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Alternate set up being made to handle the ailing in Kota

Amid the ongoing state-wide strike by doctors in the state, health services across the four districts of Kota region have been thrown out of gear. The situation in district hospitals, community health centres and primary health centres in rural areas is worse, however nine doctors from Kota medical college have been deployed in government hospitals in Baran and Bundi where under alternative arrangements, they are tackling the patients along with AYUSH doctors.“The situation is very difficult to handle as 250 residents, 60 senior residents and 17 medical officers who were extending services are on strike,” said Dr PK Tiwari, superintendent, MBS Hospital, Kota. As alternative arrangement, teachers, faculties and non teaching staff from Kota Medical College have been deployed to handle the patients, he said adding that surgeries have been suspended and only emergency cases are being treated.The medical and health services are not so adversely affected in Medical college as they are in district hospitals and at CHCs and PHCs in rural areas, said Dr Devendra Vijayvergiya, superintendent, Kota medical college.CM plays anchorThe CM said to have convinced the union petroleum minister that since Rajasthan is going to set up oil refinery and its oil reserves would last for years, it is essential to find new reserves in Jaisalmer and Barmer basins.

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Two arrested for ex-BJP MLA son’s murder; issue rocks UP Council

Two people were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing the 36-year-old son of a former BJP MLA from Domariyaganj, police said.The incident on Tuesday rocked the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council with the Samajwadi Party (SP) staging a walkout from the Council.Vaibhav Tiwari, the son of Prem Prakash Tiwari alias Gippy Tiwari, was shot dead outside Kasmanda apartment in Hazratanj area, barely 300 metres from the UP legislature building and the state BJP headquarters here on the night of December 16.The main accused, Suraj Shukla and Vikram Singh, who were absconding since then, were arrested by the city police on Tuesday, ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said.Over the killing of the only son of the former MLA, the SP members raised concern over the “deteriorating” Law and Order situation in the state.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, SP members including Naresh Uttam, Anand Bhadauria, Madhu Gupta, said the incident, which happened in a posh area of the city, reflected the situation in the state.Ahmed Hasan, the leader of the opposition, accused the government of turning a blind eye to the Law and Order.Responding to the opposition, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, “Police is working very swiftly in this case.”Gippy Tiwari was BJP MLA from Domariyaganj in 1989, 1991 and 1993. Then in 2014 he went to the Samajwadi Party. In this year’s Assembly elections, however, he campaigned for the BJP.

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Assembly elections 2017: Headquarters empty but Congress confident

The Congress headquarters at 24 Akbar Road wore a somewhat deserted look on Sunday, while just a day before, it was bubbling with activity as Rahul Gandhi took over as the party’s new president. Most of the rooms were locked, with office-bearers and general secretaries preferring to make a beeline at the Tughlaq Road residence of the new president, who has been meeting delegations from across the country.A few members of the party’s media unit were seen overseeing the setting up of a giant TV screen to transmit results. Workers were still dismantling the huge tent that had been erected for the Saturday function. In the back lawns, some employees were playing cards while monkeys swarmed the premises to seek leftovers from the Saturday bash.DNA spoke to a number of leaders on the phone, who said that Rahul presided over a meeting in the morning to finalise preparations for the counting day.The media unit has put up a list of 69 spokespersons and panelists, who will be available to the media for reactions as the counting progresses.A worker at the canteen said no special preparations have been made for a victory. “As of now, no leader has told us anything. We will serve sweets to everybody but no special preparations are underway,” he said.The war room at 15 Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, under the supervision of actor-turned-politician Divya Ramya Spandana, has been augmented to show social media presence during the day.The unit is working closely with the party’s communication and research department. During the Gujarat polls, it was working overtime to ensure that Rahul’s campaign was captured well. A duty roaster was prepared according to his schedule, which had at least two social media team members present in advance. They worked as flying squads, making video clips, and clicking photographs to add dynamism to the election rally.Meanwhile, dismissing the exit poll results, Pramood Tiwari, a Congress leader from UP, said there was no question of the party sitting in opposition in either Gujarat or HP. “We are 200 per cent sure that we will form the government and not sit in the Opposition,” he said, putting up a brave face. He added that he himself visited the state and was sure that the exit polls would be proved wrong.

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Stationery manufacturer gives left-handed kid a sweet surprise

In a cute gesture, a stationery manufacturing company responded to the request of a parent of a left-handed student by providing custom-made sharpener for her daughter. Thane-based Shweta Singh, the mother of 4-and-a-half-year-old Isha saw her daughter struggling while using a sharpener as she is left-handed and most sharpeners are designed as suitable for right-handed people.Shweta, 31, decided to do something about this, and immediately wrote to one of the leading stationaries manufacturers — Hindustan Pencils Pvt Ltd (manufacturers of Natraj and apsara pencils) — last week. “Most sharpeners available in the market today are made for right-handers, and those designed for left-handed cost between Rs 700-1,200. My daughter would often complain about her discomfort while sharpening her pencil, and I was really hoping to get some solution. Thus, I decided to write to the manufacturers,” she said while talking to DNA.To her surprise, Shweta got a response from the company within a few days. “I got a call from a person at a respectable position in the company. He tried to understand my concern and promised to help,” she said. Within a week’s time, Shweta got a letter from the company’s group marketing head, Sanjay Tiwari, along with five sharpeners specially designed for her daughter. The letter also stated that the company was ‘working on regular production’ of such sharpeners.”I am extremely happy that the company responded so promptly. If all manufacturers try and provide such designs for left-handed students, it would be a great sing,” she added.Shweta posted about the response on her Facebook profile on December 14 and got a phenomenal response with over 17,000 users sharing her post. “I wanted to spread awareness about problems that such students face. I will continue to take up issues of left-handed students like my daughter in future as well.”MAde to orderMother of a left-handed kid wrote to a stationery manufacturer asking for specially designed sharpeners. Company replied with a customised set.

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Vasundhara Raje’s lakh lustre Jhunjhunu event

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje has tried several experiments so far in her 4-year tenure. She took government to every divisional headquarter, ran good governance campaigns like Sarkar Apke Dwar, Apka Zila Apki Sarkar, Nyay Apke Dwar to name a few. These initiatives have gone down well with the public. Now she intends to enter into fifth year of her governance in style. She is celebrating the 4th anniversary in Jhunjhunu, away from the high voltage lime light of her government’s headquarter. And if it is any indication, the focus of Raje will be on Shekhawati region in the final year. Deviating from usual fashion of celebrating the success of her governance from Jaipur, this time Chief minister Vasundhara Raje decided to share her feat with rural populace of Jhunjhunu, who are known for their entrepreneurial skills and farming. MLAs and ministers of this region have been instructed for a gathering of 1 lakh people. Senior ministers Rajendra Singh Rathore, Yunus Khan and Shrichand Kripalani among others are using their influence to source people.It also carries an important political message. After the demise of two Jat stalwarts Sanwar Lal Jat and Dr Digambar Singh, BJP fears losing grip on Jat votes. Raje through this function in this ‘Jatland’ looks to establish a connection with Jats before state goes for poll.”She chose Jhunjhunu because it falls in the centre of Shekhawati connecting other two districts of Churu and Sikar,” said a BJP leader.These three districts have 21 assembly seats – roughly 10 per cent of the total strength. In an internal survey, it has come out that BJP is losing ground in this area. For a come back, the party needs to galvanise the grassroots.”There could be two reasons why BJP seems to be on sticky wicket. The farmers agitation whose epicentre was Sikar has created cracks in the party’s votebank and the other reason is party’s rebel MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari, who is campaigning in this region against his own party,” said Rameshwar Singh, a political observer.Farmers are a major votebank in Shekhawati. By giving importance to Jhunjhunu, Raje sends out a strong message to farmers that BJP cares for them. And in doing so she is also countering ‘misadventure’ of Tiwari, who has damaged the party through its DeenDayal Vahini.After the unexpected stiff fight from Congress in BJP’s homeground Gujarat, Raje realises the importance of every vote in coming elections. Through this master stroke, Raje looks to neutralise three factors at one go – Jat, farmer and Tiwari.”Shekhawati will play a critical role in next elections. Congress is banking heavily on Jat votes. If Raje succeeds in making a dent, BJP may have an upper hand,” Singh saidBIG TICKET ShowShe is celebrating the 4th anniversary in Jhunjhunu, away from the high voltage lime light of her government’s headquarter. And if it is any indication, the focus of Raje will be on Shekhawati region in the final year. MLAs and ministers of this region have been instructed to gather 1 lakh people. Senior ministers Rajendra Singh Rathore, Yunus Khan and Shrichand Kripalani among others are using their influence to source people. It also carries an important political message. After the demise of two Jat stalwarts Sanwar Lal Jat and Dr Digambar Singh, BJP fears losing grip on Jat votes. Raje through this function in this ‘Jatland’ looks to establish a connection with Jats before state goes for poll. “She chose Jhunjhunu because it falls in the centre of Shekhawati connecting other two districts of Churu and Sikar,” said a BJP leader.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Congress has always abused me, they do not respect democracy, says PM Modi

In a public rally at Nikol in Ahmedabad on Friday, PM Narendra Modi said that Congress leaders never gave up on any chance to abuse him throughout his political career. Modi was in the Patel bastion in Ahmedabad, where he tried to woo the community walking against the odds of reservation agitation effect.The Patel community is up in arms against the BJP-led Gujarat government following three deaths that took place in this area in an open police firing. However, the huge turnout of around 70,000 people was an indication for the Opposition, which is playing big on the Patel agitation in these polls.Modi said, “Leaders of Congress used lowly language and abusive words for me and my only offense is that I am the PM despite being the son of a chaiwala and a poor mother. They do not tolerate me because I come from a poor background. Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and others abused me because I served Gujarat relentlessly and with dedication and now became the PM. They called me, saanp, bichchu, chaiwala, gandi nali Ka keeda, pagal kutta, napusank, Aurangzeb, mentally retarded, Raavan, Yamraj, Bhasmasur and what not. This is only 10 per cent of the total account, otherwise they have cursed me in many other slangs that cannot be spoken about in public.””Had they cursed you once, would you forgive them? If not, think of what atrocities I have tolerated. I would tell Congress leaders and especially Rahul Gandhiji, if the Congress has any limit, decency or respect for the democracy, please stop testing our patience and level of courtesy. Other states have showed Congress the exit in polls, and Gujarat cannot accept them again. I am confident that Gujarat won’t make such a mistake and stop such forces entering Gujarat. You all should give them an apt reply by voting for BJP candidates,” Modi added.The PM took a dig at Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh, Digvijay Singh, Renuka Chaudhary, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, Rashid Alvi, Imran Masood and Pramod Tiwari for using improper language against him. The Prime Minister also said, “I maintained silence, ignored such words and tolerated them with patience, but I have to express my feelings with pain because they have opened this chapter in polls. I can express my feelings before the people who are mine and you all are my own family.”Police becomes cautious in Patel’s fortThe area where Modi addressed a rally is highly dominated by the Patel community. People from Nikol, Naroda, Vatva, Bapunagar, Thakkarbapa Nagar, Saraspur, Vastral, Odhav, Amraiwadi, Asarwa, Maninagar and Amraiwadi turned out here. Amid the tense atmosphere ahead of polls, the police became cautious. The police made all people attending the rally keep off all the black objects they carried along with. Those who had black clothes were not allowed to be inside the ground.

