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Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Fire | When midnight birthday bash turned into a funeral

Smartly dressed in black, smiling from ear to ear, Khushboo Bhansali was beaming in the afterglow of candles on her birthday cake. Surrounded by loved ones, the 28-year-old was celebrating her birthday at ‘1 Above’ pub in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound when the tragedy struck. (SEE PICS)Minutes after midnight, Bhansali spoke to her mother, who blessed her on her birthday. Little did both know that this would be the last time they would be talking to each other.Soon, the fire broke out at the pub that claimed 14 people including Bhansali. “Khushboo along with her friend took shelter in ladies washroom where they choked to death. Others took shelter either in gents washroom or other places and were saved,” Bhansali’s uncle Jethmal Bothra told DNA.Also readMumbai fire| Kamala Mills is a death trap, BMC responsible for ‘murder,’ says BJP’s Kirit SomaiyaHe also said that Khushboo’s sister Kinjal and her husband were also there and they were saved. The sister is in shock and is not in condition to speak at the moment. Bothra added that, “Khushboo was alive when taken to hospital but was breathless. If she had got oxygen on time she would have survived.”Also readMumbai Fire | ‘Don’t know how I got out alive,’ survivor recalls inferno horrorThe blaze that started at 1 Above, the rooftop pub, spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, who were attending Bhansali’s birthday party.The fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Also readMumbai: Major fire at Kamala Mills compound kills 14, PM Modi extends condolencesThe two gutted pubs are located in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel area, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices including national television channels.”I was in the night shift. We heard people screaming at the pub. Initially, we thought it is due to the party which was underway there,” said Sanjay Jadhav, a programme producer of a news channel.”When I came out of my office, I saw that a fire has broken out at the roof top pub. The main entrance of our office was blocked due to the flames,” he said.The massive blaze engulfed the entire building in about 30 minutes and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is not known.

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Tassaduq Hussain Mufti errs, swears by dog in oath

“I Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, swear in the name of DOG”?!?!?? Befitting start! God help the departments his sister will gift to him. God help J&K!” tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu, state spokesman of National Conference.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 1:23 ISTMust readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassUP govt sends letter to Gorakhpur DM to withdraw 1995 case against Yogi Adityanath, 10 others<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s brother Tassaduq Hussain Mufti set the tongues wagging on Thursday when he fumbled during the oath-taking ceremony and uttered ‘dog’ instead of ‘God’. However, Mufti promptly corrected himself.Tassaduq and PDP MLA from the Chadoora constituency Javid Mustafa Mir were sworn in as ministers and administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor NN Vohra in Jammu on Thursday morning.Tassaduq, who was recently nominated as Member of Legislative Council by the governor, took the oath in English. During the swearing-in, he fumbled and said, “I Tassaduq Hussain Mufti swear in the name of Dog….God…”Opposition National Conference leaders, however, were quick to pounce on him.“I Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, swear in the name of DOG”?!?!?? Befitting start! God help the departments his sister will gift to him. God help J&K!” tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu, state spokesman of National Conference.

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Growing cases of triple talaq questions Muslim Board opposition to Bill

A case of triple talaq has been reported out of Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh where a man reportedly divorced his wife over the phone before heading to Saudi Arabia.According to reports, the woman was married in 2013 to the brother of influential BSP leader Mohammad Yusuf Zariwala. She wanted to complete her graduation and study further, but her husband did not allow it following the birth of their son.This caused a rift between the two and Farzana was forced to stay with her parents leaving the son with the father. The husband soon divorced her over telephone before leaving for Saudi Arabia.The woman then lodged a complaint with Farhat Naqvi, sister of Union Cabinet minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who runs an organization to help and rehabilitate victims of triple talaq. She has also approached the District Magistrate and SSP Bareilly.Recently, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) rejected the Centre’s Muslim Women Bill 2017, saying it was anti-woman and alleging that it wasn’t consulted.Reacting to Board’s claim, the Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Centre had sought objections from all while framing the Bill. “Where was the Board then?”The All-India Muslim Women Personal Law Board Chairperson Shahista Amber has also ridiculed the Centre for causing impediment in framing of legislation to protect rights of Muslim women in India. “Their opposition to the Bill is clearly disrespect to Muslim women in the country. They never want rights of Muslim women protected under the law,” she alleged.

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HP’s next CM Jai Ram Thakur’s Jaipur connection unfolded

There is joy and celebration in the air. Thumping beat of the drum, happily dancing people and endless rounds of mithai are all indications of the joy the Rao family in Jhotwara feels as their son-in-law is all set to take charge as CM of Himachal Pradesh. The entire neighbourhood is celebrating because, for them, Jai Ram Thakur is Jijaji, the humble, affable and friendly son-in-law of the family who has a friendly smile and a warm word for all.Thakur was married to the daughter of veteran RSS leader from Jaipur, Shrinath Rao in 1995. The doyen leader who had joined Sangh in 1942, is now 87 and watches the celebration with a look of satisfaction. Speaking to DNA he said, “The ideology for which we struggled all our lives is being taken forward. It is heartening to see people who believe in the ideology for which we struggled all our lives taking up responsible positions across the country.” He then mumbled a few lines of a song, “Wo adhoori sadhna purn bas ho jaaye…”Thakur had lost his first election in 1993 by mere 400 votes. But he has been winning the same seat since 1998. He had been in contact with Narendra Modi when Modi was in charge of HP from 1997 to 2002. “The alliance between him and my sister Dr Sadhna was suggested by senior RSS leaders and had blessings of Sheshadri Ji,” recalls Pramod Rao, Thakur’s brother in law. “We had gone to Mandi for the wedding and all arrangements were made by his friends,” he adds. “My late mother was very apprehensive and sent my father to HP to check on the boy and the family. But over years he was her favourite jamai,” recalls Praveen Rao.Dr Vrinda Rao, the daughter in law of the family recalls, “My husband’s younger brother had a spinal injury and he was being treated at the ISIC, New Delhi. The family would sit and even sleep in the corridors on durries. Jai Ram Ji who was then a minister in HP would do the same. When the members of the staff hailing from HP came to know that it was their minister, they went out of their way to help us.”The children of the family though are a worried lot. Their favourite Phoopha Ji always take them out to watch movies, visit malls and tourist places whenever he came to Jaipur or they visited Shimla. But now they know he is poised for larger responsibilities, and they wonder if would be able to spare time for them.

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Divide in SC Collegium over making its decisions public

The rift and the cracks within the Supreme Court Collegium appear to have widened with the emergence of two letters penned by Justices Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur expressing their reservations on the issue of publication of the body’s resolutions.In a bid to make processes transparent, the top court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on October 6 passed a resolution wherein the decisions taken by them would be uploaded online “to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality in the Collegium system”.The historic move has come shortly after the Collegium came under fire after Karnataka High Court judge Justice Jayant Patel resigned over his transfer to Allahabad High Court.The collegium — comprising top five senior most judges of the top court — have often been criticised for its closed door decisions. In fact, Standing by his point, Justice Chelameswar refused to participate in the Collegium meetings unless the minutes of the meeting were recorded.It has now emerged that Justices Joseph and Lokur — who are the fourth and fifth senior most judges — had expressed their reservation before the resolution was passed on grounds that the rights of persons mentioned in the resolutions outweighed against the goal of transparency.In an October 7 letter, Justice Joseph wrote: “…you have in breach of the trust reposed in you, in violation of the mandate of the resolutions and in total defiance of the request of your sister and brother judges, chosen to upload the text of the resolutions which contained information which might violate human rights of some persons, if not other rights, who are still to continue as judicial officers…””If three out of five of the Collegium request you to have further discussions on the issue, are you not bound by such request?…All of us are seriously interested in transparency. But should we also not respect the rights of others affected by our attempt to be transparent? Have we not in the history of the collegium, where you are a member, made such revisits?” Justice Lokur’s letter read.If one goes by what Justice Lokur has suggested in his letter, the collegium system does not seem to be following the advise of the majority and unilateral decisions are being taken by a select few.Though it is not known if Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the third senior most judge — and possibly CJI Misra’s successor, has sent out a communiqué, from Justice Lokur’s letter it appears that he too, was not completely sold on the transparency idea and had advised “further discussion.”The resolution, which was uploaded on the SC’s official website under a dedicated tab, bears the signature of all five judges. However, every decision uploaded thereafter has been signed by the top three judges only.Justice Chelameswar, who was part of the Constitution Bench that struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, has been a champion for transparency in the collegium system and was the sole dissenter. In the judgment, he wrote a strongly worded observation criticizing the collegium system for its opacity.FOR TRANSPARENCYThe Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on October 6 passed a resolution wherein the decisions taken by them would be uploaded online “to ensure transparency and yet maintain confidentiality”.

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7-year-old drowns in Madh hotel pool

The Malwani police have registered a case against the lifeguard of a four-star hotel in Madh island for allegedly causing death of a seven-year-old boy owing to negligence. The body of the deceased was found floating in the pool on Saturday.According to police, Idris Khokhar a resident of Prabhat colony in Santacruz, died in a pool at The Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre in Madh Island. Tasneem, mother of the victim had planned the outing along with her friends.There were six children playing in the resort when Idris went missing. The other visitors informed Idris’s sister Zahra,14 about the incident.The Malwani police sent the body for post mortem and registered a case of accidental death. Shrirang Nadgowda, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Malwani division), said, “We have taken the complaint of the parents and have registered the case against the lifeguard for failing to save the life of the child.”“We have acquired the CCTV camera footage and are probing the case further,” added Nadgowda.

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Rahul Gandhi is captain of a ‘sinking ship’: Union Minister Babul Supriyo

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Babul Supriyo on Saturday termed Congress President Rahul Gandhi as captain of the “sinking ship.”Speaking to ANI, Minister of State (MoS) for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Supriyo said, “Rahul Gandhi is the captain of a sinking ship. I would enjoy his speech back home as he must have said something humorous. I have heard his speech is already doing rounds on social media but I think he should talk about himself also.” He added that Rahul Gandhi is talking only about the BJP, which is already doing wonders.Also readPM taking us back to medieval times, says Congress President Rahul Gandhi “He is talking about 21st century but I am not sure the party will remain even till this century given that its performance is falling apart every day. Definitely Congress has a great history and I hope it has a great future too,” the BJP leader stated.Earlier in the day, Rahul took over as the Congress president by succeeding his mother Sonia Gandhi.Also readHimanta Biswa Sarma congratulates Rahul’s elevation; says will continue to have political contests with himThe 47-year-old was officially declared party president in a ceremony held at the party’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters here.He was given the certificate of Congress president by Mullappally Ramachandran, the chairman of the party’s central election authority, who oversaw the organisational polls.Also readSonia Gandhi and the unexpected rise and stunning fall of CongressThe ceremony was attended by party stalwarts, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and other party leaders.His sister Priyanka Gandhi and brother-in-law Robert Vadra were also present on the occasion.Sweets were distributed, slogans raised, crackers burst and party workers danced to drum beats to celebrate the change of guard. Artists from different parts of the nation were also seen performing outside the party head office. Congress workers marched from Rail Bhavan to party office. Sonia headed the party for 19 years since 1998.

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Delhi teen allegedly commits suicide after locals try to molest his sister

An 18-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide, a day after his sister was molested by a few men, in Delhi’s Samaypur Badli area, police said today.According to the police, on December 7 they got an information of Deepak’s body being found hanging at his house. No suicide note was found from the spot, they said.Later Deepak’s mother told the police that he had a scuffle with a few people from their locality who had accused him of theft on the previous day, a police officer said.The same people had also tried to molest Deepak’s sister the same day, but the matter was not reported to the police then, the officer said.A case has been registered and police are probing the matter.

