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Union Minister Anant Hegde apologises for ‘change Constitution’ remark in Parliament, says it is ‘supreme for me’

In an effort to end the logjam in Parliament, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde on Thursday apologised in the Lok Sabha for his ‘change Constitution’ remark.The apology comes days after the Minister of State for Skill Development had said at an event in Karnataka that he respects the Constitution but “it will be changed in the days to come”.The remark sparked a political controversy with the Congress demanding Hegde’s resignation.’If anyone was hurt by my statements I tender an apology,’ Hegde said in the Lok Sabha after Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge objected to his clarification.Ahead of the Winter Session proceedings, Hegde also said that the ‘Constitution is supreme to me.’Talking to the reporters outside Parliament, Hegde said, “I deeply respect the Constitution, the Parliament & Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The Constitution is supreme for me, there can be no question on it, as a citizen I can never go against it.”Hegde, a five-time Lok Sabha member from Uttara Kannada, is no stranger to controversies. A case was registered against him for allegedly using derogatory language against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at Kittur in Belagavi district.He had been slapped with cases for his “hate speeches”, including one where he allegedly equated Islam with terrorism.

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Assembly Elections 2017: Amit Shah hails BJP win in Gujarat, HP as ‘victory of development over dynasty and polarisation

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Monday hailed the party’s win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections as a “victory of development over dynasty and polarisation.”Talking to reporters at the party headquarters in Delhi, Shah said, “We have once again emerged triumphant. I offer heartfelt gratitude to the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that they gave us anther opportunity to serve them.”This is a victory of development over dynasty and polarisation, he said.Also readSensex cheers over BJP win in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh polls”The two-third lead in Himachal Pradesh shows that people there want to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the journey to development,” the BJP chief who arrived at the party office to a rousing welcome said.”We are confident that when we go into 2019 elections under the leadership of PM Modi we will once again get people’s support and Modi ji’s aim for the youth in 2022 will become a reality,” he added.

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Armed forces are well prepared for any situation: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said the Indian armed forces were fully prepared for any eventuality.She made this statement while replying to a question about the reported shortage of arms and ammunition in the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.”The Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force are fully prepared for any eventuality. The required arms and ammunition are being purchased on a continuous process. It is not like that once a particular purchase is completed, then we’ll sit idle for next five years. Defence purchase is an ongoing process.”Talking about the upcoming Gujarat elections, she said, “A very good government has been ruling Gujarat for the last 22 years, which has a blueprint that no partiality is done in Gujarat; the economic development should reach everyone.”She added that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani-led Gujarat Government was working on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’She expressed hope that the people of Gujarat would repose faith in the Bharatiya Janata Party to continue the development.The 14th Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, 2017 are scheduled to be held on December 9 and 14. The counting will be done on December 18.
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Dr Subhash Chandra hails ‘only party that talks of kartavya’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing sco-res of fans and followers, Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra on Sunday said that if people focus on their duties and ensure fulfilling them, then there’s no one who can deprive them of their rights.A multitude had gathered in Meerut to listen to Dr Chandra as he arrived at Patel Mandap with Rashtriya Kartavya Party leader Kiran Aarsi Jatav.In his address, Dr Chandra said, “Those who take our rights away only succeed when we aren’t aware of our duties.” Talking about the recently launched political party, he said, “Whenever a political party is launched, the leaders claim that they will get people their rights back. But this is the first party I have seen that talks about kartavya (duty).” He added that Kiran underwent a long period of struggle “which I truly understand because I underwent the same in my life when I started.”The Rajya Sabha MP said, “I’ll be with her and I assure her of my support, so that people and country both can benefit from her and her party’s ideology and their struggle.” The event was named “Kartavya Sammelan”.Talking about the politics of UP, he said that BSP leader Mayawati spent a long time in UP politics and that when he sees efforts made by Kiran, it reminds him of Mayawati’s support to the Jatav community.However, giving an example, Dr Chandra said, “It reminds me of the story of a Rs 1 coin and a Rs 2,000 note. While one (the coin) gets rotated everywhere and can be used anywhere, the Rs 2,000 note has limited use due its huge denomination. So, I’d like to tell you that never underestimate yourself and do not let anything deter you from your duties. Believe in yourself and be your strength.”Dr Chandra added that he’d like to see Kiran as the chief minister of UP some day, but said that he hopes she does not become the next Mayawati. “I believe you will not, and I have full faith in you,” he added.

In Ayodhya, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ‘let me talk to everyone on Ram temple’ – 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached Ayodhya on Thursday to meet all stakeholders in Ram Mandir issue.The meeting comes days ahead of the final hearing of the Babri Masjid dispute,which is slated to begin next month.Here are 10 major updates from this story:1: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached the temple town in morning amid tight security. He is in Ayodhya to mediate the talks for an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.2: Ahead of the series of meetings that include discussion with Nirmohi Akhada and other claimants in the case, Sri Sri sounded positive.3: Talking to media, he said that ‘the environment is positive. People want to come out of this conflict.’4: However, as a hint of reality check he also added that ‘I know it is not easy. Let me talk to everyone. It is too early to reach a conclusion’5: Though many have welcomed the initiative by the spiritual leader, there are some who don’t exactly seem him as answer to the two decade old dispute.6: One of the most vociferous voices against Sri Sri’s mediation include that of former BJP lawmaker Ram Vilas Vedanti.7: He alleged that the Art of Living founder ‘jumped into Ayodhya issue to avoid into his personal wealth.’ Slamming the spritual leader’s visit, Vedanti asked, ‘Who is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate? He should continue running his NGO and hoarding foreign funds.’8: The Yogi Adityanath government, however, has remained tight-lipped on the entire issue.9: Even after the meeting with Sri Sri, CM Yogi had said that ‘it was a courtesy call.’10: The 16th century Mughal-era Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992 sparking major riots that killed over 2,000 people.

Rape-convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh getting VIP treatment in Rohtak jail, alleges ex-inmate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the millionaire self-styled Godman serving 20-year sentence in Rohtak’s Sunaria Jail, is leading a lavish lifestyle and getting VIP treatment, alleges an ex-inmate.Rahul, who came out on bail recently, claims that nobody has seen the Dera Sacha Sauda and that authorities are extra benevolent on him.Talking to news agency ANI, he said that “while rest of the prisoners can only meet visitors for 20 minutes, RamRahim’s visitors are allowed to stay for 2 hours.”He also claimed that nobody in the jail has seen Ram Rahim and that “don’t think he does any jail work.”Talking about the situation in jail after Ram Rahim was moved in, Rahul says, “there are a lot of restrictions now, rest of the prisoners can’t move freely.”He reiterated that the reason why he feels that Ram Rahim is getting VIP treatment is the fact that ‘none of us have ever seen him, we are just told he is lodged here.’Haryana government has rejected the claims. Talking to reporters, Haryana Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said, “He (Ram Rahim) isn’t being given VIP treatment and is living like any other inmate.”Explaining the reason why no other inmates have seen Gurmeet Ram Rahim is because, “there’s a lot of distance between barracks, they can’t even interact so he’s saying just like that.”The ‘bling baba’ who was convicted for raping two female followers by Panchkula’s special court earlier in August, has been lodged in the Rohtak Jail ever since the sentencing.The last reports on him suggested that due to security reasons, the jail authorities had changed his prisoner number. Qaidi number 8647 is understood to have started working as a gardener in the jail for which he is being paid a daily wage of Rs 40.

Severely hit, hospitality sector yet to recover fully

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the Central government announced demonetization a year ago, among the several businesses that went into a tizzy was the food and beverage industry. Making matters worse for them was the double onslaught of government making service charge obligatory and introducing Goods and Services Tax (GST). A year later, the industry is still trying to recover the losses it incurred last year.Since November 8, the sales have dipped along with the number of customers and the cash in their hands. Talking to DNA, Kazem Samandari, Director of L’Opera French Bakery, said: “Demonetization affected our business in several ways — the ticket size, the number of customers, and finally the payment methods. Also, the mix of payment methods has changed. Whereas cash payments had declined to less than 25 per cent of all payments in the immediate aftermath of demonetization, they gradually increased to reach 50 per cent.”He added: “The medium and lower segments of our customers have been mostly affected. Affluent customers continue their purchases. We have, however, experienced a decline in the number of visitors to our shops. The market is definitely not the same.”For others such as Umang Tewari, owner of The Vault Café, survival has become the operative word while growth has taken a backseat after the note ban. “The market is just not the same. Two consecutive major decisions have taken a toll on business models. Earlier, our focus was growth. Now, we are thinking only about our survival. There was a severe cash crunch in the market. While we were still coping with that , another blow was dealt in the form of GST. All this brought down the business by 50 per cent.”

Sachin Tendulkar fan’s 44-ft rangoli makes a record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nerul resident Abhishek Satam’s obsession with Sachin Tendulkar has landed the 28-year-old artist in the India Book of Records for the 44 ft x 24 ft rangoli he made on the occasion of his favourite cricketer’s 44th birthday. Satam has been selected among top 100 Indian record holders and will be felicitated on November 12.Speaking about the record, Satam said, “Though the rangoli was planned in a short time, it has been appreciated by many people. I sent it as an entry for different records owing to its uniqueness. I was surprised on receiving the mail telling me that I have been selected.” He added, “It feels amazing when you follow your passion and it gets appreciated. It gives one inspiration to do more unique work.”Talking about his inspiration, Satam said, “I wanted to celebrate Tendulkar’s birthday by showcasing my creative artwork. The rangoli was sponsored by my friends and school alumni.”A fan of the sportsman since he was eight, Satam has collected over 40,000 photos, 160 magazines, 40 books, and over 11 pens designed by Reynolds with the cricketer’s autograph and photo. Satam’s collection also includes a 24-karat gold-plated bat with Tendulkar’s autograph. He added, “I used to buy newspapers and magazines which had Tendulkar’s photo from scrap dealers to make cutouts and keep a collection of his photos.”

Will revive theatre and take it to int’l mkts: Punit Goenka

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zee TV, the pioneering Indian satellite channel, which completed 25 years early this month, unveiled its new brand ideology, ‘Extraordinary Together’. A panel discussion on the future of content creation in the emerging media and entertainment landscape was held with Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee, Amit Goenka, CEO, International Broadcast Business, writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, filmmaker Anurag Basu, and theatre personality Makarand Deshpande as the panelists.Punit revealed that they will be reviving the oldest form of entertainment — theatre — and take it to the international market. Talking about the changes in the last 25 years, Javed Akhtar rued that we are gaining speed at the cost of depth in content in TV, music, and films — thanks to the explosion of technology. However, he is optimistic about the younger generation discovering poetry and art. “I interact with youngsters when I visit colleges and am happy to see that the revival is happening. It’s true that morality has changed and bravado has come in; people have developed inhibitions about expressing loneliness. The ‘Devdas’ has gone out of films, there are no sad songs; but, that doesn’t mean people don’t feel lonely,” he said.Anurag Basu said the biggest challenge in the coming years will be to try and change the thought process — ‘this is what audience wants’ — and experiment and give new content. He added that in the coming years, he sees a film that releases on Friday being aired on TV the following Monday!Makarand sees the resurgence of the era where plays would be staged from dusk to dawn. “We are going back to that era. We should take theatre to people and in association with Zee, we are recording plays and will also be staging them at different places,” he said.About Zee’s growth plans, Amit Goenka said, “Digital is a key focus area and we will soon launch our revolutionary digital platform Z5, in the next few weeks.”

