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SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking for all services

The deadline to link one’s Aadhaar for all services including bank accounts and mobile phones has been extended till March 31, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered on Friday.Existing Aadhaar cardholders will have to furnish their details to open new bank accounts. Those who are yet to receive their unique identification number will have time until March to complete the process. Non-Aadhaar cardholders can open new accounts provided they furnish proof of application for an Aadhar card.”Those who already have Aadhaar cannot go on open a new bank account without Aadhaar. If they have Aadhaar, they will have to furnish it to the bank,” a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra clarified on Friday.”You see, there is no question of producing Aadhaar enrollment application for those who already possess Aadhaar cards,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who authored the interim order for the five-judge constitution Bench, said.On Thursday, a five-judge constitution bench that included Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan heard several arguments against the Centre’s direction for mandatory linking of one’s Aadhaar to almost 139 welfare schemes.The top court will now hear every challenge to the constitutionality of the Aadhar in January.

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184 killed over illicit relationships

In what could give clues to the social demographics in Maharashtra, 2,299 murder cases were committed in 2016, 184 people were killed over illicit relationships – a fact that was revealed in the data unveiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently.In fact, Maharashtra stands third at 184 in murders committed because of illicit relationships, the NCRB data revealed. According to the NCRB, in 2016, Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum number of murders committed because of illicit relationships at 284, followed by Bihar at 195.Delhi, again topped last year in the number of murders due to love affairs, with 398 cases and Maharashtra was on fifth position with 81 cases, which means at least six person died due to love affairs every month in Maharashtra.Other reasons that the data has mentioned behind killings in the state are personal enmity with 199 murders, property related disputes leading to 117 killings, 75 persons being murdered for dowry, 74 persons being murdered due to extremism and naxalism, 34 being killed during robberies and extortion, 39 people being killed in disputes over water or money, 19 due to rape and eight lives were claimed by honour killings.The data also read that 43 victims of murders were killed by firearms, of which 39 were executed with the help of illegal unlicensed firearms. The highest number of murders by illegal firearms was reported from Uttar Pradesh at 1,302.”The figure of murder cases in Maharashtra is indeed alarming, but often it has been seen in criminal cases that sour relationships and illicit affairs lead to behavioural changes leading to the crime. Those affected with experiences of love affairs gone awry or illicit relationships should go for counselling instead of choosing a wrong path. Also, we are making concentrated efforts to ensure there is sustained crackdown on those using and smuggling illegal firearms in the state,” said a senior Maharashtra IPS officer, requesting anonymity.CRIME IN NUMBERS2,299Murders committed in Maharashtra 2016184Murders committed over illicit relationships284Murders committed over illicit relationships in UP195Murders committed over illicit relations in Bihar

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Indians unhappy with PM Modi’s approach to Pakistan but satisfied with handling Kashmir issue, says Pew survey

Despite maintaining overall popularity in India, only 21% of Indians approve of PM Modi’s approach of handling relations with Pakistan, according to the survey released by the American think-tank on Thursday. This percentage has remained constant for the last three years since 2015. People in India have also increasingly developed more negativity towards Pakistan. Around 72% of Indians are unfavourable of the neighbouring country. It can be safe to say that not taking any stern action against Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his recent release had impacted Indians views about Pakistan. Those living closer to Pakistan like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have more unfavourable view of the neighbouring country with 69% in comparison to others living elsewhere (61%). They are more threatened by Pakistan and terrorism and also the decades long Kashmir issue.Also readMoody’s ratings, Pew survey, ease of doing business: Facelift for Modi before Gujarat Assembly pollsHowever, when it comes to handling Kashmir, majority of Indians trust the prime minister. Around 60% of Indians are satisfied with PM Modi’s ways of handling the Kashmir issue. The northerners are harsher on PM Modi with 51% approve of his ways as compared to 65% in the rest of the country.The younger generation are more contented with PM Modi’s approach to Kashmir than the older ones. At least 64% of Indians aged 18-29 years support PM Modi’s style of handling the most controversial state and 51% of those aged 50 and above.Also readAmit Shah hails Modi’s popularity, refers to Pew surveyThe survey also reveals how maximum Indians think Kashmir is a very big issue that needs to be resolved. At least 62% (six in 10 Indians) feel Kashmir is very big problem and the government should use more military force in the Jammu and Kashmir. Around 63% feel the government should use more army force in the disputed territory as opposed to a meagre 8% who feels there should be less.

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Parents in fix over upper age limit of nursery kids

With nursery admissions for 2018-19 round the corner, parents in the national Capital are gearing up for the rigorous procedure. Those, who could not get their wards enrolled last year, are in a fix after the Delhi High Court recently upheld the upper age limit of four years as prescribed by the AAP government for admissions into nursery classes.“After upper-age for nursery being fixed to 4 yrs by March 31, 2018, parents who could not get a nursery seat for their wards are in panic mode as their wards are exceeding the age bar. We are receiving hundreds of queries every day,” said Sumit Vohra, founder, admissionsnursery.com, an online portal for all nursery admission related queries.The admission schedule for over 1,700 recognised private unaided schools, which offer approximately 1.25 lakh seats in nursery every year, is expected to be issued in the coming week. Until last year, no upper age limit was set up by the government.“My son will turn exactly 4 years 1 month and 20 days old on March 31, 2018. I have no clue if we will be able to enroll him in nursery this year,” said Ritika Kumar, a parent, who missed a seat last year. Similarly, another parent, who has been seeking a nursery seat for her daughter, said, “Fixing upper age limit will be a disaster as it will end up depriving thousands of children from taking admission into nursery.”However, the Delhi government’s Department of Education (DoE) issued guidelines applicable for admission into nursery, KG and class I, but there are very few vacancies available in schools in the latter two.“There are very few vacancies in KG in schools across the city and also admission in them are dependent on the vacancies available. Most importantly, few schools, mostly minority schools have KG as entry level option and half of their seats are reserved, leaving even lesser options for general category students,” Vohra said. AGE AGENDAThe admission schedule for over 1,700 recognised private unaided schools, which offer approximately 1.25 lakh seats in nursery every year, is expected to be issued in the coming week. Until last year, no upper age limit was set up by the government.
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Congress hates Modi and Gujarat because they never had to sweat: PM in Palitana

On Tuesday, PM Modi launched another scathing attack on Congress as he campaigned in Palitana.After speaking in Morbi, he castigated the grand old party he said that the party blocked the Narmada project which would’ve helped Gujarat’s farmers.He said: “When I was Chief Minister I would plead to the Congress and Congress leaders in Gujarat to let us get the Narmada project moving and help our farmers but Congress was not interested.”He went on to add that the Congress hated development and Gujarat. He said: “They hate development, they hate Gujarat, they hate Modi & now they hate sweat also. That is because they have never had to sweat it out in life & work hard. They are mocking everyone who works hard. This is their mindset. Such hatred for the poor is shocking.”Earlier, he attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.In a stinging rebuttal to Gandhi’s repeated criticism of the Goods and Services Tax, a key economic reform of the NDA government, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.Also readGujarat elections: Rahul demands, ’22 salon ka hisaab’, Modi rakes up Indira Gandhi’s Morbi visitMaking a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the BJP has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.Also readDon’t do discrimination based on state politics: PM ModiMaking a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years.”Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.”Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted.”What kind of smartness is this… how has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said, ripping into the “anti poor” Congress over its criticism of the tax reform.The prime minister went on to say that making cigarettes cheaper means bringing cancer in every home and asked which rich businessmen the opposition leader sought to benefit by making liquor cheaper.He also brought up Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi.Recalling the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi, the prime minister said he had spent one month working in the town after the disaster as an RSS and Jan Sangh worker.”I remember then prime minister Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies,” he said.”Those who have helped us in times of difficulties should be remembered,” he added.Modi then went on to list how his government had worked to bring waters from the Narmada to the parched regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps.For the BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”The culture of this parched land, Modi said, was to give respect to those who have tried to do something to provide water.”The BJP has done many things and it should not be thrown out of power in the state for the next 100 years,” Modi said.Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat today and tomorrow and is expected to address multiple rallies.Modi had on Monday pushed the BJP’s campaign in his home state into a high gear by addressing four back-to-back rallies.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The votes will be counted on DecemberWith inputs from PTI
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Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: UP CM Yogi Adityanath announces Rs 2 lakh compensation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family members of those killed in a train derailment in Chitrakoot district.Thirteen coaches of the Patna-bound 12741 Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express jumped the rails near Manikpur Railway Station in the early hours, killing at least three passengers and leaving nine injured.The deceased included a six-year-old boy and his father.Read: Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derails near Banda in Uttar Pradesh; 3 dead, several injuredAdityanath has also declared Rs 50,000 for each of the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries, an official release said.Expressing grief over the death of passengers, the chief minister conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured.The chief minister directed officials to ensure adequate and speedy treatment of the injured, an official release said.The railway ministry has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of those dead and Rs 1 lakh for those who suffered grievous injuries.

Mamata Banerjee meets all parties, lauds restoration of peace at the hills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after chairing an all-party meeting on Tuesday at Pintail village in Darjeeling thanked all political parties for their help in restoring peace at the hills. She also announced compensation packages for the dead and injured during the violence.”I was asked for compensation to those affected in the violence. Those who were not involved in spreading violence will be compensated. Families of each of the dead would get Rs 2 lakh and a member of the family would get an employment provided there is no pending cases against them. Those who suffered serious injury would get Rs 50,000. There is also a proposal of including Nepali language in West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Examinations. We will consider it,” she said after the meeting.Eyeing a better foothold in the region, she also announced a slew of developmental projects including a 100-bed hospital, a bus stand at Mirik, a college at Kurseong, and several other projects. These projects are to be executed jointly by the state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).Other than Trinamool Congress, representatives of parties such as Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) were also present at the meeting. GNLF leaders said that about one dozen people were killed and dozens were injured in the 104-day long agitation at the hills in demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.The administration, however, refuted claims that the deaths were owing to police firing, saying that people died because of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) cadres.In another development, one day after Supreme Court ordered a stay on the arrest of GJM chief Bimal Gurung until the next hearing of the case, Gurung released an audio clipping from an undisclosed location.”I thank the Supreme Court for giving me a relief of 15 days. I have been implicated with false charges. I will go to Delhi and file petitions for others who have been similarly framed,” he said in the clip.He also said that conspirators such as Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa would try to instigate them but the people of the hills should not fall into the trap.COMPENSATIONThe CM announced compensation for the families of the victims of the unrest.
Family members of those who dies will get Rs 2 lakh and those injured will get Rs 50K.