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Indian Overseas Bank officials helped P Chidambaram’s relative to grab hotel, says CBI

The CBI on Friday told the Delhi High Court that the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) officials have acted in a “hurried manner” to facilitate a woman, related to former union minister P Chidambaram, to allegedly grab a hotel in Tamil Nadu.Justice Mukta Gupta was further told that the officials of a public sector bank had gone ahead with the auction of the Tirupur-based hotel ‘Comfort Inn’ as the then finance minister’s family members wanted to acquire it.The court was hearing a plea filed by K Kathirvel, a doctor by profession who was running the hotel in partnership with his associates, including Padmini, sister of Chidambaram’s wife Nalini.The probe agency in its affidavit, filed in response to the plea, has said, “Normally, in other cases the bankers usually wait for the final order of the higher courts (if it is pending). In this case, it is suspected that the bankers might have acted in favour of Padmini Sivasubramaniam (since dead) based on the pressure at the head office level.” It has alleged that “IOB officials had acted in hurried manner within a day or two to facilitate Padmini Sivasubramaniam in acquiring the hotel” and added that “opportunity was not given to the complainant in the present case”.The CBI said on basis of its findings, it had registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) on November 29 after obtaining approval from the competent authority to look into these aspects.”The enquiry is at the crucial stage of finalisation to unearth the veracity of the allegations/averments mentioned in the complaint,” the agency said and sought time to file their detail report after completion of the investigation.Agreeing with the CBI’s request, the court fixed the matter for May 3 next year.The agency also alleged in its affidavit that the bank officials on May 6, 2008 along with the bidder took possession of the hotel forcefully.Kathirvel, through his counsel Yatinder Chaudhary, has alleged in his plea that he had filed a complaint with the CBI in September 2016 against Chidambaram, his family members and top officials of the IOB for allegedly grabbing his hotel, but the agency had not yet taken any step.The petitioner has said he had filed the complaint with the CBI director after the CBI’s Tamil Nadu unit showed reluctance to entertain it.According to his complaint, in 2007, the ‘Comfort Inn’ hotel in Tirupur, in which he was a partner, was “grabbed” by them with the help of the top management of the IOB.The hotel was worth more than Rs 10 crore and had a loan due of Rs 2.5 crore with the IOB which had declared the loan as a non-performing asset and announced an auction, the complaint has said.Kathirvel had said he had approached the Madras High Court and later the Debt Recovery Tribunal, besides paying Rs 64 lakh to the IOB to avoid an auction and claimed that the bank had promised cancellation of the auction.But later, the bank cheated him and conducted a “farce auction” and allotted the hotel to Padmini at a very “cheap” price of Rs 4.5 crore, he had alleged.

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‘Criminal Game’ may have caused son to murder mum, sis

Believe it or not but a “game” may have been the reason for the deadly crime of mother and daughter. According to police officials, the mother-daughter duo in Greater Noida, were murdered due a real life “crime game” being played by their 16-year-old son, who remains to be at large and is the prime suspect in the case.Speaking to DNA, the father of the prime accused has revealed that the teenager who is suspected of killing his mother and sister was hooked to an online game called “High School Gangster” “as the game had different task like causing hurt or injuring someone.”He used to spend hours playing this game. I had started seeing a change in his attitude from quite a long time and his grades were also going down. In September, I had to take away his cell phone and had severely reprimanded him,” said Soumya Agarwal, the accused boy’s father.According to the police, the boy was hooked on to the game and could harm other people under the influence of the game. The content of the games are stated as ‘extremely violent’ as mentioned in the game information of the play store.He further stated that if his son is found to have committed the murder also, he should not be held guilty as he thinks that he would have been influenced by a game which he had been playing for quite a while time now rather the police should arrest the game developer and not his son.However, he alleged that the crime has been committed by some professionals and his 16-year-old son has been kidnapped. They said the family of six was a happy one and there were no problems.”The murders were well executed as the accused has not left any clue. It seems that the mother and daughter were sleeping when they were murdered,” Agarwal added.”This game highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story.”Sneak out of this HighSchool is a violent video game which highlights escaping high school! It’s not a romantic high school love story at all. It is like a prisoner who is looking to escape jail. There are security cameras to monitor every crime move, as he grab weapons to hit and kill security guards. Killing, robbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game’s highlights Killing, rubbing, stealing, destroying things is a part of this game.””The boy shared a strong bond with his mother and sister. The case is shrouded in mystery and those investigating the matter should focus on saving the boy’s life, who we believe is also under threat,” said Agarwal.CASE BACKGROUNDOn Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo were found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in the Gaur City area of Greater Noida.
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Cooking up a mantra to deal with stress

Two women lawyers have devised a novel way to help students at Kota coaching institutes to help them cope with depression, loneliness and other pressures.Isha Yadav, a native to Rewadi town in Haryana who has quit her government job in DMC to pursue the social cause and her friend Sujata Dhaniya, who also left her flourishing legal practice in Jaipur, have set up food corner in the city where they sell cheap home-cooked food. The motive is to help coaching students deal with depression and suicidal tendencies through nutritious food.The two are now cooking food at their food corner in Kota and also giving life tips and success mantras to the students coming to take food at their food corner. Both the friends are serving homemade one plate of Idly, Sāmbhar, Rajma and rice for the fair price of Rs. 40. “After my elder sister died of blood cancer at a very young age, my father went into deep depression and I decided to end up my life, but instantly a voice from inside prevented me asking not to give up but to fight,,” said Isha.That very thought of ‘not to give up prompted her to pursue law studies and then to take up a government job as a law officer in DMC but she wanted to do something different and that is too for society. Eventually after 2 and a half years, after completing her domestic responsibilities, she decided to set up an NGO and landed in Kota to help the coaching students deal with depression and suicidal tendencies by giving them tips of healthy and energetic life. Isha asked several of her friends to join her in the social cause but it only Sujata came forward and arrived in Kota to share her social responsibility.It were reports of suicides in Kota that compelled her to move to Kota and help the students, Isha said, adding the students tend to stop for a while at food centre to take food and during that period, both of them try to provide counselling to them, she said.Serving society“After my elder sister died of blood cancer at a very young age, my father went into deep depression and I decided to end up my life, but instantly a voice from inside prevented me asking not to give up but to fight,” said Isha. That very thought of ‘not to give up prompted her to pursue law studies. But she wanted to do something to help the society.
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Justice Dalveer Bhandari gets rousing welcome in Jodh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“I always like to come here and I have a lot of love for this city,” said Justice Dalveer Bhandari on Monday as he arrived in his hometown after getting re-elected as a judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A huge crowd, including his relatives, friends and general public, had gathered to welcome this proud son of Jodhpur.Judicial officials, people’s representatives, entrepreneur, relatives, acquaintances and many social organizations were desperate to greet him with flowers and garlands. Bhandari did not disappoint anyone and smiled at everyone with affinity. Also, with folded hand, he greeted people with graciousness and did not forget to express gratitude to them.Bhandari was accompanied by wife Madhu Bhandari and son Vinayak. As soon as he came out of the airport, his sister Nisha Sancheti welcomed him with the tilak. Later, the other sister Rakhi Rathore welcomed him with flowers. Many people including Mayor Ghanshayam Ojha, Jaipur Foot USA chairman Prem Bhandari, Congress leader Pawan Mehta, builder Sunil Bhandari, Oswal Singh Sabha officials and many people welcomed him. Simple natured bhandari who always keeps himself low profile, was seen joining hands and embracing to people and showing importance to relationships. He will visit Nakoda shrine on Tuesday morning and return to Delhi in the afternoon.

Remembering 26/11: When the past is always present

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>November is the cruellest month for the Omble family. This year will be the ninth in a row that Vaishali Omble, her mother Tarabai, and sister Bharti will not have stepped out of their home on 26/11. And each year, the family recalls the horror that changed their lives forever.This, after all, is the family of Assistant Sub Inspector Tukaram Omble without whose sacrifice Ajmal Kasab would never have been captured and brought to justice.They say the belongings of the braveheart– who was honoured posthumously with the Ashok Chakra gallantry award – have not been moved an inch, let alone any changes done to the interiors of their Worli home. Everything is in the same place as it was nine years ago when the family last met him. Once in a while, they go to see the bust of Tukaram Omble at Girgaum Chowpatty.”Our lives have changed since the terror attack and it will never be the same again,” Vaishali Omble told DNA.To make ends meet, she gives private tuitions to students in their schools and colleges, and teaches children in Class 9-11. “I don’t want to work anywhere out and I feel this is the best I want to offer to society by teaching children. I also oversee the operations of a CNG station given to us by the government, against which we get monthly fixed remuneration,” she said.Her sister Bharti works in a clerical position with the government.This family is also in touch with other families of policemen who lost their lives on that fateful day.”Whenever there is a terror attack, we see people talking about it on television. But only those who have actually lost someone in such attacks understand how difficult it is to recover,” said Vaishali.THE MAN WHO CAUGHT KASABOn the night of November 26, Ajmal Kasab fired a volley of bullets into Tukaram Omble who was on duty at a nakabandi on Girgaum Chowpatty. Despite this, Omble grabbed Kasab and didn’t let go. His daredevilry made it possible for the police to overpower Kasab, who was the only terrorist from the attack to be apprehended and brought to justice.

No end to woes of Sasikala and her extended kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death of former former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa last year has sent her close aide Sasikala’s fortunes on a downward spiral.From her conviction along with two relatives in the disproportionate assets case to losing control over the AIADMK government, Sasikala’s family has hit a rough patch. It’s also facing the heat with more court cases and raids.Key members of her family include Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan, nephews T TV Dinakaran and V N Sudhagaran, her brother Divakaran, and her deceased brother’s wife J Ilavarasi.So far, seven of her family members are facing a jail sentence and court cases against other family members are in the advanced stages of hearing. Sasikala, her sister-in-law Ilavarasi and her nephew VN Sudhakaran were sentenced to four-year imprisonment in the Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case in February when the Supreme Court upheld the trial court verdict.The apex court ruling coincided with the rebellion led by her one-time loyalist O Panneerselvam. This saw her being sidelined in the party and the government, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi actively backing it.On Friday, Sasikala’s ailing husband M Natarajan, who underwent a dual-organ transplant last month, was sentenced to two years in jail along with his nephew V Bhaskaran and three others in a luxury car import case.The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Natarajan and four others for importing a Lexus car in 1994 by declaring it as a used car to evade an import duty of Rs 1.6 crore.Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran’s sister Sreedaladevi and her husband Bhaskaran were also convicted in a disproportionate assets case.Dinakaran has been asked by the ED to pay a fine of Rs 28 crore for violation of rules governing foreign exchanges. The move has now been confirmed by Madras HC.To compound their woes, the Sasikala family is facing a new trouble through the Income Tax searches that were conducted on 187 premises across the country, unearthing documents showing undisclosed investments to the tune of Rs 1,430 crore.

