill the vacancy in the UN s principal legal body based in The Hague.The UK media has branded the “acrimonious” vote as a sign of Britain’s eroding stature on the world stage.”The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the International Court of Justice for the first time in its 71- year history,” reports the Guardian in dismay.”The decision to bow to mounting opposition within the UN General Assembly is a humiliating blow to British international prestige and an acceptance of a diminished status in international affairs,” it notes.Political observers believe the UK had no choice but to back off as it cannot be seen to continue to use its position in the UN Security Council to muscle its way in on important global affairs.It is also reflective of a wider chain of events triggered by the vote for Brexit in last year’s European Union referendum, which has already lost London two prestigious EU institutions the European Banking Authority to Paris and the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam.The ICJ blow hits harder as the UK is one of the founding members of the United Nations and has had a representative on the ICJ bench since its inception in 1946.”The UK’s failure to guarantee a place on the court of an organisation it helped to found has been interpreted as a sign of its increasingly irrelevance on the world stage following the decision to leave the European Union,” notes the Independent newspaper.”In contrast India, with its status as the world’s biggest democracy and with a growing economy, is seen as in the ascendancy,” it adds.Greenwood and Bhandari were both hoping to win re- election but this time Lebanon’s former ambassador was an unexpected sixth candidate for the five slots.His victory had left Bhandari fighting for a spot normally reserved for Europeans, and in this case the UK.In a statement, UK Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft said: “The UK has concluded that it is wrong to continue to take up the valuable time of the Security Council and the UN General Assembly with further rounds of elections.”We are naturally disappointed, but it was a competitive field with six strong candidates.”Many attributed Britain’s decision to remove itself from the race to the potential impact an intensified battle would have on the economic relationship between India and the UK.But there is no doubt that when Greenwood steps down at the end of his term early next year, it will reflect a shift in the balance of power at the UN away from the Security Council.”The so-called Group of 77 which represents a coalition of mostly developing nations has long been pushing for greater influence. The victory of India over the UK will be seen as a huge success for the G77 in pushing back against the traditional northern powers on the Security Council,” notes the BBC.Almost unanimously, the UK media laments what this defeat at the UN means for the UK a significant diplomatic setback and a symbol of Britain’s reduced status on the world stage.

Rajasthan: NIA busts fake note exchange gang in Dholpur, three detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a gang and detained three men in Dholpur involved in cheating people on pretext of exchange of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The NIA had been investigating a case and after developing a lead, the men were detained and later handed over to Dholpur police. Moreover the NIA officials even recovered two kilogram gold from the possession of the men.While investigating a case last year, the NIA had learnt that an inter-state gang was active for past several years in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which used to lure people in exchanging high quality fake Indian currency notes or provide unbilled golf biscuits at throwaway rates. Interestingly the gold recovered by NIA is in shape of biscuits numbering twenty and weighing hundred grams each. The NIA has sent the biscuits for testing to verify the genuineness. While investigating the FICN related case, the NIA had recovered fake currency of face value Rs. 9.80 lakhs on 31st March last year from the possession of Nasir Sheikh near Indo-Bangladesh border. He was arrested on the spot, however his associate from Bangladesh namely Darul Sheikh escaped. A reliable input was received on Saturday that the same Bangladeshi absconder Darul Sheikh along with other associates were trying to strike a deal in fake currency at Dholpur. The NIA teams swung into action and detained three suspects. The accused have been identified as Rashid Khan alias Biza,Gagan Kumar Vyas alias Tiwari and Iqbal Ahmad Ansari. The accused have been handed over to Dholpur police.

BJP made Narmada dam project happen: Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lambasting opposition Congress for creating hurdles in the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Yojana, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said major work on the project was carried out during the Morarji Desai and BJP-led governments at the Centre.Addressing a press conference here, Sitharaman, who is BJP’s election in-charge for Gujarat, said, “When the UPA was in power, none of the Congress MPs from Gujarat ever raised Narmada Yojana at the central level. The water resource minister in the UPA government gave a negative report on the project, citing environmental reasons. So, the project gained momentum under the central regimes of Morarji Desai, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi.”Sitharaman, who was in the city to campaign for the party ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled for next month, did not answer why the scheme could not get the status of a national irrigation project. It may be recalled that when he was Gujarat CM, Modi had demanded national project status for the yojana and pushed BJP MPs from the state to raise the issue in Parliament.”That was a separate demand by the Gujarat government and not part of pending issues with the central government,” Sitharaman said.Talking about the GST, the minister said, “Congress has been trying to take credit for GST rates revision, claiming that the rates have been revised after they demanded. The Congress took 10 years to just prepare a draft of the GST, while it’s the NDA government that implemented it.”Sitharaman also said the international border with Pakistan, especially Sir Creek, will be sealed to ensure the social, financial and political security of Gujarat. She noted that the work on fencing, setting up of immigration check posts and construction of roads at border areas in the state had ran into technical issues, but they would be solved soon.

My mehbooba and I are delighted to be in India: Prince Charles shows off his Urdu skills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, the Prince of Wales AKA Charles was in fine form as he interacted with students in New Delhi whom he told that he planned to ‘build a fort’ when he became king.Jokingly, the heir to the throne told nine-year-old Pragya, when she asked whether he’d ‘build a fort’ when he became King, that he would . However, he later clarified that he was joking.He also slipped in an Urdu term when he said: “I cannot tell you how delighted my mehbooba and I are to be back in India, a country that is so very special to us both.”
ALSO READ Prince Charles backs new education bond for IndiaWhen asked about his favourite book he said: “What do you think it might be. There are so many to choose from.”He however did praise JK Rowling’s fantasy classic and said: “Have any of you read the Harry Potter books yet? They are very good books.”He was also flabbergasted when asked about his favourite actor he plumped for Shakespearian actor, Sir Anthony Sher.Earlier, accompanied by Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, paid tribute to the martyrs at Delhi’s Amar Jawan Jyoti.The Prince met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and discussed a wide range of issues, including that of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which will take place in April 2018 in the United Kingdom.The royal couple is on a two-day visit to India.The visit is part of their 10-day four nation tour to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and India.This visit, the ninth of the Prince of Wales to India, is aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations between the two nations.India-U.K. trade is at USD 12.19 billion. India is also the third largest investor and the second largest international job creator in the U.K.U.K. is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of USD 24.37 billion for the period April 2000 – June 2017.With inputs from agencies

Dina Wadia, Jinnah’s daughter, passes away in New York

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his Parsi wife Rattanbai Petit, and perhaps the last human connection between South Asian arch rivals India and Pakistan, passed away in New York on Thursday. She was 98.Interestingly, she was born in London on the intervening night of August 14 and 15 in 1919. Twenty eight years later in 1947, on the same night, Jinnah succeeded in carving Pakistan out of undivided India.After his separation from Rattanbai and her subsequent demise, Jinnah fell out with his daughter Dina, too, when she opted to marry Neville Wadia at the age of 17. Her mother Ruttie the only child of Mumbai industrialist Sir Dinshaw Petit, had also married Jinnah at 18.Dina who opted to live in India, visited Pakistan just twice, in 1948, when her father passed away and then in 2004, accompanied by her son, Nasli Wadia, and grandchildren, Jehangir and Ness. She moved to New York after the divorce. Nusli Wadia is the chairman of the Wadia group, which owns Bombay Dyeing, among other interests.In 2005, Wadia laid claim on the house where she was born, her father’s most famous property in Mumbai — Jinnah House. Situated on Mount Pleasant Road in Mumbai’s expensive Malabar Hill, the house, now in a state of disrepair, bore witness to landmark meetings between Jinnah with Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi (1944) and Jawaharlal Nehru (1946). One of Dina’s contentions was that her father was a Khoja Muslim, a community which followed Hindu law and not the Sharia and therefore under the Hindu Succession Act, she became the rightful heir of the property.After the separation of parents and demise of her mother, Dina was raised by Jinnah’s sister, Fatima Jinnah. Dina at an interview had shared that she never shared a healthy connection with her aunt.She added that Fatima Jinnah was the only barrier between her and her father. Dina, however, disappointed Jinnah’s biographers and historians, never agreeing to talk about her father.

Woman dies of dengue, 650 new cases in a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another dengue death in the city, the wife of a CATS ambulance worker lost her life on Monday, taking the death toll to six. The official figure, however, remains three as in its October third week report, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has not acknowledged the two deaths that took place at the Lok Nayak Hospital. But the hospital’s Medical Superintendent has confirmed the two deaths.Susheela, 55, died of dengue in Narela. Locals claimed that there have been six dengue deaths in the area in the last few days, though the official figure stands at only three, and two of them are from other states.”She had not been keeping well for the last few days. Her blood report showed 80,000 platelet count, after which we rushed her to the Satyawadi Raja Harishchandra Hospital. She died of a low platelet count even before the second report came out. We have had six deaths in the area but there has been no help, so far,” said Brahmadutt, Susheela’s husband.The mosquito-borne disease had claimed this year’s first victim on August 1, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH). Then Meena Devi, 49, from Karawal Nagar, died at SGRH on September 2, and Rhoda Daimai, 26, from Manipur died at the Holy Family Hospital on August 27. It, however, took two months for the civic body to confirm the deaths.The number of dengue cases reported this month till October 21 stands at 1,077, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease to 5,870.Of the total cases, 2,884 were residents of Delhi while the rest were from other states. Of these 2,884 Delhi cases, 1,077 were reported this month, and 650 in the last one week of October. Of these, 320 were from Delhi and 330 from other states.Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end.

