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Defamation case against Addl SHO quashed

Dismissing a defamation case by a lawyer against the Additional Station House Officer (SHO) for giving an adverse report against him, a Delhi court said, “It is not defamation if a true incident or report is produced before Court of Law.”Civil Judge Pankaj Sharma rejected the claim of MS Yadav, a lawyer, stating the Additional SHO gave the report while discharging duty.”It is not defamation if a true incident/report is produced before Court of Law. The letter dated 01.05.1998 was in fact issued/published by the society, and defendant no. 1 merely produced it before the court upon directions to file a report regarding a complaint of the plaintiff. The said letter appeared to be filed in good faith and in the discharge of the official duty by defendant…,” the judge said.The case dates back to 1998 when a civil defamation suit was filed by Yadav, a resident of Manocha Housing Society in VikasPuri, against the then Additional SHO, Om Parkash, and AK Chopra, the then secretary of the society, on charges that the duo had lowered his reputation amongst all.The court, while dismissing the claim of Rs 2 lakh as compensation, stated that the officer gave the report in the discharge of his duties.”Despite having an understanding of the law, plaintiff gave a complaint to Addl SHO and did not bother to get it registered as per the procedure. Addl SHO was not duty-bound to act upon an oral complaint by the plaintiff as incharge of the PS is SHO who marks the complaints to his subordinates after it is received in due course as per procedure. Addl SHO/defendant No. 1 is not expected to assume the power of SHO,” the court said.According to the plea, Yadav was asked for Rs 15,000 in 1996 as entry fee when he had shifted in the residential complex. But he refused to pay the amount deeming it to be illegal. On March 21, 1998, BL Madan, president of the society, allegedly threatened to disconnect water supply to the plaintiff and called some outsiders of whom one Mukesh Kumar assaulted the plaintiff.20-YR-OLD MATTER The case dates back to 1998 when a civil defamation suit was filed by MS Yadav, a resident of Manocha Housing Society in VikasPuri, against then Additional SHO Om Parkash.

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Unable to pay EMI and rent, residents forced out of city

Rendered homeless after their relatively new building began crumbling, many residents of the now-demolished Gaurav Enclave Cooperative Housing Society in Mira Road East have been staying in temporary accommodation, waiting for the redevelopment to reach completion so they can shift into their new homes. In the meantime, the developer has allegedly stopped compensating them for transit accommodation, so they have to shell out EMIs as well as rent.Gaurav Enclave shot to infamy in 2013 after it developed cracks within 15 years of its construction. Nearly 233 residents of the building had to move out of their homes so it could be razed and redeveloped. Now, the builder who had originally raised the building, Ravi Group, is carrying out its redevelopment.The residents allege that exorbitant rents have forced them out of the metropolitan’s limits, to places like Vapi, which is in Gujarat. This has drastically affected their lives and livelihoods.Krishna Malani, a building resident who expected to have a new home after redevelopment, is one of them. “I stay in Vapi now. I don’t have a home. It’s been five years that we vacated the building and we are still waiting to return,” he said, adding that the developer has stopped paying him rent.D Gala, another tenant, claimed that while signing the redevelopment agreement, they were promised monthly recompense (rent) till the building came up.The builder had committed to delivering the project in three years’ time.”In case of a delay in the project, he was to pay us rent with a 10 per cent yearly increment. In spite of this agreement, the builder didn’t pay us rent on time. And now, he has stopped paying us rent altogether. It’s been almost five years since we moved out and the construction isn’t anywhere near completion,” Gala said.Some tenants have been ‘lucky’ to find alternate accommodation in Mira Road itself. “I vacated the building long back. I have found a home on rent in this suburb. But I am waiting to return to my house which I had purchased in 1997,” said Thomas, another resident.Another tenant who didn’t wish to be identified is looking forward to returning to his shop in the building. He said, “People are paying EMIs for their homes and also paying rent to stay for their current lodging. It is really a difficult time for all of us. We vacated the building in July 2013. For the last two years we have not received payments towards rent from the builder. The construction is taking place but at a snail’s pace.”Repeated attempts to contact Ketan Shah of Ravi Group were in vain. He didn’t reply to our messages, nor receive our calls.Tomorrow, we will take a look at the lives of people who left their old dilapidated buildings in the hope of returning to a new one. But they are biding their time till the construction comes up.

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How safe are the elderly in Ahmedabad?

The senior citizen of Ahmedabad is no longer safe, as per the reports of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Senior police officials that DNA talked to said criminals find senior citizens to be easy targets for murder, chain-snatching and loot. For instance, take the loot and murder case of 75-year-old woman Rambha Patel, a resident of Ghatlodia.The Karmacharinagar Housing Society, part-2, resident was found strangulated with a cloth by her daughter Bhagwati Patel around 2 pm on Thursday. There was no sign of struggle at the crime scene. Cops say CCTV footage from the house shows a courier boy entering it with two boxes. The two gold bangles that the victim was wearing were found to be missing from the spot. Deepan Bhadran, DCP of Crime Branch, said, “We are investigating the case. More CCTV footages have been recovered but we cannot reveal further information right now as it may affect the probe.”73% crime against senior citizen of state reported from AhmedabadAccording to the NCRB data, Ahmedabad ranked third in the incidents of crime against senior citizens in 2016. Out of 496 crime cases registered against senior citizens in Gujarat in 2016, 362 were reported from Ahmedabad, which is almost 73 per cent of the total cases.While 68 cases were reported in 2014, it reduced to 17 in 2015 only to rise to 362 cases in 2016.MK Rana, ACP of Prevention of Crime Branch, said, “Senior citizens are the soft target for the accused. Not just elderly but all people should remain alert. We conduct several awareness programmes for senior citizens regularly and also issue guidelines. But most of them don’t follow it.”He added, “If a senior citizen lives alone, his or her relatives should have the information of the people visiting the house including milkman, newspaper boy, cook and domestic help. Most of the time, these aspects are neglected.”The top cop added that informed and updated relatives not only help avert crimes against elderly but also increase the possibility of police to catch them after committing the crime.AHMEDABAD NO CITY FOR ELDERLY?A LOOK AT 2017 On October 12, Meena Jog, 60 was attacked by four people while she was alone in her house in Vidyanagar Flats near Keshavbaug Party Plot in Ahmedabad. Valuables were also stolen but cops were able to nab all the four accused.On August 25, 93-year-old Rasiklal Mehta was suffocated with a pillow at his house in Darshan Society of Navrangpura by his former domestic help, police said. He was nabbed later.On February 1, a 75-year-old woman identified as Malti Parekh was found dead in her house in Swastik Society of Navrangpura. Police later nabbed her former domestic help, a 19-year-old for the crime.CRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN REPORTED IN GUJ2016- 496 cases2015- 195 cases2014- 372 casesCRIME AGAINST SENIOR CITIZEN IN AHMEDABAD2016- 3622015- 172014- 68CRIME AGAINST ELDERLY IN CITY IN 2016Murder- 6 elderly were victimsExtortion- 1Robbery- 12Cheating- 6Other IPC cases- 336NATIONWIDE (2016)Mumbai- 1,218Delhi- 642Ahmedabad-362Coimbatore- 233Chennai- 210

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75-yr-old strangulated to death

A complaint of murder was lodged with the Ghatlodia police station after a 75-year-old local woman was found dead at her house on Thursday afternoon. The woman was strangulated to death with a cloth. The cops are yet to find the motive of the murderer.The incident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, the police said. The deceased has been identified as Rambhaben Patel, who used to live alone.Her daughter, who was married, used to visit her daily to help Patel with household chores.Patel’s daughter, who lives in Ghatlodia area came to mother’s her house to prepare lunch, left around 12 pm. Two hours later, when she came back to find the main door of the house broken and her mother lying dead. Patel’s neighbours immediately called the police when the victim’s daughter told them what had happened. Investigating the case, cops said that Patel was strangulated with a piece cloth.A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert and dog squad were called to the spot to unearth clues. The body has been sent for an autopsy. RG Desai, an inspector of Ghatlodia police station, said, “No sign of robbery or theft could be found from the house.”According to police, the killer might have been a known person to the deceased. The killer entered Patel’s house and there are no signs of hint that the victim struggled when she was attacked.The police have initiated an investigation on the bases of primary reports and are talking to people who might give leads statements of people.CRIME SHEETIncident took place between 12 to 2 pm in Block 2 of Karamchari Nagar Society Part-2 in Ghatlodia area, cops said. Victim’s daughter is married and used to visit her mother daily to help Patel with household chores. A team of FSL officials, fingerprint expert were called to the spot to unearth clues.

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SC dismisses Teesta Setalvad’s plea to defreeze bank a/cs

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed activists Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand’s petition challenging the October 2015 Gujarat High Court order that rejected their pleas to defreeze their personal bank accounts.The judgment pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar observed that authorities followed proper procedures in freezing the bank accounts in connection with a complaint filed by residents of the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad, Gujarat for misappropriation of funds.”Although both the sides have adverted to statement of accounts and vouchers to buttress their respective submissions, we do not deem it necessary, nor think it appropriate to analyse the same while considering the matter on hand which emanates from an application preferred by the appellants to de-freeze the stated bank accounts pending investigation of the case. Indisputably, the investigation is still in progress. The appellants will have to explain their position to the investigating agency and after investigation is complete, the matter can proceed further depending on the material gathered during the investigation,” the order authored by Justice Khanwilkar read.According to Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta representing Gujarat, the two Trusts — Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ) — are run by the private appellants and others. All the accused persons were actively involved in collecting huge funds as donation in the name of providing legal assistance to the 2002 Gujarat Riot Victims. These donations, however, received by the two Trusts allegedly never reached the victims.Setalvad, through counsels senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Aparna Bhat, submitted that the trust maintained proper accounts which are duly audited and there is no trace of any illegality committed in respect of receipt and expenditure.During the course of the hearing, the top court had also questioned the source of the funds after allegations of misappropriation surfaced. The top court had then reserved its verdict earlier in July.The complaint was filed by Firoz Khan Pathan, one of the residents of Gulberg society, alleging that the money raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society in the memory of 69 people killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots had not been utilised for the purpose.TWICE TRIEDSC bench observed that authorities followed proper procedure while freezing bank accounts. Gujarat HC had rejected their plea in 2015 as well.

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Banning condom ads is not a solution, say AIDS activists

The Information and Broadcasting ministry in an advisory issued to all television channels on Monday said advertising for condoms will not be allowed between 6 am and 10 pm. The announcement has raised a concern in several health circles particularly organisations working on HIV-AIDS control programme.Speaking about the issue, Dr V Sam Prasad, country program director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said, “The ban will create a negative impact on society. After banning the ads, teenagers will actively use social media to look for information. If the right message is not conveyed to children, it will be a big problem for them. It should actually be a dinner-table topic to discuss with the family members.”The data revealed by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) states that HIV infection among youth aged 15 to 29 years is about 31 per cent of the total infections.Dr Shrikala Acharya, spokesperson and additional project director of MDACS, said, “It won’t have any negative impact since people are aware of the fact that condoms are used to have protected sex. The younger generation is active on social media sites like YouTube, WhatsApp where they can easily access data and videos. Banning it on TV will not have any negative impact on the AIDS control programme organised by the government.”Ashok Row Kavi, Chairperson, The Humsafar Trust, said, “This is a regressive decision.”

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Kurla students help rebuild tribal school near Karjat

More than 170 students from Vivekanand English High School in Kurla, a Vivekanand Education Society (VES) affiliate, helped to rebuild the dilapidated building of Academy of Developmental Science, a school for tribal children in Kashele village near Karjat, as a part of a community integration initiative. The class 9 and 10 students, aged 14 to 15, voluntarily contributed their efforts to rebuild the school from scratch.Quick learners, the students observed construction workers and soon picked up building skills themselves following which they contributed to every aspect of the school’s rebuilding process — right from laying the bricks to painting the school building. They had the help of 10 staff members from their school who accompanied the students to the village.The school redevelopment program was held in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO engaged in several social upliftment projects for underprivileged sections of society.Dr Asha Binukumar, principal, Vivekanand English High School, said, “We need to sensitise children towards the plight of their fellow citizens, especially the downtrodden sections of society. Schools should encourage students to participate in community development projects like this which will make them appreciate the value and dignity of labour. Through willing participation in such programmes, children not only imbibe empathy but also grow as model citizens”.Vaishnavi Bidoo, one of the participating students, said, “We first observed the construction workers then we started helping them.We painted the walls as well as built the school’s compound wall.”Students and staff from the school were awarded with international certificates, valid in 80 countries, for their contribution to community service.

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Trash to manure: Kandivli society shows how

Residential societies across the city should take a leaf out of Gokul Heaven Housing Society’s book in dealing with its own garbage. The society in Kandivli on Friday installed a three-tonne waste segregation machine to manage its own garbage.The society, located in Kandivli’s Thakur Complex, has spent Rs 8 lakh on the machine. While the price seems steep, it has turned out to be economic for the society that has 285 committee members of which each member contributes Rs 200 per month. This also includes maintenance cost of the machine.The machine was inaugurated by local MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar who said he would promote it in other societies in the locality as well.”Apart from the machine cost, there is expenditure on providing a separate shed for it, and providing underground electricity supply. So the approximate per month cost that a resident will bear would be Rs 200,” said R Sawant, secretary, Gokul Heaven Housing Society.The society generates around 100 kg of waste every day. The machine can churn out 30 kg of manure from the decomposed garbage. The manure will then be used by the society at its garden.

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Cultural fiesta to herald X’mas at ‘Chrismasti’

Part of the proceeds from this event will be donated to NGOs supporting the cause of underprivileged children such as Haemophilia Society, Mumbai Chapter and Jeevan Dhara Kanya Ashram School, run by the Franciscan Sisters at Dahanu housing 450 orphan girls.”