Police bust auto-lifting Jehar Khurani gang, arrest four

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police have busted the infamous Jehar Khurani gang and arrested four of its members. With their arrest, 21 cases of vehicle theft and motor vehicles accessory theft have been worked out.Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Outer, Pankaj Kumar Singh said, “The accused have been identified as Parveen alias Shanky, 30, Suraj alias Lovely, 28, Prakash, 24, and Avdesh alias Kale, 36.”Talking about the gang’s modus operandi, the police said the members would hire an auto-rickshaw and get cordial with drivers by doing small talk or fetching spiked snacks and drinks. When the drivers fell unconscious, they will rob them. At times, they would also take lifts in private vehicles, and then make away with the vehicles. They would rob expensive music systems, amplifiers, and tyres, and at times two-wheelers and auto-rickshaws as well.After several such incidents of vehicle theft, the Anti-Auto theft squad of the outer district was tasked to identify such criminals in the area. The team was informed that the accused persons would be coming near the water tank in outer Delhi’s Karala. A trap was laid and four of them were nabbed while coming from the Karala Chowk side and moving towards Rani Khera.During interrogation, the accused revealed that in the last one year, they have committed several thefts and stolen auto-rickshaws and accessories from various parts of outer Delhi, including Ranhola, Aman Vihar, Subhash Place, Bhalaswa Dairy, Sultanpuri, Nangloi, Moti Nagar and Shastri Nagar. “We have recovered five auto-rickshaw, a motorcycle, three auto-rickshaw engines, 13 music systems, amplifiers, and tyres,” Kumar added.The gang members further revealed that they started committing petty thefts and robberies in the area as they belonged to poor families and were in dire need of money. Suraj, Praveen, and Prakash already have five cases of robbery and theft registered against them.Modus operandiThe members would hire an auto-rickshaw and get cordial with drivers by doing small talk or fetching spiked snacks and drinksWhen the drivers fell unconscious, they will rob them. They would rob expensive music systems, amplifiers, etc

KJ Alphons says those not starving can afford petrol, Congress calls him PM Modi’s ‘true follower’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vehicle owners are people who are “not starving” and can afford to pay for petrol, Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam today said, defending the fuel price hike. He said the tax was aimed at mobilising resources for infrastructure projects. “All the money collected goes to the poor and it is an intentional decision taken by the government,” Alphons told reporters.He was speaking after visiting the BJP state head office for the first time on assuming charge as Union Minister for Tourism and IT. “So we are going to tax people who can afford to pay. Who buys petrol… somebody with car, somebody with a bike. Certainly, they are not starving. Somebody who can afford to pay, has to pay,” he said. “Yes we are imposing tax on petroleum products… So that poor in the country will have a dignified life,” the minister said.He said the funds are being used among other things to build toilets and houses for the poor. When pointed out that the BJP had opposed fuel price hike during the UPA regime, Alphons said the government was using the money for the poor and the downtrodden.”Our motto is simple. We are here for the welfare of the lowest in the downtrodden. To make houses and toilets and to get electricity to every villages, it is going to cost enormous amount of money,” he said.Calling Alphons a true follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Veerapa Moily said, ‘The statement lacks government skills. This is the problem with our Prime Minister that he is only an event manager and not a performer. He doesn’t know the reality; he just jumps from one event to another.’Talking a shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party he said that it has disrupted the economy of the country and the GDP is lowest in the current time.KJ Alphons, earlier in the day, said that people who own bikes and cars are not starving and can afford to pay higher prices for fuel.His comments came at a time when fuel prices are at a three-year high when international crude prices have crashed attracted strong criticism from opposition parties which described them as insensitive to the common man’s problems.Alphons’ remarks come at a time when the Congress has demanded withdrawal of central excise duties and other taxes on petrol and diesel and that it would soon launch a signature campaign in protest.”The Narendra Modi led government’s main focus was welfare of the poor and downtrodden. In India 30 per cent of the people are downtrodden and crores of rupees were needed for their welfare,” he said.Alphons said the tax for petroleum products could come down if it was brought under the ambit of GST.But states were not willing to bring liquor and petroleum products under GST, he added.Asked about price rise of essential commodities in the wake of fuel price hike, Alphons said inflation rate of four per cent in the country was less than half per cent prescribed by the RBI.Opposition leader in the state assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, hit out at the Union minister for his remarks on fuel price hike and described it as “utter foolishness”. With inputs from PTI and ANI

Ram Rahim verdict gives hope to Asaram survivors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four years have passed since Jahangirpura police in Surat filed the complaints of two women accusing self-styled spiritual guru Asaram Bapu and his son Naransai of rape. As trial in the case dragged on, the two rape survivors had almost lost hope until August 28, when miles away in Haryana, another self-styled baba, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two women in 2002. Living in fear and isolation since 2013, the two complainants, both sisters, now hope they too will get justice. When this DNA reporter went to meet them, it was a family member who spoke on their behalf as the sisters “don’t speak with media persons because they don’t want to draw unwanted attention.” “Our hopes were rekindled the day Panchkula CBI court convicted Ram Rahim Singh. We are eagerly waiting for the day Surat (where Narasai’s case is on) and Gandhinagar (where Asaram’s trial is under way) courts will pronounce their verdicts against Asaram and his son Naransai,” a relative of the complainants said.Sharing the details of the two trials, the relative said, “The trial against Naransai is likely to be concluded soon. We are expecting the judgement to come out this year itself. But the trial against Asaram is proceeding at a snail’s pace. However, it is the court’s prerogative to give ample time to all the parties concerned to ensure a fair trial. We are hopeful we will get justice.”Talking about the difficult days that have gone by, he said, “The initial days, months, and even the first year, was difficult, not only for the two women but also for their family members. We were followed everywhere. While well-wishers would have words of caution for us, Asaram’s henchmen would threaten us. The husband of one of the complainants was assaulted in 2014 in Surat.” He added that none of that could deter them from continuing their fight for justice. According to another family member, the sisters are happy and proud that their husbands are standing by them in their fight to bring the accused to book.GURU IN THE DOCKThe rape case against Asaram has been registered with the Chandkheda Police and the trial is going on in the Gandhinagar district court.
The trial against Asaram’s son, Naransai, is underway in the Surat district court.
The complainants, both sisters, who were once Asaram’s followers filed a police complaint in October 2013 that from 2001 to 2011, Asaram raped them at his Motera Stadium Ashram.
The Gujarat police arrested Asaram on a transit warrant from Jodhpur (Rajasthan).

JAM to bring all citizens under one financial, digital space: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a similar way as the GST has created a unified economic market, the JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) trinity will eventually bring all Indians into a common financial, economic and digital space. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the JAM was a social revolution, where poor will have access to financial services. “Within reach of the country is what might be called the 1 billion-1 billion-1 billion vision. That is 1 billion unique Aadhaar numbers linked to 1 billion bank accounts and 1 billion mobile phones. Once that is done, all of India can become part of the financial and digital mainstream,” he said.Highlighting the benefits, the union minister said the poor will have access to financial services and be cushioned against life’s major shocks while government finances will be improved because of the reduced subsidy burden and weeding out of leakages from the system. Currently, the government makes a direct transfer of Rs 74,000 crore to the financial accounts of 35 crore beneficiaries annually, at more than Rs 6,000 crore per month. These transfers are made under various government anti- poverty and support schemes such as PAHAL, MNREGA, old age pensions and student scholarships, he said. Talking about seeding of Aadhaar with bank accounts, the Finance Minister said about 52.4 crore unique Aadhaar numbers are linked to 73.62 crore accounts in India. “As a result, the poor are able to make payments electronically. Every month, about 7 crore successful payments are made by the poor using their Aadhaar identification,” he said.Besides, he said, with the launch of BHIM app and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), JAM has become fully operational. “A secure and seamless digital payments infrastructure has been created so that all Indians, especially the poor can become part of the digital mainstream,” he said.The Finance Minister also said the number of PMJDY accounts increased from 12.55 crore in January 2015, to 29.52 crores as of August 16, 2017, while the number of RuPay cards issued increased from 11.08 crore to 22.71 crores during the same period.

Solution to Kashmir, terror will be found by 2022: HM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted that by 2022, a solution would be found to the Kashmir problem as also other problems like terrorism, naxalism and North East insurgency. “There are a lot of problems — terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem. Much is not needed to be said about these problems. But I can assure you this much that by 2022, we have pledged to create a ‘new India’…So a solution will be found to all these problems before 2022. We want to assure the countrymen on this,” he said. Singh was addressing a programme here titled ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’. On the occasion, he administered oath to the gathering for making India ‘Swachh’ (clean), poverty-free, corruption- free, terror-free, communalism-free and casteism-free. “If people could take (Quit India) pledge in 1942 and get freedom in 1947, then why is it so that after 70 years of Independence, India is not that self-reliant which it should had been? “I would congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a pledge to create a ‘new India’ before the country celebrates its 75th year of freedom,” he said. He said Mahatma Gandhi understood the importance of cleanliness and had made it a campaign but it is Modi who gave it the shape of a mass movement. “For 85 long years after the first war of Independence in 1857, India understood the country’s power and kept on gathering it. “In 1942, the entire nation stood united when Mahatma Gandhi said ‘British should Quit India’ and gave the clarion call of ‘do or die’. … It was the result of this pledge which bore fruits five years later,” Singh said. He said if in five years after launch of Quit India movement, India could achieve Independence, “then why can’t we make a ‘new India’ after taking pledge in 2017 and realising it in 2022?” He said Pandavs also had achieved victory in Mahabharata because of their pledge and resoluteness. “This (new India) will be an India where there will be no poverty or illiteracy, every person will have a house, no one will die of shortage of medicine. On the global stage, India will emerge as a powerful nation. Talking about corruption, the home minister said, “In the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, we took a pledge to fight corruption. Our pledge was to change power and system.” Referring to GST which was rolled out on July 1, he said, “Many of our friends are having problems but after a few months, all will praise GST. We passed GST with the pledge of ‘one-nation, one-tax.” Singh said BJP does not indulge in politics of government formation “but for nation building and development.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hey Bollywood, it’s party time! Pahlaj Nihlani sacked and Twitter can’t handle it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pahlaj Nihalni, the ‘sansakri’ censor board chief, has been removed and Twitter is liking every bit of it.As the news became viral, many ‘Tweeple’ got into celebratory mood.Well, after three years of cuts, beeps and bans, Twitter feels it’s party time for Bollywood.Nihlani, on the other hand, is pretty nonchalant about his removal as censor board chief. Talking about the latest development, he said that he was preparing to leave the censor board for about six months now.Without naming anyone, he said that there were many who were against him and that this decision would be like a ‘tyohaar’ (festival )for them. Judging by that, looks like Twitter certainly didn’t exactly loved him.
ALSO READ In blockbuster move, Pahlaj Nihalani snipped out of CBFCWithout further ado, here are some of the the best and the funniest reactions to Nihlani’s removal. What a sendoff! Well done, Twitter!