Boy ‘rescued’ from borewell, dies in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The five-year-old boy, Aman, from Paniyala village of Sawai Madhopur district, could not be saved even after he was resuced for the dark pit of the borewell.After a marathon effort that last for around 12 hours, the child was finally recovered from the borewell and was rushed to nearby hospital. However, doctors at the hospital declared him dead. The news of the child’s death spread like wildfire and a huge hue and cry erupted at Aman’s house.The child had slipped into the borewell on Tuesday evening and as the news spread, the villagers tied a mobile phone to a rope and hung it inside the borewell to find out about the child.Shockingly only fifteen days back, Aman’s sister suddenly fell ill and died. The family had not even recovered from the loss when on Tuesday evening another tragedy struck them. Notably, an open borewell again resulted in a disaster, this time in Sawai Madhopur district, when a five-year old child fell in the borewell while playing with children. The children were playing in a field away from the village when the incident occurred. News of the incident reached the cops who alerted the administration for rescue efforts. Till late in the night, there was no trace of the child.Five year old Aman, a native of Paniyala village under Malarna Doongar police station was playing with his cousins and friends from the village when the incident happened.“The children were playing around 4pm and were close to the borewell. Although the borewell is located far from the village the children reached the site without realising of its presence and fell inside,” said Bijendra Singh, station incharge, Malarna Doongar police station.

Return to Kashmir, where our parents were shot in front of us

Doug Dykes was a toddler, his brother James a baby, when their parents were shot in front of their eyes in Kashmir in 1947.

Bank heist value hits Rs 2.8 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the police are yet to get hold of the culprits involved in the Rs 2.85 crore theft case in which a 25-feet-tunnel was created to enter a public bank at Juinagar in Navi Mumbai and 30 of 225 lockers were broken into, customers who lost their valuables including cash, gold, silver and diamond ornaments are now asking how appropriate is it to call safe deposit vaults ‘safes’?Customers have now come forward to file a case against Bank of Baroda and have decided to approached Bombay High Court after the bank refused to entertain any request for compensation to the customers. Many victims claimed that the bank officials informed them that no insurance policy has been acquired for the safekeeping of the lockers.On Tuesday, Navi Mumbai police took statements of 28 out of 30 customers of Bank of Baroda’s Juinagar Branch who had availed safety locker facility. Remaining two customers are believed to be abroad on a business trip.Sanpada resident and logistic firm employee Rajesh Jadhav, 40, and his wife Meena, are victims of a double whammy. A decade ago, Jadhav had lost gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 3 lakh after thieves had broken into their house.“After that incident, we took the locker facility thinking our valuables will remain safe. Sadly, we lost Rs 5 lakh worth gold ornaments in this theft. People avail locker facility assuming houses are more prone to thefts, but now even banks are not safe,” said Jadhav.Another Sanpada resident, Praveen Thakur, 35, who works as a clerk with Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, was shocked after he learnt that Rs 80 lakh worth gold and silver ornaments were missing from his locker. Most of the ornaments in his locker were ancestral and were meant for his sister Pushpa’s wedding.An official of Turbhe Railway Station, Amit Kumar, 39, a resident of Juinagar, lost gold ornaments worth Rs 7 lakh. Kumar had availed locker facility two years ago. “The bank should take the responsibility and compensate our loses,” said Kumar.LEGAL TANGLENavi Mumbai police took statements of 28 out of 30 customers of Bank of Baroda’s Juinagar Branch. Two customers are out of station Many victims claimed bank officials informed them that no insurance policy has been acquired for the safekeeping of the lockers

Rejected lover burns 22-yr-old in her home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman engineering graduate was burnt alive on Monday night allegedly by a spurned lover in her home in the city’s Adambakkam. Her mother and sister sustained severe burn injuries when they tried to save her.According to the police, S Indhuja who was working in an IT company, died after being admitted to Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika are in critical condition after suffering 50 per cent and 20 per cent burn injuries.The accused Akash Muthukumar (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Indhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar at Adambakkam and he often makes casual visits to their house, police said.After being rejected by Indhuja, Akash started stalking her, the police said. Indhuja quit her job because of the continuous stalking. According to police, Akash claimed he was in a relationship with Indhuja and they had plans to marry.On Monday night at around 8:45 pm, Akash visited her house and got into an argument with her family members. In the middle of the scuffle, he brought a can of petrol and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze.”It all happened in a matter of few minutes. I thought they were arguing. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Indhuja. On her mother’s request, I tried to push him out of the house, but he set her on fire before I could manage to that,” a neighbour said.

I-T aids continue for third day at Namadhu MGR, Jaya TV offices

Updated: Nov 11, 2017, 11:15 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (I-T) department raid continued for the third day in 40 locations related to Tamil Newspaper Namadhu MGR and Jaya TV offices on Saturday, in connection with an alleged tax evasion matter.The raid was also conducted at residences of Managing Director Vivek Jayaraman and his sister Krishna Priya Vivek.On November 9, the I-T department conducted raids at All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Karnataka in-charge V Pugazhendi’s residence at Damlur locality of Bengaluru.He is a supporter of former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala.Raids were conducted at Jaya TV office, Dr Namadhu MGR in Chennai and other premises belonging to the family members of Sasikala and her supporters.These raids were conducted after media reports of alleged tax evasion surfaced

IT raids continues for second day at Sasikala’s kin, associates premises; documents, cash seized

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The income tax raids on the premises connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her family members including her nephew TTV Dinakaran continued for the second day on Friday.In the massive search exercise, over 1800 IT officials began simultaneous searches at 187 locations in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru on Thursday morning. According to a senior IT official, the search operation was completed in about 40 locations as of Friday morning.“We have seized documents and cash during our search operations in several places. The total value of the documents and cash will be known only after the completion of the entire search operation,” the senior official noted.The searches were conducted as part of the operation clean money following reliable information in connection with the large deposits of cash post demonetization through the shell companies allegedly connected to Sasikala and her families. IT department launched one of the biggest searches covering members, business establishments, business associates, aides and supporters of the powerful Sasikala family.On Friday, the raids continued in several places including Jaya TV, Namadhu MGR, Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Kodanad Tea Estate belonging to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and residences of Vivek Jayaraman and her sister Krishna Priya in Chennai.The raid covered residences of Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan in Thanjavur, her brother VK Dhivakaran, her nephews TTV Dinakaran and Dr Venkatesh. Jayalalithaa’s personal secretary Poongundran’s residence.Dinakaran termed the IT raids as a political vendetta by the center to get rid of him and his aunt Sasikala from the AIADMK. BJP state president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, however, denied the charges saying that the raids were being conducted based on the information received by the IT department.

Australia keen on exchange of info, ideas with Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Australia’s minister of trade and industry Martin Hamilton-Smith believes that Rajasthan is a doorway to India for exchange of information and ideas, in the same ways as the former is a doorway to Australia.“We don’t aim to set up economic zones in our sister state. Our approach is different. Our approach is to help with water, arts, and otherwise, where we can with education. It is to be helpful, to cooperate, to exchange information and idea, rather than setting up for economic zones,” Smith told DNA.“Like any other relationship, you get out of what you’ve put into it. We’ve put a lot into our relationship, and I think Rajasthan has too. But where we go from here, is up to the two states. When we want to build a relationship, we both have to contribute,” he added.He then explained that various MoUs have been signed with the Government of Rajasthan to continue the relationship.“We are building relationship on water and cooperation on water excellence and water science. We’ve opened a joint centre of excellence. We will now have experts coming from Adelaide and South Australia to India, and vice versa, and we share information and ideas. This is very important for farmers, for households, for clean water, and very important for tackling drought,” Smith said.It is to be noted that University of Adelaide currently seeking crowd funding of AUD$30,000 to fund a pilot project to develop solutions for enabling access to fresh drinking water in villages within Rajasthan.“The focus is on purification of water in the aquifer, or that has been spoilt. The focus is also on understanding the science of water so that we can have more safe portable water. India has 16 per cent of the world’s people, and only four per cent of the world’s water. In case of droughts India’s water resources will become particularly stressed. That will ruin lot of farmers,” Smith said.Resource-fullSouth Australian-based water treatment company, Hydro-dis – partnering with Malaviya National Institute of Technology to install pilot plant in one of MNIT student accommodation buildings which will enable performance testing.“South Australia has strong credentials in water management, and we’re actively looking to partner with Indian companies to help address the matter,” he said.

Rajasthan High Court unites couple, ensures extra cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur, has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi, to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She has also been provided police protection as she told the court she feared for their safety. The case filed by Payal’s family has been in limelight. Payal’s family had alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the nikahnama.The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She told the court that she was not under any pressure and wanted to go to her husband with her own free will. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run nari niketan for the last one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz that will been investigated by a senior official of the rank of an Ad SP.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court on Tuesday heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz and court had ordered that she be sent there and also be provided protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen at the turn of events and said, “The two know each other since school days, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control.” expressed disappointment Speaking to DNA an emotional Aijaz Modi, Faiz’s father said “I am satisfied with the turn of events on Tuesday. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days had been very tense for us.”Speaking to DNA Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. We are both major and have married as per our will. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice. The court cases will also end soon.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan.Payal had appeared in court in a burqa on that hearing on November 1 and told the court that she had married Faiz on her own free will in April this year. The court had sent her to a government run nari niketan till the case came up for hearing on Tuesday.Payal’s family had alleged that she had been kidnapped and blackmailed. They had also alleged that her marriage certificate was forged. He brother Chirag Sanghvi moved court and acccused the police of refusing to lodge his case. He said the police had told him that his sister had given in writing that she had married one Faiz Mohammad on April 14 this year.

Infant wins battle against dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-day-old baby, who was diagnosed with dengue just after birth, has has recovered and sent back home from hospital.On October 16, Bhandup resident Deepa Maurya (35), gave birth to a baby boy. Both the mother and baby were diagnosed with dengue, following which they were shifted to a different hospital in Mulund.Maurya succumbed to dengue haemorrhagic fever on October 25 at Fortis Hospital. The baby was undergoing treatment at Pansheel Nursing Home.Usha Mestry, sister of Deepa, who is taking care of the baby, said, “He is recovering well. We are taking precautions so that he does not get infected. He was in hospital for 17 days, out of which he was on ventilator over three days. He ws also kept the in intensive care unit.”The baby weights 3.5 kgs. His platelets had dropped to 74 thousand from two lakh. “Before he was discharged, the doctors conducted a blood test. Currently, his platelets count is more than two lakh,” said Usha. Akil Mohan, doctor who treated the baby from Pansheel Nursing Home was not available to comment.