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Stall fined Rs1k for selling cigarettes at exhibition

The Delhi State Tobacco Control Society conducted an awareness cum enforcement drive at the International Arogya 2017 Exhibition on Tuesday. It also issued a fine of Rs 1,000 to a stall which was selling cigarettes claiming it to be herbal in nature.”The counter had not displayed the mandatory display board mentioning that sale of cigarettes and other tobacco is prohibited to minors below the age of 18 years. A fine of Rs 1,000 was issued but they refused to pay the challan and refused to sign and accept the challan as well. The matter was brought to the notice of the organiser of the exhibition-FICCI,” said Dr SK Arora, Additional Director (Health), Delhi government.The stall owners refused to submit the relevant papers as well as the samples for the analysis. According to the officials, the case will be filed with the court under section 4 & 5 of COTPA for the necessary action.”It is worth mentioning that even if these are herbal but tar is produced and Carbon monoxide & other toxic gases are also released which are harmful. Second hand smoking with harmful effects does occur, therefore it needs regulation,” said Dr Arora.The Tobacco Control Cell on Monday issued the notice to the cricket association on December 2 for violating provisions under section five of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits direct and indirect advertisements of tobacco products. It also sought to know why appropriate punitive action would not be initiated against the directors and office bearers of the DDCA as per the provisions under COTPA.According to the notice, any wrong communication and promotion on the part of celebrities, especially cricket stars, will have disastrous impact on the society including youngsters. The Health Department had in 2016 written to Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, Arbaaz Khan and Sunny Leone along with Ajay Devgn, urging them not to endorse pan masala products as they contain areca nuts, a potential cancer causing agent.The Delhi government has also asked actors to join its campaign.
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Hyderabad: Dentist commits suicide, hangs herself in hostel

A dentist allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in her room in a private hostel here on Tuesday, police said.The 25-year-old woman, practising in L B Nagar here, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of the room with a stole around her neck by her friend, S Saidaiaha, Inspector at the Chaitanyapuri Police Station, said.A suicide note purportedly written by the dentist stated that “she is not interested to live in the society and that the society is not supporting her,” the Inspector said.”This morning she did not pick up the phone when her parents called. They grew suspicious and called one of her friends to check out and the friend found her hanging in her room,” the police official said.Asked about reports in a section of the media that a failed relationship led the dentist to resort to the extreme step, the Inspector said she has not blamed anyone for her death.Also readFemale MBBS student dies of anaesthesia overdose at BRD Medical college, police claim suicide”As per preliminary investigation, it has been revealed that though she loved one person, she has not blamed that person for her death (in the suicide note),” he added.
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Campion School celebrates 75th anniv today

Campion School in Fort that was instituted on January 20, 1943 by members of the Society of Jesuits with a mere 23 students has now grown into an establishment of 830 students. The school marks the completion of its 75 years on Tuesday.When it just began, the school ran from a rental ground floor flat at 45, New Marine Lines and its first principal was the late Fr Joseph Savall. Until 1956, the school imparted Cambridge education to its students before switching to the ICSE board in 1957.Paul Machado, the school’s longest-serving principal, from 2003 to present, said, “Students come from Wadala, Worli and even Mahim. In the 1950s the school shifted to Wellesley House and Arthur House buildings. Earlier, the school was imparting education from grade three to eight and now it is imparting education from junior kindergarten to grade 10. Our alumni organisation is very active and they, along with the school, have decided to raise funds for the present and former teachers’ health and other aid. On its 75th year celebration, the school is going to release a logo that will be used on our letterheads for a year.”Several renowned personalities are alumni of Campion School, some of them include former aviation minister Praful Patel, politician Dr Shashi Tharoor and builder Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, to name a few.The event to mark the school’s 75 years will take place on December 5 at NCPA at 6 pm, which will include the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao releasing a special cover followed by the release of 75th year logo.GIVING BACKThe school’s PTA introduced a program called 75 acts of kindness in which the school will reach out to less privileged citizens. Dr Shashi Tharoor will address the audience.
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Sattvik food fest drops street food handvo & dhokla

Stepping up their efforts to ensure quality, the organisers of Sattvik food festival, Gujarat’s largest and most-awaited food festival, have banned Gujarati delicacies handvo, dhokla and khichu from their menu. The reason? They are easily available in roadside eateries.Not just that, the organisers, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), have also decided to allow limited number of stalls this year, also to further up quality. The three-day 15th Sattvik food festival will begin on December 23 at AES ground, Bodakdev.Confirming the same, Ramesh Patel, secretary, SRISTI, said, “For the first time, we have banned items such as handvo, khichu, dhokla, boiled corn, etc. We don’t want to promote food that are easily available on roadsides. The idea of this festival is to promote traditional dishes. We have also decided not to have cheese and paneer in the festival as they are difficult to digest, and hence have no place in satvik food.”Professor Anil Gupta, founder of SRISTI, said, “Sattvik has been trying to attain higher and higher degree of authenticity in offering the traditional tastes of India and an organic India through the creative and innovative platform like the exhibition of innovations by the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and other such organisations.”We also invite foodPreneur start-ups and small enterprises run by women and others to promote value addition in nutritious food. Unless farmers do that, their income will not increase. We should not forget ‘jaisa ann, waisa mann.’ So unless we eat healthy, live healthy and think healthy, we will not make our children and future generation and India healthy. There is a need to bring back the wisdom of grandmothers back into our lives.”According to Patel, the food festival will also host a community kitchen (food lab) where people will be taught how to cook healthy using the right vessels, through the right process and with the right emotions. Over 50 stalls from different states and 75 stalls from Gujarat will serve traditional food items during the festival.”The festival is aimed at providing a platform for popularising traditional recipes made from lesser- known crop varieties such as kodra (paspalum scrobiculatum), bavta (eleusine coracana), ragi (nagli), samo (echinocloa colonum), jowar (sorghum vulgare), bajra (millet), makka (zea mays), etc.
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Social media is making it tough to reach out to people

Looking at the grassroots level work in the field of HIV AIDS across the city, the civic health officers on the occasion of World AIDS Day stated that social media is making it difficult to reach out to people mainly between the age group of 18 to 30 years.The number of HIV cases diagnosed among general clients has decreased by 56 per cent in last six years as per the civic-run Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS). Speaking about the status of difficulties faced by them to tackle the awareness level in general public, Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’s Executive Health Officer, said, “There has been decreasing in the number of HIV positive cases in a high-risk group. 36,000 patients are on life-long Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART). The use of social media by a large number of citizens is making it difficult for us to increase the awareness level and give out factual information to the masses.”Adding more information, Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of MDACS, said, “When we look 10 years back and now, we can see that there has been a lot of gap between the use of social media. These days, WhatsApp groups and forward messages can create negative impact too. Through our centers, we try to reach out to people directly at specific locations, but we can’t reach out to people through virtual media.”Speaking about the contribution of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to decrease the number of HIV cases in the country, USAID Administrator Mark Green, said, “The organisation is contributing by giving out technical expertise regarding Information Education and Communication (IEC) to Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS) with an aim to spread awareness on HIV AIDS in the society. Across the country, we are helping India by giving financial support, technical expertise from our experience. Making of young leaders and working together will help to spread the word in vulnerable communities.”NEW DATAMDACS also reveals that the number of newly infected pregnant women declined from 466 in 2010-11 to 162 in 2016-17. Among the newly infected with HIV, 93 per cent have been infected due to unsafe sex, 3.7 per cent due to transmission from infected mother to baby, 0.3 per cent due to infected blood and 0.5 percent due to infected needles.
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Tender notice issued for police township

In one of the biggest construction projects to be carried out in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, a project belonging to the Brihanmumbai Police Co-operative Housing Society (proposed) will comprise 8,200 individual homes and cost Rs 1,225 crore. It will have houses for police constables and their widows and is located in Village Vayal close to the proposed International Airport in Navi Mumbai. The land was bought after 6,000 constables pooled in Rs 1.20 lakh each. They bought 107 acre of land from farmers and Rs 12 crore is still in excess.Pratap Dighavkar, Additional Commissioner, Thane Police, handling the project said, “We are going to give 650 sq ft carpet area project to every constable. These will be two bedroom hall kitchen flats with balconies. We haven’t decided the cost per flat but only construction cost will be charged to every constable.”If this is the first home of the constable then he will also be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 2.50 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. “This is the biggest welfare project in the state concerning police personnel,” said Dighavkar.A tender notice was issued on Thursday by the Sanstha inviting contractors who have experience in planning, designing and constructing approximately 8,200 individual apartments within high-rise residential buildings including stilt parking, along with site development and infrastructure services for the housing project.The completion period for the project is 36 months from the date of Letter of Intent.
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A wedding that exhibits innovations, spreads awareness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to make a difference and boost innovation, an Amdavadi has got his wedding card printed that mentions sustainable practises of Honey Bee Network, which is a crucible of innovators, farmers, scholars and academicians documenting traditional knowledge and innovation.Chetan Patel who works with Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), a part of Honey Bee Network, has not only made a difference with his wedding card but also exhibited 30 innovations during his marriage ceremony on Saturday.”Wedding cards have a larger community reach, which is why I thought to use it as a means to spread awareness,” Patel said.Commenting on his initiative, professor Anil Gupta, founder of SRISTI said, “This has happened for the first time in 30 years that someone has even thought of this kind of a blend of cultural and social ways. While the card included numerous practices of innovations by children and farmers, he also gave an opportunity to exhibitors to display their innovations at his marriage. Chetan is the man who organises Shodh Yatra every year. Hence, it is overwhelming to even imagine what he has foreseen through this initiative.”He remarked, “This is a beautiful way of sharing information about what he has learnt with us by including these in this sacred ritual. Instead of a pamphlet, spreading awareness in such a manner is significant.”On exhibition, professor Gupta said, “The exhibition had a farmer from Haryana who had processed 200 kg fruits to make juice for 3,500 guests. He gave the remaining fruits to villagers to make ice cream out of them. We at SRISTI would be happy to help and support if any marriages or ceremonies are planned in an innovation fair where people can have a corner of creativity for their guests. Guests have to wait for long during such ceremonies and they can visit the creative corner.”

MahaRERA order: Form society before possession

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a decision by Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), a developer has been asked to initiate the process of society formation even before he hands over the possession of the flats. The possession of the flat by the developer will be given by January 31, 2018, however, within 30 days of the order (dated November 23), he has been asked that the process of society formation be initiated, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments in the project have already been sold. Experts say this order will set a precedent, as other developers will have to follow suit. Additionally, though there is conflict as certain rules also state that a society can be formed only after receiving completion certificate, the MahaRERA rule will be held above all this.While hearing a case of delayed by possession filed by homebuyers Sangeeta and Dinesh Mehta against Nandaaj Developers, MahaRERA chairman Gautam Chaterjee passed the order, asking the developer to initiate the process.Following the order, Ramesh Prabhu, chairman of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA), said, “This is a good order and will set a precedent for all developers to follow. There are examples where developers for years do not form a society, because they want to enjoy the benefits. For example, in the initial period after the project is completed, many homebuyers carry out sale of the purchased flat. For this, builders charge them a transfer fees and if they form a society immediately, they will suffer a loss. Now, after sale of 51 per cent of the total flats, they have to initiate a process of society formation.”The complainant had alleged that they entered into a registered agreement for sale dated December 12, 2012 to purchase an apartment in Royal Residency, Parel-Lalbaug, adding that the date of possession was on or before March 31, 2014. But, till date they haven’t received the possession so they sought the authority’s intervention to register the society within a period of one month, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments have been sold.The developer had countered that the building is almost complete and he has applied for Occupation certificate and the possession of the apartemnt will be handed over by January 31, 2018.Hearing the matter, the authority then directed the developer to handover possession of the apartment to he complainant before January 31, 2018, failing which he shall be liable to pay interest to the complainant from February 1, 2018.The authority further directed the developer to initiate the procedure for fomation of society within 30 days from the date of the order.According to Prabhu, there are several other departments that also had different rules for society formation. “Under one of the act, within few months of receiving occupation certificate the developer had to form a society. Another department had this rule that society be formed only after receiving completion certificate. The new ruling of MahaRERA will be over all these. Hence, now, societies will be formed at the earlier benefiting the common home buyer,” he said.