CBSE selects DPS Bopal to conduct free coaching for girls under Udaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has selected city-based Delhi Public School – Bopal as the centre for Udaan, a CBSE-cum-ministry of human resource and development (MHRD) programme for girl students to compete for admissions in premier Indian engineering institutions like IITs.Classes under Udaan are conducted online and girl students can register with the board to join classes at DPS Bopal. Talking about the same, Surender Sachdeva, principal, DPS Bopal, said, “We are honoured to be selected as the centre for this initiative. The last date is August 7 and the centre will approve the applications by August 10. It is likely that the IIT faculty will conduct these classes online. It is an opportunity for girls to prepare for IIT exam free of cost.”Udaan is designed to provide a comprehensive platform to deserving girl students who aspire to pursue higher education in engineering and support them to prepare for the entrance examinations while they are still studying in classes XI and XII. The programme aims at providing mentorship to 1,000 girl students. Students will be provided tutorials, lectures and study material as well tablets or financial assistance to purchase one. RequisitesMinimum 70% marks in class X overall80% marks in science and mathematicsFor boards, which follow CGPA, a minimum CGPA of 8 and a GPA of 9 in science and mathematics The annual family income should be less than Rs6 lakh per annum

Cong MLAs have vanished while people battle floods: Irani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Smriti Irani today took potshots at the Congress, saying the party was worried about ensuring the victory of its Rajya Sabha candidate, while its MLAs had left the flood-affected people of Banaskantha in Gujarat to fend for themselves. The opposition party has sent its MLAs to Bengaluru to prevent their `poaching’ ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. Talking to reporters at Banaskantha, Irani, herself a BJP nominee for the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, said the Congress MLAs have deserted their constituents in the flood-hit Banaskantha. “People of Banaskantha are searching for Congress representatives who had promised them in the last election that they will stay with them through thick and thin,” Irani said. “Not just the people of Banaskantha, but the entire country is watching Congress’ game of power where the concern of the top leadership is to ensure the victory of one representative,” she said, without naming Congress candidate Ahmed Patel. Irani today visited several flood-affected areas in the district with Balwantsinh Rajput, who recently quit the Congress to join the BJP. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is camping in Banaskantha for the last five days to oversee relief work. The Congress has taken its 44 MLAs to Bengaluru after six of its MLAs resigned, three of them joining the BJP, ahead of the crucial Rajya Sabha elections where Ahmed Patel, political secretary to the Congress president, is a candidate. The party has accused the BJP of trying to offer bribes to its MLAs for cross-voting, a charge the ruling party has denied. For the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat for which elections will be held, the BJP has fielded party chief Amit Shah and Rajput, and renominated Irani.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Elderly woman saved after floating for 13 hours in flood water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a providential escape for 62-year-old Tapati Chowdhury who kept herself afloat for 13 hours in the turbulent Damodar river in flood-hit Burdwan district, till she was rescued 80 km away. A resident of Kalibazar in East Burdwan district, Chowdhury, an Anganwadi worker, had gone to see the swollen Damodar river out of curiosity on Saturday evening. But she accidentally fell into the river and was swept away within a moment. Despite her cries for help, nobody was around to rescue her. The entire night she put up a brave fight to remain afloat and on Sunday morning, her distress calls did not go in vain. She was spotted by some fishermen who rescued her at 7.30 am yesterday. The elderly woman was conscious when she was rescued. Chowdhury said, “I came to know that the place was Markunda ferry ghat of Mundeswari river at Pursurah in Hooghly district. They told me it was 80 km from the spot from where I fell into the river.” She was taken to a hospital and released after treatment. Talking to reporters at her home, Chowdhury who was yet to recover from the trauma, said that she could not believe how she escaped from the jaws of death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister Ananth Kumar on Saturday said Congress is loosing its space in the country as people don’t want to continue with dynasty politics. He also asserted that countrymen are accepting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development politics. Talking to media here, Ananth Kumar told said, “Throughout country there is a polarisation, people are accepting Prime Minister Modi’s development politics and they are fed up of Congress’ family politics.They don’t want to continue with one family politics of Congress party. Stating that Congress is withering away from the country, Parliamentary Affairs Minister further added their countdown in the whole country, including Gujarat, Himachal, Karnataka, has started. The statement came after at least six Congress MLAs in Gujarat resigned from the party to join the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amid high profile exits, Infosys Co-Chairman hopeful of CEO Vishal Sikka to deliver results

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Infosys Co-Chairman Ravi Venkatesan is hopeful that CEO Vishal Sikka would deliver results for the company and not think of leaving it because of losing high-profile talents.Venkatesan stated this when asked if he sees Sikka turning things around for Infosys or turning his back on the company for failing to retain high-profile executives. “Well I very much hope that it is the former (that Sikka will turn things around), not the latter (that he will turn his back on Infosys due to losing high-profile talents),” Venkatesan told PTI here.Market watchers are speculating over the stint of Sikka at Infosys in the backdrop of as many as 11 executives quitting the company after took charge, the latest being Yusuf Bashir, who was leading the USD 500-million startup fund of software services for over two years. Talking about exits, Venkatesan said it was not a matter of great surprise because the executives were highly desired in IT industry. But the company needed to make sure that it did not lose talent, and the best way to retain them was to allow them to grow.”But when the industry is changing so fast, boss, if people have an opportunity to become a CEO somewhere else and become number 2 somewhere else, we cannot stop them,” he added. Nevertheless, Venkatesan said, he felt bad if any of good employee left the company because he was an emotional person. “We had a few exits, and I am an emotional person also. Every time a good employee leaves at any level, I feel bad about it,” he said.Replying to a query, Venkatesan said all stakeholders, including the founders and the promoters, will feel anxious due to cultural transition, which brings a sense of instability among them.”I think the big challenge for all companies including us is to manage the cultural transition – changing business model, market and business strategies. “During this shift, there obviously is a sense of instability, and therefore employees feel anxious. Investors may feel anxious. Certainly, the people who built this company like the founders will feel anxious,” he said. Venkatesan said during the stints of N R Narayana Murthy and Nandan Nilekani as the company heads, Infosys saw amazing performances because there was a tremendous amount of alignment between market, business model and culture.”When market changes, you try to change your model; your strategy. Then what happens is, you start bringing in new people to fill gap in new areas like digital. They come in with a different mindset and cultural orientation. They come in at different composition levels etc, and this creates stress in the system,” he added. Hence, it was the job of a board and senior management to manage transition. It was not about strategy, but managing people, anxieties, emotions and relationships in the process, Venkatesan said.

Medical admission:Bedi stresses on quota for Pondy students in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today reiterated that the territorial government should bring in a legislation to ensure 50 percent quota for local students in medical courses in private colleges here. Talking to reporters here she said, “the last budget session of Puducherry in May should have been utilised by the government to bring in a legislation to ensure 50 percent quota of seats for government-sponsored students in the private self-financing medical colleges here.” Referring to the legislation brought by Tamil Nadu government, earmarking 65 percent quota of seats to protect the local students, she said that Puducherry government could have also brought in a legislation.” Bedi also said if a legislation was framed and sent to her “she will immediately forward it to the Centre for its nod.” The legislation would avert the necessity to go in for negotiation with the managements of the college to finalise the quota every year as was the case now, she added. The Medical council of India had already maintained that there would be no postponement of the dates of counselling of admission of students to three private medical colleges under management quota. “The secretary to the Council had responded to the Chief Minister V Narayanasamy’s letter seeking postponement of the counselling date for admission under management quota and clarified that the schedule of counselling should be strictly adhered to lest it should give rise to contempt,” she pointed out. The schedule of counselling was set by the Supreme Court and “we cannot escape from the schedule according to our convenience,” she said. The Lt Governor welcomed the suggestion of the opposition AIADMK (Amma) for a special session of the Puducherry Assembly to adopt a legislation or a resolution to fix 50 percent quota in private medical colleges under government quota. She also urged the government to revamp the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC), a government authorised panel to conduct counselling.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raipur Police bust gang involved in fake distribution of Patanjali products

