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From foes to friends: BJP’s Eknath Khadse and NCP’s Ajit Pawar likely to share stage on December 28

Veteran BJP leader Eknath Khadse, NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Suresh Jain are likely to share the stage on the eve of NCP MLA’s Satish Patils’s 60th birthday celebrations in Jalgaon, which will fall on December 28.As the leader of opposition, Khadse was a staunch critic of Ajit Pawar, but this birthday celebration is likely throw some new political equations in Maharashtra. It will be interesting to see what transpires among these heavy weight leaders.Sources told DNA that Khadse, who was a potential chief ministerial candidate, has been questioned by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over his work in the state. Speaking to DNA, Khadse admitted that his loyalists are pressurizing him to leave the BJP even though he has spent over 40 years in the party. “I am getting offers from the Congress as well as NCP,” Khadse said, but added that he had not yet made up his mind.The NCP has decided to tie up with the Congress for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and Pawar has started mobilizing support. “We received overwhelming response. Vidharba people also understood that the BJP has cheated them. They only made the tall promises when it come to materialising, they faltered. Our people who left NCP in 2014, now want to come back,” Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson said.Sources said that Khadse and Pawar have scheduled a separate and confidential meeting on sidelines of the birthday celebrations to discuss the current Maharashtra’s political situations.

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Christmas celebrated across city, Arvind Kejriwal urges for communal harmony

Christmas fervour gripped the national Capital on Monday as thousands of devotees thronged churches to offer special prayers and soak in the Yuletide spirit at decked up cathedrals.Delhi was coloured in white and red as the residents sported santa caps, doubling celebratory mode of the festival and the extended weekend, as well.As bells tolled, people thronged the churches, including the Cathedral Church of The Redemption and Sacred Heart Cathedral — looking resplendent with twinkling lights for the midnight service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also greeted people on social media and marked his attendance at several Christmas programmes in the Capital. At one of the events, Kejriwal emphasised the significance of communal harmony, nullifying the role of place for “hatred” in a civil society. Speaking at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kejriwal said, “Today is a day to learn lessons from the life of Jesus Christ, the way he worked for the people of the society including the poor, the ailing and the needy. We should learn from his life and spread happiness and harmony all across .” He also added, “I think there should be love and harmony between all religions in the society and there should be no place for hatred.”Calling India a nation of a unique bouquet of various religions and faiths, Kejriwal reiterated the need to “preserve this bouquet” as a duty.Speaking at another Christmas celebration at Punjabi Bagh, the chief minister expressed happiness over celebrating the festival with people.Churches in different neighbourhoods of the city reverberated with traditional Christmas carols rendering the air festive, with gospel bands enthralling the merry-makers with songs like ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’.

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

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

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Pune: BJP RS MP Sanjay Kakade predicts party’s loss in Gujarat

During Pune municipal elections earlier this year, he had predicted 92 seats for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and he was ready to quit politics if his prediction goes wrong. His party went on to win 98 seats in PMC and now the same MP of BJP Sanjay Kakade has predicted that his party will not win enough number of seats in Gujarat election.After the voting in Gujarat, most of the exit poll surveys have been predicting a victory for BJP but Kakade, the Rajya Sabha MP claimed that he has done his own survey in the state and according to the findings of his survey, performance of his own party will be dismal. Speaking to DNA, Kakade said, “I had sent a team of six people to Gujarat and they have covered mostly the rural part of the state. They have met farmers, labourers, waiters and drivers. According to their survey, the party is not getting enough number of seats to reach to majority. In fact, it is the Congress party who is likely to reach close to majority mark.”Also readEC orders repolling in 6 booths of second phase in Gujarat”The Patidar community has supported Congress, the Dalits are supporting Congress and Muslims have been traditionally voting Congress party. Therefore, nearly 70 percent of the population is with Congress party which is why I feel, Congress will win enough number of seats to reach close to majority,” he said.Kakade stated that he had made his own observations about the Gujarat election and a there was no mention of the topic of development by his party leaders in the last phase of the campaign. “During last few rallies, our leaders did not speak about the development. The rallies were mostly aimed at making emotional appeal to voters and targeting opposition,” Kakade said.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Stars point at close contest, with an edge to BJPHe also stated that BJP was in power for 22 years and there is a negativity against the party. “Since independence, only communists have regained the power in West Bengal for a longer period of time. Apart from that, there is not a single party which has got the power for more than 25 years. At present there is negativity against the party in Gujarat. In spite of that negativity, if BJP wins the election, it will be because of only and only Narendra Modi,” Kakade said.

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Try to loot booth during Panchayat elections: Mukul Roy dares TMC

BJP leader Mukul Roy threw a challenge at TMC daring them to loot polling booths in the panchayat election next year.“Will you be able to loot votes during the panchayat election? We will see about it at the ground level,” Roy said speaking outside the office of the state chief electoral officer (CEO).He had been to the CEO office demanding free and fair polls and to ensure that all voters can reach the polling booths to cast their votes. Referring to the upcoming bye-election at Sabang Assembly constitution in West Midnapore district, he said that they are keeping a tab on state CEO Aariz Aftab. “You will have to stick to the election norms. There are 306 booths at Sabang. Each and every booth needs to be manned and managed by Central force. There should not be any bike rally 48 hours prior to the polls and there should be area domination to instil confidence among voters of the area,” he said. Roy alleged that the state CEO has been deviating from the spirit of the constitutional post owing to his allegiance to the ruling party. “We have your bio-data. We know how many posts of the state government you have held but that should not deter you. If you are unable, then you must remember this is not the last election which you would be conducting,” he said.Mukul Roy said that BJP would get good result in Sabang and later in all the elections leading up to assembly elections in 2021. “Bhunia had been the alliance candidate of Congress and CPI(M) and he had fought against the TMC. Now he has defected to the TMC and his wife is the TMC candidate. As a result, workers of both Congress and TMC are heartbroken. They will not vote for him. After the elections of 2019 and 2021, BJP will come to power in Bengal,” Roy said.In another development, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, on the sidelines of a meeting at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas said that the way people were defecting from TMC to BJP, before the panchayat polls, TMC organisation would be broken. Speaking about arrest of TMC leaders, he said, “CBI is investigating chit fund cases under the supervision of the court and those who need to be arrested would be arrested. BJP has nothing to do with it.”

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Will complete full term with Sena support: Maha BJP plays down Aaditya Thackeray’s words

Ridiculing Shiv Sena next generation leader and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray’s statement that Shiv Sena would quit the Maharashtra government next year and would come to power on its own, senior Minister and BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said that the government will complete its five-year term. Currently BJP-Sena alliance is running government in the state. Patil also said that Sena will continue to be their alliance partner till the end of the term. Addressing a public meeting at Ahmednagar on Thursday, Aaditya Thackeray had said that next year Sena would pull out of the Fadnavis government and come to power on its own. Aaditya had said, `The exact timing of pulling out of government would be decided by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.’ Speaking to media persons outside Vidhan Bhavan, Patil said, `What I know is Shiv Sena would not pull out of government for five years.’ After much insistence on answering about the speculation that Narayan Rane will become minister by year-end, Patil said, ‘Yes, it will happen.’ Patil also said that post-Gujarat election results, he and CM Fadnavis will go to Delhi to discuss details about state cabinet expansion.

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Global Partnership Summit: Japan relaxes visa norms for Indians

Former Japanese foreign minister Nobuo Kishi, who is also younger brother of current PM Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said his country was relaxing visa procedures for Indians from January 2018 to further cement people-to-people relations between the two countries. Speaking at the Global Partnership Summit (GPS) Kishi pitched for greater Indo-Japan cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region and praised PM Modi’s Act East policy that encompasses a robust outreach to East Asian nations. Experts believed that by connecting India and Pacific, Japan was quietly challenging China’s aggressive plans in the South China Sea and want India to emulate its strategy to eliminate any threat to the energy lane that sustains economy of both energy started nations.He said Tokyo will relax rules for multiple entry visas for short term stay for Indian passport holders. India has already announced visa-on-arrival facility to Japanese nationals. Japan has extended the validity period of such visas from a maximum of three years to five years. The duration of visit on multiple entry visas, including tourism and business, has also been increased to 30 days from 15 days. India and Japan had agreed to ease visa restrictions during Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India in December 2015. The eligibility for multiple-entry visas has been expanded to include people with travel records to Japan for short-term visit in the past three years.Kishi stressed on the importance of facilitating exchanges between people of the two countries. India and Japan have also been seeking to enhance cooperation among the businessmen of both countries. Tough visa norms were often cited as a hindrance by businessmen of both countries.Japan has already extended the validity of visas for business purposes and also for cultural and intellectual figures from 5 to 10 years. Earlier Japan had introduced multiple-entry visas for Indian nationals in July 2014. It had also increased duration of visit on multiple entry visas, including tourism and business, to 30 days from the earlier 15.Earlier in a written message, Japanese PM also stressed need for cooperation, saying it was now an utmost necessity in view of current developments across the world. He said the relationship has immense potential, while recalling his meeting with Indian PM in Gujarat.

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Gujarat assembly elections: Politics in India has become ugly, I want to change it, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that he aims to raise the bar of the country’s political discourse. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Ahmedabad, Gandhi said, “Personally, I want to change the political discourse of the country; it has become very ugly and nasty.” “The prime minister may call me names and he may use wrong language to refer to me, but like I said, I will never do that. I respect the position of the prime minister,” said Gandhi. Gandhi also said that his first job as the party’s president to strengthen its organisational structure and that he was quite confident that the Congress is winning the Assembly elections in Gujarat. “As party president, my priority will be to strengthen the party and you will see that in Gujarat,” he said. Also readGujarat assembly elections: PM Narendra Modi takes off in seaplane from Sabarmati riverHe then trained his gun on PM Modi flying a seaplane on the Sabarmati. “The PM wants to fly in a plane and give a miss to the real issues in Gujarat; these are just distractions. In Gujarat, the development has been one-sided and only a handful few has benefitted. I’ve asked him several questions for which he has no answer: Are there teachers in all the schools or not, are the doctors in all the hospitals or not, are there lapses in the Rafale deal or not. He chooses not to answer,” Gandhi said.