City lost 351 trees in 2 weeks of July, over 900 this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first World Heritage City of the country, Ahmedabad, will have to get rid of 2,200 trees in its journey to get the metro rail network to cater to its estimated 5.571 million residents (as per 2011 Census).This when the city lost three times more number of trees this monsoon. “On an average, we lose around 250 to 300 trees but this year, city lost 351 trees in a span of just 15 days of heavy rain in July. Due to extreme monsoon, the number of tree uprooting cases were reported three times higher,” director of Parks and Garden Department, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Jignesh Patel said.Ahmedabad also lost more than 900 trees in a short span of two and half months of monsoon. Patel said excavation unsettles roots which in turn damages tree. “Rapid and unplanned urbanisation besides the metro rail, underground network and pipeline-laying took a toll. A 70-year-old banayan tree near Raipur Darwaja was uprooted this monsoon,” he said.Director of Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Kartikeya Sarabhai, said, “In a short span of time, city witnessed heavy spell of rain, which was unexpected. This along with the development work underway in Ahmedabad were among other factors.”He added, “A tree in my area, which was over 100-year-old, was uprooted as it was not trimmed before monsoon. Generally before monsoon, tree trimming is conducted to ensure that leaves do not accumulate water which may burden the root and imbalance the tree. But in our city, it is not happening at large as monsoon is not so rigorous.”TREE PLANTATION DIRECTION-LESS:Though AMC had targeted to plant 1.50 lakh saplings in June, it has been able to plant only 68,000 till the end of October. “Last year, AMC planted 1.20 lakh sapling of which around 60% survived. Saplings planted on footpath were eaten up by cattle. Many of them did not receive enough water and did not survive,” said Jignesh Patel director of parks and garden department, AMC.Interestingly, Mayor Gautam Shah had announced Green Action Plan with engagement of locals and went to the extent of planting saplings at Valladolid city of Spain, which is a sister city of AMC. When Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev was in city in June, he planted saplings for AMC at the Mayor’s bungalow. Trees were planted along Sabarmati Riverfront or certain pockets but roadsides. An urban forest, with a variety of trees, was also developed near Pirana dumping site.”Planning in city is mostly about increasing infrastructure. Nature conservation comes at the last stage. This year saw heavy rainfall and that is not considered a good time to plant saplings. Proper planning and follow up also plays a huge role in sustenance of trees,” said Yatri Baxi (environment communication) from Paryavaran Santri Trust.TREE CENSUS AWAITEDLast tree census in city was conducted in 2012, after which rapid development took place. In 2015, AMC had announced to conduct one with the satellite technology but it never materialised. “Tree census is a state subject. We had announced to conduct tree census via GIS mapping but it is not much reliable, hence we dropped the plan,” said Patel.Sources, however, said, the state’s Forest department did not gave the nod and the plan had to be shelved. They said AMC is happy in expanding green cover as it has planned several gardens which hardly caters to the need of tree cover….& ANALYSISAhmedabad has been witnessing heat island effect every summer due to drastic decrease in tree cover. Though roads are widened, they are devoid of trees. Plantation drives are carried out but are limited to the newly added areas. Thus it witnesses extremely high temperature in summer. OVER 4L TRESS AS PER 2012 CENSUSCentral 23,518East 74,497West 84,035North 60,677South 89,863New west 84,189Gardens 25,190Total 4,41,969 tress

Pakistani sisters released from Amritsar jail after a decade, thank PM Narendra Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani national Fatima, who had been lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail with her daughter Hinna and sister Mumtaaz on smuggling charges for over 10 years, has finally walked free.The two ladies were nabbed by the Indian security agencies on smuggling charges. Hinna was born and brought up in the prison.They are now set to reach their homeland, Pakistan, through the Attari border after a decade.”I want the Indian prisoners nabbed in Pakistan to return to their home as well. I thank lawyer Navjot ji and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and salute entire India for their help,” Fatima said.Hinna, who has never been to her home, was also elated. “I am very happy that I will return to my home and meet my father,” she said.Fatima sister’s, Mumtaaz, said everyone, from police personnel to the government to PM Modi, helped them throughout the journey and that they were delighted to return home.Lawyer Navjot Kaur Chabha, who had been working on the case since October 2016, said she was happy her struggle didn’t go in vain.”Hinna has been released after a very long struggle. She is the reason I took this stand because the little girl was suffering with no fault of hers. Today is my Diwali,” the lawyer said.Chabha acknowledged Prime Minister Modi’s help in the case.”I had written a letter to the prime minister on Hinna’s behalf. This is a matter of extreme delight for us that the Indian Government intervened and released her. Hinna is very happy that she will go to her homeland now and meet her father and the rest of the family,” she said.​

Rajasthan HC pulls up cops over ‘forced conversion’ of Hindu woman; direct them to file FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pulling up the state police over its handling of a case of a woman’s alleged forcible conversion to Islam and marriage, the Rajathan High Court on Tuesday directed it to register an FIR and submit a report after her family claimed that it was an instance of ‘love jihad’.A bench of justices GK Vyas and MK Garg also directed the state government to file a reply clarifying the legal provisions pertaining to religious conversion in the state.Hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by the 22-year-old woman’s brother, the bench expressed anger over the “negligence” of the police, which allegedly refused to file an FIR on her family’s complaint.The court questioned as to how the police could assume that the girl’s conversion was legal “just by way of an affidavit over a stamp paper of Rs 10″, when there was no provision in law in this regard.”By this way, tomorrow, even I could address myself as Gopal Mohammad,” it said.In his petition, the brother claimed that one Faiz Modi had been harassing his sister for long and abducted her while she was going to college.She was made to sign some papers by him and fake marriage documents were prepared, he alleged.When the family members could not find her, they approached the police which refused to file an FIR stating that Faiz Modi had already produced proof of marriage and an affidavit of religious conversion by the woman dated April 14, the brother alleged.He alleged that she was blackmailed by the accused with objectionable pictures and forced to convert to Islam and marry him.Appearing from the petitioner, lawyer Gokulesh Bohra argued that the girl was with her family till October 25, while the documents were predated by six months.”This is a clear case of ‘love jihad’ and over half a dozen such cases have already been reported in the city in the past some time due to the disinterest shown by the police in investigating these cases,” Bohra claimed.It has been alleged that Hindu girls are being lured into conversion and marriage by Muslim men and it is often termed as “love jihad’ especially by Hindu outfits.Hearing the petition, the court today asked the Rajasthan Government to specify the laws and guide lines for conversion in the state.The court directed that the girl be sent to Nari Niketan (women shelter) for seven days and instructed the police to ensure that no one meets her there.Seeking a detailed report in the matter, the court asked the police whether it tried to probe the truth of the purported affidavit by the girl.It directed the police to file an FIR and probe the matter.The matter comes in the backdrop of the controversy over a case of a Kerala Hindu woman, who had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan.The Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage and described it as an instance of ‘love jihad’, which was challenged by Jahan.It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, had alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case.The matter is now before the apex court.

Mentally disturbed man in Kolkata found living with decomposed body of mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bringing back memories of the Robinson Street incident at a posh Kolkata neighbourhood, a mentally disturbed person was found spending six days with the decomposed of his mother. On Tuesday morning, neighbours of Anirban Basu, a resident of Paikpara informed police as stench had started emanating from his apartment. After police came it was seen that decomposed body of Anirban’s mother Meera Basu was lying in one room of the apartment while Anirban was asleep in the other room. Police said that the condition of the body revealed that she had died at least six days ago.Residents of ward 3 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, neighbours said that they had not seen Meera coming out of their MIG quarter block F-2 for about a week. Meera’s body had swollen, deformed and maggots had appeared. Area locals knew Anirban was mentally unstable. Police sources said that it was surprising how Anirban was sleeping in the room next to the rotting corpse of his mother.Although police took the body, they had left locked Anirban home where he was shouting out of hunger and thirst. On Wednesday people gave him edibles and water through the window and after the news was televised, police took him to Tala Police Station for questioning and later admitted him at a metal asylum. Police said that Anirban, upon questioning said that for 2-3 days his mother had stopped talking to him and he was wondering why. The body had been sent for a post mortem. Police are looking for any injury mark to confirm if there had been any foul play.It was found out that the family lived under extreme penury and owning to non-payment of bills, their electricity connection was snapped by the CESC. Police also said that they were trying to trace other relatives of the family. On June 11, Partha De, a 44-year-old software engineer and resident of 3 Robinson Street, off Park Street, was found to be living with his dead sister and two pet dogs for about six months.

Don’t have any conversation with me or offer food: Indrani Mukerjea to Peter in letter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, has written a letter to husband Peter Mukerjea asking him not to offer her food or have any conversation with her.Indrani and Peter who are on the verge of divorce are lodged in Byculla jail and Arthur Road jail respectively on a murder charge.According to report, Indrani was upset as she was being ignored by Peter whenever they were in public.”While you have full-fledged conversations with me in the police van, very often, you pretend that we do not speak at all when we are in the presence of your relatives, acquaintances, lawyers and the media in court,” Indrani wrote in a four-page letter, reported Mid-Day.She also said that she finds it difficult his two-faced behaviour very disturbing, and it upsets her immensely. “I urge you not to have any conversation with me in the police van, or offer me any food behind the backs of your sister and relatives that bring it for you,” she added.Further stating that she was fighting a big battle all by herself, she added, “Every time I see you I feel disturbed and get negative vibes and energy.””In the future, if you wish to have any discussion or conversations with me, please do so in court, instead of the van,” she reportedly wrote. Sheena Bora’s murder came to light in August 2015 after Shyamvar Rai, arrested in another case, spilled the beans and Mumbai police arrested Indrani, Khanna and Rai.Later, Indrani’s husband Peter Mukerjea, a former media baron, was also arrested.The CBI, which took over the case, has claimed that financial dispute was the reason for Indrani to hatch the conspiracy to murder Sheena. The victim was also in a relationship with her current husband Peter’s son.In May 2016, Mukerjea’s lawyer Mihir Gheewala had said that Peter was keen on getting divorced, but the process was halted as the bail plea is pending.In January 2017, after the framing of charges in the Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani pleaded the court to allow her to seek divorce from her Peter.”I am making a new will and now that I am going to donate the money, so I want to know how it works. The only reason I am approaching the court with my plea for divorce is to ensure that there is no contempt of court from my end,” said Indrani, while addressing the court.

Gangrape victim burns herself and 3 kids in Jhansi, all four succumb to their injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a backward gangrape victim in Uttar Pradesh set herself ablaze along with her three kids, aged between 2 and 8 years, in Jhansi district of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday afternoon. All four succumbed to burn injuries.A resident of Moth area in Jhansi, Virendra Kushwaha’s wife Sunita was gangraped by few influential persons of the same area in their own house a few days ago. They were threatening the couple to gangrape her again and eliminate the family if they dared open their mouth and lodged any police complaint.Unable to bear rape and constant threat from her rapists, Sunita poured kerosene on her kids Raunaq (2), Gullu (5) and Nancy (8) and set herself ablaze along with her three kids when her husband Virendra had gone to Orai for some work.Neighbours informed the police when they saw flames and smoke coming out of Virendra’s house. By the time police could press fire brigade into service, all four were charred to death.“We were living under constant threat and fear. They would barge into the house anytime, pass lewd remarks and touch my wife Sunita at their will. Due to fear and humility, I did not go to the police. But I never knew that Sunita was so upset that she would take this extreme step,” Virendra told the Moth Police and SDM Surendra Kumar.Virendra claimed that Sunita had shared her ordeal to his sister Lakshmi over mobile. Lakshmi too confirmed that Sunita was gangraped and was being constantly threatened by her rapists. She had suggested her brother and Sunita to lodge a police complaint against her rapists, but they feared life of their kids.Lakshmi has submitted a taped conversation of rapists to the police as a proof. “Sunita had taped their conversation and before taking this extreme step, she had called me to hand over the mobile to the police,” said LakshmiThe SDM Surendra Kumar said that an inquiry has been ordered on the basis of the allegation of gangrape by Virendra and his sister. “The rapists would be arrested soon once we prima facie establish that Sunita was subjected to gangrape by these people and was being threatened,” assured the SDM.

Missing Indians in Iraq: Families asked to provide DNA samples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Families of all 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq three years ago have been asked to undergo DNA tests for unspecified reasons.”All of us have been asked to undergo DNA test; don’t know why. We are very nervous,” Gurpinder, the sister of Manjinder, who is one among the 39, told ANI.In 2014, 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were reportedly taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were intercepted.There has been no word on them but the government has insisted that without information otherwise, the workers are still considered alive.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier told family members that an Iraqi official quoting intelligence sources had told Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retired) V.K. Singh that the kidnapped Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm before they were put in a jail in Badush.However, reportedly earlier in July, the Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jafari had asserted that his dispensation possessed no substantial evidence on the missing persons.