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Mahasamund district police arrested two members of a gang involved in the fake distribution of Patanjali products on Tuesday. Mahasamund District Superintendent of Police (SP) Neha Champawat said that the accused were nabbed from Nalanda district in Bihar. Mobiles, identification proofs, pan cards and laptops were also seized from them. Talking to the media here, Champawat said, “following preliminary investigation I can say that the two arrested accused are closely associated and have known each other from a while. The two pretended to be from Patanjali’s management and have been cheating unsuspecting victims from different states on the pretext of getting them the Patanajli distributionship.” Champawat further informed that the accused have collected around Rs 9, 85, 000 till now. Based on the information provided by complainant Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, a resident of Saraipali area, the police registered a case and have launched an investigation. The case was registered under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code along with section 34.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Come out with policy to reward sportspersons: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today asked Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar to chalk out a proper scheme to reward those who are fairing well nationally and internationally in sports. “There should be proper reward mechanism for those who fair well nationally and internationally,” Parrikar told Ajgaonkar on the floor of the House. He said those who show special excellence in sports would be given priority in government employment. “You send me the proposal, I will approve it. I will assure that there will be no shortage of finance for these schemes,” Parrikar said. Talking about printing and stationery department, the chief minister said “we need to modernise printing press department but its functioning should be curtailed to certain documents like budget documents, confidential documents and others.” “The printing press should have modern equipment but should have comprehensive mandate. The rest has to be outsourced,” he said. “We will fund the modernisation of printing press but at the same time we will scrap the traditional posts which are not required. We will not remove anyone from the existing post but when someone gets retired, we will not fill those posts and scrap them,” the chief minister assured the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No immediate plan to join hands with Vaghela: Hardik Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel today said he has no immediate plans to plunge into electoral politics in his home state Gujarat or strike an alliance with Shankarsinh Vaghela who quit the Congress. Patel said he will continue to focus on raising issues concerning his community and the agriculture sector and that he would take a call on fighting polls at an appropriate time. “Right now, I have no plans to contest elections. I neither have any political intentions, nor do I represent any party. I’m just fighting for the cause of society and the farm sector,” Patel told reporters here. Assembly polls in Gujarat state are due later this year. Asked how he viewed Vaghela’s move, Patel said the decision of the 77-year-old leader to quit the Congress was right considering his age. Patel said he neither has any plans to forge an alliance with Vaghela nor has he held talks with the Kshatriya strongman about it. Vaghela had yesterday announced that he was quitting the Congress amid speculations that he may float a political front by roping in parties and social outfits outside the Congress and the BJP. On the death of five farmers in a police firing at Mandsaur, he said that just like in Gujarat, the voice of farmers was being muzzled in Madhya Pradesh as well. Talking about his visits to the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, he said, “Come what may, but I will keep visiting MP. In the next few months, I will come and address farmers’ meeting at Gwalior and other places in the state. Do whatever you want.” Patel demanded that farm loans be waived across the country and cultivators given pension after they attain the age of 50. He also wanted a national commission to study farmers’ issues to be set up. The Patidar leader sought withdrawal of criminal cases lodged against farmers in Mandsaur and Neemuch districts during the farmers’ stir last month. Patel claimed he had not visited MP ahead of farmers’ stir but his name was falsely being linked to it, alleging a BJP leader was behind it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha minister Khot appears before his party’s inquiry panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra minister Sadabhau Khot today appeared before an inquiry committee set up by his outfit Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) to look into complaints made against him by its workers, and hinted at going separate ways. Separately, speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Khot said he was being “sidelined” in the party and maintained a “split” looks imminent in the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), an ally of the BJP-led NDA. Talking to(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Kamov delivery to start in 2 years after contract signing’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The delivery of Kamov military helicopters to India will begin within two years of the signing of a contract, according to a top Russian official, who indicated that the number of choppers to be supplied could be increased to more than 200 in the future. Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec State Corporation, said that after the establishment of the joint venture (JV) in May for the production of Kamov military helicopters, Russia expects an official request from the Indian defence ministry. A contract will then be signed for the delivery of the choppers. “After the contract is signed, within two years, the first deliveries of helicopters will be made. The agreement for that is signed and is being exercised,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Russia’s premier airshow MAKS 2017. Talking about the 2015 USD 1 billion deal for the supply of the KA-226T helicopters, Chemezov said: “We have to supply a certain amount, most will be localised, in total, in the amount of 200 helicopters. But in the future this can be increased.” Chemezov said that under the deal the minimum project volume was for “the procurement of 40 helicopters from Russia and production of 160 helicopters in India with different localisation degrees.” Earlier reports said that 60 Kamov-226T helicopters will be supplied to India in fly-away condition, while 140 will be manufactured in India. Chemezov said Russia expects the target location to implement the project will be in Bengaluru on the production capacities of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) that are currently used in the assembly project of Su-30 MKI. The necessary conditions are available there including human resources for successful implementation of the project, he said. The Rostec chief also said that within the joint project, “it is possible to engage other companies, including private ones, depending on the Indian party”. “They have to evaluate and affirm the readiness and reliability of private companies for most of which it is a new business domain,” Chemezov said. “Rostec sees no problems in collaborating with private companies, but we understand that engagement of other partners in the project could make the project implementation more difficult or increase the implementation deadlines. But we are ready for this,” he said. Talking about the project, Rosoboronexport CEO Aleksandr Mikheev told reporters at a separate briefing that it was a cooperation under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. “We are now coordinating the appearance of these helicopters in order to offer them to the Indian Ministry of Defence in the near future,” Mikheev said. While talking about Russia’s cooperation with Latin American countries, he made a reference to the Kamov choppers, saying that they were the only coaxial helicopters in the world without a real anti-torque rotor. “Maybe, in the future we will sell it via our joint venture in India too,” Mikheev said. Chemezov said that Rostec’s strategy is to further expand cooperation with Indian manufacturers in compliance with the ‘Make in India’ policy. At the Indo-Russia summit in Moscow in December 2015, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for implementation of the project for production of Ka-226T helicopters in India. In October 2016 at the Indo-Russia summit in Goa, the two sides signed the Partner Agreement and ratified the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the new JV, and this was announced at the BRICS summit. HAL has 51 per cent shares and Rostec (Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport being parts of the corporation) has 49 per cent, Chemezov said. He hailed the Indo-Russia partnership, saying India was a strategic partner and the cooperation with it was very wide. “The bulk of our exports go to Southeast Asia, India and China. They are our two major partners. Every year we supply products to India for more than USD 2 billion. Sometimes it is more. Therefore, we have about the same volumes last year as before,” he said when asked about the changes in the military-technical cooperation with India. “There are changes, but insignificant, somewhere in the range of 10-15 per cent is the fluctuation. Therefore, with regard to cooperation with India, it is aimed not only at selling products, but we are also transferring technology. It began in the late 90s with the sale of licenses for SU- 30MKIs,” he said. “Today, these planes are manufactured in India. The T-90 tank, India has already mastered production, we continue to provide assistance, we supply the components, but for the most it is already localised,” he added. Chemezov also talked about the fifth generation aircraft the two sides plan to develop, saying the work continues on it. On the supply of the S-400 Triumf systems to India, he said “until the contract is signed I would not be able to answer precisely on this topic. It’s not customary for us. When we finalise the deal and sign it, and if our Indian partners agree, we could announce details of this contract.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Para athlete slams IndiGo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Para athlete and disabled activist Suvarna Raj had to miss her IndiGo flight to Udaipur on Tuesday morning allegedly as the security men at the Delhi’s IGI airport failed to scan her wheelchair due to lack of equipment. The airline, however, said that Raj had reported late because of which she missed her flight.A few weeks ago, Raj had come into the limelight after she was allotted an upper birth in a train while revelling from New Delhi railway station. Talking to DNA, Raj said that she had reached airport well in advance to ensure security checks are done in time.”The security men did not have proper equipment. They kept me waiting. After a while, we learned that the flight had already taken off. I have travelled many times but such callousness is rare. This isn’t the first time I am travelling in my wheelchair, ” Raj said.She said that the airport authority must be well equipped so that inconvenience to those disabled can be avoided.”When is our society going to be sensitive towards disabilities or the so called Divyangs by our Honourable Prime Minister. I was supposed to take off from Delhi to Udaipur by Indigo Airline at 1.35 pm, but when I headed for Check-in, I was denied boarding as they said they will take time to scan the wheelchair. Why do wheelchair bound people face such problems at airports? They always force the disabled to change wheelchair. Why don’t they use current technologies which are being used at all international airports?” She asked.Raj added that we need to be aware, sensitised and helpful to Divyangs if we need to build a humanitarian society.The airline, however, claimed that Raj had arrived late and counters were closed by then, because of which she missed the flight.”Para Athlete Ms Suvarna Raj missed her flight 6E 751, DEL-UDR today as she reported late to the airport at 1254 hrs. The counter closed at 1244 hrs. There was not enough time to pack and get her wheelchair scanned (X-ray). Since she is a para athlete of national repute; IndiGo has booked her on flight 6E-746 scheduled to depart tomorrow morning at no additional cost,” said an airline spokesman.

‘Deplorable’ that people killing each other in name of protecting cow Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress Party on Monday said that nothing is more ?deplorable? than people killing each other in the name of ?Gau raksha? (cow vigilantism). Talking to ANI, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes said it is a ?sad spectacle? that there is no peace in the country today. ?In the name of protecting the cows if you indulge in violence, I think it is deplorable. And, if people are being killed in the name of protecting animal it is the saddest thing that can happen. I appeal to our people not to indulge in violence in the name of cow,? he added. Another Congress leader P.L. Punia said that the Prime Minister should send a strict advisory to the BJP ruled states in this regard so that such incidents do not occur. ?The truth is that these kinds of incidents are taking place only in BJP ruled states. PM Modi should ask his Ministers and supporters to take strict action only then such incident will not take place. If such message reaches them that the Government is serious on such issues then such things can be avoided. Today, the need is that people who are involved in such activities, no matter of their position, should be held and punished,? he added. Rebuking the incidents of cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday warned gau rakshaks of strict action, urging state governments to keep the “anti-social elements” under check. Prime Minister Modi further urged all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection. He added that State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law. “Prime Minister Modi has asked the State Governments to take strict action against the anti-social elements creating violence in the name of cow vigilantism and punish them strictly,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said after the all-party meeting here. “People are trying to give it a political and communal colour, but it is not in favour of the country,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPI (M) alleges RSS propagating values of ‘Manusmriti’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (Marxist)- CPI (M)- on Sunday said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was trying to propagate the values of Manusmriti. The Left party?s reaction was in response to the RSS? family counseling programme ?Kutumb Prabodhan? in which the campaigners were visiting people?s home to instil values, ethics and promoting Indian attire. Talking to ANI, CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said, ?They are trying coercively imposing vegetarianism on people. Now, they are going to intervene within the family. The values they are propagating are the values of Manusmriti. They are simply trying to push Manuvadi values into families also. It is yet one more attempt to try and shape society according to the agenda of the RSS. Certainly, we hope that the families in India will counter it.? The so ? called family counseling the campaign will continue till the 2019 general elections. The RSS has started the programme by issuing guidelines on the public and the private conduct. The organisation was advising that during the family time, people should avoid discussing politics and cricket. The move comes in the middle of extensive outrage and anger over mob violence in the name of the cow. Reportedly, the campaigners were visiting the homes in different localities and advised people to wear sarees and kurta-pyjamas during the festivals and not to blow candles or cut cakes during the birthdays as it was not a part of the Indian culture.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Violent cow vigilantism part of ‘BJP’ agenda, alleges Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday alleged that violent cow vigilantism is a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agenda. The grand-old-party?s allegation came in the backdrop of yet another incident of violence triggered by the possession of beef in Nagpur in Maharashtra. Talking to ANI, Congress leader PL Punia said, ?It is a very unfortunate incident. There is no strict law that can put an end to such incidents. However, such atrocity takes place only in BJP-ruled states; looks like it is part of their agenda.? Condemning the incident, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan asserted that it is unfortunate that in spite of repeated warnings issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, such instances continue to be reported. ?It is indeed very shocking that such things continue to take place, in spite of three consecutive warnings from the Prime Minister,? he said. Adding to the series of unfortunate attacks on civilians in the name of cow vigilantism, a man was reportedly beaten up by a mob on Wednesday, suspecting him of carrying beef, in Nagpur district?s Bharsingi village. Upon receiving information, the police team reached the scene of crime immediately, and began investigation. On Thursday, Nagpur’s Narkhed Taluka Court sent four accused, who were arrested on grounds of carrying out the attack, to five days of police remand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP condemns Anantnag terror attack, pays condolences

