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The fire that broke out at Kamala Mills has rattled the country. Fourteen people have died and several have sustained burn injuries after the incident was reported just after midnight at 1Above, a Mumbai resto-bar located inside the mill’s premises.Cops from the Worli police station, which is the closest to the mill compound, were the first to arrive at the spot, along with the local fire brigade that began to douse the flames. One cop, Sudarshan Shinde, was one of the first to reach the spot and managed to pull out three bodies even before the stretchers arrived.Also readKamala Mills tragedy: Pub claims fire emanated from ‘adjoining quarters,’ rejects cops’ version on safety violations Hauling one body at a time on his shoulders, Shinde pulled three victims from the rubble. According to eyewitnesses, he climbed up seven floors each time to bring down the bodies. Also readKamala Mills fire: How the quick thinking by two security guards saved nearly 150 lives“When I reached upstairs, everything was burnt and charred. When I reached down, I could hear exploding sounds. Which I feel were of alcohol bottles and gas cylinders. There were several hookahs that added to the intensity of the flames. I could see only one woman coughing. The rest, I believe, may have died of suffocation,” said Shinde while speaking to DNA.Shinde isn’t the only person, who should be hailed for his heroics. Suraj Giri and Mahesh Sable, working security guards at Times Now, saw the fire break out just after midnight. Sabke told DNA that a number of patrons at 1 Above, the nightclub that caught fire, could not escape because the flames had blocked their path.Also read5 factors that show Mumbai’s Kamala Mills fire was a tragedy waiting to happenTwenty-five-year old Sable, while speaking to DNA said that the Times Now office, and the nightclub were part of Trade House in Kamala Mills, which means that they were all interconnected. “I was at the link room when I saw the fire break out. The regular exit had been blocked, as a lot of cloth that made up the decor for the nightclub caught fire. I then went to another terrace and directed patrons to escape from there,” he said.The blaze that started at 1 Above, the rooftop pub, spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, who were attending a birthday party. Read that article hereRelated Photos
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In Pics: Massive midnight fire at Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Compound kills 14; many restaurants gutted The fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below, said a civic official.

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Kamala Mills fire: How the quick thinking by two security guards saved nearly 150 lives

Two security guards have been hailed as heroes for their rescue operations that saved several lives after a nightclub in Mumbai caught fire late Thursday.Suraj Giri and Mahesh Sable, working security guards at Times Now, saw the fire break out just after midnight. Sabke told DNA that a number of patrons at 1 Above, the nightclub that caught fire, could not escape because the flames had blocked their path.Twenty-five-year old Sable, while speaking to DNA said that the Times Now office, and the nightclub were part of Trade House in Kamala Mills, which means that they were all interconnected. “I was at the link room when I saw the fire break out. The regular exit had been blocked, as a lot of cloth that made up the decor for the nightclub caught fire. I then went to another terrace and directed patrons to escape from there,” he told DNA.Also readPermissions to rooftop restaurants will be made more stringent, BJP’s answer to Kamala Mills tragedy that killed 14Meanwhile, Giri stood downstairs and gave directions to people on the best route they could take to escape. In the process, the duo managed to save over 150-200 guests.Sable, who is pursuing his BA, dreams of becoming a police officer. “I am glad that I had the presence of mind to act swiftly,” he said.Also readKamala Mills fire: 5 BMC officials suspended, one transferredThe blaze that started at 1 Above, the rooftop pub, spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, most of them women, who were attending a birthday party. Read that article hereThe fire, which also injured 21 people, started after 12.30 am in the “1 Above” pub on the terrace, and spread to Mojo pub on the third floor one level below, said an official of the Mumbai civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Also readKamala Mills fire: Ahmedabad victim escaped a car accident on New Year’s Eve last yearThe two gutted pubs are located in the Trade House Building in Kamala Mills compound in Lower Parel area, a popular night spot as well as commercial hub housing several offices including national television channels.”I was in the night shift. We heard people screaming at the pub. Initially, we thought it is due to the party which was underway there,” said Sanjay Jadhav, a programme producer of a news channel.”When I came out of my office, I saw that a fire has broken out at the roof top pub. The main entrance of our office was blocked due to the flames,” he said.Related Photos
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In Pics: Massive midnight fire at Mumbai’s Kamala Mills Compound kills 14; many restaurants gutted The massive blaze engulfed the entire building in about 30 minutes and took several hours to be put out. The cause of the fire is not known.

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At least 11 killed and 14 injured in Mojo restaurant at Kamala Mills in Mumbai.

"A short circuit seems to have started the fire," said a fire brigade officer.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 2:58 ISTMust readMumbai: Man evades arrest for 15 years, found hiding inside washing machine in his apartment2 Romanians held in Delhifor ATM fraud in Mumbai<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A major fire broke in Mojo a terrace restaurant located in Trade House near Kamla Mills. The fire soon spread to the media offices belonging to Times Now and TV 9 news networks. BMC officials confirmed to DNA that 11 people had died and 14 were injured. The fire broke out at 12:30 and was controlled by the Mumbai Fire Brigade by 2 am. However, rescue operations continued till late in the night. The injured were treated in the nearby KEM hospital.Anxious relatives and onlookers were seen waiting for the rescue of their near and dear ones. A senior staffer from Times Now whom DNA spoke to on the spot confirmed that all media personnel from the network were safely rescued before the fire could spread in the office.Fire brigade sources claimed they received a call around 12.30 am about the fire. Eight fire tenders, four water tankers and one ambulance were rushed to the scene immediately.The complex houses many pubs, bistros and eateries and is a popular venue for many party goers in the city. The complex also is home to several media houses.”A short circuit seems to have started the fire,” said a fire brigade officer.

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Intel busts D-Company plot to assassinate Chota Rajan inside Tihar Jail

A plot, allegedly planned by Dawood Ibrahim, to bump off underworld don Chhota Rajan, who is currently locked up in Tihar Jail, was foiled, after Intel came to know of the conspiracy, The Times of India reported.According to the report, the crime was supposed to be committed by Delhi’s top gangster Neeraj Bawana at the insistence of D Company. The report added that the plan got busted after one of Bawana’s aides boasted about the plot to another associate during what was described as drunken banter. This was picked up by the agencies which brought it to the notice of all stakeholders involved in Rajan’s security. Currently, Bawana and Rajan are in Jail Number 2 of Tihar jail, but are in different cells. Following the intelligence report, Bawana has been shifted into an isolated cell.Rajan has been lodged in Tihar, and not in jails in Mumbai or Maharashtra, because officials felt it would be difficult for Dawood Ibrahim and his network to get to their target in the highly secure Delhi prison.In 2015, Rajan was arrested in Bali on the basis of a Red Corner Notice from Interpol and following a tip off by Australian authorities to the police in Indonesia. In the absence of an extradition treaty, the Indian authorities have already provided documents to their Indonesian counterparts about Rajan’s Indian identity to facilitate his deportation. The sources said Rajan was in touch with various police officials for last six months seeking a passage to return to India as he feared for his life in Australia from Chhota Shakeel, a henchman of Dawood.In 2000, there was an attempt on Rajan’s life when Dawood’s men tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok but he managed a dramatic escape.Mumbai-born Rajan, once a close confidant-turned-rival of underworld gang lord Dawood, has said that he is not afraid of Dawood, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Rajan was arrested on a Red Corner notice by Interpol after eluding law enforcement agencies for over two decades. Out of these 75 cases, Rajan is facing four cases under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), one under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and over 20 cases under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.

