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9 car-jacking cases reported in city each month last year

Almost nine incidents of car-jacking were reported every month in the national Capital in 2017, at an average. South-west, among all administrative districts of the Delhi Police, reported the highest number of incidents.According to a data, accessed by DNA, 97 car-jacking incidents were reported in the Capital in 2017 up to November 15. Of all the incidents, 33 were reported from southwest alone, while North, Central, Shahadra and New Delhi districts, reported just one incident each.However, the data further says that Southwest district also recorded the highest solving rate in the car-jacking cases, which was 13. New Delhi, Central and Shahadra districts, which recorded one incident each, could not solve any of these cases till November mid. Of the total 97 car-jacking cases reported, only 45 were solved.In 2016, Delhi witnessed 124 cases of car-jacking, of which 67 were solved. Rohini district reported 44, which was the highest among all the districts in 2016.Senior Delhi Police officials said that special drives were undertaken in 2017 to bring the menace of car-jacking down and claimed it to have been effective. “Since a surge was witnessed last year, a number of special initiatives were started. These included picketing, erecting barricades at identified car-jacking prone stretches, bike patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras in and around the dark zones,” said a senior officer, adding that awareness among car owners also helped bring the crime rate down.On solving these cases, the officer further added that a tight watch over the second-hand car dealers across the Capital and intense round-the-clock vigil over the unauthorised parking places, where these stolen vehicles are hidden by the gangs until disposed of, has also helped in recovery and arrests.As an advice to the car owners, the officer also mentioned that everyone must ensure that their vehicle has GPS installed. “In many cases, vehicles have been recovered even when it has been taken across the state borders,” he said.SOUTHWEST TOPS2017Total car-jacking: 97 Solved: 45 District with highest:Southwest (33)2016 Total car-jacking: 124Solved: 67District with highest:Rohini (44)

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Delhi police failed to solve 66% cases

The Delhi police’s average crime solving percentage across all its administrative districts till November 19 this is as low as 33.37%. This is when the National Crime Records Bureau has ranked the city as the worst in increasing crime cases.Confidential police documents accessed by DNA show that the force has been struggling to clear case backlogs. This is when the Commissioner of Police recently told the media that the number of crimes is high in the city because more cases are being registered.The New Delhi district headed by DCP BK Singh is the worst despite having the biggest police deployment. It managed to solve only 23% of the 3,120 cases. Then comes Rohini that could solve 26% of the total 18,046 cases.The North district achieved a rate of only 29%. It registered 9,513 cases. It is followed by the Southeast that could solve 30% of the 20,549 cases. The East district scored 31%. It registered 15,659 cases. The outer district managed to solve 33% of the 14,961 cases.The Northwest also clocked 33%. It recorded 19,400 cases.The police in West, Southwest and Northeast districts have solved 36% of the 16,105, 14,474 and 15,613 cases, respectively.The Central district recorded 9,564 cases and solved a 37% of them.The Shahadra district performed better and scored 41%. It recorded 12,798 cases. The South district has fared the best. It solved 44% of the 19,786 cases.The IGI airport police, which does not usually witness heinous crimes at it falls in a sensitive zone and has round-the-clock security by the CISF, solved 56% of the 577 cases that included only one murder and a rape as heinous crimes.Railways and Delhi Metro, however, were the worst in non-major police pockets. Both solved 21% and 22% cases, respectively. The Railways recorded 3,683 cases, while the Metro saw 11,872.
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Two girls electrocuted as rains continue to lash Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two girls were electrocuted after they accidentally stepped on a live wire on a waterlogged street in Chennai, even as the city and coastal parts of Tamil Nadu continued to receive heavy rains for the third day on Wednesday, crippling normal life.So far, six people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu.The tragedy was reported from Koudungaiyur. According to the police, Bhavana and Yuvashri, both aged eight, touched a live wire from an electric junction box while playing in water. Another eight-year-old, Yuvashri, escaped the fatal mishap as she avoided stepping into the water after seeing her friends collapsing.While the government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the parents of the deceased children and ordered suspension of eight electricity department officials for negligence, opposition parties held the AIADMK-led government for the deaths.With low-lying areas going under sheets of water, traffic moved at a snail’s pace in the city and its suburbs. The government has declared holiday for the third day on Thursday Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.Heavy waterlogging was reported from parts of Vyasarpadi, Perambur, Choolai and Otteri in North Chennai, West Anna Nagar in Central Chennai and parts of Madipakkam and Keelkattalai in South Chennai. In Korattur, the ESI hospital compound was inundated, causing hardship to patients. With no respite in the downpour, residents stayed put in their homes in Mudichur in Kancheepuram district.The government said officials have been deployed round-the-clock to remove water from roads and subways with the help of more than 400 pumps. Uprooted trees at some locations are being cleared, they said.The meteorological department said rains or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. At 10 cm, Ponneri in Tiruvallur district received maximum rain in past 24 hours, said S Balachandran, director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre. The upper air cyclonic circulation over Gulf of Munnar is positioned over Sri Lanka and Southwest Bay of Bengal now, he said.