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday condemned Monday?s terror attack in Anantnag and paid their condolences to the families of the deceased. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal described the attack as very dastardly and cruel. ?I severely condemn it and pay my condolences to the families of the deceased. I wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured?, Piyush added. Talking about the incident, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir criticised it, and described the terrorists as ?cowards?. ?They are acting coward by attacking innocent people. My condolences with the people who died?, Ahir said. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath dubbed the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims as a ‘cowardly’ one. At least seven people were killed and 15 injured, after a group of terrorists had earlier opened fire at the bus carrying the pilgrims on Monday in Jammu and Kashmir?s Anantnag district. The incident occurred at 8.20 p.m. today when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims was travelling from Baltal to Mir Bazar.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA CAMPAIGN: Farm labourer’s daughter from Amravati scores 91.20%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daughter of farm labourers in Amravati district, Pratiksha Dinesh Thakre of Shahid Smirti Vidyalaya in Benoda village topped her school’s SSC results this year with 91.20 per cent.”She would wake up early in the morning to study,” says her mother Jyoti, “and has always been a bright child. She doesn’t like sports. Her entire focus is on studies. Even though we earn only100 rupees per day, we never stopped her from studying. She would also come to the farms to help us out. She always wants to see us happy. She has made not only us but the entire village proud. Now she wants to pursue science and become a doctor. We would appreciate any help.”Talking about her struggles Pratiksha said, “My teachers always supported me and my elder brother Tushar helped me study. I never joined any classes, and would help my mother in the household work. My parents have done a lot for me. I want to see them happy and proud of me.”Ramesh Pharkade, president of the school’s institutional committee, said, “Our school is very proud of her. The teachers guided her throughout the year. She knew how to make the best of a difficult situation. If she receives help, she can achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.”Appeal to readersDear readers, if you are inclined to charity, please donate generously for funding the future education of these bright, underprivileged kids. You can send in your cheques issued in the name of the student to Diligent Media Corporation Ltd, 11th floor, Tower 3, Indiabulls Finance Centre, Elphinstone Road (W), Mumbai 400013. For any queries contact: 02224827821 from 11am to 7pm

Jantar Mantar ‘Gorkhaland’ protest reaches national capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Gorkha Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti on Sunday held a protest march at Jantar Mantar demanding a separate ?Gorkhaland? from West Bengal. ?We are not going to deviate this. We don?t want to talk about anything other than Gorkhaland. If the government invites us for anything else, then they better not do so. We are not going to settle for anything else,? Rajiv Sharma, member of Gorkha Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti told ANI. ?We are doing this protest to make it clear that we Gorkhas also belong to India and we are also an integral part of it. There is no political party included in this,? another protestor said. Earlier on Friday, a Gorkhaland supporter was found dead in Sonada, on the outskirts of Darjeeling. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has alleged that he was killed by the police force present there. GNLF spokesperson, Neeraj Zimba alleged that Tashi Bhutia, a Gorkhaland supporter was shot by police and there are reports that he died on the spot. ?He had received bullet injuries on his forehead somewhere near his ear,? added Zimba. Talking to ANI, Zimba said, ?No, that is what the police claims. There will be counter allegations, but there were twelve to thirteen police convoys and they stopped one unarmed person and shot him.? He said that it was not a disturbed area and section 144 was not imposed anywhere near the area, and anybody could make free movements there. Earlier on June 17, three GJM protestors were killed in clashes that broke between out in Darjeeling, the sixth day of the party’s indefinite shutdown demanding a separate Gorkhaland.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

U.S.-envoy-welcomes-launch-of-direct-New-Delhi-Washington-D.C.-flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Charg? d’affaires of U.S. embassy in Delhi, MaryKay Loss Carlson on Wednesday welcomed the launch of direct flight between New Delhi and Washington D.C. ?It?s a great opportunity there are so many Indians and Americans flying back and forth. Each year, we are seeing an increase in travel and tourism between our two countries and student travel as well. The sky is the limit in terms of the opportunities between our two countries,? she told ANI in an exclusive interview. Talking about the H-1B issue, she said, ?It is still under consideration by the U.S. Congress.? However, the H-1B Visa issue did not figure in talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter?s visit to U.S. Trump signed an executive order in April for tightening the rules of the H-1B Visa programme to stop visa abuses as he promoted ?America first?. Under the H-1B program, the government admits 85,000 foreign workers annually, many of them in the high-tech, industrial, medical and science fields(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi receives extraordinary welcome as he begins path-breaking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his “path-breaking” visit to Israel today with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu extending an extraordinary welcome and asserting that “even sky is not the limit” in the cooperation between the two countries. Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit the Jewish nation, was received at the Ben Gurion airport by Netanyahu who said in Hindi, “aapka swagat hai, mere dost” (welcome, my friend). Describing Modi as “a great leader of India and a great world leader”, Netanyahu said, “we have been waiting for the last 70 years” for a visit by an Indian prime minister. Embracing each other twice, the two prime ministers, who spoke briefly at the airport, vowed to give a push to the bilateral relationship in all aspects and jointly deal with the common threats like terrorism. “We love India,” said the Israeli prime minister who rolled out a red carpet welcome to Modi and giving him an honour which is only accorded to a US President and the Pope. Netanyahu’s entire cabinet was there to receive Modi, who was wearing a cream colour ‘band gala’ suit, at the airport where the Indian prime minister was also accorded a Guard of Honour. “I remember what you told me in our first meeting – when it comes to India and Israel relations, the sky is the limit. But now, prime minister, let me add even sky is not the limit. We are also cooperating in space,” Netanyahu told Modi. Talking about the vast possibilities of cooperation between the two countries, he said, “We can do even more, even better together.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP govt to take legal action against errant developers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is planning to seize properties and even take legal action again errant developers who have failed to live up to promises that they made to home buyers.After the regime change, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed officials to organise tripartite meetings (authority officials, developers and their home buyers) to settle builder-buyer issues in the state.In each meeting, developers had promised to live up their promises made in the tripartite meetings. But many months have passed and they have still failed to do so.In these circumstances, the state government has decided to take action against these developers. Talking to DNA Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Industries) Alok Sinha said that clear directions have been given to Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Authority officials to protect the interest of home buyers. He added that if developers fail to live up their promises, they will have to face consequences.”All options are open to take action against errant developers who have not fulfilled promises made in tripartite meeting with buyers and state authorities,” said Sinha.Meanwhile, the Noida Authority has decided to issue notices to builders who have failed to fulfil promises made to buyers. The authority is examining each builder’s tower-wise delivery schedule. In total, 36 builder-buyer-official meetings have taken place since May 10.Of the 36 projects, pertaining which meetings have taken place, builders have submitted the tower-wise delivery schedule of 34 projects. However, homebuyers said no fruitful results have come up from these meetings.”When tripartite meetings were organised, this had brought us a ray of hope but we are now realise that such meetings are waste of time and builders are not paying heed to the authority as well. Ironically in some meetings, the developers did not come personally to address aggrieved home buyers,” said Manish Gupta, a home buyer of Omaxe developer.FAILED ATTEMPTSAfter the regime change, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had directed officials to organise tripartite meetings (authority officials, developers and their home buyers) to settle builder-buyer issues in the state.
The authority is examining each builder’s tower-wise delivery schedule. In total, 36 builder-buyer-official meetings have taken place since May 10

What’s wrong if an organisation doing "good work" gets recognized Aparna Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After a major RTI revelation claimed that nearly 86 percent of the grant sanctioned by the then Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for cow welfare was given to her NGO, Mulayam Singh?s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav on Monday asked what was so wrong if an ?active? NGO, doing ?good work?, is recognized. Talking to ANI, Aparna said such an organisation should get 100 percent of such funds for good work. ?So what is wrong in it? If some organisation is doing good work for the welfare of animals, then why should it not be helped financially? They should in fact get 100 percent of the fund?this organisation is getting this kind of amount only because this is the only organisation that is functioning so much. There are approximately 463 or 462 Gau Shalas in Uttar Pradesh and the most active out of all these is Jeev Aashraya, and there is no second thought about it. Anyone can go there and have a check. I would also like to thank the people associated with it,? she added. Denying all allegations, Aparna said neither her husband nor she is involved in the money given to her organisation by the government. ?My husband or anyone is not involved in this money. I think it is very cheap of the people to put an allegation like this. RTI should not spread terrorism like this?.people who are character assassinating and throwing stones at me, I will give them an answer,? she added. The Uttar Pradesh animal husbandry department granted nearly 86 percent to an NGO run by the former state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, according to an RTI reply. The Uttar Pradesh Gau Seva Ayog allocated Rs 8.35 crore, nearly 86.4 per cent of its total budget of Rs 9.66 crore to Jeev Aashraya, an animal rescue organisation, between 2012 and 2017, when Akhilesh Yadav government was in power. Aparna is the wife of Prateek Yadav, the step-brother of Akhilesh Yadav. Her NGO runs a gaushala at Amausi in Lucknow district. Talking to ANI, RTI activist Nutan Thakur said the lease of land given to Aparna Yadav’s organisation, initially for three years, was later extended to five years during Samajwadi Party’s rule. “This property was given to Jeev Aashraya on lease during SP government’s rule. The validity of lease was extended by 5 years. 86% of fund received for Gau Seva was given to Aparna Yadav’s organization. Aparna Yadav portrayed that she was running the organization with her own money but in fact it was the government’s money. Political parties misuse public money for their own benefits.,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Luxury hotels feel the pinch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day into the rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and amid several apprehensions, restaurants in the city did not face any major hiccups on Saturday. At 28 per cent tax, however, luxury hotels seemed to be at sea.Many hotel owners feared losing out on business at a time when the market had just opened up for them.Being the first day of the weekend, restaurants did usual business on Friday, with very few complaining about the glitches in bills. Varun Puri of Too Indian, however, claimed to have registered a dip of “at least 30 per cent” in business on Friday, which he attributed to the curiosity among people to watch the GST proceedings on television. He also said that a lot of his diners were taken by surprise when they were handed over more than one bill. “Some of them were given as many as four bills and we had to patiently explain the details to them. The difference in tax is marginal, so, we don’t think it would affect the market. Having said that, it has not been brought down either. It would have been better if the experience of eating out was more relaxed, in terms of tax,” Puri said.Tamasha owner Priyank Sukhija said: “We need to let the new tax regime take a proper shape. Only then would we be able to foresee its impact.” He added that the impact, if at all, would be a ripple effect of other trades.The most worried lot is the five-star hotel industry. With a sword of 28 per cent GST hanging on their head. Talking to DNA, Dr Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director of the Bird Group, said: “With such high tax, how will the business flourish? People would think twice before spending now. It’s like we have been taken back to a decade when five-star hotels were just a dream for a lot of us.”