Mersal controversy: I-T raids actor Vishal’s office day after he criticised BJP leader H Raja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The controversy over Tamil movie Mersal refuses to die down with a raid conducted allegedly by an Income Tax official at the office of Tamil actor Vishal’s film Production Company – Vishal Film Factory in Chennai on Monday a day after actor criticised BJP’s national secretary H Raja for watching the controversial movie online. Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed against Tamil actor Vijay in Madurai for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments in his latest movie Mersal.The raid at Vishal’s office took a curious turn after the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence, Chennai Zonal unit denied initial media reports of its official conducting the raid. However, Vishal, who also heads Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) and is general secretary of South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA), put to rest speculations by clarifying that the raid was conducted by the income tax department.”Neither I nor my managers were present when the IT officials raided my office. I was informed of the I-T raid while I was shooting for my upcoming movie,” he told reporters at his residence here.When asked whether he was being targeted for taking on BJP leaders, he said that he did not oppose the BJP leaders but registered his disappointment over Raja’s statement that he watched Vijay starring Mersal movie online. “Everyone knows very well that watching a movie online is wrong. Raja sir himself said in an interview that he watched the movie online. I registered my disappointment,” he said, requested media to focus its attention on the issue of a family committing self-immolation following harassment by the moneylender. “I am a genuine taxpayer. I am not afraid of anyone,” he asserted. He noted that even if it “is a vindictive action, I am ready to face it.”BJP leader Raja told a television channel that he watched the movie Mersal online while explaining his opposition to the scenes criticising GST and digital India. “Dear Mr HRaja, as a leader and prominent personality, you are advocating piracy and blatantly agreeing to it,” Vishal said in a statement.However, Raja clarified that he had only watched clips of the movie on his mobile phone and said he did not have the patience to sit through a two-and-a-half hour film.Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed against actor Vijay in Madurai for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments in his latest movie Mersal. An advocate in Madurai has objected to a particular dialogue in Mersal, where Vijay says: “We don’t need to build temples. We want hospitals.” Police have not filed an FIR, but have issued an acknowledgement of receipt of the complaint.”Mersal” is in the midst of a controversy after BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit demanded removal of certain dialogues which take a dig at GST and digital India. Directed by Atlee, “Mersal” stars Vijay in the roles of a village head, a doctor and a magician. It is doing brisk business at the box office.

Aligarh Muslim University perfect example of Indian nationalism and ethos: Pranab Mukherjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former President Pranab Mukherjee heaped praise on Aligarh Muslim university, calling it an institution which is ‘perfect example of Indian nationalism and ethos’, where students ‘from different religions, ethnicity, linguistic backgrounds and culture integrate and work together in productive ways’.He was quoted saying by The Indian Express: “It is a privilege to be in AMU on the occasion of 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the visionary leader of India.”While delivering the commemoration address on the bicentennial birth celebrations of AMU founder Syed Ahmed Khan, he also praised Sir Syed for being ahead of his time, and for thinking of empowering common people with modern scientific education.He also lamented that Indian universities lagged far behind top educational institutes in the world and stressed the need for research and innovation.”We have failed to give due importance to basic research and innovation in our institutions of higher learning,” Mukherjee said. He said the vision of India was based on a scientific outlook that generated from an “open mind”. Hundreds of old students of AMU who attended the bicentenary celebrations pledged to make AMU a leading world class institution.

2 more die of dengue, toll touches 3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two more dengue deaths were reported from the national Capital on Monday, taking the toll to three, this season. The data was revealed in a report compiled by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Delhi, so far, has reported 5,220 cases of dengue this season.Meena Devi, 49, from Karawal Nagar, died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) on September 2, and Rhoda Daimai, 26, from Manipur died at Holy Family Hospital on August 27, but according to the sources, it took two months for the MCD to confirm these deaths in their weekly report.The mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1. Daimai had come from Manipur to Delhi for her treatment.Of the total 5,220 dengue cases, 2,564 were residents of Delhi, while the rest were from other states. Of the 2,564 Delhi cases, 757 were reported this month, and 412 in the last one week. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end. This year, however, it has been much earlier due to the early arrival of monsoon.In another suspected dengue death case, family members of a 30-year-old man protested outside the BLK Super Specialty Hospital in Rajendra Place, alleging that they had admitted Ashwini on October 3, after he had not been keeping well. The hospital did not tend to the patient and he died on October 7 due to multiple organ failure. The family members said that the earlier tests did not show any organ issue.The hospital, however, has declined the allegations. “The patient was brought in a critical condition with only 2,000 platelets. He had multi-injection punctures in the arm, which even suggested drug addiction. It is a multi-organ failure death due to suspected dengue. The family members are creating an issue due to high hospital bills,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.HOSPITAL CLAIMS:BLK hospital says patient who died was brought in a critical condition with only 2,000 platelets. He had multi-injection punctures in the arm, which even suggested drug addiction. It is a multi-organ failure death due to suspected dengue.

Govt to add medicinal items in meals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union government is preparing an outline for ‘Food and Medicine Mission’ aimed at providing combination of food, which will not just have taste also help in fighting disease. The anti-diabetics ayurvedic formulations and Indian spices will soon become an important part of this program.The format for ‘Food and Medicine Mission’ is being prepared by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research Council (CSIR). The CSIR is going to include ayurvedic formulas, nutrient food techniques developed in its laboratory and traditional spices in this program.However, the scientists will determine which ayurvedic formula, including the spices and the product will help in providing protection against the particular disease. According to experts, use of allopathy and ayurveda can lead to effective rescue and diagnosis of diseases.”The Ayush Ministry has identified many such medicines which are written by the allopathy physicians,” said a senior heath ministry official.HEALTHY MEALSThe products developed by CSIR which include carbonated fruit juices, anti-oxidant herbal tea, (Cordyceps sinensis or caterpillar fungus) Krirajadi, BGR-34 will protect people from several diseases.

On Big B’s 75th b’day, fan cherishes 75 autographs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You must have heard stories of fans doing all sort of things for their superstars. The story of 55-year-old NM Bhandary is more or less the same. The ardent Big B worshipper has been collecting autographs and letters of those of the Bachchan family.”Mere pas Bachchanji ke parivar ke 75 autographs hai.(I have 75 autographs of the Bachchan family). I prefer calling myself a well-wisher than a fan,” said Bhandary while talking to DNA on the occasion of the actor’s 75th birthday.Bhandari, who works in a private company in Navrangpura and says he watches only Big B’s films, even got a place in the Limca Book of Records for having 50 letters written to him by the Bachchan family.”I was so inspired by him that I decided to write to his father, noted Indian poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. To my surprise, he wrote back. That’s how it all began. I made it a point of sending him a letter on every occasion and he always replied. I have letters of Amitabh, Jaya, Abhishek and even Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. When the letters crossed 50, Limca Books included my name and CM Vijay Rupani himself congratulated me through a letter. It was a moment of immense pride,” Bhandari, who even got the name of his wife changed to Jaya, said.”After Kabhie Kabhie released in 1976, I might have watched it 100-125 times. I have watched all his movies. I am a devotee of his voice. He is nothing less than a god to me…Before marriage, I had told my wife that I adore Bachchan ji, and put forward a condition that after marriage she would have to change her name to Jaya. After the marriage, we changed the name through an affidavit,” Bhandari, a native of Ajmer in Rajasthan, said.Bhandari even gave the name of Shweta (Amitabh’s daughter) to his daughter. “When my wife was pregnant, I had decided that if it’s a girl, we would name her Shweta and if a boy, we would call him Abhishek. I was blessed with a girl,” he said.Though there are reports of Big B going in for a low-key birthday celebration on October 11 this year, Bhandari, reveals his plans to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. “I don’t cut cakes. I believe in doing something for the needy. I spend time with orphans and derive satisfaction after giving them food or helping the ill. Last year, on Bachchanji’s wedding anniversary, I helped in treatment of a 11-year-old cancer patient. I had got a letter from Amitabh Sir congratulating me and urging me to keep doing good deeds.”Sharing another instance, Bhandari says, “I had even been an audience to Kaun Banega Crorepati TV show. I had photo-framed his dialogue-“Mere paas Maa hai!”- and took two copies of it with me when I went there. While I gifted one to Amitji, I got the second one autographed from him. I visit him every year. He is a part and parcel of my life. He is my God.”

Gas leak lands 300 kids in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 300 schoolchildren were admitted across hospitals in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district after they complained of itchiness and breathlessness following a chemical gas leak from a nearby sugar mill.Nine-year-old Ayushi Upadhayay, a student of the Saraswati Shishu Balika Vidhayalay, was discharged in the afternoon but had to re-admitted. “She felt nausea in the evening and her condition worsened. We then rushed her to the hospital again,” said Gudi, her mother.The Sir Shadi Lal Sugar Mill, which is barely 600 metres from a number of schools in the area, has since been sealed by the police.UP CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe by the Saharanpur Commissioner. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board is also investigating what chemical was discharged from the mill.According to the police, they received a call around 9:30 a.m. from the school about children feeling breathless, nausea, itching, and uneasiness. Police evacuated thousands of students from other schools in the area.Residents claimed that the waste from the factory is often mixed with chemicals and disposed in normal drains. “A case has been registered against the management of the sugar mill,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Shamli.

Drop the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hindu’ from Aligarh and Banaras University: UGC Panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The University Grants Commission (UGC) panel has reportedly suggested that the words ‘Muslim’ and ‘Hindu’ be removed from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), respectively as they are centrally-funded, secular institutions.The suggestion has been made in the audit of AMU by the committee set up by the UGC at the behest of the HRD Ministry to probe complaints of irregularities against 10 central universities, reported Indian Express.The institution should either be called just ‘Aligarh University’ or be named after its founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the committee suggested in its audit.The committee has also described AMU as ‘feudal’ in nature and called for measures to uplift poor Muslims on campus. Though the AMU audit did not cover BHU, it has also recommended amending BHU’s name.The panel’s mandate was limited to infrastructure and its academic, research and financial operations in these universities.The panel has also made other recommendations such as – a five-year gap for all ex-students before they can be recruited as teachers in AMU and increasing the university’s tuition fee to help raise more resources internally.

BHU hospital head, backed by V-C Tripathi, asked Fiji woman to ‘sleep in his room’ was convicted of sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi has been accused of trying to push through the faculty appointment of Dr O P Upadhyay, convicted of sexual harassment by a Fiji court. The issue of regularisation of Dr Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital was discussed on Tuesday during Executive Council’s meeting. One of the Executive Members raised the objection, mentioning Upadhyay’s conviction in a sexual harassment case by a Fiji court. Testimony of 21-year-old Fiji womanAccording to a report in The Indian Express, Fiji woman gave her testimony before a magistrate at Nasinu in January 2013. As per the Indian Express report, she deposed: “He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room. It was in Indian Hindi. He held my shoulder… rubbed my thighs… and kissed my cheek again.” Upadhyay was also accused of touching victim inappropriately at various places. The fact that he had met her for the first time that day and continued with his inappropriate behaviour convinced the court of Upadhyay’s “indecent intentions”.Five-year-old caseThe above assault took place on August 25, 2012, in Fiji. Upadhyay had moved to Fiji on deputation in 2012 as Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Fiji National University (FNU). ConvictionUpadhyay was convicted of “indecent assault” by a magistrate court. Appeal in the High Court of FijiUpadhyay, through his counsel, appealed in 2014. The High Court of Fiji turned down the appeal and upheld the conviction order which started with 18 months imprisonment for the indecent assault. The court order gives complete details of the assault and sequence of events that convinced it that prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts. Upadhyay’s stand“The university (BHU) had taken legal opinion in my matter and it was decided that the decision of a court abroad does not hold good in our country. Hence, I was interviewed and selected by the selection committee. I was on study leave (in Fiji). It was a case of extortion and because I resisted, I was falsely accused,” Upadhyay reportedly told the Indian Express. Upadhyay, after his return to India, was handed charge as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at BHU campus in April 2016.