‘Mandir wahin banayenge,’ RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat roars at Karnataka’s Dharma Sansad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today made a strong pitch for building the Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, saying only the mandir would come up there and not any other structure.Addressing the “Dharma Sansad”, a congregation of 2,000 Hindu saints, mutt heads and VHP leaders from across the country at this small temple town here, he said there should be no ambiguity that Ram Temple will be built at Ayodhya.”We will construct it. It is not a populist declaration but a matter of our faith. It will not change,” Bhagwat said.The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh(RSS) chief said that after years of efforts and sacrifice, it (building the Ram temple) seemed possible now, while also noting that the matter was in the court. “Ram Mandir only will be constructed and nothing else. It will be constructed there only” (what is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram), Bhagwat said.He said the temple would be constructed in the same grandeur as it existed before, using the “same stones” under the guidance of those who were the flag-bearers of the Ram janmabhoomi movement for the last 25 years.But prior to it (building the temple), public awareness was essential, he said. “We are close to achieving our goal but at this juncture, we should be extra cautious,” he said.Construction of the Ram temple, prevention of religious conversions and cow protection are among the key issues to be discussed at VHP’s three-day ‘Dharma Sansad’.The meet will also discuss issues of discrimination on the basis of caste and gender and explore ways to ensure harmony within Hindu society, the organisers said.The RSS chief also said the seers and Hindus gathered in huge numbers at the meet need to ponder over the conducive atmosphere prevailing in the country and elsewhere.He cautioned the people against the forces which divide the society and asked them to remain alert. The RSS supremo also spoke about religious conversion and the need to reach out to those who are prone to it.”The strength of the society lies in its unity. When it is destroyed, anti-national forces gain foothold. We need to understand the consequences of religious conversion. We need to reach out to those who are prone to conversion,” Bhagwat said.He reminded the meet about the duty of seers and members of upper caste towards Dalits and other backward communities.”The need for equality is still elusive in our deeds and practises though we all understand its significance.” “We should rise above the barriers of caste, creed and religion in our speech and action while treating people and embrace everybody wholeheartedly. There should not be any discrimination on the issues of sharing water, religious places and cremation grounds,” said Bhagwat.On cow-vigilantism, Bhagwat said people know what happens to the cows when they are sold to butchers.He said ‘cow protectors’ surface due to the callousness of society. “Society is careless about the status of cows. Those who have concern for the cows stand up to protect the cattle.This leads to conflict in the society resulting in bad name to the ‘cow protectors’,” said Bhagwat. Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejavar Math of Udupi, who chairs the reception committee, said the Ram Temple would be built in a year, well before 2019.The octogenarian seer with a huge following in Karnataka and elsewhere, demanded that the government amend the Constitution to do away with special provisions for minorities in order for equality in the society.Addressing the meet earlier, VHP leader Pravin Togadia set the tone for the issues to be discussed in the Dharma Sansad in the next three days.He reiterated VHP’s affirmation to build the Ram Temple and a ban on cow slaughter. Togadia also demanded that the government should not regulate Hindu temples. “If the Indian Constitution is secular, why are governments regulating Hindu temples? Are there any instances of government controlling any mosque or church? If not, then why is this discrimination only with Hindu temples.”Let Hindus manage their temples,” he said.Located in the coastal area, Udupi is famous for the Krishna temple with the idol believed to have been discovered by 13th century Vaishnavite saint Madhwacharya, who founded the Dwaitha school of philosophy.While ochre colour festoons and flags dotted every part of Udupi and neighbouring towns such as Manipal, the attire of the participants and the marquee has filled in the atmosphere with Hindutva flavour.Elaborate security has been made for the Dharma Sansad. The Udupi event is significant as the first formal announcement for Ram Temple at Rama Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya was made here in 1985 and a year later, the doors of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya were open to the public for darshan.’Obnoxious statement made by RSS Chief, it clearly gives a message that the RSS is assuming to be Supreme Court. This is a delicate matter and RSS is playing with fire on this issue. I hope SC takes note of this devious design, being laid out by Sangh Parivar,’ Asaduddin Owaisi reacted.

Ryan murder: CISF offers consultancy services to ensure safety in schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CISF has written to schools across the country, including noted ones like KVs, DPS, Doon and Scindia, offering professional security consultancy services to ensure safe environment for children, a move that comes in the wake of the killing of a student in Gurugram.The paramilitary, mandated as the nodal security agency to guard critical installations in the country including airports, has written dozens of letters to school authorities stating it can help create a “safe and secure” environment for school-going children which will come with a service fee.The consultancy fee would be around Rs 4 lakh for an average school.The trigger for this all-India exercise by the Central Industrial Security Force is the recent incident of killing of a Class 2 student of the Ryan International School in Gurugram who was found dead in the school bathroom with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.”It is felt that in the wake of the recent unfortunate incident in one of the reputed schools in the national capital region (NCR) in which a young student lost his life, there is now a need for revisiting the security infrastructure of our schools.””You will agree that a healthy and secure environment is a right of every child and schools have a major role to play in the providing the same,” the CISF letter addressed to one of the school principals read.Among those who have been sent the offer letter include the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, the Delhi Public School Society, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Springdales, Salwan Education Trust, Modern School, Sanskriti, Mother’s International, Shri Ram and Appejay Education Society in Delhi.The force has even approached the Ryan Group of Schools in Mumbai, the Doon School in Dehradun, Scindia School in Gwalior and Rishi Valley in Chitoor in Andhra Pradesh even as many more such letters are being dispatched.CISF Director General O P Singh said the force took the initiative as part of its responsibility towards society.”We are the best suited government agency for doing such expert security consultancies and in preparing safe environments. We need to ensure safety to the school-going children. About 200 institutions of national repute are our satisfied clients under this umbrella,” he told PTI.The force that works under the command of the Union home ministry has conducted similar security consultancy for the Dhirubhai Ambani International school in Mumbai and has similarly audited a number of Indian Institutes of Management (IIsM) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIsT).The force has assured the schools that its professional but chargeable security solutions will be custom-made for them like it does for each of its clients.”We firmly believe that out consultancy will assist in finalising the blue print for effective security and fire protection of your esteemed educational institutions,” the CISF has told the schools.It said that its security audit report will “cover aspects related to integrated security solutions, student and faculty protection and any specific requirement put forth by them.”A senior officer of the force said after the first set of offer letters were dispatched few days back, three reputed schools from Delhi have already approached them with a positive word.The official said the CISF security consultancy, used by Infosys, Reliance, the Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) and AIIMS among others, will cost one-fourth as what is charged by some private players in this domain.”So, for an average school that we are talking about, an amount of about Rs 4-4.5 lakh would be incurred as the CISF consultancy fee. The private players charge as much as Rs 20 lakh for the same job,” he said.He said once the client agrees for the consultancy, a team of CISF experts from its special unit visit the premises that is to be audited and handover the final report from a time period ranging between 3-4 months.The report tells the client where to install CCTV cameras, where to deploy security staff, how to check access control, how to train their security staff and install emergency response gadgets.”The effort is to make the security system professional and competent.The security consultancy is also added with the fire audit where anti-blaze and counter-fire measures are suggested,” he said.The security consultancy wing in the 1969 raised force was created in 1999 and it has an elite team of 130 expert officials.

Masked man burns Andheri resident’s car

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident of arson, the passenger of a luxury car in a posh housing society in Andheri was spotted setting another car in the society premises on fire. The entire incident has been captured on CCTV and the Saki Naka police has formed teams to nab the culprit.According to police, on November 14, Rohit Mehta, the owner of the burnt car was alerted by building residents and the watchman to smoke emanating from his white Volkswagon Vento car.The fire was doused but the car was already burnt considerably.On checking the CCTV camera footage, a man wearing a mask was seen getting out from the rear seat of a white luxury car and later pouring a flammable substance on the Vento and setting it on fire.”We have registered the case at Saki Naka police station in this regard. We are checking if the car owner had any personal enmity. We are also checking the CCTV camera located in the society to ascertain the vehicle registration number,”, said ND Reddy.”The CCTV camera does not show the face of the accused as he is masked. We are investigating further,” Reddy added.CAR CARNAGEFire was doused but the car was burnt considerably. On checking the CCTV camera footage, a man wearing a mask was seen getting out from the rear seat of a white luxury car and later pouring a flammable substance on the Vento and setting it on fire.

Minister pats Raj for skills initiative

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, and skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in the city on Friday, appreciated Rajasthan for a healthy eco-system of skill development.He also added that there is a huge demand of workers from the state, not only in India, but also worldwide. Hence, the focus should be laid on promoting skill training in the indigenous trades of Rajasthan.“I have taken an overview of all the initiatives being taken by the Rajasthan Government in skill sector. Rajasthan has developed a good eco-system. Rajasthan is the country’s first state to develop two universities – one private and one government, for skill development,” Pradhan said.“I believe the system can be developed further if everyone contributes to it. It is our duty to develop a network of employment by training the youth and skill-oriented workers of the state in the near future,” he added.The minister also suggested for manpower mapping, recognition of prior learning, drivers training, and apprenticeship for enhancing the skill training programs.He also visited Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU), a private skill university established by the Government of Rajasthan which imparts skill education through Swiss Dual System of Training. “Really appreciate the venture of creating such an educational Skill university. Salute the vision of Dr Rajendra Joshi for creating such a world class skilling centre. Many more such institutes are needed to meet the skilling requirement of the nation,” Pradhan tweeted on Friday. While attending the 12th Biennial International Conference on “Energy through Synergy” organised by the Society of Petroleum Geophysicist, Pradhan further said that India is gearing up for claiming the title of a leading partner in Industrial Revolution 4.0. Role of Oil & Gas Sector will be critical in providing affordable energy to supplement the rapid Industrial Growth. “Benefits of innovations in this sector must also reach to the masses,” Pradhan said. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan asked geo-scientific community to reduce oil and gas import dependency by at least 10% and ensure energy accessibility as well as affordability for entire spectrum of people to fulfill the vision of prime minister Narendra Modi. Pradhan said the country ranks third in energy consumption in the world and with the efforts of scientists, exploration and production (E&P)industry is growing. Pradhan said the sector is a priority of the government and the time is ripe for ‘energy to synergy’.

Wait for cycle track along Tansa, BMC misses phase-1 deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbaikars have to wait to enjoy a cycle ride along the Tansa pipeline until next year. The work on developing the cycle track has been delayed due to various reasons including encroachment along the pipeline. However, civic officials are sure that by January next year, they will start the first phase.Earlier, the BMC had set Diwali deadline to launch a small segment of the 39 km cycle track along the water pipeline.The small segment which will be of around 1.15 km from Mulund Boundary to Silver Bell Housing Society and NITIE Gate (Powai) to Vijay Nagar bridge near Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road for a public, falls under the S and N ward of BMC.According to a civic official, the salient features of the proposed cycle track is that it connects to roads, railway stations, and Metro network. “People can hire cycle to move at entry and exit points within the track, and take train or Metro as per their requirement. They can also leave the bicycle at exit points from where he will be connected with roads, train or Metro,” said a senior official, attached to the project.The project will be developed in three stage and the whole cycle track will be ready by November 30, 2019. “The total cost of the project is Rs 300 crore and it will have several features that will change the people commuter within the city,” added the official.The jogging and cycling track is being touted as the longest in the country. However, only 50% of the unauthorized structures along the pipeline have been removed. According to BMC’s water hydraulic department, around 8,000 unauthorized structures along the pipeline, that fall in 10 different administrative wards of BMC, still need to be removed. The slums along the pipeline are removed under the supervision of Bombay High Court.The civic body started removing illegal structures following a High Court order in May 2009 to prevent water theft and leaks.

2,000 students take part in civic drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Juhu Parle Education Society celebrated Children’s Day on a different vein on Tuesday. Around 2,000 students along with parents and staff members of Utpal Sanghvi Global School (USGS) and Prabhavati Padamshi Soni International Junior College (PPSIJC) from Juhu engaged in a civic awareness programme aimed at Mumbaikars and also distributed wet and dry dustbins to 750 societies in Juhu.Two thousand students, 700 parents and around 300 management people of USGS and PPSIJC were on the streets of Juhu for a civic awareness drive. The school has also adopted Katkariwadi village in Thane district, where students are teaching villagers to make paper bags in order to give them employment opportunities and also spreading a message of no plastic bags in their area by selling villagers handmade paper bags.

Hardik Patel video part of political conspiracy, say kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely 24 hours after a sex video allegedly showing the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel went viral, his relatives and the residents of Zalawadi Society at the outskirt of the Viramgam city were visibly annoyed. They were coming out in large numbers to extend their support and express confidence in Hardik’s leadership.Hardik has a bungalow in the same society. His relatives, who also stay there, targeted the ruling BJP for masterminding the plan but said it won’t deter Hardik from pursuing his agitation to press for quota for Patidar community in Gujarat.Incidentally, his relatives and society members were unanimous on one thing that if BJP had to really take on Hardik, it should fight it on the political front and not stoop to the personal level. Hardik’s bungalow wore a deserted look as he and his parents are in Ahmedabad.Hardik, who is currently in talks with Congress for a pre-poll alliance, in a bid to jointly take on BJP in the upcoming assembly election, has claimed that it was an expected ploy to defame him though it heated up the political climate in Gujarat. The video shows a Hardik Patel-lookalike, with an unidentified woman, fully clothed and with her back to the camera, and then the room becomes dark.Ambalal Patel, Hardik’s grandfather, who stays just opposite his bungalow, told DNA, “It is really painful to see how our grandson is being targeted, especially by BJP. It is none of BJP’s business to peep into Hardik’s personal life. Time and again Hardik has announced that he does not fear about any penal action as he is fighting for a cause and he will continue to pursue his goal.’’ He admitted that quota for Patidar community is definitely one of the major poll planks and BJP seems to be worried about its prospects.Latitaben Patel, who had just finished watching TV news, was proud of her grandson for single-handedly taking on the mighty BJP. ‘’Such tactics won’t in any way hamper Hardik’s movement but it will instead become stronger,’’ she notes. Raunak, a fifth standard student from the same society, said, “Hardik bhai is our role model and I wish him a success.’’ However, a trip to the Viramgam market fetched mixed reactions about Hardik’s role in puncturing BJP’s prospects in the ensuing poll. Defeating BJP, Congress won the Viramgam seat in 2012 election. It is a part of the Surendranagar Lok Sabha constituency.Now, both are in a bitter fight claiming their victory. The offices of BJP and Congress were closed for lunch, while the campaigning has yet to gather mileage. Rajeshbhai Thakkar, a trader engaged in cattle food, downplays Hardik’s agitation and claims that it will have a little impact on BJP’s winning prospects. ‘’Hardik is cashing in on support from some disgruntled members of the Patel community and also banking on support from Congress and other opposition parties who have no standing in Gujarat.