Haryanvi singer Harshita Dahiya was killed on directions of her brother-in-law: Haryana Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryanvi singer and dancer Harshita Dahiya was killed by four men on the direction of her brother-in-law and notorious gangster Dinesh Karala, police said today.Karala revealed the murder conspiracy during interrogation after he was brought from Jhajjar jail on a production warrant, Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma said.Karala was produced before a court, which sent him to four-day police remand, Sharma said.The accused revealed the names of his four accomplices who killed Dahiya but they cannot be disclosed at the moment, he said, adding that police teams were raiding various places to nab the four men.”Dinesh (Karala) is a notorious gangster. Twelve criminal cases have been registered against him at various police stations in Sonepat, Jind, Jhajjar and Delhi,” he said.Dahiya, 22, was shot dead by unidentified men at Chamrara village in Haryana’s Panipat district when she was returning to her home after performing at a function in the village.Her sister Lata earlier said, “Dinesh, my husband” was behind the killing. “He got her killed because she was a witness in the murder case of her mother,” Lata had claimed.Dahiya’s brother-in-law has been charged with the murder of her mother. Her mother was killed in 2014 in Delhi and the singer was the prime witness in the case, the police had said.Dahiya was living in Narela in Delhi.

Navy inducts anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kiltan: Here’s all you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam on Monday.Here’s all you need to know about corvette INS Kiltan► INS Kiltan is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28.► It has been designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata► INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt.► It is India’s first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs► The ship hosts a predominantly indigenous cutting-edge weapons and sensors suite which includes heavyweight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber Medium Range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as close-in-weapon system (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems, missile decoy rockets (Chaff), advanced ESM (Electronic Support Measure) system, most advanced bow mounted sonar and air surveillance radar Revathi.► The ship derives its name from one of the islands in Aminidivi group of the strategically located Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of islands.► The ship also boasts of the proud legacy of the erstwhile Petya Class ship of same name ‘Kiltan (P79)’ built in the USSR, which had actively participated as Task Force Commander in the ‘Operation Trident’ during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the statement added. (With agency inputs)

2 in ICU after eating aboard Tejas Express

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Country’s first semi high-speed train Tejas Express is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. Two were admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and at least 24 people took ill due to an alleged case of food poisoning after its passengers consumed food on Sunday afternoon.Passengers of Karmali-Mumbai Tejas Express, which departed at 9.15 am on Sunday from Karmali, were served breakfast at 9.30 am. Around 12.30 pm, soup was served. “Around 1 pm, at least three to four passengers from coach C5 started complaining that they were feeling giddy,” an Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) spokesperson said.The passengers started making calls to their relatives in order to seek help. Mumbai-based Jayesh Nadkarni’s sister was travelling in the train along with their niece and a nephew.Nadkarni said, “My sister called me in the afternoon to say that they have suffered from food poising. They were travelling to Mumbai for Diwali celebration. They got medical attention as soon as they reached Chiplun. Now they are in a stable condition. I tweeted about the incident so that the authority takes immediate action.”A father-daughter doctor duo who who were also travelling in the same train helped the ill passengers. Dr Sanjay Nimbilker said, “We checked the pulse of the affected passengers. They were vomiting but nobody was critical. However, the co-passengers were creating some panic. There was a lack of medicines but the train staff members helped us.”There were 294 passengers in the train, of which 230 were served breakfast and 117 were served a vegetarian meal.Lunch was served at 1.30 pm to other passengers but only handful complained of nausia. All passengers were shifted to an empty coach and given medical treatment at the Chiplun station.25 passengers who had complained of food poisoning deboarded the train at Chiplun Station. “We immediately took them to the local hospital in Chiplun,” LK Verma, Chief PRO, Konkan Railway, said.IRCTC, which supplies food in all its trains, has outsourced the service to a caterer called M/s JK Ghosh. On-board catering service charges are included in the ticket fare of Tejas Express. However, if a passenger does not wish to avail it at the time of booking, and purchases meals on-board, the passenger pays Rs 50 extra per service.IRCTC officials said that they will now check the CCTV cameras inside the coaches and conduct further inquiry.The train is also equipped with a smoke and fire detection system. The 19-coach Tejas is also slated tp be equipped with bio-vacuum toilets and a GPS-based passenger information display system along with tea and coffee vending machines and snack tables in each coach.IRCTC TAKES ACTIONIn Train no 22120, a case of food poisoning was reported on Sunday, while on run between Karmali and Mumbai.
A show cause notice has been served to the catering contractor and strict action will be contemplated if found guilty.

BEST officials seek mayor’s help to resolve bonus issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to resolve the indefinite strike called by BEST unions from October 21, top officials from the BEST Committee will soon meet Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and will also initiate a dialogue with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.”We will be meeting the Mayor and then also seek an appointment with Uddhav ji in this matter,” said Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST Committee who represents Shiv Sena. The BEST has been trying to get an appointment from the Mayor since BEST Workers Union, headed by Shashank Rao, threatened to go on an indefinite strike from October 21. However, the committee has not managed to get one. Now, they will meet the mayor on October 16 and plan to work out a strategy to address the issue.The unions have been stating that the BEST administration has refused to give Diwali bonus to their 44,000 employees this year due to financial crunch. However, its parent organisation, BMC, has distributed Diwali bonus among their employees to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore.”When the BMC can give a bonus to their employees, then why not to their sister concern. Our decision to go on protest from October 21 remains until the BEST staff get their Diwali bonus,” said Shashank Rao, president, BEST Workers Union. This will be an indefinite agitation and workers will not report to work voluntarily from October 21. Last time, the BEST workers had gone on strike was during Raksha Bandhan this year to demand timely payment of salaries.At loggerheadsThe unions have been stating that the BEST administration has refused to give Diwali bonus to their 44,000 employees this year due to financial crunch. However, its parent organisation, BMC, has given Diwali bonus to their employees to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore.

Najeeb Ahmad case: Students protest outside CBI HQ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students on Friday staged a protest outside CBI headquarters seeking information on the status of the inquiry into the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad.Shouting slogans like “we are Najeeb” and “Find Najeeb”, the protesters, including students from JNU, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia alone with Ahmad’s mother Fatima Nafees and cousin Sadaf Musharraf, reached the CBI headquarters at around 2:30 pm. Heavy police force was deployed at the protest site to avoid any untoward incident.Minor scuffles broke out between the police and students when some of them tried to jump off the barricades. But the situation was brought under control.Accusing CBI of doing nothing concrete to find her son, Nafees said, “It’s been six months since CBI has been given charge of the case but no one has interrogated the ABVP students who assaulted Najeeb. In the beginning, police prevented us from reporting names of ABVP students and promised us that they would find Najeeb in 24 hours. But later on, they failed to look for him.We call the CBI office every day to know about developments in the case.”Echoing similar sentiments, Ahmad’s sister Sadaf Musharraf said, “I keep looking for my brother everywhere. On railway stations, Nizamuddin Dargah, among drunkards on footpaths, because I think someone could have held him captive and injected him with drugs or left him on the footpath. Even if the police or CBI tell us that my brother is no more we will be satisfied, but right now our state of mind is in shock.”The protesters, including the family members of Ahmad, were continuing their agitation by the time this report was filed.October 15 will mark a year since Ahmad had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi Mandvi hostel following an alleged scuffle with some members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a night before.After Ahmad had gone missing, the Delhi police had registered a case of abduction and offered a reward for any information on his whereabouts. Following orders from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Delhi Police had also formed a special team to find Ahmad.In May, the Delhi High Court transferred the case to the CBI. However, no breakthrough has been achieved in the case so far.

Extortion case: MCOCA invoked against Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, gangster Chhota Shakeel and three others in connection with an extortion case.The MCOCA has been invoked against Kaskar and others in the first extortion case registered at the Kasarwadavali police station in Thane on a complaint filed by a builder, a police official said today.Under the MCOCA, an accused cannot obtain bail easily.In this case, the police have already arrested Kaskar and his two aides Israr Ali Jamal Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Sheikh.During interrogation, it was revealed that Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was also allegedly involved in the extortion racket, he said.Shakeel had allegedly threatened some builders and businessmen on behalf of Ibrahim and tried to extort money from them, the official said.During further investigation, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) sleuths arrested Borivali-based ‘matka’ (gambling) king and businessman Pankaj Gangar, who allegedly used to send Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh to Shakeel through hawala (illegal channel of sending money) per month, he said.The Thane Police, since the beginning of the probe, were examining whether the MCOCA could be applied in this case.As Shakeel’s role was established in the case, it became easy to invoke the tough law, an official said.In this regard, the Thane Police had requested their counterparts in Mumbai to provide details of the cases filed in the last 10 years against Shakeel, he said.Subsequently, the Mumbai Police provided details, including of some cases in which Shakeel was charge sheeted in a sessions court, he said.In the first extortion case, the builder had paid Rs 30 lakh and given four flats to Kaskar and his aides as he was being threatened in the name of Dawood Ibrahim or his gang since 2013, he said.Two more extortion cases were registered in Thane in which Kaskar, Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim and his other brother Anees have been named as accused.A team, led by encounter specialist police inspector Pradeep Sharma, had arrested Kaskar from his sister Haseena Parkar’s home at Gorden Hall apartment in Nagpada area of Mumbai on September 18, the official said.

A murder in Delhi every day, but cops say crime rate down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every day a person dies in Delhi. This shocking statistic was unveiled in data shared by the Delhi police which showed that so far 383 persons have died in the Capital from January till September. Police officials maintain that though the figure looks alarming, crime has gone down from 2016 when a total of 528 murders were reported.Most often than not murders take place due to property disputes, personal enmity, intimate relationships or monetary disputes. This comes in light of the recent spate of murders that have taken place in the city. Less than three weeks before the murder of four women and a security guard in Shahadra on Saturday, a man had beaten to death a woman, the mother of three, for allegedly refusing the man’s sexual advances. Her body was then burnt and dumped near a landfill site, where the police recovered it.In August, a 40-year-old man was shot dead and his sister stabbed in a clash between two groups in southeast Delhi’s Madangir. While some family members of the deceased alleged that the other group passed lewd remarks at his sister which triggered the clash, police denied the same.In June, a woman and her paramour planned and executed the murder of her husband and mother-in-law when they started to suspect her relationship with him.According to the data, the highest number of murders takes place due to personal enmity, which is 22.83 per cent.The police, however, said that the crime rate has seen a decline compared to 2016.”There has been a decline in cases of heinous crimes such as dacoity, snatching, robbery, murder, rioting, etc by as much as 26 per cent including crimes against women.There is also an increase in arrests by 23 per cent and in the detection rate by 7.85 per cent compared to 2016,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.