Now BHU V-C pitches last minute faculty appointments, bats for man indicted for sexual harassment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid ongoing controversy over the lathi-charge on students protesting against the eve-teasing, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi has reportedly pitched for appointing hospital head indicted for sexual harassment.Several faculty appointments, including one of a teacher indicted for sexual harassment, were pushed by Tripathi, in the meeting of the Executive Council (EC), the highest decision-making body of the University, reported Indian Express. Tripathi is scheduled to retire on November 27. However, the move by comes even though the HRD Ministry order prohibits from making appointments in the last two months of the term.A report said a member of the EC has objected a proposal to regularise OP Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital, citing Upadhyay’s conviction for sexual harassment in a magistrate court in Fiji.“A member pointed that instead of initiating an inquiry against the person concerned, the university is urging the EC to regularise his appointment,” an EC member told the daily.“Appointments are a routine affair and I do not recall the decision regarding one specific appointment. Please wait for a day,” VC Tripathi said when asked if Upadhyay’s appointment was cleared.In 2013, Upadhyay was held guilty of sexually harassing a 21-year-old woman by the magistrates court at Nasinu in Fiji. He has been acting as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital since April 2016. However, Upadhyay said that the University had taken legal opinion in his matter and it was decided that the decision of a court abroad does not hold good in our country.He also claimed that it was a case of extortion, but he was falsely accused when he was on a study tour in Fiji.A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathi-charge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.Following the violence, the district administration declared holidays from Monday till October 2 in all colleges and universities in Varanasi. The BHU had earlier announced that the holidays would start from September 28.

Short film on Kashmir’s hospitality takes social media by storm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forget stone pelting and enjoy Kashmir’s famed hospitality.A short film showcasing the hospitality of Kashmir has taken the nation and social media by storm. From Bollywood actor Alia Bhat to famous filmmaker Karan Johar to common man, the 5.4-minute film has been shared by who-is-who on the Twitter and Facebook.The video has clocked two million views on the face book page of Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in less than 48 hours. It has notched 19,207 shares while 1,899 people have commented on this video.Entitled ‘The Warmest Place on Earth’, the short film has been produced by Jaibeer Ahmad and it brings to fore the hospitable, warm and spiritually rooted nature of the people of the otherwise restive Kashmir valley.”People have received it very well. I am thankful to all the people — Bollywood personalities, journalists and other renowned personalities — who have liked and shared it. Inshallah (God willing) It will be the turning point for the tourism sector in Kashmir,” said Mehmood Ahmad Shah, director of tourism Kashmir.What encapsulates Kashmir’s traditional warmth is the musical track running in the background amidst stunning visuals of the valley. The lyrics of the track ‘Sahibo’ has been written by 2010 IAS topper Dr Shah Faesal who is currently the managing director of J&K Power Development Corporation. “It is my small contribution to this amazing song,” said Dr Faesal.Sung by Mudasir Ahmad and Vibha Saraf, the song has been a value addition to the short film which is being an elixir to revive the fledgling tourism of Kashmir.”We wanted to do something more . Apart from the beauty of place what touches us is the hospitality. And that is the memorable experience. We picked it up. And the response of the film has been enormous,” said Jaibeer Ahmad, the filmmaker.Post Burhan Wani killing unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1,100 crore. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last year.Figures reveal this year around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath yatris who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed.Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Official data reveal that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist however were reduced to trickle in the corresponding period of the 2016 because of the post Burhan Wani killing unrest.”When recently Amarnath Yatris were killed by some enemies of peace, people thronged hospitals to donate blood and even took to streets to condemn the heinous crime. Similarly last summer a Shikarawallah lost his life while saving his guests. These are the empirical evidences of this hospitality,” said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Mumbai: Cops bust diesel pilfering racket; nine arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RCF police have busted an oil pilferage racket and have arrested nine people for allegedly pilfering over 1 lakh litres of diesel worth Rs 62 lakh from the pipeline of petroleum companies at Gavhanpada in Trombay.Those arrested included Hasim Choudhary, Riyaz Khan, Kishore Shirsode, Deepak Muniraj, Abdul Shaikh, Parvez Khan and Nasir Ansari.According to the police, specific information was received by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) RB Mane that pilferage of diesel is being done at Gavhanpada following which a probe was initiated. The accused persons were arrested on September 10.Their interrogation revealed that they would drill a two meter hole in the diesel pipelines and with the help of clamps, they would pilfer diesel. The pilfered diesel was then filled in tankers and was later stored in different places in Pune, police said.“The group has so far stolen 1,04,000 liters of oil worth Rs 62 lakh. We have seized Rs 93,000 in cash, a tanker and a car from the accused persons. We are on the lookout for eight more people involved in the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone VI, Shahaji Umap.

Dengue on a rise, 110 cases reported in a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The municipal corporations of Delhi reported at least 110 fresh cases of dengue in the last week, till August 26, taking the total count of affected people in the National Capital Region (NCR) to 945 — 435 in Delhi and 510 in the neighbouring states.The total number of cases of malaria and chikungunya, reported till August 26, were 61 and 28 respectively, higher than last week.Doctors and authorities have expressed concern that the number of cases will rise in the months of September and October. In Delhi, the maximum number of dengue cases were reported from south Delhi — 31 cases in the last one week and 95 in the entire year. The north and east Delhi civic bodies reported 14 and 6 cases in the last week, respectively.”Dengue is on a rise. We are getting cases on a regular basis. We have been receiving an equal number of swine flu cases as well,” Dr S P Byotra, Head of Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said.”September and October are the dreaded months, but even in August, we received 3-4 cases a day, making it at least 25 cases a week,” he added.

Priyanka Vadra hospitalised for dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi, after being diagnosed with dengue.According to Dr DS Rana, Chairman (Board of Management) of the hospital, Priyanka was suffering from fever and was admitted in the hospital on August 23. “She has been diagnosed with dengue and is recovering,” he said.With 161 new cases reported in the past week, 325 people have been affected by the disease in Delhi this year, twice the number in the same period in 2016 (162). In 2016, there were 4,431 cases of dengue and 10 deaths.In 2016, Delhi witnessed a chikungunya outbreak, recording 7,760 cases. This year too, 194 cases have been reported so far.Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had visited GB Pant and Lok Nayak hospital and the Guru Nanak Eye Centre to monitor existing health facilities. During the discussion, the medical superintendents of hospitals apprised the L-G about the problems being faced such as shortage of staff, equipment, traffic problems and encroachment of hospital land, particularly in the vicinity of the Guru Nanak Eye Centre.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra diagnosed with dengue, undergoing treatment at Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is undergoing treatment at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi after being diagnosed with Dengue fever. According to reports, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka was admitted to the hospital on August 23. Priyanka’s treatment is being monitored by chest medicine consultant Arup Basu. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is recovering well, say agency reports. Delhi has recorded 657 cases of dengue so far – with 325 patients from Delhi and 332 from other states. The patients are being treated in Delhi hospitals.

Delhi sees 336 new cases of swine flu this week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi has recorded 1,719 cases of swine flu till August 20 this year. But in the last one week alone, the Capital witnessed 336 fresh cases in with city hospitals swamped with a large number of patients down with the H1N1 virus.”We have been receiving at least four to five patients a day since the last few weeks. This makes a total of 30-35 patients a week. We have seen a total 137 patients between August 1 and 16,” says Dr. Atul Gogia, Senior Consultant, Sir Gangaram Hospital.”We have enough beds and medicines for this and not everyone needs admission. But 10 percent out of these are admitted in ICUs every week, which is alarming,” he added.In this week, there have been another 336 fresh cases in the city and 76 on the outskirts of the Capital, making it a total of 412 cases in the Delhi/NCR region. A total of five deaths have been reported in the city this year.The situation is heading towards the same status as in 2015 which saw 42,592 cases in the country and 2,990 deaths; 2016 was a relatively calmer year when the country saw only 1,786 cases in the year and 265 deaths. However, the country has already recorded 1,094 deaths and 22,186 cases till August 20, pointing towards a 2015 repeat.Figures broken up district wise, show the south district has reported the highest number of cases. “Nearly five to six cases of swine flu have been reported in our area. The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) along with MCD are taking various steps to ensure that the numbers do not increase. We are conducting various talks by the doctors in our community centre on a daily basis to raise awareness. We are also co-ordinating with the health department to ensure awareness,” said JR Gupta, a residence of Safdarjung Enclave.Since the start of this year, South district has seen 267 cases, while cases from other ten districts remain under 150. Some allege that this could be the reason that the affluent families living in the areas travel more often than others, thus chances of bringing the disease.”We are running various awareness programme in the locality. To create more awareness we have distributed handbills mentioning how to take prevention from swine flu,” said Sandeep Bali, a resident of Mehrauli.

50 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 50 Indian fishermen were arrested on Tuesday by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s territorial waters.The Indian fishermen were on board 12 trawlers. They have been accused of indulging in bottom trawling which is outlawed in Sri Lanka, Naval spokesman Commander Chaminda Walakuluge said.They were escorted to the fisheries harbour in Karainagar in Jaffna. The fishermen would be handed over to the fisheries inspection office in Jaffna for further action, the Navy added.Fishermen from both countries are arrested frequently by the maritime security agencies of both countries for illegal fishing and often stray into illegal waters due to absence of any proper technology to confirm the coastline border between Pakistan and India near Sir Creek in the Arabian Sea.