Ulama Council president wants 10% assembly seats for Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With elections nearing, the political heat in the state is going up. On Tuesday, the Rashtriya Ulama Council levelled serious allegations against both BJP and Congress, and demanded that Muslim candidates be fielded from seats in proportion to their population.Speaking with reporters, Rashtriya Ulama Council president Maulana Amir Rashadi Madni lashed out at Congress for using Muslims as a vote-bank, and came down heavily on BJP over issues such as terrorism and cow protection.“Muslims account for 10% of Gujarat’s population, but they are nowhere in the picture. Why are none of the parties talking about Muslims or raising issues related to them? The Congress should field Muslim candidates from 18 out of 182 seats in proportion to the community’s population,” Madni demanded.Accusing the BJP of never considering the Muslim community, Madni questioned whether the party was ready to make a new beginning by fielding candidates from the community.Taking a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Madni said he has the time to meet others, but could not find time to meet Zakia Jafri, widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gulbarg Society massacre in 2002. He also questioned if Gandhi was willing to grant reservation to Muslims under EBC quota on the lines of Patidars. He also said there is no Hindu or Islamic terrorism, saying the governments of the day give rise to political terrorism.

6-year-old boy kidnapped, sodomised for 6 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan’s 6-year-old boy was kidnapped and sodomised by a 21-year-old youth who spotted him playing near his house. After the boy went missing for hours, his relatives started searching for him and informed the police. However, six hours later, the victim’s uncle finally caught the man red-handed in a compromising position with the boy and handed him over to the police. On Tuesday afternoon, the boy was playing near Adinath Society in the Odhav area, when according to the police, they received a complaint from the boy’s father that he had gone missing. The family and the police then started a search in the area and it was only after six hours that the uncle chanced upon the youth with the boy behind a workshop 300 metres away from his house. The accused was identified as Mayur Suthar (21), a construction labourer, who revealed during his interrogation that he was passing by area when he started talking to the boy. He then took him for a ride, promising to teach to ride a bike as well, after which he took the boy behind the workshop and sodomised him. CB Tandel, in-charge inspector of Odhav police station said,“The accused was nabbed by the boy’s uncle and handed over to police. Suthar didn’t know the boy, he had randomly picked him and sodomised him. We have lodged a case against him and further investigation is underway.”

Next five years crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that India is not “unaffected” by global terrorism, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the country’s intelligence and security agencies have so far foiled all nefarious plans of terror group ISIS.The next five years would be crucial for resolving challenges related to terrorism and communalism, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast and the left-wing extremism- affected areas, he said while addressing IPS probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (NPA) here.The graduating cadets should take a vow to eradicate such problems, Singh said. “Today, the world is engulfed by the fear of terrorism and radicalisation. Outfits such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda are killing innocent people across the globe and there is a threat from nuclear arms. People are facing issues of cyber attacks. These organisations are continuously coming out with newer ideas,” the Union minister said.”ISIS has been successful in spreading its network in some parts of the world. ISIS-related networks are using newer ways (to spread their network). Our country is not unaffected by these developments. Our neighbouring country is harbouring and aiding terrorism which has become an additional challenge,” Singh said.”But our intelligence and security agencies have thwarted and succeeded against all attempts by such forces (to carry out terrorist attacks or other kinds of disruption),” he said. Singh said, “ISIS modules were busted in our country and those associated with it were arrested, foiling all their plans. Compared to other countries, a very small number has been impacted due to ISIS’s radical ideology, thanks to our strong social and rich cultural values. The credit goes to our countrymen.”He also flagged the menace of fake news and attempts to spread radical ideology through the Internet. The government has notched up certain gains against terrorism and the left-wing extremism in recent times, and there is a need to maintain this momentum, the Union minister said. The Centre recently allocated Rs 25,000 crore for modernisation of police force, Singh noted.He advised the IPS probationers to follow four principles — hard work, honesty, positive attitude and judicious decision-making — in their career. Singh also announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for the NPA Welfare Society on this occasion. As many as 136 probationers, including 14 from other countries, graduated from the academy today after undergoing training for 45 weeks.

Mackichan Hostel continues to irk Babulnath locals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mackichan Hostel, that belongs to Wilson College, has repeatedly inconvenienced the residents of Babulnath and with the wedding season around the corner, the residents are bracing for the problems to resurface considering the authorities continue to turn a blind eye to their issues.The latest in their complaints is the fencing done by the hostel that residents say encroaches public property.Besides, the recent fencing, every wedding season, the hostel hosts several weddings in its community hall which residents say not only disturb them but also create noise pollution at night.”We have complained to the authorities but to no avail. They stop the music for some time but start again,” said Amita Jhaveri, a resident of Suresh Mansion in Babulnath. “They play music late into the night. With two educational institutes and the place itself being a hostel for students, this should not be happening. Due to the wedding ceremonies, numerous cars park outside their gates which makes it difficult for us,” added Jhaveri.Residents say that the fencing has only added to their traffic woes. “It takes up more space on the road. We complained to the BMC but all they say is that they will look into it. They should clarify whether it is legal or not. Even if they are allowed, they cannot cement a water hydrant and BEST station. They have put a lock there,” said Jhaveri.An official from Wilson College claimed that the fencing is done on part of the property owned by the college, but did not mention anything about the cemented water hydrant (see inset).While another official claimed that the contract for weddings stands cancelled.Wilson Education Society, which looks after the hostel, and D Kshirsagar, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward, did not comment.Resident woesThe Mackichan Hostel hosts several weddings every season.Residents claim the wedding ceremonies lead to noise pollution at night and add to the area’s traffic problems.Complaints have been made but in vain.

BMC proposes to shift Dadar fish market

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After following up with the local corporator for the past few months, residents of Swaraj Society in Dadar finally have a reason to smile. According to the residents, the presence of the Dadar fish market adjacent to their building has become a matter of concern.Every year, the residents suffer from infectious diseases like dengue, malaria, and swine flu due to unhygienic conditions of the fish market. In the last week of September this year, a resident lost his life to dengue.Anil Rane, resident of the building, said, “On Wednesday, the BMC’s market department head visited our society and heard out our problems. The residents have been facing traffic issues and suffering from various diseases due to the fish market.After following up with the local corporator for the last few months, we can finally see that some action has been initiated by the civic authority.”According to the BMC authorities, they have already sent a proposal to shift the fish market from the area. Ramakant Biradar, assistant municipal commissioner of G-North ward, said, “We visited the market on Wednesday morning and heard the issues. The proposal to shift the fish market from the area has been submitted to the higher authority. It will most likely be shifted to Mankhurd area from Dadar.”

Docs take to stage to spread awareness on organ donation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A play on how organ transplantation saves lives will be the main attraction at the foundation day celebration of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine in the city on Sunday.The programme will be held to promote awareness about organ donation. “Most of those who will take part in the play are doctors and nurses associated with organ transplantation in some way,” said Dr Mehul Solanki, co-ordinator for the play.Dr Jigar Mehta, a critical care specialist said that there is a need to spread awareness about organ donation as Gujarat lags behind other states as far as organ donation is concerned. He said that apart from lack of government intervention, a number of factors including religious objections and fear was responsible for people being reluctant to donate organs.”But the most important factor includes doctors being reluctant to declare a patient brain-dead,” said Dr Mehta.Dr Hitesh Chavda, a liver transplant specialist said that organ donation will not take off until the government intervenes. “Look at what happened to the 108 emergency service (108 is an ambulance service provided to people in the state free of cost) once the government got involved in the initiative. People began to trust 108 service. A lot of trust issues will be resolved in organ transplantation if the government gets involved,” said Dr Chavda.

Kangana Ranaut buys bungalow worth Rs 20.7 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The latest celebrity to own a piece of land in the city’s ever-bustling property market is actor Kangana Ranaut. The Queen star recently bought a bungalow at Pali Hill, Bandra, and has paid a whopping Rs 20.7 crore. The bungalow which is located on Nargis Dutt Road, is surrounded by homes of other bigwigs of the film industry. A ground plus three-storey structure, she has paid around Rs 67,000 per square foot for the bungalow.The deal was in talks for almost six months, but owing to the actor’s busy schedule, it was finally registered on September 18. The total area mentioned in the registration document, a copy of which DNA accessed, states that the built-up area is of 3,075 sq ft. The difference between built-up and carpet area is around 10 to 20 per cent, depending upon how old the structure is.However, people related to the deal claim that the bungalow is old, and hence the difference is not much.The registration document reveals that Ranaut paid Rs 1.03 crore as stamp duty. The bungalow, which earlier had a playschool operating, is part of Chetak Co-operative Housing Society on Nargis Dutt road.Along with the bungalow, the actor has also got a 565 sq ft car parking space. Sources said that the actor may choose to keep the bungalow as is or may have a production house set up.Ranaut or her representatives did not comment when approached.AT A PRICEThe bungalow which is located on Nargis Dutt Road, is surrounded by homes of other bigwigs of the film industry.
The Pali Hill bungalow is a ground plus three-storey structure ​