Pharmacy a big draw among Gujarat’s students this year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the number of registrations crossing 11,000 as compared to 8,966 last year, Pharmacy is likely to emerge as the most preferred course this time. Data shared by the Admissions Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) reveals a total of 12,339 PINs were issued out of which 11,311 registrations were made for a total of 5,104 seats. The numbers, say experts, seem to be promising in comparison to other courses where the seats are likely to go vacant. The PIN allows students to participate in the online admission process.Confirming this, member secretary of ACPC, GP Vadodaria said, “There are two reasons for the increase. One is the numbers of students opting for Group B are more this year and, secondly, the job opportunities seem to be growing in this sector. As compared to engineering admissions, the scenario in pharmacy colleges looks bright.”He added, “There is a drop of 5,553 registrations for engineering courses when compared to 47,900 registrations last year. Over 47,538 PINs have been distributed this year, while it was 51,000 last year. A reason for the drop in registration for engineering courses is students are either migrating to BSc or group ‘B’.” Experts also cite gloomy placement ratio in colleges.MT Chhabria, principal, LM College of Pharmacy said, “Gujarat is emerging as a pharmaceutical hub. Moreover, regulatory bodies have brought in stricter norms making pharmacists mandatory. Research opportunities have opened up for students. Hence, pharmacy has got a shot in the arm.”Talking about international opportunities, he added, “Since a five-year course in pharmacy is required for post-graduate studies in the US and other countries, this year onward, we have started offering a six year programme in doctor of pharmacy.”Meanwhile, for 68,323 seats across 141 engineering colleges, around 42,347 students have applied for admissions and around 41,848 figure in the merit list. Of these, 35,753 are boys and 6,594 are girls.Dr Navin Sheth, vice-chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, feels notwithstanding pharmacy attracting higher numbers, some seats are likely to remain vacant, especially in the colleges which do not have good infrastructure. He said, “As far as engineering is concerned, colleges which provide good laboratories and impart hands-on training to students, always see good placements.”

12 years on, Nizamuddin muezzin has not missed a single azaan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mohammad Iftikhar Khureshi’s day starts at three in the morning, for he is the muezzin at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and is responsible for giving the azaan or call for prayer to the faithful. For years now, without fail, he has been giving the first azaan, known as Fajr, early in the morning.”It is a huge thing to be able to recite the azaan. If people knew what it really means, they would be fighting to be in this position,” says the 25-year-old, who prefers to not sleep at night during Ramadan. He rests around 8am and gets up again by noon for the second azaan of the day.On the occasion of Eid, Khureshi says: “Eid khushi ka paigam hai (Eid is the message of happiness). The best part of the festival is that those who can afford to buy good food and clothes ensure that they help those who can’t.””Azaan is an invitation for namaz,” he says, adding that all azaans are the same except the Fajr, which has an extra sentence. “Fajr is slightly different. There is an extra line — Al-salaatu khayrun min al-nawm — which means namaz is better than sleep,” Khureshi says. The young man is the first in his family to be a muezzin.Originally hailing from Jabalpur, Khureshi came to Delhi around 17 years ago and started studying in a madrasa at Jama Masjid. A few years later, he started reciting azaan at Nizamuddin dargah and was appointed the muezzin by the Imam. It has been 12 years since then, and he has never been late in reciting the Fajr.”Azaan has to be recited at the right time. One cannot do it later or even before the time,” he says, adding that he doesn’t rely on an alarm to wake up on time. Talking further about his work, he says that the dargah in-charge believes a muezzin must not only have a good voice but should also know the right Arabic pronunciation.”Since it is in the Arabic language, we emphasise heavily on the right pronunciation,” says Syed Aziz Nizami, Sajjada Nashin (hereditary administrator) and General Secretary of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

Woman activist on Delhi murder @ 6/22/2017 1:16:10 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the incident where a man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife to death in northeast Delhi?s Dilshad Garden area, women activists on Thursday said it is extremely important for the people and the ?pati parmeshwar? society to understand that man and woman are equal and dignity and respect has to be meted out to both. Talking to ANI, Women activist Brinda Adige said, ?We live in a community and a society where a man can sleep with end number of people, he can ogle at anybody and he is still ?pati parmeshwar? but if this man suspects his wife the community, the religion, the society, the family has nothing to say to him when he does such a heinous act.? ?I think as a society and mostly religiously those have a very important role to play to say that man and woman are equal and dignity and respect has to be meted out,? she added. Condemning the heinous crime, another women activist Annie Raja said it is very sad that the Central and the Delhi Government are keeping silence on issues relating to crime against woman. ?Women who belong to other countries are also subjected to rape and molestation. But Delhi?s law and order situation is the responsibility of the Central Government but they are not taking any steps for the security of the women or even to implement the existing law. This is very unfortunate and condemnable. It is very sad that the Central and the Delhi Government are maintaining silence on issues relating to women,? she added. A 43-year-old man allegedly stabbed his wife to death yesterday, suspecting her of infidelity and also injured their son who tried to save his mother. Bisht stabbed his wife Rekha , more than 30 times following an argument. They were married for 16 years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swamy backs NCM chief, says those celebrating Pak’s victory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday backed National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi and said those who have to cheer for Pakistan are free to leave India. Talking to ANI, Swamy said if a person goes against the country and lowers the image of the nation then his citizenship can be withdrawn. ?If they have to cheer for Pakistan why are they here in India? It is clear that the people who are staying here is according to their own wish. We have not forced anyone to stay here. But if you go against the country and if you lower the image of the nation then we have all the right to withdraw your citizenship. According to law, we can do that. But instead of that they should leave the country themselves,? he added. Meanwhile, staying firm on his remark, Rizvi said people in India whose heart and soul is with Pakistan should go to Islamabad or better be sent there. ?I am an Indian before I am the chairperson. I made this statement as an Indian,? he added. Rizvi had said that those who have celebrated Pakistan team’s victory in the recently concluded Champions trophy final should be sent to Pakistan. Rizvi made the remarks in Meerut on Tuesday while responding to queries by journalists about reports of celebrations in parts of India after Pakistan?s win in Champions trophy last Sunday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K Tourism using social media to promote ‘success stories’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tourism department of Jammu and Kashmir has started a campaign to highlight the sector’s “success stories” to counter negative perception about the state, often in news for unrest and terrorist violence. Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Director of J&K Tourism, admitted that tourist arrival has taken a hit due to the latest phase of civil unrest, but maintained the problem is restricted to a handful of districts and the rest of the state is safe for holiday-makers. “I admit there is a problem in the Valley, but not of the magnitude that is being portrayed (in the media). There are 22 districts in the state and the current problem is restricted to just three districts,” he said. Shah, who was in the city on the invitation of local NGO Sarhad, was speaking to reporters yesterday. He said the state’s tourism industry, a key source of revenue and employment, was badly affected due to the violent protests which broke out in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in July last year. Things had started improving after the protests ebbed but widespread violence during the recent by-polls for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat again disrupted tourism activities, Shah said. “The average annual footfall of tourists in the state is around one crore and compared to last year, this year arrivals are down by 4 to 5 lakh (till now),” said Shah. He said the department is using social media platforms to counter negative perception in the media about the state and provide a “correct picture”. “To do that we have started our own social media handles on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, where we are showing success stories of our tourism business. “We are recording interviews of VVIPs and celebrities who visit the Valley and putting out their experiences through social media. This will help present a correct and positive image of the Valley,” he said. Talking about the objective of his visit to Maharashtra, Shah said the state, along with Gujarat and West Bengal, is a principal market for travellers coming to Kashmir. These three states account for most number of sightseers visiting Jammu and Kashmir, the officer said. “This year, the arrivals from these states have not been satisfactory. So I have come here to instill confidence among prospective tourists from Maharashtra and to dispel negative image of the state.” He said the state government has introduced helicopter services to the picturesque Gurez Valley with an aim to attract more visitors to the area in North Kashmir. Shah said tourism is an effective tool for promoting national integration. “Tourism binds the nation and makes people aware about its diversity.” The official said the Kashmir Valley offers immense potential for adventure activity and this needs to be tapped in a big way.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa govt to write to Centre against cattle notification

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has decided to write to the Centre raising certain objections to the recent notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, as it has created “apprehensions” in the minds of local people, a state minister said today. Talking to reporters, state Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said, “I have discussed the issue with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and he said he will write to the Centre.” “The state government is going raise certain objections and suggest some corrections to the notification on the Prevention of Cruelty Towards Animal Act,” he said. The notification has created apprehensions in the minds of Goans, who fear that the government wants to turn everyone into vegetarian, he said adding, “A significant section of people in Goa eats beef and there is a doubt in the minds of people that needs to be cleared.” According to Sardesai, the union minister concerned has also spoken to Parrikar and asked him to write about the objections to the notification. The Centre recently banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. The environment ministry notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Sardesai said, “Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has already made a statement that the government is ready to tweak the rules to remove apprehension in the minds of the people. We, as Goa Forward party, are giving a note to the CM.” The minister clarified that Goa does not come under the ambit of these rules. “We don’t have a yard where animal is sold. But since there are inter-state ramifications, there is an effect is on Goa,” he said. Presently, the cattle for slaughter is brought to Goa from neighbouring Karnataka. Sardesai said that his personal stand was that it (notification) would cause penury among the farmers and affect the hospitality industry, “which is the backbone of our economy”. “Now since the government is going to write to the Centre on our stand with regards to the rule, I assure every section of the Goan society that they need not worry,” he added. Talking about the suggestions to be written to the Centre over the notification, he said the government might give specifically give some points. “The notification talks of milk and draft animal. When draft animal becomes old, you have to kill it. They have spoken about all sorts of animals, including chicken and goats, which means people will have to turn vegetarian,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No objection to transfer student death case to CBI: Vijayan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Government today said it has no objection to transfer to CBI, the investigation into the alleged suicide of Jishnu Pranoy in Thrissur. Talking to reporters here Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government has approved the reguest made by the relatives of the student in this regard. Earlier, the Chief Minister visited CPI(M) Kozhikode district committee office at which two steel bombs were hurled by miscreants few days ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Navy chief disappointed over Gogoi-Dyer comparison