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Meerut shocker: Ambulance used to ferry alcohol, belly dancers for state-run medical college’s alumni meet

In a shocking incident, ambulances were used to ferry liquor bottles and Russian belly dancers at a doctors’ alumni meet at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College in Meerut. A department inquiry has been ordered by the red-faced principal after the news broke out.The incident came to light on Christmas Day, which also happened to be the silver jubilee function organised by the old school association which saw several eminent doctors from the 1992 batch in attendance at the college premises, reported The Times of India.“I got to know that Russian Belly dancers were called and liquor was stored in an ambulance van, it is absolutely wrong, it should not have happened at a state run medical college. Inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” said Rajkumar, CMO, Meerut.This is not the first incident of a state-run medical college landing in trouble in Uttar Pradesh. In August this year, the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital was in the centre of news after a number of infants died due to lack of oxygen supply in the hospital premises. Most of the infants admitted were victims of encephalitis, a disease that has plagued Uttar Pradesh for over two decades.

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India bus plunges from bridge killing 32

The vehicle, ferrying passengers to a temple, crashed through a railing and fell 30 metres.

Pakistan’s ISI bid to honeytrap three Indian officials in Islamabad foiled: Report

Three officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad were recalled from Pakistan, foiling the Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) bid to honeytrap them and extract information, reported Times of India.The officials, whose names are being withheld, are being questioned and were recalled earlier this week.Also readKulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan confirms wife and mother have received visas to visit himA report said that the bid was foiled before classified document could be passed on to ISI, as the officials approached senior Indian authorities for help.The officials worked with the language section and were responsible for the translation of official documents, said a report, adding that the government will decide in the next few days how to proceed in the matter.Also read43 Indian fishermen have been arrested by Pakistani authorities

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Mumbai scribe killed after two auto rickshaws collide head-on in Kurla

A Mumbai-based journalist was killed after a head on collision between two auto rickshaws in the suburb of Kurla on Thursday morning, news agency ANI reported.The journalist has been identified as Prashant Tripathi. According to a Hindustan Times report, Tripathi, a television journalist, was returning to his house in Kalwa near Thane when the accident took place near Kurla’s Baba Hospital.Police say a Tripathi was travelling with a relative when the accident took placeThe rickshaw driver immediately fled the spot, but passers-by managed to record his registration number and handed it over to the police. The driver has been identified as Yasin Shaikh, a resident of Nalla Sopara. He was arrested later in the day

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‘Institutions of Eminence’: With a day left, UGC gets 73 applications for world class varsity tag

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has already received 73 applications for the Human Resource Development Ministry’s ambitious 20 world class institutions project with a day left for the deadline.According to sources, 73 varsities including central universities, state universities, private and deemed-to-be universities have applied for the “institutions of eminence” tag. Out of these, six applications have been received under the greenfields category.The UGC had in September started inviting applications from all institutions that are keen to enter the top 100 of global rankings with the government’s assistance. The 90-day deadline expires tomorrow.The Centre wants to establish a total of 20 “Institutes of Eminence” — a distinct category of deemed-to-be- universities, supporting them to become “World Class” institutions.By March-April 2018, 20 (10 each from public and private category) institutions will be accorded the eminence status with a mandate to achieve the world-class status over a period of 10 years.As per the guidelines issued by the UGC, institutions in the top 50 of the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings or those ranking among top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS University Rankings or Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities were eligible to apply.New institutions were required to submit a 15-year vision plan to be among the top 500 globally ranked institutions, while existing institutions among the top 500 had to offer a plan to improve their ranking to be among the top 100 in the next 10 years.A screening committee will go through the applications and select the institutions.

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Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s remark on ‘corrupt MLAs’ draws sharp response from BJP

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has invited criticism from her own party – Bharataiya Janata Party (BJP) – for saying that legislators “construct big houses” in a year after winning elections but do not come back amongst people.Speaking at a programme at her Lok Sabha constituency in Pilibhit, Mrs Gandhi claimed last week that she has sold her own house gifted by her late husband for the service of the people. “My late husband had left a house for me. It was sold in service of the people of Pilibhit and I live in a government accommodation. The money from selling the house was used in medical treatment and welfare of the people here,” Gandhi said at a public meeting in Mudia Kundari village in the district on Friday.Also readCentre gives in to Maneka Gandhi demand on ICDS schemeMrs Gandhi, Minister for Women & Child Development in the Narendra Modi government, represents Pilibhit in the Lok Sabha. Hitting out at corrupt politicians, she said, “MLAs take your votes and never come back. Unclothed people become legislators and construct big houses in a single year after winning elections.”Also readFirst you eat meat, then meat eats you: Maneka Gandhi stresses on going vegetarianHer comments invited angry retorts from the BJP leaders as all four assembly constituencies in Pilibhit district are being represented by the party legislators. Reacting to her statement, BJP’s Pilibhit district president Suresh Gangwar said she should not use such language for MLAs. He accused her of repeatedly using such language and questioned her claim of her house getting sold. Also readManeka Gandhi wants rehab centres away from cops“She has not got such works done that her house would be sold,” he said. Kishan Lal Rajput, MLA from Barkhera said none of the four leaders have made big houses. “I have been living in my parental home in Jahanabad, and I have not made any luxurious alterations to it after I won the assembly seat,” Rajput said.”As far as the other three MLAs are concerned, Sanjay Gangwar from Pilibhit City already has a big house, while Ramsaran Verma in Bisalpur and Babu Ram Paswan in Puranpur are living happily in simple structures which their parents built long ago,” he added.Gandhi’s spokesperson defended her statement saying that minister was not referring to any party.”The minister was not referring to legislators of BJP or any other party in any way. She had given an example of those corrupt public representatives who have in previous times misused their political privileges to serve their vested interest, ignoring their accountability to the masses,” her spokesperson Mohd Rizwan Malik was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

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‘Cocaine in tea stalls’: Hundreds of IIT-Kanpur students using drugs, college reaches out to district admin

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur use drugs and “some 30 to 40” of them have become addicts, a probe by the college administration has found out.The narcotics is supplied to the students through local sources of the drug mafia active in and around the campus of the Institution, an internal inquiry has revealed.The institute has reached out to the district administration in cracking down on the local drug suppliers to rid the campus of the fast growing menace.”As per an internal assessment, a few hundred bright students of the institute are using drugs on the campus and the situation is alarming. We have raised the issue with district magistrate Surendra Singh, who has acknowledged the fact and assured an immediate and appropriate response,” Professor Manindra Agarwal, officiating director of IIT-K told the Times of India.Media reports said the role of campus staff, including security personnel, temporary staff and fourth class employees, is also under scanner.Kanpur DM Surendra Singh confirmed the development and said that district administration has decided to set up teams to round up the drug smugglers active in the area.Students have easy access to all sorts of narcotics – from tobacco to cocaine – at pan and tea stalls near the campus, a media report, quoting sources, said. Agarwal said the probe has identified some students as being “severely affected” by drug abuse “but many more are yet to be identified”.To spread awareness among the students, the college administration has pasted posters in the hostels and the campus. It also plans to hold counselling sessions for addicted students.