FULL TEXT: Here’s what RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Rohingyas, state of economy and cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday conducted a Shastra Puja (weapons worship) and delivering the annual Vijaya Dashami speech at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.Others present at the function included veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.Read Mohan Bhagwat’s full speech here:We have assembled here to celebrate the auspicious occasion of this year’s Vijayadashami. This year is the birth centenary year of Venerable Padmabhushan His Eminence Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. This year is also the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic Chicago speech and 150th birth anniversary of his renowned disciple Bhagini Nivedita.The Buddhists of entire Himalayan region consider His Eminence Kushok Bakula Renpoche as the incarnation of Bakul Arhat, one of the Sixteen Arhats of Thathagat Buddha. He has been the most revered Lama of Ladakh in recent times. He played a crucial role in spread of education, social reforms, eradication of social evils and awakening of national consciousness in the Ladakh region. In 1947 when Pakistan army attacked Jammu and Kashmir in the disguise of Kabaili tribes, with his inspiration youth from Ladakh formed the Nubra Brigade and did not allow the aggressors to cross Skardu. His remarkable contribution as a member of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, as a minister in the State Government and as a member of Lok Sabha was always with national perspective. He was the Ambassador of Bharat to Mongolia for 10 long years. During his tenure in Mongolia, his contribution to the successful efforts of the local population to revive the age old Buddhist tradition, after the end of 80 years of Communist rule, was outstanding. For this, he is still being revered in Mongolia. In 2001, he was conferred with the Mongolian Civilian Award “Polar Star”. He is revered and exemplary for all of us because of his spiritual wealth, unwavering national commitment and incessant selfless work in the public interest. Acharya Bakul manifested the same national vision of Bharat towards global humanity through his personal and social conduct which Swami Vivekananda had declared in his Chicago speech.This national vision is our heritage. With the objective of awakening this vision only, Adi Kavi Valmiki chose Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram as the subject matter of his eternal epic Ramayana. One of the most revered Saint of Bhakti Movement Ravidas Ji Maharaj, who is also a faith and inspiration for our today’s guest of honour, also spread the same vision amongst common masses through his deeds and words. Bhagini Nivedita also undertook the efforts for social awakening and enlightenment to arise the Hindu society based on the same national ideal. By relentlessly serving millions of children of Bharat to free them from ignorance and dearth, she inspired them by awakening their minds towards veneration of Swadharma and Swadesh.To awaken the society towards national ethos and endeavour, it is a prerequisite that our intellectuals and thinkers get rid of the ill-effects of the colonial thought and mindset. These ill-effects emanating from the colonial era has engulfed our minds and made us self-abominating, confused and murky. Bhagini Nivedita’s successful endeavour of getting integrated with mind, eternal values and Sanskaras of Bharatiya people, inspite of being born and brought up in European culture is an inspiration for us all to be one with our eternal national vision and values.Rashtra is not made artificially. Our existence as Rashtra is based on Sanskriti and people, which is unique and entirely different from the nation-state concept rooted in power. Our Sanskriti, that binds us together in a common thread despite our different languages, regions, sects, religions, castes, customs, etc; and the source of this Sansrkriti, our eternal life values that envision humanity as a global family, is our collective bonding spirit. That life vision of nationhood takes shape through collective experiences we have gained on this land from the time immemorial, collective efforts we have taken and collective understanding and realisation of the Truth obtained from those experiences. The same sentiments resonate in individual, familial and social dimensions of life. Then only a Rashtra evolves in the real sense; it gets the recognition of the world; such nation only can make a meaningful contribution by playing the expected role in global life.Slowly but surely, we are partially experiencing this eternal truth in the present condition. Due to our initiative, there is a recognition and acceptance of Science of Yoga and our approach towards environment, which gives a feeling of great satisfaction and pride about our ancient heritage. In response to the activities of Pakistan on the Western front and that of China on the Northern front, Bharat’s strong and determined stand has been visible in the incidents like Doklam, on the borders as well as in international diplomacy. This definitely makes us realise about our strength and at the same time provides new international standing to Bharat. In the space science also brave achievements by our scientists one after another are proving our intellectual power. On internal security front systems are improving. The infrastructure, especially related to surface transport, is rapidly spreading even in the bordering states like Arunachal Pradesh. For the respect and progress of Women various schemes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ are also going on. Through initiatives like Swachhata Abhiyan a sense of duty among citizens is inculcated, ensuring their participation. Attempts to introduce many small and big systemic reforms and efforts to fundamentally change the thinking process in certain fields are kindling new hope among the common masses, at the same time level of expectations is also ascending. There is a prevalent discussion in the society on many things that are happening, how that can be further improved and what else should happen.For instance, the determination with which terrorist infiltration and firing from across the border is being dealt with is appreciated. All security forces, including the Army, have been given the freedom to do their respective duties. The provocative actions and propaganda of the separatists is effectively controlled by curbing their illegal financial sources and exposing their linkages with anti-national terrorist forces. The positive effects of this strategy are visible on the ground.Still, there is an urgent need to take the benefits of development to the masses in the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir, including the Jammu and Ladakh regions, without any discrimination and through transparent and clean governance. The problem of refugees is still not resolved in the State. For decades together, some generations are living through this miserable state of refugees for their decision to be in Bharat and remain as a Hindu. Despite being citizens of Bharat, they are still far away from the basic facilities of education, employment and democratic rights, and leading a backward life. This is happening just because the discriminatory provisions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that denied them the fundamental rights. The problems of permanent residents of state who migrated from the Pakistan occupied Jammu-Kashmir in 1947 and the people who were displaced from the Kashmir valley in 1990 are remaining as it is. We have to create conditions so that our these brothers can lead a happy, dignified and secure life like other Indians by availing equal democratic rights and fulfilling democratic duties, even while remaining firm and devoted to their religions and national identity. For this just work, necessary Constitutional amendments will have to be made and old provisions will have to be changed. Then and then only, the residents of Jammu Kashmir can be completely assimilated with rest of Bharat and their equal cooperation and share will be possible in the national progress.Along with the State and Union Governments, society also has a vital role to play in this process. The citizens living in bordering areas are bravely and persistently holding the ground amidst incessant cross border firing and terrorist infiltration. In a way, they are also directly fighting with the anti-national forces. They have to continuously face the insecurity and chaos in their life and livelihood. Besides the relief from Government and administration, different social groups also need to establish contact there and should provide with the facilities as per their ability. In this direction, Sangh Swayamsevaks have already taken the initiative. With the increased thinking and action on those lines, through collective efforts of Government and society, better systems can be in place. The need to take additional efforts in the field of education, health, livelihood and national values is also realised in the Kashmir valley and the remote border areas of Ladakh. To attain this goal, the conditions inevitably demands for constructive connect from the society and different programmes for awareness, awakening and reshaping the public mind. To eradicate the poison of alienation and unrest created through the systematic and false propaganda over the years, the society will have to show the natural affection through these positive actions. The path for complete resolution of the issue will be facilitated when the entire society will stand behind the well thought policy of dealing sternly and strongly with the anti-national forces.This thought has also become all the more important when a dangerous game is being played by anti-national forces by stimulating the unrest, separatism, violence, enmity or hatred amongst group or local identities on the basis of language, region, sects, religion etc. Especially in the bordering states, attempts of creating atmosphere for disrespecting the Constitutional provisions on these lines are going on. The situation in Bengal and Kerala is known to all. The State Governments and their systematically politicised administrative systems are not only apathetic to this serious national crisis but are also lending a helping hand to the anti-national forces for petty political interests. Information pertaining to all these anti-national activities reaches to the Union Government and administration and they must be taking necessary steps to foil these nefarious designs. But, cross border smuggling including that of cow continue to be a matter of concern. Nation already has been facing the problem of illegal Bangladeshi migrants and now Rohingyas who are chased away from Myanmar have infiltrated and many more are ready to migrate illegally. They are being driven out of Myanmar mainly due to their continuous violent and criminal separatist activities and linkages with the terrorist groups. Any decision regarding them should be taken by keeping in mind that they will definitely be a threat to national security and integrity. The Government seems to be thinking on the same line. In such complex situation, success is not possible without cooperation of the entire society. For the purpose, all the Sajjan Shakti of these states will have to come forward fearlessly. They will have to be organised, vocal and active and also make the society fearless, alert and enlightened.As a system, guarding borders and ensuring internal security is the responsibility of armed forces, paramilitary forces and police machinery and they have been doing this with full vigour, commitment and sacrifice since our freedom. However at the Government level, there is need to expedite the process of equipping them with adequate resources, improving their internal communication and coordination with the intelligence agencies, taking care of them and their families, ensuring national self-reliance in military hardware and providing enough manpower and training to these forces. The direct interaction of Government with these forces needs to be improved for this purpose. There are expectations from the society also of more affinity and respect towards our soldiers and their families. Besides right policies, in tune with national interest and ethos and in the direction of fulfilling the expectations and requirements, the need for organised and virtuous society with clear understanding of our national pride is also seen in every walk of life. It is also required that the administration should internalise the core of those policies and have the necessary mentality for effective implementation.The same conclusion can be drawn on the economic front. For controlling corruption, bringing speedy economic development, introduction of welfare schemes to the last person standing, like Jan Dhan, MUDRA, Gas Subsidy, agricultural insurance etc and some bold decisions are taken at the government level. Yet, the requirement of an integrated and holistic policy, which will take into consideration the diversity and various requirements of the nation; will address the needs of industry, trade, agriculture and environment together, will safeguard the interests of all from big, medium and small industries, to small retailers, farmers and landless labours, is very much felt. The compulsion to move on the currently accepted global policies and standards, even if they are faulty, artificial, create a mirage of prosperity, cause erosion of morality, environment, employment and self-reliance; can be understood to a certain extent. However it is also universally being recognised that all these policies and standards need a rethinking and nation specific unique models of development should evolve. Our Niti Ayog and economic advisers of the States will have to come out of the same old economic ‘isms’, and will have to integrate the most up-to-date economic experiences with the ground reality of our nation. This process will have to systematically consider the national ideals, traditions, needs and resources together. People will also have to relentlessly insist on buying the Swadeshi products while fulfilling their day to day needs and doing other purchases.The Government schemes and policies are made sincerely for the welfare of common people. They should also encourage the people to be entrepreneurial and active. A system should be in place to gather the realistic information from all the sources about the execution and impact of these schemes while percolating down to the lowest level through the administrative system. There is an enduring confidence in the sincerity of the Government, decisive nature to make the necessary transformation, integrity and character of the people in important position and their diligence. If this fortune that we have got as a nation after so many years has to deliver, then the above mentioned points will have to be taken into consideration.Despite being faulty, the parameter of Gross Domestic Product is still used to measure the health and progress of economy. Employment, that is work for every hand and enough remuneration for sustainable livelihood is a major consideration for us. On these parameters, the biggest contribution is made by the small, medium and handicraft industry, retail or small self-employed businesses, cooperative sector and agro and agro-allied sector. They are also our security net during the ups and downs in the global trade and economic earthquakes. The roots of our family system are still strong and women are also contributing in family income by doing small business activities at home. Sometimes this is also called as informal economy. The level of corruption is also low here. Crores of people get jobs or employments through these sectors. Most of the people standing in the last line of the society are also from these sectors. While reforming and cleaning the economic systems, although some tremors and instability is expected, it should be kept in mind that these sectors should feel the minimum heat and ultimately they should get the maximum strength. Due to the values enshrined in our traditions many Governmental institutions, voluntary organisations and big industrial corporations, even before the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility was prevailing, are striving for improving the life of these people, enhancing quality of their products as well as skill sets and facilitating market access for them. Synchronizing all those efforts can be one of the directions to go ahead. Altogether, our dream of presenting a model of Antyodaya at domestic level and that of balanced, sustainable and dynamic economy at the global level is not possible unless our economic thinking is not based on decentralising economic production, restraining consumption, increasing employability, conserving energy, securing environment and taking the individual on righteous path. While moving ahead from the present economic condition this fundamental point should be remembered. There are many provisions at the Union and State levels for the benefit of deprived sections of the society like Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Nomadic Tribes etc. Those benefits should reach to everyone from these sections. Government and administration should be alert and sensitive to this. There is a need for urgency with care on the part of government agency and sensitised cooperation from the society in this regard.In our country, industry, business and agriculture have not been considered as competing but as complimentary sectors. Agriculture is the large sector in Bharat. Our farmer, who is by nature, feeds not just his family but the entire nation, is in pain today. He is depressed after facing the onslaught of floods and droughts, export-import policy, meagre pricing, mounting loans and losing everything once the crop is ruined. There is a growing sentiment that the new generation will either become urban educated unemployed or working in farms will disrupt the education that will force them to be in villages that are without any facilities. Resultantly, villages are getting empty and burden on the big cities is increasing. Both are facing the crisis of development. The problem of criminalisation is growing in the cities. Appreciable schemes like crop insurance are being introduced, soil testing and e-marketing for agriculture products are also useful steps in this direction. Yet, Union and State Governments should be more vigilant to ensure effective implementation of these schemes on the ground. The measures like loan waivers are also signs of sensitivity and goodwill of the governments but these temporary measures are not solution to the problem. New technology and traditional non-polluting methodscow pr should be amalgamated for farmers so that they can do farming with less investment and without getting into debt trap. New technology also should be adopted only after ensuring through proper testing that it does not have any adverse long-term impact on the health of soil, environment and human beings. Farmers should get the minimum price with a profit range over his investment so that he can bear his family expenditure and save some capital for the next years farming. The purchases of crops based on the support price will have to be ensured by the Government. Organic farming, mixed farming and farming with cow-based animal husbandry should become a new trend. The chemical farming that is poisoning our food, water and soil and also increasing the expenditure of farmers should be slowly done away with.When we talk about the farming with less capital, organic in nature, naturally the point is raised that the large number of farmers in our country are small land holders, without any irrigation facility. For such farmers, cow-based farming is the easiest way out for poison free and less capital intensive agriculture. Therefore, Sangh Swayamsevaks, Saints of all sects, other voluntary organisations and individuals are running the activity of cow protection and promotion. In our Sanskriti, cow is an article of reverence. Cow protection is also included in Directive Principles of our Constitution and many states ruled by different political parties at different times have formulated laws regarding the same. The utility of Bharatiya breed of cow is scientifically proven now with the nutritional value of its milk that contains A-2, the medicinal value of cow-dung and urine for human being and animals and agricultural value with use in developing fertilisers and pest controllers that improve the soil health and save us from side effects. Many researches are also going on in this direction. The cow smuggling has emerged as a serious issue in all states and especially, on the Bangladesh border. In such a scenario, activities of cow-protection and cow promotion become more valuable. All these activities are undertaken by the activists within the legal and Constitutional framework. After inquiries in the recent incidences of violence and atrocities, it has become amply clear that these activities or the activists were not involved in those acts of violence. On the contrary many activists who were peacefully involved in cow protection were attacked and killed; this issue is neither discussed nor being inquired. It is unfair to link the cow protectors or entire activity of Cow protection with violent incidences or communal feelings without knowing or neglecting the facts. Many followers of Muslim faith are also involved in the activity of cow protection, cow promotion and management of gaushalas. Some of them told me that the nefarious campaign going on against the cow-protection unnecessarily creates tension among the people of different religions. In such a situation, cow-protectors and promoters who are piously involved in the activity should not worry or get distracted with the well intentioned statements by highly placed persons in the Government or remarks made by the Supreme Court. People who are criminals and involved in violent activities should be bothered about that. Vested interests are misinterpreting these statements to influence the larger public opinion. The government and administration should stay away from such misinterpretation and should ensure that the criminals get penalised and the innocents are not troubled. The legal and virtuous work of cow-protection and cow-promotion will go on in the interest of the people and will increase in coming days. It will also be the apt answer to the situation.Irrigation system is another important prerequisite for successful farming. We have to comprehensively think about the scientific management of the entire amount of water resources received every year. In the areas of poison-free farming and water management, Government has already taken the initiatives regarding water conservation, water protection, river cleaning, ensuring continuous flow of river water, rejuvenation projects and tree plantation etc. At societal level also many people are undertaking non-governmental and effective programmes on water management. Drives such as Rally for Rivers are also going on connecting water with tress and jungles. At some places, appreciable steps are being taken to authorise dwellers of forest villages with the responsibility of protecting and maintaining jungles. This is a positive sign. There is hope that these efforts collectively will bring in a new prosperous model in agriculture and environment.In the national resurgence, collective endeavours of society are more important than the governmental and administrative efforts. In this perspective, education system is important. During the colonial period, foreign rulers brought in many disastrous changes in the education system, curriculum and management. Creating the sense of inferiority in Bharatiya social mind was the main objective behind that. Education will have to get rid of those impacts. New education policy should be carved out in such a manner so that education becomes affordable and accessible even to children and youth living in remote jungles and villages. The curriculum should remain free of all kinds of ‘isms’ and instead should be based on knowledge of seeking truth, leading to comprehend our nationality and national pride. This education should inculcate the qualities of self-confidence, desire for excellence, knowledge, studiousness and hard work in each and every student along with the values of character, politeness, sensitivity, discretion and responsibility. Teachers will have to bond with the students and educate them with their own example. Even the atmosphere in educational institutions should be conducive to this. Right kind of infrastructure, along with equipments, libraries and laboratories will have to be created. To end the commercialisation of education, Government schools and colleges should be run with a certain minimum quality. Many experiments are being done in the society; they will have to be taken into cognisance. Proper livelihood for the teachers will have to be ensured. I am making this repetitive assertion in the hope that the long-awaited Education Policy which will radically change the education system will be presented to the country as soon as possible.However, does process of learning take place only in schools? Don’t we get lessons of honesty and fairness, right human conduct based on compassion and sensitivity in the words and actions of our own family members, parents, other elderly people and people in our neighbourhood? Isn’t our minds and thinking getting shaped by the festivals and other activities, movements and initiatives we undertake in the society? Isn’t our media, especially the internet media impacting our thinking and actions? The game of Blue Whale is a classic example of this. To save our innocent kids from these vicious circles, family, society and governments will have to take the effective steps.The recent incidences of coming on streets for every small reason, citizens resorting to violence showing insensitivity and disrespect towards duties, laws and the Constitution, taking benefit of such situations by the anti-social criminal elements and anti-national forces who want to disturb the faith, integrity and peace in society, all these are the direct outcomes of degrading moral values and sense of responsibility in the society and unrest in social sections or selfish politics played around it.The family and society should also impart the values of virtuous personal and social conduct to the new generation. The selfish politics thrives on differences, unrest and conflicts cropped up in the society due to evils of exploitation, inequalities and insensitivities. This is the direct result of absence of Samarasta. Along with the Sangh Swayamsevaks, many organisations and individuals are already working relentlessly through their selfless connect and service and trying to create the atmosphere of justice, empathy and Samarasta. However, to achieve the desired results, entire society will have to get rid of the contradictions of evil practices and conduct and imbibe the virtues of cognate and egalitarian behaviour. We all will have to commit ourselves and be active after refining all aspects of our life with this approach.In recent years, many worrisome examples of disintegrating family system and social travesty are seen. These are the signs of degrading moral values in our families and society. Therefore, we will have to expedite the work of moral awakening at familial and societal levels. All of us will have to introspect and rectify the systems of personal, familial and social conducts. In an independent and aspiring nation, all aspects of civil life reflect these national sentiments. In this regard, Bhagini Nivedita says:“The Samaj is the strength of the family: the home is behind the civic life and the civic life sustains the nationality. This is the formula of human combination. The essentials of all four elements we have among us, in our ancient Dharma. But we have allowed much of their consciousness to sleep. We have again to realize the meaning of our own treasure.”Therefore, in the present condition, the organised, qualitative and disciplined march of the society is as much necessary as the formulation of policies based on Bharatiya values by the Governments and an honest transparent and flawless execution of the same by the administration. The Eternal Bharat is reincarnating itself with the requirements of new age. All virtuous people with their efforts in various fields are ready to welcome it. Now social preparedness is the need of the hour.Since 1925, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is striving for this. While entering the 93rd year of its inception, Sangh is trying build a nation-wide conglomeration of Karyakartas (activists) who have the clear understanding of our Rashtra, who are daring enough to articulate that with the same clarity, who are cherishing the devotion for this sacred and unified motherland and sensitive and affectionate towards each and every member of this family, the courage and sacrifice of our ancestors is the foundation of whose heart, and taking this nation to the pinnacle of its glory is the only inspiration of his collective aspirations and actions. This work is continuously growing. Sangh Swayamsevaks are active in each and every walk of national life and they are inculcating the Sanskaras through their presence. Swayamsevaks active in many allied organisations and institutions are running more than one lac, seventy thousand projects and serving the deprived sections by taking the society along. The complete picture of organised and virtuous society through the environment created by these efforts will eliminate the flaws of divisions, egocentric attitude, idleness, self-abomination etc. This is the unique and unparallel way of integrating and organising the society. The participation of all of you is necessary in this process. The right policies based on our ethos, excellent implementation and cooperation of all Sajjan Shakti and on the basis of that organised, industrious and integral social conduct is the fourfold combination that can lead to the manifestation of Bharat as an all-prosperous Vishwaguru in coming decades. This kind of conducive atmosphere is experienced everywhere, it is our duty to quickly seize this opportunity.कोटि कोटि हाथोंवाली माँ का अद्भुत आकार उठेलख विश्वनयन विस्फार उठेजगजननी का जयकार उठे।।हिन्दुभूमि का कणकण हो अब शक्ति का अवतार उठेजलथल से अंबर से फिर हिन्दू की जय जयकार उठेजगजननी का जयकार उठे।।।। भारत माता की जय ।