140 vulnerable points along Indo-B’desh borde: BSF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Border Security Force (BSF) has identified 140 vulnerable locations along the India-Bangladesh border where organised human trafficking gangs are helping Rohingyas to cross the border and enter into India.BSF Director General KK Sharma said the paramilitary has deployed more security personnel and surveillance equipment to check syndicates that help the Rohingya to sneak in.The issue was thoroughly discussed to check spillover effects of the fleeing Rohingya along the frontier during the five-day Director General level talks between the BSF and Border Guards Bangaldesh (BGB) that concluded on Friday. Sharma and BGB chief Maj Gen Abul Hossain addressed the media after the meet.”We are both aware that the issue is very serious, as large number of Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh. You are right in apprehending that the spillover effect of them crossing over to India is also genuine. Both of us (BSF-BGB) have taken steps,” Sharma said.The BSF DG further said, “The BGB has ensured that their (Rohingya) movement is being regulated and they have mounted some ‘nakas’ and checkposts on various routes to ensure that they do not cross over to our side.”Apart from deploying additional personnel and equipment, the BSF is in touch with the BGB on a daily basis to share real time Intelligence, he added.”We are also in touch with our sister agencies, the intelligence agencies, to identify and take action against the touts. Because, these people (Rohingyas) cannot come on their own. There are organised criminals on both the sides who assist in their crossing over to India. So, we are mounting the campaign against the touts,” he said.The Border Guards Bangaldesh DG said, “This is a problem in Myanmar and this is not our problem. Five lakh people have already come to Bangladesh. But, this is a problem for our country also as they(Rohingyas) cannot spread all over the country. Our government has taken a decision and the Rohingyas have been put in the Cox’s Bazar district.”The Border Guards Bangaldesh has identified the exit and entry points of the fleeing Rohingyas and the same are being guarded thoroughly, he added.The next DG level talks will be held in in Dhaka in February/March 2018″Issues raised by BGB during the talks included injuries to Bangladesh nationals by BSF/Indian nationals, arrest/apprehension of Bangladeshi nationals by BSF, smuggling of fire arms/ammunition/explosive etc. from India to Bangladesh,” the BSF stated.The BGB also raised the issue of smuggling of various types of drugs and phensedyl from India to Bangladesh.Smuggling of firearms, ammunition, explosive, drugs, development works within 150 yards of the International Border, assistance for river bank protection works along the border, confidence-building measure, exchange of visit by BGB-BSF medical team, prevention against attacks on BSF personnel by Bangladeshi criminals, and prevention of trans-border crimes was discussed at the meet.The BSF raised the issues of prevention against attacks on BSF personnel by the Bangladeshi criminals, prevention of trans-border crimes and action against Indian insurgent groups operating from that country.CooperationThe BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh discussed methods to check the Rohingya spillover along the frontier during a five-day Director General level talk.

Extortion case: Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar sent to police custody for four days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two other accused have sent to police custody for four days by a Thane court. The ED has registered a money laundering case against fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and others in connection with alleged extortion of a leading builder in Maharashtra, agency sources.Kaskar and his two aides were recently arrested in Mumbai by the anti-extortion cell of the police. The sources said provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) have been slapped against Kaskar, his aides Israr Z Saiyyad and Mumtaz A Sheikh and others based on the police FIR, filed on charges of extortion and illegal transfer of property.The police alleged that Kaskar and his associates had been threatening a prominent builder in Thane, in Dawood’s name since 2013 and extorted Rs 30 lakh and four flats from him.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will probe the suspect “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused in this case, they said, adding their statements would be recorded.The agency may also attach their properties under the PMLA, they added. Kaskar was taken into custody from his sister Haseena Parkar’s house in Nagpada area of central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma on September 18.The police are also investigating if Dawood had any role in the matter and if it is found, he will also be made an accused in the case, Thane Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had said at a press conference.Kaskar and his associates allegedly demanded Rs 30 lakh and four flats from the builder in Dawood’s name. He had also sent his aide to the builder’s office and at the construction site to extort money, Singh had said.The builder later gave four flats worth Rs 5 crore and Rs 30 lakh in cash to Kaskar but then also he was being threatened by the accused, the police said.Out of the four flats, three were sold and one was registered in the name of Sayyad, who was staying in it for the last few years, the police had said.An extortion case was registered on the basis of the complaint by the builder at Thane’s Kasarwadavali police station under IPC section 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion).Later, the case was handed over to the Thane Police’s anti-extortion cell.During investigation, the police initially nabbed Sheikh and Sayyad from Thane. Later, Kaskar’s name also cropped up in the case, police had said.The names of some builders and politicians, including corporators, have allegedly also come up during the investigation in the case, Singh had said.Kaskar, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2003, is said to be operating Dawood’s real estate business in the city, according to the police.He was wanted in a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. He was, however, acquitted in both the cases in 2007. With inputs from PTI

15-yr-old forced into marriage endured torture for two years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old girl of Jaga community who was forced to marry a person double her age around two years ago, was on Thursday rescued by the members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) from her parent’s home in Kethoon town of Kota district. The minor girl, in a written complaint to State Commission for Woman and CWC, complained about harassment, thrashing and of forcibly marrying her off at an early age by parents and in-laws.The minor, three days ago also went to the police station, but instead of being heard, she was allegedly thrashed by female constables.The victim in her complaint alleged that she was forcibly married to a man of about 30 years after the death of her mother. Her father is a drug addict and a mentally retarded, she added. As she was continuously harassed at her in-laws’ home in Sathur village of Bundi district, she eventually returned to her parental home a few days ago.The husband of the minor victim, identified as Ravi Jaga came to Kethoon town to take her back with him, but she opposed it, the CWC chairman, Kota, Harish Gurubaxani said, adding that when the husband and members of the paternal family forced her to go to her in laws’ home, the victim along with her younger sister approached Kethoon police station. Probably out of fear, the younger sister had gone missing since this incident. A public representative from Kethoon town today morning sent a copy of victim’s complaint to CWC members and without losing time, along with the police personnel from Anti Human Trafficking approached Kethoon town and rescued the minor girl from home, CWC chairman Gurubaxani said. The minor victim has currently been sent to Children Home and following further investigation into the matter, a case would be lodged against those found responsible for the plight of the minor, the chairman said.The SHO at Kethoon police station, Pushpendra Singh Hada refuted all allegations leveled by the victim against the police at Kethoon police station and said the girl did reach the police station, but was no one misbehaved with her. The girl according to her birth certificate is an adult, he added.

Meet real Haseena Parkar, the ‘Godmother of Nagpada’, ‘Queen of Mumbai’: 10 facts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This Friday, if you plan to watch Haseena Parkar, the movie, then this space is just for you.By now you know that Shraddha Kapoor plays the titular role of Haseena Parker, sister of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, India’s most wanted criminal.But do you know who was real Haseena Parkar? Are you aware that once upon a time, Haseena ruled Mumbai like a queen and was known as Godmother of Nagpada?If your answers are all nos, then here are five facts about the real Haseena Parkar:1: Haseena Parker was the younger sister of Dawood Ibrahim, seventh among 11 siblings, who was married to Ismail Parker.2: It was the murder of Ismail Parkar by Dawood’s rival Arun Gawli gang that led Haseena into the crime world. Dawood took revenge of Ismail’s murder in JJ Hospital shootout in 1991.3: Soon, Haseena moved in Golden Hall Apartments in Nagpada, which became her criminal heaquarters.4: While Nagpada residents called her ‘aapa’ or elder sister, it is said that Haseena ran her crime syndicate from Golden Hall and reportedly had assets worth Rs 5,000 crore.5: From Hawala, to overseas rights of Bollywood movies, from extortion to construction sector, Haseena had say in everything. She ruled Mumbai like an underworld queen.6: Such was her influence in 2007 that every builder would ask her to get them permission from slum dwellers to for their projects.7: Back in 90s, when the cable war had just started, all cable operators would ask Haseena to demarcate areas of operations.8: Haseena Parker died of heart attack on July 7, 2014.9: According to an Indian Express report, between 2005 and 2007, Haseena Parker was the most tailed Dawood family member, with intelligence inputs of sightings of her in Dubai as she left the country for religious tours.10: Haseen Parker is survived by three children – two daughters and a son.

Extortion case: Dawood’s brother arrested; police say shooters brought from outside, politicians could be involved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police in Maharashtra state on Tuesday said that they are probing a role of local politicians including corporators after Iqbal Kaskar was arrested in connection with an investigation into an extortion case.Iqbal Kaskar, the brother of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested by the crime branch of the Thane Police.Iqbal was taken into custody from his sister Haseena Parker’s house in Central Mumbai by a team led by encounter specialist and the anti-extortion cell’s senior police inspector Pradeep Sharma.Speaking to media, Police Commissioner Parambir Singh said, “Three people have been arrested and three people are being questioned. Whether Dawood Ibrahim had an indirect or direct involvement in this extortion racket will be probed.”Stating that some politicians including Corporators could be involved, Singh said that they are investigating the links.”Threats were given in the name of Dawood. Sometimes shooters were brought from outside, and some people were brought from Bihar to forcibly evacuate properties,” Singh saidSome extortion calls were reportedly made in Iqbal’s name to a Thane-based businessman. The businessman then approached the Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane Police with a complaint.Iqbal, who was deported from the United Arab Emirates in 2003, is said to be operating his brother’s real estate business in the city, the police said.He was wanted in a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. However, he was acquitted in both the cases in 2007.Sharma, who led the team that detained Kaskar, was suspended in Lakhan Bhaiya encounter case and was recently reinstated in the police force. (With agency inputs)

If Taslima Nasreen, a refugee, can be PM Modi’s sister, why can’t Rohingyas be his brothers: Asaduddin Owaisi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing example of refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka residing in India, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government over sending the Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar, saying that Rohingya refugess should be allowed to take shelter in the country just like other refugees are.Owaisi also mentioned about the noted Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasreen, who has been living in India in exile since 1994 and asserted that if the former can be the sister of Prime Minister Modi, why can’t Rohingyas be his ‘brothers’.“Is this humanity to send those people back who have lost everything? This is wrong. Under which law, can the Centre send all the Rohingya refugees back?” he added.He even questioned India’s wish to get a permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.“The Indian Government wants a permanent membership in the UN Security Council. Will this be their attitude as a super power? Can the Centre send back those Muslims back, who even have the permission of the Human Rights Council to stay here?” Owaisi said.Further referring to the Sri Lankan refugees staying in Tamil Nadu, Owaisi said that they were allowed to stay in India even after being accused of spreading terrorism.He even mentioned about the Chakma people of Bangladesh, who came to India in 1971 and have been living in Arunachal Pradesh, and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who is treated as a guest in India.Owaisi even requested the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government to not see Rohingyas as Muslims, but to consider them are refugees.“We hope that the government of India gives shelter, an opportunity to live a respectful life and a future to their children, because the Indian Constitution gives the Right to Equality and the Right to Life, not only to its own citizens, but to all refugees as well,” he said.Meanwhile, India has sent the first consignment of humanitarian assistance to Dhaka, in response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh.This development came days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.As per reports, on August 9, the government had told the Parliament that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR, are presently staying in India.The UNHCR had said that at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.

SIT has got some clues on killing of Gauri Lankesh: Karnataka Home Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SIT has gathered “some clues” in connection with the killing of senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said.The state government, which set up a 21-member Special Investigation Team headed by IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh to probe the killing, had yesterday announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone providing clues about the case that had led to nationwide protests.”Investigation is going on, they have also got clues, but I cannot reveal everything in front of media,” he told reporters here.”I had met the chief minister along with senior police officials yesterday. The CM had given instructions; I had also said what I had to. Finally very soon (we will nab the culprits),” he said.Meanwhile, Gauri’s mother Indira Lankesh today met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at his official residence and requested him to nab the culprits soon.Indira asked him to ensured that the culprits get strict punishment, CMO officials said.Siddaramaiah assured Indira that the government would investigate Gauri’s killing with honesty, they said.As a political slugfest broke out over the killing of Gauri, her family on Thursday had made a plea against giving political colour to it, even as it appeared divided on who should probe the murder.While Gauri’s brother Indrajit favoured a CBI probe, his sister Kavitha said that the SIT, which is currently investigating it, should be given time.The family had also said the investigators should look into all angles behind Gauri’s killing, whether it is right wing or Naxals, as reports have emerged about a possible Naxal hand other than the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists, the ideology Gauri opposed.Gauri Lankesh, who was known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5.