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Mulayam says ‘lack of unity’ reason for Samajwadi Party’s loss in UP civic polls

In a surprise announcement, the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced that he will not contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Azamgarh and will move to his traditional seat Mainpuri.In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mulayam had contested from Mainpuri and Azamgarh Lok Sabha seats simultaneously. After winning both the seats, he had left Mainpuri to retain Azamgarh. Earlier, Mulayam had won three times from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency which is considered a Samajwadi Party bastion. In the 2014 by-polls, Mulayam’s grand nephew and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son-in-law Tej Pratap SinghYadav won from the constituency. Speaking to mediapersons in Eatwah, Mulayam said he will leave Azamgarh to contest again from Mainpuri.When asked about party’s debacle in recently-concluded urban local bodies’ polls, Mulayam said there was no unity in the party. “If Shivpal Singh Yadav was given the campaigning charge, results would have been better,” he pointed.Also readNeech row| Mani Shankar Aiyar should be expelled from Congress, says Mulayam Singh YadavHe also showed reservations on son Ahilesh Yadav’s decision to contest five seats in Gujarat and actively campaign there. “Samajwadi Party will lose all the five seats,” he predicted.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | Gujarat headed for massive political earthquake: Yogendra Yadav

Taking a dig at two main political parties in the country, Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav on Thursday said that any government who plays with farmers’ demands will be shown the doors. “Farmers will be the real winners in Gujarat assembly election. The trend will begin from Gujarat as BJP has broken the record of NDA-regime of being anti-farmer. Congress is not valid for votes but due to people’s anger with the BJP, Congress will benefit out of it.”Addressing the media on three core issues, Yadav said, “While the overall growth rate of Gujarat is better but it has failed immensely in terms of agricultural credit. In Gujarat, the agricultural growth in past five years has been only 1.6%. Farmers have suffered major losses in just two commodities, specifically cotton and groundnut produced here. While the guaranteed price for both is nearly Rs 4,500 but the groundnut is being sold at Rs 3,000 to 3,200 and cotton Rs 3,500 to 3,600 per quintal. Because of this, farmers have borne losses of Rs 9,895 crore in just one season.”Speaking about false claims on irrigation issue, Yadav said, “It is shocking that the fabled Gujarat model does not have an agriculture policy document which clearly shows the priority BJP gives to the largest section of voters of Gujarat. The long-standing promise of irrigation from Narmada project has not been realized, out of 18 lakh hectares only 3 lakh hectares have received water.While not delivering irrigation water, the BJP government has enforced power cut for agriculture from 8 to 10 hours, that too alternatively on day light and night hours. The insensitivity and lack of understanding of agrarian issues by the BJP government and the centre and the state was exposed when demonetisation was announced at a most inappropriate time – the start of Kharif marketing season in 2016 and due to this there was all round crash in prices of agri-products and perishables. The surgical strike of central government impacted the farmers of Gujarat most as huge stocks of tomatoes traditionally exported to Pakistan were blocked and were sold at throw away rates. I am not against foreign policy but at least compensate for the losses of the farmers.”Ajit Jha, General Secretary of Swaraj India said, “Voice of farmers has to be heard by elected governments if they wish to survive in power. We see the Gujarat election as a test of the farmers vote and a taste by the government of the power of that vote.”Speaking about supporting Jignesh Mewani contesting from Vadgam, Yadav said, “We are here to see uprising of a historical change, that will bring in the voice of the farmers in the mainstream of Indian politics. We have shown our support to Mewani because we can see strength and honesty in him.”
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BJP’s Gaurav Bhatia slams Kapil Sibal’s claims that he didn’t represent Sunni Waqf board with one tweet

Senior BJP leader Gaurav Bhata lashed out at Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s remarks that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf board during the Ayodhya hearing.Taking to Twitter, Bhatia shared a series of documents showing Sibal’s role as the lawyer for the Waqf board.Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also lashed out at Sibal, and demanded that he immediately apologise to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Sibal on Wednesday clarified that he never represented Sunni Waqf Board in Supreme Court during the Ayodhya hearing on Tuesday. This clarification comes after both PM Modi and Amit Shah attacked Kapil Sibal for trying to delay the hearing and demanded Congress party to make their stance clear. Amit Shah post Sunni Waqf Board’s statement that they want the case to be heard soon, said that Kapil Sibal was representing Congress view in Supreme Court on the behest of ‘High Command’.However, this is what Kapil Sibal, the man in the eye of the controversy has to say. Speaking to ANI, Sibal said, “Our PM comments without knowing things sometimes. Amit Shah & he said I represented Sunni Waqf Board. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer”. Regarding the entire controversy, Sibal said that, “Will discussion on my going to the court & representing someone solve serious problems in the country? If yes, then PM should say so. Issuing statements won’t help India in any way. It’ll just take the nation towards controversies”.Kapil Sibal urged PM Modi to be ‘more careful’ and further went on to say, “We believe in the Lord, we don’t believe in you Modi ji. You are not going to build that temple, it will be done when God wants it. The court will decide. Please address the concerns of India. Don’t divide the people of our country like this. You may win perhaps in your mind, but you will lose badly and India will lose if you only care about yourself not India.”
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Tortured by in-laws, woman says cops too didn’t help

A married woman from Harmara area staged a sit-in outside her in-laws’ house on Monday alleging that she had been thrown out of the house by them. The woman stayed out of the house even after the local police persuaded her to end the sit-in. The woman had been thrown out and a case was registered against her last year by the in-laws while she had also registered a case against them.The married woman Rekha (name changed) has even written letters to the police, local legislators and politicians from the Congress party to come to her aid. Speaking to DNA, Rekha said, “I was thrown out of the house last year by in-laws who claimed that I had stolen valuable items from home. They even harassed me and my brother in law used to misbehave with me for which a case was also registered.”In the letter, however, the woman mentioned that she was tortured as she could not give them a child. However, on Monday, the woman started a sit-in outside the house. “When my in-laws saw me, they closed the doors from inside. The cops also came but they also asked them to remain behind doors and left me here on the road outside the house,” she alleged.However, station house officer of Harmara police station Lakhan Singh Khatan claimed that there was no one in the house. “There has been a death in the woman’s in-laws’ family for which the family has gone after locking the house. The woman has herself put a lock on the door. There is a case already going on in the court wherein both the parties have registered against each other. We received a call from the woman and she even called the control room and DCP office informing about the sit-in. We sent a team who tried to talk to her but she did not budge from her stand. There are a few men with her who keep instigating her,” the SHO said.VICTIM SPEAKSRekha said, “I was thrown out of the house last year by in-laws who claimed that I had stolen valuable items.” “My brother-in-law used too misbehaved with me for which a case was also registered.”
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Didn’t anticipate what I was doing was legally wrong: Traffic cop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traffic constable Shashank Rane, who was suspended after he got a car towed in which a woman was breastfeeding her seven-month-old child in Malad, has told his department that he did not anticipate that towing a vehicle with a woman and child inside “was legally or morally not a correct thing to do”. The department has made it clear that Rane’s suspension was just interim action, and that he could be liable for departmental action. Two other local police constables are being quizzed in the case.”Prima-facie, the constable was at fault by towing vehicle with a woman inside. He tried to do whatever he could before towing. However, towing of vehicles with woman inside could not be justified by any stretch of the imagination,” said a police officer, who is privy to the inquiry.The officer added, “Constable’s anticipation on what he was doing went wrong. His justification was that he did not anticipate that it would go this way. He did not know what else to do at that time. As per the constable, he did not anticipate what he was doing was legally not correct and just thought to take the woman to the police station.”Senior officers within the department feel that the woman should have been proceeded against legally but not by towing the vehicle. “The constable should have called a police inspector from the chowky or should have called female staff and taken immediate action. The vehicle could not have been towed with the lady.”As per sources in the department, the report in the matter which is being a Deputy Commissioner of Police-rank officer is likely to be submitted within a week’s time. “There were so many people at the spot when the incident happened. The report will comprise their statements as to what they had witnessed were. The responsibility of the other two constables, too, have to be fixed. We have also reached out to the woman involved,” the source said.Asked about what more action the suspended cop could face, the officer said, “Speaking technically, suspension is not a punishment; it’s an interim action. A departmental decision is yet to be taken. It would not be appropriate to comment on the punishment before the report is given. We are planning to issue a circular on how to ensure these things are not repeated again in future,” said the source.

SBTC to take stock of city’s blood shortage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To keep the blood shortage record of the city in check, the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) has been asking blood banks across the city to send a status of bloodstock on mail in order to inform the higher authorities.SBTC had mailed blood banks on November 12 and 14 to give out records of blood bank stock information from November 9 to November 14.According to JJ Mahanagar blood bank, they have been facing blood shortage since Diwali. Speaking of the shortage, JJ Mahanagar Blood Bank’s staff member, said, “We are trying to overcome the blood shortage issue. While there is an overall shortage, we are majorly facing a shortage in AB negative blood group. Since Diwali vacation, the stock of blood is not stable.”Every year during the summer and Diwali vacation, blood banks face blood shortage issue. To overcome this shortage that usually drops during the holiday seasons, the SBTC had written a letter on September 20 to the blood banks stating that there might be less blood donation during the holiday. The SBTC also mentioned that a district level meeting should be conducted and measures to keep the stock stable by conducting blood camps should be organised.A Doctor from KEM Hospital, said, “Routine demands are getting fulfilled. But there is less blood collection happening. A large number of people require blood on a daily basis.”