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Is Delhi ready for the DNA test?

In 1983, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, Lynda Mann, was abducted from Narborough in England’s Leicestershire. She was found raped and murdered. Three years later, while investigators were still struggling for clues, another young woman met the same fate near Lynda’s resting place. Fear and sensation gripped the area.In 1986, the police arrested Richard Buckland, a 17-year-old local with learning difficulties, and claimed that he had confessed — but only to the second murder. Investigators applied an untested technique — genetic fingerprinting through DNA analysis — but there was no match in either murder. The test was repeated. Ultimately, Buckland was proven innocent. He claimed he had been pressured by the police to confess.Over the next few months, 5,500 local men were tested. It turned out that one Colin Pitchfork, a 27-year-old baker and father of two, had persuaded a friend to test in his place. But when Pitchfork bragged about fooling the investigators, he was overheard and reported. His genetic profile matched the semen samples from both girls, and in 1987, he became the first murderer convicted based on DNA fingerprinting evidence.Over the last three decades, more than 50 million people are estimated to have had their DNA tested during criminal investigations. The tests have helped nail millions of criminals and overturn the miscarriage of justice by saving innocent suspects like Buckland.Cut to 2017. The Delhi police is still struggling with cases that could have been easily cracked with a DNA database. Half the cases, including those of murder, rape and kidnapping, remain unsolved in the city. In October this year, an 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and a security guard were found murdered with their throats slit in their house in East Delhi’s Shahdara.The police ruled out robbery as a motive and said a property dispute could be the reason behind the murders. The police questioned over 100 people and rounded up possible suspects, but there are no clues yet. Investigators say they have collected fingerprints and other forensic evidence and samples, most likely of the killers, but they have no DNA database to match them with.Legislation pushAbout 60,000 DNA tests are done in criminal investigations every year, in the UK, as compared to 7,500 in India. This, despite the fact that India’s population is 13 times more than that of the UK. China has planned to build a USD 1 billion super-sized DNA sequencing platform in the Jiangsu Province aimed at storing genetic information of millions of its ethnic Chinese population.A debate for DNA’s use as evidence in criminal investigations — through databanks both at national and regional levels — has grown in recent times in the Indian legal system. The first step in the direction of a DNA Profiling Bill was initiated in 2007 with the ‘Draft DNA Profiling Bill’ by the Central government for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics. Since then, there has been a version of the Bill in 2012, 2015, and 2016.The Central government is pushing a bill called the DNA Based Technology (Use and Regulation) Bill, 2017, which safeguards against data misuse. Once the Bill becomes a law, India will be among the last large countries to have adopted DNA profiling that is also used for disaster victim identification, identification of missing persons and human remains, and for medical research purposes.The Bill provides for the setting up of a statutory DNA Profiling Board to spell out procedures and standards to establish DNA laboratories. The Bill has provisions for consent, defined instances for deletion of profiles, limitation on purpose of the use of data in the DNA databank, defined instances for the destruction of biological samples, and the ability for an individual to request a re-test of bodily substances if contamination is suspected.Supreme Court (SC) lawyer Ashok Bhan said that there is an urgent need to incorporate some provisions in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to deal with forensic issues. “Investigators have to face trouble in collecting evidence. However, DNA profiling is seen as a challenge to an individual’s right to privacy and right against self-incrimination. This is the reason courts are sometimes reluctant in accepting DNA-based evidence.”India’s Law Commission, which submitted the Bill to the government in July, has also noted that privacy concerns and the ethics involved in this scientific collection of data are very serious. Campaigners against the Bill say it should have had a right to notification of storage and access to information on the databank, the right to appeal and challenge storage of samples, and the right to access and review personal information stored.Sidharth Luthra, Senior Supreme Court lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General of India said that there needs to be a legislative protection to regulate the obtaining and maintaining of DNA samples because there are concerns of privacy, concerns of security and investigation… and all this needs to be balanced.—Gajanan NirphaleLimited successThough no DNA databank exists as of now, the police has had profiling done in many cases, resulting in critical and conclusive evidence. In May, the SC upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang-raped a woman, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, on board a bus in South Delhi in 2012. DNA tests had helped the police nail the accused of their crime that had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women.”While upholding the conviction, five years after the horrific crime, the Supreme Court said in its judgment that the DNA reports cogently linked each of the accused with the victim and the crime scene. The court further noted that DNA profiling proves the presence of the accused in the bus and their involvement in the crime,” a senior police officer said.The court also flagged the significance of DNA in the case as bite marks, though a crucial piece of evidence, lack the specificity and durability as human teeth may change over time. The DNA analysis, fingerprints lifted from the bus, and the analysis of the bite marks on the body of the girl had also been appreciated by the lower court.Last year, five men were sentenced to life in prison for raping a Danish tourist in the heart of New Delhi’s tourist district in 2014. “Even in this case, we got DNA tests done to find conclusive evidence that was accepted in the court,” the officer said. There is no doubt that a DNA database will speed up criminal investigations, he said, adding, “It will certainly help bring down the number of pending investigations in cases, especially murders and rapes.”In Priyadarshini Mattoo case, the Delhi High Court relied mainly on DNA and other circumstantial evidence to hold the accused as guilty. The 25-year-old law student was found raped and murdered at her house in Delhi in 1996.In 2006, the court found Santosh Kumar Singh guilty on both counts and sentenced him to death. In 2010, the SC commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment.In 2014, after a six-year legal battle that involved emotional arguments and a DNA test, veteran Congress politician ND Tiwari finally accepted a man, who dragged him to court, as his son. In 2012, Tiwari was forced to give samples of his DNA for a paternity test after warnings by the Delhi HC. He even moved the SC against the test but failed to stop it.Delhi police PRO Madhur Verma said, “Our DNA fingerprinting is only a tool of evidence for the trial of accused in courts. While in foreign nations, detection is also being done with the help of DNA sampling. If such a technology comes to Delhi, it would revolutionise the way crimes are probed. Like western countries, India must use DNA profiling.”How it worksDNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the same in every cell throughout an individual’s body, whether it is a skin cell, sperm cell, or blood cell. With the exception of identical twins, no two individuals have the same DNA blueprint. In DNA analysis for a criminal investigation, using highly sophisticated scientific equipment, first a DNA molecule from the suspect is disassembled, and selected segments are isolated and measured. Then the suspect’s DNA profile is compared with one derived from a sample of physical evidence to see whether the two match.If a conclusive non-match occurs, the suspect may be eliminated from consideration. If a match occurs, a statistical analysis is performed to determine the probability that the sample of physical evidence came from another person with the same DNA profile as the suspect’s. Juries use this statistical result in determining whether a suspect is guilty or innocent. DNA profiling removes chances of human error, frauds and technical glitches.DNA evidence is sufficiently conclusive to solve crimes as only monozygotic twins (derived from a single ovum, and so identical) share the same DNA profile, said Dr Durgadas Kasbekar, INSA (Indian National Science Academy) Senior Scientist, Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD). “Different tissues, teeth, bones, blood (one drop is enough), spit, semen-detected on cloth using specific staining procedures and skin cells sloughed off with sweat yield the same DNA profile if they are from the same individual.””India needs a more aggressive DNA ‘collect, test and compare’ approach for faster convictions and disposal of cases by courts,” said Tim Schellberg, president of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, a government business market development firm. He has advised over 50 foreign and state governments on DNA database legislations, laws and policies.If India has to send a strong message to perpetrators of crimes and instill the fear of the law in them, it has to ensure that evidence collection is strengthened, said Ravi Kant, SC lawyer and president of human rights organisation Shakti Vahini. “Crime scenes have to be forensically examined, crucial evidence collected, scientifically examined and analysed. DNA profiling offers one of the most reliable forensic evidence which can be very helpful in solving of cases,” he said.Capital Concern50% cases of murder, rape and kidnapping remain unsolvedOne of the many casesIn October, an 82-year-old woman, her three daughters and a security guard were found murdered with throats slit in their East Delhi home. Over 100 people questioned, but there are no clues yet. Investigators say they have collected fingerprints and other forensic evidence and samples — most likely of the killers — but they have no DNA database to match them with.DNA’s success in DelhiIn May, SC upheld death sentences against four who fatally gang-raped a woman, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, on board a bus in South Delhi in 2012. DNA tests had helped police nail the accused for their crime that had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women. DNA reports cogently linked each accused with the victim and the crime scene.Last year, five were sentenced to life in prison for raping a Danish tourist in CP in 2014. Police got DNA tests done to find conclusive evidence that was accepted in the court.In the Priyadarshini Mattoo case, Delhi HC relied mainly on DNA and other circumstantial evidence to hold the accused as guilty. The 25-year-old law student was found raped and murdered at her house in Delhi in 1996. In 2006, the court found Santosh Kumar Singh guilty on both counts and sentenced him to death. In 2010, SC commuted the sentence to life imprisonment.In 2014, after a six-year legal battle that involved a DNA test, Congress politician ND Tiwari finally accepted a man, who dragged him to court, as his son. In 2012, Tiwari was forced to give samples of his DNA for a paternity test after warnings by Delhi HC. He even moved SC against the test but failed to stop it.Global Scene30 years since the first conviction based on DNA fingerprinting evidence.50 million people have had their DNA tested during criminal investigations.60,000 DNA tests are done in criminal investigations every year in the UK as compared to 7,500 in IndiaThe DNA Based Technology (Use & Regulation) Bill, 2017It provides for a statutory DNA Profiling Board to spell out procedures and standards to establish laboratories.DNA profiling is also used for disaster victim identification, identification of missing persons and human remains, besides medical research purposes.ProsThe Bill has provisions for consent, defined instances for deletion of profiles, limitation on purpose of the use of data in the DNA databank, defined instances for destruction of biological samples, and the ability for an individual to request a re-test of bodily substances if contamination is suspected.ConsCampaigners against the Bill say it should have had a right to notification of storage and access to information on the databank, the right to appeal and challenge storage of samples, and the right to access and review personal information stored.QuotesDNA fingerprinting tech is still costly in India. This is why we use it only in cases where it is required the most. If it comes to Delhi, it will revolutionise investigations. Like western countries, India must use DNA profiling.—Madhur Verma, Delhi police PRODNA evidence is sufficiently conclusive to solve crimes as only monozygotic twins (from a single ovum) share the same DNA profile.—Durgadas Kasbekar, DNA scientistDNA profiling is seen as a challenge to right to privacy. This is the reason courts are sometimes reluctant.—Ashok Bhan, SC lawyerWe need to regulate the obtaining and maintaining of DNA samples because there are concerns of privacy.—Sidharth Luthra, Former ASGIndia has to ensure that evidence collection is boosted. DNA profiling offers one of the most reliable evidences which can be very helpful in solving of cases.—Ravi Kant, SC lawyer
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Narendra Modi Mobile App works wonder for Rajasthan farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Narendra Modi Mobile App has helped hundreds of Bundi farmers get crores of rupees as compensation under the new Land Acquisition Act.The compensation, which is four times more than what it used to be in past, was made possible when the farmers concerned uploaded their complaints on Narendra Modi Mobile App and the solution came the next month.At least 216.612 hectares of land in Bundi district out of a total 465.263 hectares was acquired for 204km long national highway 148 D from Gulabpura to Uniyara in Tonk district.Now, the highway has become the first highway where the farmers have been compensated according to the amended compensation rules for acquired agriculture land as per Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013. The highway passes through several villages of Hindoli and Nainwa sub-divisions of the district including Jajawar, Runija, Bundi ka Gothra, Rajlawata, Ovan, Basoli.National highway 148 D is the first highway in the state where the government has compensated the farmers as per new land acquisition Act 2013, said ADM (Sealing) Mamta Tiwari. A total compensation for the acquired land in Bundi district was estimated to Rs. 29.31 crore and Rs 17. 84 crore has been distributed among the farmers, she added.It was Dixant Soni of Jajawar village of Bundi among the few active farmers who in August 2016 downloaded Narendra Modi Mobile App. The farmers were not satisfied with government’s calculation of compensation as per the previous land acquisition Act while the new Act for the same was in place.