Rains continue to lash Tamil Nadu; schools and colleges remain closed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fresh rains on Wednesday lashed Chennai and the suburbs falling under Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts, bringing more areas under sheets of water and making commute a hardship.Schools and colleges remained closed for the second day in view of the rains in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.Parts of Vyasarpadi, Perambur, Choolai and Otteri in North Chennai, West Anna Nagar in Central Chennai and parts of Madipakkam and Keelkattalai in South Chennai are witnessing inundation.In Korattur, the ESI hospital premises was surrounded by sheets of water causing hardship to patients.The Met department in a bulletin here said rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places in interior Tamil Nadu on Thursday.North East monsoon is active in Tamil Nadu and its neighbourhood. In the past 24 hours there was rainfall in many parts of the State, the highest being at Ponneri in Tiruvallur district (10 cm), Director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S Balachandran told reporters here.The upper air cyclonic circulation over Gulf of Munnar is positioned over Sri Lanka and Southwest Bay of Bengal now, he said.Under the influence, he said in the next 24 hours many places in coastal districts and south Tamil Nadu will receive widespread rainfall.Barring western districts, interiors of the State will witness moderate showers, he said.Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at some places in coastal districts.As regards Chennai, and neighbouring Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, there will be intermittent rains and sometimes it could be heavy, he said.Buses were delayed in several routes due to rains here, and road users faced inconvenience during their daily commute.Traffic snarls were seen in many locations and vehicles were diverted at some points to ease traffic situation.With the resumption of showers, suburban Mudichur which was already witnessing waterlogging became almost inundated with residents facing acute difficulty in venturing out of their homes.Several homes and retail outlets were seen shut in Mudichur which falls under Kancheepuram district, and roads wore a deserted look as there was hardly any movement of vehicles.Civic authorities said staffers were being deployed round-the-clock to bail out water from roads and subways.Trees that fell in some locations were being cleared, they added.Over 400 water pumps were being used to suck water out of the roads, they added.Districts including Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore experienced rains yesterday as well.There were brief spells of rain in Chennai and in several parts of neighbouring Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts overnight.Followed by Ponneri, Cuddalore district recorded nine cm for 24-hour period ending 8.30 am today.

Alert teacher rescues Class VI student from playing the Blue Whale Challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another case of the Blue Whale challenge, a Class VI student of a private school was rescued from the clutches of the dreaded game on Tuesday after his teacher noticed a ‘fish-like’ figure on his arm.At around 9 am, the teacher overheard the 12-year-old discussing the game with his classmates. He was showing them the image of a whale drawn on his arm. “The teacher brought him to my office. When we asked the child about the image, he said that he drew it as he was playing the Blue Whale game. We immediately informed the police and his family about it,” said Anuradha Govind, Principal, JM International, Dwarka.”We received a call from the school when teachers heard some students discussing the Blue Whale game. One of them also had images on his hand made with a sketch pen, which was initially mistaken to be inflicted injuries. The child is being counselled,” said DCP (Southwest) Shibesh Singh.School authorities learned from the boy’s parents that he had been inquiring about the game in the last few days. They, however, ignored his queries.The browser history on the boy’s smartphone’s history confirmed that he had been searching for information on the game since the last few days.The student underwent a counselling session in the presence of his parents. According to school authorities, during the session, the teenager revealed that he learned about the game through media reports. “We think he was just curious to know about the game and that’s why he started playing it,” the principal said.Experts, however, have a word of caution. “Many a time, people who are drawn to play such games are going through psychological issues and behavioral challenges. Parents need to monitor their children closely in this internet age as children are more vulnerable to fall in these traps,” said Dr Jateen Ukrai, SR Psychiatry at Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital.