Performing Arts a boon for our special kids, say parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of physically challenged artistes, from 16 different countries, who are taking part in a three-day long ICCR festival, said that the performing arts have helped their children cope with their disabilities.”I have seen behavioural changes and increased attention span in my span ever since he took to theatre,”said Anil Aggarwal, who has been organising the programme for more than a decade. Aggarwal said that his son, Tanmay who suffers from attention deficit disorder, has borderline mental retardation with an IQ of 50.However, it’s not just Tanmay who is benefiting from the festival. Dorji Phuntsho of the Disabled People of Bhutan (DBAP) said the programme has helped him and several other attendants showcase their talents. “We get a lot of ideas from each other, and it is a great way to boost our confidence,” said Phuntsok.The programme, which started on Friday, was attended by Minister of State for Social Justice Vijay Sampla. Speaking to DNA Sampla stressed on the need to encourage the specially abled. “In international sporting events, members of the specially abled teams have earned more accolades than the sports people of the other Indian teams,” said Sampla.”Extracurricular activities help the disabled in a lot of ways,” he added.Apart from encouraging the specially abled, countries can also see what each other are doing in this regard. Vijita Rachatanantikul of Thailand’s ministry of empowerment of people with disabilities, said that the country is now working on a programme ‘Street to Star’.Here, the ministry is working with the Thailand Association of the Blind to screen over 5,000 singers to elevate them to professional collaboration with three prominent music companies.

Change in air as Himachal Pradesh votes big; 74% polling recorded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh saw a record turnout of over 74 percent in the Assembly elections on Thursday, up from the 73.51 percent in the 2012 elections. Speaking at a news conference at Shimla after polling ended, Chief Election Officer Pushpendra Rajput said apart from a few glitches, the polling has largely been peaceful.Rajput said the high turnout could be attributed to greater involvement from the younger generation, while poll-watchers opined that it could be a reflection of desire for change. “In the remote and tribal areas of the state, too, the turnout has been great. One of the highest polling percentage was reported approximately 82% in Sirmour, while the lowest 69.5% was in Hamirpur district,” he said.While the overall turnout saw an increase, Sirmour, Una, Kangra and Bilaspur were the only districts where the turnout improved from the 2012 turnout. The rest of the eight districts say a dip in the overall turnout in the constituencies.Some of the key poll planks on which the electoral wrestle played out in the 68 constituencies were corruption, unemployment and development, with the rape and murder of a minor in Kotkhai being a key poll issue. CM Virbhadhra Singh, in his sixth term, said that this will be his final elections, while BJP’s PK Dhumal edged out union minister JP Nadda to be declared as the CM candidate. Dhumal has served as the CM two times earlier in the state where the takeover of power between key rivals BJP and Congress has been a simultaneous one since 1985.While polling remained peaceful, there were several complaints of EVM and VVPAT malfunctioning from several polling areas. As per data from state officials, over 58 EVMs and 102 VVPATs had to be replaced during polling as they did not function well. Apart from that, over 31 balloting units in addition to 27 control units of the EVMs had to be replaced due to malfunctioning.Despite its record turnout, polling in a few booths in Sirmour had to be delayed for over half an hour in the morning, while complaints were registered at Theog, too. In Gondla polling booth at Lahaul and Spiti district, polling had to be stopped after continuous malfunctioning. An official from the state election department said the districts from where the maximum complaints of malfunctioning EVMs and VVPATs came from were Una, Mandi, Kangra, Solan and Shimla.Results will be declared along with that of Gujarat assembly elections on December 18.HOW HP VOTEDPoll percentageKullu – 77.9%Solan -77.4%Una -76%Mandi -75%Bilaspur -75%Kinnaur -75%Chamba -74%Shimla -72.5%Lahaul -73.4%Kangra -72%Hamirpur -69.5%Kullu -86%Banjar -85%Doon -84%Jubbal-Kotkhai -81%Manali -79%Harola -78.96%

We’re building reusable vehicles, says ISRO Chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process to build reusable launch vehicles and is working on new technologies for interplanetary missions.ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar while delivering an inaugural talk at Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) on Wednesday, said, “We are also on the lookout for equipping with capabilities to carry objects in multiple launches than single launches. We want to reduce cost of access and hence are building reusable launch vehicles.”PRL has organised a three-day brainstorming session on ‘Vision and Explorations for Planetary Sciences in Decades 2020-2060’.The event is aimed at providing a forum for planetary researchers and academicians to explore, discuss and present the latest trends, promote understanding and exchange results and opinions in the area of planetary sciences and explorations.Speaking about the need of the hour, Kumar said, “We need to develop capabilities by solving problems going into deep space also. We need to remain relevant and need to solve issues differently. The world is changing very fast and private entrepreneurs are entering the segment.”Speaking about future of Mars exploration, he said, “The next step would be to search for signs of life and investigate resources that could support human habitation.”There are many newer institutions which are setting up an astronomy department in their institutes. One of the IITs have roped in NASA scientists for the astronomy department.Questioning the audience whether any of them are a part of the event at PRL, he said, “The linkage within our country is not good. We need to also work on linkages.”

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

Nitish Kumar applies reservation mantra to outsourced government jobs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar approved reservation on outsourced jobs within the public sector. What this means is that employees that are provided by private companies to the government to work in various state departments will now come under the reservation quota.”The state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, has approved reservation in contract appointments,” principal secretary in the cabinet secretariat department, Brajesh Mehrotra, told media in a briefing. According to Mehrotra, all employees employed on a contractual basis, will now have to follow the government’s quota norms.The government’s decision will have repercussions for a large number of employees. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior private company official who works with the government stated that an estimated 10,000 employees from private agencies are working as data level operators and in other jobs in various departments. These employees are for the moment fine but the next batch of employees that will be hired will be severely affected by the decision.”It will be hard on us to provide employees with the requisite skills as per the government’s requirements. Recruitment might suffer,” he said.Reservation is a key issue in Bihar, and the Nitish Kumar government has often been accused by Opposition parties of not doing enough for backward castes, especially OBCs and Dalits. The government has announced that in these contractual hirings, Scheduled Castes (SC) should comprise 16 percent, Scheduled Tribes (ST) 1 percent, Extremely Backward Castes (EBCs) 18 percent and Other Backward Castes (OBC) 12 percent reservation.As hiring is done on a yearly basis, the move is likely to affect the government in January 2018 when the new round of appointees are likely to be shortlisted and hired.The BJP, which is in alliance with the Janata Dal (United) JD(U) in the state, has hailed the move but senior Opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav called it a “farce.” He claimed that only a few hundred government jobs were outsourced and it would have no real impact on the economically backward.

NMMC follows BMC on waste rule, composting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the footsteps of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has made it mandatory for bulk generators to segregate waste at source and composting wet waste in society premises itself, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has also served notices to about 1,000 residential complexes and commercial establishments under Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules 2016.The deadline given to the societies and commercial establishments to compulsorily segregate waste into dry and wet and apply composting methods is November 15. However, NMMC Commissioner N Ramaswamy has already started taking stern steps and last week ordered civic staff to stop lifting unsegregated waste from 50 societies. Speaking to DNA Ramaswamy said, “Navi Mumbai has 60 per cent of waste segregated at source and we intend to achieve 100 per cent segregation at source by end of March 2018. We have also deployed sweepers near pubic dustbin who force the residents to segregate the waste before throwing into public dustbins”.“In Navi Mumbai many societies have come forward to start composting,” Ramaswamy added.

New changes at airport welcomed by airlines, hints towards single operator AAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airlines have responded positively to the recent non-privatisation model airport, in lieu of the changes made in the last six months to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI). However, though they are happy with a single operator — Airports Authority of India — they want assurance of a futuristic at approach, considering the pace at which traffic is increasing. The partial privatisation made both passengers and airlines hopeful; but, the bidding has been delayed for more than a year now.To attract more prospective bidders, the national airports operator, AAI, also made some major changes to the terms and conditions for privatising and modernising SVPI. The AAI had invited a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the bidders for the operation and maintenance of select areas of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports, late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, passenger boarding bridges, and apron area among others, as per the bid document.The proposal mentions that the O&M will remain with private players and the infrastructure will be handled by the AAI. Speaking on it, Shalin Joshipura, Chairman, Airlines Operators Committee, Ahmedabad, said, “Ahmedabad has witnessed tremendous growth and to match that, operational area growth took place, but nothing happened on the terminal front. I am equally interested in seeing how we focus on terminal development. We are seeing positive changes at the terminal under the current leadership, but we need to be more futuristic. If we get an assurance of a futuristic approach and synchronisation of infrastructure with the pace at which traffic is growing, we wil be satisfied with the AAI.”While the bidding process is due to get over by October end, there has been no clarity on the extension. Sources say that AAI doesn’t intend to extend it further.INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL TO GET TWO NEW AEROBRIDGES:Speaking about recent changes at the airport, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have undertaken a lot of changes that includes more entry points for the terminal, numbering airline counters, queue managers, self check-in counters, etc. The latest was the installation of a Flight Information Display System, which will be visible from far. We have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure. These will give flight-related information in three languages. We are also rebuilding the washrooms. At the international terminal, two new aerobridges are being added.

Car belonging to Shiv Sena leader mows down two girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Enraged residents of Kare Wagaj village in Baramati tehsil on Thursday torched a sports utility vehicle (SUV) that ploughed into three school going girls, killing two of them on the spot. The mob also help up traffic in the area for a few hours. The incident took place at about 7:30 am on the Baramati-Morgaon road, about 115 km from Pune.The deceased girls have been identified as Divya Dnyaneshwar Pawar (12) and Samiksha Manoj Vikar(13). The third girl was seriously injured and is currently in hospital.The SUV which knocked down the girls is allegedly used by local Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane, but is registered in the name of a relative. A police officer from Baramati taluka police station said, “The investigation is still on whether Mane was behind the wheel. According to preliminary information, three girls were walking towards their school when the car knocked them down.”Speaking to DNA, additional superintendent of police Sandeep Pakhale said, “We have summoned Mane for questioning. He has said that he was not present in the vehicle when it met with the accident. We are now interrogated him to get the details of the occupants who were present in the vehicle.”Local police officials said 3-4 persons were in the SUV when the accident happened. The villagers managed to nab one of the occupants and handed over him to the police.Baramati police have arrested three persons in connection with the accident.

