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8% of GDP is spent on govt salaries

India spends a whopping Rs 10.18 trillion on the emoluments of government employees, both at the centre and in states, a staggering 8.15% of the country’s GDP.Taken against the backdrop of spending on education, health and defence, the figures show a large chunk of government budget goes into the salaries, pensions and allowances of government employees, leaving a trickle for social sector and development activities.A note submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to a parliamentary panel highlighted the fact that out of the total GDP of India amounting to 124.88 trillion, Rs 10.18 trillion is spent on paying salaries, etc.The Committee on Estimates chaired by veteran BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, while reviewing the performance of all India services, found that a huge expenditure was met on wages, besides the expenditure on building infrastructure like offices and houses for bureaucracy, rather on delivery.The panel had actually asked the government to furnish details of total expenditure incurred on Indian Administrative Service (IAS) , Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers posted at the Centre and in states and its share in the GDP. But the government while circumventing the request submitted an overall data related to all government employees without specifying services.The government in its presentation stated that there was no study at hand to suggest expenditures incurred on officers belonging to superior services. Taking exception to the fact that there was mechanism to find out the expenditure and its share in the GDP, the panel agreed that bureaucracy was fully committed to citizens and reflects hopes and aspirations, but said it should be held accountable for accomplishments, when it is being paid from the exchequer.According to figures, the salaries of 10 million central government employees account for 12.6% of the central government’s total expenditure. The government recently accepted the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, doubling the minimum starting salary from the current Rs 7,000 per month to Rs 18,000 per month. The Commission’s recommendations added an extra 0.7% burden on the GDP and a yearly burden of 102,000 crore.The government also admitted that payment of salaries, wages and other allowances to government employees is the main element of Gross value added (GVA) — the total output and measure of the value of goods and services.

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Minor actor molested: Accused sent to police custody till Dec 13

The person accused of molesting a minor actor, has been sent to police custody till December 13.In a trial that took place today, the police demanded a 14 day-custody of the accused citing that it needed to investigate the characteristic background of the accused, check if he is a repeat offender and verify his basic credentials.The defendant argued that he was sleeping, and thus had no intention of molesting the minor actor. The accused also alleged that he was raided and arrested from his residence without any notice, and that he should have been given notice to join the investigation.Earlier in the day, the wife of the accused passenger denied the allegation and said her husband’s foot was kept on the armrest but not with an intention to harass.The accused was yesterday arrested by Mumbai’s Sahar Police and was today brought before the court.Also readIt’s a publicity stunt! Says minor Bollywood actress’ alleged molester’s wifeThe incident came to light when the actor shared the ordeal she had to go through in an Instagram story.Hours after the actress made the allegation, the Air Vistara apologised and said they had zero tolerance for such behaviour.Also readMinor actress molesation case: Accused arrested by Sahar Police in MumbaiThe airline authorities also ordered an investigation into the matter and said they were talking to its crew and reaching out to fellow passengers to “understand the incident at greater length.”Taking cognisance of the matter, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the accused passenger would be put on the no-fly list if the allegations were found to be true.

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Stone pelting: J&K CM orders review of cases against youth for 2015-2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today directed a panel to review cases against youth facing charges of in stone-pelting in the2015-2017 period, and furnish recommendations in ten days.Mufti had yesterday announced the beginning of the process of withdrawal of cases against youths accused of first-time involvement. The decision was taken considering the suggestion of the Centre’s special representative Dineshwar Sharma, an official spokesperson said. “In a decision of immense significance, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today ordered the review of cases against the youth for the period 2015-2017 (till date) by an already constituted committee and furnishing of its recommendations within 10 days,” the spokesman said.The panel tasked with reviewing cases against youth for the 2008-2014 period has been asked to review the cases for 2015-2017 cases as well, according to a government order. Soon after assuming the office of chief minister in April, 2016, Mufti had set in motion a process to review cases against youth from 2008 to 2014 which, however, was disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the later part of the year. The chief minister described today’s decision as a ray of hope for “these young boys and their families”. She hoped the decision would help in creating a positive and conciliatory atmosphere in the state.Mufti yesterday announced withdrawal of cases against youths accused of being involved in stone-pelting for the first time. She said this confidence building measure reaffirmed the Centre’s commitment to creating an atmosphere for sustained dialogue. “It gives me immense satisfaction to restart the process of withdrawing FIRs against first-time offenders involved in stone pelting. My government had initiated the process in May last year but it was stalled due to the unrest,” she posted on Twitter last night.It is encouraging that the interlocutor has started on a positive note, she said adding that Sharma’s recommendations were being taken seriously by both the central and state governments. Taking the suggestion of Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts, officials had said earlier. Sharma, who visited the Valley earlier this month, was flooded with requests from various individuals and groups for withdrawal of cases against first-timers booked by the police for stone pelting.Over 11,500 cases were registered against stone pelters since July last year when unrest broke out in Kashmir following the gunning down of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter, officials had said.Out of these, over 4,500 cases were registered against youths indulging in stone pelting for the first time, they said.

Mumbai BJP chief to look after 16 Surat segments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah deployed Mumbai BJP city unit president ​Ashish Shelar to chip in for 16 Assembly segments in Surat during the Gujarat assembly election. Sources within BJP state unit said Shelar is being asked to use his Mumbai experience so that party’s prospects are realized in Surat. Shelar said that he will start working in Surat from Tuesday itself.BJP sources said that the Patidar agitation started from Surat, from where traders also started exhibiting their resentment towards the GST. There was a lathi charge on them during the agitation. Shelar’s confidante said that it was Amit Shah who has given the responsibility to work in Surat. Shelar is known to have handpicked 45 of his trusted men to manage election related work in 16 Assembly segments in and around Surat. Shelar played a key role in bringing BJP in power at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election.Shah had recently held a meeting of state unit presidents and Shelar was present for this meeting in New Delhi. Taking in to account Shelar’s experience in Mumbai, he was handpicked by Shah and Shelar has been asked to work for election management not only in Gujarat but also in parts of Karnataka. Shelar would be sparing his time for both the adjoining states for coming month. BJP’s planShelar played a key role in bringing BJP in power at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls. BJP thinks his experience will help in Gujarat polls.

Mamata Banerjee alleges senior BJP leader of instigating violence in Darjeeling, protests troop withdrawal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday levelled serious allegations against senior BJP leaders Centre’s decision to withdraw forces from Darjeeling hills.“The Centre has, without discussing with the state, pulled out all the force from the hills. Taking such a unilateral decision is unfortunate on the part of the Central government. It is a politically and administratively bad decision. It is an undemocratic and unethical decision taken at a time when we are trying to restore peace there and recent recovery of arms and ammunition proves the involvement of Northeast insurgent groups in the violence that had taken place,” she lashed out at the Centre during a press conference at Nabanna, the state secretariat, after meeting representatives of political parties from the hills.She said she had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and hoped something positive would come from there.She alleged that the BJP was trying to engineer an unrest at the hills and create a political divide so that they can win one seat from there. Without naming BJP MP and Union minister of state for drinking water and sanitation, SS Ahluwalia, she said, “I have specific information that a BJP leader and minister is directly involved in instigating violence at the hills in order to retain the party’s victory from the Lok Sabha seat there. We have evidences which, when time comes we might make public.”Taking a potshot at Union Home Minister, she said that the Centre was meeting some people from Darjeeling who had been charged with UAPA and taking their words for granted as the actual situation at the hills and that they were not talking to people who believe in democratic values. “We will try to maintain law and order at the hills but if there is any fresh case of violence, the Centre will have to take responsibility for that. I am sorry to say that it looks like the Central government is being run from the BJP party office,” she said and referring to the recent visit of state BJP president Dilip Ghosh at Darjeeling added that it was based on the reports of his visit that forces were withdrawn.Ghosh however, later said that deploying and removing of Central forces was a prerogative of the Centre. “She had instigated and fuelled violence at the hills and why does she need the Centre to save her skin?” he said. Mamata also said that the next meeting between the state government and hill parties would take place at Pintail Village in Darjeeling on November 21.Representatives of all parties at the hills other than Dr Harka Bahadur Chhetri’s Jan Andolan Party (JAP) were present at the meeting on Monday. Talking to mediapersons, Chhetri expressed his dissatisfaction towards the state government for his reason being absent from the meeting. “Our stand is clear and just as it had been in the last two meetings. There should be a tripartite talk among the Centre, the state and the parties at the hills. Also the GJM leaders about three months ago had burnt the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) accord, so it should be revoked as it can prove to be an impediment in the formation of a separate state. Moreover only one party of Binay Tamang is consulted in the name of an all-party meeting,” Chhetri said.

Man dupes senior citizen of Rs 41 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JJ Marg police on Sunday arrested a man for allegedly duping a senior citizen of Rs 41 lakh under the pretext of launching a television serial on Doordarshan channel. The accused has been identified as 52-year-old Riteshbhai Limbashiva.According to the police, the complainant had sold his land in 2014 through Limbashiva. Taking advantage of this, Limbashiva knew that the complainant has money and was willing to invest.The police said that since Limbashiva and the complainant hailed from the same village, they had a friendly relationship. Things turned sour in 2015 when Limbashiva told the complainant that he runs a film production company in Mumbai by the name of RR films and was producing a serial —Raftaar Zindagi Ki — for DD channel which would be aired in 2016.The accused told the complainant that the budget for the serial is around Rs 1.5 crore and that he was falling short of Rs 50 lakh. He asked the complainant to invest in the serial and promised that he would receive a double profit margin. The unsuspecting victim agreed willingly and paid the amount through cheques in installment.However, Limbashiva kept ignoring the complainant and even after two years neither the money was returned nor any serial was launched. “We learned after verifying with DD that no such serial is going to be launched by the accused,” said a police officer.THE TRAPThe accused told the complainant that he runs RR films and was producing a serial for DD channel and was falling short of Rs 50 lakhs for its production.