Students to help restore books at Asiatic library

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai First and the Asiatic Society of Mumbai have come together for a project that intends to preserve the historic books at the Asiatic Society State Central Library in Fort. They have started an ‘adopt a book’ campaign for children and a round of crowdfunding to restore over 100 books from the Asiatic library.Besides preserving the historic books, the idea is also to draw children closer to the physical space of libraries. “Most children do not even know of the idea of a physical library with everything being digital these days. The idea is to make them aware of the historic significance of the Asiatic society and also help restore the books,” said Shishir Joshi of Mumbai First.The Asiatic library houses of over one lakh books and manuscripts from the 15th to 18th centuries, with the oldest book dating back to the 1400s. The books being taken up for restoration in this campaign date back to over a 100 years. One among them is a 22-volume book on Maratha history by Dr VK Raajwade.A week-long festival, from October 2 to 8, will coincide with ‘Daan Utsav’ giving people an opportunity to crowdfund the event. It will also feature talks, walks and a display of flora fauna. “Around 30,000 books have been digitised and still a number of them remain. We have taken up 100 books for restoration which will be digitised and microfilmed, and are expecting to raise around Rs 10 lakh,” said Himani Baid, research and project officer at Mumbai First. Children and donors who contribute to restoring the invaluable books will be featured on the Mumbai First website.”We get grants from the government of India and philanthropic institutions but we thought why not have several hands for the same,” said SG Kale, president of Asiatic Society of Mumbai.

Use post-demonetization money flow into banks for welfare of weak: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today said the money that has come back into the banking system post demonetization should be used for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society.He wondered as to why people are critical of 99 per cent of the higher currency cash in circulation coming back into the system after the government on November 9 last year scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.”Isn’t it good that the money has returned to banks… instead of being found in the bedroom, bathroom, under the pillow, the money reached banks. It is a matter of happiness. “I am surprised that some people are criticising, I don’t understand why (they are criticising). The money has reached banks but it should now reach the weaker sections of the society and the government has accorded priority to this,” Naidu said while addressing the SC/ST Hub Confluence.The Vice President said there exists a “misconception” that the poor do not repay loans. He observed that only the rich have evaded taxes, in an apparent reference to the likes of beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya. “There is a misconception that if you give loan, credit to the poor they will not pay, it is wrong. Only rich people, you have seen, have evaded taxes,” Naidu said. The Vice President pointed out that Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas was not just a clarion call and there was a need to adopt a multi-pronged approach to ensure that there is all- round development. He asserted that merely giving reservation or admission in schools and employment will not suffice, and the oppressed sections of the society must be enrolled and given a helping hand, otherwise the disparities will increase further.Naidu said the government should impress upon Union ministries and public sector undertakings to procure from the enterprises belonging Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe communities. He urged the government to find out why less than 0.5 per cent of the goods were procured from SC/ST enterprises even after the Public Procurement Policy was introduced in 2012. The policy stipulates that 4 per cent of the total procurement shall be done by ministries, departments and central public sector enterprises from the entities owned by SC/ST.Batting for women empowerment and upliftment of the weaker sections of the society, Naidu said an effective ecosystem must be created for SC/ST entrepreneurs to thrive and make a significant contribution to the growth of India’s economy. “A weakness prevalent in our country is that politicians are a bit hesitant to meet industrialists and talk about businesses. They (politicians) don’t meet them (industrialists) during day but at night,” Naidu said in a lighter vein.Addressing the conference, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said although banks are autonomous bodies, the finance ministry will urge them to be more pro-active in sanctioning loans to the SC ST entrepreneurs. Besides, Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram mentioned that tribal entrepreneurs will soon be made eligible to directly get any financial benefits from the government without the need for collateral.

Watch: Outrage over this Australian ad showing Lord Ganesha eating lamb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hindu community in Australia has demanded the withdrawal of an advertisement which features Lord Ganesha and other divinities promoting consumption of lamb meat.According to a media report, the advertisement released yesterday by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has already been referred to Australian Standards Bureau.Other divinities shown in the commercial included Jesus, Buddha, Thor and Zeus, sitting around a dining table tucking into lamb at a barbecue.The ad says “to lamb the meat we can all eat”. Indian Society of Western Australia spokesman Nitin Vashisht said the Ganesha ad was insensitive. “He is shown as … eating lamb and looking for a new marketing strategy for himself. That is really very insensitive to the community”, ABC News quoted Vashisht as saying.People have also reacted angrily to the ad on social media.Following the controversy, MLA Group Marketing Manager Andrew Howie said the new campaign continues under the ‘You Never Lamb Alone’ banner and showed no matter your beliefs, background or persuasion, everyone can unite over lamb.”We know that lamb has been the meat that brings everyone together for decades, and what better way to celebrate the product than over a modern spring barbecue,” Howie said.”Our marketing aims to reach more consumers by making lamb more relevant to a diverse, modern Australia. This time around we are highlighting the diversity of religious beliefs, backgrounds and dietary requirements in modern Australia.”Ultimately, our marketing activities are designed to showcase quality Australian lamb and return value to levy- payers by growing the demand for the product,” Howie said.

After Sena, MNS protests against Jain monk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Shiv Sena, it is the rival Raj Thackeray-led MNS which has launched an attack on Jain monk Naypadmasagar Maharajsaheb, for his aggressive promotion of vegetarianism and his support for the BJP in the recent Mira-Bhayandar civic polls.On Saturday, a day before the Jain monk was to arrive at Thakur Complex in Kandivli, MNS put up posters welcoming him on behalf of the ‘All India Non-veg Lovers Society’. These were pulled down by the police later.On Sunday, around 20 party workers went to the programme venue wearing garlands made of onions and garlic to protest against the Jain muni’s promotion of vegetarianism and support for the BJP, said Hemantkumar Kamble, MNS vibhag adhyaksha (division chief) . However, they were detained by the Samata Nagar police and released later.

Caretaker refuses to vacate bldg, irked society cuts power

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amarjeet Dhar Dwivedi, 44, and his family have spent the last 10 days in their basement house in complete darkness. The family has been living in Rohini’s StarLight Co-operative and Group building for the last 14 years, where Dwivedi works as a caretaker. In July, the managing committee asked the family to vacate the premises, failing which it disconnected their power and water supply.Dwivedi, however, has claimed that the society gave him no reason for the eviction notice. He said he had requested for some respite as it was mid-year and it would have been difficult to get his son, a Class XI student, admitted to some other school but all his pleas fell on deaf ears. His daughter is in college.On August 24, electricity and the water supply to the house was cut. As the house is in the basement, it does not even receive natural light. To add to their woes, garbage was thrown in front of their house, Dwivedi said, adding that he made several complaints to the police but all in vain. Disappointed, he then knocked on the doors of the court, but there as well, his case was dismissed.According to Dwivedi’s counsel Prem Shankar Sharma, the case was dismissed on the grounds that it did not fall under the purview of this particular court and needed to be settled under the Societies Act by the managing committee of the society.”This is a violation of human rights. My client has been living in the premises for the last 14 years and has not been given any reason for eviction. Now two members of managing committee have taken law in their hands. We are going to appeal to a higher court,” he said.

Maintain status quo on girl’s admission, says HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Saturday directed a private school located in south Delhi to maintain status quo with regard to the admission of a seven-year-old girl belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) category.Justice Indermeet Kaur issued the direction while issuing notice to the Delhi government and the school on the girl’s plea to protect her admission as well as seeking correct implementation of the education department’s order fixing upper age for entry into class I for EWS category. The court sought reply of the Directorate of Education (DoE) before the next date of hearing on September 20.The court issued the interim direction to maintain status quo as the girl’s parents apprehended that her admission may be cancelled by Mother’s International School run by the Sri Aurobindo Education Society, which also has been arrayed as a party in the matter.The petition, filed on behalf of the girl, contends that she had applied and was alloted the private south Delhi school by DoE through draw of lots. It was also contended, in the plea, that the DoE had undertaken the exercise without laying down the upper age limit for entry level classes.It has said that after several petitions were moved in the high court on behalf of EWS students, who were denied admission by private schools on the ground of being over-age, the DoE had come out with a circular laying down the upper age for preschool, pre-primary and class I.Subsequently, the school told the girl’s parents that her admission to class I was liable to be cancelled in view of the DoE circular fixing the upper age limit for the entry level classes.As per the circular, the upper ages for admission in preschool, pre-primary and class I for EWS category students in private schools was fixed at 3-5 years, 4-6 years and 5-7 years, as on March 31, 2017, respectively.THE CIRCULARAs per the circular, the upper ages for admission in preschool, pre-primary and class I for EWS category students in private schools was fixed at 3-5 years, 4-6 years and 5-7 years, as on March 31, 2017, respectively.

Guards beat up two residents in Noida society

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two residents of Purvanchal Royal Park, a high-rise in Sector 137, Noida, were beaten up by security guards of the society during a scuffle.According to police, the incident took place close to midnight on Sunday, and the whole episode has been captured by the CCTV cameras installed on the premises. The footage shows half-a-dozen security guards roughing up two residents of the society.According to Vyom Chibber, one of the victims, a guard named Pramod provoked the rest of the guards to beat him up. Surprisingly, the victims alleged that the residents’ welfare association was also speaking in favour of the security guards.The Chibbers have been living in the society in Flat 1303 of Tower 4 for the last one-and-a-half years. According to Vivek Chibber, Vyom’s father, the absence of a parking sticker on their car started the whole thing, but soon the situation got out of control.Vyom’s grandparents had come to the society some 15 days back and their vehicle, a Toyota Innova, did not have a parking sticker issued for society residents. Chibber, however, maintained that his son would regularly bring the vehicle into the society and park it inside”My son and I were in the car and we were driving it into the society. All of a sudden they stopped the vehicle at the gates on Sunday, and started a scuffle and beat us both up. We have lodged a complaint with the police,” recounted the father.The police is yet to initiate any action against the perpetrators. “We have registered a complaint and are sorting the CCTV footages of the event. Action will be taken after all investigations have been done,” said Manish Saxena, SHO, Surajpur.

Residents of Tardeo’s 112-yr-old bldg prepare to shed the old, embrace new

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of Tardeo’s oldest buildings, the 112-year-old Petit Mansion Co-operative Housing Society is now up for redevelopment. Residents of the society at Nana Chowk called in tenders for redevelopment and recently held a meeting to discuss the hiring of a suitable Project Management Consultancy.The building, a load-bearing structure, comprises of three wings. While two wings are ground plus four storeys, one is ground plus three. The plot area is 1,544.33 square metres, and the total carpet area (rehabilitation) of all existing members is 4,475.25 sq m.Secretary of the building, Mukhi said, “We are following all the rules mandated for building redevelopment. We have received some offers and are in the process of finalising the PMC. The building isn’t a heritage structure, it is a British-era structure.”The society is looking for a developer who would offer a competitive corpus, carpet area and sufficient bank guarantees and rent for alternate accommodations.Most of the shops in the building are run by plywood dealers. One of the shopkeepers said, “Redevelopment process has been initiated, but the market isn’t good. There’s GST, there’s RERA… big developers aren’t taking up projects. Further, many precautions need to be taken, as we have seen many instances where residents have been out of their homes for years altogether. We cannot take such risks.”Another shopkeeper claimed that the building, in spite of being old, is strong. “It was built during the British era and is a sound construction. Around two years ago the society also carried out the repair work.”