Corrupt babus may face compulsory retirement: Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Warning officials against laxity in implementation of welfare schemes, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that properties of those cheating the poor would be seized and they will face compulsory retirement.”Laxity in extending help under the various schemes to the poor and needy will not be tolerated…the government will take stern action against whosoever is found cheating on the poor,” Adityanath said while campaigning for BJP nominees here for the upcoming civic polls.We can seize the property of those cheating on the rights of the poor and can even retire them compulsorily, Yogi said.The BJP is taking the UP civic polls seriously as it wants to ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach the last man on the social ladder, Yogi said.Attacking the SP and BSP, he said that corruption was at its peak during the past 15 years in the state and all works in the civic bodies were decided from Lucknow.Adityanath said his government has given a free hand to the police to deal with criminal elements and those hobnobbing with criminals will be identified and taken to task.

Bihar: 54 girl students from Darbhanga Medical College fined Rs 25,000 each for ragging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 54 students of girls’ hostel in Darbhanga Medical College have been fined Rs 25,000 each for allegedly ragging their juniors.The incident came to light after a first-year student studying in the college reported about the incident to the Medical Council of India (MCI).”The monetary fine ranges from Rs 25,000 to one lakh. We have imposed minimum fine of Rs 25000 on entire batch with the deadline of 25 November. Those who don’t oblige will be suspended for six months,” said Nodal Officer, Anti-ragging committee Radharaman Prasad Singh.The fined Darbhanga students include both first-year and second-year students.While the seniors have been fined for their alleged involvement in ragging, the juniors have been financially punished for refusing to identify their tormentors.The victim went to the MCI directly instead of complaining to the college authority.No complaint has been filed against students to the police authorities.However, the police authorities are keeping their eyes and are constantly monitoring the situation near the college.This is not the first time that a ragging incident has been reported from the college.

If MLAs don’t get proper funds, they will have reason to be corrupt: Manohar Parrikar bats for increasing salary of Goa legislators

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today made a strong case for increasing the salary of legislators in the state, saying they should be paid “reasonably well” as they work round-the-clock.”I am going to increase the salaries paid to the MLAs from Goa Legislative Assembly. I am the only person who has bluntly said all the time that if MLAs don’t get proper funds, they will have a reason to start corruption,” Parrikar said.He was addressing a function on the National Press Day organised by local journalists’ union here.This would not mean that after being given a hike in salary every MLA would be clean but at least there would not be a reason for them to indulge in corruption, Parrikar said.He said the members of the legislative assembly are always under pressure to meet the increasing financial demands from the people, including donations.”The MLA is constantly under pressure to generate finances to meet the demands like donations. The politician in current situation has to be 24 hours on duty so he hardly gets time to devote to his business. That is why they should be paid reasonably well,” the chief minister said.He said people usually hold individual politicians accountable and not political parties, which often result in elections throwing up fractured mandates.”Those who have lost this accountability have always lost the election. I feel bad to admit this but people accept corruption but not arrogance. Whoever has shown the trend of arrogance has been sent back,” Parrikar said.He said the people hold an individual politician accountable but not the party.”If you can see the fractured mandate, one of the reason behind it is that the people hold individual accountable and not the party,” the senior BJP leader said.”The voters should hold a political set as accountable. Because, if you don’t elect a majority you are going to get a mess and then you won’t be able to hold anyone accountable,” he said.

Those found absent in 3 consecutive meetings will be removed, says Manoj Tiwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has said party office-bearers keeping away from three consecutive meetings on Mondays without proper reasons will be removed from their posts.He said efforts are being made to revive all departments and cells to strengthen the party and every office-bearer has been asked to attend Monday meetings.”Those found absent in three consecutive meetings without a valid reason will be removed from their post,” Tiwari said, adding it applies to everyone, including him.The Delhi BJP president, who chairs meetings of state unit office-bearers and different departments every Monday, said attendance registers will be maintained to keep a check on absentees.Attendance registers will be checked regularly and the rule will be strictly imposed, he said.The move comes in view of complaints that many party office-bearers were not attending meetings regularly.”The meetings are very important as not only party policies and programmes are deliberated but tasks are given to all departments and cells which play a crucial role in connecting with different sections of society,” he said.The Delhi unit of the BJP has 19 departments and 12 cells.

Pollution woes: Doctors advise Delhiites to stop morning walks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aarti Singh, 62, a fitness freak, has stopped going on her daily morning walks, after being advised by her doctors to do so. The toxic Delhi air has affected her lungs and forced her to stay indoors. “The morning walk had been a part of my daily routine for the last 30 years. But, in the last one week, my health has deteriorated rapidly. I started suffering from fever, bodyache, and continous cough,” Singh, who works with a government bank, said.As mercury starts to go down, like every year, the national Capital is witnessing high levels of pollution and a health crisis. Smog, a mixture of extremely hazardous smoke and fog, has descended on the city as doom for those with a history of respiratory illnesses, particularly children and heart patients. But even completely healthy people have been reporting sudden cardiac symptoms and viral fever.“People should completely stop going on morning walks. This is not the right time. We are receiving many complaints of itchy throat, bodyache, and fever. Those with a history of asthma should be extremely careful during this season,” said Dr SP Byotra, department of internal medicine, Sir Ganga Ram hospital. In fact, doctors in the Capital have witnessed a 20 per cent spike in the number of cases of respiratory illness. Cases of viral infection, cough, sneezing, respiratory tract infection, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have also gone up. “This is the worst phase for those with prolonged illnesses. Even the number of viral fever cases has gone up. Those with a history of asthma and COPD are at their worst. Our out-patient department (OPD) is witnessing a large number of patients with this problem,” said Dr JC Suri, Professor and Head of Pulmonary Medicine at the Safdarjung hospital. Air pollution is responsible for 10,000-30,000 deaths in the national Capital every year, the CSE had stated in a report last year. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, on Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) at Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and Noida was 439 and 423, respectively, while at Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi, it was 407 , all considered “severe”.Delhi’s air quality was placed under “very poor” category with AQI recorded at 368 against 351 on Saturday. Meanwhile, at Haryana’s Gurugram, the AQI was 345 against 338 on Saturday and Faridabad had an AQI of 334 against 338 on Saturday.PEAKING PM 2.5According to DPCC data, PM 2.5 ranged between 317 and 492 microgramme per cubic metre at different locations between 10 am and 11.30 pm. The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60.
The worst PM 2.5 situation was at Anand Vihar in east Delhi, ranging between 410 and 492 between 10 and 11.30 am. PRECAUTIONSCover your face while going out.
Those with a history of asthma should avoid going on morning walks.
Drink hot water at regular intervals. Carry an inhaler.
Practise breathing exercises.

EC to watch FB, Twitter to tackle cases of paid news

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Be careful of what you post on Facebook or Twitter just ahead of the election season. A special team, formed by the election commission, will keep an eye on the social media to see if there were any chances paid news cases happening around. The team will also scan through the sites to ensure that the polls are free from attempts to incite or lure voters.When asked if it was for the first time that a social media monitoring team was formed to tackle cases of paid news, Saurabh Pardhi, the district development officer, of Ahmedabad, said yes.Pardhi was speaking at a press conference which was held to announce the preparations for the upcoming assembly elections. Ahmedabad goes to polls on December 14.Avantika Singh, district election officer of Ahmedabad, clarified that citizens who have still not got their names changed or added them to the electoral roll could do it even now.She also clarified that no names of voters have been deleted from the voters’ list. “Those who have been found not to live at their mentioned addresses have been identified as shifted,” said Singh. These people are also eligible to vote and that special measures have been made for them. “If a voter who has been identified as shifted comes to vote, s/he will have to sign some documents and give a thumb impression. All this will happen in the presence of the presiding officer,” said Singh.The collectorate also held a presentation for representatives of media houses to explain to them the concept of paid news and things that they need to be aware of. The election commission has also come up with a toll-free number where people can complain about election expenditure of candidates. The number is 18002333401.BULK SMSEC mechanism to tackle paid news and political ads, including bulk SMSes.
The poll body has set the expenditure per candidate at Rs 28 lakh.
It has said candidates must declare expenses within 30 days of polls.

Civil society collective releases report; highlights lapses in police’s investigation in Pehlu Khan’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Months after Rajasthan dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar by cow vigilantes, a civil society collective on Thursday released a report highlighting several loopholes in the Behror police’s investigation in the case. The lapses –the report states –allegedly weakened the case against the accused and also let them go scot-free after the alleged murder.In April this year, Khan was attacked by a mob of 200 people while he was on his way home. Before dying two days later at a private hospital, he named six of his attackers in a statement given to the police.However, none of them were arrested. As per the report, in September, the police instead concluded that none of those named was involved in the attack. Those arrested were not named either in Khan’s statement or in the First Information Report (FIR). They got bail despite being charged with murder.The independent report states the police did not book the accused under the stringent, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, despite clinching evidence of their involvement in the case and also delayed the filing of the FIR. It states the sabotage began with the FIR. For instance, while the lynching took place between 7pm and 10pm on April 1, the FIR was unnecessary delayed and filed at 4.24am, even though the attack site was only two km away from the police station, the report states. Moreover, despite Khan’s statement, he was not named as the complainant in the FIR. Even the names of the policemen present at the attack site were not named in the FIR. The report states that even though Khan’s severe beating led to his death, the FIR does not invoke Sec 307 of the IPC for the offence of “attempt to murder” which provides for imprisonment of 10 years to life. “Instead, the FIR invokes Sec 308, which only takes cognisance of “attempt to culpable homicide not amounting to murder”, prescribing imprisonment of three to seven years, the report states. It added that despite section 308 non bailable and section 302 added in the charge sheet being non bailable as well, the arrested accused secured bail as the prosecution failed to defend the charges and the arrests at the Rajasthan High Court. The report states that several sections like 120B dealing with criminal conspiracy, 204 on destruction of evidence and 153A dealing with promoting enmity on grounds of religion and section 148 dealing with rioting with weapon, among other important sections were ignored in the FIR and charge sheet filed by the police. This is despite availability of relevant evidences for the sections to be invoked including finding of lathis and destruction of receipts available with Khan for the cattle he bought.The report states that despite four of the six people named by Khan in his dying declaration, the police could not trace the named accused for five months after the incident. “First, they failed to arrest the men even though a police officer had recorded Mr. Khan’s statement at 11.50 p.m. on April 1, less than two hours after the attack. Second, apart from announcing a reward of Rs. 5,000 for information on their whereabouts, the police made no efforts to trace the six and arrest them,” the report states, adding that it is not known if the police conducted any raids, not only at the residences of these accused but also at those of their relatives and friends, as well as at their other likely hideouts.It further mentions that more than five months after the attack, the police not only exonerated every one of the six accused that Khan had named in a sudden move, but also questions why the appropriate legal provisions were not invoked, including attaching their properties and freezing their bank accounts, to force the surrender of the accused. “The police did not even move court for the issuance of warrants of arrest against the men, nor ask the court to order them to surrender before it, remedies available under Sections 82 and 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” it states.It also states that the police the police and the prosecution tried to negate the Khan’s post mortem report with statements from doctors at the private Kailash Hospital in Behror where he had passed away, who said his death could have been because of a weak heart and also pointed to an X-ray and a USG ultra-sonography revealed that the chest, lungs and abdomen of Khan were normal with no injuries.”The records establish that the police and the prosecution have, through acts of commission and omission, worked from the day of the attack to diminish the enormity of the crime, weakening the case against the accused,” the report alleged.