Ghanshyam Tiwari case rests on central leadership

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats of state in upcoming assembly elections, BJP MLA from Sanganer constituency Ghanshyam Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’. Tiwari has yet not resigned from BJP and the party leadership at state too is horns of a dilemma on the issue. The party-state leadership has shrugged off a decision on it for the central leadership. “Its democratic right of an individual to decide on contesting the election,” BJP state president Ashok Parnami said in response to media queries on Tiwari issue on Wednesday. “In process of my duty as a party state president, I have to inform the central leadership on all such issues and not just in case of Tiwari, So has been done in case of his recent comments,” said Parnami. “Tiwari has responded to the committee and it’s now it’s on them to take an action,” Parnami said. A senior leader, Tiwari has been associated with BJP since its inception in Rajasthan. Even as he has been sidelined at party politics, the state leaders do not intend to gain him on sympathy points and thus is not in the mood to decide on him in haste. However, as Tiwari has declared to announce the name of his party by ‘Makar Sankranti’ falling in January a decision will have to be reached before the date. New frontAnnouncing to pitch candidates at all 200 seats Tiwari left a window open for reconciliation by postponing the declaration of the name of the ‘new party’.

After Tiwari’s salvo, now it’s turn for BJP to ‘fire’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a test of nerves between dissident BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and his party. And Tiwari blinked first. The ‘rebel’ announced to field candidates against BJP in all 200 seats in next assembly elections, giving enough reasons for the party to take strict disciplinary action to the extent of expelling him. Perhaps, BJP was waiting for him to take any such initiative as taking stern action action Tiwari, who is among the senior most leader in BJP, would not have be easy in normal course. Especially, when he is considered close to RSS right from Jan Sangh days.After his announcement, options are very limited for the party as well as for him. The party was finding it difficult to take any definite disciplinary action barring few show-cause notices sent to him on his alleged ‘party-damaging’ actions. Now, Tiwari has given enough reason to be pulled up by the High Command. Senior party leader and home minister Gulab Chand Kataria has already indicated party’s intentions. “If he (Tiwari) contests election without party’s (BJP) support, even his deposit will be forfeited. If he thinks he is bigger than party, let him try this also,” he said.The statement from Kataria carries great significance as the home minister was once quite close to Tiwari. The duo along with Narpat Singh Rajvi, son-in-law of former vice president of India legendary Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, formed a team to challenge the authority of Vasundhara Raje in the party. While Kataria was able to win back the confidence of Raje, Tiwari and Rajvi have been left out ‘sulking’.This is not for the first time, a prominent BJP leader has found himself ‘bigger’ than party. In past also, leaders left BJP, formed new party and then had to come back into BJP’s fold after failing miserably to carry any impact. Veteran leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh fell out with BJP to join Samajwadi Party (SP) in 2009. But the arrangement could not last long and he left SP also to launch a new party Jan Kranti Party in 2010 before coming back to BJP in 2014. The party honoured its octogenarian leader with gubernatorial post in Rajasthan.Similar is the case with fire brand union minister Uma Bharti. Former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bharti left BJP after rising to national prominence and launched Bhartiya Janashakti Party on her own in 2005. But sans BJP’s saffron, the charisma was clearly missing and Bharti had to make a come back to BJP in 2011. There are many more such instances where a ‘powerful leader’ had left the party, launched his own outfit and then end up losing relevance. History may repeat itself in case of Tiwari, whose dissidence appears to be based more on adamance than on conviction.

Delhi pollution level goes up again, Gurugram schools to be closed on Monday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a brief let-up, the pollution levels skyrocketed in Delhi on Sunday with the air quality becoming hazardous, which environmental agencies consider unfit for inhalation even by healthy people.As the NCR-region continues to be under worse smog condition, the Gurgaon district administration on Sunday directed that government and private schools would be closed on Monday in view of the persistent smog and pollution situation in the NCR, an official said.”Due to smog and pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), including Gurgaon, we have decided to close all private and government schools on November 13,” District Magistrate Vinay Pratap Singh said.Schools in the district were closed on Friday and Saturday. The order has been extended till Monday, the official said.”Smog can be dangerous for children and students. We have suggested residents to wear best quality mask to combat air pollution,” he said. The pollution monitoring authorities said there may be some respite from Monday evening as surface winds will gain momentum.SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) said there is possibility of rains in the evening of November 14.However, experts say rain brings temporary relief, but also leads to accumulation of particulates due to high levels of moisture.The hourly graph of the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management, which had briefly fallen below emergency levels on Saturday, recorded PM2.5 and PM10 concentration at 478 and 713 microgrammes per cubic metre by afternoon.The corresponding 24-hour safe standards are 60 and 100. Visibility came down below 100 metres at many places.The air quality index of the CPCB had a score of 460, as against Saturday’s 403. The most dominant pollutants were PM 2.5 and CO, according to the CPCB air bulletin.People complained of burning sensation in their eyes and heaviness in breathing, reflecting the severity of the pollution.The PM2.5 reading of the Centre-run SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) was also above 400, which is in the severe category as well.If the prevailing levels of PM2.5 and PM10 persist for another 24 hours, the odd-even scheme is supposed to be implemented, according to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) being enforced by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.The NGT on Saturday said that the odd-even scheme should be implemented “without any default” as and when PM (particulate matter) 10 level goes above 500 microgrammes per cubic metre and PM2.5 level crosses the limit of 300 microgrammes per cubic metre during a span of 48 hours.CPCB and SAFAR scientists maintained that the fresh spike in pollution was triggered mainly due to drop in inversion layer (the layer beyond which pollutants cannot disperse into the upper layer of the atmosphere), which in turn happened due to sharp drop in minimum and maximum temperatures.The CPCB’s air lab chief Dipankar Saha said the haze was basically a mixture of dust and moisture. Formation of a thick cloud cover also resulted in the spike in moisture and drop in both minimum and maximum temperatures, he said.”The wind flow from North Western side of Delhi (through Punjab & Haryana) is likely to continue till today. The wind will start flowing towards towards Punjab and Haryana from tomorrow under the influence of a western disturbance approaching Delhi.”Under the above scenario, atmospheric circulation over Delhi will become favourable for substantial reduction of air pollutants from November 13,” Saha said.Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP accused the AAP government of being in an “indecisive state” over the pollution crisis in the city and demanded Lt Governor Anil Baijal to call an all- party meeting.Manoj Tiwari, the president of Delhi BJP, said that air pollution levels in the city are 4-7 times higher than the normal posing serious health hazard to the people.”Despite this, the visionless Arvind Kejriwal government continues to be in a indecisive state,” he alleged.With schools set to open and heavy public activity likely tomorrow after the weekend break, the Kejriwal government seems to be “lost” as it never formulated a strategy to fight such a climatic emergency, he said.He requested the LG to call an all-party meeting to discuss the preparations to fight pollution and remedial measures, Tiwari also demanded 24×7 free chest units at all the government and private hospitals in Delhi.

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.

SC issues notice to MP and RIL on sham lease deeds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Madhya Pradesh and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on a petition challenging lease deeds signed by the conglomerate with almost 400 tribals in Madhya Pradesh.A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and M Shantanagouder issued the notice based on a plea filed by Ravinder Tiwari, the president of Janta Kisan Sangharsh Morcha who alleged that Ratan Akhori, an authorised representative of RIL, fraudulently made tribal farmers sign on blank documents in order to divert agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes.The petition states the tribals, who were dependent on an agrarian economy, were induced to sign the papers as ‘lease deeds’ in way of cash. According to the terms of the lease deed, RIL offered each tribal an amount ranging between Rs 1.20 lakh – Rs 1.50 lakh and a nominal and entirely sham sum of Re 1 per acre ‘as rent’ for the lease period which may be for either 29 years or 99 years.The remaining paperwork submitted with the state authorities were written in languages that were identical and were accordingly passed with identical orders.The signed land would then be used by RIL to felicitate the drilling equipment for exploiting the CNM leases. If the land is used for drilling methane gas, it will render the land useless, thus killing the livelihood of the tribals, Tiwari further maintained.”RIL has enabled land conversion en masse without application of any policy, advocate Avi Singh said representing Tiwari.Singh alleges that the High Court erred in dismissing the matter when it was initially filed as a public interest litigation.

BJP demands white paper on Signature Bridge from AAP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Signature Bridge, which has been under construction for the last more than 14 years, has become the latest weapon in the arsenal of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi unit, to be used against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Demanding a white paper on the bridge within a month, the BJP has accused the ruling party of deliberately delaying the work and making the project a means of corruption.Delhi party chief Manoj Tiwari said the project was initially started at a cost of Rs 459 crore, when the Congress was in power. The cost has now been escalated to a whopping Rs 1,131 crore, he said, adding that the AAP government was not making any effort to complete the project.”The Congress government wasted tax payers’ money on the Signature Bridge. The ruling AAP is taking the same precedence forward by not taking concrete steps to complete the work,” Tiwari said.The Delhi BJP chief added that the bridge should have seen the light of the day in 2015, but it has been stretched endlessly for 14 long years. “The delay in completing the bridge, which is coming up in Wazirabad, north Delhi, is causing a lot of inconvenience to residents because of traffic jams. It seems the AAP government is also looking at making some money at the expense of common man, which is why it is mulling to increase the cost of the bridge yet again,” the BJP leader claimed.Tiwari warned the AAP to submit a white paper on the bridge within a month, failing which the BJP would organise city-wide protests against the ruling government.The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been declared a white elephant by the AAP government. Since early 2015, after AAP started monitoring the project, the deadline has been shifted twice. In September, 2016, a “final”deadline of April, 2017, had been set. It was then moved to September, 2017, and now the latest deadline is the end of this year.Sources who were part of the inspection team had warned that the pace of work was extremely slow and that it could easily spill into 2018.PROJECT COST RISESDelhi party chief Manoj Tiwari said the project was initially started at a cost of Rs 459 crore, when the Congress was in power. The cost has now been escalated to Rs 1,131 crore, said Tiwari.