‘Doc’s brother ran naked on campus lanes’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking about the tragedy, neighbours say the scientist’s sister had gradually undergone mental stress while her brother had been sick for a few years. As far as possessions are concerned, a car used by the scientist bought more than 10 years ago, remains intact, almost unused. Their neighbours also said that the servant quarters had been allotted to the scientist by a former director of the Institute seeing the family’s condition.Locals also claimed that the mental health of Dr Yashvir Sood was not good as he had not withdrawn a single penny of his pension as well as gratuity funds. Moreover, the trio’s interaction with the neighbours was almost zero, especially after retirement.Speaking about the family, one of the gatekeepers of the campus, Kiran said, “Dr Sood was a respected personality in the campus, but his brother’s mental health was so bad that on many occasions he would run naked on the campus lanes and we had to borrow clothes from neighbours to cover his body.” Meanwhile, neighbours living near their house complained that the Sood family was never bothered about cleanliness. “Kamla (the sister) would clean the area and would then throw the garbage again just for fun. Many times we complained to Dr Sood as they used to litter in the open,” said Ishwar, one of their neighbours.In the meantime, both Kamla and Harish have been admitted to Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Congress slams Ravi Shankar Prasad for giving ‘political and communal colour’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, and accused Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of giving “political and communal colours” to it.Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said it was “unfortunate” that Prasad sought to link the slain journalist to the outlawed Naxals. “Barely 72 hours after the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, the law minister has embarrassed the entire country with his controversial remarks linking the investigative journalist to Naxals. “It is the country’s misfortune that the BJP and the law minister are seeing a murder through political and communal colours,” he told reporters.It is “shameful and condemnable”, he said, adding that “a killing and the killer have no colour and they have to be dealt with as per the law and the Constitution”. A breakthrough eluded investigators three days after the journalist’s murder outside her residence in Bengaluru. The Congress governs the state. Surjewala said, “There is a conspiracy to suppress the voice of the writers, journalists and activists.” In the three years of the BJP government, 10 journalists have been killed and 142 attacked across the country, he said, without giving further details.
ALSO READ Was Gauri Lankesh helping naxals surrender with state govt’s consent, asks Ravi shankar PrasadHe said that the BJP government at the Centre either disclose any evidence it has on Gauri’s alleged links with Naxals or stop spreading misinformation. “Why don’t they share if they have any such information with the Congress government of Karnataka and we will be happy to look at it. And if they do not have any such information, then they should stop this entire game of misinformation and maligning an independent journalist, who took on BJP and RSS leaders,” he said. When asked about the delay in the investigation into the 2015 killing of scholar M M Kalburgi in Karnataka, the Congress leader sought to deflect the question, and raised question about the delay in probe into the murder of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra, ruled by the BJP.”The threads of both these murders are allegedly linked to a certain institution in Maharashtra against which no action has been taken so far,” he said. Many people have drawn parallels between the gunning down of Gauri and rationalists Dabholkar and Kalburgi. Surjewala said the killing of Lankesh was “celebrated” on the social media by several people who are followed by the prime minister on Twitter. He said this was sought to be justified by the BJP’s social media chief, who described it as a part of the freedom of expression of these people.The Congress leader also criticised Karnataka BJP MLA D N Jeevaraj for his statement that Gauri would have been alive if she hadn’t written against RSS and BJP. Prasad earlier showed copies of news reports of Gauri’s brother, Indrajit Lankesh, claiming that she had worked for the surrender of Naxalites, and asked why the Siddaramaiah government had not provided her security. “Indrajit Lankesh is on record having said publicly that his sister was working actively to ensure the surrender of Naxalites…so was she doing it with consent and approval of the state government…and if so why was she not provided adequate security?” Prasad asked at a press conference in New Delhi.It had also been said that Naxalites were unhappy with this. “Why was there such a security failure by the Congress government in Karnataka?” he added. On the attack on a journalist in Bihar, the Congress leader demanded a probe by either the CBI or a court-monitored SIT.PTI

From bakery boy to Mumbai ka bhai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem to life imprisonment for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Salem’s journey from a small town in Uttar Pradesh to Mumbai, and then on to becoming a dreaded gangster, is no less than a Bollywood script.Salem, who is also known by the aliases Aqil Ahmed Azmi, Captain and Abu Samaan, is a native of Mir Sarai in Azamgarh of Uttar Pradesh.In 1985 Salem came to Mumbai to earn a living and began working as a bread delivery boy between the suburbs of Bandra and Andheri and later started working at a garment shop in Andheri, Mumbai.”Salem later entered into real estate brokering business and began operating from Arasa Market in Andheri (W). His first brush with the crime was in 1988 when an FIR was registered against him at Andheri police station after he assaulted a colleague over a monetary issue,” recounted a crime branch officer from Mumbai Police.A police source said that in 1989, Salem came in touch with one Aziz Bilkia, who was associated D-gang. “After Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar’s husband was killed by Arun Gawli gang, Salem had also attended the funeral where he got in touch with Riyaz Siddiqui, who introduced Salem to Anees,” said a police officer.After having inducted in the gang, Salem had also gone to Dubai and worked as Anees’s telephone operator. “Salem had a keen interest in Bollywood and he used too give his name while issuing threat to any Bollywood personality. Salem was over smart and branded himself as a don among his victims,” said the officer.

Permission for Mohan Bhagwat’s event in Kolkata cancelled, RSS calls Mamata govt ‘fundamentalists’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another shot it appears has been fired in the slugfest between TMC and RSS in West Bengal. Organisers of an event at the state-run Mahajati Sadan in Kolkata, cancelled the booking where RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was supposed to speak, reported several media outlets.The Sister Nivedita Mission Trust had booked the auditorium for October 3 for an event on Sister Nivedita’s role in the Indian nationalist movement.General secretary of the Trust, Rantideb Sengupta, told The Indian Express that the authorities cancelled the booking last Thursday despite all formalities being done.He said: “We had booked the auditorium in July after paying Rs 14,350. We also paid another Rs 1,150 as October 3 is a holiday. We even intimated Joint CP Headquarters of Kolkata Police about our event. Suddenly, on August 31, authorities of Mahajati Sadan told us that the booking was cancelled. They told us to get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Kolkata Police. While we were about to obtain the NOC from police, the authorities on September 1 informed us that the auditorium was unavailable as it would be under maintenance in the first week of October.”Authorities of Mahajati Sadan were unavailable for comments, and Sengupta said they were looking for a different venue. Sources told IE that the event was cancelled due to the timing of the event close to Vijaya Dashami and Muharram on September 30 and October 1 respectively which has the state government on the lookout for anything that might blow up the communal tinderbox.Meanwhile, RSS secretary Jishu Bas accused the state of being run by ‘fundamentalists’. In January, Kolkata Police had denied permission for Bhagwat’s rally but the Calcutta High Court had overruled the decision.Congress MP Adhir Ranjan put aside political differences to criticise the Banerjee government, saying a ‘gross injustice was meted out’. TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien also took to Twitter to speak about the event and hit out at ‘NK channels’ (North Korea channels) for ‘trying to cook up a story’. The Mamata government has also decided to ban Visarjan on October 1, something BJP and RSS have strongly protested against. Meanwhile, the Kolkata police said that the reason for denial was 10-day early reservation during Puja holidays. Earlier, Mamata Banerejee had directed the state’s police administration to act against anyone who participated in ‘shashtra puja’. She had said: “Weapons look best in the hands of Durga. So ensure that there is no attempt of creating tension on Vijaya Dashami day through ‘shastra puja’ or any procession with arms.”

9-year-old’s trip to school saves her life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine-year-old Zenna Chashmawala has been left orphaned after losing her mother, father, grandfather and a three-year-old sister in the building collapse on Thursday morning.A family of six, they were living on the fifth floor of the building, which was owned by the family. At the time of the building collapse, Zenna had left for school. After the collapse, Zenna’s grandmother Tasnim and mother Shafeena, who was six months pregnant, were rescued and shifted to JJ Hospital.Shafeena was declared dead and Tasnim is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit. Zenna’s father Abbas, younger sister Amatulla and grandfather were trapped till late noon and were rescued in the evening but succumbed to their injuries.According to Abbass’ relatives, Zenna was saved as she had left the house for school an hour before the building collapsed. Abbas was getting ready to go to his shop when the incident occurred. Usually he would drop Zenna off to school and leave for work directly, but on Thursday he came back home when the incident took place.”I received a call from neighbours that the building has collapsed. I immediately came here. Abbas bhai had two daughters Zenna and Amatulla . At the time of the incident, Abbas’ mother, father, wife and Amatulla were at home. This is really shocking, Amatulla was only three years old. We have not told Zenna yet; she has been taken to another relatives’ home,” said Mustafa Gangeridiwala, Abbass’ cousin.Her parents were supposed to leave for Dubai on Friday.

Doc’s body finally found in drain near Worli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, 58, a reputed gastroenterologist of Bombay Hospital feared to have fallen into an open manhole while wading through waist-deep water at Elphinstone on Tuesday, was found in a drain in Worli on Thursday morning.Dr Rashmi Karandikar, DCP, spokesperson for Mumbai Police confirmed the incident and said, “We identified his body through his watch and sent the body for postmortem that revealed that the death took place due to drowning. A case of accidental death has been registered at Dadar police station. The investigation is on.”His last rites were performed by his older sister Manisha at the Shivaji Park crematorium in Dadar on Thursday afternoon. He is survived by his wife Dr Anjali, a senior pathologist, and his son Rohan and daughter Pooja who are studying abroad and will return to the city on Friday.Amarapurkar’s relatives and colleagues from the medical fraternity said the lackadaisical approach of civic authorities had claimed his life and demanded strict action against those responsible.On Tuesday afternoon, when heavy rains were battering the city, Amarapurkar left Bombay Hospital for his Prabhadevi residence. He went missing after he stepped out of his car at Deepak Cinema near Elphinstone flyover and began walking towards his home. Eyewitnesses had informed the police that they saw a man falling into a manhole left open to flush out rain water, prompting a search operation for the doctor. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had to temporarily suspend search operations after it got dark on Wednesday evening, and resumed it on Thursday morning.Dr Shivkumar Utture, member of the central working committee of the Indian Medical Association, said, “We have conducted a meeting with doctors and have planned to write to the government and demand justice for Dr Amrapurkar. The person responsible for the death should be punished. It is a big loss to the medical fraternity.”The incident also triggered an outpouring of grief and anger on social media.