Ghana national held for withdrawing money by cloning ATM cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old Ghana national was arrested for allegedly cloning debit cards and fraudulently withdrawing money from ATMs, the police said today. The accused, Kingsley Boafo, was arrested on August 12 near HDFC Bank ATM, located on Main Najafgarh Road in Uttam Nagar. He has been staying in the country even after his visa had expired, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Surender Kumar. He had come to Mumbai from Ghana in July 2015 in connection with his garment business. In October that year, he shifted to Delhi and continued the business of exporting ready-made clothes to his country, the police said. With a desire to earn more in a short period of time, he used to browse the Internet and found ways to clone ATM cards. He bought devices online to clone ATM cards, the police said. Boafo surveyed the ATMs that did not have security guards and through a skimmer placed in the card reader slot of the machines he would copy details of cards inserted in the slot, the police said, adding the data was downloaded to a laptop and then transferred to a Magnetic Strip Reader/Writer (MSR). Blank debit cards were swiped through the MSR and these cloned cards were used to withdraw money from the ATMs fraudulently, they said. Boafo was helped by one Issac, an African, in preparing cloned ATM cards. The duo deleted the stolen data from their devices soon after withdrawing money as the ATM cards, whose data they fraudulently obtained, were blocked by card holders, the police said. The accused was in Mumbai for a couple of months this year and had returned to Delhi in the last week of July. It is suspected that he committed similar offences in Mumbai also, they said, adding police are on the lookout for Issac.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Second half of monsoon to be normal: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rainfall during the second half of the Southwest monsoon season is going to be normal, that is in the range of 94-106 per cent of long-period average (LPA), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. As per IMD parlance, 96-104 per cent is considered normal. Quantitatively, rainfall across the country during this period, between August and September is going to be 100 per cent of the LPA, with a model error of +/- 8 per cent while in August it is going to be 99 per cent of LPA, IMD added.Till the halfway mark, July 31, monsoon rainfall was two per cent above normal for the country as whole. A week later on Tuesday, it was three per cent below normal. Out of 36 sub-divisions, 24 have received normal rainfall, eight have received deficient rainfall, three have received excess and one has received large excess.IMD said that as per its forecast, El Niño conditions are most likely to be neutral through the remaining monsoon months right up to 2018 spring season. “Atmospheric conditions over the Pacific continue to reflect neutral ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) conditions. Latest forecast from monsoon mission system indicates neutral ENSO conditions are most likely till 2018 spring season with high probability (80-90%) till end of 2017,” IMD said.Despite the forecast for a normal rainfall, large parts of India are reeling under large deficit, portending drought like conditions in next summer. At district level, the situation remains worrying for Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. At the end of July, only Marathwada region’s districts were in the red. But as of August 8, almost entire Vidarbha region, with the exception of Wardha district, and Khandesh region are facing a deficit.While there is deficit in these states, Rajasthan and Gujarat witnessed unusually high rainfall last month that led to a short duration floods. Mount Abu in Rajasthan received over 700mm in a 24-hour period, a record for the past century.Meanwhile, in the coming days, northeastern states are going to face heavy rainfall due to strong southwesterly winds. Besides northeast, Bihar and south Peninsular region covering all southern states are also going to witness above normal rainfall.