Cross-LoC trade and travel to resume next week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid National Investigating Agency (NIA) reservations, the cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir along with bus service will resume operations next week. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay on Friday confirmed that issues regarding trade and bus service have been sorted out. “Cross-LoC trade will start on Monday while the ‘Carvan-e-Aman’ (Caravan of Peace) bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad will resume the next Tuesday,” he said.Baglay, however, added that cross-LoC bus service between Poonch and Rawalkot may take time as civilian facilities at Chakan da Bagh point was hit by gunfire from across. The bus service was suspended four weeks ago after the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and shelling along the LoC in Poonch district. Over 150 passengers are stuck on the Indian side of the LoC due to suspension of the bus service.Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Nasir Naqash and Colonel (retired) Muhammad Shahid, Director, Trade and Trade Authority, PoK held a meeting on Thursday at Salamabad Bridge or Aman Setu on the zero line to sort out issues. They decided to set up communication lines. Earlier, the hotlines between the security agencies were the only source of communication. The two sides have decided to share landline and mobile numbers and e-mail addresses “of the trade officers on both sides to formalise communication lines”.Earlier the NIA probing the funding of separatist leaders had advocated against opening the trading points. The trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route was stopped after 66.5 kg of heroin was seized from a PoK truck on July 21. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti strongly rooted for cross-LoC trade last week, stating that the PDP would not allow its closure and continue to work towards opening more routes across the Line of Control with PoK.In 2015 as well, the narcotics hidden in 97 orange boxes were recovered during a check of the trucks coming from Muzaffarabad at the Salamabad trade facilitation centre near Uri. The authorities subsequently detained all the 22 trucks that had come from Muzaffarabad and arrested driver identified as Syed Anayat Shah. In 2014 as well, trade was suspended for over a month following a drug haul from a POK truck leading to the arrest of the driver. In retaliation the PoK authorities detained the entire fleet of 50 Kashmir trucks that had crossed over to deliver goods at the Chakoti trade facilitation centre near Muzafarabad.CLOSUREThe NIA probing the funding of separatist leaders had advocated against opening the trading points.
The trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route was stopped after 66.5 kg of heroin was seized from a PoK truck on July 21.

Haryana: Mewat school students beaten, forced to offer namaz, convert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bigotry has blighted the lives of these school children studying in Mewat Modern School in Marhi village, Haryana, just 115 kilometres away from the national Capital. Four Hindu students studying here said that life in school was a torture for them with Muslim teachers forcing them to offer namaz; the teachers allegedly even slapped them if they did not follow. Two students have since left, and two are still studying there.“In 2014 we used to stay in the hostel and there was a warden whom we used to call Arif Sir. Sir used to compulsorily make us offer namaz. He would call those who did not read it and slap them. We left the hostel in 2015 because after we said we did not want to recite, the teacher forcibly started teaching us Urdu instead of Sanskrit,” said one of the students.The school has 207 students, and it had three Muslim teachers who continuously exhorted them to turn towards Islam, as it was a “good religion.” Two Hindu school children who had recently joined the school said they complained about their teachers behaviour for some time now to their parents but the parents had taken no notice of them.It was only when one of the parents found their child performing namaz at home was a complaint launched and preliminary enquiry conducted on July 30. Maniram Sharma, the Deputy Commissioner of the area took action. Two of the three Muslim teachers have been suspended and one was transferred.Bijendra Singh, who is the father of the child who was performing namaz at home, says he still cannot get over the shock. “I told my child not to get into these things and keep the focus on studies.”One of the Muslim teachers said he was being framed.

J&K: Stones pelted at security forces involved in anti-militancy operation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least two persons were injured on Tuesday in clashes between violent protestors and security forces near the encounter site in Pulwama district of Kashmir where a group of militants are holed up.Over 100 “miscreants” started pelting stones at security forces involved in the anti-militancy operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama, a police official said. ALSO READ J&K: Top LeT commander Abu Dujana believed to be killed in encounter in PulwamaHe said the security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired few live rounds to disperse the stone- pelting protestors.Two persons were injured in the security forces action even as the clashes were going on till last reports came in, he said.Jehangir Ahmad Dar was hit by a bullet in the back while Mudasir Ahmad was hit by pellets in the chest, the official said adding both have been admitted to different hospitals.

Swine flu on the rise: Delhi sees over 300 cases since January

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Delhi is struggling hard to deal with the dengue and chikungunya menace, the rise in the cases of swine flu has put the entire nation on a red alert.As many as 320 cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported from the national capital as per the data provided by the Delhi government on Tuesday.”Two people have died due to the deadly virus in the capital,” said a senior government official.Symptoms include fever, cough, nasal secretion, fatigue, headache, body ache and sore throat. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowded places are among the precautions one should take to avoid catching the infection.The standard treatment for H1N1 is Tamiflu, which should be taken only on prescription. There are three categories of the virus — A, B and C. While the first two are considered stable, the C category is dangerous. It requires ventilator support immediately.As per the government data, 12,500 cases have been reported so far from the entire nation.Maharashtra is the worst affected with 284 deaths followed by Gujarat (75), Kerala (63) and Rajasthan (59), government data shows.”The number of cases will go up in the coming days. Generally, the cases of swine flu arrive in Delhi in the month of September. This year, we have the cases of vector-borne diseases combined with the H1NI virus. It is a deadly combination,” said Dr SP Byotra, Department of Internal Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital.In 2009, when H1N1 was spreading fast in many countries around the world, the World Health Organisation called it a pandemic. Since then, people have continued to get sick from swine flu across the world, including in India, but the cyclical nature of the virus means that every few years there is a spurt in cases and deaths.

30 new dengue cases reported within a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 30 fresh cases of dengue were reported in Delhi last week, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease to 180. Also, the total number of cases of malaria and chikungunya, reported by July 22, was 230 and 195, respectively.Doctors and authorities now fear that the number of cases will rise with coming monsoon. As per the MeT department, there will be continuous showers in the coming few weeks, leading to more cases of vector-borne diseases. While dengue cases are showing a significant increase in number, eight fresh cases of malaria and five cases of chikungunya have also been recorded this week.Dr SP Byotra, Head of Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said: “Every day, we are getting at least two cases of dengue, making it over 15 cases per week. It is strongly suggested to keep the surroundings dry and free from mosquito breeding zones. We do not need another epidemic.”Apart from the vector-borne diseases, the Capital is also reeling under a spate of viral fevers. “Viral fever usually subsides on the third day of its onset, but this time we are witnessing patients with consistent fever for more than three days,” said Dr Rajesh Bhudiraja, Internal Medicine, Asian Institute of Medical Science.”The earliest recognisable symptoms of a viral infection are often fatigue and body ache. This may be followed by the onset of fever. In most cases, the fever is accompanied by sore throat, running nose, nasal stuffiness, and red eyes. Headache is also common, and vomiting and diarrhea might be present in some cases,” he added.

JJ Hospital facilitates first ever cadaver donation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government-run Sir JJ Hospital undertook its first cadaver donation on Sunday. 38-year-old Sangeeta Mahajan from Jalgaon had met with a road accident on July 17, Monday, and was admitted to Sir JJ Hospital on Thursday morning.According to doctors, she was on ventilator since she was admitted but was responding positively to treatment. She was later shifted for higher medical management and was declared brain dead on Saturday evening.While the liver was sent to Jupiter Hospital and both eyes were donated to a patient in Sir JJ Hospital, her heart could not be donated and her kidneys were declared unfit for donation.”Doctors at the hospital found Mahajan’s brain was dying. One of her eye was donated to 60-year-old male while the other one to a 48-year-old female,” Dr TP Lahane, dean of Sir JJ Hospital, said.According to the medical staff, after Sangeeta’s husband, Rajesh Mahajan, gave his consent on Saturday evening, the process of cadaver donation started. Sangeet is the mother of two children.JJ Hospital receives several cases of brain dead patients but cadaver donation is not possible since relatives of patients do not usually give consent.Dr TP Lahane said, “There is a long waiting list to receive donated eyes. We have been receiving many brain dead cases at the hospital but it is difficult to convince family members of the patient to donate their organs. We are taking steps to spread awareness and regular counselling will be given to ensure that we get more organ donation.”THE CASESangeeta Mahajan from Jalgaon met with a road accident on July 17, Monday, and was admitted to JJ Hospital on Thursday morning
She was declared brain dead on Saturday. Her liver was sent to Jupiter Hospital.
Her eyes were donated to a patient. However, her heart and kidneys were declared unfit for donation.

Shami becomes victim of social media trolls once again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India pacer Mohammad Shami has once again become a victim of social media trolling after he posted pictures of his wife during their daughter’s second birthday celebrations. The cricketer was trolled as many felt that his wife Hasin Jahan committed a “sin” by not wearing a hijab during the birthday celebrations. “Sad to see your wife without hijab. my dear shami sir do not look at the smallness of the sin, rather look at the one whom you are disobeying,” Sharun Km from Kunnamkulam posted with a hashtag #GoToHell. Syed Akhtar from Beijing wrote: “Do you want to please right wings by not wearing hijab nd celebrating birthday.” Mohammad Tahir Faisal from Patna tweeted: “Drown in shame… Are you Muslim, I don’t think so you’re Muslim…Islam can’t allow you to celebrate Birthday in that fashion.” However, the fast bowler’s fans came out in strong support of him. “Sad to see insects like you crawl out out of the gutter,” Prajay Basu from Mumbai posted. Bhagya Teja of Bengaluru asked: “When will you’re petty mindset change?” The trolling on social network came a day after Jadavpur police arrested three youths for allegedly attacking Shami late on July 22 when he was returning home to Katju Nagar, behind South City Mall. Police have beefed up security in the area. “Police patrol and officer of anti-rowdy section have been asked to patrol the area and the road in front of his apartment to prevent any untoward incident,” an officer at the Jadavpur Police Station told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were killed in Bandipora district’s Gurez sector on Tuesday. Two to three terrorists were believed to be trapped in the area. The operation was conducted by the 36 Rashtriya Rifles(RR).The encounter is still underway. Meanwhile, the authorities have closed all schools and colleges in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district following the killings of three terrorists in a shootout with police and army late Monday night in Anantnag district.Mobile Internet services were also suspended to prevent the spreading of rumours in the valley.The three slain terrorists killed on Monday, all belonging to terrorist group Lashkar-e-taiba( LeT), were identified as Shaukat Louhar, Mudassir and Zibran.The Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali and Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The violation took place at around 6:45 am, to which the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.Earlier on Monday, a jawan was injured in the ceasefire violation carried out by Pakistan in the Uri Sector.The Indian Army had also confirmed the death of a soldier during ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu’s Bhimber Gali Sector. The deceased soldier was identified as Naik Muddasar Ahmed.In the fire exchange, Ahmed was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to his injuries.