‘Outermost layer of my skin’: After nine years in jail, Col Purohit finally wears his Army uniform again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine years after being accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Prasad Purohit finally donned the army uniform after being granted bail by the Supreme CourtThe Lt Col got bail on August 24 and walked out of jail after spending close to a decade inside and reported to a Southern Command Liaison Unit in Mumbai.Earlier, Army sources said a call would be taken on whether he can wear his uniform or not.Purohit was suspended from service soon after he was arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast case in in late 2008.After coming out prison, Purohit had said: “I want to wear my uniform. It is outermost layer of my skin. I am wedded to it. I am very happy to get back into the service of the best organisation in the country if not the world, the Indian Army.” “I have two families — the Army and my family which includes my wife, my two sons, sister and mother. I cannot wait to return to them.”He was granted bail with few conditions — he won’t leave the country without prior permission from the court and that his passport must be deposited to the court.Purohit was also directed to appear in the court as and when he will be directed. In addition to it, he must make himself available for any investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre had said that they were setting aside the April 25 order of Bombay High Court by which the bail was denied.Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.With inptus from PTI

Malegaon blast case: Army didn’t let me down, says Lt Col Purohit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Around nine years after he was arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit on Wednesday walked out on bail from Taloja jail in neighbouring Navi Mumbai and reported back to his Army unit.As he came out of the prison at around 10.45 am, two days after the Supreme Court granted him relief, a team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted Purohit to a military station at Colaba in south Mumbai in a car. Sources said he was given the “protection” considering possible security threat to him. Purohit, who was suspended after his arrest, reported to the liasoning unit of the Army’s Southern Command in Mumbai and is currently staying at an army establishment in the city and will be under various restrictions including his movement inside the unit, the sources at the Delhi-based army headquarters said. The sources said the Army headquarters will review his suspension from service after examining the apex court order.Purohit, who was an officer from intelligence corp, was suspended from service soon after he was arrested in connection with the Malegaon blast case in in late 2008. The sources said Purohit is likely to go to his unit in Pune where he was working before his arrest in the Malegaon blast case in late 2008. Purohit, however, did not attend a hearing related to the blast case at the NIA court in Mumbai today after his lawyer filed an exemption plea for the day.
ALSO READ I am wedded to my uniform, says Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Purohit”We filed an exemption application before the court saying that some formalities were going on with the Army, and hence he will not be able to attend the hearing today,” said Purohit’s lawyer, advocate Shrikant Shivde. Special NIA prosecutor Avinash Rasal said the court allowed the exemption application “only for today”.Purohit was in jail for his alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, in which the apex court granted him bail on Monday. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre set aside the April 25 order of Bombay High Court which had denied him bail. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.
ALSO READ Lt Col Shrikant Purohit will report back to unit, but with ridersPurohit was yesterday produced before the special NIA court here which is hearing the accused on framing of charges in the blast case, while his lawyers approached the Supreme Court and got his bail conditions modified. Following this, the Mumbai court issued a release order, but he wasn’t released last night as some formalities were to be completed. Today, all the legal formalities were completed following which Purohit stepped out of Taloja prison.Talking to reporters outside the court yesterday, Purohit had said he wanted to rejoin the Army as soon as possible. “I want to wear my uniform. It is outermost layer of my skin. I am wedded to it. I am very happy to get back into the service of the best organisation in the country if not the world, the Indian Army,” he had said. “I have two families — the Army and my family which includes my wife, my two sons, sister and mother. I cannot wait to return to them,” he said. The Army didn’t “let me down”, said Purohit.While granting bail to Purohit, the apex court had said that there were “material contradictions” in the charge sheets filed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Mumbai and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which are required to be tested at the time of trial, and it cannot pick or choose one version over the other.

Triple talaq verdict: Prophet Muhammed said divorce most disliked among lawful things in eye of God, says SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Holy Prophet had declared divorce to be the most disliked among the lawful things in the eyes of God as it broke the marital tie which is fundamental to family life in Islam, the Supreme Court today said.Justice R F Nariman, who wrote one of the two separate majority judgements, said divorce not only disrupted the marital tie between man and woman, but had severe psychological and other repercussions on the children from such marriage.Justice Nariman, whose views were concurred with by Justice U U Lalit, noted that marriage in Islam was a contract, and like other contracts, it could be terminated under certain circumstances.
ALSO READ Triple talaq verdict: Religion pitted against constitutional rights in such cases, says Supreme Court”There is something astonishingly modern about this ? no public declaration is a condition precedent to the validity of a Muslim marriage, nor is any religious ceremony deemed absolutely essential though they are usually carried out,” he said.”Apparently, before the time of Prophet Mahomed, the pagan Arab was absolutely free to repudiate his wife on a mere whim, but after the advent of Islam, divorce was permitted to a man if his wife by her indocility or bad character rendered marital life impossible,” Justice Nariman said.
ALSO READ Triple talaq verdict: No need for a new law; SC verdict law of the land, says government In the absence of good reason, no man can justify a divorce “for he then draws upon himself the curse of God.”Indeed, Prophet Mahomed had declared divorce to be the most disliked of lawful things in the sight of God. The reason for this is not far to seek. Divorce breaks the marital tie which is fundamental to family life in Islam,” Justice Nariman said.
ALSO READ Dear Heena, Triple Talaq is history! Letter from one sister to another The five-judge Constitution bench, by a majority of 3:2 in which Chief Justice J S Khehar was in minority, said the practice of “‘talaq-e-biddat’ ? triple talaq is set aside”.The two separate judgements, written for majority by Justices Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman, did not concur with the CJI and Justice S Abdul Nazeer that ‘triple talaq’ was a part of religious practice and the government should step and come out with a law.

4 cops booked for murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city crime branch on Monday registered a case of murder against four police officers in the custodial death of Vicky Rana, 27, an accused in the November 2014 Maninagar vandalism case.The complainant, Rana’s sister Renuka Thapa, has accused ACP Reema Munshi, inspector VJ Gadhvi, sub-inspector NJ Chaudhari and constable Bharatbhai of third-degree torture.In 2014, Rana and an accomplice stabbed one Shivaji Patil, who died later, and Rana went on a rampage along with a mob. On November 14, the Maninagar police nabbed him. The next day, Rana, who was behind bars, had an epilepsy attack and died at LG hospital.

Custodial death case: FIR against ACP, three other policemen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Crime Branch today registered a first information report against four policemen, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), for the custodial death of a murder accused at Maninagar police station in the city in 2014. The case was registered under section 302 of the IPC (murder) against the then ACP, a police inspector and two other junior policemen of Maninagar police station, said a senior Crime Branch officer. On November 16, 2014, 22-year-old Vivek Rana, arrested for rioting and murder, died shortly after he was shifted to LG Hospital by the officials of Maninagar police station. The probe was handed over to the city Crime Branch as his sister alleged that he was tortured in custody. Police had claimed that Rana was admitted to hospital when he showed symptoms of epilepsy attack. He was among 18 youngsters arrested for attacking people and vandalising shops and vehicles in Maninagar area a few days earlier. The accused wanted to establish their `dominance’ in the area, police said. One of those injured in the attack, rickshaw driver Shivaji Patil, died during treatment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid Doklam Stand-off, underground groups to attend Sri Sri Ravishankar’s NE conference

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some underground organisations active in the Northeast are expected to participate in the day-long conference organised by the International Association of Human Value — sister organisation of The Art of Living, headed by Sri Sri Ravishankar — in Guwahati on September 7.The Northeast Indigenous People’s Conference would be attended by almost all linguistic, religious, tribal and ethnic groups, apart from members of various insurgent underground groups, whose participation is being coordinated by ULFA’s general secretary Anup Chetia. Sources said these organisations would be sending their respective points-persons to represent them in the meet.What makes the conference sensitive is that it is taking place in the wake of India-China standoff in Doklam, and could touch upon issues related to India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, the Congress and the problems plaguing the Northeast.Though the government is not part of the meet, its convener Sanjay Kumar told DNA that issues pertaining to 1962 war remains alive. “We received a lot of feedback from the people. We did extensive travelling and planning for this conference. People in Northeast still refer to the issue of abandonment by the Congress government during Indo-China war,” Sanjay Kumar of The Art of Living told DNA. He says the issue needs to be settled for all time to come.The conference will conclude with Guwahati Declaration and the key-note speaker will be Sri Sri Ravishankar. The Art of Living, in its note on the conference, acknowledges that illegal migrants have vastly infringed upon political and economic rights of the indigenous people of the region, causing communal and social tension. The meet would be attended by members of the civil society, and is supposed to act as an ice-breaker with various groups who are pitched against the Indian state or are fighting among themselves on ethnic, social lines coming together on one platform.

3 youths on visit to attend wedding run over by train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three friends, who had come to attend a wedding, were run over by a train while crossing a railway track in this district early today, police said. The three, in their early 20s and students of a private college, had come from Kochi to attend the marriage of their friend’s sister today at Aroor when the tragedy struck them. After having dinner at the friend’s house which is adjacent to the railway track in Aroor, the trio had gone out for a stroll and did not return. The deaths came to light this morning when their bodies were found strewn near the track, police said. They were hit by the Ernakulam-Kollam local train, police said, adding the loco pilot of the train alerted railway authorities about the mishap. They in turn informed the police. In another incident, three youths, who had put out for fishing in backwaters from Kadachira in Kollam district early this morning, drowned when their country craft capsized in heavy rains, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sea glory: All-women Indian naval crew eyes record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-member all-women crew of the Indian Navy is set to embark on an eight-month voyage in September to circumnavigate the globe, the first such navigational attempt from Asia. The naval officers led by Lt. Commander Vartika Joshi will set sail in the naval auxiliary vessel INSV Tarini from Goa and are expected to depart early next month. “We will be passing through some of the roughest patches of sea during the voyage. It will be a tough journey but our spirits are high,” Joshi told reporters today. A native of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, she will skipper, the 55-feet INSV Tarini, built indigenously and inducted in the Indian Navy earlier in February this year. Her team members on-board the sister vessel of INSV Mhadei would be — Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh; Lt. Commander Swathi P from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh; Lt. Aishwarya Boddapati from Hyderabad; Lt. Shourgrakpam Vijaya Devi from Manipur and Lt. Payal Gupta from Dehradun. “This all-women circumnavigation attempt would be the first of its kind, not only from India but also Asia. They are well-trained and with their maritime odyssey, they will also set sail into the record books,” Naval Chief of Personnel Vice Admiral A K Chawla said. “They are going to set benchmarks not just for India but for the entire world,” he said. The crew had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. Jamwal, who had joined the Naval Academy in 2011, said the voyage is daunting but they are all trained and set for it. The expedition — ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’ will be covered in five legs, with stopovers at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa), the Navy said. Capt. (retd) Dilip Donde, the first Indian to undertake a solo circumnavigation, trained the six naval officers, who he said, volunteered to be a part of the expedition. “They will be passing through the Southern Ocean, where the temperature could drop to as low as 4-5 degrees Celsius. Besides, they would also have to navigate through gusty winds and high waves,” Donde said. Joshi said they would be stocking up food supplies, water, books and recreational material, mostly dry items as the voyage span is long. “We will begin with 600 litre of water and we would also have an RO plant on-board. We would carry books and DVDs for recreation,” she said. Asked about the safety measures taken for the crew, Vice Admiral Chawla said, “As per the international maritime convention, the ship’s immediate distress call would be picked up by the nearest search and rescue authority, who would then relay it to us. Also, the vessel is equipped with satellite phones and other modern communication gadgets.” Indian Navy’s Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy, who became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe, solo and non-stop over a 150-day voyage in 2013, said, “There is no quit word in maritime circumnavigation.” “I think what these six officers are attempting is very courageous. In an mountain expedition, you can stop and climb back, but once you are in the sea, you are in the sea. Only your faith and courage can help sail you through,” he said. INSV Tarini, having a wood core and fibre glass sandwich structure, was built by a shipyard in Goa and the vessel has sailed approximately 8,000 nautical miles till date, the Navy said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man kills woman after her brother eloped with his sister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has allegedly killed a woman after her brother eloped with his sister in Moosli village here, police said today. The woman’s mother was also injured and battling for her life, they said. Pawan Kumar axed to death Bichhu (26) and critically injured her mother Murti Devi (56) on the intervening night of August 10 and 11, Ellenabad Station House officer (SHO) Subash Chander said. Pawan committed the crime as he was disapproved of his sister getting married to Bichhu’s brother in June against the wishes of the family. “Both Bichhu’s brother Dharampal and Pawan’s sister Rachna are major and got married against the wishes of their families,” he said. Pawan was arrested and charged with murder, attempt to murder and trespass, the officer said. Pawan used a spade to kill Bichhu and critically injure her mother by entering their house, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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