RSS has grown due to goodwill and winning the trust of people: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday said that Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) was growing not because of donations, but due to the trust of the people.Releasing books on five former RSS Heads, Shah said that RSS is like ‘Ram Ratan Dhan Payo’ which cannot be stolen. “It is the only organization in the world which has no Constitution of its own and runs on trust and faith. It does not take any donations but carry out its philanthropic and nation-building activities through the ‘Gurudakshina’ it earns through its members,” he pointed.RSS is one of the best examples of how an organization can promote country’s religion, culture, national heritage by inculcating the feeling of self-pride and esteem. It has been banned thrice but continued to grow leap and bound, he added.He said RSS is a big powerhouse which has produced great leaders who have given a new direction to the country. “When people ask me what is RSS, I suggest them to attend their Shakha for a day and they will get to know about the oragnisation. Those who want to know more about RSS, should read these books”, he suggested.Speaking on the occasion, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that ‘Vande Magtram’ got the recognition due to the RSS. “A few continue to spread canard about the great social organization but RSS never left its ideology of serving the nation and its people,” he added.

FYJC aspirants get one last shot at admissions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Providing a final opportunity for students who were left out in the earlier FYJC admission rounds, the state education department has announced admissions to such students on ‘first come, first serve (FCFS)’ basis from October 9 to 11.As per a notification issued by the Deputy Directorate of Education, students who have been left out of the process due to any reasons can apply for admissions to colleges against vacancies on the FCFS basis. Students who had earlier registered in the online process but did not manage to get any allotment and students who wish to change their stream can also apply afresh during these three days.BB Chavan, Deputy Director of Education for the Mumbai region said that around 50,000 seats are vacant after all the rounds against which students can apply.”Students will get admissions only against vacancies on the FCFS basis. Those who want to change their streams would also have to apply afresh only against vacancies even if they wish to retain their college,” added Chavan. This year, the education department conducted eight rounds for admissions including two FCFS rounds after which close to 1,000 students were without a seat.

Transport dept sends letters of intent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Transport Department of the Delhi government has started sending letters of intent for the purchase of three-wheelers to over 9,000 applicants. It had invited online applications for issuing 1,000 auto permits in January this year.A total of 11,177 applications were considered, said a senior transport official. Those lacking commercial permit were asked to submit necessary documents between August 28 and September 10.During scrutiny, 9,064 applicants were found eligible for permits. These are now being issued letters of intent with which they can purchase three-wheelers from 28 dealers in Delhi, the official said.

Delhi stares at another crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East Delhi is staring at yet another sanitation crisis, with over 16,000 workers threatening to go on an indefinite strike from October 11, over non-payment of pending salaries and arrears.”Hundreds of sanitation workers attached to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will stop lifting garbage and cleaning the streets from October 11, as they want three months’ salary and pending arrears, besides regularisation of staffers,” said Mukesh Vaidya, President of the All Municipal Corporation Sanitation Supervisors’ Union.He further said: “We are fed up with the excuses given by the EDMC officials every month. It has been three months and we have not received salary. We don’t know how to run our homes.””Those who were made permanent in 2003 and 2004 have not received their arrears yet. Also, half of the workers have not got their last year’s Diwali bonus. How unfair is that?” he rued.The strike will be supported by the employees’ unions represented by sanitation workers as well as Class IV and III employees.Sanitation workers of EDMC have gone on two such strikes — in October, 2015, and January, 2016. At those times, extremely unhygienic conditions prevailed in the area due to a huge amount of undisposed filth on the streets. Angry protesters also dumped garbage at busy crossings, leading to traffic jams. The strike was resolved after the Delhi High Court intervened and directed the municipal authorities to ensure lifting of garbage.

Centre extends deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government services by three months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31.The extension is, however, only for those who are yet to apply of Aadhaar, an order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said.As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.The government had previously made quoting of Aadhaar necessary for availing government benefits and subsidies like those on cooking gas LPG. Those who did not have Aadhaar were asked to procure the unique identification number by September 30.This deadline has now been extended till December 31, the order said.”As a result of the review of welfare schemes covered and to provide the benefits of such schemes to all eligible beneficiaries of the scheme, it has been decided to further extend the stipulated date in all such notifications up to December 31, 2017,” the order said.The extension would also apply for Employees’ Pension Scheme of 1995, scholarships, housing subsidy benefit, stipend to SC/ST trainees for coaching guidance and vocational training, stipend to handicapped, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, national apprenticeship and skill development schemes, crop insurance schemes, interest subvention scheme, scholarship and fellowship schemes, various education programmes such as mid- day meal for children and Atal Pension Yojana.”It is hereby clarified that this extension shall only apply to those beneficiaries who are not assigned Aadhaar number or those who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar. Such beneficiaries are required to enroll for Aadhaar by December 31, 2017 and provide their Aadhaar number or enrolment ID,” it said.A source said that there will be no denial of services in the interim period.

Amit Shah gives mantra for upcoming polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National BJP chief Amit Shah gave the poll mantra to his colleagues in Gujarat to nullify Patel agitation and anti-incumbency factor.Shah arrived in the afternoon and directly reached BJP’s state headquarters Shri Kamalam. He held meetings with state office bearers of BJP and guided leaders on the Gujarat polls. Shah will stay in Gujarat for two more days and hold meetings with workers and leaders in different layers.A senior BJP leader said, “In the meeting, the leaders had showed concern on the ongoing Patel agitation in the state and the anti-incumbency factor prevailing against the BJP-led government. He advised that we should not be worried about the campaign against BJP and to work on the positive sides of government propagating the same among masses. He also advised that BJP should not focus over the negative campaign or stay away from making negative remarks on opposition leaders.””The BJP’s face will be Narendra Modi. On Shah’s advice, BJP has started the campaign thanking PM Modi for different initiatives for Gujarat. The banners and posters have been prepared for campaign in all areas,” added the leader.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit and the issues he raised were also discussed in the meeting. Shah sought the reviews from BJP leaders from Saurashtra region and tried to know about response from public to Rahul Gandhi’s yatra.Meanwhile, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani welcomed the state government’s initiative to offer a commission for non-reserved category communities. He said, “The Gujarat government’s announcement to form the commission is the effort to bring inclusive development among all the communities. There are several elements which have been trying to disturb such efforts but Congress has been exposed. Those who were shouting slogans against government were the people backed by Congress.”Vaghani, earlier was to remain present in the meeting of truce talk between Gujarat government and PAAS but Hardik Patel demanded that he should not be there. Eventually Vaghani did not attend the meeting.

Guj voter slips to have navigation map

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first for voters in Gujarat, the Election Commission (EC) has decided to have the navigation map of polling station on the back of voter slips which will be distributed a week before the Assembly elections, scheduled to held later this year. This was proposed by state’s chief electoral officer (CEO) BB Swain during a meeting called by the EC to review preparations for the polls.Talking to media-persons, Swain said, “We will distribute voting slips a week before the elections. The navigation map is to help voters avoid any confusion in locating their polling stations. The maps will be prepared from the navigation platform available on the Internet.”At the meeting, held on Wednesday and Thursday, it was also decided to have volunteers at polling stations to provide special assistance to disabled voters to cast their votes.“Our returning officers will prepare a list of disabled voters from the electoral roll. They will ensure this particular is mentioned on the rolls,” Swain said.The returning officers will visit them a few days before polling and ask if they require assistance of volunteers. Those who need help will get it at polling stations,” said Swain.There is a possibility that the polling station may change as the EC has increased their number, looking at the increase in number of voters.As compared to the 2012 assembly elections, the number of voters has gone up by 52.45 lakh for the upcoming elections. From 3.80 crore in the previous elections, the number of voters has touched 4.33 crore. The number of registered male voters is 2.25 crore and female voters is 2.08 crore.The EC has capped the number of voters per polling booth to 1,400 in urban areas and 1,200 in rural areas. There will be a total 50,120 polling stations for the upcoming Gujarat polls, as compared with 44,579 in 2012.“We are going to submit the mother list of voters registered till September 25 and that will be final. That does not mean people cannot register as voters. But the ECI will be given this list and the returning officers will be given the same list for the polling day. Those who register themselves as voters after September 25 can cast their votes by showing proper proofs at polling stations,” added Swain.The CEO had conducted electoral roll revision programme twice this year — in January and July. As many as 24 lakh people had applied for addition of their names in the list, and after verification, 15.40 lakh new names were added.

Kolis demand handover of Mumbadevi temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The original inhabitants of the city, the Koli community, are up in arms against the Mumbadevi temple management and are demanding that it be handed over to them since Mumbadevi is originally their deity. The Koli Mahasangh, an umbrella body of all Koli organisations, has put forward this demand.However, the demand has not been made through any written representation to the government, charity commission or those presently handling the affairs of the temple, but has been made through the media.The demand comes shortly after BJP leader Raj Purohit had levelled allegations of mismanagement, which include funds and temple’s resources, by the Mumbadevi Temple trust.”We want the government to take over the trust like it did in the case of Shirdi and Pandharpur and give it to us. Slowly, our identity is being erased and we want it back. Even in case of Banganga, the governor threw us out when he arrived,” said Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh.”Until now, we haven’t recieved any letter and have only seen their demands being made in the media. Those who have such demands should also write to us,” said Hemant Jadhav, manager at Mumbadevi temple. Tapke added that they plan on meeting the chief minister with their demands and around 100 members of the community will also visit the temple on Sunday in their traditional attire.