Man rapes 18-month-old neighbour in front of his 2 kids in Delhi’s Aman Vihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police arrested a man for raping his 18-month-old neighbour in the Aman Vihar area on Thursday.The 33-year-old accused confessed during the police probe.The cops said that the infant was abducted by Rakesh when she was playing with some children outside her house around 9 am on Wednesday.According to the PTI, the accused raped the girl in presence of his two children inside his one-room accommodation.An hour later, her mother found the child but in a unstable condition. The toddler was bleeding and complained of severe pain.The child was taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors informed the mother about the incident.“Based on medical report and a statement from her family members, we registered a case of rape under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,” deputy commissioner of police, outer Delhi, MN Tiwari was quoted as saying by the HT.A case under section 6 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault, punishable with a maximum term of life imprisonment), was registered against the accused.The girl’s maternal grandfather works as a construction labourer while her mother is a homemaker, an official said.(With PTI inputs)

Despite ‘reservation’, Rajasthan’s bill on reservation passed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan Backward Class (Reservation of seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointment of Seats and Posts in services under the State) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Assembly on Thursday. The bill brings under implementation the recommendations of State Backward Classes Commission submitted in July this year and proposes to increase the quota of other backward classes from 21 per cent to 26 per cent and provide 5 per cent of it be kept exclusive for “More Backward Classes”. Among these more backward classes are Gurjars, Banjara, Gadiya Lohar, Rabaris and Gadariya, previously included among the special backward class category. Implementation of the bill has once again raised the total reservation quota in the state to 54 per cent.“Not less than four commissions and committees, each headed by a person who has been a judge of high court, have concurrently concluded that these are extremely backward classes and need immediate and special attention,” said Arun Chaturvedi, minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, defending the bill as it raises the cumulative reservation quota in state above the ceiling of 50 per cent.The explanation, however, has not been convincing for many of the Assembly members, even those of the ruling side. Ruling BJP MLAs Prahlad Gunjal and Ghanshyam Tiwari raised questions. Tiwari said that the government has brought this bill against law and Supreme Court orders. Because of this, reservations for OBCs and other castes may also get stuck in the High Court. After the bill is passed, the government will give reservation to Gurjars, Gadiya Lohar, Banjara, Rebari and Gadaria castes through notification. Is there a need to bring the bill to issue the notification? Reservation of SC, ST and OBC has been given through notification. What is the need to bring this bill to give reservation to the Gurjars? Prahlad Gunjal also pointed out the issue of notification and targeted the state government. Gunjal said that there is no provision for reservation in the bill. Government will issue notification later. After the notification, this reservation will also be stuck in the High Court. The government has stopped the way for amendment in the ninth Schedule of the Constitution by bringing this bill. Tiwari, Gunjal and Ghanshyam Mehar demanded amendment in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution to give reservation to the Gurjars. After debate on the bill, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi rejected all the legislators questioning the new reservation bill. Chaturvedi said this bill has been brought on the basis of the principles of social justice. The State Backward Classes Commission has estimated the population of backward classes in Rajasthan around 52 percent, so considering the quantity of population, the percentage of reservations for the backward classes needs to be increased.According to the report of the High Level Committee headed by Justice Garg and the State Backward Class Commission appointed by the state government, the total reservation in special circumstances can be increased by more than 50 percent. These five castes can be given 1 percent within the limit of 50 percent in the case of Indra Sahani and 4 percent reservation beyond that limit. Thus, the total reservation of these castes should be 5 percent and reservation of the overall backward class should be 26 percent. After the three-hour debate, the bill was passed by voice vote.BACK ON GAGThe state government was caught on backfoot on the issue of amending criminal laws to provide immunity to public servants from illegitimate cases. Opposition went on offensive against the amendments holding them as ‘shielding the corrupt’ officials.CASTE CAULDRONThe state government has for the third time attempted to extend segregated reservation at government jobs and educational institutes to Gurjars and other four other castes. The bill that was passed on concluding day of the ninth session proposes to provide these reservation under the other backward class category.AGGRO OVER AGRI LOANThe demand for waiving farmer loan echoed at the House during the session. Opposition MLAs demanding complete waiver of loans for farmers went on a sit-in at the Well on Wednesday afternoon. The sit-in continued all through the night and even after the session got adjourned sine die on Thursday. The issue was discussed at length at the Question Hour on the concluding day.

Mulayam’s refusal to give voice sample may land him in trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav may land into trouble following his refusal to give his voice sample despite court orders in connection with a July 2015 case of threatening a senior 1992 batch IPS officer Amitabh Thakur over phone.The investigating officer Avinash Mishra has filed an affidavit in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court in Lucknow stating that he had gone to Mulayam’s Vikramaditya Marg residence several times with the court notice but he was never allowed to meet him. Finally, he had got the court notice received at his residence.However, Mulayam neither replied to the court notice nor contacted the investigative officer for giving a sample voice test. Mishra stated that it seems that Mulayam Singh Yadav does not want to give the voice test which could be viewed as him admitting to the crime of threatening the senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur.The investigative officer’s affidavit may come up for hearing at the CJM Court on October 27. The court may take a strong view of Mulayam deliberately avoiding to give sample voice test or may set a deadline as had happened in case of Narain Dutt Tiwari when the investigative officer faced a similar situation (Tiwari refused to give blood sample for the DNA test).On July 1 this year, the CJM Court had issued an order directing the investigative officer to take sample voice test from Mulayam Singh Yadav for forensic testing of the taped conversation in which the Samajwadi Party leader had allegedly threatened the IPS officer. While Amitabh Thakur has already given sample of his voice, Mulayam has so far shown reluctance to honour the CJM Court order.Mulayam had allegedly called Amitabh Thakur on July 10 2015 threatening him with dire consequences if he did not mend his ways. In the 2 minute 10 second conversation, which was taped and released to the media, Mulayam had asked Thakur to mend his ways or face a repeat of 2006 incident in which he was assaulted by a Samajwadi Party MLA and his supporters.The 1992 batch IPS officer had lodged an FIR at the Hazratganj Police Station with the taped conversation as proof. Since Mulayam’s son Akhilesh Yadav was at the helm of affairs in Uttar Pradesh, the police had almost shut the case forcing IPS officer’s wife Nutan Thakur, a social and RTI activist, to file a case in the CJM Court which later directed Mulayam to give a voice sample test.

BJP launches helpline to aid Chhath committees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After training its guns on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for not making adequate arrangements for the upcoming Chhath Puja, the Delhi wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a helpline on Monday, to aid puja committees that have been constituted for smooth organisation of the festival. The party had earlier formed teams of workers and volunteers to perform different activities during the run-up to the four-day festival, such as cleaning ghats, putting up tents, and arranging for offerings during the puja.Last week, the BJP had alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was “playing” with faith and sentiments of devotees ahead of the Chhath Puja. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said the AAP government had not cleaned the ghats and was deliberately creating roadblocks for the Puja committees. The senior BJP leader further accused the AAP of seizing the festival to promote its CM, adding that the committees were being coerced to put up large photographs of Kejriwal on hoardings. Tiwari also said that the team helping with Puja arrangements and other measures will be led by BJP Poorvanchal Morcha president Manish Singh. Meanwhile, BJP workers, assisted by the civic body staffers, offered shramdan (effort donation) on the Chhath ghats for the second day on Monday, by cleaning the banks. Tiwari had launched the campaign at the Sonia Vihar Second Pushta, Yamuna Bank. Besides, BJP mayors took stock of the Puja arrangements in other parts of the Capital. North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal visited places such as Rohini, Narela, and Mukherjee Nagar.FOR ACTIVITIES…The party had earlier formed teams of workers and volunteers to perform different activities during the run-up to the four-day festival, such as cleaning ghats, putting up tents, and arranging for offerings during the puja.
Tiwari said the team helping with Puja arrangements and other measures will be led by BJP Poorvanchal Morcha president

Himachal Pradesh: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh to be star campaigners for Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Monday released the list of star campaigners for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls.The list includes names of 40 prominent leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.Besides this, the list also includes the names of senior Congress leaders like Ambika Soni, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Sheila Dikshit.Other star campaigners are: Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Selja, Bhanwaditender Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Randeep S Surjewala, Raj Babbar, Ranjeet Ranjan, Pramod Tiwari, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Sunil Jakhar, Manish Tiwari, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amrinder Singh Raja Brar, Vijay lnder Singla, Gaurav Gogo, Sushmita Dev, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Ashok Tanwar, G.S. Bali, Kaul Singh Thakur, Kuldeep Sharma, Pritam Singh, Charanjit Singh Channi, Manpreet Singh Badal, Madan Lal Sharma, Akbar, Jaiveer Shergil Road, and Kailasho Saini.The Congress had earlier released a list of 59 candidates for the polls which will be held in a single phase on November 9.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also released the list of the leaders, who would be campaigning for the upcoming polls in the state.The list includes the names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.The result of the assembly polls will be declared on December 18.

Bill offering legal immunity to govt officers, judges tabled in Rajasthan assembly, PIL?filed in High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vasundhara Raje government’s ordinance which seeks to protect both serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants in Rajasthan from being investigated for on-duty action without its prior sanction, has been challenged in the High Court.Senior advocate AK Jain informed that he has filed a writ against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. Jain would be counsel for litigant Bhagwat Gaur. The writ petition seeks that the Ordinance be declared ultra vires, void and unconstitutional.The Congress leaders are holding the protest outside state assembly against the bill. The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, promulgated on September 7, also seeks to bar the media from reporting on accusations till the sanction to proceed with the probe is obtained.”No magistrate shall order an investigation nor will any investigation be conducted against a person, who is or was a judge or a magistrate or a public servant,” reads the ordinance which provides 180 days immunity to the officers.If there is no decision on the sanction request post the stipulated time period, it will automatically mean that sanction has been granted.The ordinance amends the Criminal Code of Procedure, 1973 and also seeks curb on publishing and printing or publicising, in any case, the name, address, photograph, family details of the public servants.Violating the clause would call for two years imprisonment. Latest updates11:42 IST Monday, 23 October 2017► Uproar in assembly over the Ordinance. Congress demanded that the Ordinance be repealed, stages a walkout. ► BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari also registered protest against Ordinance.11:41 IST Monday, 23 October 2017Senior advocate AK Jain informed that he has filed a writ against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Ordinance. The writ seeks that the Ordinance be declared ultra vires, void and unconstitutional.