Sultry conditions in most parts of Punjab, Haryana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sultry weather caused discomfort to residents in most parts of Punjab and Haryana today. High humidity made a maximum of 35.5 degrees Celsius unbearable in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 34.8 degrees Celsius. The mercury settled at 33.7 degrees Celsius in Ludhiana and at 36.2 degrees Celsius in Patiala. Residents of Ambala in Haryana also reeled under the sticky heat at a high of 35.8 degrees Celsius. Hisar and Karnal recored the maximum temperature at 36.5 degrees Celsius and 34 degrees Celsius. The southwest monsoon had entered some parts of Haryana yesterday. Punjab and Haryana, the grain bowl states of the country, had received scanty monsoon rains during last two years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parts of Bihar lashed by rains as southwest monsoon advances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The southwest monsoon advanced over parts of Bihar where many places were lashed by rains, bringing the mercury down in the state. Moderate to heavy and very heavy rainfall was recorded in northern Bihar while the southern part of the state witnessed light to moderate rainfall in the last 24 hours, the MeT department said. Patna recorded 0.7 mm rainfall while Gaya and Purnea registered 0.6 mm and 7.7 mm rainfall respectively, they said. Gaya was the hottest in the state with 36.5 degrees Celsius followed by 35.6 degrees in Bhagalpur, 33.4 in Purnea and 33 in Patna. Humidity levels in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea hovered between 72 to 98 per cent in the morning. It was recorded at 79 to 100 per cent in the evening. The MeT predicted more rainfall in major cities, including Patna and Gaya, tomorrow. Bhagalpur and Purnea are expected to witness cloudy sky with the possibility of rain and thunder.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parts of Raj lashed by rains as southwest monsoon advances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The southwest monsoon advanced over parts of Rajasthan where many places were lashed by rains since yesterday. Talera in Bundi recorded 9 cm rains while Nathdwara in Rajsamand recorded 8 cm rainfall till this morning, the MeT department said. Large number of places also recorded below 8 cm rainfall during this period. Sriganganagar, Pilani and Churu recorded 12 mm, 3.2 mm and 3 mm rains till this evening. The department has predicted thunderstorm with rains during till tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Southwest Monsoon arrives in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The wait is finally over as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Monday that the Southwest Monsoon has reached Mumbai. In fact, while in 2016 there was a delay of 10 days from the normal date of arrival on June 10, this year the delay is just of two days.IMD officials confirmed that the monsoon had not only arrived in Mumbai, but also parts of Gujarat. “Southwest Monsoon on Monday has advanced into remaining parts of Central Arabian sea, Konkan, North interior Karnataka, Rayalaseema, some parts of north Arabian sea and Gujarat region as well as parts of Madhya Maharashtra and some parts of Marathwada,” said an IMD official.The Regional IMD Mumbai has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in Mumbai city as well as suburbs for the next 24 hours. On Monday the maximum temperature recorded at Colaba was 31.0 degree Celsius while that at Santacruz was 31.9 degree Celsius and rainfall till 5.30pm was Nil.However, IMD officials claimed that rainfall so far had been good. “From June 1, Colaba has recorded 188 mm rainfall while Santacruz has recorded 151 mm of rains and both are above normal.”Meanwhile like every monsoons several citizens have created special groups on social media to keep a watch on the flooding and other issues like traffic jams across Mumbai to help with information and help.

