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IAF’s C-130J Hercules sets new world record for longest non-stop flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant feat, the Indian Air Force’s C-130J plane has set a record of being the longest flight onboard. On Twitter, IAF said on Saturday that it had carried out a 13 hours 31 minute non-stop fligth by C130J crew which isn’t just an IAF record, but an IAF record by C130’s. It was a gruelling 13-hour-31-minute non-stop flight, which IAF hailed as a show of ‘great courage, skill and strength’. The Lockheed Martin C-130J “Super” Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. India have inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs.6000 crore in 2010. The C-130 J can be used for unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, alongside duties such as gunship for aerial assaults, search and rescue mission, maritime patrolling.

Industries releasing poison worse than genocide: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday said illegal industrial units discharging poisonous substances were worse than genocide or war crimes. The court was hearing a petition that it had initiated based on a news report, which highlighted the release of carcinogenic by-products into the groundwater by illegal dyeing units in northeast Delhi’s Shiv Vihar area.A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar said it was unfortunate that no one was taking the issue seriously.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed the court on Monday that they served notices to the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) and the Delhi government officials in this regard, but no one turned up or filed any replies.The Bench then came down heavily upon the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) for not providing details of officials posted in Shiv Vihar to the probe agency and said: “Needless to say, this matter requires no delay.” The court then asked the CBI to file a status report regarding the matter by October 30.Terming the media report titled ‘Is blue the colour of death in Delhi’s cancer colony?’ an “eye opener”, The court had on May 25 directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the flourishing of illegal industrial and commercial activities in the area.Many other east Delhi residential areas, such as Mustafabad, Seemapuri, and Seelampur are similar hotbeds of polluting units.After the HC took up the matter, the EDMC claimed that it had shut down 54 units in Mustafabad.

EC still undecided on Anantnag by-polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Election Commission is yet to decide on the dates of the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-polls that it had cancelled on May 1.After deferring the by-polls from April 12 to May 25 this year, the commission had decided to cancel them on May 1 considering the grave law and order situation.Despite the presence of more than 30,000 central reserved police force personnel, the EC took the decision after all concerned authorities — Commission’s own administrative staff, the local administration, and the security apparatus — advised to defer the polls until the situation gets better.”The apprehension expressed by the Chief Electoral Officer that there may be reluctance on the part of the polling personnel to go to the polling locations, in view of the fear in their minds with regard to their safety and security is also a matter of concern,” the May 1 EC order said.Soon thereafter, the State government informed the commission that the by-polls needed to be postponed to let the security agencies resume counterinsurgency operations.The government had said the operations would restore law and order in a few months allowing the Commission to hold elections in a free and fair atmosphere after October.EC sources said, they have been holding continuous parleys with the authorities but the situation remains non-conducive. “We would arrange for the by-polls as soon as there is a window,” sources said.

Delhi HC raps civic body for not cooperating with CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today rapped the East Delhi Municipal Corporation for not providing details of its officials posted in Shiv Vihar, which was in the news over release of poisonous substances into the groundwater from illegal dyeing units. According to a media report, untreated effluent are contaminating ground water, which is the main source of drinking water in the area, and it was inked to the high rate of cancer there. Terming the media report, titled ‘Is blue the colour of death in Delhi’s ‘cancer colony’?’, an eye-opener, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had on May 25 directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into flourishing of illegal industrial/commercial activities in the area. However, the CBI today informed the bench that the East Delhi Municipal Corporation was not cooperating with it. Irked over the EDMC’s violation of its direction, the bench said there is “deliberate non-compliance of its order” regarding furnishing of the details of the officers posted in Shiv Vihar of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), where these illegal dyeing units have surfaced. The bench said that it will take criminal contempt action against head of the body if information of the then assistant engineer, executive engineer and superintending engineer, who were posted there till the date of closure of such activity, is not provided to the CBI. “Our concern is that everyone does their duty. Polluting industries have not surfaced overnight. This cannot be, but with the active connivance of the building and licensing departments of the municipal authorities concerned as well as the local police. “This is a murderous attack on the life of people. They are suffering from cancer. It’s very unfortunate that no one is taking it seriously,” the bench said and directed the EDMC to immediately submit details of the officials. The court has now fixed the matter for hearing on September 25, when the CBI has been asked to file its status report. Meanwhile, the CBI informed the court that it had lodged a case against unknown officials of the EDMC and the Delhi government for allowing illegal industries in the area since 2000. The CBI said that it had booked unknown officials for criminal conspiracy and causing grievous hurt by act endangering the life and safety of others under the Indian Penal Code and for criminal misconduct by public servants under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The court on its own had initiated the case based on the news report highlighting release of carcinogenic bye-products into groundwater by polluting industrial units in Shiv Vihar. The news report had referred to death of two citizens on account of pollutants which they had imbibed from water which was polluted by non-conforming industry being run from residential premises. Ordering probe, the court had said that upon completion of the investigation, the CBI shall proceed in accordance with law against all persons or authorities found responsible for the commencement, continuance of the illegal activities. Many other east Delhi residential areas such as Mustafabad, Seemapuri and Seelampur are similar hotbeds of polluting units. After high court took up the matter, EDMC claimed it had closed down 54 units in Mustafabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mysore District Administration clueless about saree dress code

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Mysore district administration said Thursday that it had no information about a ?saree dress code? circular issued by the regional joint commissioner of collegiate education. Mysore Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, told ANI, ?I don?t know the facts of the case. From the district administration, no such direction or anything has been given. Probably, it is the educational department?s circular and they are best equipped to answer that question.? The joint commissioner in his circular on Tuesday asked the regional educational officer to make sure that women lecturers shun suits and only wear sarees in the college. The circular was withdrawn on Wednesday evening.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Army has started home delivery service: Twitter on Pak post getting destroyed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twitter was full of praise for the Indian Army after it announced that it had conducted punitive artillery assaults to destroy Pakistan military posts across the LOC in Jammu & Kashmir.In a statement, the Army said, “As part o our counter-terrorism operations, punitive fire assaults line of control are being undertaken by the Indian Army. The Pakistan Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pill-boxes close to the Line of Control. At times, they haven’t even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of the LoC. As part of our counter-terrorism strategy and to ensure that infiltration is curbed and initiative remains with us, the Indian Army proactively dominates LoC. While doing so, locations aiding infiltration of terrorists are being targeted and destroyed to deny advantage to terrorists thus curbing infiltration attempts.”Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Army’s work

Brazil Agriculture Ministry confirms China beef suspension

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brazilian Agriculture Ministry confirmed on Monday that China had temporarily banned beef imports following a police investigation that revealed health inspectors were bribed to overlook unsanitary conditions at several plants. Separately, Francisco Turra, head of Brazil’s ABPA beef producers association, said at a Monday news conference that the scandal had put the entire sector, one of the nation’s most vibrant, in a grave situation, adding that it had “destroyed” a hard-fought image of quality products.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SHRC disposed 5,755 out of 7,319 cases in since 1997: official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has disposed off over 78 per cent cases out of 7,319 that it had received between 1997, when it was formed, and January this year, an official said today. “A total number of 7,319 cases had been received by the Commission since its inception till January 2017, of which 5,755 disposed off,” a senior officer of department of Law and Justice said here. In last three years, the SHRC had recommended 72 cases to the department, of which 70 cases have been placed before the Empowered Committee to consider them, he said. As per the decision of Empowered Committee, 11 recommendations have been accepted, 50 rejected and 9 have been deferred, the officer said, adding two are under SHRC examinations. The SHRC came into being in Jammu and Kashmir in 1997.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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