Uttar Pradesh: Two journalists killed in road accident in Unnao

Updated: Sep 22, 2017, 10:29 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local news channel journalist and a cameraman were killed on Thursday after a car hit their bike in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district.The incident took place on late Thursday night at the Purwa road in Unnao district.National Voice news channel cameraperson Ranvijay died on the spot, while journalist Aashu Tiwari was rushed to the Lucknow Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead by the doctors.​

Veteran politician ND Tiwari admitted to a hospital after suffering brain stroke

Updated: Sep 20, 2017, 06:07 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Union minister N D Tiwari was admitted today to a private hospital here after he suffered a brain stroke, his son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari said.Sources at Max Hospital in Saket said the condition of 91-year-old Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, is serious and he is being kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A team of doctors is attending to him, they said.Rohit said his father fell unconscious this morning while having tea at his house here.

Overconfidence led to BJP’s Bawana loss

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Overconfidence after scoring a major win in the Delhi municipal corporation, coupled with in-party fighting and factionalism, have been touted as the major reasons behind the embarrassing drubbing faced by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Bawana by-elections.According to party sources, the two committees formed to identify the causes behind the loss, have also pointed a finger at the candidate that was fielded by the party.The BJP lost to its current arch rival, the Aam Aadmi Party, after the latter won the reserved seat with a massive margin of around 24,000 votes. AAP contestant Ram Chandra defeated defector Ved Prakash, who joined the BJP before the MCD polls in April, necessitating the need for the by-poll.”The committees have made observations that the party failed to tap the pulse of the voter in Bawana because of impudence that it would once again script victory. The reports also say that the presumption was so strong that while canvassing, it led to a fragmented approach, as those working during the elections attempted to outdo each other so they could take credit once the party rode home to power,” said a senior party leader.In-party fighting ensured that the BJP was unable to put a united show in front of people of Bawana, highlighted the report.The party had brought in more than 3,000 workers to campaign for Prakash. Tongues had started wagging when names of key leaders like state BJP president Manoj Tiwari were found missing from posters and banners.Sources further claim that the committees have also put under scanner Prakash’s candidature, saying that he did not curry favour with the residents of Bawana. The fact that he had crossed over to BJP after earlier winning as a legislator from AAP, sullied the image of the party as also affecting the vote count.The report will soon be presented to the state chief, according to sources, who will take further call.

Extortionist poses as underworld don, nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch arrested an extortionist from the remote area of Madhya Pradesh, who used to impersonate as an underworld don Rizwan Khan, and had been demanding over Rs Five crore from several businessmen in Delhi and other parts of country.Police said accused Pranay Tiwari, 27, a resident of Rewa, earlier used to work at a mall in Vasant Kunj where he used to get feedback forms filled by visitors and later in his extortion messages that he sent, he would use personal information.DCP Crime Branch, Rajesh Deo, said that on August 28, a complaint was received who got a call from someone introducing himself as underworld don Rizwan Khan and demanded Rs 1 crore from him.”A detailed study revealed that the extortionist was based in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. He was contacted and asked to take delivery of money on behalf of the complainant. Following the trap, during the early hours on Monday, the police team arrested him,” Deo said.

Bandra building guard stabbed 12 times, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The residents of Cecilia Villa at Chapel road, Bandra were shocked to find the body of a security guard in a pool of blood on Saturday night. The Bandra police said that the 29-year-old man was stabbed at least 12 times by an unknown person. The motive behind the killing is yet to be established by the police.According to police, Anjani Ramshiromani Tiwari, 29, a resident of Mount Mary at Bandra worked as a security guard at night, and as a garment salesman during the day. On Saturday night, Tiwari was lying in a pool of blood when at around 11.35 pm the residents informed the police.”The victim has 12 stab injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital but was declared dead before admission. We have found two cellphones and cash on him which remained intact. The family members of the deceased are in Allahabad. We are questioning his colleagues to ascertain the motive of the killing,” said a police officer.

Bawana by-poll: BJP promises introspection, Kejriwal dares party to use VVPAT in every election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by a thumping victory in the Bawana bypoll, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today dared the BJP to use VVPAT, a paper trail audit which lets voters check if the vote has gone to the candidate they chose, in every election.Addressing AAP workers at his residence, Kejriwal raked up the issue of alleged manipulation of electronic voting machines to needle the BJP, saying that “EVM mischief” was behind the saffron party’s recent upsurge.Kejriwal said, by reposing faith on the AAP, voters of Bawana have sent out the message that BJP’s politics of “breaking away MLAs from other parties using the lure of money” has come a cropper in Delhi.
ALSO READ AAP wins Bawana bypoll: A shot in the arm for beleaguered Arvind Kejriwal”They tried to buy many of our MLAs, contacted many, but only one turned out to be a traitor. One thing is clear, we are of a different mettle. And if any one sells himself, then the people of Delhi will leave him in a position where he will not be able to show his face in public anymore,” the AAP chief said.
ALSO READ Defamation case: Delhi High Court raps CM Arvind Kejriwal for questioning decision of single judgeKejriwal’s outburst comes after a prolonged period of uncharacteristic silence, following AAP’s string of poll debacles which included the drubbings in Punjab, Goa, a Delhi bye-election and the municipal polls here.”Try and conduct all polls using VVPAT-equipped EVMs if you (the BJP) have the guts. Then tally the votes polled with the paper trail at 5 or 15 per cent of the polling booths. You do mischief in EVMs then claim victory,” he said.The VVPAT machine dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box, but the voter cannot take it home.The voters, however, can see the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slip for seven seconds.VVPAT machines were used in the Bawana bypoll and also in the Rajouri Garden bypoll last May, when the BJP had emerged victorious.The chief minister also warned the BJP-led Centre not to “disrupt” his government’s work in the national capital by “throwing spanners”, a complaint which the AAP chief has been making repeatedly since storming to power in 2015. BJP promsies introspection for ’embarrassing loss’Jolted by defeat in the Bawana Assembly bypoll by a margin of over 24,000 votes, the BJP today said it will review the reasons behind its embarrassing loss.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari took responsibility of the defeat of party candidate Ved Prakash, stating that the causes of his defeat will be reviewed.”As the president of Delhi BJP, I accept the mandate and take responsibility for it,” Tiwari told reporters here, adding that the result was against the expectations of the party.”We will review the result (of Bawana bypoll) to find out the reasons of our defeat,” he said.The Aam Aadmi Party retained the city’s Bawana Assembly constituency today with a comfortable majority, leaping way ahead of the Congress and the BJP, as it staged a remarkable comeback from back-to-back electoral defeats in the recent past.BJP leaders blamed Prakash’s “negative image” in Bawana as a “major reason” behind the party’s loss in the bypoll.”He was perceived as a deserter by locals after quitting the AAP. People were not happy with him as he had not made a mark even during his three years as the Bawana MLA,” said a senior Delhi BJP leader.The BJP’s defeat is all the more “glaring” in the backdrop of “spectacular” success of the party in the MCD polls held in April and the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll before that, he said.A detailed review report on the Bawana bypoll will be submitted to BJP national president Amit Shah, party sources added. With the Bawana bypoll results today dashing Congress’ hope of opening its account in the Delhi Assembly, the party tried to put up a brave face saying its candidates registered an increase in vote percentage.Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken congratulated party workers for increase in the vote share of Surender Kumar from “7.8 per cent in 2015 to 25 per cent”.Maken also congratulated AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal for the victory of party’s candidate Ram Chander in the bypoll.”Congrats @ArvindKejriwal for #Bawana! Thanks to @INCIndia workers for working hard-enabling congress to jump from 7.8% in 2015 to 25% votes,” Maken tweeted.The by-election was necessitated as AAP’s sitting MLA Ved Parkash had quit the party. He joined the BJP which made him the candidate this time.

Rejuvenated Raje, reinforced BJP warm up to greet PM, rules out any show up for dissidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A reinforced and rejuvenated Chief Minister (after a recent empowering Amit Shah visit) is all set by now to receive an enthusiastic Prime Minister at Udaipur on 29th August. In fact, after a recent three day long Amit Shah “clean chit” visit, now the Prime Minister Modi is coming calling to entrust a Raje Raj in Rajasthan. Her core team, consisting of Ashok Parnami, V. Satish, Ashok Jain and Tanmay Kumar has done all the required homework at the political and bureaucratic level.According to ground reports, a 29th August Narendra Modi Udaipur show is likely to be a super hit Election campaign exercise with a huge crowd and also representing the entire party and the government as a single unit under a Raje umbrella. Today, Rajasthan happens to be only one of a few BJP ruled state, where the party and the government are working in a close coordination and as a well coordinated unit.Though, in Delhi circles a close Raje confident and trusted ally Ashok Parnami is being considered as a “rubber stamp”, but still under a close Raje supervision, Parnami has taken further the party to the grass root level. The latest addition in this team is a sober and seasoned V.Satish, who has silently acquired the role of a “watch dog and ears and eyes” of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi in Rajasthan. During the last few months, Satish has also developed a close rapport with Parnami and Raje. Now, all the three (Raje, Parnami and Satish) is trying to pose themselves as a unified and united force in front of a visiting Prime Minister. Surprisingly, the dissident camp, mainly led by Om Mathur and Ghanshyam Tiwari is not visible in this visit. Since Raje took over the command of the state, both Mathur and Tiwari has been constantly complaining to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah about the alleged “misrule” by Vasundhara Raje in particular and the state government in general. Tiwari, by crossing all norms of internal party discipline, had openly levelled charges against the Chief Minister, which were quickly contradicted by a few Raje loyalist like Yunus, Rathore etc. However, after a recent Amit Shah Jaipur visit, this Mathur and Tiwari chapter also seems to be over by now, though BJP high command has preferred to play only “neutral” in this blame game. It neither took any cognizance of Tiwari’s alleged anti-Raje allegations nor had sought any “explanation” from the Chief Minister on the charges levelled by Tiwari. According to observers, at the moment, there is a complete “cease fire” between the two warring camps of the same ruling party and dissident camp is not likely to embarrass the lady Chief Minister before the Prime Minister by again raising some inconvenient issues during the visit. So, in all probability, Modi’s Udaipur visit is likely to bring some more laurels to the credibility and empowerment of the Chief Minister.