Lack of timely decisions led to gaps in IAF, committed to fill them: Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday blamed the past regime for not taking timely decisions resulting in gaps in the Indian Air Force. Speaking at the bi-annual conference of IAF commanders, the defence minister assured that governement is fully committed to fill these gaps. She only advocated for service chiefs to ‘fully utilise’ their power. Sitharaman’s statement comes at a time when India and Pakistan continue to remain in loggerheads and relationship with China has hit a rough end even after though the Doklam stand-off was resolved amicably. IAF though has repeatedly said that it is fully equipped to face any kind of eventuality.The government is lcurrently ooking to bulk up IAF’s acquisition. Currenly it has has 33 fighter squadrons against the authorised strength of 42 squadrons. Sitharaman in her speech stressed on the need of exploring greater possibility of Make in India in the defence sector. She urged IAF to work with the DRDO and the Ordnance Factory Board, a state-run defence equipment maker in this regard. According to IAF release, the minister said, budgetary allocations “should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is absolutely necessary”. The three-day conference is to deliberate on host of issues to charter the future course of IAF. With PTI inputs

Sinha’s been hitting ‘below the belt’: Ravi Shankar Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister for IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad held former finance minister Yashwant Sinha’s comment on Indian economy ‘a below the belt talk’. Prasad was addressing a press conference on Friday at Gujarat BJP’s headquarter Shri Kamalam near Gandhinagar.Prasad said, “With utter grief I have to say that what Sinha is saying is below the belt. I condemn his comments against economic policies of the government. Why is he doing this when the party has give him so much? Except for the designations like the president, PM and party’s national president, Sinha was appointed on all important posts. His comments are unfortunate.”On the other side, he also condemned the Congress for the adverse campaign against BJP’s developmental agenda. Speaking on the issue, Prasad said, “Congress has been making fun of BJP’s development but I would say that they do not have any other business besides making fun of others after the people in entire nation made fun on them during polls in different regions. We also know how to respond to them in their language but we do not want to stoop to that level and we are focused on developmental issues only.”Prasad said that people in the IT sector were laid off due to some internal disturbance in the companies but there had been overall growth in the sector. He also said that the central government had been given loans under different schemes and projects to people who wished to establish their own venture and those succeeded too.NO LAY-OFFSPrasad, who holds the law and justice portfolio, was in Gandhinagar to participate in BJP’s Gujarat Gaurav Yatra.
When his attention was drawn to reports on layoffs by IT companies, Prasad said he does not agree with that assessment.

MICA students get creative for SEWA’s homestay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking classrooms beyond four walls, students of MICA had been sent for a rural immersion programme across the country where they spent a few days in villages to understand the community of artisans, craftsmen, issues and concerns faced by villagers to create a strategy.The rural immersion programme aims to educate the students about various grassroot level issues faced by villagers and gives them a platform to interact and engage with organisations working towards the betterment of these communities. The aim of the course is to create a knowledge base for students to understand and embark on rural marketing efforts, as the industry is shifting their focus towards Tier II, Tier III cities and rural areas.This year, MICA tied up with multiple organisations like Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Jaipur Rugs, UNICEF, Adani Foundation, Swades Foundation and others. The projects in collaboration with SEWA required formulation of marketing and communication strategies for their homestay property at the Bakutra village in Patan district. The homestay project of SEWA, titled Hum Sab Ek Hain, seeks to provide an alternate source of income to the thousands of women associated with the women empowerment organisation.The project not only helped the students understand the scope of a homestay and tourist interests in and around the Patan district which included UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Rani ki Vav, the Sun Temple at Mother, the Little Rann of Kutch and the 5000 years old site of Dholavira, but also the nuances of the hospitality sector and the challenges faced by the homestay owners at the grassroots level.The faculty-in-charge for the same, professor Mini Mathur said, “Lower overall resources, but strength in terms of pooling resources, confidence, love, and respect, is what our students witnessed in rural immersion. As against the earlier model of open immersion, we worked closely with 11 prominent organisations working independently or supporting government initiatives in villages across India.”Speaking about his experience, Ayan Bairoliya, a student of MICA said, “This course is an icing on the cake of the MICA curriculum and I am grateful to all the people and organisation involved in it to make the entire programme one of the most relevant learning processes during our PGP course duration.”Some students were also given branding and communication projects and were required to stay in rural settings for two weeks. Ten groups of students worked for Jaipur Rugs, India’s largest manufacturer of hand-knotted rugs, with weavers across Rajasthan and were asked to observe and understand lives of the weavers, live amongst them and become one with the community.MAKING LIFE EASIERAnother project dealt with the eradication of child marriage through adolescent empowerment
Students interacted with teens and formed groups in the village to help prevent child marriages, and talked to girls who were married as children and have since stepped out of marriages

WATCH: Am not a fool to give away my National Awards: Actor Prakash Raj clarifies statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Responding to media reports that he would be returning his National Awards, veteran actor Prakash Raj clarified his statement saying the awards were a reward for his hard work and he would be a fool to return them.Taking to Twitter, the actor posted a video where he laughed at the reports, but added that he was concerned with the way people were celebrating journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder.Earlier, the actor lashed out a Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence in the murder of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh.Prakash Raj, who claims to have known Gauri for the past 35 years, said that her father was a mentor to him. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, the five-time National Award-winning actor said, ““I am worried about the PM’s silence. Is he trying to endorse cruelty espoused by some of his followers,” he added.Speaking after inaugurating the 11th state meet of the Left-oriented Democratic Youth Federation of India here, he said, “Those who killed Gauri may or may not be traced but that apart, there is a huge crowd out there enjoying and celebrating her murder on social media. We all know who they are, what their ideology is. Some of those celebrating this ghastly episode are being followed by none other than Mr Modi himself. This is what worries me, where is our country is headed to?” he questioned, adding that the PM’s silence makes him a “better actor than me”.

Lonavala: Dome of famous Ekvira temple stolen

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Villagers staying around Karla hill near Lonavala woke up on Tuesday to find that the dome of the famous Ekvira temple had been stolen. The Ekvira goddess is a deity revered by the Thackeray family and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray visits the temple at least once every year. The incident came to light at around 7 am on Tuesday morning when some villagers visiting the temple noticed that the golden dome of the temple was missing. The trustees approached the Lonavala rural police and lodged a complaint. Speaking to DNA, assistant police inspector Sadhana Patil, in charge of Lonavala rural police station said, “The dome was stolen between 2 am and 3 am in the wee hours of Tuesday. The incident came to light only after sunrise.”According to villagers, the gold plated dome made of a five metal alloy was donated to the temple by a devotee. The temple area has CCTV cameras and the footage was being examined to find clues. “We are checking the CCTV footage of the temple. We will be questioning the security guards stationed at the site,” Patil added. The temple holds a special importance among the Thackeray family members as Goddess Ekvira is their family deity. Even after the assembly elections in 2014, Uddhav Thackeray had visited the temple with his party’s 63 legislators to seek blessings. Earlier in 2011, a gang of dacoits had attempted to rob the temple, but the bid was foiled by a policeman. In 2016 too, a gang of robbers had decamped with some ornaments from a shrine located at the foothills where devotees offer prayers before climbing the hill and making their way to the main temple.

Koli family’s deep dive into traditional Navaratri festivities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To usher in Navaratri the traditional way, the Bhayes, a Worli-based Koli family, started prepping a week in advance. Based in Koliwada, and just like most fishing community families, the family offers prayer to goddess Ekvira during the nine days celebration of the festival.On the fifth day of Navaratri, a few of the attendees also participate i nthe much anticpated gondhal dance. Speaking on their love for the festival, 64-year-old Nilima Bhaye, said, “We worship goddess Ekvira. A mask of the goddess is kept with a ghat (a pot along with coconut and different leafs). Five different varieties of dry fruits and fruits are kept as an offering. A lamp is also lit for nine days, and we have to be extremely careful to ensure that it remains lit throughout and does not extinguish at all.”Another traditional ritual is the daily visit of a Kumarika, a girl below 12 years of age, invited as a guest. Daughter-in-law Dipti Bhaye said, “We invite one minor girl every day for the nine days. On the fifth day when we arrange Gondhal. We dress up the goddess in a new saree every year and nine variety of grains are also offered. Besides Gondhali, who perform the Gondal, women from our family also dance and celebrate the festival in the most joyful way.” To make it memorable, the family even dresses in the traditional outfits — sarees and ornaments handed down — for the festivities, while they follow the rituals and customs that have been done the same way for the last 32 years.”Different sweets made of jaggery are offered to the goddess Ekvira every day. We don’t repeat a single sweet dish. Guests come home to see the Gondhal being performed. In fact, we started shopping and decorating the house a week before the festival began,” added Dipti.For the fishing community, this festival is as important as Narali Purnima.RITUALS AND CUSTOMSOn the 5th day, the Gondhal dance is performed with friends and family.
Every day, a minor girl, Kumarika, is invited as honoured guest
A mask of goddess Ekvira is kept with a pot, coconut and different leaves
A lamp is lit for nine days continuously and it is ensured that it does not extinguish at all

Sharad, Anwar seek a month’s time to reply to RS communication about disqualification

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JD(U)’s rebel Rajya Sabha members Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar on Monday sought a month’s time to reply to the House’s communication to them, seeking response to the party’s plea for their disqualification.The Rajya Sabha secretariat had asked the Yadav and Anwar to respond within a week, which ended today. The two MPs had said they were busy in political programmes and needed time to prepare their replies. Speaking to reporters after meeting the Rajya Sabha secretary general, Anwar said any decision should not be taken in a hurry and they should be given “natural justice”. “What is the hurry? We should be given an opportunity to explain ourselves. There should be a natural justice,” he said, and demanded that the matter be referred to the ethics committee of the House. Anwar pointed out that the committee is yet to be constituted.He said they have sought one month time to reply to the Rajya Sabha’s communication to them.JD(U) general secretary Sanjay Jha accused the rebel members of resorting to delaying tactics to avoid their disqualification as MPs for alleged anti-party activities. The party’s Rajya Sabha members on August 12 had removed Yadav, who opposed the party’s decision to ally with the BJP in Bihar, as their leader in the House and replaced him with R C P Singh. It had also suspended its Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari from the parliamentary party for attending a meeting of opposition parties convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.Differences between Bihar Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar, and Yadav surfaced after the former snapped ties with the Congress and the RJD, and allied with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar in July.