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Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik attacked in Odisha’s Puri

International sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was hospitalised on Sunday after an unidentified youth twisted his hand.The incident, reportedly, took place at the ongoing International Sand Art Festival in Odisha’s Puri, near the famous Sun Temple in Konark.Pattnaik is the brand ambassador of the festival organised by the state department of tourism.Also readSudarsan Pattnaik creates 5 sand sculptures of Kalam”The youth caught hold of my arm during a handshake and tried to snatch my wristwatch. When I tried to resist, he attacked me and disappeared into the crowd,” the artist told Times of India.The youth reportedly fled the spot.At least 70 participants from nine countries – Germany, Mexico, Ghana, Singapore, Canada, Spain, Sri Lanka, Russia and India are showcasing their sand art during the festival.Also readSudarsan Pattnaik protests aginst pollution in Puri beach
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On issue of joining politics, my wife clearly says no: Raghuram Rajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ruling out any possibility of entering politics, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said he is happy being a professor and it’s the job he likes.On being asked if he had an offer from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to join the Rajya Sabha, he said, “No comments on whether I was offered anything. When I was in RBI, people were desperate to get me off to IMF, when I am back as professor, people are desperate to see me elsewhere. I am very happy being a professor. I have my brain working many hours of day.It is a job I like.”On possibility to join politics, Rajan said, “The answer is no…on issue of politics my wife says very clearly no.” The AAP had approached Rajan offering him a Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi, which was reportedly rejected by the ex-RBI governor.In a recorded interview played at the Times Litfest here, Rajan, without disclosing much details, said he is working on another book.This book will be “an attempt to understand better the world we live in. The issue of identity, issue of community and how it impinges on the broader process of economic integration and growth”, he said.His last book, titled ‘I do what I do’ was released in September, touched various aspects of the Indian economy.He also talked about issues like tolerance and connection between political freedom and prosperity in the book, which was a collection of essays and speeches during his stint as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor.Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Rajan said it is good in the long run even though there are some issues.”There is need to remove the glitches,” he observed.On the relationship between the RBI and the government, the former central bank governor said that it has been developed over the years and it is largely of mutual respect.”Yes, there are frictions which are always there in any relationship,” he said.To a question if autonomy of the RBI as an institution compromised, he said, he is not alarmed.The RBI functions under the government and complete independence is not possible, he said.

‘Ready to strengthen connectivity…’: China hints it may rename CPEC to address India’s ‘concerns’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after a proposal by Chinese envoy to India to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to address New Delhi’s concerns, Beijing has hinted that it mayn rename CPEC if India joins OBOR initiative.China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui during an interaction with experts on Chinese affairs and students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last week offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as build an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir.However, On Lu’s reported remark about building an alternative corridor through Jammu and Kashmir, the foreign ministry said, “China is ready to strengthen connectivity with all neighbouring countries and promote regional economic cooperation and common prosperity”.According to The Times of India, the Chinese ministry neither endorsed or denied Luo’s statement, indicating that it may be willing to discuss the issue with New Delhi while ensuring that the move does not affect its ties with Pakistan.The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said China s stand is that the CPEC is an economic cooperation initiative and has ‘nothing to do with territorial sovereignty disputes’. The CPEC “does not affect China and Pakistan’s position on the Kashmir issue,” it said.India skipped the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in May this year due to its sovereignty concerns over the nearly $ 60 billion CPEC, a flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).India has raised concerns over the project as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the Gwadar Port, to China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.In his address to the United Services Institution in New Delhi on May 5, Luo Zhaohui had echoed similar views.His remarks were, however, subsequently removed from the transcript of his address posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy amid reports that Pakistan sought a clarification on it.

Outrage after India minister terms cancer ‘divine justice’

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India Chennai students set university on fire after death

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Follow Majid Khan, Meghalaya CM to errant youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The story of young Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan, who had signed up to join the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) but returned after listening to his mother’s message, has enthused governments and media of the northeastern states of the country.Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are infested with two dozen militant outfits, demanding either secession or greater autonomy to their little tribal belts. What connects the region with the young Kashmiri footballer is that football is a way of life in the region, more particularly in Meghalaya. Using Khan’s decision to renounce terrorism, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma urged militants to queue up and avail of the rehabilitation package offered by his government. “We have said the government has come up with a programme where we provide an enabling environment for anybody to withdraw from their organizations and assimilate with the national mainstream,” he said. Veteran journalist and editor of Meghalaya Times, Thomas Lim, believes Majid has become the poster boy for bringing back all the misguided youth.

This ‘Sanskari’ app from BHU will play bhajan every time you want to access porn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banaras Hindu University, which was in news for the students protests in September, has hit headlines again.This time, it’s about ‘Har Har Mahadev’, a mobile application designed by a neurologist at the BHU to block access to pornographic contentAccording to a Times of India report, Dr Vijay Nath Mishra of Institute of Medical Sciences – Banaras Hindu University’s neurology department, is the brain behind the app.What’s more the app not only blocks the porn sites, but it also plays bhajans or devotional songs every time someone tries to access ‘inappropitae content.Named ‘Har Har Mahadev’, the app was developed in six months and can block access to nearly 4,000 sites. The app also targets violent and other sorts of vulgar content.At present, the app has just Hindu bhajans, but Dr Mishra says that he in process of introducing devotional songs from other religions.It should be noted that watching porn in public spaces in India is illegal.

Had a fruitful meeting with Haryana CM: Arvind Kejriwal after meeting Khattar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh to discuss the issue of stubble burning that had resulted in high levels of smog in the national capital.“We had a very positive discussion, we will take all steps possible to tackle the situation,” said Kejriwal after the meeting, according to a Hindustan Times report.Kejriwal last week had sought a meeting with counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring states.However, Amarinder Singh had said that it is not a matter for inter-state discussion and that won’t help and it requires central govt intervention, at the earliest.”Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications. The situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management,” Amarinder Singh replied to Kejriwal in a series of tweets.
ALSO READ Futile exercise: Why any meeting between Kejriwal and Khattar won’t clear the smogAir quality in Delhi-NCR has been at the season’s worst for the past week as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the region into a ‘gas chamber’ leaving people gasping.

Grind chakki, sweep floors to stay fit: Rajasthan education dept’s health advice to women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women should do household chores such as making lassi, grinding chakki, sweeping floors to remain fit. These are the health guidelines issued by a magazine released by the Rajasthan Education Department, Hindustan Times reported.The November edition of ‘Shivara’ carries an article suggesting various ways to stay healthy. While walking, running and cycling are included, the suggestions also include household chores to stay fit.Among the other suggestions, the magazine says that one should eat half a portion when they are hungry. The other half, the magazine says, should be divided equally by drinking water and breathing clean air. Social media has gone up in arms to criticize the magazine for suggesting women could do household chores to stay fit. Some said that the publication was of a government led by a woman – Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje – did not seem to have helped its judgment.Admitting the error, Nathmal Didel, Director of Secondary Education and the magazine’s chief editor, told Hindustan Times that including the domestic activities should not have been mentioned in the magazine as exclusively for women. He, however, added that writer of the guidelines was influenced by how things had traditionally occurred in society and said there was no intention of discrimination behind the guidelines.

India: Four men held for gang raping teenager

Two men first raped her and then called two other men who also took turns to sexually assault her.