SOFT TARGET: 3 fake cops loot elderly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a new case, three men – impersonating as police officers – targeted an elderly woman and took her gold jewellery and before the woman could know she has been duped miscreants fled from the spot.The victim Gurumala Jain, a resident of Radha Vihar area near Swez farm under Mahesh Nagar police station, early in the morning was heading towards a temple near her house. The moment she stepped out of her house she was stopped by two men, claiming to be police officers asked her to stand aside. Taking the men as real cops, the woman followed their orders, officials said.The third accomplice asked her to remove gold jewellery she was wearing. “The man told the women that several incidents of theft have been reported in which elderly women were targeted. While this conversation was going on with the woman, a biker appeared on the scene. Narrating the same story the fake cop took the gold chain from the man who surprisingly handed over his chain to them,” officials said.On seeing the youth handing over his chain, the woman also took out her jewellery and handed over to the miscreants. “The woman opened her purse to keep the jewellery and the men wrapped the jewellery in a paper and handed it to her and left the spot. However after reaching her home when the woman checked she found that the gold bangles had been exchanged with plastic bangles.The woman then understood the entire scenario and approached the police. CCTV footage from nearby areas have been recovered based on which the miscreants are being identified” officials said. THE CASEThe victim Gurumala Jain, a resident of Radha Vihar area near Swez farm under Mahesh Nagar police station, early in the morning was heading towards a temple near her house. The woman was stopped by two men, claiming to be police. Officers asked her to stand on one side.

Chandigarh: Cop slaps man who interrupted him talking on phone while driving, suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare incident, a policeman assaulted a man not because the citizen was involved in any crime or violation of law but rather opposite. The policeman was caught while violating a law.No, the policeman was not involved in any bribing incident but wait-for-it, he was busy talking to his wife over the phone while driving! Ouch!When a resident in Chandigarh decided to be a man-of-the-hour and question the Chandigarh police head constable, who was using mobile phone while driving, he was responded with a slap across his face. Yes, you heard it right! The policeman slapped the resident for interrupting him while he was on the phone talking to his wife while riding a motorbike.“When I confronted him about the traffic rule violation, he slapped me,” the victim said.Sumit Kumar spotted the Chandigarh police head constable Surinder Singh riding a motorcycle with helmet sporting it like a King’s crown, rather than a head protector, and talking on the phone.“When a common man does the same, he is challaned. But if a policemen does it, he slaps the complainant!,” the victim later said.Kumar, who works as an event manager, said the video was shot at Sector 36/37 road in Chandigarh.The 29-year-old resident filed a complaint about the incident.As the video went viral in social media, Chandigarh residents slammed the city police. Taking note of the incident, Congress leader Manish Tewari urged Chandigarh DGP to take strict action against the offender. “DGP Chandigarh Tejinder LUTHRA ji if video in this tweet is true plz suspend this police official for assaulting a Citizen (sic),” Tewari tweeted.;Soon after, Chandigarh traffic police on Saturday challaned him for not wearing a helmet and also talking on the phone while driving. He was immediately suspended after the incident.“The driving licence has been seized and we have written to the transport authority that his licence be suspended for 3 months. He has been placed under suspension,” Chandigarh traffic SSP Shashank Anand said.

AP mulls moving SC against Maha, Karnataka over Krishna water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andhra Pradesh government is contemplating a legal battle against the Maharashtra and Karnataka governments for denying the “rightful share” of Krishna river water to the state. “We are consulting legal experts to file either a special leave petition or a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court against Maharashtra and Karnataka for withholding water in river Krishna and depriving the lower riparian state of its rightful share. They are not releasing water even as a humanitarian gesture,” AP Water Resources Minister D U Rao told reporters here this evening. He said, thanks to copious rains, reservoirs on river Krishna in Maharashtra and Karnataka were filled to the brim. “Both these states have a total of 275 tmc ft of water stored in their reservoirs, but they are not letting out even one tmc ft to lower riparian states like Telangana and AP. Taking cover under tribunals, those states are fully utilising the water,” Rao alleged. “Even on humanitarian grounds, Maharashtra and Karnataka are not releasing water to meet even the drinking water needs of Telangana and AP. We have already complained about it to Union water resources minister Uma Bharti. Now, we are contemplating a legal fight to get our due share of water,” the minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CM brings Hadauti closer to Jaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a long cherished dream come true for the residents of Kota when the first commercial flight between Kota and Jaipur was flagged off by chief minister Vasundhara Raje from Kota airport on Friday. Kota, the education and industry hub had long been demanding air connectivity to make it easily accessible. During her half day visit to the city Raje enthusiastically took part in several programmes and inaugurated prestigious services. She addressed the concluding session of the two day IT fest DIGIFEST 2017 and gave away trophies to the outstanding performers. She also inaugurated the Abhay Command Centre and flagged off the woman patrol squad. Raje handed over digital Bhamashah cards and scooties to beneficeries during her visit. Speaking on the occasion, a visibly satisfied Raje said, “‘Rajasthan is the first state in the country where the state government has initiated intra state airline services. The state government’s scheme for air connectivity among the bigger cities of the state would help boost up tourism, industrial growth and would help achieve new dimensions of success in education and medical and health sectors.” Raje further said that “The air connectivity in Kota would also largely help the students and their parents who rush to Kota for coaching from all parts of the country. The local leaders had been demanding for air connectivity from Kota and reminding me of the same whenever they would meet. Now their demand has been fulfilled.” Air service between Kota and Jaipur would be provided by Supreme Airlines. A nine seater aircraft would fly six days a week from Monday to Saturday from Kota at 3 pm. The ticket for the journey has been priced at Rs. 2499 for adults and Rs 500 for children.On this occasion, Raje informed said that the intra state air facilities that have been operational in the state between Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bikaner have been very successful. As many as 10000 passengers have made use of the facility over the last ten months. “The increasing air traffic is prompting the bigger airline companies to make an expression of interest in expansion of services in the state. Cities of the state like Sawai Madhopur, Kishangarh, Sriganganagar and Jaisalmer would soon have air connectivity with Jaipur and other cities of the state. We are also considering connecting Bhilwara to air services” Raje said.Raje participated in the concluding session of two day IT Digifest-2017 and gave away trophies to outstanding performers. Addressing the youthful gathering, the CM expressed belief in the young generation, “The energy and skill of the generation ‘Y’ is capable of taking the state and the nation to the zenith of success on the globe. We all have strong trust in the abilities of this young generation,” said Raje.“The state government and startup companies now need to collaborate and work as partners to speed up the pace of development and progress,” she said. She also informed that the process of setting up the first Bhamasha techno hub in the state is underway at Jaipur. An Abhay Command centre for smart policing was inugurated at the Hemu Kalani Bhawan. This is the second of its kind in the state and the first in Kota division. The first centre was inaugurated in Jaipur in the month of March this year. Raje said the unique smart initiative in the form of the Abhay Command Centre would help in smart policing, control of crime, traffic management and controlling law and order. She also flagged off 29 strong rider scooter policewoman squad. The squad is aimed at providing support and help to women in public places. Taking the favoured flagship programme a step further, the CM also handed over digital Bhamashah cards beneficiaries Rahana Bano and Rajesh Goud. The CM also gave away 45 scooties to schoolgirls from the ST community who had scored more than 65percent in class 10 and 12. Raje encouraged them to excel in life and stressed in the importance of education.

Ariel Winter, boyfriend celebrate nine month anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Modern Family” star Ariel Winter and her boyfriend Levi Meaden celebrated their nine month anniversary by sharing sweet posts for each other on social media. Taking to Instagram, Meaden said he could not be happier. “Happy 9 month anniversary to this beautiful woman. Every day is an adventure,” Meaden, 29, captioned a black-and-white photo of Winter. Winter, 19, also shared a photo that showed her and Meaden reaching up to a giraffe named Stanley. “9 months starting off on a night shoot with Stanley,” she wrote. Winter and Meaden first went public with their relationship last November.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suicides of 45 tribals: Minister to visit tribal belt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government today said an official team, headed by a minister A K Balan, would visit nearby Palode, where 45 tribals committed suicide since 2012, to take stock of the situation and steps would be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents. “I will lead an official team to the area and take stock of the situation. The government will take steps to end such incidents, which are unprecedented and sorrowful, after finding out the reasons behind it,” the minister said. He was replying to a submission on the matter moved by Opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala. The minister said 189 persons had committed suicide at Jaraneeli and Peringamala tribal area in the district since 2012. Of this, 27 were tribals and seven Scheduled Castes. “This is a serious issue and government will look into it’,he said,adding it was unfortunate that such a grave matter had not come to the notice of successive governments till now. A comprehensive study would be conducted on the health aspect of the population of the area, including tribals and a survey on mental health also would be done, he said. The anti-drug abuse campaign under the government programme ‘Mukthi’ would be held at the area, he said. Balan pointed out that number of suicides in the district was also on the increase in the recent years. Similarly, suicide rate at nearby Kollam district was also on rise. ‘We have to find out the reasons for it’, he added. Taking up the matter, Chennithala, who visited the affected areas yesterday, alleged that police had taken not taken the series of suicides seriously. Family problem, alcoholism and social issues were some reasons cited by police in registers as the cause of suicides, he pointed out. He also alleged that police had not followed guidelines and procedures of autopsy on the bodies. “The tragedy becomes grave as most of those who committed sucides are young men and women. We have to hang our heads in shame as the matter went unnotices during these years”,he said and sought effective government intervention. The issue was taken up in the house yesterday by former Minister A P Anilkumr (Cong) who said that series of suicides in the area came to light after an inquiry into the alleged suicide of degree girl student last week.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vehicle spare parts trigger bomb scare at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Automobile spare parts coming out of a parcel in form of pipes and wires were mistaken for an explosive device at the Indira Gandhi International airport’s cargo terminal on Wednesday morning. Security agencies were alerted and the entire terminal was cordoned. The building could be thrown open for operations only after the bomb squad declared it safe, following hours long drill.According to senior Central Industrial Security Force officials, it was during the screening of the cargo, that something suspicious was spotted and the security agencies were roped in.”It was around 7.30 am, one of the security men deployed at the screening machine saw a wired device and thought it to be some kind of explosive device. Taking precautionary measures, he alerted the CISF men deployed there, which in turn informed all other agencies concerned and without any delay the area was cordoned and employees were evacuated,” a senior officer said.A team of officers from Delhi Police, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Delhi Fire Services also arrived at the spot. “When the Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad scanned the suspicious baggage, it was opened and was found to be non-hazardous. Taking necessary precautionary measures other consignments were also scanned for any threat and the terminal was declared safe after about two hour long drill,” the officer added.