No decision on ‘PMs memorial’ at Teen Murti Bhavan in Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A plan to build a memorial for all former prime ministers in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) at the Teen Murti Bhavan complex came up for discussion at the annual general body meeting here today but no decision was taken.The meeting, chaired by Home Minister and NMML Society vice president Rajnath Singh and attended by Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Karan Singh besides others, resolved that there will be no “tinkering” of the present structure, which was set up in memory of first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.”There was a general discussion but there was no decision. It is a heritage building. There will be no tinkering with the original structure,” NMML Society member and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh told reporters after the meeting.He was replying to a question whether the proposal to build a memorial for all former prime ministers were discussed.He said there may be an upgrade of the building and a new building may come up “but it will be done with the full cooperation of everyone”.Singh, however, made it clear that there will be no denigration of the present structure – the Teen Murti Bhavan – which was the residence of Nehru.Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, who is a member of the NMML executive council, said the sanctity of the building will remain intact.”There is a plan to make a gallery (of former prime ministers). It is still in the drawing board stage. Subsequently it will be done but only after the approval of experts,” he said.In his address, the home minister said the planned museum for the former prime ministers will be showcased by the NMML society as an iconic one and will utilise 3D technology to offer a virtual reality experience.Singh said the NMML has undertaken an ambitious digitisation programme and the first stage of its upgrade and modernisation programme is due to be completed soon, an official said.”The meeting approved the annual report and audited accounts of the NMML Society for the years 2014-15 and 2015- 16. During the meeting various issues including upgrading and renovation of museum, digitisation of documents, acquisition of books in regional languages and setting up of a museum for former prime ministers, were discussed,” the release said.NMML Director Shakti Sinha said the plan to make a memorial for all former prime ministers was still in the “concept stage” and the issue was discussed in today’s meeting.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the president of the NMML Society but he did not attend today’s 42nd annual general body meeting.Among others who attended the meeting include Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.The NMML at the Teen Murti Bhavan was set up in the memory of Nehru as an autonomous institution under the ministry of culture.It was the residence of the country’s first prime minister and the museum was solely associated with him. The NMML has plans to invite global tenders for expanding the interest of the museum regarding the prime ministers of India.A committee set up by the NMML last year to identify the location had recommended two sites within the complex. One is a vacant plot behind the present museum, the other is the office of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, which is chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.However, the executive council later decided the designer or architect should identify the site

SC stays NGT order directing closure of Kasauli-based hotel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today stayed a National Green Tribunal order on closure of a hotel at Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh and directed that power supply to the establishment should not be disconnected. The apex court had on July 11 stayed another NGT order directing demolition of temporary structures of some hotels with a rider that the alleged unauthorised constructions would not be utilised. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta stayed the tribunal’s order till the pendency of appeals and directed that the power supply to Kasauli Regency and Kasauli Inn should not be snapped. Appearing for the hotel, advocates Shyam Divan and Sumeer Sodhi said the tribunal had erred by ordering closure of the establishment. They said the hotel had seven and 10 rooms in two wings and in their case, they had an statutory consent to operate. The NGT in its order had directed demolition of the temporary structure of Kasauli Regency and had imposed hefty fines on several hotels including Bird’s View Resort, Chelsea Resorts, Hotel Pine View, Narayani Guest House, Hotel Nilgiri, Hotel Divsikha and AAA Guest House for causing irretrievable damage to the ecology, polluting the environment and raising unauthorised constructions. The bench listed the matter for further hearing on August 23. The Society for Preservation of Kasauli and its Environs (SPOKE), an NGO, had last week opposed the appeal of the hotel seeking a stay on the NGT order and claimed that the picturesque Himachal Pradesh town was “getting finished” due to unauthorised construction. On the plea of the NGO, the NGT had ordered demolition and closure of several hotels and resorts which were extended illegally without requisite approvals. The apex court had earlier observed that norms were not followed in the construction of some resorts and hotels in Kasauli.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All you need is love: In return gesture, Pakistan students sing Indian national anthem as Independence Day gift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Pakistan have had a turbulent relationship, and that’s an understatement. However, there are sections of society from both nations who have always spoken about peace between the two sides. Apart from borders, we’re all the same, is the argument they pose. It’s a pretty straightforward statement, one would think, but unfortunately terror outfits ensure that peace doesn’t exist.Yet, this didn’t deter the peace activists, as both nations celebrated Independence Day recently. First, an Indian A cappella group, as a gift to their neighbours, sang the Pakistan national anthem, which went viral on social media.As a return gift, students from the FC College University in Lahore sang the Indian national anthem.Check the video out here

Rabindranath Tagore’s bust unveiled

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tata Steel Managing Director (India and South East Asia), T V Narendran today unveiled the bust of Rabindranath Tagore in the Rabindra Bhawan here. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Narendran highlighted the contribution made by Tagore in promotion of culture and education. Hailing the Tagore Society for establishing the bust of the great poet and philosopher, Narendran said he was aware of the society s activities including promotion of Tagore s teaching, which was not restricted to educational institutions alone but beyond. The general secretary of Tagore Society here, Ashish Choudhary said the bust was 11 feet two inches and was the most valuable gift to the steel city of Jamshedpur by the society.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Curb deep-rooted gender bias to check acid attack cases: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over the rise in acid attack incidents, the Supreme Court has observed that having stringent laws and enforcement agencies may not be sufficient unless deep-rooted gender bias is removed from the society. The apex court said that administration of justice has to protect the society and it cannot altogether ignore the victim “who has died and cannot cry before it”. The observations came from a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana and P C Pant which partly set aside a Calcutta High Court verdict acquitting a man of the charges of murder in an acid attack case of 1998. The bench, which wrote a separate but concurring verdict, sentenced convict Purnendu Kumar Patra to life term while holding him guilty of murder charges. It however upheld the acquittal of one of the co-accused in the case. “Usually vitriolage or acid attack has transformed itself as gender based violence. Acid attacks not only cause damage to the physical appearance of its victims but also cause immense psychological trauma, thereby becoming a hurdle in their overall development. Although we have acknowledged the seriousness of the acid attack when we amended our laws in 2013, yet the number of acid attacks are on the rise,” Justice Ramana said in his separate judgement. “Moreover this Court has been passing various orders to restrict the availability of corrosive substance in the market which is an effort to nip this social evil in the bud. It must be recognised that having stringent laws and enforcement agencies may not be sufficient unless deep-rooted gender bias is removed from the society,” Justice Ramana said. Justice Pant, writing the judgement for the bench, said it was almost impossible to come across a single case where the probe was “completely flawless or absolutely foolproof”. “The function of the criminal court is to find out the truth and it is not the correct approach to simply pick up the minor lapses of the investigation and acquit the accused, particularly when the ring of truth is undisturbed,” the bench said. “The administration of justice has to protect the society and it cannot ignore the victim altogether who has died and cannot cry before it. If the benefits of all kinds of doubts raised on behalf of the accused are accepted, it will result in deflecting the course of justice,” the apex court said. According to the prosecution, Patra had thrown acid on a woman for filing a rape case against him and another co- accused. The woman had succumbed to the burn injuries during her treatment in November 1998.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raksha Bandhan celebrated with fervour in Madhya Pradesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raksha Bandhan was today celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety across Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan greeted people on this occasion. Terming Raksha Bandhan as an iconic festival, Chouhan said, “This festival is connected with the dignity of sisters besides long and prosperous life of brothers”. He also appealed to the people to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with a resolution to respect and protect sisters and daughters. Meanwhile, armymen were greeted with surprise when a large number of citizens turned up at Yoddhasthal here to tie rakhis to them yesterday. Many citizens visited the Army cantonment and tied rakhis to the soldiers at Yoddhasthal. The event was an initiative of Dishanjali Education and Welfare Society, an Army spokesman said today. The army personnel presented sweets to the guests and expressed their gratitude, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai: BMC puts on hold permission to Aamir Khan to connect four flats after resident files complaint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The local civic body has put on hold its permission given to Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan to connect his four flats in an apartment building in Pali Hill area following a complaint filed by one of the residents.The actor wanted to amalgamate all his four flats, located on different floors in the building, Marina Apartments, through an internal staircase.He owns one flat on the ground floor, two on the first and another on the second floor. Khan wanted to merge them by cutting a few parts of slabs and connecting them through an internal staircase in the ground plus three-storey building in Virgo Housing Society (of which Marina Apartments is a part).Khan last month obtained the required permission from the Building Proposal Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).However, the civic body has now put the approval on hold following a complaint filed by a flat owner, Geneve De Sa, with the BMC.An official from the BMC Building Proposal Department confirmed the development but declined to provide further details.”Amir Khan procured the required permission from the BMC in mid-July and has started work. But one of the flat owners, Geneve De Sa, found “illegalities” in the merger plan and approached me to file a complaint,” Shirish Sukhtame, a noted architect and friend of De Sa, told PTI.”I visited the online portal of the BMC where all such records are uploaded. I found that several key details were missing while procuring the approval, including non- destructive test (NDT) that is essential to carry out any alteration or amalgamation in old buildings,” he said.”I went through the last few structural audit reports of the building and submitted my reservation against the approval given to the actor,” said Sukhtame, an IIT graduate and a former president of the Practicing Engineers Architects and Town Planers Association (PEATA).”Civic engineers were satisfied by my submission and put the approval on hold,” he said.When contacted, housing society chairman Manoj Sapru said Khan was allowed to carry out internal changes, subject to BMC approval, as he had followed due procedure.”We held an AGM of the society, where 9 of the 10 members gave a go-ahead to his plan, provided he (Khan) gets approval for it from the BMC. The only member who opposed the plan was the complainant.”The actor approached the BMC which gave its permission to the plan after cross-verification,” Sapru said.The actor has not yet started work on the plan. The BMC has stopped the work but not cancelled the permission, the society chairman said.There was no response to multiple calls and text messages sent to the complainant.Khan was not available for comment on the issue.

India’s borders not safe because of Centre’s inconsistent policies: Akhilesh Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the country’s borders were not safe because of “inconsistent policies” of the central government.China is being so audacious that its soldiers have entered Chamoli. The government “did not give a thought to the border states in the past three years”, he said.”The country’s borders are not safe because of inconsistent policies of the central government,” the former UP chief minister said.Yadav claimed that developmental works have come to a standstill under the Yogi Adityanath government and there was a risk to the law and order situation in the state.While BJP chief Amit Shah has lauded the state government, “it has no scheme to give jobs to the youth …developmental works have come to a standstill”, he said in a party release issued here.”Corruption is rampant at every level … All sections of the society are dissatisfied and law and order is at risk …On what basis did Shah give a clean chit to the state government?” he asked.

Ghatkopar building collapse survivors stable, say doctors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All seven residents of Sai Siddhi Housing Society, who have been in a hospital since the building collapsed, are currently in stable condition said the doctors. While three residents are being treated at the Rajawadi Hospital, four are being treated at the Shantiniketan Hospital.”All three patients are doing well. However, their discharge will take a few more days,” said Dr Vidya Thakur, Medical Superintendent, Rajawadi Hospital.At the Shantiniketan Hospital, which is right next to the site of the building collapse, Rajesh Doshi continues to remain in the ICU. He was rescued after remaining stuck under debris for over 12 hours. “He has several small fractures in one leg and his other leg was operated last month. Apart from that, he has suffered some chest trauma, too, so he will remain in the ICU for a day or two more,” said Dr Praful Lokhande, who runs the 50-bed hospital.Injured fire fighter Ganesh Thange, who suffocated while trying to rescue a senior citizen, is also stable according to Dr Lokhande. None of the residents are in critical condition any more. The building collapse took 17 lives and dozens more suffered injuries.

Ghatkopar collapse: Trapped under debris life finally won!

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Please cut my hands but pull me out of the debris,” implored Pragya Jadeja in a frail voice when she spotted an NDRF jawan looking out for survivors after the collapse of a residential building in suburban Ghatkopar. “Mere dono haath kaat do bhaiya, mujhe jaldi bahar nikaalo…nahi to main mar jaungi (cut my both the hands but please pull me out quickly otherwise I am going to die),” the 50-year-old said in a voice filled with pain and helplessness. Jadeja is one of the 11 survivors pulled out from under the rubble of the four-storey Siddhi Sai Cooperative Housing Society which collapsed Tuesday morning, claiming 17 lives. “We could hardly peep in to find that Jaedja’s both the hands were partially crushed between two big fallen walls. But we comforted her, cut the huge RCC structure, and finally pulled her out safe,” said constable Santosh Jadhav. Similarly, a 20-year-old woman was pulled out alive from under the mound by the rescuers who reached her after hearing her cries for help. “The woman was trapped under the huge pile of the rubble and was wailing in pain. We removed big pillars while praying that they don’t fall on her and then pulled her out,” said another personnel. A 47-member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was pressed into the search and rescue operation immediately after the incident. The case of Rajesh Doshi, a resident of the ill-fated building, underlines how survival instinct comes into play in such tragedies. Doshi, whose legs got crushed under the debris, called up his son on his mobile phone around 6 pm, hours after the collapse, trying to explain his position. “Doshi called his son at 6 in the evening, but it took nearly eight hours to locate and rescue him safely. He was finally pulled out of the rubble around 2.45 am,” said a BMC official engaged in rescue operation. Deputy Commandant Mahesh Nalawade, who led the NDRF (Mumbai) team, said sophisticated equipment in their arsenal came handy for the jawans in saving lives. “Our team used sensors that could catch the heartbeat of people trapped under debris. We also used trained sniffer dogs. We lowered cameras from the passages/holes to locate who is trapped under the rubble and acted accordingly. We used cutters sparingly,” he said, adding the absence of rain came as a boon for the jawans.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tripathi family had paid almost Rs 70 lakh for flat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Sai Siddhi Society collapsed in front of RR Tripathi’s eyes on Tuesday morning, the 64-year-old’s heart skipped a beat. The father of three had brought a flat in the building for one of his sons who is all set to get married. His family was to get possession next week. His wife Madhuri said, “It is all a matter of fate. The Ajmera family living there was to move out this week but lost two members of their family in the collapse. No one saw this coming. It could have been us too.”Geeta Shah, the estate agent who brokered the deal, said, “I had helped the Ajmera family find buyers. I had even gotten prospective buyers for Rajesh Doshi, who was looking to sell his flat,” Shah said. According to Shah, the Tripathi family had paid close to Rs 70 lakh for the new flat.