Aadhaar mobile linking: Deadline remains February 6, says Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the deadline to link all mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar remains February 6. The Centre reiterated that production of Aadhaar was also mandatory for opening new bank accounts. The centre filed the new affidavit through advocate Zoheb Hossain. Citing an order passed by the apex court, the centre in the affidavit said it was the SC which had approved the norm for mandatory Aadhaar-mobile phone linkage in the Lokniti Foundation case on February 6 with a window of one year, reported the Times of India.The deadline for linkage of Aadhaar with the mobile phone number cannot be modified by the government unilaterally (as it is fixed by the SC),” the Centre said reports the Times of India, adding that it has decided to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with existing bank accounts till March 31.Earlier on Monday, while hearing a separate petition challenging the mandatory linking of mobile phones with Aadhhar, the apex court had asked the government to file its response in next four weeks. On March 23, the Department of Telecommunications had issued a notice, making it mandatory for all telecom companies to re-verify existing customers through the Aadhaar-based E-KYC process, by February 6, 2018. The directive was applicable to both prepaid and postpaid users. inked to another number provided by the user.In its fresh affidavit, the Centre said: “Until March 31, existing bank accounts will not be made non-operational for not linking with Aadhaar. But as far as opening new bank accounts are concerned, Aadhaar or enrolment ID must be given as proof of identity. For existing account holders, the deadline for Aadhaarbased verification is being extended to March 31 and no coercive action will be taken till then.”The Supreme Court is currently hearing several cases against the mandatory linking of more than 50 schemes with Aadhaar.

Teenage girl preparing for UPSC allegedly gang-raped in Bhopal, left to die near railway tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by four men when she was returning home after attending UPSC coaching class in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal on Thursday. According to reports, all the four men took breaks for tea and gutka and repeatedly raped her for three hours. Initially, three police stations refused to register her complaint even though both her parents are in police, reports the Times of India.The incident took place around 10 p.m. in the vicinity of the Habibganj railway station when the four men abducted the woman.Speaking to ANI, Government Railway Police (GRP) SP Anita Malviya said, “When the victim reached the desolate railway crossing, the four men dragged her under a culvert near the railway tracks and took turns to rape her before fleeing. They fled assuming the girl to be dead. The girl usually takes a bus while returning to her Vidisha residence, but that day she opted to take a train.””On the basis of the complaint lodged by the woman, a case was registered at the GRP Police Station (Habibganj Railway Station) as the area where the crime occurred falls under their jurisdiction. They have been booked under sections 376 D (gang rape) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention),” she said.(With ANI inputs)

From extortion to murder: With 100 criminal cases against them, Delhi woman, six sons in Tihar jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not just one, but almost all members of a family who migrated to Delhi’s from Rajasthan are lodged in a Tihar jail in around 100 criminal cases against them.A 62-year-old mother and her six sons are in prison for committing a various crime including bootlegging, theft, extortion and murder, reported Hindustan Times.Basiran, a mother of 11, along with her six sons are charged for extortion keeping illegal arms, and murder between 2004 and 2017, while the seventh son was arrested for theft is in a juvenile detention home.Basiran who has three criminal cases against her began selling bootlegged alcohol in early 2000 to augment the family income as her husband earned little as a freelancing electrician.Till their arrest over the past 10 months, they ran an organised syndicate, specialising in stealing cars, running a water supply mafia, and brewing and selling illicit liquor, police told the daily.Her sons are facing charges of robbery, rioting and murder. However, her husband and four daughters of which two are married, have no criminal record. “The family was involved in all sorts of illegal activities here … We put pressure on some of Basiran’s sons to come out of hiding and got them arrested,” Upender Singh, the Sangam Vihar police station in-charge said.

Air hostess helping ISIS recruits? Gujarat anti-terror squad to probe alleged links

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad has identified an air hostess who allegedly has links with ISIS recruits, a media report said on Friday.According to a Times of India reports, the name of the air hostess came up during interrogation of two alleged ISIS recruits. These operatives were arrested from Surat and Ankleshwar recently.Surat-based lawyer Ubaid Mirza and Kasim Stimberwala, a lab technician from Ankleshwar are highly-radicalised men, who along with others were planning to smuggle gold in India for an ISIS operation. Mirza had decided to turn to illegal business after suffering heavy losses in his hotel business in Surat.According to the ATS officials, the air hostess was supposed to help them to smuggle yellow metal in the country. During the questioning, another woman’s name also cropped up. The woman, who is allegedly close to Stimberwala was meant to help other radicalised men to cross from Kolkata to Bangladesh.It was these four men who were arrested in time and then they revealed the plot.

Journalist KJ Singh murder case: Man speeding away in journalist’s car executed double murder, say cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man who hails from Uttar Pradesh has been arrested in Mohali in connection with the murder case of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother, Gurcharan Kaur. Police on Thursday claimed to have cracked the murder with the arrest of accused Gaurav who was driving KJ Singh’s green Ford Ikon car that was missing since the double murder on September 22. According to media reports, the knife used in the crime was recovered from the Gaurav. KJ Singh’s car documents were also recovered from him.According to the police, the accused told them that on the night intervening September 22-23, he reached KJ’s residence at about 10.30 pm, repots The Indian Express.“He entered KJ’s residence by scaling a low-height boundary wall. He rang the door bell twice and then took cover in the dark. When KJ opened the door, the accused first assaulted him. Since KJ was tall and well-built, a scuffle took place. The accused was carrying a knife with which he stabbed KJ Singh multiple times, dragged his body to the bedroom and then slit his throat. Since KJ’s mother was also present in the house at that time, the accused killed her as well. Later, he stole the television – kept it in KJ’s car – and escaped,” one of the investigating police officers told The Indian Express.“Since he was arrested a few hours ago, we are yet to interrogate the accused thoroughly. We also need to find out if he executed the murders alone or whether he had any accomplices,” SSP Chahal told The Indian Express.Senior Journalist KJ Singh, 64, and his 92-year-old mother were found murdered on September 23 afternoon. While Singh’s throat had been slit and he had been stabbed in the stomach, his bedridden mother was strangulated. A special investigation team was set up Punjab police chief Suresh Aroa after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh made a specific request in this regard. KJ Singh a former news editor with The Indian Express had also worked for The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.

Swiss couple assaulted in India

The tourists say the men followed them for an hour before beating them up with sticks.

‘Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye,’ said accused before molesting two women in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another sexual harassment case, three men were arrested by Mumbai police for molesting two women in the Juhu-Versova Link Road on Saturday night.’Women on sale’One of the accused shouted, “Yeh wali ladki mujhe chahiye (I want this girl)” while trying to stop the autorickshaw and grope the two women, according to a Hindustan Times report.One of the women and her brother were out for diwali dinner on Saturday night in Juhu and were returning home at 2am when the three accused approached them and started making vulgar comments. The brother tried to shake them off and the women continued in the autorickshaw ride in the JVLR road. However, the accused continued to chase them in bike and yelled at the autorickshaw driver and stopped the ride.They groped one of the women and continued to slap her. As the brother tried to stop them, they attacked him and molested the other women. One passerby tried to stop the accused, however, he was thrashed by them.Soon, someone else alerted the police and they rushed to the spot.ChargesThe three accused – Adil Khan (21), Yogesh Shevale (24) and Rahul Revale (25) – were charged with sexual harassment. They are the residents of a slum area in Andheri (West) on the JVLR.The brother has registered an FIR against the three under sections 354 (sexual harassment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (act done by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.The statement of the two molested victims will be taken in few days.The Versova police has taken the blood samples of the accused to check if they were under alcohol influence when the incident took place. And also the police are checking if they had any pervious criminal records.