Congress demands Suresh Prabhu’s resignation over Utkal train derailment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Monday demanded Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu?s resignation after the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express, which claimed the lives of 23 people and left more than 100 injured, at Muzaffarnagar. In a press conference held here, the Congress cited previous examples of ministers, who resigned after such tragedies and asked Prabhu to do the same. ?When a similar incident happened four decades ago, the then Railway Minister stepped down. When a flight crash landed in Delhi, the former civil aviation minister Late Madhavrao Scindia resigned. The government should take moral responsibility for the accident,? Congress leader Manish Tiwari said. He added that the incident points to gross negligence on the part of the government. ?On 11th June, the villagers stopped a train going towards that direction as repair work was being done. Two months later, an accident happens in the same place. This is unacceptable,” Tiwari said. He also pointed to the fact that a number of promises were made by the current government, but on the contrary, the normal standards of the railways are going down as well Earlier, the Congress said that the railways accident has become the continuing story in the last three years of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. “We are not at all satisfied. In last three years of this NDA Government, 27 major accidents took place including this one. No single accident was investigated properly. Today, the railways accident is the continuing story. Let this minister and the government think whether they should take moral responsibility or not,” Congress leader PC Chako told ANI. Another grand old party leader Brijesh Kalappa said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) knows how to blame the Opposition, instead of accepting their own mistakes. “Who will take the responsibility of this tragic accident in Muzaffarnagar? In Modi government, there is no one to take the responsibility. They only know to how to blame the Opposition, to demand resignations from others instead of giving on their own mistakes,” Kalappa said. At least 23 people were killed and over 100 others were injured as 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli region in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stone hurled at Delhi BJP chief Tiwari’s bypoll meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified men today hurled a stone and a wooden wedge at Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari during his election meeting in Bawana for next week’s bypoll. Police said a piece of wood and a stone were hurled at Tiwari while he was on the stage set up for his meeting at Jhanda Chowk of JJ Colony in Bawana. “We are trying to identify the accused with the help of video footage of the public meeting taken by us. Such public meetings are recorded during elections as per the direction of Election Commission,” said a senior police officer. The Bawana bypoll is witnessing a triangular contest among BJP, AAP, and Congress. BJP’s Ved Prakash who won the seat in 2015 as an AAP candidate resigned as MLA and joined the saffron party in March this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP MLA Alka Lamba tweets ‘fake’ survey, BJP attacks her party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP MLA Alka Lamba today drew criticism after she tweeted an image of an alleged “fake” TV survey that showed her party winning the Bawana bypoll with a substantial margin. Lamba, who was unavailable for comment, later deleted the tweet that said a survey by a news channel had put AAP candidate Ram Chandra ahead of the BJP and the Congress. The channel, however, denied that it had carried out the survey. However, BJP was quick to latch on to the issue with its Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari saying that the AAP’s “face of falshood has been exposed”. “The BJP has earned a place in the heart of people by working for poor, youth, women and elderly. They cannot be misguided by lies and deceit,” Tiwari said, exuding confidence that his party will win the Bawana bypoll and “people will show a mirror to the lies of AAP” on August 23. AAP leader Ashutosh said he was not aware of any such survey or the tweet by Lamba. Rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra also approached the Election Commission claiming that this was a violation of the model code of conduct.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI arrests two in bribery case

The CBI has named four people — Rajan Kumar, Arun Tiwari, Delhi Police Inspector Banay Singh Meena, and Kameshwar, a government official — in its First Information Report (FIR). <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested two ‘private persons’, of which one posed as a government official, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a Delhi Police Inspector seeking favourable posting.The CBI has named four people — Rajan Kumar, Arun Tiwari, Delhi Police Inspector Banay Singh Meena, and Kameshwar, a government official — in its First Information Report (FIR). “Kumar, who posed as a government officer, and Tiwari have been arrested by the CBI,” said the agency’s spokesperson RK Gaur.It is alleged that Meena offered a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to Kumar, who was living in a government accommodation allotted to Kameshwar.

Obscene dance in school, liquor served in classroom; probe on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video of an obscene dance inside the classroom of a primary school here during a birthday bash hosted by the village head and clips suggesting consumption of liquor went viral on social media prompting authorities to order a probe today. The video showed girls dancing indecently to the rhythm of lilting Bhojpuri numbers inside the classroom of a primary school in Tetaria village in Jamalpur block on Raksha Bandhan on August 7, when the school was closed. As the clip went viral on social media, the education department ordered a probe. “A probe has been ordered in the matter and its report will be given to the District Magistrate for further action,” Basic Sikshan Adhikari (BSA) Pravin Kumar Tiwari said. About the incident, the officer said, “The keys of school were taken by the village head on August 5 from the principal. As a number of tasks are done in the school through the village head, he was given keys. The village head organised a party to celebrate his son’s birthday in the school.” A dance programme was held and liquor was also consumed there, he said. When the school reopened on Tuesday, the students and the teachers had to remove empty liquor bottles and clean the strewn food left overs, he said. “Holding of such events in school premises is not allowed and in this case too no permission was sought,” Tiwari said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5 held for robbing, killing factory worker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men have been arrested for allegedly robbing and killing a 32-year-old factory worker in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri, police said today. Three juveniles have also been apprehended in the case, they said. On July 27, the police were informed that a man had been admitted to SGM Hospital with stab injuries. The man identified as Ram Babu was later declared brought dead. The culprits were found after the deceased’s stolen phone was traced to the accused, police said. A raid was conducted and a juvenile was apprehended today. He led the police to his accomplices, including two other minors, they said. The other accused were identified as Shrikesh and Himanshu, both aged 19 years, M N Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 more names revealed in 1,500 kg drug haul case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the investigation of the 1500kg heroine seizure case, the Narcotics Control Bureau(NCB), stated that the names of three more persons have been revealed during the interrogation of the arrested accused, who are connected to the drug racket.On Friday, the three accused identified as Vishal Yadav and Irfan Shailk from Mumbai and Sujit Tiwari, younger brother of Suprit Tiwari (Captain of the Ship) have been arrested by the NCB on conspiracy charges and two satellite phones were recovered from them. During interrogation, the accused revealed that there were three more people from Mumbai who were involved in the racket.Further investigation disclosed that the three accused were to take the delivery of the drugs from Vishal and others. But once they were alerted about the seizure, they changed the plan.“On Friday morning a team of NCB and ATS officials were sent to Mumbai to nab the three accused regarding the matter. All the three are based in Mumbai. Once they are nabbed, it will be possible to get the entire link of the drug racket which runs in Mumbai,” said NCB officials.The city police are also running several awareness campaigns to make youth aware about the harmful effects of drugs.

BJP urges LG to look into power sector’s irregularities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday urged Lieutenent Governor (LG) Anil Baijal to step in and address the issue of irregularities in the power sector, including the arbitrary increase in tariff.Delhi state party President Manoj Tiwari met Baijal and apprised him about the proposed hike in power tariff by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government.Tiwari said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was conniving with the Delhi Electricity Regulation Commission (DERC) and private power distribution companies in Delhi to hike power tariff. He also accused private power distribution companies of irregularities and demanded that the LG exercise his powers under Section 108 of Delhi Electricity Act, 2003, and direct the DERC to hold fresh public hearing on the proposed multi-year tariff and return of equity as well as invite fresh objections on the matter.The BJP leader told Baijal that the business regulation plan formulated with the ruling state government and private companies was not only against the public interest but was also not in conformity with the law.”Due to the connivance between the Kejriwal government and private power distribution companies, the latter continue to get return on equity (ROE) on the basis of bank rates, going as far back as 2002-2007. During this period, interest rates on loan were around 15 per cent, while ROE was 16 per cent. Now, in 2017, interest rates have fallen to 6 per cent but under the patronage of Kejriwal government, private companies continue to draw an ROE of 14 per cent,” Tiwari claimed.He added that due to this, people were facing a burden of paying an extra Rs 600 crore per annum.’Timely’ benefitsConsumers of the BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), who pay their three consecutive BRPL bills on Paytm before the due date, will now get an annual accidental death insurance worth Rs 1 lakh. The scheme will continue till August, 2018. Consumers who have paid their bills before the due day in May, June, and July, 2017, through Paytm, will also be eligible for the scheme.

Two ‘call centre’ directors held for duping job aspirants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today raided a call centre here and arrested two of its directors for allegedly duping several youths under the pretext of providing them placements, a senior official said. The joint raid was conducted by personnel of the Madhya Pradesh Police and their Nagpur counterparts. Additional Superintendent of Police Rashmi Mishra said Dharmendra Rathore (31) and Pravesh Tiwari (23), both directors of the call centre located in MP Nagar area, allegedly cheated job aspirants by calling them over phone and asking them to deposit money in their bank accounts online. Rathore and Tiwari had allegedly duped youths in Nagpur by adopting a similar modus operandi, she said, adding the Nagpur Police had booked them earlier. A case was today registered against the duo under relevant sections of the IPC and Information Technology (IT) Act, the officer said, adding that further investigation is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Kalam worked as much for farmers as he did for developing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former President A P J Abdul Kalam worked as much for farmers as he did for developing missiles for the defence forces, Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav said on his second death anniversary today. He was speaking at an event here organised the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in remembrance of the “Missile Man of India”. “As a scientist and as the head of the nation Kalam took care of the farmers as much as for developing missile for the defence forces,” Yadav, the Minister of State for Rural Development, said. BJYM president Poonam Mahajan, BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari, Minority Morcha national president Rashid Ansari among other party leaders attended the programme. “Kalam used to say that people with high thinking utilise religion for befriending others but those with low thinking use religion for dispute and fight. We all should follow the path shown by him,” Tiwari said. Kalam, who is remembered as the “People’s President”, passed away on this day in 2015 after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong. Born on October 15, 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Kalam became the 11th President of India on July 25, 2002. His focus was on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. Kalam was one of the most distinguished scientists of India with the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions. He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards – Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). Kalam made significant contribution as project director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of ‘Space Club’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi BJP unit to plant 1 million saplings to curb pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today announced a mega tree plantation drive, wherein one million saplings will be planted in the city during a week- long campaign starting from August 15. All members of the party, including those from district and ward units, and 35 other organisations will participate in the drive from August 15 to August 22, he said. “The state office bearers will conduct the tree plantation drive. Responsibility of district and ward level workers will be fixed for success of the campaign,” he said. Tiwari added that people should come forward in planting trees in larger numbers to bring down high pollution levels in the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nithari killings: Special CBI court convicts Moninder Singh Pandher, Surinder Koli in 7th case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court in Ghaziabad today convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surinder Koli in one of the cases of the sensational Nithari killings.Judge Pawan Kumar Tiwari said the sentence would be pronounced on July 24.The case relates to the killing of Pinki Sarkar (20). Pandher and Koli were held guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder in the case.Police had discovered 19 skeletons from Pandher’s house in Nithari in Noida on December 29, 2006.Pandher and Koli were charge-sheeted in 16 of the 19 cases, while three were closed for want of evidence.Most of the victims were young girls.Prior to Pinki Sarkar case the two were convicted and sentenced in six cases, while nine are in various stages of trial, public prosecutor Jaiprakash Sharma said.

MP farmer "kills" cow after it strays in his farmland

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old farmer was booked for allegedly beating to death a cow which strayed into his farmland in a village near here, police said today. The farmer, Mohan Tiwari, got angry when he spotted a cow in his field near village Dumbar village, some 35km from here. He hit the bovine with a jagged-edged weapon last evening and the cow died during treatment today, Baldeogarh police station inspector Kailash Babu Arya told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah of strategy in Jaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National BJP president Amit Shah is set to arrive on a three-day visit to Jaipur beginning today. The visit, which has been on the cards for a long time now, is a part of the larger scheme of things aimed at securing a majority mandate in the 2019 general elections.Shah has been on a whirlwind tour of the states where he is taking a direct feedback from the workers and the think-tank on party’s prospects and performance (where it is in power). He is also strengthening the party functionaries and the booth-level units in run-up to the general elections. Shah has visited states like Odisha, Kerala, Haryana among other states where he has already carried out a similar exercise. According to sources, Shah shall be largely concentrating on getting the warring factions in Rajasthan on the table to draw up plans for a unified front when the time for elections is ripe. The dissent is from a handful of party persons like Ghanshyam Tiwari. They have got the party’s ears… Shah is here to resolve their disputes, a party functionary said.Sources also said there are indeed talks of replacement of party president Ashok Parnami in state. As per the norms, Parnami cannot become a minister or hold any other post given the charge he heads, the source said. But the party high command’s visit to the state is not a referendum on the performance of Ashok Parnami, sources said. Sources admitted there are rifts in the party, which need to be ironed out. Shah is not wasting his time on a 5-lakh km round trip. He is going to take a decisive stand on party’s winnability.