In his death, Army jawan Mudasir Ahmad made his village and country proud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the veranda of a single storey house, Mohammad Afzal Rather, 75, is tending to people who are making beeline to offer condolences to him over the death of his son Naik Mudasir Ahmad at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu division’s Rajouri district.From discussing Mudasir’s childhood to his life as a soldier, Afzal is proudly telling visitors his son’s journey of his son. “He had called his mother and assured her that he is safe. I was listening to news when he called up. On Monday morning his friend came and broke the sad news to us,” he told DNA.Mudasir, 37, of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry, had joined the forces because he had a passion for uniform. And that is why one fine morning he left his school to join the army and luckily he was selected in the first go.Survived by his wife and two sons, he was preparing for his life post retirement. Mudasir was also going to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary next month.”He had built a house and recently refurbished it. He had planned to shift there with his family after retirement,” said his father.Mudasir was on leave for two months and despite Tral being a high militancy infested area, he used to move freely without any fear. “He was a very lovable man. In fact, this village is home to many soldiers and some have risen to high ranks in the army. Now, not many youth from the area want to join the army,” said a local resident here.A pall of gloom had descended on the household with relatives and neighbours pouring in to offer their condolences. An inconsolable wife, a distraught mother, a shell-shocked father and a stunned son are unable to believe that their warrior has been killed.Naik Mudasir’s son Burhan, a class third student, broke down when he saw his mother crying. Unable to comprehend what is happening he refused to be photographed after his mother broke down. Naik Mudasir’s body will be flown to Victor force headquarters at Awantipora on Tuesday. Later, he will be laid to rest with full military honours at his village.

Three LeT terrorists killed by security forces in Kashmir’s Anantnag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three terrorists were gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.The encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Wanihama village of Anantnag, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces, said a defence spokesman.The terrorists have been identified as members of the LeT. They have been identified as Shaukat louhar, Mudassir and Zibran.Meanwhile, earlier today, militants had attacked an Army convoy at Bijbehara in the Anantnag district of J&K, an Army official said, adding that a man was injured when the forces fired back.Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched an operation to track down the militants, the official said.”Terrorists opened fire on the last vehicle of the army convoy near Bijbehara. We retaliated and a man was injured in the incident,” he said, as per PTI.Haji Abdullah (60), a resident of Arwani in Bijbehara, suffered a bullet injury on his left thigh and is undergoing treatment at the Bone and Joint Hospital here, the official said.

30 detained for anti-lynching protest outside Parliament House

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 30 people, including activist-brothers Tehseen and Shehzad Poonawalla, were detained by the police after they assembled outside Parliament here today to protest against recent incidents of lynching. The activists gathered at Vijay Chowk to take “an oath to uphold the Constitution” and urge fellow citizens not to remain a “mute spectator” to mob lynchings. The event was organised by the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching, which had last week unveiled a draft anti- lynching law, Maanav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA). A police officer said the activists were detained as they gathered at the venue without permission. “The protest was supposed to be held at Jantar Mantar, but they moved to Vijay Chowk. That is why they have been taken in,” the police officer said. The detained activists were taken to the Parliament Street police station. “…youngsters were detained for wanting to take a pledge on our Constitution that we will uphold the rule of law…We want MASUKA or a law against vigilantism and mob lynchings and we will uphold peace and social harmony,” said Tehseen. He also took to Twitter to react to the police action. In a series of tweets, he told Home Minister Rajnath Singh, “Sir we are youngsters from good families taking an oath on the constitution how is this illegal ? If we scare u imagine mobs(sic).” “Dear @HMOIndia whybis (sic) @DelhiPolice detaining youngsters taking an oath on the constitution ? Is this democracy?” The Delhi Police function under the Union home ministry. The Maanav Suraksha Kanoon proposes that lynching be made a non-bailable offence, with life imprisonment for those convicted of it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Would have held dialogue with Wani if he was alive: Soz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If veteran Congress leader Saifuddin Soz had his way, he would have held a dialogue with Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani if he was not killed by security forces last year. “Burhani Wani should have stayed alive so that I could have had a dialogue with him. I would have explained to him that Kashmir can become a strong bridge of friendship between India and Pakistan and he (Wani) could also be of help (in achieving it). But he is dead now,” he told a TV news channel. Soz’s controversial comments came on the sidelines of a conference on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here. Wani was killed by security personnel on July 8 last year. His killing had triggered violent protests in the Kashmir Valley that continued for months. “Those who believe that he was a martyr can continue to believe so and those who believe he was murdered may do so. The incident has already taken place. We should try and increase friendship between India and Pakistan now and understand the pain of Kashmiris,” he added. Soz said Wani was a “symbol” of militancy in the border state and called for starting talks with separatists to resolve the Kashmir issue. “And how to deal with militancy? Through a dialogue. I want the government to talk to the Hurriyat Conference. If you can open a dialogue with us, open with the Hurriyat as well,” he said. Earlier, speaking at the conference, Soz said Kashmiris cannot be won over by military force, asserting the youths of the Valley cannot be dubbed as “stone pelters” as they have a reason to revolt. “The problem today is not in Jammu and Kashmir but in the minds of the people there, who feel alienated. The youth in Kashmir cannot be termed as misguided and stone pelters. Everyone wants to live in India but with dignity, love and affection, not with bullets,” Soz said. Maintaining that it is impossible to run Kashmir using military force, the former Union minister said “the RSS narrative” is totally unacceptable to the people of the militancy-hit state. The objective of the conference was to look at the ‘Problems of Kashmir’ through the prism of ‘Kashmiriyat, Jamuhriyat, Insaniyat’ and national integration. Nasir Aslam Wani of the National Conference said the Kashmiris still have to prove their Indian identity to the nation every single day. “Discussions on cow protection, intolerance is the order of the day. Hold discussions over these issues with us, also to make us feel included,” he said, emphasising on the need to hold discussions with all stakeholders, including the hardliners, in J&K. “Holding talks hasn’t hurt anybody except egos. Remember (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayeeji initiated talks with the Hurriyat. There should be composite talks with everybody, including the hardliners, to understand the minds of Kashmiris,” Nasir Wani said. T C A Raghavan, former high commissioner of India to Pakistan, who also took part in the discussion, said the ‘k’ in Pakistan stands for Kashmir. “Kashmir is Pakistan’s unfinished agenda. The sense of entitlement in Pakistan today has many dimensions,” he said. Raghavan said during General Pervez Musharraf’s tenure as Pakistan President, the capacity of the nation to bring about a consensus (over Kashmir) weakened. During Musharraf’s tenure, the most visible signs were violations across the Line of Control and a number of terror strikes in India, the former diplomat said. Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, former General Officer Commanding, 15th Corps, said the Pakistani military is an obstacle in the road to peace between the two neighbours. “Unless its hold loosens, the situation cannot get any better. Pakistan’s strength is not in its military but its strategic communication. They are able to entrench their opinion deep into the minds of Indians and Kashmiris,” Hasnain said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Celebrate ‘oneness’ amidst diversities: President Mukherjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Pranab Mukherjee today asked people to pursue and celebrate “oneness” amidst India’s rich diversity.He was speaking during a function to inaugurate unified campus of the prestigious Bose Institute, which is Asia’s first modern research centre devoted to inter-disciplinary research. Referring to Acharya Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, the father of modern science and founder of the institute, Mukherjee said searching of oneness was one of the great contributions for the Indian culture and civilisation which began many millennia ago. “It (search) is still to be pursued to find oneness amidst varieties. To identify it. Not to ignore it, but to celebrate it amidst the huge diversities which we have,” the president said.Bose had set the goal of this Institute by saying “to pursue further and fuller investigation of the many and ever- opening problems of life and non-life… Here will assemble all those who would seek oneness amidst the manifold,” Mukherjee said. He said Bose was ardently supported and inspired by some of the greatest personalities like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita, Mahatma Gandhi and Gopal Krishna Gokhale, to name a few. In fact, the establishment of Bose Institute can rightly be termed as one of the earliest manifestations of India’s quest to establish the nation’s self-esteem as an equal to the colonising west, the president said.

Man arrested for opening fire on ex-Cong MLA Asif Mohd Khan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a man for allegedly opening fire on former Congress MLA Asif Mohd Khan in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar on Tuesday.Mohd Nasir, in his mid 30s, was arrested from Zakir Nagar today. He is one of the four persons named in the complaint filed by the MLA.Khan in a police complaint said he and members of Zakir Nagar Residents Welfare Association were shot at when they went to meet 78-year-old Mehrunisa, whose relatives were trying to usurp her property.Nasir is Mehrunisa’s stepson and was staking claim to the property.