Rahul Gandhi’s remark about dynasty politics sets off war of words between BJP and Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP and Congress faced-off today over Rahul Gandhi’s remark that dynastic politics was a way of life in India, with the ruling party calling him a “failed dynast and politician”, and questioning the propriety of his criticism of the Modi government on foreign soil.The Congress promptly hit back, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “guilty” of “insulting” India on foreign soil first.In an interaction with students at the University of California in Berkeley, Gandhi said India is run by dynasties and cited the examples of Samajwadi Party, DMK and even Bollywood.”Most parties in India have that problem…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi of DMK) is a dynast… Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. So, that’s how India runs. So, don’t get after me because that’s how India is run.”By the way, last, I recall, Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So, that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi said as he listed several prominent Indians born into famous families while responding to questions by students.Within hours, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani mounted a fierce assault on Gandhi, saying a “failed dynast” chose to speak about his “failed political journey” in the US as India was not listening to him.Sniping at Gandhi for his admission that the Congress had turned arrogant since 2012, Irani said it is a “big political confession” and a reflection on Sonia Gandhi, who was and is its president.Hitting out at Gandhi for his remarks on dynasties, Irani cited the examples of President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Modi to argue that the top three constitutional positions were held by people from humble background.This was evidence that merit, not dynasty, drove India’s robust democracy, the Information and Broadcasting minister added.She took on Gandhi for accusing Modi of pursuing divisive politics and causing “tremendous damage” to India’s economy with “reckless and dangerous” decisions like demonetisation and GST.Irani said Gandhi had little awareness of the “lack of propriety” in criticising his country on foreign soil as he was driven by “boosting his own image not patriotism”.The Congress launched a spirited counteroffensive against Irani for her attack against the party vice president.”It is the present prime minister who is guilty of insulting India on foreign soil. It is wrong to accuse Rahul Gandhi of having said anything which is belittling. It again betrays the streak of intolerance and criticism by the BJP and the present government,” party spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters.According to Sharma, the prime minister during his first foreign visit had called the country corrupt and said India was recognised the world over for carrying a “begging bowl in its hand” and that Indians used to feel ashamed about their national identity on foreign soil.”Instead of criticising us, today is the time for prime minister and his apologist ministers to reflect and apologise to the country for having said such words on foreign soil,” he said.”We reject the criticism with the force of truth, facts of history and with contempt for those who have neither contributed to making India what it is but have only belittled and insulted the predecessors and all those great men and women who are responsible for what India is today,” he said.BJP president Amit Shah, who is in West Bengal capital, claimed his party removed dynastic politics from the country as it believed in politics of performance.”We do not believe in the politics of appeasement which is votebank politics. We have removed dynastic politics from India. We believe in politics of performance,” Shah said during an interaction with intellectuals on the second day of his three-day visit to Kolkata.Responding to Shah’s criticism of Gandhi, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter, “Hype V/S Truth! Those who have failed India only speak jumlas, lies and digs. Those who believe in India speak the truth and accept challenges.”Gandhi came in for criticism for his diatribe against Modi from another senior Cabinet minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who too questioned the correctness of the Congress leader attacking the government on a visit abroad.”Rahul Gandhi is breaking the well-laid tradition of Indian polity –that is when you go abroad, you don’t speak ill about the government,” he told reporters.Prasad said when BJP leaders went abroad “at the height of corruption” by the Manmohan Singh government, they were “muted” despite the international outcry.

Cut delays in providing equipment to forces: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged for a framework to ensure there are no delays in providing equipment to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) asking defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) to give a push to indigenisation.”For the CRPF, I have seen that the procurement of equipment is done by the Defence Ministry. The CRPF does not get the priority it should.”Singh was speaking at an event in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), where equipment built by several DPSUs were handed over to CRPF.”There has been a delay in supply of equipment and weapons to them. There is a need to think about it, as they suffer due to the delay. I think a framework for it has to be developed,” Singh said.The CRPF was handed armoured buses, bulletproof jackets, assault rifles, all terrain vehicles, carbines and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by the DPSUs.Singh welcomed Nirmala Sitharaman’s appointment as the Defence Minister saying there will be a “new energy and strength” under her as women symbolise “shakti” or strength.The Home Minister said the armed forces will have to equip themselves with latest technologies to deal various situations including counter insurgency.He said when he visited Naxal-dominated areas in Jharkhand, jawans requested for lighter helmets. “We have given lighter helmets, but there is a need for improvement.”He also said, “Those involved in crime are using latest technologies. While sitting in any part of the world, anybody can make anyone a terrorist, they can hack… We will have to equip ourselves with latest technologies to combat them.”

File a plaint if charged parking fee: City airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ease passengers’ experience and prevent them from being cheated, officials at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) issued an advisory encouraging passengers to file a grievance and not pay Rs 85 if they relieve the cab within 10 minute grace time.As per the system prevailing at the airport, if a cab takes more than 10 minutes to come out from the arrival or departure bay, owner has to pay Rs85. Off late, there have been complaints that cabs are charging parking fee from passengers without giving any receipt.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “Those flying out need not pay the cab driver unless they delay him beyond 10 minutes, which is the grace period and no fee is charged for that. We had also realised that the exit booths at arrival bay were not enough to handle the traffic during peak hours. Hence, we have decided to widen the road and double the booth capacity.”Passengers also need to be very careful that they do not accept manual receipt from the toll booth and ensure that the receipt should not just carry AAI’s name but also the contractor’s name for it to be a valid receipt, he said.“I would request passengers, especially women, not to take up fight at the toll booth but file a complaint with us. We will ensure action and even an FIR if required,” he said.ADVISORYDo not pay the parking charge to the cab driver unless you cross 10 minutes.
Do not misplace the parking slip while driving your vehicle
Do not accept receipt without mention of AAI and contractor name
Do not take up fight with the toll manager, instead file a complaint
For complaints write to: [email protected]

DUSU polls: ABVP fields controversial candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The only woman candidate fielded by RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the much-hyped Delhi University Students’ Union polls had allegedly hit a teacher during the violent clashes at Ramjas college.Various student organisations and teaching faculty have criticised the party for choosing Mahamedha Nagar for the post of Secretary in the polls scheduled for September 12.Nagar, a student at University’s law faculty, had allegedly assaulted Abha Dev Habib, an Assistant Professor at Miranda House early this year during the clash.”This is a new low in the history of Delhi University. Those who assaulted their teachers in the name of ‘nationalism’ are being promoted by the ABVP,” said Habib.Violent clashes broke out at Ramjas College between two groups of students on February 22 leaving several students, teachers and journalists injured. The clashes followed the cancellation of invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid Shora at an event a day before.Mocking the manifesto released by ABVP on Tuesday, Habib said “They are promising violent free campus when they themself are fielding someone who is audacious enough to hit her teacher,” Habib said. The manifesto released by the student political party focussed on having a ‘fear-free’ campus.Irked over her selection,the members of left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) are planning to write to the Vice-Chancellor and the election committee. They also claimed that Nagar’s name was mentioned in the PIL filed by a section of students in the Delhi High Court seeking action against those involved in the clash.”We had submitted pictures and videos where Nagar was seen hitting the teacher,” said Kawalpreet Kaur, president AISA, DU.However, ABVP’s national media convenor Saket Bahuguna claimed that all these are mere allegations and nothing has been proved against Nagar.”Those who are alleging that she had assaulted a teacher could not prove anything against her. According to Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations, a student can not compete in elections if she or he has faced some disciplinary action. However, there no such action has been taken against Nagar,” he said.

On-time performance: Air India chief Rajiv Bansal says will act on those who fail to act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India chief Rajiv Bansal has send out a stern message against employees’ lapses and said the airline will “act on those who fail to act” in ensuring on-time flights.Taking over the reins of the disinvestment-bound national carrier less than two weeks ago, Bansal has initiated steps to cut down costs at various levels along with focus on bettering on-time performance (OTP), increasing passenger yields and improving customer satisfaction.The airline, which operates nearly 400 flights everyday, has been facing flak for delays.”We will affirmatively act to improve our performance and we will act on those who don’t act,” Bansal told PTI in an interview.The chairman and managing director of the airline stressed that whatever action is required will be taken with respect to ground handling, crew, in-flight, engineering checking and food supplies, among other aspects.”We are working on that actively to ensure there are no delays. I will act on those who fail to act,” he said, adding that the message has been conveyed to those down the line.Air India has some “very good time slots”, but if the flights do not operate on time, then the value of the slot is lost, Bansal said.The OTP of Air India’s domestic flights from four metro airports stood at 65.5 per cent in July, way lower than many other local carriers, according to official data.Asserting that there will be zero tolerance for flight delays due to issues of ground handling and technical glitches, he said these are matters internal to the company.”There are around 400 flights a day and I cannot focus on each of them, but my first priority is to look at the first flights of the day from Delhi and Mumbai. I am trying to push for better OTP round the clock,” he made it clear.Apart from running the airline profitably and ensuring better OTP, two other key priorities for Bansal are increasing passenger yields and improving customer satisfaction.”We plan to invest in technological upgradation in the fare management system. That is the pricing tool. I am doing it both in Air India and Air India Express, where I have much larger market share,” he said.Air India Express is the low-cost international arm of the carrier and a major player on Gulf routes.On how the employee morale would be kept high amid the government working on the modalities of stake sale, Bansal acknowledged that there is “obviously uncertainty” even as he said there is a general feeling that divestment would not necessarily lead to job cuts.”It might lead to an improved airline that performs better. Those who are doing their job well, I think their jobs are not at risk,” he added.The Air India chief also cited examples of privatisation of Delhi and other airports, saying it was a pleasant surprise that those who were doing good, in fact, got better remuneration.A senior IAS officer, Bansal had worked with the civil aviation ministry during 2006-08 — when it saw privatisation of the Delhi airports as well as the merger of Indian Airlines with Air India.The national airline, which has more than Rs 50,000 crore debt burden, eked out an operating profit of Rs 105 crore in 2016-17.