Mohali: One month after murder of senior scribe KJ Singh, his mother, SIT releases sketches of 5 suspects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Special Invetigation Team (SIT) investigating the murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother Gurcharan Kaur on Saturday released the pictures of five suspects who allegedly murdered the duo last month in Mohali.According to an Indian Express report, the Mohali SP(D) Harbir Singh Atwal said that the images were released after analysing CCTV footage of several cameras installed in the locality. “Out of the five men, two were wearing turbans while three have a hair cut and all the suspects are looking in their mid-30s,” Atwal added.Atwal further said that they had sent the pictures to all the police stations in the state and also contacted Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh police. So far, 70 people including family members, servants and former servants have been questioned.On September 23, senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother were found dead in Mohali. Singh was found with his throat slit with a sharp-edged weapon.Singh’s 92-year-old mother was allegedly strangulated. The house was ransacked and things were missing, the police said. Singh began his career with the Indian Express. After a brief stint with the Times Group, he worked with The Tribune.At present, he was not associated with any media organisation.

Kashmir: Soldier beaten up by mob on suspicion of braid chopping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A soldier was assaulted by a mob on suspicion of his role in a braid-chopping incident, Hindustan Times reported.The incident took place on Tuesday and resulted in tension in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kupwara town.A police official confirmed that the soldier had been assaulted by local boys after it was alleged that he was involved in braid chopping. The cop, however, added that the soldier was not critical.The Jammu and Kashmir police formed a special investigating team to probe braid-chopping incidents and announced a Rs 6-lakh reward for those providing information for nabbing the perpetrators.About 40 cases of braid-chopping have been reported in Kashmir valley, with the victims mostly young girls or middle-aged women.

Bartender’s body found chopped in multiple pieces, stuffed inside fridge in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of a bartender who had gone missing was found chopped and stuffed inside a refrigerator at his co-worker’s home in Delhi.The police had launched a search operation after Vipin Joshi’s disappearance was brought to notice on Thursday when his relatives failed to get a response to multiple phone calls, reported Hindustan Times. The body parts were found inside a refrigerator at his co-worker’s home in Saidulajab, an urban village in south Delhi’s Saket, when police were informed about a foul smell emanating from a house.The refrigerator was half shut. When police opened the refrigerator to take a look inside, they found large chopped pieces of a man’s body, a report said.“We found blood-stained clothes and liquor bottles at the spot. A knife too was found, but we still need to establish if it was used in the killing and chopping the body,” said an investigator.Joshi’s co-worker and friend Badal Mandal who has been absconding since the incident is the prime suspect in the case.Police also said Mandal lived with his wife and two children but had recently sent them back to his hometown in West Bengal. A team has been sent to West Bengal to find him.

243 barbers sacked by Tirupati temple trust for receiving tips from patrons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barbers from Andhra Pradesh’s Tirumala temple have staged protests demanding they be reinstated after the temple authorities sacked them for receiving tips from pilgrims, Hindustan Times reported on Saturday.The report said that over 243 barbers were sacked through notices issued by the temple authorities. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) manages India’s richest temple in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district.On Saturday, the barbers staged a demonstration in front of the administrative office of the TTD, demanding that they be re-instated on humanitarian grounds as the sacking would deprive them of their livelihood.As many as 943 barbers, mostly recruited on contract basis, work in shifts round the clock at Kalyana Katta, the huge hair-cutting saloon complex located near the temple.While tonsuring has to be done free of cost, the TTD has been receiving complaints from pilgrims that many of the barbers making them pay tips ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 50.

Watch: 15 people injured as gas balloons explode at function in Chandigarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 people were injured in a gas balloon blast at a function in Chandigarh on Sunday evening.The incident took place during the annual function of Kota-based Allen Career Institute, which trains students for engineering and medical entrance examinations.Ten students and five teachers were injured when around 150 balloons filled with acetylene exploded on the ground opposite the gurdwara at Sector 34.The injured were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital.“None of the injured has filed any complaint. We are still deciding if any action needs to be initiated,” Station House Officer (SHO) Ajay Kumar told Hindustan Times.

Delhi Metro fare hike can’t be put on hold: Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre on Saturday told Arvind Kejriwal government that the Delhi Metro fare hike can’t be put on hold as it would be against the Metro Act.“Your (Delhi government) suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase be kept on hold overlooks the fact the Central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable,” Union Minister Hardip Singh Puri was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The Union Minister also sent a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that has ruled out any rollback on the fare hike.Puri, who has taken a firm stand on the issue, had said that the last fare hike was implemented in 2009. He had said that the Delhi Metro needs money else it would turn into DTC, referring to the poor condition of buses run by the Delhi Transport Corporation.Reacting on Puri’s statement, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the DTC may be suffering losses, but it was at least serving the people. “The DMRC should go for property development, food courts and advertisements to generate revenue and not just passenger fares,” he said.

Dalit youth who was attacked for sporting moustache staged the incident for publicity: report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged attack on a 17-year-old Dalit boy in Gujarat for growing a moustache was staged by the boy himself to garner publicity, a Hindustan Times report has said.According to the report, the 17-year-old confessed to inflicting the wound on himself in the presence of two other minor friends for attention.The police managed to solve the case quickly. It began with a Gandhinagar forensic team telling the cops that no blade had been found at the spot where the boy claimed that he was attacked. The locals around the area also revealed that they witnessed no such crime.
ALSO READ Gujarat: Third Dalit attacked over ‘moustache row’, activists to march to GandhinagarPolice then questioned the 17-year-old, who confessed to have inflicted the blade wound on himself with two other minor school friends.“I was not attacked by anybody. I inflicted the injury myself with the help of friends just like that,” the minor told the daily but added that two earlier reports of attacks on Dalit men for sporting moustache. The boy also denied any pressure or threat.

36-hour chase for leopard ends in Maruti’s Manesar plant; ‘big cat’ tranquillised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A leopard who got off-tracked inside a Maruti Suzuki plant for 36 hours in Manesar on Friday, was tranquillised by the wildlife officials. No casualties have been reported so far. The production at the plant has been stalled for over next 24 hours now.The officers monitoring the CCTV cameras spotted the leopard at 1.45 pm on Friday. Soon, the team with no further delay rushed to plant and tranquillised the big cat at 2.06 pm, according to a Hindustan Times report.It is not the first time the wild animal was spotted on a CCTV camera. It was seen several times before on Thursday but the wildlife department was left with no trace of the animal even after 24-hours of search operation. “It will take 20-30 minutes for the leopard to calm down. The team members saw the leopard in CCTV footage and grabbed the opportunity to fire the tranquiliser at it,” Vinod Kumar, conservator of wildlife, Haryana (south) said.The Manesar plant is located 20 km away from Gurgaon and is considered one of the biggest manufacturing plants of the automobile firm.

Bihar University: Lord Ganesha ‘to write’ commerce exam, Ganpati picture on admit card

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Many students pray to Lord Ganesha in the hope of getting good marks. But if we go by an admit card reportedly issued by a university in Bihar, Lord Ganesha himself was to write the examination on behalf of an undergraduate commerce student. The admit card bearing the image and signature of Ganpati was issued to Krishna Kumar Roy by The Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU) in Darbhanga district. Krishna Kumar Roy is a first-year BCom (Hons) student of JN College, Nehera. Lord Ganesha’s picture on the admit card was a sure harassment for Roy, who was forced to meet university staff to get this corrected. Finally, he was allowed to write the university examination which began from October 4, but only after he ended up wasting a lot of time and passing through immense mental trauma.“I had to submit relevant papers and make several rounds of my college for the past one month because of my faulty admit card,” Roy reportedly told after the goof-up. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the university has distanced itself from the controversy. “The mistake was not at our end but that of the cyber cafe where the student had gone to submit his examination form online. At our university, all examination forms have to be submitted online,” LNMU registrar Mustafa Kamal Ansari was reported as saying by the Hindustan Times.According to the registrar, admit card so downloaded needs to be verified and countersigned by the college principal before the candidate is allowed to appear in the exams.