Mehbooba discusses GST preparedness in state at all-party meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today convened an all-party meeting to discuss various issues pertaining to the GST rollout in the state. In her opening remarks, the chief minister said the idea behind convening the meeting was to evolve a broad-based consensus on adopting any tax regime in the state. She appealed the representatives of all political parties to come forward with their suggestions and remarks on the subject so that a view, which represents the aspirations of all sections of the society, is taken by the government. Thanking the members of all political parties for attending the meeting, Mehbooba said the implementation of GST regime in the state is a subject matter of collective decision by every section of society and not of the government alone. She hoped that fruitful discussions on the subject would be held in the Assembly during forthcoming special session. The chief minister said the government is open to suggestions from all sections including political quarters and business class. She hoped the participants would discuss the provisions of proposed laws in detail and come up with concrete suggestions and recommendations by which the fiscal and political autonomy of the state is not affected if the proposed law is decided to be enacted. The meeting was attended by Muhammad Sartaj Madni, Muzaffar Hussain Baig and Nizammudin Bhat from PDP; Muhammad Shafi, Abdul Rahim Rather, Devinder Singh Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani from National Conference; Ghulam Hassan Mir from DPN; Hakim Muhammad Yasin from PDF; Sheikh Abdul Rashid from Awami Itihaad Party; M Y Tarigami from CPI(M); Nawang Rigzin Jora, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Usman Majeed and G N Monga from Congress; Sat Sharma from BJP; Harshdev Singh from National Panthers Party and Pawan Gupta, MLA, Udhampur. Earlier, Minister for Finance, Haseeb Drabu, gave a power point presentation in which he explained various aspects of the issue. Chief Secretary B B Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal; Commissioner-Secretary, Finance, Navin Choudhary; Secretary, Law, Abdul Majeed Bhat; Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Khateeb and other officers were also present in the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KRSF initiates road safety campaign in Jammu and Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Kashmir Road Safety Foundation(KRSF), an NGO, has initiated a club to train Kashmiri students about traffic management. The KRSF has been spreading awareness in the valley for the last three years. The main objective of this organization is to generate awareness among the common people about traffic and road safety rules. According to the founder of KRSF, Nasir Ali Khan, so far the club has distributed 3000 ?on the spot appreciation certificates? in collaboration with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to drivers for following road safety rules. ?We have begun awareness programs in schools and colleges. In several education institutes, the students are not allowed without wearing helmets or other safety gear,? said Khan. According to a recent NDTV report, one serious road accident in the country occurs every minute and 16 die on Indian roads every hour. 1214 road crashes occur every day in India. Two wheelers account for 25 percent of total road crash deaths. 20 children under the age of 14 die every day due to road crashes in in the country. 377 people die every day, equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every day. Two people die every hour in Uttar Pradesh ? State with maximum number of road crash deaths. Tamil Nadu is the state with the maximum number of road crash injuries. A recent Daily Excelsior report said that Jammu and Kashmir witnesses over 5800 accidents ever year, with 919 persons having lost lives and 8400 sustained injuries in 2015. Fourteen out of 22 districts of the state have continued to show an increase in the number of accidents, thereby putting a question mark on functioning of road safety committees appointed by the state government, the local daily had said then. According to official data, a total of 5867 road accidents took place in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 and 5850 in 2015. According to The Tribune, 665 persons were killed in over 4,000 road accidents were reported from across the state till the end of September 2016. Nearly 6,000 persons were also injured in the accidents, among which 511 proved to be fatal. (ANI with inputs) Ends BC/AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab’s new culture policy will be out by June end: Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab government is looking to promote the state’s rich culture and heritage in a big way and a culture policy will be announced by the month end. The soon-to-be-released culture policy aims to be youth centric to enable and inspire them to be aware of the extremely rich and glorious culture of the state. Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today said here that it will be an open ended policy and the government would try to incorporate good suggestions in it. He said it was important to apprise the youth about the cultural and historical heritage of Punjab so as to make sure that they do not remain oblivious to their enormously rich legacy and instead take pride in it. He said it is the vision of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Chairing a marathon meeting of the experts hailing from the fields of art, literary, academic and cultural spheres to fine-tune the proposed culture policy, the minister said the policy would be finalised by the end of this month. “But before that an exercise will be undertaken in which experts would be deployed to have interactions with the youth across the state regarding their views about the policy,” he said. “Possibly, we will also try to complete the shape of our tourism policy and announce it at the same time,” he said. “There are many countries in the world which run on tourism industry like in South East Asia, Switzerland,” he said. The minister claimed that thousands visit Taj Mahal daily, but its economic benefit does not go to Uttar Pradesh because a majority of the tourists stay in Rajasthan.” “Likewise, 1.25 lakh people visit Amritsar daily, mainly to see the Golden temple. But majority of those who arrive in the morning leave the same day because earlier we failed to take steps which would make them spend a few days in Amritsar,” he said. He said great emphasis would also be laid on forming a “cultural parliament” with a multi-layered structure with a chairman and 15 members under him besides having an organised mechanism in place at the district, Tehsil and village level. Sidhu also said steps would be taken to bring the children of NRIs closer to their culture and traditions and helping them connect with their Punjabi roots. Terming the proposed policy as a catalyst for cultural revolution, Sidhu made it clear that requisite finances would be made available to ensure that the policy does not derail. The minister also underlined the fact that this aim can be achieved with proper marketing of the vast number of tourist destinations in the state which have exceptional historic and cultural value. Sidhu also dwelled at length about the importance of Internet in the popularising the glorious heritage of Punjab as Internet is the most potent tool to carry forward and propagate an idea and according it the shape of a movement with the passage of time. Later, when asked about farmers’ issue, Sidhu said the Congress government in the state was committed to improve the lot of peasants. “Not only are we talking about loan waiver, but we are also taking steps that need to be taken which will help farmers always remain debt free,” he said. “Today, the entire nation is saying farm loans should be waived. But nobody has cared to look into the cause how farmers are trapped under mounting debt. “I have given some suggestions (to the state government),” he said. Sidhu said that all farmers should be having bank account and all their payments whether from private money lenders or from other sources, should be made by cheques, so that farmers who are less educated are not exploited by anyone. “Sir Chottu Ram Act says that farmers will not pay more than double of the principal amount he has borrowed. For example, if a farmer has borrowed a loan of Rs 1 lakh, after several years the amount goes up to several lakh due to compounding interest. “The Act says that if he has taken Rs one lakh then he will not return more than double the principal amount,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

College student hit by bullet in suspected celebratory firing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year-old man suffered bullet injury in a suspected case of celebratory firing in southwest Delhi’s Palam area, police said today. Around 11 PM yesterday, Akshay, a college student and resident of Ram Nagar, was attending a family function in Mangla Puri. A bullet hit his right forearm while he was having dinner. He started bleeding profusely and was rushed to Divya Prastha Hospital from where he was referred to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, police said. The family said they are unaware who fired at Akshay. They also said that they were not sure whether he was intentionally shot at or it was an accident during celebratory firing. Police said they have registered a case and are looking for the accused.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Unsung Hero’ who is quietly making a difference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen years ago, what started as a young student-athlete’s quest for a simple game of football with his friends at local community parks across Noida has today metamorphosed to making waves of change for the youth of the same community. A coach both on and off the field, Noida Sector 31B resident Anirudh Jayee just doesn’t believe in coaching but a holistic development of young talent.From being kicked out of parks to stuffing kids in his car, Jayee and the children have managed to cross all odds in order to make sure they carry out their regular practice sessions. Jayee is backed by his school friend Tushar Acharya who makes sure the children are motivated and never feel bogged down. Acharya shuttles between his family business and football but gives top priority to the sport and the children.”When we were young and played football no one guided us. Nowadays coaching has changed. It is just not limited to the field but the overall development of a child,” said Jayee. He added that this kind of development of the young led to the making of “Emerge 360”. The multi-faceted, all-round-development programme helps student athletes to focus on health, nutrition, benefits of rest, and 360-degree personality development alongside regular scholastics.And when one speaks to the children, they say that they have not been swayed by the hype and glamour surrounding international teams like Chelsea and Manchester United, and their loyalties firmly remain with their motherland. Their stars are Baichung Bhutia and Sunil Chettri.Abhishek K Bala, a class 8 student who has been coming here for coaching and plays as a striker for the team, says he prefers the sessions here, more than the one at his school. “While in school they mostly focus on fitness, here Jayee sir teaches us new skills and techniques. Not just this he also keeps a track of our academic performance,” said Bala.The combination of Jayee and Acharya which is a mix of passion, persuasion and presence gives out an entirely different meaning to the word ‘Team.’ “The support and faith from both parents and students has been the driving force and reinstates Emerge 360’s mantra. Team which stands for -Together Everyone Achieves More’. We aim to become a stronger and dedicated team with the dream of changing Indian football, one kid at a time”, says Jayee.The enthusiastic elevenThe community team is called “Bravehearts football club” and they played their first tournament recently. Even though they won their first match and lost the remaining few they did not lose hope. They aim to win the tournament the next time. From a dedicated team to bonding and partying together, they are more like a family. The team members include the shy captain Prabhat, fierce Abhishek, dancer boy Advik, over-enthusiatic Saransh, goaliee Devesh, self-motivated Krish and Aayush, ready to play Kabir and Akshat and an experienced Indrajeet.

DNA Must Read for the evening: From Nitish skipping Sonia’s ‘unity lunch’ to Sensex closing over 31,000 and many more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) Opposition divided? Nitish Kumar skips Sonia Gandhi’s meet, to attend lunch hosted by PM Modi tomorrowAfter giving cold shoulder to Sonia Gandhi’s ‘unity lunch’, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has decided to attend lunch hosted by PM Modi in honour of Mauritian PM. This move is likely to fuel fresh rumours about a possible chink in the opposition camp. Read full story here. 2) Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill, 82, dies of cardiac arrestFormer Punjab DGP KPS Gill passed away on Friday. He was 82. The former top cop had been admitted on May 18 at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. Read our full report here.3) Maharashtra civic poll results: BJP wins Panvel, Congress emerges single largest party in Bhiwandi, MalegaonThe polling for these three civic bodies took place on Wednesday. The elections to these three bodies had taken place against the backdrop of BJP’s sterling performance in the recently held polls to the 13 municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 210 Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat.​ Read full break down of results here.4) Expecting more reforms, Sensex closes over 31,000-mark for first time; Nifty ends at all-time highStocks defied gravity for the second straight session today, propelling the Sensex past the 31,000- mark for the first time ever on the third anniversary of the Modi government. The broader Nifty too breached the 9,600-level. Read more here. 5) 3 years of Modi govt: We have virtually finished casteism, family rule and appeasement, says Amit ShahBJP chief Amit Shah said today his party will notch up a bigger victory in the next Lok Sabha polls than the 2014 elections, asserting that India will emerge as a “great nation” in various fields under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.​ Read what he said, here.

KPS Gill: From PM Modi to Rahul Gandhi, leaders pay tribute on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several leaders took to Twitter to pay homage to former Punjab DGP KPS Gill who died on Friday. Gill, who had been ill for a few days, succumbed to a cardiac arrest in New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, his doctor said in a statement.All the leaders, right from PM Modi to Sonia Gandhi, praised Gill’s contribution to maintaining law and order in Punjab, Here are some of the top tweetsGill was admitted last week to New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for end-stage kidney failure and significant ischemic heart disease. According to Dr DS Rana, who was treating him, “Gill had been recovering from Peritonitis but died of sudden cardiac arrest due to cardiac arrhythmia.”