Cancellation of LOI declared invalid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan high court, in its far reaching order, has held that the cancellation of the letters of intent (LOI) issued to the miners by the mining department was invalid and all the 601 LOIs that were cancelled should be restored.The state government’s mining department issued an order on October 17, 2015, cancelling all the LOIs that caused much hardship to the mining operators.Justice Nirmaljit Kaur’s order caused ripples in the state mining industry as it affected a large number of mining companies. Those affected were Shree Cement, Wonder Cement, Dalmia Cement and Ultratech who were mega producers of cement in the state.The state government, following the disclosure of a mega bribe in the mining department in September 2015, cancelled all the 601 LIOs. The Union mines ministry also found that all the LOIs issued between October 31, 2014 and January 12, 2015, were invalid. The mining operators moved to the High Court against this order of the mining department and there were 143 petitioners. The High Court in its order has directed that all the LOI should be reviewed on merit and the LOI should be issued soon.

Azam Khan throws fit over installation of Deendayal Upadhayay’s on NH 24, says it violates SC order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A controversy has erupted over the installation of a statue of Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay on the National Highway 24.The digging work for the foundation of the statue started about four days ago following which Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan went to the spot along with his supporters yesterday.He hit out at the administration for allowing the work, alleging that the permission was given in violation of high court’s orders on the installation.”The district administration’s permission to dig foundation for the statue’s installation was in violation of the orders of the Supreme Court, high court and the state chief secretary,” Khan claimed.The work was later stopped.A bust of the BJP ideologue stood at the same spot during the previous BJP government. It was removed in 2005 after the Samajwadi Party grabbed power in the state.Minister of State for Minority Affairs Baldev Singh Aulakh vowed to have Upadhyay’s statue erected.He also lashed out at Khan, alleging, “Those who have become a symbol of oppression and dictatorship are now demanding implementation of the court’s orders.”

Database for Bihar students to reduce proxies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar government is in the process of preparing a database of around 2.4 crore students from government and government-aided schools in the state, to crack down on duplicate enrollees. This is aimed at improving implementation of welfare schemes.The database of almost 2.16 crore children studying in Classes I to XII, has already been prepared. “The data for the remaining students is likely to be completed by the end of the month,” a senior official from the Bihar education department said and added that this was the first time that such an exercise had been undertaken.Apart from the student’s and his parents’ names, basic personal information of the students is also a part of the database. The department has also sought Aadhaar numbers, which will double as a unique id for the students.”Those students who do not have Aadhaar numbers will be provided a separate unique id,” the official said. He added that once the database of government school students is ready, they will ask the private schools to follow their suit. The database will make it very easy for detection of duplicate candidates. “We will also send the list of students to each school and ask the principals to corroborate the data. Those students, who are enrolled in two schools, will be deleted from one list,” he said and added that the target to rectify duplication of students was December 2017.The state is also in the process of improving the situation at government schools by providing better facilities for students.”A pilot project to introduce smart classes for students will commence at 10 government schools in Patna from the first week of September. The teachers are being trained to use e-content and we are expecting that students learn better through the audio-visual content than regular lecture method,” he said.WHAT THE DATA WILL INCLUDEApart from the student’s and their parents’ names, basic personal information of the students is also a part of the database.
The department has also sought Aadhaar numbers, which will double as a unique id for the students.

Amit Shah comes down heavily on Congress over Right to Privacy issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Thursday came down heavily on Congress on the issue of Right to Privacy. Shah, in his new blog post, said, ?Congress should remember their record of trampling on Right to Life & Liberty as well as Internet Censoring.? He expressed his views after the Supreme Court on Thursday passed an order and declared privacy a fundamental right. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked government over the SC verdict and said it was a rejection of the BJP’s ideology of ?suppression through surveillance?. Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said the judges’ unanimous verdict was a setback to the Centre which said in court that there could be no fundamental right to privacy. Shah said, ?While today?s judgement is an important one, which also is in accordance with the Government?s vision and actions, some mischievous propaganda needs to be busted. Those waxing eloquent today on privacy architecture are the ones who have ensured India does not have a robust privacy law for decades. Those commenting on Aadhar are the same people who did not provide it a legal backing for years!? He further added that ?today?s judgement of the Supreme Court is a welcome judgement as it strengthens the Fundamental Rights and personal liberty. Our Government is committed to ensuring equitable social delivery, particularly to the poor in consonance to today?s judgement by Hon?ble Supreme Court?. Shah cited observation of one of the judges in the Supreme Court?s judgement which reads: ?I fully agree with the view expressly overruling the ADM Jabalpur case which was an aberration in the constitutional jurisprudence of our country and the desirability of burying the majority opinion ten fathom deep, with no chance of resurrection.? The BJP President said that these words should ring a bell to the Congress Party and hoped Congress? in-house eminent lawyers brief the high command on this. ?These words also summarise how far we have come. These words also hold a mirror to the Congress Party at a time when they are engaging in a false show of jubilation and vindication. It is strange that those who snatched away the Right to Life & Right to Liberty of millions of Indians by imposing emergency are standing today as guardians of our fundamental rights based on misinterpretation of the judgement. It is equally strange that those who brought Section 66A & championed censoring on the Internet are speaking of liberties & rights,? Shah said. The BJP President also cited Finance Minister Arun Jaitley?s speech in Parliament to prove his point. ?The point on right of privacy being not absolute and subject to various restrictions is also supported by other Judges. This point is also in consonance with the Government stand. Arun Jaitley in the parliament is on record saying: Is privacy a fundamental right or not? The present Bill pre-supposes and is based on the premise and that it is too late in date to contend that privacy is not a fundamental right. So, I do accept that probably privacy is a fundamental right. Now, where do you fit privacy as a fundamental right? And that is where I want to clear the misconception due to which these amendments which have been proposed. It is contended and broadly it is now accepted that privacy is a part of the individual liberty.? He further added that ?BJP fully respects the Right to Privacy and I am sure with the recommendations of Srikrishna committee, we will lay down a robust privacy architecture. We are fully committed to ensure that the poor get their right in terms of service delivery without any diversion. Our Government will ensure equitable social delivery, particularly to the poor in consonance to today?s judgement by Hon?ble Supreme Court?.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 detained for throwing stones at BJP MLA in J&K: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police have detained four persons for allegedly hurling stones at a BJP legislator while protesting the death of four persons in a road accident in Samba district yesterday. “We have registered a case in connection with the attack on Samba MLA Devinder Kumar Manyal and have detained four persons for questioning,” Station House Officer of the Ghagwal police station Rajeshwar Singh Paul said. The BJP MLA was injured yesterday when some persons threw stones at his cavalcade in the Ghagwal police station area, where he had gone to take part in the cremation of two of the four persons who lost their lives when a mini-bus overturned on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway. Those killed included two students. Eighteen people were also injured in the accident, triggering protests by people against alleged failure of the government to check “rash driving and overloading”. The officer said the police were trying to ascertain the identity of those involved in the attack. He said the case would be investigated under sections of the Ranbir Penal Code pertaining to “attempt to murder, wrongful restraint and rioting”. The detention of the four persons led to protest by border villagers. They demanded that the detainees be released. Meanwhile, officials said a group of the MLA’s supporters blocked the highway at Samba Chowk and Diani for nearly two hours in the morning, demanding arrest and action against those involved in the attack on the legislator. They said the protest ended peacefully and normal traffic movement had resumed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Remission of sentence upto one yr for convicted Pb prisoners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Convicted prisoners in Punjab’s jails would be granted remission of up to one year in their sentences. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had recommended the remission in prison sentences as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day. The recommendation was approved late tonight by Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore who is vested with powers to grant the same under provisions of Article 161 of the Constitution. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office today said a remission of one year would be granted to prisoners who were awarded imprisonment from 10 to 20 years. Likewise, a remission of nine months would be given to those with sentences of 7 to 10 years and 6 months to those incarcerated for a term of 5 to 7 years. Prisoners, with sentences of 3 to 5 years would be given a remission of 3 months. Those with a conviction of less than 3 years would be entitled for a remission of 2 months, the spokesperson said These remissions would, however, not be granted to a person convicted of heinous crimes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HP: Prisoners get remission in sentences ahead of I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Himachal Pradesh government has given remission in the sentences of 495 prisoners ahead of Independence Day, an official said today. Four of them would walk free on August 15, he said. Prisoners serving sentences of 10 years or more have been given three months remission and those with five to 10 years would get two months remission, the Director General of Police-Prisons Somesh Goyal said. Those with three to five years would get two months remission and prisoner’s with one to three years would get 40 days remission. Those with less than one year sentence would get 30 days remission, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Post defeat in UP polls, Akhilesh should bother about SP:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mounting an attack on Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav, UP Cabinet minister Suresh Khanna said that after suffering defeat in the state Assembly polls, the former chief minister should bother about his party. “Instead of indulging in giving wrong statements, Akhilesh should bother about his party. The BJP believes in work and democracy, and is run by organisation,” Khanna told reporters here last night. Levelling allegations against Akhilesh, the UP urban development minister said, “He (Akhilesh) wants to take political advantage by running a propaganda against the Adityanath government. “Akhilesh had got 224 assembly seats in 2012 assembly polls in virasat (heritage). He could not manage them, and in the 2017 elections, the party was confined to merely 47 seats. He should learn from the mirror which the public has shown to him.” On four members of the UP Legislative Council (from SP and BSP) tendering resignation, Khanna said, “Those leaders were feeling suffocated in those parties (SP & BSP). They have come to the BJP willingly.” The UP Cabinet minister while addressing a BJP meet yesterday also said, “Until and unless all the states in the country have a BJP government, we will not stop. “Every party worker must pledge to help people, and start coming out from their homes. Only then this dream will be fulfilled.” Khanna also advised the party workers not to behave like workers of the SP and the BSP, and said, “The country will move forward when there will be a BJP government in every state.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala political violence: Arun Jaitley lashes out at state govt, Vijayan rejects charge of police bias