Consent of 51% enough for redevelopment: Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday announced that redevelopment of old, dilapidated and private buildings can now be done with consent of 51 per cent of the members.The Maharashtra Apartment Ownership Act 1970 provides for redevelopment of such buildings only with consent by 100 per cent members.The CM was responding to a debate on an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition on issues of municipal corporations and local bodies in the state. Fadnavis said that when such buildings go for redevelopment, builders with vested interests try to take consent of a handful of residents and spoil the process. This change in providing for redevelopment with consent by 51 per cent members can pave way for redevelopment of buildings registered under this Act. It would pave way for thousands of cessed and old buildings in Mumbai.An official from the housing department informed that this number of tenants has been brought down in accordance with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development)Act (RERA) norms. There are thousands of old and dilapidated buildings which would benefit from this decision.”We are changing the norms barring the developer in re-entering in the slum redevelopment project and making it mandatory for the developer replacing the original one to complete registration in three months. On failure of registration, the project will be taken over by the SRA to avoid delay in rehabilitation of slum dwellers,” Fadnavis said.WHAT RERA SAYSRERA Act demands consent and registrations by 51 per cent of the tenants while safeguarding their interest on various fronts. Taking a cue, the government has changed the consent provision.

JNUSU president asks if Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP will take oath to stop mob lynchings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students union president Mohit Kumar retorted to BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s statements and said if she and her party were ready to take oath for stopping mob lynching incidents.”Will @M_Lekhi take oath that there will be no mob lynching and she and her party will not tolerate hate mongering. This will bring peace,” Pandey said in a tweet.Supporting the JNU Vice Chancellor’s idea to procure and install a tank on the varsity campus, Lekhi had on Wednesday in Lok Sabha said JNU students must take an oath to protect the country’s pride and nationality. She also alleged that anti-India slogans were raised on the JNU campus, which was run by tax-payer’s money.Responding to it, Pandey, in another tweet, said, “Will @M_Lekhi take oath that her govt will provide education, employment and health for all. This will really contribute to our nation.”Taking note of BJP leaders welcoming the VC’s request to install a tank in the campus, JNUSU wondered if the VC was a member of the saffron party.JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar had on Sunday during celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas sought a decommissioned tank to be installed on the campus to recognise and respect sacrifices of its alumnus who have received degrees.

JNUSU prez asks if Lekhi, BJP will take oath to stop mob

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU students union president Mohit Kumar retorted to BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi’s statements and said if she and her party were ready to take oath for stopping mob lynching incidents. “Will @M_Lekhi take oath that there will be no mob lynching and she and her party will not tolerate hate mongering. This will bring peace,” Pandey said in a tweet. Supporting the JNU Vice Chancellor’s idea to procure and install a tank on the varsity campus, Lekhi had yesterday in Lok Sabha said JNU students must take an oath to protect the country’s pride and nationality. She also alleged that anti-India slogans were raised on the JNU campus, which was run by tax-payer’s money. Responding to it, Pandey, in another tweet, said, “Will @M_Lekhi take oath that her govt will provide education, employment and health for all. This will really contribute to our nation.” Taking note of BJP leaders welcoming the VC’s request to install a tank in the campus, JNUSU wondered if the VC was a member of the saffron party. JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar had on Sunday during celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas sought a decommissioned tank to be installed on the campus to recognise and respect sacrifices of its alumnus who have received degrees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wanted criminal arrested after encounter in Ghaziabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a wanted criminal after a brief encounter in Kamla Nehru Nagar in Kavinagar police station area here. Akash Tomar, SP, City, said on a tip-off, the police intercepted two suspects on a bike, last night. But they did not stop and fired upon the police party and in turn the police retaliated due to which their motorcycle slipped on the muddy road. Taking advantage of darkness one of them managed to flee from the spot while the other was nabbed. Upon searching his belongings, police recovered one country made pistol of .32 bore and three live cartridges and Rs 35,000 in cash. He has been identified as Deepak Sharma of District Muzaffarnagar and an active member of Neeraj gang, who was posted as constable in CISF at Andhra Pradesh and he used give shelter to criminals. He confessed to a robbery in Andhra Pradesh in which he along with his accomplices had looted Rs 28 lakh in 2011. In this case Andhra police had declared a reward of Rs 25,000 for Deepak. He told the police that six members of his gang were arrested by Andhra police and three are still at large, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sikkim standoff: China says road construction ‘legitimate’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China today termed the construction of a road in the Sikkim sector as “legitimate”, asserting that it was being built on Chinese territory that neither belongs to India nor Bhutan and no other country had the right to interfere. China also hinted that India was objecting to its efforts to build the road in Donglang area of the Sikkim sector on behalf of Bhutan which does not have any diplomatic ties with Beijing. “Donglang is part of China’s territory. This is indisputable. The Donglang area belonged to China since ancient times and it doesn’t belong to Bhutan,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here. “India wants to raise an issue with this part. I should say it doesn’t belong to Bhutan, nor it belongs to India. So we have complete legal basis for this. Chinese construction of the road project is legitimate and normal action on its territory. No other country has the right to interfere,” he said while replying to a question. Taking a dig at India, Lu said Bhutan is a universally recognised sovereign country. “Hope countries can respect the sovereignty of the country. The China-Bhutan boundary is not delineated, no third party should interfere in this matter and make irresponsible remarks or actions,” he said. “If any third party, out of hidden agenda, interferes it is disrespect of the sovereignty of Bhutan. We don’t want to see this as Bhutan is a country entitled to sovereignty by the international community,” Lu said. Donglang is located in a tri-junction close to the strategic area called Chicken’s Neck. China says that the Sikkim part of the India-China boundary is settled and therefore India has no right to object over the road construction. Lu said China opened the Nathu La pass in the Sikkim sector in 2015 for Indian pilgrims to visit Kailash because of this. Chinese think tanks speculated that India has stopped the road construction on behalf of Bhutan. Lu last night also had justified the move to construct a road in the Sikkim sector, saying that the area is “undoubtedly” located on its side of the border as per the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Sikkim. “According to the treaty, ‘zhe’ is the ancient name of Sikkim,” Lu said. “As per this treaty, the area over which the Indian Army has raised objection is undoubtedly located on the Chinese side of the border,” he said yesterday. China had yesterday lodged a protest with India over the alleged “crossing of boundary” by its troops in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal. It had also linked future visits of pilgrims to Kailash Mansarovar to India “withdrawing the troops” from the area.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indrani alleges she was beaten up in Byculla jail, moves court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea, recently booked for rioting in a women’s prison here along with other inmates, today moved a court here alleging that she was beaten up by jail officials when the prisoners protested the death of a convict. Taking note of her complaint, a CBI court, which is hearing the Sheena murder case, directed the prison authorities to produce Indrani before it tomorrow. Her lawyer Gunjan Mangla filed an application in the court saying when she went to meet Indrani, the latter told her that she was beaten up by jail officials after the death of the woman prisoner. “She showed me her bruise marks and injuries which were very prominent on her hands, legs and head,” the lawyer claimed in the application. Gunjan said Indrani also said that she was verbally abused by jail officials and the superintendent. Following the death of the woman convict, Manju Govind Shette, on Friday, the enraged inmates rose in protest on Saturday, some of them went up to the prison’s roof, while others made a bonfire of newspapers and documents inside the premises to express their anger, a police officer earlier said. Later, the Nagpada police booked nearly 200 inmates of the Byculla jail, including Indrani, for rioting, unlawful assembly, assault on a public servant and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uddhav wants "study group" to monitor loan waiver scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today asked the Maharashtra government to set up a study group to ensure that benefits of the Rs 34,022-crore loan waiver scheme announced recently reaches the needy farmers. “It is important to note which farmer living in which village receives the benefits of loan waiver. In order to ensure that the needy farmers receive their due benefit, the government should form a study group,” Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray told reporters here today. “The government has announced that loans of 40 lakh farmers will be waived (completely). Who are these farmers and which village do they reside in. The government needs to give specific information on this,” he said. “The Sena is a part of the government and has backed the farmers’ agitation, so it is important we get this information,” Thackeray said. The Sena chief said the names of farmers whose loans have been waived should be presented in the state Legislature. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday announced that the government has decided to waive the outstanding loans up to June 30, 2016. Thackeray, who has often taken on the lead partner BJP over the farmers’ cause, also demanded that the government expand the scope of the scheme to waive the outstanding loans up to June 2017. Thackeray also wanted the study group to examine the demand that the monetary help offered to those who pay their loans regularly is not enough and more concessions need to be given to them so that they are not demoralised. “Serious charges slapped on farmers who had gone on protest have not been withdrawn uptil now. They need to be dropped immediately,” the Sena chief said. Taking a dig at the BJP for putting up hoardings crediting themselves for the loan waiver, Thackeray said they (the BJP leaders) should also put up posters of how their party played a cruel joke on farmers all this while.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Live heritage & nurture self through gaming