JK govt will consider providing security to separatist leaders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir government will consider any request for security from separatist leaders if they approach the Mehbooba Mufti dispensation following a threat by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Mussa. “When somebody will seek security from us we will think over it,” Mufti told reporters today on the sidelines of a function when asked about the threat given to separatist leaders by Mussa. The Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander, in a video message yesterday, had threatened to kill separatist leadership for terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce ‘Sharia’ (Islamic law) in the state. Earlier, the chief Minister interacted with specially- abled children from across Kashmir who had gathered at the astro turf TRC ground at a special camp organised by Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council. She said that her government will do whatever possible to provide necessary facilities to such children, and had to do a lot for their welfare. Stressing that there was a need for schools for specially-abled children, she said “unfortunately we have not been able to provide the required facilities to them so far. They need specially trained teachers”. Lauding the sports council for organising the programme, she said that there was a need to hold more such sports activities in future. Referring to her interaction with other children at the camp, Mehbooba said football players demanded shoes and better infrastructure which the government will provide. “Our children have a lot of potential which needs proper grooming. My government will try to tap their potential so that they can excel in the field of sports and bring laurels to the state,” the chief minister said. Nazir Ahmad, a member of sports council, said over 400 specially-abled children of various age groups from across Kashmir took part in the week-long sports event. Nasir Javid, a therapist working with Life Help Centre for child care at Chanapora locality of uptown Srinagar, said it was a good move on the part of the sports council. He said although sports activities are part of their curriculum at the centre, the event allows them to interact with other specially-abled children.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak fishing boat seized by BSF in creek area of Kutch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force today seized an abandoned Pakistani fishing boat from Pabewari Creek in Kutch district on Indo-Pak border during patrolling, said officials. At least four fishermen juimped off that boat and ran towards the Pakistan side near Sir Creek after spotting BSF patrol boats this afternoon, they added. Search is on to nab these fishermen, the officials said. Six Pakistani fishermen were apprehended yesterday by the BSF personnel from the Indian side of the Nal Creek which is part of the Sir Creek on the Indo-Pak border. While Sir Creek is right on the border, Pabewari Creek is well inside Indian territory and falls between Sir Creek and Koteshwar. Given the sensitive nature of the area, even Indian fishermen are barred from catching fish in the creek. Pakistani fishermen, however, often venture into the Indian waters to catch fish and then sail off to their side.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not altercation with Gorakhpur BJP MLA, this is why IPS officer Charu Nigam was in tears

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A female IPS officer was reduced to tears after a BJP MLA in Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s parliamentary constituency of Gorakhpur got into a heated argument with her over evicting protesters, with the incident being captured on the camera. Reacting to the incident, Charu Nigam the female IPS officer in question, wrote a message on Facebook explaining the situation and refuting allegations that she had cried because of the BJP MLA She wrote on Facebook:
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh: BJP MLA, lady IPS officer level allegations at each other in GorakhpurTo everyone who has turned up in my support: My training hasn’t taught me to be weak. I just did not expect that my SP city Ganesh Saha Sir would outrightly reject the irrational argument and talk about my injury. Before sir came, I was the seniormost officer in police there but when sir came and stood by the force, I got emotional .Media has taken this stand because everyone of them saw both the incidents and this shows the positivity of media in Gorakhpur. I am thankful to them to have shown the truth with least manipulation. I believe that good gets good and that’s why I have got the support of the media. Please stay calm! I am fine and slightly hurt. Nothing to be agitated or worried about.
ALSO READ Watch: BJP MLA misbehaves with lady IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh, leaves her in tearsRegards CharuThe incident occurred in Kareemnagar area of the city where some people, protesting a liquor shop, were removed by the police. Local BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Aggarwal reached the spot amid complaints by protesters that the Circle Officer Charu Nigam had forcibly removed them. They alleged that the police had hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man.The MLA questioned the IPS officer about her action and told that there had been orders by the state government that liquor shops will not function in densely populated residential areas.Amid the exchange of words, Nigam took out a handkerchief and wiped her tears. The visuals were captured and telecast by news channels. The police officer later accused the MLA of misbehaving and insulting her. “The MLA misbehaved with me and refused to acknowledge in full public view that he is speaking to a woman police officer,” Nigam said. On the footage showing her wiping tears, she said, “I did not weep, as it is not ingrained in my personality. However, I got emotional when my senior officer supported me.” The protesters were removed from the road as they were obstructing the traffic, she said. When the MLA arrived, the road was free from protesters, which apparently angered him as had asked them to stay put and lift the blockade only after his persuasion, Nigam claimed. On the other hand, Aggarwal accused the IPS officer of exercising high-handedness with the protesters, who were demanding that a liquor outlet in their locality be shut. “We are against the operation of liquor shops. People were peacefully protesting against the liquor shops, but the woman police officer forcibly removed the protesters and while doing so, she hit a woman and dragged an 80-year-old man. This simply cannot be tolerated,” he said. Aggarwal rubbished allegations that he misbehaved with her. He alleged that there was a tacit understanding between the police and the liquor mafia as a liquor shop closed 15 days ago had suddenly started doing business again. When asked to comment on the footage telecast by local news channels, Aggarwal said, “Is my body language showing that I am misbehaving with her? I was not speaking to the CO (Charu Nigam), but to the SP (City). See my body language properly.” “If you see the video recording of the incident, you will find the woman officer removing the protesters forcibly…you will see the reality,” the MLA said. The woman IPS officer has been quite active in the newly formed anti-Romeo squad and has been nick-named by some media organisations as ‘Lady Singham’ after a Bollywood movie.With inputs from agencies

Viral video of Army destroying Pak bunker was shot in April, isn’t retaliation to soldiers mutilation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video doing the rounds on Twitter claimed that the Indian armed forces have retaliated to the killings of the two soldiers along the LoC. The video that was retweeted thousands of times shows a Pakistani bunker along the LoC destroyed post mortar fire – launched by India – near the Krishna Ghati sector – the same region where the soldiers were mutilated on May 1.The bunker was destroyed less the 60 seconds, and Indian soldiers can be heard saying that the target had been hit successfully. “Sir the shell has hit the target, we have brought it down,” one soldier can be heard saying.While people have hailed the Indian Army and said that the move is the perfect answer to Pakistan, Army Sources are believed to have said that the video was shot in April. Several defence reporters then shared the news on Twitter.

BJP encourages women in distress to approach police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The youth wing of Mumbai BJP today launched a campaign to encourage women and girls facing harassment and sexual violence to approach police with their complaints without any hesitation. “Police Tai-Majhi Aai” (policewomen are our mothers) seeks to instill confidence among girls and women to come forward and lodge complaint against their tormentors. A team of youth BJP leaders, led by their city unit president Mohit Kamboj, met Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deven Bharti and offered help of volunteers to make the campaign a success. “We met Deven Bharti sir and presented our plan of action to instill a sense of confidence among women who face harassment and sexual violence, but fail to muster courage to approach the police,” Kamboj said. “He (Bharti) accepted our offer and assured us to do the needful to execute the campaign,” he said. Ankita Chaudhari, chief of women wing of city BJP, has been asked to deploy women workers across all the police stations for coordinating with lady police officials and the victim. Kamboj said “Our aim is to wipe out fear among the victims – from college-going girls to housewives to maids – in approaching the police when they are in trouble. Our lady volunteers would swiftly establish a rapport between the complainant and the policewomen.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hospitals can’t hold patients hostage for unpaid bills: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hospitals cannot hold patients “hostage” to extract money for unpaid bills, the Delhi High Court today told a premier private city hospital for allegedly withholding custody of a patient over outstanding dues. Denouncing this “modus operandi” of withholding custody of patients, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Deepa Sharma said if the bills are not paid, then release the patient. “If bills not paid, then release the patient. You cannot keep patients hostage. That cannot be the modus operandi. “Even if dues are outstanding, custody of patients cannot be withheld to extract money towards unpaid bills (of the hospital). We deprecate this practice,” the court told Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in central Delhi. The court directed the hospital to prepare the discharge summary of the patient and allowed his son, the petitioner, to remove his father forthwith from the hospital. Senior Standing Counsel of Delhi government Rahul Mehra said that several hospitals do behave in this manner. The ruling came in a habeas corpus plea moved by the son of the patient, a former Madhya Pradesh policeman who was admitted in the hospital for treatment in February. The ex-cop was suffering from enterocutaneous fistula, which occurs in the intestinal tract due to which contents of the stomach or intestines leak through to the skin. The treatment includes surgery. The patient’s son had alleged that the hospital was holding his father hostage to extract money from him towards outstanding dues of Rs 13.45 lakh, an amount that he has disputed. He had also alleged that the hospital was not giving proper treatment to his father and when he sought to take him away, it did not allow him to do so. The hospital opposed the petitioner’s contentions and claimed that he had raised the grievance as the patient was shifted to the general ward from private ward due to non- payment of dues. It said the total bill was of Rs 16.75 lakh and the petitioner had only paid Rs 3.3 lakh. Desthe pite outstanding dues, a surgery was carried out on the patient on April 21 after being shifted to the general ward, the hospital said. The petitioner said the surgery was carried out after he had lodged a police complaint on April 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