MU saga: 70K students still waiting for results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After missing four deadlines and a series of glitches caused by its blanket implementation of the new on screen evaluation method, the University of Mumbai is yet to announce results of over 70,000 students.While the answer sheets of 58, 099 students are yet to be evaluated, university officials revealed that answer sheets of 28,498 students are yet to be traced. Close to 4.92 lakh students appeared for various examinations in 2017.A major chunk – over 32,000 answer sheets – yet to be evaluated are from Commerce stream and some courses under distance education.”Some answer sheets have been mixed with those of other subjects and hence are untraceable. However, these answer sheets are very much there with the university and are being physically located,” said acting Director of Board of Examinations and Evaluation, Arjun GhatuleAt a press conference on Monday, university officials informed that results of eight subjects were yet to be declared. Speaking about cases where students were shown ‘absent’ or marked zero, Ghatule attributed it to technical errors in the system.”Students whose results were held in reserve were wrongly coded into the system thus leading to a misunderstanding that these students have been marked absent or failed. We are declaring incremental results of such students gradually,” he said.After the unprecedented crisis, the university had to evaluate manually 26,500 papers largely belonging to the engineering stream. A total of 64,604 papers were evaluated by various sub-centres at Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, etc.With the delay in declaring results, the university is mulling to ensure some buffer seats so students whose results are not declared yet would not miss on admissions.The university’s help desk has so far dealt with over 8,500 grievances over results and issued confidential results for 2,630 students.FIGURES SPEAKAbout 4.92 lakh students appeared for examinations in 2017
Answer sheets of 58, 099 students are yet to be evaluated
Answer sheets of 28,498 students are yet to be traced
Over 32,000 answer sheets from Commerce stream and some distance education courses are yet to be evaluated

No-fly rules: Unruly to face ban from 60 days to life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unruly behaviour inside a flying airplane could get you grounded for a while. After the highly-publicised incident where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit a crew-member inside an Air India flight with his shoes led demands from airlines for a no-fly list, the Centre on Friday unveiled guidelines under which an unruly passenger can be banned for life.The Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), announced by the Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha on Wednesday, categorises punishments into three parts and can land passengers on no-fly lists from periods ranging from two months to a maximum of a lifetime ban. Speaking to reporters, Sinha assured that a passenger will land on a no-fly list only if he or she threatens the security of the flight.A list of blacklisted passengers will be maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and will be compiled from inputs given by private airlines.Passengers considered a threat to national security by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will also be added to the list. After any incident, the airlines must report and investigate the matter with 30 days.As per the new rules, the first category of misdemeanor involves verbal abuse and might lead to a ban of over three months. The second category involves physical assault, the maximum punishment for which is a ban of six months. The third category involves severe behaviour, including sexual harassment, jeopardising the safety of passengers in the flight, and can lead to a lifetime ban and a minimum of a ban for two years.In certain cases, the airlines is bound to file an FIR apart from the decision of the airline’s internal committee. The ministry also announced that they will link the PNRs with unique identification identities such as passport and Aadhaar.As per the rules, a passenger who is on a no-fly list, can approach an appellate authority within 60 days, and then a higher court if he or she is unsatisfied with the ruling of the appellate court.All domestic flights and international flights that flight over India are bound to follow it as per the rules of the Tokyo Convention, 1963.GRADES OF BEHAVIOURFirst grade involves verbal abuse and a ban of over 3 months
Third grade involves severe behaviour that can lead to a lifetime ban

Seculars too have feelings: Javed Akhtar criticises ‘easily offended’ religious groups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising extremist religious groups, noted lyricist Javed Akhtar on Friday stated that even secular and nationalists have feelings. “People often say that a statement has hurt religious sentiment. However, secular and nationalists have feelings,” said Akhtar. Akhtar along with wife and actress Shabana Azmi attended the session ‘My story, Our Story’ on the first day of Pune international Literary Festival 2017. In the session, Akhtar and Azmi threw light on their upbringing in secular environment.Speaking about the upbringing, Akhtar said, “Secularism, social justice, women empowerment all are important values and we grew up learning about these values. These values are part of our DNA and therefore, it pains us when we see these values are being undermined.”Akhtar also stated that concept of the nationalism was part of his integral life. “Today when the national anthem is being played and I see people are walking out, it violates my sensibilities,” he added.Both Azmi and Akhtar spoke about how their parents were part of progressive writers movement and how those social values got imbibed in them. Speaking about their parents, Azmi said, “They wrote to bring social and political change in the society. They always believed that art should be used as an instrument for a social change.”Speaking on the issue of equality in the society, Azmi said, “Men and women are different. There is nothing better or worse in them. You could be a man and do a good feminist work. For that, the artist need not be a woman.”

RSS lauds Modi govt’s handling of Doklam stand-off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lauding the Modi government’s handling of the Doklam standoff, senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Manmohan Vaidya claimed today that the “prestige” of the country in the global arena had got enhanced after the withdrawal of Chinese forces.Vaidya, the ‘Akhil Bhartiya Prachar Pramukh’ of the saffron body, was here for a three-day meeting of the RSS coordination committee in Vrindavan. “The prestige of India and its armed forces has gone up internationally after the withdrawal of the armed forces of China from Doklam,” Vaidya claimed. China had never displayed such a gesture in the past, he said.On demonetization , Vaidya said that gradually people have started understanding its value. The fruitful result of demonetization would be seen shortly, he added. He also said that the country can overcome a slowdown as the family system is very strong. Speaking about the coordination committee meeting, Vaidya said that there was no discussion about 2019 Lok Sabha polls or the functioning of the government. Representatives of various all India organisations of the RSS appreciated the work of ‘Seema Suraksha Jagran Manch’ in the border areas, he said and added that the stress was on solving problems related to education, employment and other local issues.Representatives of various RSS bodies advocated promoting small, medium and agriculture based industries to overcome unemployment, he stated. He said the coordination meeting also discussed casteism and to overcome the evil, encouraging people to follow the ideology of the Sangh. It is not necessary to be a member of RSS to inculcate within the ideology of the RSS, he said.Vaidya said that it was also discussed about how to strengthen the position of India as the world was changing fast and happenings in Asia were at the centrestage. The value of spirituality’, importance of good values and ‘Swadeshi’ were also discussed in detail, Vaidya said. Besides RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the meeting.

GST workshop for babus held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A workshop for the officers of Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) on GST law and its provisions was organised on Friday by RAS association. Speaking on the occasion, chief secretary Ashok Jain said that having knowledge of the GST is essential for the administrative officers. He said that the knowledge of the provisions of the new taxation law will help the officers in carrying out their responsibilities.Addressing the RAS officers, who were present in large numbers at the Harishchandra Mathur Rajasthan Institute of Public Administration (OTS), Jain pointed out that GST has affected the lives of people in direct as well as indirect way. He called upon the RAS officers to carry the message to the public that GST is a law of utility.Additional chief secretary of finance DB Gupta, who also addressed the RAS officers referred to famous economist Adam Smith to explain the new taxation law. Speaking about the sayings of Smith, Gupta said that he said that tax should be such which is easy to be collected and enough revenue can be collected from tax.“GST fulfills this principle. With the implementation of GST, the government will get enough funds for carrying out the public welfare scheme and for the creation of basic infrastructure,” he said.Prior this, in his welcome address President of RAS association Pawan Arora, said that the objective of the workshop was to provide detailed information of GST to RAS officers and to clear their doubts. He said that with the implementation of this law, the taxation process has become easy.48 ras officers promoted48 RAS officers promoted to the super time scale. As many as 48 RAS officers were promoted in the super time scale on Friday. An order issued by the department of personnel (DOP) says that on the recommendation of departmental promotion committee (DPC), these RAS officers have been promoted to this grade. The DPC was constituted under the RAS service rules of 1952 rule 32. Three positions of RAS officers in this grade have been kept vacant as the annual work evaluation report of RAS officers Onkar Mal, Lakshmi Kant Balot and Abha Jain has been not completed. In the order issued by the principal secretary of DOP Sanjay Malhotra, all the officers have been asked to keep working on the present post.

India to improve connectivity with Africa and Pacific nations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India plans to put in more effort in the maritime space to its south towards the Indian Ocean to increase connectivity with East Africa as well as with the Pacific islands. Speaking at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said growth and connectivity are now central to India’s foreign policy thinking. “The approach of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (collective action, inclusive growth) is as much a belief in international relations as it is in domestic development,” he said.Jaishankar said the growth and connectivity initiatives were truly global and that there was need to make these initiatives people-centric to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are reflected. “It is particularly necessary if we are to ensure that such initiatives are demand-driven and locally owned. Today’s gathering is one step in that direction. I am confident that it would contribute to the emergence of a broad consensus on this set of issues,” he said.He further said there was need to come up with initiatives based on universally recognised international norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality. “There must be a strong sense of local ownership which can only happen with consultative project designing, transfer of technology and encouragement of skills,” he added. He also said there is need to ensure financial responsibility so that there is no encouragement of unsustainable debts. He called for activities that must fully conform to balanced ecological and environmental protection and preservation standards….& ANALYSISSince Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister, India has significantly improved its position in the international political arena.
Now, with steps like this, India is not only emerging as a global political entity, but as an able global leader.