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just imagine, while enjoying games you get to know and live rich heritage of monuments and legacy of forts, museums and levels of other games make your kids learn civic sense. This is going to happen under a state government project in which games for mobiles and computers are set to be designed. Taking a leap in the direction of e-education clubbing with entertainment, the department of information and technology and communication (DoITC) is ready to offer citizens with information based games for Android, iOS and Windows platform. RISL (Rajcomp Info Service Limited), a body under the department will execute the project which is estimated at Rs 4 crore.The sources with the department said that games under it will be designed like other games only but would have enriched information that will educate people. For instance, a game for monuments and forts will detail historical importance mentioning who constructed it and what rare thing it belongs.Besides this, users will come across thrill and adventure after crossing certain level of the game.Another theme of the game mentioned under the draft of the project is civic sense clubbing features like how to upkeep city and streets. The developers shall also club do’s and dont’s related to hygiene in the game creating an awareness.“The games under the project will be adventures with a theme of educating users. It is intended that people learn through the games and execute it practically in daily works,” said a department official highlighting the objectives of the game.A total of 10 games per category are envisaged to be developed under the project. It includes Puzzle Games to test a person’s knowledge, Word Games- to test ability with language or to explore its properties, Trivia Games which use historical or other information put together in an engaging format of a game.Worth Rs 4 croreRISL (Rajcomp Info Service Limited), a body under the department will execute the project which is estimated at Rs 4 crore. Sources said that games would have enriched information that will educate people.

CM asks Akalis to come clean on previous sand mines auctions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today asked the Akali Dal leadership to come clean with the names of those allegedly involved in looting Punjab exchequer through manipulation of the sand mine auctions during their rule. Taking the opposition head-on in the state Assembly over the issue of the involvement of state minister Rana Gurjit Singh in the auction of sand mines, he said that without pre- judging the outcome, his government has decided for a judicial enquiry so that truth should prevail. He asked the opposition members to look inwards and reveal how they allegedly manipulated auctions of sand mines to their advantage through wrong policies and practices. He claimed that during the last 10 years, the state government had got only Rs 230 crore as revenue from mining of sand/gravel, while his government had, through a single auction, raised revenue of Rs 280 crore, which was expected to rise to Rs 500-600 crore per annum once all auctions were completed. The chief minister claimed his government had adopted a progressive e-auction policy, which was completely transparent, uninterrupted and un-influenced by anyone in the government. He claimed had the previous government followed this policy, the state would have got additional revenue of Rs 4,000 to 5,000 crore, which had instead been pocketed by the people who grabbed the mines under the patronage of the previous dispensation. He said the former leadership should stand up and disclose who were these people who allegedly took away this money, denying the state its rightful revenue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramakrishna Mission president Swami Atmasthananda passes away, PM Modi condoles ‘personal loss’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifteenth president of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission Swami Atmasthananda breathed his last on June 18, 2017. Atmasthananda Maharaj was born May 10, 1919 at Sabajpur, near Dhaka. Taking to Twitter, PM Narendra Modi condoled the ‘personal loss’. “The demise of Swami Atmasthananda ji is a personal loss for me. I lived with him during a very important period of my life. Swami Atmasthananda was blessed with immense knowledge and wisdom. Generations will remember his exemplary personality. Whenever I would visit Kolkata, I would always make it a point to seek the blessings of Swami Atmasthananda”, he said in a series of tweets.

Nitish asks UP counterpart to not come to Bihar empty hand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today urged his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath, who visits Bihar tomorrow, not to come ’empty handed’ but implement the liqour ban and 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies. “You (Adityanath) should take cue from us and implement liqour ban and 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies,” Kumar told a public meeting here after laying foundations of development projects worth Rs 300 crore. Taking a dig at the much-hyped Darbhanga visit of Yogi Adityanath tomorrow, Kumar said “He must be coming empty handed whereas I am here to launch various development schemes.” The Bihar Chief Minister also had a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for non-fulfillment of various promises made to Bihar during the 2014 general elections and assembly polls in the state the next year saying “We implement whatever works we promise, but others forget about it.” Kumar took a potshot at cow vigilants and said that they should learn to take care of stray bovines before taking law into their own hands to deal with those involved in trade of animals. He claimed that the liqour ban has become a runaway success in Bihar and asked BJP-ruled states to follow suit. Kumar said that his government will launch a total de-addiction drive as follow up action after the success of the liqour ban.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Food habits of North Indians can’t be imposed across country:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid a row over the issue of cow slaughter and consumption of beef, Tarun Vijay, a former editor of an RSS-affiliated weekly, has said eating habits of North Indians cannot be imposed across the country. In a write-up published in the ‘Panchjanya’, a pro-RSS journal, he also asked cow protection groups to read the likes of Swami Vivekananda and V D Savarkar to understand that the habits of people living in North India cannot be imposed across the country. Vijay pitched for developmental issues to be put in the forefront of the public discourse, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working on issues such as electricity, railway, highway construction and woman empowerment, while “we are trying to run all India according to our likes and dislikes”. Taking a dig at cow vigilantes, he said true dedication to cow is to ensure respect for the animal in public life and not to take law in one’s hands to help resurrect a defeated opposition. “The followers of Swami Vivekananda and Veer Savarkar who are making a hue and cry about cows, they should be made to understand that only North India and one big community cannot be considered as entire India. “They should read Vivekananda and Veer Savarkar again. Just like Hindi is not the entire Hindustan and the unity of India is not possible without showing respect and affinity (atmiyata) towards the rest of Indian languages, how can the law in north India regarding food habits and attire be applied to the entire country?” the article reads. The article comes in the wake of a raging debate on the issue of cow slaughter and attacks by certain fringe elements on those involved in alleged cow smuggling based on rumours. “All those people who are involved in killing of cows, at their own level leave their cows unattended and also look towards the government for cow protection,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Student in HC for re-evaluation of Eco answer sheet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A school student today moved the Delhi High Court alleging faulty evaluation of her Economics answer sheet in this year’s class XII board examination. The student wanted the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) authorities to re-evaluate her answer sheet. Justice C Hari Shankar, however, was not inclined to pass any direction on the ground that the CBSE had discontinued the practice of re-evaluation of marks for all subjects from 2017. The judge said he has sympathy for every child, but he could not pass an order as there was no specific challenge to the CBSE’s October 2016 notification, discontinuing re- evaluation. “In view of this, it appears to be prima facie difficult to grant any relief,” the court observed. On this the counsel for the girl informed the court that recently the Orissa High Court had directed the CBSE to re- evaluate the answer sheets of 18 class XII students who had moved a plea alleging faulty evaluation. Taking note of this, the judge directed the counsel for the CBSE to secure a copy of the court order and to place it before the Delhi High Court on June 15. It also asked the counsel for both the parties to inform it if there was any disclaimer on the CBSE’s website that the “photocopy of an evaluated answer book shall not be challenged by any examinee in the court of law or make any claim on this account in any forum”. The girl has approached the court seeking direction to the CBSE for a re-evaluation of her Economics paper and to supply her with a copy of the answer sheet. The CBSE’s counsel in court had vehemently opposed the re-evaluation of answers as the process has been stopped as a policy decision.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Going to meet my grandmother: Rahul Gandhi announces plan to travel and meet family

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, ‘Will be travelling to meet my grandmother & family for a few days. Looking forward to spending some time with them.’ <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that he would be travelling over the next few days to visit his relatives. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi tweeted, ‘Will be travelling to meet my grandmother & family for a few days. Looking forward to spending some time with them.’He had last travelled abroad in March, when his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi was under going medical treatment abroad for an undisclosed illness. Prior to that, he had travelled abroad at the end of December 2016 and the beginning of January.