300 Whatsapp groups were used to mobilise stone-pelters at

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 300 Whatsapp groups were being used to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir to disrupt security forces’ operations at encounter sites, of which 90 per cent have been shut down, a police official said today. Each of these 300 Whatsapp groups had around 250 members, the official said while explaining how determined attempts were being made to disrupt the operations of the security forces by mobilising stone-pelting mobs at the encounter sites. “We identified the groups and the group administrators, who were called in by police for counselling. We have had a good response to this initiative,” he said on the condition of anonymity. In the last three weeks, more than 90 per cent of these Whatsapp groups have been shut down, the official said. He said the government’s policy of suspending internet services appeared to be showing positive results in curbing stone-pelting during encounters and cited the case of yesterday’s encounter in Budgam district. Just a few youth gathered to hurl stones after two militants were gunned down in the encounter yesterday. This was in sharp contrast to an encounter in Durbugh village in the same area on March 28, when a large number of stone-pelters had assembled and three of them were killed in firing by security forces. “With no internet services, the mobilisation of mobs has almost become impossible. Earlier, we would see youth from as far as 10 kilometres from the encounter sites joining the protesters to pelt stones at security forces to disrupt the anti-militancy operations. “That did not happen yesterday during or after the encounter in the absence of internet on mobiles,” the official said. He said some of the youth listed personal issues like alleged harassment by security forces as reasons for taking to stone-pelting. “Most of them get carried away momentarily,” he said, adding authorities are also looking at further sensitising the personnel on the need to adopt a humane approach while dealing with the youth. “With the internet facility withdrawn, the activity on these social networking groups and other sites like Facebook has come down drastically,” he added. Stone-pelting on security forces near the encounter sites has been causing major operational problems for the law enforcing agencies over the past one year. More than half a dozen youth have been killed in such incidents in the first quarter of this year. However, the common people especially those from the business community say they are facing hardships, because of the inability to stay connected online. “Today, the business depends on internet for communication. I am into stock markets and I have had no business since the mobile internet services were withdrawn on Monday,” Mudasir Bhat said. Bhat said most of the people had done away with landlines and broadband internet services as mobile internet facility gave them more freedom and were also cheaper. Ishfaq Ahmad, a contractor by profession, said life, without internet, had come to a standstill. “I had to submit a tender document two days after the internet facility was withdrawn. As the document was to be submitted online, we had to request the concerned department to extend the date till we make arrangements for e-filing,” Ahmad said. He said he has applied for landline connection but the service provider, BSNL, has informed him that it will take time. “BSNL is the only landline services provider here in Kashmir. I hope the government takes steps to ensure that businesses do not suffer because of this internet ban,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 Irani gang members arrested, over 100 cases cracked: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested four members of the Irani gang, who used to rob elderly women of their jewellery by posing as Crime Branch or CBI officers. The miscreants were inspired by Akshay Kumar-starrer Bollywood film ‘Special 26’. While posing as cops, two of them used to wear safari suits like police officers in ‘mufti’ (plain clothes), said DCP (West) Vijay Kumar. Two of the accused are wanted in two separate Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) cases by Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch, he added. The gang members used to target elderly people, mostly women. One of them used to approach the victim posing as a cop and narrate a story about a murderer or a notorious robber or chain-snatcher being on the prowl in the area, police said. Another member of the gang would then arrive at the spot wearing a gold chain and he too would be cautioned by the fake cop against wearing gold. The person cautioned would then hand over his gold chain and watch to the fake cop. In most cases, the unsuspecting victim would follow suit and hand over all of her valuables to the fake cop, who would wrap them in a cover and return the same to the owner, said the officer. In reality, while talking to the victim, the accused would replace the jewellery with cheap imitations. By the time the victim would realise that she had been conned, the accused would disappear from the spot. On April 9, one Ramesh Kumari Verma (74) approached the police with a complaint, alleging that while she was going to some place with her husband, two fake policemen approached them and conned them following the modus operandi mentioned above. Several such incidents from west Delhi and adjoining areas subsequently came to the notice of the police and a team was formed under the supervision of ACP (Operations, West) Jagjit Sangwan. Yesterday, police received information that the gang members would assemble at Masjid Lane in Bhogal, from where four of them were arrested. With the arrest of the four — Naasir Hafiz Khan, Asu Shahjman Saiyad, Barkat Ali and Zafar Abbas Amjad Seikh — the police claim to have solved over 100 such cases reported from Delhi, Gurugram and other states. Naasir, the kingpin of the gang, and Zafar are wanted in MCOCA cases by the Mumbai Police. Naasir has told the cops that after MCOCA charges were slapped on him, he shifted to Delhi from Mumbai with the help of his in-laws. He used a fake identity of Sameer Ali in Delhi and formed the gang by inducting his associates from Mumbai, said the DCP. Zafar, a distant relative of Naasir, was also called to Delhi by him. Three fake Delhi Police identity cards and two fake Police Mitra identity cards issued in Maharashtra were seized from Naasir. A fake Aadhaar card and a fake PAN card in the name of Sameer Ali were also seized. The accused belong to the Irani Basti in Ambivali, Mumbai. “Their ancestors were brought from (erstwhile) Persia by the Golconda kings who appointed them as their personal bodyguards. “Over the years, they gained expertise in cheating people by posing as policemen. The Irani gang name was given by the police,” said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gang of robbers placed rod on rly tracks to win a bet: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police today said that five persons arrested in neighbouring Mumbra area for preparing to carry out a dacoity were the ones who had placed an iron rod on railway tracks between Diva and Mumbra in January. Their motive was to win a Rs 2,000 bet, police said. Railway police had found an iron rod on tracks between Diva and Mumbra stations in the district on the night of January 24, shortly before the Madgaon-Mumbai Janshatabdi Express was to pass. Thane police commissioner Parambir Singh said that police arrested Danish Akbar Shaikh (26), Suraj Vinay Bhosale (25), Mohammad Shabbir Shaikh (34), Nasir Usman Sayyed (24) and Jayesh Nagesh Pare (30) yesterday after receiving a tip-off that they were going to carry out a dacoity. Police seized some knives and chili powder from them. Danish told police during the interrogation that they had placed the iron rod on the tracks on January 24, after one Maila Makandar wagered a bet. Makandar, who was arrested in March in another case and is at present in Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai, told Danish and others that if they could derail a train, he would pay them Rs 2,000, Danish told the police. Commissioner Singh said that police were probing if the accused were responsible for similar obstacles found on railway tracks in Kalamboli, Panvel, Taloja, Nashik, Nanded and Barshi Takli in Akola district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Land in Haryana not be acquired without farmers’ consent: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said land in the state will not be acquired without the consent of farmers and rates prescribed for acquisition will be paid to them without any delay. “Land in Haryana would not be acquired without the consent of farmers…,” he said at a function organised to celebrate Sir Chhotu Ram Jayanti and Baisakhi festival here. Khattar also said four regional centres would be set up under the Horticultural University that is coming up at Karnal. Out of these, the regional centre in Jind would be named after Captain Pawan Kumar. The process to identify land for this project would start soon, he said. “Deen Bandhu Sir Chhotu Ram had worked throughout his life for the welfare of labourers and workers. A strong society could be developed by following his principles. Therefore, every person should follow the path shown by him and contribute to the development of the country,” Khattar said. The Chief Minister said since agricultural land was shrinking, the farmers could earn more by getting engaged in agriculture-related business or horticulture. “They could earn profit by taking their produce to the grain markets located in Delhi and Noida where there is a huge demand for fruits, flowers and vegetables. About 4 crore people reside in Delhi and nearby areas, and the farmers of Haryana could cater to their needs,” he said. A university is also being set up for developing and honing the skills of youths through about 800 technical courses, Khattar said. Besides, the state government has been providing employment to youth under its ‘Saksham’ scheme and so far, about 9,000 youngsters have benefited from it, he said. “With a view to provide employment and self-employment opportunities to the youth, the state government is considering a proposal to expand the provisions of the scheme,” the Chief Minister said. On the occasion, Khattar announced that the Haibatpur Chowk at Safidon Road would be named after Sir Chhotu Ram. Union Minister of Steel Birender Singh said time had come for the farmers to turn to sectors other than farming to increase their income. “Only farming would not be enough. Farmers and their children would have to enter into different sectors otherwise they would lag behind,” Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Website launched for govt map download, but Aadhaar mandatory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today launched a dedicated website allowing the public the access to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey General of India (SGI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose. Using Aadhaar number, a person can download three maps every day from the portal (http://soinakshe.uk.gov.in/) launched today. The SGI completes 250 years today. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, said the motto behind making Aadhaar mandatory for using this service was to make it available “only to Indians”. Aadhaar number is a proof of identity and not that of citizenship. The initiative comes days after Aadhaar was made mandatory for filing Income Tax Returns. The government is also mulling to make Aadhaar mandatory for booking air tickets. “We wanted to make passport mandatory for this service, but then not all people have passports, so we have made Aadhaar mandatory for people,” said Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India. The SGI has the mandate of making maps and cartographic documents for the country. It has a wide archive of maps. The institute first published a ‘Map of Hindoostan’ in 1783, depicting the subcontinent region comprising India, Pakistan, Burma (now Myanmar), Bangladesh, and parts of Afghanistan. The SGI has a rich collection of over 5,000 maps. While it made 3,000 maps open to public for download, 1700 will be available for downloading soon. The remaining maps are awaiting clearance. Under the National Map Policy 2005, it had become necessary to make non-defence maps accessible for public. “Earlier, even government departments had to pay some amount to get the maps from Survey General of India. We have relaxed that norm now,” Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, said. Harsh Vardhan said the SGI is also awaiting clearance from Nepal to measure the height of Mt. Everest post 2015 earthquake. Interestingly, Everest has been named after former Surveyor General of India Col Sir George Everest. The measurement of the world’s highest peak has been made by the SGI. “We want to make it a scientific collaboration between India and Nepal to remeasure maps,” Vardhan said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorists want to wave IS-like flags in J&K

Quoting Prophet Mohommad, the commander, in a leaked audio clip, said when Ghazwa-e-Hind (battle of the Indian subcontinent) will break out, the sign of the mujahids (terrorists) will be a flag inscribed with Kalima. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alarm bells are ringing for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir after a new crop of highly-radicalised terrorists asked people in south Kashmir that they should wave black flags inscribed with Kalima (similar to the ISIS symbol) instead of Pakistani flags, apart from supporting Pakistani Taliban for waging jihad to enforce Sharia (the Islamic system) in both India and Pakistan.“We shall have to go to India and Pakistan to enforce the Islamic system. Why did I ask you to raise pro-Taliban slogans? It is because the Taliban wants the Islamic system in Pakistan. We should love Taliban. Listen carefully. It is a matter of Sharia and shahadat (martyrdom). We want Sharia. The Pakistani flag does not fit in the bracket of Sharia because it does not have Kalima (the first fundamental of Islam),” said a terrorist commander while addressing people on the first death anniversary of cop-turned-terrorist Nasir Ahmad Pandit at the Kareemabad graveyard in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.Quoting Prophet Mohommad, the commander, in a leaked audio clip, said when Ghazwa-e-Hind (battle of the Indian subcontinent) will break out, the sign of the mujahids (terrorists) will be a flag inscribed with Kalima. “Does the Pakistani flag have Kalima in it,” he asked the crowd, who shouted ‘no’ in answer.The terrorist commander then asked the crowd why they unfurl the Pakistani flag.

US airstrike will adversely impact India’s business plans in Syria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first direct US attack against the President Bashar al-Assad regime on Thursday is bound to affect India’s business plans in Syria, as it was seeking a big role in major post-war reconstruction projects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had also committed to complete the stalled Tishreen power project near Damascus as well build the Hama Iron and Steel plant, as part of post-war reconstruction programmes. India had already released the second tranche of the $240 million for the completion of these projects. In August 2016, during Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar’s visit, the Assad regime invited New Delhi to participate in its post-war reconstruction efforts.President Donald Trump’s administration launched 59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles in reaction to a chemical attack, allegedly by Assad’s regime, in the town of Khan Seikun in rebel-held territory, which killed more than 70 people, including women and children.Experts here believe that the US strike was an important development as far as the war in Syria is concerned and also indicates a change in its strategy. Muddassir Quamar, fellow at the Middle East desk of premier think-tank Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), said the Syrian decision to use chemical weapons on civilian targets in Khan Sheikhoun was an effort to seek control of the last rebel-held territory of Idlib, but it has potential to seriously reshape the war in Syria and the direction in which it is heading.Security fearsIndia has told Syria that it is willing to restart work on different projects if Syria provides security guarantees for its people. Government officials said that they were already in the process of reviewing the security scenarios.

Ex-AIIMS director M C Misra joins Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former AIIMS Director M C Misra has been appointed as honorary senior consultant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here, said the city-based hospital. He will be with the Department of General and Laparoscopic Surgery, the hospital said in a statement. Misra, one of India’s top general surgeons, served as director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for over three years. He had retired from AIIMS on January 31.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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