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday expressed his disappointment for drawing similarities with Major Gogoi?s ?human shield? incident in Kashmir with that of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer actions at Jallianwala Bagh and termed it as a ?sad comparison?. ?I think it?s a very sad comparison which is being made and not called for entirely,? Admiral Lanba said. Indian scholar Partha Chatterjee drew criticisms after he, in his article, wrote that Kashmir is witnessing its ‘ General Dyer’ moment. This article by Chatterjee came after Army chief General Bipin Rawat extended support to Major Gogoi over the human shield controversy in Kashmir. ?There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir,” Chatterjee wrote in his article. Major Gogoi came to light after he tied a Kashmiri man to a jeep as human shield and was paraded through villages in Kashmir. This incident was likened to General Dyer actions in Jallianwala bagh, where thousands of unarmed civilians were killed in 1919. The Navy chief also promised full support to the family of former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court for his alleged espionage activities in Balochistan. ?We will provide all support which is required to the family and him and the country is providing all it can to get his release,? he said. Talking about a seven-day maritime exercise held by India and Singapore in the South China Sea in May, Admiral Lanba said, ?We have an annual exercise with Singapore. It takes place once in our waters and once in the South China Sea and we are going to continue to follow this process.? Talking about his upcoming visit to Israel next week, Admiral Lanba said he would be meeting with the chiefs of Israeli Navy, Army and the Air Force. He is also likely to meet Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. ?We will exchange notes. We have an in-depth defence relationship with Israel. We jointly developed systems and fitted them onboard on our ship,? the Admiral said. Admiral Lanba will visit Israel from June 11 to 15. The Navy chief’s visit comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July, a first by an Indian Prime Minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CPI leader wants PM to condemn bid to manhandle Yechury

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CPI national secretary K Narayana today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should condemn the attempt to ‘manhandle’ CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury by two members of a fringe Hindutva outfit. Talking to reporters here, he alleged that such attacks “unleashed by RSS hooligans” clearly showed the “dictatorship mentality of ruling BJP”. “Prime Minister Modi should condemn such attacks,” he said referring to yesterday’s incident in which two members of Hindu Sena barged into the CPI(M) headquarters in New Delhi and tried to “manhandle” Yechury. CPI-M has blamed the RSS for the incident. Narayana, who is here to attend the two-day meeting of the party’s Tamil Nadu state Committee, said BJP should respect democracy and other political parties. He also condemned the firing on ‘peacefully’ agitating farmers in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. Narayana alleged that the BJP government was neglecting the farmers just demands such as minimum support price and loan waiver while supporting big corporates. On reports about Tamil film star Rajinikanth’s possible entry into politics, he said people may accept the actor if he floated his own party. He claimed the actor would be totally rejected if he chose to join BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt can save lot if affluent sections opt out of freebies:CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today pitched for affluent sections of people voluntarily opting out of various freebies provided to all ration card holders so that government could save a lot and extend the benefits to the needy. Talking to reporters here, he said Ministers, MLAs and officials in higher pay brackets and other affluent sections, including those paying income tax, would be issued green colour ration cards if they voluntarily opt out of the freebies now extended to all without any income criteria. The government could save a lot on the welfare schemes and make available the benefits to the poorer sections, he said. Narayanasamy thanked ruling Congress leaders and cadres for their “instantaneous response” to his request for removal of all banners and cutouts erected for his coming birthday. “Puducherry is now presenting a clean and beautiful look with almost all the thoroughfares being bereft of the gigantic cutouts and banners,” the Chief Minister said. Besides, a sum of Rs three lakh had been credited to the Chief Minister’s Relief fund in response to his suggestion that those desirous of putting up such banners could instead contribute the money to the public cause, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Zee Exclusive | Problem identified, now only operation needs to be done: Yogi Adityanath on Saharanpur clashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s firebrand leader and UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday spoke on a number issues during an exclusive interview with Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary. Slamming previous governments for ruining UP, Yogi Adityanath said, “Past governments have looted the state; UP lost a lot in the past 15 years.”Talking about his anti-Muslim image (as shown in some sections of media), Yogi said that after he became UP CM, the media got to know about my style of functioning and then started praising him and making programs on his lifestyle. “2017 UP assembly elections proved that there is no room for casteism and religion-based politics in the state,” Yogi said.”I don’t care about all these anti-Muslim allegations; will keep working on development agenda,” Yogi added. Yogi has said that his government will release a report card on completion of 100 days.
ALSO READ Yogi Adityanath expresses displeasure over Saharanpur violence, suspends top cops”My govt is dedicated for public welfare and I will make UP a crime free state, also now public have faith in government,” Yogi added.Talking about Mathura murder case, Yogi said that earlier criminals used to get protection from politicians but now the situation has changed.
ALSO READ ‘Casteist forces’ in BJP-RSS given a ‘free hand’: Mayawati on Saharanpur violenceYogi also spoke about Saharanpur clashes. “The problem has been identified, only final operation needs to be done,” Yogi said hinting at some big breakthrough in the caste-based clashes of Saharanpur.”Now, in my government, there is no space for criminals,” Yogi Adityanath added. “Earlier, there was no hearing of public by police machinery but now police cooperates and helps common man.”Taking a dig at Akhilesh government, Yogi Adityanath said, “When I came CM house, there was not even any furniture here.” “Akhilesh inaugurated metro but even fare was not decided,” Yogi said.”Akhilesh inaugurated cancer hospital however it had no bed,” Yogi added. Talking on the Triple Talaq issue, Yogi said,”It’s a big issue and Centre has clarified its stand and it will be taken care of.”Praising PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas’, Yogi said, “Indians are so fortunate that we’ve Modiji as PM.”Laughing at the formation of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), Yogi said, “Public will teach them a strong lesson.”Yogi told Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary that nowadays he is not getting even 4-5 hour sleep in a day.Also, Yogi Adityanath made it clear that he has no ambition of becoming PM.

East Delhi gets city forest, its own 3-acre green lung

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East Delhi, the most barren among all parts of the Capital, is all set to get its own green lung. In fact, the ‘City Forest’ in Geeta Colony will be thrown open to the public today. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain will inaugurate the three-acre forest, which will serve as a green lifeline for the area. The patch is located near Taj Enclave, a residential colony. Talking about the project, AK Shukla, Delhi government’s Chief Wildlife Warden, said: “The City Forest has eco-huts for people to socialise, a water body, and jogging tracks. The place has been developed on a barren piece of land, which had become a dumping ground for debris and a parking lot for rickshaws, tempos, and trucks. It is now a morning walker’s delight.” The land, which initially belonged to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), was given to the city government as compensation after the latter allowed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to fell trees on its land. “We have developed an artificial pond in order to stabilise the humidity level. Also, we are expecting butterflies to come here, which will be a sign of a healthy ecosystem,” Shukla said.

Pakistan at crossroads in terror fight, must decide:Army chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan stands at a “crossroads” in its fight against extremism and must decide whether it wants to enjoy the benefits of its young demography or suffer at the hands of terrorism, Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said today. Gen Bajwa, speaking on the role of ‘Youth In Rejecting Extremism’ here, said the Army would defeat terrorists but it needed the support of the nation to wipe out extremism from the society. “Please remember, while the Army fights terrorists, terrorism and extremism is fought by law enforcing agencies and society,” he said. Pakistan is a young nation, the army chief said, adding that demographically, more than 50 per cent of population is projected to be less than 25 years of age. “We are standing at a crossroads; ten year down the line, we will either be enjoying the fruits of a youth dividend or suffering at the hands of a youth bulge, especially with the youth which remains vulnerable to extremism,” he said. “A youth driven towards extremism is a youth without a clear idea of his values and identity,” Gen Bajwa said. Talking about India caught in extremism, he said: “Just next door, India seems to have given in to extremism to such an extent that it has become the new normal. Hate has been mainstreamed in India and it is distorting there national outlook.” “The Hindutva extremism of the RSS and their GaoRakshaks, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of extremism.” He said Pakistani youth is getting exploited due to poor governance and lack of justice in the society. “Our challenges are very real but there are positive sides to the picture as well. Not only have we survived the worst onslaught of terrorism in modern history, we have reversed the tide. In fact, security has now achieved conditions to help development take off,” he said. He accused enemies of Pakistan for waging war. “Our enemies, both state and non-state, are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in society. Let me say that they are waging the biggest and most sustained ‘Hybrid War’ against us from multiple directions and using multiple ways,” he said. He said said the “enemy” was using social media to achieve its objective. “We are being targeted by not only terrorists but also spin masters of multiple hostile agencies, trying to subvert our minds, particularly that of our youth. Being denied opportunities in the mainstream media, they are using faceless platforms on the internet and smart phones,” he said. He said the Indian leadership has made no secret of its involvement in proxy struggle in the erstwhile East Pakistan (which later became Bangladesh) and now in Balochistan. He said Pakistan took action affiant “terrorists of all hues and colours” and ensured the writ of state in the farthest and remotest corners of the country. “Today there are no safe havens for any miscreants in Pakistan,” he said. He vowed that extremism will also be defeated as terrorism was defeated in Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt. school has been officially upgraded, will start construction soon Rewari DC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rewari District Collector Yash Garg on Wednesday informed that the state government has officially upgraded the school in wake of the hunger strike called by the students. ?The government has now officially upgraded the school. Soon the building will also be upgraded. We will start all the formalities from tomorrow,? Garg said, who brought the conformation letter of the government along with himself. He admitted that the decision was taken after the state government came under pressure because of the protecting students. Meanwhile, the students who were on hunger strike from past five days called off their strike by consuming fruity drinks. ?We are very happy that our demands have been accepted. Now we can study here in our village,? said one of the students. Forced to act following the massive agitation by school girls in Rewari, the Haryana Government announced that they have taken the decision to up-grade the school. Talking to media, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that a principal has been appointed who will take care of admissions. “We have upgraded the school. We have also deputed a principal there who will commence the admission procedure from tomorrow,” said Sharma. Fearing harassment, a group of female students of a government high school in Haryana’s Rewari went on a hunger strike for five consecutive days, demanding upgradation of their school. The girls said that they would be molested if they travel to a senior secondary school located in a different village for higher studies. The district education authorities said that they would put the demand of the girls before the higher officials and would also seek Education minister’s intervention. The protesting girls said that they would not stop until the government accepted their demand. Earlier in the day, around 10 girls were taken to the hospital as they fell unconscious during their hunger strike.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Victory for Rewari schoolgirls, Haryana Govt. upgrades school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Forced to act following the massive agitation by school girls in Rewari, the Haryana Government on Wednesday announced that they have taken the decision to up-grade the school. Talking to media over here, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that a principal has been appointed who will take care of admissions. ?We have upgraded the school. We have also deputed a principal there who will commence the admission procedure from tomorrow,? said Sharma. Fearing harassment, a group of female students of a government high school in Haryana’s Rewari have been sitting on a hunger strike for five consecutive days, demanding upgradation of their school. The girls said that they would be molested if they travel to a senior secondary school located in a different village for higher studies. The district education authorities said that they would put the demand of the girls before the higher officials and would also seek Education minister’s intervention. The protesting girls said that they would not stop until the government accepted their demand. Earlier in the day, around 10 girls were taken to the hospital as they fell unconscious during their hunger strike.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sway hopes work on Ram Temple in Ayodhya would begin in 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said he hoped that construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya would begin next year, while advocating the removal of Article 370, which grants special autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. On sidelines of an event here, Swamy said he would talk various groups on June 7 in Ayodhya. Stating that the Supreme Court would complete hearing on the petition in the case by September-October, he added, “This is a matter of faith. The temple should be constructed where Lord Rama took birth. The mosque could come up on the other side of the Saryu river.” The Rajya Sabha MP said he has argued in his petition in the apex court that as per Article 25 of the Constitution, he should be allowed to offer prayer at the Ram temple. However, he added that it was not possible to pray there due to the restrictions imposed. Talking about J-K, he stressed that Article 370 should be removed. He recalled when the legislation was implemented, it was mentioned that it has to be a temporary measure. “It is not a tough call to remove Article 370 (in J-K). Even Parliament’s approval is not required for this,” he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gang rape-and-murder of woman an unfortunate incident: Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today termed as “unfortunate” the brutal gang rape-and-murder of a young woman from Sonipat, and said the guilty would not be spared. Talking to reporters here, he said an inquiry was being conducted into the unfortunate incident and that the guilty would not be spared. The 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and brutally murdered with her mutilated body being found in Rohtak district, police said. Stray dogs had bitten away the victim’s face and lower portion of her body which was spotted by a passer-by in the urban estate area of Rohtak on May 11, they said. Two persons have been arrested in this connection, Superintendent of Police of Sonipat Ajay Malik said. Meanwhile, Khattar said the state government would frame a policy under the Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act passed by Parliament. He said that this would provide a big relief to vendors. In reply to a query on the river water-sharing issue, he said that Haryana’s need for water was much higher than Punjab and therefore, all treaties made in this direction should be implemented. In reply to another question, he said that work on the state resident database would be completed in the next three months. After its completion, integrated data of the population would be available with the government, enabling it to pass on benefits of various schemes to deserving people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah sets target for 2020 Delhi Assembly elections; urges councillors to work for people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) thundering victory in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday said their next target is the Delhi Assembly.The BJP chief made remarks while addressing over 1,200 party workers including new and outgoing councillors, at the Vijay Utsav organised the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Center in national capital.”Our next target is 2020 Delhi Assembly elections. Winning​ MCD elections was not the aim, rather it was to lay the foundation for the Delhi Assembly polls,” said Shah.Stating that party workers had been waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vijay Rath to stop in Delhi, Shah said, “Now that the rath has reached here, it will go even further.”Talking about corruption, the BJP chief urged new councillors to work for people and not for themselves. “Delhi’s election is a referendum, as it has people from all regions across the country,” he said.Meanwhile, hitting out at the Arvind Kejriwal government, Shah also said that people in Delhi have rejected ‘politics of excuses’. “The AAP chief Kejriwal must meet our booth workers to know the reason behind our victory than blame their defeat on the EVMs,” said Shah, as hundreds of party workers indulged in sloganeering among chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