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Amid macabre political killings in Kerala, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused the state’s ruling CPI(M) of unleashing its cadres for “eliminating rivals and creating en environment of violence”.Jaitley, who was here to provide a healing touch to the family of RSS worker Rajesh, allegedly killed by CPI(M) cadres on July 29, mounted a scathing attack on the LDF government, saying incidents of violence increased every time it came to power. “Every time the LDF is in power, incidents of violence increase. The kind of wounds that were inflicted on Rajesh would even have embarrassed terrorists,” he told reporters. Earlier, addressing a condolence meeting for Rajesh Jaitley said the ruling party cadres were being “eliminating its political opponents and creating an environment of violence”. The CPI(M), he said, needed to introspect.Jaitley, who visited the family of Rajesh in the morning, accused the police of bias, insisting it was a “silent spectator” when RSS and BJP workers were attacked and killed. The BJP-RSS and CPI(M) cadres are locked in a bloody battle of attrition in the state which has claimed several lives on both sides. There has been a spurt in such incidents in the recent past as the BJP seeks to expand its base in the state. The CPI(M), meanwhile, countered Jaitley’s claims by organising a ‘Satyagraha’ in front of Raj Bhavan where relatives of 21 of its cadres done to death allegedly by the RSS were present. They demanded that the union minister also visit their homes.
ALSO READ Awards would have been returned if it happened in BJP-ruled states: Arun Jaitley on Kerala political violence The CPI(M) accused the RSS-BJP combine of spreading “false propaganda” about political violence in the state. CPI-M’s state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan alleged that incidents of political violence had increased only after the visit of BJP President Amit Shah in early June. The BJP was implementing “Amit Shah’s plan” in the state by engaging in violence, Balakrishnan alleged. Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held an all-party meeting to discuss ways to end the vicious cycle of violence in the state, which Jaitley said was a “positive step”.Talking to reporters after the meeting, Vijayan said the propaganda that Kerala was in the grip of political violence would only adversely impact the state’s investment prospects. Vijayan was dismissive about Jaitley’s allegation of police bias against RSS and BJP workers. He said police was taking effective steps to check violence. Jaitley, whose visit to the state is being widely seen as an attempt by the BJP to bring under national focus the issue of alleged increasing attacks on party cadres by the CPI-M, also questioned the “complete silence” of those who otherwise speak against similar incidents in other parts of the country on the “continuing saga of violence in Kerala”.
ALSO READ Rajesh’s wounds would have embarrassed terrorists: Arun Jaitley on attacks on RSS members in Kerala”The buck stops at the ruling party,” Jaitley said while rejecting the argument that RSS-BJP combine was also responsible for political violence in Kerala.”I do not agree with that. If you see the numbers, in the last few months ever since the LDF government returned to power you can see the extent to which our workers have fallen victim,” he added. He asserted BJP and RSS workers would not be cowed down by such violence which will only strengthen their resolve to work harder. “Those who perpetuate violence, must remember that our organisation, our political party and other sympathetic organisations have survived through generations despite these kinds of assaults which have befallen us. This kind of violence will neither suppress the ideology in the state of Kerala, nor scare our workers and cadres,” he said at the event to condole Rajesh’s death. “I have come here to express solidarity of our central leadership with karyakarthas (workers) in this hour of crisis.The central party fully supports you whichever way it is necessary. I will once again appeal to you that those who have been murdered we must not forget them. We must continue to be inspired by their sacrifices,” he said. He said in his death Rajesh would continue to inspire all RSS and BJP workers, and asked the Sangh volunteers to take care of his family. The minister earlier met and consoled the aged parents, widow and young children of Rajesh and spent some time listening to their problems. He also met the family of another RSS worker Jayaprakash, who was seriously injured in an alleged attack by CPI(M) cadres. When asked about the demand of the families of victims of violence allegedly perpetrated by RSS and BJP activists that he also meet them, Jaitley said he was ready for that.BJP sources said Jaitley was likely to submit a report on his visit to the party’s central leadership. Some in the RSS have been demanding imposition of President’s rule in Kerala over breakdown of law and order.However, Jaitley evaded a question on their demand, saying “Statements are being made by different persons. I have said what I had to say.”

Police bust auto-lifters gang, arrest six, recover 22 stolen vehicles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special crackdown, Delhi Police arrested six auto lifters and recovered 22 vehicles stolen from areas of Shahdra, east Delhi and northeast Delhi.Police have solved 35 cases of auto thefts and also apprehended two juveniles who were part of the gang. Police said that the gang used to lend high speed bikes on rent for regular income while sold the old ones in the NCR to earn money.Senior officers say the recovery is fallout of a special drive launched ahead of the Independence Day. The accused have been identified as auto driver Mohammad Shahzad, 37, Pramod alias Ganja, 30, who is involved in 8 criminal cases, Shahrukh, 20, Mousin, 35, Ankit, 20 and Irshad alias Katta, 25, who also has 13 criminal cases registered against him.DCP Shahadra, Nupur Prasad said that the arrested auto-lifters used to lend the stolen bikes with greater torque and engine power to gangs of snatchers, while old vehicles were taken to Meerut, where they were dismantled and sold as crap. Those vehicles which were new or in good condition were resold in Sambhal (UP) by forging ownership documents after tempering engine and chassis numbers.The gang was busted when the police laid a trap following a tip off and arrested Mohammad Shahzad. His interrogation then revealed hideouts and details of his other aides and they were arrested following repeated raids.

Terror funding: NIA arrests Geelani’s son-in-law, 6 others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven people including Altaf Ahmed Shah, the son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were arrested today by the NIA in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, who had put him in preventive detention earlier this month. Besides him, Geelani’s close aides Ayaz Akbar, who is also spokesman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat–a hardline separatists organisation–and Peer Saifullah were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the Valley, they said. The NIA also arrested Shahid-ul-Islam, spokesman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, said the officials, engaged in the operation. The others arrested are Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Nayeem Khan (of the Hurriyat’s Geelani faction) and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, they said. The houses of those arrested had been raided by NIA sleuths last month. Shah is perceived as an influential force in the Tehrek- e-Hurriyat. Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of the Jamaat-ul Dawah, the front of the banned terrorists organisation Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), has been named in the FIR as an accused besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM)–another terrorists outfit–and Dukhtaran-e- Millat–an all-woman outfit of separatists. Those arrested have been brought to Delhi and will be produced before a court here tomorrow, the official said. The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley. The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against the separatist and secessionist leaders, including members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations HM, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, an official release said. The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in Kashmir Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, it said. In pursuance of this case, the NIA had conducted widespread searches on the suspected persons in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Haryana and incriminating documents, electronic devices, cash and other valuables worth crore of rupees were unearthed, the release said. For the the first time since the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency had carried out raids in connection with the funding of separatists. In 2002, the Income Tax department had raided the establishments of some separatist leaders, including Geelani, and seized cash and documents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP demands strict action against Aurangabad DM for ‘toilet-wife’ statement @ 7/24/2017 5:44:33 AM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Samajwadi Party on Monday demanded a strict action against Bihar’s Aurangabad District Magistrate (DM) Kanwal Tanuj, who stated those who cannot afford a toilet, should sell off their wives. ?He is an IAS officer and they are trained to have control on their language. Their salary comes out of the tax paid by people. His remark is against his conduct rules. Action should be taken against him. I would want to urge the government and the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar), to take strict action against him,? SP leader Juhi Singh told ANI. Yesterday, the Aurangabad DM said that those who cannot build a toilet for their wives, should sell them. He was addressing a public gathering on Saturday during a cleanliness drive in Jamhore village of the Aurangabad district. “Due to lack of toilets, women get raped and harassed. It only costs Rs. 12,000 for the construction of the toilet. Is 12,000 more than anyone’s wife’s dignity? Who can let her wife get raped in return of Rs. 12000?” Tanuj said. “If this is your mentality then go and sell your wife. Those who cannot build toilet should sell or auction his wife,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SP demands strict action against Aurangabad DM for ‘toilet-wife’ statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Samajwadi Party on Monday demanded a strict action against Bihar’s Aurangabad District Magistrate (DM) Kanwal Tanuj, who stated those who cannot afford a toilet, should sell off their wives. ?He is an IAS officer and they are trained to have control on their language. Their salary comes out of the tax paid by people. His remark is against his conduct rules. Action should be taken against him. I would want to urge the government and the Chief Minister (Nitish Kumar), to take strict action against him,? SP leader Juhi Singh told ANI. Yesterday, the Aurangabad DM said that those who cannot build a toilet for their wives, should sell them. He was addressing a public gathering on Saturday during a cleanliness drive in Jamhore village of the Aurangabad district. “Due to lack of toilets, women get raped and harassed. It only costs Rs. 12,000 for the construction of the toilet. Is 12,000 more than anyone’s wife’s dignity? Who can let her wife get raped in return of Rs. 12000?” Tanuj said. “If this is your mentality then go and sell your wife. Those who cannot build toilet should sell or auction his wife,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Islamic body denounces lynchings, says govt assurance having