TN Speaker issues notices to 19 pro-Dinakaran MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tamil Nadu Speaker P. Dhanapal on Thursday issued notices to 19 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MLAs supporting sidelined deputy chief T. T. V. Dhinakaran, seeking a clarification on a plea for their disqualification. The 19 MLAs, who are currently lodged at a resort at Puducherry, are part of the faction led by the now jailed AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran. The chief whip of the ruling AIADMK urged Speaker Dhanapal to disqualify the 19 MLAs, who have rebelled against Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. The 19 MLAs had submitted a memorandum to state Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao for withdrawing their support to the Chief Minister, as they were upset over the coming together of the two major factions of the AIADMK. Speaking to ANI, AIADMK leader, E Rathinasabapathy said, ?Dinakaran remains our leader, Sasikala is our general secretary. Soon all will be united.” Earlier in the day, Chief Whip S. Rajendran said that by withdrawing support to the Chief Minister, the dissenting MLAs had attracted the provision of the anti-defection law. The move comes as the opposition parties have been demanding the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chandni Chowk residents welcome SC’s triple talaq verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court’s landmark judgement on triple talaq has brought a smile not just to the face of Muslim women across the country, but other people too. Speaking to DNA, Rakesh Kumar who owns a shop in Chandhni Chowk’s Kinari market said, “It (the Supreme Court ruling) was not only about Muslim women, but it’s about every women. Even Hindu women are married in Muslim households, so if they are given a divorce in such a manner then it is obviously an issue. We all must welcome the Supreme Court’s decision.”The Supreme Court’s decision was welcomed by the elders in the area as well. Tipu Khan, who pulls a rickshaw on the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk, welcomed the verdict and said, “For a father it takes a lot of hard work to marry his daughter but it just takes three words for some short tempered person to destroy her life.”However, others felt that the court’s judgement is just a start for the fight towards equality for Muslim women, Speaking with DNA, Barkha (name changed on request) said, “There are men who see females as a commodity and not as human. The Supreme Court’s verdict is an appropriate answer to these men.”

Cow dying of corruption in Govt.-owned cow shelter, alleges Mayawati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that even ‘cow’ has now been politicized like the issue of Ram Temple, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) asked, why the very animal, who is one of the biggest political agenda today, is dying of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government’s negligence. In a press release, Mayawati alleged corruption in the government supported- cow shelter, where cows have died of starvation. “While the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) goes out of its way to project cow as ‘holy” and there on the other hand, cows are killed by starvation in the government-owned cow shelter,” the press release read. “The religious feelings of the people should be prevented from being hurt, adding that saffronisation will not be accepted here,” it added. Owner of a government-aided private cow shelter (Gaushala) has been arrested, where over 200 cows died in two days due to starvation and lack of proper care. Harish Verma, owner of Gaushala, is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam. He has been running the shelter for the last seven years. However, Verma dusted off the allegations stating that he had been seeking financial support for the shelter from the state government for the past two years, but nothing worked out. Speaking to the reporters, Verma said, “My cow shelter is overcrowded. There are more than 650 cows against the capacity of 220. I had intimated the government many a times that I am not able feed them, but all went in vain. More than Rs. 10 lakh meant for the cow shelter is pending with the government and they have not granted it till now. I am not guilty for the deaths”. Rajpur’s Sarpanch Pati Sevaram Sahu alleged that he found many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around, which made them suspicious. “We noticed J.C. Bamford (JCB) machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and informed media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying around. The cows buried near the shelter are yet to be exhumed,” he said. Further, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter, confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to starvation or lack of proper care. “A four-member team led by deputy director of animal husbandry was constituted to probe into the causes of death and the reports of post-mortem. We have done post mortem for the cows, reports are awaited but prima facie it seems proper care of the cows was not taken. The exact death figures are yet to ascertained and investigation was on”. “Villagers claimed that more than 200 cows died in last few days because of lack of fodder, which seems to be true. We will submit a detailed report to the district magistrate and action would be taken accordingly,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah Bano’s lawyer praises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lawyer in Shah Bano Case, Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday praised the Modi-led government for its resolve in delegitimising triple talaq stating that with this decision the Muslim women will live with equality in the country. Speaking to ANI, Khan said, ?I?m glad over Supreme Court’s verdict on triple talaq. I thank the Modi-led government for its resolve in delegitimising on this issue. We should welcome this and the result will be great if accepted by all. After this women can live with equality and can also take part in country?s development?. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court struck down the practice of Triple Talaq as ‘unconstitutional’ by a 3:2 majority. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar, deciding on the verdict, was seemingly split on the legality of the practice. CJI Khehar, while pronouncing the judgement, said, “Talaq-e-biddat is not violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution”, but did say that there was a need for Parliament to on enact a law on the issue at the earliest. The decision came soon after the apex court resumed the hearing on the matter on Tuesday morning.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trump seeks India’s more help in Afghanistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> United States President Donald Trump has sought more help from India in Afghanistan. Speaking from the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Va., Trump said, ?We will develop a deeper strategic partnership with India, but we want them to help us more in Afghanistan.? He further added that ?India makes billions of dollars with the United States in trade; we want them to help us more in Afghanistan?. It is notable that India has been actively helping Afghanistan in the reconstruction of the terror-torn country. India aided the overthrow of the Taliban and became the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Afghanistan. Indians are working in various construction projects, as part of India’s rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan. US President?s desire for an increased role of India in Afghanistan is a blow for Pakistan as it is opposed to Indian presence in Kabul. In the aftermath of the 2008 Indian embassy bombing in Kabul, the Afghan Foreign Ministry quoted India as a “brother country” and the relationship between the two as one which “no enemy can hamper”. Relations between Afghanistan and India received a major boost in 2011 with the signing of a strategic partnership agreement, Afghanistan’s first since the Soviet invasion of 1979. According to a 2010 Gallup survey, Afghan adults are more likely to approve of India’s leadership than Chinese or U.S. leadership. Trump?s desire of a bigger Indian role in Afghanistan is a blow for Pakistan, which has been opposing New Delhi?s presence in Kabul. Pakistan alleges the Indian intelligence agency RAW is working in cover to malign Pakistan and train and support insurgents. This claim has been rejected strongly by India and the United States, which is historically being a strong ally of Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lalu Yadav-Nitish Kumar-Sharad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashatriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday said that the real Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) with Sharad Yadav as the head will prevail over the one with Nitish Kumar. Speaking to ANI about the parallel meetings being chaired by Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, he said that Yadav?s name is synonymous with the JD(U). He said, ?All the supporters of the JD(U) are with Sharad Yadav. He is the founder of the party and the people who were loyal to him are with him.? Lalu added that the Nitish Kumar Government is the root cause of corruption. He cited the Srijan Scandal, where an NGO allegedly siphoned off an estimated Rs. 700 crore of public funds, as an example. ?The amount involved in the Srijan Scam is increasing every day. He joined the BJP, so that the CBI raids against him don?t prove anything,? he said. Yadav also said that he would file a petition in the Supreme Court to seek a probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parrikar returning as Defence Min will unleash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Friday lashed out Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar stating that the post of defense minister of the country should be taken seriously, adding that he was also a complete failure during his reign. His remarks came after the Shiv Sena published an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, saying that Parrikar’s image, as an honest and true politician has been proved wrong now, in the wake of the viral video. Speaking at a press conference here, Uddhav said, ?Parrikar should have taken the post of defense minister seriously. Parrikar saying that if he lost the by-election in Goa then he would become the defense minister came as a shock to us. If he comes back to power then unending chaos would arise in the country?. Earlier in the day, another Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lambasted Parrikar asserting that, it seems he is afraid that he will lose and the people will not accept him. ?This is a democracy; if your people do not choose you and you lose, then go and sit at your home. You say, I will go to the Centre and be the defence minister again after losing. Is defence ministry of the country a game?” Raut said. The Shiv Sena leader rued the fact that there is no full-time defence minister in the country. Parrikar had resigned as the defence minister and was sworn-in as the Goa Chief Minister on March 14 this year. The by-election in Panaji and Valpoi constituencies will be held on August 23. Parrikar is contesting the Panaji Assembly by-polls against Girish Chodankar of the Congress and Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch. ( ANI) Ends Vt/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress backs EC’s comments about ‘new normal’ in politics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Election Commissioner (EC) O.P. Rawat said that winning the elections at all costs is the new normal, the Congress, backing the statement, suggested that the EC should initiate reforms regarding the electoral finance reforms. Speaking to ANI on the same, Congress leader Manish Tiwari further said that the laws made by the current government regarding the funding to political parties need to be looked into. ?The kind of laws which this government is enacting- making corporate donations anonymous through the process of bonds, removing the cap on the amount of their net profit, which a company can donate to an political party- are all retrogressive steps in their entirety,” he said. He urged the EC to kick-start a debate in the country to look into the electoral finance reforms. Yestreday, the Election Commission stated that winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is a new normal in politics. “Democracy thrives when elections are free, fair and transparent. However, it appears to a cynical common man. We have been scripting narrative that places maximum premium on winning at all costs to the exclusion of ethical considerations. Winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is new normal in politics,” Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said, while addressing the press conference. He also stated that it is this ‘creeping new normal of political morality’ that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, and constitutional authorities. The elections watchdog’s comments have come in the wake of the recent report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), according to which, the corporate houses donated a total of Rs. 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, making up 89 per cent of the total contribution from the known sources. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received the most corporate donations at more than Rs. 705 crore. Speaking on Amit Shah?s statement of securing 350 plus seats in the 2019 elections, Tiwari took a dig at the BJP President and said that he might be left only 35 seats in 2019. ?With the growing tension at ground level in the country, I think Mr. Shah will be left with only 35 seats in 2019,? he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP mocks TN Commission over Jayalalithaa’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mocking the Tamil Nadu Commission for constituting probe on former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa death, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday stated that there should be prima facie or evidence, on basis of which, the probe can take place. Speaking to ANI, saffron party leader Subramanian Swamy said, ?At who?s expense- is it the tax payers? expense? No problem, they can have one more. But the matter of fact is that there should be some prima facie and evidence for which the probe can take place. According to that all necessary action can be taken?. Further speaking on the probe, Swamy stated that investigation should be done as nobody has anything to hide or save. ?We accepted the prestigious Apollo Hospital?s report, wherein all foreign specialist and members and categorically stated that she had a natural death. Then why probe and other evidence to be put forward. This move is a politically motivated one. Investigation should be done as nobody has anything to hide or save,? he said. Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe into the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa. Palaniswami stated that the probe into Jaya?s death had been one of the key demands of the O. Panneerselvam faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) for its planned merger with the EPS grouping. Palaniswami said, ?Commission will be constituted under a retired judge to probe death of Amma (J. Jayalalithaa). The Chief Minister also announced that Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa, Veda Nilayam, will be turned into a museum. ?Her (Jayalalithaa) Poes Garden residence in Chennai will be made into a memorial,? said Palaniswami said. Jayalalithaa led the AIADMK till she died in December after months in hospital. Sasikala, in February, decided she should become Chief Minister herself. But her plans collapsed when she was convicted by the Supreme Court for corruption and sentenced to jail for four years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police detain Akhilesh Yadav on way to attend protest rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav was today detained by the police here when he was on his way to Auraiya to attend a protest rally. Yadav, who was later released and allowed to go to Lucknow, attacked the Yogi Adityanath government in the state alleging that it was misusing state machinery. The former chief minister was stopped near an under- construction toll plaza in the Hasanganj police station area on the Lucknow-Agra expressway and taken to the agriculture research centre in Dhaurhara from where he was allowed to return to Lucknow, Circle Officer (CO) Dhirendra Kumar Singh said. Speaking to newspersons, Akhilesh attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. “I was going to Auriaya to meet my party workers who were subjected to barbaric police action…The state government wants to win the zila panchayat post by misusing official machinery…My workers did not do anything wrong in Auraiya,” he said. This dictatorial attitude with the help of police will not be tolerated, Yadav said. “The BJP is only doing politics over cow,” he claimed. On a question about the tragic death of several children in a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, he said it was a result of the government’s failure. Yesterday, the police had detained some senior SP leaders after workers allegedly turned violent at not being allowed to accompany their candidate for the zila panchayat chairperson’s post to the nomination room in the Auraiya collectorate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swamy dubs Love Jihad as ‘dimension of terrorism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Dubbing ‘Love Jihad’ as a dimension of terrorism, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Thursday asserted that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is the appropriate agency for the investigation as in the latest case the girl was allegedly being sent to the ISIS. Speaking to ANI here, Swamy said, “The Love Jihad is a dimension of terrorism; they are going to be recruited for terrorist activities. These Love Jihadis are preying on young girls. They are compromising them, taking photographs of them, blacking them and then making them convert to Islam. In the latest case, the girl was being sent to the ISIS. So, therefore the NIA is the appropriate agency for the investigation into this.” Swamy further stated that this Love Jihad is an induced conversion against the Constitution of India. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had ordered the NIA to investigate the Kerala Love Jihad case, besides asking retired Apex Court judge Justice R.V. Raveendran to monitor the matter. The case pertains to the annullment of the marriage of a Hindu woman to a Muslim man, post her conversion, by the Kerala High Court as it amounted to ?Love Jihad?. Shafin, who had married Akhila Ashokan in December last, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage. The Kerala government said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. The SC said that after getting inputs from the NIA and Kerala police probe, it would interview Akhila to ascertain her views.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian woman faces sexual harassment in Riyadh, sister seeks Sushma Swaraj’s help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The family of a woman, hailing from Hyderabad, who allegedly faced mental and sexual harassment from her employer in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, has sought the help of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Speaking to ANI here, the elder sister of Humera, Reshma, said, “My sister is often beaten and is not even given adequate food to eat. One of the employer also dragged my sisters hand with bad intentions. She screamed and ran away from his room. Later, they used to confine my sister in a locked room for four to five days and threatened Humera with dire consequences if she tried to run away.” The women went to Riyadh on July 23 believing the fake promises of the agent Sayeed that she would get an opportunity to do “UMRAH” which is necessary to Muslims to do once in a life. Humera was told by the agent that she would also have to work as a caretaker of a small family on a monthy salary of Rs. 25,000 per month. Feeling helpless, the sister firstly approached the local police station, but no action was taken against the agent. The victim said they were harassing her mentally, physically and sexually and asked her sister to rescue her from there at any cost or else she would commit suicide. The sister further urged Sushma Swaraj to rescue her sibling.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Instead of imposing, inspire youth to adopt Vande Mataram CK Bose