BMC to consider proposal for foothpaths on one side of road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposal by former deputy mayor and now BJP’s Bandra Corporator, Alka Kerkar, to get rid of footpaths on one side of roads, has found its place on the agenda of the BMC’s house scheduled for June 20. Kerkar claims this will help decongest roads as the number of vehicles have increased. Pedestrians, however, claim that instead of removing foothpaths altogether, what is needed is for them to be resurfaced, and that since smaller roads have more pedestrians than vehicles, the suggestion offered would not be fruitful.”I have made this proposal because smaller homes have made way for high rises. The number of vehicles has increased in the city. Therefore, I am suggesting that foothpaths on one side of roads should be cleared to make way for wider roads,” she said when asked about her proposal.Kerkar’s proposal reads, “Keep foothpath on one side instead of having it on either sides.”Her proposal is only for inner lanes and smaller roads as wide as 30 ft, not for highways. However, pedestrians claim that smaller roads have a lot of people walking on foothpath rather than vehicles. “Smaller lanes, have a lot of homes on their sides. Without a foothpath, BMC will endanger the lives of people, especially the old, who use the foothpath. Instead, BMC should spend on making them accessible, resurface them, and keep them free from hawkers,” said Aditya Paul, resident of Vile Parle.Kerkar claims that her suggestion is based on requests from local residents. “Many residents approached me asking for foothpaths to be removed from one side of the road. I agreed with the suggestiona and hence have given the proposal,” she said.& AnalysisIn a city like Mumbai, foothpaths, especially those devoid of hawkers, is a luxury that not many places can boast of. Most often, hawkers and people also reside on them encroach upon the footpaths. Taking away one side of the foothpaths would mean lesser space for pedestrians, forcing them to walk on the road, which is usually filled with vehicles, therefore more dangerous.

U’khand HC orders prompt action in cases of crime against

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court today directed all SPs and SSPs in the state to ensure prompt action in instances of crime against women, including acid attacks, stalking, obscene videography or pictography and sexual harassment. A bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Sharad Sharma ordered that FIRs in such matters must be filed without delay and the investigation must conclude within a week of filing of any such FIR. Such investigation must be held under a gazetted officer who will then be held liable in case of a faulty investigation, they said. The high court also directed the trial courts to fast track such matters and conclude the trials within three months. Taking note of the fact that the existing provisions of law have fallen short of providing safety against acid attacks the court put the sale of acid on hold to any unauthorised person. Only a licensed dealer will be allowed to provide acid to institutions such as hospitals, schools etc where acid is required for technical purposes. FIR will be promptly filed against any person unauthorised person dealing with the sale of acid. The court also took measures to direct all the hospitals within the limits of Uttarakhand to deal with the victims of acid burns as a top priority and directed that government and aided hospitals must have a specialised wing to deal with such victims where the victims will be liable to free treatment until full recovery. While directing the state government to give a grant of Rs 1 lakh to the victims of acid attack. Apart from this the government is also to provide for rehabilitation and employment schemes for such victims giving them the social benefits of physically challenged persons. The order came on a petition filed before the high court for acquittal of accused who burned his victim.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chatur baniya row: Mamata Banerjee says Amit Shah should apologise for "insulting Father of the Nation"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking strong exception to BJP president Amit Shah’s comment on Mahatma Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday demanded that he withdraw it and apologise to the country.”It is a deliberate act. It is unfortunate, uncalled for and unethical,” she told reporters.”Gandhiji is the father of the nation and he is an icon of the world. No one should think that he can say anything only because he is in power”, she said.In a tweet, Banerjee said, “When we, in public life, speak about icons of our nation and the world, we must always show utmost respect and sensitivity with language”.The BJP chief had yesterday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a “bahut chatur baniya” (a very clever Baniya – the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur.

Farmers’ stir: Hardik Patel may visit MP on June 12

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today condemned the alleged police action against protesting agriculturists in Madhya Pradesh and is likely to visit Mandsaur – the epicentre of the farmers’ stir – on June 12. Hardik told reporters in Surat that the Patidar community of Gujarat was in full support of MP farmers and their agitation. “Whatever happened in MP is highly condemnable. It is shocking to see that farmers, who feed the country, are getting bullets in return. This is really shameful. If needed, I am planning to visit Mandsaur on June 12,” said Hardik, who is facing two sedition charges in Gujarat. “Patidar community of Gujarat is always in support of farmers of Madhya Pradesh. We are with them in this fight,” said the firebrand leader, who is currently out on bail. The farmers in Western Madhya Pradesh, particularly Mandsaur and Dewas districts, have been protesting for a week demanding debt relief and better crop prices. Five persons were killed on Tuesday as the farmers’ agitation turned violent. Taking a dig at the prime minister on the issue, Hardik said though Narendra Modi always finds time to tweet on various issues happening across the globe, he is yet to find time to tweet about the ‘firing’ on farmers in MP. “When shots are fired at farmers, I wonder how our PM could not find time to tweet that issue,” he said in a sarcastic tone. “There is huge difference between what the PM says and what he actually does,” said Hardik.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong raises NH-74 scam in Ukd assembly, attacks the Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The multi-crore national highway scam rocked the Uttarakhad Assembly as the budget session commenced today, with the opposition Congress demanding suspension of business listed for the day to hold a debate on the Centre’s alleged reluctance to order a CBI probe into the case. Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh referred to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari’s letter to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and accused the Union Government of trying to shield NHAI officials. After the BJP came to power in March, alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 240 crore were detected in the acquisition of land for the National Highway-74 between 2011-2016. Rawat had suspended six officials and recommended a CBI probe into the scam. However, the Centre is yet to direct the CBI to investigate the case. The moment Speaker Premchand Aggarwal assumed the chair today, Hridayesh drew his attention to her notice for a debate on the subject under Rule 310 which meant permitting a discussion in the House by suspending the business listed for the day. The speaker asked the opposition members to not insist on a debate under the rule as the question hour was important with many issues of public interest listed for the day. Hridayesh tried to convince the chair that the issue was very important and accused the Centre of not only dragging its feet over the CM’s recommendation for a CBI probe, but also trying to protect NHAI officials named in an FIR in connection with it. The Leader of Opposition read Gadkari’s letter which states that such an action will adversely affect the morale of NHAI officials and impede the progress of projects taken up by the authority in the state. Taking exception to the “threatening tone” of the letter which also said that if the state government went ahead with its action, the NHAI will have to re-examine usefulness of taking up more projects in the state, she said it reflected a clear lack of political will on part of the powers-that-be to institute a CBI probe into the scam. When the speaker refused to budge from his stand, the Congress members rushed into the well of the House insisting on a debate under Rule 310 by shouting slogans forcing adjournment of the House for 15 minutes which was later extended for another 15 minutes. When the House reassembled after the adjournment, the protest began again forcing the Speaker to hold a debate on a the admissibility of her notice.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MP Home Minister confirms death of five farmers by police firing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Thursday confirmed that five farmers had lost their lives in police firing during a protest in the state?s Mandsaur district. ?Earlier, there was information that police didn?t open fire at the farmers, but later, we got the information that the farmers lost their lives in police firing. The chief minister has taken all the necessary decisions in this regard,? the state home minister told ANI. On Tuesday, Singh said a probe would be ordered into the firing incident and those found guilty would be punished. Questioning Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi?s visit to Mandsaur, Singh said the former does not need to visit as the situation is already under control. ?I want to know why Rahul Gandhi wants to come here when we are already tackling the situation here and have accepted all the demands of the farmers. Congress is conspiring to instigate the farmers to make the protest violent,? Singh added. Madhya Pradesh farmers hit the streets protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met. Apart from the loan waiver, the farmers are also demanding that they should be given Rs. 50 per litre of milk bought from them as they spend Rs. 37 per litre. This unfortunately took an ugly turn on Tuesday when five farmers were killed and eight others were injured in the firing by security forces. Internet services in Mandsaur, Ratlam and Ujjain were also suspended following the farmers’ protests, and a curfew was reportedly imposed. Taking cognizance of the matter, Chief Minister Chouhan on Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs. one crore each to the victims’ families while Rs. five lakh to the injured. In a video message, Chouhan also promised a government job to each of the victims’ kin. The Madhya Pradesh government has been facing backlash from the opposition over the violence in the state with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accusing the Centre of waging war against nation’s farmers. Taking to social media, Rahul said, “This government is at war with the farmers of our country.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Want to make Chandigarh a crime-free city: Badnore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore today reiterated his resolve to make Chandigarh a crime-free city. Badnore said all possible steps, including using latest techniques and technology, devising special operation plans and effective execution of strategies, would be taken to make Chandigarh a safe and “crime-free city”. He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review all aspects of crime, including the recent incidents of thefts, murders and snatchings in Chandigarh. Addressing the officers of Chandigarh administration and senior police officials, Badnore said effective interstate coordination was necessary to control crime in Chandigarh, an official release said giving details. The officers have also been directed to ensure crime- mapping for effective control. He stressed on keeping a constant vigil to avoid any untoward incident which would disturb the law and order situation in the city. He also directed the police officers to take all possible steps to streamline traffic within the city, especially during the peak hours using all options, including one-way traffic. He also asked the officers to ensure the filling up of all vacancies in the police department so that staff crunch does not hamper its functioning. Taking cognisance of the rising cyber crimes in Chandigarh, Badnore asked the officers concerned to upgrade the cyber crime cell. The cell should be fully geared up and equipped with the latest gadgets to check crime instantaneously, he said. “There is a need for adopting innovative and latest software technologies to improve our systems by equipping the staff managing the cell with professional skills,” he added. Taking stock of the installation of CCTV cameras on every traffic signal point, Badnore said that an uninterrupted surveillance of 24 hours was required. He directed the officers to ensure that each and every CCTV camera installed was in working order.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister’s driver caught overtaking on bridge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Water Resources Minister of Goa, Vinod Palyekar, on Friday had to pay a fine of Rs 600 for violating traffic rules. Interestingly, the minister was in Varanasi when his driver committed the offence. Taking the matter in his own hands, the minister called the RTO director, and requested for a challan to pay the fine after video of the violation went viral on social media.The video which was widely shared on social media, showed the minister’s car overtaking another car on the Mandovi bridge. The minister was quick to take a stand as soon as the video started circulating. He recorded a video message from Varanasi airport and explained himself.”I am at Varanasi airport and on my way to Goa. My official car was sent for servicing and my driver was bringing it back to pick me up from the airport when he overtook another car. I immediately called the director of transport, Nikhil Desai, after watching the video and requested for a challan to pay the fine,” Palyekar said in his video message.The enforcement wing of the transport department of Goa issued the challan and the fine was promptly paid by one of the associates of the minister.