Now, 6-year-old raped in south Delhi’s private school, housekeeping staff arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly a month after Ryan International student was found dead, a 6-year-old student was raped in a toilet of south Delhi school.The incident came to light when the child returned home from school and told her mother, reported Hindustan Times. The latest incident has once again brought the issue of students’ safety to the fore.After using the washroom, my daughter called the woman for help but the male employee entered and assaulted her sexually, said the victim’s father.He also claimed that the woman employee who was supposed to assist children was not in the washroom at the time.”We are in shock, We send our kids to get educated and not to be victims of such perverts loitering in schools,” he told the daily.A case of rape and under sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO) has been registered.Meanwhile, the employee has been reportedly arrested and the matter is being investigated.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

Amit Shah cuts shot Kerala visit; to return to Delhi for ’emergency meeting’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP President Amit Shah has cut short his trip to Kerala and will be returning to New Delhi via Mangaluru on Wednesday, the Times of India reported.”All the programmes have been postponed since Shah had to return to Delhi for an emergency work,” said district BJP president Sanjeeva Matandoor, while speaking to the daily.Shah, who arrived at Mangaluru International Airport 1.15am on Tuesday, kicked off the Jana Raksha rally at Payyanur in Kannur district of Kerala. He will be returning to New Delhi via Mangaluru airport at 10pm.Shah was scheduled to meet opinion makers and intellectuals on Wednesday. The district unit of the party had identified opinion makers and intellectuals for the meeting.Though Shah was supposed to take part in the rally in Kerala also on October 5 and 6, he cut short the tour and returned to Delhi after receiving a message from the party headquarters. Sanjeeva said the party district leaders are not aware of the reason for his sudden change in programme schedule.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who is also in Kerala will be part of the rally.

Vijay Mallya: India tycoon faces new money-laundering charges

Indian drinks baron Vijay Mallya denies money-laundering as he fights extradition from the UK.

Rohingya crisis: Tarun Vijay says relief material going to Bangladesh not reaching Hindu refugees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BJP MP Tarun Vijay on Monday in a blog claimed that humanitarian aid sent by India and other countries to refugees who had come to Bangladesh were only being distributed amongst Rohingya Muslims, while Hindu refugees were getting ignored.In the blog, published in The Economic Times, Tarun Vijay alleges that the village camp that sheltered 523 Hindu refugees from Myanmar ‘bore a pathetic sight’.“About 100 refugees have to live in a small hall-type hutment. The women and children, along with the men, have to huddle spending sleepless nights,” he wrote.Vijay added that a woman came to him with folded hands asking him to ‘take them away from here’. “We asked whether she faced difficulties from the Myanmar Army and government? Her husband and she replied that they were good to them; “only angry with the jangis”. “We want to go back. But Dada, please help us get resettled away from these Muslims”, she said sobbing.Vijay added that the Hindu community were paying the price of being loyal to Myanmar’s territorial integrity and for living peacefully.“I told all this to the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla. He was categorical that Hindu refugees can’t be discriminated against and the Indian High commission is taking care that the relief material reaches them without any delay,” he added.

Delhi woman abducted, allegedly gang-raped by 23 men in Rajasthan’s Bikaner

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a woman from Delhi has claimed that she was abducted and raped by 23 men in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.In a complaint, the woman has claimed that two men allegedly dragged her into an SUV while she was waiting for transport on the Jaipur Road. She had gone to Ridmalsar Purohitan in Bikaner on September 25 to check on a plot that she owns.They repeatedly raped me in the vehicle near some mines. Later, the accused called up six others who also assaulted her and then she was then taken to a government power substation in Palana village where more men allegedly assaulted her, a woman has written in a police complaint, reported Hindustan Times. According to FIR, the woman was left at the spot.“She has recorded her statement before a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC and repeated what she wrote in the FIR,” said Rajendra Singh, the investigating officer in the case.A case has been registered against two named suspects and 21 unidentified suspects. Police said that they recovered condoms from the spots the woman identified in her complaint.The FIR mentions two mobile numbers that were dialed to call more men to rape the woman. She has also mentioned registration number of a vehicle, a report said.

Veteran journalist, author Arun Sadhu dies at 76

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran journalist, author and novelist Arun Sadhu, 76, died on Monday. It was in his novel Sinhasan (Throne), where he had first highlighted the corruption menace — the unholy nexus between the political class and the wealthy, though it has gained chorus nationwide now. The film, based on his novel, released in 1979 to super-hit status and is still considered to be a formidable political watch. Directed by Jabbar Patel and written by leading playwright Vijay Tendulkar, it effectively painted political turmoil and how common man continues to be the loser.In his career span, the veteran scribe wrote 12 books covering politics and global affairs. Besides, he wrote extensively on the rise of Shiv Sena, the Vietnam War, and the Chinese revolution. He also co-scripted a film on the life and work of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.Sadhu, who hails from the Vidarbha region, started his career in the Marathi daily Kesari and later worked with The Times of India, the Statesman and Free Press Journal. He also served as professor and head of the department of Communication and Journalism at Pune University.Sadhu was one of the founders of Granthali, a movement initiated to spread the culture of reading in the state. He was also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.

Dog alert! Pug ‘Candy’ kidnapped outside owner’s residence in Rohini, Rs 5000 reward announced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A four-year-old pug was kidnapped outside the owner’s house in Delhi’s Rohini sector 5 on September 19, according to a Hindustan Times report.The incident was captured on three CCTV cameras, however, the police are yet to identify the man in action and trace the whereabouts of the dog.”A probe has been launched,” Rishipal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of the Rohini area said. A case of robbery and kidnapping has been registered at the Vijay Vihar police station after the family filed complaint.The family, in an effort to find their lost dog, had printed around 400 posters announcing a reward of Rs 5000.The pug, Candy, went missing after the painters, who had come to Jigyasha’s house, accidently left their residence’s door open. “They accidentally left the main door open and Candy (the Pug) went out. Usually Candy would play in the park outside our house but that day, she stepped on the road and was taken,” Jigyasha was quoted as saying in the report.Candy, whose birthday was due next week, had lived with Jigyashay for four years and was treated as a member of the family.

Hyderabad: Woman allegedly burnt alive by husband after failing to crack MBBS entrance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old housewife was allegedly set ablaze by her husband in Telangana’s Hyderabad for not clearing MBBS entrance exam.The woman was found dead with burn injuries, however, her husband has claimed that she committed suicide.The deceased girl Harika was married to Rushi Kumar, a software engineer, two years ago.Harika who took the medical entrance test by giving EAMCET exam failed to qualify for MBBS and got selected for Bachelors of Dental Surgery in a private college, reported Times of India.Harika’s parents have filed a FIR at the LB Nagar police station stating that their son-in-law Rishi Kumar had allegedly burnt their daughter alive for not securing a seat in the medical entrance.They also alleged that he was also continuously harassing her for the additional dowry, the inspector at LB Nagar police station said.A case has been registered under section 304(B) and 302 IPC and further investigation is on.