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray claimed that the government should bring in a law to make singing of Vande Mataram compulsory, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose on Wednesday said that instead of imposing something, we should inspire the youth to such an extent that they themselves adopt such a thing. Speaking to ANI, Bose said discipline must be maintained but regimentation will not work in a democratic setup. ?India is a nation where we have all religion, castes, people of different sects, so we should not impose anything on the nation. We should inspire the youth of the nation to such an extent that they themselves would adopt Vande Mataram or Jana Gana Mana, or Jai Hind?I think this should come naturally among the citizens of India. We should not impose anything because we are a democratic nation,? he said. He further said that the patriotic fervour, the nationalism, the spirit is presently lacking among the youth of the nation. ?As leaders we need to inculcate this spirits among the youth,? he added. Thackrey had earlier said that ?nationalism shouldn’t be part of just January 26 and August 15 celebrations. It should become integral part of life.? Speaking at the 57th anniversary event of Marathi cartoon weekly ‘Marmik’, founded by his father, Sena patriarch late Bal Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief said the singing of the national song should not be restricted to certain days. “What is wrong in singing Vande Mataram and why should it be sung only on select days? It should be sung every day. Bring in a law for the same (to make its recitation mandatory),” Thackeray said. “There should be no display of false pride. There should be a stringent law for compulsory singing of Vande Mataram,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Army on trail of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> On the occasion of Independence Day, Lieutenant General J S Sandhu on Tuesday remembered 22-year-old Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz who was killed by terrorists in Shopian, and assured that his killers have been identified and that the Indian Army is on their trail. Speaking to the reporters here, the GoC 15 Corps said, ?Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz was the cynosure of all eyes in his Rajputana Rifles unit at Jammu district?s Akhnoor sub-division. He was loved by his colleagues, and performed every task allotted to him in an immaculate fashion. It commits to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice. I would also like to assure that the people involved in his killing are identified and we are on their trail. We will soon provide him and his family justice?. Further speaking on Army Goodwill School which is renamed as Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz, Sandhu said it is a symbolic dedication to him for others to join us in future. ?To coincide with the 71st Independence Day of our Country Army Goodwill School Behibagh in Kulgam renamed as Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School and Computer museum are being dedicated in the school and simultaneously today in various schools of District Pulwama , Bandipora, Ganderbal, Shopian, and Anantnag in South Kashmir,? Sandhu said. Further adding on the normalcy in the Valley, Sandhu stated that people participating in protests and agitation are reducing. ?The number of protests in Valley and people participating in it are reducing. People are fed up with agitations and want their lives to go on normally, which is a good thing not just for us but for the citizens of the state. We have been fighting terrorism for 27 years but are confident of making major dent and bringing things under control to great extent,? he added. On May 11, a bullet-riddled body of Lieutenant Fayaz was found in Shopian district of south Kashmir hours after he was abducted by militants from a wedding procession. Lieutenant Fayaz, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin’s wedding in Shopian. The autopsy report showed marks on his body, indicating that the officer had resisted the suspected militants who had abducted him. He was fired at from a close range, and the bullets had hit his head and stomach or chest region. Locals said two masked men entered the house at 8 p.m.. The men asked Lt Fayaz, who was unarmed, to accompany them, and warned the family not to inform the police. The killing caused anger among locals who demanded that the men responsible be identified and punished.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

With 20 MLAs supporting him, Dinakaran declares himself as Jaya’s heir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as two warring factions of the AIADMK — led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamiand former CM O Panneerselvam — are warming up for the merger, sidelined party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran on Monday showcased his clout in the ruling party by parading 20 MLAs and four MPs at a massive rally at Melur near Madurai.Days after being ousted as party’s deputy general secretary, Dinakaran, nephew of party general secretary VK Sasikala, arrived at the meeting venue with the party cadre welcoming him all along akin to the reception given to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.Predictably, Dinakaran, who was expelled from the party along with his aunt Sasikala in December 2012 by Jayalalalithaa, declared himself as the late leader’s true political heir. Speaking from the dais modelled on the AIADMK’s headquarters in Chennai, he said if ‘Chinamma’ wanted she could have become Chief Minister on the day Amma (Jayalalithaa) passed away. He said she could have made him or any of his family members the CM when a certain situation prevented her from heading the AIADMK government.Dinakaran’s meeting takes place on a day when Panneerselvam met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to apprise about the progress of merger talks. BJP sources in Tamil Nadu said that the merger of the EPS and the OPS factions would help face the challenge posed by Dinakaran more effectively. The MLAs supporting Dinakaran has come down from 37 in last week to 20. “If the merger happens, the MLAs supporting Dinakaran will come back,” BJP sources said.The combined strength of the AIADMK in the Assembly is 135 MLAs, including the Speaker. With one vacant seat in the 234 Assembly, the ruling party requires 117 MLAs for a simple majority.Dinakaran, however, denied that the meeting was called to topple the government, and accused some of spreading false propaganda. Appealing to the party cadre, he said, “We have to retrieve our Two Leaves symbol. We have the duty to win in a big way in Lok Sabha polls. We have the responsibility of strengthening the party.” On Panneerselvam’s demand for probe into Jayalalithaa’s death, he said those who were holding power at that time would be investigated first. “We are open for a probe,” he declared.Hitting out at the ministers and office-bearers who passed a resolution against him, he said that 27 people (those who signed the resolution) sitting in the party HQ in Chennai cannot decide the fate of the party. “They passed the resolution under fear and pressure,” he noted.