Smriti Irani posts video of ‘stumped’ Congress spokesmen post Rahul’s Telangana dynasty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani on Friday posted a video which showed Congress party spokesmen stumped and in a fix over giving an appropriate response to a question related to party vice-president Rahul Gandhi?s dynasty barb at a rally in Telangana. Taking to Twitter, Irani said, ?Comedy of errors dynasty ke statement par dynasty ke supporter kya bolein iss par gehen calculation.? Gandhi earlier on Thursday, while addressing a public meeting hit out at Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao and asked whether they fought to form this state for his family accusing them of dynasty politics. He said, addressing the state on the eve of third formation day of Telangana, that the government is not going in the ?right direction? as they did not make a ?right beginning? and added that it is not possible to fulfill the dreams of people of Telangana. Gandhi targeted the Rao family and without naming anyone, asked whether the students and farmers of the state fought for creating a new state for a ?single family?. K.T. Rama Rao responded to Gandhi’s allegations, saying Indian National Congress talking about “family dynasty” is the joke of the millennium.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPIM suspends MP Ritabrata Banerjee for three months over complaints about his lifestyle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday suspended its parliament member Ritabrata Banerjee over complaints about his lifestyle.According to sources, Banerjee was suspended for three months after finding that his lifestyle was not in accordance with the party’s ideology and also because of several allegations levelled against him on the same.A three-member committee has been formed and has been asked to submit a report by August 2, till then Ritabrata will stay suspended. Allegations have been swirling around the media that Banerjee was living a high and lavish lifestyle. Banerjee was elected as a Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal in February 2014.In February, this year CPI(M) had formally cautioned Ritabrata Banerjee. After a party member raised questions on Banerjee’s using costly gadgets like an Apple watch and Mont Blanc pen, the MP allegedly wrote to his employer complaining against him. It lead to massive controversy in the social media. Taking a serious note of the raging controversy in the social media involving party MP Ritabrata Banerjee, the CPI-M then cautioned Banerjee and decided to come up with guidelines on the use of social media by party workers on issues relating to the party. CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party would soon come up with guidelines on the use of social media both at the state level and national level on matters relating to the party. As per new rules, while party members can propagate decision taken by the party on social media, they should not make comments on issues that the party is yet to decide on.

Expert panel to suggest innovative ideas in road sector: Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To adopt and approve innovation and advanced technology in roads and shipping sector, a seven-member committee will be in place soon, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “India is slow in adopting advanced and innovative technologies. To promote this a seven-member committee comprising present and retired IIT experts will be constituted within eight days,” shipping, road transport and highways Minister Gadkari said here. Addressing the valedictory session of “Building India’s Future Navy Technology Imperatives” the minister said it was time to give an impetus to innovation and research in defence so that the prime minister’s Make in India can get a boost. He said out-of-box thinking is required to bring in better solutions for Indian needs as they would catalyse growth in India. Taking a dig at bureaucrats, the minister said they often delay decisions at the cost of progress. He said he has suggested defence ministry several times to expedite projects by taking private sector into its fold. He also said India needs to boost its manufacturing sector to propel GDP and defence can play a crucial role in it. “Manufacturing sector contributes 30 per cent to the GDP in most of the countries. In our country, it contributes only 14-16 per cent and we need to boost it and defence can play an important role.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ghaziabad DM suspends ‘delinquent’ ANM of PHC over

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>District Magistrate Ministhy S has ordered to suspend one auxiliary nurse midwife and awarded adverse entry to the in-charge of primary health centre (PHC) of Bandipur village of Murad Nagar town. The action was taken after a surprise visit to the PHC by Modi Nagar sub divisional magistrate Atul Kumar. DM Ministhy said the SDM, who was instructed to inspect the PHC, found that all the PHC employees were absent and the patient’s waiting room was overstuffed with wheat husk and fuel cakes. Taking cognizance of the SDM’s report, she immediately ordered the CMO, Dr Ajay Agarwal, to take action against the negligent employees. She further said such surprise checks will continue in the district to improve the medical services. “All the delinquent employees will be put to task in future also,” the DM added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi HC rebukes Delhi Govt. over dengue, chikungunya menace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rebuking the Delhi Government over the unaddressed problem of garbage lying unattended in the city leading to vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday warned the former of facing a contempt notice in the matter. The next hearing in the matter has been fixed for June 2. The High Court expressed its displeasure over the prevalent situation saying, ?You (Delhi Government) have mentioned in your affidavit that you have cleaned all the areas in Delhi, however, the media reports show that the garbage is not collected even in four days.? ?Keeping in view of your false affidavit, should we issue contempt of court notice against you?? the court further said. Earlier on May 16, the High Court had pulled up the Centre, the Delhi Government and the civic agencies for failing to take appropriate steps in regard to combating the spread of vector-borne diseases. Taking a dig at all the three authorities, the court said that mosquitoes don’t wait for meetings and asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to conduct mapping of vulnerable areas where dengue and chikungunya cases have occurred. Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued directions for a comprehensive plan to make the national capital mosquito free. As per a status report of South Delhi Municipal Corporation, 80 cases of chikungunya and 30 cases of dengue have already been reported in Delhi in just four months since January 1 this year, even though the season for vector-borne diseases in Delhi is between July and December. In 2016, Delhi saw its first ever chikungunya outbreak that affected 9,661 people. In 2015, 16,000 dengue cases were reported and 60 people lost their lives to the disease.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajnath assures to find permanent solution to Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday assured to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem, adding that India won?t fall prey to Pakistan?s tactics to destabilise the country. ?Few elements are deluding the Kashmiri youth. I ensure that we will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem,? Singh said at an event celebrating the three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government. ?Pakistan has been sheltering terrorism. They not only aim to destabilise Kashmir, but the whole nation as well,? he added. Taking a dig the Congress Party for highlighting the missteps and wrong policy decisions of the Modi Government, Singh said the grand old party is in its last stage and battling hard to preserve its existence. ?Today, the Congress is fighting to protect their existence. They have realized that people would not believe them if they go against Prime Minister Modi and the BJP,? Singh said. ?The Congress has been ruling in the country for long and reportedly has false promises rooting out unemployment in the country, however, it has only risen,? he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uddhav urges EC to bar PM, CMs from holding poll rallies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today urged the Election Commission to bar the prime minister and the chief ministers from holding poll campaign rallies to ensure a level playing field for various political parties. “The PM and CMs make all kinds of announcements while holding election rallies. When the party in power makes promises, it weighs heavy on the minds of people compared to the assurances given by the leaders of other political parties,” Thackeray said, addressing a rally here in run up to the Panvel municipal corporation polls. Thackeray accused the functionaries of ruling parties not meeting their poll promises later. He said while CM Devendra Fadnavis announced a package of Rs 6,500 crore for Kalyan-Dombivali municipal corporation and PM Narendra Modi announced Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar, not a rupee was given after the elections. He said after India’s surgical strike against Pakistan, the nation has conducted several strikes on Indian territory. “There is fresh news now that another Indian has been arrested… again false cases will be filed and he will be hanged. Why is Pakistan not scared of you?” he questioned. The PM should be thinking how to make the nation stronger rather than strengthening his party and similarly, the CM, instead of going to every nook and corner for holding rallies, should be mulling ways to improve farmers’ plight and the law and order situation of the state, Thackeray said. Taking a dig at the Election Commission for challenging political parties to hack their EVMs, Thackeray said if parties had the intelligence to hack EVMs, they would not hold election campaigns. “This is like somebody goes to police to complain of theft in his house and police ask them to prove their house has been robbed. It is your duty to ensure EVMs are not tampered with and so you (the EC) should check your machines not us,” he said. Responding to the rumours of a mid-term poll in the state in wake of an internal survey predicting two third majority for the BJP, Thackeray said a survey should instead be done on the problems being faced by the people. Thackeray said in Tamil Nadu bypoll after late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death, a BJP worker complained of money being distributed and the entire election got postponed. “Here too we want this to happen… if anybody gets caught distributing money, polls should be postponed,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi horror: Six-year-old battling for life at AIIMS after being repeatedly raped by stepfather

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old girl is battling for her life at AIIMS after allegedly being raped by her stepfather in South Delhi’s Saket area.The girl has suffered internal injuries and is undergoing treatment at the hospital. The police have registered a case and arrested the accused.A woman in the neighbourhood saw the girl bleeding and informed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on its 181 women helpline.The commission sent its team, including a counsellor, and also informed the police.”When the DCW team reached the minor’s house, they saw that the girl was in pain and bleeding. Meanwhile, the police also reached her house and took the girl and her parents to a police station along with the woman who had informed the DCW about the incident,” a DCW statement said.
ALSO READ Rohtak gang-rape and murder: Case to be fast-tracked, says Haryana CMThe girl in her statement said that her stepfather took her to his workplace and allegedly sexually assaulted her. She alleged that he beat her up and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident.”The manr said he committed the gruesome act under the influence of alcohol. He is a caretaker of a house in Saket.He had sexually assaulted her couple of days ago too,” the statement said.The accused had married the girl’s mother a year ago.”The girl’s condition is very serious. Her private parts are infected with pus and according to the doctors, will have to undergo a surgery. Taking note of the seriousness of the crime, the judge appointed for this case reached AIIMS to record the minor’s statement,” the DCW said.DCW members also visited the girl at AIIMS and counselled the girl.”The accused should be immediately hanged. It is extremely unfortunate that our girls are not secure even in their own houses,” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said.She urged the government to formulate a policy to protect children who are abused in their own houses and provide them with a safe environment.