Delhi BJP celebrates Kovind’s election as president

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Delhi BJP leaders and workers celebrated on election of Ram Nath Kovind as the president, chief of the state unit Manoj Tiwari dubbed his victory as a realisation of Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s ideology of “Antyodaya”. The Delhi BJP office wore a festive look, as party workers led by SC Morcha members danced to the tunes to drumbeats and distributed sweets on victory of Kovind. Tiwari who joined festivities at Pant Marg office, after congratulating Kovind, said “Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s dream of Antyodaya has come true today. BJP has also materialised its slogan of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas by getting a Dalit’s son elected as president of the country.” The Yuva Morcha activists celebrated victory of Kovind at Valmiki temple on Mandir Marg. “It was symbolic celebration at Valmiki temple as the party had linked Kovind’s election with Dalit pride,” said Delhi BJP media incharge Praveen Shankar Kapoor. Union minister Harsh Vardhan along with other party leaders and workers assembled at the memorial of B R Ambedkar at 26, Alipur Road, and celebrated the victory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Say goodbye in 10 minutes or pay Rs 85 for parking at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The next time you go to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to see your near and dear ones off, keep your goodbyes short. For, things have changed here and parking your vehicles at the airport for more than 10 minutes comes at a higher price now. Earlier, if you paid Rs60 for the first two hours, now be ready to shell out Rs 85. With a new contractor taking charge of operating the toll booth at the airport, parking charges have shot up. Interestingly, parking for a charter plane is free for two hours. While the first 10 minutes (domestic) and 12 minutes (international) is free, any car parked for beyond the stipulated time will have to pay Rs 85 for the first two hours and Rs 20 thereafter for every hour until seven hours. using the parking space for more than seven hours will cost Rs 340.SS Enterprise, which has bagged the contract to run the toll booth, is set to add two more booths counters. Jitendra Tiwari, Manager, SS Enterprises, said, “To ease traffic at the airport, we have decided to add two more booths, one each at the arrival and departure bays. It will become functional in two-three days. The charges have been decided by the AAI.”The airport authorities will also move the toll booth to the parking area. Airport Director Manoj Gangal said, “We noticed that after a car passes through the toll booth, the booth person would not bother where the car is parked within the terminal area. So, we have decided to shift the toll booth at the parking area so that cars will have to stop at the parking area. We will be erecting canopies at different places and trolleys will be made available so that passengers can have a comfortable walk to the terminal.”Until now the toll booth was situated near the Sardar Patel statue, but, within a week, it will be shifted to the parking area of the arrival and departure bays.

Tiwarti meets families of sanitation workers who die cleaning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today met the families of the four sanitation workers who died while cleaning a septic tank in Ghitorni last week. Tiwari was also accompanied by the chairmen of Scheduled Caste(SC) Commission and National Commission for Safai Karmcharis (NCSK), a statement issued from Delhi BJP media department head Mahesh Verma said. “During the meeting with the families at Chhatarpur and Ghitorni, the Safai Karmchari commission chairman announced a cash compensation for the bereaved families. The compensation is likely to be Rs 10 lakh for each family, as per rules of the Centre,” it said. On July 15, the four sanitation workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning the septic tank in an under- construction building in south Delhi’s Ghitorni. Two men, including supervisor of the building Niranjan Singh and gardner Ridhipal, have been arrested by the police in the matter. Tiwari said he will request Lt Governor Anil Baijal to instruct Delhi Jal Board to empanel septic tank cleaning workers, adding that it should also provide safety kits to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Notify civic zones, else will gherao CM residence: Delhi BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP today set the AAP government a deadline of four days to notify the newly-drawn municipal zones in the city, claiming the activities of the civic bodies are getting affected in its absence. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari told a press conference that the Kejriwal government was “deliberately” withholding the delimitation of the zones of the three civic bodies to avenge its defeat in the MCD polls. A Delhi government official accused the BJP-run corporations of attempting to “illegally restructure” the zones to suit the party’s interests. So, the government has returned the proposal to the BJP, the official, who did not wish to be named, said. Tiwari “warned” that the BJP will demonstrate outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence and “at his public engagements” if the government continues to “stonewall” the process. “It is affecting the work of the corporations. We have repeatedly requested the government to clear the proposal. But till date, it is stuck. We have not been able to constitute the statutory committees and other panels of the corporations,” the Delhi BJP president said. Leader of Opposition in the North Delhi corporation Rakesh Kumar of the AAP said whether or not delimination should be effected was entirely the government’s prerogative. “They did not even consult the opposition before sending the proposal to the government. At least the opposition should have been in the loop. They want things their way for electoral benefits,” he said. The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP blames ‘rudaali rivals’ for cashing in on Junaid’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within a week of Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning cow vigilantes to not take law in their hands, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi trained its guns on “rivals” for spreading “propaganda of intolerance and lynching”.During a seminar held on Sunday, National Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra and state BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari openly took a swipe at Congress leaders and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The seminar, titled ‘From Intolerance to Mob lynching — How Propaganda Machinery Works’ was held at the BJP Delhi office.Known for not mincing his words, Patra took a harsh dig at Banerjee, Sandeep Dikshit and the ‘award vaapsi’ brigade. Calling them rudaalis (professional mourners), he launched a scathing attack on them for playing politics on the deaths of Junaid, Akhlaque and others.”These are the people who try to shamelessly cash in on tragedies such as deaths. It is these very kind of people who are a threat to the nation and rashtravaad,” he said. He further upped the pitch by bringing in the issue of current violence in Bengal. “She (Banerjee) can even sell off the country to appease her idea of so-called secularism and minorities,” Patra said.Both BJP leaders castigated the Congress and the Left parties for remaining silent when Hindus are attacked. They claimed the party has been working tirelessly for the development of the nation. Questioning the motive of protests such as ‘Not In My Name’, they alleged that the ‘award vaapsi brigade’ was cherry picking. “It is not an easy task to fight forces that have different yardsticks to rally support behind such victims,” Tiwari said.They also criticised Dikshit for insulting General Bipin Rawat, and the Kashmiri separatist leaders for supporting Burhan Wani. Patra called the shrillness surrounding intolerance a deliberate narrative to break the nation apart and put spanner in the works of Modi’s development agenda of India, the name of which the Opposition was sullying by calling it ‘lynchistan’.PATRASPEAKPatra called the shrillness surrounding intolerance a deliberate narrative to break the nation apart and put a spanner in the works of Modi’s development agenda for India, the name of which the Opposition was sullying by using the term ‘lynchistan’.

Six men assaulted for transporting buffalo calves in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six men were assaulted by unidentified men in outer Delhi’s Baba Hari Dass Nagar for carrying buffalo calves in pick-up trucks. The victims were Ali Jaan (40), his two sons, Shokeen (26) and Dilashan (22), his brother, Salim, and two others, Saif Ali (15) and Kaala (32). They belong to Uttar Pradesh. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) MN Tiwari, Shokeen, who was driving one of the vehicles told police that he had loaded 17 buffalo calves from Maham in Haryana and was going to Ghazipur to deliver them to buffalo market with his brother and other relatives. At about 8 pm when they reached Gitanjali Enclave in Baba Hari Dass Nagar, three to four people stopped their vehicle and got into an argument. Some others also arrived there and opened the rear door of Shokeen’s vehicle and five others that were behind them, due to which the buffalo calves started running away, added the officer. As many as 85 buffalo calves were loaded in the vehicles, the police claimed. Mohd Raees, who was on one of the trucks, recalled the incident which he said was “scary”. “We were not even carrying cows but still we were attacked. Transportation of buffalos has been our business for ages but we never have faced such a situation before. For a moment, we felt that we would be killed. They were hurling abuses and were not ready to listen to us,” Raees told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NITI Aayog to discuss agrarian crisis with state farmer panels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NITI Aayog will discuss the agrarian crisis with representatives of farmer commissions of half a dozen states, including Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, on July 8, eminent farm activist Kishor Tiwari said today. The meeting will be held in New Delhi and besides UP and Maharashtra, representatives of farmer commissions from Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana will discuss the issue of prevailing agrarian crisis with the government think-thank, he said in a release here. “Issues related to agriculture input, output regulations and other serious issues that will serve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of doubling farm income by 2022 will be discussed,” said Tiwari, who will also take part in the meeting. The agriculture expert is head of the Maharashtra government-appointed special task force looking into ways to solve the prevailing agrarian crisis in the state, especially in suicide-prone Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. Tiwari said he will highlight the plight of the farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada. “When the RBI and NABARD have already shifted responsibility of farm loan waivers to states by asking them to bear the financial burden by mobilising resources, we will ask the NITI Aayog to suggest long-term sustainable solutions to curb farmer suicides and solve the crisis,” Tiwari said. He said though there was a bumper crop production this year, farmers were not satisfied with the procurement price. Tiwari said farm loan waiver is a temporarily solution to solve the agrarian distress. “Farm loan waivers, though temporarily necessary for revival of farming, do not provide conditions for a secure credit system in the long term. The waiver of loans implies banks will have to be compensated by the government for the amount involved. “This means large sums of money, which could have otherwise gone to strengthen the agricultural infrastructure in irrigation, secondary support business in rural economy and research activities will not be available. Hence, we are asking for long-term farm credit system,” Tiwari said. “I will push for a package from the Centre for the farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MLA accuses police of ‘letting love jihad flourish’ in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja today accused the Ramgarh police of “letting love jihad, illegal mining and other crimes flourish” in the area. Holding a sit-in outside the Ramgarh police station, Ahuja, who is the MLA from the Ramgarh assembly constituency, said he was protesting against the police “inaction” over the “sensitive issues” in the area. “My fight against police inaction will continue,” he said. Ahuja said he will plan further protests against the police administration after the BJP national president’s proposed visit to the state on July 21. “Don’t force me to go with Ghanshyam Tiwari (the disgruntled BJP leader and former minister who, over the last two years, has been prepping the Deen Dayal Vahini, an outfit launched by him as a force against the state BJP leadership). Anyway, I will not associate myself with him,” he said. “I want the saffron flower to once again bloom in the state assembly election that will held at the end of the next year,” he said. He, however, clarified that he will not go against the party. Ahuja had yesterday alleged “inaction” on part of the Ramgarh police station SHO over complaints of the SC community in the area. “Two Hindu girls were abducted a few days ago from the Ramgarh area and their family members complained about the incident to the SHO but the police didn’t take action and the girls returned as converted,” he alleged. Ahuja said that he is not against anyone but “justice should be done to the family”. Later, he submitted a memorandum to the tehsildar of the area to be presented to the chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP announces Leader of House for all three civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP today announced the names of Leaders of House in the three municipal corporations ruled by it, dropping the name of a councilor close to senior party leader and Union minister Vijay Goel. The announcement fueled speculation of a rift between Goel and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari as the latter announced Shikha Rai, Santosh Pal and Jayendra Dabas as leaders of South, East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations. A senior party leader said that earlier name of Goel’s close aide Jai Prakash was “finalised” along with Rai and Pal. After winning the MCD polls in April, the party had finalised names of mayor and deputy mayor and also announced Shikha Rai, Jai Prakash and Santosh Pal as leaders of house. “But their names were put on hold after the three participated in a felicitation function organised by Goayal,” he said. “The name of Jai Prakash was dropped as he is close to Goel,” he said. The tussle between Tiwari and Goel has been widely reported although the two have never acknowledged it openly. With the massive mandate won by the BJP in the MCD polls, the race between the two as the “most important” party leader in Delhi has gone up as “better” results are expected in the next Assembly elections, party sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ex-AAP MLA Ved Prakash is BJP candidate for Bawana by-poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi BJP today announced ex-AAP legislator Ved Prakash as its candidate for the yet to be announced by-poll at the Bawana Assembly constituency in outer Delhi. Prakash, who was legislator from Bawana, resigned from his Assembly and AAP membership in March this year and joined the saffron party. Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari announced his name as the party candidate from the reserved Assembly constituency. Congress and AAP have already announced its candidates for the by-poll. While Congress has fielded three time MLA Surender Kumar, AAP has given the ticket to party volunteer Ramchandra. As per the norms, a by-poll in an Assembly constituency should be held within six months of it falling vacant. The main political outfits in the fray — Congress, AAP and BJP — all wish to win the seat for different reasons. The Congress is looking to open its account in Delhi with this win while the BJP will try to increase its tally from four. The AAP, having a mammoth majority of 66 MLAs in the 70- member Assembly, would like to reassert its dominance in Delhi, dented in the face of back-to-back defeats in Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll and the MCD elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Elderly French national assaulted, raped by guard in Varanasi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 70-year-old French national was allegedly attacked and raped on Wednesday by a guard in Varanasi. The victim was staying in the city’s Shri Gange Resorts in Sulantkeshwar area. The guard, identified as Om Prakash (35), was hired by the owners of the resort to assist the victim.On Wednesday night, the guard in an inebriated state knocked at the doors of the lady and forced himself into her room.According to an FIR registered at the Rohania Police Station, the guard punched the victim, knocking her out and then proceeded to rape her. He absconded after committing the crime.The victim raised the alarm after regaining consciousness. She was taken to the district hospital for medical examination and was treated for injuries sustained during the rape.“When the lady opened the gate, he pounced on her and punched her repeatedly till she was almost unconscious. He also warned the victim that he would kill her if she raised an alarm,” said circle officer Sneha Tiwari, who is investigating the case.The victim had come to India 40 years ago and settled in Varanasi. For the past 11 years, she was running an NGO that helped the physically handicapped live a respectable life. Earlier, the lady lived in Bhadaini area near Ganga ghat.The District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram said that the victim has sustained serious facial injuries in the attack. “She has been admitted to the district hospital for medical examination and treatment. We have informed the Embassy of France and external affairs ministry and will send a report after receiving report of medical examination,” said the DM“The police have also registered a case on the complaint of the lady. We have formed teams to raid possible hid-outs of the accused guard to arrest him,” said the SSP Nitin Tiwari.