Govt working on a permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir Valley had declined and that the Centre was working towards a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. Singh also lauded the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s efforts in curbing terrorism and added that the state government had not posed any obstruction in the fight against terrorism. “…whatever steps we are now taking in Kashmir is towards a permanent solution of the issue. I will not like to clarify much, and it would not be proper too. Kashmir should maintain its identity,” Singh said while replying to questions on the Kashmir issue at an event organised by India TV. There has been a decline in incidents of stone pelting in the valley, but the government is “not satisfied with this and stone pelting must stop altogether”, a statement quoted him as saying. “We have to provide jobs to Kashmiri youths,” he added. Speaking on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, the minister said various steps were taken during the tenure of the late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and that land was earmarked for their stay in the valley. “At that time it was decided that a certain percentage of people from other communities would also be settled with them. But conditions have changed thereafter for the worse, and the implementation is getting delayed. I cannot say that this will happen in a year or six months. It cannot be done in a hurry,” he said. Singh retreated the government’s stand that talks with Pakistan would resume only after it stopped the use of its soil for terror activities against India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Want to set up Patanjali factory in Kashmir: Ramdev

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yoga guru Ramdev today said his consumer products company is in the process of acquiring land in Jammu and Kashmir to set up a unit there and would also offer jobs to youth in the state. Speaking on terrorism in the country, Ramdev said, “Any one who masters the art of Yoga can never become a terrorist”. Not a single person who mastered Yoga ever became a terrorist in history”. Replying to questions on violence in the Kashmir Valley, he said children should be taught good things about all religions as it will bring harmony among religions. “I believe Yoga can cure the thought process of those creating menace in the valley,” he said while speaking at the the India TV conclave. Ramdev said Patanjali is in the process of acquiring 150 acres of land in Jammu and Kashmir, and would be offering jobs to Kashmiri youth. He also called for boycott of Chinese goods, saying that India is ready to counter China on every front. “Even the idols of our gods are imported from China. As Indians, we should boycott Chinese products for the reason that it (China) supports Pakistan,” he added. The Yoga exponent, known for his airing his political views, said India should take back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and support Balochistan’s movement for independence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah’s strategy will not work in Karna: Siddaramaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today sought to dismiss BJP President Amit Shah’s assertion that the saffron party will wrest power in the state assembly polls in 2018, saying his “strategy” of Uttar Pradesh would not succeed here. He also said that any attempt to break the society would not be possible in Karnataka, as “secularism was deep rooted” in the state. “Yesterday, Amit Shah has arrived here and I am told that he will formulate a (poll) strategy. We are also in the politics for 40 years…but no strategy will be effective (here),” Siddaramaiah said. Shah, who arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to Karnataka to re-energise the rank and file, had said that the BJP in the state was united and it would return to power in the assembly polls under the leadership of state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa. Speaking at a public event in Kalaburagi, the Chief Minister said “Someone’s house may be raided, the ED or the CBI may be sent behind someone… “I want to tell Shah that only these things can be done, but communal activities or attempts to break the society is impossible on Karnataka’s land, as this is the land of Basavanna, Kuvempu and Kanakadasa where they have sown the seeds of secularism that has grown into a huge tree today,” he said. Sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka, Shah had yesterday declared that the party was united and said, ‘Ab Ki Baar, BJP Sarkar’ (This time, a BJP government). Calling Siddaramaiah-led Congress government as “corrupt”, he had asked the people to over throw it. Hitting back at Shah, Siddaramaiah today said the BJP’s strategy would not be successful in Karnataka. “They say, they did a strategy for Uttar Pradesh, they will also do here. Why they couldn t do it in Punjab, Goa, and Manipur? It is impossible to do any such strategy in Karnataka,” he said. Targeting Yeddyurappa, the Chief Minister termed his target of winning 150 of the 224 assembly seats in the polls due early next year an “illusion”. “Wherever he goes and come, he speaks about mission 150, it’s only an illusion,” Siddaramaiah said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Make singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ must in all schools: BJP MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP chief whip in the Maharashtra Assembly, Raj Purohit, today said the Centre should make the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ mandatory in all schools in the country. The veteran MLA welcomed the Mumbai civic body’s decision to make the recitation of ‘Vande Mataram’ compulsory in the civic body-run schools. The general body of the Shiv Sena-ruled Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) had yesterday passed a proposal to make singing of the national song compulsory in the civic-run schools twice a week. The proposal has been sent to the civic commissioner for administrative nod. Speaking in the Assembly, Purohit termed it as a good move. “I congratulate the BMC (officially called the MCGM) for making the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ compulsory in its schools. It is a good move,” said the BJP chief whip in the lower house. Talking to reporters outside the Assembly, Purohit said the Centre should replicate this move at the national-level. “I am also going to make a request to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to make the singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ mandatory in all schools across the country,” he said. “I have written a letter and will send it to him soon,” the lawmaker from Mumbai said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttarakhand CM meets President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today met President Ram Nath Kovind and invited him to visit Badrinath-Kedarnath pilgrimage sites. Speaking to reporters after meeting the president, Rawat said that Kovind has accepted his invitation and is expected to visit Uttarakhand in September. To a query over the issue of Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand, Rawat said it is the “issue of the country” and any decision regarding it will be taken by the Centre. He also met Union Minister Uma Bharti and discussed various projects related to the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong must defend liberty, freedom of individuals,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that the party must defend liberty and freedom of individuals and institutions. Speaking at the special CWC meeting here today, she also expressed concerns over the rise in cases of “self vigilantism”. Her remarks come on a day when the party petitioned the Election Commission for cancellation of two votes of its “disgruntled” MLAs during Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat. “Congress must always defend the liberty and freedom of individual and institutions. Anguished by assault on freedom; self-appointed vigilantes are a threat to liberty and enemy of pluralism and diversity,” Gandhi said at the meeting. AICC in-charge of communication Randeep Surjewala also said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concerns during the meeting about India’s youth and peasantry as also multiple problems persisting post demonetisation and GST. Rahul Gandhi skipped the special meeting of the CWC on the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement as he is down with fever. The meeting discussed the contribution of the Congress in the movement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP finds ammunition against Congress in Jairam Ramesh’s remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that his party is in ?existential crisis?, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday took a jibe at his statement saying that the grand old party should revamp its leadership. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, ?Jairam Ramesh should collect all his Indian Swadesi colleagues of Congress and give a new leadership to the Congress party.? In a veiled attack at Congress vice-president Sonia Gandhi, Swamy said that the grand old party is working under the leadership of ?foreign elements? who don?t know anything about India. ?Because of their negative programme they attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have got a programme. Hindutva, anti corruption, good governance is our programme. What is Congress party?s programme? The Congress party has just got some foreign elements heading the party who don?t know anything about India,? he added. Ramesh on Monday said that the grand old party is currently facing an ?existential crisis? and called for ?a collective effort? to overcome the challenges it is facing from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. ?I would say that the Congress is facing an existential crisis. It is not an electoral crisis. The party really is in deep crisis. We have to understand we are up against Prime Minister Modi, Amit Shah. And they think differently, they act differently, and if we are not flexible in our approach, we will become irrelevant, frankly,? Ramesh said in an interview. Ramesh said the Congress party must understand that India has changed and the party should also change accordingly. “Old slogans don’t work, old formulas don’t work, old mantras don’t work. India has changed, the Congress party has to change,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress slams ‘power drunk’ BJP after Haryana leader stops ambulance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Tuesday condemned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for being ?drunk with power? after one of its leaders stalled an ambulance which led to the death of a patient in Haryana?s Fatehabad. Speaking to ANI here, Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee said, “They (BJP) are drunk with power and they can do anything. It is extremely insensitive on his part to get into an argument with that ambulance in which there was a patient.” Alleging that this is not BJP-raj, but the ‘jungle raj’ , Mukherjee stated that the BJP leaders and workers are doing whatever they want without taking any kind of consideration for anybody else including a patient, who died because of this delay. A Haryana BJP leader has been accused of holding up an ambulance in Haryana?s Fatehabad causing death of the patient being taken for treatment. BJP leader Darshan Nagpal allegedly stopped an ambulance after it hit his vehicle for half an hour. According to reports, patient?s relatives said soon after the ambulance hit BJP leader?s car, he gave a chase and intercepted it which caused a delay in patient?s treatment. Nagpal allegedly got into an argument with the driver and family members and also took away the ambulance keys. This is the second blow to BJP in Haryana. Earlier this week, Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala landed in soup after his son got arrested for stalking the daughter of an IAS officer in Chandigarh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hyper-nationalism a manifestation of insecurity: Outgoing V-P Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what was his last speech, outgoing Vice-President said that tolerance is a pragmatic formula for the functioning of society without conflict between different religions and political ideologies, among others. Ansari was speaking on Sunday at the 25th annual convocation of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.”Tolerance alone is not a strong enough foundation for building an inclusive and pluralistic society and it must be coupled with “understanding and acceptance”. In this regard, he recalled Swami Vivekananda’s words, “We must not only tolerate other religions, but positively embrace them, as truth is the basis of all religions.”In his lengthy address, the Vice-President touched upon secularism, nationalism and tolerance in the context of development across the country. Speaking on nationalism, Ansari said that more recently, an alternate viewpoint of ‘purifying exclusivism’ has tended to intrude into and take over the political and cultural landscape. “One manifestation of it is ‘an increasingly fragile national ego’ that threatens to rule out any dissent, however innocent. Hyper-nationalism and the closing of the mind is also ‘a manifestation of insecurity about one’s place in the world,” he said.He also said that while ensuring that external and domestic security is an essential duty of the state, there seems to be a trend towards sanctification of military might overlooking former US President George Washington’s caution about overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty.On tolerance and acceptance of all people, Ansari said it was an essential national virtue to promote harmony transcending sectional diversities. “The urgency of giving this a practical shape at national, state and local levels through various suggestions in the public domain is highlighted by enhanced apprehensions of insecurity among segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians.”With agency inputs

ONGC gives Rs 6.78 cr for clean Tirumala initiative to TTD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ONGC today handed over Rs 6.78 crore for “clean Tirumala” initiative under Swachh Bharat Mission to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which governs the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here. This was the first instalment of Rs 13 crore offered by the central public enterprise to the temple as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Director for Human Resources D D Mishra handed over a cheque for Rs 6,78,25,800 towards the initiative to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthnam (TTD) Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal here. Speaking on this occasion, Singhal said the temple attracted over 2.5 crore devotees annually. ONGC would release the second instalment amount to the temple soon, Mishra said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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