6-yr-old fights for life at AIIMS after stepfather rapes her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A six-year-old girl is battling for her life at AIIMS after allegedly being raped by her stepfather in South Delhi’s Saket area. The incident comes close on the heels of a similar incident in Haryana’s Rohtak district. The girl has suffered internal injuries and is undergoing treatment at the hospital. The police have registered a case and arrested the accused. A woman in the neighborhood saw the girl bleeding and informed the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on its 181 women helpline. The commission sent its team, including a counsellor, and also informed the police. “When the DCW team reached the minor’s house, they saw that the girl was in pain and bleeding. Meanwhile, the police also reached her house and took the girl and her parents to a police station along with the woman who had informed the DCW about the incident,” a DCW statement said. The girl in her statement said that her stepfather took her to his workplace and allegedly sexually assaulted her. She alleged that he beat her up and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. “The father said he committed the gruesome act under the influence of alcohol. He is a caretaker of a house in Saket. He had sexually assaulted her couple of days ago too,” the statement said. The accused had married the girl’s mother a year ago. “The girl’s condition is very serious. Her private parts are infected with pus and according to the doctors, she will have to undergo a surgery. Taking note of the seriousness of the crime, the judge appointed for this case reached AIIMS to record the minor’s statement,” the DCW said. DCW members also visited the girl at AIIMS and counseled the girl. “The accused should be immediately hanged. It is extremely unfortunate that our girls are not secure even in their own houses,” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said. She urged the government to formulate a policy to protect children who are abused in their own houses and provide them with a safe environment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After EC’s plea, HC says order on EVMs need not be taken as

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand High Court, which had directed the judicial magistrates of six assembly seats to put their additional seal on EVMs of their areas following allegations of tampering, today clarified that its May one order need not be taken as a precedent elsewhere. The high court modified its order after the Election Commission (EC) moved an application seeking amendment in its order as similar pleas were being filed across the country. The EC submitted that since it seals the machines after the conclusion of any election, such a direction was not needed. Taking into consideration that election petitions demanding the sealing and seizure of EVMs are being filed “in excess” across the country, the court deemed it fit to direct that such petitions must not be affected by its order. Earlier, the single bench of Justice Servesh Kumar Gupta issued notices to the winning candidates of six constituencies along with the state election commission, the EC, Chief Election Commissioner, Union of India and the returning officers. Refusing the plea of the petitioners to seal and keep the EVMs and voter details in the custody of the court, it had directed the judicial magistrates of the constituencies in question to put their additional seal on the EVMs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bring back Jadhav, but don’t allow Pak to globalise bilateral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today urged the government to take all steps to bring back Kulbhushan Jadhav but cautioned it against providing an opportunity to Pakistan to internationalise bilateral issues. It also asked the government whether it has studied the ramifications of raising the issue on the international fora. Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar hit out at the Modi government on its Kashmir policy, describing it as “knee-jerk” and “direction-less”, and asked the prime minister to find some time to resolve and address it. He said it was very important for the government to take all steps to bring back Jadhav, who is facing death sentence in Pakistan after being sentenced by a military court there. His execution has, however, been stayed by the International Court of Justice (CJI) after India moved it challenging the Pak military court order. “We are only saying has the government thought about the ramifications of this. It is for the government to answer. We will be happy if it has a positive outcome that it has no other ramifications. “Our only caution is looking at how this government behaves. Has it thought about it or is it obsessed with the news cycle which can be detrimental for India’s security,” he said. “We should understand if we have given Pakistan an opportunity to internationalise the issue. The government needs to be sensitive on the issue.” Kumar said all these decisions were earlier taken bilaterally between India and Pakistan because it always believed that these issues were bilateral. “Has India been exposed to carrying that kind of risk because it also allows Pakistan to go to the International Court of Justice?” he asked. The Congress leader further asked if India moving the ICJ gives the Pakistanis the right to question and internationalise this issue which they are looking at doing. Taking on Modi over the Kashmir situation, he said, “We would really request the frequently-tweeting prime minister to find some time to actually address and resolve and take positive steps on the Kashmir imbroglio.” He went on to add, “We see the government which is only managing news cycles. And, internal security and country’s future cannot be managed by managing news cycles. You need to have a strategy and you cannot manage day to day news cycles simply to get TRP ratings.”. Kumar also dubbed the current dispensation as “Bharatiya Jungle-raj party’s (BJP) government”, going by the manner in which the law and order is being challenged across the country by self-proclaimed vigilantes. “The country and institutions are being attacked by the BJP and their leaders. Leaders of BJP, VHP, Hindu Vahini and others are acting like police and self proclaimed protectors of law,” he said, adding officials trying to do their job diligently are attacked and abused. He cited a host of such incidents where vigilante groups are indulging in such acts by taking the law into their hands. He also accused the government of trying to impose on people what they should eat, wear and even whom to sit with. “The manner in which there is blatant violation of the law and the way they (leaders of BJP and other bodies) have weakened the law and order machinery, things will worsen in the future,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PCI issues notice to J&K govt, cops over attack on journalists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Press Council of India (PCI) has issued notice to the Jammu and Kashmir government and the state police over an alleged attack on journalists in the state last week. Police had reportedly assaulted journalists in Sopore in Baramulla when they were covering a protest on May 5. “Taking suo motu cognisance of the issue, the Chief Secretary; Secretary-Home; DGP, J&K government and Sr Superintendent of Police and Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla and SHO, Sopore have been issued notice for their reply,” the PCI said in release.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Beheading of soldiers: Cong says Modi’s 56-inch chest has

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protesting against the recent beheading of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the Congress in Goa today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “56-inch chest” is now shrunk to “56 millimetre”. “The prime minister always boasted about his 56-inch chest. What has happened to it now?..It has now shrunk to 56 mm,” Goa Mahila Congress president Sunita Verenkar told reporters after holding a protest against the mutilation of the bodies of the two soldiers. Taking a swipe at chief minister Manohar Parrikar, she said, “We are sad that we don’t have a full-time defence minister. The defence minister we had has fled to Goa. We need a full time defence minister”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Remonetisation has not solved currency shortage: Ker FM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government today said the remonetisation process of the Centre has not resolved the currency shortage felt in the state and demanded that the union government correct its policy. Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac while replying to a calling attention on the matter in the assembly said Kerala would take up the currency shortage issue with the Centre in the coming GST council meeting. “We will discuss the issue with Finance Ministers of other states and will take it up strongly with the Centre’, he said. Stating that remonetisation has not solved the note crisis,he said it was continuing even after five months,though the Centre promised that currency crunch would be over by 50 days after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8 last year. Isaac attributed note hoarding as one of the reasons for the present shortage. Banks complaints that they were not getting adequate cash from RBI, he said. Taking up the issue, Parakkal Abdulla (IUML) brought to the notice of the house the empty ATMs in the state and said about 40 per cent of the more than 9,000 ATMs were not functioning due to nonavailability of currency.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s victory in civic polls marks end of anarchy: Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s victory in the civic polls was the “foundation” for the next assembly polls in Delhi and it marks the end of “anarchy”, party chief Amit Shah said today. Shah said the credit for the win goes to the BJP’s booth-level workers. He rubbished Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s contention that it may have something to do with alleged manipulation of the electronic voting machines (EVMs). “The mandate of the national capital is the nation’s mandate. It establishes once again that the people of India are firmly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is their stamp of approval on the Modi government’s works,” he said. Shah was addressing a convention of the BJP workers here to celebrate the party’s success in the recent municipal polls where it retained control of all the three civic bodies, decimating the AAP and the Congress. Taking a dig at Kejriwal, Shah said no matter what the Delhi chief minister believes, the victory has got nothing to do with EVMs. “This is the victory of the BJP’s booth-level workers,” he said. Grappling with a series of defeats, Kejriwal has been alleging that the EVMs could have been tampered with to favour the BJP. The allegation, which has been echoed by few other parties as well, has been rubbished by the Election Commission. Shah did not elaborate on the “anarchy” jibe. However, relentless feuds and acrimony with the BJP-led Centre have marked the tenure of the AAP government, which stormed to power in 2015, and he may well have been referring to the tussle.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Act against illegal firecracker factories : Adityanath to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking note of an incident in Ghaziabad where five persons died in a fire yesterday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today directed the state officials to identify illegal firecracker factories and act against those operating them. Adityanath termed as “tragic”, the incident which occurred in Ghaziabad district yesterday in which five persons were charred to death in a fire that broke out at a cracker godown. He directed all the district magistrates and superintendents of police to identify all illegal firecracker factories in the state and take stern action against those operating them. No factory should operate without a licence and it should be ascertained that those having the licence are operating as per norms, he told officials. “It should be ensured that, firecracker factories do not operate in populated areas,” the CM said. Five persons died in a fire that broke out at a cracker godown yesterday afternoon in Farrukh Nagar village in Sahibabad in Ghaziabad district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Taking leaf out of Yogi’s rulebook, Delhi to cancel some public holidays

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a cue from Uttar Pradesh, the Delhi government has decided to cancel public holidays marking the birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday.”The Delhi government will cancel holidays on birth or death anniversary of eminent personalities. I have issued instruction to the chief secretary in this regard,” he tweeted.”The Uttar Pradesh government has taken a good initiative in this matter. We should always be ready to learn from other states,” he said.The UP Cabinet had on April 25 decided to cancel 15 public holidays in educational institutions.”Instead, students in schools and colleges would now be taught about the great personalities on these days,” it had said.