Prayed to God, had faith in my karma: Rajesh Doshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The only thing Rajesh Doshi, 57, remembers about the building collapse is sleeping on his black bed and then being enveloped by a layer of darkness that lifted only over 12 hours later.It was 10.46 am on Tuesday morning when the fire brigade received the call about Ghatkopar’s Sai Siddhi Cooperative Housing Society.”I was sleeping on my bed one second and the next the building had collapsed,” said Doshi, whose business deals in finance. Doshi, a resident of the fourth floor of the building, lived there with his wife Rita and 23-year-old son Darshan. Being diabetic, he had been restricted to his bed for the past month due to pus formation in his right leg.Doshi found himself nestled against two pillars that kept him safe but also trapped. “There was complete darkness but there was close to two feet space around me. I could move my arms and my phone was right next to me,” Doshi said.He spent most part of the day in complete darkness, praying to be rescued safely. Initially, his phone did not have network but that changed at around 4 pm. “I called my son to inform him that I was safe,” Doshi said, whose son alerted the fire brigade after receiving his call. It was at 10 pm when Doshi was found and was given food and insulin shot to maintain his blood sugar levels. The rescue workers managed to drill through the pillar and help free Doshi after 1 am after which he was taken to the hospital.”I was sure I would be rescued. I believe in my karma and I kept praying to God,” Doshi said. “He has small fractures on his leg and a few scratches. The injuries are not major,” said Dr Praful Lokhande, who runs the 50-bed hospital.Timeline10.46 am: Fire brigade receives a call about building collapse4.00 pm Rajesh Doshi gets network on his phone, calls his son10.00 pm Rescue officials find Doshi trapped in the debris, give him food. They start trying to free him from below the pillars2.45 am Doshi finally freed after being rescued from under the pillar

Delhi min seeks daily reports of sapling plantations during

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain today expressed concern over “ineffective” monitoring of plantation drives and sought daily progress reports of sapling plantations during the ongoing monsoon. He sought the constitution of an inter-departmental committee, comprising officers of different green agencies, to ensure independent monitoring of the tree plantation drives, an official statement said. The responsibility of erring officials should be fixed, a he said while reviewing the plantation drives conducted by various agencies including Horticulture wings of three municipal corporations, CPWD, PWD, DDA, Delhi Parks and Garden Society (DPGS) and Forest department. “The minister expressed concern over ineffective monitoring of plantation drives, and sought daily progress reports on new saplings planted during the Monsoon,” the statement said. The nodal officers should submit regular progress reports to the Forest and Wildlife department that will furnish a consolidated copy of the reports to him, the statement quoting Hussain as saying. He gave further instructions for constitution of an inter-departmental committee, comprising officers of different green agencies, to ensure independent monitoring of the tree plantation drive being organized by them in the monsoon season, it said. “The responsibility of erring officials in this regard should be fixed,” the minister was quoted as saying in the statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

65-year-old comes home early, only to meet her end

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the last one week 65-year-old Ranjana Shah, who stayed at Sai Siddhi Cooperative Housing Society, would return home from a nearby temple only post noon. However, on Tuesday, she returned early, and while she was on the second floor, the building came crashing down and claimed her life. Shah along with her family stayed in an apartment on the fourth floor of the building.According to Haresh Shah, Ranjana’s brother-in-law, the 65-year-old’s two sons and their families had moved into the building around 12 years ago. On Tuesday, Ranjana’s elder son, Ritesh Shah, his wife and their 14-year-old daughter were at home. As Shah sensed the building tremble he immediately looked for his family members to head towards the terrace. Unfortunately, his mother died whereas his daughter, Rutvij Shah, was trapped under the debris and was declared dead later.”I told my family members to go to the terrace. But, we could not do much as everything happened so quickly. My wife and I survived but we could not save my daughter and mother,” said Ritesh Shah.

Probe assured in CIDCO land allotment scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was revealed in the State Assembly on Tuesday that despite a 2013 state CID report, there has been no action in irregularities in land allotment by CIDCO. Minister of state for Urban Development Dr Ranjit Patil assured the House that an inquiry would be conducted in the delay.Shiv Sena MLA and Former Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu, during the question hour on this issue, had asked whether it was true that the sale of a particular plot was not brought to the notice of the Dr DK Shankaran committee, which conducted an inquiry into alleged irregularities in the sale of plots by CIDCO. Prabhu also asked whether the said plot, worth Rs 20 crore, was sold at just Rs 4 crore, thereby incurring a huge loss of Rs 16 crore to CIDCO by its then marketing manager.Patil said that the plot was allotted and sold via the regular process to Venus Cooperative Housing Society, and there was no need for an inquiry. He added that out of a total of 83 cases, the Shankaran committee had found irregularities in 50 cases. However, the Minister admitted that even after a report by the state CID in 2013, why there was no action would be looked into. He assured the House that his department would conduct an inquiry into this delay.

46 cows die due to pneumonia, starvation at AP cattle shelter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 46 cows died of “pneumonia and starvation” in an overcrowded cattle protection centre here in the last few days, Andhra Pradesh government officials said today. Police registered a case against the management of the centre for alleged negligence that caused the cattle deaths at the shelter which was filled with slush due to heavy rains, according to the East Godavari district officials. Rains in the city filled the cattle protection centre, run by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), with slush and led to poor sanitary conditions, leaving the cattle in a hapless situation, they said. The SPCA, however, denied any negligence on their part. Joint Director of Animal Husbandry V Venkateswara Rao said rains and slush caused pneumonia, leading to the death of cows. “There were also some starvation that contributed to the death (of 46 cows). We have opened a special camp to treat the other cattle in the centre and the situation is now under control,” he added. While the centre could accommodate only about 150 cattle, 480 were housed there in crammed conditions, the officials alleged. District Collector Kartikeya Mishra ordered an inquiry into the cattle deaths and disbanded the society. He constituted a committee, headed by the local Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO), to manage the cattle shelter. The RDO, Raghu Babu, who visited the centre, said there was negligence on part of the society members that led to the tragedy. On the instructions of the collector, the Sarpavaram police registered a case of negligence against the SPCA members but no arrests have been made yet. The SPCA members, led by its president R V M R Rao, met Mishra last night and blamed rains in the last few days for the cattle deaths. They claimed there was no negligence on their part and they fed the cattle properly. They demanded that the case against them withdrawn. The collector, however, said the remaining cows in the centre would be given to the Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Rampachodavaram. The cattle would reared by the local farmers, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Sister-state partnership between Goa, Hawaii to be announced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sister-state partnership will soon be announced between Hawaii and Goa, US Congressman Tulsi Gabbard has said, underlining the many similarities shared between them in the economic, agriculture and education sectors. She said such a partnership is just one example of where there is a lot of “unexplored opportunities” for the 50 American states to be able to build upon the India-US relationship on a state-to-state level and increase awareness in both countries. Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, said a sister-state partnership will soon be announced between Hawaii and Goa. “In a few months, we will be announcing the sister-state partnership between my home state of Hawaii and Goa, two states that have many many similarities both in economy, agriculture and education,” Gabbard said at the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum organised here yesterday in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute. The day-long business forum, with the theme ‘India and the United States: Partners in Progress’ was held on the sidelines of the IIFA Awards 2017 that will be held in the city today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bhagwat lavishes praise on Modi as he releases book on PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today credited Narendra Modi’s ‘aprasiddh’ (not famous) stint with the Hindutva organisation for his “bright” journey as Gujarat Chief Minister and then the prime minister. If Modi had continued working within the RSS, few outside the organisation would have known him, he said at the release of a book– Making of a Legend– on the prime minister. “But if we give it some thought, we will realise that it was his ‘aprasiddh’ (not famous) journey till he became the chief minister that led to such brightness (ujjwal) surrounding his journey as chief minister and prime minister,” he said. The outside world would have little time to appreciate his work if he had remained in the RSS, Bhagwat said, adding that the outfit, however, would have still realised his importance. As a ‘karyakarta’ and ‘swayamsevak’ (volnteer) Modi remains the same person he was before becoming the Gujarat chief minister, and publicity and fame have not impacted him, the RSS chief said. Heaping praise on Modi, he said the prime minister had attributes like hard work, courage, patience, wisdom, strength and valour but what is more is that he would consider no work impossible and do what was needed. “Though it is natural to focus on Modi’s personality but people should go beyond it…They should also focus on the work that goes into making of successful people,” he said, asking them to know why Modi’s leadership became “a ray of hope” for the country. “What should be done has been discussed in the country for the last 70 years. But it is happening now. Why? Because it is being done now.” “Society has got a good and able ‘thekedar’ (contractor) in Narendra bhai for its welfare but the danger is that people will leave everything to him and go to sleep. It should not happen. Books (on him) should help people develop attributes like him,” he said, referring to Modi. He said all should endeavour to make India a greater country than it was before its “decline” in the last 1000-1500 years. “It seems to me that (BJP chief) Amit bhai has given a safe estimate of 2024,” he then said referring to Amit Shah, who was on the dais and had spoken earlier. Shah had spoken about welfare targets the government has set, many with 2024 deadline. The next Lok Sabha elections are due in 2019. “But a lot of work has to be done… Government cannot do everything. Society too has to pitch in,” he said as he referred to untouchability.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Def Ministry probe names two former army chiefs in Adarsh scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two former army chiefs — General N C Vij and General Deepak Kapoor — and several other retired military officials have been named by a high-level inquiry committee appointed by the defence ministry for their alleged complicity in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai. The probe panel also mentioned three retired Lt Generals G S Sihota, Tejinder Singh and Shantanu Choudhary — and four Major Generals A R Kumar, V S Yadav, T K Kaul and R K Hooda — in its over 100-page report, citing a range of violations and irregularities. The apartments in a tony part of town in Mumbai were meant for the families of Kargil heroes. But army officers, politicians and bureaucrats were allegedly alloted flats in violation of the rules. Seen as a symbol of corruption, the Adarsh scam had kicked up a huge political storm after it surfaced in 2010, leading to the resignation of then Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan. Sources said the defence ministry report is a validation of the findings of a Court of Inquiry by the Army in 2011 which had probed the roles of a number of military officials in the scam. According to the findings of the probe, Gen Vij appeared to have provided a “protective umbrella” towards efforts in facilitating the alienation of the land in question . It said at no stage did he raise any questions on the matter, nor did he flag any security concerns during the annual security review as the Army Commander or otherwise. The report said it was known that he had a “vested interest” in the matter, the sources said. About Gen Kapoor, the report said though he was not directly connected with the case, he was not “well advised” in accepting a membership of the society, adding that that it did not seem he had adequately weighed the implications of accepting a flat in the complex. The Indian Navy had raised security concerns as the 31 storey building overlooked several of its key installations. The housing complex, built on defence land, was originally for Kargil war heroes and those who had lost their spouses in the war. The defence ministry probe found a number of other senior military officials guilty and said all those found involved in the scam or those who had turned a blind eye to the irregularities should not be engaged in any employment or services by the government. The Bombay high court, in an order last year, blamed members of the housing society, who it said happened to be close relatives of highly-placed bureaucrats or related to politicians or ministers, for conspiring with them to grab a plot. Former navy chief admiral Madhavendra Singh, who was also allotted a flat in the housing society, has also been named in the report. The report said though he was not involved in the scam, he was ineligible to become a member of the housing society as he gave a misleading undertaking stating that he did not own any house in Mumbai. According to the findings, almost all the military officials found guilty in the scam were given flats in the complex. Then Defence minister A K Antony had on December 9, 2010, ordered a CBI probe to fix responsibility among armed forces and defence estates officers in the scam. The probe agency was also asked to look into commitments made for allotment of flats in the society for Kargil widows and martyrs’ families. The preliminary findings of the ministry’s probe brought out a “criminal conspiracy” at the local level in the Army and defence estates to give up the land, which was in the Army’s possession till 1999-2000, in favour of the housing society.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khasi attire row: ST Commission sends notice to Golf Club

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has issued notice to the Delhi Golf Club for “discrimination in its premises” against a woman from Meghalaya dressed in traditional Khasi attire. The club has been asked to reply within seven days with the warning that its office bearers may be summoned before the Commission if it fails to do so within the stipulated time. The Commission has decided to investigate and inquire into the matter in pursuance of the powers conferred upon it under Article 338A of the Constitution of India, an official statement said. The notice, seeking facts and information, including on action, if any, taken in the matter, has been issued based on a representation received from the chairperson of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women and Civil Society of Assam. The notice makes it clear that if the commission does not receive a reply from the club within the stipulated period, it may exercise the “powers of civil courts conferred on it under clause 8 of Article 338A of the Constitution” and issue summons for appearance of its office bearers in person. Reports that Tailin Lyngdoh was asked to leave the dining hall because the club’s staffers believed her traditional outfit looked like a “maid’s uniform” had sparked widespread outrage. Union minister Kiren Rijiju had termed it as a clear case of racial discrimination.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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