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Islamic forum today said the Centre’s assurance that those involved in mob lynchings would be acted against was not having any impact on the ground, and the situation was “deteriorating very fast”. Referring to recent cases of lynching, including that of teenager Junaid near Delhi, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Umari advised the Muslim youth to avoid being “instigated”, which he said would only aid communal forces. “The spate of mob lynchings rages persistently in trains, buses and public places. It is highly regrettable that there is a feeling of fear and insecurity among citizens in many places of the country. “Those in power assure us that breaking the law will not be tolerated and the guilty will be awarded exemplary punishment but the reality is that this assurance is not having any impact on the ground,” Umari said in a statement. He said Muslims should not use the language of fear and despondency nor use the language of confrontation and communalism and instead “build bridges with fellow countrymen”. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said killing people on the pretext of protecting cows was not acceptable and warned that no one had the right to take law into his hands.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Killers of Amarnath Yatris not Muslims: Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah today apologised to the people of the country for the attack on Amarnath yatris, saying those “who fired upon innocents were not Muslims”. “On my behalf and on the behalf of the people here, I want to apologies to you for this attack and want to tell you that we are not the ones who kill people. We have always shown love and are still showing it today,” he said. He referred to the role of Muslims in the Amarnath Yatra. “Even today, when a yatri comes here, it is the Kashmiri Muslim who carries his baggage. The ponywala also is a Kashmiri Muslim,” Abdullah said. The former chief minister was speaking at a function to commemorate the 17th death anniversary of his mother Begum Akbar Jehan Abdullah at her mausoleum in Hazratbal here. The whole of Kashmir had been saddened by the attack, he said, adding the attackers wanted to create communal tension in the country. “There is religious freedom in this country…communalism in India is at its peak again and it can devour us all. This attack is an example of communalism,” he said. He said when the people in Jammu called for a bandh, the Kashmiris should have joined them because “this attack is on religion”. Terrorists yesterday killed seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, and injured 19 others as they fired at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Terming the attack as one of the biggest tragedies, Abdullah said people of Kashmir were not communal. The member of Parliament from Srinagar said he was worried about the “repercussions” the attack may have outside the Valley. “I hope that nothing happens…the attack was not done by the Kashmiris…not by the Muslims of Kashmir. Those terrorists cannot be Muslims,” he stressed. He appealed to every man and woman in India to remain calm and pray for the souls of those who are dead and “pray for those who are in hospital to get well”. “Come in large numbers, the way we visit many shrines in the country, so that these forces are defeated. Our religion teaches us brotherhood and we will continue that,” he said. Abdullah asked the people of the country to love Muslims and Kashmiris. He said that to bring Kashmir back to normal, people should start loving the people of the Valley. “The more love you will give them, the more response will there be from here and these forces will be defeated,” he said. He, however, refused to comment on whether the attack was the failure of the state government. “I don’t think today is the time when I have to comment on that,” he said, adding that he had “lost his sleep since he came to know about the attack.” “Innocents have been killed. If you (militants) want to fight, then fight against India if you have that power. Why are you firing at innocent?” he asked. “I also want to tell security forces here to stop oppressing us. The more you do it, the more this terror will increase and then you will not be able to fight it. We are hungry for love and not your money. Keep your money but love us,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gujarat CM says attack act of cowards, alert sounded in state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alert has been sounded in Gujarat after it was revealed that those killed in the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir belonged to Valsad district. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani termed the attack as an act of cowards and said India will never bow down to such ideology. Seven people were killed and around 32 others injured in the dastardly attack on a bus carrying pilgrims from Valsad district of the state. Terrorist fired on the bus which was returning from Amarnath. The bus came under terrorists’ fire near Khanabal in Anantnag district around 8.20 pm, over one hour after the patrolling by the security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway wound up. Those killed were from Valsad district of South Gujarat, he said. “The state administration is in touch with the Jammu and Kashmir administration. We have started making arrangements so that the bodies of those who have died in the incident reaches here as soon as possible. We have also started efforts to ensure that those injured get best possible medical care,” Rupani said. “We have cancelled all the programmes that were to be held tomorrow by the BJP including an event of party chief Amit Shah and a programme of the NDA’s presidential candidate to seek support in view of terror attack,” Rupani said. “An alert has been issued in Gujarat,” minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said. Valsad Superintendent of Police Sunil Joshi said, “The bus belonged to a travel agency from Valsad called Om Travels. The travel agency is yet to provide a list of passengers travelling on the bus.” Shah was to visit Gujarat tomorrow and take part in various events organised by the party in the run up to the state elections which are scheduled to be held later this year. BJP presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind was also scheduled to come here tomorrow to seek support for his candidature.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: ‘Politicians giving statements against security forces should be killed,’ says Rajasthan Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Minister Rajkumar Rinwa courted controversy on Sunday by saying that politicians who raise questions on those guarding our country should be killed.The comment made by the minister belonging to CM Vasundhara Raje’s cabinet has gone viral on social media.Rinwa said that those who make statements against security forces should be cut into pieces.He said, “All these politicians who give statements against those who protect our nation should be chopped. I look forward for such a law to be made in our constitution.” (Aaj jo kamine neta hai jo hamare rashtra ki raksha karne waalo par statement deta hain.. Sanvidhan mein aisa niyam banaye jaay ki unki **** kaat diye jaay,” the minister said.”Those who give statements against those working in environments like 50 degree and zero degrees … should be finished off in five minutes..One should not even wait to lodge a case against them,” the minister can be heard saying in the video.

No vulgar songs during kanwar yatra, gambling improper on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today asked devotees participating in the kanwar yatra not to play “vulgar” film songs and appealed to people to refrain from gambling on Diwali. Those participating in the annual pilgrimage should not “show off” during the festive season, he said here. “Kanwar yatra is about to begin. PLaying of vulgar film songs and DJs do not go with religious feelings. Also, it is improper to indulge in gambling after worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali,” he said. The chief minister, who was on a visit to the city, located near the Indo-Nepal border, said India and Nepal are “two bodies and one soul” and there is a need to impart skill development training to people residing on both the sides of the frontier. At a skill development training programme organised by the Sashastra Seema Bal, Adityanath said, “We have to give a befitting reply to those who are trying to target India by making Nepal their centre. From this point of view, it becomes extremely important to give training to Nepalese people.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala Women’s Commission to probe MP Innocent’s statement on actresses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Kerala Women’s Commission on Saturday said it would be conducting a probe into Member of Parliament and President of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) Innocent Vareed Thekkethala?s controversial statement on actresses. A few days back, Innocent Vareed Thekkethala stirred a controversy when he, commenting about casting couch in the Malayalam film industry, said that ‘bad’ actresses might share ‘the bed’ at will. Innocent first said that the times have changed now and today, if an imprudent request is made to a woman she would not take seconds to expose the same in front of the media and the public. “Those days are long gone. If such a request is made to a woman in this day and age, it will be shared with people like you. But if the women are bad, they may share the bed,” he said. A press conference was held few weeks back by the AMMA, with actors Dileep, Mohanlal, Mammootty, MLA Mukesh, and former Kerala transport minister Ganesh Kumar, among others and questions were raised about the Kerala actress’ abduction and molestation and about the stand AMMA took in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven arrested for robbing fuel pump owner last month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city police today claimed to have solved a robbery case in which a petrol pump owner was looted on gun point with the arrest of seven robbers. The robbers have been arrested while cash seized from them, along with a newly purchased car and weapons, police said. On a tip-off late last night, a police team from Sahibabad intercepted a car and two motorcycles near Sikanderpur village trisection at Loni road. On search, the policemen recovered Rs 4.50 lakh, five country-made pistols and 10 cartridges from them, Senior Superintendent of Police H N Singh said. Those arrested have been identified as Deepak, Akhilesh, Rahul, Maksood, Deepak, Ravinder and Udaiveer. One of them, Ravinder, used to sell car polish on a temporary stall at the fuel pump. On June 12, fuel pump owner Ravinder Chauhan, a native of Karhera village, was looted at gun-point while he was going to deposit Rs 12.76 lakh in bank. The robbers waylaid his car and broke opened the driving side window with the help of a brick before taking him at gun point. They then snatched the bag containing cash and fled the spot, police said. The accused have confessed that from the looted amount they purchased a car and two motorcycles, police claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indira Gandhi’s statue in Muzaffarnagar found damaged: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A statue of ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi was found damaged in Muzaffarnagar last night, the Congress said here today and blamed BJP supporters for it. “The statue of former prime minister Indira Gandhi was damaged in Muzaffarnagar by people owing allegiance to the BJP. The same was done to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in Mirzapur last month,” Congress spokesperson Krishnakant Pandey said here. “By doing so, they are only showing their petty mentality,” he said. Congress sources said the district unit of the party has taken up the matter with the authorities there. Pandey said Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar will go to Muzaffarnagar tomorrow to look into the matter. “Those who damaged Indira Gandhi’s statue appear to have forgotten that BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had termed her Durga,” he said. Pandey said no one can forget the contribution of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the freedom struggle of the country and only those who have nothing to show as their contribution in the history are resorting to such practices. He said the incident has agitated the partymen there and they will give a reply to the perpetrators through non-violent means. No immediate reaction was available from the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nine persons, including 8 of a family, killed in accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine persons, including eight of a family, were killed and four others injured when their vehicle collided with a bus in Bijnore district this morning, the police said. A family from Lakhimpur Kheri was on its way to Bijnore when their SUV collided with a state roadways bus near Suhagpur village on the Sherkot road here, killing nine persons on the spot, they said. Four others – a woman and her three children – were injured and admitted to a hospital, the police said. Those killed have been identified as Rohit Tandon (40), Rajat (42), Sona (32), Shalu (42), Neeru Tandon (60), Monu Tandon (12), Kartik (10), Pari (10) and Karimuddin (37), who was their driver, the police said. The driver of the bus fled the scene after the accident, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘No ids, no luggage’- B’luru hotel justifies refusing room to interreligious couple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After a married couple was allegedly denied a room at a Bengaluru hotel, the hotel has now come up with a justification, claiming that religion had nothing to with denying of the room. The couple had come to Bengaluru on the context of the woman?s interview. The husband, a Muslim while the wife, a Hindu were denied a room at the Olive residency, on alleged religious grounds. According to the couple, they were told it is not acceptable that a Hindu and a Muslim stay together. Upon this allegation, the owner of the hotel Shivu, said, ?one couple came here and they wanted a room. Initially they only asked the room for half an hour. The cashier who was here refused. They then said they will take it for one day. But they didn’t have luggage or proper id cards so they were refused.? He also said that this has nothing to do with religious beliefs, as most of his customers are Muslims. ?We didn’t refuse them because of their religious beliefs. Our seventy to seventy five percent of customers are Muslim. Hence there is no Hindu Muslim issue here. Those who have proper ids are given the rooms. This couple did not show us any proper id nor did they have any luggage,? he added. The couple posted about their ordeal on facebook, while the hotel denies it as a religious issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Electoral roll revision to continue till July 31: Avantika Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voters who want to change their name or address in the electoral roll can do so by filling the respective forms till July 31, said collector Avantika Singh while talking to mediapersons on Tuesday.The campaign to add, alter and remove names from the electoral roll has been started in Gujarat since July 1. One can avail and fill the forms by visiting their respective polling booths from 10 am to 6 pm including Sunday till July 31. The forms are also available online, she said. District education officer has been made the nodal officer of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), she said. Responding to a query, she said, “Those not having Voter ID card can vote by taking their photo voter slip along with them at the polling booth.”Designated officers have been deputed in 38 colleges in the district. They will distribute form no 6 to get names added in the roll besides admission form to students. The district administration has also sought details of the number of births, deaths and building use nod given by the AMC and AUDA in last five years to make door to door visits and create awareness. Whether your name is on the roll?Visit www.ceogujarat.nic.in or send an SMS by typing ‘epicepic number’ to 8511199899. Till July 1, the electoral roll of Ahmedabad district had names of 51,39,846 persons including the third gender. We have also started a helpline 1950, the collector said.