‘Monsoon to hit Bihar on Jun 14, to be delayed in Odisha by

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several parts of the country received pre-monsoon rains today, even as Met offices predicted the onset of Southwest Monsoon in Bihar from June 14, while a delay of two-three days in Odisha. In the national capital, the maximum temperature hovered above 40 degrees Celsius, normal for the season, while the minimum was 27.4, a notch below the average. The humidity level oscillated between 77 and 41 per cent. The MeT office has forecast an overcast conditions with the possibility of thundershowers for tomorrow. Maximum temperatures in parts of Punjab and Haryana stayed below normal levels as the MeT Department predicted rainfall at isolated places of the two states for tomorrow. Chandigarh registered its maximum at 36.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, while Ambala’s maximum settled at 39 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, the meteorological department’s Patna centre forecast the onset of Southwest Monsoon in Bihar from June 14. The weathermen said Monsoon would be arriving in Bihar by its normal date i.e. June 10-15 and hit parts of Seemanchal area first. As per an IMD bulletin, Gaya was the hottest place in the state at 39.1 degrees Celsius followed by Bhagalpur at 37.7 and Patna at 37.0. Light to moderate rainfall occurred in some places in northern and eastern parts of Bihar, with Bhagalpur recording traces of rain while Purnea had 1.6 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Odisha, where sunstroke has claimed 17 lives this summer, experienced a relief from the scorching heat for the second straight day today, due to rainfall. The mercury remained below the 40-degree mark across the state during the day barring at two places– Balangir and Titlagarh– in western Odisha. While heavy rainfall is likely to pound several areas of Odisha tomorrow, under the impact of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, the arrival of the Monsoon is likely to be delayed by two to three days due to current low rainfall elsewhere in the country, the IMD centre in the state said. Meanwhile, a portion of a building, housing a power-loom unit in Bhiwandi, came down early this morning following heavy downpour in the district. No casualty was reported in the incident and local police and firemen were rushed to the spot. Pre-monsoon rains were witnessed Rajasthan also, where several places received light to moderate rainfall with Sanchor in Jalore receiving a maximum of 7 cm precipitation till this morning since yesterday. Desuri in Pali and Sallopat in Banswara recorded 5 cm and 4 cm rains respectively while other areas recorded below-4 cm rains during this period. Meanwhile, in the northern India, the mountainous belts of the Bhaderwah valley, popularly known as “Mini Kashmir”, experienced a snowfall and hailstorm brining down the temperature and triggering a “cold wave situation”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

For ‘revenge’, man kills brother of wife’s former lover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing the brother of his wife’s former lover for “revenge”. The accused, Pradeep, had allegedly murdered 24-year-old Marshal Singh and dumped his body near Orissa Sadan in sector 16 of Dwarka. The victim had been missing since May 24 and his body was found the next day with injuries on the face and neck. The accused’s wife Pooja allegedly had an affair with Marshal’s brother Arjun in 2015, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Surender Kumar. She had returned to her husband later but maintained contact with Arjun. The officer said Pradeep wanted to exact “revenge” from Arjun. Pooja had called Arjun on May 25 at around 2.10 AM to enquire whether he was fine. She also informed Arjun that her husband had come back home drunk and had blood stains on his clothes, said the DCP. Pradeep was called in for questioning and despite misleading the police initially, he later confessed to killing Arjun’s brother. Pradeep’s brother Deepak, who was also part of the crime, is yet to be arrested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Monsoon to arrive in country on May 30: IMD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This year, the southwest monsoon is likely to keep its date with Kerala. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday that the onset of monsoon over Kerala is likely to happen on May 30 as conditions are favourable for its progress from the Andaman Sea. While the monsoon normally arrives in Kerala on June 1, last year it arrived one week late on June 8.The IMD also said that conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of southwest Bay of Bengal and some remaining parts of Andaman Sea, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and during next 72 hours.The IMD has used the statistical model and the forecast has a model error margin of ± 4 days. Usually, the monsoon covers the southern peninsula and eastern coastal states by June 7-8 and arrives in Mumbai on June 10, progressing to cover the entire country first week of July. The IMD used six markers to arrive at the forecast for onset of monsoon comprising of data on minimum temperatures over North-west India, pre-monsoon rainfall peak over south Peninsula and outgoing long wave radiation over south China sea.”There is no large impact or correlation between the arrival date of monsoon and its progress in the later weeks or its distribution in the country in the longer season. The onset only signals the beginning of the monsoon season in the sub-continent,” said DS Pai, director, long-range weather forecasting centre, Pune, IMD.According to private weather forecaster Skymet, monsoon is likely to make its onset over Kerala on May 29 with an error margin of ± 3 days.