Nitin Gadkari pegs Eastern Peripheral Expressway as his top achievement, says it should be ready by August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday pegged the upcoming Eastern Peripheral Expressway as one of his ministry’s top achievements and said it should be ready for inauguration by August 15. The recently-inaugurated 10.9 km Chenani-Nashri tunnel in J&K is his government’s other major big achievement, he said.Gadkari, who took an aerial survey of the construction work of the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway running from Kondli – Ghaziabad- Palwal, took along a media delegation for the targeted briefing, deviating from the usual route of union ministers holding periodic press conferences as the BJP government completes three years in power.Projecting the expressway’s importance to local agricultural community, Gadkari said farmers, whose land has been acquired for the project, have been given the highest compensation under the new land acquisition act, summing up to Rs5,900 crore. Combined with the Western Peripheral Expressway, which is work under progress, the total compensation handed over to farmers sums up to nearly Rs7,700 crore.“The total cost of the compensation to farmers exceeds the construction cost of the expressway. Once it is constructed, it will provide better road connectivity to the farmers of the region and and the sons of the soil and will help in the industrial development of the region. More employment would also be generated as a result. Land prices will also see a sharp rise from the current Rs50 lakh per care to Rs1.5 crore per acre after the expressway comes up,” Gadkari said, adding that farmers’ issues have been given top priority during the course of the construction of the expressway.The minister said the expressway will have 71 underpasses which would facilitate the movement of farmers are also a prominent feature of the expressway. The expressway passes through Sonipat, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Faridabad and Palwal in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and the proposed alignment crosses river Yamuna at Khurrampur/Khata in UP and Faizpur Khadar in Haryana and crosses the river Hindon. The access-controlled, six-lane eastern peripheral expressway to be constructed at a total cost of Rs11,000 crore is aimed at decongest Delhi by deviating traffic not bound for the capital and hence will help reduce pollution levels inside the city. The project had hit many roadblocks after Prime Minster Narendra Modi laid foundation stone on November 5, 2015. He added the expressway will reduce traffic congestion in Delhi and will have the best automatic traffic management system, landscaping, besides wayside amenities. “We’re planting at least 2.5 lakh trees and the expressway will be lit by solar panels,” he said.Rainwater harvesting at every 500 metres on either side of the Expressway and provision of toilets will be made at regular intervals along the expressway on either side at a distance of 25 km are other features of the expressway, Gadkari said. Talking about the other projects in offing, the minister said that an efficient and integrated transport system is necessary to bring down logistics cost and boost the economy. He said that twelve expressways are also being constructed in other parts of the country, including Delhi- Meerut ,Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi–Ludhiana-Amritsar- Katra, Mumbai -Vadodara, Bangaluru-Chennai, Hyderabad-Vijaywada- Amravati, Hyderabad- Bangaluru, Nagpur – Hyderabad and Amravati Ring Road Expressway.Work on four is likely to start this week itself. Talking about his other achievements, Gadkari said his ministry is fast moving towards meeting its target of building 2 lakh km of National Highways. He also said that the daily rate of construction has gone up from about 2 km per day three years back to about 22 km per day at present.

‘Modify rule on mandatory helmet wearing by 2 wheeler riders’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition AIADMK today demanded that the government modify the rule on mandatory wearing of helmets by two wheeler riders in the union territory. Talking to reporters here, legislature wing leader of AIADMK (Amma) A Anbalagan, said helmet wearing had been made mandatory from May 1. He said the government should not insist on wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders riding within town limits. “Helmet wearing should be compulsory only for the vehicle riders on high ways and arterial roads”, he said. Puducherry is a small town and most two wheeler riders use vehicles for short distances. As such it would only put them to hardships, he said. He cited increasing instances of chain snatching and other crimes on the rise within town limits by persons wearing helmets to conceal their identities. Anbalagan said government should first concentrate on relieving roads of congestion within the town limits. A general order directing two wheeler riders to use helmets, irrespective of places where the vehicles are used is a step in the wrong direction, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress-NCP govt created Rs 80,000cr ‘dead assets’: Gadkari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said the BJP-led government is not responsible for farmer suicides in Maharashtra and accused the previous Congress-NCP administration of creating “dead assets” by building dams without constructing canals to facilitate the flow of water. “The Congress-NCP government in the state had built dams but did not construct canals. By constructing these dams, they created dead assets worth Rs 80,000 crore. “They question us (the BJP) as to what we have done. You have created dead assets and they are not benefiting farmers, so you (the Congress and the NCP) should answer why farmers did not get water (from these dams),” he said. “We are not responsible for farmer suicides. Those who were in power for 30 years, they just exploited the poor, Dalits and never thought of farmers and due to this the present situation (agrarian crisis) has arisen.” Gadkari was speaking at the state executive meet of the BJP in adjoining Pimpri-Chinchwad township. Till over 50 per cent farmland comes under irrigation, suicide by farmers will not stop, the transport minister said. “The government is taking steps to bring maximum agriculture area under irrigation,” the BJP leader maintained. “When we came to power, the agriculture growth rate (in Maharashtra) was in minus. However, due to the efforts of the Devendra Fadnavis government, the growth rate is 12.5 per cent now. However, we are not satisfied with this growth rate. Only when the growth rate surpasses 20 per cent that farmer suicides will come down,” Gadkari said. Talking about people with criminal background joining the BJP, the former party president said such elements change later. “Even if a person with criminal background joins the party, he becomes virtuous.” He said the BJP admits people with their shortcomings. After accepting them, it’s the party’s responsibility to reduce their vices and turn them into good workers. “The responsibility of old party workers has increased. Accept the new people who are coming into the party.” Gadkari said unless people from other parties join the saffron outfit, it will not able to broaden its base and become a big organisation. “The BJP’s vote share will increase only when the vote share of the Congress and the NCP comes down. Competent people will always rise in the party,” he said. Results of the Delhi civic body polls and just held Assembly elections, including those in Uttar Pradesh, reflect the people’s faith in the BJP and its leadership, he said. He asked the party workers not to allow power to go into their heads. “People are seeing their future in the BJP. People from all walks of life think if there is a party which can fulfil their dreams, it is the BJP.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt mulls making public names of electricity thieves

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government will consider the idea of making public the names of people, who indulge in electricity thefts, state Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said here today. Conceding that power thefts were taking place on a large scale in the distribution network of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), the minister said, “We will think about making public the names the persons involved in power thefts.” He added that due to the steps taken by the government, the percentage of power thefts has reduced. “The government has taken several measures, due to which power thefts have come down to 18 per cent from 35 per cent. It will further reduce to 10 per cent within a year,” Bawankule said. The minister was speaking to reporters after his visit to the famous Saibaba temple here. “Earlier, there were six dedicated police stations of MSEDCL that were authorised to handle cases of power thefts. But now, the government has given the authority to all the police stations across the state to register and probe the electricity theft cases,” he said. “Besides, the electricity distribution utility has installed power meters on the transformers so that it gets information about where the power thefts are taking place and based on that action is taken against the offenders,” Bawankule added. Talking about load shedding, the minister said, “Load shedding will be linked to the power supply and bill recovery in that particular area. “For example, if the bill recovery in any particular area is only 70 per cent, it will face a four-hour power shutdown. Similarly, if it is 60 per cent, then load-shedding will be for eight hours. This will be done online,” he said. The MSEDCL has also developed a mobile app, through which people can inform about the power thefts happening anywhere. “People can even pay the electricity bills through it. They can upload a photo of their meter (showing the consumption of units), and accordingly, a bill will be generated,” he said. The minister also said that the work of laying underground electricity cables in Shirdi town would begin soon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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