Panel to probe H1N1 deaths in city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Mumbai reporting 313 swine flu cases in the city in the month of June, the civic body has formed a ‘death committee’ that will probe each swine flu death. The committee was formed on the recommendation of a team of experts from the National Communicable Disease Centre (NCDC) that visited Mumbai, Thane and Pune in the last week of June. The experts observed that there was a change in the trend of swine flu cases in the city.The first death committee meeting, which was held on July 3, saw the participation of a team of experts from various medical colleges. The committee reviewed the 10 swine flu deaths reported in the city till June 15, of which nine are confirmed H1N1 deaths.”The current death toll this year is nine patients from Mumbai and six others from outside the city, but who came to Mumbai hospitals for treatment and passed away,” said a senior health official.”490 cases were reported from January to June 2017 out of which 383 cases are of residents of Mumbai, and 108 are out-of-Mumbai residents,” said the latest civic health report.Of the total number of swine flu cases, 56 per cent are males and 44 per cent are females. Those in the age group of 15-44 are the worst affected. Apart from 313 new swine flu cases in the month of June, the city has also reported 31 confirmed dengue cases. Around 249 patients with dengue-like symptoms were admitted to various civic hospitals.WORRYING NUMBERSOf the total number of swine flu cases, 56 per cent are males and 44 per cent are females
The panel reviewed 10 swine flu deaths in the city till June 15, of which nine are confirmed H1N1 deaths

Gujarat: Cloth traders continue strike against GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cloth shop owners in various parts of Gujarat today decided to continue their indefinite strike against five per cent GST levied on textiles, a day after police baton-charged protesting members of their association in Surat. The Maskati market in Ahmedabad, a major textile centre in the state, wore a deserted look as around 25,000-30,000 traders observed a shutdown, protesting “police high- handedness” with agitating traders in Surat. They said the shops will remain shut indefinitely till the time their demands on GST were not met by the government. “In Ahmedabad, around 25,000-30,000 cloth shop owners have gone on an indefinite strike. Police action on protesters in Surat is unacceptable. Instead of meeting our demands, the government is applying force to suppress us,” said Ritesh Shah, a textile shop owner in Maskati market. Surat’s textile markets too remained closed, with street deserted. “This city gained prominence due to the hard work of businessmen like us. Those indulging in politics have not done much for the city. The police action is unacceptable and was entirely unprovoked. We stand united against the police action and will keep our shops shut indefinitely,” said Ganpat Jain, a member of GST Sangharsh Samiti, which called the shutdown. Thousands of protesting members had gathered yesterday near the Ring Road in Surat, where the main market is situated, demanding scrapping of GST on textiles. Police then wielded batons to disperse the agitators who allegedly engaged in stone-pelting. Protesting traders had yesterday alleged that the police action came at the behest of Surat’s BJP MP C R Patil while some shop owners sided with the leader and decided to keep their establishments open, defying the protesting association’s call for an indefinite bandh. Patil was not immediately available for comment. Top Congress leadership in the state too had condemned police action against traders. The GST Sangharsh Samiti had called for an indefinite bandh on Sunday in the Surat textile market, which is one of the largest in the country. Several cloth markets in the state have since remained closed as most traders have not registered for the new tax system and do not have the GST number. They are hoping that the central government will intervene to resolve the situation. Some small traders said the new tax regime would adversely affect their businesses. They contended that the time given to them for GST compliance was short. The traders have demanded that the GST should be imposed on apparel and not fabric.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two killed, 30 injured in bus-motorcycle collision

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least two persons were killed and 30 injured today when a Kathmandu-bound passenger bus hit a motorcycle in Nepal’s Sindhupalchok district. The vehicles, after the collision, fell 15-metre down from the Sindhupalchok-Bandeu-Chautara road, killing two persons, police said. The injured passengers were rescued immediately after the accident. Those critically injured were referred to a hospital, the district police office said. “The other passengers who suffered minor injuries have been taken to the district hospital,” the police said. Meanwhile, a boy was killed and two other persons went missing following a landslide triggered by continuous rainfall at Rajwara in Pyuthan yesterday. The deceased has been identified as 16-year-old Tulasa Gharti of Gaumukhi Rural Municipality. In a separate incident, three persons went missing after a landslide swept away their house at Hosrangdi of Mahashila Rural Municipality.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Byculla jail inmate’s death: All six accused arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The crime branch of the Mumbai Police today arrested all the six accused in the death of Byculla prison inmate Manju Shette. Those arrested have been identified as Manisha Pokharkar, Wasima Shaikh, Shital Shegokar, Surekha Gulve, Aarti Shingne and Bindu Naikde, a senior crime branch official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Single edu agency for all disciplines on the cards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If central government’s plans of setting up a single higher education authority materialise, institutions of different discipline including engineering, architecture and others will be governed/guided by a single regulator. The plan is to merge University Grants Council and the 15 different councils into one.Currently there are different bodies that guide institutions of different disciplines like Medical Council of India governs medical education institutes, Architecture Council of India manages architecture institutions, the All India Council for Technical Education governs and guides engineering and other technical institutions. Once the single agency is formed all these institutions will be governed by one umbrella body.However, in the run up to the final decision, these councils have already started amending their Acts and statutes to be more friendly towards education institutions.The idea of having a single body for higher education replacing UGC and others is being discussed since UPA government’s time but it has picked up pace during the Modi government as NITI Aayog and Prime Minister’s office has been actively involved in it.According to sources in NITI Aayog, a committee of experts from different departments has been formed to look into the plan. “The PMO has been showing active interest in the plan. A team of experts has been constituted in to the matter and they have been conducting meetings actively,” said a source in NITI Aayog.The idea of this change came from the education institutions themselves after they faced problems in getting clearances and had to approach more than one body for similar issues.“It has come to our notice that it may not be possible to have such a change immediately, so it has been decided that the councils make reforms within themselves. Those changes will be done to empower our educational institutions, so that they are not handicapped because of any regulatory body,” a member of the committee constituted to look into the committee, told DNA.“People should become happy about the regulatory agency is what we are looking forward to do,” the official added.HOW VARIOUS BODIES OVERLAPIf an institution has a 10 acre land and they want to open different institutions in it, for engineering college they will require permission from a different body, if they want an architecture college on the same premise, they will need to get permission from the architecture body.
In case an institution wants a medical college also, it is most difficult because engineering wants separate space from medical institutions.

After Gandhi, Indira most favoured leader: Chidambaram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Praising former prime minister Indira Gandhi, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today described her as the “most favoured leader” of the country after Mahatma Gandhi. “Indira Gandhi did not belong to any religion, region or caste. That is why, she is truly loved by all the sections of the country even today,” the former Union home minister said at a seminar commemorating the birth centenary celebrations of the Congress stalwart here. “Many social scientists have said that after Mahatma Gandhi, whose name is easily recognised anywhere in the country, the most favoured leader is Indira,” said the Rajya Sabha member. “One can agree, disagree or debate, but no one can doubt Indira Gandhi’s patriotism and love for the people of this country,” he added. Chidambaram said the former prime minister had the courage of conviction and that was why she had admitted that the imposition of Emergency in the 1970s was a mistake. “Those who criticise the imposition of Emergency must also recognise that she (Indira) was the first person to admit the mistake. That was a great quality of Indira Gandhi,” he said. Claiming that Emergency was “rightly” imposed, he said one had to “look into the circumstances” which led to it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers driven to commit suicide, protesters getting killed:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot has said it is unfortunate that farmers are committing suicide in an agriculture-dominated country. At a farmers’ rally in Etawa town in Kota district, he blamed the agricultural policies of the BJP governments at the Centre and in Rajasthan for the “worst” state of cultivators. “Those who raise their voice are silenced with a gunshot,” he said, apparently referring to the killing of five persons in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district during a farmers’ agitation. The condition at present is so bad that a farmer is committing suicide every 41 minutes, the Rajasthan Congress chief claimed. The BJP government has given the slogan of “sabka saath, sabka vikas” but has done nothing for farmers and agricultural growth. Cultivators are ending their lives due to the bad state of the agriculture sector, Pilot said. He alleged that the BJP government considers farmers just a vote bank.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha disbursed Rs 8,332 cr crop loan to nearly 14 lakh farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra government has disbursed crop loan to the tune of Rs 8,332 crore to 13.85 lakh farmers during June 1 and June 12 for the current Kharif season, state Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh said here today. According to the minister, the disbursed loan amount is 21 per cent of the total loan disbursal target of Rs 40,547 crore set for this Kharif season. He said the PSU banks have been asked to use the existing network of district central cooperative banks as well as credit cooperative societies for the disbursement of Rs 10,000 as the primary loan to needy farmers. “The same network can also be used for the recovery of loan from farmers subsequently. But at any cost, loan should not be rejected to any farmer in Maharashtra for not having a bank account in any PSU or commercial bank,” Deshmukh said. He said the state government in the last two years had restructured the loans, a move which has benefited farmers. “Those farmers who do not repay loan before June 30, their loan would become debt. There will be a separate decision regarding the same,” the minister said. Deshmukh said he held a review meeting of all district deputy registrars in the state today and directed them to prepare a detailed list of defaulters, and publish it outside the district central cooperative banks. “The loan seeking farmers should come to know who have put their bank into financial trouble,” Deshmukh said. There are 14 district central cooperative banks in Maharashtra that are in financial crisis. “The government has asked the PSUs to chip in and provide Rs 10,000 as initial loan to farmers for seeds and fertiliser procurement. Out of 1.32 crore farmers in Maharashtra, 82 lakh farmers avail loan every year. I think some 32 lakh farmers would benefit from the state government’s offer to grant Rs 10,000 as an interim loan,” Deshmukh said. Bowing to farmers’ protests, the state government last Sunday agreed in principle to grant a “complete but conditional” loan waiver to peasants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Falsehoods being spread about TN govt’s stability: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that his government was ‘strong’, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today alleged that falsehoods were being spread about its stability by those who cannot ‘stand’ its various achievements. “The Tamil Nadu government is strong. The party (AIADMK) is ruling as a strong party with 122 MLAs,” he said in an apparent reference to the number of legislators in the ruling party’s Amma faction. The government was delivering on various fronts and was successfully carrying various programmes, he said. The Chief Minister recalled that the government had recently explained its various achievements after completion of 100 days in office. “Pro-people measures included revising guideline value for properties as announced yesterday,” he told reporters here. Those who cannot stand our achievements in such a short time are spreading falsehoods, he said when asked about his government’s stability. Palaniswami’s assertion comes amidst perceived efforts by AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran to assert his position post his release on bail in a bribery case, with about 25 MLAs having earlier met him. To a question on the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, the Chief Minister said he had not received the complete notification yet and would respond on the matter after getting it. He pointed out that Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan had said the opposition’s views would be looked into the matter, which has resulted in a nation wide controversy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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