Couple decide to leave 3-year-old daughter, property worth Rs 100 crore to become monks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that has shocked their family and friends, a couple has decided to renounce the world and become monks, leaving behind their three-year-old daughter and property worth Rs 100 crore.According to a Hindustan Times report, the Jain couple Sumit and Anamika Rathore, currently on a vow of silence, will take ‘deeksha’ from Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj at Surat in Gujarat on September 23. Their daughter Ibhya will now have to be raised by the grandfather Ashok Chandaliya, who is a former Neemuch district president of BJP.The couple got married four years ago and had reportedly already hinted at going on a spiritual quest when their daughter was just eight months old. In preparation, they had started living separately and finally announced their decision to the family on August 22. The family members, who are well-established in business and politics in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch, tried to dissuade them, but have now accepted their decision.“We had no counter to their religious arguments and relented. One cannot stop anyone when religion calls,” they said.

Doklam stand-off: Chinese PLA General shuts down commentators calling for military action against India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The People’s Liberation Army in China has shot down suggestions from hawks who have demanded military action against India over the stand-off in Doklam.According to a Times of India report, a general from the PLA said that anti-India commentators do ‘not have a clear understanding of China’s strategic positioning.’”China and India are both neighbours and competitors, but not all competitors must be treated in the toughest way,” Maj Gen Qiao Liang, also military strategist, wrote in the Beijing-based Global Times.Qiao wrote: “The Doklam confrontation was solved in the way it should have been… we should spare no efforts to avoid pushing the country into a war as peace is the best outcome.” This is the first time since the Doklam crisis that a Chinese military officer has talked about the need to avoid war.”Many people would say that road construction in China’s territory was none of India’s business. Is this belief right? It’s reasonable to some extent because road construction in this area is not a matter of right and wrong, but we need to understand that it’s not always right to do something right at any time. Only doing the right thing at the right time is correct,” Qiao said.China on Wednesday had expressed interest in establishing a high-speed railway network in India. The move comes after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Indian government have spoken extensively on launching a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali accused of distributing expired products in flood-hit Assam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali has landed in a fresh controversy. According to Hindustan Times, Patanjali has been accused of distributing expired products like juice, milk powders etc to Assam flood victims. Some of the products handed over had expiry dates of October last year, according to local media reports. Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijariwala has been quoted as saying, ” “We don’t send out date expired products from our warehouses. Patanjali has helped the flood-affected in Assam purely on humanitarian grounds”. On the same vein, they have given an oblique statement that the company can’t ‘control the logistics of transport and distribution and are not responsible if someone other than our representatives indulge in some wrong doing’. So while Patanjali is denying giving expired products, it says it shouldn’t be held responsible if something like that has happened. In flood affected Majuli, the concerned state government official said that they have launched an enquiry to find out more details. Patanjali is currently setting up a mega food park in Assam. According to reports, several people fell ill after Patanjali distributed aides to flood victims on August 30. Recently, Patanjali hit the headlines after Delhi HC banned its soap advertisement. The Delhi High Court has ordered Baba Ramdev owned Patanjali Ayurved to stop telecasting its soap advertisements on TV. The Court’s order came after Reckitt Benckiser filed a case against Ramdev’s firm Patanjali over downgrading its soap brand-Dettol in its commercials. This has been the second time the Court raised eyebrows over Patanjali’s soap ad. Bombay High Court had issued a similar ad interim injunction asking Patanjali to refrain from airing the ad till the next date of hearing on September 18. The Bombay High Court ordered came after petitions had been filed by FMCG major, Hindustan Unilever Limited against the Yoga guru firm. The whole controversy started over Patanjali advertisement mocking RB’s Dettol soap and HUL’s Pears and Lifebuoy. Reactiong to the verdict, Reckitt Benckiser’s lawyer Nancy Roy told the Economic Times, “Our prayer was seeking injunction against this ad and damages in excess of Rs 1 crore.” Patanjali in its new soap ad termed Dettol as ‘Dhitol’, Pears as ‘Tears’, and Lifebuoy as ‘Lifejoy’.

I’d rather be in jail than be with her: Man punches cop to escape wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bizarre incident, a 30-year-old man was arrested in Jaipur after he punched an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for not jailing him in the first place. The man said he wanted to be jailed to escape his wife.As per a Hindustan Times report, Yogesh Golya entered the police station demanding he be arrested for assaulting his wife. Interestingly, his wife also entered the police station at the same time to lodge a complaint.Understanding that it was a case of marital discord, ACP Deshraj Yadav put an arm on Golya’s shoulders to calm him down. However, he got punched in the face and ended up with a bloody lip. Golya was then arrested for preventing an officer from doing his duty.The cops, however, were left flabbergasted as this was the first time that they ever encountered such an incident.

World University Rankings 2018: IIT Delhi, Kanpur slip further on the list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a huge setback for the educational institutions in India post the release of World University Rankings 2018. Indian Institute of Science which is the highest ranked institute in the list, only saved the grace. IISc also saw a dip of bands from 201-250 to 251-300 bands. IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur were among the top best educational institutes in India last year. But this year, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have toppled down from 401-500 club to 501-600 . IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee however retained the same position as of last year. Phil Baty, Editorial chief of the Times Higher Education Global Rankings said, “It is disappointing that India has declined in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings amid increasing global competition.”Baty further added that India’s flagship IISc is slipping downwards whereas on the other hand many leading universities in other Asian countries are rising. Rise of position is all the affect of high and sustained funding.Two UK institutions bagged the rankings of the best universities for the first time in its history. Oxford holds the number one position, for the second time in a row. While Cambridge rises to second position from fourth. India aced the list for a long time concerning the South Asia but now is visibly loosing its position.Experts have raise a voice of concern with the dipping global rankings of the educational institutes ideally because of drop in its research influence score and research income.

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Uttar Pradesh: Stalker chops off 15-year-old girl’s hand in full public view

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old girl was chased by a stalker and her right hand was chopped off with a sword in Uttar Pradesh.The incident took place in full public view in Lakhimpur Kheri market in Shahjahanpur.The victim, a student of class IX was attacked after she rebuffed advances made by the accused.Angry that she rebuffed him again, the accused grabbed a sword which he kept handy in the iron welding shop he worked in and ran after her, reported Times of India. The victim was rushed to the district hospital but was later referred to Lucknow as her condition deteriorated rapidly. The accused has been arrested by the police. He reportedly lived in the same locality as the victim.“Our priority is the health of the girl, who is in a serious condition. Once her condition improves, we will record her statement following which the motive of the attack can be clearly ascertained,” said S Chinappa, Kheri superintendent of police.A few days ago, a minor girl was stabbed to death by her alleged stalker in Balia while she was on her way to school.

Delhi accident victim lies on road for 12 hours, forget helping people steal phone, Rs 12 cash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, an injured man remained unattended for 12 hours on roadside after he was hit by an unidentified speeding car in Delhi’s Civil Lines area on Tuesday.However, this is not even the worst part. The onlookers, instead of helping the victim, stole the injured man’s phone, his bag of clothes and the only Rs 12 cash he had left in his pocket, according to a report in Hindustan Times.Despite severe injuries to his neck, legs and spinal cord, the 35-year-old Narendra Kumar survived the mishap and is currently undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital.Narendra, who had arrived from Jaipur and was waiting for a bus near Kashmere Gate bus terminal was hit by an over speeding car. The victim works as a driver and hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor.“I was flung on the footpath because of the hit by the car. Unable to move because of the injuries, I lay on the roadside through the night,” Kumar said.The victim was rescued after a police control room van arrived on the spot after an onlooker finally made a call to the PCR on Wednesday morning.