Constable seriously injured in attack by colleague

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A constable was seriously injured when he was attacked by his colleague after an argument between them over work rules. Taking a strong note of the incident, police authorities have ordered a departmental probe into the matter. The incident occurred yesterday when Head Constable Nepal Singh allowed an undertrial prisoner to “sit and talk” to his family members at Sadar Bazar police station. Constable Surendra Singh objected to it, saying it was in violation of rules. This led to an argument between two policemen. Flying into a rage, Nepal hit Surendra with a blunt object, injuring him seriously. The constable was rushed to a hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. SP City Ashok Kumar today said a departmental probe has been ordered into the matter and the guilty would not be spared.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP releases MCD poll manifesto, promises no new tax

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an eye on victory in the MCD polls for the third consecutive time, the BJP today released its ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto), promising not to levy any new municipal tax and work for a Delhi “as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Taking a cue from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the manifesto, described by BJP leaders as the “charter of commitment”, promised to provide meals for Rs 10 through the civic bodies. The elections for the 272 wards of the three municipal corporations in New Delhi are due on April 23. The BJP, which ruled the unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), had also won the three corporations after the trifurcation of MCD in 2012. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who released the manifesto along with senior party leaders, including Union ministers Harsh Vardhan and Vijay Goel, said, “The sankalp patra embodies Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies and the views of party president Amit Shah. “We are committed to work for a Delhi of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dreams after winning the corporation elections.” The party promised that no new tax will be levied or rates hiked if it is voted to power. This comes in the backdrop of the Aam Aadmi Party’s allegation that power and water tariffs will go up if the BJP wins the MCD polls. “Kejriwal is trying to scare the people. We will neither levy any new tax or hike rates, nor allow anyone else to do it. We will strongly resist any such move,” said Tiwari. A scheme — the Deendayal Antyodaya Rasoi Yojana — will be launched and the civic bodies will provide meals priced at Rs 10, he added. The exemption from getting building plans approved for plots measuring up to 105 square metres will now be extended to plots measuring up to 500 square metres, Tiwari said. He also said the BJP will work for direct transfer of funds from the Centre to the municipal corporations. Over the last two years, the BJP-ruled civic bodies and the AAP government had been engaged in a war of words over transfer of funds amid strikes by sanitation workers in east Delhi. “The Delhi government has an annual budget of Rs 48,000 crore in which, the civic bodies have a share of Rs 9,000 crore. But, they received only Rs 2,800 crore. We will force the government to release the dues,” said Tiwari. Taking a dig at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his allegations of corruption and non-performance in the civic bodies, he said, “He (Kejriwal) should sit in the parks of MCD and his cough, for which he goes to Bengaluru, will be cured.” The manifesto promised a “transparent and corruption- free” rule. It also promised to regularise the temporary sanitation workers, digitalisation of citizen services, putting pressure on the Delhi government for regularisation of unauthorised colonies. It also promised a Rs-10 lakh insurance cover for the students in the MCD schools, health cards for citizens, open gymnasiums, scrapping factory licences, promoting enterprises run by women under the Centre’s Startup India scheme, special arrangements to address the problems faced by the people of north-east in the city. It also promised autorickshaw and taxi stands with restrooms for drivers and issuance of licences to hawkers and street vendors under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014. The 27-page ‘Sankalp Patra’ devoted two pages to the party’s allegations against the Congress and the AAP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP doesn’t want to run country on basis of religion: Rajnath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the BJP does not want to run the country on the basis of caste or religion, but of humanity and justice. He made the comment when reporters asked for his view on the claim that the Hindu population in West Bengal was showing a declining graph. “I normally don’t reply to any question on caste, creed and religion. I think our BJP does not want to run the country on the basis of caste, creed and religion. We want to run the country on the basis of humanity and justice,” he said. According to him, there was no place for violence in a healthy democracy. “There is no place for confrontation in a healthy democracy. We need everybody’s cooperation to take the nation forward. We need to understand the reality that political clash or political violence can in no way encroach upon the space of good governance and development,” Singh said. On violence allegedly perpetrated against BJP workers, he reiterated that violence had no place in a healthy democracy. Much to the dismay of his party’s state unit, Singh didn’t utter a word against the Mamata Banerjee government in the state. He also chose to keep mum on a resolution passed by the RSS in which it accused the TMC of harbouring “jihadi elements”. “Being a home minister, I can’t comment on many issues publicly,” he said. Singh also did not approve of a BJP youth leader’s announcement of a bounty on Mamata Banerjee’s head, saying this cannot be condoned. When asked to comment on the law-and-order situation of the state, he merely said, “Law and order is a state subject.” Taking note of the rise in the BJP’s vote share in West Bengal, Singh expressed confidence that the party would form the next government in the state. The TMC leadership, however, mocked at Singh’s claim by saying that the party was “not aware of ground realities in Bengal and was only daydreaming”. The home minister dodged a direct reply to a question on why the pace of the CBI investigation into the Narada, Saradha and Rose valley scams had slowed down, saying, “Law will take its own course. We are not like other parties who interfere in the CBI investigation.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will talk less, work more, says Goa CM Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today he would talk less and do more work and it was for the people to judge his government’s performance.”Maybe, because of the position that I held in the Union Cabinet or my experience, I have decided to talk less and do more (work),” Parrikar said addressing a public rally where he and BJP chief Amit Shah were felicitated. “I have decided not to talk much. The people will see what we have done and they will judge us. They will judge us on the criteria of performance,” he said.The chief minister, however, said the party cadres should introspect on why their tally in the Legislative Assembly was reduced from 21 to 13 during the recently held elections. “We have to try to understand what went wrong. We are thankful for our central leadership which supported us after the election results because of which we could form the government in the state,” he said. Taking a dig at Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Parrikar said, “We (BJP) are fortunate that the leader whom the Congress sent was going around in the state as a tourist rather than trying to form the government.” Parrikar said the parties and legislators who supported the BJP to form the government did it “because they wanted political stability in the state”.”They (political parties) are witness to our track record of abiding by the coalition ‘dharma’. We have proved that we run stable coalition government. The BJP will never let down the partners who have shown trust in it,” he said. He said the BJP workers are fully aware that the present government has to show its performance. Meanwhile, Parrikar admitted that previous BJP-led government could not do much on its policy of zero tolerance towards corruption due to various issues which cropped up after 2012 polls.”During 2012 polls, I had assured the people that there will be zero tolerance towards corruption. But then there came mining issue and all our energy was diverted to troubleshoot the crisis. The Union government was then headed by the Congress which further aggravated the situation. “It was only when (Narendra) Modi-led government assumed office in 2014, we could enjoy a fresh breeze. By that time, I went to Delhi after my induction into the union Cabinet,” added Parrikar.The chief minister said that BJP government during 2012-17 executed many developmental works on social and infrastructure front. “Maybe, people expected more from us. That is why we could not get complete majority during the last election. But now we will prove that we are the government that is performance oriented,” he said.

Chidambaram criticizes Tarun Vijay’s racist remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tarun Vijay?s racist remark, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday criticised the former Rajya Sabha MP, asked was he referring to the saffron party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) members when he made that statement. ?When Tarun Vijay said ?we live with blacks?, I ask him who is ?we?? Was he referring to BJP/RSS members as the only Indians?? Chidambaram tweeted. Vijay has come under the scanner for a rather unfortunate comment that he intended to make while defending India’s policy of anti-racism. In an interview yesterday, Vijay, when asked about why India was being called racist by practically everybody around, asserted that had India been racist then it wouldn’t have had a place for the South Indians. “I don’t know who you are, whether you’re an Indian or you belong to some other nation. But you know the entire South India. There is Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra. There are black people all around. So if we were racists, why would we be living with these black people? You are denying us of our ancestory. You are denying us of our history. This is not good. We can be as good or as bad as any other human community,” Vijay told the news presenter. Vijay’s comments have invited a univocal wrath especially in the wake of reports of ‘racial’ attacks in various parts of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pepsi yanks its controversial Kendall Jenner advert

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bowing to the pressure, Pepsi has pulled its newly launched ?Live For Now Moments Anthem? ad starring Kendall Jenner amid backlash. Taking to its Twitter page, the beverage brand wrote, “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.” In the video, the 21-year-old reality star is seen coming across a scene of protest. She joins the crowd, which approaches a line of police officers. What could be a tense standoff in the real world defuses into cheers, when the ?Keeping up with the Kardashians? star gives a Pepsi can to a police officer standing guard as a symbolic peace offering and he accepts. The advert was widely criticised for appearing to trivialise demonstrations aimed at tackling social justice causes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PCI notice to Delhi Police in photojournalist assault case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Press Council of India (PCI) has issued notices to the Delhi Police over an alleged assault on a photojournalist of a Hindi daily by a traffic policemen. The alleged incident took place yesterday when the photojournalist was clicking pictures near the India Gate as parts of his assignment. “Taking suo-motu cognisance of the incident, notices have been issued to the Commissioner of Police Delhi and Joint Commissioner (Traffic) Delhi for their responses,” the PCI said in a release today. PCI Chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad also expressed “grave concern” over reports of police assault on the photojournalist.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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