Raj govt must clear ‘serious doubts’ on Anandpal encounter:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari today said the Rajasthan government should take immediate steps to clear “serious doubts” that have arisen after the encounter of dreaded criminal Anandpal Singh. He claimed that people in large numbers have met him after Anandpal’s killing and there are “serious doubts in their minds about the authenticity of the encounter”. “Why is the government running away from a CBI inquiry in the case, despite the statement of the state home minister, Gulabchand Kataria, that he is ready for any probe,” said the MLA, who has opened a front against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje after he was served a notice for anti-party activities in May. Following the encounter killing on Saturday night in Churu district’s Malasar village, Anandpal’s family refused to take his body and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter yesterday. “The family members of Anandpal have demanded a postmortem from the medical board but the government is running away. “His family has also demanded a CBI probe and the state home minister has said that he is ready for any inquiry then why is the government is not taking a decision,” Tiwari asked. He also claimed that Kataria was himself not aware of the encounter and this posed a question. “The home minister stated that the chief minister had called and congratulated him after the encounter on Saturday night. It means though Raje was directly aligned with this operation, Kataria was fully unaware of the action,” he said. In a joint press conference, yesterday, leaders of various organisations, including the Rajput Sabha Bhawan, the Pratap Foundation and the Karni Sena demanded a CBI inquiry into the encounter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP responsible for its legal hassles: Manoj Tiwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team reached Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence to question him in connection with the ongoing ‘Talk to AK’ case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi President Manoj Tiwari said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was itself responsible for its legal battles.”The AAP government is itself giving reasons to get terminated. They gave the tender illegally,” Tiwari said. The CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry against Sisodia and other AAP members, in the case of alleged irregularities in their government’s social media campaign ‘Talk to AK’, on the complaint of the Delhi Government’s Vigilance Department.It has been alleged that despite the objections by the Delhi Principal Secretary, the government contracted a public relations firm to promote the campaign and spent Rs 1.5 crore to promote Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Meanwhile, the CBI confirmed that “there is no raid or search being conducted at Sisodia’s premises. The CBI visit was to seek a clarification on certain issues relating to an ongoing inquiry.”

CBI registers case to probe IAS officer’s death in Lucknow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today registered a case of murder to probe the mysterious death of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari whose body was found on a pavement in upmarket Hazratganj area of Lucknow on May 17. According to the rules, the CBI re-registers an FIR which is registered by the state police keeping content and accused same. The agency can, however, differ in conclusion with the state police in its final report. Tiwari, a 2007-batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, was found dead on May 17, his birthday, under mysterious circumstances near a guest house, where he was staying, in the high-security Hazratganj area of Lucknow. He was posted as commissioner in the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs in Bengaluru. 36-year-old Tiwari’s family had alleged foul play. “My son was very honest. Corrupt officers did not like him. They must have somehow got him murdered,” Tiwari’s father B N Tiwari had alleged in Bahraich, his native place. Post-mortem report had indicated that Tiwari had died of asphyxia but police had said that an SIT team probing the case was awaiting the test reports of his viscera, blood samples and heart to find the exact cause of the death. The agency has taken over the case by re-registering the case of murder against unidentified persons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl’s parents reject ‘beef dishes’ demand of groom’s family,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parents of a bride here cancelled her marriage after rejecting the groom’s family’s demand that they be served beef at the nikah ceremony. The condition put by the groom’s family was: either serve our guests with beef preparations or be prepared for cancellation of the marriage. The bride’s parents chose the latter. They also rejected the demand for a car. The incident took place in Dariyagarh village under Bhot police station. The girl’s relatives lodged a police complaint against the groom’s parents and some others. Patwai SHO Rajesh Kumar Tiwari today said a case has been registered against the groom s relatives and investigation is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

22-year-old woman commits suicide in Noida

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her home in Parthala Khanjarpur village of Phase-3 in Noida on Sunday evening.The woman has been identified as Arpita Tiwari, a final year commerce student who hails from Gonda in Uttar Pradesh. The deceased had come to visit her father during her vacations a week ago. Her father had gone out for work and Arpita was alone at home.According to the police, the father returned around 8 pm and found his daughter hanging with the fan. She had used a duppata to strangulate. During investigations, Arpita’s father also told police that he found her chatting with a friend on Facebook on Saturday and was asked to refrain herself from the friendship.”The body has been sent for postmortem. Preliminary investigations suggest it was a suicide,” said Arun Kumar Singh, Superintendent of police (city).

BJP protests outside Delhi CM’s house against ‘poor’ power,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP workers staged a protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at the Civil Lines here today highlighting the problems of the people due to the “poor” power and water supply in the city. The protesters, led by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, were stopped by the police at a barricade and taken away. The police also had to use water canons to control the situation. The protesters were released subsequently. The BJP workers demanded a meeting with Kejriwal. “It is the Kejriwal government’s callousness which is responsible for the power and water shortage in the city,” Tiwari told reporters. He alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had not prepared a ‘summer action plan’ to ensure a proper supply of power and water in the hot summer months and the power infrastructure also had not been augmented, leading to frequent faults and outages. Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta claimed that the government did not buy enough electricity, which resulted in frequent power cuts across the city. “The Kejriwal government has allowed the private operators to short-purchase electricity as it is in connivance with them,” he alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 arrested for robbing Amazon delivery boy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons have been arrested for robbing a delivery boy of an e-commerce site, Amazon, in the Outer Delhi area. The accused persons would use a robbed mobile phone and a motorcycle to carry out the robbery and evade arrest. Fourteen cases of such robberies were solved with their arrest. According to the police, the incident was reported on May 28. Saurav, 28, works as a delivery agent with Amazon and had a car in which the delivered goods were carried. Saurav then told the police that around evening he was going along with his co-driver Sikander to deliver shoes when five armed assailants robbed them at gun-point.”A case was registered and investigations revealed that the robbers would strike again. A trap was laid and the robbers arrived on two motorcycles. A country made pistol was recovered from the accused identified as Mohit alias Tony, 19,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Outer, MN Tiwari.”The other accused were identified as Hemant alias Laddu, 18, and Sunil alias Sunny, 19,” he said. The robbed items include branded shoes, electronic gadgets, mobile phones, and motorcycles.The arrested are close friends and have together conducted several robberies in the area.They told the police that they registered online, using stolen or snatched mobile phones.When, the courier boy from the Amazon arrived to deliver the goods and called them to ask the address, they robbed him at gun-point.The fourth accused in the case is currently absconding. Officials said that in order to evade arrest, he had installed a CCTV camera at his residence, the footage of which he would view on his mobile phone. Each time the police raided his house they would not find him or any evidence linking him to the crime.

Man arrested for kidnapping stepdaughter’s two-year-old son

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested a man for allegedly kidnapping his stepdaughter’s two-year-old son in outer Delhi’s Nihal Vihar. The two-year-old boy was rescued from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on May 26, said M N Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer). After her first husband died three years ago, Santosh, the mother of the child, married one Avtar Singh. Santosh has two children from her first marriage — a 12 -year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. Singh told Santosh that he cannot take care of her kids. Santosh came to her mother Rajmati’s home in Nihal Vihar and requested her to take care of her children. Her mother had got married to Ashok after her husband had passed away 15 years ago. On May 25, Rajmati called her daughter and informed her that her son had been kidnapped. Police found Ashok’s actions suspicious and he was interrogated at length, he said. During interrogation, he revealed that he had handed over the child to his neighbour Hari Ram who had taken him to Azamgarh. The boy was rescued from there. He was not happy with the decision of his wife Rajmati to keep her grandchildren here at his house, the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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