New Delhi, May 14 (PTI) Following are the news highlights

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre will soon begin work on a Rs 11,000-crore project to provide road connectivity to 44 Naxal-affected districts, including Sukma in Chhattisgarh, which had recently witnessed one of the deadliest Maoist attacks. (DEL 17) New Delhi: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was last a battleground for India and Pakistan nearly 18 years ago when Islamabad sought its intervention over the shooting down of its naval aircraft. (DEL 16) Chandigarh: Multiple head injuries inflicted by a blunt weapon were the main cause of death of the 23-year-old woman from Sonipat while sharp edged objects may have been inserted in her private parts, according to the post- mortem report. (DEL 40) New Delhi: Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra fainted at a media conference but not before he had accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of “massive” financial irregularities. (DEL 37) Nowshera (JK): Forced to flee their homes, cattle and ready to harvest crops due to frequent shelling by Pakistan, the residents along the Line of Control are batting for construction of ‘community bunkers’ in their villages. (DEL 35) New Delhi: The Centre has stumbled upon a few encouraging nuggets while studying the Ganga, with the discovery of a flourishing aquatic life in a single stretch of the river, considered one of the most polluted in the world. (DEL 26) New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon has covered the Nicobar Islands and the entire south Andaman Sea, three days ahead of its normal onset date, the IMD said. (DEL 24) New Delhi: A proposal of the Election Commission seeking statutory powers to countermand a poll over cases of bribe- for-votes has received the backing of the opposition Congress, while the BJP has suggested that illegal gratification should have similar definition in all laws. (DEL 5) Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police Cyberdome, the technological research and development centre of the state police here, has alerted individuals and organisations against the crippling global ransomware attack WannaCry. (MDS 4) Bhopal/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow unveil a roadmap for steps to be taken for the conservation of the Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. (DEL 33) Amaravati: The six Andhra Pradesh youths who literally reached the top of the world yesterday by climbing the Mount Everest had one thing in common – they all had the rock-like resolve to overcome their humble roots and modest means to succeed. (BOM 11) LEGAL: New Delhi: Where has a whopping amount of Rs 20,000 crore, meant for workers’ welfare, gone? Spent on tea parties or vacation of officials? Even the Comptroller and Auditor General does not know, wondered the Supreme Court. (LGD 2) New Delhi, May 14(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMD warns fishermen not to venture into sea on May 14-15

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said the Southwest monsoon has advanced into parts of southeast Bay of Bengal, Nicobar Islands, south Andaman Sea and parts of north Andaman Sea. The weather department has advised the fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the Nicobar Islands during May14-15 and along and off Andaman Islands during May15-17. Earlier, the MeT department has predicted normal southwest monsoon for this year. “This year we are expecting normal distribution and quantity of rainfall across the country with 96 percent of the long period average with a model error of plus or minus five percent,” D. S. Pai, Head of Climate Prediction, IMD, told ANI. He further said that the IMD would forecast the monsoon arrival around mid of the next month. K. J. Ramesh, chief of the MeT department said that the combination of a weak El Nino and positive Indian Ocean Dipole is expected to give a positive monsoon for India this year. Ramesh also said that the rainfall this year would be favourable for the farmers. The IMD has said there is 38 percent of a rain being near normal. The IMD said that they expected 96 percent rainfall in the oncoming monsoon season with a margin of five percent.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

22-yr-old youth gets 7-yr jail for raping, threatening woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has sent a 22-year- old youth to seven years in jail for raping and threatening a woman. Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Kumar handed down the jail term to Southwest Delhi resident Rajender while holding him guilty of offences under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on him. The special fast track court, which decided the case in one year, has also directed the Delhi District Legal Aid Services to award appropriate compensation to the woman under the Victim Compensation Scheme floated by the government. The judge rejected the contentions of the convict that the woman went to her house instead of police station after the incident, saying “I find nothing unusual in the victim going to her house first. One cannot expect every rape victim to straightaway go to police station and lodge complaint.” It also turned down the claim that the 21-year-old victim had falsely implicated the youth due to an earlier scuffle between them, saying “it is not believable that a girl would falsely implicate any innocent person in a grave offence like rape just for the reason that an altercation had taken place with her.” According to the prosecution, on the foggy morning of January 18, 2016, when the woman was walking towards a bus stand from her house to go to office, the accused caught hold of her from behind, gagged her and took her to the fields at a village near Dwarka. It said when she raised an alarm, he threatened to kill her, adding that she tried to run away and cried for help but the accused dragged her to an isolated area and raped her. During trial, the accused denied the allegations saying he was falsely implicated as he had an altercation with the woman two days before the incident and she was taking revenge by making the complaint.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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