Rohit Vemula was troubled individual, didn’t commit suicide over University action: Inquiry Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Justice (retd.) AK Roopanwal Commission, which was constituted by the HRD Ministry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University, has said that the Dalit scholar was a troubled individual and didn’t commit suicide over University action.The report, that was made public on Tuesday stated that Rohith Vemula committed suicide of his own volition.”His suicide note is on the record which shows that Rohith Vemula had his own problems and was not happy with worldly affairs,” reported Times of India, quoting the report of Justice A K Roopanwal.”He was frustrated for the reasons best known to him…He also wrote that he was all alone from childhood and was an unappreciated man. This also indicates his frustration. He did not blame anybody for his suicide,” the report said.The report also said that if he would have been angry with the decision of the university, certainly either he would have written in specific words or would have indicated in this regard. “Vemula did not do the same. It shows that the circumstances prevailing in the university at that time were not the reasons for committing the suicide.” the report said.Rohith Vemula, 27, committed suicide on January 17, 2016 in a hostel room in Hyderabad Central University where he was a PhD scholar after he and four others were suspended from the hostel last year and restrictions were put on their movement by the university administration as part of disciplinary action for allegedly assaulting ABVP leader N Susheel Kumar. Vemula’s suicide had triggered a huge political storm with opposition parties launching a massive attack on the Union Government over the issue.

53 people and a bulldozer from India remain in Chinese territory: Beijing ‘warns’ New Delhi again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said Indian troops have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty. ‘India should withdraw its troops and equipment regardless, how many India troops have trespassed into and stayed in Chinese territory. They have gravely infringed on China’s sovereignty,’ the Chinese Foreign Ministry was quoted by the Global Times, as saying. The Ministry further said, ’53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in Chinese territory as of Monday.’China has insisted that India should withdraw its troops from Doklam. However, it did not respond to India’s suggestion that China move its troops back 250 metres (820 ft) in return. In the low-key diplomatic manoeuvres that took place outside the public eye, the Chinese countered with an offer to move back 100 metres (328ft). Earlier, describing the two-month long Doklam impasse as an unsettled border issue between China and Bhutan, Xinhua News agency had asserted that, “It has nothing to do with India. China respects Bhutan as an independent sovereign state and resents India’s attempt to turn it into a de facto protectorate.” ​

Beijing will counter India if it ignores Doklam warning: Global Times

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> State-run media in China said Tuesday that if the Narendra Modi?led Government in India continues to ignore the warning coming from a situation spiraling out of control in the Doklam region, Beijing would activate unavoidable counter-measures to restore its right over territory. Describing China as a powerful neighbor, the state-run Global Times said, ?The border standoff has stretched out for nearly two months. The world has seen China treasure peace and understands the causes of the issue. During this period, the Chinese public has gradually adapted to the risks and uncertainties their country faces and believes the Chinese government has the authority to solve the crisis through all possible means.? Reiterating that New Delhi has failed to learn lessons from the 1962 war with China and is again underestimating Beijing?s ability to counter and strike, the daily in its editorial said, ?Of course, China doesn’t want to risk a war and hopes that peace could return and China and India can get along well. But if Indian troops continue to linger on Chinese soil, it will be quite another matter.? ?Fifty-five years have passed, but the Indian government is as na?ve as it ever was. The lessons of the 1962 war didn’t last for half a century. Usually, no government dares to offend a powerful neighbor. Now all Indian people know that their troops have trespassed on the territory of another country, although New Delhi claims that it is a disputed area between China and Bhutan. As the risk of war is rising, Indian public opinion has become clear that Indian troops cannot defeat the Chinese People’s Liberation Army,? it said. The Global Times editorial further warns that, ?It seems that New Delhi does not comprehend the nature of the Sino-US rivalry and the meaning of strategic containment. It thinks Washington can influence the situation along the China-India border simply by issuing a pro-India statement or sending warships to the Indian Ocean.? ?India has lost in both the legal and moral sense. It also lacks strength compared with China. The outcome of the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in the Doklam area is fixed. China has not resorted to a war because it hopes New Delhi can make a rational choice rather than China daring not to take action. If New Delhi really keeps the faith that China will not take military action under any circumstances, then, its analysis is not based on the principles of international politics and military science,? it concludes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: 20 people detained in Ahmednagar district after mob attacks gau rakshaks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 20 people were detained on Saturday in connection with an alleged attack on ‘gau rakshanks’ or cow vigilantes in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. Seven cow vigilantes were injured and admitted to hospital following the attack which happened in Shringonda, in Ahmednagar district on Saturday. The situation is currently under control. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the administration has deployed security personnel in Shringonda and other sensitive areas in Ahmednagar district. The police have registered cases including attempt to murder against 20 individuals.A mob had attacked vigilantes who had intercepted a mini truck which was reportedly transporting cows to an abattoir. Trouble started after Shivshankar Swami (25), an activist from Pune approached Shrigona police when they got to know the news. Cops took the vehicle to the police stations and 12 cows were found in the minitruck and offences registered against the driver and his aide. Things reportedly got heated when Swami insisted on registering a case against the two and police asked him and his aides to wait till senior officers arrived. That’s when a mob arrived and attacked them with sticks and stones.The cops caught a few people after the attack and security has been beefed up in surrounding areas.

Now there won’t be any corruption in dairy: Rupeng Patidaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Were you expecting that you will become the chairman of RCDF as you were never being considered as a contender?I thank all the members of managing committee for this. I was never in race for the post of chairman of the federation. However, all the members of the managing committee decided on my name as the consensus candidate and I filed the nomination papers after that. I will take everybody along in running this federation.There have been cases of corruption in the dairy in past, hurting the image of this sector. How you plan to deal with this?I don’t know what has happened in the past but now moving forward I can say that there won’t be any corruption in dairy at any level .RCDF is also facing challenges in terms of market from competitors like Amul which has been gaining strength in the state.RCDF is no less. We will discuss our strategy in coming days for the development of federation. We will also be supplying our products in states like Gujarat, MP. RCDF will only gain further strength in the times ahead.The cattle owners have many issues including that of price of milk paid to them. What are your plans for them?We will take everybody along with us. The, federation can progress when the cattle owners are satisfied and all their issues will be resolved. Bigger reachRajasthan Cooperative Dairy Federation (RCDF)is no less. We will discuss our strategy in coming days for the development of federation. We will also be supplying our products in states like Gujarat, MP. RCDF will only gain further strength in the times ahead.

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Delhi: Wife kills ‘abusive’ husband, gets caught minutes before body is cremated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was arrested in Delhi on Tuesday after she allegedly killed her husband for repeatedly thrashing her after getting drunk. The crime was not caught until the last moment.According to a Hindustan Times report, Shilpi Adhikari (32) killed her husband after his usual round of heavy drinking on Saturday. Not sure about what to do with the body, she reportedly slept near it for two nights before telling her neighbours on Monday that her husband had died a natural death.However, a police informer smelt a rat at the eleventh hour after noticing injuries on the deceased’s body, minutes before it was to be cremated. A native of West Bengal, the woman had a housekeeping job at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Delhi and alleged that her husband would beat her up and squander away her earnings on alcohol. “He dragged me from the bed each night after he came home drunk and thrashed me. Humiliated me in front of the neighbours. I threatened him that I would kill him. He did not listen. He did not leave me an option,” the report quotes her as saying.The couple were married for 12 years and lived in a one-room house in Kapashera in Delhi while their two children lived in West Bengal.The woman has been arrested and the police have registered a case of murder.

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